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Osama bin Laden’s lawyer didn’t live in a cave in Afghanistan. Like so many terrorist lawyers, he was a New Yorker. His law office, which has seen more terrorists and their files pass through it than an Afghan cave, sits above a Muslim 99 cent store that offers discounted napkins, sandals and toasters, and is a four-minute drive away from the World Trade Center.

“If I don’t support the politics of political clients, I don’t take the case,” he once said. A few weeks after September 11, he said, “If Osama bin Laden arrived in the United States today and asked me to represent him, sure I’d represent him.”

Osama bin Laden never did arrive in the United States, though perhaps one day pieces of him will wash up on a California beach, and his wannabe lawyer had to settle for representing his son-in-law, who, after September 11, had appeared in a video threatening that “the storm of planes will not stop.”

America Takes Down Osama bin Laden’s Lawyer

Obama Gives Somalia $1.5 Bil, Somalia Bans Christmas


Eighty years ago, the Nazis dispatched thousands of SA thugs to enforce their boycott of Jewish businesses. Stars of David were painted on windows. Leaflets listing the crimes of the Jews were handed out. Cameras were set up outside stores to photograph anyone violating the Nazi BDS campaign.

Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, called the boycott a “great moral victory.” Modern BDS activists echo his rhetoric calling their attacks on Jewish businesses and academics a “moral victory”.

The Muslim boycott of Jewish businesses in Israel began in the twenties and predated the Nazi boycott. It may have even helped to inspire it. This was followed by the Arab League boycott of Israel after the Holocaust. The modern BDS boycott is the direct successor of a Saudi policy under a progressive flag.

Boycotting the Israel Boycotters

With 900,000 Vets on Food Stamps, Obama Cuts Military Benefits


Yes Virginia, there is an Anthony Weiner romance novel. How does this timeless romance for the ages begin?

    “Weiner was different. He wasn’t afraid to charge in, make enemies and throw dirt across the aisle. I liked that in a man; and to be honest, I liked Weiner too with his delicate face and Mediterranean eyes. The more I read, the more my blue heart throbbed for him.

    “I logged onto Facebook. I sent him a friend request.”

Anthony Weiner Threatens Comeback over Tea Party

Reuters Employed Aspiring Al Qaeda Suicide Bomber in Syria


Christians and Jews out-compete Muslims economically in every country. That’s why the Muslim Brotherhood with its network of businesses wants to drive Coptic Christians out of Egypt.

The non-oil Muslim countries who are closest to Israel are Malaysia and Lebanon, 32 and 33 places behind Israel. Both countries also have sizable non-Muslim populations. Muslims make up only 50 percent of Lebanon and only 60 percent of Malaysia. No Muslim country without oil has a better GDP Per Capita than a Muslim country with sizable Christian or Buddhist minorities.

Now if you think rationally, this is a reason for Muslims to keep non-Muslims around. But if you think tribally, the only way that Muslims can get ahead is by getting rid of the non-Muslims.

Economics and Peace in the Palestinian Authority

Ex-UK Chief of Defense Says Obama’s Regime Change in Libya a Mistake


That might be a bigger deal if Jesse Jackson didn’t compare absolutely everything to the bus that Rosa Parks rode in on. Every time someone cuts in front of Jesse Jackson’s limo on the way to a presidential dinner, he begins screaming about Rosa Parks and doesn’t stop until he passes out.

Jesse Jackson: Duck Dynasty Worse Than Segregation

Chicago’s Muslim Comptroller Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering - Mayor Emanuel said nothing criminal was done in Chicago


The popular Thomas The Tank Engine series has been blamed for the lack of female train drivers by Labour’s shadow transport secretary.

She described the lack of women train drivers as a ‘national scandal’, and said the ‘negative stereotypes’ portrayed in children’s television were partly to blame.

Mary Creagh said the series set a poor example to children and that more female characters should be introduced in order to encourage girls to become train drivers.

