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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Obamination: Forgetting the Abomination-9-11

Obamination: Forgetting the Abomination-9-11 This is a campaign speech, not a proper remembrance of the victims of Accursed Abomination.  Obamination continues to lie about the identity & character of the enemy.  He continues to claim the enemy as an allie.  He continues to demand that we leave the enemy fifth column in our midst to attack and out breed us. He continues to depect abject defeat as victory.

    Obamination wants us to overlook, neglect & forget the fact that we were attacked by Muslims  motivated by the damnable doctrines, threats & promises of Allah.  He wants us to welcome their fifth columnists, retain them in our midst and ignore the fact that their presence is a clear, proximate and persistent danger. Two of the three terrorists now being sought are citizens. Obamination wants us to look the other way.

  This is altogether disgusting.  I express my disgust in 22 comments in an enumerated list  Each comment is linked to a superscript in the text. Click the superscripts to read the related comment, then use your back button to return to your place in the pile of feces.

    Several of my comments contain external links to Islam's canon of scripture, tradition, exegesis & jurisprudence. Those links will open in a new window.


Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
Saturday September 10, 2011

This weekend, we’re coming together, as one nation, to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  We’re remembering the lives we lost—nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children.  We’re reaffirming our commitment to always keep faith with their families1

We’re honoring the heroism of first responders who risked their lives—and gave their lives—to save others.  And we’re giving thanks to all who serve on our behalf, especially our troops and military families—our extraordinary 9/11 Generation.

At the same time, even as we reflect on a difficult decade, we must look forward, to the future we will build together2.  That includes staying strong and confident in the face of any threat.  And thanks to the tireless efforts of our military personnel and our intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security professionals—there should be no doubt.  Today, America is stronger3 and al Qaeda4 is on the path to defeat5.

We’ve taken the fight to al Qaeda like never before6.  Over the past two and a half years, more senior al Qaeda leaders have been eliminated than at any time since 9/11.  And thanks to the remarkable courage and precision of our forces, we finally delivered justice to Osama bin Laden7.

We’ve strengthened the partnerships8 and tools we need to prevail in this war against al Qaeda—working closer with allies and partners; reforming intelligence to better detect and disrupt plots; investing in our Special Forces so terrorists have no safe haven.

We’re constantly working to improve the security of our homeland as well—at our airports, ports and borders; enhancing aviation security and screening9; increasing support for our first responders; and working closer than ever with states, cities and communities.

A decade after 9/11, it’s clear for all the world to see—the terrorists who attacked us that September morning are no match for the character of our people, the resilience of our nation, or the endurance of our values10.   

They wanted to terrorize us, but, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear11.  Yes we face a determined foe, and make no mistake—they will keep trying to hit us again.  But as we are showing again this weekend, we remain vigilant.  We’re doing everything in our power to protect our people.  And no matter what comes our way, as a resilient nation, we will carry on.

They wanted to draw us in to endless wars, sapping our strength and confidence as a nation12.  But even as we put relentless pressure on al Qaeda, we’re ending the war in Iraq and beginning to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.  Because after a hard decade of war13, it is time for nation building here at home14.

They wanted to deprive us of the unity that defines us as a people15.  But we will not succumb to division or suspicion16. We are Americans, and we are stronger and safer when we stay true to the values17, freedoms and diversity that make us unique18 among nations.

And they wanted to undermine our place in the world.  But a decade later, we’ve shown that America doesn’t hunker down and hide behind walls of mistrust.  We’ve forged new partnerships with nations around the world to meet the global challenges that no nation can face alone.  And across the Middle East and North Africa a new generation of citizens is showing that the future belongs to those that want to build19, not destroy.   

Ten years ago, ordinary Americans showed us the true meaning of courage when they rushed up those stairwells, into those flames, into that cockpit.  In the decade since, a new generation has stepped forward to serve and keep us safe.  In their memory, in their name, we will never waver.  We will protect the country20 we love and pass it safer, stronger21 and more prosperous22 to the next generation.



  1. What is the response of the administration when survivors of victims of terror sue sponsors & supporters of terrorism and attempt to collect damages? 
  2. To Barack Hussein Obama, every occasion is a political occasion, even the tenth anniversary of the Accursed Abomination is a campaign platform for this president.  Anyone who is aware of this and not deeply & intensely offended by it should burn his voter registration card.
  3. America is weaker because you and Shrub wasted lives, blood and treasure by launching and continuing invasions without first defining rational strategic & tactical objectives and by imposing suicidal rules of engagement.  You have shrunk and over extended our armed forces, an open invitation to adventurism & attack.
  4. Al-Qaeda is not the enemy. The enemy is Islam. Muhammad, claiming to speak for Allah, declared perpetual war against Jews & Christians. That jihad imperative is enshrined in the Noble Qur'an, Surah At-Taubah 9:29 and described by Tafsir Ibn Kathir as "The Order to fight People of the Scriptures until They give the Jizyah". That command to wage war against Jews & Christians is confirmed by ahadith including Sahih Bukhari 1.8.387 and Sunan Abu Dawud 14.2635. That imperative is codified in the most widely accepted handbook of Shari'ah: Reliance of the Traveller, Book O, Chapter 9.8.   When the Islam first attacked the young nation, Thomas Jefferson and John Q. Adams asked Tripoli's Ambassador by what right they attacked us. His answer speaks volumes, which President Obama seeks to ignore and silence. " The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet (Mohammed), that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman (or Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to heaven."[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War]
  5. When believers are threatened with eternal damnation if they do not go to war and promised admission to Paradise if they join the jhad they can not be defeated and their jihad permanently ended without either breaking their faith or exterminating them.  Shrub & Obamination have done neither and do not seek to do either. 
  6. Al-Qaeda, Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen & Islam are one and the same.  I direct doubters & dissenters to the Charter of HAMAS. "Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes." As a wise man wrote, "Its Islam, stupid!".
  7. Killing leaders neither wins nor ends the war. Generals can be replaced.  Islam will not be defeated short of total mass apostasy or extinction. 
  8. We do not have Muslim partners. Pakistan is playing a double game. You need to read the Qur'an to comprehend this fatal fact. 

    3:28. Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Auliyâ (supporters, helpers, etc.) instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be helped by Allâh in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. And Allâh warns you against Himself (His Punishment), and to Allâh is the final return.

