COLUMNIST PROPOSES FILM MEGASTAR AS
CONSTITUTION PARTY NOMINEE
"I recently attended a homeschool
convention in New Hampshire where I had a very entertaining discussion with
Lee Button, chairman of the Constitution Party of New Hampshire, and his
volunteers. They had a booth at the convention in an effort to interest
homeschoolers in joining the party.
Constitution Party is basically an ideological movement that cannot provide
access to the movers and shakers who make policies in the federal government.
One gives to the Constitution Party for ideological reasons only.
"Indeed, what is the function of an ideological conservative political party
in today’s largely two-party system? It is to give voice to those who find the
two parties and their candidates unacceptable. But it’s a voice that is barely
heard beyond the meeting rooms in which the ideologues discuss their plans.
"And so, in the course of our conversation, I came up with a brilliant idea. I
told Lee and his associates, 'Why don’t you nominate Mel Gibson for President?
That will get you on the front pages of every newspaper in the country.'
Indeed, Gibson would be an ideal candidate of a party that mentions the name
Jesus Christ in the Preamble to the Party’s Platform."
RN 24/7: It
started as an aside at a conservative get together, when columnist Samuel L.
Blumenfeld (author of N.E.A.: Trojan Horse in American Education and
other books) suggested to a Constitution Party leader that the party ought to
consider Mel Gibson as its presidential candidate this year. The idea isn't as
quixotic as it might first sound. The record-breaking turnout at the box
office for his film, The Passion of the Christ, despite one of the most
vicious smear campaigns in recent memory, shows that Mel Gibson spoke for
countless Americans with his reverent, traditional approach to the subject
matter. Add to that his charisma and literal movie star good looks, past
political success of entertainment figures from Ronald Reagan to Clint
Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a potential campaign "war chest" that
would rival (or even surpass) his big party opponents, his conservative views
on the issues, and the disenchantment of many on the Right for Bush, and
suddenly a run for the White House is all of sudden considerably more
plausible. Of course, even if Mel were nominated and accepted (not too likely
a scenario), a victory in November wouldn't be too likely, especially because
of the rampant vote fraud across the land. "Gibson for President" would,
regardless the outcome, be of some benefit to the American political scene,
primarily by giving the Constitution Party a significant "jump start" towards
visibility in the short run and viability in the long run. Even
were he to be nominated without accepting, just from the news angle this could
reap dividends for the C.P. And we have a feeling that the current nominee,
Michael Peroutka, would gladly step aside to support Braveheart. This is a
story that bears watching.
Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Laden" offers truce to Europe, but not US
"Arab television stations yesterday
aired a new audio tape purportedly from Osama bin Laden offering a truce with
European states if they stop attacking Muslims, but not with the United
Text of "Bin Laden Tape'
"An audiotape purported to be from Osama Bin Laden has been broadcast by the
pan-Arab al-Arabiya and al-Jazeera satellite channels. In the tape the voice
offers conditional reconciliation with Europe."
Another Phony Bin Laden
"From February, with several links concerning falsified messages from the
alleged ringleader of the 9-11 attacks."
man becomes first hostage to be
executed "Italy's support for
the American-led war in Iraq was again placed under pressure last night as it
was revealed that an Italian hostage had been executed by his Iraqi
The Income Tax:
Still the root of all evil
"From the New Deal to Truman's Fair Deal to Eisenhower's big government
Republican administration to the Great Society to Nixon's big government
Republicanism to Jimmy Carter's expansion of the welfare state to Reagan's
"saving" of Social Security to George Bush's welfare-warfare state
administration to Clinton's tax hikes to G.W. Bush's welfare-warfare state
polices, all the "evil" of the past seven decades was made possible because
the federal government had the power to tax incomes directly."
No Child Left Un-brainwashed
is the same in principle, no matter what it is labeled. Hitler’s, Mussolini’s
and the Bolsheviks’ systems of education were designed to compel the children
to embrace the State as their savior. [American Humanist educator John] Dewey
had the same goal. The United States has gone far down the path towards having
a nationalized education system, where young people are indoctrinated with
'civic virtue' and 'a consciousness of their mission' by the State."
Bush's Incredible Definition of Credibility
"Outside Bush's head,
his statements keep crashing into reality. Tuesday night, ABC's Terry Moran
reminded him, 'Mr. President, before the war, you and members of your
administration made several claims about Iraq: that U.S. troops would be
greeted as liberators with sweets and flowers; that Iraqi oil revenue would
pay for most of the reconstruction; and that Iraq not only had weapons of mass
destruction but, as Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said, "We know where they
are." How do you explain to Americans how you got that so wrong?'"
President Addresses the Nation in Prime
Time Press Conference
From the official White
Editorials on Bush news
Bush backs Israeli 'peace'
"President George Bush has been accused of inflaming the
situation in the Middle East after he backed Israel's plan to start the
withdrawal of settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank."
24/7: It used to that there was at least the
formality of having Palestinian representation at peace talks. Now, we just
have the president rubberstamping whatever Sharon proposes--"Your wish is my
President Bush commends Israeli
Prime Minister Sharon's plan
From the official White
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Bremer 'is powerless to restrain the
"Divisions within the
US leadership in Baghdad are hampering negotiations to end the stand-off
between the radical cleric Muqtada Sadr (left) and the 2,500 American troops
who are surrounding him."
Iraq cleric offers peace talks, US
"U.S. forces tightened their grip around one of Iraq's
holiest cities on Wednesday and the rebel Shi'ite cleric they have vowed to
kill or capture offered unconditional talks to spare Najaf a bloodbath."
