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PEACEFUL ACTION ALERT: Opponents Pack Hearing on Mosque Near Ground Zero   Leave a comment

Oh…MY….GOD!

I have been trying to avoid this since I first heard about it.  It’s just too….sad.  It’s too deep.  It’s too insane to even allow it to happen. 

I can’t believe that this is being considered. 

I can’t believe that discussion of this is even being allowed.

I can’t BELIEVE that they want to even DEVELOP Ground Zero in the first place . . . but to put a mosque on that property . . . WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

That’s like . . . bulldozing Auschwitz and putting a Hitler memorial on top of it.

That’s like . . . letting the KKK have their headquarters where Martin Luther King Jr. got shot.

That’s like . . . putting a nuclear power plant and pro-nuclear weapon museum in Hiroshima.

I mean…it’s blasphemous!  And I don’t mean in a religious sense.  Let’s keep that out of it.  I mean that it’s just blasphemous in principle.  It’s blasphemous against the American people.  It’s blasphemous TO ALL AMERICANS WHO REMEMBER 9-11 AND TO THOSE TO DIED IN THOSE ATTACKS! 

I cannot even wrap my head around this. 

If this passes . . . it will be a dark, dark, dark day for this country—a day where we rolled over and allowed our enemies to step on us and kick us, asserting their dominance. We might as well pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan because we would have just lost the war.  What’s the point in fighting if we allow them to build their mosque on hallowed ground?  That’s what Muslims do.  When they declare war on another country or religion, whenever they CONQUOR said country or said religion, they tear down their important symbols and churches and whatnot and they BUILD MOSQUES ON THOSE SITES AS A SIGN THAT THEY HAVE WON!

Again, I ask . . . WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY THINKING!!!!!  (and I want to use more colorful language when I say this!)

Opponents pack hearing on mosque near ground zero

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR, Associated Press Writer Cristian Salazar, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jul 13, 11:56 pm ET

NEW YORK – Dozens of opponents and some supporters of a mosque planned near ground zero attended a raucous hearing Tuesday about whether the building where the Muslim place of worship would be created warrants designation as a city landmark and should be protected from development.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, who has sought an investigation into the funding of the mosque, was among the witnesses who testified in support of giving the building landmark status, which could complicate plans by Muslim groups to develop a community center and mosque there.

After noting the lower Manhattan building’s history and architectural significance, Lazio said it also warranted landmark designation because on Sept. 11, 2001, it was struck by airplane debris from the terror attacks against the nearby World Trade Center. That connection to the attacks, he said, made it “a place of deep historical significance and a reminder of just what happened on New York’s darkest day.”

Lazio has called on state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, his Democratic opponent in the governor’s race, to investigate the funding of the project. On Tuesday, he repeated that request and said the pace of the landmark designation process should be slowed to allow time to thoroughly investigate the matter.

Nearly 100 people attended the hearing at a college campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Fifty-six people testified at the hearing, which turned contentious at times, with some speakers drowned out by shouts from the audience and with one man escorted out by campus security.

“To deprive this building of landmark status is to allow for a citadel of Islamic supremacy to be erected in its place,” said Andrea Quinn, a freelance audio technician from Queens who said she had worked with people at the World Trade Center.

But Rafiq Kathwari, who described himself as a moderate Muslim, said the landmark discussion had been hijacked.

INTERESTING USE OF THE WORD ‘HIJACKED’ L

“This has been made by a very vocal minority into an issue of bigotry,” said Kathwari, as he held up his U.S. passport and was nearly drowned out by shouts from the crowd. “I’m standing in a hall in which I feel ashamed to be an American.”

AS AN AMERICAN HE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SITE AND WOULD BE VOTING TO MAKE IT A HISTORICAL LANDMARK AND MOVE THIS MOSQUE SOMEWHERE ELSE!

The mosque and the related community center are a project of several groups, including the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding between Islam and the West. Cordoba’s director, Imam Faisel Rauf, has refused to disclose the sources of funding for the mosque.

SEE!!!!!  Gee, I wonder who is funding this!!!!!!

But Sharif El-Gamal, the CEO of the company that owns the property, said that the project’s backers were committed to transparency and were working to set up a nonprofit organization.

“We are going to go through a capital campaign,” which will consist of equity debt, bonds, grants and fundraising from the grass roots, he said. They were committed to working with the attorney general’s Charities Bureau, which supervises charitable organizations and works to protect donors, he said.

El-Gamal testified at the hearing, saying they were opposed to designating the building a landmark because it does not meet the requirements of historical significance.

