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Want to know why so few players in the NFL actually get any real respect from people? It’s not because they’re making so much money. It’s not jealousy that they can play a game well. It’s not that they’re physically bigger than most and athletic. It’s because the majority of them are immature, spoiled children — like Samari Rolle.

Samari Rolle is filing an “official complaint” against a referee that is alleged to have called him a “boy.” Now I realize that when you’re 14 or 15, being called a “boy” is a pretty serious insult. When you’re 14 or 15. Samari Rolle is 31 years old. Yes, thirty-one. And he is making an “official complaint” (maybe with a lawsuit later on) about being called a “boy.” Oh, and what’s not mentioned so much is that before the referee said anything, Samari Rolle told the referee, a 53-year old, “You’ve never played football before.” Oh, and the referee? He played in the NFL for 7 years.

In other words, Rolle is saying, “I’m allowed to insult the officials of the game with childish taunts, but if they respond to my infantile name-calling, I’m going to tell my mommy.”

Hey Samari, why don’t you grow up — you’re giving all NFL players a bad reputation.

Once again, government rises up to “fix” a problem they created and in the process directly take massive amounts of freedom from people. The Bush Administration has said that they, personally, do not like a number of financial agreements that are legal, binding, and voluntarily made by people. So they’re simply deciding by government fiat that you’re simply not permitted to have such agreements, and those people who have made agreements in the past, well, the Bush Administration will decide which ones are best for you and which are suddenly no longer allowed.

Now I’m sure many of you bleeding hearts (Liberal and Republican) are thinking that it’s “good” that Bush is crushing freedom by freezing interest rates. I’m sure many think it’s “good for the country” and the economy. Know what? It absolutely stinks for freedom.

How would you feel if I agreed to pay you $500 a month to rent your car from you for the next 10 years. We both agreed, thought the terms were good, and you might even have spent some of the money I’d given you. You might even have bought a car yourself, depending on my giving you your monthly payment. Then, just imagine the government shows up and tells you, “Gee, we don’t like this agreement. We think Ogre should only give you $175 a month because that would be good.” And you’re just out of luck.

It’s wrong, plain and simple. But hey, government’s doing it, so the odds of it being right are pretty low to begin with. This is what you get when you have government managing money with the private Federal Reserve System where the money isn’t backed by anything at all. Problems like this don’t happen when you back your money with something of value — like gold.

Well, that’s not exactly the headline to this article, but it should be. Or maybe a better title would be “More North Carolina Teachers Accept Bribes.” How about “North Carolina Leads the Nation in Bribed Teachers?” Well, they’re all more accurate and truthful than the actual headline about “Teacher Certification.”

The certification they list is nothing more than government bribing government employees to get other government agencies to give them a piece of paper so the education system can put out news releases (and so the education system has more cash). Seriously. The teachers get massive piles of pay (what would you do for a 12% raise for 10 years, no matter your performance?) and benefits for getting this “national certification.” I’m not saying it’s difficult, just that the only purpose is to, once again, expand the government education system.

Keep in mind — the government-run public education system is NOT about education or children. It has nothing to do with children. It is about getting, using, and spending government cash and absolutely nothing else.

Ireland’s Beer

Archaeologists have discovered over 5,000 mysterious mounds throughout Ireland, dating from 1500 to 500 B.C. For years people have been trying to figure out what they were used for. One guy thinks he’s figure it out (and even tested his theory): they were for making ale! Imagine that! 5,000 individual breweries across Ireland. And people wonder why so many drink on Saint Patrick’s Day. Now I wonder if they’ll completely publish their “research” including diagrams and an instruction manual for replicating the “experiment” (even if such a thing would probably be illegal in most US States).

Hey look, yet another straw poll that Ron Paul wins. Oh wait — he didn’t win this one because the GOP establishment decided to cancel the straw poll — when they saw all the Ron Paul Supporters. I’m thinking these national polls are really, really getting this one wrong. I could be incorrect — obviously there’s a lot of Republican Party “Leadership” that clearly does not like Ron Paul. They’re obviously actively hostile to him. I just don’t know how many votes these “leadership” elements represent vs. the mass of people who keep showing up all over the country in support of Ron Paul.

