Thursday, August 31, 2006

Extremists Of The World, Unite!

In a speech this morning in Utah, the President of the United States identified the root of the terror problem we face today as "radical extremism."

"...over the decades, an undercurrent of danger was rising in the Middle East. Much of the region was mired in stagnation and despair. A generation of young people grew up with little hope to improve their lives, and many fell under the sway of radical extremism."

Really? Well, as an extremist myself, I am offended by the president's attempts to blame terrorism on me.

Extreme athletes, extreme boxers, extreme opera fans--are they really the source of terrorism? And does avoiding extemism mean you're a good person? Say--a middle-of-the-road serial killer ("Hey, I may kill 'em, but I don't eat 'em! That would be radical!")

Extremism is neither good nor bad. A radical may be a good guy or bad. The word President Bush left out was "Islamic." Islamic extremism is the problem, and Islamic radicals are the killers. What the president has done is to take the two adjectives but to leave out the noun.

Is this part of a new "politically correct" offensive to sway the forces of CAIR & Co.? Let's hope not. The one thing President Bush has gotten right is his willingness to call out our enemies by name. If he loses that, the Bush Doctrine will be completely and utterly dead.

How Harvard Plans To Remember 9/11

On September 10th, 2006--the eve of the 5th anniversary of the worst Islam-inspired terror attack in modern history--Harvard's Kennedy School of Government will remember that significant date with a public appearance and speech by former Iranian President, Mohammed Khatemi. He's the Jew-hating, terror-supporting scumbag in the picture on the right.

Err....that doesn't really help much, does it? (Khatemi's the one who's not dead yet. Unfortunately.)

Khatemi is a former president of Iran. During his tenure, Iran was listed as one of the world's biggest terror sponsors every single year. He's one of the mullahs who oversaw the formation of Hezbollah. He has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, and his Iranian government was responsible for the murder of a Canadian journalist and the mass arrest of pro-democracy activists in Iran.

And he's the guy Harvard is presenting us with here in Boston to remember 9/11.

What the hell is Harvard thinking? OK, that's a dumb question. They're thinking the same thing they were thinking when they took a $20 million donation from a terror sponsor, or when they published the Kennedy school's version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

It's now official: Harvard University is an active advocate of anti-Semitism. When the anniversary of 9/11 is greeted with cries of "Kill The Jews!" from the podium of the Kennedy School, there is simply no other rational conclusion to be drawn.

UPDATE! Harvard turned down my repeated requests for someone to explain their decision to invite Khatemi to speak on 9/10. However, they did send me an e-mail explanation:

August 31, 2006

Statement regarding former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami’s upcoming
speech at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami is scheduled to give a talk at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum titled the Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence on Sunday, September 10th at 4:00pm.

One of the most fundamental tenets of all American universities is the exchange of ideas for discussion and debate. This is all the more important on an issue of such global significance as the current situation with Iran in the U.N.
It is in this same spirit that we believe other institutions, such as Georgetown University and the Washington National Cathedral, have extended similar speaking invitations to President Khatami and President Carter has agreed to meet with him.
Since launching a nonprofit organization that promotes dialogue between civilizations and cultures, President Khatami has traveled widely to speak on this important topic. His upcoming speech at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum will further this discussion.
In the spirit of public debate, the school has a long history of inviting individuals with widely divergent views on the Middle East to speak in the Forum and elsewhere at the school. In recent years, we have hosted:
o Shimon Peres, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Prime Minister of
o Israeli Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky;
o Queen Noor of Jordan;
o Hanan Ashrawi, Founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian
Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy;
o Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of the
Association for Support of Children’s Rights in Iran;
o And, most recently, His Excellency Daniel Ayalon, the Israeli
Ambassador the U.S.
ME: I'm still picking up my jaw from seeing Harvard declare a moral equivalence between a Jewish gulag survivor like Natan Sharansky and an anti-semitic terror sponsor like Khatemi.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

St. Bernard Parish, One Year Later

National Journal's Jonathan Rauch does some outstanding reporting from Louisiana on the aftermath of Katrina.

Also, the Wall Street Journal has a great piece today about how much we've already done for the victims of Katrina. Meanwhile, the people of Texas are looking at the evacuees still there and starting to say "Houston, we have a problem."

When Mosques Attack!

As you heard on the show, and may have read in the Boston Herald, the Islamic Society of Boston has issued a subpoena of my personal phone records, show notes and other materials related to our on air conversations regarding Menino's Mosque. The subpoena came one week after a threatening letter from the ISB's attorney warning me against discussing the issue on the air.

