Two steps to make world a better place, says Canada’s free speech lawyer

January 31, 2011

With 40 years of battling in the courts, Canada’s most famous free speech lawyer suggests how you personally can make a difference in this unfree world controlled by the elite at the top.

In another inspirational and instructive message, Argentinian economist Adrian Salbuchi discusses “personal sovereignty” which must be exercised before we can be freed from the monster grip of the NWO elite.


“All right, then, I’ll go to hell,” says Huck Finn

January 20, 2011

There’s a lot of commotion about the n-word in recent days. All because a book publisher decides to do a make-over of Huck Finn and remove “racist” words.

When I was a kid, I read Huck Finn, and loved the story. I don’t think that makes me a racist, considering some of my best childhood friends were Negro (oh, somewhere along the way it became impolite to use that n-word). Anyway, way back then I didn’t even think that the n-word meant something “bad” about somebody. Remember those little black licorice candies shaped like babies? We lovingly called them n-babies.

I’m convinced the word police will be searching my personal library for n-words and other no-words they don’t like. Actually, I found an n-word just recently in a nice book about stargazers, The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe (1959, repub 1989) by Jewish author Arthur Koestler (yes, the author of The Thirteenth Tribe). Sleepwalkers is a great little book which describes the “history of cosmology from the Babylonians to Newton.”

Here’s what I wanted to say: on page 358 of Sleepwalkers, I find this phrase: Galileo “appears as the nigger in the woodpile…” Imagine that from the famous author of Darkness At Noon. Anyway, Wikipedia put my mind at ease, saying it’s an English figure of speech and was used in ads by The Rotarian.

So who is allowed to use the n-word nowadays? You can find the answer in the book The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why by Jabari Asim. One reviewer says

But Asim also proves there is a place for the word in the mouths and on the pens of those who truly understand its twisted history — from Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle to Mos Def.

Canadian labor lawyer Yosie Saint-Cyr points out that when Huck Finn was written, referring to black people as niggers was acceptable:

The reality is, at the time the books were published, a great majority of white people thought that using the word “nigger” to refer to a black person was acceptable. Using that word in books in that context is extremely relevant, and a sign of the times.

The book publisher wants to exchange “nigger” for “slave” among other changes. But as many people have pointed out, this would take away the meaning in the proper context of history. Also, what about the white slaves in America? And white slaves in other places? For example, “the wealth of Barbados was founded on the backs of White slave labor there can be no doubt.

Which brings me to a quote from Kepler’s Witch written by former Jesuit priest, James A. Connor:

But in truth, real history is always much more complicated than myth…” (p. 4)

Good point, and one to consider when dealing with all No-words.


Hate laws, Christian Right’s failure, Zionist agenda

January 18, 2011

Top trends of 2011 by Celente

January 16, 2011

http://rense.com/general92/top.htm

By Gerald Celente

1.  Wake-Up Call

2.  Crack-Up 2011

3.  Screw the People

4.  Crime Waves

5.  Crackdown on Liberty

6.  Alternative Energy

7.  Journalism 2.0

8.  Cyberwars

9.  Youth of the World Unite

10.  End of The World!

11.  The Mystery Trend … will be revealed upon publication of theTrends Journal in mid-January.


How to produce ‘good’ soldiers: spurn Gentile sperm

January 15, 2011

Took a while, but I finally got it: why the Israeli armed forces attacked the Gaza humanitarian ship and murdered some of the volunteer aid workers.

It really never occurred to me before, but an illuminated one, Rabbi Dov Lior, has seen a light. It’s the sperm, stupid! No, Gentile sperm. G-d, the parents of those IDF soldiers must have been dabbling in Gentile sperm!

Read all about it, right from the rabbi’s mouth:

‘Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring’

“If the father in not Jewish, what character traits could he have? Traits of cruelty, of barbarism! These are not traits that characterize the people of Israel.”

Are we allowed to condemn this spewing of hateful garbage in the United States or Canada? Or is that considered anti-Semitic?


Do Muslims defend Christians?

January 14, 2011

Muslims defend Christians. You have to be kidding. You don’t believe it? Aren’t Muslims suppose to kill “infidels”? In turn, doesn’t the Christian bible say it’s good to kill everyone (“not sparing anyone that breathes” Joshua 11:14)? Really, now, what should a Christian do?

When was the last time you heard that Muslims defend Christians? I bet you didn’t hear it on CNN or FOX News. The Zionist-controlled world media will not report it, but they’ll tell you all about non-existent al-Qaeda.

Check this report “Thousands Of Egyptians Muslims Show Up As ‘Human Shields’ To Defend Coptic Christians From Terrorism“. Would extremist Christian Zionists like Rev. John Hagee arrange a human shield to protect Muslims from terrorists? No, but he would likely sponsor the IDF in doing some dirty work.


The Alexandria Church Bombing: Israeli terrorism?

January 11, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011

The Alexandria Church Bombing: Mossad, Who Else?

