July 4, 2008, - 10:39 am

What is Patriotism?: Is Buying American Patriotic?

By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, I told you about Presidential candidates John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s definitions of “patriotism.” How do you define it? Do you include buying American-made products as part of patriotism?
Living in Michigan, where our economy has collapsed because of its incongruous dependence on the American auto industry, many people believe it is unAmerican to buy a foreign made car.
In my family, my paternal grandfather, my father, and I have always owned or leased American-made cars. It wasn’t just a sign that we believed in America and American workers, but also supporting our local community, of which we are not only a part, but from which we benefited (in the ’70s and ’80s, many of my father’s patients were auto workers and execs, but that quickly changed with the advent of HMOs).


But we also believed in (and I continue to believe in) the free market. Competition is always good. The Japanese auto industry, in the 1980s, forced America’s auto industry to catch up and make better products. Today, America has fallen behind again, and that would be the case even without gas prices approaching $5.00.
Some of that is because of gargantuan retiree health plans (absurdly covering Viagra and costing $1,500 of every new GM car) and union demands and wages. But many auto workers have lost their jobs and many of those who did not have made considerable wage concessions. While I support competition, I also believe we can’t exist as merely a consumer society. If we don’t keep some production here, we’ll continue to fail economically. And while auto workers’ salad days are over, they shouldn’t be paid sweatshop or slave wages, either. That will be bad for America’s economy, too.
Today, there’s another issue, too: What does “Made in America” mean? Does it mean the parts were made here and assembled elsewhere? Does it mean the parts were made there, but assembled here? That’s the mix of many cars (and other products) today, and “Made in the U.S.A.” doesn’t really entirely mean it was made here, anymore.
If I had the money to buy a new car today, I’d stay in the tradition of my father and his father. I would NOT buy a foreign model. Never. I do believe that’s part of supporting America and being patriotic.
On the other hand, my late maternal grandfather–who came here with nothing and built a multi-million dollar business–bought Japanese cars after his American ones were in the shop so much. He felt it was American to buy the most competitive, well-built product. When my grandfather bought a Japanese car for my little brother, my father was sort of embarrassed that one of his kids would be seen in a non-American car. It was almost sacrilege.
So, what do you think? Is patriotism not just sacrificing for our country, but also “buying American”? Even though I’m a free marketeer–in this age of America shipping many of its manufacturing jobs away to foreign markets–I believe that it is.
We have to support our country’s economy, or pretty soon, we will be China’s China or China’s El Salvador or Bangladesh. In the past, we developed the great new inventions, like the automobile. And we built them for us. I’m afraid that if we don’t support our own economy, other markets will create the next big things. And we’ll be building it . . . for their consumers.
Something to think about on this 232nd Independence Day: How independent will we continue to be if we produce nothing and buy their products?
In the late ’70s and ’80s, our gasoline supply and auto industry crises were bad, but they were tempered by the strong American dollar.
Now, our dollar is weak, coupled with incarnations of both of those problems. So, we are in a worse Catch 22 than ever.
Would producing and buying more American products fix that? I’m not advocating protectionism (the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act in the early 1900s “protected” our economy out of existence and into a steep depression), but part of my freedom–part of my independence–is to choose to buy American, whenever I can (which is, sadly, rarer and rarer an available choice, these days).
Does you patriotism include this view?

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July 4, 2008, - 9:47 am

Great 4th of July Memories: How Do You Spend Independence Day?

By Debbie Schlussel
My three favorite Independence Days experiences were spent this way:
* Spending time with my late father, as he grilled steaks or cooked hot dogs or hamburgers, with all of the fixins’ including our favorite condiment, Plochman’s Kosciusko Spicy Brown Mustard (there’s nothing like it).


* Spending time with a good friend on the friend’s boat in the middle of the water on a beautiful, sunny Fourth of July. It was only for a few hours, but there is no freer, more independent place than to be out on the middle of the water with nothing blocking your view of the beautiful day. Being free do do that in America is one of the simple joys of living here. And the company was not bad, either. You can’t beat the freedom of movement and freedom of association that we have in our great country.

* As a summer intern in Washington, then-White House intern (and later Bush White House employee) Peter Wehner and some other White House interns I met invited me to watch the fireworks from the South Lawn of the White House. There is no greater place to watch them, since it’s less crowded and the fireworks on the Washington Mall are done so the President can see them well from the White House.

How do you spend the Independence Day holiday? What are some of your favorite memories celebrating America and enjoying the day?

