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parabellum 7th Oct 2014 12:33

No doubt Ethel will be along later to pour scorn on this non event.
But of course Bos, this union RC is a mere bagatelle, what really matters and what the learned profession should be concentrating on now is the (disputed) fact that our Prime Minister punched a wall thirty years ago!

Andu 8th Oct 2014 06:50

Re Ms Zanatta and the Royal Commission: this from the Kangaroo Court of Australia site:

Any evidence that you give at a Royal Commission hearing is inadmissible against you in evidence in a later civil or criminal case. The exception being if you perjure yourself at a Royal Commission. The penalty for that is up to 5 years jail or a fine of up to $20,000. (See pages 749 and 750 of the Transcript)

And from page 750: (Q is Jeremy Stoljar, barrister for the RC) (A is Lisa Zanatta)

Q. I said to you that the evidence you gave to this Commission on your oath a few minutes ago about coming into George Street and ringing from a phone booth at York Street was an absolute lie, wasn’t it?

A. Correct.

Q. So you gave that evidence knowing it was false?

A. I did.

Q. And you did that to conceal the role that Mr Parker had played in causing you to obtain Lis-Con documents; that’s right, isn’t it?

A. I did that to protect a number of people.

Q. One of whom was Mr Parker?

A. Yes.

Q. And who were the other people you were protecting?

A. Well, Cbus and the CEO.

Q. Mr Atkin?

A. Correct.

And on page 761:

Q. You’re just evading the question now, aren’t you? See, you’ve engaged in a deliberate and prolonged cover-up, haven’t you, Ms Zanatta; that’s right, isn’t it?

A. I wouldn’t call it a cover-up. It was about protecting people and it was an inappropriate release of personal details, but again, I say that it wasn’t the type of data that I would normally operate with and use.

And on page 762:

Q. You had deliberately concocted your false story before you came here; that’s right, isn’t it? You’d gone through the records and you’d worked out a story; that’s right, isn’t it?

A. Correct, but not in relation to this issue.

Q. No, but I’m talking about the delivery of documents on 29 July. You have come to this Commission with that plan in mind; correct?

A. Correct

Q. To tell a false story; that’s right, isn’t it?

A. Well, to protect people, yes.

Q. But you had come to this Commission with the intention, the premeditated intention, of giving false evidence; that’s right, isn’t it?

A. Yes.

The last two lines of the transcript are the most damaging for Lisa Zanatta because she admitted to premeditated perjury and no one can defend that. Ms Zanatta clearly continued to perjure herself about other issues but her credibility is gone and so is her career.

Possible Criminal Charges

Lisa Zanatta should be charged and found guilty of perjury given her admission at the Royal Commission that she deliberately gave false evidence. There are possible other criminal charges as well given the data she took to Sydney was in effect stolen data. The fact that she flew the data up to Sydney instead of email or mail itself says that she knew what she was doing was corrupt.

Others who would want to be very worried include Cbus CEO David Atkin and NSW CFMEU Secretary Brian Parker. Mr Parker also gave evidence on Friday before Ms Zanatta and denied knowing how the data ended up in Sydney, instead Mr Parker and the CFMEU blamed whistleblower Brian Fitzpatrick. (Click here to read more)

Then there are CFMEU National Secretary Dave Noonan and NSW President Rita Mallia who are also both Directors of Cbus. They both have plenty to answer for as well and have a fiduciary duty as Directors

7x7 8th Oct 2014 07:22

I wonder how many people are re-considering their plans to go to Gallipoli in April 2015? It would seem to me to be a plum target for the Islamic radicals in so many ways. Massed Westerners in a very confined space celebrating a "Crusader invasion". I've heard that that's the spin being put on the 1915 failed landings by the new Turkish Government - a successful Muslim repulse of a "Crusader" army.

parabellum 8th Oct 2014 07:54

I saw in The Australian the other day that many of the allocated seats/positions that had been won by ballot are not being taken up. One reason given was cost but I think your theory is the most likely 7X7.

Clare Prop 8th Oct 2014 14:05

Wow. Anyone else see this?

Well done to the person who did the transcript!

Lateline - 08/10/2014: IS a reaction to unjust occupation

I wonder if he would have behaved like that with a male interviewer?

bugged on the right 8th Oct 2014 15:29

The dolt on Lateline was made to look a fool and by a woman. That will go down with his mates at the mosque. He is a prime example of parasites who use an Aussie accent under false pretences.

