10/28/14

Call to Action: Sharyl Attkisson’s Evidence of Hi-Tech Government Harassment (Part 1)

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Tomorrow [This week] Lord providing and I don’t get zapped with a DEW gun tonight (wink), I will enter a brief article in Gulag Bound. This is a draft of it’s opening:

This breaking story about our collectivist government’s readily apparent eavesdropping and harassment of Sharyl Attkisson dovetails with occurrences which my closest patriotic friends and I have experienced since 2008. We have been holding back on some of it, for the proper time.

This is the time to spell it out: from suspicious problems with computers, to our sites hit with attacks, to very curious data and telephone line problems, to clearly intentional telephone harassment, to a helicopter or drone shining spotlights in the middle of the night onto and into our homes, to being followed down the highway, then accosted at a service station and other events.

It is time for patriotic media activists who have lifted the Obama Democrats’ rock and looked under it, to being reporting our own stories and collating them. These must also be amassed with accounts of the IRS and related harassment of patriotic organizations. Perhaps a class action suit is in order, perhaps a RICO investigation. We won’t know until we compare notes. Let us do it publicly.

The beginning of today’s article in the New York Post:

StonewalledA former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.

“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.

Attkisson says the source, who’s “connected to government three-letter agencies,” told her the computer was hacked into by “a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”

continues at the NYP

Attkisson’s exchange about this with Bill O’Reilly, June 2013:

Katie Pavlich’s treatment at TownHall: Katie Pavlich – Confirmed: Sharyl Attkisson’s Computer Was Hacked, Heavily Monitored By The Federal Government

Ms. Attkisson’s site: sharylattkisson.com
Her Twitter account: @SharylAttkisson

10/28/14

Qatar Awareness Campaign – Bill and Hillary Clinton @StopQatarNow


QATAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

President Bill and Honorable Hillary Clinton
Clinton Foundation
1271 Avenue of the Americas
42nd Floor
New York, NY 10020

Dear President Bill and Hillary Clinton:

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 State of Qatar, in 2013, donated between $1-5 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Qatar is also the major financier behind Hamas as well as the genocidal Islamic State.

Qatar also happens to be home of the Muslim Brotherhood, the stateless political organization that seeks political revolution across the world in order to implement Sharia law. Indeed, the Arab Spring is a project of the Muslim Brotherhood in order to reestablish a totalitarian Islamic caliphate. In 1994, the Clinton administration welcomed the Council on American Islamic Relations into White House policy making. CAIR, it should be noted, has been conclusively linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas (which is itself the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine, founded by the Nazi collaborator Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini).

Going back in history, it has been the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood (and now of Qatar, their host) to establish global Sharia law. One of the earlier academics who sought to reconcile Western law with Sharia law was Said Ramadan, the son-in-law of the organization’s founder, Hassan al-Banna. Ramadan traveled the world, corresponding with various law professors, including Germany, where he obtained a doctorate in law.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and increased security scrutiny on all Muslim Brotherhood-linked actors, Said Ramadan’s son Tariq, grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Banna, was denied a visa and barred from entering the United States. In July 2009, when you, Secretary Clinton, were Secretary of State, Tariq Ramadan’s travel ban was lifted with your signature.

The public is urged to consider these additional facts concerning the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar and the activities of the Clintons:

  • While Secretary of State, Clinton’s chief aide was Huma Abedin. Abedin’s family is from Pakistan and they are known to be involved with the Pakistani branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and various other Islamist causes.
  • The U.S. Department of State under Clinton supported the Qatari-backed Islamist revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. These have resulted in ongoing chaos, anarchy and destruction. In Syria, where the State Department backs the anti-Assad rebels, the resistance has metastasized into ISIS, which is definitively genocidal in its ambitions.
  • When you, President Clinton, were President, you accepted the billionaire Fethullah Gulen into the United States, giving him asylum from Turkey. Gulen had tried to overthrow the then-secular government of Turkey and turn it into an Islamist state. He now resides in Pennsylvania.
  • The Clinton Presidential Library received a donation of “at least $1 million” from the State of Qatar, according to the Washington Post.

Additionally, Qatar is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell and profits from operating a virtual slave state. The Arab Spring, a Qatari and American-backed program to install Islamists across the Middle East and North Africa, has led to a veritable diplomatic “ crisis” with Israel. John Kerry’s attempt to force Qatar’s (who back Hamas) hatched peace terms on Israel, has caused the only democracy in the region to question America’s allegiance to their security.

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 and the Muslim Brotherhood to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking!

Sincerely,

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
AllenBWest.com

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy

Pamela Geller
Atlas Shrugs

Walid Shoebat
Shoebat.com

Charles Ortel
Washington Times

Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America

Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
NoisyRoom.net

Trevor Loudon
New Zeal **

& 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
Twitter: @stopqatarnow

** 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.

10/27/14

The Ties That Bind Michael Bloomberg, Qatar and Radical Islam

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton – NoisyRoom.net
William Michael – Qatar Awareness Campaign

Michael Bloomberg, in addition to having been Mayor of New York City and currently being a wealthy elitist Leftist, has ongoing ties to the Islamic world and Qatar. In fact, many of his regulatory moves and his philanthropy efforts are connected to one degree or another with Qatar and Islamic nations, causes and endeavors. Qatar, the reader should be reminded, is the host country of the Muslim Brotherhood and is the primary supporter of the Arab Spring, including the genocidal Islamic State.

