(Updated 11/20/07, 11/24/07, 12/25/07)
You might know the answer to these questions:

Stylized drawing of Pentagon Building

Is the Pentagon bureaucracy on your side?

You think so? Then why does the Pentagon get its advice from a flagrant bigot who refuses to appear on a panel of speakers with an Israeli?

National Review: Academic Freedom?

Yesterday, the University of Delaware asked Asaf Romirowsky to step down from an academic panel at the University of Delaware because another panelist, University of Delaware political scientist Muqtedar Khan, didn’t want to share the podium with anyone who served in the Israeli Defense Forces.

If Khan was just an academic, that would be one thing. But he also straddles the policy world: Khan is a a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Pentagon consultant. According to an e-mail he sent to the University, he gave a workshop at the Pentagon yesterday afternoon.

Department of Justice sign on side of building

Is the Department of Justice on your side?

You think so? Then why did the DOJ botch the first Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial so thoroughly? True, there’s going to be another trial, but why couldn’t they have gotten their ducks in a row to do it right the first time?

Thumbnail of U.S. Veterans Administration seal

Is the VA on your side?

You think so? Then why did they censor the text used in the flag folding ceremony for veterans in national cemeteries, in response to an anonymous complaint that was clearly motivated by anti-Semitism?

Holy War at our National Cemeteries

CW31 (cbs13.com) in California reports that, the traditional flag-folding recitation has been banned at national cemeteries due to a complaint filed at the Riverside National Cemetery. The complaint was apparently specific to the 11th fold of the ceremony, which honors Hebrew soldiers, Kings David and Solomon, and gives tribute to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

VA contact information

Movie: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Is Wal-Mart on your side?

You think so? Just because of their “falling prices”/”everyday low prices”? How do you expect to afford even those “low prices” when all of the jobs have been sucked out of the US and exported to places like China?

The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know

Steve Dobbins has been bearing the brunt of that switch. He’s president and CEO of Carolina Mills, a 75-year-old North Carolina company that supplies thread, yarn, and textile finishing to apparel makers–half of which supply Wal-Mart. Carolina Mills grew steadily until 2000. But in the past three years, as its customers have gone either overseas or out of business, it has shrunk from 17 factories to 7, and from 2,600 employees to 1,200. Dobbins’s customers have begun to face imported clothing sold so cheaply to Wal-Mart that they could not compete even if they paid their workers nothing.

Here’s the comment I wrote for this article (I fixed a few typos and tweaked the formatting to make it work for this blog, because the comment form accompanying the article did not allow HTML):

I used to shop at Wal-Mart, back in their “Buy American” days. I stopped when I noticed that the good brands disappeared and the quality of everything in the store began getting worse and worse.

In essence, Wal-Mart is forcing their suppliers to outsource everything overseas, to destroy whatever reputation for quality they once had, and to become dependent on Wal-Mart. Then Wal-Mart makes the relationship unprofitable.

Here`s the solution:

  1. Never buy anything at Wal-Mart [or, for that matter, Sam’s Club].

    If you`re so broke that you can`t afford anything better, then go to a flea market or a second-hand store, or do without. How much clutter do you really need, anyway?

    For the holidays, give your child one good toy, or a good book or game, from somewhere else, not five pieces of cheap, breakable, poorly-designed garbage from Wal-Mart.

  2. If you`re a supplier, don`t start doing business with Wal-Mart. Find ways to survive and prosper without getting sucked into their system.

  3. If you`re a journalist of any type, report more stories like this about what Wal-Mart is doing to America`s manufacturing base, communities, employment prospects, and reputation for quality.

    Expose the abysmal quality of the outsourced rubbish that American firms are importing from places such as China, partly or wholly in response to pressure from Wal-Mart. The lead paint fiasco is only the beginning.

    There are a lot more scandals if you want to look for them. Follow the money! Just for starters: Look at political contributions. Look at where their employees are getting their health care.

    Finally, please stop comparing Wal-Mart to companies such as A&P that maintained a reputation for quality during the era when they were able to out-compete other companies.

    Remember: If cost is your only consideration, everything turns into a race to the bottom. You will eventually end up spending all your money on a lot of junk, none of which would be worth the price even if it were free!

