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June 30, 2010

FDR's Folly

How Roosevelt and his New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
Jim Powell - ISBN - 9781400054770

With the current administration this title becomes immensely relevant. All should read it; especially those on the left. The author begins with a memorable observation:

"It is remarkable [that] respected historians, writing about the most important economic event of 20th century American history, could disregard [all of the] economic literature which challenges their vision. . . . I believe the evidence is overwhelming that the Great Depression as we know it was avoidable."

He then follows up with Walter Lippman [a prominent, skeptical, moderate-left intellectual and newspaper columnist of the era] who opined that "New Deal reformers would rather not have recovery if the revival of private initiative means a resumption of private control in the management of corporate business."

Powell then opens this barnburner; brilliant, succinct, accurate and devastating. It is a deft rendering of FDR's plans and efforts to control, while obfuscating with bald faced lies . . . delivered with a smile. White House conversations often graduated to discussions of "how can we sell this to the public?" He meticulously debunks arguments presented by acolytes. It is a vigorous testament to the folly of anyone convinced that a government committee can somehow improve on "market forces."

New Dealers undertook to compare actual capitalism with idealizedgovernment and their own Utopian goals. Officials were certain that those serving the public interest were more pure than capitalists serving their private interest, and that the economy could be vastly improved upon by establishing bureaucracies and issuing commands. Never was it considered that more power might magnify the harm done by human error or corruption. But of course these sagacious public servants never erred, and corruption was a fault limited to capitalists.

He writes brief chapters with titles identifying what he plans to dismember:
• Why Was So Much New Deal Relief and Public Works Money Channeled Away from the Poorest People? (most notably black folks)
• Why did New Dealers Make Everything Cost More in the Depression?
• Why Did the New Dealers Destroy All That Food When People Were Hungry?

He asks not how, but why. Roosevelt is exposed for intentionally attacking capitalism to establish a progressive government responsible "for" the people rather than "to" them. It was all about governmental power. Few in his administration were well intentioned; fewer still understood economics. The authors of most of the programs were progressives, ill intended from the outset. They ardently pursued their goals, consequences be damned. (Sound familiar?)

Later he deals with
• How Did Social Security Contribute to Higher Unemployment?
• How Did FDR's Supreme Court Subvert Individual Liberty?
• How Did the Tennessee Valley Authority Depress the Tennessee Economy?

These mentions include but a few of the brief chapters in which he "smart-bombs" the New Deal, demonstrating that its policies were clearly deleterious to America's welfare, yet were continued despite their harmful fallout.

Much of the programming was conceived as symbolically important; gestures meant to confirm their noble intent. The left is always most concerned with image as it attempts good things; yet anyone who disagrees is thought to be insensitive, racist, greedy, stupid or worse. And, of course, facts and actual outcomes don't matter; only good intentions. Most of the New Dealers were lawyers, and few amongst them had any real world experience. Being arrogant and inexperienced they were certain that their superior intellect, when combined with political power, would facilitate their therapeutic plans for the world. They were convinced that by issuing executive orders, passing laws, raising taxes, and redistributing money, they could vastly improve society. FDR issued more executive orders than all subsequent presidents; more in a dozen years than did everyone else in the next 63!

This could have been just a diatribe on FDR (who deserves it), but it is not. Powell is clear, straightforward, and discusses not an agenda but how the New Deal was promulgated and why it failed. One will find more than a few comparables to the Obama administration--no surprise since they sing from the same hymnal! Obama has probably done more damage in 15 months than did Roosevelt in 13 years, but America is a very different place now, in considerable measure because of FDR, not to overlook LBJ.

Roosevelt was not a bad man, and did some necessary and honorable things in pursuit of the war against fascism, but his economic program was a disaster (and, itself fascistic), and set the stage for many of our current systemic problems. This little monograph puts to rest, forever, the debate over the New Deal. It was disastrous for the country.

In a better world the book would be required reading for all voters.

Posted by Curmudgeon at 2:08 PM

June 25, 2010

Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World

From Marathon to Waterloo
Edward Shepherd Creasy - ISBNs below

Beyond doubt, this is the most famous work of military history written in the nineteenth century (published in 1852.) My copy (ISBN - 0880291486) was a re-release by the Military Heritage Press years ago. It was republished in 2008 by Barnes and Noble (9780486461700) and by Nabu press (9781146922531) in 2010. (I'd encourage you to see if you can find a good copy, used, before you ante-up for the new versions, since the Nabu press version appears to be the best, and it is $33 in paperback! A quick "used" search yields at least 6 copies for $1-2 and a handful more for <$7.)

Creasy is a renowned military historian, and this particular work, his best, is diligently researched. His choice of battles upon which to report, and the strength of his narrative is what makes the book such a classic. I decided to reread it recently, and would encourage you to consider it the topic interests you. There is no finer work of this genre. It obviously omits important battles after Waterloo, though it would be interesting to know which battles, aside from Midway, he would choose as changing the course of more modern history, and what he might think of Reagan's "win" of the Cold War.

He is able to skillfully take you into the historic period, and forthwith into the battle details which make for such a wonderful read. Following each battle he gives a thumbnail sketch of happenings up until the next important encounter.

In retrospect, his introduction is unduly hopeful: "It is an honorable characteristic of the spirit of this age [Waterloo in 1815, to 1852] that projects of violence and warfare are regarded among civilized states with gradually increasing aversion." Oops! Me thinks he spoke too soon, maybe?

He describes human courage, honor and nobility along with the agony and destruction of war. As well, he reviews advances in military technology. Mostly, however, he gives the conflicts historic context, explaining who and how, and what impact these events had on the future history of the world.

What, for instance, would the world be like had the Greeks been strangled in their crib by the Persians--an incident prevented by the Greek victory at Marathon? And what of the German "barbarians"--Celts and Teutons who influenced the Saxons, and along with the Normandian Vikings became modern England--if Arminius (Herman the German) had not prevailed over the Romans in 9 A.D. Same so at Orleans, when St. Joan prevailed over the English; the British defeat of the Spanish Armada, and finally the several battles which "settled" the British Empire and set the stage for modern Europe. Granted there is an undercurrent of Britain, the victor, but Creasy was English, and from 1600 on, the Brits were the people to beat, notwithstanding their loss at Saratoga . . . without which, of course, the United States probably would not be.

Unlike more modern "What ifs," Creasy doesn't go too far into alternate realities. He simply reports upon what didn't take place, having set the stage for what might have.

Amongst my favorite passages of the book is his radical insight into "Oriental" (middle and far east) civilizations, which bears mightily upon our current conundrum: "A monotonous uniformity pervades the histories of nearly all Oriental empires. . . . They are characterized by the rapidity of their early conquests, by the immense extent of the dominions comprised in them, . . . by an invariable and speedy degeneracy in the princes of the royal house, the effeminate nurslings of the seraglio succeeding the warrior sovereigns reared in the camp, and by the internal anarchy and insurrections which indicate and accelerate the decline and fall of these unwieldy and ill-organized fabrics of power. It is also a striking fact that the governments of all the great Asiatic empires have in all ages been absolute despotisms. . . . the paternal government of every household was corrupted by polygamy . . . Fathers, being converted into domestic despots are ready to pay the same abject obedience to their sovereign which they exact from their family."

He goes on to opine that "Had Persia beaten Athens at Marathon . . . the infant energies of Europe would have been trodden out beneath universal conquest, and the history of the world, like the history of Asia, have become a mere record of the rise and fall of despotic dynasties, of the incursions of barbarous hordes, and of the mental and political prostration of millions beneath the diadem, the tiara, and the sword.

Keep that insight in mind when you consider the "unimportance" of modern Persia . . . Iran! They are capable of great menace . . . and malice. And they're back for another go-round in their ancient conflict. They haven't forgotten. Have we?

There is no such thing as compromise with these people!

Posted by Curmudgeon at 12:45 PM

June 21, 2010

The Bible of Unspeakable Truths

Greg Gutfeld - 9780466552301

Gutfeld is rumored to be the funniest person on TV, but I'm never up late enough to see if I agree. So I bought the book as a personal adventure; to enjoy it, and see if I agree. I never watch political sarcasm or comedy on TV, so perhaps I'm not equipped to render an honest appraisal, but I have an opinion anyway.

If this guy IS the funniest guy on TV, heaven help us all. He is better than a "rubber crutch," or a "pooh-pooh" cushion, but not by much.

To be sure, he comes up with some wickedly funny one liners, and here and there he incorporates some wisdom along with his (brand of) humor, but some of his subject matter is beyond risqué, with some of it approaching offensive . . . (Gutfeld? Maybe there is a connection?) I've skipped comment on the off-color parts of the tome, but I offer:

• "President Obama doesn't think America needs a little fixing to get back on the right track. He thinks America has never been on the right track. His actions therefore are meant to correct a country he finds distasteful on many levels, permanently." Now, that's neither unwise nor incorrect, to be sure, but funny?

• [It's Mexican national policy to] "Help its citizens leave the place. . . . How bad must a country be when even the government acknowledges that busing tables in a Trenton truck stop is better than staying home?" Again, not inaccurate, but maybe I'm missing context.

• Or, God speaking to Muslim fanatics: "Sorry, guys, you're not getting seventy-two virgins. Instead it's seventy-two nights with Rosie O'Donnell." That'd be fair, and I'd like to be around when one of those fascist homicide bombers came face to face with that reality, but funny? Maybe so, actually.

• [ Hollywood celebrities] "Fear they are seen as intellectually vacuous and lacking in relevance. And they realize the quickest way to overcome this is to bash America, simply because it conveys a pseudointellectual vibe learned from greasy academics. To Europeans, being patriotic is a sign of idiocy, so to trick them into thinking you're smart, just insult your country. Sadly, for the most part it works." Hard to disagree, but harder to chuckle.

• [Being open minded means] "Allowing yourself to consider all options, [which means] you have no claim to the truth. Every avenue is equal, all thoughts relative, and therefore there can be no definitive judgment, even from a judge. . . . That's why being narrow-minded should be championed, saluted, revered. . . . [it means] you are operating with a backbone . . . you know the difference between right and wrong, and you aren't afraid to limit your options to the right one."

• "Deepak is no different from any other television evangelical huckster, but he gets a pass because he leans on the multicultural card. The same people who derided Jimmy Swaggart or even Billy Graham listen reverently to Chopra's pointless, useless and ultimately idiotic opinions. . . . [except that] Chopra likes to wear tacky robes."

• "'Addiction' is the most overused word in our language. . . . [It is] the only so-called 'affliction' where the actual 'disease' can be removed from your presence without surgery. You just throw the laptop out the window. This also works with cocaine, booze, tropical fish and opinionated authors."

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Posted by Curmudgeon at 1:11 PM

June 18, 2010

On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan - ISBN - 9780307386175

This wonderfully insightful book is written in breathtakingly beautiful prose which demonstrates McEwan's mastery of language as well as his comprehensive understanding of the human psyche.

It involves but two protagonists: a "peasant" man on the cusp of brilliant achievements in the field of his fascination--history--and his introverted fiancée, likewise on the cusp of a career in classical music. Both are somewhat withdrawn, introverted and naïve in their own ways; neither is able to accurately communicate their deep seated love, nor to deal with what, for most of us, would be fairly straightforward conflicts involved in daily life . . . and certainly interactions of a loving relationship.

He is passionate but tightly controlled; honoring her wishes to remain chaste, as she deeply fears the commitment to physical intimacy. She allows only limited contact beyond kissing, and sardonically eschews even his penetrating tongue as a disgusting invasion of her privacy.

Nonetheless, after a courtship during which he diligently works to earn the respect of his hard-driving, colossally successful, soon-to-be father-in-law, and the grudging acceptance of his aloof, academic mother-in-law, a tacit peace of understanding and acceptance is achieved, and the young couple marries and sets off for their honeymoon at an old inn on Chesil Beach.

Beneath it all is their disparate origins: one wealthy and urbane--after a fashion--the other primitive and "rural," slowly learning more genteel ways thru both his education and his contact with the love of his life.

Having carefully set the stage for the initial sexual encounter the author explores the inner workings of both of the parties. He deftly creates what might have been just another "sex scene," by poignantly describing the hopes, fears and inexperience of two virginal beings; one passionate and ready, though having no experience, the other terrified, but intensely working to allow said event, though overcoming her panic with faint attempts at composure, control having escaped her. She is aware of the expectations, but otherwise a victim of the situation and her predeterminations.

It is an engrossing epic, mordant, melancholy, haunting and absorbing, infused with the intense and powerful emotions wrought under the circumstances . . . and the outcome as it impacts the future decades of both of the young lovers as they move towards their distant futures.

The book is as wrenching as you are likely to read, ever, but so carefully drawn are the scenes and the dialogue that you share with the couple the humor and the scattered pleasures before the crucial debacle unfolds.

A wonderful read, and a little unusual, even for one by McEwan.

Posted by Curmudgeon at 1:05 PM

June 11, 2010

Driving Like Crazy

P.J. O'Rourke - ISBN - 9780802144799

I'm a great fan of this man; he's funny, witty, and on occasion flabbergasting. My favorite of his books, as I've noted previously, include A Parliament of Whores (his best by far), Give War a Chance, and Holidays in Hell.

His newest, "driving," is just out in paperback, and is a bit of a disappointment, though it is still quite funny on occasion. I suspect that if I had been a more typical young male during the era of America's preeminence in auto manufacture I might have liked it more. (Back then, like most American boys, I could identify virtually every American car: make, model and year--and the small handful of imports; but I was never a fanatic about it, and horsepower, stroke volume, cams, valves and mufflers interested me not at all. I found such data boring, which may be why I did not enjoy the book as much as many others will.)

For years he was a freelance correspondent, and one of his subjects was motor vehicles: cars, trucks and motorcycles. For 30 years he covered events from NASCAR to the Baja (California) road races. He has revisited many of his original articles, rewritten some and added modern commentary to the texts. An early chapter, in page after page of bi-polarism, reports a drive from Florida to L.A. in a '56 Buick, which escapade reminds one of Dean Martin's "Ain't it a kick in the head?" Another bears the title The Rolling Organ Donors Motorcycle Club. The chapter on NASCAR is alone worth the price of admission.

He inserts his signature cracks and witticisms, sometimes laugh out loud funny:

• On one adventure, driving thru a wilderness, he comments that "As dusk gathers, critters are everywhere . . . Mainly it's the moose and deer that kill you. The deer if you swerve to avoid hitting them and go into the ditch, the moose if you don't."

• "The motorcycle is a device created by a team of God and Darwin to rid the world of useless young males."

• "Reporters are famous instant experts. And with any ordinarily arcane sport a weekend would have sufficed for me to argue all the fine points of the game . . . but there was something about [a NASCAR mechanic's wise, comprehensive and informed] tutorial that made me think I wasn't anywhere near smart enough to play dumb."

• "[Watching] the pit crews . . . refueling the car and changing four tires in less than half a minute [is] like five hulking Baryshnikov's in fast forward. And the cars themselves: words flunk description." (He became and remains an ardent fan of the organization and its races.)

• On a remote Baja excursion, packing for every eventuality: "The Jeeps were so full that we had to leave a lot of things behind, but only the things we'd be needing."

• On another jaunt across Nevada: "Everywhere the trace of man was visible you wished it weren't. The entire state was obviously temporary. As soon as the locals got their cars fixed they'd be moving to California. Much as I love the roadside sprawl of freedom, Nevada was littered, ugly [and] vile." Obviously he wasn't a fan.

He gets in his political licks as well, lamenting the passage of the "car era" in America as he catalogues the calamity and causes thereof. In a rant about unions and car executives he comments:

• "They no more deserve our sympathy than the malevolent trolls under the Capitol dome. But pity the poor American car when Congress and the White House get through with it--a lightweight vehicle with a small carbon footprint, using alternative energy and renewable resources to operate in a sustainable way. When I was a kid we called it a Schwinn."

• "The only people that could possibly be worse at running a car company than the current crop of car executives--who have proven themselves to be plenty bad--would be politicians."

• "The problem with making a hybrid that works is, it's going to be a heavy vehicle, and it's going to be expensive to build, and is it gonna net out to be more efficient? It kinda depends upon how you do the math on making the batteries, and how much battery power it carries, [and] how you dispose of the batteries when done. It's tricky . . . [and] since Bolivia is the key source of Lithium . . . [can it be progress to] trade the Saudis for the Bolivians?"

So, P.J. with the future of cars and journalism both in doubt, where does that leave you? His answer: "Clint Eastwood has done it all with 'Gran Torino.' I've been channeling that character ever since I saw the movie. I've decided that my motto in life is 'Get off my lawn'. It's the right answer to everything."

After all, "I live in New Hampshire. . . . Eleven hundred more feet of sea-level rises [and] I've got beach front property. [You say' 'By the end of the century New York City could be underwater' and [I] say: 'your point is?'"

The feminists grabbed our women,
The liberals banned our guns.
The health cops snuffed our cigarettes,
The bailout has our funds.
The laws of Breathalyzing
Put an end to our roadside bars,
Circle the Fords and Chevys, boys

Posted by Curmudgeon at 12:40 PM

June 5, 2010

Muslim Mafia

Gaubatz and Sperry - ISBN - 9781935071105

Be prepared for a terrifying expose of what the Muslim world has in store for the rest of us. "Religion of Peace" be damned. This is the real scoop:

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America."
Omar Ahmad--founding chairman of CAIR

Now that the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations (the Islamic Society of North America, the full name substituted for by its acronym CAIR) has been deemed by all to be the enemy, first amongst principals in the war on the world by militant Islam, you'd think their discredit would make them impotent. And you'd be wrong. They are still active They still have access to the levers of our government from the Whitehouse to the Hill and on to the Military. It is the locus of political power for the secret Muslim Brotherhood in America, the founder of Hamas, al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. It declares it will dominate the world, including the U.S., by 2050. It does so out loud, if in quiet quarters. It is known by our government, the FBI, the CIA, and the military. It is represented in our congress by people such as Congressman Ellison from Minnesota . . . yet we do nothing to impede it. Most of the handful of concerned people are either frightened away from encounter, or expressly forbidden to do so by their superiors. (Consider the recent murders at Fort Hood, currently being whitewashed by the base commander and the Whitehouse.) Many agents of our alphabet agencies have quit their jobs in protest over being hamstrung by the power structure.

CAIR is associated with convicted terrorists; has provided funds for their defense and adds accolades and support to government agencies in order to minimize damaging evidence. It insists that it is a passive force for the good of Muslims in the U.S. And it is all bullshit. They're neither passive nor good. They are masters at prevarication, and are supported by the ACLU--surprise? They've infiltrated the highest levels of security; they're present in force at Guantanamo; and they're principals in recommending Muslim clerics to counsel in prisons and in the military. They are active in recruiting converts and terrorists. They impact upon anti-terror training in our "hometown" police forces; they're effective not only by infiltration but by grousing until particularly valuable instructors are removed from those positions.

They represent the Muslim establishment in America, and its leaders have declared war on law enforcement; they threaten to--and do--withhold information from the Muslim communities, and intimidate persons in those environs into silence. "The FBI can't point to one time--not even one time--when the [Muslim] outreach program has produced any information that's of investigative value." (That from a senior FBI agent working counterterrorism out of the Washington D.C. field office.) They do this as they rage about "hate crimes" committed against Muslims or their institutions (which, not incidentally, amount to about 10% of those committed against Jews!)

They inflate the number of Muslims in the U.S.: their estimate is 8-10 million--whereas they actually number well below 2 million--thus to influence government of their power to counteract it and offer "voter support" by which congress and agencies are influenced. Official outreach creates discord at all levels of the FBI . . . "except the highest levels where top brass continue to be clueless about the nature of the enemy." (The latter escapes me completely. How do they remain clueless when their own declassified documents confirm CAIR's complicity, authorship and power? I'd submit that this is political correctness on steroids.)

So goes the narrative, page by page, chapter by chapter: 300 pages of expository narrative supported by another 100 pages of appendices and end notes. Gaubatz is a 20 year veteran of military service with another 12 years as a Special Agent with the OSI; a skilled Arabic linguist deployed to the Middle-East for years. He is now a counterterrorism researcher and consultant. Sperry is a media fellow at the Hoover Institute and has written books used by top law enforcement entities; a journalist who has broken numerous stories on the war on terror and its attendant major issues. They know whereof they speak, and what they have to say is frightening, damning and disgusting.

Our government knows all of this stuff, but is unwilling to do much about it. Instead we hear about meetings wherein all parties get together and sing kumbaya, share stories about mutual love, affection and being "people of the book." That and how we all loathe terror and terrorists. While convicting dozens of them we still carefully avoid making a judgment. After all, that would not fit within our official vision of the world. Besides, CAIR and its cronies are carefully cosseted by their religious veneer. Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Bahai, Confucianism, Taoism, even Wiccanism . . . all are the same . . . right? Well, as a matter of fact, no. 'Taint right, and most of us already understand that. Why not government?

Hey, this's me. Even I accept that it ain't just Barack, though he's the present prime prevaricator, and likely the most devious, but it's Bush, Clinton, both political parties, the agencies, the military, the ACLU, the council of churches, etc; everybody is so damned afraid of being insufficiently PC that they all just bend over before Muhammad and grab their ankles. This has got to stop! Last year!!

Continuing along:

• Both Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center have issued staff-wide memos imposing Orwellian speech codes.

• The Terms "Jihad", "Islamo-fascism" and "Caliphate" are out.

• The FBI is so bound to "diversity" that when hiring Arabic speakers, Jews are passé, but Muslims are PC . . . and preferentially hired.

• Agents complain the FBI is more worried about offending groups with proven ties to terror, than they are about infiltrating and investigating them.

• Washington politicians and Fortune 500 companies are routinely intimidated by CAIR, and so effectively they make Jesse Jackson look like a piker.

• Last fall's Democratic landslide was cheered by CAIR and other front groups.

• CAIR's boosters on the hill, three blocks from the Capitol, are not limited to Muslims; most of the non-Muslims are Democrats

• Some "forty-strong lawmakers" of both House and Senate continue to sing CAIR's praises.

• Vicious attacks on adversaries of CAIR are ritually launched and usually triumph, but Michael Savage (Savage Nation) stood up to them successfully, though he lost a number of his "lily-livered" sponsors. Paul Harvey caved; Laura Schlessinger did not. Glenn Beck was "encouraged" to leave CNN; Daniel Pipes was trashed by CAIR. The list goes on!

• Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was a party to the six-imam event on US Airways Flight 300, and he is likely to defend all Islamic radicals as "persecuted." Most of these events are staged in pursuit of ignoble goals.

• After 9/11 Washington allowed agents to start connecting dots . . . but only after . . . and you'll recall just how fast we identified people there-to-for prohibited from being identified. Now much of the PC crap has been reinstituted leading to departures of some of the best agents, departures often under duress.

• Documents uncovered by legal searches have led to mountains of data leading to many indictments, but the "unindicted co-conspirators" are still free to continue their activities unconstrained. They're known to number over 300, but granted immunity.

• There are at least 46 known members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood--which is illegal here--but they are left alone. No deportation, no charges, no nuttin'.

• The Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR behave as do the Cosa Nostra, but are less hampered because of their "religions protections." Their fundamental--and stated--goals (in discovered documents) include: supporting Palestinian terrorists; seeking Israel's destruction; gutting U.S. anti-terrorism laws; loosening Muslim immigration; converting Americans to Islam, with special focus on Hispanic immigrants, black inmates and soldiers, and especially white Christian women; infiltrating the government and institutionalizing Shariah law in America. The ultimate goal is to conquer the entire continent of North America for Islam, and fold it into the worldwide Caliphate.

• Members take an oath to the Brotherhood: "Allah is our God; the Prophet is our guide; the Quran is our constitution; Jihad is our way; and death for the glory of Allah is our greatest ambition."

• Unlike the mob, these people are impossible to "flip." Islamo-fascists would rather die serving Allah. Furthermore, the people in these organizations are not the usual [Sopranos] "goombas depicted on HBO." Rather, they are well-educated professionals: clerics, scholars, doctors and engineers. They hate the West and are dedicated to destroying it.

• Over 30 years ago a couple of Muslim students at Southern Illinois University founded ISNA (the Islamic Students of North America) and promptly purchased 124 acres in southern Indiana, where there were no other Muslims within hundreds of miles. Thereupon they erected a $3.5 million mosque and funded an 80 thousand volume library and a sprawling campus. Where did a couple of kids get that kind of money? "It came from overseas banks, and the FBI never [investigated, because] we're talking about 'religion' and bank records."

• They have established paramilitary camps in Oklahoma, Missouri and other states. They consider America a "pushover." "In America we have a legal slack, or an atmosphere of freedom." Does anyone ever ask why, how, or whether this attitude exists? NO! Or why it is not challenged? NO again!

• If (or as they believe, when) America falls, so goes the rest of the West and therefore the world. The implications are obvious.

• The current (suspected) "Godfather" of CAIR--head of the Washington-based American Muslim Council--regularly rubs elbows with presidents and their staffs (and congress) as he raises millions of dollars for al-Qaida. He has also infiltrated the State Department as goodwill ambassador to Muslim countries and the Pentagon where he created the Muslim chaplain corps for the Military.

• Meanwhile, counterintelligence efforts have been largely directed at old Cold War threats, Russia and China. Authorities have "recently realized" that the new (?) threat may be more dangerous and more insidious! Ya think?

• FBI officials refuse to believe that ISNA officials (see above) are nefarious because "I have lunch with [them] every week and they're nice guys."

• [These] "organizations now represent the entire Muslim establishment in America. And few in Washington have the political will to dismantle it." Are ya scared yet?

The Islamic threat is a many-headed Hydra. A frightening number of "ordinary" Muslims support CAIR's positions and attitudes. Over 25% of American Muslims support suicide murders, and a larger number support the imposition of Sharia, including "honor killings," female genital mutilation and death to homosexuals and Christian converts. Still more--perhaps most--go along passively.

Is there yet hope the official Washington will rise to the issue? Is "J***s Ch***t . . . what the f** k is going on here too outrageous a question?

"America's greatest challenge is in this ongoing national security threat is our reluctance to admit that our law enforcement agencies are some fifty years behind the intelligence gathering techniques of Islamic terrorist groups and their agents such as CAIR and ISNA." Indeed !!

Read this tome. Wake up and "smell the coffee." Maybe send a copy to your representative, or at least call the SOB.

Alternatively, if you want the short version, or to visually enhance the book, buy or rent the DVD, The Third Jihad, released to the public in March of 2010. It is frightening in its presentation, and pleads with "the powers" to wake up and deal with the problem. I'd suggest you see the flick, then read the book. They're "bookends" for the disaster impending if we continue to do nothing.

Posted by Curmudgeon at 12:44 PM