How Depressing

Another shoe falls in Europe. Note the references to similar events in early 1930’s Europe which just happen to lead to the rise of a certain German promising to lead them back to prosperity. It’s a bit of a dry and cumbersome read, but important.

The French Depression

Ambrose Evans-PritchardBy  of the UK Telegraph

His tragically-misguided budget offers no strategic plan to reverse — or even to stop — thirty years of slow national decline. He offers no worthwhile measures to slim the Leviathan state, now a Nordic-sized 55% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), without Nordic labour flexibility or Nordic free markets.

He does not tell us how he will stem the slide in France’s share of eurozone exports over the last decade, down from 17% to 13%, or what he will do about the disastrous swing in France’s trade balance from a surplus of 2.5% of GDP to a deficit of 2.4% since 1999.

He proposes nothing credible to restore France’s viability within EMU (Economic and Monetary Union), or to stop public debt spiralling beyond 90% of GDP. Instead he has served up the most drastic retrenchment in forty years, at the worst possible time, and in the worst possible way. And markets are supposed to applaud?

The budget will tighten discretionary fiscal policy by 2% of GDP next year into the teeth of deepening depression, without offsetting monetary stimulus or exchange rate relief.

Mr Hollande likes to quote Leon Blum, the Popular Front leader of the interwar years. The reality could hardly be more cruel. He is replicating the disastrous deflation policies of Labour Chancellor Philip Snowden in 1931, before the Labour Party woke up to the delicious possibility that you could lift two fingers to the forces of reaction and leave the Gold Standard.

Worse yet, he is perilously close to re-enacting the desperate deflation decrees of Pierre Laval — an ex-Socialist dreamer, pacifist, and utopian who lost his way, and ultimately cleaved too closely to foreign ideologies — and like Laval he is doing so to uphold a fixed exchange system that is slowly asphyxiating his country and no longer makes any sense.

His budget is pro-cylical error of the first order, carried out to meet an EU (European Union) deficit target of 3% of GDP that has no economic logic and is plucked out of thin air to meet bureaucratic tidiness and enshrined like so much other idiocy into EU treaty law. The certain result will be hundreds of thousands of lost jobs.

“To save the dogma of single currency, they are imposing absurd hyper-austerity on France,” said Marine Le Pen from the National Front, France’s unlikely apostle of Keynesian doctrine.

France now joins Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, and parts of Eastern Europe in synchronized tightening, with the Netherlands and Belgium cutting too, all dragging each other down in a 1930s style slide into the political swamp.

Mr Hollande has not been entirely passive. He threw his weight behind the Latin revolt earlier this summer, forcing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to sanction mass bond purchases by the European Central Bank. This would not have been possible in the Merkozy era, when Nicholas Sarkozy sacrificed all else on the altar of the Franco-German unity.

But he has not followed through and there were in any case two quid pro quos to this deal with Germany. One was that Spain and Italy must submit to Troika Hell before the ECB (European Central Bank) buys a single bond. The second was that France must submit to fiscal Hell.

Mr Hollande has his own motives for bowing to austerity demands. He learned the lesson as an aide to François Mitterrand that you cannot deviate too far from Germany if you share a currency peg. There will be no repetition of 1983, the epic U-turn or `tournant de la rigueur’.

He may judge it tactically clever to get his recession out-of-the-way early in the electoral cycle. If so, it is a very risky strategy.

Professor Jacques Sapir, director of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, says the more likely outcome is a downward economic spiral, pushing the declared numbers of jobless from 3m towards 4m — and the real number to 6m — by the end of next year. The economy will not spring back of its own accord this time because the contractionary structure of EMU has jammed the mechanism.

Prof Sapir fears global markets will turn on France with “full fury” before long, at which point, events will slip entirely beyond political control. “François Hollande is making a dangerous bet that he can only lose,” he said.

The French economy has already been in quasi-slump for five quarters. Dominique Barbet from BNP Paribas says the latest crash in the manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) to 42.6 — the lowest since April 2009, and lower that at any time in the dotcom bust — is “potentially alarming”.

Indeed it is. Data collected by Simon Ward at Henderson Global Investors shows that a key leading indicator of the money supply –`six-month real M1 money’ — is now contracting even faster in France than in Spain. The shock will hit over the winter. “The budget looks increasingly misguided and self-defeating,” he said.

