Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another Blow Against Free Speech in Europe

Many people are aware of Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who was recently acquitted of hate speech charges in his native Holland due to his criticism of militant Islam. Most are unaware of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff of Austria, who was actually convicted of hate speech laws in her country. Frontpage Magazine has her story, which is linked below:

Of course, free speech in Europe is not what it is in the US. Each reader must decide whether they consider Sabaditsch-Wolff's statements to be hateful toward Muslims as people. Personally, I don't think she crosses that line. What I find objectionable is that Europeans who state what is in front of everybody's face from Austria to Norway should be prosecuted.

As one who favors (legal) immigration, it is clear that in Europe, it has not worked. There has been little to no assimilation, and most countries are faced with a growing immigrant population that is hostile to the traditions and values of their adopted country. And yes, most are Muslim, and that is a central impediment to their integration. (There are also problems with many East European and former Yugoslav immigrants.)

Furthermore, many have brought old hatreds against Jews to their new countries and put those hatreds into action against the Jewish population in places like Malmo, Amsterdam, France and other places. It is pure intolerance on their part. Yet, in the name of tolerance and diversity, the leaders of Europe tolerate the intolerable.

People like Wilders and Sabaditsch-Wolff are only guilty of stating what is obvious yet many fear to state because of political correctness, which, in many cases, carries the force of criminal law. Keep in mind that the 57-member-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation is actively trying to get a UN resolution passed  urging nations to adopt hate-speech legislation against "defamation of religions". In reality, they only care about the issue of "Islamophobia". They say nothing about the active persecution of other religions in one Muslim country after another. What makes it even more worrisome is that our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is holding meetings with them on this very matter.

IPT Report on Students for Justice in Palestine

Steve Emerson's Investigative Report on Terrorism has an interesting report on the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at George Washington University. It seems that the gullible idiots of J Street (J Street U-a student off-shoot of that lefty organization) thought they could "dialogue" with SJP. Here is how it turned out.

SJP recently opened a chapter here at UCI during the one quarter that the Muslim Student Union was suspended. They are completely against Israel and want the Jewish state to disappear. I had not known that the "learned" professor at Berkeley, Hatem Bazian, was a co-founder, but it is hardly surprising.

Hatem Bazian

I find it so fascinating how many Jewish organizations, students, rabbis, professors and other activists think that they can dialogue with those forces that want to destroy them. In the Cold War, we had a name for them:

Useful idiots.

My Personal E-Mail From President Obama

I just got an e-mail from none other than President Obama.

Here it is.

"Friend --

Here's some fun news: Michelle's going to join me at the next dinner we're planning for three grassroots supporters like you.

If you win, you'll bring a guest of your choice, too. We'll be glad to see you.

Donate $3 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered to sit down for a meal with Michelle and me:

Fousesquawk interjaculation: (There is a link here to which I can go and donate my three bucks. I am deleting it. Sue me.)



Dear Barack,

Thanks for the invite. I happen to be engaged presently. Maybe some other time.


"Happy hour! Three bucks."

A Ted Kennedy Tribute to Barney Frank

Hi! Do you remembah me? I'm Senatah Ted Kennedy. I guess that's ex-Senatah Ted Kennedy.

Cause I'm dead.

No mattah. I just heahd the news that my old pal and fellow Massachusettsan Bahney Frank is "pulling the plug" and retiring from politics. Therefah, I have decided to temporarily come out of my own "retirement' and say a few wohds. I will try to be brief.

Cause, after all, I'm dead.

Now, contrary to populah belief, Bahney and I didn't agree on everything. Me-I liked the babes. Bahney, on the other hand.......

Another difference was that I was known as being pretty bad behind the wheel. Bahney didn't drive much, but his specialty was fixing pahking tickets when his pahtner at the time was running a gay bohdello in the Washington townhouse they shahed. That resulted in a whole lotta pahking tickets while Bahney was up at Capital Hill. No problem, however. They all were taken care of by Bahney.   I could have used him at Chappaquidick. On second thought, I made out OK as it was. As I recall (I don't recall much), all I got was a pahking ticket too.

