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Two Year Itch…Four Year Nightmare

The return of conservatives to power in Italy was inevitable. Immigration, high unemployment and a stalling economy have mercifully ended their two-year flirtation with the Italian left. Really, the only reason Prodi and the other “former” communists were able to take over and last two years was Berlusconi’s inability to follow through with promised reforms during his second stint as Prime Minister. The popular war in Iraq didn’t help either.

By giving a whopping nine point victory and an unmistakable mandate, the Italian people also issued an unmistakable warning to any American who dares to believe that a liberal Democrat can solve what ails America’s economy. Out-going PM Prodi never brought the much needed economic reforms to Italy. He couldn’t. Because what Italy needed was antithetical to his (and most liberals) core beliefs. Stripping power from unions and reforming entitlements weren’t exactly enticing undertakings for a “former” communist.

As I warn in The Absentee Ballot, America’s struggles can only worsen with a liberal captaining the ship. And to those leftists who point to the struggling U.S. economy: the last seven years cannot be blamed on conservatism, because conservatism didn’t fail. George Bush failed conservatism. It was the largest expansion of federal government since LBJ along with irresponsible spending, that have sent the economy and the greenback falling—not conservative governance.

For America’s sake, I just hope it doesn’t take a four-year flirtation with Senator Obama.

Clooney, Obama and Veltroni-The Communist Cupola

I just read an interview with George Clooney in Italy’s La Repubblica, a leading Italian newspaper, and about fell out of my chair. In it, he discusses his new movie and a commercial he filmed for an Italian politician, Veltroni, a former communist and foreword writer to the Italian version of Obama’s Audacity of Hope. When I read it, I was surprised, not because he filmed a commercial for a communist, but that he actually said something in Italian considering the fact that he still doesn’t speak it, despite calling Italy “casa mia,” or my home. I know. Amazing. He doesn’t speak the language, he spends less than half the year there, and yet he finds time to film a commercial advocating a candidate, a communist one at that. It’s funny, he advocates a “hands-off” approach when it comes to minding other countries’ affairs, yet he wastes no time violating his own rule.

I was relieved when I looked up the YouTube video of the commie ad. It simply showed his photo along with a quote that read in Italian, “I’m with Obama, I hope that after the many errors, my country will heal. And Italy, it’s my home, and Veltroni (the communist, sorry, reformed communist), he is a good friend.”

If only McCarthy were alive…He’d have a field day with Penn and his admiration for FARC backing Chavez. Oliver Stone, Spielberg, Danny Glover and all of the other thespians that I have neglected to mention who trip over themselves to praise Castro would merit special scrutiny as well.

Clooney? I’m not sure he’s as sinister as he is naïve. And I’m not sure what is more disturbing. Is it loony Clooney, or the fact that we might have the only U.S. Presidential nominee in history that has had a communist pen his introduction?

Clooney supports communist=Clooney is a communist.

Communist supports Obama=Obama is a communist.

Clooney supports Obama=Both are communists.

In my new book, The Absentee Ballot, I discuss how Hollywood affects Europeans’ opinions of the United States. It certainly doesn’t help enhance our image abroad when the most visible Americans are filming spots for communist politicians, while simultaneously indulging in a good dose of self-flagellation.

Wilders, Fitna and Two Korans

So when they (the Jews) exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, we said to them: “Be you monkeys, despised and rejected.” ~Surah 7:166 of the Koran in describing how Allah transformed Jews into monkeys and pigs as punishment for their transgressions (from the book Islam and the Jews by Dr. Gabriel PhD).

That’s my small attempt to protest the outrageous removal of ‘Fitna’ from various web sites.

Millions watched ‘Fitna’ for the few hours it was online. Millions are concerned with the ongoing sanitization of Islam carried out by western elites, and millions want to learn about verses which came after Mohammed’s Mecca revelations. Elites don’t like what Islam became after Mohammed failed to convert Jews and Christians in Medina. ‘Fitna’ doesn’t incite, it tells the truth by using the words of Mohammed, peace not be upon him.

In the film, Wilders merely uses sermons from imams, words from the Koran and actions of faithful Muslims to provide a more complete picture than the one we are getting from elites in the media and educational institutions. And I applaud him.

70,000,000 Ready to Join Al Qaeda

Bin Laden and Zawahiri 

A Gallup poll released this week hasn’t received the attention that I believe it deserves.  On the bright side, 93% of the 50,000 Muslims polled condemn the 9/11 attacks. On the dark side, 7% support them. Since there are about one billion Muslims world-wide, that means about seventy million (one-fourth of the U.S. population) would like to see Western civilization replaced by a backward and uncivilized troop of Koran thumpers. 

The Executive Director of the Gallup Center of  Muslim Studies believes that politics, not religion, is the motivation behind the support for terror. From the Melbourne Herald: 

“Politics, not piety, differentiate moderates from radicals in the Islamic world.” The Director adds, “Terrorism sympathisers don’t hate our freedom. They want our freedom.” 

The respondents to the survey believe a lack of respect for Islam is the the biggest obstacle to better relations between Muslims and Westerners, Christians and Jews. The problem with their rationale appears every day in the news. Just this week, Iran instituted death as a penalty for apostacy. Today, terrorists in Mosul kidnapped the Chaldean Archbishop, and a Berlin art gallery was bullied into removing an art exhibit featuring the Kaaba in Mecca.  

If it’s not the religion it is the culture. Either way, it has to change. Christians don’t threaten violence, kidnap and blow up mentally disabled adults to achieve their goals. A healthy amount of Islamic introspection, not a heightened sympathy or respect for the religion of Mohammed, is the only hope for peace.   

