Here, you are urged and encouraged to run your mouths about something important.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


While on the Ed Schultz radio show on September 29th, Teamster president Gregory Floyd discussed the One Nation march scheduled to take place this Saturday in Washington, D.C. Floyd told the audience that it would be mandatory for his 20,000 members to attend the protest.

Via The Blaze:


Hatem Abudayyeh is the Executive Director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN). The AAAN is the group responsible for sponsoring the 2003 dinner for Obama friend Rashid Khalidi. The Los Angeles Times was in possession of a videotape before the 2008 election that showed Barack Obama speaking about Khalidi at that event but refused to release it. Last week, the FBI raided the home of Abudayyeh, reportedly seeking documents that show connections to Hamas.

Now it is learned that earlier this year, in April Abudayyeh visited the White House. In light of recent developments, that visit should be explained immediately.

Khalidi is also the man who founded the AAAN. When Obama was director of the Woods Foundation in the 1990's, he oversaw $40,000 in grant money issued to the AAAN. Abudayyeh rose up through the ranks after joining AAAN in 1999.

In addition to the $40,000 in grant money from the Woods Foundation, the AAAN also received well over $450,000 in City Taxpayer grants since 1998. That timeline, when coupled with Obama's political career is interesting since Obama's political career was launched in the home of Bill Ayers. Obama started his career as a state senator in 1997.

Big h/t to Gateway Pundit. Here is the local ABC affiliate's news report.


On May 1, 2010 Faisal Shahzad's Times Square bomb did not go off. As a result, lives were saved, not because a coherent and proactive strategy had been implemented by the Department of Homeland Security but because it simply failed to detonate. How many lives would have been lost had the bomb exploded? There's no way to know for sure but this video will give you a good idea of how devastating such a blast would have been in a crowded city like Manhattan. Deaths would have been significant.

In this video, you will see a Nissan Pathfinder in a Pennsylvania field surrounded by other vehicles and human cut-outs. The vehicle contained a bomb similar to the one Shahzad had attempted to explode. It was released by federal prosecutors

Judge for yourselves.

h/t to Hapblog

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


First, the video news report from Houston's Fox affiliate on August 27th of this year. A three alarm fire broke out inside a warehouse and destroyed Harris county's entire stock of voting machines - nearly 10,000. Harris county had been under suspicion of voter fraud during the 2008 elections. On August 24th of this year - just three days before this fire - the county's voter registrar issued a press release that let it publicly be known his office was aware of an organized attack on the voting process.

Here is the August 27th News Report

Now, to the August 24th Press Release from the Harris County Registrar, Leo Vasquez. As in all things leftwing, name changes are in abundance:
“The integrity of the voting rolls in Harris County, Texas, appears to be under an organized and systematic attack by the group operating under the name 'Houston Votes.' Houston Votes is the voter registration machine of the 'Texans Together Education Fund.' Houston Votes and Texans Together have effectively emerged as our area's new 'ACORN' organization."
Three days later, the fire.

Red State has put together a string of at least seven coincidences that should raise several eyebrows about this. Go figure; one of those coincidences involves an SEIU connection.

Read it all.


An interesting twist in south St. Louis. KSDK reported on a story whereby an Islamic center mosque was vandalized with graffiti that showed support for the devil himself. In two separate incidents, the words 'Worship Satan' were spray painted on the mosque. One of the members of the mosque interviewed for the news segment was identified as Sayed Ali, who wouldn't show his face for the camera. Interestingly, KSDK referred to him as an 'Organizer'.

Not to cast aspersions but the left and the Muslim community share much in common. Ideologically, they align quite nicely. We also know that the left has been caught vandalizing its own property to make its opponents look like extremist law breakers. HERE are several examples from 2009 during the health care debate / town halls.

Could that have happened here? Why did Ali hide his face and not his name? I hope KSDK gets to the bottom of this one either way.

via Weasel Zippers


We all remember the three minute righteous rant that Daniel Hannan went on for all to see in March of 2009. He directed his ire at then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who couldn't have been more embarrassed if he had been paddled in his boxers at the time. Hannan has now written a book called, 'The New Road to Serfdom,' based on Friedrich Hayek's 'Road to Serfdom.' Hannan granted Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto an interview recently and continued making sense.

In a particularly interesting part of the exchange, Hannan referred to how the Tea Party is being demonized worldwide as extremist. He then rightfully states that the Tea Party is more moderate than the Democrat Party.

h/t to Freedom's Lighthouse

Just in case you'd like to reminisce, here is the now forever famous rant from 2009. Note the camera catches Gordon Brown for a brief moment looking shell-shocked. He probably would have preferred a literal paddling. It would have stung less.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Here are two members of the Mainstream Media responsible for getting Barack Obama elected with the glowing propaganda coupled with important and harrowing omissions about his background and affiliations. What's almost as newsworthy as Obama's incredibly dangerous words played via Woodward's recording in this clip is his own reaction when Obama said them as well as the reaction of Diane Sawyer after the audio of Obama was played this interview.

Are we in the beginning stages of the liberal media dupes finally realizing they're nothing more than useful idiots?

We who knew Obama would be a disaster were mocked and all of us are paying the price collectively.

Via Freedom's Lighthouse


Michelle Malkin has much more on this but in 2008, a young black high school student in Los Angeles named Jamiel Shaw was murdered by an illegal alien from Mexico; Shaw was three blocks away from his house. In light of the circus that was Stephen Colbert's appearance in front of a congressional committee last week, at which he was in character, mocking the illegal immigration issue, Shaw's family has written him a letter that should shame Colbert.

First up, via Malkin the news report from 2008 about Shaw's murder.

Here is a portion of the open letter to Colbert:
An Open Letter
September 24, 2010
Dear Stephen Colbert,
In preparing this open letter to you, I am literally fighting back the tears! It truly breaks my heart that so many people in positions of power and authority continue to make light of illegal immigration!

Are you aware of, and/or concerned with the fact, that American citizens and legal immigrants are murdered everyday by illegal aliens? Have you ever spent one second thinking about that?

