Blog Smith

Blog Smith is inspired by the myth of Hephaestus in the creation of blacksmith-like, forged materials: ideas. This blog analyzes topics that interest me: IT, politics, technology, history, education, music, and the history of religions.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

1975 Hunter Ronson Tour Poster

Michael O'Leary at the Innovation Convention 2011 - Brussels

Michael O'Leary at the Innovation Convention 2011 - Brussels

The first edition of the Innovation Convention took place one year after the adoption of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, the EU's roadmap to turn Europe into a more innovation-friendly and competitive continent.

Research and innovation are the main motors for sustainable job creation and the only way to achieve a sustainable exit from the current economic crisis. This conference brought together world leading experts in research and innovation to share their views on building a global innovation economy.

Speakers included Don Tapscott, Chairman of Moxie Insight (Canada), and co-author of 'Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World', Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google (USA), Claudie Haigneré, former astronaut and President of Universcience (FR), Professor Henry Chesbrough, Centre for Open Innovation (USA), Sam Pitroda, entrepreneur and advisor to the Prime Minister of India on innovation, Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist, former Professor of the Public Understanding of Science and author of several books, including ' The God Delusion' (UK), Silvia Venturini Fendi, fashion designer (IT) and Michael O'Leary, CEO, Ryanair (IE)

Mott The Hoople (Ian Hunter), 15 November 1970, Bournemouth, Pavilion

27 May 1971, Mott The Hoople, The Rock Pile

Mott The Hoople (Ian Hunter), 14 September 1973, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA

14 September 1973, Hollywood Palladium

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1973.09.15 Disc (UK) Changing Face of Mott

This gig, other than the TV recording at the Aquarius Theater, is the first live stage performance of Luther Grosvenor (Ariel Bender) after he replaced Mick Ralphs on guitar from the original lineup.

British rock news of the period noted the change in the lineup.

1973.09.08 Melody Maker (UK) news item Ralphs Quits Hoople [by Tony Stewart]
1973.09.15 Disc (UK) article                 Changing Face of Mott
1973.09.15 Melody Maker (UK) news item Ralphs Linked with Free Men
1973.09.15 New Musical Express (UK) news item Ralphs Quit Mott - to Join Free? [by Tony Stewart]
1973.09.29 Record Mirror (UK) news item Hail Ariel and Farewell Mick
The supporting players were changing as well.

Mick Bolton reminisces:

In May 1973 I auditioned for MOTT THE HOOPLE as piano player. They had a huge hit in 1972 with David Bowie's song All The Young Dudes and, following the release of their 1973 album Mott and the departure of organist Verden Allen, they were about to take on a piano-player and a Hammond organist to promote their new album. I didn't get the piano job - it quite rightly went to Morgan Fisher. But a couple of days later Stan Tippins the band's manager phoned to ask if I could play Hammond organ. When I answered yes I was told I had got the job.

Our first rehearsal was on June 15th in London and on July 27th we began a 42-date headlining US tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago with REO Speedwagon and Joe Walsh as support acts. The US and UK tours were virtual sell outs and we played some memorable concerts with some great support acts:-

- The Felt Forum, Madison Square Gardens, New York City supported by the New York Dolls

- Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C supported by Iggy Pop

- two nights at Bill Graham's Winterland, San Francisco

- two shows at the Schubert Theatre, Philadelphia supported by Aerosmith

- Hollywood Palladium supported by Blue Oyster Cult and Joe Walsh

- Spectrum, Philadelphia in front of 14,000.

- Radio City Music Hall, New York City

There were several TV appearances:- a show for ABC in NY City with Uriah Heep - a Midnight Special recorded in Los Angeles with Earth Wind and Fire and also a Don Kirschner Show, also recorded in Los Angeles. Four clips from the Don Kirschner Show can now be seen on YouTube. I can be heard on two of them - All The Young Dudes and Sweet Angeline - they show guitarist Ariel Bender in great form on only his second performance with the band.

1978: LAPL Photo database - Sergieff, Mike., Herald-Examiner Collection 

Drivin' Sister
All The Young Dudes
All The Way From Memphis
Sweet Angeline

Recorded Live during 4th US Tour 14th September 1973 Hollywood Palladium

brunswicktn on YouTube noted:

Ballad of Mott The Hoople (26th March 1972, Zürich)
"My fave Mott song! Saw them @ the Hollywood Palladium on Sunset Blvd. in 1973 w/ Joe Walsh and Barnstorm opening the gig. During Mott's encore Iggy Pop ran on stage and grabbed the microphone from Ian Hunter and yelled cuss words until security carried Iggy off stage. After order was restored, Hunter said, "God bless Iggy." Great night of rock!"

Blue Oyster Cult fans weigh in on the event.
Friday 14 Sept
Bands on the Bill:
1: Orphan
2: Blue Oyster Cult
3: Joe Walsh and Barnstorm
4: Mott the Hoople

Blue Oyster Cult:
Eric Bloom vocals/guitar
Buck Dharma guitar/vocals
Allen Lanier keys/guitar
Joe Bouchard bass/vocals
Albert Bouchard drums/vocals
Gig Promoter(s):
Pacific Presentations

The show was in California at the Hollywood Palladium and the actual date was September 14, 1973. I still have the ticket stub! There were four bands in all, opener - Orphan, then BOC, then Joe Walsh, then Mott the Hoople

BOC played 7 or 8 tunes that evening - maybe 45 minutes max.

I believe they played all of side one from Tyranny and Mvtation along with COF, Before the Kiss, A Redcap, either Workshops or Transmaniacon(???) and a rolling stones cover of It's Not Easy. This would be very close to the actual set-list that night.

As for Mott the Hoople - Mick Ralphs had just left the band prior to that gig and lots of people were shouting where's Mick during the show that evening. He had just been replaced by very short notice with one Aerial Bender on guitar.

Steve Weidemann
My first Mott the Hoople concert was at the Hollywood Palladium, August 1973. Opening acts were Cactus (I think), Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, and Blue Oyster Cult.

No seats resulted in "festival standing". Enjoyed the hell out of the night! Bummer of the night was that someone tried to break into my Vega.

Originally posted on on 2 March 2003
Metal Mike Saunders
FEW GROUPS in recent memory have had as successful a California debut performance as Blue Oyster Cult's here this September. Third-billed to Joe Walsh and Mott the Hoople, BOC stole the show musically and elicited an extremely enthusiastic crowd response that was equal to that for the two more popular groups.