  9. You frisk little girls & old ladies, letting Muslms pass through. If common sense prevailed, Muslims would be entirely excluded from all mass transit and terminals. How did the three terrorists currently being hunted enter the country? 
  10. Wars are not won with character, resillience or values, they are won with men and arms dedicated to the purpose of self-preservation. When Obamination says "values" he means multiculteuralism, meaning tolerance of the ultimate evil: intra-species predation.   The term also subsumes the Socialist agenda, after all, this is a campaign speech. 
  11. We can not have security and Muslims. Choose one. Vehicular assaults, stabbings, shootings and bombings generate fear and distrust. We waste millions of dollars on airport security because our leaders are not honest and patriotic enough to carryout their Constitutional oaths of office by expelling and excluding the enemy's fifth column.  They need only increase their internet chatter to elevate the fear level. Threats do not need to be real to be effective. 
  12. They succeeded. Elleven years without victory is a long time. The public is impatient. Impatience cost us in Korea & Vietnam. Weakness and lack of resolve displayed in Beirut & Somalia showed the enemy that they can attack us without fear of effective retaliation.  So long as there is Islam, there is war, because Islam is perpetual war.  What part of "Fight them until...only Allah is worshiped..." do you not comprehend? While the population of Afghanistan is Muslim and their government is founded on the Qur'an, we are losing, not winning; wasting every drop of blood and dollar we expend in that fruitless invasion. Shrub needed to nuke Afghanistan & Pakistan off the face of the earth. We are paying dearly for his failure to do the right thing.
  13. 206 years of war, traitor. The First Barbary War was our initial response to Islamic aggression. We had neither the power nor the resolve to exterminate Islam, so the war continues. Now we have the power but not the will. Failure to make the predator extinct is suicidal stupidity!
  14. The anal orifice in the Oval Office will not cease from pushing his Socialist agenda in the most inappropriate circumstances. 3000 people were murdered in cold blood ten years ago and all this traitor can think about on the anniversary of the Accursed Abomination  is advancing Socialism. This day, of all days, is no time for a re-ellection speech.  
  15. America is defined by its founding documents: the Declaration of Independence & Constitution. By "unity" he means two things: multiculturalism & voting for him.
  16. This phrase qualifies the "unity" in the previous sentence. Several of the recent plotters are either native born or naturalized citizens. One of them told the judge "I lied", regarding his oath of citizenship.  If you are a hypenated American, you ain't an American. American and Muslim are exclusive terms because American denotes fidelity to the God given, inalienable rights of man. Islam means that only Muslims have rights. What part of "O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you,..." do you not comprehend?  What part of "then their blood and property will be sacred to us " do you not understand? Obamination told us to ignore the presence of enemy agence in our midst. While he should be expelling and excluding them, he is telling us to accept them without question.
  17. Life! Liberty! Pursuit of happiness!  Those are our values, not multiculturalism & Socialism.
  18. The thing that makes America unique is not diversity, by which Obamination means allowing the enemy to dwell among us and attack us by stealth & demographics from within. America is unique because it is founded on the principle that governments are instituted among men to preserve and protect their God given rights. Government is the protector, not the source of our rights, liberty and prosperity.
  19. The "new generation" of the "Arab spring" do not want to build. They are Muslims, adherents of Islam. Islam is a way of life: intra-species predation. Its economic basis is pillage, plunder & extortion, not productivity.  One hadith in the collection of Abu Dawud brings out this fact with extreme clarity.  "When you enter into the inah transaction, hold the tails of oxen, are pleased with agriculture, and give up conducting jihad (struggle in the way of Allah). Allah will make disgrace prevail over you, and will not withdraw it until you return to your original religion."
  20. Not without expelling & excluding Muslims from its soil and from all mass transit. Not without inducing mass apostasy or nuking them off the face of the earth. American will not be protected by any lesser measures.
  21. When you cut the defense budget and waste resources aiding our enemies as you are doing in Libya and as Slick Willy6 did in Serbia, you are weakening, not strengthening this nation.
  22.  Our prosperity is reduced, not increased by mounting debt, escalating defecits and a plethora of new & wasteful programs we can not afford. Prosperity requires eliminating the artificial barriers to productivity and production which your administration has erected.  We need creation of wealth, not redistribution of wealth "spread it around".

Friday, September 9, 2011

The myth of Radicalization by Vilification

One of my Google Alerts was triggered by an article by Jeffrey Goldberg published by Bloomberg. We plow through 16 of 17 paragraphs before we reach the central point.

 It’s possible that the extreme vilification of Islam one finds in some quarters of the right-wing Internet and talk radio could intensify the alienation and anger of a young Muslim man already exposed to Islamist propaganda -- and perhaps even prod him to violence.

extreme vilification of Islam

    The self-appointed Prophet of Allah, who founded Islam,  married the six year old daughter of his closest friend and consummated the marriage three years later. He included in his Qur'an, a provision for divorcing girls whose marriages were consummated before they had experienced menarche.

    The prophet, rejected Zaynab's parents, fixed up his adopted son with Zaynab. When the time was right, he arranged their divorce and married her. Worse yet, as Allah's last appointed spokesman, he had Allah bless the corrupt union.  His child bride confirmed the obvious: "I feel that your Lord hastens in fulfilling your wishes and desires."      Moe's sexual proclivities and revelation of situational scripture disqualify him as a Prophet, throwing the entire "revelation" into question.

    Moe, speaking for Allah, ordained jihad for Muslims, making it mandatory, not optional.  He issued imperatives to wage perpetual war against pagans, Jews & Christians, and confirmed the command.  He sanctified, practiced and bragged about being made victorious with terrorism. He promised Muslims that "any step" taken to "injure or enrage" disbelievers would be imputed to them as a deed of righteousness, to be weighed against their sins on Judgment Day.

    Does the revelation of true facts about Islam constitute vilification?  What is extreme about revealing those facts?  If I recall correctly, a wise statesman once reminded us that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice".

alienation

    Muslims tend to congregate in ghettos and avoid assimilation.  A generation which fled tyranny and Shari'ah may be secular, but their descendants feel the tide of Islamic orthodoxy tugging at them.  Does anyone really believe that they are unaware of the damnable doctrine genocidal jihad or that they reject it until they read our blog posts?  Allah threatens them with the fire if they sit at home, and promises admission to Paradise if they join the jihad.

radical  

    That word may not be the pinnacle of lies, but it is very near to the top. The standard of Islam is violent and genocidal. Believers are defined by their enslavement to Allah, which is in exchange for admission to Paradise and for which they "fight in Allâh's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. "

radicalization

    Alcohol & fornication are near the top of an adolescent male's hierarchy of needs. Both are forbidden by Islam. But if a Muslim becomes a Shahid, Allah promises that he will be rewarded with rivers of wine and maidens of equal age

religious obligation

    Offensive jihad is fard al-kifaya, not fard ayn. But it is required in every year, and if it is not performed in a year when it was possible, all who know of the obligation are in a state of sin. [Reliance of the Traveller, Book O, Chapter 9.1]

tactics

    Brig. S.K. Malik's The Qur'anic Concept of War exposes something we need to know about terrorism and how to defeat Islam.

Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only
a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into
the opponent's heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be
achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet
and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon
the enemy; it is me decision we wish to impose upon him. [pg. 59]

Psychological and physical dislocation is, at best, a means,
though, by no means, conclusive for striking terror into
the hearts of the enemies. Its effects are related to the
physical and spiritual stamina of the opponent but are seldom
of a permanent and lasting nature. An army that practises the
Quranic philosophy of war in its totality is immune to psychological
pressures. When Liddell Hart talks of imposing a direct decision
upon the enemy through psychological dislocation alone, he is
taking too much for granted.


    Terror cannot be struck into the hearts of an army by merely
 cutting its lines of communication or depriving it of its routes
of withdrawal. It is basically related to the strength or weakness
of the human soul. It can be instilled only if the opponent's
Faith is destroyed. Psychological dislocation is temporary;
spiritual dislocation is permanent. Psychological dislocation can be
produced hy a physical act but this does not hold good of the
spiritual dislocation. To instil terrorinto the hearts of the enemy, 
it is essential. in the ultimate analysis, to dislocate his Faith. An
invincible Faith is immune to terror. A weak Faith offers inroads
to terror. The Faith conferred upon us by the Holy Quran has
the inherent strength to ward off terror from us and to enable
us to strike terror into the enemy. Whatever the form or type of
strategy directed against the enemy, it must, in order to be effective,
be capable of striking terror into the hearts of the enemy. A strategy
that fails to attain this condition suffers from inherent drawbacks
and weaknesses; and should be reviewed and modified. This rule
is fully applicable to nuclear as well as conventional wars. It is
equally true of the strategy of nuclear deterrence in fashion
today. To be credible and effective, the strategy of deterrence
must be capable of striking terror into the hearts of the enemy. [pg. 60] [Emphasis added.]


