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Bill Maher Explains Freedom Of Speech

Didn’t this guy give Obama 1 million dollars a couple years ago? Oh, yes, I think he did.

– Aggie

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Obama Misunderestimated ISIS


No kidding.

Another way to say this is that the Obama foreign policy is absolutely lame, worthless… nay dangerous.

– Aggie

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Oklahoma Beheader Has Ties To Al Qaeda, Also To Boston

Small world.

PS – do not open link anywhere you don’t want noise.

Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen — the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Just two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Webb spoke at a fundraiser with Awlaki with hopes to raise funds for Atlanta-based H. Rap Brown, a man that shot and killed two police officers. The FBI documents also found that “Webb and Awlaki may be associated with the Muslim American Society,” which is a group described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism as being “founded as the United States Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Boston, beware:

Imam Webb’s bio from his new place of employment, the Islamic Society of Boston, states:
While pursuing his bachelors degree Imam Webb studied privately with a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. After intense private training in various Islamic sciences, Imam Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he not only provided Khutbas (Sermons) and religious classes but also counseled families and young people.
The Islamic Society of Boston, which was attended by the Tsarnaev brothers during his tenure as Imam, has several within their ranks who have been charged with committing acts of Islamic Radicalism. The founder of the Mosque, Abdulrahman Alamoudi, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his role for financing terror.

Boston is foolish enough to be hit again.

– Aggie

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Disgruntled Employee In Chicago Shuts Down Both O’Hare and Midway

Kinda makes you want to hide under the bed, doesn’t it?

Authorities said a disgruntled contract employee at a Federal Aviation Administration radar center in Aurora set fires in the building Friday morning, prompting the facility to be evacuated, and grounding all flights to and from Chicago’s airports.
Law enforcement sources say the man was found in the basement. Investigators believe he lit several fires and then tried to commit suicide.
More than 700 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport as a result of the fire, and more than 150 were canceled at Midway International Airport, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.
As of 10:30 a.m., the FAA said some flights were being allowed to take off and land at the two airports at a reduced rate.
The ground stop created a nightmarish ripple effect for travelers across the country.

Ripple effect, eh? So glad I’m not trying to travel today.

– Aggie

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Our First Home-Grown Beheading!

In Oklahoma, of all places.

When I first heard about this, I assumed it was a copy-cat thing, not necessarily tied to Islam, but it appears that I might be wrong.

Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.

Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

Let’s be clear: A person can be psychotic, enraged, murderous, and Muslim – or not Muslim. Beheadings stimulate nutballs of a certain variety. But if this guy was Muslim, and then did a beheading, I think it is fair to call it a terror attack, despite other circumstances. I understand how others might disagree.

BTW, the story also speaks to the importance of the second amendment.

America, we’ve had 6 years of Barack Obama and the policies of appeasement. Do you still feel safer?

– Aggie

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Holder Out; Sharpton Assisting The White House In New Attorney General Pick

Hey, why not Sharpton himself?

The Rev. Al Sharpton said his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, is “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House as they work to name a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder, who is set to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon.

“We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder,” Sharpton said in a statement.

Sharpton praised Holder, the first African-American attorney general, as the “best” one in history when it comes to civil rights.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community,” he said. “We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most.”

According to a Politico profile in August, in the aftermath of the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Sharpton has become Obama’s “go-to man” on race issues.

It’s Rosh haShanna, so I will try to be charitable here. I’m trying. But to all of the liberal Jews, who voted for Obama, twice!!!, doesn’t it bother you just an itsy bitsy teensy weensie bit that Al The Antisemite Sharpton is Obama’s go-to guy for all things civil rights/ Creepy, right?

– Aggie

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Tsarnaev Trial To Be Held In Boston

This will make it easier to overturn a guilty verdict.

As much as I look forward to the spectacle of the trial in Boston, I have to agree with the defense that he is unlikely to get an impartial jury here. Who in the greater Boston area is ignorant of the facts of this case?

