The Fiddler

I was watching the news a few days ago when our ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was assassinated along with three of his staff – Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. I refuse to pay for cable and rarely, if ever, watch TV; this time I was visiting a friend. I was stunned at the news of the attack and the initial claim that the deaths were being attributed to riots by jihadists angry about a trailer for a low-budget film depicting the prophet Mohammed and the birth of Islam. I knew as soon as I heard it that the riots were just a cover story.

US embassies and consulates are typically built protectively and are guarded by Marines or former special forces operatives, sometimes both. There were no Marines at our embassy in Benghazi that day. Now, a few days later, we know that AMB Stevens had only recently returned to Libya and his visit was supposed to be classified – it wasn’t public knowledge. The secret location of the US safe house in Libya was also compromised.

Then, the news reported that President Obama hadn’t attended a security briefing in at least a week. He made his fundraisers and campaign stops, but he wasn’t doing his job. He’d refused a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (and, since the start of his administration, has not visited Israel once). There may well have been news that this attack was coming, but neither Obama nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were paying attention. Now four of our finest, including an ambassador, are dead.

What was the first reaction by Obama and his administration? Apologies. They condemned the trailer for Innocence of Muslims as “disgusting”, even asked YouTube and parent company Google to consider removing the trailer. If you click on the link and watch, you’ll likely think, “that’s 14 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back.” The video is very low-budget and poorly acted. It’s the type of video that would normally be ignored. Because the jihadists of the world were offended, though, Obama and every member of his cabinet who spoke about the tragedy and the surrounding events apologized profusely.

They’ve spent more time talking about that ridiculous farce of a video than they have on actually trying to do something about what’s going on.

In 1979, Iranian jihadists stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took the Americans inside hostage. Jimmy Carter kept apologizing and asking what he could do to make them happy; 444 days later, the very day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, the hostages were released and the siege ended. The terrorists knew that we would crush them in short order because we now had a leader who wouldn’t tolerate their actions.

In 1983, terrorist attacks began afresh when the US embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber. The military barracks at the Beirut airport was also bombed that year, as was the US embassy in Kuwait City. In 1984, another vehicle bomb was detonated at the US embassy annex in Beirut, and Kuwait Airways flight 221 was hijacked with Americans on board. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked, the Achille Lauro was hijacked, and bombs were set off at the airports in Rome and Vienna – all targeting Americans. In 1986 a discotheque popular with American servicemen in Germany was bombed. In 1988, Pan Am flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Finally, after the bombing of Pan Am 103, then-president Reagan got tired of talking and bombed Moammar Qaddafhi’s turban off. We didn’t have one more second of trouble from Libya after that – until this year, after President Obama started apologizing. Reagan took on the Soviet Union, a massive world superpower (despite widespread poverty and hunger), and won; Obama can’t even deal with Iran. Democrats scream and wail that we have no business being in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they insist that we get involved in civil wars in Libya and Egypt, two countries we have no business screwing around with. Then, when we have a clear issue with terrorists brazenly assassinating one of our ambassadors, our President – the same one who doesn’t know what to do with Iran – tucks tail and apologizes.

Oh…and with even more violence at all of our embassies across the Mideast, Obama was gracious enough to “offer” to send the Marines to secure our embassy in Sudan. Not surprisingly, Sudan rejected the offer. It’s our embassy, therefore technically our soil with our people on it, but we are OFFERING TO SEND THE MARINES TO SECURE THEM. How quaint.

We’re sorry, terrorists. We didn’t mean to offend you. We’ll just cower in the corner and keep begging you to leave us alone even though you’re all living in the stone age and we’re sitting pretty with enough enriched uranium to turn the entire Middle East into a glass canyon.

I’m so embarrassed at Obama’s reaction that I’m almost physically ill. The man has no spine. He bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia and the Japanese emperor, he went on an apology tour, he doesn’t know what a corpsman is, and he has no idea whether Egypt is an ally. When faced with a major tragedy, rather than call it exactly what it is, he all but says we deserved it.

When protesters in Cairo storm our embassy, tear down our flag and rip it to shreds, and raise the Al Raya (the black flag emblazoned with the Shahada, or the Muslim declaration of faith), he had absolutely nothing to say. He made a short statement condemning the attacks on our embassies and left for another fundraiser.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Police attended a ball while LA burned. Obama…

Well, let’s hope he’s bad enough at the fiddle to be replaced in November.

The Children of Hamas

I just got into it with the most absolutely hypocritical Ron Paul supporter ever (and that’s saying something). Myself and a fellow conservative found ourselves set upon by a guy who told us that we weren’t true Christians or conservatives because we supposedly deliberately murdered innocent women and children. Where did he get this?