Israeli intelligence is the world leader in terrorism.

by Jonathan Azaziah

Minutes into the new year, an explosion rocked al-Qiddissin Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt. 25 innocent people dead (1).  At least 97 innocents wounded (2). A 17-year old eyewitness ominously stated, ‘The last thing I heard was a powerful explosion and then my ears went deaf. All I could see were body parts scattered all over (3).’

All initial reports stated that a car bomb was the weapon used to carry out the New Years Day bloodshed (4). The US-backed Zionist dictatorship that runs Egypt typically went against the facts on the ground however, with the Ministry of Interior blaming the assault on a suicide bomber, and without a drop of concrete evidence, stating that the attack was carried out by none other than Al-Qaeda (5), which doesn’t exist (6), and whose leader, CIA agent Timothy Osman a.k.a. Osama Bin Laden, is long dead (7).

From AP, to Yahoo, to the New York Times, the liars that run the Zionist media immediately went into overdrive, vociferously promoting virulent garbage about ‘sectarian tensions’ between Muslims and Christians in Egypt being inflamed after the bombing (8). Of course there is no evidence of such ‘sectarian tension,’ but the mouthpieces of Israel, from the television to print, have no interest in telling the truth and they never have.

Not promoted by the Zionist media is the longstanding unity between Egypt’s Muslims and Coptic Minority (9), nor has it been promoted that Islamic and Christian leaders have stood side by side in the aftermath of the bombing, which wounded innocents from both faiths (10). The enmity between the two religious groups is nothing more than carefully concocted Zionist fiction.

There is only one entity in the entire region that benefits from religious division in any Middle Eastern nation: Israel. One of the key strategic goals of the Zionist entity in Egypt is to trigger a communal war between Muslims and Christians (11). The Lebanese Resistance movement, Hezbollah, condemned the bombing,  declaring it ‘serves the Zionist scheme… aimed at fragmenting our Arab and Islamic countries (12).’ All evidence, physical and circumstantial, points directly to Mossad being the culprit behind the al-Qiddissin church bombing (13).

In recent years, Zionist intelligence activity in Egypt has increased greatly. Tel Aviv was the hand behind the cut of Egypt’s maintain internet cable in January of 2008, severing Egypt from the international online network. Mossad was conducting surveillance on the phone calls of the highest tier of the Egyptian government. The Israeli agency employed a spy to infiltrate Islamic opposition groups in Egypt. All of this was discovered just days before the Alexandria church massacre, when a Mossad spy ring was busted, unveiling a plot of subversion that would target Egyptian telecom companies. This ring was connected to other Israeli espionage groups in Lebanon and Syria (14).

Egypt’s former Foreign Minister, Abdallah al-Ashal, and the Egyptian Bar Association have gone on record to state that the massacre at al-Qiddissin Church was the work of Mossad, reacting murderously to its spy network being unfurled (15).

In November, a warning was issued to the world that Coptic churches in Egypt would be attacked. The warning was issued by ‘Al-Qaeda-linked’ Islamic State of Iraq, who according to the Zionist media, carried out the horrific assault on Sayedat al-Najat Cathedral in the Karada district of Baghdad at the end of October (16).

This atrocious theory has been thoroughly debunked however. What took place at Sayedat al-Najat was a Mossad false flag operation, aimed at provoking tension between occupied Iraq’s Muslim and Christian communities, conducted with all of the usual tools: fake passports produced in Tel Aviv, Israeli-produced IEDs and the quintessential car bomb (17). The appalling murder of at least 58 Iraqi Christians was also used to cover up the condemnation of the Zionist entity’s occupation of Palestine by several prominent Christian leaders (18). The warning wasn’t issued by non-existent Islamic State of Iraq therefore, but Mossad.

The car bomb is the signature of the Israeli agency. It is the weapon that has been used to conduct sabotage, assassinations and false flag terrorism across occupied Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and India (19). The Muslim Brotherhood, which was blatantly robbed by Zionist dictator Hosni Mubarak’s regime in the recent Egyptian elections (20), called for Egyptian churches to be protected after the fake Al-Qaeda group made its incendiary comments (21). But this call was not heeded. Only an hour prior to Mossad’s car bombing, Egyptian security forces inexplicably withdrew from their positions, leaving four policemen to guard the massive church with nearly 2,000 people attending midnight mass. The car bomb was detonated at the post that was left by Egyptian security forces (22).

This collusion between Israeli intelligence and Egyptian security forces is by no means surprising, considering the existing Israeli-Egyptian collaboration in illegally and brutally besieging the people of the Gaza Strip (23). The violent assault against the Coptic community on New Years Day was also executed to deflect the attention off of the stolen Egyptian elections (24); it is widely known that Egypt is a premier recipient of Zionist-occupied United States government aid money, receiving almost $30 billion in three decades (25). The usurping entity of Zion and its American counterpart couldn’t have their staunchest ally in the Middle East embarrassed by stolen elections. Answer? False flag attack.