A federal judge on Wednesday denied Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bid to move the location of his upcoming trial, even while moving back its scheduled start date.
Explaining his decision to have a jury weigh Tsarnaev’s fate near where the bombings and subsequent violent incidents with police occurred, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole said, “Although the media coverage in this case has been extensive, at this stage the defendant has failed to show that it has so inflamed and pervasively prejudiced the pool that a fair and impartial jury cannot be impaneled in the (Eastern District of Massachusetts).”

The good news is that it will make for great radio. Howie Carr will be all over this thing.

– Aggie

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Phase 1 Death Panel

Most of you probably saw this last week, but Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, one of the architects of ObamaCare, is explaining to us that 75 is the ideal age to die.

Did you ever read Isaac Asminov’s “The 60″? It is about a society that throws a big party for each citizen at the age of 60, sends them on a round-the-world tour, and then offs them upon return home. 75 is the new 60.

Seventy-five.

That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.

This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can’t mean what I say; that I haven’t thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the world to see and do. To convince me of my errors, they enumerate the myriad people I know who are over 75 and doing quite well. They are certain that as I get closer to 75, I will push the desired age back to 80, then 85, maybe even 90.

I am sure of my position. Doubtless, death is a loss. It deprives us of experiences and milestones, of time spent with our spouse and children. In short, it deprives us of all the things we value.

But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.

By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life. I will have loved and been loved. My children will be grown and in the midst of their own rich lives. I will have seen my grandchildren born and beginning their lives. I will have pursued my life’s projects and made whatever contributions, important or not, I am going to make. And hopefully, I will not have too many mental and physical limitations. Dying at 75 will not be a tragedy. Indeed, I plan to have my memorial service before I die. And I don’t want any crying or wailing, but a warm gathering filled with fun reminiscences, stories of my awkwardness, and celebrations of a good life. After I die, my survivors can have their own memorial service if they want—that is not my business.

That’s the beginning. He makes the argument that as we prolong life, we prolong disability, and who wants that? While I might personally agree with him – I have no desire to be a burden on my kids – I definitely don’t want it to be a matter of policy in any way, shape or form. Who are we to know what another human being wants or can contribute? That is truly none of our business. But that is the way we are headed.

– Aggie

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What Obama Knows

The title is Bret Stephens piece on the sad lack of understanding held by the current resident of the White House. It reminds me of What Maizie Knew, the terrific short novel by Henry James. Maizie knew a lot more than our President seems to, even as a little kid. But that’s a digression. Bret Stephens outlines a few of the spectacular holes in our President’s knowledge base:

…Now turn to Yemen. In 2012, after the Arab Spring, the president singled out Yemen as a model for a prospective political transition in Syria. Mr. Obama was at it again just two weeks ago, citing the fight against al Qaeda in Yemen as the model for the war he intends to wage against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Whoops. “Over the weekend,” noted McClatchy’s Adam Baron on Monday, “the growing gap between administration rhetoric and reality came to a head, as the acerbically anti-American Houthi rebels—who American diplomats allege have close financial and military ties with Iran—took control of many areas of the capital, Sanaa, with minimal resistance from the U.S.-supplied Yemeni armed forces.”

Keep going around the world. He declared victory over al Qaeda and dismissed groups such as ISIS as “the jayvee team” at the very moment that al Qaeda was roaring back. He mocked the notion of Russia being our enemy—remember the line about the 1980s wanting “its foreign policy back”?—just as Russia was again becoming our enemy.

He predicted in 2012 that “Assad’s days are numbered” just as the Syrian dictator was turning the tide of war in his favor. He defended last November’s nuclear deal with Tehran, saying “it’s not going to be hard for us to turn the dials back or strengthen sanctions even further” in the event that diplomacy failed. In reality, as the Foundation for Defense of Democracies notes, “burgeoning trade ties with Turkey, increased oil sales to China, and reports of multibillion-dollar Russian-Iranian trade deals, not yet consummated but in the offing, are giving [Iran] a ‘Plan B’ escape hatch.”