Well, he might as well be a code pinko, for starters – he likes to quote Ann Wright, a former US Army colonel who resigned in protest of the start of the Iraq war in 2003. Wright is also famous for claiming that Israelis murder women and children every time they go to war in Gaza or Lebanon with Hamas and Hezbollah. Our good little member of the Ron Paul ranks kept telling me that I was swallowing MSM propaganda (no matter how many times I told him that I don’t even have cable TV and don’t watch the MSM all that much) and gave me “facts” in the form of propagandist rants from Ann Wright and like-minded anti-Israeli propagandists who invent stories of so-called atrocities that nobody bothers to question – even with the lies staring them right in the face (anyone remember the pictures of Hamas gunmen staging a milk run through their gun-running tunnels under the Israeli border?).

Well, here’s a little bit of sobering reality – actual facts, none of this is contrived – of those “innocent” children that Israelis are supposedly mowing down in cold blood. I will warn you: these are not safe for work or kids. Some of the footage is disturbing.

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With this kind of indoctrination going on, it astonishes me that there are still so many in the world who place the blame on Israel.

Palestinian terrorists not only indoctrinate children to hate infidels – especially Jews – they use them deliberately as human shields. If you watch the first video, you see multiple shots of terrorists dragging kids to stand in front of them. They keep kids around while they wire damaged buildings with explosives that they intend to set off as Israeli forces move through the area. They were knowingly putting these children in harm’s way for a purpose: propaganda.

Thousands have bought the lie that this is all Israel’s fault. This isn’t merely disheartening – it is infuriating. It is an injustice on a massive scale, and I have no tolerance whatsoever for those who spout this crap.

If History Is Any Indication…

History has long been my absolute favorite subject. When my dad and I get together once a week, we usually watch something history-related. Most recently, we watched a very interesting documentary about the very similar lives that Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin lived – there were no surprises about Hitler, because I’ve done several studies on the man and his ideology, but I had no idea that Stalin was so much like him (he was so violent, in fact, that Lenin himself warned the Communist party against allowing him to take power, a rather sobering piece of information).

History tends to get in the way of the contention made by Ron Paul and his supporters. They point to a CIA-backed coup in Iran in 1953 and claim that every single thing that militant Islam has done to us since then stems from that singular incident. History is not on their side, however – in fact, it says quite the opposite. If you go all the way back to 1786, you see that Islam has, since its inception, taught that Islam will rule the world. Muslims have long been commanded to murder in the name of Allah and these followers have happily obliged. They consider Jews to be lower than dirt and Christians to be just barely above them. The Qur’an openly commands believers to kill all infidels. Don’t believe me? Here’s the text of the Qur’an, word-for word:

“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” (2:216)

“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” (4:74)

“They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.” (4:89)

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” (8:12)

“And fight with them until there is no more struggle and religion should be only for Allah.” (8:39)

“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” (9:5)

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (9:29 – “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews, while the Jizya is a heavy tax that Christians and Jews are to pay just to survive in Sharia nations.)

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.” (9:111)

How about the Hadith? Here’s a few from that book, which give even more insight:

“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'” (Bukhari 52:177)

“The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, ‘They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).'” (Bukhari 52:256)

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, ‘There is no god but Allah’ and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)” (Abu Dawud 14:2526)

“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.'” (Bukhari 8:387)

“He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!” (Muslim 20:4645)

“Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992)

That last quote is Mohammed himself giving final orders.

We have seen fervently violent belief in the world’s past. Adolf Hitler was a nobody when he left home for Vienna to be a street artist. He lived a very bohemian life; he was rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts twice. He was living in a homeless shelter, working odd jobs and selling watercolor paintings when he joined the army at the outset of WWI. He was one of the most highly-decorated soldiers in the Bavarian unit; when the war ended, he entered politics and became an enormous fan of Anton Drexler, the anti-capitalist founder of the German Worker’s Party. Within just a few years he gained enormous support from the party. In November 1923, he led a failed coup that landed him in prison; while there, he wrote Mein Kampf. He only spent a year in prison for high treason and he immediately went back into politics. Despite a far more peaceful political landscape that had flourished while he was in prison, he wormed his way into government. Established, popular politicians mocked him at every opportunity. It only took him nine years to rise to the position of Chancellor. Within a couple of months of becoming Chancellor, Hitler became the fuhrer.

A man with only an elementary education was able to take full control of a nation still rebuilding after a devastating war. Germany in 1933 had no military to speak of, a poor economy and nations surrounding it that had threatened severe military action if the Germans so much as sneezed the wrong way. When he annexed Austria, which was a major break from the Treaty of Versailles, the allies did nothing. When he sent poor soldiers riding into the Rhineland on bicycles, all the French would have had to do was march to within view of the Germans and they would have turned and run like hell – but they were so worried about another war that they just let it go. He pushed and pushed until they were willing to give a portion of Czechoslovakia (without the Czech people’s knowledge, BTW) to him in an all-out attempt to avert war. He only pushed further by taking the rest of the country by force and eventually, Hitler overtook the whole of mainland Europe and built Nazi Germany into a nearly unstoppable juggernaut.

