Tuesday, 29 April 2008
PASTOR DISASTER? IF SO, FOR WHOM?
Pastor Disaster: That is the clever little headline in today's edition
of the New York Post.
jeremiah wright, the hate-filled, hubris-filled big-mouthed loose cannon that
Barack Obama has inexorably tied himself to, let loose with enough garbage in
the last 48 hours to fill an entire scow.
Unbelievable. First wright emphatically tells us that every hate-filled lunatic raving we've seen on those
video tapes was out of context, a Fox-created fraud, yada yada yada. Then this breathtakingly
egotistical fool has REPEATS the same ravings in FULL context over the
last two days.
(Note: On one small
personal level I have to admit finding this very amusing. I have been the
recipient of several unbelievably angry, insulting e-mails from someone I have been
told is a relatively significant Democratic operative (I can't vouch for
the characterization) from the midwest. Between insults and
irrational ravings, he has demanded proof that wright said the things I have claimed
he has. Now,wright has repeated them, pretty much in so many words.
I wonder what the next angry rant from this person
will be. I assure you it's coming..........)
Anyway, wright has managed to do something that I would have thought to be
nearly impossible. He has united a large segment of the left and the
right. Key people from both sides are telling Obama he must divest himself
completely of wright to have any viable chance at the presidency.
Yesterday I blogged about a daily kos piece saying this. Today I read
wing) Rich Lowry and (liberal/left
wing) Bob Herbert saying it. The cable shows are loaded with people
And it is hard not to think that more and more super-delegates are saying it
too, very much including at least some who are - at preseent -
committed to Mr. Obama..
Every time wright opens that grand canyon-sized pie hole of
his, Obama loses votes. This reality will not be lost on the 800
super-delegates who will decide whether Ms. Clinton or Mr. Obama is the nominee
if this fight continues to the Democratic convention.
So there does not seem to be much doubt that wright is a pastor
disaster. But who is he a disaster for?
Obviously he is a disaster for Barack Obama. wright is a
vote-losing machine for Mr. Obama, but that's not where it ends:
-The fact that wright will get in front of the cameras and spew his
obnoxious, objectionable and hate-filled bile right in our faces makes
Obama's claims - first that he never heard anything like this in 20 years at
wright's church, then that he may have said things like that but Obama was
never there to hear it - look like even bigger, more flagrant lies than they
-And when wright says that Obama is ducking from him because that's what
politicians have to do, he is clearly communicating that Obama,
in reality, is OK with wright but is just playing a little rope-a-dope
for the voters --- with the voters being the dopes.
Put another way, who cares that Hillary Clinton lied about dodging sniper
fire at Tuzla for a few minutes? That's small potatoes. Obama has
trumped her with a 20 year lie.
But I'll tell you one group for whom these revelations are not a
disaster. That group is....us. The voters.
Until now Mr. Obama and his people were doing their best
in a difficult, clumsy situation by trying to assure us wright wasn't all that
bad, wasn't all that connected to Barack Obama and, therefore, wasn't all that big a problem for the Obama candidacy. That is no
longer possible. We know exactly what wright - the man who Barack Obama would
not abandon (his words) - is, and can now incorporate it into
the mix when we decide who to vote for.
If Barack Obama is the Titanic, then wright is the iceberg. And if he
keeps talking, Obama may sink so completely that not even Molly Brown could
SHARPTON VERSUS OBAMA: ROUND 1
Question: When does a supporter forget he is a supporter and become a
Answer: When being a supporter might cost money.
al sharpton has had little other than praise for Barack
Obama. Until now. So what happened? What would cause sharpton
to bare his fangs at Mr. Obama? Well, the fangs were bared because Mr.
Obama did not hold with sharpton's call to shut down New York City over the Sean Bell
As you probably know, Sean Bell was the groom-to-be who was gunned down and
killed in his car at his bachelor party. Three police officers fired a
total of 51 shots at the car after, it is alleged, it tried to ram a policeman
and one of the officers screamed that he had a gun.
No one can read al sharpton's mind. He might, for once, have been
simply looking for justice in this case and felt it was not provided. Or,
more likely, he sniffed a major monetary settlement that went "poof" when the
verdict came down.
Either way, sharpton was furious and threatened to shut down New York City
But then along comes Barack Obama. And what was Obama's crime? He
called for calm.
