The following is an example of justice gone horribly wrong.
In fact, to call it justice would be a total perversion of the concept.
Picture this senario.
You’re asleep in your house, and someone breaks down your door and enters.
That alone would make me think of shooting someone.
But, as if that wasn’t enough, the individual who has just broken into your home is dressed in paramilitary gear and armed, and you have a child to protect.
Now, unless you absolutely abhor guns and violence, your first thought will most likely be to defend your home and your family, and in most cases, you’d be perfectly within the law to do so.
But according to Radley Balko, Cory Maye has been convicted and sentenced to death for doing exactly that.
Late in 2001, Oficer Ron Jones collected a tip that Jamie Smith, who lived opposite Cory Maye in a duplex, was selling drugs out of his home.
Jones passed the tip on to the Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force, a regional police agency charged with the task of conducting drug raids in Prentiss, Mississippi and four surrounding counties.
As a reward for his tip, Jones was given the opportunity to come along on the raid, and he accepted.
On the night of December 26th, the members of the task force donned paramilitary gear, and conducted a drug raid on Smith’s house.
Since they neglected to practice due diligence, they failed to realize that the other half of the duplex was rented by Maye and his girlfriend with their one-year-old daughter, and that Maye had no relationship with Smith.

As the raid progressed, Jones and other officers went around to what they thought was a side door to Smith’s house, broke it down, and entered, looking for a bigger stash.
Jones was unarmed, which further damns the police, in my oppinion, because it indicates that they believed that the other side of the duplex was also Smith’s residence.
At trial, the police said that they announced themselves.
I’m inclined to disbelieve this, because they wouldn’t have entered the other side of the duplex unarmed if they believed it was someone else’s residence, and if they believed it was part of Smith’s residence, they wouldn’t have announced themselves a second time after having already entered from the side that actually belonged to Smith.
For the sake of argument, we’ll concede that the police announced themselves.
If I’m asleep in my home, and someone breaks in, what they’re announcing isn’t the first thing I’d think of when I was awakened by all the noise.
I’d awaken to the realization that someone was breaking into my house, and I’d do exactly what May did.
Start shooting.
Maye had no prior record, and thus had no reason to assume that the cops would be stopping by for a late night peak around the place.
Fearing for his life and the life of his daughter, he fired on Jones, hitting him in the abdomen, just below his bullet-proof vest.
Jones died a short time later from his wounds.
Maye wasn’t the target of the search warrant.
And, though the police initially concluded that no drugs were found in his apartment, they later announced that traces of cocaine and marijuana were found.
Even if drugs had been found, the find would be irrelevant, since the warrant didn’t apply to Maye.
Anyone who watches Law And Order would know that, so the cops definitely should.
The trial jury overlooked this fact, and convicted Maye in January of 2004.
He was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
Apparently the facts of the case never entered the Jury’s collective mind.
They convicted Maye because they didn’t like his lawyer, thought he was spoiled by his grandmother, and had no respect for authority figures.
Ain’t justice grand.
And as if that weren’t enough of a travisty, the same elites who can manage to defend a man like Stanley Tookie Williams because they say he’s reformed, can’t manage to come to the defense of a man whose civil rights have been violated in the worst way possible.
No one’s making TV movies, no one’s protesting.
They’re just content to let him sit in jail, awaiting his execution.
I believe that the reason this case hasn’t garnered any celebrity support is because there’s no political angle to it.
In other words, there’s nothing to be gained by supporting this man.
There’s more publicity in supporting a gang founder who’s been nominated for a Peace Prize.
I agree with Glen Reynolds that this man should never have been charged, and that the person acting unreasonably bears the risk.
Jones’s death was a tragedy, but one that could have been prevented.
Jones put himself in the situation, and paid the consequences.
I think this case is a prime example of why no knock raids should be illegal.
I can’t think of any reason why the police need to enter anyone’s home unannounced.
One final point.
As much as I hate it when people play the race card, or the preference card, or whatever card they think they can use in order to get their way, this time it looks like it actually applies.
Cory Maye is a black man, Jones was a white cop, as well as the son of the Prentiss Chief of Police, and the jury was white.
You connect the dots.

