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Protest “The MURDER of Leon Klinghoffer” : anti-Semitic Snuff Opera at the Met-NYC

DEMONSTRATION AT METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE at Lincoln Center- NYC- July 21, 2014

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A PROTEST OF THE KLINGHOFFER PRO-TERROR, ANTI-SEMITIC, ANTI-ISRAEL SNUFF OPERA

548 “The Met is asking audiences to ‘look for the humanity in the terrorists, asking people to accept them as ‘men of ideals,” “We cannot romanticize terrorists and idealize their evil executions.

The vicious anti-Semitic libels that are contained in the libretto, and the historical revisionism of the Israeli/Arab war of 1948 are extremely offensive and dangerous at any time,

but especially egregious today when terrorists are terrorizing and killing civilians world-wide.”

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Americans for a Safe Israel & JCC Lead the Demonstration

AFSI and JCC Watch, along with dozens of supporters, began the first of many demonstrations at the Metropolitan Opera protesting the 8 performances planned for the pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel opera THE DEATH (MURDER) OF KLINGHOFFER.

There were wheel chairs, signs, flags and flyers outside Lincoln Center Monday night, July 21.

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  There was media [NY 1, CBS radio and Russian TV (RT), Arutz Sheva and Shalom TV ]  filming and interviewing the demonstrators and later, other outlets picked up the story.

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John Adams’ opera is based on the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of disabled Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. (The hi-jacking was by the PLO under direction of Yasser Arafat)

The Coalition to STOP Klinghoffer will continue to demonstrate every Wednesday night through the summer, culminating in a huge demonstration on Gala night, Sept. 22.
If the opera actually is performed, demonstrations will take place every night of a performance on  Oct. 20, 29, Nov. 5, 8, 11.
The Met has said it does not plan to cancel the performance. HOWEVER, the Met did, in fact, cancel plans for a simulcast of the opera around the world, which had been scheduled for Nov. 15.  (John) Adams blasted the decision to cancel the simulcast, saying the opera “in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism.”
“They take the issue of a horrible act of terrorism and there’s a rationalization – a kind of equivalence, moral equivalence,” Jacobsen said last month.

More from Helen Freedman of AFSI as to why they must educate the public about the rise of anti-Semitism that is behind this “Snuff” Opera:

While the war is raging in Gaza and Israel, we mourn with heavy hearts the terrible loss of our beloved Israeli brethren. We also note the increased anti-Semitism throughout Europe. France, Germany, Ireland, and even England report vicious anti-Jewish demonstrations.

There are also alarming things happening at home. Word has reached us of ADL hiring Islamist terrorist sympathizers as camp counselors, indoctrinating our young children against Israel and America. We also know that the White House is filled with Muslim sympathizers and activists. All of this is tunneling into America’s fabric in the most subtle, but dangerous ways. Just as the Israelis are being attacked through an incredible network of underground tunnels which were being built over the past decade, so is America in danger from the Muslim subterranean network being built around us.

A Side Note :

The NYS Commission on Human Rights might be interested in the Met’s violation of our rights with this opera. Their complaint line is: 212-306-7450.

Also, these protests might become moot issues if the unions working with the Met either strike or get locked out of the Opera House. July 31 is the decision day. We’ll keep you posted.

SLIDESHOW of a few pictures:

 

Part 1 Video:

July 21, 2014. Outside Metropolitan Opera Part 1. CBS Radio interview Richard Allen and Helen Freedman of AFSI during the demonstration against the Snuff Opera that avoids the obvious: Klinghoffer was MURDERED by Muslim Terrorists because he was Jewish. “Do we cry for Terrorists or their victims?” Zero Tolerance for Racist Anti-Semitism.

Part 2 Video

July 21, 2014. Outside Metropolitan Opera Part 2. RT media interviewed Helen Freedman of AFSI during the demonstration against the Snuff Opera that avoids the obvious: Klinghoffer was MURDERERD by Muslim Terrorists because he was Jewish. “Do we cry for Terrorists or their victims?” Zero Tolerance for Racist Anti-Semitism.

Heads up about another rally in support of Israel next Monday, July 28 –  NEW YORK STANDS WITH ISRAEL

Rally Monday, July 28th at 12:30 PM

#NYC Loves Israel Rally-Times Sq (7-20-14) pics & vids

Times Square. July 20th, 2014. (please scroll down for slide shows and videos)

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For a few hours, on Sunday July 20th, Times Square was alive with the JOY of Freedom-Loving People. THOUSANDS filled the streets and sidewalks in support of Israel….and that drives the anti-Semites crazy. There were bomb threats made against this peaceful rally.

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While the many wars of Islam rage in the Middle East, NYC came together in support of Israel….and the Free World…demanding an end to the TERROR.

DSC_3798 copyThe somber realities of the IDF soldiers deaths that was preceded by the deaths of the three murdered teen-agers was ever present….

DSC_3855 copy2That anyone should have to die, so that Israel can live free of terror is a situation forced on Israel. This was NOT a choice. Israel is under attack. Israel supports LIFE!

DSC_3747 copyFreedom from tyranny and terror for everyone, no matter what their faith, is what we all fight for.

DSC_3707 copyWhile under siege, the safety of ISRAEL and her citizens is on everyone’s lips.

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DSC_3826 copyIslam denies Jewish history by destroying all evidence that the Jews ever existed. And the media blames the Jews of Israel for defending themselves. .

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DSC_3891 copyOne World under Islam, the Umma, is their goal and Death to the Jews (to the Infidels) : It’s in the KORAN.

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HAMAS  knows only WAR, DEATH and TERROR.  They will stop at nothing to rid the world of the Infidel, even killing their own children: It’s IN the KORAN

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I saw a couple of protestors … literally… that was it.  First,there was a “Pali” flag on a far corner (briefly)

DSC_3721 copyAnd this young woman walking towards me (looking very tense) Her sign reads: “Pro-Palestine does NOT mean Anti-Semite

DSC_3904 copyWhat I took home from today’s rally was the JOY. Joy on the faces of the beautiful children and the happy families.

NO ONE was bussed in, like the Latinos and Muslim mothers with young children. Those who dragged to the Muslim / Leftie Protests are look bored and confused. No one looked bored or confused TODAY!

