Friday, July 21, 2006

The Green Scare



Run for the hills! The informants are coming!!!

Apparently a number of environmental terrorists have been arrested as of late, in what the far-left is calling “the Green Scare”. Wikipedia has a little background on the issue.
“The term has been widely used to describe an early 2006 sweep of arrests, convictions and grand jury indictments of alleged Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front activists on charges relating to acts of property damage, conspiracy, arson and use of destructive devices.

On January 13, 2006, three individuals were arrested in Auburn, California for allegedly conspiring to damage telephone towers, a dam and Forest Service facilities "by explosive or fire" [21]. Prosecutors allege the FBI recorded one of the suspects suggesting anti-personnel shrapnel be added to the planned bombs [22].
According to the FBI affidavit, evidence against the three came from a paid "confidential source (CS) who is deeply embedded within the subjects' cell. The CS has worked for the FBI since early 2004.”

Uh-oh, sounds like bad news for the three idealistic provocateurs who were arrested. That is, unless they start talking, as two of the Auburn eco-terrorists have agreed to do.
This is seen as the greatest form of treason imaginable by our good ol buddies over at Indybay. Some folks have gone on to say:
-“She is a snitch. There's no two ways about it.”-
-(concerning snitching) “I would die first. Youre wrong when you say we would do the same thing.”-
-“Fuck the "movement"! It's all about getting yours…”-
-“No matter what, happens, Ren will now have to live with the consequences of betraying her friends for the rest of her life. Relocating, taking a new name, college, job won't cut it. The story is out there now and will continue to haunt her. She'll always have to look behind her and wonder.....”-

Strong words, especially coming from a bunch of kids who are not facing 20+ years in prison. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about throwing these guys in prison. What they did was clearly terrorism. They took the law into their own hands and conducted actions meant to scare people into following their orders. In my eyes, the actions that they took are no different than any other extreme organization that uses fear and violence to frighten those around them into following their ideology.

But to be honest, I also have a small amount of sympathy for these eco-terrorists. The reality is that these kids got way in over their heads, and once that they realized that there was going to be major consequences for their actions, they were willing to do talk to lower the severity of their punishment. I presume it was a moment where you realize that playing revolutionary has its costs.

Unfortunately, a young person throwing themselves behind extreme leftist groups and ideas is common around specific universities and communities. A chance to feel powerful and righteous and all of that jazz, has attracted young people to radical causes for hundreds of years. Within these communities, it can all seem like a big game; one where you get to play revolutionary, but return to the comfortable life that the United States provides after a hard day of politicking. Sometimes, people go too far, and don’t recognize that they have crossed the line between radical youthful exuberance, and illegal activity.

I bet these kids hardly considered the fact that targeting dams and forest services with explosives would get them into such trouble. But when faced with the reality that they could spend the next 20 years rotting away in a prison cell, the consequences became very real.

I also don’t blame these kids for “snitching”; I hope the info they give police can stop other individuals from conducting similar exercises. And frankly, radicals that claim they would “never sell out the movement”, have likely never been in a position to test that hypothesis.

The radical leftist community should learn something from all this, but based on most of the comments pertaining to this issue at Indybay, it seems that they will not.

Worth a Thousand Words





No, there is no anti-Semitism coming from the left…

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Snobs

Tom Bevan has a funny, yet poignant look at what is often perceived as snobby tendencies coming from the left. Although he picks on “liberals” specifically, I think the right has its fair share of snobs. The basic premise they often use (i.e. we are the normal Joes who work for a living and represent American values) is as snobby and elitist as the rhetoric leftist intellectuals push. None the less, it is worth a read.

Why Comic Books Aren’t as Deep as They Think They Are (or How I learned to Live with Crossovers)



Well, it is summer time, and for any of you who read comic books, that means crossovers. Where major publishers decide that all of their characters should somehow be included into one major story arc that will potentially change everything within the select universe (got all that?).

Marvel Comics is having its “Civil War” event. Here is the basic premise:
The series centers around a newly enacted Super-human Registration Act, which, when passed into law, would require all persons in the United States with superhuman abilities who wish to use those abilities to fight crime to register with the federal government and receive proper training as law enforcement officials. Such persons would not only be subject to U.S. law (including the prohibition of minors from participating in such activities), but would, according to the law, reap the full benefits of civil servants, including pensions, and so forth. Because the forced registration of persons would spark a civil liberties controversy, the Act splits notable superheroes within the Marvel Universe, resulting in two super-powered factions forming, one advocating registration as the responsible obligation of the super-powered living in society, and the other opposed to the law on the grounds that it violates civil rights and that it would turn all superhumans into agents of the government. This conflict builds into the titular Civil War, into which themes from current events will be woven. Writer Mark Millar has noted "The political allegory is only for those that are politically aware. Kids are going to read it and just see a big superhero fight." Some see this as a reflection of real world views on such things as the Patriot Act or Gun Control.