“This is not the Woolworth building, this is not the Chrysler building,” he said later in an interview.

The five-story building on Park Place, a few blocks north of Wall Street, was completed between 1857 and 1858 and is an Italian Renaissance-inspired palazzo. It formerly housed a department store, which closed after the building was damaged on Sept. 11. Muslim prayer service is held at the building at least one day a week.

Landmark status could require the owners to obtain the approval of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission before making significant changes. It’s unlikely that, if granted such status, the building could be demolished.

The city’s 11-member Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to vote later this summer on whether the building meets the standards of architectural, cultural and historic characteristics to qualify it for landmark status.

THIS IS THE LINK TO THE CHAIR OF THE LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION IN NYC:

http://nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maillpc.html

PLEASE EMAIL HIM AND ASK HIM TO PRESERVE THE BUILDING ON PARK PLACE AND GROUND ZERO SO THAT THEY DON’T DEMOLISH IT!!!!!!! 

EMAIL HIM EVERY SINGLE DAY!

THIS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THOSE WHO DIED THERE AND THE FINGER TO THOSE WHO HAD TO WATCH AND LIVE IN FEAR FOR MONTHS AND YEARS AFTERWARDS!

IF THIS GUY WHO WANTS TO BUILD THIS MOSQUE THERE WERE ANY KIND OF AMERICAN, HE WOULD BE PUSHING TO MAKE IT A LANDMARK TOO AND BUILDING HIS MOSQUE SOMEWHERE ELSE!

I WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT FOR THEM IF THEY DID THAT!

THIS IS THE MOST DISCUSTING THING I’VE EVER HEARD!

*steps down from soap box—fuming*

And this is why I didn’t want to bring it up. 

And this is why I am moved to tears when I hear our National Anthem.

Call it corny.  Call it lame.  Call it whatever you wish.  But we are a sovereign nation, they attacked us and killed civilians on our own land, and considering their history of invasion and destruction and building their places of worship over the ruins of the old civilization – THIS FITS THE BILL!!!!

If this gets passed . . . it will be a D*** shame. 

*kicks soapbox away and storms off, cursing—still fuming*

Take The Poll: Should the American Flag be Banned From School?   Leave a comment

WHAT KIND OF SWILL IS THIS?

Ban the American Flag in AMERICAN SCHOOLS???????????????  I’m horrified by this!

I’ve been horrified a lot today–let me tell you.  I’m having computer issues again folks–had at least ten posts prepared to upload and something happened to it . . . so I’ll get it all up tomorrow once I figured out what I did.  But, seriously, most of it just involved me being horrified!!!!

But THIS?  Wow.  Just wow!

When I was in school, the American Flag wasn’t a question.  It was a statement.  Of course, I was an Army Brat and I went to school with other Army Brats.  Even in the second grade, you better BELIEVE that if you made fun of the pledge in any way or goofed off during pledge there would be a group of Army Brats waiting to ‘speak with you’ during recess.

I did it.  ONCE! 

Never again . . . I learned my lesson really quick.  It wasn’t a beat-down or anything–it was just a gang up on you shame session. 

That was during the Gulf War though and most everyone’s dad was fighting in it and away from home.  I was lucky, my dad didn’t get sent over–but there were a LOT of resentful kids who made sure that I didn’t forget that their dads were gone.  We had bomb scares and had to evacuate our base too.  LOL–the kids even had a saying: we were stationed at S.H.A.P.E in Belgium.  The acronym stands for ‘Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe’ — but during the Gulf War we all called ourselves “Saddam Hussein’s American Personal Enemies’! 

I feel wierd now that I’m an adult and I don’t have to say the pledge every day.  I was very blessed to have my son in a good preschool and kindergarten–they raised the flag, said the pledge and sang the National Anthem every single day.  The local country station always played an instrumental National Anthem at 7am in the morning and so we would turn it on on our way to daycare/work in the mornings.  My son wasn’t even four years old yet and he was singing along to the music of the National Anthem, word for word, and it was a beautiful thing!!!!!!! 

