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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Fellow IBA Blogger Sentenced To Prison In Finland

Warning, explicit sexual content contained in this post. If you are under 18, leave this site immediately. If you are over 18, run, don't walk, to see a member of the clergy, and commit yourself to a monastic life.


Fellow IBA blogger, Seppo Lehto, sent me this notice this morning. He hasn't published here much. Just a few times. The thing he is most well known for is this video. (By the way, after I posted this, I realized Seppo had already posted his story at this blog. Click here to see his post.)







Finnish blogger sentenced for two years and 7 months




Notorious hatemonger and self-styled historian Seppo Lehto was sentenced to two years and four months + 3 months
= 2 years 7 months imprisonment in Tampere District Court Thursday 30th of May
2008
. Lehto was charged with nine counts of gross defamation, inciting
ethnic hatred and inciting religious hatred.

Lehto had previosly served
a suspended sentence for defamation and was under probation, which means that
his three month sentence will become mandatory. The total mandatory sentence
will be two years and four months, which is by far the harshest sentence ever
for a "Freedom of Speech crime" in Finnish legal history.

The full verdict can be read in Finnish here.

Outside Finland Lehto is perhaps best known from his
Youtube video
, in which he draws a cartoon of muslim prophet Muhammad. The
video was withdrawn from Youtube but has later been republished there as well as in
other online video sites.

However, in his home country he has become notorious for his
numerous 'filth blogs' containing explicit racist insults illustrated with
manipulated pornographic images and Patrioottiradio podcast radio site, which he
used to hurl racist insults to politicians, civil servants and members of ethnic
and religious minorities.


The filth blogs are located in Blogger meaning that so far it has been very difficult for
Finnish authorities to establish the perpetrator. Lehto has stubbornly denied
his involvement with the blogs and continued to do so during the trial.

Blogger is owned by Google and the servers are located in the United States
leaving Finnish authorities without jurisdiction. Since the content of Lehto's
filth blogs is covered by the First Amendment, the US authorities cannot force
the closure of the blogs.

According to my estimate (I have a list of his blogs) there are dozens of
similar blogs allegedly made by Lehto and his associate who was only given a
suspended sentence as a first time offender.

Some of the blogs are named after people who Lehto either politically
disagrees with or authorities that have come across him during his trials. These
people include leading Finnish politicians like Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
and President Tarja Halonen. However, neither of them was involved with the
trial as a plaintiff.

Among the plaintiffs there were three Finnish MP's, Oras Tynkkynen
(Green Party), Minna Sirnö (Leftist League) and Leena Rauhala (Leftist League).
The others were police officers involved in previous investigations, a District
Court judge, a local politician with immigrant backround and two District
prosecutors. Each of them was awarded damages ranging from 2000 to 7500 euros.

It is important to note that there were others who had filed complaints
to the police, but state prosecutor Mika Illman chose the nine people to be
included in the case by himself. So it is only natural that he included his
fellow legal professionals among the plaintiffs.

Lehto has been an Finland's number one internet pest for years
and it is very hard to feel sympathy for him based on the content of his
numerous filth blogs.
It is possible that he is the main reason behind
former Minority Ombudsman Mikko Puumalainen's jihad against racism in the
internet and Mika Illman's aggressive prosecution in cases involving the
internet.

Conviction of Lehto is perhaps Illman's biggest coup to date and has
provoked cheers from members of Finnish political elite. Former Foreign Minister
Erkki Tuomioja expressed his satisfaction about the verdict in his website.

What has made some people, including me, suspicious, is the
fact that he managed to include the charge of ethnic and religious hatred in the
trial. Last time anybody was convicted of insulting religious feelings
(blasphemy) in Finland was during the 1960's.


Artist Harro Koskinen's painting Sikamessias (Pig Messiah) was
considered to be blapshemous and the artist was force to pay a fine for the
offence. The successful conviction of Lehto for inciting religious hatred may
lead to prosecution of other bloggers publishing material deemed offensive to
muslims.


As far as I know this was the first time anybody was convicted
for insulting muslim religious feelings in Finland.


Lehto was convicted for displaying rude images
of islamic prophet Muhammad and Allah
having sexual intercourse with a
pig
. The pictures were not
created by Lehto or his associate but they had found them from another website
and included them in their blog.


So far it is not yet clear if Lehto will appeal. The Appeals court will
probably reduce the sentence but Lehto will find it hard to avoid doing jail
time. The length of the sentence is extensive by Finnish standards. Normally,
similar sentences are issued for aggravated rape or manslaughter and the maximum
penalty given for murder is twelve years.

Some updates and clarifications

The length of the sentence can be explained by the fact that Lehto is a
repeat offender and he was convicted of several offences. He was under probation
and his suspended sentence of three months will be added to the two years and
four months sentence received at the trial making the total jail time two years
and seven months.

For inciting religious hatred (or disturbing religious worship may be a
better translation) the maximum penalty is six months. For the other two crimes
(inciting ethnic hatred and 9 counts of gross defamation) the maximum penalty is
two years. I am not a legal expert but I know that according to Finnish law the
sentences are not served up one after the other like in the US.

Somebody more knowledgeable with Finnish law than me may correct if I'm
wrong.

Most priceless quote via (In Finnish)

Police commissioner from Keskusrikospoliisi (Central Criminal Police) Timo
Laine stated:

"The writings should be punishable by law in both countries for us to be
able to request assistance. In the United States this kind of writings could be
regarded as exercise of free speech."

Laine was commenting the reason why Seppo Lehto's blogs could not be
removed from Blogger. State prosecutor Mika Illman said that the plaintiffs
should request 'the operator' (meaning Google) to remove the defamatory blogs
(Helsingin Sanomat).

However, it is fair to say that Lehto's blog posts are defamatory and I
don't blame some of the plaintiffs if they want the filth blogs concerning them
removed. This is a small country and not all of the plaintiffs are well known to
the Finnish public.

As far as I know none of Lehto's filth blogs (that he denies being author
of) have so far been removed from the internet. The verdict is not yet legally
valid pending Lehto's appeal.

Pictures offensive to muslims

I only provided a single link to a blog containing a picture offensive to
muslims. The actual picture I mentioned in the text can be found here
(scroll down to see the picture). The blog was mentioned in the verdict but the
target of the blog, former Minister of Culture Tanja Karpela, was not among the
plaintiffs.



I didn't know about Lehto's "filth blogs", but if you ask me, the idea sounds pretty funny.

I wonder if they include stuff like this. Here's a photo I found interesting. I am told it is of Barack Obama doing sexual favors for Hilary, to insure that she will drop out of the race for President. It doesn't look like her to me, but my source insures me that it is. On the other hand, the guy in the photo does look like Obama to me, because I think all black people look the same (including the women):






(Click photo to enlarge black man's penis.)

By the way, here's a picture of Mohammed having sex with a pig. One ought not be able to post such things.

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More On Seppo Lehto


Infidel Bloggers Alliance writer Seppo Lehto has been sentenced to prison for inciting racial hatred.


I'm usually pretty careful about who I invite to post here. I have never seen anything by Lehto which indicates that he is a racist, or that he is dangerous. I have seen and read of things done by European governments which do indicate that they have fascist leanings when it comes to free speech.

Therefore, I believe there is nothing wrong with Lehto. Even though Gates of Vienna says,


As was pointed out by several commenters at the time, Mr. Lehto is not the
most appealing poster child for freedom of expression.Unfortunately, one can’t
choose only the most noble and upstanding people as defendants in civil
liberties cases.

When it comes to the suppression of free speech, authorities are more
likely to pick off the stragglers — the unpopular, unpleasant, and unattractive
media personalities who inhabit the fringes of public discourse.Seppo Lehto is
one such character, and now he has just been convicted and sentenced for
inciting ethnic hatred. He will spend more than two years in prison for posting
his noxious opinions on his blog.




Let's face it, even if he does post racist opinions on his internet sites, which I don't know that he does, he does not deserve to go to prison. If he explicitly threatens public officials, then he would deserve to go to prison. However, I have never seen any indication that he does that either.

In fact, in attempting to dig up news on why he is being imprisoned, I have not yet come across a single blog which has presented anything worse than the two pictures which accompany this post.
Here is some info on Seppo Lehto from a blog called Road Sassy (some of which is a quote from "European News"):


Seppo Lehto, seen in the first video here, has been described as a
“notorious hatemonger”, racist and other epithets. I do not really care. Maybe
he is, maybe he isn’t. In a saner time, those who made themselves unappealing to
society at large were shunned, perhaps mocked, and finally, ignored. They
certainly were not jailed for holding those views and expressing them. As long
as no physical or financial harm came to anyone, the freedom to express hatred,
or scorn, or mockery has always been protected.

The whole issue of what offends and what does not, should be dismissed
out of hand, with anti-religious and anti-free speech laws being stricken from
the books. The realm of where things should be decided is in the public sector,
with racist idiots like Seppo Lehto being confined to the ash heap in peoples
minds, not being incarcerated in a cell for two years.

