Thursday, April 26, 2012
Metal eating bugs discovered on ISS space station.(MN).Source Nathan Toohey. Micro-organisms capable of eating the International Space Station have been discovered aboard the orbiting space base. "We have come across this at the Mir station and seen it on the ISS - the microflora having an adverse effect on of the structure of the station. These microbes damage not only metals but also polymers. They can lead to equipment failure," Interfax quoted the Russian Academy of Sciences vice president Anatoly Grigoryev as saying on Monday.Hmmm......You think they might be present at Fort knox?Read the full story here.
Video - Denying Terror - Barack Obama is wearing rosy glasses when he says the war on terror is over.
Ezra Levant - Jeffrey Addicott looks at how Barack Obama is wearing rosy glasses when he says the war on terror is over.
Hmmm........Does this mean that they will close Guantanamo prison and release the prisoners?
NY Orthodox Jewish Democrat Simcha Felder: " Obama has been a terrible president,".(CSNY).He’s not an Amigo. He’s not an IDCer. He’s Simcha Felder, political free agent. In an interview last night, Fedler, a Democrat, said he had not made a decision about which party he’ll caucus with in Albany if he wins election to the State Senate in November - and that his choice would rest on which party would provide the most resources to his prospective constituents. Felder, an ex-councilman who is the early favorite to win the heavily Orthodox Jewish district, and whose political plans have sparked intense speculation in local political circles, also seemed to suggest that his decision would be influenced by the outcome of the 2012 elections. He noted that the party holding the majority in Albany has historically held onto the capital’s purse strings. “I don’t see myself as someone who is part of either party, and I can say that to you without lying,” Felder said, adding, “You can assume that based on historical factors, whichever party is in the majority, is probably the one that gets the goods.” The chamber is currently divided 32-29 in favor of Republicans, though four members of the Democratic conference have also broken away to form their own faction, the Independent Democratic Conference. With the Senate so closely divided, Felder also called the hypothetical possibility of being the tie-breaking vote to decide Senate leadership a “dream situation,” since it would allow him to leverage the most resources for his potential the Senate district.
But Felder’s political situation has been growing ever-more complex. Some Democrats close to Felder insist that the ex-councilman will conference with the Democrats regardless of who controls the majority. But other reports have emerged in the Borough Park press that the Senate Republicans, who have built a close relationship with the huge Jewish social service organization Agudath Israel, may well clear their line for Felder in some sort of a political deal.
And former Democratic City Councilman Noach Dear is making noise about running for the Senate seat, most likely as a Democrat, which would further complicate Felder’s situation. Felder says he has been given no assurances by Republicans about the party’s line - which would require the party handing over its Wilson-Pakula endorsement - and suggested that the outcome of a March 20 special election between Republican David Storobin and Democratic City Council Lew Fidler, which is dragging through a lengthy court fight, could be a factor. “I think in the end, all I can tell you is that there are too many variables out there,” Felder said, “and they’re going to be out there for awhile.”
Storobin has said he would run as a Republican in the new “Super Jewish” district if elected, though speculation ismounting that Storobin could end running for the Assembly instead. The only other declared candidate in the Senate race is Nachman Caller, a wealthy but politically unknown Republican, whose campaign circulated a photo of Caller voting in Tuesday’s presidential primary for Republican Mitt Romney. That was also meant highlight the fact that Felder voted in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary for Barack Obama - a vote could prove problematic in the Senate race, since Obama is deeply unpopular in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community. Felder says he now regrets the decision, and would not repeat it. “He’s been a terrible president,” Felder said of Obama. “Unfortunately, I was wrong, and I will certainly not be voting for the president in the upcoming election.” Felder, who cracked frequent jokes throughout the half-hour interview, only seemed to bristle a bit once, when asked about tabloid criticism over his decision - enabled through a loophole in the city charter - to keep his well-paid post as first deputy comptroller in John Liu’s office during the Senate campaign. Felder noted that the move was entirely legal, and suggested, tongue firmly in cheek, that he would stop campaigning during his off-hours when President Obama ceased campaigning during work hours.Hmmmm......The Tide is turning it seems.Read the full story here.
Special Inspector General for TARP “It is a widely held misconception that TARP will make a profit,”.
Special Inspector General for TARP “It is a widely held misconception that TARP will make a profit,”.(JW).While the Obama Administration laughably claims that its disastrous bank bailout has turned a profit, a federal investigation reveals this week that hundreds of small financial institutions can’t afford to repay the government loans and its costing U.S. taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.
This is hardly earth-shattering news considering the well-documented history of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relieve Program (TARP), the president’s brilliant idea to rescue the nation’s ailing financial institutions. Instead, it’s turned out to be a troubling experiment of U.S. tax dollars with virtually no oversight.
In the last few years a variety of federal probes have documented that TARP is severely mismanaged and that its rife with waste and abuse. In fact, a 2009 TARP Inspector General report revealed that dozens of criminal investigations had been launched into the controversial bailout experiment and that the risk would only grow. The probes have centered on securities fraud, tax law violations, mortgage modification fraud and insider trading involving recipients of the federal money.
A separate audit—by the Congressionally-created panel charged with overseeing the Treasury’s actions—divulged that the government actually paid collapsed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac $240 million to help “administer” TARP. Think about it! These are the scandal-plagued mortgage companies that were seized by the government in 2008 getting millions more from taxpayers to “administer” yet another fraud-infested federal program.
This week the Special Inspector General for TARP revealed that the monstrous bailout program’s losses stand at about $60 billion and that financial institutions owe Uncle Sam a whopping $118.5 billion. Furthermore, hundreds of small banks can’t afford to repay the federal bailout loans so taxpayers will get stuck with the exorbitant tab, according to the TARP inspector general. Just last month the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that TARP would lose $32 billion.
TARP’s IG disclosed the latest figures to Congress in a 330-page report that outlines the bailout’s monumental failures. “It is a widely held misconception that TARP will make a profit,” the IG writes in the report. It goes on to say: “While TARP and other government responses to the financial crisis may have prevented the immediate collapse of our financial and auto manufacturing industries, and improved stability since 2008, the trade-off is not without profound long-term consequences.” A significant legacy of TARP is increased moral hazard and potentially disastrous consequences associated with institutions deemed ‘too big to fail.”’
