Monday, December 3, 2012

Hatred and Violence in the Qur'an Awareness Month: "Be ye apes, miserably slinking!"

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

Hatred: jihadists today routinely refer to Jews as apes and pigs. This idea is rooted in Qur’an 2:63-66; 5:59-60; and 7:166. Here is 2:63-66:
And when We took compact with you, and raised above you the Mount: 'Take forcefully what We have given you, and remember what is in it; haply you shall be godfearing.' Then you turned away thereafter, and but for the bounty and mercy of God towards you, you had been of the losers. And well you know there were those among you that transgressed the Sabbath, and We said to them, 'Be you apes, miserably slinking!' And We made it a punishment exemplary for all the former times and for the latter, and an admonition to such as are godfearing.
Traditionally in Islamic theology these passages have not been considered to apply to all Jews. Ibn Abbas says that “those who violated the sanctity of the Sabbath were turned into monkeys, then they perished without offspring.” Others, however, such as the early Islamic scholar Ibn Qutaiba, held that today’s apes are the descendants of the Sabbath-breaking Jews.

Many Muslims use this passage today as a metaphor for the Jews’ corruption, even unto bestial status. Muhammad himself began this when he addressed the Jews of the Qurayzah tribe, which he was about to massacre, as “you brothers of monkeys.” Several years ago, the late Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, called Jews “the enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs.” The Saudi Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayyis, imam of the principal mosque in Mecca, the Al-Haraam mosque, expanded on this, saying in a sermon that Jews are “the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs.” Another Saudi Sheikh, Ba’d bin Abdallah Al-Ajameh Al-Ghamidi, made the connection explicit: “The current behavior of the brothers of apes and pigs, their treachery, violation of agreements, and defiling of holy places… is connected with the deeds of their forefathers during the early period of Islam — which proves the great similarity between all the Jews living today and the Jews who lived at the dawn of Islam.”

This series inspired by Pat Condell.

Congress urged: Investigate vote fraud now

Does America still have free, fair and accurate elections?

WND Exclusive


GOP poll inspectors illegally removed from voting locations.

More than 100 percent of registered voters turning out to vote.

Computers reverting to a default Obama vote, regardless of whom the voter selects.

Absentee ballots counted while neutral observers are blocked from supervising.

Military ballots not delivered on time to active-duty servicemen and women around the world.

Illegal campaign contributions, deceased and illegal-alien voters, “lost ballots” and intimidation at the polls.
It’s enough to make voters ask: Does America still have free, fair and accurate elections?

After witnessing a flood of reports detailing incidents of likely vote fraud and abuse this election,

WND has launched a petition urging Congress to open an independent and comprehensive investigation.

Sign WND’s petition urging Congress to investigate fraud and abuse in America’s election system!

As WND reported, the “battleground” states seemed to initially be pulling toward Romney. But then the reports of voting irregularities started leaking out, then gushing out – like the 59 different Philadelphia voting divisions in which Mitt Romney received zero votes compared to Obama’s 19,605. And the Cleveland precinct in which Obama beat Romney 542 to 0. (In fact, Romney received zero votes in nine Cleveland precincts.) And in one Ohio county – widely considered ground zero for the election – Obama received 106,258 votes from 98,213 eligible voters – an impossible 108 percent of the vote.

And that was just the beginning.

WND compiled a long list of reports documenting voting irregularities and apparent fraud during the 2012 presidential tabulation.

A poll watcher told WND up to 10 percent of the ballots cast at a polling station in Pennsylvania reverted to a default, which gave Barack Obama a vote no matter who the voter had selected. The incident took place in the state where officials claimed Obama got a total of 19,605 votes in 59 voting divisions to zero for Mitt Romney and not far from the 100 precincts in Ohio where Obama got 99 percent of the vote, a feat not even achieved by Third-World dictators. It was in Upper Macungie Township, near Allentown, Pa., where an auditor, Robert Ashcroft, was dispatched by Republicans to monitor the vote on Election Day. He said the software he observed would “change the selection back to default – to Obama.”

Chicago elections worker Steve Pickrum told WND as an equipment manager for the elections system, he was called when a voting machine malfunctioned. “On early voting when I did work on the floor when voters needed help using the equipment, I was able to see the preference of the voter, and every time that I saw [a] voter voted for Romney a ‘voter save failure’ message came up on the screen,’” he reported.

