The Plan to Silence Conservatives

 

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                                                     Howard Beale (1976)

“So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell”…

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!”

Special Report: The Plan To Silence Conservatives
Progressivism item by Cliff Kincaid

In January 2007

Memphis, Tennessee: Media reform sounds like a good cause. But the gathering here of more than 2,000 activists turned out to be an effort to push the Democratic Party further to the left and get more “progressive” voices in the media, while proposing to use the power of the federal government to silence conservatives. 

In short, triumphant liberals now want to consolidate and expand their power.

Several speakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Maurice Hinchey, declared that they think Congress should use a new federal “fairness doctrine” to target conservative speech on television and radio.

But while conservatives are not ashamed to be conservatives, because of the popularity of their ideas about freedom, a strong military, economic growth and traditional values, the liberals at this conference wanted desperately to avoid the use of the term “liberal,” apparently because of its association with failed domestic, social and foreign policies. They described themselves and their causes as “progressive.”

If this conference has an impact, and the participants were called upon to put pressure on the media and Congress, we should expect increasing references to the term “progressive” in coverage of controversial liberal initiatives, including the proposed agenda for “media reform.” The only question is when congressional liberals get enough nerve to aggressively push this authoritarian attempt to muzzle their political opponents.

                                                 

   

The Soros Connection

Sponsored by Free Press, a Massachusetts-based organization that is generously subsidized by pro-Democratic Party billionaire George Soros, the “National Conference on Media Reform” featured Bill Moyers and Jesse Jackson and Hollywood celebrities such as Danny Glover, Geena Davis and Jane Fonda.

        

             

  

Soros, portrayed by the major media and “progressives” funded by him as a humanitarian and philanthropist, has made billions of dollars through international financial manipulations conducted through secretive off-shore hedge funds. He was convicted of insider trading in Franceone of many countries to have borne the brunt of his global financial schemes.

But Soros has also poured money into groups like the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, and Investigative Reporters & Editors.immigrants, homosexuals, felons, and prostitutes. An atheist, Soros is promoting the complete breakdown of traditional values and morality in America.

One obvious purpose of such grants is to steer the media away from investigating Soros himself. However, during one media appearance, on the CBS 60 Minutes program, Soros acknowledged that as a 14-year-old Jewish boy in Hungary, his identity was protected and that he actually assisted in confiscating property from Jews as they were being shipped off to death camps. As an adult, he shuns pro-Israel causes and believes in accommodating the Iranian regime.

The Free Press co-founder, John Nichols, has edited such books as Against the Beast, a critique of the “American Empire,” and shares Soros’s opposition to a U.S. foreign policy that targets emerging threats in the Arab/Muslim world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pulleeessseeee I don’t want a burga….do you?

In addition to the creation of what he calls a “New World Order” 

 under U.N. auspices,under U.N. auspices, Soros’s causes include abortion, drug legalization, and special rights for illegals.

                    

 

 

 

In the official conference program, however, there was no mention of the Soros role in funding Free Press. However, thanks were extended to the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Overbrook Foundation, Quixote Foundation, Glaser Progress Foundation, and the Haas Trusts.

We are grateful also for the generosity and support of many other public charities, private foundations and individual donors,” the conference program said, carefully concealing their identities.

Publications and organizations given credit for promoting the event included The American Prospect magazine, The Washington Monthly, The Nation, and MoveOn.org

 

 

Reds Not Under Bed

The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), which opposes the Chinese communist government as too capitalist, was one of the official exhibitors. Also on hand, displaying banners calling for the impeachment of President Bush, was the so-called 9/11 truth movement, which holds that Muslims were blamed for the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon when U.S. officials actually carried them out.

Other exhibitors included the Newspaper Guild, Consumers Union, Mother Jones magazine, Pacifica Radio, and Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now.”

While the Democratic Party and its political leaders were embraced by most of the participants and usually met with standing ovations, the official conference bookstore didn’t offer any books by or about Hillary Clinton. I was told by the bookstore owner that that she was perceived as too conservative by this crowd and that those books wouldn’t sell.