Judicial Watch has been a frontrunner in investigating the administration’s handling of the nation’s financial crisis and has sued the U.S. Treasury Department to obtain records related to evaluation procedures used by the government to determine which financial institutions get TARP funds. As a result of the ongoing probe, JW obtained documents involving a controversial $12 million bailout grant provided to an unqualified Boston bank at the behest of California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank.Hmmmm.........Obama: "All the Choices We've Made Have Been the Right Ones"Read the full story here.
Hmmmm.........Iran says it may halt nuclear program over sanctions.(JPost).Iran is considering a Russian proposal to halt the expansion of its nuclear program in order to avert new sanctions, the country’s envoy in Moscow said Wednesday night. “We need to study this proposal and to establish on what basis it has been made,” Ambassador Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said in an interview at the Iranian embassy in Moscow.
The Russian plan, announced by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov last week, would let Iran avoid a European Union ban on its crude that is scheduled to come into force in July. Iran will ensure it maintains its right to produce nuclear energy, Sajjadi said.
The US and European Union allege Iran is seeking to build a bomb, not just make fuel for electricity production and medical research, as the country maintains. The EU is planning on July 1 to impose an embargo on crude from Iran, which accounts for about 4 percent of the world’s supply, as it works with the U.S. to ratchet up pressure on the Persian Gulf state. Oil prices retreated from a one-week high, dropping more than $1 today on the report. In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland dismissed Sajjadi’s remarks, saying the Iranian is “not a central player” in international talks over Iran’s nuclear program. “Frankly, what’s most important is what Iran says and does at the negotiating table,” Nuland said at briefing with journalists. Ryabkov, who leads Prime Minister and President-elect Vladimir Putin’s delegation to the Iran talks, said the Russian proposal would be the first in a series of mutual concessions designed to end in an accord that would remove suspicions about Iranian intent regarding atomic weapons. Iran might also be willing to ratify the so-called Additional Protocol, a step urged by the United Nations Security Council that includes more thorough inspections of Iranian facilities, as part of a wider settlement, Sajjadi said. Under the Russian proposal, Iran would stop building centrifuges, machines used to enrich uranium, and mothball ones that haven’t been put into use yet. “At that stage, as part of the step-by-step approach, the other side could announce that it will refrain from introducing new sanctions,” Ryabkov said April 17 after the latest round of talks in Istanbul between Iran and the five permanent Security Council members -- the US, UK, China, Russia and France -- plus Germany. The UN’s nuclear watchdog said in February that the number of centrifuges at Iran’s underground Natanz facility had grown 14 percent to 9,156 from 8,000 in November, of which 8,808 were operating. Iran began enriching uranium with more than 300 centrifuges at a different underground site, Fordo, the International Agency for Atomic Energy said in a February 24 report. The IAEA report said Iran had tripled monthly output of enriched uranium from November to 31 pounds (14 kilograms). The country may be able to produce bomb-grade uranium in a matter of months, Olli Heinonen, the IAEA’s former top inspector for Iran, said on April 12. “The proposed plan will keep the capacity to enrich uranium at the current level,” said Elena Sokova, executive director at the Center for Disarmament & Non-Proliferation in Vienna, by e-mail. “Thus it helps to avoid the expansion of enrichment but not to scale it back. In other words, no buildup of the program in exchange for no new sanctions.” The Iranian nuclear program is an “imaginary threat,” Sajjadi said, adding that he was astonished by comments made by Nikolai Makarov, head of the Russian military’s General Staff, warning about the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran in an interview with state broadcaster RT. “There are two ways we can proceed after the Istanbul talks,” said Sajjadi. “Either the West understands that it’s pointless to use the language of force with Iran or their flexibility is a temporary phenomenon. I hope the first is true as we would like to see a resolution.Hmmmmm......." Iran would stop building centrifuges, machines used to enrich uranium, and mothball ones that haven’t been put into use yet"...that leaves 8,808 operational centrifuges, producing 31 pounds (14 kilograms)enriched uranium a month?"Read the full story here.
Horrific leaked Syria Video Shows Assad Thugs Burying Man Alive.(PolicyMic).Newly leaked (graphic) video shows the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's security forces burying a Syrian man alive. His crime? Recording the Syrian security forces killing civilians in cold blood and trying to conceal their deeds. Roughly translated, the man being tortured and buried keeps repeating "La ilaha illa Allah" Arabic for "There is no God but God." This refrain is from the Islamic "Shahada," or profession of faith. In response, Assad's thugs are attempting to coerce this man into saying "La ilaha illa Bashar" or "There is no God but Bashar." Heroically, this man doesn't falter in his convictions even in his final moments of life. This is just the latest atrocity by government forces as Assad continues the brutal crackdown on his own people. This is by no means the worst of the atrocities committed at the hands of the Assad regime, nor is there any sign that this will be the last.Read and see the full story here.(Warning contains Graphic content 18+).
“Violence does not build up the kingdom of God, the kingdom of humanity. On the contrary, it is a favorite instrument of the Antichrist, however idealistic its religious motivation may be,” Pope Benedict XVI .
Vatican to reprieve society that brands Jews as 'Christ killers'.HT: IsraelMatzav.(INN).The Society of St. Pius X propagates the worst kind of anti-Semitism and Rome is on the verge of returning them to the Catholic fold. Their US website defends the Inquisition. Israel must react.
The Vatican and the traditionalist Catholics of the Society of St. Pius X are near an “imminent agreement” that could bring the group back into the Roman Catholic Church’s fold and end a quarter-century of schism. The society, which is based in Menzingen, Switzerland, has 6 seminaries, 3 universities and 70 schools around the world. The Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, said the Society had delivered an “encouraging” response to the Vatican’s demands. Lombardi has said that if an agreement is reached to bring the traditionalists back into the fold, the most likely scenario will be for the Vatican to declare the Society a “personal prelature” — a unique Church structure currently assigned only to the conservative movement Opus Dei. Many people remember the name of Richard Williamson. On the same day in 2009 that the Pope’s decree was signed lifting his excommunication, Bishop Williamson was shown on Swedish state television saying historical evidence “is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed” during World War II. But even if Williamson is just a lunatic anti-Semite, the proto-Holocaust teachings of the Society and the agreement with the Vatican will have historical consequences on Christian relations with the Jews. The entire Society propagates the worst kind of anti-Semitism.
Their US branch website demonizes “the international Jewry”, “the world wide Jewish empire”, “the Jews as the biggest capitalists”, the Jews as “the founders of Communism”, the Jews as “the enemy of man”. There is also “A defence of Inquisition”.
