Archive for October 17th, 2008

Obama Would Silence Critics [if Elected], Warns Activist

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Christian political activist Dr. Rick Scarborough is confident that if Barack Obama is elected president, he will swiftly use executive orders to silence his critics and enact a far-left, anti-family agenda.

Dr. Scarborough is a pastor and pro-family activist. As a private citizen, he is publically warning Christians about the dire consequences of a Barack Obama presidency. He claims one only has to look back to 1993 when Bill Clinton took office and began to issue a slew of anti-family executive orders. Scarborough contends it is going to be much worse with Obama.

“I think what you’ll see is Barack Obama solidifying power in short order, either through the legislative process with hate crimes legislation. And then he’ll turn on talk radio with reenactment of the ‘Fairness Doctrine.’ I’m not so sure he’ll wait for an act of Congress. I think he’ll do some of this with unconstitutional but never challenged executive orders, but he will silence his critics within days,” he explains. “One thing you can always count on is [that] liberals, unlike conservatives, know how to use power — and they will use it swiftly and decisively. And all I can say is heaven help us if this man becomes president of the United States.”

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Nurse: Obama Lied About Infanticide in Debate

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama lied in last night’s debate about his opposition to an Illinois bill aimed at protecting an infant who survives an abortion, charges the nurse who instigated the legislation.

Jill Stanek, a WND columnist, launched her work as a pro-life activist after witnessing the death of an infant who survived an abortion but was left untreated.

In a column today, she asserts that last night, in the third and final debate with GOP rival Sen. John McCain, Obama “obfuscated his radical record of abandoning abortion survivors to die in hospital soiled utility rooms.”

The subject was raised by McCain.

“Sen. Obama, as a member of the Illinois State Senate, voted in the Judiciary Committee against a law that would provide immediate medical attention to a child born of a failed abortion. He voted against that,” the GOP senator said.

Obama responded, arguing the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which he opposed, “said you have to provide lifesaving treatment and that would have helped to undermine Roe v. Wade.”

“LIE,” writes Stanek. “BAIPA simply stated all born alive babies became legally protected persons immediately upon birth, no matter what gestational age and no matter if unwanted abortion survivors.”

Continues Stanek, “Obama further obfuscated his radical record of abandoning abortion survivors to die in hospital soiled utility rooms by adding ‘there was already a law on the books in Illinois that required providing lifesaving treatment. …’

“LIE,” Stanek writes. “Illinois abortion law to this day only protects abortion survivors their abortionist deems fit to live. The potential for subjective assessments in these cases is clear to all but Obama. In fact, Obama opposed closing this loophole by voting against legislation to mandate a second doctor be present at deliveries of all live abortion survivors to independently assess their viability.”

She notes Obama not only opposed the state’s proposed protection for infants, “he took a leadership role to kill it. His website still contains an ABC News quote from the Illinois Planned Parenthood CEO at the time stating ‘Obama approached her’ to strategize to defeat BAIPA as well as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. Barack Obama actually sought out PP to help him defeat a bill protecting abortion survivors.”

“Finally, for four years Obama lied about his record opposing BAIPA. In 2003 he voted against an identical version that passed 98-0 in the U.S. Senate and for which the pro-abortion group NARAL even expressed neutrality,” Stanek writes.

“He then purported several times, as recently as August 16, 2008, that the bills were not identical and he would have supported the Illinois version had it been the same as the federal version. This was yet another LIE, which Obama’s campaign finally had to recant after his actual vote tally from the Illinois General Assembly archive was posted online,” she writes.

“I’m beyond disgusted that Obama continues to repeat the same lies without MSM (mainstream media) investigating and denouncing him. We’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Stanek says.

Obama, during an appearance with McCain at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California earlier in the campaign, refused to answer specific questions about his views on abortion.

Asked by Warren at what point a baby “gets human rights,” the Democrat did not answer.

“Well, I think that whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade,” he said.

