Monday, August 30, 2010
There seems to be a great deal of fumbling among the American news media concerning what follows the "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., this past weekend. If only they knew about Christians for Restoring America's Greatness right here on Facebook.
From Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama told NBC News he didn't watch the rally.
Also in Washington, D.C., AP's Philip Elliot wrote, "If Democrats had doubts about the voter unrest that threatens to rob them of their majority in Congress, they needed only look from the Capitol this weekend to the opposite end of the National Mall."
On the Takeaway, a national morning news program produced in partnership with The New York Times, the BBC World Service, WNYC, Public Radio International and WGBH Boston, the question was asked, "What Was The "Restoring Honor" Rally All About?" Was it to show support for the U.S. military, does it mean the Tea Party is taking a religious turn; what does it mean for U.S. politics, and "is this the start of a new religious movement?"
But why should we be surprised when the news media in New York City, with the facts about Islam at its fingertips, still insists on being PC about encroaching Sharia Law, why should we be surprised they are blind to the demands of the American public for more ethical, moral, common sense behavior by our legislators to bring honor back to the halls of the government?
Even though the estimated half a million in attendance heard Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and Dr. Alveda King -- the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- invoke Dr. King's speech and memory, while calling on God and American values to lead the way in their movement, still the media was compelled to publicize quotes from the NAACP and others saying that " Beck and like-minded conservative groups have co-opted the civil rights movement and King's memory."
It's been said, and is never more true than in this instance, that the news media's entire approach to news broadcasting is "let's you and him fight", otherwise without conflict there is no story, in their opinion.
Now, first I must say it just seems incredible that, to those on the left, conservatives are now the only ones who still believe in Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech about a color-blind society. Those of us dedicated to restoring honor and greatness to America know that a person should be judged on the content of their character, not by the color of their skin. All the conservatives I know are more concerned with what is right and what is wrong with America, with power being returned to the rugged individualism that made America great, with We the People and the states we live in making decisions about the important aspects of our lives. If anything, conservatives want less power concentrated in the hands of government, while those on the left, those of a progressive frame of mind, want more. And the latter is much more to be concerned about; to be feared.
Organizer Glen Beck himself billed the rally as a “nonpolitical” celebration of the military, patriotism and American heritage. And there was plenty of talk from the speakers regarding limits on government spending, taxes and debt. Beck did add in a Fox-TV interview, “There’s nothing we can do that will solve the problems that we have and keep the peace unless we solve it through God,”
So what is the mandate now for those dedicated to restoring honor, restoring greatness to America? Glen Beck and Sarah Palin both urged the crowd of fans and activists to embrace religion and the nation’s traditional values, while supporting the restoration of the constitutional foundation of the country.
There is a "Restoring Honor" Facebook page, but it is mainly filled with post-rally comments and photos.
One of the quotes many of the news media picked up on was Glen Beck's "One man can change the world." He told the crowd, "That man or woman is you. You make the difference." The news media took that as code to change the political party in power, but it can also be interpreted to change the individuals in power; to elect new blood, to put into office those individuals dedicated to fiscal responsibility, who also understand that We the People demand ethics and morals once more be the high water mark for politicians who represent us.
Empowering Christian pastors and other church leaders, those men and women who understand the absolute necessity of ethics and morals in everyday life, as well as in our legislatures, Christians for Restoring America's Greatness intends to provide the tools and resources for cleaning House and Senate in the November 2 election, the first step in putting America's greatness back among her historic trophies.
The entire world needs America to be great once again. Whenever famine, disease, disasters cripple the nations of the world, it is always America that comes to their aid. When a moral tone is needed in the world councils, America has always taken the high ground, helping to solve problems whether the solution required medicines, funding, organizational expertise, or military might, the United States of America was always there.
Now, however, under current government leadership, the United States of America is being driven over a socialist cliff. At a time when jobs are desperately needed, this administration has concentrated on a health care program that will only raise costs and limit the quality of care. Does not help the job market. At a time when small businesses are being driven out of business by rising costs and a frozen loan market, this administration has spent trillions of dollars disrupting the free market system by taking over educational loan programs, banks, auto industries. Instead of seeking passage of million dollar programs through the people's Congress, this President has repeatedly used his executive decision signature to sign away money to causes outside the United States when our own citizens are suffering. No jobs there.
