Archive for ‘pamela geller’

May 1, 2009

ADL denounces Geert Wilders?

This is freaking crazy:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemns remarks made over the last few days at various appearances throughout South Florida by Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders. In his speeches, he claimed that “Islam is not a religion” and “the right to religious freedom should not apply to this totalitarian ideology called Islam.” Mr. Wilders also stated that the Koran is a book of hatred, and that Mohammed was both “a pedophile and a warlord.”

Evidently, ADL is trying to horn in on CAIR’s action. Pam Geller has much more, including a photo of Wilders speaking in a synagogue.

UPDATE: Saudi girl divorced at age 8. Guess the ADL was too busy denouncing Geert Wilders to worry about that.

April 26, 2009

Holy crap! Threatening Malkin?

Hat-tip to William Teach of Pirate’s Cove (home of “Patriotic Pin-Up Sunday“) for a comment linking to this at Atlas Shrugs:

Charles Johnson is making threats about going after Michelle Malkin. He says he’s got lots of stuff to use against her.

And I’m mentioned, too. With “friends” like these, who needs James Wolcott? Is there someone — anyone — who can stop this madness? As previously noted, I ignored the dustup between LGF, Geller and Robert Spencer for months, hoping it would fade into insignificance. It was only because of Johnson’s continued ax-grinding against them that I mentioned it in November, and it was only because he went after Ann Coulter in February that I began paying more attention.

Charles Johnson seems determined to travel the same road that took David Brock from being a famous investigative reporter to being the hack-in-chief at Media Matters. It saddens me.

UPDATE: A commenter asks about context: When did Malkin link me? My blog is occasionally linked on the “Buzzworthy” headline feed in the right sidebar at Malkin’s site. Johnson is apparently referring to my earlier post about Geller showing up on “Buzzworthy.”

Of course, Malkin has more important things to do than get in the middle of an intramural dispute like this, preferring to train her fire on the Left. Which is what I would rather do as well. Michelle did allow Goldstein and Patterico to air their grievances at Hot Air, but she has, so far as I can tell, avoided the Johnson/Geller/Spencer feud.

The fact that Johnson is threatening to drag Malkin into it suggests, I think, how severe Johnson’s alienation has become — and causes me to regret that I ignored this rift as long as I did. I have an unusual talent for conciliation: Once I get involved, the feuding parties usually realize that they hate me worse than they hate each other. Problem solved by the Universal Scapegoat: When In Doubt, Blame Stacy.

UPDATE II: Or blame Donald Douglas:

I keep seeing notes at various blogs from former LGF commenters who’ve been banned.

It’s the “urge to purge,” the atavistic impulse of coalition-building by a process of subtraction.

UPDATE III: The Reichstag Fire? Once you transgress Godwin’s Law, there’s no going back.

April 25, 2009

Guilt by association

by Smitty

Here’s a provocative reply from John, over on the Pam Geller thread:

Guilt by association isn’t fun or fair when it’s happening to you, is it? See Obama/Ayers

Let’s follow this through. So, Pam Geller is to a neo-nazi as Barak Obama is to Bill Ayers?

  • Pam Geller had a neo-nazi mentor.
  • Pam Geller worked with that mentor on various projects.
  • Pam Geller lived near that mentor for a substantial period of time.
  • Pam Geller was systematically evasive about her associations with that mentor.

Ah, yes: as long as we take the deceptively simple premise at face value, John’s equivalence works well.
Often, use of the ‘f’ word is the first indication that the subsequent assertion is anything but fair.

April 24, 2009

Pamela Geller vs. LGF

So I wake up from a nap and, curious to know what’s happening out there in blogland, I check Memeorandum and see this headline from Little Green Footballs:

Pamela Geller: Poster Girl for Eurofascists

OK, to boil it down: Next month, Geller will attend a conference in Cologne, Germany, on the Islamicization of Europe. One of the key figures in the German group sponsoring the Cologne conference is Manfred Rouhs. He has appeared at events with neo-Nazi activist Axel Reitz who, in turn, has appeared at events with neo-Nazi activist Christian Worch.

