Putting a light bulb on the water pump

SwampWoman writes at Red Nation

The temperature is plummeting in Florida, which has already caused a state of emergency for the people that supply fresh fruits and vegetables to the nation. Even though the temperature here in NE Florida is still 39 degrees at 4 p.m., the wind chill is in the 20s.I asked SwampMan while we were in town if we needed to get light bulbs for the pump houses (two). He assured me that he had a plentiful supply of incandescent bulbs that should provide enough heat to keep the pumps from freezing. Shortly after we arrived home, he stuck his head in the office door and asked what I had done with his light bulbs.

“Huh?”

“My light bulbs are gone. What did you do with them?”

I use the screw-in type of fluorescent bulbs throughout the house in lamps, closets, outside lighting on the porch, and even in the barn because I’m too lazy to drag out the ladder and change light bulbs every few months they’re more energy efficient.

“I don’t even go into your shop. It is nasty with (shudder) large bugs in there. Ewwwww.”

“Well, SOMEBODY took the lightbulbs AND the trouble lights I used to put on the pumps.” This was said with a dark accusatory look at me, as though I had sold his lamps and bulbs on E-bay when he wasn’t looking (not a bad idea, come to think of it).

Well, at least I can still go to town and get some incandescent light bulbs to keep the pumps from freezing tonight. Since our elected village idiots officials have made various incandescent bulbs illegal over the next few years, I suppose then I’ll have to put a politician in the pump houses to keep the pumps from freezing. I’m not sure I have enough composting space for the bullsh** that would accumulate, though.

Corporate And Public Funding For An Islamic Ghetto In Philadelphia!

I came across a post at pipelinenews, called Muhammad and Mrs. Jones – Kenny Gamble’s Philadelphia Muslim Enclave, and additionally more information at the Militant Islam Monitor. These were astonishing articles to me, not only because I loved the music that this man wrote, but because of the open desire to transform an area of urban decline in South Philadelphia, into an Islamic enclave. Kenny Gamble, or as he is now known in Muslim circles, Luqman Abdul Haqq, wrote the hit song “Me and Mrs. Jones,” among others, and even if you were born after the 1970’s, you know that song, and how popular it was. That this could be happening in one of the most historic cities in this country, the seat of power during the American Revolution, and that it could be happening with corporate and public funding, adds to my astonishment. I decided to look a little further into this, after reading the Rabinowitz article, and found much more on this person’s activities, and it appears this hasn’t been happening out of sight, yet many of the city and state leaders are supportive of these activities.
First a little about Gamble…er…Haqq, as you can see in the above article, he founded the United Muslim Movement, then opened the United Muslim Majlis(mosque), and later formed the Universal Companies. Haqq is also a member of a shady Muslim group which was created in support of the cop killer H. Rap Brown, as stated in the article:

Gamble is also a member of the Majlis Ash Shura Council of MANA, the Muslim Alliance in North America, which is led by Siraj Wahhaj. MANA was created to support cop killer Al Amin. Siraj Wahhaj is perhaps most infamous as having been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 by Federal prosecutor Mary Jo White.

It was stated in the above article, that due to a personal crisis in 1975, he converted to Islam. What that personal conflict was, may have been due to his own doing, as his record label was fined in a “payola” conviction.
/poor baby
There is more on Siraj Wahhaj, from Daniel Pipes, in this article:

In June 1991, Siraj Wahaj, a black convert to Islam and the recipient of some of the American Muslim community’s highest honors, had the privilege of becoming the first Muslim to deliver the daily prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives. On that occasion he recited from the Qur’an and appealed to the Almighty to guide American leaders “and grant them righteousness and wisdom.”

A little over a year later, addressing an audience of New Jersey Muslims, the same Wahaj articulated a rather different vision from his mild and moderate invocation in the House. If only Muslims were more clever politically, he told his New Jersey listeners, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate. “If we were united and strong, we’d elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him. . . . [T]ake my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.” In 1995, Wahaj served as a character witness for Omar Abdel Rahman in the trial that found that blind sheikh guilty of conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States. More alarming still, the U.S. attorney for New York listed Wahaj as one of the “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in the sheikh’s case.

