Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Pilgrims to the Imam Reza Shrine — one of Iran’s biggest tourist centers — are getting a special holy offer according to Planet-Iran .com, which is a website devoted to translating news and documents from Persian to English and letting the rest of us see for ourselves the bizarre world of the ayatollahs.

The document, dated July 18, offers, well, temporary marriages since “Marriage is among the traditions of the Prophet Mohammad” according to the Shrine’s “Bureau of Temporary Marriages”.

The temporary “marriages” are to females between the ages of  “12 and 35” and range in time from five hours to a whole 10 days. The shrinekeepers, of course, responsibly warn that for “sisters who are below 14 years of age, a written consent from their fathers or male guardians is required.”

Now, before you start reacting in rage and horror to this practice — especially if you should happen to be a Democrat voter — you ought to be aware of another recent event that you probably missed in the dino media.

Hedge-fund billionaire Jeff  Epstein became a free man earlier this month after serving an  25-month sentence in Palm Beach, Fla. for his  guilty plea  for “solicitation  prostitution”  and “soliciting a minor child for prostitution” which are state crimes. Michael Reiter, the man who was the police chief of Palm Beach during the investigation, was among those outraged at the deal since  what Epstein had been accused of was numerous sexual encounters with minor girls some of whom he imported from overseas including a trio of 12-year-olds from France. The federal  Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 demands a minimum sentence of 20 years for such things.

The feds, however, touched this case in the manner of a limo liberal removing a Baby Ruth candy bar from a country-club pool. That Jeff Epstein was close friends with and a major donor to Bill Clinton and a pre-disgraced Eliot Spitzer, and had gathered a legal team that included Alan Dershowitz, Roy Black and Kenneth Starr was merely incorrupt happenstance.

Sure.

That 25-month sentence, btw, included 12 months of house (mansion) arrest and 13 months in the county jail from which he was allowed to take daily field trips to his office.

Anyway, here’s a link to the Planet-Iran page containing the shrinekeepers’ offer in Persian if you should so desire to translate it yourself, and below will be the complete text in English.

And before you start hating the people of Iran — as many Arab Muslims do — know that those brave folk are in a near rebellion against their corrupt state, which is something else that is not being widely reported by the dinosaurs. The shopkeepers in the major bazaars continue their risky strikes and two major acts of sabotage have been made against the nation’s vital fossil fuel industry.

You certainly don’t see the Democrats rebelling against their perverse and totalitarian masters.

The shrinekeepers’ offer:

July 18, 2010

Bismellah al rahman a rahim

Temporary Marriage (Marriage is among the traditions of the Prophet Mohammad)

In order to elevate the spiritual atmosphere, create proper psychological conditions and tranquility of mind, the Province of the Quds’eh-Razavi of Khorassan has created centers for temporary marriage (just next door to the shrine) for those brothers who are on pilgrimage to the shrine of  our eighth Imam, Imam Reza, and who are far away from their spouses.

To that end, we call on all our sisters who are virgins, who are between the ages of 12 and 35 to cooperate with us. Each of our sisters who signs up will be bound by a two year contract with the province of the Quds’eh-Razavi of Khorassan and will be required to spend at least 25 days of each month temporarily married to those brothers who are on pilgrimage. The period of the contract will be considered as a part of the employment experience of the applicant. The period of each temporary marriage can be anywhere between 5 hours to 10 days. The prices are as follows:

* 5 hour temporary marriage – 50,000 Tomans ($50 US)
* One day temporary marriage – 75,000 Tomans ($75 US)
* Two day temporary marriage – 100,000 Tomans ($100 US)
* Three day temporary marriage – 150,000 Tomans ($150 US)
* Between 4 and 10 day temporary marriage – 300,000 Tomans ($300 US)

Our sisters who are virgins will receive a bonus of 100,000 Tomans ($100 US) for the removal of their hymen .

After the expiration of the two year contract, should our sisters still be under 35 years of age and should they be so inclined, they can be added to the waiting list of those who are seeking long-term temporary marriage. The employed sisters are obligated to donate 5% of their earnings to the Shrine of Imam Reza. We ask that all the sisters who are interested in applying, to furnish two full-length photographs (fully hijabed and properly veiled), their academic diplomas, proof of their virginity and a certificate of good physical and psychological health which they can obtain through the health and human services of the township of their residence. Please forward all compiled material and send to the below address by the 31st of the month of Ordibehesht, 1389 (May 21st, 2010).

Attention: For sisters who are below 14 years of age, a written consent from their fathers or male guardian is required.

Address: Mash’had, Shrine of Imam Reza, Shaheed Navab-Safavi, Kossar passage, Bureau of Temporary Marriages

or call Haji Mahmood Momtaz : 98/511/222-5790

For further information, please refer to the Quds’eh Razavi website.

Clearly, they don’t need Jeff Epstein to help them.

Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates
Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Jeff Epstein, Iranian Pilgrims, Soulmates

Pa. In Top 4 In Legislative Pay

Pennsylvania’s state legislators are the fourth best paid in the nation, according to The Pew Center of the States. At $78,314, it puts the wonders of Harrisburg  just behind third place New York ($79,500) and second place Michigan ($79,650) but with a ways to go to catch the champ which is California at $95,291.