From the video author:

I paid my $33 for the dinner and vote. A $5 option was also offered to vote after the festivities. We patiently listened to the guest speaker support Fred Thompson and talk on the issues of water and budget problems in California. They then held a raffle, while all the “cheap” voters waited in the lobby. When they finally let them in, the room was flooded with Ron Paul supporters and the organizer notified us the poll was cancelled. I started the video after the initial announcement and pandemonium broke out. The sudden cancellation and an attempt to change the rules, understandably, upset quite a few people.

TBogg deleted evidence of cover up at the Flight 93 MemorialTBogg has edited a comment thread to remove an important piece of evidence about the Memorial Project’s cover up of Islamic and terrorist memorializing features in the planned Flight 93 memorial. A historically important comment left by a consultant to the Memorial Project has been deleted.

In January 2006, Alec Rawls baited the TBogg leftists for insisting that it is perfectly okay to plant a giant Mecca oriented crescent on the Flight 93 crash site. TBogg’s comment thread swelled to epic proportions and eventually yielded something more than the usual litany of moonbat excuses for not thinking straight. At the end of the thread, posted sometime in March or April of 2006, there appeared an extended comment, about 600 words long, posted anonymously, and written as a semi-formal evaluation of Rawls’ January 2006 report to the Memorial Project.

Mr. Rawls would later find out that this anonymous comment was the sole piece of written feedback on which the Memorial Project was basing its denial of Islamic features in the winning design. (Crescent of Betrayal, download 3, pp. 149-50.)

The Project only communicated snippets of the TBogg comment, so the fact that the whole thing had been posted online caught them by surprise, undermining their ability to control the story. In particular, the TBogg comment did not deny the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent. On the contrary, it acknowledged that the crescent at the center of the memorial is geometrically similar to a traditional mihrab (the Mecca-direction indicator around which every mosque is built), and offered a variety of excuses for why people should not be concerned about this similarity. (e.g. “[J]ust because something is ‘similar to’ something else, does not make it the ‘same’.”)

Dr. Kevin Jaques

Only in the last couple of weeks has the identity of the anonymous scholar who wrote the TBogg comment been learned. Last week’s blogburst about the Park Service’s fraudlent internal investigation discusses a Memorial Project “White Paper” that identifies the TBogg commentator as Dr. Kevin Jaques, an Islamicist (a scholar of Islam), at the University of Indiana.

One of Dr. Jaques excuses for not being concerned about the half-mile wide Mecca-oriented crescent is that it is so much bigger than any other mihrab:

Thirdly, most mihrabs are small, rarely larger than the figure of a man, although some of the more ornamental ones can be larger, but nothing as large at the crescent found in the site design. It is unlikely that most Muslims would walk into the area of the circle/crescent and see a mihrab because it is well beyond their limit of experience. Again, just because it is similar does not make it the same.

You might recognize it as a giant crescent from an airplane like Flight 93 flying over head, but from the ground? Pshaw.

Crescent and star flag on the crash site

It’s too big to recognize!

TBogg deleted the Kevin Jaques comment from his comment thread

For most of 2007, the original TBogg comment thread has not been available, but TBogg now has it reposted, with one glaring omission: Dr. Jaques comment has been removed.

If you want to see what TBogg is posting now, the url for his 2006 “Lunacy abounds” post is http://tbogg.blogspot.com/2006/01/lunacy-abounds-nuts.html.For posterity, here are copies of the original comment thread, as of 5/29/2006, with Dr. Jaques’ comment intact at the end, and the comment thread repost, as of 12/3/2007, with Dr. Jaques’ comment deleted.

A full discussion of what TBogg properly calls “the infamous comment thread” can be found in Chapter Eight of Alec’s Crescent of Betrayal book (download 3, pp 131-).

The question now for Mr. TBogg is why he deleted Kevin Jaques’ comment. Did he do it on his own, or did he do it at someone’s request? Did Dr. Jaques ask him to delete the comment? Did architect Paul Murdoch ask? Did someone in the Park Service ask?

Whether TBogg acted on his own or was prompted, it is obvious that he understood that he was deleting an important piece of evidence. Just the fact that he singled it out for deletion shows a conscious act of cover-up. Maybe he did not realize the full import of having the comment remain publicly available via an original source, but he certainly knew he was covering up something important. What kind of blogger deletes a piece of evidence that he knows to be central to a high profile controversy? (Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo (R-CO) sent the Park Service a letter last month asking that crescent design be scrapped entirely.) This is very bad behavior.