The disparity between Wahaj’s good citizenship in the House and his militant forecast of a Muslim takeover—not to mention his association with violent felons—is only one example of a larger pattern common to the American Muslim scene.

Mr. Pipes, in this same article, adds:

Not all these organizations and spokesmen are open about their aspirations, though some are: for example, the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia, proclaims its academic purpose to be nothing less than “the Islamization of the humanities and the social sciences.” But the best-known organizations—the ones whose members are invited to offer prayers and invocations before Congress or to attend White House functions, or whose representatives accompanied the President on his September 17 visit to a mosque—tend to hide their true colors behind arch-respectable goals. Thus, the American Muslim Council claims to work “toward the political empowerment of Muslims in America,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations is “putting faith into action,” and the Muslim Public Affairs Council seeks only to make American Muslims “an influential component in U.S. public affairs.”

But as I have documented at greater length on other occasions, 5 much if not everything about the conduct of these organizations points to their essential agreement with the “conquer America” agenda, and from time to time their leaders—including Al-Faruqi and Shakir—have even said as much. As for Siraj Wahaj, he is a top figure in the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Alliance in North America, and the Muslim Arab Youth Association, and his views contaminate every single one of them. It is not accurate to say, as President Bush said of the Islamist leaders with whom he met on September 17, that they “love America as much as I do.”

The co-founder of MANA with Wahaj is one IMAM AL-HAJJ TALIB ABDUR-RASHID, and his background can be found here. A synopsis of his views:

* Imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
* Opposes the U.S. War on Terror
* Views America as a nation infested with white racism

The involvement of Haqq’s UMM, mosque, and Universal Companies in developing an Islamic Enclave in Philly is disturbing to me, as it should be to any freedom loving citizen, as it’s involvement with Black-Islamic supremacist group Nation of Islam, is well documented(I refuse to link to NOI), but even more disturbing is it’s involvement with business and political leaders, including the former police commissioner who called for 10,000 citizen activists to combat the crime in Philly, which the muslim groups responded to. Incidentally, former police commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson is a muslim, and according to this report:

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, who Islamic groups say is the only Muslim running a U.S. police department, softened decades-old rules in August 2003 to allow some beards.

The following is from the Universal Companies dot org website, which I will not link to. It’s enough I had to go there, and will spare you the risk of giving them your ip address, or them the traffic.

Universal Companies has become an accomplished real estate developer of mixed income housing, multiple use facilities, and multiple financing source developments. Since it’s founding, Universal Companies has developed more than 250 housing units (rental and homeownership) and 200,000 square feet of commercial space at a total development cost of approximately $ 90 million, with more than one billion dollars in real estate development projects in its pipeline.

Although Universal Community Homes was the initial entity of focus project, the need for a comprehensive approach was evident. Luqman know that you can’t just fix and build houses and transform a community, that there are other challenges and factors that must be overcome as well. Universal Companies is a group of organizations that provide a wide range of comprehensive services designed to rebuild urban America . The range of programs and services include real estate development, construction, property management, vocational skill training, adult basic education, job preparation and placement, career one stop, case management, technology networking and management, business training, business service technical assistance, business office support, capital lending, elementary education, and after school programs.

* Universal Companies “Family” Divisions
* Real Estate and Economic Development
* Small Business Division
* Financial Services Division
* Workforce Division
* Health and Social services Division
* Technology Division
* Education Division
* Youth Services Division

Accomplishments

The major accomplishments of Universal Companies over the last ten years include:

* Universal Companies is one of the largest providers of affordable housing in the city of Philadelphia , with more than 350 units developed and over 400 more in production over the next 3 – 5 years.
* Universal Companies owns and operates a full-service construction company and property management company.
* Universal Companies operates a grade k- 8 public school system serving more than 2,000 children, which includes a grade k- 8 charter school, a grade 6 – 8 charter school, and private management of a grade k- 5 public school and grade 6 – 8 public school.
* Universal Companies operates a 27,000 square foot Workforce Development Center –the largest in the state–connecting job seekers with employers serving more than 2,000 job seekers annually.
* Universal operates a Business Support Center that has helped to start more than 50 businesses and serves more than 300 small entrepreneurs annually.
* Universal operates a full-treatment medical center that provides medical services and treatments in specialized areas such as: dentistry, gynecology, pediatrics and podiatry. The center also provides mental health placement and services and a full-service outpatient drug and alcohol detoxification and treatment program. This center services more than 1,000 residents annually.
* Universal owns and operates several retail stores, including the successful Universal Mini-Market, with a second market currently under construction.
* Universal owns and operates a Community Investment Fund, which focuses on funding small businesses and local entrepreneurial initiatives.
* Universal operates an innovative and successful Technology Center.
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More on MANA.

What are the Goals of MANA?
The primary goals of MANA are (1) to establish the strong presence of viable, healthy and dynamic Muslim communities, neighborhoods and institutions that meet the religious, social, economic and political needs of the Muslims in this land; (2) to call humanity actively and systematically to the life-giving message of Islam with wisdom and beautiful teaching; (3) advocate and work for just and righteous remedies to ills impacting North American society in general and Muslims in particular.

Funding for the Universal Companies comes from many sources.

Foundation Support

* Allstate Foundation
* Annie E. Casey Foundation
* Samuel S. Fels Fund
* Ford Foundation
* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
* MacArthur Foundation
* Fannie Mae Foundation
* William Penn Foundation
* Pew Charitable Trusts
* Prudential Foundation

Private Sector Support

* Citizens Bank
* Commerce Bank
* First Union Corporation
* Independence Blue Cross
* Lincoln Financial Group
* Mellon Bank
* Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Association
* Sovereign Bank
* Wachovia Bank
*Bank of America

Public Sector Support

* Office of Edward G. Rendell, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
* Office of John F. Street, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
* Commerce Department, City of Philadelphia
* Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), City of Philadelphia
* Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
* Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
* U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
* U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Community Development Partners

* Hawthorne Community Council
* Odunde
* Point Breeze Performing Arts Center
* South Philadelphia HOMES
* South of South Neighborhood Association

The company, which employs 180 people and grossed $15 million last year–75% of which came from government grants and private sector donations, with the remaining 25% coming from earned income–is on a mission to redevelop three neighborhoods within South Philadelphia: the 15-square-block area of Hawthorne, 40 blocks that constitute Southwest Central, and 72 square blocks that make up Point Breeze. Launched with $6 million to $7 million of Gamble’s own money, the company’s assets now include: * Universal Real Estate Development Co., which has a portfolio valued at $14 million. Its assets consist of 250 developed residential properties, an additional 300 units under construction, and approximately 250,000 square feet of commercial space. Some 450 people currently reside in housing provided by Universal Cos. * Universal Business Support Center, designed to foster business development within South Central Philadelphia. Some 40 businesses are enrolled in the center. * Universal Retail Cos., which operates two convenience stores, a barbershop, and several other locations under construction in South Central Philadelphia. * Universal Construction Co., the firm that manages the construction and contracting for the parent company. * Universal Education Management Co., which manages the Universal Institute Charter School in addition to three South Philadelphia public schools, totaling 2,500 students. * Universal Capital Investment Fund, a community development financial institution (CDFI) that has raised $300,000 to provide small loans and equity investment to businesses associated with the business support center. Universal hopes to expand the fund to $1 million over the next year.

Not everyone in South Philly is pleased with this development, though, and there are some very interesting discussions on some Philly blogs and news organizations.

Some residents in South Philadelphia fear that Gamble’s real-life aims aren’t as inclusive; they fear that Gamble, a convert to Islam, is inclined toward racial and religious segregation, which is creating tension in what has long been an integrated neighborhood. And Gamble himself, with his sweeping and sometimes outlandish views, doesn’t always help matters.

