Islamic Organization With Terror Ties Complains About – and Successfully Shuts Down – Event Celebrating the U.S. Constitution

April 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm (Ann Arbor, CAIR, Constitution, Hamas, Holy Land Foundation, Islam, Michigan, Muslim Brotherhood, Radical, Terror, Thomas More Law Center)

This is beyond outrageous.  Could somebody please explain to the officials running Michiganistan that they still live in America? … for the time being anyway.

Via Christian Newswire:

In the middle of an event to extol the virtues of the U.S. Constitution and “American Laws For American Courts,” the audience learned first-hand how easy it is to lose their freedom of Speech and Assembly.

Amid shouts of “What about free speech?” from the audience, the Allegan Police Department ordered the event shut-down. School officials notified police that they had received a letter complaining about the event from Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI). The letter asked the school to disallow the event despite an existing contract. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism funding trial in U. S. history, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation.

As a result, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR- MI), its Executive Director, the City of Allegan, the Allegan Police Department and the School District were named as defendants in a thirty-four page civil rights lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan, this morning. The claims included constitutional and contract violations. Click here for copy of federal complaint.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center commented, “It’s amazing how much clout CAIR has with the political establishment of both parties in Lansing and throughout Michigan and the nation. This, despite the fact that CAIR has its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and the FBI’s former chief of counterterrorism, noted that CAIR, its leaders, and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups.”

This isn’t some paranoid right-wing entity that ties every Islamic organization to terrorism.  CAIR’s ties to terrorist organizations are real and tangible.

Here is an excerpt from my report on the New York Times and the wrongfully discredited film, the Third Jihad.

Oddly enough, the strongest opposition has been from groups such as CAIR, a prime example of the organizations that are actually exposed in the film. Ryan Mauro points out that the ones trying to silence the film and who oppose its use as training material in law enforcement are the same ones who stand to lose the most from the films portrayal of radical Islam.

“What amazes me is how The New York Times and other outlets seem to treat CAIR as an objective source,” Mauro said. “We expose how CAIR and its allies grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood and the federal government has provided evidence tying them to Hamas—of course they are going to try to discredit us.”

Indeed, CAIR was one of three prominent Islamic organizations that were named as an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ in a case alleging criminal conspiracy to support the Palestinian Arab terrorist group, Hamas. A report in The New York Sun documented this, while including the following statement:

“CAIR, in particular, has faced persistent claims that it is soft on terrorism. Critics note that several former CAIR officials have been convicted or deported after being charged with fraud, embargo violations, or aiding terrorist training. Spokesmen for the group have also raised eyebrows for offering generic denunciations of terrorism but refusing to condemn by name specific Islamic terrorist groups such as Hamas or Hezbollah.”

Yet the group had little trouble calling out the New York Police Department, their commissioner Ray Kelly, the mayor of New York, and the filmmakers specifically by name when denouncing something critical of CAIR itself.

That same Sun report, however, featured FBI officials that still felt the designation of co-conspirator was not warranted. A mere two years later though, they had come to the realization that CAIR’s relationship to Hamas was real, severing its once-close ties to the organization, and labeling them as nothing more than a front for the terrorist group. Executive Director of CAIR, Nihad Awad, was shown to have participated in planning meetings with the Holy Land Foundation, five officials of which were convicted in December of funneling $12.4 million to Hamas. Not only is Hamas an official U.S.-designated terrorist group, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, but it is illegal to provide support for it within the United States.

The rest of the report can be read here…

Ironically, the opening to that report seems appropriate for this new situation in Michigan.

Imagine a nation bound so tightly to the throws of the politically correct, that it can no longer defend itself. A nation so overcome with fear, that the common sense act of targeting the most likely terrorists is no longer considered an acceptable practice. Imagine an entire nation transformed from the basic understanding that it is at war with radicals willing to launch themselves as missiles into twin towers, to having the discussion turned completely on its head, to the point where even talking about that enemy is deemed taboo.

