Thursday, 27 December 2007

AL SHARPTON: DEMOCRATIC KINGMAKER & PROTECTED SPECIES

Ken Berwitz

Al sharpton is:

-A career racist and anti-semite. 

-The main player in the tawana brawley hoax. 

-A key inciter in the Crown Heights riots. 

-A key inciter in the torching of Freddy's Fashion Mart in Harlem (7 dead). 

-A long-time friend and ally of the vile fellow racist/anti-semite louis farrakhan. 

-A willing attendee at the funeral of the even more racist/anti-semitic khalid muhammed.

And....a kingmaker in the Democratic Party.  A kingmaker for Democrats who is protected from having to answer for his lifetime of racism and anti-semitism by mainstream media.

Here is the latest evidence, courtesy of the Washington Post:

Not Relevant? Sharpton Scoffs at the Idea
Activist's Busy Calendar and Ringing Phone Speak to His Role in Civil Rights

By Keith B. Richburg
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 26, 2007; A01

NEW YORK -- Even by his own frenetic standards, the Rev. Al Sharpton has had a busy 12 months.

Late last year was the police shooting in Queens of Sean Bell, an unarmed black man leaving a bachelor party, and Sharpton organized the protests. There was the spring controversy over racially insensitive remarks by shock jock Don Imus, with Sharpton leading the calls for Imus's firing.

Sharpton put together a march in Jena, La., in support of six black teenagers jailed in the beating of a white student, and he held a protest rally outside the Justice Department in Washington to demand more prosecution of hate crimes.

And now, he is being wooed by the leading Democratic presidential candidates, all of whom seek his endorsement. "I think this has been a banner year, to say the least," said Sharpton, smiling contentedly over coffee. "This year proved the real revival of civil rights activism."

For Sharpton, the hyperkinetic pace of his past year and the pleas for support from presidential aspirants provide the answer to the question some are posing: How does Al Sharpton remain relevant in a Barack Obama world?

Obama, a Democratic senator from Illinois, has emerged as the first black politician with a serious chance of capturing his party's presidential nomination and the White House. And there have been other notable, if quiet, political successes, such as Deval Patrick becoming the first African American governor of Massachusetts, and David Paterson being elected New York's first black lieutenant governor.

Those successes have led some to suggest that the country is ready to embrace, in the post-civil rights era, a new kind of black leader, one who transcends race and appeals to as many white voters as black.

Sharpton has "been eclipsed, because Obama puts guys like Sharpton in the shadow," said Fred Siegel, a historian of New York City at the Cooper Union college in Manhattan. "Suppose Obama is elected president. He's terrible for Sharpton, because that takes away Sharpton's job. He's a kind of racial ambulance chaser. It's hard to engage in that game if there's another powerful African American politician."

But Sharpton has thrived this year with his high-decibel microphone-to-megaphone activism, even in the face of a federal investigation of his 2004 campaign finances. In an interview punctuated by interruptions from his cellphone, he scoffed at the notion that he is being overshadowed or is any less relevant.

"It borders on insulting to say that because some blacks are doing well in politics, we don't need organizations to protect civil rights," he said. "The role I play in American life, and the role that Deval Patrick and Barack play, are two different roles."

He also calls that view of his diminishing importance a misreading of modern black history. "We've always had blacks on the inside and blacks on the outside," he said. "You always had blacks so-called in the system and blacks outside."

In New York, his home base, Sharpton remains a polarizing figure for many, best remembered for championing the cause of Tawana Brawley, a black teenager who said she was abducted and raped by six white law enforcement officials but whose claims were later discredited.

In May, Sharpton again showed his penchant for inflammatory statements when he said of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, "As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that."

The statement prompted Romney to reply in a television interview: "I can only, hearing that statement, wonder whether there's not bigotry that still remains in America."

