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NEW DELHI — Sarah Palin said on Saturday that she wasn’t ready to announce a presidential run. “I don’t think there needs to be a rush,” she said during an appearance at a conference here in New Delhi. Running for political office is a “life-changing decision that so affects a family,” she said, and many questions still needed to be answered.
Ms. Palin’s speech at a conference organized by the media group India Today touched on many subjects, including her sympathy with the people of Japan and their “humble cooperative spirit,” the dangers of a green-energy policy and her children texting her news of a moose in the yard of her Alaska home. Ms. Palin made numerous references to America’s entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit, and India’s unlocking of the same to become a vibrant global giant.
This is how she was introduced … delightful!
Here is a transcript of the speech”

Thank you! Such an honor!

I appreciate getting to see some of your magnificent city – this is 1st time here & I sincerely hope it won’t be my last! During my brief time here I’ve enjoyed India’s famous “Gift for Hospitality.” And next time, I want to visit the Taj Mahal with my husband, Todd. Considering how patiently he’s endured during my political career & been so supportive, it would be nice to reinforce our teamwork/commitment before that monument to eternal love. Todd is here with us tonight.

When I had the honour of meeting your Prime Minister a few years ago, I expressed my admiration for your country’s rich history & culture & most recent achievements! I now am humbled with this opportunity to express that to you, here, in this beautiful ancient land. This has so captured the imaginations of artists & poets & explorers throughout human history. Todd & I are honoured to be here to see the site of some of the world’s oldest civilizations…the birthplace of major religions, the crossroads of the ancient “Spice Route & Silk Road”.

All those precious resources of their day: spices, pepper, silk, indigo – My country was essentiallly “discovered” in the age of exploration, because Western Europeans were looking for a route to your country to exchange & enjoy those resources! (Yes, the connection between our two countries was there from the beginning!)

During the flight here, between our countries, it did not escape me that Japan lies about halfway between my Alaskan home & India. I trust you will join me in expressing solidarity with the Japanese people as they recover from such tragic events. Their determination & resiliency won’t fail them. The world community stands united to offer help to them in the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Japan. Life is fragile – precious – we’re in this together; may Japan know our caring heart at this time.

I’ve been asked to speak today about my vision for America, & share with you a little about my background.

I grew up in a very small town, perhaps like some of you (though half-a-world-away). My town’s tucked between two grand mountain ranges, in a valley quite far from the avenues of political power. There, in my home state of Alaska, we’re so proud of nature’s beauty & our towering mountains, but certainly here relatively near the spectacular Himalayas can I appreciate an even greater sense of nature’s enormity!

One of the mountains near my home (I see it everyday from my kitchen window!) is called “Pioneer Peak” – named in honour of the brave pioneers who settled our Valley just a few generations ago. By the sweat of their brow & rugged work ethic – they turned raw land into a valuable agriculture community.

I have loved my upbringing there…big family, Todd’s from a big family. I was a school teacher’s kid, loved sports & anything outdoor. I tell my parents the greatest gift they ever gave me was this upbringing in AK, the young, 49th state of the United States.

AK is known as the “Last Frontier” & it’s a place that IS rugged & you can still feel an optimistic, pioneering spirit – like the spirit that had inspired Americans to carve a nation out of the wilderness! It was “pioneer families” – strong & hopeful – who made a good life (though not an easy one) for themselves in the Northern Wilds!

That “pioneering spirit” shaped me. It instilled in me a sense of independence & self-reliance. And: a belief in the ‘Power of Ordinary People’ working together to help one another.

In a small community in such a vast state (AK’s about half the size of India), you learn to help your neighbour; & to help yourself. And you learn to value (& have faith in) personal freedom – especially the freedom to chart your own course! So, it was there I learned there’s no limit to what you can achieve with strong work ethic. That optimism & respect for (& empowerment of) individual liberty shaped both my political beliefs & my vision for my country.

I started in politics on the local level two decades ago; inspired by a desire to serve the ordinary folks in my hometown! As a city councilman, then a city mayor, I led the fastest growing area in our state. I experienced firsthand the power & success of the free market, & the proper role of government in fostering economic growth. I cut property taxes, I invited business in & focused on building infrastructure (roads, water & sewer systems); not a lot of glamour in that – but I have a solid belief in what government’s proper role is & it shouldn’t be glamorous.

It’s not government business to spend the working man’s tax dollars recklessly – & certainly not government’s business to centrally “plan” an economy & control an entrepreneurial spirit! That doesn’t work. Government should lay infrastructure, level the playing field, then get out of the way. Allow the private sector to grow/thrive/create jobs & generate wealth!

Then as governor of my state, my goal was to clean up corruption & develop our rich natural resources: Our abundant oil, gas, minerals & our robust fisheries! An important project that was a ‘center-point’ was jumpstarting a natural gas pipeline project that had been stalled for decades. We brought all stakeholders together for mutual benefit – our state, the energy industry, our neighboring country, consumers & together with ordinary citizens (who are the resource owners) & major energy producers who ‘bid on the right to develop our resources’, AK was finally able to move forward on a project that can help lead America towards energy independence.

Through my work in AK (as an oil & gas regulator, then as governor), I’ve seen firsthand how energy development, job creation & national security are inextricably linked. Access to affordable, reliable energy is the key to economic growth, which is the key to job growth. Securing that stable domestic supply of fuel will lead to a more peaceful & prosperous America – an America that’s not subject to the whims of foreign dictators who could cut off energy supplies & seek to control.

