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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


A Day That Will Live in Infamy


I watched President Lee Bollinger of Columbia University introduce Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the podium at Columbia University this afternoon. I also subsequently watched the madman himself speak (what passes for) his ‘mind’.

President Bollinger delivered a fairly powerful address, but its impact for me was greatly tempered by the fact that I believe he was playing to a world audience, attempting to defray much of the justified criticism of his decision to invite Iran’s president to speak on his campus. Much of what he said was diluted by his, and his university’s, history of -- and continuing notable deference toward -- anti-American, left-leaning ideology and policymaking. Today’s words did not match yesterday’s, or tomorrow’s, deeds.

His speech’s impact was also tempered for me by the questionable reputation of some of its references/sources.

With that said, I have transcribed below what I believe were his most important, and most powerful, points – many of which I, and most of the readers here, might well have written ourselves (no doubt with much more sincerity).

As for Ahmadinejad’s speech, I’ll not grant it space here except to say that I deeply resent his blatant attempt to proselytize, his convoluted, perverse references to Holy Scripture amid those egregious attempts, his gross inability to appear ‘learned’, and his hypocrisy in attempting to lecture Americans on the path to world peace. He is nothing more than a vile, vicious, bloodthirsty, delusional megalomaniac.

The final affront of the afternoon was, post-speeches, watching the media interview snot-nosed, know-it-all Columbia students who were urging us -- the great unwashed, in their minds -- to 'give peace a chance', open up dialogue and diplomacy, and remember that communication with our enemies is our best means of obtaining world peace.

I, and most readers here, lived through the debacle that was Vietnam, and all I have to say to those arrogant young know-it-alls is ...


Below are President Bollinger’s generally truthful (if insincere) remarks:


Let me now turn to Mr. Ahmadinejad.

  • First on the brutal crackdown on scholars, journalists and human rights advocates…

  • The arrest and imprisonment of Iranian Americans for no good reason is not only unjustified; it runs completely counter to the very values that allowed today’s speaker to even appear on this campus.

    But at least they are alive. According to Amnesty International, 210 people have been executed in Iran so far this year – 21 of them on the morning of September 5th alone. This annual total includes at least two children -- further proof, as Human Rights Watch puts it, that Iran leads the world in executing minors.

    There is more.

    Iran hanged up to thirty people this past July and August during a widely-reported suppression of efforts to establish a more democratic society. Many of these executions were carried out in public view, a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party.

    These executions and others have coincided with a wider crackdown on student activists and academics accused of trying to foment a so-called ‘soft revolution’. This has included jailing, and forced retirement of scholars …

    … There are not enough prisons to prevent an entire society that wants its freedom from achieving it.

    We at this university have not been shy to protest and challenge the failures of our own government to live by our values, and we won’t be shy about criticizing yours.

    Let’s then be clear at the beginning:

    Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator. And so I ask you, why have women, members of the Bahá’í faith, homosexuals, and so many of our academic colleagues become targets of persecution in your country?

    Why, in a letter last week to the Secretary General of the UN, did Iran’s leading political dissident and over three hundred public intellectuals, writers and Nobel laureates express such grave concern that your inflamed dispute with the west is distracting the world’s attention from the intolerable conditions in your regime in Iran? In particular the use of the press law to ban writers from criticizing the ruling system.

    Why are you so afraid of Iranian citizens expressing their opinions for change?

  • Secondly, the denial of the Holocaust …

  • In a December 2005 state television broadcast, you described the holocaust as a ‘fabricated legend’. One year later you held a two-day conference of Holocaust deniers. For the illiterate and ignorant, this is dangerous propaganda. When you have come to a place like this, this makes you, quite simply, ridiculous.

    You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated …

    … The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history. Because of this, and for many other reasons, your absurd comments about the ‘debate’ over the Holocaust both defy historical truth and make all of us who continue to fear humanity’s capacity for evil shudder at this closure of memory, which is always virtue’s first line of defense.

    Will you cease this outrage?

  • The destruction of Israel …

  • Twelve days ago, you said that Israel cannot continue its life. This echoed a number of inflammatory statements you have delivered in the past two years, including in October 2005, when you said that Israel should be ‘wiped off the map’.

    My question then is, ‘Do you plan on wiping us off the map too?’

  • Funding terrorism …

  • According to reports by the Council on Foreign Relations, it is well-documented that Iran is a state sponsor of terror that funds such violent groups as Lebanese Hezbollah, which Iran helped organize in the 1980s, Palestinian Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad …

    … Your government is now undermining American troops in Iraq by funding, arming, and providing safe transit to insurgents like Muqtada al-Sadr and his forces.

    There are a number of reports that you also link your government with Syria’s efforts to de-stabilize the fledgling Lebanese government, through violence and political assassination.

    My question is this: Why do you support well-documented terrorist organizations that continue to strike at peace and democracy in the Middle East, destroying lives and the civil society of the region?

  • The proxy war against United States troops in Iraq …

  • A number of Columbia graduates and current students are among the brave members of the military who are serving, or who have served, in Iraq and Afghanistan. They, like other Americans with sons, daughters, fathers, husbands, and wives serving in combat, rightly see your government as the enemy.

    Can you tell them and us why Iran is fighting a proxy war in Iraq by arming Shi’a militia, targeting and killing U.S. troops?

  • And finally, Iran’s nuclear program and international sanctions …

  • This week the United Nations Security Council is contemplating expanding sanctions for a third time because of your government’s refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment program. Why does your country continue to refuse to adhere to international standards for nuclear weapons verification, in defiance of agreements that you have made with the UN Nuclear Agency? And why have you chosen to make the people of your country vulnerable to the effects of international economic sanctions … and threaten to engulf the world in nuclear annihilation?

    Let me close with the comment – frankly, and in all candor, Mr. President, I doubt that you will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions. But your avoiding them will, in itself, be meaningful to us.

    I do expect you to exhibit the fanatical mindset that characterizes so much of what you say and do. Fortunately, I am told by experts on your country that this will only further undermine your position in Iran, with all the many good-hearted and intelligent citizens there.

    A year ago, I am reliably told, your preposterous and belligerent statements at one of the meetings of the Council on Foreign Relations so embarrassed sensible Iranian citizens that this led to your party’s defeat in the December elections.

    May this do that … and more.

    I am only a professor, who is also a university president. And today I feel all the weight of the modern civilized world, yearning to express the revulsion at what you stand for. I only wish I could do better.

    Thank you.


    ~ joanie


    Anonymous said...

    I was listening to Rush today Joanie, and at times it almost sounded like he was taken in by Bollinger's speech. I'm glad to see that you weren't.

    John Cooper said...

    I am only a professor, who is also a university president. And today I feel all the weight of the modern civilized world, yearning to express the revulsion at what you stand for. I only wish I could do better.

    Gee Mr. Bollinger, I'm just a dumb redneck from WNC, but we have something in common. I feel that same revulsion for what you stand for.

    You see no moral difference between a murderer and a victim, and you've devoted your life to twisting the minds of our young people around to your nihilistic way of thinking.

    You could have done better - you could have not given this petty thug the opportunity to spew his lies in front of your students.

    David said...

    Good Job, Joanie.
    I followed you here from FREE REPUBLIC

    Al said...

    Lee Bollinger can kiss my .

    Anonymous said...

    Awesome, Joanie. Better you listened to it than me, but I'm interested in reading what he said, even if it was half- (quarter, eighth, miniscule) hearted.

    He's a traitor and head of a leftwing university. There's no forgiving inviting a man who is killing our troops.

    daveburkett said...

    Thanks for the great analysis, Joanie. I couldn't listen this afternoon, and don't know whether I would have anyway, but it's good to know what the enemy is doing (the Iranian one and the New York one).

    Sandra said...

    US Academia is heavily bankrolled by muslim oil money. Saudi Arabia pours tens of millions into Georgetown University, Harvard, Princeton, and others.

    If you have time look up professor Gary Sick, director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

    He has been promoting Iran for years.


    'Why Does Columbia host Ahmadinejad?'
    By Mohammad Parvin, Hassan Daioleslam (09/23/07)

    Iran's President Mahmood Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak at Columbia University on Monday September 24th. This arrangement is not accidental. The event would have not been possible without the tireless and focused efforts of the well known Tehran advocate Dr. Gary Sick, an influential figure in Columbia.

    As it has already been examined in a recent article "Pro-Ayatollahs Disinformation and Manipulation Campaign by Washington Think Tankers"1, the Iranian lobby in US could not exist without generous assistance of some American interest groups and proxies such as Dr Gary Sick, the American Iranian Council in which Sick is a board member of, and his circle of cohorts.

