What is the difference between the mentally ill and muslims?

The most recent incident in Londonstan makes it clear.  Bernie’s description removes all doubts:

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Is there a group more delusional, more in need of therapy than Muslims who believe their religion is tolerant and promotes peace? As for their so-called Prophet, who can read of his life and not call him a murderous, Jew-hating, child-molesting, rapacious, violent, savage, barbaric, womanizing, and illiterate thug? Yet they hold him up as the model human being to be emulated.

There is a difference between the two types of mental illness. Those who hear voices telling them to kill are correctly called mentally ill and can be treated with drugs and therapy and be kept in places where they will not harm anyone. Muslims however are, for the most part, not correctly diagnosed as dangerous and subsequently are not treated with drugs and therapy and sadly are not kept away from the rest of society for our protection.

There are those in our country that believe we can treat Islamic illness with kindness, welfare, education scholarships, citizenship and all the other benefits our country has to offer and they will not place bombs in public places as in the case of the Tsarnaev brothers. I don’t know which is crazier: believing that Muslims are no threat to western culture or having a tooth removed by a Muslim dentist.

original article courtesy of Planck’s Constant.

It’s not islamophobia, it’s islamorealism

“And when I look at what’s happening in Libya, this big song and dance, whether this was a terrorist attack or a protest, and you just want to scream for god’s sake, are you kidding me, the last time we were attacked like this was the USS Cole which was a prelude … to 9/11. And you’re sending FBI to investigate. I hope you’re sending in your best clandestine warriors who will go in to exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil, that its ambassadors will not be murdered and that the United States will not do nothing about it.”  Lara Logan, CBS 60 Minutes, keynoting the 2012 BGA Annual Luncheon.

 

 

19 minutes, well worth your time.  h/t  Daniel Greenfield.

Polygamy and shariah, revisited

Mitt Romney made news recently for his family having historical ties to the practice of polygamy. Described by liberal pundits as “the ultimate Mormon oddity”, the truth is that the Mormon church officially repudiated polygamy in 1890. It was, in fact, a requirement for the admission of Utah to the Union.

Polygamy is an affront to the principle of equality between the sexes. You would think that this would be an issue that is championed as a women’s issue. Sadly, it gets little attention from international organizations, even on International Women’s Day.

The practice is common in the Muslim world, and is becoming common practice in Europe, as well:

“the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported statements from Norway’s Directorate of Immigration (UDI) that there are an increasing number of men with multiple wives in Norway. “The reason is married men travel to countries where polygamy is legal and then add a wife.” Though polygamy is illegal in Norway, “this is something that Norwegian authorities cannot prevent,” said UDI spokesman Karl Erik Sjøholt. …The Islamic Cultural Center Norway (ICCN), an immigrant organisation subsidised by the Norwegian state, advises Muslims in Norway to take several wives because polygamy “is advantageous and ought to be practiced where conditions lend themselves to such practice.”

Some time ago, a blog we used to visit regularly, pointed to a reprint of an article at The American Muslim that encouraged the development of sharia law in America by using the model of Tribal Courts, as practiced by American Indians.

I recommend that as a first step, supporting organizations dealing with Islamic family law be established immediately. A professional association of Muslims in the law field (of whatever specialty) is a must. A law school students’ support group should be formed, and Muslim youth should be encouraged to enter this field. A second step would be to establish institutes in the U.S. which can supplement legal education with courses in Islamic family law. At the same time, pressure should be put on law schools to include courses in Shariah taught by Muslims.

This is not assimilation. This is not acceptance of American Civil Law. This is unacceptable. Inasmuch as the political left has resisted the logical step of protecting the institution of marriage through the amendment process, is there any other remedy that has legal and historical precedent? There is. And it goes back to that “ultimate Mormon oddity.” Joshua Trevino at Brussels Journal laid out the case in an excellent post from last year.

The precedent is the 1887 Edmunds-Tucker Act, which effectively disestablished the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints until that entity gave up its doctrine of polygamy. The Mormons were effectively declared an organized-crime outfit: their properties were confiscated, and their leaders were driven underground. It took three years, but in 1890 they abandoned polygamy, Utah became a state, and the Mormons … have been good, patriotic, and peaceful Americans ever since. One, Mitt Romney, even has a shot at being President shortly. They were forced to join the civilized world by the United States government, which cared more for the norms of American culture than the values of the Mormon faith – and rightly so. Looking back, it is difficult to deny that this vigorous action – in which no American was killed, deported, put into camps, or hunted down – was to the ultimate benefit of the country and the Mormons.

