Michael Bloomberg: Anatomy Of A Coward

August 25, 2011

Remember when we used to hear horror stories about how organized prayer was banned at public events held in communist countries like the former Soviet Union?

Well, welcome to 21st Century Amerika, comerades, courtesy of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg!

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

It should bring great comfort to those terrorists who played a role in creating the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has banned the participation of all religious groups in the 10-year anniversary memorial services held at ground zero.  He’s also barring political speeches.

A spokesman for the mayor said, “The mayor insists that the ceremonies should focus on the families of those killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.”

News Flash for the mayor: My guess is every victim of the attack and their family members, along with the vast majority of those of us who watched the horror unfold prayed to our God in our own way on September 11th, 2001 and it’s my guess that prayer would bring as much comfort to these families today as it did then. But God Bloomberg forbid we should allow the anniversary to include an organized approach to a non-denominational group prayer at ground zero itself.

In the days after the attack, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani held an interfaith service at Yankee Stadium. There was no problem and no great organized protest. We went there en-masse to mourn together… and to begin the healing process  together.

And it worked. People from all walks of life, all religions poured into Yankee Stadium… and poured their hearts out in public. Together as one big family. It not only brought comfort to all those who attended, but to the millions who watched the live coverage on TV. But that was then and this is now, right Mayor Bloomberg? At the time, we just didn’t realize we might be offending the very people who attacked us. What were we thinking?

Ten years on, the original Yankee Stadium has been razed by what some call “progress.”    And, ten years on, apparently American pride, common sense, compassion and a sense of “We Are All One Family” has been replaced by political correctness and the sycophants of stupidity, led by one Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City.

To Mayor Bloomberg: You are supposed to be a leader. Yet in this case, you show none of the leadership characteristics Rudy Giuliani did in the days immediately following the attack. Worse, by yielding to the parasites of political correctness, you show little of the kind of “Stand your ground” patriotism so desperately needed in today’s world. Did you learn nothing from the lessons left by your European ancestors from World War II?

This writer was born and raised in the Boston area (as was Bloomberg). As such, it was always

  • Red Sox before Yankees
  • Patriots before Jets
  • Celtics before Knicks and
  • Bruins before Islanders

But we all came together and mourned as one on 9/11.  And, God willing (and to hell with Michael Bloomberg), I will join hands with my New York brothers and sisters in solidarity at ground zero on 9/11/11. And there will be prayers in many languages, representing every religious denomination. Because that’s what people do at a time like this. Unlike cowards who yeild to those who would bully them into submission.   

Edmund Burke said it succinctly: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” But in this writer’s mind, perhaps, the biggest evil to be committed this September 11th would be to prevent good men and women from doing something meaningful to all, at a place called “Ground Zero” in NYC.

 Shame on you, Michael Bloomberg. You are truly a gutless coward, sending the terrorists behind 9/11 (and their followers) the best message they could ask for: “You Won. We won’t pray, because we don’t want to offend you.(But hey, feel free to tie up the streets of Manhattan several times a day so you can pray towards Mecca).” Yes, this is the same Mayor Bloomberg who, on May 28th last year, defended the building of the Muslim Mosque so close to ground zero, saying at the time that he felt the government “shouldn’t be in the business of picking” one religion over another. But by banning all religious groups at Ground Zero while defending the Mosque, that is precisely what he is doing.  

How pathetic Mayor Bloomberg. How pathetic.

Perhaps that earthquake in Virginia earlier in the week was caused by the soldiers in the Arlington National Cemetary rolling over in their graves in disgust at what we have for “leaders” in America today. And who could blame them?

Gerry Ashley

What the Heck is Wrong With You People?

August 24, 2011

Yes, you. You know who you are.

You’re liberal; an academic, perhaps, or a writer/journalist/opinion-shaper of some sort. You spout the liberal line (I’m not really sure whether you really believe it, or just realize that it’s a good gig that pays well) to your adoring audience, who gobble it up and regurgitate it to others ad nauseum.

This I can deal with.

What I cannot deal with, what I cannot comprehend, is the dangerous mentality that sometimes accompanies basic liberal elite thinking. The mentality that actively wishes harm on our country and its citizens–all in the name of progress, of course.

