Friday, July 22, 2011

Norway Bombing...just another day in the global jihad..."A blessed raid in Norway" signed by Abu Suleiman Al-Nasser

On more than one occasion this website blogged that the Muslims are coming (ex. Paul Revere's latest cry, "The Muslims are coming! The Muslims are coming!"  or  When you finish your homework get ready for battle...) and by that I mean, THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING...so what part of that sentence do you not understand?  The recent bombing in Norway is by no means limited to Scandinavia.  And for the very same reasons they bombed the building in Oslo, they'll be somewhere in your neighborhood at some unannounced time.  Then they will brag about it somewhere else...just like this: (source link)

  A blessed raid in Norway 
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله ناصر عباده الموحدين ومذل اهل الشرك والكفر اجمعين والصلاة والسلام على نبينا محمد خاتم النبيين وعلى اله وصحبه اجمعين وبعد:

Allah says in the Quran: (Then fight in God's cause - Thou art held responsible only for thyself - and rouse the believers. It may be that God will restrain the fury of the Unbelievers; for God is the strongest in might and in punishment) 84 Surah Al-Nisa'

So another message had reached the countries of Europe from the Mujahedeen and another proof to the countries of Europe that the Mujahedeen will not stay idle regarding their war against Islam and Moslems.

Today Norway has been targeted to be a lesson and warning for the rest of the countries of Europe and we have already threatened from the Stockholm raid that there will be more operations and we have demanded the countries of Europe to withdraw their forces from the land of Afghanistan and end its war against Islam and Muslims and we repeat our warning again to the countries of Europe and we say to them carry out the demand of the Mujahedeen because what you see is only the beginning and what is coming is more.

Regarding the reasons for targeting Norway they are many; the most important is its participation in the occupation of Afghanistan and offending our noble prophet Muhammed (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Alhamdulillah who established a firm place in the land for his Muwahid worshipers .. and we Do Dua to Allah to preserve our brothers and Mujahedeen everywhere.

سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك اشهد ان لا اله الا انت استغرك واتوب اليك.

Abu Suleiman Al-Nasser

A supporter of the global Jihad
_______________
Related story below...

Oslo Blast How Many Muslims Live in Oslo from Planck's Constant
Unreal. An entire block has exploded! Huge explosion rocks Oslo, Norway! An entire block has exploded!Photo Credit: Christian Aglen
An explosion rocked the normally peaceful city of Oslo today. (1) I know the first question you want answered is "How many Muslims live in Oslo?" It's a lot. There are over 44 thousand Muslims in Oslo County out of a total population of 586 thousand.
Here's Norway's Muslim population growth by decade [Source Wikipedia]

YearMuslimsPercent
19801,0060.02%
199019,1890.45%
200056,4581.30%
201098,9532.03%
The growth rate of Muslims in Norway is astounding when one considers that Norway has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world (160th out of 224 countries; see Fertility Rates of Muslim and Non-Muslim Countries). One doesn't need a slide-rule to calculate that in a few decades Norway will be an Islamic country.
The largest immigrant communities from Muslim countries in Norway are from Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia. But one can easily deduce this information from the rape statistics in Norway. In Oslo alone, these 3 groups comprise 6.29% of the city's population but 20.21% of the rapists. Now if they kept their attacks strictly to their own, most Norwegians wouldn't care, however more than 66% of rape victims are Norwegian white women. (2)
Norwegians may be content to the slow Islamification of their homeland and the epidemic of rapes by their Muslim immigrants and citizens, but I wonder how much they'll take if today's explosion is only the start of things to come.
Am I jumping to conclusions that this attack was done by Muslims? Not such a big leap, but we can eliminate Hungarian midgets as possible suspects.
Breaking News
A tip of the turban Hat Tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance.
By NILS MYKLEBOST
Police say they are sending anti-terror police to a youth camp outside Oslo after reports of a shooting there following the bomb blast at the government headquarters.
The news site VG reported that a man dressed in a police uniform opened fire at the camp. It says several people were injured.

Notes
(1):
Several people have been injured in a large explosion which has damaged government buildings in central Oslo, including the office of the Norwegian prime minster.
A Reuters correspondent said he counted at least eight injured people after the unexplained blast. A photo posted online [see photo above] showed people looking on as smoke rose drifted through the streets. The caption for the picture said "an entire block exploded".
The tangled wreckage of a car was outside one building but the cause of the blast was unknown with police and fire officials refusing to comment.
(2):

Rapists

According to the report, most rapists are not Norwegian. Forty of the rapists are Norwegians, which is well below their percent in the general city population.
RegionPercent
Norway36.4%
Europe10.9%
America2.7%
Africa19.1%
Asia10%
Middle East20.9%
The 'top' immigrant rapists were Iraqis, Somalis and Pakistanis. These groups are also the top immigrant groups from Muslim countries in Norway.
CountryTotal Oslo Population% of city population% of rapists
Pakistan20,0363.63%3.6%
Somalia8,8781.61%5.7%
Iraq5,8181.05%10.91%
Morocco5,4311%2%
Iran4,8250.87%2%

