ROBERT SPENCER: MICHELLE BACHMANN IS RIGHT ABOUT REP. KEITH ELLISON Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has accused Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) of having a “long record of being associated” with the Hamas-linked Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood. Evoking the days of McCarthyism, a common charge being leveled at Bachmann these days, Ellison responded: “I am not now, nor have I ever […]

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When I needed a laugh I used to go to the “funnies” or watch an Inspector Clouseau movie. Now I just check on the antics of the formerly prestigious Chautauqua Institution.

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The Ethics of Cheating

Who regulates behavior? To whose ethical standards should society be held? Lectures this week will examine cheating as an ethical wrong, but also challenge the assumption that cheating is always wrong. What are the motivations for cheating — psychological, evolutionary — and do we see it in nature? Do we make a distinction between cheating and “finding a loophole” or “bending the rules”? We will explore the history of cheating and its effect on business, sports, politics, technology, relationships and society. How can we maintain a culture of honor and integrity?

What’s next for former New York congressman Anthony Weiner? Baby’s first steps, of course.

“I’m very happy in my present life,” Weiner, 47, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “The only next dramatic steps I’m planning on are Jordan’s first,” he says, referring to his 6-month-old son and remaining noncommital on whether he will run for office again.

In his first joint interview with wife Huma Abedin, who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the couple address how they survived Weiner’s lewd text and photo scandal that led to his resignation, as well as who has diaper duty.

“It took a lot of work to get to where are are today, but I want people to know we’re a normal family,” says Abedin, 37.

“Anthony has spent every day since [the scandal] trying to be the best dad and husband he can be,” she says of her husband, who does all the laundry. “I’m proud to be married to him.”

For more on the couple’s life now and exclusive at-home photos, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday


Egyptian sheikh gets jail after fondling report

Former lawmaker gets year in prison after found touching, caressing fully-veiled woman on his lap in parked car

An Egyptian court sentenced an ultraconservative former lawmaker and cleric to a year in prison for public indecency on Saturday, after police said they found him fondling a woman on his lap in a parked car at night.

Police have said in a report that the man was touching and caressing the fully-veiled woman when they approached him while parked alongside an agricultural road outside Cairo last month.

Ali Wanees has denied the charges. He claimed that he pulled the car over to assist his ill niece, but police say he is not her uncle.

The court also sentenced him to six months prison for contempt of police. The police report claims Wanees called the officers “sons of dogs” when they knocked on his window asking to see his license and registration.

The ultraconservative cleric’s whereabouts are unknown. He was tried in absentia and is allowed a retrial. The court sentenced the woman he was with – who has been in custody for about a month – to six months in jail. She also has the right to appeal.

Known as a sheikh for his role as a religious scholar, Wanees once sat in parliament as part of a Salafi-led coalition headed by the Nour Party, which won 25 percent of seats in the lower house before it was dissolved late last month.

The case against him is especially embarrassing for Salafis, who advocate the segregation of unrelated men and women. Salafis are known for a no-compromise, literal interpretation of the faith and typically grow long, moustache-less beards.

Earlier in the year, the Nour Party was forced to issue an embarrassing and apologetic statement after one of their lawmakers was reported to have lied to cover up a nose job, claiming that he sustained injuries to his heavily bandaged face from a carjacking and beating. He was kicked out of the party and resigned from parliament.

2012.07.21 (Orakzai, Pakistan) – Four young children are among nine people disassembled by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
2012.07.21 (Gadap, Pakistan) – A medical worker is assassinated by the Taliban for assisting an anti-polio drive.
2012.07.21 (Dir Bala, Pakistan) – Fundamentalists bomb a peace committee bus, killing three riders.
2012.07.20 (Shalozan, Pakistan) – Islamic militants fire a rocket into a populated area, killing a 16-year-old girl and injuring her brother.

2012.07.19 (Karachi, Pakistan) – A 52-year-old leader of the Ahamdi minority is shot in the head by defenders of mainstream Islam.
2012.07.19 (Maiduguri, Nigeria) – Two traders at a market are murdered in cold blood by Boko Haram gunmen.


