Thursday, January 31, 2008

SHAMEFUL: Berkeley City Council Attacks Marines!


It is not surprising to me to hear that Berkeley has enacted city ordinances to allow anti-war organizations to use free speech to cause a public nuisance in front of a Marine Corps recruiting office. After all the University district of the city was famous for calling Vietnam Vets baby killers when they came home.

I am certainly gratified that
Move America Forward is standing up to twinkle toe groups like the unpatriotic Code Pink that the Berkeley City Council has basically unleashed to disrupt the day to day operations of finding a few good men to fight for such rights as Freedom of Speech.

It is unlikely Code Pink’s or the Berkeley City Council’s actions will be found on page one on the Mainstream Media (MSM).

JRH 1/31/08

Endgame for Iran


Here is an interesting insight written by Andrei A. Piontkovsky for the Hudson Institute. The theme relates to the conflict of Iran acquiring the potential to produce nuclear weaponry and the nations that have a National Interest agenda toward that end: Iran, Israel, Russia and America.

The evil rhetoric that Ahmadinejad has consistently delivered toward Israel highly suggests that a uranium enrichment program that is of a far higher quality needed for the production of electricity, indeed will lead to nuclear weaponry. Despite denials by Iran of arming nuclear warheads and the anti-Bush Intelligence establishment’s NIE Report, a nuclear armed Iran must be the agenda. This is so particularly because of testing of long range missiles and the imminent implementation of a Russian made defensive anti-missile machine.

Now who would Iran fear a missile launch from? Duh! Iranian venom targets Israel thus Iran does not want an Israeli preemptive attack to mess with their not so secret nuclear arsenal upgrade.

JRH 1/31/08

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Lionheart Conundrum


Remember the British blogger with the moniker of Lionheart?

The last I had read he was on a plane on his way back to Britain knowing that the British cops were waiting to arrest him for inciting Hate Speech against Mohammedans (Since it is Lionheart maybe we should use the Crusader term – Saracens).

I have come upon some new information about Lionheart. Primarily he was not on his back to Britain but is in America seeking asylum based on the American system of First Amendment Free Speech, which does not exist in Britain.

Second I have learned that Lionheart although is anti-Islamist, he has political leanings toward the unsavory principles of Neo-Fascism. I am still unaware of how deep Lionheart’s Neo-Fascist sympathies are; however if he is a closet Nazi, that is not good. That would mean he is crying victim about his Free Speech rights while simultaneously being a supporter of racism and hate crimes.

Thus until I discover more data (for me that is running into it by chance), I am uncertain how sympathetic I am to Lionheart’s cause of Freedom of Speech.

Here is the scoop from the
Gates of Vienna.

JRH

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Giuliani prepares to exit, back McCain


The word is that Giuliani’s horrendous third place finish will lead to an exit as a Candidate and an endorsement of the Florida Primary victor John McCain.

Commenter: Obama is not and Never has been a Muslim


Dave Lewis says:
do you people not understand that Obama is not and never has been a muslim. (Comment Mon 1/28/2008 6:47 PM)


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I am assuming Mr. Lewis is referring to the Post Obama, the Muslim Thing, And Why It Matters.

I am making an educated guess and agreeing that Obama is currently not a Muslim; however the “and never has been” is another matter.

Barack Obama and his website echoes Mr. Lewis’ belief:
OBAMA IS NOT AND HAS NEVER BEEN A MUSLIM. The “Denial Page” is replete with YouTube videos, Leftist Media corroboration, Jewish corroboration and Political friends’ corroboration that Obama is not now and never has been a Muslim. The website says that Obama is a committed Christian attending Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Let us start with the Muslim factor.

The story first broke by
Insight Magazine January 2007.

The Leftist immediately jumped on the story as not credible. The Huffington Post a very Leftist media outlet debunked Insight Magazine as a Conservative smear campaign and thus could not be credible. However
Cliff Kincaid jumped on the Huffington Post as duplicitous for often has called Insight Magazine a credible source of information, yet now that mud has been found on Obama’s past suddenly Insight Magazine is not credible. Other Left Wing rags joined the HP in its denunciation.

Most of the Left began claiming form the roof tops that Insight Magazine is owned by the super Conservative Washington Times. Of course since Left Wing news sources are more credible the Right Wing news sources (tongue in cheek), the Insight Magazine story is not credible and thus false.

The Lefties had a mission to prove Obama was never connected to Islam and so one of the more famous Left media outlets in CNN was dispatched to Indonesia to investigate if the Right was correct (with the agenda of making the news that the Right was False).

CNN in a January 23, 2008 article concluded that Insight Magazine and Fox News were false. What was CNN’s evidence? The present day school attended in Obama’s youth is a public school with students from multiple faiths and thus not a Radical Islamist Madrassa. Thus it was a conclusion based on present day facts not on the facts that matter – the past.

The odd thing is the Washington Times sent out its own investigative team. Now obviously it has going to have a Slanted Right perspective. Here was the Washington Times Conclusion published a week earlier than CNN reported by
Newsmax.

The Washington Times went to Jakarta to investigate Obama's childhood years there, and published an article on March 16 that included these details:

  • A close boyhood friend of Obama, Zulfin Adi, said Barack "was a Muslim. He went to the mosque."

  • Obama's first-grade teacher at a Catholic school, Israella Dharmawan, said: "Barry (Barack's nickname) was Muslim. He was registered as a Muslim because his father was Muslim."

  • In the third grade, Obama transferred to a public school, where he was also registered as a Muslim. At the school, Muslim students attended weekly religion lessons about Islam.

  • In his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," Obama mentions studying the Koran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school."

    Now what sounds more credible? The CNN Report based on 21 century observations of the school that Obama attended or interviews and assertions and documentation from the Washington Times Report that shows a link to Islam in Obama’s past?

    Hmm… What is one to believe? Or soft evidence that looks more like propaganda or hard evidence that includes witnesses and documentation and Obama’s own admission? I think I will go with the latter.

    Not let us look at Obama’s deeply committed Christianity.