And so it begins... The government will now rent that home that went to foreclosure (isn't this what they wanted all along)

As chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, Lenin abolished private ownership of land and began distributing it among the peasants. Banks were nationalized and workers control of factory production was introduced. He also closed down the Constituent Assemby and began banning political parties such as the Cadets, Mensheviks and the Socialist Revolutionaries. ~ Spartacus Educational
And what did the peasants do...they began making their rent payments to the government and the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) was born.  Then there was a thing called the CRA right here in the United States of America; it allowed the peasants to make home loans from the nasty banks knowing in advance they could never repay the money.  Of course the nasty banks didn't like this thing called the CRA but the 'Lenin' in charge forced them to make the loans with the help of his cadets...this would be Bill 'Lenin' Clinton and ACORN led by community organizers such as Barack Husein Obama.  Then when the loans became due and neither the peasants nor the mother banks (Fannie Mae) had any more money, banks were nationalized and shut down (we should point out that the head of Fannie Mae gave himself a million dollar bonus for making the bright move of losing other people's money...that would be Franklin Raines now living a comfortable life somewhere in the universe).  
Following all this banking and housing mess the workers control of factory production was introduced; unions were given control of production at General Motors
And so it begins...  According to today's Wall Street Journal  article "Government Considers Ways to Rent Foreclosed Homes" with the reasoning that the rent will help stabilize the housing market... Huh?  Sounds like an Alinskyism to me...take another look at the Lenin thing at the top of the page and when you figure it out please get back to me.  ~  Norman E. Hooben

Who's your sugar daddy? ~ Unless we come to grips with spending now, there isn't going to be a future. "You do the math!"

What's it all about?  The answer is simple, "...the inexorable and ultimately fatal growth of the welfare state." In other words the jig is up on the Ponzi scheme.  Borrowing the UN's favorite expression, "It's unsustainable."  You do the math! It's simple third-grade addition and subtraction...just what does it take to instill this simplicity into a liberal's brain?  Is it because their brains are too simple and have no reasoning power?  Is there a logic school out there? ~ Storm'n Norm'n

(link)

Uncle Sam, sugar daddy
By MICHAEL A. WALSH

Forget all the numbers being tossed around in Washington -- the millions and billions and trillions of dollars being taxed, borrowed, printed and spent as the country approaches the Aug. 2 debt-ceiling deadline.

Forget the political jockeying for position between a president desperately seeking re-election in 16 months and a Congress equally desperately seeking not to be blamed for spending even more money that we don't have.
Forget the fact that such "entitlements" as Social Security and Medicare -- social-insurance programs that the public long thought to be actuarially sound -- have been exposed as little more than legal Ponzi schemes, paying today's benefits out of tomorrow's borrowed receipts.
Instead, just ask yourself this simple question: When did it become the primary function of the federal government to send millions of Americans checks?
For this, in essence, is what the debt-ceiling fight is all about -- the inexorable and ultimately fatal growth of the welfare state. If you don't believe it, just look at President Obama's veiled threat to withhold Grandma's Social Security benefits if Congress doesn't let him borrow another $2 trillion or so to get himself safely past the 2012 election.
The feds now borrow 43 cents of every dollar they spend. Under Obama, outlays have soared to nearly a quarter of GDP (the historical average is just under 20 percent) -- and once ObamaCare starts to fully kick in around 2014, it will only rise.
Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and debt interest consume -- at the moment -- nearly half of our $3.8 trillion budget.
When Medicare began in 1966, it cost $3 billion; congressional estimates were that, by 1990, it would cost about $12 billion, allowing for inflation. The actual figure turned out to be $107 billion. Today, Medicare's future unfunded obligations total at least $36 trillion. Other estimates run even higher.
When Social Security began in 1935, most workers weren't expected to live past the "retirement age" of 65. The program wasn't supposed to have to pay off, except to widows, orphans and the odd male who somehow staggered to his gold watch.
Today, it's a national retirement program -- for an aging country whose life expectancy is pushing 80. In 1960, five workers supported a retiree; today, there are three, and that number falls to two in 2030. Yet the retirement age has failed to keep pace, slowly rising a couple of months a year for those born after 1938 and topping out at 67 for those born after 1960.

You do the math.

No wonder the trustees of the system themselves -- including three Obama Cabinet officials -- warned in their most recent report on the health of the entitlement system: "Projected long-run program costs for both Medicare and Social Security are not sustainable under currently scheduled financing, and will require legislative corrections if disruptive consequences for beneficiaries and taxpayers are to be avoided."
So even Team Obama realizes these programs must be put on a sound footing (and likely radically restructured) to continue.
Yet the president and the Democrats still refuse to put meaningful spending cuts on the table -- and refuse completely to deal with the entitlement monster. Even though they know the numbers don't work, they're trying to lock in Obama's sky-high spending as the new normal -- and then up the ante.
The debt-ceiling cage match is the culmination of the Democrats' 75-year-long fight to establish a voting bloc of dependents under the false flags of "compassion" and "social justice." It's sapped our strength, created a welfare mentality and, if unchecked, will reduce us to a nation of aging, resentful beggars with eyes cast permanently toward Washington.
The preamble to the Constitution talks about promoting the general welfare, not the welfare state. For the welfare state is incompatible with the rest of the preamble, which concludes: "and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." By definition, dependents are not free.
That's why Republicans must stand firm in their demands for real spending cuts, not accounting tricks and vague promises. If the debt ceiling must be raised this go-around, it should be temporary -- and rolled back as quickly as possible.
Because, unless we come to grips with spending now, there isn't going to be a future.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mexican Truck Agreement: The EPA Will Pay...You say what? ...that's my tax dollars going for mufflers on Mexican trucks!

