2/29/2012

Obama & Media Omit That Burned Quran's Were 'Defaced' With Taliban Messages

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While President Obama was out kissing Hamid Karzai's ass for the burning of Quran's by U.S. troops, he and the media were spinning the story by omitting a crucial fact - that the Quran's had been defiled by Taliban prisoners who had used their "holy" books to pass messages.  Obama had to know this information at the time that he was twisting himself into a pretzel to kowtow to a bunch of people who choose to remain living in 11th century living conditions.
Obama is only too quick to show America as bending over and grabbing our collective ankles every time the military is perceived by some tin-pot dictator to have committed a foreign policy faux pas.
If anything, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai should be apologizing to the United States for the deaths of four servicemen by a country of crazed religious lunatics and savages.
The only thing that America should apologize for is that we elected this sorry SOB to be our President.

Why Is the U.S. Apologizing for Scorched Qurans?
Diane West

I've got it.
We've come a long way since the days of the Global War on Terror. Frankly, the GWOT -- whatever that was supposed to mean (how do you fight against a tactic?) -- is so 10 years ago. "Terror," meanwhile, has morphed into "extremism," but that's only made things more unclear. We still don't know what it's all supposed to be about.
Until today.
Mr. and Mrs. America, boys and girls, welcome to the Global War on Quran-Burning, as led by the United States Masochists To Make the World Safe for Shariah (Islamic law).
If a column could have special effects, this is where piercing beams of sunlight would dispel clouds of confusion as pink bunnies jump up and down, squeaking, "That's it, that's it!" And a sigh of relief would spread across the happy valley ...
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White House, Energy Secretary: High Gas Prices Not A Concern

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Stephen Chu, the Obama Energy Secretary dropped a bombshell on the American people by saying the the goal of the Obama Administration is not to lower gas prices, but to "decrease dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen our economy".
This is the same moron who became famous for declaring that, to fight climate change, we should all "paint our roofs white". In 2008 he told Chris Wallace that he would like to see U.S. gas prices rise to the levels of Europe, which were over $10 a gallon.
Keep in mind also that it was Obama who in 2008, while criticizing then-President George Bush for high prices at the pump, contradicted his own criticism by saying that he wasn't really concerned about the high prices, but only that they had risen too fast, and that he preferred a more gradual rise, presumably to acclimate the American people to getting screwed by a radical environmentalist energy policy.  This fits perfectly with Chu's statement that he wants to "take the pain out of high gas prices". Sort of the old story of putting a frog in a pot of cold water and slowly bringing the temperature to a boil so that he doesn't realize that he's dying until it's too late.
Four more years of this bunch will most certainly bring about the death of the United States as we have always known it.


Morning Bell: White House Wants to Keep Gas Prices High
Mike BrownfieldFebruary 29, 2012 at 8:40 am


With the national average of gas prices hitting $3.65 a gallon, nearing $6 in some parts of the country, and poised to head even higher, America’s families are wondering when the bleeding at the pump will stop. But for Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, those steep prices aren’t even a concern. In fact, he says his goal is not to get the price of gasoline to go down.
Chu delivered those stunning remarks in testimony before Congress yesterday. When Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) asked Chu whether it’s his “overall goal to get our price” of gasoline lower, Chu said, “No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy.”
As shocking as his remarks are, they shouldn’t come as a surprise. Chu has a long record of advocating for higher gas prices. In 2008, he stated, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Last March, he reiterated his point in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, noting that his focus is to ease the pain felt by his energy policies by forcing automakers to make more fuel-efficient automobiles. “What I’m doing since I became Secretary of Energy has been quite clear. What I have been doing is developing methods to take the pain out of high gas prices.”

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2/23/2012

Honor Killings - The plight of women under Islamic law

Find out more at Atlas Shrugs



April 29th, 5pm, Dearborn, Michigan

AFDI/SIOA, VAST to Host Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference in Dearborn, Michigan at Hyatt Regency Yahoo News

NEW YORK, PR Newswire: The prominent human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), its Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) program and the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) will be hosting the first-ever human rights conference dedicated to exposing the plight of women under Islamic law in Dearborn, Michigan on the anniversary of the honor murder of Jessica Mokdad: the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.

The Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference will be held at the Hyatt Hotel in Dearborn. After bowing to Islamic supremacist pressure and canceling a speech by Pamela Geller that had been scheduled for a Hyatt in Nashville, Tennessee, the Hyatt reversed its stance, recovered its understanding of the American principle of free speech, apologized and offered AFDI space in a Hyatt for a future Conference to make it up the human rights organization. Geller chose the Hyatt in Dearborn to stand in solidarity there with girls who are in danger of being victimized like Jessica Mokdad.

Jessica Mokdad was a 20-year-old Muslim woman in Warren, Michigan, who was brutally murdered in May 2011. Fox News Detroit reported: "Authorities say a Minnesota man killed his 20-year-old stepdaughter in Michigan because she left home and wasn't following Islam." Jessica's stepfather, a devout Muslim, tracked his stepdaughter over four states to murder her for bringing dishonor on her family.

AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller said in a statement: "We've named the Conference after her as part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness and bring a stop to the phenomenon of Islamic honor killing. These girls have rights, too, they're human beings, and yet they're completely forgotten in our politically correct culture, in which speech that is offensive to Islam is increasingly forbidden. We're standing for the human rights of girls like Jessica Mokdad."

Geller added: "AFDI tried to place ads on Detroit-area buses offering help to people wishing to leave Islam and threatened by their families. Detroit SMART Transit refused the ads, and we sued on free speech grounds. We won, and the ads were scheduled to run, but Detroit SMART still refused to run them -- and the same week they were supposed to run, Jessica Mokdad was murdered. Perhaps if she had seen one of our ads, she would be alive today. This underscores the cowardice of Detroit-area officials and the need for this Conference in Dearborn. We welcome women seeking help and resources to escape dangerous and misogynist households."

The confirmed list of speakers includes ex-Muslim human rights activist Nonie Darwish; Sudanese ex-slave and freedom fighter Simon Deng; and James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Taskforce (VAST), co-host of the Conference. Also speaking will be David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics, a Christian group that is suing the city of Dearborn for covering up Islamic honor killings performed in the area -- that cover-up, and the resulting suit, will also be a focus of the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference

Hosting the Conference and also speaking are Pamela Geller, publisher of the acclaimed AtlasShrugs.com blog, executive director of AFDI and SIOA, and author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books); and AFDI/SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of Jihad Watch.

Stop the Islamization of America is a groundbreaking new book offering the fruit of a veteran national activist's years of experience fighting back against Islamic supremacist efforts to erode our freedoms. In it, Geller offers the fruit of her experience as the national leader of the fight against the Ground Zero mega-mosque and of numerous other initiatives to defend freedom against the encroachment of Islamic law. She offers practical, tested, effective guidance on how freedom lovers can stop jihadist initiatives in local communities.

AFDI/SIOA is one of America's foremost organizations defending human rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to bring elements of Sharia to the United States.

Join the SIOA Facebook group here.

For more information, contact Pamela Geller at PamelaGeller@gmail.com

SOURCE: American Freedom Defense Initiative

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Ron Paul Is The Real Phony On Earmarks

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Paul Submits Earmarks Into Favorable Bills, Then Abstains or Votes Against Them


Ron Paul was completely hypocritical in calling Rick Santorum "fake" while discussing earmarks in last night's debate.  With very little effort, it is easy to find that Ron Paul is no stranger to earmarks himself.

