The New American Dictator

The New American Dictator

Absent any plans or policies, the shell of the Democrat Party has become possessed by the Demon of the organized Uber Left. Like the Jihadis who have hijacked Isalm, the Jihadis of the Uber Left have hijacked your government. Meet the European who claims to be your King.

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George Soros thinks he can use his money to skirt the laws of the United States and run the Federal Government as Dictator from the shadows. Is this the government our troops are fighting for?

Go to the web site and lookath the videos


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WASHINGTON, May 4 — Every morning, representatives from a cluster of antiwar groups gather for a conference call with Democratic leadership staff members in the House and the Senate.

Shortly after, in a cramped meeting room here, they convene for a call with organizers across the country. They hash out plans for rallies. They sketch out talking points for “rapid response” news conferences. They discuss polls they have conducted in several dozen crucial Congressional districts and states across the country.

Over the last four months, the Iraq deliberations in Congress have lurched from a purely symbolic resolution rebuking the president’s strategy to timetables for the withdrawal of American troops. Behind the scenes, an elaborate political operation, organized by a coalition of antiwar groups and fine-tuned to wrestle members of Congress into place one by one, has helped nudge the debate forward.

But there are tensions in the relationship between the groups, which banded together earlier this year under the umbrella of Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, and the Democratic leadership. The fissures could be magnified in coming weeks as the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California, and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, struggle to cobble together a strategy after President Bush’s veto of the $124 billion Iraq spending bill that tied the money to a timetable for withdrawal.

On Thursday, leaders of the liberal group, including Tom Matzzie, the group’s Washington director who also serves as the campaign manager for the coalition, sent a harshly worded warning to the Democratic leadership. (Read More)

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May 6th 2007

US Foils Attack on New Jersey Army Base

US Foils Attack on New Jersey Army Base

The foiled Islamist plot to attack an Army installation in New Jersey may represent the tip of a terrorist iceberg heading toward the United States.

While analysts have understandably been focused on preventing another, 9/11-like, Al Qaeda mega-attack on the US, it is possible that armed Islamist terror cells have been preparing a series of smaller-scale assaults against a wide range of hard and soft homeland targets–from military and police facilities to schools and suburban shopping malls.

The fact that these kinds of attacks have not happened (except for a few incidents that have been largely ignored by mainstream media) does not mean that they won’t happen.

In New Jersey, meanwhile, six nationals from the former Yuogoslavia were arrested. Investigators said the men, described as “Islamic radicals,” planned to use automatic weapons to enter Fort Dix and kill as many soldiers as possible.

The suspects reportedly trained in the Pocono mountains area in northeastern Pennsylvania, where they practiced firing their weapons.

The Jersey Jihadists–and more on the John Doe hero; another John Doe tipped off authorities separately; Gaffney: Congress must protect John Does

Recently, Rosie O’Donnell has made some statements on The View which have created a bit of controversy.

Recently, Rosie O’Donnell has made some statements on The View which have created a bit of controversy.

“No, but I do believe it’s the first time in history that fire has melted steel – I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Building 7, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved – World Trade Center 7.”

“One and two got hit by planes, 7 miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire – it is physically impossible,”

“I don’t know but to say we don’t know and it was imploded in a demolition is beyond ignorant, look at the films get a physics expert here from Yale, from Harvard, pick the school, it defies reason.”

I write this, not to pile on and call for her firing, but to do the opposite. I also write this to the people who have concluded that the buildings collapsed by fire but think Rosie must go.

There is a distinct difference between Rosie and Steven Jones. Rosie is not a professor teaching children science. She is a comedian on a talk show. It is reasonable to suggest she doesn’t have the time, or even know how to research this on the internet. (I’m sure she believes she has but the evidence shows she hasn’t) I find it hard to believe she is one of the “Eyes open” conspiracy theorists. I suspect she saw some internet videos and read some conspiracy sites without seriously having the time to research this on her own. While I feel it would have been better to call Yale or Harvard before making those claims, I find the idea of censoring her even more disturbing. Even if that censorship is only in the corporate media.

I ask, is this what America has devolved to? Can anyone speak their mind anymore? Are we so fearful a culture that we have become little McCarthys – looking to take away anyone’s job who says anything misinformed?

I hope not; I don’t want to live in that kind of America. The America I grew up in was an example of freedom to the world. As long as it doesn’t affect one’s job, we should be able to say anything we want about a major event, (As long as it respects the memories of the people who died on 9/11)  without repercussions.

We also pledge allegiance to the flag, not to politicians. Our founding fathers expected us to question our leaders as they questioned theirs. Not to question our leaders may be the most unpatriotic thing we can do. Rosie hasn’t said the government did it but I suspect much of the push to get her fired is because of her contempt for the present administration.

With that said, let me address Rosie’s statement directly.

“I do believe it’s the first time in history that fire has melted steel”

This was an obvious error in communicating. I’m sure she realizes that fires DO melt steel. That’s how it is manufactured. So the question becomes, “what did she mean?

Rosie writes back to a reader on her blog…

judy writes:

Rosie, did you know steel is made with fire i know this because my hubby works in a steel mill.
please answer you never answer my questions

Rosie writes:

did u know water freezes at 32degrees
no at 34 or 67 but 32

steel melts at 2700 degrees

no steel building in history
has even been pulverized into dust
like wtc7
by a fire

I suspect that what Rosie doesn’t know is that the fires didn’t need to melt the steel to collapse the building as the conspiracy sites she links to suggest. They only had to weaken the steel. Even at 300C, steel loses 20% of its strength. Scientific studies, even from other countries, say that a normal office fire can reach over 1,100C.

She also may not know that steel oxidizes when exposed to low levels of heat for an extended time, as would be the case in the debris pile. Anyone expecting Rosie to know this is just character assassinating. There were thousands of gallons of fuel oil missing from the WTC Con Ed sub station. It wasn’t found by the workers cleaning up the site. Where did it go? It’s not unreasonable to conclude that it burned. Especially given the fires which burned so long. What she also fails to ask herself is how explosives would have caused the effect. If she thinks it’s thermite, the tons needed and the horizontal cut would make it near impossible, even for the government, to do covertly. Canisters – for which there is no evidence of existence other than a patent, and for which there is no evidence whatsoever that they would work on vertical columns –  would have to be wrapped around each column, using conspiracy theorist logic. Remember, they say all the connections were cut, which is (according to them) the only way the building could have fallen as fast as they did. No resistance, remember? All of the office workers came in and never questioned the drywall around the columns, which would have been widened to accommodate the canisters? Or is the suggestion they were all murderous NEO-CONS working in the building, who saw the covert work done as part of the master plan? How huge is this conspiracy? It seems to grow by the thousands per month. All of the news reporters and now all of the workers in the WTC7? With all due respect Rosie, how much can you swallow?