The surprising thing is, the crowd was with the Cult from the start. Yells for Manny Bloom and specific Cult songs filled the air. Astute as you'd expect them to be, BOC's set list answered with the first three cuts from Tyranny And Mutation and the crowd was on their feet from the start.

Visually, the group's focal point was Manny Bloom (the guy with the frizzy hair, glasses, and greaser black leather), strutting around the stage with his red Gibson SG like a John Kay Honcho - totally jive but totally alive. The Cult's stage act is impeccably professional, flowing from one highlight to another without a letup, essentially the same stage presentation (although with different material) that the group spent two months in seclusion working up in early 1971.

Highlights of the Oyster Cult's 45-minute set included the thunderous 'Cities On Flame', 'Buck's Boogie', and an extended rendition of the Stones' 'It's Not Easy' replete with quotes from 'Born In Chicago', 'Land Of A Thousand Dances', and 'Walking The Dog'. Not since the Flamin' Groovies has a group walked the dog, much less their guitars across stage! 'Born To Be Wild' was the encore as usual, Manny Bloom and Buck Dharma crossing their guitars above their heads in a sonic blitzkrieg. The music rumbled on, Alan Lanier's skill on rhythm guitar making the Cult one of the few groups around with an awesome four guitar lineup (drummer Albert Bouchard also plays guitar) when they want it.

No doubt about it, Blue Oyster Cult slayed the crowd as well as this fan, and Joe Walsh's interminable 60-minute Grand-Funk-gone-bad tuneup jam and Mott The Hoople's vaguely disappointing set of English arrogance (lots of fans upfront yelling "where's Mick?" at Ariel Bender's fucked up guitar playing) were pretty much an anticlimax (although Mott finally drew big response towards the end of their set and several of the editors of this magazine insist they were great).

With a live show this impressive, it seems highly possible that Blue Oyster Cult will break big within the next year or two, joining the handful of fellow heavy metal groups at the top of the charts. BOC have had good success so far, selling over 100,000 with both albums already, but potentially they have the ingredients to go far beyond that, all the way to solid gold.

Asked for the reasons and the roots behind the Blue Oyster Cult's brand of metal mania, manager Sandy Pearlman (who is to the BOC something of what Andrew Loog Oldham was to the Stones) summed it up succinctly: "A technical attitude from the Yardbirds, and Ideas from the Doors". That's a pretty cerebral combination, probably the reason for an extreme musical calculation that is BOC's one major shortcoming, but otherwise it works out just fine. R. Meltzer wasn't in California, and hence unavailable for comment on Mr. Pearlman's analysis ("It was a good gig - just like Chicago!"), but I have the feeling he'd agree. This group looks like a big one.

November 1973 in "Phonograph Record"
"It was a good gig - just like Chicago!"??!!

That would seem to indicate that I'm missing a Chicago gig from this adjacent time-frame... obviously, they played there back in January, but Sandy Pearlman would seem to be referring to a gig a bit closer to September than that with such a comment...

6215 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA, US

Obama Weakens American Defense

Rarely before have we seen a bleaker picture for U.S. defense spending.

Pamela Geller on 'Up Close' with Diana Williams, WABC-TV’s public affairs show, Debate with Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners


General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal: Innovation Uncensored 2012

Shortly after his removal from command in Afghanistan, McChrystal announced that he would retire from the Army. The day after the announcement, the White House announced that he would retain his four-star rank in retirement, although law generally requires a four-star officer to hold his rank for three years in order to retain it in retirement. His retirement ceremony was held on July 23, 2010 at Fort McNair in Washington D.C. During this ceremony, McChrystal was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. On August 16, Yale University announced that it had hired McChrystal to teach a graduate seminar in modern leadership at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[62] In November 2010, JetBlue Airways announced that McChrystal would join its board of directors. On February 16, 2011, Navistar announced that McChrystal would join its board of directors. GEN McChrystal is currently a Partner and co-founder at the McChrystalGroup, a leadership solutions firm. In 2012 McChrystal said that he wants a return to the draft even though he realizes that this would lead to a decrease in professionalism across the United States military.

Ian Hunter, 29 September 2012, Chicago, City Winery

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Black Tears

What For

Moon Upstairs

Fatally Flawed

Michael Picasso

Michael Picasso

Michael Picasso

Wash Us Away

Wash Us Away


All-American Alien Boy

Roll Away the Stone

All The Way From Memphis

All The Way From Memphis

All the Way to Memphis

Sweet Jane

Saturday Gigs/Life/All The Young Dudes

Saturday Gigs/Life

All The Young Dudes

Ian Hunter with Fans After 09.29.12 Chicago City Winery Show

Posted by Redlands Video

Ian Hunter, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, City Winery, Chicago, IL




Copyright remains with the artist; no copyright infringement is intended.

Bret Baier's Report With Extensive Time Line On Obama's Two Weeks of Benghazi-Gate

Time Line on Benghazi-Gate

Culture, Statecraft, and Obama's Middle East Failure

Abraham H. Miller

Univision: Obama's Fast and Furious Kills Mexicans

Saturday, September 29, 2012

East West

Islamists vs. Civilization

In 1952, the Supreme Court of the United States finally put blasphemy prosecutions to rest in Burstyn v. Wilson, holding in a unanimous decision that "it is not the business of government in our nation to suppress real or imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine" or to protect "any or all religions from views which are distasteful to them." The First Amendment, the Court declared, renders any such government action unconstitutional. Religions and religious figures, like political parties, politicians, businessmen, and other members of society are fair game for criticism, condemnation and even mockery."

Apply this to the chaotic battle against Islamist savages, and the implications are obvious. If we punish American citizens for engaging in otherwise constitutionally protected speech in order to prevent Islamists from engaging in violent acts, then we cede to those very terrorists the meaning of the First Amendment.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Muslims in Michigan to Rally Against First Amendment


Liberal New York Jewish Voter rethinks her vote for Obama

David Madeira Show in Scranton, PA, Obama Phone, “Banana-phone”


Bishop Thomas John Paprocki from Springfield, Illinois pointed out portions of the Democratic platform that “explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.” He also warned that supporting certain politicians could place peoples’ “eternal salvation…in jeopardy.”

Shorter clip

United Arab Emirates Funds Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Movie

Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Movie Financed by Oil-Rich Arab Nation

Ian Hunter: Steve Holley Gives a Master Class in Drumming

Paul McCartney. Chuck Berry. Elton John. Stevie Wonder. Wyclef Jean. Buddy Guy. G. E. Smith. B.B. King. Sheryl Crow.

