Thursday, March 8, 2012

Coming Fast and Furious to America: Shariah Justice

Posted by BH 6:14 2-8

Coming Fast and Furious to America: Shariah Justice

Posted on March 8, 2012

by Diana West:
Associate Attorney General Tony West: ”I truly believe John ["American Taliban" Walker Lindh] will have a lot to offer after his incarceration.” How about a spot on Tony-West-sponsored “Al Qaeda Bar” at Justice?

Just as Koran-Burning Rage 2012 must not be seen as an isolated event, but rather as a cycle of sharia ascendancy, or, as indicated in my last column, another notch in our decline into dhimmitude, so, too, the advance of a leading member of the “al Qaeda bar” into the highest reaches of the Department of Justice must not be seen as just one more signularly noxious incident in the life of our nation’s capital. This, too, is part of the tectonic shift under way.
Over at Pajamas Media, J. Christian Adams lays out the gruesome details of the elevation of Tony West to No. 3 man at Justice. Adams explains that West (zero relation) and his San Francisco law firm have represented “some of the most radical Islamic terrorist causes, including the American Taliban John Walker Lindh.”
Adams reports that, in his new position, West, who has brought into senior Justice jobs other prominent jihadist defenders, will be overseeing detainee policy at Guantanamo Bay.
It’s either a mad, mad, mad, mad world — or, as I believe, it all makes perfect sense. We are being taken down from within due to a potent nexus of fear, non-rational thinking and subversion.
First, beginning on 9/12/01, the Bush administration effectively outlawed the way public officials may talk and write and ultimately think about Islam by formulating the de facto and, finally, in 2008, the practically de jure lexcion that delinks Islam from its institutional lifeblood, jihad. The effect is to foil all rational appraoches to thwarting the Islamic threat. Since President Obama came to office, he has simply, if enthusiastically, taken the Bush policy of de-linking Islam from jihad, both violent and pre-violent, to its logical conclusions.
Thus we see in 2010, for example, the FBI’s National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) inviting Kifah Mustapha, a known operative of Hamas, a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, to a six-week, “citizens’ academy” inside the top secret installation.
Thus we see, also in 2010, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NCTC chief Michael Leiter and FBI Director William Mueller unable to comment cogently when I had the opportuity to quiz them, one after another, on this egregious national security risk that they willingly incurred in the spirit of so-called Muslim outreach.
Thus we see in the summer of 2011 the abrupt cancellation of a conference at the CIA on Homegrown Radicalization due to pressure from a homegrown radical group, CAIR, whose co-founder Nihad Awad was identified by the FBI as a member of Hamas, a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood,
Thus we see in Fenbruary 2012 MB-Hamas-linked CAIR strike again in pushing for the abrupt withdrawal by Gen. Jerry Boykin from a West Point prayer breakfast.
Thus we see, also in February 2012, the FBI “purge” hundreds of pages of anti-jihad material under the watchful eye of more MB-affiliated front groups.
Today we see the elevation of a leading member of “the al Qaeda bar” to a positon of control over Gitmo policy at the Justice Department.
The continuum … continues.
Notice anything else about these events?
They’re coming faster and more furiously.
Diana West is a journalist and columnist. Her book, The Death of the Grown Up: How America’s Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization was reviewed by Steven Emerson, who said it is “a must-read for anyone who wants to understand why … many in the West are apologetic when confronted with the excesses of radical Islam and what we need to do to win the War on terror. This is a phenomenal book that will truly alter the way you view society.”


Posted by BH 5:44 pm 3-8

By :  Bill Holland FEEE ZONE MEDIA..
If you have not yet paid attention, He is not a Christian,  He is a Muslin, and may not even be an American ?.. Don't believe me.. Pay attention, He will put your church out of Business.. Done, Nada, finished if you let him continue.. I did not vote for him but I also wanted him to succeed, but only after he was there and I  realized what we had, did I say O God, what have we Done ?



Posted by BH 3:10 pm 3-8

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in an interview Thursday that the Pentagon "absolutely" is preparing possible military options for a strike on Iran, in a rare public acknowledgment shortly after President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
He also noted that a U.S. strike would be more effective than an Israeli one. 
"If they decided to do it, there's no question that it would have an impact, but I think it's also clear that if the United States did it we would have a hell of a bigger impact," Panetta told the National Journal. 