The tactic being used to split the Muslim and Christian communities of Egypt is the oldest trick in the Zionist entity’s book: divide and conquer. It is widely known by the people of the Arab and Muslim world, especially Iraqis, that the only terrorism that exists in the Middle East (especially occupied Iraq), is the terrorism that is carried out by Israeli, American and British intelligence operatives (26). Divide and conquer has been used prominently in the Zionist-ravaged nation of Iraq, including a wall being built by an Israeli company to separate Sunni and Shia communities (27), and the nation of Lebanon, that was devastated by a savage civil war in the 1970s and 1980s contrived and manipulated by the Zionist entity (28) and the United States, with Zionist war criminal Henry Kissinger leading the way (29).

Muslims and Christians must stand together and reject these abhorrent divisions. People of conscience from all ethnicities, backgrounds and faiths must stand in solidarity with them. The victims of Mossad’s massacre at al-Qiddissin Church in Alexandria will not be forgotten. The fallen will be honored with sincere Resistance to all oppressive powers; be it the puppet Mubarak or the usurping regime of Israel itself. Unified Resistance is what petrifies the occupiers more than anything else on earth. Make them tremble; unity is an armor that cannot be pierced by their bullets or rattled by their bombs.

~ The End ~

Sources:

(1) Egypt Calls For Calm As Church Bombing Toll Rises To 25 by Amro Hassan and Borzou Daragahi, The Los Angeles Times

(2) Number Of Injured In Church Blast In Egypt Rises To 97 by RIA Novosti

(3) Egypt Bomb Kills 21 At Alexandria Coptic Church by BBC News

(4) Seven Killed In Car Bomb Near Alexandria Church, Egyptian Dictatorship Blames Mythical Al Qaeda by The Associated Press; Alexandria Church Bombing Eye-Witness Describes Terror Suspect by Ahmed Sabri, Asharq Alawsat; Alexandria Church Bombing by Al-Jazeera English; Church Bombing In Egypt: A Car Bomb Exploded Outside Coptic Orthodox Church And Killed Nine In Egypt by TPR One

(5) Egypt: Hundreds Protest To Denounce Terrorist Attack On Coptic Christians by Amro Hassan, The Los Angeles Times; Al-Qaeda Behind Alexandria Church Bombing: Egypt by Miraya FM

(6) The Power Of Nightmares: Rise Of The Politics Of Fear (documentary) by Adam Curtis, BBC News

(7) Years Of Deceit: US Openly Accepts Bin Laden Long Dead by Gordon Duff, Veterans Today; Osama Bin Laden A.K.A. CIA Asset ‘Tim Osman’ by What Really Happened?

(8) Christians, Police Clash After Egypt Church Bomb by Maggie Michael and Lee Keath, The Associated Press; Egypt Church Bombing Fuels Sectarian Rift by Cam McGrath, Yahoo! News; Egypt Orders Tighter Security After Church Bombing by Liam Stack and David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times

(9) Egyptian Religious Leaders Affirm Unity by Al-Masry Al-Youm

(10) Egypt: Muslims And Christians Show Unity After Bombing by Kelly Heffernan-Tabor, CBS News

(11) Palestinians Condemn Alexandria Church Bombing by Khalid Amayreh, The Palestinian Information Center

(12) Hezbollah: Egypt Attack Serves US, Israel by Press TV

(13) Mossad Behind Egypt Church Blast by Press TV, The Tehran Times

(14) ‘Israeli Spying Network’ Uncovered In Egypt Days Before Church Blast by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat, Veterans Today

(15) Egyptian Lawyers Blame Israel For Church Bombing by The Jerusalem Post

(16) Car Bomb At Church In Egypt Kills 21 As Christian Worshipers Gather To Celebrate New Year by The Daily Mail

(17) The Baghdad Cathedral Massacre: Zionist Fingerprints All Over by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(18) Al-Qaeda’s Christian Massacre – Aiding And Abetting The Occupation Of Palestine by Maidhc O Cathail

(19) 26/11: Mossad Terrorizes Mumbai by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(20) Egypt Election Routs Popular Muslim Brotherhood From Parliament by Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor

(21) Al-Qaeda Threatens Christians, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: Protect Churches by Al-Manar

(22) Egyptian Security Guards Withdrew One Hour Before Church Blast, Say Eyewitnesses by Assyrian International News Agency

(23) Egypt’s Blockade On Gaza by Ahmed Shokr, Dissident Voice

(24) All Is Fair In Egyptian Elections by Ahmed Amr, Dissident Voice

(25) Egypt Stories: U.S. Aid To Egypt Totals $28 Billion In Three Decades by USAID

(26) British Terrorism In Iraq by Dr. Elias Akleh, Global Research

(27) The Zionist Murderers Of Iraq by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(28) The Sabra And Shatila Massacre (16-18 September 1982) by The Electronic Intifada

(29) Sayyed Nasrallah Full Speech On Martyr’s Day November 11 2010 by Moqawama English

 


Favorite Christian fakes and suspects

January 11, 2011

Here are my favorite “Christian” fakes and suspects. Remember these names the next time you enter a church.