SOPS 8th Oct 2014 16:10

This person the obvious king of total waffle...can he be deported somewhere? Even Manus would do.

criticalmass 9th Oct 2014 00:09

He waffled so perfectly he'd almost make a good Labor party leader. Seems pretty well qualified, too, on an intellectual level. Can't understand a question, can't answer a question - just about perfect!

Willi B 9th Oct 2014 00:40

I though Emma Alberici did a very good job of showing this idiot up for what he truly is, an empty headed fool with misguided beliefs who seems unlikely to make any positive contribution to Australian society.

Captain Sand Dune 9th Oct 2014 00:47

Great stuff! Thanks for posting that link Clare. Unusual for an ABC journalist to take the approach she did as normally they go out of their way to pander to loony minorities. Therefore I say job well done Emma Alberici. Wonder if she will now have a fatwa imposed on her.:uhoh:
Mr Doureihi’s waffle is so typical of how Arabs try to talk their way around an issue, and represented a real ‘own goal’ for Hizb ut-Tahrir and the other associated loonies.
However isn’t free speech wonderful? As Abraham Lincoln once said; “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”. We can paraphrase that and say better to remain silent and be thought a murdering fanatic than speak out and remove all doubt.
So therefore I say to all that share Mr Doureihi’s views; speak out. At least then we will know what you look like.:E
And I have to disagree with criticalmass - even though it may not appear so, the Labor party do have some standards.:rolleyes:

Andu 9th Oct 2014 01:32

The ABC is reporting another potential surrogate baby scandal, this one involving an Australian couple who used a surrogate mother in India. Twins born, they only wanted a baby of a particular gender, so left the other twin in India, where it may have been onsold to another couple. Australian High Commission staff protested at the time, saying that the couple should take both children back to Australia with them.

But here comes the kicker - a "senior politician" intervened on the couple's behalf, allowing them to leave one of the babies behind.

It is said to have happened in 2012, during Bob Carr's brief watch as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Carr says he has no recollection of any such case.

Now call me a cynic, but if the ABC is dropping hints that a senior politician misused his/her influence to have High Commission staff to approve what most would agree was a very flawed decision by the couple wishing to abandon a child and possibly traffic that child, possibly for monetary gain, what side of politics would most here think that as yet unnamed politician is from?

Clare Prop 9th Oct 2014 01:53

I particularly liked her retort when he kept going on about "the Muslim World" when she said you live in Australia, you are an Australian citizen, you are not living in Iraq.

This whole thing about muslim world and muslim communities, muslim youth and muslim leaders blah blah just reminds us all of their choice to remain separate from "mainstream" infidel Australians and to live in a parallel, superior society, their choice (?) of women's clothing ("Holier Than Thou") reinforces this more. How can anyone, even the most left of the left, condone this elitism?

bosnich71 9th Oct 2014 03:20

Andu ... turned on ABC 24 this morning and there was Julie Bishop being interviewed by the usual hyped up female "reporter" babbling on about what was the Abbott government going to do about this case.
Bishop, very calmly, reminded the "reporter" that..1.she had only heard of this matter this morning and .. 2. perhaps the ABC would be better off asking the members of the previous Labour government what their take on the matter was as, obviously, they were in charge at the time.
( well, they weren't really in charge, but you get what I mean).

7x7 9th Oct 2014 04:52

Stumbled upon this, a post on the Pickering site. I don't have a link for it, so apologies for the use of bandwidth in posting such a long article. I can only assume that the writer is an American Jew, and he paints a bleak and rather sad future for Europe and eventually, the rest of the world.

I particularly liked the speech (highlighted) that the writer says Barak Obama should have made.

Ethel will, I'm sure, have a trite riposte for it, telling anyone who believes a word of it is panicking over nothing. "Nothing to see here, Move along."

Alarmist twadde, every word of it. Right, Ethel?

This is not a time for delicacy. For tiptoeing. It is not a time to parse words nor worry about offending someone with unfiltered vocabulary. Time is no longer a luxury we possess. Distance, no longer provides protection. We are being threatened like no time before, by an enemy obsessed with an apocalyptic end game that will bring only disaster. An enemy that worships savagery. An enemy that celebrates depravity. An enemy that glorifies the death of the young.

There has been a seismic shift in our world. We feel it. We see it. We know it. We dare not deny it. Pick up any newspaper on any day, the first page, the second page, the third page, the fourth page and beyond - - most of the articles are about radical Muslims, not just ISIS, immersed in a vicious culture of blood and slaughter. Skip to the sports page or the crossword puzzle if you wish but that doesn't make the uncomfortable news go away.

