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Following in short order, today Afghan president Karzai, said much the same thing, claiming that the deadline date served to boost the morale of the Taliban, confident that it can wait out the clock until U.S. troops are withdrawn next year. [see, UK Guardian, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/7967883/Barack-Obama-US-troop-withdrawal-deadline-a-boost-to-Taliban.html]
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
August 24, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Continuing our roundup of CA's far reaching and devious education bills, it seems as though the tactic of these out-of-control legislators is to - under the guise of "building bridges" - empower the self-appointed "master planners" to override parental authority and plan the future of other people's children.
When educators and legislators talk about the development of education master plans they always start out by referring to the 1960's creation of the once in a lifetime created California master plan. From there they make it appear that any current activity in this regard is just a mere adjustment of those plans and goals.
The original master plan set standards for, basically, what type of educational programs the various levels of state schools, especially, colleges and universities would concentrate on offering plus linkage of all education, K-18, into one smooth exercise in accessing entrance.
August 23, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - AP, in its offering of "guidance" [August 19, http://www.ap.org/pages/about/pressreleases/pr_081910b.html] to its reporters on the 911 mosque issue, shamelessly admits what most observant media commentators have already noted, that the organization has abandoned all pretense of objectivity, and joined the mad media rush to support - what Rush Limbaugh has so trenchantly termed - the "911 Ha-mosque" being pushed by stealth jihadist imam Faisal Rauf.
In this document, AP counsels its tyro journos, "We should continue to avoid the phrase "ground zero mosque" or "mosque at ground zero" on all platforms. (We've very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it's "near" ground zero, or two blocks away."
Not Ground Zero?
August 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Chalk up another victory for aggressive Islamists in the UK who have convinced [or strong armed] the Harrow school council in North London to serve only Halal meat in the areas high schools.
Outraged parents say they were not consulted before the decision to promote Shari'a compliance was made.
It must be particularly galling for non-Muslims in the school district to be denied any choice whatever in this matter considering that only 7% of the population in the area is Muslim, while nearly 50% remain Christian. [source, London Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1300589/Parents-fury-town-hall-plans-halal-menus-schools.html]
This further encroachment of Shari'a into British society builds upon the firm groundwork that was laid during the Blair administration when an alternative system of jurisprudence was established involving the creation of at least 85 Islamic courts throughout the country. These tribunals have the same legitimacy in Brit eyes as do the secular courts and serve primarily to adjudicate family matters among Muslims.
Critics have pointed out, with little effect, that the new system abandons Muslims, especially women, to a barbaric 7th century system of jurisprudence which is incompatible with Western principles.
August 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - It has been nearly a month since Julian Assange and unknown conspirators leaked over 90,000 mostly classified documents [the "Afghan War Diary"] pertaining to the war in Afghanistan and yet - with the main perp already having been self identified - a fully committed leftist and convicted amateur hacker, he remains free to cause further havoc in the waging of an increasingly problematic conflict.
Yes, of course these are rhetorical questions. There is no smoke and fury on this issue because Mr. Assange might as well be a member of this WH team, his take on the projection of U.S. military power appears to be in complete alignment with that of team Obama. The only reason this president is in Afghanistan at all is because he painted himself into that corner during the 2008 campaign. He doesn't believe in the Afghanistan effort in the slightest and only pursues it with any constancy at all is because he wishes to minimize the effect that a decisive defeat - in the country which spawned 911 - would have on his already shaky legacy.
Assange's leak is unprecedented in U.S. history, consisting of 200,000 pages of documents, the majority of which had been classified and all of which were presumably not intended for public viewing.
By comparison, the 1971 Pentagon Paper leak by Daniel Ellsberg was minor, only 10,000 pages, about 5% of that made public by Wikileaks.
So far the administration's response has been frighteningly benign. The Pentagon's response so far has been typical, they have instituted a "robust" investigation, which more likely than not will simply fade away as the spotlight shifts to other issues. [source, CBN News, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/07/27/earlyshow/main6716974.shtml]
August 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a move revealing the totalitarian bent of Democrat Party leadership, yesterday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D, CA] stated that those who are working in opposition to the construction of a 13 story mosque adjacent Ground Zero in New York City should be investigated, presumably by federal authorities.
