The Face of The Oppressed (WARNING: Extremely Graphic!)

(Sorry I was gone so long, ya’ll. Be sure to read Philip’s posts, because he was gone far longer and I love his most recent posts; Steve drew in over a hundred comments on his latest post, so we know we’re getting to the libs!)

Neda, known to bloggers for her Twittering of the protests in Iran, was a beautiful young philosophy student out covering the protests last week when a Basij (Iranian paramilitary who takes orders from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard) shot her to death. Here is a short clip of the protest before the shooting (keep an eye on the man in the blue striped shirt–she’s with him, and via Allahpundit at Hot Air, he’s her music teacher):

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Minutes later, this was the scene (this is extremely graphic, so be forewarned):

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I’ve seen a person die in this fashion before. What’s disturbing to me about this is that Neda was completely innocent. It was the government that killed her, and they did it to suppress the voice that she provided to the world so we could all know the truth about what’s going on in Iran.

Neda was not armed, nor were the protesters with her. They were not throwing rocks, bottles, or any other bludgeons. The Basij (read: coward) who shot her was hiding on a rooftop nearby and didn’t even have the balls to look her in the face. In the second video, you hear her music teacher saying “Neda, don’t be afraid…Neda, stay with me!” in Farsi. So far, 32 have been killed by police and Basij forces, hundreds have been badly injured and thousands have been jailed. All for questioning the outcome of the elections in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was supposedly re-elected.

FACT: in more than 50 Iranian states, more votes were cast than there were eligible voters to cast them. FACT: media was shut down in Iran on the day of the elections to halt reporting on the results. FACT: cell phones were jammed by government workers to stop communications during the elections. FACT: interior employees of Ahmadinejad’s government managed to get word out before the election that the government had already rigged the election. FACT: the election was fixed by Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in an effort to stop the more moderate Mir-Hossein Mousavi from undoing all of the power plays the government had managed to accrue in the past several years.

Internet access has been all but shut down by the government in recent days in an effort to stop news of the protests and military crackdowns from being seen by the rest of the world. Some photos and Twitters are still getting out because of the bravery of Iranians who refuse to be silenced. It took Obama days to speak out against Ahmadinejad’s cruelty. The whole world is watching, and Neda has become a heroine and a rallying cry for those unwilling to accept what’s happening. It should be noted as well that the regime shut down Neda’s memorial service.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the face of the oppressed:

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Coulter’s Bitter Whip of Knowledge Strikes Again

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I was thinking of coming out in defense of Ann much earlier in the week, but I happen to know she’s thoroughly enjoying the “firestorm” she seems to miraculously create every time she cites problems in our society.  In fact, the same problems she cites are the same problems liberals cite when they’re trying to convince us to be more tolerant of illegal immigration or to explain why they need to take more of our money to pay for the irresponsibility of others – or as a liberal would call them: “social in-justices.”

Coulter’s appearances also demonstrate exactly what is wrong with liberals – and why their reasoning is lacking.

On “The View” Monday, Whoopi immediately begins the segment by throwing in (and she throws it up again toward the middle of the interview) by stating that Ann Coulter is not married or a mother.

Whoopi demanded to know “what is your problem with single mothers?” in response to Ann’s brilliant chapter in her new book “Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault on America” that addresses the problems of illegitimacy.  Coulter cites statistics showing that illegitimacy has grown over 300% since the 1970’s and goes on to deliver other facts like that 70% of the prison population is a product of single motherhood, like huge percentages of gang members, teenage runaways, high-school dropouts being the products of single mothers, and like stating how the black/white crime rates become balanced when you erase the factor of single motherhood.

I’m curious.  Why do liberals feel that Ann’s marital status is relevant?  Why does Whoopi suggest that Ann would have to have children to offer a more informed opinion?

What kind of an idiotic argument says: “before you can attack a problem, you must first contribute to it!”  This would be like me telling liberals that they couldn’t have an opinion on taxes until they actually pay some.  How about someone tell Whoopi or Joy that they can never again criticize the Iraq war until they start a war of their own?

Coulter goes on to validate the fact that some women do; in fact, do it on their own when they have no other choice like; for example, in the case of Barack Obama whose father left his mother to raise him alone.  In doing so, she points out that Obama’s book revealed Obama identifying himself more with his father because he was black than with his mother who stayed around and paid the bills.

