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Daring to call it a war on radical Islam

By: Cal Thomas

Published: Aug 03, 2010
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be the most notable public figure in some time to state the obvious: Radical Islam is a clear and present danger to America. In a speech last week at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, Gingrich said, “This is not a war on terrorism. … This is a struggle with radical Islamists.” The problem, he said, is that too many leaders are “sleepwalking” and won’t face the threat. Ask yourself: If you wanted to infiltrate a country, wouldn’t a grand strategy be to rapidly build mosques from Ground Zero in New York to Temecula, Calif., and establish beachheads so fanatics could plan and advance their strategies under the cover of religious…Read more WashingtonExaminer.com

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ

After a protracted battle that set off a national debate over freedom of religion, a Muslim center and mosque to be built two blocks from ground zero surmounted a final hurdle on Tuesday.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9 to 0 against granting historic protection to the building at 45-47 Park Place in Lower Manhattan, where the $100 million center would be built.

That decision clears the way for the construction of Park51, a tower of as many as 15 stories that will house a mosque, a 500-seat auditorium, and a pool. Its leaders say it will be modeled on the Y.M.C.A. and Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

The vote on Tuesday was free of much of the vitriol that had been part of previous hearings. One by one, members of the commission debated the aesthetic significance of the building, designed in the Italian Renaissance Palazzo style by an unknown architect.

Later in the day, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has forcefully defended the planned mosque, praised the landmarks commission’s vote. Read More NYTimes.com

Arizona: A “Revolutionary” line in the sand?

By Doug Hagmann Full Story

believe that history will show that the passage of SB 1070 by Arizona, and the federal government’s lawsuit to stop its implementation will be regarded the first battle of the 21st century American Revolution. Although not a single shot was fired- yet, the battle lines have clearly been drawn. Never before in the modern history of our country have all of the elements been in place for a war between our government and the citizenry of the United States. We stand at a proverbial and historic flashpoint as Obama plans to use the foot soldiers created by “comprehensive immigration reform,” whether achieved by law or mandate, to implement his socialist agenda for America..read more Canada Free Press

McCain Says ‘I Respect and Admire’ Arizona Sheriff Who Said ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’

No Mosque at Ground Zero

Tuesday, August 03, 2010
By Jane McGrath

(CNSNews.com) — When asked whether he agreed with Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu — who told CNSNews.com this week that ““Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help”–Sen. John McCain said:

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Justice Gives Arizona Sheriff Deadline in Rights Case

Tuesday, August 03, 2010
By Pete Yost, Associated Press

Washington (AP) – The Justice Department on Tuesday notified an Arizona sheriff’s office known for its efforts against illegal immigrants that it has refused to cooperate with a civil rights investigation, is not in compliance with federal law and the department is threatening to sue.

Since March 2009, the U.S. Justice Department has been investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office in Phoenix for alleged discrimination and for unconstitutional searches and seizures. Arpaio says the inquiry is focused on his immigration efforts…..read more CNSNews.com

Arizona Sheriff: Report of $1M Bounty on My Head

Monday, August 02, 2010
By Staff, Associated Press

Phoenix (AP) – A sheriff in Arizona known for his anti-immigration policies says his office is investigating a report of a $1 million bounty on his head.

A spokeswoman for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the report was relayed by the FBI and by a caller who told Fox affiliate KSAZ-TV in Phoenix that the threat was from a Mexican drug cartel. Phoenix is the seat of Maricopa County…Read More CNSNews.com

Arizona immigration law: State to appeal injunction

by Alia Beard Rau, Ginger Rough and JJ Hensley – Jul. 28, 2010 06:06 PM
The Arizona Republic

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office said late Wednesday that the state will file an expedited appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, asking the panel to lift the preliminary injunction preventing several sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from going into effect. ….Read more: azcentral.com

Debate Begins in Senate on Kagan Nomination

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The Senate is debating the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the next Supreme Court Associate Justice. Senate Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) opened the debate and members are expected to speak on the nomination into the evening with more debate over the next few days. Read More C-Span.org

Examiner Editorial: No, Congressman, government does have limits

Examiner Editorial
August 3, 2010

When Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., was told during a July 24 town hall meeting with constituents that he and public officials like him were “destroying this nation,” he smirkingly replied, “And I guess you’re here to save it. And that makes me very uncomfortable.” This derision of a constituent was particularly poignant, considering that the questioner had only asked what limits would remain on the federal government if Congress could get away with passing a bill as destructive of individual rights as Obamacare…..Read more washingtonexaminer.com

You expect Republican politicians to criticize Democratic administrations and vice versa. But when Democrats start criticizing Democratic administrations, that is news. Someone once said that the headline “Dog bites Man” is not news, but “Man bites Dog” is. We are now starting to get “Democrat bites Democrat” news.

Long-time Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen last week took on one of President Barack Obama’s most bitter betrayals of his campaign rhetoric and the high hopes of people who voted for him.

Their op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal dealt with race, and it pulled no punches: “Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies to pursue a similar strategy of racially divisive politics on his behalf….read more washingtonexaminer.com

Rumors of Congressional Democrats privately expressing disapproval of the Obama administration’s actions and policies have been given more credence by such things as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s public criticism of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. But when two long-time Democratic pollsters, Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen, called President Obama “cynical” and “racially divisive,” that was a dramatic statement. It was like saying that the emperor has no clothes.

A much more rhetorically subdued but nevertheless devastating implicit criticism of current government spending policies came from an even more unlikely source: the Congressional Budget Office, whose director is a Democrat.

Without naming names or making political charges, the Congressional Budget Office last week issued a report titled “Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis.” The report’s dry, measured words paint a painfully bleak picture of the long-run dangers from the current runaway government deficits. ….Read more washingtonexaminer.com

In House Ethics Battles, a Partywide Threat

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and CARL

Published: August 1, 2010PuWASHINGTON — By defiantly pushing for full-fledged ethics trials, Representatives Charles B. Rangel and Maxine Waters are raising the prospect of a spectacle focusing on Congressional corruption this fall, just as Democrats are fighting to hold on to their majority in an election already defined by distrust of Washington.

Neither lawmaker, both Democrats, faces electoral jeopardy. Mr. Rangel, who was charged on Thursday by the House ethics committee with 13 violations, including failing to pay taxes on rental income from his Dominican villa, represents a safe district in Harlem. Ms. Waters, who is accused of using her office to help a bank in which her husband owned stock request bailout money, has a similarly secure seat in Los Angeles.

But the tenacity of Mr. Rangel, a 20-term veteran, and Ms. Waters, in her 10th term, in fighting the accusations, puts the interests of these two veteran members of the Congressional Black Caucus at odds with those of their party leaders, particularly the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who famously promised to “drain the swamp” and run “the most ethical Congress in history.” The trials threaten to tarnish Democrats as they try to turn the midterm elections into a choice between keeping them in power or returning to Bush-era policies…Read more NYTimes.com

Poll: Waning support for Obama on wars

By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Public support for President Obama’s Afghanistan war policy has plummeted amid a rising U.S. death toll and the unauthorized release of classified military documents, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.

Support for Obama’s management of the war fell to 36%, down from 48% in a February poll. Now, a record 43% also say it was a mistake to go to war there after the terrorist attacks in 2001.

The decline in support contributed to the lowest approval ratings of Obama’s presidency. Amid a lengthy recession, more Americans support his handling of the economy (39%) than the war.

Even Obama’s handling of the war in Iraq received record-low approval, despite a drawdown of 90,000 troops and the planned, on-schedule end of U.S. combat operations there this month…read more USAToday

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