Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pair of Fugitives on the Lam Caught on Chipotle Security Camera

America's Most Wanted? or Least?
Read the complete story at: http://WesternJournalism.com.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hillary's Path to 9/11

Imagine censorship coming to America.
Stop imagining. The most significant of all the post-9/11 movies has never been seen by the public, because it offended the Clintons.

Read the complete article by Howard Hyde at AmericanThinker.com.


UPDATE 2015.04.12:
Here is the extended version, longer by about 600 words, for readers who prefer excruciating detail:
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We will probably never know specifically what was on Hillary's email server (unless, as suggested by the Wall Street Journal, we subpoena China's military intelligence). But if the spell is finally and definitively broken, as the willingness of less-than-right-wing pundits at the New York Times, Time Magazine and others to criticize Hillary without restraint suggests it might be, then we may yet learn many things about the world in which we live that we had no idea were being suppressed out of rapturous worship, or mortal terror, of the Clintons. We may emerge into a world of freedom and democracy that we had almost forgotten existed.

As just one example: Imagine for moment a world in which any of the movies Flight 93, World Trade Center, Zero Dark 30 or American Sniper had been produced but never screened in theaters, because some cabal of politicians had objected to it and seen to it that the film would be censored, censured and suppressed.

Stop imagining. That is exactly what happened to the prime time miniseries 'The Path to 9/11', written by Cyrus Nowrasteh, directed by David Cunningham and featuring possibly the performance of a career by Harvey Keitel as John P. O'Neil (FBI special agent and later chief of World Trade Center security, who was killed in the twin towers on 9/11). This film is arguably the most significant of the post-9/11 set, as it connects the dots between the first World Trade Center attack of 1993, the failure to off Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan despite multiple opportunities, and the ultimate tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Yet this 5-hour docudrama was aired only once on ABC TV in September 2006, with edits and cuts demanded by partisan censors, and then buried under orders of Robert Iger, president of the parent company, Disney. To this day it has not been released to the public on DVD. Why? The ostensible reasons are summarized by Wikipedia as "The film was controversial for its alleged misrepresentation of events and people, that some people called inaccurate, biased and included scenes that never happened." One would be hard-pressed to name a single historically-based or documentary film that couldn't be accused of the same to some degree, except that the bias of most that get produced emanates from the left. Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko and An Inconvenient Truth come to mind. Yet the controversy surrounding these and similar films never remotely caused, or are ever likely to cause, anyone to contemplate the possibility that they might be banned from the public square.

What then made the case of The Path to 9/11 different? Was it a precursor case of Charlie Hebdo Stockholm Syndrome appeasement? Suppress the film out of sensitivity to our Muslim friends, or so as not to provoke our not-quite friends the jihadis into committing murderous atrocities against innocent people?
No. No peep was ever heard from any Islamic organization in objection to the film.
The reason for the unprecedented censorship may be summarized in two words: The Clintons. The Clinton machine, jealous both of Bill's legacy and Hillary's 2008 White House ambitions, saw the film as a right-wing hit piece against them and mobilized all of its heavy artillery to make Disney/ABC offers it couldn't refuse, first to edit and then to completely withdraw the film.

Following a partial pre-screening of the film to the National Press Club (which part did not include the Bush years), Clinton attorney Richard Ben-Veniste spoke out harshly against the film and its producers. Another Clinton attorney Bruce Lindsey wrote directly to Disney president Bob Iger to impugn writer Nowrasteh's alleged political agenda. Keith Olbernan (remember 'The Worst Person in the World'?) interviewed Judd Legum, Research Director for the Center for American Progress and editor of ThinkProgress.org, the latter run by former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta, to cast aspersions on the writer. The damning evidence, according to Legum: "[Nowrasteh] admits that he's a conservative". Legum later became Hillary's research director for her 2008 presidential campaign.

More 'damning evidence' of a right-wing conspiracy emerged when Rush Limbaugh endorsed the film and called out Nowrasteh personally as 'my friend'. Little mention was made during this time of Nowrasteh's extensive collaborations with other far-right extremists...like Oliver Stone. Nowrasteh's work with Stone on the Showtime film The Day Reagan was Shot had previously earned him charges of liberal bias.

Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Charles Schumer and others wrote to Disney's Bob Iger, threatening legal and legislative sanctions which included jeopardizing ABC's broadcast license. Max Blumenthal, son of Clinton ally Sydney Blumenthal, wrote of a subversive conservative conspiracy, with David Horrowitz as its godfather, infiltrating ABC.

Then they went after director David Cunningham for his shocking ties to a -- gasp! -- evangelical Christian ministry founded by his father. Apparently Youth with a Mission, or YWAM, in between digging wells and running schools and orphanages in the third world, had been a major financier and shadow director of the movie. YWAM had an auxiliary film institute which had once stated somewhere its hope to 'have a positive influence on Hollywood movies'. To Keith Olberman, a The Path to 9/11 was nothing less than 'a stealth attack in the culture wars'.

According to Carol Felsenthal, author of Clinton in Exile, Bill Clinton personally phoned Bob Iger to demand the suppression of the film, and asked former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, then chairman of the board at Disney to do the same. Another Clinton attorney (how many do they have?), Floyd Abrams, demanded that references to Clinton's impeachment and other scandals be edited out.

Samuel ("Sandy") Berger, the National Security Advisor to Bill Clinton who had been convicted in 2005 of stealing classified documents from the national archives by stuffing them into his underwear for the express purposes of preventing them from being seen by the 9/11 Commission, was given 30 minutes on CNN to denounce the movie and question the producers' honesty, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer. Berger was an advisor to Hillary's presidential campaign.

One of the most colorful and yet chilling demonstrations of the left's spirit of censorship came from New York congresswoman Louise Slaughter (a major Hillary Clinton ally) in an outdoor press conference: "We demand that ABC run a disclaimer in every single frame. Saying up front 'this is not true' is not good enough. It's gotta be in every frame, 'don't believe this!'"

Very few of the Clintonite critics had actually seen the film. As a result, while making the charge that the film was historically inaccurate for depicting scenes that never happened, many of them were reduced to making straw-man arguments against scenes that didn't exist in the movie.

No free-speech, civil libertarian or professional guild organization came to the producers' defense; not PEN America (even though Nowrasteh was a 2-time award winner) not the Director's Guild of America, nor the Writer's Guild of America nor the Screen Actor's Guild, nor the ACLU. Participant Productions, producer of the anti-McCarthyism movie Good Night and Good Luck and others, posted a letter in support of the miniseries on its website, but quickly took it down under pressure from ex Vice President Al Gore.

All of this happened within the last two weeks before the planned air dates of September 10th and 11th, 2006. Prior to that time, no one, including the executives at ABC and Disney, the attorneys that had vetted every scene of the heavily footnoted script, and the many liberal Democrats and Clinton voters who had senior roles in the production (this is Hollywood, after all) had expressed anything other than the greatest enthusiasm for the project and for its prospects as an annual commemoration broadcast. Members of the Bush administration, who didn't come away much less scathed than the Clintons in the movie, never protested.

In the end, all of this pressure may have been overkill. Bob Iger and the Disney political action committee were donors to Hillary Clinton's campaigns for several years. Iger forbade his employees from talking to anyone and pulled the plug, putting political considerations above his fiduciary duties to the Disney shareholders, going so far as to refuse to sell the film to prospective buyers. (Incidentally, if a corporation takes a $100-million loss for the sake of a political candidate, does that count as a campaign contribution for purposes of campaign finance laws? Just asking.)

Nowrasteh, Cunningham and their crew have done an adequate job of responding point-by-point to their critic's more rational challenges to the film's historical accuracy, including explaining the obvious point that squeezing 70,000 hours of historical time into a 5-hour movie requires some amount of compression and amalgamation. It's doubtful that the Clintons would have been happier if the producers, instead of condensing ten missed opportunities to take out Osama bin Laden into one composite 'scene that never happened', they had presented every episode in exhaustive detail, extending the film's duration to 10 hours, of which a much greater percentage would have been focussed directly on Clinton's failures.