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, books by Senator Barack Obama and Al Gore were prominently featured. Books by Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Mikhail Gorbachev, former White House reporter Helen Thomas, and Webster Tarpley, a former associate of Lyndon LaRouche, were also available. Tarpley, an “expert” on how 9/11 was a U.S. plot, was a featured guest for two hours on Air America, the liberal radio network now in bankruptcy because of bad management and dismal ratings.

A special screening of the film “Reel Bad Arabs” was held, in order to argue that Arabs and Muslims deserve more favorable coverage from the media and Hollywood. The film is narrated by Jack Shaheen, who recently appeared on Al-Jazeera English making charges of anti-Arab media bias.

    

 

 stop your killing and trying to take over every country you migrate to…and you will see favorable press…Assimilate.I believe it is called..but I know..its in your book to jihad all us infidels….convert or die!!!! Sharia Law..

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Yep, a lot of people want to shut down a free press…free talk radio….blogging…free speech…The Media..yep, afraid it”s true..But we ain’t going down without a fight!

 

Very little was said during various panels about the Islamic terrorists who killed almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11 and are currently killing American soldiers and innocent civilians, most of them Muslims, in Iraq. Instead, Bush was blamed for the violence there.

  

         We will Not Forget!

Showing where conference participants stood on the matter of maintaining a U.S. military to defend America against the global Jihad, one of the books on sale at the official conference bookstore was titled, 10 Excellent Reasons Not To Join The Military.

 

 

 

 

Former conservative David Brock, of another Soros-funded group, Media Matters, labeled the Bush foreign policy of liberating Arab lands as “criminally insane.” On the same panel with Brock, Norman Solomon of the Institute for Public Accuracy suggested that U.S. foreign policy was immoral and that the media were working hand-in-glove with the Bush Administration to prepare a military attack on Iran, just as they had done with Iraq.

Reaching new levels of hysteria, Rep. Maurice Hinchey said the survival of America was itself at stake because “neo-fascist” and “neo-con” talk-show hosts led by Rush Limbaugh had facilitated the “illegal” war in Iraq and were complicit in President Bush’s repeated violations of the Constitution, such as by detaining terrorists. He warned that the “right-wing oriented media” were now preparing the way for Bush to wage war on Iran and Syria.

His answer, a bill titled the “Media Ownership Reform Act,” would reinstate the federal fairness doctrine and authorize bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to monitor and alter the content of radio and television programs.       

        

                                                    

Hinchey, chairman of the “Future of American Media Caucus” in the House, was introduced as the new chairman of a subcommittee with jurisdiction over the FCC. For Hinchey and the vast majority at the conference, there was a pressing need for more, not less, regulation of what they call the “corporate media.”

With passage of his bill, Hinchey said that “progressives” would be able to demand and get “equal access” to programs hosted by conservatives and rebut the “baloney” of people like Limbaugh. “All of that stuff will end,” Hinchey said about the influence of conservative media. By name, he also denounced Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting.

Hinchey praised Democratic FCC commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein, who appeared at the conference, and indicated that with the election of a Democratic President in 2008, the FCC could be openly used to frustrate the growing popularity of conservative ideas, perhaps under the cover of resisting “media consolidation.”

Later, Hinchey was seen preparing for an appearance on Air America, which had a make-shift studio set up on the premises of the conference.

Protecting Public Broadcasting

Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, who was just elected to Congress from Memphis, assured the audience that Democrats would protect and possibly increase funding for public broadcasting, which he noted is on the “left hand side of the dial” but has been having problems generating listeners and viewers.

One of the cries of some participants was to “put the public back into public broadcasting,” apparently a plea for even more “public” money from Congress.

Public broadcasting’s Bill Moyers, who spoke to the conference about the “ravenous” nature of “Big Media,” was obviously not referring to public TV or radio’s appetite for U.S. tax dollars, even though AIM has documented how these entities have received over $8 billion from the taxpayers since their creation. The far-left Pacifica Radio, another taxpayer-supported network, had a heavy presence at the “media reform” conference.

The appearance of Moyers, who served as White House press secretary in the Lyndon Johnson Administration before he worked for CBS News and public TV, was curious, at least at this conference in Memphis, because he had been aware at the time of his service to LBJ of secret surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 and his birthday celebration on January 15 was mentioned by several speakers, most notably Jesse Jackson, a former King aide.