In speaking to Congress today, do you think you would have prepared anything different if one of your love ones was murdered by an illegal alien? You think you would make fun of this illegal alien invasion if you lost a loved one to this crime?

What if your mother was shot in the head by an illegal alien? Do you think you could make that funny? What about your children? Would it be comical if your daughter or your son or your niece or nephew was lying in the street dead, shot in the head, by someone living in this country illegally?
In light of this perspective, Colbert's appearance has moved from a waste of time to dispicable behavior.

Read the entire letter.


Florida congressman Alan Grayson (D) is officially in the running for the scummiest politician in office. I don't know that I've seen a more grossly dishonest attempt to smear a political opponent. Grayson, a Pelosi lapdog who votes with her 97% of the time painted his Tea Party opponent Dan Webster as 'Taliban Dan' in one of his ads. He did so by running short clips of Webster that were taken out of context by 180 degrees.

First, here is the video of Webster from which Grayson pulled the clips he used in his smear ad.

Quite clear what Webster meant, right? Now, here is the 'Taliban Dan' ad from Grayson:

h/t to Verum Serum


This man is despicable. While in Maine, stumping for gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell, Bill Clinton referred to Republican nominee in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell as 'that witchcraft lady' and received raucous applause. He shouldn't have been allowed to get away with it but he did. In light of the fact that his wife - while first lady no less - conducted seances in the White House and admitted to talking with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Ghandi with the help of a psychic adviser, Bill had no business going there. He did anyway.

Click HERE for my earlier post on that and HERE for the CNN report from 1996.

h/t via Hapblog

Monday, September 27, 2010


As I sat in a restaurant this past Saturday evening, I took note of a football game on one of the multiple televisions. It was University of Texas vs. UCLA. Surprisingly, UCLA was way ahead late in the game. Making the score even a bit more disheartening for UT fans was that the game was in Austin. UT trailed 27-6 with just over eleven minutes left and the camera man singled out a fan who was either far too emotionally or financially invested in the outcome.

I hope this guy is as engaged in what's going on with his country as he is in the success of a football team. In fairness to him, if he's not, he's not the only one. I just found this photo emblematic of a much larger problem of disengagement when it comes to the dire situation we're in as a nation.

h/t to Facebook Friend for the photo.


There are now two stories involving the New Black Panther Party that occurred in the same week the mainstream media appears to be completely disinterested in. Perhaps the most explosive was the testimony of civil rights attorney in the Department of Justice, Christopher Coates, who identified individuals within the DOJ who refused to prosecute the Black Panther case on racial grounds. The other story involved a shared dining experience between Louis Farrakhan, members of the New Black Panther Party, and Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Via the New York Post:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's six nights in New York featured a secret sit-down with militant minister Louis Farrakhan, heckling in a hotel bar, and a fear of being rubbed out that bordered on paranoia.

The president shared a hush-hush meal with Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther Party Tuesday at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street.

The meeting of the podium smackers took place in a banquet room, where the fiery leaders presumably exchanged theories on what's wrong with the world.
No doubt, the subject of those 'rotten Jews' was on the table for discussion. Be sure to read the whole article. It points out Mahmoud's paranoia, his stinky clothes, his stinky food, and a woman who openly accused him of stoning her sister. It doesn't appear that Ahmadinejad's most recent visit to the U.S. went all that well.

h/t to Election Law Center


The good news might just be that the left is truly unmasking itself with this event. The August 28th rally at the Lincoln Memorial definitely got under the skin of the freedom-haters. Rarely do you see these groups openly aligning with each other. It's definitely not their preferred course of action because it exposes their deceitful agenda(s). They usually prefer to operate separately. The event scheduled for October 2nd in Washington, D.C. seems to indicate they're pulling out all the stops to match Beck's rally.

Cliff Kincaid has more at USA Survival:
Michael McPhearson, one of the key organizers of the event and former executive director of Veterans for Peace, tells us, “I’m not all that concerned if you’re a Republican, Democrat, or Marxist or Communist whatever,” he said. “I just want us to work together to make our country better. That’s what I look at – not if you’re a socialist.”

Questioned on the involvement of communist groups, McPhearson shot back, “What is radical? We are trying to bring everybody together under one tent. In the United States everybody has a voice and speaks their opinion.” He said the Tea Party has its own share of controversial people.
Hmmmm. The Tea Party makes no bones about who it allows within its ranks. Socialists, Communists, Marxists, and racists are all out. The overwhelming majority of people at Tea Parties engaged in racist behavior are infiltraitors sympathetic to causes like that of McPhearson. He's "not concerned" if attendees are "communist."

That should be obvious when you take a look at the groups and individuals scheduled to be in attendance.
In addition to USAction, the official “partners” of the October 2 rally include the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), National Council of La Raza, the Campus Progress affiliate of the Center for American Progress, Green for All (the Van Jones group), the American Federation of Teachers, Pax Christi, Rainbow Push, Color of Change, United for Peace and Justice, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, AFSCME, Queers for Economic Justice, and ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).
One of the leaders of the event identifies herself as a "Democratic strategist" and was the CEO for the 2008 Democratic National Convention:
The “national campaign manager” of the October 2 demonstration is Reverend Leah Daughtry, described on her web site as is “a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and Democratic strategist.” Her work for the Democratic Party includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee and Chief of Staff of the Democratic National Committee.
I think it's quite safe to say that the Democratic Party has officially been eaten by enemies of our Constitutional Republic.

Read it all.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Isn't it amazing how this guy supposedly resigned from the Obama administration because he didn't want to be a distraction? Yet, he's back with the Center for American Progress (CAP), a George Soros funded / John Podesta led entity that is constantly feeding policy items and rhetoric to the Obama administration. Now, Van Jones is publicly defending the Obama administration by attempting to instill fear of the Tea Party into the minds of the Obamautomatons.

I think it's safe to say that the Tea Party movement has put the Obama administration - along with its apparatchiks - on defense. The good news? The Tea Party is in their head.

