Rep. Frank Wolf Calls for Afghan/Pakistan Study Group to Bolster War Effort
Rep. Frank Wolf Calls for Afghan/Pakistan Study Group to Bolster War Effort
September 30, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Although this administration's squeamish approach to fighting terrorism is obvious, the revelations contained in Bob Woodward's new book "Obama's Wars" put an exclamation point on the charge that team Obama is hopelessly befuddled regarding defending the homeland against attack, especially that motivated by Islamist ideology.
Noting the WH's state of disarray, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf, in a September 28 letter to the president urged him, "to move swiftly to establish an Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group, modeled after the Iraq Study Group, to bring "fresh eyes" to the war effort in Afghanistan..."
As Wolf notes, often those directly charged with setting and carrying out critical foreign policy initiatives develop tunnel-vision, too close to the problem to be able to revisit it afresh with new eyes. To remedy this and hopefully to bring order to a process that appears more and more chaotic as the administration's internal decision making process becomes public knowledge, a study group comprised of respected non-partisan foreign policy advisors might develop the insight necessary, to help, "turn the tide of this war and lessen the number of casualties as well."
Obama's reluctance to wage war against the jihadists has become legendary - refusing to even use the word jihad - perhaps employing an outside advisory team to develop a new consensus is exactly what is called for at this critical point in the conflict.[Read More]
Stratfor Afghan Study - Pakistan and the U.S. Exit From Afghanistan - Deeply Flawed
Stratfor Afghan Study - Pakistan and the U.S. Exit From Afghanistan - Deeply Flawed
By WILLIAM MAYER
September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In Stratfor scholar George Friedman's thought-provoking treatise [see, Pakistan and the U.S. Exit From Afghanistan] on resolving the Afghan conflict, the author makes a number of assumptions which we feel ultimately lead to an incorrect suggested endgame, "Pakistanization" of the war, essentially turning the outcome of the conflict over to our "ally" Pakistan.
Hearing the juxtaposing of the phrase American ally and Pakistan in the same sentence should provoke serious concern among those interested in seeing this war concluded on grounds favorable to U.S. interests rather than to our Islamist adversaries. One problem with this thesis is that in order to reach such a conclusion, the significant role our "ally" played in creating the Taliban in the first place must be ignored.
A May 11, 2009 article published by the Times of India is one of many demonstrating the ubiquity of this knowledge, in this case rather nonchalantly tossed off by someone-in-the-know despite it possibly reflecting negatively on Pakistan.
"In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the CIA of the United States and his country's ISI together created the Taliban. "I think it was part of your past and our past, and the ISI and CIA created them together," Zardari told the NBC news channel in an interview." [source, CIA and ISI together created Taliban: Zardari, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/CIA-and-ISI-together-created-Taliban-Zardari/articleshow/4508279.cms#ixzz10qZt1nXF]
When Pakistan's ISI created the Taliban it was greatly aided by its on-again-off again PM, Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan's intent here was to be able to exert influence over Afghanistan in pursuit of extending its hegemony Westward while also serving as a check on the Soviet presence there.
Assessing the alleged role of the Central Intelligence Agency in creating the Taliban is really immaterial to this discussion, if ultimately only because the exact nature of that agency's involvement will probably never be known with any great specificity, aside from the fact that military aid and hardware was funneled, probably through Pakistan, to the Afghan mujahideen who were engaged in fighting the Soviets. What is important however is that the ISI's Taliban role is more or less common and unchallenged knowledge among observers of this conflict.
What Pakistan sought to secure by its intervention was influence, but one borne on the wings of a brand of Islamism that was compatible with the views of the ISI's leadership.
Despite longstanding efforts by the Foggy Bottom folks to convince us that the Paks are somehow inherently our friends, the fact remains that all that stands between the Islamists and that country's nuclear stockpile is a very thin line of unreliable but Westernized politicians who have so far been able to cling to power.
It is this same class of ruling elite which are hated by the Pakistani Taliban and its equivalents and against which war is incessantly waged.
This is not to argue against a continuing alliance between the U.S. and Pakistan, but rather to see this relationship for what it really is, two countries attempting to push events in a favorable direction, but with a very different interpretation of what "favorable" might mean.
Regardless of the relative acuity of Pakistan's rulers and their desire to ally with the U.S., it must be understood that the relationship exists only to the extent that doing so is motivated by self-interest on the part of both parties.
It is at this juncture where the logic of Pakistanization becomes wobbbly, simply because the vision of what is acceptable in Afghanistan is not shared by the United States and its reluctant ally.
Though it may be viewed with a sense of regret by the Pakistanis in hindsight that its neighbor was allowed [encouraged?] to become a haven for foreign mujahideen with a very different and more revolutionary ideology, the fact is that it did happen and was at the time perfectly acceptable to our "allies."
Therefore if one is to rely on Pakistanization as a solution to extricating ourselves from a war which we have been adjudged to have become tired of, the success of such a strategy must rely on a similarity of goals nowhere in evidence.
What possible influence could DC exert over Pakistan's actions after U.S./NATO forces have been withdrawn from the country in a tacit admission of defeat?
The first response might be that U.S. monetary assistance could be used in a carrot and stick effort to keep the Pakistanis in line, but such a conclusion does not bear up under scrutiny in that since 9/11 the total amount of overt monetary aid from Washington to Islamabad has been a little over $6 billion [with a promised aid package of 7.5 billion over the next 5 years] chump change in international politics, an amount clearly incapable of imposing our national will on a recalcitrant ally. [source, http://www.hsdl.org/?view&doc=120026&coll=limited]
Though in some ways Pakistan's ruling elite is temporarily supportive of a conciliatory relationship with Washington, that masks the underlying reality that the country in general is adamantly anti-American and Islamist in outlook. In a 2009 Gallup poll, Pakistan was the most anti-American country in the world, along with [understandably] Serbia.
With little in the way of constraints and with a populace which hates us, the ability to influence Pakistan if we were to leave Afghanistan in the manner suggested is marginal in the best of cases. Even if it was their desire to truly forge a relationship based on common values with the United States, Pakistan's leaders are bound in what they can do by a largely illiterate populace that is not disposed to ever hook up with Uncle Sam.
Finally on the viability of a true Pakistani/American alliance, to posit as does Mr. Friedman that, "Pakistan has every reason to play this role. It needs the United States over the long term to balance against India," means we actually must believe that India poses a threat to Pakistan, again a fact nowhere in evidence, even if the Pak leadership finds that invoking such a bogeyman is often good domestic realpolitik. In all actuality a visible tilt towards India by this administration [something we have long counseled] would serve to motivate the Pakistanis far more than relying upon the threat of halting foreign aid. Playing Friedman's suggested strategy here also would serve to dismiss the very real threat posed by Pakistani state terrorism - guided every step of the way by the ISI - directed against India, which is simply unacceptable and another sign that a real coming to terms is probably elusive.
The idea that the U.S. needs Pakistan "to contain India" is both preposterous and dangerous.
Other aspects of the Stratfor analysis are also troubling.
Mr. Friedman states, "There is another important way in which the global guerrilla analogy is apt. STRATFOR has long held that Islamist-fueled transnational terrorism does not represent a strategic, existential threat to the United States. While acts of transnational terrorism target civilians, they are not attacks - have not been and are not evolving into attacks - that endanger the territorial integrity of the United States or the way of life of the American people..."
We believe that this statement is fundamentally in error.
The first point in addressing this is realizing that these attacks are genuine acts of war - certainly an existential threat as far as intent is concerned - and that even if we do not consider it to be so, the enemy is in a declared state of war against us and has been since the 1990s.
The second consideration is that Islamic terrorism is only the tip of the spear. While it has not been able to destabilize America - yet - that is certainly our opponents goal and to simply dismiss such a possibility as not being credible doesn't take into account the effect which a biological attack - the introduction of smallpox for example - would undoubtedly have. In order to quantify the magnitude of a worst case scenario Islamist attack one need look no further than the scenario presented by the government study, post 9/11, called Dark Winter which predicts 1 million deaths and 3,000,000 additional casualties within 90 days of the discovery of a very limited number of initial cases of smallpox. [source DHS document, http://www.homelandsecurity.org/darkwinter/docs/DARK_WINTER.pdf]
This would be an event sufficient to largely destabilized the nation.
[Note: though not "destabilizing," the estimated direct monetary loss attributable to the 9/11 attacks is in the range of $2 trillion, a not inconsiderable amount - source, http://www.iags.org/costof911.html - and this doesn't include all of the governmental and private spending deemed appropriate in the wake of September 11, including the creating of DHS, the reorganization of U.S. intelligence and the like]
What is of most importance is the ideology behind the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and the rest of the coterie of violent revolutionary Islamist war making apparatus, which is Islamism - political Islam - that seeks ultimately to remake the world in an image thought pleasing to Allah, under a global theocracy headed by a Caliph.
The violent jihad then is really inseparable from non-violent Islamism, the stealth jihad which is every day waged against the West in a subversive manner, taking advantage of the rights inherent in liberal democratic forms of governance.
Both of these aspects of Islamism work in common purpose, with identical goals. Though employing different tactics, they are nonetheless complementary and synergistic. Perhaps more importantly, a victory by either the violent jihadists or by those waging war surreptitiously employing legal Islamism is a victory for all, the means are of little concern as long as the end is attained.
Preventing Afghanistan from once again become a staging area for the spreading of Islamism is really the only acceptable endgame in that country. To the extent that we have not yet been able to attain that, and may never be able to fully guarantee such an outcome - barring a continued U.S. presence in the country - does not give us adequate reason to abandon 9 years of incredible pain and thousands of casualties simply to phony up an excuse to exit the field of battle, tail between our legs, under guise of a solution which has no possibility of securing our goals.
Rather than offering a hint towards a successful Afghan strategy, unfortunately Mr. Friedman's manner of pursuing "a withdrawal that is not a defeat" - by relying on Pakistan is unlikely in the extreme to succeed. Are we to trust a successful Afghan outcome to a nation which still honors - declaring him a national hero - the exploits of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan who - with state acquiescence at best - spread nuclear technology to North Korea and Iran?
Instead it's much more likely that following this guidance will secure only an ignominious defeat that would function as an albatross around its neck forever, a black eye signifying American lack of purpose and an unwillingness to do whatever is necessary to preserve this culture.[Read More]
Terror Case Unindicted Co-Conspirator CAIR Rolls Disney Over Hijab
Terror Case Unindicted Co-Conspirator CAIR Rolls Disney Over Hijab
September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the nation's largest Hamas funding terror trial, U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation, et el., see, http://www.investigativeproject.org/1854/doj-cairs-unindicted-co-conspirator-status-legit] apparently has succeeded in forcing Disney in Illinois into complying with Shari'a, "allowing" a Muslim woman, hired over the phone, to wear a hijab [Islamic head scarf] while on the job.
