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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Not Even FOX News Covered this

This is from an e-mail sent to me by a friend.
Ed B.


On Sunday, June 6th, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalition of Americans opposed to Islamic violence and intolerance rallied at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City .

9/11 families were joined by immigrants from India, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Africa, Iran and Europe to show opposition to the construction of a mega-mosque at Ground Zero. Others flew in from overseas to speak or just to share their particular ethnic communities’ experiences at the hands of Muslims.

These are parents and spouses of firefighters killed on 9/11. The rally took place just a minute’s walk from Ladder 10 Firehouse, where their loved ones were stationed for duty that terrible day. Ladder 10 lost seven firefighters.

Crowd estimates ranged from 5,000 (NYPD) to 10,000. The crowd overflowed the police barrier enclosures that ran the full length of two city blocks. This photo shows the enclosure in front of the stage at the intersection of Liberty and Church Streets. The second enclosure ran the length of the next block and can be seen on the other side of the traffic lights.

Thousands of additional participants filled the treed area of Zuccotti Park .

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are the founders of STOP ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA, which sponsored the rally. Ms. Geller is a citizen journalist and blogger who runs the human rights web site Atlas Shrugs. Mr. Spencer is the author of several books on Islam and head of the influential web site Jihad watch. Pamela Geller:

“Ground Zero is a war memorial, Ground Zero is a burial ground. We are asking for sensitivity…It is unconscionable to build a shrine to the very ideology that inspired the jihadist attacks at Ground Zero, right there. We are asking the imam Rauf and Daisy Khan to be sensitive. For mutual respect and mutual understanding that is demanded of us every day.

There’s a hair-trigger sensitivity in the Muslim world, you can’t run the cartoons, you can’t say Mohammed, this is offensive. This is an offensive mosque. To build a shrine, an Islamic flag of conquest on the sacred ground the cherished site, of a conquered land. This is historic, this is Islamic history. It’s what they do. The St. Sofia in Turkey , the al-Quds, at the holiest Jewish site in Israel . Not here. This is where we take a stand. We must take a stand. We must say no.”

I do not believe that the landmarks commission controlled by Mayor Bloomberg, is going to stop this mosque. It’s not going to happen. Here’s Omar Muhamedi, on his human rights council, a CAIR lawyer, who sued the airlines and the Jane and John Does that saw something and said something on those airplanes, if you remember. That’s who’s on his human rights commission. It ain’t gonna happen with Bloomberg. We have to make it happen. You have to get involved.” (Pamela Geller)

Police enclosure on left, with crowd flowing out of park on right. The new Tower 7 and World Trade Center site are in the background. The green tent, center, is located immediately behind the stage.

Port Authority and NYPD officers kept watch over the rally and were well aware of the need for heightened security at this event. One of their own Port Authority officers, WTC Sergeant Alan T. De Vona was on duty at the World Trade Center on 9/11, 2001, and was one of the first to help victims of the terrorist attack. He spoke these words to the SIOA rally:

“It’s almost nine years. I’m hoping that America is watching. I’m hoping that America is remembering. Because, make no mistake. September 11 was an act of war. And thank the military that has lost almost 5,000 troops from that day, defending us. I don’t know what to say to jar America ’s memory. I want America to remember.
Port Authority Police and FDNY firefighters are seen here gathered beneath this banner.

The issues at stake will certainly affect the heart of American freedom, democracy, cultural values and tolerance. America is a tolerant country that allows for the free worship of all its citizens. But our tolerance has limits. Do we have to tolerate intolerant Islamic ideology and Muslims who preach intolerant Islam?”

Hindu human rights activists Narain Kataria, Prasad Yalamanchi and unidentified friend came from Mississippi and Chicago with banners and flyers highlighting the radical statements of imam Rauf and his jihadist roots.

Stephen Dyer and Gary Jules journalism students at York College, with Pamela Geller. Not one major network sent a satellite truck or camera crew to this event. Without bloggers this newsworthy event would have remained unknown to the public and history.

Pamela Geller is greeted by Hindu human rights activists Prasad Yalamanchi and Narain Kataria.

Bhupinder Singh Bhurji, Pamela Geller, and Robert Spencer. Singh Bhurji is the president of the  NAMDHARI SIKH FOUNDATION. The foundation is a member of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI). HRCARI is a coalition of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians from Sudan, Egypt and Iraq, moderate Muslims and Jews — who are victims and targets of radical Islam around the globe. He said, at another rally:

“Radical Islamists are killing people in India , trying to dominate that nation. And here too they come with violence against “infidels.” We are “infidels united,” standing together, brown, black and white, against this epoch’s fascist movement. Radical Islam wants to dominate entire world. They want everyone to surrender. Islam radical or otherwise. They want to put the Islamic flag on White House.”