At a time when jobs are at a premium, this administration has not only refused to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens crossing our southern border and taking jobs at wages lower than the American family can live on, but they have actually gone to court to cripple laws passed in Arizona, consistent with federal laws, aimed at protecting that state's citizens from murder, attack, robbery and rape by illegal aliens.
And still there is more.
But what can be done?
Consistent with the intent of the speakers at the Restoring Honor Rally, we can join together with Christians for Restoring America's Greatness, working through out local political organizations and individual churches to separate good candidates from bad, to support the return of ethics and morals to legislative processes, to hold politician's feet to the fire to make decisions that benefit We the People, and not their political party, or their particular industry of financial backers.
Glen Beck was absolutely correct when he said, "One man can change the world. That man or woman is you. You make the difference." Christians for Restoring America's Greatness intends to provide those tools; a viable combination of Christian activism and prayer.
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Saturday, August 28, 2010
The assertion that the U.S. Constitution is compliant with Sharia Law is something that must be knocked down immediately. It is so far from the truth as to be an absolute lie, and yet there are some "tools of Islam" who will agree with Imam Rauf, who is working to build the Islamic mosque near Ground Zero. Rauf is another example that a Muslim may say anything, true or not, to advance the cause of Islam; so says their Qu'ran.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
by Ryan Mauro
August 24, 2010
Over the recent Fourth of July weekend, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) interviewed attendees of the 47th annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention about their experiences in dealing with "Islamophobia." Shortly afterwards, on July 6, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate an act of arson at a Georgia mosque, saying that hate crimes were increasing because of a "vocal minority in our society promoting anti-Muslim bigotry." The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) referred to it as one of the "incidents of Islamophobia [that] are on the rise in this country." However, police later arrested a Muslim suspect.
As Daniel Pipes has documented for years, Islamist organizations in the West are quick to label crimes as anti-Muslim hate crimes as part of their effort to make Muslims feel under attack and to paint themselves as Muslims' protectors. For example, immediately following the Fort Hood shooting, CAIR asked Muslims to respond by donating to it. "We need financial help to meet these crises and push back against those who seek to score political points off the Muslim community in the wake of the Fort Hood tragedy," the fundraising pitch read. To no one's surprise, an anti-Muslim backlash did not ensue.
Cutting through the propaganda requires understanding the ways in which crimes are misrepresented as hate crimes — and why. There are two main culprits to consider: Muslims who stage fake hate crimes and Islamist organizations that seek to exploit them.
Why would anyone fabricate a hate crime against himself or his mosque? History indicates a pair of common motives.
In some cases, the faker has an obvious political goal of demonstrating the supposed prejudice against Muslims. A classic example occurred in 2008, when a 19-year-old female Muslim student named Safia Z. Jilani at Elmhurst College in Illinois claimed that she had been pistol-whipped in a campus restroom by a male who then wrote "Kill the Muslims" on the mirror. The alleged attack occurred just hours after she spoke at a "demonstration called to denounce the anti-Islamic slurs and swastika she had discovered … in her locker." A week later, however, authorities determined that none of this had taken place and she was charged with filing a false police report.
Similar incidents recently unfolded overseas. A Muslim community leader in London named Noor Ramjanally reported that he had been kidnapped by members of the quasi-fascist British National Party; he also said that he had received death threats and his home had been firebombed. His claim received widespread attention, causing him to boast, "I have got the whole UK Muslim community behind me now." Ramjanally later was arrested for faking the crime. Furthermore, last year in Australia, a prominent imam, Taj Din al-Hilali, told police that his mosque had been vandalized. When confronted with the security tape, which shows that he is the one who kicked in the door, he insisted that it had been manipulated.
In other cases, individuals are driven to fabricate hate crimes not for political reasons, but to cover up more mundane criminal activity. Take the bizarre story of Musa and Essa Shteiwi, Ohio men who received media attention in 2006 after reporting several attacks on their store, the third being with a Molotov cocktail. A fourth "attack" then occurred, when an explosion was set off and badly burned the father and son, injuries from which they later died. CAIR highlighted it as a hate crime. However, investigators found that the two had set off the explosion themselves after they poured gasoline in preparation for another staged incident and one of them foolishly lit a cigarette. The pair had hired a former employee to carry out the previous attacks as part of an insurance fraud scheme.
