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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims - The 3rd Jihad

An Islamic flag atop the White House in "The Third Jihad." - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GrwRDZhObI&sns=em

By MICHAEL POWELL
Published: January 24, 2012

Ominous music plays as images appear on the screen: Muslim terrorists shoot Christians in the head, car bombs explode, executed children lie covered by sheets and a doctored photograph shows an Islamic flag flying over the White House.

"This is the true agenda of much of Islam in America," a narrator intones. "A strategy to infiltrate and dominate America. ... This is the war you don't know about."

This is the feature-length film titled "The Third Jihad," paid for by a nonprofit group, which was shown to more than a thousand officers as part of training in the New York Police Department.

In January 2011, when news broke that the department had used the film in training, a top police official denied it, then said it had been mistakenly screened "a couple of times" for a few officers.

A year later, police documents obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Law reveal a different reality: "The Third Jihad," which includes an interview with Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, was shown, according to internal police reports, "on a continuous loop" for between three months and one year of training.

During that time, at least 1,489 police officers, from lieutenants to detectives to patrol officers, saw the film.

News that police trainers showed this film so extensively comes as the department wrestles with its relationship with the city's large Muslim community. The Police Department offers no apology for aggressively spying on Muslim groups and says it has ferreted out terror plots.

But members of the City Council, civil rights advocates and Muslim leaders say the department, in its zeal, has trampled on civil rights, blurred lines between foreign and domestic spying and sown fear among Muslims.

"The department's response was to deny it and to fight our request for information," said Faiza Patel, a director at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, which obtained the release of the documents through a Freedom of Information request. "The police have shown an explosive documentary to its officers and simply stonewalled us."

Tom Robbins, a former columnist with The Village Voice, first revealed that the police had screened the film. The Brennan Center then filed its request.

The 72-minute film was financed by the Clarion Fund, a nonprofit group whose board includes a former Central Intelligence Agency official and a deputy defense secretary for President Ronald Reagan. Its previous documentary attacking Muslims' "war on the West" attracted support from the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major supporter of Israel who has helped reshape the Republican presidential primary by pouring millions of dollars into a so-called super PAC that backs Newt Gingrich.

Commissioner Kelly is listed on the "Third Jihad" Web site as a "featured interviewee." Paul J. Browne, the Police Department's chief spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that filmmakers had lifted the clip from an old interview. The commissioner, Mr. Browne said, has not asked the filmmakers to remove him from its Web site, or to clarify that he had not cooperated with them.

None of the documents turned over to the Brennan Center make clear which police officials approved the showing of this film during training. Department lawyers blacked out large swaths of these internal memorandums.

Repeated calls over the past several days to the Clarion Fund, which is based in New York, were not answered. The nonprofit group shares officials with Aish HaTorah, an Israeli organization that opposes any territorial concessions on the West Bank. The producer of "The Third Jihad," Raphael Shore, also works with Aish HaTorah.

Clarion's financing is a puzzle. Its federal income tax forms show contributions, grants and revenues typically hover around $1 million annually - except in 2008, when it booked contributions of $18.3 million. That same year, Clarion produced "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West." The Clarion Fund used its surge in contributions to pay to distribute tens of millions of copies of this DVD in swing electoral states across the country in September 2008.

"The Third Jihad" is quite similar, in style and content, to that earlier film. Narrated by Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim doctor and former American military officer in Arizona, "The Third Jihad" casts a broad shadow over American Muslims. Few Muslim leaders, it states, can be trusted.

"Americans are being told that many of the mainstream Muslim groups are also moderate," Mr. Jasser states. "When in fact if you look a little closer, you'll see a very different reality. One of their primary tactics is deception."

The film posits that there were three jihads: One at the time of Muhammad, a second in the Middle Ages and a third that is under way covertly throughout the West today.

This is, the film claims, "the 1,400-year war."

How the film came to be used in police training, and even for how long, was not clear. An undated memorandum from the department's commanding officer for specialized training noted that an employee of the federal Department of Homeland Security handed the DVD to the New York police in January 2010. Since then, this officer said, the video was shown continuously "during the sign-in, medical and administrative orientation process." A Department of Homeland Security spokesman said it was never used in its curriculum, and might have come from a contractor.

As it turned out, it was police officers who blew the whistle after watching the film. Late in 2010, Mr. Robbins contacted an officer who spoke of his unease with the film; another officer, said Zead Ramadan, the New York president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, talked of seeing it during a training session the previous summer. "The officer was completely offended by it as a Muslim," Mr. Ramadan said. "It defiled our faith and misrepresented everything we stood for."

When the news broke about the movie last year, Mr. Browne called it a "wacky film" that had been shown "only a couple of times when officers were filling out paperwork before the actual course work began."

He made no more public comments. Privately, two days later, he asked the Police Academy to determine whether a terrorism awareness training program had used the video, according to the documents.

The academy's commander reported back on March 23, 2011, that the film had been viewed by 68 lieutenants, 159 sergeants, 31 detectives and 1,231 patrol officers. The department never made those findings public.

And just one week later, the Brennan Center officially requested the same information, starting what turned out to be a nine-month legal battle to obtain it.

"It suggests a broader problem that they refuse to divulge this information much less to discuss it," Ms. Patel of the Brennan Center said. "The training of the world's largest city police force is an important question."

Mr. Browne said he had been unaware of the higher viewership of the film until asked about it by The New York Times last week.

There is the question of the officers who viewed the movie during training. Mr. Browne said the Police Department had no plans to correct any false impressions the movie might have left behind.

"There's no plan to contact officers who saw it," he said, or to "add other programming as a result."
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http://mobile.nytimes.com/article;jsessionid=21AA5C32C6F3141F82CD675EFD6B9243.w5?a=902495&single=1&f=22

To SunWay Pyramid Management, advertised in your shopping mall toilets, was this good intentioned sign but does your property management not know the difference between 'lose' and 'loose'? Embarrassing to know corporate Malaysia's standard of English.

To SunWay Pyramid Management, advertised in your shopping mall toilets, was this good intentioned sign but does your property management not know the difference between 'lose' and 'loose'? Embarrassing to know corporate Malaysia's standard of English. How was this approved by the management? No verification or proofreading process and procedures in place?

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Friday, January 20, 2012

The Burnt Biscuit

Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. That evening, mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burnt biscuits in front of dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed.

All dad did was reach for his biscuit, smiled at mom and asked me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and ate every bite.

When I got up from the table, I remember hearing mom apologize to dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: Honey, I love burnt biscuits.

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.

What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others' faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

Because in the end, you are the master of your own life, to be happy or unhappy, to be positive or negative.

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship , be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship.

Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own.

So please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine ...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Shit Asian Dads Say

Violence Interrupted

To Stop Violence, Interrupt it!

Even those involved in trying to curb youth gang violence are afraid of becoming victims of its sudden terror. “The Interruptors” follows two men and a woman in the inner city of Chicago who put their fears aside to do what it takes to help end the gang wars. This is a blunt, raw look at what compassion and direct action can mean in the lives of damaged and alienated youth.


Video from KarmaTube

WTF! This elderly guy rode up next to me without a helmet! The law in Malaysia only applies to some people only?!?! Niamah! Oops, sorry Patrick T. Didn't mean to steal your punchline.

Friday, January 6, 2012

World's oldest running Car !

Car Fetches $4.62M at RM Auction in Hershey , Pennsylvania
October 10 2011 at 10:05am
By Motoring Staff.
This is the oldest motor vehicle car in the world that still runs.
It was built one year before Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the internal combustion engine.

The world's oldest running motor vehicle has been sold at auction for an astonishing $4.62 million (R36.5-million), more than double the pre-sale estimate, as two bidders chased the price up in a three-minute bidding war.

The 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout drew a standing ovation as it was driven up onto the stage at Friday's RM Auction in Hershey , Pennsylvania
- to prove that this 127-year-old car really does run!
- and attracted a starting bid of $500 000, which was immediately doubled to $1 million.

Encouraged by the applauding crowd, the bidding went swiftly up to 4.62 million including the 10 percent commission - before the car was knocked down to a unnamed buyer.

The Dos-a-Dos (Back-to-Back) Steam Runabout was built in 1884 by George Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux for French entrepreneur Count de Dion, who named it 'La Marquise' after his mother.

In 1887, with De Dion at the tiller, it won the world's first ever motor race (it was the only entrant to make the start line!) covering the 32km from the Pont de Neuilly in Paris to Versailles and back in one hour and 14 minutes (an average of 25.9km/h) and, according to contemporary reports, hitting a breathtaking 60km/h on the straights!

La Marquise has only had four owners, remaining in one family for 81 years, and has been restored twice, once by the Doriol family and again by British collector Tom Moore in the early 1990's. 
Since then, it has taken part in four London-to-Brighton runs and collected a double gold at the 1997 Pebble Beach
d'Elegance in California .

Count de Dion winning the first ever motor race.

Welcome To Facebook - WTF!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Let Calcutta Surprise You



Client : YPO, Calcutta Chapter
Producer/Director: Priyanka Rungta, supported by Arka Bhattacharyya, Navsoft
Creative Agency : 100 Watts Design Studio
Branding, Art Direction & Copy : Kritika Malhotra
Production House: Arko Sen
Published: December 2011

Hand Shadow


TM "Hand Shadow" from Pixelpost on Vimeo.

Exercise your Mind

Good brain exercise for retiree
 
Check this one out.   Scroll thru it and it will amaze you as to how it all makes sense and will come to you, all of a sudden..
 
 
 
 
Brain Study....

Wow! It took me a few seconds, but then I got the hang of it...I've seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I've seen it with numbers.
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Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this you have a strong mind: Mine was brilliant!

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