Of course, energy issues are critical to the whole world’s stability & economic opportunities! By 2030, the world’s energy consumption will increase by 50% & almost half of that will come from here in India & from China. We all face similar challenges in this arena & this makes America’s quest for energy security all the more crucial as we seek to stabilize our economy, secure our homeland & cooperate with our allies who would also seek peace on earth.

Energy is key! My vision for a free & prosperous America has much to do with energy.

Now, we hear a lot about “green energy” today. And I am a true believer in environmental conservation & responsible stewardship of our lands. (It’s why I live in AK! A pristine environment to be passed on to future generations – I don’t want to mess it up! I am a conservationist. I married into an Alaska native family, where Todd’s connection to the land through his Yupik Eskimo heritage, an indigenous people, reinforces my respect for God’s creation. And we’ve made our living off the land – as commercial fishermen & Todd working in North Slope oil fields – so we don’t want to mess it up!)

So, I’m in favour of “all-of-the-above” approach to energy security. But “all-of-the-above” means including “conventional” resources! That means, the kind we actually use to reliably fuel our economy. That means crude oil, for example. And our natural gas, our coal, nuclear power.

Unfortunately, some have stymied resource development – like responsible domestic oil drilling. As a result, hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs won’t be created in the U.S. until we change course; it means Americans get hit with huge gas prices at the pump unless we change course; it means we’re continuing to transfer hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars to foreign regimes to purchase energy from them – regimes that don’t have our best interests at heart.

And I’m not just talking about gasoline here. Remember that ‘petroleum products’ are all around you! Look at your everyday surroundings – the foodstuffs; the agriculture products grown with fertilizer; the plastics all around you; medical supplies; the transportation of all these products. It’s not just gas that increases as the price of crude increases: Everything is affected. Basic commodities.

So as government locks up land & we lose good jobs in the ‘Conventional Resource’ arena, you may hear that “green jobs” will be the saviour! But look around the world & try telling that to the thousands of English & Scottish workers who’ve lost jobs as a result of government investments in “green energy” projects. A recent UK study shows that for every “green job” created, nearly four jobs were lost elsewhere in the economy due to lack of affordable energy! Same story in Spain – investment in “green jobs” brought massive debt, skyrocketing energy costs & 20% unemployment.

This push for ‘green’ at the expense of ‘conventional, reliable’ sources is not a credible energy policy or economic policy. It’s “Social Engineering” by Central Government Planners. And it leads to nothing but more debt & more job loss. And taxpayers will be stuck subsidizing the failure and paying more for energy.

The good news is there’s a choice/another option! Instead of funding non-viable special interest projects, Americans can capitalize on our own viable resources that are just waiting to be tapped – they’re right on our doorstep! Billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in AK!

And so much natural gas – Clean, green, affordable! Easy to transport, abundant across the U.S. – Whether used conventionally, or to power natural gas cars, or run power plants that charge electric cars, natural gas is an ideal “bridge fuel” to the future. (A future when renewable gas can someday become more available, reliable & affordable.)

I warn Americans so often: it’s a ‘false, utopian fairytale’ told that would want you to believe we don’t need to drill for oil today. No, government manipulating energy supplies? Manipulating any aspect of an economy – it leads to more people becoming more dependent upon government to meet needs – it is social engineering, it’s immoral, & it’s a problem we-the-people must be brave enough to take on.

Our need for energy independence is only one of the strategic challenges we face today. The other is an unsustainable government debt which hampers economic growth.

On this: there are no “easy” solutions, but there are “simple” ones, if we just apply courage & political will to confront the problem squarely. Obviously, we need to stop digging the hole we’re in; cut spending; cut government back down to size; get rid of overly-burdensome regulations. And most of all, we need job growth! And that won’t come from ‘top-down government planning’! It’ll come from the ‘Free Market Ingenuity’ of ordinary American entrepreneurs!

To release creative energy, we need to do on a national level what President Ronald Reagan did in the 1980’s. It’s what I believed in as a ‘Reforming Mayor & Governor’ in my state, because I want the free economic choices of ordinary men & women to power the marketplace – rather than distant bureaucrats thinking they can plan & grow an economy by “government decree”. (That just doesn’t work!)

I know you understand this, because in the early 1990’s, due to clear, commonsense, pro free-market reforms, India’s economy took off!

You abolished import licenses; cut import duties; removed investment caps & broke the union’s grip on industry.

You unleashed the creativity & hard work of the Indian people; you turned away from a system where ‘Central Government’ sets targets for all sectors of the economy, to a system that lets the market set its own targets. That works.

People no longer speak of India as a “struggling economy” as they would have 30 years ago. Today we speak of India as a “dynamic & vibrant economy”. You empowered individuals & in doing so, you’ve reminded America of the free, entrepreneurial model that made our country great, prosperous & exceptional!

See, if we unshackle the creative energy of our workers, & entrepreneurs, there is no reason in the world why we can’t get back to rapid growth & prosperity!

Friends: some people want to claim that the geopolitical stage is ‘so changing’ & some actually claim ‘America is in decline’. “The United States,” they’d say, “will soon be a shadow of its former self.” I completely reject this! It represents wrong-headed thinking by some friends & wishful thinking by our enemies! America’s demise has been predicted before. It didn’t happen then. It won’t happen now.

