Friday, May 31, 2013

June 6 is Coming

Gary Fouse

For those of you who don't know who Dr. Bill Warner is, check out  

I have been receiving e-mails from several contacts about June 6, which is normally commemorating as the date of the D-Day landings at Normandy that led to the defeat of Nazism and liberation of Europe from German occupation. There is a movement to use that day as one in which bloggers and other social media will post messages on what they think of Islam. This comes in the wake of the horrific murder of a  British soldier by two Muslims in London and our own Boston Marathon attack.

I have decided after some thought to participate in this effort on this site. I confess that both the above incidents have affected me and I feel the need to become more militant, if that is the correct word.

I have already started on the draft because I have a lot to say, and I want to say it as effectively as I can. In the meantime, this is my way of spreading the word.

Below is a message from Bill Warner, a counter jihad activist in Tennessee.
From Bill Warner:
Speak Your Mind About Islam Day: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Just this past week we were shocked to witness, in broad daylight, on London streets, the ambush and barbaric murder of Lee Rigby, a British soldier, husband, and father of a young child. Lee was ambushed by two men, one of whom spoke directly to the camera afterwards. This man made it clear that his motivations were based upon Islam and the numerous verses in the Quran that call for violence against non-Muslims.

Afterward, individual citizens from the UK and around the world flooded social media with their sentiments about Islam, the false narrative that it is a "Religion of Peace" and the blatant falsehood put forth by Prime Minister Cameron that the teachings of Islam had nothing to do with this brutal assassination. Several citizens have since been arrested by the government of Great Britain for comments they made under the influence of grief and anger. These actions by the government are an attempt to suppress free speech and must not be tolerated. We ask that you stand with these persecuted individuals as a unified people.

In response to the British government's attempts to suppress free speech, we wish to declare Thursday, June 6th, 2013 "Speak Your Mind About Islam Day". June 6th is a day of great significance for the free peoples of the world.

In the 1940's, American, Australian, Brit, Canadian, Frenchman, Indian, Russian, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh and countless others were bound together by the common goal of eradicating forever the vile ideology of Nazism. On June 6th, 1944, segments of these diverse allied forces bound together and stormed Fortress Europe marking the beginning of the end of the ideology of Nazism as a force among men.

Let June 6, 2013 once again be that day for us.

On Thursday, June 6th, 2013 we ask that you flood social media with your thoughts on and knowledge of Islam as a clear and unmistakable message to our governments around the world that we will NOT be silenced by blasphemy laws, statutes on "community cohesion", or threats and acts of intimidation carried out by our governments in an attempt to silence us on the issue of Islam and its undeniable ties to religiously motivated acts of terror around the world. Our overwhelming numbers and unified voice must make it clear that we will become increasingly UNGOVERNABLE, without becoming violent, on the issue of Islamic terror. An assault on one will be treated as an assault upon us all; we will stand together as one voice. Political careers will pay a price at the polls for the condescending act of telling us that Islam is what we all know it is not.

Rules of Conduct:
1. Keep it civilized - nothing positive comes from mob-like behavior.
2. Focus on the ideology of Islam, not individuals.
3. No profanity or ad hominem attacks - they cause people to tune out the message because of the messenger.
4. The goal is to unite us, garner group support for the cause, and put our governments on notice that we will not be silenced.

Please share this now with every blogger and social media group you know about.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti Alive And Well In The USA

Stolen from Faultline USA

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


It had not crossed my mind until a few days ago, but the KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti) seems to have just switched nations -- from the Soviet Union to the United States. (Gasp!)

OK. Hold on a moment.

KGB, or Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, translated into English is: "Committee for State Security."

So what, you ask?

So ... DHS stands for "Department of Homeland Security." Ummm.

Honestly, the only difference I see is that one is a "department" and the other a "committee."

Many conservative commentators have been warning for years that the US is becoming a police state akin to the old Soviet Union.

What with the hearings going on in Washington currently on the abuse of power by the IRS and the Justice Department, is it any wonder that more and more Americans are questioning the the government's loyalty to the constitution -- AND to the citizens of the US?

It has become clear that if you are a friend of the constitution then you are an enemy of the Obama Administration. At least that now seems to be the position of our current government.

Consider this: "Agents from the Department of Homeland Security posing as national “police” were deployed across the country this week to monitor and intimidate Tea Party activists, who were peacefully protesting the Obama administration and its abuse of the IRS to target conservative groups. The apparently unlawful spying and bullying has drawn outrage from analysts, experts, and commentators from across the political spectrum worried that the federal government is going off the rails.

From California to Florida and everywhere in between, armed DHS functionaries — part of the so-called “Federal Protective Service” (FPS) — intimidated and spied on peaceful activists, according to protesters in attendance. News reports were filled with pictures and videos of large Homeland Security trucks that said “police” in giant letters, along with armed DHS personnel dressed in “police” outfits. At a rally in Los Angeles, a DHS helicopter was even spotted flying overhead as federal “police” ordered protesters to get off of government property." Source

The article at The New American continues: "Why aren't DHS officers protecting the homeland against foreign enemies armed with explosives and hate? Perhaps because the Obama Administration is more worried about domestic ‘enemies’ armed with the Constitution and love of country,” wrote Sally Zelikovsky about the scandal in the American Thinker. She also said the administration sending out DHS agents to spy on Tea Party protests was “further evidence of the Soviet-style ‘War on Dissent.’ ”

“One would think they would be just a bit more circumspect and maybe even exercise a modicum of restraint before dispersing KGB, I mean, DHS agents to free speech rallies protected under the Constitution,” Zelikovsky continued in her stinging criticism of the department’s latest activities. “The fact that they did this so blatantly despite the scrutiny they are under is symptomatic of a government on the verge of a constitutional breakdown — a government that doesn't hesitate to bully the little guy while giving the Constitution the proverbial political finger.” Source

Look. It is clear to anyone with an iota of sense that our government is out of control. Freedom and liberty are being curtailed. Personal freedom is in serious peril in America today.

The Department of Homeland Security should be abolished at once. In fact, there is serious question whether we ever needed them, in the first place.

"It is clear that the DHS is not in the business of protecting us, it is in the business of protecting criminals and keeping us controlled. The DHS no longer plays any role in protecting of the U.S. citizens. It is time to defund and abolish it, sell all of its assets and ammo and return all the proceeds to the U.S. treasury for partial repayment of our debt or maybe using some of this money to reopen the WH for kids and the national parks to law abiding Americans." Source

We couldn't agree more.

If DHS ever inspired confidence in Americans that time is long past. DHS now inspires fear and loathing among the citizens of America. It is now seen as a thuggish strong arm enforcement agency of the police state, an adversary of the citizens of the country. We want it gone!


