12/30/11

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results

The Watcher’s Council

Welcome to the last Watcher’s Council posting of 2011! We’d like to wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Seeing as 2012 is just around the corner, I polled some of our illustrious Council members to get their picks on some of the most notable people and events of the past year:

The Noisy Room
Person of the Year: Glenn Beck.
Event of the Year: Passage of S 1867 – NDAA

Rhymes With Right
Person of the Year: Paul Ryan, for his efforts to totally remake medicare and place it on firm financial footing.
Event of the Year: Obama’s Illegal Undeclared War In Libya. Yes, it ended the Qadaffi regime, but at what cost to the Constitutional order here in the United States?

Right Truth
Person of the Year: Tim Tebow

The Razor
Person of the Year: Turkish PM Recep Erdogan. Turkey’s pivot to Islam away from secularism is going to reverberate through the region for years.
Event of the Year: The Japanese tsunami. I’ve never seen any natural disaster like it and the videos were some of the most chilling I’ve ever seen. Popping Bin Laden is a close 2nd.

Bookworm Room
Person of the Year: Obama in a negative way; Tim Tebow in a positive way.
Event of the Year: The Euro’s collapse and/or the withdrawal from Iraq, an ignominious retreat from a war we actually won.

Simply Jews
Person of the Year: Muammar Qadaffi
Event of the Year: Stems from A) – guess what 😉

The Colossus of Rhodey
Person of the Year: Arab “Spring” participants who’ve fooled the media around the world into thinking they’re democrats but in reality are just more Muslim fundies.
Event of the Year: Japanese tsunami and subsequent nuke reactor destruction.

Glittering Eye
Person of the Year: For notable individual I’d pick Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit vendor whose self-immolation was the spark that ultimately overthrew the government in Tunisia and lead to the upheavals in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and elsewhere in MENA that are being called the “Arab Spring”
Event of the Year: I think that Scott’s got it right on the notable event; the tsunami that struck Japan.

The Right Planet
Person of the Year: Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer
Event of the Year: Japanese Tsunami. Tens of thousands killed and radiation to boot. What a horrible disaster. Bustin’ a cap in Osama would be my second too. I’m with Scott on this one. Of course our debt has now surpassed our GDP. That’ll probably be next year’s most notable event–financial collapse.

The Mellow Jihadi
Person of the Year: SEAL Team Six
Event of the Year: Arab Spring

Joshuapundit
Person of the Year: Rep. Col. Allen West
Event of the Year: A toss up between our retreat from Iraq and the Tsunami.

And now, without further ado, let’s move on to this week’s winners.

This week’s winner, Bookworm Room’s A case regarding citizen journalists proves, once again, that bad facts make for bad law dealt with the case of a blogger who was successfully sued for libel and the implications of that legal ruling. Here’s a slice:

When I first saw the headline — “A $2.5 Million Libel Judgment Brings The Question : Are Bloggers Journalists?” — I have to admit that I felt a bit queasy. When I write something snide about President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, or any of the other prominent Democrats I routinely criticize at this site, am I exposing myself to massive liability? Well, probably not, because they’re public figures and we have enormous latitude to criticize them. But what about a post I might write criticizing, not a political figure, but a local businessman. Can he sue me . . . and win?

The answer, it seems to me, is that Mr. Businessman is just as likely to win against blogger as he would have been if, in the old days, I sent nasty letters to the editor, distributed flyers or otherwise widely and impugned his character. If my statements are true, I win. If they’re false, I lose. I would have been at risk in the old days and I’m still at risk in the new if I choose to shout out lies from an electronic rooftop.

So why is the $2.5 million dollar libel judgment an issue? Because the blogger in question sought to protect herself by claiming that she was a journalist, not a blogger. She therefore contended that Shield Laws allowed her to hide her sources while successfully protesting her innocence in a defamation lawsuit. When the judge said she wasn’t a journalist, bloggers got nervous. After all, we bloggers consider ourselves a “new media,” providing information that the old media, usually for political reasons, often leaves on the cutting room or newsroom floor. What’s unnerving is that, if we’re not journalists, even when we scrupulously present facts, we’re still at risk of litigation, something that has a very chilling effect even on the most honest writer.