This is one of those stories that should get blood to the tepid point (actually I'm just being nice, it should make you stark raving mad as hell as you open the window and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!").   Why its just a news item concerning a US-Mexico trucking agreement...so what's wrong with that?  Well you see the trucking industry in Mexico doesn't have a good safety record...and that's no big deal.  Then there's the matter of factory installed equipment on the trucks...all those environmental gadgets you have on your American truck...well they're not installed on trucks built for the Mexican highways...not a big deal...yet!  This is where you need to go back and read the news from last April (2011).  So the Mexican trucks will be allowed into the US as long as they meet EPA standards...and this will mean all those trucks will have to be upgraded with new catalytic converters and whatever else is needed to pass the pollution tests...and that's no big deal.  See the EPA will pay for all the upgrades...wawawaaiit, wawawait, wait a minute!  You said what?  The EPA will pay for mufflers on Mexican trucks!  The EPA will pay!  That's bull!  When the EPA pays that means you and me...tax money...from your pocket!  Why the hell should the American taxpayer dish out dollars to upgrade Mexican trucks?  I thought we had a budget crisis...I guess Obama needs to waist a few more dollars before he really bankrupts all of us...that's U.S. ~ Norman E. Hooben
For more on this go here: Liquida.com

Related story...
Houston Chronicle EditorialWoe be to officials who allow unsafe Mexican junk trucks in U.S....A single Mexican truck with bad brakes involved in a fatal accident on U.S. roads could lead to a congressional investigation and political finger pointing. Woe be to the officials who allowed that defective truck to enter the country. -- Until now Mexican trucks have been permitted to travel no farther than about 20 miles from the border on the U.S. side...



Landmark US-Mexico trucking agreement resolves 15-year conflict
Source: Christian Science Monitor

After years of wrangling, US and Mexican officials signed an agreement Wednesday that allows trucks from each nation to travel on the other country’s highways – a key provision of NAFTA.



By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer

Washington
The United States and Mexico on Wednesday signed an agreement aimed at resolving a cross-border trucking dispute. The longstanding disagreement had come to symbolize growing resistance, especially in the US Congress, to free-trade provisions with America’s southern neighbor.
The accord, signed in Mexico City by US and Mexican transportation officials, would end a 15-year-old controversy that on the US side featured fears of unsafe Mexican trucks barreling along US highways, driven by unprofessional Mexican truckers.
On the Mexican side, outrage over the American disregard for a NAFTA provision led to retaliatory tariffs on US goods ranging from pork to consumer care products – which cost the US as much as $2 billion in exports.
The accord was greeted warmly by US trade, farm, and business organizations – but condemned by US trucking organizations, a sign the agreement could face trouble in Congress.

Under the agreement, the US will reinstate a pilot program for Mexican truck certification that was introduced under the Bush administration – and defunded by an angry Congress in 2009. Mexico, in turn, will immediately drop half of the tariffs on about 100 US products, with the rest to be removed when Mexican trucks actually start rolling across the border.
“The agreements signed today are a win for roadway safety and they are a win for trade,” said US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood after signing the documents.
The accord requires all Mexican trucks operating in the US to comply with US safety standards, and it mandates the installation of monitoring devices to track truck usage and compliance with service requirements.
Recognizing the potential for a negative response from Congress, some supporters of Wednesday’s agreement wasted little time with praise and got right on to warnings against attempts to once again sidetrack the resolution.
“We are encouraged there is finally a positive end in sight,” said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council in Washington. But he added, “We urge Congress to refrain from any action that would derail the program or fall short of our commitments under NAFTA.”

Some, who oppose any trucking accord allowing Mexican trucks to come north, continue to hammer at safety concerns.
“Opening the border to dangerous trucks at a time of high unemployment and rampant drug violence is a shameful abandonment of the Department of Transportation’s duty to protect American citizens from harm and to spend American tax dollars responsibly,” said Jim Hoffa, general president of the Teamsters, in a statement. He said the accord “endangers American motorists.”
Mexican trucks are already allowed to circulate in the US within 25 miles of the border. The new agreement will allow Mexican trucks to deliver goods into the US and to return goods to Mexico, but it bars the transport of goods between US destinations.
Both sides in the debate over Mexican trucks are latching onto the issue of the day – jobs – to make their case for or against the agreement.
Secretary LaHood said that by “opening the door to long-haul trucking between the US and Mexico … we will create jobs and opportunity for our people and support economic development in both nations.”
Farmers are particularly happy: Mexico is the second-largest purchaser of US pork after Japan, for example, but pork sales to Mexico have sagged in recent years under the retaliatory tariffs.
But the Teamsters’ Mr. Hoffa says the deal will be a job killer. “The so-called pilot program [for certifying Mexican trucks] is a concession to multinational corporations that send jobs to Mexico,” he said. “It lowers wages and robs jobs from hard-working American truck drivers and warehouse workers.”
The opposing arguments reveal the trucking dispute to be a microcosm of the larger debate in the US over trade. How Congress responds may suggest which way the trade winds are blowing.