    What is the absolute prerequisite for the success of terrorism?  What can we do to deprive Islam of that condition? What is the essential first step in defeating Islam?  How shall we go about destroying their belief in Allah?  These are the questions which few have the courage to propound and none have the fortitude to answer.

Obamination: Its all about My Job!

Obamination: Its all about My Job! I could not find a transcript on the White House Blog, then their server bogged down. I found it at Politico. Mark Levin described the speech as 'seven single spaced pages" of "pablum".  In chatting with a friend while playing a game of chess, I described it in a less polite term which I won't repeat here.

    I found the speech to be a campaign event rather than statesmanship.  I am disappointed and disgusted by the failure of the Republicans to walk out when President Obama played the class warfare card.

    Because of the length of the spew, I will flag significant chunks of feces with superscripts linked to my comments which follow the spew in an enumerated list. After reading a comment, use your Backspace key to return to your place in the spew.

    My comments could serve as an outline for the response which the Republican leadership lacks the spinal & testicular fortitude to make.  I do agree with his invocation of God to bless us and America, but that is about it. This proposal is one to reward his campaign donors, punish his enemies and waste billions of dollars we will never be able to pay back to our creditors. 

    I counted 20 demands for immediate passage of this money wasting plan. I counted 27 instances of "I" and 3 instances of my in this speech; narcissism is clearly evident along with corruption.  Obama must go. We can not wait 14 months; he must resign or be impeached. 

Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis1 that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that’s made things worse.2

This past week, reporters have been asking, “What will this speech mean for the President? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls, and the next election?”3

But the millions of Americans who are watching right now, they don’t care about politics.4 They have real-life concerns. Many have spent months looking for work. Others are doing their best just to scrape by — giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college.5

These men and women grew up with faith in an America where hard work and responsibility paid off6. They believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their7 fair share — where if you stepped up, did your job, and were loyal to your company, that loyalty would be rewarded with a decent salary and good benefits; maybe a raise once in a while. If you did the right thing, you could make it. Anybody could make it in America.

For decades now, Americans have watched that compact erode8. They have seen the decks too often stacked against them. And they know that Washington has not always put their interests first.9

The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours10. The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus11 and actually do something to help the economy. (Applause.) The question is — the question is whether we can restore some of the fairness12 and security that has defined this nation since our beginning13.

Those of us here tonight can’t solve all our nation’s woes14. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help. We can make a difference15. There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.16

I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away17. It’s called the American Jobs Act. There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation. Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans18 — including many who sit here tonight. And everything in this bill will be paid for19. Everything. (Applause.)

The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work20 and more money in the pockets of those who are working. It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans21, and more jobs for long-term unemployed. (Applause.) It will provide — it will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers22, and it will cut payroll taxes in half23 for every working American and every small business. (Applause.) It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and if they hire, there will be customers for their products and services24. You should pass this jobs plan right away. (Applause.)

Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin. And you know that while corporate profits have come roaring back, smaller companies haven’t. So for everyone who speaks so passionately about making life easier for “job creators,” this plan is for you. (Applause.)

Pass this jobs bill — pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or if they raise workers’ wages25. Pass this jobs bill, and all small business owners will also see their payroll taxes cut in half next year. (Applause.) If you have 50 employees — if you have 50 employees making an average salary, that’s an $80,000 tax cut26. And all businesses will be able to continue writing off the investments they make in 2012.

It’s not just Democrats who have supported this kind of proposal. Fifty House Republicans have proposed the same payroll tax cut that’s in this plan. You should pass it right away. (Applause.)

Pass this jobs bill, and we can put people to work rebuilding America27. Everyone here knows we have badly decaying roads and bridges28 all over the country. Our highways are clogged with traffic. Our skies are the most congested in the world. It’s an outrage.

Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us a economic superpower. And now we’re going to sit back and watch China build newer airports and faster railroads? At a time when millions of unemployed construction workers could build them right here in America?29 (Applause.)

There are private construction companies all across America just waiting to get to work. There’s a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America. A public transit project in Houston that will help clear up one of the worst areas of traffic in the country. And there are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How can we expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart? 30This is America. Every child deserves a great school — and we can give it to them, if we act now. (Applause.)

The American Jobs Act will repair and modernize at least 35,000 schools. It will put people to work right now fixing roofs and windows, installing science labs and high-speed Internet in classrooms all across this country. It will rehabilitate homes and businesses in communities hit hardest by foreclosures. It will jumpstart thousands of transportation projects all across the country. And to make sure the money is properly spent, we’re building on reforms we’ve already put in place. No more earmarks. No more boondoggles. No more bridges to nowhere. We’re cutting the red tape that prevents some of these projects from getting started as quickly as possible. And we’ll set up an independent fund to attract private dollars and issue loans based on two criteria: how badly a construction project is needed and how much good it will do for the economy. 31(Applause.)

This idea came from a bill written by a Texas Republican and a Massachusetts Democrat. The idea for a big boost in construction is supported by America’s largest business organization and America’s largest labor organization. It’s the kind of proposal that’s been supported in the past by Democrats and Republicans alike. You should pass it right away. (Applause.)

Pass this jobs bill, and thousands of teachers in every state will go back to work32. These are the men and women charged with preparing our children for a world where the competition has never been tougher. But while they’re adding teachers in places like South Korea, we’re laying them off in droves. It’s unfair to our kids. It undermines their future and ours. And it has to stop. Pass this bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong. (Applause.)

Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get extra tax credits if they hire America’s veterans. We ask these men and women to leave their careers, leave their families, risk their lives to fight for our country. The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home. (Applause.)

Pass this bill, and hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people will have the hope and the dignity of a summer job next year. And their parents -- (applause) -- their parents, low-income Americans who desperately want to work, will have more ladders out of poverty.

Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get a $4,00033 tax credit if they hire anyone who has spent more than six months looking for a job. (Applause.) We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work. This jobs plan builds on a program in Georgia that several Republican leaders have highlighted, where people who collect unemployment insurance participate in temporary work as a way to build their skills while they look for a permanent job. The plan also extends unemployment insurance for another year. (Applause.) If the millions of unemployed Americans stopped getting this insurance, and stopped using that money for basic necessities, it would be a devastating blow to this economy. Democrats and Republicans in this chamber have supported unemployment insurance plenty of times in the past. And in this time of prolonged hardship, you should pass it again -- right away. (Applause.)

Pass this jobs bill, and the typical working family will get a $1,500 tax cut next year. Fifteen hundred dollars that would have been taken out of your pocket will go into your pocket. This expands on the tax cut that Democrats and Republicans already passed for this year. If we allow that tax cut to expire -- if we refuse to act -- middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time. We can’t let that happen34. I know that some of you have sworn oaths to never raise any taxes on anyone for as long as you live. Now is not the time to carve out an exception and raise middle-class taxes, which is why you should pass this bill right away. (Applause.)