Common Core is a huge, Progressive educational implementation in New York City which benefits Microsoft and a host of other businesses. Bloomberg is a major supporter of Common Core and strongly believes in it. So, incidentally (or not), does Qatar. One of Bloomberg’s projects is the Fund for Public Schools, whose primary building block is Common Core. In 2013, Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $1,000,000 or more to this endeavor. George Soros and The Open Society Foundations also donated $1,000,000 or more. Qatar Foundation International, LLC donated somewhere between $100,000 and $499,999. The Qatar Foundation donates to educational causes that directly benefit Islam and Qatar. The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a semi-private chartered, non-profit organization, founded in 1995 by Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir (the current Emir is His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani), and his second wife Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned. In addition to private funding, it is government-supported and partly government-funded.

Time Summit on Higher Education - Day 2: Vartan Gregorian, Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Gibbs

Time Summit on Higher Education – Day 2: Vartan Gregorian, Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Gibbs

The links between Bloomberg and the Qatar Foundation go even deeper. Vartan Gregorian and Michael Bloomberg attended the TIME Summit On Higher Education at the Time Warner Center on September 20, 2013 in New York City. This is significant on multiple fronts. Common Core is linked to Connect All Schools. The Department of State has partnered with the Connect All Schools program which is linked to Vartan Gregorian. He in turn, is connected in a myriad of ways to Barack Obama, not the least of which is that he is a member of the White House Fellowship Commission. Gregorian hails from Tabriz, Iran and is currently the President of Carnegie Corporation. More interestingly for Bloomberg is that Gregorian sits on the board of the Qatar Foundation International (QFI).

From Maggie’s Notebook:

The Qatar Foundation International, or QFI, in 2011 partnered with the Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate matchmaking between classrooms in the U.S. and international schools through something called the “Connect All Schools” project.

QFI, funded by the Qatari government, explains on its website the initiative was founded in response to Obama’s call in his June 2009 speech to the Arab world in Cairo, Egypt, to “create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.”

* QFI relates how more than 100 U.S. schools and organizations have already connected on the interactive website. [* Public and Private schools.]

The stated goal of the initiative is to “connect every school in the U.S. with the world by 2016.”…

WND reported last May the Qatar-based foundation awarded “Curriculum Grants” to seven U.S. schools and language organizations to “develop comprehensive and innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic language classroom.”

QFI, based in Washington, D.C., is the U.S. branch of the Qatar Foundation, founded in 1995 by Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Thani is still the group’s vice-chairman, while one of his three wives, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairs the organization’s board.

Thani also launched Al Jazeera in 1996 and served as the television network’s chairman. Source: Counter-Jihad Report

In 2012, the nonprofit provided $250,000 for a three-year pilot project for Arabic language at P.S. 368 in Harlem, reports DNA info New York.

More:

The  classes are voluntary this year, but next year, * all second through fifth grade students will be required to take Arabic as part of the curriculum.

The program is the first of its kind in New York City to integrate Arabic into an elementary school curriculum, organizers said.

The classes are a joint program between the Language Project and the Washington, D.C.-based, non-profit Qatar Foundation International.

“This is important because in the near future, Arabic is going to be a global language,” Mamdouh added.

“These kids are like sponges the way they learn the pronunciation and the words.”

[* Emphasis added.]

It should be noted that Arabic grammar is based on the Quran and its verses. When studying Arabic grammar, there is no substitute for studying the Quran. Expecting that the Quran would not be a part of Arabic lessons, is akin to saying that the time-tested grade school “Speller” could be omitted when teaching English.

bloomberg1Bloomberg actively brought Qatar into New York’s classrooms and is forcing Arabic as a language on students via Common Core and the Qatar Foundation International.

Michael Bloomberg was also a supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque (the Cordoba House, which is now Park51 – a three story museum with a worship space). The Cordoba Center would have been a 13-story monument to Islam, that would have housed a bookstore, auditorium, basketball court and a mosque. It would have cost well in excess of $100 million. It was to be built on the site of the former Burlington Coat Factory, whose roof was destroyed by falling debris from the towers on 9/11, just 600 feet from where the towers stood. Set to have replaced the current al-Farah mosque located 12 blocks north in Tribeca, the project was the inspiration of Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, whose father built the enormous 96th St. complex in 1984 and who proclaims himself a peacemaker. The Center earned endorsements from then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and prominent rabbis, along with funding from the Hunt Alternative Fund, the Carnegie Foundation, the Rockefeller Fund (whose director of grants programs, Taleb Salhab, founded the Coalition for Peace and Justice in Palestine and is the former director of the Palestine Aid Society of America) and the government of Qatar. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Bloomberg refused to allow clergy to attend the event. He also did not want the names of those murdered on that fateful day read and he banned first responders on the same anniversary. All in the name of not offending Muslims and Islam.