If these artists have one thing in common, it's that they've all played with master drummer Steve Holley, in Cleveland performing at the Beachland Ballroom as the pulsating heart and soul of Ian Hunter's Rant Band.

Holley, a recent inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, talks about recording Ian Hunter's new album, "When I'm President," in only three days, with most of it done live in the studio.

He digs playing with Ian Hunter, "He is one of the greats." They get along so well that Hunter has to approve any other acts that Holley works with, from Dar Williams to Joe Cocker.

Holly talks drummer to drummer with Cool Cleveland about the skills a superstar drummer has to bring to a gig. "You have to find the center of the song. I want to know what the song's about. I want to know what the emotion should be. And you just don't play too much. To play music is just listening."

As for how much respect he has for Ian Hunter, Holley suggests, "It's about time, for godssakes: Let's get Ian into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then let's play a big New Year's Eve bash in Cleveland."

Ian Hunter, September 27, Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Ta Shunka Witco

"All The Way From Memphis"

clip, it got cut off.

Cleveland Rocks

Set List

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Fatally Flawed
Just The Way You Look Tonight
Wash Us Away
23A Swan Hill
All The Way From Memphis
All American Alien Boy
Black Tears
Just Another Night
What For
When I'm President
I Wish I Was Your Mother
Crazy Horse
Sweet Jane
Saturday Gigs
All The Young Dudes
Cleveland Rocks

VIDEO: Ian Hunter Rocks Cleveland

Another video exclusive.

Cleveland's patron saint Ian Hunter spent a few days in the Rock and Roll Capital helping to launch a new organization, Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future (wonder where they got that name?), dedicated to supporting and preserving Cleveland's popular music culture.

The town where where the term "Rock and Roll" was invented by DJ Alan Freed, where the first rock concert took place, and where the one and only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stands, is still mourning the passing of music industry legend Steve Popovich, who worked with dozens of major acts and managed Ian Hunter and released his most successful album, "Your Never Alone With A Schizophrenic," featuring the massive hit, "Cleveland Rocks."

In this interview on 09/27/12 in the basement of the Beachland Ballroom, owned by Cindy Barber, the driving force behind the new non-profit effort, Cool Cleveland talks frankly with Hunter moments after performing for a sold-out crowd about the legacy of Popovich, today's music industry, and his recently released and highly acclaimed album, "When I'm President."

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Beachland Ballroom
Ian Hunter
plus Kidney Brothers
Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 8:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

18 December 2011: Does Obama Agreement Move Us Toward North American Union?

American President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper have unveiled a new border security agreement that has received scant attention in the American media. However, far from being a new arrangement, what this accord represents is only the latest in a chain of usurpations of national sovereignty.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

1950s Music Quiz

1950s Music Quiz



The Pope Must Apologize To The Muslims

International Union Of Muslim Scholars

Scott Paulsen Review of 2016

Review Of 2016 By Scott Paulsen (CBS)

Voices Without A Vote

Dr. Andrew Wakefield's Lecture at Brandeis University

Dr. Andrew Wakefield at Brandeis University from Age of Autism on Vimeo.

MSNBC Misleads Romney Ryan Coverage

Eyewitnesses dispute MSNBC's account.

“Passengers are not required to ‘freeze’ in place like statues,” TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee

Ann Coulter Causes Mass Hysteria on 'The View,' Whoopi Bleeped

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Obama Oy Vey

The Islamist Project



Michael D. Turley was arrested Monday, nearly two months after the bizarre film was posted to YouTube. He posted $5,000 bond and was released.

Police also are recommending charges against the teen actor, whose name was not released because he is a minor.

Turley was charged with creating a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misconduct involving simulated explosives.

In the film, the narrator, who police identified as Turley, said he wanted to see how long it took authorities to respond to a terrorist incident. The introduction to the video mentions the July 20 theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12.

The first officer finds Turley and the teen in a neighborhood, standing in Turley’s driveway.

The officer calmly tells the boy to put down the weapon and Turley to put down the camera. He doesn’t draw his gun.

Officer James Holmes, a police spokesman, said Turley told the officer they were just filming a movie, and the officer took down their names and left.

Oddest thing, what was the name of the shooter in Colorado? And the name of the police spokesperson? One and the same.

Just a coincidence? I think not.

That was a joke.

Remy: Imagine (there’s no YouTube)

Remy: Imagine (there’s no YouTube)


The soldier and his squad were doing “recon” and intelligence gathering outside a village in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan when they were pelted with heavy machine gun fire from the Islamist Taliban. The soldier stated: “I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. the rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn’t start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety.”

He goes on: “A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless.”

The video description also says no bullets “penetrated his body armor, and he made it home with no permanent injuries.”

Afghanistan footage is uploaded consistently.

Tim Geithner, the US Treasury secretary, ‘protecting’ Sharia-compliant Citi

Sheila Bair, who served as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp during the crisis and its aftermath, levelled fresh attacks at Geithner, Obama, fellow financial regulators and bankers such as Vikram Pandit, Citi’s chief executive. Citi is a sharia-compliant financial institution.

Reuters, CNN, and MSNBC Islamist Columnist Mona Eltahawy Arrested for Vandalism, anti-Free Speech

Pamela Hall tried to stop the anti-Free speech journalist.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Russia suspends import of Monsanto Cancer Corn

Genetically engineered corn made by Monsanto is banned in Russia.

“Yes we can!“ becomes ”No, I can’t”

American Kids Talk Back to Moochelle

Background on the vid

Islamist manifesto, “The Project,": 80 file boxes of documents currently withheld from the American people by the U.S. Department of Justice

TheBlazeTV (live or on demand) or DISH channel 212 both Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. ET will air a report on the censored documents.


The state Senator declined comment originally but has since made a statement.

Democratic New York state Senator Tony Avella walked off the stage in protest during an anti-Semitic speech during the New York Muslim Day parade on Sunday.

Muslims in the U.S. Petition Obama to Restrict the 1st Amendment

Leaders of Kansas City Muslim group petition Obama to limit free speech of American citizens

Egyptian Honor Killing On Film

The incident occurred in Hariri’s manor in the eastern province.

Bishop E.W. Jackson's message to Black Christians: "It's time to end this slavish devotion to the Democrat Party"

Monday, September 24, 2012

Harvard Study Says Young Dumping Obummer

Youth Dump Obama

Geraldo Rivera Makes a Fool of Himself, anti-Freedom, anti-1st Amendment:Pamela Geller

The Feds have spent $70,000 to run ads in Pakistan apologizing for religious freedom and expression

IPHONE 5: Sam Roberts, works for the popular “Opie and Anthony Show.”