Mr Hollande thinks his budget will safeguard jobs. The fiscal burden will fall on the rich with a top tax rate of 75%, and on industry. Barclays Capital says three-quarters of the total will come by raising revenue, with the taxes “front-loaded” while spending cuts are “back-loaded”. The ratio of taxes to gross wages will rise to an all-time high of 46.3%. (Finance ministry estimates). [ Notice that like in the U.S., tax hikes always come first with hollow promises of mythical spending cuts later, that, of course, never materialize.]

Harvard Professor Alberto Alesina says this flies in the face of all we have learned about austerity. “The accumulated evidence from over 40 years across the OECD ( Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) peaks loud and clear: spending cuts are less recessionary than tax increases,” he said.

France, above all, screams out for a blast of tax-cutting Thatcherism and pension reform. The IMF (International Monetary Fund) says the country’s “tax wedge” – or tax as a share of labour costs – is one of highest in the world at almost 50%.

Just 39.7% of those aged 55 to 64 are in work, compared with 56.7% in the UK and 57.7% in Germany. Early retirement incentives are to blame. “French workers spend the longest time in retirement among advanced countries,” says the Fund.

France coasted through the last decade, losing 20% unit labour cost competitiveness against Germany as it screwed down wages and pushed through the Hartz IV reforms. French industry has been losing 60,000 jobs a year for a decade. Manufacturing has shrunk to 12% of GDP, as bad as Britain.

Renault chief Carlos Ghosn warned last week that France’s biggest car company would “cease to exist” in its current form unless there was a radical change in the country’s work climate. “Not over three or six months perhaps, but over three years, or five years, yes, the danger is real,” he said.

The whole economic structure of France is an anachronism in a Chinese world and a German currency union. “We are consuming the leftovers of a past prosperity,” says Jean Peyrelevade, ex-head of Credit Lyonnais.

Sovereign debt strategist Nicholas Spiro says growing doubts about the “credibility of French fiscal and economic policy” may soon bring Mr Hollande’s strange honeymoon to a close. It is a widely-shared view. Danske Bank’s bond team sees a “significant risk that the market will turn on France in 2013”.

Huw Pill from Goldman Sachs said the detonator may be activation of the European Stability Mechanism to bail out Spain and then Italy.

The potential ESM demands are too large for the “vulnerable core” of France, Belgium, and Austria. Their own fiscal health would come under the microscope. The shock would push them “from one equilibrium to another.”

Mr Hollande has swallowed the argument that drastic cuts are the only way to cap debt at 90% of GDP and keep the debt trajectory under control.

Yet we already know from Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain that fiscal shock therapy makes little dent on the deficit without monetary shock absorber. It causes nominal GDP and the tax base to shrink, making debt ratios even worse.

France does not have to put up with destructive 1930s policies imposed by Germany. It is not a vassal state. It remains a great nation, the beating heart of Europe and the EU’s balancing force.

It can break out of this awful trap by leading a yet more determined Latin revolt, this time marshalling its voting majority in the Council to force an end to contractionary policies.

A French-led growth bloc can strike back by inflicting an intolerable level of inflation on Germany. It can, if necessary, cause the North Europeans to walk out of EMU altogether — the optimal solution for the North and South respectively.

For that, Mr Hollande must be willing to abandon the Franco-German condominium, the central tenet of French foreign policy for almost sixty years. The cautious, plodding Enarque from the Limousin is not the type for fireworks, but give him time.

Rice should Resign

King: ‘Susan Rice Should Resign’

By Katrina Trinko at NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE

comments, as always, by yours truly [ ]

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Pete King is calling on U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to resign over her comments on the Sunday talk shows September 16 regarding the Libyan attacks.

“I think Susan Rice should resign. She is America’s foreign policy spokesman to the world as ambassador to the U.N.,” King, a Republican congressman from New York, tells National Review Online. [ Who do you suppose Obama might choose to replace her, Louis Farrakhan? I heard the Blind Sheikh will be available soon. Maybe he could represent this administration? He’d fit right in at the U.N. ]

Rice appeared on five Sunday morning shows five days after the attacks.  On ABC’s This Week, she said, “Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” despite the fact that U.S. officials knew terrorism was involved within 24 hours after the attack. [ Actually, the State Department knew well in advance. Blaming Rice is ridiculous. She was towing the administration line. ]

“Very nice person, very smart,” King says of Rice, “but the fact is she gave out information which was either intentionally or unintentionally misleading and wrong and there should be consequences for that. And I don’t see how she didn’t know how that information was wrong. What she could have and should have said was the final word isn’t in yet, certainly strong evidence that there was strong terrorist involvement, [but identifying] the exact nature it’ll  take us a few more days. That would have been legitimate.”