In fact, it brings joy to the jihadists who hope for our indifference. If we deny evil then we need not fight it. It doesn't exist - just a few lunatics, thousands of miles away, pounding sand, blowing each other up and occasionally beheading an unlucky journalist. Not so bad.

For years we have been mercifully spared the ugliness and intimacy of war. The Battle of the Bulge and Iwo Jima were a black and white movie tone newsreel after Tom & Jerry and before the Pride of the Yankees. We planted victory gardens, rolled up tin foil, bought Liberty Bonds, said goodbye to fathers, sons and brothers. But the trenches were on the other side of the Atlantic and Pacific. So too, every other subsequent conflict. The Yanks were coming but the shooting was "over there." We suffered little. But today, war has been redefined and relocated. Geneva is finished. We are all combatants in the cross hairs. We are all on the front lines, like it or not. The battlefield has no boundaries and the war, no rules. The enemy targets deliberately, fiendishly, any place of innocence. All are vulnerable and so we must recalculate our strategy, re-examine our tolerance, re-energize our resolve and unequivocally identify the evil doers. Let us not be silenced by fear, by feckless goodwill, by reckless hope, by meaningless rhetoric.

There are one billion Muslims in the world and authorities agree that 5% are committed Islamists who embrace terror and wish to see, by any means possible, the Muslim flag fly over every capital, on every continent. I was relieved when I heard only 5%. Thank God it's only 5%. Now I could sleep soundly. But wait, let me figure this out, 5% of a billion is… 50 million Koran waving, Allah Akbar howling Muslim murderers out there planning to slit our throats, blow us up or forcibly convert us.

It only took 19 of Osama bin Laden’s disciples to bring down the Twin Towers, plow into the Pentagon and crash a plane into Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 dead. Over $10 billion in damages on that sad day. 19 Al Qaeda. 50 million Islamists. Do the math.

But what disturbs me is where are the other 950 million Muslims who are not terrorists? Who are not bomb blasting, acid throwing, zealots? Where are the other 950 million Muslims who tuck their children in at night with a lullaby, who are okay with Christians and Jews, crave a peaceful world and wish nothing more than a tasty bowl of hummus and a friendly game of Shesh Besh with a neighbor?

I want to believe they are out there for their sake and for ours. I want to believe they weep in pain over the desecration of their faith. I want to believe that we have partners who dream the dreams we do and wish upon the same star.

I want to believe - - but where are they?

A silent partnership is no partnership. Sin is not just in the act of commission - it is also in the act of omission. Most Germans were not Nazis - but it did not matter.

Most Russians were not Stalinists - but it did not matter.

Most Muslims are not terrorists - but it does not matter.

Stand up righteously or get out of the way. Perhaps in every mosque, in every midrassah, in every Muslim neighborhood, Edmund Burke's powerful warning should be chiseled on a wall in Arabic, in Farsi, in Pashto, in Urdu, for all to read and heed. “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.”

A couple of months ago, 3 young Israelis were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists and killed. And so began Operation Protective Edge. But the Gaza war was much more than shooting down rockets and blowing up tunnels - it was the preview, the soft opening, for a much more serious war - a genuine world war. It was a test of resolve, of fortitude. It was a test watched carefully by the indecent forces of a rising Islamist world. Israel is only the beginning. The first prize sought in what promises to be a protracted, multi-generational Kulterkampf. Israel made the headlines but the front lines are all over the map - we just don't know it yet. The whole world was watching and our performance was pathetic. We, the good guys, stumbled at the gate; tripped clumsily in an embarrassing display of moral confusion and ineptitude. It was amateur hour and the bad guys were licking their chops.

I say the following unapologetically and with a heavy heart. When the war began, the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, should have immediately, instinctively invited to the Oval Office, the leading Democrats and Republicans of the Senate and the House, his cabinet and all significant Washington political players. Every domestic and international news organization should have been notified and the following talk broadcast across the planet.