This is the American Jobs Act. It will lead to new jobs for construction workers, for teachers, for veterans, for first responders, young people and the long-term unemployed. It will provide tax credits to companies that hire new workers, tax relief to small business owners, and tax cuts for the middle class. And here’s the other thing I want the American people to know: The American Jobs Act will not add to the deficit. It will be paid for. And here’s how. (Applause.)

The agreement we passed in July will cut government spending by about $1 trillion over the next 10 years. It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in savings35 by Christmas. Tonight, I am asking you to increase that amount so that it covers the full cost36 of the American Jobs Act. And a week from Monday, I’ll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan -- a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run. (Applause.)

This approach is basically the one I’ve been advocating for months. In addition to the trillion dollars of spending cuts I’ve already signed into law, it’s a balanced plan that would reduce the deficit by making additional spending cuts, by making modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and by reforming our tax code in a way that asks the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share37. (Applause.) What’s more, the spending cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on our economy, or prevent us from helping small businesses and middle-class families get back on their feet right away.

Now, I realize there are some in my party who don’t think we should make any changes at all to Medicare and Medicaid, and I understand their concerns. But here’s the truth: Millions of Americans rely on Medicare in their retirement. And millions more will do so in the future. They pay for this benefit during their working years. They earn it. But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program. And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform Medicare38 to strengthen it. (Applause.)

I am also -- I’m also well aware that there are many Republicans who don’t believe we should raise taxes on those who are most fortunate and can best afford39 it. But here is what every American knows: While most people in this country struggle to make ends meet, a few of the most affluent citizens and most profitable corporations enjoy tax breaks and loopholes that nobody else gets40. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary -- an outrage he has asked us to fix. (Laughter.) We need a tax code where everyone gets a fair shake and where everybody pays their fair share. (Applause.) And by the way, I believe the vast majority of wealthy Americans and CEOs are willing to do just that if it helps the economy grow and gets our fiscal house in order.

I’ll also offer ideas to reform a corporate tax code that stands as a monument to special interest influence in Washington. By eliminating pages of loopholes and deductions, we can lower one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. (Applause.) Our tax code should not give an advantage to companies that can afford the best-connected lobbyists.41 It should give an advantage to companies that invest and create jobs right here in the United States of America. (Applause.)

So we can reduce this deficit, pay down our debt, and pay for this jobs plan in the process. But in order to do this, we have to decide what our priorities are. We have to ask ourselves, “What’s the best way to grow the economy and create jobs?”

Should we keep tax loopholes for oil companies? Or should we use that money to give small business owners a tax credit when they hire new workers? Because we can’t afford to do both. Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires? Or should we put teachers back to work so our kids can graduate ready for college and good jobs? (Applause.) Right now, we can’t afford to do both.

This isn’t political grandstanding. This isn’t class warfare. This is simple math. (Laughter.) This is simple math. These are real choices. These are real choices that we’ve got to make. And I’m pretty sure I know what most Americans would choose. It’s not even close. And it’s time for us to do what’s right for our future. (Applause.)

Now, the American Jobs Act answers the urgent need to create jobs right away. But we can’t stop there. As I’ve argued since I ran for this office, we have to look beyond the immediate crisis and start building an economy that lasts into the future -- an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs that pay well and offer security. We now live in a world where technology has made it possible for companies to take their business anywhere. If we want them to start here and stay here and hire here, we have to be able to out-build and out-educate and out-innovate every other country on Earth. (Applause.)

And this task of making America more competitive for the long haul, that’s a job for all of us. For government and for private companies. For states and for local communities -- and for every American citizen. All of us will have to up our game. All of us will have to change the way we do business.

My administration can and will take some steps to improve our competitiveness on our own. For example, if you’re a small business owner who has a contract with the federal government, we’re going to make sure you get paid a lot faster than you do right now. (Applause.) We’re also planning to cut away the red tape that prevents too many rapidly growing startup companies from raising capital and going public. And to help responsible homeowners, we’re going to work with federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4 percent. That’s a step -- (applause) -- I know you guys must be for this, because that’s a step that can put more than $2,000 a year in a family’s pocket, and give a lift to an economy still burdened by the drop in housing prices.

So, some things we can do on our own. Other steps will require congressional action. Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process, so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need. Now it’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama and Colombia and South Korea -– while also helping the workers whose jobs have been affected by global competition. (Applause.) If Americans can buy Kias and Hyundais, I want to see folks in South Korea driving Fords and Chevys and Chryslers. (Applause.) I want to see more products sold around the world stamped with the three proud words: “Made in America.” That’s what we need to get done. (Applause.)

And on all of our efforts to strengthen competitiveness, we need to look for ways to work side by side with America’s businesses. That’s why I’ve brought together a Jobs Council of leaders from different industries who are developing a wide range of new ideas to help companies grow and create jobs.

Already, we’ve mobilized business leaders to train 10,000 American engineers a year, by providing company internships and training. Other businesses are covering tuition for workers who learn new skills at community colleges. And we’re going to make sure the next generation of manufacturing takes root not in China or Europe, but right here, in the United States of America. (Applause) If we provide the right incentives, the right support -- and if we make sure our trading partners play by the rules -- we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to semiconductors that we sell all around the world. That’s how America can be number one again. And that’s how America will be number one again. (Applause.)

Now, I realize that some of you have a different theory on how to grow the economy. Some of you sincerely believe that the only solution to our economic challenges is to simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations. (Applause.)

Well, I agree that we can’t afford wasteful spending, and I’ll work with you, with Congress, to root it out. And I agree that there are some rules and regulations that do put an unnecessary burden on businesses at a time when they can least afford it. (Applause.) That’s why I ordered a review of all government regulations. So far, we’ve identified over 500 reforms, which will save billions of dollars over the next few years. (Applause.) We should have no more regulation than the health, safety and security of the American people require. Every rule should meet that common-sense test. (Applause.)

But what we can’t do -- what I will not do -- is let this economic crisis be used as an excuse to wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades. (Applause.) I reject the idea that we need to ask people to choose between their jobs and their safety. I reject the argument that says for the economy to grow, we have to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from shortchanging patients. I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy. (Applause.) We shouldn’t be in a race to the bottom, where we try to offer the cheapest labor and the worst pollution standards. America should be in a race to the top. And I believe we can win that race. (Applause.)

In fact, this larger notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everybody’s money, and let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own -- that’s not who we are. That’s not the story of America.

Yes, we are rugged individualists. Yes, we are strong and self-reliant. And it has been the drive and initiative of our workers and entrepreneurs that has made this economy the engine and the envy of the world.


But there’s always been another thread running throughout our history -- a belief that we’re all connected, and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.

We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. Founder of the Republican Party. But in the middle of a civil war, he was also a leader who looked to the future -- a Republican President who mobilized government to build the Transcontinental Railroad -- (applause) -- launch the National Academy of Sciences, set up the first land grant colleges. (Applause.) And leaders of both parties have followed the example he set.

Ask yourselves -- where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways, not to build our bridges, our dams, our airports? What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges? Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the G.I. Bill. Where would we be if they hadn’t had that chance? (Applause.)

How many jobs would it have cost us if past Congresses decided not to support the basic research that led to the Internet and the computer chip? What kind of country would this be if this chamber had voted down Social Security or Medicare just because it violated some rigid idea about what government could or could not do? (Applause.) How many Americans would have suffered as a result?

