Must read: Indian author pens unflinching account of women’s rights in Islam

Denied by Allah book cover
Book cover of ‘Denied by Allah’ by Noor Zaheer. (Courtesy of Vitasta Publishing; all rights reserved)

Denied by Allah by Noor Zaheer
Vitasta Publishing; New Delhi, India, 2015

Legacy media in the USA cast as crackpots those who are concerned about the impact of sharia law on American culture. A new book by Indian author Noor Zaheer should dispel that notion.

Zaheer is a devout Muslim, and her book demonstrates that many in India have the same concern, partly because of events in her own country and partly because of sharia’s impact on culture in the United Kingdom.  Continue reading Must read: Indian author pens unflinching account of women’s rights in Islam

Obama should tell Raul Castro to absolve his brother and himself

Small houses in Cuba
Small houses near the entrance of the Ernest Hemingway house in Havana, Cuba. (Carol M. Highsmith Collection; LOC; 2010)

Opinion by Kay B. Day

When Cuba president Raul Castro vilified the USA during the 7th Summit of the Americas in the capital of Panama, Panama City, he presented the usual condemnation of the USA, using customary terms like “intervention” and “plundered.”

Fox News Latino parsed Castro’s remarks in the following headline:

Castro absolves Obama of fault for U.S.’ ‘imperialist aggression’

Fact is, the Castros should be seeking absolution for themselves.  Continue reading Obama should tell Raul Castro to absolve his brother and himself

Dems nixed US pipeline, but lifting sanctions helps Iran, BP’s pipeline

Iran top cleric message on women and oppression
Still frame from message from Iran’s top cleric who controls the country. The video cites a book by Jimmy Carter, and it echoes a favorite meme Democrats often use in elections, the so-called “War on Women” in the US (not Iran).

Commentary by Kay B. Day

Democrats and President Barack Obama nixed potential profits and jobs via the Keystone XL Pipeline in the United States. But Obama’s eager courting of Iran under the guise of containing the country’s nuclear program will benefit Iran economically if sanctions are lifted. Among other things, Iran will benefit from investing in a pipeline. Continue reading Dems nixed US pipeline, but lifting sanctions helps Iran, BP’s pipeline

Latest DHS controversy: Lawsuit seeks records on terrorist ‘Hands Off’ list

Global Entry Kiosks
Global Entry kiosks are located at airports across the US. The system makes it easier for people to enter the US. (Photo by James Tourtellotte)

The Dept. of Homeland Security continues to be muddled in controversy, with the latest incident linked to an alleged ‘Hands-Off’ list for individuals suspected of terrorist ties.

Judicial Watch is suing the DHS Office of Inspector General in an effort to obtain information related to former DHS acting Inspector General Charles K. Edwards and allegations about such a list.

Are potential terrorists being released into the US interior?  Continue reading Latest DHS controversy: Lawsuit seeks records on terrorist ‘Hands Off’ list

Populist Dr. Paul: Build bridges here at home

Analysis by Kay B. Day

Rand Paul
Image snipped from randpaul.com

Dr. Rand Paul, US senator from Kentucky, launched his presidential campaign today in his home state city of Louisville with a heavy dose of populism and government reform. Perhaps no other candidate, presumed or declared on either side of the aisle, has spoken so clearly to people who are not part of the political privilege or pundit class.

One sentence in particular echoed sentiments that will resonate with Americans across the country.  Continue reading Populist Dr. Paul: Build bridges here at home

Rand’s ‘pre-nouncement’ punctuated by snark from Graham

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Commentary by Kay B. Day

Rand Paul video
Snip from Sen. Rand Paul’s ‘A Different Kind of Republican Leader’ video. (RandPaul.com)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is expected to formally announce a bid for the White House on Tuesday, and ‘pre-nouncements’ abound across cyberspace. Paul enjoys general tolerance from old guard GOP, but power brokers usually spare nothing when it comes to criticism of government reformers.

Paul supporters will likely think he’s off to a good start for many reasons. Among those reasons is a well-timed snark from Sen. Lindsay Graham (S.C.) who expounded on President Obama’s Iran negotiations on a legacy network talk show Sunday.  Continue reading Rand’s ‘pre-nouncement’ punctuated by snark from Graham

Will commander in chief leave US Marine, others behind in Iran deal?

Commentary by Kay B. Day

US Marine vet Amir Hekmati
US Marine veteran Amir Hekmati remains imprisoned in Iran after visiting his ancestral country to see his grandmother. (Facebook page snip: Free Amir Hekmati)

The country of Iran has taken center of the world stage lately as the administration of President Barack Obama discusses a nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. Media reports suggest Iran will be the greatest beneficiary, but full details haven’t been released yet.

Some of us wonder whether Americans being held prisoner in Iran will be part of any deal. Will our commander in chief leave a US Marine, a Christian pastor, and a journalist behind once the deal with the Islamic clerics running the country is sealed?  Continue reading Will commander in chief leave US Marine, others behind in Iran deal?

From some, more sympathy for terrorists than for brutalized teen doing time

Commentary by Kay B. Day

Austin Rhodes talk radio host
Talk radio host Austin Rhodes broke the story of the brutal treatment 18 year old Cortez Berry experienced at the hands of inmates in a Georgia prison. (snip: Facebook)

After talk radio host Austin Rhodes placed a photo of Cortez Berry on his Facebook page, responses varied. Some people felt sympathy for the 18-year-old serving time in a Georgia prison for offenses he committed when he was 14.

The photo evokes photos of prisoners at an infamous facility in Iraq.  Continue reading From some, more sympathy for terrorists than for brutalized teen doing time

Why don’t Republican leaders want Rubio to run for president?

Sen. Rubio book American Dreams
Sen. Marco Rubio’s new book ‘American Dreams’ offers a look at the potential presidential candidate’s policy ideas ahead of 2016.

As I began to follow potential candidates for 2016, I kept hearing from longtime Republicans in Florida about a presidential run by Sen. Marco Rubio (R).

Party loyalists were negative about the idea, but I learned their negativity had naught to do with Rubio’s involvement in attempts by the “Gang of Eight” to pass a comprehensive immigration law.

The negativity had nothing to do with Rubio’s abilities, talents, or political positions. It had everything to do with what they saw as practicality.

I had a hard time getting anyone to go on the record. That is, until I turned to Cindy Graves, who hosts a talk show on WBOB AM 600. Graves tells it like it is, and she answered my question honestly. I asked her why dedicated Republicans didn’t want Rubio to give the White House a try.

I also talked to a Rubio supporter, Patrick Castronovo, who’s long been active in politics.

For answers and more, see Is Rubio running? Potential 2016 candidate set to buck his party’s political machine again at Watchdog Arena. The site is an endeavor of The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

─Kay B. Day (April 1, 2014)

School principals and Clinton judge zapped two Constitutions in Cinco de Mayo case

US flag
Image of US flag from Veterans Administration

Opinion by Kay B. Day

The US Supreme Court has turned down a petition on the matter of Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District. The case arose after students’ rights were oppressed by the principal Nick Boden and the assistant principal Miguel Rodriguez at Live Oak High School (Calif.) in May, 2010.

Continue reading School principals and Clinton judge zapped two Constitutions in Cinco de Mayo case

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