His aggressive actions were ignored entirely by nearly everyone, including the American people, who were still angry about our involvement in WWI. Everyone tried so hard to be “diplomatic” with Hitler that by the time they realized he wasn’t interested in diplomacy, it was nearly too late. We should have learned from that.

We haven’t. Now we have a religion that has thrived since around 610 AD at the tip of a very bloody sword still killing in the name of their god – and an increasing number of people are claiming that they’re only killing us because we didn’t leave them alone. We never should have meddled. It started in 1953. They’re angry because they don’t want us in their country. I have news for you, folks: Islam is far older than that. I can get into the major incidents of the past three decades later, but the fact will always remain that they are commanded by their religion to kill us until the survivors convert. They hate our very existence and culture, not the fact that we “meddle”. Even if we were to pull our troops out of every corner of the Middle East, they would still try to kill us.

If history is any indication, though, this is yet another lesson that will be learned the hard way. That we haven’t learned it by now is disheartening.

Iranian Lies

The Iranians must think the entire world is blind, deaf and dumb.

News hit recently that Iranian evangelical Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was to be executed for apostasy. It’s actually quite common to execute apostates – those who have rejected Islam as defined under Sharia – particularly in Iran. Homosexuality is immediate grounds for execution as well, and if a good Muslim in a Sharia nation tortures a homosexual, there is no punishment for the crime. Islam, especially in Arab nations, commits unbelievable atrocities with outstanding regularity and it still floors me that the Western World is snoozing while it continues.

Every once in a while, an atrocious case will hit international airwaves and the nation involved will back off. The King of Saudi Arabia famously pardoned a woman who had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes (later, upon appeal, her sentence was cranked up to 200 lashes and six months in prison) for the crime of “meeting with an unrelated male” just before seven men kidnapped and gang-raped her after the whole world found out about it and screamed bloody murder. Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously claimed that Iran does not have homosexuals during a Q&A at Columbia University (the same university where liberal students loudly protested any and all conservative speakers, yet a militant Muslim dictator was allowed to lie like a cheap rug and get away with it). Now that Pastor Nadarkhani’s story has hit the headlines, Iran is making all kinds of excuses.

After American media contacts obtained copies of an Iranian Supreme Court ruling that found Pastor Nadarhkani guilty of both apostasy and proselytizing, Iranian government shills have come out with the unbelievable lie that he is actually facing execution for rape and extortion; another phrase the lying sack of beetle dung used was “security-related crimes.”

I call bullshit.

We’re talking about Iran, the most gung-ho, all-out Sharia-run nation on the planet. Even Saudi Arabia, run by Wahhabi Muslims, isn’t as brutal as Iran. Yet not one single Sharia-led nation in the Middle East has ever executed a man for raping a woman. By modern Sharia law, regardless of how scholars interpret the Qur’an and the Hadith, men are the victims; they were tempted by the woman (part of the argument often goes that the woman shouldn’t have been out without a male relative escort, which is also a crime), and that makes the woman the perpetrator. Women are commonly flogged after being raped. Men? They might get a few months in prison, flogging in severe cases, but never execution, even if a prosecutor demands it. The only time a man is guaranteed a flogging for a sexual crime is for Zina (the Arabic term for adulterous sex).

And Iran expects us to believe that a high court ruling that found this man guilty of crimes against Islam is really being executed for a crime that wouldn’t normally be a crime? Really? Did the Iranian justice system suddenly experience a change of heart? Are we to believe that Iranian judges are really going to shed a tear for a man who committed rape and they felt sorry for a female rape victim?

One thing this about-face tells me is that Iran has no intention of allowing him to be pardoned – not even if he recants Christianity and converts back to Islam. They are trying to make an example out of him. Not only has he been sentenced to death, but his lawyer has been sentenced to ten years in prison and permanently banned from practicing law just for defending him.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” – Hebrews 13:3

Yes, I Am Islamophobic – Three Years Later

Just three years ago, Steve found a missive I’d written on a MySpace blog (remember that site?) and invited me to join the family here at gayconservative.org. I’ve enjoyed connecting with everyone I’ve met here in that time. I thought, in light of Obama’s continued claims that lone-wolf, homegrown terrorists pose a greater threat to us than the jihadists who continue to plot against us, it would be appropriate to repost the article that ushered me into the fold.

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations, otherwise known as CAIR, has become widely known for throwing around the term “islamophobic” as widely as the gay community uses the word “homophobic.” Any time a news story appears involving some wrong, real or perceived, against a Muslim anywhere in America, CAIR jumps on it with both feet crying “ISLAMOPHOBIA!!!”

Ashraf Al-Jailani was ordered to deport to Yemen in 1999 by a federal judge. He didn’t. In late 2002, he was arrested after his business credit card and contact info were found in the posession of another Al-Qaeda operative in Chicago. He was arrested, and CAIR began it’s anti-islamophobe campaign, decrying the move as islamophobic. They said it was a case of “living in America while Muslim.” Al-Jailani had three children with an American woman, and he viciously abused all of them. He gave up his case after CPS authorities took the kids, and he self-deported to Yemen. As soon as he got there, CAIR and his idiot wife took up the cause of getting the kids back, and as soon as CPS did it, mom took the kids to see dad in Yemen (after swearing she wouldn’t). Yemen wasn’t part of the Hague Convention on international kidnapping. So when Al-Jailani took the kids and sent his wife back to the States, nothing could be done. Sami, Amina, and Layla Al-Jailani will likely never be seen again.