In response to a question posed by KCBS [San Francisco] reporter Doug Sovern, Pelosi said, "...but there is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some and I join the those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded how is this being ginned up..." [source KCBS, link to mp3 of the exchange, http://kcbs.cbslocal.com/2010/08/17/pelosi-on-mosque-plans-for-the-wtc-site/]
Numerous calls for clarification made to speaker Pelosi's office, directed to her press secretary Nadeam Elshami have so far been unreturned.
It seems that this speaker, and this administration, is so imperious as to believe that it falls within the legitimate purview of the federal government to quash the legitimate expression of the First Amendment right to free speech.
We find it curious that Ms. Pelosi would at this late date be so critical of the right of Americans to work against 911 denier imam Rauf's stealth jihad mosque. In 2003 Hillary Clinton set the tone for the [then] asserted right of Democrats to force the United States to lose the Iraq conflict in rather strong terms.
People like Ms. Pelosi represent a clear and present danger to this republic and California voters had better note with concern the dangerous tone of the speaker as November approaches.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER
August 17, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the lead proponent behind the controversial 9/11 mosque is slated to go on a month long "outreach" tour paid for by the State Department. His wife Daisy Khan who runs the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) will also make a similar journey.
Rauf's itinerary, according to some press reports [for example the NY Post, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/feds_funding_zero_imam_mideast_trip_OTq9dmoHpxbaKvJbB4VLGM] will include Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Although the State Department stressed that he will not be permitted to fundraise for his mosque it is certain that the trip will put him in contact with potential donors and could easily be used to facilitate funding for his planned $100 million dollar Islamic Center at Ground Zero.
Rauf continues to claim that he is a moderate while at the same time refusing to condemn Hamas. The imam has also made statements suggesting U.S culpability in the 9/11 attacks. Additionally the imam is also a proponent of Shari'a which he unbelievably states is compatible with the U.S. Constitution.
State Department spokesman PJ Crowley on August 9 characterized Rauf as "a distinguished Muslim cleric," adding that "I think we are in the process of arranging for him to travel as part of this program, and it is to foster a greater understanding about the region around the world among Muslim-majority communities."
Below the extended transcript of Crowley's colloquy regarding Rauf:
August 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero has organized what should prove to be a very large demonstration to be held at Ground Zero in New York City on the morning of August 22.
Participants will gather at the former World Trade Center site and from there process to the proposed location of imam Faisal Rauf's mosque.
The protest will be part of a larger effort about which an event spokesman stated, "On August 19-22, 2010, America's 9/11 Foundation, an organization that first coalesced eight weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, will conduct its ninth trek for motorcyclists to the three 9/11 crash sites, at Shanksville, PA, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center site in New York City. (http://www.americas911ride.org)...Motorcyclists from across America; the Coalition to Honor Ground Zero; Blue Collar Corner; The Bravest; 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America; Women United International (http:womenunitedcodered.org); ACT Manhattan; and many other organizations and leaders to be announced, as well as local residents living in the Ground Zero area. The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero is calling upon all patriots to show support for the missions of America's 9/11 Foundation and of the Patriot Guard Riders, by joining the flag-line at Ground Zero in the morning. Further information about participating organizations and speakers will be released later this week."
The protest will commence at 8:30 a.m. with the forming of a flag line followed by a solemn memorial ceremony after which those interested in engaging in the anti-911 mosque demonstration will process to the proposed location of imam Faisal Rauf's mosque, which will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.
By EMERSON VERMAAT
August 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Norway's daily "Aftenposten" reported in June 2009 that 33 Taliban asylum seekers were allowed to stay in Norway, even though they previously admitted having tortured or executed prisoners or having been Taliban soldiers. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration ("Utlendingsdirektorat" or UDI) did not want them to stay, but they were overruled by the Immigration Appeals Board ("Utlendingsnemnda") or UNE. The Taliban asylum seekers were then given residence "on humanitarian ground."