But what about gay trains, transgender trains, black trains, black gay transgender trains? What percentage of UK train drivers are black transgender and in wheelchairs?

Lefty Pol Blames Thomas The Tank Engine for Lack of Female Train Drivers

Oliver Stone to Make Movie About Socialist Dictator Who Returns from the Dead in Bird Form


When Muslims first hijacked the Indian game of Chaturanga, which became the Persian game of Shatranj, they destroyed all the chess pieces because they considered the figures to be blasphemous.

Chess as we know it had to be recreated in Europe once the dark shadow of Islam fell over the chessboard.

Muslim Country Hosts Chess Tournament , Islamizes the Chess Pieces

Huffington Post Still Losing Money


What it’s really doing is clumsily duplicating the Predator setup, without actually giving them Predators, which is smart because anything you give Iraq, you also give Iran.

But clumsily outsourcing Predator strikes means that intelligence moves much more slowly and is more vulnerable to leaks on the other side. It also means that Al Qaeda and Iran both get a preview of our intelligence resources.

So it’s a bad solution that’s meant to keep Obama at arm’s length from the I word.

Iraq War May Be Restarting with CIA Drone Targeting

Devout Muslim Killer of UK Soldier Also Drugged and Raped 14-Year-Old - ‘I have looked in his eyes and seen the evil inside him,’


So humans weren’t responsible for the decline of the barred owl. Banning logging didn’t do it. The barrel owl just can’t compete. So now we’re going to go around shooting its competitor owl, even though this is how nature works and this is how species change.

That’s a cost of almost $1,000 per owl. I suspect it would be cheaper to just declare a $50 bounty per barred owl than to hire “contractors” to play an owl call and then shoot them with a shotgun at 1K per owl.

US Gov Spending $3.5 Mil Killing Owls to Save Owls

ObamaCare Website Didn’t Recognize Obama

Palestinian Muslims: “We Are All Hitler. Hitler, You Have Brought Pride to the Homeland and Allah,”

Did UNICEF Give Money to Al Qaeda?


This story is about a labor leader I once met whom I did understood. This fellow was named Herr Eichhorn and he'd become dictator in a town in Germany named Dusseldorf.

There'd been an uprising and the Bolsheviks captured the town. Eichhorn had been a street car conductor and now he found himself in the Burgomeister's Palace as a dictator of whatever province Dusseldorf was in. He was running the works.

I met him at the palace to talk. He was a very fine street car conductor who sat there beaming and happy at his desk. I asked him what he'd done since he'd become a dictator.

"Well the first thing O did is two days after I was dictator, I doubled the salaries of all the street car employees," he said.

"That's fine, what else did you do?"

"I doubled the salaries of all the street cleaners. In fact I've doubled all the salaries in Dusseldorf."

"Where do you get all the money to pay all these double wages?" I asked.

He said, "I get it out of the treasury of Dusseldorf."

So I thought for a moment and I asked him, "What'll happen when you run out of the money in the Treasury of Dusseldorf? How are you going to pay these double wages?"

He grinned. "I'm not worried about that, by the time that happens I won't be dictator."

(The Ben Hecht Show Dec 4, 1958)


Politics in my Chicago days was wonderful rampant skullduggery. You could see every crooked bone of it, every rotten piece of its inner working was visible and very gay.

I remember the citizens of Chicago surrounding city hall, three thousands of them, with ropes in their hands threatening to lynch the aldermen who had been bribed. If the aldermen passed the streetcar franchise to Mr. Yerkes, who was what they used to call a malefactor of great wealth.

I remember when Mr. William Hale Thompson was running for mayor. His idea of getting votes was not to make speeches or annoy people with ideologies. He used to put on shows all over town and the shows consisted of one naked lady being chased by an imbecile who had been borrowed from the local loony bin. The audience would sit there, applaud and yell and Thompson always got elected.

There was a violent sort of expression that people had, everything was crooked. You took your life in your hands if you went into a voting booth and voted for the wrong man. You got a bust in the nose.

