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Huma Abedin Weiner

By Troy and Lee Caffey

Through all the talk about Anthony Weiner we have mostly listened to jokes about his private parts and his name. His wife was often mentioned as a victim to his online tomfoolery. Today I want to talk about his wife, Huma Abedin Weiner.

In 1996, while Bill Clinton was president, he and Hillary met Huma while on a trip to Saudi Arabia. It’s unclear what transpired, but she ended up in Washington DC with close ties to the Clintons. We now know she is Secretary State Hillary Clinton’s deputy Chief of Staff. This is a very sensitive position so we would think Huma was well vetted.

Huma Abedin Weiner is a devout Muslim. Her brother, Hassan, works at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies (OCIS) at Oxford University . He has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian Al-Azhar University, is well known for a curriculum that encourages extremism and terrorism, and is active in establishing links with OCIS.

Huma’s mother is co-founder of the Dar El-Hekma women’s college in Saudi Arabia , which has close ties to the Muslim Sisterhood, the female version of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Sisterhood is also known as International Women’s Organization (IWO).

We watched in Egypt as the left sided with the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the country. We are watching the same thing in Libya , only this time we have sent American forces to help the very same people we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq .

The left, no matter whether it’s from America or Europe, defends the Muslims at all cost, while making Israel out to always be the bad guy. We are fighting Islamic extremist, and their biggest allies are sitting inside our own government, the Democratic Party. With Huma Abedin Weiner having access to so much classified material, the radicals know our every move.

I have written in the past asking why we have not experienced any major terrorist attacks. I now know the answer. They have no need to destroy or attack what they are taking over from within. The Islamic radicals learned from history when Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, the former head of the Soviet Union, said that the communist would take over the USA from within, not with weapons. The left is using our schools and televisions to slowly, methodically give over our country to the radical Islamists, who are also the radical left.

You can’t turn on the television without hearing how bad Christianity is, while they defend Islam. Sheila Jackson Lee (D, Texas) is not alone when she stood before the podium and said that Christian abortion clinic bombers were comparable to the 9/11 terrorist, or the countless other Islamic terrorists.

America, we are at war, and the enemy is not across an ocean, it lies within our own borders.

NOTE:  This commentary was posted by T L C on a Tea Party Nation blog and was forwarded to me via e-mail. Other commentators have made simialr assertions about Weiner’s wife, see Abedin/Weiner: A Marriage Made by Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood?, The Muslim Brotherhood and Weiner, Revealed: Weiner’s In-Laws’ Secret Muslim Brotherhood Connections, and Egyptian unrest: ‘Muslim Sisterhood’ takes to the streets.

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Scores of Golden Eagles are being chopped to pieces each year from the massive blades of wind turbines in California’s attempt to produce green energy. The state’s 5,000 wind turbines span 50-square miles through an international migratory bird route and the world’s highest density nesting area for golden eagles.

They didn’t realize it at the time, but it was just a really bad place to build a wind farm.”—Grainger Hunt, ecologist with the Peregrine Fund

Scientists are worried that the number of newborn golden eagles won’t keep pace with the number of birds killed by the wind turbines in the state’s renewable energy revolution, which puts the birds’ survival at risk.

“It would take 167 pairs of local nesting golden eagles to produce enough young to compensate for their mortality rate related to wind energy production. We only have 60 pairs.”—Doug Bell, field biologist and manager of East Bay Regional Park District’s wildlife program

From Cape Cod to California, the push for green power has taken its toll on hundreds of thousands of birds. According to estimates, about 440,000 birds are killed each year by wind turbines.

And now that California Governor “Moonbeam” Brown and the Ruler are pushing for even more renewable green energy, more wind turbines will be erected and even more birds will be at risk, including the California Condor.

