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Sharia Advisors – Barack Obama’s Muslim Appointees in High Security Positions


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Just how does one even begin to understand how the President would place people into positions that seem like placing the proverbial Fox in the Chicken Coop? Barack Obama has placed individuals who represent, or are a part of, the Muslim Brotherhood into high security positions. Is this due to the fact that Obama is a Muslim? Is this due to the fact that Obama may think that showing the Muslim community he has placed Muslims in high positions will stop them from hating the United States? Could this be due to his Marxist ideology he developed while at Occidental College? Maybe, just maybe, it is because Obama just does not wish for the United States to be strong and he wants to show the world the United States is not the leader it once was. One thing Obama has shown to the world is that he is not a world leader nor is he an American leader.

Let us get to the people we are talking about and the positions they have been placed in by Obama. We’ll also see what their background is, and how it could ruin the United States. First, we must mention a recent report about a new “Party” being comprised of the same type of individuals that killed all those people in the Twin Towers! This new party is made up of fundamentalist Muslims here in the United States with their main goal being to take over the United States from within. Their plans are to place their candidates into elections to win so they can destroy the Constitution and create a nation of Islamic laws!

These very people we are about to expose are associated with this line of thinking, and the Socialists/Marxists within Congress are showing them the way. The majority of what is contained in this article is backed up by links to sources that that you can read and decide for yourselves whether or not there is a serious Islamic threat to the United States.

Let’s begin our expose.

Muslims in the White House Administration

 Arif Alikhan

Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Former deputy mayor of Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles
  • Was responsible for derailing the LAPD’s plan to monitor activities within the Los Angeles Muslim community
  • Was appointed as assistant secretary for the Office of Policy Development in Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security in 2009
  • Became a Professor of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism in 2010

An opponent of President George W. Bush’s prosecution of the war on Islamic terror, Alikhan was responsible for derailing the LAPD‘s efforts to monitor activities within the city’s Muslim community, where numerous radical mosques and madrassas were known to exist, and where some of the 9/11 hijackers had received support from local residents.

In April 2009, President Barack Obama‘s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed Alikhan as assistant secretary for DHS’s Office of Policy Development. Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations‘ Los Angeles branch, praised the “well-deserved” appointment.

Thirteen days prior to his DHS appointment, Alikhan, a devout Sunni Muslim, had participated in a Muslim Public Affairs Council fundraiser titled “Be the Change,” to support that organization’s leadership-development programs.

Even the left leaning site Snopes confirms this:

Obama Appoints 2 Devout Muslims to Homeland Security Posts 

Obama and Janet Nappy Appoint Devout Muslim to Homeland Security Post,

Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development…
Kareem Shora, who was born in Damascus, Syria was appointed by DHS Secretary Napolitano on Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)

Arif Alikhan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, served for seven years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles specializing in computer crime, and in November 2006 the mayor of Los Angeles chose him to serve as the Deputy Mayor of Homeland Security for that city. In April 2009, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed Mr. Alikhan to the position of Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

Arif comes from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s office, where he served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety. As a key adviser to the Mayor, he has led the City’s efforts to develop homeland security, emergency management and law enforcement initiatives, including operational oversight of Los Angeles Police, Fire and Emergency Management departments. He is a former federal prosecutor and senior advisor to the U.S. Attorney General, and has partnered extensively with local, state and federal agencies.

Before serving as Deputy Mayor, Alikhan was a career prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997-2006. During that time, he served as Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Crimes Section for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the national Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program for the Department of Justice. Alikhan holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Was it not men of the “Devout Muslim Faith” that flew planes into U.S. buildings not too long ago? What the heck is this president thinking?

Here we show devout Muslim style people holding posts that have deep inside operations over the “Security” of the United States! Now, one has to wonder why has this happened and what was Obama thinking of when he made these appointments? Is this just a reflection of Obama’s deep inside ideologies, or is this Obama’s way to work out his Marxist ideology he was developed back in 1981?

We must move on to the other 5 individuals with backgrounds deeply embedded with Muslim ideology, and in some cases, links to the very Muslim Brotherhood that is proud to state they wish to destroy the United States. This is the same Muslim Brotherhood that Barack Obama’s brother, Malik, helps to finance and of which the Egyptian media has said Obama is a member. As a side note, one of Barack Obama’s foundations, which was founded by Malik, is tied to terrorism.

Mohammed Elibiary
– Homeland Security Adviser

Now, here we have an individual that is an Islamic Cleric!

