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Thursday, April 27, 2006
 
Jihad, and efforts made by otherwise 'peaceful' muslims to support Jihad, can exist anywhere any any time. Even in whitebread, predominantly Mormon Utah. From today's Salt Lake Tribune(www.sltrib.com):
A Utah link to terrorism?
FIVE ARRESTED: Al-Qaida suspect's relatives nabbed on fraud charges
By Matthew D. LaPlante
and Matt Canham
©2006, The Salt Lake Tribune

Counterterrorist agents pounced on five men, one in Utah and four in California, on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the U.S. connections of a suspected senior al-Qaida operative imprisoned in Iraq.
But for now, the federal indictments against the men - all of whom have ties to Utah and all of whom are related to accused terrorist Shawqi Omar - involve only fraud and money laundering.
But FBI agents say that some of the money alleged to have been stolen in various schemes wound up in Jordan. And now they want to know whether that cash has ended up in the hands of terrorists.
"We would be derelict not to investigate where that money is going," said agent Greg Bretzing, a supervisor in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Utah.
The Omar family has extensive ties in Jordan, where Shawqi Omar moved his family in 1995 and where he now stands accused of helping terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi plot a chemical attack.
Al-Zarqawi claims to be al-Qaida's Iraqi leader and has been implicated in scores of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings. The U.S. government has put a $25 million bounty on his head.
Federal investigators believe Shawqi Omar acted as al-Zarqawi's "personal emissary" in several Iraqi cities. But back in Utah, Omar's brother Gus says there is no connection.
"If you're a Sunni and from Jordan and in Iraq, then you're bound to meet somebody who has met Zarqawi, but Shawqi doesn't know him," said Gus Omar, who has not been implicated in the case against his brothers.

  • In court filings, U.S. military officials have offered evidence to the contrary, saying Omar had taken al-Zarqawi's sister-in-law as a second wife.
    Omar, who worked as a refrigerator repairman when he lived in Utah in the late-1980s, was arrested in Iraq on Oct. 29, 2004. U.S. military officials have alleged the 44-year-old man, acting on al-Zarqawi's behalf, was harboring one Iraqi insurgent and four Jordanian fighters at his Baghdad home. He had also plotted the kidnapping of American workers in Iraq, U.S. officers alleged.
    Omar could be the first American citizen to be tried in the Iraqi court system, if military officials prevail in an ongoing legal battle. It is a prospect his family in the United States is fighting to prevent. A document filed by Omar's lawyers this week, in which they have again requested access to their client, alleged that U.S. troops beat Omar and tortured him with electric shocks.
    Bassam Omar, who family members say was the joint owner of the construction company Shawqi Omar was managing in Baghdad at the time of his arrest, has denied his brother is a member of al-Qaida.
    "He is not a terrorist," he told NBC News in February, "and it's not fair to him or us."
    Now Bassam Omar is behind bars.
    The San Diego engineer, who owns several Utah businesses, was taken into federal custody on Wednesday, hours after another Omar brother, Sharif, was arrested at his home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights.
    Two nephews and a brother-in-law were also detained in California.
    The Utah arrest came as a shock to neighbors in the upscale gated subdivision where Sharif Omar has lived with his wife and three children for more than a year.
    "Of anybody here, he's the last guy I would have expected to get arrested," said neighbor Bob Skanchy.
    Friends said that Sharif Omar's family seemed to have rapidly climbed the economic ladder over the past few years, though state records indicate most of the dozens of businesses he and his relatives have owned along the Wasatch Front have closed.
    Skanchy said homes in the community can cost upwards of $500,000. Two luxury sport utility vehicles were parked in front of the Omar home Wednesday afternoon.
    Inside the newly built house, Hannah Omar said she had yet to be told why her husband had been arrested.
    "I don't know what's going on," she said. "I haven't even talked to our lawyer."
    She'll have an opportunity to learn more today at her husband's arraignment on charges of bank fraud and money laundering.
    The four indictments allege that the Omar family members, aided by three other Utahns, defrauded banks of hundreds of thousands of dollars with bad mortgage and car loans from 2000 to 2004.
    In at least one instance, Omar nephew Ihab Ramadan allegedly wired $50,000 to an account in Amman, Jordan, according to the indictments. Ramadan was arrested at his Chula Vista, Calif., home early Wednesday.
    Another Omar nephew, Alaa Ramadan, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after FBI agents received word he was returning from Jordan, where friends say he has lived for several years. The fifth family member, identified as Omar's brother-in-law Ahmad Abudan, was arrested in the San Diego area on the same day.
    A federal grand jury in Utah indicted the men several months ago but those charges were kept under seal until the agents were sure of Alaa Ramadan's return. Omar family members said Alaa made his living in real estate and spends most of his time in the Middle East.
    The other Utahns named in the indictments for their role in an alleged mortgage scam - Rebecca Teece, James Gibbons and Teri Hansen - have been summoned to appear in court but have not been arrested, though Gibbons is currently in custody on unrelated charges.
    The Omar family has worked tirelessly to ensure that Shawqi Omar, currently being held at a U.S. prison facility in Iraq known as Camp Bucca, will be provided legal council and not be turned over to the Iraqi court system.
    According to documents filed Friday in a Washington, D.C., federal court, Omar's attorney Susan Burke claims he is being tortured. She said she received an unexpected phone call from Omar on April 13, in which her client told her that "Americans, claiming to be Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, beat him severely and applied electric shocks to his body."
    "The agents claimed they could kill him if they wanted to," Burke wrote. "The American agents threatened to rape his son if Mr. Omar failed to provide information. A translator believed by Mr. Omar to be Moroccan threatened to rape Mr. Omar's wife, who was also in United States' military custody at the time."
    Burke - who earlier won a temporary injunction barring Omar's transfer to an Iraqi court - has requested access to Omar's medical files, any photographs taken after the alleged beatings and tape recordings of their conversation.
    She also demanded immediate and continued contact with her client, who U.S. officials have alleged would often use his U.S. passport to gain access to guarded Baghdad hotels in order to entice foreigners to his home, where they would be kidnapped for ransom.
    Regardless of the allegations in Iraq, Gus Omar believes the FBI is manufacturing a connection between Shawqi Omar's alleged terrorist actions and the family's U.S. business holdings.
    "There is no connection," said Gus Omar, who works at a car dealership in Murray owned by the recently arrested Omar brothers.
    Bretzing, the FBI counterterrorism supervisor, said Utah's FBI office previously received a tip about the family's alleged financial misdeeds, but didn't start its investigation until January 2005.
    That came at a time when counterterrorism agents throughout the country were investigating Shawqi Omar's American ties.
    The FBI's top officer in Salt Lake City said the counterterrorism task force isn't done yet.
    "From our perspective, this investigation is not over," said Timothy Fuhrman. "This is another tool in our tool box to advance the investigation. . . . Sometimes you get an indictment and then people cooperate."
    It would not be the first time federal investigators have leveraged mortgage fraud charges against a suspect in order to gain compliance in a terrorism investigation.
    In December, a federal jury acquitted University of South Florida doctoral student Sameeh Hammoudeh of charges that he helped fund and supported a Palestinian terrorist group.
    But Hammoudeh remains in custody and he has been ordered to be deported from the United States because officials were able to obtain a conviction on other charges - including mortgage fraud.
    mlaplante@sltrib.com
    mcanham@sltrib.com