The idea that no buildings have ever collapsed due to fires is also misinformation fed to her by the “eyes open” conspiracy theorists. Let’s see the examples…

The McCormick Center in Chicago and the Sight and Sound Theater in Pennsylvania are examples of steel structures collapsing. The theater was fire protected using drywall and spray on material. A high rise in Philly didn’t collapse after a long fire but firefighters evacuated the building when a pancake structural collapse was considered likely. Other steel-framed buildings partially collapsed due fires one after only 20 minutes.

The steel framed McCormick Center was at the time the World’s largest exhibition center. It like the WTC used long steel trusses to create a large open space without columns. Those trusses were unprotected but of course much of the WTC lost it’s fire protection due to the impacts.

“As an example of the damaging effect of fire on steel, in 1967, the original heavy steel-constructed McCormick Place exhibition hall in Chicago collapsed only 30 minutes after the start of a small electrical fire.”

[Note this article has several comments from engineers who back the
WTC collapse theory.]

“The unprotected steel roof trusses failed early on in the fire”

The McCormick Place fire “is significant because it illustrates the fact that steel-frame buildings can collapse as a result of exposure to fire. This is true for all types of construction materials, not only steel.” wrote Robert Berhinig, associate manager of UL’s Fire Protection Division and a registered professional engineer. He also discusses UL’s steel fire certification much more knowledgably than Kevin Ryan. He is an example of one more highly qualified engineer who supports the collapse theory.

From the FEMA report of the theater fire, my comments in [ ]

On the morning of January 28, 1997, in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania township of Strasburg, a fire caused the collapse of the state-of-the-art, seven year old Sight and Sound Theater and resulted in structural damage to most of the connecting buildings.
The theater was a total loss, valued at over $15 million.

pg 6/74

The theater was built of steel rigid frame construction to allow for the large open space of the auditorium, unobstructed by columns… The interior finish in the auditorium was drywall.

The stage storage area, prop assembly building, and prop maintenance building were protected with a sprayed-on fire resistant coating on all structural steel. The plans called for the coating to meet a two-hour fire resistance assembly rating. The sprayed-on coating, which was susceptible to damage from the movement of theater equipment, was protected by attaching plywood coverings on the columns to a height of eight feet.

The walls of the storage area beneath the stage were layered drywall to provide a two-hour fire protection rating for the mezzanine offices [the WTC used drywall as fire protection in the central core] , and sprayed-on fire-resistant coatings on the structural
steel columns and ceiling bar joists supporting the stage floor.
pg 15/74

The two theater employees told the State Police Fire Investigator that when they first discovered the fire they noticed that the sprayed-on fire proofing had been knocked off the underside of the stage floor bar joists and support steel. The fire proofing was hanging on the wire mesh used to hold the coating to the overhead. The investigation revealed that the construction company’s removal of the stage floor covering down to the corrugated decking involved striking the floor hard enough to knock off the sprayed-on protection, exposing the structural steel and bar-joists in the storage area. [The theater’s spray-on fireproofing was newer and more modern than at the WTC, The theater was only seven years old. If striking the floor during renovations was enough to dislodge it imagine the impact of a 767]

pg 16/74

Temperatures of 1000° F can cause buckling and temperatures of 1500° F can cause steel to lose strength and collapse. When the heat and hot gases reached the stage ceiling they extended horizontally into the auditorium, causing the roof to fail all the way to the lobby fire wall. The fire also extended horizontally from the stage to the elevated hallway, causing the structural steel to fail and buckle in the prop assembly and prop maintenance buildings

pg 17/74

Once the heat of the fire caused the structural steel to fail in the storage area (aided by the damage to the sprayed-on fire protection during renovation), interior firefighting became too hazardous to continue. The truck crews ventilating the roof noted metal
discoloration and buckling steel.

pg. 21/74

The two hour fire resistance-rated assembly in the storage area beneath the stage was damaged during the stage floor renovation, leaving the structural members unprotected from the ensuing fire.

pg. 26/74

Buildings constructed of steel should, in effect, be considered unprotected and capable of collapse from fire in as few as ten minutes. Fire resistant coatings sprayed onto structural steel are susceptible to damage from construction work.

The impact of fire and heat on structural steel members warrant extreme caution by firefighters.

pg. 36/74
Unless the steel members are cooled with high-volume hose streams, the fire’s heat can rapidly cause steel to lose its strength and contribute to building collapse.
pg. 37/74

Other Fires

In February 1991, a fire broke out in One Meridian Plaza – a 38 story office building in Philadelphia. The building was built during the same period as the WTC and had spray-on fire protection on its steel frame. Despite not suffering impact damage, authorities were worried it might collapse.

“All interior firefighting efforts were halted after almost 11 hours of uninterrupted fire in the building. Consultation with a structural engineer and structural damage observed by units operating in the building led to the belief that there was a
possibility of a pancake structural collapse of the fire damaged

About 2 years later, the NYFD was concerned that a steel framed building that partially collapsed during after a gas explosion might collapse entirely due to the resulting fire.

Part of a floor of an unprotected steel frame building collapsed in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania on, December 20, 1991, killing 4 volunteer firemen.

Part of the roof of a steel framed school in Virginia collapsed about 20 minutes after fire broke out

The truth about the Madrid Fire…

The steel which was not encased in concrete also collapsed early from fire. NONE of the WTC 7 steel was encased in concrete.

Explosions were also heard…

“Bright orange flames shot out the sides of the Windsor Building, which is near one of Madrid’s main boulevards.

The fire started around 11:30 p.m. Saturday and was still burning out of control several hours later. At least nine upper stories were on fire and muffled explosions could be heard in the building.”

Steel columns snapping under tremendous tension will make an explosive sound. Be it in Madrid or the World Trade Center.

The statement ” I do believe that it defies physics for the World Trade Center Building 7, which collapsed in on itself, it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved” is also not based in fact. She can believe anything she wants but it’s quite another thing to prove it. One misinformation she’s been fed is the speed of it’s collapse. It did NOT fall in less than 7 seconds. Here’s the evidence…


Seismic readings say the collapse took at least 18 seconds. It’s not impossible for the collapse to have started on the south side away from cameras well before the less than 7 seconds of north face collapse. In fact the evidence supports it.

Rosie said:

“no steel building in history
has even been pulverized into dust
like wtc7
by a fire”

Rosie, no steel building has ever been “pulverized into dust”, even to this day. Career conspiracy theorists point to a photo taken from well above the debris pile as supposed evidence that WTC7 was pulverized into a small pile.

