“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing-grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!”
—House of Commons, 4 June 1940, following the evacuation of British and French armies from Dunkirk as the German tide swept through France.
“I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many long months of toil and struggle.
“You ask what is our policy. I will say, it is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us, to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.
“You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”
—First speech as Prime Minister, House of Commons, 13 May 1940. Churchillfirst used the phrase “blood and sweat” in 1900; “Blood, sweat and tears” came together in his 1939 article, “Can FrancoRestore Unity and Strength to Spain.”
Fifty years ago this fall, C.S. Lewis quietly crossed from this life into the next.
While the assassination of John F. Kennedy captured the world’s attention on November 22, 1963, one Clive Staples Lewis — his friends called him Jack — breathed his last and took one big step toward becoming the kind of glorious creature in the coming new creation he speaks about in his famous sermon “The Weight of Glory.”
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you…
Tragically, during these times of great peril, truth is sacrificed by the politically correct, the myopic self-serving in the liberally dominated media, and the ruling class. Against this backdrop, a woman of great courage and integrity labors tirelessly in speaking the truth and in the defense of liberty.
Amil Imani Pamela Geller’s work in objectively revealing the true nature of Islam makes her avalued champion and defender of human dignity with liberty for all, and in particular, for women as longstanding victims of Islamic misogyny.
Geller methodically sheds light on the dark nature of Islamic beliefs and the barbaric practices involving the abuse of women in all ways, such as honor killing, female genital mutilation, child sex trafficking, forced child brides, severe abuse of homosexuals, and much more under the Stone Age Sharia law. Her work upholds and defends the ideals of human rights.
Liberty-loving people of America and the world over owe a debt of gratitude to Pamela Geller for valiantly exposing the racist and supremacist nature of Islam, for fearlessly braving where others dare not tread. She is a standard-bearer for human freedom and dignity. What does she get in return? A vicious and dirty hate campaign from jihadist apologists, fraudsters like the Southern Poverty Law Center, assorted left wing whacko groups, and even some Jewish organizations like the ADL, who should know better, and many threats by the Allah-following fanatics, simply because she speaks the truth about Islam.
If telling the truth about Islam is Islam bashing, then she is guilty.
The fact is that the self-righteous Islamist villains, their leftist apologists, and their paid mercenaries, do not trouble themselves to prove her wrong. Why is it that they do not disprove her naked truth about Islam? Conveniently, true to form, they shower her with all kinds of unspeakable epithets. Some of the more “civil” Muslims play the victim card. These latter types let out a hue and cry that they and their religion are smeared and victimized by people like Pamela. They consider her criticisms of Islam as Islam bashing. They accuse her of being a divisive racist who enjoys slandering Islam. For good measure, they also label her Zionist, in the pay of Israel and Israeli lobbies. Who is bashing whom?
Human nature is also the culprit, in part. We humans are attracted to hate like flies are to honey. Hate is an easy sell. It is appealing and little effort is required to hate. Hate gathers up the person’s or the group’s frustrations, anxieties, fears, paranoia and many other negative emotions in one handy bundle and hurls it at a convenient target. History is replete with instances of hate energizing the masses into the commitment of small and large-scale atrocities.
Truth is not always welcome and can often be greatly disturbing. But truth is the best weapon against evil and falsehood. When Geller points out the horrifying teachings of the Quran, she does not make them up. She cites Surahs from the Muslim Holy Book; Surahs and words that exhort Muslims to carry out all kinds of evil deeds against non-Muslims.
The truth is, Pamela Geller, is a heroine of our era. Heroes appear when circumstances call upon them. Heroes are those extraordinary people who stand up against evil at great peril to themself.
Pamela Geller is a courageous and intrepid human rights activist who has risen to fight for the rights of women and children under the iron fist of Islamic savagery. All of this brings charges of “hate speech” from the extremists and apologists for extremism and persecution. She honestly, and rightfully so, deserves to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She has done more for her country and humanity than President Obama has ever done. Ironically, he gets to keep his Nobel Peace Prize and she receives a barrage of insults and nasty attacks. The world is upside down, so it appears.
In addition to her distinguished resume, “Pamela Geller has broken numerous important stories — notably the questionable and illegal foreign sources of some of the financing of the Obama campaign, the anti-Semitic posts on Obama’s website, Obama’s political organizing in public school classrooms, ACORN’s destruction of Republican voter registrations, and many more. She has also been a staunch leader of the nationwide campaign against the Ground Zero mosque.”
