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Convicted Terrorist Scheduled to Speak Tuesday Night Before Presidential Debate

By Gary P Jackson

Convicted terrorist Andrew Stepanian, who boasts about being praised for “succeeding where Karl Marx and the Red Brigades failed,” will speak Tuesday night before the presidential debate at Hofstra University.

Stepanian is a convicted felon. He was convicted of domestic terrorism in conjunction with attacks carried out by he and other members of his far left “animal rights group.” Stepanian is also a a leader of the anti-American, Anti-Liberty and Freedom group “Occupy Wall Street.” It should surprise no one that he is also a blogger at the Huffington Post and AOL.

Stepanian and other radicals recently staged protests against Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Brandon Darby at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government wrote in February:

AOL/Huffpo Hosts Convicted Domestic Terrorist & Occupy Organizer; Still Threatening Violence

Andy Stepanian, a convicted felon who served 3 years in federal prison after being convicted on domestic terrorism charges, writes for AOL and the Huffington Post–and hasn’t stopped threatening opponents with violence.

Stepanian’s HuffPo biography notes that “Andy and 5 others were charged and convicted as terrorists for their activism,” but casts him as the hero of a “landmark free speech case” and a survivor of “Guantanamo North.”

Here is how the often left-of-center Anti-Defamation League (ADL) described Stepanian’s involvement in animal rights terrorism against a research firm called Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), as part of a group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC):

May 2004: Federal agents in New York, New Jersey, California and Washington arrested seven people at their homes in connection with their SHAC activities.

Spokesperson Kevin Kjonaas was apprehended in Pinole, California, as were Lauren Gazzola, whom the indictment identified as SHAC’s campaign coordinator, and Jacob Conroy. Darius Fullmer and John McGee were arrested in New Jersey. Andrew Stepanian, a member of the Animal Defense League, an animal rights group that works with SHAC, was arrested at his Long Island, New York, home.

In Seattle, Joshua Harper, a self-described anarchist and SHAC activist, was arrested as well. The indictment against the so-called “SHAC 7” alleges that the defendants encouraged harassment and intimidation of HLS employees and tried to force the company out of business through acts of vandalism, stalking and computer hacking as well as e-mail blitzes, telephone calls and faxes.

The indictment further charged that SHAC targeted employees and shareholders, as well as companies that provided services to HLS, by posting personal information on its Web sites and encouraging followers to “operate outside the confines of the legal system.

Stepanian now claims to have been a “political prisoner,” and has joined the Scott Crows and Lisa Fithians of the world to defend radical tactics in political organizing. He has been involved in organizing the communist and anarchist groups that came together in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and his Sparrow Media organization is currently promoting a book entitled The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City.

Unsurprisingly, Stepanian seems to hold a grudge against the men and women of the FBI–and others, like myself, who work with law enforcement to hold his leftist and anarchist comrades to the same laws and standards the rest of us have to obey in our democratic society.

In a recent Twitter exchange, Stepanian let his opinions fly–and issued violent threats in the process.

Read more here.

In July Dan Spencer wrote:

One of America’s unrepentant terrorists to lead Romney protest

Later today, Gov. Romney will be fundraising in the Hamptons. The left is planning a massive protest, busing in the usual left-wing suspects, including the Democrat supported Occupy, Move On, GreenPeace, etc. That these radical groups would choose to protest the presumptive Republican nominee is not surprising.

What is unusual, is the fact that the protest is being led by one of America’s unrepentant terrorists — Andy Stepanian. Stepanian a so-called Liberal/Progressive activist is an admitted convicted terrorist, who boasts about being praised for “succeeding where Karl Marx and the Red Brigades failed.” Sort of reminds one of Bill Ayers and Van Jones who helps astroturf the Occupy Movement and American Autumn.

The Terrorist-led protest is especially ironic, considering that David Axelrod has publicly said he condemns heckling Romney’s campaign. Nevertheless, I’m sure the Obama campaign won’t say a peep about a convicted terrorist organizing protests designed to do just that. The mainstream media certainly won’t bring it up either, although you can bet they’ll give coverage to the protests.

This leads us to tomorrow night’s appearance by Andrew Stepanian at the debate:

A convicted terrorist released from federal prison in December 2008 is scheduled to speak in Hofstra University’s “public area” outside Tuesday’s presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, The Daily Caller has learned.