The girl to Coulter’s right is basically pointless in this interview as well.  First she asks if Coulter had compassion and if she had worked on developing a solution to the problem; meanwhile her fellow-black co-worker, Whoopi is asking Ann why she doesn’t contribute to the problem herself before having an opinion on an issue that is affecting all Americans.  Of course Coulter has compassion.  I have compassion.  Our compassion does not lie with the “victims” created by liberals to argue for insane cases like illegal immigration or higher taxes.  Our compassion lies with the real victims Ann describes in that chapter like the kids themselves who often grow disconnected and frustrated without a dad.  Our compassion lies with the victims created by one of these frustrated kids when they shoot a convenience-store-worker as part of some crackpot gang initiation, when they rape somebody, when they steal from someone, etc.  Yet rather than offend one out of ten single-mothers who happen to churn out kids that do not become criminals, the entire left-wing media and left-wing of the Senate want to continue to put that burden onto us.

Then, in an attempt to cool Barbara’s fire from Ann’s comment about her tone as she read excerpts from her book before Ann came out, the girl decided it was time to drag out the “you’re too mean and I don’t appreciate that” card to impress the scores of simple minds in the audience.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck also proved just how irrelevant she is to the Republican Party in this interview.  Like her co-hosts, she decided to focus on Ann’s tone rather than the substance.  Excuse us Elisabeth, what were we thinking?  After all, we see how successful you have been with your liberal counterparts by handing them lollipops on a daily basis.

When will “Republicans” like Hasselbeck understand that “sweet and acerbic” does not work with liberals who are “working” tirelessly to destroy this country?  Take a look at the blogs, or hell, watch MSNBC for more than ten seconds.

The funniest thing is the way liberals are reading the title.  The headline today on GayWired reads that Coulter and Matt Lauer are both “hypocrites of the week” because:

NBC’s Matt Lauer interviewed conservative author Ann Coulter on the Today Show this week after previously claiming she couldn’t be invited back on the program simply to be ‘outrageous,’ and because Coulter squirmed her way back onto the show to promote her new book about ‘Liberal Victims’ by playing the comely victim.

Of course she was a victim.  The Today Show tried to ban her.  Since when is censorship an American thing?  Which radical Iranian leader was invited to speak at Columbia University again?  This is how simple a liberal’s mind is.  They immediately assume that Coulter is proclaiming that there are no such things as “victims.”  Wrong!  She’s saying that liberals turn the wrong people into victims and because of such they simultaneously open the flood-gates to real victim hood. 

Now, of course, liberals want to pretend that her research and facts are false.  Even if liberals were half right (which they never are), we can then say that in lieu of 70% of the crimes committed by juveniles and young adults happening at the hands of illegitmacy, we can settle on 35%.  That would mean if we wiped out single motherhood tomorrow, that our country would be 35% more peaceful. 

Moreover; liberals use the same facts and blatant common knowledge to press their own issues.  In an article a couple of years ago, Lourdes Garcia Navarro (coincidentally in the middle of the conservative fight to keep illegals out of our country) stated:

When Mexicans migrate to the United States, many leave their children in the care of extended families. That’s causing problems back in their home communities, with children doing poorly in school, dropping out or turning to crime.

In the rural village of San Andres Nicolas Bravo in the province of Malinalco, Alexis Silva Carreno, 14, has nearly been expelled from school several times. He says his troubles can be pinpointed to the day in 2001 when his father left for the United States.

Alexis began drinking and hanging out with friends who were part of a local gang led by Mexican youths who had grown up in the United States. He started doing drugs and was eventually sent to a state home for troubled kids.

The headmistress of the school attended by Alexis then said:

“When they don’t have their father or mother, they lack confidence … in the academic sphere,” she says. “It means that they will be more likely to miss school and to drop out. They are also less respectful of their grandmothers or uncles or their teachers.”

And in one bleeding-heart attempt for us to give a damn about illegal aliens from Mexico, activist Ellen Calmus cried:

because crossing the border illegally has become more difficult and costly, migrants don’t want to risk returning to see their families.