Via The Blaze


Ever since the Tea Party movement started, these 'Obama-as-Hitler' signs have been showing up at their rallies. The liberal media has been all too willing to focus on them in order to paint the Tea Party as hateful and racist. For some reason, that same liberal media continues to overlook what's at the bottom of these signs - a web address for the LaRouche PAC. Lyndon LaRouche is a far left socialist who has consistently failed to win the Democrat nomination for president because he's too far left for even them.

Though that doesn't prevent him from identifying himself as an FDR Democrat. I'd say they're infiltraitors but if they are, it makes no sense for them to have 'LaRouche PAC' plastered on their signs. If they're trying to kill two birds with one stone, that's not working much either.

It's apparently lost on the liberal media that when they show these protestors in their news reports about how racist the Tea Party is, they're actually just shining a light on the racism within their own ranks.

Ah, the irony.

Via Founding Bloggers


Marco Rubio and the Tea Party should be all over this one. Florida Governor Charlie Crist was a known RINO until being one was no longer politically expedient but talk about coming full circle. Crist is embracing the endorsement he's getting from disgraced former congressman and registered member of the Democratic Socialists of America caucus, Robert Wexler. If ever there was proof positive that RINO's do, in fact exist, this should do it.

Via the Palm Beach Post:
"He's a strong and respected leader in South Florida and he shares many of the same values as Charlie Crist," said Danny Kanner, the governor's campaign press secretary. "It's a major boost for us."

Since bolting from the GOP in March when it became clear he couldn't beat Republican Marco Rubio, Crist has been courting moderate and liberal voters. To win the three-way race, he needs to woo them from Democratic candidate U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Recent days have seen dueling endorsements. Vice President Joe Biden embraced Meek at a Democratic fund-raiser in Hollywood and said he and President Obama are "100 percent" behind his candidacy. Former Vice President Al Gore is to stump for Meek in Tampa on Friday.

Kanner declined to say which endorsement meant more - a Wexler nod or ones from Biden, Obama and Gore.
Oh, about Wexler being a registered socialist. HERE is the link.

h/t to Hapblog

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Very interesting though I can't decide if this is a talk radio stunt on the part of Laura Ingraham in line with her book, 'The Obama Diaries' or if Michelle Obama's mother is truly obsessed with talk radio and defending her daughter. Listen as she tells Laura that she's 'incensed' at the treatment of her 'daughter' and then quickly says 'first lady' before hanging up. I'll leave it up to you if you think the caller M.R. is really Marion Robinson.

Moreover, if this is really M.R., it's apparent that she doesn't much care for her son-in-law.

Here's another instance in which Michelle Obama's alleged mother called in to Laura Ingra-HAM.

h/t to Hapblog


When former attorney in the voting rights section of the civil rights division, J. Christian Adams resigned from his position so he could honor the subpoena for his testimony from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. It was explosive but the testimony of his boss, Christopher Coates would have been much more damaging to the Eric Holder led Department of Justice. Coates, unlike Adams did not resign and until September 24th, honored the mandate from the DOJ that he not testify.

Coates finally testified on September 24th and defied his superiors. It was, in a word, EXPLOSIVE. Curiously, the media seemed more interested in comedian Steven Colbert's testimony - while in character - in front of congress on the same day.

Here are the highlights.

If you have interest in watching Coates' full testimony, click HERE.

For a very pertinent refresher on this matter, click HERE to see J. Christian Adams' interview with Fox's Megyn Kelly back in June of 2010. In that interview, he refers to both Coates and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez.

h/t to Pajamas Media


Remember that Black Panther who was caught on video in September of 2009 publicly exhorting blacks to 'kill some crackers' and 'they babies' if they wanted freedom? That was King Samir Shabazz, the same New Black Panther Party member who was wielding a night stick at a Philadelphia polling station on election day in 2008. Thanks to a new video of King Samir from August 9, 2010 at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem, he doesn't seem to be interested in moderating his views much.

Here he is referring to Fox News as 'Fox Jews' and claims that white people are using black babies as 'Alligator bait'. Someone should tell King Samir that it is white conservative Christians who are fighting to prevent the abortions of black babies and that his 'progressive' friends are all about making money off the practice.

Then again, he's so unhinged with hatred, I doubt he'd listen. See for yourself. Via Election Law Center:

Kinda makes you want to reminisce, doesn't it? Here you go.

Friday, September 24, 2010


It was learned back in August that the U.S. Congress had 70 members registered with the Socialist caucus. Of those 70, 30 are members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which only consists of 42 total members. Among them are Charlie Rangel (facing trial), Maxine Waters (facing trial), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (in the middle of multiple scandals involving favors to family members with CBC dollars); now we have registered socialist and CBC member Elijah Cummings exploiting 9/11 to further Obamacare.

The argument? People were killed on 9/11 and people will be killed if the health care law isn't enacted. Via Real Clear Politics. Click HERE for the video.

To see the entire list of Socialists in Congress, click HERE.

Particularly telling is Cummings' quote that "Democrats need to stand up and be Democrats."

Hmmmmm. Any guesses as to Cummings' views on what being a Democrat means? Did I mention Cummings is a registered Democrat socialist?

h/t via Weasel Zippers


When the news broke late Wednesday that civil rights attorney Christopher Coates would refuse to obey the order from his superiors at the Justice Department not to testify about the handling of the Black Panther case, it was the first bombshell. The second bombshell might be Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-VA) letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, warning him not to interfere with Coates' testimony. When J. Christian Adams resigned to testify in front of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights back in May, it was very big news. Coates - formerly Adams' boss - testifying is even bigger news.

Via Pajamas Media, here is the LINK to Wolf's letter to Eric Holder, which says in part:
Mr. Coates has every right to bring this information to a Member of COngress as well as a responsibility to comply with the commission's subpoena, despite the department's obstruction. I trust that Mr. Coates will face no repercussion for his decision and expect you to inform political and career supervisors to respect his decision.

