ORF – die Propaganda-Maschine

Österreichischer Rundfunk Fernsehen. So nennt sich das Unternehmen, das in Österreich immer noch als öffentliche Anstalt verkauft wird, mit Bildungs- und Informationsauftrag. Das mit zwangsweise eingehobenen Zwangsbeiträgen künstlich am Leben erhalten wird. Lange vergessen ist das Rundfunk-Volksbegehren. Heute ist der ORF nur mehr eine teure Propaganda-Maschine, die das tägliche Geschehen so einfärbt und darstellt, wie es parteipolitisch vorgegeben wird. Read more of this post

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The Seven Varieties of Gun Control Advocate

The right of decent private citizens to personally possess, transport, and responsibly use arms without government interference is the ultimate freedom and the main pillar supporting all other liberties. Few cultures have allowed their general population access to weapons, the tools of power, to the same degree as the United States. Instead, most societies have restricted the keeping and bearing of arms to a select few power brokers and their agents, often resulting in oppression on a grand scale. Read more of this post

Raging Against Self Defense:

A Psychiatrist Examines The Anti-Gun Mentality

“You don’t need to have a gun; the police will protect you.”
“If people carry guns, there will be murders over parking spaces and neighborhood basketball games.”
“I’m a pacifist. Enlightened, spiritually aware people shouldn’t own guns.”
“I’d rather be raped than have some redneck militia type try to rescue me.”

How often have you heard these statements from misguided advocates of victim disarmament, or even woefully uninformed relatives and neighbors? Why do people cling so tightly to these beliefs, in the face of incontrovertible evidence that they are wrong? Why do they get so furiously angry when gun owners point out that their arguments are factually and logically incorrect? Read more of this post

The Most Dangerous Cities in America

A shocking report failed again to wake up people in charge. Is it coincidence that the areas listed have very restrictive gun laws? We don’t think so. Unarmed citizens are easy prey, a fact which is commonly neglected.

EARLIER this week, the FBI trumpeted the news that violent crime dropped 5.5% in 2010 while reported property crimes fell 2.8% during the depths of the worst economic slowdown since the Great Depression. The news, though, is far from positive. Read more of this post

On the Lack of a Bill of Rights

When a building is to be erected which is intended to stand for ages, the foundation should be firmly laid. The Constitution proposed to your acceptance is designed, not for yourselves alone, but for generations yet unborn. The principles, therefore, upon which the social compact is founded, ought to have been clearly and precisely stated, and the most express and full declaration of rights to have been made. But on this subject there is almost an entire silence. Read more of this post

Changing the Face of the War one high-value Target at a Time

WASHINGTON — The death of Osama bin Laden, the top name on the U.S. military’s high-value target list, dealt a serious blow to enemy fighters in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere. But it’s the systematic elimination of other names on that “capture or kill” list that many are now crediting with turning the region’s terrorists and insurgents into a younger, less experienced and less fanatical group. Read more of this post

Open-Carry Experiment Shows Cops Don’t Know Their Own Gun Laws

It was late last week when gun-rights activist Mark Fiorino joined PW for a stroll around downtown Philly. The Montgomery County man, who was featured on the cover of yesterday’s Daily News for his stance on carrying pistols openly, walks down 15th Street toward Sansom, attracting nary a look.
Eventually, one man offers a double-take. The head turn probably has something to do with the fact that Fiorino’s belt contains an openly holstered firearm alongside his cell phone and keys. After all, Fiorino’s story hadn’t yet appeared in the Daily News, so his face wasn’t yet recognizeable. Read more of this post

ICH-AGs – Risiko für Unternehmer und Kunden

Ein-Mann-Unternehmen, oft auch „ICH-AG“s genannt, sind für viele verlockend, haben aber auch ihre Tücken. Verlockend dann, wenn sich jemand mit seinem Angebot schwer in eine Unselbständigkeit zwängen lassen will; tückisch dann, wenn man das eigene Angebot, den Markt und die Finanzen überschätzt. Trotzdem greifen viele Menschen gern zu dieser Alternative, wenn auch aus sehr unterschiedlichen Motiven und Motivationen. Oft scheitert die Sache schon an der Ehrlichkeit der Selbsterforschung: Nehme ich die Belastung in Kauf? Sehr oft folgt deshalb Ernüchterung dem ersten Wollen. Dann bleiben zwei Wege: Aufgeben oder Lavieren. Read more of this post

CAIR: Hamas in the U.S.A.