It is only a matter of time until the Obama Administration Regime begins to arrest innocent men and women for political reasons.  In dictatorships this is done in the middle of the night, with torture, rape and secret trials.  I am sure there are re-education centers and gulags already for the poor victims.  The money for those facilities coming from the Stimulus.  And a very complicit media not only keeping quiet about the arrests but encouraging citizens to inform on their neighbors.

Congratulations America!  We have become the Union of Soviet States of America!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

London: There Are No Words

Gary Fouse

I am still trying to put into words the rage I feel about what happened in London today. I can only imagine what Britons are feeling. They have already suffered the horrific attack on July  7, 2005. They have suffered the humiliation of watching Muslim thugs literally take over their streets, proclaim sharia zones, promise the day when all of Briton will be under sharia law, insult returning troops in Luton as they marched down the street, chase retreating cops down the street, and on and on.

Now this unspeakable atrocity. And once again, as a British soldier is butchered just yards from his base by two animals, we hear the inevitable cry of Allahu Akhbar.

Here in America, we are still trying to come to grips with the Boston attack and the death of four Americans at the hands of two Chechen Muslims. Of course, in 2001, we suffered the worst terror attack in history. Ironically, today, we also see that the FBI had to shoot and kill a Chechen suspect and friend of Tamarlan Tsarnaev who they were questioning about a triple homicide in the Boston area last September 11. Good.

I note that the Islamic Council or whatever it is in Britain has condemned the attack and insisted-yet again- that this has nothing to do with Islam. Violence is forbidden in Islam, you see. Of course it is. Islam is a peaceful religion. Never mind all those passages in the Koran or in the hadith. It all depends on the translations, you see.

The facts, which we read about everyday in the newspapers, would suggest otherwise. As we speak, the Arab world is in flames. In virtually every Muslim-majority country you can name, religious minorities are being persecuted and deprived of their human rights. But Islam, so they tell us, is a religion of tolerance. In Europe, Muslim street criminals are harassing Jews -at least when they are not burning cars as they are doing in Stockholm as we speak. Europe is disappearing before our very eyes. In another generation, Europeans will be the persecuted minorities in their own countries unless they act now and act decisively.

Understandably, there is anger in Britain tonight. The specter of more violence cannot be ignored. The English Defence League is out in force.

One thing is clear; the West has to wake up and realize that our future is under direct threat from fanatical Islamists who seek to impose their will on the rest of us-in our own countries. We have every right to ask our governments why they have pursued policies of importing millions of people from these hell holes who follow this violent and hateful ideology. It is time for every country that wishes to remain a country to halt this immigration from Islamic countries. Discrimination? Hell yes! Nobody has any "right" to be in any other country but his own.

I have always been careful to separate innocent Muslims from the jihadists. I have always cautioned against Americans taking out their anger against innocent people. I maintain that stance. But where are the decent Muslims? I am not talking about the ones who condemn the acts and insist that this does not represent Islam because I don't believe that. No doubt we will hear the same empty arguments coming from CAIR in the coming days-if they care to comment at all. The problem is that the decent Muslims have made themselves irrelevant to the discussion by their silence. They are either afraid to speak out or they know they cannot win the debate with the jihadists when it comes to the theological arguments. Just like Zuhdi Jasser, whom I admire; he has righteousness on his side. The jihadists-including the two savages in London today- have the texts. No, what I want to see from innocent Muslims is some self reflection and acknowledgment that something is dreadfully wrong-and needs to be changed. I want to hear them proclaiming to each other publicly, "Is this our religion?" If history ever needed a second Reformation, it is now. The problem is how do you accomplish a true Reformation without turning away from the holy book itself as well as the Prophet. The Koran is considered the word of God to Mohammed. Are they to now say that all those hateful statements about Jews and Christians are to be excised? Can they actually criticize Mohammed for some of the things he did in life? Remember that Martin Luther never rejected Jesus Christ, nor did he reject the Bible. He was rejecting a corrupt Vatican that was ruling Christianity. It seems to me that if modern-day Christianity were engaged in all this violence, it would be losing believers by the millions. Under Islam, however, the punishment for leaving the religion is death. What does that tell you?

The ideology (Islam is a political ideology aside from being a religion) that spawned 9-11, 7-7-05, and today's atrocity in London has no place in a free, civilized, pluralistic, and tolerant society where the rights of all are supposed to be protected. Are we supposed to simply shrug our shoulders because there are too many of them here to send back home (Many are naturalized citizens or born here) and accept the fact that this will be the new fact of life in our societies? Just like traditional street crimes and drugs, are we going to have to suffer bombings and beheadings as part of our daily existence? When will we experience the next Boston? When will Britain experience the next carnage it witnessed today? When will France experience another Toulouse? When will the next Theo van Gogh be butchered in Holland?

How we and the rest of the civilized world handle this is going to be a tricky business unless we want to stop being free nations under the rule of law. We can start by announcing to the Islamic world that immigration is over until this madness stops. How the Islamic rulers handle the problem in their countries is, at this point, no concern of mine. We can also start going after these subversive Islamic organizations in the US that masquerade as "moderate", but advance the jihadist cause. In addition, there are way too many mosques right here in the US where the very brand of hate that spawned today's murder is being preached and driven into the heads of young Muslims.

Let's be honest. The man on the street in Europe has nothing but contempt for the Muslim immigrants as a whole. I would also venture a guess that attitudes are not that much different here in the US though we have not experienced Islamic street crime here as in Europe because our Muslim immigrants came here largely educated as opposed to those in Europe. Make no mistake, however; the explosion in Europe is coming. It may start on European streets or world events will start it all (e.g. Iran). We are, whether we want to admit it or not, involved in a class of civilizations just as serious as what was brewing in the 1930s. We here in the US and Canada will not be able to avoid being sucked in.

We should consider what happened today in the UK as a warning. Just as we should have considered 9-11 and Boston as warnings. I don't know about you, but I have seen enough.

Monday, May 20, 2013

SPME and Brandeis Center Statement of Support for UC Santa Cruz Teacher

Gary Fouse

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and the Brandeis Center have issued a joint statement of support for UC Santa Cruz teacher of Hebrew Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, who is being smeared and targeted by the pro-Palestinian forces within the UC system because she has had the courage to speak out about anti-Semitism on UC and California State University campuses and name the names of those responsible.,

It is past time for the top administrators in the UC system to issue their own statements of support for Rossman-Benjamin's free speech rights and start addressing the problem of anti-Semitism on UC campuses that she is speaking out about. It is also time to take back our campuses from these pro-Palestinian agitators who have created a hostile environment on our campuses.

What say you, UC President Mark Yudof?

The Battle Of Athens

By Findalis
Monkey in the Middle

Or How Common Citizens Removed A Corrupt Government From Their County.

The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946. The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of political corruption and voter intimidation.

Here is what happened:

Following World War II in 1946, violence erupted when returning American soldiers discovered their Tennessee county had been taken over by political corruption. Their plan to take it back involved bullets—lots of bullets—and dynamite.