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Bachmann may be right about Muslim infiltration
National Review
Saturday, July 21, 2012
John McCain took to the Senate floor this week to lambaste conservative members of the House who, unlike McCain, are serious about addressing threats the Muslim Brotherhood poses to American interests. Michele Bachmann and four other representatives have concluded that the Brotherhood needs to be regarded as the serious anti-American business that it is. That includes pointing out that State Department aide Huma Abedin has Brotherhood connections. Read more…

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27 states smacked with higher unemployment
USA Today
Friday, July 20, 2012
Unemployment rates rose in 27 states last month, the most in almost a year. Nevada recorded the highest unemployment rate, at 11.6%, same as the previous month. It was followed by Rhode Island at 10.9% and California at 10.7%. Read more…

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DHS hits the kill button on border success stories
The Washington Times
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is not a fan of a key provision of the federal program that allows state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws — but until Thursday her department’s website hadn’t gotten the message. Now the Web page dedicated to success stories from the program is gone. Read more…

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DAVID SINGER: PALESTINE: UNITED NATIONS PERFIDY EXPOSED **** “Palestine – United Nations’ Perfidy Exposed,” is the latest article, via the antipodean J-Wire service, by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer Writes David Singer: ‘The canard – supported by countless United Nations General Assembly Resolutions – that Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal in international law – has been […]

Rep. Keith Ellison Rewrites History on his Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR Ties

“One final note to the establishment media: you’re not going to be able to run and hide from these statements by the FBI and Justice Department about Keith Ellison’s Muslim Brotherhood front friends for much longer. Drop the witchhunt hysterics and let’s have a real debate about the facts. (This is me not holding my breath.)”

The most recent salvo in the kerfuffle between Minnesota congressmen Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison finds Ellison attacking Bachmann for her statements made on Glenn Beck’s radio program on Thursday, where she said:

GLENN: Okay. So when you wrote this letter, then Keith Ellison comes out. And Keith Ellison is ‑‑ he has a record of being the Mafia hitman.

CONGRESSWOMAN BACHMANN: Well, he has a long record of being associated with CAIR and with the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR is an unindicted co‑conspirator, as stated in the large terrorist financing case that we’ve had in the United States of America and so he came out and essentially wanted to shut down the inspectors general from even looking into any of the questions that we were asking. So he wanted to shut it down. In response I wrote another letter back to Keith Ellison, a 16‑page letter which I would encourage all of your listeners to go and read this letter. It’s what I call a bulletproof letter. I have 59 footnotes with one example after another of the penetration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the federal government…

In response, Ellison told the Huffington Post:

“I am not now, nor have I ever been, associated with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said with a laugh.

In fact, it is his denial that is laughable.

But this weekend Ellison doubled-down on his denial, telling Politico:

I support American institutions. I don’t know enough about [the Muslim Brotherhood]. What I know about them is that in Egypt, one of their candidates has ascended to the presidency. I’ve never met that person. But I do think the United States should have a foreign policy where we talk to foreign leaders of all kinds. But no, I don’t have any, I don’t have any Muslim Brotherhood connections that she’s talking about.

According to Ellison’s impeccable logic, since he hasn’t met Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader and new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, therefore he has no knowledge of the Muslim Brotherhood.

But a mountain of evidence of his contacts with and support of Muslim Brotherhood front groups – identified as such by the U.S. Government – shows that the Muslim Brotherhood definitely knows who he is.

Rewind to 2008 when Keith Ellison went on a 16-day hajj trip to Saudi Arabia paid for by the Muslim American Society (MAS) to the tune of $13,500.

As Scott Johnson at Powerline noted at the time that Ellison had conflicting stories about who paid for the trip:

The Star Tribune first reported on Ellison’s hajj in two puff pieces by Mitch Anderson this past December. Anderson first reported the statement of Ellison spokesman Rick Jauert that Ellison had paid for the trip himself. When Anderson returned to the story, he got such deep stuff from Ellison as this: “This is just me trying to be the best person I can be.” In the second story Anderson also reported that the MAS Minnesota paid for Ellison’s trip to Mecca, though Anderson didn’t pause to note the discrepancy between his two stories on this point.

As Fox News reported on the MAS sponsorship of Ellison’s trip, Ellison returned the favor to his benefactors by speaking at the 2007 and 2008 MAS-Minnesota conventions.

But who is MAS?

Fortunately, federal prosecutors cleared up the matter back in December 2007 when they said in a court filing in the federal appeal of convicted terror operative Sabri Benkahla (page 58, footnote 13):

MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.

DAVID GOLDMAN: THE PROBLEM IS OBAMA NOT HUMA ABEDIN Why should anyone worry about agents of the Muslim Brotherhood creeping in the back windows of the State Department, when President Obama has invited them to the front door of the White House? This is a time to unify the Republican Party, not split it, and Rep. Michele Bachmann’s misstep in the Huma Abedin […]