US must compromise with Iraqi
cleric, says Chalabi
"The United States knows it has to seek a compromise
with Moqtada al-Sadr, given the Shi'ite cleric's strong support and the
sanctity of the city he is in, Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi
said on Wednesday."
Judge will rehear motion Friday
in Terri Schiavo's law trial
"A local Florida judge
will hold a hearing on Friday on the latest fight in the battle over Terri's
Law, the measure approved by the state legislature that allowed Governor Jeb
Bush to ask doctors to reinsert Terri's feeding tube."
Jews versus Zionism: Stifling important debate
"The recent flap instigated by Abraham Foxman and his Zionist 'Anti-Defamation
League' against Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of Christ, is a perfect
example of how the powerful word-weapon of 'anti-Semitism' is utilized to
poison public opinion. It also demonstrates Zionism’s power."
WILL AMERICA BECOME A
If we go to [code alert] Red ... it
basically shuts down the country.
—Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
We are on the verge of global transformation.
All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to
a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
DoD ready to assist in the event of homeland
"The Defense Department stands ready to assist authorities at the federal,
state and local levels in the event of another terrorist attack on the
homeland, a senior DoD official said here April 8."
24/7: Ordinarily, an article like this, which comes from the DoD's
website, might not seem so ominous. But that changed after General Tommy
Franks made his fateful Cigar Aficionado interview (Nov./Dec. 2003) in
which he predicted that another major attack would cause an abridgement of
basic freedoms and a rule by martial law. See
Gen. Franks doubts Constitution will survive
WMDs attack . (For whatever
reason, the interview itself isn't can't be found at
Aficionado online, but it has
been saved in its entirety at
Alex Jones presents Infowars.com
From Tommy Franks, a doomsday scenario
"It was the Nine Years' War in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World that
facilitated the seizure of power by the world reformers who then took control
of nearly all human and social development. In 1984, George Orwell
described Oceania as in a constant state of war with a changeable enemy who
"always represented absolute evil." These inventors of the great dystopias
understood the way governments use war and its associative fear and
instability to consolidate power. Despotism thrives on insecurity. Abraham
Maslow's hierarchy of needs puts safety right behind food, water and sleep.
Humans naturally crave stability and are willing to sacrifice values such as
liberty in its pursuit."
General Tommy Franks calls for repeal of US
"Franks’ scenario goes much further. He is the first high-ranking official to
openly speculate that the Constitution could be scrapped in favor of a
military form of government."
24/7: To be precise, it should be noted that General Frank never
actually "calls for" (as in openly advocates) such a "solution," but
rather, as the quote says, he "speculates" (as in considers what might
occur). This isn't to say that he may well support such a plan, only that
he doesn't categorically do so in the interview.)
Who is General Tommy Franks?
Last May we carried this Featured Story about the murky background of General
Franks and it seems appropriate to return to it here.
DRESS REHEARSAL FOR
In the early hours of April 22, 2000 US federal agents stormed the
Miami home of a law-biding Cuban-American, seized six-year-old Elian
Gonzalez and returned him to Communist Cuba. Like Waco and Ruby Ridge,
this incident was an example of how the some (in this case, former
President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno) in the US
government will not hesitate to use armed force to violate the rights of
citizens. (Considering the context, the date given above is very
appropriate, since it is the birthday of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin.
Was the selection of that day for the raid intentional?)
PRAY FOR ELIAN
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
83 U.S. troops killed in Iraq this month
"The number wounded so far
in April exceeds the total for any other full month of the war by more than
Child Left Behind" and
"Yes, your child may have courses called math, science, literature, geography
and civics, but those courses are full of globalist myth and its source is UN
programs like UNESCO’s 'Education for All' curriculum."
The sad paradox of religion news
"Thanks to the historic
box-office bonanza of Mel Gibson’s movie 'The Passion of the Christ' ($330
million and rising), the topic of religion is 'hot' right now. Still, you get
that sinking feeling that for the press, it’s just another raging fad like the
Tickle Me Elmo doll or the Atkins diet."
Target of the Year: The American
U.S. military figures released Monday showed April to be the deadliest month
ever for American soldiers engaging in hostile action in Iraq since the war
began a year ago.
"At least 76 American troops have died in hostile action this month in
Iraq, according to the U.S. military."
Notice the female soldier [front and center] on the
cover. It used to be that the subversives defended women in the military
by saying they would be in strictly non-combat roles. Now that mask has
fallen away, as "GI Jane" clutches a rifle just like her male counterparts.
Be sure to read on the above link the article, "General: No more troops to
send to Iraq," where General Barry McCaffrey says: "There are no more
U.S. troops to send to Iraq. That's why we need 80,000 or more troops added to
the U.S. Army. Congress is allowing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to
dig in his heels and try to maintain a foreign policy based on a grossly
undermanned U.S. military." For the "solution" McCaffrey and others propose,
COMING SOON TO A SELECTIVE SERVICE OFFICE NEAR YOU!
Nader tells youths to brace for
"Presidential candidate Ralph Nader this weekend warned his constituents that
a military draft is pending, and asked younger voters to prepare. The
independent candidate noted that the federal
government is filling seats on
local draft boards as preparation for a reinstatement of the draft, which was
eliminated in 1973."
Retired Air Force general: No
easy Iraq solution in sight
troops will be in Iraq for a long time to come, according to retired Gen.
Merrill 'Tony' McPeak.¼'We're
(in Iraq) with about half of what we need. … If it takes the draft, that's
what we'll have to do,' McPeak said"
feel a draft?
