Archive for January 5th, 2007

Texas Man Stages Pig Races to Protest Islamic Neighbor’s Plans to Build Mosque

Friday, January 5th, 2007

KATY, Texas — When an Islamic group moved in next door and told Craig Baker the pigs on his family’s 200-year-old Texas farm had to go, he and his swine decided to fight back.

In protest of being asked to move, Davis began staging elaborate pig races on Friday afternoons — one of the Islamic world’s most holy days.

Craig’s neighbors, the Katy Islamic Association, have plans to build a mosque and community compound on the 11 acres they purchased alongside his farm.

Baker, 46, a stone-shop owner whose family has owned the farm for two centuries, says the association knew about the pigs when they bought the property, and it’s not fair for them to ask him to get rid of the animals.

“I am just defending my rights and my property,” Baker said. “They totally disrespected me and my family.”

Initially Baker and Kamel Fotouh, the president of the 500-member Islamic Association, were on good terms. But things turned sour at a town meeting, where Baker says Fotouh insulted him by asking him to move.

“That was the last straw for me … calling me a liar, especially in front of three or four hundred people at that meeting,” Baker said. “Mr. Fotouh said it would be a good idea if I considered packing up my stuff and moving out further to the country.”

Fotouh says his group has to construct the mosque because the others in the Houston area don’t provide the kind of environment they are looking for.

“We feel that these mosques are not fulfilling the needs of the community as they should. So, our vision is to have an integrated facility,” said Fotouh.

He said the pig races no longer bother him or his members, and they’re going ahead with their plans to construct the mosque.

Muslims do not hate pigs, he added, they just don’t eat them.

Neighbors have been showing support for Baker’s races, even coming in the pouring rain and giving donations ranging from $100 to $1000 to sponsor the events.

Last Friday, more than 100 attended the pig races, and many say they don’t want the mosque either. Some fear it will appear out of place and hurt their property values.

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Guardsmen Overrun at the Border

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Hello America…are you awake about this problem yet? (Thumping microphone) Hello?? Is this thing on?
Apparently not…

A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona’s border with Mexico.

According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state’s West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat.

The Border Patrol will not say whether shots were fired. However, no Guardsmen were injured in the incident.

The Border Patrol says the incident occurred somewhere along the 120 mile section of the border between Nogales and Lukeville. The area is known as a drug corridor. Last year, 124-thousand pounds of illegal drugs were confiscated in this area.

The Border patrol says the attackers quickly retreated back into Mexico.

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Suggest Peace to Pali Terrorists – Pay with Your Life

Friday, January 5th, 2007

And we want these people to have their own country and we keep giving them money, even though they hate us “worse than al Qaeda”. What is wrong with this picture??
So much that I don’t have room to write about it here.

Cleric gunned down in Gaza after plea for calm

GAZA (Reuters) – Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Muslim cleric after he delivered a sermon in the Gaza Strip on Friday calling for an end to fierce factional fighting between Hamas and Fatah, hospital officials and local residents said.

The cleric’s shooting in central Gaza came hours after Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said he and President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah had agreed to keep rival gunmen off Gaza’s streets after clashes in which eight were killed.

Tension was high across the coastal strip as thousands of Palestinians loyal to Fatah took part in funeral marches for a commander killed in a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades fired by Hamas gunmen on Thursday.

Brushing aside Haniyeh’s plea for calm, Fatah issued a statement in Gaza: “Blood for blood and aggression for aggression … and all the sons of the movement should retaliate to each aggression openly.”

The cleric, who was in a car when the gunmen opened fire, was not affiliated to any faction. No group claimed responsibility for the shooting, which occurred after prayers at a mosque in the Maghazi refugee camp.

At one of the funeral marches, members of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades threatened to assassinate Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar and Interior Minister Saeed Seyam of Hamas.

“Zahar and Seyam, you have to leave Gaza. We will tear your bodies to pieces,” an al-Aqsa member shouted at the crowd.

Overnight, Hamas-controlled militants and police forces stormed the house of senior Fatah leader Sufian Abu Zaida in northern Gaza Strip, smashing furniture.