If believing that Al-Jailani was an abusive man who should have been deported without his children makes me islamophobic, then yes, I am.

In 2006, Yaser Abdel Said suspected that his teenage daughters, Sarah and Amina, were dating American boys in the small Texas town where they’d been raised as Americans. When he searched the girls’ cell phone records, he discovered that they were spending a lot of time talking to the same boys. He tasked their brother with “escorting” them everywhere, and he forbade the girls from doing anything without their express permission. Their mother went with them and their boyfriends to try to escape, but Said talked her into coming back. Then he had mom talk the girls into coming back, too, even after threatening to kill them for refusing to obey his wishes for arranged marriage. Last year, he took the girls out in his cab, shot them to death, and disappeared, probably back to his native Egypt. CAIR and the Said family is lambasting the American public for calling it for what it is–a Muslim honor killing. They say we’re just islamophobic.

If believing that Said did what he did because of his Muslim upbringing, just like 5,000 other men do every year to women in their family, makes me islamophobic–then yes, I am.

Mark Steyn, a Canadian pundit, just finished a massive court battle for supposed “hate speech.” He had the audacity to speak his mind about the realities of Islam in pop culture; his books “America Alone” and “The New Criterion” called a spade a spade and pointed out that America is the only nation on the planet willing to fight back in the “age of Jihad.” The Ontario Human Rights Commission filed a legal complaint about 22 articles Steyn had written related to his views on Islam. Canada, which puts a limit on so-called hate speech, called Steyn before three different HRC tribunals. One is still pending. CAIR and others say Steyn is islamophobic.

If believing that one has the right to criticize Sharia law and Jihad makes you islamophobic…yes, I am.

Every day, rockets are fired into Israeli towns such as Ashkelon and Sderot from Palestinian (read: MUSLIM)-held Gaza. Fighters from Hezbolla make strikes into Israeli territory where they beat, torture, kill and kidnap innocent Israelis. A Palestinian gunman walked into a Jewish religious school and fired 500 rounds, killing eight and wounding scores. The belief of all Muslims is that Israel doesn’t deserve the land she occupies and that the Jews should be forced into servitude. Yesterday, a report said that there is a massive movement of weapons stockpiles into Palestinian neighborhoods that harbor Hezbollah terrorists despite the cease-fire. Why? Read the Qur’an–no Muslim is required to abide by any truce or agreement to non-Muslims. I have a copy if you’d like to see it for yourself.

On September 11, 2001, 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked four American passenger airliners. Two were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center; one was flown into the Pentagon; and the other crashed during a courageous fight in a field near Shanksville, PA when the passengers realized what their captors were doing and refused to let them win. There is now a hole in the New York City skyline where the towers stood, and the buildings around them were destroyed when the towers finally gave way and collapsed. Nearly 3,000 Americans died in the attack, and the final words of the hijackers were captured by air traffic controllers: “La illaha ill Allah, Muhammadur Rasul Allah.” It’s known as Shahada, or the Muslim creed: there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.”

If believing that Israel has a right to defend herself from Islamic Jihad, Muslims want to see America destroyed, and 9/11 was merely a precursor to what they will do if given the opportunity, and if believing that the Hezbollah flag is a giant flashing neon sign that we should stop allowing Johnny Jihad to beat us half to death with our own rules is islamophobia…

Then, yes. I AM ISLAMOPHOBIC.

What Radicalization?

Sheila Jackson-Lee, a Democrat who represents a portion of my hometown (Houston, TX) in the House of Representatives, opened her yap in a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee yesterday and shined a bright light on the ignorance of liberals when it comes to radical Islam:

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First, she brings up Vernon J. Merrill, who wrote a letter detailing how radical Islam is spreading like wildfire in our prisons – then points out that he bombed an abortion clinic. The problem is that I can’t find a single article about the man and have no way to verify what she’s claiming. Her point is that the man listed is a Christian militant – and she says, “information is welcome, condemnation is not.” I’m sorry, but how is it that the intel being quoted by the former head of the New York Department of Corrections is NOT welcome information? Then she goes on a bent about how Christian militants also wish to undermine America. Sure, they’re out there, but when was the last time you saw a Christian preaching conversion or death? When was the last time you saw a Christian trying to commit mass murder? Sorry, abortion clinic bombings are as horribly wrong as what the occupants of those clinics do but that’s not mass murder and there’s not a church in this country that would be stupid enough to train people to do that. To accuse Christians of militancy and trying to bring down America is beyond absurd. It is a patently outrageous lie.

