Friday, February 27, 2009
Miguel Alexander Vargas
Another one slips through the cracks-another innocent person dies
It's happened again. First we have the senseless murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr in Los Angeles by an illegal alien gang member fresh out of jail without being turned over to ICE. Then we have the murder of a father and 2 sons (Bologna family) in San Francisco by an illegal alien gang member who had been released from jail in the Bay Area without ICE being notified. Now this.
Miguel Alexander Vargas (25), a native of El Salvador and illegal alien, is charged with the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Annette Angelina Alvarado (23) in Placentia, California near Los Angeles. On January 27, 2009, Vargas pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic violence against Alvarado. Nine days later, he killed her, stabbing her over 20 times in front of her two small children.
At this time, an internal ICE review is underway to determine why ICE did not deport Vargas after the January 27 plea. At this point, we don't even know if he was actually in ICE custody.
Oh, by the way. This was not the first time Vargas had run afoul of the law. He had a US arrest record going back to 2002 for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license, a conviction for felony gang assault in 2007 and, according to the Orange County Register article, was sentenced to a year in prison on November 21, 2008 for violation of probation. Why was he on the streets 3 months later? You're asking me?
Vargas was arrested (after the murder) in Tijuana on February 16 and turned over to American authorities.
So here we have yet another case of a gang-banger with multiple arrests going through the justice system and being turned back onto the streets of our cities without being deported. And yet another victim has paid with her life for our negligence.
The depressing details can be found here in an article by the Orange County Register
When do we as a people say to our elected leaders, "Enough"?
Federal agents at the home of Ahmadullah Sais Niazi
Today's Orange County Register is reporting an interview (yesterday) with an Orange County man who claims he acted as an FBI informant infiltrating an Irvine mosque from July 2006 to October 2007. The interview comes in the wake of the arrest this past week of Afghan national Ahmadullah Sais Niazi of nearby Tustin on immigration-fraud charges. (Niazi is charged with lying in his application for US citizenship and a US passport and hiding connections to terrorist organizations. Niazi also reportedly has a brother-in-law believed to be Osama bin Laden's security coordinator.)
The Register has concluded that the man who was interviewed yesterday, Craig Monteilh (46), was also acting as the specific informant who had recorded conversations in which Niazi allegedly talked of conducting Jihad, blowing up empty buildings, and setting off explosives in shopping centers.
The FBI will neither confirm nor deny that Monteilh has acted as their informant. However, according to the Register, the testimony of an FBI agent in a bail hearing for Niazi seems to confirm Monteilh's claims.
What is known is that Monteilh is a convicted felon and has served time in prison for fraud and grand theft.
In 2007, the Islamic Center of Irvine, along with the Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), took out a restraining order on Monteilh and reported him to the FBI, stating that he held violent views and was making references to Jihad. Monteilh claims that the mosque was beginning to suspect they were being monitored.
There have been reports in the past couple of years (and complaints from the local Muslim community) that the FBI was investigating the Irvine mosque. This article would seem to confirm that suspicion.
As for Mr Monteilh, his credibility automatically comes into question based on his criminal history and this curious interview (informants don't normally give newspaper interviews publicizing their actions.) It appears, however, that his cooperation with the FBI was already known to those he was attempting to infiltrate and with whom he was recording conversations. The burning question is whether the mosque and CAIR came forward because they wanted to turn in a terror suspect or because they knew or suspected that he was an informant.
Should Monteilh be called as a witness, the jury will be properly instructed to consider his testimony with great scrutiny due to his criminal past. Ultimately, Monteihl's credibility will rest on whatever corroborating evidence the FBI and police have gathered-including of course, the tape recordings, which will be crucial to any future prosecution.
This is a case that bears following.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Most protest movements begin as an organized expression of a legitimate grievance -- some perceived societal injustice, perhaps in response to actual governmental or judicial tyranny. If the timing is right and the issues resonate, successful protest movements can flourish and quickly grow into full-fledged revolutions, and revolutions can often degenerate into bloody civil wars.
Is America presently in the midst of such a potentially explosive scenario? Unfortunately, the signs appear to be more and more ominous. Since those traumatic events of September 11, 2001, this nation has been resolutely dividing itself into two increasingly hostile and irreconcilable camps. That reasonable 'middle ground', traditionally amenable to compromise, has been steadily shrinking until it has become all but hypothetical. It has been argued, not unconvincingly, that not since those anxious years in the mid-Nineteenth Century, prior to our perhaps inevitable but monstrously destructive Civil War, has this great country been so split asunder.
To acknowledge success is to admit defeat.
As history has repeatedly proven, once a nascent protest movement begins to succeed and achieve a certain level of public acceptance and validation, it can easily devolve into an entrenched political entity, virtually indistinguishable from any other entrenched political entity, with its own newly-acquired set of selfish goals and objectives. This new political entity no longer has one single clear cut societal agenda (i.e. the Cause); their efforts now become divided. One of their most important goals inevitably becomes self-perpetuation -- often by even more ruthless means than the original tyranny against which they successfully battled. At some point, this political survivalist mentality can, and usually does, completely subsume the lofty goals of the original movement. Thus a new -- and perhaps even more dangerous tyranny is born. A tyranny, like all tyrannies, whose primary mission is to sustain itself at all costs.
But what happens if the primary goals of the original protest movement are actually realized? Does the movement then merely melt away and quietly re-assimilate itself back into that society which it has successfully transformed? Hardly. The movement's leaders have too much invested in the Cause to simply disband their troops and ride off into the sunset. Through the Cause these leaders have achieved power, and power seldom voluntarily walks off the stage. With their original goals accomplished and their real or theoretical enemies defeated, what possible purpose can be served by their continuing existence? They have now essentially become Rebels Without a Cause. How, then, can they perpetuate their own legitimacy?
The answer is twofold:
One, create new enemies -- or somehow skillfully resurrect the old ones.
Virtually every successful revolutionary movement which has morphed into a tyranny has sustained itself in this manner. The once fanatical revolutionaries are now battling counter-revolutionaries. Their entire raison d'etre has now become to prosecute this never-ending battle to purportedly protect the achievements of the Glorious Revolution from its innumerable reactionary enemies. This is an unalterable prerequisite to their survival; there can be no successful tyranny without enemies. Thus the Revolution becomes a perpetual 'work-in-progress', a never-ending war. Now, ironically, to admit success would be to admit defeat. They must continuously convince their followers, or subjects, that they are constantly under siege from these relentless counter revolutionary forces. The leaders are now to be viewed as society's protectors, protecting the helpless vulnerables from the predatory Enemy. And if perchance there is no viable predatory enemy, then they must create one.
Two, When the original goals have been met, move the line forward and create new goals.
To all but the most blind and biased leftists, the surprising victories of the Feminist and Civil Rights movements of the Sixties have been nothing short of astonishing. How anyone in today's America can watch television, go to a movie, listen to popular music, or read a national newspaper and come away feeling that either blacks or women are underrepresented is incomprehensible. Today there are women and blacks -- and, yes, lesbians and homosexuals and transgenders -- in every conceivable facet of American life -- in the military, the media, the business world, sports, entertainment, politics. Only those deeply invested in a contrarian agenda would be cynical enough to deny it.
