Islamberg Revisited

Remember Islamberg?

Paul Williams, Ph.D, along with assistants Patrick Walsh, and Michael Travis returned to Islamberg, New York, recently, and filed this report:

Islamberg resembles a ghost town.The Muslim settlement captured national attention two years ago when a story entitled “Springtime in Islamberg” appeared in Atlas Shrugs, Canada Free Press, and other news pages. Since the publication of this expose, Islamberg became an item of interest for ABC News, Fox News, CNN, and other national news outlets; a subject of attention by such best-selling authors as Robert Spencer and Brigitte Gabriel; and the centerpiece of a documentary by Christian Action Network.

But much has changed within this 70 acre Islamic settlement that is located in the dense forest between the small rural villages of Deposit and Hancock in upper New York State.

The sentry post is gone and no guards are in sight.

A handful of children play in the mud and muck before rows of rusty old trailers and a few women in full burqas saunter along the rutty dirt road that leads to the heart of the squalid Muslim compound.

Young men in Islamic garb no longer congregate before the makeshift mosque, and no students are in attendance at the one room shack that serves as Sheikh Gilani’s “International Quranic Open University”.

The few residents who remain, clearly are not environmentalists. Sewage seeps from septic tanks and outhouses into the creek that flows at the base of the settlement. Bags of rotting garbage remain stacked between the trailers. And the once pristine countryside is now littered with junk cars, moldy mattresses, empty tanks of propane, and old appliances.

Gunfire no longer can be heard from the firing ranges along the eastern parameter of the 70 acre property – – and no grunts come from new recruits at the obstacle course.
A new sign at the entranceway reads, “Welcome to Holy Islamberg: The International Quranic Open University.” Next to this sign, which features the image of a mosque emerging from the mountains, is a pot of plastic carnations. Another sign proclaims that the community is home to the “United Muslim – Christian Forum.”

Such statements of welcome are offset by the “No Trespassing” signs that have been nailed to trees throughout the compound.

On the opposite side of the road leading into the community is a rack of metal mailboxes bearing such names as Abdul-Haqq, Abdul Jalil, Mumim Roberts, Abdullah Simonds, and Salam Insan.

What has happened to this once bustling complex of radical Islamists – – a place where the cries of muezzins were accompanied by the incessant rat-tat-tat of machine gunfire? Where are the Arab dignitaries that used to visit this remote community in chauffeur-driven limousines? Where are the armed sentries who warded away all intruders?

“The place was scary,” a barfly at Cuzin’s Tavern in Deposit, says. “The last time I went there, I was surrounded by twenty-five Muslims with shotguns and Uzis. I haven’t heard much about it lately.”

Is the place still scary?

In short…. yes, but you’ll need to read the rest of the report, here, since I’ve already posted plenty enough of it. Suffice it to say…the place is still a little scary, complete with massive underground bunkers where paramilitary training now takes place.

If nothing was ever done about this when Republicans were in power…what chance is there that anything will be done, under Obama?

Obama’s Zombie Army Canvassing Effort A Bust

The big canvassing effort launched last weekend has not made much of a splash with the blue dog Democrats Obama needs to lobby in Congress, as of yet, McClatchy reports:

Obama supporters knocked on an estimated 1 million doors in all 50 states. Canvassers asked people to sign a two-point pledge saying that they support Obama’s “bold approach for renewing America’s economy,” and that they’ll ask family, friends and neighbors to back it.

Ed Morrissey puts into words the involuntary shivering douchechills we all got when we first heard about this:

But the mission here seems very, very strange, and not in line with traditional politicking at all. The creepy, ubiquitous Obama logo on their material gives the game away. They’re not supporting the economic policies, which by the way have yet to be fully explained. How can they encourage people to support Obama’s economic policies when even the Obama administration has trouble articulating them and providing details? And even if they could, the omnibus budget bill and Porkulus have already passed Congress and been signed into law. So why do they need a door-to-door campaign?

The policies don’t need the door-to-door campaign; Obama does. They’re pushing their Obama fetish, not grassroots policy change. And that’s very, very creepy.

Alas, it doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference:

•”News to me,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, a House Budget Committee member, of the canvassing. Later, his staff said that his office had heard from about 100 voters.

•”How many of these folks have read the budget?” wondered Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., a House Financial Services Committee member.

•”You live in Terre Haute, Indiana, or suburban Denver, and someone you don’t know knocks on the door and talks politics — the election is over,” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Connecticut. “I’m not sure if it will make a big difference.”

•Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill., once a coalition member but now vice-chair of the New Democrat Coalition, said she wasn’t aware of the effort and has heard no response to it from her district.

Moderate Dems, however,  need to brace themselves as more liberal groups add pressure:

The Campaign for America’s Future and other groups have scheduled a joint news conference for Tuesday to announce what they term a “new campaign to dog the Blue Dogs.”

In a statement, they said that “President Obama is back in campaign mode as he pushes for a budget proposal that has faced opposition from a group of Democratic senators led by Sen. Evan Bayh,” a moderate from Indiana.

In addition, Obama is expected to tout his budget on Tuesday night in a prime-time news conference.

Once again, I’ll be cleaning out my kitchen cupboards, so I’ll have to miss it, darn the luck. I’ll read all of the highlights from the Teleprompter’s speech online.

Stop The Scandal: Obama Invited To Notre Dame Commencement

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Obama is easily the most radical, pro abortion President, this nation has ever elected, having voted 4 times against a bill to protect babies born as a result of botched abortions, while he was in the IL legislature.

Cardinal James Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, criticized Obama as “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic.

He predicted a “time of trial” for Americans with the election of Obama.

The Vatican has said that Obama signing the Freedom of Choice Act (which he has promised to do) “would be the equivalent of a war.”

The Vatican also sharply criticized Obama for his executive order to overturn the ban on state funding for overseas abortions.

Archbishop Chaput warned of the “spirit of adulation” that surrounds Obama. He also lamented the election of Obama, scolding Catholics:

“November showed us that 40 years of American Catholic complacency and poor formation are bearing exactly the fruit we should have expected. Or to put it more discreetly, the November elections confirmed a trend, rather than created a new moment, in American culture.”

So why oh why would a Catholic University invite such a person to deliver their Commencement speech, when his core values, and sensibilities so profoundly conflict with the Catholic Church’s?

You can sign the petition against this scandal, here. There are over 17,000 signatures so far.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

UPDATE:

Must read: AN NRO Symposium on the controversy.

Video: 60 Minutes Interviewer Asks Obama; “Are You Punch Drunk”?

60 Minutes reporter, Steve Kroft actually asked a chuckling Obama if he was “punch-drunk” in the 60 Minutes interview he did for Sunday’s show:

That was really an amazing question to ask a sitting US President.

punch-drunk

adj.

1. Showing signs of brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. Used especially of a boxer.

2. Behaving in a bewildered, confused, or dazed manner.

We are on the verge of a total economic collapse, people are taking to the streets in the thousands, two months into his Presidency to protest the reckless spending, and he’s giggling like a fool.

Punch drunk, indeed.

UPDATE:

The world is beginning to notice what a clueless noob, Obama is.

Say Anything Blog excerpts this quote from a UK Telegraph article:

Obama seems incapable of balancing the need to be a national leader and his childish desire to retain his image as the uber cool dude he so clearly believes that he is.

This is an embarrassing situation as it pertains to our allies. It’s a horribly dangerous one as it pertains to our enemies.  As I said, here, the world may have hated President Bush…but at least they respected him, and our enemies had reason to fear him.

Gird your loins…it looks like that “test” Biden spoke of during the campaign is becoming more and more likely.

More on that score from Frank Gaffney Jr., today:

President Obama’s stewardship of the national security portfolio to date amounts to a wrecking operation, a set of policies he must understand will not only weaken the United States but embolden our foes. After all, the Communist agitator Saul Alinsky, a formative influence in Mr. Obama’s early years as a “community organizer,” made Rule Number One in his 1971 book Rules for Radicals: “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”

According to this logic, the various steps Barack Obama is taking with respect to the armed forces, the foreign battlefields in which they are engaged, our allies as well as our adversaries will not only diminish our power.  They will encourage our enemies to perceive us as less powerful – with ominous implications.

UPDATE II:

Holy cow…Michelle Malkin reports on more inappropriate mirth coming  from the Obama administration, this time from Robert Gibbs during the daily WH briefing:

…he managed to irk one of the Obamedia’s biggest cheerleaders, journalist April Ryan, who asked a few questions about America’s reliance on foreign governments buying up our debt and whether there would be any “news” coming out of tomorrow’s presidential press conference.

When Gibbs tried to snark his way out of one of her questions, Ryan retorted: “Stop being flip!”

When he chuckled through her follow ups, she complained: “I’m serious.”

I’ll be on the lookout for that video.