First and foremost among those execrable examples of human waste is the extremely unamiable James Wolcott, who not only roots for hurricanes to strike, but also bemoaned the fact specifically that Hurricane Katrina didn’t actually kill enough people:

“Casualty figures are often high-ranged at the outset, dropping as the smoke and water clears. But any number substantially higher than 3,000 dead presents a political and symbolic dilemma for the most avid advocates of the War on Terror…”

3,000 dead seems to be the cut-off point between simple politics and deep symbolism for Wolcott.

In line right behind Wolcott is Joel Stein, who famoulsy wrote in the LA Times that he doesn’t support the troops:

I don’t support our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car…

“…[W]hen you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you’re not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you’re willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse.

Our latest entrant into this cadre of evil-wishing liberals is the despicable Paul Krugman, whose Tweet yesterday wishing that the East Coast earthquake had been far worse, was apparently a hoax…

…but who said pretty much the same thing about Japan’s earthquake back in March:

And yes, this does mean that the nuclear catastrophe could end up being expansionary, if not for Japan then at least for the world as a whole.

Krugman also recently called for a fake “space aliens” scare to stimulate the economy:

…[T]here was a “Twilight Zone” episode like this in which scientists fake an alien threat in order to achieve world peace. Well, this time, we don’t need it, we need it in order to get some fiscal stimulus.

Really, what in the heck is the matter with you people? If government would get out of the way, there are plenty of folks who are just itching to expand, hire, start new businesses, and do all the things that are really necessary to get our economy back on its feet.

People who wish for disasters and actively scorn those stalwarts who keep this nation safe are the dregs of the dregs, and why they have such public platforms to spout their opinions, I really couldn’t say.

But am I out of line by gently hoping that their chosen disaster comes and gets them personally?


Bin Laden Dead: Curb Your Enthusiasm

May 2, 2011

On the surface, the news is what we’ve all been waiting to hear for nearly 10 years: Osama bin Laden, the founder of the jihadist terror organization al-Qaeda and the monster behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 attack on the US is dead.

All devout Americans celebrate his departure from this light and his descending directly into the bowels of hell.  Michelle Malkin has done her usual stellar job in listing some of bin Laden’s most dastardly deeds, in addition to 9/11. No person with a soul will miss the vicious bastard.

But before we declare today a national holiday, let’s take stock in some additional points that should be taken into consideration:

  • In a report from About.com, as of last week-end, 4683 American soldiers have died in the combined conflagrations in Iraq and Afghanistan since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) on October 7, 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom (beginning with the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003).  This does not take into consideration the number of deaths to coalition soldiers from other countries fighting in support of US Troops.
  • According to a March 29th report from the Congressional Research Service, Congress has approved a total of $1.283 trillion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks: Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan and other counter terror operations; Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), providing enhanced security at military bases; and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). This estimate assumes that the current CR level continues through the rest of the year and that agencies allocate reductions proportionately.

Looking at the above, bin Laden’s death comes with a mighty high price tag. But it shows the world, that the United States will not shrink away from a fight when we’ve been attacked. And whether it’s Afghanistan, Pakistan or Any-other-stan, you can’t hide indefinitely.

With the completion of the bin Laden mission, many will deem it time for American troops to leave the region. However, former President Bush added to the agenda as we moved forward. That goal was to establish a democracy in the middle-east region in hopes of creating some level of stability the region. Whether this was his Achilles heel, an idiot’s folly or a shrewd move will be debated for years. The bottom line is American troops are still there and will most likely still be in harm’s way in the middle east for years to come.

The Bottom Line:

When America was attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, most of the Japanese celebrated their victorious moment. Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the only one who saw the bigger, more ominous picture as he (reportedly) said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Osama bin Laden has now learned the meaning of the term “Terrible Resolve.”  However, we would be fools if we didn’t acknowledge that Muslim extremists are also filled with a terrible resolve now that bin Laden is dead. It would not surprise me if the word goes out from whoever no leads al-Qaeda, to seek revenge on the United States for bin Laden’s death. And the options they could possibly have in their possession already  include dirty bombs, nuclear weapons and who knows what kind of chemical poisons. Perhaps worse, given the porous American border (thank you Congress, Presidents Bush and Obama), these weapons could already be in place in numerous locations around the United States… perhaps even in your town or city.