Bloomberg has also notably instilled variants of Sharia law in NYC via allowing exceptions for prayer times regardless of job affiliation. The Call to Prayer rings out in Manhattan these days as well and the number of mosques in NYC has literally exploded over the last few years. Many of which receive funds from Qatar.

bloomberg3Bloomberg has offices in Doha and across the Middle East. In fact, Bloomberg and Qatar are financially connected in many ways. Witness the Bloomberg Doha Conference. The focus of the joint conference in the past was on the condition of various industries in Middle Eastern countries. The topics of discussion included the state of the economies in these countries, the condition of oil and energy production companies, and industries and companies most suitable for investment in, among other topics.

This year, the Bloomberg Doha Conference will take place from November 3rd through the 4th in Doha, Qatar. The conference will cover areas such as setting the agenda; the global perspective; regional landscape; transition of power; the new Qatari leadership; a conversation with Sir Michael Hintze; Islamic finance; real estate; Saudi energy markets and geopolitics; Iran, Syria and regional political stability; asset allocation; where are the opportunities in the region; traditional versus alternative, wealth preservation for the new generation; World Cup spending and development; regulation and the role this plays for managers looking at the region; investment destinations outside the Middle East and following the money. All of this indicates a strong, intrinsic financial and strategic relationship between Bloomberg and Qatar.

Moreover, Bloomberg and the Qatar Central Bank launched an Interbank Rate in 2012. From Business Wire:

NEW YORK & DOHA, Qatar–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qatar Central Bank (QCB) and Bloomberg LP are partnering to launch the first ever Qatar Interbank Offer Rate (QIBOR) fixings in a move aimed at encouraging a more active interbank market in Qatar, executives announced today. Interbank rate fixings are used around the world to provide a daily reference point for banks borrowing unsecured funds from other banks in the local wholesale banking market and this announcement brings Qatar into that market for the first time.

QIBOR, which will use the contributed offer rates quoted by nine panel banks, will be calculated by Bloomberg and published on the QCB website and the Bloomberg Professional® service (QCBQ <GO>) beginning on May 6th at 10:00 a.m. Doha local time and each subsequent business day at the same time. QIBOR fixings for eight different time maturities ranging from overnight to one year will be publicly available each day making market activity transparent to other banks around the world.

HE Sheikh Abdulla Saoud Al Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank, commented, “In establishing the first-ever benchmark interbank rate in Qatar it was vital that we worked with a partner with deep expertise and credibility in this area. Bloomberg is the market leader for financial data and extending our relationship with them will help position Qatar as a growing force in the global financial markets.”

The list of member banks on the QIBOR panel includes Ahli Bank; Al Khalij Commercial Bank; Arab Bank; BNP Paribas; Commercial Bank of Qatar; Doha Bank; International Bank of Qatar; Qatar National Bank; and Standard Chartered Bank which represent the largest local and international banks currently participating in the Qatar interbank market.

Jean-Paul Zammitt, Global Head of Product Development for the Bloomberg Professional service, commented, “With the launch of QIBOR, the Qatar Central Bank is progressively promoting interbank activity in its maturing market. Bloomberg promotes transparency and we continue to work closely with central banks to support and develop their local markets.”

Additionally, Bloomberg has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2011, Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced plans to partner with the Bloomberg news service to establish a new Arabic language news channel. Prince Talal’s donations to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), both part of the US Muslim Brotherhood, as well as his support of the Georgetown University (for more on Qatar and Georgetown, see here) Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CCMU), run by long-time Muslim Brotherhood supporter Dr. John Esposito, are well documented. In 2008, an Arab business publication reported that Prince Talal had also made numerous financial contributions to a pan-Islamic interfaith dialog organization that is closely tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood and which has an anti-Semitic statement posted on its website. In March of 2008, the Kingdom Foundation established by Prince Talal was one of the sponsors of a conference held by the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP), a new international Islamic philanthropic organization with strong Muslim Brotherhood representation. So, to partner with Talal, is to partner with the Muslim Brotherhood.

In my recent article, “The Brookings Institution and Qatar — The Money, Power and Influence Behind Global Terror,” I discussed how American think tanks are indeed, acting like, and at the behest of, foreign agents. Their influence and direction is directly controlled by those funding them such as Qatar, a known sponsor of terrorism worldwide. So, it is no surprise that Leonid Bershidsky at Bloomberg View takes exception with that viewpoint:

The U.S. should hang on to what differentiates it from repressive regimes like Putin’s, and lightly applied FARA legislation is one such differentiator. The U.S. government shouldn’t care who funds research, or sponsors events at which U.S. officials sit next to those from foreign countries. What matters is whether rival points of view also get a hearing.

Wrong. You cannot use a monster such as Putin as cover to deal with other monsters such as Qatar and justify it as ‘differentiation.’ We should certainly care who funds our think tanks and rival points of view should not be considered when they come from terrorists and murderers. As we have seen in science, “funding” very much drives the conclusions of research; in the same way “funding” will drive the conclusions of conferences and think tanks.

Michael Bloomberg has said of his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.” Unfortunately, he does not specify which God or heaven he is referring to. But it is comforting that he seems to “know the mind of God.”