As you are aware, the 1912 Anti-Gag Legislation and Whistleblower Protection Laws for Federal Employees guaranteed that "the right of any persons employed in the civil petition Congress, or any Member thereof, or to furnish information to either House of COngress, or to any committee or member thereof, shall not be denied tor interfered with." (37 Stat. 555, 1912; codified at 5 U.S.C. 7211, 1994).
I'd say this is the most significant blow to the repeated DOJ stonewalls that have insulated it from extremely important questions having to be answered. Depending on how explosive Coates' testimony is, we could be witnessing the beginning of the end of the Eric Holder led Justice Department.

There is much more on this at Pajamas Media.


Perhaps talk show host Alex Jones and his followers will finally begin re-thinking their positions about 9/11 being an inside job. Then again, perhaps not. They are quite emotionally invested in the notion. So many documentaries will have to be re-done. Earlier this month, we learned that a close associate of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf signed the 9/11 Truther document. Now, we have Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad making the same claims at the United Nations.

Steve Emerson's IPT uncovered video Rauf associate Faiz Khan, also known as signatory #52 on the 9/11 petition (unlike Van Jones, his name hasn't been removed from the petition yet) not only co-founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) with Rauf but he's also lectured at Rauf's mosque on multiple occasions.

Now this. Ahmadinejad is on board with 9/11 truth too. How will the Alex Jones truthers make this fit into their grand conspiracy theory?

h/t to Gateway Pundit

Thursday, September 23, 2010


This video is awesome. While in Chicago for the Right Nation event, Breitbart went outside to confront the union-sponsored mob that arrived on school buses to display collective ignorance and annoyance. Breitbart challenges individual protestors to explain their signs. None could. Shortly thereafter, the crowd literally backed down in the face of Breitbart's rebukes.

Watch all the way to the end because one straggling protestor sticks around and informs Breitbart that Organizing for America (OFA) was behind it all.

The quote of this video from Breitbart: "YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY YOU'RE HERE!"

Via Founding Bloggers


Incumbent Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) is facing a challenge from a Vietnamese man named Van Tran for the state's 47th district. Amazingly, Sanchez appeared on Univision and removed her mask, revealing a racist woman, who just so happens to be a sitting congresswoman. In this 30 second clip, you will hear Sanchez mix both the race and fear cards in an attempt to motivate her constituents to vote for her, not because she's the better candidate but because the Vietnamese and the GOP are targeting her seat. She goes on to say that Tran is anti-immigrant and anti-Latino.

What a disgrace. By the way, aren't the Democrats supposed to have a history of fighting for the Vietnamese against American imperialism? Oh, that was only the Vietnamese communists. Sanchez should have made that distinction instead of lumping all Vietnamese into the same group. The Viet Cong should be so angry with her.

HERE is Sanchez's website and HERE is Tran's.

Via Breitbart


If you thought it was big news when former Justice Department Attorney J. Christian Adams resigned over the DOJ's handling of the New Black Panther Party case so he could testify in front of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, this story is likely to trump that one. Christopher Coates was Adams' boss before the latter resigned over what he indicated was potentially false testimony given by Assistant Attorney General of the Human Rights division inside the DOJ, Thomas E. Perez.

Now it is learned that Coates - a huge piece to this puzzle - will be defying the orders of his superiors not to testify in front of the Civil Rights Commission. Coates has made it known that he WILL honor the subpoena and testify on Friday, September 24th.

Via Pajamas Media:
Ten months ago, Coates, the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena. Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commission’s ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coates’s testimony.

The Civil Rights Commission has sought to obtain Coates’ testimony on Justice’s dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. In a recent request to Justice, the Commission agreed to limit initial questioning of Coates to accusations made by former career lawyer J. Christian Adams about statements and other actions by Julie Fernandes, an Obama administration political appointee, if DOJ produced Coates.

The DOJ refused.
Back on June 30th, Adams granted an interview to Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly. You can watch both parts of that interview HERE.

To get an idea of how potentially explosive Coates' testimony could be, check out this excerpt from that interview:
KELLY: And Chris Coates, his name is going to come up later. He was your boss?

ADAMS: That’s correct.

KELLY: And how many years had he been at DOJ?

ADAMS: He’s a voting rights giant. He’s been practicing voting rights law since 1976. He’s literally one of the greatest voting rights attorneys in the history of the country. And he was the, really the lead on this case.
If there is someone in the DOJ who should be getting a little nervous right now, it's Thomas Perez. If it can be proven that he lied under oath, this could be an extremely big scandal. Another interesting side story to all of this is that Perez is the lead attorney in the Federal suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

h/t to Pajamas Media

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


A young white male named Shane McClellan was walking home near Seattle one night when he was asked by a black man and an asian man for a lighter. After stopping to oblige the other two men, McClellan says he was dragged some distance away, beaten, and tortured for hours. He said he repeatedly asked why he was being beaten. The response that continued to come back was that it was because he was white and he was being paid back for what his people did to their people.

Via KOMO news.

SInce that video report, one of the assailants has been arrested according to the Seattle Times:
DNA recently linked Ahmed Mohamed and Jonathan Baquiring to the attack in which a 16-year-old boy was robbed, taunted with racial insults, burned with a lit cigarette and punched repeatedly. Mohamed, 22, and Baquiring, 21, each were charged Monday with first-degree robbery and malicious harassment, the state's hate-crime statute.

Baquiring was booked into the Seattle Correctional Facility just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the King County Jail Booking Register. His bail is set at $500,000.

Seattle police are still searching for Mohamed.
Memo to MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, New York TImes, and Washington Post - Do you smell a hate crime?

h/t to Gateway Pundit


On Monday, September 20th, Muslim representatives of various groups gathered outside the proposed site for the Ground Zero mosque to show solidarity and support for the project. Two of the leaders (Mahdi Bray and Nihad Awad) have very close ties to Hamas. Bray was caught on video fundraising for Hamas and Awad's organization (CAIR) was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

How about the guy with the red beard standing behind them? Although I don't know his name, Jihad Watch's Robert Spencer has informed me that the man likely dyed his beard in honor of Muhammad.

Interestingly, the Barbary pirates of the 18th and 19th centuries were inspired by a man nick-named "Barbarossa" by either the Spanish or the Italians.