    In the past two decades Dr. Sick has been a tenacious activist in advancing the interests of Iranian Ayatollahs. His dossier of friendship with Tehran includes positions such as the directorship of The Gulf/2000 Project established in 1993 in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University . This project is mainly financed by the oil industry and is focused in engaging Tehran.

    Al said...

    What this amounted to was allowing this monkey to further his Holocaust-denial and 9-11 denial to a worldwide audience.

    Through the eyes of the muslim world he walked into the enemy's very home and spat his stuff.
    What a hero. And WHO set him up to do that?

    Anonymous said...

    I saw the entire charade too Joanie and I share your disdain for Bollinger. He was indeed putting on an act for the world, but he didn't fool me, or you either.

    Anonymous said...

    "He is nothing more than a vile, vicious, bloodthirsty, delusional megalomaniac."

    I can put it simpler.

    He is a piece of ----.

    Al said...

    Message to me from a friend:

    To me this demonstrates the collapse of the American backbone, the leader of a terrorist state talks his way into the U.S. and onto the pulpit of a major university, this is damn insanity.

    I guess next Columbia will invite Osama Bin Laden, Chavez, Castro etc.

    Anonymous said...

    Columbia's president is a traitor who is in our face with his invitation to Achmadinejad and banning of the Minutemen and the ROTC!

    sammy said...

    This from the same people who would not allow the Minutemen to speak or the ROTC or Military recruiters on campus.

    It don't matter how you wash it, it is still gunna look dirty. Right now, Amadjihad is probably laughin' his but off because Columbine gave him a platform to look legit while his people are smuglin' SAMs into Iraq.

    SharonGold said...

    Good words, Sammy.

    My eyes were opened today. I watched part of Bollinger's speech during a break at work with a few of my co-workers. EVERY ONE OF THEM was snowed by him, and when we left to go back to work they were all saying that he's gotten a bad rap in the media.

    They couldn't see through it.

    cw-patriot said...

    I posted this essay on another forum, and received the following reply there (I like the guy's style :) ...

    Well, you know what I think? The little turd came over here a few months ago and got all hugged up on Chavez. And then flew back to Iran on an airplane. Why did that airplane make the trip unscathed?

    Hell, say what you will about Billy Clinton, but ol’ Ron Brown got a good “flying lesson”, didn’t he? Why couldn’t this type of “accident” have occurred over the broad Atlantic Ocean?

    Do you think this little sh*t wouldn’t do it to us if he could?

    Let’s start fighting, dammit!

    cw-patriot said...

    Thanks, David. Come back again. :)

    cw-patriot said...

    Lee Bollinger can kiss my .

    Apparently you'll have to get in line, Al.

    cw-patriot said...

    It don't matter how you wash it, it is still gunna look dirty. Right now, Amadjihad is probably laughin' his but off because Columbine gave him a platform to look legit while his people are smuglin' SAMs into Iraq.

    There's a (worthwhile) echo in here. Had to repeat it, Sammy. Thanks.

    Al said...

    "say what you will about Billy Clinton, but ol’ Ron Brown got a good “flying lesson”, didn’t he?"

    The retard who wrote that isn't too bright.

    Ron Brown wasn't an enemy of the US, like Bill "Cocaine Boy" Clinton was.

    Bill Clinton did NOTHING to the enemies of the US.

    Bill Clinton did nothing to the bombers of the World Trade Center (first attempt) which took place THREE MONTHS after Bill became president.

    Bill Clinton did nothing to the bombers of the US embassies in Africa.

    Bill Clinton did nothing to the bombers of the USSCole.

    Bill Clinton did nothing to the killers of the US Rangers in Somalia.

    Bill Clinton did nothing to Osama bin Laden even though he was offered bin Laden on a platter THREE TIMES.

    But Bill sure burned the hell out of all those little kids at Waco.

    And Bill sure did bomb the hell out of the Serbs ( who had saved over 500 downed US fliers in WWII ) and gave Serbia's Kosovo to muslim Albanians who didn't belong there.

    And Bill DID meet with Arafart more times than any other world leader.

    And Bill sure showed who boss when he sent little Elian back to Castro.

    Ron Brown was about to be indicted for being one of Bill Clinton's major bag men. Ron Brown said clearly that he wasn't going to go down alone, and that he was going to take Bill with him.

    And Bill Clinton sure handled Vince Foster.

    And HOW MANY other associates of Cocaine Bill 'committed suicide' over the years?

    And Bill sure took care of Jim McDougald, A COUPLE DAYS before McDougald was about to testify about Bill's crooked dealings.

    HOW MANY people connected with Bill ended up dead in in one-car 'accidents,' helicopter 'accidents,' and other doubtful accidents and suicides over the last several decades?

    Yes, it would take a real retard to write that half-witted sentence.


    cw-patriot said...

    I believe you missed the point of the Ron Brown comment, and I'd appreciate it if you would refrain from calling posters here 'retards' simply because you disagree with them -- or, in this case, because you seem to have missed the intent of his reference.

    Nowhere in his comment was he praising the likes of Bill Clinton, or exhibiting ignorance of Clintons crimes. He was simply stating that Clinton (as he was prone to do in dozens of other ‘accidental’ deaths) used an airplane ‘accident’ to his advantage. The poster was simply suggesting that we might have employed the same strategy on a plane transporting Ahmadinejad. Whether or not Ron Brown was ‘deserving’ of that fate was not the poster’s point. His point was that Clinton used the plane as a tool of extermination, to his political advantage.

    The fact that, from such a statement, you feel the need to insult the poster and ‘educate’ him on the impotence of Bill Clinton to confront terrorism, or retaliate for attacks on our military, or capture Bin Laden, or the evil he represented in incinerating American citizens, or cozying up to our ideological enemies, is beyond the pale.

    The poster may or may not be aware of those facts (although I suspect from the tone of his post that he is), but his post did not allude to anything even related to that issue, even indirectly.

    Yours was an informative (to those who may not have been aware of its contents) post, but needlessly combative and insulting.

    Al said...

    I just saw Bollinger for a second on the news.

    Did he borrow his wig from one of the three stooges?

    Al said...

    I just saw Charley Rose doing everything except licking the ground in front of aLameJihad,
    while the little f*rt sat there and smirked.

    All the clowns are out on display today.

    arlene albrecht said...

    From a poster on another forum:

    One thing I'm sure we can all agree on is that Bollinger's hair is styled by Phyllis Diller wielding pinking shears.

    The sickly puke-colored lid on the top of his head clashes with the sickly cotton balls glued to the sides.

    Just another damp-lipped, unattractive, feminized male liberal who actually thinks that combined mental effluvia emanated into the ether by academics the world over will bring terrorists to a table and we'll have peace and, ergo, he won't have to hide under the sheets at night.

    A real piece of work is this "intellectual" (educated beyond his ability to think)......and a real profile in cowardice.

    Sheesh, and here I thought liberal women were yucky and skanky.

    I love it!

    Al said...

    Jabber, jabber, jabber all day long from from Bollinger, Charley Rose, etc etc etc

    Old Chinese saying:



    Anonymous said...

    As good an analysis of this idiot's speech as I've heard.

    Anonymous said...

    An excellent summary, thank you.

    Sammy said...

    President Ahmadinejad - Israel-hater, religious fanatic and sponsor of terror - commands the stage at Columbia, where our veterans are unwelcome.



    Anonymous said...

    Islamic News Agency report on their monkey's speech

    Ahmadinejad-Colombia Varsity-Address
    Despite entire US media objections, negative propagation and hue and cry in recent days over IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's scheduled address at Colombia University, he gave his lecture and answered students questions here on Monday afternoon.

    On second day of his entry in New York, and amid standing ovation of the audience that had attended the hall where the Iranian President was to give his lecture as of early hours of the day, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is not going to attack any country in the world.

    Before President Ahamadinejad's address, Colombia University Chancellor in a brief address told the audience that they would have the chance to hear Iran's stands as the Iranian President would put them forth.

    He said that the Iranians are a peace loving nation, they hate war, and all types of aggression.

    Referring to the technological achievements of the Iranian nation in the course of recent years, the president considered them as a sign for the Iranians' resolute will for achieving sustainable development and rapid advancement.

    The audience on repeated occasion applauded Ahmadinejad when he touched on international crises.

    At the end of his address President Ahmadinejad answered the students' questions on such issues as Israel, Palestine, Iran's nuclear program, the status of women in Iran and a number of other matters.


    Ferdie said...

    The alignment of the American Left with Islamic fascists might seem strange, but David Horowitz, in his book "Unholy Alliance," draws many comparisons between the two, starting with what Daniel Pipes called "a similar totalitarian mindset" and ending with their common hatred of the United States.


