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When leaks damage Bush it’s a party, but when leaks damage Obama it’s a crime

US says leaks are a crime, threatens prosecution
November 29, 2010 by ANNE GEARAN

WASHINGTON (AP) – Striking back, the Obama administration branded the WikiLeaks release of more than a quarter-million sensitive files an attack on the United States Monday and raised the prospect of criminal prosecutions in connection with the exposure. The Pentagon detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to copy and reveal so many secrets. The young Army Pfc. suspected of stealing the diplomatic memos, many of them classified, and feeding them to WikiLeaks may have defeated Pentagon security systems using little more than a Lady Gaga CD and a portable computer memory stick.

New York Times leaked classified info in 2002
Senator Bunning: The New York Times Committed Treason

NYT Drops ClimateGate-era Ethics Qualms, Publishes Scores of WikiLeaks Docs

November 29, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

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Another shooting at a public school

Chief: Armed student in Wis. high school shot self
November 29, 2010 by TODD RICHMOND

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) – A student armed with a handgun held nearly two dozen students and a teacher hostage in a Wisconsin high school for about five hours before shooting himself when police broke into the classroom, authorities said Monday. No other injuries were reported.

Officers who were outside the Marinette High School classroom said they heard three gunshots shortly after 8 p.m. and busted through the door, said Police Chief Jeff Skorik. The 15-year-old male gunman then shot himself.

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Obama Health Care Plan Forces Tough Choice For SEIU

Union Drops Health Coverage for Workers’ Children
November 20, 2010 by Yuliya Chernova

One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements.

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Conservatives give higher percentage of income to charity than liberals

One common argument for higher taxes on the rich is that poor people pay a higher percentage of their income on basic necessities, such as food. Thus, somehow, this justifies raising taxes on the more wealthy, in the attempt to even things out and spread the struggle. If “percentage of income” is the standard, how about measuring charitable giving based on percentage of income?

Paul Begala Extols Liberal Generosity on Thanksgiving Despite Conservatives Giving Far More to Charity
November 25, 2010 Noel Sheppard

The hypocrisy of liberal media members knows no bounds – even on Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, CNN contributor Paul Begala wrote a piece for the Huffington Post extolling the “quintessentially liberal virtue” of generosity despite conservatives giving far more to charity:

As the Catalogue for Philanthropy consistently finds, red states regularly top the “generosity index” meaning that they give more as a percentage of income than blue states.

With this in mind, Begala’s contention that generosity is quintessentially a liberal virtue is quintessentially nonsense, for if all Americans gave as sparingly as liberals, charities would have far less money, and those in need would be having a far less happy Thanksgiving.

Generosity Index 2005 (2003 data)

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Democrat Rep. Rangel found guilty of corruption

House ethics panel says Rep. Rangel violated rules
November 16, 2010 by LARRY MARGASAK

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rep. Charles Rangel, once one of the most influential House members, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces punishment. The veteran New York lawmaker immediately denounced the verdict as unfair.

An ethics panel of eight House peers deliberated over two days before delivering a jarring blow to the 20-term New York Democrat’s career. Rangel was charged with 13 counts of financial and fundraising misconduct.

The conviction also was another setback for Democrats who lost control of the House to the GOP in the midterm elections.

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Become a Muslim Warrior in public school

‘Become a Muslim warrior’
July 3, 2002 by Daniel Pipes

“Become a Muslim warrior during the crusades or during an ancient jihad.” Thus read the instructions for seventh graders in Islam: A Simulation of Islamic History and Culture, 610-1100, a three-week curriculum produced by Interaction Publishers, Inc. In classrooms across the United States, students who follow its directions find themselves fighting mock battles of jihad against “Christian crusaders” and other assorted “infidels.” Upon gaining victory, our mock-Muslim warriors “Praise Allah.”

Is this a legal activity in American public schools? Interaction says it merely urges students to “respect Islamic culture” through identification with Islam. But the Thomas More Law Center, a public-interest law firm based in Michigan, disagrees and last week filed a federal lawsuit to prohibit one school district, in Byron, California, from further using the Interaction materials on Islam.

The Interaction unit contains many other controversial elements. It has students adopt a Muslim name (“Abdallah,” “Karima,” etc.). It has them wear Islamic clothing: For girls this means a long-sleeved dress and the head covered by a scarf. Students unwilling to wear Islamic clothes must sit mutely in the back of the class, seemingly punished for remaining Westerners.

Interaction calls for many Islamic activities: taking off shoes, washing hands, sitting on prayer rugs, and practicing Arabic calligraphy.