You can also see the money trail leading to Qatar, etc. concerning Bloomberg’s Nanny State initiatives. One of these, the banning of smoking indoors, fits in with Islam as the use of tobacco is haram (i.e., forbidden). For instance, the Nigerian Islamist group – Boko Haram, established by a Qatari proxy who now resides in Doha – executed two people recently for smoking. Bloomberg partnered with the Turkish AKP, an Islamist party hostile to Israel and secular Turks, to seriously curtail smoking in that country, just as he did in New York City:

Crowing about the success of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ anti-smoking campaign in Turkey recently, he said that “Turkey is a great example, and it can be translated to other countries.” BP has been working with the Turkish government since 2009, when its nationwide public smoking ban first went into effect. According to the World Health Organization’s 2013 report on the “Global Tobacco Epidemic”–also funded by BP–smoking in Turkey decreased from 16 million adults in 2008 to 14.8 million in 2013.

In Turkey, where terrorism reigns and encroaching and aggressive Sharia law continues to oppose basic human rights, Bloomberg is fighting a war on smoking. For instance, Turkey leads the world in imprisoned journalists. Ironic, since Bloomberg fancies himself the ultimate journalist and businessman. This is a country at the forefront of a rising Caliphate — one in which Christians and Jews are especially persecuted for their religious views. Bloomberg Philanthropies have spent over $600 million on tobacco control advocacy and research since 2007. Speaking to a group of anti-smoking activists in Turkey earlier this summer, Bloomberg joked that his philanthropy may win him a Nobel prize. Yes, because an award dripping in blood is a prized possession and all that.

Bloomberg’s deep ties to Islamic tyrants, their countries and their money should disqualify him from being considered for any position related to national security, especially Secretary of Defense. But this is the Obama Administration and background checks are only for those that are politically unacceptable to the regime. Michael Bloomberg, who has no military experience whatsoever, was considered by Robert Gates as a possible Pentagon successor. Of course, Gates also considered Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell and Leon Panetta. All of them security risks, Panetta and his Marxist history won out and the rest is Progressive history. It is noteworthy that Gates was the President of Texas A&M when they established a satellite campus in Doha in 2003, completely funded by the Qatar Foundation.

As for Bloomberg’s contributions to and the enforcement of the green movement in New York… Qatar and Bloomberg both push the faux emergency state of climate change. It benefits them both financially and in seeking global power shifts. Qatar, a major supplier of natural gas and to a lesser extent, oil, would rather see the world voluntarily starve itself of domestically produced energy.

The ties that bind Michael Bloomberg, Qatar and radical Islam together are deep, murky and complex. As always… follow the money and the quest for power. You will find those such as Bloomberg cozying up to terrorist states such as Qatar for their 30 pieces of silver.

10/27/14

Qatar Awareness Campaign – Miramax @StopQatarNow


QATAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Harvey and Bob Weinstein
c/o Miramax Films
375 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10013

Dear Harvey and Bob Weinstein:

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 film company you founded, Miramax, is largely owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund operated by the Qatari state. Qatar has proven itself the primary sponsor of terror and genocide in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2010, Disney sold Miramax to Filmyard Holdings, a joint investment group which included the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), private equity company Colony Capital and construction company Tutor-Saliba Corporation. QIA was the largest shareholder. In January 2013, Ron Tutor of Tutor-Saliba sold his stake in Miramax to the Qatar Investment Authority, leaving Miramax in the hands of Colony Capital and Qatar exclusively.

Although you two had left Miramax for a time, in December 2013 Miramax announced a 20 year deal with The Weinstein Company for “a multi-year co-production and co-distribution deal covering movies, TV and stage for titles in the Miramax library.” This reunites the company with its founders; and unites the Weinstein brothers, Miramax and Qatar – a prolific state sponsor of terrorism across North Africa and the Middle East – in one corporate entity.

So the public understands how conflicts of interests occur when terrorist financing commingles with Hollywood, here are some more facts concerning Miramax, Qatar, al Qaeda and other revolutionary and murderous movements:

  • In 2010, the Weinstein Company, produced Miral, a movie about a Palestinian orphan. The film was criticized by many as pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel and the journalist Daniel Greenfield called it a “terrorist propaganda flick.”
  • In 2004, Miramax released the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 9/11, which pushed the specious idea that then-President George W. Bush was somehow involved with the September 11 attacks. It’s hard to imagine a better piece of terrorist propaganda and disinformation.
  • Miramax has a history of distributing films by the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. Miramax distributed two of Almodovar’s movies in the early 1990s, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and High Heels.
  • One of Almodovar’s actresses for a period of time was Maria Ayuso. This “chica Almodovar” later married Abu Dahbah, the Al Qaeda mastermind of the Madrid train bombings in 2004.
  • Abu Dahbah was also acquainted with Abu Musab al-Suri, a Syrian who once resided in Spain and one of the most prolific authors of jihad for Al Qaeda.