Priah to that, Bahney's previous pahtner was a guy named Herb Moses. He was also running Fannie Mae's mortgage prograhm while Bahney was sitting on one of those banking committees. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Of course, those hate-filled Republicans tried to call it a conflict of interest or some ahther red herring.

The last thing I heahd was that Bahney was up in Maine at his latest pahtner's cabin when the cops hit the place and found marijuana plants out back. That was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Anyway, Bahney's greatest legacy will be whipping those evil banking and lending institutions into line and fahcing them to extend mohtgages to the pooah folks who couldn't affahd to pay them. The results were certainly historic. Of course, Bahney didn't forget his friends in the Stimulus deal, like Maxine Wahters' husband, who was connected to a bank in Massachusetts. He also stood up for Fannie Mae at a time they needed it most-when they were going undah. Bahney told the public that Fannie Mae was sound. Kept 'em afloat a while longah.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell Bahney that I wish him the best in his futah endeavahs. Bahney, I'm holding a spot for you right heah next to me at Ahlington Cemetery. Well, let's say two spots down.

So that's it, folks. I can't stay too long, you know. After all, I'm dead.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Iran: What Now, "Great" Britain?

I am still not prepared to claim that the Brits have now learned what we learned back in 1979. (That Iran is an outlaw nation that should be shunned by the civilized world). Now that their embassy in Teheran has been attacked by "students", the British government has expressed "outrage". Even our own feckless president (Obama) is speaking out and saying that the Iranian government should hold those responsible accountable or some such rot-knowing full well that the Iranian government orchestrated this. Are they to hold themselves accountable? Here is an update from Fox News.

At the risk of sounding hopelessly naive, what is required here is decisive action from the civilized world-what's left of it. That would mean breaking diplomatic relations, freezing Iranian assets, stopping all trade, and no more oil purchases. It also means a united voice that says that Iranian adventurism against other nations will be met by force. It also means...........

Aw, forget it. What am I talking about?

Temper, Temper, Mr Attorney General

Holder Launches Public Awareness Campaign About Counterfeiting
Hat tip to Daily Caller (Photo from Daily Caller)

Attorney General Eric Holder must be feeling the pressure. As more members of Congress call on him to resign over Operation Fast and Furious, he lost his composure with a Daily Caller reporter who asked him about it. The below DC article has a link to the audio.

Occupiers and Anti-Jewish Elements

Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism has just come out with an important article that confirms that anti-Jewish elements have crept into the Occupy movement.  First it was incendiary posters in New York and Los Angeles. Then it was a teacher in LA rally saying that Jews should be run out of the country. Then it was CAIR New York joining OWS. Emerson's article adds more.

This is hardly surprising. We have known for some time now that there is a natural connection with the extreme left and the anti-Israel crowd, including the folks with a militant and expansionist Islamic agenda (CAIR, MPAC, ICNA MAS, ISNA et al). They all profess to be moderate and mainstream, but now they are casting their lot with the Occupy Movement, which speaks volumes about all concerned.

The Students for Justice in Palestine is a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel organization with chapters on many US campuses as well as in other countries. A chapter opened at UCI during the quarter in which the Muslim Student Union (MSU) was suspended over the disruption of a speech at UCI by the Israeli ambassador to the US.

It is also not surprising that UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian is involved. He is a Palestinian who regularly spreads his anti-Israel poison on US campuses including UC Irvine. I note here that he doesn't have very nice things to say about the US as well.

Bazian spoke about the amount of money the United States spends on the military, calling the United States "a deaf economy," and stating "We are the number one producers of weapons of mass destruction."

If that is how Bazian feels about this country, I would politely suggest that the good professor return to wherever he considers his country of origin.

What we have seen thus far added to Emerson's report are concrete proof that this Occupy Wall Street movement is nothing more than a collection of anarchist leftists who are on the wrong side of everything.  In fact, the CAIRs, the Bazians and Occupiers are a perfect marriage.

