Archive for February 29th, 2008

Muslims to World: “Insult Anything Muslim and You Will Be Killed”

Friday, February 29th, 2008

That’s right folks, it’s not just cartoons and images of Muhammad that will get one killed by the so-called “religion of peace and tolerance”, aka Islam. Now it’s something as simple as showing an image of the Kaaba at Mecca under the title “Dumb Stone.”
I wonder how many people they’ll kill worldwide this time? How many business will be destroyed this time? How many people’s lives will be forever changed for daring to express their right of free speech?

A Berlin gallery has closed an exhibition of satirical art by the controversial Danish group Surrend after receiving threats from a group of Muslims. The men were objecting to a picture of the Kaaba at Mecca under the title “Dumb Stone.”

Eighteen months ago, the severed head of Muhammad was enough to get an opera temporarily cancelled (more…) in Berlin. This time around, it’s an irreverent image of the Kaaba in Mecca that has caused an exhibition in the German capital to shut its doors.

But there is one major difference between the two incidents: Whereas the mere spectre of possible attacks was enough to get the Deutsche Oper to put the kibosh on a Mozart opera in 2006, Berlin’s Galerie Nord closed its doors this week after a group of Muslims walked into the gallery and threatened staff with violence.

“It was a very explosive situation,” Jan Egesborg, whose satirical art group Surrend created the Galerie Nord exhibition, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “We don’t want to be part of the current Islamophobic tendency in Europe. We weren’t trying to provoke Muslims.”

The exhibition, called “ZOG — Surrend,” opened last Friday and was scheduled to run until the end of March. Conceived by the controversial Danish satirical art group, it included a picture of the black, cube-shaped Kaaba in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. Above the image, a headline read “Dumb Stone.” Gallery manager Ralf Hartmann decided on Tuesday to shut down the show after six men believed to have been Muslims turned up demanding that the image be removed. The men reportedly threatened the staff with violence should they not comply.

The president of Berlin’s influential Academy of Arts, Klaus Staeck, who opened the exhibition last week, expressed his support for the Danish group Friday. “I extend my solidarity to all artists … whose work is threatened by violent people who hold different beliefs,” Staeck said, adding that he hoped the exhibition could re-open soon.

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Police Tell Christians They Have No Free Speech Rights in Public Park

Friday, February 29th, 2008

These Christians are on trial for expressing their first amendment rights. This is nothing less than Christian persecution at the hands of the very government we elected to protect our rights.
Pray for these Christians and that God will move the courts to preserve our constitutional rights to free speech and the freedom to exercise our religion.

A trial is scheduled to begin today in Elmira, N.Y., and lawyers for the defendants say it will be a test of whether the First Amendment affirmations of freedom of speech and freedom of religion still are valid in the United States.

“Choosing to exercise your First Amendment rights in a public place is not a crime,” Joel Oster, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund said. “The government has no right to arrest citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights in public.”

At issue is the arrest of several Christians at a “gay pride” event is Wisner Park in Elmira in 2007. Julian and Gloria Raven and several others entered the park to pray silently for the participants of the event celebrating homosexual behavior.

Officials with the ADF noted that the materials advertising the event said everyone was invited and it was open to the public. “The group did not draw a disorderly response from event participants,” the ADF said.

However, an Elmira police sergeant had told the group they were banned from the park. They were not allowed to “cross the street, enter the park, or share their religion with anyone in the park,” according to the ADF.

The group’s members later were arrested and accused of “disorderly conduct.”

“It seems oxymoronic to say that by walking silently in a public park, with heads bowed, these people somehow disturbed the peace,” Oster said. “From the sit-ins of the 1960s to today, courts have repeatedly ruled that the police cannot arrest those who peacefully express their message in public places.”

While the facts of the case make it seem relatively minor, the ADF said the issue is nothing less than the United States’ freedoms of speech and religion.

“If this violation of these Christians’ rights is allowed to stand, the First Amendment rights of all people of faith are in jeopardy,” the ADF said.

When the Christians were arrested, officials with Elmira justified their actions to WND.

Assistant Police Chief Mike Robertson told WND that the members were accused of a “combination” of allegations, including the “intent” to cause a public inconvenience, a “disturbance” of a meeting of persons and obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

He also said at the time that the accusations would include taking part in “any act that serves no legitimate purpose.”

Raven had told WND his group assembled to pray for three hours the night before Elmira’s “pride” festival in promotion of the homosexual lifestyle.

“We have a legal right to be at an event held in a public square. We’re not a hate group,” he said. “We’re Christians and we’re going to be there to pray.”