I have a major problem with the comparison between the Patriot Act and “Superhero legislation". As comic critique Paul O’Brian explains:
“Marvel seems to be approaching Civil War as a civil liberties metaphor. I'm not convinced it works on that level. After all, the anti-registration faction are effectively arguing for unlicensed vigilantes roaming the streets. This is tough to argue for, and Captain America is reduced to making the rather lame point that it's always worked in the past. The real reason why the Marvel Universe has always tolerated vigilantism in the past is simply that it's a superhero universe, and vigilantes are a key part of the genre. It's just one of those things we turn a blind eye to.
Consequently, I don't think this holds up as a civil liberties metaphor. It's really a story which challenges one of the underpinnings of the genre. That's interesting in its own right, but I have a sinking suspicion that it's not the approach the creators are going to take.

Now that the story arc is three months in, I can honestly say Marvel is not addressing the issues as one would in the “real world”. Those who are on the side of superhero registration are portrayed as accepting creeping totalitarianism, while those opposed are standing up for freedom. But so far, no one (within the story arc) has asked the obvious question: what gives a superhero, who acquired some power by luck or chance, the right to run around outside the law? It is unfortunate that Marvel has taken such a simplistic approach to the issue, for it had the potential to be a very interesting critique of vigilantism, even when it is done behind the cause of public good.

The Minutemen Project and the Animal Liberation Front are two perfect examples of vigilante groups actively working within the United States. They both feel that the government is not doing enough to bring “justice” to their select causes, but does that give them the right to operate outside (or alongside)the law? No one elected these folks to do what they do, and yet they operate anyhow, simply because they feel “the right thing must be done”. Is Marvel willing to say that those vigilantes are justified in their action?

Eni Meani Mini Mo

There is a reason terms like genocide are as good as dead on the left. The idiom is thrown around so often, to describe just about any injustice the left sees, that it has lost meaning to many casual observers. Worse yet, the select application of the term to pet projects of the radical left, while ignoring real genocide has been apparent within certain circles for some time. That is truly disastrous, especially since the act of genocide still haunts us today.

Wikipedia describes genocide as:
“Genocide is defined by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) Article 2 as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.”

So tell me, which one of these two events is given the genocide label by Indybay and select extremists:

1. The removal of terrorists from Israel’s northern border.
2. The Darfur conflict, where an estimated 400,000 people have been killed based on their ethnic background.

I’ll give you a hint: Indybay has over a dozen stories on its front-page related to Israel’s actions in Lebanon and Palestine. Darfur is apparently not important enough to make it to its newswire.

Understandably, the fight in Lebanon is big news this week, and one would expect it to dominate the news coverage. But with many Indymedia newswires, Israel is front page news EVERYDAY, whether it is warranted or not.

Furthermore, some Indymedia contributors have went as far as saying that the entire crisis in Darfur is nothing more than a Zionist conspiracy to make Arab peoples look terrible! All the while:
“The government-supported Janjaweed were accused of committing major human rights violations, including mass killing, looting, and systematic rape of the non-Arab population of Darfur. They have frequently burned down whole villages, driving the surviving inhabitants to flee to refugee camps, mainly in Darfur and Chad; many of the camps in Darfur are surrounded by Janjaweed forces.”

If this type of select criticism is not extreme hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

News Follies

Israpundit takes CNN to task on a rather poor report they produced with Nic Robertson.
“The cameras took in an “outraged” terrorist propagandist, identified as a Hezbollah “press officer,” saying, “Look what happened to this building, inhabited by innocent civilians … no military bases, nothing.”
Well, needless to say, Hezbollah wouldn’t say something that wasn’t true? The print version of this CNN-Hezbollah joint propaganda effort put it this way:
Hezbollah officials gave CNN access into the southern suburbs of Beirut — the
area thought to house the organization’s headquarters — to show the damage
inflicted on civilians there. They also wanted to show they do not house
military stockpiles there, CNN’s Nic Robertson reported. Robertson said he could
not confirm the group’s assertions about what was housed in the area.
The broadcast itself left out the last sentence, at least in the version that was broadcast last night. In fact, he seemed to confirm what his handler was telling him, noting that the detritis strewn about was all “civilian” — as if Hezbollah would take this idiot directly to its weapons dumps for all the world to see.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Showing Support

Some leftist radicals are engaging in a letter writing campaign to U.S. soldiers fighting overseas. One of their sample letters says:
“Dear Brothers In Arms

The War on Iraq is an illegal criminal occupation fraught with War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity!

