Saturday, January 19, 2008
At 8:04 p.m. EDT on Saturday, January 19, 2008 the best hope for America and the world in this war on terrorism conceded defeat in a state he had to win. His speech had the undertones of and end-of -the-campaign talk, but nothing was confirmed.
It's a sad moment.
The polls have closed in South Carolina.
So far it doesn't look good for Thompson as he is fourth with 12 per cent of the vote.
McCain is leading Huckabee 33 to 28.
But only one per cent of the polls are reporting.
The Politico has a great map that automatically refreshes results.
South Carolina is considered Fred Thompson's due or die state. Voters go to the polls there today, but Ed Morissey doesn't believe that Thompson will drop out if he doesn't win.
Thompson's score won't be enough for him to gain many delegates, but it does appear to be enough to prevail over Romney for third place, and that should keep him in the race through February 5th.
That prediction should be heartening to Fred Heads.
Thompson needs to stay in the race and to keep clobbering his opponents in the debate.
It's early, but this quote will hold up as quote of the day.
Mark Steyn on the New York Times' killer vets story and the debunking of the Lancet's 600,000 dead Iraqi civilians study.
In 1933, the debaters at Oxford were horrified by the real cost of war. In 2008, the editors of the Times, our college professors and Hollywood celebrities, are horrified by a fiction. Faced with an historically low cost of war, they retreat into fantasy. Who’s really suffering from mental trauma? Who needs the psychotherapy here?
At Townhall, columnist Diana West hits it out of the park, even bashing Republican presidential candidates and Fox News for their lack of concern about the lack of freedom of expression in "liberated" Afghanistan and Iraq and the dismissal of Pentagon Islam expert Stephen Coughlin.
Think about it. Where Americans have died, not just to de-fang jihadist threats but to "democratize" Islamic populations, freedom of speech is against the law. And not the law according to "militants" or "extremists," but the law as enforced by democratically elected governments that we, as a nation, support with everything we've got. What would Bush say to that?
I doubt he'd know what to say. Neither, for that matter, would anyone in his Cabinet, starting with Condoleezza Rice. Nor, I doubt, would the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen. Nor -- to open things up -- would the presidential candidates, the Fox News All-Stars or Simon Cowell. The fact is, to discuss blasphemy laws in Afghanistan and Iraq (Kurdistan, even) is to discuss Islam -- specifically, its laws and doctrines. And we, as a politically correct people, don't know how to do that. Instead, we act as though they don't exist.
And not just blasphemy laws. Jihad doctrine; Sharia (Islamic law); designs for a global caliphate through jihad (terrorism) and the spread of Sharia (Islamization): We pretend they are not factors in the Free World's experience with Islam. We certainly don't discuss their implications for the freeness of the world. Look at what passes for "debate" among our presidential candidates: Republicans argue over who supported "the surge" first; Democrats argue over who will withdraw troops first.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Even the Muslims thought it was too harsh a sentence.
BELARUS (Reuters) - Belarus on Friday jailed for three years an editor of an independent newspaper who reproduced cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that
first appeared in Denmark in 2005 and caused mass demonstrations across the Muslim world.
The 12 cartoons portraying the founder of Islam, including one showing the prophet with a bomb in his turban, outraged Muslims who saw them as blasphemous. More than 50 people died in protests across the world the following year.
Belarussian authorities shut down the "Zgoda" (Consensus) paper in March 2006, around the time when other European journals began reprinting the cartoons. The security service, still known by its Soviet-era name, the KGB, began an investigation after Muslims in the ex-Soviet state complained.
Editor Alexander Sdvizhkov was sentenced to three years in jail in a closed session of the court for incitement of religious and national hatred.
"May God and the holy cross be with us," Sdvizhkov said afterwards. His lawyer said she would appeal. Muslims constitute about two or three percent of the 10 million residents of the country wedged between Russia and three members of the European Union. The Muslim community had called for leniency in the case.
Today, Chris Jones at Blogger News Network has written about how the Paul campaign has tried to shove any ties to KKK member Randy Gray down the memory hole.