[ Okay, can we just put this, “nice person” crap away. It has nothing to do with anything, and how many “nice people” will sit there and lie to whole world five separate times. I’ve heard that about Obama also. He’s a nice person, just misguided. I personally can’t name a single marxist, communist or anticolonialist I would consider to be “nice”. ]

King also called for an investigation into what was known before the attack. “This warrants a full investigation,” he says. “I believe there should be a congressional investigation. I think there should be an internal investigation.” [ Yes, like the recent investigation into the “Fast and Furious” scandal that basically exonerated Eric Holder. I’m sure he’s a “nice person” too. ]

Benghazi, he adds, “was a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity, of militia activity, of terrorist activity. We knew that the facilities that we were using there were not adequately fortified. These were temporary, basically private residences which had almost none of the protections that a consulate should have.” [ Has anyone, save for a few of us, even asked what the ambassador was doing there? You may wish to re-read “Benghazi was no Coincidence”  ]

“To allow the American ambassador to go there,” he continues, “ to allow us to keep records or documentation there or anything  in such an unsecure and such a dangerous area and such unsecure facilities with such little security appears to be gross negligence, and may be criminal negligence.” [ Unless it was not a consulate, but a CIA safe house ]

He also criticized the administration’s reluctance to call the attacks terrorism. “Either they intentionally mislead the American people or they were extremely uninformed,” King remarks. “Neither excuse is very good. From the start, I can see them saying we’re not certain what caused it, but the presumption from the start should have been that it was a terrorist attack or the terrorist were heavily involved.” [ I wish someone would just come out and state the obvious; This administration, from the top down, is filled with bad people who don’t appear at all concerned with our security, or that of our allies ]

Obama, he speculates, had political reasons to avoid calling it terrorism. “What I believe now is that the president is so fixated on convincing the American people that we have defeated al-Qaeda and that al-Qaeda is no longer a real threat by saying this was a terrorist attack, or by acknowledge a terrorist attack,  it would be looked upon as a defeat for his policies against al-Qaeda,” King says. [ No need for speculation Mr. King. It’s a fact ]

War May be Imminent

by: Scott Sholar

The Coming Storm

September 26, 2012

I just received this email, yesterday, from a reputable source, and I would like to share it with you.  The original author of this email that was forwarded to me begins:

I got this from one of my employees who has a brother in Israel and believe it 100%. Something is coming.

I don’t know if you follow such things but…

My brother and his family live in Jerusalem – he is a minister – and a former Navy SEAL – his office is close to one of Israel ‘s largest underground military bases.

He called me last night which is very unusual – usually it is email.

He called to tell me that he is sending his family back to the US immediately due to what he is seeing happen within the last week and what he is being told by his military contacts in both the Israel and US military.

He said he is seeing with his own eyes military movements the likes of which he has never seen in his 20+ years in Israel.

What he called a massive redeployment and protective tactics of forces is underway.

Over the last two days he has seen anti-aircraft missile deployments throughout the Jerusalem area including 3 mobile units that he can see from his office windows.

In addition, he has seen very large Israeli armored columns moving fast toward the Sinai where Egypt has now moved in armor.

There are reports of the top military leaders meeting with Israel ‘s Sr. Rabbi which is something that has happened preceding every prior military campaign.

His admonition is to watch carefully and pray for Israel and its people.

He is convinced that barring something extraordinary Israel will attack Iran – with or without the US – and very soon.

It is the belief in Israel that Obama does not stand with Israel but with the Arab countries.

He has told me before that Israel will saber-rattle from time to time, but that this time is very different from what he is seeing and hearing.

He was at the Wailing Wall 2 days ago and there were hundreds of IDF soldiers there. As he was leaving, he passed at least 20 military buses full of soldiers en route to the wall.

He has never seen this before either.

Just thought I would pass this along. My brother is not an alarmist by any means.

When he talks like this it gets my attention for sure, and usually I find he knows more than he shares.

There are reports that Israel is asking Obama to come to Israel immediately but they are being answered with silence.

My opinion is that I see the making of the perfect storm.