But camera angles can be deceptive, as career conspiracy theorists know. Below is evidence that the pile was much taller than conspiracy theorists say.

It looks to me like the firemen atop the aerial ladder are about four stories high. That means the pile is more than eight stories high, taking the camera angle into account. That doesn’t include what fell into the rather large basement.

More Photos here

 “I don’t know but to say we don’t know and it was imploded in a demolition is beyond ignorant, look at the films get a physics expert here from Yale, from Harvard, pick the school, it defies reason.”

I challenge Rosie. I challenge her to keep her word and talk to a civil or structural engineer from Harvard or Yale. I suspect that’s what she meant by “physics experts” since physics experts have little to do with building construction and design. It is civil and structural engineers who will know what the buildings can and can not do. ANY structural or civil engineering professor from a RESPECTED university will do.

Not ONE civil or structural engineer has passed a peer reviewed paper by a respected scientific journal suggesting what Rosie is saying. ( The Journal Of 911 studies is NOT a respected scientific journal. The journal was invented for the same reason creationist journals were. Because their notions can not stand up to REAL scientific scrutiny. Nor do the other places where Jones’ 911 paper is published have any impact to the scientific community.) So where does she get this idea from? The only places she’s looked: from conspiracy theorists. Where else would she get this from? She isn’t a civil or structural engineer.

Steven Jones is not a civil engineer. Civil engineers in his own university don’t believe him so you can count him out as unbiased.

Then, if she concludes that WTC 7 could fall the way it did, I beg her to tell her fans. At least link to this site and let people make up their own mind.

Several articles on the Fort Dix jihad plot

Timeline of events in Fort Dix jihad plot

Note how cannily Tatar tried to play both sides of the street, telling a Philadelphia Police Sergeant “that he had been approached by an individual who asked him to provide maps of Fort Dix and that he thought the incident was terrorist-related.” This was just to try to find out if that individual was an FBI informant (as indeed he was). Did the Sergeant (or his superiors) think that the Department had found a good moderate Muslim to work with?

“Timeline of events in Fort Dix attack plot,” from Newsday:

A timeline of events leading up to the arrest Monday night of six Islamic militants who allegedly planned to attack Fort Dix:_ Jan. 31, 2006: A shopkeeper alerted the FBI about a “disturbing” video he had been asked to copy onto a DVD. The video showed 10 young men in their early 20s shooting assault weapons at a firing range earlier that month. The group called for jihad (a holy war) and shouted in Arabic ‘Allah Akbar’ (God is great).

_ March: An FBI informant infiltrated the group by developing a relationship with Mohamad Shnewer.

_ May 26: Shnewer told the informant to look at particular DVD files on his laptop. One file contained what appeared to be the last will and testament of at least two of the hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; another contained images of Osama bin Laden and other Islamic extremists calling on the viewer to join the jihadist movement.

_ July 7: A second informant was approached by six men, one of whom, later identified as Eljvir Duka, invited the informant to his home.

_ July 29: In a meeting recorded by the second informant, Shnewer showed several videos on his laptop computer that depicted armed attacks on U.S. military personnel.

_ Aug. 1, 2 and 5: Shnewer told the first informant that he, Serdar Tatar, Dritan Duka, Eljvir Duka, Shain Duka and others were planning to attack a U.S. military base, and Shnewer specifically named Fort Dix, explaining that they could kill at least 100 soldiers by using rocket-propelled grenades.

_ Aug. 5: Shnewer told the first informant they need to conduct surveillance of military bases to decide which one to attack.

_ Aug. 11: Shnewer and the first informant traveled to Fort Dix to conduct surveillance. During the trip, Shnewer told the informant the plan was to “hit four, five, six Humvees and light the whole place (up) and retreat completely without any losses.” The two also drove to Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Law enforcement officers also observed Shnewer drive by himself to Fort Monmouth later that day.


_ Nov. 12: Tatar told the first informant he would acquire a map of Fort Dix from his father’s restaurant and described an area of the post which they could attack and cause a power outage, making it easier to mount the attack on military personnel. At the end of the meeting, Tatar asked if the informant was a federal agent. (It was unclear how the informant responded.)

_ Nov. 15: In an attempt to find out if the informant was a federal agent, Tatar told a sergeant with the Philadelphia Police Department that he had been approached by an individual who asked him to provide maps of Fort Dix and that he thought the incident was terrorist-related.

_ Nov. 28: Tatar told the first informant that he would provide a map of Fort Dix even though it could lead to his being deported. He expressed his continuing suspicions about the informant, saying, “I’m gonna do it. Whether you are or not (FBI), I’m gonna do it. Know why? … It doesn’t matter to me, whether I get locked up, arrested, or get taken away, it doesn’t matter. Or I die, doesn’t matter, I’m doing it in the name of Allah.” Later that evening, Tatar left a map of Fort Dix in an area near the informant’s residence.


_ Dec. 8: Shnewer told the first informant that the group had missed an opportunity to attack military personnel at the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia the previous weekend….

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Fort Dix jihadists had video of bin Laden calling people “to join the jihadist movement”

Fort Dix Jihad Update. “Document links Fort Dix suspects to radical terrorism,” from Gannett News Service:

WASHINGTON – The plot to attack Fort Dix in south central New Jersey began to unravel on Jan. 31, 2006, when a retail store employee called the FBI about a “disturbing” video a customer had dropped off to be converted into a DVD.The video showed 10 men who appeared to be in their early 20s “shooting assault weapons at a firing range in a militia-like style while calling for jihad and shouting in Arabic … God is Great,'” according to a 27-page federal criminal complaint the U.S. Department of Justice released Tuesday.

Six of the 10 men identified in that video were arrested on charges of trying to attack Fort Dix, an installation whose layout one of the men – Serdar Tatar – purportedly knew “like the palm of his hand,” according to an affidavit submitted by FBI Special Agent John J. Ryan.

And no doubt no one would have dared to ask him what he thought of jihad and Islamic supremacism before letting him roam free around Fort Dix. To have done so would have been “Islamophobic.”

Left unexplained was why only six of the 10 were arrested and whether more arrests were forthcoming. The employee who alerted the FBI wasn’t identified; the store’s name wasn’t disclosed.The complaint said Tatar and five other men arrested – Dritan Duka, Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, Eljvir Duka, Shain Duka and Agron Abdullahu – amassed firearms, sought illegal Russian-made AK-47 assault rifles, viewed terrorist-training videos on their computers and trained in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.

One of the videos appeared to be the “last will and testament” of two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, and another contained “images of Osama bin Laden and other Islamic extremists making various speeches in which the speakers call the viewer to join the jihadist movement,” according to the complaint. Jihad is an Arabic word that means holy war.

