Celestial Anger Over Gays, Obama, Romney, ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Blamed For Sandy

As New York City and much of the United States’ eastern seaboard continues to pick up the pieces left behind by Superstorm Sandy, interesting theories (not related to debatable climate change) continue to crop up about the storm’s origins.

God, albeit different religious versions of The Almighty, is a popular target of blame with a handful of Christians and Muslims alike; and His reasons, by their reckoning, are political.

First, radical evangelical preacher John McTernan said that the hurricane was a direct result of lagging American support for Israel, gay sex and President Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s political views.

McTernan writes in a recent article:

Hurricane Sandy is hitting 21 years to the day of the Perfect Storm of October 30, 1991. I write about this in my book as America Has Done to Israel. This was the day that President George Bush Sr. initiated the Madrid Peace Process to divide the land of Israel, including Jerusalem. America has been under God’s judgment since this event. Both of these hurricanes were cause by freakish weather patterns that came together to create.

Twenty-one years breaks down to 7 x 3, which is a significant number with God. Three is perfection as the Godhead is three in one while seven is perfection.

It appears that God gave America 21 years to repent of interfering with His prophetic plan for Israel; however, it has gotten worse under all the presidents and especially Obama. Obama is 100 percent behind the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Both candidates are pro-homosexual and are behind the homosexual agenda. America is under political judgment and the church does not know it!

Muslim clerics on the other side of the planet in Egypt also believe that God has unleashed punishment on the United States in the form of Hurricane Sandy, but for reasons different from — some directly contradictory to — McTernan’s. They think it is because of the mocking of the Prophet Muhammad in the childish film upon which the Obama Administration attempted to blame the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

“Some people wonder about the hurricane in America and its causes,” Egyptian hardline cleric Wagdi Ghoneim tweeted twice this week in the aftermath of the storm.

“In my opinion, it is revenge from God for the beloved prophet,” he added.

Following the cleric’s tweet, Muslim commenters doubled down.

“God, shake the earth under their feet,” read one comment.

“We ask God to destroy the U.N. building for its injustice, corruption, tyranny … with Sandy,” read another.

Meanwhile, according to The Associated Press, Iranian leaders have been mum on linking Sandy to God. The news agency writes in an article: “In Iran, prominent clerics often avoid drawing parallels between natural disasters and divine intervention because their own country has faced devastating earthquakes, such as one in 2003 that killed 26,000 when it hit the ancient city of Bam.”

Napolitano Uses Sandy To Make Government Internet Control Case

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is using Hurricane Sandy to attempt to make the case for more government controls over the Internet.

Earlier this week, Napolitano compared the power outages that are currently taking place in parts of New York City and the rest of the Northeast to what might happen if terrorists launched a cyberattack on power grids.

“If you think a control-system attack that takes down a utility even for a few hours is not serious, just look at what is happening now that Mother Nature has taken out those utilities,” she said at a cybersecurity conference, POLITICO reports. The damage can be “life threatening.”

Napolitano echoed the sentiments of other Barack Obama Administration officials who have been talking about the need for more government Internet controls over the past month as a cybersecurity executive order is reportedly already ready for the President to sign.

In October, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that a “Cyber Pearl Harbor” could be looming if the government is not allowed more power to control the Internet.

He warned, “An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches. They could derail passenger trains, or even more dangerous, derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country.”

Here Come Higher Taxes

The election is about the only thing grabbing headlines at the moment; but after next week, the screams about the impending “fiscal cliff” will reach a deafening media roar.

If Congress doesn’t take action to come to an agreement in its budget negotiations, more than 30 million already cash-strapped American households could be hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

The election’s outcome is expected to serve well as an indicator of which party will have the most Congressional power in the discussions. But regardless of which Presidential candidate is elected, Americans’ taxes will go up if an agreement isn’t reached.

The Financial Services Roundtable urged lawmakers to “bridge over” the fiscal cliff to buy time to deal with more difficult issues surrounding taxes and spending.

“The fiscal cliff is imposing a negative drag on business lending, hiring, spending and investment right now, despite the actual ‘cliff’ being over two months away,” Tim Pawlenty, president and CEO of the Roundtable wrote to lawmakers.

EFF: Local Police Using Predator Drones

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued the Department of Homeland Security, demanding information about why its Predator drones have been lent out to law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation.

Following an increase in news reports of local law enforcement agencies being aided in surveillance operations by DHS-owned spy drones, the EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act request for more information but received no response from the agency.

Many of the instances in which local law enforcement agencies have used DHS drones were organized through partnerships with Customs and Border Protection, which routinely uses the unmanned vehicles to patrol the Nation’s southern border.

“We’ve seen bits and pieces of information on CBP’s Predator drones, but Americans deserve the full story,” said EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch. “Drones are a powerful surveillance tool that can be used to gather extensive data about you and your activities. The public needs to know more about how and why these Predator drones are being used to watch U.S. citizens.”

