What Is the Future of Iran in Bible Prophecy?

Joel Rosenberg is a first birth Jew and a second birth Christian. Last week he spoke on this topic at two churches in Orange County, CA. The message was based on Jeremiah 49:34-39, generally  referred to as the prophecy against Elam. Rosenberg correctly makes the point that “Elam” is the name used by the ancients to describe the territory now known as Iran. Rosenberg said, “ In the prophecy, the Lord says in the “last days” He will have “fierce anger” against the government of Iran and will bring judgment and destruction against the government of Iran. But the Lord also says He will set His “throne” in Iran — that is, while He will strongly oppose the leaders of Iran, He will show compassion and mercy on the people of Iran. I took the audience through this prophecy verse by verse and explained what it means and why it matters. You can watch either or both messages — and about 30 minutes of Q&A that followed each – by clicking here.” This link is very interesting. 

After America, There is No Place to Go

Two weeks ago, one of the major networks interviewed 15 Occupy Wall Street People. Among many questions they ask, “who was Hitler?” Thirteen of the 15 didn’t have a clue. Most of these were either college graduates or presently attending college or university. This example is but one of many that might be used to express a concern about our American educational system that graduates students who have no knowledge of a man who changed history and was responsible for millions of deaths and untold tragedy. With this educational incompetence of historical proportions, let me introduce you to a very special lady.

Kitty Werthmann grew up in Austria under the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler.  She has seen firsthand the devastating effects when people elect and put unchecked power into the hands of a few. Her story has eerie similarities between the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany and America today.  

Kitty Werthmann, 83, of Pierre, SD is president of the South Dakota Eagle Forum. She lobbies the state legislature on family issues.  She has lived in the United States since 1950 and has been a U.S. citizen since 1962.

“After America , There is No Place to Go”

What I am about to tell you is something you’ve probably never heard or will ever read in history books. . . . .I believe that I am an eyewitness to history.  I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.  We elected him by a landslide – 98% of the vote.  I’ve never read that in any American publications.  Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.
In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression.  Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed.  We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates. Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily.  Young people were going from house to house begging for food.  Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs.  My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need.  Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.
The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other.  Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna, Linz, and Graz were destroyed.  The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted. We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany , where Hitler had been in power since 1933.  We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living.  Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group — Jewish or otherwise.  We were led to believe that everyone was happy.  We wanted the same way of life in Austria .  We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family.  Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back. 98% percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler!
We were overjoyed, and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades.  The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed. After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order.  Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed.  The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.
Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women.  Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home.  An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family.  Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

Hitler Targets Education – Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:

Our education was nationalized.  I attended a very good public school.  The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore.  Instead, we sang “Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,” and had physical education.
Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance.  Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum.  They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time.  The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail.  The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination.  The rest of the day we had sports.  As time went along, we loved it.  Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free.  We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.
My mother was very unhappy.  When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent.  I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful.  There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination.  I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it.  Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home.  I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing.  Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me.  They lived without religion.  By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler.  It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly.  As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

Equal Rights Hits Home:

In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established.  All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps.  At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.
Soon after this, the draft was implemented.  It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps.  During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys.  They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps.  After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines.  When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat.  Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack.  I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.
Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare:  When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers.  You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government.  The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology.  By this time, no one talked about equal rights.  We knew we had been had.

Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls:

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care.  Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna .  After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone.  Doctors were salaried by the government.  The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full.  If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn.  There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine.  Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.
As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. 
Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household.  We had big programs for families.  All day care and education were free.  High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized.  Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

We had another agency designed to monitor business.  My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables.  Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners.  Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar.  He couldn’t meet all the demands.  Soon, he went out of business.  If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.
We had “consumer protection”.  We were told how to shop and what to buy.  Free enterprise was essentially abolished.  We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers.  The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

“Mercy Killing” Redefined:

In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps . The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated.  So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded.  When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work.  I knew one, named Vincent, very well.  He was a janitor of the school.  One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van.  I asked my superior where they were going.  She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write.  The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months.  They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness. As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death.  The villagers were not fooled.  We suspected what was happening.  Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.
The Final Steps – Gun Laws:  Next came gun registration…  People were getting injured by guns.  Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns.  Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms.  Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.
No more freedom of speech.  Anyone who said something against the government was taken away.  We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.
Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria …  Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath.  Instead, we had creeping gradualism.  Now, our only weapons were broom handles.  The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.
After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria.  Women were raped, preteen to elderly.  The press never wrote about this either.  When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process.  They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn’t destroy, they burned.  We called it the Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses.  Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized.  Those who couldn’t, paid the price.  There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians.

This is an eyewitness account. More could be said. But it’s true…those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.
America truly is the greatest nation in the world. Please don’t let freedom slip away! “After America, there is no place to go”
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IN GOD WE TRUST
“When the people fear their government there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people there is liberty.”
~~  Thomas Jefferson  ~~ 

Wishing the Old Paths Were Before Us Instead of Behind Us

Generally I’m a person who looks at the future with great anticipation, however there are times when I look about and then have a nostalgic moment and find myself agreeing with an old retired minister from Tennessee. Would you agree?

THE OLD PATHS

I Liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.

Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.

Moms could cook;
Dads would work;
Children would behave.

Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.

Women wore the jewelry;
And Men wore the pants. (so they thought)
God was always first in the house.

Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent;
And knew what happened when you broke the rules.

People loved the truth,
And hated a lie,
Deals were made with a handshake.

They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded Godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal,
And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness.

The flag was honored;
America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school daily;
And preached from house to house.

To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called an American was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

There may be a few things we would change, but
I still like the old paths the best!

The Power to Destroy if Your the IRS

Faith Group to IRS: Don’t tread on us!
John Kerry case reveals loophole for feds to quash political speech

Posted: October 22, 2011
11:00 pm Eastern
By Drew Zahn © 2011 WND

A religious group is charging the Internal Revenue Service with using a legal loophole to first tax nonprofits’ free speech, then run away with impunity when challenged in court.

The nonprofit Catholic Answers tasted this tactic firsthand in 2008, when its president, Karl Keating, posted a discussion on the organization’s website arguing that, according to church rules, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., should not be allowed to receive communion in the Catholic Church because of his support for legalized abortion.

The IRS then levied an excise tax on Catholic Answers for engaging in alleged “political speech” against then-presidential primary candidate Kerry, a tax Catholic Answers paid.

But when challenged in court, the IRS simply refunded the tax, while refusing to change its ruling that Catholic Answers’ speech was taxable political intervention in an election. Lower courts then ruled Catholic Answers had no course of action against the IRS.

But Catholic Answers, together with the James Madison Center for Free Speech, are now asking the Supreme Court to step in, claiming this “tax-and-run” strategy allows the IRS to arbitrarily tax churches, charities and religious activists into silence, or dodge the consequences if the nonprofits fight back.

“Not only did the federal courts in this case misapply Supreme Court law, they have allowed the IRS to engage in trickery by penalizing nonprofits who exercise their right to speak, only to return the money at the last possible second,” explained James Bopp Jr., general counsel for the James Madison Center and co-chairman of the Election Law Subcommittee of the Federalist Society. “So long as the IRS is allowed to do this, nonprofits like Catholic Answers will be deterred from speaking about individuals who are political candidates in any context for fear they’ll be investigated and taxed. Nothing prevents the IRS from doing this again. And these groups now have no judicial remedy.”

The IRS initially conducted an extensive investigation and concluded that, since nonprofits should not engage in political speech, Catholic Answers should be penalized for making a “political expenditure” during an election.

But Catholic Answers argued its speech was not about the election of a candidate but about a theological issue surrounding a public official.

When challenged, the IRS returned the money on the grounds that Catholic Answers didn’t intentionally try to engage in political speech, but the federal agency refused to change its decision.

