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July 31, 2010 - War on Women News - Responsible for Equality And Liberty

Pakistan: 102 Honor Killings in Punjab in 6 Months, Nearly 3,000 Women Victimized

-- Pakistan Daily Times - on report from January to June 2010 "8 Out of 2,690 cases reported, 913 were abductions, 381 murders, 102 honour killings, 377 rapes and gang rapes, 166 suicides"\07\30\story_30-7-2010_pg13_1

Afghanistan: The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture,8599,2007269,00.html
-- R.E.A.L reports:

--- Afghan women live in fear – CNN video
--- Afghan Constitution, Women's Rights, and the Taliban
--- R.E.A.L.'s Jeffrey Imm Protests the Taliban

Iran stoning case woman ordered to name campaigners - Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
-- Mother interrogated in prison over photograph and children advised to stay silent or face arrest

(U.S.) Arizona – Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing" Trial Starts November 29

-- November 2009: R.E.A.L. Outreach to Public at CNN Washington DC on Religious Supremacist "Honor Killings"

(U.S.) Remember Women's Struggle for the Vote: Suffering Suffragettes
-- August 26 is the 90th Anniversary of 19the Amendment
-- R.E.A.L also has public gathering at White House on August 26


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Pakistan: 102 Honor Killings in Punjab in 6 Months, Nearly 3,000 Women Victimized

Pakistan: Suspected Islamists Shoot Five Christians to Death in Pakistan

(Pakistan) Blast damages NATO oil tanker in Quetta\07\31\story_31-7-2010_pg7_5

(Pakistan) Sectarian violence tears at Pakistan's heartland\07\31\story_31-7-2010_pg7_22

(Pakistan) Three policemen, two civilian wounded in firing in SW Pakistan

(Pakistan/U.S.) No plans to send combat troops to Pakistan: US\07\31\story_31-7-2010_pg7_2

(Pakistan/UK) Islamist protesters in Pakistan burn effigy of David Cameron as diplomatic row grows

(Pakistan/UK) ISI chief calls off UK visit over Cameron remarks

Afghanistan: Mob torches US embassy vehicles in Kabul\07\31\story_31-7-2010_pg7_3

Afghanistan: 2 U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Three die in Afghan suicide bombing

Afghanistan: Taliban say Petraeus killing more civilians\07\31\story_31-7-2010_pg7_24

Afghanistan: British troops find Taliban IED factory during Operation Tor Shezada

Afghanistan: UN removes five Taliban from blacklist
-- PDT: "Diplomats identified the five as former UN ambassador Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad Awrang, author of ‘My Life With The Taliban’, Abdul Salam Zaeef, Abdul Satar Paktin, and two members described as 'deceased', Abdul Samad Khaksar and Muhammad Islam Mohammadi."\07\31\story_31-7-2010_pg1_5

Afghanistan: US worried more secret documents may be released

-- Secrets, Leaks And Access
-- Military airstrike video leak suspect in solitary confinement

Indian soldiers fire at protesters in IHK, 3 killed\07\31\story_31-7-2010_pg1_6

Iraq: 4 killed in Iraqi bombings, closing out deadliest month in 2 years

Iraq arrests two over deadly Baghdad attacks

-- Dawn: "Two people including a lawyer had been arrested as a result of the footage of the attacks."

Iraq: Ten al-Qaeda members arrested in Iraq

Iraq: Another Christian abducted in Kirkuk

US Stalls on Sept. 11 Trial For 5 at Gitmo
-- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 4 others

Gaza rocket strikes southern Israel for second time in 24 hours

-- Gaza rocket damages public building,7340,L-3927626,00.html

Israeli airstrike kills senior Hamas rocket maker

-- Dawn: "The cross-border violence came after weeks of relative calm and raised concerns of further escalation"

-- Hamas says to avenge for killing one of its leaders

Yemen: Al Qaeda successful in the last attacks, expert

Somali Jihadis Launch 'News Channel' As Officials Warn of Growing Al Qaeda Links

Somalia: Islamist rebels vow jihad on Somalia's Puntland

Turkey: Al Qaeda's Surprising New Target

Thailand: Insurgency suspect nabbed in Pattani after home raid

Women's News:

Pakistan: 102 Honor Killings in Punjab in 6 Months, Nearly 3,000 Women Victimized

-- Pakistan Daily Times - on report from January to June 2010 "8 Out of 2,690 cases reported, 913 were abductions, 381 murders, 102 honour killings, 377 rapes and gang rapes, 166 suicides"\07\30\story_30-7-2010_pg13_1

Afghanistan: The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture,8599,2007269,00.html
-- R.E.A.L reports:

--- Afghan women live in fear – CNN video
--- Afghan Constitution, Women's Rights, and the Taliban
--- R.E.A.L.'s Jeffrey Imm Protests the Taliban

Iran stoning case woman ordered to name campaigners - Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani
-- Mother interrogated in prison over photograph and children advised to stay silent or face arrest

(U.S.) Arizona – Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing" Trial Starts November 29

-- November 2009: R.E.A.L. Outreach to Public at CNN Washington DC on Religious Supremacist "Honor Killings"

(U.S.) Remember Women's Struggle for the Vote: Suffering Suffragettes
-- August 26 is the 90th Anniversary of 19the Amendment
-- R.E.A.L also has public gathering at White House on August 26

Other News:

(Congo) Thousands Flee Congo Clashes, Security Worsens
-- Reuters: "Almost 90,000 people have fled fighting in eastern Congo in the past month, aid agencies said, underscoring a worsening security situation despite the official end of Congo's 1998-2003 war."

(Sudan) Darfur's S. government issues ultimatum to UNAMID

Malaysia: Muslim man acquitted of torching Malaysian church during tensions over use of word 'Allah'
-- Azuwan Shah

Indonesia: West Java, Ahmadi faithful targeted by Islamic extremists and local government
-- targeting Ahmadi Muslims,-Ahmadi-faithful-targeted-by-Islamic-extremists-and-local-government-19084.html

Pakistan: Baptized Muslim family and Pastor under blasphemy in Pakistan

Bangladesh's Islamist parties face ban after court rules against religion-based politics

-- Bangladesh court bans religion in politics
--- "'Secularism will again be the cornerstone of our constitution,' law minister Shafiq Ahmed "

Lebanon: Governmental protection for Christians won't stop radicals

(Iran) Three Americans Held Captive in Iran: One Year and Counting

(UK) London march protests murder of Pakistani Christians

(UK) London: English National Alliance and EDL march in London
-- UK skinheads, masked individuals, dogs, crowds, large police presence

-- ENA/EDL Protest March in London
-- Arrests at march over sharia law

(UK) English Nationalist Alliance clash with police in protest through streets of London
-- Daily Mail: "Many of the demonstrators had shrouded their faces in balaclavas and scarfs. Some had brought along young children"

(UK) EDL and "Strange bedfellows"

(UK) Maajid Nawaz on "60 Minutes"

(UK) Fury as Israel president claims English are 'anti-semitic'

(U.S.) George Washington Quoted on Religious Liberty and Tolerance

-- August 1790 - George Washington: "The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent national gifts. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."

(U.S.) The Big Lie of the Protocols of Elders of Zion Shows How Hate Kills

-- NYC: Anti-Mosque Blogger Promotes Anti-Semitic "Protocols of Elders of Zion"

(U.S.) NYC: Debate Heats Up About Mosque Near Ground Zero

(U.S.) NYC: Jewish group opposes ground zero mosque - Anti-Defamation League
-- ADL: Statement On Islamic Community Center Near Ground Zero
-- Haaretz: Anti-Defamation League rebuked for opposition to 9/11 mosque

-- R.E.A.L. Position

(U.S.) Anti-Islam Hate Pastor Promotes Qur'an Burning on CNN

-- Church plans Quran-burning event
-- Florida-based christian group isolated by Quran burning event

(U.S.) National Association of Evangelicals denounces church's Quran burning event

(U.S.) California: Protestors denounce planned mosque in Temecula

-- related reports,0,20718.story
-- Opponents, supporters of Temecula mosque square off in shouting match
-- Both sides air opinions in verbal battle over Temecula mosque proposal

-- Anti-mosque protest in Temecula emotional but ends peacefully

Israeli rabbis clamp down on burka

Against Racial Supremacism News:

(U.S.) NYC: Hate Crime Deaths in Staten Island Decried by Family
-- Jose Sucuzhanay and group of Hispanics killed

Arizona: Noor Almaleki Honor Killing Trial Starts November 29

Arizona: Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing" Trial Starts November 29

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)

In Arizona, the trial of Faleh Almaleki for the "honor killing" of
his 20 year old daughter in November 2009 has been scheduled to being on
November 29, 2010.

Arizona Republic states:
"A Glendale man accused of slaying his daughter in an 'honor killing'
is scheduled to stand trial later this year. Faleh Almaleki, an Iraqi
immigrant, is suspected of running down his daughter, 20-year-old Noor
Almaleki, for being 'too Westernized.' He was reportedly furious with
Noor for leaving her Iraqi husband, a cousin in an arranged marriage,
and returning to the United States. Police say Almaleki, 49, used his
Jeep Cherokee to run over his daughter and another woman in a Peoria
parking lot Oct. 20, 2009. Noor died of her injuries. The other victim,
Noor's boyfriend's mother, survived."