The pirates of that time were savages who would attack American ships and hold their crews hostage until tribute (ransom) was paid. Fortunately, as president, Thomas Jefferson decided to fight them and was ultimately victorious. If there was good to come of that war, it was that the Marines were birthed as a direct result of it.

I wrote about the modern day Barbary pirates HERE.

Personally, I would like to know what the guy with the red beard in this photo thinks of Barbarossa.

h/t to Vosizneias


This video is definitely a must-see. It is the near perfect metaphor for what's going on in America right now. The setting is a city council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. The three people who play a central role in that metaphor are Mayor Timothy Leavitt, Council Member Jeanne Harris, and Council Member Jeanne Stewart. Harris is seated to Leavitt's left and Stewart to the left of Harris. The treatment received by constituents from Harris is beyond disgraceful.

The first constituent to speak wanted to express concerns about the Light Rail system that is apparently moving forward. Seemingly prompted by Harris' near belligerent insistence about that subject not being on the table, Leavitt instructed the citizen to keep the discussion about city business; Light Rail had become a state matter. The second bone of contention with Harris apparently was that she didn't want city council members (herself) identified specifically; constituents should only be allowed to address members collectively as a group. Stewart challenges Harris politely and seems to sympathize with the constituents.

The metaphor? As mayor, Leavitt represents the D.C. establishment. Positioned right next to him, having his ear and acting as the loud, annoying squeaky wheel is Harris. She represents lobbyists and special interests. Leavitt doesn't have the guts to cross her. Positioned farther away from Leavitt is Stewart, who exhibits rational, logical, common sense thinking. She represents the Tea Party candidates who, until now, haven't had the power or access that to the establishment that lobbyists do.

Of course, the constituents represent the Tea Party.

I promise you'll want to email Council Member Jeanne Harris after watching this so let me save you the trouble. It is: (be polite but let her know how you feel). Also, here's the City of Vancouver website.

h/t to Verum Serum

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The point of absurdity was passed long ago with these folks. Various leaders of various Muslim groups are meeting in New York City this week to discuss the plans for the Ground Zero mosque. At a press conference outside the proposed site, various leaders spoke in support of the Cordoba Initiative and did so by comparing it to Rosa Parks. Never mind the fact that individuals tied to groups with distinct connections to Hamas were the ones making such absurd claims.

Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch cites the New York Times as reporting on the Rosa Parks comparison. The Times also referred to two of the Muslim leaders who spoke outside the proposed site of the mosque, Nihad Awad and Mahdi Bray:
"Ground zero is all of ours," said Nihad Awad, the executive director of the [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic Relations. "Ground zero does not belong to a specific group of people or religion. Ground zero belongs to all Americans, and we all share the grief, we all share the healing." He said it was unfair to associate the planned community center or all Muslims with 9/11.

Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Washington-based [Muslim Brotherhood front] Muslim American Society Freedom, the civil rights branch of the Muslim American Society, compared those who want the project built elsewhere to those who he said told Rosa Parks: "We want you to move. You offend us being where you are. This is not the right place for you to be."
Award heads an organization (CAIR) that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in which HLF was found guilty on over 100 counts related to funding Hamas. Bray has been caught on video raising money for Hamas in a Florida mosque.

Oh, and also courtesy of Jihad Watch is this video of Bray enthusiastically expressing his support for Hamas and Hezbollah.


The attorney for the group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is asking the White House some serious questions about how AFP's tax status was allegedly obtained and disseminated in an on-the-record phone briefing regarding corporate taxes. During that briefing, the tax status of AFP appears to have been discussed. The lead counsel for Koch Industries - the parent company of AFP - is very concerned about the potentially unlawful conduct on the part of the White House.

Here is the relevant excerpt of the briefing that addresses AFP's tax status. Via the Weekly Standard:
So in this country we have partnerships, we have S corps, we have LLCs, we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of which are really giant firms, you know Koch Industries is a multibillion dollar businesses. So that creates a narrower base because we've literally got something like 50 percent of the business income in the U.S. is going to businesses that don't pay any corporate income tax. They point out [in the report] you could review the boundary between corporate and non-corporate taxation as a way to broaden the base.
Once again, transparency appears to be an issue with this White House. If the tax status of Koch was obtained legally, one would think that the White House would be prompt in its response to inquiries about this briefing and requests for a transcript. So far, those requests have fallen on deaf ears.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked White House press office officials in an email on Friday to verify the quotation's accuracy, but 72 hours later they have not replied. A White House press aide reached this morning on the phone said she would look into whether a transcript of the call exists. The aide has not yet responded.
If nothing to hide, the White House should be immediately forthcoming with this information.

Obama has singled out AFP by name in the past. It sounds like they would be considered a political enemy of the Obama administration. That would also make them a target for some Alinsky-style tactics.

This might just be another investigation-worthy incident for Darrell Issa to add to his list should the Republicans win control of the House in November.

h/t to Gateway Pundit

Monday, September 20, 2010


Much is being made about Delaware Senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell's appearance on Bill Maher's 'Politically Incorrect' show in 1999 during which she admitted to having dabbled in witchcraft when she was in high school. She even got somewhat specific. It's quite the contrast to the 1996 video segment she did for MTV in which she advocated abstinence and obviously began leading a life quite different from the one in high school.

As a Christian, O'Donnell was obviously engaging in what is called 'Testimony' about her past. For those on the left who don't get that, it's part of the process known as 'redemption'.

Speaking of 1996, how about this CNN report from June 22nd of that year in which it was reported that Hillary admitted to talking to the dead?
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton held imaginary conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi as a therapeutic release, according to a new book written by Bob Woodward, says a report in Sunday's edition of The Chicago Sun-Times.

The first lady declined a personal adviser's suggestion that she address Jesus Christ, however, because it would be "too personal," according to Woodward's book, "The Choice."

The book, which is still to be published, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Clintons, as well as Bob and Elizabeth Dole.