Dare I mention where I used to work for the umpteen jillionth time? Meet Mack Gordnattaz, whom I met while he was incarcerated with the juvenile corrections facility in Phoenix. He openly fantasized about having a son whom he would raise to be a Muslim jihadist and assassin. Here’s Luther Davis, the “legend” of my academy class (every prison academy has one), and the most violent little bastard I ever came across among juveniles. He was extremely racist; he openly hated white people and spoke frequently of wanting to kill Americans for the sake of jihad (he was also illiterate and had a mother and grandmother who thought he walked on water). I knew of others in adult prison, but these two will be out in a couple of years while the others I knew were in for life.

While Fox News reported that not all of the witnesses at today’s hearing agreed with radical Islam spreading in our prisons, I noticed a sharp disparity between the witnesses. Democrat Laura Richardson openly called the hearings “racist” and decried the fact that Islam was being singled out:

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) rightly calls her out for her one-sided comments. He is correct in that every single time the subject of gang members and similar criminal organizations have extended beyond the prisons, nobody has never had a problem with it – as long as they were white. Now all of a sudden it’s a problem (never mind the fact that not all Muslims are black or Middle Eastern or whichever skin color you prefer – Jose Padilla was radicalized and he was Hispanic).

I’d pose this question to Rep. Richardson: who the hell else is plotting to blow us all to kingdom come?!?

Democrat Bennie Thompson felt it necessary to point out prison statistics:

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His most astounding remark was about murder victim James Byrd, Jr. He said, “let’s not forget that James Byrd was dragged to his death on a back road in Texas by right-wing gang members who were radicalized in jail.”

Wait…huh???

Of the three men who murdered Byrd, Shawn Berry hadn’t done hard time and there was almost no evidence to prove that he was a racist. The other two, Lawrence Brewer and John King, had done hard time and had been documented members of the Aryan Brotherhood – they had joined the gang for protection. What they did was reprehensible, but they were hardly right-wing and his comment that they were part of a “right-wing gang” was a completely perverse accusation that conservatives are racists.

Then, Thompson makes the comment I have been waiting to hear from a Democrat: the Adam Gadhan “gun show” video. He says that Gadhan announces that you can legally buy fully-automatic guns at gun shows, and “that is correct.” Horsehockey. Fully-automatic weapons are illegal for civilian sale or ownership without a federal firearms license, and those are not easy to obtain. He talks about 250 people on a terror watch list being cleared to buy guns – how many of them were cleared under the unbelievable “Fast and Furious” operation? He is, of course, shooting his own argument full of holes (pun definitely intended); he starts out by claiming that radical Islam isn’t much of a threat, then he ends up right back at radical Islam actually posing a threat. Then he says that we’re not in danger from people who are already locked up, but he follows that by saying that we’re in danger from gangs who use prisons as a base for criminal operations. This guy doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

The only actual witness who said there’s no evidence of radical Islam spreading in prisons was Bart Udeem, the professor from Purdue. All he could point to were the “low number of confirmed cases”. Outside, an imam who was protesting said the hearing was unfair and singled out Muslims. Inside, the only people on the Committee who attacked the hearings did so by essentially calling them politically incorrect and didn’t know their facts. There’s an important pattern here…take a look at the witnesses who testified that radicalization is becoming a serious problem: Patrick Dunleavy is retired from the executive staff of the New York Department of Correctional Services; Kevin Smith is a former federal prosecutor from California; and Michael Downing is a deputy chief with the LAPD. These are men who have decades of experience in working with the criminal element. They know what they’re talking about. I would like to know what experience Bart Useem, Laura Richardson, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Bennie Thompson have in law enforcement.

None? Okay. Stop calling these questions politically incorrect and face reality. The sad fact is that Islam knows perfectly well that a good portion of America is afraid of offending them (such as the aforementioned braindead Democrats). They are using that against us. Taking away our basic rights to be free from unreasonable search and seizure isn’t stopping them from plotting to kill us. Taking away our guns will only make us sitting ducks. Plugging your ears and going, “LA LA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LAAAAA” isn’t going to make the threat go away. They are thanking Allah for your ignorance while they plan to slaughter you. We all know what’s going to happen when they start trying to kill us; you’ll run and hide in the corner, and the rest of us who have real spines will be the ones who grab our gear and run toward the danger. You don’t want to fight? Fine. Get out of the way and let us do it. When it’s over you can go back to calling us racists and screaming about how it’s Unconstitutional to fail to provide for people who refuse to work.

The only sanity I found was when those with the experience and the backbone to apply it were speaking:

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What Religion of Peace?

Just when the Defenders of Radical Islam were getting warmed up, the very people they’re defending as peaceful come out with this:

Al-Qaeda has launched a women’s magazine that mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.

Dubbed ‘Jihad Cosmo’, the glossy magazine’s front cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to a picture a woman in a veil.

There are exclusive interviews with martyrs’ wives, who praise their husbands’ decisions to die in suicide attacks.

