Monday, 24 November 2008
NORTHWESTERN AND FREE SPEECH
I have a couple of reasons to root for Northwestern University. My
mother graduated from the school (class of 1940!) and it is close to Chicago,
which is a city I love and which has a business I am President and co-owner
But, reading a story like this one from www.frontpagemag.com, makes it awfully
|Horowitz Speech on Radical Islam Has Repercussions at
Monday, November 24, 2008
Less than a week after defaming David Horowitz by claiming
that he spreads blatant lies about Islam and criticizing the College
Republicans for bringing such an offensive and divisive speaker to campus, the
Muslim-cultural Students Association (McSA) at Northwestern has announced plans
to bring infamous Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers to campus.
In her letter to the Daily Northwestern, McSA
co-president Dana Shabeeb criticized Horowitz for attacking the Muslim Students
Association (which was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood) as supporters of
jihad. Let me make clear that Muslims vehemently reject the use of violence in
the name of our religion and don't support the killing of innocent civilians for
any reason, she stated. Yet the McSA has now chosen to spend a vast sum of
student government funding on a speaker who dedicated a book to the Muslim
assassin of Robert Kennedy and is best known for being a co-founder of a
terrorist organization and has publicly stated that he does not regret setting
bombs and in fact we did not do enough.
The McSA plans to spend its entire Fall speakers
budget of $21,000 to fund the event which features Ayers along with his wife and
fellow Weather Underground member Bernadine Dohrn and Muslim radical, Imam Zaid
Shakir, who co-founded the Islamic fundamentalist mosque Masjid al-Islam in
Oakland, California. The honorariums offered the speakers are so large that the
contract must be approved by the Universitys General Counsel and its Vice
President for Student Affairs. Horowitz, of course, was provided no student
funds for his speech, which was underwritten for a fifth the cost by Young
It is ironic that the McSA which expended considerable
effort in an attempt to discredit my speech about the jihad on campus and the
Muslim Students Associations ties to the Muslim Brotherhood is now dedicating
their entire fall speakers budget to bringing two notorious terrorists to
campus, said Horowitz. This is a more eloquent link between the Muslim Student
Association and the agendas of Islamo-fascism than I could provide. Bill Ayers
was setting bombs during the Jimmy Carter Administration. He and his wife have
dedicated their lives to attacking America, and are supporters of the jihadist
enemies of the West.
Horowitzs speech also sparked considerable debate on the
website of the Daily Northwestern, the main student paper on campus where
real discussion over issues of radical Islam was disrupted by a flurry
of hoax comments posted by a student or students claiming to be David Horowitz,
Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes, Horowitz Freedom Center staffer Reut Cohen,
and others. The comments appear to have been intended to discredit Horowitz and
others by ascribing them false motives for their warnings about radical
Islam. One post claiming to be from Horowitz states that we need to make sure
that Americans are afraid of the Muslim worldthats the only way we can get
them to keep tying up their foreign policy in the Middle East with Israel. This
is the propaganda line of al-Qaeda, and hardly something Horowitz would
Once notified about the hoax comments, the
Daily Northwestern shut down the comment feature for the article about
Horowitz, preventing further discussion. Campus police have been notified about
the hoax comments but did not see any need to respond, despite the fact
that this is a form of identity theft. It remains to be seen whether the
University will launch an investigation and take action against the student(s)
who posted these fake comments, but it does not appear likely. Last year the
authorities at George Washington U. were exercised during Islamo-Fascism
Awareness Week over a similar hoax until they
discovered that it was indeed a hoax perpetrated by the left.
David Horowitz is president of the David
Horowitz Freedom Center. Through its
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Program (IFAP), the DHFC has organized events to combat
radical Islam and terrorism on hundreds of American campuses. More information
on the program can be found at www.terrorismawareness.org.
-At no cost to the school, David Horowitz is brought in to speak at
-Then, at great cost to the school, a terrorist scumbag and radical islamic
are brought in to speak at Northwestern.
-After Mr. Horowitz' speech, fraudulent comments are put up on the school
newspaper's web site that defame Horowitz. But the school does not
intend to investigate, thus it will not act against any student(s) who
perpetrated the fraud.