Why Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee became a battleground was due to Paul Cantrell, a Democrat running for sheriff in the 1936 election. He won over his Republican opponent, although the victory was tainted by rumors of fraud. Cantrell was a corrupt sheriff—for example, since state law allowed his office to collect fees for each person booked, jailed, and released, deputies boarded buses passing through the city and arrested passengers on bogus charges of drunkenness, forcing them to pay fines. Prostitution, gambling, and kickbacks from illegal drinking establishments were commonplace.

The tide began to turn in 1945 when GIs returning to Athens were subjected to arrest on the flimsiest excuses and heavily fined. When the fed up soldiers attempted to support their choice for sheriff against Pat Mansfield (by then, Cantrell had been elected to the state Senate and backed Mansfield’s bid), matters boiled over into direct conflict on Election Day 1946.

Mansfield hired several hundred armed “deputies” to patrol the voting precincts in Athens—and no doubt to assist in the typical ballot stuffing and voter intimidation. The volatile situation escalated when Walter Ellis, an ex-GI and volunteer poll watcher, was arrested by Mansfield’s deputies and held without charge. A black resident, Tom Gillespie, was refused the right to vote, beaten, and shot. More GIs were arrested and threatened with violence. By the end of the day, the former soldiers had enough.

They broke into the town armory for weapons and besieged the jail, where Mansfield and his deputies had taken the ballet boxes. Battle continued sporadically throughout the night, resulting in wounded on both sides. When the GIs ran out of bullets around dawn, they began throwing dynamite. The deputies inside the jail surrendered.

The highly publicized Battle of Athens not only ousted corruption from one county in Tennessee, the lesson learned would ultimately lead to great reforms in Southern politics.


This is a part of American history that all elected official should learn and remember.  When the government forgets whom they serve and dictates to the American People what to think, do, say, read, and how to vote, it is incumbent upon the citizens of that town, city, county, state or nation to rise up and remove (By force if necessary.) the dictator.

What happened in Athens, Tennessee was the most extreme example of citizen action.  The last resort of a desperate people.

In such desperation the American people will do anything to return their rights to them.  Something every politician in this nation should remember.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the University of California at Berkeley

Gary Fouse

Get a load of this:

This, of course, is the brainchild of professor Hatem Bazian, who not so long ago was an activist student at Berkeley. Just this past week, he was sharing a stage at UC San Diego with Cynthia McKinney as she struggled to put a coherent thought together (see my post).

So now Berkeley, which is a boffo institution on its best of days, has this what-ever-you-call- it devoted to documenting any thought or utterance critical of Islam and the Islamist agenda of establishing world-wide supremacy over the rest of us and whatever other religion we may believe in.

Never mind that Muslims enjoy equal rights in America and full freedom to practice their faith-as they do in that other country so vilified by Bazian-Israel.

Never mind that in virtually every Muslim majority nation on earth, religious minorities are being actively persecuted by violent and often legal means.

Never mind that just since 9-11, there have been over 20,000 acts of terror carried out world-wide in the name of Islam.

Never mind the virulent expressions of hate spewing forth from the mouths of imams reading passages from the Koran directed toward Jews and Christians in mosques and madrassas around the world.

Never mind that on almost any day, Muslims in Iraq, Pakistan, or Afghanistan are killing other Muslims (Sunni-Shia) while Sufis and Ahmadiya Muslims are also persecuted in Muslim countries.

None of that matters, you see because all that matters is that little things like the above have given some folks a rather negative perception of Muslims.

Except for the fact that most Americans have done a good job of separating the innocent Muslims from the violent jihadists-and their apologists.

But let's take a look inside the pages of this "project" (link above). The first thing you note is the recent 4th annual study of Islamophobia conference (apparently just concluded). I wonder if Cynthia McKinney spoke at that one.

Also check out the inaugural edition of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and peruse the list of articles. They can be read in full if you are into masochism.

Like this one from Bazian:

"Since the events of September 11, 2001, the FBI and other security 
agencies have resorted to the recruitment of Muslim informants by means of 
enticement and, if necessary, threats of deportation or financial ruin. From 
the cases that have come to light, it is clear that vast sections of the Muslim 
community and its civic and religious institutions are the intended targets of 
these FBI operations."

Bazian then goes into a lengthy treatise of the "objectionable" FBI efforts to develop sources of information within the Muslim community and likens it to the COINTEL probes of decades past. Of course, what he doesn't stress is that the objective is to save innocent lives from terrorist attacks. His article, was of course, written before the latest attack in Boston.

Speaking of Boston, there is also this gem by Professor Muhammad Tamdgidi of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, in which he quotes a definition of Islamophobia as adopted by the Runnymede Trust on Islamophobia Report of 1997.

"The Runnymede report defined Islamophobia and “closed views of 
Islam” as follows:

1. Islam [is] seen as a single monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive 
to new realities. 
2. Islam [is] seen as separate and other—(a) not having any aims or 
values in common with other cultures (b) not affected by them (c) 
not influencing them.
3. Islam [is] seen as inferior to the West—barbaric, irrational, 
primitive, sexist.
4. Islam [is] seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of 
terrorism, engaged in ‘a clash of civilisations’.
5. Islam [is] seen as a political ideology, used for political or military 
6. Criticisms made by Islam of ‘the West’ [are] rejected out of hand."
7. Hostility towards Islam [is] used to justify discriminatory practices 
towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream 
8. Anti-Muslim hostility [is] accepted as natural and ‘normal’.4

But our friends at the IRDP wish to define Islamophobia as follows:

"Islamophobia is a contrived fear or prejudice fomented by the existing Eurocentric and Orientalist global power structure.  It is directed at a perceived or real Muslim threat through the maintenance and extension of existing disparities in economic, political, social and cultural relations, while rationalizing the necessity to deploy violence as a tool to achieve "civilizational rehab" of the target communities (Muslim or otherwise).  Islamophobia reintroduces and reaffirms a global racial structure through which resource distribution disparities are maintained and extended."

According to that latter definition, I am can proudly attest that I am not an Islamophobe. Admittedly, the former, at least in certain points, is more problematical for me. I know one thing, however; I don't go around referring to people from other religions as "apes and pigs" and envision the day when I will hunt them down behind the last tree or rock to kill them. I don't know where that fits into anyone's definition of "phobia", but it must fit in somewhere.

Another featured article is by two professors at British universities who compare Islamophobia with European anti-Semitism:

What is conveniently missing from this piece is the fact that most of the anti-Semitism in Europe today is by young male Muslim immigrants who are making it impossible for Jews to walk the streets of major cities  dressed in distinctive Jewish garb lest they be insulted, spat upon, accosted or assaulted by the aforementioned criminals while intimidated Europeans turn a blind eye. Also missing are images like this, which just may contribute to "British Islamophobia".