But the bottom-line reason this film should be released is not because it is accurate, fair or true, or least of all because conservatives like it, but because we are a free society of mature adults governed, among other things, by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, in letter, in principle and in spirit. Conservatives who are sick of Michael Moore's Sicko are free to make their own documentary on health care starring Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz. Those who find An Inconvenient Truth mendacious are at liberty to produce their own blockbuster Climate Change Is Just Hot Air flick starring Senator James Inhofe, geologist Ian Plimer and indicted denier Mark Steyn. No one is saying that Nowrasteh's and Cunningham's Path to 9/11 has to be the last word -- unless, on the merits and in the marketplace, no one else is able to do a better job. Competition? Bring it on!

So when Hillary is finally out of the running sometime in the next three to nineteen months, will Bob Iger or his successors at Disney finally relent and release the film? (Or will they persist for Chelsea's sake? -- follow the money.) Maybe if they feel enough heat in a different direction, including the direction of their own self-respect.

The suppression of this film is only one example of the latent effects of the Clinton intimidation machine. To combat it we will need the courage of Barbara Olson, author of Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who died in American Airlines flight 77 on that fateful day. Once the fear is lifted, there's no telling what other revelations may be made to the American public. We might yet be able to shine a brighter light on how much of HillaryCare, thought to have been defeated in 1994, actually made it into the Clinton-Gingrich budget act of 1997. Price controls, caps on the number of medical student residencies (already under the bureaucratic control of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and never since increased), interference in the patient/doctor relationship, backed by the full might of the tax and criminal justice system, were all piled on. The resulting healthcare market dysfunctions contributed to renewed calls for the government to solve problems of its own making via a socialized medicine scheme in 2009.
But that's a topic for another article. As with everything else Clinton, the horror stories never seem to end. Until now? We can only hope.

Conservative Fundraising: What-Me-Worry?

In the popular consciousness as successfully twisted by the progressive left, it is axiomatic that the Republican Party is the party of the rich, and therefore conservatives must easily out-raise and out-spend liberals in the fundraising wars.
Reality, of course, paints a very different picture.

Read the complete article by Howard Hyde at AmericanThinker.com.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ex Muslim Wafa Sultan exposes Muhammad, Islam, Brutal Sharia Law

Dr. Wafa Sultan, born in Syria, lifts the veil on life under Islamic law in this gut-wrenching personal account.

Watch the complete video at http://www.jewsnews.co.il.

Obama's Sharia-compliant Truce with Iran

Islamic law places jihad as not only a duty of every Muslim, but more importantly as the duty of every Muslim head of state. Permanent peace agreements with non-Muslim countries are forbidden.

Read the complete article by Nonie Darwish at AmericanThinker.com.


Conservative Fundraising: What Me Worry?

Most of the 'progressive' foundations were founded by industrialists and capitalists who must be spinning in their graves witnessing the socialist agenda being promoted with their hard-earned money.

Read the complete article at http://www.americanthinker.com.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Forging the Black-GOP Alliance in California

There are philosophical harmonies that exist between the African-American community and the Republican Party that, if built upon, can lead to real opportunities for the party to grow. What the Republican Party must understand, however, is that these harmonies exist largely between separate factions of the Republican coalition and between differing segments of the African-American political community.

Read the complete article by John Wood, 2014 Republican candidate for US House of Representatives challenging Maxine Waters, at FlashReport.org.

Get Over Your Blackness, by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson

Black History Month is dumb. And it provides no value for black Americans or anyone else.

Read the complete article by the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, head of the Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny (B.O.N.D.) at World Net Daily.


Do we Need a Black History Month?