Most of what can be said of Seppo Lehto’s numerous websites, is that
they are for the most part,..parodies, nothing that anyone could be close to
believing that they were true. lehto’s actions have been widely known for few
years, and posed no danger to society, due to his being written off as a crank.
In other words, not to be taken seriously.

And then along comes allah and his possess of caterwauling muslims and
the world is turned upside down.See, Lehto is going to go to jail for expressing
his views and he is one of a growing number world wide who are loosing their
freedoms because muslims are offended, and, I might add, because
PC-multiculturalism has castrated the West.

Unfortunately, one can’t choose only the most noble and upstanding
people as defendants in civil liberties cases. When it comes to the suppression
of free speech, authorities are more likely to pick off the stragglers — the
unpopular, unpleasant, and unattractive media personalities who inhabit the
fringes of public discourse.

Seppo Lehto is one such character, and now he has just been convicted
and sentenced for inciting ethnic hatred. He will spend more than two years in
prison for posting his noxious opinions on his blog. In many ways, Finland is
leading the way in the repression of free speech. Britain generates more cases,
but the Finns have been prosecuting theirs more effectively and imposing harsher
punishments.” (Source)


I pose the simple question, what has Seppo Lehto done which deserves imprisonment?

By the way, the Seppo Lehto I have known would only pose in a Nazi salute as an ironic statement. That may not be your favorite form of humor, but he ought not go to prison for such a thing, whether it was an ironic statement, or a personal statement.
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The Year of the Long Knives: Part I

Guest Commentary by Edward Cline:

Night of the Long Knives (June 30, 1934): Purge of Nazi leaders by Adolf Hitler. Fearing that the paramilitary SA [“Assault Division”] had become too powerful, Hitler ordered his elite SS [the paramilitary “Protective Echelon”] guards to murder the organization’s leaders, including Ernst Rohm [head of the SA]. Also killed that night were hundreds of other perceived opponents of Hitler, including Kurt von Schleicher and Gregor Strasser. (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia)
Now that Barack Obama has unofficially won the Democratic presidential nomination, it is time to place this ambitious man under a microscope for closer examination. In a morbid sense, it has been instructive watching the two contending power lusters, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Obama, slash and gouge each other over what has seemed endless months of vying for the nomination, the one touting her alleged “experience” and the other touting his alleged political “innocence” and desire for “change.”

So strong is their appetite for supreme political power that each has been willing to say anything, do anything, deny anything. Each has purged his campaign of supporters and workers and past associates, all of whom at various points in the primaries embarrassed the candidates or jeopardized their chances with the electorate and the party delegates.

And each has committed numerous memorable gaffs in speeches and off-the-record comments, gaffs that revealed either their ignorance of facts and of history and even of geography, or a willingness to lie in the rush to preserve a patina of veracity, experience, and trustworthiness.

Unlike the nocturnal bloodletting of the Nazis, the candidates’ purgings have been public and bloodless and will continue to be that right up to the November national election. But, it will be purging nonetheless, all for the sake of maintaining images and stances of originality, wisdom and farsightedness. Obama has the most to purge. And unlike Rohm and Strasser, who charged Hitler with abandoning socialism in favor of a “personality cult,” Obama will continue to purge anyone who provides substantive evidence that, beneath his glib but vapid rhetoric and blasé promises, he is promoting full-scale socialism, and that promoting it has always defined his political activism and ambition.

The “untouchables” are not completely cast out as liabilities, however, and will not mind the ostracism. They will simply stay out of sight until Obama thinks it opportune to invite them back into the open (if and when he wins the White House). It is important to remember that while Obama has “repudiated” them in nationally broadcast public ablutions, they have not repudiated him. Neither Rev. Jeremiah Wright nor Father Michael Pfleger has publicly cursed Obama for calling their ranting sermons “disgusting,” nor has any black or white liberal supporter of Obama upbraided him for discarding the racist, rabble-rousing clerics. This fact seems to have eluded his supporters and the news media, who are giddily eager to absolve him of any wrong-doing, misconduct, or having had a less than sterling past and political career. It is another form of Kennedy or Clinton idolization, one that sweeps all evidence of scandal, criminal behavior, and malfeasance beneath an impenetrable rug of irrelevancy. He makes us feel good, so never mind his missteps.

Why link an infamous chapter of Nazi history to any discussion of Barack Obama’s character and political aspirations? Because the parallels of his rise in politics and that of Hitler’s in Germany are too eerie in their particulars to ignore. To be sure, Obama’s rise has been, in terms of violence, betrayal, and criminal skullduggery, entirely blameless. Never mind his early career as a “community” advocate, activist, and ward-heeler in Chicago and his somewhat lackluster but leftist record in the Illinois legislature and the U.S Senate. Obama himself is a man of no convictions, and a man of no convictions, as a consummate second-hander, will adopt the “greatest good for the greatest number” as his moral compass, whether or not he is running for office.

A man with no sense of self-identity will become what others wish him to be, or what he believes others wish him to be. The empty vessel will naturally gravitate to crowds to be filled to the brim with their hopes, dreams, wishes, sores and frustrations. Only then will he feel complete. He will become their servant, their icon, to be placed on an altar to be worshipped and prayed to in self-effacing idolatry.

So it is with Obama. It helps to explain why so many Americans are excited by him, and why he exudes a confidence not evident in any of the other candidates. His admirers cannot be excited by him because of his ideas; he has not expressed anything as solid as an idea (and clichés, bromides and populist tripe are not ideas), and his confidence grows as the number of his admirers and supporters grows.

Obama has not deliberately posed as a miracle-working Messiah who promises to cure all ills for all complainants; that is how his supporters and most of the news media view him, but he is willing to meet them halfway. And his race, fundamentally, is immaterial, regardless of what importance others attach to it. Virtually every other candidate has mouthed the same bromides, clichés, and populist tripe as Obama. Why they have worked for Obama and not much for anyone else (especially not for Hillary Clinton, whose sincerity is transparently phony and calculating) can be ascribed to his “charisma,” his public speaking skills, and the apparent sincerity of the “feelings” behind his words.

Feelings. This is the key to understanding Obama’s appeal. Ian Kershaw, noted biographer and professor at the University of Sheffield, wrote a two-volume biography of Hitler that is distinguished from other such biographies in that it not only dissects Hitler, but the German culture that made him possible, and indicts both. It is the only non-Objectivist biography of Hitler that comes near to Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America (1982) by offering a philosophical explanation for the Nazi phenomenon (it stops just short of reaching the same conclusions). Kershaw, in Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris (1998), makes a number of important observations about how and why Hitler was able to succeed, first in rising through the tumultuous politics of the 1920’s, then in seizing power with the approval of the political establishment and the electorate.

It was as a propagandist, not as an ideologue with a unique or special set of political ideas, that Hitler made his mark in these early years. There was nothing new, different, original, or distinctive about the ideas he was peddling in the Munich beerhalls. They were common currency among the various völkisch groups and sects and had already been advanced in all their essentials by the pre-war Pan-Germans. What Hitler did was to advertise unoriginal ideas in an original way. Others could say the same thing but make no impact at all. It was less what he said, than how he said it that counted. (“The Beerhall Agitator,” p. 133.)
Hillary Clinton can advocate “national unity,” “change that matters,” “working together,” “social justice” and all the other unoriginal floating abstractions as often as can Obama, but make no lasting impression, because she has never been able to communicate sincerity. Obama can make that impression, especially when he couches those vague “yearnings” in what Saul Alinsky, the Chicago sometime communist community activist whom both Clinton and Obama have emulated in terms of applying his political tactics, called “middle class language.” (Alinsky’s influence on Clinton and Obama is discussed in “Hillary Clinton’s Uncle Ellsworth” and its “Postscript,” August 8 and 10 respectively.)

In the contest for the Democratic nomination, Obama more successfully applied Alinsky’s “principles” of political activism than did Clinton. Clinton has always talked down to her supporters and would-be voters; Obama talks to his supporters and would-be voters as an equal with many things in common with them. That is his subtle but no less calculating posture of camaraderie with the “oppressed” and “disenfranchised.”

Kershaw shortly afterwards explains the confidence Hitler exuded.

…[T]he response of the beerhall crowds – later the mass rallies – gave him the certainty, the self-assurance, the sense of security, which at this time he otherwise lacked.
Similarly, Obama almost glows when facing a wildly enthusiastic crowd. In one-on-one interviews with television reporters, however, he is soberingly banal and nondescript, almost as much as is Republican candidate John McCain.

Part Two of this commentary will examine the phenomenon of Obama’s abrupt appearance on the national stage. The parallels there are also frighteningly eerie.