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July 4, 2008, - 9:12 am

Independence Day: Happy Birthday, America! 232 Years Strong

By Debbie Schlussel
Happy Independence Day, My Fellow Americans! We’ve had 232 great years of freedom and liberty.
We hope for an endless, infinite number of repeats and an endless supply of freedom and liberty. The more we keep kissing the rears of those who would destroy us (you know, from a certain “Religion of Peace”), the less likely that will be.
We must be vigilant in protecting our freedom and the American way of life from interlopers who come here–and a growing number of those who are born here–without the love of those things that are innate to being an American.


Remember, this is what today is all about:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.- Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.


He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

But while we recognize that, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of fun, too, like . . .


Hot Dogs. Yes, the Fourth of July is not about hot dogs. It’s about freedom. But, still, hot dogs are a major part of Fourth of July culture and American summer living. So, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention today’s big 92nd annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Vegas is setting the odds and breaking it down. American Champ Joey Chestnut is the fave.
And, frankly, the hot dog contest is actually a symbol of freedom–the freedom to eat meat, yet another freedom under attack by the animals rights forces. Chow down. And enjoy being free.

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July 3, 2008, - 3:19 pm

Detroit Muslims, Greek Orthodox Fete Archbishop Who Calls For HAMAS Terrorist Attacks

By Debbie Schlussel
Detroit Free Press resident Islamist, Niraj Warikoo, “reports” on today’s visit to Detroit by Greek Orthodox Archbishop Attallah Hanna, who was hosted by the Islamic and Greek Orthodox communities.
But, not mentioned in the article, is that Hanna praised HAMAS homicide bombings and mass murders and called for Christians to participate in them. That’s why even his own church deposed him, which you’d never know reading Warikoo’s propaganda, er . . . “story.”
That the Detroit Islamic community, which claims to be “moderate” and isn’t, would host Hanna should tell us exactly where they stand on the mass murder of innocent civilians.


Attallah Hanna w/ Iran/Hezbollah Agent Imam Hassan Qazwini


Imam Hassan Qazwini w/ Obama

AND w/ Hezbollah Spiritual Leader Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah

But, per usual, Warikoo didn’t tell us who Hanna is, instead portraying him as a peace activist for Palestinians in Israel. Also per usual, unelected, unrepresentative Detroit Jewish Community spokesman, Robert Cohen, was too dimwitted or lazy (or both) to use google to find out who Archbishop Hanna is.
From my 2005 column on Hanna:

Hanna was fired by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate because of his open support for terrorism. But Hanna continues to claim he speaks on behalf of the Church, anyway.
He has repeatedly expressed his support for homicide bombers and “all forms and methods” of “resistance,” not only against Israel, but also U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Hanna proudly paraded his views to HAMAS’ news agency:

These martyrdom freedom fighters are the heroes of the people, and we are proud of them. We categorically reject suspicious attempts to cast suspicion on their deeds. They are not suicidal, as some are claiming. Nor are they terrorists, as others are claiming. They are resisting the occupation.

Hanna also said,

We support the martyrdom [suicide] operations without any reservations, regardless of what skeptics and opponents of this form of resistance are saying.

In a January 2003 sermon marking the Epiphany and the baptism of Jesus, Hanna said,

We do not believe in so-called “peace with Israel” because peace cannot be made with Satan. Israel is the greatest Satan. No concession and no truce must be made [with Israel]. Any type of peace with this entity is concession, submission, and retreat from pan-Arab and national principles . . . . We encourage our youth to participate in the resistance, to carry out martyrdom attacks.

Hanna has repeatedly traveled to Syria and Lebanon to meet with Sheikh Hasan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah, the terrorist group that murdered over 300 U.S. Marines and civilians in Beirut.

Does this sound like a peace activist to you? Does it sound like the same guy Detroit Free Press “reporter” Niraj Warikoo described? Doe it sound like Jewish Community spokesmodel Robert Cohen did even the slightest homework on this guy, since he was clueless of all of this and too incompetent to do the research?
Just a taste of who hosted this terrorist:

The archbishop was at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Livonia and then visited the Islamic Center of America, where he was greeted by its leader, Imam Hassan Qazwini. . . .
At the end of a talk, the archbishop presented Imam Qazwini with a relief of the city of Jerusalem and said to him:
“I hope that one day you will visit us in Jerusalem after it’s liberated from the occupation and the Arab Palestinian flag is there.” . . .
The meeting with the archbishop was also attended by Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab-American News, Imad Hamad, regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, all of whom praised the archbishop.
“He’s a man of principle,” Hamad said.