Thanks to the … brazen demands of terror-linked groups, America no longer has to imagine. We’re living it.

We’re living it indeed.  The Constitution takes second place to the demands of a terror-linked Islamic organization.  How easily we have forgotten that America comes first, and CAIR does not represent America’s best interests – they represent their own.

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Cuomo’s Job as Governor Has Been Historic – Just Ask Him

April 30, 2012 at 11:23 am (Albany, Elizabeth Benjamin, Governor Cuomo, Historic, Liz Benjamin, New York, Reporter)

Looks like it’s time to hand Governor Coumo a pocket thesaurus to use when describing his administration.  He seems to be stuck, a broken record of sorts.

Thomas Kaplan of the New York Times has reported that Cuomo’s repetitive use of the word ‘historic’ has been … well … historic.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is making history.

How can New Yorkers know for sure? Mr. Cuomo says so — and has almost every week since he took office 16 months ago.

On his fifth day in office, he challenged lawmakers to “write a new page in the history book of New York State government,” and his administration has done just that more than 80 times, judging by the number of press releases issued by his office that described one of the governor’s actions as historic.

Sometimes the accomplishments seemed destined for some history books, like the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the governor has called a loan program for energy-efficient home improvements historic, as well as the creation of a new application process for economic development grants. The establishment of a Medicaid spending commission? That was historic, too.

“There’s that word again,” one Albany reporter, Liz Benjamin of the YNN cable network, noted as she live-blogged a news conference last year.

Quite the narcissist.

When he’s not struggling with word creativity, it seems the narcissist is busy trying to stalk any reporters that might not have a favorable view of the Governor.

A report last week had surfaced that Cuomo and his aides had created a 35 page ‘dossier’ on Albany political reporter, Elizabeth Benjamin, for the perceived crime of being ‘generally snarky’.

Via Buzzfeed:

A top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo assembled a 35-page dossier on the work of an Albany political reporter considered hostile to his administration, highlighting any shred of criticism in a document that reflects the intense sensitivity of a governor on the brink of taking the national stage.

The document was provided to BuzzFeed by a New York Citypolitical operative who said he believes it reveals Cuomo’s “scary dark side.” And the document does offer a glimpse into Cuomo’s obsessive and often difficult relationship with the media who cover him. Communications Director Richard Bamberger, who acknowledged preparing the document, called it “meaningless” and “garbage,” while warning that its leak set a “dangerous precedent.”

The file, composed of highlighted and annotated blog items by Elizabeth Benjamin, one of Albany’s dominant political reporters, paints a picture of an executive branch that’s particularly averse to hints that Cuomo could be, as is widely assumed, considering running for president in 2016. The document focuses particularly on seven items it describes as “GENERALLY SNARKY”…

… Other sections of the document highlight any language that could possibly be interpreted as critical of Cuomo, much of it innocuous by most standards: The highlighted passages include Benjamin characterizing the Governor’s phrase “celebration on 9/11” as “an interesting choice of words” and her writing that he “declined to put even a ballpark figure on the cost of storm clean-up.”

Seven of the items are labeled “GENERALLY SNARKY”; an eighth, about parking placards, is given as an “Example of poor reporting/Inadequate fact-checking before distribution.

You almost get the impression of a man constantly looking in the mirror, having to remind himself just how great he is.

Narcissism of historic proportions…

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Who’s Behind the Twitter Assault on Conservatives?

April 30, 2012 at 9:00 am (#FreeChrisLoesch, America to Fail, Blog, Censorship, Chris Loesch, Conservatives, Dana Loesch, Free Speech, FreeMarket_US, If I Wanted America to Fail, Liberals, Twitter)

Late last night, I had received an e-mail from a concerned blogger which explained an odd situation he had encountered on Twitter:

Last night about 20 minutes after I went on a conservative rant my account was suspended by Twitter for no apparent reason. Twitter‘s reason for the suspension was “abusive language” I didn’t even curse let alone make a threat, I said nothing that could be interpreted as abusive. I argued with Twitter and after several hours they unlocked my account.