Crossposted at The Dougout

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Finnish blogger Seppo Lehto sentenced for two years and 7 months

I send this for you that you know what is situation in Finland nowadays http://jumalanpilkasta.blogspot.com


Thanks for this english newsletter to "Vasarahammer" who has done this article in his own blog:

Pastorius cutting in here: There are people, including "Vasarahammer" whose post is quoted here, who are indicating that Seppo is a bad guy. That has not been my experience. It is my opinion, from everything that I have seen of Seppo on the internet, and here, that he is a misunderstood satitirst. The following video is an example of Seppo's work (apparently, this is what passes for hate-mongering in Finland):







http://vasarahammer.blogspot.com/

Finnish blogger Seppo Lehto sentenced for two years and 7 months

Notorious hatemonger and self-styled historian Seppo Lehto was sentenced to two years and four months + 3 months = 2 years 7 months imprisonment in Tampere District Court Thursday 30th of May 2008. Lehto was charged with nine counts of gross defamation, inciting ethnic hatred and inciting religious hatred. Lehto had previosly served a suspended sentence for defamation and was under probation, which means that his three month sentence will become mandatory. The total mandatory sentence will be two years and four months, which is by far the harshest sentence ever for a “Freedom of Speech crime” in Finnish legal history. The full verdict can be read in Finnish here.

Outside Finland Lehto is perhaps best known from his Youtube video, in which he draws a cartoon of muslim prophet Muhammad. The video was withdrawn from Youtube but has later been republished there as well as in other online video sites. However, in his home country he has become notorious for his numerous ‘filth blogs’ containing explicit racist insults illustrated with manipulated pornographic images and Patrioottiradio podcast radio site, which he used to hurl racist insults to politicians, civil servants and members of ethnic and religious minorities. The filth blogs are located in Blogger meaning that so far it has been very difficult for Finnish authorities to establish the perpetrator. Lehto has stubbornly denied his involvement with the blogs and continued to do so during the trial.

Blogger is owned by Google and the servers are located in the United States leaving Finnish authorities without jurisdiction. Since the content of Lehto’s filth blogs is covered by the First Amendment, the US authorities cannot force the closure of the blogs. According to my estimate (I have a list of his blogs) there are dozens of similar blogs allegedly made by Lehto and his associate who was only given a suspended sentence as a first time offender. Some of the blogs are named after people who Lehto either politically disagrees with or authorities that have come across him during his trials. These people include leading Finnish politicians like Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and President Tarja Halonen. However, neither of them was involved with the trial as a plaintiff.

Among the plaintiffs there were three Finnish MP’s, Oras Tynkkynen (Green Party), Minna Sirnö (Leftist League) and Leena Rauhala (Leftist League). The others were police officers involved in previous investigations, a District Court judge, a local politician with immigrant backround and two District prosecutors. Each of them was awarded damages ranging from 2000 to 7500 euros.

It is important to note that there were others who had filed complaints to the police, but state prosecutor Mika Illman chose the nine people to be included in the case by himself. So it is only natural that he included his fellow legal professionals among the plaintiffs.

Lehto has been an Finland’s number one internet pest for years and it is very hard to feel sympathy for him based on the content of his numerous filth blogs. It is possible that he is the main reason behind former Minority Ombudsman Mikko Puumalainen’s jihad against racism in the internet and Mika Illman’s aggressive prosecution in cases involving the internet. Conviction of Lehto is perhaps Illman’s biggest coup to date and has provoked cheers from members of Finnish political elite. Former Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja expressed his satisfaction about the verdict in his website.

What has made some people, including me, suspicious, is the fact that he managed to include the charge of ethnic and religious hatred in the trial. Last time anybody was convicted of insulting religious feelings (blasphemy) in Finland was during the 1960’s. Artist Harro Koskinen’s painting Sikamessias (Pig Messiah) was considered to be blapshemous and the artist was force to pay a fine for the offence. The successful conviction of Lehto for inciting religious hatred may lead to prosecution of other bloggers publishing material deemed offensive to muslims.

As far as I know this was the first time anybody was convicted for insulting muslim religious feelings in Finland. Lehto was convicted for displaying rude images of islamic prophet Muhammad and Allah having sexual intercourse with a pig. The pictures were not created by Lehto or his associate but they had found them from another website and included them in their blog.

So far it is not yet clear if Lehto will appeal. The Appeals court will probably reduce the sentence but Lehto will find it hard to avoid doing jail time. The length of the sentence is extensive by Finnish standards. Normally, similar sentences are issued for aggravated rape or manslaughter and the maximum penalty given for murder is twelve years.

Some updates and clarifications

The length of the sentence can be explained by the fact that Lehto is a repeat offender and he was convicted of several offences. He was under probation and his suspended sentence of three months will be added to the two years and four months sentence received at the trial making the total jail time two years and seven months.

For inciting religious hatred (or disturbing religious worship may be a better translation) the maximum penalty is six months. For the other two crimes (inciting ethnic hatred and 9 counts of gross defamation) the maximum penalty is two years. I am not a legal expert but I know that according to Finnish law the sentences are not served up one after the other like in the US. Somebody more knowledgeable with Finnish law than me may correct if I'm wrong.

Most priceless quote via (In Finnish)

Police commissioner from Keskusrikospoliisi (Central Criminal Police) Timo Laine stated: "The writings should be punishable by law in both countries for us to be able to request assistance. In the United States this kind of writings could be regarded as exercise of free speech."

Laine was commenting the reason why Seppo Lehto's blogs could not be removed from Blogger. State prosecutor Mika Illman said that the plaintiffs should request 'the operator' (meaning Google) to remove the defamatory blogs (Helsingin Sanomat).

However, it is fair to say that Lehto's blog posts are defamatory and I don't blame some of the plaintiffs if they want the filth blogs concerning them removed. This is a small country and not all of the plaintiffs are well known to the Finnish public.

As far as I know none of Lehto's filth blogs (that he denies being author of) have so far been removed from the internet. The verdict is not yet legally valid pending Lehto's appeal.

Pictures offensive to muslims

I only provided a single link to a blog containing a picture offensive to muslims. The actual picture I mentioned in the text can be found here (scroll down to see the picture). The blog was mentioned in the verdict but the target of the blog, former Minister of Culture Tanja Karpela, was not among the plaintiffs.



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Sense from the military:Army training for fight against Hizbullah

WASHINGTON --GERTZ-- The U.S. Army has been training troops and developing systems to defeat Hizbullah, regarded as the most lethal non-state military in the world.

Hizbullah, controlled by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has been operating in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and African states.

Two Hizbullah fighters patrol in the southern town of Ghajar, Lebanon. Secretive and disciplined, the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah says little about the source of its arsenal of rockets and weapons. AP/Mohammed Zaatari
"The assessment is that someday, somewhere, we will confront Hizbullah, probably in any engagement with Iran," an official said.

The army has conducted exercises and simulations meant to test its capabilities against Hizbullah. Officials said the army has tested the effectiveness of the Future Combat Systems, a key element in military modernization.

In late 2007, army units with FCS platforms and systems fought a force meant to resemble Hizbullah. Officials said the scenario envisioned a U.S. operation in Lebanon, the headquarters of Hizbullah.

FCS, scheduled to reach operational capability by 2015, has been criticized by Congress as wasteful and ineffective in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Officials said Hizbullah has become the model for both Sunni and Shi'ite militias in Iraq.

In a recent simulation at Fort Bliss, Texas, officers concluded that the army required enhanced intelligence, surveillance and engineering for any war with Hizbullah. Officials said the army would introduce these changes into combat brigades.

Officials said simulations of a conflict with Hizbullah have raised the need for armored systems that could withstand powerful bombs and rocket-propelled grenades. They said the army would seek to develop active protection systems designed to intercept RPGs and anti-tank guided missiles acquired by Hizbullah.


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They are ON THE OTHER SIDE, people

Gertz:

Report: Iran got U.S. military communications tech from Russia, China

Russia and China have supplied sensitive U.S. telecommunications technology to Iran and its terrorist surrogate Hizbullah, according to an Israel report.

The Israeli website Sigint reported May 14 that a secret Hizbullah telecommunications network is based on U.S. technology, specifically encoding and military communications ciphering gear is being used by Hizbullah and Syrian intelligence.

"According to preliminary suspicions, the sensitive information was stolen by a U.S. or foreign element and was transferred to the Soviet foreign intelligence agencies (SVR) and from there to Iran in exchange for money," the report said.

"As part of the military ties between Moscow and Tehran, the latter has undertaken in writing not to transmit the information to a third party -- a practice that is common in the military export market - but has not lived up to its word."

The Hizbullah network is based on fiber optics that are difficult to intercept. The network was installed by Iranian technicians.

U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating the compromise.


The First Law of Russian Foreign Policy:
Anything which hurts the USA and its people -
is good for Russia
in the big zero sum great game that doesn't exist.
EVEN IF that means a nuclear detonation in Israel
or the USA
since they have judged
that a full scale nuclear war will not break out.


