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These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 16, 2012.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Syria says it uncovered Qaeda mosque bomb plot

From AFP - DAMASCUS — Syrian authorities have uncovered an Al-Qaeda plot to bomb Damascus mosques around the main weekly prayers, state media reported on Friday. A suspect detained on Thursday confessed that he had been planning a suicide bombing during Friday prayers at the Al-Rifai Mosque in the heart of the capital, the official SANA news agency reported.

"The authorities on Thursday arrested the terrorist Mohamed Hossam al-Saddaqa, a member of the Al-Nusra Front of Al-Qaeda, who was planning to blow himself up inside Al-Rifai Mosque in Damascus during Friday prayers," SANA said.

Saddaqa told his captors the group's members "have prepared young men ... to carry out suicide bombings in several areas in Damascus during prayers on Friday, June 15 . . . There are other suicide bombers planning attacks on a number of mosques in Damascus during Friday prayers," it quoted him as saying. He seems to have seem the only one - this week . . .

On Thursday, 14 people were wounded when a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle near an important Shiite Muslim shrine in the capital.

Posted on 06/16/2012 2:47 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Muslim woman who beat child for not reading enough of the koran jailed for 9 months

From The Daily Mail

A Muslim woman who repeatedly beat a ten-year-old girl with a steel ladle for not reading enough verses of the Koran was jailed yesterday. Asia Parveen, who was five months pregnant at the time, left the child with 57 injuries and later claimed her violent outburst was prompted by her hormones.

Parveen, 31, had argued with the girl on August 15 last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court in London heard.

She accused the girl of lying about how many verses of the Koran she had read while praying. She then hit the girl with the ten- inch ladle for 45 minutes and forced her to stand with her arms outstretched for four hours. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, escaped when Parveen went to fetch a knife which she brandished, saying she was going to kill her.

She was found four hours later, alone and in the cold at the bus stop, by police. Doctors identified 57 injuries, including marks on her arms, legs, elbows and head, when she was examined at hospital.

Parveen, a former professional traditional dancer who had toured worldwide, had been fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan before the attack. She was considered to be ‘immoral’ by some in the community in Pakistan for her former dancing career and so wanted the girl to take her religious duties seriously. I understood that pregnant women and the sick were exempt from fasting.

Tom Nicholson, prosecuting, said: ‘The girl was praying from the Koran and Mrs Parveen accused her of lying about how many of the verses she had read. She was ten at the time. Mrs Parveen took a metal spoon about ten inches in size and hit the child with it repeatedly, causing extensive bruising over both arms, her legs and head. Mrs Parveen said she was going to kill the girl and ran to get a knife from the kitchen. The girl had no alternative but to leave at around 10pm.’

Jailing Parveen, who is now divorced, for nine months, Judge Martyn Zeidman ignored pleas in a letter from the child victim to spare her jail.

He said: ‘You need to understand that this was outrageous behaviour and if you ever attack a child again, you will go to prison for very much longer . . . Having a very young baby should not be seen as a get out of jail card’

Parveen, who was told the verdict by her Punjabi interpreter, collapsed in the dock while being led down to the cells by guards.

This woman has three children, which I presume includes the one she was pregnant with at the time. This child is not described as a daughter which leads me in wonder what the relationship is. 

Posted on 06/16/2012 3:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Why Does China Owe Americans $1 Trillion?

An Interview with Jonna Bianco of the American Bondholder Foundation
by Jerry Gordon (June 2012)

Richard Parker, a frequent contributor to the McClatchey –Tribune group published the first national media revelations of the pre-1949 defaulted Chinese debt of nearly $1 trillion owed to more than 20,000 Americans. Debt, that if resolved, might result in a boon to the US economy and lower our national debt at virtually no cost to American taxpayers.  more>>>

Posted on 06/16/2012 4:59 AM by NER
Saturday, 16 June 2012
The Queen's Decaying Throne

It is possible, on the Welsh borders where I spent the Queen's jubilee, to believe that something of the old England remains.