“We taxpayers have spent millions of dollars saving the California condor from extinction. How’s the public going to feel about wind energy if a condor hits the turbines?”—Gary George, spokesman for Audubon California

The bleeding-heart do-gooders who have enlisted in the renewable energy revolution would do well to revisit Aesop’s fable of The Frogs and the Well:

Two Frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for frogs like damp places if they can get them.

By and by they came to a deep well, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the other, “This looks a nice cool place: let us jump in and settle here.” But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, “Not so fast, my friend: supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out again?”

Always look before you leap and think before you act. Here endeth the lesson.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see The green killer: Scores of protected golden eagles dying after colliding with wind turbines and Wind turbines taking toll on birds of prey.

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Vince Cefalu, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) who blew the whistle on the agency for allowing thousands of guns purchased in the United States to get into Mexico and into the possession of drug gangs has been fired.

“Simply put, we knowingly let hundreds of guns and dozens of identified bad guys go across the border.”—Vince Cefalu

A couple of days before Cefalu was fired, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, warned ATF officials not to retaliate against whistleblowers.

“I think it’s obvious why they’re doing this. It was my willingness to expose [Project Gunrunner] and support other people to come forward.”—Vince Cefalu

Cefalu has worked at ATF for 24 years and can appeal the firing.

Whistleblower laws are prosecuted by Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Oh well, that’s that.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see Obama Administration Fires ATF Whistleblower and ‘Project Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice.

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The 6:09 video below is clip from John Stossel’s show on the Fox Business Channel. During an interview with Andrew Breitbart, Stossel reveals that Breitbart had offered him an exclusive on the ACORN sting and that 20/20 would not allow him to break the story.

Not enough Americans realize that the owners of the mainstream media are progressive Democrats, and stories that expose or undermine the Democrat Party’s leftist agenda are either ignored or spiked.  

I.M. Kane


AB on Stossel6:09 Video (Stossel’s revelation begins at the 2:20 mark.)


The following is a Newsbusters transcript of Stossel’s interview with Breitbart:

JOHN STOSSEL, HOST: Speaking of the mainstream media, I am a little bit ashamed of this one, but I am revealing now for the first time publicly that when I worked at 20/20, you, who I didn’t know at that time, pitched me with this story about ACORN and the sting. And I didn’t cover it. And you remember that I assume?

ANDREW BREITBART: Oh, do I ever? I mean, I’ve referenced it in speeches that I went to ABC to a producer because I realized you can’t just break a story on a blog. You have to get the mainstream media to cover it as well and so I thought what the hey.

I’ll call up John Stossel. Seems like an honest guy. Seems like he’d think that the president’s vaunted community organizing group — treating a fake prostitute and a fake pimp with service with a smile in every office except for one, I thought maybe there is a story here.

STOSSEL: What did I tell you?

BREITBART: You said that it is a story and that you would probably commit a month to a story like this because it is so blatant, but you said that the politics within ABC were just, you know, that you couldn’t do it.

STOSSEL: And that’s true. I had all kinds of good stories I couldn’t get on, but, well, I didn’t.

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The Only Thing We Learn from History

By Scott Ryan

The only thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history. If you read Augustine’s City of God and how consumed the people of Rome were with entertainment, luxury and sexual deviance – and then compare it to the immoral state of this nation, the United States overlaps perfectly with the state of Rome before it was sacked.  Another thing we are going to see repeated is the evil that follows the lust for power by people of a sinful nature when tolerated by a society of narcissistic degenerates.

Polls show that close to 60% of Anthony Weiner’s constituents support him and see no problem with supporting a consummate liar and reprobate.  It is difficult to fathom how people can be so obstinate and perverse.  The recent scandals by politicians and corporate executives who have shown a lack of personal morality have demonstrated the fact that they CANNOT “compartmentalize” their lack of ethics so as to carry out their official duties with rectitude. 