Because of Islamic terrorism, America and the world have seen massive new security measures become a way of life. Anyone openly critical of Islam, or terrorist ideology, must surround themselves with security, or live in hiding. Those courageous enough to confront Islamism are criticized by the cowards and appeasers of the left who seek safety by supporting the enemy. Moderate Muslims were silent when Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered in Amsterdam , just as moderate Muslims in the United States are generally reluctant to speak out against violent Islam. Moderate Muslims also face great danger in speaking out.

Geller and Spencer will press on despite the danger. They hope to inspire Americans to stand up and say enough of political correctness and work to stem the galloping islamization of America and Europe

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The coming depression?

Depression 2010? Robert Samuelson again sounds a warning. The bill for the Greek welfare state has now been paid in IOU's. Other EU countries will soon follow. How long before the U.S. follows in the EU wake?

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Welfare State's Death Spiral

In The Welfare State's Death Spiral, Robert Samuelson gives interesting insights into what the economic crisis in Greece portends for other countries including our own.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Miss me yet?

A lot has been said recently about sign posts of George W Bush appearing in various places asking "Miss me yet?".   Below is a thoughtful piece that was published June 21, 2008 in of all places the TELEGRAPH of London.

Now that Joe Biden is giving Obama credit for success in Iraq, it's time for some introspection.

History will say that we misunderestimated George W Bush.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dutch demand sex from nurses

In a country that provides you with practically everything else, why not?

Bill Clinton should have thought of this.  With a majority male congress, it would have passed with a huge margin (including a public/private option).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Woman who assaulted pro-life protester cancels her abortion

Regardless of which side of the argument you're on this is a remarkable story.  Now watch the pro-choice lobby demonized the repentant woman.

The Latest on Climategate

The "science" of global warming/climate change is ever changing.  What galls me is that Algore, Howard Dean and others say that people who question the global warming theory are anti-science.    On the contrary, questioning assumptions, hypotheses, and data is the essence of the scientific method.  Shutting off debate and declaring something to be "settled science" without the questioning and testing process is the antithesis of science.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Is Healthcare a Right?

The prevailing opinion on the left is that healthcare is a right therefore our country must establish universal healthcare.  This notion has gained some acceptance among many Americans.  Why?  Rich Hrebic answers the question in in THE AMERICAN THINKER in an article One Step Closer to Losing Your Right to Health Care .

Part of the problem is that most Americans don't understand what a right is.  A right is not a guarantee that the government (i.e., other people) will provide you something for free.  We have the right to engage in religious expression, but that doesn't mean that the government pays for the construction of the church.  We have the right to peacefully assemble, but the government doesn't promise to supply your transportation.  You have the right to keep and bear arms, but don't expect the government to provide you with a free firearm and bullets.  You have the right to free speech, but the government won't grant you free radio or TV air time. 

What makes something a right is not whether the government can force somebody else to pay for it.  What defines something as a right is whether the government can or cannot prohibit you from doing it.  (President Obama notoriously called these "negative liberties".) If the government can't stop you from doing it, then it's a right. 

We have a right to religious expression because the government is prohibited from suppressing that expression.  We have the right to assemble because the government must allow us to do so.  We can speak freely because the government cannot censor us.  Nor can the government take away law-abiding citizens' firearms.

I believe that as Americans we're entitled to only three things: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Free people who exercise these "inalienable" rights can achieve greatness.  From these three "entitlements" spring all the elements that constitute abundance.

Very interesting.  Please listen. » College Acquaintance: Young Obama Was ‘Pure Marxist Socialist’

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why I Write

We live in interesting times.  In 2008 we elected the nation's first African American president--a truly historic occasion.   At the time I wrote that as a conservative I was disappointed but that as an American I was proud.  I also expressed my hope that President Obama would lead us on a new path toward racial reconciliation modeled after Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.  Such reconciliation, based on forgiveness, would enable Black Americans to move forward without the burden of bitterness and anger for past oppression.  My skepticism about Barack Obama was soon realized.  As I suspected, Obama is neither a King nor a Mandela.  He is not even a leader.  In all things related to governing, he has proven to be a run of the mill Saul Alinsky disciple and an empty suit.

Saul Alinsky, Neo-Marxist and father of the community organizing movement, became the icon of many academics and students of the '60s including Hillary Rodham Clinton.  His Rules for Radicals became required reading for all proponents of  a "social justice " agenda.  I myself studied Alynsky as part of my sociology courses in the '60's.  Back then, the fact that he was a Neo-Marxist added to his "cool factor".   To understand the Obama and modern Democrat playbook, study Alynsky.

The people rioting outside the Democrat National Convention in Chicago, 1968 are now in charge of the party.  Maybe not the actual people themselves, but the beliefs and ideology that drove them now drives the Democrats.  The party of JFK, LBJ, Harry Truman etc. is now dead.

That concerns me and it should concern all of us.  That's why I started this blog.   I want my country to remain true to its founding principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets.  Adherence to these principles made our nation the most prosperous nation on earth in less than 200 years.  America is truly an exceptional nation.  It's becoming objectionable to many to proclaim America as extraordinary.  They ask if we think we're better than everybody else.   I say we're Americans.  We ARE everybody else.