Obama has sought to cast his abortion voting record as moderate, but as WND has reported, it sometimes has gone beyond what even the National Abortion Rights Action League has desired.

WND earlier reported on transcripts of Obama’s statements during his tenure in the Illinois state legislature revealing his support for what amounts to infanticide.

Arguing against the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act in 2002, after even Planned Parenthood had dropped its opposition, Obama expressed concern that the bill might burden abortionists, reported blogger Erick Erickson on RedState.com.

Erikson, noting Obama was the only lawmaker to speak out against the protective measure, summarized the senator’s concern this way: “Let’s trust the guy who just botched the abortion to determine whether or not he actually did botch the abortion.”

According to the transcript, Obama said:

As I understand it, this puts the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since they were performing this procedure, that, in fact, this is a nonviable fetus; that if that fetus, or child – however way you want to describe it – is now outside the mother’s womb and the doctor continues to think that it’s nonviable but there’s, let’s say, movement or some indication that, in fact, they’re not just coming out limp and dead, that, in fact, they would then have to call a second physician to monitor and check off and make sure that this is not a live child that could be saved.

WND also reported an ad by the Obama campaign that attacked an abortion survivor.

Obama’s commercial took shots at the GOP campaign, calling McCain’s ads “the sleaziest ever, truly vile.” But when the screen showed clips of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and the ad she made asking Obama to reverse his stance on born alive infant protection legislation, the Obama ad calls Jessen’s appeal “a despicable lie.”

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College Editor Says ‘Obama is my Jesus’

Friday, October 17th, 2008

The mere fact that a growing number of people feel this way should be further proof that we are in the end times. These are not sideline cultist saying these things. Although they are from the liberal left, they are still primarily mainstream people.

An associate editor of the campus newspaper at Massachusetts’ Smith College has joined the chorus attributing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama messianic characteristics, but he has gone one step further, calling Obama her “Jesus.”

“Obama is my homeboy. And I’m not saying that because he’s black – I’m saying that in reference to those Urban Outfitters T-shirts from a couple years ago that said, ‘Jesus is my homeboy.’ Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus,” wrote Maggie Mertens in the Smithsophian’s commentary section recently under the headline: “I Will Follow Him: Obama As My Personal Jesus.”

“While you may be overtly religious and find this to be idol-worshipping, or may be overtly politically correct and just know that everything in that sentence could be found offensive, I’m afraid it’s true anyway,” she wrote.

The writing prompted P.J. Gladnick, in a posting on NewsBusters.org, to express concern about Mertens’ dedication to her “Jesus.”

He cited her conclusion: “I’ve officially been saved, and soon, whether they like it or not, the rest of the country will be too. I will follow him, all the way to the White House, and I’ll be standing there in our nation’s capital in January 2009, when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America. In the name of Obama, Amen.”

“Saved, ‘whether they like it or not.’ That sounds like a threat to me,” the NewsBusters report said. “What will you do, Maggie? Burn non-believers in your holy Barack at the Democrat party stake for being heretics?”

He said the problem is people turning Obama into a sort of spiritual savior, as WND reported radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan also has done with Obama.

“A lot of the commenters to this article were hoping that this was just satire by Maggie Mertens, NewsBusters’ Gladnik said. “Your humble correspondent knows satire and this was definitely not satire. Mertens was serious although, after the richly deserved mocking she is sure to receive over her belief in Barack
, she might try to squirm out of it by pulling a Sheryl Crow. … She might claim she was really just joking as Crow claimed after she was widely ridiculed by claiming we could fight global warming by using just one square of toilet paper per sitting. Crow was serious and so is Maggie Mertens in proclaiming Barack Obama as her savior.”

Mertens also described Obama as “my miracle.”

Get “The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama’s War on American Values”

“Barack Obama bore to me his testimony in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention, a testimony that included believing in concepts as simple and wholesome as the Constitution; a belief the current administration had done away with entirely. … I was intrigued. I would follow him,” she wrote.