The message of American media and entertainment world is that you can live out a life of debauchery, unfaithfulness to your spouse and your family, while remaining virtuous in your public life.  There is no such thing as “BUSINESS ETHICS”.  You are either ethical – or you are NOT.  If we have not learned this at this point than we deserve what we get.  Executives in the corporate world and politicians are a mere barometer of the moral state of this nation.

Get your popcorn ready and watch the destruction of federalism, which cannot be maintained by such ignominious people as those geniuses in NY who support Weiner and wish to foist him upon US. They poison the well of federalism for everyone. I am ashamed to be a part of the same union as these constituents of Weiner. Leftists like Weiner, Pelosi, Obama, and Reed have devoted their lives and entire leftist platform on ignoble deeds from sexual depravity, baby killing (resulting from sexual depravity), legalizing drugs and stealing the fruits of the labor of disciplined, hard working Americans. The Democrat Party caters to the fallen angels of our nature. People who blithely support them are incapable of maintaining freedom.

The only way the ideals of our constitution will continue is if there be God Fearing States of America. In the current state, the days of this union are numbered.  With people like Anthony Weiner and Barney Frank of Massachusettes permeating this union, we may only have a few short years, if not months before it collapses. The scoundrels who helped destroy this nation and our currency are ready to show this spoiled nation what tyranny and evil look like up close. When it hits, be ready. 

We have an emergency communications plan for when the final consequences of immorality and the fed’s rapacity hits the fan. It’s completely volunteer and it leverages our most important asset, each other (Constitution venerating Americans). The CB Patriot Project at www.cbPatriot.com.

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Yankee Doodle Day

By Wesley Allen Riddle 

The Fourth of July is the Yankee Doodle Day.  For on this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence passed the Second Continental Congress and our nation became independent from Great Britain.  The Declaration is interestingly subtitled, “The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America” (that’s right, united is not capitalized).  Elsewhere in the Declaration, however, it states, “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States.”  In effect the Declaration of Independence is a declaration for the independence of thirteen nations united in the cause of Liberty.

The term Yankee Doodle probably dates back to the Seven Years’ War—known in the English Colonies as the French and Indian Wars (1689-1763).  A popular song amongst regular military units describing Americans, derided them as being disheveled, disorganized and simpleton.  Indeed, “doodle” is a derivation from the Low German dödel meaning fool.  Yankee (sometimes abbreviated Yank) resulted from a corruption of language and the Huron Indian pronunciation of the word English (l’anglais in French), which sounded like Yan-gee.  The words were set to a popular nursery rhyme, “Lucy Locket.”  Accordingly “Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony,” and then “He stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni.”  Macaroni in the middle 18th century was a dude, or fashionable person.  So the joke was that these American Yankees believed that a feather in the hat was sufficient to make one the height of fashion, a real English Gentleman!

The funniest part about all this is that Americans picked up the tune themselves and started to love it.  British and American troops during the Revolutionary War took turns changing lyrics and rubbing it in as it were.  During the War Between the States, Southerners added their own lyrics and sang just as proudly, “There was Captain Washington upon a slapping stallion, a-giving orders to his men I guess there was a million.”  The Great Seal of the Confederacy actually has Washington on a slapping stallion.  Southerners had no problem with being a Yankee Doodle, but as for being a Yank or plain Yankee (particularly when the term is prefaced), well that’s something different!

The song “Yankee Doodle Boy” or “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy,” is from a Broadway musical written by George M. Cohan dating back to 1904.  The musical concerns the hard knocks of one Little Johnny Jones, a fictional American jockey who rides a horse named Yankee Doodle in the English Derby.  The song became a patriotic standard and was performed again in the movie—a biographical film about George M. Cohan called “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and starring James Cagney.  Production of the film had just begun when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, influencing the film’s cast and crew to make an unabashedly uplifting and patriotic film, which they did in spectacular fashion.  Release was timed for Memorial Day 1942.