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Shortly after the interview was published, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also responded to a report in an Israeli newspaper that claimed the U.S. offered Israel high-tech weaponry like bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes in exchange for a pledge to hold off on attacking Iran until 2013. 
Carney said "there was no such agreement proposed or reached" in meetings Obama held, without appearing to comment on what other officials might have discussed. 
"We have ... high-level cooperation between the Israeli military and the U.S. military, at other levels with other agencies in their government and our government, but that was not a subject of discussion in the president's meetings," Carney said. 
Defense officials, though, told Fox News that no "sweeteners" were offered to the Israelis during Netanyahu's visit. One senior Pentagon official said "no promises were made, no deals were struck, but weapons were discussed -- as you would expect in a meeting with the defense secretary." 
Panetta, in the interview with the Journal, said the U.S. has been examining military options regarding Iran "for a long time." 
The comments come as Iran's nuclear program and the possibility of a strike by Israel dominate the discussion in Washington and Jerusalem. Obama earlier in the week used a press conference to urge the international community to allow more time for sanctions to work -- he repeatedly has cautioned against the "loose talk of war" in Washington. 
Still, Panetta acknowledged that military planning is underway. 
Carney later downplayed Panetta's comments, saying it is only a "matter of course" for the Pentagon to be preparing "contingency" plans. 
"It would be irresponsible not to," Carney said. 
Obama, in an interview last week with the Atlantic magazine, also said the "military component" is the final option the U.S. would consider with Iran.

Syria's deputy oil minister defects

Posted by BH 4:30 am 3-8

Syria's deputy oil minister defects

Thu Mar 8, 2012 1:01am GMT
AMMAN, March 8 (Reuters) - Syrian Deputy Oil Minister Abdo Hussameldin announced his defection on Thursday, becoming the highest ranking civilian official to abandon President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising against his rule erupted a year ago.
"I Abdo Hussameldin, deputy oil and mineral wealth minister in Syria, announce my defection from the regime, resignation from my position and withdrawal from the Baath Party. I join the revolution of this dignified people," Hussameldin said in a YouTube video.
The authenticity of the video could not be immediately confirmed. (Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom)


by BH 3-8

" It's alright to forget your mistakes as long as you remember the lesson. "


Posted by BH 1:36 am 3-8
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he would have to go back and check with the Department of Justice whether Attorney General Eric Holder's "three criteria" for the targeted killing of Americans also applied to Americans inside the U.S.
Pressed by House lawmakers about a recent speech in which Holder described the legal justification for assassination, Mueller, who was attending a hearing on his agency's budget, did not say without qualification that the three criteria could not be applied inside the U.S. 
"I have to go back. Uh, I'm not certain whether that was addressed or not," Mueller said when asked by Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., about a distinction between domestic and foreign targeting
Yoder followed up asking whether "from a historical perspective," the federal government has "the ability to kill a U.S. citizen on United States soil or just overseas."

"I'm going to defer that to others in the Department of Justice," Mueller replied.
Indeed, Holder's Monday speech at Northwestern University seemed to leave the door open. While Holder speaks of Americans who lead al Qaeda overseas, the implications of the speech seem broad.
"First, the U.S. government has determined, after a thorough and careful review, that the individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States; second, capture is not


Posted by BH 1:04 am 3-7

In today’s Washington Post, I argue that while electing a transformational conservative president may not be in the cards this November, stopping a transformational liberal president still is. The damage of a second Obama term could be potentially irrevocable. I asked a number of conservative thinkers what they feared most from a second term, and compiled this list of the top ten disasters that would befall America if Obama were re-elected this fall:
1.    Obamacare will not be repealed.
2.    The unprecedented levels of spending in Obama’s first four years will become the new floor, as America sets new records for fiscal profligacy and debt.
3.    Job creators will face massive tax increases, and more Americans will come off the tax rolls—resulting in fewer citizens with a stake in keeping taxes low and more with a stake in protecting benefits.
4.    Government dependency, already at record levels, will continue to grow.
5.    Four lost years in dealing with the entitlement crisis will become eight—digging us into a hole from which we may not be able to emerge.
6.    Obama, unworried about the impact of gas and electricity prices on his reelection, will finally wage the regulatory war on fossil fuels the Left demands.
7.    He will unleash the Environmental Protection Agency to impose crushing new burdens on U.S. business.
8.    His administration’s assault on religious freedom will go on and expand to new areas.
9.    The Defense Department will be gutted, with cuts so deep that America will no longer be a superpower.
10.    Obama could have the opportunity to appoint more liberal Supreme Court justices, ending the Roberts court in all but name for a generation.
This is, of course, not a complete list—not by a long shot. I’d be interested what readers and my fellow AEI scholars think: What’s missing from this litany of impending disasters?


