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Why gun nuts are deluded
by Kevin_Foley
January 22, 2013 02:57 PM | 1321 views | 8 8 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Pete Borden and other MDJ bloggers and columnists insist the government is coming to take their guns. This is a National Rifle Association-pushed paranoid fantasy and it's not new.
 
Every time the conversation turns to sensible gun safety legislation, as it has in the wake to the Netwon massacre, the NRA trots out its minions to flog the phony "gun freedom" line.
 
NRA board member and aging rock star Ted Nugent is the latest surrogate to mouth off. He's threatening armed insurrection, although as we'll soon see, Nugent has no appetite for real combat.
 
"I'm part of a very great experiment in self-government," proclaimed the self-enamoured gun slinger at a recent convention, "where we the people determine our own pursuit of happiness and our own individual freedom and liberty not to be confused with the Barack Obama gang who believes in we the sheeple and actually is attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776. And if you want another Concord Bridge, I got some buddies."
 
And I've got the bus that will transport Nugent and his pals to Concord Bridge if they really want to face off against our armed forces. Maybe Nugent can do a show before the shooting starts. I'd pay to see the concert and the gunplay.
 
The Nuge, speaking for the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, has made no secret of his organization's contempt for Brack Obama, blaming the president for every evil imaginable.
 
"But here is what is wrong with America today," Nugent goes on. "We have a president, and everybody better write this down, and memorize this. The president of the United States goes to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and pretends to honor 58,000 American heroes who died fighting communism and then he hires, appoints and associates with communists. He pretends to pay honor to men who died fighting communism, and then he hangs out with, hires and appoints communists. He is an evil dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom. And we need to fix this as soon as possible."
 
Ah, Vietnam is it? Let's see, Nugent is of an age that he would have been drafted and likely had his opportunity to play Rambo in Vietnam.
 
But alas, this tough guy pooped his pants and generally abstained from all personal hygiene for more than a month before showing up at his draft board, where he was promptly rejected for service. Nugent nevertheless has the temerity to refer to America's real fighting men as his "borthers in arms."
 
This is the same punk who said at the NRA's annual meeting that he would be "dead or in jail" if President Obama was reelected to a second term, earning him the attention of the Secret Service.
 
Nugent backed down, of course, and probably pooped his pants again when the Service knocked on his door.
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Lib in Cobb
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January 27, 2013
@DA: It seems proof reading is a very difficult function for you when frothing at the mouth.

I love watching "Wing Nuts" losing control.

Boortz, Borden and Bashing
by Kevin_Foley
January 21, 2013 01:17 PM | 1432 views | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I'm getting the message, catching his drift. Pete Borden doesn't like my opinions because they don't mesh with his own puny worldview. To Mr. Borden, when I'm not "lying" I'm a "coward."

Really? Here I present progressive push back every week in the hard right conservative stronghold of Cobb County, putting my real name to my real words, but I'm gutless.

Mr. Borden suggests I waited until Boortz's last day on the air suggest "Mighty Whitey" was a nasty, elitist bigot. But what better coda could there be to Boortz's disgraceful career, polluting the public airwaves with his disgusting brand of minority-bashing.

Forget that Boortz was a complete bore, a tasteless, unfunny, uninteresting radio gabber. I simply used Boortz's own comments in my column, which is limited to 600 words. I could have filled the MDJ with Boortz's bullying attacks on people who couldn't possibly defend themselves, such as the Katrina survivors Boortz called "garbage" or Muslims he described as "cockroaches."

That's the dictionary definition of coward, Mr. Borden.

Mr. Borden reveals much about himself rushing to Boortz's defense. His listeners - and evidently Pete Borden LOVED Neal Boortz - must have affirmation and, as I noted, only the willfully ignorant, delusional, racist or paranoid would waste their time listening to Boortz or people like him.

Pete, which are you?
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Lib in Cobb
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January 22, 2013
Kevin: Borden defends Boortz, Adams defends Borden, sounds like a reach around party.

James Yeager, tough guy patriot (not)
by Kevin_Foley
January 15, 2013 07:30 PM | 2313 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The pro-gun crowd received a nasty black eye last week when one of its more, um, zealous members posted a video on YouTube promising to kill people if sensible gun safety legislation is enacted.
 
Like a lot of these cardboard cowboys, James Yeager wears prison-style tats on his arm, badass chin spinach, and a bald dome. Yeager looks oh so threatening and lethal, not unlike a con on death row. But, as we'll learn, he's really just a big pussy cat.
 
