Pamela Geller is planning a âDraw the Prophetâ event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a âStand with the Prophetâ conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.
Gellerâs event comes on the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. Following the attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scheduled the âStand with the Prophetâ conference at the public school districtâs conference center. Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scheduled a protest outside the event that was attended by approximately 2,000 people.
During the Free Speech Rally in Garland, Geller spoke with Breitbart Texas about her reaction to the large and loud crowd of protesters. She said that MuslimsÂ are trying to impose restrictions on free speech like they are doing in Paris. âThousands of Americans said âno way!ââ
âThe media can smear us and the President can stand with them,â Geller said. âWe the people are not having it. If there is any proof of that, itâs today. We dwarfed them.â
âIf the Western media ran the Danish cartoons back when this Islamic supremacist movement first started gaining steam, the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo would be alive today,â Geller stated in response to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas. âThat said, the European press ran the Hebdo cartoons in the wake of that jihad slaughter. But the American press would not. The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared. Well, thatâs not who we are. The elites do not represent the people.â
âEnough is enough,â she explained. âTheyâre just cartoons. Weâre holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become â with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we canât stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it â and with it, free society.â
George Lincoln Rockwell
Maria Callas inÂ Chicago
What has caused this?
Is it better welfare payments to the poor? Nope.
What about increased resources to Police? Nope.
Gun rights activists have often held up Chicago as an example of the failures of gun control. The city has historically had some of the strictest laws against gun ownership while also suffering under some of the worst crime rates in the US. In 2012,Â Chicago surpassed New YorkÂ as Americaâs murder capital. However, after theÂ US Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitÂ struck down IllinoisâÂ banÂ on concealed carry in December of 2012, a concealed carry program was implemented in the state this year, finally and for the first time allowing law-abiding Chicago residents to arm themselves in public against the cityâs seemingly-perpetual crime wave.
According toÂ The Washington Times,Â now that citizens in Chicago can legally defend themselves, the cityâs historically disastrous crime rates have begun to plummet precipitously. Police department crime statistics note that, in the first quarter of 2014, the homicide rate in Chicago has dropped to a 56-year low. In 2014 so far, burglaries are down by 20%, auto theft rates have dropped by 26%, and robberies leading to arrests are down by 20%.
The Chicago Police Department wasted no time in declaring victory and claiming credit for the drop in crime, but IllinoisÂ State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson toldÂ The Washington Times,Â âThe police department hasnât changed a single tactic â they havenât announced a shift in policy or of course â and yet you have these incredible numbers.â He feels that the drop in crime can at least in part be attributed to the implementation of concealed carry in Illinois. Said Pearson, âIt isnât any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals donât know whoâs armed and who isnât has a deterrence effect.â
Al Caponeâs Soup Kitchen during the Great Depression, Chicago, 1931
Chicago‘s Freezing Fire
Several news items suggest that despite the moaning and propaganda of the warmists it appears that global warming is nowhere to be seen, even in the summer of the Antarctic.
An Antarctic-bound ship spent Christmas awaiting rescue after the ship became wedged in thick sheets of sea ice.
The ice-breaker Akademik Shokalski set sail for the sub- Antarctic and Antarctica from Bluff on a mission of science and discovery, which sailed on November 28.
The month-long Australasian Antarctic Expedition is following in the footsteps of explorer and scientist Sir Douglas Mawson, one century on.
Central Otago woman Nicole Kerr is one of the crew members.
Omakau-raised Ms Kerr was on board the Akademik Shokalski as a chef.
The ship had been on a multi-day tour from New Zealand to visit several sites along the edge of Antarctica.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a distress call on this morning, notifying the rescue co-ordination centre that the ship was trapped in ice and would need help.
It is not known how long the ship has been unable to break free from the ice floes. Â Read more »