Posted by BH 12:44 3-7

Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

Posted by BH 12:41 am 3-7



Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest solar storm in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights.
The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth between 1 a.m. And 5 a.m. EST Thursday (0600 GMT and 1000 GMT), according to forecasters at the U.S. government's Space Weather Prediction Center. They say the storm, which started with a massive solar flare, is growing as it speeds outward from the sun.
"It's hitting us right in the nose," said Joe Kunches, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He called it the sun's version of "Super Tuesday."
Scientists say the sun has been relatively quiet for some time. And this storm, while strong, may seem fiercer because Earth has been lulled by several years of weak solar activity.
"This is a good-size event, but not the extreme type," said Bill Murtagh, program coordinator for the space weather center.
The solar storm is likely to last through Friday morning, but the region that erupted can still send more blasts our way, Kunches said. He said another set of active sunspots is ready to aim at Earth right after this.
But for now, scientists are waiting to see what happens Thursday when the charged particles hit Earth at 4 million mph (6.4 million kph).
NASA solar physicist Alex Young added, "It could give us a bit of a jolt." But he said this is far from a super solar storm.
The storm is coming after an earlier and weaker solar eruption happened Sunday, Kunches said. The latest blast of particles will probably arrive slightly later than forecasters first thought.
That means for North America the "good" part of a solar storm — the one that creates more noticeable auroras or Northern Lights — will peak Thursday evening. Auroras could dip as far south as the Great Lakes states or lower, Kunches said, but a full moon will make them harder to see.
Auroras are "probably the treat we get when the sun erupts," Kunches said.
But there is potential for widespread problems. Solar storms have three ways they can disrupt technology on Earth: with magnetic, radio and radiation emissions. This is an unusual situation when all three types of solar storm disruptions are likely to be strong, Kunches said.
That means "a whole host of things" could follow, he said.
The magnetic part of the storm has the potential to trip electrical power grids. Kunches said utility companies around the world have been alerted. The timing and speed of the storm determines whether it knocks off power grids, he said.
In 1989, a strong solar storm knocked out the power grid in Quebec, causing 6 million people to lose power.
Solar storms can also make global positioning systems less accurate, which is mostly a problem for precision drilling and other technologies, Kunches said. There also could be GPS outages.
The storm also can cause communication problems and added radiation around the north and south poles, which will probably force airlines to reroute flights. Some already have done so, Kunches said.
Satellites could be affected, too. NASA spokesman Rob Navias said the space agency isn't taking any extra precautions to protect astronauts on the International Space Station from added radiation.
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Posted by HS 12:18 am 3-8

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


1Posted by BH 4:12 pm 3-7

The first images from a stash that the late Andrew Breitbart promised to use to “vet” Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential race appeared today.
Ben Smith of Buzzfeed announced on Twitter that the film was released by video researcher Andrew Kaczynski, but Breitbart’s Big site immediately noted that it has been “edited” and that more video would be coming within hours.

On the video, Obama is speaking to a rally on behalf of a professor.
He praises the teacher: “The black law students organized an orientation … one of the persons who spoke was Professor Bell. …. I remember him sauntering up to the front and not giving us a lecture but engaging us in a conversation,” Obama says.
According to Joel Pollak’s report at, “The video, which Kaczynski says was ‘licensed from a Boston television station,’ shows a young Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, a radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright – about whom we will be releasing significant information in the coming hours.”
He reported that the video was “selectively edited – either by the Boston television station or by Buzzfeed itself.”
He promised that will release “additional footage that has been hidden by Obama’s allies in the mainstream media and academia.”
The report also said Pollak and Ben Shapiro will appear on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” show tonight to talk about the tape.
WND reported earlier that Breitbart had been investigating Obama just before his sudden death.
He told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington that he had obtained videos of Obama from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s college days.
“I’ve got videos, by the way. This election we’re going to vet him. I’ve got videos – this election we’re going to vet him – from his college days to show you why … racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008,” Breitbart told CPAC.
He said the videos will reveal Obama during a time when he was meeting a “bunch of silver ponytails” – referring to Weather Underground terror group members Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
It was in the couple’s Chicago home that Obama’s political career reportedly was launched, and his ties to the two run deep. There’s been a solid argument made that Ayers ghost-wrote Obama’s highly acclaimed memoir, “Dreams from My Father.”
The possibility of videos producing revelations about Obama’s college days is significant, as Obama has carefully kept concealed evidence about his life during the time he reportedly attended Occidental College in California and later two East Coast schools.
A lawsuit at one point obtained an order for Occidental to reveal Obama’s student records. The aim was to find out whether he obtained aid or assistance as a foreign student, lending credibility to the argument that he does not qualify to be president under the Constitution’s “natural-born citizen” requirement.
The video posted by Buzzfeed:

Interest in the issue of Obama’s eligibility skyrocketed recently when an investigative team commission by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., said there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as President Obama’s birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.
At a news conference, lead investigator Mike Zullo said his team believes the Hawaii Department of Health has engaged in a systematic effort to hide from public inspection any original 1961 birth records it may have in its possession.
“Officers of the Hawaii Department of Health and various elected Hawaiian public officials may have intentionally obscured 1961 birth records and procedures to avoid having to release to public inspection and to the examination of court-authorized forensic examiners any original Obama 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health may or may not have,” Zullo said.
NOTE: In case you missed the news conference of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” you can view it here.

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The Secret Memo That Explains Why Obama Can Kill Americans

Posted by BH 12:31 pm 3-7

The Secret Memo That Explains Why Obama Can Kill Americans

By Conor Friedersdorf
Oct 3 2011, 9:10 AM ET 1218 The Department of Justice produced it prior to the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki. But they won't release it.

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Outside the U.S. government, President Obama's order to kill American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without due process has proved controversial, with experts in law and war reaching different conclusions. Inside the Obama Administration, however, disagreement was apparently absent, or so say anonymous sources quoted by the Washington Post. "The Justice Department wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal targeting of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the American-born radical cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday, according to administration officials," the newspaper reported. "The document was produced following a review of the legal issues raised by striking a U.S. citizen and involved senior lawyers from across the administration. There was no dissent about the legality of killing Aulaqi, the officials said."

Isn't that interesting? Months ago, the Obama Administration revealed that it would target al-Awlaki. It even managed to wriggle out of a lawsuit filed by his father to prevent the assassination. But the actual legal reasoning the Department of Justice used to authorize the strike? It's secret. Classified. Information that the public isn't permitted to read, mull over, or challenge.

Why? What justification can there be for President Obama and his lawyers to keep secret what they're asserting is a matter of sound law? This isn't a military secret. It isn't an instance of protecting CIA field assets, or shielding a domestic vulnerability to terrorism from public view. This is an analysis of the power that the Constitution and Congress' post September 11 authorization of military force gives the executive branch. This is a president exploiting official secrecy so that he can claim legal justification for his actions without having to expose his specific reasoning to scrutiny. As the Post put it, "The administration officials refused to disclose the exact legal analysis used to authorize targeting Aulaqi, or how they considered any Fifth Amendment right to due process."

Obama hasn't just set a new precedent about killing Americans without due process. He has done so in a way that deliberately shields from public view the precise nature of the important precedent he has set. It's time for the president who promised to create "a White House that's more transparent and accountable than anything we've seen before" to release the DOJ memo. As David Shipler writes, "The legal questions are far from clearcut, and the country needs to have this difficult discussion." And then there's the fact that "a good many Obama supporters thought that secret legal opinions by the Justice Department -- rationalizing torture and domestic military arrests, for example -- had gone out the door along with the Bush administration," he adds. "But now comes a momentous change in policy with serious implications for the Constitution's restraint on executive power, and Obama refuses to allow his lawyers' arguments to be laid out on the table for the American public to examine." What doesn't he want to get out?

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(Amplified Volume) Obama Caught on Hot Mic Admitting Election Fraud by TPTB

Posted by BH 11:05 am 3-7

Actor and Presidential Impersonator Steve Bridges Dies at Age 48 (Video)

Posted by BH 10:53 am 3-7

Steve Bridges George W. Bush  Impression P 2012
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The actor-comedian, who coincidentally performed at an event co-organized by Andrew Breitbart, died unexpectedly.