But Sharpton has survived those past controversies to become a political power broker of sorts. Once shunned for his street antics, jogging suits and bling, he is now courted by local and state politicians who dutifully troop to the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network every January for his celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

"He seems to have evolved into a new respectability, at least in the city," said Norman Siegel, a lawyer and former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, who has known Sharpton for 20 years. Regarding the King celebrations, Siegel said, "Every single elected official, no matter what they said about him in the past, they'll show up."

But Siegel said Sharpton still has a negative reputation among many white New Yorkers; Siegel has acquaintances who ask him, somewhat derisively, whether he is still friends with Al Sharpton.

Sharpton derives his role in large part because of a continued sense of dispossession and racial injustice that persists among many in black America. "Reverend Sharpton is the catalyst that continues to bring people together on issues of empowerment and injustice," said Charles Ogletree, the Harvard University law professor and scholar on race and equality matters. "Whenever there is any event involving racial injustice, he is always the first responder."

Even with the rise of successful mainstream black politicians who are able to transcend racial issues, Ogletree said, "Since the black community's concerns and issues are not monolithic, the Reverend Sharpton will always be relevant."

He has managed to maintain his clout even while continuing to face controversy, most recently an FBI and IRS investigation into financial records from Sharpton's 2004 presidential campaign. Earlier this month, federal agents served early-morning subpoenas on eight of Sharpton's aides, ordering them to produce records and documents for a Brooklyn grand jury.

Sharpton dismissed this latest probe as government harassment resulting from the protest he led last month outside the Justice Department where he demanded increased enforcement of civil rights laws and more prosecutions of hate crimes. "If that doesn't look retaliatory, what does?" he asked.

As evidence of his continued relevance on the political scene, Sharpton pointed to the presidential candidates chasing his endorsement. He planned to fly to South Carolina earlier this month to meet former president Bill Clinton until his flight was canceled. Last month, he shared a meal of chicken wings, cornbread and coconut shrimp with Obama at Sylvia's, a Harlem soul food restaurant.

"On the one level, they say we don't matter. On the other level, they want to know who we're endorsing," Sharpton said, smiling at his own position.

Sharpton said he is going to decide among Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Obama and former senator John Edwards of North Carolina. And like much of the black community, he is torn about which way to go.

"I really haven't decided," he said. He said he is most concerned about finding the candidate who will pursue his racial justice agenda.

He said he is also "being strategic," and will make his endorsement before the South Carolina primary, where he hopes to have the biggest impact because of the state's large black vote in the Democratic primary. In 2004, when he was a candidate for president, in the South Carolina primary, Sharpton said, "I got 10 percent -- and spent like $2."

His endorsement will matter, he said, because of his reach. He has a weekly television show, "Sharp Talk," on the cable-satellite TV One network, and his daily radio program, "Keepin' It Real," airs in 40 U.S. markets, including South Carolina.

"On a bad day, I'm talking to large portions of the black community," he said. "If I'm a guy seeking office," he said, "I would not want me against me.".

Would the media protect a White racist and anti-semite if he were set up in this position of importance by the Republican party?  Would they treat him with the seriousness and respect they accord al  sharpton?

Do you really need me to tell you the answer?  Of course not. 

Yet there the media are, protecting and elevating al sharpton, and donig the same for Democrats who treat him like the kingmaker they have made him.

But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.


PEACE PARTNER UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

If you want to guide the next generation, you teach the children.

With this in mind, here is how the next generation is being guided in the so-called "palestinian territories".  It comes to us from the invaluable source www.memri.org:

On Hamas TV Children's Program: Host Saraa Barhoum Sings 'We Will Meet Our Death with No Hesitation... Award Your Victory to Those Who Sacrifice Themselves, This is Your Wedding, Oh Martyr...'

Below are excerpts from a song performed by child TV host Saraa Barhoum, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on December 20, 2007. Following that are excerpts from the children's show hosted by Saraa Barhoum, "Pioneers of Tomorrow," which also aired on Al-Aqsa TV on December 20, 2007.

Past episodes of "Pioneers of Tomorrow" featured Mickey Mouse-lookalike character Farfour, who was "martyred" on the show in June 2007 and was replaced by Nahoul the bee.