DHS Stonewalls Questions over Mohamed Elibiary

DHS Head and 2010 Fousesquawk "Jerk of the Year" Janet Napolitano

If the Department of Homeland Security could secure our southern border and protect us from terrorists the way they protect themselves from critical inquiries, we would all be safe. What DHS under Janet Napolitano can do well is stonewall people like Patrick Poole of PJ Media. It has been weeks since Poole questioned the presence of Mohamed Elibiary inside the walls of DHS with access to their sensitive computers, which he has reportedly already abused. Below, via PJ Media, is an update from Poole, who is still trying to get his questions answered.

"Man the ramparts! It's PJ Media!"

Another Fine Day in Iran

Image: Iranian protesters gather outside the British Embassy in Tehran
(Photo by MSNBC-No sign of Ed Schultz in that crowd.)

Meanwhile in Iran, protesters have stormed the British embassy in Teheran doing what they do best in Iran.  Something about British sanctions according to initial reports. If you are wondering if the cops or soldiers are gunning down the rioters, think again. They are standing by. If it's about sanctions, that pretty much tells you the government organized this operation.

Squirmin' Herman Denies Affair. His Lawyer Says it was Consensual

"My client was nowhere near the scene of the crime. Besides, it was a case of self-defense."

Another headache for Squirmin' Herman Cain. Now a woman has come forth and publicly stated that she had a 13-year affair with Cain. Actually, Herman broke the news first to the hapless Wolf Blitzer (while adamantly denying it). Daily Caller has the happy story with a link via Mediaite to the Blitzer interview.

So Cain says it ain't so. Meanwhile, Lin Wood, his high-priced lawyer in Atlanta says this:

“Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”

-Lin Wood (Cain's attorney)

Is that what's called, "covering all your bases"?

It looks like Herman is building up a "graceful" exit by laying the story that he would consider dropping out if all this becomes too much for his family.

Monday, November 28, 2011

UC Regents Meeting Disrupted on 4 Campuses

Protesters of the UC Regents hold a 'People's UC Meeting' during the UC Regent's Meeting at UCSF, November 28, 2011.
(Photo by Daily Californian)

Is anybody in charge of the University of California system? It sure isn't UC President Mark Yudof, and it sure isn't any of the UC chancellors. Today, a telecon UC Regents' meeting on four UC campuses was disrupted and shut down by student and Occupy protesters.

We may as well admit it. The UC system is dysfunctional because it cannot deal with unruly students and other protesters who think that they own the campuses.

Correction: They do own the campuses.

What should have happened is that the feckless regents should have told the campus police to evict and arrest the disruptors. If they are students, they should be expelled. Instead, university authorities cringe in fear of the students and radical professors. They apologize if cops pepper-spray them when they refuse to move. They allow them to take over regents' meetings. They promise investigations of their campus police, and they ask the anarchists to work together to ask the state for more money. It is disgusting.

Thank God we have a student body at UC-Irvine (where I teach part-time) that, with few exceptions, is too busy studying serious subjects like engineering, biology, pre-med and others to bother with this nonsense.

Ironically, one demand the anarchists have that I agree with is for the various chancellors and President Yudof to resign-for entirely different reasons. For five years now I have watched Yudof and his chancellors turn their collective heads from anti-Semitic hate speech on their campuses by pro-Palestinian radicals. Now the same people are faced with another challenge they cannot face down.

A university is a place to study and learn. It is not a place that students should be able to take over when this or that doesn't suit them. The majority of the students on these campuses want to study without all this nonsense creating havoc on campus. Those who run these campuses have a duty to ensure that the rights of those students are protected and they are getting what they or their families are paying for. If they cannot or will not do that, they all need to go.

Another Scandal Out of East Anglia University: Newly-Released Climategate E-Mails

Hat tip to Front Page Magazine, and a hat tip to Squid for alerting me to this.

Remember that scandal a couple of years back from East Anglia University in the UK, where all those e-mails revealed that the so-called scientists were cooking the books for the UN?


Well, on November 22, more e-mails were released that show Phil Jones (head of the university's Climate Research Unit) and others were making it up. The below article was written in Front Page Magazine by Tait Trussell.

Keep in mind that the result of that research spun out of E. Anglia was.....