  • Islamic cleric
  • Admirer of the late Ayatollah Khomeini 
  • Has advised numerous law-enforcement organizations on homeland security-related matters
  • Was named to President Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council in 2010
  • Misused classified documents in an effort to promote the notion that “Islamophobia” was widespread

Mohamed Elibiary is a Texas-based Islamic cleric who founded Lone Star Intelligence LLC, a security crisis consulting firm, and the Freedom and Justice Foundation (F&J), a Muslim nonprofit group established in November 2002 to “promote a centrist public-policy environment in Texas by coordinating the state-level government and interfaith community relations for the organized Texas Muslim community.” F&J played a key role in successfully lobbying for the passage of Texas’s Halal Food Law (the state’s first Muslim consumer-protection statute), and for the institution of Islamic prayers (recited by Imams) in both chambers of the State Legislature.(Where are the athieist where this is concerned? JB)

Elibiary was a guest speaker at a December 2004 conference in Dallas, titled “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary,” which was held in honor of the late Ayatollah Khomeini. When a reporter subsequently asked Elibiary to explain why he had chosen to appear at an event honoring the iconic jihadist, Elibiary claimed not to have known in advance about the conference’s agenda. When journalist Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News voiced skepticism about Elibiary’s explanation, the latter threatened Dreher, telling him: “Expect someone to put a banana in your exhaust pipe.”

In a 2006 letter to the Dallas Morning News, Elibiary defended the profoundly anti-American early Muslim Brotherhood leader and theorist Sayyid Qutb, stating: “I’d recommend everyone read Qutb, but read him with an eye to improving America not just to be jealous with malice in our hearts.”

In October 2011 it was reported that Elibiary had recently been given access to a highly sensitive DPS database (the Homeland Security State and Local Intelligence Community of Interest, or HS SLIC) containing hundreds of thousands of intelligence reports intended solely to aid law-enforcement agencies. In fact, Elibiary was the only Homeland Security Advisory Council member (out of 26) who was permitted to view the HS SLIC.Really 01

In early November 2011, Elibiary’s access to the HS SLIC database was revoked. He retained his post as a Department of Homeland Security advisor, however. In September 2013 he was promoted to senior advisor at the Advisory Council, a title held only by a small number of select members.

In October 2013, Elibiary said: “I do consider the United States of America an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution.” What he meant was that the Constitution and Islamic law reflect the same values and principles.Really 01

On more than one occasion in 2013, Elibiary opined that his close friend, former Holy Land Foundation president and CEO Shukri Abu Baker — who had been convicted in 2008 of financing the terrorist organization Hamas – was, in fact, an innocent victim of political persecution.

Is it any wonder that Obama is seen as a very weak President? Making appointments like this do not help with a firm appraisal of the situation. Elibiary has serious problems engaging in taqiyyah, as evidenced here, here, here and here.

Rashad Hussain

Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

  • Was named deputy associate counsel to President Barack Obama in 2009
  • Was appointed (by Obama) as a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference in 2010

In October 2000, Hussain spoke at a conference sponsored by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists and Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Titled “Islam, Pluralism, and Democracy,” this gathering featured appearances by numerous leaders of the global Muslim Brotherhood, including such notables as Louay Safi, Jamal Barzinji, Hisham Al-Talib, and Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman.

In June 2002, Hussain participated in a Congressional Staffers panel at the American Muslim Council‘s (AMC) 11th annual convention. At that time, AMC was headed by the Muslim Brotherhood leader Abdurahman Alamoudi, who would later be convicted and incarcerated on terrorism charges.

In 2003, Hussain was a recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, which was founded by, and named after, George Soros‘s older brother and sister-in-law.Really 01

In January 2009, Hussain — recruited by Cassandra Butts, advisor to (and former Harvard Law School classmate of) President Barack Obama — was named deputy associate counsel to the President. In that position, Hussain focused on issues involving national security, new media, and outreach to the Muslim community. As Obama prepared for his June 2009 trip to Cairo, Hussain helped Ben Rhodes, the President’s principal foreign-policy speechwriter, draft the address that Obama would deliver at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University. According to Hussain, his own input was geared toward emphasizing the contributions that Muslims have made to American society, and clarifying the context behind some passages in the Koran. (I would like someone to tell me what they were? JB)

In August 2010, Hussain took part in an interfaith “bridge-building” trip organized by the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Suhail Khan. Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism pointed out that “two of the Islamic leaders attending the trip … had made anti-Semitic, radical Islamic statements or [had] justified terrorist attacks” on previous occasions.