Additionally, Qatar is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell and profits from operating a virtual slave state. The Arab Spring, a Qatari and American-backed program to install Islamists across the Middle East and North Africa, has led to a veritable diplomatic “ crisiswith Israel. John Kerry’s attempt to force Qatar’s (who backed Hamas) hatched peace terms on Israel, has caused the only democracy in the region to question America’s allegiance to their security.

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 and the Muslim Brotherhood to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking!

Sincerely,

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
AllenBWest.com

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy

Pamela Geller
Atlas Shrugs

Walid Shoebat
Shoebat.com

Charles Ortel
Washington Times

Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America

Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
NoisyRoom.net

Trevor Loudon
New Zeal **

& 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
Twitter: @stopqatarnow

** 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.

10/26/14

Tough

Arlene from Israel

The word “tough” has different meanings, and I am actually using it in more than one sense in this posting.  The first meaning – difficult to deal with – applies to the video directly below.  From “Jewish Voices on Campus,” it is exceedingly important and I ask you all to take the time to see it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAyFlByb64M

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The second meaning I want to apply is slang, as in “You don’t like it? Tough.”

Orwa Abd El-Wahab Hammad, from the village of Silwad near Ramallah, was killed by the IDF on Friday.  Arab sources said he was 14, the IDF says he was 17.  Born in America, he has lived in Arab villages in Samaria since he was a small boy.  He was shot because he was about to throw a Molotov cocktail into on-coming traffic on Highway 60.  A Molotov cocktail is a home-made incendiary device, serving as a fire bomb, that can set its target on fire. Thrown at a car, it could be lethal and might cause multiple deaths.

Explained an IDF spokesman: “The forces fired immediately to neutralize the danger….”

Now, partly because of this, we’ve got rioting by Arabs in certain parts of eastern Jerusalem for the third consecutive day.  These riots have been encouraged by Hamas
official Mahmoud Al-Zahar, who has told Palestinian Arabs in eastern Jerusalem to rise up against Israel and continue “resisting.”

“The escalation [of violence] in the city is the solution to ‘Israeli aggression.’”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-hurl-stones-firebombs-at-police-in-east-jerusalem/

A Palestinian protester burns a tire during clashes with Israeli security officers in the Issawiya district of Arab east Jerusalem on October 24, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)

Credit: AFP / Ahmad Gharabli

See critical information below about Hamas involvement in this situation.

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Now, it’s not Israeli officials saying “tough,” it’s me. They are too diplomatic. But I am expressing a forthright and honest sentiment.  Not a single iota of regret.  No way. The Arabs don’t like it that one of their youth was shot?  If he had not been attempting to create chaos and danger for Jews driving in nearby cars, he would still be alive.

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As it happens, the death of this boy is not the only reason for the rioting. The crowds are also “agitated” about the death of Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, the terrorist who killed baby Chaya Zissel Braun when he ran his car into a crowd at the Light Rail station.

He was shot by a security officer at the scene and died some hours later. There are – I would say “incredibly,” except that this seems par for the course – claims by Arab sources that what happened was merely a “traffic accident” and that there was no reason to shoot him.

His funeral was supposed to be today, and when a terrorist is being buried that always stirs up the crowds. As I write I am not sure whether he was buried, or will be in the remaining hours of the day.  Israeli officials sought to delay the funeral, and then to limit the size of the crowd.

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I call your attention here to a critically important piece, written by Pinchas Inbari – who is an Arabic speaking Israeli journalist and exceedingly knowledgeable – for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.  “The Role of Hamas and Fatah in the Jerusalem Disturbances.”

What is going on here in Jerusalem is not simply a matter of local Arabs expressing “distress.”  What we have on our hands is a war with radical Islamists, who are now focused on Jerusalem. And so, we are back to my first definition of “tough,’ as something difficult to deal with.  But something that must be dealt with, as Naftali Bennett put it, “with an iron fist” (all emphasis added):

“The deterioration of the security situation in Jerusalem cannot be understood only on the Israeli-Palestinian level; it is umbillically connected to the chaos in the Middle East and to the great struggle between the moderate Sunni regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to make the Jerusalem issue a rallying cry of the ‘Arab Storm.’  The Brotherhood’s strategy hopes to unite all of the regions Islamic movements around the idea of the Muslim Caliphate with the Al-Aqsa Mosque [on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem] as its hub.”

Inbari documents the “call of the Muslim faithful” to liberate the Mosque in a variety of contexts, both with regard to Hamas and Fatah.  He says:

On the issue of funding Fatah activity in Jerusalem, eyes are turned to Qatar, the great financier of all the movements that are undermining regional stability, including in Israel.  The large sums evidently being used by the websites of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood to wage the Jerusalem campaign indicate that much Qatari money has already flowed their way, and Fatah is now waiting in line.

“Fatah’s very weak standing in the Al-Aqsa compound was apparent in the attack – wild to the point of life-endangering – on Palestinian religious affairs minister Mahmoud al-Habash when he visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque at the end of June this year.  His attackers were Hamas and Hizbat-ut-Tahrir men, and the Palestinian Authority’s security forces had a very hard time rescuing him.  The joint attack also conveyed a message that these two movement, which have struggled over hegemony on the Mount, have reconciled and are now acting in unison.