Saraa Sings: "Oh Gaza... Let Your Lighthouse Illuminate the Sea Of Blood"

Saraa Barhoum:"We liberated Gaza by force, not by Oslo or by Taba -

but with my steadfast people, and with its blazing fire.

We liberated Gaza by force, not by Oslo or by Taba -

but with my steadfast people, and with its blazing fire.

Rafah sings, and the Kalashnikov replies.

Rafah sings, and the Kalashnikov replies.

We, who know no fear, are the lions of the jungle.

Look how beautiful our Gaza is. We crowned it with a laurel wreath.

We have proven that with our will, we can defeat the colonialist army.

Look how beautiful our Gaza is. We crowned it with a laurel wreath.

We have proven that with our will, we can defeat the colonialist army.

We have regained our freedom through bloodshed and the wrath of fire.

We came out on the day of liberations to celebrate our pride - hurrah!

We came out on the day of liberations to celebrate our pride - hurrah!"

[...]

Oh Gaza, the first stone [of the Intifada], where we celebrated our victory -

raise your sail for the sailors, and let your lighthouse illuminate the sea of blood.

Oh Gaza, the first stone [of the Intifada], where we celebrated our victory -

raise your sail for the sailors, and let your lighthouse illuminate the sea of blood.

If we receive good tidings, we will meet our death with no hesitation.

We are the swords of Allah, we are the victorious armies.

We are the swords of Allah, we are the victorious armies."[...]

May all the martyrs be resurrected, and we will celebrate this day."

"Award Your Victory to Those Who Sacrifice Themselves, This is Your Wedding, Oh Martyr"

"Award your victory to those who sacrifice themselves. This is your wedding, oh martyr.

May all the martyrs be resurrected, and we will celebrate this day.

Award your victory to those who sacrifices themselves. This is your wedding, oh martyr.

We saw the joy in the eyes of the children. Oh Gaza, make that joy grow,

when this homeland is liberated from Tiberias to Anaba,

when this homeland is liberated from Tiberias to Anaba.

We liberated Gaza by force, not by Oslo or by Taba -

but with my steadfast people, and with its blazing fire."

Saraa Tells Kids "We Can All be Sacrificed for the Sake of the Homeland"

Saraa, child host: "Nahoul, don't you want to convey your holiday greetings on the Feast of the Sacrifice?"

Nahoul, a giant bee: "Convey greetings, Saraa?"

Saraa: "Yes."

Nahoul: "Who should I convey greetings to, Saraa? Should I convey greetings to my brother, who was martyred in the first Intifada, at the hands of the Zionist Jews? Should I convey greetings to my second brother, who was martyred in the second Intifada? Should I convey greetings to my wounded brother, to my aunt, who was martyred because of the siege, or to her orphans? Who is there for me to greet, Saraa? I won't greet anyone. I am so sad, Saraa."

[...]

Saraa: "Don't be sad, Nahoul."

Nahoul: "I won't even convey greetings to my mother, who suffers from diabetes, or to my father, who suffers from hepatitis C. Who should I convey greetings to, Saraa? You're rubbing salt in my wounds."

Saraa: "Don't be sad, Nahoul. We can all be sacrificed for the sake of the homeland. May Allah help you. All we can say is that we place our trust in Allah against the enemies."

Nahoul: "We place our trust in Allah."

[...]

Saraa: "Hadil, did you slaughter a sheep today?"

Hadil, on the phone: "No, a calf."

Nahoul: "A calf, wow! Who did you share the calf with, after you slaughtered it?"

Hadil: "And what did you slaughter?"

Nahoul: "We didn't get to slaughter anything because we are poor and miserable. What did you do with the meat of the calf?"

Hadil: "We gave it to poor people, to the miserable, and to our relatives, and we took some home."

Nahoul: "Wow! Well done. She knows and understands it all, Saraa."

[...]

Saraa: "How old are you, Yaqin?"

Yaqin, on the phone: "I am 13 years old."

