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Sunday, May 30, 2010

President Misspoke On Truth

The President's assertion in his last news conference that the White House didn't try to manipulate the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, turns out to be false. Bill Clinton was dispatched to offer of an advisory position to Joe Sestak if he would bow out of the race, saving the seat for turncoat Senator Arlen Specter, who left the GOP to join Democrats last year. Instead, Specter lost to Sestak, and now the dirty details of the behind-the-scenes power brokering are coming out.

The offer to Mr. Sestak, the White House said on Friday in a statement, was arranged by Rahm Emanuel, the chief of staff, and it's impossible to imagine Obama didn't know and approve of the deal. So why did he bend the truth to reporters during his press conference? If the public is going to find out eventually, why delay and build up the suspense? The good news for the President is that the scandal broke over memorial day weekend, and with some help from his many friends in the mainstream media, there is a good chance the story can be brushed under the rug by Tuesday when most people return to work. Remember, in Washington, it's not technically a scandal unless the newspapers say it is. See Chick's BUSTED.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Armed Force Panel Votes to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday voted to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay men, lesbians and bisexual people from serving openly in the military. It would be a big step toward dismantling the Clinton-era policy widely known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” as part of the annual Pentagon policy bill.

The House was considering a provision for repealing the ban in its version of the military policy bill. A vote on the legislation was possible late Thursday and, if approved, it would be the most forceful step yet by Democrats to repeal the ban.

The tally was 16 to 12. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she was the only Republican to vote in favor of a repeal. She called the debate “vigorous.” The panel was already stacked in favor of Democrats passing the vote.

Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan and chairman of the committee, said he believed the full Senate would support the repeal. However, a majority of the military and American public are not in favor of the change. Republicans are expected not to support the change either.

President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates favor repealing the ban, but the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have objected. In letters solicited by Senator John McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee, they urged Congress to delay voting on the issue until after Dec. 1, when the Defense Department is expected to complete a review of how to impose new rules.

With liberals in Congress being asked to vote this week on an unpopular war spending bill, Congressional Democratic leaders have been pushing to finally do away with a ban that many in their party view as discriminatory and not gay friendly.

In a floor speech on Thursday, gay Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, denounced the policy that requires gay men, lesbians and bisexuals to keep their sexual orientation secret if they want to serve in the armed forces.

Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, the No. 3 Republican, accused Democrats of trying to use the military “to advance a liberal social agenda” and demanded that Congress “put its priorities in order.”

Earlier this week, Mr. Gates reluctantly said he would support a compromise between the White House and Congressional leaders that would allow Congress to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law now, but delay implementation of a new policy until after the Pentagon completes its review. (But what's the point of having a review if no one is going to consider its findings in the decision making process?)

As the House headed toward the politically charged vote as part of a broader Pentagon policy measure, Republicans and Democrats sought to frame the issue and several Republicans — typically backers of Pentagon legislation — said they would oppose the measure if a repeal of the ban was included.

“The military is not a social experiment,” said Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, who said lifting the ban could encourage “overt” sexual behavior in the ranks. Senator McCain said the policy change would be harmful to morale. The Obama administration has been accused of being anti-military even before suggesting the change.

Some observers believe the Democrats fear big losses in the next next election, so they are trying to pass the most controversial bills before they lose their majority. Gays in the military and Amnesty for illegal aliens are therefore becoming top priorities. See Chick's THE GAY BLADE.

Obama Promises More Border Guard... but NOT for Illegals

President Obama did his first press conference in ten months. He told reporters the government was in charge of the oil situation in the Gulf, but that BP was the one responsible for any failures. During the course of questions, a Mexican reporter asked about him ordering National Guard troops to help on the Mexican border. Obama said they were necessary to help stop drug smugglers, but he insisted they were not to be used to stop illegal immigration. He also said his real priority is "comprehensive immigration reform", (spin-speak for amnesty). Many Democrat leaders want to provide voting rights to the 10 to 20 million illegals via amnesty, since the vast majority would vote Democrat. See Chick's WHY NO REVIVAL.