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If only we could have seen it on TV!
According to the AP via Yahoo!, things got pretty rowdy during the latest phase of Saddam Hosein’s trial.
Hosein’s defense team staged a walk-out, Saddam yelled at the judge, and the first witness testified concerning the random arrests and torturing that went on during Saddam’s regime.
Former U.S. Attorney General turned part of Saddam’s dream team threatened to take his toys and go home, but Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin informed him that if he and his colleagues walked out, then new defense lawyers would be appointed.
Way to go!
And now, some wisdom from Saddam: “You are imposing
lawyers on us. They are imposed lawyers. The
court is imposed by itself. We reject that.”
Something worth pondering, about as much as pondering whether or not chalk has a soul.

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Every time I see things like this I become more and more amazed at how entire governments (Israel, US), can be blind to this.
After all, if I’m seeing it, then they definitely know about it.

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S)

November 10, 2005

Senior second-generation Fatah activists holding high offices in the
Palestinian Authority and Fatah terrorist-operatives make militant
statements legitimizing the continuation of terrorist activities in the West Bank

Overview

Jibril Rajoub (PA national security advisor) and Muhammad Dahlan (PA
minister of civil affairs), who are among the leading second-generation
Fatah activists, have recently openly advocated the continuation of the
“active resistence” (i.e., terrorist activities) by Fatah and the other
Palestinian terrorist organizations in the West Bank and oppose disarming
them. Muhammad Hijazi, a senior Fatah operative in the northern Gaza Strip,
said that his organization would continue “the path of jihad and [active]
resistance” (i.e., terrorist attacks).

The statements express a basic concept that after the disengagement, the
focus of the violent confrontation with Israel should be transferred from
the Gaza Strip to the West Bank , while lip service continues to be paid to
the lull. Such a concept is shared by Hamas, the PIJ and elements in Fatah,
and is opposed to Abu Mazen’s pronouncements in favor of both the lull and
the end of a militarized intifada. However, in effect Abu Mazen concentrates
on condemning rocket fire from Gaza , but his condemnations of attacks
coming from the West Bank are usually lukewarm. The timing of Rajoub and
Dahlan’s statements may be related, in our assessment, to the Fatah
primaries, which were postponed to November 18-20, and to the latest
escalation in the Gaza Strip.

However, when issued by senior Fatah activists and operatives, and
high-ranking members of the PA, such pronouncements create a militant
atmosphere and are liable to be interpreted as a legitimization of continued
terrorist attacks , not only by Fatah but by the other terrorist
organizations as well, especially those in the West Bank .

Statements by Jibril Rajoub

Jibril Rajoub, the PA’s national security advisor, and a leader of the
second generation of Fatah, was interviewed in Cairo by daily newspaper
Al-Zaman on October 30, 2005. He stated that Abu Mazen would not, under any
circumstances, ask the PA security apparatuses to disarm Hamas and the PIJ
as long as Israel occupied the West Bank .

As a guest on an Al-Arabiya TV talk show on November 4, 2005, Rajoub was
asked about his statement in Al-Zaman regarding the disarmament of Hamas and
the PIJ. He replied as follows (Translations from the original Arabic):

” The West Bank is one thing, the Gaza Strip is something else . Israel
retreated from the Gaza Strip and a dialogue was held to deal with the
subjects of weapons [i.e., the PA’s attempt to stop armed men from roaming
the streets] and security for Palestinian civilians. The West Bank is still
occupied and resistance [i.e., terrorist activities] is a legitimate right .
However, regarding everything concerning the Gaza Strip, we of the PA have
decided that a law will be passed by the legislative council to deal with
the carrying of weapons.”

During the program he stated several times that the matter of the various
organizations’ weapons was an internal Palestinian issue which would be
dealt with by a dialogue between the PA and the organizations “taking into
consideration the position of the PA regarding one weapon and one law.”

He also expressed his determined objection to the launching of missiles
from the Gaza Strip but did not take a firm stand (and was in fact
ambiguous) about launching them from the West Bank . He stated that: “the
residents of the Gaza Strip have a right to live in peace. Will a missile
fired from Gaza liberate the West Bank ?” The interviewer said: “I
understand from what you say that you are in favor of launching missiles at
Israel from the West Bank ,” and Rajoub answered: ” I am not in favor of
[launching] missiles, but it is our right to resist, to react and to
confront the occupation . However, the resistance must follow an agenda we
agree on.”