Yankee Doodle these days and forever belongs to these United States.  He’s an archetype of the American character and a fun-loving, unpretentious one at that.  Even foreigners recognize it, although they sometimes mistakenly refer to all Americans simply as “Yanks” or “Yankees,” dropping the essential Doodle, ill advisedly in Dixie.  On this Fourth of July, as if he needs encouragement and even if he doesn’t, “Yankee Doodle keep it up, Yankee Doodle dandy, mind the music and the step, and [let] the girls be handy!”  That’s what he always does anyway, even when problems mount up as high as the national debt or taxes.  He’s always smiling and ever amazed at the sights he runs into.  The country as it evolved after 1776, in scarcely more than a decade, became a compound republic with dual sovereignties and divided power between the federal government and states, such that, the Constitution drafted in 1787 capitalized the term “United States” as a proper noun for the new nation.  Boy that Yankee Doodle Boy is still quite wide-eyed and thoroughly impressed with the fact!  One only hopes he finds as many others at tea parties and venues all around, where once he went with Father “down to camp, along with Captain Gooding, and there [they] saw the men and boys, as thick as hasty pudding” all having a Yankee Doodle Day.

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Wesley Allen Riddle is a retired military officer with degrees and honors from West Point and Oxford.  Widely published in the academic and opinion press, he serves as State Director of the Republican Freedom Coalition (RFC).  This article is from his forthcoming book, Horse Sense for the New Millennium scheduled for release in September (iUniverse, Inc., 2011).  Email: Wes@WesRiddle.com.

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“[A]complex system [is] one in which the elements of the system interact among themselves, such that any modification we make to the system will produce [consequences that emerge weeks or even years later] that we cannot predict in advance.”—Michael Crichton, author, lecturer, physician, producer, director, and screenwriter

In 2006, legislators banned horse slaughter in the United States for humanitarian reasons, and horses had to be transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, causing increased suffering for the animals along the way. And now a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reveals that the ban has also caused a downturn in the price of horses and increasing reports of animal abuse and abandonment.

“The GAO report makes it clear ending horse processing has had a detrimental effect on both the economy and animal welfare. In light of this information, Congress should re-evaluate this misguided policy to allow responsible horse management which would create jobs, generate revenue and strengthen a struggling horse industry.”—Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE)

But the misguided policy and the law of unintended consequences have not deterred Louisiana Democrat Senator Mary L. Landrieu from introducing even more feel-good legislation. Only this time, the ban would include the export of horses for slaughter, which of course in the economic downturn would create more unwanted, neglected, and abandoned horses.

“[W]hen we interact with a complex system, we … must always be watchful for delayed and untoward consequences.”—Michael Crichton

But hey, “the majority of Americans oppose the practice of horse slaughter,” and they don’t really care if the ban causes greater suffering for these animals because the simple-minded, knee-jerk solution frees them from guilt because they tried to do something.

The following excerpt from Michael Crichton’s speech “Fear and Complexity and Environmental Management in the 21st Century” depicts the naive thinking, absurd actions, and disastrous consequences of well-intentioned, misinformed government do-gooders who try to solve complex problems with knee-jerk solutions:  

[On Theodore Roosevelt’s third visit to Yellowstone he] saw a thousand antelope, plentiful cougar, mountain sheep, deer, coyote, and many thousands of elk.  He wrote, “Our people should see to it that this rich heritage is preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with its majestic beauty all unmarred.”

But Yellowstone was not preserved.  On the contrary, it was altered beyond repair in a matter of years.  By 1934, the park service acknowledged that “white-tailed deer, cougar, lynx, wolf, and possibly wolverine and fisher are gone from the Yellowstone.” 

What they didn’t say was that the park service was solely responsible for the disappearances.  Park rangers had been shooting animals for decades, even though that was illegal under the Lacey Act of 1894.  But they thought they knew better.  They thought their environmental concerns trumped any mere law.   