Howard Stern on Obama Supporters 2012

Part 2

Obama: ‘Common ground’ good ‘for all people’

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hypothesis – A documentary about physicist Steven E Jones and his discoveries related to the 9/11 attacks.

Joke Falls Flat, Surprising Number of Emmy Voting for Romney

A surprising number of people at the 2012 Emmy Awards gave a loud cheer when host Jimmy Kimmel asked for supporters of Romney.



In March 2008, on a local New York City show called “Inside City Hall,” politico Percy Sutton, told host Dominic Carter how he was asked to help smooth Barack Obama’s admission into Harvard Law School 20 years earlier.

In addition tapes of the anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, Khalid al-Mansour, have also been posted online for some time.

Although these tapes have been available, new information has surfaced. Reporter Frank Miele of Montana’s Daily InterLake newspaper unearthed a 1979-era newspaper column by Vernon Jarrett, father-in-law of Obama confidente Valerie Jarrett, discussing a plan by several influential African-American businessmen with ties to the Arab world to funnel their cash toward promising young African-American students. Among those businessmen was Mansour himself.

Mansour does allow outlets to include his connection to Obama in his biography, as though that connection is settled fact.

For example, there exists a press release from the Jamaican University of Technology touting the connection. Virtually the same language was used to introduce Mansour when he appeared on the National and International Roundtable Podcast.

Muslim Self-flagellation, Dearborn, Detroit

Ashura in Detroit

Shi'ites repetitively whipping and scourging themselves with self-inflicted abuse to memorialize the killing of Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein by the Sunni Muslims.

Obama Biography: You Didn't Get There On Your Own

Stop Obama: Stand Up for Religious Freedom

Ian Hunter: Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future

Ian Hunter and Beachland Ballroom owner Cindy Barber team up to show Cleveland rocks.

U.S. Ambassador Feared Islamists in Journal Before Assassination

CNN finds, returns journal belonging to late U.S. ambassador

Ashraf Ramaleh advised of a translation correction: The person is speaking in Arabic (Libyan dialect) and saying the following, “Don’t shoot them. They were sent by Dr. Morsi:” It occurs at the 1:15 mark during the raw footage of a firefight in Benghazi. The news report loops the relevant portion of an exchange between gunmen. That would mean at least two separate groups of gunmen in Libya are loyal to the President of Egypt.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

China Executions

Egyptian Islamist Increases Distance from America

“If you want to judge the performance of the Egyptian people by the standards of German or Chinese or American culture, then there is no room for judgment,” he said. “When the Egyptians decide something, probably it is not appropriate for the U.S. When the Americans decide something, this, of course, is not appropriate for Egypt.

146 Types of Drones From 69 Companies.

Documenting the demise of the Fourth Amendment in America.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jews Condemn Obama

Jews Condemn President Obama

Dec 11, 2011
AIM's Benjamin Johnson interviewed members of the Jewish faith at the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference in Washington DC.

Gal Relieves Herself Then Showers on Subway

Have a gander.


Chair Guy for President

Austin Man Hangs Empty Chair From Tree Symbolizing Obama


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Once Pamela caught CNN censoring the tape they decided to air the entire segment, sans cut.

The video cuts off at the end of the description of the ADL. Here is a transcript of the portion that CNN didn't run, Pamela Geller secretly taped the censored portion which was later dropped into the video.

This is what CNN's Erin Burnett censored:

PG: And CAIR is a Muslim Brotherhood group --

EB: That is the organization, right, Council on American-Islamic Relations, they said these are hate ads and part of a larger problem.

PG: CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist funding trial in our nation’s history. They were named as Muslim Brotherhood. They’re a Hamas group in America. Hamas is – the first paragraph of their charter calls for the annihilation of Israel. Is CAIR ever gonna support me and support freedom? Of course not. They’re not -- to me, they’re not a legitimate group. To me they’re a subversive group whose stated goal, according to an internal captured document in the Holy Land trial, was to eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within. So that is a compliment. Seriously.

EB: OK, let me ask you about this issue about savages again, because I think that is part of the problem here. At least -- when people look at that ad -- it is a word chosen – will you admit this? – to make people recoil and pay attention.

PG: No.

EB: To poke up. To perk up and say, Look at this.

PG: No, it’s an accurate word. The definition of savage works, because any war on innocent civilians is savagery. Would you call those that beheaded a colleague, Daniel Pearl, savages?

EB: I would call them murderers.

PG: You wouldn’t call them savages? I would. I would call them savages. I would call Nazis, that slaughtered millions and millions of Jews and gypsies and homosexuals, I would call them savages. So I think now it’s not arbitrary: I think when you go to a dictionary and you look up what savage means, and that’s the definition –

EB: Uncivilized and barbarous.

PG: That’s right.

EB: So lemme ask you something else. When people see your name, you are a controversial person, which I know that you say that you’re not, but you are. I’m gonna say that I think that that is the case.

PG: You’re allowed, you’re allowed.

EB: All right. You have done other things as well. Obviously, as I mentioned, you were against the Ground Zero Mosque.

PG: I was against the Ground Zero Mosque.

EB: You have questioned the authenticity of President Barack Obama being born in the United States.

PG: No, that’s not true. That is absolutely not true. I ran a digital forensic examination calling into questions alterations that were made to the Certification of Live Birth. I don’t know what’s on the long form. I don’t know what’s on the vault copy. But I did say – and I didn’t say it, an actual digital forensic examination specialist said, there were alterations made to the original COLB. All I said was, What’s on the original vault copy that he doesn’t want us to know? That was all I said. Now, they change it, and they morph it – listen, I’ve written hundreds of articles. Two books. I update Atlas Shrugs, my blog, every day. You don’t have to guess as to my position. There’s no ambiguity to my position. You can read me.

EB: You said the president was a Muslim.

PG: I never said that. I never said he was a Muslim. I said, whether he is or he isn’t, what would he be doing differently? And--

EB: But isn’t that – but see, that, this -- these are the rhetorical games that one can play. Saying that let’s look into a digital forensic of an American citizen’s birth certificate is calling into question whether they were born here. Saying whether you are or aren’t a Muslim when you’ve been very passionate about your Christian faith is raising the question of someone, whether someone is or isn’t a Muslim, as if somehow being a Muslim is perceived as being negative.