No single individual built America on their own. We built it together. We have been, and always will be, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; a nation with responsibilities to ourselves and with responsibilities to one another. And members of Congress, it is time for us to meet our responsibilities. (Applause.)

Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight is the kind that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past. Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight will be paid for. And every proposal is designed to meet the urgent needs of our people and our communities.

Now, I know there’s been a lot of skepticism about whether the politics of the moment will allow us to pass this jobs plan -- or any jobs plan. Already, we’re seeing the same old press releases and tweets flying back and forth. Already, the media has proclaimed that it’s impossible to bridge our differences. And maybe some of you have decided that those differences are so great that we can only resolve them at the ballot box.

But know this: The next election is 14 months away. And the people who sent us here -- the people who hired us to work for them -- they don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 months.42 (Applause.) Some of them are living week to week, paycheck to paycheck, even day to day. They need help, and they need it now.

I don’t pretend that this plan will solve all our problems43. It should not be, nor will it be, the last plan of action we propose. What’s guided us from the start of this crisis hasn’t been the search for a silver bullet. It’s been a commitment to stay at it -- to be persistent -- to keep trying every new idea that works44, and listen to every good proposal, no matter which party comes up with it.

Regardless of the arguments we’ve had in the past, regardless of the arguments we will have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now. You should pass it. (Applause.) And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country. (Applause.) And I ask -- I ask every American who agrees to lift your voice: Tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now. Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option. Remind us that if we act as one nation and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge.

President Kennedy once said, “Our problems are man-made –- therefore they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants.”

These are difficult years for our country. But we are Americans. We are tougher than the times we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been. So let’s meet the moment. Let’s get to work, and let’s show the world once again why the United States of America remains the greatest nation on Earth. (Applause.)

Thank you very much. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

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  1. "Never let a crisis go to waste".  The economic crisis is real: our economy is buried deep in a depression.  We are up to our ears in a sea of debt which will drown us when interest rates rise again.  The economic crisis is the fruit of decades of government by and compromising with LibTurds.  We can't spend our way out of debt. Increasing tax rates and imposing regulations that stifle economic activity are counter productive; part of the problem, not part of the solution. 
  2. The political crisis is imaginary, conjured up for partisan political gain. Rejecting counter productive proposals is not partisanship, it is statesmanship. When the patient is dying from poisoning by arsenic, he won't be cured by increased dosages of arsenic.
  3. Discussion centers on political impact because the speech is political; a campaign speech intended to secure your grip on power, not a realistic plan for economic growth. If you had a real plan, you would present it in writing, complete with a cost-benefit analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The fact that you are dribbling out empty platitudes in a series of campaign speeches tells us everything we need to know about your plan: it is a complete fraud.
  4. Elections have consequences, as we are learning to our sorrow. The Tea Party arose spontaneously precisely because a growing segment of the electorate is aware of the consequences of electing Socialists to high office.
  5. Everyone's income is someone else's expense. When we "tighten our belts", others suffer. When we lose our jobs, everyone in our chain of commerce and credit suffers with us.  We did not learn the wider lesson of the stock market crash of 1929. Income, wealth and economic activity in general must be based on reality, fantasy & fashion are not good economic foundations. We could have and should have learned from the .com bubble. Instead, we inflated the housing bubble, an artificial house of cards whose collapse was inevitable. If we  don't learn our lessons from electing you, this nation will soon land in the ash heap of history.
  6. Pay offs are what your corrupt cronies receive. Hard work does not always pay off.  No matter how hard a farmer works, crop failures caused by disease, pestilence, drought or flood can cause his effort and investment to be wasted, resulting in a total loss. Everyone who has tried cold call commission sales knows that hard work is not always rewarded.  Responsibility is not guaranteed to  pay off either. If you are careful with credit and savings, not living beyond your means, you can still be brought down by the consequences of the irresponsibility of others, especially the irresponsibility of those who write the laws & regulations and control the currency.
  7. "Fair" is one of those loaded words that carries a great deal of emotional impact without real substance. Try to define and quantify it.
  8. This is the point at which responsible & trustworthy Republican statesmen would have risen up and walked out in protest of the class warfare card.  The previous sentence was the first clue, this is the second. The erosion actually began with the whip sawing auto strikes of the '60s & '70s. Bad fiscal policies inflated the currency, leading to a wage/price spiral. Union goons and COLA recipients advanced, everyone else suffered. Unions strangled the golden goose, building the foundation for our present situation.
  9. Government should not be involved in putting any "interest" first; determining winners & losers is not the proper role of government. Obama is playing the class warfare card, Republicans should have thrown over the table and walked out.
  10. You already answered this question, with your call for "civility" in political discourse, TARP, Porkulus and playing the race and class cards.  While you accuse, by innuendo, the Republicans of irresponsibility, you are the real culprit. Your overweening arrogance and narcissism are disgusting.  Your campaign speeches induce urinary incontinence.
  11. In his running commentary on this speech, Mark Levin remarked that you are the lead clown. This is not a policy speech, it is a campaign speech, oriented not toward solving economic problems, but toward your re-election.  Your actions are those of a fireman throwing gasoline on a fire and sounding an extra alarm for more turnout to fight the blaze. 
  12. Translation: equality of outcome; income redistribution. That sentence is intended to advance the Socialist agenda, which is entirely contra-indicated by an  understanding of economics. In the real world, outcomes are not equal, and there is no security.
  13. This nation is defined by the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, which seized and secured the rights of citizens. It is not defined by trhe Socialist agenda you are promoting.
  14. You have no interest in solving problems, if you did, you would propose solutions instead of more of the same idiocy that caused & exacerbated them.  You are following the Cloward-Piven strategy: rule through ruin.  You believe, that by destroying our economy, you can institute your Socialist agenda. 
  15. Washington can make a difference by getting the Hell out of the way. Lift the flood gates that retard progress. Begin by repealing Obama Don't Care, which is raising costs and uncertainty. Continue by reversing and abandoning irrational and unreasonable "clean air" & "green energy" regulations that will vastly inflate energy & transportation costs. Totally drop the policies flowing from the anthropomorphic climate change fraud. For real progress, eliminate all artificial barriers to domestic petroleum exploration, production, transportation & refining.  If you really want economic growth, make Shrub's tax rate cuts permanent and eliminate the capital gains & death taxes entirely. Put a permanent end to double taxation.
  16. Government does not improve lives, it protects them. Get off our backs and out of the way.
  17. Haste makes waste. Instead of buying a pig in a poke, in a hurry on urgent business, Congress should  demand substantive details, examine them carefully and then tell you go go to 'rass your plans and go to Hell. If the Congress did not learn from the Obama Don't Care and TARP fiascoes, we need to replace  them. 
  18. Members of both parties supported all the failed policies that dug the rut we are in. We need a ladder, not a back hoe to get out of this rut. There are corrupt politicians and Socialists in both parties. We need to get rid of them, starting with you, November 6, 2012.
  19. If it ain't paid for in ready cash in hand, it ain't paid for. We have heard that lie before, and we recognize it' 'rass it and go to Hell.
  20. If you want to put people to work, employ them to do something productive that will generate enough revenue to pay their wages and benefits. If you can't do that, then sit down, shut up, get out of the way and let someone who can take your office.  You can remove the artificial barriers to economic recovery & growth. You can stop the fiscal irresponsibility that is drowning us in debt. Do it or resign.
  21. More jobs for unionized workers whose dues will flow into your campaign treasury. Aka. graft & corruption.  Government should never be engaged in picking favorites. When you confer special advantages on anyone, you disadvantage everyone else.
  22. "Tax breaks for corporations"; you are tripping over your own tongue. "Tax breaks" significantly less than the annual cost of wages and benefits for each hire and the aggregate of new hires will not produce the desired result. Employers need some expectation of making a profit, not taking a loss. They need predictable markets and costs. Your Obama Don't Care and energy related regulations do more to prevent job development than anything else.  They are not going to hire until sales & demand are seen to increase substantially with a trend curve that indicates they will be sustained. Inadequate, short term, single shot fixes are part of the problem, not part of the solution. 
  23. With OASDI rapidly approaching bankruptcy and the unemployment compensation system already in the red, that is a wonderful idea indeed.
  24. Investment and hiring decisions must be based on long term trends. Your tax and regulatory policies are counter productive, killing, not creating jobs. Employers hire after need is proven, not before. You are putting the cart before the horse.  
  25. Incentives built into tax laws need to be  predictable, reliable and sufficient to offset the cost of the behavior they are designed to promote. No competent manager will base hiring or pay decisions on a tax cut. Everyones income is an expense to someone else. If employers pay more, they will charge more, hurting their customers.
  26. How does that tax cut compare to the total cost of one employee, wages, benefits & payroll taxes?  How many new hires will it facilitate?
  27. Define your terms! You imply rebuilding infrastructure, which would not be as substantial as you imply and would vastly increase the defecit & debt. You really mean replace the Constitution with Das Kapital' 'rass it and go to Hell.
  28. What happened to the loot in the Highway Trust Fund?  Why was it not used to rebuild roads & bridges on an as needed basis? What is the annual Federal Motor Fuel tax revenue, and how is it spent?
  29. How much money does it cost to build an airport, and how many people does it employ? Will rough carpenters, electricians and brick layers, drywallers, finish carpenters and plumbers be put to work building bridges and highways? Do their training and skill sets transfer?  What is the cost of land acquisition, planning, zoning, etc?  How lown will this process take?  You will put millions to work overnight, yeah, right.  Show us your magic wand.
  30. Leaning is not a function of the facility, it is a function of the curriculum, resources and student ability, attitude & effort. Schools are a local, not a federal issue. 
  31. Promises, promises. This reminds me of an old dirty joke about starlings flying from a plow handle after feeding on manure. This is simply a proposal for pumping more borrowed money down the drain.
  32. Teachers are unionized. The NEA is a major contributor to Democrat campaign chests. We have played this game before and we lost. Lets not play it again. Let those whose outrageous wage and benefit demands contributed to the bankruptcy of local governments share in the suffering they caused.
  33. If you want to stimulate employment, don't piddle with nickle and dime tax cuts, quit taxing employers.
  34. You were perfectly happy to let Shrub's tax cuts expire, which would have hit our pockets much harder. your hypocrisy stinks like the manure pile it is.
  35. Those savings are a false promise and everybody knows it. Democrats do not cut spending! 
  36. What is the full cost of your money wasting graft plan?  Why didn't you declare it in your speech?
  37. Every Republican who sat through this class warfare attack should have one and only one competent, conservative, articulate, aggressive and well financed opponent in the next primary election cycle.  Failure to walk out on this is absolutely unforgivable. 
  38. The first thing to do is eliminate Obama Don't Care. Then you need to put curbs on outrageous litigation abuse and fraud. 
  39. Class warfare!!! The Democrats playing the class and race cards are setting us up for deadly and destructive riots. No statesman worth his salary would sit still in the face of that spew of feces. Every Republican who sat through that must be primaried!!!
  40. And you just proposed new tax breaks for corporations!  Your hypocrisy is apparent, it can not be concealed. Where are the Republicans who should have jeered and walked out? Have they no shame?
  41. No, it should give tax advantages to those who contribute the most to your campaign chest, like G.E.
  42. True, we can't wait, we demand your immediate resignation.
  43. You pretend that it will solve unemployment, education & transportation, ain't those lies enough?  Resign, liar, save us the trouble of impeaching you.
  44. Which of your ideas has worked? None of them ever will. Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing repeatedly, expecting different results.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Congress Must Expel Maxine Waters!