If we could act with that degree of sanity, self-preservation, and humanity in 1887-1890, why not now? If we cannot, it is not because Muslims now – or any other immigrant community now – are worse than Mormons then: it is because we have lost the self-confidence to do it.

Reprinted by request: 03/08/2007

Thank you, Andrew C. McCarthy

Andrew C. McCarthy has penned a piece that says exactly what I would say if I had the words. Here is an excerpt, and here is a link so that you can read the whole thing.

For the better part of two decades, Americans have been murdered by Islamists and then lectured that they are to blame for what has befallen them. We have been instructed in the need for special sensitivity to the unceasing demands of Islamic culture and falsely accused of intolerance by the people who wrote the book on intolerance. Americans have sacrificed blood and bottomless treasure for Islamic peoples who despise Americans — and despise us even more as our sacrifices and gestures of self-loathing intensify. Americans have watched as apologists for terrorists and sharia were made the face of an American Muslim community that we were simultaneously assured was the very picture of pro-American moderation. […] We look around us and we see our country unrivaled by anything in the history of human tolerance. We see thousands of thriving mosques, permitted to operate freely even though we know for a fact that mosques have been used against us, repeatedly, to urge terrorism, recruit terrorists, raise money for terrorists, store and transfer firearms, and inflame Muslims against America and the West. As Islamists rage against us, we see Islam celebrated in official Washington. As we reach out for the umpty-umpth time, we find Muslim leaders taking what we offer, but always with complaint and never with reciprocation. We’re weary, and we don’t really care if that means that Time magazine, Michael Bloomberg, Katie Couric, Fareed Zakaria, and the rest think we’re bad people — they think we’re bad people, anyway.

Why Americans don’t trust Muslims (Part 82971)

If you think the acts reported in the following video are depraved, then you are obviously a bigot.

Sudden jihad syndrome

Jeff Head has updated his list of jihadi events in America.

This list represents the most publicized of the SJS events in America. There are undoubtedly many more. Many of these events have been attempted to be explained away by politicians and the media as acts of insanity or mentally disturbed individuals, where the tie and link to Islamic Jihad is either not reported or ignored…and this, in many cases when the perpetrator themself indicate that this is what their attack was about, waging Jihad against America and American citizens.

REPORTED INCIDENTS OF SUDDEN JIHAD SYNDROME IN THE U.S. SINCE 9/11/2001
(List is not exhaustive, does not include major organized terror attempts, un-reported SJS, so-called “Honor” killings, etc.)
Date Description & Location Perpetrtor & Weapon Killed Injured
2002-0105 Bank of America cessna crash, Tampa, FL Charles Bishra (Airplane) 00 00
2002-0522 Armstrong International Airport shootings, New Orleans, LA Patrick Gott (gun) 01 01
2002-0705 LAX Airline counter shootings, Los Angeles, CA Hesham Mohamed Hadayet (gun) 02 05
2002-1002 Beltway (& other) shootings, CA, AZ, TX, AL, MD, DC John Mohammed, Lee Malvo (gun) 17 05
2003-0323 Camp Pennsylvania sapper attack, Kuwait Sgt. Hasan Akbar (grenade, gun) 02 14
2004-0806 Muslim convert kills his Jewish friend, Houston, TX Mohammed Ali Alayed (knife) 01 00
2005-0111 Goodwin House retirement attack, Alexandria, VA Mustafa Mohamed (knife) 00 06
2005-1001 Univ of Oklahoma stadium bombing, Norman, OK Joel Henry Hinrichs III (bomb) 00 00
2005-1218 Home Depot car attack, Chandler, AZ Ali R. Warrayat (car, fire-bombs) 00 00
2006-0303 SUV attack, Univ of North Carolina, Chapill Hill, NC Mohammed Taheri-azar (car) 00 09
2006-0615 Movie Theater shooting, Baltimore, MD Mujtaba Rabbani Jabbar (gun) 01 00
2006-0625 Safeway Warehouse shooting, Denver, CO Michael Julius Ford (gun) 01 05
2006-0728 Jewish Federation shooting, Seattle, WA Naveed Afzal Haq (gun) 01 05
2006-0830 SUV rampage, San Francisco, CA Omeed Aziz Popal (car) 01 19
2007-0212 Trolley Square Mall shooting, Salt Lake City, UT Sulejman Talovic (gun) 05 04
2007-0220 Vanderbilt car rampage, Nashville, TN Ibrahim Ahmed (car) 00 02
2007-1023 Homestead Air Force Base gate attack, Miami, FL Tahmeed Ahmad (knife-fire bomb) 00 00
2008-0812 Hospital employees attacked, Minneapolis, MN Somali Teens (minors not named) 00 02
2008-0908 Subway hammer attack, Philidelphia, PA Thomas Scantling (hammer) 00 01
2008-1103 Jewish Students attacked at UC Berkely, CA Husam Zakharia (fists) 00 02
2009-0601 Army recruiting station shooting, Little Rock, AR Abdulhakim Muhammad (gun) 01 01
2009-1105 Ft. Hood, Texas mass shooting, Killen, TX Major Nidal Hasan (gun) 13 29
TOTAL: 46 110
SITE/LIST LAST UPDATED : November 20, 2009

