Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Very Serious Hillary Email

Hat tip Squid

The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper, is running a story based on anonymous sources that one of the emails being screened by the State Department involves the North Korean nuclear program as divulged by spy satellites.

That email, if accurate, has to be highly classified.

The Clinton campaign is now falling back on the claim that these emails being released were not classified at the time she received and/or sent them (which is irrelevant. It is the material that counts.) Who could seriously argue that such information would be handled by anyone as unclassified? Who can justify such information being transmitted to or from a private server located in Mrs Clinton's home? As the Times article points out, that type of information by rule is classified in a special manner. As one who has dealt with intelligence agencies while overseas with DEA, I can tell you that these folks classify their toilet paper!  (OK, that's an exaggeration, but you get the point.)

What is so sad is that the average Joe has no concept of just how serious this is. This woman removed her official and classified communications from the State Department communication system, which is designed to be secure and put them in her own home brew private server based in her home in Chappaqua, New York. Not only does that cast doubt on her judgment, to put it mildly, but consider this particular statute.

18 USC 973

Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Note the phrase, " gross negligence". It doesn't even require intent.
This is very serious.

The Latest Hate Crime Atrocity From Pakistan

Hat tip Eagle Rising

Today, I posted my own "review" on an outrageous article written by UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian (as if he writes any other kind.)

To my response I should add this piece from Eagle Rising. It has another horror story emanating out of Pakistan. Here is the scenario: Muslim girl converts to Christianity and marries Christian man. Her family seeks revenge. Read on.

Back to Hatem Bazian, who writes that what ISIS does has nothing to do with Islam, no matter how much they quote Islamic scripture. Unfortunately, he now has to write another piece explaining that what the folks in Pakistan are doing has nothing to do with Islam. Then he can write a similar piece explaining what is happening to Coptic Christians in Egypt. And so it goes.

You have a lot of work to do, Mr Bazian.

The Emails Between Hillary and Sid Blumenthal

Hat tip PJ Media

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Sid Blumenthal                                                                                Max Blumenthal

Sid "Vicious" Blumenthal is a long-time Clinton aide who the Obama administration insisted could not be hired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nevertheless, Clinton used Blumenthal as an unpaid aide, and the latter sent Hillary a series of questionable emails, some about Libya, which are showing up in the email search at State.

Blumenthal is also the father of Max Blumenthal, an equally despicable pseudo-journalist, whose hatred for Israel is unmatched in the non-Muslim world.

Now it is revealed that Sid was forwarding the anti-Israel screeds of his son to Hillary, who in turn, forwarded them to her top aide Jake Sullivan at State.

Is this not typical of the overall attitude displayed by the Obama administration toward Israel and its president, Benjamin Netanyahu?

Is There a Conflict of Interest in the State Dept. Email Search?

Sources have told Fox News that there is some internal conflict going on at the State Department in their search for Hillary Clinton emails. Much of the attention is focused on Kate Duvall, who once worked with Lois Lerner at IRS and was employed in the office of David Kendall, Clinton's attorney-the same attorney who had possession of her thumb drive.

"Fox News is told there were internal department complaints that Duval, and a second lawyer also linked to Kendall, gave at the very least the appearance of a conflict of interest during the email review. A State Department spokesman did not dispute the basic facts of the incident, confirming to Fox News the disagreement over the four classified emails as well as the internal complaints. But the spokesman said the concerns were unfounded."

Duval, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, David Kendall, Sidney Blumenthal et al. What a circle of people Hillary had around her. And still does.

Hatem Bazian's Latest "ISIS Is Not Islamic" Piece

Hatem Bazian is a professor at UC Berkeley. When he is not agitating and making public speeches against Israel, he is complaining about Islamophobia. That means that part of his job description entails convincing the rest of us that the atrocities being committed by ISIS  have nothing to do with Islam. That leads him to write this latest piece for Lamp Post Productions, a site for American Muslim scholars and activists.

In this piece, Bazian condemns ISIS for their acts especially focusing on their practice of using sexual slavery of Yazidis and others. he criticizes their use of Islamic texts to justify their crimes. At the end, he goes into his predictable references of Western slavery, the invasion of Iraq, the of companies and yes,- those neo-cons like Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Pearle.

