A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how Clark County (Washington) officials had tabled a discussion to put up an “In God We Trust” sign after the proposal saw a lot of resistance: After hearing about two hours of public testimony — during which about two-thirds of the speakers opposed the controversial proposal — [Councilor [Read More…]
American Thinker Doubles Down On Its Claim That President Obama Made a “Muslim Gang Sign” to African Leaders
Last August, an AP photographer took a picture at the U.S.-African Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. of President Obama getting ready for a photo op with dozens of foreign dignitaries. The image shows the prez making a fleeting hand gesture with a raised index finger.
It wasn’t until last week that we learned, via the slow-reacting but sharp-eyed F.W. Burleigh of American Thinker, what this means:
It shows Barack Hussein Obama flashing the one-finger affirmation of Islamic faith to dozens of African delegates. … The one-finger display is the distinctive Muslim gang sign: The index finger points straight up while the thumb wraps underneath and presses against the digital phalange of the middle finger. The remaining fingers are squeezed against the palm in order to highlight the extended forefinger. The extended finger is symbolic of the one-God concept of Muhammad and is understood by all believers to be a symbolic shahada, the Muslim affirmation of faith: There is but one God and Muhammad is his messenger.
See for yourself:
Idaho Republican, Ignorant of Anatomy, Wonders if a Swallowed Camera Could Be Used in Remote Gynecological Exam
There’s a reason I cringe when politicians — usually Republicans — profess their ignorance about science. Like when Scott Walker can’t answer a basic question about accepting evolution or Bobby Jindal thinks teaching Creationism in public schools should be allowed.
Some people don’t seem to think these questions are relevant unless the politicians directly affect policy in these areas — but that’s foolish. Their responses speak more broadly to how they make their decisions: Do they defer to experts in the field or listen to an ignorant base?
Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri (below) is someone who’s no expert in science and he has decision-making power… which makes him especially dangerous.
The AP Says Rep. Aaron Schock, a Conservative Baptist, Used Donor Funds For Massages and Katy Perry Tickets
Life is good for GOP Boy Wonder Aaron Schock. Or at least it was until his financial ethics came under sustained fire.
First, in 2013, the Office of Congressional Ethics said Schock probably violated campaign-financing rules (the House Ethics committee still considers that affair an active query). Now, Associated Press reporters Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun have done some sleuthing of their own, and it doesn’t look good for the 33-year-old Congressman from Illinois.
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, the Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and music concerts.
The reporters employed pretty clever ways to gain insights into Schock’s spending:
The AP tracked Schock’s reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman’s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account. The AP extracted location data associated with each image, then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against Schock’s office and campaign records.
Asked for comment, Schock responded in an email on Monday that he travels frequently throughout his Peoria-area district “to stay connected with my constituents” and also travels to raise money for his campaign committee and congressional colleagues. … Schock’s high-flying lifestyle, combined with questions about expenses decorating his office after the TV show “Downton Abbey” [here, with pictures!] add to awkward perceptions on top of allegations he illegally solicited donations in 2012.