Nahoul: "Wow!"

Saraa: "13 is big."

Nahoul: "Yaqin, I want to ask you a question."

Yaqin: "Go ahead."

Nahoul: "Let's say we got a calf on the night before the holiday. We kept the calf because we wanted to slaughter it after the holiday prayer. We went to slaughter the calf, but we found it dead. What should we do?"

Yaqin: "Buy a sheep."

Nahoul: "But what if we don't... But what if we don't have enough money?"

Yaqin: "It's the thought that counts."

Nahoul: "Great. That's brilliant. What's her name?"

Saraa: "Yaqin."

Nahoul: "Yaqin from Gaza.".

What you have just read is typical children's programming in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria (the west bank).  I have posted numerous other examples over the past year just like it.

Do you ever read a story about what "palestinian" children are being taught in your newspaper? 

Do you ever see a story about what "palestinian" children are being taught on the network news?

Have either print or broadcast media ever made you aware that exactly this type of  material - and worse - is taught every day in the schools of Gaza?  Have they ever told you that most of these schools are run, believe it or not, by the UN? 

You remember the UN don't you?  Those wonderful benign folks whose mission is to create world peace.  The ones that the left talk about when they tell us to "Let them do  their work".

  This is what Israel's "peace partner" teaches their children - under the auspices of the UN. 

These are the conditions under which Israel is supposed to make peace.


LET NOTHING YOU DISMAY.....

Ken Berwitz

"God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay, remember Christ, our savior, was born on Christmas day..."

If a Jewish guy like me remembers those words, wouldn't you think priests in Bethlehem would? 

Well, think again.  Some do and some don't.  Here, courtesy of Agence France Presse is the proof:

Priests brawl at Bethlehem birthplace of Jesus
Dec 27 09:34 AM US/Eastern
Seven people were injured on Thursday when Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests came to blows in a dispute over how to clean the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Following the Christmas celebrations, Greek Orthodox priests set up ladders to clean the walls and ceilings of their part of the church, which is built over the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.

But the ladders encroached on space controlled by Armenian priests, according to photographers who said angry words ensued and blows quickly followed.

For a quarter of an hour bearded and robed priests laid into each other with fists, brooms and iron rods while the photographers who had come to take pictures of the annual cleaning ceremony recorded the whole event.

A dozen unarmed Palestinian policemen were sent to try to separate the priests, but two of them were also injured in the unholy melee.

"As usual the cleaning of the church afer Christmas is a cause of problems," Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh told AFP, adding that he has offered to help ease tensions.

"For the two years that I have been here everything went more or less calmly," he said. "It's all finished now."

The Church of the Nativity, like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, is shared by various branches of Christianity, each of which controls and jealously guards a part of the holy site.

The Church of the Nativity is built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born in a stable more than 2,000 years ago after Mary and Joseph were turned away by an inn. 

.

Now that's dismaying. 

It's bad enough that there are so many other tensions in this part of the world.  Do priests, in priestly garb, really have to duke it out over the placement of a ladder?

They're actually fighting over cleaning the walls?  I hope they don't fight over the liquid they use for cleaning the dishes too.  After all, as the carol says,

"Joy to the world..."


BENAZIR BHUTTO'S LAST INTERVIEW

Ken Berwitz

I don't often pull material from Parade Magazine.  But the Sunday after next (January 6), the magazine will publish what may be the last interview with Benazir Bhutto, the once and possibly future leader of Pakistan.  Ms. Bhutto was shot to death today after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi. 

The Parade article encapsulates an interview conducted by Gail Sheehy.  It is shown in its entirety below:

'A Wrong Must Be Righted'
An interview with Benazir Bhutto


KOS GETS IT RIGHT ABOUT RON PAUL - AGAIN

Ken Berwitz

It is unusual for me to agree with the LAMBs over at www.dailykos.com.  But credit where credit is due;  when it comes to ron paul, they have consistently gotten it right.