"Following CAIR-LA's intervention, Disney was able to provide a clothing option that met the woman's religious requirements and that was within the company's vacation planning uniform guidelines." [source 10/27/10 email press release]
Of course CAIR is by no means satisfied, as is always the case with Islamists, the group wants the proverbial whole enchilada, "CAIR-LA is now urging Disney to implement a corporate-wide policy that reflects an employee's legally-protected right to wear religious attire..."
The prospect of CAIR, an organization which has had numerous members jailed on terror charges [including Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR's Texas chapter and convicted in U.S. vs. Holy Land] having enough credibility to sway businesses like Disney would be laughable if it were not so tragic.
Unfortunately Disney is emblematic of a paradigm which has played out with great negative effect throughout the ages, tossing others to the alligator in hopes of it eating you last.
The bottom line here is really quite simple, increasingly American business and government entities are being cajoled, pressured or intimidated into becoming Shari'a compliant, accommodating an escalating set of demands which are purely religious in nature. In many instances employees have demanded and received permission to pray numerous times a day while on the job [at Dell computer for example, actually disrupting the flow on production lines], have Islamic holy days recognized as secular holidays or as the case is here, to wear garb which in reality is an affectation of Wahhabi Islamists and not even a general requirement of Shari'a
What most Americans either don't know, or don't want to know, is that CAIR and other U.S. based Islamist groups are following a plan laid out by the Muslim Brotherhood in which a society is subverted from the inside using the West's freedoms and rights against it with the eventual goal of Islamizing the society.
As was said by Omar Ahmad, co-founder of CAIR, "Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." [source, Anti-CAIR, http://www.anti-cair-net.org/]
This strategy succeeds because America's political leaders no longer demand acculturation from immigrants as a condition of citizenship. Few things demonstrate this phenomenon better than the case of Dearborn, Michigan where a huge concentration of Muslims have led to the creation of an Islamic ghetto where Shari'a concepts dominate. This has led to the city now being referred to as Dearbornistan because of this nascent, alien and aggressively anti-Western Islamic culture.
A new study detailed here [New Report - Shari'a, the Threat to America - Details Civilizational Threat Posed by Ignoring Revolutionary Spirit of Islam ] outlines the civilizational threat posed by creeping Shari'a, equating it with the challenge posed heretofore by Soviet communism. Unless Americans demand that the incorporation of foreign religious concepts and legalisms be rejected in secular settings, the danger of this type of religious sedition will continue until, as is the case in Britain, the inertia to resist evaporates.[Read More]
Implications of Schwarzenegger's Signing of CA Education Legislation
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Media is reporting on Governor Schwarzenegger's bill signing activities but they seem to have overlooked several the creation of several new laws on health and education affecting families.
Seven bills were signed advancing state compliance with federal Race to the Top standards for all students. SB1, Darrell Steinberg, Race-to-the-Top, authorizes the state to accept the federal stimulus dollars to cover the non-existent state funds for the social programs "we the people" don't want. One of those compliances sets limits to the freedom of speech on school campuses, SB 438, Charter School speech, and ACR 82, Public Education: Discrimination Free Zones.
The governor also signed AB 1901 targeting revisions to the Postsecondary Education Master Plan. This will facilitate implementation of the intent of two other bills awaiting the Governor's signature, AB 867, Pedro Nava, California State University: Doctor of Nursing Practice, and AB 2385, John Perez, Innovative Nursing and Health Care Professions.
Nava's bill will expand and expedite doctorate degrees for nurses. They, in turn, will be hired by schools(as doctoral professors requiring increased salaries, to train entry level medical workers entering high school academies. These workers, with minimal training will fulfill the federal Workforce Development plans and meet the quotas for jobs demanded by Obama Care.
Perez's bill will create a pilot program to expedite graduating community college "nursing and allied health student[s]" to become qualified for employment in health related fields. These people will, basically, be little more than monitors or trackers of how well you commit yourself to the contract with the health care professionals to meet health, nutrition. weight, exercise, etc. programs.
AB 1937, Nathan Fletcher, Pupil Health, Immunizations, though it includes an opt out for parental consent it is a negative consent. It authorizes schools to expand the types of vaccines administered to students in school clinics. Bills of this nature expand the group of advisors to school districts such as the California Academy of Family Physicians which has been a lead advocate for mandated vaccinating of all students 9 to 18 years of age with either Gardasil for boys or Cervarix for girls.
The legislature couldn't get a direct vaccination bill passed in the last two terms so they are going this route now. Fletcher is a Republican trying to straddle the politically correct fence.
Other bills sitting on the governor's desk about which to be concerned.
AB 12, Jim Beall, Kin-Gap. This bill binds foster children to the state past the age of 21. Supported by 100 + community service groups who will continue to profit from providing services.
AB 97, Tom Torlakson, School Curriculum, content standard. This places our state in line to conform to national common core (education) standards, removing local supervision and handing it and our children's lives to the feds.
SB798, M. DeSaulnier, Before and After School Programs. Ties after school programs to a master plan called 21st Century Community learning centers.
SB1317, Mark Leno, Truancy. Creates a new misdemeanor crime of truancy for either the parents or guardian of any pupil in grade school level who is consistently truant. The parents or guardian can avoid the charge by signing up for parenting classes which brings the full range of community (tax funded) agencies into well fed bank accounts.
Speaking of fully sated bank accounts, there is also a well-funded move on the part of religious organizations, along with the ACLU, to initiate programs of Restorative Justice which means letting convicted criminals out of jail early, relying on the community to provide counseling and other services to them while they and their victims, or surviving relatives, are being prepared to meet and "forgive" each other. A movie was made, in Ireland, with Liam Neeson on this subject. It is called "My Five Minutes of Fame."
SB 1381, Joe Simitian, Kindergarten, age of admission. Sets the month of September as the date for admission to kindergarten, a change from the month of December. This is seen as an encouragement to place 4 year olds and young 5 year olds into state run day care and pre-kindergarten. This is a way to get around mandated kindergarten attendance.
AB 420, Mary Salas, Maternal Health. Creates the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Community Awareness Campaign. The unspoken agenda is to turn every OB/Gyn and Pediatrician into a reporter on every pregnant woman's physical and mental health enticing their patients to sign up for partnerships with community agencies to accept a full cohort of community services.
This is not all that is awaiting the governor. When the budget is signed and when the legislators return for the closing months of this term all the bills that left sitting in committee or on the floor of the Assembly or Senate because they lacked the funds to pay for them could be reworked, changing a word here or there or funding and pass out to the vovernor.
This is the Mr. Schwarzenegger's last chance to protect what remains of traditional education in California. Will he sign or veto this legislation which mandates what amounts to a federal takeover of our schools?[Read More]
Widespread Racism at U.S. Civil Rights Division - Refusal to Prosecute Non-White Defendants
Widespread Racism at U.S. Civil Rights Division - Refusal to Prosecute Non-White Defendants
September 27, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - With the controversy over DOJ's refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther Party thugs who terrorized Philadelphia voters during the 2008 presidential election still growing, the testimony of a career Justice Dept. lawyer, Christopher Coates, has in large part been ignored by those to whom it should matter.
Of course there is a reason, Coates' September 24 statement to the Civil Rights Division [answering a previously issued subpoena to which DOJ had counseled non-compliance] charges the agency withy a long and continuing pattern of racial bias/discrimination against non-minority plaintiffs, a mindset clearly on display in DOJ's failure to prosecute the New Black Panthers simply because they are black.
The substance of Coates' testimony alleges a palpable anti-white bias at CRD. That this career official is bringing these serious allegations is all the more notable in that previous to his hiring by the Clinton admin. in 1996, he served as an ACLU voting rights attorney and therefore not a raving "rightie."
"He was hired at Justice during the Clinton administration in 1996 and had worked for the American Civil Liberties Union. Sheldon Bradshaw, a high-level Civil Rights Division official in the Bush administration, said Coates "is nonpartisan in how he enforces voting rights laws." [source, Jerry Markon and Krissah Thompson, Bias led to gutting of New Black Panther case Justice official says, September 25, 2010, Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/24/AR2010092403873.html]
According to Coates, until very recently the Civil Rights Division operated exclusively as a provenance of institutional racism directed against whites in the enforcement of voting rights, "...prior to the filing of the Brown case in 2005 [a particularly egregious matter involving anti-white bias by the chair of the Noxubee County, MS, Ike Brown, see, Ed Morrissey, Hot Air, http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/24/coates-obama-appointee-told-me-to-stop-pursuing-race-neutral-enforcement-of-voting-rights-act/] the CRD had never filed a single case under the VRA [Voting Rights Act] in which it claimed that white voters had been subjected to racial discrimination by defendants who were African American...Opposition within the Voting Section was widespread to taking actions under the VRA on hehalf of white voters in Noxubee County..." [source, Coates's testimony before CRD, http://www.usccr.gov/NBPH/TestimonyChristopherCoates_09-24-10.pdf, p. 3]
It is against this widespread antipathy against even entertaining the cases of white plaintiffs in these types of cases that Holder's DOJ is best understood, and the picture it presents isn't pretty.
The New Black Panther's intimidation of whites [evidence of which can be seen at YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU] was judged not to be of sufficient weight as to justify prosecution for one reason, the DOJ has become a politicized bastion of officially tolerated discrimination, as reflected by the behavior of the very division charged with preventing such intolerance.
The additional bias that Mr. Holder [and his boss Mr. Obama] bring to the administration of American justice only further empowers these attitudes within CRD. Given the refusal of the majority of the legacy media to adequately cover this case, we expect more of the same as team Obama nears the mid-point of what is inarguably the most dangerous and reckless administration in over 70 years.[Read More]
Tea Party Activists Mocking Republicans as well as Obama
By MANUEL GELDERSTEIN
September 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In the wake of alleged "witchcraft" dabblings by Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell [GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware] Tea Party supporters have rushed to her support.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter were abuzz, ignoring the alleged un-electability of Ms. O'Donnell.
Twitter shouted, "Incoming - O'Donnell camp braces against allegations of being ABBA fan, possible concert attendance. Rove, Kristol claim unelectable." as well as, "Desperate Dems call for a public weighing of O'Donnell." [sourced Old Glory Radio]
Similar sentiment reverberated across the internet, not only in the bastions of fed-up conservatives, but also in mainstream news aggregators such the Drudge Report.
Surprisingly, the push back on this issue by conservatives seems directed primarily at old guard Republicans, as illustrated by an additional bon-mot by Old Glory Radio - "In - Witches, Snookie...Out - Lady Ga Ga, Rove ."