According to the report, in the past several weeks, Tehran and Damascus have pressured Hizbullah into keeping the communication network secret from the Lebanese government, since the re-export from Russia will complicate Syrian and Iranian ties with Moscow.

"According to well-founded preliminary information, the communication center is located on Syrian soil, branching out into Lebanon in a structure that has not yet been fully uncovered," the report said. "The assumption has been raised in the past few days that this is a system that links Hizbullah to the Syrian intelligence; however, the reason for the great secrecy around it has not yet been clarified."

The report stated that the network is a "well-greased command and control alignment" that is harden against disruption or interception.

The network indicates that there is an effective intelligence link between Russia and Iran with the direct partnership of Syria and Hizbullah.

The report said that U.S. design and communication technology have been compromised by industrial espionage from Russia and China spying on U.S., European and other companies involved in innovative technology.


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Winds of War: Turkish Moderates Fight Back

Now why do Muslims understand the threat of Islamism and take proper action every time it raises its ugly head – and we in the West don’t? Why don’t we learn from Muslims themselves who see the threat quite clearly and act quickly?

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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Another one on Obama's adviser list....Amb Kurtzer

The perfidy of change --- is MIND BOGGLING.
Thumbnail image for obama_stalin copy.jpg HAT TIP Mizz Mellie.... HERE on this guy, HERE. Another one ..and a clear predictor of Obama's BRAZEN LIES. BRAZEN.

Now this ground is well covered.

Obama, despite his words is no friend to the future existence of a secure, survivable Israel. That's because he believes there is a point to try and negotiate with people whose sole reason for life is to end Israel, and to do it by force of arms, either as a religious imperative (HAMAS), or as a poltical-religious principle (Abbas). Like Haaretz, Obama believes the US must 'rape' Israel into 'peace', and that is his canard to say he believes in the security of Israel. But never mind that.

This is about the AIPAC LIES OF OLD POLITICAL MEANS to the ends of jewish votes.

United Jerusalem.
Hey, I would never have promised such a thing.
But that Obama lied in that venue, in that way, with that purpose, makes it clear that he believes the ends (his presidency) justifies any means, and I have a further message for you jews of america.

He actually thinks less of you jews than of the 'gun hugging, bitter, jobless, bible thumping barely high school grads of the baptist midwest'.

Otherwise how could he have uttered the absurd promises he did, in contravention to every SINGLE foreign policy appointment he has made.

Not some appointments, not most appointments, every single one.

BRAZEN LIES OF THE OLD STYLE

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The West Is The Best - Why There Is No Need To Worry In The Long Run


Human beings can solve any problem given enough time. We are unlimited in our creative potential. Our only limits in the real world are that we must work with matter, and it takes time to do so.


Given time, we will develop solutions to any problem which presents itself. If we find ourselves earth-bound, we will learn to fly. If we find that we get sick, we will find ways to attack and destroy the disease. If we find we are running out of a particular form of energy, we will find a way to use other common materials to create new forms of energy.

We are now developing new "nano-arrays" which will allow us to capture all the energy of light without any waste. Light can thus be turned into heat, which of course, can be turned into energy.

A Tale of Two Nano-Arrays, from Al Fin:



The nano-array pictured above is described as a perfect absorber of light--it reflects none of the incident light, instead turning all radiant energy into heat.

"Three things can happen to light when it hits a material," says Boston College Physicist Willie J. Padilla. "It can be reflected, as in a mirror. It can be transmitted, as with window glass. Or it can be absorbed and turned into heat.

This metamaterial has been engineered to ensure that all light is neither reflected nor transmitted, but is turned completely into heat and absorbed. It shows we can design a metamaterial so that at a specific frequency it can absorb all of the photons that fall onto its surface."...

Because its elements can separately absorb the electric and magnetic components of an electromagnetic wave, the "perfect metamaterial absorber" created by the researchers can be highly absorptive over a narrow frequency range.

The metamaterial is the first to demonstrate perfect absorption and unlike conventional absorbers it is constructed solely out of metallic elements, giving the material greater flexibility for applications related to the collection and detection of light, such as imaging, says Padilla, an assistant professor of physics.

Metamaterial designs give them new properties beyond the limits of their actual physical components and allow them to produce "tailored" responses to radiation. Because their construction makes them geometrically scalable, metamaterials are able to operate across a significant portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.






The nano-array above was previously discussed here at Al Fin and at New Energy and Fuel.

This second array was designed to capture the radiative energy of light and turn it into electrical energy. Compare the two arrays at your leisure and note the similarities and differences. Both nano-arrays can be optimised for particular ranges of photon wavelength.

The potential range of applications for these arrays, and similar "metamaterials" made from precise nano-configuration of ordinary matter, is immense. These nano-arrays are something new under the sun, and worth considering.

Our planet is constantly bathed by showers of photons, and other particles from the sun. Until recently, humans have used the sun for agriculture, tanning, and heating, and inadvertently for Vitamin D production. It is long past time for us to begin using the sun, and other sources of infrared radiation, more thoroughly.
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Fighting Back: Send Mo-Toons To Islamic Embassies




SIOE, or "Stop the Islamization of Europe" website is involved in active
resistance to the islamization of Europe. But you probably figured that out by
their title.

Upset by the recent bombing of the Danish Embassy in Pakistan (over the
Danish cartoons of Mohammed), they have come up with a "strike back" strategy.
The strategy is this: draw a cartoon of Mohammed, or use an existing one, and
send it (anonymously) to Pakistani embassies. Every time the radical Muslims
create terrorism over cartoons, more cartoons will result.

SIOE has posted a list of addresses for Pakistani embassies and
consulates, as well as Pakistani news outlets and broadcasting organizations.A
word of caution: don't use the Danish cartoons, as they are copyrighted and you
could be sued. Those cartoonists already have death threats and fatwas hanging
over them, and don't want you to make it worse.

After you draw the cartoon, send it to SIOE. They will post the best
cartoons on their site and, each Friday, will select the best cartoon for the
week, and make a t shirt bearing the cartoon, as a prize to the creator.

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We Need More Leaders Like Vaclav Havel


Vaclav Havel was a Czech writer and dramatist who became so angered by the oppression of the Communist government of the UUSR that his anger and sense of drove him all the way to the Presidency of his country.
Vaclav Havel was no career politician. He was a man shaken but not bowed by the events of his time. He was a man in whom anger lit a sense of purpose. He was a man driven by the righteous idea that every individual on the Earth was born endowed with the unalienable right to freedom.



In these decadent times when powerful people in the West cannot conceive of
any response to totalitarian jihad other than rank appeasement, and when the
name of Che Guevara, a bloodthirsty Stalinist and enemy of freedom, is
synonymous with heroism, it is vital that free people be familiar with — and
honor — the examples of those valiant few who, living under totalitarianism,
have stood up to it with a courage that today’s appeasers of Islam could hardly
imagine.

Among the greatest of these heroes is Vaclav Havel.

Born in 1936, Havel spent his early years under the two major
twentieth-century varieties of totalitarianism — first Nazism, then Communism.
When the Communists took over Czechoslovakia after World War II, instituting a
system under which, as Havel biographer Edá Kriseová writes, “[e]veryone was
afraid of his neighbor” and “[p]eople disappeared without a trace,” they
confiscated the Havel family’s money and the theater they owned.

In 1949, Havel’s father was imprisoned and interrogated for several weeks;
three years later, the Havels’ home and possessions were taken from them as part
of a new policy under which class enemies were to be removed from Prague. News
of the latter development gave Havel’s maternal grandfather a stroke from which
he died; meanwhile Havel’s uncle Miloš, after spending two years in prison and
labor camp as punishment for having run a movie studio, escaped to West Germany
with the help of American troops — whereupon his name, according to Kriseová,
was “erased from the history of Czech film.”

Prohibited from being a full-time university student because he was the
son of bourgeois parents, Havel cobbled together an education by working as a
chem lab apprentice, attending night classes, and studying economics and, later,
drama. In 1952, when Havel was sixteen, the Czechoslovak government tried
thirteen people on trumped-up charges of conspiracy to overthrow the Communist
regime. The questions and answers were scripted, the defendants found guilty
(the verdict, of course, having been preordained), and all but two of the
convicts executed, their ashes, as Kriseová writes, “shoveled into sacks and
scattered on an icy side road in the outskirts of Prague.”

This was only one of many “crazed experiment[s] in the arts of legalized
terror” that took place in Czechoslovakia at the time, the purpose of which was
not to punish real criminals or dissidents but to maintain an atmosphere of
terror and reaffirm the state’s power to do what it pleased. Such “experiments”
had the desired effect: most people in Czechoslovakia kept a low profile. But
not Havel: determined to work in the theater, he continued to write plays —
mostly critiques of Communist utopianism and dogmatism — even though their
production and publication were banned.

