For good and/or ill, the Koch brothers do not represent the conservative powerhouse that the media often presents to us.
Mediaite came up with a headline for one of the two siblings: “David Koch Supports Gay Marriage, Pot Legalization, And Ending Wars — And You Shouldn’t Be Surprised.”
Thursday afternoon, POLITICO reported that billionaire industrialist David Koch, the oft-vilified bankroller of groups aimed at electing Mitt Romney and many Republican congressman, supports many libertarian positions that are antithetical to the Republican Party.
While this may come as a surprise to many, it’s actually quite well-known that the Kochs are socially liberal and fiscally conservative — a.k.a., “libertarian”. Koch was the 1980 vice presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party who campaigned on things like drug legalization and a non-interventionist foreign policy.
“I believe in gay marriage,” Koch told POLITICO. When reminded that Romney and the GOP oppose gay marriage, Koch said, “Well, I disagree with that.”
Koch also said that he believes the U.S. military should withdraw from the Middle East and that Congress should cut defense spending and weigh some possible tax increases as a means to balancing the budget — stances that are distinct from the Republican Party line.
“I think it’s essential to be able to achieve spending reductions and maybe it’s going to require some tax increases,” he said. “We got to come close to balancing the budget; otherwise, we’re in a terrible deep problem.” On why he would cut defense spending, Koch said: “Probably every federal department has to take cuts in my opinion. We have to spread it around.”
The fact that Koch holds these very un-Republican views… really isn’t news.
I’m not happy that David Koch is promoting homosexual marriage. But why are the Koch brothers constantly treated like they are leaders of the Tea Party? How does the media manage to talk about the Koch brothers so much and yet leave a completely false impression in the minds of readers?
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So. The Muslim Brotherhood front group Hamas-CAIR has decided to build and “islamophobic” website and design a hit list in the same manner as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate list.” The new site is Islamophobia(dot)com.
According to the website, “Islamophobia is closed-minded prejudice against or hatred of Islam and Muslims. An Islamophobe is an individual who holds a closed-minded view of Islam and promotes prejudice against or hatred of Muslims.”
The problem with such an assertion is nicely summed up by Ned May of the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) when he said that to use the term “Islamophobia” is “a violation of logic.”
He blasted the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in 2013 saying that the word “fails solely to inclusion of the word ‘unfounded.’ Thus, well-founded fear, mistrust or hatred of Islam does not constitute Islamophobia.”
He also went on to point out, “Millions of non-Muslims have very real reasons to fear Islam and Muslim violence, and cannot reasonably be described as ‘Islamaphobes,” he said. “Furthermore, any investigation into the fear of Islam, is denounced as ‘Islamophobia.’ Thus, the definition of Islamophobia is circular, a violation of logic.”
This doesn’t stop the irrational members of CAIR, who follow the murderous founder of Islam, Mohamed. The CAIR site also claims that it envisions “a time when being Muslim carries a positive connotation and Islam has an equal place among many faiths in America’s pluralistic society.”
Sorry, but Islam does not deserve an “equal” place among many faiths. In fact, the Bible teaches the only true faith. Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no man comes to the Father but by Him. He doesn’t make room for “other” faiths. There is no king, but King Jesus!
Let’s consider the closed-mindedness of Islam. Their own book shows that they are against Christians and all infidels (non-Muslim believers. Their own history demonstrates that they believe they are superior and that they have the right to destroy all those who will not name the name of Allah and recognize the demonically possessed, thieving, murderer Mohamed as a true prophet. Here’s what CAIR is really all about. Trust me, you will want to watch this.
The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, had to deal with the Islamists in the Barbary Wars, understanding that these people could not be reasoned with.
We’ve seen how the Europeans have appeased the followers of Islam, but many have recently taken to the streets to rid their land of these totalitarian devils. The question now is, when are Americans going to amass in the street to put this ideology where it belongs? As Dr. Rich Swier rightly points out, this is nothing more than a “hit list for Islamic State lone wolves,” similar to the of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose alleged “hate list” has been used to target conservative groups. The most recent target was the Family Research Council back in August of 2012, when gunman Floyd Lee Corkins II entered the FRC and planned on killing as many people as possible and smearing Chick-fil-a sandwiches in their faces because of their stance against homosexuality.
Funny, I don’t see Corkins’ name on the SPLC hate list, do you? He’s their poster boy one would think. After all, he didn’t do what he did out of love, did he? He did it out of… hate.