But here is where it really gets good. Introducing Professor  Ramon Grosfoguel of (where else?) UC Berkeley:


Ramon Grosfoguel

" For the sake of economizing space, when we use the term 
“world-system” in this essay, we refer to the “modern/colonial Westernized 
Christian-centric capitalist/patriarchal world-system” (Ibid). At the risk of 
sounding ridiculous, we prefer a long phrase like this to characterize the 
present heterarchical structure (multiple power hierarchies entangled to 
each other in complex historical ways) of the world-system, than the limited 
characterization of a single hierarchy called “capitalist world-system” with 
capital accumulation as the single logic of the system (Ibid). The latter leads 
to an economic reductionist understanding of the world-system, while the 
former leads to a more complex, non-reductive structural-historical analysis. 
Islamophobia as a form of racism against Muslim people is not an 
epiphenomenon but constitutive of the international division of labor." 

(It means capitalism is bad.)

"At a world level, Islamophobia has been the dominant discourse used 
in the post-civil rights and post-independence era of dominant cultural racist 
discourses against Arabs. The events of 911 escalated anti-Arab racism 
through an Islamophobic hysteria all over the world, specifically among the 
dominant elites of the United States and Israel. The latter is not surprising 
given US and Israeli representation of Palestinians, Arabs and Islamic people 
in general as terrorist decades before 911 (Said 1979; 1981). The
responsibility of US foreign policy is never linked to the tragic events of 911."

OK. Enough of that. I think you get the flavor. Essentially, everything about the West is bad, which leads one to wonder why the various authors have chosen to live in the West.

This is no Simon Wiesenthal Center, Folks. Keep in mind that as we speak, the 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation is still working hard to get the UN to pass a resolution that all member nations should criminalize any criticism of Islam. So is it fair to ask whether this "research and documentation" project is meant to be a repository of information on all those so-called "Islamophobes", real or imagined? Is there a larger agenda at work here against capitalism, democracy, true freedom and respect for ALL religions, and other institutions we have heretofore held so dear?

How sad it is that this is what passes for scholarship in places like the University of California at Berkeley.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hatem Bazian-Cynthia McKinney at UC San Diego

Gary Fouse

Yes, Virginia, there's a lid for every pot. Hatem Bazian-Cynthia McKinney

Last Thursday, UC Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian and Cynthia McKinney spoke before a packed hall of about 40 students.....

..... from the Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Association as part of the week-long festival of hate against Israel at UC San Diego. No, I wasn't there, but people I know were, and they took copious notes.

According to my reports, Bazian was his usual complaining and boring self while McKinney gave one for the ages. It will be forever known as the Cynthia McKinney San Diego Address-as opposed to the Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg address. The only similarity was that both consisted of few words, but at least Lincoln's made sense.  Already rambling from apples to French fries, about half way through, she completely lost her train of thought and paused repeatedly for painfully long periods at one point trying unsuccessfully to put a film up on the screen as a student had to run up from the audience to help her. I am told it was embarrassing.

But that's nothing new for Cynthia.

Bazian, as usual, whined about the "harassment and  discrimination" that pro-Palestinian students face on University of California campuses then went on to complain about US support for Israel.

Here is a summary of McKinney's speech:

"Oh, I'm sorry........"

"What I'm trying to say is that one team shows up on election day. Another team shows up and the other team wins......Uhh....

....."try to talk about the way we organize................." PAUSE

......"What is this? ...Well, where I wanna go is............"(long pause)

"One moment.....Ok, uh.. That's it."

And this woman is a former US Congresswoman and studying for a PhD at Antioch University!!

To be sure, she made references to AIPAC and that pro-Israel lobby that has such an influence on all political aspects of our lives. She referred to an article by (Jewish Daily) Forward that described how the lobby is able to get Jews elected to Congress. She even quoted that great statesman (and Jew-hater)  Gus Savage, who spoke about the influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the House floor back in the early 1990s.

Gus Savage: Sexual predator, corrupt Congressman, race baiter, anti-Semite. And this is who McKinney quotes.

I should also note that McKinney quoted Savage in May 2009 at UC Irvine when I asked her a question about how much the Jews had cost her her last election. She was too stupid not to take the bait.

In addition, McKinney told the "audience" that she had just returned from a 17-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur the night before. She also told of being recently  in Capetown, South Africa at the -get this- Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine and being told by "many" South Africans that the apartheid of the former South Africa "paled in comparison to the apartheid in Israel."

I note that among the "luminaries" at the above clambake was the crackpot American-born Israeli professor Jeff Halper, who concocted the "spectral dust" story which he related at UC Irvine. (You gotta read this.)

Which begs the question: Who is paying for this dim bulb (McKinney)  to travel around the world-or any of them for that matter?

From what I am told, the UCSD week of hate was pretty much like the UCI week of hate. The average turnout was about 30-40 MSA-types, 3-5 pro-Israel types, and 3-5  curious students here and there-probably getting extra credit to attend from their radical professors.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

UC San Diego Preventing Videotaping of MSA Events

Gary Fouse

Here is an update on the situation at UC San Diego as the Muslim Student Association began their week of anti-Israel events. Below is my initial report:

Last night, private security hired by event organizers prevented any video recording or audio recording of the event by outside persons.

This morning, a friend of mine called the UCSD Dean's office to inquire about the policy and to inform them of how the issue had been resolved at UC Irvine the previous week. My friend was told by  an unidentified woman that the UCSD had a "different interpretation of the law", had consulted with their own attorneys, and that the "organizers of the event" had requested that no public filming  be allowed. She  further advised that they would send their policy to my friend in writing.

Stand by.

Meanwhile, here is a video from The United West from May 2011 at UCSD. Watch what happens when Tom Trento and his team arrive to videotape the MSA events. This is good stuff.

I must make one correction to the video. The Muslim Brotherhood is not a designated terrorist organization.

(But it should be.)

Monday, May 13, 2013

MSA Intimidation at UC San Diego

Gary Fouse

I have been advised that the UC San Diego Muslim Student Association is kicking off their own version of Hate Week today through Thursday. I have also been advised that last year, the MSA, with the cooperation of the university, was able to prevent audience members from videotaping. Here is the sign that appeared last year.

I have also been told that the MSA uses their own security to enforce the video ban.

As previously documented on this site, UCSD was until recently  under the leadership of a Lavern and Shirley team identified as Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and vice chancellor Penny Rue. The new chancellor is Pradeep Khosla. They need to be set straight as to the law.

At a public event on a public site at a public university, audience members have the absolute right to videotape.

Do you think the MSA and their speakers have something to hide?


This is another example of intimidation, pure and simple. At UC Irvine last week, we didn't let them get away with it. I hope they won't be allowed to get away with it at UCSD. Private security or MSA members acting as security or enforcers can not take the place of campus police, who are the authorized guardians of order.

