Daily Archives: October 9, 2014
Loudon Available to Speak 21-24 October – Southern Utah, Nevada or SoCal
Trevor Loudon’s speaking schedule has opened up for three days in Southern Utah, Nevada or SoCal.
He is addressing the Mesquite Nevada Tea Party on the evening of October 20, then the Ramona Tea Party Forum near San Diego at midday Saturday, October 25th.
Trevor would be happy to address any interested groups over the break in his speaking schedule.
If you’re interested, please email Trevor’s agent Regina Thomson at [email protected].
Has MI Governor Snyder Lost the Base? Yes. Does He Care? No. Can He Win?
By: Dick Manasseri
The Republican base will not support Michigan Governor’s reelection bid because he has taken the state solidly to the Left.
He doesn’t care because he has forged a partnership with Big-Money Progressives and he believes that he can buy the election without the support of grassroots Constitutionalists who attend those “wacko” Tea Party and Liberty meetings.
But wait, what is this:
Vote for Gridlock — No More Nerd – No More One Party Rule
An organized campaign to bring the Republican grassroots back to the voting booth on November 4th with a clear strategy to
- Support genuine Constitutional Republicans for the Michigan House and Senate (and other down-ballot offices)
- Boycott the Nerd, thus creating Gridlock rather than slide further to the Left.
Is this just more “tin foil hat” fantasy or a pragmatic strategy that might just work?
You decide but first take a look at
The Case for Divided Government
Why didn’t Republican legislators uphold their own party platform and stand against a governor who embraced Obamacare?
Voting for divided government shows Republican leaders we have evolved into strategic voters who will no longer support anyone just because they have an (R) behind their name.
The Cato Institute scored Snyder particularly poorly on spending, noting that he increased the general fund budget by a whopping 7.3% in 2013, and an estimated 7.8% in 2014. Further, increases in state spending have outpaced median household income in Michigan. According to the American Community Survey income has decreased by over 10% from 2007 to 2013. In contrast Lansing budgets have increased by 15%.
How to Fight for Republican Victory without Selling Your Soul
The Michigan Republican base has the power to decide the November 4th election. Will they stay home in despair, or march into the voting booth with a strategy to boycott Snyder (or maybe even vote for Democrat Mark Schauer) in order to Gridlock a state that is rapidly moving Left.
Terri Lynn Land Remembers
By: Lloyd Marcus
Ultra-liberal Democrat Congressman Gary Peters who is running for U.S. Senate Michigan is an Obama agenda enforcer.
Whenever someone made their initial lie bigger, my late mom would say they added yeast to it. Not only did Gary Peters parrot Obama’s infamous lie that if you like your doctor and healthcare plan you can keep them, Peters added yeast to Obama’s insidious deception by telling Michigan families that Obamcare would strengthen Medicare and lower costs. http://bit.ly/1uJdwcA
In typical Obama regime cold callous political-agenda-over-human-life fashion, Peters says he would vote for the exact same Obamacare bill. Folks, people are going through hell because of Obamacare — Cancer patients losing trusted doctors who saved their lives and millions have lost healthcare plans that they loved. http://bit.ly/19LTiFL
Rest assured, a vote for Peters is a vote for Obama’s War on America as founded and continuing the same liberal Democrat policies which have brought down Michigan. I will be polite and not rant about the mess liberal Democrat policies have made of Detroit. Folks, these people, the Democrats, are pathetic.
After six years of Obama’s failed Murphy’s Law presidency, this guy is still out there trying to fire up audiences with his old “Hope and Change” line. The last thing that this unconscionable conman and his minions such as Peters want is real hope and real change. What Obama and company really strives to maintain is their same-old failed destructive Democratic Party policies.
Every time a Republican dares to seriously address the issues that have been destroying Michigan for years and seeks to implement common sense solutions, they are vilified; called racist, sexist and so on. You know the drill. Low-info voters believe the lies and vote again for the same Democrats responsible for creating the mess. It truly is sickening.