Here’s the list given by Hamas-CAIR at their website. Your’s truly apparently didn’t make the cut for some odd reason, but plenty of others did, and God has given them a place to speak out against the Mohammedan death cult.
Allen West A former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Allen believes, “Islam does not coexist.”
Ann Coulter A conservative commentator who suggested that “we should invade their [Muslim] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”
Ashraf Rameleh A member of the board of directors of Stop Islamization of Nations. When speaking about the September 11th attacks he said “they are not terrorists, they are jihad. They are for the Quran.”
Babu Suseelani a member of the board of directors of Stop Islamization of Nations. In 2012 Suseelan told an audience “If we do not kill the bacteria, the bacteria will kill us. Muslims will breed like rats and they will be a majority.”
Bill Maher Bill Maher hosts a political satire program, Real Time with Bill Maher, on HBO. Despite his claim to hold progressive opinions, Maher consistently demonizes and stigmatizes the Muslim community.
Brian Kilmeade A Fox News Channel commentator. In June 2013, Kilmeade told a leader of the English Defence League, an anti-Muslim group known for violent protests, “We got your back.”
Brigitte Gabriel The head of Act for America. Gabriel has said, “America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam.”
Bryan Fischer The director of issues analysis at the American Family Association. According to Fischer, “Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam.”
Carl Goldberg A member of the Arizona chapter of Act for America. According to an announcement for an October 2013 event, Goldberg can prove that “Islam is not just a religion but also a totalitarian and imperialistic ideology.”
Clare Lopez Lopez is the vice president for issues and analysis at the Center for Security Policy. She also a board member at the Clarion Project. In 2013, Lopez told an audience, “When people in other bona fide religions follow their doctrines they become better people — Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews. When Muslims follow their doctrine, they become jihadists.”
Cliff Kincaid A member of the board of directors of Stop Islamization of Nations. In 2013, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the United States, listed Kincad among the “30 new activists heading up the radical right.”
Constance Gavras The director of the Illinois chapter of Act for America.
Daniel Pipes The founder and director of the Middle East Forum. Pipes is also connected to the National Review, Clarion Project, and Washington Times. Pipes is the grandfather of Islamophobia in the United States. In 1990 he wrote, “Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene…All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.”
Dave Agema A former Michigan state legislator, Agema now represents his state as a national committeeman of the Republican National Committee. In early 2014, Agema made anti-Muslim comments on his Facebook account: “Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?
David Horowitz The founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that tracks hate in the United States, names Horowitz “the godfather of the modern anti-Muslim movement.”
David Yerushalmi A co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center and employee of the Center for Security Policy. Yerushalmi beleives, “Our greatest enemy today is Islam.”
Debbie Anderson The leader of the Minneapolis chapter of ACT for America.
Debbie Robinson A member of the president’s council of Stop Islamization of Nations. Robinson’s Q Society of Australia asserts, “Islam is not just another religion, but also a totalitarian ideology with a global agenda.”
Dorrie O’Brien O’Brien acts as a national mentor for ACT for America. According to O’Brien “Islam…is a poisoned well.”
Frank Gaffney The founder and president of the Center for Security Policy. Gaffney is also connected to the Washington Times, and Clarion Project. Gaffney has advocated renewing the House Un-American Activities Committee, a discredited McCarthy-era congressional committee that President Truman once described as “the most un-American thing in the country today.”
Glenn Beck Beck hosts the Glenn Beck show on the Blaze. In February, 2011, Beck hosted anti-Muslim speaker Joel Richardson on his Fox News program and the two “tied Islam to the Antichrist in the new testament.”
Guy Rodgers The executive director of ACT for America. In 2010, Rodgers “contended that Muslims should be treated differently because their legal system is inherently flawed.”
James Lafferty Originally known for his work with the Virginia Anti-Shariah Taskforce, Lafferty is now with both the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Jihad Watch.
State Rep. John Bennett of Oklahoma (R-Sallisaw) According to Bennett, Islam is “a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.”
John Guandolo The founder of Understanding the Threat. Guandolo is a former FBI agent who trains law enforcement officers to believe in conspiracy theories such as his beleif that CIA Director Brennan is a secret Muslim.
Jonathan Matusitz The membership director for the central Florida chapter of Act for America and a professor at the University of Central Florida. Matusitz claims that Muslims “procreate like mushrooms after the rain” and that “the problem is Islam.”
Kamal Saleem A board member of Former Muslims United. In October 2012, Right Wing Watch posted a video of Saleem and noted that in that video, “Saleem alleged that Obama’s top speech writer and Sasha and Malia’s babysitter are both Islamic fundamentalists that are wielding secret power.”
