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President Obama’s Choice Of Which U.S. Mosque To Visit Is No Mystery

President Obama is making a highly publicized visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore , his first to a mosque located in the U.S.

The purpose of the trip, according to the White House, is to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.”

Odd words, considering how the White House is facing court challenges over alleged violations of First Amendment freedom of religion rights for Christians, and Catholics in particular. But even more interesting is that few people are attempting to answer the question, why this particular mosque?

It’s quite simple, really.

If one looks at President Obama’s policies, there’s one major common thread – the empowerment and support for Islamists, whether it is in Egypt, Libya, Gaza, Tunisia or at home in the U.S.

The ISB mosque is one of a large number of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim brotherhood front group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror case. Several executives with that organization were convicted of illegally laundering money to aid Hamas, and the only reason the group wasn’t formally indicted along with CAIR and a number of other Muslim Brotherhood front groups was because President Obama had his attorney general, Eric Holder file ‘disinclination to prosecute’ motions to protect them and terminate what would have been certain convictions and jail terms for most of the leaders of these groups for money laundering, perjury and material aid to terrorism.

The ISB itself has a long history of radicalism. Its imam for fifteen years, Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh came to the ISB mosque and served as imam from 1983 to 1989 and from 1994 to 2003 after long membership in the Muslim Brotherhood in the Sudan in the 1970s. He left in 2003 to co-found the Muslim American Society, a group based in Virginia that is another front group controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s mosque, where el-Sheikh served as imam is the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church.

Dar al-Hijrah’s previous imam was none other than Anwar al-Awlaki . He was a notorious American al-Qaeda operative who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011 and helped radicalize, among others, U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan, who murdered 13 people at Fort Hood Texas in November of 2009.

El-Sheikh also has had nothing but praise and excuses for Palestinians who commit terrorist atrocities against Israelis.

And even more interesting is the fact that a president who claims to be outspokenly in favor of gay rights would visit a mosque where the resident scholar, Yaseen Shaikh is openly against any tolerance for homosexuality according to a YouTube video he published.

There are any number of mosques without this baggage available, and the White House certainly had the ability to find one. But the fact remains that President Obama chose the Islamic Society Of Baltimore, and there’s no real mystery here as to the message he’s sending by picking that particular one.

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Microsoft’s Paul Allen’s yacht destroys Cayman coral reef

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A Time To Choose In Iowa Is Here

On Monday February 1 2016 Iowans are going to caucus meetings to choose our next president. The GOP caucus goers have only 2 candidates who …

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Rewarding a Corrupt IRS with a Bigger Budget: Another “Own Goal” by the GOP

The good thing about being nonpartisan is that I can freely criticize (or even praise) policy makers without giving any thought to whether they have an R or D after their name. That doesn’t mean Republicans and Democrats are the same, at least with regards to rhetoric. The two big political parties in the United […]

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Happy Birthday Franz Schubert

Hat/Tip: to  @ConnieBach on twitter who informed me that today was Franz Schubert’s birthday.Franz Schubert [1797-1828]On January 31, 1797 one of the greatest composers, Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria.  This child prodigy of the l…

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Out from Trump’s shadow?

This morning, Byron York tweeted that Sen. Rubio and Sen. Cruz were fighting each other and that this fight was happening in The Donald’s shadow. That statement would’ve been true a month ago. It was still true 2 weeks ago. It isn’t true anymore. During Thursday night’s debate, Sen. Rubio emerged from Trump’s shadow, thanks […]

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Ted Cruz Is the Real Deal – Breitbart

Ted Cruz Is the Real Deal – Breitbart

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Lacking conviction?

Neo and I have sometimes quoted Yeats’ lines from The Second Coming: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere    The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst    Are full of passionate intensity. This is because they […]

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Rubio on homeschooling, school choice

David Brody just tweeted a link to this interview Marco Rubio did on the subjects of homeschooling and school choice. I wish this had come out earlier because it would’ve catapulted Rubio past Sen. Cruz with evangelical Christians, minorities and women. Mike Farris conducted the interview with Sen. Rubio. The first question Mr. Harris asked […]

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Their Finest Hour 1/30: And now for your regularly scheduled #TFH program!

By Allan Bourdius Their Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight (January 30th) at its regularly scheduled time of 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific! Please join me for …read more Via:: Their Finest Hour 1/30: And now for your regularly scheduled #TFH program!       

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#TFH on #VLR 1/30 – And now for your regularly scheduled program!

By Allan Bourdius Their Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight (January 30th) at its regularly scheduled time of 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific! Please join me for the the program in VLR’s chatroom …read more Via:: #TFH on #VLR 1/30 – And now for your regularly scheduled program!       

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Ted Cruz’s spin vortex

In the days leading into the Iowa Caucuses, though, Sen. Cruz has taken to telling fanciful things that don’t have anything to do with the truth. In Ringsted, IA, Sen. Cruz told people “If you look, in particular, at President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty, Marco Rubio’s gone on Univision and said, ‘No, no, no. I […]

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Why Do Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Want to Undermine Jobs and Investment in America?