    Here is an excerpt from an
    American Thinker article published January 29, 2008 by Kyle-Anne Shiver:

  • When Obama first undertook his agitating work in Chicago's South Side poor neighborhoods, he was un-churched. Yet his office was in a Church and most of the folks he needed to agitate and organize were Church people -- pastors and congregants -- who took their churches and their church-going very seriously. So, this became a problem for the young agnostic, who had been exposed to very little religion in his life. Again and again, he was asked by pastors and church ladies, "Where do you go to Church, young man?" It was a question he dodged for a while, but finally he relented and joined a church.

    Not just any church, but a huge black nationalist church with a pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who unabashedly preaches a "black" gospel.
    Rolling Stone Magazine ran with a story on Obama and his church, entitled, "Destiny's Child," which included this exert (sic) from one of Rev. Wright's sermons:

      "Fact number one: We've got more black men in prison than there are in college," he intones.

      "Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!"

      "We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS. . . . We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. . . . We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. . . . We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!"

      The crowd whoops and amens as Wright builds to his climax: "And. And. And! GAWD! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS S**T!"

    This doesn't sound like any church in which I've ever worshipped, but perhaps I have led a sheltered life. Reverend Wright, whom Obama called his spiritual mentor and still claims is his sounding board, has taken trips abroad with none other than Louis Farrakhan. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan received the "Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer" Award at the 2007 Trumpet Gala at the the (sic) United Church of Christ. Wright was even reported to be a former Muslim. One might be led to wonder if this "church" isn't all it makes itself out to be.


    Whew! I am all for respecting a person’s right to Freedom of Religion; however the United Church of Christ (UCC) Church of choice along with its Past have the appearance of Black Supremacist racists on the scale of the racist anti-Semitic Black Muslim Louis Farrakhan.

    Obama’s Campaign theme seems to be “Change.” I wonder what kind of “Change” Obama would bring if elected to the Presidency of the United States of America.
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    Commenter: Obama is not and Never has been a Muslim
    John R. Houk
    © January 29, 2008

    Message to Hillary: No I am not voting for you either. Please do not send money or adulation for doing your dirty work.
    :-)




    Monday, January 28, 2008

    Keep Jerusalem United


    Yehuda Dramain has posted a similar treatise of The Land of Israel and its uncontested Capital Jerusalem in at least two Jewish Publications: YnetNews.com and Jewish Russian Telegraph. I know little of Dramain except for her obvious passion for the Land Israel.

    Dramain sent this post to SlantRight.com via the Comment/Contact link and I happy to post it for her (I think it’s a “her.” I am not good on Jewish gender names)

    This is a brilliant compilation of the reason that Jerusalem should not be divided and traditional Israeli land given to Arabs that call themselves Palestinians for a sovereign nation. Man you
    HAVE TO READ IT!

    Thank you Yehuda Dramain.

    Islam Is What It Is



    President Bush termed Islam “the religion of peace” to tone down any American backlash after 9/11 toward Mohammedan-Americans and Mohammedans residing in America. The insinuation being that extremist people driven by an extremist ideology in the name of Islam is not the core values of Islam.

    All President Bush succeeded in doing is to validate Islamist-American organizations that have sympathy with Mohammedan terrorist ideology. Thus when a non-Muslim begins to educate Americans on the reality of Islam, these Islamist-American organizations took on the moniker of “moderate” thanks to President Bush. The Islamist-American organizations could utilize free-speech to support terrorism openly while simultaneously secretly funding terrorists garnered as a Non-Profit Organization. Here
    CAIR, Holy Land Foundation, ISNA and others come to mind.

    Britain is taking a more extreme cue about Mohammedanism in its midst. So as to not offend Britain’s rather large minority of practicing Mohammedanism, when acts of Islamist terrorism occur they are to be termed “Anti-Islamic Activity.”

    What a crock of dhimmitude! In Britain as in America the forefront leadership of Mohammedanism is Islamist terrorist friendly. Not only should Westerners and Americans label Islamic terrorism as heinous acts derived from Wahhabi or Shia interpretation of their perceived holy words, we need to pump funding into people and Non-Profit Organizations committed to exposing the Islamic Agenda as it relates to Western Culture.

    Mark Steyn is making that effort. Read his article “
    First they came for Piglet.” The article is all about America and the West burying its head in the sand while a foreign religion demands special privileges as a religion in a foreign land. This is a slow train to eradicating Western culture.

    JRH


    Sunday, January 27, 2008

    A Time For Choosing

    It is like Ronald Reagan was Resurrected from the grave to grab the Left by the shoulders to tell them to pay attention.


    Obama, the Muslim Thing, And Why It Matters


    Here are some intelligent though politically incorrect thoughts to consider about Barack Obama in his run for the Office of President of the United States. They are penned by Pamela Geller (Noted for Atlas Shrugs) who is a person definitely with little concern for being politically correct.

    JRH 1/27/08

    Friday, January 25, 2008

    Head Banging Patriotism

    I found this head banging Patriotism over at Joe's Blog. He has more to watch related to this post HERE.

    Coulter Plugs Romney and Disses the Other GOP


    I love Ann Coulter’s stinging wit and prose that are most often reserved for moonbats on the Left. Coulter is caught up in the GOP race for President which is understandable since she is obviously a Conservative.

    Thus the Candidates that Ann does not endorse on the GOP side have been the recipients of the usually magnificent vitriol reserved for Leftists. Ann has been railing on McCain for some time;
    here is her latest post on Senator McCain. Here is a piece critical of Huckabee. And way back in October 2007 she tag teamed on my man Fred (since folded) and Huckabee together.

    As of mid January it appears that Ann has settled to
    write favorably about Mitt Romney as a true Conservative.

    In some of her articles attacking other Republicans Ann (and remember I think she is a sharp double edged sword for Dems) harangues Republican voters for not doing their home work when Romney lost or came in a close second.