And, as you heard on my show, my answer to the ISB both times has been "Kiss My Burkha."

However, I've received a surprising number of emails from Bostonians who haven't heard about the taxpayer-subsidized mosque being built in Roxbury by a group with disturbing links to Islamic extremism. Here's an excellent overview of the story and its long history, including the current status of the various lawsuits resulting from this clear violation of the First Amendment by Mayor Menino and the Boston City Council.

Oh, and if there's anyone with the ISB wondering if the threats and subpoenas are going to shut me up, I have one suggestion for you: Ask CAIR.

Monday, August 28, 2006

I'm Back!

Had a great vacation last week, but it's great to be back. We're live, loud and local once again from 3-7pm and we've got plenty to talk about.

Why is the Islamic Society of Boston attacking me? Why the flurry of subpeonas? Why are they trying to stop us from talking about Menino's Mosque--the only mosque in America being built with $1.8 million in taxpayer support? And don't forget the fact that the guy who pushed the deal through the Boston Redevelopment Authority was also a fundraiser for...the ISB! (Like they say: "Only in Boston.")

Then there's Katrina, one year later. The violence on Boston's streets continues. And of course...The Red Sox.


So much talk, so little time!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Fool Me Once, Shame On You...

...Fool me 4,127 times, and I'm probably the United Nations.

The UN has received Iran's offer to "negotiate," and is seriously pondering it. How short is the UN's memory? Have they already forgotten this?

In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear programme was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.He boasted that while talks were taking place in Teheran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake - a key stage in the nuclear fuel process - at its Isfahan plant but at the same time convince European diplomats that nothing was afoot.

"From the outset, the Americans kept telling the Europeans, 'The Iranians are lying and deceiving you and they have not told you everything.' The Europeans used to respond, 'We trust them'," he said.

And now the Europeans are saying the same thing. "Force is off the table," the Euroweenies keep insisting, and the UN Security Council resolution only says that if Iran gives them the finger, the council will consider a resolution that actually matters.

But they won't. The world is about to let Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmed-Whack-A-Job get a nuclear weapon to place on his long-range missiles. Those missiles will then be pointed at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. And then the Iranian president will wait for his message from the "Missing Imam," who may or may not want Israel wiped off the map before he returns to earth and establishes the kingdom of Islam.

Are you willing to take that chance? The UN and EU are. Hey--if you can't trust Iran, who CAN you trust?

Friday, August 18, 2006

Sox Or Stripes?

The folks at the New York Times hit the road to map out the boundary between Red Sox Nation and Yankees Country. Their map (left) dips deeply into Connecticut, but also note that at least two NY towns are included in Red Sox nation.

Did they get it right? How far do you drive south before you tuck your Sox hat under the car seat?

Man, That Ralph Peters Was Great!

You're right. And if you'd like to find out more about Col. Peter's perspective on Iraq, the war on terror and the West, check out his new book: Never Quit The Fight.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Looking For The Natural Truth About The Economy?

Here's a good place to start.

After you read this, keep in mind that most Americans, being force fed doom and gloom by the mainstream media, think our economy is in the tank. If the MSM can turn this good news into bad, imagine how skewed their coverage of actual BAD news must be--say in Iraq and the Middle East?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Iran's "Final Answer?"

Many listeners have asked me about this Bernard Lewis article regarding Iranian president Mahmood Whack-i-job and his belief in the coming apocalypse. I've received several emails from folks who are considering changing their travel plans due to the Iranian loony's obsession with August 22nd. Here's the key 'graph from Lewis's analysis:

What is the significance of Aug. 22? This year, Aug. 22 corresponds, in the Islamic calendar, to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to "the farthest mosque," usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (c.f., Koran XVII.1). This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary of the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind.

I will be doing some flying over the next two weeks and I'm not changing any of my plans. However, I am bearing all these possibilities in mind.

The TSA At Home...

"Not The Buttpaste!"

My latest column, on airline security and our own stupidity, is here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Most Outrageous Story You Will Read Today...

WARNING: Take your blood pressure medication before reading this article.

This report from the London Daily Mail summarizes the entire problem of Islam in a single news story. Denial. Arrogance. Neanderthal ideology. It's all here, and it's coming to a Western government near you.

In a meeting between the British government and "moderate" Muslim leaders to address the fallout from the most recent Islam-inspired terror plot, it was the MUSLIMS in attendance who made the demands: They want Islamic holidays declared national holidays in Great Britain, and they want the partial introduction of Sharia law.