The slick, 31-page Al-Shamikha magazine – meaning The Majestic Woman – has advice for singletons on ‘marrying a mujahideen’.

Readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujahideen ready for jihad.

And the ‘beauty column’ instructs women to stay indoors with their faces covered to keep a ‘clear complexion’.

They should ‘not go out except when necessary’ and wear a niqab for ‘rewards by complying with the command of Allah Almighty’.

A woman called Umm Muhanad hails her husband for his bravery after his suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

And another article urges readers to give their lives for the Islamist cause.

It advises: ‘From martyrdom, the believer will gain security, safety and happiness.’

So many things give us pause to wonder whether the liberals in this country really understand the nature of this beast or if they’ve just smoked too much dope. Mideast Muslims give us so much proof of the fact that they’re not interested in peace, yet we still have people in America stumping for them.

Common Sense Conservatism: the Mosque at Ground Zero

I can still remember walking up on September 11, 2001, and being told to turn on my TV. As I put the news on, I saw chilling images of a single plane, which had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. It would be another 10 minutes or so until the entire country witnessed the second plane hit the South Tower. There was little doubt at that point that our nation was under attack.

I tell you this as a reminder. September 11, 2001 was a day that every American, and many around the world, will never forget. A defining moment, when we will all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. It was the most deadly terrorist attack against Americans anywhere in the world, and certainly on our own soil.

Enter, the Cordoba House. This $100 million Islamic cultural center will be built a mere 600 feet from where the Twin Towers stood. Included in this 15-story monument to Islam are a mosque, a 500-seat auditorium, swimming pool, restaurant, and bookstore. The Imam behind the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, who was quoted on March 24, 2010 as saying “I do not believe in religious dialogue,” insists on the Park 51 location despite uproar from many organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, the Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, and the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. These aren’t exactly right-wing organizations. Less than three weeks after the September 11th attacks, Imam Rauf went on 60 Minutes and said, “United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened,” and that we have been “an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world.” He went on to say that “Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.” He would not answer a question about whether Hamas is a terror organization, and he made it clear that “The U.S. must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end.”

Funding for the “Mosque at Ground Zero” will come from Arab and Muslim nations around the world, according to Imam Rauf. Which Arab and Muslim nations? It doesn’t matter according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who believes it is not the government’s concern.

These are the facts. There are no emotions, no buzzwords – just facts.

An Imam who blames America for 9/11 and refuses to classify Hamas as a terror organization, will raise $100 million from Arab and Muslim nations, to build a 15-story Islamic cultural center which contains a mosque, 600 feet from Ground Zero where 3,000 died at the hands of Islamic extremists less than 9 years ago. It’s called the Cordoba House, a reference to the great mosque at Cordoba, which was built on the foundation of a Christian cathedral after Muslims conquered what is now Spain. Is the name symbolic of triumph? Perhaps. At the very least, it is one of the worst marketing concepts of all time in light of the circumstances surrounding the location. It certainly does not reassure opponents of the mosque that there are no hidden motives.

Enter New York Governor David Patterson, who offered to help find an alternative site for the mosque, on state-owned property further away from Ground Zero. The Cordoba organizers declined the offer. At the time of this writing, there was renewed hope that an arrangement could be made between the parties to give up on the Park 51 site. Only time will tell.

Last week, Greg Gutfeld, host of Red Eye on Fox News Channel, announced that he was planning to build a gay bar next to the proposed mosque location. The bar, potentially known as “Dialog” (Gutfeld is building ‘Dialog’), would cater to Islamic young men, and help “reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world,” through dialog. After refusing comment, the organizers of the mosque issued a comment via Gutfeld’s Twitter page: “You’re free to open whatever you like. If you won’t consider the sensibilities of Muslims, you’re not going to build dialog.” If those behind the Cordoba House won’t consider the sensibilities of Americans, New Yorkers and the families and victims of 9/11, why should Greg Gutfeld consider the sensibilities of Muslims? Doesn’t this approach hypocrisy?

So should the Islamic Community Center (and mosque) be built at the Park 51 location? While this is not a political issue, like everything else in our country it has become one. Republicans are largely opposed to it, and Democrats are mostly supportive. Polling shows that 68% of Americans oppose the mosque, while only 29% are in favor, clearly illustrating which political party is more in-line with mainstream America. Given the insensitive nature of the location, only 600 feet from Ground Zero, I believe it would be better if those behind the Cordoba House project chose a different location.

So is this issue about religious freedom, as many on the Left maintain it is?

Do Christians have the religious freedom to oppose same-sex marriage? Not if you ask those on the Left. Were the Prop 8 opponents who protested outside Mormon temples in California in 2008 adhering to the freedom of religion clause? Or those who refuse to allow prayer in schools, including a moment of silence set aside for that purpose? Let’s face it, modern-day liberals have been trying to remove God from our currency, our Pledge of Allegiance, our schools, government buildings, the presidential oath of office, and just about everything else they can think of. Why now, is freedom of religion so important to them?

