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Note: the Koch brothers, libertarian-oriented conservatives, have become a favorite whipping boy of the left. Have a look at P.J. Gladnick’s piece for a description of the way The New Yorker slimed them. ~JP

The low-profile Koch brothers, elevated by the New Yorker this week to the kind of mythical status on the left that George Soros holds on the right, have launched a public relations effort of their own.

Their company’s new website, Koch Facts, offers point-by-point rebuttals to the New Yorker piece, and blames the magazine’s approach for its refusal to make Charles and David Koch available:


We submitted extensive facts and background information to the magazine. Given that all we provided did not change the publication’s negative, unbalanced tone and agenda, we declined their requests to speak to Koch executives.

The new site offers point-by-point rebuttals and responses to every charge in the story, an odd combination of corporate — the details, for instance, of a legal settlement — and ideological communications. It suggests — to speculate — a bit of a tension between the corporate PR impulse to


Fred Koch, who died in 1967, was a supporter, not a founder, of the John Birch Society in the 1950s. His anti-communist sentiment stemmed from time he spent in the Soviet Union between 1929 and 1932 when his engineering company designed and built oil cracking units to be erected in refineries in the U.S.S.R. Fred found the Soviet Union to be “a land of hunger, misery and terror.” Virtually all the Soviet engineers he worked with were purged by Stalin, who exterminated tens of millions of his own people. This experience, combined with what his Communist associates told him of their methods and plans for world revolution, caused Fred Koch to become a staunch anti-communist.

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When The Rights of Man was published in America it caused a sensation. In Britain it was popular, but Paine himself was seen by British authorities as having committed an act of treason. He had to flee to France. Though Paine had supported the aims of the French Revolution, he nearly became one of the victims of “The Terror”.

“That men mean distinct and separate things when they speak of constitutions and of governments, is evident; or why are those terms distinctly and separately used? A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution, is power without a right.

All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must either be delegated or assumed. There are no other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either.

In viewing this subject, the case and circumstances of America present themselves as in the beginning of a world; and our enquiry into the origin of government is shortened, by referring to the facts that have arisen in our own day. We have no occasion to roam for information into the obscure field of antiquity, nor hazard ourselves upon conjecture. We are brought at once to the point of seeing government begin, as if we had lived in the beginning of time. The real volume, not of history, but of facts, is directly before us, unmutilated by contrivance, or the errors of tradition.”

– Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809), writing in Part Two of The Rights of Man,Chapter IV, (“Of Constitutions) 1792.

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U.S. Fights Terrorist Cells

Ambassdor John Bolton discusses U.S. strategy towards terrorist groups


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Mark Levin Interviews Dr. Zuhdi Jasser About New Clip Of Radical Imam Rauf P2

Mark Levin Interviews Dr. Zuhdi Jasser About New Clip Of Radical Imam Rauf P3

M. Zuhdi Jasser is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander. He is the President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix, Arizona. AIFD, founded in 2003, is a think tank and activist Muslim organization which provides a platform for an American Muslim movement to separate spiritual Islam from the political. AIFD seeks to build coalitions of Muslims which not only reject the means of terror as an anathema to Islam but more globally reject the ends of the Islamic state which Islamists seek. AIFD believes that the only way to genuinely wage the contest of ideas and counter the root cause of terrorism is for Muslims to be given ample opportunity for debate between one another– especially within the mosques. AIFD believes that the outcome of these debates will ultimately be the primary method to defeat the ideology of political Islam which ultimately inspires radical Islamism. Dr. Jasser believes that it is essential for devotional Muslims to lead the ideological war against militant Islamism. This Muslim led effort seeks to establish the synergy of Americanism and our Constitutional democracy with a post-modern, pluralistic Islam.

Dr. Jasser is a respected physician currently in private practice in Phoenix Arizona specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology. His highest military award is the Meritorious Service Medal. He recently served as the President of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) until June 2007. Dr. Jasser has served on the Maricopa County Board of Health since 2005. As ArMA President in early 2007, Dr. Jasser formed and now chairs a statewide Disaster Preparedness Task Force whose primary mission has been to inform and engage all Arizona physicians in disaster preparedness. Dr. Jasser chairs the bioethics committee and teaches nuclear cardiology in a major Phoenix hospital. He has been active in a number of interfaith efforts in Arizona including the founding of a Jewish-Muslim dialogue group in 2000 called the Children of Abraham.