The South African website claims that “Jews are fulfilling their substitute-Messianic drive towards world dominion”.
The Irish branch calls the Jews “guilty of Deicide” and posits that they “must be baptized”.
The German site is also very clear: “The Jews of now are for sure guilty of the murder of God, as long as they don’t recognize Christ as God and are baptized to atone for the sins of their forefathers”.
The Belgian’s Society website defines the Jewish Messiah as “the anti-Christ of the Apocalypse”. The Italian Society’s bulletin, La Tradizione Cattolica, calls Judaism “a false cult” and spreads hallucinatory material on “the Jew Karl Marx” and “the Jews sleeping in the shadow of death”.
If the Vatican, which is responsible for the faith of one billion people around the world, welcomes back the Society, it means that the Pope simply has made a strategic decision: enticing Catholic anti-Semites back to the fold is more important than the Church’s relationship with the Jewish people.
The Christian identification of the Jews with Cain repudiated the notion of a permanent Jewish home in the Biblical land and it also proclaimed, against the concept of Jews as the Divinely chosen, their suffering as a pariah group, condemned to “eternal wandering” for their “mortal sin against Christ”.
This is the Society’s replacement doctrine and the subliminal ideology embraced by many Catholics around the world. After the Holocaust, the Church took some steps to demolish this genocidal theology. The Vatican-Society agreement would be a return to the Middle Ages’ pictures of Jews “torturing” or “murdering” the host, or the legend of a group of Jews who converted to Christianity after a vision of Christ appeared to them while they were desecrating a host. That is why if the agreement between the Vatican and the Society is signed, the rabbis should suspend talks with the Church, Jewish organizations should protest in front of the Society’s seminaries in the US and Europe, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican should be recalled to Jerusalem and Israeli officials should declare the Society’s bishops “persona non grata” in the Jewish State. The stereotyopes of the Jews with demonic noses, bestial beards and funny-looking funnel hats should have been buried in Auschwitz. Anti-Jewish theology, which rings a genocidal note, must not come to life again.Hmmmm.........Hear, Hear!Read the full story here.
Video - 'Beware of Ukraine's promiscuous women': Dutch TV advert sparks diplomatic row as it warns women to keep their men at home during Euro 2012.
'Beware of Ukraine's promiscuous women': Dutch TV advert sparks diplomatic row as it warns women to keep their men at home during Euro 2012.More on this story here.
UAE man: We try to make baby 6 times a day, is just 'lucky seven' short of his 100-children target.(E24/7).Sixty-five year old "most productive man on earth" is on a honeymoon with his new 19-year-old Baluchi Wife - as he goes for the 'century'.
UAE’s Superdaad, Daad Murad, recently married Nadia, from Turbat in Pakistan. He revealed that he has sex with his teenage wife six times a day. The one-legged baby producing machine grabbed global media attention, after Emirates Today [earlier version of Emirates 24|7] featured him on our front pages. Speaking to the website, Daad said the countdown to reach his ambitious target of 100 children is well on the way. The last baby girl born in the family is just nine months old, and the 94th child is expected by November/December 2012. He hopes that by 2013, he would have 100 children, a world record and then he will stop marrying and fathering children. “The countdown has started with my 93rd baby.Fifteen of my children are already married and have their children. The total family members now number 140. The seven lucky ones will be born this year or next year,” he said. A retired truck driver turned soldier could not recollect the names of his recent children and promised to return with the correct details. “My last marriage was to a Baluchi girl, who is just 19-years old. She is very beautiful. "I enjoyed life with two other Baluchi wives. One is already retired and at 50 years, she is busy bringing up her four children. "Majida, another wife from Baluchistan, is currently enjoying the warmth of my love. At 25, she is also good, but I spend most of my time with Nadia now days because she is young, newly-married and there is no children to disturb us,” he said.
The six bedroom sessions with his 19 year-old wife stretch from early morning to midnight. He said the best time that he prefers to be with his wife is early morning. “I have a good time with Nadia, and I take her out to Al Dhaid, Muscat or Dibba and there is no disturbance because she has no children yet. If I take my other wives out, sometimes I need a bus to carry all the children and there will be lot of disturbances,” he said. "We spend a lot of time together because there is no disturbance from children. When I am with other wives, sometimes children start crying or making noise. Here I am getting 100 per cent attention on Nadia. She too enjoys it and I have reduced my visit to other two wives,” he added.
Daad takes a natural mix of honey and quail bird meat, dried in sunlight. "I don’t believe in taking any natural sex additives like Viagra and thanks to God, I have the stamina to satisfy all my wives. “I go to three of my current wives, who are legally allowed under Shariah and I don’t go to other wives, who are retired. Even if I feel like going back to one of them, I cannot do it because I strictly follow the Shariah rules.” His third wife is an Emarati woman, Arifa, aged 30 years with six children. Daad married her in 2003. “My youngster daughter, nine-month old Moza, is very cute and when I take her to the emigration department or hospital, everybody adores her. She is very cute and resembles me,” Daad said. “Delivery is an expensive affair for other people, but for my wives, it is a free gift from the UAE Government. I have the Tandook Zawag, Marriage Home Book, which gives free access to the facilities in government hospitals and offices. I am getting two new houses from the Abu Dhabi Government and Nadia will be accommodated in one of these homes. I also got support from the Abu Dhabhi Government to waive off a loan of Dh600,000 from various banks and now I am free to spend more time with the family,”Daad said, adding that his plans to get married in Jaipur did not materialise.Read the full story here.
10 Facts About America's Energy Resources That Will Blow Your Mind.(AP).By Michael Snyder.The United States is not running out of oil. In fact, nobody on the entire globe has more energy resources than the United States does.
The truth is that we are absolutely swimming in oil and natural gas and we have so much coal that we have no idea what to do with it all. At current consumption rates, America has enough energy resources to completely satisfy all of its needs well into the 22nd century. If we would just access those resources, we would not have to import a single drop of foreign oil.
But most Americans don't realize that we have plenty of oil. In fact, our education system has brainwashed most Americans into believing that our energy resources are rapidly being depleted and that we will soon enter a great energy crisis. We are all constantly told that we must transition to "green energy" before it is too late. But the reality is that America is an energy rich nation and new discoveries of oil and natural gas deposits are being made all the time. Shouldn't someone tell the American people the truth about these things?