Warts and all, no slight intended to witches, conservative voters seem to be standing by their candidate.[Read More]
CA Legislative Update: Pay of Medical Educators Increasing While that of Medical Educators Decreasing & Feds Start Electronically Tracking Students
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Sept. 13, 2010, edition of the East Bay Area's Contra Costa Times carried an original Sacramento Bee article (pg A4) entitled Bills would add Cal State doctorates.
The article reported that certain pieces of legislation, AB 867 by Pedro Nava, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and AB 2382, Bob Blumenfeld, Cal state U, Physical Therapy, have passed to the Governor for disposition.
I had looked at these bills, but not placed them on an "oppose" list. Several bills, beginning with the last term, have attempted to raise the status and pay grade of certain educators in the health care fields. These two bills are heavily supported by Nursing Associations and educators as one might suspect.
These bills are listed as education bills, but, in fact, they should be listed under Workforce development because they pertain more to job placements and salary increases than they do education.
The main thrust of these bills is to prepare large numbers of medical support workers; office staff, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, technicians, etc (not so much doctors) as quickly as possible to prepare for the presumed flood of new and frequently returning patients/clients when Obama Care is fully up and running. Also included in AB 862 is the authorization to expand the number of colleges and Universities in California that can offer Doctorate degrees to members of the Nursing profession.
To understand their place of primacy in the whole health care field it is necessary to understand the term Medical Homes. This means teams of health care trained workers who will be assigned to individual patient/clients working under the guidance and direction of doctors to analyze and administer mostly pre-ordained preventive health services to everyone assigned to a particular medical home. A medical home is merely an electronic data gathering base which will input data on everyone and which will have the capability to transmit that data to all those persons and agencies authorized to receive the data. They, in turn, will use this information to determine just what health services, prescriptions, appliances, surgeries, pregnancies, medications, mental health counseling, vaccinations, etc you need.
The statements made supporting medical homes fall into the category of opportunities to equalize medical care for all groups of people, low-income, ethnic, racial, lifestyle, etc.
Everyone will have a unique identifier and be considered an individual client/patient. Your child will have his/her own record which will be accessible to the pre-school, kindergarten, high school, etc, and to the future employer.
For children age newborn to 21, the director of this medical home will be the Pediatrician. The young adult, 22-and older will be transitioned to some other Doctor. All of these "homes" will be connected at the federal level for monitoring.
These people will be gatekeepers making value judgments on whether patients are ill enough to see the actual doctor or if they can be assisted by staff. This reduces, so the bureaucrats claim, the cost of the health care. At the same time the state will be paying the costs of educating these workers, and those nurses seeking doctorates. This will result in employing more health care workers who have been trained by teachers (former nurses) with doctorate degrees who will also be entitled to higher pay.
This ties into the Workforce legislation using schools as training centers, K-14, for future job placement in certain chosen fields.
Bills of this nature are not, per se, anti-life or anti-family, though many who advocate for those principles will be educating more health care workers who will be providing the so-called reproductive preventive services. Some bills not mentioned in the article also discuss reducing the time required to educate health care workers. They will increase both the cost of educating more students as well as increase the income to Universities and colleges approved to provide the degrees through student fees.
It will most likely also follow that state scholarships will be called for low income and minority students so the cost of education will rise.
Below is a statement received from a Southern California doctor responding to my report - name removed by request.
"This is of course the end of medicine as we have known it. Those above 65 and probably the chronically disabled will be cared for primarily by health care providers with a one or two year health education, good folk and well motivated all of them but without the 7 or more year post college education and experience physicians have. Permission for expensive tests and surgeries will be through a computer system controlled by the federal government. The end game is reduction in social security payments. To all seniors, I would counsel daily exercise, maintenance of employment where possible, adherence to a good diet, weight loss if necessary, no bad habits. minimal travel, and learn as much about self care as you can. "
Federal Student Tracking Begins
It was recently reported that California's Contra Costa County [Head Start program] has received a total of $160.000 federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - ARRA - funding to start a pilot program of tracking pre-schoolers electronically using radio frequency ID chips in their clothing.
The article quoted Karen Mitchoff identified as a member of the Pleasant Hill California City Council as approving of this pilot program.
In an interview conducted with Ms. Mitchoff she stated that it was not she who personally approved of this plan. She was merely a spokesperson for the Contra Costa County Department of Employment and Health Services, which approved Head Start's application for this funding.
The grant, $115,000 of ARRA money plus $45.000 from the Dept of Health and Human Services, is being used to set up this program as a pilot in 2 of the county's 19 Head Start centers. Should it prove effective it would be extended to all 19 Head Start Centers.
The money pays for developing the technology which includes the tracking devises or chips which are placed into tiny, one-inch, pockets of the Jerseys given to each child each day. The data base which collects the information obtained on the child's activities and whereabouts, is then transmitted to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services on a daily basis - weekends excluded. It is also for tracking attendance, also required by the feds.
Though Ms. Mitchoff could not state with any degree of certainty that parents had the right to opt-out their child from the program, she said that, if a parent objected, that child would still receive the set of 2 jerseys, in order for those students "not to feel different than everyone else," but no tracking device would be placed in the pocket.
According to Mitchoff no child is identified by name only by a number. She stated, further, that it is not the child upon which the feds are focusing but upon efficient and appropriate use of the funding. If the feds provide the food they want to know exactly how many students are eating that food. So, if a child approaches the food counter that is recorded as a child served.
Apparently, according to Mitchoff, this transmission of information is not new. Since Head Start gets federal funding it is required to complete and transmit certain information on a continuing basis. Now it will be gathered and transmitted electronically whereas previously all this data had to be collected manually and collated. That meant a less efficient use of teacher time and talent.
To paraphrase what they say on Fox News...We report...you decide it's importance.
It would appear that the simple answer to the question: Why are you doing this is, because we know how to do it. In the last few years the shoe industry has indicated its interest in putting tracking devices into their products. In the past this chip-in-the T shirt-program was tried in a Northern California Head Start program and bitterly protested. It is presumed that once any kinks are worked out on these children the program will be used widely throughout public school systems from pre-school to high school. It is obvious that it is being used on Head Start children because their parents are getting free child care and, most likely, the parents' citizenship may be in question.
Below, two pieces of legislation which tie in with the RFID tracking:
1. AB 2084, Julia Brownley [D, Woodland Hills]. Child day care facilities: Nutrition. This legislation is awaiting the Governor's signature.
The bill states that it is a willful misdemeanor for administers of the Child Day Care Facilities if the violate provision of this act.
This Act sets up rather rigid requirements for supplying nutrition to day care tended children.
"A facility may only:
1. Serve low fat or nonfat milk to children two years of age or older."
The bill contains some strange overtones: "Healthy beverages for young children include, but are not limited to, water low fat or nonfat milk, and breast milk, all of which are associated with reduced risk for being overweight or obese."
Isn't it a bit odd to include breast milk since day care centers take few babies zero to 2 years. Is this a preparation for continual state care program from birth?
Further quoting from bill:
"1. No beverage with added sweeteners either natural or artificial. Clean and safe drinking water ready for consumption throughout the
"2. limit juice to one serving per day of 100 percent juice.
"1. No beverage with added sweeteners either natural or artificial.
Clean and safe drinking water ready for consumption throughout the
Head Start children, depending upon whether they attend a morning class or an afternoon class get free breakfast and lunch or just lunch. The parents barely have to provide any food.
Not many are aware that there are Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the federal department of HHS and the Dep. of Agriculture. This prompts the question, as to when bureaucrats will figure out how to track a child food consumption in the home and also place the parents in jeopardy of a "willful misdemeanor" situation if they provide other than the prescribed dietary plan to their child or other members of the household?
On June 10, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13544, establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. This council consisting of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Labor, HHS, Transportation, Education, Homeland Security and Environmental Protection plus the Director of the National Drug Control Policy, Domestic Policy Council, Indian Affairs and Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service and any other executive department or agency that the Chair may, from time to time, determine is appropriate.
This council [a creation of the United Nations] shall provide coordination and leadership at the Federal level, with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices, the public health system, and integrative health care in the United States.
Sec. 5. National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. Not later than March 23, 2011, the Chair, in consultation with the Council, shall develop and make public a national prevention, health promotion, and public health strategy (national strategy), and shall review and revise it periodically.The national strategy shall: (a) set specific goals and objectives for improving the health of the United States through federally supported prevention, health promotion, and public health programs, consistent with ongoing goal setting efforts conducted by specific agencies; (b) establish specific and measurable actions and timelines to carry out the strategy, and determine accountability for meeting those timelines, within and across Federal departments and agencies; and i. make recommendations to improve Federal efforts relating to prevention, health promotion, public health, and integrative health-care practices to ensure that Federal efforts are consistent with available standards and evidence."
Sec. 5. National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy.
Not later than March 23, 2011, the Chair, in consultation with the Council, shall develop and make public a national prevention, health promotion, and public health strategy (national strategy), and shall review and revise it periodically.The national strategy shall:
(a) set specific goals and objectives for improving the health of the United States through federally supported prevention, health promotion, and public health programs, consistent with ongoing goal setting efforts conducted by specific agencies;
(b) establish specific and measurable actions and timelines to carry out the strategy, and determine accountability for meeting those timelines, within and across Federal departments and agencies; and
i. make recommendations to improve Federal efforts relating to prevention, health promotion, public health, and integrative health-care practices to ensure that Federal efforts are consistent with available standards and evidence."
In summary, we are beginning to find out just what is in Obama Care prompting concern among that it is here where most of these new minimally trained health workers will be stationed, monitoring your eating, sleeping, drinking, working and recreational habits.[Read More]
New Report - Shari'a, the Threat to America - Details Civilizational Threat Posed by Ignoring Revolutionary Spirit of Islam
By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
September 21, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In what will prove to be a seminal study, Shariah The Threat To America, Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy identifies Shari'a [a "legal-political-military doctrine"] as "the preeminent totalitarian threat of our time."
The 170-plus page document presents for perhaps the first time to Western audiences a definitive, readable and thoroughly documented explanation of how even supposed "moderate Islam," based upon an intent to incrementally introduce elements of Islamic law into the culture, is anathema to Western forms of governance and in the case of America, thoroughly incompatible with the Constitution.
The task force which put together the report was modeled after a similar iconoclastic group report [the "Team B" project] commissioned in 1976 by then Director of CIA, George Herbert Walker Bush, which determined that the Soviet Union was such a threat that the then operative policy of detente had to be supplanted with an aggressive, full-court press keyed on its destruction.
It should go without saying that it was this very strategy, rejecting accommodation with totalitarian communism, which led to the defeat of the Soviet Union.
Elemental in the Team B II findings are that while it might well be possible to effectively battle "kinetic jihad" [active violent terrorism and war-making] that the "stealth jihad" [warfare conducted by internal subversion] poses a far greater long-term threat to liberal democracies.
