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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Marvel Comics does not support the troops

It looks like Marvel has once again sunk into the sick obsession they've developed with offending America. In one of their latest crossover connected comics, Silent War #6, they depict US troops as suicide bombers:
Now, in the story, a select group of soldiers who are primed and ready to die at the command of their superior are exposed to the Mists and given temporary super powers that doom them to die. These soldiers are sent to the moon to battle the Inhumans who can honestly take people who’s insides are being torn apart by energies they were never meant to have. One guy’s head pops off, at which point the soldiers surrender and are taken into custody by the Inhumans. One of these soldiers wasn’t exposed, however, and instead carried explosives.

As the soldiers are escorted to holding cells, Maria Hill personally activates ‘KISMET‘ from a control room watching the fight go down and when the soldier is on target, she doubles over, stutters out a ‘God Bless America’ and explodes, killing herself, the rest of her squad and leaving Atillan in rubble, burying Black Bolt in the blast and I’m sure doing some harm to the Inhumans in the area as well.

Let me say this again: SHIELD wrapped a woman in explosives and detonated her in order to destroy people who didn’t have to be an enemy if the Fantastic Four had just gotten their heads out of their asses and talked to the people who used to watch their kids on weekends. An American citizen (albeit fictional) tried to kill people she felt were the enemy because her government didn’t understand them. SHIELD supports terrorist tactics that, in real life, are considered cowardly and wrong. Bill Maher got kicked off the air by calling people who do such actions ‘warriors‘ and now here are our heroes sending in people to kill themselves for their beliefs.
Absolutely disgusting. I recall that 3 years ago, Marvel was giving out some Avengers specials as a seeming gesture to support the troops in Iraq. However, if they're going to put out garbage like this, that even goes so far as to insult the Inhumans and SHIELD, then no US soldier with common sense should have to accept Marvel's so-called contributions. Here's their page with the contact info, where I'd encourage all concerned to go and write to tell them that this is simply offensive and that they should apologize.


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It's "NEW COLD WAR" Day !

1: Russian Navy eyes Syria bases to expand Mideast presence
2: Russian plans for Deployment Worldwide Presage Oil $$
3: Look for China's aircraft carrier within two years
4: Reports of sale to Iran of Su-30s rattle Israelis

1: MOSCOW — Russia plans to expand its naval presence in the Middle East, starting in Syria.

GERTZ:Officials said the Russian Navy has been pressing Moscow's allies to expand basing and anchoring rights. They said the navy has sought to establish a permanent naval presence that would include such countries as Algeria, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. "The Mediterranean Sea is very important strategically for the Black Sea fleet," Russian Navy commander Adm. Vladimir Masorin said. "I propose that, with the involvement of the Northern and Baltic fleets, the Russian Navy should restore its permanent presence there." Masorin, in an Aug. 3 statement, reflected Russia's intention to expand the navy's presence in the Middle East, particularly in the eastern Mediterranean. In 2006, Moscow was said to have reached agreement with Syria for a permanent Russian Navy presence at the ports of Latakia and Tartus. In his statement, the Russian Navy commander did not mention Syria.
Back to the days of the Russkis shadowing the 5th Fleet with destroyers, cruisers, and subs designed to saturate the defenses of a carrier fleet. .........And apparently the days of Russian ling range reconaissaince bombers flying along the east coast as well

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Rabid Hate on Palestinian TV

And there are those who will still claim it is just about "illegal" settlements.

This video is of an iman ranting about how the "Zionists" were responsible for the Holocaust.

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Breaking News! Almontaser Has Resigned!

Last week, WC and I interviewed Pamela Hall of the Stop the Madrassa. Looks as if her coalition has managed a victory!

Almontaser, named as the principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy (aka the New York City Madrassa), has resigned.

The story from Fox News, on Friday, August 10:
A New York City principal who came under fire for controversial comments about an "intifada" T-shirt that seemed to condone terrorism has resigned.

On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg accepted the resignation of Debbie Almontaser, principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, an English-Arabic school set to open next month in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Almontaser had come under fire for comments she made to the New York Post about an "Intifada NYC" T-shirt that is sold by an activist group that shares an office with the Yemeni-American association that Almontaser represents.

The day before she condemned the T-shirt message's connection to Palestinian terrorism, Almontaser told the Post that "intifada" means "shaking off" and the shirts represented women "shaking off" oppression.

The comments infuriated the city's United Federation of Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, who called the message "war-mongering."

“That’s something that ought to be denounced, not be explained away,” she told the paper.

Click here to read the Post's story.

The New York Post reported Friday that the school had attracted only a handful of Arabic-speaking students.
Who says that we bloggers cannot make a difference?

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Someone who is about to get a huge check from Exxon and the Al Saud then disappear

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LA Times are traitors: they want an American Taliban member released

Those still subscribing to the newspaper would be well advised to cancel their subscriptions, because the Los Angeles Times is clearly determined to undermine justice in the war on terrorism, as they show with this latest hogwash (Hat tip: Rhymes With Right). They say:
John Walker Lindh broke the law. But 'the American Taliban' wasn't a terrorist, and he deserves clemency.
What?!? Excuse me? Seperating between just about anything he actually did and the descriptions that fit the crimes is unforgivably obscene. He should be sent to chair, pure and simple. This is propaganda and denial of the worst kind.
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Why it's compulsory to PAY ATTENTION to who is holding your hand

I don't think I stand second to anyone in demanding that a set of secure borders exist.