He was then asked whether it had been agreed that the lull would end at the
end of 2005. He answered: “No. The lull is part of our national program, and
therefore whether or not it ends also depends on a national dialogue. The
lull is open and changes according to developments in the field . Its main
objective is to maintain local and international momentum, which serves
Palestinian interests.” The lull’s function, according to Jibril Rajoub, is
” to exert pressure on the criminal Israeli government .”

Statement by Muhammad Dahlan

Muhammad Dahlan is minister of civil affairs and among the leaders of
second-generation Fatah activists . During a visit to the town of Khan Yunis
, he called to strengthen national unity, ” to complete what was achieved in
the Gaza Strip. To liberate Jerusalem and the West Bank and for the refugees
to take by force the right to return to their houses ” (Palestinian News
Agency, November 6, 2005).

Muhammad Hijazi (Abu Khaled), Fatah/Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades name cell
commander in the northern Gaza Strip, noted the importance of ” the path of
jihad and resistance [i.e., terrorist attacks] , until all Palestinian land
has been liberated” ( Al-Bayan , UAE, November 7, 2005). He staid that the
weapons in the possession of Fatah/Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades were legitimate
and that his organization and the others had “the right to respond to the
occupation’s crimes” ( ibid ).

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Sen. Hillary Clinton (Dem.N.Y.) voiced support for Israel’s West Bank
defense barrier, saying the onus is on the Palestinians to
fight terror

DEBKAfile
November 13, 2005, 10:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile notes: Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, two of the
most influential women in American politics, are both in Israel
Sunday, Nov. 13, but are not scheduled to meet.

While touring the Jerusalem section of the fence at Gilo, Hillary
Clinton said: “This is not against the Palestinian people. This is
against terrorists. The Palestinian people have to help prevent
terror. They have to change their attitudes about terrorism, starting
with the Palestinian Authority and going through Palestinian society.”

Her comments endorsed Israel’s position on the defensive nature of
the barrier.

The Clintons and Rice will attend the state ceremonies marking the
10th anniversary of the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin
at Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 14.

Clinton, in Israel for three days with president Bill Clinton and
their daughter Chelsea, also met prime minister Ariel Sharon, foreign
minister Silvan Shalom and defense minister Shaul Mofaz. She is not
slated to visit the Palestinian areas.

Sunday night the Clintons flew to Jordan to meet and condole with
King Abdullah and visit one of the three hotels attacked by al Qaeda.
Rice will visit Amman later Monday. Asked whether she plans to run
for president in three years, Hillary replied smiling: “I’ve already
been in the White House.”

And I’ll bet you’d love to be there again, except this time in the position of not just wielding your power, but actually being able to brag that you have it.
I hope she doesn’t think she’ll win the favor of most of the liberals with her statement about the Israeli barrier.
In case she hasn’t realized, most of them are against it.

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According to this, the piece posted on this site supposedly written by the doctor from Mississippi has an undetermined status. In other words, its varacity is doubtful. I’ve also had several comments to that effect, and would like to thank my commenters for pointing this out. It’s one thing if it’s actually going on, but none of us needs to be the unwitting or witting spreader of junk emails, and, sadly, blogs seem to be the perfect place for that.

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This is just too much.
Why is it that everywhere seems to be reverting to a high school mentality?
I remember being told not to wear offensive t-shirts in school, as well as during the orientation at work.
Those places are fine.
But on airplanes too?
Come on!
Personally, I don’t agree with the t-shirt mentioned in this article, but whether or not the t-shirt, (or others similar to it) are worn shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
It’s not like anyone’s forcing anyone else to look at the thing.
I can already see where this has the potential of going.
It’s going to have the fundamentalists, (along with a bunch of other people) up in arms, and this time, I happen to agree with them.
All it will take is for someone to get offended by a shirt that says something like “If you don’t like the heat, stay out of hell”, and the t-shirt wearer will be kicked off the plane faster than you can say Halleluyah.
This ranks up there with the story about Muslim employees in British public offices getting offended by Whinnie the Pooh and Piglet toys.
People, get over yourselves!
I suppose, though, that the argument could be made that the airlines want to make sure that the planes maintain some sort of sudo business atmosphere, and that would be fine if the only people, or the majority thereof, traveled solely on business.
I might have to pass this one on to some of the people I know who make business trips frequently to get another perspective.
But for now, the whole thing sounds pretty ridiculous.
The below article is taken from today’s edition of the New York Times.