     
     
    An Update on the Penn State story, with thanks to Naomi Ragen, who sent this to me because I'm on her email list. I'm going to remember all these Universities, the ones that cater to radical Islam and/or Judeophobia. The ones that hire professors who have ties to terrorist organizations, or punish the student newspaper for publishing silly little cartoons of Mohammed. I call these people "PC extremists", who, in partner with Islamic extremists, are raping our constitution. I'll also remember the few Universities and professors who refuse to bow to Politically-Correct extremism. And it is they who will be educating my children when that time comes. That is, if there's any such thing as a University with a back-bone in the year 2016.
    "Naomi:

    After Penn State began receiving complaints about the
    cancellation, this past Friday night (Josh had to be called
    out from services), the university said he could have the
    exhibit but that he would have to remove Hillel as a
    sponsor. Josh refused (Hillel and other org.s have
    sponsored such exhibits before - they were throwing in a
    whopping $75 - 100 for refreshments and flyers). Josh asked
    them for an apology to him and to Hillel for the abrupt
    cancellation and the way the university has treated them.
    They have ignored that request. Penn State knew when it
    issued the statement that the exhibit would go forward that
    their condition precedent was not accepted.

    Further - Josh was told by his art advisor that he and his
    art is racist and that Israel has "no right to exist." The
    flyer for his exhibition (put up before it was cancelled)
    was defaced with a swastika - Josh made the university aware
    of this - PSU did nothing in response.

    A meeting was scheduled that was supposed to be between the
    head of the art department, Josh, and Tuvia Abramson, the
    Hillel director, to discuss the "issues" the university had
    about the artwork. Just before the meeting was to take
    place, Josh and Tuvia learned that a whole bunch of other
    people, INCLUDING STUDENTS FROM THE MUSLIM STUDENT
    ASSOCIATION, were invited. Josh said forget it - he is
    happy to talk to anyone and everyone about his artwork, but
    this meeting was supposed to be a private meeting about why
    the show was cancelled and to work out the issues. Sure
    smells like a different agenda was operating for the
    university.

    I am scrambling to get this to you in case you want to
    inform people right away that Penn State has not only
    manipulated Josh Stulman but is now attempting to manipulate
    anyone who expresses concern about the situation by making
    it look like the problem is Josh and/or the wonderful
    student reporter, Jessica Remitz, who originally brought the
    story to light. Penn State has claimed there has been
    "misinformation in the media." But every single story I've
    seen has been based completely on Remitz's original story
    and she drew her facts directly from emails PSU sent Josh.

