I haven't read much about Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia. The person is a bigot, dictator and just allaround ass and seems proud of the fact. However the GOP has decided that if a university sponsors a speaker that they do not like then that university should be punished. This puts them in the same class as Ahmadinejad. See the video on the Think Progress site.
Hunter: I Will Try To ‘Cut Off Funds To Columbia University’ Because Of Ahmadinejad Speech
Earlier today, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said in a statement that if Columbia University President Lee Bollinger “follows through with this hosting of the leader of Iran, I will move in Congress to cut off every single type of Federal Funding to Columbia University.”
Introduced as a “petty and cruel dictator” by Bollinger, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did indeed speak at the Ivy League university, where he outlandishly claimed that there are no gay men or women in Iran.
Appearing on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto after the speech, Hunter said that he plans to follow through on his threat and will now “initiate legislation, and try to get as many people as can see it my way, to cut off funds to Columbia University.” Watch it:
Hunter is not the only lawmaker looking to punish Columbia and Bollinger for hosting a speaker whom they dislike. The New York Sun reports today that state and city lawmakers in New York are considering punitively withholding public funds from the school as well.
Glenn Greenwald asked:
Is there anyone who fails to see how dangerous and improper this is — not to mention unconstitutional — that government officials threaten and punish universities for hosting speakers whom the officials dislike?
Even President Bush doesn’t think Columbia should be punished for hosting Ahmadinejad, telling Fox News today that “I guess it’s okay with me” and that America is “confident enough to let a person express his views.” Everyone … except a host of right-wingers who cower when faced with the “views” of people they dislike. (link Think Progress)
You'll recall that the Freepers are a far-right, and I mean VERY far right, Web organization that even FOX's Bill O'Reilly criticized as being too extreme. For Bush-Cheney to invite them to White House and then greet them personally... that's pretty sick. It's also likely a sign of the desperation that's sunk in at the White House. When you're at 28% in the polls and most of the sane elements of even your own party are starting to hate you, you have to turn to the insane for support. (link AMERICAblog)
Blackwater VP Advising Mitt Romney on TerrorismBy Spencer Ackerman - September 19, 2007, 12:54PM
Once he was known as the "Flies On The Eyeballs" guy. Lately, he's been the vice president of controversial private security company Blackwater. Now, Cofer Black has a new position: top counterterrorism adviser to Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign....(link TPMmuckraker)
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!"
-- Homer Simpson
Benny Hinn and Alabama Day of Equality Conference at same hotel
Benny Hinn the musical - this is a few months old but a great link
Senator in Nebraska sues God. & PZ says that God should hire him for the defense since of course he can show that there is absolutely zero evidence for God throwing tantrums in the form of hurricanes, typhoons, plagues, etc.
"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Can you believe this shit? Hell has frozen over. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now." Kathy Griffin at Emmy Awards
Of course the wackjobs were not pleased :-)
We won't get to hear Kathy Griffin's Emmy award speech — it's being censored. Here's what she said:
In her speech, Griffin said that "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."
She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!"
The off-color remark was to say, "Suck it, Jesus."
I thought it was funny. If I ever win an Emmy (do you have to be on TV to win that, or something?), I hope to remember to say something similar. It is, of course, ridiculous to censor someone for denying the influence of an invisible phantasm, but I guess the usual suspects got huffy. You know who I mean: the Indignant Sour Prune of the Airwaves, Bill Donohue.
The comedian's remarks were condemned Monday by Catholic League President Bill Donohue, who called them a "vulgar, in-your-face brand of hate speech."
Hate speech? Who did she hate? She laughed at an old superstition, mocking the habit of celebrities giving credit to an omnipotent ghost for nudging a shiny statuette their way. If Donohue were serious about his religion, he ought to be more upset at the trivialization of the Lord of the Cosmos into the guy who hands out trinkets (link Pharyngula)
And the Lord said unto John; Come forth and receive eternal life. But John came fifth and won a toaster.
The smarter you become, the smarter your world becomes. - Timothy Leary
Unfortunately this is from 2004 and has been forgotten and swept under the rug along with all the other police state tactics in use nationwide. I've heard a lot about the Phoenix cops over the years and this is yet another example of the out of control police state the government is pushing as the status quo. Hopefully the ACLU or some organization will sue and cause a large number of this sick fascists to lose their jobs - or better yet end up in a local prison - to be dealt with as the inmates see fit.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Department burn down a house and kill puppy over traffic citations
(UPDATE: Article is from 2004.) A Phoenix SWAT team armed with tear gas, plenty of guns, and an armored personnel carrier stormed a house, burned it down, and killed the family dog. They were looking for illegal weapons, but found none. However, they did capture a 26-year-old man who had failed to appear in Tempe Municipal Court on two traffic violations. In less than 30 minutes, [Maricopa County Sheriff Joe] Arpaio's special forces unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence on this quiet community. Consider this:
• Just after the tear gas canisters were shot, a fire erupted and destroyed a $250,000 home plus all the contents inside. (The home's occupants believe the tear gas canisters caused the fire. Phoenix fire officials say the blaze was probably started by a lighted candle that was knocked onto a bed during the confusion.)
• The armored personnel carrier careened down the street and smashed into a parked car after its brakes failed.
• And in the ultimate display of cruelty, a SWAT team member drove a dog trying to flee the home back into the inferno, where it met an agonizing death.
Deputies then reportedly laughed as the dog's owners came unglued as it perished in the blaze.
And what did Arpaio's crack SWAT team net from the raid that left a needless trail of death and destruction?
MCSO stormed the house believing there was a cache of stolen automatic weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. But MCSO got bushwhacked. Instead of finding weapons of mass destruction, they discovered an antique shotgun and a 9 mm pistol that appear to be legal weapons.
... (link BoingBoing)