PG: But you’re accusing me of something I never said. Let’s discuss what I said. I’m happy to discuss everything that I said. The same thing with Barack Obama. I don’t know what’s on the vault copy. Every other president has released the vault except him. It makes you question. Now you’re gonna say, “Pamela, you’re not allowed to question.” This is America. I can question. And frankly, I still think it’s a question. I do, I think it’s a question. And I do think that Obama is Islamophilic – yes, that’s what I said. I didn’t say he was a Muslim. There’s no way to know what’s in the man’s heart. And frankly, by their fruits ye shall know them, so we know him. I don’t know what’s in his heart, and I don’t care.

EB: The Center for American Progress calls you an “Islamophobia grass roots organizer.”

PG: Yeah. And American Center for Progress is an uber left-wing, Soros-funded, subversive organization. I mean, these are not legitimate organizations if you’re a rational, thinking person that loves individual rights, that believes in individual rights over statism, that believes in individual rights over collectivism. I’m sorry, but these are not legitimate organizations.

EB: Who you gonna vote for?

PG: Really? I’m voting for President Romney. So here we go: Geller Endorses Romney, there’s your headline!

Terrorist Bill Ayers & Obama’s Common Core Curriculum

Common Core was included in the platform of the Democratic National Convention.

Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins, in their white paper "Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America.”


Radical Common Core Curriculum adopted in U.S. schools.

Obama Lie About Fast and Furious

Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, Obama lied by claiming that the program began under President George W. Bush.

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.”

Thursday, September 20, 2012



New Jersey Islamist Seeks to Curtail First Amendment

We, as Americans, have to put limits and borders [on] freedom of speech,” Mohammad Qatanani, leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), told TheBlaze. He explained that while Americans may ”have the freedom“ to speak their mind, ultimately, they “have no right to [talk about Muslim] holy issues“ as it will incite ”hatred or war among people.”Thus, America should disregard its First Amendment as it is typically applied and instead act in accordance with sharia law for the ultimate “good” of society.

Obama’s favorite topic to teach was “Current Issues in Racism and the Law.”

The Daily Caller discovered background information about Obama. The Reading Packet was covered in the New York Times by Jody Kantor which revealed Obama's predilection for radical Critical Race Theory, holding that American law is racist.

Why Obama's Stimulus Failed: A Case Study of Silver Spring, Maryland

Why Obama's Stimulus Failed: A Case Study of Silver Spring, Maryland

High, persistent unemployment and a sluggish economy underscore what all but the most-dedicated supporters of Barack Obama know to be true: The president's 2009 stimulus program was a massively expensive bust.

Understanding why the stimulus failed is an important step in understanding how the government can—and cannot—goose economic recovery. To get a better sense of how and where the stimulus went wrong, focused on Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., that's home to a large number of government contractors and other recipients of money earmarked for the sorts of "shovel ready" projects that were going to bring the economy back to life.

President Obama's top economic advisor Larry Summers laid out ground rules for how stimulus dollars should be spent: The funds must be "targeted" at resources idled by the recession, the interventions must be "temporary," and they needed to "timely," or injected quickly into the economy.

None of that turned out to be true. "Even if you were to believe that government spending can trigger economic growth," says Veronique de Rugy, Reason columnist and senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, "the money is never spent in a way that's consistent with the conditions laid out by the Keynesians for it to be efficient." identified four basic ways in which the stimulus was doomed almost before it was put into operation. For the full discussion of those areas and links to supporting data, go to

Written and produced by Jim Epstein, who also narrates.

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IG: White House ‘Made it Impossible’ to Pursue Lead in Fast and Furious Probe

Ian Hunter talks Mott The Hoople and staying on the periphery

Covers quite a bit of ground, and early on, which hardly anyone does.

$70,000 Taxpayer Dollars to Apologize, Stifle Free Speech, Promote Sharia Compliant Policy

Muslim Letter Prompted Pentagon to Censor Military Instruction “Offensive to Islam”

Text of the letter.

Obama: America is the Problem, Guns are Flowing South, Oh You Mean Like your Botched Fast and Furious Program Trying to Blame America for Your Incompetence?

The Obama You Don't Know The Washington Examiner Special Report

Obama Begins to be Exposed?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012



Should a Palestinian Hip-Hop group perform at a public school? Why or why not?

The band, DAM, which means blood, sing “Min Irhabi” or “Who’s a Terrorist?”

Chorus: Who’s a terrorist? I’m a terrorist? How am I a terrorist while I live in my country Who’s a terrorist? You’re a terrorist! You’re swallowing me while I live in my country Killing me like you killed my ancestors […] Democracy? I swear you’re Nazis With all the times you raped the Arab spirit It got pregnant and birthed a boy called the suicide bomber And here you are calling us terrorists

A British source, Mail Online, reports that the Qatar Foundation has links to the terrorist group Hamas.

It should be noted the members of DAM are Arab citizens of Israel who identify themselves as Palestinian. Their opinion of the city where they were raised – Lod, next to Ben-Gurion International Airport – is that it’s occupied Palestinian territory, not Israel. Or, in other words: there is no place in their world view for Jews to have their national homeland.

Romney's Bizarre 47% Comment: How did he come up with that?

I Loves Obama; so get to work.

Obama Bucks

Welfare Chaos

Free Obama Cash in Detroit

Get a Refund

Obama Causes Welfare Chaos

Obama Pays the Bills

Mom of 15 Kids

Free Obama Money

David Clemens and the National Association of Scholars

Five Myths of Assessment

Intro. to Great Books

Ideological Litmus Loyalty Oath for Professors


"For many Ph.Ds, the Ed.D. represents the ticket to the administrative high life, the white flag to academic scholarship, and the tramp stamp of the compromising careerist."


On June 8th, 1998 the Brookings Institution invited then-State Senator Barack Obama to speak on a panel it was holding in Chicago. The panel covered the economic revitalization of the inner cities and was moderated by NPR host Ray Suerez.

While discussing the “bold” proposals that he and some other corporate leaders support, including lifting housing restrictions in the suburbs and revenue tax-based sharing, Obama admits the ideas sound radical” for corporate America and even jokes that the speaker of the Illinois house called the proposals “Soviet.” The audience laughs, as does Obama, before noting “there is gonna be political resistance to some of these proposals.” He concludes by saying such a reaction is “a good sign” that certain proposals, even the controversial ones, are being discussed.

