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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Back- After A Short Break

My sister was in town for my mother's birthday which allowed me to get away for a bit.  I have been taking care of my mother full time- after my wonderful dad passed away last year- since she doesn't drive, and has no idea of what it takes to pay bills etc. So I have both our lives to take care of.

Caregiving can be exhausting, especially with all of my mother's issues, so I needed a mental health break.  It was only a few days, but I decided that while my sister was here, and then while I was away, I would stay away from the news.  How refreshing not to be bombarded by the plethora of negativity that occurs on a daily basis. It was a lovely break, on all levels.  But now I'm back.

I hope everyone can take the time, every once in a while, to just tune out. Even for a few days. Even for a day.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Detroit Muslim Stabs People At Bus Stop For Being Non-Muslim

The FBI is trying to determine whether the stabbing attack on two people at a Detroit bus stop by a Muslim man- because the victims were not Muslim- was a domestic terrorism or a hate crime.

Police have arrested the suspect on attempted murder charges but say that religion was behind the attack of a 52-year-old Detroit man and his 51-year-old friend who tried to intervene.

Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said 39-year-old Terrence Thomas thought it was unacceptable that the victims were not Muslims.

"The suspect began stabbing one of the victims," Hawkins said of Thomas, of Detroit, who ran from the scene down Greenfield.

Thomas had two knives when police arrested him. He was later charged with attempted murder.

Both victims were treated and released from a nearby hospital.

Federal investigators are getting involved because the attack is believed to be a hate crime.

"It could constitute a hate crime," said Andy Arena, former Detroit FBI chief. "We have to see what really motivated this guy. You call it home-grown radicals, jihadis, this is really the biggest threat throughout the world right now.

"They are on the Internet, social media, they are hearing this message - and they are becoming radicalized."
Yeah, Thomas was in the possession of drugs and considered mentally unstable, but all someone like that needs is a religion that is front and center in the news on a daily basis to justify his own personal jihad.

Of course, CAIR has weighed in on the attack.
"I don't think there should be a litmus test for crazy Muslims," said Dawud Walid, executive director of Council on American Islamic Relations. "Or as if all Muslims are motivated by religion."

Walid's organization CAIR which fights for Islamic rights, said if this incident is ethnic intimidation, Thomas should be charged accordingly. But he does not think Muslims are more vulnerable when it comes to radicalization.

"Anyone who has not health issues on the fringe can be radicalized, be it, either in a street gang or joining something like an international extremist organization," Walid said. "In this case we have to wait and see what the facts are."
More like religious intimidation, which some Muslims are very good at, including CAIR itself.

And imagine the outrage if this had been the reverse. An attack on Muslims.

Source: MyFoxDetroit

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

'We'll Stop ISIS With Jobs' Claims State Department Spokesperson

So, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf seems to think that the way to defeat ISIS is not to kill them but to give them jobs. Yep, that's pretty much what she told Chris Matthews on Hardball.

MATTHEWS: “If I were ISIS, I wouldn’t be afraid right now. I would figure there’s no existential threat to these people. They can keep finding places where they can hold executions and putting the camera work together, getting their props ready and killing people for show and nothing we do right now seems to be directed at stopping this.”

HARF: “I think there is few stages here. Right now what we are doing is trying to take their leaders and their fighters off the battlefield in Iraq and in Syria. That’s really where they —”

MATTHEWS: “Are we killing enough of them?”

HARF: “We’re killing a lot of them and we’re gonna keep killing more of them, so are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians, they are in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the longer term, medium and longer term, to go after the root causes that leads to join these groups whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether it’s —”

MATTHEWS: “We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime. Or 50 lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people; there’s always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there’s poor Muslims the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join.”

Video here.

Transcript H/T: PJ Media

Some bearded jihadis are sitting around having a big 'ol laugh.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Turkish Teen Convicted For Insulting Erdogan

And from the country that wants to join the E.U. but should never be allowed to, we have this: a 7 plus month jail sentence, suspended for three years, for a 17-year-old high school student who insulted Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was Prime Minister at the time. He will serve the sentence if he does it again within the next three years.