Stealth jihadists are adept at using the freedoms and rights which we presume to be a human birthright in the West, against the system, all with the intent of slowly chipping away at civil law and custom, eventually replacing it with the totalitarian ideology of Shari'a. This methodology so far has escaped being characterized by mainstream defense professionals and national security experts as an existential threat every bit as real as was the threat posed by communism from the post World War II period through the fall of the Berlin wall and the demise of the Soviet state.
The insight missing from current threat analysis is that, "These enemies adhere to an all-encompassing Islamic political-military-legal doctrine known as shariah. It obliges them to engage in jihad to achiever the triumph of Islam worldwide through the establishment of a global Islamic state governed exclusively by shariah, under a restored caliphate."
Such an enemy will use any means to engage in what is nothing less than organized sedition against non-Muslim states until such time as the Shari'a can triumph.
Given the nature of this religious obligation, any attempted distinction between violent and stealth jihad are meaningless and moreover potentially fatal.
In the United States the main proponents of this non-violent subversion are acting as agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, the seminal Egyptian organization from which all modern terrorism derives. In their wisdom these practitioners have created a myriad of front-groups [including but not limited to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)] which have insinuated themselves into nearly every key aspect of American life, always engaged in activism supportive of Shari'a.
These groups, through various means, have assumed the unquestioned position as spokesmen for Islam in America, almost completely throttling true moderates [secularists, who disavow political Islam] and enforcing a religious orthodoxy which is heavily funded by the Saudi Wahhabists and other state proponents of Shari'a.
Within the report the basic tenets of this doctrine are exhaustively annotated:
1. Abrogation - the Islamic practice of superseding the older "Meccan" passages in the Qur'an with the far more hostile and warlike passages issued by Mohammed when his movement had gained real strength and superiority while in Medina.
2. Adultery - unlawful intercourse is a capital crime under Shari'a.
3. Apostasy - leaving or rejecting Islam is a capital crime.
4. Democracy - is incompatible with the revealed word of Allah in the Qur'an.
5. Female genital mutilation - Circumcision for both sexes is mandatory.
6. Gender inequality - under Shari'a, women are inferior.
7. Honor killing - Muslim parents have the right to kill their children and grandchildren to protect the family's [elastically written code of] "honor."
8. Hudud punishments - penalties prescribed by Allah can not be waived or circumvented.
9. Islamic supremacism - Islam must triumph over all other religions.
10. Jew hatred - anti-Semitism is elemental to Shari'a.
11. Jihad - is required under Islamic law in order to spread the religion.
12. Takiyya [religiously condoned lying] - permissible to advance the religion.
13. Slander and/or blasphemy - it is a great offense against Islam to offend Muslims.
14. Underage marriage - Shari'a permits the marriage of pre-pubescent girls. Intercourse with these "wives" is legal past the age of eight or nine.
15. Zakat [tithing] - required charity given to numerous groups of recipients including the jihadists such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
Noting the severity and existential nature of the threat, similarly powerful countermeasures comprise the Group B II study's recommendations :
A. "U.S. policy-makers, financiers, businessmen, judges, journalists, communityleaders and the public at large must be equipped with an accurate understandingof the nature of shariah and the necessity of keeping America shariah-free. At aminimum, this will entail resisting rather than acquiescing to the concertedefforts now being made to allow that alien and barbaric legal code to become establishedin this country as an alternate, parallel system to the Constitution andthe laws enacted pursuant to it. Arguably, this is already in effect for those who143have taken an oath to "support and defend" the Constitution, because the requirementis subsumed in that oath.
B. U.S. government agencies and organizations should cease their outreach toMuslim communities through Muslim Brotherhood fronts whose mission is todestroy our country from within as such practices are both reckless and counterproductive.
Indeed, these activities serve to legitimate, protect and expandthe influence of our enemies. They conduce to no successful legal outcome thatcannot be better advanced via aggressive prosecution of terrorists, terror fundersand other lawbreakers. It also discourages patriotic Muslims from providingactual assistance to the U.S. government lest they be marked for ostracismor worse by the Brothers and other shariah-adherent members of theircommunities.
C. In keeping with Article VI of the Constitution, extend bans currently in effectthat bar members of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan from holding positionsof trust in federal, state, or local governments or the armed forces of theUnited States to those who espouse or support shariah. Instead, every effortshould be made to identify and empower Muslims who are willing publicly todenounce shariah.
D. Practices that promote shariah notably, shariah-compliant finance and the establishmentor promotion in public spaces or with public funds of facilities andactivities that give preferential treatment to shariah's adherents are incompatiblewith the Constitution and the freedoms it enshrines and must be proscribed.
E. Sedition is prohibited by law in the United States. To the extent that imams andmosques are being used to advocate shariah in America, they are promoting seditiousactivity and should be warned that they will not be immune from prosecution.
F. Textbooks used in both secular educational systems and Islamic schools mustnot promote shariah, its tenets, or the notion that America must submit to itsdictates.
G. Compounds and communities that seek to segregate themselves on the basis ofshariah law, apply it alongside or in lieu of the law of the land or otherwise establishthemselves as "no-go" zones for law enforcement and other authorities mustbe thwarted in such efforts. In this connection, assertion of claims to territoryaround mosques should be proscribed.
I. Immigration of those who adhere to shariah must be precluded, as was previouslydone with adherents to the seditious ideology of communism."
The Center for Security Policy's historic study constitutes such a clear battle plan for combating the key threat to Western society, that not heeding and building upon it is folly on the order of a civilizational death wish.[Read More]
French Bill Banning Muslim Veils Awaiting Sarkozy's Signature
September 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today the French Senate voted to ban the wearing of long burqa-esque veils in public. The overwhelming vote [246-1, but with abstentions] combined with a previous vote by the Assembly means that upon the signature of president Sarkozy, the ban will go into effect.
Though the new legislation could conceivably be blocked by the country's Constitutional Council, given the widespread public support for the measure that outcome seems unlikely.
Today's vote highlights a struggle playing out across the continent, pitting small "L" liberal values such as religious accommodation against demands by Islamists to force civil governments into Shari'a compliance. A key component of Shari'a is the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, a theocracy.
Fines and even jail time could be imposed to enforce the new law with the most serious [nearly $40,000, see Al Jazeera, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/09/2010914184958118128.html] being reserved for men who force women to wear the veils. Fines may be accompanied by as much as a year in jail.[Read More]
Napolitano's "Culture of Preparedness" Looking in all the Wrong Places
Napolitano's "Culture of Preparedness" Looking in all the Wrong Places
September 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Quoted as a panel member of an anti-terrorism forum on CNN Sunday, Janet Napolitano again demonstrated the illogic she has brought to the Dept. of Homeland Security. Of course since she merely jumps to her bosses' string pulling, the real blame lies at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but the point remains.
On Sunday she said, "...One of the things we have been focused on is really getting preparation for and the ability to respond to threats of any kind...Well, it means that, first of all, it's more dispersed. Secondly, you know, a big conspiracy, you have opportunities to intercept, to hear about, to learn about ahead of time. When you have individuals or small groups, that's much more difficult. And thirdly, our ability to collect intelligence is much more limited when U.S. persons are involved than, say, internationally. And so, you know, there are all kinds of different things that go into play. And I think what Michael said is right. We're not talking about huge numbers all across the country, but what we are talking about is an ever-evolving threat that has not kept the United States immune. There are U.S. persons now involved. And that means the Department of Homeland Security itself has had to evolve." [source, CNN transcripts September 12, 2010, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1009/12/sotu.01.html]
There are two major defects in the Obama/Napolitano approach.
1. The relative ease with which a conspiracy can be uncovered is less dependent on its size and far more a condition of looking in the right place for its existence in the first place.
Since its inception this administration has as a matter of dogma refused to connect the most obvious of dots, that the conspiratorial mindset occurs in only one group, religious in nature and foreign in origin. It does not exist in equal parts spread across the spectrum of society but is located within very specific confines.
Operating in this manner invokes a process which lies at the core of the governmental/bureaucratic mindset, a self-defeating illogic, designed so as to be unable to discriminate between a threat and a non-threat.
In this brand of bureaucratese, if a method relies upon ascertaining who might be the "obvious and usual suspects," then it is fatally flawed, relying on methods which are definitionally racist and/or Islamophobic.
2. Additionally, predicating a policy on a "culture of preparedness," reeks of reaction after the fact, of stressing an ability to quickly clean up the mess after it happens. In the face of a biological or nuclear threat, this is an outright admission of failure, that it can't be prevented, thus dooming Americans to absorb whatever damage ensues. This is of course unacceptable.
This administration has painted itself into an ideological corner; tying its hands. In its refusal to admit that terrorism in the modern context is an Islamic phenomenon, it is forced to look elsewhere, a policy so foolish that it could only make sense in the seat of governmental power.[Read More]
ACLU Presser In Support of Al-Awlaki
ACLU Presser In Support of Al-Awlaki
September 14, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A press release filed today and appearing on the ACLU website [http://www.aclu.org/national-security/ccr-and-aclu-response-report-government-will-bring-charges-against-anwar-al-aulaqi] reads in part, "In August, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out "targeted killings" of U.S. citizens located far from any armed conflict zone. The groups were retained by Nasser Al-Aulaqi to bring the lawsuit in connection with the government's decision to authorize the targeted killing of his son, Anwar Al-Aulaqi. The groups charge that if the government has evidence that a U.S. citizen is involved in terrorist activity, he should be charged with a crime and prosecuted."
In a short period of time, Anwar Al-Awlaki, counselor to terrorists, has become somewhat of a household name, connected in a long chain of associations with nearly every major U.S. incidence of terrorism, from 9/11 through Major Hasan's murderous jihad at Ft. Hood.
In August the ACLU filed suit to prevent what it refers to as the "extrajudicial killing," of Al-Awlaki, stating that he should not be "punished for past acts."
That the ACLU is on weak ground here should be obvious, and to hear them extol, "The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights" [source, ACLU lawyer Arthur Spitzer, as quoted in the ACLU's complaint] in the face of the organization's wholesale support of abortion is precious to say the least.
Perhaps the organization's sentiments are to be forgiven with the spate of recent Supreme Court rulings [especially the Hamdi and Hamdan cases] whose apparent intent is to transfer the responsibility of conducting war from the CIC to the judiciary.
Regardless, the ACLU continues to ply its seditious trade, content that there remains significant legal support on the left for accused terrorists.[Read More]
Al-Qaeda Making Resurgence in Iraq, Taking Advantage of Obama Drawdown
Al-Qaeda Making Resurgence in Iraq, Taking Advantage of Obama Drawdown
September 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In yet another looming defeat for team Obama we find - according to the LA Times [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq-qaeda-20100913,0,2035120.story] - that al-Qaeda, thought essentially defeated, has made a major reappearance in the war torn country, taking advantage of governmental disorganization and an absence of a U.S. combat presence.