If you check out the comments section of Jones' article, Gray joins in the discussion and explains this YouTube video of him speaking at a rally.
Randy Gray Says: January 18th, 2008 at 4:50 pm
The youtube video of me speaking is about the media being biased when it comes to black on white crimes. I spoke at that rally back in June 2007 in Knoxville Tennessee. 5 blacks are being charged in connection with the rape, torture and execution of two innocent white kids. We all heard about the Duke rape case, Don Imus and the countless noose’s being found around the country but I bet you didn’t hear about Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. I have the right to support, campaign and vote for anyone I want too..Welcome to America
Well, I listened again to the YouTube video and it's not a discussion about media bias.
The Canadian media is sleeping through the Ezra Levant showdown with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, but they won't ignore this story.
The rights of a Montreal man accused of being a terrorist override journalists' privilege to protect their sources, according to a federal court ruling issued Friday.
Two journalists who alleged Montreal resident Adil Charkaoui was part of a plot to hijack a plane will have to answer questions under oath about their secret source who provided classified information used in a newspaper report, federal court judge Simon Noël wrote in his highly anticipated ruling.
Joël-Denis Bellavance and Gilles Toupin will have to answer questions about how they obtained leaked documents from a retired Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agent that formed the basis for an article they wrote in June 2007 alleging Charkaoui once had conversations about a plan to hijack a plane and fly it into a building in Europe.
The journalists, both reporters for Montreal newspaper La Presse, must be subject to questions from Charkaoui's lawyers, who want to know more about the source who leaked the CSIS documents.Noël ruled in favour of Charkaoui, stating that "the administration of justice and Mr. Charkaoui's fundamental rights have primacy over journalistic privilege and protecting sources."
The reason that the media won't ignore it is that both Bellavance and Toupin have been long-time fixtures in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Bellavance is a regular commentator on Mike Duffy Live and he's also the Ottawa bureau chief for La Presse.
If these two reporters become a cause celebre for the media than Levant's theory about why he isn't getting any attention may be proven right.
On his blog this week, Levant wrote:
Why has the story of my interrogation by a government "human rights officer" received such wide coverage in the blogosphere, but not in the mainstream media? Is it not newsworthy that a publisher was summoned for a 90-minute government interrogation about his political beliefs?
. . .
Four years ago, when the RCMP raided Juliet O'Neill's house to seize privileged evidence that had been leaked to her, the media went on the warpath for weeks, reporting on the subject and toasting O'Neill as a free speech hero. So said the group Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
I agree that an actual raid on O'Neill's house to seize documents is indeed a big news story, and it does touch upon issues of the free press. But is not a two-year-long government investigation of the political thoughts of a Canadian publisher newsworthy as well?
The small sliver of opinion on the blogosphere that has spoken out against me on this matter has focused, in the main, on my own personality or political stripe -- I can count on two fingers the blog posts that actually support human rights commissions. The bulk of the opposition to me is personal. Is that the same thing in the mainstream media -- for personal or political reasons, or competitive reasons, they're declining to cover a story of government censorship? My interrogation is not as dramatic as a raid on O'Neill's home for documents, but it is just as troubling. More, even -- O'Neill's "crime" was receiving leaked documents. My crime was having illegal thoughts about poltiical and religious subjects.
CNN.com today asked its readers to send their memories of chess master Bobby Fischer, who died earlier today.
CNN calls Fischer "controversial," for "his two-decade retreat from chess; and his trip to Yugoslavia in 1992, in defiance of U.S. sanctions, for a rematch with Spassky" and how he "spent his later life denouncing the U.S."
Yes. Controversial indeed. Quite the rebel. But no mention of this.
Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer was arrested in Japan on July 13, 2004, and may be deported to the United States, where an arrest warrant was issued because he violated U.S. sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia by playing a chess match there in 1992. According to media reports, Fischer may seek to stave off deportation to the U.S. by claiming German citizenship, because his father is German, but traveling to Germany could result in him being prosecuted for Holocaust-denial. Fischer’s personal web site declares: “The so-called ‘Holocaust’ of the Jews during World War II is a complete hoax! It never happened. The Jews are liars ... Japan beware you’re backing a loser. Don’t go down the drain with the filthy Jew-controlled U.S.”