Anyway–if this poll is still up–please vote on it!  I think it’s just sick!  If people don’t like OUR FLAG IN OUR COUNTRY THEN THEY HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GET OUT!  End of story!  There needs to be tolerance, but there also needs to be an understanding.  In America, we fly American flags.  Our forefathers fought and died for this country and for these colors, not for any other country.  To take down the American flag is to disrespect the very freedom that we have in this country and the very FREEDOM immigrants–both LEGAL and ILLEGAL–come here for.  As Americans, we tolerate flags from other countries on our soil, paraded by both ILLEGAL and legal immigrants because they are proud of their country of origin, but more than likely, they just refuse to accept an American identity and heritage.  I’m fairly sure that this is where this garbage is coming from.  I am half Belgian and I have Belgian flags–but I hold no allegiance to them.  I love Belgium, I have pictures and a few paintings of historical buildings from there–but I KNOW WHERE MY LOYALTY IS!  AMERICA IS MY COUNTRY AND I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! 

People who can’t handle that need to get off their high horse and come back down to REALITY!  You want to come here and drain our taxpayers dry, then you need to RESPECT our flag and THOSE PEOPLE THAT FIGHT FOR IT AND DIE FOR IT!

End of story!

I mean…WHY should this even BE an issue?  Have we sunk THAT low?  Do OTHER countries have this issue, or we the only ones?  Has ANY country EVER had this issue?

ARRG!

Here is the poll results when I took it:

Share your thoughts. First, answer our question below. Then click “Leave a comment.”

Thank you for voting!

No. This is a lame decision. Teach the kids what the flag means, instead of banning it. 60% (1,172,889 votes)

Yes. The safety of students comes first. 31% (595,063 votes)

Not sure, but of all things to ban, the American flag would seem the least ‘incendiary.’ <1% (3,992 votes)

Other (post a comment) 9% (173,755 votes)

Total Votes: 1,945,699View Comments (78)

Illegal alien voters ignored by Justice Department, says whistleblower   Leave a comment

Wow, this just curls my hair!

You know, I’m one of those people who looks at elections in my own country that my father and grandfathers served and fought for and I am so tempted to shake my head and wonder what the point of voting is.  It’s a despairing thought, let me assure you.  Thousands, if not millions, of soldiers have died so that Americans have a right to vote.  As corrupt and solicitous as politicians are and as uneducated and easily fooled as most voters can be (ahem, thinking of last election especially folks), it’s still a right that should be held dear and preserved.

The 2008 presidential election was a sham.  I’m convinced of that because moments after I cast my paper ballot that was in a pile to be counted/scanned not even half an hour before closing in California, did Obama come on the radio to announce his victory.  Also, all the ACORN fraud that was going on that the media only touched on but failed to follow-up with considering how involved Obama was with them.  And now we get an article like this?!  This was written for “CanadaFreePress” but was linked from NPR’s website–as left as it is, I trust it. 

There should be little wonder now why Obama is so desperate to deliver amnesty and protect illegal immigrants who have no rights to be or VOTE in this country.  Let them come to America through legal channels–then they have a right to vote in OUR election!  THEY are not supposed to be electing an American president–WE THE PEOPLE ARE!  THEY need to get out and vote for their OWN president in their OWN COUNTRY!  HOW DARE THEY RUIN OURS?  Not only with their leeching, gangs, drugs and corruption of our systems and welfare, but now with our own election?

And will anything be done?

No.

Come to think of it, I don’t think we’ve ever even seen Obama’s birth certificate.  Maybe that’s why he doesn’t want to go to visit the border of Arizona.  He’s afraid he’ll be arrested and deported for being an illegal alien himself.

This is just so sad.  The saddest thing I’ve ever heard of and/or seen: 

Illegal alien voters ignored by Justice Department, says whistleblower

 By Jim Kouri  Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Whistleblower J. Christian Adams, who is testifying before a Commission of Civil Rights committee regarding voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers, dropped a bomb on his former employers at the Department of Justice.

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According to Adams, a Deputy Attorney General refused to investigate allegations of illegal voting during the last presidential election.
While the DoJ denies this allegation—and the news media portray him as a disgruntled employee or Bush apologist—a recent study released by the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation provides proof that illegal aliens and immigrants with green cards are committing rampant voter fraud in the United States.

Reports of ineligible persons registering to vote have raised concerns about state processes for verifying voter registration lists. States usually base voter eligibility on the voter’s age, US citizenship, mental competence, and felon status.

Although individual states run elections, Congress has authority to affect the administration of the elections. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) had set a deadline for states to have a statewide voter registration list and list verification procedures.

For example, the methods used in seven selected states to verify voter eligibility and ensure accuracy of voter registration lists were varied and include relying on registrant self attestation, return mailings, and checking against lists of felony convictions or deceased individuals. Some states, for instance, failed to do any more than ask on their application forms if the registrant was a US citizen. The applicant will merely check off the “Yes” box, but there is no action to verify the authenticity of that answer.