CALM?????????????? How do you intimidate anyone into a settlement with
CALM??????????? So sharpton went off on him.
Here are the particulars, courtesy of today's New York Post:
SHARPTON RAPS OBAMA
By CHUCK BENNETT
and KAVITA MOKHA April 29, 2008 --
Barack Obama made a call for
nonviolence in the aftermath of the Sean Bell verdict - infuriating the Rev.
Al Sharpton, who accused the presidential candidate of trying to "grandstand
in front of white people," sources told The Post.
During what a source described as a "heated"
phone call yesterday, Sharpton told Obama he was disappointed with the
Illinois senator's words on Friday, when Obama said "resorting to violence to
express displeasure" was "completely unacceptable and counterproductive."
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"[Obama] issues this statement and not a single
rock had been thrown," said a source. "How does the candidate of change ask
people to accept a verdict that is unjust?"
The source said Sharpton had hoped Obama would
"side with the Bell family" and not use it as an "opportunity to grandstand in
front of white people."
An Obama spokesman described the conversation as
a chance to "hear [Sharpton's] views and to get his perspective."
Sharpton ratcheted up the pressure on federal
prosecutors yesterday by bringing Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chairman of the
House Judiciary Committee, to Kalua, the Queens strip club where the Nov. 25,
2006 shooting took place.
"We are going to put together a federal strategy
on how to deal with the case," Conyers said.
Also yesterday, Queens Supreme Court Justice
Arthur Cooperman, who rendered the not-guilty verdict, refused to comment on
"He said what he had to say on the bench," his
law clerk said.
Nice, al. Great line. Now you're accusing Barack Obama - or maybe
just half of him, since he is 50% White - of being an Uncle Tom. I
guess the other half must be just plain racist.
And why? Because he counselled that there be no violence over the
verdict. Exactly what Martin Luther King almost certainly would have
I have to tell you, I don't envy Mr. Obama the world he is trying to walk a
tightrope through. Instead of being respected for suggesting that people
cool down, al the opportunist calls him a racial suckup.
I wonder what jeremiah wright will have to say about this. Let's wait
What you will see below is an article published at www.newmediajournal.us and written
by Bos Smith.
I do not know Mr. Smith and can't vouch for him. But he seems to have a
pretty strong base of facts for the piece he wrote, so I'm passing it along to
See what you think:
Dont snap a photo of the Masjid At-Taqwa in the Bedford-Stuyvesant
section of Brooklyn unless you want to be hauled away by a group of angry
Muslims in Islamic attire to the basement of the facility where a group of
twenty security guards in karate suits will interrogate
|Escape from a Brooklyn
|Terrorism Bos Smith|
April 29, 2008
This might sound preposterous. But it happened on Saturday, April
24, at 3:00 in the afternoon.
Kareem, the head of security for Siraj Wahajs mosque, conducted the grilling. A small, muscular
man with a wispy black beard that has been dyed red with henna, Kareem
demanded to know the reason why a trio of kafirs had dared to
photograph the building on a public street without securing his
further insisted on securing our identities and obtaining our motives for
such a violation of Islamic space.
Being surrounded by a group of militant guards in a mosque basement
from which there is no means of escape is not a comforting place to be for
a Wall Street financier.
tried to explain that we found the neighborhood with its halal meat
vendors and food stores; Islamic dress shops, featuring the latest styles
in burqas and hijabs; Muslim souvenir outlets, replete with
stating Dont Be Caught Dead Without Islam; and Middle Eastern
restaurants offering a variety of goat dishes to be rather quaint and
This explanation was not sufficient.
Kareem was impatient and did not want a detailed explanation of the
reason for our excursion (simple sight-seeing) or a graphic account of the
sights we had seen and photographed.
ask the questions here, he said, and you provide the
Realizing that we were in a bit of a pickle, my companion explained
that we were interested in various religions and knew Siraj Wahaj, the
imam of the mosque, was a prominent Muslim figure whom we would like to
interview for a news outlet.
This didnt work too well since we could not produce a business
card from a wacko blog, let alone credentials from a national
last, we blurted out that we were admirers of Islam and the Prophet
Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) and wanted to obtain
information about conversion. We were even knowledgeable enough to blurt
out Salaam and Allahu akbar.
last utterance seemed to be the Open Sesame that got us out of the
basement and back to Bedford Street, where we managed to take a picture of the mosque
before hailing a cab and making a getaway.
experience was disconcerting. Surely, anyone who takes a picture of St.