Thursday, January 17, 2008
They have forgotten that Reagan - facing spiraling deficits, sinking poll ratings and a hostile Congress - reluctantly signed legislation raising payroll, income and gasoline taxes, some of them among the largest in our history. He promised to limit government and eliminate the Departments of Education and Energy. Instead, when faced with congressional and popular opposition, he relented and even grew government by adding a secretary of veteran affairs to the Cabinet.
Two of his Supreme Court appointments, Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, were far more liberal than George W. Bush's selections, the diehard constructionists, John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
Reagan's 1986 comprehensive immigration bill turned out to be the most liberal amnesty for illegal aliens in our nation's history, and set the stage for the present problem of 12 million aliens here unlawfully.
Republicans forget all this - but so do Democrats, who for their own reasons want to perpetuate an unflattering myth of Ronald Reagan as an extremist right-wing reactionary.
In foreign affairs, Reagan was not always sober and judicious. He shocked Cold Warriors by advocating complete nuclear disarmament at his Reykjavik summit with Michel Gorbachev.
In the middle of Lebanon's civil war, he first put American troops into a crossfire. Then, when 241 marines were blown up, he withdrew them.
That about-face, and the failure to retaliate in serious fashion, helped to embolden Hezbollah's anti-American terrorism for decades.
The Iran-Contra scandal exploded when a few rogue administration officials sold state-of-the-art missiles under the table to Iran's terrorist-sponsoring theocracy, and prompted opposition talk of impeachment.
In other words, a great president like Ronald Reagan made mistakes. He sometimes reversed positions, played politics and baffled his conservative base - some of the very charges now leveled against Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson.
When a candidate today says, "Reagan would have done this or that," he apparently has a poor memory of what Reagan - the often lonely, flesh-and-blood conservative in the 1980s - was forced to do to get elected, govern and be re-elected. While in office, he proved more often the pragmatic leader than the purist knight slaying ideological dragons on the campaign trail.
Do the data support the claim that conservatives are haters, while liberals are tolerant of others? A handy way to answer this question is with what political analysts call "feeling thermometers," in which people are asked on a survey to rate others on a scale of 0-100. A zero is complete hatred, while 100 means adoration. In general, when presented with people or groups about which they have neutral feelings, respondents give temperatures of about 70. Forty is a cold temperature, and 20 is absolutely freezing. . .
And sure enough, those on the extreme left give President Bush an average temperature of 15 and Vice President Cheney a 16. Sixty percent of this group gives both men the absolute lowest score: zero.
To put this into perspective, note that even Saddam Hussein (when he was still among the living) got an average score of eight from Americans. The data tell us that, for six in ten on the hard left in America today, literally nobody in the entire world can be worse than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
BDS taken to the floor of Congress today as Democrat Robert Wexler calls for impeachment.
A letter in today's Washington Times
I would like to address the comments of Capt. Gordan E. Van Hook regarding Maj. Stephen Coughlin's employment with the U.S. military and the value of his contributions as a lawyer and reserve military intelligence officer ("Differences of opinion," Letters, Tuesday). I am an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College charged with educating military officers in strategic and operational planning to implement government policy. Additionally, I have more than three years' experience conducting operational and strategic planning at U.S. Central Command during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war on terrorism.
Though I cannot assess the value of Mr. Coughlin to those inside the Beltway, outside the Beltway and on the front lines of this struggle, his understanding of the relationship between Islamic law and Islamist jihad doctrine is invaluable. Mr. Coughlin's thesis, written for the National Defense Intelligence College, "To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad" is quickly becoming a must-read among my peers. Unfortunately, soon Mr. Coughlin will no longer be available to help us understand Islamic jihad, and we will again find ourselves at a severe disadvantage in this ideological struggle. I only wish more of my taxpayer dollars could be spent on such invaluable contracts that directly support those out in front.