Faleh Hassan Almaleki (Left) and Murdered Noor Faleh Almaleki (Right)

Faleh Hassan Almaleki (Left) and Murdered Noor Faleh Almaleki (Right)

Also see R.E.A.L. public awareness campaign on religious supremacist basis for "honor killings" against Muslim women and girls.

R.E.A.L. Outreach to Public at CNN Washington DC on Religious Supremacist "Honor Killings"

See also previous R.E.A.L. reports on Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing" in Arizona in November 2009:

Arizona - Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing": Police: 'Honor killing' suspect may have been aided by family

Arizona: Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing" -- New Report with Additional Interview, Facts

- Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing" -- Lawyer for Accused Father Says
Prosecutors Should Not "wrongly seek the death penalty against his
client because he is a Muslim"

Arizona - Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing": Father charged with murder may need mental exam

Arizona - Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing": Father Charged With Murder

Arizona Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing": Father Pleads "Not Guilty" in Murdering Daughter

Arizona – Noor Almaleki Case: Hearing for Father Accused in Honor Killing Canceled for Third Time

Arizona – Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing": Arraignment Delayed Again, Friends Start to Speak

Arizona: Terrorism Against Women -- Noor Almaleki Just Wanted To Be Normal

Arizona -- Noor Almaleki "Honor Killing": Hassan Almaleki Arraignment Delayed, On Suicide Watch

Arizona -- Noor Almaleki Honor Killing: Father To Be Arraigned, Face New Charges

Arizona: Woman in Suspected "Honor Killing" Dies -- 20 Year Old Noor Almaleki

Arizona -- Noor Almaleki Case: Arizona Jails Father in 'Honor Killing' Try

Arizona: Noor Almaleki Case -- Father in "Honor Killing" Attempt Captured in UK -- Extradited Back to US

-- Noor Almaleki case: Family Says Noor Almaleki "Failed to Live by
Traditional Muslim Values" -- Woman in Critical Condition in Alleged
"Honor Killing" Attempt

Arizona: Noor Almaleki's Lifestyle may have put woman in hospital

Arizona: Father runs down daughter in Peoria parking lot -- Noor Faleh Almaleki attacked for being "too westernized"


Religious Pluralism Versus Religious Supremacism

R.E.A.L. supports the freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and
freedom of worship for all, as guaranteed by the nations of the world
in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Article 18. Article 18 states:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and
freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or
private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice,
worship and observance." We view Article 18 as a fundamental necessity
to ensuring religious pluralism. We support such freedoms for all. We
also recognize that exclusivity in views on religion will exist, whether
such exclusivity is based a personal belief in the validity of only one
religion, or it is based on the belief in the equal validity of
multiple religions. Our support for religious freedom and pluralism is
not a challenge to any religion, but a promotion of religious freedom.

R.E.A.L.'s support for our universal human rights and pluralism, with
an emphasis on Article 18 of the UDHR, calls for such promotion of
religious pluralism, but recognizes the reality of those who seek to
defy our universal human rights with religious arguments. We reject
religious supremacist views that promote hate and intolerance. We
reject religious supremacist ideological arguments that seek to prevent
the universal human rights of all people, based on such arguments. We
reject religious supremacist views that seek to even prevent religious
freedom, freedom of worship, and freedom of conscience for other human
beings, a painful reality that we see too often in the United States and
around the world.

Our definition of such views as religious "supremacism" is not about
denying the personal exclusivity of any religious path to our fellow
human beings, or the exercise or promotion of their religion as part of
their freedoms.

R.E.A.L. promotes religious pluralism, but in doing so, also
challenges those ideologies, groups, and activists who seek to promote a
religious "supremacist" view that seeks to consciously deny others
basic human rights, including the freedom of religion, freedom of
worship, and freedom of conscience necessary for religious pluralism.

In defense of such religious pluralism, we challenge extreme groups
that seek to use arguments that they call "Christian," "Islamic," or
another religious identification to deny others freedom of religion,
worship, and conscience, to call for hate, to call for violence, to
oppress women and minorities, to seek the destruction of our universal
human rights of equality and liberty. We reject anti-human rights views
as "Christian supremacism" or "Islamic supremacism," but we do not
attack or reject Christianity or Islam as a religion. Many of our
supporters are devout members of religious faiths and we respect those
faiths. Our human rights goals are the consistent defense of our
universal human rights. We recognize that religious supremacist views
are difficult and complex discussions. But we also know from history
that "white supremacist" views were once something Americans were
unwilling to define, discuss, or challenge. We believe that to be
honest in our commitment to pluralism, it is necessary to recognize the
existence of religious supremacist views that not only seek to undermine
pluralism, but also seek to undermine religious freedom and freedom of
conscience itself.