In today's piece, Ned Parker reports, "Once vanquished by Janabi and other Sunni Arab fighters who joined the U.S.-backed Awakening movement, the Islamic militant group is carving out new sanctuaries here."
The largely foreign led al-Qaeda insurgency was crushed but not totally eliminated during the process called "the awakening," three years ago due to cooperation by tribal leaders to battle the group.
Ominously, now major bombings are on the increase and without the ability of U.S. forces to take counter measures the disorganized central government is not capable of mounting an adequate push-back.
Since team Obama owns the Iraq draw-down, the prospect of Iraq once again becoming the bloodbath of 2005-06 presents a diplomatic crisis. Mr. Obama has only 50,000 American troops left in theater and they have been garrisoned into a defensive posture.
Absent a functioning government and American combat troops, the prospect for Iraq and Obama's foreign policy in the area looks dim.[Read More]
Response to Qur'an Burning Controversy Demonstrative of the West's Cultural Shame
By WILLIAM MAYER
September 9, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Glancing at abstracts of the top news stories over the last few days one might get the impression that Western Civilization might end this weekend if a few misguided nabobs in Florida put the match to a Qur'an as a show of protest over the Muslim terror attack which took place 9 years ago this Saturday.
The level of outrage is so over-the-top as to be ridiculous even within the multicultural philosophical wasteland that the West has become.
The desire of the media to present America as a bigoted country is all over this non-controversy as it has been over previous events of a similar nature.
Can one forget Newsweek's breathlessly spreading the fable [written by Michael Isikoff] that Qur'ans were being flushed down the toilet at the Guantanamo detention center, a story [totally fallacious] which directly led to multiple deaths resulting from the Muslim outrage engendered by the piece?
"Protesters took to the streets in several Afghan cities last week after Newsweek published its report. American flags were burned, relief organizations were attacked and at least 16 people were killed and scores injured in clashes with police."[source, Jane Roh, Newsweek Retracts Qur'an Desecration Story, Newsweek May 17, 2005]
Less well know but just as troubling was the 2007 case of a Pace University student being prosecuted for a "hate" crime because he flushed a few pages of the Qur'an down one of the facility's toilets.
"Police yesterday arrested a Pace University student...and charged him with a hate crime for allegedly clogging toilets with the Koran on two occasions last year...Stanislav was charged with two counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime, officials said."[source, Philip Messing and Hasani Gittens, College Koran Flusher Collared, New York Post August 28, 2007]
So great has fear of possible Muslim violence over real or perceived "insults" to Islam that, for example, the U.S. military in Afghanistan has actually burned Bibles written in the country's two major dialects rather than risking whatever wrath might ensue from their dissemination.[Read More]
Two Arrests Made in Florida Terror Case
Two Arrests Made in Florida Terror Case
September 8, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Two Florida men have been arrested in a plot to sell weapons to Palestinian terrorists. The two, Yanny Aguila Urbay and Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel are residents of Hialeah and had been in contact with an undercover agent after having expressed a desire to obtain hundreds of military type weapons including detonating devices and M-16 rifles.
The plan was supposedly to be funded by parties in the West Bank.
According to the criminal complaint, "Hamayel contacted the confidential source to discuss the weapons and explosives...Hamayel specifically requested a quantity of 300 M-16 rifles, 9 mm handguns, UZI sub-machine guns, silencers and grenades." [source, WSVN, http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21002159609550/][Read More]
CA Legislation Mandates Forced School Immunizations Without Parental Notification
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - [Note: All the bills mentioned in this report have passed the California state legislature and are awaiting the Governor's signature. He has until Sept 30 to either sign or veto. A message can be left for the governor at 916-445-2841.
AB354. Juan Arambula, [D- Fresno] Immunizations.
DIGEST: This bill deletes certain age limits for specified childhood immunizations required for admission to specified schools or child care centers, and requires the Department of Public Health to consider the immunization recommendations of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This five page bill seems simple and straight forward, but it isn't. It is a lot of words designed to hide the fact that the state's legislators seek authority to mandate that schools be responsible for administering vaccinations to your child including HPV2 Cervarix for girls ages 10-25 or HPV 4 Gardasil for boys ages 9-26. That would be compulsory vaccinations without parental consent or notification.
This bill employs the phrase "vaccine preventable disease" (rather than air born communicable disease) determined through "evidence based findings" (as determined by an independent, non-government based Task Force On Community Preventable services, i.e., they do something and then watch to see what results - no moral or ethical values whatsoever.) www.thecommunityguide.org,
It also mandates that schools adhere to the recommendations of the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - ACIP, which represents 12 different lobby groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, as an advisory body, for determining what vaccinations are to be required. The AAFP is little more than a lobby with which Planned Parenthood is connected, urging that all youth be vaccinated with Gardasil or Cervarix.
What's the problem? Human Papilloma Virus is not a communicable disease like chicken pox or measles or even TB. It is a venereal disease communicated through sexual contact. This bill declares that the state believes that every child from age 9 years on will be engaging in sexual activity and, since Planned Parenthood has been foremost in promoting this vaccine it further means that the state's leaders believe that 9 year olds have the right to be sexually active regardless of what you, the parents, or the outdated old fuddydud church says.
The main supporters of this bill are the California Academy of Family Physicians, a branch of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the California immunization Coalition - CIC, which has a website admonishing people to "vaccinate before you date." and by GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Cervarix and Gardasil.By the Way the CIC website which is sponsored by the California Department of Public Health is sponsoring a contest to see who can come up with the winning logo for advertising HPV vaccinations to 18-25 year olds.
Further, the CAFPs website familydocs.org lists 26 California health related bills which they are supporting, including AB 1600 by Assemblyman Jim Beall establishing state funding for mental health coverage for ANY AGE CALIFORNIANS. Any age covers your newly expected baby and his pregnant mother, your 3 year old child in day care, your teen age student who, under Sen. Mark Leno's bill, SB 543, will be able to contract for his/her own mental health counseling. This is also on its way to the Governor.
Seeing that the organization of Social Workers, school sex educators and the American Psychiatric Association all believe that homosexual activity is not a deviant lifestyle guess what sort of counseling your child just might get in the privacy of a minimally trained mental health worker recruited from the LGBT job placement bureau?
And now, let us turn to just exactly what happens with all this vaccination information and electronic recording of data that will be gathered on you and your child[ren]. Where does it go, who sees it, who analyzes it, who plans you and your family's future in partnership with you?
AB 1542, Dave Jones, (D-Sacramento), Patient-Centered Medical Homes Act of 2010.
Digest: This bill would establish the Patient-Centered Medical Home Act of 2010. It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage licensed health care providers and patients to partner in a patient-centered medical home that promotes access to high-quality, comprehensive care and ultimately to ensure that all Californians have a medical home.
Your attention should be drawn to several words - partner, comprehensive, other licensed health care provider, and, evidence based - that gives away the intent behind this bill.
Definition of Medical home, according to the bill:
"Medical home," "patient-centered medical home," "advanced practice primary care," "health home," "person-centered health care home," and "primary care home" all mean a health care delivery model in which a patient establishes an ongoing relationship with a physician or other licensed health care provider acting within the scope of his or her practice, working in a physician-directed practice team to provide comprehensive, accessible, and continuous evidence-based primary and preventative care, and to coordinate the patient's health care needs across the health care system in order to improve quality and health outcomes in a cost-effective manner."
This is one of the other 26 bills that the California Academy of Family Physicians, referred to in AB 543, is sponsoring. The AAFP and other medical groups have been pushing this concept since 1967. This bill (only the last of many years of attempts), as last amended, Aug.28, states that the main functions of creating medical homes are an assurance of "reducing health disparities, reining in costs and improving quality and outcomes.
AB 1542 has been amended 9 times and still is only 4 pages long. It is very vague stating only that it seeks to coordinate all phases of everyone's mental and physical health practices and preventions in partnership with a lead physician, community organizations and the patient.
It is necessary to look elsewhere for the intended expansion of mandated government aka Obama care oversight authorized by this bill.
By the way, President Obama and the current Democrat controlled Congress did not come up with all these ideas, they are merely the most successful, so far, in pushing programs that have been planned for years by foundations, lobbies, educators and other population control groups.
As a part of ongoing educational credits for Pediatricians the Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine, published two articles, Vol. 30, # 11 and 12, May and June, 2010. The articles are entitled: Postpartum Depression: Why Pediatricians Should Care and Rethinking Well-Child Care. These articles contain interviews with leading pediatricians and psychiatrists on the subject of how to care for the whole person from birth to age 26. The answer is establishment of a medical "home" for every individual beginning with the pregnancy.
A medical home, basically, is an electronic data collection system gathering all required information about each individual's social, emotional, educational, mental, employment, and lifestyle activities. This information will not just be gathered from written surveys or questionnaires upon entering the physician's office for the first time, but through home visitations, school health records, employment records, visits and referrals to community organizations authorized to share information.
This information will be continually analyzed, evaluated according to the most current politically correct desired outcomes (best practices as determined by evidenced based research) and then shared amongst the other participating agencies. Each individual, including the newborn, will have his/her own individualized record with its predetermined set of desired outcomes. Not only will you, the patient, be under constant scrutiny but so will the lead physician who is charged with oversight of this medical home. In the case of the infant through 21 year old it will be a Pediatrician.
In other words, the village will care for you, assist you in setting goals for yourself, guide you in attaining those goals, keep down the costs of your medical care through best practices preventive gimmicks and make sure that everyone gets the exact same care and concern.
This bill is being handled very creatively by the legislators. On the final Assembly floor vote on the last night for passage of bills, this bill failed the required 2/3rds Assembly vote. The Republicans, for the most part, refused to vote for it. So, while legislative reporting services are claiming that the bill is up for reconsideration it is actually dead on the Assembly floor.
However, Jones' office claimed confidence that when the budget is settled this bill will be brought up for reconsideration and sent to the Governor. And, we all thought there was no life after death.
The reason being offered for its failure is the concern expressed by the American Medical Association that with the plan to be implemented immediately combined with a budget stalemate there would be no payment of doctors' salaries during the time the budget remains stalled. This bill remains a cliffhanger.[Read More]
It's Petraeus' Butting Into Domestic Politics on Qur'an Burning Controversy That's Onerous
It's Petraeus' Butting Into Domestic Politics on Qur'an Burning Controversy That's Onerous
Truly Moderate Muslims Would Embrace First Amendment Rights as Demonstration of Acculturation
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a substantial departure from a policy of remaining aloof on domestic issues, on Monday Afghan theater commander General David Petraeus criticized the intention of a Florida church to burn copies of the Qur'an as a 9/11 statement this coming Saturday, saying "it could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan."