    If you have read my posts about Romney, the biggest negative I have against him is his Mormon faith which I consider a cultic knock-off of Christianity. Incidentally I do support Romney’s choice of practicing Mormonism for there is Freedom of Religion in America; however as a Christian I have to point out
    the attributes of Mormonism do not run true to Christian Faith (Catholic, Protestant or Eastern Orthodox). Secularists would say religion should not be a factor in voting. I say if a Candidate contradicts your values and faith, then religion is a factor.

    Here is the irony about Mitt Romney. As Governor of Massachusetts he often voted on the side of social Liberalism and not social Conservatism as a good Mormon should. Mormon’s may be a cult; however they endorse good Christian morality such as pro-life and anti-abortion as one example. As a Governor, Romney voted pro-abortion. Romney has claimed to have a moral transformation in his beliefs in 2004; however it sounds like a political transformation to hook the Christian Right.

    Do I think Romney would be a good Administrative President? I would have to say yes. AND if he was the nominee for the GOP I would vote for him; however in the GOP selection stage Romney is not the guy.

    I don’t know who the GOP guy is either. McCain would also be a good Administrator but he leans toward too many Leftist causes. I think McCain would be excellent to steer America toward victory on the War on Terror. Huckabee has become the darling of the Christian Right because of his open support of for social Conservatism; however like McCain and Giuliani he has a past of aiding illegal aliens. Huck has sounded profoundly ignorant on foreign affairs and he has a reputation for raising taxes (even if the taxes were mandated by the Courts). Giuliani is also a social Liberal and soft on illegal immigration; however he is tough on crime and would at least be a leader to win the War on Terror.

    When the primary hits my neck of the woods, I won’t vote for Romney and I am extremely uncertain about whom else to vote for. I do no I will not vote for
    Ron Paul because he has not been forthcoming about Newsletters written in his name that were racist in his past. Paul has only taken responsibility for an error he was unaware of and that is not a believable defense. I would be more impressed if he disavowed the Newsletters as an aberration of a Southern cultural past and he has moved into the 21st century as many Southerners have indeed transformed from bigotry of the past to a more equality minded bent in the present. This has not happened.

    Back to Coulter’s support of Romney: in this case I do not think she has done her homework or if she has, Coulter is less a social Conservative and more a fiscal and political/secular Conservative. This would disappointingly mean Coulter does not place a premium on Biblical morality and values.

    The President of the
    American Right to Life Action has criticized Coulter for supporting a pro-abortionist in Mitt Romney. I would add Mormonism.

    JRH

    Thursday, January 24, 2008

    7-year plan aligns U.S. with Europe's economy


    For those who perceive a Conspiracy Theory behind the alleged formation of a North American Union (Canada, America and Mexico), there is an even greater threat to the American Constitutional way of life emerging that certainly affect American civil rights that are not experienced in other Western Democracies.

    Congressional members and government bureaucracies along with some NGO’s are working to create a
    Transatlantic Union between America and the EU. In case you didn’t realize it the EU democracies are a high on Socialism as the governing principle with a regulated version of Free Speech that would threaten the practices of Freedom of Religion in America, particularly Christianity.

    JRH 1/24/08

    Wednesday, January 23, 2008

    Who Should Fredheads Support Now?


    Dr. Rusty Shackleford writing for The Jawa Report was a fellow Fredhead as was I. Shackleford gets directly into his issue: If you were a Fredhead you should support Mitt Romney for he is the closest thing to a Conservative still running for the Republican nomination.

    Shackleford heaps a tremendous amount of disdain upon Huckabee. I too am not certain Huckabee is the man. If he won the nomination the voters may perceive him as the Christian Right’s man God wants in Office. This is an extreme view for a lot of voters. Although I am not one of them, even Republicans might view Huckabee’s Ministerial credentials as a violation of the constitutionally non-existent concept of the “Separation of Church and State.”

    Because of this voters may be swayed by whoever fringe Left Candidate the Democrats finally settle on. When it comes to a choice of radicalism, Americans tend to err on the side of the secular rather than the Christian these days.

    Shackleford directly says voters that are put off by Romney’s Mormonism are clearly fringe social issue Christians who are not concerned about the Right Stuff that makes a total Conservative. Thus not voting for Romney because of Mormonism is bigotry. After all the new package Romney claims to have transformed his liberal Massachusetts social liberalism back to a Mormon friendly social Conservatism as well as being a fiscal Conservative who gets it about the War on Terror.

    The truth is social Conservatism is not in Romney’s track record in Massachusetts. That bothers me!

    And as far as bigotry, that is a way out there accusation. It is like the Left accusing Christians of bigotry for preaching or believing the Word of God which is definitely anti-homosexual and warns of cults using the name of Christ but teaching a different Gospel. Also the Left accuses Christians of bigotry toward Muslims when Christians defend their faith against Islamic belief, yet when Muslims call Christians and Jews as either sub-class citizens as being the “People of the Book” or outright call for a Christian’s and Jew’s death for their existence insults their Allah.

    Shackleford is using Left Wing thinking to get Fredheads to support Romney.

    In the Primary selection process of the Republican Nominee I am not voting for Romney because he is a Mormon and that is not bigoted, it is in line with my Christian faith.

    There is a lot about Mormonism that the every day Mormon does not even know about. Mormonism is an elitist driven cult that requires promotion to know certain secrets somewhat like Gnosticism – Christianity’s early competitor in the first couple hundred years after the Resurrection of Christ.

    And just so you don’t think I am spouting Conspiracy Theory,
    there are huge numbers of former Mormons that have come back to Christ that are involved in Christian Ministries that are dedicated to expose the differences between Mormonism and Christianity. Christians should not support Mormons for Public Office because of those differences.

    Having said all that, I am extremely uncertain who I will support for the Republican nomination. There are simply too many intangible qualities of likes and dislikes of the remaining Republican Candidates.

    So as a Fredhead I am not throwing my lot to Romney; however I am not necessarily throwing my lot to any other Candidate either.

    This may surprise you after my dissing of Mormonism. I will throw my lot to whoever wins the Republican nomination; even if that person is Mitt Romney.