One 9/11 truth movement booth featured a poster claiming that King was murdered as the result of a U.S. Government conspiracy, even though James Earl Ray was convicted of the crime and sentenced to prison. Ray died in 1998.

Continuing this fascination with conspiracy theories about the deaths of prominent people, a book for sale at the conference bookstore, titled, American Assassination: The Strange Death of Paul Wellstone, claims that the airplane accident that took the life of the liberal Senator from Minnesota was actually deliberate murder. The book claims Wellstone’s “progressive” stands made him a target.

Senator Sanders, the only open socialist in Congress, accused the media of covering up King’s opposition to the Vietnam War. He did not mention that King took that approach because he had come under the influence of identified top members of the Soviet-funded Communist Party USA, who had become his close advisers. This is one of the reasons why the Johnson Administration—and then Attorney General Bobby Kennedy—approved FBI surveillance of him. 

King’s radical turn to the left, which detracts from the good work that he did, should not be a taboo topic but it is one of many issues that “progressives” want censored from the media. Another King controversy that is off the table for “progressives” is his well-documented plagiarism.

Socialist Urges One-Sided Coverage

 

Sanders, who votes with the Democrats in the Senate despite his official status as an independent socialist, claimed conservatives were 99 percent in control of talk radio and that it was time “to open the question of the fairness doctrine again” to restrict what they say and how they say it.

He faulted the media for covering two sides of the global warming debate “when there is no debate in the scientific community.”

Clearly, therefore, the purpose in proposing a “fairness doctrine” is not to offer different points of view but to silence viewpoints liberals regard as unsound or unpopular.

Sanders indicated he would introduce a Senate version of the Hinchey bill.

A similar bill, the “Fairness in Broadcasting Act,” was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, the chairman of the House Rules Committee that has enormous influence over what bills are brought up for votes. 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the object of fawning media coverage despite the scandal of producing a child from an extramarital affair, argued before the conference for “the right to be heard” and insisted that the major media were not telling the real story of pain and suffering in George Bush’s America.

 

Despite claiming to be for open debate and discussion, he recently urged consumers to boycott DVDs of the Seinfeld comedy show because the actor who plays one of the characters had been caught making racist comments in a night club. Jackson had the actor, Michael Richards, on his radio show to apologize for the remarks.

Suggesting the real agenda behind “media reform,” Jackson said that the key to Democrats winning “is more access to the media.”

That may depend, however, on how the “progressives” market their unpopular ideas, especially when they actively begin their congressional campaign of suppressing viewpoints in opposition to their own. 

Making himself out to be a victim, Jackson said that he should be called by the media for comments on foreign policy issues like Iraq, rather than just racial controversies like the Duke rape case.

Clearly staking out a position on the far-left fringe, Jackson accused Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of taking “baby steps” legislatively when she should be exercising “bold leadership.” On Iraq, he said, “you can’t be against the war and for the war budget.” Rather than just raise the minimum wage, he said Pelosi should introduce a massive new jobs program. He concluded his remarks by asking people to watch his TV program on the Word television network and to tune into his “Keep Hope Alive” radio show on 50 stations. 

Republicans as Thieves  

At a panel moderated by Paul Waldman of Media Matters, Steve Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania argued that the 2004 presidential election was stolen on behalf of George W. Bush. His associate, Jonathan Simon of the Election Defense Alliance, took to the microphone during the question-and-answer period to argue that the 2006 elections were rigged as well and that the Republicans are preparing to steal the 2008 presidential election. Waldman, who claimed to be dedicated to factual accuracy in covering current events, didn’t dispute any of this. In fact, he stated his belief that Al Gore had won the 2000 election and that the media knew it.

Another panelist, Cornell Belcher, the official pollster for the Democratic National Committee, seemed to be taken aback by the conspiracy theories and pointed out that the Democrats had, in fact, made substantial gains on the federal and state levels in 2006.

However, during a conversation over breakfast, Freeman reiterated his belief that the Democrats had won far more seats than they were given credit for in 2006. Asked why they wouldn’t protest the stealing of votes, he said, “Democrats are in on it.” He described Republicans and Democrats as the A team and B team, and that when one team makes too many mistakes, the other goes in for relief. Asked for his opinion on the 9/11 truth movement, he said, “Nothing would surprise me.”