Dritan Duka, Eljvir Duka and Shain Duka are illegal aliens, according to the complaint.

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The jihadists who couldn’t shoot straight

Another Fort Dix Jihad Update. “Terror suspects were ‘bad shots,’ says local marksman,” from the Pocono Record:

Suspicious activity at a public shooting range in Monroe County led an official from the state game commission to tip authorities on what turned out to be an alleged terror plot to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey.”(The men arrested Monday) allegedly used our rifle range in the Gouldsboro area to train in some tactics,” said Tim Conway of the game commission in a phone interview at 12:20 p.m. today. “We did recognize a few things awhile back and reported that to the appropriate authorities.”

Randy Swiden of Blakeslee, a regular at the shooting range near Gouldsboro, said he remembers three to five guys shooting AK-47s there last fall. Swiden was interviewed at the range this morning.

Swiden said he heard the guys speaking in what sounded like Russian to each other and in broken English with a Russian accent to others. The six suspects arrested are nationals of the former Yugoslavia….

Swiden, 59, said he remembers the guys were shooting with 20-round clips rather than the typical three-round clips. He described them as “bad shots.”

They were shooting at 50-yard targets, packs of paper plates and milk jugs, and were missing.

Between them they had three AK-47s, Swiden said.

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Storekeeper Tipped Feds to Jihad Video

Fort Dix Jihad Update. Watch for Omar Mohammedi and CAIR to get a suit going against this man forthwith. From AP:

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – May 8, 2007 – Officials say a shopkeeper alerted the FBI to a plot to attack soldiers at Fort Dix.According to the complaint, he told the FBI about a “disturbing” video he had been asked to copy onto a DVD.

The complaint says the video showed ten men in their early 20s “shooting assault weapons at a firing range … while calling for jihad and shouting in Arabic “God is Great.”

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More on the Fort Dix jihad plot

Four of the jihadist plotters were Kosovar Albanians.

Michelle Malkin has details: “Terrorist plot in Cherry Hill, NJ; illegal aliens among alleged plotters; a John Doe turned them in; press conference at 2:30pm Eastern; Fort Dix has been a refuge for ethnic Albanians; update: details from the complaint.”

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FBI Arrests 6 In Alleged Terror Plot Against N.J. Soldiers

From WNBC, NewsChannel 4, New York:

Six men from New Jersey have been arrested in an alleged terror plot against soldiers at Fort Dix, according to law enforcement sources.Investigators said the men planned to use automatic rifles to enter Fort Dix and kill as many soldiers as they could at the New Jersey military base. Fort Dix was just one of several military and security locations allegedly scouted by this group, authorities said.

Investigators told NewsChannel 4’s Jonathan Dienst that these arrests are the result of a tip to the FBI and use of an informant to track the suspects. Authorities were alerted in January 2006 after the terror suspects traveled to the Poconos for a training exercise where they practiced firing weapons, investigators said.

Sources have told NewsChannel 4’s Brian Thompson that the suspects tried to have a training videotape converted to DVD at a store in Cherry Hill, N.J., but the store owner alerted authorities.
Authorities then inserted a cooperating witness into the alleged terror cell to be a go-between in their attempt to purchase M16 and AK-47 rifles. Arrests were made Monday night after the informant delivered dummy weapons paid for by the alleged terror cell suspects, authorities said.

Investigators said the group discussed targeting numerous locations like Dover Air base, Fort Monmouth, a Coast Guard building in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Federal building before deciding on Fort Dix as their intended target. Fort Dix is run in part by the Army and is a reserve-training center, but active units take part in training, including some which focuses on counter-terrorism.

Sources told NewsChannel 4’s Brian Thompson that the family of one of the suspects owns a pizzeria near Fort Dix and claimed to know the base “like the back of his hand.” The same suspect told the alleged terror group it would be easy to penetrate to “get the most soldiers killed,” sources said.
Investigators said the group of suspects have been discussing and planning for much of the last year. They allegedly pooled their savings to pay for the operation targeted at soldiers stationed here at home, according to investigators.

The six suspects arrested Monday night will face terror conspiracy charges. Three of the men are brothers, all believed to be Islamic radicals.

The U.S. Attorney’s office has told NewsChannel 4 that one of the suspects was born in Jordan, one in Turkey and four in the former Yugoslavia. Investigators said most of the suspects have spent several years here in the United States.

Some of the group’s alleged planning was caught on videotape, investigators said. On the videotape there is significant discussion of martyrdom.

“Who is going to take care of my wife and kids?” one suspect asks on the tape, according to investigators. Another responds, “Allah will take care of your wife and kids.”

The alleged terror cell is described by investigators as disciples of Osama Bin Laden. Among the evidence seized was the downloaded will and testament of two Sept. 11 hijackers.

Spokesmen for U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and the FBI in New Jersey and Philadelphia could not be reached for a comment.

The suspects will be arraigned this afternoon in front of a federal magistrate at 1 p.m.

It was good of WNBC to mention the Islamic nature of the plot. One expects other news sources may overlook that fact.

Eating Crow


Eating Crow

by Bob Parks

To this columnist, Sheryl Crow is a tragedy.

While stationed in Yokosuka, I was joyfully subjected to a very common Japanese ritual. Whenever a major American musical act came to the main island, the concert was broadcast shortly thereafter for the millions who couldn’t get a ticket to the shows.

The big ticket at the time I was there was the Michael Jackson “Bad” tour. The album producer Quincy Jones supervised the sound at the Tokyo concert. Pioneer produced the video. It was a world-class broadcast, and as all concert videos in Japan are not available here, I may have to go back there one day just to get a copy.

Anyway, during the Tokyo broadcast, Michael sang his smash duet hit “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” Michael and Siedah Garrett, who wrote another hit from the album “Man in the Mirror”, performed the album duet. However, during the concert, Michael performed the song with one of his backup singers.

crowjackson87.gif This woman had flowing blonde hair, a short black skirt, sang with precision, and a whole lot of soul. Her name was Sheryl Crow.

That Sheryl Crow has since disappeared along with her awesome vibrato. What’s left is a mediocre singer seeking relevance. Enter: The Global Warming cause.

Her latest lament, published on the Huffington Post, decries the “arrogance” of the American people and the failure of us to believe that which she knows to be fact.

How dare we.

Let’s look at what she wrote….

Sheryl Crow: On Deception, Spin, and Losing Our Way
Sheryl Crow

It’s been well over a week since our little run in with the adviser to our president. I am just now processing all that took place during the last few days of the Stop Global Warming College tour and a few concerns still hang heavy on my mind and heart.”