Only the advantages, not the depredations, of the 20th century are evident there: the food, for example, that would have been unutterably vile at the beginning of the reign has improved out of all recognition.

There are practically no modern buildings for miles around, constructed by those staggeringly brutal and incompetent British architects of the second half of the 20th century who have left little else in the country untouched, and touched nothing that they did not ruin.

In the 60 years of the Queen's reign they have sown nothing but ugliness through the land; and only in this benighted reign would it have occurred to anyone to demolish 18th-century Bath, as it occurred to the city's council, to replace it with Novosibirsk-on-Avon.

Fortunately, the council was stopped by public protest after "only" 4000 18th-century buildings had been pulled down.

The physical ugliness perpetrated almost everywhere has been fully matched by an ugliness of soul and society that is so obvious to visitors to our shores.

At the start of the reign whose 60th anniversary we "celebrate", Britain was one of the best-ordered societies in western Europe. Now, 60 years later, it is easily the most crime-ridden.

Unpleasant social disorder is everywhere; in many places, a virtual dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed on old people by the drunken disorder that appals and disgusts foreigners.

Our police, once a model to the world, increasingly resemble an alien occupying army, or fascist militia, festooned with all the apparatus of repression, who inspire fear mainly in the innocent, and who are bullying yet ineffectual.

The state of the country is parlous in more ways than one. Large areas, once industrial, resemble the Soviet Union with takeaway pizza. The only "private" enterprise consists of retail chains that recycle government subventions to the unemployed. The middle class in such areas is composed almost entirely of public employees and professionals who cater to the social problems created by mass unemployment.

Even at the height of the so-called boom, in 2006, there were 2.9 million people claiming to be so ill that they could not work at all. And thus the British benefit system performed the miracle of causing more invalids than World War I. For years British social and economic policy has been to suck in large amounts of unskilled foreign labour while maintaining high levels of indigenous unemployment.

Thanks to the state-funded and encouraged destruction of the family, at least a fifth of children in Britain eat a meal with another member of their household less often than once a week.

This elementary but important form of socialisation is therefore lost to them; and it is hardly surprising that many grow up into profoundly unsocial beings of whom others are afraid. A population has emerged that is the most charmless in the world.

Britain is economically on a knife edge. Its per-capita private debt is among the highest, if not the highest, in the world. It has a huge commercial deficit. Its budget deficit is among the highest in the world. Its government faces an insoluble dilemma: public spending is so large a part of the economy that if it is cut back, demand in the whole economy contracts severely; but if it is not, there is a debt crisis.

Any cuts, of course, will be certain to fall on those most in need: the state, after all, has its nomenklatura to protect. For the moment, only the crisis in Europe keeps Britain out of the headlights of the financial markets.

At the start of the Queen's reign, Britain led in more than one field. It invented the nuclear energy industry, for example; but now, if it wants to build nuclear power stations, it has to apply for assistance from foreign countries. This is despite the fact it spends five times as much per capita on education as it did at the beginning of the reign. Spend more, achieve less: that has been the motto that has guided successive British governments.

The country has become deeply corrupt, but in a typically British way -- that is to say, hypocritical and underhand, rather than worldly and cynical, Pecksniff rather than Talleyrand.

Corruption and irresponsibility, indeed, have been legalised: pound stg. 12 billion, for example, has disappeared without trace (except for some very rich consultants) on a supposedly beneficial scheme to provide centralised and uniform medical records for the entire population. No crime has been committed, but the money has gone. This is typical.

During the reign of Elizabeth II the standard of living of the population has undoubtedly risen enormously -- not even British political incompetence could prevent the effects of technical progress. But the odour of unstoppable decay at a deeper level is everywhere evident.

None of this is the Queen's fault: her self-mastery and devotion to duty have been exemplary. She deserved a better country; but orgies of celebration are certainly not in order.

First published at RealClearWorld and The Australian.