Whence these associations? I’ve explained it before, but I’ll explain it again: The mainstream “conservative” parties in Europe have refused to address effectively the issues of immigration and multiculturalism. (In Europe, multiculturalism takes the form of pandering to their massive number of Islamic immigrants.) Because mainstream politicians have forfeited leadership on these legitimate concerns of their citizens, the vacuum has been filled by the likes of Reitz and Worch. Ergo, if there is a conference in Europe addressing the question of whether Islamicization is a threat, it won’t be organized entirely by “respectable” types.

Thus, Johnson’s guilt-by-association attack on Geller highlights the real problem we face in America: If the Republican Party and the mainstream conservative movement don’t recognize and respond to our own citizens’ concerns about immigration and multiculturalism, then those issues will be taken over by similarly disreputable groups.

What should Geller do? Cancel her trip to Germany? I think not. Rather, she use the occasion to alert Germans to the consequences of cowardice by their leaders. Germans, perhaps better than any other people, are aware of the heinous results when democracy fails in a time of crisis.

Anyone who has read William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich knows that Hitler never would have come to power if the mainstream conservative parties in Germany had more effectively addressed the problems of the Weimar Republic. The German people were desperate for leadership, a credible alternative to the ineptitude of the Social Democrats who dominated Weimar, and Hitler — who had shrewdly studied the tactics of the Social Democrats in his native Austria — appeared to offer such an alternative.

Knowing that history, one sees why so many conservatives were frustrated and outraged about George Bush and John McCain’s open-borders stance on immigration. Anyone who paid attention to talk radio — and I was doing a talk-radio tour to promote Donkey Cons while S.2611 was being debated in the Senate — knew that grassroots conservatives were about 110% against the “shamnesty.” And yet the Republican leadership allowed this opposition to be smeared (and, indeed, John McCain himself smeared them) as “anti-immigrant” and worse.

This was a Weimar-style failure of leadership. The Republicans in Washington were doing the exact opposite of what the people who had elected them wanted them to do. No surprise, then, that the GOP lost the 2006 mid-terms. And then the Republicans nominated as their 2008 presidential candidate the chief Senate advocate of “shamnesty,” who proceeded to demonstrate he was as inept and tone-deaf on economics as he was on immigration.

So, here we are in 2009. The Republican Party is now nearly irrelevant in Washington and Obama and the Democrats are gearing up to push their own “shamnesty.” And what’s Charles Johnson doing? Is LGF rallying conservatives to oppose the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda?

No. Pamela Geller is doing that. Every freaking day. And also getting smeared by LGF every freaking day. The result? She’s doubled her traffic in the past year.

Given the threat we face here in America, I’m willing to let the Germans evaluate how much of a fascist threat Rouhs and Reitz pose to Germany, and I’m willing to let Pamela Geller decide which conferences she does and does not attend.

Mark Steyn, Kathy Shaidle, Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller — we’re all “Rightwing Extremists” now.

UPDATE: Linked by Atlas Shrugs, who laughs at the idea of pro-Israel neo-Nazis. Folks, the tectonic plates of politics are shifting, as I’ve realized ever since I noticed liberal feminist Phyllis Chesler citing The Camp of the Saints. And if anybody feels tempted to hit my tip jar, please don’t resist that temptation.

UPDATE II: Linked at Hyscience, who calls Pamela a “common sense-thinking conservative who’s willing to speak out for what she believes in.”

I like “Rightwing Extremist” better. Easier to remember. BTW, trivia time: “Pamela” is Greek for “honey.”

UPDATE III: Robert Spencer accuses me of writing “sensibly”! And he thinks he’s got a libel problem. Next thing you know, I’ll be accused of being “a top Hayekian public intellectual.” No, wait . . .

April 4, 2009

Alan Colmes, Accidental Comic

by Smitty

Alan Colmes remains unintentionally funny:

In full wingnuterry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had some crazy things to say to the Bachmann-friendly site Atlas Shrugs.

He then goes on to attempt a take-down. Atlas Shrugs, on the other hand, is spot-on. I’m not a betting man. Were I, I’m, confident Pamela would be drinking Alan’s milkshake, if things got down to brass tacks. Just saying.