Western people with their heads firmly encased in the cocoon of liberalism—the idea of live and let live—fail to see that Islam is anathema to the notion. Muslim sects do not even grant each other a modicum of tolerance. Muslims kill other Muslims on a daily basis, all in the name of Islam. They vie with one another to convert the world to their form of Caliphate. They do all this while also taking advantage of non-Muslim naiveté and destroying the God-given gift of liberty.
“Western elites – government and media – are paralyzed by fear, afraid to speak out against the life-destroying aspects of Sharia law that Islamic jihadists want to impose on the rest of the world. The risk of offending Muslims is, in their calculus, apparently greater than the risk of national or civilizational suicide,” once said the late courageous Journalist, Oriana Fallaci.
Why does all this happen? In her speech Fallaci explained that it was to a great degree because “truth inspires fear.” When one hears the truth, one can only be silent or join the cause. It is a call to a personal revolution, an upheaval, a departure – perhaps forever – from a life of ease and comfort. So most will prefer not to hear the truth — in no small part because of the difficulty of living up to it. Yet the real heroes, she said, are ‘those who raise their voices against anathemas and persecution, while most succumb — and with their silence give their approval to the civil death of those who spoke out.”
Like Fallaci, Pamela Geller is also a voice of rare courage. “I am not as young and energetic as you are, I am hopelessly ill. I shall not last long,” said Fallaci in her latter days. And when she departed from us, she only hoped men and women of courage would rise up and would continue her legacy. One can only thank God people like Pamela Gellar have risen up and spoken the truth no matter how bitter that may be.
Pamela Geller has been sounding the alarm for a number of years about radical Islam and jihadists’ imminent deadly threats. While America is the last haven of hope where liberty can reign, the Islamic jihadists draw heavily from their treasury flush with oil extortion money to bribe politicians and hire mercenaries to further their evil objectives.
“Islamic supremacism is seeping into every aspect of American life. Islamic jihad groups aren’t solely concentrating on terror attacks (although another one of those could come at any moment), but on the creeping encroachment to introduce Islamic law into this country, step-by-step and bit-by-bit, until finally America wakes up to a country transformed into an Islamic state. We must fight back now to defend our nation and our civilization, states our Champion of liberty, Pamela Geller.”
As an ex-Muslim and a proud co-worker of the same cause as Geller’s, I salute this courageous defender of liberty and urge all freedom lovers to do the same and join her ranks to stem the tide of Islamic tyranny. I have experienced first-hand the pall that Islam casts on the life of the individual and society. From cradle to grave, Islam imposes its oppressive, intolerant, and deathly dogma without let up. This archaic primitive belief of over 1400 years ago has been and continues to be at war with valiant people who refuse to lend their necks to its yoke of slavery.
Pamela Geller is a true heroine. She stands for all that is dear to free people. She is a stark contrast to the masses of the politically correct, the apathetic, and the hired Islamic apologists.
I have tasted Islamic poison and imbibed from the chalice of liberty. Islam aims to reclaim me and force the rest of mankind into its bondage and rob us all of the treasure of liberty. I am with Patrick Henry and Pamela Geller: “give me liberty or give me death.”
Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, poet, satirist, novelist, essayist, literary translator, public speaker and political analyst who has been writing and speaking out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and internationally. His numerous articles about Islam have been published in many newspapers and magazines around the world as well as in thousands of Internet magazines, websites and blogs. Imani’s writings can be found on his website Amil Imani.com.He has become a formidable voice in the United States against the danger of global jihad and Islamization of America.
‘Mr. Chamberlain can’t seem to understand that we live in a very wicked world.
English people want to be left alone, and I daresay a great many other people want to be left alone too. But the world is like a tired old horse plodding down a long road. Every time it strays off and tries to graze peacefully in some nice green pasture, along comes a new master to flog it a bit further along.’ “WINSTON CHURCHILL THE ERA AND THE MAN”
In 1897, British forces launched a bloody campaign against Afghanistan’s Pashtun tribesmen – forebears of the Taliban – on the North West Frontier. It was the first time Winston Churchill, then 22 and a junior cavalry lieutenant as well as aspiring Telegraph war correspondent, had taken part in military action. The subsequent experience greatly shaped his subsequent career as a politician.
