May 27, 2015

AP: ‘Islamic State Membership Has Its Privileges’

Associated Press reporter Sarah El Deeb and Abu Bilal al-Homsi, the person she now describes as a “Syrian fighter,” have had a long acquaintance.

Sarah’s and Abu’s long-term relationship culminated in a Tuesday afternoon story which AP condensed into 140 characters on Twitter as follows: “Marriage, honeymoons and welfare: @AP exclusive shows Islamic State membership has its privileges.” A great deal of justified outrage has followed the release of El Deeb’s dispatch for “romancing the Stone Age” by glorifying the advantages accruing to an Islamic State jihadist. More attention needs to be paid to her history with al-Homsi, and her “reporting” in general.

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May 26, 2015

As ISIS Slaughters Continue, Pelosi Cites Social Media ‘Advances’

I think it’s a safe assumption that I need to inform the vast majority of readers here that former Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Patrick Murphy has a new weekend show on MSNBC.

On that show on Sunday, Murphy interviewed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In the “Who was more out of touch?” contest between the two, it was a draw. Murphy asserted that the war against ISIS had “mixed results” during the past week, virtually equating the fall of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, the latter of which he did not mention, with the special forces operation which killed ISIS’s “money man” in Syria. Pelosi somehow took comfort in how “we” are making “advances” against ISIS — in social media. Meanwhile, on the ground, as these two members of the self-described party of compassion were making fools of themselves, ISIS slaughtered enemy soldiers, women and children by the hundreds.

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May 25, 2015

Krauthammer to Megyn Kelly: President Is ‘Not Serious,’ While ISIS Is ‘Al Qaeda on Steroids’

In a Thursday interview recorded for Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show that evening, Charles Krauthammer provided stunning evidence rarely mentioned even on Fox — and almost never in the establishment press — relating to how unserious the administration’s and the Pentagon’s “strategy” has been in containing, let alone defeating, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The early portion of the interview included a repeat of Krauthammer’s characterization of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as imitating Iraq’s “Baghdad Bob” as U.S. troops closed in on Iraq’s capital in 2003, consistent with Wednesday evening’s “Special Report” (covered Thursday morning by Curtis Houck at NewsBusters). With Kelly, Krauthammer added important details, beginning at the 1:58 mark of the video which follows the jump, regarding the inadequacy of the American military effort, charging that President Obama is only “pretending to be doing something,” and discussed the long-term consequences if the situation doesn’t turn around.

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AP’s Superville Fails to Report Obama’s Claim That ‘Our War in Afghanistan’ Is Over

Today at Arlington Cemetery, President Obama said — not kidding“For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful; it is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end.” He immediately added: ”Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”

At the White House’s twitter account, one finds the first of those two sentences in a tweet — but not the second. Of course, Darlene Superville at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, cleaned it all up to avoid nationally embarrassing the wire service’s beloved president (bolds are mine):

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Positivity: The History of Memorial Day

From About.com (more background is at this link at usmemorialday.org):

It was 1866 and the United States was recovering from the long and bloody Civil War between the North and the South. Surviving soldiers came home, some with missing limbs, and all with stories to tell. Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo, New York, heard the stories and had an idea. He suggested that all the shops in town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo cemetery. On the morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the Northern soldiers in the cemetery. At about the same time, Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan planned another ceremony, this time for the soldiers who survived the war. He led the veterans through town to the cemetery to decorate their comrades’ graves with flags. It was not a happy celebration, but a memorial. The townspeople called it Decoration Day.

In Retired Major General Logan’s proclamation of Memorial Day, he declared:

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

The two ceremonies were joined in 1868, and northern states commemorated the day on May 30. The southern states commemorated their war dead on different days. Children read poems and sang civil war songs and veterans came to school wearing their medals and uniforms to tell students about the Civil War. Then the veterans marched through their home towns followed by the townspeople to the cemetery. They decorated graves and took photographs of soldiers next to American flags. Rifles were shot in the air as a salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together.

In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and soldiers who had died in previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a public holiday. In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in May.

Cities all around the United States hold their own ceremonies on the last Monday in May to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. …..

Read additional history at the About.com link.

May 21, 2015

State Gets Paper Copies of Hillary’s Emails; Is She Hiding Info Available Digitially?

In a complete non-surprise given her career track record, Hillary Clinton’s definition of “cooperation” with requests to turn over whatever emails she unilaterally deigned could be seen meant giving them to the State Despartment on paper.

That’s lots and lots of paper, 55,000 pages in all, some of them double-sided, all seemingly part of a conscious strategy to deliberately slow down the process at taxpayers’ expense. It’s quite easy to believe that if a Republican or conservative politician engaged in these tactics instead of turning over digital files, the press would be giving this a lot more exposure. Beyond that, a person with IT experience has informed me that Mrs. Clinton may have chosen to turn in paper copies of those emails because digital copies might have exposed damning information.