Goodbye, Magna Carta and hello, Muslim clerics!

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly had prepared an uncompromising message on the need to tackle dangerous radicalism. But, in what she admitted were 'sharp' exchanges, some senior Muslim figures turned the tables yesterday and made a series of demands which also included the introduction of Sharia law for family matters...Some of the 30 moderate Muslim leaders at the meeting told Miss Kelly that important days in their two main religious festivals - Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha - should be made public holidays for followers of the faith.

Sharia law, which is practised in large parts of the Middle East, should also be introduced in Britain, they argued. While it specifies stonings and amputations as routine punishments for crimes, [Muslim leader] Dr. Pasha said he wanted it only for family affairs. 'We are willing to co-operate but there should be a partnership,' Dr Pasha said.

The scene painted by this newspaper article is almost impossible for me to comprehend. Yet another group of British-born Muslims have embarrassed their religion by once again using it to justify murder and terror...and it's the MUSLIM leaders making the demands? No hat-in-hand apologies, no acknowledgment that there's a special problem facing Islam, no shame?

Nope. Instead, the Muslim "leaders" offered a Mafia-style deal. Give us some territory (sharia law, our own holidays) and then maybe we can do something about your little problem. In other words, the solution to Islam-inspired terror is MORE Islam.

At the risk of offending my Muslim friends, that's real chutzpah.

Friday, August 11, 2006

"Do your attacks now."

How close were we to 10 airliners being blown out of the skies over America?

This close.

"The Guardian newspaper, citing unidentified British government sources, said after the first two arrests were made in Pakistan, a message was sent to Britain telling the plotters: 'Do your attacks now.' That message was intercepted and decoded earlier this week, the newspaper said."

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Looking For Londonistan?

Quite a few requests for information on Melanie Phillips and her book during the show today. Here's the link you're looking for!

The Boston-Britain Terror Connection

Prepping for the show on the latest foiled terror attack today, I ran across this item on National Review:

Of course, it doesn’t help that the British government’s idea of outreach is to engage radical clerics like Yusuf Qaradawi. Islamism chic isn’t just about Ken Livingstone, anymore. The British Foreign Office just last month flew Qaradawi to Istanbul at British tax payer expense to address a conference.

Hmmmm...."Radical cleric Yusuf Qaradawi?" How do I know that name? Then it came to me. The Islamic Society of Boston, of course!

The city of Boston has "sold" a $2 million of land to the ISB for $175,000. The result is a $1.8 million taxpayer donation for the construction of a mosque. Setting aside the First Amendment issues raised by a tax-funded mosque, why the heck would Boston Mayor Tom Menino insist on supporting THIS mosque?

As has been widely reported, the ISB has numerous connections to terror supporters, including Al-Qaradawi. As the Weekly Standard reports:

In 1995, al-Qaradawi gave an address at the Muslim Arab Youth Association's convention in Toledo, Ohio where he vowed that Islam would "conquer Europe" and "conquer America." Earlier this past year, Al-Qaradawi declared that women should never lead men in prayers, calling the idea "heresy."

This was a step backward from al-Qaradawi's previously progressive attitude towards women: In 2003, he became the first prominent cleric to unequivocally support the concept of female suicide bombers. Al-Qaradawi declared that "women's participation in the martyrdom operations . . . is one of the most praised acts of worship." He went so far as to say a woman could participate in such an operation without her husband's consent and even, if necessary, travel without male chaperones and without wearing a veil. At the time, a spasm of female suicide bombers emerged.

The ISB acknowledges that they've used al-Qaradawi to raise money for the mosque. They admit that his name has appeared on federal tax documents as a trustee, but insist is was a typo.

Regardless, does Mayor Menino really want to take the chance that one day, radicalized Muslims from Boston's city-funded mosque will be arrested at Logan Airport for plotting terror? Forget the obvious legal and moral issues--how is a taxpayer-funded mosque a winning POLITICAL issue for the Boston City Council?

And yet the plan moves forward. Citizens are suing to stop this idiotic, unconstitutional action, but city officials like Mayor Menino continue to support it.

Why? I suspect that it's because Boston liberals simply cannot bear to be called bigots. They would rather spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees (it's not their money, anyway) and abandon the First Amendment, rather than be accused of anti-Muslim bias.

Meanwhile, Islamist terrorism supported by people like al-Qaradawi puts all of our lives at risk...and all on the taxpayer's tab.

UPDATE! The story of Menino's Mosque is laid out in meticulous detail here.