It should be noted that, notwithstanding his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, Hussain endorses the use of the term “Hamas terrorists.” Further, he urges Muslim leaders to spread the message that genuine Islam forbids acts of terrorism and extremism. While aiming to “discredi[t] the terrorist ideology,” however, Hussain cautions against efforts to tie that objective to the imposition of democracy on Islamic nations; such efforts, says Hussain, could be perceived by Muslims as manifestations of an imperialistic mindset. Thus, he proposes that the U.S. build a Muslim coalition “not limited to those who advocate Western-style democracy, and avoid creating a dichotomy between freedom and Islamic society.”

Now could one even think of the kind of flack a Republican would garner to have this guy associated with the White House in any way? It has to make one wonder just what is Obama doing? Is he really making a very bold attempt to destroy the United States? Let us continue.

Salam al-Marayati
– Obama Adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is its current executive director

  • Founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Accused Israelis of responsibility for the 9/11 attacks
  • Hamas and Hezbollah sympathizer

Just these 3 things alone should have brought forth questions, but we as Citizens of the United States have been asleep at the wheel and now need to take that wheel away from Obama and all his Islamic, Socialist, Communist, and Marxist friends before we lose our very freedoms. Take a look at this guy’s background.

Salam Al-Marayati is the founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a Los Angeles-based Islamic advocacy group that defends Muslim extremist violence. MPAC has condemned the anti-terrorism measures of both the U.S. and Israel and has called for a repeal of the Patriot Act.

On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, Al-Marayati used a Los Angeles talk radio program as a forum in which to accuse the Israelis of responsibility for that morning’s attacks on New York and Washington. Al-Marayati has also called for the U.S. government to unfreeze the assets of two Islamic charities, the Global Relief Foundation and the Holy Land Foundation, that were shut down by the government because of funding they had given to terrorist organizations.

Al-Marayati refuses to call Hezbollah a terrorist group. “I don’t think any group should be judged 100% this or that,” he says. “I think every group is going to have . . . its claim of liberation and resistance.” He has similarly justified Hamas‘ existence as a political entity that promotes social programs and “educational operations.” “Yesterday’s terrorists in the Middle East are today’s leaders,” he says. “The PLO is the number one example of this . . . The PLO 35 years ago was considered a terrorist organization, nobody should deal with them . . . But they became the people in authority, in Palestine, today. So Hamas today, the way it’s being viewed, is exactly how the PLO was viewed 30 years ago. And, in fact, even Hamas in terms of its social and educational operations is doing exactly what the PLO was doing 35 years ago, as well as its quote unquote military operations.”Really 01

In October 2010, the Barack Obama administration picked Al-Marayati to represent the U.S. government at the annual Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe human-rights conference, known as the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting.

Now this guy seems to be a real piece of work. He should never be associated with any part of the United States, especially when it comes to advising the president and having any say in domestic or foreign policy.

Imam Mohamed Magid
– Obama’s Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America 

This shows a direct link to Obama himself and this guy is a “leader” of a group that does not like the United States Constitution nor its people! But let us show you just who this character is!

  • President of the Islamic Society of North America
  • Accused the Bush administration of waging a “war against Islam and Muslims”
  • Says that media references to jihad as “holy war” constitute a “misuse” of that term
  • Was named to President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2011
  • Persuaded DHS to erase from its “Countering Violent Extremism” curriculum any suggestion that Muslim terrorism draws its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam 

Ten days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Magid, angered by what he perceived to be a growing anti-Muslim sentiment among the American people, belligerently told journalists: “We cannot be apologetic about being Muslims in this country … We have a right to be Muslim.”Really 01

In March 2002, federal agents raided the offices of many northern-Virginia-based Muslim organizations, including ADAMS, on suspicion that they were providing material support to terrorists. This initiative, known as “Operation Green Quest,” was the largest investigation of terror-financing ever conducted anywhere in the world. Soon after the raids had been completed, Magid held a public meeting in the town of Sterling, where he encouraged “community building” among the groups that were being investigated. To this meeting, he invited such notables as Kit Gage of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom; Mahdi Bray, political advisor for the Muslim Public Affairs Council; and Nihad Awad, the pro-Hamas executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Awad told the outraged crowd: “This is a war against Islam and Muslims. Our administration [i.e., the Bush administration] has the burden of proving otherwise.”

Notwithstanding his combative track record, Magid has cultivated, in media and political circles, an image as a moderate Muslim. The Huffington Post, for one, has dubbed him “America’s Imam.” In 2005, Time magazine published a lengthy profile of Magid, likewise depicting him as a voice of moderation who “work[s] closely with the FBI,” “regularly opens doors for [FBI] agents trying to cultivate contacts in his Muslim community,” and “alerts the bureau when suspicious persons approach his congregation.” The Time report, however, angered many of Magid’s Muslim constituents who viewed the FBI as their enemy. Consequently, Magid felt compelled to issue a “clarifying statement” explaining that his meetings with FBI personnel were intended mainly to “convey … that our Muslim community needs to be treated as partners, not as suspects,” and to “work with law enforcement to preserve our civil liberties and civil rights.” Further, Magid emphasized that he and his fellow Muslim leaders did “not use these monthly meetings to report upon the activities of our community members.”