A Nobel Prize for Big Al.

And just who was it in the US Department of Energy involved with Jones et al?

In spite of all that came out then and what has come out now, those of us who are called "Climate Sceptics" are considered by the elite liberals to be extremist wack jobs if we say, "Hold on a minute before we turn the world upside down, shut down our economy, and transfer our wealth and freedom to the UN and God only knows who or what else to solve a problem that may not even exist."

Just who are the extremists, anyway? You can start with the two dopes pictured above (not the one in the bib overalls).

Occupy LA: Mayor Fredo's Feckless Letter to Occupy LA


Here it is, folks. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who reminds me of Fredo in The Godfather-in more ways than one, sent a letter to the LA Occupy Movement applauding them for the great public service they have performed for humanity while trying to get them to leave the City Hall park area by 12: 01 am November 28. That was about 9 hours ago. Here is his fawning letter which Mayor Fredo posted on Facebook. Don't ask me to whom in Occupy LA the letter was addressed to. Maybe it was that great ex-teacher who was saying that "Jews should be run out of the country". Maybe it was to Jim Lafferty of the National Lawyers Guild. Who knows?

November 25, 2011

To Occupy Los Angeles:

This summer our national political conversation was consumed by debt ceilings and deficit reduction. Our national leaders were single-mindedly focused on cutting spending and cutting services. Issues of social justice and economic equality sat neglected and ignored on the political sidelines.

You have changed that. In seven short weeks, you have awakened the country’s conscience. You have given voice to those who have not been heard: to the middle class families who face piles of past due notices and wonder how they will get by; to the students who have done the work, made the grades and have graduated into a job market woefully short on prospects and possibility; to the homeowners who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on hard times and have lost their homes and lifesavings (sic); and to all of the people who face the bitter prospect of an American Dream that grows more and more elusive every day.

The Occupy movement is now at a crossroads. The movement faces the question of how it can build on its initial success. It is a question of whether energy will be consumed to defend a particular patch of earth or whether that energy will be channeled to spreading the message of economic equality and signing more people up for the push to restore the balance to American society.

The encampment in City Hall Park is not sustainable. This is especially true from the standpoint of public health and public safety. Accordingly, we must close, repair and re-open the park to public access. For this reason, we will close the park on Monday, November 28th at 12:01 am. The park closure will include a set of measures that will assist Occupy LA participants to move their personal belongings and property from the park. We will also offer social and health services for those in need.

I am very proud of the fact that since the start of the occupation of City Hall Park, we have done things differently in Los Angeles. We have not stared each other down from opposite sides of barricades and barbed wire. We have communicated. We have listened. We have negotiated. It has allowed us to solve problems peacefully and to avoid the scenes of violence and brutality that have strained the civic fabric of other cities.

It is my hope that we can conclude this first chapter of Occupy LA in a similar spirit. I admire your courage and character. You have opened the eyes of your fellow citizens to the economic hardship in their midst. I am encouraged by your passionate commitment to social justice and look forward to the continued progress of your efforts.

Very Truly Yours,

Antonio R. Villaraigosa (Fredo)


Well, here is what has happened so far. Midnight came last night and went. Nobody left the park, and the cops did not show up to evict them. At 5 am, protesters were gathered at First and Main trying to block rush hour commuters from getting to work. This time, the cops showed up and with shields formed a moving wall that moved the protesters away and per the cops' orders, back into the park at City Hall. And that's where they are as we speak.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

OCCUPY San Diego on Black Friday

Hat tip Human Events and Free Republic

The below link is from Human Events. No, the little rascals from Occupy San Diego not only forced Wal-Mart shoppers to listen to their juvenile chants, they also left 75 shopping carts full of items for the real workers to re-shelve.

"I'm Barack Obama, and I approved this message."

Is Chris Matthews "Uppity"?

"Chris Matthews, you've got a weak show."

Chris Matthews arrogantly continues to believe that any white voter who doesn't support President Obama must be doing so out of racist ideology. Daily Caller is highlighting Chris this week as he takes Rush Limbaugh to task for using the word, "uppity" in connection with the booing of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden when they appeared at a NASCAR race. The below article has links to the Matthews "Hardball" segment, as well as an audio of the Limbaugh comments.

