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Ground Zero Mosque Developers Want $5 Million In Federal Money Intended To Rebuild Lower Manhattan After 9/11 – Jihad Watch

A request made all the more outrageous by the fact that Rauf & Co. have shown themselves to be some of the most startlingly incompetent managers of money and property in recent memory:

In late August, we found out that the mosque developers were tax deadbeats to the tune of $224,000. In an application for tax-exempt status, Rauf claimed to operate a mosque that could hold 500 people, but in reality was an apartment that could not hold so many worshipers if they were crammed in like clowns in a Volkswagen. Rauf has filed a false tax return. He is a slumlord – the worst in Union City, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the thug Sharif el-Gamal has been sued for an unpaid loan, and faced eviction from his SoHo office over $39,000 in back rent. He was found to owe $21,000 in fines on a property with 13 violations. And there are other unanswered questions.

And now they want more money – your money. The sense of entitlement that pervades the entire Ground Zero mosque project never ceases to amaze, as unsurprising as it is given the triumphalist agenda that drives it.

“Mosque Money Shocker,” by John Avlon for the Daily Beast, November 22 (thanks to all who sent this in):

Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located two blocks from Ground Zero earlier this month applied for roughly $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11th, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The audacious move stands to reignite the embers of a divisive debate that dominated headlines surrounding the ninth anniversary of the attacks this fall, say people vested in the issue.

The application was submitted under a “community and cultural enhancement” grant program administered by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation (LMDC), which oversaw the $20 billion in federal aid allocated in the wake of 9/11 and is currently doling out millions in remaining taxpayer funds for community development.

The redevelopment board declined to comment on the application (as did officials from Park51), citing the still ongoing and confidential process of determining the grant winners. While news of the application has not previously been made public, developer Sharif El-Gamal outlined it in closed-door meetings, according to two individuals he spoke with directly. The thirtysomething, Brooklyn-born El-Gamal is motivated more by real estate ambition – one of these sources describes him as aspiring to be the next Donald Trump – than Islamic theology or ideology.

Well, he’s not The Donald. But why couldn’t it be both?

Park51’s developers clearly had a legal right to apply for the grant. A list of Frequently Asked Questions that accompanied the application specifically states that religious organizations can make funding requests for capital projects “as long as the request is for a facility or portion of a facility that is dedicated to non-religious activities or uses.” According to an individual familiar with the Park51 application, it requests funds to cover a number of cultural, educational and community development aspects of the proposed 13-story building – but the prayer room is excluded from the grant application.

But the question on whether they could have is trumped by the question of whether they should have. The stated aim of the Park51 developers is to provide a community center for lower Manhattan’s 4,000 Muslim residents. Their own website explained that they understood the need to “appeal to the undecided, and change the conversation about Muslims in America.” It’s pretty clear that this play for federal dollars will generate none of that, starting with the lack of disclosure or community consultation before developers submitted their application, which was due November 5th.

“If Imam Feisal and his retinue want know why they’re not trusted, here’s yet another reason,” says Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble with Islam and Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU, when I asked her about the grant proposal. “The New Yorkers I speak with have questions about Park51. Requesting money from public coffers without engaging the public shows a staggering lack of empathy – especially from a man who says he’s all about dialogue.” […]

But the project likely doesn’t quality for a grant in the first place. Specifically, the grant criteria mandate a demonstration of a project’s financial feasibility, based on benchmarks set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The government will help complete development projects – but it does not provide seed capital. And in their last public financial statement, Park51 was found to have less than $20,000 in the bank for a project with a slated cost of $100 million.

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TSA Pat-Down Leaves Cancer Survivor Covered In Urine, Humiliated – MLive

A bladder cancer survivor traveling to Orlando, Fla., was left humiliated, upset and covered in his own urine on Nov. 7 after a TSA pat-down went awry at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Thomas D. Sawyer, of Lansing, must wear a urostomy bag that is sealed to a stoma from his stomach via a wafer as a result of his condition. On the day he traveled, Sawyer was flagged for a pat-down.

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TSA Makes Cancer Survivor Remove Her Prosthetic Breast – INews

Cathy Bossi of Charlotte, who has been a flight attendant for the past 32 years, said she was asked to go through the new full-body scanners at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

As a 3-year breast cancer survivor Bossi said she didn’t want the added radiation through her body, but reluctantly agreed. “The TSA agent told me to put my ID on my back,” Boss told WBTV correspondent Molly Grantham.

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TSA Defends ‘Strip Search’ Of Little Boy At Airport – Gateway Pundit

Of course, we couldn’t use top-notch behavioral profiling like they do in Israel. The corrupt state-run media won’t tell you about those highly effective profiling techniques. Instead, children and grandmas are getting groped and strip searched.