Americans are not the good guys in Iraq.

Bush faces prosecution for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, and the troops are dupes of the War Criminals!

Leave Iraq now! Throw down your arms! Stop killing Iraqis!

Go A.W.O.L, refuse all orders and join the American Patriots that refuse to support the War Criminals in the White House!

Bush & Cheney will face prosecution!

Americans are against the War and the troops do not have their support!

Refuse all orders NOW!”

Nothing like showing your support for our men and women in uniform! I am sure they will have great success with this campaign…

World War III

A nice piece by Rudy Rummel is up at Dean’s World that I think correctly sums up the current battle our nation, and all free peoples, are engaged in.

More Santa Cruz Activist Stupidity

One of the stupidest articles at Indybay Santa Cruz in recent memory has one of the better comments relating to it.

The article by “Big Momma” is pissed that a police officer took down her sign. A sign that was on public property, not her own land. She feels this is repression. Yes, Santa Cruz activists generally don’t live in the real world.

An individual who simply referred to as “get to the point!” had this to say:
“Your whole coverage of this is pointless. People being shot all over town, people set on fire, people being stabbed. Where the hell is your activism now? Why aren't you and your buddies down in the flats preaching peace and love to the gangs shooting each other? Maybe because it's more fun to rag on the cops and take your little pictures and thump your chest about how wronged you and your friends have been, rather than getting off your butts and actually doing something to help the entire community instead of your self serving and self centered petty little rants. " I don't care that my fellow citizens are being shot and stabbed and robbed, I'm too damned busy taking pictures of the big bad cop who took down a flyer. I'm having more fun calling the cops Nazis and pigs ( by the way, it is 2006, not 1966, move on) than doing anything truly meaningful for this community. After all, I know my first amendment rights and I'm going to use them for really important things like chastising the police" I also guess by your posting that it's totally okay to take pictures of the police but then you'll scream and yell about security cameras in public places to help prevent *gasp* crimes!”

How very true.

The Nation and Israel

At least we know where the Nation stands:

“The Israeli government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has exploited the capture of Army Corporal Gilad Shalit to restore the country's diminished deterrence against militant Palestinian factions, to break the elected Hamas government and to impose its unilateral territorial solution on the West Bank. But when the dust finally settles, Israel's offensive against the besieged territories--and now Lebanon--will have left the region with more destruction and death and the Israeli government with the same strategic deadlock. That's why instead of lashing out against their neighbors, Israelis must end the vicious cycle of provocations and retaliations, and pursue meaningful negotiations to end the occupation.”

There can be no meaningful negotiations when the other side advocates your complete destruction. There is a reason there is still no peace in the Middle East, and it is not the actions of the Israeli government, but those of Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, and Syria that have no intention of letting Israel live in peace.

No one who supports Israel is saying that the current actions in Lebanon are going to end the political deadlock with the Palestinian authority. It will likely hurt talks between the two groups. But what would they have Israel do? Just across their northern border is a well armed organization that’s main objective is the destruction of Israel and Jews. Your country is constantly under attack, and your soldiers are kidnapped. Should they just stick their heads in the sand and wait to be attacked again, and again, and again…

Standing With Israel

Via Indybay:
>"Israel" needs to go

"Israel" and Zionism has no place in this world - "Israel" has to go - end of story! The Zionists can go back to Europe and America.

Sorry, but now there can be no more talks about "peace" with this screwed up Zionist entity. It is destroying the world.

NO MORE SECURITY FOR "ISRAEL" - WIPE IT OFF THE MAP!

Let there be no doubt the forces Israel is up against.


Blood: the new symbol of peace….

Monday, July 17, 2006

Hezbollah’s Weapon Capabilities

Over at SimplyJews, they have a quick assessment of Hezbollah’s weapon capabilities and backers. A Very good read and you can take a look at the whole article in its entirety here.
“London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat quoted a senior Iranian army official as saying that The Islamic republic'Â’s Revolutionary Guard set up dozens of advanced rocket and missile bases in the Lebanon Valley and along the border with Israel. Between 1992 and 2005 Hizbullah received some 11,500 missiles and rockets, 400 short and mid-range artillery shells as well as rocket launchers. According to the report, Iran transferred some 40 different types of missiles and rockets to Hizbullah over the years.

In 2005, for instance, Hizbullah received the first shipment of huge 333 millimeter rocket launchers, as well as large quantities of ant-aircraft SAM-7 shoulder missiles and C-802 missiles, originally manufactured in China. The C-802 was used in the recent attack on the Israeli Navy ship off the Lebanon coast.”