"Prominent lawmakers such as
Rep. Charles Rangel of New York and others argue that our volunteer military
is not representative of society, and that it offends fairness to have
casualties in Iraq disproportionately drawn from members of America's less
advantaged classes. A presidential election is shaping up in which two
veterans of the Vietnam era have had to assert or defend their performance in
that conflict - America's last draft-based war."
Beware of attempts to revive
"It has been 30 years since the
last time an American entered the armed forces through the not-so-tender
mercies of the draft, on June 30, 1973. The next time could be just around the
corner, if President George W. Bush is re-elected. No, no, no, a
thousand times no, say the White House, the Pentagon and Congress. They insist
they have no plans for a draft. In any case, take this to the bank: It will
not happen before Nov. 2, 2004. Still, the rumors refuse to die, and it was
the Pentagon itself that started the buzz. "
Bringing Back the Draft
Newshour debate between Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL),
hosted by Jim Lehrer.
24/7: The argument that
a draft will somehow level the socioeconomic playing field don't have their
facts straight. During the Vietnam War, those affluent routinely avoided
combat: Not one son of a member of Congress saw duty in Vietnam. Typically the
wealthy and powerful were able to avoid service with what was known as a
Class II-A, Occupational Deferment. If a young man's skills were deemed
critical to a business, such a deferment allowed him a free pass. Although
this classification had legitimate applications, such as policemen, firemen,
teachers, it was often used as a loophole favoring sons of the influential.
Rangel and other supporters of reinstituting the draft can talk all they want
about seeing that this doesn't happen again, but history shows that when the
rich and famous are involved, they almost invariably have their way and
there's no reason to believe this time would be any different. And despite
efforts to paint this as a predominantly Republican problem ["if President
George W. Bush is re-elected," writes Bob Kessler in the above column], the
fact is that it's getting support on both sides of the aisle in Congress, as
witnessed by Democratic proponents such as Rangel and opposition from
Republican foes like Kirk.)
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Israel concerned setbacks in Iraq could harm state
defense establishment, monitoring the unfolding escalation in Iraq, is
increasingly concerned that American setbacks there could have grave
consequences for Israel's security."
Okay, so now we know why more troops are needed. Incidentally,
for anyone wondering, here's a
breakdown of coalition forces
Please note that of the nations sending military personnel, the United States
has by far the largest contingent (no surprise there), while over 25 other
countries have sent considerably fewer troops. A careful reading of those
nations represented will show that Israel, which is clamoring about how
concerned it is because the volatile situation in Iraq threatens its security,
has sent a grand total of 0—as in zero—troops, despite the fact that it
and none of the coalition nations, could even remotely be said to have reason
to fear Iraq? Israeli rationale: Why send Israelis to die when others
can be found to risk their necks?)
How much is Terri Schiavo's life worth?
"The world has moved on since the case of Terri Schiavo, whose husband sought
to remove the feeding tube that kept her alive, briefly grabbed public
attention last fall. But Terri's life remains at risk."
DVD player that 'cleans up' movies
"Clearplay, the Salt Lake
City, UT company that aroused Hollywood's anger when it began removing scenes
of sex, violence and swearing from its customers' home videos, now has a new
weapon in its arsenal -- a $79 DVD player, manufactured by RCA and sold in
Wal-Mart stores that has been programmed to skip over or mute possibly
objectionable scenes in over 500 movies."
Clear Play website
'Passion' is hit in Arab world
"Vocally anti-Semitic Muslims link
crucifixion epic to Mideast conflict" (RN
24/7: But wait, if they're Arabs, how
can they possibly be anti-Semitic—they
are Semites! In fact, they're more Semitic than
many [if not most] of the Jews in neighboring Israel.)
In Holy Land, 'Passion of the
Christ' is a must-see DVD
Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ" has rung up a boffo
box-office worldwide. But in the Holy Land, where the biblical epic is set
-- and where no distributor has picked it up for theatrical release -- it
has become an underground sensation. (RN
Even in Israel, believe it or not, where the subtitles are in Hebrew!)
Keeping up with 'The Passion' at the box office
gave no sign of worry in August 2001
adviser Condoleezza Rice, in her testimony Thursday to the independent
commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, spoke of a government on
high alert for terrorism in the summer of 2001.
"But if top officials were at battle
stations, there was no sign of it on the surface. Bush spent most of August
2001 on his ranch here. His staff said at the time that by far the biggest
issue on his agenda was his decision
on federal funding of stem cell research, followed by education, immigration
and the Social Security 'lockbox.'"
27 pieces of evidence that Condi Rice perjured herself in front of the
"If you watched Rice's
testimony to the 9-11 Commission very carefully, you might have noticed the
rare occasions when she was somehow able to refrain from smiling. True, it
must have been a joyous occasion for the National Security Advisor, but for
the rest of us the event was a bit more sobering. I refer specifically to
Rice's artfully choreographed dance around the truth."
Condoleezza Rice's Opening Remarks to Commission on Terrorist Attacks
From the official White House website
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Who said the war was over?
Take one charismatic son of a martyr, mix in a people tired of the
disintegration of their nation with heavy-handed US troops and you have the
recipe for disaster
President warns of more
casualties in Iraq
"President George W. Bush today braced the country for the possibility of more
American casualties in Iraq while insisting that the US-led mission is just.
Poll shows Floridians split
on fate of Terri Schiavo
"A new poll shows Florida
residents split on the issue of Governor Jeb Bush stepping in six months ago
to ensure that Terri Schiavo's estranged husband did not end her life by
removing the feeding tube that is
allowing her to live."
seeks US approval for his plans
sources said on Sunday Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will get a written U.S.
pledge that in exchange for a Gaza pullout, Israel will not have to give up
all of the West Bank under a future peace deal."