The preservation of the Great Affront
And so it goes. No matter how absurd or illogical the Great Affront must be preserved. The movement must go forward. What originally may have been a somewhat modest call for equal rights has now become something else, something much more grand. The irreconcilable victims now not only want a seat at the table, they demand a seat at the head of the table. Gays and Lesbians are no longer just willing to be accepted, they now must be honored. Blacks are no longer content with equal opportunities, they are now demanding special privileges and special recognition (re: Black History Month) -- and with this, of course, goes that never-ending promise of reparations.
The invasion of the OBies
One cannot watch television today without these all-too-obvious liberal messages being relentlessly stuffed down our throats. As an example of this incessant encroachment into our private space consider this recent Glade commercial: Mrs. All-American Housewife is having some girlfriends over for tea or lunch or whatever. There's a knock at the door, and here come her friends. Friend Number One, a cheery well-dressed middle-aged white woman comes through the door, immediately followed by another equally well-dressed and cheery middle-aged white woman. Now -- and here's the rub -- how much do you want to bet that the next woman who comes through that door is black? And of course, she is. In almost every scene in almost every program or commercial we are now being treated to these carefully placed Obligatory Blacks.
And of course it's not just the Blacks. No matter how masculine the subject the chances are that the narrator will now be a woman. And I am just sexist enough to admit that listening to a woman narrating a brutal war documentary seems to me both absurd and incongruous.
How stupid do they think we are? Do they honestly think that we just don't notice this steady drumbeat of liberal propaganda? Did I just recently read that some activist judge somewhere actually gave precedence to a gay couple in an adoption dispute?
Unfortunately, these insatiable and relentless protest movements are apparently here to stay. Like governmental bureaucracies, once born they seldom die of natural causes. Indeed, one could say that with the results of our recent elections the left has already won: the protest movements of the sixties have become the government.
Note: Portions of this article have been quoted from a previous Radarsite essay Elect Obama, Destroy America.
San Francisco, January 10, 2009
The week of March 1, university campuses all over the US and Canada are going to witness what is called "Israeli Apartheid Week". This will be a week chock full of Israel-bashing put on by local campus Muslim Student Associations aided by their allies on the radical left-professors, radical left students and "community members" with time on their hands to join any event that bashes "The Establishment."
So, if you study in a university where these events will take place, what can you expect to see and hear? Well, to begin with, you will witness a sea of Palestinian flags. There will be an occasional Hamas flag as well as an occasional Hezbollah flag (the organization that was implicated in the Marine barracks bombing in the
1980s in Lebanon that killed over 200 of our Marines.
You will hear the usual chants, "Free free Palestine" and "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free", the latter of which, if analyzed, means all of present-day Israel will be eliminated and the Jews driven out or killed. You will see posters decrying the "genocide" that Israel is carrying out against innocent Palestinian men, women and children. You will see pictures of civilians killed in recent military action in Gaza. Of course, nothing will be said about the fact that Hamas and Hezbollah deliberately set up their operations in mosques, schools, hospitals and other civilian centers in order to maximize their own civilian casualties for public relations effect.
And there will be speakers galore-all dedicated to the end of Israel as a nation. Who will these speakers be? First, there will be radical Islamic imams, many of whom are on the lecture circuit spreading their message of hate. Not only against Israel, mind you, but against America as well. There surely will be people like Amir Abdel Malik Ali, an Oakland imam who goes from campus to campus in California calling for the destruction of Israel, glorifying suicide bombings and railing against "Zionist Jews". There will also be Mohammed al-Asi, an American-born imam who calls Jews, "low-life ghetto-dwellers" and warns young Jewish students that they face the wrath of the Muslim world because of their support for Israel.
There will also be radical leftist professors like Norman Finklestein and Ward Churchill, who not only hate Israel, but hate their own country as well. There will be a host of Arab professors who hold teaching jobs at American universities, spreading their propaganda in the classroom.
And as always, they will drag in Jewish figures (like Finklestein) who oppose Israel thinking that it adds credibility to their cause.
On many campuses, you will see a mock wall set up to represent the wall Israel built (quite successfully) to keep out suicide bombers who were blowing up buses and pizza parlors in Israeli cities. This will be their symbol of Israeli "Apartheid", a term made popular by our misguided ex-president Jimmy Carter. You will see photos of dead civilians on that wall, quotes from Martin Luther King and others.
Virtually everything you hear said will be negative-anti-Israel, anti-American and occasionally anti-Semitic. You will hear George Bush called an "idiot". You will hear black members of Bush's administration called "Uncle Toms". Of course, most of the speakers have learned to disguise their anti-Semtism by using the adjective "Zionist" when referring to Jews. Example:
Amir Abdel Malik Ali at UC-Irvine: "Rupert Murdoch is a Zionist Jew." No anti-Semitism there, right?
Possibly, you will see a group of Jewish students bravely carrying Israeli flags and warning listeners that hate speech is being spoken. They may or may not be the only Jewish counter-protesters you will see. At UCI, they occasionally (but not always) turn out to carry out a silent and lawful counter-protest. Some of them simply choose not to get involved for a variety of reasons.
Lately, however, we are seeing a more disturbing trend in the wake of the Gaza fighting. In many of the pro-Palestinian demonstrations held in Europe, America and Canada, we heard things like, "Long Live Hitler", Hitler rest in peace" (Los Angeles), "Go back to the ovens", "You need a bigger oven" (Ft Lauderdale), and "Jewish child, you are gonna F---ing die" (Toronto).
In Europe, in cities like London, Paris and Malmo, the protests turned into violent riots. In many European cities, Jews are afraid to venture out of doors-reminiscent of the 1930s in Germany.
Even in North America, the protests are becoming uglier. There have been violent incidents at UC Berkeley and San Jose State where just recently a talk by an Israeli diplomat was disrupted to the point where he had to leave the stage. Also just recently, a group of Jewish students at York University in Toronto were chased by a pro-Palestinian mob into the campus Hillel building where they remained barricaded until police could escort them out. At my campus (UC-Irvine)there has been a string of ugly incidents in recent years in which Jewish students have been insulted, intimidated, harassed and occasionally physically assaulted with impunity. Last month at a meeting on campus with Anteaters for Israel, Jewish students were asked if they felt intimidated on campus. About half of them, almost all females, raised their hands.
This is a situation that exists on many campuses all over the US and Canada where thuggish Muslim Student Associations have their way with no repercussions. Why is that, you ask. How can this be tolerated? It is tolerated for a variety of reasons. First of all, there is a paucity of decent faculty-even Jewish faculty-who are willing to speak out, condemn and demand that university administrators crack down on hate speech and intimidation toward a particular group (Jewish). Indeed, many university teachers, especially in the Humanities, are openly supportive of the Arab side and participate in their events.
Another problem is that university administrators-in many cases, intimidated by their own faculty, refuse to get involved. To them, it is all free speech (which is considered sancrosanct). They insist that the university must remain "content neutral" whatever that means. So they stand back, say nothing, hide under their desks and allow their campus to be run by thugs. When Jewish students go to administrators and complain about the intimidating environment they are exposed to, they are considered "hysterical Jews", told that it is free speech and all part of the education process-or simply ignored.
Another thing to remember is that the mainstream media is not reporting these events. It goes against their liberal agenda, and they, like the universities are deathly afraid of offending the Muslim community and possibly being sued by that "watchdog" of human rights, CAIR-always looking for someone to sue for "discriminating against Muslims". As a result, one must go onto the Internet to even know these things are happening unless one accidentally finds themselves in the middle of a street demonstration.
