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“O’Reilly The Charlatan”

Posted by scorpiomkm on September 26, 2007

The Felicty Daily Herald

Group points out O’Reilly race comments

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer Tue Sep 25

NEW YORK – After eating dinner at a famed Harlem restaurant recently, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly told a radio audience he “couldn’t get over the fact” that there was no difference between the black-run Sylvia’s and other restaurants.

“It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun,” he said. “And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”

O’Reilly said his fellow patrons were tremendously respectful as he ate dinner with civil rights activist Al Sharpton.

The comments were made during O’Reillys nationally syndicated radio broadcast last week. The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America called attention to them by distributing a transcript and audio clip on the Internet.

“This is nothing more than left-wing outlets stirring up false racism accusations for ratings, said Bill Shine, senior vice president for programming at Fox News Channel. “It’s sad.”

O’Reilly spoke during a general discussion about racial relations with Fox News analyst Juan Williams. O’Reilly said he believed black Americans were “starting to think more and more for themselves” and backing away from a race-based culture encouraged by Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He said he treated Sharpton to dinner to thank him for appearing on his Fox News Channel show.

O’Reilly pointed to the sameness of Sylvia’s and other restaurants as a marker of racial progress. “And that’s really what this society‘s all about now here in the USA. There’s no difference. There’s no difference.”

O’Reilly also noted that he went to an Anita Baker concert recently where the audience was evenly mixed between blacks and whites.

“The band was excellent, but they were dressed in tuxedoes, and this is what white America doesn’t know, particularly people who don’t have a lot of interaction with black Americans,” he said. “They think the culture is dominated by Twista, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg.”

Williams concurred that too many people believe there’s little else in black culture beyond profane rap.

“That’s right,” O’Reilly said. “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, `M.F.er, I want more iced tea.'”

Sharpton said he was taken aback that anyone would be surprised at how blacks acted at Sylvia’s and will ask O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday to explain what he meant. Nothing O’Reilly said at the dinner was offensive, said Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger.

Karl Frisch, a spokesman for Media Matters, called O’Reilly‘s comments “ignorant and racially charged.”

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What I find AMAZING about this Story is ….. oh, not that an AIR HEAD like O’Reilly is actually SHOCKED that Black People have ‘nice Eating Establishments’, just like whites; or that one can go to a black Concert and see both Entertainer(s) and Audience alike nicely dressed; or that Blacks behave themselves much as Whites do in various venues. All that type of ‘stuff’ does not surprise me in the least. After all, MOST a-holes, like a Bill O’Reilly, pontificate and profess so much alleged KNOWLEDGE about Black Folk, yet IN REALITY they KNOW little if anything about African Americans or the Black Experience in America.

So again, the fact Bill O’Reilly clearly shows his IGNORANCE is neither shocking nor anything new to me in the least.

What AMAZES me about this Story, however,  is simply this:

 If  a man, like a Bill O’Reilly, CLEARLY shows his GROSS IGNORANCE and lack of having any meaningful relationship to ‘Black Life’ ~ and believe me he can afford to eat wherever he wants, attend any Public Concert he wants, and works in a racially diverse city ~  then how in the hell can the Bill O’Reillys of the World speak with such certainty that THEY KNOW what is going on in the life and Minds of Iraqis, Chinese, Koreans or Iranians?

And don’t give me any of that “Some of my best friends ….” business!!

If kats like OReilly are so tone deaf, self isolated, and IGNORANT about People they rub shoulders with DAILY  and are People that are Fellow Americans to boot ~ then again, how in the hell can they claim to KNOW and Tell me with CERTAINTY what is in the Arab or Persian MIND!!

Much like all these kats (like a Peter Bergman) that CLAIM they KNOW the Mind of a bin Laden or al Qaeda, and promote themselves as so-called “Terror Experts” in the Mass Media, hum?

I’m tellinya, you kats are being TOOK each and every day by these charlatans!!”

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“The Path Least Traveled”

Posted by scorpiomkm on September 25, 2007

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I’ve ALWAYS wondered why there is so much alleged hatred over the President of Iran’s Remarks about the holocaust … WITHOUT there also being a similar Discussion AND subsequent proving of evidence of America’s own ‘actions’ (or inaction) during ‘Hitler’s Solution’ of same (Jews)? For after all, it was the United States and other Western Powers that ‘turned a deaf ear’ to the plight and misery of European Jews in the late 30s and 40s ~ and more shockingly, as well it was the United States and other Western Nations that carved up Palestinian Land for the Jews to inhabit AFTER the War because historically nobody from the West (including the U.S.) wanted Jews to settle en mass in their own countries either!!

And that’s a FACT, as I’ve Understood it to be.