This is what passes for a center of learning and diversity these days - a place where all views
have equal voice. It makes me sick.
As a parent, if our children were of college age today it would
make me want to shun Northwestern, or any other school that operated in this manner.
When will it change? When enough parents of enough children find out
what is going on at these campuses and act accordingly.
Maybe that will happen someday and maybe it never will. If not,
congratulations to the ayers' and the shakirs of the world. You
IS BARACK OBAMA LEGALLY ABLE TO BE PRESIDENT (cont.)
The simple truth is that if Barack Obama had shown us his ORIGINAL birth
certificate - not the facsimile Certificate Of Live Birth that he produced
instead - this matter would have ended a long time ago.
But Mr. Obama has never done so and, instead, has engaged a team of lawyers
to fight every court challenge to his presidential eligibility
If you're a guy from the boroughs of New York like I am, that sets off
buzzers, alarms and sirens. Red flags pop up in front of your
If you're Caleb Howe of AOL news (or a multitude of other supposedly curious journalists), however, it
apparently gets little more than a shrug and an "ok".
Howe has written an article supposedly debunking the people who question
Obama's legitimacy. I've read it (and so can you by clicking
here). But for brevity's sake I'll just post the part that is supposed
to put this issue to rest:
Now that the campaign season is over, we can stop
hearing all this nonsense.
Or can we?
Some, it seems, haven't quite made up their minds.
As Forbes reports, lawsuits
still abound regarding the legitimacy of Barack Obama's election. The suits
specifically call for the President-elect to produce his birth certificate from
the State of Hawaii. The certifcate was released electronically but met with
some skepticism, and since that time, the State of Hawaii has issued an official
press release stating in no uncertain terms that they have the certificate on
file. Although a number of such suits persist, the chief face behind the
allegations is clearly Phillip Berg, an attorney and Democrat from Philadelphia.
Berg is not only filing in court, he has run advertising in major newspapers and
put out youtube videos and a website, all regarding the authenticity of Obama's
birth certificate and alleging that he was born in Kenya. As noted at Forbes,
Berg is unmoved by debunking of the issue by sites like FactCheck.org and noted
myth-busting website Snopes.com.
What are my problems with this?
-The "birth certificate" presented to us is not the
original. It is a facsimile - and one that may very well have been
written over, as I showed in an
August 4 blog
. Where is the original?
-Saying they have the original on file is nice. But what they don't
say is what is on the original. Why is Mr. Obama so desperately
trying to prevent us from seeing it?
-Invoking www.factcheck.org and www.snopes.com doesn't impress me.
They're not the last word on anything. I've read both their pieces
and neither addresses what I just pointed out.
-Snopes.com is run by two people in LA, a husband and
wife team named Barbara and David Mikkelson. What are their
politics? Who did they vote for? Most importantly, who died and made them the last
word on Barack Obama's ORIGINAL birth certificate? Do they claim to have seen it? If
not, how would they know what it does or doesn't say? (I would
ask those last three questions of the pompous oracles over at factcheck.org too).
Mr. Howe does have an answer for us regarding the snopes.com claim of
legitimacy. Here it is in its entirety:
Well, for starters, as Snopes points out, there is
something silly about the idea that a major party, with so much to lose, would
stake their entire reputation on a forgery so lame that internet snoops could
pick it apart in a day visiting a public website. The McCain question was a
matter of law regarding a matter of record, silly though the matter was. The
Obama question isn't a matter of law, unless the campaign lied and produced a
forgery to cover something up. In other words, the McCain story was actually
about eligibility, while the Obama story is about the Democrats and the Obama
campaign willfully committing a series of crimes and coverups in an attempt to
defraud the entire nation. It's hardly the same thing. Put in terms of the
impact, you can have one of two reactions. You can go into panic/attack mode
like Berg, thinking that it's such a huge deal someone must do something fast.