Religion of peace alert

For those who will not learn from history … click here

It’s time to get rid of these parasites. Send them back to wherever they came from.

H/t NRO

There’s a blog post here somewhere

But I’m just too dang distracted to come up with the words.

Muslim Congressman rebukes fellow Muslim for linking Islam to terrorism.

Linking islam to terrorism?

Why in the world would anyone do that?

Talk among yourselves.

New death threat from RoP™

Robert Spencer reveals a new death threat, emanating from FDC servers in Chicago:

I am coming to slit your throat with a bland knife.. and it will pain a lot.. since you misled a lot of people and became a fitnah on earth.. it is a duty of a good muslim to kill you! go report this to FBI or CIA..

And don’t worry, I won’t attack you unguarded.. but i will surely kill you in the most easy manner possible because I don’t like to slaughter human beings.. Die and go to hell.. for sure..

Fitnah?  Heh.  Glad you asked.

From the wax stax of golden oldies …

Hang in there, Robert!

h/t Ed

The Dhimwit Of The Month For May Goes To “24”

Jack-Bauer-Dhimwit

The Religion Of Peace, in keeping with its tradition of selecting the most deserving recipient for this dubious honor, didn’t have as difficult a time as in previous months.

They state, in their citation:

CAIR honchos no doubt cheered the seventh season finale, as Kiefer Sutherland’s character, uber-patriot Jack Bauer, was literally on his knees before Allah. Presumably dying of poison in the plot, the agent who once defended America from Islamic terrorism literally invites a local imam into his hospital room – of whom he can beg forgiveness and pray with in his “final moments.”
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With Jack Bauer’s deathbed “Shahada,” the producers may have finally jumped the Muslim shark. Let’s hope so. The series can hardly get any worse. Janeane Garofalo was actually cast as an FBI intelligence agent, which is wrong on many levels. (credibility-wise, it isn’t terribly clear how she managed to beat out Barney Rubble for the role).

Well said and written!
I gave up on “24” several years ago, not because it had “jumped the shark,” but because it jumped on and off frequently, in the same episodes. Honestly, how many times can terrorist escape a completely surrounded building?

In any event, after they took last year off, and returned for the 2009 season, I thought I would at least see if the show would be an improvement of the ridiculous product they had been foisting on viewers since the first season. It started out interesting, and then it happened. It was in the last half hour of the show, when, during a commercial break, a ‘PSA’ featuring the actress playing POTUS, came on and proceeded to proselytize about global warming. I immediately switched channels, never to return for the remainder of the season, but was informed by friends some of the additional nonsense that ensued, culminating with Jack calling for an imam on his (supposed) death bed.

A friend of mine had recorded it, and I had to see it for myself.
While they panned back, and you couldn’t hear what was said, it left me wondering if Jack did mutter the “shahada.”

So, I fully extend my congratulations to the cast and writers of “24” for their well deserved honor. It isn’t every year when such a clear message of dhimmitude is expressed by a prime time drama series.

R.O.P Terror Plot Thwarted

By MURRAY WEISS, ERIN CALABRESE and JENNIFER FERMINO
May 21, 2009 in the NY Post:

Four homegrown Muslim terrorists on a mission from hell were arrested last night as they planted what they thought were high-powered plastic explosives at two Bronx synagogues, authorities said.

The men were also allegedly plotting to use a Stinger missile to shoot a military plane out of the sky in upstate New York immediately after the bombings. …

They planted what they thought were explosives in a parked car outside the house of worship.

One acted as a lookout, while the other three allegedly drove up the block to the Riverdale Jewish Center and planted two more bags of “explosives” in cars.

Unbeknownst to them, their explosives were duds — supplied by authorities who had been monitoring their plan for more than a year.

Cops swooped in and arrested them right after they allegedly planted the last of the phony bombs.

One of the suspects, James Cromitie, a k a Abdul Rahman, bragged that blowing up the synagogues would be a “piece of cake,” the feds said.

“I hate those motherf – – -ers, those f – – -ing Jewish bastards . . . I would like to get a synagogue,” Cromitie told an informant, according to a criminal complaint.