In 2011 Paul requested earmarks totaling $157 million, one of only four GOP House members to request earmarks. These included but were not limited to:

  • $500K to widen a barge channel
  • $4 million for visitor information stations, sidewalk repair, wheelchair ramps, and landscaping in Galveston, TX
  • $1 million for sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, street signs, pedestrian lighting, bike racks, benches and trash cans in League City, TX
  • $1.2 Million for a child day-care center


In 2010, he requested fifty-four earmarks, which totaled $398,460, 640, which included $2.5 million for trash cans, bike racks, and decorative street lighting in Baytown, TX. There were also $4.5 million requested for the Wharton County Youth Fair, $150,000 to create sustainable wetlands, $105 thousand to reduce the drop-out rate and enhance educational attainment in Victoria, TX, just to name a few.  These and many others are all on Ron Paul's website (click here for link).

Whether you consider these earmarks a good use of taxpayer funds is not the point. I don't think that all earmarks are waste or pork.  It is a case-by-case basis. The issue is the disingenuousness of Ron Paul holding himself up as a paragon on Congressional earmarks, and berating his opponents, while being guilty of doing that which he condemns.

What's worse is that he uses deception to hide his use of earmarks.  Ron Paul will submit earmark requests and have them attached to legislation of which is passage is a certainty.  Then when the bill comes up for a vote, Ron Paul will either abstain, or vote against the bill.  In this way he can claim that "I've never voted for an earmark", while bringing home the pork to his district.

If anyone is "phony" on earmarks it is Ron Paul and his attempted deception of constituents and supporters.
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Pelosi: 98% of Catholic Women Use Birth Control - Where Did That Figure Come From?

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The Media Lie 
Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have been repeating the same thing since the firestorm with the Catholic Church over providing free contraception in their health care plans - "Ninety-eight percent of Catholic women use contraceptives". Almost immediately I was dubious of the statistic. Where did this number come from? It was out there so quick, and the media was gleefully out there parroting it with literally no vetting of the "statistic". Pelosi and the Democrats said it, so they repeat it. No journalistic curiosity at all.
The number sounded way too high. Too me, it is reminiscent of the kind of percentage we hear about when despots get 98% in their rigged elections. In addition, the figure was touted immediately after the first inkling of opposition to the Obama Administration's mandate.
Well it turns out that the figure comes from an Guttmacher Institute (a liberal group that started as an arm of Planned Parenthood) study that was done in 2011. The study, called "Countering Conventional Wisdom: New Evidence on Religion and Contraceptive Use" (link here) doesn't seem to support the claims in the incurious media. Supplemental Table 3 shows that 11 percent of Catholic women use no method at all, and 4 percent use what is labeled "Other", possibly the 'rhythm method'. Those alone knock the number down to 85%. In addition, if a woman who falls into the 15-44 year age group, has ever used a contraceptive, even once, during her life she is lumped into the 98% group. The study also "refers to sexually active women who are not pregnant, postpartum or trying to get pregnant". Of this group, only 68 percent are using what is called "highly effective methods". These are listed as:

  • Sterilization - 32%
  • Pill or other hormonal - 31%
  • IUD- 5%

 According to the study, the Dems and the media are spewing political talking points, spreading the propaganda/lie that 98% of Catholic women use contraceptives, as the study only looked at women in the age range of 15-44 who had ever had sex.
The next time you hear a "fact" or "statistic" being regurgitated by the Diane Sawyers', Brian Williams', or some hack up on Capital Hill, fact-check it. We know the media's not.

Companion Story
Pelosi: Catholic Church 'Has Not Enforced' Its Teaching on Contraception
By Eric Scheiner February 22, 2012

(CNSNews.com) - During an event at Texas A&M University on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed the Catholic Church has not enforced its teaching on contraception and that the church now wants the federal government to enforce that teaching for it.
Read More at CNS News


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Muslim Judge In PA Uses Sharia Law To Dismiss Assault Case Against Muslim

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Sharia in Pennsylvania: Muslim admits to attacking atheist over "Zombie Muhammad"; Muslim judge dismisses case, tells atheist he'd be killed in Muslim lands