Shootings in Arizona: coincidence or conspiracy?

January 11, 2011

The attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is trending news. What isn’t trending news is that America loves assassinations (of bad guys). Journalist, author and scholar Michael Hoffman offers his take on revisionistreview that surely won’t reach the mainstream (lame stream) media:

…assassination is also quintessentially American, although one would never know it from the lava flow of sanctimony surrounding Saturday’s attack on the two Federal officials. Our nation is “horrified and sickened.” John McCain opined that the perpetrator is less than human and deserves the contempt of all. Why? Because he assassinated an allegedly good man? Surely the act of assassination itself cannot trouble Senator McCain or any American, since we regularly finance assassination with our tax dollars. Hardly a week goes by in Afghanistan or Pakistan that U.S. forces do not shoot, bomb or burn an alleged Taliban leader, never mind if we gained our intelligence about the leader from one of his business or clan rivals.

“But that’s war,” you say.

Alright, then, what of our taxpayer-supported “stalwart ally” in the Middle East, “Israel,” that has used hundreds of “targeted killings” (none dare call it assassination), to murder Palestinians and Lebanese?

“That too is war,” you say.

Hoffman closes with sympathy for all victims of assassination:

We should mourn for all the victims and pity a nation so bipolar that it applauds Federally-authorized assassinations while patting itself on the back for the tears and prayers it offers to those on the receiving end of unauthorized ones.

 

 


Tea Party movement sabotaged by Christian Zionist Sarah Palin and Zionist racists

January 9, 2011

RICHARD EDMONDSON: THE TEA PARTY’S EMERGING ZIONIST FACE

January 7, 2011 posted by Veterans Today · 18 Comments

The Tea Party’s Emerging Zionist Face

From sounding warnings about ‘terror babies’ to deploring human sympathy for ‘underdogs,’ the Tea Party lurches into Zionist ideology

By Richard Edmondson for Veterans Today

When the Tea Party appeared as a national phenomenon early in 2009, the chief preoccupation was with domestic matters, its disparate groups and members rallying around such traditionally conservative concerns as big government, “socialized medicine,” and the like. There was a strong populist streak (or at least that’s how the media portrayed it), and outrage was expressed over Obama’s multi-billion dollar stimulus package, along with genuinely-felt sentiments, put forth here and there, that Washington was “bailing out Wall Street at the expense of Main Street.” Concerns over foreign policy, the nation’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, seemed to take a backseat, and certainly there were few, if any, calls for a new war in Iran or solidifying relations with the state of Israel.

By mid 2010, however, this had changed dramatically. On July 21, several Capitol Hill Republicans, including Michelle Bachman of Minnesota and Louis Gohmert of Texas, held a press conference announcing formation of a Congressional Tea Party Caucus, and almost immediately thereafter caucus members sponsored a resolution “explicitly endorsing Israel’s right to strike Iran’s nuclear program,” as one report put it. Now the TP appears on the brink of an even further lurch into Zionist ideology in the form of a soon-to-be-released book, Underdogma, currently being hailed as “the first great Tea Party book.” The author is Michael Prell, a member of the Tea Party Patriots (TPP), and the book has been endorsed by Bachman, Zionist neocons Daniel Pipes and Frank Gaffney, as well as by TPP cofounder and national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin. Additional praise has also been garnered from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who lauds Prell for explaining “how the Left masks anti-Americanism and anti-Western sentiment behind the American tradition of rooting for the underdog and how we can fight back against their rhetoric by reviving the American spirit of our founding fathers that transformed us from the ‘underdog’ to the greatest country on earth.”

Underdogma’s subtitle is “How America’s Enemies Use Our Love for the Underdog to Trash American Power,” and if that’s not explicit enough for you, Prell outlines his basic thesis in a series of articles that can be found here. “From Christ’s blessed meek to Eli Manning to rock-throwing Palestinians; people tend to side with the little guy,” he writes. (1) Sympathy for the underdog is part of the American character, stemming, in Prell’s view, from our “formative experiences” in childhood upon finding ourselves under the power of teachers, parents, school-yard bullies, etc. These childhood experiences give rise later in life to a “reflexive belief” that those in the world with little or no power “are automatically deemed virtuous and noble,” while persons or entities with larger or greater power “are to be scorned—simply because they have more power.” (2) The name he gives to this axiom is “underdogma.” While the ability to feel sympathy for the oppressed would, for many of us, seem among humanity’s more noble traits, in Prell’s view it’s in reality “the polar opposite of the American spirit.” And furthermore, he assures us, this tendency poses a manifest threat to the nation.