Or you can think that, well, how dumb would the Democrats have to be to pin
their great Presidential hopes on someone who wasn't born here and cover it up
with an electronic forgery? It simply doesn't seem like a rational theory, in
other words. Furthermore, contrary to Berg's assertions, the so-called smoking
gun questions about the electronic version of the certificate are easily
explained. Lastly, Hawaii says they have the certificate, which should be case
This is proof? About 4/5ths of the entire commentary tells us it would be
stupid if Obama wasn't eligible (I agree). That, however, doesn't explain
a thing about his birth certificate. All Howe offers us is that it is
"easily explained" (without benefit of any explanation) and that Hawaii has the
certificate (which they won't show to us because Barack Obama won't let
Let's just say that Woodward and Bernstein are not looking worriedly over
their shoulders at Caleb Howe.
My personal opinion? I don't know if Mr. Obama is or is not eligible to
be President because what we have been shown does not prove it one way or the
But when someone who can easily show you proof fights tooth and nail
to hide it, the Brooklyn comes right out of me. Instead of just shrugging
and saying "ok", I assume there must be something he does not want me to see.
Maybe Caleb Howe should too.
HANNITY & ???)
I like Alan Colmes. He's a better debater than Sean Hannity and, though certainly leftward
in his views, less ideological than Hannity as well.
He'll be missed.
It turns out that, after 12 years of battling it out with Hannity, Colmes wants
to move on. Here are the particulars, from www.breitbart.com:
|Alan Colmes to Depart Top Rated
Hannity & Colmes
FOX News Channels (FNC) Alan Colmes will relinquish his role as co-host
of Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year.
02:26 PM US/Eastern
In announcing his decision, Colmes said, I
approached Bill Shine (FNCs Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this
year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways
to contribute to the growth of the network. Although its bittersweet to leave
one of the longest marriages on cable news, Im proud that both Sean (Hannity)
and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so
Colmes will continue to have a presence on FNC as
he will serve as a liberal commentator on a variety of FOX News programming,
including Foxnews.coms The Strategy Room and continue hosting his radio
program, The Alan Colmes Show on FOX Talk, a division of FOX News Radio.
He will also begin developing a weekend program.
Shine said, Were very sorry to see Alan reach
this decision but we understand his desire to seek other creative challenges in
his career. We value his incredible hard work in making Hannity &
Colmes the most successful debate program on cable news and were going to
miss him on the show. Thankfully, he will begin developing a weekend pilot for
FOX News Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Roger Ailes added, Alan is one of the key reasons why FOX News has been such a
remarkable success. Were sad to see him leave the program but we look forward
to his ongoing contributions to the network.
Hannity & Colmes is the only FNC
program which has remained in the same timeslot for 12 years, catapulting to
number one in 2003 and never relinquishing the top spot. The second
highest-rated program in cable news behind only The OReilly Factor,
Hannity & Colmes averaged 3.3 million viewers nightly for the Nielsen
month of October and is poised to mark 60 consecutive months at number one at
the end of November.
Hannity added, Not only has Alan been a
remarkable co-host, hes been a great friend which is rare in this industry
Ill genuinely miss sparring with such a skillful debate partner.
Throughout his 12 year tenure on Hannity &
Colmes, Colmes has interviewed numerous key political figures, including:
President Elect Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Speaker of the
House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Ted
Kennedy (D-MA), DNC Chairman Howard Dean and former Vice President Al
I've never been on Hannity & Colmes (though Dan
Cohen, who was - and quite possibly still is - the show's producer has a copy of
our book, and at one time was at least somewhat interested in working me
into a segment or two).
But I would have loved to see if I could get one or two sentences in a row past Colmes, while preventing him
from his specialty - overwhelming guests with a torrent of opinions they would never be
able to remember, let alone answer one by one.
Maybe on the new show he's developing with Fox..........
A TALE OF TWO CITIGROUPS
article in today's New York Times:
U.S. Approves Plan to Help Citigroup
Cope With Losses
By ERIC DASH
Federal regulators approved a radical plan to
stabilize Citigroup in an
arrangement in which the government could soak up billions of dollars in losses
at the struggling bank, the government announced late Sunday night.