And guess who is speaking this week? Cynthia McKinney.......

....and Hatem Bazian, who, no doubt, will roll out his old power point presentation and read his talk. Hopefully, somebody in the audience will ask him about his reported past statements at Berkeley, where he  allegedly called for intifada in the US and referred to all the campus buildings with Jewish names on them. I have asked him about these alleged statements at UCI, and all I got was a song and dance for an answer.


I count on getting updates on this version of the San Diego Zoo.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Let's help out one of our Heroes

Gary Fouse

Not many people are aware that the Drug Enforcement Administration is active in Afghanistan. I have received the below message from the Association of Formal Federal Narcotic Agents, of which i am a member. One of our retired agents, Doug Driver, was critically injured in Afghanistan by  an IED. As the below letter describes, he needs some help.

Dear AFFNA Member:
Subject:  Request for Contributions to Support Doug Driver

Recently the AFFNA Board of Directors met at the Western Regional Conference in San Diego. During our meeting it came to our attention that one of AFFNA’s own, retired DEA Group Supervisor Doug Driver needs our support.
Many of you no doubt know Doug Driver of Jacksonville, FL. Among his many accomplishments during his DEA career, Doug was the DEA Case Agent whose investigative efforts led to the arrest and conviction of Carlos Lehder, a principle member of Colombia’s Medellin Cartel and one of the most important investigations in DEA’s history.

When the investigation began, Lehder had acquired Norman’s Cay in the Bahamas and was using the island to transship tons of cocaine from Colombia into the United States. Pursuant to Lehder’s arrest in Colombia he was immediately transported to Jacksonville, Florida where Doug spearheaded DEA’s successful conviction of Lehder and his co-defendants. Doug also worked in DEA offices in Los Angeles, Savannah, Georgia, Washington DC and Panama City, Panama.

Upon retirement from DEA, Doug began working for a company that provided law enforcement support to our soldiers in Afghanistan. He was embedded with U.S. Army combat units in remote areas of Afghanistan, providing leadership in conducting investigations into those groups responsible for the manufacture of IEDs against U.S. forces. Our young soldiers always expressed amazement at what a 62 year old man could do physically in a demanding climate and terrain so they nicknamed him, “Superman.”

In 2010, while on a mission to arrest two Afghan brothers who had manufactured an IED which had killed two American soldiers, Doug was severely injured by an IED.  

Because of Doug’s meticulous investigation of the IED which killed the two U.S. soldiers, he identified the two Afghan brothers responsible. While attempting to make the arrests in a remote village, another IED intended for Doug and his unit exploded and killed several Aghan citizens in the vicinity. Doug, who was close to the explosion, initially suffered a severe headache but later that night suffered a massive stroke, which left him in a coma for a period of time until he was transported to Germany and subsequently to the U.S for treatment. As a result of the stroke Doug has been left partially blind, with the inability to talk or walk and requires 24/7 medical assistance at his home in Jacksonville. Doug has all his mental capacity and is cognizant of everything but simply has limited use of his body.

As you can no doubt imagine the last few years have been very difficult for Doug and his wife Becky. His rehabilitation has been a long and difficult journey but both Doug and Becky have always been fighters. Along the way, they have had to battle against the insurance company to cover their medical costs and have had limited success due to several factors.  Some of their current needs are to obtain rehabilitation equipment for their home, making their home accessible for a handicapped person and many other requirements.   

The AFFNA Board of Directors is offering our members the opportunity to assist and join in the our efforts to support Doug’s valiant fight and determination to get well by asking that our members donate whatever they can in support of his requirements. We know that Doug and Becky will appreciate any contribution, no matter how great or how small.  The most important thing we can do as brother and sister DEA agents is to let Doug and his family know that they are not forgotten and we stand together with them in their struggle.

Please consider sending a contribution to the Doug Driver Fund. Please make your check payable to AFFNA. Send your contribution to Andy Fenrich, AFFNA’s treasurer at:

Andy Fenrich
280 S. Scofield Mountain Road
Winchester, NH  03470


As you can plainly see, this is a cause that merits our support. If you can help, please give what you can.

UC Irvine Hate Week Wrapup

Gary Fouse


The above picture of the "infamous" Apartheid Wall is truly representative of the week of events fostered upon the UC Irvine campus this week by the Muslim Student Union, with added sponsorship by Students for Justice in Palestine, the Black Student Union, and MECHA. The newly refurbished wall wound up needing more refurbishing after rain washed out the noon event at the flagpoles and forced the event indoors. In addition, Monday and Thursday's noon slots couldn't be filled with outside speakers. Not even Amir Abdel Malik Ali was available this year.

As it was, the events couldn't draw flies aside from the MSU kids themselves, most of whom appeared bored from listening to the same old lines they have been hearing for years from boring speakers that nobody ever heard of. It was clearly the scrubs filling in this year. Most of the events drew about 35 people- at the most 50-60. The biggest drawing event was on Wednesday night when their enemy Daniel Pipes appeared with a panel in a separate hall. As I noted in my early reports, the MSU spent the first couple of days trying to keep me from videotaping. Finally, it took the Dean of Students to advise them that we have something in this country called the First Amendment. They seem to think it only applies to them-certainly not to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren or Gary Fouse.

What we heard this week was the same old drivel from a bunch of angry misfits who continue to preach victimhood to their bored and exhausted listeners. I say exhausted because hate week is certainly labor intensive for the MSU. Every morning, they have to pick up that "wall" from some storage place, truck it to UCI, assemble it, then sit through the events, take it down at 5 o'clock, then truck it back to the storage place before being on time for the 7:30 event, which apparently they never were because the two events I went to started late.

Of course, as always, the MSU insists on giving their recitation from the Koran and reading a preamble that insists they are not anti-Jewish and reject any form of bias or hate, be it ethnic or religious. Yet, I noted one interesting fact this year. Virtually every recitation from the Koran, when translated by the speaker into English, was focused on God's punishment for the disbelievers. How interesting. (I did not capture these on tape because, as a teacher at UCI, I do not feel it is appropriate for me to take pictures of students or film them.)

So that is pretty much what we heard. You know what we didn't hear?

Not a word about the flames burning throughout the Middle East, which Israel has nothing to do with.

Not a word about the violence, hate and persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt.

Not a word about the murder of our diplomats in Benghazi and the craziness on-going in Libya.

Not a word about Syria, the 70,000+ killed, and the flight of the Syrian Christians.

Not a word about the mad mullahs in Iran, their developing nuclear bomb, and persecution of gays and Baha'i.

Not a word about the on-going massacres of Christians in Nigeria at the hands of Islamic Boko Haram.

Not a word about the Sudanese genocide against black Christians and animists and the refugees in Darfur.

Not a word about the killings between Sunnis and Shia in Iraq nor of the anti-Christian persecution in that country.