"Fellow Americans - a crisis has erupted once again in the Middle East and I have been told that the war between Israel and Hamas is complex and nuanced. I have been told that our great nation must be evenhanded- but I am here to say with no equivocation, with no hesitation, this war is not complex. This war is not nuanced and we will not be evenhanded in this confrontation of good and evil, of right and wrong, of civilization and savagery. We Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives from sea to shining sea, stand together in unshakable support of Israel against foul, corrupt, murderers who sacrifice the lives of children in their pursuit of power. To Israel we say - do whatever you must. To Israel we say, take whatever time you need to crush this vile enemy and whatever you require, you can count on us. To the world we say, Israel is fighting for all of us - for our values, for our principles, for our civilization. Support her efforts, as we do, in every way possible. I will not tolerate any words of disparagement against our greatest ally and friend in the Middle East. God bless Israel and God bless the United States of America."

But these words did not ring forth from the White House, the capital of the free world. What we did hear was "No victor, no vanquished." This statement was our President's strategic plan. No call for triumph over terrorism, but a weak kneed, stalemate with butchers - a tie between good and evil. Right and wrong. Civilization and savagery.

This did not go unnoticed.

Media coverage during the war was biased and shameful with a few notable exceptions. To permit Hamas spokesmen and Hamas sympathizers to speak and to defend their monstrous deeds to millions of viewers is morally shocking. To promote equivalency between Israel and Hamas is morally appalling. With my remote, I would channel surf, go from station to station and I could not believe what I was hearing on CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC, MSNBC, and all the rest. The grotesque propaganda, the repulsive distortions - the tolerance of the wicked.

And this did not go unnoticed.

As I sat through these numbing broadsides, I wondered if our mainstream media during WWII would have invited the Germans and the Japanese to share their perspectives on the hostilities in Europe and in the Pacific. As they moaned about Dresden and the Doolittle Raid, would the anchors have nodded in sympathy? When the Germans and Japanese explained the need for the V1 and V2 bombardment of London and the necessity for the Bataan Death March, would the anchors have expressed understanding?

The obscenities and outright lies given airtime and legitimacy should be sickening to any person of conscience.

Words distinguish us from the beast. In a powerful Holocaust tale, Eli Wiesel painfully writes that when words lose their meaning, disaster follows. In today's Middle East, lexicon; restraint means suicide. Terrorists have become militants. Self-defense is a war crime. Democracy is apartheid. Israelis and Jews have become Nazis. Warning civilians to get out of harm's way has become genocide. 38 Muslim countries - 22 Arab countries and Israel, the only Jewish nation, must constantly defend her right to exist.

Russia invades. Nigeria enslaves. China oppresses. Pakistan rapes. Iraq slaughters. North Korea starves. Iran nuclearizes. Syria massacres. Venezuela plunders. Afghanistan tortures. Sudan annihilates. ISIS beheads and Israel is the pariah state, put under the microscope by the morally noxious.

And this did not go unnoticed.

Eric Hoffer, the longshoreman philosopher, wrote the following in 1968 - 46 years ago. His words have not grown stale with the passage of time. To the contrary, they are every bit as relevant and meaningful today, nearly 1/2 a century later.

I quote: “The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out 1,000’s, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey drove out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out, heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But, in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield, dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious on the battlefield, it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in the world…Other nations when they are defeated, survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated, it would be destroyed…” Hoffers’ final words are chilling and prophetic. “I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.” To those who are morally obtuse I say shame on you– from university professors to the useful idiots of the media, from liberal churches to Hollywood, from the United Nations to the clueless left – let me remind all the ‘misguided do-gooders” – your deeds do not go unnoticed.”

The world does not like a righteous Goliath especially if Goliath speaks Hebrew.

Let’s leave the Middle East and head to Europe. For those who have not been recently, it has changed. It has changed dramatically. The sights. The sounds. The crowds. The streets are much different than when we backpacked with our Eurorail passes – strolling down the Champs-Elysees, chasing pigeons at Trafalgar Square, wandering the backstreets of Amsterdam after dark. The continent that gave birth to Western civilization, the continent that defined high culture is crumbling before our very eyes. Because of well-intentioned tolerance and an undisciplined pluralism, Europe is returning to the dark ages. By most estimates, Europe will be unrecognizable by the middle of this century – crushed by a demographic tsunami. The birthrate of the Brits, the French, the Dutch and the rest of the EU is well below ZPG. The Muslim community’s birthrate is prolific. The danger, however, is that Europe has not been a melting pot, assimilating new Muslims. And these new Muslims, for the most part, are not interested in respecting the great democracies of Europe. They want Sharia law and Islamic culture to be ascendant and with their birthrate, the ballot box and their disdain for the West, in time, they will get it.