“Yet everyone is competing for Qatar money – a fact that only spurs local groups towards greater levels of violence. Fatah’s joining of the Al-Aqsa campaign as a wagon hitched to fundamentalist Qatar may well herald a take-over of Ramallah by the radical Islamic movements – unless the Palestinian Authority regains its bearings in time.”

http://jcpa.org/article/hamas-fatah-jerusalem-disturbances/

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Scary as hell, my friends, and I will continue to report on this.

Today it was not only police that were out in large numbers to quell the violence, but other security forces as well. Whatever it takes.

Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya district of Arab east Jerusalem on October 24, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ AHMAD GHARABLI)
Credit: AFP / Ahmad Gharabli

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Please do know that, as horrific as it is, all of Jerusalem is not in turmoil.  I live in the city, in a western neighborhood, and everything is entirely peaceful.  The violence is occurring in certain Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem and in certain parts of Jewish neighborhoods past the Green Line that abut Arab neighborhoods, and at key points such at the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount.

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A major point here:

The US is on the wrong side with regard to this entire matter. Not surprising, but exceedingly distressing.

There is, first, the growing relationship of the Obama administration with Qatar, the major funder of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then there is what we are seeing in terms of State Department positions in response to what is going on here.  Last week I expressed great anger at the statement, after the Al-Shaludi attack, that, “We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.”  Instead of expressing concern for the Israeli populace and standing with Israeli attempts to protect those citizens. “Morally blind by design,” I wrote. And indeed this is true.

Now we have the latest press statement from Jen Psaki:

“The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24.  Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. We call for a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation.  We continue to urge all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank.“

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/10/233356.htm

As commentator Yisrael Medad has pointed out, the term “clashes” is severely misleading.  There were no clashes. There was an Arab youth threatening Jews, who had to be stopped.

Aaron Lerner, director of IMRA, minced no words in his description of the State Department statement, beginning with his title, “US declines to indicate if opposes murdering drivers with Molotov cocktails in State Department statement”:

Question: Why wasn’t State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki able to come up with a formula in the wording of the statement…to indicate that the United States of America does not condone, under any circumstances, the throwing of firebombs?”

http://imra.org.il/story.php3?id=65236

Indeed!  It is apparent to me, and I am reasonably certain Lerner intends to suggest the same, that it is not that Psaki was unable to come up with the wording, but chose not to.

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I will mention here – and return to this – that when Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was in the US recently, it has now been revealed, he was denied access to certain key officials with whom he wished to speak.

10/24/14

Is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Useless?

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been in the headlines of late as Ebola takes center stage.  The CDC, your tax dollars at work, advertises in its banner, “CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People TM”.   Perusing their website gives you an idea of the importance placed on certain aspects they consider top priorities.

Then I read where a doctor who had been a volunteer working in an Ebola field hospital had returned to the United States, landed at New York’s JFK airport and given the ‘all clear’ by the CDC to go about mixing and mingling with the general population.  The only problem…the doctor wasn’t quarantined for any length of time and, as it turns out; you guessed it, the good doctor is infected with the Ebola virus.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, 33, returned from Guinea 10 days ago after treating Ebola patients there. Since returning, Spencer rode the A, L, and No. 1 subway lines, went running, used an Uber livery cab, and went to a bowling alley in Williamsburg called the Gutter Wednesday night, said Dr. Mary Bassett, the city’s health commissioner. He also visited the High Line park in Manhattan at some point, she said. He began exhibiting a fever and diarrhea on Thursday morning.

Obviously this doctor was high risk – so what was he doing on a plane, subway, and cab, then running and bowling in public places?! And how did he miss out on taking the ferry and LIRR, for good measure? Maybe those were his Thursday plans before he got sick.”

I’m so glad the CDC, that government agency using our tax dollars, “24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People TM”, that CDC did such a good job containing a person they knew had been in contact with a contagious disease.  Just think about the folks that the CDC has no clue about, those coming through our open borders since things like that are not important to the Obama administration.

What about communicable diseases which are now being imported to the heartland of the United States from those who are not checked as they are welcomed with open arms and placed in our public schools?  Where is the CDC’s response warning everyone of the dangers of coming in contact with active Tuberculosis or God-knows what else has been brought here?

cdcuseless2Maybe the CDC should share proper protocols for dealing with Ebola contaminants with those who are working first hand with this crisis… like these two police officers who, after visiting Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer’s apartment in New York City decided to toss their safety masks and gloves in the nearest public trash can.

Moving right along…  We’ve been told by the CDC to get a Flu shot each year; but how effective and/or dangerous is the vaccine?

“A Johns Hopkins scientist has issued a blistering report on influenza vaccines in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Peter Doshi, Ph.D., charges that although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in unprecedented numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than alleged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

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“Not only is the vaccine not safe, Dr. Blaylock tells Newsmax Health, it doesn’t even work. “The vaccine is completely worthless, and the government knows it,” he says. “There are three reasons the government tells the elderly why they should get flu shots: secondary pneumonia, hospitalization, and death. Yet a study by the Cochrane group studied hundreds of thousands of people and found it offered zero protection for those three things in the general community.” (emphasis added)

The government’s pushing a Flu vaccine they know doesn’t work while using their arm twisting powers to force individuals to subject themselves to possible dangerous side effects, either that or lose their jobs; just wonderful.  This is the same government agency that can’t figure out how to keep one Ebola infected individual from exposing the population to this dreadful disease.