Monday, May 24, 2010

White House Plots New Way to Force Army to Accept Gays

Congress may vote as early as Thursday to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law on gays after a compromise deal between the White House and Democratic lawmakers cleared the way for action before a Pentagon review is complete in December. The current policy allows gays to serve, but only if they don't call attention to their sexual deviancy. Changing the policy is very unpopular within the ranks of the military, but a top priority for Obama and gay activists.

The deal unplugs the bottleneck created a few weeks ago when Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to go slow on repealing the 1993 Clinton administration policy, in order to give the military time to gauge attitudes within the ranks and to assess the best way to go about implementing any changes. Gay-rights groups complained that violated the intent laid out by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech when he said he would work "this year" to repeal the law.

Under the brokered agreement, an amendment to repeal the law this year would be added to the annual must-pass defense spending bill. Last year's defense authorization act was used as a vehicle to pass the nation's first federal civil rights law protecting gays and lesbians against hate crimes.

In a letter to Democratic sponsors of the repeal, White House budget chief Peter Orszag wrote that the administration supports the proposed amendment, which "will allow for completion of the comprehensive review, enable the Department of Defense to assess the results of the review, and ensure that the implementation of the repeal is consistent with standards of military readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention."

The repeal, which would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly without fear of being discharged, would not take effect until the Pentagon's Comprehensive Review Working Group completes its nine-month implementation management study and then only after it is approved by the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Pennsylvania Democrat and Iraq war veteran who is the lead sponsor in the House, is expected to introduce the measure Tuesday. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has spoken out for quick repeal, could bring it to a vote as early as Thursday. House Republican leaders have vowed to oppose lifting the ban.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Sen. Joseph Lieberman are expected to introduce the repeal in the upper chamber, where it is unclear whether there are enough votes to head off a filibuster. Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the armed services committee, has said he would fight to keep the law as is.

Gay rights groups, which had the wind knocked out of their sails by Gates' earlier caution, hailed the "dramatic breakthrough."

Aubrey Sarvis, head of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said Obama's support and "Secretary Gates' buy-in should ensure a winning vote, but we are not there yet. The votes still need to be worked and counted."

Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United and a former U.S. Army interrogator discharged under "don't ask, don't tell," said, "We have been making the case to White House staff for more than a year now that delayed implementation is realistic, politically viable and the only way to get the defense community on board with repeal, and we are glad to see the community and now the administration and defense leadership finally rally around this option."

While the amendment's passage is far from assured in Congress, its return to the front burner comes as the midterm election campaigns are heating up. Republicans -- already confident at gaining seats in November -- are likely to add the hot-button social issue to their list of complaints about the Democratic administration now in charge in Washington. Conservative Democrats also are unlikely to sign on unless they are sure military leaders are on board with any changes.

More than 14,000 gays and lesbians have been discharged from the military since 1994 when the law -- itself a compromise between President Bill Clinton and conservatives in Congress and the Pentagon -- took effect. Gay-rights activists estimate there are about 66,000 gays serving in the military. See Chick's SIN CITY.

Swedish Archbishop Calls Western Marriage Tradition "Sexist"

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is breaking with tradition at her upcoming wedding to Daniel Westling and will have her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, walk her down the aisle.

While giving the bride away is a mainstay in American weddings, Swedish wedding tradition dictates that the bride and groom walk down the aisle together.

Her decision has prompted the head of the Swedish church, Archbishop Anders Wejryd, to issue a public statement expressing his disapproval at the royal couple choosing to add the Anglo-Saxon tradition to their wedding ceremony. He said, "Being given away is a new phenomenon which occasionally occurs in the Church of Sweden. I usually advise against it, as our marriage ceremony is so clear on the subject of the spouses' equality. The couple know where I stand on this matter."