A very silly decision indeed. "Aftenposten" correctly pointed out that "Norwegian forces often clash with Taliban groups in Afghanistan." Four Taliban asylum seekers also claimed they had converted to Christianity - but only after their arrival in Norway, possibly to make a favorable impression on the Norwegian immigration authorities. Unfortunately, Norwegian immigration authorities and courts are rather lenient with respect to granting residence permits to so-called refugees from source countries of terrorism.
A former Taliban Health Minister named Abdul Mohammad Rauf got asylum in 2001. Later, his family was allowed to join him. But he was subsequently convicted by an Oslo court for beating his 14-year old daughter. He also made several suspicious trips to Pakistan, possibly with a view to contacting local terrorist networks. Back in Norway, he gave ideological training to 25 young men some of whom planned to carry out terrorist acts in Norway. Others wanted to go abroad to participate elsewhere in the jihad, ("hellig krig i utlandet'" or Holy War abroad), the Norwegian newspaper "Dagbladet" reported.
The case of Mullah Krekar
Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi Kurd, is another example of a Muslim jihadist whose asylum request had not been declined by the Norwegians - nine years ago, that is. Krekar subsequently founded his own terrorist organization, "Ansar Al-Islam" which cooperated with Al-Qaeda. They were also known as the "Kurdish Taliban." Krekar ("Abu Sayed") is a strong admirer of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and praised suicide bombing as "the biggest Jihad for Islam."
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
August 16, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The California health care and Education elite doesn't think so. Senator Mark Leno's current Assembly Bill 543, Minors; Mental Health, may be the capstone completing the 2004 California Mental Health Act - Proposition 63. This bill is the latest try in over 20 years of attempted legislation at the state and federal level to gain unfettered access to your child under the guise of preventive mental health counseling.
This bill authorizes your child, age 12-17, to voluntarily submit to mental health counseling on a drop-in, tax paid, basis, by deleting the current requirement of parental consent or knowledge.
The following is taken directly from the bill:
SB 543 states, further, that the mental health counselors and their stakeholders believe that you, the parents, "are the greatest barrier to a child's mental wellness." This is very reminiscent of the bills and a book authored by former legislator, John Vasconcellos, while in the legislature and afterwards, stating his belief that parents and religion cause most of the mental health problems for students.
SB 543 has passed the Senate and Assembly committees and is waiting for final action on the Assembly floor before being sent to the Governor. It needs to be vetoed.
Beginning in the 1980's, due to a state Supreme Court decision issued by Governor Jerry Brown's appointee, Rose Bird, Parents now have no say over sex education, dispensing of contraceptives to minor students on campus or in off-site clinics, treatment for venereal disease, abortions and approved dismissals from school to obtain reproductive services without parental knowledge or consent.
It's Time To Demand Islamic Reciprocity in 911 Mosque Debate
By WILLIAM MAYER
August 10, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - As proponents for 911 denier imam Rauf's mosque shift into a defensive mode, apparently caught off-guard by the strong public rejection of his pet project, so too shifts their argument.
Until now what we have heard coming out of Rauf's camp consists of platitudes - disingenuously offered for sure - stressing how the 13 story mega-mosque will be an agent of healing, of bringing two worlds in opposition together.
With that argument having been firmly rejected by a two to one majority in numerous polls the conversation now shifts to that of freedom of religion.
In evaluating the arguments by various mosque supporters the question of the First Amendment comes front and center.
If we are to believe those putting forth this line, Muslims have the inalienable right to build a mosque anywhere they choose in the United States, including Ground Zero, the center of Times Square or next to the Holocaust Museum on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. To this crowd, any limitation upon the place where such a structure can be built is unconstitutional.
Yes this is an absurd assertion on its face, but it has gained traction among the chattering class and other useful idiots, including dhimmi New York politicians such as Mayor Bloomberg and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo.
There is a subtext to the assertion of constitutional pre-emption by the Islamists, what they want is to force a degree of religious freedom in New York and across this country [and by extension the West] nowhere obtainable anywhere in the Muslim world.