    The reality of it all is this: the Democrats support godless socially liberal stances that would force me to vote for a self-proclaimed socially Conservative Romney. The other Republicans: McCain, Giuliani and Huckabee have a bit of the RINO liberalism in them but at least they are not fringe Leftists and they each have an aspect that I do like about them.

    [NOTE: There is something way fishy about Ron Paul. It is no accident I did not include him Republicans that have aspects that I like.]

    Whoever wins the nomination, I pray that Candidate entices Fred Thompson to be their Vice President. That would be an awesome team against the fringe Left Democrats.

    The real point of it all is this: VOTE REPUBLICAN.

    JRH

    Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    THOMPSON DROPS OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE


    I hang my head in sadness today. Fred Thompson made it official and is bailing from the Presidential race.

    Who will that help? Will Fred pitch for a VP or Cabinet Post? Or will Fred become an actor again and pretend to be President?


    JRH 1/22/08
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    THOMPSON DROPS OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE

    by
    FOXNews.com
    Tuesday, January 22, 2008


    Fred Thompson dropped his presidential bid Tuesday, after the former Tennessee senator and actor finished third in the South Carolina primary and was unable to score a victory in any of the early primaries or caucuses.

    “Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people,” Thompson said in a statement.

    Prior to his public statement, the GOP candidate had begun calling friends, family members and supporters to tell them he was ending his campaign, four months after he formally announced his White House bid, a run that was greeted much more enthusiastically before he actually got into the race.

    Thompson left Nashville Tuesday afternoon for McLean, Va., where he was expected to make a formal announcement as early as Tuesday night.

    Aides said Thompson sent an e-mail Monday telling them he was still undecided about whether to stay in the race. But with no plans to campaign in Florida, which holds its primary Jan. 29, or to participate in a Republican debate Thursday, his staffers expected him to withdraw.

    The attorney and actor seemed on the verge of bowing out Saturday during his post-election address in Columbia, S.C., after it became evident he would not finish better than third in South Carolina.

    Telling his supporters to “stand strong,” he said, “We will always be bound by a close bond, because we have traveled a very special road together for a very special purpose. You know, it’s never been about me. It’s never even been about you. It’s been about our country and the future of our country … And because of your efforts and because of our working together, our party is being required to look itself in the mirror, decide where it’s going, decide who it is.”

    Thompson prided himself as a consistent conservative in Ronald Reagan’s image, and stepped up that assertion in the days preceding the vote in South Carolina, where he said he drew “a line in the sand” for his campaign.

    Along the way he fielded criticism that he appeared lazy and generally disinterested in becoming president, Thompson did earn positive reviews for a series of debate performances last fall and earned an endorsement by the National Right to Life Committee.

    But the momentum behind his delayed entrance into the race — and several missed cues on issues from the right-to-life for Terri Schiavo to Usama bin Laden — steadily diminished as his GOP rivals racked up victories in early test states. Poll averages showed the Thompson went from second place nationally in early September to fifth this week.

    Thompson came to Washington as a 30-year-old attorney appointed to be minority counsel for his mentor, former Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, who was the top Republican on the Senate Watergate Committee.

    He earned fame when he asked a question of which he already knew the answer — whether deputy assistant Alexander Butterfield knew that his boss, President Nixon, had been secretly taping White House conversations.

    Several years later while practicing law in Tennessee, Thompson represented Marie Ragghianti, the head of the Tennessee Parole Board who was fired after exposing a pardon-selling scheme involving aides for then-Gov. Ray Blanton. Thompson played himself in the 1985 movie “Marie” based on the episode and got generally positive reviews.

    The film launched Thompson’s acting career. Among his many characters, he played President Ulysses S. Grant in this year’s made-for-TV movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” and the fictional President Charles Ross in the 2005 film “Last Best Chance.”

    His departure only nominally thins the field in the GOP race, where no breakaway front-runner has emerged. John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have each won at least one major early state contest, and Rudy Giuliani has dug deep into Florida, fighting hard to prosper in that state’s primary.


    Thompson did not endorse anybody in his statement Tuesday.

    As for Thompson’s future, speculation is rampant that he could be angling for vice president. Such a move would follow the lead of another former Tennessee senator, Al Gore, whom Thompson replaced in the Senate in 1994 after Gore became vice president.

    Thompson senior adviser Rich Galen told FOX News Radio Monday, “It may well be that Thompson is a vice presidential candidate, carrying the message to fill whatever hole there may be in the conservative credentials of whoever the nominee is.”
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    FOX News’ Carl Cameron and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    © 2008 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

    Firing of Islam Expert Decried


    I became aware of this excellent article on Major Stephen Coughlin published at Newsmax.com from the e-list I am on at the American Congress for Truth.

    To those of you who may be in the dark, Coughlin was fired officially of lack of money to renew his contract as an Islamic expert at the Pentagon. However, details are beginning to emerge that Coughlin was fired because he is hard-nosed on Islamist terrorism and his views offended a Muslim aide of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England. That aide’s name is Heshem Islam, a Muslim born in Egypt.

    The offense of Coughlin: Coughlin authored a document on the
    Muslim Brotherhood that was filed as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation trial that ended up in a Hung Jury (under dubious circumstances). What do Heshem Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood have in common? Both originate from Egypt!

    Do the math!

    JRH 1-22-08
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    Here is the ACT introduction from the email about the Newsmax.com article by Ken Timmerman:

      In the American Congress for Truth blog we have been following the unfolding events relating to the sacking of Major Stephen Coughlin, recognized as the leading expert on Islamic law and extremism inside the Pentagon. Our efforts and the efforts of other organizations to expose what led to Coughlin’s firing have begun to stir things up in Washington. Below is an article written by Ken Timmerman, author, 2006 Nobel Peace prize nominee, and a member of the Advisory Board for American Congress for Truth. Note that Timmerman makes reference to Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth board member and the editor of the ACT blog and the ACT! for America news site.

      Monday, January 21, 2008 2:51:40 PM

    Hillary the Movie Trailer

    This should get a lot of play if Hillary wins the Democratic nomination.