How much of this abuse will you take? The TSA is defending the strip search incident of a child at the Salt Lake City Airport.

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Passenger Strips To Avoid ‘Naked Scanner’ – News AU

A traveller has been arrested after shedding his clothes in a bid to avoid being frisked by airport staff. Sam Wolanyk was planning to fly to Barbados but declined to go through the full-body scanner.

His refusal meant he was singled out for a pat-down search instead. Mr. Wolanyk allegedly decided to strip down to his underwear instead, his lawyer Jason Davis of Orange Country said.

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At Least 278 Killed After Stampede At Cambodian Festival – Globe And Mail

A stampede on a bridge in Cambodia’s capital killed at least 278 people late on Monday, most of whom were women.

Most of the victims were crushed or drowned, after thousands panicked when several people were electrocuted while celebrating the end of an annual water festival. State television said two hospitals reported 278 were killed, among them 240 women.

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29 Escape Barefoot From Flooded Chinese Coal Mine – USA Today

Barefoot and wrapped in white quilts, 29 miners were pulled out of a Chinese coal mine Monday after being trapped by a flood and waiting a day for rescuers to pump out water.

State broadcaster China Central Television showed medics leading out the miners, naked and with their eyes shielded from the light after 24 hours in darkness. Crowds cheered as they were taken to ambulances.

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EPA Could Destroy 7.3 Million Jobs – Big Government

Environmental Protection Agency officials Wednesday provided power companies and states with new guidance on the EPA’s plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

A D.C. lobbyist for two major power companies told Bloomberg News that “the energy and manufacturing sectors will essentially be in a construction moratorium” as a consequence.

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Daily Benefactor News – Obama’s Budget Deficit: Still $1.3 Trillion – More Articles


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Obama’s Budget Deficit: Still $1.3 Trillion – USA Today

The Treasury Department reports what we already knew: the federal government owes a LOT of money. $1,294,000,000,000, to be exact. And that’s just for 2010. Overall, the national debt is $13.6 trillion, or $13,600,000,000,000.

The $1.29 trillion is the official U.S. budget deficit for the 2010 fiscal year, which ended two weeks ago. It’s slightly lower than originally projected, thanks to higher corporate income taxes and lower government bailout spending than anticipated. But that’s little solace to President Obama as Democrats head into the 2010 midterm elections.

“Even though that suggests that we’re moving in the right direction, the president thinks we still need to do a lot of work in order to get our fiscal house in order,” said deputy press secretary Bill Burton. “He’s taken a number of steps to do that already. And he’s going to continue to work hard to make sure that we’re on the right track.”

When the year began, the White House projected the deficit would be more than $1.5 trillion. Last year’s deficit was a record $1.4 trillion. As a share of the nation’s economy, those are the two largest deficits since World War II. The final figure equals 8.9% of the nation’s economy, down from 10% last year.

“By carefully managing the emergency initiatives to stop the financial panic and by accelerating our exit from those investments, we have significantly lowered the cost to taxpayers, bringing the costs of the financial rescue down by more than $240 billion this year,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said. “However, we still have a long way to go to repair the damage to the economy and address the long-term deficits caused by the crisis.”

The next shoe to drop in the deficit dance will come in December, when a bipartisan commission appointed by Obama and congressional leaders issues its recommendations for spending cuts, tax increases and other ways to slash the deficit. If 14 of the panel’s 18 members agree on anything, it will go to Congress for a vote.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell used the Treasury announcement to tweak the White House on an issue that will come up when Congress returns in November: whether to extend the massive tax cuts signed by George W. Bush nearly a decade ago. Obama wants to limit the tax cut to income below $250,000.

“After adding trillions more to the national debt, Democrats in Washington now want to take more money from the struggling Americans who need it most, and from the small-business owners across our country who create jobs,” McConnell said. “Saying no to more spending, more taxes and more debt is exactly what our constituents have been asking us to do. So we’ll keep doing it.”

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Poll: One Quarter Of Obama 2008 Supporters Defecting To GOP – Associated Press

President Barack Obama’s winning coalition from 2008 has crumbled and his core backers are dispirited. It’s now Republicans who stand to benefit from an electorate that’s again craving change.

Nearly two years after putting Obama in the White House, one-quarter of those who voted for the Democrat are defecting to the GOP or considering voting against the party in power this fall.