He also was featured in the controversial PBS film, Islam v Islamists produced by ABG Films, Inc. This film was initially banned from distribution on PBS stations as originally intended in the Crossroads program but was then aired in a limited distribution to some affiliates. It received national acclaim in its release on the Fox News Channel in October 2007.

Dr. Jasser has also been an advisor on Islamic affairs to the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands. During his last visit in December 2007, he led an AIFD program on “Citizenship and Democracy” with Dutch Muslim youth, media, and political leadership. The program focused on strategies in countering the threat of political Islam to the west while engaging anti-Islamist Muslims.

Dr. Jasser was honored in October 2007 as a “Defender of the Home Front” at the annual Keeper of the Flame Dinner of the Center for Security Policy. He was also one of five moderate Muslims who met with Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss the “Contest of Ideas with the Muslim World” at the Hudson Institute on December 5, 2007. In January 2008, Dr. Jasser was presented with the 2007 Director’s Community Leadership Award by the Phoenix office of the FBI.

Dr. Jasser was also recently featured in The Third Jihad, produced by PublicScope Films. Dr. Jasser narrates this documentary about the threat of radical Islamism to the West which was recently released and will be shown and featured internationally in 2009.

Dr. Jasser is a regular columnist and contributing editor for FamilySecurityMatters.org and Hudson New York. He appears frequently on the Fox News Channel and CNN appearing regularly on the Glenn Beck Show. Dr. Jasser has been published in the National Review, Arizona Republic, Middle East Quarterly, Dallas Morning News, Washington Times, and Beliefnet. He is a frequent national radio and television commentator and featured speaker about Islam, Islamism, moderate Muslims, and counterterrorism.

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See interviews here

1st Interview today:

Chris Jansing: He is being called the Bin laden of the Internet. Radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born citizen, is suspected of helping to plan the failed Christmas day airline bombing and is linked to the deadly Fort Hood shootings. He is on the US kill or capture list and has been cultivating a growing list of followers on the Internet. I am joined now by terrorism expert Steve Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. So Steve, al-Awlaki has all of these sermons that he preaches on the Internet. How effective are they and what is his message?

Steve Emerson: Well they are very effective. One, he speaks fluent Arabic and he speaks fluent English, so he has basically opened up his availability to recruit a whole new generation of Western English speaking Muslims in the United States and Europe. In fact about five of the operations or plots last year in the United States by Islamic terrorists were inspired or directed directly by Awlaki. He became an inspirational leader in the last 5 years and then an operational leader in the last 2 years. And his Internet videos have been very effective. He knows the language. He’s a young man; he’s only 39 years old. Born in the United States, went to Colorado State, then moved to Yemen in 2002. Was connected to the 9/11 conspiracy but not really known how much. A bad guy, the first US individual targeted for assassination by the United States.

Jansing: So would it be fair to say because he lived here, he studied here, he gets what it is works essentially when he is making these sermons?

Emerson: I’ve seen at least a dozen of his sermons. I’ve seen his comments on Al Jazeera when he defended his email traffic with Major Nidal Hasan who you know killed 13 people at Fort Hood. Hasan had been in email contact with Awlaki. There are 18 email exchanges and in one of them Awlaki said it is mandatory to kill US soldiers, and that’s exactly what Hasan did at Fort Hood. He has also inspired others to carry out attacks including the Christmas day would-be bomber. So he is a rising star. He is a rock star in Al Qaeda. And he is also safer in Yemen than let’s say al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan and Afghanistan because the US is not operating drones in Yemen.

Jansing: Let me ask you about Somalia where dozens of people were killed in a bombing attack on a hotel in Mogadishu. The group Al-Shabaab has been linked to that. Who are these folks and how much of a threat?