Not a word about the Sunni persecution of Christians in Pakistan as well as the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims by the Sunni.

Not a word about the last remaining Jews trying to get out of Yemen.

Not a word about the forced migration of some 700,000 Jews from Arab nations in 1948-49.

Not a word about the vicious anti-Jewish rhetoric across the Middle East.

Not a word about the daily harassment of Jews across Europe by young Muslim male immigrants.

And, of course, not a word about that most recent of events-the Boston marathon massacre.

No, folks. The problem, you see, is Israel.

I would like to make another point, which I made during a previous year; If non-verbal communication means anything, I think the MSU is sending a wrong message to the rest of the student body. Aside from the angry rhetoric and some speakers with their anti-American rhetoric (a wave to my friend Sohail Daulatzai), what kind of message is the MSU trying to send with their militant-looking black and red t-shirts with the word "Struggle"  emblazoned across, the red bandannas and armbands? Are they trying to intimidate people? If so, it is not working. All you have to do is watch the UCI students passing by on their way to lunch or class. With rare exceptions, they do not stop. They do not look. They just keep going. If non-verbal communication means anything (and I pay attention to non-verbal communication), they are either oblivious to it or annoyed.

Because that is what the MSU is on our campus-an annoyance. It is because of the MSU activities over the years (need I mention Michael Oren?) that UCI has suffered a black eye in the view of the nation when the other 99% of students have made it an otherwise great university. The only thing the MSU is accomplishing is  lending credence to the notion that they are radical and threatening. After all, when you routinely bring in radical speakers, you do take ownership of them.

But that is what I told the MSU last May when Amir Abdel Malik Ali called UC President Mark Yudof a "Zionist Jew".

Final verdict? The MSU flopped this year.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 4 at UCI Irvine Hate Week

Gary Fouse

Was it something I said, Professor?

The circus has folded its tent for the year, mercifully. UC Irvine's annual May extravaganza, where the Muslim Student Union brings in the usual speakers to attack Israel wound up last night as two professors, one from UCLA and one from UC Irvine repeated the same stuff that is said every year about Israel and the poor Palestinians. Last night, it was Prof. Robin Kelley of UCLA and Sohail Daulatzai from UCI. The audience consisted of about 50 students, mostly all MSU members listening to the same old stuff they had been listening to all week and the previous years.

Kelley talked for a few minutes about traveling to Israel last year with a group of other professors as part of a "fact-finding" team (my words not his) sponsored by one of those pro-boycott groups. As he spoke, the big screen showed a series of slides of Palestinian villages, which didn't exactly remind me of Geneva. Oh well. I'm not sure what the point was.

Then Sohail Daulatzai spoke and told of how the Israelis refused to allow him into their country when he arrived at the airport.

 (I wouldn't have allowed him in either.)

During the presentation, Daulatzai periodically inserted references to all the "similar things" that were happening here in America while attacking Israel's human rights record (I am paraphrasing). He referred to the US-Mexico border, the inner city, and other US issues; human rights, social justice, blah blah blah, woof woof woof, quack quack quack.. A couple of times, he referred to little ol' me sitting in the audience and filming. At one point, he waved at me. I waved back.)

If you want to punish yourself by watching the video, be my guest. Suffice to say the fun began during the q and a. (First there was a moderated q and a where the moderator posed about 4 questions to the panel. Then audience members were allowed to come to the mic, ask a respectful question pertinent to the topic and return to their seats like good little clones before the question would be answered. No follow-ups desired, you see).

My question regarded Malcolm X, (whom Daulatzai had mentioned) and was directed to him. I referred him to a recent (virulently anti-American article he had written for Al Jazeera on Malcolm. I read the following sentence from the article to him and the audience:

"....To ignore this falls into the worst forms of liberal internationalism that presume the US to be a force for good in the world, and it replicates the very problem that Malcolm X heroically against,  and was ultimately killed for." 

Talk about truthers!

I continued that I was a young man in this country when Malcolm was killed, that he was murdered by the Nation of Islam because he had left the Nation, had publicly criticized it, and had exposed the corruption and sexual abuses of Elijah Mohammed. I then returned to the article in its entirety, which I described as virulently anti-American and asked him which he hatred most-Israel or America. The article is linked below. I invite the reader to judge the tone of the article. The above quote is on the last page just prior to the conclusion.

Of course, I got derisive laughter from the audience. A young lady waiting in line behind me smiled at me and clapped as I returned to my seat. A friendly face, I thought. Boy, was I to be surprised. Here is the video of the event from the beginning until the point where I left. My exchange with Daulatzai begins around the 10;30 mark of the 4th video.

Meanwhile, all the flowers in the room died when I finished my question. Daulatzai was not amused. In his response ( I am paraphrasing), he referred to me as one who had written a previous article about him and asked me to confirm I was the writer. I replied from my seat that it could have been, but I wasn't sure which article he was referring to. He then went on to describe the article as having been written about what he said at an earlier event at UCI even though I wasn't present. (He was referring to Muslim Awareness week earlier this year when he was one of the speakers, but I wasn't able to attend.) I responded that to my recollection I had only written about his background not what he said. Below is the article in question. I think it conclusively shows that I did not comment on the content of Daulatzai's talk (only the announced title), but that I wrote about his previous writings and statements about the US, which I take exception to. So he misstated the facts to the audience.

(I stand by everything I wrote in that article.)

Anyway, Daulatzai bitterly rebuked me for making "ad hominem attacks" against him. He questioned the propriety of one teacher at a university writing such an article about another and added rather ominously, "Duly noted", whatever that meant.  As to the Malcolm X quote, he pointed out all the information about how  US state agencies had been targeting and monitoring him. He acknowledged that "black hands had pulled the trigger", but that there were other forces at work and that I should do more research into this as opposed to researching him (Daulatzai). In referring to the question of which country he hated more. He ended by saying that he thought that if I did said research, I would answer my own question. I replied that he had, indeed, answered the question. (Again, I am paraphrasing. The reader may  view the video.)

Then the aforementioned young lady stepped to the mic. I thought she was going to ask a critical question, but instead she identified herself as a Palestinian (not a student) and proceeded to tell the audience they were going to want to listen to what she had to say.  She then launched into an impassioned speech complimenting the panel and telling them to keep up the fight or something to that effect. (It's on the tape). As she continued in her diatribe, her voice rising, I wondered if they would have allowed me to make a long, rambling speech like that.

Instead, they listened intently as she gestured wildly, arms in the air and pointing at the ceiling while she passionately informed us that she was involved in BDS (Boycott Divest and Sanctions) in Turkey and the UK.

I also noticed the lady wasn't wearing any shoes. (Probably, the Israelis took them away from her.) At any rate, I decided that it was a good time to bid adieu to my MSU friends for the year as I hadn't had dinner and listening to the same old drivel works up a hungry appetite. (For all you UC Santa Cruz History of Consciousness and Community Studies majors, adieu means "so long" in French.) So I left as the Barefoot Contessa was still giving her rant. All this time, Daulatzai was seated at the panel table with an angry look on his face.