Passengers, Check Your T-Shirt Before Boarding

By [3]MICHELLE O’DONNELL

ALONG with lighters, penknives and other forbidden
objects on
airplanes, you can now add something entirely new:
T-shirts with
objectionable messages.

On Tuesday, Lorrie Heasley was forced to leave
Southwest Airlines
Flight 219, departing Reno, Nev., because she was
wearing a T-shirt
that featured pictures of President George W. Bush,
Vice President
Richard Cheney
and Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice
and an
expletive phrase playing on the title of the popular
movie, “Meet the
Fockers.”
Ms. Heasley, 32, a lumber saleswoman who was
traveling with her
husband, said she bought the shirt as a gag while
visiting Venice
Beach, Calif.
So when can a T-shirt, admittedly vulgar, get you
thrown off a plane?
It depends on the airline. When asked this week,
many airlines said
they must balance between protecting one passenger’s
rights and making
sure the comfort of other passengers is not
compromised. Some, like
United and Midwest Airlines, said they would not
remove a passenger
over language on a shirt. Others referred to their
policies on
passenger behavior and attire stated in “contracts
of carriage” that
many post on their Web sites.
In Southwest’s contract, passengers are forbidden
from wearing
clothing that is “lewd, obscene or patently
offensive,” said Beth
Harbin, a spokeswoman.
Who decides what’s offensive? At many airlines, like
Southwest and
JetBlue, it’s the job of flight crews.
It can be a nasty business. The crew of an American
Airlines
flight
once removed a passenger after others complained of
his strong body
odor, said Tim Wagner, an airline spokesman. The
passenger was given a
voucher for a nearby hotel and returned for a later
flight after he
had bathed.
Either way, constitutional law experts say that as
private companies,
airlines are well within their rights.
“The Constitution only restricts the government,”
said Geoffrey R.
Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago
and the author of
“Perilous Times: Free Speech in War Times.”
He added, “One of the most basic facts of the
Constitution that the
general public doesn’t understand is that the
Constitution governs the
government, so only the government can violate the
Constitution.”
Unless Congress passes a law forbidding airlines
from removing
passengers because of messages on their T-shirts, no
statute has been
violated, said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the
University of
California, Los Angeles.
For her part, Ms. Heasley said she and her husband,
Ron, are currently
seeking refund for their airfare from Reno to
Portland, Ore., or the
cost of their rental car, hotel and gas for what
turned out to be a
10-hour drive home.

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From what I understand, this has been making the rounds.
It’ll be interesting to see the fall-out.

*What the news does not show…

Thought I might inform the few friends I have on my recent traumatic
experience. I am going to tell it straight, blunt, raw, and I don’t give
a damn. Long read, I know but please do read!!!

I went to volunteer on Saturday at the George R. Brown convention for
two reasons.

A: I wanted to help people to get a warm fuzzy..

B: Curiosity.

I’ve been watching the news lately and have seen scenes that have made
me want to vomit. And no it wasn’t dead bodies, the city under water,
or the sludge everywhere. It was PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOR. The people on T.V.,
(99% being Black) were DEMANDING help. They were not asking nicely but
demanding as if society owed these people something. Well the honest
truth is WE DON’T. Help should be asked for in a kind manner and then
appreciated. This is not what the press (FOX in particular) was
showing, what I was seeing was a group of people who are yelling,
demanding, looting, killing, raping, and SHOOTING back at the demanded
help!!!!! So I’m thinking this can’t possibly be true can it???? So I
decide to submit to the DEMAND for help out of SHOCK. I couldn’t
believe this to be true of the majority of the people who are the
weakest of society. So I went to volunteer and help folks out and see
the truth. So I will tell the following story and you decide:

I arrived at the astrodome only to find out that there were too many
volunteers and that volunteers were needed at the George R. Brown
Convention Center. As I was walking up to the Convention Center I
noticed a line of cars that wrapped around blocks filled with
donations. These were ordinary Houstonians coming with truckloads and
trunks full of water, diapers, clothes, blankets, food, all types of
good stuff. And lots of it was NEW. I felt that warm fuzzy while
helping unload these vehicles of these wonderful human beings. I then
went inside the building and noticed approximately 100,000 sq. ft. of
clothes, shoes, jackets, toys and all types of goodies all organized and
ready for the people in need. I signed up, received a name badge and
was on my merry way excited to be useful.