Woodward says the adviser was Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research, which he describes as a group that studies the psychic experience and altered and expanded consciousness.
So O'Donnell has a spiritual awakening, is saved, testifies about her past transgressions, and is smeared for it. Meanwhile, Hillary apparently has had no awakening, reportedly counseled with a psychic, talked to the dead, and is unwilling to discuss it - apparently, so is Karl Rove.

Here's the clip of O'Donnell in 1999 on Bill Maher's show.

h/t to Free Republic for Hillary article.


Former Muslim Nonie Darwish has posted YouTube audio clip of Feisal Abdul Rauf in a 2006 radio interview which was obviously pre-recorded for airing at a later date. Early on in the clip, you can hear Rauf ask the interviewer if they're done with the interview so he could ostensibly talk off the record. The interviewer (Mark) assures Rauf that yes, the interview is over and to go ahead; don't you just love YouTube?

The man we know today as the Ground Zero mosque Imam definitely gives us a look behind the curtain, both before and after he thought he was not being recorded. Noteworthy claims included his identifying 9/11 as a "watershed" and championed it as a "catalytic force" in advancing the Islamic agenda in the west. In hindsight, one could say he was right. After Islamic Jihadists attacked us on 9/11, groups like CAIR aggressively fought back with the weapon known as political correctness.

Other moments in this clip (there are many) worth paying attention to include Rauf's admission that he was in constant contact with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to help further his agenda. Perhaps most interestingly, Rauf used the analogy of football to illustrate what his plans were. In that analogy, he identified himself as the head coach and presidents of nations as players.

Does that include Obama in 2010? It certainly seems to include NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NY Attorney General Mario Cuomo. Both men seem to be running interference for the Imam.

Via Big Peace


During a YouTube interview, Bill Clinton was asked for his opinion on the Ground Zero mosque. What followed was nearly three minutes of Obama-esque rambling. Off the bat, Clinton says he has an almost 'radical view of the first amendment' which immediately made me think of how he pointed his waggy finger at Rush Limbaugh after the Oklahoma City bombing, but I digress. At the end of his answer, one must conclude that he's on board with the mosque being built but like Bloomberg and Cuomo, in New York, he ignores all the red flags in Imam Rauf's background.

Another politician acting like an ephor.

h/t to Free Republic

Sunday, September 19, 2010


The good news for Democratic Socialists is that Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) isn't registered with their caucus - unlike 30 of the other 41 members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The bad news for the CBC is that Meeks has allegedly aided and abetted an ally of Osama bin Laden; if we were actually fighting an enemy we'd identify, Meeks would be getting tried for treason right now. Here's the tally so far. CBC has 42 members - 30 registered socialists, 1 traitor, and two members facing corruption trials.

Anyway, more on Meeks via the New York Post:
US Rep. Gregory Meeks scolded immigration officials for questioning a Muslim scholar whose nonprofits have been linked to financing terrorism.

The Queens Democrat contacted federal agencies -- finally appealing to then-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff -- asking why Anwar Hajjaj faced "unwarranted scrutiny" when he returned to the United States from trips abroad through JFK Airport.

Meeks described Hajjaj as a "highly regarded" professor of Islamic studies who leads Friday Muslim prayers at the Capitol.

Meeks said Hajjaj was "a pioneer in distance-based learning of Islam" through the American Open University in Virginia, according to a copy of the Sept. 30, 2006, letter to Chertoff, which was obtained by The Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.
That's not all.
The Post has learned Hajjaj also headed the Taibah International Aid Association, a charity that has been accused of funding Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. The group was co-founded by Abdullah A. bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's nephew, who has been investigated for his ties to groups that have funded al Qaeda and Hamas.
Perhaps one of the more interestingly telling excerpts from the article is this one:
Hajjaj, 65, told The Post that he was routinely harassed and sometimes missed flights when he traveled to and from Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca.

"It was an awful experience under the Bush administration," he said. "Now under Obama, I have no complaints."
Not that they'll care much but there's another possible explanation for those on the left who can't understand why 20% of Americans think Obama is a Muslim.

As for Meeks, he should jump to the front of the line, leap-frogging both Rangel and Waters when it comes to trials.

h/t to Weasel Zippers


Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina (R) is proving day after day to be the most ethical person in Congress. He stands up for what's right time and time again. There is no compromise when it comes to his principles (that I have seen). He continues to take the lead in endorsing Tea Party candidates and truly needs to be the Republican nominee in 2012. He doesn't play the D.C. game and is not part of the establishment.

Unlike Newt, you'll never see this guy sitting on a couch with Nancy Pelosi for some whacked out, nonsensical PR campaign.

The only other candidate comparable for a presidential run would be John Bolton. This guy is the real deal and you will see why in this very short video.

Via New Zeal


This video of Howard Dean from May of 2010 provides a peak behind the curtain. It also serves as evidence to back up what those on the right have long suspected about leftwing tactics. If you ever wonder if the leftwing talking heads truly believe the rhetoric they're spewing, this should clear it up. They don't. While Dean is instructing students in Austria about how to debate the right, he tells them never to answer the question that's asked. Instead, change the subject to what you want to talk about while demonizing your opponent.

The implication Dean makes in this video is that the left can't defend the indefensible and that the best way to avoid accountability is to smear your opponent. Alinsky at work, folks.

What on earth would make a person like this become a doctor? He's a snake.

Via Breitbart


At what was billed the Right Nation event at the Sears Centre in Chicago, an organized gaggle of leftists protested outside. Andrew Breitbart, who was participating in the event confronted the protesters, who were holding American flags and behaving in the same ways that they accuse Tea Partiers of behaving. In example #1, Breitbart is called a 'homosexual' by one of the leftist thugs. When he confronts the crowd about it, asking them why he was called a homosexual, the answer comes back that it's because of the way he talks.

In another video, though of poorer quality, you can see Breitbart confront the protesters over their signs. He asks them what they mean and to provide examples to back them up. They couldn't. If you can get through the early shouting, which makes it impossible to hear what anyone is saying, you can hear some good stuff.