Along with everything else that is on the decline in Michigan, black youths are murdering each other in record numbers. http://cbsloc.al/1oIKrqy
Meanwhile, Obama, the Democrats and Rep. Peters continue to snuggle together riding the huge elephant in Michigan’s living room that is causing all the problems; political correctness.
So, if you wish to support the continuing decline of Michigan, vote for Obama’s homeboy, Gary Peters. His name is spelled P-E-T-E-R-S.
But folks, Republican Terri Lynn Land who is running against Peters for U.S. Senate Michigan remembers.
Terri Lynn Land remembers a time when Michigan was first. First in industry. First in innovation. First in creative ideas which prospered America.
Terri Lynn remembers that Michigan’s strong middle class helped build this country.
A dark cloud of policies out of Washington in recent years have made Michigan’s glory days a distant memory. Irresponsible spending has residents overtaxed. Absurd regulations choke innovation and investment.
Energy restrictions have increased gas and electric costs for Michigan families and businesses.
Michigan’s middle class was hurt by unfair trade deals. Obama’s open border has depressed wages and taken away good-paying jobs.
Michigan families need and deserve a senator who will fight to restore Michigan to its rightful place, first. Terri Lynn promises to do just that.
Terri Lynn Land remembers. http://bit.ly/1vHKUOY
Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
Chairman, Conservative Campaign Committee
Harvard Club in New York Cancels “This is Not My Allah” ICLA Press Conference with Rabia Kazan: The Hilton, Times Square Announced As New Venue For 15 October Event
The following is updated information about the event announced in our previous post.
The following was posted yesterday at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/10/08/harvard-club-new-york-cancels-allah-icla-press-conference-rabia-kazan-october-15th-new-venue-hilton-times-square/:
October 8, 2014 (New York, NY) – Acclaimed Turkish journalist and women’s rights activist Rabia Kazan, who has lived under the threat of death for speaking out against the dangers of radical Islam, will be holding a press conference in New York City to announce the launch of her new global campaign of resistance This is Not My Allah (www.thisisnotmyallah.com)
Spurred by recent and much-publicized atrocities committed by ISIS in the name of Islam, Ms. Kazan hopes to ignite a worldwide resistance movement of Muslims and all people of conscience to denounce violence committed in the name of religion by such groups as ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and others. Catapulted to worldwide prominence after interviewing Mehmet Ali Agca who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981, she gained further notice after writing a bestselling book in 2007 called Angels of Tehran, an expose of the practice of a coercive legalized form of prostitution in Iran called “temporary marriage.”
Having worked at the World Federation of United Nations Associations and currently serving as a writer and women’s rights advocate at the International Civil Liberties Association (ICLA) an NGO based in Switzerland. Ms. Kazan’s career is marked by her commitment to expose extremism within her native religion.
The press conference will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15th in the Bijou Room at the Hilton Times Square in New York City at 234 West 42nd Street. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION. Attendance is by RSVP only to [email protected]. For security reasons, only those who have received clearance will be allowed into the press conference.
Joining Ms. Kazan at the press conference will be Alain Wagner, president of ICLA, which has been on the frontline of the effort to raise global awareness about the dangers of radical Islam. (http://www.libertiesalliance.org/)
Ms. Kazan intends to speak out about the specific dangers that Islamic extremism poses for women, a danger she knows firsthand. Deciding to remove her hijab (veil) a few years ago, she became an instant target, threatened with death. At the October 15th press conference in New York City, Ms. Kazan will boldly call upon Imams to promote a broad, tolerant, secularized interpretation and practice of Islam.
Though heartened by the concerted military response against ISIS in Syria, Ms. Kazan is calling for a campaign of words and actions. “The first step is to end the silence. Let’s raise our voices and drown out the hatred,” she says. “What kind of God would want the barbarism that is being committed in His name? We must unite and fight this obscenity. Evil happens because of the absence of resistance from people of conscience. It is not a supernatural force. We are at a critical moment in human history. Those who do not oppose the murderous mission of Muslim extremism are passively enabling it.”