This is enforcement of Sharia in a Pennsylvania court. The attacker supposedly got off because he "is an immigrant and claims he did not know his actions were illegal, or that it was legal in this country to represent Muhammad in any form. To add insult to injury, he also testified that his 9 year old son was present, and the man said he felt he needed to show his young son that he was willing to fight for his Prophet."
Then, Judge Mark Martin, himself a Muslim, told the atheist, Ernest Perce V.:
“Having had the benefit of having spent over 2 and a half years in predominantly Muslim countries I think I know a little bit about the faith of Islam. In fact I have a copy of the Koran here and I challenge you sir to show me where it says in the Koran that Mohammad arose and walked among the dead. I think you misinterpreted things. Before you start mocking someone else’s religion you may want to find out a little bit more about it it makes you look like a dufus and Mr. (Defendant) is correct. In many Arabic speaking countries something like this is definitely against the law there. In their society in fact it can be punishable by death and it frequently is in their society.
Travesty upon travesty. It should be noted that no Catholics were reported to have assaulted the atheists over "Zombie Pope." "Muslim Admits to Attacking Atheist; Muslim Judge Dismisses Case," by Al Stefanelli at Opposing Views, February 23:
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2/22/2012

Obama: Another Unconstitutional Power Grab

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Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the President has Legislative Powers, but rather can "recommend" to Congress for "Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient".
This President is acting outside of the U.S. Constitution and should be brought up for Impeachment for willfully violating his oath of office.

Article I - The Legislative Branch Note


Section 1 - The Legislature
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.


Obama: ‘When Congress Refuses to Act, Joe and I Are Going to Act’
By Fred Lucas February 21, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – In keeping with his “We Can’t Wait” initiative, President Barack Obama has once again asserted that if Congress does not enact his policies in the future, he will continue to forge ahead on his own.

“When Congress refuses to act, Joe and I are going to act,” Obama said on Tuesday, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side. “In the months to come, wherever we have an opportunity, we’re going to take steps on our own to keep this economy moving.”
Read More at CNS News
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Obama's War On Corporations - Effective Dividend Tax Tates of 64%

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The Obama Wrecking Ball
Barack Obama's new budget has hidden in it a proposal to triple the dividend rate to 44.8%, nearly triple the current rate.  This is on top of the corporate tax rate of 35%, which is the highest in the industrialized world.
This will cause an exodus of investment, effectively drying up much of what it takes for corporations remain solvent.  It will most certainly cause downsizing, and an even greater amount of outsourcing to countries like China and India.
Obama's wrecking ball continues to wreak havoc on business and the economy.

Obama's Dividend Assault 
A plan to triple the tax rate would hurt all shareholders.


President Obama's 2013 budget is the gift that keeps on giving—to government. One buried surprise is his proposal to triple the tax rate on corporate dividends, which believe it or not is higher than in his previous budgets.
Mr. Obama is proposing to raise the dividend tax rate to the higher personal income tax rate of 39.6% that will kick in next year. Add in the planned phase-out of deductions and exemptions, and the rate hits 41%. Then add the 3.8% investment tax surcharge in ObamaCare, and the new dividend tax rate in 2013 would be 44.8%—nearly three times today's 15% rate.
Keep in mind that dividends are paid to shareholders only after the corporation pays taxes on its profits. So assuming a maximum 35% corporate tax rate and a 44.8% dividend tax, the total tax on corporate earnings passed through as dividends would be 64.1%.
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WH Senior Adviser: Unemployment Stimulates the Economy

Speaking in Durham North Carolina, and with unemployment rising to 9%, Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett is the latest statist to attempt to dumb-down the American public on economics. Like Nancy Pelosi before her, Jarrett makes the inane claim that unemployment checks are good for the economy. This follows her comment that  "we had" a bad economy. Had? This is the arrogance of the leftist. That she can sit there straight-faced, and imply that the economy is thriving, ignoring the suffering of people around the country, tells you how this bunch views the American public. Because they say it, we dolts are supposed to just ignore the economic ruin taking place in the country.
Look around you. Since 2009, gasoline (which affects the cost of everything) is up over 80%, beef is up 24%, bacon 22%. Inflation adjusted household incomes are going down. Your dollar today doesn't go as far as it did in in 2009.  Worse, it is the staples such as wheat and corn products, and all of the products that are dependent on those products, that are being affected.
And Valerie Jarrett wants the public to believe that high unemployment is a good thing? Amazing.