In 2011 President Barack Obama appointed Magid to serve on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. In this position, Magid was authorized to train and advise personnel affiliated with the FBI and other federal agencies. He soon became a regular visitor to the White House, and merged as perhaps the most influential and sought-after Muslim authority in the United States. (Does anyone else see the stupidity in this? JB)

In his new DHS role, Magid, claiming that media references to jihad as “holy war” constituted a “misuse” of the term, asked Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez to: arrange for Magid to meet regularly with top Justice Department officials; allow Magid to reeducate FBI agents vis a vis Islam and its practitioners; and carefully avoid criticism of Islam, which Magid characterized as “religious bigotry and hate.” Magid and other Muslim lobbyists also persuaded government officials to ban the practice, at airports, of conducting the extra security checks on passengers traveling from a number of Islamic countries — checks that had been instituted after a Nigerian Muslim tried to blow up a passenger plane on Christmas Day 2009.

In response to pressure from Magid and his fellow lobbyists, DHS carefully erased from its “Countering Violent Extremism” curriculum any suggestion that Muslim terrorism drew its inspiration from the laws and doctrines of Islam. In 2012, the FBI purged some 700 documents and 300 presentations from its training materials and lesson plans. (But, that same material lists Evangelical Christians as radical extremist that need to be watched. JB)

On March 8, 2013, Magid and ten religious leaders met with President Obama for a 90-minute conversation about immigration reform. Also present at the meeting was senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. Three days later, Magid took part in a meeting with Obama where the President listened to “recommendations” designed to help him prepare for his upcoming diplomacy trip to the Middle East.

In addition to his DHS work, Magid has also served with the National Security Council and has been a member of the FBI’s Muslim, Sikh, and Arab Advisory Board.
* Magid is a member of the Peaceful Families Project; the Annual Twinning of Mosques and Synagogues; Fairfax Faith Communities in Action; the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly; the National Interfaith Planning Committee for Domestic Violence; the Buxton Interfaith Initiative; and the George Mason University Campus Ministry. He is also the chairman of Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action, a board member of the Fairfax County Partnership for Youth, and a board member of the FaithTrust Institute.

* In 2010 and 2011, Magid attended Ramadan Iftar Dinners at the Obama White House.

Is it just us or does it seem that these people shown here do not present the best ideas for a free United States? How in the world could anyone place such individuals in the positions Obama has them in? This makes the United States look weak, giving refuge and high security clearance to people that do not wish the nation any good! However, there is one more individual we wish to expose.

Eboo Patel
– Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

Now this guy is really out there with all sorts of problems, but where has the Lame stream media been to ask questions about people such as this man? Has our nation lost the drive to ask serious questions and only accept what is doled out to them in spoons of filth? Eboo Patel:

Now this is going to get very interesting, but why has the “Lame Stream Media” overlooked this one?

In 2005 Patel and several young radicals co-authored the book Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out. Among Patel’s co-authors were Chesa Boudin (the adopted son of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers) and Ismail Khalidi (the son of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi). The book’s Preface was written by Ayers’ wife, Weather Underground co-founder Bernardine Dohrn. The back cover featured an endorsement from the convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu-Jamal. And on the Acknowledgments page, Patel and his fellow authors thanked Ayers personally for the “guidance” and “encouragement” he had provided.

(Does the title sound a bit like Obama’s book, Dreams of My Father? Maybe Bill Ayers wrote the one for this guy too?) 

In Patel’s 2007 book, “Saving Each Other, Saving Ourselves”, the author recounts discussions that he had with Imam Rauf regarding the future of Islam in the United States. “Islam is a religion that has always been revitalized by its migration,” writes Patel. “America is a nation that has been constantly rejuvenated by immigrants. There is now a critical mass of Muslims in America.” The website of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, an organization co-founded by Rauf, once listed Patel as one of the top “Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.”