Actor Steve Bridges, known for his dead-ringer and oftentimes hysterical impressions of presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and others, has died at age 48, his Web site announced Monday.
In a coincidence sure to titillate conspiracy theorists, Bridges also was an acquaintance of Andrew Breitbart’s, and he performed as Bush at an event Breitbart helped organize two years ago that attracted 1,800 conservatives working in the film and TV industries.
Breitbart died last week at age 43 and initial reports suggested the cause was natural, though an autopsy has been performed and toxicology tests are underway to determine exactly what killed him.
Breitbart’s death has generated plenty of conspiracy theories that suggest he was murdered for political purposes, since he announced recently that he had video and other information that could damage Obama's reelection effort. His Web site,, began a series today called “The Vetting Begins,” and allegedly provocative video of Obama during his college years at Harvard is expected at the site later this week.
Throwing water on any conspiracy theories that tie Breitbart’s untimely death to Bridges’, though, is the fact that while Breitbart was controversial, Bridges was not. In fact, while politically conservative, Bridges went out of his way to appear non-partisan. One friend described him Monday as having “a gentle, Will-Rogers style.”
Bridges made appearances on Larry King Live and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, as well as such TV dramas as NCIS, JAG and ER.  He also appeared as Bush while standing next to the real Bush at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner during Bush’s presidency. The performance, video of which is below, earned kudos from politicos on both sides of the aisle.
On Monday, KFI-AM host Tim Conway Jr. spent a good portion of his radio show playing comedy clips from Bridges.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Steve Bridges,” reads a message at “His passing comes as a shock to all of us. The cause of death is not known at this time, but we will publish more information as it becomes available.”
Video of Bridges as Bush, Obama, President Bill Clinton, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other prominent figures is also available at his Web site.


Posted by BH 10:29 am 3-7

Israel is “Master of Its Fate”

7 March 2012
By Greg Hunter’s 
On Monday, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in the White House to discuss how they were going to handle Iran’s nuclear program.   I think the meeting was a disaster for anyone who thinks we are on the way to settling the situation with sanctions and diplomacy.  The President wants to give sanctions against Iranian banking and petroleum exports a chance to work.  They are harsh and getting rougher by the month.  Maybe they are working because, just yesterday, the Iranians agreed, once again, to face-to-face negotiations with world powers.  Then again, maybe they are not because many suspect the Iranians are stalling for time–again.  Talks about Iran’s nuclear program have been on and off since Obama took office. 
In Monday’s meeting, Mr. Netanyahu took time to address the President in front of reporters, and I think he was sending a clear message that an attack on Iran was coming.  First of all, he said, “For them, (Iran) you’re the great Satan, we are the little Satan; for them, we are you and you are us, and you know something, Mr. President? At least on this last point, I think they’re right. We are you, and you are us — we’re together.”  I do not think this was some offhanded throw away comment but a carefully prepared statement the Prime Minister practiced many times before saying.  In my mind, Netanyahu was really saying that if Israel attacks Iran, then the U.S. should expect retaliation by Iran.  I think the Israeli PM was giving fair warning to America when he said, “We are you, and you are us.”