Perhaps The Most Regrettably Constructed Sentence Ever

"Iran, like fellow Hizbollah patron Syria, insists its support for the Shi'ite guerrilla group [Hezbollah] is purely moral."

Supporting an organization that targets and kills children for being Jewish? Giving them missiles to target hospitals and neighborhoods? Why, what could be more "moral" than that?

Islam And Me

How ironic is it that we are yet again confronting the threat of Islam-inspired violence one year to the day that my old bosses at ABC Radio were in the process of firing me for pointing out the problem of Islam.

I refused to apologize for telling the truth about Islam, and I refused to perform "community service" in the Muslim community as penance for telling the truth. ABC fired me, and now I'm here at 96.9. I win! And I haven't changed a bit.

Sadly, neither has Islam.

I write about it in my latest column here.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Friends Of The Border Patrol

The folks at Friends of the Border Patrol are organizing to help out the two Border Patrol officers being "prosecuted" by the Bush Administration for shooting an illegal immigrant drug dealer as he fled. The rest of the story is linked below.

Another Reason To Hate The MA State Legislature

In 2004, the Democrat-controlled Massachusetts state legislature was able to pass a bill in less than 24 hours to take away Gov. Romney's right to name a replacement for Sen. Kerry should he have been elected president.

That same legislature had more than a YEAR to pass the "Welcome Home" act that would give tuition waivers to Iraq and Afghanistan war vets returning home to the Bay State to attend state colleges. They didn't. And now our vets are scrambling for the money they need to enter the UMass system.

The Democratic leaders of this legislature did, however, push for a vote to give subsidized college tuition to illegal immigrants earlier this year, a measure that was only defeated because of the outcry from 96.9 FM TALK listeners.

Can you imagine what would be happening if we had a Democratic governor working with the state legislature? Illegal immigrants would be attending UMass for free, and active-duty military would be banned from campus.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Bushies Can't Tell The Good Guys From The Bad Guys

One is an illegal immigrant who came into the US with a van full of pot.

The other is a career Border Patrol officer who was recently named "Officer Of The Year" by his peers, and he shot the illegal immigrant in the buttocks as he fled the US leaving his stash behind.

Now, care to guess, here in the George W. Bush open-borders/amnesty universe which of these two men is facing 20 years in prison, and which one is looking at a $5 million payday?

You got it. The Border Patrol officer has been prosecuted by the Bush Administration and convicted of pursuing a fleeing illegal--which is forbidden by current policy. Firing his weapon and hitting the criminal while violating this policy makes it assault, and using a gun means a mandatory sentence. Which means this officer may not see his wife or three young sons outside a prison for 20 years.

Believe it or not, the story is worse. The illegal immigrant drug dealer was coaxed back into the US with a promise of free medical care and amnesty (!) in order for the Bush administration to be able to prosecute the Border Patrol. Now the crook is suing for $5 million because his "rights" as a drug-dealing illegal were violated.

It's a story you won't believe. The reporter who broke the story, Sara Carter, will be our guest today on the Michael Graham show at 3:15pm.

Contact The Attorney General!

Here's the website:

Make sure Attorney General Gonzales knows how you feel about how he's treating the two Border Guards who are facing 20 years in prison thanks to a deal his office made with a drug-dealing illegal immigrant. The whole story is here.

The Middle East Mess

Stanley Kurtz of National Review catches my mood on the War on Terror perfectly:

Call me a gloomy hawk. It’s not just that I’m a hawk who’s disappointed with the course of fighting in the Middle East. My concern is that our underlying foreign-policy dilemma calls for both hawkishness and gloom — and will for some time. The two worst-case scenarios are world-war abroad and nuclear terror at home. I fear we’re on a slow-motion track to both.

No, I don’t think our venture in Iraq has gotten us into this mess. I think this mess has gotten us into Iraq. And the mess will not go away, whatever we do

What most Americans want, I think, is a choice other than "fighting" or "quiting." Unfortunately, nobody that I know of is offering a reasonable alternative. "Bribing?" That would work if we could get Middle Easterners to once again submit to the bootheel of their local tinpots. But those days are over. The Islamist movement has grown and prospered as a reaction to these dictatorships, and Islamists are willing to kill themselves in order to impose their own clerical dictators.

As Kurtz points out, we've tried placating and we've tried politics. Now we're trying confrontation. It's not easy, and if Israel's experience in Lebanon is any indicator, it isn't likely to get any easier.

What's the other option? Tell me, and I will happily join you in promoting it.

Until then, alas, I'm afraid all we're left with is "fight, fight, fight!"