LT. COL. LANCE LANDECHE
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Ezra Levant -- who in the past week has become a living folk hero in North America for his video taped confrontation with an Alberta Human Rights Commission bureaucrat who is investigating his publication of the Danish Mohammed cartoons -- lays out a plan for action in another well-written post on his blog.
Included in his action plan is an effort to get Canadian legislators at the federal and provincial levels to shut down the human rights commissions. He lists the provincial governments in British Columbia and Saskatchewan and the Conservative federal government as the three most likely to comply.
These commissions aren't normal. It's not normal to haul publishers before the government to ask them about their political thoughts. It's not normal for a secular state to enforce a radical Muslim fatwa against cartoons. These human rights commissions are counterfeits; they improperly benefit from the reputation of real courts, but they also destroy respect for the whole legal system -- that's just what counterfeit currency does amidst real currency.
Finally, the federal Conservatives despise the commissions -- Stephen Harper himself called them totalitarian, before he was Prime Minister -- and they might be open to whatever changes are possible, given their minority government. (Here's a good barometer of the cabinet's feelings on the commissions' recent adventures in
While I'm supportive of Levant's efforts and one member of Harper's cabinet has spoken out against the Canadian Islamic Congress' human rights complaint against Mark Steyn and Maclean's magazine, I think Ezra is being a bit dishonest with himself if he expects Harper and the Tories to do anything on this.
First off, when Harper made those comments, it was most likely back in his days as president of the pro-liberty National Citizens Coalition, not when he was a professional politician. Harper said lots of things in those days, including advocating privatizing the CBC. Well, the Conservatives have been in power for two years and I'm still getting Little Mosque on the Prairie pumped into my house at taxpayer expense.
Secondly, there's no way Levant has forgotten about what one of Harper's first acts was shortly after being elected in the winter of 2006.
I'll refresh his memory. This is the third statement Harper issued from his office after his election.
“Free speech is a right that all Canadians enjoy; Canadians also have the right to voice their opinion on the free speech of others. I regret the publication of this material in several media outlets. While we understand this issue is divisive, our government wishes that people be respectful of the beliefs of others. I commend the Canadian Muslim community for voicing its opinion peacefully, respectfully and democratically.”
Ezra knows well that this press release was issued shortly after his Western Standard published the Mohammed cartoons. Levant, a former top aide in the Conservative Party's predecessor the Canadian Alliance, was not the man we saw in the videos after this happened and held back any criticism of Harper on the day he made the announcement. Here's his blog post from that day.
Being a Canadian and having seen Ezra on the political scene for the past seven years, I have to say I am a bit of fan and I'm happy that he is receiving all this international attention. But I wish he would take off his blinders regarding how pro-liberty this Conservative government is under Harper.
He dreams of one day escaping to an earthship.
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Scared and Depressed About Future
The way this country is headed and therefore the world, just makes me sick!
I have always been opposed to giving aid to all these countries, inc. isreal, when I first saw Ron Paul I loved his messege and knew right away he is our only hope left, I go out and tell everyone I can find, at school, around my house, stores, etc. etc.
The thing that scares me is what we are up against, the ones who want a global system are so determined, and they control the army, air force, navy, and public water treatment plants just to name a few. they are SO ADVANCED that not only is this going to be an uphill battle but it will be a sheer rock cliff, with no rope, and they are always right behind. now I hear mccain has a war on blogs. pretty soon the only websites with blogs, or comments, will be large companies that can afford to pay someone to monitor every post, this will give them the upper hand because there will be a lot less blogs for them to monitor and unfluence with their trolls.