Sadly, Barack Obama keeps running around the country declaring that there is no way that the United States can supply itself with enough oil. During one speech a while back, Obama made the following statement....
With only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.
The funny thing is that what Obama said sounds very similar to something that Jimmy Carter said back in 1977....
Unless profound changes are made to lower oil consumption, we now believe that early in the 1980s the world will be demanding more oil than it can produce.How did that prediction work out for Jimmy Carter?
Not too well.
The truth is that Obama is misleading the American people just like Jimmy Carter did. A recent Investor's Business Daily article explained how Obama is twisting the truth....
But the figure Obama uses — proved oil reserves — vastly undercounts how much oil the U.S. actually contains. In fact, far from being oil-poor, the country is awash in vast quantities — enough to meet all the country’s oil needs for hundreds of years.At current consumption rates, the United States has enough oil to last into the 23rd century without ever importing a single drop of oil from another country. But only a very small fraction of the American people know this. So when are we going to start hearing the truth?
The following are 10 facts about America's energy resources that will blow your mind....
#1 Back in 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey told the American people that the Bakken Shale formation in western North Dakota and eastern Montana only held 151 million barrels of oil. Today, government officials are admitting that it holds 4.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil, and some analysts believe that the actual number could be closer to 20 billion barrels of oil.
#2 It is estimated that there are up to 19 billion barrels of recoverable oil deposits in the tar sands of Utah.
#3 It is estimated that there are at least 86 billion barrels of recoverable oil deposits in the Outer Continental Shelf.
#4 It is believed that there are 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil deposits in the Green River formation in Wyoming.
#5 Overall, the United States is sitting on approximately 1.442 trillion barrels of recoverable oil deposits.
#6 According to the Institute of Energy Research, the United States has a 120-year supply of natural gas.
#7 According to the Institute of Energy Research, the United States has a 200-year supply of oil.
#8 According to the Institute of Energy Research, the United States has a 464-year supply of coal.
#9 According to Pastor Lindsey Williams, absolutely gigantic oil fields have been discovered up in Alaska that the American public is not being told about.
#10 Goldman Sachs is predicting that the United States will be the number one oil producing country in the world by the year 2017.
But you never hear any of these statistics from Barack Obama, do you?
And some of our oil fields that were thought to be "depleted" are actually filling back up with oil. Many scientists are extremely puzzled by this. The following quote is from a 1999 Wall Street Journal article....
Production at the oil field, deep in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, was supposed to have declined years ago. And for a while, it behaved like any normal field: Following its 1973 discovery, Eugene Island 330's output peaked at about 15,000 barrels a day. By 1989, production had slowed to about 4,000 barrels a day.
Then suddenly—some say almost inexplicably—Eugene Island's fortunes reversed. The field, operated by PennzEnergy Co., is now producing 13,000 barrels a day, and probable reserves have rocketed to more than 400 million barrels from 60 million. Stranger still, scientists studying the field say the crude coming out of the pipe is of a geological age quite different from the oil that gushed 10 years ago.The truth is that there is still much about the formation of oil that is a great mystery to our scientists. For much more on this, you can listen to a recent interview with Dr. Jerome Corsi on Coast to Coast right here.
Unfortunately, much of the information that you have read above is being repressed because it would be very damaging to the "green agenda" that the global elite are trying to impose on all of us.
As I wrote about yesterday, a "green economy" is absolutely central to the "sustainable development" agenda that the United Nations is promoting.
The elitists at the UN believe that carbon dioxide is evil and that it is going to cause catastrophic climate change.
But the truth is that we have always had "climate change" and even if you eliminated all forms of human activity it would only reduce carbon dioxide levels on our planet by a marginal amount.
And carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every plant on earth uses carbon dioxide. In the past, our planet actually had much higher levels of carbon dioxide. When there are high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, plant life thrives and more food can be grown.
So if you want the earth to be more "green", then you should actually want levels of carbon dioxide to be even higher. Unfortunately, this kind of logic evades the "true believers". Folks like Al Gore run around the planet declaring that global warming is going to bring an end to life as we know it if something is not done immediately.
Well, you know what? The climate on earth is going to change and nothing can stop it. It has always changed and it always will change. The primary cause of climate change is the gigantic ball of fire that our planet is revolving around. You could fit 1.3 million earths inside the sun. When there is a lot of solar activity the earth tends to get warmer, and when there is not a lot of solar activity the earth tends to get cooler.
The sun has been behaving very strangely in recent years. If this continues (or gets even worse) we are going to see some very bizarre weather patterns in the years ahead. And there is not a thing we can do about it other than pray.
But Obama is going to continue to repress energy production in the United States and try to push us toward his vision of a "green society". Unfortunately, much of what he is trying to do is extremely damaging to our economy. This was beautifully demonstrated in a recent YouTube video entitled "If I Wanted America To Fail"....
So does this mean that alternative energy is bad?
Of course not.
At the same time that we work to exploit the vast deposits of oil, natural gas and coal under our feet, we should also seek to develop cutting-edge alternative energy technologies.
For example, most Americans have never even heard of thorium, but many scientists believe that it could provide nearly endless amounts of very safe, very cheap and very clean energy for future generations.
America is not going to run out of energy. America has more energy resources that anyone else in the world and our nation is also one of the leaders in developing cutting-edge alternative energy technologies.
This country has a lot of problems, but a lack of energy is not going to be one of them unless our politicians get in the way.Hmmmm..........Obama: "All the Choices We've Made Have Been the Right Ones"Read the full story here.
Obama Misquotes GOP Congresswoman on college debt.(Yahoo).President Obama misrepresented the position of Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx on college debt. The president quoted Foxx as saying that she had “very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt.” But Foxx was speaking explicitly about those with very large amounts of debt, a fact that Obama omitted and that changes the meaning of the North Carolina congresswoman’s statement.
The sin of omission was in Obama’s speech in Boulder, Colo., as the president pushed for the extension of current federal student loan interest rates.
Obama, April 24: I want to read a quote. This is from a Republican congresswoman. I didn’t really understand this. (Laughter.) I’m quoting her. She said that she has “very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt… because there’s no reason for that.” She said, students who rack up student loan debt are just sitting on their butts, having opportunity “dumped in your lap.”AUDIENCE: Booo -
THE PRESIDENT: You guys can Google her or what have you.