What’s the difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton? I suspect that most people would cite differences in personal ethics, but I’m a policy wonk so I actually think the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are two peas in a pod. The only real difference is that Sanders is more open about his […]

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Lost causes

  It’s probably just the Romantic in me, but I’m a sucker for lost causes – I guess it’s the historical equivalent of wanting to look after lost puppies or stray cats, and I’m invoking my female privilege as an excuse for being a soppy thing here. We celebrate the victors, but what about the […]

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Brahms Bright And Beautiful Symphony

It is symphony night once again for the fetching Mrs. B and I as we go to Jones Hall on Saturday night to hear our great Houston Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada.  Also, a feature we love when going to an HSO concert is the pre-concert talk called prelude, from assistant conductor and musical ambassador for the orchestra, Carlos Andres Botero.  He discusses the pieces and composers we are about to hear on that night’s concert.

Carlos Andres Botero – musical ambassador for the HSO who gives the “prelude” talks before the concert

This is a great concert program that Maestro Botero will be discussing this weekend that includes, Samuel Barber’s concert “Overture to the School for Scandal”, Robert Schumann’s “Violin Concerto”, and Johannes Brahms “Symphony #2”. 

The soloist in the Schumann Violin Concerto, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, will be a first time for Mrs. B and I to hear.  Please don’t ask me to pronounce her name. 🙂  I can’t wait to hear how the engaging [sometimes very funny] musical ambassador Botero pronounces her name at the prelude talk.  

From the Houston Symphony Orchestra website, this is how they describe the soloist and the concerto:  Known for her fresh interpretations and for performing barefoot, European violin sensation Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Robert Schumann’s brooding, beautiful Violin Concerto.”  “Initially suppressed by Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann because they feared it showed signs of Robert’s impending madness, this haunting concerto is now recognized as one of Schumann’s late masterpieces.”

After intermission will be the Brahms Symphony #2.  This is one of my favorite symphonies from one of my favorite composers and certainly among the most beautiful symphonies ever composed.  It has a very happy feel to it, with so many beautiful melodies that Brahms is famous for.

Here is how the HSO website describes it:  “Andrés conducts Brahms’ sunny Symphony No. 2, which features dreamy lullabies, a soulful Adagio and the biggest bring-down-the-house finale Brahms ever wrote.”

Brahms Symphony #2 is scored in the bright key of D-Major with four movements: 1. Allegro non troppo, 2. Adagio non troppo, 3. Allegretto and 4. Allegro con spirito.  

Thank you to the hr-Frankfurt Radio Symphony You-tube site for the video below of the Brahms symphony being performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with our young dynamic Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada conducting [who my wife and I will be seeing tonight]. 

Please put in full screen and turn up the volume and enjoy the bright and beautiful Brahms Symphony #2, just one of the pieces that the fetching Mrs. B and I will be enjoying tonight.

Note: Movement 2 starts at 20:18; movement 3 at 30:20; movement 4 at 35:14.

Johannes Brahms: Symphony #2 in D-Major:

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The Clintons: is the Oregon standoff really about uranium? « Jon Rappoport’s Blog

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Kinksanity – 1-29-16

By Liz Harrison Nina the Domme will be back tonight, and we’ll be discussing some more BDSM stuff. And, we’ll take a leap into the treacherous world of “sex advice from Nigeria.” Yes, …read more Via:: Kinksanity – 1-29-16       

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Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis: BEA 4th Quarter GDP 1st Estimate 0.7%; Q&A: Why Did GDPNow Rise After Durable Goods? When are Construction Revisions Coming?

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The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” – President James Madison

“A republic, if you can keep it” – Benjamin Franklin

“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” – Reinhold Neibuhr

This week we had tie in the Council category between Bookworm Room’s The single most important election issue in 2016: The Constitution!
and Joshuapundit’s The Clinton E-Mail Scandal And How It Will End .

As Watcher, I get paid the big bucks to break ties like this.

My piece detailed exactly how Mrs. Clinton broke the law, endangered national security and discussed where the current FBI investigation is as well as my prediction for how this all will end, which may startle some people!

Andrea’s articulate and well written article explored in great detail her belief that the real issue in the coming election is strengthening our Constitution. Not only did I vote for it myself, but she definitely wins the honors this week as far as I’m concerned! Here’s a slice:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
— Presidential Oath of Office

In 1992, James Carville famously hung a sign in Bill Clinton’s Little Rock campaign headquarters pointing campaign workers to Clinton’s most powerful campaign message: “The economy, stupid!” Today, in the run-up to the 2016 election, conservatives need to keep hammering their most powerful campaign message: “The Constitution!” After eight years of Obama’s savage disregard for the Constitution, the 2016 election is America’s last chance to return our Constitution to its rightful, and central, place in American politics.

In this essay, I hope to establish three things:

I. That the Constitution is a unique document that empowers individuals over government, making it the bedrock of American exceptionalism;

II. That Barack Obama has significantly damaged the Constitution’s preeminent position in American government, creating a dangerous imbalance in favor of an unlimited executive backed by a powerful, all-encompassing bureaucracy; and

III. That we must choose our next president very carefully in order to redress this imbalance lest we wake up one morning to find ourselves living under a permanent de facto dictatorship.