The EFF is also suing the Federal Aviation Administration to obtain records regarding the authorization of drone flights conducted throughout the Nation by domestic police departments.

“FAA’s foot-dragging means we can’t get a real-time picture of drone activity in the U.S.,” said Lynch. “If officials could release their records in a timely fashion — or publish it as a matter of routine on the FAA website – we could stop filing these FOIA requests and lawsuits.”

Republicans Send Seventh Letter To Obama Inquiring About Benghazi

Senate Republicans said Wednesday that the Administration of Barack Obama is failing miserably in answering questions about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as many pundits speculate that the whole story could damn the President’s re-election chances.

A group of Republican Senators sent a seventh letter to Obama Wednesday demanding a response to questions regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The letter — signed by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — claims that they have “failed to receive a single letter in response” to their previous queries.

“The American people and their representatives in Congress need to understand what you knew about the Benghazi terrorist attack and when you knew it,” the letter states. “We also have a right to know what steps you and your administration took — or failed to take — before, during and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives.”

The letter recaps questions Republicans have previously asked of the Administration, ranging from queries about the timing of the last attack and previous attacks on Benghazi to why the President denied extra security to the consulate.

“Your failure to answer these important questions will only add to the growing perception among many of our constituents that your administration has undertaken a concerted effort to misrepresent the facts and stonewall Congress and the American people,” the Senators write.

Judge: 4th Amendment Doesn’t Bar 24/7 Video On Private Land

A Federal judge has ruled that it is not a violation of the 4th Amendment for police to install surveillance cameras on a person’s private property if they expect a crime is being committed.

Officers in Wisconsin charged Manuel Mendoza and Marco Magana of Green Bay with Federal drug charges after discovering an alleged 1,000 marijuana plants growing on a heavily wooded, 22-acre property. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency gathered video evidence on the gated, posted property without a warrant. Magana and Mendoza, facing life imprisonment and $10 million in fines, asked U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan to throw out the video evidence on 4th Amendment grounds.

On Oct. 8, however, Callahan agreed with a 1984 Supreme Court case ruling in Oliver v. United States allowing for the warrantless search of open fields on private property by the government and extended the ruling to video surveillance.

“That one’s actions could be recorded on their own property, even if the property is not within the curtilage, is contrary to society’s concept of privacy,” wrote Brett Reetz, Magana’s attorney, in a legal filing last month. “The owner and his guest… had reason to believe that their activities on the property were not subject to video surveillance as it would constitute a violation of privacy.”

“Curtilage” is a legal term for property closer to a residence which traditionally is more protected by privacy rights.

Federal Judge William Griesbach rejected a request for repeal in the case. It has also been noted that it is unclear Magana had complete ownership of the property or was leasing the land, according to reports. A jury trial has been scheduled to begin Jan. 22.

Terror, Terror, Terror!

New York University students in a class on transnational terrorism cannot pass the course until they “hypothetically plan a terrorist attack” of their own, including details about location and how they would carry out their dastardly plans.

An investigative report compiled by the New York Post, unveils how students of former Navy criminal investigator Marie-Helen Maras are asked to “step into [a terrorist’s] shoes” to write a 10- to 15-page paper on their proposed act of terror.

“In your paper, you must describe your hypothetical attack and what will happen in the aftermath of the attack,” Maras wrote in the syllabus obtained by The Post.

The students are also reportedly required to outline a government-response plan to the attack.

Ryan Singel, editor of Wired’s “Threat Level” blog, offered a critique of The Post’s alarmism that is rife with sarcasm.

He writes:

I know you apologists will say such an exercise is intended to train analysts to know how to think like their adversaries, and be able to understand how to detect and disrupt attacks. But that’s just fancy intellectualizing.

…But we need to do more than keep our students from drawing up plots for terrorists and then e-mailing their homework to them.

We need to rein in Hollywood and put export controls on — or even better — ban terrorist-communications-masquerading-as-entertainment like “Live Free or Die,” “Homeland,” and “24“. We should even consider controls on well-intentioned fare like the “Red Dawn” and “Rambo” movies from the 1980s.

The only way to keep the terrorists in the Dark Ages is to keep them in the dark, even if we have to sacrifice by living there too. Our bright future depends on it.

But perhaps there is a bigger picture than whether it is dangerous for graduate students to plot terrorist attacks and government response scenarios in class. The terrorism-lurks-around-every-corner mentality has become the American norm in the years since 9/11’s devastation — even as there have been an underwhelming number of terrorist attacks during the same period.

The students may still be gaining valuable skill, however, in learning to set up and subsequently thwart acts of terrorism — especially if you consider the way “counterterrorism” has largely worked in the past decade or so. Government agencies like the FBI set up elaborate plots, find weak-minded patsies to play along, equip them and then sweep in to save the day.

