Muslim ex-Marine who shot at Pentagon while shouting “Allahu akbar” claiming mental illness

If shooting at Infidel installations while shouting “Allahu akbar” is a sign of mental illness, then there are plenty more nutcases out there than just Yonathan Melaku. “Ex-Marine who shot at Pentagon claims mental ills,” from the Associated Press, July 11 (thanks to David):

Lawyers for an ex-Marine from Virginia facing 25 years in prison for firing shots at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and other buildings say their client is mentally ill.

Yonathan Melaku of Alexandria pleaded guilty earlier this year to a series of overnight shootings at various military buildings in northern Virginia. No one was injured. As part of a plea deal, he agreed to a 25-year sentence.

In court papers Wednesday, Melaku’s new lawyers ask for a court-ordered mental examination. They say their own psychiatrist, Neil Blumberg, has concluded Melaku is schizophrenic after reviewing his medical records and interviewing him for five hours at the jail.

The motion does not seek to overturn Melaku’s conviction and it is not clear whether any determinations about Melaku’s mental health could affect his guilty plea.

When Melaku entered his plea, his lawyer at the time, Gregory English, requested a mental evaluation so that his client could be placed at the federal medical prison in Butner, N.C. But at the time, English took pains to say that any mental health problems that plagued Melaku did not rise to the level that they called his competency into question.

In Wednesday’s motion, Melaku’s new lawyers, Geoffrey Gitner and Billy Martin, called that assertion “shocking due to the fact that prior counsel failed to ever have Mr. Melaku examined by a psychiatrist or other mental health practitioner.”…

Prosecutors have previously said they have no reason to believe Melaku was suffering from any serious mental health issues at the time of the shootings.

Melaku was arrested last year when he was spotted after dark in Arlington National Cemetery with a backpack containing potential explosives material and notations referring to jihad and Osama bin Laden. That arrest set off a security scare in and around the Pentagon.

The evidence against Melaku includes a video that he made in which he is seen firing shots at the National Museum of the Marine Corps as he drives by from Interstate 95, where the museum is easily visible. In the video, Melaku shouts “God is Great!” in Arabic and talks about targeting the museum and “turning it off permanently.”

The overnight shootings in October and November of 2010 twice targeted the Marine Corps museum and once each targeted the Pentagon and military recruiting stations in Woodbridge and Chantilly….

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Rock band with message defeats city’s blackball attempt

A rock band with a powerful message to teens about making the right choices in their lives has overcome an Iowa town’s blackball attempt, and now is announcing a return to Dunkerton later this month.

The controversy erupted earlier this year when Junkyard Prophet, whose leader, Bradlee Dean, has the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry, appeared at the local school.

WND reported at the time the resulting furor included a warning from the fire chief that he would close the town’s roads down in order to keep the band from returning.

Dean told WND the controversy erupted when media started reporting on the band’s visit. He contends that he and his band performed, presented their message of making good choices, visited with students and then left, without hearing any concerns.

He said complaints, like that from a mother who said, “They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42,” were based on distortions.

In fact, Jake MacAulay, a spokesman for the band, had said that the average age of death of a homosexual male is 42 years.

Now, according to a statement from the ministry, Dean will return to Dunkerton for a speaking event at the city’s library during the Dunkerton Days fest on July 28.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and space is limited.

The discussion was scheduled after the city tried to ban members of the ministry team from returning.

“After inquiry by a national First Amendment/religious freedom organization, cooler heads prevailed, and the city agreed not to censor Bradlee Dean,” the group has announced. “The past distortion will be dealt with at a speaking event to take place during the Dunkerton Days celebration at the Dunkerton City Library on July 28th, 2012.”

“Agree with Bradlee or not, it matters to everyone when all government-sponsored speaking venues in an entire town, including the school district, refuse to rent meeting space to a group because of its beliefs and message,” said a statement from the ministry.

The city reversed its position when officials with Liberty Counsel wrote the city, pointing out that the law did not allow officials to censor someone based on their opinions or perspective.

Read and see more here.

DirectTV, in dispute with Viacom, drops 17 stations from lineup

Channels such as Nick at Night, Comedy Central, Spike TV, and MTV went dark just before midnight as DirectTV stopped broadcasting 17 channels owned by Viacom.

At issue; Viacom’s insistence for what DirectTV calls a “30% increase” in fees which Viacom says is only “pennies per day” for each customer.

Washington Post:

“We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DirecTV customers to pay more than a 30 percent increase,” Derek Chang, DirecTV’s executive vice president of content, strategy and development, said in the statement sent late yesterday New York time. “Viacom sent us a letter last night that outlined our obligations to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action.”

The standoff marks the latest fee tussle between a pay-TV provider and program supplier. Such fights have blacked out millions of subscribers in recent years, including 14 million Dish Network Corp. customers who lost access to AMC Networks Inc. last month. Viacom said on its blog that its programs amount to 20 percent of the audience at DirecTV. DirecTV cited falling ratings at Viacom’s channels.

“It has been inconceivable that any distributor could drop Viacom’s networks, mostly because of Nickelodeon,” Todd Juenger, a Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst in New York, wrote in a note in June. “But ratings are down, often significantly, at networks representing 71 percent of Viacom affiliate fees.”

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DirecTV dropped Viacom’s channels about 10 minutes before midnight with no warning, Viacom executive Mark Jafar said in a blog post. He said DirecTV “refused to engage in meaningful conversation.”