What we are witnessing in our own country is a resurgence in anti-Jewish sentiment as a result of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, fueled by radical elements within the Muslim community, aided by their left-wing allies on the radical left and enabled by pusillanimous university administrators.
So if you happen to be present at one of these protests, take careful note of what is said and done. Note which side defames not only Israel, but America as well. If there are anti-Semitic expressions or acts of intimidation or violence against Jewish students, speak out. At this point, I don't know if there will be events at UC-Irvine. If there are, I will observe as much of it as I am able, note what is said, probably confront a speaker or two and report it on my blog. The public has to know what is going on.
Regardless of what one thinks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to allow that conflict to bring about a resurgence in anti-Semitism against our fellow Jewish citizens on our shores is unthinkable and unacceptable. We all know where that kind of sentiment can take us. It is up to us who are aware to spread the news to the American public that may not be aware of what is happening. It is time for many in the Jewish community to stand up and defend themselves and demand that those in authority to do the right thing. And it is time for the millions of decent Muslims in America to stand up to those who are doing so much to discredit Islam and say "Enough", we love our adopted country, which has given us so much, and we refuse to engage in hatred toward our fellow Americans who happen to be Jewish.
I hope everyone will follow the events of the coming week.
By Barbara Sowell
The escalating border violence has prompted Texas Governor Rick Perry to ask for troops to guard the border. This week Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz moved his family to El Paso for safety.
Yesterday the El Paso Times reported that Texas Governor Rick Perry is asking for 1,000 troops to guard the Texas-Mexico border. Perry is also asking the Texas state legislature for $135 million for border security.
The Mexican National Commission of Human Rights has reported that organized crime has killed more than 10,000 people in Mexico since 2007!
According to Tuesday's El Paso Times, El Paso police are investigating the possibility that elements of the Juárez drug cartel may cross the border into the United States to come after Juárez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz and his family.
El Paso police Detective Carlos Carrillo said Monday.
We received information that the Juárez mayor lives in El Paso, and that possibly they were going to come to El Paso to get him," Carrillo said. "He has not asked us for our help, but it's our duty to protect any resident of our city who may be under threat."
Mexican authorities are investigating the killing of a bodyguard of Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza. Two other Baeza bodyguards were also wounded and all of the bodyguards were members of the Chihuahua state police.
Juárez city official Guillermo Dowell said the violence in Juárez and Chihuahua state is comparable to what occurred in Ireland and Iraq, "where people were killed not because of what they did or failed to do, but to plant terror in a city and its authorities."
From the Sderot Media Center.
A strange mixture of a headline. A former Prime Minister of Israel and an avowed Muslim Congressman.
First the Congressman:
US Congressmen Brian Baird and Keith Ellison Visit Gaza and Sderotby Anav Silverman
Following a day tour in Gaza, members of Congress, Brian Baird (D-Washington) and Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) spent an hour in Sderot touring the city with Sderot Media Center director, Noam Bedein and staff on Friday, February 20.
In Sderot, the Congressmen met with the Amar family whose home was destroyed in a Palestinian rocket attack in December 2007. Both US President Obama and Senator John McCain had visited the Amars during their tour of Sderot last year.
The Congressmen asked many questions during the visit and showed interest in understanding the full impact of rocket fire on Israeli civilians-- including children-- living in Sderot.
Dr. Adrianna Katz of the Sderot Mental Health Center spoke with the Congressmen at the Sderot Police Station, where hundreds of exploded rockets have been stored away. Representative Baird, a licensed clinical psychologist, was particularly interested in the psychological impact of the rocket fire. Dr. Katz explained that there is a ‘Qassam generation’ of Sderot children who have been born into the rocket fire.
“These kids, who experienced rocket attacks since 2001, know no other reality other than exploding rockets and ‘Tzeva Adom’ (Color Red) alert sirens. Their sense of peace and security has been shattered,” said Dr. Katz.
View the video of Ellison's visit here.
“The rocket fire has impacted the economic situation, family relationships-- all aspects of life here in Sderot. People live in constant fear and terror that a rocket may strike at any moment. Over 5,000 residents have been forced to leave and relocate elsewhere.”
“Israelis living in Ashkelon, Be’er Sheva and Ashdod are now experiencing that same terror for the first time, ” added Dr. Katz.
Accompanying the Congressmen on their visit, were Dr. Nick Palarino and Dr. Catherine Salsman.
Holding a Hamas-fired rocket at the Sderot Police Station, US Representative Ellison, the first Muslim elected to US Congress, commented on its heaviness. “A rocket explosion can impact up to 300 feet,” explained SMC director, Noam Bedein. “The models become more sophisticated and pack more explosives with each passing year."
Bedein also pointed out that the Grad-model Katyusha rockets come directly from Iran. "Iran supplies Hamas with the rockets that target major Israeli cities. The rockets were smuggled through the tunnels dug between the Egyptian-Gaza border or by ship, during the last ceasefire." During the war, the Grad rockets were able to target one million Israelis who still remain under Palestinian missile threat.
Both US representatives asked Dr. Katz her view on potential peace with the Palestinians. "Is the hatred towards the Palestinians deep-seeded on the Israeli side? asked Congressman Baird. "There is no hatred for the Palestinian people," replied Dr. Katz. "Israelis here know that there is an underlying difference between the Hamas government and the average Palestinian citizen."
The two US representatives filmed the tour on their camera phones to share with relevant persons back in the US.
Congressman Ellison, who represents Minnesota, and Congressman Baird, who represents Washington state, had visited Gaza the day previously. It was the first time that anyone from the US government had entered the Gaza Strip since Hamas took power. Their visit to Gaza, according to Representative Brian Baird’s website, was not officially sanctioned by Obama Administration. However, US President Obama has stated in the past that he intends to improve ties with the Muslim world.
Indeed in a joint press release available on Congressman Baird's official government website, Congressmen Ellison and Baird spoke primarily of their visit to Gaza and their impressions of the situation there.
And now the Prime Minister:
Two different stories, one dealing with the anger that Israelis feel in having to justify their existence. The other about a couple of US Congressmen. They looked and listened to the stories of Sderot, but the words fell upon deaf ears.
by Jacob Shrybman
Moments after another “Tzeva Adom” warning siren rang out in Sderot I walked around the Sderot Media Center office wondering why it is that the Jewish nation must continually justify their actions for survival. No matter the measure taken to protect its people from rockets, missiles, bombs, guns, or heavier attack Israel comes under a barrage of condemnations and negative political pressure. It is nearing the 61st year since its establishment, so when will the Jewish state no longer have to defend its existence?
If the reason for these condemnations is because of numbers of casualties from Israel’s vital operations then where was the uproar when Arafat claimed that 10,000-20,000 were massacred in eleven days by the Jordanian army in September of 1970? These numbers, as well as other world conflict casualty statistics, overshadow the inflated number of 1,300 people that Hamas claims were killed by Israel during the three-week Operation Cast Lead.
Nonetheless, I resent the fact that the Jewish people and Israel need to constantly prove to the world that we have a right to defend ourselves and that we are not blood-thirsty monsters like often portrayed. More so I resent the fact that in order to bolster my case for Israel’s legitimacy I have to research and compare numbers of people killed by other nations versus numbers killed by the Jewish nation. Could the world truly think that Israel likes having to send its country’s youth into an extremely hostile urban combat setting where around every corner could be a booby-trapped explosive or kidnapping trap? Could the world truly think Israel’s self-centered politicians like suspending their election campaigns to handle the emergencies that come along with a military operation?