Catholic Answers, in turn, asked the federal courts to review that decision, knowing that without a change in the IRS’s position on its speech, it couldn’t make comments on figures like Kerry again without risking another investigation and tax penalty.

Yet both the California federal district court and the federal appeals court held that because Catholic Answers got its money back, the issue was resolved, and there was nothing for the courts to do.

“This allows the IRS to harass and penalize nonprofits who discuss public officials who are also running for office while leaving those nonprofits without any recourse,” the James Madison Center said in a statement. “The IRS can simply return the money at the last minute and never be sued for taxing protected speech that shouldn’t be taxed in the first place.”

A copy of the petition to the Supreme Court can be seen on the James Madison Center website.

Has Major Media Company Gone Off the Rail?

New York-based news giant beomes best buddies with controversial figure.

Posted: October 21, 2011
9:40 pm Eastern 
© 2011 WND

“I met Osama in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and ever since, I developed a close relationship with him.”

Who said this? Bin Laden’s second in command? No, it’s New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new business partner.

His name is Jamal A. Khashoggi, and he’s heading the recently announced joint media venture between Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Bloomberg News.

The controversial partnership raises new concerns about infiltration of the U.S. media by Islamists bent on institutionalizing Shariah finance and other Islamic laws in the West.

In a recent Arab press interview, Khashoggi revealed he grew up in Saudi Arabia with the late al-Qaida leader inside the radical Muslim Brotherhood, a secretive movement whose credo is “Jihad is our way; Death in the cause of Allah our highest ambition.”

He says he spent time with bin Laden in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and later in Sudan. The close friends shared a dream of a pan-Islamic nation.

“We were young Muslim activists who believed in our responsibility to support Islam and create an Islamic state,” said Khashoggi, who previously worked for Saudi’s intelligence minister (who also met with bin Laden in Afghanistan before 9/11).

“I was a Muslim Brotherhood type (and believed that by) establishing the Islamic system throughout, it will lead to the (return of the) caliphate,” explained Khashoggi, who now calls himself a “neo-Islamist.” “Now, I believe this is the work of God. If God wants (the caliphate) to happen, he will make it happen.”

“Neo-Islamists” are a new generation of Muslim leaders distinguished by their seeming receptivity to the forces of modernization and engagement with the West. However, they remain faithful to the central tenets of Shariah law.

“What I admire the most in Wahhabism is that it empowers me to reach God directly without the need of anybody else,” Khashoggi said regarding his faith. “And I like that and I call that positive Wahhabism.”

Last month, bin Talal announced the launch of a pro-Islamist 24-hour news network with Bloomberg’s privately held news service.

The deal has Bloomberg News providing five hours of financial and economic news programming throughout the day on the new “Alarab” channel, which the prince says will be “right of Al-Jazeera” – that is, more fundamentalist.

A team of Bloomberg media specialists and producers will be provided to the Alarab channel, and will assist in the production of the channel’s economic and business coverage, according to a press release.

Sources tell WND that Bin Talal and Bloomberg finalized the deal this May during a private meeting in the mayor’s New York City office.

Critics fear the venture could serve as a platform for bin Talal’s notoriously anti-Israel agenda. The billionaire has donated millions of dollars to Saudi telethons raising money for families of Palestinian “martyrs.” Bin Talal also co-owns a Saudi TV station that once broadcast a fundraiser titled, “Jihad in Palestine,” which glorified violence against Israel.

After 9/11, the prince presented a $10 million gift to then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. When bin Talal explained it came with a string attached – that America must acknowledge its pro-Israeli policies brought on the attacks – Guiliani famously rejected the relief check.

New York’s current mayor, on the other hand, appears to have few qualms about doing business with the Saudi royal, even though Bloomberg is Jewish.

Critics say the mayor is chasing Arab petrodollars as his own business empire struggles amid the U.S. recession.

But the two seem to see eye-to-eye on many issues, including the Ground Zero mosque. Bloomberg gave his blessing to the Islamic shrine. In fact, to the shock of many, the mayor actually promoted its construction. His support is said to have been colored by bin Talal, who is said to be one of the project’s silent foreign boosters.