Education? What school you went? We went to different schools together!

How do some people get where they are?  I don't know...what school you went?

 

The following from: Townhall.com

Education Is Worse Than We Thought
By Walter E. Williams

Last December, I reported on Harvard University professor Stephan Thernstrom's essay "Minorities in College -- Good News, But...," on Minding the Campus, a website sponsored by the New York-based Manhattan Institute. He was commenting on the results of the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress, saying that the scores "mean that black students aged 17 do not read with any greater facility than whites who are four years younger and still in junior high. ... Exactly the same glaring gaps appear in NAEP's tests of basic mathematics skills." Thernstrom asked, "If we put a randomly-selected group of 100 eighth-graders and another of 100 twelfth-graders in a typical college, would we expect the first group to perform as well as the second?" In other words, is it reasonable to expect a college freshman of any race who has the equivalent of an eighth-grade education to compete successfully with those having a 12th-grade education?
Maybe this huge gap in black/white academic achievement was in the paternalistic minds of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals justices who recently struck down Michigan's ban on the use of race and sex as criteria for college admissions. The court said that it burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution. Given the black education disaster, racial preferences in college admissions will become a permanent feature, because given the status quo, blacks as a group will never make it into top colleges based upon academic merit.
The situation is worse than we thought. U.S. News & World Report (7/7/2011) came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal," saying that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history, according to a scathing 413-page investigative report released Tuesday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal." The report says that more than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated cheated on the 2009 standardized National Assessment of Educational Progress. Eighty-two teachers have confessed to erasing students' answers. A total of 178 educators, including 38 principals, many of whom are black, systematically fabricated test scores of struggling black students to cover up academic failure. The governor's report says that cheating orders came from the top and that widespread cheating has occurred since at least 2001. So far, no Atlanta educator has been criminally charged, even though some of the cheating was brazen, such as teachers pointing to correct answers while students were taking the tests, reading answers aloud during testing and seating low-achieving students next to high-achieving students to make cheating easier.
Teacher and principal exam cheating is not restricted to Atlanta; it's widespread. The Detroit Free Press and USA Today (3/8/2011) released an investigative report that found higher-than-average erasure rates on tests taken by students at 34 schools in and around Detroit in 2008 and 2009. Overall, their report "found 304 schools where experts say the gains on standardized tests in 2009-10 are so statistically improbable, they merit further investigation. Besides Michigan, the other states (where suspected cheating was found) were Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Florida and California." A Dallas Morning News investigation reported finding high rates of test erasures in Texas. Six teachers and two principals were dismissed after cheating was uncovered.
In 2007, Baltimore's George Washington Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School after the number of students who passed state reading tests shot from 32 percent to nearly 100 percent in just four years. Last year, The Baltimore Sun reported thousands of erasures on those tests. Susan Burgess, the school's principal, had her professional license revoked after an investigation by state and city school board officials.
Why is there widespread cheating by America's educators? According to Diane Ravitch, who is the research professor of education at New York University, it's not teachers and principals who are to blame; it's the mandates of the No Child Left Behind law, enacted during the George W. Bush administration. In other words, the devil made them do it.

Related reading/video click here Muslims Discovered America re-visited
It's a must see video and why parents are not outraged is beyond me...

Hamas Remains Committed to Resistance and Jihad...and that's just one chapter!