Business as usual.)
Israeli nuclear whistleblower’s day of
"After serving nearly 18 years in an Israeli prison—1112 of them in solitary
confinement—Mordechai Vanunu should be a free man on April 21. Now 49 years
old, he has spent the prime of his life locked in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell in
Ashkelon prison for blowing the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal."
Poor Jews! You invoked a dreadful curse upon your
own heads in saying: ‘His blood be on us and our children’; and that curse,
miserable race, you carry upon you to this day, and to the End of Time you
shall endure the chastisement of that innocent blood. O my Jesus! ... I will
not be obstinate like the Jews. I will love thee forever, forever, forever!
—St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
The following column appeared in the
1950s in a rather obscure newsletter known as The Point. (We are, for
the moment, uncertain the exact date, but will add it if found.) Despite its
humble origins, we think it worth carrying in light of the controversy over
the film, The Passion of the Christ. Following it is a link to an
article by a Jewish convert that tells the origin of the claim "the Romans did
it." A link to a devotional site is also below. (Photo at left: Mattia Sbragia,
who portrays the Jewish High Priest Caiphas in the aforementioned movie.)
The Liberal Catholics of our country are now making another concession
to Interfaith charity and Brotherhood benevolence. They are saying, "It was
not the Jews who crucified Christ; it was the Romans."
I should like to ask these Liberal Catholics a few pointed questions on the
subject of Our Lord's death.
Was it the Romans who came out to seize Him in the Garden of Olives with
swords and clubs on the night of His Passion, and who brought Him bound to the
High Priest, and then to Pontius Pilate, demanding that He should be killed?
Was it a Roman who betrayed Jesus with a kiss, and was it to Romans He was
sold for thirty pieces of silver?
Was the High Priest a Roman, who rent his garments and accused Our Lord of
blasphemy when He declared Himself to be the Eternal Son of God?
Was it a Roman crowd which stood before the tribunal of Pontius Pilate and
shouted: "If this man were not a malefactor we would not have handed Him over
to you ... His blood be upon us and upon our children!"
Was it the Romans who disowned Jesus as the King of the Jews, and did not want
the inscription placed over His head on the Cross when He hung, crowned with
thorns, and with nails in His hands and His feet?
Was it God's judgement in Heaven that the Romans had killed Christ, and was
that why the Power of the Almighty some thirty years later razed the Temple of
Jerusalem to the ground, and left not one stone upon a stone, and has never
allowed it to be rebuilt from that day to this?
In the prayers of the Mass for Good Friday of Holy Week, the priest refers to
the "perfidious Jews" as the ones who betrayed and crucified Christ. Should he
be saying the "perfidious Romans"? And has it been wrong for the Church to put
it the first way for as long as her history?
When Our Lord hung upon the Cross, His first recorded words were, "Father
forgive them for they know not what they do."
Do the Liberal Catholics really think Our Lord was referring to the Jews when
He said, "They know not what they do"? Was it the Jewish Chief Priests, the
Scribes, and the Ancients, with whom He sat daily teaching in the Temple and
who, when He was crucified, wagged their heads and mocked Him and shouted: "He
saved others; himself He cannot save" -- was it these who knew not what they
did, and whom Our Lord asked the Father to forgive?
Saint Luke tells us clearly that Jesus said this of the Roman soldiers who
"dividing his garments, cast lots." And Saint Matthew tells us that these same
Romans, after Jesus expired on the Cross, cried out in one voice with their
Centurion, "Indeed, this was the Son of God!".
A Jewish convert looks at the Crucifixion
The meaning of the Way of the Cross
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
US offers Fallujah truce, more Marines close in
"Insurgents and U.S.-allied Iraqi officials agreed in principle for a
cease-fire in Fallujah starting Sunday, but the deal depends on the doubtful
prospect of American soldiers withdrawing from the city, a member of Iraq’s
Governing Council told The Associated Press."
More jobs—but only new immigrant groups need
apply "So you thought there was good
news on the
According to Friday’s announcement, slightly more than
300,000 jobs were
created in March. That’s the biggest monthly rise in four years. But look
again: The job gains are stunningly skewed—toward
Asians. And a
significant number of them
FBI disputes Rice testimony
"The FBI on Friday disputed
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony that it was conducting
70 separate investigations of al-Qaida cells in the United States before the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."
"The salient fact that emerges from [Richard] Clarke’s book,
Against All Enemies,
is that the neoconservatives who control the Bush administration wanted to
invade Iraq. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
gave the neoconservatives the opportunity they wanted. All they had to do was
to spin the terrorism issue and point the finger at Saddam Hussein."
threat that dare not speak its name": The real reason for the
WHO GOT US INTO IRAQ?
"The Asia Times reported last week that a gentleman named
(below, left), a member of the
President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 2001, said in a speech
months before the war that 'the real threat' of Iraq was not to the United
States but 'against Israel.'"
Commission Director: Iraq War Launched to Protect Israel
"The statements are the first to
surface from a source closely linked to the Bush administration acknowledging
that the war, which has so far
cost the lives of nearly 600 U.S. troops and thousands of Iraqis, was
motivated by Washington's desire to defend the Jewish state."