I toured the place to get familiar with my surroundings; the entire
place is probably around 2 million sq. ft. I noticed rows as far as the
eye can see of mattresses, not cots, BLOW UP MATTRESSES!!! All of which
had nice pillows and plenty of blankets. 2 to 3 bottles of water lay on
every bed. These full size to queen size beds by the way were
comfortable, I laid in one to see for myself. I went to look at the
medical area. I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing!!! A
makeshift hospital created in 24 hours!!! It was unbelievable, they
even had a pharmacy. I also noticed that they created showers, which
would also have hot water. I went upstairs to the third floor to find a
HUGE cafeteria created in under 24 hours! Rows of tables, chairs and
food everywhere – enough to feed an army! I’m not talking about crap
food either. They had Jason’s deli food, apples, oranges, coke, diet
coke, lemonade, orange juice, cookies, all types of chips and
sandwiches. All the beverages by the way were put on ice and
chilled!!!! In a matter of about 24 hours or less an entire mini-city
was erected by volunteers for the poor evacuees. This was not your
rundown crap shelter, it was BUM HEAVEN.

So that was the layout: great food, comfy beds, clean showers, free
medical help, by the way there was a library, and a theatre room that I
forgot to mention. Great stuff right????

**Well here is what happened on my journey –
*
*I started by handing out COLD water bottles to evacuees as they got off
the bus. Many would take them and only 20% or less said thank you. Lots
of them would shake their heads and ask for sodas! So this went on for
about 20-30 minutes until I was sick of being an unappreciated servant.
I figured certainly these folks would appreciate some food!!! So I
went upstairs to serve these beloved evacuees some GOOD food that I wish
I could have at the moment!

***The following statements are graphic, truthful, and discuss
UNRATIONAL behavior***

Evacuees come slowly to receive this mountain of food that is worth
serving to a king! I tell them that we have 2 types of great deli
sandwiches to choose from – ham and turkey. Many look at the food in
disgust and DEMAND burgers, pizza, and even McDonalds!!!! Jason’s deli
is better than McDonalds!!!! Only 1 out of ten people who took
something would say “thank you” the rest took items as if it was their
God given right to be served without a shred of appreciation!!! They
would ask for Beer and liquor. They complained that we didn’t have good
enough food. They refused food and laughed at us. They treated us
volunteers as if we were SLAVES. No not all of them of course, but 70%
did!!!!!! 20% were appreciative, 10% took the food without any comment
and the other 70% had some disgusting comment to say. Some had the
nerve to laugh at us. And when I snapped back at them for being mean,
they would curse at me!!! Needless to say I was in utter shock. They
would eat their food and leave their mess on the table. Some would pick
up their stuff, many would leave it for the volunteers to pick up. I
left that real quick to go down and help set up some more beds. I saw
many young ladies carrying mattresses and I helped for a while. Then I
realized something. There were hundreds of able bodied young men who
could help!! *_*I asked a group of young evacuees in their teens and
early twenties to help. I got cursed at for asking them to help!!! One
said “We just lost our f*_* _’_ **_ing homes and you want us to work!!”
The next said “Ya Cracker, you got a home we don’t.” I looked at them
in disbelief. Here are women walking by carrying THEIR BEDS, and they
can’t lift a finger and help themselves!!
_
WHY SHOULD I HELP PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO HELP THEMSELVES!!!!

I waved them off and turned away and was laughed at and more “white boy
jokes” were made at me. I felt no need to waste my breath on a bunch of
pitiful losers. I went to a nearby restroom where I noticed a man
shaving. I used the restroom, washed my hands and saw this man throw
his razor
towards the trash can…he missed. He walked out leaving his disgusting
razor on the floor for some other “cracker” to pick up. Even the little
kids were demanding. I saw only ONE white family and only TWO Hispanic
families. The rest where blacks. Sorry, 20% to 30% decent blacks, and
70% LOSERS!!!!!