Posted on 06/16/2012 7:28 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Multiculturalism Blossoms Across Europe

From Moonbattery:

By now multiculturalism has established firm roots and is starting to flower. This liberal doctrine calls for the mass importation of alien peoples and rigorously discourages assimilation. Let’s see how this has been working out across Europe.

In Britain:

In the Tower Hamlets area of East London (also known as the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets), for example, extremist Muslim preachers, called the Tower Hamlets Taliban, regularly issue death threats to women who refuse to wear Islamic veils. Neighborhood streets have been plastered with posters declaring “You are entering a Sharia controlled zone: Islamic rules enforced.” …

In the Bury Park area of Luton, Muslims have been accused of “ethnic cleansing” by harassing non-Muslims to the point that many of them move out of Muslim neighborhoods. In the West Midlands, two Christian preachers have been accused of “hate crimes” for handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham. In Leytonstone in east London, the Muslim extremist Abu Izzadeen heckled the former Home Secretary John Reid by saying: “How dare you come to a Muslim area.”

In France:

[L]arge swaths of Muslim neighborhoods are now considered “no-go” zones by French police. At last count, there are 751 Sensitive Urban Zones (Zones Urbaines Sensibles, ZUS), as they are euphemistically called. … An estimated 5 million Muslims live in the ZUS, parts of France over which the French state has lost control.

Muslim immigrants are taking control of other parts of France too. In Paris and other French cities with high Muslim populations, such as Lyons, Marseilles and Toulouse, thousands of Muslims are closing off streets and sidewalks (and by extension, are closing down local businesses and trapping non-Muslim residents in their homes and offices) to accommodate overflowing crowds for Friday prayers. Some mosques have also begun broadcasting sermons and chants of “Allahu Akbar” via loudspeakers into the streets. … But despite many public complaints, local authorities have declined to intervene because they are afraid of sparking riots.

In Belgium,

In the Belgian capital of Brussels (which is 20% Muslim), several immigrant neighborhoods have become “no-go” zones for police officers, who frequently are pelted with rocks by Muslim youth. In the Kuregem district of Brussels, which often resembles an urban war zone, police are forced to patrol the area with two police cars: one car to carry out the patrols and another car to prevent the first car from being attacked. In the Molenbeek district of Brussels, police have been ordered not to drink coffee or eat a sandwich in public during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

In Germany,

Chief Police Commissioner Bernhard Witthaut, in an August 1 interview with the newspaper Der Westen, revealed that Muslim immigrants are imposing “no-go” zones in cities across Germany at an alarming rate.

In Italy,

Muslims have been commandeering the Piazza Venezia in Rome for public prayers. In Bologna, Muslims repeatedly have threatened to bomb the San Petronio cathedral because it contains a 600-year-old fresco inspired by Dante’s Inferno which depicts Mohammed being tormented in hell.

In the Netherlands,

[A] Dutch court ordered the government to release to the public a politically incorrect list of 40 “no-go” zones in Holland.

In Sweden,

[L]arge swaths of the southern city of Malmö — which is more than 25% Muslim — are “no-go” zones for non-Muslims. Fire and emergency workers, for example, refuse to enter Malmö’s mostly Muslim Rosengaard district without police escorts. The male unemployment rate in Rosengaard is estimated to be above 80%. … In the Swedish city of Gothenburg, Muslim youth have been hurling petrol bombs at police cars.

Meanwhile, Europe’s liberal ruling class continues to subsidize the invaders and propagandize on their behalf. Criticism of the Islamic conquest has been criminalized.

Unless Europe just quietly dies and becomes absorbed into the impoverished and barbaric Middle East, the continent is in for some colorful times as its native population reclaims its territory after disposing of the liberal politicians who have betrayed it.