When out riding with the Bengal Lancers, Churchill was always on the lookout for action, but had little luck. “I take every opportunity and have accompanied solitary patrols into virgin valleys and ridden through villages and forts full of armed men – looking furious – but without any adventure occurring. It is a strange war. One moment people are your friends and the next they are shooting. The value of life is so little that they do not bear any grudge for being shot at.”
On September 12 his camp came under sniper fire. Churchill was having dinner with Major-General Sir Bindon Blood when “a bullet hummed by over head”. The incident strengthened Churchill’s view that the Mohmands, a local Pashtun tribe, needed to be dealt with. As he told it: “After today we begin to burn villages. Every one. And all who resist will be killed without quarter. The Mohmands need a lesson, and there is no doubt we are a very cruel people.” Such action was vital, Churchill argued, because the Pashtuns “recognise superiority of race”. Read the rest of itHERE Winston Churchill on Islam: from The River War by Sir Winston Churchill, 1899 How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.
Paraphrased, from above: “Islam is to men what rabies is to a dog.”
My favorite Churchill quote. - STORMBRINGER SENDS
In the fall of 1782, a 57-year-old man walked the docks of Deptford, a South London port on the Thames river. Thirty miles inland from the sea, the port was the home of the Royal Navy Dockyards, and the man looked out over the war ships and merchant vessels as he reflected on his own seafaring past. It’s not possible to know all the memories passing through his mind, but he was likely reminded of his time spent aboard a Navy ship, a few merchant ships, and even African slave trading ships. His mind certainly reflected on the brutal and uncertain life of seafaring.
The man was John Newton, and he was now a pastor, though a very unlikely one.
Today is the awful anniversary of the death of Andrew Breitbart. Awful for all the obvious reasons when a young man dies and a wife loses her love and their children, their father. But more than that, Andrew’s death was a profound loss for this country, more specifically for freedom lovers, patriots and the rational. He knew what was at stake. He understood how vicious and ugly the enemy was. And he fought fiercely. He was the example.
We have not recovered from the void left in his wake. No one on the right has followed in those fabulous footsteps or led by his example. Just the opposite. The right shrunk in the wake of his death. Withered. Even the organization that bears his name is a big yawn and has abandoned the guerrilla media warfare Andrew was famous (and infamous) for.
With so much at stake, this is the time to fly without a net, to be bold and daring. Everything we hold dear is on the line and our enemies are playing for keeps and take no prisoners. Now is not the time for the weak and unprincipled.
What follows is a look back at what I wrote in the wake of his untimely death. One year later and the right has learned nothing from his death and our failures.
Gen. Patton in the information battle-space leaves the battlefield.
Andrew Breitbart was our warrior, our leader. Fearless, unapologetic, brilliant. I admire few people, but I admired him. He was in a league of his own. The herculean contribution he made to the war against the left and the enemedia cannot be calculated.
I just loved him. He was the only one on the right with fierce spine and courage. So many in the big right blogosphere and media are so afraid of tackling certain issues. They are weak. They are insipid. Andrew Breitbart was anything but weak or insipid. He loved to confront the lies, the corruption, the evil. He was the happy warrior indeed.
The world is a scarier place without him. I do not overstate his influence. The left and its organ grinder’s monkey, the enemedia, feared him. He terrified them. It’s why they despised him so.
He was a fearless champion.
When I was organizing the protests against the Ground Zero mosque in 2010, so many prominent conservatives, including some who are famous for their “fearlessness,” were afraid to speak. Some even agreed to speak and then backed out because they feared media or GOP establishment backlash – but not Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart, unlike today’s establishment conservatives and RINOs, feared no one. He spoke, and he was brilliant. Watch it here.
Even in death, Andrew Breitbart continues to unmask the murdering monsters on the left. Friday, there was for a brief fleeting moment a small hope that perhaps Andrew hadn’t died at all, and that he had pranked the media just to show how vile, depraved and evil the left in America really was. I prayed for it. For there is no doubt that the ugliness and pure evil of the open glee that the left displayed when they heard about Andrew’s death best illustrates what he had brilliantly been exposing to us for years.