Also see:

Small black-and-white drawing of an FBI agent

Is the FBI on your side?

You think so? Then why do they refuse to acknowledge jihadist terrorism when they see it?

FBI Downplays Another Terrorist Attack Aimed at Homestead AFB in Florida

Sleep safe tonight. Your children might just be getting their education from a mentally ill Muslim who is on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List… There are just so many things wrong with this, I don’t even know where to start!

FBI: Teacher who attacked base guards was suicidal, not terrorist

The Associated Press – Jacksonville.com

. . .

Ahmad’s mother said the first-year teacher at Miami Central High School is mentally ill and had recently been in a mental institution, where officials reported he tried killing himself.

Oh, and by the way: If you happen to live in Miami, you just might want to ask what (if any) background checks are being done on prospective teachers!

(Added 11/7/2007) And what about this?

LGF: FBI’s Latest Outreach Outrage

Again the US government reaches out to the wrong people: FBI’s Latest Outreach Outrage.

As reported in the Detroit Free Press (see: Detroit’s FBI chief: Violence extremism cuts across religions), two top FBI officials from that office “spoke to about 50 Muslims inside the Islamic Organization of North America, or Tanzeem-e-Islami.” The Free Press described the organization as merely “a Sunni mosque with a primarily Pakistani congregation” and tells us that the meeting was nothing more than “part of an effort by the FBI to reach out to Muslims and other communities.”

As everyone, especially the FBI, should know by now, the IANA is an Islamist pressure group.

(Added 11/20/2007) And this?

Terror on the Tarmac

If the FBI wants the support of the American people when it comes to fighting terror in the skies, it needs to treat them with respect. Annie Jacobsen has the harrowing tale of what happened when a Good Samaritan was transformed into a terror suspect. Required reading for Thanksgiving travelers.

In a nutshell, an innocent traveler saw someone exhibiting bizarre behavior on an airliner. He reported what he saw, but then, the FBI hauled him in as the suspect. The FBI eventually let him go and considers the matter “resolved.” Naturally, since he’s pro-American and not a jihadist, the ACLU is uninterested in helping him recover damages. Of course, there’s no word on what happened to the person who actually was behaving strangely on the plane.

Oh, and by the way, how many more enemy moles are working at the FBI, the CIA, or the State Department?

(Added 11/24/2007) This many more?

Homeland Insecurity: Is U.S. gov’t infested with terrorist moles?

Intelligence official: ‘FBI might as well put out a sign – Double agents wanted’
Posted: November 20, 2007
9:35 p.m. Eastern

Thanks to lax background checks, even after 9/11, the Hezbollah spy who managed to obtain sensitive jobs at the FBI and CIA is not the first terrorist supporter to infiltrate the U.S. government.

An alleged al-Qaida operative also infiltrated the Environmental Protection Agency, according to federal investigators and court documents obtained by WND.

The case, details of which are revealed here for the first time, involves Waheeda Tehseen, a Pakistani national who obtained a sensitive position with the EPA in Washington as a toxicologist even though she was not a U.S. citizen.

Like the Lebanese national suspected of passing secrets to Hezbollah, Tehseen lied about her citizenship on her government application, a falsehood that the government failed – in both cases – to catch in its security background investigation.

You probably won’t know the answer to this question:

Western Betrayal of General Draza Mihailovic

Are Serbs, and Serbian-Americans, on your side?

You think not? Especially after everything that’s happened in the past sixty years?

Think again!

It may surprise you to know that, even now, Orthodox Christian Serbian-Americans pray every Sunday in church for America’s government and armed forces. Serbs, in Serbia and elsewhere, are waiting for Americans to come to their senses about jihadism in the Balkans and elsewhere, preferably before it’s too late to avoid widespread destruction to what’s left of the civilized world!

Download this book – FREE of charge – and read the other articles that follow.

Shameful Betrayal of General Draza Mihailovich, Hero of Two World Wars

Free book available in PDF format, courtesy of Andy Wilcoxson:

Gen. Mihailovic’s only crime was resisting the twin evils of Hitler’s fascism and Stalin’s communism.