First of all, to the casual reader you might want to applaud Bazian for his strong condemnation of ISIS and their horrible acts. Yet, I note that only late in the article does he even mention the Qu'ran, preferring the term "classical sources". I would take that to mean the Ku'ran, the hadith and the sunnah. He also uses the term "Prophetic tradition", which I would take to mean the hadith and sunnah. Nowhere does he use the name Mohammad. Is he trying to avoid the reader thinking about what Mohammad would say or do about such practices? He does admit that the Qu'ran neither explicitly condones or condemns slavery, but conveniently omits those references to "those that your right hand possess", references to a Muslim man having sex with captive/slave women.

Another point that Bazian omits is that Mohammad is considered the ideal man by Muslims. Whatever Mohammad did is the ideal to strive for. The Qu'ran is the word of Allah according to Muslims, transmitted to Mohammad the Messenger through the angel Gabriel (Jibril). And those references to the 55 Islamic countries that outlaw slavery? What Bazian forgets to mention are the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Northern Sudan, which both still practice slavery-the only two countries in the world to do so. Thus, the following quote from the article is not completely true.

"The sources from the past are still available, with extensive records of cases pertaining to slavery, but the first question that must be asked is, what is the present-day ruling on slavery in the Muslim world? Slavery is prohibited, and only ISIS and its followers are calling for it to be brought back." 

And if Bazian thinks that only ISIS is engaging in rape and atrocities against non-Muslims, he might want to speak to non-Muslims in Egypt, Pakistan, Libya, Iran and many other Islamic countries where non-Muslim minorities are being persecuted-not to the extent of the Islamic State, but persecuted nonetheless. The plain fact is that in the Middle East as a whole, there is a systematic program of genocide against Christians in progress, which seems to have eluded Bazian's notice.

But to Bazian, in the end, it is always the fault of the West and the US in particular that the Islamic world is in flames. To be fair, it is not unreasonable to argue a causal connection between our overthrow of Saddam Hussein and ISIS. But what would have happened had the Iraqis themselves overthrown Saddam?  The Libyans (albeit with Western help) overthrew Qaddafi, and look at the result there. What will follow in Syria if and when Assad falls? If ISIS prevails, will that be solely the fault of the West? 

And as to those references to Wolfowitz, Pearle and the "neo-cons', Bazian knows full well this is code language for-you guessed it- the Jews.  As the Nazis used to say, "der ewige Jude"-the eternal Jew.  Of course this is the same man who reportedly told a college audience a few years ago they should count the Jewish names on the campus buildings. This is the same man who once called for an intifada in the US.

Nobody wants to hold all Muslims accountable for ISIS. Yet we cannot ignore what is happening to Christians, Yazidis, Shia and others who are being butchered like cattle in the Middle East in the very name of Islam. We have every right to discuss this phenomenon and the origins of Islam to figure out why this is happening and why we are all at risk. It is not enough to condemn the savagery of ISIS. Bazian tells us not to blame Islam. Then who are we to blame as more and more Western Muslims answer the call to join this evil movement called ISIS? If you read the "classical texts" and the "Prophetic tradition", you just might conclude that ISIS is following the pure Islam as Mohammad saw it the day he died.

Bazian concedes that Muslims throughout history have practiced slavery and rape,( as have followers of other religions). Yet he contends that their rationalizations for these actions based on religious texts are erroneous. Unfortunately, ISIS can point to specific verses and sayings in the Qu'ran, hadith and sunnah that provide their "justifications" . But in a broader sense, can we not agree that when an ideology demonizes and de-humanizes groups of people (as the Qu'ran, hadith and sunnah do with non-Muslims) then murder and other violations of human rights are only a step away?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Six Passengers Force Diversion of Chicago-San Diego Flight

Southwest Airlines passengers detained

"Heigh ho, heigh ho
It's off to jail they go.

Apparently, a 23-member soccer team flying from Chicago to San Diego got unruly. It got to the point that the flight was diverted to Amarillo where 6 of them were arrested and removed from the plane.

I can't wait for the follow up to this story. Will we be hearing from CAIR? (The men have Middle Eastern names.) Will they claim profiling and Islamophobia? Did the passengers and flight crew fear a hijacking?  Was this a staged set-up designed to draw a response?

I don't know the answer to any of those questions.

Besides the Koran, What Does the Sunnah Say?