Most notorious, of course, was Rolling Stone’s disgusting piece: “Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche.” But Rolling Stone was by no means alone. I retweeted a couple of monstrous profane tweets from leftists celebrating Andrew’s death. This was something Andrew did often: He frequently retweeted the monstrous abuse leftists would send him, as do I when Islamic supremacists or their leftist apologists tweet me their extreme hate and threats. Breitbart was criticized for doing that by weak and limp-wristed effetes on the right. To do this was bad form, they would say, doncha know?
But Andrew was right. Simply by repeating their own words, sending out what they had sent to him, he exposed the left more devastatingly and accurately than anything any of us could ever do.
And this kind of thing is what made Andrew Breitbart so bloody brilliant. He understood the fight, he understood the enemy, and above all, he knew how to win. And he knew that no victory for the right would come from playing footsie with an enemy that was desperate and evil.
I related to Andrew Breitbart because he was fearless on the information battlefield. The weak elites on the right today routinely give aid and comfort to the destroyers. But not Breitbart. He took them out. As a New Yorker, I propose a day in his honor for saving us from that debased and utterly corrupt pervert, Anthony Weiner. And I promise you that Breitbart will continue to haunt these cretins long into the future, from a place where his allies are … more formidable.
When I saw him at CPAC, he was full of talk about his new Big project, to complement his existing Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Hollywood sites that have already begun to take the initiative in setting the terms of the public discourse away from the left.
Nonetheless, when I was speaking in Florida last Friday evening, someone asked me who would fill Breitbart’s shoes. No one. No one could. But all of us must.
Tiger Woods said Tuesday that his weekend golf outing with President Obama was “pretty cool” and that he and the president teamed up for a win against a pairing of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.
“He’s just a wonderful person to be around. And we won,” Woods said at a press conference ahead of the Match Play Championship, according to Sports Illustrated.
Woods also joked that Obama was “an avid golfer, and so am I.”
We’re far more likely to dig into our DVD collection during the summer months, when there’s very little worth watching on TV. Last week, we found ourselves immersed in the world of Downton Abbey once again and cried to the heavens that we have to wait a while for the recently completed season 2 to air on this side of the Atlantic (January, to be precise). So imagine our delight when we found out those bitchy Crawley sisters all got a chance to wear gorgeous early 21st Century gowns (instead of early 20th) for Vogue UK.
Unfortunately, the Dowager Countess does not appear in this editorial, although we have started using her title as a nickname for our oldest, moodiest cat. “Ohhhh, apparently the Dowager Countess didn’t want salmon feast today.”
Anyway the dresses are gorgeous, the ladies are lovely, and we’re salivating for some good old-fashioned class-conscious British melodrama.
Jessica Brown-Findlay, Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael
To celebrate the return of Downton Abbey, Vogue UK featured actresses Michelle Dockery, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Laura Carmichael in the August 2011 issue, photographed by Jason Bell and styled by Fiona Golfar.
(1) (2) Bottega Veneta Fall 2011 Collection, (3) Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Collection
Laura Carmichael in Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2011 Collection
“My Character does get to behave so badly, doesn’t she?”
“Lady Edith is the daughter that everyone expects will have to take care of her mother and father, which makes her more determined than the other two to hook a husband.”
Jessica Brown-Findlay in Valentino Fall 2011 Collection
“I’m so excited, I can’t breathe! I think this dress is probably the most beautiful thing I have ever worn.”
Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 Collection
“Our costumes for the show are lovely, but nothing on this!”
“…we love it when we have a day of bitching on the set.”
The Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who made headlines recently by pointing out the flaws of Obamacare to President Barack Obama’s face announced Monday on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” that he is retiring from surgery in June, which he admitted “does open up a lot of opportunities” — including potentially a run for political office.
Dr. Benjamin Carson became an overnight political celebrity after he delivered a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, excoriating federal budget excesses and offering his own solutions to the country’s health-care problems as President Obama sat merely a few feet away.
When host Neil Cavuto suggested Carson consider running for president himself, the internationally renowned doctor left the door wide open.
“If I had a nickel for everybody who told me that, I could finance my own campaign,” he said, chuckling. “I’ve always said that if God grabs me by the collar and sticks me in that arena, that’s the only way I’ll do it.”
Dr. Benjamin Carson drew nation-wide criticism when he disapproved of President Barack Obama’s healthcare policies during the National Prayer Breakfast while standing only a couple feet away from the first black Commander in Chief. Now Carson has another African-American ally in his corner – former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News “On the Record” West said Carson’s remarks are garnering unnecessary attention.