Now let us turn to the motives of groups such as CAIR for exaggerating the prevalence of hate crimes against Muslims.
First and foremost, Islamists try to undermine and delegitimize their opponents by placing blame upon them for hate crimes. For example, a 2008 CAIR report attributes an alleged increase in hate crimes — "alleged" because the claimed increase is wholly contradicted by FBI statistics — to "Islamophobic rhetoric in the 2008 presidential election" and people who are "profiting by smearing Islam." Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is specifically rebuked for titling a campaign ad "Jihad."
CAIR's 2009 report takes aim at the anti-Islamist film Obsession, a bête noir among promoters of the hate crime narrative. To cite one example of this approach, on September 26, 2008, law enforcement was notified that a 10-year-old Muslim girl at the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton had been attacked with pepper spray. A member of the board immediately attributed it to advertisements for the documentary. However, the FBI found no trace of chemicals in the mosque or on the alleged victim; the pepper spray was discovered inside the mosque four days later. It concluded that there was no evidence that a hate crime had occurred.
Islamist groups also use the fear created by their publicizing of alleged hate crimes and anti-Muslim sentiment to try to mobilize the community into opposing counterterrorism programs. As Daniel Pipes has noted, CAIR started down this path a decade and a half ago, when it described the prosecution of World Trade Center bomb plotter Omar Abdel Rahman and the arrest of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook as hate crimes.
Similar tactics remain in play. In February 2009, the American Muslim Task Force and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) condemned the FBI after a story broke about the use of an informant in a mosque. They accused the government of an anti-Muslim conspiracy, saying that the informant was paid to "instigate violent rhetoric in mosques," and threatened to end outreach efforts with the FBI. Then, in October 2009, a Michigan-based, pro-terrorist imam named Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who had been preparing his followers to wage war against the U.S. government, opened fire when the FBI tried to arrest him for criminal activity. Abdullah died in the shootout, but CAIR and the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) are attempting to attribute his demise to foul play.
These groups assume the worst of the FBI's intentions and try to make the Muslim community feel as if it is threatened by its own government committing state-sanctioned hate crimes. True to form, attendees of the ISNA convention this past July were told how the FBI supposedly is targeting Muslims and advised that they should not talk to FBI personnel without a lawyer.
In summary, while real anti-Muslim hate crimes deserve the harshest of condemnation, claims about anti-Muslim hate crimes always should be taken with a grain of salt. CAIR and other Islamist groups thrive off of convincing Muslims that they are under constant assault from roving bigots and an oppressive state. Individual Muslims then feel empowered to fabricate hate crimes in order to paint themselves as victims.
For Islamists, the fear, isolation, and suffering of the Muslim community are nothing more than weapons to enhance their own prestige and pursue their political agenda.
Ryan Mauro is the founder of WorldThreats.com, national security advisor to the Christian Action Network, and an intelligence analyst with the Asymmetric Warfare and Intelligence Center (AWIC). This article was sponsored by Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
All because President Obama gets Bible verses on his email, MSNBC thinks he's the most religious President ever? That doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. Besides, it isn't about being religious MSNBC. Wake up. Read your Bible. Rev. 2:6 says Jesus hates religion. Oops! Fact check editor!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
While the mega-mosque in New York City near Ground Zero gets most of the attention, Muslims across America are embarking on a mosque-building spree, especially in the "Bible Belt" where the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes from.
Friday, August 20, 2010
The more that comes out about this story, the more something stinks in New York City, and it seems to begin with the Port Authority. More links to the truth about St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the perfidy of New York City officials:
St. Nicholas Church at the World Trade Center
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Church at Ground Zero Overshadowed by Mosque
Father Mark Arey and Fmr. Gov. Pataki on the stalled rebuilding of the Greek Orthodox church destroyed on Sept. 11.
NYC approves Islamic mosque near Ground Zero, says "no" to Greek Orthodox Church, only house of worship destroyed on 9-1-1. Somebody's lying; NYC officials or the church priest?
Thursday, August 19, 2010
by Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
Recently I posted a video of former President George and Laura Bush meeting members of the American military returning from Afghanistan through the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The troops didn't know these two private citizens would be there, so it was a complete, and pleasant, surprise. George and Laura greeted them warmly, talked with them, had their pictures taken with the men and their wives, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I noted that this is what a real President does.