Patricks Cathedral or the Riverside Church is not hauled off to a
basement for questioning by a threatening figure in a karate uniform and a
band of Ninjas.
What is taking place within Masjid
what about Siraj Wahaj, the celebrated imam of this mosque who claims to
be a moderate?
Masjid At-Taqwa at 1226 Bedford Street was an abandoned clothing
store, which Wahaj purchased at an auction in 1979 for $30,000 with cash
from oil-rich Saudis. The interior is divided into spacious, windowless
rooms that have been painted green and beige.
Friday afternoon prayers the meeting room is crammed with hundreds of
congregants. Some show up in do-rag stocking caps and Sean John
sweatshirts; others wear finely embroidered, authentic-looking Muslim caps
and flowing robes of crimson and gold. About half of the attendees are
African-Americans. The others are immigrants from the Middle East, South
Asia and Africa. Worshipers range from Brooklyn street bums to the local
celebrities, such as former heavy-weight champion Mike
place has played host to a number of notorious exponents of radical Islam,
including Clement Rodney Hampton-El (Dr. Rashid), a key player in the 1993
bombing of the World Trade Center. Mr. Hampton-El is presently cooling his
heels in a federal slammer since he was found guilty of seditious
conspiracy. Mr. Hampton-El, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, fought as
a mujahadeen under Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the holy war against the
Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Upon his return, Hampton-El was hailed as a hero by members of the
mosque. Imam Wahaj has said that he was sought out by young and old alike
for spiritual advice as an elder in the community. Wahaj, in fact,
appeared as a character witness for Hampton El when the former
mujahadeen stood trial before Judge Michael Mukasey in New Yorks
Federal District Court on charges of seditious conspiracy and attempted
Hampton-El is currently serving thirty-five years in a supermax
prison for Americas most dangerous inmates.
Blind Sheikh Omar
Abdel-Rahman visited Masjid At-Taqwa on many occasions while
serving as the imam of the nearby Masjid al-Fooqra at 554 Atlantic Avenue,
several blocks from Masjid At-Taqwi. On the second floor of
Rahmans mosque, al Qaeda had opened an office under the name of the
al-Kifah Refugee Center. It became a favorite haunt for members of
Rahman also spoke on occasion at Masjid At-Taqwa. In one
speech, the fiery sheikh suggested that Muslims should rob banks to
1995, Sheikh Rahman was hauled into court as the alleged architect of the
1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and for planning to blow up the
United Nations, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington
Bridge, and buildings throughout Manhattan. At his side was his good
friend Siraj Wahaj who provided testimony of the sheiks sterling
a Feb. 2, 1995, letter to defense lawyers in the landmarks-bombing case,
then-U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named about 170 people as "un-indicted
persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators." Imam Wahaj was on the
Other infamous characters reportedly have made their way to the
Bedford Street mosque, including Imam Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, whose son
Adnan has been singled out by the Justice Department as the next Muhammad
Atta. Gulshair, it turns out, served a stint as imam at another radical
Brooklyn mosque the now defunct Masjid Nur a-Islam, at 21 Church
Another visitor, according to informed sources, was Sheikh Gilani,
the founder of Jamaat ul-Fuqra, who served as the imam of yet
another Brooklyn mosque the Yasin Masjid at 777 Saratoga Avenue.
This infamous mosque is now a beauty salon. From 1980 to 1995, it served
as a recruiting center for the jihad and for paramilitary Islamic
compounds that remain in existence throughout the
Since the time of
its inception, Jamaat ul-Fuqra has been responsible for more terror
attacks on American soil (30 and counting) than all other terrorist groups
of ul-Fuqra, which maintains headquarters in Pakistan, have been
convicted in US courts of such crimes as homicide, conspiracy to commit
murder, firebombing, gun smuggling, grand theft, counterfeiting, and
workers compensation fraud. Others remain leading suspects in criminal
cases throughout the country, including ten unsolved assassinations and
seventeen fire-bombings. Some of the better-known adherents of
ul-Fuqra are Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, and John Allen
Muhammad, the Beltway sniper.
what of Wahaj? Is he an exponent of radical Islam a man who poses a
threat to millions of Americans?
is a well-known and welcome figure in Washington DC. He was the first
Muslim cleric to offer the invocation at the opening session of Congress.