In a 2007 interview with National Public Radio to promote his next newly published book, Acts of Faith, Patel was asked about the “affinity” he felt for the radicalism of Bill Ayers, as he described in the book. Noting that “I actually grew up in the same hometown that Bill Ayers did,” Patel replied: “I was kind of taught the same myths about America, a land of freedom and equality and justice, etc., etc. And then, when I got to college, I saw people eating out of garbage cans for dinner, and I saw Vietnam vets drinking mouthwash for the alcohol, and I thought to myself, this is not the myth that I grew up with.” This harsh reality, Patel said, caused him to feel enormous “rage,” and he credited the “faith-based movement” for having helped him “direc[t] that rage in a direction far more compassionate and far more merciful—with the Catholic Worker Movement.” “Had [I] been one of the people involved in the Weather Underground who were sitting at my kitchen table when I was 18 years old and raging,” said Patel, “my life could have been very different.”

In late July 2011, Patel spoke at the main event of a three-day convention held by the Muslim Students Association. Specifically, he participated in a panel alongside Tariq Ramadan (grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna) and Siraj Wahhaj (who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing). 

In 2011 Patel depicted Van Jones, the revolutionary communist who had served several months as President Obama’s “green jobs” czar, as an “American patriot,” a “faith hero,” and one of “the true giants of history.”

Patel is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN. He has blogged for the Huffington Post, USA Today, and Sojourners, among other outlets. Moreover, he has served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ religious advisory committee, the Aga Khan Foundation’s national committee, and the Duke University Islamic Studies Center’s advisory board. He is a fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, and has spoken in such major venues as the Clinton Global Initiative and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

 

Now this guy sounds bad. Could you think of what he would have done had he lived and worked with Bill Ayers in the Weather Underground? To have this man as the head of your “Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships” just seems to be extending a hand to the devil himself!

We have shown just a few of the very questionable appointees that Obama has made, and these people should have raised red flags all over the place. The so-called “News Media” should have been on this like flies on sugar, but it appears that the people just do not seem to care or they are apathetic. They just do not want to see what is going on in their own backyard, and even though it is a big one, the entire United States is our back yard.

If we don’t know what is going on in our own back yard, one day we will wake up to Bayonets in our faces, being marched off to camps of reorientation, or worse! If we as a nation do not wake up, and soon, it may well be too late to save the US from the throws of Dictatorship and the caliphate. We know this sounds very critical, but if we do not take a stand as was done in Nevada with Cliven Bundy, we will all lose our freedom.

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White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition


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LESLIE E. KOSSOFF/AP – Vehicles travel southbound on Virginia’s Interstate 395 inside the Capital Beltway during rush hour near the King Street exit in this file photo.

With pressure mounting to avert a transportation funding crisis this summer, the Obama administration Tuesday opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs.

The proposal, contained in a four-year, $302 billion White House transportation bill, would reverse a long-standing federal prohibition on most interstate tolling.

Though some older segments of the network — notably the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes and Interstate 95 in Maryland and Interstate 495 in Virginia — are toll roads, most of the 46,876-mile system has been toll-free.

“We believe that this is an area where the states have to make their own decisions,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We want to open the aperture, if you will, to allow more states to choose to make broader use of tolling, to have that option available.”

The question of how to pay to repair roadways and transit systems built in the heady era of post-World War II expansion is demanding center stage this spring, with projections that traditional funding can no longer meet the need.

That source, the Highway Trust Fund, relies on the 18.4-cent federal gas tax, which has eroded steadily as vehicles have become more energy efficient.

“The proposal comes at the crucial moment for transportation in the last several years,” Foxx said. “As soon as August, the Highway Trust Fund could run dry. States are already canceling or delaying projects because of the uncertainty.”

While providing tolling as an option to states, the White House proposal relies on funding from a series of corporate tax reforms, most of them one-time revenue streams that would provide a four-year bridge to close the trust-fund deficit and permit $150 billion more in spending than the gas tax will bring in.

The corporate tax reform proposal has gotten a lukewarm reception even from Democrats in Congress, and Foxx emphasized that the administration is open to any counterproposal that wins bipartisan support.

With the trust fund about to run into the red and the current federal highway bill set to expire Sept. 30, Congress cannot — as its members often note — keep “kicking the can down the road.”

Even a temporary extension of the current bill would require them to authorize a transfer of money from the general fund.

Details of the president’s proposal, which he first outlined almost two months ago, were welcomed as a sign of growing momentum toward a resolution, even by those who couldn’t fully embrace his plan.

“While we may not agree with all aspects of the administration’s proposal, we look forward to the continuing dialogue with Congress and the administration on charting America’s transportation future,” said Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said the bill helped “advance the discussion” but said a federal gas tax increase should be used to fund it.

“The gas tax remains the most tested and logical way of meeting our critical investment needs,” O’Sullivan said.