Yes, it was quite the week. The Global Warming activist wife of Seinfeld producer Larry David and Crow crashed the White House Correspondents Dinner, cornered presidential advisor Karl Rove, and later claimed he was rude because he didn’t agree with them, thus blew them off. It was a week complete with Crow’s suggestion that we all use one-square of toilet paper per visit. She later said it was a joke after the country took her as one.

But we’re back to the typical liberal indoctrination tactic: take it to the kids. Crow can use her “star power” to shock and awe the students into accepting her belief simply because she’s Sheryl Crow, not a climatologist.

First, I am deeply concerned over where we are as a nation. We are so blessed to live in a country where we enjoy so many rights that other countries cannot even begin to imagine. However, what terrifies me is not what we are ignoring about the state of our planet but the fact that we seem to have lost touch with our connection to the earth. We have risen to great heights of arrogance in our refusal to acknowledge that the earth is changing. We hold steadfast to our belief that nothing can happen to us as a people. We get into our oversized, war-machine-like vehicles, get on our cell phones and blackberries, and avoid having human contact all day long.”

Sheryl Crow says she’s terrified (here we go again) that we simple people are ignoring the state of the planet. Alarmists like her say the planet is heating up. That could be proved if we knew what the “normal” temperature of the Earth is. What’s comfortable for Sheryl poolside may not be normal for our planet.

As I cited a National Geographic news report that the polar ice caps on Mars are also melting, does Crow and David plan on going there to stop the SUV’s, fossil fuel burning, and consumerism that has to be taking place there? If humans are causing warming on Earth, we surely have to be somehow causing it Mars as well. It’s got to be some interplanetary residual effect of our oversized, war-machine-like vehicles, cell phones and blackberries.

And according to her concert demands, Sheryl Crow uses war-machine-like vehicles to get her entourage and crew from place to place.

Parking as near as possible (but not to be visible or obtrusive to the audience) for 3 tractor trailers, 4 buses, 6 cars.”

Curious how she criticizes our arrogance for not acknowledging Global Warming, goes to colleges to get impressionable young people onboard, yet Sheryl Crow would seem to have a carbon footprint the size of Los Angeles with lavish fuel consumption that she purposefully hides from public view. Sounds like a little hypocrisy hitting home, then again we’re talking about a person constantly followed by a yes-person. People like this are seldom contested, and anyone who has the audacity to question them are considered “arrogant.”

What Laurie and I were proposing by encouraging every college student to change a light bulb was actually meant to be not only useful in the fight against global warming but also symbolic of a change in attitude. Clearly, the subject of global warming remains a partisan issue in the minds of many conservatives. It appears to me that many on the right want to see this as a liberal issue, as demonstrated in the continued debate, rather than accepting the peer-reviewed science that is so clearly laid out for us earthlings.”

With all due respect for Sheryl Crow, this IS a liberal issue. The science may be peer-reviewed, but it’s also been peer-dismissed by some who know more about the subject than Sheryl and Laurie.

This is a partisan issue as liberals plan on using the global warming to regulate our behavior. I say “our” as the rules will never apply to those, like Crow and David, who can buy their way around them. Just ask All Gore who uses 20 times the amount of power in his home a month, the average American family uses in a year, yet he’s telling us how we should live.

Liberalism is based on arrogance and the superiority complex. As a conservative I tend to use common sense, as I’m not properly equipped to discuss the “science.”

For example, Mars is heating up. The Earth is heating up. There is one constant: The Sun. Our small star is the one factor Sheryl Crow declines to mention in her blog entry. Why? Because as powerful as Crow is within the Hollywood elite, she can’t control The Sun. She can’t push the government to penalize The Sun, and The Sun wouldn’t have to comply with any regulation imposed. The Sun has no idea who Sheryl Crow is. To The Sun, Sheryl Crow is irrelevant.

I suppose after my encounter with Rove, I got a little taste of what it feels like to have dipped my thumb into the political pie for a brief moment, over what I failed to realize was still a political topic, or at least an insulting topic. I got my hand slapped, as if to say, ‘don’t mess with the big boys, even on topics as humanitarian as global warming.‘”

Or maybe Karl Rove was just having dinner with a few friends and didn’t feel like being interrupted by two know-it-all women who weren’t engaging in conversation. They were there to issue a tongue-lashing. They were there to get in the face of the liberal’s Public Enemy Number One.

Here’s another example of the Hollywood superiority complex…. Can anyone just go up and talk to the President’s Advisor. That is, unless your name is Sheryl Crow and Laurie David. Then Rove needed to drop everything, because if you remember, one of the ladies reminded him whom he works for: the American People. As they are a rung above the rest of us, a personal meeting at their convenience was in order.

Within hours, the climate certainly changed. It was me at the center of a storm-like spin. I have seen ranting political pundits work their spin before but, like most people, I have always tuned it out until it involved my reputation. It feels pretty scary to watch credible news outlets run with a story that is clearly not true, debate my patriotism over my alleged desire to have toilet paper legislated, and be the joke of late night TV monologues, all as a result of a 2 week old blog and nightly comedy routine that was spun as truth, instead of the joke it clearly was. “

Suggesting we all use one piece of toilet paper per bathroom visit is a challenge to her patriotism? Here’s a clear illustration of a Hollywood celeb that thinks the political world revolves around her.

No one was challenging her patriotism. Just her sanity….

What terrifies me the most is that we not only accept this of our journalists today but we are oblivious to it, and thus, oblivious to the damage it causes. When “news stories” are broken, do we not expect a certain amount of fact checking or source-checking? One has to ask if this falls under the guise of sloppy reporting or deception as a source of spin. We seem to accept a certain amount of deception and we seem to be helpless to doing anything about it, as illustrated so clearly by where we are right now in this moment in history.”

In a nutshell, Sheryl Crow is implying that she should be able to say whatever she wants without scrutiny. She should be able to throw out suggestions on how all of us little people should live without the masses concluding she’s an idiot.

Which brings me back to my original subject: the planet.”

Thank God. Finally….

Deeper than temperature and the extinction of the polar bear is the idea that we all share this beautiful, ailing planet, Democrats and Republicans alike. The lightbulb may be symbolic of a change in attitude but it is also illustrates a shift in consciousness. It is bound by the belief that perhaps what each of us does in our personal lives does truly affect another person’s freedoms. If I drive a gas guzzling 12 cylinder vehicle knowing what I know now about carbon emissions and our dependence on foreign oil, I am basically saying that I don’t care about the planet I leave behind for your or my kids.”

polarbears.gif A lot of people by now know that the picture of doomed polar bears stranded on an iceberg is anything but what was assumed. The picture was taken in 2004 and the ice sculpture created by the waves and freezing became a Jungle Jim of sorts for the polar bears. Nevertheless, this picture was misrepresented by the UK Daily Mail and subsequently sent millions of children to bed in tears. I guess Sheryl Crow was sucked in as well, but who am I to correct her?