Duly noted.

I will have a closing report and comment on the week's activities in the next day or so. Suffice to say, UCI can now get back to being a pleasant campus for the next 12 mont

Thursday, May 9, 2013

UC Irvine Hate Week Day 4: The Self Pity Has no Borders

Gary Fouse

The theme for the Muslim Student Union's annual hate Israel week this year is, "The Struggle has no borders." Today, it should have read, "The Self Pity Has no Borders". Like Monday, there was no scheduled speaker. Today, some MSU students took turns at the mic expressing their rage at Israel, the university, and several other complaints. Since they were students, I (as a UCI teacher) chose not to videotape them. I won't bother to name them either. As all week, there was an audience of about 40 or so people mostly MSU members.

Suffice to say that their talks (or poems) were filled with anger, victimization, blame, and self pity. A couple of students berated the university for "discriminating" against them. A couple of non-Muslims spoke, one a young lady from the Black Student Union, who related her own issues to the Palestinian struggle. A young Hispanic guy who claimed to be a former UCI student and "undocumented" read a poem about the "Irvine 11".

Ah wunnerful, ah wunnerful, ah."

You see, it all ties in; Israel, the Palestinians, university discrimination against the MSU, civil rights in America, and on and on.

What I saw and heard today was a series of victims. No doubt many if not all of these young people have had it drummed into their heads by their professors that they are victims. The sad part of it is that if one goes through life feeling like a victim, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Tonight, hate week mercifully fizzles out with a couple of professors speaking.

"Ah wunnerful, ah wunnerful, ah."

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In Defense of Tammi Rossman-Benjamin at UC Santa Cruz

Gary Fouse

Hat tip AMCHA Initiative

As I have previously reported, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is an adjunct teacher of Hebrew at UC Santa Cruz (America's Wackiest University). She has been relentless and courageous in making complaints about anti-Semitism on UC and CSU campuses. In response to her activities in standing up to anti-Semitism, she has been the object of relentless attacks by the various UC Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine chapters, as well as something called the Committee for Justice in Palestine. In the past weeks, student governments at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine -under pressure from these groups-have passed resolutions urging that UC President Mark Yudof and other UC officials condemn her publicly as an "Islamophobe". These resolutions are evidence of just how organized and coordinated these groups are.

In response, Tammi's organization, AMCHA Initiative, has issued the below-linked release. You can also access Tammi's letter to President Yudof and write one yourself in Tammi's defense. I will be doing so. Rather than condemn Tammi, Yudof and the respective chancellers should be making a strong statement in defense of her right to free speech and condemning this vicious campaign to smear and intimidate her.

Hat tip AMCHA Initiative

As I have previously reported, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is an adjunct teacher of Hebrew at UC Santa Cruz (America's Wackiest University). She has been relentless and courageous in making complaints about anti-Semitism on UC and CSU campuses. In response to her activities in standing up to anti-Semitism, she has been the object of relentless attacks by the various UC Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine chapters, as well as something called the Committee for Justice in Palestine. In the past weeks, student governments at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine -under pressure from these groups-have passed resolutions urging that UC President Mark Yudof and other UC officials condemn her publicly as an "Islamophobe". These resolutions are evidence of just how organized and coordinated these groups are.

In response, Tammi's organization, AMCHA Initiative, has issued the below-linked release. You can also access Tammi's letter to President Yudof and write one yourself in Tammi's defense. I will be doing so. Rather than condemn Tammi, Yudof and the respective chancellers should be making a strong statement in defense of her right to free speech and condemning this vicious campaign to smear and intimidate her.


46 years ago today the City of David, Jerusalem was reunited after being cut into 2 by the Jordanians and the United Nation.  For 19 years no Jew, no Christian was allowed to worship at their holy places.  In fact, the tombstones on the Mount of Olives Cemetery (One of the oldest Jewish Cemeteries in the world.) were used by the Jordanians as paving stones, building stones, even to make latrines.  And the world said nothing.  Not a peep.

On an almost daily basis, snipers on the walls of the Old City would open fire on Israeli civilians.  And the world said nothing.  Not a peep.

To solve this issue and stop the gunfire, orders were given to liberate the Old City.  And the IDF came through with skill.  The City of David was unified.  All people were free to worship at their holy places.

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Today as Israel and Jews around the world celebrate 46 years of a unified Jerusalem, President Barack Hussein Obama is demanding that the city be split into 2 again.  And the world is cheering him on.

Forget about what happened the last time the city was divided to appease the Arabs.  Forget that for 46 years the city has been whole, united.  Forget that under the Arabs only Muslims could pray at in the city, Jews and Christians were forbidden.  That means nothing to those who have been appeasing the Arabs in the hope that they finish the job Hitler started.

But you can help:

Keep Jerusalem United - Sign the Declaration!

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Sign the Declaration!
I declare that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish People and strongly support all efforts to maintain and strengthen a united Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.
Just click here.

 Land for peace with Palestinians doesn't work.  They have taught Israel that.  In 2005 Israel gave up Gaza in the hope of peace.  And was subjected to over 10,000 rockets.  And the horror that became the city of Sderot.

For 46 years Jerusalem has been united.  Let us work to keep it that way!

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Jerusalem United Forever!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Miko Peled at UC Irvine

Gary Fouse

The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine is off to a stumbling start in the first two days of its annual bash-Israel week of "events". Today's noon speaker was Miko Peled, an Israeli who hates everything his country stands for. I will be posting the video, but suffice to say, his talk consisted of trashing his country from one end to the other. You would have thought he was talking about Nazi Germany. There were about 35 people in the room, mostly MSU members as well as some Hillel members, a couple of pro-Israel Jews from the community and 3-4 middle-aged people whom I would call "useful idiots" (More about that later.) Of course, at the outset, the moderator announced that no videotaping could be done without the "express consent of the MSU". I dutifully raised my hand and once again informed them of the right to film. I said that unless I was ordered to stop by a campus police officer or a dean, I would film, and I did. The dean of students was in the room and made no move to stop me.

During his talk, Peled referred to me breaking the rules and being rude by not following the directions. I replied that I was following the law and that this was the United States of America. I kept filming. Having seen previous videos of Peled speaking, he was clearly off his game.

The useful idiots in the front row were giving me dirty looks.

In the beginning of his speech, Peled referred to the so-called "Irvine 11" the UCI-UC Riverside students who were convicted of a misdemeanor for disrupting the speech of the Israeli ambassador to the US in 2010. Peled said he was proud to be speaking before the UCI-MSU.

As usual, the Q and A was designed to prevent audience members from really making points or asking follow ups. This time it was form a line to the right. We will take three questions. After you ask your question, return to your seat. After all three questions were asked, Peled would answer all of them together.