A panel on “Media, War, and Impeachment” featured Jeff Cohen, founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, whose December 2006 magazine features Hugo Chavez of Venezuela on the cover as he addressed the U.N. holding up a copy of Noam Chomsky’s book on the dangers of American “hegemony.” That was the appearance in which Chavez labeled Bush the devil.

                                                                        

The article inside the magazine by FAIR’s Steve Rendall accused the American media of unfairly criticizing Chavez for “challenging the U.S.,” not because he makes absurd charges, chums around with people such as the anti-Semitic and anti-American Iranian president, and threatens press freedom in his own country. Promising “Socialism or death,” Chavez was just sworn in for another presidential term.

On Saturday night, as participants prepared for an event featuring Jane Fonda, they were given copies of a four-page flier advertising Bob Avakian’s book, From Ike to Mao and Beyond. The flier said that Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, has been described by Cornell West of Princeton University as “a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism.”

Scott Lee, an RCP “helper” passing out the fliers, told me that he thought the conference was worthwhile but too heavily titled in favor of the Democratic Party. He said he wasn’t aware that global capitalist George Soros had funded the left-wing conference organizers but that the money had gone for a good cause.

This is what passes for “progressivism” these days. It is a clear danger to freedom at home and abroad.

Cliff Kincaid is Editor of Accuracy in Media.

Just a sampling of lies below from Soros MoveOn.org

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After the audio was released this weekend of Hillary Clinton slamming the Far Left Obama-supporting MoveOn.org for not “even wanting us to go into Afghanistan,” the Executive Director of MoveOn.org responded:

In a statement to The Huffington Post, MoveOn’s Executive Director Eli Pariser reacted strongly to Clinton’s remarks: “Senator Clinton has her facts wrong again. MoveOn never opposed the war in Afghanistan, and we set the record straight years ago when Karl Rove made the same claim. Senator Clinton’s attack on our members is divisive at a time when Democrats will soon need to unify to beat Senator McCain. MoveOn is 3.2 million reliable voters and volunteers who are an important part of any winning Democratic coalition in November. They deserve better than to be dismissed using Republican talking points.”

But, unfortunately for the Move-On nuts, Tom Maguire at Just One Minute , via Instapundit, found the actual MoveOn.org petition against the Afghanistan War, via the Wayback machine:

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Only days after 9-11- after 2,998 Americans were murdered by Islamic radicals, MoveOn.org was already equating the US with the terrorists:

“To combat terrorism, we must act in accordance with a high standard that does not disregard the lives of people in other countries. If we retaliate by bombing Kabul and kill people oppressed by the Taliban dictatorship who have no part in deciding whether terrorists are harbored, we become like the terrorists we oppose. We perpetuate the cycle of retribution and recruit more terrorists by creating martyrs.”

Today, this deranged group is a huge block of support for America’s most liberal senator.
Surprised?

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AL GORE AND THE 10 INCONVENIENT UNTRUTHS

Hattip and by Aurora of The MidnightSun

Al GoreAl Gore, the high priest of global warming is not being spoken about so enthusiastically these days. Could it be that some people have discovered he’s not all that? And while those of us not consumed with Gaia, the religion, shake our heads at the gullibility of those of the moonbat persuasion, the more cynical of the world of the Left continue to push for environmental policies which have already taken an economic toll. We’re talking about the jobs and the livelihoods of humans here, people, but somewhere along the line, the Left stopped caring or even the pretense of caring about the working class humans, or any humans at all. If Al Gore is wrong, shouldn’t it follow that maybe, just maybe there are plenty more out there who are wrong as well?

Al Gore no longer gives interviews to the Press except where the interviewer has been carefully pre-selected for his sycophancy and for his lack of elementary knowledge of climate science. Likewise, Gore no longer takes questions from the audience at any public meeting unless he is sure that no one in the audience knows anything of climatology. The interview from which the following list of Gore’s latest scientific errors and exaggerations was compiled appeared in India Today on 17 March 2008.