Andrew Stepanian, a felon who went to prison for animal enterprise terrorism, appears on Hofstra University’s published schedule at 8:00 p.m., during the hour before the debate begins. Stepanian runs The Sparrow Project, a left-wing PR project whose website indicates connections with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Stepanian, an ardent animal rights activist, was convicted in 2006 of terrorism stemming from a criminal conspiracy to target a company that tested medications on laboratory animals. He received a three-year sentence for his activities on behalf of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, then the U.S. Attorney for the state, oversaw the prosecution of SHAC and six of its members under the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, a 1992 law — later updated in 2006 — whose only section is titled “Animal Enterprise Terrorism.”

All the defendants were convicted.

Among SHAC’s tactics were the distribution of matchbooks printed with a picture of a black-masked figure and the slogan “strike a match.” Inside the matchbook cover was printed the name and address of a target.

Today, Sparrow Media’s website features an “about us” page that instructs: “We want you to strike that match, light that fire, and fight that fight.

The New York Times reported that during the three-week trial of Stepanian and his co-defendants, “defense lawyers acknowledged that a Web site run by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty posted home addresses and other personal information about animal researchers and others.”

The defendants said they were engaging in free speech and claimed no connection with what the Times characterized as the resulting “vandalism, death threats, computer hacking and pipe bombs.

Reached for comment, Stepanian said he would be speaking about ”the exponentially growing prison industrial complex and specialized prison programs like Secure Housing Units & Communications Management Units.

Stepanian was housed in a Communications Management Unit in Illinois with other terror convicts during the final mouths of his incarceration.

Hofstra University’s website reports that the U.S. Secret Service and local law enforcement are handling security for Tuesday’s debate.

More here.

How is it a convicted felon, a felon with a history of terroist activities that include bombings, is welcomed to speak at the same event where our President and his likely replacement are speaking?

For that matter, why is a violent terrorist, a man who still very much advocates violence as the solution, allowed to speak at in college in America?

Yes, I know there’s a thing called free speech that we all love, but is college the best place for a violent criminal terrorist to be allowed to express it?

You have a violent anarchist talking to a bunch of inexperienced, impressionable young kids. Inspiring others to be violent and unhinged is not acceptable.

Liberalism is not compatible with civilized society, and this is yet another example of that fact.

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Sarah Palin Talks with Brian Kilmeade About the Biden-Ryan Debacle and the Future

Governor Sarah Palin signs legislation

By Gary P Jackson

A good and frank discussion between Sarah Palin and Brian Kilmeade about Thursday night’s debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden.

Sarah doing a better job of making Ryan’s points than he was able to do himself. Brian asks her how things would have been different had she and McCain won the election, and how things have changed since becoming a world wide political force.

Brian asks her about the possibility of her being named Energy Secretary by President Romney, and she talks at length about energy independence and how energy is where much of her expertise lies. Before being elected Governor, Sarah was Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the board that regulates oil and gas production and serves as the state’s ethics watchdog over the industry.

As Governor Sarah was the Chairman of the Nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and her fellow Governor chose her to lead the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee.

She would be the right choice for Energy Secretary, that’s for certain.

They also talk about Todd and Bristol as well.

Great interview:

Audio courtesy SarahNet.

Governor Sarah Palin and her team

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Debate Night Reflections from Sarah Palin: Moderator Allowed Biden to Run Roughshod Over Ryan

It reminded me kind of a musk ox running across the tundra

~ Sarah Palin on how the moderator allowed Joe Biden to run wild.

By Gary P Jackson

In interviews with both Neil Cavuto and Sean Hannity Sarah Palin recaps Thursday night’s debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden. She notes, as we all have, that debate moderator Martha Raddatz was in the tank for Biden, and allowed Joe free reign to interrupt Paul Ryan, and ramble on endlessly. In the end, this strategy seems to have failed, as Biden came off looking like a gigantic ass, but it also exposed some weaknesses Paul Ryan has.

Sarah also talks about some of the debate prep she went through in 2008 before she met and won a decisive victory against Joe Biden.

Videos courtesy SarahNet.

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Sarah Palin Debates Bill O’Reilly About Her and Biden’s Debate and Tonight’s

By Gary P Jackson

The video opens with Biden talking about Katie’s Cafe in Wilmington, which, in fact, closed in the 1980s, and the Home Depot. Sarah Palin goes into how Biden just “makes shhhh-stuff up“! I kinda wish she could have used the word she wanted to!

Hard to tell at times if O’Reilly is trying to ask questions of Sarah or challenge her to a debate. He finally shuts up and lets Sarah tell about her debate experience with Joe Biden, and her thoughts on tonight. Great answers from Sarah, annoying banter from O’Reilly. In other words, 8 pm as usual on Fox News.

At the end, Sarah tell O’Reilly to read her book Going Rogue if he wants to learn all of the details about the debate. I have and it’s good stuff. O’Reilly seems put off by this. Hilarious since Bill never misses a chance to plug one of his books on the show!