Our goal is to protect such religious freedoms for all faiths, based
on pluralist tolerance for our differences, and based on an
uncompromising defense of our Universal Human Rights.

Three Americans Held Captive in Iran: One Year and Counting

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Three Americans Held Captive in Iran: One Year and Counting

by Phyllis Chesler

Pajamas Media

July 30, 2010

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One year ago, Shane Michael Bauer/Bower, Joshua Fattal (whose father is of Iraqi descent), and Sarah Emily Shourd, three young American hikers, were arrested by Iranian forces for having wandered too close to the Iranian border. Charged with "espionage," they remain in the dreadful Evin Prison. Today, Amnesty International has finally demanded their release. Malcolm Smart, Amnesty's International Middle East and North Africa Program director says:

"It appears clear that the Iranian authorities do not have substantial grounds to prosecute these three individuals, and we fear that they may be held on account of their nationality."

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"Being Easily Offended" is a Powerful Weapon in a Multicultural Society

Posted: 30 Jul 2010 11:55 AM PDT

ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are waging jihad by being easily offended. The reason it works is because non-Muslims in the free world just want "everyone to get along." But a certain percentage of devout, orthodox Muslims don't care about getting along. They only want to advance the goal of Islam, which is the global establishment of Sharia.

This leaves us in a situation similar to an indulgent parent dealing with a spoiled brat who throws a tantrum if they don't get exactly what they want. The problem is not so much with the child as with the weak, blind parent who doesn't see what's going on and only sees the best in the child. The spoiled brat can and will take full advantage of the parent's blindness and goodwill.

I came across a blog the other day called Things Offensive to Islam. That's all the blog covers. The list of things Muslims have expressed offense about is virtually endless. In the subtitle of the blog, it says, "Brazilian dancers, St. Valentine's Day, Jews, Christians, homosexuals, Baha'is, Ahmadiyahs, Sufis, Hindus, Sikhs, Ex-Muslims, crosses, Star of Davids, Bibles, Torahs, the Veda, Buddha statues, Hindu statues, teddy bears named Mohammed, churches, church bells, temples, synagogues, white socks, uncovered women, women, music, non-halal meat, prawns, things containing pork fat, pork enzymes, pork scratchings, piggy banks
and things containing alcohol, ie. perfume, face cream, disinfectant, etc."

In a similar vein, The Amboy Times has a huge linked list of things that offend Muslims and the preamble makes a great point:

The intent of the list is to illustrate the futility of the multicultural approach to Islam. Sharia law demands submission not only from Muslims, but from non-Muslims as well. This makes respectful coexistence nearly impossible with Muslims in Infidel lands. The examples below serve as reminder that submitting to one complaint or another only emboldens Muslims to seek to further their ultimate goal of establishing sharia.

The West needs to come to grips with this fact and start standing up for our God-given rights of free speech, free expression and freedom of religion, lest we surrender those rights to a theocratic movement bent on removing our Constitutional freedoms that we hold dear. In this case, our tolerance will lead to intolerance.

Along these lines are two other lists:

When is Islam Oppressed?

95 Things That Fuel Muslim Extremism

All three lists illustrate the same point: The usual methods we use to interact fairly with others will not work with someone who is not trying to "live and let live." People in pluralistic, multicultural societies do not like to offend others. That's how we got to be pluralistic, multicultural societies in the first place. It is a strong shared value.

But at least one ideology does not share that value. What should we do when dealing with the believers in such an ideology? We should use the basic principle of "tit for tat." In other words, always begin with tolerance and cooperation, and then be exactly as tolerant and cooperative as they are from that point on.

Read more about this principle:
How a Tolerant Country Can Avoid Being a Doormat For Intolerant Countries.

Orthodox Muslims Warned Against Becoming Heterodox

Posted: 30 Jul 2010 10:21 AM PDT

THE FOLLOWING are verses from the Quran. To read the Quran for yourself, see our recommended versions and save yourself hours of frustration: Read the Koran. To read about the distinction between orthodox Muslims and heterodox Muslims, click here.

10:61 Whatever business you are in, or whatever you read from the Koran, or whatever you do, We will be witnesses over you. Not the weight of an atom on earth or in heaven is concealed from the Lord. But the least and the greatest of these things are recorded clearly in the book [the book of life’s deeds].

