Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tommclaughlin@fairpoint.net

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Scarey Court Cases



Two recent court cases on two continents make me very nervous. That they’re even being tried is outrageous. That either may succeed is ominous, and few people know anything about either one.

First is the case of Roger Barnett - an Arizona rancher who has been under siege by illegal immigrants and drug dealers. In the Washington Times, Barnett claims illegals “tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.” Now sixteen illegals are suing him in federal court for $32 million, accusing him of “conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch next to the US-Mexico border.” The sixteen illegals claim Barnett caused them emotional distress by holding them at gunpoint and they want $2 million each.

Chief among our federal government’s responsibilities is to protect American citizens from foreign invasion, but it’s done little or nothing to help Barnett. Rather than protecting him, our government instead enables foreign invaders to sue him. That’s how bad it’s gotten.

The US Department of Homeland Security acknowledges virtual anarchy on the border and warns that Mexico itself is on the verge of collapse. That would come as no surprise to Barnett, who must wonder about his own country as well if it cannot, or will not control its borders. The DHS report states: “[Mexico’s] government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and press by criminal gangs and drug cartels. . . . Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone.”

Drug cartel power depends on moving drugs across our border. We are their market. I’d say an American response is overdue already, wouldn’t you? USA Today reported in 2005 that: “First [New Mexico Governor] Richardson, then [Arizona Governor] Napolitano, declared a state of emergency this month in portions of their states along the border with Mexico.”

The second case is that of Geert Wilders in Holland: A Member of Parliament, Wilders has been charged with hurting Muslim immigrant feelings in Holland by “inciting racial hatred.” He made a film called “Fitna” comparing the Koran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” As Dr. Sami Alrabaa reports in Canadian Free Press: “Wilders’ comparison of the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and describing it as a fascist book is not inappropriate. Hitler referred to the Jews as “rats and vermin” and the Koran and fascist Muslims call the Jews “The descendants of apes and pigs.”

When radical Muslims incite racial hatred in Holland, it’s okay. When a member of Holland’s government points it out, it’s a crime.

Dr. Alrabaa also writes that “Muhammad Sayyid Al Tantawi, president of Al Azhar University [established 975 AD in Cairo] also approves of killing and maiming Christians, Jews, and other infidels. He added, ‘This is not my personal view. This what the Shari’a Law says, the law of Allah, the only valid law on the earth.’”

There. I’ve pointed it out. I’m a criminal too.

Geert Wilders was invited by a member of the British House of Lords to show his film there. When he landed in London last Friday, he was promptly deported. The London Daily Telegraph reported: “Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary refused Mr. Wilders entry because his opinions ‘would threaten community security and therefore public security’ in the UK.”

So, when Muslim clerics in the UK preach hatred and violent jihad against the British government, it’s all right. But when Wilders expresses a negative opinion about that preaching, he’s the threat, not them.

This is what Europe, seat of western civilization and democracy, has come to.

Back here, groups like MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) use the US Constitution to bring suit against Americans like Roger Barnett when he tries to defend his property. MALDEF doesn’t recognize the US border. Similar radical Mexican groups like MEChA deny the legitimacy of state governments all across the southwestern United States, calling the area “Aztlan” and claiming themselves as indigenous people not subject to US law. MEChA has chapters in most colleges across the American southwest. If you check out their web site here, you’ll see their symbol: an eagle gripping an Aztec war club in one talon and a stick of dynamite with its fuse lit in the other. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante are former members.

MEChA receives funding from La Raza (“The Race”). Politicians across America go out of their way to pay homage to “The Race.” President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain addressed the organization during the 2008 campaign, where both virtually promised amnesty for illegals. Two out of three voted for Obama.

Barnett and Wilders are brave men defending western civilization on the front lines. If they go down, watch out.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Sean Brandon said...

Wilders seems much like you and your talk radio mentors. A frothing moron masquerading as a patriot.

2/17/09, 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born in England and have been a naturalized citizen since 1953. I get news from family and friends in England. I am appalled by British newspaper reports of the espousal of Shari'a Law by the hierarchy of the Church of England and the Courts.