Why …. Jews in America prior-during-and after the War (similar to their treatment in Hitler’s Germany) HAD TO change their Names just to attend schools, or live in certain neighborhoods, or deny they were Jewish, or obtain certain types of employment; so let’s not be so pious and sanctimonious whenever a call to ‘Research The Holocaust’ is raised by ANY human being, okay!

As a ‘Student of History’, this omission and selected amnesia as to the ‘Origins of the Jewish State’ by Americans I’ve always found most interesting, to say the least. Especially since after Israel’s Founding …. the West has been dragged into conflict after conflict between Israel and her neighbors: especially the Palestinians. So I can Understand and Appreciate when a ‘call’ is made by the Iranian Leader for a continued Research and Investigation into the Events surrounding the holocaust; because said holocaust bears heavily into the West’s current ‘Policy Making’ and posture insofar as its relationship with the parties in that region is concerned.

I’ve stated over-and-over again: People need to Understand the CONTEXT of ANYTHING in order to best address the “Root Causes” of MOST things. And as history has proven, it’s a grave error to ‘white wash’ or DENY the Root Causes of ANYTHING and still reasonably expect a successful outcome.

Easy to shout claims, “He wants to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth!” or “He denies the holocaust existed!”

Harder yet to seek how the holocaust had LONG TERM implications which tied the West’s Policies towards Israel AT THE EXPENSE of other Semitic people in the region ~ particularly the Palestinians!!

It seems quite simple to me that unless people and their governments at least ‘act’ like their functioning in the Twenty-first Century as Honest Brokers seeking Peace rather than cave men operating in the ‘Dark Ages of Ignorance’, the world will continue to be a place of fear, hostility, mistrust and gross IGNORANCE instead of Enlightenment.

The book (History) has not been closed on Slavery (American Style), nor on the Native American injustice perpetrated on them by YOUR Founding Fathers, nor what happened here to the American Japanese during World War II. In fact, I just read TODAY in the local newspaper of an African American man JUST NOW receiving his Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medals :

           56 YEARS after the fact!!

I hear ALL THE TIME about blacks playing the “Race Card”, but NEVER have I heard of Jews playing the “Holocaust Card”.

You?

I don’t use those ‘card’ terms, because TO ME the terms denigrate and are made to make illegitimate the Arguments being advanced. Instead, I look to the CONTEXT of a thing for a better Understanding of an Issue. So if a Human Being says that further Research into an Issue (even the holocaust) is legit and open for discussion ~ why is THAT a THREAT to my better understanding of a People or Nation. Unless, that is, I view such notions as a THREAT to my preconceived ideas. Ideas that may be completely ‘off mark’.

My Faith in God teaches that TRUTH will ALWAYS prevail over falsehoods. That TRUTH, although at times may be stymied or delayed, eventually in the end triumphs.

This tenet which was first instilled in me by my mother has ALWAYS proven TRUE; thus TODAY I can look at the world in which I live with ‘quiet eyes’ KNOWING that the seeking of TRUTH is NEVER a fruitless pursuit nor ever a wrong thing to do.

But one can’t necessarily look to one’s government for Truth; nor to the Mass Media or the opinions of one’s neighbors or friends ~ for the seeking of TRUTH is often a lonely endeavor.

But happy is the soul that has made the decision to take the path least traveled.

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“The Beautiful Ones”

Posted by scorpiomkm on September 25, 2007

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Ahmadinejad questions 9/11, Holocaust

By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer 

NEW YORK – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense showdown Monday at Columbia University, where the school’s head introduced the hard-line leader by calling him a “petty and cruel dictator.”

Ahmadinejad portrayed himself as an intellectual and argued that his administration respected reason and science. But the former engineering professor, appearing shaken and irate over he called “insults” from his host, soon found himself drawn into the type of rhetoric that has alienated American audiences in the past.

He provoked derisive laughter by responding to a question about Iran’s execution of homosexuals by saying: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country … I don’t know who’s told you that we have this.”

Columbia‘s president, Lee Bollinger, set the combative tone in his introduction of Ahmadinejad: “Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

Ahmadinejad retorted that Bollinger’s opening was “an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here.”

“There were insults and claims that were incorrect, regretfully,” Ahmadinejad said, accusing Bollinger of falling under the influence of the hostile U.S. press and politicians.

Ahmadinejad drew audience applause at times, such as when he bemoaned the plight of the Palestinians. But he often declined to offer the simple answers the audience sought, responding instead with his own questions or long statements about history and justice.

Ahmadinejad has in the past called for Israel‘s elimination. But his exact remarks have been disputed. Some translators say he called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” but others say that would be better translated as “vanish from the pages of time” — implying Israel would disappear on its own rather than be destroyed.

Asked by an audience member if Iran sought the destruction of Israel, Ahmadinejad did not answer directly.