Error 1: “‘Global warming’ is a planetary emergency. It is a crisis and we have to find ways to come to an agreement to reduce the carbon dioxide.”

The facts: There is no “planetary emergency”. Nor is there a “crisis”. If there is an “emergency” or a “crisis”, it is certainly not caused by “global warming”. The increase in global temperatures between 1980 and 1998, when “global warming” stopped, was only half of the small increase shown in the official temperature records (McKitrick, 2006, 2007 in press). In the decade since 1998 there has been no statistically-significant increase in global temperature (HadCRUt3, 2008; US NCDC, 2008; RSS,2008; UAH MSU, 2008; etc.). In the seven years since early 2001, the trend of global temperature has been downward at a rate equivalent to more than 0.4degrees Celsius (0.75 F) per decade:

Error 2: “Today we the people of this planet would put another 70m tons of global warming-pollution into the earth’s atmosphere.”

The facts: “Global warming pollution” is Gore’s favorite phrase for “carbon dioxide.” However, CO2 is not a pollutant, but a naturally-occurring gas. Together with chlorophyll and sunlight, it is an essential ingredient in photosynthesis and is, accordingly, plant food. The reconstruction of palaeoclimatological CO2 concentrations below, taken from Berner (2001), demonstrates that carbon dioxide concentration today is almost at its lowest level since the Cambrian era 550 million years ago, when there was almost 20 times as much CO2 in the atmosphere as there is today, without any threat to animal or plant life, and without causing the “runaway greenhouse effect” that Gore likes to mention:

(Read the rest here)

Meanwhile, the environmentalist madness goes on, slashing and burning businesses and getting whole countries into billions, trillions of dollars of debt. It’s as if they are deaf and blind, or just plain obtuse.

American Thinker has this to say about the media on global warming news compared with others. You will want to check this out. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/03/american_media_ignores_inconve.html

Sarcasm Angie

According to USA Today News, they now know they need to turn up the heat on getting the public support. It seems America’s average citizens are not paying a high enough price, no matter we now are  going to pay a tax to the UN. No matter we are nearly bankrupt. No matter good living wage jobs have gone overseas. No matter our expenses have gone through the roof for necessary items. No matter that our ‘free wheeling’ politicians and Hollywood Celebs like to talk it up and fly their jets and just pay a carbon tax. No matter that most of them live far above ‘average Americans’.  They still will get us to play along through our children shaming us. They will get us to be as sheep and do ‘what everybody else is doing’ to get a smiley face and play along. Yes, that’s right folks, it seems that the hotels noticed when guests were given a suggestion to reuse the towel for the environment. They did not play along..why they wanted a fresh towel. However, when they said the previous guests did help the environment by reusing their linens, why they complied..It’s like the good ole days of schoolchildren, everybody really wants to be like everyone else. They dress alike, jive alike, and so it goes. So line up for the smiley faces 🙂 they are going to be passing out to everyone who complies. Oh, and don’t forget, your children are watching you use that plastic!

Previous links on enviroment

Big Brother again?

Prophet of Gloom or Alarmist

Scary Side of Green

Save the Planet-stop having babies!

Capitalism is destroying the earth, We’re all gonna die..

And of course, there are the population control articles to help save our earth and actually make it more comfortable for the elite, If you want those you can look in the archives.. HUMAN HATRED ,TOP SCIENTISTS CALL FOR POPULATION CONTROL , Soylent Green Rising: E.U.Eugenics to name a few..

THE SHOCKING WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA

I never thought I would be doing a political blog, it was intended for me to rant and ramble, uh huh….well, I just can’t sit back, the facts must be told…we must know and I gotta tell ya, the more I learn, the less I like it…any of it..I will be looking at all the candidates records and from time to time as I get facts, will be sharing with you so we can be intelligent responsible citizens and voters. At this time, I do not know who I will be supporting..sad to say..it is a time to pray and ask for wisdom..a time to reflect and then make our decisions. We can not just listen to great charismatic speeches and go by how cute they are..we maynot like the direction they take us any better than we like it now.

Change is good when change is good. Change for the sake of change can be dangerous.

 by Aurora Hat tip The Midnight Sun

Emily's List Obama

I’ve blown up the picture on the left so you could read the background wording. Notice that he’s an Emily’s List darling? And that’s not the half of it.