The world must understand that Israel cannot have 1 million of its citizens under the daily immediate threat of rockets.
Last week while guiding an afternoon tour of Sderot for American students Sderot resident and mother Shula Sasson showed the group of 18 year-olds how her family’s mattresses were leaning against the wall behind their couch in the first floor living room because her family hasn’t slept or lived on the second floor of their house for years because it is simply too far from their sheltered room.
When one of the students asked Shula if she was optimistic about the since there is currently a ceasefire with Hamas, she calmly but sternly replied, “Do not believe it (ceasefire).” She then emphasized to the students that their visit to Sderot was more important than a meaningless ceasefire so they can convey the situation to their schools and communities. Shula wished the students goodbye saying, “You will be the ones to save us. Not a ceasefire.”
Over the past eight years, since the rocket fire began in January 2001, Israel has attempted various methods to bring an end to these terrorist attacks in order to put off a major military operation. Even when Israel is forced to carry out the difficult task of thwarting terrorists embedded in one of the most densely populated areas in the world, it goes to unprecedented lengths to prevent loss of civilian life. It is unheard of other militaries around the world to call and text message civilians warning them of the imminent military attack.
But yet the Tzeva Adoms continue and I am sitting in Sderot agitated and on edge; in the only region in the world where civilians are consistently targeted by rockets, less than a mile a way to a territory controlled by a terrorist organization committed to the destruction of the Jewish State. So, I resent the fact that I have to defend Israel’s legitimacy for existence when it is forced to target terrorists that the world knows are using families’ home and hiding behind human shields.
As former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said after the Six Day War, “When peace comes we can forgive the Arabs for killing our children but we cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill theirs.”
Normally at this point I would ask you my reader to donate to the Sderot Media Center, sign up for the Code Red Alerts, and of course pray for the people of Sderot. This time I don't urge you to do that. Instead, send the people of Sderot a message of support. It is free, takes only a few minutes of your time and is easy to do:
To send a message click here.
by Sderot Media Center
In light of the war on southern Israel, Sderot Media Center has now opened a special page for Sderot supporters. Please share your thoughts, comments, and words of support for Sderot residents. Thereafter, your comments will be published in local Sderot newspapers and will be shared with the Sderot community.
Please mention your name and location!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Leaked Document & The Online Jihad
I have had the privilege tonight of seeing a leaked Home Office document that outlines a question to the Secretary of State for the Home Department asking how many extreme Islamic websites based in Britain have been shut down over the last 5 years because they contain material that incites or glorifies terrorism.
The answer to the question is NONE
Copy of letter: Written No. 410
Anybody who knows anything about the violent Jihad that is being waged against all non-believers in Britain will know that the internet is the No.1 tool for recruiting, and radicalising Moslems to violent extremism (‘terrorism’ in other words). It has been stated many times now by different military sources, that the internet is as important in the hands of Al Qaeda as the AK47 assault rifle.
So, that being the case, the British Government should draw a line and target extreme Islamic websites to stop the spread of ‘violent extremism’ in Britain. Instead, they have ploughed millions of pounds of tax payer’s money into combating violent extremism in local Moslem communities, in the hope that it will turn young Moslems away from the violent parts of their religion. The reality is that the ‘violent extremism’ they are seeking to combat, starts off in the comfort of Moslem’s own homes whilst sitting comfortably at a computer, like you are now, visiting websites like http://www.islam4uk.com/ or http://www.ummah.com/ for example.
With the rabid, radical cleric Anjem Choudry, who is head of the Islam4uk site all over our TV screens and newspapers, instead of locked up in HMP Belmarsh, for his treason; is it any wonder young Moslems are flocking to see what this man has to say about Islam in Britain and what their individual role as a Moslem is?
How do they get to listen to him personally, or any other Moslem leaders from around the world who are spreading violent messages that are aimed against us, the non-believers?
Online through the internet.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that the internet is the no.1 place where young Moslems are recruited and radicalised into violent extremism. Yet, up to this point in time, absolutely nothing has been done to prevent it. Instead British tax payers have been rewarding the violent extremists by ploughing millions of pounds into their community projects to prevent young Moslems turning to extremism, while all along, the root cause of violent extremism has been left unattended, to flourish.
Islamic extremism in Britain starts off on the internet with young Moslem men and women watching violent extremism in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the suffering that goes with it of Moslems living in these places. Then listening to religious scholars glorifying in these acts of ‘violent extremism’ and calling for Moslems from around the World to join them in the Jihad and defend the suffering of their brothers and sisters. It then ends up with Moslems, living in Britain, travelling to Al Qaeda terror training camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now Somalia, and then returning back to this their host Nation and blowing themselves up on trains and buses.
More of the same that we have to look forward to.
Or they travel to fight alongside Al Qaeda and the Taliban to fight British troops.
In the past few weeks I have written several posts on specific Moslem websites, which have been promoting and instigating terrorist activity to their audiences, even one with Al Qaeda supporters calling for the murder of British MPs.
Section 3 of the 2006 Terrorism Act states:
(3) A notice under this subsection is a notice which—
(a) declares that, in the opinion of the constable giving it, the statement or the article or record is unlawfully terrorism-related;
(b) requires the relevant person to secure that the statement or the article or record, so far as it is so related, is not available to the public or is modified so as no longer to be so related;
(c) warns the relevant person that a failure to comply with the notice within 2 working days will result in the statement, or the article or record, being regarded as having his endorsement; and
(d) explains how, under subsection (4), he may become liable by virtue of the notice if the statement, or the article or record, becomes available to the public after he has complied with the notice.
Have these websites been shut down, or had a Section 3 of the 2006 Terrorism Act served on them?
The Ummah.com website has tried defending their corner and come out fighting but they are nothing but a bunch of Al Qaeda supporters and activists, with a Left Wing newspaper supporting them in their losing battle. Watch this space for the expose showing how this forum, which is one of the biggest in Britain for Moslems, is run by militant Moslems, and supported by a major mainstream newspaper.
Not one Islamic website that carries extreme material has ever been served with a Section 3 notice since the law was introduced. So, is it any wonder ‘violent extremism’ is now flourishing in Britain when the root source of this extremism and radicalisation is not being tackled to prevent unsuspecting (if there is such a thing) Moslem eyes and minds from viewing the material on its pages?
The Government has just splashed out 1 million pounds of tax payer’s money to put a couple of ex-Islamic terrorists up in a plush London office. Each on a salary of £80,000 a year, to set up a think tank to combat ‘violent extremism’, and all you get is lip service from them about stuff that is just basic common sense and common knowledge.
Have they or anyone else, pointed out that ‘violent extremism’ starts off on the internet, and then put a campaign in place to tackle the root causes of it? Like asking the Police to do their job and enforce the law the Government put in place.
Well, they look good on our TV screens, saying the right things, for a cool 1 million if nothing else.
David Miliband recently stated that the way to fight Islamic terrorism is through the ‘rule of law’, but, as this very worrying case shows, the Government have absolutely no idea about how to fight ‘violent extremism’. So, they employ ex-terrorists to fight it for them, while turning a blind eye to the ‘rule of law’ that they themselves put in place to fight terrorism with.
Work that one out!
On a side note, I have been arrested for this blog on ‘suspicion of stirring up racial hatred’ because I hurt Moslem feelings with my words, yet they are allowed to instigate and glorify terrorism and nothing is done.
Two rule Britain, one for them and another for the rest of us!