Obama Stands with Israel…Not

Absolutely Uncertain

A new, 18-minute mini-documentary follows the journey of Irina, a 23-year-old liberal, Jewish New Yorker who voted for Obama in 2008.  Yet as her connection to Israel has grown, and she has learned more about the President’s policies across the Middle East and towards Israel in particular, Irina has come to realize that “when the chips are down,” the President may not “have Israel’s back” as he says.

The Faces of Freedom

Previously unseen photos showing British and American soldiers liberating the Dutch city of Eindhoven 68 years ago have come to light.

The black and white snapshots depict scenes of jubilation among the local residents who had just endured four years and four months of Nazi occupation.

Many show captured German soldiers being rounded up and searched by the Allied troops while other servicemen are seen having a rest in the grass after taking the city.

 
British Guards Armoured division driving through delighted locals in Eindoven en route to Arnhem
Previously unseen photos showing British and American soldiers liberating the Dutch city of Eindhoven 68 years ago have come to light
 

Others are of women arm-in-arm with their liberators, children clambering over British army trucks and tanks and soldiers holding babies aloft.

But the scenes of celebration during the early stages of the doomed Operation Market Garden in September 1944 proved shortlived.

Hours after the pictures were taken, the Germans launched a devastating air attack on Eindhoven, destroying buildings and killing scores of civilians.

Market Garden – a daring mission to seize bridges across the Rhine and drive the enemy back towards Germany – ended in bloody failure.

A scout car from the Household Cavalry of the Guards Armoured Division. The first British vehicle to arrive in Eindhoven on their desperate push to relieve Arnhem
A scout car from the Household Cavalry of the Guards Armoured Division. The first British vehicle to arrive in Eindhoven on their desperate push to relieve Arnhem
 
German troops captured by the American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division in Eindhoven
German troops captured by the American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division are told to face against a wall with their hands on their heads in Eindhoven
 
German troops captured by the American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division in Eindhoven
The black and white snaps depict scenes of jubilation among the local residents who had just endured four years and four months of Nazi occupation

On September 17, 1944 some 34,000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines at various points along the Rhine river in order to take the strategic bridges.

The British 30 Corps tank regiment were to provide back up by driving 40 miles along a single track road from Eindhoven in the south to Arnhem in the north.

But the British were unable to reach their final objective and, with three miles to go, abandoned the operation on September 25, leaving 10,500 British paratroopers stranded at Arnhem.

About 1,500 of them were killed in the Battle of Arnhem and 6,500 taken prisoner.

Another 2,500 soldiers were left on the wrong side of the Rhine but were heroically rescued by boat in a night-time evacuation under the noses of the Germans.

The Guards Armoured division pushing through the grateful crowds in Eidhoven
Hours after the pictures were taken, the Germans launched a devastating air attack on Eindhoven, destroying buildings and killing scores of civilians
 
British Guards Armoured division driving through Eindhoven en route to Arnhem
Many of the photos show captured German soldiers being rounded up and searched by the Allied troops while other servicemen are seen having a rest in the grass after taking the city
 
 
British Guards Armoured division driving through delighted locals in Eindoven en route to Arnhem
The scenes of celebration during the early stages of the doomed Operation Market Garden in September 1944 proved shortlived
 
British Guards Armoured division driving through Eindoven en route to Arnhem
Market Garden – a daring mission to seize bridges across the Rhine and drive the enemy back towards Germany – ended in bloody failure

Despite the failure of the operation, Eindhoven remained free from the Nazis.

The unpublished photos were unearthed by British author Ian Gardner as he researched his book ‘Deliver Us From Darkness’.

It is a detailed account of the actions of the companion unit of the ‘Band of Brothers’ US paratroopers, who were immortalized in Steven Spielberg’s TV series of the same name.

Ian, from Aldershot, Hampshire, UK said: ‘Military historians have said Market Garden was a total disaster.

American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division celebrate with the local girls in Eindhoven
American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division celebrate with the local girls in Eindhoven
 
 
American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division celebrate with the local children in Eindhoven
American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division celebrate with the local children in Eindhoven, but sadly the celebrations did not last as the Germans launched a devastating counter-attack
 
American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division celebrate with the local girls in Eindhoven
The British 30 Corps tank regiment were to provide back up by driving 40 miles along a single track road from Eindhoven in the south to Arnhem in the north
 
British troops pushing through the grateful crowds in Eindhoven
British troops pushing through the grateful crowds in Eindhoven

‘But try telling that to the Dutch for whom Allied paratroopers were liberators from German tyranny and occupation.