Breitbart has video of  the statement in which the dishonorable Representative Maxine Waters said   "the Tea Party can go straight to hell". When the applause subsided, she added "And I intend to help them get there".

    Did she get the memo about "civility" in political discourse?  In Detroit Monday, President Obama heard Jimmy Hoffa Jr. call us "sons of a bitch" and declare war on us. He made no protest, indicating his approval. His call for "civility" is a one way street.

    The Congress should reprimand President Obama for demagoguery and expel Rep. Waters for making a death threat. If they do not act, the electorate should take due notice and vote accordingly Nov. 6, 2012.

Michigan House Bill 4769 Bans Enforcement of Alien Laws

Having opened the bill in Adobe X, I searched it for the following terms: Islam, Muslim, Sharia, Shari'ah and Fiqh. No instances of any of those words was found in the legislation.

    An excerpt of the operative code is included below with the most significant clauses highlighted. It simply prohibits the application of any foreign law impairing the constitutional rights of litigants.

Sec. 2. A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other 
4  adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce 
5  a foreign law if doing so would violate a right guaranteed by the 
6  constitution of this state or of the United States. 
7  Sec. 3. (1) If any contractual provision or agreement provides 
8  for the choice of a foreign law to govern its interpretation or the 
9  resolution of any dispute between the parties and if the 
10  enforcement or interpretation of the contractual provision or 
11  agreement would result in a violation of a right guaranteed by the 
12  constitution of this state or of the United States, the contractual 
13  provision or agreement shall be applied as modified or amended to 
14  the extent necessary to preserve the constitutional rights of the 
15  parties.
16  (2) If any contractual provision or agreement provides for the 
17  choice of venue or forum outside of the states or territories of 
18  the United States, and if the enforcement or interpretation of the 
19  contractual provision or agreement applying that choice of venue or 
20  forum provision would result in a violation of any right guaranteed 
21  by the constitution of this state or of the United States, that 
22  contractual provision or agreement shall be interpreted or 
23  construed to preserve the constitutional rights of the person 
24  against whom enforcement is sought. Similarly, if a natural person 
25  subject to personal jurisdiction in this state seeks to maintain 
26  litigation, arbitration, agency, or similarly binding proceedings 
27  in this state, and if a court of this state finds that granting a 
claim of forum non conveniens or a related claim violates or would 
2  likely lead to a violation of the constitutional rights of the 
3  nonclaimant in the foreign forum with respect to the matter in 
4  dispute, the claim shall be denied. 
5  (3) Any contractual provision or agreement incapable of being 
6  modified or amended to preserve the constitutional rights of the 
7  parties pursuant to the provisions of this section is null and 
8  void.
9  (4) If a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, 
10  business association, or other legal entity contracts to subject 
11  itself to foreign law in a jurisdiction outside of any state or 
12  territory of the United States, this act does not apply to that 
13  contract.
14  Sec. 4. This act applies only to actual or foreseeable 
15  violations of the constitutional rights of a person caused by the 
16  application of the foreign law.

    An association of "moderate Muslims" has endorsed the proposed legislation in a press release, available as a pdf file.  Lets sample the document and take a closer look.

Washington, DC (September 6, 2011) – A coalition of diverse American Muslim leaders has announced support
for a  proposed bill in the Michigan State Assembly, HB 4679,  that is intended to bar Michigan courts from
enforcing any foreign law, if doing so violates any rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and/or the state of
Michigan‟s constitution.
   
  •     Nine endorsers are listed. at the end of the press release.
    •  Alliance for Democracy in Iran greets the world in Persian. It has a Facebook page liked by 170.
    • Council for Democracy and Tolerance presents a six point mission statemnt. Its founder has some associations that would make Muslim's heads explode. I found neither a statement of membership nor an independent Facebook presence. 
    • Hasan Mahmahmud is listed as an advisory board member of the World Muslim Congress.  Their Facebook link is to their founder's personal page with 4999 friends. 
    • Alliance of Iranian Women has an interesting web site which begins with an enumerated list of 17 misogynistic provisions of Shari'ah as imposed in Iran. I did not find membership numbers or a Facebook listing.
    • Muslim Canadian Congress is represented by Farzana Hassan, Ed.D and Tarek Fata. They have signs of activity & organization but no statement of a number of members. They have a -Facebook page with 27 members and several others totaling 4434 sympathetic to their position.  Opposing groups, some expressly denying representation, total 1688 members.
    • Lib for All seems to be an Indonesian organization with an American address and activity.  Their Facebook group has 517 members.
    • AIFD has several Facebook pages, the largest with 464 followers, a grand total of 829. 
    • Jalal Zuberi, MD is a professor of pediatric medicine, I doubt that his endorsement involves the medical school.
  • It appears that these leaders have approximately 11,000 followers; about 9 ten millionths of 1 percent of Muslims.
[...]As American Muslims, we  believe that the law should treat people of all faiths equally, while  protecting
Muslims and non-Muslims alike from extremist attempts to use the legal instrument of  shari„ah (also known as
Islamic jurisprudence, or fiqh) to incubate, within the West, a highly politicized and dangerous understanding of
Islam that is generally known as “Islamism,” or “radical Islam.”

American Muslims

    What differentiates American Muslims from African, Arabian or Asian Muslims?  What is the role of geography in their  belief system?  Do Muslims in other regions believe that the law should treat people differentially as a function of their religious affiliation?

extremist

    What is an extremist? Is it a Muslim with a non-standard belief set; a deviant from normative Islam or is it a zealot, a true believer? Exactly what differentiates American Muslims from extremists? 

dangerous understanding

    What is the meaning of "understanding" in this context? Is it anything other than interpretation?  What makes this interpretation dangerous?  Is there a standard interpretation of Islam?  Who, other than Islam's founder, is competent & authorized to interpret Islam?  Is Islam anything other than what Muhammad revealed in the Qur'an and exemplified in his Sunnah?

Islamism

    What differentiates Islam from Islamism?  Exactly what is the element that makes Islamism radical? Is Islamism anything other than Salafism: emulation of Muhammad, who combined  religious and temporal power in his own hands and those of his caliphs?

We see no evidence that statutes like HB 4769 will  adversely impact the free exercise  of our personal pietistic
observance of Islam, which is not in conflict with the U.S. or Michigan constitutions. [...]

free exercise

    The proposed law will not interfere with iman, hajj, salat, saum or zakat. Or will it? Islam requires payment of 2.5% of accumulated wealth and financial transactions. Zakat is divided into eight equal shares, one of which must be paid to those fighting in Allah's cause: terrorists. Federal law prohibits sending money to terrorists.

observance of Islam

    Do you sit on the sidelines and watch others perform Islam, or do you perform it?  How do you perform Islam without  obeying Allah and emulating Muhammad?

33:21. Indeed in the Messenger of Allâh (Muhammad ) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allâh and the Last Day and remembers Allâh much.

33:22. And when the believers saw Al­Ahzâb (the Confederates), they said: "This is what Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad ) had promised us, and Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad ) had spoken the truth, and it only added to their faith and to their submissiveness (to Allâh).

33:23. Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allâh [i.e. they have gone out for Jihâd (holy fighting), and showed not their backs to the disbelievers], of them some have fulfilled their obligations (i.e. have been martyred), and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed [i.e.they never proved treacherous to their covenant which they concluded with Allâh] in the least.

33:24. That Allâh may reward the men of truth for their truth (i.e. for their patience at the accomplishment of that which they covenanted with Allâh), and punish the hypocrites if He will or accept their repentance by turning to them in Mercy. Verily, Allâh is Oft­Forgiving, Most Merciful.

33:25. And Allâh drove back those who disbelieved in their rage, they gained no advantage (booty, etc.). Allâh sufficed for the believers in the fighting (by sending against the disbelievers a severe wind and troops of angels). And Allâh is Ever All­Strong, All­Mighty.

33:26. And those of the people of the Scripture who backed them (the disbelievers) Allâh brought them down from their forts and cast terror into their hearts, (so that) a group (of them) you killed, and a group (of them) you made captives.

33:27. And He caused you to inherit their lands, and their houses, and their riches, and a land which you had not trodden (before). And Allâh is Able to do all things.

   

personal, pietistic

    So, your personal interpretation of Islam rejects Surah Al-Anfal, Surah At-Taubah, Surah Al-Ahzab, Surah Muhammad, Surah Al-Hujuraat  & Surah As-Saff.  You also reject Muhammad's Sunnah in which he testified that he was commanded to fight and implemented that command. There is one little problem with that: You condemn yourself to eternal damnation by rejecting Allah's jihad imperatives.

2:85. After this, it is you who kill one another and drive out a party of you from their homes, assist (their enemies) against them, in sin and transgression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although their expulsion was forbidden to you. Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allâh is not unaware of what you do.

    Under the Shafi'ite school's Shari'ah, codified in Reliance of the Traveller, your rejection of Allah's jihad imperatives condemns you to death for apostasy.    

O8.1

When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.

O8.2

In such a case, it is obligatory for the caliph (A: or his representive) to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does, it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed.

 

O8.7: Acts that Entail Leaving Islam

(O: Among the things that entail apostasy from Islam (may Allah protect us from them) are: [...]

-7- to deny any verse of the Koran or anything which by scholarly consensus (def: b7) belongs to it, or to add a verse that does belong to it;

-14- to deny the obligatory character of something which by the consensus of Muslims (ijma`, def: B7) is part of Islam, when it is well known as such, like the prayer (salat) or even one rak'a from one of the five obligatory prayers, if there is no excuse (def: u2.4);

-19- to be sarcastic about any ruling of the Sacred Law;


According to AILC member C. Holland Taylor, “the Islamist agenda
threatens  not only the  well-being of the United States and its inhabitants, but also undermines and distorts the
highest principles of Islam itself.”

highest principles of Islam

    What are the "highest principles of Islam" and how does Islamism distort them?  Islamism conflates Islam and government, seeking to supplant man made laws with Shari'ah.  How does that differ from what Muhammad did? Did Muhammad distort the highest principles of the deen he founded?

    Who dictated the laws? Who judged crimes and imposed punishments?  Does the Qur'an prescribe penalties for zina, theft and alcohol consumption? Did Muhammad impose and execute them?  These quotes should settle the issue.

33:36. It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allâh and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allâh and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.