Today, there is much debate about the suras and verses of the Koran and how they should be interpreted. Critics point to the hateful and violent verses that urge followers to kill non-Muslims and apostates. Many Western Muslims and their supporters point to the peaceful verses in the
Koran as evidence that Islam is really a religion of peace and tolerance. To that critics respond that the Koran is not arranged chronologically, and that it is necessary to arrange the suras in order of time since the latter verses (during the Medina period of Mohammad's life) are the most violent and intolerant while the earlier verses (during the early days of Mohammad's prophecy in Mecca) are the more peaceful. While Muslims believe the Koran represents the word of Allah as given to Mohammad by the angel Gabriel (Jibril), many non-Muslims and critics of Islam believe it is really the words and thoughts of Mohammad himself.

Aside from the Koran, Muslims also rely on the Sunnah, the verbally reported teachings, sayings and deeds of Mohammad as well as the hadith, the quoted sayings of Mohammad as reported by his followers and associates and carried through the centuries. The validity of the hadiths is studied and verified by scholars based on the documented chain of reporting, a rather complicated process.

Recently, I purchased a volume of the Sunnah entitled as follows:

Fiqh us Sunnah
Sayyid Sabiq

The Doctrinal Writings of the Sunna of the Holy Prophet
Rendered to Englsih (sic) by

F. Amira Zrein Matraji

Corrected and Revised by Mahmoud Matraji

Dar El Fikr, Beirut

Most of the volume deals with issues of marriage and women. It also deals with apostates, gays and punishments like lashing and stoning. There are also passages by the author relative to modern times such as women students at Cairo University, dress, etc.

There are several verses in this book which I feel are important to answer the questions of how Islam really deals with issues of women, apostates, gays, and non-Muslims. There are many typos and misspelled words in this texts. Here are some excerpts. The texts discuss adultery, homosexuality and apostasy.


The Parts of the Fornicators

"The fornicator is either a virgin or married-for every one of them specific a judgment." (p 277)

The Punishment of the Virgin

"The jurisprudents had agreed that the free virgin, if he/she had committed fornication, is lashed one hundred lashes; whether men or women. As to the saying of Allah (glory be to Him) in (The Light) Sura:

The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last day: And let a party of the believers witness their punishment. (24:2 Koran)" (pp 77-78)

The Punishment of the Married

"But the previously married. the jurisprudents had agreed on the obligation of stoning him if he commits fornication until he dies, whether a man or a woman. They deduced with what follows:

1 "On the authority of Abu Huraira who said: Ajan came to the Messenger of Allah (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) while he was in the Mosque. He called him, and said: O' Messenger of Allagh: I had committed fornication. he turned away from him. he repeated that four times. When he testified himself four witnesses, the Holy Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) called him, and said: Are you insane?...He said: No. he said: Had you married? He said: yes. Thereupon the Holy Prophet (may the blessings and peace be upon him) said: Take him and stone him......" (pp 279-280)

Pages 295-297 described the digging for the stoned person and presence of an imam and witnesses to the stoning.

Sodomy (From the texts, it is clear that this refers to homosexuals.)

"Ye also sent Lute: He said to his people: Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation ever committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women...". (7: 80-84 Koran) (p 298)

The Opinion of the Jurisprudents in the Judgment of the Sodomy (PP 303-305)

" With the consensus of the savants or the forbiddance of this crime, and with the obligation of taking its committers with the severity, except they disputed in estimating the determined punishment for it to be of three creeds:

1  The creed of those who say with the absolute killing.

2  The creed of those who say that its punishment is like that of the fornication: The virgin is flogged, and the married is stoned.

3  The creed of those who say with the reprimanding."

The Apostasy

The Punishment of the Apostated 

The Meaning of the Verse (p 327)

"That who returns back from Islam to the atheism and who continues on it until he dies is an unbeliever, then all what he did of good is void, and has forbidden its fruit in the world. Then he would not have what is for the Muslims of rights-and the pleasure of the hereafter is forbidden on him, and he is eternal in the grevious (sic) torment. The Islam had determined a hurried punishment in the world for the apostate, extra to that, what he promised him of torment awaiting for him in the Hereafter-That punishment is the killing,

That who changes his religion, kill him." (p 327)

"Any man who apostates from Islam, call him back. If he repents, or else strike his neck. And any woman who apostates from Islam, call her back. If she returns back, or else strike her neck."

"This is a text in the spot of dispute:

This was related by Al-Baihaqi, and Ad-Darqatni that Abu Bakr had asked a woman called, the mother of Qurfa who turned to atheism after her Islam. She did not repent and he killed her.