Of course, the word, "uppity" does have a certain racial connotation to it when it comes to African-Americans, and it isn't pretty. One might argue, however, that black conservatives have gotten similar treatment from other blacks and white liberals, Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas, for instance.

One can argue the latest Limbaugh controversy by claiming that the overall context of his remarks explains what he meant by "uppity". He certainly gave enough examples of the imperial manner in which the Obamas have resided in the White House. Or one might argue that Rush makes a practice of carefully walking up to the line without actually crossing it, just to get his enemies' collective goat. Surely, Rush, who is a self-educated wordsmith, knows the various connotations of the word, "uppity".

Whatever Matthews thinks of Limbaugh or anyone else who is not as enamored of Obama as Matthews is, he is out of bounds to try and attach Limbaugh's use of the word to anyone else. There are countless reasons for people in this country to oppose Obama. To blame it all on white racism is wrong, both factually and ethically. It is also arrogant.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 26 Marks Norway's Shame

Norwegian Nazi leader Vidkun Quisling with Hitler

Hat tip to Norway, Israel and the Jews

Today, November 26, is the date in 1942 in which Norwegian authorities, collaborating with German occupiers, rounded up their Jews and shipped them off to their fates. Today, November 26, 2011 is BDS day in Norway (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions-against Israel).

As I recently noted, Norway, which is living under a different form of occupation today, is still serving its foreign masters, now Jew-hating immigrants, who have brought their hatreds with them from the old country. In the name of being tolerant to their immigrants, Norway has become one of the most anti-Israel nations in Europe.

Vidkun Quisling would be proud.

Would a New Administration Prosecute CAIR?

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Eric Holder Justice Department had quashed an indictment of a "high-ranking" official involved with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). This was a follow-up to the successful 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial in the Northern District of Texas in Dallas of various individuals involved in front charities that, in fact, were funneling money to Hamas-linked terrorist groups in the Middle East. This case has cast suspicion on virtually all Islamic-linked charities in the US.  The below article is written by former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy in National Review.

It is hardly surprising that Eric Holder would try to mask this decision as having been made by career DOJ officials when it was actually made by political hires, just as political hires have brought us the ATF scandal Fast and Furious. According to McCarthy and others, the chief target of the Dallas follow-up probe is CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad. Just how many others involved with CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and others listed in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial as unindicted co-conspirators are subject to the Dallas probe we don't know.

CAIR, which advertises itself as the largest Muslim advocacy organization in the US, was founded in 1994 after a 1993 meeting in Philadelphia involving Hamas operatives who wanted to establish a front organization in the US that would call itself moderate and mainstream. That meeting with surveilled and taped by FBI agents.

In the last several years, especially since 9-11, groups like CAIR, the ISNA, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and others have sold themselves to the public and our government leaders as mainstream organizations with whom the government could work with and trust in spite of countless revelations that indicate otherwise.

The question now begs: With an election coming up next year, would a defeat for President Obama mean that the US Attorney's Office in  the Northern District of Texas would get the green light to re-open that file and go ahead with their indictments? The re-election of Obama and the continuation of Eric Holder-or a like-minded person in the Justice Department under Obama would certainly mean that no action would be forthcoming in the next four years.

This is not meant to assume guilt toward anyone whose name is contained in that case file sitting dormant in Dallas. However, if federal career investigators and prosecutors in Dallas had, in fact, compiled a case they were prepared to bring indictment(s) on, should not the case be brought and heard in open court-especially in a matter that concerns our national security?

More Arab Spring in Cairo: "One Day We Will Kill All the Jews"

Hat tip Vlad Tepes and YNET news

Ahmed al-Tayeb

As President Obama demands that Egypt's military turn over power, the Muslim Brotherhood held a rally Friday in Cairo's largest mosque that gave yet another demonstration of what is coming to Egypt.,7340,L-4153207,00.html

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is the spiritual leader of Al Azhar University. He was educated at the Sorbonne. A Moderate reformer, right?