Malik's Muwatta Book 41, Number 41.2.12:

Malik related to me from Zayd ibn Aslam that a man confessed to fornication in the time of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, called for a whip, and he was brought a broken whip. He said, "Above this," and he was brought a new whip whose knots had not been cut yet. He said, "Below this," and he was brought a whip which had been used and made flexible. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, gave the order and he was flogged. Then he said, "People! The time has come for you to observe the limits of Allah. Whoever has had any of these ugly things befall him should cover them up with the veil of Allah. Whoever reveals to us his wrong action, we perform what is in the Book of Allah against him."

    Muhammad united in himself the offices of law giver and judge. Allah tells us that Muhammad is to be emulated.

33:21. Indeed in the Messenger of Allâh (Muhammad ) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allâh and the Last Day and remembers Allâh much.

“Michigan House Bill 4769 seeks to ensure that American Muslims can live in freedom and safety, in accordance with our constitutional principles, and not be enveloped by the tentacles of medieval, man-made laws that have been falsely accorded divine status,” said the AILC.

falsely accorded divine status

    I can not argue that Shari'ah is not medieval & man made nor can I argue that its divine status is not fallacious.  But when Muslims agree with me, they commit apostasy. [Reliance of the Traveller, O8.7, items 7, 14 & 19, quoted above.]  Examine the penalty for fornication codified in Reliance.

O12.1

The legal penalty is obligatorily imposed upon anyone who fornicates or commits sodomy (A: provided it is legally established (def: n11.2 (O:) ) ) when they:

(a) have reached puberty;

(b) are sane;

(c) and commit the act voluntarily;

no matter whether the person is a Muslim, non-Muslim subject of the Islamic state, or someone who has left Islam.

O12.2

If the offender is someone with the capacity to remain chaste, then he or she is stoned to death (def: o12.6), someone with the capacity to remain chaste meaning anyone who has had sexual intercourse (A: at least once) with their spouse in a valid marriage, and is free, of age, and sane. A person is not considered to have the capacity to remain chaste if he or she has only had intercourse in a marriage that is invalid, or is prepubescent at the time of material intercourse, or is someone insane at the time of marital intercourse who subsequently regains their sanity prior to committing adultery.

If the offender is not someone with the capacity to remain chaste, then the penalty consists of being scourged (def: o12.5) one hundred stripes and banished to a distance of at least 81 km./50 mi. for one year.

    If that is not divine law, then nothing in the Qur'an is divine!

24:2. The woman and the man guilty of illegal sexual intercourse, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allâh, if you believe in Allâh and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment. (This punishment is for unmarried persons guilty of the above crime but if married persons commit it, the punishment is to stone them to death, according to Allâh's Law).

racism

“To equate Bill 4769 to racism is not only dishonest, but is a poor and clumsy attempt at making ordinary Muslim Americans feel alien in their own homeland, while creating a rift between Muslims and the rest of our country,” said AILC member Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser.

    Where in HB 4769 is race or religion mentioned? What race is Islam?  Islam has enslaved Arabs, Africans, Asians and Caucasians, so, what race is it?  If we do not want our courts to enforce alien laws that impose corporal punishment, discount a woman's testimony, forbid Christians to testify and deny child custody to a Christian mother, how does that make us racists? 

The AILC statement reinforces the American Muslim community's commitment to the First Amendment‟s Establishment Clause and the separation between religion and state. Unfortunately, Islamist groups would like to compromise this separation and provide cover to medieval, misogynistic and homophobic laws that no Muslim is obligated to demand as public law.

obligated to demand

    I will quote one ayeh which is typical of  three  which impose an obligation to make Islam dominate the world.

9:33. It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad ) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islâm), to make it superior over all religions even though the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh) hate (it).

(9:33:8) liyuẓ'hirahu to manifest it

(48:28:8) liyuẓ'hirahu that He (may) make it prevail

(61:9:8) liyuẓ'hirahu to make it prevail

  • He it is Who has sent His Messenger, Muhammad (s), with the guidance and the religion of truth, that He may manifest it, make it prevail, over every religion, all the religions which oppose it, even though the disbelievers be averse, to this. Tafsir al-Jalalayn
  • The Good News that Muslims will conquer the Known World, and ultimately the Entire World
  • Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 65:

    Narrated Abu Musa:

    A man came to the Prophet and asked, "A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah's Cause?" The Prophet said, "He who fights that Allah's Word (i.e. Islam) should be superior, fights in Allah's Cause."

  • Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
    Narrated Anas bin Malik:
    Allah's Apostle said, "I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.' And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah." Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, "O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?" He replied, "Whoever says, 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah', faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have."
    Tafsir Ibn Kathir spreads the "good news" "that Islam will conquer"  based on 48:28. If any doubt remains, read 61:9 to the end of the surah, the context of the succeeding ayat leaves no room for doubt.  The mission of Islam is global conquest, participation in which is your get out of Hell free card.

spreading the plague

“Shari„ah law, wherever it has been applied in the public domain, be it in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, has resulted in untold misery and oppression of Muslims, in particular Muslim women, by Islamists and dictators who invoke shari„ah law to justify their rule,” said AILC member Manda Ervin. “Many of us fled the Muslim world to escape shari„ah law and to practice Islam in our personal lives, by moving to the USA and other western countries. We do not wish these laws to follow us here,” she concluded.

    It is impossible to dispute the facts raised by Manda Ervin. Unfortunately, those who flee the plague carry it with them.  Immunity requires apostasy.  None of us will be fully safe until everyone is immunized against Shari'ah.

CAIR    

    CAIR issued an action alert, claiming that "The bill does nothing to protect our legal institutions but only contributes to the growing climate of fear mongering against the American Muslim community which marginalizes and cast suspicion upon loyal Americans.".  They provide scripts with some interesting talking points. [Emphasis added.]
  • "authored by the anti-black racist David Yerushalmi"
  • "contributes to the growing climate of fear mongering"
  • "potentially stifle business development by creating unnecessary legal hurdles for international business investors"
  • " Anti-Muslim, Anti-Business bill"
    Of course there could not possibly be any rational basis for the proposed legislation, because Shari'ah is a non issue in Michigan courts. Yeah, right.

Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases  lists one Michigan case
http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=4294001533062003586&q=Islamic+OR+Sharia+OR+Muslim+OR+Islam&hl=en&as_sdt=4,23

In April 2008, defendant traveled to India and pronounced the following written triple talaq:
Now this deed witnesses that I the said Bade Pinjari, do hereby divorce Saida Tarikonda, daughter
of T. Babu Khan, by pronouncing upon her Divorce/Talaq three times irrevocably and by
severing all connections of husband and wife with her forever and for good.
1. I Divorce thee Saida Tarikonda
2. I Divorce thee Saida Tarikonda
3. I Divorce thee Saida Tarikonda . . . .

The parties disagree regarding whether plaintiff was notified of this triple talaq. However, in
May 2008, plaintiff filed a complaint for divorce in Michigan. Defendant filed a motion to dismiss
the complaint pursuant to MCR 2.116(C)(7) because of the existing Indian divorce. To
prove the divorce occurred, he offered a divorce certificate from a Wakf Board in Andhra
Pradesh, India. The trial court granted his motion. It instructed plaintiff to register the Indian divorce
in Michigan and file a separate complaint for custody and child support.


That ruling was overturned on appeal, but some litigants may lack the money and patience to pursue appeals. We should not take that risk. Go to
http://www.congress.org/,  create a free account,  enter your zip code and send emails to your  Michigan  Representative & Senator asking them to  co-sponsor and vote for this legislation.