The incident took place as the student, identified only by the initials U.H.C., attended a demonstration in Attalos Square in the southern province of Antalya, in protest at a case involving two other high school students who had been charged after protesting against Erdoğan.

U.H.C., who is a member of the high school group “Young Hopes,” gathered with the group on June 15, 2014 in Attalos Square. They were protesting against the charging of two high school students who had gathered at the same square on Jan. 24, 2014 to issue Erdoğan with a satirical “report card,” after the shooting of Berkin Elvan with a tear gas canister during the Gezi Park protests of June 2013. The charges against the two students who had participated in the earlier protest were later dismissed by the prosecutor in the case.

However, during the final hearing of U.H.C.’s case at the Antalya 2nd Juvenile Court on Feb. 15, he was sentenced to 12 months in prison on charges of “insulting a public official.” The court also ruled to increase the sentence from 12 to 14 months due to the defendant’s behavior during the trial, but the sentence was later reduced to 7 months and 23 days because H.U.C. is a minor. Because there have been no previous criminal charges against H.U.C., the court then decided to put him on probation for three years.

His mum will appeal, saying:
“If there is freedom of expression in this country, no one should be convicted just because they criticize someone or chant against someone."
“The prosecutor told me to keep an eye on my child for the next three years and prevent him from committing a crime, or they will have to charge him with the same criminal act. My response is that hopefully we will not have to face injustice over this three-year period and my child won’t have to protest."

Meanwhile, the kid's dad, a teacher, is facing the same charges.

More here, and here.

Best Description Of Barack Obama By Dr. Jack Wheeler

Back in 2008, when Barack Obama was running for president the first time around, Dr. Jack Wheeler wrote this about him on his website To The Point:

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No résumé, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya. Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is "African-American," the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.

Let that sink in: Obambi is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

It's something Hillary doesn't understand - how some complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.

Thus Obambi has become the white liberals' Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.

Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior.

Obama is a Zero. There is nothing really there. O=Zero. You can get a O=Zero bumper sticker for your car, a O=Zero t-shirt, encourage your friends to do the same, and get the message out there:

That his candidacy is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any thinking American.

All still true. And sadly, the American people did vote for him. Twice. And yet there are still many, many devotees who continue to believe in him- many of them, my colleagues.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Turkey Latest Country To Leave Yemen

Yemen is getting wilder, and it seems Turkey is the latest country to get the heck out of dodge.

Britain, France, German, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States, along with Saudi Arabia, have already evacuated embassy personnel (and others) and shut down operations as Shiites and Sunnis battle it out in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. Spain is "temporarily" shutting down and telling it's citizens they should leave, for the time being.

The rebel Shiite Houthis, who are now in control of Sanaa, claim there is nothing to worry about, and the West should not be clearing out. Iran concurs with  the fellow Shiites saying the Houthis are just fighting "corruption and terrorism," be that as it may, they are also anti-American. Yes, they are against Al-Qaeda in The Arab Peninsula (AQAP), but that's no consolation.  In fact, the Houthi logo says:

"God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam"
by Takahara Osaka 

Yemen's gulf Arab nation neighbours are prepared to take action if the world does nothing, as they deem the Houthi take-over as a coup.

I say- go for it.  It's about time they start dealing with their own problems and not expect the West to do it for them.

A little background on the Houthi rebellion.

Sources: Hurryiet Daily, 

ISIS Has Arrived In Afghanistan

The Islamic State has apparently arrived in Afghanistan and the government, in denial for quite some time, is finally admitting there is a potential problem, although they are handling it before it becomes an issue.

"Islamic State or those people who call themselves Islamic State are active in some areas and our intelligence reports confirm it and we cannot deny it," Interior Ministry spokesman Siddiq Sidiqqi admitted during a February 10 interview with RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan.
[snip]
But he said that national security forces were on top of the situation, offering assurances that "wherever they act we destroy them and don’t give them the opportunity to become active in Afghanistan."