“I must admit, I questioned this myself. After all, would I have ever bought a T-shirt with Al Gore’s face on it? Was this all he was, the newest pop culture fad? I questioned my newfound faith – was it all only a phase, like the time I thought I was Baptist in junior high? But my inner dogmatic struggle only helped cement my beliefs,” she continued.

“Wait, this is satire, right,” wrote one participant in the newspaper’s forum.

“It’s very telling that people have to ask if this is satire, don’t you think,” said another.

“Um … whoa. I hope this is a parody. … If it isn’t, I just don’t know what to say except that your conception of the appropriate place of government and politicians
in our lives appears to have reverted 2000+ years,” added another.

On the NewsBusters site, the concern level was ratcheted up a notch.

“This is actually quite frightening. There are a lot of stories out there where people actually look at Obama as more of a deity than a typical politician,” wrote one forum participant. “And I have yet to hear him counter it.”

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“Palin Derangement Syndrome” by Jack Kinsella

Friday, October 17th, 2008

In 1927, Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels founded Der Angriff (“The Attack”) a pro-Nazi propaganda newspaper dedicated to advancing the fascist principles of National Socialism and its founder, Adolf Hitler.

Among his early publications were “Propaganda” – a 1927 guidebook for Nazi propagandists; “Modern Political Propaganda” – 1930 “Rural Propaganda” – 1932 and “Reaching the Marxists” 1932.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler was legally elected Chancellor of Germany with a legitimate majority of the popular vote in an honest election.

As Chancellor, Hitler was able to seize control of all German media, which henceforth dutifully reported on the brilliance and acumen of the Furhrer which was regularly contrasted against Hitler’s detractors (mainly abroad, since his domestic detractors were quickly silenced).

By 1936, Adolf Hitler was the most popular political figure in the world. The German people had begged him to abolish the Parliament and rule by decree. He won the unqualified praise of Americans like Charles Lindbergh and Henry Ford — the Olympic Committee chose Munich as the site of the 1936 Olympic Games.

By 1938, German schoolchildren were saying grace before meals to Adolf Hitler and addressing their bedtime prayers to him.

In his early life, Goebbels studied to become a Catholic priest. He studied the Bible, and in particular, understood the power of the tongue, and its collective, the media.

“The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.”

“Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.” (Psalms 52:2,4)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ” Proverbs 18:21)
Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin recently coined a new phrase to describe the reaction of the Left to John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

She calls it the “Palin Derangement Syndrome” (or PDS for short.)

Evidence of this syndrome is everywhere. Katie Couric asked her an off the wall question like, “What magazines and newspapers do you read?”

Palin fumbled with the answer — (actually, she answered it exactly the way that I would have – “lots of different things, pretty much anything out there”) but because she didn’t name specific publications, victims of PDS were soon cackling that Sarah can’t read.

The Palins released their tax returns. The Palins made $166,080 last year. They paid $24,738 in taxes — 15% — and donated $8,000 to charity.

It is symptomatic of PDR that the LA Times criticized Todd Palin for the number of deductions he took for his fishing business and noted critically that Governor Palin didn’t pay any tax on the $17,000 per diem payments (which the Times acknowledged were tax-exempt anyway) and that they donated just 5% to charity.

The Bidens earned twice what the Palins earned — $319,853.00. The most they’ve donated in any one year to charity was $995.00 — in a year where they earned $319,000.

But when it examined the Biden tax records, it found: “the Bidens paid the alternative minimum tax, which the senator has argued should be changed “so millions of middle-income Americans are not hurt by a tax intended to make sure the wealthiest pay their share.”

Biden released his tax returns in early September to, as the Times’ put it; “pressure Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin to release her financial records.”

To his credit, Biden hasn’t gotten rich off his three decades in the Senate, (unlike, ummm ALL of the rest of them?)

He earned the “Honest Joe” nickname, but wasn’t prepared to discover the Palins were just as honest. And neither was the LA Times. So when it came time to discuss the Palin’s tax returns, PDS kicked in.