Rabia Kazan’s This is Not My Allah Call to Action includes the following actions:
- Implore Imams to preach tolerance, love and non-violence.
- Implore Muslim educators in madrassas and beyond to educate young Muslim students about the interlocking relationship of the three Abrahamic religions and respect for all faiths.
- Beseech Muslim mothers in particular to teach their children that the atrocities being perpetrated in the name of Allah as blasphemous and antithetical to their religion. Muslim children have now seen bloodshed and beheadings in the name of God; that is the beginning of mind poisoning. Muslim mothers must take an active role in re-educating their children.
- Encourage Muslims who have experienced the sting of the radical interpretation of their religion to share their stories on her website or Facebook page.
In addition to journalists, the October 15th press conference will be attended by religious leaders along with representatives from human rights organizations, writers and scholars of the Middle East. RSVPs with information about one’s affiliation should be sent to Shira Dicker at shir…@sd-media.com.
For further information about Rabia Kazan or This Is Not My Allah, or to schedule an interview with her ahead of the October 15th press conference at The Hilton Times Square in New York City, please contact Shira Dicker at shir…@sd-media.com. Please visit www.thisisnotmyallah.com and follow Rabia Kazan on Facebook and on Twitter @thisisnotmyallah.
Also posted (yesterday) at http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/10/08/harvard-club-new-york-cancels-allah-icla-press-conference-rabia-kazan-october-15th-new-venue-hilton-times-square/ where there are further contact details.
This Weeks’ Weasel Of The Week!! – 10/09/14
Drum roll, please!! It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slime-worthy, but in the end the winner by a nose was…
The United States Supreme Court!
Rhymes With Right: The United States Supreme Court. On Monday the nine Justices of the Highest Court in the Land abrogated their responsibility to hear a case and provide precedent on gay marriages. In declaring their refusal to hear any of the pending appeals, they in effect legalized gay marriage in every state in several judicial circuits and put their thumb on the scale in pending appellate decisions on the matter that were likely to provide contrary decisions.
Oh indeed they did! It takes real craven, quivering cowardice to cave in to a politically powerful elite and disenfranchise the majority of voters in 5 states, let alone the voices of the people in the remaining 26 states that still prohibit same sex marriage. They’re now going to have their laws limiting marriage to one man and one woman struck down one by one as same sex marriage advocates judge shop and file suit. And talk about weasels, shoving this major change down America’s collective throat against the people’s wishes without even bothering to hear arguments or make a ruling!
Yes, they’ve certainly earned their Golden Weasel, but I have to confess that there’s a slight problem. After we informed the senior court clerk of the award, it took a number of phone calls for us to finally learn that the Justices were unable to decide whom would accept the award on their behalf. So we just boxed it, put a rainbow sticker on it and left it at the entrance to their chambers.
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Qatar Awareness Campaign – Carnegie Mellon University
QATAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Carnegie Mellon University
Office of the President, Dr. Subra Suresh
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Dear Dr. Suresh:
This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar, the country whose capital hosts a campus of Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2001, the Qatar Foundation has borne all campus development costs associated with the campus in Doha’s Education City. (Also see here.)
Since 2004, Carnegie Mellon has operated Carnegie Mellon in Qatar, as part of Qatar’s Education City. The educational focus of this campus is in the sciences, including biology, business administration, and computer and information systems. Regarding Carnegie Mellon’s computer science programs, the University has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense. The Software Engineering Institute is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, sponsored by the Department of Defense.