The Gainesville, Florida Dove World Outreach Center plans to carry through with the protest despite mounting criticism and threats.
Two elements of this story are of primary concern.
1. General Petraeus has absolutely no authority to wade into stateside issues, period. It's not in his job description, nor is it wise. General Petraeus has a war to run, one which isn't going particularly well. Though he inherited this war [from Obama's hand-picked commander], the longer he allows the current and thoroughly ridiculous rules of engagement which hobble U.S. forces to remain in effect, the more he paints the United States into a corner from which it can't honorably escape.
2. The leaders of the Dove church have every right to protest the 9th anniversary of the Muslim attack on the United States in whatever manner they deem fit, regardless of how and by whom their actions are criticized, as long as it is consistent with our Constitution.
A nation and culture which celebrates extreme political speech - solemnly declaring a crucifix in a jar of urine, a Piss Christ, as legitimate artistic expression - can certainly be equally tolerant of the burning of a Qur'an.
The efforts of the media and not-so-moderate Muslim leaders to excoriate those who are planning to carry through with this [in our opinion, ill advised] act of protest are fully in keeping with larger efforts to Islamize the West through incrementally making it Shari'a compliant.
It is the right of this society to dictate what constitutes a legitimate demonstration of the freedom of expression, not alien and seditious theocratic ideologies.[Read More]
Is Paris Muslim?
Is Paris Muslim?
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Muslims blocking streets, putting up barriers and hiring private security guards to enforce their will is now commonplace in the city of Paris and neither Bertrand Delanoë, the socialist mayor of Paris nor French president Nicholas Sarkozy are willing to intervene and reintroduce the rule of law.
These actions are being taken to facilitate the five-times-daily that observant Muslims are called upon to pray. Non-Muslims in these neighborhoods are being trapped in their homes, afraid for their lives to leave during the public prayer sessions.
The report of this troubling activity comes exclusively from the Christian Broadcasting Network [see, http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2010/August/Islamization-of-Paris-a-Warning-to-the-West] as other secular media sources are running from the story because it doesn't square with their multicultural narrative.
Officially the French have taken a tough verbal line against Islamism, most recently outlawing the wearing of headscarves in public places and have considered outlawing the head-to-toe covering - the burqa - because of its clear anti-woman overtones. In practice however, the French government doesn't appear to have the will to restore even a modicum of civil order in these increasingly restive neighborhoods which local police now consider "no-go" areas.[Read More]
Muslim Tolerance Update - Aussie Imam Calls for Beheading of Geert Wilders
Muslim Tolerance Update - Aussie Imam Calls for Beheading of Geert Wilders
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
September 7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Imam Feiz Muhammed, who is considered to be as influential in Islamist circles as American born al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, recently called upon Dutch Muslims to behead the leader of country's the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders. Wilders - an MP - is an outspoken and persistent critic of Islamic radicalism. In the past he has suggested that the portions of the Qur'an which are intolerant should be discarded.
Muhammed has a history of making inflamatory, hate filled statements based upon his religion. He purports to be interested in aiding disavantaged youth, having founded the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney. The imam's claims that Jews are "pigs," that women rape victims have brought it upon themselves and his defense of violent jihad have served to delineate his fundamentalist Wahhabism.
Muhammed's video which was placed on the website of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, where he can be hear calling Wilders "Satan" and "a filthy dirty politician" saying that for "anyone that mocks Islam...the punishment...is...death...you chop his head off."
It was the newspaper which informed Wilders of the threat. He expressed shock that that the National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism [NCTB] and the Dutch Secret Service [AIVD] did not warn him before the event was called to his attention by the media.
According to Ronald Sandee, the director of an anti-terrorism organization "the threat against Wilders must be taken extremely seriously." [source, http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/7544764/__Haatprediker__dood_aan_Wilders__.html?p=5,1][Read More]
California Legislative Update - Scope of Bills Increase the Grasp of the Nanny State
California Legislative Update - Scope of Bills Increase the Grasp of the Nanny State
By CAMILLE GIGLIO
September 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Do we have to get these bills passed so we can see what's in them, to paraphrase that infamous Nancy Pelosi tongue-in-cheek statement?
The state legislative term is over for this year. Many of the bills, which seriously impact the privacy rights of children and families, have succeeded in passing out of the legislature and are on their way to governor Schwarzenegger. The Governor has thirty days to either sign or veto this group of bills as of September 1.
There are eleven bills of interest for their focus on children's health and educational futures and the right of parents to remain in authority over their children. All of these bills need to be vetoed, not just allowed to become law without the Governor's signature.
Please recall that all bills once approved are then written up as parts of various state Codes and implemented. Between the signing by the Governor and the writing of the Code bills have a way of changing and being implemented. If bills have new money requirements and there are currently not the funds to pay for new programs, then the law sits and waits for funding and is then implemented.
The bills we follow seldom ever see the light of day in the news, but have significant impact on education, health, family and employment.
We are following about 11 bills right now. I am going to provide you with one or two bills at a time asking that you please send the governor a message to veto each and every one of these bills. Send a post card, send a letter, make a phone call to 916-445-2841. Please do one of these things following each report.
This writer believes that what will come in future legislative sessions are laws expanding and facilitating the removal of children from parental authority or the threat of removal from the home on grounds of abuse if parents don't comply with federal parental mandates. You may recall that in the last few months there have been newspaper articles about foster children being freed from foster care at age 18 without adequate training in caring for themselves or without college or job opportunities, thereby putting them and their community as risk for criminal and drug related activities. I believe that we have been set up to believe that that is standard and only some bill such as AB 12 can amend the problem.
This does not address the quality of the foster parents, their personal and moral standards, it does not address the lack of qualified Social Workers who will handle expanded case loads. It does not address the quality of academic standards to allow foster child students to go on to college. The following bill will do little to improve the foster child's life but will greatly enhance the bank accounts of the agencies anxious to get in on the funding.
AB 12, Jim Beall, (D-Santa Clara) Fostering Connection to Success Act.
DIGEST: This bill extends transitional foster care services to eligible youth between 18 and 21 years of age, and requires California to seek federal financial participation in kinship guardianship assistance payments.
In October, 2008, the federal government enacted the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Public Law 110-351). The Act offers states the opportunity to opt-in to new federal funding streams if they choose to provide kinship-guardianship benefits to relative guardians or if they provide foster care to 18 to 21-year-old youth.
This 167 page bill amends huge chunks of the state Family Code and the Health and Welfare Code and places Foster Care and Adoption Assistance squarely under the auspices of the federal government. It was amended 11 times in two years. Final assembly floor vote received only 6 noes.
The author claims that it will not require any increased state spending, but it will add considerable new amounts of federal monies to pay for the additional years from 18-21 for foster youth remaining in custody and/or enrolled in special welfare to work training programs and for the funding of local community service programs.
It will significantly add to the client caseload of every special interest community "service" organization in the state. That means local costs will rise. The list of supporters fills an entire page of names in small print.
AB12 deletes a state run Kin-Gap program which was providing the funding under the former CalWorks Program, for , in most cases, kinship foster child care and Ward of the Court placements and replaces it with a Fed Fostering Success Kin-Gap program along with replacing the AFDC-FC eligibility and Adoption Assistance Program requiring amending large chunks of the state Health and Welfare Codes.
As I stated at the beginning I believe that AB 12 will increase the degree of control exerted by the government over the family. Case in point is the following bill:
AB 1317, Mark Leno, Truancy. This bill was submitted to the legislature in February of this year and went through seven amendments, passing each committee and floor vote with majority support of both Democrats and Republicans.
This bill makes it a misdemeanor charged against parents or guardians whose child is deemed by education authorities to be an habitual truant, absent from school up to 10% of the time in any of grades one through eight. The parent or guardian may be fined up to $2,000.00 or confined to county jail for up to one year.
In order for a parent or guardian to be excused from this charge (deferred entry of judgment) the parents will agree to submit to certain parenting classes. The low income, school drop-out parents wouldn't voluntarily come to the agencies for direction in their lives so the state is going after the parents attempting to frighten them into complying with state health and education goals for your child.
The classes or programs to which the parents would be directed consist of: case management, mental and physical health services, parenting classes and support, substance abuse treatment, child care and housing.
Anyone reading this might smile and say, well, it's about time these lax parents get what they deserve, but, stop and think, the next group of parents could include you or the parents of your grandchildren.[Read More]
Run on Kabul Bank Spells Trouble for Embattled Karzai Administration
Run on Kabul Bank Spells Trouble for Embattled Karzai Administration
September 2, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The specter of a full-fledged run on the assets of Afghanistan's Kabul bank [the country's largest private financial institution] does not bode well for the reputation of Hamid Karzai and threatens to further destabilize the troubled nation at a time when its fate turns on the success of military operations now underway against the Taliban.
The bank was founded [and is now chaired] by Sherkhan Farnood, a world-class poker player, five years ago and now operates under the suspicion of what the few American news sources who have followed the matter call, "a crony capitalism that enriches politically connected insiders and dismays the Afghan populace." [source, Andrew Higgins, "In Afghanistan, signs of crony capitalism," Washington Post, February 22, 2010, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp dyn/content/article/2010/02/21/AR2010022104317.html]
Kabul Bank has well over 100 branches, though most of them are in and around Afghanistan's capital city and has made a practice of bestowing favors - in the form of sweetheart loans - on members of president Karzai's inner team.
Because of these irregularities, the bank's executive team has been shaken up, but instead of reassuring depositors, this action has instead seemed to have galvanized the feeling that the institution is on the verge of insolvency.
The bank is an intermediary in many of the financial transactions which occur in Afghanistan including paying the salaries of most of the country's soldiers. [source, Jon Boone, "Turmoil at Afghanistan's biggest bank puts security forces in firing line," Sydney Morning Herald,, September 3, 2010, http://www.smh.com.au/world/turmoil-at-afghanistans-biggest-bank-puts-security-forces-in-firing-line-20100902-14rp6.html][Read More]
Cordoba, "Al-Andalus" and the "Ground Zero Mosque"
Cordoba, "Al-Andalus" and the "Ground Zero Mosque"
By EMERSON VERMAAT
September 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Feisal Abdul Rauf is the chairman of the so-called "Cordoba Initiative", which officially describes itself as "a non-partisan and multi-national project that works with state and non-state actors to improve Muslim-West relations." But the New York imam now plans the construction of a highly controversial 13-story "Cordoba House," a mosque/Islamic Center, just two blocks away from "Ground Zero," the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York.