The controversy surrounds the church's view that walking down the aisle together shows that the spouses are equal and they take the act of the father giving his daughter away as sexist.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dalai Lama claims to be Marxist

NEW YORK — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Thursday that he is a Marxist, yet credits capitalism for bringing new freedoms to the communist country that exiled him -- China.

"Still I am a Marxist," the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader said in New York, where he arrived with an entourage of robed monks and a heavy security detail to give a series of paid public lectures. Tickets are $400 per person-- a hefty price for a Marxist.

Marxism has "moral ethics, whereas capitalism is only how to make profits," the Dalai Lama, 74, said.

However, he credited China's embrace of market economics for breaking communism's grip over the world's most populous country and forcing the ruling Communist Party to "represent all sorts of classes."

Capitalism "brought a lot of positive to China. Millions of people's living standards improved," he said. See Chick's KINGS OF THE EAST.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Saudi Woman Attacks Religious Policeman

An angry young Saudi Arabian woman has left her mark on a religious policeman who approached her for illegally socializing with an unmarried young man.

According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman strongly objected to the policeman's interference and repeatedly punched him so hard that he ended up in the hospital with bruises to his face and body.

The couple, believed to be in their 20s, were strolling through an amusement park in the city of Al-Mubarraz when the policeman asked them to confirm their relationship to one another.

No statement on the incident has so far been made by the religious police – formally titled the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice – or by the regular police, the Arab site and The Jerusalem Post reported.

If the unidentified woman is charged she could face a long prison term, as well as body lashes.

Under Saudi law, women are not allowed to drive, be seen in public without a male guardian and socialize with unrelated men. See Chick's MEN OF PEACE?

Dems Betray Betrayer in Primary

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter on Tuesday lost a Democratic primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching from the GOP.

Voters picked U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak as the party's nominee and rejected the 80-year-old Specter in his first Democratic campaign since his Republican Party defection.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Sestak received 520,479 votes, or 54 percent; Specter received 446,281 votes, about 46 percent.

Specter was famous for voting against his own party, even providing Clinton the one Republican "not guilty" vote during the impeachment trial. Democrats privately assured Specter he would be unchallenged if he switched parties and gave them a fillerbuster proof majority in the Senate last year, but they changed their mind when a backlash against incombants made him keeping the seat look unlikely. (What goes around, comes around.) See Chick's BUSTED!

Repulican Falls Because of Affair

Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder announced Tuesday he would resign from Congress, effective Friday, because he had an affair with a staffer.

Souder said in a statement provided by his office that he has "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff."

He scheduled a news conference in Fort Wayne on Tuesday to discuss his decision.

Souder won a bruising Republican primary on May 4 to be nominated for his ninth term representing northeastern Indiana. Souder, 59, said he also would not be a candidate in the fall election.

"I believe it is the best decision for my family, the people of northeast Indiana and our country," he said in the statement.

"In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain," he said. "I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process."

Souder won the Republican primary over car dealer Bob Thomas, who spent much of his own money on television commercials portraying Souder as a career politician who wasn't a true fiscal conservative. Souder countered by emphasizing his A-plus marks from the National Rifle Association and 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

Souder did not provide details about the affair. The lawmaker has been married since 1974 and has three grown children.

"As I leave public office, my plans are focused upon repairing my marriage, earning back the trust of my family and my community, and renewing my walk with my Lord," he said. See Chick's new reissue of THE ROYAL AFFAIR.

Chris Dodd's Replacement Caught "Pulling A Kerry"

Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut attorney general and presumed favorite to replace retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), never served in Vietnam, despite frequent campaign trail references to his days serving in-country during the Vietnam War.

The revelation comes from an exposé in The New York Times, which details Blumenthal's 1970 enlistment in the Marine Reserve after receiving five previous deferments to attend Harvard College, attend graduate school in England, work for the Nixon administration and briefly work for The Washington Post. According to the Times, Blumenthal's Washington-based Marine unit performed local projects during the war, such as a Toys for Tots drive.