One person responded to the video by asking why wouldn't Bush be there to welcome them home, after all, they were there because of him. When I responded that no, they were there because Americans had been murdered by terrorist attacks, and that 911 was just part of that. The response to that was that my words were "poetic and skewed." I confess I never understood the "poetic" part. However, it occurred me that this was not the first person who truly seemed to have misunderstood the danger we were in, how long that danger had been stalking us, and why our military was in Iraq and Afghanistan. And so the following response, posted here rather than targeting the original responder.
America stands practically alone among nations in having an all-volunteer military. No one is drafted or forced to serve. They volunteer for what lies ahead of them. No one wants to fight, but someone must know how, to preserve the precious light of freedom God has given us. From as far back as 1775 when the U.S. Marine Corps was formed, even before there was a colonial army, American warriors have taken the fight to the enemy. We don't want to have to fight in the streets of New York City or Chicago or L.A. You attack us, we come after you, and we fight on your ground, destroy your cities.
This war we are in began not with 911, but goes back as far as 1984 when Iranian Muslim terrorists killed more than 300 Marines when they crashed a bomb-filled truck into their barracks as they slept in Beirut, Lebanon. I had just left there and was spared, praise God.
I won't give you a history lesson, but America and Americans have been attacked many times since 1984, always by Muslim terrorists, on land, at sea, and in the air. 911 was simply the culmination of that. There is nothing poetic about war. You must go after them and stop them, or your wife, your children, your brothers and sisters, your mother and father, they all become captives to be abused, misused, and murdered. And so you go. This was not George Bush's war, this was America's reaction to the war forced upon it, to protect ourselves, our nation. The entire world needs America to survive. If there were no America, they would have to invent one to provide such humanitarian support, medical technology, labor-saving inventions, and even trained managers.
But you need to understand, as has been said before, that the soldier fights not because of what is in front of him, but because of what he left behind at home. And since we volunteered for the training to do this, we are grateful our leadership supports this fight and allows us to engage this enemy and protect our loved ones, to keep the terror away from them. No, not poetic and not skewed. Straight forward, simple logic.
If you only knew them as I do, having dealt with them first-hand, face to face, and after studying them for years, you would understand better. The soldier is not some ignorant lump who cannot do anything else. He or she is more likely well-educated, sensitive, good citizens. The worst thing about war is we often lose our best and brightest, because they understand best what is at stake. They understand very well, so they go, and they do, and many times we lose them to combat. It then becomes incumbent upon the survivors, the protected, to take their place in society, honor their sacrifice by exercising the very freedoms for which they gave their life away to protect.
War is merely the harshest extension of diplomacy. I often wished our government would field as many diplomats as they do men and women under arms, before the shooting starts. But that option is often removed from us by our enemies.
Perhaps my opening up to you from my heart on this issue will allow you to look through the eyes of the warrior, scarred for life by the blood and gore of taking the lives of persistent enemy, and nearly having your life taken, but all because you chose to be there. You made a conscious decision that it would be you, not your sons or daughters who would stand against the enemies of freedom. And if that gives you just a prescient look inside a warrior's heart, you will gain a sense of why we are appalled when people make such comments as you have made about people such as George Bush. He has been there with us in the maelstrom, held the hands of more sorrowing parents than I hope you will ever know, eaten with us, prayed with us, wept with us.
Maybe, somehow, you will gain an understanding of why I say with Job in chapter 13, verse 15, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him." Job, of course, was talking about Almighty God. George Bush is merely a man doing his best as God gives him light to see. That's what we did. And between ourselves -- including men I know by name every day, for as long as I live, who stepped into that ring of fire to give their life for you and I -- and those of the Bush administration, we did the best we could as God gave us light to see. Those who are alive today, because of that, those who speak English today instead of Arabic Farsi, or Chinese, or something else, it would be so much more fulfilling to hear a simple "thank you", than to hear the words of our enemies parroted from your mouth, to hear a raging against those who did their best to keep you free. Which you are. But, frankly, not for long when the protected make it their lot in life to criticize, pillory and ridicule those who bought their freedom. For as we go away, and sooner or later everyone goes away, those who should take our place will have been watching, and they will not step into that ring of fire. Then all is lost.
