http://www.thecommentator.com/article/1231/monbiot_v_chomsky_left_v_truth We all know George Monbiot, a top Guardianista and devout member of the Left who has robust intellectual consistency to the point of departing from the line now and then – being roundly denounced by his comrades. Here he is baffled and indeed profoundly depressed by the way that some hi-profile Leftists (and even […]
URL to article: http://pjmedia.com/blog/reasoning-kenyan-born/ Reason is the fundamental element to keeping a republic viable. If the people lose their ability to reason, or their desire to reason, republicanism becomes obsolete. History has proven this over and over again. Hence the reason John Adams said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.” […]
http://pjmedia.com/blog/is-it-still-possible-to-question-islam/?print=1 Is it “Islamophobic” to question whether or not the standard picture of Muhammad as depicted in Muslim texts is historically accurate? Certainly many people think so, notably the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The OIC is a fifty-six nation body (plus the Palestinian Authority) that, since the demise of the Soviet Union, comprises the […]
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/occupy_descends_into_terrorism.html Occupy descends into terrorism Occupy has proven itself to be a fast-forward Internet-age show of how a grievance group descends from public nuisance to flat out terrorist group. The recent busts in Chicago and Cleveland prove it, and worse can be expected whenever Occupy gathers. It may sound extreme to say so, but consider […]
http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/the_folly_of_sanctions_on_iran.html World powers are scrambling to find some magic formula that will ratchet back rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear weapons program. United Nations (U.N.) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) secretary-general Yukiya Amano flew to Tehran on Sunday, 20 May 2012, for last-minute talks with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in advance of the P-5 […]
http://www.stltoday.com/news/world/security-beefed-up-at-german-magazine-after-threat/article_01876c02-97e5-5102-85e0-a74b1a016888.html#ixzz1vcX5V5Xe “Germany’s intelligence and security agencies have been increasingly monitoring the actions of the Salafists, who number some 4,000 in Germany, in recent months.Overall, the officials said some 130 radical Muslims in Germany are known to authorities as being potentially violent, of whom 24 are part of the Salafist movement.” Security has been stepped up […]
I just want to drop you a note re US citizen Zack Shahin – now four years in prison in UAE/Dubai without bail, trial, or conviction. He’s been on a hunger strike for over a week (since Monday May 14). Tomorrow, Wednesday, he’ll have published as an ad in the Washington Times an Open Letter to President Obama and Governor Romney.
The gist of our complaint about Zack’s treatment is simple: why does our government publicly go to bat for all sorts of people around the world, most of whom are not even US citizens – Chen Guangcheng in China, Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Russia, Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine, etc., etc. – but the same officials, from the White House to Hillary Clinton on down, don’t raise a peep for a suffering US citizen whose life is now in danger?
Please see http://www.freezack.com/ for more background, including a short video (click on the big pic of Zack in his hospital bed on the homepage). Below is the text of the open letter that will appear tomorrow.
Anything you can do to call attention to this much appreciated. The Obama Administration and the State Department show they’re willing to grandstand on selected non-Americans (some who may well be worthy, others maybe not so much). But about Zack – well, he’s expendable.
Open Letter text below, followed by links to additional information:
“Dear President Obama:“Dear Governor Romney:
“I am writing to both of you, as the present and aspiring leaders of our country, to ask each of you to lend your voice publicly to my plea for fundamental fairness. I make this request respectfully and on the most urgent basis, fully aware that my life hangs in the balance.“My name is Zack Shahin. I am a citizen of the United States of America. I have been imprisoned in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), for over 1,500 days, without release on bail, without trial, and without conviction. I have never been given the opportunity to answer the baseless charges against me, stemming from my past position as a top executive at a real estate development company in Dubai.
“Instead of my ‘day in court,’ over the past four years following my original arrest and torture I have been on an endless treadmill of procedural court appearances – over 200 of them – of which only 17 lasted more than three minutes, and none was over 40 minutes or addressed the substance of the charges against me. I have on three occasions been “released” upon posting bond, only to be immediately re-arrested on new trumped-up accusations before leaving the court building.
“The U.S. Embassy in UAE and the Consulate in Dubai, and the Department of State in Washington, have assured me that they closely ‘monitor’ my ‘case’ and have voiced their ‘concerns’ to UAE/Dubai. These ‘concerns’ have been conveyed in at least four diplomatic notes and in person by at least two Cabinet-level U.S. officials – all tactfully in private, where they are dismissed as unserious by my captors, who conclude UAE and Dubai are too important to Washington to risk over one lone American.
Israeli turns away from Everest summit to rescue Turkish climber
With just 300 meters to go, Israeli climber Nadav Ben Yehuda gives up dream to scale Mount Everest, saves injured Turkish climber instead • Had Ben Yehuda not turned back, he would have been youngest Israeli to reach summit of world’s tallest mountain. With recent reports of a degree of rapprochement between Israel and Turkey, comes a heartwarming tale of sacrifice, sportsmanship and humanity that could, hopefully, add to easing the rifts between the two former regional allies.
Israeli mountain climber Nadav Ben Yehuda gave up on his dream to climb Mt. Everest with just 300 meters to go before reaching the summit. Within sight of the summit, Ben Yehuda turned around to save an injured Turkish climber.
According to Israel Radio, which broke the story on Tuesday morning, Ben Yehuda himself sustained injuries during his rescue of the Turkish climber. According to the report, Ben Yehuda, 24, suffered severe frostbite and may lose his fingers.
The Muslim Brotherhood in America: A Video Course — on The Jamie Glazov Show
Frank Gaffney discusses his new video course with callers from across the country.
In his April 18th column for RealClearPolitics, Senior Elections Analyst Sean Trende notes that the upcoming presidential elections between the incumbent, Democratic President Barack Obama, and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, will be, as usual, “a referendum on the party in power.” That is, President Obama will be running, whether he wants to or not (and he clearly doesn’t), on his performance record.
Considering Mr. Obama’s poor presidential performance, particularly in the key area of the economy, he will have a difficult time selling his self-trumped-up success in turning around the economy since the great crash in September 2008 – the very crash that leveraged him into the White House (“everything is Bush’s fault”) – no matter what is written on his cue cards.
Without a doubt, Team Obama agrees, and their strategy is a combination of Mr. Obama running as if he isn’t the incumbent (“everything is always someone else’s fault” – President Bush, Congress, the Republican majority in the House, anybody and everybody who isn’t Barack Obama), and at the same time, trying to impugn the good name and record of his Republican challenger, Mr. Romney, so the voters will prefer Mr. Obama by comparison.
This explains the Bain Capital ads and other similar attacks. But, like everything else Team Obama has tried in the last two months, this strategy seems to have backfired. Even Obama supporter Newark Mayor Cory Booker, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this past Sunday, said, “I have to just say from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity. To me, it’s just, we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America. Especially,” declared Mayor Booker, a Democrat, “that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people invest in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses.”
Pronouncing “this kind of stuff” to be “nauseating to me…[and] to the American public,” Mayor Booker put it succinctly. “It undermines…what this country should be focused on. It’s a distraction from the real issues.”