Yeah, the “principle” of Judenrein and mass murder of innocent civilians.
Sadly, Robert Cohen and the fellow Jewish liberal elitist panderers for whom he speaks will continue to fete every single one of the Arabs and Muslims named in the article, who honored Archbishop Hanna.

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July 3, 2008, - 3:02 pm

Honoring Washington’s Slaves: Worthy Memorial or Slap In America’s Face on Independendence Day Eve?

By Debbie Schlussel
Today, in Pennsylvania, nine slaves owned by George Washington are being honored. The timing, the day before Independence Day, was planned, and it will mark the establishment of a memorial to slaves held on federal property.
While slaves contributed monumentally to the building of America and that deserves to be–and has been–recognized, I think the timing is a slap in the face of America as we prepare to celebrate the 232nd birthday of America’s independence.
Tomorrow, when we celebrate our freedom, we will all be celebrating that, as we are all free. As we all know, unlike many Islamic countries in the world–where Blacks are still slaves today–slaves were freed, almost 1.5 centuries ago.
We don’t need to tell the world–on the eve of America’s birthday–how “bad” we are as a country, when frankly, we are a great country that long ago rid our nation of an ill that was embraced universally at the time we engaged in it.


That he owned slaves back in the 1700s does not mean that George Washington was a bad guy. On the contrary, he was a brilliant, brave founder and first President who set forth something that changed the world and let us–eventually all of us–live free.
Washington’s slaves and a memorial to other slaves would be more properly recognized at another time, perhaps during Black History Month or around the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. To do it now can only be interpreted as a deliberate dig at America at a time when all Americans should recognize how lucky we are to live here . . . and at a time when we all–regardless of race–live here in freedom and completely free.
While it is tragic that nine people lived as slaves, it is, ultimately, anything but tragic that their descendants got the good fortune to now live in freedom and relative prosperity in the greatest country on earth on this Fourth of July 2008.
And that is something to celebrate, not memorialize, on this eve of our Independence.

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July 3, 2008, - 2:20 pm

How McCain & Obama Define Patriotism Tells Us Everything

By Debbie Schlussel
As we get ready to celebrate America’s Independence Day, tomorrow, Parade Magazine asked both John McCain and Barack Obama how they define “patriotism.”
Their answers are telling. Although both wrote essays in response, I think the headlines tell you everything:
* John McCain defines patriotism as “Putting the Country First.”
* Barack Obama claims “patriotism” means “Faith In One Another as Americans.”


HUH?! Sorry, Barack, but while that makes a great Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream slogan, a lofty feeling at the ashram, or even a description of a sex orgy, that’s not what patriotism means. It means exactly what John McCain says it does–putting America first, sacrificing for it.
But, now we know that if Obama is elected, he will think the nebulous, hippie feeling of “faith in one another” is America’s priority, when it should actually be what John McCain thinks it is–putting our country first.

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July 3, 2008, - 12:39 pm

Mystery: Suspended Muslim FOX Reporter/Anchor’s & Boyfriend’s Strange Campaign Contributions

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE #5, 07/15/08: FOX News/NewsCorp’s Fanchon Stinger used Morning News Show as 20-minute Farrakhan Infomercial; did Pandering interview with Farrakhan at behest of Nation of Islam boyfriend, a key Farrakhan associate ****
**** UPDATE #4, 07/11/08: FOX 2 News Dumps Fanchon Stinger, But Refuses to Clean House or Change Cancerous Newsroom Policies ****
**** UPDATE #3, 07/10/08: FOX News/NewsCorp Does CYA-story on Muslim Anchor Fanchon Stinger; Covers Up Important Info ****
**** UPDATE #2, 07/08/08: Fanchon Stinger Removed from FOX’s “Problem Solver” Investigative Reporting Unit ****
**** UPDATE, 07/07/08: Fanchon Stinger’s Boyfriend Rayford Jackson is Top Nation of Islam Lieutenant, FOX 2 Slanted Farrakhan Coverage; Fanchon Stinger Gushed Over Monica Conyers on Air, While Boyfriend May Have Been Bribing Her ****
Yesterday, I told you about Fanchon Stinger, the suspended FOX Muslim reporter and anchor who works for its Detroit FOX/NewsCorp owned-and-operated station. I told you about her Muslim boyfriend, Rayford Jackson a/k/a Rayford Jackson Muhammad, who is at the center of an FBI investigation into bribery of the Detroit City Council. I also told you how Stinger’s new religion and her relationship tainted her coverage of stories involving Islam and the Islamic community.
As I noted, FOX 2 station officials, General Manager Jeff Murri and News Director Dana Hahn, knew about Stinger’s and the married Jackson’s relationship for several years, but did nothing about it, even though their own news operation–for which girlfriend Stinger works–did exposes of and reports about Jackson.
Now, I have discovered that Stinger and Jackson apparently coordinated campaign contributions of several thousand dollars to the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election effort.