“He violated the unwritten rule of being an African American male, and he criticized some of the policies of President Obama,” Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) snarkily pointed out.“I don’t think it should cause any controversy whatsoever.
“I believe that the doctor gave his assessment of some of the policies that involve his profession, the healthcare profession.”
West also pointed out that most mainstream media rarely criticize President Obama for how he runs the country and that behavior needs to stop.
“I think that we cannot continue to go on believing that all we can do is ask the President what his favorite color is and continue to have these softball interviews,” West said. “Well, I think he felt for the first time someone has stood up to me because pretty much he’s been given a free pass.”
The blog is named for her opus and I am a big fan. Ayn Rand is the most brilliant philosopher. Period. Her contribution to philosophy and the nature of knowledge is as significant as that of Einstein to science, Edison to technology, or any of the titans of progress.
It took centuries of intellectual, philosophical development to achieve political freedom. It was a long struggle, stretching from Aristotle to John Locke to the Founding Fathers. The system they established was not based on unlimited majority rule, but on its opposite: on individual rights, which were not to be alienated by majority vote or minority plotting. The individual was not left at the mercy of his neighbors or his leaders: the Constitutional system of checks and balances was scientifically devised to protect him from both. This was the great American achievement—and if concern for the actual welfare of other nations were our present leaders’ motive, this is what we should have been teaching the world. Ayn Rand
3 crucial lessons Ayn Rand can teach us today Yaron Brooks, Don Watkins, FOX News, Published February 02, 2013
Today is the birthday of Ayn Rand, author of the 1957 classic “Atlas Shrugged,” and one of history’s most celebrated champions of capitalism. Here are three of the crucial lessons Rand offers those of us who want to fight for a freer, more prosperous America.
1. Celebrate Business
Today business is the scapegoat for virtually every evil. Whatever the problem or crisis, “greedy” businessmen take the blame, and the solution is always held to be more controls, more regulations, more taxes. When the financial crisis hit in 2008, for instance, Republican leaders raced to blame “greedy” bankers, not government policy. President Obama has intensified this outlook.
According to Rand, this is one of history’s worst injustices. Businessmen are the ones who create the medicines, food preservatives, sanitation systems, irrigation systems, and millions of other innovations and labor-saving devices that have nearly tripled our lifespans and provided us with a standard of living unimaginable by our forefathers. As she explained in 1961, the businessman is the great liberator who, in the short span of a century and a half, has released men from bondage to their physical needs, has released them from the terrible drudgery of an eighteen-hour workday of manual labor for their barest subsistence, has released them from famines, from pestilences, from the stagnant hopelessness and terror in which most of mankind had lived in all the pre-capitalist centuries.
Capitalism is good, said Rand, because it protects each man’s ability to make the most of his own life—and government intervention, which strips such men of their wealth and their freedom, is morally wrong.
If we want to limit government, Rand warned, this is something we need to celebrate. To slam business is to attack a core part of what makes America great.
2. Don’t Apologize for the Profit Motive
Underneath the attack on business is an attack on the motive that drives businessmen: the desire for profits. The profit motive, we’re constantly told, leads businessmen to lie, cheat, and steal their way to a buck—or at minimum taints them morally.
Just recall the criticisms of Mitt Romney. Even his Republican challengers criticized him, not for passing RomneyCare, but for having been a profit-seeking businessman. But if the profit motive is dangerous and immoral, how can we tolerate the profit system?
Rand sets the record straight. A profit, she notes, is the insignia of production: you make a profit when you produce something of value, something that others want to buy because it makes human life better, longer, easier, more enjoyable.
Capitalism is fueled, not by the Al Capones or the Bernie Madoffs of this world who seek to get money by hook or by crook. It is fueled by individuals who make money by creating wealth. This is the actual nature of the profit motive: it is the desire to earn rewards through productive achievement.
That, says Rand, is the kind of attitude toward one’s work, toward one’s wealth, and toward other people that pervades a free market. Free markets drive out of business the short-sighted, unproductive moochers who don’t create value—and a capitalist government locks up predators such as Madoff when they try to defraud others.
Capitalism is good, said Rand, because it protects each man’s ability to make the most of his own life—and government intervention, which strips such men of their wealth and their freedom, is morally wrong.
