Saturday, July 23, 2011

Norwegian Killer Linked to Tea Party

<table celladding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="" t$="true" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Suspected mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik&nbsp;&nbsp; </td></tr></tbody></table>The&nbsp;suspected killer of 91 Norwegians on Friday, many of whom were attending a youth camp on an island off the coast of Oslo,&nbsp;has now been identified as&nbsp;32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik.&nbsp;&nbsp; Before the Norwegian's&nbsp;arrest, FOX News&nbsp;guest host <a href="">Laura Ingraham</a> asserted that it&nbsp;"appears to be the work, once again, of Muslim extremists."&nbsp;&nbsp;Building on&nbsp;FOX News' framing of the event,&nbsp;Tea Party leaders in the U.S. were also&nbsp;quick to blame this mass murder on&nbsp;Islamic terrorists.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a closure_uid_80ff4r="576" closure_uid_rc7eut="691" href="">"The Future to Come in America, Norway and Peaceful Muslims of OBAMA</a>," published on the <a closure_uid_god9jy="561" closure_uid_rc7eut="707" href=""> website</a>&nbsp;even claimed that the perpetrator had ties to al-Qaeda.&nbsp; But now that the Internet rants of the&nbsp;suspect,&nbsp;have been&nbsp;translated from Norwegian to English, a&nbsp;different picture is emerging.&nbsp;<a name='more'></a>
&nbsp;Breivik&nbsp;is an Islamophobic Christian fundamentalist, who&nbsp;began publishing&nbsp;his&nbsp;extremist beliefs on the&nbsp;website of Tennessee Tea Party official Pamela Geller, after her return&nbsp;from a trip to Oslo.&nbsp; Former British Ambassador Craig Murray explores the connection <a href="">here.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
&nbsp;Before going rogue, Brievik was a member of the youth movement of&nbsp;the Norway Progress Party or <a href="">Fremskritt<wbr>­spartiet</a>.&nbsp; Over the past year, the Progress Party had created&nbsp;ties with the U.S. Tea Party, on&nbsp;ideological grounds, seeing the American group as being in the ascendancy.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Norwegian media has chronicled these growing ties on several occasions:&nbsp;&nbsp;<ol><li id="cite_note-157"><b><a href="">^</a></b> <span class="citation news">Magnus, Gunnar (24 April 2010). <a class="external text" href="" rel="nofollow">"Tea Party-misjonær tente Frps landsmøte"</a> (in Norwegian). <i><a href="" title="Aftenposten">Aftenposten</a></i><span class="printonly">. <a class="external free" href="" rel="nofollow"></a></span><span class="reference-accessdate">. Retrieved 27 August 2010</span>.</span><span class="Z3988" title="ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&amp;rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Ajournal&amp;rft.genre=article&amp;rft.atitle=Tea+Party-misjon%C3%A6r+tente+Frps+landsm%C3%B8te&amp;rft.jtitle=%5B%5BAftenposten%5D%5D&amp;rft.aulast=Magnus&amp;rft.aufirst=Gunnar&amp;;;;rfr_id=info:sid/"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span></li><li id="cite_note-158"><b><a href="">^</a></b> <span class="citation news">Lepperød, Trond (24 April 2010). <a class="external text" href="" rel="nofollow">"Her henter Frp inspirasjon"</a> (in Norwegian). <i><a href="" title="Nettavisen">Nettavisen</a></i><span class="printonly">. <a class="external free" href="" rel="nofollow"></a></span><span class="reference-accessdate">. Retrieved 27 August 2010</span>.</span><span class="Z3988" title="ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&amp;rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Ajournal&amp;rft.genre=article&amp;rft.atitle=Her+henter+Frp+inspirasjon&amp;rft.jtitle=%5B%5BNettavisen%5D%5D&amp;rft.aulast=Lepper%C3%B8d&amp;rft.aufirst=Trond&amp;;;;rfr_id=info:sid/"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></span></li><li id="cite_note-159"><b><a href="">^</a></b> <span class="citation web"><a class="external text" href="" rel="nofollow">"Lørdagsrevyen"</a> (in Norwegian). <a href="" title="Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation">Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation</a>. 28 August 2010<span class="printonly">. <a class="external free" href="" rel="nofollow"></a></span><span class="reference-accessdate">. Retrieved 29 August 2010</span>.</span></li></ol>div>

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Top Black Republicans Vying for Lead in Tea Party "Minstrel Show"

What I couldn't for the life of me fathom was the increasingly strident and intolerant rhetoric of the top African-Americans in the Republican party.  And then the truth struck me like the steamy odor of boiling chitterlings. Congressmen Allen West and Herman Cain are both auditioning for the same lead  part in the Tea Party's yet-to-be-announced minstrel show.  No other explanation makes sense. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Are Palin & Bachmann Creations of Scandal-ridden Murdoch Media Empire?

Since 2008, many Americans, myself included, have been stupefied by the rise to political celebrity of two anti-rational, mean-spirited women with nothing going for themselves other than sex appeal.    But now I get it.  The answer in short is Rubert Murdoch.
Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann
Sunday, the media mogul closed the 168 year old British newspaper, "The News of the World,"  in a desperate attempt to contain a scandal that is now threatening to bring down his entire media empire.  In Britain, policemen were bribed for stories.  In search of spicy tidbits that gave it a competitive edge, the newspaper  hacked the voicemail of murdered children, the former Prime Minister, and now, it turns out, even families of 9/11 victim.   

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Will Jury System Survive Uproar over Casey Anthony Acquittal?

As a blogger, I am grateful for the freedom not to be bound to those protocols of mainstream journalism that make it impossible to write what is real and true. Casey Anthony killed her two year old daughter, Caylee Marie. She didn’t “allegedly” do it.  Nor is she innocent of that crime because 12 jurors found her "not guilty". In fact, we shall soon enough see that the O.J. Simpson verdict was the beginning of the end of the American jury system. Casey Anthony acquittal merely accelerated its demise by a century.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Casey Anthony Acquittal Raises Question: Is Trial by Jury A Medieval Throwback?

A Florida jury has just acquitted twenty-five year old Casey Anthony, in the murder of her two-year old daughter, Caylee Marie.  While I have no way of knowing how the jury reached its decision, I do know this.  Since the 1995 acquittal of O.J. Simpson for the double murder of his ex-wife and a friend, the legal system of trial by jury has come under increasing attack.  Growing segments of the American public are perplexed at what the seemingly arcane protocols of jury trials have to do with establishing one’s guilt or innocence.  In truth, America's criminal justice system is in many ways a legacy of Medieval Europe's "trial by combat."    Notions of "empirical truth," were meaningless in those days, since whoever won the combat was designated to be" in the right."  I touched on this matter in an earlier post.