Further reading: ‘Violent Extremism’ on the web
He ascended to the Dome of the Capital, dressed in the holy suit and tie.
Upon arrival the assembled chapter of the Congress, the Holy Justices of the land, the members of the anointed Cabinet and guests from near and far, the Anointed One, Wearer of the Mantle of Power, spoke:
I speak not to the assemblage here, but to the nation as a whole,All through the speech, Pelosi the Loud, kept rising in joy like a yo-yo. She guided the assembled in their cheers.
I know of your pain, I have heard your cries of anguish,
The child whose college dreams are shattered,
The business that is going under,
The job that is gone.
I will fix that all.
This Recession is not My fault, it was the doing of others,
It was others that destroyed our Health Care, Schools and Jobs.
But I have heard your cries, and I will repair the damage.
We will have less, work more, and struggle harder,
But we will prevail.
I have foreseen all this.
The law that I just created was a start, there will be many more like it.
There will be jobs, I promise you that.
There will be more money in your hand,
This 1st of April, on that.
I will bring to all the blessings of Health with no cost to you,
I will bring to all the blessings of college, that wonderful place, to your children, with no cost to you,
I will bring to you the blessings of Wealth, with no cost to you,
Through Me we will cure all the problems that we face.
I know where the answers lie,
Not in the former wizards of the past,
but in the new wizards of technology that will be green and good.
New wizards that will banish the foreign oil demon back to the gates of Hell,
New wizards who when given the right amount of funds, will solve all of our energy needs and clean the environment too.
But we cannot wait, we must forge ahead,
We must spread the wealth around to all young and old.
I will even balance the budget, by 2015, so it is told.
I will sit with our enemies and listen to them,
Will make the radicals of Islam kneel before all,
I will bring peace to the Israelis, Palestinians too,
Have sent My envoy Mitchell to bring them the truth too.
I have signed the order,
We torture no more,
And the prison of Gitmo will be gone for ever more.
We will deal with the prisoners like the criminals they are,
In Our courts and with juries, and I know they will walk.
For through Me, All things are possible.
For through Me, All things will be made whole.
For through Me, Our economy will recover.
For I am the Hope and the Change.
I will bring us all to the Land of Plenty.
After the speech the media hacks, gushed glowing terms over each word the Anointed One spoke.
They called it brilliant, enlightened and bold.
They clamored over each other, trying to be the first to praise Him.
That is until a small voice said:
Wait just a minute!The hacks looked around to see who had spoke, in tones that weren't glowing of their Anointed One.
He tells you that He will do all these things.
Balancing the budget, Health Care, Education, Jobs and Wealth.
And without tax increases, just spend more He said.
And if that doesn't work, we will just spend more again.
You cannot keep spending like there is no tomorrow.
Sooner or later the money will run out.
You have to raise taxes, to cover your expenses.
This Emperor we have, is telling us lies.
We cannot do all this, yet He will try.
He will spend so much money, that there will be none left,
For the daily running of this nations defense.
They saw to their horror a brave man in the corner.
It was none other than the Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal the Prophet.
Jindal the prophet, spoke to them of responsibility,
Of how this nation needs to start producing its own goods again.
Of how this nation needs to spend less and save more.
Of how this nation didn't negotiate with our foes.
The hacks just smiled and shooed The Prophet away.
Then they returned to the glow of the Anointed One.
But many in the nation heard the words of Jindal the Prophet.
They looked to each other and nodded in agreement.
Just wait Anointed One, in just 4 years.
This prophet will be singing our praises.
For the Anointed One's star is starting to descend.
From ratings of 80% now to just 59%.
He may not last at this high rate. Especially if the economy tanks.
Hope may come to the land,
Not without hardship.
Change will come, just let it be soon.
The above picture shows:
a Bleacher Bums at Wrigley Field
b Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and other MSNBC commentators reporting politics
Answer? Why "b" of course.
Once again, MSNBC's co-anchors, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, showed why they were kicked off the election campaign reporting shtick last year. They are so openly biased that their only proper place is in opinion-oriented forums. Now that the election is over, they are back off their leashes.
Last night was just another in a long string of anecdotes involving these two pundits. After the speech by President Obama (who makes Matthews feel orgasmic sensations run up and down his leg-by his own admission), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave the Republican response. As Jindal walked to the microphone, one of our two "professional" commentators (believed to be Matthews) was heard to mutter over the good old open mike, "Oh God!"
This is the same guy who in the 2006 elections, was heard to exclaim, "Yea!" when another Democratic election victory came over the wires.
Isn't MSNBC, in spite of its open bias, embarrassed when these two reporters act like cheerleaders and bleacher bums when reporting political events in venues where the public expects straight reporting?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We have had a lot of fun recently mocking the "Change" mantra that propelled Barack Obama to the White House. In one respect, it is a joke that President Obama will change the insider culture of Washington. One needs look no further than his cabinet selections to see that clearly. The revolving door of lobbyists in and out of government (Daschle) to the back room deals (Hillary Clinton) to the tax cheats (Daschle and Geithner) put the lie to any notion that the Obama Administration is going to change Washington. Yet, when we look at the first 30 days of the Obama Administration, it is undeniable that he is charging full-speed ahead for his version of change. That is the drive to move this country into socialism.
Where do we start? Do we begin with the so-called Stimulus Bill-almost 800 billion dollars of pork, earmarks, welfare and government spending gone wild? How about the nationalization through bailout of our banking system and our automobile industry? Even more stimulus bills are on the way. More spending, more give-aways, Fannie, Freddie, etc. All those homeowners who couldn't pay the mortgages? Government is going to take care of them. In Obama's speech tonight, I hear him blast certain bankers who made bad loans. He didn't say one word about people like Barney Frank, who forced bankers into making bad loans.
Yes, let the good times roll! After all, the tax-payers are footing the bill. You know, the people who work, pay their bills, pay their taxes and make their mortgage payments. The producers of our society. They got it covered. As we speak, Congress is sending another, slightly less blockbuster spending bill to Obama for his signature. It contains thousands of earmarks-those little things the President assures us are not in the Stimulus Package.
In the wake of all this, Obama holds a White House conference yesterday. The topic?
Did you know Obama is going to send 900 million dollars to Gaza? Not one dime to Hamas, we are assured. Never mind that Hamas runs Gaza. Of course, there will be appropriate safeguards. Right. He is also going to open the floodgates for "refugees" from Gaza to come to the US so they can take over our streets and campuses with their anti-Israel protests. Just what we need. Don't take my word for it; read the executive order.
What we are witnessing is the transfer of wealth through government spending programs and taxes. It is called socialism in its milder form and Marxism in its more extreme form. At this point, I am not sure where Obama falls in between the two.
Say what you will of Obama. He is moving boldly. His will not be an insignificant presidency.
A note from Radarsite: In our current increasingly frightening financial crises, we are it seems being continuously bombarded with references and analogies to the Great Depression. But how much do we really know about this great American tragedy? Most of us are aware of those old familiar images of veterans selling apples on the street corners of our great cities, the bread lines and the soup kitchens, the catastrophic devastations of the Dust Bowl. But many of us would perhaps be surprised, as I was, to learn of some of the more drastic repercussions of this monstrous economic meltdown. Many of us would perhaps be shocked to learn just how close we came to losing it all. If, as some pundits dramatically proclaim, we are indeed at the threshold of yet another Great Depression, it would be in our interest to take a closer look at that original disaster.