They are so advanced that my whole family now thinks I'm a "CONSPIRICY THEORIST", The one thing that just makes my blood boil is the fact that I can't even get my dad and brother to even consider RP as a serious candidate, I just want to scream right now, they infiltrated MY FAMILY, they have plans for the future, I saw a video the other day with henry kissinger talking, IT SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME! in the begining of my support for RP I thought there was hope;now all I want to do is find a small group of like minded individuals and find the most remote place on the planet that is warm and just move there and build earthships(self-sustainable housing made from tires and other recyclablescan someone PLEEEASE either set me straight or agree that it would be better to go
I've been casually taking swipes at Mitt Romney for the past year based on the assumption that, in the end, Republicans would choose him as our nominee. My thinking was that Romney would be our nominee because he is manifestly the best candidate. I had no idea that Republican voters in Iowa and New Hampshire planned to do absolutely zero research on the candidates and vote on the basis of random impulses.
Dear Republicans: Please do one-tenth as much research before casting a vote in a presidential election as you do before buying a new car.
One clue that Romney is our strongest candidate is the fact that Democrats keep viciously attacking him while expressing their deep respect for Mike Huckabee and John McCain.
This point was already extensively covered in Chapter 1 of "How To Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)": Never take advice from your political enemies.
I've never actually seen what a push poll is like until I saw this video today.
In this video, a South Carolina resident gets push polled by someone who appears to be working on behalf of Mike Huckabee. One of the questions is loaded against Thompson for his refusal to sign a no-new-tax pledge and mentions Huckabee's tax policies.
These negatives had been labeled long ago as being either the Grand Review of the Armies or the inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant. Carol Johnson, a curator of photography at the Library of Congress, spotted the misidentification on Friday, Jan. 4, while checking old logbooks and finding the annotation "Lincoln?" in the margin. Only two other photos of Lincoln's second inauguration were previously known, but a careful visual comparison confirmed that these three negatives portray the same event.
"These negatives add to our knowledge of this special event," said Johnson. "They show what that wet Saturday looked like with the massing of the crowd. They also convey the excitement of the people."
Links to the other photos can be found here.
Mitt Romney won the Michigan primary handily. So who were the other winners in Michigan? Can you say Ron Paul?
His 6% was in many ways bigger than the 10% he received in Iowa. It's not just the percentage, but the vote count - well over 50,000 came out to support Ron Paul. Michigan is the 8th most populated state in the US.
Yet in interviews with reason, a half-dozen longtime libertarian activists—including some still close to Paul—all named the same man as Paul's chief ghostwriter: Ludwig von Mises Institute founder Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr.
Financial records from 1985 and 2001 show that Rockwell, Paul's congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982, was a vice president of Ron Paul & Associates, the corporation that published the Ron Paul Political Report and the Ron Paul Survival Report. The company was dissolved in 2001. During the period when the most incendiary items appeared—roughly 1989 to 1994—Rockwell and the prominent libertarian theorist Murray Rothbard championed an open strategy of exploiting racial and class resentment to build a coalition with populist "paleoconservatives," producing a flurry of articles and manifestos whose racially charged talking points and vocabulary mirrored the controversial Paul newsletters recently unearthed by The New Republic. To this day Rockwell remains a friend and advisor to Paul—accompanying him to major media appearances; promoting his candidacy on the LewRockwell.com blog; publishing his books; and peddling an array of the avuncular Texas congressman's recent writings and audio recordings.
But a source close to the Paul presidential campaign told reason that Rockwell authored much of the content of the Political Report and Survival Report. "If Rockwell had any honor he'd come out and I say, ‘I wrote this stuff,'" said the source, who asked not to be named because Paul remains friendly with Rockwell and is reluctant to assign responsibility for the letters. "He should have done it 10 years ago."
Read the whole thing.
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who seems to believe he or she is better than others?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who seems obsessed with power?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who, more than others, seems to exaggerate his or her achievements or talents?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who seems to be thin-skinned, in need of praise and admiration and unable or unwilling to accept criticism?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who believes he or she is "special"?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who seems unconcerned about the feelings of others?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who expects others to go along with his or her ideas and plans?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who has a history of taking advantage of others?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who looks upon others as inferior?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who seems to believe others are jealous of him or her?
-- Is there one leading candidate for president who has trouble keeping healthy
-- Is there one leading presidential candidate who is known for setting unrealistic goals?
-- Is there one leading presidential candidate who is known for being tough-minded and unemotional?