Kevin Carroll A member of the president’s council of Stop Islamization of Nations.
Lauren Green An anchor on the Fox News Channel.
Mano Bakh A key individual with the California group Concerned American Citizens. On its website, the group asserts, “The real source of the devastating 9/11 attack is the Islamic Ideology as prescribed in Quran.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) A Minnesota Republican, Bachmann is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In June 2012, Bachmann led a group of House Republicans on a series of five letters to federal inspectors alleging that the Muslim Brotherhood was infiltrating the U.S. government. The allegations primarily centered on an aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and were soundly rejected by Republican leadership.
Mike Huckabee A host on the Fox News Channel and former governor of Arkansas. Huckabee referred to Islam as the “antithesis of the gospel of Christ.” He also seemed to compare Muslim prayer being allowed in a church to the showing of pornographic films.
Nina Cunningham Cunningham serves on the boards of many anti-Islam organizations, including the Center for Security Policy, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and also the Clarion Project.
Nonie Darwish A founder of Former Muslims United. Darwish asserts that “Islam should be fought and should be conquered and defeated and annihilated.”
Pamela Geller The cautic mouthpiece of the U.S. Islamophobia network, Geller believes, “Hitler was inspired by Islam.”She blogs atAtlas Shrugs and is a leader with the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Jihad Watch, and Stop the Islamization of Nations. Note: Geller also heads Stop Islamization of America, but this entity is identified as an AFDI project.
Rep. Peter King (R-.N.Y.) Peter King represents a district centered in New York’s, Long Island. He served as chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee from 2010-2012. King has maintained that “80%, 85% of the mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists,” and that average Muslims “are loyal,” but “don’t come forward, they don’t tell the police what they know”. Additionally in 2007, Representative King said, “Unfortunately, we have too many mosques in this country.”
Richard Swier Swier is the director of the Sarasota, Fla. chapter of ACT for America.
Rick Joyner Joyner is the president of the Oak Initiative. He is also the founder/director of Morningstar Ministries and the founder/director of Heritage National Ministries. He has authored more than forty books. His book The Harvest lays out some of his views on Islam: “Islamic terrorists will permeate the West with teams that target Christian organizations and leaders. This is in preparation for an Islamic assault upon the entire world. They will compile computer data on every Christian leader who has any kind of extra-local influence (i.e. newsletters, television or radio outreach).
Robert “Raphael” Shore A member of Clarion Project’s board of directors.
Robert Spencer A prolific member of the U.S. Islamophobia network, Spencer runs the Jihad Watch web site and is also connected with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and Stop Islamization of Nations. Spencer has referred to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as a “con man. Someone who is knowing [sic] that what he is saying is false, but is fooling his followers.” In the same video he asserts, “From a historical standpoint, it is not even clear that Muhammad existed.”
Roger Ailes Ailes is the president and CEO of Fox News Channel. According to a source who spoke to Rolling Stone, “He has a personal paranoia about people who are Muslim — which is consistent with the ideology of his network.”
Ryan Mauro Mauro is a staff member at the Clarion Project.
Sam Kharoba Kharoba is the founder of the Counter Terrorism Operations Center. He claims to have trained “over 20,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers. Kharoba has no formal academic degrees in Islamic studies and no experience in law enforcement. His only claim of any qualification is that he has a pre-university level certificate in Arabic culture, but Arabic culture is not Islam; in fact, only 20 percent of the world’s Muslims are Arabs. Upon review, it was found that large sections of Kharoba’s training manual were word-for-word identical to unreliable web-based sources. The investigation found his most common source was Wikipedia.
Scott Saunders Saunders is affilliated with the Virginia Beach, Va. chapter of Act for America.
Shalom Lewis Shalom Lewis is a cleric at the Congregation Etz Chaim synagogue in Marietta, Georgia. Etz Chaim’s website states Lewis “generates a caring warmth”, but his hateful speech about Islam is alarming and barbaric.
Stephanie Reis Reis is the Virginia State Director for Act for America. In 2010, as part of her welcome message for ACT’s Oklahoma chapter, Reis wrote, “The ideology, politics and religion of Islam has one purpose – to bring the world into submission to Islam and under its laws.”
Stephen Coughlin Now a fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Coughlin holds the beleif that belief that Islam “obligates Muslims to use violence in the name of spreading or defending the faith.”
Steven Crowder A Fox News Channel commentator, Crowder alleges “the real problem is the Quran.”