The alleged terrorists’ hatred also included the US military.

After bombing the temples, the men planned to split up and head to the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in their hometown and shoot down a plane with a weapon they believed was a Stinger surface-to-air guided missile, sources said.

“They [the United States military] are killing Muslim brothers and sisters in Muslim countries, so if we kill them here [in the United States] with IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and Stingers, it is equal,” one of the busted men, Onta Williams, allegedly told the informant.

Also arrested was David “Daoud” Williams and Laguerre Payen, a k a Amin or Almondo.

Would You Shake Hands with a Jew?

Man on the street interview in Saudi Arabia ….

My conclusion: There will be not be peace in the Middle East, without victory.

The silliness of forcing Israel to the bargaining table to fulfill some nutburger’s dream of a “peace process” is revealed by this video.

(h/t ECR)

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Update:Buffalo, NY “Honor” Killing!

The murder of Aasiya Hassan, was discussed here, a few days ago.

That she had been abused by her husband/murderer, had been reported, and was the reason she was seeking a divorce. Now there is new information on this senseless murder, that not only corroborates her years of abuse, but that her husband/murderer was following the tenets of Sharia Law.

This article from Canada Free Press, cites a source, the Northeast Intelligence Network, that claims to have interviewed a police source close to the investigation.

The NIW revealed the following:

Doug Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network and contributor to Canada Free Press, interviewed this police source by telephone, who agreed to speak on the strict condition of anonymity. According to this source, Aasiya Zubair was stabbed multiple times, suffering perhaps as many as three dozen stab wounds with a steak knife in what was described as a “frenzied killing.” She was then beheaded by the same instrument.

Also according to this source, Mr. Hassan told police that because she was beheaded, she would not be permitted entry into paradise, an alleged reference to his Islamic beliefs. “It was all about honor, and the dishonor she [the victim] was bringing upon him and his family,” stated this source. “There was definitely a cultural if not a religious aspect to these incidents,” added this source.

“There were numerous calls to police, many made by the victim, some on behalf of the victim, because of domestic violence. There were indications of physical abuse. Each time, the victim refused to file charges against her husband,” stated this source. This source added that the alleged murderer, Mr. Hassan, was very concerned about his standing in the Islamic community, and would reportedly tell his wife that she “had no authority to divorce him,” an apparent reference to Sharia (Islamic) law.

Having been in law enforcement, and witnessed some gruesome murder scenes(one remarkably similar to this, only the woman had been stabbed dozens of times, with the butcher knife left planted in her chest), I know what the officers that viewed that scene have to deal with. It is beyond grotesque, and an image they will carry with them forever.

At other sites, I saw comments excoriating the readers for blaming Islam or Muslims, for this tragic murder, as well as being told we were making unfounded assumptions, in blaming Sharia Law. Well, we all make assumptions, all the time, and some conclusions are easier to reach than others. In the case of Islam, and the violence that is contained in the Koran, and the less than second class citizenship of women in this death cult, anyone that takes the time to research it will find that this murder should not be surprising. It should serve as another lesson to any willing to learn, that there is no place for Islam in a nation governed by the rule of law.

I would like to add, I feel enormous sympathy for the family of Aasiya Hassan. This is a life altering event for them, and a tragic loss to her loved ones.
I can’t even begin to imagine the sheer terror she must have experienced, when his attack began on her, and the realization she was about to die at the hands of the man whom she had spent so many years with, and was supposed to be her source of protection. The betrayal of that trust is unforgivable, and I sincerely hope he faces the full force of the law(NOT Sharia) for this senseless crime.

*Cross-posted at Urban Grounds.

Muslim thugs torch 1147 vehicles in France

The French yoots are at it again, committing arson and mayhem on a grand scale to welcome in the new year in France.

Update: The French press reported that the Interior Ministry released a final “verified” count of 1,147 vehicles burned in France over New Year’s Eve. The number is up 30.64% from last year’s total, 878.

REUTERS – At least 445 cars were torched over the night of New Year’s Eve in France, a 20 percent rise on last year, but there were relatively few clashes with police, the Interior Ministry and police said on Thursday.

Car burnings are regular occurrences in France but the registering the New Year’s Eve total has become something of a tradition since they achieved symbolic status in the violent rioting that shook many of the country’s poor suburbs in 2005.

These are the kind of people that Obama thinks he can sit down and talk to?