At the president’s suggestion, we did Google her. Those remarks were made by Foxx on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show on April 12. But Obama cut out a key part of her statement, changing the meaning of what she actually said.
The president’s remarks suggest that any college student who graduates with debt is intolerable to Foxx, but that’s not accurate. She explicitly mentions only students with very high debt burdens - above $80,000. This is well above the average level of college debt even at the most expensive universities.Foxx, April 12: I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that. We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t sit on your [seat] and have it dumped in your lap.
The Institute for College Access and Success found that, in 2010, two-thirds of college graduates faced debt after graduation and that the average debt burden was $25,250. This varied greatly from state to state and campus to campus, but the debt burden at even the most expensive colleges averaged only $55,250 - well short of the type of debt situation described by Foxx.Foxx’s suggestion that students should not “sit on your [seat] ” may stem from her personal experience. “I worked my way” through the University of North Carolina, she said in the interview. “It took seven years.” She even worked in high school as a school janitor.
But she graduated in 1968 when college was less expensive - and work was easier to find.
Back then, costs were roughly half of what they are today, even adjusting for inflation. According to the most recent figures from the National Center for Education Statistics, in the 1967-68 school year, the cost of tuition, room and board at a public institution like UNC averaged $6,716 (in inflation-adjusted dollars). In the 2009-2010 school year, the figure was $12,681 for public institutions, and $31,876 for private schools.And jobs were easier to get. In 1968, the national unemployment rate for individuals of college age (16 through 24) ranged from 8.1 percent to 9.6 percent, depending on the month. More recently it’s been nearly double that - 16.4 percent in March, down from 17.5 percent a year earlier.
Nevertheless, Obama twisted Foxx’s words by omitting a crucial part of her quote, making it sound as though she was saying any amount of student loan debt is a sign of laziness. That is not accurate.Hmmmm........Intentional or not?Let the voter decide!Read the full story here.
George Galloway Secretly Converted to Islam 10 Years Ago.(NS).Jemima Khan, in an interview with the Bradford MP, reveals the background to his Muslim conversion. George Galloway, MP for Bradford West, is a Muslim. He converted more than ten years ago in a ceremony at a hotel in Kilburn, north-west London, attended by members of the Muslim Association of Great Britain. Those close to him know this. The rest of the world, including his Muslim constituents, does not. Over a halal, alcohol-free lunch at a cafe on Bradford’s main high street, Khan tells Galloway: “I know someone who attended your shahadah [the Muslim conversion ceremony].”
Update: George Galloway has released a statement about the interview. The New Statesman responds:
“It is notable that Galloway does not deny being a Muslim convert – and he did not deny it when it was put to him at the time of the interview, which is on tape. Contrary to his press release, nor did he deny that the ceremony took place when it was put to him during the interview. This is also on tape. Furthermore, he failed to clarify how, by his own admission, he had a "nikah" (a Muslim marriage ceremony), despite the fact that a non-Muslim man cannot marry a Muslim woman under Islamic law. As for calling his “secretary” his “special adviser”, this is how she asked to be described in an email to Jemima Khan." Read the full story here.
Gulf Cooperation Council forces wil join in military exercises called "Islands of Loyalty". (IMRA).The nations that make up the Peninsula Shield Force will conduct war-game exercises called "Islands of Loyalty" on Sunday and Monday, the state news agency Wam reported yesterday. "The Peninsula Shield Force will test the harmony and coordination among ground, air and naval forces and their readiness," Wam said. It added the force would test its members' ability to carry out "special, limited and major missions along coasts and islands within the territorial waters". There were no further details. Peninsula Shield, which has carried out routine multilateral exercises since 1983, said next week's exercises were part of their continuing cooperation. The force, comprising up to 30,000 troops, was founded in 1982 and consists of elements from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE. The exercises follow a diplomatic furore over the recent visit by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the island of Abu Musa, widely condemned by Arab and western states. Iran invaded and occupied Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs in 1971. This week, a senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) underlined the strategic importance of the islands to Iran. He added that the republic had deployed forces and equipment to defend them this week. "Various types of offensive and defensive systems, including brigades of IRGC marines, have been deployed in the Iranian islands, especially in Abu Musa, the Lesser Tunb and the Greater Tunb," Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of IRGC Naval Forces, said on Monday.Read the full story here.
Why do they condemn Israel for its treatment of women while they ignore the way the rest of the Middle East treats women? Where are the feminist groups on these issues? Why are they not standing up for Israel?
Every woman in the Middle East would love to be in Israel, where she can be free to rule herself and her own life. She'll be permitted to wear whatever she chooses, work in any profession she wants, marry whoever she so desires, and be granted equal rights and protections under the law.
So UN, and US State Department, why are you criticizing Israel?
Anti-Israel activists, what are you? Sexist?
The US State Department has expressed concern over the treatment of women in Israel: http://forward.com/articles/147966/gop-jabs-at-state-department-on-israel/?p=all
So has the UN's commission on the Status of Women: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/un-body-dealing-women-s-rights-criticizes-isr...
Israel has the highest rate of female entrepreneurs in the world: http://www.imninalu.net/Israel-Arabs.htm
Women represent 34% of Israeli judges: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2001/8/The%20Advancement%20of%...
In 2001, women earned 57 percent of all academic degrees and among doctoral students, 46 percent were women: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2001/8/The%20Advancement%20of%...
Even Arab Israeli women are thriving, as evidenced by Dr Su hair Assawdy: http://israel21c.org/people/israeli-female-arab-physician-breaks-the-glass-ce...
According to Shi'ite Pakistani-American scholar Tashbih Sayyed, "Muslim women are more liberated in Israel than in any Muslim country. For Israeli law prohibits polygamy, child marriage, and female sexual mutilation." http://www.muslimworldtoday.com/land30.htm
Israel has 13 government shelters for battered women, including two dedicated to Arab women, and 50 centers for the prevention of violence against women. http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2001/8/The%20Advancement%20of%...
In addition to three months of paid maternity leave for all women, Israeli laws include a provision that mothers may use paid sick-leave to tend to their sick children. http://www.childpolicyintl.org/countries/israel.htm
Growing fear in Israel that Iran Could be Building Dirty Bombs.(Debka).