Watch this to see communist tactics in action.

h/t Gateway Pundit

Saturday, September 18, 2010


On November 21st, 2010 at the Killeen Civic Center, former Muslim terrorist Walid Shoebat, Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer, decorated General Jerry Boykin, and former Muslim Kamal Saleem will be honoring the victims of the Nidal Malik Hasan Jihad attack on November 5th, 2009. Killeen is adjacent to Fort Hood and the event will be emceed by syndicated talk show host Lynn Woolley. Check out this short video montage of the various speakers to learn more information about the event.

Via Big Peace


When I first saw this, I wondered if the long pause from Obama just before he should have said the words, 'our Creator' was because he was uncomfortable with them being on the teleprompter or because they were not on the teleprompter and he was debating whether to include them anyway. After all, he is supposed to be a Constitutional scholar. In either case, he knows how important those words are to the majority of Americans.

In light of the transcript of the speech, I think we have our answer. 'Our Creator' was not on the teleprompter and the pause can likely be attributed to the rising resentment Obama is feeling from the American people about how he continues to govern against them. I view that pause as a sign of shaken confidence. He's feeling the anger of the American people right now and knows that anger will manifest itself at the polls on November 2nd.

Here is Obama quoting the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala:
...over the centuries, what eventually bound us together --
what made us all Americans -- was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth.It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Now, the video. Take note of the pause.

Via HapBlog


Another Big Get over at Breitbart's Big Government website. It makes for an extremely interesting development in light of Nancy Pelosi's 2009 claim that Tea Parties are Nazi-esque and generated via astro-turf tactics, an art perfected by senior Obama advisor David Axelrod. Thanks to a camera phone, we see that Pelosi may have a bit of a projection problem on her hands - blaming others for what her side actually does. We see that not only is it the left that engages in these Nazi-esque and astro-turf tactics but thanks to video in this case, we see that it involves a specific individual tied to Nancy Pelosi directly.

Just to whet the appetite, here is that important video from August of 2009 that proves very pertinent. Nancy Pelosi accuses the Tea Party of using "Swastikas" and "Astro-turf".

Now, a couple of word definitions to keep in mind..
1.) Astro-turfing - apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms.

2.) Projection - the tendency to ascribe to another person feelings, thoughts, or attitudes present in oneself, or to regard external reality as embodying such feelings, thoughts, etc., in some way.
Now on to the Big Government expose.

Fast forward to the protest this month. Illinois' 11th District features a race between GOP candidate Adam Kinzinger and Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D). Not only are these left wing protesters holding pictures of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Kinzinger with Hitler mustaches but as you stick with the video, you'll see them enter the campaign office of Halvorson; even more telling than that is who is seen in that office, appearing to chuckle over the events that had just transpired.

Her name is Julie Merz. Big Government claims that not only does Merz happen to be Halvorson's campaign manager but she was recently - possibly at the time Nancy smeared the Tea Parties - an assistant to Pelosi. More at Pantagraph.

Anyway, here is the video of the protest followed by the protesters' visit to Merz's office. Merz is seen at the end of the video wearing a green shirt inside the campaign office.

Friday, September 17, 2010


This makes for absolutely fascinating reading. An individual claiming to be an insider in the Obama White House and formerly its campaign and transition teams reinforces much of what many Americans have been strongly suspecting about Obama based, in part, on his multiple vacations.

The NewsFlavor website has posted an interview between a man by the name of Ulsterman and an alleged 'Insider' who was exposed to Team Obama for some time. Here are some excerpts:
When I asked this insider if the media gave candidate Obama an assist throughout his campaign, it elicits a sly smile. Sure – we definitely had people in the media on our side. Absolutely. We went so far as to give them specific ideas for coverage. The ones who took that advice from the campaign were granted better access, and Obama was the biggest story in 2008, so yeah, that gave us a lot of leverage.
How about those suspicions we have about Obama's obsession with Fox?
But after Obama was sworn in, things began to change? Almost immediately. Obama loved to campaign. He clearly didn’t like the work of being President though, and that attitude was felt by the entire White House staff within weeks after the inauguration. Obama the tireless, hard working candidate became a very tepid personality to us. And the few news stories that did come out against him were the only things he seemed to care about. He absolutely obsesses over Fox News. For being so successful, Barack Obama is incredibly thin-skinned. He takes everything very personally.
What about Hillary Clinton? Obama is scared to death of Hillary. He doesn’t trust her – obsesses over her almost as much as he does Fox News. He respects her though, which might be why he fears her so much as well. He talks the game, but when it comes down to it, she has played the game on a far tougher level than he has, and Obama knows that.
With an unnamed source, this type of reportage should be taken with a grain of salt but the claims made here do seem to match and explain the behaviors the public is exposed to when it comes to Obama.

Once you're done reading PART 1, be sure to check out PART 2.

UPDATE on 11/07/10: For some odd reason, the original part 2 link is dead. There is a new link but the date of the piece has changed to October 25th. At first blush it doesn't look good but when you click on the LINK that includes all of the interviews, the article is identified as having been published on September 15th - its original date. Ulsterman doesn't appear to be hiding anything and notes that Newsflavor re-published it on October 25th. In any event here is the new PART 2 link.

h/t to Free Republic


Dutch politician Geert Wilders, head of that country's Freedom Party (PVV) has been calling for a ban on all immigration into the Netherlands from Islamic countries as well as a ban on Shariah law. Now he is taking his message to other countries later this year. Bolstered by huge gains in his country's recent elections, Wilders appears to be getting more confident in his message.

Via the UK Guardian:
An anti-Muslim populist in the Netherlands is forming an international alliance to spread his message across the west in an attempt to ban immigration from Islamic countries, among other goals.

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom party, told the Associated Press that he would launch the movement late this year, initially in five countries: the US, Canada, Britain, France and Germany.

"The message, 'stop Islam, defend freedom', is a message that's not only important for the Netherlands but for the whole free Western world," Wilders said at the Dutch parliament.