No, America is not in decline! What is in decline? It is the idea of a ‘Tax-&-Spend, Centralized Bureaucracy’ that has brought America to the point of debt & deficits in the first place. These “Big Government” ideas are once again being consigned to the ash heap of history – though they won’t go quietly to the grave.

From the beginning: my faith has never been in Big Govt. My faith is in the American people, & we are turning things around!

All great nations face the challenges that come with a changing economy, demographics, & new technologies. The nations that succeed in the face of these challenges are the ones that show innovation & ingenuity – & will empower a free power! These qualities are the hallmarks of the “American Experience” & the unique strengths of the American people.

My vision for my country is a strong America that unleashes those strengths & confidently engages in leadership in the world & can welcome the healthy competition & partnership of rising economic powers in a democracy, like India.

The relationship between our countries could shape the course of the next century! Tilting it in the direction of free people & free markets! The future lies with us! We’re half-a-world apart geographically, but connected with much in common!

We both have deep & historical ‘democratic traditions’. We are the world’s most diverse, tolerant & dynamic societies. Our peoples enjoy very close ties (& in recent years our governments have been catching up!) There are few limits to what India & America can do together to allow a more peaceful & prosperous world.

Tragically, we have both been the targets of terrorism. We have both witnessed the courage of our people in combating terror. Both our peoples want it defeated.

And we both want to ensure that China’s rise is peaceful – while hedging against risks that it could be otherwise.

We both want to expand trade & investment with allies in a liberal international order that will soon boast India as its fastest-growing major economy.

Our diplomatic, military & political ties are deepening, because we have a genuine strategic partnership! But it is our people who are driving this relationship!

Indian entrepreneurs are investing in the U.S., even as U.S. businesses expand here.

Indian students are throughout American universities & more Americans seek to study here – including through an expanded Fulbright programme.

Our tech companies are working together in impressive ways. And our ethical partnerships could transform both our development trajectories.

Our ties & bonds are deep! And they’re not driven so much by “political leadership summits” & bureaucrats – they’re driven by free people & free markets! That’s why there are no natural limits to the future of U.S.- India relations. And that is why the world’s largest democracies – NOT its largest autocracy – will lead the 21st century.

We will lead because we are on the side of empowering individuals to make choices for themselves. Not government /not some New World Order organization making decisions & decrees for us.

We are on the side of religious tolerance & women’s rights! (And in recent years, India has helped lead by example in the area of women’s education by narrowing the gender gap in women’s literacy. You’ve helped remind the world that a culture cannot advance when it holds back half its creative & intellectual power!)

And its political power! I admire India’s tradition of strong women leaders – at home & abroad! In fact, last year, I had the honour of supporting a strong American woman of Indian descent when I endorsed the candidacy of South Carolina’s new governor – their first female – Nikki Haley!

I met Nikki’s parents & was impressed by their story, work ethic! And, by Nikki’s upbringing that led her to become part of a ‘grassroots movement in American politics’ that’s known as “The Tea Party”! (I’m proud to be a part of this movement as well.)

The “Tea Party” is named after that famous event in American politics that was a precursor to our Independence! In 1773, when American patriots were upset about British taxes, they dumped tea into the Boston Harbor. (The British had forced a monopoly on the American people that prevented us from importing tea from anyone but the British East India Company. See, even back then we believed in free trade!) Today’s “Tea Party” is a strong & vibrant movement in the U.S. & it’s only going to grow & become more influential!

India Conclave: the theme of this conference is the “Changing Balance of Power”. Well, the present day Tea Party is a perfect example of that! It’s all about the empowerment of ordinary, everyday, independent patriots who are rising up & making their voices heard to positively change the “Balance of Power”! To protect our U.S. Constitution & live out our Declaration of Independence!

It reminds our ‘Central Govt’ that our Constitution gives great power to our 50 individual states – and to individual citizens – & that these powers (these God-given ‘RIGHTS’) aren’t to be trampled on.

The “Changing Balance of Power” throughout the world today is driven by the empowerment of the individual – & mankind’s desire for freedom!

The American people understand this. And India understands this, too.

Back home in AK, where the fresh snow blankets the ground today, where my kids texted me to report they see a Mama Moose & her two baby calves outside our door by the firewood pile: There at home, I have a beautiful pencil drawing on my kitchen wall. A framed drawing by Robin Coran. It’s a picture of Mother Teresa, of Calcutta. She’s holding a precious child (a baby).

It was said of Mother Teresa that “perhaps the greatest message she has given to the world is the value & dignity of human life!” From India, she was able to share this crucial message with the world! And it is a crucial message because the freedom & empowerment of the individual is rooted in an understanding of every man & woman’s inherent dignity & worth! I looked at the picture as I typed out this speech on my home computer set up there in the kitchen.

I was struck with this: Countries that deny that message of individual worth (& destiny) inevitably stifle their own advancement because the fire of human progress is sparked by the aspirations of ordinary men & women seeking a better life!

These simple “working class” aspirations for a good job, a home, a good education for our children are what motivate economic progress & positive change! Not bureaucrats! Not ‘Central Planners’! Not government decrees! Just hard-working women & men seeking the freedom to chart their own course & succeed by their own merits!

When people realise even the briefest glimpse of this freedom & opportunity – even a hint that they can succeed through honest hard work – they run towards it! They embrace the promise of “better days ahead!” They will sacrifice today for a better tomorrow for their children & grandchildren. With individual responsibility, drive & determination, they will work together to carve a life for themselves out of the wilderness!