3. Run from Anyone Trumpeting “The Public Good”
Today government grows at the expense of individuals: at the expense of their rights, their freedom, their wealth. The supporters of Big Government have always justified this by appealing to “the public good.” How have defenders of capitalism responded? Not by challenging the notion of “the public good.” Instead, we have accepted that notion and tried to persuade people that only capitalism can achieve it.
But the justification for capitalism, Rand stresses, is not that it serves “the public good” or “the public interest” or “the common welfare.” All of those slogans are dangerously vague: they can mean anything, and so they can be used to “justify” everything. The justification for capitalism is that it is the only system based on the individual’s inalienable right to pursue his own life, liberty, and happiness.
Society, Rand observes, is not an entity but a collection of sovereign individuals, and the essential political value they have in common is freedom.
Freedom, Rand stresses, means that individuals can exercise their rights free from coercion and compulsion. They can work to make a successful life for themselves, acting on their own independent judgment, keeping the fruits of their labor, and dealing with others through voluntary exchange to mutual advantage. The government’s role is to protect their freedom by barring the initiation of physical force. The economic system that emerges when government is limited and individual rights are secured is capitalism.
If you want to stop the growth of the state, you have to get rid of any ounce of the idea that individuals exist to serve some social purpose or goal. Capitalism is the system rooted in the conviction that each individual is an end in himself and has a right to exist for his own sake.
Ayn Rand’s Winning Formula: Capture the Moral High Ground
If you wanted to boil down what makes Rand so successful and what she can teach us today, it would be that she teaches the free market side to take the moral high ground.
We “must fight for capitalism,” Rand says, “not as a ‘practical’ issue, not as an economic issue, but, with the most righteous pride, as a moral issue. That is what capitalism deserves, and nothing less will save it.”
We can limit today’s unlimited government. But to do so we will need to mount an unapologetic moral defense of freedom. The first step is to arm ourselves with Ayn Rand’s unsurpassed stockpile of intellectual ammunition, and then to speak out for freedom.
“The dogma that all lifestyles, opinions and convictions have the same value signifies the destruction of Western culture. It heralds the return to barbarism.”
Below is the English version of the prepared text for speech given by Geert Wilders yesterday in Bonn. Many thanks to Rembrandt Clancy for the translation.
Speech by Geert Wilders in Bonn, February 2 2013
Original German source and video still: EuropeNews
Allow me to begin with a few words of thanks. Thank you Conny Meier and Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa for giving me the opportunity of addressing all of you here today.
Thank you Stefan Herre for bestowing on me the Hiltrud-Schröter Freedom Prize, named after a great German woman, who fought to free Muslim women from Islamic oppression.
Thank you Stefan, also, for the important work which you and your team accomplish with your PI website [Politically Incorrect website].
Thank you Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and all the other fighters for freedom of speech, for speaking the truth, although you are prosecuted for it.
It requires much courage to disseminate the truth. We are living in a time in which expressing the truth and spreading it has become not only difficult, but also often very dangerous.
Last year I published my book Marked for Death in the United States of America. In it I wrote about Islam and what I think about it. A German publisher showed an interest in a German language edition and had the book translated.
According to the view of his lawyers whom he consulted, the content of the book would bring him criminal repercussions. He recommended making corresponding changes to German language text. I told them: no compromise with the truth. I insisted on a faithful translation, but according to his lawyers that was not possible.
For example, when in the English edition I criticise “Islam”, instead of “Islam” in the German edition it is supposed to read “Islamism”, “orthodox Islam”, “Sharia-Islam” and so forth. Whenever I make the case in my book that no further mosques should be built, I am only able to speak in the book about “going along with the construction of new mosques with great scepticism”. I hope you understand that this compromised text is unacceptable for me.
This German translation makes a completely different book out of it. I am convinced that there is only one Islam, and that the so called “radical Islam” is nothing other than the real, authentic Islam, and is in complete accordance with the teachings of Mohammed and the Koran.
I reject the censorship of my views concerning this. I would have betrayed my principles and all I stand for had I permitted my book be put on the market with formulations which are not only untrue, but also do not correspond to my thinking on it.
I very much regret that it is no longer possible to publish my opinion in Germany without being censored. That strengthens my assessment that free speech in Europe is in a very bad state.
I hope that there is a new German publishing house which can tell the truth. What we urgently need is something similar to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution which comprehensively protects freedom of speech.