Among the group's aims will be outlawing immigration from Islamic countries to the west and a ban on Islamic sharia law. Starting as a grassroots movement, he hopes it eventually will produce its own lawmakers or influence other legislators.
In the U.S., the Ground Zero mosque controversy has served to increase awareness about the deceptive tactics of America's Islamic enemies. Wilders also spoke at the protest there on 9/11. The Tea Party in America seems to be standing up to Islamic intimidation and Wilders may be seeing increased support from it as a result.

h/t to Free Republic


It's truly moments like this when you see the gradual takeover of our nation actually take a step rather than inch along unnoticeably. The location is Wellesley, Massachusetts. Public school students were taken on a field trip on May 25th of this year to a Boston mosque belonging to the Muslim American Society (MAS). During their visit of the mosque, they were forced to bow and pray. I didn't think it was possible but this just may be a more egregious double standard than the one last week involving the debate between burning Qur'ans vs. U.S. flags.

For the record, the MAS has ties to both the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). It was also confirmed in 2007 that like ISNA and MSA, MAS rolls up under the Muslim Brotherhood, an umbrella group made up of much smaller ones who all share the same goal - Shariah law as the law of the land in the United States.

As Charles Jacobs at Americans for Peace and Tolerance also points out, the mosque is Saudi funded.

h/t to Big Peace for posting the video.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is ramping up as the Feds continue trying to choke him down. Arpaio currently has 57 volunteer armed posses at his disposal and he's adding a 58th. The mission? Immigration and human smuggling law enforcement. America's sheriff is making it obvious he will not be intimidated by the Department of Justice.

Via AZ Family:


The best quote in this exchange between Malkin and Hannity comes at the end, when Malkin delivers the money line; it had to do with the choice between 'progressive wolves in elephants' clothing' and true conservatives. If there was a mild disappointment, it came from Hannity, who seemed to interrupt Malkin in the middle of her ripping Rove in an apparent attempt to get her to re-direct her anger toward Mike Castle. Malkin seemed to get the hint and do so. It was likely that Hannity didn't want to disparage a Fox News contributor he has a good relationship with so it's understandable.

That said, I would have liked it better if he let Michelle go. If you'd like to view more on what started the feud between Karl Rove and Tea Party conservatives, CLICK HERE.

Via Gateway Pundit


This guy, Imam Abdul Rauf is going down fast. There are his prolific anti-American comments; a developer with multiple run-ins with the law; a donor who contributed to the Holy Land Foundation in 1999; and revelations that a man he co-founded a group with in the 1990's signed the same 9/11 Truth document Van Jones did. Now this! It appears Imam Rauf may have something in common with Tony Rezko and Valerie Jarrett; all seem to have been or are slum lords. An important distinction with Rauf, however, is that he missed his court date.

The New York Post reports:
While the Imam behind plans for a mosque near Ground Zero was jetting around the globe and advocating for his Downtown project, a pair of dilapidated apartment buildings he owns in New Jersey fell into such disrepair that cops have to stand watch in the event of a fire.

The fire watch, at taxpayer expense, was revealed during a court hearing today when Union City lawyers asked to have two buildings owned by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf placed into receivership so that rent s could be used to fix dozens of violations, including inoperable alarms and sprinklers.

Rauf skipped today’s hearing as did his wife Daisy Khan. Their lawyer, Tomas Espinosa, said he didn’t know why the Imam didn’t come to court.

“There have been a lot of stress on these people,” Espinosa said when asked after the hearing to explain why Rauf was a no-show “The legal process will show that my client is an honorable man that has taken care of his property.”
So we're to believe that the reason Rauf missed his court date is that he was too stressed out over the Ground Zero mosque opposition / controversy; this guy is a master at refusing to accept responsibility.

My guess is Rauf is following the New Black Panther Party model. Ignore it and it will go away. It worked once with the Obama Justice Department. Why wouldn't it work again?

I wonder if NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will chime in on this one. Probably not.

h/t to Jawa


This is an extremely interesting development with respect to the debate over the Ground Zero mosque. Tariq Ramadan (pictured) is the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-banna and son of Said Ramadan, another prominent figure in the organization. Tariq had been banned from entering the United States since 2005 for his ties to terrorism until January of 2010, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a document that lifted the ban. Ramadan has multiple ties to suspect groups tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, not the least of which being the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

On its face, that would seem to make his opposition to the Ground Zero mosque confusing. Another look might reveal some significant concern on the part of the stealthy Islamists that a larger agenda could be exposed earlier than what is prudent for the cause. The Ground Zero mosque controversy continues to grow and Imam Rauf's connections to people with very suspect backgrounds continue to be uncovered.

The GBMDR has more. Here is an excerpt from an op-ed authored by Ramadan:
No doubt, it is the legitimate right of Muslims to build a community center near Ground Zero. Yet, I believe it is not a wise decision, considering the collective sensitivities in American society. This is a moment to go beyond rights and reach for the common good: To build it elsewhere, if possible, would be a sensible and symbolic move. Doing so does not mean we must accept the false premise that Islam is responsible for 9/11, and it does not mean sacrificing one’s rights to the populist, neoconservative and religious fundamentalist voices that seek to transform the issue into a new clash of civilizations.
Ramadan is very adept at not tipping his hand or saying anything too overtly controversial. Many suspect he has very nefarious goals - based on the people with whom he associates - but is able to further his agenda much more subtly than most. In Islam, that is referred to as "muruna" or operating stealthily.

As GBMDR points out, Ramadan's views are held in high regard among Islamic leaders. It is suspected that Imam Rauf is taking very seriously Ramadan's position that the Mosque not be built at the proposed location. If Rauf heeds the advice, it could be a good news / bad news situation for those concerned with learning more about Rauf's connections and true intentions. If the Mosque is moved, the spotlight on such things will likely go away. The notion that this is behind Ramadan's call for moving the mosque should not be dismissed.

Conversely, regardless of why the mosque is moved, the very fact that Rauf would have caved to significant public outrage would still be a victory for Mosque opponents who view such a project as a form of desecration. Americans will need to continue to put pressure on Rauf even if he decides to move the Mosque. This controversy has revealed far too much about him to let him fade away back into obscurity.

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