    Monday, January 21, 2008

    THOMPSON! Surprise the Media in Your Tuesday Announcement



    John R. Houk
    © January 21, 2008


    Here is the skinny for Monday January 21, 2008 from the
    Rasmussen Reports on the Republican Primary in Florida. Their phone interviews show Romney to be ahead followed by McCain, Giuliani, Huckabee and Thompson.

    Giuliani must be rankled because he has put most of his eggs in the Florida basket as Thompson did in the South Carolina basket. The top three are neck and neck so it is a hardly a projection of a winner. Even Huckabee and Thompson are in double digits and close to each other.

    This Monday report says my man Thompson may be the spoiler if he chooses to stay in (and I pray he does right through to the Convention). However I have been listening to Fox News off and on today, they report that Thompson is going to make a big announcement tomorrow. In an effort not to influence voters Fox has only been hinting that Thompson may withdraw from the Presidential race (GOD FORBID!). There has been speculation Thompson may endorse either McCain or Romney but not Huckabee.

    I can understand not endorsing Huckabee. Huckabee’s surge of popularity among many of the Christian Right (which is hugely misplaced) probably derailed the Thompson campaign more than anything. The calculated risk of entering late was a good gamble; however Huckabee used the opportunity to spread credentials of being a valid social Conservative that so endears the Christian Right. The Christian did not see the probability of Huckabee being fiscally liberal as it pertains to government.

    Romney is spouting the social and fiscal Conservative dialogue; however these are words that do not necessarily line up with his gubernatorial record in Massachusetts.

    So as it stands, Thompson is STILL THE BEST CONSERVATIVE in the Republican race for the nomination. God help Thompson to stay in until Super Tuesday.

    JRH
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    Election 2008: Florida Republican Primary
    Florida: Romney 25% McCain 20% Giuliani 19%

    Rasmussen Reports
    Monday, January 21, 2008

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Mitt Romney with a slight lead in Florida’s Republican Presidential Primary. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are close behind in what may develop into a three-man race. It’s Romney at 25%, McCain at 20%, and Giuliani at 19%. Romney has picked up seven points over the past week while McCain and Giuliani each inched up a point.

    Last week, before the Michigan and South Carolina Primaries, Rasmussen Reports polling found essentially a
    four-way tie for the lead in Florida. However, Mike Huckabee has slipped to 13% in the current poll. A week ago, he was the top choice for 17%.

    One major wild card in the race may be Fred Thompson. The former Senator from Tennessee is considering dropping out of the race after a disappointing showing in South Carolina last Saturday. Twelve percent (12%) of Florida’s Likely Republican Primary Voters still support the actor turned politician.

    Even though early voting has already begun, the race remains incredibly fluid. Just 54% of likely voters say they are “certain” of how they will vote. Six percent (6%) have not yet made up their mind and 12% say there’s a good chance they could change their mind.

    Giuliani and Huckabee have the most solid support at this time. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Giuliani’s supporters are “certain” they will vote for him along with 65% of those who favor Huckabee. For Romney, just 55% are that certain. For McCain, just 48% are that certain. In fact, 22% of McCain’s supporters still say there’s a good chance they could change their mind.

    Among those who are “certain” how they will vote, Romney is the pick for 25%, Giuliani 24%, and McCain 17%.

    Florida represents both a major challenge and a major opportunity for McCain. Both result from the fact that Independent voters are not allowed to participate in Florida’s Republican Primary. In McCain’s earlier victories, he has been competitive among Republican voters but won with the votes of Independents. If he is to win the GOP nomination, McCain must sooner or later show that he can win among Republicans. On the other hand, if McCain can win a Republican-only Primary in Florida, he will have a major advantage heading into Super Tuesday a week later.

    In Florida, Romney leads among conservative voters, attracting 28% of them. Giuliani is second with 18%.

    Among moderates, McCain dominates with 34% support. Giuliani is second with 23%.

    Huckabee leads among the state’s Evangelical Christian voters, but his lead is not as substantial as in earlier states. Huckabee currently attracts 25% of the Evangelical vote, Romney 20%, and Thompson 17%.

    Giuliani is viewed favorably by 74% of Likely Primary Voters. Romney’s favorables are at 70%, Thompson at 66%, McCain at 64%, Huckabee at 54% and Paul at 28%.

    Sixty-one percent (61%) of Likely Primary Voters view Thompson as politically conservative, 45% say the same about Huckabee and 43% view Romney as a conservative. Just 21% see McCain in that way while 14% see Giuliani as a conservative.

    Eighty-three percent (83%) see Giuliani as politically moderate or liberal and 76% say the same about McCain. Fifty percent (50%) see Huckabee as moderate or liberal and 49% hold that view of Romney.

    Last week’s survey found that Giuliani and McCain were seen as the most electable Republican candidates.

    McCain and Romney lead nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily
    Presidential Tracking Poll.

    Before the caucuses and primaries began, Huckabee led the Florida Primary in
    December. Giuliani held the lead in November. A victory in Florida is crucial for Giuliani who has chosen to stay out of earlier contests in Election 2008. The high risk strategy calls for Giuliani to accept defeats in the early states, win Florida, and translate that momentum into victory on Super Tuesday, February 5.

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    Mark Steyn is Not Alone


    Muslims pretending to be moderate Muslims and down overt Islamists that use Western laws of hate speech are silencing critics with law suits and criminal charges depending on the Law of the land in a Western nation including America.

    I have posted about this before (e.g.
    HERE and HERE).

    I have found a
    Hudson Institute article that articulates this issue with remarkable clarity using Mark Steyn as a launching pad for he is not alone but one of many close to home. To find an excellent grasp of what organized Mohammedanism is doing or affecting in your own back yard, read that Hudson Institute article.

    JRH 1/21/08


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    Mark Steyn is Not Alone

    by
    Brooke Goldstein
    From the January 15, 2008 American Spectator
    Hudson Institute
    January 16, 2008


    Award-winning author Mark Steyn has been summoned to appear before two Canadian Human Rights Commissions on vague
    allegations of "subject[ing] Canadian Muslims to hatred and contempt" and being "flagrantly Islamophobic" after Maclean's magazine published an excerpt from his book, America Alone.