Flashback: Nancy Pelosi says Unemployment creates jobs and is one of the best economic stimulus.



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2/21/2012

Ron Paul Reimbursed By Taxpayers AND Non-Profits For The Same Flights

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A Ron Paul Finance Scandal? 
By JOHN TABIN on 2.21.12 @ 12:50AM

Roll Call's Jonathan Strong reports that Ron Paul's office has a history of billing both US taxpayers and outside groups for the same flights -- and that he's been confronted about it:

In March 2005, David James called Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) Congressional office for some documentation.

James's nonprofit group, the Liberty Committee, had paid for one of Paul's flights, and James needed a receipt or boarding pass to document the expense. He'd been pushing Paul for the paperwork and now, on the phone, he was "putting his foot down."

"So I called the office manager," James recalled. "They knew me, like, as well as they knew Ron. And I said, ‘Liberty Committee is paying for this expense. I need to get the boarding pass or the ticket or something.'"

The office manager said Paul's Congressional office no longer had documentation for that flight; Paul had sent it in to the House Finance Office for reimbursement. But Liberty Committee had already sent a check to American Express to cover the charge on Paul's credit card...
Read More at The American Spectator
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Unemployment Rises to 9%, Underemployment to 19%

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Gallup Finds Unemployment Climbing to Nine Percent in February
By Matt Cover February 20, 2012


(CNSNews.com) – Unemployment in the U.S. rose to nine percent in mid-February, up from 8.3 percent a month earlier, according to a new Gallup survey. The polling company said this suggests that it is “premature” to assume the economy will not feature prominently in the 2012 election season.
Gallup figures typically provide an indication of what the government will report at the end of the month.
“The U.S. unemployment rate, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is 9.0% in mid-February,” Gallup said in its mid-month unemployment survey, released on February 17. “The mid-month reading normally reflects what the U.S. government reports for the entire month, and is up from 8.3% in mid-January.”
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2/20/2012

Your Stimulus Money At Work: Meth For Rats, Basket Weaving, Malt Liquor and Marijuana Study

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Three Years Later, Some of the Stimulus’ Odder Projects: Basket Weaving, Polka Training, Rats on Meth 
By Matt Cover February 17, 2012


(CNSNews.com) – Three years after the enactment of the $787-billion economic stimulus spending program, critics are still pointing out some of the stranger and apparently most wasteful programs funded by the program, which was intended to create millions of jobs and keep unemployment below 8 percent.
Some of those programs include $210,000 to study the learning patterns of honeybees; $898,138 to study clouds over Greenland; and $50,000 for a Chicago, Illinois theater that put on a play showcasing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).
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Idiot Alert! Sheila Jackson Lee - "People Will Die If They Do Not Have The Proper Health"

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Another pearl of wisdom from the intellectually-challenged Sheila Jackson Lee, from whom we learned:

Neil Armstrong planted the American Flag on Mars

"Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South"

Hurricane names as too "lilly white" and we need some hurricanes with "black sounding" names like Keisha, Jamal, and DeShaun.


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Iran Cuts Oil To British and French, Crude Jumps To $105/Barrel

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View of Iranian Oil Ministry Building in downtown Tehran
Iran stops oil sales to British and French firms
(Reuters) - Iran has stopped selling crude to British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory measure against fresh EU sanctions on the Islamic state's lifeblood, oil.

"Exporting crude to British and French companies has been stopped ... we will sell our oil to new customers," spokesman Alireza Nikzad was quoted as saying by the Ministry of Petroleum website.