Then, in 1968, something remarkable happened: the “Prague Spring,”
during which Alexander Dubček’s government lifted censorship and travel
restrictions and granted freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. But not for
long: Russian tanks moved in, and Dubček was handcuffed and shipped to Moscow,
where he was interrogated, isolated, threatened, bullied, and humiliated. After
he finally agreed to sign a document capitulating entirely to the Kremlin, he
was allowed to fly back to Prague, where he sobbed his way through a radio
speech announcing his capitulation. The Communists then proceeded to whip
Czechoslovakia back into line by (among other things) purging most government
ministers, top diplomats, and company officials; firing thousands of teachers,
school principals, and professors; persecuting actors and artists; forcing
almost half of the country’s journalists to resign and replacing everybody at
the management level of news organizations; dismissing the great majority of
writers from the Writers’ Union, imprisoning or exiling many of them, and
removing books by scores of them (including Havel) from libraries.

The lesson was clear: in the words of Havel biographer John Keane, the
people of Czechoslovakia
were expected to join what Havel’s friend Ivan Klíma
called the “community of the defeated,” and to abide by its basic rules: that
there would only ever be one governing party, to which everything, including
truth itself, belonged; that the world was divided into enemies and friends of
the Party and, accordingly, that compliance with Party policies was rewarded,
dissent penalized; and, finally, that the Party no longer required the complete
devotion of its subjects, only the quiet acceptance of its dictates.

It is a mark of Havel’s character that when
Czechoslovak officials, eager to be rid of him (one of the country’s leading
troublemakers), actually offered to let him move to the West and take a dream
job he had been offered with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Havel, who at
the time was working in a brewery, refused. “The solution to this human
situation,” he wrote, “does not lie in leaving it.”


Years passed. Organized dissent in Czechoslovakia disappeared. Then, in 1976, a rock group called the Plastic People of the Universe was
arrested. The musicians were not dissidents, or even politically
inclined
; but in the eyes of the Communist leaders, their music was, in
and of itself, subordinate. The group’s arrest underlined the fact that
what was at issue in Communist Eastern Europe was not simply the right to
political dissent — it was the right simply to be oneself, to spread one’s
wings, to do one’s thing.


The trial led Havel and others to found Charter 77, a group that called on
the government to live up to its obligations under international human rights
agreements. It was a new tactic:

Czechoslovakia’s leaders, like the heads of other Communist countries, had
entered into a number of such agreements, of which their very system of
government was, of course, a violation; signing them was an act of pure cynicism
on which no one had ever challenged them.

At first the Plastics didn’t even know whether to align themselves with
Charter 77; but they eventually decided to stand up for themselves — and with
Havel.

“In this trial,” Kriseová would later write, “the human desire to lead
one’s life freely was in the dock. It was a trial in the name of sameness,
indifference, bureaucratization, total obedience, and conformity. Anything that
deviated from the norm in any way had to be liquidated.” Or, in Havel’s words: the trial was “an impassioned debate about the
meaning of human existence, an urgent questioning of what one should expect from
life, whether one should silently accept the world as it is presented to one and
slip obediently into one’s pre-arranged place in it, or whether one has the
strength to exercise free choice in the matter.”


Eventually over a thousand people signed Charter 77’s manifesto, and
many were punished severely for it. Havel — already under the watchful eye of
the Czechoslovak government — became a constant target of its attentions. The
secret police interrogated him regularly. “He received threatening letters and
anonymous telephone calls,” writes Keane.

His life began to feel as if it was one continuous round of threats,
bright lights, padded doors, wooden desks, sliding chairs, handcuffs,
truncheons. … When it became clear to the authorities that the man was not for
giving up … Havel was arrested, charged … with committing “serious crimes
against the basic principles of the Republic.” He was confined without trial “in
total isolation” for four and a half months in Ruzyně prison. After his release,
he and other Chartists were beaten brutally by police at a ball for railway
workers.

In all, Havel was imprisoned four times. “Prison hammered into Havel’s
hide the painful realization that responsibility is the key to human identity,”
Keane writes.

Courage did not come easily to Havel. It was a matter of will, of
resolve. In prison, swarming with worries about what prison would do to his
soul, his sense of humor, he struggled to keep up his spirits. … He was riddled
with guilt over having dragged other people into Charter 77. He was deeply
suspicious of utopians with their “radiant tomorrows”:

“What is a concentration camp but an attempt by Utopians to dispose of
those elements which don’t fit into their Utopia?”

After the Charter’s appeal was made public, the Czechoslovak government
put together a group of artists, musicians, journalists, and performers who
publicly declared their enthusiasm for the Communist system and who condemned
Havel and others as imperialist agents. To read their testimonies now is to be
reminded of today’s Western apologists for jihadism. (The difference, of course,
is that the latter, who are not yet living under the totalitarianism they so
reprehensibly defend, have less excuse for their cowardice.)

In 1978 Havel wrote a long essay that would have an extraordinary
impact and that should be required reading in Western schools. “The Power of the
Powerless” explained on a profound human level why Communist tyranny should be
resisted with all one’s heart and mind and soul.

It wasn’t a dry political treatise — it was a work of deep thought and
feeling that accomplished the apparently impossible: it enabled many Eastern
Europeans to look with fresh eyes at the oppression that they had long taken for
granted as the way of the world. And in doing so, it persuaded them to abandon
their meek passivity and stand up for their liberties.

Only on a very few occasions in history has a writer attained a unique
insight into his society and expressed it in words that moved mountains; Havel
is one such writer. His essay took Eastern Europe by storm. Solidarity member
Zbigniew Bujak later said that it came along at a time when he and many of his
fellow Polish activists felt dispirited and had decided that it was pointless to
challenge their Communist masters.

“The Power of the Powerless” changed that. It articulated, in words that
touched them to the core, the spiritual need to resist oppression.

“Reading it,” explained Bujak, “gave us the theoretical underpinnings for
our activity. It maintained our spirits; we did not give up, and a year later —
in August 1980 — it became clear that the party apparatus and the factory
management were afraid of us.” Of the spectacular successes of Solidarity in
Poland and of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, Bujak said, “I see in them an
astonishing fulfillment of the prophecies and knowledge contained in Havel’s
essay.”

In the essay, Havel imagined a man who runs a fruit and vegetable stand in
Communist Czechoslovakia (runs, not owns: in Communist Europe, of course, all
businesses were owned by the state). The man puts in his store window a sign
bearing a Communist slogan: “Workers of the world, unite!” Why, Havel asked,
does he do this? The answer: he’s afraid. He wants to live “in harmony with
society,” and must prove he’s obedient. Havel noted that such a man might
hesitate, out of shame, to post a sign explicitly admitting his fear; but the
sign bearing the Communist slogan helps him conceal his cowardice from himself
by hiding it behind the façade of ideology — an ideology that offers people “the
illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for
them to part with them.”

Communist ideology, Havel pointed out, obliges
people to “live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for
them to have accepted their life with it and in it. For by this very fact,
individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, are the
system.”


Moreover, while life in free societies “moves toward plurality,
diversity, independent self-constitution, and self-organization,” life under
Communism “demands conformity, uniformity, and discipline.”


People like Havel’s greengrocer, by going along with all this, become not
only victims of the system’s oppression but also collaborators in it — for the
sign in the window, in addition to testifying to the shopkeeper’s meek
compliance, increases pressure on other merchants to put signs in their windows
lest the authorities start asking why they haven’t.

So it is that ordinary people, by kowtowing to the system, become its
enforcers. (Thus are the subjects of Communism the equivalent of dhimmis under
Islam.)


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Is Barack Obama The Messiah?


Jonah Goldberg ponders the ineffable:


Is Barack Obama the Messiah?

Before we answer that question, let me vent for a moment. In 2000 I was
cruelly denied the Pulitzer despite being the only columnist in America to ask
the pressing question: Is Al Gore an alien? The evidence was there for all to
see. He was born nine months after the mysterious alien sighting at Roswell,
N.M. His weird syntax and verbal rhythms are otherworldly. He often refers to
“earth” or “this planet” as if he’s just passing through, and he once angrily
complained to the Washington Post that it had printed a picture of the earth
from outer space “upside down.”

There is no “upside down” in space — unless Gore had his childhood view in
mind.At least I’m not in the wilderness this time. Lots of people have pondered
the possibility that Barack is our Divine Redeemer. There are websites dedicated
to the question “Is Barack Obama the Messiah?” Google that question and you’ll
get more than 35,000 hits. (Enter just the words “Messiah” and “Obama” and
you’ll get nearly 10 times that.)

But there’s more concrete evidence. Since Obama declared his candidacy,
there have been remarkably few biblical plagues. And lions and lambs seem open
to bilateral negotiations.