Posted by BH l::26 am 3-7

A Dutch Angel’s Cellphone Number Is in Demand

Posted by BH 12:45 am 3-7

A Dutch Angel’s Cellphone Number Is in Demand

Dirk-Jan Visser for The New York Times
Jasmijn Aartsen, left, and Roos Verheijen, both 13, called the number on a sign outside St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in 's Hertogenbosch.IT’S HERTOGENBOSCH, the Netherlands — High on the cathedral in this trim Dutch town, amid a phalanx of stone statues of local noblemen, crusaders, saints and angels, one figure stands out. Smiling faintly, with lowered eyelids, one of the angels wears jeans, has a laptop bag slung over one shoulder and is chatting on a cellphone. The angel gets about 30 calls a day on the phone. 
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The statue of an angel outside St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in 's Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, holds a cellphone, which has two numbers.
That is because, shortly after the statue was unveiled last April, a local couple, the parents of two children, set up a number so people could call the angel. Business cards soon appeared in pubs, restaurants and hotels with a picture of the angel and the number. So successful was the line that the couple opened a Twitter account, @ut_engelke, managed by the husband, which now has about 2,700 followers.
“The telephone is ringing all day,” said the wife, who like her husband agreed to meet a reporter on the condition that they not be identified. “It was a fairy tale,” she said over beer and snacks. “Now, it’s real.” To identify them, she said, would end it.
What began as a joke continues because the cellphone number has become something of a hot line, dialed by people of all ages, some in need of help, others just because they are lonely.
At the holidays, the calls became so frequent and so pressing that the couple was tempted to give up. “Between Christmas and New Year’s, that was an emotional time frame, it was so heartbreaking,” she said. A small girl called begging the angel to pray for a grandmother who had just died; a woman asked help to celebrate her first Christmas without her parents. A widow sought prayers for her dead children.
The statue of the Little Angel arose out of a 1997 competition, won by the Dutch sculptor Ton Mooy, to create 40 statues, including 14 angels, to replace those on the cathedral that time and pollution had ruined. The Little Angel was the only unconventional one.
“You can make a phony Gothic statue,” Mr. Mooy, 63, said in his studio in Amersfoort, about an hour north of here. “That’s not what I wanted. It had to fit in with what was always on the church, namely, refinement, emotion. Angels are there to guide, to protect people, they get messages from above. How do you show that? With a cellphone.”
“I tell kids, ‘There’s one button on that cellphone,’ ” he said with a chuckle — a direct line to heaven. “So she doesn’t get naughty, calling other angels.”
The cathedral, which dates to 1220, has a centuries-old tradition of unusual, sometimes bawdy, art. One medieval statue is of a bricklayer bending over and baring his bottom. Some is tragic. A stained glass window over the main entrance depicts the apocalypse with a panel showing the Sept. 11 attack on the twin towers.
Catholic Church officials who administer the immense Gothic cathedral, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, are not entirely amused. “Success has many fathers,” said Pieter Kohnen, a cathedral board member. “And maybe exploiters.”
The couple do not charge a fee for calls to the Little Angel, and insist they are not profiting from its spreading fame. But in December the church set up an official number for the public to phone the angel — for $1.07 a minute. Now, a sign next to the cathedral invites passers-by to “Call the Angel.” A man’s voice answers, giving the caller several options: “Dial 1, for a history of the church; dial 2, to learn what Christianity is about,” and so forth.
“We chose a male actor, for his trustworthy voice,” explained Mr. Kohnen, noting that the number gets about 100 calls a week. The goal, he said, was, “to promote the gospel, evangelize, but also financial.” About $940,000 a year is required for the cathedral’s upkeep.
Competition has erupted. The Little Angel is a celebrity. Church attendance may be flagging and the Catholic Church’s image tarnished by past child-abuse cases, but the cathedral has become the buzz of the town.
Callers to the earlier number, where they pay only the regular rate for calling a cellphone, never get an answering machine, the woman who provides the angel’s voice explained. “I say, ‘Hello, this is the Little Angel,’ and then various things can happen,” she said.

Not all callers are in dire need of help. “Kids under 10 are the best,” she said with a laugh. “What language do I speak? What’s for dinner? Are you cold? What about the rain, no umbrella?”
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Students seek help with exams, others with driving tests. “My answer’s always the same: I will blow some angel magic to you,” the woman said. Others just want to vent. “They talk about the church, about the abuse scandals, and so forth,” she said.
“In most cases there is laughter, but there are callers who have no faith in friends or relatives, so they would like to talk to someone they have some kind of faith in,” she said. A widow in her 80s called from Amsterdam to complain of loneliness — bad weather prevented her going out and there was no one to bring in groceries; moreover, her sink needed repairs for the equivalent of $135.
“She said she’d lost faith in humanity, in her own family,” said the woman who lends the angel a voice. Two weeks later the elderly woman called again, to thank the angel. Things had gotten better.
Albert van Osch, 52, a musician, liked the angel so much he brought his mother and a friend to admire her on a recent rainy afternoon. “These are modern times,” he said. “This is completely modern.”
The woman who gives the angel a voice said she tries to impart a message of tolerance. A school class called recently from the southern province of Zeeland. “The kids asked why Catholics eat pork and Muslims don’t,” she said. “I said, ‘Well, Hindus are not allowed to eat cows, so perhaps Catholics are very much in between.”
She does not feel she is deceiving anyone by impersonating the angel. “If someone is serious, I am serious,” she said. “If someone is calling for a prank, I go along with that.”
The couple knows that church officials are displeased. “They would like us to stop, though they haven’t told us directly,” the husband said. “We are not getting any money, and we are not competing with the church.”
She is not sure how much longer they will do it. “Till I get fed up with it, I guess,” the wife said. “Sometimes it’s hard.”
But it is still fun, too. When Steve Jobs died, the phone rang endlessly. The angel, she said, told callers: “Steve Jobs will soon arrive upstairs — perhaps I’ll get a new model!”