Exactly how much money is being wasted by taxpayers to keep the CDC up and running?

For years the CDC has been pushing a Low Salt Diet, saving us from consuming too much Salt even though recent scientific studies published in the May 4 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association don’t support the claim; to the contrary, “The investigators found that the less salt people ate, the more likely they were to die of heart disease…”

Saving us from catching the Flu even though the vaccine they’re promoting doesn’t work, limiting our Salt intake even though no conclusive data justifies it and making sure our society never comes in contact with Ebola; yea, they’re doing a great job.  Going down their list of priorities, at least these boobs have a handle on breast cancer.

The CDC is another example of government employees sucking the public teat and providing little if anything in return.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

10/24/14

Trevor Loudon’s Final Speaking Engagements for 2014

New Zeal

October

Sat., Oct. 25th, 2014
Event: Ramona Tea Party Forum — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.ramonatead.com/
Time: 12 pm PST
Place: Ramona Mainstage Theater
626 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065

Sun., Oct. 26th, 2014
Event: Hancock Park Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 4 pm PST
Place: 20565 Palm Way
Torrence, CA 90503

Mon., Oct. 27th, 2014
Event: Island County Republican Party & Sno-Isle Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Place: Everett, WA

Tues., Oct. 28th, 2014
Event: Island County Republican Party & Sno-Isle Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Kitsap, WA

Wed., Oct. 29th, 2014
Event: Yakima Republican Liberty Caucus — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Place: Howard Johnson’s
9 North 9th Street
Yakima, WA 98901

Thurs., Oct. 30th, 2014
Event: Thurston County Republican Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7:00 pm PST
Place: Thurston County Courthouse – Building 1 Room 152
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Fri., Oct. 31st, 2014
Event: Tacoma Narrows Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 6:30 pm PST
Place: Gig Harbor Library
4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

November

Sat., Nov. 1st, 2014
Event: We The People — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.wepeeps.org
Time: 6:30 pm PST
Place: Fishers Landing Grange
814 NE 162nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684

10/24/14

Qatar Awareness Campaign – Senator John McCain @StopQatarNow


QATAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Senator John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator McCain:

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. In light of your unwavering support for the Arab Spring, it is important to weigh your concerns for “democracy” against empowering the nation’s enemies. The State of Qatar was a consistent advocate for the Arab Spring, precisely because they are the home of the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Even before President Obama, reacting to events in Tahrir Square, called for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, you, Senator McCain, did so. “Regrettably the time has come 4 Pres. Mubarak 2 step down & relinquish power. It’s in the best interest of Egypt, its people & its military,” you tweeted on February 2, 2011. Mubarak’s resignation was the first significant step toward destabilizing the Middle East, which has led to anarchy across the entire region and the proliferation of Jihadi militias.

The power vacuum left by Mubarak in Egypt was filled by the Muslim Brotherhood, a revolutionary, stateless organization currently based out of Qatar. In the coming months, there would be government sanctioned pogroms against the Coptic Christians, as well as other religious minorities, in Egypt: entire faith communities came under assault from Muslim Brotherhood gangs, and dozens of Churches were burned.

The Egyptian debacle was repeated in Libya, as NATO airstrikes deposed a then-U.S. friendly Muammar Gaddafi. Once again, you publicly called for deposing Gaddafi, and supporting the Qatari-backed rebels. Libya’s Christians were treated as brutally as Egypt’s, or worse, and today Libya is a failed state tantamount to Afghanistan under the Taliban. It is a haven for murderous and revolutionary Islamists, smugglers and roving, lawless cartels. It poses a security threat to all of North Africa.

Even as Syria is under siege by the same ideological group of Jihadis, who have proven beyond reproach to be genocidal psychopaths, you still call for ousting Assad. While no patriotic American wants to support a dictator, the real question to consider is: who will fill this vacuum? Recent experience forewarns that something far worse will replace Assad and indeed they already control parts of Syria and Iraq – ISIS.

Each one of these experiments in capricious regime change has a common backer (besides you and President Obama) – the State of Qatar. Morsi was a Muslim Brother President of Egypt, fully backed by the Al-Thani monarchy in Doha. In Libya, Qatar had ground troops training al Qaeda “linked” rebels and even deployed fighter jets. In Syria, PBS has reported that the American government has trained Syrian rebels in Qatar!

There are more relevant facts to consider when evaluating your positions over the last several years concerning Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood:

  • You came out in support of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, whose family has been conclusively linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in Pakistan.
  • You were arguably the loudest Republican voice supporting the Arab Spring from the beginning. You called it a “collective demand for human dignity, economic opportunity and peaceful political change.” Yet, it has led to more indignities upon humanity than anything in recent memory.
  • After the Egyptian military removed the criminal Morsi regime, an action you determined to be a “coup,” you urged the punishing of Egypt by restricting military aid to the new government.
  • In Tunisia in April, 2013, you met with Prime Minister Ali Larayedh. Larayedh is a member of the Ennahda Movement, which is a Muslim Brotherhood-allied political party.