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DON”T BE a DHIMMI!

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FIGHT BACK!!

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From Pamela Geller , ” I urge you to Stand With Israel today, because if you don’t, the devil will be at your doorstep tomorrow.”

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THREE slide shows

Part 1 a view from the stage area

Part 2- Out on the street

Part 3 On the sidewalks

THREE videos

Singing lead by Benny Elbaz and Ran Eliran

Speeches and chanting ( from Avi Posnick of Stand With Us)

AND Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs

The text of Geller’s speech is included, just in case, as I had a low audio feed…

Stop Jihad against the Jewish State. (cheering)
My Fellow Human Beings, if rockets rained down on New York or Los Angeles or Chicago or Dallas, “What would we do?”
(applause and cheers)

If our soldiers were being kidnapped and killed; if our children were being kidnapped at school bus stops and killed, “What would we do?”

Today Hamas announced they have manufactured a quarter of a million grenades to give to all children in Gaza. Instead of rocks they are going to throw grenades. “What would you do?”

Israel has the right to defend itself.

This is NOT about a Palestinian State, this is about destroying the State of Israel. (Cheers and whistles).

A price must be paid for the killing of women and children.

A price must be paid for the targeting of innocent civilians

In any war between the civilized man and the savage, you support the civilized man. You support Israel. Defeat Jihad. (cheers and horns)

In closing, I urge you to Stand With Israel today, because if you don’t, the devil will be at your doorstep tomorrow. Am Yisrael Chai!
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Left/Soc/Commie anti-Israel “funeral march’-NYC

July 18, 2014. NYC. Bryant Park. An Anti-Israel ‘Funeral’ March for “Fakestine”, lead by the usual Soc/Commie/Leftie Brigades.

10 AM Set-up and ‘late’ arrivals, always. This includes a work detail (of one)

creating a corpses for the funereal march

All around the fountain area photo-ops abound. With Signs.

Banners.

The Neteuri Karta… as always….

The press ran from one phot0-op to another.

One particular moment involved a man wearing a yarmulke.

Because the photographers noticed him in front of an anti-Israel banner, his presence made him the focus of the Lefties verbal abuse as they spewed their anti-Israel attacks his way.

The crowd grew impatient. So, like a pre-school class heading to another room, the voice of a ‘leader’ calls them closer to the fountain…. AND… the ‘bodies’. (Can we say PHOTO-OP?)

Street Theatre. The hallmark of the left. Creating all those photo ops. And the anticipation….as the crowd wonders: The ‘Funeral’ Procession. When will it begin? Soon. soon. (very soon) But, FIRST, we must have an OWS echo-chant.

Every one smiles. (they glow)

Can you feel the community-of ONE, Comrades?

Echo-chant over. (check) Names of the ‘dead’ read. (check) Time to assemble for the Procession (check!)

After the slow procession ‘cross 42ndt street, they park themselves in front of the Israeli Consulate. Chanting. Anyone who has witnessed these ‘thoughtful’, ‘SILENT’ displays, knows there is NO need to suffer thru another. The fawning press will do it for you, all the while avoiding the TRUTH:

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Europe is aflame. The chaos grows world-wide as Islam spreads through-out the world with attack and assaults against the infidels spiraling out of control.

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Have these theatre games lulled us into a foolish complacency? Is the U.S. next? We have been warned.

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Slide show with more pictures-

Four short videos are in a playlist:

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The LEFT, the Cult of Death & der anschluss of Israel…

July 9, 2014. NYC. Protest against Israel and the Counter-Rally across from the Israeli Consulate. Pictures and videos (scroll to bottom for videos)

History repeats itself…again…and, of course, orchestrated by Leftists, Marxists, Socialists and their minions who are “Not proud To Be An American”

The Hate-Machine of the Left lurked in the back-ground (Andy Pollack lurking here on the left)

Muslims were bussed-in to fill the front-lines while they all spewed “Fakestinian ‘Genocide’ lies for the gullible media.

A protest filled with photo-ops and LIES against Israel and the Jews. Chants that demand  a new genocide. Death to Israel. Death to the Jews.

The very familiar Jihadi Groupie-Lawyer, Lamis Deek, lead the Death Cult  March (aka the SLOOOW Crawl)  from 42nd St and 2nd Avenue to 6th avenue and 48th st. (also, “leading the way”, Sara Founders of Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center)

The media cameras (ABC and CBS this particular day) ate it up; the  PEACE in OUR TIME meme.

Jews For Peace….

A Media-Favorite, Neteuri Karta

The sign. LIES. “Jews are NAZIS”

Gay this Gay that…sign after sign….

“PinkWashing”?  How about the pink triangle used to brand Homosexuals by the Nazis

440px-Pink_triangle_up.svgAnd the 21st Century hanging of Homosexuals is Muslim Countries. There is No Future for ‘Queers” in Muslim Countries. AND THIS IS apartheid!

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BTW….”Gaza IS FREE”…

The Propaganda: Evil Jews do not belong in the Middle East. Just GOOGLE it. Erased from the maps of the world (as was done by the UN) .

And don’t forget, ” Central American Kids. Let Them Stay”. Open Borders so we can get to the One-World UMMA…faster! (Korans found from desert crossings on our Southern Borders)

The Middle East belongs to the Muslin conquerors.  ALL of it. Islam has taken a thousand years to erase the history of the Christians and JEWS (who WERE in the Middle East BEFORE Islam) A LOT of ‘historical’ claims are ignored and uncorrected by the “Intelligencia’. Inconvenient TRUTHS.

The LIES: Hamas GOOD.

Israel Bad

TRUTH: Israel does NOT want WAR and Hamas wants NO Peace. Only WAR.

There was a small but stalwart group of Israel supporters across the avenue .

Some Israel supporters walked amongst the anti-Israel passersby and managed to engage some in a peaceful exchange of fact vs lies, like Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs:

And a supporter from Puerto Rico was there as well.

Slide Show Pro-Israel

MORE LIES. (They never stop.) Even though GAZA is FREE and HAMAS was freely elected, the HAMAS war- machine continues unabated to claim they are victims. FACT: HAMAS is a Death Cult. Hamas, is willing to murder their own children (or fake it) as in a recent picture that is actually from a horror movie , Final Destination 4.  

LIES must always over-ride the Truth.

circulated by Hamas purporting to show a teenager in Gaza killed by an Israeli airstrike is in fact a still image from the Hollywood horror film – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/relying-bbc-propaganda-methods-hamas-uses-horror-film-still-fake-teenager-killed-gaza-israel.html/#sthash.Moto6ael.dpuf
A picture circulated by Hamas purporting to show a teenager in Gaza killed by an Israeli airstrike is in fact a still image from the Hollywood horror film ‘Final Destination 4′, – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/relying-bbc-propaganda-methods-hamas-uses-horror-film-still-fake-teenager-killed-gaza-israel.html/#sthash.Moto6ael.dpuf
A picture circulated by Hamas purporting to show a teenager in Gaza killed by an Israeli airstrike is in fact a still image from the Hollywood horror film ‘Final Destination 4′, – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/relying-bbc-propaganda-methods-hamas-uses-horror-film-still-fake-teenager-killed-gaza-israel.html/#sthash.Moto6ael.dpuf
A picture circulated by Hamas purporting to show a teenager in Gaza killed by an Israeli airstrike is in fact a still image from the Hollywood horror film ‘Final Destination 4′, – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/relying-bbc-propaganda-methods-hamas-uses-horror-film-still-fake-teenager-killed-gaza-israel.html/#sthash.Moto6ael.dpuf
A picture circulated by Hamas purporting to show a teenager in Gaza killed by an Israeli airstrike is in fact a still image from the Hollywood horror film ‘Final Destination 4′, – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/relying-bbc-propaganda-methods-hamas-uses-horror-film-still-fake-teenager-killed-gaza-israel.html/#sthash.Moto6ael.dpuf
Hamas uses horror film still to fake a teenager killed in Gaza by Israel – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/relying-bbc-propaganda-methods-hamas-uses-horror-film-still-fake-teenager-killed-gaza-israel.html/#sthash.Moto6ael.dpufrom a movie   Their LIES exposed. Again! THIS PICTURE IS A FAKE!

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Lies like these are all too eagerly spread by Marxist reporters, like Caleb Maupin

 

Slide Show Anti-Israel

Free Free “Fakestine” is a battle-cry for the DESTRUCTION of Israel. Death to the JEWS. The RISE of the UMMA. ONE WORLD. No boundaries. Utopia.

And, for now, they are out there…both sides…together…chanting and screaming for Death to Israel. Death to the West. Today and tomorrow…next week…more protests. They are on-a-roll…

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The Leftie/Marxist/Socialist Machine, Tools and Fools of the Muslim UMMA,  walk ‘hand-in’hand’ with their executioners. Confident.

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But, as history as shown, these Lefties will be the first lined against the wall. Once they’ve helped the Muslim War Machine KILL the Jews and force the West to SUBMIT…they, too, will be Fodder for the Rise Of Islam.

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We were warned.

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Video Play List (9 videos)

Please watch the videos. They are short, but some of the speeches, from the Leftist Jewish lawyers in particular….hard to believe people can be so foolish…

 

 

“BRING OUR BOYS HOME” Prayer Vigil NYC( pics & vids)

A PRAYER SERVICE AND VIGIL for the kidnapped Israeli teenagers was held MONDAY JUNE 16TH at 12:30 P.M in front of ISRAELI CONSULATE (42nd St & 2nd Ave) in New York City.

The latest act of terror on Friday, June 13, 2014, was the kidnapping of three teenaged Yeshiva students, Eyal Yifrah, 19, from Elad; Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon; and Gilad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon;  kidnapped in Judea by “palestinian” terrorists.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has blamed the Islamic militant group Hamas for the abductions.

The people of Judea and Samaria, the citizens of Israel, are in grave danger from terrorism as anti-Jewish hostility grows bolder with each act of terrorism.

From Carline Glick:As far as the foreign press is concerned, it’s their own damned fault.” They blame the victims. They blame these boys for their own kidnapping.

From AFSI (Americans For a Safe Israel)  :

The fact that the NY Times chimes in on this (blaming the victims) should be no surprise to us, but it is reprehensible. Subscribers should cancel their subscriptions ( to the NY Times) immediately, letting the Times know why they are doing so.

The hatred is everywhere; we have to continue to do battle with it.

Israel is under attack. Europe. Kenya. The World from Muslim terrorists. Obama is no friend of Israel. Obama’s failed Foreign Policies have caused the Middle East to explode and European hostilities towards Jewish State and the Jewish people to accelerate.

From Pamela Geller:

New pro-kidnapping salute gains steam on social media

“It’s not just this salute but the celebrations, the passing out of sweets, the dancing in the streets because three Jewish schoolboys were kidnapped by savages.

Islamic Jew-hatred — it’s in the quran[1]. Scrubbing, whitewashing and avoiding reality is a recipe for more child kidnappings.”

t’s not just this salute but the celebrations, the passing out of sweets, the dancing in the streets because three Jewish schoolboys were kidnapped by savages. Islamic Jew-hatred — it’s in the quran. Scrubbing, whitewashing and avoiding reality is a recipe for ….. more child kidnappings – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/06/islamic-jew-hatred-new-pro-kidnapping-salute-gains-steam-social-media.html/#sthash.y5xI8zo9.dpuf
t’s not just this salute but the celebrations, the passing out of sweets, the dancing in the streets because three Jewish schoolboys were kidnapped by savages. Islamic Jew-hatred — it’s in the quran. Scrubbing, whitewashing and avoiding reality is a recipe for ….. more child kidnappings – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/06/islamic-jew-hatred-new-pro-kidnapping-salute-gains-steam-social-media.html/#sthash.y5xI8zo9.dpuf

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The prayer vigil I attended on June 16th, outside the Israeli Consulate, had more media than usual; too often these rallies are ignored by the Main Stream press. Yes, I saw CNN and CBS in attendance (there were other cameras, too) and the coverage of the kidnapping-by-terrorists and prayer vigil  seemed the pull more attention than usual.

One speaker, an Israeli soldier, maimed in war but still on active-duty, lead a prayer. He is an inspiration for us all.

But, the story the press will deliver is endanger by the need for cover-up. Blaime the boys. The boys are responsible not the terrorists. Twisting the truth in to bald face lies.

The Fatah activists called for shopkeepers in the vicinity of the kidnapping to destroy any footage their security cameras filmed in the 24 hours following the operation to prevent the IDF from seizing the footage and using it in its efforts to locate the boys.

That makes Fatah an accessory after the fact to the attack. And yes, that means that the PA – which is comprised of Fatah and Hamas – is in fact one great big terrorist organization.

Psalm 121, says that God “will guard you from all evil.” As long as these boys are held hostage, more vigils will be held. But, prayers can only do so much.

A slide show of a few pictures:

Caroline Glick continues:

The American elite are playing catchup with their European counterparts.

Under the guiding hand but blind eye of Europe’s elites, over the past 20 years anti-Semitism has become endemic in the political systems of EU member states as well as in the EU bureaucracy. Jew hatred serves as the one sentiment that unites leftists, rightists and Muslims.

And in Europe today, anti-Semitism doesn’t merely serve to justify Palestinian violence against Israelis. It also empowers Muslim Jew haters to believe that they can attack Jews violently with impunity on the streets of Europe.

ISRAEL must Fight Back. Fight to bring these boys HOME to their families.

Support the Civilized Man. Not the Savage. Support Israel!

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Tuesday, June 24 – 12:00 P.M. – Another Vigil is planned -
Israeli Consulate – 42nd St. & 2nd Ave.

SOLIDARITY RALLY WITH ISRAEL – BRING BACK OUR BOYS

GILAD SHAAR, NAFTALI FRENKEL, EYAL YIFRACH

downloadSponsored by: AMCHA Coalition for Jewish Concerns, Stand With Us, Strength to Strength, RAJE, Cycle for Unity, Hasbara Fellowship, Mothers Against Terrorism, National Council of Young Israel. 

Union/Socialist/Marxist Machine &Teachers protest Cuomo, schools,curriculum

May 17, 2014. The Union/Socialist/Marxist Machine and Teachers were joined by parents and  students, as well as a few school bus drivers, at NY’s City Hall to protest Cuomo, Bloomberg, Charter Schools and the “Common Core” curricula.

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Odd bed-fellows: Republican parents and Teachers Unions, joined together in opposition to Common Core :

” to support a bill that would delay the administration of a standardized test aligned to the Common Core. Conservative lawmakers also sponsored a bill, co-written by the teachers union, that overturned a State Board of Education policy tying decisions about teacher licenses to student test scores.”

Speeches and signs, however, revealed a very un-Republican animus towards those “Evil Capitalists” on Wall Street…

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Communist, Democrats, Greenies, “Workers”, Occupy… all sprung forth from the same piece of political and philosophical dung…. Droning on and on about Profits vs our Civil Rights.

Taking Back OUR Schools Rally & March

SOS NYC FB Cover(1)“Progressives’ and the Commie-fed ‘Working Families Party‘ lead the mantras about “social injustice”. Teachers and their unions raged on about ‘inequality’ ravaging our schools. They claim that it’s only the rich white kids getting a quality education that is denied to kids-of-color.

Money is Evil. Money is Racist.

Profits trump a quality Education for the poor. 

“There are too many WHITE teachers!” claims one speaker.   “Agitate. Indoctrinate. ORGANIZE.”

 Embrace their self-imposed ignorance or else be banished; branded as a subversive Tea Party/Conservative Nut-Job.

 “Leave NY State” says Cuomo.

Cuomo is an idiot“NY doesn’t want you”

Re-education not education (for the media and the students)

“The victim vs the master” meme enthralls the sycophant media. Challenge them and you will meet the Progressive’s Evil Twin “Snidely” who is “evasive, un-intimidated and very disrespectful”.

 “Common Core”…”Government Controlled” textbooks… testing and teachers …. Government Control of our schools…. this now offends the Union/Leftist/ Prog/Socialists.

Marx didn’t like to belong to organizations he didn’t control. And once within an organization, Marx tried to control literally everything it did.
Many Marxists (not just “left communists”) argue that Marxism, or communism, is not about state control and centralization. According to Marx it is.
In the extreme and all-encompassing level of this communist, centralization is thoroughly Stalinist (or Marxist!) in nature.
A list from The Principles of Communism (replicated in the Communist Manifesto) written by Engels in 1847; a list of what must occur in a communist society/state:
i) The abolition of private property.
ii) The central organization of wages for workers on the land and in factories.
iii) The nationalization of transport.
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Slideshow:  Many of the signs protested Testing and Common Core.  No testing for students. NO testing to evaluate the teachers! Plus a  plethora of complaints straight from the Soc/Commie/Prog/Leftie playbook
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From Save Our Schools and Save Our Schools Face Book Page  more on their opposition to TESTING. The national Testing Resistance & Reform Spring campaign

Calling all NYC Metro Area community activists, the “voices of resistance”, families, students, civil rights advocates, voters, immigrant families, policymakers and legislators, union members, teachers, faith leaders and all communities that believe in a good public education for all!

Join us in … seeking to create & sustain a public school system that provides a fully funded, equitable, community-based education for every child. This means that….decisions about our children’s schooling would be made democratically by families and professional educators, free of corporate and political intervention.

From the NY Times:

With tensions running high over issues surrounding academic benchmarks, standardized testing and performance evaluations for educators, an unlikely coalition of teachers, lawmakers and parents from the left and right banded together to push back against what they see as onerous changes in education policy. (many changes that the LEFT nurtured and enforced)

The kid makes a point :

Excerpts from a few speakers:

VIDEO – Part 1 – In part one, the speaker was particularly pleased that there was a bill just passed by the Assembly Education Committee – a unanimous bipartisan vote – putting a two year delay on teacher evaluations. No teacher “Evals”, no schools closed. 

VIDEOPart 2 – In Part Two, the speaker (a member of Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence) focused on an education that has “Equity  with Excellence; Excellence with Equity for ALL students. A fundamental Human Right. Quality Education that is not possible in NYC without a Struggle for CHANGE. 

They were not disappointed in the election of DeBlasio as Mayor of NYC, but are strongly opposed to Mayoral Control of the Public Schools. And they are very opposed to Charter Schools.

“Quality in Education goes Beyond Academics. Mayoral Control Must Go. We The People are NOT Represented. We the People must Rise Up. Parents Must Mobilize and Empower Themselves.”

“Transform a curriculum that is Culturally Relevant. Mandatory Black Studies. Indigenous Studies. Cultural Studies from Pre-K thru High School will mean less likely disrespect and attacks because of Cultural Studies. The process in place now is inappropriate and unacceptable.”

VIDEO - Part 3 –  In Part Three, the speaker was a black woman who introduced herself as a parent.

She complains that “the NYC schools have become a pipeline in to our prisons. Too many of our students are being arrested in our schools where they are supposed to be learning. Our schools are not Prisons. Our children are not criminals.” She was an advocate for After-school Programs. Social Workers….

More on the opposition to Corporations and Testing:

Let corporations know that we will resist their efforts to privatize and control public education.

Assure authentic classroom based assessment that informs teaching and learning; end high stakes testing.

Assure locally developed curricula that honors local languages and cultures while addressing the unique needs of special education students, English language learners, and the poor and children of color who have been marginalized into a second tier system of education; end common core standards

Ensure privacy of student data – end inBloom

VIDEO- Part 4- Special Ed teacher- In Part Four, a Special Ed teacher is speaking. She is a critic of High Stakes Testing on Students with Disabilities. “Creative, invested teachers have skills that cannot be tested or quantified. Dedicated Educators who have been deemed ineffective simply because they took on the challenge of teaching children who need the most support”

Establish universal high quality preschools, taught by early childhood experts, and available to all children as part of their public education.

Stop edTPA- States are outsourcing the evaluation of student teachers to Pearson. This allows a private for-profit company to determine how our children will be taught and by whom.

Wrap around services for every neighborhood public school, including: counselors, social workers,
 psychologists, and health care workers.

Strengthen neighborhood schools, assure high quality schools in every neighborhood; resist
 charter schools and vouchers.

VIDEO  – Part 5 – In Part Five,  The speakers are from the  Badass Moms (and Teachers) Assoc. (there were two) one of whom spoke of her 15 seconds of fame when she confronted Gov. Christie.
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She continues, “We have more power than we even recognize. We have a right to organize. We need to take back our schools. Our responsibility to act. Inform the decision makers that we will no longer sit by and let this happen.
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We gave their brand of educational reform a chance. We will not allow an even more intense brand with racist (?unclear?) We demand change. Now we must create it.
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Money does not have the ultimate power. People have the ultimate power. We need to run for office. To put the correct people in place that will make the informed decisions of what is best for our children now and in the future.”
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 Then there was the Kumbaya moment and it was time to vacate the premises.

VIDEO – Pat 6- UNIONS LOVE SINGING – In Part Six,  the singer gave this intro before leading the crowd in song: “What a Crowd! Give your self a big Hand!” He continues, “Democrat Representatives in Trenton said we’re having a real tough time. You gotta get the people out there singing and screamin’ and tellin’ what’s wrong with the schools.” (next a Woody Guthrie song)

“This school is your school. This school is my school. From Philadelphia to the New York Island. From the Jersey classrooms to Chicago City. These schools were made for you and me”

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Background on the participants:

List of  speakers:

Asean Johnson and Shoneice Reynolds,
Naison, Brian Jones, Carol Burris,
Jeannette Deutermann, Leonie Haimson,
Joe Rella, Jose Vilson, NYC student  ”J”,  Marla Kilfoyle, Melissa Tomlinson,
Monty Neill, Dao Tran, Ken Mitchell,
Daiyu Suzuki, Akinlabi Mackall,
Muba Yarofulani, Rosie Frascella,
Stephanie Rivera, Bianca Tanis,  Lisa Winter
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                                     Participating groups:

Alliance for Quality EducationBATS Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence (BNYEE) – Change The Stakes – Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats  –  Children Are More Than Test ScoresClass Size Matters – The Coalition for Educational Justice CEJ –  Coalition for Public Education – Communities United New Jersey -Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action at Manhattanville CollegeEDU4 – FairTest- iCOPEHudson Valley Against Common Core -Lace to the TopLI Opt Out – MORENAACP MID Manhattan-Network for Public Education-Newark Students Union-New Caucus of Newark- New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)New York Allies for Public EducationNY PRINCIPALS .ORGNY Student UnionNYCORE –  Parents Across America –    Parent Leadership Project-Parent Voices NYParents to Improve School TransportationPort Jeff Station Teachers AssociationRadical Women -Reclaiming the Conversation on EducationSave Our Schools (SOS) Save Our Schools-NJ S.E.E.D.S. (SEEDSWORK) – Stop Common Core in New York State – Students Not Scores LIStudents United for Public Education (SUPE)Teachers UnitedTime Out from Testing-UFT-United Opt Out National-Ya Ya Network-

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BTW- within a week of the rally… Cuomo accepted the endorsement of the Working Families Party. All was forgiven…
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Israel Day Parade 2014 (pics and vids)

June 1st, 2014. The Annual Israel Day Parade

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The Israel Day Parade 2014 was superb!  The sidelines were full from 53rd to 73rd st.

New York is clearly a city full of Jewish people, religious and non-religious, AND non-Jewish such as moi! All who LOVE Israel! 35,000 people jammed Fifth Avenue.

Slide Show of Parade. The families, young and old. The banners. The Floats. A feast for the eyes and the heart.

A parade with a couple of surprises. Like….Camels! I got so excited I forgot to film them walking by.

And Dr Ruth. (Enjoying the parade from her cart.)

So many people in the parade (and watching) that just crossing Fifth Avenue was a challenge. 

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A parade filled with fun, joy, music, dancing.

But, when this color guard appeared, time to remember that Never Forget has a powerful meaning for Israel and America, as well.

SHORT PARADE VIDEO

Back at 58th and 5th Avenue, the usual anti-Israel protestors, Neteuri Karta and their comrades, “progressives” in their own minds, stood  with their anti-Israel propaganda signs calling for the annihilation of Israel.

The UJA(United Jewish Federation) permitted the BDS (Boycott/Divest/Sanction) protestors to march in this year’s Celebration of Israel (again). Offensive. (Like this sign from a BDS Zabars protest)

The very happy parade participants, in support of Israel, did not pass quietly by these protestors (small pleasures) Keeping all eyes on the parade. As it should be.

SHORT VIDEO of Anti-Israel Protestors and pro-Israel Supporters

New to me, this year, was the group protesting the GLBT participation; their signs and their “Giraffee”.

Further up Fifth Avenue,  I found the parade participants they were protesting

SLIDE SHOW Protestors at 58th and Fifth Ave

 As for the protestors marching IN the parade, I understand the anti-Israel/ BDS supporters were placed early, near the beginning. I’ve seen no pictures of their BDS protest marching. Only signs in Support of Israel.


Perhaps this is a good-thing, that any anti-Israel protestors at the parade are forgotten (at best).

A foolish decision by the UJA Federation , allowing anti-Israel BDSers IN the Israel Day Parade. Baffling.

“…the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. (UJA Federation) is allowing extremist anti-Israel groups to march on June 1, 2014 in its “Israel Day Parade”. These are organizations that are part of the ongoing call for boycotts of Israeli companies such as Sodastream and Ahava Cosmetics.”

Imploring the UJA to reconsider fell on deaf ears, causing many protests
months prior to the parade (such as this protest in April  outside UJA Federation Headquarters)

History has shown that bowing and scraping to organizations like CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, who nurture the seeds of hatred for all things Jewish and
Israeli, will reap ill-rewards.

Thankfully, in spite of their flawed leadership, Fifth Avenue on June 1, 2014 remained a CELEBRATION of Israel and NY.

  JOY! Hours of it. 35,000 strong. Am Yisrael Chai!!

“Jews Say No” protest violates sanctity of 9/11 Museum ( vids & pics)

Jewish allies held “vigil” on Wednesday at 9/11 Memorial Museum to call upon the Museum to edit the six-minute video, “The Rise of Al Qaeda”

What follows are two of their flyers that claim to be ‘honoring’ those murdered by muslim terrorists on 9-11.

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Jewish Groups urge National September 11th Museum: Don’t Fuel Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Co-sponsored by: Jews Say No!, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace—New York, Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

This will be a silent vigil to hand out our leaflets to passers-by as they enter the Museum. Signs will be provided.    
The National September 11 Memorial Museum, opening this Wednesday, will play a unique role in educating the public about September 11.”
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They continue with:As we honor the memory of those who perished on 9/11, please join us to call upon the Museum to edit a six-minute video, The Rise of Al Qaeda, that contains disturbing terminology linking Islam with terrorism and that fails to contextualize al-Qaeda.”
“We call upon the Museum to take seriously the concerns expressed by its multi-faith advisory council, scholars world-wide, leading Muslim American and Arab American organizations, and community leaders. The video’s current script will reinforce a dangerous falsehood at the heart of a post-September 11 narrative: that all Muslims are responsible for the attacks on September 11.”
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They drone on and on with: “The conflation of Islam with the September 11 attackers has helped drive a national anti-Muslim backlash, including actions by government officials.”

signs 04 copy.Still001“The communities directly impacted by the distortions in this video–Muslims, Arab Americans, Sikhs, and other South Asians–are not asking for special treatment, but fairness and clarity to ensure that the acts of a small group are not attached to an entire world religion.”

The flyers were to promote their ‘silent’ vigil and to demand that the “Rise of Al Qaeda”  video be edited. Handed out by a group of about 40, split evenly between hard-core lefties (of retired age) …. regulars at the anti-Israel protests….

There were hijabbed muslim women with female children (only one niqab that I saw).  And what  seemed to be an absence of husbands and sons.(perhaps not as picture worthy as a hijab)

An offensive protest orchestrated by the irritatingly imperious, Donna Nevel (From her bio : “… a community psychologist and educator &  long-time organizer for equity and racial justice in public education; involved with Palestine/Israel peace and justice work since the 1970’s and groups that challenge Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.”)
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Standing  in front of the Memorial Museum, I overheard one of Nevel’s  minions express SHOCK, shock (!), when the police officer told her the memorial grounds were private.
That ‘debate’  about ownership was worth the price of a ticket. However, since the officer also said the owner was Port Authority, it begs the question, “Wouldn’t that make the museum PUBLIC property?” But, Donna Nevel would have NO quibbling.  No debate. W hen she saw WHO was recording the exchange (moi)… This show was now off-limits . 
Donna Nevel, capo, had a “crisis” to fix.” Media opportunities” might be  lost! (well…maybe not ALL media opportunities) If she could put my camera in chains, she would have done so. Some press is just not equal to others….
Then “Frick and Frick” (George and Friend) slivered out of the crowd to confront me. Insisting I identify myself. Tried intimidation with “telling the world where I lived”. Demanding to know WHY I was taking ‘their’ pictures  (It’s a PUBLIC protest, George) Defeated, George and his friend returned to the herd moaning,” I don’t wanta be in YOUR camera” .

It was all for show. Stand around. Look lost. Dismayed.
” We have these “nice flyers”. Important flyers that the  police won’t let us hand out. “People NEED this information” about the racist, anti-Muslim film being shown inside the Memorial. We must EDUCATE the People.
For about 30 minutes they stood their ground between the entrance to the Memorial and the Memorial Falls. (they do know how to USE the moment) Gathering a crowd, cameras AND ( of course) HANDING OUT THE FLYERS anyway!

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This is how close they were to the Memorial Falls. A sacred place. Not a place to hand out flyers accusing the Memorial Museum of anti-muslim bigotry.


Nevel finally gave the order to walk quietly to Greenwich S. To do their protest on the PUBLIC street which borders the Memorial on the East.  However, as soon as they turned towards the street….not yet ON the street…the good little soldiers WHIPPED out their posters and held them high for the salivating photographers.

The photographers who had waited and waited for this IMPORTANT picture opportunity snapped picture after picture
A photo-op that was happening ON the Memorial Grounds with the Falls and Museum in the pictures.
NEVER let ANY media opportunity go to waste.

Once on the street,  across from the Memorial Grounds, more pictures with all the Muslim, hijabbed women and children ‘front and center’
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Some of the muslim participants were held signs meant, it would seem, for the Jewish participants of “Jews for Peace” and “Jews say No”.

And those oh-so-important flyers, I usually find a few in the trash. But, for obvious security reasons there was a paucity of trash cans in this area. Their website statements posted up top will have to do. And interviews for the Foreign Press … I caught  most of Todd Fine‘s interview on-camera.
Much more to see in the the slide show:


 In conclusion, the PUBLIC wasn’t very interested in this circus side-show.
Just the sycophant press. Lapping up their fiction. Ignoring the real story.
Almost 3,000 people were murdered on 9-11.
Murdered by muslim Terrorists. Religious muslims, who made sure the world knew they murdered  3,000 infidels because of their religion.

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For more on this protest go to Daniel Greenfield at Front Page Magazine

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Pulitzer Outrage Press Conference from Cliff Kincaid (Video)

April 14, 2014. Accuracy in Media Press Conference: “Espionage does NOT Equal Journalism” and the “First-ever Pulitzer Prize for Espionage”.

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A fact-packed press conference from Cliff Kincaid  of Accurancy In Media and USA Survival. Filming this press conference, as I have other Kincaid pressers is always a powerful experience. Previously, I reported on a press confernce  exposing Red Bill DeBlasio and another exposing Al Jazeera and the Suicide of West .

Part 1 : Cliff Kincaid opened the Press Conference.

” The work of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and their ilk has made America more vulnerable to terrorist attack and its military personnel more likely to die in conflicts with terrorist groups and enemy regimes. That’s the assessment of our military and intelligence professionals”

 

Part 2Russian Disinformation Then and Now” Walter Zaryckyj, Executive Director of the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations .

 Walter Zaryckyj said,  “It’s shocking what the Pulitzer people are doing.” “We’re buying disinformation then. We’re buying disinformation now.”  “Remember what the 1930s eventually brought us…If we don’t see it now, we will see it in a year or two. That’s all that the Ukrainians can say to the rest of the planet.” This was followed by a brief Q and A.

 

Later in the afternoon, we went up to Columbia University for the Pulitzer Announcements and another very illuminating experience.

Part 3- “Pulitzer Prizes for Espionage: The Inside Story ” at the Announcement of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University Journalism Building.  Cliff Kincaid, President of America’s Survival, Inc. and Director, AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, questioned Sig Gissler, Pulitzer Prize Administrator, on “Gold Medal” Pulitzer Prizes for Anti-NSA stories based on stolen documents from Russian spy and former NSA contractor , Edward Snowden.”

“If anything proved beyond doubt that the Pulitzer Prizes are a self-congratulatory display whereby the media pat each other on the back and share in the congratulations, it was the coverage of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize announcements.”

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Part 4: Outside, after the announcement of the Pulitzers, Cliff Kincaid is interviewed by Phil Kent as they discuss Putin’s Propaganda Honored by US Media”

“These prizes are usually called “prestigious,” but few people know that they involve a process whereby some people in the media nominate other media for awards, to be decided upon by still other media. It’s a racket.”

A more detailed report from Cliff Kincaid on this shameful awarding of a Pulitzer to Edward Snowden is found at Accuracy In Media. Linked below:

The Putrid Pulitzers that Please Putin

Kincaid said in the article,

“When awards are given for “journalism” that damages U.S. national security and facilitates foreign aggression, as the Snowden disclosures have done in the case of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we are looking at something unprecedented in history for American journalism.”

In conclusion, Kincaid asks,

“What has happened to the patriotic press? Why is there no debate, even on Fox News, over this dangerous trend in American journalism? Where is the rest of the conservative media on this?”

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CPAC 2014 (three days full) vids & pics

 I acknowledge this is a very late posting of my CPAC media from March. Guess I had to think about it for awhile. This was my sixth visit to CPAC, a costly adventure, particularly for three full days. Is it worth it? Is CPAC making a difference? Will I return for 2015? Mulling over this year and looking back at previous years, I’m not so sure…

(8 AM – March 6, 2014) While waiting to get my Media Pass…

IMG_0920…I met a fellow from North Dakota…

This was an eye-opener for me and should be for any “Greenies” out there: North Dakota is so Oil Rich that they have little unemployment and high wages. Google the State of North Dakota and its oil history. N.D. has had more than one Oil Boom and this current Boom is going gang-busters: One Billion Barrels of Crude to date.

Wow

Those who are against American independence, economically and socially, continue to resent and block access to our oil fields. N.D. the Poster Child for energy-led success makes the “Greenie”s  ill: It’s a sickeness

And this exchange was just the first day… the morning of CPAC 2014. I wanted it all to be so riveting. All three days. But….it really struggled to hold my attention.

Frank Gaffney’s event Uninvited event this year and the previous Geller/Spencer events (2009,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) have always been the high points of CPAC for me.

So, with tweaks and ‘improvements’ a-plenty, was 2014 better?  The powers behind CPAC,  Al Cardenas, Cleta Mitchell, Grover Norquist & Suhail Khan (and their tools ) run a tight-ship. They shut-out and shut-down critical input from within. Every year.

And criticism that exposes Norquist and Khan goes ignored every year, including 2014 . It is is verboten.

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 Suhail Khan kept a low profile this year, but in 2012, moderated a panel on “Promoting Religious Freedom in U.S. and Abroad” …

In the video of the Q and A, after the Panelists prattled about being inclusive and open-minded, yet Khan revealed they were anything BUT open-minded.

VIDEO: Suhail Khan Warns People From Reading Robert Spencer

Obviously, from their perspective, CPAC is alive and well. Even though, quite inconsistent when it comes to policy.

From year to year, who is “in” seems to change according to insider whims. Yes, Atheists. No Atheists. Yes, GoProud . No, GoProud. Lots of flip-flopping,

Besides the Uninvited Panel from my previous post (The National Security Action Summit of 2014 ) there were others, as well, who were Uninvited by CPAC (again).

Gay Republicans (GoProud) & Atheists were OUT at CPAC 2014

The organization that opposed their participation this year was passing out literature in the Exhibit Hall. The flyer was President Reagan, a three-legged stool and… a very busy beaver. The opposition has always been there, but why after a few years participation is GoProud banished?

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And in 2011, the same opposition group made this. I wonder at why opposing wasn’t acceptable over banishment

GoProud’s participation (and co-sponsorship)  in the past was permitted and in 2010, there was spirited debate from both sides.

They had a booth again in 2011. So why the banishment in 2014?