He said he contacted police, who told him he had no free speech rights in the public park.

“The female officer, she said, ‘You’re not going to cross the street. You’re not going to enter the park and you’re not going to share your religion with anybody in this park,'” he told WND.

“When she said that, for the first time in my life as a Christian, I felt now my freedom of speech is threatened or challenged,” he said. “I was being told I could not share my religion with anybody in that park.”

Raven said he told the officer “she was violating the Constitution that she had sworn to uphold, and she was very agitated and adamant, and couldn’t look me straight in the eye.”

Raven asked for the justification for such a threat and was not given a response.

He said his team of Christians then went into the park, and they were arrested within three or four minutes.

He said if the situation is left unchallenged, the city of Elmira will be in the position of being able to control the content of people’s messages in a lawful assembly – or even thoughts if they are nearby.

“We didn’t say boo to a goose, still we were arrested,” he said.

The local newspaper reported the arrests came just “moments” after Elmira Mayor John Tonello delivered a speech “celebrating diversity.”

And the actions prompted some immediate criticism from newspaper readers.

“I was appalled and disgusted by the gay stories strewn through the paper. What was even more disturbing was the way the city acted. Since when is it illegal to sit on the ground in a public park and recite Bible verses? Are they not protected by the same Constitution that allows gay people to have their gay pride event. These Bible thumpers had their constitutional right to free speech and assembly trampled on by the city. They should not have been arrested,” said Kevin Raznoff.

Robertson told WND the Christians “certainly” have a right to assemble, but not on public property when there’s an “organized” event there. Asked repeatedly about how the “disturbance” statute relates to First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, he did not answer.

“Obviously, they caused a disruption to an event that was taking place,” he said.

But Raven confirmed to WND the Christians did not approach a single person, did not speak to anyone and did not even make any audible statements until after they were arrested.

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Guns Best Crime Deterrent

Friday, February 29th, 2008

As I’ve said repeatedly on this blog, gun laws are only going to take guns away from law abiding citizens. It will not deter criminals in the least. So-called “gun free zones” are the same. The people who will respect them are the law abiding citizens, not the criminals. They will see them as “criminal safe” zones.
Police and other law enforcement agencies are now starting to stand united on the gun ownership issue. This has not been an easy thing for them to decide on. But they can no longer ignore facts.
The facts are:
When a criminal is in doubt of the defenses his potential victim has, he is less likely to attack.
Only law abiding people respect laws. Criminals do not. This includes gun laws. Gun laws only disarm the the innocent, not the criminals. They will continue to find guns illegally.
Gun free zones are a “target rich” environment to a criminal. They know that all the law abiding people will be unarmed, respecting the law of the gun free zone. They know they can come into a gun free zone and kill many innocent people before authorities have a chance to react.
Like them or not, these are the facts.

When sexual assaults started rising in Orlando, Fla., in 1966, police officers noticed women were arming themselves, so they launched a firearms safety course for them. Over the next 12 months, sexual assaults plummeted by 88 percent, burglaries fell by 25 percent and not one of the 2,500 women who took the course fired a gun in a confrontation.

And that, says a new brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by police officers and prosecutors in a controversial gun-ban dispute, is why gun ownership is important and should be available to individuals in the United States.

The arguments come in an amicus brief submitted by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, whose spokesman, Ted Deeds, told WND there now are 92 different law enforcement voices speaking together to the Supreme Court in the Heller case.

That pending decision will decide whether an appeals court ruling striking down a District of Columbia ban on handguns because it violates the 2nd Amendment will stand or not. The gun ban promoters essentially argue that any gun restriction that is ruled “reasonable” is therefore constitutional, such as the D.C. handgun ban.

Deeds said this probably is the largest unified law enforcement statement in support of the 2nd Amendment ever, and includes nearly a dozen organizations that represent tens of thousands of police officers across the country, dozens of state attorneys general, dozens of prosecutors and a long list of federal law enforcement experts up to and including federal judges.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled on March 18, and the LEAA brief is just one of 46 that have been filed on the side of seeking affirmation that the 2nd Amendment does, indeed, document a right for individuals to own guns in the United States.

The brief notes when the Georgia town of Kennesaw decided to require all residents, with exceptions for conscientious objectors, to keep a firearm at home, home burglaries fell from 66 to 26 to 11 in consecutive years.

In Orlando, the deterrence to criminals who simply knew that their victims may have a gun and may know how to use it and may be willing to do just that had a significant impact, because while Orlando’s rapes were plummeting, assaults were up 5 percent across the state and 7 percent nationally.