The element that is surging and redefining Europe are not the democracy respecting Muslims but those who are rampaging in nearly every capital. They are preaching hate for Jews, for Christians, for Israel, for America, for the entire Western world. It is not our grandfather’s Europe and it will not be a Europe our grandchildren will recognize.

For the record, Europe is being flooded not by freedom loving, tolerant, assimilating Muslims who wish to share in Western freedom, in Western tolerance, in Western culture but rather by violent Islamists, extremists who reject every value we treasure. We love ethnic communities – they are vibrant, exciting, magical faraway places only a walk away. Chinatown, Little Odessa, Greek town, Little Havana, Lower Eastside, Little Italy, but what is spreading across Europe are not charming, quaint neighborhoods enjoyed by locals and camera toting tourists in search of a charming restaurant. These are beachheads for invasion.

Want to stare down a guard at Buckingham Palace? Do it soon.

Want to see the Follies-Bergere dance the Can Can? Do it soon.

Want to sip wine at the vineyards of Tuscany? Do it soon.

Want to sunbathe on the beaches of San Trope? Do it soon.

The sun never set on the British Empire but now there is a cold darkness settling on Europe. A Nihilism. A corruption. A perversion in the name of Allah. A Kristallnacht of European and Western culture is coming that will destroy a millennia of creative genius. Don’t listen to me. Listen to what the Islamists preach. Don’t listen to me. Look at what the Islamists do. It is not a leap into fantasy to perceive a dystopian future that is irretrievably ugly and inconceivably vile.

• The Sistine Chapel demolished for portraying God’s image.

• The Pieta, Venus de Milo, David smashed. Idolatry.

• Botticelli’s and Goya’s and Renoirs and Rubens torched – paintings of women not wearing a hijab and chador.

• The Guttenberg Bible. The Magna Carta. Tossed into a bonfire. Profane literature.

• Museums all across Europe vandalized by marauding Islamist fanatics.
Even the Nazis saved the masterpieces.

• Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart silenced.

• The end of opera. Rossini, Verdi, Puccini gone.

• For Shakespeare, Cervantes, Moliere. The Final curtain, a dark stage.

Even the Nazis enjoyed the classics.

I must assume there are skeptics out there – folks who disbelieve my warnings and might label me an alarmist – a Paul Revere wannabe – galloping across the Pyrenees through the European heartland in the shadow of the Alps crying out “The Muslims are coming. The Muslims are coming.” I weighed each and every word carefully. Repeatedly. Was I treading into bigotry? … into melodrama?

Speak with the ‘canaries in the mine’, the Jews of Europe, fleeing in record numbers. Synagogues fire bombed. Jewish businesses vandalized. Children threatened on their way to school. Kippot buried in their pockets. Mezuzot. Hamsas. Magen Davids dangling on chains tucked under shirts and under blouses to hide Jewish identity. Israeli products pulled off store shelves. This is not the 1930’s nor the 1940’s and yet it is. 68 years since the Nazis defeat but their descendants are making Hitler proud picking up where he left off.

“I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us. Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us.” Slip in the word “Jew” for Israel and we see the future of Europe.

This ever-growing tragedy doesn’t end neatly in Europe, in the Middle East, in Mumbai or the Philippines. Most of us have never tasted the bitterness of war. Witnessed its horror. Clawed our way out from beneath tons of rubble. But we dare not be complacent and cry out confidently – “we have 2 oceans and the TSA to protect us.” We live in a shrunken world. In a porous country. In an open society. We have become perilously naïve. Recklessly evenhanded. Unacceptably tolerant. Dangerously comfortable. The greatest generation has spawned the clueless generation. I say it again loudly, slowly and clearly – we are at war, here in America as well, with radical Islamists. We have been attacked repeatedly and yet we continue to turn away. We euphemize the enemy. Disguising his identity and his intent. There will not be armadas chanting “Allah Akbar” landing on the beaches of Malibu and Boca. No vast battalions chanting “Allah Akbar” while crossing the Rio Grande or the 45th Parallel – but make no mistake – we are at war, right now, this very minute. The tactics have changed. The battlefield is different. The rules of engagement have been redefined but we dare not make the mistake that all is well and that Islamic terrorists are simply violent criminals. That Islamic terrorists are just a bunch of unemployed losers, no part of a vast network hell bent on destroying our country. Their disunity in numbers but their unity in purpose is their power. The Lone Wolf is deadly and we are the prey.