But you just have to watch out WHO is in the parade along with you.... now the SPLC is one of the oldest and best anti-segregation, anti racism orgs in the USA, and played a key role in KILLING aryan nation. They have regarded the border battle as one of racism and I have criticized them for this, both here and to them directly (I have contributed there, and WILL)


San Diego Minutemen Linked to White Supremacists

San Diego’s KPBS-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate, aired a story Aug. 2 detailing the links between the white supremacist activities of two high-profile supporters of the San Diego Minutemen, a nativist extremist group whose bellicose tactics and internal feuding are detailed in the current issue of the Intelligence Report.

The KPBS story revealed that San Diego Minutemen activist Ray Carney worked for 11 years as a computer expert for White Aryan Resistance, a neo-Nazi hate group lead by Tom Metzger. The story also steven1b.jpgquotes Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok describing the white supremacist tattoos and symbols featured on a MySpace page belonging to Steven Shine, another frequent participant in San Diego Minutemen protests.

Our favorite moment in the KPBS story has Shine being interviewed by the station’s reporter “while restraining a pit-bull at a north county canyon where local Minutemen rallied to evict migrants from outdoor camps.”

Shine took down his MySpace page shortly after the Intelligence Report story came out. But we captured it for our archives before it vanished.


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We Are Going To Win! The Only Question Is, How Many People Are Going To Have To Die

Just because almost everyone here, who reads this blog, knows we're at war, the fact remains, that the bulk of our citizenry does not realize the threat.

Think about my next statement very carefully please (I know I sound like a hothead a lot of the time, but I, actually, choose my words carefully).


What that did was drive home, once and for all to the British people, that if they did not get up off their asses, they were going to lose their entire civilization, everything they had worked for through history, and the future lives of their children and grandchildren.

9/11 was a Godawful hit. The Hamas Charter is an extreme offense. The calls for "Death to America" are disgusting.

But, the fact remains, our fellow Americans do not take Islamic Civilization seriously.

When it comes down to it, because of the fact that they really literally are a stupid civilization (and that is because their religion does not allow for the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. It has nothing to do with race), we do not believe that they can truly pose a threat to us.

A nuclear, biological, or chemical attack on a mass scale will change all that.

Don't ever give into the siren song of defeat.We are going to win.

The question is, how many people are going to have die?

The sooner we start to REALLY fight, the fewer people will die.

The longer we wait, the more people will die.

It is that simple ...

and sad.
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Thursday, August 09, 2007

And a bridge in Brooklyn

Maybe we need to have national debate over fundamental strategies and values. We have seen this story, but the reassurances which boggle the mind persist.

Can anyone say - FUEL CELL?

Report: Saudi arm deal checks Iran, won't harm Israel

TEL AVIV — Israel would not be threatened by a major U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a report said.

The Insitute of National Security Studies asserted that a proposed U.S. sale of aircraft, upgrades and precision-guided munitions to Riyad would not harm Israel, Middle East Newsline reported. INSS said in a report that Saudi Arabia would not use the U.S. weapons against the Jewish state.

"At the same time, military assistance to the Gulf states sends a strong signal to Iran by emphasizing American commitment to the security of those states," the report said. "The criticism voiced in Teheran following the administration's announcement indicates that this signal was clearly understood."

Shah of Iran, F-14's. Kidd Class Destroyers

In late July, the Bush administration announced plans to sell up to $20 billion in weapons to Riyad. The administration did not specify the combat platforms in a deal opposed by many in Congress.

"Apart from sending symbolic representatives in past wars, the Saudis have never actually acted against Israel," the report, entitled "The Saudi Arms Deal," said. "And in array of serious threats to Saudi basic interests, Israel hardly figures at all.

Right, they only have helped to create and support HAMAS, which now takes $$ from Iran as well, and advice and direct support form the IRGC. Our policy is strategically schizophrenic.

We are betting the enmity between Shia and Sunni is not only greater than their hatred of the jews, but us as well, AND we are doing so in the clear daylight of objective evidence to the contrary. While the present REGIME in Riyadh has enmity for the Iranians, the religious objectives of the salafi freaks are nearly identical to the khomeinist freaks, until the day after victory.

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Why did Cambridge University FOLD?

Of course we all know the story.

If not you can find it here or here
But the question is WHY?

Were they physically afraid of a Salman Rushdie/Theo Van Gogh personal future?

Were they warned off by lawyers that the court awards would break them and cost them their careers?

Is there a university policy to cave in?

Were legal blandishments just a part ?

Do the Al Saud et al contribute mightily to Cambridge endowments?

Were promises made?

How fast would they have caved in to Dick Cheney, one wonders?

Is Yale University Press picking this up?

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Hillary Clinton’s Uncle Ellsworth

Guest Commentary by Edward Cline:

While truth can be stranger than fiction, the one can complement the other.

This thought occurred to me when I began to read Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 1969 political science thesis, written in “partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree under the Special Honors Program, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.” Its title is: “’There Is Only the Fight…’: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.”

Four or five pages into this paper, I was struck by the similarities between the relationships of Ellsworth Toohey and Catherine Halsey in Ayn Rand’s novel, The Fountainhead, and of Saul D. Alinsky and young Hillary D. Rodham, college student. Copies of this 91-page typewritten paper, interspersed here and there with handwritten corrections, are now circulating all over the Internet, accompanied by commentary that is largely critical and often deprecatory in nature.