Steven Emerson The founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Upon reviewing a book he wrote, the New York Times determined that Emerson has “an unfamiliarity with the Middle East and a pervasive anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian bias”.
Timothy Wildmon The president of the American Family Association, Wildmon has said, “[Islam] is, in fact, a religion of war, violence, intolerance, and physical persecution of non-Muslims.”
Tommy Robinson A member of the president’s council of Stop Islamization of America. Founder of the English Defence League (EDL), Robinson was jailed in 2013 for “having entered the United States illegally using someone else’s passport” and again in 2014 for mortgage fraud.
Tom Trento Trento is the founder and director of The United West. He believes mosques exist to wage a “cultural jihad” against America.
Usama Dakdok According to the web site of Dakdok’s Straight Way of Grace Ministry one of the group’s goals is to “expose Islam for what it is, and yes it is worse than a cancer, and this can be shown clearly in the reading of the Qur’an and theHadith.”
Wafa Sultan Sultan is connected to both Former Muslims United and Stop Islamization of Nations. She says, “I don`t see any difference between radical Islam and regular Islam…You cannot be American and Muslim at the same time.”
Walid Shoebat The founder of the Forum for Middle East Understanding, Shoebat is the author of “The case for Islamophobia,” a book published in March 2013. Shoebat’s training and speaking events are promoted using his credentials and his “background” as a former PLO terrorist who converted to Christianity. In 2011, CNN researchers “found no evidence” to support Shoebat’s trademark claim of being a “former PLO terrorist.”
Former Lieutenant General William Boykin A board member of the Oak Initiative. Boykin asserts that “[Islam] should not be protected under the First Amendment,” that there should be “no mosques in America,” that Islam is a “totalitarian way of life,” and that there can be no interfaith dialogue or cooperation between Muslims and Christians.
Zuhdi Jasser Jasser is founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a board member of the Clarion Project under Jasser’s leadership, AIFD is embedded with groups that are dedicated to spreading false information, fear, and distrust of Islam and Muslims.
While I cannot speak as to who all of these people are, one thing is for sure, this is nothing more than intimidation against them. Hamas-CAIR be warned that if any of these people are attacked physically in any way, you will be held accountable for it. I can tell you this though, since it is a hit list, I stand alongside such men as Marine veteran Nick Powers, who said if there is an attack on us, “there will be no mercy.” There, you’ve been warned!
*For more about CAIR, visit TruthAboutCAIR.com.
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When Dr. Thomas M. Kerkering of Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine returned in late September after volunteering at an Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone, he adhered closely to the routine established by other medical professionals. He checked his temperature twice a day and avoided shaking hands with people and hugging even family members….
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(BusinessInsider) While conducting a separate experiment, a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins and the University of Nebraska accidentally discovered something unexpected and potentially disturbing.
A virus was living in the mouths and throats of a good portion of the people in the study, a virus that the researchers didn’t think was capable of infecting humans. Worse still, it seemed to be slowing some of the subjects’ mental abilities, especially their ability to process visual information.
The surprising part about this for researchers was that a microscopic organism that we thought could infect only algae — plants — was living in about 40% of the small number of people tested.
Can you successfully pass the Maria Shriver challenge?
This was in October of 2008, and it’s a real toughie:
Shriver’s #TBT pic proved a lot has changed since 2008. Back then the liberal media was mocking the Palins, and now some are just fondly remembering the time they liked to mock the Palins. Others are still at it though.
A new study proves that Obamacare raised premiums for insurance in all but six states, and raised them the most in some of the most populous states.
As I’ve already posted, the New York Times and USA Today have both recently shown how medical expenses are rising out of reach of the middle class. The New York Times has also reported that people are avoiding medical care because they can no longer afford it; their out of pocket expenses or co-pays are too high.
Now here is more news from Forbes.com: “Now There Can Be No Doubt: Obamacare Has Increased Non-Group Premiums In Nearly All States.”
…a new study from the well-respected and non-partisan National Bureau of Economic Research (and published by Brookings Institution), overcomes the limitations of these prior studies by examining what happened to premiums in the entire non-group market. The bottom line? In 2014, premiums in the non-group market grew by 24.4% compared to what they would have been without Obamacare. Of equal importance, this careful state-by-state assessment showed that premiums rose in all but 6 states (including Washington DC).