Ask the man or woman on the street when did this all start and most would reply: “On 9/11.” That was a catastrophic day, but not the start. For us here in America, the war began in Teheran in 1979 when our embassy was taken over. It has continued ruthlessly and without pause ever since. Lockerbie and Scotland, TWA Flight 840, the USS Cole, embassies and American interests bombed and Americans killed in Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Spain, Kenya, Germany, Egypt, Kuwait, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Connect the dots.

Here on American soil, before 9/11, the Twin Towers were attacked in 1993. The Times Square bomber. The Tsarnev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing. The Fort Hood massacre was not work place violence but the calculated, cold blooded murder of 13 American soldiers by a Muslim Jihadist yelling “Allah Akbar.” The shooting up in Little Rock, Arkansas of an army recruiting station. The murder of 2 CIA agents outside Langley by a Pakistani whose final words before meeting his maker were “There is no God but Allah.” The indignant, impious, arrogant claim By CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic relations-that anyone who commits an act of violence is by definition, not a Muslim. Therefore, a Muslim terrorist, a Muslim killer, a Muslim suicide bomber, is a misleading term of bigotry and Islamophobia. The slick, masterful ISIS recruitment in Minneapolis. New York. Colorado. On Facebook. On Twitter and across the country.

Connect the dots.

Let’s get Jewish-personal. A Zim Line cargo ship was prevented from offloading it’s cargo for 3 days because of pro-Palestinian mobs in Oakland, California. A young man from our shul on his 1st day of university was taught by his PhD, tenured professor that Israel committed ethnic cleansing in 1948… In Dade County a synagogue was defaced with swastikas and the words Hamas scrawled on its walls. A JCC in Seattle was attacked. A pro-Palestinian rally in Miami called for “the massacre of the Jews.” University campuses across the country, hot beds of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish hostility. A local merchant in Roswell told one of our members (not realizing she was Jewish and vocal) that she was fed up with Israel’s brutal treatment of the children of Gaza.

We are not Europe but connect the dots.

I am concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming surge in Islamist rhetoric, violence and influence. I am equally concerned, as we all should be, of the alarming silence and inaction of mainstream Muslims.

I fear political correctness run amuck. I fear the worship of multiculturalism. I fear progressive voices of repression. I fear a distorted media tolerant of intolerance. I fear politicians who prefer the easy, still of the night to the noble, necessary struggle of the day. I fear we are not so far away from where we thought we would never be.

Three thoughts to ponder. This past year many of us saw the Book of Mormon at the Fox. An irreverent, vulgar, hysterically entertaining musical about the Mormons. We parked our car at the Georgian Terrace and crossed Peachtree Street. In front of the theater were a half dozen, well dressed, mannerly Mormons handing out literature. “Sir, if you would like to know more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” a young woman said to me as I took her brochure, “Please go to our website.” I thanked her. She smiled, wished me a pleasant evening and turned to speak with another ticket holder. I thought, “God bless these folks. This is how we disagree in America.” At the same moment I had another thought. What if Trey Parker and Matt Stone came out with a tasteless, bawdy musical that was hysterically entertaining entitled “The Quran, Allah’s Holy Book.” What would happen? It doesn’t take much imagination to answer that question. Jeff Foxworthy correctly wrote, “Have you ever wondered why it’s okay to make jokes about Catholics, the Pope, Jews, Christians, the Irish, the Italians, the Polish, the Chinese, the French (including French Canadians)…but it’s insensitive to make jokes about Muslims?”

A few years back, a Danish newspaper “Jyllanns-Posten” printed 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad to illustrate an article. If the photos published were of Moses or Buddha or of the Apostle Paul, the event would have been met with a yawn. But not so with our Islamist friends. The reaction? Not a letter to the editor. Not a request to submit an op-ed. Not a friendly visit to the publisher - - but worldwide rage. Riots. Boycotts. Embassies burned. Ambassadors recalled. Attacks on Christians and on churches. 200 killed.

Soon after, a professor from Brandeis wrote a book on this outrageous event entitled, “12 Cartoons That Shook the World.” It was published by Yale University Press located at 302 Temple Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, United States of America. But what was missing in the book? What Yale University refused to print were the 12 cartoons and images of Muhammad. This self-censorship was shameful, cowardly, un-American and a sniveling submission to Islamic narcissism and intimidation.

Where is a great university’s courage? Where is Freedom of the Press? This happened in America. In the land of the free and in the home of, I hope, still the brave.