Video courtesy SarahNet.

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Sarah Palin and Megyn Kelly Handicap Tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin and Megyn Kelly talk about tonight’s vice presidential debate:

Video courtesy SarahNet.

What to look for during and after the debate from our friends in the media:

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For Second Election in a Row Debate Moderator has Troubling Conflict of Interest

Tonight’s debate moderator Martha Raddatz [far right]with her pals at Sesame Street. ABC says no bias, move on, nothing to see here!

In 2008 it was vice presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill from PBS who had a major conflict of interest. It was a Drudge headline:

As Mark Whittington wrote at the time:

he upcoming debate between Vice Presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden hasn’t even occurred yet and it already has its first controversy. It seems that Gwen Ifill, the PBS reporter who will moderate the debate is in the tank for Barack Obama.

This should not be too surprising. Most journalists in the mainstream media are as much in love with Barack Obama as the giddy college students who used to swoon at his rallies. Gwen Ifill works for PBS, hardly a hotbed of McCain support. But it seems that Gwen Ifill has not only an ideological interest in an Obama victory, but a financial stake as well.

Gwen Ifill is coming out with a book, entitled The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, a book describing the state of black politics in the modern age, as the civil rights generation starts to give way to a generation of African Americans who benefited from the civil rights struggle and never lived under Jim Crow and segregation.

The problem Gwen Ifill faces is that should John McCain win the election, there is not going to be an “Age of Obama.” The campaign of Barack Obama will be an important development in American history, but it will not have the world historical impact that it would have should Barack Obama not be elected President. Thus, Gwen Ifill’s book will not sell as well.

Not only was/and is Ifill a rabid Obama supporter, she had a significant financial stake in the election. Obviously the only way her book would have been relevant is if Obama won the presidency. Folks that watched the debate could see a definite bias. The debate commission saw no problem with Ifill moderating the debate.

We have come to expect major media bias, and even major bias at these debates, but when you have such an obvious conflict of interest as Ifill had, there is no way you should be allowed anywhere near the debate.

That brings us to tonight. It seems we have another issue with the moderator. Though there is no financial motive, Barack Obama and Martha Raddatz are acquainted. From The Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.

After TheDC made preliminary inquiries Monday to confirm Obama’s attendance at the wedding, ABC leaked a pre-emptive statement to news outlets including Politico and The Daily Beast Tuesday, revealing what may have been internal network pressure felt just days before Raddatz was scheduled to moderate the one and only vice-presidential debate Thursday night.

Both Politico and The Daily Beast jumped to ABC and Raddatz’s defense. The Huffington Post, a liberal news outlet, joined them shortly thereafter, while calling “unusual” ABC’s attempt to kill the story before it gained wide circulation.

As Twitchy reports, ABC called the questions of Raddatz’s fitness to moderate tonight’s debate “absurd” and Politico’s Dylan Byers joyfully reports that the Commission on Presidential Debates sees absolutely no problems here:

We selected Martha Raddatz because she is a terrific journalist and will be a terrific moderator and we’re thrilled to have her,” Peter Eyre, an adviser to the Commission, said in a statement. “The notion that that somehow affects her ability is not something we have given a moment’s thought to.”

Look, it would be absurd to pretend everyone involved doesn’t have political biases one way of the other. But it’s just as absurd to think someone who has decades long ties to the President belongs at that table moderating an important debate.

In 2008 we all watched Gwen Ifill like a hawk watches chickens, watching for any attempts to sway the debate in Biden’s favor. We must keep the same sharp eye on Martha Raddatz and be prepared for the same shenanigans.

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Looking Back: Palin-Biden Debate The Most Watched VP Debate in History

By Gary P Jackson

Roughly 70 million Americans tuned in to watch the 2008 vice presidential debate. As we wait for the big rumble in Kentucky I thought it would be fun to look back at that debate. Sarah Palin won the debate hands down by taking Joe Biden head on. Her debate style, just as it was when she destroyed her opponents in the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial debates, is to play nice while going for the jugular.

Can I call you Joe?” Her first words to Biden.

The debate, thanks to Sarah Palin, was not only the most watched vice presidential debate in history, more people watched Palin vs Biden than watched any of the McCain vs Obama debates. Not only did this 2008 debate break the old record by over 20 million, it drew over 20 million more viewers than any of the McCain and Obama debates.

Nielsen’s television ratings confirm what polls and pundits are saying: the level of interest in this year’s vice-presidential matchup is unprecedented.