Ellsworth Toohey, as readers probably know, is the power-seeking arch villain in Rand’s novel, and Catherine Halsey his niece, whose self-esteem he mercilessly attacks at every opportunity and succeeds in destroying, reducing her to a selfless, public service drudge.

Saul David Alinsky (1909-1972) was a real-life “radical” who specialized in organizing “communities” for local political agitation rather than attempting the broader political machinations of Toohey. He was a second-rank power luster – certainly less charismatic than Toohey, to judge by his biography – but his fundamental methodology of acquiring power – not for himself, he always said, but for whomever he deemed the “dispossessed” – is essentially the same as Toohey’s, which Rand so brilliantly dramatized in Toohey’s character.

This commentary will focus on the parallels between the pairs – Toohey and Catherine, Alinsky and Clinton – though not to the exclusion of the political aspects of the relationships.

First, here is a description of Catherine Halsey when she is introduced in The Fountainhead, and, incidentally, into Ellsworth Toohey’s life:

“Toohey had not intended to keep her in his own home. But when she stepped off the train in New York, her plain little face looked beautiful for a moment, as if the future were opening before her and its glow were already upon her forehead, as if she were eager and proud and ready to meet it. It was one of those rare moments when the humblest person knows suddenly what it means to feel as the center of the universe, and is made beautiful by the knowledge, and the world – in the eyes of witnesses – looks like a better place for having such a center. Ellsworth Toohey saw this – and decided that Catherine would remain with him.” (The Fountainhead, pp. 310-311, Centennial Edition).

In subsequent scenes that feature Catherine Halsey, she is depicted as having a self that struggles to understand the world and her uncle, a self that progressively loses the struggle under her uncle’s malicious guidance. She is intellectually unarmed to defend herself against Toohey’s attacks, which are aimed at disarming her mind by denigrating it and her values. Her sole consolation or value in this period is Peter Keating and her love for him.

When Keating abandons her to marry Dominique Francon – an action encouraged by Toohey for his own malign ends – Catherine collapses spiritually. That is the last we see of her until much later in the novel (Part 4: Howard Roark, Chapter 10, pp. 621-628). Here is how Peter Keating, who once wanted to marry her, sees her after years of being out of contact:

“…But when he lifted his eyes to Catherine, he knew that no caution was necessary; she did not react to his scrutiny; her expression remained the same, whether he studied her face or that of the woman at the next table; she seemed to have no consciousness of her own person.

“It was her mouth that had changed most, he thought; the lips were drawn in, with only a pale edge of flesh left around the imperious line of their opening; a mouth to issue orders, he thought, but not big orders or cruel orders; just mean little ones – about plumbing and disinfectants. He saw the fine wrinkles at the corners of her eyes – a skin like paper that had been crumpled and then smoothed out.”

When Keating asks her what she felt when he failed to elope with her and when she learned that he was married to Dominique, that is, if she suffered, Catherine answers:

“Yes, of course I suffered. All young people do in such situations. It seems foolish afterward. I cried, and I screamed some dreadful things at Uncle Ellsworth, and he had to call a doctor to give me a sedative, and then weeks afterward I fainted on the street one day without any reason, which was really disgraceful. All the conventional things, I suppose, everybody goes through them, like measles. Why should I have expected to be exempt? – as Uncle Ellsworth said.”

At this point, even Keating, who himself has not only betrayed her and everything else he might have valued, is appalled by the dead, utter selflessness of Catherine. She has become what Toohey intended her to be, an interchangeable manqué, in her own eyes no better or no worse than anyone else, a person who finds “self worth” only in serving others, or the public good. She has become a humorless, miniature clone of Toohey. Instead of aiming for control of the country’s political life and directing it to collectivism, Catherine is satisfied with overseeing “plumbing and disinfectants” as a government social worker.

And the world was no longer a better place for the glow on her forehead. That glow had been methodically extinguished by Toohey.

“Plumbing and disinfectants” best describes Saul Alinsky’s brand of Toohey-ism. His whole political philosophy was definably collectivist. It was Marxism wearing a plastic Halloween mask. For all her adulation of him, Hillary was not satisfied with the range of Alinsky’s achievements in the political realm. They were, to her, not ambitious enough. He advocated merely “activism” on the part of the poor and ethnic to achieve “social justice,” and organizing “communities” or neighborhoods to engage the “establishment” in direct conflict. However, he thought in terms of groups.

Lessons were to be learned from Alinsky by young Hillary.

The ultimate goal of such groups, he wrote, was to acquire power. He had the hubris to rank himself as “radical” as Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and Patrick Henry, overlooking the fact that these men advocated liberty and individualism in their political philosophy. Alinsky advocated rule by chain gangs and mobs via “democracy” – which in the Left’s lexicon is a euphemism for socialism or collectivism.

Hillary Clinton quotes Alinsky from his book, Reveille for Radicals, published in 1946:

“What does the Radical want? He wants a world in which the worth of the individual is recognized…a world based on the morality of mankind…The Radical believes that all peoples should have a high standard of food, housing, and health….The Radical places human rights far above property rights. He is for universal, free public education and recognizes this as fundamental to the democratic way of life….”

But, all this was government policy by the time Hillary wrote her thesis. She even acknowledges it in the paragraph immediately following the quotation:

“Much of what Alinsky professes does not sound ‘radical.’ His are the words used in our schools and churches, by our parents and their friends, by our peers. The difference is that Alinsky really believes in them and recognizes the necessity of changing the present structures of our lives in order to realize them.”