But Blumenthal, a Democrat, has spoken about his time in Vietnam during multiple campaign appearances around the state of Connecticut, including to a veterans group in Norwalk in 2008, when he said, "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam."

He also once lamented the treatment Vietnam veterans received when they returned from service. "I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse," he told a Bridgeport rally that same year. At a rally in 2003 where family members gathered to express support for American troops overseas, Blumenthal said, "When we returned, we saw nothing like this. Let us do better by this generation of men and women."

The Times interviewed Blumenthal for the article, who said he usually tries to make clear he served in the military in the Vietnam era, but not in combat in Vietnam. "My intention has always been to be completely clear and accurate and straightforward, out of respect to the veterans who served in Vietnam," he said. See Chick's HOLY JOE.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ex Scientologist Writes Book

A new book is looking to pull back the curtain on the mysterious Scientology religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard. Amy Scobee is a former Scientologist who was in the church for more than two decades, and worked in the all-important Celebrity Centers portion of the organization. In her just-released book, 'Scientology: Abuse at the Top,' Scobee details all of the troubling things she saw that made her flee what she once called her trusted religion, but now refers to as a "dangerous cult." Here are what she said her biggest issues with Scientology were:

-- Family disconnection and their manipulation, blackmail and control through the threat of being cut off from family, which has devastating effects, and being denied your "only road to salvation as a spiritual being."

-- The Rehabilitation Project Force, which I cover in detail in my book. This is a slave labor camp within the Sea Organization where people who have supposedly messed up get sent for sometimes years and years. They are separated from family, segregated from the rest of the group, made to run everywhere, put on hard manual physical work and paid 1/4 the regular staff pay -- about $12 per WEEK. I've known several people on that program for over a decade for minor offenses. It's inhumane and that "program" should be shut down.

-- The way Scientology goes after critics. It's their policy to utterly annihilate the credibility of anyone speaking out against the "church." They have done brutal things in the past along these lines and are still pulling these stunts currently. I've been followed by private investigators – sometimes several at a time, my family's house watched, they've tried to get my in-laws (never even in Scientology) to kick me out of the family, which they refused and dismissed as a completely insane and evil proposal. They put out publications with vicious false and defamatory information about me to hopefully make the readers think I was incapable of accurately reporting on my observations with regards to their illegal activities.

-- Another key thing is INFORMATION CONTROL. This is a form of mind control. If one controls what you can and can not see or hear, one is unable to make a rational decision about that matter. Scientology specializes in information control -- one is banned from upper levels of "spiritual enlightenment' if it is discovered that you read anything negative about Scientology or talked to someone about it. People are put in for routine confessionals to find out if you "committed this sin." So you are careful to avoid any contact with the media when it comes to Scientology or to read about any exposure about what is going on at the highest echelons. If the general public knew, they would stop supporting Scientology. They would walk away. They'd have the INFORMATION to be able to make that decision. Instead, all they hear is what the head of Scientology (Miscavige) reports at their frequent PR events -- how the expansion is better than ever and popularity of Scientology is at an all-time high, etc. They applaud, thinking it's all wonderful and donate a lot of money for the cause to "keep the expansion going." It's very sad. I want people to have the truth. When I informed a family member of mine, who had been a dedicated Scientologist for about 30 years, what was really going on at the top of his church, he chose to walk away and he has officially resigned. That's the logical thing to do. He still believes the technology itself is beneficial, but will no longer support that organization – in fact he has also now requested all of his money back.