Thursday’s debate between Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Gov. Sarah Palin reached an average of 69.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched V.P. debate in television history. The previous record was set in 1984 when 56.7 million watched the debate between George H.W. Bush and Geraldine Ferraro.

This year the vice-presidential candidates easily beat the contenders at the top of the ticket. Last week’s debate between Barack Obama and John McCain reached 52.4 million viewers.

Much of the interest in the V.P. debate can be attributed to what the Web site The Drudge Report on Friday called the “Sarah Show.” The introduction of Ms. Palin to the national stage five weeks ago injected energy into the running mate race and Thursday’s debate registered a 41.7 household rating, meaning that more than 40 percent of homes with TV’s were watching to see how Mr. Biden and Ms. Palin fared.

Of the 11 networks that telecast the debate, ABC was the highest-rated one, drawing 13.1 million viewers. NBC averaged 12.8 million viewers and CBS reached 11.1 million.

The debate set new records for two cable channels that telecast the debate. The Fox News Channel’s audience of 11.1 million total viewers was its largest in its 12-year history. In the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, CNN averaged 3.16 million viewers, setting a 28-year record among young viewers.

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John O’Sullivan: The Revenge of Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

We enjoy the writings of John O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan was a special adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Back in 2008 he penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal entitled Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Sarah Palin and indeed they were.

Here’s a little taste of what he wrote:

Being listed in fourth place for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” as Sarah Palin was for 2008, sounds a little like being awarded the Order of Purity (Fourth Class). But it testifies to something important.

Though regularly pronounced sick, dying, dead, cremated and scattered at sea, Mrs. Palin is still amazingly around. She has survived more media assassination attempts than Fidel Castro has survived real ones (Cuban official figure: 638). In her case, one particular method of assassination is especially popular — namely, the desperate assertion that, in addition to her other handicaps, she is “no Margaret Thatcher.“

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Inevitably, Lloyd Bentsen’s famous put-down of Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice-presidential debate is resurrected, such as by Paul Waugh (in the London Evening Standard) and Marie Cocco (in the Washington Post): “Newsflash! Governor, You’re No Maggie Thatcher,” sneered Mr. Waugh. Added Ms. Coco, “now we know Sarah Palin is no Margaret Thatcher — and no Dan Quayle either!

Jolly, rib-tickling stuff. But, as it happens, I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.

As you know, last week President Obama’s disgraced Car Czar took to the pages of the pages of the New York Times to not only validate Sarah Palin’s fears about ObamaCare’s death panels, but tell readers they are a must.

Wednesday night O’Sullivan, talking about Mitt Romney’s absolute thrashing of Barack Obama in the debate on healthcare, talks about death panels as well, once again noting Sarah was right:

Romney’s answer on Obamacare was a model one: crisp, clear, authoritative; the president’s initial statement and reply were not dreadful, just rambling and nervous. And the longer he went on, the less confident (and so persuasive) he was. His attempt to argue away the importance of death panels was the nadir — call it the revenge of Sarah Palin.

I tend to agree. As a Conservative I’ve been incredibly frustrated by Romney’s attempts to justify RomneyCare, something he’s not only NOT run from, but continued to embrace. I thought he made several strong distinctions not only between the mechanics of the two plans, but how both pieces of legislation were passed and signed int law. RomneyCare was a true bi-partisan effort, while ObamaCare was passed in the dead of night only after bribes [using over a billion tax payer dollars] and parliamentary tricks.

Sarah Palin was right when she noted there were death panels in ObamaCare, and has been vindicated over and over since making that statement.

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Sarah Palin on Debate: Great Night Now We Know We Can Turn Things Around

By Gary P Jackson

It was an enthusiastic Sarah Palin who discussed the debate with Sean Hannity. She notes that Mitt Romney provided a clear contrast between himself and Barack Obama. She hammered Obama for such a poor problem, and noted Obama didn’t have “Mr Teleprompter” and everything written out for him before hand. “Anyone can be an actor” Sarah says.

She also warns that Obama and his henchmen, along with the corrupt media, will pull something before the next debate, especially if Romney keeps gaining momentum. I believe she’s right.

I think Mitt did a great job, much better than expected. Not only did he mop the floor with Obama, he sounded like an actual Conservative. He hit the right notes.

Video courtesy SarahNet.

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Sarah Palin to Cavuto: Obama Had No Enthusiasm For His Own Policies

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin talks to Fox Business New’s Neil Cavuto about Wednesday night’s debate. She noted that Obama was phoning it it. Had no enthusiasm, even for his own policies.

Sarah also notes she was disappointed in both candidates because they didn’t didn’t really do anything to help the American people understand just how dire our nation’s precarious financial situation is.

Video courtesy SarahNet.

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