Alinsky’s means for attaining “social justice” is for groups to mobilize to achieve power, for power can “compel negotiations.” Only by “organizing” can otherwise powerless and voiceless groups win concessions from the “establishment.” In an article cited by Hillary, Alinsky asserted that,

“We have become involved in bypaths of confusion or semantics…The word ‘power’ has through time acquired overtones of sinister corrupt evil, unhealthy immoral Machiavellianism, and a general phantasmagoria of the nether regions.” Hillary comments, with implict approval, “For Alinsky, power is the ‘very essence of life, the dynamic of life’ and is found in ‘…active citizen participation pulsing upward providing a unified strength for a common purpose of organization…either changing circumstances or opposing change.”

The speech that reflects the spirit and contains the germs of everything that Alinsky advocated is on page 103 of The Fountainhead, when, during a building-trades union strike in New York, Toohey addresses a hall of strike supporters:

“…The lesson to be learned from our tragic struggle is the lesson of unity. We shall unite or we shall be defeated. Our will – the will of the disinherited, the forgotten, the oppressed – shall weld us into a solid bulwark, with a common faith and a common goal. This is the time for every man to renounce the thoughts of his petty little problems, of gain, of comfort, of self-gratification. This is the time to merge his self in a great current, in the rising tide which is approaching to sweep us all, willing or unwilling, into the future. History, my friends, does not ask questions or acquiescence. It is irrevocable, as the voice of the masses that determine it. Let us listen to the call. Let us organize, my brothers. Let us organize. Let us organize. Let us organize.”

This was Alinsky’s credo in a nutshell, a perfect encapsulation of his means and ends. It is doubtful that Ayn Rand had even heard of Alinsky while she was writing The Fountainhead – his first book, Reveille for Radicals did not appear until three years after publication of The Fountainhead – but Hillary certainly had read her novels while in college (as a passing “phase,” as has been reported elsewhere). If she was lost in the “bypaths of confusion and semantics” – searching for a “cause” that would sanction her own life and give it direction – one can imagine that she would reject the notion that Toohey was a villain. She would have been as impressed with Toohey’s ideology and methodology as she was with Alinsky’s, but with fewer reservations.

The important point here is that Alinsky remains one of her primary ideological mentors, her denials and those of her defenders to the contrary notwithstanding. Her career after leaving Yale Law School was a frantic scramble to find a way to enter politics. Carl Bernstein, who wrote a biography of Hillary, A Woman in Charge, in a July 20th interview with Jon Wiener on the Truthdig site, claims that she is not an ideologue of the collectivist or any other stripe. “One of the real problems Hillary has had is a difficult relationship with the truth….One of the things she’s been most truthful about is that she’s not easy to compartmentalize in terms of ideology.”

But the power hungry do subscribe to an ideology of sorts, one of opportunism, of snatching at every issue or chance that would boost one’s place in the political power grid. Hillary found that opportunity in Bill Clinton, himself a consummate opportunist, whom she met at Yale. She rode on his political coattails all the way to the White House. She miscalculated when, as the power behind the Oval Office, she attempted to maneuver Congress into adopting full-scale socialized health care.

Whether she was slavishly working to apply Alinsky’s rules of thumb, to work both from “within” and “without” the system,” to effect change by organized confrontation, or adhering to some other leftist ideologue’s formula for acquiring power, is a moot issue. It is interesting to note that during Bill Clinton’s two administrations, Hillary’s Wellesley thesis was kept locked up by the school at the request of the White House, doubtless to prevent the public from getting the “wrong” ideas concerning her ideological leanings. But her actions before and since have tipped everyone off to her true leanings. The school did not need to keep her thesis a secret.

The London Daily Telegraph of August 7 reported Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani as saying that Hillary “wouldn’t admit she’s a liberal.” He made the remark when Hillary recently “disavowed the label and said she was a ‘modern progressive.’” One wonders what distinction there is between an old and a “modern” progressive. The labels “liberal” and “progressive” are virtually synonymous, and simply stand for the incremental creep towards a total welfare state.

In her thesis, Hillary seems to have mastered the sociological jargon necessary for anyone thinking of dedicating his life to “public service.” In one paragraph, she writes:

“Societal comparisons raise again questions about the meaning of ‘radical’ and even ‘revolutionary’ within a mass production/consumption state, particularly the United States. Must definitions perhaps be as fluid as the actions they purport to describe?….Alinsky would answer affirmatively.”

So would Hillary. It presages her future husband’s retort of what the meaning of “is” is. Bill and Hillary were and would remain soul-mates.

On July 29, the New York Times ran an article about Hillary’s college year letters to a high school classmate, John Peavoy (“In the ‘60s, a Future Candidate Poured Her Heart Out in Letters”). What is most interesting about the letters the article discusses is that they reveal how emotion-driven she was in choosing her ultimate politics. Upon entering Wellesley, she morphed from being a Goldwater Republican and a member of the Young Republicans to a volunteer for Eugene McCarthy’s antiwar presidential campaign. No doubt her intellectual and moral rudderlessness made her susceptible to the antiwar rhetoric and activism of the period. This was also the period in which she discovered Saul Alinsky and his brand of activism.