Now, more than ever,  we need a true leader in the White House, one with the kind of experience and ability to make the right decisions in a timely manner. If President Obama was ever looking for the chance to prove his leadership capabilities, that opportunity now lies at his feet.

I’m glad the monster (bin Laden) is dead. But we’re a long way from being safe, my friends.

Gerry Ashley

Ahmadinejad Abused Diplomatic Immunity In US

September 22, 2009

Is He Coming Back For More?

Ahmadinejad2Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s return to New York City to speak at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week marks the fifth visit in five years for the Iranian President.

In a Fox News article by Claudia Rosett, she reports that it has been discovered that a brazen Ahmadinejad grossly abused his diplomatic privileges in his past visits and personally recruited one of his party guests (a 65-year-old Iranian-American businessman named Ali Amirnazmi) to commit a felony of violating US sanctions against Iran.

In her article, Rosett writes:

The details come from evidence introduced in a federal trial in Philadelphia earlier this year of a 65-year-old Iranian-American businessman named Ali Amirnazmi… But court documents show a web of sanctions-busting intrigue, involving not only Ahmadinejad, but also including communications running through the Iranian mission to the U.N. in New York City, as well as Iran’s de facto consular service in the U.S. — the Iranian Interests Section housed at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C.

The plan was to transfer “advanced technology and expertise in the chemical manufacturing industry.”

Oh, goody. Ahmadinejad blatantly thumbs his nose at our laws and restrictions using his diplomatic immunity and does whatever he wants to.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I don’t think this is the kind of guy President Obama should be sucking up to as he did during his World Apology Tour earlier this year. You may recall that this quickly came back to bite Obama in the butt shortly afterwards when Ahmadinejad demanded Obama apologize “for meddling into Iran’s internal affairs.” Neda_Agha-SoltanThis occurred after Obama made a long-delayed criticism of the Iranian government for brutally beating down protesters following Ahmadinejad questionable victory in what seemed to be a rigged election.

The brutal reaction of Ahmadinejad’s troops injured hundreds and killed 13 including the highly publicized death of young Neda Agha-Soltan whose murder in the streets of Tehran made her a symbol of the Iranian protest of the elections. Even then, Obama waited until he saw which way the public support was going before he made any kind of statement. It was a delay that was seen by many as one made by a political neophyte who simply waited to be led by the people’s reaction rather than actually being a decisive leader himself. This apparently did not go unnoticed by Ahmadinejad.

The fact that Ahmadinejad is being allowed back into this country is bad enough. But the world will be watching to see just how President Obama handles this diplomatic adventure. Any corner Obama may find himself in will be one of his own making. Once again, his inexperience has bubbled to the surface.

Obama has already given Ahmadinejad what Amir Taheri writing in today’s Asharq Alawsat  calls “9 months of tranquility” during which time Iran has raced forward with its goal of enriched uranium. Ahmadinejad is an old pro at manipulating world politicians. Sucking in political neophyte Barack Obama hasn’t caused Ahmadinejad to even break a sweat.

It will be interesting to see what Ahmadinejad has to say at the UN. But more likely, the more interesting observations will be how Obama responds, and what extracurricular activities Ahmadinejad gets involved in this time around. 

Oh how I miss having a President with the common sense of Ronald Wilson Reagan at times like this.

Gerry Ashley

From Omaha Beach to the End of Democracy in America

June 11, 2009

A commentary

Watching coverage of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion this past week-end, I couldn’t help but think about the irony… the brave young men who fought (over 1,400 of whom forever sleep in the cemetery at nearby Colleville-Sur-Mer) for the noble purpose of liberating France – and eventually all of Europe – from Hitler’s Nazi Germany. It also assured the protection of our freedom in the United States.

I therefore found it ironic that addressing those gathered for the memorial service was President Barack Obama who, in the eyes of many, has done more in the first five months of his Presidency to undermine the tenets of democracy, the precepts of the Constitution, and the crucial balance of the free enterprise system in America than any foreign threat.

The last of “America’s Greatest Generation” are dying at a rate such that it won’t be long before they are all gone. It appears that the last of them will pass on about the time President Obama drives the last nail into the coffin of America’s free enterprise system and, possibly, democracy itself.

