Saturday, May 26, 2012

“Obama is Not God”: Students School a Teacher About Free Speech

Once upon a time, high school students lived in blissful ignorance of their teachers’ personal political opinions. Teachers were educators keen on training their pupils the art of critical thinking and expanding their young minds, not indoctrinators suppressing debate and imposing their ideology. Sadly, that is no longer the case, as exemplified by a student video recently leaked to the internet. It provides a depressing glimpse inside one North Carolina classroom, where a teacher can be heard angrily censoring student remarks mildly critical of President Barack Obama.

The nine-minute video, shot with a student’s cell phone or other video device and uploaded to YouTube, is aimed at the ceiling for the duration and shows neither teacher nor students. Much of the audio is crowded with crosstalk, as the class sounds fairly disorderly throughout. But it does capture a heated confrontation between a desperately, illogically, and inarticulately defensive social studies teacher and a couple of her freethinking students who dared to express irreverence for Obama.

Al Shameless

Al Sharpton has no shame. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the career of America’s foremost racist demagogue and lynch-mob leader, and his recent statements show that Reverend Al continues to live down to that low reputation.

In a recent episode of his MSNBC show “Politics Nation,” he began by claiming that the Republican party is attempting to “dehumanize” President Obama, whatever that means. And in a jaw-dropping example of psychological projection, he accused them of engaging in “a long history of fear and smear.”

Projection is a defense mechanism whereby a person is in denial about his or her own attitudes and motivations, and instead attributes them to other people. It is a serious mental condition of the left, and it accounts for their astonishing blind spot to their own intolerance, hatred, bigotry, and racism, which they instead ascribe to the right.

The Man Who Would Rule Egypt

Egypt, the original heart of the Arab Spring, goes to the polls this Wednesday and Thursday to elect a new president, and the Obama administration’s favored choice, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, may emerge the victor. “He could be the president who puts Egypt on a path towards genuine democracy,” says one U.S. official. But the self-styled “liberal” Islamist is no moderate.

One of the two front-running candidates (along with Amr Moussa, 75, a former foreign minister under Mubarak and most recently secretary-general of the Arab League), Fotouh, 61, is a doctor and former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose political party took nearly 50 percent of the seats in parliamentary elections and is the best-organized political force in the country. He served for 25 years in the Brotherhood’s leadership body before being expelled last year when he defied the group’s leaders to run for the presidency.

Fotouh is described as a reformist member of the organization, and as such has received support from younger Brothers, even though the Brotherhood is putting forth its own candidate, Mohammed Morsi. Fotouh is viewed as more liberal than the other Islamists in the race, prompting comparisons to Turkey’s Recep Erdogan. That would be the same Erdogan who proclaimed that “there is no moderate Islam,” who advised Turkish immigrants in Europe that “assimilation is a crime against humanity,” who has taken an increasingly bellicose stance toward Israel – and who is a favorite of Obama in the Middle East.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Path to 9/11Vindicated: CIA Chief Confirms Clinton Refused to Get Bin Laden

Few memes about Obama are as comical or aggravating as his “gutsy decision” to take out bin Laden. For one thing, military and intelligence insiders are strongly suggesting that he didn’t even make that call. And after all, what President wouldn’t green-light that no-brainer? Jimmy Carter, maybe. But now it has been confirmed that Bill Clinton passed on at least one clear opportunity to give a CIA team that go-ahead – letting the terrorist leader live to mastermind the 9/11 attacks. The incident very closely resembled a dramatized version in the controversial 2006 miniseries The Path to 9/11, a scene which Clinton and his people previously attacked as an outrageous fabrication.

This past Sunday night, CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast a startling segment featuring former CIA officer Hank Crumpton, Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, chief of its Bin Laden unit in the late 90s, and one of the first to enter into Afghanistan after 9/11. Interviewer Lara Logan perceptively zeroed in on Crumpton’s participation in operations to capture and/or kill Osama bin Laden well before the 9/11 attacks, and what Crumpton calls “the lack of response on the part of the administration.”

Obama: The Most-Racial President

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, President Obama confided that, of all the Hope and Change his supporters assumed he was bringing to America, the hope of a change in our racial divide wasn’t on his list: “I never bought into the notion that by electing me, somehow we were entering into a post-racial period.” That may come as a surprise to the millions around the world who did indeed see his historic election as the promise of a post-racial era. Instead, as Ward Connerly points out, thanks to Obama “we are not living in a post-racial society. We are living in a most-racial society.”

Political activist, businessman, and former University of California Regent Ward Connerly is the founder of the American Civil Rights Institute, a Sacramento-based organization created to educate the public about racial and gender preferences and to help implement laws to abolish them. An outspoken opponent of affirmative action, which he calls “yesterday's solution to yesterday's problem,”and an advocate of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, sex, or ethnic background, Connerly is the author of Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences and Lessons from My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character.

I’m Bin Laden and I Approve This Message

As if SEAL Team Six’s successful elimination of Osama bin Laden weren’t a big enough score, the raid on his compound in Abbottabad also yielded captured documents for analysis by experts in the Intelligence Community. These communications between bin Laden and his lieutenants have so far led to interesting revelations about al Qaeda, such as the jihadist organization’s perceptions about exploiting Western media to promote its propaganda to the public.

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point released a memorandum to the public last Thursday which summarizes and analyzes seventeen of the seized, translated documents. Among them were letters in which bin Laden expressed concern about al Qaeda’s deteriorating public image, particularly among other Muslims, which he desperately sought to rectify by enlisting the aid of the media.
Having a focused, coherent media strategy was critical for bin Laden. Like all of America’s enemies who can’t compete with us on the battlefield, he understood that winning the media campaign is just as critical to victory than military campaigns – possibly more so. “The issue of Jihadi media,” wrote bin Laden in a letter dated October 20, 2010 among the Abbottabad papers, “is a main piece of the war.”

The Muslim Brotherhood in America: A Video Course

Just in time for the President’s reelection campaign to pick up steam, the Obama administration last week declared an end to the War on Terror. A few drone strikes, and voilà – mission accomplished! Yet, in an awkward coincidence, in the same week as that announcement came the release of an online video course exposing the alarming degree to which we are losing the broader war against the enemy we officially refuse to identify.

Of course, it was never a war on “terror” anyway; as many have pointed out, terror is a tactic, not an enemy. We weren’t waging a War on Blitzkrieg in World War II. And terrorism was never the only threat posed by our Islamic enemy, which Obama limits to “al Qaeda and its affiliates”; in fact, our focus on violent jihad has left us vulnerable to the subversive Muslim Brotherhood’s more insidious “civilization jihad,” which continues apace.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rogue's Gallery

Looks like I made the "Breitbart Unmasked" people's list of Andrew Breitbart's "crew of rogues, criminals, wannabe journalists, various right wing extremists and the religious [sic] intolerant," whom they plan to "expose." It's a long list, so I don't feel THAT special, but I'm proud to be included. Don't these "Unmasked" people have anything better to do, like go Occupy someplace? 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Did Muhammad Exist?

I'll be introducing Robert Spencer at the Wednesday Morning Club luncheon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills this Wednesday May 16th. He'll be discussing his latest book, the controversial Did Muhammad Exist?