I would call them N*****S, but the actual definition of a n*****r is one
who is ignorant, these people were not ignorant..they were ARROGANT
A ‘ **HOLES. The majority of which are thugs and lifetime lazy ass welfare
recipients. We are inviting the lowest of the low to Houston. And like
idiots we are serving the people who will soon steal our cars, rape,
murder, and destroy our city while stealing from our pockets on a daily
basis through the welfare checks they take. We will fund our own
destruction.

By “US” I don’t mean a specific race, I mean the people who work hard,
work smart, have values and morals. Only people who want to help
themselves should be helped, the others should be allowed to destroy
themselves. I do not want to work hard, give the government close to
half the money I earn so they can in turn give it to a bunch of losers.

I don’t believe in being poor for life. My family immigrated here, we
came here poor, and now thank God, and due to HARD WORK we are doing
fine. If immigrants, who come here, don’t know the language, can work
and become successful…. WHY CAN’T THE MAJORITY OF THE HOMEGROWN DO
IT!!! If we continue to reward these losers then we will soon destroy
our great country. I just witnessed selfish, arrogant, unappreciative
behavior by the very people who need help the most. Now these same
people who cursed me, refused my cities generosity, who refuse to help
themselves are DEMANDING handouts on their own terms!!!!!!! They prance
around as if they are owed something, and when they do receive a
handout, they say it’s not good enough! Well you know what..these types
of people can go to hell for all I care!
——————————————————
Richard L. Johnston, M.D.
University of Mississippi Medical Center
3805 Crane Blvd.
Jackson, MS 39216
601-981-3896 (home)
601-573-0472 (cell)
601-984-0214 (pager)* !

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By Rocco DiPippo
FrontPageMagazine.com | September 15, 2005

Boston’s Fanueil Hall, built in 1742, is known as the “Cradle of
Liberty.” It was there that Samuel Adams and other patriots fomented
the American Revolution.

On Tuesday, Sept 13, 2005, British Member of Parliament (MP) George
Galloway, flanked by a bust of John Adams and a portrait of George
Washington, defiled Fanueil Hall by bouncing a torrent of anti-U.S,
anti-West pro-Islamist invective off its hallowed walls.

The event, sponsored by the radical-Left Traprock Peace Center, the
International Socialist Review, and the anti-Israel National Council
of Arab Americans, began with a cavalcade of minor anti-U.S.,
anti-Western, and anti-Israel speakers.

Annie Zirin, a Marxist and self-hating Jew who once wrote, “The U.S.
Constitution has prevailed not because of its inherent greatness, but
because it has continued to meet the needs of the (capitalist) class
that wrote it,” took the stage first and compared the Hurricane
Katrina disaster to the Iraq War by saying, “How can we transport
250,000 soldiers to Iraq but we can’t evacuate the poor and sick from
New Orleans?” Zirin did not mention that 250,000 troops were not
transported to Iraq in a matter of days, while Katrina’s victims were
transported out of New Orleans in less than a week.

Up next was Eriko Nagai representing the Campus Anti-War Network, a
group at the forefront of the leftist-run Counter-Recruitment drive
that is sweeping through U.S. high schools and universities. During
her brief speech, Nagai spoke about the New Orleans disaster in terms
of race and class, saying both played a major role in determining the
fate of people in post-Katrina New Orleans. Racism was at least a
subtle component of everyone’s speeches, and in that respect Nagai’s
speech hinted at what was to come.

The crowd rose to its feet and howled its approval when Boston City
Councilman Chuck Turner took the stage categorizing America as “an
obscenity”. Said Turner, “The reality is, we have to cleanse the soul
of America. Our soul is covered in militarism, economic exploitation
and racism. We need to cleanse ourselves. We need to acknowledge the
obscenity that America is. We need to acknowledge that people around
the world acknowledge that America the beautiful is America the
obscene…we are obscene, we are a joke to the rest of the world.”
Turner then went on to claim that local, state and federal officials
plotted and carried out the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. When he
said this, many people in the crowd nodded in agreement. Turner left
the stage to a thunderous ovation. He was followed by long-time
leftist activist, avowed Socialist and Brown University Professor of
English Literature William Keach.