Factional fighting has surged in Gaza and the occupied West Bank since Abbas challenged the ruling Hamas faction by calling for early parliamentary and presidential elections after talks on forming a unity government failed.

We Never Learn – US to Give $86 Million to Pali Terrorist

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Sigh…this gets frustrating after awhile. What is it going to take to wake us up?

US to give $86 million to Abbas’s forces

The US government plans to transfer $86.4 million to the security forces of embattled Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the coming days, senior Washington officials said on Friday.

According to the officials, the funds will be earmarked to beef up the security around Abbas, and to fund the PA Chairman’s stated commitment to to dismantling the terrorist infrastructure within the Palestinian cities.

PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh met with Abbas on Thursday night to discuss a solution to the current inter-faction violence after a day of clashes between Hamas and Fatah loyalists left eight Palestinians dead.

According to Army Radio, Haniyeh, of Hamas, said the two had agreed at the meeting to work toward ending the infighting in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

“We are going to end all armed displays in the streets,” Haniyeh told reporters. he said. Abbas had no comment.

The eight Palestinians killed in Thursday’s armed confrontations brought the death toll to 13 over the past 48 hours. At least 16 Palestinians were wounded in Thursday’s fighting.

Haniyeh, who returned to the Gaza Strip after a week-long visit to Saudi Arabia, appealed to the warring factions to halt the fighting and to direct their weapons toward Israel. Fatah officials, on the other hand, accused Hamas of operating “death squads” in the Gaza Strip.

And we are giving them this money, even after they said this:

‘Palestinians Hate America More than Al Qaeda Does’

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – At a time when the Bush administration is trying to bolster P.A. Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, a senior member of Abbas’ Fatah faction is spewing hatred for the United States.

Responding to accusations by al Qaeda that Palestinian leaders had betrayed Islam and collaborated with the United States and Israel, former P.A. minister Abu Ali Shahin said Palestinians hate America more than al Qaeda does.

Interviewed on official P.A. television on Jan. 1, Shahin wished al Qaeda success in its struggle against the U.S. and President Bush, according to a translation provided by the independent Palestinian Media Watch.

“Oh [al Qaeda] brother, leave us and focus on your business,” he said, in response to the recent criticism by al Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“You have Bush!” Shahin was quoted as saying. “Do to Bush what you want, and we wish you success with Bush.

“Whoever is interested in creating a split in the Palestinian camp is not serving anyone but the Americans and their protege, the Zionist Imperialist Project. We are fighting the Americans and hate the Americans more than you!” Shahin said.

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Britain Should Integrate into Muslim Values

Friday, January 5th, 2007

As usual, it’s the immigrants that are expecting the citizens of their host countries to conform to them instead of the other way around as it should be. With muslim values and the violence that almost always accompanies it, Britain is facing a real problem.

In 2006 the gloves came off in the fight to define what it means to be British. Whereas the dominant response to the London bombings was confusion over how anyone raised in this country could commit such atrocities, the veil debate detonated by Jack Straw and the teaching assistant Aisha Azmi was notable for its muscularity. Sentiments that might once have been considered too insensitive were openly expressed. “The right to be in a multicultural society,” argued the prime minister in a speech last month, “was always implicitly balanced by a duty to integrate, to be part of Britain.” Behind these remarks was an assumption that integration is a one-way street. However, there are many things that the rest of the country could learn from Muslims.

In the present climate, integration is the only show in town and multiculturalism has joined political correctness as a favoured target of those who feel that their Britain is disappearing before their eyes. Hence the calls, growing ever louder, for Muslims to integrate: no more forced marriages; no more honour killings; accept the rule of law.

Think of the words “Muslim community” and what do you see? A succession of veiled women walking silently behind their husbands? Bearded men gesticulating outside mosques? But there is another version of the Muslim community.

It is easy to dismiss Muslim parents as old-fashioned and traditional, but when the rest of the country is busy wondering how to respond to a culture of rampant disrespect, it is worth considering whether they could learn from Muslim values. Muslim children are more likely to be brought up in two-parent families rather than the single-parent households that are increasingly common in Britain.