Additionally, Qatar is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell and profits from operating a virtual slave state. A recent press report explained how a Qatari citizen was the money man for an Al Qaeda group in Syria. His alias? Umar al-Qatari.

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 and the Muslim Brotherhood to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery and drug trafficking!

Sincerely,

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
AllenBWest.com

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy

Pamela Geller
Atlas Shrugs

Walid Shoebat
Shoebat.com

Charles Ortel
Washington Times

Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America

Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
NoisyRoom.net

Trevor Loudon
New Zeal **

& 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
Twitter: @stopqatarnow

** 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.

10/24/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 10/24/14

The Watcher’s Council


In remembrance of the soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who died in Canada this past week at the hands of a radical Jihadist. We also honor Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers for his bravery in taking down said Jihadist and saving untold lives.

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Babası oğluna bir bağ bağışlamış, oğul babaya bir salkım üzüm vermemiş (“The Father gave his son a vineyard, the son didn’t give a single bunch of grapes to the father.” – Turkish Proverb

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

“Alliances are broken from considerations of interest.” – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Discourses, 1517

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This week’s winner, The Razor’sThe RazorKick Turkey Out Of NATO is a persuasively written essay that embodies the thoughts expressed above… it makes little sense to hold on to an alliance that really isn’t one. Here’s a slice:

Lord Palmerstone once noted that nations do not have permanent allies, only permanent interests. This statement assumes that a nation always acts in its own best interest, and this assumption is the basis for the realist school of international relations. Realists always expect national actors to do what is best for themselves. If an action does not benefit the nation in any particular way, or worse threatens it, then one cannot reasonably expect it to act even though one might think and others might agree that it is the right course of action. In international relations at least according to the realist school, there are no completely altruistic acts by nations or their actors.

I’ve been rooted in the realist school of international relations well before I got my degree in political science, having grown up while Henry Kissinger acted as Nixon’s national security advisor and later secretary of state under him and his successor Gerald Ford.Realists not only expect nations to act in their best interests, but regimes and the organizations constituting them to do the same. In statecraft realists aren’t surprised when regimes do what’s best for them even when it might compromise or damage others, but are willing to act in their own best interest when the opposite party acts in theirs.

Case in point: Turkey. Under the regime of Recep Erdogan for the past 12 years Turkey has been acting in the best interest of Erdogan and his ruling party the AKP. Erdogan is an Islamist in a nation where political Islam had been banned for decades after its re-founding under Kamal Ataturk. While Ataturk and the secularists saw Europe as a useful ally that would strengthen Turkey and their regime in the Middle East, Erdogan has instead positioned Turkey as the next Islamic Caliphate more in line with the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century rather than secular and Democratic Western Europe.

Perhaps the biggest interest Erdogan has besides the desire to remain in power is to avoid empowering the Kurdish minority within Turkey. Unlike the Palestinians, the Kurds have a much longer claim to their land stretching from northern Syria across southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq to Iran. One commonality between Erdogan and his secular predecessors has been the oppression of the Kurds in Turkey and their nationalist aims. The no-fly zone established in northern Iraq after the first Gulf War led to autonomy under Saddam and later the post-Saddam Iraqi government. Iraqi Kurds are as close to independent as Kurds have ever been, and their Syrian, Iranian and Turkish cousins recognize this.

From Erdogan’s perspective the decimation of the Syrian Kurds by the Islamic State (IS) is welcome. It weakens the Kurdish cause by reducing the number of Kurds in the region. Plus the Syrian Kurds were also strong supporters of the PKK, Turkey’s al-Qaida. From the realist perspective Erdogan will not act against IS on behalf of the Kurds unless there is an even greater, more pressing interest to do so.

And that’s the problem. Current American and European leadership is run by idealists not by realists. American and Europeans leaders simply do not understand why Erdogan and to more worrying degree Vladimir Putin act the way they do. To them bombing Kurds in Turkey instead of IS in Syria makes absolutely no sense just as annexing Crimea and dismembering Ukraine. They do not see the world the way Erdogan and Putin do, but realists do. Realists recognize that Putin and Erdogan will only act when the pressure applied to them is real and painful.

For Erdogan that pressure should include Turkey’s rejection from NATO and any possible future admittance to the EU under his regime. If Turkey acts in its own interests, so should the EU and the United States. The truth is that instead of being a beacon of secular Islam as Turkey once was, Turkey under Erdogan has become just another corrupt, Islamic Middle Eastern dictatorship with caliphate dreams. Turkey has condoned the rise of IS as well as backed other terrorist groups such as Hamas. It has kept a tight leash on the American base in Incirlik, preventing it from participating in the second Gulf War and in attacks on IS.

More at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Volokh Conspiracy’sCan ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings? submitted by Rhymes with Right. The piece examines the latest bit of bullying by same sex marriage advocates.

Here are this week’s full results. The Right Planet, The Independent Sentinel and Ask Marion were not able to vote this time out. None were affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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