Israeli leaders were harshly criticized on the eve of Israel’s 64th Independence Day for too much speechifying and no real action against a nuclear Iran, whereas the US in contrast finally made a move by establishing a new Pentagon spy agency for gathering intelligence inside Iran. April 24 and 25, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak addressed memorial ceremonies for the fallen, they reiterated the same old “Israel will not permit Iran to acquire nuclear arms” – a remark which the Israeli street has stopped taking seriously. Many members of military and intelligence circles are quoted by debkafile as believing that Israel may have waited too long and, along with the US, lost the initiative. Jerusalem and Washington are still at odds on Iran, but the theme of their dispute has shifted. It is no longer about Iran’s timeline for building a bomb, but what kind. They agree that Tehran will not possess advanced nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles capable of penetrating the US and Israeli missile defenses any time soon. Israel is now worried about more primitive devices like the ones in the North Korean and Pakistani arsenals which Israeli believes are in the final stages of constructions.
The question in Israeli intelligence circles is this: Why is the impending North Korean nuclear test considered by the US, Japan and South Korea a major menace while no one seems to care about devices identical to the one Pyongyang plans to explode on the way to operational capability. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon said publicly earlier this month that by the end of 2012, Iran would have a dirty bomb. His disclosure drew no reactions, although it was a warning. A dirty bomb combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. Its chief danger is the spread of radioactive contamination. Cruder and cheaper to producer than a nuclear bomb, counter-terror agencies have long appreciated that it is easily transferred to terrorists. Ya’alon’s warning therefore means that Iran may soon be able to transfer dirty bombs to the Lebanese Hizballah units sitting on Israel’s northern border and the Palesinian Hamas and Jihad Islami in Gaza. The Weekly Standard edition for publication on April 30 wrote the following sentence: “The supreme leader and his guards can have a nuclear weapon in their hands in as little as 43 days, provided Iran’s nuclear scientists have mastered the manufacture of a nuclear trigger – technically much less difficult than enrichment.” The UN nuclear watchdog in Vienna and US intelligence officials have reported tests on nuclear materials conducted in recent weeks at the Parchin site near Tehran, to which access has been denied UN inspectors.Hmmmm........What else did Erdogan and Obama promise to Iran?Read the full story here.
“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.” ~ Bruce Coville
Iraqi Kurd leader Massoud Barzani threatens secession unless power share demands met.(AA).The president of Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region has demanded that officials agree to their demands or face consequences of a secession from Baghdad by September. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, the Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani demanded that the Shiite leaders agree on sharing power with their political opponents. “What threatens the unity of Iraq is dictatorship and authoritarian rule,” Barzani said in a 45-minute interview in his sprawling office outside of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish region he leads in northern Iraq. “If Iraq heads toward a democratic state, then there will be no trouble. But if Iraq heads toward a dictatorial state, then we will not be able to live with dictatorship.” He called it a “very dangerous political crisis in the country” and said the impasse must be broken by September, when voters in the Kurdish region may consider a referendum for a state independent of Iraq. “They have to decide if they are willing to accept to live under a dictatorial regime or not,” he said. “They have to make that decision. It is their natural right.” Barzani’s warning speaks of fears about a Shiite domination in Iraq’s government and how it has revived secession dreams the United States military had tried to contain. The leader however, said that he is still committed to negotiating a compromise before promoting secession. He said he would hold on to it if the government logjam continues for much longer. He is the highest-ranking Iraqi official to disavow Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government for sidelining its political opponents and, in some cases, persecuting them in what critics call an unabashed power grab.Hmmmm.......... The Kurds kingmakers.Read the full story here.
Egypt’s women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws.(AA).Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex with his dead wife within six hours of her death according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper. The appeal came in a message sent by Dr. Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker, Dr. Saad al-Katatni, addressing the woes of Egyptian women, especially after the popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.
She was referring to two laws: one that would legalize the marriage of girls starting from the age of 14 and the other that permits a husband to have sex with his dead wife within the six hours following her death. According to Egyptian columnist Amro Abdul Samea in al-Ahram, Talawi’s message included an appeal to parliament to avoid the controversial legislations that rid women of their rights of getting education and employment, under alleged religious interpretations. “Talawi tried to underline in her message that marginalizing and undermining the status of women in future development plans would undoubtedly negatively affect the country’s human development, simply because women represent half the population,” Abdul Samea said in his article. The controversy about a husband having sex with his dead wife came about after a Moroccan cleric spoke about the issue in May 2011. Zamzami Abdul Bari said that marriage remains valid even after death adding that a woman also too had the same right to engage in sex with her dead husband.
Two years ago, Zamzami incited further controversy in Morocco when he said it was permissible for pregnant women to drink alcohol. But it seems his view on partners having sex with their deceased partners has found its way to Egypt one year on. Egyptian prominent journalist and TV anchor Jaber al-Qarmouty on Tuesday referred to Abdul Samea’s article in his daily show on Egyptian ON TV and criticized the whole notion of “permitting a husband to have sex with his wife after her death under a so-called ‘Farewell Intercourse’ draft law.” “This is very serious. Could the panel that will draft the Egyptian constitution possibly discuss such issues?
Did Abdul Samea see by his own eyes the text of the message sent by Talawi to Katatni? This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner?” Many members of the newly-elected, and majority Islamist parliament, have been accused of launching attacks against women’s rights in the country. They wish to cancel many, if not most, of the laws that promote women’s rights, most notably a law that allows a wife to obtain a divorce without obstructions from her partner. The implementation of the Islamic right to divorce law, also known as the Khula, ended years of hardship and legal battles women would have to endure when trying to obtain a divorce. Egyptian law grants men the right to terminate a marriage, but grants women the opportunity to end an unhappy or abusive marriages without the obstruction of their partner. Prior to the implementation of the Khula over a decade ago, it could take 10 to 15 years for a woman to be granted a divorce by the courts. Islamist members of Egyptian parliament, however, accuse these laws of “aiming to destroy families” and have said it was passed to please the former first lady of the fallen regime, Suzanne Mubarak, who devoted much of her attention to the issues of granting the women all her rights. The parliamentary attacks on women’s rights has drawn great criticism from women’s organizations, who dismissed the calls and accused the MPs of wishing to destroy the little gains Egyptian women attained after long years of organized struggle.Read the full story here.
"Sanctions that Bite" - Iranian Ambassador to Turkey: Iran, Turkey to Increase Trade Exchanges up to $30bln Soon.