Muslim parents also tend to be less interested in child-centred parenting and more into parent-centred parenting. For example, when I was growing up there was no possibility of answering back to my parents, and this was accompanied by an all-pervasive fear of letting them down. This was a model of parenting that put great faith in deference and, while at the time it felt regressive, it was also what kept my generation in check.

My father often used the threat of “what might the community say?” as a weapon to control my rebellious teenage desires. I resented the power that this community had over me, but it is only now that I can appreciate its value. The knowledge of the hardship our parents had endured, alongside their old-fashioned attitudes towards parenting, meant most second-generation Muslims simply did not have the opportunity or desire to cause trouble. Instead we were conditioned not to get mad at whites but to get even, by making something of our lives.

Many members of my parents’ generation may have been uneducated, employed in manual labour and unable even to speak English, but they raised their children to value values. They instilled in them a strong moral code, in which children’s greatest fear was of bringing shame on their family. Their children learned that responsibility to their parents does not end at the age of 18. That is why so many British Muslims live in extended families today; why my brother lives next door to my mother so that his children can see their grandmother every day; and why our mother does not feel abandoned and useless in her old age. If the greatest weakness of the Muslim community has been its insularity, then that has also been the source of its greatest strengths.

As the clamour for British Muslims to integrate grows louder, it is worth remembering that, amid all the negatives arising from living inside a tightly knit community, there are also positives worth retaining – the greater the integration, the weaker the sense of community. It is the third generation – those in their teens and 20s who have been raised by parents often more liberal than my parents’ generation – who are the young men and women now tarnishing the reputation of British Muslims.

Whether the danger is religious extremism, drugs or crime, those involved are largely third-generation Muslims who are so integrated into white society that they are emulating its worst characteristics. Integration did not save them, it created them.

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“Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence”

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Premieres on PBS Starting Monday, January 8, 2007.

I urge you to take a moment to watch this program. It may be necessary to check with your local PBS station to determine the exact day and time the show will be on. It is different for different areas of the country.

Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, many parts of the world are experiencing a dramatic resurgence of anti-Semitism. Reports from western watch groups indicate a drastic increase in anti-Semitic incidents since the year 2000. Meanwhile, in a growing number of Arab and Islamic communities, there is an alarming rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric in the political and public arenas, especially in mainstream media. In the context of its historical, religious and political underpinnings, this documentary examines how and why anti-Semitism continues to flourish today. Hosted by Judy Woodruff.

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Pelosi ‘Muzzling Free Speech,’ Conservatives Warn

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Nothing from this woman would surprise me.

(CNSNews.com) – Tyranny! social conservatives are crying on Thursday, as “San Francisco radical” Nancy Pelosi becomes speaker of the House.

The Traditional Values Coalition warned that Pelosi is beginning her “tyrannical reign” with an aggressive plan to “muzzle” conservative groups through lobby reform.

According to TVC, Pelosi plans to attack the First Amendment right of conservative groups to freely lobby Members of Congress. Her plan is part of the Democrats’ “lobby reform” legislation that she hopes to push through Congress within a few weeks.

“Rep. Pelosi, a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-military legislator, is working with the leftist Public Citizen group to craft a bill that specifically targets conservative groups — but leaves labor unions, corporations, and even foreign interests to freely lobby Congress,” the Rev. Louis Sheldon, TVC chairman, said in a message to supporters.

“The legislation will be a serious violation of the Constitution by undermining free speech and placing incredible time and financial burdens on grassroots organizations. This will infringe upon the right of the people to petition their government,” he warned.

TVC said the “draconian” legislation will require all groups that communicate with the grassroots — even as few as 500 supporters — to fill out “onerous” government reporting forms detailing the group’s expenditures, the issues the group is focusing on, and the federal officials who are targeted for lobbying.

A separate disclosure report would be required for each policy issue that the group is advocating.

The legislation would impose severe civil and potentially criminal penalties against groups that fail to register, report or omit some required information in their reports, TVC said.

Conservatives see the legislation as a “thinly veiled” attempt to muzzle them, since the bill “cleverly exempts” trade unions and corporations from reporting when and what they communicate with their members

“If this Public Citizen/Pelosi legislation is passed, it will be a serious threat to freedom of speech and the right of citizens to lobbying their representatives and senators — yet will protect corporations and labor unions,” Sheldon warned.