-- Is there one leading presidential candidate who seems overly conceited, boastful and pretentious?
-- Is there one leading presidential candidate who has a sense of entitlement?
-- Is there one leading presidential candidate who is known for expressing rage?
On CNN, Paul emphasized that "racist libertarian" is an oxymoron since libertarians judge people as individuals. He should follow through on that point by identifying the author(s) of the race-baiting material and repudiating not just the sentiments it represents but the poisonous, self-defeating strategy of building an anti-collectivist movement on group hatred.
The answers are not surprising for those who study the Mideast.
From the above we may begin to deduce that there are two classes of Canadian writers (including journalists, authors of books, and contributors to the Internet) who should not, at this moment, feel threatened with the loss of their freedom. These are gay activists, and fanatical Islamists. I would guess that radical feminists are also pretty safe -- for the moment. And perhaps also those who harbour deep racial resentments against people with white skins. Everyone else is a “fair target.”The situation may change, however, for whimsical ideas about what constitutes a thought crime can and do vary from day to day. It may well be that the protected groups listed above become the hunted groups, in the next round, and I, an unambiguous supporter of free press and thought, will find myself defending gay activists, fanatical Islamists, radical feminists, and anti-white racists, when they take their turns before the kangaroo courts.
Read the whole thing.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
As voters in Michigan go to the polls to vote in today's primary, volunteer coordinators for the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are working hard across the state. One of these is Randy Gray, a 29-year-old resident of Midland, Michigan whom the Ron Paul 2008 Michigan Campaign Web site lists as the Midland County coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign. Gray's campaign profile page, a cached version of which can be seen here, doesn't go into much detail; there's a picture of Gray with the candidate, along with Gray's statement that "I support Ron Paul because he is in the fight for freedom." The page contains no mention of one of Gray's other roles: organizer with the Knight's Party faction of the Ku Klux Klan.
UPDATED: This news has yet to reach the Paulistinians, but when it does there will be much parsing and dissembling -- enough for a separate thread.
Because it's a rock band made up of Ron Paul supporters.
Guess they couldn't find a bass player or another guitarist who liked Paul.
Here's a first-hand look at how the Paultards win the hearts and minds of their detractors.
This video appears to be taken after the Fox News debate in New Hampshire last week that excluded Ron Paul.
Or as the Paultard who produced this video puts it. "What you are about to see is Frank Luntz the Fox News "pollster" exposing himself as being a complete propagandist and CFR [Council on Foreign Relations] dirt bag, war drum-beating LIAR!"
(My how those Paultards love their CAPS LOCK)
The November 1992 Ron Paul Survival Report defends chess champion and Holocaust-denier Bobby Fischer, saying that "the brilliant Fischer, who has all the makings of an American hero, is very politically incorrect on Jewish questions, for which he will never be forgiven, even though he is a Jew. Thus we are not supposed to herald him as the world's greatest chess player."
First World Trade Centre bombing
In the April 1993 Ron Paul Survival Report, the author--writing in the first person--states, "Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little." The newsletters also warns readers to "do your very best to keep your family away from inner cities. If you can't, have a haven remote from the metropolitan areas."
Henry Kissinger (or as the Paulbots would say, Dr. Henry Kissinger)
A fundraising letter from Paul's 1984 Senate campaign in which Paul complains about the "minions of Kissinger and Rockefeller" and "the big New York banks, and their pals in Texas" who "want me silenced."
In an article entitled "The Coming Race War," The Ron Paul Political Report refers to the "pro-communist philanderer Martin Luther King" and refers to his "non-violent approach" as "(i.e., state violence)." The newsletter advises that, "if there is any issue the Republicans have in their favor for the next presidential election, it is the question of race. It was all over for Michael Dukakis when Jesse Jackson gave his awful prime-time speech at the last Democratic convention, and the cameras focused on masses of teary-eyed, left-wing blacks."
Over at Ron Paul Forums, the Paulbots are again defending the newsletters.