What’s interesting about the rankings is that it correlates nicely with the listing of states with the greatest fiscal problems. Someone may be respond with the claim “correlation does not equal causation” and the proper response to that would be “Ho, ho, ho. You want to buy a bridge?”

BTW, the Reading Eagle has a column noting the state House members worked 119 days last year while our senators clocked in for 81. Maybe that’s why they buy into the claim that public school teachers are overworked.

And of course, the Pew list doesn’t account for all the neat little perks Pa. solons get. Maybe Pennsylvania’s fiscal crisis is even worse than it seems.

Hat tip to Tony Phyrillas

Drexel Thug Life Or Culture Counts

Drexel Thug Life Or Culture Counts — A trio of young black men who are students at Drexel University in Philadelphia allegedly followed through on a convoluted plot to rob a female student at gunpoint in her apartment and are now charged with robbery, theft, assault, weapon offenses and conspiracy which are felonies and mean a pretty screwed-up life if convicted.

Two of men, Jamie Harris and Kevin Phillip, both 21 from New York City, are scholarship players on the school’s Divison I basketball team which last year  went 16-16 and finished fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Harris, the team’s starting point guard and leading scorer. was a third-team, all-conference selection. Phillip was a 6-6 backup forward.

The third man, Devon Bond, 21 also, of Marlton, N.J. is said to be the one who cooked up the Keystone Crook scheme and is also charged with burglary.

The incident occurred after Bond allegedly convinced the others that a co-ed who was an acquaintance had a lot of money in her apartment. He allegedly obtained an invitation to her home and after a short conversation left with the door propped open. He then returned and short time later Harris and Phillip entered waving guns, police said. They pushed Bond to the floor in an attempt to make it appear he was also a victim, police said. No money was found so the basketball players reportedly stole two cell phones. Bond quickly followed them out, said police.

Drexel Thug Life Or Culture CountsThe accused were soon tracked down via surveillance camera footage and  credit card transactions at a nearby pizza shop, and that’s how things stand.

Authorities and others expressed puzzlement as to why young men would throw away such promising lives. Well, culture counts Sherlock. If the music to which you listen glorifies the thug life; and the magazines you read and movies you watch glamorize those who lead such lives; and your community leaders give you a wink and tell you it should be part of your experience; and if your preachers give you something other than the Gospel and tell you theft and violence are legitimate responses to the condition they tell you you’re in; and if your schools reinforce that message; and if the general media does not contradict it; and if there is no father around to set you straight; expect to be a young man facing felony charges.

Drexel Thug Life Or Culture Counts

Change Opportunity For Jim Thorpe, Pa?

Change Opportunity For Jim Thorpe, Pa?  — Sunday’s New York Times’ sports section  carried a large story on the continuing saga of Jack Thorpe’s attempts to bring the bones of his father  back to his home state of Oklahoma from his grave in Jim Thorpe, Pa.

The Pennsylvania sports legend was buried in 1953 in the small borough that is the Carbon County seat after his wife, Patricia, who was Thorpe’s third wife and Jack’s stepmother, became angered at Oklahoma’s refusal to erect a monument to her husband. The Pennsylvania boroughs of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk were merging and offered to not just do so but to rename the new municipality in his honor if she would let him be buried there.

Thorpe never set foot in the place. His road to fame started 100 miles southwest at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School which he led to a national collegiate football championship in 1912.

Jack, 73, is now suing in federal court demanding the bones be returned in compliance with Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. One has to admit that it is a bit of a stretch to use a law aimed at preventing the desecration of Indian grave sites to move Thorpe’s bones considering Thorpe was a life-long Catholic, a quarter Irish and a quarter French, and had never been buried anywhere else. Federal judges, however, have certainly been known to be whimsical in their interpretation of law especially in the pursuit of political correctness and praise from the wine and cheese set.

Perhaps, it would be best for the borough to cut its losses and let the bones go. Of course, then it would need a new name.  Maybe there is a long-ago sports great looking to return to a little bit of spotlight by agreeing to let his body be buried there. How does Mark Spitz, Pa. sound? Bruce Jenner, Pa.? Randall Cunningham, Pa.? Greg Gross , Pa.? They could open it for bids. The possibilities are endless. Feel free to make a suggestion.

Change Opportunity For Jim Thorpe, Pa?

 

Pa. Renews Charter As 9,000 Now Attend A Pioneer Cyber School

The state Department of Education has renewed the charter for five years for The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School , which was the first and is the largest cyber charter school in the state.

Pa Cyber, founded in 2000, now provides free public education to 9,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. It is one of 11 cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania.

PA Cyber started when the small Midland Borough SchoolDistrict on the Ohio border was forced to close its high school due to economic conditions and began busing students across the state line for classes.

District officials expecting an enrollment of 50 local students were shocked to find applications from 500 throughout the state

The school remains based in Midland but has opened support centers in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

Classes mostly occur online and can be either taken real-time or via recorded sessions.