Seemed to be more opposing points of view allowed in 2011 (as the slideshow indicates as well)

The Atheists: I found at a table outside CPAC were friendly and willing to chat-up their position (a position I do not embrace)

Just like GoProud (in the past) they could have been inside CPAC. Not shy about defending their position as fellow Atheist-Conservatives, why avoid such debates ?  Unfortunately, those who run CPAC have become more close-minded, as though somehow they are protecting the ballot-box….

DAY One Slide Show

Noticeably, the Libertarians have suffered no such restrictions. They return, year after year, with a growing dominance of opinion over what has been promoted as a gathering of Conservative Opinion.  This year, more than previous years, many of the panels and speakers were noticeably Libertarian-heavy. So, perhaps CPAC should be re-branded.

Also, in spite of the Leftist narrative that claims Conservatives are racists, “people of color” were and are members of the CPAC community. There is no covert racism. The pictures I have posted in my slides shows will bear witness to the fact that they participate in all aspects of CPAC.

DAY ONE

Once inside (Day 1) I headed for the Main Ball Room. These are a few of the moments I highlighted.

Hollywood Conservative/ Dinesh D’Souza and his new movie  – AWESOME

The Trailer

Then D’Souza spoke

Presidential candidates  are always a part of CPAC.  I was able to hear Gov. Rick Perry on Day 1

Gov. Rick Perry gave a fabulous speech and the crowd loved him!

Also, caught Lt.Col. (Ret) Oliver North  the Main Ballroom. He spoke  to an enthusiastic crowd.

Afterwards at North’s Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall, when we all went to enthusiastically take some closer pictures of Ollie …. there was a strange “only could happen at CPAC” moment… “NO PICTURES ALLOWED”! 

The CPAC “Photog-Patrol” Babes ordered the photographers to NOT point our cameras in North’s direction. To Put Our Cameras DOWN!  Weird and Outrageous.

Suhail Khan BTW- pulled the same no photographers stunt in 2012 (from a previous TSM post)

BLOGGERS BASH  (2012) Finished up the day at this year’s Blog Bash at 6:30 PM. We were bussed to Microsoft’s state-of-the-art Innovation and Policy Center on K street… where Suhail Khan was greeting us as we exited the elevators and there were NO PICTURES ALLOWED! Go figure. You get a bunch of bloggers together for a party and we’re told we can’t take any pictures. (very odd behavior CPAC)”

Next, the afternoon, side-panels. ALL side-panels were from 3:30 to 5 pm. Each Day. Topics like Finance. Health care. Rocky mountain high. But, you could only chose one. At the end of three days, you only got 3 side-panels. In the past, these panels met all day.  Missed out on some interesting panels with such time restrictions .

Day One, I chose the  IMMIGRATION Panel and it was a ‘miss’. More like a lecture. Condescended to us on how to get the Hispanic Vote. I didn’t bother filming it, but did find a link at Free Republic

Take a good look at their PRIORITY SEATING (cash cow), Very often (too often) through-out the three days of CPAC these seats were very EMPTY.

DAY TWO

Started Day Two with a panel in the Main Ball Room  on Government,cellphones, emails, privacy. They asked, “Is Edward Snowden a Traitor or Patriot.” Very interesting debate (with some edits)

Day Two Slideshow

Before Rand Paul,  we got Al Cardenas, Chairman of the ACU. He, like CPAC’s Cleta Mitchell,  refuses to read and accept the very reputable expose on the Muslim Brotherhood association of Grover Norquist  and Suhail Khan. [ the Gaffney Univited Panel has more info.] Cardenas gave a predictable speech.

Senator Rand Paul (like Gov. Perry) was a Rock-Star. The crowd roared with approval.

Not sure what to make of Rand Paul when it comes to israel. A recent article from Caroline Glick (post-CPAC) considers that he is more pro-Israel than his father. With a food-for-thought dissent from Pamela Geller

Day Two Panels after the Main Ball room

I had stepped in to catch Scooter Libby  (I thought) on a panel with a  long title:  ” The Big Alternative Ideas Conservatives Should Present as Obama’s Term Ends” Libby was not there as announced. Replaced by Carly Fiorina. (No idea why. Hurrying to these panels was complicated by not knowing where you were going. I went to the wrong area so I missed I missed the opening remarks)

Two of the speakers on this panel:

Carly Fiorina

Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch

I missed Allen West’s speech ,that he gave at at an “Honoring America’s Military Heroes” reception organized by Citizens United, because of the scheduling. As I exited the “Scooter Libby” panel I saw that Allen was right across the corridor, so I managed to catch Allen’s closing statement. A really good one:

 Salon posted this snarky report (of course).

Speaking of  ‘snark”,  Anarchists like Adam Kokesh, roam CPAC as a reporter. He’s always so CHEERY as he works to deconstruct America.

DAY THREE

March 8th,  began with Michelle Bachman.

I heard she wasn’t given a time-slot, so Tea Party Patriot Founder, Jenny Beth Martin, gave Bachman some of her time-slot.

As I was leaving, the next speaker caught my ear. I missed his first remarks but, I was impressed by his very inspirational speech, so I stayed. The Honorable Dan Hannan, a Member of the European Parliament, Alliance of European Conservatives & Reformists.

He was followed by a panel that Grover Norquist moderated called “After Wisconsin and Beyond Right-To-Work Laws, what’s possible bow to Free Workers and Students from Unionism”. This is the introduction from Norquist.

Day 3 slideshow

Made a final sweep through the Exhibit Hall, which I always find interesting.

Slide Show of just the  EXHIBIT HALL:

Finally, I returned for Dr. Ben Carson. By now I was packed to leave for the Amtrak back to Manhattan so I didn’t have my camera working for Dr. Carson. Too bad as he was great. And, unfortunately, Sarah (Palin) was speaking way too late (5 PM). So I missed her fabulous closing speech. Had to catch that late-afternoon train.

Can’t say I left CPAC 2014  feeling inspired or encouraged.  Our side is at serious odds with itself. Those in control seem rigid. Doubts and disagreements loom. It gets worse each year. While the Left is Cock-Sure, focused and determined… Evil always is …

Yet, there are so many good people in the Republican/Tea Party/Conservative Movement; Patriots who will surely Fight to the Death for our Liberties.

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin. God Bless America.

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