Bin Talal’s Saudi-based Kingdom Foundation has sunk more than $300,000 into American Society for Muslim Advancement, a U.S. nonprofit group promoting the mosque. His foundation is run by Saudi hijabi Muna Abu Sulayman, who appears on ASMA’s website as one of its “Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.”

Sulayman, who spends much of her time in the U.S., happens to be the daughter of Dr. AbdulHamid Abu Sulayman, “one of the most important figures in the history of the global Muslim Brotherhood,” according to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report.

The Egypt-based Brotherhood is the parent of Hamas and al-Qaida and the source of most of the jihadi ideology and related terror throughout the world today. Citing its secret U.S. archives, prosecutors say the Brotherhood, which was set up in America with millions in Saudi cash, has a plan to “destroy” America “from within,” and is using its agents and front groups in the U.S. to carry out that strategy. Khashoggi is said to have helped establish the Brotherhood network when he lived in Indiana decades ago.

Dr. Sulayman’s U.S. offices were raided by federal agents after 9/11 on suspicion of providing material support to terror groups. An unsealed federal search warrant lists him as chairman and president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, the Brotherhood’s U.S. think tank.

In December 2008, IIIT hosted Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Rauf to discuss his Shariah Index Project, which was to be housed in the planned 15-story structure. The index will formally rate which governments best follow Islamic law. Sulayman succeeded Rauf’s late father, Muhammad, as rector of the International Islamic University in Malaysia. Rauf has kept an office in Malaysia, and he’s held Shariah project meetings there.

More troubling to observers is bin Talal’s obsession with mainstreaming Shariah finance in the West – and Bloomberg’s apparent receptiveness to the idea.

Islamic banking rejects the cornerstone of Western finance: credit and interest rates. It also requires a share of profits go to Islamic charities, which often funnel money to terrorism.

Through a $20 million endowment, bin Talal has set up a Shariah law and finance section at Harvard University.

Bloomberg LP recently opened a regional hub in Dubai, where it has developed an “Islamic finance portal.”

“Since the meltdown of the Western capitalist system, there has been an increasingly large focus on the virtues of Islamic finance,” Bloomberg’s Mideast chief Max Linnington told “The National” newspaper of Dubai. “Today, there is no one single provider of information that caters to the Islamic finance market. So by Bloomberg being here, we are in the process of building out an Islamic finance product.”

Khashoggi told Al-Majalla.com that he wants to model the 24-hour Arab channel on Fox News, which his boss has a stake in. Bin Talal has sunk more than $600 million in Fox parent News Corp. With a 7 percent stake, he’s now the biggest shareholder outside the Rupert Murdoch family.

Murdoch and Alwaleed together operate a media venture called Rotana. Zawya Dow Jones New Service, which covers Mideast markets, grew out of the deal.

Khashoggi denied Murdoch is a partner in the Alarab venture. But Zawya Dow Jones itself reported last year that Alwaleed would launch “the news channel in partnership with the Fox Network.”

Last decade, Murdoch attended an awards dinner honoring the prince in New York. It was thrown by the Arab Bankers Association of North America, a group that supports Shariah finance in America. Murdoch sat next to bin Talal at the head table.

The media mogul took the podium to praise the Saudi billionaire for his investment in News Corp.

“Very proud, we are, that Prince Alwaleed is one of News Corp.’s largest shareholders,” Murdoch gushed.

The prince’s website says he “intends to leverage its relationship with News Corp.’s management to identify new investment opportunities.” He counts Fox’s parent as a “core holding.”

Bin Talal, who has been interviewed by Fox in flattering features, has boasted of his influence over Fox news content. For instance, he recounted how when he saw Fox describing Muslim riots in France as “Muslim riots,” he phoned Murdoch directly and had the wording changed within a half hour in order to delink Islam from the violence.