But the hadith of forbiddance from killing the woman, that was in the state of war, because their weakness and unassociating (sic) in the war. Because of that, it was the reason from prohibiting from killing them, that the Holy Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) had seen a slain woman. Thereupon he said: This was not to be fought.

Then he had forbidden from killing them.

The woman shares the man in all the punishments with no exception. As the punishment of stoning is established on her if she were married, as well the punishment of apostasy is established on her and there is no difference." (p 329)

There is so much more, but it's a fairly big book. At any rate, rather than throw out my own beliefs, it is better to use the words of Muslims themselves- especially their scholars. As always, my Muslim readers are invited to respond and comment.

ISIS Burns Four Captives Alive in Iraq

Hat tip Atlas Shrugs and the Independent (UK)

Tell the "It has nothing to do with Islam" crowd to get ready. They have more explaining to do. I don't speak Arabic, but I did catch some references to "Allah" by the ringleader of the ISIS butchers just as they were about to barbecue four unfortunate Shia Iraqis. Yes, it is on videotape. It is available for viewing (viewer discretion) below.

According to the ISIS "spokesman", it has a lot to do with Islam.

Planned Parenthood Video Number Nine

Hat tip Life News

The Center for Medical Progress has just released their 9th undercover video. It shows conversations with one Planned Parenthood director and two executives from research companies that procure fetal material from PP. The conversations reveal that PP is selling intact aborted fetuses. The video is, of course, disturbing.

Seen enough? Or do you need to see the last 3? We expect a total of 12. After seeing these videos, I really have to question the humanity of those in the abortion industry.

Project Veritas Nails Clinton Campaign

Hat tip Daily Caller and Newsmax

A few days ago, James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released video showing one of their operatives discussing the registering of voters who support Hillary Clinton. In this incident the campaign staffer tells a prospective "volunteer" that they should first ask if they are Clinton supporters before offering to register them. That was captured at a Hillary campaign office in Iowa in July. It can be seen in the below link from Daily Caller.

That's not so bad because no laws are being violated. However, the latest undercover video release is more serious. In the PV video in the below link from Newsmax, you will see how two top Clinton campaign officers, the director of management and the director of compliance, violated the law by allowing a Canadian woman to pass a $75 contribution to an American woman (from PV) who made the donation on her behalf. (Money from foreign contributors is illegal.) This happened in New York at Hillary's campaign kickoff announcement.

O'Keefe told Sean Hannity today on radio that there are more to come. Meanwhile, Hillary's campaign has alerted their campaign force nationwide to be on the lookout for Project Veritas.

Thai Police Arrest in Erawan Bombing

Hat tip Bangkok Post

Authorities escort a prime suspect in the Aug 17 Erawan bombing after his arrest in Sa Kaeo province Tuesday. (NCPO handout photo)

As reports come in on the arrest of a "foreign" man by Thai police, the Bangkok Post has photos and a video of the suspect in custody, who Thai police believe is the yellow-shirted man who set off a bomb two weeks ago in Bangkok. He was arrested Saturday at the Thai-Cambodian border.

Although the name and nationality have not been released, Thai police have seized multiple passports being used by the suspect(s) and some reports in Thailand indicate he may be Turkish.

Fox News has additional details which give further credence to the Turkish connection. It says the motive may have to do with support for the Muslim Uighur minority in China.

The Attacks Against Cops Continues and Black Lives Matters Has Blood on its Hands

This morning, another police officer was shot near Chicago and three gunmen are being sought. (Update: He has died.) This, as the nation was still trying to come to grips with the cold blooded execution-style shooting of Harris County (TX) deputy Darren Goforth by a black suspect believed to be Shannon Miles, who is now in custody.

And there is this outrage: Hours after the August 29 Texas shooting, the Black Lives Matters movement in St Paul, Minnesota held a march at the Minnesota State Fair chanting, "Pigs in a blanket. Fry 'em like bacon!" It was sickening.

Let's be clear: This is not a civil rights movement. We have already had that in our history and it was successful. What this is is nothing more than a bunch of thugs and anarchists, both black and white who are working to divide the American people with trumped-up charges of racism by police. They are the champions of deceased black thugs like Treyvon Martin and Michael Brown, who picked the wrong victims and died for their efforts.

And make no mistake. These thugs are inspiring others to go out and kill cops. How else do you explain that disgusting chant in St Paul?

It is time to speak the truth to these thugs. A good place to start would be on our college campuses. Unfortunately, that would be the last place you would find someone with the common sense and the courage.