But don’t kid yourselves. Obama isn’t doing anything that wasn’t set in motion several generations ago under the guise of liberalism. Even political enthusiasts from Russia see what so many Americans, blinded by Obama’s charm, continue to miss. One such politico writes in Pravda (the Russian news web site):

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

Indeed, our former foes in Russia are having the last laugh on us, and why wouldn’t they? While they were unable to conquer us during  the Cold War, they have lived to see the day we are succumbing to our own ignorance as we sink into the mire they have already experienced and had to climb out of. You would think a society as smart as America was, we would learn from their harsh lessons. But we haven’t. Why? As the Russian writer continues in his article:

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights.

He’s right. As a nation, we have wallowed in freedom like pigs in mud. We focused on our rights, but refused to acknowledge the corresponding responsibilities associated with each one. Generations have been raised assuming that the freedoms we had in America were an automatically renewable natural resource. Schools no longer teach the significance of how our freedom came to be or, more to the point, how fleeting it can be if we don’t all accept the responsibilities that come fastened to each right. When’s the last time you heard someone demanding his/her responsibility? Continuing from the Pravda article:

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses…

In spite of Obama’s obvious attempt at sucking up to the Muslim community (“America is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world…”), America was founded as a nation based in Christianity – only it’s no longer politically correct to point that out.  We are a Christian nation, Mr. President, however we are also a nation tolerant of all religions so long as they are peaceful. The Muslim religion only accounts for about one half of one percent of the nation’s citizens. The numbers don’t lie, Mr. President. However, you do. And it must be stated that the only thing “transparent” about your administration is your agenda to destroy all that the young soldiers died for on Omaha Beach. How absolutely sacrilegious for you to speak on behalf of the nation they died for.

I hope that somewhere between the horror of war that won our freedom and the silence of the final resting place for so many young men who died for us, America will discover there’s an equal responsibility that lies in the hands of the free to make sure we can pass this freedom along intact to future generations.

We’ve been poor caretakers of our democracy when it comes to educating our young; and there are those opportunists who lie in wait, ready to snatch it from us. Sometimes that danger comes from outside, but that danger also looms from within in the form of those who have selfishly decided for themselves that Socialism or Fascism is better than democracy (and easier to implement when leading a nation of those who have let themselves become sheep).

Each one of us must decide for ourselves and as a nation, if we are willing to pay the price to keep our freedom. Once we have the answer to that question, it is time to take the necessary actions. That time is now, but the window of opportunity is closing rapidly.

I call on every American to ask yourselves the following questions:

  • Are you willing and up to the task to keep our freedom?
  • Are we, as a nation prepared to stand and deliver on the promise to our children that Democracy will still be the American way when they grow up?

Perhaps it would be better if we didn’t answer those questions to ourselves, but if we were  to give our answers directly to our children and those who lie in the graves in Colleville-Sur-Mer (Normandy).

Gerry Ashley

Piracy, International Danger and Confusion on the High Seas

December 26, 2008

Well, if the attempt to stop Somali pirating wasn’t so potentially risky and intrinsically convoluted, it might even be funny. (Did Gilbert and Sullivan touch on this? Nah…)

Problem one – Conflict within the ranks of the crowd that’s supposed to stop the piracy: Right now there are 18 countries trying to stop the Somali pirates that plunder the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. Those countries are:

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • China
  • U.K.
  • Denmark
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey

Of those 18 countries, it’s no great secret that several aren’t exactly crazy about each other. Just consider the U.S.’ hassles with Iran, China, and Russia.
Problem two – Each of the 18 countries has a different approach as to how to handle those pirates. It’s probably a pretty safe bet that China or Saudi Arabia would be a bit less dainty than Germany was when they caught a few of the bad guys…

The German government in Berlin later ordered the Somali pirates released because they were not caught while harassing German interests, according to BBC.

The very bottom line is that there are some nasty people off the coast of Somalia and beyond, and a squabbling, cantankerous, hodge-podge posse trying to rein them in. Let’s just hope that the world hasn’t inadvertently constituted a gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

Alan Speakman

Putting the “Rant” in Tolerant

October 2, 2008

This is just despicable. Michelle Malkin, an accomplished American journalist, blogger, columnist, commentator, and enterpreneuese, regularly gets hate mail from Liberals who think that she’s a traitor to her race, her gender, or whatever. She has published a few of these hate-filled screeds over the years that I have been reading her blog, but the one she published today really is over the top. It fills me with shame, that woman could write such a hateful message to another woman; with despair, that the idea of civil discourse and amiable disagreement seem to have disappeared from polite society; and with fear for what will become of our beloved country if these trends continue, as it seems they will.