Yeager bills himself as the CEO of something called Tactical Response in Tennessee, where he apparently teaches people how to play with their guns and sells them gear designed to make them look like soldiers. Yeager says he's a former Big Sandy, Tenn. (pop. 556) cop and claims he spent a couple of years in Baghdad as a hired security gun. Whatever.
 
In his YouTube video, Yeager goes on a spit-flying rant using some language his mother would probably disapprove of:
 
"F*** that! I’m telling you that if that (sensible gun safety measures) happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot," he barks into the camera. "Load your damn mags!" and "get ready to fight!" Then he adds this: "I’m not f***ing putting up with this. I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people!"
 
It's all a lot of hot air, of course, but it earned Yeager some notoriety he didn't want. The state of Tennessee suspended his weapons permit and he appeared in a second video this week, chastened, sitting next to his lawyer and sounding less like a raging prison inmate and more like a regretful drunk driver. 
 
"I said some pretty volatile stuff which I apologize for. I do not in any way advocate the overthrowing of the United States government, nor do I condone any violent actions towards any elected officials. It's not time to shoot anybody. What it is time to do is to organize politically, contact our elected officials and help steer the ship the direction that we want it to go.The way to do that right now is via letters, via emails, some phone calls to your elected officials."
 
Yeager may not have the courage of his convictions, but there are a lot of his types out there ready to pull the trigger, perhaps on a classroom full of little kids, or in a theater full of patrons, or a college campus, or a church, or a shopping mall. They're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore!
 
Which is why we need sensible gun safety laws right away.
 
Tell James Yeager what you think: JamesYeager@TacticalResponse.com
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Lib in Cobb
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January 16, 2013
Alex Jones will have company in the mental hospital.

Who would think that someone like Yeager would live in a red state like Tennessee?

NRA’s “Hollywood Guns” glorifies movie gun violence
by Kevin_Foley
January 11, 2013 05:34 PM | 2082 views | 8 8 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The gun lobby is circling the wagons as public outrage grows over the slaughter of 20 small children and 6 educators in Newtown, Connecticut and President Obama weighs his executive power options to reign in runaway gun violence.
In the wake of the massacre, in which Adam Lanza shot his victims to pieces with a Bushmaster assault rifle, a CNN poll showed that 62 percent of Americans favor a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines. Nine out of 10 Americans want background checks on all gun sales.
In response, the National Rifle Association has dug its belligerent heels in, rejecting even discussingthe possibility of any sensible regulations. Instead, NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre blamed entertainment violence for mass murder, but not firearms like the kind Lanza and his fellow mass murderers used to kill their victims.
LaPierre seems not to know the NRA museum recently featured “Hollywood Guns,” described on the NRA web site as “…a firsthand glimpse of some of the most famous firearms on the silver screen over the last 70 years.”
Included is the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 29 “Dirty Harry” Callahan used in spectacularly graphic style to off scores of movie bad guys.
Then there are the weapons used in Quentin Tarantino’s bloodbath, “Reservoir Dogs,” along with the suppressed Remington 11-87 used to slaughter the innocent and guilty in “No Country for Old Men.”
“Hollywood Guns spotlights 125 firearms that have thrilled movie goers for generations,” the NRA’s web site breathlessly promises.
Rather than abhorring entertainment violence, the NRA loves the enormous marketing potential when its weapons are featured in movies and television to glorify gun violence.
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Lib in Cobb
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January 14, 2013
George: John Smith, happy now I 'm not hiding behind a screen name.

The content of my post to DA was true and accurate. Perhaps if you read it again a few times you will be able to grasp my point.

Both Adams and Borden have responded to me on several occasions and now you, I am so lucky. So much for not paying any attention to me. Your point is?

Borden suffering from gun derangement syndrome
by Kevin_Foley
January 07, 2013 03:07 PM | 1667 views | 8 8 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

When he doesn't like what I write, Pete Borden likes to call me a liar. He has again leveled a charge that I lied in my recent column on the need to make gun safety part of the public safety discussion.

Here's his incendiary statement (emphasis added):

"Foley makes the erroneous statement that you can walk into almost any gun show and buy 'assault weapons', high capacity magazines and ammunition, no questions asked. I will not dignify that by calling it an untruth. I will call it what it is. It is a bald faced lie. Dealers at gun shows are bound by the same regulations requiring background checks, as they are when they are in their places of business. Since Foley is only parroting something he has heard, I have no way of knowing whether he is aware of that or not. But, I repeat, the statement is a lie."