Fanchon Stinger: Her, Boyfriend Rayford Jackson’s Campaign Contributions Raise Serious Questions

In January 2004, Rayford Jackson–who gave few campaign contributions in his lifetime–gave $2,000 to Bush-Cheney ’04. Within days, Stinger also gave Bush-Cheney ’04 $2,000. It appears they coordinated their campaign contributions to the Bush campaign.
Sources say Jackson only gives money to those from whom he expects something in return. In his brief history of campaign contributions, he’s given only $250 to his close friend, indicted Detroit Mayor Kwame “The Kingpin” Kilpatrick. His Bush donation is, by far, his largest, on record. Stinger’s $2,000 donation is her only donation on record. Just what did Rayford Jackson get for the thousands he (and Stinger) gave the Bush campaign and the money he contributed to Congressman Joe Knollenberg a/k/a “Hezbollah Joe,” just days later? If I were Knollenberg’s opponent, Gary Peters (one of the few Democrats whom I am endorsing), I’d demand that Knollenberg return the money.
Questions are being raised about whether Stinger’s contribution to the Bush Cheney campaign was her way of laundering money to the Bush campaign for Rayford Jackson, above and beyond federal donation limits. The close timing of their two donations–just days apart, at a time when sources say they were already “dating” (euphemism)–certainly lends that appearance.
For most mainstream media outlets, campaign contributions are strictly prohibited, as they reveal biases by reporters and anchors. FOX 2 and NewsCorp officials did not return calls requesting comment on their policy regarding campaign contributions.
Fanchon Stinger regularly discussed the 2004 Presidential Race as host of the station’s morning show, but she never once disclosed that she was a major donor–and perhaps, money launderer for a third party–to the Bush campaign.
**** UPDATE: In December 2005, Rayford Jackson also donated $1,000 to Democrat Harold Ford, Jr. of Tennessee. But, on the same day, Harold Ford returned the contribution. Maybe he already knew of Rayford Jackson’s shenanigans.

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July 3, 2008, - 12:04 pm

Satanists for Obama, The Sequel: Democrat Official Who Tortured, Raped Was Anti-Israel “Peace Activist” and Anti-American Human Shield

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Joy Johnson and her hubby Rev. Joseph Craig? Earlier this week Johnson, a Democratic Party official, and her husband were arrested and charged with rape, torture, and demonic, satanic practices putting humans in dog cages?
Well, get this–Ms. Johnson was also an anti-Israel activist who traveled to Israel to help Palestinian terrorists in their cause against Israel. And she was a human shield against our soldiers in Iraq. My friend, the amazing Sultan Knish, has the in-depth scoop. A MUST Read!
Oh, and by the way, another Democratic party official, Diana Palmer, was arrested for participating in this New Age, Satanic torture and rape.


Joy Johnson, Joseph Craig:

The Dems’ Michael Vicks Also Love Palestinian Terrorists

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July 3, 2008, - 10:32 am

Question of the Day: John McCain Supposedly Roughed Up . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
. . . an associate of Communist Sandinista Dictator Daniel “Gucci Glasses” Ortega of Nicaragua, and this is a “bad thing” because . . .?
Sorry, but if true–and he’s now denying it–this enhances my respect for John McCain a gazillion-fold and makes me happier to vote for him in November. It probably is true because the John McCain of 1987 was a true conservative, a lot different than the one of today.
A brief refresher: Daniel Ortega was (and remains) a Communist thug. He was friends with Arafat, Castro, and all the usual suspects of Greater Despotica. He seized the land of poor Nicaraguan peasant farmers and instituted Soviet-style communism. The store shelves were bare and people lived in fear.
HIM . . .


VERSUS HIM: Daniel Ortega, Then . . .


(Daniel Ortega with Buds Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, Dems John Kerry/Tom Harkin)

Daniel Ortega, Now . . .