Friday Linkfest

In the town of Nazareth, muslims have erected a banner at the entrance of the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation. The banner declares that allah had no son. “He begetteth not nor was he begotten.” link

I couldn’t agree more. There is absolutely nothing about islam that is comparable to Jesus Christ. Anyone who claims allah and God are different names for the same One True God have been deceived. The Lord said, “By their fruits you shall know them.”.

Here is a quick stroll through today’s headlines. Decide for yourself.

The Taliban have blown up more than 100 girls’ schools in Swat in the past 14 months. The destruction of schools and recent threats to teachers and students have forced over 50,000 girls out of schools. Link

Photographs Released By The Mumbai Police Reveals Shocking Truths of the recent Mumbai Terrorist Attacks :: Sexual humiliation of Guest, Esp. Foreigners, before killing them...Link

Officials in The Netherlands have admitted that their biggest mistake was being politically correct when it comes to Islam. They have gone as far as saying “to become Dutch, you must in principle give up your old nationality.” Read more

Both Iran and its Hamas proxy in Gaza have been busy this Christmas week showing Christendom just what they think of it. But no one seems to have noticed.

On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari’a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion. Link

Channel 4 was rebuked by the Government yesterday for its decision to broadcast an address by the President of Iran as the channel’s alternative Christmas message.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that providing a platform for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called the Holocaust “a myth”, would cause widespread offence, despite the conciliatory tone of his speech. Read more

Imagine the UN appointing David Duke to report on how Blacks are victimizing whites, or Hugo Chavez to report on American foreign policy, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to investigate whether the Holocaust occurred….

Well the UN has done something comparable by appointing Richard Falk as its supposedly impartial “rapporteur” on Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories. Link

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WTF Open Thread

2008. The year of WTF.

People behaving out of character. A realignment on the political Right. The attempt to marginalize Christians. Weird, strange, unpredictable stuff. I can’t think of a better way to describe it than “WTF.”

First up, articles from NRO, Times Online, and JihadWatch.

Writing at NRO, Mark Steyn takes issue with those who would try to use the “nazi” label against the anti-jihad alliance. Roger Boyles continues the theme at the Times, And, writing at JihadWatch, Spencer takes on WSJ.

Mark Steyn says, “Silence = Acceptance”

We are told that the “vast majority” of the 1.6-1.8 billion Muslims (in Deepak Chopra’s estimate) are “moderate.” Maybe so, but they’re also quiet. And, as the AIDs activists used to say, “Silence=Acceptance.” It equals acceptance of the things done in the name of their faith. Rabbi Holtzberg was not murdered because of a territorial dispute over Kashmir or because of Bush’s foreign policy. He was murdered in the name of Islam — “Allahu Akbar.”

Roger Boyles reports from Berlin, “Mosques are a land grab, not a place of worship.”

So says Ralph Giordano, 85, Holocaust survivor. His protests against the grand mosque in Cologne brought a flood of supportive mail.

“…Mr. Giordano, we are afraid as you are of this creeping Islamification but we can’t say anything in public because we will end up being branded as neo-Nazis.”

The novelist and essayist pauses for effect. “Well, that’s something that cannot be pinned on me!”

Mr Giordano finds himself in the company of far-right activists. “Of course, you have to distance yourself clearly from these people – obviously their racist, neo-Nazis arguments are quite different from mine – but I am not going to be muzzled just because people are fighting on the same issue with false arguments and a false ideology.”

Also counterpunching against the PC “right” at JihadWatch,

Over the weekend, Robert Spencer called out Wall St. Journal drone James Taranto on his cynicism about the intentions of the man who is most adamant about preserving Western civilization, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.

Specifically, as Spencer points out, Taranto finds Wilders’ views on Islam “problematic” and isn’t sure whether or not Geert Wilders is simply an “anti-Islamic provocateur.” To which Spencer replies, “It is a pity that Taranto would characterize speaking accurately about how Muslims use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and Islamic supremacism as being an ‘anti-Islamic provocateur.’”

More WTF on the domestic front, as the Mother of all Bailouts continues….

The Ohio Agriculture Department conducts a SWAT Team raid on a food co-op known as the Mana Storehouse. The charge? Running a retail establishment without a license. No kidding. Selling unlicensed food is now an offense worthy of a SWAT Team raid. Read more here.

At Euromoney, Helen Avery reports that the settlement system for the US Government bond market has broken down.

And,at the Market Oracle, Martin Weiss says, “America’s Second Great Depression has started.”

Right now, our country’s finances have deteriorated too far to balance the federal budget anytime soon. But it’s not too late to avoid some major financial blunders that could seriously weaken our country for the rest of the century. Even in the worst-case scenario, it is certainly not too late for you to protect your savings, boost your income and grow your wealth.