The friends of Allah will have no fear, nor shall they be put to grief. Those who believe and fear Allah will receive good tidings in this life, and in the next. There is no changing the words of Allah. This is the great triumph. And do not let their [the Meccans] speech grieve you for all power belongs to Allah. He is the hearer and the knower.

Surely, whatever is in the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah. What do they follow who worship others beside Allah? They follow only guesses, and they are but liars. He has appointed the night so you can rest, and the day to make things visible. These are signs for those who hear.

They [Christians] say, “Allah has begotten a son. Glory be to Him. He is the self-sufficient. His is all that is in the heavens and the earth.” You have no authority for that claim. Do you say things of Allah that you do not know? Say: They who devise a lie against Allah will not prosper. A portion of the world for a time will be theirs. Then they return to Us. Then We will make them taste the severest torment because they were unbelievers.

45:14 Tell the believers to forgive those who do not hope for the days of Allah. It is up to Him to reward men according to their actions. Whoever does good, does so for their own soul, and whoever does wrong, does so against themselves. In the end, you will be brought back to your Lord.

Norton Mezvinsky: Chelsea Clinton's LaRouchite Uncle

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Norton Mezvinsky: Chelsea Clinton's LaRouchite Uncle

by Winfield Myers and Asaf Romirowsky

American Thinker

July 31, 2010

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Norton Mezvinsky told the New York Daily News this week that he wasn't invited to the wedding because of a family feud with his nephew that stemmed from his support for his disgraced brother, former Iowa Representative Edward Mezvinsky, whose plans to move to New York and write a book after his release from prison were opposed by nephew Marc.

But there's another reason the Clintons might want to keep the Mezvinsky -- who says he's the "senior male member of the family, and Marc's only uncle" -- well away from Rhinebeck on Saturday: Mezvinsky's ties to the conspiracy mongering anti-Semite Lyndon LaRouche.

Just last year, Mezvinsky shelled out his own cash to bring LaRouche to speak at Central Connecticut State University, where he taught for 42 years. In February 2009, Mezvinsky spoke to assembled LaRouchites at the Schiller Institute in Rüsselsheim, Germany, which was founded by LaRouche's wife Helga Zepp-LaRouche.

That Mezvinsky would invite such a man to campus -- much less pay his expenses -- could be reason enough for the former First Family to treat him like a stranger. LaRouche, after all, has charged Queen Elizabeth II with running a drug cartel and sponsoring the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

LaRouche has a long history of Israel-bashing. Writing in the August 22, 1978 issue of New Solidarity, he deployed a tactic later used by Holocaust denier David Irving to declare that, "the Nazis did not kill six million Jews, but they did kill upwards of a million and a half." Thus, while not denying the fact of the Holocaust, LaRouche did seek to deny the uniqueness of its horror. In such a scheme, Jews are portrayed as just another victim of the War in a group that includes Poles, Russians, and Gypsies.

In the same piece, LaRouche shows himself decades ahead of Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer's own conspiracy-theory-mongering work, The Israel Lobby. He offers an early example of the "linkage theory," which holds that Israel is a strategic burden to the U.S., by claiming that the Zionist lobby is:

[T]he most visible of the internal enemies of the United States--and of the human race--at this specific moment. Every policy it is currently pushing is pure evil....

These rants weren't lost on the late New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whose imprimatur gave then-New York senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton the boost she needed to succeed him in the Senate in 2000. In 1986, Moynihan called LaRouche a "fascist" and an "anti-Semite."

Would the mother of the bride forget her esteemed predecessor's words about LaRouche and then publicly associate with his supporter?

LaRouche, who spent five years of a 15-year federal prison sentence behind bars for tax code violations and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, claims he was subjected to a "surgical procedure" to torture him while incarcerated. He claimed at the time that with his sentencing, "the vital interests of the United States have been put in jeopardy."

Yet Mezvinsky's public statements reveal a high opinion for LaRouche. According to the Executive Intelligence Review, the house organ for LaRouche's conspiracies, during Mezvinsky's introductory remarks at the May 4, 2009 event at Connecticut State, he praised EIR as:

[A] weekly magazine he founded in the mid-1970s, which is, I have personally discovered, must reading [emphasis original] for numerous members of the United States Congress, United States State Department officials, other politicos in Washington and around the world, and many academics.


At major Middle-East-oriented think-tanks in Washington and elsewhere, factual information, supplied by the LaRouche group, at least some of his views, are regularly studied and considered. During the past year, especially, when I have been in Washington starting a new Middle East political think-tank, I have witnessed this personally.

Projection, perhaps, or wishful thinking? Mezvinsky's think tank, the International Council for Middle East Studies (ICMES), is, according to its web site, "located on the premises of the International Law Institute, with office space provided by Professor Don Wallace (Georgetown University), Chair of the ICMES Board of Directors."