“For too long, Congress’s duct-tape approach has made our roads and bridges unsafe, destabilized the construction industry and slowed our economy.”

The federal tax last was raised in 1993 and has not been adjusted for inflation.

Another advocacy group, the nonprofit Transportation for America, spelled out its concerns Tuesday in a report, “The looming financial disaster for transportation.”

The report provided a state-by-state accounting of the percentage of transportation funding that came from Washington. In most cases, it amounted to about half, though some states were far more dependent on federal dollars. (Federal funds accounted for 52 percent of the District’s funding, 49 percent of Maryland’s and almost 59 percent of Virginia’s.)

It also broke down the funding that would be lost by each major metropolitan area without federal revenue, pegging the Washington region’s loss at $424 million.

“Congress has an opportunity to not only save the transportation program, but to recommit to investing in the repairs and improvements our communities and businesses need,” said James Corless, the group’s director.

Corless predicted that most Americans would accept tax increases to fund transportation.

“When people understand where the dollars are being spent, the direct impact to their lives, they support paying their fair share,” he said.

Foxx said the highway trust fund would face a $63 billion shortfall over the next four years.

“What our proposal would do is [use] pro-growth business tax reform to backfill in the highway trust fund,” Foxx said. “We would put that $63 billion back in place to stabilize the highway trust fund, and then the additional $90 billion would be spent on new programs.”

He said the $302 billion bottom line for the proposal would be reached “through a combination of existing taxes that go to the highway trust fund that would equate to $152 billion on their own, and then $150 billion in transitional revenues from pro-growth tax reform.”

The proposal emphasizes a fix-it-first approach that would give funding priority to existing roads, bridges and transit systems rather than expanding their network.

It would expand reforms intended to streamline environmental reviews and project delivery that were begun in the current federal highway bill.

It also would expand popular loan-guarantee programs that have been used by state and local governments to fund projects. The White House plan would almost double funding — from $12.3 billion to $22.3 billion — for transit systems and intercity passenger rail.

In addition, the plan would increase the fine an automaker could face for a safety violation from the current $35 million to $300 million.

Though that proposal is not new, it takes on greater significance amid the debate over General Motors’s delayed recall of 2 million cars with faulty ignition switches that are alleged to have led to at least 13 deaths.

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Why Americans must Choose Patriotism over Multiculturalism

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Based on President Obama’s own words and his subsequent actions we concluded at the time that he was not an American patriot and that he did not love America. Perhaps you remember the controversy early in Obama’s presidency that grew out of his refusal to wear an American flag in his lapel. Conservative media outlets called so much attention to his bare lapels that the president was more or less forced to begin wearing a flag pin, but it never has seemed to suit him. We concluded further that no individual who refuses to profess his love for our country and to demonstrate that love by his actions should be allowed to serve as president. This, by the way, was why our Founders built the citizenship clause into the Constitution. They knew that the fastest way to undermine the form of government they had sacrificed so much to establish and the freedom it affords American citizens would be to allow a closet foreigner who does not love our country to serve as president. This would be like giving a fox the keys to the henhouse.

Owing to the efforts of so-called progressives, by the time Barack Obama was elected president, patriotism had become passé in America. The new watchword was multiculturalism, and progressives who had worked so long to undermine the concept of patriotism now had a friend in high places. President Obama wasted no time in setting a multicultural/anti-patriotism tone for America while simultaneously joining with his fellow progressives to denounce our country by claiming America has much to apologize for and by refusing to acknowledge American exceptionalism. Who can forget seeing an American president bow before Arab leaders who smiled to his face but scorned him and our country behind his back? Who can forget hearing President Obama extolling the virtues of socialist European nations while slamming the United States as if it was some other nation that saved Europe in World War II or rebuilt a bombed-out Europe with the Marshall Plan?

“Patriotism is love of country put into action.”

Patriotism is love of country put into action. We show our patriotism by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem, honoring our flag, serving in the military, and protecting the sanctity of the Constitution. If we are immigrants who have adopted America, we show our patriotism by doing the things just mentioned and by learning to speak English, adopting long-standing American customs, and inculcating the best of American values. Mutliculturalism, on the other hand, is love of an individual’s cultural heritage over country. There is nothing wrong with Americans of different cultures honoring those cultures, but there is much wrong with people taking advantage of the freedom and opportunities provided by America while becoming citizens in name only; refusing to learn our language, honor our traditions, or respect our values. Multiculturalism is the antithesis of the melting pot theory.