The following from: MEMRI The Middle East Media Research Institute
The atmosphere of preparation for the continuation of the struggle was also evident in Gaza's education system. In a play at a commencement ceremony in Gaza, children wore the uniforms of the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, and "fought" "Israeli soldiers," "kidnapping" one of them.  At a Hamas ceremony honoring families of martyrs in Jabalya, the spokesman for the families said: "We are ready to sacrifice our children, ourselves, and our money to declare 'there is none but Allah,' and to liberate the homeland."
Hamas's Gaza – Four Years Later; Chapter 2 (for chapter 1 click here): Hamas's Military Conduct vis-à-vis Israel
By: C. Jacob*
Introduction
After the end of the Gaza war, Hamas largely stopped firing missiles at Israel, and forced the other Palestinian factions to observe the tahdiah (calm) as well – though both the factions and Hamas occasionally breach it. At the same time, Hamas has consistently clarified that it has not abandoned the resistance, proving this in practice in March-April 2011 when it participated in firing dozens of rockets at Israel, including one targeting an Israeli school bus. Hamas leaders continue to extol jihad, and the movement continues to arm itself, train, and fortify positions.
I. Tahdiah – With Intermittent Firing of Rockets
Hamas's efforts to maintain the tahdiah were evident, for example, in March 2, 2010, when Gaza police commander Abu 'Ubaida Al-Jarrah issued guidelines to all police elements in the Gaza Strip "to hunt down those who are firing missiles, to arrest them for investigation by the Hamas security apparatuses, and to punish them, treating them as perpetrators of serious offenses."[1] After Russia's foreign minister pressured Hamas to stop the firing of the missiles, in late March 2010, Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mash'al responded that the Hamas leadership supported the tahdiah and was not ratcheting up tensions, and that it would use appropriate means to prevent the firing of missiles.[2] In fact, several days later Mash'al ordered the leaders of Hamas's military wing to stop launching missiles and to prevent the Palestinian factions from doing so as well, "even if this involves the use of force."[3] Hamas also sought to coordinate positions with other factions, and on April 3, 2010, met with representatives of Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). All agreed to act in concert, in light of Israel's threats to respond to the firing of missiles.[4]
Hamas leaders sensed a need to explain their support for the ceasefire. Hamas political bureau deputy head Moussa Abu Marzouq said: "Hamas is interested in continuing the ceasefire with Israel, so that the latter will have no excuse to launch [another] military campaign against the Gaza Strip. There is agreement among the Palestinian factions to refrain from firing missiles at Israeli targets, but from time to time this agreement is violated."[5]
Particularly interesting was a statement by Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, who called the firing of the rockets "suspicious," hinting that Israel was encouraging it. He said: "The enemy wants to portray the operations it is carrying out as self defense, by [saying that they are] a response to the firing of missiles from the Gaza strip."[6]
Though Fatah supports the tahdiah, it saw Hamas's suspension of the attacks on Israel as an opportunity to sting this movement. Fatah spokesman Ahmad 'Assaf said: "It is a positive development that Hamas now realizes the correctness of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas's repeated call to save our people the troubles [caused by] Israeli reaction to the firing of missiles, to cease the firing, and to renew the tahdiah... [In the past,] the Hamas leaders preferred a regional agenda and narrow party interests to the supreme interests of the Palestinian people, and accused the [PA] leadership of treason and unbelief."[7]
Towards the end of 2010, Hamas loosened its grip on the various organizations, which caused a rise in the number of gunfire incidents and clashes with Israeli forces. The resulting tension, and Israel's retaliation, prompted the Hamas leaders to reiterate their commitment to the tahdiah and to enforce the ban on actions leading to escalation. In January 2011, the factions agreed to "protect the Palestinian people in Gaza and distance them from the danger of war," clarifying, however, that they were not announcing a tahdiah.[8] In mid-March 2011, Hamas deviated from this policy and participated in firing mortars and rockets at Israel.[9] In this case, too, the firing of rockets stopped after a few days, and an agreement was reached with the factions to uphold the tahdiah, providing that Israel ceased its attacks on Gaza. In response to the assassination of fighters from Hamas' military wing, the movement renewed the firing of rockets, and claimed responsibility for the firing of a rocket on an Israeli school bus, which resulted in the death of a teenage boy.
Hamas's actions reflect a duality within the movement. On one hand, Hamas wishes to maintain the tahdiah in order to avoid an Israeli retaliation that would cause it severe damage and undermine its control over Gaza. This policy is led by Hamas's political leadership inside Gaza. On the other hand, Hamas is trying to establish a new paradigm, whereby any harm to its members triggers an automatic response in the form of rocket fire, so that its members will be protected from harm even while preparing terrorist attacks or abductions of Israelis. This policy is led by the head of the military wing, Ahmad Al-Ja'bari. The calm that has prevailed in the recent weeks indicates that Hamas has the capability to prevent the firing of rockets into Israel.
II. Hamas Remains Committed to Resistance and Jihad
Hamas's tahdiah was perceived in the Gaza Strip as a tactical move – a time-out for regrouping in preparation for the next round of activity against Israel. Hamas website columnist Yasser Al-Za'atra wrote: "It is almost certain that the Palestinian arena will yet return to the path of the resistance, as it did after the misguided Oslo campaign (1993-2000)."[10] 'Abd Al-Bari 'Atwan, editor of the London daily Al-Quds Al-'Arabi, assessed the situation in much the same way: "Hamas never ultimately relinquished the resistance, and perhaps the current hudna [ceasefire] is temporary, like those that preceded it – but its leaders must realize that the patience of some of the Islamic groups has a short fuse, and that some yearn for jihad."[11]
The Hamas leaders themselves have continued to speak in pro-resistance and pro-jihad terms. In response to the continued construction in Jerusalem, and to the March 16, 2010 inauguration of the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City, Palestinian Legislative Council deputy speaker Ahmad Baher (of Hamas) called on the resistance factions to "strike a hard military blow against the Israeli occupation."[12] A Hamas communiqué stated, "Resistance is a strategic choice... and the [Hamas] movement clings to jihad." The communiqué also called for the Arab Peace Initiative to be rescinded.[13]
Also glorifying the resistance was the Gaza municipality itself; it named a city square after Rim Al-Riyashi, who carried out a suicide bombing in 2004.[14]
The atmosphere of preparation for the continuation of the struggle was also evident in Gaza's education system. In a play at a commencement ceremony in Gaza, children wore the uniforms of the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, and "fought" "Israeli soldiers," "kidnapping" one of them.[15] At a Hamas ceremony honoring families of martyrs in Jabalya, the spokesman for the families said: "We are ready to sacrifice our children, ourselves, and our money to declare 'there is none but Allah,' and to liberate the homeland."[16]
The most obvious manifestation of militant education was reported by the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, in a story that described the militant atmosphere at the Hamas summer camps, in comparison to the atmosphere in the UNRWA summer camps: "While the children in the UNRWA [camps] enjoy painting, swimming, and dancing to folk music, other children march in military parades, bearing the photos of Hamas prisoners and martyrs and shouting slogans of the resistance. These are the children in the Hamas camps. 'Our Al-Aqsa, our prisoners, freedom will come' – these are the slogans shouted by children aged seven through 12 in a military march. 'No toys or rowdiness,' as one of the camp leaders put it... The children live in an atmosphere of military mobilization and preparation for resistance [in times of both] peace and war. In one camp, held at the Sheikh Radwan mosque, the setting and the training create an atmosphere of war and resistance. Photos of masked men with guns festoon the camp, [which looks like] a military base."[17]
Hamas' Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs officially endorsed the cause of kidnapping Israeli soldiers, when it announced that it supported a campaign, declared by the Wa'ed Society in Gaza, promising a million Jordanian dinars "for anyone who kidnaps an Israeli soldier to exchange him for Palestinian prisoners."[18] Isma'il Haniya's advisor Mustafa Al-Kanu' said that the Palestinian prisoners would only be liberated by kidnapping more Israeli soldiers.[19] Hamas's military wing, the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, have pledged to continue their efforts to achieve this.[20]
III. Training, Arming and Fortifying Positions
Hamas is continuing to prepare for a military confrontation by building fortifications, smuggling weapons into Gaza, and training its fighters. At a meeting with Arab party leaders at a Damascus conference, Khaled Mash'al revealed, in a rare moment of candor, that "outwardly, there is talk in Gaza about reconciliation and building, but, actually, most of the funds and efforts are allocated to the resistance and to military preparations. We deal with resistance."[21]
A website close to Fatah reported that Hamas militias had set heavy explosive charges near densely populated buildings in Gaza in areas distant from the Israeli border – leading to great resentment, verbal clashes, and sometimes brawls between residents and Hamas activists.[22]
On the Hamas fortifications, Dr. Fayez Abu Shamala, columnist for a Hamas-affiliated website, wrote that Hamas had thousands of tunnels across the length and breadth of the Gaza Strip.[23]
The 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades described their preparations for conflict and their desire for martyrdom: "In the dim light of the moon sits a Hamas fighter, beneath a tree with tangled branches. He draws away from his comrades, takes a Koran out of his rucksack, and begins to read aloud in a pleasant voice. Another [fighter] calls on Allah to grant him martyrdom. Yet another waits at a distance for the enemy to come, so that he can surprise him. On the other side, an engineering unit of the Al-Qassam Brigades prepares to set an explosive device, in advance of a Zionist attack, so as to sow death [among the passengers] of the vehicle of the Zionist enemy... In another area, civil defense members prepare to set [antiaircraft] ground missiles, for downing enemy planes in Gaza's skies... In a high area, a sniper corps is getting ready to position its weapon[s] in order to strike at Zionist enemy soldiers if they infiltrate anywhere. Among the trees with tangled branches, a group of artillerymen prepare to set a mortar for countering any foolish move by the enemy, or any advance of special [Israeli] troops anywhere."[24]

A Gaza fighter (source: paldf.net, June 13, 2010)
Following the increased efforts by Israel and Egypt in the aftermath of the Gaza war to prevent weapons from being brought into Gaza, senior Hamas official Ahmad Yousuf stated: "Resistance is a legitimate right, as are the weapons [of the resistance]; therefore, the resistance will obtain weapons in all possible ways in order to continue its activity, via the tunnels or not… [even] from beneath the earth."[25] Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said, "My movement [now] has better weapons than it had on the eve of the Gaza war."[26] In July 2010, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad announced that his ministry was planning to introduce voluntary conscription to the Hamas army in Gaza, followed by mandatory conscription.[27]
In early 2011, the Hamas police announced that Gaza residents would be required to obtain a permit for firearms for self-defense. The announcement stressed that this regulation did not apply to the weapons of the resistance, which were legal without a permit.[28]
Hamas's military activity was not limited to Gaza. In May 2010, PA President Mahmoud 'Abbas disclosed that "every day, we seize large quantities of arms [in the West Bank]."[29] In April 2011, officials in the PA security apparatuses announced the discovery of a Hamas-run mosque in the West Bank where explosives were manufactured and stored,[30] and a website close to Fatah said that the security apparatuses had discovered a large facility for manufacturing and storing explosives in Nablus.[31]
Justifying Hamas's activity in the West Bank, Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said, "Gaza is [already] liberated; [now], the PA security apparatuses must give us a free hand to liberate the West Bank and Jerusalem. There must be missiles fired and resistance from the West Bank. Are the firing of missiles and [waging of] resistance demanded only in Gaza?"[32]
The Kuwaiti anti-Syrian daily Al-Siyassa reported that in late 2009, five Hamas members and two Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members were killed at a Hamas base near Damascus while training in assembling and disassembling Iranian long-range rockets, meant for smuggling into Gaza via the tunnels.[33]
Lebanon is another Hamas training arena. Lebanese sources reported that an investigation of an explosion in a Hamas center in Lebanon showed that it had occurred during training with live ammunition.[34]

Endnotes:

[1] Wafa1.ps, March 2, 2010.
[2] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Palestinian Authority), April 2, 2010.
[3] Palpress.ps, April 8, 2010.
[4] Al-Quds (Jerusalem), April 4, 2010.
[5] Alaahd.com, April 13, 2010.
[6] Maannews.net, March 21, 2010.
[7] Maannews.net, April 3, 2010.
[8] Alresalah.ps, January 13, 2011.
[9] Palestine-info.info, March 19, 2011.
[10] Paltoday.com, August 15, 2009.
[11] Paltoday.com, August 17, 2009.
[12] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Palestinian Authority), March 16, 2010.
[13] Palestine-info.info, December 12 and 13, 2009.
[14] Al-Ayyam (Palestinian Authority), March 24, 2010. On January 14, 2004, Rim Al-Riyashi, mother of two, blew herself up at the Erez checkpoint between Israel and Gaza, killing four Israelis and wounding ten.
[15] Maannews.net, May 30, 2010.
[16] Al-Quds (Jerusalem,) January 7, 2010.
[17] Al-Ahram (Egypt), June 30, 2010.
[18] Maannews.net, November 19, 2009.
[19] Al-Ayyam (Palestinian Authority), March 1, 2011; safa.ps, February 28, 2011.
[20] Alqassam.ps, August 8, 2011.
[21] Paltimes.net, November 14, 2009.
[22] Alaahd.com, January 13, 2010.
[23] Palestine-info.info, June 7, 2010.
[24] Alqassam.ps, July 4, 2010.
[25] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), January 25, 2009.
[26] Palestine-info.info, April 18, 2009.
[27] Amad.ps, July 28, 2010.
[28] Maannews.net January 5, 2011.
[29] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), May 6, 2010.
[30] Al-Quds Al-Arabi, (London), April 13, 2009.
[31] Palvoice.com, April 29, 2010.
[32] Al-Quds (Jerusalem), June 20, 2010.
[33] Al-Siyassa (Kuwait), November 15, 2009.
[34] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), January 6, 2010.

Dear Reader...read some more

I hadn't had time to write today but I did read a few pages just to broaden my view as to what others are saying...here's just a sampling (you wouldn't want me to list them all, it's mind boggling!) ~ Storm'n Norm'n

The 70-Million-Check Constituency

Federal Court: Calling For Obama’s Assassination Is Legal

MSNBC Anchorette Asks Congressman Mo Brooks: Do You Have a Degree in Economics? Answer: Yes I Do, With Top Honors

U.N. Security Council Considering Green-Helmeted Military To Enforce Global Warming Regulations

DHS Warns Of Al Qaeda Attacks On Utility Plants

'Glitch' in Obamacare Provides Millions in Middle Class With Free Care

Shock video: Medicaid caught encouraging fraud

Mumbai Terrorist Bombs Kill Diamond Brokers

Brotherhood of Darkness

Jim Rogers: Fed Will Launch QE3 by Q3

American Blacks Cannot Be Blamed For Barack Obama

'Irrefutable' proof of Obama forgery

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just a routine reminder; Obama is a friend of the Muslim Brotherhood (he's now even selling them American tanks*)

"Islam must rule the world and until Islam does rule the world we will continue to sacrifice our lives," Al-Badr spokesman Mustaq Aksari told CNN..." CNN.com September 19, 2001 
____________________ 
THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD STRATEGY FOR NORTH AMERICA
... work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating
and destroying the Western civilization from within ...

The following is based on a May 22, 1991 document discovered by the FBI.
Understanding the Role of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America
The process of settlement is a "Civilization-Jihadist Process" and all the word means. The
Ikhwan [Arabic for brothers] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad to eliminate and destroy the Western civilization from within, and sabotage its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers, so that it is eliminated, and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.
Without this level of understanding, we are not up to the challenge and have not yet prepared ourselves for Jihad. It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who choose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal. [from Section Four: The Process of Settlement ]
...continues herePJTV
*For the tank story go here: America Thinker

Bonus Video! (Muslin Child 'Safety' Training...never let a child play with the 'safety')

video

The 'Surge' Across Our Southern Border...are they potential terrorists?

With all the news about the so-called budget crisis we still have an immigration crisis...and its getting worse as we speak.  We've been dealing with this illegal immigration thing for quite some time and to a guy like myself the problem can go away overnight and yet nobody in Washington seems to care...with Obama the number one sinner!  Also, there is not enough outcry from citizens in states located away from the Mexican border.  People should be screaming in the ears of their congressional representatives from such places as Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, and all the other states not located in the soutwest (and not beginning with the letter 'M')From previous reports we've seen increasing numbers of OTM's (Other Than Mexicans) coming across from Mexico.  Many of these OTM's have been identified as middle easteners and potential terrorists.  According to the following report there's a surge in OTM's identified as 'from India' ...and what if they were 'from' the Kashmir area of India were Pakistani trained terrorists abound...certainly something to think about.  ~  Norman E. Hooben

Illegal Immigration from India Through Central America and Mexico Surges

There is a surge of undocumented immigrants trying to enter the United States but their background isn't what you might expect.
The sluggish economy has reduced the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. But authorities have noticed a spike in the number of migrants from India over the last two years.
Smugglers using many of the same tactics as drug cartels are running an 11,000-mile pipeline that moves human cargo from India, through Central America and Mexico and over the Rio Grande into Texas.
With fewer Mexicans and Central Americans crossing the border, smugglers are eager for more "high-value cargo" like Indians, some of whom are willing to pay more than $20,000 for the journey.
Between October 2009 and March 2011, the Border Patrol detained at least 2,600 undocumented immigrants from India, a dramatic rise over the typical 150 to 300 arrests per year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2011/07/16/illegal-immigration-from-india-through-central-america-and-mexico-surges/#ixzz1SfdIzWEt

Once Upon A Time...three tall tales brazenly told by Obama (video)

Source: The Right Scoop
The Obamacare Fables: A Brief Refresher
As if we really needed to be reminded that Obama is a lying skunk, here are three tall tales he brazenly told as he was pitching his disastrous health care “reform” scheme to the American people.
The good news is a majority of us never bought what the President was selling. The bad news of course is the Democrats gleefully shoved the heinous Obamacare bill down our throats anyway.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Building Bridges Brings More Jobs...But for who?


China's Bridge Building Experience

    
 

The following from: Boston.com

Calif. getting ‘impressive’ bridge, made in China
By David Barboza New York Times / June 26, 2011
 
SHANGHAI — Talk about outsourcing.
At a sprawling manufacturing complex here, hundreds of Chinese laborers are now completing work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Next month, the last four of more than two dozen giant steel modules — each with a roadbed segment about 50 yards long — will be loaded onto a huge ship and transported 6,500 miles to Oakland. There, they will be assembled to fit into the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge.
The assembly work in California, and the pouring of the concrete road surface, will be done by Americans. But construction of the bridge decks and the materials that went into them are a Made in China affair. California officials say the state saved hundreds of millions of dollars by turning to China.
The new structure, expected to open to traffic in 2013, will replace a bridge that has never been quite the same since the 1989 Bay Area earthquake.
“They’ve produced a pretty impressive bridge for us,’’ Tony Anziano, a program manager at the California Department of Transportation, said a few weeks ago. He was touring the 1.2-square-mile manufacturing site that the Chinese company created to do the bridge work.
China, in its continual move up the global economic value chain — from cheap toys to Apple iPads to commercial jetliners — now aims to be the world’s civil engineer. On the reputation of showcase projects like Beijing’s Olympic-size airport terminal and the mammoth hydroelectric Three Gorges Dam, Chinese companies have been hired to build copper mines in the Congo, high-speed rail lines in Brazil, and huge apartment complexes in Saudi Arabia.
In New York City, Chinese companies have won contracts to help renovate the subway system, refurbish the Alexander Hamilton Bridge over the Harlem River, and build a new Metro-North train platform near Yankee Stadium. As with the Bay Bridge, US union labor would carry out most of the work done on American soil.
American steelworker unions have disparaged the contract by accusing the state of California of sending good jobs overseas and settling for what they deride as poor-quality Chinese steel. Industry groups in the United States and other countries have raised questions about the safety and quality of Chinese workmanship on such projects. Indeed, China has had quality control problems ranging from tainted milk to poorly built schools.
But executives and officials who have awarded the various Chinese contracts say their audits have convinced them of the projects’ engineering integrity. And they note that with the full financial force of the Chinese government behind its infrastructure companies and the monumental scale of the work, the prices bid are hard for private industry elsewhere to beat.
At $7.2 billion, the Bay Bridge will be one of the most expensive structures ever built. But California officials estimate that they will save at least $400 million by having so much of the work done in China. (California issued bonds to finance the project and will look to recoup the cost through tolls.)
California authorities say they had little choice but to rebuild major sections of the bridge, despite repairs made after the 1989 earthquake caused a section of the eastern span to collapse onto the lower deck. Seismic safety testing persuaded the state that much of the bridge needed to be overhauled and made more quake-resistant.
Eventually, the California Department of Transportation decided to revamp the western span of the bridge (which connects San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island) and replace the 2.2-mile eastern span (which links Yerba Buena to Oakland).
On the eastern span, officials decided to build a suspension bridge with a complex design. The span will have a single, 525-foot tower, anchored to bedrock and supported by a single, enormous steel-wire cable that threads through the suspension bridge.
A joint venture between two American companies, American Bridge and Fluor Enterprises, won the prime contract for the project in early 2006. Their bid specified getting much of the fabricated steel from overseas, to save money.
California decided not to apply for federal funding for the project because the “Buy America’’ provisos would probably have required purchasing more expensive steel and fabrication from US manufacturers.