The New York Times pointed out in April: “Of the 22 most frightening plans for attacks since 9/11 on American soil, 14 were developed in sting operations.”

The most recent FBI plot was earlier this month when the agency convinced a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man that he wanted to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:

From New York Daily News:

While en route to his target Wednesday morning, [Rezwanul ] Nafis bragged to his accomplices — actually undercovers working for the FBI — that he had a “Plan B” to conduct a suicide bombing operation if cops thwarted his Federal Reserve mission.

…[The FBI’s acting assistant director in New York] insisted the public was never at risk because the explosives he had accumulated with the help of an undercover FBI agent and an FBI source posing as his accomplices were inert.

The Federal agents keep their jobs, the American people remain terrified of anyone who is lightly brown on an airplane or wearing a turban near a government building, and the security/police state continues to grow for when the elitists in charge will need it the most: when factions of the citizen population realize the folly of bureaucracy and take the advice of the Founders regarding tyrannical government.

Until then, enjoy your radioactive airport body scans, your government’s ability to conduct surveillance and make arrests at will and without warrant, and the continued militarization of and Federalized partnerships being made by your local law enforcement.

Americans should be frightened, but not of a “terrorist’s” potential to acquire an NYU student’s notebook; it’s what students may be required to do by their Federal masters in the not-so-distant future that’s scary.

Polls Shaken By Sandy

If you rely on the polls mainstream media continually publish as a reliable source of information about who may be leading in the Presidential election, beware: The already skewed and confusing results are going to be increasingly unreliable in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

According to The Hill, Gallup has suspended daily national polling due to the storm, and many voters in the battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Hampshire may be out of pollsters’ reach just days before the election.

“As a pollster right now I couldn’t poll from Virginia up to New Hampshire; it would be a total blackout,” Brad Coker, managing director at Mason-Dixon Polling and Research told the publication. “All of New England is off the board, so you’re going into this last weekend basically not knowing.”

While the latest numbers before the polling blackout indicated a largely tied race with Mitt Romney pulling slightly ahead, it looks like Americans are going to have to wait until after the election to find out if a surprise landslide for either candidate is in store.

Some conservative pundits have speculated that, sensing a Romney lead, the left is going to use Hurricane Sandy to delegitimize a Republican victory should the candidate win.

Federal/Private Police State To Result From New Obama Order

A new executive order signed into law by President Barack Obama quietly last week further empowers the Department of Homeland Security by helping it to create local partnerships between Federal and private institutions “to address homeland security challenges.”

According to the executive order (the 141st signed by Obama), the purpose of the decree is to allow the Federal government and private entities to operate more closely “to use resources more efficiently, build on one another’s expertise, drive innovation, engage in collective action, broaden investments to achieve shared goals, and improve performance” in embolden National security.

“This approach recognizes that, given the complexities and range of challenges, we must institutionalize an all-of-Nation effort to address the evolving threats to the United States,” the executive order declares.

The efforts to encourage more Federal and private collaboration with regard to national security will be headed up by a “steering committee” consisting of representatives “at the Deputy agency head level” from a number of Federal agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and others. The resulting Homeland Security Partnership Council will be chaired by either the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism or a designee from the National Security Staff.

Besides allowing the government more wiggle room on private Homeland Security partnerships, the executive order will also reportedly give local law enforcement more incentive to operate alongside Federal agencies.

Left Targets Immature Voters

Recent reports show that, despite the increasingly kitschy campaign ads from the left (called by some pundits an attempt to lure younger, more immature voters), the campaign for President Barack Obama lacks youth support in key battleground States.

A survey of college-aged voters conducted by Sky News in Ohio, a political battleground State, shows Obama failing to energize young voters with the “rock star” persona he touted in 2008. Many young voters polled said that Obama’s youth appeal has been largely exposed as fraudulent to younger voters after four years of policy that doesn’t match.

From the article:

The president has been campaigning hard for the youth vote in Ohio, which is widely seen as a must-win state for both candidates.

But some students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) told Sky News Mr Obama had failed to recreate the rock star appeal of his historic 2008 campaign, when hyped-up voters aged under 30 formed a vital part of his achievement.

The president still attracts a larger share of young voters than Mitt Romney, polls suggest, but he is now only polling with a slight overall lead over his rival in Ohio. That means he needs every vote he can get and with each one he loses, he is more exposed to Mr Romney’s gains in other areas.

Slipping youth support appears to be driving the left into a frenzy to create ads of little political value that seem to serve most as a ploy for a chuckle to cement the candidate in the minds of younger, less informed and less politically active Americans.

Like this “message from the greatest generation” from Michael Moore:

 

 

Or Lena Dunham’s tasteless sex-themed advertisement paid for by Obama for America: