April 18, 2014

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Brandeis University dishonors women

Last week Brandeis University withdrew its offer to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak at its commencement ceremony and receive an honorary doctorate degree.  As a child growing up in Somalia in a strict Muslim community, Ali endured genital mutilation, a forced marriage, and horrific beatings.  In 2007 she founded The AHA Foundation, whose purpose is to “protect and defend women and girls in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture.”  Ali has been speaking out against the subjugation and abuse of women and girls within Muslim communities growing in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada.  As a public figure Brandeis University must have known about her background.

Ali is executive producer of the documentary film Honor Diaries released this year that has been the subject of heated debate.  The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been very vocal in their opposition to the movie and was behind the decision of Brandeis University to rescind their invitation.  I was curious about the documentary and what “lies” about Islam representatives of CAIR said were being propagated by the film.

In the documentary Honor Diaries nine women’s rights activists come together to discuss the abuse of women within Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh communities. They have experienced or seen first-hand the horrors of growing up as girls under the honor codes within these faiths.  One woman explains they are taught as young girls that they have the power to dishonor their family. This concept of honor centers on how women behave within society and on the sexuality of women.  They are taught not to shame and dishonor their family.  In many of these societies, women are guarded and controlled by men.  In Saudi Arabia women cannot go anywhere outside of the home without being accompanied by a male family member or guardian.  In Iran, a woman’s testimony in the courts and the value of her life is exactly one-half of a man.  In Sudan every man has the right to stop a woman and take her to court if he feels she is not dressed modestly, although the language of the law is vague.  Women’s lives and bodies are not their own.

One young woman, a UK citizen of Pakistani descent, speaks of a sister who was sent to Pakistan for a forced marriage at the age of fifteen.  She returned to the UK nine months later and never dressed in Western apparel again. She was abused and unhappy in her marriage, but instead of divorcing her husband she set herself on fire and died.  She chose death instead of dishonoring her family.

One little girl spoke of being forced into marriage at the age of six and was repeatedly raped by her husband.  A ten year old girl divorced her husband, although according to the law he was not charged with abuse.  Instead the family was ordered to compensate him.

Some staggering statistics were presented throughout the film.

  • In Afghanistan 85% of women and girls are illiterate, 40% in Egypt
  • 125 million girls have suffered female genital mutilation (FGM) since 1989 in Africa and the Middle East according to the UN.
  • 500,000 European women are victims of FGM according to Amnesty International
  • 150,000-200,000 of women and girls in the US are at risk of FGM according to the CDC

While Muslims prefer to call it female circumcision, FGM is nothing like male circumcision.  FGM involves cutting off of the clitoris and often the labia, and the vagina is sewn shut.  The women explained it is not in the Quran but is occurring everywhere the Muslim Brotherhood is.

Female genital mutilation is about controlling female sexuality and has been imported into the West as a cultural practice.  It is being done here secretly or the girls are taken to other countries for this barbaric mutilation, some as young as 5 years old.

  • It is estimated there are nearly 8000 forced marriages in the UK every year, 1500 in the US.
  • The UN estimates there are approximately 5000 honor killings a year, although it is more like 20,000 according to the BBC

In the West, most women and girls who have been honor killed have had many encounters with law enforcement with domestic violence calls, but they do not seem to realize the real threats these women and girls are facing.

The message of the women in Honor Diaries is that this abuse and violence against women does not come from the Muslim, Hindu or Sikh cultures. They asserted that calling it a person’s culture is racist.  It is “systematic institutionalized misogyny.”  It is a case of human rights, and cultural relativism has no place when a woman’s rights are being abused.  It is not a part of anyone’s culture for women to be abused.

The human rights of Muslim (and Hindu and Sikh) women are being ignored because we are afraid to question.  Muslim women are being ignored not only by Muslim men, but by the entire world.  Although it is hidden in America this abuse of women is growing here.  In Tampa I covered the case of Fatima Abdallah, who was brutally beaten to death in August of 2009.  Whether it was an honor killing or domestic violence, she was murdered and the City of Tampa Police Department and the coroner’s office ruled it an accidental death.  If our own law enforcement agencies will not pursue prosecution of the murder of a Muslim woman, are any of us safe?  Where are the feminists? Where is NOW?  Why does the left continue to ignore the brutality committed by men against women every day in the West and all across the globe?

In a recent interview with Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File, CAIR communications director Ibrahim Hooper called Ayaan Hirsi Ali hateful, extremist, and bigoted.  He said the message of Honor Diaries is to hate Muslims and hate Islam. Hooper said he supports our Constitution and says this hateful bigoted speech seeks to deny Muslims their religious rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.

Megyn Kelly shot back that Hooper and CAIR try to shut down the message every time they hear something they do not like. She told him “You don’t want to respond, you want to silence.” A portion of this discussion can be seen in the video below:

The women in this documentary are calling for a whole army of women to help our oppressed sisters. We can’t be afraid of being called racist, bigoted or islamophobes. The term “islamophobe” is new and is being used to silence people.  The root word phobia means fear.  These women are far from fearful of Islam. Most still practice and observe the tenets of their faith.  These women are threatened with death, mutilation, and rape every day for speaking out in defense of women’s rights. They said we must not be afraid to speak out, we must be courageous.  If we are afraid to speak, they win.

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April 10, 2014

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Congress Attempts to Silence Opposition: Proposes Licensing of “Legitimate” Journalists

Our individual rights of free speech and freedom of the press guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America are under attack.

In May of 2013, Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) sponsored S987: The “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013,” shortly after the news came out about the Justice Department’s monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen. The DOJ obtained a search warrant of his personal emails, traced phone calls, and used security badge access records to track his comings and goings from the State Department. The warrant indicated there was evidence Rosen violated the law and labeled him a “co-conspirator” for making arrangements to obtain information on North Korea’s nuclear program from a State Department contractor. These actions by the Department of Justice upset journalists everywhere and all across the political spectrum.

The proposed bill, also known as the “media shield bill,” provides for the licensing of journalists by the federal government. It defines who will be considered a “journalist” eligible for protection from government prosecution demanding that confidential sources be revealed. The language in the bill would exclude citizen journalists, bloggers, and others from the privileges afforded a “legitimate” journalist as defined by Congress. By licensing journalists, the federal government would be giving this “privileged” press special access to information and making them beholden to the government. This bill would effectively limit the freedom of speech and the press of those who oppose the administration. In addition it would enable the government to limit our access to information.

In September of 2013, California Senator Diane Feinstein (D) asserted that the First Amendment provision of freedom of the press is a “special privilege” reserved for legitimate journalists. She proposed an amendment to the bill establishing “legitimate” journalist bona fides credentials as outlined in the video shown below:

In a document entitled ADDITIONAL MINORITY VIEWS FROM SENATORS CORNYN, SESSIONS, LEE, AND CRUZ, the senators opposing this bill assert:

“The First Amendment was adopted to prevent—not further—the federal government licensing of media. … If today’s town crier or pamphleteer must meet a test set by the federal government to avail themselves of liberty, we have gone less far from tyranny than any of us want to admit. This bill runs afoul of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and amounts to de facto licensing. It would weaken the newly-illegitimate press, render the specially privileged press supplicant to the federal government and ultimately undermine liberty.”

Those of us who have become engaged in citizen journalism and blogging are ordinary Americans who are concerned with what we see happening in our country. We have become the pamphleteers and town criers of this generation. We do not need special bona fides determined by this increasingly oppressive government to speak and report the truth. As American citizens our First Amendment rights must not be abridged.

The bill passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Schumer said recently he believes he has enough votes to pass it in the Senate. President Obama endorses the bill.

Much like the “Affordable Health Care Act” has proven to be unaffordable, we can be confident the application of the “Free Flow of Information Act” will undoubtedly restrict the free flow of information.

Cross posted in Politichicks.

 

 

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April 2, 2014

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EPA to regulate cow farts as part of climate agenda

An article in The Daily Caller “White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda” could have been an April Fool’s joke, but sadly it is not. It seems of all of the issues facing our country and the world today, climate change stands at the top of the list as the most serious threat to humankind.

New EPA regulations seek to reduce methane gas emissions from cows by twenty-five percent by the year 2020, labeling it an extremely potent greenhouse gas (if you are married you know what they mean). Taking this issue as seriously as the EPA demands we do, perhaps we should look at exactly what the (un) intended consequences of the new regulation would achieve:

Reducing methane gas emissions by twenty-five percent would force farmers to reduce their livestock by twenty-five percent. After all, cows will be cows and cows will be gassy. This will drive up the cost of beef and dairy products and create food shortages. If they do not reduce their livestock population farmers will be fined or taxed for the excess emissions their cows produce. These costs will put many if not all small farmers out of business, thus once again reducing our food supply.

Of all of the animals in the wild, how many also produce methane? And how many more animals (domestic and in the wild) are there in the rest of the world that produce methane? I would suspect every mammal walking the earth might emit some methane, but I am not a scientist – I will leave that determination up to them. Would regulating cows in the United States really make much difference, even if you bought in to the fallacious argument that cow farts create climate change?

You see, it is not about greenhouse gas emissions, it is about regulations taking more of our hard earned money and putting small farmers out of business. It is about redistribution of wealth and it is about control, and it is not a joke.

 

 

 

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April 1, 2014

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Florida Bill SB386 passes Senate Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee took up SB386 titled “Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases” on March 25, 2014. Florida State Senator Alan Hays, the sponsor of the bill, commented on the bill saying the intent of the bill is to protect the people of Florida against foreign laws if those laws violate their individual rights. Senator Hays stated: “We jealously respect and guard [our] constitutional rights” and this bill puts into statute recognition of those fundamental rights. He asserted: “If a foreign law does not impinge on these constitutional rights then this bill does not address it.” The bill would assure that the decisions of the courts would be based on the rights of individuals established in the Florida and U. S. Constitution and not on any foreign laws if those laws do not recognize, or if they violate, these rights.

The video of the meeting can be accessed here, with the discussion and public comment starting at around 95:15.

Two people spoke in opposition to the bill. Mark Flynn, representing Emerge-USA.org, spoke against the bill. He began by complaining about the time constraints for public commentary on such a controversial bill. After Flynn’s public comment Senator Lee explained they blocked the time based on the fact that there were very few public comment cards. Those supporting the bill were not given the opportunity to comment at all. Flynn gave a brief background of Emerge-USA and then spoke of the growing animosity, hostility and “treatment of brown people.” He said that Islamophobia became a national past time after the events of 9/11 and we should remember that “American Muslims also died that day.” This was interesting commentary in an era of political correctness where no one dare say anything which could be construed as racist or bigoted. The bill does not refer to any specific foreign or religious laws but he, and we must assume the organization he represents, seem to believe this bill to be anti-Muslim.

According to its website: “Emerge USA is a national, non-partisan organization, that aspires to engage underrepresented communities into the political process with a focus on the Muslim, Arab and South Asian American (MASA) communities. Our goal is to ensure that these communities have the same constitutional rights, social privileges, and political opportunities afforded to all Americans.” This appears to be another organization promoting young Muslims to get involved in American politics, much like United Voices for America, which hosts an annual Florida Muslim Capitol Day in Tallahassee. What these organizations are doing is known as civilization jihad.

The vote was called and the bill passed 6 to 3 along party lines; all Republicans voting in favor of the bill while all Democrats on the committee voting against. It is now in the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability.

A brief video explaining the process of infiltration and civilization jihad can be viewed below:

For in depth information on civilization jihad, Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy has a great series of videos exposing The Muslim Brotherhood in America.

Applying foreign law in a case in Florida has not yet occurred, but one has to wonder why there is such outcry and opposition from the Muslim community to a bill which only seeks to assure the people of Florida that their fundamental rights will be protected under Florida law and the U. S. Constitution.

Cross posted in Poltichicks.

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March 27, 2014

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Trevor Loudon: “Our allies are freaking out!”

The South Pinellas 9.12 Project welcomed Trevor Loudon at the Pinellas Park Library March 16, 2014.  Trevor is the author of The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U. S. Congress, a follow up to his earlier work, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within.

Trevor Loudon hails from New Zealand and has spent over two decades researching and documenting the Marxist/communist infiltration into our highest offices of government.  He exposed President Barack Obama’s early ties to Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall Davis (the Frank he mentions in his book Dreams of My Father) and others deeply involved in the communist movement in America.  He exposed President Obama’s Green Energy Czar, avowed communist Van Jones, which led to his expulsion from the White House.

Trevor recites from memory the members of Congress who have current and former ties to Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, the Workers World Party, the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World, and other progressive anti-American organizations.