Again, Mr. Borden, unlike you, I am far too good a writer and commentator not to do my research before speaking out on an issue.

I didn't say "every gun show." I qualified my statement sby aying, "almost any gun show," but that's beside the point.

From the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence web site, here's the breakdown on the so-called "gun show loophole":

Though commonly referred to as the “Gun Show Loophole,” the “private sales” described above include guns sold at gun shows, through classified newspaper ads, the Internet, and between individuals virtually anywhere.

Unfortunately, only six states (CA, CO, IL, NY, OR, RI) require universal background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows. Three more states (CT, MD, PA) require background checks on all handgun sales made at gun shows. Seven other states (HI, IA, MA, MI, NJ, NC, NE) require purchasers to obtain a permit and undergo a background check before buying a handgun. Florida allows its counties to regulate gun shows by requiring background checks on all firearms purchases at these events. 33 states have taken no action whatsoever to close the Gun Show Loophole.

Mr. Borden again shoots himself in the foot playing ready, fire, aim. Nice try, Peter. I'm waiting for my apology.

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CobbCoGuy
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January 10, 2013
Fair enough, Mr. Borden; I did click on it, didn't I?

Keep at it and, have a good'un.

Patriot Apocalypse
by Kevin_Foley
January 04, 2013 11:55 AM | 1838 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I wonder if the Second Amendment crowd has ever considered what armed insurrection against the "tyrannical" government they imagine actually looks like?
 
Let's, for fun and enlightenment, extrapolate. It's 2025 and the new president, Newt Palin, decides citizens have too much freedom. Together with his allies in Congress, he passes the New Patriot Act, a cleverly named piece of legislation that strips away most civil rights. President Palin justifies this law by telling Americans they are "in danger."
 
A band of patriots in Cobb County rises up, organizing themselves into a militia. Their plan is to revolt and attack federal buildings and installations.
 
But President Palin is also the commander in chief of the armed forces, so he has the most powerful military machine in the world to back him up. And because he is a conservative, he also has the support of the senior generals in the Pentagon.
 
Word of the Cobb County patriots reaches the president, who orders the military to go on high alert. Armed with their ArmaLites and Glocks and led by Charles Gregory, the Cobb County patriots climb into a Ford 150 pick up truck and head toward the Russell Federal Building in Atlanta.
 
A Predator drone has been orbiting Cobb County and a turncoat patriot has provided intel on the plan to attack the Russell Federal Building. The Predator zooms in on the pick up truck full of patriots speeding down Atlanta Road and releases a Hellfire missile, immolating everyone on board before they can fire a shot.
 
The moral of the story, folks, is that it is no longer 1776. Your semi-auto and auto weapons are no match for the mighty military you support. Your notion of citizens standing up to a government you believe is tyrannical is as quaint as it is absurd.
 
Luckily, we have a division of powers in America. One branch of government keeps the other in check. The military is controlled by the civilian government. We're also a nation of laws, so the need for an armed insurrection is highly remote.
 
So before considering a revolt, you Cobb County patriots should stop and ask yourself if your real problem isn't with our representative form of government that lawfully passes legislation the majority of Americans wish to see enacted.
 
You shouldn't confuse tyranny with the rule of law.
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Timus
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January 07, 2013
Even if they are not match for the US military they could always point their AR15s at one another and shoot themselves!!! And in regards to Newt Palin....that really WOULD be lipstick on a pig!!!

Stand up for assault weapons, Patriots!
by Kevin_Foley
December 31, 2012 08:31 AM | 1371 views | 5 5 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Why do gun nuts always call themselves patriots? Here are comments posted under Pete Borden's nearby post by "Patriot D," who no doubt wears a tri-corn hat over his or her tin foil hat when he or she attends Tea Party shindigs. I've added some commentary for the enlightenment of the reader:

 

"It is not surprising though for me to see so many comfortable "Americans" (if you disagree with Patriot D, you aren't a real "American") so willing to surrender their power of freedom, liberty and subjugate themselves... all in the name of safety (let's see, government-ensured safe cars, safe food, safe medicines, safe airliners, safe highways...). Those reading this need to be able to identify the real threats to America (you mean like people who think assault weapons with high capacity magazines should be banned?) and refuse to allow your life to be micro-governed so everyone's entire life is perfectly safe. Imagine what that set of laws would be. Where will it end? What would life be like? (I don't know...maybe you should ask the parents of the kids slaughtered in Newtown, Patriot D). Life is about responsibility and accountability (Then why don't you identify yourself and take responsibility for your words?).