But there’s more…

Shortly after his ordeal with Twitter, the blogger proceeded to investigate and discovered several suspensions of accounts belonging to what he called ‘low profile conservatives’ – meaning the groundwork, foot-soldier type bloggers who don’t quite have a huge following as of yet.

This, coupled with last weeks suspension of the account @FreeMarket_US for the crime of having created a viral video called “If I Wanted America to Fail“, has certainly raised some eyebrows.

Were conservative bloggers just getting a little paranoid?

Enter #FreeChrisLoesch…

Chris Loesch is the husband of conservative blogger, Dana Loesch, and a prominent name on Twitter.

From Dana Loesch at Breitbart.com:

Earlier this evening my husband, Chris Loesch, had his Twitter account suspended. There have been stories going around of conservatives getting suspended from Twitter over innocuous things while accounts like @KillZimmerman (an account which threatened to kill George Zimmerman) and other such accounts were left active for weeks. After a user remarked about me being raped and murdered, Chris and others defended me.

I can only assume that either someone suspended it, or (and more likely) progressives targeted Chris’s account, reported him, and got him suspended. 

Either way, conservatives didn’t react to kindly and launched a Twitter campaign the likes of which I haven’t seen since Wonkette and Trig Palin. #FreeChrisLoesch trended third worldwide. 

In the ensuing battle, there were reports that Chris Loesch had his account reinstated, but then suspended again a couple of times.  I tried to follow @ChrisLoesch this morning, and I am greeted by a message that reminds me his account has been suspended.

From Twitchy:

It’s not over yet. Coordinated flag-spamming is a problem that Twitter needs to address now and preemptively, not AFTER conservative accounts are targeted and taken down.

So who’s behind the Twitter assault on conservatives?  The Twitter brass seems unlikely, as this would certainly hurt their traffic by suspending a major portion of their political dialogue.

The most likely scenario is a group of low-level liberals on Twitter, taking advantage of the reporting system in place to make bogus claims of spam or harassment.  It is emblematic of the juvenile frat boy tactics of the left.  Either way, it appears to be a coordinated attack that’s end purpose will only be to raise the ire of conservatives even further.  You would think they would have been smarter and waited for an important news cycle to pull out this stunt, as it is likely to be remedied by Twitter in short order.

What part of free speech exactly do liberals continue to struggle with?

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World Trade Center Building to Become Tallest in New York Today

April 30, 2012 at 7:08 am (1 World Trade Center, 9/11, New York, Osama Bin laden, September 11th, World Trade Center, WTC)

Update:  One World Trade Center stands above the rest!

Construction efforts down at the World Trade Center site are scheduled to reach a major milestone sometime this afternoon – roughly one year after the death of September 11th mastermind, Osama bin laden.

From the New York Times:

If the winds are forgiving enough over Lower Manhattan — up where workers can see the whole outline of the island’s tip — a steel column will be hoisted into place Monday afternoon atop the exoskeleton of 1 World Trade Center and New York will have a new tallest building.
More important, downtown will have reclaimed its pole star.
Poking into the sky, the first column of the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center will bring the tower to a height of 1,271 feet, making it 21 feet higher than the Empire State Building.

A tower has again become an inescapable presence at the southern end of Manhattan.

From a construction point of view, the completion of the framework, known as the topping out, will be a more significant milestone. That is to occur in a couple of months, when 1 World Trade Center reaches 1,368 feet at its rooftop parapet, identical in height to the first 1 World Trade Center, which was destroyed, with the rest of the complex, in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. The ultimate topping out will be the completion next year of an antenna that will bring the structure’s overall height to 1,776 feet.

This milestone has taken far too long, but is greatly anticipated nonetheless.

Read the rest here… 

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