In an earlier Radarsite article Hollywood and the Jews, we examined the origins of Hollywood's historic 'left turn', the role of Hollywood's Jews, and the ever-present specter of anti-semitism. Here, we move beyond that glittering fantasy world of Hollywood to the cities and farmlands of America in an attempt to better understand this grave and critical period in our American history, which we refer to as the Great Depression. - rg
Hollywood’s traditional political position — leftist (mostly Democratic) opposition to Capitalist (mostly but not always Republican) governments, though temporarily suspended during the astounding Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1938, can be traced back to at least the early 1930s when active far-left pro-Communist groups and guilds flourished under the protective umbrella of the seemingly benign “Popular Fronts.” However, to better understand the origins of Hollywood’s significant “left-turn”, we must go back a little further.
Just two short years after Al Jolson’s wildly popular (but by today’s standards, monstrously politically incorrect) “blackface” minstrel Jazz Singer (1927- D: Alan Crosland) launched us into the exciting -- and for some major Hollywood silent film stars, career-ending -- era of the “talkies,”* the skies over America, and most of the rest of the world, began to darken. On October 28, 1929, “Black Friday,” the U.S. Stock Exchange in New York City collapsed, plunging the world into an era of unprecedented financial chaos and political turmoil. To a stunned American public it seemed that, without any warning, in just a matter of days the unthinkable had happened—our eminently successful system of Capitalism had simply failed.
Of course nothing in history is simple. Beneath the purported gaiety of the “Roaring Twenties” and the fun-loving, self-indulgent escapism of the “Jazz Age,” there was another darker but equally valid tale of the twenties. In 1929, well before the onset of the Great Depression, more than half of all Americans were living below a minimum subsistence level. Throughout the 1920s, rural America—where more than half of all Americans lived—had been in a long, downward spiral. While the annual per capita income was only $750, farm people earned a mere $273, making the farm worker’s life one of unrelenting hardship and privation. In 1930, 95% of the rural population was still living without electricity.* Between 1920 and 1930, prices for crops fell by 40 to 60%, while the value of farmland fell 30 to 40%.
As bad as it was for the farmers, the cities were hit even harder—especially those that relied on heavy industry. From 1932 to 1933 (the worst years of the Great Depression), auto manufacturing fell from 5.3 million manufactured in 1929 to 1.3 million in 1932, helping to make Detroit the worst hit city of the Depression. Industrial stocks lost 80% of their value since 1930, while banks lost $2 billion in deposits since 1929. In other areas, construction was down by two billion dollars since 1926, and construction “new starts” fell to 10% of the norm. This precipitous downturn resulted in the loss of two million high paying jobs in the construction industry. To add insult to injury, in what was then termed “technological unemployment,” an estimated 200,000 workers per year were being replaced by automatic or semi-automatic machinery.
Although almost every class of American society was affected in some way, those with the least were hurt the most—90% of the poorest communities in the country were affected by the Depression. Thirteen million Americans had lost their jobs since 1929. Only one quarter of the unemployed were receiving relief. Thirty million Americans were without any income at all. By 1933, unemployment had reached its record high of 24.9%.
The word “hobo” entered our lexicon, as two million mostly young men roamed the country desperately looking for work. As men lost their ability to earn wages, they soon lost their sense of identity and self-esteem and the number of desertions (“poor man’s divorces”) increased. Families were torn asunder. For the first time in 300 years, America’s population rates actually decreased. There were an estimated 200,000 vagrant children on the road (one in five of our nation’s 21 million children were going to bed hungry, while the number of children placed in orphanages rose by 50%). We had, indeed, entered a “Dark Valley”* of apparent hopelessness and despair.
As though things weren’t bad enough, Nature herself seemed complicit in our national tragedy. Some thirty years before the First World War, homesteaders settled in the southern parts of the Great Plains—large sections of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado—planting wheat, row crops, and raising cattle on land that had originally been hardy grass plains. Soon the soil was exhausted and left exposed to the traditional droughts, torrential rains, and winds. Then, beginning in the early 1930s, the region experienced an unusually severe and long-lasting drought and the soil began to blow away. The results were devastating. Thousands of families, near penniless, their farms ruined, hoping to start a new life in the legendary promised land of California, left what had now come to be known as the “Dustbowl” and began their painful, and often humiliating, migrations westward (earning along the way the deprecating nickname “Okies” and providing the inspiration for John Steinbeck’s “Joad” family in his epic, previously mentioned, masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath).
Across the Atlantic, on hearing of the New York Stock Market Crash, our envious ideological rivals, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin, chortled with satisfaction and uttered their self-congratulatory “I told you so” having (they said) long ago foretold the inevitable demise of corrupt American/Jewish Capitalism. Their glee was, however, short lived as the gigantic, unstoppable tsunami wave of the Great American Depression was already rolling towards their unprotected shores.
For a while America seemed to be teetering on the brink of anarchy. As the Depression deepened, there was a growing sense of anger and resentment; there was talk of civil war and rebellion. And not just talk. In 1933, the so-called “Business Plot” came to light, when one of our most respected military figures, Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, came before a Congressional committee and testified that he had been approached by a group of several wealthy, well-known East Coast businessmen (allegedly including the DuPont family) to become part of a plot to overthrow Roosevelt in a fascist military coup. --“We need a fascist government in this country to save the Nation from the Communists who want to tear it down and wreck all that we have built in America,” ranted the groups purported leader, New York businessman Gerald C. MacGuire. “The only men who have the patriotism to do it are the soldiers, and Smedley Butler is the ideal leader. He could organize one million men overnight.” -- Thanks almost entirely to General Butler’s timely testimony, the proposed right-wing coup was foiled. Although a full Congressional investigation ensued, no one was ever charged in the case and it eventually disappeared from the headlines (causing endless speculation among liberal conspiracy-theorists of a right-wing cover-up).
However, this was just one threat among many. After the apparent failure of Capitalism, for the first time in our Nation’s history there was a distinct possibility that one of the three dark isms—Communism, Socialism, or Fascism—would creep out of the shadows to claim what was left of our broken American Dream. In the 1932 elections the Communist Party’s William Z. Foster won 103,000 votes; while the Socialist Party under Norman Thomas received 881,000 votes. Dozens of loony left-wing and right-wing movements crawled out of woodwork. The popular liberal “Utopian socialist” author Upton Sinclair advocated the creation of a “network of workers villages, model factories and rural colonies where production-for-use would replace production-for-profit”. In 1932, Howard Smith founded the “Technocracy Movement” which sought to “abolish the ownership and price system [and] give power to a technological elite.”
Although their coup had never materialized, the DuPont family, together with the Pew family (Sun Oil) and the Rockefeller Associates never relented in their vicious propaganda attacks against Roosevelt and his New Deal -- which they characterized as “Jewish Communism”. To “save the Republic” and to further their anti-Semitic, anti-Communist causes, they provided major support for the fledgling American Liberty League, which in turn spawned a whole new series of extreme right-wing groups and paramilitary bands, such as the Sentinels of the Republic, the Minutemen and Minutewomen, and—picking up on the Nazi Party’s apparent love of “shirt movements” (the Brownshirts and the Blackshirts)—they formed their own Silver Shirt Squad of the American Storm Troopers. These were followed in New York City with General Art Smith’s Khaki Shirts (who wanted to abolish Congress altogether and form “the largest Army in the world”); then, yet another Silver Shirt movement organized by North Carolina’s William Kelley, whose members were described as the “cream of Protestant Christian manhood,” and whose rather broad mandate was to fight against the “Jewish Conspiracy.”
