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Old 11-20-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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At the End of the Day, Diversity Has Jumped the Shark - HUMAN EVENTS

At the End of the Day, Diversity Has Jumped the Shark
by Ann Coulter

11/18/2009


It cannot be said often enough that the chief of staff of the United States Army, Gen. George Casey, responded to a massacre of 13 Americans in which the suspect is a Muslim by saying: "Our diversity ... is a strength."

As long as the general has brought it up: Never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a problem. Look at Ireland with its Protestant and Catholic populations, Canada with its French and English populations, Israel with its Jewish and Palestinian populations.

Or consider the warring factions in India, Sri Lanka, China, Iraq, Czechoslovakia (until it happily split up), the Balkans and Chechnya. Also look at the festering hotbeds of tribal warfare -- I mean the beautiful mosaics -- in Third World hellholes like Afghanistan, Rwanda and South Central, L.A.

"Diversity" is a difficulty to be overcome, not an advantage to be sought. True, America does a better job than most at accommodating a diverse population. We also do a better job at curing cancer and containing pollution. But no one goes around mindlessly exclaiming: "Cancer is a strength!" "Pollution is our greatest asset!"

By contrast, the canard "diversity is a strength" has now replaced "at the end of the day," "skin in the game," "blood and treasure," "jumped the shark," "boots on the ground," "horrific" (whatever happened to the perfectly good word "horrible"?), "not so much," "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here," and "that went well," as America's most irritating cliche.

We should start making up other nonsense mantras along the lines of "diversity is a strength" and mindlessly repeating them until they catch on, too.

Next time you're at a cocktail party, just start saying, "Chocolate pudding is dramatic irony" from time to time. Eventually other people will start saying it, without anyone bothering to consider whether it makes sense. Then we'll do another one: "Nicolas Cage is a two-cycle engine."

Before you know it, liberals will react to news of a mass murder by muttering, "Well, you know what they say: Nicolas Cage is a two-cycle engine," while everyone nods in agreement.

Except mere nonsense makes more sense than "diversity is a strength."

If Gen. Casey's wildly inappropriate use of this lunatic cliche in the aftermath of the Fort Hood massacre doesn't kill it, nothing will.

Among the worst aspects of America's "diversity" is that liberals' reaction to a heterogeneous population is to create a pecking order based on alleged victimhood -- as described in electrifying detail in my book, Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America.

In modern America, the guilty are sanctified, while the innocent never stop paying -- including with their lives, as they did at Fort Hood last week. Points are awarded to aspiring victims for angry self-righteousness, acts of violence and general unpleasantness.

But liberals celebrate diversity only in the case of superficial characteristics like race, gender, sexual preference and country of origin. They reject diversity when we need it, such as in "diversity" of legal forums.

After conferring with everyone at Zabar's, Obama decided that if a standard civilian trial is good enough for Martha Stewart, then it's good enough for the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. So Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is coming to New York!

Mohammed's military tribunal was already under way when Obama came into office, stopped the proceedings and, eight months later, announced that Mohammed would be tried in a federal court in New York.

In a liberal's reckoning, diversity is good when we have both Muslim jihadists and patriotic Americans serving in the U.S. military. But diversity is bad when Martha Stewart and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed are subjected to different legal tribunals to adjudicate their transgressions.

Terrorists tried in civilian courts will be entitled to the whole panoply of legal protections accorded Stewart or any American charged with a crime, such as the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial, the right to exclude evidence obtained in violation of Miranda rights, the right to a speedy trial, the right to confront one's accusers, the right to a change of venue, the right to examine the evidence against you, and the right to subpoena witnesses and evidence in one's defense.

Members of Congress have it in their power to put an end to this lunacy right now. If they don't, they are as complicit in Mohammed's civilian trial as the president. Article I, Section 8, and Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution give Congress the power to establish the jurisdiction of the lower federal courts and to create exceptions to that jurisdiction.

Congress could pass a statute limiting federal court jurisdiction to individuals not subject to trial before a military tribunal. Any legislator who votes "nay" on a such a bill will be voting to give foreign terrorists the same legal rights as U.S. citizens -- and more legal rights than members of the U.S. military are entitled to.