And talk about arrogance. Crow writes, “If I drive a gas guzzling 12 cylinder vehicle knowing what I know now about carbon emissions and our dependence on foreign oil, I am basically saying that I don’t care about the planet I leave behind for your or my kids.”

Remember: Three tractor trailers, four buses, and cars….

I have been saying all along that this issue is deeper than recycling. It is more telling than unplugging gadgets not in use and not taking 35 minutes showers. It’s about waking up. It’s about understanding and embracing the fact that we don’t own anything here. We are renters and that our lack of respect for the planet and the people inhabiting it will be the thing that takes us down, not simply the temperature or inevitable shortage of water.”

How many people do you know that take 35-minute showers? Maybe things are different in Beverly Hills.

During the late 90’s, I remember seeing something on television with Ted Danson. Another actor….

He was telling us all that we were polluting the oceans to the point that within ten years we’d all be dead from a lack of drinking water. We’re going on 20 years and the oceans are still… oceans. In the early 80’s, we were told the world was going into a new ice age. All these people know is doom, gloom, and relinquish our freedoms and tax money to some international organization that can will better care of us.

But as in Ted Danson’s case, and those who predicted the deep freeze that never came, do these people ever offer an apology when they’re wrong? The answer so far is no.

That is called “arrogance.”

The planet will live on in whatever state it is in, however, it is humanity that will suffer. And as I sit and wonder, like so many other people in this country, where are the marchers in the streets, where are the voices screaming for injustices to cease, for greed and apathy to let go of it’s hold, I can only come up with one supposition: Perhaps we have lost our sense of who we were born to be and instead, are numbed out beyond recognition by the ceaseless chatter that is the soundtrack to our lives.”

crow-david.gif Well, maybe things aren’t as bad as Sheryl Crow says they are. Maybe people don’t march in the streets over weather because, despite the condescension from the usual suspects, we can read the alternate opinions. We also read and hear the opposing view of scientists that aren’t buying the hype. Maybe the voices of Sheryl Crow and Laurie David aren’t enough for making us want to act the fool en masse.

“Perhaps we have lost our sense of who we were born to be.” At least you were born, Sheryl.

“It is my truest fear that we are losing our way. Every night on the stop global warming college tour, Laurie and I would tell these great young people that they have the power to do anything they want. That we all have the power to create a movement for change. That the best part of ourselves is the part that rises up instinctively from compassion. I believe this to be true. I believe that divinity exists in all of us and that if we eliminate some of the chatter in our lives, the voice of compassion will have a chance to be heard. And, if we were to act from a place of compassion in every act of our lives, would we be arguing about whether global warming exists? Or would we simply be living our lives peacefully knowing that how we live will affect the planet we leave for our children and for their children. If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place? Food for thought.”

And it must be really cool to have a movement that a couple of people can control. It must do really great things to already inflated egos, and it must really suck that people have the nerve to argue with Sheryl Crow and Laurie David.

Crow has the right to say anything she wants, and we have the right to respond.

There are some that say Global Warming is like a religion. This is true. People can’t see God but believe in him anyway. People dispute the existence of global warming, but some believe blindly and demonize anyone who does not. But if I choose not to believe in God, that’s that. Should I choose not to believe in global warming, that’s that. That is until they can get politicians to craft legislation to alter all of our behavior patterns.

All of us except Sheryl Crow.


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The Wahhabis are up to no good in southern Europe.

The Wahhabis are up to no good in southern Europe.

The Balkan Front

by Stephen Schwartz, The Weekly Standard

[..] Yet even in the Balkans, all is not peace and poetry. The ominous presence of Wahhabi missionaries, financiers, terror recruiters, and other mischief-makers bespeaks a fresh offensive in that tormented land. From the new Wahhabi seminary in the lovely Bosnian city of Zenica, to the cobblestone streets of Sarajevo’s old Ottoman center, to the Muslim-majority villages in southern Serbia, extremist Sunni men in their distinctive, untrimmed beards and short, Arab style breeches (worn in imaginary emulation of Muhammad), accompanied by women in face veils and full body coverings (a bizarre novelty in the contemporary Balkans), are again appearing, funded by reactionary Saudis and Pakistanis. They aim to widen the horizon of global jihad–witness the revived campaign of terrorism in Morocco and Algeria. In the Balkans, their targets are both Sufis and traditional Muslims. [..]

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JIHAD IN U.S. STREETS –Zealot Muslims now plan to bathe America’s streets with gunfire just as is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Darfur and so forth.

Zealot Muslims now plan to bathe America’s streets with gunfire just as is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Darfur and so forth.
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J. Grant Swank, Jr. (ArriveNet Editorials – May 04, 2007) — “These killers are known as “paintball jihadists” in that they practice in paintball game style what they have planned for America’s streets. They are already training others in “urban combat” using paintball guns. They will engage in paramilitary-style training right under our noses, and lie about it to our faces. They are protected, in some cases, by the religious Imams, some who even encourage or schedule such outings.”

Zealot Muslims now plan to bathe America’s streets with gunfire just as is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Darfur and so forth.

Once these Allah devotees get hold, they don’t stop. Street fighting never ends. Further, these fighters are more than willing to sacrifice their own bodies and those of their families and neighbors in order to see through Islam World Rule.

Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, Northeast Intelligence Network, reports that American officials already know of the process. However, both government and media are muffling detail.

Jihad will come to the United States due to “Muslim men inside the U.S., (the latter) adhering to the Islamist ideology of jihad, preparing for war on the streets of America.

“The ‘insider’ reports are very troubling and are purposely being downplayed by official sources and go largely unreported in the media.

“One case, however, can serve as an example of what is taking place all across the U.S. involving the procurement and disbursement of weapons to Muslim ‘jihadists.’ On Tuesday, May 2, 2007, a federal indictment was unsealed in the U.S. federal court in St. Louis naming eight Islamic men as defendants in a case involving the buying, selling or hiding of automatic weapons, an anti-personnel mine and other explosives.

“The case originated with the arrest of Mousa M. ABUELAWI, 22, of Creve Coeur, MO on December 29, 2006. He was charged with three counts of illegal possession or distribution of a machine gun and conspiracy to violate machine gun statutes. A superseding indictment unsealed yesterday, charges ABUELAWI and seven others with machine gun charges and charges of conspiracy, lying to the FBI and other firearms violations.