‘Upon entering Eindhoven, which was the first Dutch city to be liberated, thousands of people spilled onto the streets to embrace the paratroopers, overjoyed after four dark years of Nazi occupation.

‘When XXX Corps entered the city, the roads were so crowded their tanks and vehicles were unable to get through.

‘The celebrations were short-lived as Eindhoven was bombed the following evening by the Luftwaffe, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.

‘The German army began an audacious series of counter-attacks along the road to Arnhem and over the next two weeks the American paratroopers were called upon to defend the transport hubs north of Eindhoven.’

  
British Guards Armoured division driving through Eindoven en route to Arnhem
Around 2,500 soldiers were left on the wrong side of the Rhine but were heroically rescued by boat in a night-time evacuation under the noses of the Germans
 
A captured German 88mm gun in Eindhoven
A captured German 88mm gun. Despite the failure of the operation, Eindhoven remained free from the Nazis
 
 
 
German troops captured by the American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division in Eindhoven
German troops captured by the American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division in Eindhoven
 
 
American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division relax after the battle for Eindhoven
American soldiers of the 101st Airbourne Division relax after the battle for Eindhoven
 
Attribution: Daily Mail

Lennon

The famous mop-top haircut, leather jacket and guitar are gone, replaced by military fatigues and army boots. Yet the slight young man enjoying a game of cricket in the desert is unmistakable.

The pictures of John Lennon, taken in 1966 and seen here for the first time, show him on the set of the film How I Won The War during a brief break from The Beatles. Directed by Richard Lester, who also made A Hard Day’s Night and Help! with the Fab Four, the film offered Lennon, then 26, a serious acting role.

It also gave him a rare opportunity to escape from his increasingly enervating life with The Beatles, who were at the peak of their fame and besieged by screaming fans wherever they went.

...and now it's his chance to shine with the bat
…and now it’s his chance to shine with the bat
 
Having a laugh: Previously unseen pictures of The Beatles star John Lennon on the film set of 'How I Won The War' in Almeria, Spain in 1966
Having a laugh: Previously unseen pictures of The Beatles star John Lennon on the film set of ‘How I Won The War’ in Almeria, Spain in 1966

It had been a stressful year for Lennon. In March of that year, he had caused worldwide outrage with his comment in an interview that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’. Partly as a result of the public backlash, particularly in America, their tour of the US that August would be their last.

Just a month later he was on the set of the film, in which he played Private Gripweed, alongside Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em star Michael Crawford in the lead role.

An absurdist comedy, it was set in North Africa during the Second World War, although its anti-war message was seen as a commentary on the situation in Vietnam, which was escalating at the time.

Photographer Zdenko Hirschler visited the blisteringly hot set in Andalusia, Spain, arriving during a tea break in which Lennon displayed his legendary dry wit. Hirschler said Lennon was holding a cup of tea and a sandwich.

‘He told me, “See? One does not have to be a star to get a sandwich and a tea – but it helps to get you to the front of the waiting line.”

‘In spite of his military uniform, he looked like a young student – fresh, clean and happy. He was 26 but looked like a teenager.’

 
John Lennon
John Lennon 
 

He was thrilled to be involved in the film, in which he first wore the round glasses which would become his trademark, hoping acting might provide him with a new direction.

He told Hirschler: ‘No more travelling, no more tours. We are going to split, for a while at least.’

Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher had decided to take a trip to Africa, George Harrison and his wife Patti went to India and Ringo Starr and wife Maureen were visiting relatives in England. ‘I wanted to try a new life – maybe acting could be a new solution, a new adventure,’ Lennon said.

Towards the end of the film, Lennon’s character dies after being shot four times. Lennon initially refused to take part in the scene, revealing that he was haunted by fears of an unnatural death. He told Lester he was concerned about an ‘eerie prophecy’ which he said ‘may mean violent death for me later on’. His fears came true in 1980 when Mark Chapman shot him five times on the doorstep of his home in New York.

 
Playtime: Lennon takes some time out to have a bowl, playing some form of cricket

 

 The film drew lukewarm reviews on its release but Lennon’s performance was praised. Lennon wrote one of The Beatles’ most famous songs, Strawberry Fields Forever, during breaks from filming, and that November the band reconvened to begin recording their masterpiece, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Despite Lennon’s hope that How I Won The War would lead to other roles, it was his first – and last – non-Beatles film.