1995: “Strassman vs. Obama: ‘Corporate Power’ vs. ‘Common Ground’”


“Technological change is gonna happen, scientific discoveries are gonna happen; I think with the collapse of communism I think we recognize that markets are gonna happen.”

“But having said all that, I insist — and in this I think I am inheriting what was probably the best part of the dream from both my father, my African father, my white American mother. I think the best legacy of theirs, my inheritance, is the notion that we collectively can decide on our fate…things like technological change, things like mass media, things like the market, are all subject to our control, that we can make decisions for better or worse and continue to move forward and progress.”

“I would challenge a reading of American history that would say the entire history of America is towards concentration of power and oppression. I think that American history moves in waves and cycles. I think that recapturing the spirit that existed not just in the civil rights movement but in the union organizing movement, in the populist movement, I think there is a running thread, one of the better angels of our nature in this country which has been the notion that you know we can sit around the table and find common ground and make democracy work in the way that it should be worked.”

“Its not popular right now to say that and to believe in a kind of a common good but I think that notions of common good are the glue that hold our society together.”

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


The New Deal Was A Failure: Hoover and FDR Prolonged the Great Depression with Big Government

This mini-documentary from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation explains how the statist policies of Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt lengthened and deepened the Great Depression. The video also briefly explains how reductions in the burden of government spending helped the economy recover from a deep recession after World War I and to grow after World War II.



On September 15th, 2012, 200 extremist Muslims demonstrated violently in the 8th district of Paris and on the Champs-Elysées.

They tried to attack the US embassy, offended France, roared "Allah u akbar!" and "Death to the Jews”! 5 times! in Arabic.


On Friday night a Muslim was arrested in Chicago after plotting to blow up a car bomb outside a crowded bar. According to ABC News, the would-be jihad murderer, Adel Daoud, 18, attended the Islamic Foundation School in Villa Park.

The very next day after the arrest, Illinois Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth went to speak at the Islamic cultural center in Villa Park, the same place where jihad killer wannabe Adel Daoud went to school.


During the demonstration which was held in front of the American Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, 9/11, a Muslim cleric named Abu Islam tore and burned the Holy Bible in front of thousands of Muslims. His action was met with applause and anti-Christian cheers from the demonstrators. Before leaving the demonstration and getting into his car, he told the crowds "next time I will urinate on it."

The video above shows the Muslim cleric tearing the Bible. The video says:

0.02 "the overwhelming Book, the Book of Truth and Peace. The place for these words and this book is over the heads because it is the real inspiration... (He places the Koran on his head) voices chanting Allahu Akbar.
0.30 He Says: message to the Egyptian Christians. Out of respect and politeness to the Egyptian Christians we will not do the same like what they did to our God's book , we will be generous towards you today and say we will respect you "momentarily." We will respect this book which is in the Arabic language.
0:54 Demonstrators'chants "Coming, Coming O Islam"
1.09 Abu Islam holds another bible and says: This is the book the dog Terry believes in, as well as those dogs with him the Egyptian Christians in America.
1.19 Abu Islam: Today I can only TEAR IT APART. He starts tearing the bible and throwing the leaves towards the mob, amid chants of Allahu Akbar and "Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Mohammad is coming."
2.06 Abu Islam saying: to all the cross worshippers around the world we will not keep quiet . Today, we tore it.
2.13 a man in blue beside him burns the bible raising it for everyone to see.
Abu Islam: Salamu Aleycom (Peace be with you) and leaves, with mob chanting "Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Mohammad is coming." "Governing, governing, O Koran." "Coming, Coming O Islam."

Voltaire Quote

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." (Voltaire)

Instructor Fighting Islamist Influence in Pentagon

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley was publicly condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved of his teaching assignment because of the negative way Islam was portrayed. The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it is representing the war hero.

Moochellle and University of Florida Deny Free Speech

Matt Pesek, a student of the University, was denied entry into a political event supported with tax payer money, he even turned his shirt inside, all to no avail.

Harvard Losing Out to South Dakota in Graduate Pay: Commodities

Harvard University’s graduates are earning less than those from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

'Homeland Security' Purchases 200 Million More Rounds of Ammunition, for Snipers

.223 Remington Caliber SD (62 grain)

It is the type of ammunition and not necessarily the quantity that is troubling since DHS is purchasing sniper bullets.

Papyrus Refers to Jesus' Wife

The text was probably written centuries after Jesus lived, and all other early, historically reliable Christian literature is silent on the question, she said. There was a controversy in the second century over whether Jesus was married, caught up with a debate about whether Christians should marry and have sex.

This Sept. 5, 2012 photo released by Harvard University shows a fourth century fragment of papyrus that divinity professor Karen L. King says is the only existing ancient text that quotes Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. King, an expert in the history of Christianity, says the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to "my wife," whom he identified as Mary. King says the fragment of Coptic script is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century.Credit: AP

Translated, the text states:

“‘… not [to] me. My mother gave to me li[fe] …’”
“The disciples said to Jesus, ‘…”
“deny. Mary is worthy of it” (Or: “deny. Mary is n[ot] worthy of it”)
“…’ Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’”
“… she will be able to be my disciple …”
“Let wicked people swell up …”
“As for me, I dwell with her in order to …”
“an image”
“my moth[er]”
“forth which …”

Much work needs to be done; the provenance of the fragment is unknown but what is mostly likely is that it arises from a Gnostic group. If so, it may add nothing to the search for the historical Jesus in that Gnostics commonly postulated ideas consistent with the newly released fragment, but the larger, orthodox Church rejected. In addition, if more context is discovered, the fragment may be referring to a spiritual, or idealized marriage, and in that instance it not meant to be interpreted as a physical, literal marriage at all.

Finally, there are numerous passages that refer to Jesus' spiritual marriage in any case.

The Bible refers to Jesus’ wife, repeatedly. Only that wife is not Mary Magdalene or any other earthly woman. It’s the church.

Christ calls himself a bridegroom throughout the New Testament. When the Pharisees ask Jesus why his disciples don’t fast, he answers:

"How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.In other words, Christ is the groom and his disciples are his friends—and it would be rude of them to abstain from eating while they’re in the presence of the groom."

Later, as Jesus foretells the coming of God’s kingdom, he also refers to himself as a groom: “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.” Again, Christ is the groom and his followers are the groom’s friends—there to celebrate the wedding with him.

The study of ancient manuscripts is fascinating but I would not jump to conclusions about this fragment until extensive scholarly research is conducted on the piece.