Obama’s apostles are hard to dismiss. Oprah simply calls him “The One,”
because “we need politicians who know how to be the truth.” (Jesus says in John
14:6 “I am the way, the truth ...”) Oprah goes on to say Obama will help us
“evolve to a higher plane,” which would put Obama in the role of our Intelligent
Designer.

According to the New York Times, Obama’s volunteers are taught to eschew
discussions of the issues and instead “testify” about how they “came to
Obama.”

Oh sure, Jonah may joke about it. But, it is a possibility:

Is Obama an enlightened being?



To them I say, all right, you want to know what it is? The appeal, the
pull, the ethereal and magical thing that seems to enthrall millions of people
from all over the world, that keeps opening up and firing into new channels of
the culture normally completely unaffected by politics?

No, it’s not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even
inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a
black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different
ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking
charm, didn’t have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a
unique high-vibration integrity.

Dismiss it all you like, but I’ve heard from far too many enormously
smart, wise, spiritually attuned people who’ve been intuitively blown away by
Obama’s presence - not speeches, not policies, but sheer presence - to say it’s
just a clever marketing ploy, a slick gambit carefully orchestrated by hotshot
campaign organizers who, once Obama gets into office, will suddenly turn from
perky optimists to vile soul-sucking lobbyist whores, with Obama as their
suddenly evil, cackling overlord.

Here’s where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know
(not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a
Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not
merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can
actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and
connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment.
These kinds of
people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very
high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a
brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics. This is why Obama is
so rare. And this why he is so often compared to Kennedy and Martin Luther King
Jr., to those leaders in our culture whose stirring vibrations still resonate
throughout our short history.

Are you rolling your eyes and scoffing? Fine by me.
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Barack Obama Ran On A MARXIST PARTY Line in 1996

From Yid With Lid:


It seems that Senator Obama's Old party was called the New Party. The party was a Marxist Political coalition. This was not a guilt by association thing. Senator Obama sought out their nomination. He was successful in obtaining that endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers. Read more on the Marxist endorsement that Barack Obama sought out:

Co-founded in 1992 by Daniel Cantor (a former staffer for Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign) and Joel Rogers (a sociology and law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) , the New Party was a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials -- most often Democrats.

The New Party's short-term objective was to move the Democratic Party leftward, thereby setting the stage for the eventual rise of new Marxist third party.Most New Party members hailed from the Democratic Socialists of America and the militant organization ACORN.

The party's Chicago chapter also included a large contingent from the Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist coalition of former Maoists, Trotskyists, and Communist Party USA members.

The New Party's modus operandi included the political strategy of "electoral fusion," where it would nominate, for various political offices, candidates from other parties (usually Democrats), thereby enabling each of those candidates to occupy more than one ballot line in the voting booth. By so doing, the New Party often was able to influence candidates' platforms. (Fusion of this type is permitted in seven states -- Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, and Vermont -- but is common only in New York.)

Though Illinois was not one of the states that permitted electoral fusion, in 1995 Barack Obama nonetheless sought the New Party's endorsement for his 1996 state senate run. He was successful in obtaining that endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.

In 1996, three of the four candidates endorsed by the New Party won their electoral primaries. The three victors included Barack Obama (in the 13th State Senate District), Danny Davis (in the 7th Congressional District), and Patricia Martin, who won the race for Judge in the 7th Subcircuit Court. All four candidates attended an April 11, 1996 New Party membership meeting to express their gratitude for the party's support.

The New Party's various chapters similarly helped to elect dozens of other political candidates in a host of American cities.

One of the more notable New Party members was Carl Davidson, a Chicago-based Marxist who became a political supporter of Barack Obama in the mid-1990s.

In 1997 the New Party's influence declined precipitously after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that electoral fusion was not protected by the First Amendment's freedom of association clause. By 1998 the party was essentially defunct. Daniel Canto and other key party members went on to establish a new organization with similar ideals, the Working Families Party of New York.-

Source Discoverthenetworks .org
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Barack Obama: "Friends"

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Welcome to the real world, suckers. Obama IMMEDIATELY backtracks on Jerusalem

Barack Obama Backtracks on "Undivided" Jerusalem-What Flip-Flop Is Next?

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2008) -- Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks criticized Barack Obama's backtrack on his position that Jerusalem remain the "undivided" capital of Israel and questioned what other positions Barack Obama would reverse regarding Israel.

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On Wednesday, Barack Obama committed that "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided" in his speech before the AIPAC policy conference. On Thursday, Barack Obama backtracked on this position and reversed it. Following criticism from Palestinian and Hamas officials, Barack Obama on Thursday announced in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley that "obviously, it's going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues. And Jerusalem will be a part of these negotiations."

"Barack Obama's attempt to use buzzwords to impress pro-Israel leaders has already backfired. Barack Obama's reversal on Jerusalem, 24 hours after his AIPAC speech, demonstrates why the Jewish community has doubts and fears about an Obama presidency," stated Matt Brooks. "Barack Obama's retreat demonstrates that Senator Obama lacks the resolve and leadership necessary to protect America and Israel from the serious threats we face. Worst of all, the impression that Barack Obama changed this position because of pressure by Hamas officials sends all the wrong messages that a President Obama will back off pro-Israel positions when Hamas protests. Yet again, Barack Obama demonstrates why the Jewish community does not trust Barack Obama to keep America and Israel safe and secure."

But the Kool Aid drinkers will remain oblivious, concocting tortuous reasons why, and Rube Goldberg paths to remain in line. History, however will ccept no such reasoning. Mr. Obama hasn't a clue in his short career. And believes in his heart only he can, through the laying on of hands, create a better world.
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Media does a Karsenty on McCain & the Dems on Myanmar

NYSUN:

Feinstein Fights McCain on Burma Tax Break for Big Oil

Democrat Sides With Chevron in Rangoon Deal

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN, Staff Reporter of the Sun
June 6, 2008

The Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president, Senator McCain, is locked in a disagreement with a Democratic senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, over whether to permit Chevron to do business with the regime in Rangoon. One of them is taking a hard-line human-rights stand against the military junta in Burma. The other is carrying water for the interests of America's second largest oil company.Mr. McCain's stance has been to require Chevron to sell its stake in a large gas field that is widely considered the single most important source of income for Burma's regime, one of the world's most repressive. Ms. Feinstein, who represents the state in which Chevron is headquartered, is seeking to allow the company to hold on to its stake in the gas field.

No doubt Olberman is getting ready to name Feinsten the worst person in the world.

Oh and if you search the Washington Post...

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Geert Wilders Talks About Fitna

Thanks to HerRoyalWhyness for forwarding this to me.




Geert Wilders visits Copenhagen from I Media Online on Vimeo.

Geert Wilders holding a speech in the Danish parliament building about his resent film "Fitna". Mr. Wilders also gives his opinion on Islam in general, with some following words about the Islamisation of Europe. ( "The Eurabia project") Geert was invited to Denmark by the Danish Free press society (Trykkefrihedsselskabet)


Transcript courtesy of SAPPHO with additional links added
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am very honoured indeed to have been invited by the Danish Free Press Society to speak in the Danish Parliament, the heart of Danish democracy. My special thanks go to Lars Hedegaard and Katrine Winkel Holm, who were so kind to invite me here.

As you may know, the title of my short film about the Koran and Islam is Fitna . Fitna is an Arabic word with many meanings. The most common translation is ‘ordeal' or ‘trial'. The name Fitna symbolises my view that Islam is the ordeal with which the free West is currently confronted. Are we prepared to defend our achievements, such as the equality of men and women, of heterosexuals and homosexuals as well as the separation of Church and State? I would like to throw some light today on the question of whether the Netherlands and Europe will be able to face that ordeal and stand the test. I will also address the question of why I made Fitna , and relate to you some of the reactions to my film as well as some of my personal circumstances. Lastly, I will offer you some thoughts on the future of freedom and democracy in Europe.

Let me first explain to you why I made Fitna.

It is an indisputable fact that the Netherlands and Europe are in the process of being Islamised. For those who still doubt whether this is actually so, let me give you a few figures. In 1909, a century ago now, there were fifty-four Muslims living in the Netherlands , in 1960 there were thirteen hundred and ninety-nine, in 1990 four hundred and fifty eight thousand, and currently about one million. In France approximately ten percent of the population are Muslims. A total of fifty-four million Muslims live in Europe . In less than half a century the number of Muslims has increased considerably in practically all of Europe . Within a few decades the street scenes in Europe , particularly in the densely populated parts, have drastically changed. In countries such as the Netherlands , Germany and Denmark headscarves and burkas have now become integrated and are part of our daily experience.

However, the Islamisation of Europe encompasses much more than that. It also affects the European achievements of the last century. It is sad to see that the equality of men and women in the Europe of 2008 is under pressure. Take for example the rise in the number of honour killings, or attempts to introduce sharia wills and testaments – which award women half of what men receive – or the refusal by radical Muslims to shake hands with women. The same applies to the equality of heterosexuals and homosexuals. In Amsterdam, once the gay capital of the world, gay men are regularly beaten up, not infrequently by Moroccans.