I recall, as we all do, the good old days when air travel was a pleasure. When I flew here to Etz Chaim in my commuting, student days, I’d catch a cab outside my apartment on the upper West side and be at LaGuardia in about 20 minutes. I’d check my bags in 2 minutes and be at the gate in 4 minutes, just in time to board my flight. I even got a meal.

In those days, flying was an adventure, even in coach. Today it is irritating and exhausting. What happened? What changed? Who’s to blame? Who has created the need for a multibillion dollar security industry? Who has created a tedious need for us to remove our shoes and belts, empty our pockets, pack only 3-1/2 ounces of Listerine, go through metal detectors and x-ray machines, submit to frisks and wand searches? Arrive hours before departure? Who is responsible? Let’s see - - not the Italian Mob, not skin heads, not neo Nazis, not Columbian drug cartels, not the Russian mafia, not the Crips nor the Bloods nor the Aryan Brotherhood, not the Ku Klux Klan. So who is it that has irretrievably ruined worldwide air travel?

So, think of a Muslim play on Broadway.

Think of a scholarly text on Muhammad.

Think of flying Delta or United or AirTran.

Think about it and connect the dots.

For us, WWII lasted 4 years. It has been 13 years since 9/11. 35 years since the invasion of our Iranian embassy and like it or not, we are still at war with radical Islam. Declaring we are not at war with radical Islam does not make it so. Roosevelt and Churchill got it and understood that the stakes were not just the Sudetenland and a few islands in the South Pacific. From the White House and 10 Downing Street, they understood it was planet earth. Today, the radical Islamists seek the same prize – not just Bagdad or Benghazi – but planet earth.

This is not dramatic fiction but the real thing. A handful of us, here today experienced the real thing about 11 weeks ago in Israel. We didn’t see the real thing on the nightly news nor read about it in the evening paper or hear about it in a long distance phone call from uncle Moshe in Tel Aviv. We were there as Kassam rockets rained down on Israel, on us, targeting, not military bases, not Merkava tanks, not IDF divisions, but children at play, families enjoying dinner, friends laughing over a beer, lovers strolling through a park, teenagers playing volleyball on the beach. The world watched and preached and judged and only now has begun to stir from their slumber of hypocrisy and inaction. Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas. They are all the same. Hezbollah. Islamic Jihad. Al Shabab. Muslim Brotherhood. Boko Haram. Al Qaeda. Taliban. Iran. The only difference, is the length of the knife they use in their butchery.

Israeli blood bleeds the same red as the blood of James Foley, of Steven Satloff, of David Hawthorne Haines of Christians and Yazidis.

Let’s reason some suggest. One last Hail Mary negotiation. Maybe we can figure out what’s bothering these troubled Muslims and perhaps they’ll tell us what we can do to resolve the friction. I am all for dialogue, but we are dealing with a moral species that eats its own, kills it’s young and celebrates innocent death as homage to God.

Osama bin Laden eluded capture for 10 years. Ever wonder why? There was a $25 million bounty on his head. That’s a lot of money. $25 million can by a lot of plastic surgery. A new identity. Rosetta Stone tapes. Elocution lesson. A suburban home. A Brooks Brothers wardrobe. New partners. New friends. Surf and turf every night and a round of golf every day.

In 10 years, there was not one betrayal of Osama bin Laden - - not one. And I asked myself, “why not?” - $25 million is a great amount of money and can easily facilitate a luxurious disappearance. The answer is simple. These Islamist criminals are unlike us in the most basic of ways and we have yet to accept and understand their total immersion in moral debauchery.

The enemy has eyes and ears. Fingers and toes. Speaks with lips. Runs with legs. Eats. Drinks. Has the face of a human being – but, has a much different heart and a much different soul.

Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.”

The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely.

If we fail in this holy crusade, we will live in a world bereft of color. Empty of music, of art, of romance, of laughter, of freedom, of invention. A world barren of all beauty. Depleted of all virtue.

We are divided today not by faith nor holy book. We are divided today by decency and indecency. By right and wrong. By moral and corrupt. By courage and cowardice. By righteousness and evil.

The good citizens of earth must rise up. Gather on the mountain top and proclaim in thundering unison the words of Isaiah:

“Hoy ha’omrim lera tov v’la’tov rah – woe to them that call evil, good and good, evil. Who present darkness as light and light as darkness. Who call bitter, sweet and sweet, bitter.

We must turn back the evil.

We must turn back the darkness.

We must turn back the bitter.

My friends – Ehr daw – they are here.