Keach is known for controversial remarks he made shortly after the
terrorist attacks of 9/11. While addressing a student protest
against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan – a protest he helped
organize and cancelled classes to attend – Keach said, “What happened
on September 11 was terrorism, but what happened during the Gulf War
was also terrorism.”

During Tuesday night’s event, Keach gave a rambling speech filled
with leftist platitudes concerning the Iraq war and the Bush
administration. He urged the crowd to confront the “war criminals in
the Oval Office” and encouraged them to oppose the “pro-war
Democrats” who helped make Operation Iraqi Freedom a reality.

When he finished speaking Keach passed the microphone to Prof. Naseer
Aruri of the National Council of Arab Americans, a virulently
anti-Israel organization with close ties to the leftist International
ANSWER.

Conveniently ignoring the fact that there hasn’t been an Islamist
terror attack on U.S. soil since September 11th, 2005 Aruri accused
the Bush Administration of making the U.S. less safe from terrorists.
In the course of his speech Aruri repeatedly referred to Islamist
terrorists as “so-called terrorists,” and blamed the existence of
Israel, and U.S. support for Israel as the primary causes of Islamist
“so-called” terror. Aruri castigated the Bush administration for
denying terrorist suspects “human rights,” classifying them as “enemy
combatants,” and housing them in “gulags.” He also accused Bush of
creating far more terrorists than had existed before the invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq.

When Aruri finished speaking, George Galloway took the stage and
began a withering verbal assault on the U.S., Great Britain, Israel,
and the West at large.

Galloway is best known for his support of terrorists whom he refers
to as “the Iraqi resistance,” his admiration for Saddam Hussein, his
allegedly substantial involvement in the “Oil-for-Food” scandal, and
his seething hatred of the West. “It’s not the Muslims who are the
terrorist,” says Galloway. “The biggest terrorists are Bush, and
Blair, and Berlusconi, and Aznar, but it is definitely not a clash of
civilizations. George Bush doesn’t have any civilization, he doesn’t
represent any civilization.” During Tuesday’s speech, Galloway
reinforced many of these points. He lambasted Israel and U.S. support
for it and lamented that though Israel has the biggest cache of WMDs
in the Middle East, it has never been brought before the U.N. to face
sanctions. (Galloway conveniently ignored the fact that Israel has
never used its WMDs, even though it has been under assault by
homicidal Palestinians intent on its destruction for more than forty
years). Galloway praised Cindy Sheehan and urged the crowd to attend
nation-wide antiwar rallies planned for September 24 and 25. He laid
blame for the Katrina disaster on George Bush. He blamed the cause of
the 9/11 attacks on U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed as being
responsible for having “created the swamp of radical Islam” from
which the 9/11 attackers arose. He blamed the creation of “hundreds
of thousands” of “new terrorists” on Bush’s War on Terror. He
finished the speech with a rhetorical declaration of war against the
U.S. by saying, “You are either with your country going around the
world occupying countries and stealing their things or you’re against
it.”

Galloway left the stage to a long standing ovation. Since he clearly
sides with the suicide bombers, the beheaders and other psychopaths
that murder civilians in Iraq and elsewhere, a wave of horror washed
over me when I realized that the people in the generally well
dressed, well educated crowd cheering Galloway were, in essence,
cheering for their own deaths.

Afterwards, people lined up to have copies of Galloway’s booklet,
“Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington,” signed by him. The book-signing
line stretched to the back of the hall where there was plenty of
Marxist and other leftist literature for sale.

I’ve never been truly bothered by street-protest crowds of
predominantly young people wearing silly costumes, marching with
signs and mouthing platitudes like, “No Blood for Oil!” Most of them
will abandon such pursuits as life’s responsibilities mount. But
watching the mostly older adult audience in Fanueil Hall cheer Mr.
Galloway, who sides with Muslim fanatics, was disturbing to the
extreme — as was watching these same adults, ensconced in the
“Cradle of Liberty,” rise to their feet in approval as speaker after
speaker told them what an evil, unworthy, racist oppressive place
America is.