Then when he went on Election Day to vote himself, he picked Romney and experienced the same error message. He reported he never experienced the error message when the voter was choosing Barack Obama.

Another poll worker, this one assigned at the University of Michigan, reported to WND a list of irregularities, including that the precinct captain told her at one point, “You go sit down, you are bothering me,” when she was trying to observe the proceedings.

“I was only standing there and looking at voter documents,” she told WND. “It was clear that what bothered him was my very presence.”

And in Florida, the Sun Sentinel reported that election workers a week after the election said they found 963 unaccounted-for ballots – in a warehouse.

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to prosecute the most egregious case of voter intimidation in modern times, that of club-wielding New Black Panther Party members in camouflage fatigues standing in front of the door of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.

The Justice Department has insisted on legally challenging states that have attempted to institute basic voter-ID laws to assure fair and accurate elections by verifying the identity of those voting.

Just before the election, a WND investigation proved Obama’s presidential re-election campaign repeatedly accepted illegal foreign donations – specifically, credit card donations made from a foreign (Pakistani) IP address and proxy server in the name of “Osama bin Laden.” WND’s complaint is now being probed by the Federal Elections Commission.

For these reasons, WND’s petition states:
We, the undersigned, strongly request that Congress immediately undertake a full and impartial investigation into the multiplicity of issues serving to degrade America’s historically free and fair election system, thereby dangerously eroding citizens’ belief their vote counts and that elections are meaningful. Should the widespread belief that our elections are corrupt (as in some Third World nations) ever take hold in America, chaos and anarchy will undoubtedly follow. Therefore, it is of the very highest importance that Congress take the necessary steps to assure that America’s elections are accurate and fair, and without even a hint of fraud or corruption.
Sign WND’s petition urging Congress to investigate fraud and abuse in America’s election system!

America's Choice: Learned Helplessness or Earned Opportunity 

By: Terry Paulson  / Townhall Columnist


If Alexis de Tocqueville were to have written Democracy in America today, he might have shared an entirely different perception of America. He would have found too many of our citizens suffering from the depression of our age--"Learned helplessness." Rather than believing that they have what it takes to invent their own future and claiming the mantle of self-reliance and earned opportunity that made America great, they look to government for support.

America was built on "inalienable," God-given rights that for the first time in recorded history affirmed that all men are created equal. An individual's fate was not determined by who his father or country of origin was, but by his own freely chosen pursuit of his own ambitions.

In Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence, he used the word "property" instead of "pursuit of happiness." Americans wanted the freedom to apply their own talents, character and initiative to produce the unequal outcomes they earned in their own "pursuit of happiness." As a result, we've beckoned to those in the world willing to dream to come, work hard, and share in the limitless opportunities our country offered. And they came.

Americans railed against confiscatory taxes. They were a strong, confident people who unleashed the most powerful economy in history. They weren't enticed by the egalitarian spread of socialism and communism.
They didn't hate the rich; they wanted to join their ranks. Why? Because they knew of millions who had bettered their lot in this great country.

While our mainline news focuses on negative news and what's wrong with America and many churches clamor for social justice and policies of redistribution, the American Dream is sold as an outdated myth! "Experts" say that "trickle-down" economics doesn't work.

But they can't refute the facts that a growing economy does raise all boats and that becoming "rich" in America is not a closed private club. Empirical evidence shows that people still move up and down the earnings ladder. Michael Cox and Richard Alm of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas published "By Our Own Bootstraps" analyzing the income of "poor" Americans over time.

“The University of Michigan Panel Survey of Income Dynamics tracks the income of 3,725 individuals...for the 17 years from 1975 to 1991. And the U.S. Treasury similarly tracked income patterns over a nine-year period--1979 to 1988--using an entirely different database, the income tax returns from 14,351 representative households. Both tracking studies reveal overwhelming upward mobility for almost all Americans. In the Michigan study, only 5 percent of those in the bottom quintile in 1975 were still there in 1991. In contrast, over 80 percent of this original 'poor' segment made it to the middle class or better.... Indeed, 29 percent of them reached the top quintile. To generalize from this study, over several decades only 1 out of 20 'poor' Americans will stay poor, while 13 will become 'middle class' and 6 will become 'rich.'"