We live in an age permeated by fears of devastating cyberterrorism, including to our power grid. Carnegie Mellon’s computer science programs being a critical part of the cyber defense of the United States, it is noteworthy that according to the U.S. Department of State, Qatar has the worst counterterrorism record in the Middle East – worse than even Iran. Equally as distressing, Doha is home to two of the largest U.S. military bases in the region, one which serves as CENTCOM for the Middle East.
In light of these clear and present security risks, we urge you to read the information below, which includes evidence that Qatar is arguably the preeminent sponsor of terror in the world today. It is a benefactor of the genocidal armies of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram; it is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell; and profits from operating a virtual slave state. Qatar has leveraged its relationships with violent jihadi groups to its own benefit, and to the detriment of the United States and her allies.
So the public has a fuller context of Carnegie Mellon’s role in cyber security, and their footprint in Doha, here are some pertinent facts:
- This September, Carnegie Mellon received a $5.6 million NSF grant for Cybersecurity Education. The award “aims to strengthen the workforce charged with protecting the nation’s critical information infrastructure.”
- In 2001, the Qatar Foundation funded an initiative in Doha, the Education City. It welcomed six American universities, Carnegie Mellon, among them (in 2001), to build campuses in the complex. The Qatar Foundation, which has noted links to terrorism, pays all associated campus development costs.
- The September, 2014 Carnegie Mellon class will be the 11th in Qatar, with an enrollment of 427 students.
- In April, the Department of Defense awarded Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh a five-year, $7.5 mil research grant that seeks to explore the foundations of mathematics.
The QAC Coalition and petitioners ask that you consider the attached sourced report on Qatar’s activities. The links cited are vetted and credible sources. We hope you take the time to verify the truth of the statements for yourself.
After doing so, the Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking!
Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy
Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America
& the entire Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition.
Qatar Research Report: http://www.stopqatarnow.com/p/research-report.html
Sign the Petition! Visit www.stopqatarnow.com
Facebook: Stop Qatar Now
** Select signatures as of 9/27. The Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition is comprised of more than 25 journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. To view all Coalition participants, please visit the Campaign’s website.
CC: Ilker Baybars, Dean and CEO, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Ken Walters, Executive Director of Media Relations, Carnegie Mellon University.
Leon Panetta’s Phony Tough Guy Act
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
It’s amazing what people will do when they are selling books. Former Obama CIA director and Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is sounding like a war hawk in promoting Worthy Fights, his new book about the foreign policy disasters of the Obama administration.
Obama has “lost his way,” Panetta says, hoping people won’t notice how Panetta guided the way for much of the time, from one disaster to another.
When he took the CIA job, Panetta was known as a far-left California congressman who had worked feverishly to undermine President Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist policies. Panetta was naïve, to put it charitably, about the communist threat. As AIM reported, he even had communist connections. The book shows nothing has really changed.
Nevertheless, some have jumped on Panetta’s recent criticism of Obama’s Middle East policies, especially his comments about Obama’s no-win war against ISIS. This makes Panetta look tough, as he prepares to accept an award named after Ronald Reagan on November 15.
Panetta’s new friends have conveniently ignored the part of the book that demonstrates how Panetta failed to anticipate the rise of Putin’s Russia and its aggressive turn. The story, of course, is more damaging than Panetta lets on, and it is bigger than anything having to do with ISIS. Panetta’s dealings with Russia constitute a scandal.
The media are making it a case of Panetta vs. Obama, rather than highlighting how the Obama/Panetta approach to Russia was even more misguided than the handling of the current Middle East quagmire.
Panetta’s latest media appearance was with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Channel, and the subject of Russia came up. According to a summary of the interview, O’Reilly “asked whether we have been dealing with Putin from strength, and Panetta said that he would have taken a very tough position with him. He said he would have provided military aid to Ukraine, resurrected the issue of missile defense, strengthened NATO, and provided an additional energy resource to other countries so that Russia could not blackmail them.”
This sounds all well and good, except that being tough with Putin and his KGB thugs wasn’t the policy when Panetta was in charge. All of these Panetta comments have conveniently come after the fact. Once again, Panetta is sounding tough, in order to make his acceptance of the Reagan award seem logical.