Who Is White House Visitor Hisham al Talib?

The Everything Muslim in America week continues. Maybe Madonna is right :

by: Michelle Malkin

On Friday, March 30, 2012, Hisham Y. Altalib visited the White House. According to visitor logs, Altalib was received by Joshua DuBois, the director of President Obama’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Four days later, White House officials welcomed a foreign delegation of the radical Sharia-enforcing Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. 

The White House meeting with overseas Muslim Brotherhood leaders was reported in April by a few mainstream journalists and questioned loudly by conservative media. But the White House confab in March with U.S.-based Altalib — which appears to be a prep session with the global Muslim Brotherhood’s American advance team — has received no attention until now.

So, who is Hisham Yahya Altalib? What is his agenda?

And why exactly did the Obama administration conduct domestic “faith-based” outreach with this Muslim Brotherhood figure in Virginia, who just happens to be 1) tied to bloody

Just a Kindly Old Gent

jihad and 2) a major contributor to the left-wing Center for Constitutional Rights, the group of jihadi-sympathizing lawyers who helped spring suspected Benghazi terror plotter Abu Sufian bin Qumu from Gitmo?

Altalib is an Iraqi-born Muslim identified by the FBI as a Muslim Brotherhood operative before he moved to America in the 1970s to earn an advanced electrical engineering degree from Purdue University in Indiana. By his own account, Altalib “soon became active in Islamic work in North America, which continues to this day.”

He was the “first full-time director of the Leadership Training Department of the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA)” — a longtime Muslim Brotherhood front group whose explicit goal is to “conquer” America through Islamic propagandizing.

Altalib is also a founding member of the SAAR Foundation and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Last year, his online biography proudly notes, he was “awarded the ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Community Service Award.” The Saudi-subsidized ISNA is regarded as the primary U.S. umbrella group for Muslim Brotherhood fronts and was named specifically by the global MB godfathers as a key player in their “Grand Jihad” strategy of infiltration from within.

SAAR was founded in Herndon, Va., in 1983 as part of a radical Islamic charity front for Saudi financiers called the SAFA Group. The feds raided SAAR’s offices in 2002 as part of Operation Green Quest. Investigators confiscated 500 boxes and seven trucks’ worth of documents illuminating the network’s terror ties to the Al Taqwa Bank (a Swiss-based Muslim bank suspected of funding the 9/11 plot) and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Altalib worked for one of Al Taqwa Bank’s main owners, Youssef Nada. Altalib’s more prominent Muslim Brotherhood partner, Jamal Barzinji (one of the champions of the Ground Zero mosque), also worked for Nada. FBI and Customs officials believe SAAR/SAFA laundered money for a plethora of violent Muslim terrorist groups, from Hamas and Hezbollah to al-Qaida and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Along with several other leaders of the “Ikhwan” (brothers), Altalib and Barzinji established the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Va., in 1985. Global Muslim Brotherhood thug Yusuf al-Qaradawi — the fire-breathing, fatwa-issuing Jew-hater and violent jihad proselytizer — inspired IIIT’s mission: the “Islamization of social sciences.”

According to Steven Merley of the Hudson Institute’s Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World, IIIT has 14 affiliated offices across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, who put 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman ( the blind Sheikh) behind bars, notes that IIIT was a demonstrated unindicted conspirator in the feds’ Holy Land Foundation terror financing case. IIIT supported convicted terror aides Sami Al-Arian and Abdel Rahman Alamoudi.

Altalib, Barzinji and IIIT were also all listed in funding statements from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) as major donors giving in the $25,000 to $49,000 range.

CCR is the umbrella group providing more than 500 pro bono lawyers to Gitmo detainees. They have regularly dismissed national security concerns about Gitmo recidivism as “irresponsible … scare stories.” That’s exactly what they did after one of CCR’s clients, Libyan terror leader Abu Sufian bin Qumu, was sprung in 2007.

Fast-forward five short years. Qumu is now the lead suspect in the 9/11/12 attack on our U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the murders of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, consular official Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs/private security contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. In the wake of this month’s terrorist attacks on our Egyptian embassy, Libyan consulate and Afghan air base, the jihad helpers at CCR are stone silent.