They continue: "Similarly, the Treasury study showed that 86 percent of the bottom quintile moved to a higher one, with two-thirds reaching the `middle class’ or above, and almost 15 percent making it to the top quintile. Since the Michigan study covered a period almost twice as long as the Treasury study, it’s not surprising that its results were more dramatic. Upward mobility is an ongoing process that gathers momentum with time. The message is clear: This is the land of opportunity, and if you're not getting yours, don't complain. Go to school."

Try a more recent study of income mobility during the Clinton/Bush years. The U.S. Treasury Study--"Income Mobility in the US from 1996 to 2005"--found that those with very high incomes in 1996--the top 1/100 or 1 percent--had their incomes halved by 2005. They were not getting ahead at the expense of others; many were making less. Those in the top 20% increased 10 percent. Those originally in the bottom 20 percent saw a 91 percent increase in income. In short, there is no permanent over-class, and once "poor" Americans do improve their position over time.

I and others are working with the Napoleon Hill Foundation to update his message for a new generation. Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" was a tonic for those dreamers who were willing to find their own way out of the Great Depression. What he said then could be said today:

"There is a theory which pops up again and again that the opportunities for success are fewer not what they were in the past, that our nation has reached the plateau of its success, that the world is dominated by people who already have money, and that success is a finite realm already filled to capacity. This is nothing more than a theory. There is no scarcity of opportunity. There is only a shortage of imagination. Countless people gain new wealth every year, whether the economy is prospering or ailing. The only limits they recognize are those within their own minds. Anyone who cries, 'no opportunity' is simply issuing an alibi for his or her own unwillingness to assume responsibility and use imagination. Offering a useful good or service is just as valuable now as it ever was, and new areas in which to do so open up every day."

President Obama may be making it tougher with policies that entice people to depend more on the government and take more from those who have applied their own initiative and drive to succeed. But the man in the White House does not determine your future. You do. Spend less time watching and waiting on Washington and get busy finding your place in America's still promising future!

 The Republican Hispanic Challenge

The Republican Hispanic Challenge 

By: Star Parker  / Townhall Columnist



We’re stuck in a deadly spiral where economic growth is retarded because the economy is larded with enormous and ever-increasing government spending and debt. Yet, more and more Americans want the lard.

President Obama got re-elected by promising to continue to serve it up.

Romney’s failure, and the failure of the Republican Party, is not that Obama is pulling this off, but that they can’t get their act together to explain the problem to enough Americans to stop it.

There seems some hope that this disaster of an election is waking up Republicans that there are major, growing constituencies in the country that they must stop ignoring – one major one being Hispanics.

But the big challenge is that, although these constituencies would be far better off in a nation with limited government and conservative values, they by and large have already bought into the welfare state.

This includes Hispanics, and many Republicans seem to be dangerously clueless about this.

For example, Republicans like former CEO of Kellogg, Carlos Gutierrez, who oversaw Romney’s Hispanic outreach.

Gutierrez expressed “shock” at Romney’s candor and offered his own take on what happened: “…..we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place where it doesn’t belong.”

Somehow, many Republicans have bought the myth that the immigration issue is the main barrier between Hispanics and the Republican Party.

No doubt the immigration issue is a factor. But this misses the point by many, many miles.

The rapidly growing Hispanic sector of our nation is, on average, a low-income population – with many of the deep social problems similar to those of blacks – who already have come to love the welfare state.

Median Hispanic income is $38,409 compared to a national median income of $60,008.

Fifty three percent of Hispanic babies are born to unwed mothers and the high school graduation rate of Hispanic kids is 65.9 percent.

Thirty eight percent of Hispanic children live in single parent households.

Compared to the national poverty rate in 2011 of 15 percent, Hispanics had a poverty rate of 25.3 percent.

In a survey done last December by the Pew Research Center, 55 percent of Hispanics said their view of “capitalism” was negative and 32 percent said it was positive.

In the same survey, 67 percent of Hispanics said their view of the label “liberal” was positive.

For anyone who believes that America’s future lies in restoring limited government, this snapshot of the most rapidly growing segment of our population, whose share of the electorate is expected to double by 2030 according to the Pew Hispanic Center, is sobering.

According to Ron Haskins, co-director of the Center for Children and Families at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, the antidote to poverty is work, intact family life, and education.