They’ll voluntarily contribute to help their neighbours even those half-a-world-away!

That’s the ‘Optimistic/Pioneering Spirit of America’s Frontier’! That’s the spirit of India’s progress too.

America has long been famous for our rags-to-riches stories. Now India is, too. Take pride in this – it’s inspiring! Together, as the worlds’ largest democracies, we are a testament to the positive force of human aspirations!

Today, all across the world, we see individuals, “ordinary” men & women, rising up/moving to advance (& a great tool they’re using in this ‘demand of human rights’ is social media).

We don’t know where all of this will lead. But we should look at it as opportunity to advance the cause of human freedom – not naively, but optimistically.

Friends: our two democracies understand this struggle for freedom. It’s the struggle of those who defiantly dumped tea in Boston Harbor to protest a British tea tax. & it’s the struggle of those who courageously marched to the seacoast near Don-dee to make their own salt in defiance of a British salt tax!

This hunger for ‘Freedom & Opportunity’ is proof that what we call the “American Dream” is not just “American.” It is the universal dream of people everywhere! I believe it’s created within us! And that is where the march for freedom has found its most eager advocates: ‘ordinary people’ who have ‘extraordinary determination’ to seek justice & make a better life for their families. This is as true in AK, as in Andhra Pradesh.

Half-a-world-apart? And yet we are connected by this.

My ‘Vision for America’ is one of a country that lives that dream! And, in turn, inspires & empowers women & men around the world to live it, too! We can lead by example.

What America can show the world is what is possible – the potential of human possibilities when women & men are free…Yes, may we be free!

Thank you & God bless you!

Sarah, I think you’re exceptional, …. please RUN!  We need an exceptional president.

posted by rightthingtodo on Sunday, March 20, 2011


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h/t The Right Scoop

West says that as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and considering his lengthy military background he should have been consulted before we started a new combat front with Libya. Instead, he says, Congress was sent home to their districts and the next thing you know is that the US is engaged militarily with Libya. He says he’s not even sure what the mission is:

Well first of all I can’t tell you what the mission is; I don’t think anyone knows what the mission is. When we say were going to go in and protect civilians, that’s going to be very hard to do from thirty thousand feet.

West is critical over the fact that we waited as long as we did and says that if we really wanted to influence the decision making of Qaddafi that we should have acted much earlier.

Hmm, sounds like Congressman West could be a President West?  He would certainly clean Obama’s clock!

posted by rightthingtodo on Sunday, March 20, 2011


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The ties that bind President Obama, Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Rev. Jeremiah “Bombastic” Wright and Muammer Qaddafi run deep, deep across the south side of Chicago.   These ties are the reason for Obama’s dithering over Libya before Secy Clinton brought him to the No Fly Zone table kicking and screaming.  I should tell you that the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood which houses the mansions of Obama and Farrakhan and Bill Ayers is buzzin’ like a chain saw.

Gaddafi has a special relationship with Obama’s former pastor and spiritual advisor Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan.  Reverend Wright accompanied the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to Tripoli to visit the brutal Gaddafi.  Reverend Wright described the trip as a “social visit”.

Barack Obama and Rev Jeremiah Wright Jr.

For nearly 25 year Gaddafi has financed and strongly supported the Nation of Islam and its leader Louis Farrakhan.  With the ousting of Gaddafi that financial backing would surely dry up.

Back during the 2008 presidential campaign, Wright himself noted the trip could be problematic for Obama.

“When (Obama) enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli to visit (Gaddafi) with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell,”

Farrakhan, a close friend of Wright, received a $5 million interest-free loan in 1985.

Later that year, Gaddafi spoke by satellite to Farrakhan’s Saviour’s Day (oops, that’s right, Farrakhan was the official false messiah before Obama) Convention in Chicago, and told Farrakhan supporters he was prepared to provide weapons to a black army in the U.S. to destroy “white America.”

In October 1995, Gaddafi was said to have called Farrakhan with congratulations on the success of the Million Man March. Gaddafi reportedly assured Farrakhan that together “we will unite our capabilities and efforts to achieve this.”

According to reports in 1996 from Libya’s news agency, JANA, Farrakhan and Gadhafi agreed to work together to mobilize “oppressed blacks, Arabs, Muslims and Red Indians” to help reshape U.S. foreign policy (Sound familiar).

Farrakhan went to Libya for multiple other events. He was the recipient in 1996 of the Gadhafi Human Rights Award, which came with a $250,000 prize. despite U.S. sanctions on Libya, Farrakhan accepted the cash.

Obama has many ties with Farrakhan. For example:

Rev. Willie Barrow, a member of the Obama campaign’s official Faith Outreach Team and an Obama super-delegate, is a close friend of Farrakhan’s (ans close friend to Jesse Jackson) and a staunch Nation of Islam supporter. Farrakhan stated in a 2002 interview he met with Barrow to devise his Nation of Islam platforms.

Marxist activist Cornel West, an adviser to Farrakhan, and close friend to the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Mike Pfleger, of the Hillary Clinton crying impression fame, also had been an adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign and is a close Obama associate and personal friend. During the period of Obama’s attendance at Wright’s Trinity United Church, which practices controversial Black Liberation Theology ideology, the Chicago church was openly allied with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

Wright gave Farrakhan his 2007 Empowerment Award. Farrakhan delivered multiple guest lectures at the church. Wright has been involved in Farrakhan initiatives and labeled him “one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century” during a national address to the media in April at which Nation of Islam officials were invited guests.