Father Charles Coughlin, the immensely popular and controversial “radio priest of Detroit,” who began broadcasting his weekly sermons in 1926, was by 1931 reaching an astonishing 40 million listeners (one-third of the U.S. population). Considered “the most prominent Catholic spokesman on political and financial issues,” he endorsed FDR in the 1932 elections and was initially a strong supporter of the New Deal reforms. In 1934, however, he dramatically changed course and began denouncing Roosevelt as a “tool of Wall Street.” Virulently anti-Communist and anti-Semitic, by 1936, he was increasingly expressing sympathy with Hitler and Mussolini, blaming the Depression on (what else?) an “international conspiracy of Jewish bankers.” In a speech on November 20, 1938, just two weeks after Germany’s infamous Kristallnacht, where innocent Jews across Germany were savagely attacked and killed and Jewish businesses and homes burned, Coughlin blamed the Jewish victims, claiming that, “Jewish persecution only followed after Christians first were persecuted.” By 1938 he was allied with the German-American Bund in a Christian Front against “Jews, unions, and Communists.” Finally, the new NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) code of 1939 forced radio stations to cancel Coughlin’s broadcasts and with the onset of the war his newspaper was subsequently banned from the mail under the Espionage Act for being pro-Nazi.
According to one prescient observer, we are now entering an "Axial Age". We are facing a great crossroads. Which direction will we take? Right, left, or straight off the precipice? God grant us the wisdom to make the right choices.
* For further reading on this subject Radarsite highly recommends The Dark Valley by Piers Brendon (Knopf)
This article is drawn from my yet-to-be-completed The Secret of Samson's Hair
Monday, February 23, 2009
A note from Radarsite: This afternoon I received the following email, forwarded to me by Susan Duclos, owner and editor of Wake Up America. After giving it some thought, I decided that the cogent questions raised by the respondent were worthy of an article of their own. If I am correct, it appears that I am the author of both articles in question, AA for Islam and Albert Speer: The Moderate Nazi, both of which were cross posted to WUA. Here then are Michael's comments, and below, my response. - rg
The other day I read in Wake up America about the unconditional terms of surrender of Nazi Germany in comparison to the middle east. It opened my eyes to certain truths I had never before thought of, as such I thought it was a brilliant piece. In contrast, today's piece about Albert Speer: The Moderate Nazi? seems to be narrowly focused upon one single theme. Persecution, which is one thing Ive always been oppossed too. The fact that Mr. Speer increased the production of arms inspite of Allied bombing could be viewed by many as Patriotic, even inspite of the ways he had to accomplish this. No doubt the Third Reich was stained with the blood of many innocents but not all those that fought on the side of the Nazi`s fought for the same goals or even shared the same ideals. Many fought for their Country, family and fellow commrades in arms. This holds true for not only the German soldiers but all the other nationalities that fought on either side. War is always ugly and can bring out the best as well as the worst in man, but one thing becomes clear after the shooting starts is the side that you fight for. I am glad that Hitlers regime was stopped and it is a shame that Stalin went on to commit even more crimes against humanity.
Then we have Albert Speer who as far as I can see did not design the death camps or instigate the Final Solution or even personally kill anyone, so what did he do to deserve 20 yrs in prison? Served on the wrong side when vengence was being handed out by the victors is all that I can see. The last paragraph of this edition it is stated what can we learn from this "Its the ideolgy, stupid" and "all those that adhere to it are our enemies." agreed. However in WW2 we, the Allied forces immediatelly found our selves facing the enemy of our enemy and as such used many former axis members to that end. The Gestapo, ect. were excused for "the greater good." Here we have people far worse than mr. Speer given a pass. ( would like to know the lesson to be learned there.) The Nazi`s and other Axis Allies were not fighting a religous war, if anything it seems that one may call Hitler and Himmler pagans.Muslims on the other hand I believe are even more insideous. I personally believe that ALL MUSLIMS are a threat to both Christians and Jewish people. Even athiests and anyone else who doesnt join in with them. Besides trying to convert them, which doesnt seem like an option for those who are Jewish, how can we deal with them ?????? I have found in the past couple weeks some of the most enlightened articles that I have ever read here at Wake up America. In sharing my beliefs and asking a couple questions I hope that I have not offended anyone here. I enjoy reading Wake up America and think you are doing a great job.
Michael from Missouri
Dear Susan, Thank you for forwarding this response to my article.
This is an interesting email. It is, however, yet another example of that same old moral equivalency argument, well-constructed but based on faulty logic. On Speer, Michael misses the main point -- he is to be judged not for his successful armaments production, but rather for his ruthless use of forced labor to achieve these ends. This (primarily racial) policy was at the very core of Nazi ideology. Speer's adherence to this abhorrent system makes him unquestionably an active participant in the horrors of the Third Reich. Anyone who takes the time to read his self-serving autobiography will almost certainly come to the same conclusions.
As to the German people's culpability in the Nazi atrocities, I would suggest that your respondent read Hitler's Willing Executioners, by Daniel Goldhagen. He has, I believe, proven, mathematically, beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt, that it was virtually impossible for the German people not to know what was going on all around them during the monumental prosecution of the Holocaust.
Furthermore, in referendum after referendum, the good German people enthusiastically supported their darling Fuhrer by an overwhelming majority - this, while all the time knowing full well of his plans for global conquest and his promise to eliminate the Jews, once and for all. Following Hitler's lightening-fast victories in Denmark, Norway and France, he was welcomed back into Berlin by wildly enthusiastic crowds, cheering him as a conquering hero. Only after the enormity of the losses suffered by the German people by the Allied bombing of 1944, and their horrific losses on the Eastern Front, did the good Volk even begin to question their Fuhrer. And, even after that, they willingly followed their charismatic leader into the depths of destruction.
The bottom line here is this. When a government takes control of a nation -- especially if that government is freely elected (as the Nazis most assuredly were), and when that government declares war on, and then attacks, another nation or nations, then ALL of the people in that nation become complicit in that enterprise, like it or not. It may have been the Nazis who precipitated that fateful plunge into WWII, but it was the German nation which had to be defeated. After hostilities began, who was a loyal Nazi and who wasn't quickly became a moot point.
As for Germany's allies, those mostly Eastern European countries played their cards close to the deck. They essentially waited on the sidelines to see which side seemed to gain the advantage, the Nazis or the Allies. Eventually, and unfortunately, they made the wrong choice and ended up dying on the frozen tundra of the Russian Steppes.
It is my view, that the so-called moderate Muslims of today are playing the same sort of waiting game, biding their time, trying to remain uncommitted, until they see which way the wind is blowing. Where are all those Muslim street protests against Muslim violence? Am I missing something?
In an earlier article in Radarsite I wrote about the question that I had submitted to two of the world's most preeminent historians of WWII, Sir John Keegan and Prof. Gerhard Weinberg. The question was simply: Considering all of the revisionist history written since 1945, which basically attempts to portray the Second World War as merely the morally-neuter conflict between empires, do you still believe that WWII was a battle between good and evil. Tellingly, both experts answered, Yes. Although Prof. Weinberg added the caveat that we had been forced to make common cause with an evil (the Soviet Union) in order to defeat an evil. This answer, I would suggest, would also apply to our enlistment of former Nazis to help us in our newly developing Cold War with the USSR (Operation Paperclip).