“We are friends of all the nations,” he said. “We are friends with the Jewish people. There are many Jews in Iran living peacefully with security.”

He also said Palestinians must determine theirown future.

Ahmadinejad‘s past statements about the Holocaust also have raised hackles in the West, and were soundly attacked by Bollinger.

“In a December 2005 state television broadcast, you described the Holocaust as the fabricated legend,” Bollinger told Ahmadinejad said in his opening remarks. “One year later, you held a two-day conference of Holocaust deniers.”

Bollinger said that might fool the illiterate and ignorant.

“When you come to a place like this, it makes you simply ridiculous. The truth is that the Holocaust is the most documented event in human history,” he said.

Ahmadinejad denied he had questioned whether the Holocaust occurred.

“Granted this happened, what does it have to do with the Palestinian people?” he said.

But Ahmadinejad went on to say that he was defending the rights of European academics imprisoned for “questioning certain aspects” of the Holocaust, an apparent reference to a small number who have been prosecuted under national laws for denying or minimizing the genocide.

“There’s nothing known as absolute,” Ahmadinejad said. He said the Holocaust has been abused as a justification for Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians.

“Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?” he asked.

Asked why he had asked to visit the World Trade Center site — a request denied by New York authorities — Ahmadinejad said he wanted to express sympathy for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Then he appeared to question whether al-Qaida was responsible, saying more research was needed.

“If the root causes of 9/11 are examined properly — why it happened, what caused it, what were the conditions that led to it, who truly was involved, who was really involved — and put it all together to understand how to prevent the crisis in Iraq, fix the problem in Afghanistan and Iraq combined,” Ahmadinejad said.

Bollinger drew strong criticism for inviting Ahmadinejad to Columbia and had promised tough questions in his introduction. But the stridency of his attack on the Iranian leader took many by surprise.

“You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated,” Bollinger told Ahmadinejad about the leader’s Holocaust denial. “Will you cease this outrage?”

Bollinger’s introduction was “very harsh,” said Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian studies at Columbia University.

“Inviting him and then turning around and alienating and insulting an entire nation whose representative this man happens to be is simply inappropriate,” said Dabashi, who also criticized Ahmadinejad.

Instead of addressing most of Bollinger’s accusations directly, Ahmadinejad offered quotes from the Quran and criticism of the Bush administration and past American governments, from warrant-less wiretapping to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

He closed his prepared remarks with a terse smile, to applause and boos, before taking questions from the audience.

In Iran, Ahmadinejad‘s appearance at Columbia could be seen on Arabic satellite channels and state television’s Arabic-language service, but it did not appear on channels that broadcast in Farsi, the language of Iran.

Asked about his country’s nuclear intentions, Ahmadinejad insisted the program is peaceful, legal and entirely within Iran’s rights, despite attempts by “monopolistic,” “selfish” powers to derail it. “How come is it that you have that right, and we can’t have it?” he added.

President Bush said Ahmadinejad‘s appearance at Columbia “speaks volumes about, really, the greatness of America.”

He told Fox News Channel that if Bollinger considered Ahmadinejad‘s visit an educational experience for Columbia students, “I guess it’s OK with me.”

But conservatives on Capitol Hill were critical. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said he thought the invitation to Ahmadinejad was a mistake “because he comes literally with blood on his hands.”

Thousands of people jammed two blocks of 47th Street across from the United Nations to protest Ahmadinejad‘s visit to New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly session. Organizers claimed a turnout of tens of thousands. Police did not immediately have a crowd estimate.

The speakers, most of them politicians and officials from Jewish organizations, proclaimed their support for Israel and criticized the Iranian leader for his remarks questioning the Holocaust.

“We’re here today to send a message that there is never a reason to give a hatemonger an open stage,” New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

Hundreds of protesters also assembled at Columbia. Dozens stood near the lecture hall where Ahmadinejad was scheduled to speak, linking arms and singing traditional Jewish folk songs about peace and brotherhood. A two-person band nearby played “You Are My Sunshine.”

Signs in the crowd displayed a range of messages, including one reading: “We refuse to choose between Islamic fundamentalism and American imperialism.”

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 Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

                      ~ President of Columbia University

Since when does a University President not only have to defend the University’s Right & Obligation to invite World Leaders to their Hallowed Halls of Learning; but to the SHAME of it all …. I guess NOW these Leaders of the university feel the apparent NEED to INSULT their Guests with mean spirited and vulgar remarks?

That’s what President Bollinger (Columbia University) did in his Opening Remarks today!!

This is INSANITY at its heights!!

A UNIVERSITY President!!

I expect such numbskull and IGNORANT behavior from the Main Stream lackey Media. After all, they just parrot the Agenda of Bush and the Right wing neoconneonazis: but a University President?