A Fox producer, moreover, suggested the Saudi shareholder also had a hand in unbooking authors of the bestselling“Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,”which exposes the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America. Bin Talal has donated millions of dollars to CAIR, which was recently implicated in a terror plot to funnel money to Hamas suicide bombers and has since been banned by the FBI from outreach functions.

Despite proven terror ties, top CAIR officials are regular invited guests on the O’Reilly Factor and other Fox News shows.

Bloomberg, for his part, recently published a glowing profile of bin Talal in his Bloomberg Markets Magazine.

“The prince says his shift in strategy at Kingdom Holding may put him on a path to surpass the riches of the 79-year-old (Warren) Buffett,” the article says.

“When he was my age, he was not as big as me,” bin Talal is quoted as saying. “I still have 20 years.”

Bin Talal says his goal is to be the largest foreign investor in America.

Terrorist Websites Exploding (pun intended)

A favorite site is Act! For America. Recently they referred to a story reported in Politico. Politico states that the number of Islamic gterrorist websites has grown from 12 in 1998 to nearly 7,000 in 2009, and that nuamber is likely higher today.

Clearly, this reveals the explosion in interfnet usage since 1998.

But it also reveals something esle – how Islamists are aggressively using the internet to drive the ideology of jihad, not an event of little concern.

W.H. online counterterrorism woes

The Internet ‘offers terrorists a variety of mediums to disseminate messages,’ a DHS study found. | AP Photo Close By CHARLES HOSKINSON | 10/19/11 10:31 PM EDT

Al Qaeda lost one of its best propagandists last month with the death in Yemen of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who had engineered much of its online recruitment and messaging.

But al-Awlaki’s death in a U.S. drone strike, along with that of fellow propagandist Samir Khan, hasn’t ended the years-long problem of Islamist militant recruitment.

By the numbers

The Obama administration has made a point of trying to fight radicalization through the Internet as part of its counterterrorism strategy. But the diverse and broad network of websites and social media has proved hard to crack, and civil liberties concerns have tempered efforts to spy on communications.

“The struggle against Al Qaeda will remain, in part, a battle of ideas,” Rand Corp. analyst Seth Jones wrote in a Sept. 30 commentary for the BBC. “Al Qaeda and individuals like Awlaki may represent a fringe group of extremists, but their message must be more effectively countered. That is something drone strikes cannot do.”

Social media have been a particular problem, because users have adapted new forms of communication to fit the new formats. Many Arabic speakers on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other sites use what’s known as Arabizi, a form of colloquial Arabic written in the Latin alphabet and numbers instead of the traditional Arabic alphabet, allowing them to use a standard English-language keyboard to type their messages. But there’s no standard version of Arabizi. It varies from country to country, even among groups within countries and is affected by differences in dialect.

Officials know that buried in the vast network of online communications are messages from Al Qaeda and other militant groups seeking recruits to launch terrorist attacks.

“The Internet has become an important resource for disseminating terrorist propaganda and instructions to young persons [who] might not otherwise have direct contact with group recruiters or supporters,” a 2009 study for the Homeland Security Department found. “The Internet is accessible, cheap and anonymous. It offers terrorists a variety of mediums to disseminate messages and provides connections to recruiters and recruits that might not otherwise be possible.”

“In recent years,” the study concluded, “there have been reports of a growing trend by which young persons have the potential to self-radicalize through the use of the Internet.”

The study recommended that officials get a better handle on the tools, techniques and methods terrorists are using. But for years, the efforts to combat this radicalization have lagged behind the militants’ ability to broaden the scope of their communications.

(CONTINUE READING HERE)

CNN Anderson Cooper Missed An Opportunity

Did you watch the Republican debates last night? Anderson Cooper failed to ask a single question about Iran at the Presidential Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Why not? Is it newsworthy to hear from the candidates how they would defend and protect America and our allies from Iran?