    Thanks!
    Lori (Lowenthal) "
     
    Wednesday, April 26, 2006
     
    Stupider and stupider. Does anybody out there truly believe that our government is really looking out for the people's best interest? Once again, I got this article from www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch. Go there! Read!You might, like me, find that your perception of the "War on Terror" drastically changes.
    April 24, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - The State Department blocked a New York congresswoman from traveling to Qatar after being informed she planned to raise sharp questions about a high-ranking Qatar official's relationship with the al Qaeda terror network, The Post has learned. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-Katonah) confirmed that she was forced to cancel a visit to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates earlier this month after the State Department raised questions about her eligibility to receive official travel expenses.

    State Department officials raised concerns about funding with Kelly the same day they allowed another member of Congress to receive funds under the same exchange program to travel to Qatar, sources told The Post.

    State Department officials had no immediate comment on why Kelly's trip was scuttled.

    But the sudden action came as Kelly, who chairs the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, had been raising a number of questions about terrorism financing in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.

    Kelly has been particularly vocal about Qatari Interior Minister Abdullah bin Khalid al Thani, who has been identified as a major al Qaeda supporter.

     
    Monday, April 24, 2006
     
    I'm still so new at this blogging stuff that I forget the order in which my blogs appear: The first story I gave you is now the second, and my second story now appears as the first, so really the first story is the second. Apologies to the poor soul who runs across my blog. I received this email from Israeli author Naomi Ragen, one of the most courageous women I know. Please take the time to visit her website, www. naomiragen.com. And read her excellent book, "The Covenant". (I really am a fan of hers). ----------------------------------------------- PSU censors exhibit
    By Jessica Remitz
    Collegian Staff Writer Friday, April 21, 2006

    www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2006/04/04-21-06tdc/04-21-06dn
    ews-13.asp

    For Penn State student Josh Stulman, years of hard work
    ended in disappointment yesterday when the university
    cancelled his upcoming art exhibit for violation of Penn
    State's policies on nondiscrimination, harassment and hate.

    Three days before his 10-piece exhibit -- Portraits of
    Terror -- was scheduled to open at the Patterson Building,
    Stulman (senior-painting and
    anthropology) received an e-mail message from the School of
    Visual Arts that said his exhibit on images of terrorism
    "did not promote cultural diversity"
    or "opportunities for democratic dialogue" and the display
    would be cancelled.

    The exhibit, Stulman said, which is based mainly on the
    conflict in Palestinian territories, raises questions
    concerning the destruction of Jewish religious shrines,
    anti-Semitic propaganda and cartoons in Palestinian
    newspapers, the disregard for rules of engagement and
    treatment of prisoners, and the indoctrination of youth into
    terrorist acts.

    "I'm being censored and the reason for censoring me doesn't
    make sense,"
    Stulman said.

    Charles Garoian, professor and director of the School of
    Visual Arts, said Stulman's controversial images did not
    mesh with the university's educational mission.

    The decision to cancel the exhibit came after reviewing Penn
    State's Policy
    AD42: Statement on Nondiscrimination and Harassment and Penn
    State's Zero Tolerance Policy for Hate, he wrote.

    Garoian could not be reached by The Daily Collegian for
    further comment by press time yesterday.

    Penn State spokesman Bill Mahon wrote in an e-mail message
    that "there are other issues involved in the display that
    has caused a problem, issues that have nothing to do with
    the content of the painting." Mahon wrote that he did not
    know all the details.

    "We always encourage those who are offended by free speech
    to use their own constitutional right to free speech to make
    their concerns known," Mahon wrote. "This is an educational
    institution and people should embrace opportunities to
    inform one another and the public. ... We don't have a right
    to hide art."

    Stulman said the exhibit, which is sponsored by Penn State
    Hillel, aims to create awareness on campus about the
    senselessness of terrorism and drew inspiration from images
    that have appeared in the public through newspapers and
    television.

    He said he was shocked at the university's decision to
    cancel the exhibit and that he has tried to meet with
    Garoian on numerous occasions to discuss his artwork.

    "It's not about hate. I don't hate Muslims. This is not
    about Islam,"
    Stulman said. "This is about terrorism impacting the
    Palestinian way of life and Israel way of life."

    Stulman said advertisements for the event were defaced in
    the Patterson and School of Visual Arts buildings, one of
    which had a large swastika on it.

    Stulman, who is Jewish, said he felt threatened and abused
    by the Nazi symbol and is concerned for his artwork and his
    personal well-being.

    Garoian also wrote that exhibit space in the School of
    Visual Arts is reserved for students and faculty, not groups
    with a particular agenda.