Read, and judge for yourself.

Michelle Malkin:

Let me begin by saying that I know you won’t reply to this, probably won’t read this, as cowards like you like to speak from a bully pulpit, shielded by faceless, nameless men who facilitate your ability to spew their ideological madness. I say “their” because you don’t even realize, or maybe don’t care how you prostitute yourself – figuratively as well as, I am sure, literally – parroting their racist views and believe them to be your own.

You see, simple Michelle, the sad fact is that you look in the mirror every morning, and see yourself as a self-made, bright young woman for whom race has never been an issue. Your last name – Malkin – is Jewish, no? Husband or adopted parent gave you that prize, I suspect. Lucky for you it fits in better with your white girl fantasy, separates you even further from who you are. The saddest fact, however, is that your “place” in the satellite world of Rush Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney exists because they can use you. Don’t you wonder why in times like this they trot your slanted-eyed self out, along with several willing negro and hispanic housemaids and boys, and have you deliver their poison in the belief that fair thinking, intelligent People of Color are as stupid and easily bought as you? How can you be a witness to this wondrous moment in history, and have only one thought – to destroy it for your own gain? Thirty pieces of silver, Michelle. Is it worth it?

On the off chance that this does get to your narrow-minded eyes I am sure you will have a big laugh with the white boys and girls in your office (the same ones who refer to you as a “chink” behind your back). You’ll have a discussion about why n—–s like me are so stupid. You’ll go home and you’ll look at your children – who I am sure look a little like you, at least – or maybe you’ll glance in that mirror you seem to love so much. And you’ll have to be honest at some point with yourself and your God, and you’ll feel shame.

The only reason someone like you are (sic) allowed to work in the media is because of giants like Gwen Ifill – a real, live journalist whose reputation and track record is beyond reproach. Women who have to fight each day against what you destroy a little bit more with each of your stupid, dangerous columns.

You, on the other hand, are not fit to do her nails.
From Gail T. in Alexandria, Virginia

I’m simply aghast at the hatred spewing out here, and I can’t understand how anyone can hold such venomous thoughts and remain sane. I wonder if there is a mental illness sweeping the nation.

I think very highly of Ms. Malkin, and have been reading her columns regularly for many years now. I believe that she is a role model worthy of today’s girls and young women. I admire how she continues to work despite frequent attacks such as the one above. Ms. Malkin, stay strong, stay focused, and stay safe.

If you are outraged by attacks like this, get mad. Stay mad.


Losing a Chess Game: US & Georgia vs. Russia & Venezuela

September 7, 2008

Make no mistake about it, the New Cold War is on – and this ain’t the oafish ilk of the communists that collectively pounded their shoe in 1960 at the U. N. in New York.

Nope… We’re talking the same old savagery, but with an intellectual flair in Comrade Leader PM Putin. Quite simply, we’re playing geopolitical chess with a Grand Master.

South Ossetia and Abkhazia are just the slow beginning… “Say, ‘Hello’ to my little friend Venezuela!

We put sea power in their sphere of influence to aid the suffering the Russians brutally inflicted, and the Russians in turn introduce naval exercises in the Americas with less-than-friendly Venezuela. Move, counter-move… Move, counter-move…

It’s all too simple really. Here we go again. The new Cold War is nothing more than a chess game, with control of oil as the pawns (though queens or kings might better the analogy). Just keep that oil in mind. Russia supplies 25% of Europe’s oil and 50% of their natural gas. The events in Georgia threaten a paltry 1% of the world’s oil supply, but that is half of the global surplus, so that, too, offers powerful leverage. And now Russia cuddles up with Venezuela – supplier of roughly 14% of the United States’ oil.

Let’s see. Russia is quietly (Venezuela) and not so quietly (Georgia) putting itself in a very good position to make life pretty miserable for Europe and America. (Not to mention that they’re making us look like fools.)

America is losing this match.

(A Step At A Time)

Alan Speakman