Stimulus Cash Buys Chinese solar panels

Feds ignore rules

Chinese General: Prepare for Combat

Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, considered the most senior military political commissar, said Friday that military forces should be “prepared for any possible military combat,” state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Obama In 1998: "I Actually Believe In Redistribution"

At an October 19, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Barack Obama spoke against "propaganda" that said government doesn't work and the need to "pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Uncommon Knowledge with Thomas Sowell

Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell discusses his essay "'Trickle Down Theory' and 'Tax Cuts for the Rich.'" Click the following link to read his essay
To listen to an mp3 of the interview go to:

Sharia Adherence Mosque Survey: Correlations between Sharia Adherence and Violent Dogma in U.S. Mosques

Mordechai Kedar, David Yerushalmi, Sharia Adherence Mosque Survey: Correlations between Sharia Adherence and Violent Dogma in U.S. Mosques, December 2011, Perspectives on Terrorism, a scholarly international journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI).


A random survey of 100 representative mosques in the U.S. was conducted to measure the correlation between Sharia adherence and dogma calling for violence against non-believers. Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all. Mosques that presented as Sharia adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-Sharia-adherent counterparts. In 84.5% of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts. The leadership at Sharia-adherent mosques was more likely to recommend that a worshipper study violence-positive texts than leadership at non-Sharia-adherent mosques. Fifty-eight percent of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad. The leadership of mosques that featured violence-positive literature was more likely to invite guest imams who were known to promote violent jihad than was the leadership of mosques that did not feature violence-positive literature on mosque premises.

MEQ granted permission to Perspectives on Terrorism to publish a more extensive analysis of the study’s conception, methodology, and results.

Citizens United, “The Hope and the Change”

Obama Lame Poet

You didn’t build that’ video ever, feat. M.C. Bama, Hugh Atkin


McCain Kept His Promise: ObamaGas $4.00 a Gallon

Man On Hill Puts Out the Fire at Obama campaign event in Cincinnati Today

KLAVAN: Obamanomics 101, Understanding How the Obama Economy Works

Obama sends millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to Syrian opposition, along with Al-Qaeda, rebels burn an American flag

Sunday, September 16, 2012


“It’s like Timothy McVeigh walking into a shop in Oklahoma City and saying, `I’d like to tend my garden. I’d like to buy some fertilizer.’ … Come on. We know that they’re working on a weapon,” Netanyahu explained.

“You know, they’re in the last 20 yards, and you can’t let them cross that goal line,” Netanyahu said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “You can’t let them score a touchdown, because that would have unbelievable consequences, grievous consequences for the peace and security of us all, of the world really.”

Netanyahu cited historical examples known to most Americans to make his case: President John F. Kennedy’s demand that the Soviets remove its missiles sites in Cuba “maybe purchased decades of peace,” Netanyahu said.  And absent a similar “red line,” then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein faced a U.S. attack in 1991 after invading Kuwait.

“Maybe that war could have been avoided,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister also pointed to America’s inability to prevent the 9/11 hijackings as proof that intelligence can fail.

Netanyahu insisted that his motivations are not political, but reflected a key sense of urgency.

“What’s guiding my statements is not the American political calendar but the Iranian nuclear calendar,” he remarked.

“All the things that you see now in these mobs storming the American Embassies is what you will see with a regime that would have atomic bombs,” Netanyahu said on CNN, reiterating: “You can’t [let] such people have atomic bombs.”

The Israeli leader summarized: “I think that there’s a common interest of all Americans, of all political persuasions, to stop Iran…This is a regime that is giving vent to the worst impulses that you see right now in the Middle East.”

Obama as Savior, Grandkid, by John G.

John G. Is 63 years old and owns a small business. He's a life-long Republican and sees his dream of retiring next year has all but evaporated. With the stock market crashing and new taxes coming his way, John assumes now that he will work to his dying day.

John has a granddaughter. Ashley is a recent college grad. She drives a flashy hybrid car, wears all the latest fashions, and loves to go out to nightclubs and restaurants. Ashley campaigned hard for Barack Obama. After the election she made sure her grandfather (and all other Republican family members) received a big I told-you-so earful on how the world is going to be a much better place now that her party is taking over.

Having lost both roommates, Ashley recently ran short of cash and cannot pay the rent (again) on her 3 bedroom townhouse... Like she has done many times in the past, she e-mailed her grandfather asking for some financial help.

Here is his reply:

Sweetheart, I received your request for assistance. Ashley, you know I love you dearly and I'm sympathetic to your financial plight. Unfortunately, times have changed. With the election of President Obama, your grandmother and I have had to set forth a bold new economic plan of our own...."The Ashley Economic Empowerment Plan." Let me explain.

Your grandmother and I are life-long, wage-earning tax payers. We have lived a comfortable life, as you know, but we have never had the fancier things like European vacations, luxury cars, etc... We have worked hard and were looking forward to retiring soon. But the plan has changed. Your president is raising our personal and business taxes significantly. He says it is so he can give our hard earned money to other people... Do you know what this means, Ashley? It means less for us, and we must cut back on many business and personal expenses.

You know the wonderful receptionist who worked in my office for more than 23 years? The one who always gave you candy when you came over to visit? I had to let her go last week. I can't afford to pay her salary and all of the government mandated taxes that go with having employees.... Your grandmother will now work 4 days a week to answer phones, take orders and handle the books. We will be closed on Fridays and will lose even more income.

I'm also very sorry to report that your cousin Frank will no longer be working summers in the warehouse. I called him at school this morning. He already knows about it and he's upset because he will have to give up skydiving and his yearly trip to Greenland to survey the polar bears.

That's just the business side of things. Some personal economic effects of Obama's new taxation policies include none other than you. You know very well that over the years your grandmother and I have given you thousands of dollars in cash, tuition assistance, food, housing, clothing, gifts, etc., etc. But by your vote, you have chosen to help others -- not at your expense -- but at our expense.

If you need money now sweetheart, I recommend you call             202-456-1111      . That is the direct phone number for the White House.. You can also contact the White House here:;...

You yourself told me how foolish it is to vote Republican... You said Mr. Obama is going to be the People's President, and is going to help every American live a better life. Based on everything you've told me, along with all the promises we heard during the campaign, I'm sure Mr. Obama will be happy to transfer some stimulus money into your bank account. Have him call me for the account number which I memorized years ago.