Captain Sand Dune 9th Oct 2014 06:43

sniveling submission to Islamic narcissism and intimidation.
What a quote! I'll have to use it often. Describes politicians on both sides, media and government bureaucracy in Australia quite well.
Oh and while I'm at at it, apparently somewhere other than SW Sydney that's becoming overrun by Muslims is Young. Forewarned is forearmed.

MTOW 10th Oct 2014 04:19

That's a rather bleak future the Jewish gentleman paints for Europe. I fear that if he's even halfway right, it will be a bit like a frog in the water coming to the boil - most will not recognise how far it has gone until it's too late.

I saw the last movie John Seymour Hoffman made before his untimely death, a rather good adaptation of a John Le Carre novel. The parts of Hamburg it showed, where Muslims predominated, were, I suspect, quite accurately portrayed. If that's true, the Jewish writer isn't far off the mark.

I can remember going to Paris more than 10 years ago and being dismayed at the overwhelming number of... shall we call them "new Frenchmen" of very dark hues selling junk at every tourist site. Even then, going out into the Parisian suburbs for someone of my complexion was not a good idea. I understand it's far worse now. Catching a train on any of Sydney's south west lines, it's a game of "spot the pinkie". There aren't a lot of us to be seen, and most you do see on those trains are elderly women.

7x7 10th Oct 2014 21:56

You watch this and wonder if there's ever any hope of assimilation. And note, 90% of this is taken from mainstream Arab TV, not "extremist" sites.


Sarah H-Y, (Ethel?) I'm sure you have a warm, reassuring answer for us.

Captain Sand Dune 10th Oct 2014 22:23

Defence families across Australia are not happy about a military wage deal of less than half the rate of inflation and the stripping back of soldiers' workplace entitlements, their advocacy group says.
Just days after the nation's armed forces were committed to war in Iraq, 57,000 men and women in uniform were told they will have to give up some of their Christmas and recreational leave in order to get the pay rise of just 1.5 per cent a year over the next three years.
The Australian Defence Force Welfare Association says that more than 700 service families had contacted the organisation within hours of the wage package being announced, many of them expressing agitation at the "reduction in real wages".
The Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin told the military on Friday morning that he expected discontent in the ranks over the offer but said it was "as good an outcome as I can negotiate in the current climate".
Air Chief Marshal Binskin said the army, navy and air force would be expected to make other "productivity gains" in order to qualify for the below cost-living wage deal.
ACM Binskin told his troops by email on Friday morning that 1.5 per cent per year was a "fair and reasonable" pay rise in the present environment of wage restraint in the Commonwealth public sector.
"I know that some of you will believe this increase does not properly acknowledge the job you do," he wrote. "However...this proposal must be viewed in the context of the broader economic situation.
"I am of the view given the circumstances, this is a fair and reasonable offer and is as good an outcome as I can negotiate in the current climate."
ACM Binskin said that he was asking his men and women to give up some of their leave entitlements as an offset against the pay rise.
"One of the things we will offer up is one of the approved leave days over the Christmas period. Another is the removal of extra recreational leave provisions," he wrote.
"I know that leave is important to all ADF members and I have not taken this decision lightly."
Defence Welfare Association president David Jamison said the offer was not as low as he had feared and that he believed the Chief of Defence Force had done a good job in the circumstances.
"Nevertheless, it represents a reduction in real wages over a three-year period and our members are being quite vocal about it," Mr Jamison said.
"They're certainly not happy, it's a reduction and they've been saying that."
Professionals Australia, which represents many members of the Defence establishment, described the offer as "outrageous".
"For the Government to put forward a pay and conditions offer for the ADF that is below inflation and strips members of leave entitlements, and other conditions, is outrageous," union official Dave Smith said.
"At a time when members are being deployed their families will have less capacity to pay the bills and they will have less time to spend with their families.
"ADF members don't get a real say in this outcome and have limited representation."
The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal will convene on Wednesday to examine the proposal and hear submissions from interested parties.
A bl**dy good start to saving money on defence would be to reduce the number of senior officers above unit command level by 50%. A recent look at the RAAF webpage revealed more officers of one star rank and above than flying units. Top heavy, much?:mad:

Saltie 11th Oct 2014 05:51

The Greens have the assimilation problem sorted already. Proving you don?t need a long neck to be a goose Milne has the answers

Ethel the Aardvark 11th Oct 2014 08:55

I did not realise there were so many preachers of hate out there Preachers of hate
But at least the Gov has the budget under control That's not a debt disaster ? THIS is a debt disaster: Joe and Tony?s big con

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