Given Mezvinsky's potentially embarrassing past support for LaRouche, and his fawning words for the rant-filled Executive Intelligence Review, perhaps he was the family member whose presence just couldn't be tolerated. People may pretend not to notice a crazy old aunt in the attic. But even a $3 million wedding can't hide a LaRouche-supporting uncle in the receiving line.

Winfield Myers is director of Campus Watch. Asaf Romirowsky is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Forum.

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Friday Afternoon Roundup - Congress of Children

Posted: 30 Jul 2010 03:24 PM PDT

Obama and the Democrats are still running the country, but they're swiftly passing the point of return with the public. They still wield power, but without public support, their power comes without any legitimacy attached. The media has been ignoring that sticking point for a while, but no matter what the Jornolist folks though, the media doesn't actually control elections.

The perfect storm of media bias in 2008 helped rig the election, but that only worked when the public was unhappy and didn't strongly favor either side. Rigging the election now and in 2012 will be a lot harder, no matter how much bias flows through the sewage pipes of the handful of struggling media conglomerates still left standing. And the media knows it too. They know which bandwagons to jump on, and which bandwagons to jump off. And the Obama bandwagon is headed into a deserted station.

The outrage over the
9/11 health care workers bill, in which Dems tried to ram through more hidden measures under the guise of paying for health care for Ground Zero workers, is the latest flashpoint in a conflict over an administration and a congress unwilling to work together with the opposition, and determined to get its way by hook or by crook.

The reports of
Obama plotting to bypass congress for a limited amnesty, are on par with how ObamaCare was shoved under the door. And the public has gotten tired of these games. Scott Brown's victory was a warning from voters in one of America's more liberal states, that they were fed up with the one-note power crazed politics of the Democratic party. But the Democrats didn't listen, which means they'll be forced to listen. Because America is still a democracy. And that means accountability comes sooner or later, when the people get around to voting.

The Obama Administration and congressional Democrats thought that the Obama cult of personality they were building would make them bulletproof. They were deeply wrong. The cult collapsed with a roar of laughter around the time Prince Barry got his Nobel Peace Prize for absolutely nothing. Now it's just touring the world, and playing golf, while everything goes to hell.

The 9/11 Ground Zero bill was an obscenely cynical charade, that removes any right whatsoever for the Democrats to criticize the Patriot Act, rolling in their own legislation, depriving the opposition of any ability to modify the bill, and pushing it out there, assuming that the Republicans wouldn't have the guts to vote it down, no matter what is actually in the bill. Weiner's temper tantrum is embarrassing.It gives the Netroots exactly what they want. Angry hysterical Democrats acting like children, because they can't get their way.

Of course Weiner wasn't screaming at Obama, when Prince Barry's administration tried to cut off 9/11 funding for New York, because the city's politicians stood up to him on holding the trials for Al Queda in Lower Manhattan. But this isn't about 9/11. It's about politics. Cynical politics by spoiled brats in dark suits.

What began with, ends with immaturity and juvenile tantrums from overgrown infants who feel they never got their way. Right up to the Infant in Chief himself. And as it began, so it begins to end. Shamefully and pathetically.

The Democrats are
raising their spending limits to try and hold on... even as they keep spending the country's money even faster.

And their ad buy focuses on a 10 point list which warns potential voters that Republican victories would lead to a repeal of ObamaCare, DoddFinance and create tax breaks. The rest of it tries to convince voters that Republics will abolish the EPA, the Department of Education and the 17th amendment. Somehow the DCCC will not be claiming that the Republican party will be bringing back slavery-- but only just by a little.

The obvious problem is that the public supports a repeal of ObamaCare and hates Congress. So the Democrats are left with a strategy that warns people that Republicans will destroy all their "good work", which the public opposes anyway, or trafficking in alarmist conspiracy theories. And somehow they decided to do both.

The DCCC asks people to sign on to help fight the "Tea Party, which is probably the worst campaign slogan in some time, because it frames a showdown between populism and the establishment, which all the attempts to tie together Republicans and the Tea Party won't upset.

And the news gets even worse for them.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's multi-million dollar ad buy across 60 congressional districts makes a statement that the party will come to the front lines to hold the House of Representatives. But what are they fighting against?

A look at results from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll among those who live in the targeted congressional districts suggests the Democratic party may be fighting its own leader.

Views of President Obama were broadly negative among those in the targeted districts. A majority (54 percent) said they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job in the July poll, including 41 percent who "strongly" disapprove.

And confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the nation's future stood at an abysmal 36 percent.

But that's not the worst part...