I expect such rudeness and insults from ‘Death Eaters’ and moronic “Me Tooers“, that merely want to show that they’re part of the crowd that find it now envogue to HATE Iranians (just as it was envogue to demonize Saddam during the United State’s run up to ‘Shock & Awe’): but a UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT?

And the United States is PROUD of this behavior, which makes this insanity even more sickening!!

A UNIVERSITY is a place where Ideas and Reasoning (often differing ideas and thought) are RESPECTFULLY discussed, listened to, and examined. Now it appears that America’s longing for a HitlerianFourth Reich” and a gross “Me Too-ism” has made its way even into the heart and soul of our Higher Places of Learning and Research. But mark my words: this slippery slope of Intolerance, Racism, and Totalitarianism that we’ve been falling down these past 7 years has just become even steeper whenever a UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT not only feels the need to Justify a university’s actions ~ but worse a UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT has the timerity to mimic the shoddy behavior and mentality of the ‘Larger Society’ towards the university’s OWN GUEST as well.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not ~ I REPEAT ~ did not EMBARRASS himself or Iran today. But rather it was America, in the eyes of the World, that looked the Classless, Careless, and ‘Mean Spirited’ bully-thug  that has long been claimed by both loyal Friends and determined Adversary alike.

I watched Ahmadinejad‘s entire Speech today. And I can only surmise that the MAIN REASON he has received so much ATTENTION and HATE from Right wingers, Christian Fundamentalists, neocons, ‘Good ol‘ Boy’ Americans, “Me Too-ers” and Death Eaters alike is simple:

The United States WANTS to “Shock & Awe” Iran, and thus America is knee deep into its DEMONIZING STAGE of this man.

Simple as THAT!

See, before America kills, she must first DEMONIZE. Hell, nothing new in that. America demonized Africans during Slavery; America demonized Native Americans before stealing their Land; Americans demonized the Chinese when they came here seeking jobs in the gold fields or wished work on the railroads; demonized the American Japanese during World War II; demonized Saddam before “Shock & Awe”, and I’m just listing just a few examples of this long held strategy for the masses fomented by the government.

So nothing NEW here. All tyrants and Totalitarian States do it!!

What I find NEW though, is the fact that EVEN ‘Higher Places of Learning’ (like Columbia) are conspiring to ‘Dumb Down’ and lower its OWN Standards just to OBVIOUSLY keep Jewish endowment checks flowing into its coffers ~ and Public Heat off!!

Disgraceful.

The Beginning of the End of what USE TO BE the late GREAT United States of America as she was hoped for. 

And there’s nothing over the horizon, that I can see, that can turn this long slide around!

  Truly: The Beautiful Ones are not yet Born!”

                             Not in Mordor anyway.

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“The 23rd Psalm”

Posted by scorpiomkm on September 25, 2007

“The 23rd Psalm”

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

To me, this is a most Powerful Proclamation, for it says that we place Providence totally within the Hands of our Creator; and that the DESIRE to WANT ANYTHING is not only undesirable ~ but a hindrance toward one’s Spiritual Growth. The Buddhists say: “Desire NOTHING until you WANT nothing.”

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he Leadeth me beside the still waters.

He ~ God ~ often mysteriously MAKES me to seek Peace within the very midst of trial and tribulation; a peace and understanding that comes not only from our WORKING to establish a “Spiritual Relationship” with the Creator, but as well by Seeking a ‘Bond of Love’ with our Fellow Humankind and creatures on this good earth of His.

He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the Paths of Righteousness for His Name Sake!

He ~ God ~ has the ability to RESTORE my fractured and thirsty soul: only He. And although the world is pressed by Darkness, Danger, and Despair …. still this uncompromising turning oneself over to the ‘Will of God‘ will ultimately result in the leading of one’s LIFE in perfect harmony with the Laws of Nature and the Universe. All for in His sake, and not our own.

Yea though I walk through the  ‘Valley of the Shadow of Death’ I shall fear no Evil; for thou art with me …. thy rod and thy Staff they comfort me.

Here is perhaps the essence of any Religious Faith. That  as we ‘Pass Through the Valley of DEATH’ and not spiritually die of it (a HUGE distinction) , even then we shall fear no evil ~ for death is but a transitory thing that must be endured yet not condemned or eternally sentenced by. For being Eternally ALIVE within the bosom of God is, after all, the great and sublime Promise.

Thou preparest a Table before me in the presence of my enemies; my Cup runneth over.

Here we see where if one seeks TRUTH, Justice, and Harmony amongst ‘ALL’ of our Fellow Mankind, even our enemies …. fear of any earthly thing (even death) should be of only a little matter.

Surely Goodness & Mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

                                           How long?

                                            Forever!!

With a person having made the 23rd Psalm his Guide: nothing ~ NOTHING ~ can ever prevail against you!!

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