Thus, the Palin’s tax returns are suspicious, whereas Honest Joe’s are an argument in favor of raising the threshold for the Alternative Minimum Tax.

A trip through the Google News aggregator is instructive. I typed “Sarah Palin” into the search box, and then sampled the top returns.

“Has Palin Saved Herself?” — TVNZ “Palin’s Alternate Universe” – NYTimes “Will the Real Sarah Palin Please Stand Up” – Guardian UK “Don’t Be Fooled, Palin is Bush in Pumps” – Sydney Morning News-Herald . . . the Toronto Globe and Mail’s headline, “Palin v. Biden” leads off; “Here’s how Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin dodged one question . . . blah, blah, blah”

Clearly, Palin Derangement Syndrome has gone global.

CNN analyzed the debate and announced that Sarah Palin spoke at an almost 10th grade level during the debate, whereas Joe Biden spoke at an 8th grade level. Somehow, according to the CNN report, that meant that Sarah Palin was more deceptive.

CNN defined the “Story Highlights” as follows:

“Language monitoring service says Palin spoke at 9.5, Biden at 7.8”; “Candidates tied at sentences per paragraph and letters per word” and finally, “Higher grade level doesn’t mean a better sentence, expert says.”

(Ummm . . . huh?)

US News and World Report opined that; “the Alaska governor avoided the jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching gaffes which have become her trademark, but in this she was aided and abetted by Gentleman Joe Biden and a disappointing Gwen Ifill.”

In his column Friday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote from St. Louis:

“Palin, in her 90 minutes on the stage Thursday night, left the firm impression that she is indeed ready to lead the nation — with an unnerving mixture of platitudes and cute, folksy phrases that poured from her lips even when they bore no relation to the questions asked.”

Palin Derangment Syndrome. Evidently those so afflicted didn’t mind when Biden avoided questions solely because he isn’t cute.

Katie Couric- CBS: “the headline is Governor Sarah Palin did not embarrass herself or her running mate as some Republicans might have feared and some Democrats might have hoped.”

Bob Schieffer – CBS: “I think a lot of people were expecting” Palin “to make some sort of blunder or mistake and she did not do that.”

Jeff Greenfield- CBS: “Palin passed the Tina Fey test. Anyone looking for a deer in the headlights experience didn’t get one tonight.”

Diane Sawyer – ABC “after a bruising time in the media, showed up not just with confidence, but cheerful confidence that might surprise a lot of people.”

The next Goebbels won’t have to start his own newspaper. His media machine is already fully operational.

All it needs is a master.

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“Obama’s Odinga Ties Finally Hit the MSM” by Jennifer Rast

Friday, October 17th, 2008

The American people better wake up and ask themselves if they really know the man who is running for President on the Democrat ticket. The Washington Times is finally reporting today on Obama’s campaign activities in Kenya in 2006. Barrack actively campaigned for and supported a man who caused the deaths of thousands of Christians, promised to impose Sharia law and make Islam the official religion of Kenya if elected, and promised to regulate and restrict all other Religions in Kenya. This article is a must read for every American who plans to vote. We can NOT elect a man to the most powerful office in the world who supports a murderous tyrant like Odinga. It’s truly disturbing that many Americans are, only now, finding this out.

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“Operation Destroy Joe the Plumber” by Michelle Malkin

Friday, October 17th, 2008

My syndicated column today reports on Team Obama and the Obamedia’s mission to tear down Joe the Plumber. Yes, we are in the midst of a new contagion: Joe The Plumber Derangement Syndrome. JTPDS.

Now, pay close attention to how the MSM rushes to uncover every last bit of gossip and dirt about Joe Wurzelbacher’s life. Some of it is relevant to the public policy questions he posed to Obama. Much of it is not. Danny Glover notes the behemoth double standards of the media mavens who call it journalism when they investigate, but consider it “stalking” when those of us on the Right perform the same tasks on Democrat poster families:

“The impulse to learn more about Wurzelbacher is perfectly normal. Readers and viewers are no doubt want to know more about the man now that he is all over the news. I know I do. And speaking as a journalist, let me add that reporters should be curious enough to do some basic background research.

But why is it that political reporters only get curious when a conservative Joe America storms onto the scene? Why aren’t they just as curious when liberals trot out, say, a 12-year-old boy to give a national radio address?

It has been almost a year to the day since journalists dropped the ball on telling America more about Graeme Frost, the boy who made the case for sinking billions of dollars more into the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. But when Michelle Malkin and other curious conservative bloggers did the legwork the press wouldn’t, they earned the scorn of their mainstream colleagues.

This time around, with Joe The Plumber as their target, the MSM is coming out with guns blazing. Maybe they should spend more time telling the bigger story about Wurzelbacher — that he managed to get Obama on the public record as favoring a socialistic redistribution of wealth.

As I note below, there’s also a feeding frenzy over Wurzelbacher’s tax lien. Patterico wonders where the media hounds are on the story of Obama’s treasurer’s tax liens. Bet you hadn’t heard about that. Bet you never will again.

Here’s
the NYTimes’ latest on Joe vs. Team Obama. Count how many sentences are devoted to Obama’s wealth redistribution remarks and how long it takes before they mention them.

No, they don’t get it.

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The ‘Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank’ by Stan Goodenough

Friday, October 17th, 2008

The Land of Israel is the biblical, historic and exclusive homeland of the Jewish people. It is Israel’s country. Although swallowed and made part of other empires through the ages, it has never been the national homeland of any other people.

At the heart of the Land of Israel lie the mountains of Israel, known since ancient days as Samaria and Judea. Today all who reject Jewish ownership of, and sovereignty over, these lands call them the “West Bank” or, more particularly, the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

In all of history the land has only been known as “the West Bank” for 19 brief years. But the name has stuck – and has been successfully employed to deaden awareness and resistance from Bible-believing people.

This land constitutes the bulk of what the world wants to give to the Arabs for the creation of a Palestinian state. For decades, the small nation of Israel has been under relentless international pressure to surrender it. Today, as 2008 and the second Bush administration are coming to a close, it increasingly looks like this land will indeed be taken from the Jews to appease the Arabs. And this as Jews and Christians look largely disinterestedly on.

Jewish and Christian readers, let me tell you a little about this “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

The “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank” is the very cradle of Jewish civilization.

In the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank” Israel’s founding fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, lie buried.

Their wives lie with them or, as in the case of Jacob’s wife Rachel, in Bethlehem – in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

Rachel’s Joseph is also buried in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank” – in Shechem.

It was on the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank” that Abraham stood when God told him to look to the north, to the south, to the east and to the west, promising that all the land he could see would be given to his descendants, “forever.”

Jacob was traveling through the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank” when he lay down to sleep, and dreamed of a staircase reaching into heaven, with angels descending and ascending as God spoke from on high saying: Jacob, the land on which you are lying is the land I am giving to you and your descendants after you as an everlasting possession. That place is called Bethel, or Beit El. It is in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

Joshua, Moses’ successor and that great Israeli conqueror is buried in the Mountains of Ephraim, in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

For close on 400 years the nation of Israel worshiped God in the Tabernacle at Shiloh, in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

Gideon was threshing wheat in Ophrah, in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank” when the Angel of the Lord called him to judge the Israelites. Other judges, including the famous Deborah, lived in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

Ruth met Boaz, who wooed and married her in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

Their grandson, the Shepherd King David, was born in Bethlehem, in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.” For the first seven-and-a-half years of his reign he ruled in Hevron – or Hebron – in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

Ancient Jerusalem, which David then established as the capital of his kingdom, is in the heart of the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

The heart of Jerusalem is the Temple Mount. Site of Solomon’s splendid first Temple and the Exiles-rebuilt second Temple, it is in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.”

And here, in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank” God’s shekinah glory rested visibly on the only place the Almighty calls “holy.”