But you might say, what applicability does that have, this isn't Saudi Arabia where the mere act of possessing a Bible brings near-instant detention and deportation.
Despite such claims, that is exactly the issue under discussion here; we are talking about Saudi Arabia, and Syria, Egypt and every Muslim majority country because it isn't happenstance that these particular societies so severely restrict the religious rights of all non-Muslims. This happens because the dominant strain of Islam is supremely chauvinistic and bigoted regarding other faiths, this despite the fact that Muslim apologists are fond of giving only lip service to other "Abrahamic faiths" while ruthlessly suppressing them in every clime where they have the power to do so.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
August 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The head of the Dutch Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, will be speaking at a 9/11 mosque protest scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 11th. The two other parties with whom he recently formed a coalition are against his participation, advising that he should "limit his statements" with one senator claiming that Wilders' speaking at the mosque protest would be "risky for Holland."
Wilders responded by stating that "I can say what I want about the idiotic building of a mosque near Ground Zero." The protest is being organized by the group "Stop Islamization of America" [SOIA, http://sioaonline.com/].
Additional information can be found at Stop The 911 Mosque
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
August 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In an article entitled "Arab Students Meet Jews and Judaism Head On" the Jewish Exponent reports on a five week seminar on "religious pluralism" which was organized by the State Department and the American Embassy together with the Dialogue Institute of Temple University and the International Center for Contemporary Education. The program will bring 19 Middle Eastern students to Temple University
According to the Exponent, "When asked if her encounter with Jews and Judaism had affected her views about Israel, Shiha, a student at Ain Shams University in Cairo, stated in crisp English that the words "Israel" and "Zionism" "fill my head with awful thoughts." Most of the other 19 participants expressed similar sentiments, raising questions about whether the majority of the Arab world will ever accept Israel." [source, http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/21642%20/]
August 4, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Abdullah Khadr was made a free man today by Toronto Superior Court Justice Christopher Speyer. In doing so Speyer quashed a long-standing effort by the United States to extradite Khadr so that he might have been tried on terrorism charges.
In a U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts February 7, 2006 court filing, Khadr was charged with, conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals outside the United States, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence and conspiracy to possess a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
August 3, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - By unanimous vote, a New York City panel has rejected an application for landmark status for the building slated to become the site of a controversial 13 story mosque which is scheduled to open on 9/11/11, the tenth anniversary of the Muslim terrorist attack which killed nearly 3,000 Americans. In its decision, the panel rejected granting landmark status to the old Burlington Coat Factory [in which space the new mosque will occupy] which was severely damaged by the fuselage section of one of the planes used in the 9/11 attacks and which still contains artifacts of that event.
The mosque is a project of the Cordoba Initiative run by Faisal Abdul Rauf, an Islamist who supports making the U.S. Shari'a compliant and who has refused to condemn either Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organizations.
Even the liberal Jewish group, the Anti Defamation League came out against the building of the mosque near Ground Zero saying that "some legitimate questions have been raised." about the project's funding and, raising further concerns, that those associated with the effort could have links to "groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values."
August 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Shimon Peres, Israel's president - and a seminal figure in that country's history - shook the Brits up this weekend, indicting them for a kind of soft anti-Semitism, accusing them, sardonically, of hating the Jews only as much as is "necessary."
Peres buttressed his allegation, charging UK MPs with pandering to Muslim voters.
While - judging from Brit actions - it seems beyond conjecture that Peres' indictment regarding them is correct, though presented in a ham-fisted manner. But a greater recognition on the part of Mr. Peres is needed, as long as the air is being cleared so-to-speak, he should seriously consider rejecting Israel's suicidal Oslo "peace process," in which he, Yitzhak Rabin and PLO terrorist Yasser Arafat forged under the direction of president Clinton in September of 1993.
In the ensuing 7 years the ruinous nature of Oslo has been on display, being ridiculously used as some sort of metric whereby Israel is negatively judged, as if it's Israeli's rather than the Muslim Arabs who are responsible for the continuous state of low intensity warfare in the region.
In that sense Peres' 1994 Nobel Peace prize is a symbol of servitude, rather than achievement.