I don’t think a glow of the future ever graced Hillary’s forehead. Catherine Halsey had a more adult and advanced sense of herself and what was possible to her than Hillary evidently had at the same age. No eagerness or pride is evident in Hillary’s letters or her thesis, just a kind of inverse narcissism, or a concern for what she thinks of herself through others’ eyes. In one of her letters to Peavoy, she remarks that she has “not yet reconciled myself to the fate of not being the star.”

By page 375 of The Fountainhead, Catherine is experiencing a personal crisis over her social work and turns to her uncle for guidance. “I have no selfish desire left, I have nothing of my own – and I’m miserable.” She tells Toohey that she has grown to hate the poor who depend on her.

Toohey tells her that her problem is that she expected to feel virtuous and personally happy for “doing right,” and that this was vicious and egotistical.

She replies, “But if you have no…no self-respect, how can you be anything?”

Toohey tells her that she must stop wanting anything. “You must forget how important Miss Catherine Halsey is. Because, you see, she isn’t. Men are important only in relation to other men, in their usefulness, in the service they render….You must be willing to suffer, to be cruel, to be dishonest, to be unclean – anything, my dear, anything to kill the most stubborn of roots, the ego. And only when it is dead, when you care no longer, when you have lost your identity and forgotten the name of your soul – only then will you know the kind of happiness I spoke about, and the gates of spiritual grandeur will fall open before you.”

“But, Uncle Ellsworth,” she whispered, “when the gates fall open, who is it that’s going to enter?”

Toohey, momentarily surprised by the perceptiveness of her question – he knows it was an important rebuttal, but she does not – replies with a put-down about her having made a “smart crack.” Catherine, intimidated by his “wisdom” and utterly ignorant of its nature, concedes. Alinsky and Toohey agreed that “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” (Alinsky enunciated it in his Rules for Radicals [1971]; Toohey expounded on it to Peter Keating in Part 4, Chapter 16, p. 665.)

Compare that with Hillary’s quest for the meaning of her life in her letters to Peavoy. One letter to him she signs “Me,” parenthetically adding “the world’s saddest word.” That one brief signature can stand to represent the self-deprecatory remarks in all her other letters discussed by the Times. I do not think Hillary suffered from a crisis of self-respect, as Catherine Halsey did; I do not think she ever had a self to respect. She would have agreed with everything Toohey told Catherine, without Toohey having to exert much effort to convince her or having to resort to vicious put-downs.

It takes a village, or a Toohey, or an Alinsky, to fill such a void. This is a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Hillary has progressed from doubting the effectiveness of massive government programs to help the poor to seeing them as the only answer, in the name of “social justice.” Like Alinsky, like Toohey, she wishes to crush the individualist independence of Americans and replace it with dependence on the state – and she would be the state – chiefly because she has grown to fear and hate independence in anyone.

No matter how slickly “human” she presents her made-over self to the public in debates or during interviews, one can still detect in her the desire to kill in every American his integrity, self-respect, sense of values, the heroic, and happiness. When she left Wellesley, she decided to become the “star,” someone whom uncounted others would come to depend on and thank for that dependence.

This is a would-be dictator, and dictators, as I have noted in other commentaries, are only as real to themselves as the number of people they need to rule and command.

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Follow-Up: Alms for Jihad

To this and this.

From this source (emphases mine):

Here’s a story with huge implications for freedom of speech (all negative), and it’s apparently gone almost entirely unreported in the mainstream press. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required), under threat of a law suit, Cambridge University Press has just agreed to pulp all unsold copies of the 2006 book, Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World. According to the Chronicle, this is the fourth such book on terrorism funding to be pursued by a libel action. The Chronicle quotes Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of the American Center for Democracy, whose own book, Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed–and How to Stop It is one of the four books.

In an interview on Monday, Ms. Ehrenfeld characterized as "despicable" Cambridge's decision to settle this week, a move the press has defended as necessary and just. Ms. Ehrenfeld, who is a friend of Mr. Burr's [one of the authors of Alms for Jihad], said that, as she understands it, press officials "caved immediately."

"They didn't even consider the evidence that the authors had given them," she said. "They received a threatening letter, and they immediately caved in and said, Do whatever it takes. Pay them whatever they want. Ban the book, destroy the book, we don't want this lawsuit."

Go HERE for internal links.

So, was there an actual law suit or the THREAT of one? If the latter, then legal discovery and consideration of the evidence in the book were not involved.

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Our foreign policy must be based on Quran and Sunnah

In case you were wondering about Pakistan, it's army (and why they fail in Waziristan over and over), it's freely elected Parliament, the MMA, the ISI, yadda.....

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Major (retd) Syed Tanveer Hussain has advised the government to recognise the Taliban and open all corridors for militants to wage Jihad for the liberation of Kashmir.He alleged that the American CIA was killing the Chinese in Pakistan to harm the cordial relations between the two countries.

He also asked the government to counter the recent US ‘Pressler-type bill’ by allowing Jihad. “The aid that forces us to mistreat our own people should be spewed out,” he added. In his hard-hitting and emotional speech, Syed Tanveer Hussain said that Pakistan should also recognise the Taliban, who were the enemies of the United States. “Taliban did not have any enmity with Pakistan but only with the United States,” he added.

He alleged that the American CIA was killing the Chinese in Pakistan to harm the cordial relations between the two countries.

He said the government should renounce its ‘love affair’ with America and reject all kinds of aid. “We should improve our relations with Iran, China and Russia as the United States will not give us anything except threats,” he added.

The parliamentary secretary said Muslims were being killed throughout the world under a conspiracy but “we have turned a blind eye to the same”.