Something dangerous about Scientology is that they truly believe that they are the "only salvation" for mankind. They therefore consider they can do all sorts of things -- even if it breaks the law -- because it's "the greatest good" and forwards their overall mission to ensure everyone's future eternity. Crush a critic into silence, lie on national television, beat a staff member who is not behaving as you'd like, blackmail people using family disconnection and other threats to keep them in line, use personal information obtained on people to smear their name, keep people on the RPF for years, force staff to work around the clock for almost no pay, hide evidence that could be damning if it were discovered -- on and on. They are fanatics about being the ONLY salvation and the end justifies the means.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Haggard Returns To Preaching

Four years after resigning from church leadership amid a gay sex scandal, evangelical preacher Ted Haggard has taken a first step toward resurrecting a ministry by incorporating a new church.

The St. James Church is located in Colorado Springs, the same city where Haggard founded New Life Church 26 years ago. Haggard was forced to resign as senior pastor of the 14,000-member megachurch in 2006, when it became public that he had been involved with a male prostitute.

In April, Haggard's wife, Gayle, registered St. James Church as a nonprofit located at their home address on Old Ranch Road, according to documents filed with the Colorado secretary of state's office.

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Evangelical preacher Ted Haggard is forming a new church in Colorado Springs, four years after resigning from New Life Church amid a sex scandal with a male prostitute.
Haggard told the Colorado Springs Gazette on Tuesday that St. James had been incorporated for accounting purposes, because the couple gives paid talks around the country. See Chick's HOME ALONE.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Rev. Rekers Accused of Gay Romp

Add to the growing list of anti-gay crusaders who have been entangled in alleged gay romps the name of one George Alan Rekers, a Baptist minister who co-founded the Family Research Council. The Miami New Times reported this week that Rekers appeared at Miami International Airport last month with a young male escort, fresh from a 10-day trip to Europe. Rekers admitted that he found his companion on (not safe for work), where the escort had advertised his attributes (including sexual details), but Rekers maintains that he's not gay and had merely hired the escort to help him carry his luggage.

It remains unclear what will happen to Rekers' public career. If he follows the script of earlier examples, he'll say nothing for a while, and then perhaps issue some sort of mea culpa without admitting that he's gay. Perhaps Rekers will have to step back from a few of his public roles and, like Haggard -- who remains married to his wife -- seek redemption from a gay lifestyle. See Chick's HOME ALONE.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Amnesty and Terrorism Linked

Days after Senate Democrats unveiled a 26-page immigration reform proposal in response to Arizona's controversial new crackdown on illegal immigrants, the arrest of a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan in the failed New York City attack appears certain to renew scrutiny on how the U.S. polices its borders. While the current debate has focused on the nation's 12 million undocumented residents, the 30-year-old Pakistani native apparently had all his papers in order. He admits that he tried to kill citizens of his newly adopted country, just a year after being made "an American".

"We don't know enough about this case yet to say whether he slipped through the cracks," said Kevin McLaughlin, a spokesman for Sen. John Cornyn, the senior Republican on the subcommittee dealing with immigration and border security. "There will have to be a top-to-bottom review to see how he got naturalized and whether there were any acts prior to obtaining citizenship."

Calls to Sen. Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat who chairs that panel and supports Amnesty for illegals, were not returned.

Shahzad reported on Oct. 20, 2008, that he had married Huma Asif Mian, a U.S. citizen. He became naturalized as a U.S. citizen six months later, taking an oath of allegiance in which he said he would "absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen." Obviously, he lied.

The oath says nothing about nonstate actors such as al-Qaida or the militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad, which is linked to a mosque in a Karachi suburb where Pakistani authorities arrested a man in connection with the Times Square bombing.

Christopher Bentley, a spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), would not comment on Shahzad's case but said generally that all immigrants seeking permanent residency and later citizenship undergo routine background screening. He said the FBI does a name check and looks for any criminal records.

"They run a very detailed look into a person's background for anything that would preclude them from getting citizenship," he said. "They also look at associates who may be connected with a criminal background. It's a very comprehensive look."

Once a person passes that initial screening, the pathway to citizenship includes being able to speak English and pass a test about U.S. government and history. How that rule will be bent for the 12 to 20 million Mexican illegals is not yet clear. (Millions of them are illiterate and cannot speak English.)