    Stulman said he created his paintings on his own and he
    approached Penn State Hillel in February to help with
    advertising costs and food for the opening. He said the
    School of Visual Arts did not object to his earlier exhibit,
    also sponsored by Hillel.
    Tuvia Abramson, director of Penn State Hillel, said while
    Hillel sponsored the Stulman's exhibit, the group had
    nothing to do with his message or content.

    "We don't have a political agenda except to support the
    voice of Jewish students," he said.

    Abramson said Hillel is exploring other venues for Stulman's
    exhibits to ensure his message does not go unnoticed.

    "It's about opening eyes and challenging viewpoints,"
    Abramson said.
    "Artistic expression is the basis for creativity -- but
    here, it was blocked."

    --Collegian staff writers Meaghan Haugh and Devon Lash
    contributed to this article.



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    Website: www.imra.org.il

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    Dhimmitude, Dhimmitude, and more Dhimmitude at our local Universities! (Why is it that, at least for some people, the more education they get, the stupider they become?) The first story I found at www.jihadwatch.com/dhimmiwatch (I highly recommend this site for those who want to learn more about jihad stuff) , and www.frontpagemag.com:
    Islamic Law at Belmont U
    By Daniel Pipes
    FrontPageMagazine.com April 24, 2006


    Who would have thought that Belmont University of Nashville, Tennessee, would apply the Islamic law to its staff? But just that happened earlier this month.

    Bill Hobbs, a Republican political advisor, blogger, and news writer for Belmont, which bills itself as “the largest Christian university in Tennessee,” was upset in February 2006 about the cowardice of the American media in not publishing the Danish cartoons. So he drew a primitive cartoon of his own and posted it on his personal site. It sat in obscurity until April 5, when a Democratic political operative, Mike Kopp, wrote about it, calling it:

    a bizzare page with the heading Draw Mohammed that spotlights a stick drawing of the Prophet Mohammed holding a bomb. The cartoon is entitled “Mohammend Blows.” Under the cartoon Hobbs issues an invite to “exercise your right to free expression by drawing pictures of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed”. He ends the post with the phrase “Here’s my first mo-toon.” All this was posted at 12:40 pm, on Friday, February 24, 2006.

    Hobbs responded within a few hours on Kopp’s website, writing (spelling mistakes uncorrected):

    I live in America, and am blessed to have the First Amendment, and am angry that the American media is too cowardly in the face of Islamofacists to run the cartoons. I posted that cartoon, and invited others to draw their own cartoons, as a way of protesting both American media cowardice and Islamist attempts to suppress free speech via threats of bombs and bullets and burning and beheading. But then I never publicized the site and, quite frankly, forgot is was up until today.

    P.S. I am insensitve toward religions that have a large number of adherents who are running around blowing stuff up and threatening to kill non-believers over cartoons. Yes, I plead insensitivity. I would prefer my children not grow up in a world governed by Islamofacists.

    On April 13, John Spragens of Nashville Scene picked up on this story in an article titled “One local blogger’s crude cartoon, posing as principle, betrays little more than tackiness.” He included a miniature version of the page in question (see illustration). As his headline implies, Spragens (who, another blog notes, is leaving the Nashville Scene to work for a Democrat, U.S. Representative Jim Cooper) came down heavily on Hobbs:

    by deliberately desecrating Islam’s central figure—“the ‘Prophet Mohammed’” as Hobbs sneered, using quote marks for sardonic emphasis—he attacked an entire religion, not a group of fanatics who pervert the religion’s teachings. Then he drew him as a bearded stick figure holding a bomb and said he “blows.” It seems bearded Muslim terrorists are the new big-nosed, money-grubbing Jews. The more things change…. [ellipsis in original]

    On the other side, Roger Abramson, Spragens’ predecessor at Nashville Scene, defended Hobbs early on April 14.

    Nonetheless, the damage had been done. Hobbs announced in the late morning at NashvilleFiles.com, “I am resigning from Belmont University in an amicable and mutual parting of the ways, effective Monday [April 17].”

    A week later, the university has let calls from the press asking for more information go unreturned and has made no statement about Hobbs’ resignation. Its silence attracted notice in the blogosphere (for example, from Hugh Hewitt) but still not a word was forthcoming.

    Although it was an article in the Nashville Scene that prompted the resignation, that publication’s editor, Liz Garrigan, came down hard on Belmont:

    Belmont’s action here—assuming this was a forced resignation, and I think everyone believes it is—is cowardly. I mean, Hobbs’ political views haven’t been a secret. Why is the school suddenly putting stock in what we have to say about one action by one individual? The school shouldn’t sacrifice him just because we happen to think that something he did was pretty tacky.

    “Pretty tacky” is putting it mildly; Belmont’s actions have real consequences. Like the Danish corporation Arla Foods denouncing the cartoons or the Swedish foreign minister forcing the cartoons off a website, this firing in Tennessee amounts to a capitulation to Islamic law. Each surrender means the Shari‘a will move inexorably forward.