Posted on 06/16/2012 3:11 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Watch the Fox News Huckabee Show Tonight about the APT Documentary “Losing Our Sons�

In May 2011, Rebecca Bynum and I were among more than a hundred guests who went to a Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) event on the farm of TFC co-founder Andy Miller in an undisclosed location in the greater Nashville vicinity. It was on the occasion of a visit by the Hon. Geert Wilders who spoke on “A Warning to America” to assemble guests gathered that evening prior to his talks the following day in Franklin County and that evening at the Cornerstone Church in Madison. After dinner an Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) 15 minute film and a five minute trailer for a work in progress, Losing Our Sons  was shown. A longer version was shown to members of  the Tennessee Legislature that may have played a role in the enactment of anti-Terrorism legislation during the 2011 session. Fast forward to June 7, 2012 when the final  version of  Losing Our Sons had its world premiere  at the Corner Stone Church in Nashville.     

Losing Our Sons is a documentary about an American tragedy; the attack on June 1, 2009 at a  US Army recruiting Station in Little Rock Arkansas that  killed Private (Pvt.) William  “Andy” Long  wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula. The attack was perpetrated by Carlos Bledsoe who converted to Islam while a student at Middle Tennessee State University. Bledsoe had adopted the name of the local Imam in Nashville, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, ultimately becoming a Jihadi, an acolyte of the late American-born Yemeni Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki.  Muhammed was intent on killing US service personnel because their comrades were killing his fellow Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. In July 2011 Muhammad/Bledsoe was convicted in a Pulaski County trial for his crimes and sentenced to life without parole. In March 2011, Melvin Bledsoe, the father of Muhammad/Bledsoe testified before a  US House Homeland Security Committee Hearing chaired by New York Congressman Peter King (R).  Daris Long, the father of murdered Army Private William Long testified in December 2011. Bledsoe’s testimony made a convincing case for his son having been “brainwashed” by Muslim Brotherhood extremists at the Nashville Islamic Center. He accused them of turning his son raised in a caring Baptist family in Memphis into a homegrown Islamic terrorist. It is a cautionary tale about how Islamic Da’wa can lead converts astray to commit such dangerous acts in furtherance of the “way of Allah” - Jihad.
The APT released an earlier version of this work in progress at the same US House Homeland Security Committee hearing in March 2011.

The APT film Losing Our Sons portrays both fathers telling their stories about their sons’ upbringing and anguished losses.
Tonight at 8:00PM former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckebee will host a segment on his Fox News Saturday night  The Huckabee Show  discussing  this tragedy  with both fathers and what Americans should know about the totalitarian ideology at the core of Qur’anic doctrine. A doctrine that led Bledsoe’s son and Major Nidal Hassan at Fort Hood, Texas to kill fellow Americans.

This is the first national media story about the APT film, Losing Our Sons. Watch The Huckabee Show tonight  at 8:00PM EDT (7:00PM CDT). The program will be reprised at Fox News on Father’s Day, Sunday, at 11:00AM EDT (10:00AM CDT) and 8:00PM EDT (7:00PM).

Go to the film’s website  to watch a trailer of Losing Our Sons


Then sign the petition to the US Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno to award the Purple Heart posthumously to the late Pvt.  William "Andy" Long,  wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula and the twelve soldiers and one civilian killed at Fort Hood. Ask yourself why the US Department of Justice refused to prosecute Muhammad for a a terrorist act, instead considering it a street crime, because of alleged insufficient evidence. And why did President Obama threaten on May 15, 2012 to veto the Defense Appropriations Act  because Congress had requested Purple Hearts to be issued to the victims of both the Fort Hood and Little Rock Recruiting station jihad attacks.

To find out more about this watch this APT brief film, about the Purple Heart request. Note Daris Long’s comment about how the Army left his son and other fallen comrades behind on the battlefield.  Watch Sen. Lieberman and other members of the US Senate Homeland Security support the requests for Purple Hearts for these  US Army victims of Jihad in Little Rock and Fort Hood. Could it be that these requests were objected to by President Obama because they would have to admit that two successful terror attacks had occurred on his watch?  They want credit for thwarting attacks, but not the blame having them occur successfully. Terror attack, what terror attack? Little Rock was a drive-by and Fort Hood was a "workplace incident."

Posted on 06/16/2012 3:04 PM by Jerry Gordon

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