2/17/09, 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time you got your own show on Fox News: "Coming up next, the O'Reilly Factor, followed by Hannity and then The Mac Show!"

Great stuff. Scary indeed.

-Monroe Mann
www.MonroeMann.com

2/17/09, 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You haven't seen anything yet, Tom. Wait until you see what the Nobama administration has in store for this country with the help of Reid, Pelosi, and our two "Fearless Republican Senators"!

Harvey in North Baldwin

2/17/09, 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Tom for being brave enough to address the muslim/immigration issues. Some would believe that because MSM doesn't report about these issues they are not real. In fact the MSM is doing our citizens a grave disservice. How many Americans know that a women was beheaded in Buffalo N.Y. by her muslim husband this week. NO papers dare discuss this.How much did you see of the violent riots in OUR cities against Israel last month in papers or on TV. The media is too weak and worse turns a blind eye to the REAL events here in America. Kumbyaaahhh! Keep dreaming that these issues are all in our mind. Someday we will pay the price of ignorance. Laurie

2/17/09, 5:06 PM  
Blogger TC said...

Please visit Pamela Geller's website concerning the "religion of peace" and its potential to culturally enrich the US HERE

The world needs many more Geert Wilders in every country. Tom, you are one of them! Keep the info coming!

The muslim culture of death is definitely incompatible with the Free World.

TC

2/17/09, 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Bob Sharkey, Lamoine, Maine said...

it is past time for Christians to defend the Bible with the same fervor as the radical Muslims defend the Koran.
And since the Muslims claim that Hitler's Holocaust never happened, Whats the Beef? They should welcome the Mein Kampf/Koran comparison.

2/17/09, 9:54 PM  
Blogger TC said...

Armed training camps for jihadis in multiple American States.

2/18/09, 12:21 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

TC:

That Pam Geller post was scarey. I'm going to show it to my students. Fox News did a one-hour special on honor killings in the USA. It spotlighted the two Dallas girls and the Georgia woman. The sharper girls in my classes were morbidly fascinated.

Geller did us all a service with that list.

2/18/09, 7:21 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

UPDATE:
The Washington Times is reporting that Roger Barnett was cleared of "violating the civil rights" of those illegal immigrants, one of whom was a Mexican drug dealer deported for felony convictions. Outrageous.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/18/rancher-cleared-in-rights-case/

Barnett has to pay $78,000 in punitive damages however. Better than $32 million, but not a complete victory either.

I don't call it good. MALDEF has it's foot in the door. Those illegals didn't even have to pay legal bills. The Ford Foundation paid them. Henry must be turning over in his grave.

2/18/09, 7:36 AM  
Blogger Mohamed said...

What does the Koran say about the Torah and gospel

http://www.conflictingviews.com/religion/all-religions/koran-says-torah-gospel-not-corrupted-3324.html

2/19/09, 5:00 AM  
Blogger TC said...

Mohamed

Is there a thought or feeling that you wanted to express with the link to that dishonest piece of antisemitic propaganda?

Then speak!

If you want to discuss the peacefulness of islam with regard to Christians and Jews (and any other religion or absence thereof!), we can do that.

Let me know.

TC

2/19/09, 4:13 PM  
Blogger Mohamed said...

Why Judaism and Christianity reject Koran

What Koran says about war and fighting

What Koran says about freedom of religion

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message732096/pg1

2/21/09, 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was Mr. Barnett's senator John McCain in all this? Shouldn't he have received assistance from the Arizona legislators?

2/27/09, 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Pamela Geller & her racist views are scarier than most court cases.

Pamela Geller is too busy flashing her bad boob job at Geert Wilders every chance she gets to worry about anything else hence the verbal diahroeea!

If Pamela stuck her head out of Robert Spencers butt and stopped kissing Geert Wilders ass for long enough maybe she would have time to take a good hard look at herself.

Pamela can stick her racist blog where the sun don't shine.

We need LESS pathological liars like Pamela Geller in this world.

3/9/09, 12:17 AM  

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