Why do the initiators use the name Cordoba?
Cordoba is a city in Southern Spain which was once occupied by Muslims. It was then the glorious capital of the Muslim caliphate (Islamic theocracy or rule) and known as "the Mecca of the West." The name then given to the Spanish territories under Muslim rule (711-1492) was "Al-Andalus." Between 1609 and 1614, 296,000 Muslims were expelled from Spain, back to North Africa where they had originally come from.
What is imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's real agenda? Establishing a kind of Muslim caliphate in part of the U.S.? He is a known supporter of Shari'a law. Hamas, designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization, insisted Muslims "have to build" the mosque near Ground Zero. "Muslims around the world, including, those who live in this country, are united in a common cause," Hamas leader and co-founder Mahmoud Al-Zahar said. Abdul Rauf refused to describe Hamas as a terrorist organization earlier this summer. Hamas, too, wants to establish an Islamic caliphate. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that supported the Nazi cause between 1939 and 1945. There are number of Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United States. One of these is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR also welcomed the plans to build a huge Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero. Another Muslim Brotherhood front organization in the U.S. is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). NAIT played a key role in funding Islamist activities in the U.S.
Today, radical Muslims seek to re-conquer and re-Islamisize (Southern) Spain, both through mass immigration from Muslim lands (North Africa, Middle East, Pakistan) and violent jihad. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, for example, said in January 2004 that Spain "had once been part of our (Islamic) world, when we used to truly adhere to Islam. That country is the lost Al-Andalus." And his deputy Ayman Al-Zawahiri said in September 2007: "Reconquering Al-Andalus is the duty of the Islamic nation in general and of you (the Al-Qaeda fighters) in particular." The two Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla located in North Morocco (the Maghreb) must equally be liberated.
Muslim demands to worship in Spain's Cordoba Cathedral
Cordoba, of course, has to be liberated, too. Certainly not all Muslims espouse the concept of violent jihad, though. The eventual objective of liberating Southern Spain could be achieved through a process of gradual re-Islamization, for example. The rapidly growing Muslim community in Spain is aware of the fact that they are gaining ground at the expense of the traditional Catholic Church. Muslims in Spain and elsewhere are now lobbying for permission to worship in Cordoba Cathedral, once a mosque and still being considered by these Muslims a holy site.
The British "Independent" reported in January 2007 that the Spanish bishops fear a rebirth of the former Islamic Kingdom. They are perturbed by "ambitious plans to recreate the city of Cordoba once the heartland of the ancient Islamic Kingdom of Al-Andalus as a pilgrimage site for Muslims throughout Europe and by the construction of ostantatious mosques."
The president of the Islamic Council of Spain, Mansur Escudero (a Muslim convert, by the way), has been pressuring authorities to turn the Cathedral of Cordoba into a "multi-religious" center where Muslims can pray towards Mecca, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported in January 2007. On another occasion he said: "Al-Andalus will continue being Al-Andalus for Muslims of all ages. It is there; we have created it. Here we have our dead, who remain alive, awaiting Resurrection Day." The Islamic Council even wants to launch an "Islamophobia Observatory."
Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa endorsed these demands in October 2007 when he attended an OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) conference against "Intolerance and Discrimination" in Cordoba, Southern Spain. Muslims must be allowed to pray in the Cordoba mosque/cathedral "to demonstrate our religious coexistence," he said. Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratimos was unwilling to cede to these demands saying it was up to the Catholic Church to decide whether or not Muslims should be allowed to worship in the cathedral. Moratimos knew that Juan Jose Asenjo Pelegrina, the archbishop of Cordoba at the time, was totally opposed to the idea of sharing the use of the cathedral with Muslim worshippers. This would only serve to generate confusion, the archbishop argued. Moratimos agreed: "What the Catholic Church did was quite correct," he said.
If the Islamic Council of Spain and the Arab League would really have been interested in religious tolerance and pluralism why did they not simultaneously defend the right of Christians to pray in the Aya Sophia Mosque, which once (until 1453) served as the Cathedral of Constantinople, today's Istanbul? Indeed, Christians in Muslim countries such as Turkey are still subject to harassment and discrimination. There is no religious freedom whatsoever in other Muslim countries in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, for example.
In November 2007, the meddlesome Arab League even demanded that Spain give up its sovereignty over the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. Spain, though, refuses to do so. "There is nothing to negotiate about," Spanish deputy prime minister Maria Teresa Fernándes de la Vega said.
Meeting in Cordoba in June 2006, the Saudi sponsored Muslim World League (MWL) adopted a resolution that Spain should grant Spanish nationality to the descendants of those Muslims who had been expelled from Spain in the 17th century. (Some of these descendants are currently living in Venezuela and the United States.)
"WTC Imam" Feisal Abdul Rauf's double tongue
Militant Muslims living in Western countries sometimes pretend they are in fact moderates. When they address Western audiences in English, French, Spanish or German, they often avoid making harsh statements. They invoke the lofty principles of religious freedom, coexistence, mutual tolerance, understanding, non-violence, etc. But when they are among trusted friends and allies and are speaking in Arabic or in another native tongue (Pashto, Farsi, etc.). they often defend jihadists and suicide bombers. Even Al-Qaeda instructed terrorists operating in the West to behave and dress as Westerners, and so deceive the enemy. (Some of them even bought adult magazines.)
"Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a moderate clergyman," writes Newsweek editor-in-chief Fareed Zakaria. "He has said one or two things that strike me as overly critical but it's stuff you could read on The Huffington Post (a liberal American news website, V.) any day. On Islam, his main subject, Rauf's views are clear; he denounces all terrorism as he did last week, publicly. He speaks of the need for Muslims to live peacefully with all other religions. He emphasizes the commonalities among all faiths. He advocates equal rights for women, and argues against laws that in any way punish non-Muslims. His last book 'What's Right with Islam is what's Right with America,' argues that the United States is actually an ideal society because it encourages diversity and promotes freedom for individuals and for all religions."
Sounds very nice indeed, doesn't it? Yet, Zakaria's admission that Rauf "has said one or two things that strike me as overly critical," is an understatement, to say the least. Just one or two things? Steven Emerson's Washington based Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) traced thirteen hours of taped speeches made by "moderate clergyman" Feisal Abdul Rauf. Western audiences should be appalled instead of deluding themselves into a naive view of reality. In one of the speeches quoted by "IPT News" Rauf says: ""We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than Al-Qaeda had on its hand of innocent Muslims. You may remember that the U.S.-led sanctions had led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children."
Forget about the numerous Muslim suicide bombers who wreak havoc in the Muslim world and elsewhere. Forget about the countless innocent Muslim women, who were murdered by Al-Qaeda, Iranian and Arab Muslim fundamentalists, the numerous so-called "honor crimes" in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Forget about those cruel monsters called "Taliban" who killed or mutilated numerous defenseless teen-age girls just because their courageous parents chose to send them to school. (Mind you, the murderous killers of the equally monstrous Cambodian Khmer Rouge killed countless of defenseless people just for wearing spectacles; they claimed to be Marxists, by the way.)
"More Muslims have been killed by the likes of Al-Qaeda than by any foreign power," says Irshad Manji, a Muslim herself and author of the book "The Trouble with Islam Today." In Afghanistan the Taliban even killed Western aid workers and doctors. They now demand that Western aid to flood-ridden Pakistan be stopped immediately. They recently attacked a Kabul based school for girls with poison gas. (It was by no means the first time such an attack had occurred.) Their ideology of death and destruction reminds me of what Marxist philosopher Karl Marx once described as "Verelendung," a deliberate policy of mass impoverishment resulting in a communist led revolt of the people against their leaders. The Islamists and the Islamist terrorists did learn a lot from radical communists.
New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf turns out to be an apologist for the suicide killers from Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Yemen, North Africa, the Taliban and Hamas by blaiming the United States for everything. The United States has supported authoritarian regimes, and it's understandable that people in those nations would take action into their own hands, he said. "Collateral damage is a nice thing to put on paper but when the collateral damage is your own uncle or cousin, what passions do these arouse? How do you negotiate? How do you tell people whose homes have been destroyed, whose lives have been destroyed, that this does not justify your actions of terrorism? It's hard. Yes, it is true that it does not justify the acts of bombing innocent civilians, that does not solve the problem, but after 50 years of, in many cases, oppression, of U.S. support of authoritarian regimes that have violated human rights in the most heinous ways, how else do people get attention?" "There's a host of reasons why people feel so depressed with themselves that they are willing to contemplate ending their own lives. And if you can access those individuals and deploy them for your own worldly objectives, this is exactly what has happened in much of the Muslim world."
IPT News notes that Rauf also seems to justify terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, London or Madrid, "by equating hitting civilians with political objectives."
Osama bin Laden, by the way, said similar things in a number of his own speeches. For example, on April 15, 2004, in his message to the peoples of Europe: "In what creed are your dead considered innocent but ours worthless? ( ) Reciprocal treatment is part of justice. ( ) Your leaders and their followers ( ) show contempt for peoples' blood and minds through such deceit, but it only means that your blood will continue to be shed. If one looks at the murders that are still going on in our countries and yours, an important truth becomes clear, which is that we are both suffering injustice at the hands of your leaders, who send your sons to our countries, despite their objections, to kill and be killed."
On Israel, Rauf shares the "Palestinian Islamic Jihad" vision of a one-state solution, as being "a more coherent one than a two-state solution."
The principle of the separation of Church ("Mosque") and State essential to freedom and democracy
The principle of the separation of Church and State or religion and state affairs (a secular society, that is) is essential to Western freedom and democracy. It was Alexis de Tocqueville who wrote in 1848: "Hence any alliance with any political power whatsoever is bound to be burdensome for religion. It does not need their support in order to live, and in serving it may die."
Islam does not recognize this fundamental principle. Rulers of Muslim countries accept one religion only, Islam. Religious minorities are tolerated at best. Conversions from Islam to Christianity or Hinduism are strictly prohibited. On the other hand, Christians are often encouraged to convert to Islam. Islam claims to be a superior religion that prevails over politics, the state and all other religions. The so-called Islamic Caliphate that militant Muslims want to establish is nothing but a totalitarian state ruled by Shari'a law where Jews and Christians will be persecuted. A kind of "Third Reich." (In Nazi Germany Hitler described himself as "a prophet" whose God-given mission was to kill all the Jews.)