"Sanctions that Bite" - Iranian Ambassador to Turkey: Iran, Turkey to Increase Trade Exchanges up to $30bln Soon.(Fars).Tehran - Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Bahman Hosseinpour stressed that the two neighboring countries of Iran and Turkey are determined to boost their trade exchanges to $30bln in the near future.Hosseinpour put the volume of Iran-Turkey trade at more than $16 billion, and said the figure is expected to reach close to $30 billion in the near future. Addressing a meeting of Iranian physicians in Ankara, he pointed to recent visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Teyyip Erodgan to Tehran, saying, "I should say that was the most successful visit of Erdogan to Iran but certain people in Turkey were making conspiracy to question success of the visit." He said relations between the two countries are in the highest level and are expanding despite difference of opinion between Iranian and Turkish officials on certain subjects, including Syria. Iran and Turkey have in recent years increased their cooperation in all the various fields of economy, security, trade, education, energy and culture. The two sides have exchanged several politico-economic delegations during the last few months. Erdogan arrived in Tehran on March 28 to discuss bilateral ties and cooperation in meetings with senior Iranian officials. During his two-day visit, Erdogan conferred with senior Iranian officials on matters of mutual interest as well as regional and international developments.Hmmmm........And what else?Read the full story here.
Mona ElTahawy's 'Why Do They Hate Us' Article, and the Muslim Brotherhood's response.(IsraelMatzav).Mona Eltahawy pens a lengthy article about the status of women in the Arab-Muslim world, which she is free to do because she lives in the United States. I urge you to read the whole thing - it's quite blunt.
I find it interesting that she does not mention Israel, which is really too bad, because the contrast between how Israel treats its women and how they are treated in countries like Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia is stunning. I also wonder whether we would already have peace with the Arab-Muslim world if there were women in positions of power there. I would bet that we would at least be closer.
Don't hold your breath thinking we're going to find out anytime soon. The fact that Ms. Eltahawy does her writing from the US tells you all you need to know about that.Hmmm.......Ikhwanweb's Response to Mona ElTahawy's 'Why Do They Hate Us' Article "Far from constituting a solution, this type of one-dimensional reductionism and stereotyping is one of the problems facing Arab women."Read the full story here.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Obama Cites “National Security” As Reason For Bypassing Congress To Give $147 Million To Palestinians
Obama Cites “National Security” As Reason For Bypassing Congress To Give $147 Million To Palestinians.(UPI).WASHINGTON -- President Obama, citing the United States' national security interests, Wednesday waived restrictions on funding for the Palestinian Authority. In a memorandum sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama cited his authority under section 7040(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2012 section 7040(a) of the Act, to provide appropriated funds to the Palestinian Authority. The president directed Clinton to inform Congress of his action. State Department officials last month expressed concern the department had been unable to provide full funding to the Palestinian Authority for institution-building projects as the United States seeks to rejuvenate Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., had questioned the Obama administration's request for $147 million for the Palestinian Authority at a time when P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded preconditions for returning to the negotiations while also pushing a unilateral statehouse plan at the United Nations. She also expressed concern that $26.4 million had been requested for projects in Hamas-run Gaza. "The administration also says we need to help 'rebuild the Palestinian economy' -- this at a time when our economy is facing serious challenges and Americans are suffering," Ros-Lehtinen said.Hmmmm........Don't worry Israel 'he's got your back'.Read the full story here.
Chinese newspaper warns of ‘small-scale war’ with Philippines.(GI).One of China’s most popular newspapers has warned of a potential “small-scale war” between Beijing and Manila as a result of their standoff at Panatag Shoal, or Scarborough Shoal as the area is known internationally. The Global Times, in an editorial published in its Chinese and English editions, said over the weekend that “China should be prepared to engage in a small-scale war at sea with the Philippines.” “Once the war erupts, China must take resolute action to deliver a clear message to the outside world that it does not want a war, but definitely has no fear of it,” the tabloid said. Malacañang and Philippine military officials were unfazed by the toughly worded editorial.
In a speech at Xavier School in Greenhills, San Juan City, President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said his administration was raising international awareness on the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China to show the global community how Beijing was treating Manila. Mr. Aquino said the Philippines wanted to take the issue to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea but China’s cooperation was needed to resolve it. “Our weapon really here is for the world to know what we are doing,” the President said. “These nations could start thinking if this is how we are being treated—whether they are as big or as small as us—maybe there will come a time that they will get the same treatment [from China],” he said.
He maintained it was not his intention to escalate the problem with China. “We own the shoal,” Mr. Aquino said, referring to Panatag, which lies about 200 kilometers west of Zambales province. “For so long a time we own it and [we are] recognized by international law, especially under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). That’s the only thing that we’re asking.” Asked for comment on the Chinese paper’s editorial, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said that “such irresponsible comments do not merit a response from us.” The Global Times is owned by the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece, The People’s Daily. It has a reputation for publishing nationalistic editorials that are often highly critical of foreign governments and even Chinese officials.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario urged Beijing to concur with Manila’s proposal to resolve the territorial disputes between the two countries in accordance with the Unclos. In a press briefing, Alcantara said at least seven Chinese vessels remained in the vicinity of Panatag, including two small fishing boats anchored on the lagoon and three other fishing vessels off a sandbar. Alcantara said two Chinese maritime ships—the gunboat FLEC 310 and the surveillance ship CMS 71—had been sighted in the Panatag waters as of 8 p.m. Monday. Two more surveillance ships, the CMS 84 and 75, are believed to be replenishing provisions and refueling somewhere in the Chinese mainland, he added.Read the full story here.
Obama camp becoming desperate potential Dem voters returning home to Mexico.(WT).A new study from the highly esteemed Pew Hispanic Center says the millions of Mexicans who risked their lives crossing the desert to get here to the promised land for a better life have given up on the U.S. This is no small feat. Have you ever been to Mexico? Not the ritzy beach towns with the gated resorts, but Nuevo Laredo? The dusty streets are filled with bony children selling gum and candy for just a few spare pennies. Desperate as that little trade may have once seemed to us, at least it has the vibe of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the ‘90s. Nothing like that is going on anywhere on this side of the border. Remember the axiom of big government bureaucrats: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. When, finally, under the crushing weight of taxes and regulation, it stops moving, subsidize it. So the Mexicans have quit coming to the hopeless part of North America. Canada is just too far to walk.Or, at least, the few final stragglers who have not kept up with America’s woes and are still sneaking into the U.S. are balanced out by all the illegal Mexicans already here who are now risking their lives to cross the desert to escape the American “dream.” Now we know why all the politicians in Washington have finally agreed to beef up security and build a fence along the southern border. They’re desperate to keep all the Mexicans from leaving. That’s right, who would raise their children and mow their lawns and do all of America’s dirty work if all the Mexicans left? Authors of the Pew report call the stunning shift in migration patterns historic. Not since the Great Depression, they say, has a shift of this magnitude occurred along the U.S.-Mexico border. Not since the Great Depression?Read the full story here.