He has dined with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and serves
on the boards of no less than five major Muslim organizations. He has
received commendations from the Brooklyn police for eradicating crime from
the Bedford-Stuyvesant area. In 2003, Siraj Wahaj Day was celebrated in
Brooklyn in recognition of what one borough official called a lifetime of
outstanding and meaningful achievement.
the proof of the real Wahaj is in the proverbial
one of his sermons, Wahaj announced that the "real terrorists" are the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency. In
another, he said, "In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and
there will be nothing. And the only thing that will remain will be Islam."
He proclaimed that a society governed by strict Islamic law, in which
adulterers are stoned to death and apostates beheaded, would be vastly
superior to American democracy.
a Muslim audience in New Jersey, Wahaj advocated the idea of Muslims
forming a coup to take control of the federal government. If we are
united and strong, he said, wed elect our own emir [leader] and give
allegiance to him. Take my word for it, if six to eight million Muslims
united in America, the country will come to us.
so-called moderate interpretation of the Quran became clear by
this remark: "If Allah says 100 strikes, 100 strikes it is. If Allah says
cut off their hand, you cut off their hand. If Allah says stone them to
death, through the Prophet Muhammad, then you stone them to death, because
it's the obedience of Allah and his messenger nothing
Wahaj informed an audience of black women wearing Muslim head
coverings in Orlando, Fla., that Islam condones a man's marrying up to
four wives, and that this rule, when introduced in the seventh century,
served as a restriction on arrangements involving even more wives per
there are the national organizations to which Wahaj remains affiliated. He
served as emir (president) of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA),
which has been charged with funneling millions to terror groups, and as an
advisory board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),
which has been labeled by author and counter-terrorism expert Steven
Emerson as a radical fundamentalist front group for Hamas.
this may be well and good, save for the fact that Wahaj and his mosque
retains a small army not of brown-shirts but black-belts who now claim the
right to collar ordinary citizens on the sidewalk and to haul them off for
Youre only safe in Brooklyn at this writing if you say your
prayers meaning, of course, the
|Bos Smith holds
a law degree from Wake Forest University. He serves in the securities
division of a major Wall Street investment bank. The research for this
article was conducted in preparation of Within the Belly of the Beast:
Jihad in America. |
Let me point out again that I cannot vouch for the honesty or dishonesty of
But if this is an accurate account of what happened to him and his two
associates it is genuinely bone-chilling. I hope the incident, and the
mosque, are investigated. If there's nothing to any of this, then all fine
and well. If there is, that would be, to say the least, another story.
Meanwhile, if Siraj Wahaj, the head of the mosque, is what Smith says he
is, can we please keep him the hell out of the DC insider circuit?
Thank you very much.
"I can no more disown him than I can disown the
black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother"
: Barack Obama speaking of Reverend jeremiah wright, March 17,
The wolves were howling. From the left and from the right. He had
to be tossed from the sled.
So Barack Obama, who said last month that he could not disown jeremiah
wright......disowned jeremiah wright.
Today, after almost 20 years of being his revered spiritual mentor, wright
has suddenly become persona non grata to Barack Obama.
This is something Mr. Obama HAD to do, like it or not. wright is an
absolute, nuclear catastrophe for him, especially after the last two days of his
nutcake rants. There was no choice.
But the believability of Mr. Obama bouncing wright from
his life after all this time under his guidance and in the pews of his
Here's a little realpolitik for you. Barack Obama was an Ivy league
educated street organizer in South Chicago with strong political
ambitions. The only way to realize such ambitions in south Chicago is to
take up with the jeremiah wrights of the area. That's called "street
Then, when Mr. Obama's horizons expanded to national office? The same
jeremiah wright who was a political imperative for him in South Chicago
became a nine inch nail in his side. His biggest asset summarily
became his biggest liability.
For months Mr. Obama tried, against all reality, to square this circle and
stay with wright. But he can't anymore. So wright is over.
How bad is the damage to the Obama campaign? Very bad., As
pointed out above there isn't a lot of credibility to this breakoff. And
who knows how much damage Mr. Obama has wreaked among his own constituencies,
including Black voters and no small number of hardline White liberals who
think wright's ravings are dead-on accurate.