    Why I Have A Little Crush on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    by sallykohn
    Sun Sep 23, 2007

    I know I'm a Jewish lesbian and he'd probably have me killed. But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon...

    sallykohn's diary

    Okay, I admit it. Part of it is that he just looks cuddly. Possibly cuddly enough to turn me straight. I think he kind of looks like Kermit the Frog. Sort of. With smaller eyes. But that’s not all…

    I want to be very clear. There are certainly many things about Ahmadinejad that I abhor — locking up dissidents, executing of gay folks, denying the fact of the Holocaust, potentially adding another dangerous nuclear power to the world and, in general, stifling democracy. Even still, I can’t help but be turned on by his frank rhetoric calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration and, for that matter, generations of US foreign policy preceding.
    Recall that, back in May, Ahmadinejad sent a letter to President Bush:

    For some time now, I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist… Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), the great Messenger of God,
    Feel obliged to respect human rights,
    Present liberalism as a civilization model,
    Announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs,
    Make "War on Terror" his slogan,
    And finally, work towards the establishment of a unified international community --- a community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern,
    But at the same time,
    Have countries attacked. The lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed and on the slight chance of the presence of a few criminals in a village, city, or convoy for example, the entire village, city or convoy set ablaze.

    It’s a great question, which I’ve wondered myself. He goes on:

    Because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one country, it is occupied, around 100,000 people killed, its water sources, agriculture and industry destroyed, close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of private homes of citizens broken, and the country pushed back perhaps 50 years. At what price? Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certain other countries and tens of thousands of young men and women --- as occupation troops --- put in harms way, taken away from family and loved ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to so much psychological pressure that everyday some commit suicide and those returning home suffer depression, become sickly and grapple with all sorts of ailments; while some are killed and their bodies handed to their families.

    Ahmadinejad, it would appear, cares more about American troops than President Bush.
    There are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have not been tried, have no legal representation, their families cannot see them and are obviously kept in a strange land outside their own country. There is no international monitoring of their conditions and fate. No one knows whether they are prisoners, POWs, accused or criminals.
    European investigators have confirmed the existence of secret prisons in Europe too. I could not correlate the abduction of a person, and him or her being kept in secret prisons, with the provisions of any judicial system. For that matter, I fail to understand how such actions correspond to the values outlined in the beginning of this letter, i.e. the teachings of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), human rights and liberal values.

    Again, Ahmadinejad, who has flagrantly trounced due process and the rule of law in his own nation is still way ahead of Bush on this point, too.

    He then goes on to say that even if six million Jews perished in World War II (a point he concedes in this letter), that doesn’t give Israel the right to displace and terrorize Palestinians. He doesn’t call for violence against Israelis. He calls for ending violence against Palestinians.
    He takes up the charge of other communities struggling for freedom and justice:

    Don't Latin Americans have the right to ask why their elected government are being opposed and coup leaders supported? Or, Why must they constantly be threatened and live in fear?
    The people of Africa are hard-working, creative and talented. They can play an important and valuable role in providing for the needs of humanity and contribute to its material and spiritual progress. Poverty and hardship in large parts of Africa are preventing this from happening. Don't they have the right to ask why their enormous wealth -- including minerals -- is being looted, despite the fact that they need it more than others?
    Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of Christ and the tenets of human rights?

    He seems to extend genuine condolences for September 11th:

    September Eleven was a horrendous incident. The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world. Our government immediately declared its disgust with the perpetrators and offered its condolences to the bereaved and expressed its sympathies.
    And yes, he hints at a conspiracy theory that US intelligence forces may have been involved or complicit --- but it’s not a huge departure from the 9/11 commission and our collective recognition that, for all their failings leading up to the attack, the FBI and CIA got away clean.

    Ahmadinejan also pins the tail on the US media:

    After 9.11, instead of healing and tending to the emotional wounds of the survivors and the American people … some Western media only intensified the climate of fear and insecurity --- some constantly talked about the possibility of new terror attacks and kept the people in fear. Is that service to the American people? … American citizens lived in constant fear of fresh attacks that could come at any moment and in any place. They felt insecure in the street, in their place of work and at home. Who would be happy with this situation? Why was the media, instead of conveying a feeling of security and providing peace of mind, giving rise to a feeling of insecurity?

    He’s accusing the media of being a mouthpiece of Bush’s “war on terror” instead of accurately informing the American public and, for instance, blames the media for supporting the campaign of misinformation that helped to justify the war in Iraq. Again, this isn’t out there, lunatic, flaming anti-American rhetoric.

    This is simply a powerful and accurate critique of the United States --- a critique that the Bush Administration and the media would rather silence. Perhaps the Bush Administration’s campaign against Ahmadinejad --- just like its campaign against Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and others --- isn’t as much about whether he’s a danger to the world. There are plenty of leaders who are more dangerous (see, e.g., Kim Jong Il or the ruling junta in Burma). And certainly, as Bush himself illustrates, there are good and bad qualities in all leaders (for the record, Bush was good on immigration for a minute).
    Could it be that, to the Bush Administration, one of the most dangerous things about Ahmadinejad is that he is calling the Bush Administration out? And so, if Ahmadinejad can’t be silenced, at least he can be discredited. I’m not saying he’s a good guy at all. I’m only saying it’s hard to know the full story when the Bush Administration seems so invested in smearing Ahmadinejad --- and the media, as we’ve already learned with Iraq, is happy to choose its facts in convenient accordance. Maybe we shouldn't buy into the Bush team's characterization of Ahmadinejad as part of their drumbeat escalating toward potential war. Maybe we should listen to Ahmadinjead ourselves and sift through what, if anything, is worth hearing.

    Ahmadinejad ends his letter to Bush by noting how both their presidencies will be judged by history:

    Did we manage to bring peace, security and prosperity for the people or insecurity and unemployment?
    Did we intend to establish justice or just supported special interest groups, and by forcing many people to live in poverty and hardship made a few people rich and powerful --- thus trading the approval of the people and the Almighty with theirs?
    Did we defend the rights of the underprivileged or ignore them?
    Did we defend the rights of all people around the world or imposed wars on them, interfered illegally in their affairs, established hellish prisons and incarcerated some of them?
    Did we bring the world peace and security or raised the specter of intimidation and threats?
    Did we tell the truth to our nation and others around the world or presented an inverted version of it?
    Were we on the side of people or the occupiers and oppressors?
    Did our administrations set out to promote rational behavior, logic, ethics, peace, fulfilling obligations, justice, service to the people, prosperity, progress and respect for human dignity or the force of guns, Intimidation, insecurity, disregard for the people, delaying the progress and excellence of other nations, and trample on people's rights?
    And finally, they will judge us on whether we remained true to our oath of office -- to serve the people, which is our main task, and the traditions of the prophets -- or not?

    It striking when a leader with an abysmal human rights record is the one championing the rights of the poor and oppressed to the president of the United States who proclaims to be the world’s savior. Dangerous, indeed --- certainly to the status quo he critiques.

    Monday, when Ahmadinejad speaks at Columbia University in New York, I’ll be listening. Maybe with a bottle of wine and some soft music playing in the background. If I can get past the fact that, as a Jewish lesbian, he’d probably have me killed, I’ll try to listen for some truth.

    Sammy said...

    RAW ANTI-SEMITISM in Associated Press article
    This is how anti-Semitism has progressed into the mainstream "news" media

    Congress Denounces Iran's Ahmadinejad

    Sep 25 2007
    by ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer


    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress signaled its disapproval of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a vote Tuesday to tighten sanctions against his government and a call to designate his army a terrorist group.

    The swift rebuke was a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in a Congress bitterly divided on the Iraq war. It reflected lawmakers' long-standing nervousness about Tehran's intentions in the region, particularly toward Israel—a sentiment fueled by the pro-Israeli lobby whose influence reaches across party lines in Congress.

    "Iran faces a choice between a very big carrot and a very sharp stick," said Rep. Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "It is my hope that they will take the carrot. But today, we are putting the stick in place."
    The House passed, by a 397-16 vote, a proposal by Lantos, D-Calif., aimed at blocking foreign investment in Iran, in particular its lucrative energy sector. The bill would specifically bar the president from waiving U.S. sanctions.


    Al said...

    Here is the list of those in US Congress who VOTED AGAINST sanctioning Iran today:

    Note that those who voted NAY to the sanctions include




    KEITH ELLISON (muslim congressman from Minnesota)


    Here is the complete list

    Bartlett (MD)
    Miller, George
    Moore (WI)

    John Cooper said...

    All of the comments I've read so far - here, and elsewhere - fail to identify exactly why it was immoral to let Ahmadinejad speak at Columbia.