"Spiritual leader Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb charged in his speech that to this day Jews everywhere in the world are seeking to prevent Islamic and Egyptian unity.

"In order to build Egypt, we must be one. Politics is insufficient. Faith in Allah is the basis for everything," he said. "The al-Aqsa Mosque is currently under an offensive by the Jews…we shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize al-Quds (Jerusalem.) We are telling Israel and Europe that we shall not allow even one stone to be moved there."

Well, maybe not.

A Poster is Worth a Thousand Words

Zuccotti Park-Occupy Wall Street

Hat tip PJ Media

Friday, November 25, 2011

Is This What Obama Supports?

It is being increasingly evident that the Obama administration favors the takeover of Middle Eastern countries like Egypt by radical Islamist forces. In spite of the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood rising to power in Egypt, the administration is now urging the military to hand over power to "civilian" rule NOW. The New York Times, in predictable fashion, calls it steering Egypt to democracy.

Here is what the New York Times would rather leave out.

Call me pessimistic, but we might as well admit it. In Egypt, they hate America, they hate Israel, and it's either going to be the military of the Muslim Brotherhood in charge. I don't think we can much control the events, and why the Hell should we try? Let them make their own choices, but then we should draw the conclusions. If Egypt is going to become the next Iran, let's rediscover who our true allies are.

Why is the Brian Terry Murder Case Sealed?

Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry called out, "I'm hit," after a bullet pierced his aorta. He died at the scene. (Associated Press)CBP Border Patrol Badge symbolizing fallen comrades.
Brian Terry

Jerry Seper, writing in the Washington Times, brings up an important question in the case of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The indictment against one of the Mexicans who killed Terry (he was wounded and captured) has been sealed by the Federal District Court in the Southern District of California in San Diego, which (supposedly) is prosecuting the case. Terry, as we know, was killed by two weapons involved in the ATF's Fast and Furious operation. Prior to sealing, the indictment indicated that the killers were part of an organized group that was seeking to hunt down and kill Border patrol agents. The question is also being asked whether agents were firing bean-bag rounds at the suspects, and if so, why?

Several points stick out here aside from the obvious outrages of the Fast and Furious scandal and its on-going cover-up by the Department of Justice and others. Why is this indictment sealed? What are they trying to keep from becoming public knowledge? Is our government trying to conceal from the public just out-of-control our border with Mexico is? Are they trying to cover up the fact that they are sending BP agents into these areas armed with bean-bag firing shotguns instead of the lethal force that they know the traffickers possess? Just what kind of government negligence and malfeasance are we dealing with here?

If all this is true, what he have here is a case of a government that refuses to effectively secure our borders and compounds it by sending in Border Patrol agents to deal with well-armed, organized killers and fight them with beanbags-only to be killed by weapons furnished to the traffickers courtesy of Operation Fast and Furious!

Don't Border Patrol head Alan Bersin and DHS head Janet Napolitano have a duty to explain to the family of Brian Terry how this could happen? Forget about the dishonest and corrupt Eric Holder. He is busy denying his own responsibility and need to apologize to the Terry family.

Where the Hell is the outrage?

Latest Propaganda From Muslim Brotherhood

Ikhwan Web, the English-language website of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is continuing to churn out propaganda about the Coptic Christians even as persecution against the Copts continues.

"Omaima Kamil, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and Democratic Alliance candidate in Cairo’s fourth constituency, stressed that the fears promoted by some of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) persecution of Copts after winning the upcoming parliamentary elections are invalid and unfounded, adding that the FJP viewed the Copts as partners in the one homeland, who "share the same rights, and the same duties" and that there are no MB hostile attitudes against them.

She said, in an interview with the U.S. newspaper ‘The Washington Post’, that the party has at the very top Dr. Rafiq Habib, the renowned Christian figure, as Deputy Chairman of the Party for Foreign Affairs, and that it has nominated many Copts on the Democratic Alliance’s electoral list of candidates.