“Sadly, Mr.Gamble’s faith and some of his reported comments about preserving the African American community have been polarising”…particularly in our uneasy post 9-11 world.” She said some people fear Gamble wants to build a black Muslim enclave. (source)
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Universal’s Troubles
Actually, Universal is a sore subject for some of us who have lived here a while. The Royal Theater properties were sold to Universal by the Preservation Alliance in the late 1990s with the promise that Universal/Gamble was ready to go with an entertainment complex. After many community meetings, nothing much has been done.

But the property was recently in the news as though this entertainment complex is a new idea. It isn’t.

Universal may have trouble getting contractors and funding for the large projects. Why?

1. Universal’s partnership with Pennrose, Uni-Penn, created to build MLK Plaza just east of Broad and Fitzwater area, declared bankruptcy. Uni-Penn is being sued by several larger contractors according to the Philadelphia civil court docket. Looks like any judgement will be difficult to collect on a technically bankrupt entity, so future contractors will avoid working for managers who don’t pay unless sued.

2. The Royal Theater properties defaulted on the mortgage held by the Preservation Alliance, making the four or so Royal properties eligible for Sheriff sale. Who will build or partner with anyone to create an “entertainment complex” and museum to Kenny Gamble if the building can be sold right out from under them?

3. Universal has a few properties listed on Trend for sale that were not meant to be sold. They are sold before any renovation occurred, or are being sold after public funds were used to create a business that was meant to exist to train and employ the disadvantaged or those working on life skills. I refer to the former “Universal Minimart” now an African themed restaurant/deli. Built with Community Development Block Grant funds of about $150K, the structure is now to be sold. While I support this sale, the private market could have funded and built the same thing at no cost to the taxpayer.

4. Universal’s Real Estate Office at 15th and South is being rented out it seems, which is a new, unannounced thing. Universal’s business development area experienced a downsizing recently. There are some Gamble owned lots, that were conveyed by the RDA, that are being sold now on Trend. While I support this sale to a private owner, it would have been better for the neighborhood if this property was offered at auction competitively by the RDA instead of conveyed to Universal and held for years. The private market can be forced to build or sell sooner. Any partner looking to develop in earnest will wonder what the heck is going on.

5. Universal’s PAC, NUR-PAC, is a Street and local Dem party top contributor. Pay to play is when a nonprofit gets goodies such as cheap property and kicks back contributions to the party that orchestrates this. Nonprofit contributions should be addressed in ethics reform legislation. Meanwhile, serious partners in real renovation will be put off in the new climate of reform.

6. Universal’s rate of development to their rate of holding undeveloped properties seems to be about one in four or five. I can’t tell entirely, since the organization refuses to make any annual report available. However, the federal 990s filed show that the top managers make from $75K to $110K plus benefits per year. Wow. Yet Rahim Islam, head of Real Estate, claims the group “can’t afford annual reports,” even if made available electronically. Hmm.

7. Kenny Gamble is buddies with Shamsud-din Ali aka Clarence Fowler.

8. The most druggie area of the 30th Ward now is the area where Universal owns the most properties. Universal’s model of development does not improve the climate and equity much. The private market is achieving more in terms of cleaner, safer streets and diversity. I’ve heard Universal referred to as a publicly financed Sam Rappaport, who held crappy properties for years until the area around it improved, then sold as is and cashed in. This is not
progressive minded redevelopment. Speculation without renovation should be stopped whether by a for profit or nonprofit.

9. Universal is a religious entity that is indigenous black muslim in focus. The Philadelphia black muslim movement has had a storied connection with drugs and organized crime. See the several academic books on the subject, especially those by Sean Patrick Griffin, who wrote “Philadelphia’s ‘Black Mafia:’ A Social and Political History.” Griffin notes that a non profit known as “Black Inc.” at 1433 South St. was firebombed some time ago. Black Inc. was disbanded after law enforcement linked it to the drug trade. Such an ugly past and a geographic and religious similarity begs the question: Were members of Universal involved in crime? Should those who get valuable city goods have a clean record? Should redevelopers and nonprofits be prohibited from getting city contracts and property if members have felony convictions or were on probation for some serious crime? A review of the civil court docket shows that some current members of Universal have been under probation.