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The comments in most of those letters aren't untrue, they're just ROUGH language. Plus they were written at a time before 'Political Correctness' had us in the same death grip that it does today. He is not going to give us anymore than he's already said about these letters beyond repeating himself. A white person critisizing non-whites may be a thought crime today but it was not then, and it does not mean that you don't still care about people of other races. Ron Paul is not a white supremist, he cares about all of our individual liberty, including but not limited to, white peoples'.
Janet Albrechtsen warns about the impact well-meaning, politically-correct, human rights tribunals could have if they were adopted in Australia.
Canada shows where we will end up in due time: with a system of governance where large swaths of social policy have been delegated by parliament to the unelected grey bureaucrats, who get to implement "progressive" policies that could never get through a body of elected politicians.
As the jurisdiction of these commissions expands into areas never originally intended, fundamental freedoms contract. When state bodies start enforcing the religious prohibitions of Muslims, which forbid the depiction of the prophet Mohammed, it destroys a few fundamental Western values, namely the separation of mosque and state and, more critically, the freedom of speech.
This is not simply a defence of Levant because he is a conservative columnist. Far from it. If a bleeding heart on the Left was dragged before a human rights commission for thinking and saying unpalatable things, even stupid things, the defence would remain the same. Defending the right to say the right things is easy. Defending the right to say the wrong things, even offensive things, is what counts if we are serious about free speech.
Monday, January 14, 2008
It appears Carl Cameron's question at the recent South Carolina GOP debate about the 9-11 Truthers who are backing Ron Paul's campaign and Paul's reluctance to answer it is having some blowback.
Over at Prison Planet, Alex Jones is telling the 9/11 Truthers to stand by their man.
Another divisive wedge that the establishment have tried to exploit, notably in a Fox News debate question last week, is the issue of the 9/11 truth movement and its link to Ron Paul.
Many 9/11 truthers are upset that the Congressman has not fully embraced their views and see his public distancing from them as a kind of rejection.
Whatever Ron Paul's views on 9/11, and he has publicly supported a new investigation in the past, truthers need to be more savvy in accepting the fact that the Congressman has now entered the belly of the beast and will have to play politics to a certain degree simply to fend off the establishment's relentless attack pattern.
That is not to say that Paul should compromise his values in the interests of appeasing the status quo and so far he has performed admirably in sticking to his positions and stubbornly reinforcing them in the face of constant backlash from every one of the other establishment candidate dupes.
Whatever truthers think about Ron Paul's rhetoric on this issue, all they really need to do is ask themselves one question. If, as the evidence clearly indicates, the government had a hand in 9/11, do you really think that a government led by Ron Paul would do the same thing again?
Clearly not, which is why truthers need to get past their gripe and throw their considerable skills of impromptu educational activism behind the Congressman's mission to restore America.
You cannot please all of the people all of the time. Ron Paul's supporters are never going to agree with him on every single issue but this should by no means provide them with an excuse to become despondent and give up the fight.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Dogged by continuing racial tensions around her
presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton drew a smattering of boos on Monday when she spoke at a religiously tinged Martin Luther King Jr. rally put together by a union organizing predominantly black security workers.
The catcalls came when Clinton was introduced and her speech drew only tepid applause compared to the boisterous ovations drawn by many of the pastors and reverends — not to mention a hip-hop artist and slam poet — who took the podium before her.
Ron Paul could not be reached for comment.
Surprisingly it's not in the lead, but it's buried in the fifth paragraph of this story.
But SHE was telling pals how much she's in LOVE with Ghalib, 35 and that she plans to MARRY him and convert to his faith, ISLAM.
In her crazier moments she's even been threatening to fake her own death to start a new life with him in Pakistan.
UPDATE: At the Corner, Mark Steyn says, "Still, the burqa's good news for the producers of next year's Grammies..."
Huckabee is down five points from the pre-debate poll and Thompson is up four points. However, Thompson remains fourth in the race where he is making his last stand.
Election 2008: South Carolina GOP Primary
Mike Huckabee 19%
Mitt Romney 17%
Fred Thompson 16%
Rudy Giuliani 5%
Ron Paul 5%
Over at Fred's campaign he's trying to raise $1 million before midnight tonight.