This administration’s idea of domestic “faith-based outreach” is tea with Muslim Brotherhood community organizers who have embedded themselves in American life for four decades with the express intent of “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” Meanwhile, our commander in chief is squawking to the world about YouTube videos. The Ikhwan are laughing their bloodstained robes off.

You Can’t Say That!

by: the WCJ and the Common Constitutionalist

One of the fundamental laws of Islam deals with “slander,” which is defined in shariah as saying “anything concerning a person [a Muslim] that he would dislike.”

At the OIC’s (Organization of the Islamic Conference) Third Extraordinary Session, held in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in December 2005, the organization adopted a “Ten-Year Program of Action to Meet the Challenges Facing the Muslim Ummah in the 21st Century.”

A key agenda item of that meeting was “the need to counter Islamophobia” by seeking to have the UN “…adopt an international resolution to counter Islamophobia, and call upon all States to enact laws to counter it, including deterrent punishments.”

The word “Islamophobia” is a completely invented word, coined by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) front group. OIC adoption of the term reflects the close operational relationship between the OIC and the Brotherhood.

Six years later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Washington, DC in mid-December 2011 to discuss how the United States can implement the OIC agenda to criminalize criticism of Islam.

Cloaked in the sanctimonious language of “Resolution 16/18,” that was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in April 2011, the WDC three-day “experts” meeting was billed as a working session to discuss legal mechanisms to combat religious discrimination (but the only religion the Human Rights Council has ever mentioned is Islam).

The UN Human Rights Council, which includes such bastions of human rights as China, Cuba, Libya, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, introduced Resolution 16/18 to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), where it was passed in March 2011.

The Resolution was presented to the UNGA by Pakistan (where women get the death penalty for being raped and “blasphemy” against Islam is punished by death). Ostensibly about “combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and…incitement to violence against persons based on religion or belief,” the only partnership mentioned in the text is the one with the OIC. The U.S., whose official envoy to the OIC, Rashad Hussain, who helped write Obama’s Cairo apology speech, actively collaborated in the drafting of Resolution 16/18. (But the claims that the White House has no ties to the Brotherhood are absurd).

The OIC’s Ihsanoglu came to Washington, DC, the capital of one of the only countries in the world with a Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech and a judicial system that consistently defends it, with a publicized agenda to criminalize criticism of Islam. His agenda, and, apparently that of his host, the U.S. Department of State, seek to bring the U.S. into full compliance with Islamic law on slander, as noted above.

Just as our elected officials create convenient areas of privilege which absolve them from obeying laws which are so enthusiastically applied to the rest of us, so Muslims are seeking to become a privileged class with the exclusive right to decide what offends their religious sensibilities and what level of punishment must be metered out for that particular affront.

Since 1999, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has demanded all nations adopt laws concerning “defamation of religion” ( but only their religion) which would subject offenders to appropriate criminal punishment for blasphemy worldwide. At the heart of this movement is the contention that “…the international community should ‘come out of hiding from behind the excuse of freedom of expression.’”

It seems all of this United States-inspired, freedom-motivated nonsense about protecting First Amendment rights gets in the way of what is really important; that being the ability of the followers of Islam to impose Shariah restrictions on the foolishly audacious American people, all for their own good, of course.

As U.N. chief Ban Ki Moon explains, “some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs….”  And after all, “…while [freedom of expression] is a fundamental right and privilege, it should not be abused by such people, by such a disgraceful and shameful act.”

Of course the only really shameful act is that of Ban Ki Moon himself (as well as his predecessors),  placing on perpetual display his willingness to side with the most corrupt and treacherous pretenders to pious reverence and devotion to God’s will in human history.

On Wednesday, the morally despicable Moon accused the maker of “Innocence of Muslims” of having “abused his right to freedom of expression by making the movie.”  “Freedom of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected when they are used for common justice, common purpose…” Moon continued. Seems Moon has also been studying the American progressive movement.

Such statements reveal an arrogance and conceit matched only by that of the would-be Islamofascist dictators to whom Moon is so willing to sacrifice the rights of the earth’s non-Muslim population.

Funny how the most dependable abusers of human rights invariably seek assistance for their treacherous schemes from the most dependably liberal useful idiots. From the United Nations to the Obama Regime, neither group can provide assistance fast enough to concoct some form of ginned-up blasphemy into a punishable, global Islamic affront.