I clipped that section from the middle. You can read more at the beginning and at the end. It all amounts to the same stuff. We have a loser in the White House.

And so I have a question guys: Should we be bombing Syria? On the one hand, I see the necessity, but on the other I see the absolute lunacy of trusting any of us to an aggressive foreign policy moving forward. We just can’t make up our minds. The summer is over (sob), but the analogy to our foreign policy that persistently comes to my mind is the lemonade stand run by a bunch of eight year olds, until they get bored. We are the true JV’s.

– Aggie

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The Casual Antisemitism Of The Vice President Of The United States

Shylocks, anyone?

Vice President Joe Biden “should have been more careful” in a speech when he used a term that some consider anti-Semitic, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday.
At a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Biden recalled anecdotes from his son’s experience serving in Iraq and meeting members of the military who were in need of legal help because of problems back at home.

“That’s one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year,” Biden said, “that people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being...I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas.”

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman issued a mild reprimand later Tuesday.
“When someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden, uses the term ‘Shylocked’ to describe unscrupulous moneylenders dealing with service men and women, we see once again how deeply embedded this stereotype about Jews is in society,” Foxman said in a statement, first reported by Yahoo News.

Who is Shylock?:

The name “Shylock” derives from the name of the antagonist in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.” Shylock, a Jew, was a ruthless moneylender in the play, and he’s remembered for demanding a “pound of flesh” from the merchant Antonio if he failed to repay a loan.
“Shylock represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and remains an offensive characterization to this day,” Foxman said. “The vice president should have been more careful.”

Let me give you a quick timeline of Shylock. In 1290, all of the Jews of England were expelled. Why? Due to Medieval Christian laws, they were not permitted to own property or to farm; instead they were required to loan money with interest, so that the King could take whatever he wanted (or felt he needed) from the interest charged. Christians were not allowed to loan money, only Jews. So, prior to the expulsion, the Jews were necessary to running the economy, but eventually the Kind needed everything that they had, and so they were expelled. (This dynamic occurred in the Hitler era. See Gotz Aly’s great study: Hitler’s Beneficiaries.) For a good overview of the economy surrounding the expulsion, check out the wiki link.

In 1657, 350 years later, Oliver Cromwell allowed the Jews to return to England.

Think about the years the Jews were absent from England – 1290 to 1657. And when, Gentle Readers, was the Merchant of Venice written? Scholars date it to 1596-1598. This means, of course, that neither Shakespeare nor anyone living during his time had ever met a Jew. They just hated because that’s what Christians did, that’s what Brits did, think about it as you will.

And today we read about our deeply ignorant and cynical Vice President blaming the housing crisis on Jews.

– Aggie

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Jewish Kids Banned From Sports Direct Store In London

I waited to post this until I saw the name of the store, but here it is. I couldn’t believe it at first:

A Sports Direct security guard has been sacked and is now the subject of a police investigation after he allegedly barred a group of Jewish schoolboys from entering the store and told them: “No Jews, no Jews.”

The two 11-year-olds were in their first full week of school at Yavneh College in Borehamwood, but the boys’ families say their “lasting memory” will be of the alleged antisemitic incident at the sports retailer’s Hertfordshire branch.

According to Professor David Rosen, a solicitor and the father of one of the boys, they were singled out and refused entry while wearing their school uniforms. Other pupils, with their uniforms covered, were allowed in.

Writing on Facebook, Professor Rosen said he would have been sure his son had “misheard” the guard’s alleged use of the phrase “No Jews, no Jews,” had it not been heard and reported by other boys to their parents as well.

“The matter has been taken extremely seriously by Sports Direct at the highest managerial level,” Professor Rosen said.

“The Area Manager, in the first instance, acted swiftly to remove the security guard for the offensive remarks, who in turn, no longer works for the security company.”

I betcha this is the tip of the iceberg. Europe is becoming more and more comfortable with their roots.

– Aggie

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On The Road Again…

Will try to post from afar, but if not, back in a week.

– Aggie

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