The European Union in January decided to stop importing crude from Iran from July 1 over its disputed nuclear program, which the West says is aimed at building bombs. Iran denies this.
Read More at Reuters

2/19/2012

Teen Atheist Wins Battle To Have "Heavenly Father" Banner Removed From School

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The mural which offends Jessica Ahlquist
The "tolerance" of the left knows no bounds.  Because this young lady, an atheist, doesn't want to "look" at a banner that has hung in the school for nearly fifty years, it is being removed. The school has decided not to challenge a judge's decision, as they don't have the money to fight a deep pocketed ACLU and Freedom From Religion organization in court. The offending words on the banner? "Our Heavenly Father" and "Amen".
At least we know that this young lady has got a first-rate knowledge of history and the U.S. Constitution from her public school education, as she states, "Our country was founded as a secular state" and "that means separation of church and state."  Uh, right.  The Founding Fathers avoided any discussion of "God" or "religion" in the context of church and state:
From Wall Builders:

Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Robert Treat Paine  
Signer of the Declaration of Independence 
I desire to bless and praise the name of God most high for appointing me my birth in a land of Gospel Light where the glorious tidings of a Savior and of pardon and salvation through Him have been continually sounding in mine ears.  
Robert Treat Paine, The Papers of Robert Treat Paine, Stephen Riley and Edward Hanson, editors (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1992), Vol. I, p. 48, March/April, 1749.

George Washington's original General Orders:  
February 26, 1776  
All Officers, non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers are positively forbid[den from] playing at Cards, and other Games of Chance. At this time of public distress, men may find enough to do in the service of God and their country without abandoning themselves to vice and immorality.

John Adams 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Second President of the United States  
[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.

These are but a few of hundreds, if not thousands, of quotes and documents that show a clear relationship between the Founding Fathers and religion. Some were more religious that others, but the general attitude of these men were that free men be allowed to practice, or not practice, their beliefs without interference from the government. Or that the Federal Government not be allowed to establish an official state church.

This poor girl has obviously been taught that even having to look at the words "Heavenly Father" in a public setting is unconstitutional because it offends her. Oh, and her comment about the "separation of church and state"? I dare anyone to show me anywhere in the Constitution where it this is stated. And don't give me some "emanations and penumbra's" argument.  The beauty of our founding fathers is that they wrote things in plain english. It is only leftists and statists who can take "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." and twist is into "I shouldn't have to look at a banner with religious words hanging in the gym of my school because that is "establishing" religion on public property.  Even more disturbing is the judge who agreed!

Atheist Teen Tears Down Decades of Tradition 
MRCTVone Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 6:00am



“I’m an Atheist, and I don’t believe in the Heavenly Father, so I shouldn’t have to look at it,” Ahlquist said. “Our country was founded as a secular state…that means separation of church and state…and schools.”

More at MRC TV
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2/17/2012

MUST SEE! America Rising - Open Letter To Democrats

We're going to continue taking our country back in 2012!



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What Does $2.3M Get You In New York? A Half Finished Public Toilet

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After two years and $2.3 million, Queens park still awaits public toilet
City defends cost, which surprised some civic leaders and advocates

BY JOE PARZIALE / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, February 17, 2012, 6:00 AM Updated: Friday, February 17, 2012, 6:00 AM


A costly restroom facility in Elmhurst contracted by the city nearly two years ago is still under construction, and it could end up costing even more than originally indicated.
The comfort station at Elmhurst Park — the former site of the Elmhurst Gas Tanks — was originally quoted at just under $2 million in July 2010. The city has since raised the price tag to nearly $2.3 million. And parkgoers continue a scramble to find places to relieve themselves nine months after the park opened.
“Two million dollars seems obscene,” said Robert Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, which waged a nearly decade-long campaign to block commercial developers and convert the area into park land.
“Anybody in private industry who looked at this building would laugh,” Holden added.