    The very basis of a successful (e.g. civilized) society is an agreement among all members-in-good-standing not to kill each other. To believe otherwise brands one as no better than an animal.

    This most ancient and basic rule forms the basis of American society and was written down in our Declaration of Independence as the first of the Unalienable Rights of Men.

    The concept of "individual rights" also demands the individual responsibility of respecting those same rights in others. As our good friend M says, a "peace treaty". That's just another way of stating the old "Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

    But in a just and civilized society, what should be done with one who refuses to respect your right to life? In Western civilization, such people are called criminals or outlaws, and are dealt with according to the common law accumulated and fine-tuned over the centuries.

    If a society is unwilling to punish outlaws, then that society breaks down and it's members are forced to either flee or return to the law of the jungle in order to survive.

    For Columbia University to treat as a civilized man one who openly calls for the death of others on a massive scale is a direct threat to civilized society everywhere. It's an attack on our fundamental right to life.

    The news reports about students laughing at Ahmadinejad over the issues of gays - but not over the fact that this outlaw was treated as a civilized person - just proves that the students, administrators, and news media have no idea what all this is about.

    Anonymous said...

    Great essay. Great comments. I learned a lot.

    John Cooper said...

    (via LGF) Mini-Hitler Among Friends describing his appearance at the U.N.:

    "First statement: “Oh God, hasten the arrival of Imam al Mahdi...”

    He’s praying for the end of the world, just as he did at Columbia University."

    "We need to be receptive to and tolerant of all points of view." --Bollinger

    Al said...

    Everyone here should read this in detail.

    Muslim vote(48,000)in Virginia put Jim Webb in and beat George Allen (Webb won by 9,000 votes)

    Muslim Scouts Political Program Raises Eyebrows
    IPT September 23, 2007 Linda Keay


    Seeking to flip a Republican Senate seat, the Muslim American Society used Boy and Girl Scout troops last year as part of a massive get-out-the-vote campaign targeting Muslim voters in Virginia and elsewhere.

    National leaders at the Boy and Girl Scouts of America say they've never heard of using Scout troops in such political activity and it violates Scout policy. They promised to look into the MAS program.

    MAS Executive Director Mahdi Bray isn't keeping the fact that he tapped Scouts to run phone banks a secret. In fact, he's bragging about it. And while he claims the calls were non-partisan, he also is comfortable saying "Democrats would be a better choice" for his constituency.

    In Virginia, incumbent George Allen was struggling to hold onto his Senate seat against former Navy Secretary Jim Webb. "We delivered 80 percent of the eligible voting Muslims to the polls," Bray said in July at an Islamic Circle of North America-Muslim American Society convention in Hartford, Conn. "48,000 Muslims voted in Virginia. 93 percent of them voted for Webb, seven percent voted for Allen. Webb won by a slim margin of 9,000 votes. Now I don't care how you slice it, dice it and I don't care whether you are a mathematician or not, you can figure this out, that if 48,000 Muslims voted and 90 percent of them voted for the successful candidate, then certainly, and he only won by a 9,000 vote margin – we made a difference."

    . . .

    The Muslim American Society was founded in 1993 by the members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian-rooted organization that aims to reestablish the Caliphate, a global state governed by Islamic law.

    Bray, its leader, has called the war on terror "a war on Islam" and at a 2000 rally, gestured enthusiastically in support of Hizballah and Hamas. In addition, he has defended Hizballah
    on his Washington, D.C. area radio show.

    Bray openly described the scouting program last November in a release posted on the MAS website. "MAS Dialing for Muslim Votes" described how the organization was using a Muslim Voters Database to target calls nationally and encouraged people to vote on November 7, 2006.

    "The MAS CEE (MAS Center for Electoral Empowerment) phone banks are being operated by MAS Youth, chapter members and volunteers. Even MAS Boy and Girl Scout Troops are making calls," the release said.

    "Through our MAS Youth department, Boys and Girls Scout Troops, we are training an upcoming generation that will be spiritually grounded and political (sic) savvy."

    That last statement appeared to rankle Boy Scout of America Scout Executive Alan Lambert, who said he's never heard of Scouts participating in phone banks before. Although he believes learning civic responsibility is an integral aspect of Scouting, he doesn't like people taking advantage of children.

    "We would expect that no organization would use children to play out their political desires," Lambert said. "From my perspective…we would sever our relationship with anyone who uses children to advance political agendas."

    "If it's going on and it's inappropriate, we'll stop it tomorrow," he added.

    MAS claimed these were national efforts, with MAS Scouts performing similar work in other states, including Tennessee. On Election Day, a MAS release said its troops in Nashville "ran two campaigns of calling on Muslims in Tennessee to go and vote for today's elections."

    They even posted pictures of the uniformed kids at work.

    "The first campaign was on Sunday Nov. 5th, 2006 and the second was on Monday Nov. 6th, 2006. The Scouts used scripts and phone lists that were provided by MAS National in their call center campaign," the Election Day release said.

    Girl Scouts of the USA's national office was in agreement with the Boy Scouts. Spokeswoman Megan Neuffer, said, "They are not allowed to participate directly or indirectly in phone calls or anything like that in any political campaign." That includes generic get-out-the-vote non-partisan calls, said Neuffer.

    MAS is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Girl Scouts from there and in Washington, D.C. are under the purview of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. That office's Manager for Program Services, Brigid Howe, said any troop activities must follow Scout rules. That includes those splinter groups such as Muslim Scouts, or what Bray calls "MAS Scouts."

    "I have not heard about anything like this," she said. Her reaction was similar to the national office's. It is not allowed, she said.

    But Mary Layton, public relations director at the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital saw no problem. "Phone activity in and of itself is not off limits as long as it's part of a generic ‘get out the vote' campaign," she said, "and not part of a partisan effort, including the phone bank component would not be off limits."

    Layton pointed to things such as handing out League of Women Voter pamphlets and organizing mock elections, activities described by the Patriot's Trail Girl Scout Council (in Massachusetts). But in fact, phone banks aren't part of the ‘I Promised A Girl Scout I'd Vote' patch program.

    Michelle Tompkins, a spokeswoman at Girl Scouts of the USA New York headquarters disagreed with Layton's position, saying, "It's likely that it would be against the rules for kids to be involved in any kind of phone bank situation." When in doubt, "it's a pretty good idea" to go with the national office as authority for such a question, Tompkins said.

    Scouts have even declined requests to hand out pamphlets, said Jim Waters, Assistant Scout Executive with New York's Hudson Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America. There are events in which Scouts raise the American flag at things like political conventions, but it's performed as a civic duty, not in efforts to elect particular people.

    When such requests come in, Lambert said he has to discern between faith groups, "and an organization that may be using kids to advance their political agenda." A good unit leader who doesn't know about these things, he said, would call for clarification.

    "We don't publish policies on every particular instance and I'm probably not going to find anything I could give you that says, ‘You cannot participate in making phone calls for organizations like this.' What we do is we encourage leaders and adults to be reasonable and not put kids in situations that could be misconstrued."

    Lambert, Neuffer and Howe said no permission or advice was requested from the national scouting organizations before the political activity took place.

    After the elections, the MAS Center for Electoral Empowerment publicized the impact the ‘Muslim Voter Mobilization Campaign' had in the Virginia Senate race. A surge in Muslim voters, who traditionally vote for Democrats, swung the race to challenger James Webb, MAS claims.

    Mahdi Bray has claimed at times that these efforts are non-partisan, but at other times he's stated political preferences.

    "There's nothing wrong with having kids, nine, ten years old on the phones, like we did for our last youth and our last Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts making phone calls and saying, ‘Go to the polls and vote,'" he said at the July convention. "There's nothing wrong with having young people, 13 and 14 years old to go from place to place to pass out canvassing information."

    While MAS affiliated Boy and Girl Scout troops nationally worked political phone banks, he emphasized the Virginia effort, where he said scripts read in part, "I can't vote, but my future can be decided by your vote. You vote."

    He claimed the effort was non-partisan and said Muslims need to be flexible. But: "What I'm saying is that we realize, based on the analysis that the Muslims, the taskforce had come up with, that indeed that it would be better in terms of civil rights – who will be chairing certain important committees that raises civil liberties and like that, that in this case – the Democrats would be a better choice."

    There doesn't seem to be any legal issue involved. But Rosanna Bencoach, Policy Manager for the Virginia State Board of Elections, said it amounts to "using them. He [Bray] was using the children."

    Bencoach says she volunteered in politics when she was young, but it was as an individual, not through a group, although she's also a former Girl Scout. She said, "Girl Scouting and the political volunteerism were totally separate."

    "I wish you didn't have to find these things. I wish these things weren't happening," Bencoach said. "But I guess I'm too much of an idealist."