Former 9/11 Commission
Member Cleland: 'The White House Has Played Cover-Up'
''...a pair of public interest
groups, The 9-11 Family Steering Committee and 9-11 Citizens Watch, have
called for the resignation of the director of the independent 9-11 commission,
(RN 24/7: If you want to
show people proof positive of how the Israel lobby succeeds in spiking stories
it doesn't want the average American to see, just bring this up. Unless they
keep up with what the independent press is carrying, odds are they won't even
know about Zelikow's remarks. Then, again, they're not supposed to. But if any
question a news blackout, invite them to try a simple test: Enter the
following search words--"Philip Zelikow" speech Israel "September 2002"--into
Google or the search engine of their choice and see how many major news
sources they come up with--or, to be more precise, how many they don't
come up with. As mentioned above, Zelikow is the executive director of
, an entity formed with the approval of
President Bush. An interesting sidelight to the hearings is the fact that he
also co-authored a book, Germany Unified and Europe Transformed, with
Condoleezza Rice. So, contrary to the expectations of some war opponents, when
Rice testified before the commission, it was far more of a comfort zone than a
hot seat for her! Zelikow has also
been the director of the Aspen Strategy Group, a policy program of
the Aspen Institute.
Oh, and by the way, check out how six weeks before 9-11 Condi Rice was
already beating the war drums for
'resolute' action against Iraq.)"
Uprising Could Signal a Second War for Iraq
"The widespread insurgency that has
erupted in Iraq in recent days may be the first stages of a second war for the
country that could determine whether the conflict degenerates into a military
bog for the United States."
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Victim's Mother Reacts to Rice's Testimony
"Marion Kaminek of West
Dundee was watching. She doesn't believe Condoleeza Rice. 'No. It's her job.
It's a spin,' Kaminek said. Kaminek's 33-year-old daughter Mari Rae, a lawyer
and one-time collegiate gymnastics champion, was killed when one of the
hijacked jets slammed into the Pentagon."
Congressman Ron Paul: Don't
"The further expansion of NATO is in reality a cover for increased US
interventionism in Europe and beyond. It will be a conduit for more
unconstitutional US foreign aid and US interference in the internal politics
of member nations, especially the new members from the former East."
"The Passion" wasn't violent enough
"While much of the controversy over the 'Passion' concerns the
film's graphic nature, I hold the position that the movie's portrayal was not
gruesome enough. I am convinced, through Scripture, that the torture and
crucifixion of Christ was far worse than the movie's images." (RN 24/7:
Even before this movie opened there has been a hypocritical hue-and-cry by the
controlled news media was about how horribly violent and bloody The Passion
of the Christ was going to be and that criticism hasn't really let up from
those sources. As always, seeking to carry what isn't being seen in the mass
media, we're happy to provide not just a dissenting view, but one
completely the opposite, not just to be contrarian but more because the
writer has a point.)
Critics of 'The Passion of the Christ'
"I tend to shake my head when I hear
someone described as a 'neoconservative.' A 'neoconservative,' to me, is the
same as a 'fiscal conservative.' In other words, neoconservatives/fiscal
conservatives are, in reality, not conservatives at all; they are liberals,
albeit a bit more sophisticated in their arguments than the ordinary,
run-of-the-mill liberal. They support Republicans insofar as Republicans
promote a particular type of foreign policy, or a particular view of
economics. But neoconservatives seemingly have little or no concern about the
moral law and the evils that are destroying our culture – abortion,
contraception, assisted suicide, pornography, and the homosexual agenda. And,
for all practical purposes, they are anti-Christian.
like their liberal counterparts, have a problem with Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion
of the Christ.’ The film is anti-Semitic, they assert. Oh, yes - they also say
it is pornographic and sadomasochistic (!).¼"
"The Passion of the Christ'--Opening shot in
"No, there are not yet mass conversions. No, it wasn't like hordes took to
evangelical tubs to immerse themselves -- the River Ganges come to Mulholland
Drive. No, it was not quite that type of watershed event. But the movie
based on the Passion of Jesus has had a great effect on many believers (warm
and lukewarm alike;
if you don't believe that, or
here) and has
also had a profound effect where one might expect it to have a profound
effect: in Hollywood."
Billion-Dollar 'Passion' Enrages the Left
Film inspires wave of crime confessions
of Mel Gibson's controversial blockbuster 'The Passion of the Christ' have
expressed fear the film would spark an outbreak of violence, but instead it
continues to prompt criminals, from burglars to murderers, to confess to
crimes committed as long as a decade ago."
The power of 'The Passion'
Pirated copies of Gibson movie stir Chinese
"Christians in China believe their
communist government won't show 'The Passion of the Christ,' but pirated
copies of the film on Jesus' suffering and death are playing to small
gatherings throughout the country."
More on "The Passion" in the land of Mao
(Real News 24/7: It
isn't surprising to find the Left up in arms over this film, as it
represents (as do the four Gospels) the direct antithesis of everything for
which they stand. Less to be expected though--at least in theory--have been
the attacks made by conservatives (or "conservatives," as the case may be),
even a few of our readers. Some have of the criticisms have been over
religious issues, while others have focused on other things. One comment
came up at least three times: Any movie which has a producer/cast
members who have been in morally objectionable films is automatically bad
itself. Yet every movie must be judged on its own merits, not on what its
makers did in the past. For most actors, a role is simply a role and in the
case of this movie, those are roles in the greatest story ever told.
(Jim Caviezel, who played Christ, is an exception to the "just a role" rule,
as he deeply identified with the character he portrayed, even to the wearing
of a relic of the true cross in his costumes.) Some of the concerns were
downright, odd. Columnist Henry Makow thought he saw Illuminati connections:
"The logo of Gibson's Icon Productions is a single eye as is the Satanic eye
in the Freemason symbol which is on the U.S. Great Seal." Nonsense--Icon's
logo isn't the Masonic "eye in the triangle," but a detail from the Catholic
icon of the Mother of Perpetual Help. Meanwhile, another revisionist, author
Michael Hoffman suggests that Mel Gibson sold out to the Jewish Supremacists.