A generic congressional ballot was about evenly split among registered voters in these districts (45 percent said they'd vote for the Democrat in their district, 48 percent the Republican), however, nearly six in 10 (57 percent) said that regardless of their own vote, they would prefer to have "the Republicans in charge of Congress to act as a check on Obama's policies."

What that means is the Democrats cannot win as a party, only as individual Democrats who disassociate themselves from Obama and the rest of the party. Because a lot of voters are somewhat okay with their own congressmen, but distrust Obama and hate the Democratic congress as a whole.

The DCCC should be doing damage control, instead of launching more attacks on the Tea Party, but it's pretty hard to do damage control, when you don't acknowledge that you did anything wrong.

A few halting attempts are being
made to maybe, possibly repeal some of the worst sections of ObamaCare, but it's too little and too late

For the first time, House Democrats are proposing repealing a piece of the health care overhaul, one that small businesses have been warning is going to be overly burdensome.

The move comes just four months after the Democrats’ health plan passed in March. The provision would have required businesses to file 1099 tax forms for all transactions with vendors that total over $600.

Due for implementation in 2012, it would have raised $19 billion over 10 years to pay for the health care overhaul.

Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY) offered the bill on Friday morning. Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.), spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor Friday.

Honesty alone should compel them to repeal the whole mess and start over with something workable, where everyone knows what they are voting for. Which is exactly what Brown proposed.

Meanwhile Prince Barry trotted off to Detroit to show off GM's
new magic wondercar (TM)

And he made sure to send a shout out to Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.

Detroit Mayor and Hall of Famer Dave Bing is in the house. (Applause.) Two senators who have been fighting for you each and every day, Carl Levine and Debbie Stabenow, are here. (Applause.) Wonderful Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick is here. (Applause.)

Who's that wonderful woman? The mother of convicted Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Which is handy because Carolyn herself was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in March. And despite trailing in the election, and low on funds, and Obama is there to help.

And, Hoekstra says despite the efforts by the White House to proclaim Obama’s visit a trip about autos, there’s definitely a political tinge.

“The president is touting jobs the government created because Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick is on the appropriations committee. Why else would he come to the same state in two weeks?” Obama was in Holland, Michigan July 15 making remarks at Compact Power, a battery plant.

Kilpatrick is running for re-election to the House seat in Michigan’s 13th district, in what Hoekstra describes as a tough fight and Hoekstra calls the Obama visit to Detroit “pure politics, plain and simple”.

And that's how it goes.

But the good news is that Nancy
Pelosi finally has her own handbag. She can use it to pack and get out of here.

Continuing the roundup,
at IsraPundit, Gingrich and Palin again appear to be the only two prospective GOP Presidential candidates who are taking on Islam. Compare that to Huckabee. Of course Gingrich had to modify that by emphasizing those Muslims who live in "the modern world" who are just fine.

I'm guessing that would include the Times Square Car bomber who was on Facebook, the Fort Hood Shooter who was an American born graduate and a medical professional? Just modern people who pose no threat at all.

But Islam and technology get along quite well. Just take
a look at this wonderful use of technology.

Saudi technology guards against women escaping

When women’s rights activist Wajiha Al-Huwaidar flew out of Saudi Arabia last week for a holiday in Italy with her family, she was hoping for a brief respite from what she describes as the ‘gender apartheid kingdom.’

She wasn’t so lucky.

As she left, her husband received an automated SMS text message from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informing him that his wife, legally considered his ‘dependant’ under Saudi Arabia’s strict gendered guardianship system, had left the country.

Al-Huwaidar’s husband received the same text, she learned last week, when she had left Saudi Arabia on another recent trip to Germany.

“It is sad how Saudis use technology in a way not intended to be used for,” she told The Media Line. “In Saudi Arabia, technology brings more restrictions and misery! They use it to have more control over people’s lives, especially women.”

Just more modern people who live in the modern world, who treat women like slaves. Of course the article claims that this sort of thing has nothing to do with the Koran. Nothing at all.

"Narrated 'Aisha: "The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (women) dogs."

No wonder even more than half of Canadians want to ban the Burqa.

Robert Avrech rounds up some of the responses to Cameron's shameless toadying to Turkey

And see more at Steven Plaut's article in the Jewish Press

Famagusta, Cyprus: The ghost town lies near the very center of the city, just outside the Venetian walls. It is home only to snakes, scorpions, and rats of a hundred varieties. Signs on the fences around the ghost town show armed Turkish soldiers threatening those taking photographs with arrest or worse. The crumbling buildings inside the perimeter are frozen in time in 1974, as if in an episode of "The Twilight Zone."