    In getting young people to become politically active, Bray added, "In the years to come, you ain't seen nothing yet."

    "I'm a strong advocate for young people being groomed to be civically involved so that they can run the office. They have a legacy and they have the right to lead America. But they have to be groomed for it. And you prepare them for the political process."

    Lambert, on the other hand, says the Scout troops aren't the place for such grooming. "I'm more concerned about the judgment of the adults that are serving as the leaders and role models of these kids. Whether or not they understand, we're not going to be placed in a position to advance any particular political agenda – we won't allow them to place us in that position."

    cw-patriot said...

    Re: Muslim Vote in Virginia:

    We’re experiencing an incalculable and continuing influx of illegals who will be wielding more and more power as time passes – with many of their leaders, especially within groups like La Raza, openly expressing the intent to ‘take back’ portions of our republic, let alone enjoy a major say in its government policymaking and decisions.

    In every major election, urban blacks, many of whom cannot even tell you who the Vice President is at any given time, are transported to the polls by the busloads.

    Most members of the enormous, and growing, ‘entitlement class’ in America regularly vote based solely on which candidates promise them the most government largesse.

    And now Muslims are getting out the vote, and ninety-plus percent of their number are voting in elections, no doubt for left-leaning candidates who loathe America’s foundations, are determined to find the most politically opportune way to lose the war in Iraq, and would sell the sovereignty of our republic and the safety of its citizens for the promise of increased personal and ideological power.

    I daresay that probably every reader of this blog represents America’s ‘forgotten man’, for whom there is no provision in the mad clamber for government largesse, for whom there exists no agenda to balkanize or proselytize, and who simply wants to raise his family, live in peace with his neighbors, be allowed – unfettered -- to use his abilities to succeed and prosper, and to maintain his individual liberties.

    Our elections are a fraud until that ‘forgotten man’ is welcomed back – which means they will remain fraudulent forever. Ask de Tocqueville.

    ~ joanie

    cw-patriot said...

    John, your commentary is insightful and spot on, as always – especially your last paragraph. The useful idiots, as represented by a segment of the faculty, students, and media present at yesterday’s harangue, combined with the faculty, students, and media who actually do support the madman’s agenda, at least in part, have no business calling themselves Americans, or even ‘civilized’. The former are too ignorant to wear the label, and the latter too evil.

    An aside …

    When I was teaching the adult Sunday school class at our former church, I taught one lesson on Proverbs 13:20: ‘He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.’ – often expressed today as, ‘You are known by the company you keep.’

    Without going into (unsolicited) detail, the message of the lesson (with many supporting scriptural passages) was that we are to seek out those of pure heart and integrity, with whom to keep company, and from whom to seek instruction and guidance. Keeping company, or maintaining dialogue, with those we know to be dishonest or ‘unclean’, is contrary to the Lord’s commands. And tolerance of such people is a fool’s game.

    Bollinger’s own scathing evaluation of Ahmadinejad, had it been sincere, would have been sufficient evidence of the fact that he is well aware of the Iranian president’s vile nature. And yet, despite that awareness, he not only sought out his company – and set an example for all Columbia students to do the same – but he also stated emphatically that the purpose of the invitation was to open a dialogue, and perhaps learn, from this vile man. Scripture not only cautions against such irrational behavior, but states that we ourselves are degraded and judged by participating in it.

    ~ joanie

    Anonymous said...

    Bollinger is a traitor who tried to cover his tracks and failed miserably.

    Al said...

    Bollinger is a halfwit.

    As are all good members of academia.

    And they are VERY PROUD of themselves.

    As far they know, they are very deep thinkers.

    Very superior people.

    Just ask them.

    They can hardly contain themselves in their superiority over anyone who might dare not to lick the ground for the current politically correct line.

    They know where their bread is buttered.

    And they scamper like rats to show how they toe politically correct line.

    You have heard halfwit Bollinger give his speech, wearing a wig borrowed from one of the three stooges (Moe--to be specific).

    Now you need to hear a speech by one of the Duke 88.

    If you took all of these poisonous halfwits out on a boat in the middle of the ocean and sank it

    NOTHING would be lost.

    smithy said...

    You'd poison tons of innocent fishes.

    Al said...

    “We’re experiencing an incalculable and continuing influx of illegals who will be wielding more and more power as time passes – with many of their leaders, especially within groups like La Raza, openly expressing the intent to ‘take back’ portions of our republic, let alone enjoy a major say in its government policymaking and decisions.”

    I know a man who works with a “security” industry company on an international level.

    Here is some of what I have heard from him—and it rings true.

    Terrorist groups work to surround the capital city of the country they want to take over.

    This may sound ridiculous to you, but that is how they operate.


    They work by clear and very visible STAGES.

    Stage ONE is to surround the capital city of the country by moving into sections around it and breeding for a number of years. The areas they settle in and live in gradually become theirs. As time passes their area gradually become impregnable to the police of the city.

    That is stage ONE. It can take many years.

    Stage TWO is when they are sufficiently settled in their areas and with sufficient numbers that they can start creating disturbances in the nearby areas.

    Paris, France showed it had already moved into Stage TWO with the riots and car burnings and attacks by the [muslim] “youths” beginning a couple years ago.

    Washington DC is in stage ONE with MS 13 breeding heavily in Virginia surrounding Washington, as well as in Montgomery County, Maryland.

    Meanwhile, parts of Virginia are also heavy muslim breeding grounds. As mentioned above, the last Senatorial election in Virginia was decided by Virginia’s highly organized 48,000 muslim voters, with Jim Webb beating George Allen by 9,000 votes.

    Sections of Montgomery County, Maryland, are unrecognizable as compared to few years ago, with many formerly decent neighborhoods now ratholes with the population and school classes 40,50, 60 per cent non English speaking. High schools in some areas are completely under MS13 rule as many people try moving further out in the county and beyond it.

    Mexico City has a problem as it is being systematically surrounded by what is called M6, a group consisting of Ecuadorians along with some others.

    These people have all the time in the world.

    They have progressed so far in France that they have visibly moved to Stage TWO.
    In Scandinavia they are also well started on Stage TWO, with some important Scandinavian cities approaching 50 per cent or more muslim population. Look up “muslim rapes Scandinavia” sometime.

    The politicians in each of these countries (France, US, Sweden, Norway, etc) scamper to accommodate and enable these groups. Of course the “civil rights” groups such as the ACLU work day and night to enable them. “Civil rights”, “human rights”, “immigrant’s (illegal alien’s) rights” are the constant cry of those promoting the dismantling of their own countries.

    The news of the rapes, beatings, killings, robberies by members of these groups is suppressed by the “news” media of each country. You have to go to the internet to find mention of the numerous hit and run killings by illegals in the US. The same for gang rapes by illegals in the US.
    According to the Washington Post and New York TIMES and your TV news, no such things are happening in the US. Or in France. Or Sweden. Or Norway. Etc.

    At the same time, the lower level blacks in the US, encouraged by the US government, US politicians, and the US media, are clearly moving to a new stage.

    What used to be language found only deep in the worst US prisons is now standard language for the current generation of kids growing up in the US. Earlier forms of music are close to extinct while the media promotes the sale of trash prison language as rap “music.”

    In the bad US prisons it was always important to stay on your feet when attacked by a group. Once you were on the ground they would kick you to death. That is why the higher karate kicks are a joke in the real world. If anyone touches the one leg you do have on the ground, you are immediately off your feet, and then you are done for.

    The GROUPS of blacks attacking single whites are popping up more and more around the US.
    School kids are copying the prison system—Six or Seven against one—get the victim on the ground—and kick him in the head.

    The ‘Jena Six’ are heroes of the US media and promoted by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for doing precisely that. Six against one—kick the victim in the head. But no one in the media seems to comprehend that.

    Here are examples from the past TWO DAYS:

    ("They were kicking me and punching me in the face. They weren't aiming for nothing except my face.")


    Around Washington DC, attacks by groups of blacks on whites (often on the DC subway and nearby areas) are blacked out completely by the Washington Post. They have been going on for decades. Sometimes a local county paper in the DC suburbs will mention such an attack, and even run a picture of the victim’s smashed face.

    Coming soon, if not already present to an area near you.

    And if it happens, nobody knows, because the media won’t tell them.

    The dismantlement of the US is in full force, with three groups—“immigrants”, muslims, and lower level blacks vying to take the lead in the destruction.

    marcus aurelius said...

    Excellent rant, Al. I have heard and read "theories" such as your security friend's one many times over the past few years. Not living in or near a major city, I have not been witness to any of the activity, but putting together randon news stories, and the theories of my own friends and acquaintances, a very clear picture emerges. You have just described a big part of it.