The school has met statetargets for graduation, participation and academic performance.

Hat tip to  Commonwealth Foundation

Joe, Give Back The Dough

GOP senate nominee Pat Toomey has sent a letter to Dem opponent Congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa7) asking he return $119,650 in campaign contributions. Why? The donor has  received  federal earmarks through Sestak’s office and Sestak says “If an organization or individual has made a request for an appropriations project, and has made a contribution to his campaign, he returns that contribution”

That earmarks were being steered to Sestak donors came to light in this July 15 Philadelphia Inquirer article by Thomas Fitzgerald .

“According to your website, this pledge was made as part of your ‘effort to restore faith in government,'” Toomey said. “This is a noble goal and I fully agree with the sentiment. It is apart of the reason I have long opposed the corrupt Washington earmarking system that results in the waste of millions of taxpayer dollars and shady backroom deals.”

Toomey counts corporate CEOs who have given the individual maximum and “at least one who even hosted a fundraiser” for Sestak as among the beneficiaries of the crony capitalism.

Here’s the complete text of Toomey’s letter.

Hat tip to GrassrootsPa.com

Pothole Time: Ed Wants Fed Road $ For Public Transit

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Gov. Rendell is plotting to use  money the feds kick back to Pa. to keep its share of the national roadway system passable to bail out the Port Authority of Allegheny County, which is Pittsburgh public transit system and is facing a $47 million deficit.

“You’re robbing Peter to pay Paul, but that may be the only choice I’m
left with,” Not-So-Fast-Anymore-According-To-Polling Eddie said.

Hmmm. So the only way to solve this mess according to those we voted to rule us is to let our national roads go to pot? Edddie says yes because wiser minds kept him from creating traffic bottlenecks on I-80 as a government revenue raiser.

How about this to solve this crisis:

  • We cut salaries for all state workers until revenue increases which would be when Pennsylvanians start finding jobs, getting raises and buying things?
  • We limit state pensions to $50,000 ex post facto (It would certainly be as moral as taxing a widow out of her home albeit those who vote themselves $313,000 annual pensions would disagree, I’m sure.
  • We repeal strange and onerous laws that burden local taxing authorities such as Act 195, the 1970 law that prohibits school boards from replacing striking teachers and the passage of which saw a dramatic increase in school cost and a correspondingly dramatic decline in educational quality.
  • We end prevailing wage requirements to allow public projects to be built in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • We embrace the 21st Century in the conveyance of information.

It’s time we Pennsylvanians come to realize that neither our governor, nor our legislature, nor our state courts for that matter, look out for us. Their constituencies are themselves. They are not men and women of the people but men and women of the hacks,

And it’s about time we recognize that we are allowed to get mad about it.

Sneers For Sarah But No Mocking Of Mosque

The IthinkI’msmart set has been sneering at Sarah Palin’s Twitter post of a few days ago regarding the proposed $100-million mega-story mega-mosque at the site of 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. For the many who have forgotten, 2,605 innocent persons died there that day at the hands of those motivated by the teachings of Mohammed.

Sarah tweeted “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate”

“Ho, ho, ho,” the IthinkI’msmarters said. “Doesn’t the bumpkin know that there is no such word as “refudiate?” Meanwhile not a peep on the in-your-face plan to build a structure dedicated to the expansion of the philosophy that inspired the murders on that sky-blue September Tuesday; a philosophy that treats rape as a crime — by the victim; a philosophy that demands horrible punishment for those with sexual weakness; a philosophy that exults in the destruction of archaeological treasures.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending the planned mosque saying stopping it would be “unAmerican”. You think he would be saying the same thing if it were Evangelicals that had bought a spot near the attacks to make a 13-story unapologetic point?

The IthinkI’msmarters are fools and bigots and it is imperative that we as nation quickly recognize this.

Gov. Palin corrected her grammar in a subsequent tweet. She has not, however, let up on the proposed mosque.

How’s this for a proposal, the city  takes over the proposed mosque site for use as a park? If Bloomberg needs more justification, he can pretend he runs a pharmaceutical company .

Biden Broke Law; Gets Fined

Chalk it up to things you haven’t seen on CBS or any of the dino media.

Vice President and famous Phillies fan Joe Biden, that union-lovin’ regular guy of the people, has been fined by the Federal Election Commission for accepting  donations above the legal limit for his failed 2008 presidential run.

These illegal donations included a deeply discounted flight on a private jet owned by Clinton Group , a New York hedge fund that manages $1.1 billion for domestic and offshore clients and $5 billion collateralized debt obligations, which includes things like, well, mortgage-backed securities.

Why would a hedge-fund heavily involved in mortgage-backed securities back a union-lovin’ regular -guy-of-the-people Phillies fan like VP Joe? I‘m sure they have their reasons .

Anyway, the fine was for $219,000.

Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander says the fine was “‘relatively small.” Hey, it was probably just a week’s worth of pay for Clinton Group manager and Biden bud George E. Hall.

 

Biden Broke Law; Gets Fined

Biden Broke Law; Gets Fined