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China Coal Mine Explosion Kills 21, Traps 16 – CBS News

Rescuers battled dangerous levels of gas, tons of coal dust and the risk of falling rocks as they worked to free 16 miners trapped by an explosion at a mine in central China early Saturday. Twenty-one miners were confirmed killed.

The blast happened as the world still was celebrating Chile’s dramatically successful rescue of 33 miners trapped more than two months.

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North Korea Threatens To Attack South Korea Over Leaflets – Washington Times

North Korea renewed its threat Friday to attack South Korea over anti-Pyongyang leaflets being sent into the country, a sign of lingering tension after the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Civilian activists regularly use balloons to launch leaflets condemning Kim Jong-il across the border, a tactic Pyongyang views as part of official South Korean psychological campaigns aimed at toppling its regime.

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EPA Moves Closer To Spruce Mine Veto, Costing West Virginia Hundreds Of Jobs And Millions In Revenue – PR Newswire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 3 administrator, Shawn Garvin, has recommended that his agency veto the Clean Water Act permit that has already been approved for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, WV.

Arch Coal, the owner of the mine, was set to commit more than $250 million and create at least 250 new, well paying jobs in Logan County, WV.

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More Trouble For Mosque Man – New York Post

The money woes keep growing for a developer of the Ground Zero mosque. Valley National Bank is suing Sharif El-Gamal and his real-estate company seeking $95,778 plus interest for an unrepaid loan.

The firm took out a $100,000 line of credit, guaranteed by El-Gamal, from the bank in 2008, but defaulted in early 2009, according to court papers. A spokesman for El-Gamal declined to comment yesterday.

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Islamic Kids Cartoons Praised By Obama Draw Terse Warning – WorldNetDaily

A coming series of “superhero” cartoons promoting the tenets of Islam under the title of “The 99″ – which has been praised by President Obama – is drawing a terse warning from an expert who has analyzed media impact on people for decades.

“These are not the types of heroes you want your children to have,” Dr. Ted Baehr, chief of MOVIEGUIDE©, told WND today.

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Pelosi: Raising Money For Democrats More Important Than Voters In San Francisco – American Spectator

Explaining why she has refused to debate her Republican challenger, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that raising money for Democratic candidates “across the country” is a higher priority for her.

A video posted at Republican John Dennis’s Web site, titled ‘Why No Debate, Nancy Pelosi?’, shows Pelosi being asked, “Would you be open to debating your Republican opponent John Dennis in San Francisco?”

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Man Arrested For Breaking Into Trailer, Having Sex With Dog – Weekly Vice

Henry Ivey, a 39-year-old Georgia man was jailed Monday after he allegedly broke into a mobile home and had noisy sex with a dog he had been out walking.

Ivey was out walking two dogs when neighbors watched him break into a vacant mobile home and take one of the dogs inside. Neighbors called 911 when they began hearing loud noises and screams coming from inside the abandoned home.

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Drunk Man Had Shower In Wrong House – Orange News

A drunk Australian man went home for a shower to sober up – but got the wrong house. The woman who lived there was terrified to wake up to the sound of someone having a shower downstairs.

She frantically called the police who arrested her red-faced neighbour, reports Northern Territory News. “He was very apologetic,” Superintendent Daniel Shean told the newspaper.

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German “Heatball” Wheeze Outwits EU Light Bulb Ban – Reuters

A German entrepreneur is bypassing a European Union ban on light bulbs of more than 60 watts by marketing his own brand as mini heaters.

Siegfried Rotthaeuser and his brother-in-law have come up with a legal way of importing and distributing 75 and 100 watt light bulbs – by producing them in China, importing them as “small heating devices” and selling them as “heatballs.”

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Massachusetts Man To Be Charged With Toilet Paper Assault – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A Massachusetts man is facing an assault charge for allegedly hitting a town hall custodian on the back of the head with a roll of toilet paper because he was angry the cleaning man was whistling.

Framingham police say Allen Kerner was in town hall Wednesday using the bathroom. The custodian, who didn’t realize anyone was in the restroom, whistled as he replenished toilet paper rolls.

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The Ground Zero Mosque: A truly moderate Muslim’s perspective

Great post found over at American Perspective

Apparently there *are* some moderate muslims in America, and some are speaking out. This press release by Dr. M Zuhdi Jasser is heartening. He really gets it. And he expresses appreciation for American freedoms and fear of sharia law.

“As an American Muslim whose family fled persecution in Syria and as someone who has stood in the face of some resistance to the building of many of our houses of worship in the U.S., I fully understand the value of standing for religious freedom in America. But President Obama’s statement about the Ground Zero mosque at last night’s White House Iftar dinner is the latest example of political correctness gone awry.