Students study the Koran, recite from it, design a title page for it, and write verses of it on a banner. They act out Islam’s Five Pillars of Faith, including giving zakat (Islamic alms) and going on the pilgrimage to Mecca. They also build a replica of the “sacred Kaaba” in Mecca or another holy building.

It goes on. Seventh graders adopt the speech of pious believers, greeting each other with “assalam aleikoom, fellow Muslims” and using phrases such as “God willing” and “Allah has power over all things.”

They pronounce the militant Islamic war-cry, Allahu akbar (“God is great.”) They must even adopt Muslim mannerisms: “Try a typical Muslim gesture where the right hand moves solemnly… across the heart to express sincerity.”

In the same pious spirit, the curriculum presents matters of Islamic faith as historical fact. The Kaaba, “originally built by Adam,” it announces, “was later rebuilt by Abraham and his son Ismail.” Really? That is Islamic belief, not verifiable history. In the year 610, Interaction goes on, “while Prophet Muhammad meditated in a cave … the angel Gabriel visited him” and revealed to him God’s Message” (yes, that’s Message with a capital “M.”) The curriculum sometimes lapses into referring to “we” Muslims and even prompts students to ask if they should “worship Prophet Muhammad, God, or both.”

The Thomas More Law Center is absolutely correct: This simulation blatantly contradicts Supreme Court rulings which permit public schools to teach about religion on condition that they do not promote it. Interaction openly promotes the Islamic faith, contrary to what a public school should do. As Richard Thompson of the center notes, the Byron school district “crossed way over the constitutional line when it coerced impressionable 12-year-olds to engage in particular religious rituals and worship, simulated or not.”

Islam: A Simulation serves as a recruitment tool for Islam, for children adopting a Muslim persona during several weeks amounts to an invitation to them to convert to Islam. (One can’t but wonder did John Walker Lindh take this course?) The educational establishment permits this infraction due to an impulse to privilege non-Western cultures over Western ones. It never, for example, would permit Christianity to be promoted in like fashion (“Become a Christian warrior during the crusades,” for example.)

Militant Islamic lobbying groups want Islam taught as the true religion, not as an academic subject. They take advantage of this indulgence, exerting pressure on school systems and on textbook writers. Not surprisingly, Interaction Publishers thanks two militant Islamic organizations by name (the Islamic Education and Information Center and the Council on Islamic Education) for their “many suggestions.”

Americans and other Westerners face a choice: They can insist that Islam, like other religions, be taught in schools objectively. Or, as is increasingly the case, they can permit true believers to design instruction materials about Islam that serve as a mechanism for proselytizing. The answer will substantially affect the future course of militant Islam in the West.


Dec. 11, 2003 update: The Thomas More Law Center has failed in its court case; on this, see “Courts: Okay to Proselytize for Islam in California Schools.”

Sep. 4, 2004 update: For a review of INTO ISLAM: An Introduction to the History of Islam, a derivative of the above curriculum manual, see William J. Bennetta, Another Manual, Another Fraud.

Dec. 27, 2006 update: It appears that students are on their own initiative taking up Muslim ways. WHSV-TV reports that at Spotswood High School in Penn Laird, Virginia, Casey Morris has begun a research project into Islam: he will wear traditional Muslim clothing and pray five times a day. In addition, Morris says, he will be going without pork for 30 days. “That’s going to be rough but we’ll make do.”

Revisionist history on Islam and other religions infiltrating public education

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Keith Olbermann: MSNBC now treats him like the worst person in the world

MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann Indefinitely for Secret Democrat Donations
November 5, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

MSNBC suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely today after news broke that he had given the maximum allowable contribution to three Democrats without disclosing it to his viewers.

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CBS and AP publish racist picture of Obama; NAACP silent

CBS and AP Photoshop Racist Picture of Obama
November 4, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

What exactly were CBS and the Associated Press’s intentions by creating this picture published at CBSNews.com Wednesday (h/t Creative Minority Report via Ace):

As one can see, the darker Obama is on the left with the Democrats, and the lighter Obama is on the right with the Republicans.

Are CBS and AP not so subtly implying the GOP are all white?

As Matthew Archbold pointed out at CMR:

How could anyone think that changing the President’s skin tone like this would be a good idea? This has got to be either one of the most racially insensitive and just plain ol’ stupid photoshops a major news organization has done since Time Magazine blackened OJ Simpson’s face. The idiocy of this is only heightened by the fact that Obama’s heritage is mixed.

Indeed. Seems like someone at AP and CBS has some splainin’ to do.

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