He said the legislation will increase TVC’s financial burden — “and force our overworked staff to spend endless hours filling out government forms that can eventually be used to punish us — if we make a mistake in the paperwork!”

TVC is urging its supporters to contact their senators and representatives: “Ask them to vote against any Pelosi legislation that targets grassroots organizations,” the group said.

“If we can’t get good legislation passed during the next two years, we can at least stop bad legislation from being passed or vetoed,” Sheldon added.

“We’re in for a rough two years under these radical liberals.”

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Supreme Court Urged to End ‘Special Privileges’ for Atheist Activists

Friday, January 5th, 2007

That works for me. The atheist have had special privileges. The most ludicrous part of all this is that the Constitution doesn’t even allow the matter to come up for consideration. You see, there is no such thing as Separation of Church and State. It does not exist.
Read my article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?” for more information.

(CNSNews.com) – A conservative civil liberties group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to put a stop to lawsuits filed by “church-state separationists.”

“For years, atheists and others who are antagonistic to religion have had special privileges in federal court,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which litigates religious liberty issues.

“Unlike everyone else, church/state separationists have not had to show that a law or government activity actually injured them in any way before they could challenge it in federal court. All they had to do was show that they were taxpayers. In essence, separationists have had a free pass to bring Establishment Clause lawsuits. That’s unfair. No other citizens can sue just because they pay taxes,” Sekulow said.

On Feb. 28, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, a case where “separationist taxpayers” challenged a federal faith-based initiatives program.

A federal court in Wisconsin earlier dismissed the case, ruling that taxpayers had no “standing to sue – because there was no federal grant at issue. But a federal appeals court reinstated the suit, ruling that the separationists had standing to challenge the use of federal funds to run the faith-based program.

The federal government then petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case. A ruling is expected by June.

In its friend-of-the-court brief in support of the federal government, the ACLJ pointed out that no federal taxpayer suits are allowed in any other context aside from Establishment Clause suits challenging federal spending.

The ACLJ said it is urging the court to hold that the same rules apply to church-state separationists as to everyone else.

“It’s time the Supreme Court took another look at whether taxpayer suits under the Establishment Clause make sense under the Constitution,” Sekulow said.

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‘Palestinians Hate America More than Al Qaeda Does’

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Well, I guess they don’t need any of our money then. I’ve always thought it was stupid to pay slimy terrorist anyway, so here is just one more reason to cut them off.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – At a time when the Bush administration is trying to bolster P.A. Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, a senior member of Abbas’ Fatah faction is spewing hatred for the United States.

Responding to accusations by al Qaeda that Palestinian leaders had betrayed Islam and collaborated with the United States and Israel, former P.A. minister Abu Ali Shahin said Palestinians hate America more than al Qaeda does.

Interviewed on official P.A. television on Jan. 1, Shahin wished al Qaeda success in its struggle against the U.S. and President Bush, according to a translation provided by the independent Palestinian Media Watch.

“Oh [al Qaeda] brother, leave us and focus on your business,” he said, in response to the recent criticism by al Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“You have Bush!” Shahin was quoted as saying. “Do to Bush what you want, and we wish you success with Bush.

“Whoever is interested in creating a split in the Palestinian camp is not serving anyone but the Americans and their protege, the Zionist Imperialist Project. We are fighting the Americans and hate the Americans more than you!” Shahin said.

Shahin described the White House and Bush as the main enemy of the Arab Palestinian people and of their national struggle.

Several years ago, Bush became the first American president to publicly call for the establishment of a Palestinian State.

Washington is backing Abbas — regarded by the administration as a “moderate” — in Fatah’s occasionally violent struggle against Hamas, which currently controls the P.A. government.

The U.S. and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s center-left government in Israel reportedly approved a recent transfer of weapons from Egypt to Abbas’ forces in the Gaza Strip.

The arms transfer, and U.S. training assistance for Abbas’ presidential guard, drew criticism from some U.S. Jewish organizations, which — pointing to past experience — say that helping Fatah in such a way merely facilitates terrorism.

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