Monday, August 07, 2006

Fake But Inaccurate!

Reuters has one-upped the folks at CBS and the New York Times and their "fake but accurate" coverage. Reuters, which insists on inaccurately describing terrorists who blow up city buses as "militants" or "freedom fighters" has been caught publishing doctored photos where the manipulation is obvious to the naked eye.

Why? Because Reuters has no pretense of being an objective news provider. They are an openly biased, anti- Israel, anti-US, pro-Hezbollah, pro-UN group of activists. I don't know a single serious-minded consumer of news who believes Reuters even makes a serious attempt at objectivity.

Does Reuters care? Not in the least. Most of their customers are in Europe and crave the "Bush is evil, America is always wrong" media slant Reuters provides.

But if you want facts, you'd better look somewhere else.

Hat tip:

Thursday, August 03, 2006

36% of Americans Believe THIS?

A new poll shows that 36% of Americans either believe that the US government murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11, or it knew they were going to be murdered and allowed it to happen.

Now, it doesn't bother me that 36% of Americans don't believe in their government. That's completely reasonable. What scares me are the insane, lunatic ravings people ARE willing to believe in order to believe the government is responsible for 9/11.

The folks at Popular Mechanics have published the definitive analysis of the "conspiracy" that brought down the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. But why was that even necessary? We watched most of 9/11 happen on television. Eyewitnesses saw the planes, they held the wreckage, they touched the blood. We experienced all this in the days after 9/11. What is it about the truth of 9/11 that so many of my fellow Americans refuse to believe?

I divide the 9/11 kooks into two groups. One group was driven to the edge of lunacy by the outcome of the 2000 elections. It's hard for Republicans, I think, to grasp just how unnerving it was for Democrats to win the popular vote and lose the election. Add the fact that the state in question was brother Bush's Florida, and the level of anguish truly was unique in the recent annals of partisan politics.

Then 9/11 came, and partisans were given two choices: To do what non-partisans do in moments of great crisis and throw their weight behind the sitting president, or to see the president as the problem. It's easy to see how a hurt and angry Democrat who just went through the biggest partisan disappointment in a century could give in to his worst nature and choose the latter option.

Hurting, angry, and then frustrated by President Bush's decision to govern boldly rather than apologetically, some members of the Left have been driven into the ranks of the tin foil hat brigades.

That's one group. Then there's another group that is entirely nonpartisan, but just as loony. Their political belief system was also assaulted on 9/11--their belief that the government works, that it can take care of them, can protect them from their own stupidity and the stupidity of others.

That naive belief should have fallen long before the World Trade Center. This is, after all, the government that can't run the schools, defend our borders or (as we found out here in Boston) dig a tunnel. This government simply does not have the ability to create happiness or security, but some unhappy and insecure people insist on holding it responsible, blaming the outcome of their lives on some inaction or unfairness of a government agency.

Such an all-powerful government obviously has the power to prevent a 9/11. Since it didn't, this government must have been responsible.

What is the alternative facing these groups and their theories? The truth. And they can't handle the truth.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

He's Not A Criminal! He's An "Undocumented Health Worker!"

When will there be justice for Dr. Ribeiro? He's the Brazilian medical professional who came to Framingham to do a job American doctors won't do, namely, giving women liposuction in the basement of his apartment building.

Now, he's under arrest for "practicing medicine without a license." How outrageous is that? He's not doing anything wrong (other than killing a patient)! He's just missing a piece of paper, a document. So what? After all, "No person is illegal!" Ask the advocates of illegal immigration.

Dr. Ribeiro is just here looking for a better life for himself and his family. Are we really going to punish him for a technicality like documentation?

Fight the power! Free the Framingham Two! Si, Se Puede!

Welcome To Boston: Now Pay Up!

In his continuing effort to drive every non-criminal and taxpayer out of the city, Boston Mayor Tom Menino is backing an idea to fine suburbanites who have car accidents in the city. That is, fine them on top of whatever fine they would pay for causing an accident.

The purpose of treating Newtonians and Milfordians differently from Bostonians when they accidentally hit a light pole is....MONEY! It's not enough to pay Boston's sales taxes or patronize Boston businesses. No, commuters who work in the city but can't imagine living in crime-riddled neighborhoods or sending their children to lousy city schools must be punished!

So how long before every city and town picks up on Boston's idea and every local cop is turned into an anti-visitor vulture looking at non-residents as easy marks for a little more city cash?

Message from Boston to tourists and commuters everywhere: Stay away!