As Haskins reports, “In 2009, the poverty rate for children in married-couple families was 11.0 percent, the poverty rate in female-headed households was 44.3 percent.”

What America’s Hispanics need is a growing, prosperous economy so they can work and get a decent wage. The anemic, government larded economy of today is not going to deliver this to them.

They need to get their kids out of failing public schools and have choice to attend private, church schools.

And they need to live in a nation in which the traditional family is the standard and it is once again shameful for women to give birth out of marriage.

In other words, they need the “far right” agenda that Mr. Gutierrez thinks is the problem.
Op-ed:
The CRPD Treaty must be voted down
By: Diane Sori

 
Scary stuff is ahead folks as this week the Senate is preparing to vote on the U(seless) N(ations) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Treaty, a treaty that would make The Patriot Act appear as a walk in the park concerning our personal liberties and freedoms.

While the name of this treaty sounds honorable it is anything but. CRPD has absolutely NOTHING to do with protecting the rights of those with disabilities and has everything to do with giving the U(seless) N(ations) control of our lives.  And of course it's sanctioned by Barack HUSSEIN Obama and our ever-loving Hillary Clinton.

Hiding behind yet another cleverly crafted name of trying to protect the rights of the disabled, what people fail to realize is that the rights of Americans with disabilities are already protected under our own federal laws, isuch as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, and the Fair Housing Act as amended in 1988.

And any changes, amendments, or clarifications of such protections can be gotten through our own legislative process without any help from the U(seless) N(ations)...thank you very much.

Point blank...this treaty would subject our country to threats against our sovereignty and allow U(seless) N(ations) officials to tell us what our social and domestic policies will be.  So, if the Senate votes to ratify the CRPD they are knowingly, willingly, and with malice threatening our country's sovereignty and integrity in a number of ways.

First and foremost, this treaty would allow our our individual civil liberties and rights to be no longer dictated by our Constitution, but by an unelected panel of a dozen U(seless) N(ations) representatives who hate 'We the People' but who love our traitor-in-chief.

Second, if the Senate ratifies this abomination U.S. policies would be contingent on the oversight and recommendations of the CRPD committee, which will then issue unlimited demands that the U.S. would be expected to put in place.  This alone should send up major red flags to the parents and caregivers of disabled Americans, whose personal decision making authority for their own family member would now be subjected to the decrees of U(seless) N(ations) so-called 'experts.'  And lets NOT forget that their personal parental rights would be threatened by the CRPD’s language concerning the 'best interests of the child' for there is NO clearly expressed protection of parental rights anywhere in the treaty.

Third, and this is major, there is NO clear definition of disability anywhere in the treaty.  The CRPC claims the wording to be an 'evolving concept' as treaty proponents believe there are many kinds of disabilities...social disabilities, economic disabilities, racial disabilities, gender disabilities...failing to mention physical disabilities and mental disabilities, the basis of how we define a disability under our Disability Acts.

Fourth, and this one is outright scary, the CRPD touches upon the definitions of 'reproductive health' and 'reproductive rights' as they relate to abortion rights. In other words if ratified, the U(seless) N(ations) would be dictating our US abortion policy to us...religious beliefs be damned.  In fact, this treaty would have the potential to allow sterilization and/or abortion for the disabled.  The wording, found in Article 25, requires, “free or affordable health care including the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based health programs.”  Mandatory population control come to life as the U(seless) N(ations) could force America to sanction sterilization and/or abortion for the disabled at taxpayer expense.

Nice, huh?

And here's an interesting side note...Senator Marco Rubio tried to neutralize the horror of Article 25 during discussions about the treaty when it was debated in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  However, Rubio's proposed amendment, which would have stopped the treaty from forcing abortion policy on countries that sign, was foiled by none other than Mr. Swift Boat, Secretary of Defense wannabe, Senator John Kerry.

Such lovely people (insert sarcasm here) these liberals are wanting to do such damage to the most helpless amongst us.

Now the question remains as the vote draws near, how can our Senate vote on something that is first just evolving but NOT set, and second, vote on something that goes against against the basic law of our land...our Constitution, and against the very people the treaty claims it's trying to protect...the most vulnerable amongst us...the disabled.

I guess in Obamaland anything is possible as our nation's nightmare continues.