The President commented that:

“Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America.”

Yes, Mr. President, this is America and you have fundamentally misunderstood the stakes in this discussion and the sentiments of the American people. Instead, you have focused on the very issue that the Islamist propagandists wish you to– the narrative that Americans somehow need lectures about Islam, Muslims, and religious freedom.

Your message to Americans will be spun on Al Jazeera and by Islamists across the world that President Obama reassured a friendly global Muslim audience at the White House Ramadan dinner that he was going to remind Americans about the principles of religious freedom for Muslims since they seem to be trampling over those principles in the local dispute at Ground Zero in New York.

Mr. President this is not about religious freedom. It is about the importance of the World Trade Center site to the psyche of the American People. It is about a blatant attack on our sovereignty by people whose ideology ultimately demands the elimination of our way of life. While Imam Faisal Rauf may not share their violent tendencies he does seem to share a belief that Islamic structures are a political statement and even Ground Zero should be looked upon through the lens of political Islam and not a solely American one.

As a Muslim desperate to reform his faith, your remarks take us backwards from the day that my faith will come into modernity. I do not stand to eliminate Imam Rauf’s religious freedom; I stand to make sure that my children’s religious freedom will be determined by the liberty guaranteed in the American Constitution and not by clerics or leaders who are apologists for shar’iah law and will tell me what religious freedom is.

‘Park 51′, ‘The Cordoba House’ or whatever they are calling it today should not be built, not because it is not their right to do it – but because it is not right to do it.” Mr. President, your involvement in this issue is divisive not uniting. Your follow-up stating that ‘you will not speak to the wisdom of the construction of that mosque and center’ indicates a passive-aggressive meddling on your part that only marginalizes those Muslim and non-Muslim voices against it while pretending to understand both sides of the debate.

How inspiring it is to hear a Muslim speak out against this proposed mosque, frankly, we need lots more of this from American Muslims.

Your Blog of the Day American Power

Donald Douglas does an outstanding job at his blog, and richly deserves all the kudos we can give him. Consider these three posts in which Douglas lays out why we all better be very wary of those pushing so hard for te Ground Zero Mosque to be built!

Douglas is concerned, as am I, why so many “moderate” Muslims have such a hard time condemning Hamas as a terrorist organization that it is.

I don’t know, but my guess is that Victory Mosque supporters aren’t thinking too carefully about their viewpoints. Scroll forward to about 3:20 minutes at the clip. That’s Imam Dawoud Kringle debating Andrew McCarthy on Fox Business Channel. Imam Kringle twists and turns when David Asman asks him if “Hamas is a terrorist organization?” All folks have to do is check the Hamas Charter to understand the goals of these fanatics. The tide is turning against the leftist-Islamist alliance. Imam Rauf and Daisy Khan have been exposed and their backers debunked and repudiated. Most of all the despicable JournoList national media has once again disgraced itself. We no longer have even a shred of an objective press today in the United States. Where one finds decent, fact-based reporting, free of bias, that’s something to hold up to kudos and emulation. But we have to keep up with the fight. The tide is turning.

As Douglas points out, the troubling inability among the self-proclaimed “Moderate Muslims” to call terrorism terrorism is only part of the big picture. There is also the money trail that must be examined

Finally, Douglas takes a long hard look at the Left, which refuses to see any of the danger signs. They are far more intent, it appears, to see Conservatives as villains and threats to our way of life than they do Jihadis. Even if it means falsely proclaiming their ideological opposites as haters.

We have to be honest with ourselves folks. We have Muslims, claiming to be moderates while they refuse to identify terrorist groups, who are trying to place a mosque at Ground Zero. They claim this mosque is being built to bring healing, yet, they know it is being received as incredibly hurtful and insensitive. The question must be asked. Why have they refused offers to negotiate a different location? Clearly there is more at work than “sensitivity”: here.

We have the Left, demanding that this mosque be built, again, largely in the name of sensitivity, when they KNOW, that it is as insensitive as it could be to most Americans, including the survivors of the victims of 9/11! Why must their precious devotion to sensitivity be exacted at the cost of such gross and cold-hearted insensitivity? I mean, they fret over whether singing “Happy Birthday” might offend someone, so why not be at least a tad concerned for the feelings of the 9/11 families?  And why are they so intent, on not just being insensitive to these opponents of the mosque, but to demonizing them as no better than Nazis, and Brownshirts?

The answer, I fear, is that the Left, again, is showing itself to be intent on, in one manner or another, dismantling America, and forcing their definitions of “tolerance” “sensitivity” and “freedom” upon us, no matter the cost.