Given the Palestinians are perhaps the world’s premiere underdogs at present, it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out whose political goals are being advanced here. But for those TP members not especially apt at connecting dots, Prell obligingly spells out, at least in his essays, whose side he’s on. Here he defines “Islamists” as our “sworn enemies,” (3) while at the same time harshly berating Obama for his attempts at stopping Israeli settlement building (attempts which, of course, were pathetically weak and ultimately unsuccessful). “Why is it that when Israelis build homes in Israel, they invite scorn from President Obama, and when Palestinians build homes—or even rockets—they find themselves with Barack Obama’s unwavering support?” Prell asks disingenuously. (4)

A Short History

Much like WikiLeaks, the TP has had lavish amounts of mainstream media publicity heaped upon it, literally saturation-levels of coverage, which have turned the words “tea party” into a household word in America. To such an extent has this been the case, it’s almost hard to believe now that a mere two years ago the movement didn’t even exist. The TP’s birth can be traced back to February 19, 2009 and an on-air tirade by CNBC business editor Rick Santelli, although some sources credit blogger Keli Carender with having actually organized the first tea-party-like protests earlier that same month in Seattle. In either event, the cause of concern, for both Santelli and Carender, was Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package. While Carender seems to have had some reservations over bank bailouts, for Santelli the main affront clearly was the expending of taxpayer dollars to help beleaguered homeowners, whom he referred to as “losers,” avoid foreclosure. In his rant, delivered from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Santelli accused the government of “promoting bad behavior” and went on to confide to CNBC viewers, “We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July.”

It didn’t take quite until July, however, for the first official “tea party” to be held. On February 27 protests sprung up in at least eight states plus the District of Columbia, while on April 15—tax day—events in multiple cities, from California to Massachusetts, drew tens of thousands or perhaps more. Things continued to simmer throughout the year, with a series of “Obamacare” protests spiking especially in the month of August. Then in February of 2010, the TP held its first national convention, in Nashville, with Sarah Palin delivering the keynote address while wearing an American/Israeli flag pin. “America is ready for another revolution and you’re a part of this,” she told the cheering crowd.

Molding a public image

On February 27, 2010, the New York Times featured a story on blogger Carender, the occasion being the anniversary of the first multi-state TP protests of a year earlier. “You would probably not think of her as the Tea Party type,” said the Times, describing the Seattle math teacher as a member of the Young Republicans although one who “has a pierced nose, performs improv on the weekends, and lives here (Seattle) in a neighborhood with more Mexican grocers than coffeehouses.” (5) The story includes a photo of Carender being interviewed by the media, as well as a quote from TPP national coordinator Jenny Beth Martin, who, in the Times words viewed, the young woman as…

an unlikely avatar of the movement but an ideal one. She puts a fresh, idealistic face on a movement often dismissed as a bunch of angry extremists.

“She’s not your typical conservative,” she (Martin) said. “She’s an actress. She’s got a nose ring. I think it’s the thing that’s so amazing about our movement.” (6)

It seems to be part of an overall effort to reshape and remold the TP’s image into something more inclusive, something beyond the stereotypical white-conservative demographic. This effort was on display at the July 21 Capitol Hill press conference, an event which included both black and Hispanic faces and was reported by Fox News as having shown off “the racial and ethnic diversity of the movement,” (7) and it was also evident in a response by the National Tea Party Federation (NTPF) to accusations of racism leveled by the NAACP. “The…(NTPF) today flatly rejected the NAACP’s unfounded accusations that condemn ‘racist elements’ in the tea party movement,” the group said in a July 14 statement. A separate statement issued the same day quoted a number of black conservatives, such as Frantz Kebreau of the NAACPC (“National Association for the Advancement of Conservative People of all Colors”), speaking in the TP’s defense. (8)

The accusations of racism stemmed from racial epithets that were allegedly hurled at Congressional Black Caucus members passing by a TP “Code Red Healthcare Rally” at the capitol in March. In an April letter to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the NTPF stated its view that “racism and hate speech have no place in civil political discourse and debate,” and promised swift action should any TP member be found to have engaged in such. On July 17 it seemed to make good on its promise when it voted to expel the Tea Party Express as one of its member organizations over racist remarks attributed to member Mark Williams. (9) Williams, one of the leaders in the Ground Zero mosque protests, reportedly posted on his blog a satirical letter praising slavery, a missive supposed to have been written by “Colored People” and sent to President Abraham Lincoln. Williams is also said to have called Obama an “Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug” and referred to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who supported the mosque construction, as “a Jewish Uncle Tom who would have turned rat on Anne Frank.” (10)

Like the NTPF and the newly-formed TP Congressional Caucus, Prell, too, seems to be doing a bit of outreach to a more broad-minded, enlightened audience. In what appears to be an appeal to the gay community, he reports in one of his essays that Palestinians “outlaw and execute homosexuals,” (11) then turns around, in a separate article, with an appeal to mainstream Christians wherein he discusses efforts to “eliminate Christmas from America’s town squares.” (12) How successful all this will be remains to be seen. It does seem to be a bit of a delicate high wire act, made all the more complicated by the fact that so far membership of the TP Congressional Caucus is entirely Republican (see the complete list here), although given the wind in the TP’s sails provided by the mainstream media, it would probably be unwise to dismiss these rebranding efforts as futile or unlikely.

