Good news .. and congratulations to our military and the CIA. Apparently they got this SOB with a drone. Now he’s with Osama in hell. Too bad he couldn’t see the little missile bearing down on his raggedy self.
When someone sneezes, a common response is, “God bless you.” But one California teacher finds this statement so offensive and disruptive that he’s working to cut back on its usage in the classroom.
Steve Cuckovich, a health teacher at William C. Wood High School in Vacaville, California, has attempted to banish the friendly gesture, as he believes it is both disrespectful and disruptive. To punish students who do, indeed, say “God bless you” after one of their classmates sneezes, he purportedly knocks 25 points off of their grade.
While this story may seem unbelievable at first glance, Cuckovich, himself, has commented on the classroom ban. According to KFSN, he says that the policy isn’t about religion. He simply believes that the gesture is outdated and that it is disruptive. He says:
“When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So they were saying, ‘god bless you’ for getting rid of evil spirits. But today, I said what you‘re doing doesn’t really make any sense anymore.”
Read more here.
There has been a disturbing trend of late. As the world faces crisis and a poor economic outlook on the heels of the Great Recession and on the verge of worse, there are a growing calls for less democracy. The elites that got us into the mess in the first place seem to be those calling for more control so that they can implement their magic plans that have yet to be revealed.
Yesterday the governor of North Carolina, Democrat Bev Perdue speaking at a Rotary Club meeting said, “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover.” Peter Orszag, President Obama’s former director of the Office of Management & Budget, penned an article in the New Republic as well, entitled ” Too Much of A Good Thing – Why we need less democracy”. His thesis is that gridlock has impaired the government’s ability to act decisively in addressing the economic crisis.
In today’s New York Times, writer Nicholas Kulish conflates the dissatisfaction with the political class for a dissatisfaction with the democratic process. The establishment has decided that it is democracy that is the problem, not the actions of those in power.
In California, the redistricting process mandated by a ballot initiative was hijacked by Democratic Party activists who set in stone a new electoral map remarkably similar to the one previously written in the State Politburo. The president’s health care plan was passed by decidedly undemocratic means, rammed through on Christmas Eve without having been read by a single member of Congress.
In the White House itself, there is a legion of czars who have never faced scrutiny and who make the decisions that affect millions of jobs outside the authority of the constitutionally mandated Cabinet. The imperialization of the presidency has been accelerated like never before under the current administration.
And now that the policies of the government look to be failing, and with the popularity of the president and his party at historic lows, they have resorted to an assault on the democratic process. How ironic that the party of Jefferson now finds itself yearning for the Directorate of revolutionary France.
Protesters occupy Wall Street today looking for justice and equality in the face of a financial meltdown where there has been no accountability. One may question their politics and motivations, but the facts stand in evidence that criminal malfeasance almost brought down our economy and still the casino mentality holds sway. Our society has become oligarchic. There are more laws about accountability, and yet there is less accountability than at any time in memory. There buck stops somewhere out in the indeterminate there.
And yet government continues to accrue power. As old bureaucracies such as FNMA and the Post Office demonstrate the incompetence of our government, it has created new ones focused upon control such as the Department of Homeland Security. We are militarizing our law enforcement agencies even as they create their own crises such as Fast & Furious. These are very disturbing trends.
At a time when more people than ever from across the political spectrum are questioning authority the people in authority are questioning democracy itself.
The literature and history of the republic is replete with warnings by the Founding Fathers against authoritarianism. Benjamin Franklin famously stated after the Constitutional Convention when asked about our form of government, “A Republic, if you can keep it”. Jefferson said “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” People fear government today more than at any time in our history.
When leading public officials question the fundamental principles that have served our country so well and use our institutions to further a statist agenda with no accountability, we at risk of losing our basic human rights.
We don’t want to say his nationality or religion. That might set off the PC Brigades who constantly remind us that White Christians are terrorists too and identifying a Muslim as a terrorist is unfair and only gets people mad at worshipers of Allah.
True. And it’s also true that White Christians can be terrorists too. In this case, however – as in 99% of all terrorist plots – the perp just happens to be a Muslim.
The plans focused on the use of three small remote-controlled drone-like aircraft loaded with C-4 plastic explosives, which he planned to fly into the Capitol and the Pentagon using GPS equipment, according to the DOJ.
The DOJ stressed that the public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which it said were controlled at all times by undercover FBI officials who closely monitored Ferdaus as he allegedly developed his plot.
According to the DOJ, Ferdaus aimed to create a devastating psychological impact with the attacks, saying at one point, “I just can’t stop; there is no other choice for me.”
“During a June 2011 meeting, he appeared gratified when he was told that his first phone detonation device had killed three U.S. soldiers and injured four or five others in Iraq,” according to the DOJ. “Ferdaus responded, ‘That was exactly what I wanted.'”
Last week, Ferdaus gave the FBI agents a training video he made demonstrating how to make cellphone detonators, authorities said.
According to the DOJ, a focal point of Ferdaus’s plots revolved around “jihad” and his desire to carry out the will of Allah.
Note the word jihad in scare quotes – as if it really doesn’t exist and can be safely put out of mind as a motivation for the plot.
Oh – and don’t forget. Not all Muslims are terrorists:
The U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Carmen M. Ortiz, stressed that any underlying religious motives to Ferdaus’s actions should not reflect on the Muslim culture at-large.
“I want the public to understand that Mr. Ferdaus’s conduct, as alleged in the complaint, is not reflective of a particular culture, community or religion,” Ortiz said.
“In addition to protecting our citizens from the threats and violence alleged today, we also have an obligation to protect members of every community, race and religion against violence and other unlawful conduct,” he said.
Still waiting for the moderate Muslims to weigh in, except that the US attorney pretty much took the words right out of their mouths. They will condemn the terrorist but reiterate what the US attorney was careful to point out; don’t judge us by the actions of the worst of us; judge us by the actions of all of us.
Fair enough. When I hear an unqualified condemnation of not only the actions of this terrorist, but all Islamic terrorism, I will judge the Muslim community in America as being worthy of admiration and support.
n less tumultuous times, we might be able to ignore the rantings and ravings of a few hundred Muslim extremists at an annual conference in Chicago pushing for the restoration of the caliphate.
But with riots breaking out around the world, Greece ready to default, the dark turn of the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street protestors chipping away at the foundations of capitalism, a new GBTV special shows we must recognize the threat posed by the Khilafa conference speakers and their audience.
Vigilance and awareness are especially important considering this vulnerable time in the West. As the U.S. economy teeters on the brink of another major recession, America’s influence in the Muslim world is dwindling, and many see this as time to push radical change.
For the members of the extremist group Hizb u-Tahrir who run the Khilafah conference, the dream of a caliphate has never appeared closer to reality. Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia are up for grabs. Yemen and Syria could be next. Islamization appears on the rise, and Hizb u-Tahrir is trying to hasten America’s collapse.
Read more here.