Here is the site's latest debunking of paul's half-baked, ridiculous attempt to dodge blame for the overtly racist material which went out in his newsletter under his name.  It is written by "kos" himself (Markos Moulitsas Zuniga):

Nice attempt to spin away Ron Paul's bigotry

Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 07:54:57 AM PST

Hilarious spin by the Ron Paul blinder-wearing partisans to revelations that their hero is a bigot:

The publication, or publications, comprised a business venture to which Ron Paul lent his name. Headquarters were 60 miles away from Ron Pauls personal Texas offices. At the time that the publications were being disseminated, primarily in the 1980s, Ron Paul was involved in numerous activities including Libertarian politics. He eventually ran for U.S. president as a Libertarian.

This was a big operation, says one source. And Ron Paul was a busy man. He was doctor, a politician and free-market commentator. A publication had to go out at a certain time and Ron Paul often was not around to oversee the lay out, printing or mailing. Many times he did not participate in the composition, either.

So some of the times he participated in the "composition" of the newsletter, which is of far less import than reviewing the words the newsletter carried under his own byline? And what does being "60 miles away" have to do with anything? They had fax machines in the 80s. They had FedEx and UPS and USPS. It was an 8-page newsletter.

It wasn't that big of an operation.

This source and others add that publications utilized guest writers and editors on a regular basis. Often these guest writers and editors would write a Ron Paul column, under which the derogatory comments might have been issued.

Says one source, Ron Paul didnt know about those comments, or know they were written under his name until much later when they were brought to his attention. There were several issues that went out with comments that he would not ordinarily make. He was angry when he saw them.

So are we led to believe by a bunch of unnamed sources that Ron Paul is so stupid that he wouldn't demand prior review of content written not just in a newsletter bearing his name, but under his own byline?

And that when he found out about it he was angry, yet never retracted such statements in a subsequent issue of the newsletter that, once again, bore his name? That's what we're supposed to believe? If that's the case, then why the silence?

"His reasons for keeping this a secret are harder to understand: 'They were never my words, but I had some moral responsibility for them . . . I actually really wanted to try to explain that it doesn't come from me directly, but they campaign aides said that's too confusing. "It appeared in your letter and your name was on that letter and therefore you have to live with it." ' It is a measure of his stubbornness, determination, and ultimately his contrarian nature that, until this surprising volte-face in our interview, he had never shared this secret. It seems, in retrospect, that it would have been far, far easier to have told the truth at the time."

His reasons are "harder to understand" because they make no sense.

If he has "moral responsibility" for his comments, then why not apologize or retract those statements? Why not express outrage that his good name was misappropriated with scurrilously racist sentiments and demand an honest admission and retraction in his newsletter?

Why? Because he agreed with the sentiments. That's why. And it's precisely writings like those, and his refusal to disavow them, that have made him a favorite of the Stormfront/Neo Nazi crowd.  

Of course, Paul's supporters will take this post, along with any other criticism of their demigod, as evidence that he is "feared" or other such nonsense. Hardly. When he cracks single digits in the polls in any state we can start worrying. Until then, he doesn't even reach "Ross Perot-like nut" status. I worry about McCain. I worry about Huckabee. I used to worry about Giuliani. But Paul? Nah. He is what he is -- fringe.

But it's also clear that some of his supporters would benefit from a full airing and education about what Paul stands for and has stood for in his years in the public limelight. If people still want to support him despite his bigotry, then that actually says more about his supporters than about Ron Paul himself.

When someone makes the claims that paul and his people are making about his responsibility for what was in the newsletter, they demonstrate raw contempt for the intelligence of the people they are talking to.  That would be kos, it would be me and it would be you.

To paraphrase William Shakespeare's Juliet, "...a racist by any other name would smell as rancid".  Using this criterion, ron paul is a good reason to hold your nose.

Now, where are mainstream media on this?  When it comes to sleeping through the information about ron paul, most of them could teach Rip Van Winkle a lesson or two.  Because, for the most part, their reaction to it has been, and I quote,  "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"


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