Perhaps it is the strict gun laws that cost those poor children their lives. (Um, we don't have strict gun laws. That's the problem.)

What if the principal was armed? Instead of rushing the shooter unarmed or choosing to hide in closets, someone could have eliminated the threat immediately. But unfortunately, no. Being law abiding good citizens, they were unarmed and unprepared and are now victims for it. This horrible incident proves that good people obey the laws and bad people don't. Why tie the hands of good guys and put them at the disadvantage? (You sound just like the NRA's Wayne LaPierre. What a coincidence)

I for one want the good people to ALWAYS be well ARMED. Who wouldn't? They're the good guys! The laws we have clearly don't work on bad guys. (Then why did New York City, with strict gun safety laws, have a record-low number of homicides in 2012?) The issue is about individual BEHAVIOR and individual RESPONSIBILITY. These tragedies are not the fault of some inanimate object like a gun. The gun doesn't think, make decisions, or act. (Maybe you can explain why Adam Lanza's momma, one of those aforementioned "good guys," had assault weapons in her home along with a son she knew was deranged. She evidently had no trigger locks on the weapons or a gun safe to lock them in.)

The PEOPLE need to hold these criminals accountable and the punishments need to be severe enough to deter behavior. (I agree. Make sure they can't get their hands on military style assault rifles and high capacity magazines. Ban 'em!)

Remember folks... this country is about WE THE PEOPLE. Do not allow yourself to be ruled by a government. America wasn't found on the pretense of a ruling government, America was uniquely founded based on a ruling people. Stand up and BE STRONG. (Yep. Tea Partier).

In America since 1776, THE PEOPLE RULE... therefore the PEOPLE KEEP THE POWER! (Power to the people, right on!)
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CobbCoGuy
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January 02, 2013
Lib

Now we're getting somewhere. I don't agree, but at least we now have a discussion.

Thanks.

A Slaughter in Connecticut
by Kevin_Foley
December 18, 2012 08:34 AM | 1683 views | 33 33 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
So we can add 26 more to America's gun violence body count, this time, 20 first graders and seven adults mowed down by another reclusive lunatic. And its becoming so frequent, we're all becoming inured to it.

 

I wonder how many Americans were annoyed Sunday night when NBC cut away from the 49ers-Patriots game to broadcast President Obama's remarks at the memorial service in Newtown, Connecticut?

 

Last Friday, it was the same footage we always see: grim faced first responders and panicked parents rushing to the scene; surviving school kids shivering in terror, and another police chief trying to make sense of the insane.

 

Those first graders thought they were safe in their Sandy Hook classroom, no doubt giddy over the approaching Christmas holiday; baking cookies with mom, wrapping presents with dad, sledding with their friends. Then the shooting started, their little bodies cut to pieces by high powered bullets shot from a semi automatic assault weapon with a 30-round magazine.

 

These are the images we need to see, not the sterile, "here-we-go-again" footage we're accustomed to and, yes, indifferent to.

 

Let's see those victims so we all know what bullets really do. Let's be as shocked and sickened as those first police officers on the scene were at the sight of those dead babies and the women who gave their lives trying to protect them.

 

What's that? You don't think it's appropriate? Guns don't kill people? What about your Second Amendment rights?

 

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Tucson, Aurora. Now Newtown. Innocents slaughtered with weapons that should have never been in the hands of their maniac killers. Do the rest of us care enough now to enact sensible gun control laws? Is our outrage, at long last, enough to finally tip the scales?

 

Or will we just change the channel again.
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Lib in Cobb
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January 04, 2013
@Cobb Guy: You can have your discussion using statistics if you wish. I have never liked statistics. Logic and reason tells me that no child should be dead by gunfire, because someone did not use enough caution in keeping these unnecessary weapons out of the hands of their very troubled son. Logic and reason tells me that if these unnecessary guns were extremely hard to get by the general public then 20 children and six adults would not be dead in CT, the latest of the mass murders where an semi auto assault rifle was the weapon of choice. Logic and reason tells me that Adam Lanza's mother made a terrible mistake by teaching her very troubled son, how to shoot. I will add Adam Lanza was not trusted by his own mother, yet she put a gun in his hands. Logic and reason tells me that if you wish to own a gun for self protection, you don't need a Glock or a Bush Master or a AR 15. Logic and reason tells me that there is something vitally missing in the male and or female makeup if they feel incomplete without an arsenal in their home. I would suggest therapy, lots of therapy.