Could it be that yet another issue, like gay marriage, health care reform and so many others, has become more about winning than doing the right thing?

Conservatives and Republicans who have weighed in on the issue in opposition of the mosque have been accused of racism, xenophobia, and even hypocrisy for dismissing the freedom of religion clause in our Constitution. Most of these charges have been levied by those on the Left (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here are just a few examples) who believe this mosque is anything but an affront to American culture and sensitivities surrounding the 9/11 attacks. How can 68% of Americans all be xenophobic bigots?

This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and New York Representatives Michael Arcuri (NY-24), Mike McMahon (NY-13), Steve Israel (NY-2) and Tim Bishop (NY-1) – ALL DEMOCRATS – came out against the proposed mosque. Are they also xenophobic bigots? And what about Islam? Arab and Muslim nations in the Middle East who practice Islam and subscribe to Sharia Law routinely condone honor killings, the abuse and oppression of women, and the murder of those suspected of being homosexuals. Does that also fall under religious freedom? Are mosque supporters homophobes?

Once again, those on the Right are painted as racists, bigots and other unflattering terms by those on the Left, simply because of a disagreement in ideology. The views of most conservatives, and 68% of Americans, are not rooted in hatred, but in common sense and decency. Because many on the Left can rarely win over mainstream America with facts, they resort to name-calling and emotions to win the war of messaging. Unfortunately, they win that war far too often.

A grandiose Islamic community center (with mosque) built 600 feet from the spot where 3,000 died on 9-11-01 is simply offensive to many people. Even if the goal is to build dialog, it won’t happen if it is built at the Park 51 location. Proponents of the mosque will continue to claim that this is an issue of religious freedom obstructed by the fear of Islam, but the reality is much simpler. Rational people are not questioning the legal right to build a mosque, only the location. The fact that those behind the Cordoba House project are thus far unwilling to accept an alternate location shows their true level of desire to build dialog and foster a good relationship with the community.

The Left has glommed on to this issue as a vehicle to further label the GOP as racist and bigoted. But this time, they will fail, because Americans rightfully don’t see this as a partisan political issue. For some reason, these newfound fans of religious freedom in America cannot understand why people wouldn’t want something built in the neighborhood around Ground Zero.

Maybe they’d understand if it was a Wal-Mart.

The Myth of the Opposition: A Response to Eugene Robinson

I have said many times before that the media always gets it wrong. When a friend of mine was killed in the line of duty, they reported he was an Iraq war veteran – and STILL report him as one nearly four years later, though it was his older brother who went. I’ve seen calls I’ve responded to badly mutilated by the media so often that I now refuse to watch the news reports on calls that I’ve been on (I actually mute the TV and leave the room).

Why should it be so surprising that the press is misinterpreting our opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque – and those who disagree are feeding that misinterpretation? When news crews show up at a major incident scene, they know we’re not going to talk to them. We’re not allowed to. They will, however, talk to any bystander who says they know what happened. Often they’re interviewing people who don’t really know what happened. It sure as hell makes for good TV, though, and everyone in the free world believes the BS.

In the run-up to Mark’s next post in his series, I wanted to give a short missive on my irritation at those who are castigating those of us who oppose the building of a mosque just a block from Ground Zero. I have read many articles – both “official” and officially op-ed – that have weighed in on the opposition. Each and every one of them have completely misunderstood us.

Eugene Robinson, in his column for the Washington Post, said, “lies, distortions, jingoism, xenophobia — another day, another campaign issue that Republicans can use to bash President Obama and the Democrats.” His entire offering is a string of lies, little more than an over-emotional temper tantrum from a man who churns out much of the same with every post.

Robinson accuses us of ignoring the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, but he has missed the entire point (I think he does it deliberately). He quotes Newt Gingrich, who said, “there should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.” He quotes Mike Huckabee, who said that supporters of the project have the attitude that “we can offend Americans and Christians, but not foreigners and Muslims.” He also quotes Sarah Palin, who said, “Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts.”

He uses these quotes to claim that we, as conservatives opposed to the building of a mosque walking distance from the site where nearly 3,000 innocent souls were murdered, are trying to deprive the group building the Park51 mosque of their Constitutional rights. In reality, we’re not trying to strip anybody’s rights; in fact, we’re merely exercising our own First Amendment rights. Freedom of speech, baby.

Where, in any of the comments made about the location of this mosque, has one of these big-name conservative superstars suggested finding a government-backed route to stopping the mosque from being built? Have Gingrich, Huckabee, Palin, or others like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty actually called for government entities to end the drive to build the mosque? Has one of them argued that the mosque CAN be legally stopped?

In a word: NO.

None of us have. Sure, we have expressed outrage. On 9/11, 19 Muslims hijacked four commercial jetliners and used them as passenger-laden guided missiles. Their intent was to attack not just New York, not just Washington DC, not just the government – their intent was to attack America and her people. It wasn’t just an attack on the Twin Towers or Lower Manhattan, it was an attack on all of us. It was intended to send a message. The message was received. Ever since, Muslims all over the world have applauded the “sacrifice” of the hijackers. When Iranian “president” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wanted to visit Ground Zero just a couple of years ago we all became indignant and thousands of people came from around the country to attempt to physically block his motorcade from getting near that site.

