Monthly Archives: September 2012

FRC Shooting

“The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had given the 28-year old a ‘license to shoot an unarmed man’ by labeling Family Research Council (FRC) a ‘hate group.’”  Tony Perkins

J.C. Derrick

Label makers

Family Research Council shooting spotlights activists who demonized advocacy organization as ‘hate group’

By J.C. Derrick – WorldMag.Com – Aug. 24, 2012 

 WASHINGTON – A public-relations war has broken out in the wake of the August shooting at the Family Research Council. FRC President Tony Perkins laid blame on alleged shooter Floyd Lee Corkins II, but also argued that groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had given the 28-year-old a “license to shoot an unarmed man” by labeling FRC a “hate group.”

SPLC, which equates FRC with groups such as the Ku Klux Klan because of FRC’s opposition to same-sex “marriage,” immediately called the Perkins claim “outrageous” and denied any culpability in the matter.

On Aug. 15, Corkins allegedly started an altercation in the lobby of FRC’s Washington headquarters, shooting Leo Johnson in the arm before Johnson, the building manager, gained control of the weapon and wrestled Corkins to the ground. Law enforcement officials hailed Johnson as a hero for preventing a more deadly situation.

Corkins, a homosexual activist, has been charged with assault with intent to kill. He reportedly had 50 rounds of ammunition in his backpack, and said, “I don’t like your politics,” during the incident. Authorities found 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the suspect’s backpack. Perkins has been an outspoken supporter of Chick-fil-A, which was recently embroiled in controversy after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy publicly affirmed traditional marriage.

A group of homosexual activist organizations released a statement condemning the shooting, saying they “utterly reject and condemn such violence.” Perkins expressed gratitude for the statement, but asked the groups to join the effort to end “reckless rhetoric.” Perkins went on to say he believes “the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology that is leading to intimidation and what the FBI has termed here as an act of domestic terrorism.”

The call for civility in the public debate surrounding marriage came not only from the political right. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank noted the Human Rights Campaign also calls FRC a “hate group” and said the inflammatory labels should stop: Both the Human Rights Campaign and SPLC, he wrote, “are reckless in labeling as a ‘hate group’ a policy shop that advocates for a full range of conservative Christian positions, on issues from stem cells to euthanasia.”

Arrow‘A pretty normal student’

By J.C. Derrick

Online rumors were flying in the wake of the FRC shooting, including one that claimed Floyd Lee Corkins II was expelled from a Christian high school after compiling a “teacher hit list.” George Hornickel, director of Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton, Md., said those rumors were unfounded, but confirmed that Corkins graduated from the school in 2002.

“Obviously if there was a hit list he wouldn’t have graduated,” Hornickel said. “Lee was a pretty normal student.”

Hornickel said that during Corkins’ time at the school, located 15 miles outside Washington, D.C., the events of 9/11 and the Columbine tragedy were causing heightened awareness of potential threats. He said some students were expelled, but not Corkins.

Hornickel expressed regret over Corkins’ recent activities, adding that the school teaches from a biblical worldview with a traditional view of marriage: “We realize we don’t reach all our kids, nor do other ministries reach all their kids. All we can do is steer them in the right direction and let the Holy Spirit work on their hearts.”

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Sleeper Agents

“Deception”

By Joseph C. Goulden – Special to The Washington Times – Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DECEPTION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF EAST-WEST ESPIONAGE TODAY – By Edward Lucas

Much of the media, both domestic and foreign, found considerable merriment in the June 2010 announcement of the arrest and expulsion of 10 Russian intelligence agents who were in the United States as “sleeper agents” — that is, spies who would be dormant while they posed as unremarkable civilians and wormed their ways into positions where they could obtain valuable information.

Headline writers gloated about “Spies in the PTA” while self-appointed humorists wondered how much “intelligence” an agent could garner at a shopping center. New York magazine’s headline on an article was, “Russian Spies Too Useless, Sexy to Prosecute.” In London, the Guardian pronounced that “none of the 10 Russians had culled any secrets from their hideouts in U.S. suburbia.” David Cornwell, who writes spy thrillers under the name John le Carre, went so far as to suggest that out-of-control “rightists” in American intelligence agencies were trying to derail the “improvement” (an odd choice of words, given reality) in Russian-American relations.

Particular glee was focused on a redhead named Anna Chapman, a young Russian woman who had acquired an English husband and ostensibly pursued business “careers” in London and New York. Her shapely figure led a London tabloid to dub her “Ms. 90-60-90” — 35-24-35 in inches. The New York Post called her a “flame-haired 007-worthy beauty who flitted from high-profile parties to top secret meetings around Manhattan [with] a fancy Financial District apartment and a Victoria’s Secret body.”

But Edward Lucas, who is fast emerging as the most able nonfiction espionage writer of his generation, argues that Russia’s dispatch of the sleeper agents “is not a laughing matter.” For more than two decades, Mr. Lucas covered Russia and Eastern Europe for the Economist, and he has documented the descent of Vladimir Putin’s regime into a new authoritarianism and its increasing hostility toward the United States. He writes with authority. Continue reading

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WHO’S COUNTING?

By Wes Vernon –WashingtonTimes.Com – Monday, August 6, 2012

America’s loose “honor system” in voting is no longer viable, assuming it ever was. For decades we joked about the cemetery precincts in Chicago and elsewhere, and how statewide elections in Illinois were basically a battle between the elder Mayor Richard Daley, a Democrat, and the downstate Republicans as to who could do the best job of fictionalizing the vote count. But they were seen as anomalies.

We also know that earlier in our history, practices in some states discouraged qualified citizens from casting their ballots. But we consoled ourselves that once Jim Crow had been eliminated, that was stopped.

Sorry, but we’re not in a position to “live happily ever after.” According to “Who’s Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk,” we learn that cemetery voting not only remains a comfortable part of the political fabric of the “Chicago way,” but has spread to many other areas across the nation, urban and rural. In some old Jim Crow voting places, fraud continues, albeit largely now perpetrated by different groups of people than in the days of old.

Authors John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky have presented hard evidence that voter fraud (some of it well-organized), combined with incompetence, alleged “reforms,” and bureaucratic indifference have undermined the popular trust in America’s most precious right: picking our leaders.

The metaphoric but iconic “Lady Liberty” would have to be in tears as this documented study cites example after example of such fraud as 1.8 million dead people are still registered to vote; illegal aliens have been voting, including one assassin of a Mexican presidential candidate who voted in California twice; yes, Al Franken’s friends stole the 2008 U.S. Senate seat with “Minnesota funny business”; top officials in one West Virginia county pleaded guilty to falsifying more than 100 ballots; at least 54 ACORN activists have been convicted of voter frauds.

The above are mere samples. ACORN, under whatever front name at a given moment, remains well-funded and is among the many liberal groups fighting to eradicate voter ID laws. Never mind that photo IDs are required to get a passport, withdraw money from your bank account or purchase an Amtrak ticket. The argument that it is racist or suppresses the vote is belied by figures showing no effect or, alternatively, an actual rise in voter participation where implemented.

Take Georgia and Indiana, the two states with the strictest voter ID laws in the country: In 2008, Georgia had its largest turnout in history, second-highest increase in the nation, including a huge boost in Democratic voters (compared to 2004). Indiana’s turnout was the fifth-largest increase nationwide, and there was a very large boost in Democratic voter participation in all 50 states.

Small wonder the Supreme Court would rule 6-3 that the Indiana law is constitutional. So from where comes the most powerful push back against voter ID? In the chapter “Holder’s Justice Department,” the authors nail it. Continue reading

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