Reported Al Qaeda Operative Arrested On Way To Detonate Explosives Near U.S. Capitol

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FEDS ARREST MAN HEADED TO U.S. CAPITOL ON WOULD-BE SUICIDE MISSION
Posted on February 17, 2012 at 1:13pm by   Madeleine Morgenstern


A 29-year-old Moroccan man was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was an explosives vest as part of a would-be suicide mission, police and government authorities said.
Amine El Khalifi of Alexandria, Va., was taken into custody with an inoperable gun and inert explosives given to him by undercover FBI agents as part of a long-running sting operation, the Associated Press reported:
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Tyranny Alert! Food Police Strike Again at NC School

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The federal government is sending USDA officials to inspect for healthy meals being provided by the schools.  But it doesn't stop there. Even lunches packed by parents and brought from home are being inspected to meet the USDA guidelines.  The key word is "guidelines".  Since when is a guideline MANDATORY!
If, as First Lady, she wants to promote healthy eating, I'm all for it. But mandating what parents pack their children for lunch?! This is fascistic. And having Michelle Obama telling us how we are to feed our kids is crap anyway.  It's no secret that she goes out and hits the 1,700 calorie a meal burger and rib joints.  Hey, more power to her if she wants to splurge. And, it's none of my business.  Likewise, it's none of her, or any other bureaucrats', business what I pack my kids lunch box with. This creeping incrementalism by the government has got to be stopped!

EXCLUSIVE: 2ND N.C. MOTHER SAYS DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL LUNCH REPLACED FOR NOT BEING HEALTHY ENOUGH
Posted on February 17, 2012 at 12:31pm by   Madeleine Morgenstern


North Carolina officials have said there was a misunderstanding when a preschooler’s homemade lunch was sent home for not meeting certain nutritional requirements, but now a second mother from the same school has come forward exclusively to The Blaze to say the same thing happened to her daughter.
Diane Zambrano says her 4-year-old daughter, Jazlyn, is in the same West Hoke Elementary School class as the little girl whose lunch gained national attention earlier this week. When Zambrano picked Jazlyn up from school late last month, she was told by Jazlyn’s teacher that the lunch she had packed that day did not meet the necessary guidelines and that Jazlyn had been sent to the cafeteria.
North Carolina Mother Diane Zambrano Says Her Daughters Homemade School Lunch Wasnt Healthy Enough | West Hoke Elementary

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Media Bias: Santorum Backer Aspirin Joke Much Ado About Media Double Standards

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The media is all in a tizzy over a comment by Santorum Backer Foster Friess' comment, “Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”


I've heard this, or variations on this with coins, for decades as parents have used it as a reminder to their daughters that if they don't let their legs come apart, they won't get pregnant. I've also heard of giving their daughter a quarter, so if a boy gets frisky, the girl can give him the quarter with the instruction to "Call my dad. If he is okay with it, then it's okay". Old fashioned? Yes. But worthy of creating a nuclear firestorm around Rick Santorum over something one of his supporters said?! Greta Van Susteren said he was creepy for making a failed attempt at humor. And Andrea Mitchell! You would have thought that Andrea Mitchell had taken a body blow from Mike Tyson, saying she needed to catch her breath, after hearing the remark. Oh, the horror!


Really?  And then to go after Rick Santorum, as if he were the one who had made the remark.  Yet back in 2008 when we had Barack Obama's pastor Jeremiah right screaming "Not God Bless America. God Damn America!", the media were accusing those who brought it up as racists, and excusing it by saying it by saying  that it was a "guilt by association" game by Republicans. Same with Bill Ayres, the former leader of the Weather Underground, which committed terrorist acts against the United States and is a committed Marxist.
This whole thing is much ado about nothing and the media is turning it into two days of feigned outrage.  The only thing that this is good for it that it gives one more example of the medias double standard when it comes to Republicans and Democrats, and gives us peek into the institutional bias that exists in today's media.
Jeremiah Wright: God Damn America!

Jeremiah Wright: On 9/11 - "America' chicken's are coming home to roost"



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