And it’s perhaps doubly strange that some of the best advice for countering this Muslim scourge should come from liberal atheist Sam Harris who writes“…the only forces on earth that can recover [freedom] are strong, secular governments that will face down charges of blasphemy with scorn. No apologies necessary. Muslims must learn that if they make belligerent and fanatical claims upon the tolerance of free societies, they will meet the limits of that tolerance.”

Harris certainly makes it clear that the world must stand against this plague or eventually succumb to it.

We know the establishment left will gladly betray the American people to the forces of Islam in the name of political correctness, but if Republican Party leaders continue to placate, ours may very soon become a nation of militias once more.

Attribution: WCJ, Sodahead

Saved by the Shark

A police officer told today how a shark guided him to a rescue boat after he had drifted helplessly in the Pacific Ocean for 15 weeks.

Mr Toakai Teitoi’s brother-in-law had perished from dehydration and the 41-year-old policeman knew it was only a matter of time before he, too, succumbed to the elements.

But he said today that two unexpected events led to his eventual rescue – a tropical downpour that provided him with drinking water and the extraordinary encounter with the shark.

 

Trouble in paradise: Mr Teitoi and his brother-in-law were heading back to their home on a Kiribati atoll when their boat went adrift

Trouble in paradise: Mr Teitoi and his brother-in-law were travelling from the Kritibati capital to their home on a nearby atoll when their boat went adrift

‘Just as I was giving up all hope of being rescued after one boat had passed me by in the distance something very strange happened,’ Mr Teitoi said after being brought ashore in the Marshall Islands by the fishing boat which found him.

‘I was cowering from the sun under a piece of cloth I had stretched across the front of the boat when I felt a big bump, followed by some scratching.

‘I looked over the side and saw a six-foot shark circling my boat, but it was mainly bumping against the hull.

‘It definitely caught my attention because I had been fast asleep. Then, because I was now awake, I looked around me and saw the stern of a ship.

‘I couldn’t believe my eyes. I could just make out the crew who were looking at me through binoculars.

 

Shark rescue: Mr Teitoi say he was saved by a shark who alerted him to a nearby rescue boat by bumping into his vessel when he had fallen asleep.

Shark rescue: Mr Teitoi say he was saved by a shark who alerted him to a nearby rescue boat by bumping into his vessel when he had fallen asleep

‘Of course I was able to wave frantically at them and they came and picked me up. If that shark hadn’t nudged me awake the crew of the boat might have thought I wasn’t in trouble and might have carried on sailing past me.’

Mr Teitoi told his extraordinary story after being treated for exhaustion and dehydration in Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

He and his brother-in-law had flown from their home on the island of Maiana to the Kiribati capital of Tarawa so that Mr Teitoi could be sworn in as a policeman.

By a curious coincidence, following the swearing-in ceremony, he watched a film depicting a true story about four men from Kiribati who had been lost at sea, with only two surviving after they were washed ashore in American Samoa six weeks later.

When it was time for Mr Teito and his brother-in-law, Ielu Falaile, 52, to return to their home they boarded a 15ft wooden boat for what should have been a two hour voyage.

They stopped to fish along the way and then dozed off – and when they awoke they found they had drifted out of sight of Maiana. Soon afterwards, they ran out of fuel.

‘We had plenty of food and we could catch fish, but the problem was there was nothing to drink,’ said Mr Teito.

As the two men began to suffer from dehydration, Mr Teitoi turned to prayer, but his brother-in-law just lay in the boat. After five weeks adrift, Mr Falaile died.

‘I left him there overnight and slept next to him, like at a funeral,’ said Mr Teitoi. In the morning, he lowered the body of his brother-in-law over the side.

Just 24 hours later, life-giving rains fell during a storm – rains that fell for several days – and Mr Teito was able to fill two five gallon containers of water.

‘There were two choices in my mind at the time. Either someone would find me or I would follow my brother-in-law in death. I was running out of water. It was out of my control,’ he said.

He prayed every morning and several weeks later he caught sight of a fishing boat, but the crew failed to see him. So he continued praying, drinking water and eating raw fish he was able to catch, doing his best to keep out of the tropical sun by sleeping under the cloth awning he had erected.

Weeks went by – and then came that bump. The bump of a shark which woke him and alerted him to a boat that was close enough to see his frantic waving for help.

Shortly before leaving Majuro today, Mr Teitoi said: ‘I’m flying home. I’ll never go by boat again.’

Attribution: Daily Mail