     
    Friday, April 21, 2006
     
    Hello and happy Friday. The other day I decided to express my dismay with the DISH Network for being one of the few companies willing to vend Al Jazeera's English news network, which will be available for the first time in the U.S. in May. For those of us who have been sleeping in a cave for the last twenty years and don't know what Al Jazeera is, click this link:www.unitedamericancommittee.org and you'll quickly learn why the UAC, of which I am a member, doesn't like it. So here's a copy for all of you two or three readers (if I'm lucky, lol!) of my email and the response I received from DISH, earlier today:

    "Question: To Whom this may concern,

    In recent news articles regarding Al Jazeera's soon-to-be-opening

    American network, your company was specifically mentioned as one of the

    very few who are expressing any interest in bring their channel to

    American airwaves. Despite the fact that they claim to be 'fair and

    balanced' in their reporting, their almost constant use of anti-American

    and anti-Semetic rhetoric gives Americans reason to think otherwise. Right

    now, the media is powerful tool used by Islamic Fundamentalists who wish

    nothing more than to destroy and/or dominate the West. Al Jazeera stirs

    anti-West, anti-"Infidel" sentiment in the Muslim World, thus helping to

    create more willing and enthusiastic shaheeds (homocide-bombers) and

    terrorists to attack American and Western establishments. I don't speak

    out of hate or intolerance of people in the Middle East. I consider myself

    to be a very tolerant, open-minded person. However, there comes a point

    when tolerance turns into appeasement, and open-mindedness into a complete

    lack of loyalty to one's own country. Don't allow Al Jazeera on our

    airwaves, for the sake of our country. And don't be intimidated by those

    who call you a 'hatemonger' or a 'bigot' simply because you refuse to

    distribute anti-American propaganda.

    I will respect and admire you for it, and so will anybody who truly loves

    this country.

    Thank you, Generic Blogger "
    Subject:RE: Programming, 8015551212
    Date:4/21/2006 6:02:04 P.M. Mountain Standard Time

    "Dear Generic Blogger,

    Thank you for your email. DISH Network offers over 500 channels, with programming that caters to every interest, from family programming to news to sports to children’s programming. Just like other pay TV providers, DISH Network offers this channel in a select package to only those customers who wish to purchase it. It is not broadcast to any customer who does not specifically request and pay for the channel. We care about your feedback and have forwarded your comments to management. Thank you for contacting us. " Okay, I wasn't expecting the good folks at DISH to say anything more or less than this, but I'm still annoyed. If these guys were my alcoholic spouse (this isn't, by the way, based upon reality), and I were a frustrated wife trying to get through to him, this is what our dialogue would sound like: (me) Honey, you've got to stop drinking. The kids and I are tired of seeing you passed-out every night on the sofa". (husband): "Oh, you're so cute when you're angry! All right, sweetie. Tell you what. When I'm at the bar tonight, sloshing down a pint with my buddies, I'll think about what you said".

     
     
    A message to Muslims: The next time you tell me "We all worship the same God! Muslims respect Christians and Jews!" Remember: We're not allowed in Mecca, We're not allowed to practice our religions (even privately!) in Saudi Arabia, and you won't find Christians chanting "Death to Islam! Death to the Islamic World!" in the streets. And remember this, from WorldNetDaily:http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=49832

    JERUSALEM -- The leadership of a West Bank Palestinian city now controlled by Hamas has warned a local Young Men's Christian Association to close its offices and leave town or face likely Muslim violence, WorldNetDaily has learned.

    The move highlighted long-standing fears Hamas would use its win in last January's Palestinian parliamentary elections to impose an anti-Christian, anti-Jewish hard-line Islamist regime in the West Bank and Gaza.

    "The face of the new Hamas government is coming to the forefront now that they finally took over and have a lot more confidence. They want to create a territory free of Christians and Jews," said a Christian leader associated with the YMCA in Qalqiliya, a West Bank town under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

    Yesterday, major Muslim organizations in Qalqiliya in conjunction with local mosques, the city's Mufti and municipal leaders, sent a letter to the interior minister of the Hamas-led PA accusing the YMCA of missionary activities and demanding the Palestinian government immediately shut down the Christian offices.

    The YMCA has operated in Qalqiliya since 2000.

    The petition, obtained by WND, states, "We the preachers of the mosques and representatives of major families in Qalqiliya ask you to close the offices of the YMCA because the population of Qalqiliya doesn't need such offices, especially since there are not many Christians in our city."

    It warned, "The act of these institutions of the YMCA, including attempting to convert Muslims in our city, will bring violence and tension."

    Already this past weekend several Molotov cocktails were thrown at Qalqiliya's YMCA.

    Local political sources said the attacks followed Friday sermons in dozens of Qalqiliya mosques in which preachers called upon the community to revolt against the YMCA.

    "There was a coordination among the mosques to speak about the YMCA Friday night. One major imam, for example, warned if the YMCA doesn't close down it will lead to 'acts that no one would like to see,'" said one political source.

    Joseph Medi, the YMCA manager in Qalqiliya, told WND his operation has never been involved with missionary activity.


    "It's not what we're about. There is no missionary activity here whatsoever. The YMCA is in the city to serve the population with financial help, sporting activities and general educational programs," said Medi.

    Medi pointed out many employees at his branch of the YMCA are Muslim. He said the YMCA was instrumental in establishing a number of community programs, including contributing to the financing of the Al Ahli Club, a mostly Muslim local soccer organization that has competed in national games.

    Medi said Qalqiliya's YMCA received a final notification from local leaders warning the association to close its offices before "drastic measures" were taken. He said no specific measures were specified.

    Qalqiliya is located at the West Bank's point of closest proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. There are reported only about 50-100 Christians in a population of about 28,300. The city's mayor, Sheikh Waji Qawwas, is a Hamas member just released from Israeli prison yesterday.

    Hamas swept all 15 municipal offices in local elections in Qalqiliya in December. The terror group went on to win the vast majority of Palestinian parliamentary seats in January and officially took over the Palestinian Authority earlier this month.

    One Christian leader, an aide to Jerusalem's Latin Patriarch Michel Sabah who asked his name be withheld out of fear of Muslim retaliation, called the threats against Qalqiliya's YMCA part of a general trend of Christian persecution in Palestinian areas.

    "It's been happening all over the West Bank and Gaza," said the aide.

    There have been rampant reports of abuses and persecution in several West Bank towns taken over by the PA.

    Anti-Christian riots have been reported in Ramallah, Nazareth and surrounding villages as well as in towns in Gaza.

    In Bethlehem, local Christians have long complained of anti-Christian violence. The city's Christian population, once 90 percent, declined drastically since the PA took control in December 1995. Christians now make up less than 25 percent of Bethlehem, according to Israeli surveys.

    The demands for the YMCA to close are also the latest in a series of reports indicating Hamas may be seeking to impose Taliban-like Islamic rule.

    Israeli officials say Hamas in the Gaza Strip has established hard-line Islamic courts and created the Hamas Anti-Corruption Group, which is described as a kind of "morality police" operating within Hamas' organization. Hamas has denied the existence of the anti-corruption group, but it recently carried out a high-profile "honor killing" widely covered by the Palestinian media.

    A Hamas-run council in the West Bank came under international criticism last year when it barred an open-air music and dance festival, declaring it was against Islam.


    Mahmoud al-Zahar

    In response to the uproar, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar told WND during an exclusive interview: "I hardly understand the point of view of the West concerning these issues. The West brought all this freedom to its people but it is that freedom that has brought about the death of morality in the West. It's what led to phenomena like homosexuality, homelessness and AIDS."

    Asked if Hamas will impose hard-line Islamic law on the Palestinians, al-Zahar responded, "The Palestinian people are Muslim people, and we do not need to impose anything on our people because they are already committed to their faith and religion. People are free to choose their way of life, their way of dress and behavior."

    Al-Zahar said his terror group, which demands strict dress codes for females, respects women's rights.

    "It is wrong to think that in our Islamic society there is a lack of rights for women. Women enjoy their rights. What we have, unlike the West, is that young women cannot be with men and have relations outside marriage. Sometimes with tens of men. This causes the destruction of the family institution and the fact that many kids come to the world without knowing who are their fathers or who are their mothers. This is not a modern and progressed society," al-Zahar explained.

    The terror chieftain told WND the West can learn from his group's Islamic values.

    "Here I refer to what was said in the early '90s by Britain's Prince Charles at Oxford University. He spoke about Islam and its important role in morality and culture. He said the West must learn from Islam how to bring up children properly and to teach them the right values."

     
     
    Cal Thomas, I agree wholeheartedly! Let's see, the benefits of walking are: better health, weight loss, better for the environment, and less money going into the pockets of terrorists.
    Article Last Updated: 4/20/2006 11:17 PM
    Thomas: Our oil consumption is funding our enemies
    Cal ThomasSalt Lake Tribune
    Time to stop funding enemies with our oil consumption While going through boxes during a move some years ago, I found Esso gasoline receipts from the '60s (Esso subsequently became Exxon in the United States). I showed them to my children and they were stunned. The price for a fill-up then was $3. Today, the price of gasoline has shot past $3 a gallon and some petroleum analysts predict prices equaling Europe's of $4 or more per gallon by summer 2007. That would mean a cost of $80 to fill a 20-gallon tank. No study or special commission is needed to understand the root cause of growing energy costs. We've known it for years. Demand fuels cost. While there have been numerous efforts to curb demand or seek alternative energy sources since the 1973 Arab oil boycott, which began the escalation of gas prices, none has taken hold because the price always fell back to acceptable levels. From solar power, to windmills, to today's hybrid cars, nothing seems to have caught on sufficiently to force us to change our oil consuming ways. Here's something that will: An enemy. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced a goal of putting an American on the moon by the end of the decade. That goal was achieved eight years later. What drove America was the ''space race'' with the Soviet Union. Communism was evil and we could not afford to allow the Soviets to get to the moon before we did. There were military concerns about what the Soviets might do with a base on the moon, but pride and prestige were also important factors. It is going to take an enemy to break our oil addiction. The perfect enemy is the oil-producing states with a track record for funding terrorism and whose brand of religion produces young fanatics determined to destroy the West. If we can get to the moon, virtually from scratch and in just eight years, we can become independent of the mullahs, ayatollahs, sheiks, imams and whackos like the president of Iran and assorted other world criminals who hate us and want to destroy us. This will call for strong leadership from President Bush and future presidents, regardless of party. Various congressional investigations and reporting have revealed that the United States is subsidizing its own destruction because some of the biggest oil-producing states underwrite terrorism. One of many excellent books on the subject is Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks by economist Loretta Napoleoni. Napoleoni follows the money earned from the sale of oil and shows how it ends up funding terrorism and terrorist centers. Recipients of some of the money include mosques and Islamic schools in America, at least some of which are now, or can be expected to teach, incite, train and equip jihadists to again do unto us what they did on 9/11, and what they carry out regularly in Israel and Iraq. Napoleoni writes of ''The role of Islamic banks'' in channeling oil profits and how these banks are ''not limited to countries where banking systems did not, or no longer, exist. Their links with armed groups and state-shells also provided a direct and secure channel into traditional economies.'' She quotes a ''retired Russian banker'' who told her, ''[Islamic banks] are tapped into sophisticated money systems, from which money can be directed to finance terror activity worldwide or to profit in the capitalist world. Correspondent banks, for example, can help hide funds. Banks use them in countries that have no branches.'' Americans have always responded to major threats and challenges. Properly framed, they could be made to understand this threat as the greatest challenge the nation has ever faced. To become energy independent and no longer rely on foreign oil would be like depriving Dracula of his blood supply: He would shrivel up and die. If we are unwilling to ''pay any price [and] bear any burden,'' to again invoke JFK, we will sell our enemies the rope they will use to hang us (to invoke Lenin). Oil independence might also have the virtue of being easier and less costly than going to the moon. We'll need a slogan. Neil Armstrong's first words on the moon were ''That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.'' How about this one for Energy Independence Day: ''Let 'em Eat Sand.'' (link:http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_3733166)
     
    Wednesday, April 19, 2006
     
    The Taliban is still alive and well...

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/04/19/afghanistan/index.html

    "...Rocket attacks on Kabul have increased since remnants of the Taliban that once ruled most of Afghanistan announced an offensive in March... "

    CNN tells us that local support for the Taliban is still strong:

    http://www.cnn.com/video/world/2001/11/01/nr.afghan.mood.cnn.med.html

    I don't think I need to tell you why this is so.

    But moderates do exist in this country. We've largely ignored them, and when the new government was formed, they were all but left out of the picture. Perhaps it isn't too late to ditch our so-called 'allies' , the Northern Alliance, and support these individuals. The future of Democracy in the Middle East might look a little brighter:
    www.rawa.org

    Just a thought.
     
    Monday, April 17, 2006
     
    This just in from my UAC inbox. While I don't agree with everything in this article, just look at the stats and what he says about Syria. Why don't we hear more about Syria in the news?? From: "rsh1776"
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    Subject: The New York Times: WHAT A PITY!!!!!!!!!



    In the current edition of the NY Times, Friday April 14, 2006, p. A1., the Al-Qaeda mouthpiece once again degrades journalism, bring it to a new low. The article “More retired Generals calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation. This means after three years, the best the NY Times can do is to come up with SIX generals that have some dispute with Donald Rumsfeld. Incredible with so few general that object to Rumy’s policies, we are led to believe that this is an indictment against the Secretary. NO, IT IS EVIDENCE THAT HIS PLAN IN WORKING.

    After 1,125 days, the US has lost ONLY 2,356 (2.09 per day). This is INCREDIBLE. In fact I don’t believe in the history of modern warfare there has been a major military commitment (150,000 troops) with so few deaths. It is quite possible that future generations will not even consider this encounter in Iraq a war because the total US armed forces deaths are SO FEW. In fact the total death rate in the USA is .0085 per year. In Iraq we have 150,000 troops. Which means that the total deaths per year (from all causes) should be 1,275 per year that means that after 37 months the total US deaths should be 3,931 or 40% less than the overall US death rate. The Liberation began on 3-19-03. Sen. Joseph Biden indicated that the military was committed to a 5 year plan, which would extend to 3-08. The military’s original plans are on track, in spite of the CHICKEN LITTLES who keep watching for the sky to fall down.