Defense secretary tells new Marines he will ensure they will have all they need on battlefield
(SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE 14 AUG 10) ... Gretel C. Kovach
Defense Secretary Robert Gates predicted Friday during a visit to San Diego that
the region’s sizable military and defense community could expect a smaller
Marine Corps and other deep changes as the Pentagon embarks on a major
Gates hopes to cut $100 billion over the next five years in overhead and
nonessential weapons programs to channel more resources to war fighters.
It is difficult to determine the impact on San Diego County before the Navy
Department sets its priorities, Gates said, speaking at Marine Corps Recruit
Depot San Diego. But based on his comments in recent days, potential
crosscurrents facing the area include:
• A smaller force of Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton and supporting bases.
• More money for shipbuilding and other critical equipment.
• A 10 percent cut in overall defense contracting.
• More efficient command staffs, including elimination of some general and
The Pentagon’s spending in San Diego County is significant. In 2008, the most
recent year available, the overall impact amounted to $26.5 billion in output
and 328,000 jobs, according to a study by the San Diego Military Advisory
During his two-day visit to San Diego, Gates said “there is a future for the
Marine Corps, but it isn’t as a second land Army. And that is what the new
commandant is going to have to address.
“The future mission has to be true to the maritime missions and expertise of the
Corps,” Gates said Friday. “It has to be expeditionary. I agree with (Marine
commandant, Gen. James T.) Conway that it needs to be lighter.”
A sailor asked Gates during a visit Thursday to the destroyer Higgins at San
Diego Naval Base how the streamlining would affect his shipmates.
If the Pentagon budget works out the way he intends, “they’ll get the money,”
Gates said, though he added that the number of Navy personnel, now at about
330,000, is unlikely to expand. “I want it to go into our force structure. I
want it to go into modernization and investments in future capabilities.”
He said he is especially concerned about making sure the Marines and sailors he
met in San Diego have the tools they need to do their jobs, whether it’s
training troops or fixing engines.
“The whole purpose is really to slim down on overhead and bureaucracy and large
staffs, and try and convert that from tail to tooth for the long run,” Gates
Gates announced plans Monday to shutter a major command based in Virginia that
employs about 5,000 people. On Thursday, Gates said he ordered a Force Structure
Review for the Marine Corps, which tasked commanders with defining what makes
the Marines unique from the Army.
To cope with the strain of years of ground combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, the
Corps grew from 175,000 to 202,000 Marines. It will likely shrink again as
troops draw down in Afghanistan, Gates and other military leaders said, but by
how much remains in doubt.
Gates has also questioned whether large-scale amphibious landings along the
lines of the Korean War invasion of Inchon in 1950 are still feasible, striking
at one of the unique capabilities of the Marine “soldiers of the sea.”
But many defense analysts say that, even in the age of long-range missiles, the
flexibility of deploying Marine forces from Navy ships for humanitarian,
training and combat missions remains invaluable.
The problem is that it is expensive, said Dakota Wood, a retired Marine and
senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
“It is no small feat to build a sizable amphibious ship and to field the type of
force that you would put inside that ship, with the skill set needed to organize
and execute an amphibious operation,” he said. “It’s a fairly complex military
operation. It takes a lot of time and expertise to do it well.”
Gates said he has asked all of the service chiefs to identify priorities for how
they want to reinvest the funding obtained from more efficient oversight.
“I don’t know what the impact of some of the decisions the Navy will make will
have on San Diego,” Gates said Friday. “But I can tell you if it involves ships,
readiness, force structure, weapons, future capabilities — those are all areas I
would like to see get more money.
“On the other hand, if you have an overstaffed headquarters, you might have a
problem,” he said.
During his visit to the recruit depot, Gates served as the parade reviewing
officer for a company of 196 new Marines. Then he watched recruits tumble and
pummel their way through combat training. The young men, sweat trickling down
their dusty faces, paused to catch their breaths and pose for pictures with
During his stay in San Diego, Gates also visited San Diego Naval Medical Center
at Balboa Park and a class of Navy SEAL recruits in Coronado.
“It takes uncommon patriotism to join the military in a time of war,” Gates told
“For my part, I will do all I can to see that you have everything you need to
accomplish your mission and come home safely, because I feel a deep personal
responsibility for every one of you, as if you were my own sons.”
MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
Not as lean, not as mean, but still a Marine.
PUT AMERICA FIRST!
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