Dr. Omaima pointed out the feelings of love and affection towards the Copts that have been shown and experienced since the inception of the MB, more than eighty years ago, adding that the founder of the MB, Imam Hassan Al Banna, had Copts as political advisers, and his deputy in the Mount Sinai constituency, during his candidacy for the House of Representatives for Ismailia, was a Christian. She emphasised that this relationship of trust and affection has been strong and steady all the time.

Dr. Omaima explained that no problem has ever marred the relationship between the Brotherhood and the Copts throughout these years, and that current MB policy is not a recently invented one, but is indeed the true Islamic approach in dealing with the People of the Book in Islamic societies. She also stressed that the Brotherhood has no problem with the Copts, and has nothing against the building of churches, but there must be a law regulating the latter."

This is the same kind of disinformation I got personally from MB spokesman Ibrahim el Houdaiby when he came to speak at UC-Irvine in 2008. He specifically referred me to the "peaceful" writings and words of al Banna and Yusuf al Qaradawi, the Brotherhood's chief spiritual mentor. Both individuals can be quoted saying warm and fuzzy things about non-believers. They can also be quoted saying very troublesome things about non-believers.

Below is one of the articles I wrote on Houdaiby. It contains a long comment thread between him and me that discusses al Banna (and Qaradawi).

Here is more from American Thinker.

Irvine "Cracks Down"-Gives Occupiers Two More Weeks


(OC Register)

It seems our rotating Irvine City Council has decided to "draw the line in the sand" on those Occupiers who are camped out on the lawn in front of City Hall (Yes, we do have a city hall). They can stay two more weeks. After that, it's the boys with the pepper spray.

"And not one minute more."

Here's the story from the OC Register.

The Irvine City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow Occupy OC to remain camped at City Hall for two more weeks, until Dec. 7.

Irvine gives Occupy O.C. two more weeks


IRVINE Demonstrators with Occupy Orange County will be allowed to remain camped on the Irvine City Hall lawn after the City Council renewed its agreement with the group Tuesday night.

The understanding, set to expire Wednesday at noon, was extended for an additional two weeks until Dec. 7 by a unanimous vote.

Protesters first assembled on the lawn on Oct. 14. The City Council approved a request to camp on the lawn at its Oct. 25 meeting when a last-minute item was added to the agenda.

The council held a public hearing Tuesday to allow community members for and against the encampment to voice their opinions.

Dozens of supporters of Occupy O.C. spoke to the council, thanking them for their support and requesting an extension on the camping agreement. Some protesters also asked the council to stop watering the grass, which has died and becomes muddy after the city tends to it twice a week.

A group of local residents spoke against the demonstration, citing continued noise from cars honking at the encampment. Some said many of the protesters do not live in Irvine, but residents of the city are the ones suffering.

"I cannot believe the City Council is allowing them to destroy the city. Non-Irvine residents have more rights than the residents of Irvine," said Dori Dumon, a resident.

Fousesquawk comment: Believe it.

Neighbors of the protest cited trouble sleeping at night as well as the aesthetically unappealing display of tents, propped up signs, and dead grass.

"Honking horns, dead grass. I tell ya life's getting unbearable around here."

Protesters maintained they are discouraging the honking at passerbys and that they are meeting the requirements set out in the agreement with the city.

"Many more suffer because of our lack of action in the past than from what we're doing now," said Joey Cadavid, a protester.

Greg Diamond, an attorney and protester who has been the primary negotiator on the agreements with the city, encouraged opponents not to blame the City Council for their presence because they did not ask the protesters to gather there.

"I have admiration for people who come out to oppose us," he said. "What we're doing is also brave. We want to work with you."

Diamond said the honking has been reduced, and that it would be wrong to remove the protesters because drivers who want them gone honk as loud and as long as they can.

Fousesquawk comment: Meanwhile, councilwoman Beth Krom demonstrated why she lost in a landslide when she tried to run for Congress with this statement:

Councilwoman Beth Krom said demonstrators are respectful and have lived up to what they said they would do: educate and encourage conversation.

"It's hard when you watch the news and see what is happening around the country," she said. "We really have a very respectful group of people. It's not a perfect occupation, occupations usually have sides that are unpleasant."