In trying to find an explanation for the Islamic intolerance and hatred against our whole way of life and the West as such, some take the view that it must be the result of the prior European colonisation of the Arabic-Muslim world. Others name the American-British attack on the Iraq of Saddam Hussein, the presence of NATO troops in Afghanistan, or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as possible causes. Poverty in the Muslim world is also frequently mentioned. However, in my opinion, none of these factors really explains the issue.

I am convinced that the explanation is Islam as such. The core of Islam is the seventh-century Koran, as well as the life of the prophet Muhammed. The Koran is very different from the Bible, in that it contains commands and injunctions that are neither place- nor time-bound. This means that the calls to Muslims to kill non-Muslims (to be found, for example, in sura 4 verse 89 and sura 47 verse 4), or to terrorise non-Muslims (sura 8 verse 60), as well as the duty to wage war (for example, sura 8 verse 39) – in other words, the jihad – apply directly to the Muslims of today. The judgment on the Jews which the Koran delivers up to three times (sura 2 verse 65, sura 5 verse 60 and sura 7 verse 166), namely that they are monkeys and pigs, is not time-bound either, so it applies equally in 2008.

I have read the Koran several times now, and every time I come to the conclusion that the Koran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder and terrorism, and, moreover, that this is not confined to the seventh century either. Again and again I come to the conclusion that the Koran is not only a book of war, but that there is an inseparable connection between the Koran and Islam as such, and the atrocities committed by Muslims.

Apart from the Koran, the life of the Prophet Muhammed plays a crucial part as well. Muhammed was involved in a large number of bloody wars, anywhere between twenty-five and thirty of them. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, especially during his his time in Medina, how he had enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Muhammed ruled over Mecca and Medina and subsequently the entire Arab peninsula. The brave apostate Wafa Sultan said: “The problem is that de Koran clearly says that Muhammed should be a role model for every Muslim. You are not allowed to criticise him, but you should follow in his footsteps. As a Muslim it is your mission to spread Islam by the sword.”

In fact Islam is an ideology rather than a religion. It is a system that lays down rules and regulations for socio-political life. Islamic law, the sharia, not only legislates in criminal matters but also, for example, in the areas of personal and family law. The Belgian professor of Islamic Studies, Urbain Vermeulen, once said that Islam is ten percent religion and ninety percent ideology. Of course, there is nothing wrong with ideologies as such, take liberalism for example. But an ideology is wrong if it is totalitarian. As a matter of fact, Islamic ideology shows striking similarities with communism and fascism. One could mention its anti-democratic character, the will to exercise total control over social life and the use of violence to subject dissenters. In fact, the Islamic ideology is totalitarian in character. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy. I want to emphasize that I am not talking about the people, the Muslims, but about the Islamic ideology.

I have warned against the dangers of the Koran and Islam in numerous interviews, opinion articles, speeches and, of course parliamentary debates, but a single picture often says more than a thousand words. That is why I decided last year to put my views on Islam and the Koran into a short film. This resulted in the Fitna premiere at the end of March. Without putting all Muslims into the same category, I hope I have succeeded in showing that the Koran is not some dusty old book, but that it is used today as a source of inspiration for, and justification of, hatred, violence and terrorism in the world; in Europe, in the Netherlands and in Denmark.

That brings me to responses to Fitna in the Netherlands and other countries. It became known in November of last year that I was working on a film about the Koran and Islam. From that day onwards the Netherlands – its politicians in particular – was in uproar. A prominent member of the Dutch Christian Democratic Party, the largest government party, said I was an evil person that should be stopped. An extreme left-wing group tried to stage a mass demonstration against me in Amsterdam. A spokesperson for the Dutch branch of the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir cried out that the Netherlands was due for an attack. A Dutch Islamic organisation went to court trying to prevent Fitna from being shown, but fortunately did not get its way. Significantly, not a single Dutch broadcasting organisation had the courage to broadcast Fitna in its entirety.

The reactions were not confined to the Netherlands. Outside the Netherlands there was uproar as well. The Taliban threatened to organise additional attacks against Dutch troops in Afghanistan, a website linked to Al Qaeda contained the message that I ought to be killed, while various muftis in Syria and Jerusalem stated that I would be responsible for all the bloodshed after the screening of the film. Even NATO’s Secretary General was critical of Fitna, without even having seen one single second of it.In my fight for freedom, I have sacrificed my own freedom, but I’m not complaining about that because I have a mission. Geert Wilders and the President of the Free Press Society, Lars Hedegaard. Photo: Ulla Dahlerup
If any criticism is uttered about Islam, it is immediately met with the most intolerant responses from the Islamic world; whether it is Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, or the film Submission by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/003757.php">Theo van Gogh, or the Pope who quotes a Byzantine emperor about Islam, or " a cartoons<>Kurt>, or indeed Fitna. Many Muslims appear to be far more concerned about criticism to their ideology than about the heinous crimes committed in the name of Islam.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs called on me to abandon the film project, as did the chairman of the same parliamentary party. The Minister of Justice let it be known that post hoc criminal proceedings could be initiated if the film was shown, which was also the opinion of the leader of the Dutch Labour Party, who is also a member of the cabinet. The Government even investigated the possibility of having Fitna banned in advance.

The Dutch Prime Minister called on the French President Sarkozy, the Danish Prime Minister and many others for assistance, while letters were sent to all Dutch municipalities stating that riots might occur after the screening of Fitna. Police commanders received a letter stating that the police, after Fitna had been screened, should register all reports against me, regardless of whether an offence had been committed or not. Everywhere in the country mayors of towns and cities held emergency meetings on the impending screening of my film. Dutch embassies in Islamic countries were requested to take far-reaching precautionary measures and draw up evacuation plans. The Prime Minister talked about a serious crisis and potential attacks.
The Dutch Government’s reaction prior to the showing of the film undoubtedly created fear in the Dutch population; all because of a fifteen-minute film that had not even been shown up to then. But even after the release of Fitna, the Dutch Government continued this shocking behaviour. On the evening when Fitna was screened, the Prime Minister muttered something in a brief statement about freedom of expression, followed by a long and serious statement about offending and insulting citizens and a statement to the effect that the Dutch Government regretted the showing of Fitna.

Prime Minister Balkenende should, of course, unconditionally have defended freedom of speech. Instead, he chose to give in to Islamic and politically correct pressure. Fortunately, the reaction of the Muslim community in the Netherlands was in general a lot more mature than the Government’s, which led me to issue a sincerely meant compliment to that community.
Unfortunately, reactions in certain parts of the Islamic world were different. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the Dutch flag was burnt on repeated occasions, as well as your beautiful flag because of the newly flared up commotion about the Danish cartoons. In addition, dolls depicting me were burnt. The Indonesian President Yudhoyono announced that I will never be admitted into Indonesia again, while the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, and the European Union issued cowardly statements in the same vein as those made by the Dutch Government. I could go on and on. It was an absolute disgrace.

Fitna was a success nevertheless. Tens of millions op people from all over the world watched it. However, in making Fitna I also tried to initiate an in-depth debate about the inherent dangers of Islam. Unfortunately such a debate has mostly failed to materialise so far, the more so because all invitations on my part to a debate with representatives from Muslim organisations, as well as imams and ‘ordinary’ Muslims were rejected. I invited six imams, three moderates and three radicals, for a public debate with me. All of them rejected the offer. I can only conclude that they do not want a debate.

Prior to the showing of Fitna, in an article on the opinion pages of a Dutch newspaper I posed the question how the Dutch government would have reacted if I had not announced a film about the Koran and Islam, but instead a film about the Bible and Christianity. The answer is obvious; nothing would have happened at all. The government would not have taken such precautionary measures, there would have been no fear of widespread riots.

In the Netherlands, it is not Prime Minister Balkenende’s government that is ruling the country, but the fear of Islam. And that is still the case after Fitna was shown. For example, the Minister of Justice announced more stringent measures against blasphemy. And recently a Dutch cartoonist was arrested in a raid by no fewer than ten policemen; an ominous precedent as well as a boundary crossed. That, in short, is the Netherlands in 2008. It seems as if the German Democratic Republic is being resurrected in the Low Countries. In fact, it is not only Islam that will be our undoing, but also cultural relativism and self-censorship on the part of a politically correct elite.

Let me give you one other telling example of cultural relativism in the Netherlands: there is no Dutch flag present in the Dutch parliament, but we do have the Koran. It is right there on the desk of our Madam Speaker! It is a topsy-turvy world. Let us get rid of the Koran and bring in our national flag!

Contrary to what some of you might expect, my views on the Koran and Islam are not particularly original from a historical perspective. None other than “Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. No stronger retrograde force exists in the World. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step. … The civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” Later he wrote about Hitler’s Mein Kampf: “It is the new Koran of faith and war: Bombastic, tedious, formless, but full of its own message.”