Perhaps you can now understand what I've been saying all my life: Those who vote for a president should consider the impact on the nation as a whole, and not be just concerned with what they can get for themselves. What Obama supporters don't seem to realize is all of the money he is redistributing to illegal aliens and non-taxpaying Americans (the so-called "less fortunate") comes from tax-paying families.

Remember how you told me, "Only the richest of the rich will be affected"? Well guess what, honey? Because we own a business, your grandmother and I are now considered to be the richest of the rich. On paper, it might look that way, but in the real world, we are far from it..

As you said while campaigning for Obama, some people will have to carry more of the burden so all of America can prosper... You understand what that means, right? It means that raising taxes on productive people results in them having less money; less money for everything, including granddaughters.

I'm sorry, Ashley, but the well has run dry. The free lunches are over... I have no money to give you now. So, congratulations on your choice for "change." For future reference, I encourage you to try and add up the total value of the gifts and cash you have received from us, just since you went off to college, and compare it to what you expect to get from Mr. Obama over the next 4 (or 8) years. I have not kept track of it, Ashley. It has all truly been the gift of our hearts.

Remember, we love you dearly.... but from now on you'll need to call the number mentioned above. Your "Savior" has the money we would have given to you. Just try and get it from him.

Good luck, sweetheart.

Love, Grandpa
"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to
prove they are insured... but no one must prove they are a citizen!"


Erick Stakelbeck with Tariq Ramadan

Muslim Brotherhood apologist


Muslim Protests

Cross the globe.

L.A. County Sheriff's, Sharia-Compliant?

The film maker was "convicted on bank fraud charges, violated terms of his probation in relation to the video and its uploading onto the Internet." He had been ordered not to own or use devices with access to the Internet without approval from his probation officer -– and any approved computers were to be used for work only. `Defendant shall not access a computer for any other purpose,' the terms read.

Britain AD

A series of three one hour programmes, presented by leading archaeologist and sheep-farmer Francis Pryo, re-examine Britain A.D, the Arthurian myth, the British national character and the mysterious period of British history known as 'The Dark Ages'. Finding new and previously unexplained evidence Francis Pryor overturns the idea that Britain was crushed under Roman rule, then reverted to a state of anarchy and disorder after the Romans left in 410 AD. Instead of doom and gloom Francis discovers a continuous culture that assimilated influences from as far a field as the Middle East and Constantinople. Francis is confronted by evidence that confounds traditional views of Britain as a powerless bunch or warring barbarian tribes. Nor was there the invasion of bloodthirsty Anglo Saxons, rampaging across the countryside, which our school books have always depicted. With new archaeological evidence Francis discovers a far more interesting and complex story, one that puts the continuing energy of the Ancient Britons at the core. According to conventional wisdom, native British culture was suppressed by 400 years of Roman rule, and the withdrawal of the mighty imperial army in 410AD threw the country into a state of primitive barbarism, which only came to an end with the invasion of the more advanced Anglo Saxons. With detailed archaeology, cutting-edge academic research and his own brand of iconoclasm, writer and broadcaster, and presenter of Britain AD, Francis Pryor argues that we've got this version of British history wrong. Francis shows how archaeologists are beginning to reveal that the early history of Britain was in fact a vibrant period in which the population thrived from a series of foreign influences from as far afield as the Middle East and Constantinople without losing its own cultural identity. In the first episode Francis tells the story of Roman Britain from the perspective of the native Britons rather than the conquering army, and reveals that the invasion was not a brutal suppression of indigenous culture, but a mutually beneficial experience which the Britons may have actually instigated.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hertz Muslims Fired

A lawsuit accuses Hertz of intentionally creating a “hostile work environment owing to religious, race and national origin discrimination” by terminating the drivers.

Is this discrimination or is the company justified in terminating the workers? Why?

Ian Hunter, 15 September 2012, Washington DC, The Howard Theatre

15 Sep 2012 Washington DC The Howard Theatre

Before the show while chatting with the roadie M.C. and Steve pulled up while I was leaving. I wished them a good show and shouted that the last two nights were great. They both said "thanks" and I responded the same.

I ran into Paul Page before the sound check to tell him I am glad that All American Alien Boy was still in the set, it was moved to a later point in the show and I thought perhaps at World Cafe Live it was not to be played: otherwise, I would miss his bass solo which is first-rate. Paul introduced me to his buddy Pat Fitzgerald, the drummer from Martin's Folly, who had driven down with him from NYC.

On 2003's "From Hope," Martin's Folly featured a cameo appearance from Ian Hunter on "I Wish I Was Your Mother."

Ian Hunter visits Som Records for an interview with Kid Congo Powers.

Excerpt from "All The Way From Memphis"

"All The Way From Memphis"

"All The Way From Memphis"

"Sweet Jane"

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, "Sweet Jane," ripped from YouTube clip with Jing

After "Sweet Jane," when the band leaves for an encore, James Mastro, guitar, flings his guitar pick into the crowd. I was looking down at my camera but I felt something light, such as a guitar pick hit my left wrist. Sure enough, as I looked around on the floor, it was James' pick, which says "James Mastro," on one side, and, "Picks the hits" on the other.

James Mastro Pick

Picks the Hits

"All The Young Dudes"

"All The Young Dudes"


My review on Ticketmaster.

Ian Hunter & the Rant Band -- Howard Theatre - Sep 15th

Doors open 6 pm

Show 8 pm

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  • Ali, Ayaan Hirsi, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations;
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  • Aristotle, Metaphysics: Books X-XIV, Oeconomica, Magna Moralia (The Loeb classical library);
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  • Barber, Benjamin R., Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy;
  • Barnett, Thomas P.M., Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating;
  • Barnett, Thomas P.M., The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century;
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  • Baseline: Where Leadership Meets Technology;
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  • Bergen, Peter, The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader;
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  • Boardman, Griffin, and Murray, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World;
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  • Brown, Ashley, War in Peace Volume 10 1974-1984: The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Postwar Conflict;
  • Brown, Ashley, War in Peace Volume 8 The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of Postwar Conflict;
  • Brown, Nathan J., When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics;
  • Bryce, Robert, Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence";
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  • Bzdek, Vincent, The Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled;
  • Cahill, Thomas, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter;
  • Campus Facility Maintenance: Promoting a Healthy & Productive Learning Environment;
  • Campus Technology: Empowering the World of Higher Education;
  • Certification: Tools and Techniques for the IT Professional;
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  • CIO Insight: Best Practices for IT Business Leaders;
  • CIO: Business Technology Leadership;
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