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May 20, 2015

As Press Ignores Soldiers Who Fought and Won at Ramadi, Debbie Lee Speaks Out

Web and news searches at Google, as well as a search at the Associated Press’s national site, indicate that there is very little interest in the establishment press in getting the reactions of current and former U.S. soldiers who defeated enemy forces in Ramadi during last decade’s Iraq War to the loss of that city to Islamic State forces.

Sadly, that’s not surprising. Posters at NewsBusters have noted three different times the broadcast networks’ reluctance to air any form of criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to take U.S. tropps out of Iraq when it did or the Pentagon’s strategy (assuming one exists) for turning things around. As usual, Fox News is doing work the rest of the press refuses to do. This morning, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, died at Ramadi, appeared on Fox & Friends. Video, plus an excerpt from a rare exception to the establishment press’s indifference at the Daily Beast, follow the jump.

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Slate’s Saletan: ‘ISIS and the GOP Are in Perfect Harmony’

On Tuesday, I wrote that “Every day seems to bring in at least one new example of alleged journalists who are really propagandists insisting that what is obviously false is true.”

Today’s entry into that category will be extremely hard to beat, and may well stand as one of the worst attempts at an argument ever made by a leftist hack. Before I excerpt William Saletan’s column at Slate and his attempt to describe it in detail, I’ll ratify the observation in the column’s current top comment: “So during WWII, Japan said they were at war with the USA. The USA agreed. So that means we were ‘sounding a lot like Japan’?”

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May 18, 2015

Final Proof and End of Argument …

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:11 pm

… over whether Barack Obama’s reelection was legitimate.

It was not legitimate, and will not be considered legitimate by objective historians:

Hillary Received Memo Describing Benghazi As Planned Terror Attack Within Hours

New documents obtained by Judicial Watch and made public Monday show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials under President Obama were given intelligence within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”

Glenn Reynolds, on Hillary Clinton:

THEN SHE STOOD NEXT TO THE COFFINS OF THE DEAD AND LIED …

… Also, they locked up a filmmaker for a year, just to support their cover story.

From Mrs. Clinton’s speech on September 14, 2012, “at Ceremony as Bodies of Americans Killed in Libya Arrive in the US” (video here):

This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless.

Oh, it all makes perfect sense now.

May 14, 2015

The ‘Hate Speech’ Canard: Ticket to Tyranny

Pamela Geller exposes the totalitarian “human rights” enterprise.

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This column went up at PJ Media Monday evening and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday.

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It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the ugliness Pamela Geller has exposed, and how grateful we should be to her.

Geller’s “Muhammad Art Exhibit & Contest” in Garland, Texas on May 3, sponsored by her American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Jihad Watch, featured “about 350 entries depicting Muhammad” — in drawings and cartoons.

For this — creating drawings and cartoons — radical Islamists have declared that she and others associated with the event must die.

After numerous online and other Islamist death threats during the preceding week, two ISIS-inspired jihadists drove 1,000 miles from Phoenix to Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center hoping to carry out the demanded executions. Fortunately, thanks to a heroic police officer’s aggressive action, they were killed before they could carry out their plan.

As will be seen shortly, it is no exaggeration to say that long-established organizations in the international “human rights” community opposed the exercise of free speech embodied in that event, and believe that its sponsors and attendees deserve to be punished.

Elite U.S. reactions to Geller’s and her attendees’ near-death experience demonstrate just how far their campaign against so-called “hate speech” has progressed. The answer is, “farther than almost anyone might have thought.”

 A much greater than expected swath of elite commentators and pundits on both the left and right clearly believes that Geller and event organizers — again, by exhibiting drawings and cartoons — provoked the attack. Many of them believe the event was an example of “hate speech,” and that it should not have taken place. Some have gone further, declaring that it should not have been allowed to take place. Those who truly believe in freedom should be thanking Pamela Geller for helping us identify genuine enemies who until now have cloaked themselves in respectability.

Sadly, the surface desirability of eliminating “hate,” especially in speech, is powerful.

After all, the great religions of the world – with the notable exception of certain far from minor strains of Islam — treat genuine hate as sinful. In Catholicism, hatred “(targeted) directly at the person … is always sinful.” Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, is credited with saying “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

This nation’s Founders were religious too — and uncommonly brilliant. As they declared this nation’s independence from Great Britain, they, uniquely in human history, also declared that human beings’ rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, were God-given and not conferred by men or their governments. The Founders’ First Amendment-confirmed definition of “liberty” clearly includes the right to say, write, draw, or produce whatever one wishes. Given the intensity of political discourse at the time, it’s clear that they did not intend to carve out any kind of exception for “hate.”

The creation of the “hate speech” construct is irrefutably communist in origin, and goes back to the afternath of World War II:

… the introduction of hate-speech prohibitions into international law was championed in its heyday by the Soviet Union and allies. Their motive was readily apparent. The communist countries sought to exploit such laws to limit free speech.