Maybe someone should tell that to the Anti-Defamation League's Abe Foxman, not
to mention the rabbis who are wringing their hands as they claim the film
might have provoked acts of alleged anti-Semitic vandalism and those who
want the US Attorney General to prosecute because it supposedly violates "hate
crime" laws. Then there are the bizarre claims that the movie's violence will
induce "satanic mind control." Since when, however, did such mind control
deepen peoples' faith in Christ or inspire lawbreakers to turn themselves in
to authorities for unsolved crime? While we here at Real News can find places
in the movie we think could be improved upon, they are, in general, minor
points. Overall, we cannot praise 'The Passion of the Christ' highly enough,
except to urge those who haven't seen it to do so as soon as possible and
those who have to see it again. And for those who have criticized it so
rashly, we urge a prayerful reappraisal.)
Keeping up with 'The Passion" at the box office
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Bin Laden Memo 'Not a Warning'
"National security adviser Condoleezza Rice told the 9/11 commission on
Thursday that an intelligence memo that referred to al Qaeda and was presented
to President Bush just over a month before the September 11, 2001, attacks
focused on history and was 'not a warning.'" (Real News 24/7: The
presidential briefing in question was entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack
Inside the United States." If that's not a warning, what is it? Of course, if
the attacks actually were pulled off by the Mossad and evil forces within our
government, then the briefing was a red herring used to shift attention.)
questions for Condoleezza Rice
"Why if you knew nothing beforehand about what was to happen on 9/11, did you
call to warn Willie Brown, mayor of San Francisco not to fly on 9/10?"
Iraqi stability crumbling quickly
"The situation in
Iraq appears to be going from bad to worse, with a key Iraqi minister
resigning his position as coalition forces still battle for control in key
Shi'ites may stage Good Friday attacks
"Shi'ite militia in Iraq are preparing to launch simultaneous attacks on
coalition forces on Good Friday that could also target foreign civilians
working in Iraq, an Italian newspaper reported, citing Italy's military
intelligence service SISMI."
Is it a quagmire yet?
"Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, called conditions in Iraq 'dangerous, complicated and I think we're
on the verge of seeing, in some of these areas some of the progress we've made
over the last year come undone.'"
in the news
NAFTA/FTAA rogues’ gallery
"A behind-the-scenes look at some of
the key globalist architects and apparatchiks responsible for launching and
promoting NAFTA, FTAA and other 'free trade' traps." (Real News 24/7:
Click on photos to get information about those represented.)
Ms. information: Making women angry and afraid
in among the beauty tips and dating advice columns, you will find articles
that reflect the worldview of hard-edged radical feminism."
the heaviest fighting since the fall of Saddam Hussein a year ago, US forces
dropped two 500lb bombs and fired rockets on a mosque in Fallujah, the center
of the Sunni insurgency against the occupation."
Former Iraqi Enemies Ally to Fight US
American dream to bridge ancient Iraqi sectarian rivalries turned nightmarish
Tuesday as Shiite and Sunni religious and tribal figures put aside their
differences and publicly aligned against the occupation, vowing to rid Iraq of
the American-led invaders."
12 Marines killed in Iraq violence
"U.S.-led forces have battled
Sunni guerrillas in two cities and have grappled with a radical Shi'ite
uprising in a two-front war that has killed at least 33 soldiers and 170
Iraqis in three days."
Holy Cities Taken Over by Sadr's Militia
"Armed followers of the
firebrand Shi'ite leader Moqtada al-Sadr took full control of the holy cities
of Najaf and Karbala yesterday as the radical cleric sought to broaden support
for his uprising among fellow Muslim leaders.¼"
Profile: Moqtada Sadr
cleric Moqtada Sadr is a young leader opposed to Iraqi co-operation with the
US-led forces in the country. He has repeatedly called for foreign troops to
leave Iraq, and his followers have held regular anti-US protests."
In October 2003,Al-Sadr announced a 'shadow
to rival the US-selected governing council.
More on Moqtada al-Sadr
24/7: Shortly before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, ex-Marine and
former UN weapons inspection team member Scott Ritter incorrectly contended
that US-led coalition forces would never enter Baghdad, because they would
face "with armed elements numbering around 7 million --who are concentrated at
urban areas." Saddam never got that kind of support and the Iraqi capital fell
within weeks of the war's outset. But if Ritter was wrong about that,
prediction of the conflict
becoming an "absolute quagmire" as Shi'ite radicals, fighting
not out of intimidation from the government, but out of their own
nationalistic and religious motives, "will resist us strongly," now seems to
be coming to pass.)
OTHER NEWS & ANALYSIS
Blair and the EU
"'Tony Blair today
vowed to push the controversial EU constitution — and set himself up for a
bitter election battle over Europe’s powers,' reported the March 26 London
Right to Life's betrayal of the unborn
Shock waves are still reverberating one week
after South Dakota’s bill criminalizing abortion was defeated by a single vote
over National Right To Life’s complicity with pro-abortion groups to kill the
legislation that pro-abortion lobbyists called the most restrictive
anti-abortion measure since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973."