Part I

After winning the Revolution, America’s Founding Fathers had the unique opportunity to build a government from the ground up. Being educated men, they had several models from which to choose. They could replicate the British model, with its monarch, hereditary aristocracy, and House of Commons. They could attempt a commune of the type that the Pilgrims tried in 1620. Although that attempt almost killed the Pilgrims, the utopian impulse towards communism has continued to tempt revolutionaries ever since. They could try to put Plato’s Republic into effect and appoint themselves as the ideal Platonic ruling elite. They could even try the Judges approach from the Old Testament. They rejected all of those models.

The Founders’ genius lay in recognizing that all previous government models had a pyramidal structure, with power held only at the very top of the pyramid. This was certainly true of Britain which, beginning in 1066, had vested complete power in a hereditary monarchy. It took centuries for the aristocracy and landed gentry to chip away at the monarch’s authority, starting with the Magna Carta (1215) and finishing with the Glorious Revolution’s Bill of Rights (1689).

Ironically, thanks to the American Revolution, Parliament concluded that the British Bill of Rights, many parts of which the Founders incorporated wholesale into our Constitution, limited only the monarchy, but had no controlling effect on Parliament. In other words, Britain emerged from the American Revolution as pyramidal as before, only with Parliament at the top of the pyramid, not the King.

This same pyramidal pattern held true for all other governments the Founder’s studied. No matter the outcome of history’s wars and revolutions, government’s fundamental structure remained unchanged: Power resided at the top, with those citizens excluded from power enjoying limited freedoms and privileges — and those only at the whim of the ruling class. The Founders would therefore have been unsurprised to see that the 20th century’s communist revolutions, despite destroying the old ruling classes entirely, created governments no different from the ones they replaced – power was at the top, with the apparatchiks, and the people groaned in bloody servitude under what was just another self-appointed elite.

To prevent the tyranny of the elite – any elite – the Founders created an entirely new government structure, one never before tried: They broke governing authority into its constituent parts (legislative, executive, and judicial) and divvied that power amongst three different, but equal, branches of government. No government branch could act alone. The theory was that each branch would guard its power jealously, thereby keeping either of the other two branches from becoming dominant. These “checks and balances,” integral to our Founder’s design, were an elegant example of the old idea that it takes two thieves (or, in this case, three) to keep an honest bargain.

The Founders also went beyond creating a radically new government structure that diffused power throughout government to prevent the inevitable tyranny that flows from vesting all government power in one person or collective. In 1791, they enacted the Bill of Rights.

The philosophy underlying our Bill of Rights is not found in the Constitution itself, but in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Throughout history, many have called themselves revolutionaries, but they are invariably just as power-hungry as the governments they’ve overthrown. The Founders, however, were true revolutionaries. Their new paradigm holds that a majority of citizens can voluntarily elect a legislature and abide by its laws; accept the executive’s enforcement of the laws (including punishments); and allow the judiciary to interpret the laws, if they have concluded that a particular set of political figures will best protect their life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. If, however, the majority of the people conclude that this same government no longer serves them well, they may reconstitute the government to make it more to their liking.

Being cautious men, and with Parliament’s gutting of the British Bill of Rights as a grim example of government overreach, the Founders did not feel that just a Declaration and Constitution were adequate protections for individuals. In 1791, the Founders enacted the Bill of Rights, explicitly spelling out the inviolate sphere of rights that each person possesses independent of government. Ironically, many of the rights are verbatim restatements of the same British Bill of Rights that Parliament had only recently nullified.

America’s Bill of Rights represents a complete inversion of the traditional power pyramid. In America, the governing power rests, not at the highest point of the pyramid, with kings and politicians, but in its base, which is comprised of individuals who possess inherent, unalienable rights. Because these individual rights are so important, they bear repeating here:

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment 3 – Quartering of Soldiers.

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment 5 – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment 6 – Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment 7 – Trial by Jury in Civil Cases.

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment 8 – Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment 9 – Construction of Constitution.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment 10 – Powers of the States and People.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Doug Ibendahl at Republican News Watch withNational Review just handed Donald Trump the Election submitted by Puma By Design.

Mr. Ibendahl, a Chicago attorney was former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party. His contention is the the National Review,Weekly Standard and various movement conservatives HQ’d in New York City and Washington who just gratuitously attacked Donald Trump did him a huge favor by emphasizing his bona fides as an independent outsider unconnected to the GOP establishment. Based on the polls, he may very well be right.

Here are this week’s full results. The Noisy Room was unable to vote this week, but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Social Media’s Encouraging News For Marco Rubio

I just posted this on my Face Book page.  The Google chart was introduced by Shannon Bream on Gretchen Carlson’s Real Story afternoon show on the Fox News Channel.From my Face Book page on Jan. 29, 2016: Google asked their users who won the G…

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