What actually happened at Yellowstone is a cascade of ego and error. But to understand it, we have to go back to the 1890s.  Back then it was believed that elk were becoming extinct, and so these animals were fed and encouraged.  Over the next few years the numbers of elk in the park exploded.  Roosevelt had seen a few thousand animals, and noted they were more numerous than on his last visit. 

By 1912, there were 30,000.  By 1914, 35,000.  Things were going very well.  Rainbow trout had also been introduced, and though they crowded out the native cutthroats, nobody really worried.  Fishing was great.  And bears were increasing in numbers, and moose, and bison.

By 1915, Roosevelt realized the elk had become a problem, and urged “scientific management.” His advice was ignored. Instead, the park service did everything it could to increase their numbers.

The results were predictable.

Antelope and deer began to decline, overgrazing changed the flora, aspen and willows were being eaten heavily and did not regenerate. In an effort to stem the loss of animals, the park rangers began to kill predators, which they did without public knowledge.

They eliminated the wolf and cougar and were well on their way to getting rid of the coyote.  Then a national scandal broke out; studies showed that it wasn’t predators that were killing the other animals.  It was overgrazing from too many elk. The management policy of killing predators had only made things worse.

Meanwhile the environment continued to change.  Aspen trees, once plentiful in the park, where virtually destroyed by the enormous herds of hungry elk.

With the aspen gone, the beaver had no trees to make dams, so they disappeared.  Beaver were essential to the water management of the park; without dams, the meadows dried hard in summer, and still more animals vanished.  Situation worsened.  It became increasingly inconvenient that all the predators had been killed off by 1930.  So in the 1960s, there was a sigh of relief when new sightings by rangers suggested that wolves were returning. 

There were also persistent rumors that rangers were trucking them in; but in any case, the wolves vanished soon after; they needed a diet of beaver and other small rodents, and the beaver had gone.   

Pretty soon the park service initiated a PR campaign to prove that excessive numbers of elk were not responsible for the park’s problems, even though they were.  This campaign went on for a decade, during which time the bighorn sheep virtually disappeared.

Now we come to the 1970s, when bears are starting to be recognized as a growing problem.  They used to be considered fun-loving creatures, and their close association with human beings was encouraged within the park …

But now it seemed there were more bears and many more lawyers, and thus more threat of litigation. So the rangers moved the grizzlies away to remote regions of the park.  The grizzlies promptly became endangered; their formerly growing numbers shrank. The park service refused to let scientists study them. But once the animals were declared endangered, the scientists could go in.

And by now we are about ready to reap the rewards of our forty-year policy of fire suppression, Smokey the Bear, all that.  The Indians used to burn forest regularly, and lightning causes natural fires every summer.  But when these fires are suppressed, the branches that drop to cover the ground make conditions for a very hot, low fire that sterilizes the soil. And in 1988, Yellowstone burned.  All in all, 1.2 million acres were scorched, and 800,000 acres, one third of the park, burned.

Then, having killed the wolves, and having tried to sneak them back in, the park service officially brought the wolves back, and the local ranchers screamed. And on, and on. 

As the story unfolds, it becomes impossible to overlook the cold truth that when it comes to managing 2.2 million acres of wilderness, nobody since the Indians has had the faintest idea how to do it.  And nobody asked the Indians, because the Indians managed the land very intrusively. The Indians started fires, burned trees and grasses, hunted the large animals, elk and moose, to the edge of extinction.  White men refused to follow that practice, and made things worse.

Crichton’s novel State of Fear is a must read for those who are unfamiliar with the lies, junk science, and crimes of the environmental movement. In Crichton’s view, just because a number of scientists are paid to say something is true doesn’t make it true.

Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told-and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. … We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion.”—Michael Crichton, The Lost World

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see Slaughter ban sending horses across borders: GAO says policy has led to ‘unintended consequences’.

For Michael Crichton’s speech “Fear and Complexity and Environmental Management in the 21st Century,” read the full transcript or watch the video.

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