    The public inquisition of Steyn has triggered outrage among Canadians and Americans who value free speech, but it should not come as a surprise. Steyn's predicament is just the latest salvo in a campaign of legal actions designed to punish and silence the voices of anyone who speaks out against Islamism, Islamic terrorism, or its sources of financing.

    The Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), which initiated the complaint against Steyn, has previously tried unsuccessfully to
    sue publications it disagrees with, including Canada's National Post. The not-for-profit organization's president, Mohamed Elmasry, once labeled every adult Jew in Israel a legitimate target for terrorists and is in the habit of accusing his opponents of anti-Islamism -- a charge that is now apparently an actionable claim in Canada. In 2006, after Elmasry publicly accused a spokesman for the Muslim Canadian Congress of being anti-Islamic, the spokesman reportedly resigned amidst fears for his personal safety.

    The Islamist movement has two wings -- one violent and one lawful -- which operate apart but often reinforce each other. While the violent arm attempts to silence speech by burning cars when cartoons of Mohammed are published, the lawful arm is maneuvering within Western legal systems.

    Islamists with financial means have launched a legal jihad, manipulating democratic court systems to suppress freedom of expression, abolish public discourse critical of Islam, and establish principles of Sharia law. The practice, called "lawfare," is often predatory, filed without a serious expectation of winning and undertaken as a means to intimidate and bankrupt defendants.

    Forum shopping, whereby plaintiffs bring actions in jurisdictions most likely to rule in their favor, has enabled a wave of "libel tourism" that has resulted in foreign judgments against European and now American authors mandating the destruction of American-authored literary material.

    At the time of her death in 2006, noted Italian author Orianna Fallaci was being sued in France, Italy, Switzerland, and other jurisdictions, by groups dedicated to preventing the dissemination of her work. With its "human rights" commissions, Canada joins the list of countries, including France and the United Kingdom, whose laws are being used to attack the free speech rights and due process protections afforded American citizens.

    A MAJOR PLAYER on this front is Khalid bin Mahfouz, a wealthy Egyptian who resides in Saudi Arabia. Mahfouz has sued or threatened to sue
    more than 30 publishers and authors in British courts, including several Americans, whose written works have linked him to terrorist entities. A notable libel tourist, Mahfouz has taken advantage of the UK's plaintiff-friendly libel laws to restrict the dissemination of written material that draws attention to Saudi-funded terrorism.

    Faced with the prospect of protracted and expensive litigation, and regardless of the merit of the works, most authors and publishers targeted have issued apologies and retractions, while some have paid fines and "contributions" to Mahfouz's charities. When Mahfouz threatened Cambridge Press with a lawsuit for publishing Alms for Jihad by American authors Robert Collins and J. Millard Burr, the publisher immediately capitulated, offered a public apology to Mahfouz, pulped the unsold copies of the book, and took it out of print.

    Shortly after the publication of Funding Evil in the United States, Mahfouz sued its author, anti-terrorism analyst and director of the American Center for Democracy, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, for alleging financial ties between wealthy Saudis, including Mahfouz, and terrorist entities such as al Qaeda. The allegations against Ehrenfeld were heard by the UK court despite the fact that neither Mahfouz nor Ehrenfeld resides in England and merely because approximately
    23 copies of Funding Evil were sold online to UK buyers via Amazon.com.

    Unwilling to travel to England or acknowledge the authority of English libel laws over herself and her work, Ehrenfeld lost on default and was ordered to pay heavy fines, apologize, and destroy her books -- all of which she has refused to do. Instead, Ehrenfeld counter-sued Mahfouz in a New York State court seeking to have the foreign judgment declared unenforceable in the United States.

    Ironically, Ehrenfeld lost
    her case against Mahfouz, because the New York court ruled it lacked jurisdiction over the Saudi resident who, the court said, did not have sufficient connections to the state. Shortly afterwards the Association of American Publishers released a statement that criticized the ruling as a blow to intellectual freedom and "a deep disappointment for publishers and other First Amendment advocates."

    The
    litany of American publishers, television stations, authors, journalists, experts, activists, political figures, and citizens targeted for censorship is long and merits brief mention. There is an obvious pattern to these suits that can only be ignored at great peril. And we must expect future litigation along these lines:

    * Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, was served with a temporary restraining order and sued for leading a peaceful and lawful ten person protest against the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) outside an event the group sponsored at a Six Flags theme park in Texas. According to ICNA's website, the group is dedicated to "working for the establishment of Islam in all spheres of life," and to "reforming society at large." The complaint included seven Dallas-area plaintiffs who had never been previously mentioned by Kaufman, nor been present at the theme park. Litigation is ongoing.

    * The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) sued Andrew Whitehead, an American activist, for $1.3 million for founding and maintaining the website Anti-CAIR-net.org, on which he lists CAIR as an Islamist organization with ties to terrorist groups. After CAIR refused Whitehead's discovery requests, seemingly afraid of what internal documents the legal process it had initiated would reveal, the lawsuit was dismissed by the court with prejudice.

    * CAIR also sued Cass Ballenger for $2 million after the then-U.S. Congressman said in a 2003 interview with the Charlotte Observer that the group was a "fundraising arm for Hezbollah" that he had reported as such to the FBI and CIA. Fortunately, the judge ruled that Ballenger's statements were made in the scope of his public duties and were protected speech.

    * A Muslim police officer is suing former CIA official and counterterrorism consultant Bruce Tefft and the New York Police Department for workplace harassment merely because Tefft sent emails with relevant news stories about Islamic terrorism to a voluntary list of recipients that included police officers.


    THESE SUITS REPRESENT a direct and real threat to our constitutional rights and national security. Even if the lawsuits don't succeed, the continued use of lawfare tactics by Islamist organizations has the potential to create a detrimental chilling effect on public discourse and information concerning the war on terror.