“Our foreign policy must be based on Quran and Sunnah,” he stressed. Tanveer Hussain said that Syed Hasan Nasrullah had inflicted a defeat on Israel and Pakistan should take a lesson from him.


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Weekly Radio Show: August 10

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, which WC and I cohost. The show broadcasts live every Friday for one hour at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is (646) 915-9870.

Callers welcome!

Friday, August 10: We have two interviewees scheduled this week: (1) Christine and (2) Vito Vaccaro.

Our first guest, Christine of The Center for Vigilant Freedom's 910 Group Blog will be with us at fifteen minutes after the hour to discuss the Khalil Gibran International Academy, aka the NYC Madrassa (See this recent development about the "Infitada NYC" t-shirts) and H.R. 2265 (See Christine's FAQ's about this bill). HERE is additional information about The Center for Vigilant Freedom.

Our second scheduled guest, who will be with us at the bottom of the hour, is Vito Vaccaro of the Loyalist Party. According to this page, the goal of the Loyalist Party is to do whatever it takes to preserve the American way of life....Key to this fight is to identify the biggest threat to our country, our culture, and our way of life. The threat is Islam, and its blatant destructive and anti-American culture. This November, Vito Vaccaro is the Loyalist Party's candidate for the 26th District seat for the NY State Assembly and, at a Ground Zero rally last spring, stated that Islam is, in and of itself, an intolerant and hateful philosophy that breeds violence.

If you are unable to listen live to the radio show, you can listen to recordings of the radio broadcasts later by CLICKING HERE.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Documentary: British Muslims (5 parts)

Investigation into the radicalization of British Muslims. The documentary shows the time bomb of radical Islam that Britain is sitting on.

All 5 parts are available here.

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This kind of FECES is how we ended up with a Church Commission after Vietnam

Heroin Found in Alleged Car of Top Afghan Border Official

THE BLOTTER : A manhunt is on in Afghanistan for the man President Hamid Karzai wanted to name head of his country's border police, ABC News has learned, following the discovery that the official owned a car filled with heroin intercepted by members of the Kabul City Criminal Investigations Division.

U.S. authorities confirmed the seizure of 130 kilograms of heroin in June in a car that allegedly belonged to Haji Zahir Qadir, the former chief of the border police for northern Takhar province.

Haji Zahir was not in the car when it was intercepted. His cousin and "right hand," Bilal, was present and arrested.

Afghan officials say Karzai wanted to name Haji Zahir to head the border police, but a U.S. military intelligence assessment obtained by ABC News in 2006 named Zahir as a drug smuggler.

News of the seizure and the manhunt came at a most embarrassing time for Karzai, who was at Camp David with President George Bush to meet on regional issues, including the upsurge in violence in Afghanistan and cross-border issues with Pakistan.

According to ABC News sources, even as Karzai sought reassurances of continued support from Bush, U.S. anti-narcotics forces and local police were hunting for Haji Zahir.

U.S. and Afghani sources say the border police are notoriously corrupt, even by the standards of a country where illegal narcotics trafficking accounts for about 60 percent of the gross domestic product.

Is this all there is? Is that all that's out there? Isn't isolationism a tempting mistress?

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Anyone have a copy to scan?

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Twenty-first Century Book Burning

In his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury published a story about a dystopian society in which all books are burned. According to one review at Amazon.com,

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

Another review states the following:

The disturbing thing about the book is that, unlike many other books that deal with the distant future, "Fahrenheit 451" (written in 1953) hasn't been proved wrong simply by time itself. Not at all. Actually, what is shocking to realize is that we've come quite close to the society Bradbury writes about. Perhaps books haven't been banned yet, but it is indeed the entertainment industry that controls people's minds, the political correctness has reached ridiculous levels
Coincidentally, early last spring I chose Fahrenheit 451 as one of the readings for my World Literature class for the 2007-2008 school term. At the time, I didn't realize just how important the reading of Bradbury's classic was going to be.

Now comes the story about the recall and destruction of Alms for Jihad: Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World, a book published just last year and now becoming scarce at the behest of Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz. From this source:

I’ve gotten numerous reports from readers who have attempted to purchase Alms for Jihad from Books a Million and elsewhere, only to have the purchase denied because that title is currently unavailable....

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College kids found with super fireworks arrested by red neck cracker cops - CAIR headline to be

Just the facts ...

Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed, 24, and Yousef Samir Megahed, 21.

Students at the University of South Florida, natives of Egypt and Yemen

Pipe Bombs in the trunk.

Laptop of passenger closed at approach of trooper

The two men were stopped for speeding Saturday night on U.S. Highway 176 near Goose Creek, which is the site of the Naval Weapons Station and houses the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig, a military prison where enemy combatants have been held.

They VOLUNTARILY submitted to search of the car, AND subsequently their homes.

They admitted to having fireworks.

They are here LEGALLY.


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Teddy Roosevelt On Islam

From the beautiful, and important, Pamela, of Atlas Shrugs:

Jeff sent this along, "the following passages were written in 1916 in Teddy Roosevelt's book, "Fear God and Take Your Own Part", reproduced in "What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur'an" by William Federer.

These words are relevant today because the historical conflict between Islam and Christianity, which started nearly 1400 years ago, is still going on. The final outcome of this struggle is not clear."

Christianity is not the creed of Asia and Africa at this moment solely because the seventh century Christians of Asia and Africa had trained themselves not to fight, whereas the Moslems were trained to fight.

Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of Europe fought. If the peoples of Europe in the seventh and eighth centuries, an on up to and including the seventeenth century, had not possessed a military equality with, and gradually a growing superiority over the Mohammedans who invaded Europe, Europe would at this moment be Mohammedan and the Christian religion would be exterminated.

Wherever the Mohammedans have had complete sway, wherever the Christians have been unable to resist them by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared. From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact that it was able to show that it could and would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor. .....

The civilization of Europe, American and Australia exists today at all only because of the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization because of victories through the centuries from Charles Martel in the eighth century and those of John Sobieski in the seventeenth century. During the thousand years that included the careers of the Frankish soldier and the Polish king, the Christians of Asia and Africa proved unable to wage successful war with the Moslem conquerors; and in consequence Christianity practically vanished from the two continents; and today, nobody can find in them any "social values" whatever, in the sense in which we use the words, so far as the sphere of Mohammedan influences are concerned.

There are such "social values" today in Europe, America and Australia only because during those thousand years, the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do -- that is, to beat back the Moslem invader.
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Monday, August 06, 2007

The Outlines of the World Cultural and Religious War

Sheikh Khalid Bin Mahfouz
Your Black Muslim Bakery
Magdi Allam
John Doe
Mohammed Bouyeri
El Sayd Nosair
Walid Fitaihi and Ali Tobah

Different men
Different sects
One playbook?

Hard to believe and credit, no?
Any questions?

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The BBC's Have Their Say

On the front page on the Middle Eastern section, the BBC has taken a representative sample (ahem! yeah right) of the BBC's Have Your Say.

Coincidentally (ahem) you will see balance and non-bias in the rest of the screen grab

Naturally the most popular comments are not pro-Islamist
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Those Sneaky, Obnoxious Jews Are Inventing A God Damned Time Machine

I'm sorry. I hope you all understand that that title is, to me, funny as hell. And, I don't, at all, mean it to be anything but satirical.

Anyway, the weird thing is, while I don't actually believe that Jews are sneaky, and obnoxious, there is a Jewish man who is, apparently, on his way, to inventing a time machine.

Or, so that is what this article claims. Check it out:

NETANYA, Israel — Researchers at the Technion University (Haifa, Israel) claim they have developed a theoretical model of a time machine that, in the distant future, could enable future generations to travel into the past.

The team's findings were published in the latest issue of Physical Review.

"In order to travel back in time, the spacetime structure must be engineered appropriately," explains Professor Amos Ori of the Technion's Faculty of Physics. "This is what Einstein's theory of general relativity deals with. It says that spacetime can be flat. That is " it has a trivial, simple structure. But it can also be curved with various configurations."

The team stresses the main question is whether — according to the principles of curvature development in the theory of relativity — a time machine can be created. "In other words " can we cause spacetime to curve in such a way as to enable travel back in time? Such a journey requires a significant curvature of spacetime, in a very special form."

The researchers explain that traveling back in time is actually closing time-like curves so we can go back to an event at which we were present in the past. In flat space, it is not possible to close curves and go back in time. In order for closed time-like curves to exist, there has to be a curvature of a specific form on spacetime.

The question Prof. Ori is investigating is whether the laws of gravity permit the development of spacetime with the required curvature (closed time-like curves).

In the past, scientists raised a number of objections to this possibility. Now, Prof. Ori is proposing a theoretical model for spacetime that could develop into a time machine.

The Technion researchers suggest their model overcomes some of the questions, which, until now, scientists have not succeeded in solving. One of the difficult claims against a time machine was that, in order to create a time machine, it would be necessary for it to contain material with negative density. And since as of now we do not have such material — and it is also not clear if the laws of nature enable the existence of such material in the quantities required — it is not possible to build a time machine.

The team's theoretical model does not require material with negative density -- the proposal is essentially a vacuum space that contains a region field with standard positive density material.

"The machine is spacetime itself," Prof. Ori explains. "Today, if we were to create a time machine " an area with a warp like this in space that would enable time lines to close on themselves " it might enable future generations to return to visit our time. We, apparently, cannot return to previous ages because our predecessors did not create this infrastructure for us."

Prof. Ori, one of the few scientists in the world investigating this issue, emphasizes that we still do not have the technology to control gravitational fields at will, despite the fact that the theoretical principles of how to do this exist. "The model that we developed at the Technion is a significant step but there still remains a number of non-trivial open questions," he stresses. "It may be that some of these questions also will not be solved in the future. This is still not clear."

Ok, so here's the thing, if it is possible to build a time machine, it would seem that we would already have been visited by human beings from the future. Now, I am going to have to admit how strange I am, but ok, here goes:

I have considered this possibility.

In other words, it does not seem completely implausible that, indeed, we truly have had our normal course of events interrupted, and helped along by the work of people who actually time-traveled and inserted themselves, with future knowledge, into the our political and artistic structure.

Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare stand out as two entirely unprecendented human beings, if you ask me. In other words, if you study their lives, it is my opinion, that they brought knowledge to their time which had no intellectual precendent in history. I have always wondered at this.

I understand a bit about Einstein, and I actually understand where his ideas came from, but, as much as I have studied Lincoln and Shakespeare, I can not fathom how they became who they were.

I know that sounds completely fucking nuts, but, hey, think about it for awhile and get back to me.

Oh man, I can not wait to hear the shit I'm going to get over this post.