Posted by BH 12:20 am 3-7

by Ulsterman
The longtime “contraceptive rights” activist who was invited to sit at a table in front of a handful of Democrats to give her version of just how difficult it is for students at a religious university to obtain birth control – and that the federal government must force such religious universities to provide those college students with FREE access to said birth control, appears to be getting away with ignoring a very simple and basic fact – contraception is incredibly cheap and accessible for both herself and any other woman in America.  There is absolutely no need to provide yet another entitlement program so that college students can enjoy “free love” on the American taxpayer’s dime.
Let us begin with Sandra Fluke and her use of a story involving an anonymous “friend” who had suffered an ovarian cyst because she could not obtain the birth control pill from the Catholic university she attended.  Really?  What Ms. Fluke – who will turn 31 years of age next month and so should certainly know better,  failed to share with anyone who has provided her a platform to share her contraceptive concerns – is the fact there are no less than THREE federally funded Planned Parenthood clinics within walking distance of Georgetown  University. 
Each of those clinics could have provided this mysterious friend of a 31-year old graduate student and longtime “contraceptive rights” activist with FREE access to birth control.  A few minutes filling out a very simple proof of need form at Planned Parenthood provides any college student of need FREE or reduced cost birth control. Here is the applicable language taken from just one of the Planned Parenthood sites near Georgetown University:
If you are uninsured, you may qualify for a state-funded program or a lower fee scale. Please bring the following documents:
- Photo ID
- 2 pay stubs from the last 30 days or a bank statement from the last 60 days showing 30 days of activity   LINK

THAT’S IT.   All Ms. Fluke or any other college student at Georgetown University need to to get free or reduced cost birth control is to provide a photo id and a couple of pay stubs, or a bank statement.  And yet, Ms. Fluke, her Democratic Party co-horts like Nancy Pelosi, and many in the mainstream media are now attempting to convey there exists a “women’s health crisis” in America because college students want free birth control but cannot be bothered to walk down the street to get it?  Ms. Fluke CHOSE to attend a religious university.  That university, according to the United States Constitution, cannot be FORCED to provide free birth control to its students.  Barack Obama and his supporters though appear willing to openly disregard the First Amendment in favor of a fabricated election year controversy that pits apparently lazy and stupid college students who do indeed have cheap and even free access to birth control within walking distance of the almost any university in the nation.  Here is yet another example of this from Deborah Kotz of US NEWS and WORLD REPORT who said the following on the subject over TWO YEARS AGO:
When it comes to choosing birth control, most women stick with what’s working for them. But sometimes it might pay (literally) to switch: Kroger supermarket pharmacies this month began offering two generic oral contraceptives at a bargain price of just $9 for a 28-day pill pack. Kroger, located in about 30 states, gives discounts for generic versions of Ortho Cyclen and Ortho Tri-Cyclen.
Wal-Mart pharmacies began offering the same discounts in 2006. I spend about $25 per month on my brand-name pills, so I’m tempted to make a switch given that I could save $192 a year—about the cost of that Coach purse I’ve been eyeing.   LINK
I do not recall one word of Sandra Fluke’s now infamous tale of contraceptive sadness indicating the many free and low cost contraception options offered up by Planned Parenthood, Walmart, or Kroger – though such information MUST be known by a longtime “contraception rights” activist, yes?
Wake up America – you are being played yet again by the far left progressive liberals of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media.  
With $5 gas, continued high unemployment, apologies from an American president to Islamic radicals, and an increasingly unstable Middle East, is it any wonder Barack Obama is thrilled to have the discussion focused on YOU paying for college students to have yet more “free love”?


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Netanyahu vs Obama – Who Would You Trust To Lead A Nation?

Posted by BH 11:00 pm 3-6

From The Ulsterman Report by Ulsterman
 The perfect contradiction of two men in their youth – one the future Prime Minister of Israel, the other the future President of the United States.
On the left we have Lieutenant Benjamin Netanyahu in his 20′s as a member of an Israeli special forces unit. He was injured in action during a mission to free airline hostages in 1972.
Israel would elect this man its prime minister in 1996 and again in 2006.

On the Right is Barack Obama in his 20′s as a member of the anti-American counter-culture movement that took root in American universities during the 1960′s and 1970s.  His own autobiography details his use of a variety of recreational drugs during this time – including cocaine.
America would elect this man its president in 2008.
Will America elect him its president again in 2012?
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