    Already, publishers have canceled books on the subject of counterterrorism and no doubt other journalists and authors have self-censored due to the looming threat of suit. For its part, CAIR announced an ambitious fundraising goal of $1 million, partly to "defend against defamatory attacks on Muslims and Islam." One of CAIR's staffers, Rabiah Ahmed,
    bragged that lawsuits are increasingly an "instrument" for it to use.

    U.S. courts have not yet grasped the importance of rebuffing international attempts to restrain the free speech rights of American citizens.

    This is troubling. The United States was founded on the premise of freedom of worship, but also on the principle of the freedom to criticize religion. Islamists should not be allowed to stifle constitutionally protected speech, nor should they be allowed to subject innocent citizens who talk to other citizens about issues of national security to frivolous and costly lawsuits.

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    Sunday, January 20, 2008

    Fred Heads Do Not Give Up


    My Man Fred came in a disappointing third place in South Carolina. Apparently Huck believes Fred was a spoiler for his campaign in South Carolina and would have won over McCain if Fred was not there.

    For me it boggles my mind that my fellow Christian Right voters are falling for Huckabee instead of Thompson. Thompson has the proven record of the most consistent Conservative fiscally and socially of the Candidates that have a real shot in the competition for the nomination.

    Apparently Huckabee’s ministerial ordination credentials and home spun ability to connect with voters is of more value than a consistent Conservative track record.

    Officially Fred has not thrown in the towel after counting so much on South Carolina; however a rather dour speech that sounded like “Thanks for the Memories” provides the appearance Fred is thinking of withdrawing.

    I doubt Fred will gain any traction in the touted Florida Primary coming up; however I pray Fred stays in through Super Tuesday. If Fred can lose the dourness and show the fire he had in the last few debates, Super Tuesday may prove good for Fred even if he is not the majority winner. If the Republican Convention has no clear winner of delegates,
    then the bargaining begins in extra ballots at the Convention. Something I have never seen in my life time, but it has happened.

    So my man Fred, stiffen that back and get tough and stick it out. A Convention that decides on multiple ballots does not mean the candidate with the most delegates after the first ballot is the automatic winner. A Candidate must win a minimum of 1191 delegates to be declared the winner of the Presidential nomination. If that doesn’t happen on the first ballot, the back room deals and political wrangling to come up with magic number occurs.

    Thus even a third or fourth place finish for Fred may be seen as the logical compromise choice with his consistent Conservativism.

    Saturday, January 19, 2008

    At the Last Minute, Thompson Shines


    I personally did not watch the last South Carolina Republican debate; however by accounts that I have read Fred won it hands down. Will the passion of the debate pull off a surprise in South Carolina for Thompson? So far it is looking not to be the case with McCain and Huckabee duking it out for first place.

    On the other hand a ray of hope for Thompson is that a combination of
    bad weather and polling machine malfunctions may hinder late tally results which could edge toward Thompson. We will have to wait for later news on if this proves to be Thompson voters who may get a late counting.

    JRH 1/19/08

    The Final Jihad


    Here is an awesome YouTube video that is a quick lesson on Jihad. I found it at American Infidel. The video points out that transnational terrorists and psycho nations did not begin the current War on Terror at 9/11. The origins actually can be found at Mohammedanism’s inception. Check out the video.

    (Hat tip to
    Humbled Infidel)


    Fred Thompson Statement on Huckabee's Comments on CNN


    The term “living and breathing Constitution” is the concept the Left particularly Leftist activist judges use to justify legislating law from the Bench instead of from Congress. Constitutionally Congress passes legislation, the President approves or vetoes the legislation and the Judiciary is supposed to judge if the legislation conforms to the master document – the U.S. Constitution.

    The “living and breathing” judicial crowd instead of interpreting legislation creates legislation to conform to their belief of what is relative to modern times rather than the intent of the letter of the Constitution.

    Huckabee recently exposed himself to his Left leanings (consciously or unconsciously) by saying the Constitution is a “living, breathing document.”

    My man
    Fred called him on this Leftist terminology.

    JRH 1/19/08

    Iowa Grandmother Jailed for Discouraging Abortion


    Does anyone still believe the Left involved in government whether it be Executive or Judicial (Federal, State or Local), does not have an agenda to use whatever power they possess to attack Christianity?

    If you are skeptical then read about a
    72 year old Grandma jailed for protesting abortion outside a baby death factory. Grandma was convicted on hearsay evidence and the judicial exclusion of exculpatory evidence and not even allowed to face her accuser who sent her to trial.

    There’s more! Because of the obvious deficiencies I just mentioned Grandma took her case to an Appellate Court who refused to listen to the case.

    JRH 1/19/08

    Friday, January 18, 2008

    What about India in a Global Hostility?


    Here is an enigmatic essay about India and China. The byline implies that the long standing foes and competitors in Asia are embarking on some kind of rapprochement. However as you read through the analysis it appears to be paragraph after paragraph of what ifs.

    The conclusion that the commonality between India and China is commerce however distrust between the emerging Asian giants is far from being resolved. The enigma is will China continue to get involved with nations in India’s sphere of influence and sphere of turbulence or will India overlook that continuing Chinese excursions and seek to strengthen each other by cooperation in boosting each others economies.

    How does the enigma affect American National Interests? Bush not too long ago reached out to India to forge bilateral cooperation in the nuclear realm probably to coax a partner with India’s hated enemies of Mohammedan nations. It is like Bush is trying to find a back-up if the Musharraf regime collapses to radical Islam. A radicalized Pakistan which is already the natural enemy of India would increase the hostility between the two nations.

    But check it out: China is a friend of Islamist rogue nations. If Pakistan collapses my bet is China will prop up an Islamist revolutionary Pakistan government to cause more headaches for America.

    There is a lot of backroom international politicking going here and India might be the key to offset China and an ally against Islamist rogue nations. So watch the moves of India, its choices could give a bonus to China or to America depending on what back door diplomacy is being ironed out.