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Today's Howard Beale moment

This war take many forms, and one area we are getting KILLED IN is information awareness.

Saudi billionaire's lawsuit leads to book's destruction
'Ominous implications': Cambridge University Press defaults, apologizes, agrees to pay fees and damages

WORLDNETDAILY:Cambridge University Press has defaulted on a libel suit filed against it by a Saudi billionaire, issuing an apology, agreeing to pay court fees and damages and agreeing to destroy all unsold copies of a 2006 book by two American authors, as well as asking libraries to remove the book from their shelves.

In an apology published on its website, the academic publisher wrote:

"In 2006 Cambridge University Press published 'Alms for Jihad' written by J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins which made certain defamatory allegations about Sheikh Khalid Bin Mahfouz and his family in connection with the funding of terrorism.

"Whilst the allegations were originally published in good faith, Cambridge University Press now recognizes that the information upon which they were based was wrong. Cambridge University Press accepts that there is no truth whatsoever in these serious allegations."

Kevin Taylor, intellectual property director at Cambridge, told the Cambridge Evening News the company had agreed to pay out a "fairly small amount" in compensation.

He said three expert academics read books before they are published, and pay particular attention to those with controversial issues, but said, "unfortunately this one slipped through the net."

"We publish 1,500 academic books a year and take every effort to ensure this sort of thing does not happen," he said.

But the authors dispute the Cambridge claim of sloppy editing and Mahfouz's charge of libel, saying they mentioned the Saudi sheikh only 13 times in their book and they in no way labeled him a terrorist.

"In the United States, he doesn't have a case. But in England all you have to do is file a case. Then the defendant has to prove what he or she writes is true, and not done with malice," she said.


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More On H.R. 2265: FAQ's

Christine of The Center for Vigilant Freedom has written an important post, about something serious which is afoot in our Congress: H.R. 2265. The bill is being presented as a compassionate attempt to rescue Iraqi refugees. But the bill is much more than that!

Christine's article is brilliant. Make time to read it!

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Almost Brilliant - The Left Before The Fall - Nov 22, 1963


From a distance of nearly 50 years, the liberalism of 1960 is hardly recognizable. It was comfortable with the use of American power abroad, unabashedly patriotic, and forward-looking. But that was before The Fall.

In his eye-opening new book Camelot and the Cultural Revolution, Jim Piereson argues The Fall was the assassination of President Kennedy. It represented more than the tragic death of a young president, but the descent of liberalism from an optimistic creed focused on pragmatic improvements in the American condition to a darker philosophy obsessed with America's sins. Echoes of the assassination -- and the meaning attributed to it by JFK's admirers -- can still be heard in the querulous tones of contemporary liberalism.

Close, I would argue that the crux was 8/2/64. But it amounts to the same thing.

The real John F. Kennedy wasn't the paladin of liberal purity of myth. He was friends with Joseph McCarthy. In his 1952 campaign for Senate and his 1960 presidential campaign, he got to the right of his Republican opponents on key issues. "Kennedy did not want anyone to tag him as a liberal, which he regarded as the kiss of death in electoral politics," Piereson writes. As president, he was vigorously anti-communist, a tax-cutter and a cautious supporter of civil rights.

His kind of liberalism -- "tough and realistic," as Piereson puts it, in the tradition of FDR and Truman -- was carried away in the riptide of his death.

Here are some of the remarks JFK was to make that day:

"In less than 3 years, we have increased by 50 percent the number of Polaris submarines scheduled to be in force by the next fiscal year, increased by more than 70 percent our total Polaris purchase program, increased by more than 75 percent our Minuteman purchase program, increased by 50 percent the portion of our strategic bombers on 15-minute alert, and increased by too percent the total number of nuclear weapons available in our strategic alert forces. Our security is further enhanced by the steps we have taken regarding these weapons to improve the speed and certainty of their response, their readiness at all times to respond, their ability to survive an attack, and their ability to be carefully controlled and directed through secure command operations."

That does not sound like the left, does it?

In a crucial and counterintuitive interpretive act, the nation's opinion elite made JFK a martyr to civil rights instead of the Cold War. Kennedy had been killed by a communist, Lee Harvey Oswald, who a few years before had tried to defect to the Soviet Union. Liberals nonetheless blamed the assassination on, in the characteristic words of Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, "the hatred and bitterness that has been injected into the life of our nation by bigots."

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What is inside the Russkis heads (II)? or..an Iranian weekend roundup

GERTZ: Iran briefed on Russian Su-30 fighters as counter to U.S. F-15

MOSCOW — Iran is researching a Russian offer to purchase its advanced Su-30 fighter-jets.

Russian industry sources said Iran has been briefed on the Sukhoi, designed for deep strike missions that would extend Iran's offensive capabilities. "Iran needs an advanced fighter that could battle the U.S.-origin F-15 and F-16," an industry source said. "The only fighter that is available that could do this is the Su-30." The sources said Russia has offered to coproduce the Su-30 in Teheran and train Iranians to maintain and overhaul the aircraft. They said the Russian offer depended on an Iranian order of at least 50 aircraft. The Su-30 has been described as a two-seat multi-role fighter comparable to the F-15E. India has been a major client of the Su-30 and plans to coproduce the aircraft.

RUSSKIS ARE OUT OF THEIR GOURDS. Picture an incidental radioactive cloud floating via prevailing winds from Iran over Baikal. EVEN IF IT'S THE RESULT OF AN IRANIAN ACTION

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