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The dominant force behind the attempt to adopt an obligation to restrict freedom of expression was the Soviet Union.

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The states where criticism of totalitarian ideology was prohibited were the ones that internationalized hate-speech laws.

The initial Soviet-led efforts were too ham-handed and obvious for most of the rest of the then-free world to stomach. So, the definition of hate speech evolved:

… hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group.

Now, “hate speech” is a tool to be exploited by the perpetually aggrieved. Note the definition’s obvious implication that truly hateful speech directed at anyone who is not a “protected individual” or in a “protected group” cannot be considered “hate speech.” People not in protected groups are also apparently not worthy of federal protection when violently threatened.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, the “internationalization” to which the excerpt above refers has left this nation as one of a very few without oppressive “hate speech” laws favoring “protected individuals or groups” on the books. This intensely frustrates the so-called “human rights” community, many of whose members believe that the U.S. is a haven for “hate” and must be ostracized by the international community until it falls in line.

Most, but not all, of those who wish to impose their totalitarian regime on us have been circumspect about their ultimate goals. One such exception is Tanya Cohen, who claims to have worked with a number of “human rights” groups.

The headlines and content of Cohen’s recent columns will quickly disabuse those who still hold the quaint notion that banning “hate speech” is merely a project designed to ensure that everyone is civil to one another.

Her April 18 entry, “It’s Time To Put An End To Anti-Choice Speech” is a prime example. In Cohen’s version of a supposedly free society, lobbying for pro-life legislation, demonstrating at an abortion clinic, or even publishing a pro-life opinion on your Facebook page should be illegal. In Ms. Cohen’s ultra-scientific opinion, such people are “spreading lies,” and must be stopped.

Banning any discussion of abortion’s morality, which if logically extended would ban Catholicism and many of the world’s other major religions, is just a start. In that same column, Cohen clearly is on the side of a professor she quotes who wishes to similarly squelch speech “for climate denialists” and even “the tobacco industry.”

Separately, we find that Ms. Cohen has advocated an online command-and-control regime in Australia about which George Orwell’s Big Brother could only have dreamed:

What I propose is something called a Human Rights Online Act. This Act would not only make it a severe criminal offence on the federal level to publish, distribute, promote, or access hate speech online, but implement a federal Internet filtering system to protect Australians from being exposed to hate sites run out of the US. The Internet filter should block access to all hate sites, and anyone who tries to access any hate sites should be sent to gaol (i.e., prison — Ed.) … anyone accused of offending, insulting, humiliating, or intimidating other people should be required to prove their innocence or be declared guilty automatically …

Cohen has also celebrated how “attempting to link Islam with terrorism, saying that gay marriage isn’t really marriage, or saying that trans women aren’t really women would get you charged with discrimination and/or incitement to hatred” is “one of the most admirable things about Europe.”

Those with totalitarian impulses have created the idea of “hate speech” out of thin air and have turned the entire idea of “human rights” on its head, transforming it into the tyrant’s ultimate tool.

Now we know, and must react accordingly.

Thanks, Pamela.

May 13, 2015

Extraordinarily Honored …

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:32 pm

… to have Pamela Geller recognize my PJ Media column (“The ‘Hate Speech’ Canard: Ticket to Tyranny”).

May 12, 2015

Latest PJ Media Column (‘The ‘Hate Speech’ Canard: Ticket to Tyranny’) Went Up Monday Night

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:57 pm

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog Thursday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Bill Whittle: ‘I Support Free Speech, But …’

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:59 am

Great prediction:

“There is a word for this: ‘Cowardice.’”

May 6, 2015

More Blame the Target at WashPost: ‘Almost Gleeful’ Geller ‘Offers No Apology’

The headline at Sandhya Somashekhar’s Washington Post column on Pamela Geller, whose Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest was the target of a failed terrorist attack, acts as if that attack is her fault: “Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas.”

Somashekhar’s work reeks of contempt for Geller and her efforts, going beyond the media malfeasance cited in the Brent Bozell-Tim Graham column posted at NewsBusters Tuesday evening.

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May 4, 2015

AP Ignored Clear Indicators of Islamist Involvement in Texas Terror Attack

Since news broke of the terrorist attack in Garland, Texas Sunday evening and continuing until early this morning, the Associated Press, perhaps best nicknamed Allah’s Press in instances such as these, was determined not to reveal the nature of those behind it. Two attackers were killed by police after opening fire and wounding a security officer, who, according to AP, “was treated and released from a local hospital.”

The attack took place outside the city’s Curtis Culwell Center, where a “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” was being held. Despite information available at the time of each filing, dispatches submitted by a pair of AP reporters at 1:20 a.m (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) and 7:12 a.m. (saved here) would only say that it “remained unclear” and “was not immediately clear,” respectively, whether the attack wes related to the event. The wire service’s Nomaan Merchant and Jamie Stengle also used their final paragraph in each item to engage in an implied blame-the-victim exercise.

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