He's at $952,000 with nine hours to go.
Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.Liberty is a well armed sheep contesting that vote. - Ben FranklinWell Democracy is winning. Media has blacked us out.
I honestly think it's time to spin off some Liberty militias & hold peaceful armed protests. That way nobody will taser or gas us for our freedom of speech.What's more American than protesting 1st Amendment, and bearing arms while doing it 2nd Amendment.That would send shockwaves. The power exists in us, not the media, not the government, not in the police. It exists in the power of the people who contest what the wovles are doing. Not once in American history have I ever heard of a peaceful but ARMED protest. Yes that's right, loaded shotguns strapped on backs, pistols in belts.Who would mess with it? Imagine 50,000 people armed protesting.What a dream.
UPDATE: 2:40 PM: The Peaceful Armed Protests thread has been removed by the moderators at Ron Paul Forums.
WASHINGTON - Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has been targeted in a recent smear campaign which claims that he is a fundamentalist Muslim working for al-Qaeda in an effort to topple the US government.
An inflammatory mass e-mail that is circulating in the United States and Israel lays out the anonymous author's version of Obama's background.
One of the target audiences in the campaign is clearly the American Jewish community because the e-mail has also been sent out in Hebrew.
You can't make this stuff up.
Today, at Ron Paul's Forums one of his supporters spoke about violent overthrow of the U.S. government.
After sobering up, the original poster took his comment down, but a quote of the whole comment was still up in one of the replies in the same thread.
Read this before they move this discussion to "Hot Topics" like they did when Don Black of Stormfront fame made a guest appearance.
Originally Posted by KMSimmons
When Ross Perot ran in 1992, many of us saw it as a last chance to save America. Whatever Perot’s shortcomings, he was a patriot and would not let them sell American down the river for some pie-in-the-sky “new world order.”
When Perot lost in 1992 and Clinton took office, I turned off the TV. I didn’t want to know what happened next. What did happen was that Clinton gave China most favored nation status, and signed NAFTA into law. The only things now made in the U.S. are cow patties and potato chips, and America is broke. Bush Jr. got into office (anything seemed better than Gore) and he signed CAFTA into law and “legislation” targeting a North American Union by 2010. Good bye American sovereignty!
16 years later and a whole lot of praying that God would raise up some leadership to save our country, and here comes Ron Paul. (God does answer prayer!) However, there is a whole lot more at stake in this election than the White House. If we lose, America is a gonner for sure.
With all that in mind, I made a post on the front page of DailyPaul asking whether citizens should be thinking about reviving the citizen’s militia movement. I knew the word “militia” would get a lot of attention and it did. And it should. We better take a realistic view of what is ahead and not hide our heads in the sand like so many of us did 16 years ago. Be that as it may, I should not have used the word “militia” in a front page post as it gives our enemies a handle to paint us as kooks. And for that I ask your forgiveness.
I hate violence and think those that talk violence are abhorrent and irresponsible. Even so, sometimes that is the patriot’s only recourse. In this country we have three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box. Each is guaranteed by law, and each put there for our protection.
The time is now – Let’s use the ballot box to elect Ron Paul, so we never have to use the other two. Send that extra $100 in today! This may be our last chance.
Debbie Schlussel says, "Quite clearly, Romeny doesn't understand jihad at all."
It's just one poll, but former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's strategy to sit out the primaries until Florida may have allowed Arizona Senator John McCain enough momentum to become the front runner.
The poll, which has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, showed Mr. McCain with the support of 22 percent of likely primary voters, Mr. Giuliani at 20 percent, and Mr. Huckabee and Mr. Romney with 19.
UPDATE: At The Corner, Rich Lowry has an excellent analysis.
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If Ann Coulter misses her dad so much, why then
didn't she just get in the coffin with him and stay there? Mr. Coulter probably
would have rolled over in his grave, both literally and figuratively.Sorry to
sink to the level of the Coulter demon spawn, but I just cannot feel sorry for