Redistricting May Force Conyers Out

Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Blog

Possible redistricting in Michigan may have a profoundly negative affect on Rep. John Conyers’s (D-MI) chances retaining his office, according to a recent POLITICO article. Conyers represents the 14th district of Michigan, which includes parts of Dearborn, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Southgate, Trenton and Allen Park. If Michigan Governor Rick Snyder approves the new map (which he is likely to do), Conyers will retain only 1/5 of his current constituency, with the new district stretching into parts of Oakland County and Lakeside gross pointe, an area of sharp demographic contrast to his current district. Such a shift –...

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Terrorism Training Classes for Local Law Enforcement Raises Serious Concerns

Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Blog
On March 9th, 2011, National Public Radio (NPR) published a story entitled "New Concern About Bias In Counterterror Training." The article sheds new light on potentially serious abuses of power and position in the training of local law enforcement. As part of an ongoing effort to protect the American people from terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun sending so-called “Counter Terrorism Experts” to local communities where they provide instruction to law enforcement personnel on how best to identify and combat terrorism. While in theory the program sounds like a good idea, in practice it leaves a bit to be desired.
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Grass Roots GOP Candidates Debate Via Twitter

Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Blog
Emulating the Twitter town hall hosted by the White House earlier this month, a few GOP presidential candidates will engage in the first-ever Twitter presidential debate today hosted by TheTeaParty.net. Tea Party favorites Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, Thad McCotter and Newt Gingrich are all set to participate in today’s 3 p.m. debate moderated by conservative commentator S.E. Cupp and radio host Rusty Humphries. Like the forum held by the White House, questions can be submitted using the Twitter address @140townhall. However, in contrast to the televised forum in which President Obama answered the questions he received verbally, candidates will respond to questions via Twitter. POLITICO is also reporting that it is uncertain whether or not the candidates themselves will actually be tweeting answers.
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Countdown: Vol.10, No.6

Posted on July 19, 2011 in Countdown
In this week's Countdown, Herman Cain steps up the Islamophobic rhetoric (again), Michele Bachmann gaffes (twice), Walid Shoebat is exposed (finally), debt negotiations stall, and much more!
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Herman Cain Strikes Again

Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Blog
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is demonstrating an unwavering platform of anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail. On Fox News Sunday, Cain responded to a question from host Chris Wallace regarding the disputed construction of a mosque in the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee by insisting that Muslims do not qualify for constitutional protection of freedom of religion under the First Amendment. “Islam combines church and state. They're using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it."
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Cruel and Unusual

Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Blog
On August 4th, 2004, an upstate New York Imam named Yassin Aref was approached by FBI agents while walking along a run-down part of Albany, New York. The young Imam was arrested. His hands and feet were chained, and he was interrogated (off the record) throughout the night. Mr. Aref, who suffered persecution as a Kurd under Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, described the experience as the “hardest, darkest, and longest night of [his] life”, even more terrifying than what he had endured at the hands of a ruthless tyrant.
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Senator Collins Implies Racial Profiling Proper Way To Screen Airline Passengers

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Blog
Today, the United States Senate hosted a hearing on “Preventing Terrorist Travel” in United States. Sitting in the hearing room of the Homeland Security Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, ranking member Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) read aloud her statement. Halfway through the Senator remarked, “... It troubles many Americans to see the TSA putting the very young and the very elderly through intrusive and most cases unnecessary screenings.”
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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 5

Posted on July 12, 2011 in Countdown
Countdown: Vol.10, No.5
This edition covers issues ranging from the Sharia craze to the latest developments in Yemen.
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Sharia Islam: A New U.S. Pandemic?

Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Blog
First there was West Nile Virus, then Swine Flu, now Sharia Islam? If you have been paying attention to the 2012 Republican Presidential primary battle you might believe that the United States was somehow suffering from a pandemic of sorts, with “Sharia Islam” slowly but surely replacing federal law. Already, over 12 states have some form of ban on “Sharia Law” on the books, and now the issue seems to have entered into the Republican Presidential Primary.
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Sharia Islam: A New U.S. Pandemic?

Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Blog
First there was West Nile Virus, then Swine Flu, now Sharia Islam? If you have been paying attention to the 2012 Republican Presidential primary battle you might believe that the United States was somehow suffering from a pandemic of sorts, with “Sharia Islam” slowly but surely replacing federal law. Already, over 12 states have some form of ban on “Sharia Law” on the books, and now the issue seems to have entered into the Republican Presidential Primary.
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