How long could the depression last? How much further can home prices fall? How far down will the stock market go? Will it be as bad as the 1930s? At this juncture, you can count on your fingers the number of serious analysts who believe that’s even a remote possibility. And yet, stranger things have already happened, including the largest bank and insurance company collapses of all time.

And, on a lighter note, Sparty claims that Chris Petersen will be named head coach at Mississippi State, right after today’s SEC Championship game, even though Petersen and everyone else denies it. I hope Sparty’s right.

Also, South Panola’s 89 game win streak is snapped by Meridian in the 5A Championship game. Yes Virgina, Meridian’s All-State QB Tyler Russell is headed to Mississippi State! C’mon Chris Petersen.

Finally, GN Magazine has “Surprising Truths” you may not know about the Nativity story.

A ‘God Moment’ In Mumbia’s Oberoi Hotel!

Two gentlemen I know, one is the elderly father, the other his son, returned from their trip to Mumbia(Bombay) India, late Monday afternoon. I should add, two very happy men full of joy returned home, to be met by very thankful family and friends.
I will relate, briefly, part of their story from the terrorist attack on their hotel.
The first thing you must know is this, the elderly gentleman, who became a client of mine fifteen years ago, and became a friend in the process, is one of the kindest, gentlest men one could ever know. Always smiling, ever cheerful, despite the ravages of time on his body, and that of his dear, sweet wife. As he is approaching ninety years of age, he is in remarkably good health, but isn’t as steady on his feet as he once was, and uses a rolling walker to remain mobile.

It his story that I will focus on, as I related to his son, that he needs to write about his experience. I will not name them, as I don’t want to risk infringing on their privacy. It is with the knowledge of his son, that I write about their experience, but from my perspective, as a friend who listened intently to their story, and could only imagine the perils they faced.

Let me start with this one sentence, that I want you to repeat over several times.

THE ELEVATOR DOOR WAS CLOSING AS THE TERRORISTS RAN INTO THE LOBBY, AND THE SHOOTING BEGAN!

To try and explain all of the mitigating factors that led to that very moment, when the elevator door was closing, isn’t very difficult, but the impact of that moment is even less difficult to understand.

It was a ‘God Moment.’
A moment, described in five categories by Pastor Alan D. Wright in his book ‘God Moments.’ The category applicable here is:

Amazing Rescue—a moment when God guarded you, healed you, rescued you, or made a way out for you.

A ‘God Moment’ can also be described as:

This usually is a special time when it is clear that God has intervened and shown Himself in an exceptional way. It is important to notice and appreciate these unique moments and interventions of our Heavenly Father. We must enjoy them and thank Him for a clear answer to prayer, a sudden revelation of His will, a perfect circumstance that is no chance happening, a provision for a need, or a deep feeling of love and worship. These moments are important to recognize.

Source.

I know some will hiss and moan, and say it was just “fate..luck..timing” that impacted this gentleman’s life, at that precise moment. To them I can only say, you cannot see, if you don’t open your eyes.

The events leading to that moment, and the subsequent forty eight hours they remained barricaded in their hotel room, were anything but ordinary. They were attending the Synchronicity Foundation’s gathering in Mumbia, and were guests at the Oberoi, as were the others in their group.
The day began with the typically huge breakfast buffet, then sight seeing, and visiting with friends; then the typically huge lunch buffet at the hotel, with their group session in the afternoon. After returning to the hotel, the son told his father, he was going to skip dinner, as he had been eating far too much, in recent days, and asked his father if he wanted dinner. The father replied that he did want some soup, but not a full dinner. So the son assisted his elderly father to the dining room, just off of the lobby of the Oberoi, and seated him with friends, and made him comfortable. While the father was in the dining room, the son went to the mall area, that connects the Oberoi Hotel to the Trident, though they are separate facilities. There he used the internet office facilities, to send and receive emails. Upon concluding his business there, he looked in on his elderly father, who was enjoying his light dinner with friends. He informed his father, that he was going to the room, as he was growing tired. This, according to the son, was highly unusual in itself, as he generally was up quite late, and on most nights would have remained in the lobby, reading or visiting with friends.
Shortly after, the father, with the assistance of one of the ladies in the group, who was staying on the same floor as the father and son, decided to go to their rooms.

This part of the story is where it first struck me, that this was a ‘God Moment.’ Why was this night different than the others? Why did the son not join them in the dining room? Why, at that precise moment, did they decide to head upstairs? And finally, why did the elevator door open for them, and close for them, at the precise moment that it did?
I already have explained why, but these were the immediate questions that hit me, when the story was related.