But the book has some very troubling aspects. Panetta says he believes that the “superpower conflict of the Cold War” is over, but also notes that his meeting with Alexander Vasilyevich Bortnikov, the head of the secret police—the FSB—was held in a building that still contained a bust of Vladimir Lenin.
Now, if the KGB and the Soviet Union are no more, as Panetta says, why is a bust of Lenin, the leader of the Soviet revolution, still on display?
Strangely, there is a reference to Putin and his “KGB years,” having been a Soviet spy, but nothing of substance about his work in East Germany, where he had been based. And there is nothing about the Russian regime being dominated by the FSB, formerly the KGB. These are strange omissions for a former CIA director.
In his book, however, there are some hints of the real Leon Panetta because there is obviously a record of what he said and did. Panetta talks about an “occasionally candid relationship” he developed with Mikhail Fradkov, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR. He writes that Fradkov wanted “to share information and collaborate on some common operational activities.” It appears that Panetta complied, at least to some extent.
Panetta writes about having dinner and drinks in Moscow with Fradkov and discussing how the U.S. and Russia “could share intelligence on issues of common interest.”
During one meeting, Panetta says Fradkov talked about Russia becoming a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Panetta seemed to not understand why the WTO was being brought up. But getting into the WTO and obtaining Permanent Normal Trade Relations from Obama and Congress were major victories for the Putin regime, as it successfully attracted more Western capital.
It’s not clear how deep Panetta’s relationship with the Russian spies became.
Panetta says the “old Cold Warriors in the CIA’s Clandestine Service” told him he was “wasting [his] time” in meetings with Fradkov, that the “Russians would never share, and they’d use the whole thing as a ruse to get close to our officers and try to recruit them as spies…” But Panetta went ahead with the “cooperation” anyway.
The use of the term “Cold Warriors” is used to imply, as Obama suggested during his famous debate with Mitt Romney, that modern-day critics of Russia are living in the past.
Panetta clearly thought something useful could come from playing into the hands of the Russians. What a strange approach for a CIA director to take. Panetta even says they developed a degree of “trust.”
By the way, what “intelligence” did Panetta’s CIA share with the Russians? And what did the CIA get in return?
It seems clear that Panetta and Obama were on the same page regarding Russia. Indeed, this is why Panetta was chosen for the important positions of CIA director and Secretary of Defense. Obama knew what he was getting when he picked the far-left Congressman from Santa Cruz for these sensitive positions.
In 2010, however, Russian agents were apprehended by the FBI in the U.S. and accused of trying to acquire sensitive nuclear information from the U.S. Government. Panetta writes that the highest levels of the Obama administration were concerned that the scandal would undermine “the overall relationship with Russia,” as if it was positive at that time. He goes on to say that the U.S. subsequently held “productive” meetings with then-Russian President Medvedev, despite the spy scandal.
Productive? In what sense? Panetta carefully omits this part of the story.
As we reported at the time, just before the spy scandal broke, a $4 billion deal had been announced between Boeing and a Russian firm. During the visit of Medvedev to the U.S., Cisco Systems had announced it was going to spend $1 billion in Russia, in part to develop a Moscow version of Silicon Valley. The United States Export-Import Bank had also announced a new deal to underwrite—with U.S. taxpayer dollars—U.S. business exports to Russia. Plus, Obama had submitted a U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation agreement, backed by powerful business interests, to the U.S. Congress.
All of this was clearly in jeopardy if the Russian spy scandal led to additional revelations of Russian spying on the American government and businesses. So the scandal had to go away—and quickly. Panetta helped negotiate that outcome. Ten agents were sent back to Russia, in exchange for four Russian prisoners.