“The other seven defendants identified in the indictment are identified as: Thaer Abde SUMAD, 23, of Florissant, MO, Abdikarin WARSAME, 28, Charley M. HUNT Jr., 45, Darnell T. THORNTON, 25, and Hussein Ali NURE, 29, all from Jennings, MO, Mohamed JUDEH, 20, of Maryland Heights and Otha L. BAKER, 20, of St. Louis. If found guilty of the charges, the men face 5-10 years in prison.”

Jihadists are stockpiling weaponry and explosives via secret cells. Mosque leaders are cooperating with them.

“In the case of ABUELAWI and the other seven defendants, the men met at gas stations located in north St. Louis between August 2006 and January 2007 to buy or transfer automatic weapons and explosives. In the original documents charging Abuelawi, Sumad is quoted in a meeting with ABUELAWI and a government informer as saying that ‘he wants to buy as many explosives as possible because, “we’re going to war.”‘”

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Energy Squeeze

Energy Squeeze
By Frederick W. Stakelbeck Jr. | May 8, 2007

The international energy market of the twenty-first century is witnessing an unprecedented period of turmoil and instability, an indication of an indisputable global power shift that holds serious, long-term implications for U.S. national security interests throughout the world. Acting in silent unison, energy-rich governments in the Middle East, Eurasia and South America, in particular, populist dictator Hugo Chavez of Venezuela; Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmandinejad; China’s stoic President Hu Jintao, and Russia’s enigmatic President Vladimir Putin, have demonstrated a growing penchant for energy-related controversy and confrontation. No longer satisfied with Western-defined progress, these countries have become emboldened players on the world stage, using commodities such as crude oil, natural gas and mineral deposits as weapons against perceived U.S. hegemony.   

The ultimate goal of this new energy alliance is to eventually humble the U.S. as the world’s undisputed political, economic and military power forcing it’s withdraw from the world stage by using energy as a sledgehammer for international change. Acting independently, these countries can attain, at best, only marginal influence and power. Acting together, however, they become formidable adversaries.  

The power of energy as a weapon for capitulation was demonstrated in late 2005 when Russian oil conglomerate Gazprom used the “energy weapon” against former Soviet republic Ukraine. By temporarily cutting off natural gas supplies to the western-leaning government of Viktor Yushchenko and ignoring standing contractual obligations, Moscow gave an early glimpse of how its new energy-based foreign policy could be used to persuade and punish. 

As a direct result of the Russia-Ukraine dispute, alleged energy distribution “difficulties” were reported by Moscow which resulted in natural gas supplies to Europe being substantially cut, raising the ire of European leaders such as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. In hindsight, Chancellor Merkel’s reaction is understandable. Europe’s reliance on Russian crude exports has risen from 9 percent of total crude imports in 1995 to 29 percent in 2006. Energy industry experts predict the EU will import 90 percent of its oil and 80 percent of its natural gas within 20 years as onshore and offshore fields become mature. Although the Russia-EU crisis was eventually resolved, it provided a “dry run” exercise for Moscow and proved once again what most of Europe’s leaders knew all along – that energy is the EU’s “Achilles heel.”  

In the past several days, Moscow has threatened to cut off Estonia’s energy supplies in response to the small country’s decision to remove a Soviet-era memorial of a Red Army soldier, saying oil, diesel and natural gas deliveries “may be disrupted” starting May 1. Even long-time allies of Moscow such as Belarus’ Cold-War dictator Alexander Lukashenko have become casualties in the new energy game, seeing a nearly fourfold increase in energy prices over a year ago.  

Moves by the Kremlin to nationalize the country’s energy sector by pressuring a Royal Dutch Shell-led consortium to relinquish control of the Sahalin-2 natural gas project to Russia’s state-controlled monopoly Gazprom, and Putin’s meetings with Arab leaders last month to explore the creation of a “natural gas cartel” demonstrate an authoritarian view of energy management that is undeniably confrontational. Putin’s message to the world is clear – energy resources can, and will, be used as a tool to shape foreign policy and forcibly influence countries. 

Although not an energy exporter to the U.S., China continues to complicate Washington’s global energy security. In April 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao signed a number of bilateral agreements involving the future delivery of Saudi oil in exchange for Chinese weapons. The purpose of this alliance was not only to secure a long-term supply of energy for China’s burgeoning economy, but to offset existing U.S. energy alliances in the Middle East by influencing the “House of Saud.” One year earlier, the Beijing regime signed an unprecedented US$70 billion, 25-year natural gas agreement with nuclear-obsessed Tehran.  

Beijing’s quest for energy has recently led it to the shores of the U.S. With the help of communist Cuba, Chinese companies are performing what is known as “slant drilling” 50 miles off the Florida Keys, tapping into oil reserves located in U.S. sovereign territory. China has also attempted to secure significant amounts of oil and natural gas from top U.S. suppliers Canada and Mexico. And on the African continent, Beijing’s policy of turning a “blind eye” to the internal politics of countries it does business with has contributed to needless civilian deaths in countries such as the Sudan, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.   

Then there is the case of America’s fifth largest crude exporter, Venezuela. Last week, the country’s anti-American President Hugo Chavez delivered on an earlier promise to seize foreign oil operations in the energy-rich Orinoco Belt, saying, “Open investment will never return.” With no other options available to confront Latin America’s “Little Fidel,” U.S. companies ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Britain’s BP, Norway’s Statoil and France’s Total agreed to cede operational control, transferring power to Chavez’s growing oil cartel. The rise in energy prices over the past several years – from US$18 a barrel in 2001 to US$67 today – has enriched Venezuela’s coffers, with oil revenues increasing 100 percent from 2002 to 2006. There is a very good chance this troubling trend will continue in the near future. 

The current energy transition presents an immediate threat to the U.S. and its allies in Western Europe and Asia. The prospect of severe global energy disruptions, the further nationalization of existing energy resources and the formation of energy-based, anti-American alliances present a threat to the global competitive equation. As this transition becomes more acute, other energy rich countries, as well as non-aligned nations sympathetic to their views and in need of energy themselves; will join this anti-American movement.  

With foreign petroleum products expected to provide 70 percent of U.S. energy needs in the coming decades, energy conservation, independence and diversity have become paramount initiatives. An aging refinery infrastructure, increased domestic gasoline consumption, unexpected distribution disruptions and dwindling oil and gasoline reserves have pushed the U.S. to the edge. In reality, the country is only one major disruption away from a very serious energy problem that could have wide-ranging consequences. If the perfect storm does occur – a lethal combination of the items mentioned previously and a military confrontation with Iran – the results will be immediate and extremely painful for all Americans.  