Bush Supports FBI Wiretapping
"In a move that may signal the Bush Administration's
intention to seek additional legislation that some have dubbed "Patriot Act
II", the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently submitted an 85-page filing
to the Federal Communications Commission requesting that all broadband
Internet providers rewire their networks, making it easier for police to
Correctness at the Los Angeles Times
"In February Los Angeles
Times music critic Mark Swed filed a review of the Los Angeles Opera’s
production of 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten.' As published in the paper’s February
24 edition, Swed opined that 'Richard Strauss’ epic opera ‘Die Frau Ohne
Schatten’ (The Woman Without a Shadow) is an incomparably glorious and goofy
Say again? The 'epic opera' is an 'anti-abortion paean'?
What was Swed thinking? Actually, in his unedited manuscript Swed wrote that
the opera was a 'pro-life paean.¼'"
Will the 2004 Election be called off?
Why three out of four experts predict a terrorist attack by November
"On Dec. 31,
2003, New York Times columnist and former Nixon speech writer William
Safire offered his standard New Year’s predictions. This time, however, one
item stood out. In addition to speculating on everything from which country
would next 'feel the force of U.S. liberation' to who would win the best
picture Oscar, Safire predicted that "the 'October surprise' affecting the
U.S. election" would be "a major terror attack in the United States." [Salt
speculation is hardly worth a trip to the duct tape store, when combined with
repeated assaults to our democratic process and troublesome assertions from
noteworthy sources, it warrants further investigation.
2003, you might recall, Gen. Tommy Franks told Cigar Aficionado magazine that
a major terrorist attack (even one that occurred elsewhere in the Western
world), would likely result in a suspension of the U.S. Constitution and the
installation of a military form of government.¼"
Doctor testifies at trial of unborns' pain
"A type of abortion banned under a new federal law would cause ''severe and
excruciating'' pain to 20-week-old fetuses, a medical expert on pain testified
Church 'will refuse Kerry communion' "A
battle in John Kerry's presidential election campaign may soon be fought at the
altar rail, if senior traditionalists in the Catholic Church get their way.
Priests and bishops across America are being urged by members to refuse
communion to the first Catholic to run for the presidency since John F. Kennedy.
The sanction would be imposed until Mr Kerry abandoned his permissive views on
abortion and other issues such as gay marriages." (Real News 24/7: How typical
of the post-Vatican II church: a dispute over whether Kerry should be refused
communion. The fact of the matter is that in the Roman Catholic Church before
Vatican II, there wouldn't be any such issue, because he would have been
excommunicated for advancing policies in direct defiance of Catholic
White House denies claims U.S. had warnings of airplane attacks
"When Condoleezza Rice takes her seat before the independent 9/11 commission
here Thursday her assignment will be nothing short of halting the most serious
assault yet on the credibility of U.S. President George W. Bush."
Gun rights: Time for Federal
action, not just words "This article concerns the Petition
for Enforcement of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. If the project
outlined below is successful it will restore the free exercise of Second
Amendment rights in ALL states. Do not be misled by the Petition's references to
California - the infringements in California are being focused on because of
this state's particular legal situation, as outlined in the Petition itself.
Again, the Petition has the potential to affect ALL Americans by setting a
precedent and/or initiating a U.S. Supreme Court case. Your immediate
attention and support are therefore crucial."
Allegations that have been recanted may still cost mom thirty years
"Four years ago Nancy Ybanez was falsely accused of abusing her husband's son,
whom she had cared for as if he were her own. Sadly, it was Nancy's own children
that initiated these allegations. Nancy's two grown daughters, one of their
husbands, and the boy in question, all accused Nancy of abuse. All later
recanted and apologized. Yet, Nancy may still face up to thirty years in prison,
for a crime she did not commit."
The Terri Schindler-Schiavo File: Day CXXVI
ACLJ Files Notice of Appeal of Florida Court Order Denying Intervention for
Parents of Terri Schindler Schiavo in Case to Defend 'Terri's Law'
"The American Center for Law and Justice,
specializing in constitutional law, today filed a Notice of Appeal stating
that it will appeal to the Second District Court of Appeal a March 11 decision
denying a motion to intervene on behalf of Robert and Mary Schindler - the
parents of Terri Schindler Schiavo - to permit the parents to become directly
involved in defending 'Terri's Law'- legislation that cleared the way for
Florida Governor Jeb Bush to restore life-saving measures to Terri Schindler
Please help Terri by taking
a moment to read the following link and act! Florida Senate President Jim King
has expressed regret for supporting the first "Terri's Law." Use the email
link to tell him he has nothing to regret and impress upon him the dangers
(including murder) of allowing the legal "termination" of those with
disabilities based not on a living will or similar document, but solely
on disputed hearsay: Thanks for assisting this helpless woman!
URGENT! Your support
for Senate Bill 692 needed now!
The petition mentioned in the following has been
moved from the the Terri's Fight homepage. To access it, please
click scroll to near the bottom of
that page and click under the heading "How you can help."
Terri's family and friends have launched a petition drive urging Florida State
Attorney Bernie McCabe to investigate charges that she was a victim of
physical abuse. The petition says that McCabe has ignored "well-founded
allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation"—all
felony crimes under Florida law. Please lend your support by going to
Terri's website and filling out the
pop-up petition. God willing, Terri someday will be able to thank you for your
[Real News 24/7 will continue to
carry news about Terri when it becomes available, until either her
feeding/hydration tubes are reinstated or she passes away as a result of the
current cessation of treatment. See our in-depth coverage, including update,
from October 15.]