Statistics are your way of telling the victims and the families of victims, that it's not as bad as it seems.

"Fake news" a fake controversy
by Kevin_Foley
December 12, 2012 08:16 AM | 1463 views | 8 8 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Several of my far right fans have been looking for ways to discredit me. They seem annoyed by my incisive, witty, well researched and written columns and blogs unmasking conservative hypocrisy.
 
They think they found some dirt by dredging up the "fake news" label that was applied to my company and others in my industry back in 2006. (Actually, TV Guide ran a story about VNRs 26 years ago with the cover of the magazine screaming "Fake News" and the public collectively yawned).
 
Anyway, what took place six years ago is actually fairly interesting and not a little ironic for my conservative friends who may have voted for George W. Bush in 2004. For anybody who cares, here's the story:
 
Video news releases (VNRs) are the electronic equivalent of printed press releases that the MDJ and other print, Internet and radio media routinely use. They are supplied to television news stations at no cost and typically cover a wide range of innocuous, non-controversial subjects.
 
For example if a beverage company introduces a new brand, we will provide TV stations with videotape of the beverage coming off the packing line.
Sometimes we offer wedding tips from a web site specializing in brides, or we might feature an interview with a star athlete talking about his latest commercial endorsement.
 
TV stations are under no obligation to air VNRs, but may choose to do so if they feel the information they contain is useful to their audiences. If they do air the content, they almost always edit and attribute it.
 
The so-called "fake news" controversy began in 2005 after the Bush administration distributed VNRs touting its various initiatives. The Bush VNRs broke all the industry and FCC rules, presenting controversial information without any contrasting views. They were also narrated and offered as a two-minute "package" that some TV stations unwittingly aired.
 
Free Press and the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a left wing, anti-corporation, anti-PR activist group, learned about one of these VNRs and complained to the Federal Communications Commission. As reported by Fox News in 2005:
 
"Media watchdogs decrying 'fake news' segments that are actually packages produced and distributed by the Bush administration to promote government programs are demanding the Federal Communications Commission take a stand against the practice.

"They are joined by some members of Congress and other groups who have asked the FCC to investigate whether the government and broadcasters are violating regulations by producing and airing what they say are deceptive public relations tools funded with taxpayer dollars.

"'It's essentially propaganda, it's so-called news that is promoting White House policies and is provided by the government and is not being labeled as such," said Josh Silver, a spokesman for Free Press, a watchdog group that recently helped to collect 40,000 signatures on a petition calling on the FCC, Congress and the broadcasters to "stop fake news.'"

In 2006, the CMD uped the ante, releasing a "report" condemning the use of all VNRs by TV stations. Much of what the CMD presented was either flat out wrong or deliberately distorted, but that didn't stop two FCC commissioners from siding with the CMD and speaking out before hearing the other side of the story.

I helped form and then lead an industry group, which hired a Washington attorney specializing in FCC matters. He reviewed the CMD report and agreed it was one-sided and seriously flawed from a legal standpoint. He sent a letter to the FCC chairman that included this:

"CMD, nevertheless, cites so-called VNR 'abuses' that have nothing to do with controversial or political matters and do not involve the alleged payment of money or other consideration to the broadcaster, including:

  • the use of candy flavored lip gloss;
  • Holiday gift ideas;
  • the making of a Super Bowl advertisement;
  • a shortage of qualified automobile technicians;
  • an Internet game;
  • Super Bowl party tips;
  • Holiday travel tips;
  •  Floral care tips; and, last but not least,
  •  the versatility of pancakes.
 
"On their face, these instances of VNR usage do not violate Commission rules nor longstanding Commission precedent -- yet CMD has publicly accused the stations at issue (and, by implication, the entire VNR industry) of serious and improper conduct detrimental to the public interest."

As happens so often in such things, the entire "fake news" fiasco died a natural death. Sorry conservative readers, but there's nothing to see here. Move along.

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John Staubers
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January 08, 2013
Kevin Foley Fake news man, you are so proud of your biased, slanted "news" stories paid for by your corporate and government clients who are featured in them, why not share them with the world? I hereby challenge you to make them all public by posting them online for all to see as they are produced and distributed, as we did with the VNRs we captured. Then, since you monitor for your clients exactly where this fake news aired, you shuold also post online information about which stations aired them, when and where. This is the age of the internet Kevin, and this sort of transparency would be wonderful! All the great information in your VNRs would reach an even wider audience. Let me know if you need any technical help in doing this. However, I know that you won't take up this challenge because you would be doing just what we've done, exposing how much of TV news is really just the disguised and plagiarized airings of PR videos.