Citigroup executives presented a plan to federal
officials on Friday evening after a weeklong plunge in the companys share price
threatened to engulf other big banks. In tense, round-the-clock negotiations
that stretched until almost midnight on Sunday, it became clear that the crisis
of confidence had to be defused now or the financial markets could plunge
Whether this latest rescue plan will help
calm the markets is uncertain, given the stress in the financial system caused
by losses at Citigroup and other banks. Each previous government effort
initially seemed to reassure investors, leading to optimism that the banking
system had steadied. But those hopes faded as the economic outlook worsened,
raising worries that more bank loans were turning sour.
Under the agreement, Citigroup and regulators will
back up to $306 billion of largely residential and commercial real estate loans
and certain other assets, which will remain on the banks balance sheet.
Citigroup will shoulder losses on the first $29 billion of that
From an ACORN press
release, September 20, 2004:
Citigroup and ACORN Sign
Groundbreaking Agreement to Expand Homeownership in Communities Around the
September 20, 2004
New York-Citigroup and the Association of
Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) today announced a landmark
partnership that advances the goals of both organizations in promoting
homeownership in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, especially in immigrant
communities, increasing the availability of affordable credit, and promoting
financial education. The partnership also reinforces Citigroup's position as a
key industry leader in responsible and innovative lending practices.
As part of the partnership, announced today at an
event in New York City, Citigroup and ACORN have agreed to collaborate on
several initiatives, including to:
- Form an affordable mortgage-lending program
between Citigroup and ACORN Housing Corp. (AHC) to develop a specialized
mortgage product for all AHC's homeownership centers, and make mortgages
available to immigrants who have previously been shut out of credit markets.
- Work together to expand access to the Earned
Income Tax Credit, and, in immigrant communities, expand access to Citibank's
Access Account and low-cost remittance program.
- Expand financial education to assist low- and
moderate-income consumers in saving, obtaining credit, and using credit
- Focus on community-development lending to
increase affordable housing in areas where the Citibank Community Development
and ACORN footprints coincid
- Provide borrowers with access to the best
combination of loan product, price, service, and attributes.
- Establish a net-benefit test for real estate
"Citigroup is excited to announce this historic
agreement," said Marge Magner, Chairman and CEO of Citigroup's Global Consumer
Group. "By joining forces we can make great strides in building stronger
communities and fostering a new generation of proud homeowners."
"With this agreement, ACORN will be able to expand
our mission of strengthening communities by helping low- and moderate-income
families, including new immigrants to this country, become homeowners," said
Maude Hurd, National President of ACORN.
Through the alliance, Citigroup and ACORN will
work together to reach out to low- and moderate-income, underserved consumers
across the country. In addition to real estate loans, Citigroup's affiliates are
offering their breadth of products and services, including Citibank's Access
Account, designed as a starter account for consumers who have not traditionally
had banking relationships; Citipro, the bank's complimentary financial needs
checkup; free online banking; and affordable money remittance services, among
A few questions, only one of which is tough at all:
-Do you see any connection here?
-Should this inform future policy?
-Do you think the incoming administration sees any connection
Like I said, two are easy. It's the third one that should have
THE STEALING OF NORM COLEMAN'S SENATE SEAT (cont.)
If (when) Norm Coleman is unseated as the senator from Minnesota, it appears
that Somali immigrants who came to this country under wholly fraudulent
circumstances will account for substantially more than al franken's "margin of
victory" (I use quotation marks because I don't consider the term realistic in
Here are the specifics, from Diana West, writing for the Washington
Times, via Scott Johnson of www.powerlineblog.com:
November 24, 2008 Posted by Scott at 5:57 AM
The Twin Cities is home to the largest population
of Somali immigrants in the United States. In her latest Washington Times column, Diana West reports the discovery of immigration fraud
involving the P-3 family designation in the current United States Refugee
Within the last week...the State Department
confirmed that massive immigration fraud has been perpetrated overwhelmingly
by Africans claimed as close kin (parent, spouse, minor child) by legal
residents in the United States. (According to a report in the City Pages in
Minneapolis, this scam has been netting some unknowns along the food chain up
to $10,000 per head.) Given that Somalis form the largest bloc of African
immigrants to the United States, this becomes another story with Somalis
playing a starring role.
