Today, during a non-campaign campaign stop at the Red Cross, President Obama told the nation something his administration obviously didn’t believe during the seven-hour attack on our consulate in Benghazi (and a nearby annex) on the night of September 11, 2012: That when an “American is in need… we leave nobody behind”:
This is a tough time for a lot of people; millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard, but America’s tougher. And we’re tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of stand together to make sure we’re providing the help that’s necessary
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More of Obama’s war on women, the fallout of Obama’s pro-sharia foreign policy. Much thanks to Assad Elepty for sending this.
EGYPT: Islamists & Salafist attempt to legalise Paedophilia
National Council for Women (NCW) called on Egypt’s Ministry of Interior and security officials in Egypt’s northwestern governorate of Matrouh, Saturday, to take the required action to find Sara Abdel-Malik, a 13-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped in September.
Abdel-Malik’s father had filed a complaint to the the national body for women’s issues, reporting that his teenage daughter was kidnapped after leaving school on 30 September.
According to the father, the girl was kidnapped by a young man who forcibly married her despite the fact that she is still a child.
In the Saturday statement published on their official website, the NCW expressed its complete rejection of child marriage, adding that it is forbidden under Egyptian law. The legal marital age in Egypt is currently 18 years old.
In May, a controversial law lowering the marriage age was put to the now-dissolved People’s Assembly (lower house of parliament), sparking uproar among women’s rights organisations. Similarly, human rights groups and political figures condemned recent calls by Islamist members of Egypt’s Constituent Assembly to reduce the marital age for women to as young as nine years old in the draft constitution.
In addition Article 36 threatens equality between men and women by saying that the state shall ensure equality between men and women as long as it does not conflict with “the rulings of Islamic Sharia” and goes on to say that the state shall ensure that a woman will “reconcile between her duties toward the family and her work in society.” This provision is inconsistent with the provision in the same chapter that prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex. Discrimination against women under Egyptian law, and in particular in family law, is a longstanding problem, but keeping the reference to “rulings of Sharia” in the new constitution would open the door to further regression in women’s rights, Muslim Women are already discriminated against when it comes to matters of inheritance.
In a later interview Makhyoun said on the live TV program Al Ashira Masa2an that in keeping with the tradition of the prophet girls should marry as young as 9. Some Brotherhood members and all Salafi members of parliament are determined to amend Egypt’s child law to lower the marriage age from 18 to 9. One of the frequently criticized forms of human trafficking in Egypt is that young girls from poor families have been trafficked to the Gulf for early marriage.
“It is particularly reprehensible that committee members should bow to pressure to exclude language criminalizing sexual harassment and trafficking of women and children when this is not only a serious crime under international law, and is clearly happening,” Houry said.
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The people in need of the most help today after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, are those living in a number of states along the East Coast that have lost power. And yet, at least according to Politico, while these people had the electricity necessary to get the information needed, neither the White House nor FEMA gave anyone instructions on where to turn for help or where to go for information in the event of a power outage:
When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out.
Despite the heightened expectation of widespread power and cable television failures, everyone from the president to local newscasters seem to expect the public to rely entirely on the Internet and their TVs for vital news and instructions.
Everyone with an IQ above room temperature knew that one of the most crippling effects of Sandy would most certainly be widespread power and cable television outages — and yet, no one in charge at the White House even considered offering up information that included emergency telephone numbers or radio stations:
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This is a contribution by freelance writer Charles C. Johnson.
Michelle Obama attends and promotes a “Black Solidarity” event for guest lecturer Manning Marable, who was, according to Cornel West, probably “the best known black Marxist in the country.” The event is the work of the Third World Center (TWC), a campus group whose board membership is exclusively reserved for minorities.
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