The result was that he didn't really answer anything. I chose to remain in my seat. If an Israeli guy hates his own country that much, what's to argue about? Things got heated when one of my Jewish friends tried to ask a question but kept getting interrupted. Rabbi Zevi Tenenbum, whom I had blasted in a posting earlier this morning walked up to the mic and asked Peled how he could be proud to speak at the same podium where Jew-haters like Amir Abdel Malik Ali had spoken. He got no real answer. I complemented Rabbi Tenenbaum after the event and told him I was making an addition to my earlier post.

Another Jewish friend of mine went up to Peled after the event and asked him about his effort to stop someone from filming in the US. He ignored the question and was ushered out the door by his MSU retinue as my friend called him a coward.

In addition, the dean of students came up to me afterward and told me he had explained to the students that I did, indeed, have a right to film.

But the creme de la creme was when one of my Jewish friends was being lectured by one of the aforementioned useful idiots as she criticized Israel. At one point, my friend mentioned something about the Boston attack as "American citizens killing American citizens". To that the woman replied, "We still don't know yet if it was the Tsarnaev brothers".

I will close on that note. I am planning to skip the evening event because it will be the same arrogant speaker. I have heard enough.

Sahar Francis at UC Irvine

Gary Fouse

Sahar Francis is a Palestinian human rights activist whose cause is the Palestinians held in Israeli prisons. On the evening of May 6, she spoke at UC Irvine on behalf of the Muslim Student Union. Her organization is called Addameer. The audience consisted of about 30-35 people all but a handful were MSU members.

Prior to the event, I spoke with two UCI campus police officers who were in attendance though not inside the hall. I asked them what their policy was regarding members of the public videotaping these events since I had recently been advised on two occasions by the MSU and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) that videotaping was prohibited. On both occasions, I informed them that since these were public events on public university campuses that I had right right to film and would do so unless ordered by campus police not to. On this occasion I was told by the officers that filming was OK and they would talk to the MSU about it. The officers anticipated that a special area might be set up for filming. I showed him my hand held video camera, and was told there would be no problem.

Sure enough, the moderator introducing Francis stated that no filming would be allowed. At that point, I walked outside to find the officers, but they were nowhere in sight. I returned to the hall and proceeded to film. Within five minutes, a male MSU student approached me and told me filming was not allowed. As in the past, I informed him that this was a public event at a public university and that I had a legal right to film. I asked him to go and get the campus police since I would only stop filming if ordered to do so by the campus police. The police never came in and I proceeded to film until my camera ran out of battery during the q and a.

As for Ms Francis' speech, I am posting it, but suffice to say if you want to know what she said, go ahead and torture yourself for an hour. She speaks in a monologue and is so boring she makes Harry Reid sound like a Little Richard concert. That's how bad a speaker she is although she speaks without notes. The thesis of her talk was that Israel is violating human rights against Palestinian prisoners. I watched the audience, and I got the impression she lost them she was so boring.

As for the q and a, I asked her if she was advocating for the release of such prisoners as the Awad brothers, who in 2011 committed the horrific Fogel massacre in Itamar, wherein they murdered a family of five including three children, ages 11, 4 and 3 months-an infant in its crib who had its throat slashed. I won't try to repeat her non-answer-you can judge it for yourself in the video. I and two like-minded friends got up and walked out rather than listen to any more of her tripe.

Upon leaving, I related what had happened to the two campus cops and suggested they explain the law to the MSU so as to avoid future "misunderstandings". They indicated they would speak with them and relay the matter to the Judicial Affairs office of UCI.

I should be able to get the video up tomorrow.

* Update: Here is the "prohibited" video. Note that at the beginning of the first clip is where I am told no filming is allowed. My question to Francis comes just before the 17 minute mark of the second video. Note the directions regarding questions that the moderator gives in order to prevent follow up questions..

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Help for Two of the Boston Bombing Victims

Gary Fouse


Today, I received this message from the Association of Former Federal Narcotic Agents, of which I am a member. I am posting it below. It concerns two victims of the Boston bombing who are nieces of a DEA employee at Washington Hqs. One of them (Nicole Gross) is pictured above in the orange and black running suit) The below meassages give details on funds set up for both of them.


Dear AFFNA Member:

I got an email from AFFNA Member Dave Quilter regarding an extended member of the DEA family that needs help. I like many of you that passed through HQS back in the day knew and worked with Peggy Alexander, very bright and helpful lady. Dave tells me that two of her neices were injured in the Boston bomb attack. You probably saw both of them on the news as their story is compelling. I am repeating Dave's note below.

David G. Wilson Executive Director


A very good friend and colleague of many of us at DEA Headquarters, Peggy Alexander, shared the following with me yesterday. I know I am going to contribute to the fund set up by her family and hope others will consider giving as well.

Here is Peg’s message to me:


Some of you may have heard and some may not. My brother's daughters Nicole B. Gross and Erika Brannock were severely injured in the Boston bombing. Our son Scott is organizing a benefit concert (see above photo) to raise money for their medical and other expenses. I have attached a flyer, but for those of you who are not in the Garrett County area and would like to contribute please send checks to Scott Alexander, Brannock/Gross Benefit Concert, c/o Susquehanna Bank, 305 East Oak Street, Oakland, MD 21550. We are organizing a night of raffles and a 50/50 along with good music and great Mountain State Brewing beer and chow. Hope to see you there.

Thanks so much for helping. Love, Peggy Brannock Alexander

Lake Wales, Florida – The DailyRidge.Com has learned that the father of Boston Marathon bombing victims Erika Brannock and Nicole Gross lives and works here in Lake Wales. The sisters were injured in Boston while waiting for their mother (Carol Downing) to finish the marathon. Erika, Nicole and Nicole’s husband Michael Gross were apparently standing in front of the Lens Crafters building when one of the bombs went off. We have been told that the women’s father is Wayne Brannock who works at the Lake Wales Medical Center. Mr. Brannock is currently in Boston with his daughters we have been advised.

Erika Brannock, 29, who teaches preschoolers at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson, Maryland, has had her left leg amputated below the knee according to media reports. It is estimated that she will remain in the hospital for another month as she tries to recover from her injuries. Her sister Nicole Gross suffered multiple fractures of both legs, a severed Achilles and has undergone mulitiple surgery’s. Nicole’s image went viral (Symbol of Tragedy) after the bombing and it was featured on the cover of the New York Daily News (Link to photo).

A fund has been set up for Erika Bannock to help with costs for her treatment. Here is the website :

It is at times like these that the DEA family comes together, both present and former employees. Many of you may not know that the DEA office in Oklahoma City was located in the federal building that was bombed. We lost five of our people that day.

If you are contributing to help the victims of the Boston attack, I hope you will put these two on your list.