In 2000, before the terrorist attacks, the annual number of permanent resident aliens, or "green card" holders, admitted annually peaked at about 1.5 million, according James Nafziger, who teaches immigration law at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Because of restrictions imposed after 9/11, that number dropped to fewer than 1 million each year. While the economy usually explains fluctuations in migration, anti-terrorist regulations deterred many from seeking visas to live here.

If suspicions began to ease, Saturday's failed attack -- the 11th in New York since 9/11 -- has already re-energized many Americans who complain the Obama administration isn't tough enough on immigration. In fact, they are currently pushing for Amnesty of the 12 to 20 million illegal Mexicans already here. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor on Tuesday accused the White House of complacency amid "warning signs" of the failed attacks on an airliner on Christmas Day and in Times Square. But attacks were foiled, not by police or Homeland Security, but by citizens who just happened to be brave and suspicious enough to prevent the disasters.

The attack "indicates that the screening process for admitting and naturalizing immigrants is grossly inadequate," said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "Even more importantly, it ought to stop any discussion of amnesty for millions of illegal aliens dead in its tracks. If USCIS cannot adequately screen applicants at its current workload, it renders the promise of background checks on amnesty applicants utterly absurd. There is simply no way they would be able to vet millions of people -- many of whom may be using false identities -- and pick out the run-of-the-mill illegal alien from the ones who are truly dangerous."


Baptism Can Cause Sickness

Standing on the Jordanian bank of the Jordan River right where many believe Jesus was baptized, Mikhail Mikhayev, a Russian tourist, enters the brownish water wearing a long white robe. He takes a deep breath and plunges his entire head and body under the water. He stands up, crosses himself, and repeats the dunking and crossing twice more.

Mikhayev may have had a spiritual experience, but it wasn't a healthy one. Standing on the Israeli-controlled side of the site, Gidon Bromberg, of Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), talks about the dangers.

"If you drink the water, you're likely to get diarrhea or stomach problems, and if you have a cut, you will probably get a rash," he told AOL News. "Israel bans people from being baptized here, and the Jordanians advise against it, but it's still hard to stop people."

Bromberg says that many people save the robes they are baptized in here and choose to be buried in them.

Those relics may become all the more poignant, for the Jordan River, important to all three monotheistic religions, is drying up. In the 1930s, there were 1.3 billion cubic meters of water flowing down the Jordan River each year. Now, according to FoEME, just 20 million to 30 million cubic meters complete the trip to the Dead Sea, because Israel, Syria and Jordan divert 98 percent of the river water for their own uses. And what little does flow is highly polluted.

About 65 miles north of Kasr al-Yahud is Yardenit, the official Israeli site for baptism, where the Jordan River exits from the Sea of Galilee. Here the water is relatively clean. But just a few miles downriver at the Alumot Dam, raw sewage spills into the river, and the stench is overpowering. See Chick's FIRST JAWS.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Muslim Motive Guessed on NYC Bomb Plot

New York City law enforcement officials said Sunday they were looking for a man caught on surveillance footage near the scene of a bombing attempt in Times Square, the New York Times reports.

The Nissan Pathfinder discovered Saturday night on West 45th Street in Manhattan contained firecrackers, gasoline, propane and alarm clocks, as well as eight large bags of fertilizer. The bomber apparently intended to detonate the fertilizer, which would in turn explode the cans of gasoline and propane tank situated nearby.

Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, speculated that the incident could have been a response to a controversial episode of "South Park" that mocked the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Comedy Central censored the episode out of concern for its employees' safety.

"It's one possibility out of 100, but this vehicle was close to a Viacom building, which owns MTV and Comedy Central," King said Sunday during an appearance on CNN, according to The Hill. "And you have the whole issue with 'South Park,' which Islamic terrorists were threatening to have retribution for. So all of these things have to be looked at."

See Chick's Muslim cartoon tract, ALLAH HAD NO SON.