“The voter registration officials simply take the word of the registrant with no follow-up,” said conservative political strategist Michael Baker.

“Some states that require some backup documentation merely ask for a utility bill or a driver’s license — neither of which prove citizenship. In other words, legal or illegal aliens can easily register to vote in local and national elections,” warns Baker.

According to a Congressional study of voter fraud, other challenges such as identifying duplicate registrations in other states or having insufficient information to match other data sources with voter registration lists may continue to be issues.

While federal data sources have the potential to help state election officials identify registrants who may be convicted felons or non-citizens, few states communicate with federal agencies such as the Homeland Security Department’s immigration section.

Many government officials — mostly liberals — claim that illegal aliens voting is not a major problem, conservative activists respond that while the potential number identified may be small, an election can be decided by a few votes. In 2004, the presidential race between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush was decided by a few hundred votes in Florida.

“While the news media perpetuated the assertion that Bush and the GOP ‘stole’ the election, it could very well have been illegal aliens voting in Florida that made the outcome so close,” said former NYPD cop, now security firm owner, Sid Francis.

“Bush may have beaten Gore by more votes if illegals were excluded, since immigrants tend to vote for Democrats. Or Gore could have won decisively had there been prior screening before people were allowed into the voting booths,” said Det. Francis.

“There was absolutely no mention in the mainstream media regarding suspected voter fraud by illegal or legal aliens. It was much easier for the agenda-driven newspeople to accuse Republicans of stealing the election,” added Baker.

“Florida is not unique. Thousands of non-citizens are registered to vote in some states, and tens if not hundreds of thousands in total may be present on the voter rolls nationwide. These numbers are significant: Local elections are often decided by only a handful of votes, and even national elections have likely been within the margin of the number of non-citizens illegally registered to vote,” said Hans A. von Spakovsky, a researcher at the Heritage Foundation.

“There is no reliable method to determine the number of non-citizens registered or actually voting because most laws to ensure that only citizens vote are ignored, are inadequate, or are systematically undermined by government officials. Those who ignore the implications of non-citizen registration and voting either are willfully blind to the problem or may actually favor this form of illegal voting,” said Spakovsky, an expert on the subject of illegal aliens and immigration law, during an interview on Fox News Channel.

As far as felons, US Attorneys are required to notify state election officials of federal felony convictions, but the information is not always easy for election officials to interpret or complete, according to New Jersey GOP strategist Janice Martin.

“Americans would be shocked to discover that hundreds of thousands of general election voters are illegal aliens, green-card immigrants, and criminals who’ve murdered, raped and robbed US citizens. And guess which political party benefits the most from their votes? The one that’s pushing for amnesty and a bag full of free goodies,” said Martin.

Dr. von Spakovsky believes many government officials and politicians are complicit in the voter fraud problem.

“To keep non-citizens from diluting citizens’ votes, immigration and election officials must cooperate far more effectively than they have to date, and state and federal officials must increase their efforts to enforce the laws against non-citizen voting that are already on the books,” he wrote in his Heritage Foundation study on illegal alien voter fraud.

“While the liberal media and the liberal establishment ignore what is a huge scandal, American voters are having their rights violated. When an illegal aliens or felon or other person prohibited by law to vote, their votes cancel out those of American citizens,” warns Baker.

“Liberals want illegal aliens and felons to vote. They benefit from such rampant fraud.”

US Military Deaths In Iraq War at 4,412   Leave a comment

Sobering totals from the war in Iraq.  I just thought I’d share.

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,412

AP

By The Associated Press The Associated Press Tue Jul 6, 10:30 pm ET

As of Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at least 4,412 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,488 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

The AP count is three fewer than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated at 10 a.m. Tuesday EDT.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Iraq, 31,874 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department’s weekly tally.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

_Spc. Morganne M. McBeth, 19, of Fredericksburg, Va.; died July 2 in Al Asad, Iraq, of wounds sustained July 1 in a noncombat related incident in Khan Al Baghdadi, Iraq; assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

_Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin, 38, of Columbus, Ga.; died July 2 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained July 1 in a noncombat related equipment incident in Taji, Iraq; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

_Sgt. Jordan E. Tuttle, 22, of West Monroe, La., died July 2 at Baghdad of injuries from a noncombat related incident. He was a member of the 156th Army Band in Bossier City, La., and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Orleans.

God rest them! 

Didn’t Obama say he was going to bring our soldiers home from the Middle East as soon as he got into office?

OH!  I guess he did!

Now, what bank was I supposed to take your promise to?