(First published as the 'President's Message' in the February 2015 edition of the newsletter of the Southern California Republican Women and men.)
The Month of February has been designated ‘Black History Month’ (or updated for political correctness for the 21st century, ‘African American History Month’) since the U.S. government during the President Gerald Ford administration gave it official recognition. This commemoration had roots in the designation since 1926 of the second week of February as ‘Negro History Week’ by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The particular week was chosen because it contained the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. The motive given by Woodson was to put black Americans on an equal plane with other American ethnicities to ensure cultural continuity and prestige, noting the success of the hebrew peoples on the one hand and the near-obliteration of the native American cultures on the other. Gerard Ford praised “the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Nonetheless the concept has been criticized by prominent people of all political persuasions, having in common the view that black history is American history and should not therefore be relegated to some ghetto apart.
Moreover, in the dominant political culture of today, one can discern a certain bias for honoring ideologically ‘correct’ black individuals while ‘dissing’ others. Does the work of the liberal black leadership really honor the legacy and values of Booker T. Washington? Will the Congressional Black Caucus honor Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas? Will they invite as a keynote speaker to any of their events Lloyd Marcus, author of ‘Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has shattered the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America’? Will Jason Riley, member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board and author of ‘Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed’ be winning any awards? What about J.C. Watts, U.S. Congressman and author of ‘What Color is a Conservative’? Larry Elder? Star Parker? Alan Keyes? Allen West? Walter E. Williams? The list goes on and on.
Thomas Sowell would be considered a world-class economist and philosopher whether he were German, Russian or Chinese. The fact that he is American simply honors America. The fact that he was born poor in rural North Carolina simply gives his writing on wealth and poverty extra perspective and credibility. And the fact that he grew up black in Harlem (where I can safely say that in the all-black public school that had no name but a number, he got a better education than I did thirty years later at the far better-financed integrated junior high named for Dr. Martin Luther King) simply gives his work in the matter of culture and race unmatched authority. Yet the dominant black political leadership shuns him and every other black conservative like the plague.
Designating a month as Black History may be a good idea or a poor one. No one outside of the Ku Klux Klan would ever propose such a thing as ‘White History Month’, to the exclusion of other races. But as long as we have it, I can think of plenty of individuals I am eager to honor.
Please join us on February 21st to hear our featured speaker the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, author of ‘Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America’

Monday, January 19, 2015

David Horowitz's West Coast Retreat March 6-8, 2015

David Horowitz's West Coast Retreat will be held March 6-8, 2015 at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California.
Confirmed speakers thus far: David Horowitz, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Congressman Louie Gohmert, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, Bruce Thornton, Ralph Peters, Victor Davis Hanson, Bill Whittle, Jeremy Boreing, Jay Cost, Robert Spencer, Steven Emerson and Michael Ramirez
Reservations: 866-802-8000.
For registration and program details, please contact Michael Finch at (818) 849-3470 ext. 212 or email at mfinch@horowitzfreedomcenter.org.

See the complete invitation at: www.WestCoastRetreat.org.

47 Changes to ObamaCare...so far

By one count, more than 46 significant changes already have been made to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: at least 28 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 16 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court.
Read the complete story at: The Galen Institute.

One in Two Large Employers Unprepared to Fully Comply With the Affordable Care Act

More than half of large employers (1,000+ employees) are unprepared to comply with all ACA regulatory requirements.
Read the complete story at: www.marketwatch.com.


(Hat tip: www.obamacarereporter.com)

Obamacare Winners and Losers

This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Read the complete story at: http://www.aapsonline.org.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

12 Murdered for Exercising Freedom of Speech in Paris

Unlike so many of the supposedly "edgy" "satirists" on this side of the Atlantic, congratulating themselves on their transgressive "bravery" at one back-slapping awards ceremony after another, the editors, writers and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo were genuinely brave - and paid for it with their lives.

Read the complete article by Mark Steyn at www.SteynOnline.com.

Ukraine Goes Dark

The sovereign nation of Ukraine has been the 2nd most important source of traffic to this site after the United States over its 9 year history. For the past month or more, it has not registered in the top 10.
It it not a stretch to imagine that the former soviet satellite is home to many freedom-loving people who sought out sources like this one to inform, guide and inspire them; but that now that they have fallen under Vladimir Putin's censor, they are unable to get past the prison firewall.
Perhaps we flatter ourselves here to think that we are that important. But if true, it is another terrifying sign of the decline of liberty and rise of tyranny around the world today.
Please send corroborating or contradictory stories to HHCapitalism@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Best Presentation of the Founding Fathers of the United States

The best lecture ever given on the Founding Fathers of the United States, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution... is in Spanish, presented by José Piñera at the Universidad Francisco Marronquin in Guatemala in 2010, to an audience of students from all over Latin America.
Piñera is the former finance minister of Chile who, inspired and advised by the Nobel Prize-winning American economist Milton Friedman, reformed the Chilean social security system into one of individual, privately owned accounts; whose success has been immitated around the world from Mexico to Poland (if only it could reach the USA!). His reform bill was passed on November 4, 1980, the same day that Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States, and implemented beginning on May 1 (May Day, a.k.a. 'Communist Day') 1981.
If you understand Spanish, or have hispanic friends and acquaintances who want to understand our great nation better, recommend they watch this. Even if you don't understand Spanish, listen and watch anyway. The clues you will pick up will amaze you. For example, how do you say "We hold these truths to be self-evident"? "Sostenemos que estas verdades son evidentes en si mismos..."
Read more and watch it here: Los Principios Fundamentales de Estados Unidos.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

President's Inner Circle Conceded Obamacare Rationing

Jonathan Gruber was not alone.
Read the complete story at: World Net Daily.

Obama economic surge built on doctored data

ShadowStats.com econometrician John Williams argues that the developing White House narrative of “the strongest economic growth in a decade” is nonsense.
Read the complete story by Jerome Corsi at: World Net Daily.

Video: The ObamaCare Battle

A panel discussion “The ObamaCare Battle” featuring Michael Reagan, Tom Fitton and Larry Kawa took place at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 20th Anniversary Restoration Weekend.
See the complete story at: FrontPageMag.com.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

‘Muslim Reformers’: Forever Talking the Talk, Never Walking the Walk

Due to its rarity, it’s always notable whenever a top Islamic leader publicly acknowledges the threat of Islamic radicalism and terror. And yet, such denunciations never seem to go beyond words—and sometimes not even that.
Read the complete article by Raymond Ibrahim at: FrontPageMag.com.

Increasing Economic Growth Means Shrinking the Size and Scope of Government

Once the level of total government spending as a percentage of GDP reaches a tipping point, additional expansion crowds out private productive investment and slows economic growth. Economic freedom is diminished and private exchange opportunities are lost.
Read the complete article by James A. Dorn at: The Cato Institute.

If the Supreme Court Breaks Obamacare, Will Republicans Fix It?

If the justices strike down the law’s subsidies, voters will demand a fix. But who in Congress is going to give?
Read the complete story at: National Journal.

(Hat tip: www.obamacarereporter.com)

Video: The ObamaCare Battle

A panel discussion “The ObamaCare Battle” featuring Michael Reagan, Tom Fitton and Larry Kawa took place at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 20th Anniversary Restoration Weekend.
See the complete story at: FrontPageMag.com.

Public Turning Against Democrats On Education

As recently as 2012, voters trusted Democrats over Republicans on education by 25 percentage points or more. Now, that advantage has shrunk to only eight points.
Read the complete story at: California Political Review.

Tortured Reasoning

If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City -- set to go off today -- and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when? Would you pause to look up the definition of "torture"?
Read the complete article by Thomas Sowell at: Townhall.com.

He’s Mad as Hell, Files to Open Rare New Bank

Bill Greiner is fed up with banks. But instead of quietly seething or complaining to customer service, the 48-year-old is taking a more radical approach: He is trying to launch his own lender.
Read the complete story at: The Wall Street Journal.

Small businesses dropping insurance coverage due to Obamacare

With insurance rates rising, many small businesses of fewer than 50 employees are opting to drop their coverage and have workers purchase their insurance through the Obamacare website.
Read the complete story by Rick Moran at: AmericanThinker.com.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Howard Hyde's 2nd Appearance on California Edition TV

Brad Pomerance interviews Howard Hyde on the 2014 election results on the California Channel.
Watch the YouTube video at: http://youtu.be/yVpG57s5Kj4.

Prior interview on California Edition, discussing Obamacare: http://youtu.be/XM1DoKwxVqE.

California’s Water Blockage

The White House threatens to veto even modest drought relief.
Read the complete story at: The Wall Street Journal.

Regnery’s 2014 Book Gift Guide

In the department of "We-don't-get-paid-for-this-but-we-should", here's a shameless plug for an outstanding publisher's current lineup. Personal favorite: 'The Undocumented Mark Steyn'.
Read the complete story at: www.Regnery.com.