Obama has appeared at least three times on the cover of Trumpet magazine, founded by Wright. The magazine, to which Obama last year granted a lengthy, exclusive interview, regularly hails Farrakhan. Obama’s face was featured on the cover of a 2006 issue of Trumpet alongside Farrakhan’s image.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, a 2004 photo emerged of Obama’s wife, Michelle, posing with Farrakhan and Obama adviser Barrow at a woman’s luncheon for the Rainbow/Push Coalition for which Barrow serves as chairman emeritus. In the picture with Michelle Obama is Khadijah Farrakhan, Louis Farrakhan’s wife.

Another Obama connection to supporters of Farrakhan comes from David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist. Although he is Jewish, Axelrod sits on the finance committee of St. Sabina, the Chicago Catholic parish that is led by controversial pastor Michael Pfleger, an outspoken Farrakhan supporter who has hosted the Nation of Islam chief at his parish several times.

There is no reason for our allies to be confused or for Hillary Clinton to be perplexed as to why Obama has dragged his feet in supporting a no-fly zone or why it took him so long to make a decision- he true allegiance isn’t to democracy or American interests, it’s to his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood and his friends in Chicago. Can the evidence be any more clear?

If there is any doubt … watch this

(the gentleman at the microphone is former Chicago alderman, Clifford Kelly, who hosts a talk radio show on WVON)

Do I have to say more???  Obama is in trouble with his old friends … looks like the chickens are coming home to roost!

posted by rightthingtodo on Sunday, March 20, 2011


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The terrorist atrocities of these Fatah terrorist groups were backed at the highest level of the Palestinian Authority

The Muslim Terrorist War against Israeli Families

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– Daniel Greenfield  Thursday, March 17, 2011

imageThe brutal murders of the Fogel family, including the beheading of a 3 month old baby, stabbed a 3 year old twice in the heart, murdered both their parents, along with an 11 year old brother who was staying up late reading in bed, have shocked the world. But the Muslim terrorist tactic of massacring families is not a new one. It has been a signature move of the PLO in its various phases, especially the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

Many of us would like to think that men who murder children are an aberration even in a terrorist movement. That perhaps the terrorists who murdered the Fogel family did not deliberately target children. It would be nice to think that we live in a world where such acts are an aberration rather than a tactic. Sadly that isn’t so. We live next door to evil. And it is vital that we see that and not look away.

Almost 10 years ago to the date, Mahmoud Mahmed Mahmoud Amrou set up a sniper rifle and took aim at a mother and father walking with a stroller. In the stroller was their baby daughter. She was 10 months old. Mahmoud had three targets in front of him. The parents were the easiest targets. Instead Mahmoud took aim and shot a 10 month old little girl in the head.

Consider the head of an adult and a child. Which is easier to hit from a distance? Her parents were young. Her father capable of military service. Her mother could still have more children. Even from the tactical standpoint of a terrorist, they were better targets. But Shalhevet Pass, the 10 month old baby girl was the one he shot in the head. Her father suffered leg injuries because the bullets were aimed at the level of the stroller.

The terrorist atrocities of these Fatah terrorist groups were backed at the highest level of the Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Amrou was no random serial killer. He was a member of the Tanzim militia, a terrorist arm of the Palestinian Authority which crosses over extensively with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. He confessed that the attack had been ordered by Tanzim and Al-Aqsa commander Marwan Zaloum. The terrorist atrocities of these Fatah terrorist groups were backed at the highest level of the Palestinian Authority. And when Palestinian Authority leader Abbas was campaigning in 2002 in Hebron, he called out, “Mercy on the souls of all the martyrs. Mercy on the soul of Marwan Zaloum.”

But the backing for it goes even higher than that. The Clinton and Bush Administrations both held meetings with Tanzim leaders. When Tanzim and Al-Aqsa leader Marwan Barghouti was arrested, Condoleezza Rice herself called for him to be freed. Newspaper articles presented Barghouti as a “moderate” and the only hope for the peace process.

The murder of Shalhevet Pass, a 10 month old baby in a stroller, had not just been a random killing. It was another act of terror from the Palestinian Authority’s own terrorist organization, many of whose members had been armed and trained by Western security forces. It was part of a strategy targeting Israeli families and their children which goes back for over 50 years of atrocities.

March 2, 2002. A Bar Mitzvah celebration was winding down in Jerusalem. It was a balmy Sabbath evening. Outside mothers stood waiting with their children in strollers. The suicide bomber mingled with them. A bomb vest under his clothes. He insinuated himself as close as he could to the children. Then the blast. The dead included the Nehmad family, both parents and and two of their daughters, 3 year old Liran and 7 year old Shiraz. Along with their 18 month old cousin, Oriah and her 12 old brother who had been sent by his father to get the car keys. Also killed was Tzofia Eliyahu and her 7 month old son.

The mothers and their children had been deliberately targeted

The mothers and their children had been deliberately targeted. Most of the murdered were Mizrahi Jews who had fled Muslim countries and returned to their own homeland. Only to fall prey to Muslim terror in Jerusalem. Only to die with their children in front of a synagogue. As so many Jews in the Muslim died had been killed over more than a thousand years.

Once again the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the Palestinian Authority’s own terrorist organization, funded by Arafat and Abbas—indirectly funded by American taxpayers took credit for the attack.