The extremist Christian becomes a nun, priest or missionary. The radicalized Muslim joins al-Qaeda.

China Bans Mickey in Favor of 中国卡通

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They have really done it this time. China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has removed Mickey Mouse and all other foreign toons from Chinese TVs, “to create a conducive environment for innovation in Chinese cartoons.” Poor Donald wasn’t spared from China’s axe, either.

The measure extends a Mickey black-out, already in place for the afternoon. Apparently, it wasn’t working, so they needed to try something more drastic, deciding to go after the all important “dinner cartoon hours.” According to Italy’s Corriere della Sera, “the SAFT has also asked the television networks to maintain a ratio of 7 to 3 transmissions between Chinese cartoons and foreign cartoons.

Next thing you know, they’ll be going after knock-off Louis Vuittons, Harry Potter counterfeits, and illegally pirated Hollywood films and music. Oh no, wait. They

profit from those little endeavors.

Saudi Prince Threatens Terror Over Probe

Prince Bandar      Same Guy…    Prince Bandar

The UK bribery investigation of BAE, a defense and aerospace company, hasn’t received above-the-fold attention in the U.S. but maybe it should.  The British aerospace giant stands accused of bribing Saudi officials for the Al Yamamah contracts that have netted the company £43 billion or roughly $80 billion over the last twenty years.

 

At the center of the controversy is a familiar figure in American politics, Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. It’s believed that the Saudi Prince, now the head of the Saudi National Security Council, received £1 billion in bribes to secure orders for BAE.

 From The Guardian:

Saudi Arabia’s rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

 Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced “another 7/7” and the loss of “British lives on British streets” if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.

 Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE.

The Saudis are notorious bribers or “donors” to American politicians. Ex CIA agent turned author Robert Baer reported extensively on the House of Sa’ud’s generosity as have many others.

$1 million to Nancy Reagan’s “Just say no” campaign

$500,000 to launch the Bush Scholarship Fund at Phillips Academy from Prince al-Walid (the infamous Prince whose $10 million was rejected by one irate New York mayor)

$23 million to the University of Arkansas’s new Center For Middle Eastern Studies

$10 million to the Clinton Presidential Library

$10 million to the George HW Bush Presidential Library

But by far the most disturbing donation by the House of Sa’ud, more specifically the cherubic Prince Bandar, was made by Bandar’s wife. In Sleeping with the Devil, Baer reports:

 Princess Haifa’s contribution to a Saudi who aided two of the September 11 hijackers added up to $130,000. Throw in $550,000 that a mysterious Saudi donated to a San Diego mosque that served as a forward base for the same two hijackers, and the money exceeds the roughly $500,000 the FBI estimates as the total cost of the 9/;111 attacks.

The Saudis have spent billions exporting an ideology aimed to preserve their strangle-hold on power by lobbying for the annihilation of the west. Unfortunately, the U.S hasn’t a card to play. The Wahabbis help finance our $3 trillion debt, fuel our SUVs, and even fund our Presidential libraries.

Criticism that Sticks

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While living in Italy, at least early on, I bristled at the European accusation that we, the U.S., were always minding other countries’ affairs. Meddling. Interfering. But it didn’t take long before I realized they had a point. The long and growing list of examples of America’s nosing into other people’s business includes our recent push to gain EU membership for Turkey. Just last month after a meeting with the President of Turkey, Bush argued, “It’s in the interest of peace that Turkey be admitted into the EU.”

 

I wonder how Europeans, more specifically Germans, feel about Bush’s hyperbolic assertion. I certainly know how many Italians feel about the growing Islamic influence in Europe. I wrote about it extensively in my book, The Absentee Ballot. 

 

Speaking Tuesday before Turkish Parliament, Prime Minister Erdogan referred to Germany’s practice of assimilating Turkish immigrants into German society as a “crime against humanity,” after just last week proposing that Germany should begin creating Turkish language high-schools…in Germany.

Just three percent of the German population is of Turkish descent, yet the headscarf aficionado, with a straight face, is lobbying Germany for the creation of new high-schools, hiring teachers from Turkey and instructing students in Turkish. How outraged would we be if the Mexican President came to the United States and demanded Spanish only high-schools? Spanish speakers make up nine percent of the U.S. population. At least President Calderón, would have a better argument.

A journalist for the German newspaper Der Spiegel called the Turkish language high-school suggestion “a novel idea,” but I’m not sure the German population shares that multicultural outlook. Conservative politicians most certainly don’t. The governor of Bavaria Gunther Beckstein spoke to Germany’s N24 TV and had this to say (from Der Spiegel):

      “The task (for Turks) is to be good citizens in Germany, to learn German, to speak German in their families.”  Erdogan’s remarks are   “nationalistic” and “highly displeasing.”

Conservative German newspaper Die Walt opined:

“This is the message that will stick: The Germans don’t want integration; they want to rob the Turks of their Turkishness, of their culture. That is grist for the mill of the not especially small number of Turks or Turkish descendants who aren’t very interested in integrating and who try to blame the Germans for that.”

 “Integration also involves assimilation. A person who grows into another culture changes by doing so. He leaves much of the culture he descends from behind. He gives up the old to become someone new. It’s a beautiful, painful process. In the long run it makes no sense to refuse to accept that.”

Maybe it would be in America’s best interest for Turkey to gain EU membership, but would it really benefit our partners in NATO? Europeans, not Americans, are the ones forced to confront the radical change occurring within their societies. Setting cars ablaze, threatening newspapers, inciting hate at radical mosques and murdering artists don’t exactly reflect the enlightenment values of their adopted nations.  

When Europeans tell us to mind our own beeswax, well, maybe we should.