Only the uninformed would deny the growing threat of Iran, emboldened by the mullahs’ audacity. If you question this, then consider the latest headlines:

  • Reuters: Iran could make atom bomb material despite hurdles, says new report
  • Reuters: Iran nuclear issue to grow more urgent: UK’s Hague
  • Agence France Presse: Iran ‘most significant’ threat to world: Canada PM
  • Time magazine: Will the Washington Bomb Plot Force Obama into War with Iran?
  • Fox News: Iran Says Its New Cruise Missile Can ‘Sink Giant Warships’
  • ABC News: Iran to Send Navy Ships Near U.S. Coast.

The good news is that several of the COP candidates did reference the Iran threat on their own at the CNN debate in Las Vegas.

Fair and Balanced on American Campuses

Christian College Gives Pro-Riots Leftist Piven a Forum, Then Cancels Conservative Speaker

by Human Events 1018/2011

Nothing has changed on America’s campuses. Frances Fox Piven.  You’ve probably heard that name before.  She’s the aging leftist “academic” who called for Greek-style “strikes and riots” here in America.  She’s advocated overloading the state and federal welfare programs to accelerate the fall of capitalism.  She’s a proud admirer of Karl Marx and an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America … and that’s all before lunchtime.

Naturally, she’s also a college professor in New York City.  So to maintain “solidarity” with her underworked and overpaid professoriate brethren, Piven also hits the college speaking circuit.

Just last week, Piven was a guest speaker at Messiah College, as part of the school’s American Democracy Lecture series.  As one would expect, she used the occasion to prove her leftist bona fides by calling the Tea Party racist, compared the Occupy Wall Street temper tantrum to the Civil Rights Movement, reaffirmed her dreams of seeing mass rioting in the United States, and even went as far as to say that “riots are what poor people do when they get together.”

Great way to boost the image of those you claim to champion, Frances:  Liken them to barbarians!

But here’s where the story gets good.

There was supposed to be a conservative speaker tonight at the school to counter Piven’s intemperate views.  The talk, “Why I Love Rich People (And You Should Too),” was the type of counterbalance needed after giving Piven two uninterrupted hours with the small Pennsylvania college’s student body.  That’s what the College Republicans thought anyway.

But a strange thing happened from when Piven’s lecture concluded to when the conservative was supposed to take stage:  Professors at Messiah pressured the College Republicans chapter to rescind the invitation two days before the event was supposed to transpire.  Why?  Because the conservative speaker was deemed too controversial.

We kid you not.

The main culprit was history Prof. James LaGrand, who advises the College Republicans. He twisted their arms to retract the invite, claiming that the speaker’s recent comments were “problematic.”  On the surface it may seem odd that a self-professed Christian school would be hostile to the presentation of conservative ideas, but that’s nothing unusual for Messiah.  Students and alum tell us that teachers there preach “social justice” (read: socialism) as though it were gospel, which is why when the president of the College Republicans told us on Saturday evening that LaGrand wanted their forum canceled, we believed him.

We have a keen interest in this “person” who was allegedly “problematic.”  He’s our editor, Jason Mattera.  LaGrand found the “evidence” he needed to advance his nasty crusade after he read student news clippings of one of Mattera’s recent speeches at Kalamazoo College, in which the hysterical campus liberals did what they do best: Accused a conservative of hating blacks, Latinos, gays, and whoever else is the aggrieved group of the week on the Left.

Exposing Obama’s failed policies that hurt all Americans, but minorities the hardest is raaaaaaaaaaaacist.  (Did we put enough As in?)

The Kalamazoo libs also got their tighty-whities in a knot after Mattera told one guy during the Q&A portion to stop acting like a teenage girl hitting puberty.  Mattera’s from Brooklyn, so his style isn’t for those with fragile emotions.  Regardless, we’re talking about a college campus here, not a gathering of middle-school children who are restless for chocolate milk and dodgeball.  In any event, you should’ve seen the Kalamazoo protester in person.  He was an adult male dressed up as a zombie, nearly bawling his eyes out over the assertion that he mindlessly voted for Dear Leader.