Pray for Terri
Schindler-Schiavo & her family
Order in the Court - Most criminal cases end with plea bargains "More
than 90 percent of criminal cases nationwide end in plea agreements, according
to the American Bar Association. "
Catholic teacher fired for 'Passion' Stephen Hathorn, a
seventh-grade teacher at Northern California’s St. Lawrence School, has
dismissed for making the viewing of Mel Gibson's religious blockbuster, The
Passion of the Christ, an extra-credit assignment for his class.
Navy Commanders to Cast Doubt on Kerry's War Record "Several Navy
officers who supervised Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry when he
commanded a swift boat in Vietnam are preparing to publicly question his war
record - including the circumstances under which he was awarded three Purple
Hearts - a noted Vietnam War historian revealed on Sunday."
Inventing an Enemy
"The [Anti-Defamation League’s] campaign to execrate Mel
Gibson (shown, right, during a February appearance on The Tonight Show with
Jay Leno) and his film is a calculated effort to undermine the goodwill of
American Christians and to incite inter-communal hostility. The only obvious
beneficiary (besides the ADL itself, which profits handsomely from such
rancor) will be the State – which will leave not only Jews, but all of us, in
much greater peril."
(Real News 24.7:
For more on the attack against
Mel and The Passion of the Christ by the ADL and other Jewish Supremacists,
visit Jim Condit Jr.'s hard-hitting new website,
ADL Against Mel aka Deicide Deniers
Taxpayers fund site pushing religious Darwinism
"A new website designed to help teachers teach
evolution encourages the use of religion when arguing in favor of the theory and
uses federal tax dollars to do so."
Israeli troops seek to erase memory of Rachel Corrie "Early this week
four Israeli jeeps, 16 tanks and two bulldozers invaded the highly populated
area in the Al-Salam neighborhood in the city of Rafah, along the Egyptian
border of the Gaza Strip, an area constantly under continuous firing. They
headed straight towards Dr. Samir Nasrallah's home, the very house Rachel Corrie
died in front of a year ago while trying to prevent its destruction. Corrie was
the 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, USA, killed by an Israeli
army bulldozer which ran over her while nonviolently trying to prevent the
demolition of yet another Palestinian house in the city of Rafah."
The Capture of Saddam Hussein: Day 61
The Saddam Hussein Capture Hoax
"There are certain details of the supposed capture of Saddam Hussein on
December 14, 2003 in Adwar, Iraq that raise many questions concerning the
version of the event that is being reported in the USA mainstream media. First
of all, no journalists were present during the capture operation and the only
information being reported was made available exclusively by CIA operatives in
Iraq. This information was made available only through photographs and the
video that was shown in the well orchestrated press conference conducted by
Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez announcing to the world the capture of the
Iraqi leader. One of the photographs released shows two Special Forces
soldiers (actually CIA operatives) lifting the concrete lid of the underground
cell where the supposed Saddam Hussein was hiding.¼"
(Real News 24/7: Please also
check the companion article, the link to which you'll at the end of "The
Saddam Hussein Capture Hoax." It includes the author's analysis of various
"Saddam" photos he uses as evidence to show that the prisoner is really the
dictator's double—thought-provoking, but far from
NEW TO REAL NEWS
Saddam Hussein Sourcebook
"Washington D.C., 18 December 2003
declassified documents posted today on the Web by the National
Security Archive show the British Embassy in Baghdad recommending Saddam
Hussein to London in 1969 as a 'presentable young man' with an 'engaging
smile,' 'with whom, if only one could see more of him, it would be possible to
do business.' U.S. documents published in today's Saddam Hussein Sourcebook
quote Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1975 telling the Iraqi foreign
minister "we do not think there is a basic clash of national interests between
Iraq and the United States" (the Iraqi disagreed), and that Israeli influence
on U.S. policy would diminish given "our new electoral law" which means 'the
influence of some who financed the elections before isn't so great.'"
[Real News 24/7 will continue to
carry news and other reports about the capture/incarceration of Saddam when it
becomes available, until such time as there he is brought to trial and
sentenced. See our daily coverage, dating back to the announcement of his
apprehension on December 14th.]
Man goes to jail for putting a sign in his yard "You can look through 'em
all." Up to his ears in legal documents, Phillip Dean is fed up with the
judicial system. "That's the kind of court system we've got in Jackson County,
Alabama and I want everybody to know," Dean says. So he put a sign in his front
lawn saying "Our Court System Is a Joke." A message landing him behind bars. "I
was in a cell about four foot wide and six foot long and nothing in it but a
toilet," he explains.
Unreleased Maps of Columbine Crime Scene
"Map 4. The authorities refuse to
reveal where they fired into the school. This map clearly shows that they
fired into the library, which is where the majority of the students were killed."
dead butchered ' like sheep' "Fallujah is the cemetery for
Americans," declared a resident after four Americans are killed and their bodies
with text VIEWER ADVISORY: (Scenes showing the gruesome
treatment of corpses. For mature audiences only.)
Armed pilots: Ending bureaucratic insubordination "Leave it up
to the Federal Government's bureaucrats to carry out an act of Congress they
disagree with and you can bet they will reinterpret the fine print to undermine
the intentions of the legislative body that represents the people of the United
States of America."
Navy captain tells truth about USS Liberty "I, Ward Boston, Jr. do
declare that the following statement is true and complete: 1. For more than 30
years, I have remained silent on the topic of USS Liberty. I am a
military man and when orders come in from the Secretary of Defense and President
of the United States, I follow them. 2. However, recent attempts to rewrite
history compel me to share the truth. 3. In June of 1967, while serving as a
Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps, Department of the Navy, I was
assigned as senior legal counsel for the Navy’s Court of Inquiry into the brutal
attack on USS Liberty, which had occurred on June 8th.¼"
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