As is so often true with legal cases, though, the details should be comforting — and this is true despite the fact that I think the judge committed a definitional error that must be redressed. This case, though, is not going to be the one that makes correcting that legal error easy, because the facts really militate against the blogger. By any standard, Crystal Cox, the defendant against whom the district court judge imposed the $2.5 million libel judgment, was not making any effort to conduct herself according to journalistic norms. Instead, Cox was the journalistic equivalent of a vexatious litigant.

In our non-Council Category, this week’s winner was a masterful piece by Victor Davis Hanson, A Vandalized Valley submitted by The Noisy Room. It deals with what is happening in California’s Central Valley, once one of the richest and most fertile farmlands in America. And classicist that he is, it’s Vandals VDH is talking about, as in the fall of Rome. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next year! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!

12/30/11

Bare Naked Islam Website Removed by WordPress – Cause: CAIR

Gulag Bound
By: Maggie Thornton
Maggie’s Notebook

Bare Naked Islam Down – CAIR Casualty

There are few details at this time but the hard-hitting and informative Bare Naked Islam has been removed from its prior website by WordPress.com according to the following (as you read, remember that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the fraudulent Holyland Foundation case):

To: NATIONAL AND RELIGION EDITORS

Blog contained threats of violence like ‘I want [Muslim] blood on my hands’

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that an anti-Muslim Internet hate site that contained a number of threats of violence targeting mosques, including the comment “I want [Muslim] blood on my hands,” has been taken down by its hosting company.

CAIR said visitors to “Bare Naked Islam,” hosted by WordPress.com, now see the message:

“barenakedislam.wordpress.com is no longer available. This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.”

[NOTE: “Bare Naked Islam” was one of the major promoters of the campaign to pressure Lowe’s to drops its ads from TLC’s “All-American Muslim.”]

Last month, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate the threats of violence targeting mosques posted on the blog and urged WordPress.com to remove it for violating the hosting company’s terms of service (TOS), which prohibit blogs that “contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities.” Articles and comments posted on “Bare Naked Islam” urged attacks on and desecration of American and European mosques.

A burr under the CAIR kufiya is Bare Naked Islam’s support of Lowe’s removing advertising from an American Muslim reality show. BNI should have the right to boycott it, talk about it, write about it, scream it if they want to. Lowes has the right to advertise or not.

Here is a snippet from the Anti-CAIR website (I hope you will read the rest of the story here):

Proven Truths About CAIR

CAIR Filed A Lawsuit Over These Anti-CAIR Statements. CAIR Retreated
From Their Lawsuit During Discovery. CAIR Agreed To Forever Drop All
Of The Claims That Were In, Or Could Have Been In, Their Complaint.
These Words Were Never Found To Be False, They Were Never
Retracted, And Remain Posted On Anti-CAIR’s Website.(Read: CAIR Backs Down from Anti-CAIR)
Let there be no doubt that the Council on American-Islamic Relations
is a terrorist supporting front organization that is partially funded
by terrorists, and that CAIR wishes nothing more than the
implementation of Sharia Law in America.

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CAIR has proven links to, and was founded by, Islamic Terrorists.
CAIR actively supports terrorists and terrorist-supporting groups and nations.

CAIR is an organization founded by Hamas supporters which seeksto overthrow Constitutional government in the United States and replace it with an Islamist theocracy using our own Constitution as protection.

Read the rest at Anti-CAIR and browse through their homepage here.

CAIR wants no good thing for America. You can take it to the bank. The support of CAIR by our FBI has been a rocky road and while we have known they are terrorist-connected for a very long time, we can’t keep them out of our government or the Halls of Congress. Perhaps this new law is the answer, but don’t bet on it.

The video below is a report that includes claims against Bare Naked Islam. I urge you to keep an open mind as you listen. Things are not always as they seem. There is a quote from the blog administrator “Bonnie.” I’ve been to the site numerous times and I’ve have linked to them in the past, but have seen no evidence of threats. I personally, have never seen anything that isn’t in direct response to some Islamic threat or act of violence – and even then, no threats. Just my experience.

If anyone needs a really, really good hosting service, let me know. I love mine and will be happy to refer you. See what you get when you go to BNI now. My thanks to Grumpy Opinions who has more.

Read these bloggers also trying to get the word out that CAIR is dominating what you are reading on the Internet:


CAIR Goes After Bare Naked Islam (video)