In reality, Prof. LaGrand has never heard any of Mattera’s speeches.  This self-appointed judge of “proper tone” based his decision on a couple of student newspaper articles packed with spelling errors (Conservative author and speaker “ingnites” heated debate and students “potested” Mattera, for instance).  The fact that LaGrand would take those stories at face value makes us wonder about his own critical thinking skills, let alone those of the students he’s responsible for educating.  When asked by HUMAN EVENTS whether he had ever heard Mattera’s talk at Kalamazoo for himself, LaGrand answered:  “Whatever I could find online.”

What a scrapper, that LaGrand!  Can’t fool him.  The problem is that there is no recording of Mattera’s prepared remarks on the Internet.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  Unless LaGrand is omniscient.  If so, we seem to be dealing with a messianic complex.

To recap:  Messiah College allows one of the most radical people on the planet to speak, a person who calls for armed revolution and the destruction of capitalism, but a conservative’s invitation is retracted because the speech police didn’t appreciate Mattera’s “tone” at another school.

Messiah’s spinelessness aside, school bureaucrats flat-out lied to their students and the community.  When angry e-mails protesting Piven’s planned appearance came pouring in, Peter Kerry Powers, dean of Messiah’s humanities school, deflected criticism by telling the local paper that Piven’s talk “surely will be balanced” by… Jason Mattera.

Ha, suckers.

Of course, Messiah can invite and disinvite whomever it wants.  But that’s not the issue.  Here we have another example from the world of academia in which conservative speakers are very unwelcome, while leftist ones are heralded as models of tolerance and diversity, even if they’re calling for the overthrow of the U.S. government.  That’s acceptable.  Indeed it’s encouraged.

But tell some pimply kid on campus dressed in a Halloween outfit who’s still waiting for Barack Obama to hand-deliver him strawberry-scented welfare checks that he needs to man-up?  That brings out the ire of left-wingers for sure.

Parents who are thinking of sending their kids to Messiah College, take notice.

Alumni who repeatedly get letters and phone calls from Messiah’s fund-raising department, you too.  The students there are being programmed to be politically correct drones.

Should the College Republicans have capitulated to Prof. LaGrand’s demands?  No, of course not.  But let them view this as a “teachable moment.”  You can’t appease liberals.  You must confront them.

It All Started in 1958

When the video comes up before you can decide, you may be turned off by the words, “Pretty compelling video about commies trying to take over America.” If you are like me, you are likely to say, “just a minute, we fought and won that battle when the Berlin Wall came down. If you believe that then you of all people need to view this seven minute video.

It is often said on blogs today, “This is a video that all Americans should see.” Unfortunately, even those that see it will not believe it. No country has been in the crosshairs like America, and no country has fallen so quickly to the Naked Communist Goals from 1958, taken over by the Marxist left here in America. You won’t like what you see in this video, but you will find it impossible to refute the events of the past 50 years.

Sadly, for those of my generation, this is all too easy to believe since we have lived through the changes. But I suspect that we will be portrayed as wearers of tin foil hats. See the Open Thread – Grinding America down.

Patrick Buchanan’s just released book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” would be insiteful reading on this and related subjects. He ask and then answers the questios, “Will Ameria Survive to 2025?”

Proof! Wall Street protests no ‘spontaneous uprising”

EXTREMISTS ON PARADE
Major demonstration directed by leftist shadow organization

Posted: October 16, 2011
5:01 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein © 2011 WND 

A public relations firm closely partnered with the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation represented last week’s anti-Wall Street march past millionaires’ homes in New York, WND has learned.

Fenton Communications has been behind the public relations strategy of a who’s who of far-left causes, organizations and activists, from Soros himself to Health Care for America Now to crafting strategies for MoveOn.org and a litany of anti-war groups.

Fenton, which works closely with Tides, first made its name representing communist dictatorships in the 1980s.

Fenton’s founder is tied to President Obama and to a slew of Saul Alinsky-style community organizing groups directly involved in recent U.S. street protests, including in Wisconsin and New York.