As we see what is happening in the world today; the threat of terrorism, unstable global economy, and increasing threat from Russia, Iran, and China; Trevor Loudon believes that the United States is truly the last great hope for peace and freedom in the world.  Hearing his perspective on how he and the rest of the world view the Obama Administration is enlightening and  truly frightening.

Our allies around the world are seeing what is happening and are looking at our leadership, and they are “freaking out” according to Trevor.  The communists see our weakness and are flexing their muscles everywhere.  China is expanding their reach into the South China Sea and Russia under Comrade Putin seeks to rebuild the Soviet Empire.

Although we may not realize it, what the Tea Party was able to accomplish by taking control of the House of Representatives in 2010 truly threw a wrench into the progressive’s plans to fundamentally transform this country.  In 2008, with the Democrats in control of the House, Senate and Oval Office, they thought they had everything locked up.  The Tea Party brought the “agenda of the left to a grinding, screeching halt!”  If we had not accomplished what we did the Democrats would have already enacted comprehensive immigration reform, gun control legislation, cap and trade, and card check.

We must realize the left’s primary focus right now is for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  Twenty years ago the labor unions were against immigration reform, now they are pushing it.  Why?  The unions are now controlled by the communists and progressives.  Passing immigration reform would instantly secure eight million voters for the Democratic Party.  If immigration legislation is passed we can be certain there will never be another Republican elected again!

Trevor spoke about attending a progressive conference in Washington, D. C. after the 2010 elections and said he was bored.  All they spoke about was the damned “Tea Party.”  They were so angry their plans had been thwarted.  Is it any wonder why we are so vilified by the left in Washington and in the media?

Trevor described the Tea Party as the Second Revolution in America.  We must run conservative Republicans and take control of the Senate in 2014, and then put a true conservative in the White House in 2016.  We need a Reagan-esque candidate, someone who appeals to the majority of Americans.  While there are so many different groups with differing agendas, we must come together and rally around people who share the same beliefs in our Constitution; who are for smaller government, eliminating the debt, repealing the “Affordable” Health Care Act, and eliminating the alphabet soup of executive agencies that exert control over every aspect of our lives.  We need to take control of the Republican Party and nominate a candidate for president of our choosing, not one who is chosen by the establishment of the GOP.

Trevor Loudon brings a message of hope for our future.  It is not too late to save America.  When we do, our children will one day proudly proclaim that their parents and grandparents were members of the Tea Party movement, the Second Revolution that saved the greatest country in the history of mankind.

Trevor Loudon is continuing his speaking tour across the country.  Loudon’s future tour dates can be seen by clicking here.

Watch his complete presentation below, and see who are The Enemies Within.

 

Cross-posted in Politichicks.

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March 23, 2014

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From Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal Blog

Note to Obama: This is what Resistance and Courage Really Look Like Hat tip Terresa Monroe-Hamilton of NoisyRoom.net Excellent article on what is happening in Ukraine and how our government is helping Putin advance his communist agenda. Excerpt: “Elitists across the globe, but especially on the Left here in the US, sit in their pampered […]

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March 20, 2014

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Full Video of Trevor Loudon’s presentation on “The Enemies Within”

Listening to Trevor Loudon’s presentation is well worth the time.  If you want to save our country, you have to know who we are fighting, The Enemies Within.

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March 19, 2014

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Trevor Loudon speaks to South Pinellas 9.12 Project about “The Enemies Within”

The South Pinellas 9.12 Project welcomed Trevor Loudon at the Pinellas Park Library this past Sunday.  Trevor is the author of The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U. S. Congress, a follow up to his earlier work, Barack Obama and the Enemies Within. A native of New Zealand, Trevor has spent over […]

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March 14, 2014

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House Approves H.R. 3189, the Water Rights Protection Act

Americans must be made aware of the federal grab – through presidential executive order and non-legislative agency regulation – of our access to food, water, and energy: life-sustaining essentials. Below is a press release from the House Committee on Natural Resources, which is fighting to keep private property rights from being usurped by the federal […]

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March 13, 2014

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IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups

True the Vote founder Catherine Englebrecht speaks before Congress on the coordinated efforts of federal government agencies to silence conservative patriots.  The abuse of power is obvious and indisputable. “No American citizen should be willing to accept a government that uses its power against its own people.”

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