Archive for February 2015

Stanford’s ‘Terror, Freedom, Blasphemy’ Panel: Blithering Academic Incoherence

By CINNAMON STILLWELL and RIMA GREEN

February 26, 2015 – Simi Valley, CA – FreeFireZoneBlog – What does the Islamic terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January have to do with the 2014 police shootings of African-American men in Ferguson, Missouri and Long Island, New York; San Francisco’s troubled Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood; and the Occupy Wall Street movement? A recent panel discussion at Stanford University, “Terror, Freedom, Blasphemy: Reflections on Citizenship in Our Times,” used the connection between the struggles—both real and imagined—of minorities in the U.S. and those attributed to Muslims worldwide to deflect attention from Islamic radicalism in the West.

Sponsored by the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the afternoon discussion took place in a Center for International Security and Cooperation conference room with a long, narrow table in the middle, at the head of which sat the panelists. Approximately forty people—a mixture of students and locals, many of them eating lunch—were seated at and around the table, some spilling out into the hallway. Framed posters lined the walls with slogans such as, “China Builds the Bomb” and “International Arms Control,” but none spoke to Iran’s highly-contested efforts to build a nuclear weapon.

In his introduction, Shahzad Bashir, Lysbeth Warren Anderson Professor in Islamic Studies, explained that:

The idea for this event came from a discussion between myself and [fellow panelists] Robert Crews, [and] Aishwary Kumar, and grew out of a general frustration about the state of the world.

According to Bashir, the latter included such disparate subjects as:

[T]he torture information that came out of the U.S. Senate; what’s happening in Iraq and Syria; what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri and Long Island; events in Nigeria, and what happened in Paris most recently. . . . We wanted an occasion where we could draw the connections between these events.

The inclusion of Destin Jenkins, a PhD candidate in Stanford’s history department who delivered a completely unrelated talk titled, “Citizenship, Debt, and Structural Violence: From Hunters Point to Ferguson” and who admitted that, “I am somewhat of an interloper, working on San Francisco, nothing about Paris or Islam,” achieved the organizers’ goal. As Jenkins put it:

I want to use this as an opportunity to think about the troubling connections between the enactment of citizenship and the structural violence against the African-American community of the Hunters Point neighborhood [in San Francisco] after WWII.

He thanked co-panelist Robert Crews, history professor and director of the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, for “reaching out” to him. Later, Bashir ratcheted up the absurdity by directing an audience question about the European migration of jihadists to Jenkins, who responded, predictably, by discussing Hunters Point.

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NRA/ILA Alert – CA DOJ’s “Emergency” Legislation Must Be Opposed

February 26, 2015 – Simi Valley, CA – FreeFireZoneBlog.com – We wanted to direct our readers to a very important and impending matter, the CA DOJ’s issuance of unworkable and legally questionable emergency regulations to extricate itself from the mess it created while seeking to implement CA’s “Firearm Safety Certificate” program.

[From NRA/ILA] The California Department of Justice (DOJ) recently proposed flawed “emergency” regulations in an attempt to implement California’s new Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) Program laws, which took effect in January 2015.

The regulations are a misguided response to an NRA-supported lawsuit, Belemjian v. Harris. That suit was recently filed on behalf of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, FFLGuard, and several individual gun owners and firearm instructors to stop enforcement of four “underground regulations” the DOJ illegally adopted when it initially tried to implement the FSC Program, and to urge the DOJ to properly adopt regulations establishing long-gun safe- handling demonstration as it was statutorily required to do, but failed to do, by January 1, 2015.

Despite having nearly a year and a half to propose regulations that properly implement the FSC Program under normal timelines to allow for adequate input from gun owners instructors, and retailers, the DOJ is now pushing its new “emergency” regulations to circumvent this process.

The proposed regulations create a host of problems for gun owners, instructors and retailers. Among other concerns, the DOJ’s proposed “emergency” regulations should be opposed for the following reasons:

  • The regulations improperly circumvent the rulemaking process to implement the FSC Program, failing to provide the public proper opportunity to weigh in.
  • They far exceed the DOJ’s rulemaking authority.
  • The cumulative effect of each of the proposed regulations will significantly increase the already inflated costs of purchasing a firearm in California.
  • The regulations improperly shield the DOJ from any wrongdoing in implementing the FSC Program.

Voice your opposition to these improper “emergency” regulations today! The deadline to submit comment letters could be as soon as February 27, 2015, so please take a few minutes to help NRA and CRPA today.

Comment letters must be mailed to both of the following addresses:

Department of Justice

Bureau of Firearms

Attn: Jeff Amador

P.O. Box 160487

Sacramento, CA 95816

AND

Office of Administrative Law

300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1250

Sacramento, CA 95814

The NRA and CPRA are also opposing the new regulation package and will continue to fight this battle in the courtroom. As reported last month, the ongoing lawsuit seeks to hold the DOJ to its duty to adopt implementing regulations regarding the FSC Program through the proper process. To read more about the case and the problems with the FSC Program that prompted it, click here.

 

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FreeFireZoneBlog Is Now Live

February 26, 2015 – Simi Valley, CA – FreeFireZoneBlog.com – A brief note to readers: Due to an overwhelming need to provide political coverage in what we view as a pre-revolutionary environment, we have re-launched FFZ. Given the genuinely threatening developments which are taking place in DC, we feel duty-bound to take this action.

Among the reasons why we have made this decision are:

1. The naked power grab by the Obama administration to “nationalize’ the ‘Net, using the FCC, which has no statutory authority to touch the Internet, let alone “regulate” it. We view this as a direct attempt to subvert the First Amendment.

2. Nearly 1B rounds of ammunition recently contracted for purchase by DHS, “…the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is contracted to purchase 704,390,250 rounds of ammunition over the next four years BATF anticipated moves restricting civilian access to certain types of popular ammunition…” [DHS Contracted to Purchase 704 Million Rounds of Ammo Over Next 4 Years: 2,500 Rounds Per Officer, CNS News]  What do these people have in mind? Why is the Federal Government apparently preparing for civil conflict when there are no domestic [non-jihadist] threats to the continued peace, order and tranquility of the nation?

3. Increasing acquisition and use of heavily armored, military vehicles by federal agencies.

4. Widespread actions taken by federal agencies to destroy political opposition.

5. A DOJ which has become a criminal enterprise under Eric Holder who has been held in Criminal Contempt by the U.S. Congress. This action was taken because of the AG’s refusal to provide documents regarding the administration’s program called Fast and Furious, which intentionally placed military grade weapons into the hands of members of the Mexican drug cartel.

6. Use of illegal Executive Orders to grant the president the power to legislate irrespective of Congress and the separation of powers doctrine. The most recent example of which is BATF moving to ban XM855 5.56 mm ammunition upon the absurd assertion that the 62 green tip bullets are “armor piercing” [Note: Level IV body armor w/ceramic plates [available to all LE] is capable of stopping far more powerful rifle rounds including genuine .30 cal military armor piercing bullets, let alone .22 caliber projectiles]. We view this particular action to be the precursor of a general move to confiscate all civilian-held firearms.

7. A continuing pattern of promoting illegal immigration, done with the intent of altering the demographic makeup of the United States so that one-party rule by the Democrats will be ensured in perpetuity.

8. A massive expansion of the welfare state/dependency society, including ObamaCare and other socialist initiatives.

9. The quickening accretion of power within this administration to the degree where the presidency has assumed monarchical dimensions.

10. The general political unwillingness by what is nominally the “opposition party” to confront a rogue presidency.

So hold on tight, FFZ takes no prisoners…

 

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