The brief cites a study that discovered, based on interviews with felony prisoners in 11 prisons in 10 states, one third of the felons had been “scared off, shot at, wounded or captured by an armed victim,” and nearly four in 10 had decided against committing a specific crime because they thought the victim might have a gun.

“Seventy-four percent agreed with the statement that ‘One reason burglars avoid houses where people are at home is that they fear being shot,'” the study said.

The brief suggested the nation’s crime rate could rocket should more restrictions be placed on guns.

“Numerous surveys show that firearms are used (usually without a shot needing to be fired) for self-defense at least 97,000 times a year, and probably several hundred thousands times a year. The anti-crime effects of citizen handgun ownership provide enormous benefits to law enforcement, because there are fewer home invasion emergencies requiring an immediate police response, and because the substantial reductions in rates of burglary, assault, and other crimes allow the police and district attorneys to concentrate more resources on other cases and on deterrence.”

“Guns save lives,” the brief said. “In the hands of law-abiding citizens, guns provide very substantial public safety benefits. In all 50 states – but not the District – it is lawful to use firearms for defense against home invaders. The legal ownership of firearms for home defense is an important reason why the American rate of home invasion burglaries is far lower than in countries which prohibit or discourage home handgun defense.”

The brief said handgun ownership reduces the number of confrontational home invasions, so “the total U.S. violent crime rate [is reduced] by about 9 percent.”

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Here is an excellent commentary by John Stossel.

Once a Terrorist, Always a Terrorist

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Pali Terrorist-in-Chief, Mahmoud Abbas is ready to get back to business as usual; killing innocent Israeli women and children.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday said that he does not rule out returning to the path of armed “resistance” against Israel and took pride in the fact that he had been the first to fire on Israel and that his organization had trained Hizbullah.

In an interview with the Jordanian daily al-Dustur, Abbas said that he was opposed to an armed struggle against Israel – for the time being.

“At this present juncture, I am opposed to armed struggle because we cannot succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different,” he said.

The PA president also expressed pride both in himself and in his organization, Fatah, for trailblazing the path of resistance.

“I had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965 and of being the one who taught resistance to many in the region and around the world; what it’s like; when it is effective and when it isn’t effective; its uses, and what serious, authentic and influential resistance is,” Abbas said.

“It is common knowledge when and how resistance is detrimental and when it is well timed,” he added. “We (Fatah) had the honor of leading the resistance and we taught resistance to everyone, including Hizbullah, who trained in our military camps.”

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Clinton Aides Threatened Lawsuit Over Texas Caucuses, Officials Say

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Unbelievable. We haven’t even voted yet and already Clinton is disputing the results and threating to sue.
Democrats are truly stooping to all time lows.
Just want to make a point here; these are the same people who want to run our country.

AUSTIN — The Texas Democratic Party warned Thursday that election night caucuses scheduled for next Tuesday could be delayed or disrupted after aides to Hillary Clinton threatened to sue over the party’s complicated delegate selection process.

In a letter sent out late Thursday to both the Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns, Texas Democratic Party lawyer Chad Dunn warned a lawsuit could ruin the Democrats’ effort to re-energize voters just as they are turning out in record numbers.

Spokesmen for both campaigns said there were no plans to sue ahead of the March 4 election.

“It has been brought to my attention that one or both of your campaigns may already be planning or intending to pursue litigation against the Texas Democratic Party,” Dunn wrote in the letter, obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Such action could prove to be a tragedy for a reinvigorated Democratic process.”

Democratic sources said both campaigns have made it clear that they might consider legal options over the complicated delegate selection process, which includes both a popular vote and evening caucuses. But the sources made it clear that the Clinton campaign in particular had warned of an impending lawsuit.

“Both campaigns have made it clear that they would go there if they had to, but I think the imminent threat is coming from one campaign,” said one top Democratic official, referring to the Clinton campaign. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Another Democratic official who was privvy to the discussions confirmed that Clinton representatives made veiled threats in a telephone call this week.

“Officials from Sen. Clinton’s campaign at several times throughout the call raised the specter of ‘challenging the process,’ the official said. “The call consisted of representatives from both campaigns and the Democratic Party.”

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Look Who’s Calling for the Marines Now

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I ran across this at Michelle Malkin’s blog yesterday and had a good laugh. Check it out…

Melanie Morgan shares a story from Iraq war vet Eamon Kelly:

“While we were at the protest in Berkeley from 12 to 4 PM a white volvo drove by and a man spat upon code pink. They chased him down the street and got into a verbal altercation. The police were NO WHERE in sight. That’s not the best part, ready for this? Medea Benjamin yelled and I quote “Marines!” she actually yelled for our help because this man had stepped out of his car. Lol. I even asked her if she was yelling Police and she told me “I said Marines” then put her arm around my friend Allen (the Marine vet) Ironic? Ok back to the emails!! “

God bless those “Bush death pimps,” eh, Medea?