Islamists Fooling the Establishment

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), headquartered in Washington, is perhaps the best-known and most controversial Muslim organization in North America. CAIR presents itself as an advocate for Muslims’ civil rights and the spokesman for American Muslims. “We are similar to a Muslim NAACP,” says its communications director, Ibrahim Hooper.[1] Its official mission—”to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding”[2]—suggests nothing problematic. Read more of this post

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood

As Syrian President Bashar Assad grows more and more isolated, his regime’s arch-nemesis – the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) – is gearing for a comeback. Fortunately for the brotherhood, powerful politicians in Lebanon are ready to lend a helping hand against their former patron.

Background

Although nominally a branch of the eponymous movement founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1920s Egypt, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood is a creature of the socio-economic, cultural, and political setting in which it evolved. Whereas Banna was a man of modest means who rose up to challenge post-colonial Egyptian elites, Read more of this post

Die Muslim-Brüder und die Demokratie

In einem Interview mit der “Wiener Zeitung” stellt sich Mohammad Saad Alkatatny, Fraktionsführer der Muslim-Bruderschaft im ägyptischen Parlament, als lupenreiner Demokrat dar. Nun ist das ägyptische Regime Hosni Mubaraks tatsächlich alles andere als eine Demokratie. Ohne Zweifel gehören auch Alkatatnys Muslim-Brüder zu jenen Oppositionsgruppen, die Ziel staatlicher Repression werden. Allerdings wird man noch lange nicht zu einem Demokraten, nur weil man von einem autoritären Regime unterdrückt wird. Read more of this post

Islamic Radicalization Process in South East Europe

Introduction

Hundreds of Islamic fighters who are adherents to the Wahhabi tradition, and who fought alongside Bosnian Muslim forces during the war, remained in the country – with many marrying local women and establishing Islamic organizations. Foreign Islamic fighters are important but not only one segment of Radical Islamist PUZLE in Bosnia. The key elements of an Islamic Radicalization process according to the Bosnian experience is as follows: 1. Presence of mujaheddin; 2. Presence of so-called “humanitarian organizations”; 3. Presence of state sponsors of terrorism; 4. Presence of terrorist organizations; 5. Manipulation of religion to terrorist purposes. Read more of this post

Die Kulisse der Islamischen Glaubensgemeinschaft

Vor einigen Jahren traten Gruppen von Muslimen an die Öffentlichkeit, die sich nicht länger von der „Islamischen Glaubensgemeinschaft in Österreich“ (IGGÖ) diskriminieren und schikanieren lassen wollten. Im Zuge der diversen Verfahren gelangten erstmals Aktenunterlagen des Kultusamtes zum Vorschein, die schwarz auf weiß belegen: Die IGGÖ hat niemals existiert. Read more of this post

Moazzam Begg

In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, the Washington Post ran a four-part series by men and women who had their “lives shattered and transformed by” the terror master. One of the contributors was especially curious: former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg. Read more of this post

Muster vom Fachmann

Linz, Oö — Der beste Rechtsvorsteher des Landes, Martin Bugelmüller aus Oberösterreich, ließ erneut seine Klasse aufblitzen. Nachdem er das letzte Verfahren gegen die Rechtsanwaltskammer gewonnen hat (nichts als ein lästiger Irrtum), erwartete Bugelmüller endlich die begehrte Zulassung als Mitglied der Kammer. Ständig nur als nicht bei der Kammer registrierter Anwalt aufzutreten, macht wenig Spaß. Read more of this post