“American patriotism honors those things that make America exceptional”

It is important that Americans—those born here and those who legally immigrate—choose patriotism over multiculturalism. American patriotism honors those things that make America exceptional:

  • freedom,
  • opportunity,
  • liberty,
  • self-government,
  • equality before the law,
  • and the right to rise up out of meager circumstances regardless of one’s social position at birth.  

A desire to have these things is what Americans of all stripes have in common. They are the ingredients that make the melting-pot concept work. Multiculturalism, on the other hand, honors where we came from over where we are now. It keeps us separate by focusing on the language, customs, traditions, and values of where we came from rather than where we are. Multiculturalism says, “I want to enjoy the benefits of America without really becoming an American.  Patriotism leads to the melting pot and common ground. Multiculturalism leads to balkanization and enmity between different cultural groups.

“Patriotism leads to the melting pot and common ground.”

Patriotism does not mean nor has it ever meant that people from different cultures must cast off those cultures and forget where they came from. Growing up I knew many families who had adopted America as their country while still honoring the memories of the country of their forbearers. I have friends now who speak Spanish in their homes, but perfect English when in public. It is one thing to honor one’s cultural heritage. It is quite another to honor one’s cultural heritage to the exclusion of one’s adopted heritage. Patriotism can bring Americans of all stripes together by giving us something in common that transcends cultural differences. Multiculturalism just separates us into divisive clans with nothing in common

US Still Buying 90 Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan in Spite of Sanctions against Russia


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Posted By on Apr 30, 2014

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America builds some of the best helicopters in the world, a number of which are used by the military.  My favorite is the AH-64 Apache which was built in my hometown of Mesa, Arizona for a number a years.  At one time there wasn’t a day go by that I didn’t see at least one Apache helicopter being test flown in the area.  Originally built by McDonald Douglas, the Apache became the property of the Boeing Company after a merger of the two companies and then Boeing sold off McDonald Douglas.

There are a variety of other US made helicopters that are used by our military as gunships, troop transports, equipment transport and medical evacuation.  All toll, the manufacturing of these helicopters creates jobs for thousands of Americans and helps the US economy.

So when the United States started pulling out of Afghanistan and promised to purchase 90 military helicopters for them to use to defend themselves with, you would expect the Pentagon to award the contract to an American helicopter company, wouldn’t you.

But that’s not the case.  Instead of helping the US economy and job market, our faithful and loyal Pentagon decides to purchase 90 Russian made helicopters.  Not only is a multi-billion contract being awarded to a Russian company, but so is the more than a billion contract for parts and maintenance.

In the wake of the sanctions that President Obama is trying to impose on Russia, the purchase of Russian helicopters is still on.  Former US Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) and former Chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee, said it seems to be defeating purpose of the sanctions to go through with the sale.

Appearing on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum, Hoekstra told host JD Hayworth, former US Rep from Arizona:

“Wrong. They’re buying Russian helicopters for the Afghan military, and the interesting thing about helicopters is that they’re high-maintenance. So, not only are we buying about a billion dollars’ worth of Russian helicopters, but we’re also providing the Russian military industrial complex, the people that build these helicopters, we’re providing them with maintenance contracts that are multiple numbers of this one billion.”

This deal to purchase Russian helicopters for Afghanistan has been in the works for a couple years.  Congress tried to stop the deal because of Russia’s involvement with Syria, but Obama just bypassed the congressional appropriations restrictions and went ahead with the deal.  Hoekstra commented further on this saying:

“Obama just forgot about those restrictions and went beyond them.”

“So now we’ve got the Russians in Syria, we’ve got them in Ukraine, they’re creating mischief all over the place, and we’re buying Russian helicopters to give to the Afghans and the biggest promoter of this is the U.S. Pentagon.”

Hoekstra then pointed out that since Obama eliminated NASA’s shuttle and Constellation programs that all of our astronauts and satellites have to rely on Russia to launch them into space.  What kind of sense does it make to have Russia launching our spy satellites for us?

Hoekstra added:

“Are we sanctioning those companies? Canceling these purchases? Did we cancel the purchase of these helicopters? Absolutely not.”

“You just wonder why wouldn’t the Pentagon go out right now and say, ‘We’re sorry, the balance of the helicopter contract is cancelled’? On one hand, we’re saying sanctions, on the other hand we’re buying lots of Russian products that are fueling and enriching the very people that we’re trying to sanction, it makes no sense.”

“I don’t think you go after one person here.  The Obama administration, you know, on foreign policy, on national security issues, they leave a lot to be desired.” (See actual interview below)

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Remember during the 2012 presidential campaign when Obama kept accusing Romney of sending jobs overseas?  Isn’t his bypassing Congress to spend billions on Russian helicopters along with their maintenance even worse?  Obama didn’t send jobs overseas, he just ignored American companies and workers all together.  And now that we are placing sanctions on Russia for their actions in the Ukraine, I hope Congress has the cajonies to do what’s right and stop the purchase.  Why should we borrow money from China in order to buy helicopters for Afghanistan? Let the Afghans buy their own helicopters.