Panetta writes that Vice President Biden and national security adviser Tom Donilon “asked the right questions” about the arrests of the Russian agents, such as would the arrests “undermine Medvedev,” or undermine the “overall relationship with Russia.”
The “right questions?” Their concern was for business with Russia, not countering Russian spying in the U.S.
Hence, the administration bought into the notion of Medvedev, a stooge of Vladimir Putin, as somehow being a moderate. And clearly, Panetta and his associates in the CIA thought the relationship with Russia was going well. What a disgrace. This is an intelligence failure that continues to reverberate, as Putin calculates his next aggressive move in Europe.
What fools they were. Medvedev and Putin must be laughing themselves silly as they read Worthy Fights. They are playing the Obama administration like a sock puppet.
Panetta admits that he thought, “perhaps naively, that we could look for ways to cooperate [with the Russians] in areas such as Chechen terrorism, where we had common enemies.” Shouldn’t a CIA director rely on evidence of Russian intentions, such as the spy scandal, rather than foolish notions of working with the Putin regime no matter what?
Naiveté isn’t the word for it. With that statement, Panetta displays gross ignorance over the Soviet/Russian roots of terrorism, and the evidence that the Russian secret police, the FSB, are behind acts of so-called Chechen terrorism in Russia itself.
On the matter of China, Panetta is equally foolish. He writes that the U.S. and China “have much in common—we both seek stability, open markets, and growth…”
Has he noticed the Sino-Soviet alliance that is developing? Russia and China are scheduled to sign more than 30 agreements during the annual Russia-China Prime Ministers summit on October 13.
Moscow’s RT television channel quotes Putin as saying that trade with China is “a priority for the Kremlin,” and that this choice was made “many years ago.”
Why wasn’t Panetta paying attention? Perhaps he was too busy taking notes for the book he was planning to write, for which he got a reported advance of nearly $3 million.
There are other strange things in the book, such as Panetta’s claim that the CIA was “keeping tabs” on leaders in places like Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador.
Those in charge of Nicaragua are the Marxist Sandinistas that Panetta used to support as a congressman.
Whatever “keeping tabs” is supposed to mean, nothing of substance under the Obama/Panetta administration was done to undermine the communist march through the hemisphere. Indeed, one can argue that the Marxists made even more headway.
But very few people are paying attention to this, as Panetta makes the rounds of the TV talk shows.
Panetta’s disastrous reign as CIA director, and then as Pentagon chief, confirms the warnings we issued about the former leftist Congressman. His pro-communist record as a member of Congress included inserting a tribute in the Congressional Record to one of his constituents, Lucy Haessler, calling her a “woman of peace” for her work in the pro-Soviet Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Panetta put the tribute in the record without displaying any indication of its Soviet sponsorship or casting doubt on the organization’s commitment to “peace.”
He also issued a tribute to identified Communist Party member Hugh DeLacy in the Congressional Record in 1983.
A series of “Dear Hugh” and “Dear Leon” letters discovered by blogger Trevor Loudon in the Hugh DeLacy papers at the University of Washington proved that Panetta had a working and cordial relationship with him. In fact, Panetta provided DeLacy, a key contact of a communist spy ring, with sensitive documents.
The coverage of Panetta’s new book is a diversion from the intelligence failures that Panetta is responsible for.
Having played a major role in jeopardizing America’s national security, he is now running around selling a book and looking like a tough guy on foreign policy. It’s a shame people are falling for it.
Panetta ought to send his $3 million advance to the Ukrainians, so they can buy a few weapons to use against Putin’s thugs. But this won’t begin to make up for the Obama administration’s failure to support their fight for freedom.
Anti-Americanism is on the march worldwide, and Panetta’s fingerprints are all over the unfolding disasters. That’s why he’s spending his TV time criticizing his boss.
This is not a case of disloyalty; it’s shifting the blame for policies that have proven to be disastrous, from one end of the earth to the other.
It is also a commentary on America’s decline that a man of this character and caliber should receive the “Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award.”