…unlike prior studies which simply compared pre-Obamacare premiums in 2013 to actual premiums offered on Exchanges in 2014, this new study isolates the causal impact of Obamacare statistically by using trend data in each state to figure out what non-group premiums in 2014 would have been in the absence of Obamacare. Thus, critics could dismiss many other so-called “pre-/post” studies by effectively saying “Well, premiums in the non-group have always gone up by a large amount, so what’s happening under Obamacare is no different.” Such criticisms cannot be levied at this study. All of the percentage changes shown in the chart below represent the net change attributable to Obamacare after accounting for all the other factors that would have made premiums go up.
Obamacare is spiking insurance premiums the most (over 35 percent) in some of our most populous states (California and Texas). The subsidies only cover about half the people and, of course, higher premiums mean higher debt or taxes or both to pay the subsidies.
Obamacare took a bad insurance situation (perhaps) and made it much worse (beyond doubt).
A couple of days ago, an article was posted by Aaron MacLean entitled “Pressure Grows for Marines to Lower Standards for Women.”
Naturally, I was intrigued and concerned. Heck, anyone who understands the job of our military should be concerned by that headline. One doesn’t have to have served to get that the military has high standards for a reason.
The article has to do with the Marine IOC (Infantry Officer Course) and its initial CET (Combat Endurance Test). Actually, the article has more to do with military being increasingly run as a social experiment rather than a fighting force.
MacLean reports the 24 women had attempted the CET and none made it all the way through.
The Marines, along with the other branches, are being pushed to introduce women into combat roles, so when three women (not part of the original 24) made it through the initial stage, the news was widely reported and heralded. Yet, when all three of the women were dropped for not meeting later physical requirements, MacLean found but one report – the Christian Science Monitor.
The three women, as well as three men, failed on a 9 mile hike. They had, according to the Monitor report, three hours to move 9 miles caring 124 pound packs. After falling behind for a second time, they were out.
The military does not discriminate. If you can’t do the job – you’re out. It’s that simple.
But, in today’s feminized society, that’s not good enough. MacLean writes that groups from Washington are pressuring the Marines into lowering their standards.
Sound familiar? Over the years we’ve all heard reports of police and fire departments standards being lowered to recruit more women.
Within the military ranks, no one is complaining—or those who are number very few. It is, as it always is, outside agitators like the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) trying to stir things up.
MacLean adds that the SWAN activists’ complaints about the procedures of the school indicate that they are perfectly happy to alter and lower the quality of training to achieve their goal.
But this nonsense didn’t happen overnight. In fact, in 1999, Phyllis Schlafly penned a column entitled, “The Feminization of the US Military.” She wrote: “For 25 years, the feminists have been demanding a gender-neutral military. What they really want is for feminists to give the orders, with the men cowed into submission, and Bill Clinton is helping them to pursue their goal.”
One example she cited was, “At Minot Air Force Base, N.D., the practice is to send two officers down to the base of the missile silo, where they spent 24 to 48 hours secluded in a space about the size of a school bus, with one bed and one bathroom behind a curtain. The Minot missile force has 250 men and 83 women, resulting in the high probability of mixed gender two-person crews. Lieut. Ryan Berry, a Catholic and married, objected to being so cozy for so long with a woman not his wife. He was punished by his commanding officer, who spouted the feminist mantra that ‘equal opportunity’ is the Air Force’s top priority.”
Really? That’s the mission? And here I thought it was to kill the enemy and break things. Guess I’d better get “in step.” Schlafly put it a bit more eloquently, saying that, “The purpose of the military is to defend Americans against the bad guys of the world. The warrior culture, with tough, all-male training, is what attracts young men into the armed services and motivates them to sacrifice personal comfort and safety while serving their country in uniform.”
Her conclusion is even more applicable today than it was in 1999. “Most of this destructive social experimentation to create a gender-neutral military has been implemented, not by law, but by executive orders and regulations.” Sound familiar?
“We need a real man in the White House with the courage to stand up against the radical feminists. Which of our aspiring Commanders-in-Chief will promise to overturn the feminist agenda and rebuild our once great military into what it used to be: a fighting force that can defend America?”
I couldn’t have put it better myself, and with the 2016 presidential election season beginning the day after the midterms, we should start asking our prospects now.
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Zo’s tired of the #BlackLivesMatter folks protesting their situation, while voting Democrat. To follow in Malcolm X’s footsteps, stop voting for the lefties! via AlfonzoRachel
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(FOX NEWS) As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned.
The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield.
The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.
Freshman congressman John Delaney (D-MD) recently went negative on his challenger Dan Bongino with hackneyed cliche’s including accusing Dan of being part of the “war on women.” We suppose that’s what happens when you have no accomplishments to run on.
Dan responded via social media in his usual style.