(Daniel Ortega & Buddy Hugo Chavez w/Latin America Liberator Simon Bolivar Looking at Them Ominously)
Ortega seized the Jewish Community Center and the Managua Synagogue and turned them into a Palestinian youth club and an officers club for P.L.O. officers who trained in Nicaragua. But before he seized the synagogue, during Friday Night Sabbath prayers, his Sandinistas set fire to the synagogue and barred the doors shut so people were trapped inside (they were fortunately rescued by Contra-allied individuals). Ortega forced the leader of the Managua Jewish community to sweep the streets of Managua to embarrass and degrade him, and he seized all of his real estate. Most of the Jews in Nicaragua fled to avoid a Sandinista Holocaust, after they witnessed Ortega’s KrystallNacht. (More about what happened to Nicaragua’s Jews under Ortega here and here.)
(Read more on Daniel Ortega, here and here.)
So, pardon me, if I hope the story is true and that John McCain, in 1987, grabbed an Ortega colleague by the collar and lifted him out of his chair. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not only should McCain not shy away from this accusation, he should own it. He should say, “Damn Straight I bullied this Communist creep who terrorized the poor Nicaraguan people. Got a problem with that?”
Frankly, that would be a nice contrast with Barack Hussein Obama’s orgasm for hanging with Iran’s Ahmadinejad and other despotic enemies of America.
It should be a campaign commercial.

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July 2, 2008, - 3:27 pm

Another Reason I Oppose Charter Schools: Actor Will Smith, Wife Start Scientology Science Fiction School

By Debbie Schlussel
As readers know, I oppose charter schools and have for many years. They are merely vehicles to suck your tax money into funding bizarre religious ideologies and further separate America.
I’m all for a competitive marketplace, and that’s where school choice among public schools takes place and, perhaps, vouchers (but those, too, can go for religious schools disguised as secular ones). Charter schools–all based on certain beliefs and other means of separation–take away from the common American experience. And there is very little oversight. One Islamic charter school I know of is “overseen” by a small community college, the personnel of which have never set foot within 100 miles of the school.


Will & Jada Smith Start L. Ron Hubbard School for Kiddies

There is no reason you should be funding the extremist Muslim Tarek Ibn Zayid Academy in Minnesota, other Islamic charter schools around the country, and now, this latest adventure into the absurd: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s new experiment in tax-wasting, a Scientology charter school, which they claim–just like the Muslims–won’t be a Scientology school based on the cult started by failed science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard and his non-existent “thetan” buddies.
While the Smiths are not saying the school will be a charter school, it appears it will be, and there’s nothing to stop it from becoming one. They’ve donated only $900,000 for the school, 80% of the kids will be there on scholarship, and the money will have to come from somewhere.

The founders of New Village Academy are . . . stars: Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. . . .
But the school’s Sept. 3 opening, on the leased campus of a former school in Calabasas, will be accompanied by a whiff of controversy. Some of its teachers are members of the Church of Scientology, and it will use teaching methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. . . .
One teaching method the school uses is study technology, which was developed by Hubbard and focuses on students gaining hands-on experience, mastering subject matter before moving to the next level, and being taught not to read past words they don’t understand. . . .
New Village plans to have nonprofit status [DS: That’s where your tax money comes in], as well as accreditation from the California Assn. of Independent Schools . . . .
The New Village curriculum includes literacy and math, and subjects such as living skills, Spanish, karate, yoga, robotics, technology, etiquette and art. Parental involvement is encouraged, as is limited access to television and sugary foods.
But critics contend that the school is not being honest about its links to Scientology. David S. Touretzky, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, created a website that dissects study technology and asserts that it is Scientology religion disguised as education.
Touretzky said many phrases and concepts on the school’s website are specific to Scientology. For example, the school lists a “Director of Qualifications” and another teacher who is an assistant in the “Qual” department. The “Qual,” said Touretzky, is where people who have completed a Scientology counseling, or “auditing,” session or a course in the Church of Scientology are tested by a qualifications teacher.
“There is no reputable educator anywhere who endorses [study technology],” said Touretzky, a critic of Scientology. “What happens is that children are inculcated with Scientology jargon and are led to regard L.R. Hubbard as an authority figure. They are laying the groundwork for later bringing people into Scientology.”

Scary. Almost as scary as the Muslim charter schools that claim they are not Muslim. Time to end this separation of American education into miniaturized tax-funded bins of the most loony thought imaginable. Islam, Scientology–none of this should be a part of K-12 tax-funded education.
Just wondering when the Jim Jones Charter School will be opening. I hear they serve Kool-Aid as the lunch beverage.

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