    The biggest enemies of this country are living right within our own borders, and their strongest cohorts are those whose job it is to "inform" us.

    John Cooper said...

    Speaking of enemies within:

    My Dinner with Ahmadinejad by Richard Stengel [Time managing editor]

    "The invitation was on creamy stationery with fancy calligraphy: The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran "requests the pleasure" of my company to dine with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dinner is at the Intercontinental Hotel — with names carefully written out at all the place settings around a rectangular table. There are about 50 of us, academics and journalists mostly. There's Brian Williams [NBC Nightly News] across the room, and Christiane Amanwhore [CNN Chief International Correspondent - misspelling intentional] a few seats down. And at a little after 8pm, on a day when he has already addressed the U.N., the evening after his confrontation at Columbia, a bowing and smiling Mahmoud Admadinejad glides into the room."

    John Cooper said...

    Caroline Glick echoes my comments in Columbia's choice - and ours:

    "...Columbia has abandoned the moral underpinning of civilization and has descended into the depths of evil."

    Just in case anybody feels like writing a letter:

    Lee Bollinger, President
    Columbia University
    535 West 116 Street
    202 Low Library
    Mail Code 4309
    New York, New York 10027

    Alan Brinkley, Provost
    Columbia University
    205 Low Memorial Library
    Mail Code 4313
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027

    Robert Kasdin,
    Senior Executive Vice President
    Columbia University
    311 Low Library, MC 4342
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027

    Jerome Davis,
    Secretary of the University
    Columbia University
    211 Low Library
    535 West 116th Street
    Mail Code 4324
    New York, NY 10027

    David M. Stone,
    Executive Vice President
    Office of Communications & Public Affairs
    Columbia University
    401 Low Library
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027

    Susan K. Feagin, Vice President
    University Development and Alumni Relations
    Columbia University
    475 Riverside Drive
    Suite 964
    Mail Code 7720
    New York, NY 10115

    Dan Baker,
    Executive Director of Donor Relations
    Columbia University
    475 Riverside Drive
    New York, NY 10115

    cw-patriot said...

    Good detailed work, on the phases of the Muslim takeover of America. Too bad only .01% of the citizenry has any awareness of what is going on around them. And, once we awaken from our apathetic stupor, it will be far too late to counter them.

    Not only do the jihadists have a well-planned strategy for taking over our urban/metropolitan areas, but they are also building ‘villages’ all along the rural landscape. The 'physical' aspect of Jihad training is better accomplished in open areas, don’t you know?

    Jamaat al-Fuqra is in the process of building an Islamic ‘village’ in Sherman, PA. In doing a little research on other such ‘villages’, I have discovered that there are other, thriving, more well-established ones in upstate New York, Maryland, Virginia, South, Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, and Washington (and surely other rural and suburban areas that I have not yet discovered).

    Can you imagine how all of these ‘random dots’ will be connected once the jihadists have pencil firmly in hand … and all their ducks in a row?

    Our venerable president has told us, time and again, that we are fighting them ‘over there’ so that we don’t have to fight them here at home. That comment is becoming more and more disingenuous (hallucinatory?) by the day.

    Why aren’t these urban gangs and rural communes being treated like the Klan, the Communists of the west, the Mafia, M-13, or the Hitler youth? I’ll tell you why – because the CIA and the FBI do not dare allow themselves to be accused of racism or classism. We wouldn’t want the all-knowing media to label them fascist imperialist pigs, cracking down unnecessarily on a simple religious people who are only attempting to defend themselves against the evils of capitalism.

    The Branch Davidians and Randy Weaver were eliminated for much less.

    Here’s how our protectors intend to contain the jihadists’ bloodthirst (from the FBI’s own webpage):

    Our strategy [for the successful prevention of another terrorist attack] centers on creating avenues for a free, frank dialogue to achieve a true partnership with Muslim Americans, which includes:

    1. Regular conference calls between the FBI Director and a variety of national Arab-American and Muslim organizations, which lead to action items for us or community based organizations to carry out and follow-up on during the next call;

    2. Innovative grassroots programs by each of our 56 field offices to meet the specific needs of groups within their domains;

    3. Local Citizen Academies that allow community leaders from all walks of life to see the FBI from the inside and engage us on a very personal level;

    4. Our Community Relations Executive Seminar Training, or CREST, courses, which operate like Citizen Academies but on a smaller scale and with curriculums chosen by the participants to address their immediate concerns; and

    5. A variety of programs and conferences for teens and youth in minority communities, which encourage not only good citizenship among these young people but also possible future careers with the FBI.


    It is only when the couch potato, channel surfing American would rather blow up than be blown up that things will change … Victor Davis Hanson

    ~ joanie

    cw-patriot said...

    Could not make it through the entire Stengel piece, John (as I'm sure was the case with you). Did not want to risk heart attack or stroke, since I was already spitting all over my monitor by the second paragraph.

    Absolute slime, privileged to summarize for us the venerble Iranian leader's most salient speech points, and so very optimistic about future dialoge and diplomacy.

    How very nice.

    I'll be sleeping ever so much better tonight than I did last night, having been operating under so many apparently mistaken impressions about Saint Mahmoud.

    Al said...

    1. Regular conference calls between the FBI Director and a variety of national Arab-American and Muslim organizations

    That is rich.

    Ferdie said...

    Virginia Gov. Kaine Appoints radical muslim to "immigration" panel


    Valley delegate challenges Kaine appointee to immigration panel

    By Garren Shipley Staff Writer

    A local delegate has asked Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to re-think his appointment of the head of the Virginia-based Muslim American Society to the Virginia Commission on Immigration.

    Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, wrote to Kaine earlier today, saying he was concerned about the appointment of Dr. Esam S. Omeish, a Northern Virginia physician and the group's president, to the panel. The commission was created earlier this year to study the impact of illegal immigration on the commonwealth.

    The Muslim American Society has significant ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt, Gilbert said.

    "It is unfortunate that the Governor would choose the leader of an organization such as this to represent many the freedom-loving Muslim citizens of Virginia on this important commission," Gilbert said.

    "While the Muslim American Society claims to be the innocent face of peaceful Islam in America, their history and teachings tell a much different story. Unfortunately, it is a story about which all Americans have become much too familiar -- that of the promotion of a global Islamic state. The questionable origin and teachings of this group should give the Governor some serious concerns about his recent appointment. Even though this organization has a savvy public relations machine, the public face that it projects may disguise some very troubling hidden intentions."

    Gilbert asked Kaine to "take the necessary steps to ensure that the important work of the Commission is not tainted by other, more nefarious agendas."
    HATE SPEECH by Dr. Esam S. Omeish at


    Al said...

    Another Left Wing "War Hero"

    Dishhonorably Discharged Iraq vet plans to return his medals in protest

    Iraq vet plans to return his medals in protest


    By Ryan J. Foley - The Associated Press Sep 26, 2007

    MADISON, Wis. — An Iraq war veteran said Tuesday he is returning his military medals in what anti-war groups are calling a rare and powerful protest.

    Josh Gaines, 27, plans to mail the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He said he will do so during a protest scheduled for Wednesday in Madison.
    . . .
    Gaines said he was given an “other than honorable” discharge after failing a drug test.
    . . .
    Jonathan Dedering, a Students for a Democratic Society activist who is helping organize Wednesday’s protest, said it’s extremely rare for Iraq veterans to return their medals. . . .

    “To many Americans this will be a very big deal,” Dedering said in an e-mail message.


    There you have it----
    straight from the Associated Press.

    Maybe this Associated Press war hero can appear with John Murtha and John Kerry as MOVEon.org's "Patriot Trio" in a cut-rate full page New York TIMES ad.

    Al said...


    Muslim Rape Wave in Sweden


    Sweden Learns That Appeasement Doesn’t Pay

    Muslim immigration to the country has created the worst rape wave in Scandinavian history (which was indirectly blamed on global warming by the nation's largest newspaper some weeks ago), and the authorities have more or less abandoned their third largest city, Malmö, to Muslim gangs.

    In short: It is hardly humanly possible to appease and grovel for Muslims more than Sweden has done, yet for some strange reason, Muslims don't get less aggressive because of this. On the contrary. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned here somewhere?


    Muslim Rape Epidemic in Sweden and Norway - Authorities Look the Other Way


    The Norwegian Government - Covering Up Immigrant Rapes


    Norway: The Country of Peace Meets the Religion of Peace


    Anonymous said...

    Ahmadinejad lauded in Iran for "Lion's Den" visit
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2007


    "By fearlessly and courageously walking into the 'Lion's Den' ... he is sure to become even more of a hero in the Arab-Muslim street than before," the daily Iran News wrote.
    . . .
    Around 200 lawmakers hailed Ahmadinejad's "historical and memorable" stay in New York, saying in a statement his "courageous" speech on Monday had made Muslims happy while angering Iran's enemies like Israel, the Mehr News Agency said.