Here’s a little background:
Medea Benjamin is an activist with the group “Code Pink”. They have been protesting the mere presence of a Marine Corp recruiting office in the city of Berkeley, California. It is very routine to call the marine recruiters “Bush Death Pimps”.
But in their time of danger, who do they expect to spring to their aid? The very people they have been protesting; the marines.

This comment says it all:
“Amazzzzing. To stand there and call the Marines murderers and baby killers. Brainwashed idiots, then expect them to come running to their aid when they are threatened in return with physical [violence].

Just goes to show how gutless and what [hypocrites] Code Pink is.”

And for me, here is what I have to say:

GOD BLESS ALL THE MARINES AND THE CORPS!!
GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM!!

And if you still doubt what I think about our military, check out this link on our website:
Honor Our Military.

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Mainstream Media Stages “Islamophobia” Again

Friday, February 29th, 2008

In their desperate attempt to prove that all Americans, are at best, closet Islamophobes, the mainstream media continues to bait average people into making complete fools of themselves.
Read this post carefully. Keep in mind that both the so-called “victim”, the Muslim, and the perpetrator, the non-Muslim sales clerk, are both actors. Who is on trial here are the fellow customers.
The mainstream media has tried and convicted them because they didn’t stand up for the Muslim lady as the clerk verbally abused her.
Now aside from a couple of people who did approve of the clerks actions, the only crime committed by the patrons of this business is indifference.
And who can blame them in this sue happy society we live in? Why would an average person commit themselves to the possibly of arrest and prosecution by getting involved in a non-violent dispute between a sales clerk and a customer?
The correct way to show their displeasure is to cease using this particular business establishment.
But of course, none of this information comes to us from this so-called investigative report from the MSM. Nope. They have an agenda, and gosh darn it, they’ll bait anyone they need to, spin the “story” any way they need to in order to advance that agenda.
Just a side note here. I like the point this commentator, over at Michelle Malkin’s blog, made:
“I wonder if they would consider sending a professor wearing an “I Love W” button and an American flag pin into the faculty lounge at Harvard or some other liberal ivory tower with a hidden camera. I would love to see that experiment. I can’t imagine anyone at NBC doing that one. Maybe John Stossel at ABC, though?

…Perhaps when I get back from deployment, you can follow me around Seattle and see how I get treated wearing my Navy uniform…

…Why don’t you set up some white guy with hidden cameras, put a George Bush T-Shirt on him and have him walk down a street in Pakistan. Or, better yet, have him walk down a street in Detroit. I’ll just bet you could get a lot of bigoted reactions…

…*Wear a pro-life t-shirt to a Women’s Studies class.
* Wear a Halliburton company polo shirt to the Kos Kidz annual blogmeet.
* PUBLISH CARTOONS WITH MOHAMMED IN THEM…”

Remember this graph…

Islamophobia Graph

Take these type of articles from the mainstream media with a grain of salt.

In April 2006, I reported on an attempt by NBC News’s Dateline to stage an Islamophobia sting on NASCAR fans.

In November 2007, I called attention to an attempt by ABC News’s Primetime Live to stage a homophobia sting in Birmingham, Alabama.

Now, Primetime Live is replicating the Islamophobia stunt thing in Texas (hat tip – LGF):

The Sept. 11 attacks, the Iraq war and suicide bombings worldwide have changed not only the way we live but the way we look at those around us, especially Muslims. “Islamophobia” has entered the American vernacular, and the anti-Muslim attitudes and prejudice it describes remain common.

But what if you witnessed “Islamophobia” in action and saw someone being victimized because of someone else’s prejudices? What would you do?

ABC’s production crew outfitted The Czech Stop, a bustling roadside bakery north of Waco, Texas, with hidden cameras and two actors. One played a female customer wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, or hijab. The other acted as a sales clerk who refused to serve her and spouted common anti-Muslim and anti-Arab slurs.

The polarity of reactions was shocking, from support to seething disapproval. Never did we expect customers to be so passionate or candid.

Like I’ve said before:

Welcome to Serious Broadcast Journalism: If you can’t find the video you need to fit the P.C. left narrative, hire actors to make it happen.

Time for another round of news sting ideas for the MSM.

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Witness to Discrimination: What Would You Do?
Hyping Hate Crime Vs. Muslims.