They did off ex-Guantanamo prisoner/Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Rauf, who was recruiting for Islamic State in southern Afghanistan. And nabbed the Afghan spokesman for IS, Abdul Qadir Wahidi, who is now spending some time in prison. According to RFE/RL:

He said that he was arrested about two months ago by NSD officers when he appeared in Kabul for what he thought would be peace talks with government officials.
Wahidi said it was he who sent and appeared in a video to a Radio Free Afghanistan correspondent in September in which he claimed to represent a group called the Islamic Organization of Great Afghanistan, and expressed its willingness to fight for Islamic State "caliph" Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Many believe there is no way the Islamic State will gain foothold in a country that houses the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Some pointed to cultural clashes that would erupt when outsiders adhering to a strict form of Wahhabism encroached on long-established tribal traditions in Afghanistan. Others asked whether disgruntled Taliban were simply saying they were allying themselves with Islamic State in order to gain street cred. And the possibility was raised that provincial officials were heightening alarm in order to attract more funding and security from Kabul.
Though there's not much difference between these groups, there are cultural differences that might not appeal to the likes of the Taliban. After all, Islamic State jihadists kill homosexuals, Taliban actually use young boys as sex slaves.  That might doom the ever popular bacha bazi entertainment- dressing up young boys in dress for dancing and sex. Islamic State might just be a tad too strict.

So it seems Islamic State fighters might have a fight on their hands. Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, deputy governor of Helmand Province had this to say:

"... the Islamic State militants, who were carrying black flags to indicate their allegiance to Al-Baghdadi's group, were clashing with white-flagged Taliban.
We consider both groups an enemy, both of them are enemies of Afghans and killing Afghans," Rasulyar said. "But, it would better for us if they would fight each other and our Afghans were spared from their evil."

That's what I was thinking. Let them duke it out and be done with it, but others think Islamic State and Taliban will iron out their differences and become a major problem if the government doesn't do something about it now.
Speaking before a gathering of Afghan clerics in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif on February 13, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan Mohammad Mohaqiq called on the Afghan government to take serious action to counter Islamic State's activities.

Military analyst Jawed Kohistani said that, if Kabul doesn't answer the call now, it will mean trouble by as early as this summer.

"They [IS recruits in Afghanistan] will resolve their problems with the Taliban, find resources to fund their activities, and will be prepared for offensive operations," he told Radio Free Afghanistan on February 13. "If [the government] doesn't make good use of the capabilities and abilities of its military forces and doesn't pay attention to intelligence, we will be confronted with enormous problems in the future."

But Islamic State of Syria and Iraq's (ISIS) head honcho, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad, allegedly called the Taliban's head honcho, Mullah Mohammad Omar, a fool and illiterate war lord, and that ISIS has accomplished more in two years than the Taliban has in the past ten years. Them 'thar are fightin' words.

Just let them off each other, please.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Illegals Who Did Not Pay Back Taxes Can Claim Back-Refunds

What?  Illegal immigrants who have not paid taxes will be eligible to apply for back-refunds?  Apparently so!

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty.

[snip]

On Wednesday, he said even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to apply for back-credits once they get Social Security numbers.

The EITC is a refundable tax credit, which means those who don’t have any tax liability can still get money back from the government.

“Under the new program, if you get a Social Security number and you work, you’ll be eligible to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Mr. Koskinen said.

He said that would apply even “if you did not file” taxes, as long as the illegal immigrant could demonstrate having worked off-the-books during those years.

That expands the universe of people eligible for the tax credit by millions. He said only about 700,000 illegal immigrants currently work and pay taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, but as many as 4 million illegal immigrants could get a stay of deportation and work permits under the temporary amnesty, which would mean they would be eligible to claim back-refunds if they worked those years.
This is outrageous!

The whole thing here.