. . .

“Because the book is out of print and the publisher went out of business more than 50 years ago copies of it are hard to come by, so I scanned my copy, and through the magic of the Internet you can download your own copy of the book in PDF format by right clicking this link and selecting “Save Target As” (please note file is 137 MB).”

. . .

General Mihailovich fell seventeen months after the so-called “liberation” of Yugoslavia. Reports from Belgrade on March 24th, 1946, announced his capture under puzzling circumstances on March 13th, 1946. His trial before a Communist military court began on June 10th, 1946. He was “sentenced” to death on July 15th, 1946, and murdered on July 17th, 1946.

General Mihailovich is no more. He has departed this world convinced that he was abandoned by the Allies. The voices that were raised abroad in his defence were not allowed to reach him and he died without the satisfaction of knowing that in the opinion of many he died an innocent man and a great soldier.

General Mihailovich is no more, but the legends of his heroic deeds are becoming more and more popular and they live in the hearts of the people.

General Mihailovich is no more. He has departed this world. Those who have murdered him have not only perpetrated a crime, they have also committed a grave mistake, for democratic public opinion is well aware of General Mihailovich’s merits.

General Mihailovich is no more. The last words of this great patriot were concise and poignant. He said:

“I strove for much, I undertook much, but the gales of the world have carried away both me and my work.”

But wait, there’s more!

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1 Don October 27, 2007 at 12:36 pm

I first became aware of the Wal-mart issue by watching “the Walmart Effect” on CNBC. they frequently show it on holidays.
As to Serbia, I was watching a recent movie that started with the Balkan conflict. My son asked what was going on, and as I thought about it it dawned on me that what really happened was the Serbs were likely fed up with the terrorist actions of the Kosovo muslims.

2 LPK October 29, 2007 at 11:39 am

Kudos to 1389 for bringing up the Wal-Mart issue here. The corporation’s abysmal safety record, sweatshop sourcing practices and poor treatment of employees should give all American consumers cause for concern.

If any readers are interested in getting involved in the anti Wal-Mart fight, there’s an International Day of Action against Supermarkets and Big Box Retailers happening on November 17th. It’s an opportunity for concerned individuals and community groups to plan actions that address their specific concerns with big box stores, educate their communities about the stores’ negative effects and send a message to big box corporate leaders that their destructive policies will not be ignored.

There are already several actions being planned around the world, and I encourage concerned readers to add their voice to the global outcry. You can visit http://intldayofaction.bbc.wikispaces.net for more info and to sign up.

3 zoka October 12, 2009 at 12:24 pm

i can’t believe it….there are pro serbs out there i thought everyone thought we were…well…. evil… u people are informed:)…too bad no one will trust you i mean after all the west has heard about Serbs, you make us too human…..thank you for that …but like i said few people will actully look at it twice…mostly cuz no one cares, and when it comes to credibility..im sorry but u are not gonna win…. not that i particulary care about anyones sympathy ….all i hope for is that west will eventually “lose” eastern european map…or find another hobies… cuz we’ve been screwed so many times im afraid someone might get Serbia to live up to its mean name…i mean even now with demands for getting into eu…people are pissed over there they’re beating innocent people up cuz they’re foreign…and that is messing our situation up even more…everyone wille look at it as proof of our animality but what would anyone do after all of this…what do u know on tadic?…i tried asking my grandfather hows the president doing but he gets lost in history….But really u people are too good to be true i feel like i can believe anything u say…but i wont:)

Admin 1389 replies: I am a US citizen of Serbian ancestry and an Orthodox Christian, so I know that Serbs are not the demons that they have been portrayed to be. On the other hand, I know only a little Serbian, and I don’t live in Serbia, so I do not feel qualified to evaluate Tadic or to offer advice about whom (if anyone) deserves your support on the Serbian political scene. But as a US citizen, I insist that it is absolutely wrong for the US government, or for other governments under US influence, to make demands about how the Serbs should govern themselves. After all, CzechRebel and I used to live in Chicago, the city that has displaced ancient Babylon and Rome as the epitome of political corruption. It amazes us that anybody would consider the present-day US to be the standard for how the rest of the world should govern itself.

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