“We are deeply disappointed that DirecTV dropped Viacom’s channels before our midnight deadline this evening, severing our connection with its nearly 20 million subscribers nationwide,” Jafar said. “We proposed a fair deal that amounted to an increase of only a couple pennies per day, per subscriber, and we remained willing to negotiate that deal right up to this evening’s deadline.”

In its own posting, DirecTV said Viacom demanded a 30 percent increase in fees over the term of a new contract, amounting to more than $1 billion in additional costs. Viacom said its fees account for less than 5 percent of the satellite service’s programming expenses, and that DirecTV “enjoyed way below market rates for Viacom’s networks for a very long time.”

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Food stamps

You do realize that the largest welfare program after Medicaid is food stamps, don’t you? When the program began in the 1970s, one out of every fifty American was on food stamps. That number is now one out of every seven Americans who are reliant on food stamps. A total of 46 million Americans are now on food stamps, an increase of 17 million just since 2008.

This recent dramatic increase is by design. From April 2010:

Last week, D.C. officials announced a major change in the income and assets limitations that will greatly expand the number of families that qualify for food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These new standards are part of a nationwide effort promoted by the Obama administration to broaden the availability of food stamps amid one of the worst recessions in modern times.

On top of that, a pledge by Obama that flew pretty under the radar was to eliminate childhood hunger by 2015. What is one way to achieve that? Food stamps.

Let the propaganda campaign kick into gear.

The USDA went on a tear to make sure that food stamp recipients didn’t feel as though they were being stigmatized when using their government handouts. They had retailers put up signs, “‘We Welcome SNAP Benefits.” They also created a SNAP retailer locator, where fellow moocher could find which stores nearby accepted their stolen money.

They suggested that people host SNAP parties and play games like Bingo, to make others aware of the benefits and get your friends on the government dole as well.

They are running commercials, making it sound cool and normal to be on food stamps. In this commercial, going as far as to say that signing up for food stamps can make you look and feel your best. Being a moocher never looked so good!

So we’ve opened up access to this entitlement and promoted it as if it were something that is cool and normal. Seventeen million more Americans sign up in the last few years under Barack Obama and then all of the sudden, when you try to cut the budget for food stamps … you can’t do that! These people NEED this money! Democrat Jim Clyburn just yesterday said that cuts to SNAP programs would be an “abomination.” He says, “We all are trying to make a good future for our children, our grandchildren and our country and we know full well that in order for our kids to be educated properly they must be fed appropriately.” A future reliant on the government … that seems to be the American dream for many libs and proggies: Educated by the government, fed by the government, sheltered by the government, administered healthcare by the government … that is the Democrat vision of the American dream.

Now all the Democrats have to do is step up to a mic and say, “Vote for the Republicans and they’ll take away your food stamps!” See how quickly that happened?

Thousands fled Canada for health care in 2011

A Canadian study released Wednesday found that many provinces in our neighbor to the north have seen patients fleeing the country and opting for medical treatment in the United States.

The nonpartisan Fraser Institute reported that 46,159 Canadians sought medical treatment outside of Canada in 2011, as wait times increased 104 percent — more than double — compared with statistics from 1993.

Specialist physicians surveyed across 12 specialties and 10 provinces reported an average total wait time of 19 weeks between the time a general practitioner refers a patient and the time a specialist provides elective treatment — the longest they have ever recorded.

In 2011, Canadians enrolled in the nation’s government-dominated health service waited long periods of time for an estimated 941,321 procedures. As many as 2.8 percent of Canadians were waiting for treatment at any given time, according to the Institute.

“In some cases, these patients needed to leave Canada due to a lack of available resources or a lack of appropriate procedure/technology,” according to the Institute. “In others, their departure will have been driven by a desire to return more quickly to their lives, to seek out superior quality care, or perhaps to save their own lives or avoid the risk of disability.”

Increases in the number of patients leaving Canada for treatment were seen in seven of the ten Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Some of these patients will have been sent out of country by the public health care system due to a lack of available resources or the fact that some procedures or equipment are not provided
in their home jurisdiction,” the report concluded.

“Others will have chosen to leave Canada in response to concerns about quality … to avoid some of the adverse medical consequences of waiting for care such as worsening of their condition, poorer outcomes following treatment, disability, or death … or simply to avoid delay.”

Canada’s median wait time for treatment after consultation with a specialist also increased in 2011, from 9.3 weeks to 9.5 weeks. The Fraser Institute’s report concluded that the nation’s doctors don’t like the status quo any more than their patients..

“[P]hysicians themselves believe that Canadians wait nearly 3 weeks longer than what they consider is clinically ‘reasonable’ for elective treatment after an appointment with a specialist,” according to the report.

Read more here.

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House votes to repeal Obamacare

The House voted again Wednesday to repeal the 2010 healthcare reform law, giving Republicans some revenge against the late June Supreme Court ruling that found the law to be constitutional.

Members approved the bill in a 244-185 vote, after five hours of debate that stretched over two days.

As expected, just a handful of Democrats supported the GOP repeal bill. Five Democrats, Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Mike Ross (Ark.), sided with Republicans in the final vote. Of this group, all but Matheson voted with the GOP in a procedural vote on the bill Tuesday.

‘Take the Change and Stick It Out of Sight’: Hear Hank Williams’ Defiant Attack on Obama In His New Album