As to the moral culpability of the "good German people" or those "moderate Muslims", I repeat, "If it is the ideology which drives our enemy, then all those who adhere to it, no matter how directly or indirectly, are also our enemies". This holds true whether we are considering those WWII morally-conflicted Germans, their Romanian, Bulgarian or Arab allies, or those present-day illusive moderate Muslims.
For anyone to better understand the enormity of the Islamic threat we are facing I would strongly suggest reading the Koran and the subsequent hadiths and suni.
And finally, I'm sorry, but the comforting illusion that all men are basically good is at best naive, and at worst dangerously self-destructive.
I told you so President Obama. The second Durban Conference on bigotry and racism will be worse than the first.
Not only is Israel the only nation singled out for attack, but the idea of Free Speech will be destroyed too when they meet in April and force the world to accept as International Law that any criticism of Islam is a crime.
The draft document for the United Nations anti-racism conference, dubbed Durban II, is problematic both for Israel and western democracies in general, Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Roni Leshno Yaar told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.Sorry followers of the Great Pedophile. But it will come down to which system of government is better. The backward 7th Century ramblings of a lunatic who hated everyone or the enlightened men of Philadelphia who foresaw this and placed the Freedom of Speech as 1st in the American Constitution.
Besides issues relating to Israel, the draft has problematic paragraphs regarding free speech, defamation of religion and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, he said.
"At this stage it is not possible to say what in the text would improve, if at all. In fact I expect the text to get only worse on all issues which are important for western democracy," Leshno Yaar said in a telephone interview from Geneva.
He spoke as representatives from 190 nations have been meeting in Geneva to debate the language for a document in which Israel is alluded to as a "racist" and "apartheid" power.
The final draft will be presented at an April meeting in Geneva, which is the follow-up to the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, which took place in Durban, South Africa.
Israel and the United States walked out of the 2001 conference to protest its disintegration into an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hate-fest. Israel and Canada have already announced they do not intend to participate in this April's conference in Geneva.
On Friday, the State Department stated that it had gone to the preparatory meetings in Geneva "to work with countries that want to achieve a successful review conference" and added that the United States had "strong reservations about the direction of the conference, as the draft document singles out Israel for criticism, places unacceptable restrictions on freedom of expression under the guise of defaming religion, and calls for payment of reparations for slavery."
While in Geneva, US representatives met with 30 national delegations to outline their concerns.
The Americans were present but did not appear to have made improvement in the document, which he said "is getting worse every day."
Irwin Cotler, a Canadian MP and former justice minister, told the Post that the conference had been initially designed to speak about global issues relating to racism without singling out any country or group.
Israel was the only country that was alluded to in this way, he said.
Read the full story here.
What will the President do? Support those who follow a 7th Century madman, those who reject everything this nation stands for? Or finally listen to reason and reject not only the Durban II Conference, but anything that comes from it?
President Obama swore to uphold and defend the Constitution on Jan. 20th. Will he now do that? Or to please the Muslim world will he ignore our laws and impose the UN's on us?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Congress and our state legislatures are moving rapidly with the introduction of many gun bills, that if passed into law, will drastically alter the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans. Here is a short (but hardly inclusive) list of upcoming state and national legislation.
Big Brother’s New Target: Tracking Firearms (H.R. 45): As we previously reported, last month, U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) sponsored H.R. 45, also known as “Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act.” The bill is, at its core and as its name implies, a licensing and registration scheme.
The measure calls for all handgun owners to submit to the federal government an application that shall include, among many other things: a photo; an address; a thumbprint; a completed, written firearm safety test; private mental health records; and a fee. And those are only some of the requirements to be licensed! To read more, please click here.
Read an update on the insidious Blair Holt Bill (H.R. 45) from Jane Q Republican who says, “Does anyone, including Rep. Rush, actually believe that gun control laws will prevent Chicago gang members from having and using guns?”
These are the members of the Congressional subcommittee currently considering the bill. Contact them and let them know that they are making a choice. Either they defend the Constitution, or they defy it. Their votes will not be forgotten.
Robert Scott, Chairman, Virginia
Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico
Jerrold Nadler, New York
Zoe Lofgren, California
Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas (email@example.com)
Maxine Waters, California
Steve Cohen, Tennessee
Anthony Weiner, New York
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida
Louie Gohmert, Ranking Member, Texas
Ted Poe, Texas
Bob Goodlatte, Virginia
Dan Lungren, California
Randy Forbes, Virginia
Tom Rooney, Florida
What about Open Carry 4 Texas?
The following is from Texas Fred
If you are a Texan, if you are a gun owner, even if you're NOT a Texan, you need to read this. I think it may be shaping up to be a good fight and I think you ALL know where I stand on this issue!
If you have any comments PLEASE make em on the blog so Rep. Driver can see them... If you have ANY advice, PLEASE make it on the blog too, I want this guy to see it ALL!!
Rep. Joe Driver (R-113) and the Open Carry Issue
Rep. Joe Driver (R-113) and the Open Carry Issue
Last week I sent an email message to my Texas State representative, Joe Driver (R-113), requesting that he get on board with the *open carry* campaign that is really gaining strength here in Texas.
Today I got a response from Rep. Driver, he said NO. He believes that open carry is a dangerous thing and could/would present more problems than it would solve.
See also the OpenCarry.org Forum
The following updates are from the National Rifle Association
A bill to prevent state or local government from seizing lawfully owned guns during emergencies sailed through the Alabama House on Thursday and now heads to the Senate, where it was approved last year.
Palin supports concealed carry
Gov. Sarah Palin has encouraged U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to support recently adopted regulations that allow concealed weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges.
The legislature began fast-tracking bills Thursday to let people with carry permits take guns into state and local parks and establishments serving alcohol -- all places where they are currently banned. The House handgun study committee also recommended making secret the list of Tennessee's 219,236 gun-carry permit holders and to penalize any publication of their identities.
Virginia: Cole's gun turn-in bill advances in the Senate
A Senate committee yesterday narrowly approved Del. Mark Cole's bill that would require localities running gun turn-in programs to sell any valuable guns to firearms dealers.
Anti-Gun Land Bill On the Move from Gun Owners of America
Send this letter to your congressional representatives:
I urge you to oppose S. 22, a bill that will greatly expand the amount of land controlled by the National Park Service (NPS).
NPS land is currently subject to a gun ban. While President Bush took steps in the waning days of his presidency to reverse the ban, the new regulations apply to persons who carry a concealed firearm with a permit. Non-permit holders and open carry are not explicitly addressed. Which is why S. 22 raises so many concerns:
* It authorizes the federal government to buy private land adjacent to national parks and trails. Such land would be controlled by the NPS, and thus be subject to the gun ban.
* The bill federalizes the Washington-Rochambeau Route, a 650 mile trail, and places it under the NPS gun ban.
* S. 22 will codify the National Landscape Conservation System, which raises concerns for hunters and sportsmen. Much of this land is consolidated from the BLM and the Forest Service, which have always allowed hunting and recreational shooting. It is unclear what rules will be promulgated by the new agency and if gun owners’ rights will be protected.
* S. 22 also strips out small concessions which were won in the House last year that would allow state and local law to govern firearms possession and hunting on certain land. But the anti-gun House leadership is preventing any amendments to fully repeal the NPS gun ban.
If these concerns are not corrected in S. 22, I would strongly urge you to vote against it.