Fenton’s fingerprints on promoting and organizing the march bring further evidence suggesting the anti-Wall Street movement is a well-planned campaign and not the spontaneous uprising its leaders claim.

Here’s the rundown on Obama’s ties to “communists, socialists and other anti-American extremists” – all in “The Manchurian President.”

Already, questions have been raised by the news media about Adbusters, the magazine that is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The media has been probing Adbusters’ source of funding – the Tides Foundation.

Tides acts like a massive clearinghouse of donations to a slew of liberal groups. Critics have alleged the center acts to obscure the ultimate sources of donations by collecting significant sums of money from a few large donors and then funneling the money to thousands of liberal causes.

Soros’ Open Society Institute is a prominent Tides Center donor, giving the group $3.5 million between 2007 and 2009 alone.

Last week’s Occupy Wall Street march past millionaires’ homes was first announced in a press release entitled, “Community Groups and Progressive Organizations Join Together to Plan ‘Millionaires March’ with Occupy Wall Street Protesters.”

The release detailed how a group calling itself 99 New York was joining the Occupy Wall Street movement as a partner. The 99 organization is purportedly a coalition of unions and community organizations, such as UnitedNY, Strong Economy for All Coalition, NY Communities for Change, and the Working Families Party.

It was the 99 New York group, which claims to represent the will of 99 percent of the U.S. population, that led last week’s Occupy Wall Street march down the streets of New York.

The press release was sent to reporters and was also posted in various Occupy Wall Street affiliated websites, including StrongForAll.org.

The release listed contact information for 99 New York’s spokesmen: Doug Forand of Red Horse Strategies, a firm that has represented scores of Democrat politicians; and Doug Gordon, senior vice president of Fenton Communications.

Gordon’s Fenton email was provided on the release. Prior to joining Fenton, Gordon worked for years on Capitol Hill and in Democratic politics. He spent seven years as the top aide to Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich.

Soros, Fenton, Tides

Fenton Communications was founded in 1982 by David Fenton, an activist who served as a photographer for Bill Ayers’ domestic Weather Underground terror group.

Fenton Communications works in conjunction with the Soros-funded Tides Center that funded Adbusters, which was reported to have started the concept of Occupy Wall Street.

Fenton used the Tides Center to set up Environmental Media Services in 1994. Tides reportedly originally ran EMS’ daily operations.

David Fenton serves on the board of numerous Tides-funded groups, while his firm represents more than 30 Tides Center grantees, as well as Soros himself and the billionaire’s Open Society Institute. Fenton helped to craft Moveon.org’s attacks on Gen. David Petraeus.

An example of the close public relations relationship between Fenton and Tides is the Social Venture Network, which was established and operates as a project of the Tides Foundation, while its strategy is represented by Fenton. SVN’s board has included Tides’ founder Drummond Pike as well as Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink.

Another group, September Eleventh Families For Peaceful Tomorrows, is an antiwar organization founded by individuals who lost loved ones in 9-11 terrorist attacks. The group’s campaign was coordinated by Fenton while the group was funded by Tides.

Also represented by Fenton is the Win Without War group, which was funded by Soros and Tides.

WND found more than 30 recent examples of Tides grantees whose strategy was coordinated by Fenton.

Fenton, Obama, Ayers ties

While David Fenton first photographed Ayers in the 1960s, he later served alongside both Ayers and Obama on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago nonprofit which channeled money to a slew of progressive groups, including the Tides Center and the Alinsky-style Midwest Academy training outfit. Obama served as a paid director on the Woods Fund board from 1999 to 2002.

WND recently reported Midwest’s founder, Heather Booth, has been training unions on how to use the economic crisis.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin, an arm of Booth’s Midwest Academy, is part of the Moving Wisconsin Forward movement, one of the main organizers of the major Wisconsin protests in February, as WND first reported.

Fenton’s managing director, Ira Arlook, also served as director of Booth’s Citizens Action.

With research by Brenda J. Elliott