Emerson: Well Al-Shabaab comprises an estimated number of about 400 members. They’re not as large as let’s say Al Qaeda but they are growing. Number two is the Americans disproportionately are involved with Al Shabaab including a young man from Alabama who converted to Islam. His name is Omar Hammami and he’s a top official. Shabaab merged with Al Qaeda in 2008 and is now reaching out and carrying out attacks overseas including Uganda – well that’s next door – but also coming back to the United States to carry out attacks. Minnesota has been especially a great recruiting place for Al Shabaab, where more than two dozen American Muslims have been arrested or indicted for joining Al Shabaab.

Jansing: Steve Emerson, it’s always good to have you on. Thank you Steve.

Emerson: You bet.

2nd Interview today:

Contessa Brewer: The CIA now views Al Qaeda in Yemen as a bigger security threat than the core organization in Pakistan. The Obama administration may start targeting cells in Yemen according to the Washington Post. And who is living in living but radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born citizen who is suspected of helping to plan the failed Christmas day airline bombing. He is linked to the deadly Fort Hood shootings, and USA Today says he has been dubbed Bin laden of the Internet. He’s on the United States kill or capture list and has been cultivating a growing list of followers on the Internet. And he’s not the only American waging jihad overseas against the United States. Terror analyst Steve Emerson joins me. Steve, good to see you.

Emerson: Hi Contessa.

Brewer: Are we growing our own Islamic terrorists here in America?

Emerson: Well I think there has been a growth here and I think it’s because one, the availability of the Internet where anyone can see these radical messages and get radicalized. I also think some of the Islamist groups in the United States spread a message that America is at war with Islam or that there is a war against Islam by the US. That is the single most radicalizing factor incentivizing young Muslims to carry out terrorist attacks. And it’s done overseas. That’s what inspires Anwar Awlaki. His messages are replete with that message, that there is war against Islam, you must avenge Islam by carrying out attacks against the US. So I think here in the US we’ve seen an increase. We’ve also seen an increase in Europe as well, and I think that’s largely because the availability of English language imams and English language Internet videos available.

Brewer: All right so when we’re talking about how easy it is to become radicalized in the United States, you’ve got to look at this Somali Al Qaeda-linked group Al Shabaab, which is based in Mogadishu but headed by a white American boy.

Emerson: You know it’s pretty amazing, Omar Hammami who was born in Alabama, white, converted to Islam. He’s only 28-years-old, and then went to Somalia 2 years ago and is now a top ranking official in the Al Shabaab movement. In the United States the cluster of Shabaab headquarters, if we can call them headquarters, is in Minneapolis where there have been the most arrests and recruits toward Al Shabaab. There’s also individuals that have gone to Pakistan, like Shazad, who tried to explode the van last May, and there also have been individuals like Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, who was inspired and directed by Anwar Awlaki. I think we’re in for an increase of attacks here in the United States as well as overseas.

Brewer: And our investigative producer for NBC, Bob Windrom, tells me that counterterrorism officials tell him there are 50 Americans linked with Al-Shabaab, which is they estimate far more than any other Al Qaeda organization. I want to turn to a different issue now because we’re watching this breaking news from Iraq where all of a sudden coordinated attacks on the security forces there in Iraq, so far more than 45 people have been killed. And you’re looking at coordinated attacks against the army, police. What does this say about the situation in Iraq now that US combat forces have left?

Emerson: Contessa, I think this is a deliberate attempt to show that there is a void created by the withdrawal of American forces. Now we don’t know whether these attacks were carried out by Ba’athists, by Al Qaeda or even by Shiites inspired by Iran. I suspect the latter. What I think is going on here is that Iran is going to fill the vacuum created by the absence of US forces, and that ultimately Iraq will fall under the umbrella of Iranian influence as will UAE and Saudi Arabia over time because there won’t be US forces there to protect them. This is a very big dilemma for the United States.

Brewer: All right, it’s good to see you today. I appreciate your time.

Emerson: You got it.

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Handily, the performance of the night! Prince Poppycock

My #2 ArcAttack

My #3 Antonio Restivo

Love these lil’ buggers Future Funk

Connor Doran makes me feel good

Michael Grimm-If he sounds THS good with strep throat he can only get better!

~So we shall see soon ONLY 5 acts will go through…

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