Dick Armey and Freedom Works

Besides the aforementioned caucus members, another “leading voice of the Tea Party movement” is former House majority leader Dick Armey, who in 1994 helped Gingrich draft the “Contract with America.” Since leaving the House, Armey has worked as a consultant and currently heads the organization Freedom Works, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit which, according to its website, “recruits, educates, trains, and mobilizes millions of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.” Whether the claim of “millions” is reliable or not, there does indeed seem to be a training program of some sort, as the New York Times story on Carender reported:

Ms. Carender’s first rally drew only 120 people. A week later, she had 300, and six weeks later, 1,200 people gathered for a Tax Day Tea Party. Last month, she was among about 60 Tea Party leaders flown to Washington to be trained in election activism by Freedom Works, the conservative advocacy organization led by Dick Armey, the former House Republican leader. (13)

In addition to running his apparently well-funded nonprofit, Armey is also the author, along with Matt Kibbe, of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, described by one reviewer on Amazon as a “perfect recruiting tool.” The book was released in August 2010, however, in 2002, when he was still in Congress, Armey issued a somewhat different manifesto—not in defense of liberty, but of Israel. On May 1 that year (May Day ironically) Armey, in an interview on Hardball with Chris Matthews, essentially called for what would amount to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the Occupied Territories. “I am content to have Israel occupy that land that it now occupies and to have those people who have been aggressors against Israel retired to some other arena, and I would be happy to have them make a home. I would be happy to have all of these Arab nations that have been so hell bent to drive Israel out of the Middle East to get together, find some land and make a home for the Palestinians. I think it can be done,” he said. Matthews’ response was somewhat combative (see here for a transcript of the exchange), as he pointed out that what Armey was advocating was sharply at variance with official U.S. policy. Somewhat combative was about as far as it went, however. Matthews evidently did not view the remarks offensive enough to warrant charging his guest with racism, although we can imagine the reaction might have been different had Armey called for the expulsion of Jews rather than Palestinians. Not only would the congressman have been excoriated on Hardball, he likely would have gone on to suffer a Helen Thomas-like fate in his public life.

In June of 2002, roughly a month after Armey’s comments on Hardball, Israel began construction on the wall which today, the world over, has become an iconic symbol of twenty-first century apartheid. (14) No word on whether Armey has been disavowed or repudiated by the NTPF.

Louie Gohmert and ‘terror babies’

Texas Republican Congressman and TP Caucus member Louis Gohmert made a splash last summer when he began touting the theory that Muslim women were entering the U.S. for the purpose of having babies—thereby gaining citizenship status for their offspring. The babies, as the theory goes, would then grow up, undergo terrorist training, and return to America for the purpose of carrying out attacks. “It is happening, it is happening, it is happening,” Gohmert proclaimed in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, though without offering evidence.

“Where? Give me some evidence. Tell me one person, one terror baby that’s been born. Can you tell me?” responded Cooper.

“The explosions will not happen for 10, 15, 20 years, and then you will be one of those blips. I’m not comparable to Winston Churchill, but the detractors like you are comparable to his detractors,” Gohmert replied angrily, comparing Cooper to Jon Stewart and accusing him of having “fun” at his expense. (15)

The interview is thought to have been discrediting to Gohmert, particularly in light of comments by Janet Napolitano and a former FBI official denying existence of evidence pointing to “terror baby” plots against America. Nonetheless, Gohmert still remains a popular figure. A poll of TP participants in December found 70 percent supporting him over Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to head up the Republican Study Committee. (16) Despite TP support, however, the House leadership gave the job to Jordan—possibly out of concerns over Gohmert’s mental stability. As Erik Erickson wrote on RedState.com, “I like Louie Gohmert, but between he and Jim Jordan, I trust Jim to be a fully competent conservative trench fighter who will never go off the reservation about terror babies in embarrassing fashion—let alone be asked about it.” (17)

Wars and rumors of wars

Quite clearly Gohmert, along with Williams and the Tea Party Express, are idiosyncrasies of the movement that some would probably just as soon sweep under the rug. By contrast, however, the Tea Party Patriots is one of the more image-savvy TP groups around, its national coordinator, Jenny Beth Martin, last year being included among the 2010 Time 100, a list of “people who most affect our world” published each year by Time Magazine. “Every revolution needs icons,” Time wrote in its tribute to Martin. “The Tea Party movement may have mushroomed because of its reluctance to anoint a leader, but leaders have emerged nonetheless. In February 2009, Jenny Beth Martin was one of about 20 people who took part in the original conference call (convened via Twitter hashtag) in response to Rick Santelli’s now famous rant. Her commitment to building the burgeoning movement has made her one of its breakout stars.” (18)