Turkish Oil Company to Start Drilling in 'occupied' North Cyprus Site.(AM).Turkey's state-run oil company is set to start drilling for oil and gas in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus under an agreement signed last year in September. The Turkish Petroleum Corporation, or TPAO, will start drilling on Thursday at a field in Gazimagusa's Sinirustu village with a ceremony which will be participated by Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz as well as Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk. TPAO has said it planned to drill as deep as 3,000 meters at the well which has been named Turkyurdu-1. On September 21, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Dervis Eroglu of TRNC signed in New York an agreement on the delineation of the continental shelf between two countries in the East Mediterranean. Under the agreement, TPAO will be able to make three dimensional seismic research and drilling in TRNC land and sea more actively. The agreement follows a Greek Cypriot move to start offshore drilling for natural gas and oil in the southeast of the Eastern Mediterranean island. On September 22, TRNC Council of Ministers gave exploration license to TPAO, Turkish Petroleum Corp., to explore oil and natural gas around Cyprus island. TRNC President Eroglu met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on September 24, and proposed to suspend oil and natural gas exploration until a comprehensive solution was found to Cyprus question or if Greek Cypriot administration insisted on oil exploration, then a committee shall be set up by the two sides in the island, and it shall decide how to share the richness that could be found after the explorations. However, Greek Cypriot side did not give a positive response. Thus, TPAO, by Piri Reis vessel, began geophysical research and seismic data collecting studies on behalf of TRNC on September 26. In 2010, the Greek Cypriot administration and Israel signed an accord demarcating their maritime borders to facilitate a search for mineral deposits in the East Mediterranean. The Greek Cypriot side had signed a deal with U.S.-based Noble Energy to start drilling in an 324,000-hectare economic zone adjacent to the Israeli waters.Read the full story here and more here.
Ground Zero Imam IMAM Rauf BOASTS: 'Obama's historic speech in Egypt came from my book'.(Vision4Freedom) - (Shoebat).In previous reports researched by the Walid Shoebat Foundation, it was revealed that Imam Rauf has made statements in the Arabic language - while appearing on Arabic media outlets - that completely contradict his moderate tone when speaking english, exposing him as a direct supporter of terrorism, both financially and verbally.
So who really was speaking on that historic day of June 4th 2009 in Egypt? President Obama or the Imam of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf?
The Shoebat Foundation has obtained a shocking audio recording of Rauf's own voice boasting in Arabic that Obama’s historic speech in Cairo was provided by the Imam's work with the Cordova Initiative in what the Imam called “The Blue Print” which, according to him, was the solution to the Islamic-American divide. Rauf claimed that Chapter 6 of the Imam’s work engineered by the Cordova Initiative was the construct for the entire speech: Audio Highlight (Listen Now)
“This is an example of the impact of our work in a positive way to be used by the president.”
"The blue print," Rauf elaborated, included everything from U.S. policy to Jewish and Christian relations with Muslims.
For an Imam in New York to be involved in the orchestrating U.S. foreign policy is quite the claim. In the recording dated February 5th, 2010 Rauf boasted that:
“We have to look at it [as] how to engineer solutions. At the Cordova Initiative we think of ourselves as an engineering shop. Yes. We have an analytical approach. Our work has been that. IN THE BOOK CHAPTER 6, I WROTE ABOUT THIS BLUE PRINT as to WHAT HAS TO BE DONE BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, what has to be done by the Jewish community, what has to be done by the Christian community, what has to be done by the Muslim community, what has to be done by educators, what has to be done by the media. For example, IN MY BOOK IN THE ARABIC VERSION page 293, what did I write? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO DO. IF YOU EXAMINE THIS CHAPTER YOU WILL FIND THAT THE OBAMA SPEECH IN CAIRO WAS ALL TAKEN FROM THIS SECTION [Section 6]. When you do a job that is very complicated. You ask yourself, what have you accomplished. All these problems can be solved but requires the will to solve it. It requires political will, resources and the right focus. The signs of how to go to the moon was known 200 years ago, but the political will and financial will for it happened during 1960-1961. When John Kennedy said that we will send an American to the moon before the end of the 60’s, he established the financial resources and the political will.”
The story was even collaborated in a written article in an interview with Hani Al-Waziri of Egypt. The clue was revealed while Rauf was answering a question regarding President Barack Obama’s speech in which Rauf replied:
“the speech was wonderful and wise in his choice of words, the Prime Minister of Malaysia after the speech disclosed to me that it is now easy for any president of a Muslim country to establish good relations with America, and I AM NOT GOING TO HIDE FROM YOU THAT ONE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN WRITING THE SPEECH, TRANSFERRED ENTIRE PARTS OF MY BOOK ‘A NEW VISION FOR MUSLIMS AND THE WEST’, which he referred to U.S. interests being compatible with top interests of the Muslim world”.
Rauf did not disclose the name of this speechwriter that included Rauf’s work in president Obama’s historic address to the Muslim world. It is crucial to note that the Arabic version of Feisal Abdul Rauf’s book was published in Malaysia titled “A CALL TO PRAYER, FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER RUBBLE: ISLAMIC DAWA (SUMMONS TO ISLAM) IN THE HEART OF AMERICA POST-9/11."The interview with Hani Alwaziri dated February 7th, 2010 intended to discuss Rauf’s plans for what he terms “American Style Islam” and the Cordova Initiative goals for the U.S. Rauf later stated that his goal was “To establish an American style Islam in the United States” in which he explains his aspiration of spreading Islam in America by using flexibility and molding Islam to become palatable to the American culture while preserving the integrity of Islamic ideology:“If we look how Islam was spread from Hijaz (Arabia) to Morocco then Turkey, we note that Islam was shaped by the culture and society, hence showing a Muslim version of the architecture and culture and the arts, but with preservation of the framework of belief and worship. We need to provide a GLOBAL ISLAM in accordance with the nature of each society.”Transcript of the audio by Shoebat.