I’ve just been reading the most alarming, comprehensive history of Barack Obama I’ve ever come across and let me tell you, he’s suddenly shot up there almost on par with the dreaded Hildebeeste.

Saul AlinskyAs a matter of fact, he’s as much an Alinskyite as she is; not to mention a very hard-core Marxist, white hater, anti-semitic and almost certainly a closet Muslim.

You need to read the whole thing if you are a voting American and/or a blogger. These are things not known by most people. And its information disappearing off the web fast. Here’s an excerpt from his politics which made my hair stand on end:

Obama supports homosexual marriage, racial preferences, gun control, flag-burning, socialized medicine and the absolute right to abortion, including partial-birth abortions. He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive.

Obama is anti-war, voted against the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, against privatizing Social Security and opposes the death penalty, three strikes laws and school vouchers. He has no military service record.

Obama opposed the Defense of Marriage Act; would work to repeal it in the U.S. Senate; would not vote for any legislation that would restrict the ability of gays and lesbians to marry.

Obama opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act four times in Illinois. A similar bill passed the U.S. Senate 98-0. The Born Alive bill would have prohibited a baby from being born alive but left to die according to the mother’s wishes.

Obama opposed this bill not once, twice, or three times, but four times.

Obama took almost $90,000 in bundled contributions from the Council for a Livable World. The council is a well-known anti-defense organization.

Drug UserObama refused to vote for a bill in the Illinois State Senate that would have increased penalties for drug traffickers.

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Gang membersObama voted against a bill that would have delivered the death penalty to gang members who murder first responders.

Child victimObama was the only member of the Illinois State Senate to vote against a bill that prohibited early release for sexual predators.

Yup, he’s PROGRESSIVE

Obama makes an unsuccessful run for the U. S. House of Representatives.
Obama is also protective of civil rights for Muslims in the U.S., saying, “In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging,” he laments. “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

He sponsors the Illinois Senate Bill 750 creating the “Halal Food Act,” providing for inspections by the Department of Agriculture to ensure that all food labeled Halal is prepared according to Islamic law.

Aborted babyThe most horrifying thing out of all this is his child hatred.  He not only supports abortion; he supports partial birth abortion.  He supports leaving a surviving baby to his/her death if he or she fights for life after being subjected to the atrocities of the abortion clinic.

Of course it’s all bad and there’s lots more at the source.

This is an incredibly bad person with a smile like an angel.  BEWARE. 

Read the whole shocking thing at Freedom’s Enemies.

FAMILY

 From Patriot Post

“Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion presidential candidate ever. He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede—as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor—that these babies, fully outside their mothers’ wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact ‘persons.’ ‘Persons,’ of course, are guaranteed equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment. In 2004, U.S. Senate-candidate Obama mischaracterized his opposition to this legislation. Now, as a presidential frontrunner, he should be held accountable for what he actually said and did about the Born Alive Infants Bill… State and federal versions of this bill became an issue earlier this decade because of ‘induced labor abortion.’ This is usually performed on a baby with Down’s Syndrome or another problem discovered on the cusp of viability. A doctor medicates the mother to cause premature labor. Babies surviving labor are left untreated to die.” —Terence Jeffrey 

Scary Side of Green

A [sometimes] Logical View of the Illogical

The Scary Side of Green 

Thanks to Arclightzero -hat tip Pro Patria

“Guided by a philosophy of deep ecology, Earth First! does not accept a human-centered worldview of ‘nature for people’s sake.’ Instead, we believe that life exists for its own sake, that industrial civilization and its philosophy are anti-Earth, anti-woman and anti-liberty.”

Or so says the “mission statement” of Earth First!, the self-proclaimed radical environmental movement. While Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and all of the trendy environmentalists out there are promoting “green” lifestyles and carbon credits, there is another side of the environmental movement that most people aren’t aware of.

Welcome to the world of radical environmentalism; people who truly believe that man and our civilization is a plague on this planet and people who would like to see the earth returned to the animals.