Is it clear yet? Can it possibly be any more so?

Indeed it is clear. Those who do not see it simply don’t want to.

I want to tell you something, dear Christians and Jews. The roots of Am Yisrael (the nation of Israel) are planted deeply and irremovably in the “Israeli-occupied Arab West Bank.” Judea and Samaria is the cradle of Jewish nationhood. Permitting these territories to be given to another people (who, as every historian must testify, have never had a national homeland there or anywhere else) is to allow the Jews’ roots to be cut off. This nation – which has survived two millennia of dispersion precisely because its roots have been in these lands, and because their hope never died of one day returning to that land as their ancient prophets repeatedly reminded them they would – will not survive the severing of those roots.

Cut the Jewish people off from the place where they began and they will be left withering, then rendered extinct. No nation can live without its roots.

Neither can any faith. Christianity cannot survive without Israel.

The gentiles nations have rejected the Jews’ claim to these lands; have rejected their historic ties and and insist on treating Israel as a modern-day, 60-year-old democracy, and nothing more.

In so doing, they have rejected Israel’s God.

All who worship the God of Israel must oppose them, or join them in opposing Him.

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Bangladesh: Clerics Confine Muslim Father to Home After Son Converts to Christianity

Friday, October 17th, 2008

His relatives went to the mosque seeking consolation, and this is what they got. “Bangladesh – Christian Convert’s Life Threatened,” from Compass Direct News, October 16:

DHAKA, Bangladesh, October 16 (Compass Direct News) – Muslim clerics and neighbors have ordered the father of a man who converted to Catholicism to remain confined to his house until retaliatory punishment can be exacted from the convert.

“Are you not ashamed that your son became Christian?” the founder of a mosque here asked Ruhul Amin Khandaker, father of a 32-year-old businessman who went to Australia earlier this year to court a Philippine Catholic woman, converting to her faith in April. “Why did you not sacrifice your son like cattle before telling the news to us?”

Khandaker has become a social outcast whose family lives under threat from fellow Muslims, in violation of Bangladesh’s constitution and international human rights safeguards. His son, Rashidul Amin Khandaker, has applied for protection from Australian immigration officials as he believes police in 88 percent-Muslim Bangladesh would do nothing to protect him from Islamists threatening to kill him.

Per Muhammad’s own instructions: “If anyone changes his religion, kill him.”

“They will try to kill me anywhere, any time in Bangladesh, and the police and the authority will not protect me,” Rashidul Khandaker wrote in his plea to Australian authorities. “There are records that show a converted person is not protected by the police, authority and society.”

Khandaker’s life would be in danger if he returned to Bangladesh, said his brother-in-law, identified only as Siddik, adding that “we are also surviving in the society at our own peril.”

Rashidul Khandaker’s brother wrote him in May to cease all contact with the family. Rakibul Amin Khandaker stated in the letter that Muslim authorities had threatened to ostracize the family because of his brother’s conversion, and that his life would be in danger if he returned to Bangladesh as Muslim extremists believe they would get to heaven by punishing him.

Logically, then, Muhammad was an Islamic extremist. How very Islamophobic.

Muslim leaders in Dhaka have ordered Khandaker’s 65-year-old father to disown his son and exclude him from his wealth and property.

“If he comes to Bangladesh, you must hand him over to us and we will punish him,” the founder of the mosque told the elder Khandaker.

Khandaker, who operates an oil lubricant refining business in the Kutubkhali area under Jatrabari police jurisdiction in central Dhaka, told Compass of the grief he experienced when his son informed the family from Sydney that he had become a Christian.

“My other sons and relatives informed it to the nearby cleric of the mosque so that the cleric could console me,” he said. “Unfortunately the cleric was so furious . . . [He] told me that, ‘You cannot keep any relationship with your son. A man of a noble Muslim family cannot be a Christian, and the society cannot accept it.”