Still, there is more.
They barricaded themselves in their room for two days, living in fear of the unknown, knowing from phone calls and television reports, that there were muslim terrorists committing this mayhem, and actively seeking out “Westerners,” and they survived. My first thought was of the age of my friend, and how dangerous it is for an elderly man to become dehydrated or malnourished.
It seems the ‘God Moment’ became “moments.” For some inexplicable reason, they had procured liter bottles of water, some fruit juices, and some breads and snacks. This danger was removed, as was the danger of the smoke from the fires, that got into their room. The air conditioner helped remove the smoke, until the fires were extinguished.

I can only add, that the relief I feel, knowing that my friends are safely home, with their loving families and friends, is only exceeded by those same people.
I’ve had ‘God Moments’ myself, some more profound than others, but I came to realize what they were. Which is why I was able to see, that my friends presence in the elevator, and the door closing when it did, was truly a ‘God Moment’ for him.

I’m certain there are many tales to be told, some with tragic endings, about this horrific terrorist attack. However, this one has touched me personally, and I thought I would relate it, in terms of my understanding of what has happened.

I explained this event to one of my daughters, late Monday night, and she understood immediately, what I was telling her.
I also related to the son, whom I also consider a friend, and his wife, as they departed for home yesterday, that his father’s presence in the elevator, was a ‘God Moment.’ They both agreed, and their traumatized thoughts were replaced, for a moment, with a look of understanding in their eyes, that his father had indeed, experienced a ‘God Moment.’

Cross posted at Urban Grounds.

Zot Media — Denver cyanide connection?

I received an email today from Vimto, regarding the comments made at Zot Media by one Abdirahman Dirie.

As you may know, a Somali immigrant from Canada by the same name was found dead in Denver, in possession of enough cyanide to kill hundreds.

So, here is the breaking news: At the request of The Jawa Report, I asked Vimto to help us by revealing the IP address of the commenter on his blog, who wrote,

“Please don’t talk shit , that man deserves what happened to him , simply because having the bible in one hand , and a bread in the other hand , is not a correct thing ,! Kill Them , Kill them , Kill them , that is my massage,!” Comment by Abdirahman Dirie — July 11, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

OK all you internet sleuths, the IP address 193.251.135.88.

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Lately, talk show host Laura Ingraham has been promoting an idea for a new movie: a remake of the 80’s classic Red Dawn, with the young people of America fighting against Muslim mufsidun instead of Cuban and Soviet invaders. So far, she hasn’t had any takers.

That may be about to change. Unfortunately, the movie plot has gotten too close to reality, as revealed by the Washington Post, summarized in this news article by Ken Adelman. We learn that Islamic hatred is being spread here at home, in what has the potential to shape up as a real fourth column.

The Washington Post on Monday revealed that one such school outside Washington, D.C., uses textbooks teaching 11th graders that “the Day of Judgment can’t come until Jesus Christ returns to Earth, breaks the cross and converts everyone to Islam, and until Muslims start attacking Jews.”

Other accredited Islamic schools in America have world maps on classroom walls that exclude Israel. Some such schools promote class discussions that portray Usama bin Laden as “simply the victim of … prejudice” against all Muslims in America.

The champions of political correctness and multiculturalism have spent the better part of the last seven years convincing the world that the greater enemy of Western Civilization is George Bush, or even global warming. Their lust for political power has blinded them to the enemy within.

The convergence of radical Islam and radical Leftism is the greatest threat this republic has ever faced.

Iran will defend “oppressed muslims”

From Breitbart

A high-ranking Iranian cleric on Friday said the country should grow into a military super power to defend all Muslims, following an army parade at a time of mounting tension with the West.”In a not so distant future, we should reach a point to have the most powerful military equipment in the world so that no one even think about invading our borders.” Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.

“And not only that of the Islamic republic, but also the borders of Islam … We must defend oppressed Muslims everywhere so that the enemies do not dare to attack Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq.”

On Thursday’s annual Army Day celebration in Tehran, dozens of fighter jets and other aircraft flew over the parade ground in a bid to show the power of the air force.

Also on display was Iran’s Shahab-3 missile, whose range includes Israel and even the fringes of Europe.

The hardline cleric also vowed to cheering worshippers, who chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” that their slogans will materialise.

“I tell you that the death of the United States has come. You shouted Death to the Shah and he died,” Jannati said, referring to the monarch overthrown by the 1979 Islamic revolution and who died in exile.

“You say Death to Israel and it is dying. You say Death to America and it does not take so long that its death prayer will be said.”

I’ve got a few Iranian friends, and none of them seem as wacky as this fellow.