    One other point about India: India and America have not been in each other’s friendly orbit. Even though India is a democracy, it leaned heavily on military expertise from the former Communist Soviet Union. That relationship did not amuse America in Cold War days.

    Yes I do believe India is the enigmatic key in global politics. The question is which nation India will decide to ultimately align with.

    JRH

    Thursday, January 17, 2008

    Bush Allows Terrorism to Create Palestinian State


    Jeff Jacoby writes of the disappointing Bush. With the Secretary of State as the voice piece, President Bush is abandoning a principle of the Bush Doctrine pertaining to terrorism.

    Regardless of constant terrorism by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Aksa Brigade and other Islamofascist terrorists that call themselves Palestinians; President Bush is determined to create a sovereign nation called Palestine.

    National Interests drive domestic and foreign policies of all nations. What do you think a Palestinian State’s primary National Interest would be?

    If you thought that National Interest was to live in perpetual peace with Israel cooperating with the Israeli economy to strengthen the infrastructure of a novice Palestinian State, you would be an idiot.

    The National Interest of a Palestinian State will be the same as the prime directive of the Arab terrorists since the Arab League set up the refugees they created as a stateless people: none other than the complete and utter destruction of Israel and the Jews that live in the Land of Israel.

    And guess what? Part of the Bush dhimmitude to Arab wishes is for Israel to recede to the vulnerable borders that existed between Israel’s creation in 1948 through 1967 prior to one of the Arab invasions to drive the Jews into the sea. The penalty for that Arab invasion was the complete union of Jerusalem under Israeli authority and the acquisition of land Biblically part of Israel and Judaism.

    That border recession is like stamping a big sign on an Israeli map that says, “INVADE ME.”

    Evidently the Bush Administration is willing to sacrifice Israeli security to drum up Arab friends to stand with him of the true threat of rogue Iranian militancy not to mention Iran being the biggest supporter of transnational terrorist organizations committed to a Jewish holocaust.

    So you see President Bush is playing a brinksmanship game between Arabs and Iranians gambling on checking Iran and offering a Palestinian State as a gift for Arab help to check Iran. I am guessing the thinking is that Iran is the current threat to the flow of oil thus affecting our National Interests so President Bush is operating in the NOW of what is left of his term of Office and let the next President be responsible for the existence of Israel.

    The problem with that thinking there is a huge chance that Appeasement minded Democrats may win the Presidency in 2008 and allow Israel to be dissolved by American inaction. Did I say “dissolved?” I meant butchered.

    The butchering lay in that Bush has been selling weapons to Arabs that has nearly erased Israel’s
    qualitative military edge (QME) in superior weapons to potential hostile neighbors.

    You can think of the QME in this way. Israel had such a difficult time in punishing Hezbollah for missile launches and soldier kidnapping, that many Middle Eastern nations perceived the first Arab victory and the first Israeli loss in battle since their 1948 Statehood. This was accomplished with better training thanks to Iran more than superior weapons.

    Now check this out! America has been selling high tech weaponry to perceived American Arab friends Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. The Saudi’s have never formerly recognized Israel as State. Although Jordan and Egypt have diplomatic relations with Israel they have been involved in every major invasion of Israel since 1948. These Arab nations have benefitted from American training and high tech weapons.

    What do you think will happen if Bush succeeds in creating a Palestinian State with Arab allies that have American military training and American high tech weapons?

    JRH

    Bush the Hero – Bush the Disappointment



    Daniel Pipes writes a brief summary of President Bush’s historical legacy followed by conclusions about the success or failure of the Bush Agenda. I agree with Pipes’ outline of President Bush’s outstanding beginning and half heartedly agree with Pipes’ conclusions.

    The conclusions are wholly negative. I have to admit deservedly so.

    For me President Bush’s two terms in office is like Bush my hero and Bush my disappointment. The Bush agenda is still valid except maybe the valiant effort to export Western Democracy to a people whose Theo-political belief system purely cannot grasp or agree with the concepts of individual liberty and civil freedoms.

    The Bush Agenda would have to become a true imperialist (as were the early Mohammedan conquerors) to force a change in religiously held beliefs of submission to Allah which over the years has given incredible social power to Mohammedan clerics and the rulers that manage or support the clerics.

    In the Western World 21st century that would be totally be politically incorrect and would probably start a coalition of Westerners to bring down American geopolitical hegemony even though concepts of American Liberty more than once saved Western Europe from Statist despotism.

    The Bush political interference in military strategy in post Saddam Iraq has prevented an outright victory against terrorism there. If the initial strategy was comparable to the current “Surge” then the implementation of civil administration would probably be more assured today. It may have alienated both Sunni and Shia factions initially; however without terrorist enclaves the Mohammedan understanding of power would have pacified violent opposition to American occupation and allowed time to build a new Iraqi political infrastructure. Admittedly the new infrastructure would not resemble Western Democracy. It would probably resemble more a democratic republican oligarchy in which tribes and clerics managed a system based on Mohammedan culture (hopefully not a total reliance on Sharia Law).

    President Bush the disappointment is the Bush that implemented a faulty post Saddam clean up fearing the wrath of the Arab supporting/oil dependant Western allies that combined could hamper American National Interests. The coalition of the willing were militarily weaker mostly Eastern European governments that have admired American Liberty and wished to court American favor in case the big bear of Russia tried to rebuild its empire realized under Soviet Communism.

    The Bush failure to date in the War on Terror was not the agenda but the failure of West Europeans controlling the European Union to comprehend the danger to Western Culture presented by Islamofascist transnational terrorists and Islamist rogue nations and individual Islamist billionaires (Mostly Saudi) who support the concept of a Global Jihad.

    The EU failure to join the Bush Agenda could potentially weaken the Western Culture of the future to withstand Islamist attacks. And I am not necessarily writing of military or terrorist attacks, but the allowance of a Mohammedan Trojan Horse to infiltrate our culture and weaken our resolve to retain Liberty, Freedom and Democratic Institutions.

    The Bush disappointment is a failure of realization of European Union peoples to comprehend the threat.

    JRH