Today, our message is clear. You have the right to buy the building at Park51 (which closed shortly after 9/11, when a chunk of the landing gear from one of the planes crashed through the building’s roof). You have the right to claim that the US government was complicit in the attacks on 9/11. You have the right to build the mosque and open it for worship.

We, however, have the right to tell you we don’t appreciate it. We have the right to protest. We have the right to refuse to give money or otherwise support the venture. We have the right to refuse to pick up so much as a wall tack to do work on your project, ensuring that you’ll have to truck in the construction workers to build it.

We have the same rights that they do, Mr. Robinson. We will exercise them in like fashion. The point we’re trying to make is that having the right to do or say something doesn’t mean that you should. If a group of white supremacists who claimed peaceful intent wanted to open a white pride community center near the site where MLK was assassinated, you would scream bloody murder, as would I. The principle is the same.

Desecrating Ground Zero

I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about the plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero – the site of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that resulted in the deaths of 2,997 innocent souls and 19 jihadists. Much has been made of it. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg vehemently defended the decision to allow it to be built, saying it’s a matter of religious freedom. Governor David Paterson tried to find more neutral ground by offering state assistance to help find another location for it. In the meantime, the proposed mosque has trampled on the last nerve of most Americans (even some liberals). We feel it is a desecration of sacred ground. We have a right to feel that way.

My great-grandmother once told me about what it was like when she heard about the bombing at Pearl Harbor. She remembered where she was, what she was doing, and how she felt. She markedly recalled the mood of everyone she knew: anger. We didn’t do anything to the Japanese, so why are they attacking us? How dare they! Everyone rightly believed that the attack needed to be swiftly and decisively repaid, lest the attackers feel they could destroy us – and actively try. It was simple then: kill them or they will kill us.

Somehow we’ve managed to lose our grip on reality since then. I have seen and heard many gays in the public eye defend Islam and Muslims. There are even gay groups that defend the Palestinians, despite stonings, hangings and beheadings that are doled out for those caught in homosexual acts. Never mind the fact that if we were to display our gay pride in an Arab nation ruled by Sharia we’d be arrested and executed – they’re the underdog in American culture, and by God (or Allah, as it were) we need to help them!

We’ll be helping them while they dig our graves. 9/11 was not the first attack that jihadists carried out against Americans. There was the bombing of the USS Cole, the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the Khobar towers, the Beirut Marine Barracks, the first bombing of the WTC, and the Iranian hostage crisis. None of those incidents were provoked. Each and every one were carried out by Sunni and Wahhabi Muslims bent on carrying out jihad against American infidels. Now we have Muslim groups all over the world collecting funds to have a Muslim community center and mosque built just steps from the site of the worst terrorist attack ever to be carried out on American soil, and it was carried out in the name of the very religion whose leaders wish to build their holy place on that hallowed ground.

I just love how the Muslims planning the mosque and their defenders are calling for tolerance. It’s all about freedom, they say. Well, here’s their tolerance in action…Greg Gutfield, host of Fox News Channel’s Red Eye program, has decided to plan a gay bar to be built next door to the mosque. The idea is that it will cater to gay Muslims. Gutfield has been jeered by a lot of liberals – including a lot of gays – for trying to stir up trouble. Really? You’re kidding, right? Gutfield tried to get them to talk about it, and they’ve refused. They won’t even talk to him off the record. Here was his Twitter message:

@park51 Hey, how do you feel about my gay Muslim bar set to be built near the Mosque? Do you embrace in name of tolerance?

…And their response, also via Twitter:

.@greggutfeld You’re free to open whatever you like. If you won’t consider the sensibilities of Muslims, you’re not going to build dialog

Oh, okay…I see. So everyone else has to be tolerant and understand MUSLIM sensibilities, but you don’t have to give a damn about American sensibilities about what you’re trying to do? How does that work? I cannot believe you would condescend to us by telling us that we need to be sensitive to you while you dance on our still-healing wounds and try to claim that you’re “sensitive” to our feelings and beliefs on this issue.

Muslim sensibilities? If you’re so open to people being tolerant then you should show some yourself. If you expect Americans to live with a mosque at Ground Zero, then you had best not dare bitch about your sensibilities. You had better learn to live with a gay bar next door, because that is how we live here. If you want to “build dialogue” with us you must first be willing to discuss all of the issues. Of course, we all know how you carry out dialogue – it plays out every day in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank…you’ve made it quite clear what your idea of “dialogue” is.

The Big O has now weighed in. Naturally, he’s calling for tolerance to be shown to the Muslims planning the mosque.

The uber-liberals over at the Huffington Post have, on cue, called the backlash against the mosque site Islamophobia. I have one thing to say to that accusation:

Yes, I AM.