This story is about voting. The two politicians I most remember out of my youth were a couple of aldermen who ran the first ward in Chicago. This was the ward where all the brothels, all the gangsters, all the dives, all the bums were. The aldermen were called Hinky Dink and Bathhouse John. And Hinky Dink was a little, wiry, nervous man and the Bathhouse was a portly fellow given to writing poetry.

They held their grip on the First Ward in a very practical way. About a week before the election, they would import from two to five thousand bums. They would put them up in rooms, twenty to a room. They would feed them a free lunch at the Workingman's Exchange which was a saloon they ran. And when election time came these two to four thousand bums would go to the polls and vote. Not once.

Each bum was supposed to vote five to ten times. Bathouse John and Hinky Dink always came in by a great majority.

There was one election however where something odd happened and the forces of law and order struck. The two aldermen took the count for a while. About two days before the election, the Workingman's Exchange opened. No sooner had it opened than somebody noticed there was a head sitting on the bar. It was the head of a decapitated bum. Quite a story ensued. The papers all began to talk about who cut this bum's head off.

Around three o'clock in the afternoon, the door opened, a car passed and another bum's head was thrown into the bar. This caused a panic among the bums who started evacuated their crowded rooms and fleeing Chicago like it was a plague spot. As a result of the disappearing, the forces of law and order won. Bathhouse John and Hinky Dink were not aldermen for the next two years.

However, when the next election came around, they prepared for law and order. They engaged the entire police department of the city of Chicago to protect their bums. Outside of every flop house stood five cops watching to see that no heads were cut off.

Ever since this incident, I've been careful not to lose my head over politics.

The Ben Hecht Show, Jan 29, 1959


For some context...

(William Hale Thompson was mayor of Chicago from 1915 to 1931)

Early in his mayoral career, Thompson began to amass a war chest to support an eventual run for the Presidency by charging city drivers and inspectors $3 per month. He was mayor during the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 and was said to have control of the 75,000 African-American voters in his day.

He declined to run for reelection in 1923 and he was succeeded to the office by William Emmett Dever. While out of office, Thompson organized a "scientific" expedition to search for tree-climbing fish in the South Seas.

He ran again in 1927 during city wide gang war. Always a flamboyant campaigner, Thompson held a debate between himself and two live rats which he used to portray his opponents.

Pledging to clean up Chicago and remove the crooks, Thompson instead turned his attention to the reformers, whom he considered the real criminals.

According to Thompson, at this time the biggest enemy the United States had was King George V of the United Kingdom. Thompson promised his supporters that if they ever met, Thompson would punch the king in the nose.

Al Capone's support allowed Thompson to return to the mayor's office using such tactics as the "Pineapple Primary" which occurred (April 10, 1928), so-called because of the hand grenades thrown at polling places to disrupt voting.


The neighboring First Ward, directly to the north, was run by those famous "Lords of the Levee," Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna and John J. "Bathhouse" Coughlin, who became rich collecting protection from the brothels and gambling dens in their district.


Dear Mr. Hecht,

Several viewers of a recent telecast in which you participated have written to tel me how generously you spoke of me at the time. I want you to know of my appreciation. In the midst of a campaign period when brickbacks are more often than not the order of the day, it was most heartening to learn of the bouquets which you threw my way. I can assure you that it provided a real morale builder during some long days of work.

With every good wish, Richard Nixon

That's very effective. It almost instantly turns one into an ardent Republican. It's a wonderful way to get one vote. My reaction is one of pleasure because I did admire Mr. Nixon's antics in South America. He was quite human, bold, brave, nice. But I also admire another thing about Mr. Nixon that may induce him to write me another latter.

He said the only intelligent thing that I've heard during the past six months of political caterwauling.

Mr. Nixon said that his objective was to reduce government to a minimum. To remove as many politicians as possible from the political scene as could be removed. And to work the country with a skeleton crew instead of adding politicians.

That is a great philosophy, and I hope Mr. Nixon is sincere.

From The Ben Hecht Show, October 1958 


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