Is Fein calling for persecution of Muslims?
by Kevin_Foley
November 28, 2012 03:28 PM | 1621 views | 12 12 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Dr. Mel Fein has said in previous columns he is Jewish. So I wonder if Fein knows how Jews were persecuted through the ages; how they were dehumanized and murdered by Nazis simply for being Jewish?
 
And if Fein is aware of Jewish persecution, has he learned anything from it?
 
"I suggested that Barack Obama felt sympathetic toward Islam and its adherents," said Dr Fein in his recent column in which he described a debate he participated in at Kennesaw State. "At this, half the audience grew restive. What these people thought they heard me say was that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Now angered by my ignorance and insensitivity, they perceived me as a 'birther' who hadn’t the sense to recognize that our president is a Christian."
 
No, Dr. Fein, I think they heard exactly what you said and they perceived you as an intolerant bigot.

"Barack Obama is indeed a Christian, but that does not preclude his being kindly disposed to Muslims," Fein goes on. And why wouldn't Obama be kindly disposed to Muslims, along with Christians, Jews, and Buddhists?
 
"... it was no accident that once in office, he used the bully pulpit to extol the virtues of Islam," writes Fein. "In Cairo, in Indonesia, and at the United Nations — where each time he insisted it was a religion of peace. All of this was presumably intended to lessen international tensions, but it was likewise in harmony with his sentiments."
 
Then maybe Dr. Fein can explain why President George W. Bush repeatedly made the same sort of pro-Islam statements following the 9-11 attack. "America treasures the relationship we have with our many Muslim friends, and we respect the vibrant faith of Islam which inspires countless individuals to lead lives of honesty, integrity, and morality," Bush said in 2002.
 
Fein goes on to suggest Obama's "loyalties" might not lie with America should hostilities break out. It's a preposterous, intellectually dishonest statement as evidenced by Obama's take down of terrorist leaders throughout the Middle East, including Osama bin Laden, and his aggressive prosecution of the war on Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan. Meantime, the Obama administration's intervention in the recent outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians was hailed by Israel's leaders.

Yet, Fein's broad brush paints all of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, including the 2.6 million who live peacefully in the U.S., as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, unworthy of our respect or sympathy, never mind that just an infinitesimal fraction of all Muslims are militants whose terrorism has been denounced and disavowed by Muslim leaders around the world
 
His generalization is, frighteningly, not unlike Nazi propaganda of the 1930s, which stereotyped Jews as rats that should be reviled and exterminated.
From Fein's anti-Islam position, history tells us, it's just a short leap to Nazi-style persecution:
 
"In September 1935 the Nuremberg Laws were passed," explains the Yan Veshem web site, "stripping the Jews of their citizenship and forbidding intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews. Jews were banned from universities; Jewish actors were dismissed from theaters; Jewish authors’ works were rejected by publishers; and Jewish journalists were hard-pressed to find newspapers that would publish their writings."
 
Very shortly after Jews were stripped of their rights, they were being sent to gas chambers by the millions. Dr. Fein should engage his brain before he sits down before his keyboard.
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Marie in Marietta
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January 12, 2013
Oh Kevin, my stars, your fan club consists of you, and your other identity here, "Lib in Cobb". The rest of us just laugh at you. But it is trure that I am stating to forget to even read the garbage that the paper allows you to post.

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Kevin Foley is a 1979 graduate of the University of Connecticut and a former newspaper reporter. In 1981, he began his 30-year career in public relations, working in account management for Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum, two international PR firms. In 1986, he launched KEF Media in Chicago, a firm specializing in broadcast and Internet public relations. He moved the company to Atlanta in 1993. His career has taken him around the world and to every major city in America. Along the way he has worked with celebrities and public figures like Hank Aaron, Jane Seymour, Bob Dole, Nolan Ryan and Ryan Seacrest. Kevin went into semi-retirement in 2009 to pursue his long delayed writing career. In 2008 he published his first novel, "Where Law Ends," and has three other novels in various stages of completion. Kevin serves on the board of directors at Pinetree Country Club where enjoys golf and tennis. He and his wife Susie live in Kennesaw. The couple has two grown children.

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