If Obama should lose Indiana next week (and I suspect he will), Hillary
Clinton will run, not walk, to the super-delegates supporting him with a story
of his bad judgment and her winning the big states one after the other.
The number of these superdelegates who will react favorably to this
story equals the likelihood of Ms. Clinton overtaking Mr.
Obama and winning the Democratic nomination.
What a mess.
THE DNC UNDER HOWARD DEAN: DISHONESTY AT WORK
A tip of the hat (if I ever decide to wear one) to Charles Johnson at www.littlegreenfootballs.com for
his expos of this fraud being perpetrated on unsuspecting voters by the
Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 8:24:10 am
Howard Dean sent the following email to his
mailing list yesterday:
John McCain wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years.
Hes said it, and its on tape.
But his campaign hates that he was caught.
Theyve viciously attacked anyone who reminded the American people that he
said it, including me. Theyve said that those who reference the 100 years
comments are deliberately misleading voters.
So weve taken John McCains own words video
of him saying that 100 years would be fine with me and made a TV ad.
Theres no confusion, no distortion, no misleading its John McCain, on
tape, for voters to judge on their own.
Its one of the most powerful political ads Ive
ever seen. Its devastating and the McCain campaign will spend the rest of
the election trying to fight it.
In addition to the McCain clip, this nasty
advertisement features a clip of ... American soldiers being killed by an
Yes, thats right. The Democratic Party is using
images of US troops being attacked by terrorists to make political points
against John McCain.
Its devastating, all right. But not to John
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Those are someones husbands, someones brothers,
someones sons that you see being blown up in that video. I wonder how their
families would feel about their loved ones being used for political gain in such
a callous, unfeeling, cynical way?
UPDATE at 4/29/08 8:40:17
Even more unbelievably, the IED clip comes from
Michael Moores Fahrenheit 9/11. Its at about 1:35 in this trailer:
trailers. (Hat tip:
UPDATE at 4/29/08 9:10:07
And thats not even the only reason this ad is
beyond the pale; the entire ad is based on a rank
falsehood, according to
The DNCs message portrays McCain as bent on
fighting an endless war in Iraq.
DNC: We cant
afford four more years with a President who fights an endless war in Iraq.
... On the war, McCain scoffed at Bushs call to leave troops in Iraq for 50
years, saying Make it a hundred!That of course is a serious distortion of what McCain
actually said to a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire back on Jan. 3. His
actual words are posted in a video on YouTube. Far from advocating endless
war, he said the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq would be fine with me
provided that theyre not being killed or wounded. Heres the full quote:
McCain, Jan. 3: Make it a hundred.
... Weve been in Japan for 60 years. Weve been in South Korea for 50 years
or so. That would be fine with me, as long as American, as long as
Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed.
Its fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintained a
presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training,
recruiting and equipping and motivating people every single
day.It should be noted that
both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, despite their frequent talk of
withdrawing from Iraq, have said repeatedly that they would maintain at least
some troops in a combat role in Iraq for some time, possibly their entire term
Theres little doubt that McCain is less eager
than either Clinton or Obama to bring troops home without further suppression
of insurgent attacks. But its a rank falsehood for the DNC to accuse McCain
of wanting to wage endless war based on his support for a presence in Iraq
something like the U.S. role in South Korea.
Dean knows that this ad is based on a lie. It has
been out there for weeks. But let's be frank here, he is counting on you
NOT knowing it is based on a lie and swallowing it hook, line and sinker.
It will be hard enough for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to win the presidency after ripping each
other to shreds for months. Does Dean intend for them
to then have to defend a thoroughly fraudulent ad like this? Evidently he
Will it make the eventual Democratic candidate more likely to lose the election?
Well, if Dean demonstrated one thing in 2004 it was that he knows how to
HELLO AL? WHAT ARE YOU DOING BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER?
I'll make this short and sweet.
-Barack Obama is imploding right before our eyes;
-If Hillary Clinton overtakes him by winning a
majority of super-delegates, it would alienate so many Obama supporters
that she almost certainly would lose.
If ever there was a time for someone to come riding into town and save the
day, this is it.
And who better than the guy who these people think DID win the Presidency in
2000. A guy who is seen as saving the planet. A guy who has become an
international superstar. A guy who the media are deeply in love with.
And his wife is hot!
If I were a Democrat I would be begging Al Gore to say he will be available