Such attacks too were not an aberration. Next year two Muslim terrorists were caught planning to detonate a 20lb bomb belt outside the entrance of a junior high school at the end of the school day when all the children were leaving. Munir Mohammed Rabiah, one of the terrorists, was caught hiding out in a mosque. Both he and Morad Zeitoun were members of Palestinian Authority security forces.

The Muslim terrorist gangs who called themselves Palestinians had built their cause on acts of terror like these going back long before there was a Green Line and when Gaza and the West Bank were still in Egyptian and Jordanian hands. The gangs were called Fedayeen, they operated out of Syria, Egypt and Jordan and disavowed any independent Palestinian nationality or state. Their backing came from the Soviet Union, and they identified themselves as Marxists or Communists. Their goal was to cross the border and carry out massacres of civilians.

On April 11, 1956, the Fedayeen burst into a village farm school filled with almost 50 young boys. The killers opened fire and then ran for it. It was another epochal moment in what would become the “Palestinian struggle”. Except there was no such thing yet. The terrorists of the day were gangs who had fled after the Arab invasion failed to crush Israel. Their attacks were carried out on the orders of the Egyptian government. It would not be until after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when it had become clear that conventional Muslim armies could not destroy Israel, that the ‘Palestinian’ cause would become the defining brand of the terrorist gangs.

Under the supervision of the Soviet Union, a new wave of terror followed that defeat. The targets were once again families and children.

April 11th, 1974. On the exact same date as that attack, three terrorists crossed the border from Lebanon. The date match was not a coincidence. Numerology is second nature even among devout Muslims. The 11th day of the month is a popular date for Muslim terrorist attacks. The World Trade Center was hit on September 11th and Madrid on March 11th. And it was a key date in the development of Pakistan’s nuclear program.

In Arabic the numerical value of Mohammed adds up to 92. In the Koran, Surah 47 is known as the Surah of Mohammed and it has 38 verses. Add 9 + 2 and you get 11. Add 4 to 7 and you get 11. Add 3 to 8 and you also get 11. Take the 99 names of Allah and divide them by 9, another key number in Islam, and you get 11. (The numerical value of Allah is 66). These seem like trivial things—yet thousands of people have died because of the number of letters in Mohammed’s name and the number of verses in in his Surah in the Koran. A reminder of how indivisible even the trivial numbers in the Koran are from the slaughter carried out on its instructions.

For the people of Kiryat Shmona going about their lives, the number 11 would be a fateful one. The terrorists’ first target was an elementary school named after Janusz Korczak, the Polish-Jewish orphanage director who chose to die with his charges in Treblinka during the Holocaust. But the Muslim numerology of the terrorists frustrated their planned massacre. April 11th was Passover and the school building was empty. Its pupils enjoying their holiday vacations. So instead the terrorists invaded a nearby apartment building. When the fighting was over, 8 children and as many adults lay dead.

A month later, the next effort at a school massacre was more successful. After cutting a hole in the border fence, another terrorist gang entered the town of Ma’alot and pounded on apartment doors, claiming to be the police. Joseph Cohen, a forester, opened the door. The terrorists killed him and his seven months pregnant wife, along with his 4 year old son, Eliyahu, and wounded his 5 year old daughter, Miriam.

From there it was on to the school where over a hundred high school students had been on a field trip. Some escaped, the rest became hostages. As in Beslan, plastic explosive charges were placed among the students. They demanded the release of imprisoned terrorists. The code word for their demands was Al-Aqsa. Israel tried to meet their demands, but the deadline ran out. As the terrorists began executing the girls, Israeli commandos stormed the school and disarmed the explosives under fire. Most of the students survived, but 22 teenagers died. Most of them young girls deliberately chosen by the followers of the misogynistic cult of Islam.

Yitzchak Ankwa

March 11th, 1978. The Coastal Road Massacre or the Bloody Bus. Another numerological tribute of blood to Mohammed. 11 terrorists landed on a beach, shot up a taxi, hijacked a bus on an outing for employees of the bus company and their families. Using them as human shields, the terrorists shot and threw grenades at passing cars. The attack was taking place too deep inside Israel and there were no military units in place to defend against it. Instead a few dozen traffic cops armed with handguns set up a barricade. One of the passengers wrested a gun from the terrorists and shot two of them. The remaining terrorists suicided, setting the bus on fire.

Reporters described a scene of horror. “A child aged seven or eight was lying on the asphalt, a bullet hole in its head.” Parents lost their children. And children lost their parents. Among the dead were 5 year old Erez Alfred along with his father. Habib Ankwa had volunteered to serve as a translator and mediator for the terrorists. He was shot in the stomach. Along with him died his 10 year old son Yitzchak and his 2 year old daughter, Galit. Along with them died 6 year old Liat Gal-On (pictured to the side), 5 year old Naama Hadani in her mother’s arms, 6 year old Yoav Meshkel and 9 year old Mordechai Zit. Joseph and Rebecca Hochman were riding with their two sons, 3 year old Ilan and 6 year old Roi. While her husband fought off the attackers, Rebecca was killed along with her two sons. Her husband lost the use of his legs and was awarded the medal of courage.

For Israel this was a day of horror, for Muslims a day of triumph. The Palestinian Authority has named dozens of events and locations after Dalal Mugrhabi, one of the female terrorists who reportedly dragged a baby that a mother was trying to throw out of the burning bus back inside. Including a USAID funded school. Last year as the Obama Administration was going to war with Israel over some new housing in Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority was going ahead with plans to name a square after her. Al Jazeera’s report describes the massacre as “the day a passenger bus became a fully sovereign independent republic for four hours”. And that independent republic of gloating Muslim killers and murdered families aptly foreshadowed what a Palestinian state would be like.