———-
Rocco DiPippo, a free-lance political writer, publishes The Autonomist blog and is a contributor to David Horowitz’s Moonbat Central group blog.

Taken from customerservant.com

by Moshe Kempinski
Arutz-Sheva, Israel National News
Sep 12, ’05 / 8 Elul 5765

I made the mistake of listening to the mindless babble of several
media personalities recently. They were talking about the past year’s
trends. One of them picked up the orange band worn by supporters of
Gush Katif.

She said, “Do you know what this orange band is [as if anyone in the
country did not]?” She went on to describe that she looked on the
band and was surprised to see “I Love Gush Katif” on the band. “I
guess we won’t see much of that anymore,” she giggled. The other
individual agreed in good humor and said those orange streamers will
probably be mistaken for support of some football team. The both
giggled in childish glee.

What was so painfully evident was that they were describing their own
inner desire, rather than an objective discussion of the orange bands
and streamers that swept the country. They truly wanted to forget. It
was that nervous frenetic energy that brought about the giggles. They
did not want to remember that they were part of a heartless machine
that destroyed Jewish communities and sent their inhabitants to
wander from hotel to hotel and from city to city. The government, the
media and parts of the population in Israel will do all that it can
to obliterate any memory of what was the power and faith of Gush
Katif.

Many of the rabbinic leaders have turned to an event described in the
Talmud (Avoda Zara 18). Rabbi Hanina ben Teradion, when he was bound
by the Romans and burnt at the stake, was asked by his students,
“Master what do you see?”

He said, “I see parchment of Torah being burnt, but the letters are
blossoming and floating into the air.”

You can destroy parchment and bricks, but you cannot destroy the
spirit. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is engaged in almost superhuman
efforts to raze the flourishing settlements into the ground. He tried
to destroy the synagogues, despite the pleas of large segments of
Israel’s population and of the Jews of the world. He has become
obsessed with wiping out any remnant of his crime, like the psychotic
franticly wiping his hands of imaginary blood.

Yet, very few people are taking off their orange streamers.

The vast majority of faithful Zionism today is in the midst of
mourning and mutual comfort. They will take the time to heal the
wounds inflicted by an uncaring secular administration; yet, they
will not give up on their vision. More importantly, they will not
give up on the potential for vision laying dormant in the hearts of
the less faithful segments of our community.

Glimpses of that potential were clearly evident in the midst of the
destruction. A policewoman saw that I had stationed myself with a
sign at an intersection near S’derot after being warned by the local
police commander to leave. She called me over to her police car. I
expected another demand or a threat. She said quietly that G-d should
bless us for what we were trying to do, and that if I stood a little
to the right, then I could get away with it.

As my nephew was being dragged out of one the synagogues in Gush
Katif, the helmeted policeman bent over and said to him, “Kol
Hakavod, we are with you. Don’t give up.”

One of the police commanders came up to Rabbi Elon, the dean of
Yeshivat HaKotel, and said to him that the most dramatic and
emotional moment of this period occurred after they had cleared out a
synagogue of protesters. The commander went back into the synagogue
and found several of his men sprawled on the floor in front of the
empty Aron Kodesh (the Ark), weeping.

While it is true that there were examples of cruelty and of hatred on
the part of some of the commanders and their policemen, the instances
of sympathy and even affection seemed to be more the rule.

One might ask: if there were so many stories of brotherhood like
these, then how did these same people also participate in the
expulsion and destruction?

It takes great courage to be what you need to be. It takes a nurtured
and faithful soul to do what your soul truly desires. It takes great
vision to see beyond the fog raised by slogans and half-truths
spouted by the local and world media. It takes a burning Jewish heart
to truly act in accordance with your destiny.

Yet, every single member of the larger Jewish community, which has
survived thousands of years of oppression, recognizes truth when it
burns before them. That explains the heartfelt statements of people
in the midst of them doing things in total contradiction to their
words. That explains the sea of orange streamers in a country the
media likes to portray as being in favor of the expulsion.

The Jerusalem Talmud describes our sages looking over into the
horizon as the dawn began burst into morning. Thus, will be the
redemption of Israel, like the dawn. It will come slowly at first and
then burst into glorious light.

I wonder if, as the sages looked into the skies, they didn’t see a
haze of orange on the horizon.

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