    Anonymous said...

    "The Branch Davidians and Randy Weaver were eliminated for much less."

    Who is Randy Weaver?

    Al said...

    Who is Randy Weaver?

    Randy Weaver's 14-year old son was shot in the back and killed by the FBI.

    Randy Weaver's wife was shot and killed by FBI sharpshooter Lon Horiuchi through a window while she was holding her baby.

    Just a "mistake" said those in charge.

    Horiuchi was never prosecuted.

    Randy Weaver always has "White Separatist Randy Weaver" attached to his name like it is part of his legal name whenever the Washington Post, NY TIMES, Associated Press, etc. mention his name.

    Meanwhile the same Washington Post, NY TIMES, Associated Press, never use the term "Black Separatist Louis Farakhan" when they present their Farakhan.

    Remember, they shoot the dogs first.

    Any more questions?

    Lori_Gmeiner said...

    Joanie, Cooper and Al need to combine heads and write a piece that conservatives will donate money to, to put on the front page of every newspaper across the country. They wouldn't print it, but it's a good idea anyway. ;)

    cw-patriot said...


    All these years later, Randy Weaver is still vilified by the mainstream media for his ‘crimes and eccentric beliefs.’ His ‘crimes and eccentric beliefs’ simply amounted to distrust of his government. I, too, am therefore a criminal and an eccentric.

    In 1991, an ATF agent literally entrapped Weaver by hiring him to illegally cut off the barrels of two shotguns. And that simple act began the persecution of Randy Weaver and his family. Once he had been set up and arrested, ATF agents tried to force him to inform on the Aryan Nation, with which he was affiliated.

    He would not do so, and he also refused to appear in court for the minor firearms charge, believing that he had not broken any just laws.

    Over the next year and a half, Weaver’s isolated mountain cabin was surveilled by U.S. Marshals. In residence there were Weaver, his young wife, Vicki, and their three children, ranging in age from ten months to fourteen years, and a friend named Kevin Harris.

    On a midsummer morning in 1992, without warning, without a warrant, and without announcing who they were, half a dozen federal marksmen, dressed in camo and ski masks, and armed with silencer-equipped automatic weapons, surrounded the Weaver residence.

    They shot the family dog who sensed their presence first. The next to sense their presence was the Weavers’ oldest son, who fired a pistol in the direction from which his dog had been shot and then ran toward the house, at which point the federal assassins shot the young boy in the arm, trying to prevent him from reaching the safety of his house.

    When the boy managed to regain his feet, and began inching his way toward his home, the marshals shot him in the back, killing him instantly.

    A siege of the Weaver home then ensued, involving hundreds of federal agents and much heavy equipment. Reportedly, much of the heavy equipment proceeded to deliberately run over the Weaver's dead dog, covering it with tread marks, and rendering it virtually unrecognizable.

    The next day, Vicki Weaver, standing at the kitchen door, looking out on the federal occupiers, while holding her youngest child, was shot in the head by one of the government marksmen. Still holding her baby, Vicki bled to death on her own kitchen floor.

    Nine days later, Weaver, his friend, Harris (who also was wounded), and their surviving children surrendered to federal agents.

    A year later, a jury of his peers acquitted both Weaver and Harris of murder and conspiracy charges. To date, no charges have been brought against the government agents who descended upon the Weaver home and murdered his wife and oldest child in cold blood.

    As your question exhibits, most Americans are not aware of the Weaver story. It appears to have vanished down a media-constructed black hole. And those who point to the tragedy at Waco, and the abomination that occurred at the Weaver homestead, as evidence of, among a myriad of other things, the need to preserve our Second Amendment rights, consistently find themselves labeled ‘right-wing fanatics’ and ‘gun nuts’.

    I, for one, am proud to wear both labels. And I obtain great comfort in the knowledge that those who massacred the Branch Davidians and Randy Weaver’s wife and young son will one day know an eternal judgment much more harsh than any temporal one they might have received here in our earthly realm.

    ~ joanie

    John Cooper said...

    lori: We want the money up front!

    Anonymous said...

    Outrage of the Week: Leader of Muslim Brotherhood Front Group Appointed to Virginia Commission on Immigration
    Sep 26, 2007


    The Democratic governor of Virginia, Timothy M. Kaine, has appointed Dr. Esam Omeish to the Virginia Commission on Immigration: Valley delegate challenges Kaine appointee to immigration panel.

    Esam Omeish is a name LGF readers may recognize; he’s the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s primary front group in the United States, the Muslim American Society.

    A local delegate has asked Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to re-think his appointment of the head of the Virginia-based Muslim American Society to the Virginia Commission on Immigration.

    Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, wrote to Kaine earlier today, saying he was concerned about the appointment of Dr. Esam S. Omeish, a Northern Virginia physician and the group’s president, to the panel. The commission was created earlier this year to study the impact of illegal immigration on the commonwealth.

    The Muslim American Society has significant ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt, Gilbert said. “It is unfortunate that the Governor would choose the leader of an organization such as this to represent many the freedom-loving Muslim citizens of Virginia on this important commission,” Gilbert said.

    “While the Muslim American Society claims to be the innocent face of peaceful Islam in America, their history and teachings tell a much different story. Unfortunately, it is a story about which all Americans have become much too familiar — that of the promotion of a global Islamic state. The questionable origin and teachings of this group should give the Governor some serious concerns about his recent appointment. Even though this organization has a savvy public relations machine, the public face that it projects may disguise some very troubling hidden intentions.”

    Al said...

    Virginia's Democratic Governor Tim Kaine appoints head of muslim terrorist front to State immigration Board.

    Next Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will appoint Michael Vick to the Virginia State Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

    Then he will appoint Michael Jackson and Woody Allen to the Virginia Child Welfare Board.

    Then he will appoint members of the American Nazi Party to the Virginia State Commission on Jewry.

    Then he will appoint Beltway sniper John Muhammed to the State Firearms Commission.

    Anonymous said...

    The Governor of Virginia has his head up his ass. It keeps his ears warm.

    jg said...

    Is Amerabia forming in front of our eyes?

    Sammy said...

    Folks, what the hell is going on?

    Kaine is taking lessons from the UN.

    Which put Libya as the chair of the human rights commission.
    Which let Iraq chair the Conference on Disarmament in January 2003.

    Which elected Iran vice-chair to the United Nations Disarmament Commission in 2006.

    Which last week elected Syria deputy chairman of the IAEA General Conference (the supposed nuclear watchdog, right after Israel bombed its nuclear developments.)

    jg said...

    Here's a fun one - a NY Times article about how the mean ol' Israelis are shooting Palestinian children for "burying kites" in controlled areas

    (because obviously if you crawl up on an Israeli patrol, dig around in the ground, and then run away holding a long piece of wire, you were burying a kite).

    “Some Palestinians said the boys had been digging for scrap metal. Others said they had been flying a kite and wanted to hide it while they went to the beach.”


    ferdie said...


    Disbarred Terrorist Lawyer Lynne Stewart to Teach Legal Ethics at Hofstra Law School Conference

    Terrorist Lawyer Lynne Stewart to Teach Legal Ethics

    September 25, 2007


    HEMPSTEAD, NY--A disbarred lawyer convicted of aiding terrorists will be teaching at an upcoming law school ethics conference.

    Lynne Stewart, who was found guilty of conspiring with terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, will be speaking October 16 at Hofstra Law School's "Legal Ethics: Lawyering on the Edge," in Hempstead, New York.

    The speaking engagement comes only a year after Stewart was sentenced to twenty-eight months in prison on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists.

    Prosecutors alleged that Stewart had passed on messages to Abdel Rahman's radical Muslim followers, authorizing a resumption of terrorist operations against the Egyptian government.

    As a result of the convictions, Stewart was automatically disbarred from practicing law.

    Her client, Abdel Rahman, was convicted in 1996 of plots to bomb landmarks around New York City.

    Stewart will be speaking at Hofstra Law School's 2007 Legal Ethics Conference, "Lawyering at the Edge: Unpopular Clients, Difficult Cases, Zealous Advocates." The conference is scheduled for October 14 to 16, 2007 in the Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (room 308) of Hofstra Law School.

    According to the University's website, the conference will feature "dynamic speakers who will weigh in on controversial issues such as prosecutorial abuse, the challenges of representing prisoners at Guantanamo, and attacks on lawyers who represent unpopular clients and causes."

    Anonymous said...


    Click on this url for a picture of sweetie Lynne Stewart:


    Proudpodunknative said...