President Bush has said that U.S. dependence on overseas oil is a “foreign tax on the American people.” On this issue, he is right. Polls of the American public consistently show that energy dependence is on their minds. Recognizing this, definitive action must be taken by Washington to remedy this crisis by protecting all of America’s vital energy interests throughout the world. Otherwise, our inability as an independent country to react to dynamic world events will be severely curtailed, leading to inescapable and uncontrollable global scenarios.

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UN Rights for…Apes

UN Rights for…Apes
By Joseph Klein | May 8, 2007

UNESCO and the United Nations Environmental Programme are the lead sponsors of the Great Apes Survival Project, whose purpose is to save the great apes and their habitat from extinction through intergovernmental dialogue and policy making, conservation planning initiatives, technical and scientific support.  The
United States is a donor country for this project and has signed the Kinshasa Declaration, which focuses on fostering environmental conditions to save and sustain the lives of great apes.  There are no political statements about equal rights for animals or immoral human behavior depriving animals of their legal rights within the text of the Kinshasa Declaration.  It is all about cooperation toward achievement of a positive outcome.  

Unfortunately, however, this laudable effort is being co-opted by some of its more radical promoters in order to give apes the legal status of human beings.  Dr. Jane Goodall, the renowned chimpanzee expert who is a patron of the UN conservation project, is also a co-founder of a similarly named endeavor called the Great Ape Project.  Only its mission is not simply to save apes’ lives.  Rather, Goodall’s Great Ape Project is pressing the United Nations to endorse a Declaration on Great Apes, which would extend what the project calls the “community of equals” to chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.  

Applying the principles of our Constitution’s Fifth Amendment due process protections, the advocates of apes’ rights want to end the detention of apes that have neither been convicted of any crime or pose any other significant danger to themselves or others.  These apes would also have a right of appeal to a judicial tribunal.  Once these legal rights are established, the Great Ape Project would demand the release of approximately 3,100 apes that are currently being held in the
U.S., including 1,280 in biomedical research. 


The underlying premise in all of this is that the genetic make-up of apes and humans is virtually one and the same.  Those who believe this cite as ‘proof’ that “[B]etween the two of us we could even have a 0.5% difference in our DNA. The difference between a Chimpanzee and us is only 1.23%.”   Putting aside such minor differences as spoken language, reasoning power, consciousness of mortality and spiritual awareness, we are told that the “chimpanzee is an intelligent being…who appreciates advances and civilization”.   


The idea of granting judicial standing to apes is an example of what George Orwell had in mind when he said that “[Y]ou have to be an intellectual to believe such nonsense.”  Not surprisingly, then, it turns out that the Great Ape Project is receiving support from the very same UN-sponsored Great Apes Survival Project that the
United States has been funding in the mistaken belief that this was one cause at the United Nations that could actually remain untainted by the ideas of the lunatic Left.


But before we dismiss the whole thing as nothing more than grist for late night comedy, we should consider one finding from Goodall’s years of observing chimpanzee behavior that focused on their aggressive behavior toward one another.  She was taken aback while recording a “four-year war” in which members of the Kasakela group systematically annihilated members of the “Kahama” splinter group:


            “I had known aggression could flare up, sometimes for seemingly trivial reasons; chimpanzees are volatile by nature, yet for the most part aggression within the community is more bluster and threat than fierce fighting — a whole lot of ‘sound and fury signifying nothing.’ Then suddenly we found that chimpanzees could be brutal — that they, like us, had a dark side to their nature.”  

But then she asked precisely the wrong question about what she had observed: My question was: How far along our human path, which has led to hatred and evil and full-scale war, have chimpanzees traveled?”   To the contrary, her question should have been how far have human beings been able to travel away from the innate aggressive instincts of the chimpanzee with whom we share so much DNA?


What separates us from her chimpanzees is indeed the thin veneer of civilization with the restraints that it imposes through religion and laws.  But, as Sigmund Freud wrote in his book Civilization and its Discontents, “[C]ivilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration through this primary hostility of men towards one another.”  

Religion has the capacity to lift us spiritually out of this muck by making us humble in the presence of the wonderment of the imponderable universe and giving us the foundation for ethical behavior.   However, in the wrong hands, religion has buried us deep within the muck by sanctioning violence in the name of a hateful ‘supreme’ being that has been created for evil purposes. 


Government and laws can similarly serve bad or good ends.  They can be abused to achieve, through more sophisticated means, the same ends as the Kasakela group of chimpanzees – domination of one group over another.  On the other hand, the farthest that we have managed to come away from the self-destructive path that man shares with his non-human primate cousins is the system of pluralistic democracy operating under the rule of law that derives from the sovereignty of the people.   While far from perfect, it manages to channel our hostile instincts into peaceful political rivalry out of which the competition of ideas hopefully creates policies and laws that benefit the most people while protecting freedom of thought and conscience.  Our democracy respects all religions for what they can teach us, but they are kept as separate as possible from the instruments of state.


The fanatical Islamists seek to destroy this most advanced system of civilization known to man.  The idea of human progress is foreign to them.  They reject any religion but their own and despise any law derived from the sovereignty of the people.  This gives their male power hierarchy the green light to kill apostates and infidels in their quest for world domination of Islam and the right to subjugate women to conditions of near slavery while the males enjoy their instinctual freedom.  In short, they have not risen above the Kasakela tribal group of chimpanzees who kept fighting until they annihilated their enemy.  


Interestingly, Dr. Goodall does not see this parallel.   Instead she seems to believe that all mankind is homogenous and can be compared on a similar basis with the psyche of gorillas and chimpanzees since we are so close to each other genetically.  Indeed, she said that “[F]anaticism shouldn’t be confused with Islam” and went on to equate the millions of Islamic fanatics who have joined or funded the ranks of the global jihad terrorist cause with what she calls “a fanatical fringe in the Christian far right” and “a fanatical fringe in Judaism”.  


This is where Goodall’s obsession with the genetic similarities between humans and apes blinds her to the differences in our respective capacities to progress from generation to generation away from abject submission to our base aggressive instincts.  But even mankind’s progression is not linear for all of us.  Christianity and Judaism have each gone through their own versions of reformation against the excesses of their past, which has led to moderation in the manifestation of their core beliefs.  Islam has not gone through any such soul-searching, which is why it is unique today in the mass atrocities that continue to be committed in its name.  If Goodall wants to use her research with chimpanzees to help human beings behave better toward one another, she should first acknowledge how far some of us have progressed and how close the sectarian battles we are witnessing in Iraq and elsewhere in the Muslim world resemble the four year tribal war among chimpanzees that she was so shocked observing in the wild.


In short, it is time to stop monkeying around with the truth.

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