A Dutch politician named Henk Bleker, chairman of the Dutch "Christian Democratic Appeal" (Party), recently said something quite remarkable on Dutch TV. "Could it be that an Interior Minister would open a mosque? I would say, yes." Unfortunately, the two journalists who interviewed him, Andries Knevel and Tijs van den Brink, failed to confront Mr. Bleker with the question how such a view could be reconciled with the principle of the separation of Church and State. Indeed, Christian Democrats in Europe should know better. It is not the duty of the secular state to open mosques or churches.Another clear violation of the principle of the separation of Church (religion) and State is, in my view, the ill-considered decision by the U.S. State Department to finance the 15-day Middle East tour by the controversial New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. There is no doubt Rauf will misuse U.S. tax payer's money to raise money for his own $100 million Ground Zero Mosque project. His finances are reportedly a mess. Rauf's Cordoba Initiative "has failed to list almost $ 100,000 in charitable donations since 2007, federal tax records show," IPT News reported.
Malaysia: a hotbed of Islamic extremism
Mr. Rauf may also have received money from dubious Malaysian sources. "Cordoba" has an office in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malysia and he surely was there at the end of July. Forbes columnist Claudia Rosett managed to call him in his Malaysian office but having heard that she "had questions about his funding, he was suddenly unavailable again. 'I'm in an important meeting now,' he said. 'I can't take this call.' And he was gone," Claudia Rosett reported.Kuwaiti born Feisal Abdul Rauf has long standing ties to Malaysia. He was educated in England, Egypt, Malaysia and the United States.
Both Malaysia and Egypt are hotbeds of Islamic extremism (Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, Jamaah Islamiya, etc.). Prior to the 9/11 attacks in the United States two Saudi born 9/11 suicide hijackers, Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Nawaf Al-Hazmi, attended an Al-Qaeda strategy summit in Kuala Lumpur in January 2000.
IPT News reports that Rauf "was listed as a participant in several meetings of the Malaysia-based Perdana Global Peace Organisation, according to the group's website. Perdana is led by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Mohamad was prime minister from 1981 to 2003. Shortly before he left office, he told a gathering at the Organization of the Islamic Conference that Jews rule the world by proxy. Mohamad said he was not anti-Semitic but opposed 'Jews who kill Muslims' and 'the Jews who support the killers of Muslims.'" I wouldn't be very surprised if it turned out that this Jew-hater is imam Rauf's best friend in Malaysia. Emerson Vermaat is a former TV reporter in the Netherlands specialized in crime and terrorism. He was the first journalist in Europe to write about Osama bin Laden's role in international terrorism. His latest book is on Heinrich Himmler, describing how Himmler embraced Islam and how Himmler's SS and today's suicide bombers share an ideology of death and destruction. Website: emersonvermaat.com.
Emerson Vermaat is a former TV reporter in the Netherlands specialized in crime and terrorism. He was the first journalist in Europe to write about Osama bin Laden's role in international terrorism. His latest book is on Heinrich Himmler, describing how Himmler embraced Islam and how Himmler's SS and today's suicide bombers share an ideology of death and destruction. Website: emersonvermaat.com.
Cordoba Initiative, Healing the Relationship between the Islamic World and the West (www.cordobainitiative.org).
Ulrich Haarman, Geschichte der Arabischen Welt (München: Verlag C.H. Beck, 1994), p. 321, 322 ("Das Ende des Islams in Al-Andalus").The fertility rate among Muslims was much higher than among Christians, partly due to polygamous relationships. "Der Geburtenüberschuss der Moriskos übertraf bei weitem den der christianos "
New York Post, August 16, 2010 ("Hamas nod for Ground Zero Mosque").
IPT News/Counterterrorism Blog, August 8, 2007 ("CAIR identified by the FBI as part of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee").
P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, Muslim Mafia. Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America (Los Angeles: WND Books, 2009), p. 297, 350 (secret FBI document on NAIT), p. 405, footnote 13 (FBI memo marked "secret").
Bruce Lawrence (Ed.), Messages to the World. The Statements of Osama bin Laden (London/New York: Verso, 2005), p. 227 (Al-Andalus), p. 234 ("To the peoples of Europe").
El Mundo (Madrid), September 21, 2007, p. 30 ("El 'numero dos' de Al Qaeda llama a 'limpiar Magreb de los hijos de España y de Francia'"); El País (Madrid), September 21, 2007, p. 3 ("Eliminad a España y Francia del Magreb").
El Mundo, April 21, 2009, p. 14 ("Implantacion geográfica del islam en España"); El Mundo, February 12, 2009, p. 17 ("Los musulmanes ganan la fe que han perdido los católicos").
The Independent (London), January 5, 2007 ("Spanish bishops fear rebirth of Islamic Kingdom").
Catholic News Agency (CNA), January 8, 2007 ("Lay groups back decision of bishop to resist Muslim attempts to share use of Cordoba Cathedral").
Geoff Pingree and Lisa Abend, Spains's New Muslims. Converts have become the agreeable face of Spanish Islam, in: The Walrus (Canada), September 2007; Emerson Vermaat, The Rapid Re-Islamization of Southern Spain ("Al-Andalus"), in: Militant Islam Monitor, August 4, 2008.
El Mundo, October 10, 2007, p. 22 ("La Liga Arabe reivindica el uso para los musulmanes de la mezquita de Córdoba"). Moratimos: "Lo que haga la Iglesia Católica estará bien hecho."
El Mundo, November 9, 2007, p. 21 ("Marruecos condiciona una 'buena relación con España a un diálogo sobre Ceuta y Melilla"). De la Vega: "No hay nada que negociar." "La Liga Arabe brindó su 'apoyo total' a los 'derechos legitimos' de Rabat sobre Ceuta y Melilla.
Keep in mind that Morocco is still a rather backward society with over 40 percent of the Moroccan population being illiterate. Most Moroccan immigrants in Europe originate from backward and traditional rural areas in Northern Morocco. Western tourists who pay brief visits to major cities such as Rabat, Marrakech or Casablanca may get a different impression, though. These tourist attractions are not at all representative for the country as a whole.
El Mundo, June 21, 2007, p. 22 ("Los musulmanes invocan las tesis de Zapatero para reivindicar la memoria histórica andalusí"). "Observatorio internacional contra la islamofobia." Muslim World League conference in Cordoba.
Fareed Zakaria, The Real Ground Zero, in: Newsweek (international edition), August 16, 2010, p. 5.
CNN Europe/GPS (Fareed Zakaria), August 15, 2010 (Fareed Zakaria's interview with Irshad Manji and Ayaan Hirsi Ali).
IPT News, August 23, 2010 ("Rauf Lecture Reveals Radicalism").
De Telegraaf (Amsterdam), August 24, 2010, p. 11 ("WTC-imam ontmaskerd"). "In die dertien uur toespraken heeft hij niet één keer de schuld voor de aanslagen neergelegd bij moslim militanten." Rauf failed to blame Muslim militants for the 9/11 attacks.
Algemeen Dagblad (Rotterdam), August 30, 2010 ("Meisjesschool in Kabul bestookt met gifgas"). Girls school in Kabul attacked with poison gas.
Marx-Engels Werke (MEW) (East Berlin: Dietz Verlag, 1974), vol. 23, p. 674: "Kapitalakkumulation schafft die ständige Tendenz den erreichten Lebensstandard zu drücken ('absolute' Verelendung)."
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (New York: Anchor Books, 1969), p. 298 (First published in the 19th century.)
Emerson Vermaat, Heinrich Himmler en de Cultus van de Dood (Heinrich Himmler and the Cult of Death) (Soesterberg: Aspekt Publishers, 2010), p. 179-194 (authentic quotes from Hitler's own speeches describing himself as "a prophet" who rightly predicted that the "Jewish race" would be exterminated in Europe); see also Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (London/Melbourne: Radius Book/Hutchinson, 1972; new English edition), p. 60: "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
Knevel&vandenbrink (EO TV, Netherlands), August 25, 2010. Henk Bleker: "Kan 't zo zijn dat een minister van Binnenlandse Zaken een moskee opent? Ik zou zeggen: ja." EO started as an organization of conservative evangelicals in 1970. About twenty five years later they began to embrace "multiculturalism" and the powerful immigration lobby. I strongly opposed this trend, also in several of my TV reports and books, but was effectively outmanoeuvred in 2004. In 2007, I published a study on the origins and roots of EO: De Evangelische Omroep: Ontstaansgeschiedenis (Aspekt Publishers, Soesterberg). I personally knew and interviewed all the founders when they were still alive. I write on page 120 that these founders strongly criticized the leftist "1960s" elite in Holland and that they would probably also oppose "multiculturalism and the growing Muslim influence in Europe," if they were alive today. Only one of those founders, the rev. H.J. Hegger, is still alive and he had nothing but praise for my book. Andries Knevel was and still is one of the few EO journalists who spoke rather respectfully of the murdered Dutch columnist and politician Pim Fortuyn. Most EO radio and TV reporters hated Fortuyn who was a vocal critic of multiculturalism and growing Muslim influence in Holland.
International Herald Tribune, August 20, 2010 ("American imam visits Mideast on U.S.-financed good-will trip").
IPT News, August 26, 2010 ("The Tangled Web of GZM Imam's Organizations Raises Questions"). "However, federal tax records show the Cordoba Initiative has not listed contributions from at least two charitable foundations that have supported its activites." "The missing donations are troubling." "Cordoba has failed to list almost $ 100,000 in charitable donations since 2007." Also: Quote on former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Forbes, July 30, 2010 ("Where in the World is Imam Feisal?"). Claudia Rosett's column.
The 9/11 Commision Report (New York/London: W.W. Norton, 2004), p. 267-272 (Mihdhar and Hazmi in Malaysia).[Read More]
Islamist Groups Mount 911 PR Campaign
Islamist Groups Mount 911 PR Campaign
By BEILA RABINOWITZ
September 1, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Muslims are cynically exploiting the commemoration of 911 to mount a nation-wide PR campaign called "Muslim Serve Initiative." The program is endorsed by among others CAIR [Council on American Islamic Relations] an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas funding trial in which the defendants were found guilty on all 108 counts.
According to "A Call to Action" on the ISNA [also an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation prosecution] website Muslims should exploit 911 via public service and "interfaith" [dawa - Islamic proselytizing] activities in order to generate positive news reportage.
"All eyes will be on us this Eid and on 9/11. We can imagine what the headlines will be out of New York and Florida. But can you imagine the power of a headline or TV news story that features American Muslims as citizens, giving back to our country?[source, http://www.isna.net/articles/News/Join-Nation-Wide-Muslim-Serve-Initiative-on-9-11.aspx]
During the weekend of 9/11, please dedicate some of your time and energy to:
Participate in a 9/11 commemoration event taking place in your city
Volunteer in a local homeless shelter or food pantry
Clean up a local park, highway or beach
Bring donations of food and/or toys to soup kitchens or homeless shelters
Visit your local churches, synagogues and temples to share offerings and well wishes for Eid"
In addition to CAIR, ISNA's initiative is being endorsed by other American Islamist groups including the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Circle of North America.[Read More]