This type of language just feeds the “Bomb-Iran” feeling that has been around since 1979. I hate to think the normal, every-day Iranians are going to allow themselves to go over the cliff with the mullahs, but that is exactly where they are being led.

And, there won’t be too many tears shed when it happens.

Fitna, the movie


Kudos to LiveLeak for releasing Fitna, and for their strong, principled stand for Freedom of Speech
Update:  LiveLeak pulled the video, due to death threats from some of the more peaceful RoPers.

But, since we hosted the video independent of the Liveleak servers, it’s still up and running here at NG.  Plus, I downloaded a copy to my video player, so if anybody wants a copy, let me know.

(Special Thanks: WordPress)

“There is no jihadi terrorism in Islam”

Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent for Reuters, writes an interesting piece on the lack of specificity of language in combating terrorism. From the standpoint of mis-identifying the enemy from the get-go, Trevelyan is correct.

But, by allowing themselves to be intimidated by apologists for Islamic supremacists who supposedly “take offense” at any reference to the religion which encourages and supports murder, martyrs, and dying for their god, Reuters and other MSM outlets are abetting those very individuals and organizations who would like nothing better than to see the death and destruction of western civilization.

At a major conference on terrorism in Brussels this week, for example, debate on how to tackle al Qaeda was punctuated by repeated arguments over the terms “jihad” and “jihadist”.

Frequently used by al Qaeda itself and by counter-terrorism specialists and in the media to denote “holy war” against the West, the word jihad signifies for most Muslims a spiritual struggle.

“You can struggle for elimination of poverty, you can struggle for education … you can struggle for something very, very positive in life,” said General Ehsan Ul Haq, former chairman of Pakistan’s joint chiefs of staff.

Now to call jihadists as terrorists is either reflective of …lack of understanding of Islam, or it is I must say an intended misuse, which again is unfortunate,” he added. “It might have been somewhat excusable in the trauma post-9/11 but I don’t think it is any more.”

Sheikh Mohammed Mohammed Ali, an Iraqi scholar, told delegates at the annual conference of the EastWest Institute think-tank: “Jihad is the struggle against all evil things in your soul…There is no jihadi terrorism in Islam.”

Wrapping Islamic terrorism in political correctness is just another example of the great struggle that our Republic faces:  the convergence of radical leftism with Islamic terrorism.

mu’ta imam and the runaway bride

In an exclusive story, the NY Post blows the lid off the wacky world of Muslim dating in New York….
IMAM E-DATE FROM HELL

A Wall Street stockbroker fears for her life after she rebuffed a Brooklyn imam she met on a Muslim dating Web site.
In an explosive $50 million lawsuit that blows the lid off the wacky world of Muslim dating in New York, Cherine Allaithy alleges the religious leader promised he would make her one of four future wives and boasted of a cousin in al Qaeda. When she dumped him, he trashed her reputation in the Arab press.

news007a.jpgThe imam, Tarek Youssoff Hassan Saleh, 42, says Allaithy is a loose, mentally unstable woman. He has filed criminal charges against her in Brooklyn for allegedly destroying two computers at the Oulel-Albab mosque in Bay Ridge. He also claims she threatened to frame him for rape.

Allaithy, 32, says she met the imam, who goes by the name Sheikh Saleh, online at the Muslim Matrimonial Network site in May 2007. They courted for a month.

In June, she claims in court documents, Saleh proposed marriage, telling her she would have to start wearing a veil and be subservient to him.

When Allaithy rejected the sheik’s proposal, she alleges, he suggested they have a temporary marriage, or mu’ta, so they could have sex without committing a sin.

Allaithy again declined.

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.

Lest we forget

Yes, Virginia.  There is a War on Terror.

National security is the number one issue of the Republican  primary for a very good reason.  Muslim terrorism is real.  It is a threat that America cannot ignore.  It is the reason that Republicans must prevail in the 2008 elections.  The Sun offers this reminder, lest we forget.

Qari Hifzur Rehamn, 60, spoke openly of imposing Islamic law’s stoning and beheading on Britain – as Pakistan was rocked by unrest over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

He warned: “We want Islamic law for all Pakistan and then the world.

“We would like to do this by preaching. But if not then we would use force.”

Rehamn, 60, spoke in the Pakistani town of Kahuta as the call to prayer echoed over the dusty streets.

He is Imam of the town’s fundamentalist religious school or madrassa, where classes for kids as young as nine include Jihad or Holy War and barbaric punishments.

His teachings are frightening enough. But his mosque lies in the shadow of the secret bunker where Pakistan produces nuclear weapons.

And when asked if it would be right to nuke British infidels, he laughed and answered: “Probably.”

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