With the creation of a Palestinian state, bus massacres would become commonplace

With the creation of a Palestinian state, bus massacres would become commonplace. But even before that, there was the Avivim School Bus massacre. The terrorist gangs had memorized the schedule of the bus as it picked up the village’s children for school. They opened fire on the bus using a bazooka and small arms fire. (Whenever you hear complaints about Israeli disproportionate responses and superior force, remember that in 1970 their terrorists were using bazookas against a school bus.) Nine children between the ages of 7 and 14 died that day. The majority of them from a single family.

And so it has gone on throughout the years. Attacks aimed at children. Attacks meant to strike at the heart of families.
Robert Aroyo had just moved from England to Israel and was driving back to Tel Aviv with his two young children, when a Muslim teenager stepped in front of his car. Robert stopped to avoid hitting him, and the teenager tossed a grenade into an open window. The rest comes from the Time Magazine article.

All he heard was a muffled explosion and Abigail’s cry, “Daddy, Daddy!” The back seat was bloody when he looked. Beside him Preeti moaned, “My back is broken.” Wasfi Mussa Masharawi watched indifferently as the man staggered out of the car, cradling a bleeding girl in his arms. He ran away when the man pleaded with him for help.

In 1987, the Moses family car was firebombed. The pregnant mother died and her husband and four children were severely burned. A 5 year old lingered on for three months before dying of his injuries. Next year, a bus near Jericho was firebombed. Rachel Weiss burned to death along with her three children whose bodies she covered with her own in a futile attempt to save their lives.

On and on it went.

Matan and Noam Ohayon

A terrorist entered Kibbutz Metzer and murdered the Ohayon family, the mother and a 4 and 5 year old boy, while their father listened on the phone. 9 year old Yaakov Manzor, stabbed repeatedly in the chest and abdomen in Jerusalem. 11 year old Yael Ohana murdered in her home along with her mother. Zipporah Sasson, five months pregnant, gunned down next to her husband and children.

The Ozeri family was sitting down to their Sabbath meal when there was a knock on the door. The head of the household opened the door and was the first to die. His 5 year old daughter was wounded. Luckily his Sabbath eve guests were armed. They shot back, killing one of the terrorists. The other terrorist fled and was hunted down by the army.

The Leibowitz family was returning from a Bar Mitzvah when the terrorists ambushed them. 7 year old Noam died and her 3 year old sister was seriously wounded, along with her brother and her grandfather. Steve and Tehiya Bloomberg were also on the road where their car was fired on, killing Tehiya, a local nurse, who was 5 months pregnant. Her 14 year old daughter was left paralyzed. Rabbi Dickstein was murdered along with his wife and 9 year old son.
And then there were the bombings that wiped out entire families in a single moment. The Sbarro pizza bombing killed the Schijveschuurder family, both parents and three children, ages 2, 4 and 14. Along with another 8 year old girl and her mother. A Muslim university in the West Bank commemoration it with an exhibit that allowed its students to walk through a recreation of the pizza store, complete with body parts strewn around the room.

The bombing of the Maxim Restaurant by a Jenin lawyer, who prior to the attack had begun fasting and memorizing the verses of the Koran, wiped out three generations of the Almog family, killing Ruth and Ze’ev Almog, along with their son and two of their grandchildren. Their daughter, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren were wounded but survived. A woman lost her mother and her baby daughter in a suicide bombing at the mall. Mordechai Lapid, dead, three children wounded. The Taba Hilton bombing. A mother and her two sons, ages 3 and 11, all dead.

The list goes on endlessly. A drawn out memorial to the dead.

Hatuel family

Tali Hatuel, 7 months pregnant, murdered along with her four children. She had been a social worker. Her four daughters, aged 2 to 7, were shot at point blank range. The terrorists continued pumping bullets into their bodies even after they were already dead.

But there must be a place to stop. Some place to say enough is enough. We can say, enough dead, or enough lists. And we say, enough lists instead. Enough reminders. Leave us alone already. An endless parade of evil is too much to bear. It is easier to look away. But these murders were not accidental. Many of them were selected. Families were deliberately targeted. Children were deliberately targeted.

Samir Kuntar murdered a four year old and became a hero of Lebanon. Syria’s president awarded him the Order of Merit, his dictatorship’s highest honor. For bludgeoning a 4 year old girl to death.

During his time in prison, Kuntar got married and picked up a degree in political science. In 2008 he was traded to Hezbollah in return for the bodies of captured Israeli soldiers. In Lebanon, Kuntar received a hero’s welcome.  Al Jazeera’s Beirut office chief threw him a party and called him a pan-Arab hero. Is there anything more to say after that?

This is the war against Israel’s families. Its children. It has been going on for generations.

The Muslim world knows that it is weak technologically and organizationally. Its chief weapons are demographics and terror. Arafat called the womb of the Palestinian woman his greatest weapon. Europe’s statisticians are finding that out for themselves. But demographic war is only half the picture. The other half is to destroy non-Muslim families. To murder pregnant women and massacre their children.