On its website, the TPP defines fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets as its “core values.” What the organization’s official position on relations with Israel might be, or even the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are largely a matter of conjecture, however. Martin did not respond to requests for comments for this article. Her TPP compatriot, however, does seem to have a distinct soft spot in his heart for the Zionist state. Prell’s book is not scheduled for release until February 1 (a release presumably being timed to take advantage of the TP’s second anniversary), so any conclusive summary of its subject matter would have to wait until then. However, in an essay entitled “Why Palestinians?”, posted November 13, 2010, Prell confides it was precisely the struggle between Israel and Palestine which led him to a five year investigation of the “belief system” he now calls “underdogma.” It is a confession prefaced initially with a series of rhetorical questions—questions Prell loads with a number of emotional triggers:

Is there something about the culture, beliefs, or actions of Palestinians that resonates deep within the heart of President Obama? Is it the fact that Palestinians incite hatred and violence toward other cultures, calling them “descendants of monkeys and pigs”? Or is it because their school curricula and TV cartoons teach children to kill innocent people, leading 72% of school-aged Palestinians to say they aspire to be martyrs? Or is it the fact that they outlaw and execute homosexuals? Or is it the fact that they subjugate women and then “honor kill” them for the “dishonor” of being raped?

Why would anyone support anyone who does such things? And why have millions of people around the world—from university campuses to the United Nations to the White House—joined together to make “Palestinians the largest per capita recipients of international development assistance in the world”? (19)

After posing his prosecutorial questions, Prell then goes on to reveal, “Five years ago, I set out to answer these questions. What I discovered was a belief system that has implications far beyond East Jerusalem.” Indeed. Prell’s animosity doesn’t stop with the Palestinians, but makes a horizontal trajectory outward seemingly to include the entire Muslim world, or at any rate “radical Islamists.”

What is the common thread? Reflexive opposition to power and automatic support for the underdog—even when those underdogs fly planes into buildings, bury homosexuals up to their necks and stone them to death…and use child suicide bombers to kill innocent civilians. (20)

Underdogma, he says, is an “axis of power” that has transcended traditional divides between right and left, one that can be detected even outside the political realm—in areas such as sports, or the public trials and tribulations of celebrities. But the main threat of this dangerous “belief system” is its ability to shape people’s political ideologies:

Underdogma is all around us. It is at play in virtually every corner of our lives. And, while the Western world increasingly exalts the meek and apologizes for its own power, the self-described enemies of the West—radical Islamists—are operating under a fundamentally different and structurally more potent belief system.

Our sworn enemies operate under no such delusions. To the Islamists; (sic) strength and power are lauded, while any sign of weakness is not simply frowned upon—it is considered an open provocation for violent attack…

What they know, and what we must learn, is that the West’s empathy for the underdog—leading some in the West to tolerate, excuse and even celebrate the violent actions of Islamic terrorists—is viewed by these Islamists as despicable weakness and clear justification—and even provocation—for violent jihad against the very underdogmatists who stand up for them. (21)

It’s probably a safe bet that the only “despicable weakness” in America, as perceived by vast numbers of people in the Middle East, is its weakness in standing up to the Israeli lobby. Nonetheless, Prell goes on to conclude that America “was founded on a pioneer spirit of achievement and a belief in American Exceptionalism (sic),” and he issues a warning that “further thralldom to underdogma is suicidal” and that “compassion should never involve self-destruction.” (22)

Interestingly, Prell’s bio, as listed on the website of his publisher, BenBella Books, cites connections to the current prime minister of Israel among others. “Michael Prell has written for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and hundreds of politicians on three continents. His specialty is starting, shifting, and amplifying national debates,” reads the bio, which additionally goes on to mention the author’s previous work with the Dalai Lama, the global Chinese dissident community, “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach, and the Jewish Values Network. He also apparently is a winner of the “Pollie Award” given out each year by the American Association of Political Consultants—a prize described as “the Academy Award of political advertising.”

While we may not know Martin’s views on war in the Middle East, we do know her thoughts on her Patriot-compatriot’s forthcoming book since they are given on the TPP website: “Underdogma,” she says, “is the first great Tea Party book. All Tea Party Patriots should read Underdogma.” As for Dick Armey, whatever he is teaching the “millions” of young conservative activists taking his “training” courses, one may probably safely conclude it’s not peace with Muslims. And what of Carender? Like other TPers, the young Seattle woman, who blogs under the name “Liberty Belle,” seems to be a partisan supporter of Israel. Last June, after the Helen Thomas controversy erupted, Liberty Belle’s blog featured a post entitled, “Disgusting: Jew-hater of the day, Helen Thomas.” The post included the embedded video of Thomas’ exchange with the New York rabbi that resulted in her resignation from United Press International. Underneath it, Liberty Belle comments, “I might have to make this a daily feature if all the Jew-hating Americans keep showing their true colors so openly. It’s time to call these people out and let them know their hatred is not welcome in the United States of America.” (23)

Liberty Belle also includes on her blogroll a link to Front Page Magazine, the hawkish website edited by David Horowitz, which spotlights a section called “Jihad Watch.” And for Horowitz, apparently the esteem is mutual. FPM recently named the TP its “Person of the Year,” a tribute in which it asserted that the movement has “wrought tremendous change over the political landscape” and has revitalized “the American zeitgeist.” It also informs us that “the rancid reaction of the Left to the Tea Party is well known and not worth treatment here.” What is provided, however, are some statistics about TP members that are perhaps important to note:

Members are predominately Republican voters, many of whom are disaffected and work largely outside the GOP establishment. Only 54% of TP supporters had a favorable view of the Republican Party, according to an April 2010 New York Times/CBS News poll. Polls consistently show the movement’s single greatest unifying principle is fiscal conservatism, including a desire for a smaller government and a concern over the federal deficit. Social issues are mixed and far less uniform. According to the same poll, slightly more people favored civil unions for homosexuals compared to those who believed gay couples should receive no legal recognition (41% to 40%) and 45% are pro-choice (believing abortion should be available, but with restrictions), while only 35% believe abortion should not be available. (24)

There are probably any number of ways to interpret these stats, though one way could be that more than half of the American Right lies even farther out on the political spectrum than the standard Republican Party line. At the same time, however, the figures on views towards gay marriage could well suggest that Prell’s presumed efforts to reach out to that segment of American society are not without some reasonable chances of success.

Conclusion to part 1

While Americans are justifiably upset at the current state of affairs in their country, a great deal of confusion reigns as to the exact nature of the problems, their causes, and potential solutions. This is not coincidental. Such pervasive confusion exists largely thanks to the mainstream media, whose role, as ever, is to keep the populace frightened and misinformed, this while setting up straw man villains and carefully concealing where the true centers of power lie. If the TP is to be viewed as a media creation, which for the most part it seems to be, the question would then occur as to what purpose. What was its intended function? At the outset, as people grew captivated by the hoopla, its main role seemed to be taking the anger in America—which at the moment is very deep, very palpable, and near pandemic proportions—along with the perennial desire for change, and channeling these vertiginous emotions into a relatively safe, sandbox-type outlet. At some point, however, the ends began to evolve and mutate…as ends often do in the presence of human creativity. Currently as the clock seemingly ticks towards 2 a.m.—as the rhetoric heats up and the storm clouds gather over the Persian Gulf yet again—the “party,” as it were, appears to have taken a more sinister direction, with an advocacy of war becoming one of its defining characteristics.

Richard Edmondson is the author of The Memoirs of Saint John: No Greater Love, available on Amazon. Visit his website at www.memoirsofsaintjohn.com. He also maintains a blog at www.leftwing-christian.net.

  1. Michael Prell, “America’s enduring love for underdogs,” American Thinker, Feb. 6, 2008, http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/02/americas_enduring_love_for_und.html
  1. Ibid.
  1. Prell, “Underdogma,” American Thinker, Dec. 14, 2007, http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/12/underdogma.html
  1. Prell, “Why Palestinians?” American Thinker, Nov. 13, 2010, http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/11/why_palestinians.html
  1. Kate Zernike, “An unlikely activist who got to the tea party early,” New York Times, Feb. 27, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/us/politics/28keli.html?_r=2
  1. Ibid.
  1. “Congressional Tea Party Caucus kicks off with a display of racial unity,” Fox News, July 21, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/21/tea-party-caucus-kicks-racial-unity/
  1. National Tea Party Federation website, “press room” page, http://www.thenationalteapartyfederation.com/press_room.html
  1. Ibid.

10.  Helen Kennedy, “Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams kicked out over ‘colored people’ letter,’” New York Daily News, July 18, 2010, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/07/18/2010-07-18_tea_party_express_leader_mark_williams_expelled_over_colored_people_letter.html

11.  Prell, “Underdogma,” http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/12/underdogma.html

12.  Michael Prell, “Merry Christmas,” The Daily Caller, Dec. 7, 2010, http://dailycaller.com/2010/12/07/merry-christmas/#ixzz17SuAlIdD

13.  Zernike, “Unlikely Activist…” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/us/politics/28keli.html?_r=2

14.  PalestineHistory.com, http://www.palestinehistory.com/issues/wall/wallfacts.htm

15.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVfQCpYocQ

16.  Stephanie Mencimer, “Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert: Tea Party pick for House leadership,” Mother Jones, Dec. 8, 2010. http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/12/louie-gohmert-tea-party-republican-study-committee

17.  Erik Erickson, “Just say no to Louie Gohmert’s write-in bid,” Red State, Dec. 1, 2010, http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/12/01/just-say-no-to-louie-gohmerts-write-in-bid/

18.  “Jenny Beth Martin,” Time, April 29, 2010, http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1984685_1984864_1985462,00.html

19.  Prell, “Why Palestinians?” http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/11/why_palestinians.html

20.  Prell, “Underdogma,” http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/12/underdogma.html

21.  Ibid.

22.  Ibid.

23.  Redistributing Knowledge blog site, http://redistributingknowledge.blogspot.com/2010/06/disgusting-jew-hater-of-day-helen.html

24.  Front Page Magazine, Dec. 31, 2010, http://frontpagemag.com/2010/12/31/frontpages-person-of-the-year-the-tea-party-movement/


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