George Will: Tea Party an ‘Enormous Benefit’ to Both the GOP and the Country


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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and political commentator George Will was interviewed this week by the Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein. One of the topics discussed was the Tea Party movement in America, its roots and its impact (see video below).

Will was asked by Weinstein, “Do you believe the Tea Party is a significant force in Republican politics, or has their power waned significantly?”

“The Tea Party is a huge force. In some ways, more of a force than ever,” Will answered, while pointing out that Tea Party candidates haven’t won every election they’ve entered, but judging them exclusively on wins and losses “is not the proper metric” to judge the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution movement’s success, said Will.

“The Tea Party could have gone off and stayed out of the party system,” Will explains. “It could have been a third party,” but instead threw it’s “energy and intensity” into the Republican Party, the two components Will contends ultimately win elections. Will makes the case that the Tea Party has been good for both the Republican Party and the country as a whole, and that he’s “very pro-Tea Party”: 

“It came into the Republican Party and brought an enormous energy and intensity. Energy and intensity at the end of the day wins elections. The Tea Party has been, on balance, an enormous benefit,

A) to the Republican Party because of the energy, but,

B) to the country, because the Tea Party’s message is to recover the vocabulary of constitutionalism and limited government, and the connection between the Declaration [of Independence] and the Constitution,

so I’m very pro-Tea Party.”

Will rightly goes on to point out that the Tea Party was born out of being appalled with the growth of government and government spending under George W. Bush and a disgust with Republican behavior between 2001-2009, rather than a confined reaction to Barack Obama, a common misconception about the movement.

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9 Racist Things that Big Democrats Have Said and the Media Has Forgotten


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30 April 2014

 By Tim Young
Clash Daily Guest Contributor

With all this racism talk going around… I think it’s important that we reflect on some of the most horribly racist quotes that Democrats have dropped… and that the media has forgotten about… in the past couple of years.

In a time when we still hear about Dan Quayle misspelling the word potato, you would think that these quotes would’ve been even more memorable… From Hillary to Joe to Bill and Barack… they’ve all had fantastically horrible things to say about other races… but the media conveniently forgets about these quips…

Let’s take a walk down the ignorant left’s racism lane shall we?

1 – Hillary Clinton when she was a Senator:

“I love this quote. It’s from Mahatma Gandhi. He ran a gas station down in St. Louis for a couple of years. Mr. Gandhi, do you still go to the gas station? A lot of wisdom comes out of that gas station”

2 – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a 2010 interview with journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in which he said that Barack Obama would be successful in his Presidential thanks to being “light-skinned” and speaking “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

3 – Former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian referring to Gov. Nikki Haley’s Indian parents and heritage,

“In about 18 months from now, hopefully [Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen] will have sent Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from and this country can move forward.”

4 – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel when taking a question from Robin Gandhi, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska and a man of Indian descent:

“You’re not a member of the Taliban, are you?”

5 – Vice President Joe Biden talking the entrepreneurial immigrants that enter our country and run 7-11’s and Dunkin Donuts:

“You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking!”

6 – Who can forget when Al Sharpton reminded us how white people lived in caves and greek people were all gay:

“White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” Source: Discover the Networks

7 – That time President Obama caught his grandmother being a “typical white person,” whatever that means…

“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.” Source: US News

8.  Not to leave out old ‘Slick Willie,’ here’s a great quote about Obama from former President Bill Clinton,

“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Source: NY Daily News

9 – And of course my personal favorite was of Joe Biden about Barack Obama

“I mean you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy.”

Now imagine a Republican saying any of those… I bet that would be a heck of a lot of fun for the media now wouldn’t it?

Can you think of any more racist remarks from Democrats?  Let us know by commenting below.

 

 Screen-Shot-2014-01-23-at-11.47.35-AMKnown as the Republican John Stewart and the Young Rush Limbaugh, Young has been a guest on Fox News Channel’s ‘Red Eye,’ Huffington Post Live, RT’s The Alyona Show and dozens of syndicated radio shows.

A respected journalist and pundit, sharing his opinion on politics to millions of people every month. His writing has been featured on the cover of HuffingtonPost.com, Washingtonian Magazine, Patch.com, Voice of Baltimore and other major publications. In 2011, he was Young Member Chair of the National Press Club, representing all media under the age of 35.

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