Fousesquawk solution: Why don't they let the Occupiers occupy the Great Park? Just think of all that empty land out there going to waste.


Today's Resume

Name   Alfred E Newman

Occupation   Student-activist


UC Santa Cruz Quad, Row 2, tent 45
Santa Cruz, Ca

Education   Bachelor degree from University of California at Santa Cruz

Major   Community Studies

Campus organizations

Students for Justice in Palestine
Worker-Student Alliance

Extra-curricular activities


Skills   None

Work experience   None 

Life experience   2009 Backpacking in Europe


Angela Davis
Bettina Aptheker
Norman Finkelstein


Six-figure salary to begin plus company car and free health care.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

DHS Issues Turkey Fryer Warning

DHS Chief Janet Napolitano: A Thanksgiving explosion thwarted

We interrupt this blog for an urgent public warning from the Department of Homeland Security.

In conjunction with UL, DHS has released this video for all you folks who want to fry your Thanksgiving turkey.

Thank you, Janet Napolitano!

The EU Latest Slam-Down From Nigel Farage

For you Republicans still looking for a presidential candidate, here is the man-Nigel Farage. Problem is that he is a Brit. Farage is a British representative to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he delights in telling his fellow-members what a bunch of fools they are. Here he lets EU President Herman van Rompuy have it.

Claire McCaskill Asks for Probe of Obama Donor Contract

Hat tip Daily Caller

Ron Perelman
Well-connected Democrat

Kudos to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for wanting to get answers about a suspicious contract  awarded to a company run by a Democrat donor.

And who is Ron Perelman, you ask?

Relax, folks. It's only $433 million. And this firm was the only one asked to submit a bid? That stinks right there.

Do you think any of those Occupy protesters who hate capitalism so much will pick up on this issue?

Sorry I asked.

Turkey Day: Somebody Help Me

It's Turkey Day. I don't like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatos, green beans, and all the fixins, but that's what we're having.  I want to watch the football games, but my in-laws are visiting, and instead of watching the Turkey Day slugfests, we are watching......

Yes, a dopey dog show from Philadelphia. So I am forced to sit in the living room being polite and watching a bunch of bizarro dogs prancing across the stage with a bunch of strange-looking old farts leading them on leashes.

Somebody help me.

Gotta get back to the living room. Happy Thanksgiving. Hope it's better than mine.

Does Your Kid Take Photography at Michigan State University?

Hat tip to Anonymous for sending me this article.

If you have a kid studying at Michigan State University, you might want to ask him or her what classes he or she is taking.

“(The photographs are) about my loss of youth and impending doom,” he said. “Once you give up when you get older, you don’t live in a sexual arena anymore.”

You wonder why higher education has become so expensive. This is one huge reason. Universities are filling their campus with useless departments, useless courses, and wacko-professors that make large salaries to teach a bunch of useless nonsense like this. Forget the moral questions; this is sheer lunacy.

Yet try to shut this stuff down and streamline your academic program to courses that have use and the same kids who are protesting the high tuitions will scream bloody murder.

Night Classes at Yale

For all you parents whose kids are attending Yale and think they are getting that good ol' Ivy League education...

...think again.

UNESCO Human Rights Committee Welcomes Syria!

If you still believe that the UN is worth a cent, you need to read the latest on UNESCO. The latest member of their Human Rights Committee is none other than Syria.

Beacon of Liberty

And I thought that UC-Irvine having the honorary Syrian Consul in Orange County as the chair of the UCI Foundation was bad.

Oh, you didn't know about that, did you?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fullerton (CA) City Council in Action

Hat tip to Red County

Fullerton, California in northern Orange County (CA) is reeling under the recent beating death of a mentally-ill homeless man by Fullerton PD officers under very questionable circumstances (Indictments have been brought.)  The incident has brought public scrutiny to the city, its police, and its political leadership. One person particularly under scrutiny is Mayor Dick Jones (who some claim has mental issues of his own). Here, courtesy of Red County, is a recent video of Jones presiding over a city council meeting in which one man is trying to speak at the public microphone.                                                                   

Bizarre, indeed.