10. As to quality of work, Universal was recently featured on NBC10 for severe mold problems and shoddy workmanship at its development on Cross St. This can occur when wooden materials are left to the elements for long periods, as seems to be the case in the new Universal development in the Federal St area, where the sticks and plywood went up but then there was no activity for a long time. Experienced builders will try to avoid cash flow problems that result in work stoppage.

That said, every builder has problems and makes mistakes. Don’t let it stop you from investing in the area. But be an informed owner. Go to community meetings. Ask tough questions that the Universal dittoheads avoid. Put the pressure on Universal to build or to sell. Complain to politicians and the RDA. Look up on Hallwatch the empty Universal lots and complain to Anna Verna, ccing Rahim Islam.

Everyone will benefit from your diligence, your equity most of all.

http://www.phillyblog.com/philly/south-philly/7583-bainbridge-west-universal.html

There is so much more information available on this disturbing trend, but time and space just don’t permit including it all. That an Islamic Enclave could be developing in the midst of one of our major cities, with so much assistance and complicity from business and political leaders is a frightening prospect. With the examples coming from Europe in the past few years, of what happens when predominately Muslim enclaves are allowed to flourish, alarms should be going off throughout this country. How long before Car-B-Ques come to Philly, like they have in France and Holland?
In my research, I came across this interesting and informative article, which includes the original lyrics, that then became our National Anthem.

Though most of us think of the American relationship with Islam as a modern phenomenon, the encounter in fact goes back to the very first days of the nation. That encounter was from its first a troubled affair and involves the origins of U.S. military and diplomatic affairs. American conflicts with Muslim states in North Africa provide the opening to Max Boot’s fine analysis of The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, and we all probably know a little about “The Shores of Tripoli.” We may not know that these events occasioned the first draft of our national anthem. In response to these wars, around 1805, Francis Scott Key composed a patriotic song that described how:

In the conflict resistless each toil they endured,
’Till their foes fled dismayed from the war’s desolation;
And pale beamed the crescent, its splendor obscured
By the light of the star-spangled flag of our nation.
Where each radiant star gleamed a meteor of war,
And the turbaned heads bowed to its terrible glare,
Now mixed with the olive the laurel shall wave,
And form a bright wreath for the brow of the brave.

The tune would become “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The fight continues, and we can never rest or be complacent, or the medieval mind set of Islam will destroy our great nation…one city at the time.

ConservaBlogs 2008 GOP Poll — go vote!!

I wanted to bring to your attention the latest RCP interactive poll, hosted by Eric over at ConservaBlogs.

So, please take a moment and vote!
Here is the LINK

Go forth and VOTE!

Biden highlights Clinton Pakistan gaffe

(CNN) — Democrat Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that presidential rival Hillary Clinton doesn’t adequately understand recent events in Pakistan.

The Delaware senator was responding to news that Clinton suggested in two recent interviews that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is up for reelection this month.

Musharraf was actually reelected in October, and the upcoming Pakistani elections are parliamentary, not presidential.

“We have a number of candidates who are well-intentioned but don’t understand Pakistan,” Biden said at a campaign event Tuesday. “One of the leading candidates — God love her.”

“There are good people running,” continued the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has made his foreign policy credentials a centerpiece of his long shot presidential bid. “But to say Musharraf is up for election! Musharraf was elected — fairly or unfairly — president six months ago. It’s about a parliamentary election!”

Clinton’s comments came in an interview with ABC Sunday, in which she said, “[Musharraf] could be the only person on the ballot. I don’t think that’s a real election.”

The New York senator also made similar comments during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week, saying then, “”If President Musharraf wishes to stand for election, then he should abide by the same rules that every other candidate will have to follow.”

The smartewst woman in the world had no comment.

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Huckabee challenges Romney to debate

Talk about burying the lead, in their campaign roundup yesterday, AP includes this small snippet…

Huckabee also suggested a two-way debate in the final two days that would allow Romney and him to share a stage.

Absolutely. Bring it on.

We all remember Huck challenging Fred Thompson to a debate, and Fred refusing. I’m sure ol’ Fred would love a do-over.

No doubt, Romney will refuse as well.

AP is reporting that Romney “had no immediate response.” 


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