Was TBogg’s comment thread originally removed in order to hide Jaques comment?

It was odd enough when the “infamous comment thread” first disappeared from TBogg’s blog. What blogger removes anything famous from their blog? But at that time, there was no publicly available information that could have alerted TBogg to the significance of that last anonymous comment. The most likely explanation for the disappearance of the comment thread seemed to be that TBogg simply had a coding glitch, or maybe he is cheap enough to have been worried about bandwidth.

Now that the comment thread has been restored without the Jaques comment, it seems likely that the reason the comment thread came down in the first place was to hide the Jaques comment. The interesting thing about this scenario is that at the time the comment thread was removed (sometime between June 2006 and June 2007) the only way TBogg could have learned the importance of that last anonymous comment would have been through the internal investigation conducted by the Park Service in the spring and summer of 2006. No one else knew that the comment came from an advisor to the Memorial Project until July 2007 when Alec Rawls released the downloadable “Director’s Cut” version of his Crescent of Betrayal book. (Given the urgent public need to know, World Ahead Publishing graciously allowed Alec to make his then final draft available for free download until the print edition—still being updated—comes out in the first quarter of 2008.)

The TBogg comment thread was removed before the Director’s Cut release. (Noted in Crescent of Betrayal, download 3, at p. 131.) Chief Ranger Jill Hawk, who was conducting the investigation, would not tell Alec who wrote the anonymous TBogg comment, but Alec warned her to be suspicious. Given the overtly dishonest nature of its excuse making, he urged her to double check its provenance. She answered back that she had been able to get email confirmation of authorship.

This email communication with Jaques might well have alerted him to the faux pas he committed by posting his comment on the TBogg thread. Did he then contact TBogg and ask for the comment to be removed?

That would seem to be the most likely scenario. Others who were privy to the internal investigation could have also contacted TBogg, but there is no evidence for any other such route of transmission.

It is disturbing to think that TBogg would have acceded to any request to remove evidence about a possible enemy plot. He is fully aware of what Rawls is claiming: that an al Qaeda sympathizing architect entered our open design competition with a plan to build a terrorist memorial mosque and won. Kevin Jaques’ TBogg comment is crucial for understanding how such a plot could succeed, revealing the utter fraudulence of the internal investigation that should have detected any such plot. As the lone consultant to the Memorial Project on the crescent design, Jaques engaged in overtly dishonest excuse-making. And TBogg is willing to help him cover it up?

If TBogg has some other explanation for his deletions, the rest of us would sure like to hear it.

The fraudulent internal investigation

For more of Kevin Jaques’ dishonest excuse-making, see last week’s blogburst on the fraudulent internal investigation. Before the Park Service was done, it managed to round up two more academic frauds in addition to Kevin Jaques. There is Dr. Daniel Griffith, who claims there is no such thing as the direction to Mecca, and a third Mosqueteer still to be discussed. (Saving the worst for last.)

But Jaques is the central fraud, being the Project’s sole source of feedback during a crucial period when its dismissive posture was set in stone. In addition to being an expert on sharia law, Jaques has also proved to be an expert at taqiyya.

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If you want to join the blogroll/blogburst for the Crescent of Betrayal blogburst, email Cao at caoilfhionn1 at gmail dot com, with your blog’s url address. The blogburst will be sent out once a week to the participants, for simultaneous publication on this issue on Wednesdays.

Crescent of betrayal/surrender Blogburst Blogroll

1389 Blog – Antijihadist Tech
A Defending Crusader
A Fine Line Between Stupid and Clever
And Rightly So
Big Dog’s Weblog
Big Sibling
Cao’s Blog
Chaotic Synaptic Activity
Error Theory
Faultline USA
Flanders Fields
Four Pointer
Freedom’s Enemies
Ft. Hard Knox
GM’s Corner
Ironic Surrealism II
Jack Lewis
Kender’s Musings
My Own Thoughts
Nice Deb
Ogre’s Politics and Views
Part-Time Pundit
Right on the Right
Right Truth
Stix Blog
Stop the ACLU
The Renaissance Biologist
The View From the Turret
The Wide Awakes
Thunder Run