The English Defence League has just posted an update on Tommy Robinson’s situation. The most important thing is Tommy’s new address at Wayland Prison. People are encouraged to send cards and notes to that address, and also money orders, since he lacks all ready cash to spend inside:
Remember: DO NOT address mail to “Tommy Robinson” or mention the EDL, as these actions are considered grounds for withholding correspondence.
The latest news on Tommy is not encouraging, but hardly unexpected. The prison authorities have clearly been instructed to make their well-known guest as miserable as possible.
Visiting time has been cut from two hours to 70 minutes, so that Tommy’s children get that much less time to spend with their father. Scheduled visits have been reassigned from the customary 2pm to 9am, forcing his family to get up before dawn on the days that they travel to see him. Then, when they arrive, the abbreviated visiting period makes the circumstances that much more difficult and painful.
As the EDL report notes:
The more anger they generate, people become more determined, more resolute, and more likely to fight harder than ever before. The EDL is not something to be subdued or pressured into capitulation which is why they are dong their upmost to cause Tommy maximum upset for the remainder of his sentence.
Tommy reports that a Muslim inmate spits through his cell door on a daily basis, while the guards look on and do nothing. When he remonstrated with one of the guards, referring to the Muslim prisoner as “a dirty tramp”, the guard was concerned only that the Muslim’s feelings might have been hurt by Tommy’s words.
Tommy resorted to blocking his door with tissue paper to keep the spittle out, but was disciplined for doing so.
As the EDL says, “The prison system really want to break him and are certainly going the extra mile to make that happen.” They urge their supporters to make complaints on Tommy’s behalf using this letter as a model, making appropriate adjustments to the text in light of recent updates.
Al Roker isn’t the only exulted member of the ruling class to suffer from incontinence. Actor Jason London ventured out of Tinseltown to bless us with his presence here in the Valley in the Sun, where he behaved the way we have come to expect of the infantile elitists infesting the entertainment industry.
The 40-year-old was cited for assault and disorderly conduct. The actor allegedly sneezed on and punched a patron at Martini Ranch on Stetson Drive [in Scottsdale, Arizona].
I then spoke with London and attempted to ask him what had taken place that evening, but he refused to cooperate with me. I asked him if he wanted to tell me what happened and he said, “F*** you! You won’t do s*** for me; you f***ing hillbilly!” I explained to him that I was trying to get his side of the story and that I had no idea of what occurred. He continued his ranting about the medical treatment that I had given him and that I did not help him. I explained to him that I was not a medic and that I was a police officer. He said, “I know what you f***ing are! F*** you; I want to go home!” I did not ask any further questions of London. London showed obvious signs and symptoms of extreme alcohol impairment. His eyes were bloodshot and watery, his speech was slurred and mumbled, and his breath reeked of alcohol. London was also having a very hard time keeping his balance, even while in the seated position.
More Hollywood charm from the police report:
During the short trip to District 2 Jail; London asked me if I had a good lawyer and if I was proud to be a cop. I did not reply to his questions. He then said, “Guess what, faggot? I f***ing love this! I f***ing own you guys so hard. I’m rich and I’m a motherf***ing famous actor! F***ing look me up, bitch!” He then said, “It smells like s*** in your car and your breath smells like diarrhea”. I looked back at him just in time for him to lean to the left and defecate in his pants. Then he said, “I told you that I’m happy as s***!” Once at the Jail facility, London continued with his antics toward Jail staff and continued his ranting, raving, and cursing at them and me. At 0040hrs I read London Miranda warnings verbatim from the supplied Miranda card. London did not initially reply. He flipped me off with both hands and stuck his tongue out at me. I told him that I needed an actual answer to the question and he gave me thumbs up. I asked him one final time if he understood his rights and he said, “I’m a f***ing movie star; I know what the f*** to do!” I then said, “Would you like to talk about what happened tonight?” and he flipped me off again and said, “F*** you; I own you now! I’m a famous actor, I’m f***ing rich, and I’ve got a good f***ing lawyer! I f***ing own your sorry ass! F*** you!”
You can see why the whole country admires the Beautiful People who grace the silver screen.
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"Politicians are the lowest form of life on earth. Liberal Democrats are the lowest form of politician." - General George S. Patton
Speak The Truth
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
And The Darkness Did Not Comprehend The Light
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Who Will Stand In The Gap?
30And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
The Midnight Watch and Warning
The Watchman and His Message
1 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me
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