    The Stewart apppointment is sick and further evidence of the fact that America's "legal" profession makes a mockery of truth and justice.

    johnsteever said...

    Stewart will be speaking at Hofstra Law School's 2007 Legal Ethics Conference, "Lawyering at the Edge: Unpopular Clients, Difficult Cases, Zealous Advocates [and People Who Want to Blow Up Americans]"

    There's nothing like instructing people on how to help others destroy their own country and massacre their own coutrymen. I sure hope that conference session is full. There's nothing like "higher education"!

    Ferdie said...

    Proudpodunknative said...
    The Stewart apppointment is sick and further evidence of the fact that America's "legal" profession makes a mockery of truth and justice.

    I understand almost the entire Howard University law school student body went down to be a part of the demonstrations for the 'Jena 6' and their "right" to kick in the head of their classmate in a 6 to 1 "fight."

    Anonymous said...

    Tim Kaine for President !

    Al said...

    Tim Kaine Scampers to "Fix" Situation Once He Realizes He is Caught with his Pants Down

    Videos spur Va. appointee's resignation

    By BOB LEWIS, Associated Press Writer 9-27-2007


    RICHMOND, Va. - A member of the state's Commission of Immigration resigned Thursday, a few hours after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was told about online videos showing the appointee condemning Israel and advocating "the jihad way."
    Kaine learned of the videos from a caller to his live monthly radio program and accepted the resignation of Dr. Esam S. Omeish about three hours later.

    "Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me," Kaine said in a news release announcing the resignation.
    The governor said Omeish resigned because he did not want the controversy to distract from the work of the 20-member commission appointed to study the effects of immigration and federal immigration policies on Virginia.

    Omeish, who is president of the Muslim American Society and chief of the division of general surgery at INOVA Alexandria Hospital, is shown in a video on YouTube denouncing an invasion of Lebanon by the "Israeli war machine" during an Aug. 12, 2006, rally in Washington.
    He also accuses Israel of genocide and massacres against Palestinians and says on the video that the "Israeli agenda" controls Congress.
    In a separate, undated video, Omeish tells a crowd of Washington-area Muslims, "...you have learned the way, that you have known that the jihad way is the way to liberate your land." The video was credited to Investigative Project, a Washington-based organization that investigates radical Islamic organizations.
    Omeish did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mahdi Bray, a spokesman for the MAS, said Omeish was not available.
    Omeish was among 10 appointments Kaine made on Aug. 2 to the panel created this year. The commission met in Richmond for the first time Tuesday.

    Al said...

    Anyone want to go to INOVA Alexandria Hospital and get operated on by this guy?

    "Omeish, . . . chief of the division of general surgery at INOVA Alexandria Hospital"

    John Galt said...

    Anyone want to go to INOVA Alexandria Hospital and get operated on by this guy?

    If it came down to a choice between having my appendix burst, having a cancer metastasize, having a gangrene leg amputated, and having no one else available, I might give it some thought. Otherwise, I'll pass. But thanks anyway.

    We're the dumbest country in the history of mankind.

    Anonymous said...

    This is a GREAT BLOG! I only read about 10 of the articles so far but they're much better than anything I've read on other personal blogs. Keep it up!

    Al said...

    Former Italian president Francesco Cossiga returns his honorary doctorate from Columbia U "without respect" after Ahmadinejad situation

    Rome,Italy - September

    In protest against the invitation of the president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's invitation to speak at Columbia University, former Italian president Francesco Cossiga gave back the title of the doctor Honoris Causa he had received from Columbia University.

    Cossiga wrote that he was indignant about the invitation to speak extended to the Iranian leader by the chancellor of Columbia University.

    Cossia called Ahmadinejad "a threatening neonazi and an Islamic terrorist".

    In the sharply worded letter to the University. the former Italian president noted that Ahmadinejad threatened the destruction of Israel.

    "In regard for the six million murdered Jews who you, who now stand as racists and the advocates of Islamic terrorists do not have-and with regard for the Jewish nation and the people of Israel,
    I, a Catholic, return the title you awarded to me and I burn the toga which you gave to me,"
    declared Cossiga.

    His letter ended with the words: "without respect -- Francesco Cossiga".


    d_o'connor said...

    Bravo for Francesco Cossiga!

    He's always been a straight shooter. When he was in charge of the Italian equivalent of the Secret Service, Aldo Moro was kidnapped by Red Brigades, and when Moro was found dead Cossiga didn't pass the buck and resigned. He's never been in anyone's pocket, and has always been an independent thinker. Italy could use him again right about now.

    Al said...

    Leftwing Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is having a bad day

    First his muslim appointee to the Va Immigration commission is exposed as terrorist-connected.

    Now this:

    Arlington judge rules Virginia’s abusive-driver fees unconstitutional
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/27/07 | Maria Hegstad


    An Arlington General District Court judge declared Virginia's abusive-driver fees unconstitutional Tuesday, the first such ruling in Northern Virginia and the third in the state since the fees took effect.

    The fees, which range from $750 to $3,000 for such infractions as reckless driving, are levied in addition to fines and court costs.
    . . .
    Out-of-state drivers are exempt from the fees, and General District Court judges in Hanover and Henrico counties have declared the fees unconstitutional on the basis that they do not apply equally to all drivers. The judges' rulings, issued earlier this year, have been overturned by their higher circuit courts.

    Challenges to the fees have also been raised in traffic courts in Charlottesville, Virginia Beach and Albemarle, Chesterfield, Greene and Halifax counties. . . .

    The General Assembly exempted out-of-state drivers from the fees because it didn't think it could force non-residents to pay a civil penalty. Legislators and Gov. Tim Kaine agreed on the fees in April to raise $65 million annually for road maintenance.

    Attorney General Bob McDonnell disagrees with exempting out-of-state drivers but is defending the cases because his office is required to defend Virginia laws, Clementson said.

    Kaine and leading legislators have committed to changing the legislation to include out-of-state residents when the General Assembly meets next year, regardless of the outcomes of the court cases.

    3timesalady said...

    Re-reading about what happened to Randy Weaver's wife and son makes me OUTRAGED all over again. And most people don't even know about it, or have forgotten about it. This doesn't happen in America, or so we think.

    John Cooper said...


    ...and let's not forget that FBI Director Louis Freeh actually promoted Larry Potts - the one who authorized the 'shoot-to-kill' rules of engagement at Ruby Ridge.

    Source: Opening Statement of Louis J. Freeh, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Government Information - Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C., October 19, 1995,
    Ruby Ridge Hearing

    SharonGold said...

    Yes, Cooper. That was the worst aspect of the entire tragedy--that the chief perpetrator was rewarded. I don't know how Weaver goes on to this day without wanting to shout from the rooftops about the slaughter of his family, on his own land, without a warrant. And shooting the dog first and using silencers gives me major chills.

    John Cooper said...


    Back then, I actually purchased the entire DofJ report on Ruby Ridge on 3.5" floppy disks - I think there were five or six of them.

    Not only that, but I actually printed it out and read all 500 pages of it (in small print).

    The bottom line - now this is according to the DofJ - was that the FBI was a totally incompetent, out of control, lawless, agency.

    They were cited with contempt of court on numerous occasions for mishandling or "losing" evidence, or not providing evidence that the court demanded.

    But after all that, the guilty were promoted and absolutely nobody was punished.

    SharonGold said...

    Cooper, this country would be in much better shape if every American took your interest in the workings of government. You must know all the gory details of the crime. I'm not so sure I could handle that. Knowing what I do is maddening enough.

    Thanks for the extra information.

    Brent Rosen said...

    A must read for anyone interested in what really happened at Ruby Ridge. The government and the judicial system have a lot to answer for, and they never will:

    "Every Knee Shall Bow: The Truth and Tragedy of Ruby Ridge and the Randy Weaver Family":


    Anonymous said...

    You ought to ask other conservative sites, like Michelle Malkin's, etc. to link to this from their home page. It needs to get more ciculation.

    Anonymous said...

    Good work, John Cooper!

    Patriotic American said...

    When you rightwingers Run Out of Lies or are EXPOSED as backing a LIE- you can NOT back down! Or say you were WRONG.!

    So what do you do?? ATTACK HILLARY CLINTON !

    daveburkett said...

    "Attacking Hillary Clinton"?

    You have to be kidding! For every conservative "attack" on Hillary, there are a hundred abuses of power and crimes that she and her husband have committed that are swept under the rug by the MSM.

    If the abuses of power and crimes that she has committed were granted the headlines they deserve, she couldn't be elected dog catcher.

    How the hell did you ever find your way here to a place that deals with truth?

    Luis said...

    I find it incredible that this really happened at all.

    A very thought provoking post..