See how many pregnant women there are on this incomplete listing? That is not a coincidence. None of this is. Muslim terrorism is genocide. It is a genocidal struggle to conquer and wipe out non-Muslim populations. As in Israel, as everywhere else. Rape is one tool of Muslim demographic warfare. So is murdering pregnant women and children. Destroying families. They have been fighting it since a maddened would-be prophet began his campaign of extermination against a multicultural region.

This is war. Their kind of war. The attacks on schools and on families. The massacre of entire families is a tactic. Acts of evil by a cult too horrifyingly evil for most people to even understand. What evil does best is the exploitation of innocence in order to destroy it. And who are more innocent than the children?


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Give The Peace Prize Back, Obama

by Alan Caruba
As the Middle East begets one insurrection after another against the oppression that has been endemic to the region for centuries and as Japan faces the worst nuclear energy disaster since Chernobyl, the President of America and Commander-in-Chief is Absent Without a Leave (AWOL).  

Barack Hussein Obama is the first President of the United States who received a Nobel Peace Prize just for showing up. It is a mark of how debased this once prestigious international prize has become. He should give it up.

In the past, the Peace Prize went to Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 for negotiating an end to a Russian-Japanese conflict and to Woodrow Wilson in 1919 for his efforts to create the League of Nations. Its value began to fall off the cliff when it was given to Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Obama in 2009. In between, it was awarded to former Vice President Al Gore and the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change in 2007.

It is an ancient axiom that power is lost when power is not exercised. Osama bin Laden seriously misread the U.S. when he referred to it as “a weak horse”, an Arab way of saying it could be attacked with impunity. George W. Bush responded by bombing the hell out of Tora Bora in Afghanistan and then by invading Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein. Bin Laden has been in hiding ever since and his top lieutenants keep getting whacked.

Obama’s approach to foreign affairs has been to misunderstand and denigrate the role of America in a dangerous world. Daniel Henninger of The Wall Street Journal calls it “The Collapse of Internationalism” because the failure to lead has demonstrated the uselessness of the United Nations, its Security Council, NATO, the European Union, and the Arab League when it comes to facing down a psychopathic despot like Libya’s Quadaffi and, of course, the same was true regarding Saddam Hussein.

This is how big wars occur.

Recent history bears out the failure to take action against Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia, against Adolf Hitler prior to his invasion of Poland, to anticipate the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and now the inevitable acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran.

This is what happens when an administration’s policy makers are all “intellectuals” who have spun out hypothetical views of the world that have no relationship to history or present realities.

This is what happens when, despite our present financial woes, the most powerful nation on Earth has reduced its naval and air power, and asks its military to engage in nation-building while fighting our enemies. What is needed are entirely separate, highly trained units devoted to that task.

This is what happens when “foreign policy” involves wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on the United Nations and billions more in so-called “foreign aid” to nations that do not like us, nor support us in times of crisis and need.

Libya, said Henninger, “was a test case, and what we have seen is that a world in which the U.S. doesn’t unmistakably lead is a world that spins its wheel, and eventually the wheels start to come off.”

The U.S. is not, as Obama believes, just one more nation among others or that it is not the single most exceptional experiment in democracy and freedom.

Just as Americans must organize to resist and survive Barack Hussein Obama over the next two years, having come to realize how utterly incompetent he is, other nations are wondering what will occur without the leadership the U.S. has always provided in the past, including two world wars, several smaller ones, and the containment of the former Soviet menace.

The presidency is much more than frequent trips to the golf course, predicting the outcome of the NCAA tournament, and an ill-timed visit to Rio. It is a dangerous place filled with people like Quadaffi and others of his ilk.

from the blog of Warning Signs


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Israeli Family Brutally Slaughtered, Hamas Celebrates, the World is Silent

After an Israeli couple and 3 of their young children were brutally executed in their beds Friday night the Hamas terrorists in Gaza ,with whom President Obama and much of the Western world wants Israel to make “peace”, were handing out candy in the streets.

The three children slaughtered were ages three, eleven, and one month old.  The Israeli Government has made a special exception and released photos:  BE WARNED PHOTOS ARE GRAPHIC:

The Grandparents have given special permission for the media to publish these photos for the world to see what was done to their family.

Prime Minister Netanyahu correctly blamed this attack on the atmosphere of incitement that exists within the Palestinian Authority.  As recently as last week, A Palestinian soccer tournament was named after a terrorist.

The Prime Minister also called out the hypocrisy of the International community.  ” A few of the countries that rushed to condemn Israel at the Security council for building a home in some area are now prevaricating in issuing a harsh condemnation of the murder of babies.”

Today Israel is mourning the tragic murder of this young couple and three of their children.  Three young orphans are mourning the loss of their parents and siblings.  But the UN was quick to denounce Israeli construction.  It is time the world got their priorities right and placed the blame where it belongs.

h/t | One Jerusalem

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Trump: I have a little bit of doubt that Obama was born here

This clip will go further towards mainstreaming Birtherism than anything a Republican pol has said. Trump’s media reach is long, so he’s apt to reach audiences that don’t otherwise pay attention to politics or the birth certificate issue.

As for the substance of it, Obama’s classmates from elementary school in Indonesia and high school in Hawaii have talked to reporters about him, so it’s not true that “nobody knows who he is until later in his life.” Things get hazier during his Columbia years, but there are people who remember him from that period too. Ah well.

But it’s interesting that Trump is willing to play this card.  As we get closer to the 2012 presidential campaign, look for more of this as more and more states will require proof of “original” birth certificates of all presidential candidates.  This will include President Obama.

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