Not only Churchill but also social democrats used to have a more honest image of Islam. For example, the Dutch social democrat and intellectual Jacques de Kadt wrote in 1939 that national socialism is the new Islam. And my great hero, the Italian writer Oriana Fallaci, said: “A moderate Islam does not exist. It does not exist because there is no difference between Good Islam and Bad Islam. There is Islam and that it the end of it. Islam is the Koran, and nothing other than the Koran. And the Koran is the Mein Kampf of a religion that desires to eliminate others – non-Muslims – who are called infidel dogs, and inferior creatures. Read the Koran, that Mein Kampf, yet again. In whatever version and you will see that the evil which the sons of Allah have perpetrated against us and themselves comes from that book." [(Oriana Fallaci”The Force of Reason” post-script page 305 February 2006)]Wise and true words.

I am often asked how I deal with all the criticisms and threats. Criticisms about my views on Islam do not bother me much, because such criticisms are practically always uttered by those who have never read a page of the Koran or the Iranian Islamic Penal Code. Criticisms like that are water off a duck’s back to me. What does penetrate my soul is when I am called a racist, a fascist, a xenophobe, an extreme right-winger, or when I am likened to Adolf Hitler, or comparisons are made with the Second World War. Whereas nazism and fascism destroyed freedom and democracy, I am trying to strengthen freedom and democracy, to defend and protect these fundamental aspects of our lives with all the power that is in me against all the things that threaten them. And the personal threats affect me every time, one never gets used to them. In my fight for freedom, I have sacrificed my own freedom, but I’m not complaining about that because I have a mission. I do complain about the fact that our government squanders our freedom by not standing up to Islam.

Allow me now to present some thoughts about the future of freedom and democracy in Europe. It is my opinion that wherever Islam arrives, decline sets in and elementary rights are threatened. Freedom and democracy lose ground as Islam advances. Peter Hammond explains which rights and freedoms get lost as Islam gains in influence in a society.

Hammond describes and predicts the following process.

When the Muslim population is about five percent, as is the case in some Western European countries, Muslims will exercise a disproportionate influence on society. With the percentage of Muslims rising slightly, they will demand that they do not have to comply as such with all the legislation of the country involved, and will demand that in certain areas sharia must be implemented. When the number of Muslims reaches ten percent of the population, massive lawlessness will develop amongst them, with discrimination by the original population as an excuse, witness the riots in the Paris banlieues. Non-Muslims who utter criticisms of Islam will be threatened at this stage. From forty percent upwards – such as is the case in Bosnia and Lebanon – there will be terror. From eighty percent upwards, the state itself will take care of the cleansing, according to Hammond.

Hammond’s analysis does not bode well for the future. Whether Hammond is right in every detail I do not know, but it is a fact that there is no Islamic country in the world where freedom prevails, with a genuine democracy and a constitutional state, where there is freedom of speech, where human rights are respected, or where Church and State are separate. It is a matter of fact that the Islamic world trails behind the free West on all fronts – socio-economically, politically, scientifically, militarily and so on. It must surely be the case that Islam plays at least a role in all this. Also, it must be for a good reason that people from Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq and Afghanistan massively emigrate to the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Denmark, and not the other way round.

It is regularly held against me by my political opponents that, although I identify the problems connected with the Islamisation of the Netherlands and Europe, I fail to advance solutions to these problems. However, that is a false impression of the true state of affairs. I do advance solutions, but these are not solutions that match those favoured by the political elite; they are not solutions the political elite wants to hear. My political opponents believe that the problems associated with Islamisation and mass immigration can be solved by entering into dialogue with the self-appointed elite of the Islamic community – which does not tend to be in touch with the conditions of the Islamic underclass – and by demanding minimal entry requirements for immigrants. By giving room to Islam, they seek to solve the existing problems in our society. In fact, giving room to Islam is the worst thing they could have done.

My solution to the problems is twofold: first, immigration from Islamic countries must be stopped, whereby I note that, for example, a gay Muslim from Iran who is persecuted in that country must, of course, be granted political asylum. Secondly, I advocate support of all forms of voluntary repatriation to the countries of origin. I am convinced that only these two clear and honest measures will counteract the Islamisation of the Netherlands and Europe. Besides that we should not allow more mosques to be built, and we should close down Islamic schools and outlaw the Koran.

Some may ask, is the Netherlands still a free country? It is not free when the Minister of Foreign Affairs calls on a film-maker not to show a film. It is not free when a democratically chosen people’s representative runs the risk of being politically persecuted. It is not free when the Minister of Justice announces more stringent measures against blasphemy. It is not free when an opinion poll reveals that many citizens do not dare to speak out in public about Islam, immigration and similar issues. It is not free when a cartoonist is arrested by ten policemen for producing drawings. It is not free when an art photographer has to go into hiding in London for producing art photographs. It is not free when Muslims complain about construction workers because they wear short trousers in the blistering sun. It is not free when paintings depicting partially nude women are removed from a Dutch town hall because of Muslim complaints. The Dutch government did not only capitulate to Islam, but its behaviour could even be seen as betrayal of our culture.

I am afraid that the Netherlands is becoming less and less a country of freedom and increasingly a country of fear under the guise of tolerance. And I am convinced that this problem arises not only in the Netherlands, but in the whole of Europe, and indeed in the whole of the Western world.

I come to the conclusion that there is a lack of leadership in the free West. Leadership to defend our freedom on behalf of us and our children. The political elites governing Western countries are themselves governed by fear. Fear of facing the truth. Fear of letting go the still prevalent ideology of cultural relativism. Fear of fighting for freedom of speech, particularly when the message expresses an inconvenient truth or is delivered by somebody with a critical or satirical view of Islam. Our freedom is being bargained away.

The ruling elite is afraid of losing the growing support of Islamic voters, afraid of the economic consequences of an anti-Islamisation policy, afraid of being less popular with the other dhimmi government leaders in the European Council. But we all know that fear is a bad counsellor. Rather than preserving our freedom, fear and political correctness will in the long term cost us our hard-won freedom.

Respectable democratic parties which aim to fight Islamisation and which aim to defend our freedoms will have to join forces to provide a counterweight. They will have to collaborate more intensively. Only then will the European wall be able to stem the Islamic tide of war. I would like to take the initiative to bring those parties together.

If we are not prepared to defend our way of life, Europe will in the long term be transformed into Eurabia. We owe it to our children to defend our freedom. As I said, we have to defend our way of life, civilization and culture. Part of our way of life is the separation of Church and State. Nearly a year ago, our minister of integration said that she could envision a future Dutch society being based on a Christian-Judaic-Islamic tradition. I told her, in parliament, that in my opinion she was insane. I followed the recent Danish discussion about judges wearing headscarves. And I want to say this: If a Dutch minister would say that politicians should not interfere in the discussion about judges wearing headscarves, by which the minister in fact pleads in favour of judges wearing headscarves, I would call them crazy as well.

But fortunately, there is some hope because a growing number of Dutch citizens are getting annoyed with their government because it refuses to put a stop to the ever advancing Islamisation of the Dutch society. There is a tremendous gap between the attitude of the political elite vis-à-vis the Islamisation of our societies on the one hand and the attitude of ‘ordinary citizens’ on the other.

A recent representative poll showed that no fewer than six out of ten Dutch citizens view Islam as a threat to our culture, while another six out of ten Dutch citizens see mass immigration as the greatest political mistake since the Second World War. No less than forty-four percent of Dutch citizens are of the opinion that Islam seeks to destroy our Western civilisation. The fears of these people deserve to be taken seriously by our government.

I plead with my heart and soul for the defence and protection of our Western civilisation. We will have to go all out to defend our freedom. In saying this I do not only advocate measures to stop immigration and to promote voluntary repatriation. It would also be worth a lot to me if more honest methods of history teaching could be applied in the education of our children.

We will have to warn coming generations and convince them of the dangers that are posed by Islam. Let us face the truth that history has a tendency to repeat itself. Indeed, Wafa Sultan speaks the truth; the Islamic culture and ideology is backward, primitive and full of barbarity.[transcript]

Let us put the current mass immigration from the Islamic world into Europe into a historical perspective and assess the words of Mr Erdogan, the current Prime Minister of Turkey at their true value. He cited a poem with the following text,

“The minarets of mosques are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our soldiers.”

Please let these words sink in for a moment. We must give our children an honest picture of the clash between the West and Islam. In the words of Wafa Sultan:

“It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality.”

Let me wind up by repeating what I said at the beginning of my talk. Fitna, the title of my film, means ordeal or trial. Islam is the ordeal with which the West is faced, and Fitna is a trial that will test the extent to which we value our freedom of expression. I truly hope that the Netherlands and Europe will be able to stand that test. In that spirit, let me end by giving you my favourite quote from George Orwell: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

Thank you.
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