But let Ann Coulter cite the similarities in order to expose the scrupulous misguidance of the left and the victim cards they hand out, we get the pleasure of watching Barbara Walter’s head explode while her less-than-competent co-hosts pick up the pieces.

From Iran, With Love

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the “president” of Iran, recorded a holiday message for the world to be played on Britain’s Channel 4. As is typical with him, Mr. Ahmindamoodforjihad spews lies and practically froths at the mouth in vague (but not unidentifiable) references to America:

“[If Jesus were alive, he would] stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers…If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly He would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.”

Say WHAT?!?

This is coming from the guy who called for the eradication of Israel. He also denied the holocaust as a “myth.”  I’m curious to know how he defines “warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies” in light of what his religious police do:

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Those are toilet watering cans, used by Iranians in place of toilet paper, and the morality police are requiring these guys to suck on them…while they whip and mercilessly beat them.  They’re later taken away and punished further.

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Note to all the gay activists out there: THIS is what it looks like when you’re really stripped of your human rights!

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What was their crime, you ask?  They were dressed in a manner deemed “too Western.”  Soccer jerseys are apparently a sin, as are blue jeans and shaggy hair.  I guess I’m going straight to hell!

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.  Someone look at these pictures and tell me that diplomacy is going to work with these guys.  I dare you.

It’s a little hard to take this guy seriously when all he does is lie like a fake Persian rug.  Then again, we’re talking about a Christmas message from a Muslim who wanted to lay a wreath at Ground Zero in memory of the hijackers who murdered 3,000+ innocent people.  He doesn’t even believe in Christ!

Smack me on the wrist now.  Bad Mel!  How Islamophobic of you!

Two More Reasons to Drill

Now that oil prices are dropping like a rock, Iran and Venezuela are heading an emergency meeting of OPEC–aka Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries–because the two countries can’t believe how quickly and how far they’ve dropped.  Due to the recession here in the United States (if you haven’t woken up yet, yes, we’re in one) oil has dropped below $72 a barrel, a far cry from the $147 a barrel being demanded in July.  Both of the aforementioned radical countries had enjoyed the skyrocketing oil prices, with Iran expanding its nuclear program and Venezuela buying mountains of Russian weapons.  Now that their fundage is being cut, they’re panicking.  They’ve had a taste of what oil can bring them, and they want that money back.  They’re trying to convince the rest of the OPEC members to cut production in a concerted effort to drive prices even higher than they were before.

I remember the fable of the golden goose.  For those unfamiliar with the story, a farmer had a goose that laid golden eggs, and while the money was good and steady, the farmer became greedy.  He demanded that the goose lay eggs faster, but the goose wasn’t able.  One day, having spent his savings, the farmer went to kill the goose to take the eggs he was sure were inside it; the goose warned him that there were no eggs waiting to be laid, that if he wasn’t patient he would lose his gift.  The farmer killed the goose anyway, only to find the goose was right.  There were no eggs waiting to be laid.  It was just a regular goose that once in a while did something extraordinary, and he’d destroyed that steady flow of income.

Iran, Venezuela, and other oil-rich nations that make most of their money from oil exports are sitting on a gold mine.  They have something the entire world needs, and it’s done very well for them so far.  But with a little taste of extra money that came from hard times in America, they have decided that they just can’t give up their newfound wealth.  So instead of being wise about it and waiting for the next boom (which is inevitable), they’re trying to force other OPEC members to join them in forcing the prices back up so they can continue to live the uber-comfortable life they’ve come to know.

What they’re forgetting is that we’ve gotten a taste of it, too.  We’ve gotten a good taste of what high gas prices are like and we are not willing to go back to that.  What they don’t realize is that if they move to drive prices back up, we here in America will be driven to do the one thing that would destroy their goldmine: drill for our own oil and research alternative fuels, making ourselves far less dependent on them and sending them scrambling to find some way to make ends meet.  They haven’t clued in to the fact that when pushed, most people push back.  If they’d just sit back and enjoy what they have they wouldn’t have anything to worry about.  But threatening to make us pay through our teeth again?  Them’s fightin’ words, ya’ll.

Go ahead, boys.  Try to put the squeeze back on us.  We’ll just find another way to provide for our oil needs and send you back to being the sand rats you really are.  Your greed will be the death of you.