Home Ransacked

When Rashidul Khandaker, who worked as director of marketing in his father’s business before going to Australia to pursue a relationship with a woman he met over the Internet, telephoned friends in Dhaka about his conversion, seven or eight of them broke into his house to loot his computer, scanner, printer, documents, sofa and other valuables, his father said.

“They told me, ‘We will return everything when your son comes back. Whenever he will come back, you must hand him over to us – we will take revenge for his activities. Until he comes, don’t mix with the people in the society and stay in your house.’”

The elder Khandaker said his son’s former friends also threatened to harm the family if they informed police about the looting…

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Seattle Muslims Enslave, Sexually Assault Teen Girl

Friday, October 17th, 2008

SEATTLE — Five immigrants from Afghanistan enslaved a teenage girl they brought to the United States, with some forcing her to do chores and one — her 37-year-old husband — beating and sexually assaulting her, according to a federal indictment unsealed this week.

The girl is from an impoverished single-parent home in Afghanistan, and she was informally adopted by another family there that forced her to marry at age 13 in 2005, Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, said Thursday. The girl’s husband is Mohammad Atahee, a friend of the adoptive family; U.S. officials don’t recognize the marriage.

Atahee and three of the family’s members were already living in the south Seattle suburbs when the girl’s adoptive mother, Nasima Yousuf, 70, brought her to the United States in 2006, as part of what prosecutors say was a plot to enslave her. Yousuf’s husband, Mohammad, 84, had filed an immigration petition to bring the girl to the U.S., claiming his wife was her biological mother.

Once in the country, the indictment said, the girl, identified only as JV1, was forced to live with Atahee, who beat her and sexually assaulted her. She was forced to spend at least three days a week at the Auburn home of Maruf Yousufi, 42, and his wife, Nahid, 29 — caring for their children, doing laundry, cooking and cleaning. Maruf Yousufi is Mohammad Yousuf’s son.

The girl escaped after some good Samaritans helped her report Atahee to the police in January 2008 for sexual assault, prosecutors said. Since then, she’s been at a safe house, but they won’t say where.

She also called police in August 2006 to report her case, but Nahid Yousufi threatened her and persuaded her to recant the allegations, the indictment said.

All five defendants are charged in U.S. District Court with one count of conspiracy to engage in forced labor, and the Yousufs also face a visa fraud charge for allegedly lying on immigration applications.

Atahee and Mohammad Yousuf pleaded not guilty, while the others did not enter pleas during their initial court appearances Wednesday. Atahee and the Yousufis were detained pending further hearings, while the Yousufs were released pending trial, set for Dec. 23.

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“New Column: Socialism! There, I’ve Said It” by David Limbaugh

Friday, October 17th, 2008

In certain unscripted moments, Barack Obama has given us a glimpse of his socialist inclinations, but I wonder what percentage would vote for him if they truly understood the extent of his radicalism.

Yet the financial crisis has created a climate of fear and uncertainty and unleashed an unprecedented tolerance for large-scale government intervention, which is playing perfectly into Obama’s hands. People are blaming this largely Democratic-spawned mess on Republicans because Bush is still president.

Maybe I’m being too much of an alarmist, but I’m worried for the first time in my life that the election of a presidential candidate could lead to a fundamental change in our system of government. Just listen to the comments of post-debate focus group members expressing a knowing willingness to accept Obama’s socialism, such is their angst at the subprime mortgage mess.

Already some 38 percent of Americans do not pay income taxes, and Barack Obama wants to increase that percentage dramatically. How ironic that he and other Democrats pretend to be targeting their message to “working-class” people when many of their constituents aren’t working. But such is class warfare that the upper-middle class and wealthy are demonized as not earning an honest living.

Do you suppose it has registered with class warfare-receptive Obama voters that Obama is deliberately turning the American dream on its head? Could it be any clearer that his message to the middle class is: Don’t aspire to achievement, success and wealth because a) it is immoral to have more than others, b) the government will take your wealth away from you and give it to others, and c) why bother to bust your rear end to make more when you can vote yourselves money from the public trough?

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