 

I hadn’t given these guys much more than a passing thought until Pheisty posted on a scary bunch of radicals yesterday. These people call themselves the “Voluntary Human Extinction Movement” of “VHEMT” (their tag line? “Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth’s biosphere to return to good health“). I’m not going to tread on Phesity’s toes here, as she did a great job of covering this particular looney band of radicals, but it got me thinking… How many of these people are out there? How many groups are out there advocating for the extinction (or at least reduction) of man and civilization in the name of environmentalism?

Part of what caught my attention and sparked my concern was reading some of the feedback to the VHEMT site. Things like:

“Your site just confirmed what I knew was right in my heart…I’m going to make the appointment for my husband to get a vasectomy on Monday”

and

“Thanks for creating your web site. It is a pleasure to read, and to know there is someone out there who has values so similar to my own. I’m already a Volunteer, having had a vasectomy 5 months ago, when I was 34. Now I’m trying to find a way to contribute more actively to the cause of population control (or elimination!)”

Yikes! WTF is wrong with these people? I mean, I’m all for a little conservation and clean living, but voluntary extinction of mankind in the name of the earth? You have got to be kidding me.

So that got me wondering what else the radicals have in mind, and thankfully the VHEMT site provided me with all I needed to know compliments of a “links” page.

The scariest among them was “The Church of Euthanasia” which claims:

“The Church of Euthanasia is a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth. We believe this can only be accomplished by a massive voluntary population reduction, which will require a leap in Human consciousness to a new species awareness.”

These guys are the real thing. They are sick and twisted and absolutely frightening. Read their FAQ and check out their pictures. It’s enough to give you goosebumps. They even provide information on the best ways to kill yourself… Not to mention their link to “emergency contraception” which they tag with “Why wait until the damn thing gets bigger when you can snuff it now? You’ve got 72 hours!”

Next on the list is “Negative Population Growth” which promotes reduced population levels. They claim that:

“NPG advocates gradually halting and then reversing our U.S. population growth so that, after an interim period of population reduction, our population can be stabilized at a level that would be sustainable indefinitely, and afford an adequate standard of living for all, in a healthy environment.”

They also claim to have over 30,000 members. Well, at least they don’t encourage suicide…

Other similar organizations are “Population Connection” and “Optimum Population Trust” both of which support reduced populations.

But even if we go more mainstream, this sort of weirdness continues. Remember the Treehugger.com guide to a green sex life? Remember that they specifically state that “of course the biggest ecological impact resulting from sex is a baby.”

But now lets get back to the Earth First! people because their view doesn’t necessarily call for suicide, but it does call for some peculiar things that sound an awful lot like a call to terrorism against our civilization. Take, for instance, this line from their website:

“It is not enough to oppose the construction of new dams and developments. It is time to free our shackled rivers and restore the land.”

Well there’s a real head scratcher. What can we infer about their intentions from that statement? Or what about this statement:

“When the law won’t fix the problem, we put our bodies on the line to stop the destruction”

Sounds pretty radical… But that is just the tip of the iceberg for Earth First!ers. What they refer to as “monkeywrenching” is actually sabotage or vandalism. As they say directly on their website:

Monkeywrenching: Ecotage, ecodefense, billboard bandits, desurveying, road reclamation, tree spiking, even fire. All of these terms describe the unlawful sabotage of industrial extraction and development equipment, as a means of striking at the Earth’s destroyers where they commit their crimes and hitting them where they feel it most—in their profit margins.

Whoa. So, in other words, it’s acceptable to do these sorts of things in the name of the earth? These people are unhinged and dangerous. Stopecoviolnce.com has compiled some quotes from so-called eco-defense radicals and eco-terrorist supporters.

I will close with a quote from Mike Roselle, co-founder of Earth First! and founder of the Ruckus Society, and let you ponder what is at stake as the green movement moves into the mainstream and more people jump on the Al Gore bandwagon only to want to take that next step forward…

“Monkey-wrenching is more than just sabotage, and you’re goddamn right, it’s revolutionary! This is jihad, pal. There are no innocent bystanders, because in these desperate hours, bystanders are not innocent…Go out and get them suckers, fill’em full of steel…”

hat tip to http://arclightzero.wordpress.com/2007/11/05/the-scary-side-of-green/

Sorry for the language. Theirs not mine.