Nothing has changed since central Famagusta was converted into a ghost town - called Varosha - by the invaders. It is said that the car distributorships in the ghost town even today are stocked with vintage 1974 models. For years after the rape of Famagusta, people told of seeing light bulbs still burning in the windows of the abandoned buildings. Hollywood studios could clothe whole movie sets with the 1974 fashions still in the closets of the homes.

orn in ethnic cleansing, it is the enduring testimony to the illegal land grab on Cyprus by Turkey, the mass expulsion of the ethnic Greek Cypriots from the northern 40 percent of the island, the theft of their property, and an unknown number of murders of Greek Cypriots by Turkey.

The illegal "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" is recognized by not a single country besides Turkey itself.

This is only an excerpt, but the entire thing is well worth reading.

The Cyprus Action Network meanwhile
has a release showing a certain affinity between the current Turkish regime and the Nazis

A counter demonstration was staged and closely supervised by Gunay Evinch, of the law firm Evinch and Saltzman. Gunay Evinch is widely acknowledged as “the lawyer of the Turkish Embassy.” Gunay Evinch has defended Turkey from American lawsuits by Greek-Cypriot Americans, he is the President of the Turkish Lobby. Gunay Evinch is a promoter of Armenian genocide denial within the United States and the source of Turkish invasion of Cyprus denial propaganda for Turkey in America.

The main speaker for the Turkish Embassy counter demonstrators (who was witnessed as receiving help and consulted with Gunay Evinch) repeatedly made the Hitler salute and shouted “Heil Hitler” towards pro-Israel activists and the Greek-Cypriot community. The Turkish Embassy staff also participated and helped GUNAY EVINCH AND THE TURKISH EMBASSY HITLER YOUTH who also barked out to the Greek-Cypriot community "Turkish soldiers raped your mothers" and further committed hate crimes against women by making obscene gestures with his genitalia and his megaphone. The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) will be releasing the pictures and videos of GUNAY EVINCH and his Turkish Hitler Youth making the Hitler salute to Jewish Anti-Semitism watch groups and to the Israeli and German government which monitors such hate speech and hate gestures and enforces heavy criminal penalities for glorifying Hitler:

You can see the videos via the following link

And for more ethnic cleansing and bigotry, let's turn to Abbas (Oh My Valve)

"I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land.”

And then there's the Sharia finance MasterCard (See SquareMile Wife)

The first halal payment card is now available across Canada. While the initial need to design the iFreedom Plus MasterCard came from the Muslim community (under Islamic law, paying interest is not halal, and so is a perceived sin), this prepaid, no interest card is ideal for everyone. Holders load their own money (up to $6,000) onto the card, then spend it when they need to. "A lot of people view this as more stress-free shopping because they're actually using money they have rather than ringing up their credit card and getting a huge bill," says Omar Kalair, the president and CEO of UM Financial, which launched the card with MasterCard.

This card was released in 2009 at Toronto's "Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference" (a conference which has featured speakers like Zakir Naik, Yusuf Islam, Tariq Ramadan, etc.). In the press release, MasterCard stated that amongst the cards various benefits, "In addition, for every transaction of over $20 billed to the card, one needy child in a developing country will be fed for a day through RS Foundation."

And where does all that money go? One of RS Foundation's partners is Human Concern International.

HCI has an interesting "history"

"In a 1995 interview, Osama bin Laden identified Blessed Relief’s place in his network, “The bin-Laden Establishment’s aid covers 13 countries . . . this aid comes in particular from the Human Concern International Society.”

Another partner is the IDRF, which is partnered with Islamic Relief Worldwide, which is also clean as a whistle

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is an international Islamic aid organization that was founded in United Kingdom, in 1984, by Dr Hany El Banna. It was reported in 1999 that IRW's main UK office received $50,000 from a Canadian group that "the U.S. Treasury Department called 'a(n Osama) bin Laden front.' Moscow's Obshchaya Gazeta has reported that IRW has collected and funneled millions of dollars to the Chechen terrorist rebels in Russia, who have ties to al Qaeda.


In May 2006, Iyaz Ali, a UK IRW project coordinator, was arrested in Israel for assisting the terrorist group Hamas. Part of IRW coordinator Ali's activities involved transferring funds and assisting Hamas institutions and groups, including Al Wafa and Al Tzalah, both of which are officially illegal in Israel. When Ali was investigated, incriminating files were found on his computer which showed links to IRW's ties with illegal Hamas funds in UK and Saudi Arabia, as well as photographs of swastikas, of "Nazi German officials, of Osama Bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, as well as many photographs of Hamas military activities."

...Religion of Peace.

At HIR, Francisco Gil White questions
Who The Real Netanyahu is.

Enjoy your weekend