    In another development, it appears that the information that the President relied on before going into Iraq WAS CORRECT. It is becoming more and more apparent that in June, 02, after the 3 mile break in the Syrian dam, that Saddam Hussein sent many of his WMD program to Syria. Later in that same year the Russians moved their WMDs to Syria and Lebanon. Of course any admission by the Liberal Main Stream Media of the WMDs in Iraq would be a mortal defeat. Even Michael Gordon (“Cobra 2”) didn’t want to understand that Saddam Hussein moved his WMDs BEFORE the inspectors (under Hans Blitz) re-entered Iraq in late 03 or early 04. However, let’s give credit to the Russians, French, Germans and Chinese, they were at least honest when they voted in favor of UN resolution 1441. They knew that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, because they were the major suppliers of WMDs to Iraq. The total size of Saddam’s WMD program was 100 MILLION TONS. Just think of the possible destruction if our Commander-in-Chief had not taken decisive action.

    For those who have interest, I’ll be speaking on Militant Islam in the USA at the Discussion Club on Monday, April 24th at 6PM. The cost is $20.00 and the event will be held at the Edgemere. (Northwest Hgwy and Thackery in Dallas, Texas) 8523 Thackery. Call ahead for reservations, Dick Sartain 214 824 2878 RSH

     
     
    Some blog, huh? With only one new entry in the past...well, since I started it, some time ago. The thing is, I don't exactly know what to write right now. I've had so much gong on lately that blogging is the last thing on my mind. Yet I care passionately about what's going on in the world, and want to make my opinion known to whoever stumbles across my blog! Not because I feel that I have anything unique to say, but because maybe someone out there can identify with me. Or, maybe I can convince at least one person that our country is worth defending. Because we Americans are so divided right now, and it is making us vulnerable. If some of us still think that our own government blew up the Twin Towers (?!), and a good number of us actually believe this, how can we possibly unite against the true enemy? I was talking to one of the other girls in my dance class and made a comment about Islam. It was something like, "If women in the Islamic World want to veil themselves from head to toe, it's their business. But governments shouldn't make it illegal if a woman wants to show her hair in public!" The response I got was, "Well, it's just because you're not familiar with their culture that you're saying that. Women in the Islamic World have mass rallies in support of these laws. We should respect their different cultural views". In other words, we should respect their desire to be forced to wear the hijab. That makes sense, lol! If we keep thinking that truth is all relative, we can justify all kinds of things. It may not be right to publicly flog a woman for not wearing her hijab here in the U.S., but it's okay to do it in Saudi Arabia because it's their culture! We would never think of hanging a seventeen-old girl for being the victim of sexual abuse here in the United States because it's cruel and unusual punishment. But hey--If they do it in Iran, that's okay! Right? And so, if Saddam Hussein decided to gas his own people, write checks to the families of homocide-bombers who take innocent lives, or use money from the oil-for-food program to build elaborate palaces instead of making food and medicine available for his people, that's okay, too. We wicked Westerners shouldn't meddle in their affairs. We aren't the police of the world. We should just sit on our hands and wait for another September 11th. Then, maybe we can think of writing a letter expressing our anger. That will make the problem go away. I'm rambling. Forgive me. The girl in my dance class isn't unlike the many Americans who believe that the U.S. is the true threat to world peace. That we, and Israel, are to blame for all the violence and anger in the Muslim world. And so, because they can't clearly tell the difference between right and wrong, they side with the enemy. I don't hate this girl, and I don't think ridiculing her point of view would change her mind. However, I know she and others like her are wrong. And being wrong at this time in our history could have deadly consequences. So I'll do my best to convince people of the truth.
     
    Wednesday, February 01, 2006
     
    This is my first post. It will probably be deleted after I figure out how to better articulate what I'm trying to say, but until then, this will have to do. Hello everybody, I'm Jenny Patton. This isn't my real name but I thought that due to the nature of my blog, I'd better do my best to protect my identity. I'm not a high-profile journalist nor am I a politician, so I'm pretty expendable. Call me paranoid, but if Theo Van Gogh can be murdered on the streets of New Amsterdam for speaking his mind about Islam, is anybody truly safe to speak his or her mind? Most likely I and my family are safe (after all, if I were a crazed religious fanatic looking for someone to knife, I'd have bigger fish to fry) but I prefer to stay on the cautious side.
    Quoting an Egyptian gentleman with whom I am corresponding via email: "If anyone, even a Danish cartoonist, chooses to insult our prophet (pbuh), they must pay the price. " (this is in regards to the growing international uproar which was sparked by three cartoons of Mohammed in the Danish Jyllands-Posten).
    I hope to contribute some useful information about the ongoing global jihad, a war we never chose to wage but which we have no choice but to fight. Also, it's nice to have a place where I can rant.
    -Jenny Patton
     
    I changed the name of my blog because I didn't like the other one. I've notorious for my indecisiveness. Not about the big stuff, like whether we should kill terrorists or free an oppressed people from tyranny. That's a no-brainer!But when it comes to deciding what to name my blog, or what color of template to use, be patient with me.Anyway, welcome to my own little corner of the WWW.

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