West's column cites this City Pages article and this State Department fact sheet on the fraud. West concludes her column with a look at the
ramifications on Minnesota politics:
Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, who
famously swore his 2007 oath of office on the Koran as the first Muslim
elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, routinely declares that his
7,000-vote margin of victory came from Somali Muslims. Last month, Mr. Ellison
was campaigning for that same Somali Muslim vote on behalf of Mr. Franken.
And what's newsworthy about that? In this case,
the point is not that Mr. Ellison was campaigning for the Somali vote, but
rather with whom he was campaigning. According to AsianTribune.com, after Mr.
Ellison made a standard, if Somalii-oriented campaign pitch on behalf of Mr.
Franken before a gathering of Minnesota Somalis, another speaker appeared
before the crowd.
Described in the report as a "highly regarded
prominent Somali traditional leader" -- i.e., a Somali leader from Somalia,
not Minnesota -- Abdullahi Ugas Farah spoke on behalf of the Ellison-Franken
cause. "In order for Keith to be helpful to the situation in Somalia, you must
also elect Al Franken to the Senate," he said.
Now, there's something new on the American
hustings: a "Somali traditional" leader. Curious, I Googled Mr. Farah and came
up with one news story, a 2003 brief from the Asia Africa Intelligence Wire
headlined, "New Islamic court opens in Mogadishu." The story reported that Mr.
Farah was one of two speakers who presided over the opening ceremony for a new
Sharia court in Mogadishu's Shirkole area. From Sharia courts in Mogadishu to
an Al Franken rally in Minnesota.
Only in ... America?
West notes that the State Department is punting
the question of what to do with fradulently admitted Somalis over to the
Department of Homeland Security. And what is DHS doing with it? My guess is that
the fraudulently admitted Somalis have about as much to fear from DHS as does
President-elect Obama's deportable auntie Zeutuni.
Help is on the way!
There you have it. Large numbers of somalis who have come to this
country illegally, and were exhorted to vote for al franken by a proponent
of shari'a law.
This election is being stolen right in front of our faces. In the
middle of town. On the 50 yard line.
And it stinks.
AND IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, WE'VE GOT THE WIGGLES.....
They sure know how to punish 'em in Fort Lupton, Colorado:
Fort Lupton Municipal Judge Paul Sacco says his
novel punishment of forcing noise violators to listen to music they don't like
for one hour has cut down on the number of repeat offenders in this northwestern
Colorado prairie town.
About four times a year, those guilty of noise
ordinance violations are required to sit in a room and listen to music from the
likes of Manilow, Barney the Dinosaur, and The Platters' crooning "Only
"These people should have to listen to music they
don't like," said Judge Paul Sacco for a segment about the program that aired
Friday on Denver's KUSA-TV.
Sacco began the program years ago when he noticed
that many of the repeat offenders simply showed up at his courtroom to pay their
fine with cash.
"Most kids don't want to hear somebody like Glenn
Close trying to sing opera," he said.
Video of a recent class showed teenagers with long
faces shifting in their seats or looking up at the ceiling.
"You can't fall asleep," said teenager Rueben
Fuentes right before letting out a bit of a sigh.
Members of a garage band were at the class after
playing music late at night in their backyard.
"The cop station was two blocks away," said band
member Robert Mort. "People who were at the party loved it. I'm not sure the
"Too much music, too loud, too late," added band
member Harrison DeRuiter.
So what does Sacco think of Barry
"I actually don't think Manilow's too bad," he
Personally I like Barry Manilow. And I especially like the Platters --
even though Tony Williams admittedly goes overboard with that "ah-AHHH"
when he re-sings the last part of the song.
But Barney? Count me among the millions and millions (I'm guessing)
of people who would punch that insipid purple brontosaurus right in his
snout if any of us could get close enough. When it comes to annoying, Barney
leaves them all in the dust.
Besides, I've read that the brontosaurus may never even have existed and what was thought to
be a bronto was, in reality, a variation of the apatosaurus. With this in
mind, I would pay Barney's producers if they would banish him
forever and give us an apatosaurus with a different personality.
Maybe it could do a couple of Manilow songs. I figure the Platters
would be covered by a group of platypusses.