In the case of legal proceedings, diversity actually is a strength.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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I agree with what this poster had to say. The comments at the end of the article are interesting.


The really crazy thing is that Obama and his idiot minion Holder have all but guaranteed us KSM will be found guilty!

That alone can be used by the defense to assert that the defendant's rights have been prejudiced! How better to "prove" your client cannot possibly get a fair trial than to refer to the President and AG saying on TV and before Congress that they "expect" a guilty verdict!

If Obama is doing this to impress the "world court of public opinion", I'm SURE that "world" will be so IMPRESSED that he's pronounced a GUILTY verdict IN ADVANCE! (DUH! Why hold a trial?).

If he's doing it to assuage pressure from the Far Left of the Dimwit Party, even those morons should be able to see through THAT!

If he's doing it to actually put America on trial, OR to help complete his mission of destroying America in order to transform it, God help us all.

Obama is both stupid and evil. It's getting harder and harder to tell where one stops and the other begins.

Nov 18, 2009 @ 06:51
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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Frankly, I think the tired cliches "at the tend of the day" and "jumped the shark" both need to be retired post haste. Then again, it's Coulter we're talking about - her words being ugly in form matches the substance of the message.

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Terrorists tried in civilian courts will be entitled to the whole panoply of legal protections accorded Stewart or any American charged with a crime, such as the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial, the right to exclude evidence obtained in violation of Miranda rights, the right to a speedy trial, the right to confront one's accusers, the right to a change of venue, the right to examine the evidence against you, and the right to subpoena witnesses and evidence in one's defense.
OMG PANIC! They'll use their Terrorist Super Powers if they're allowed set foot on US soil. Seriously, when did the American Right become such bedwetters?

Not my list, but still relevant:

Ramzi Yousef-Captured in Pakistan, convicted for role in Bojinka plot in 1996, convicted for role in 1993 WTC bombing, sent to ADX Florence.

Wali Khan Amin Shah-Captured in Manila, convicted for role in Bojinka plot, sent to ADX Florence

Abdul Hakim Ali Hashim Murad-Captured in Manila, convicted for role in Bojinka plot, sent to ADX Florence

Eyad Ismoil-Captured in Amman, extradited to US, convicted of role in 1993 WTC bombing, sent to ADX Florence

Khalfan Khamis Mohamed-Captured in Cape Town, convicted of 1998 Embassy bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mahmud Abouhalima-Captured in Egypt, convicted of 1993 WTC bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali-Convicted of 1998 Embassy bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mohammed Odeh-Captured in Karachi, convicted of 1998 Embassy bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mohammed A. Salameh-Convicted of involvement in 1993 WTC bombing, sent to ADX Florence

Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad-Captured in Germany, convicted of federal crimes related to funding Hamas, sent to ADX Florence


The system works, so take some pride in it. Prosecute them as the common criminals they are, deny them martyrdom, lock them up in a Supermax facility and deny them recognition as anyone extraordinary.

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Old 11-20-2009, 12:51 PM
 
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Quoting Man Coulter. Nice.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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How can Obama say he thinks the guy will be executed and then expect him to get a fair trail? Obama has already convicted and executed him. All a good lawyer will say is this man should be set free since there is prejudice going into the trial. Knowing our activist judges it will probably happen.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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Frankly, I think the tired cliches "at the tend of the day" and "jumped the shark" both need to be retired post haste. Then again, it's Coulter we're talking about - her words being ugly in form matches the substance of the message.



OMG PANIC! They'll use their Terrorist Super Powers if they're allowed set foot on US soil. Seriously, when did the American Right become such bedwetters?

Not my list, but still relevant:

Ramzi Yousef-Captured in Pakistan, convicted for role in Bojinka plot in 1996, convicted for role in 1993 WTC bombing, sent to ADX Florence.

Wali Khan Amin Shah-Captured in Manila, convicted for role in Bojinka plot, sent to ADX Florence

Abdul Hakim Ali Hashim Murad-Captured in Manila, convicted for role in Bojinka plot, sent to ADX Florence

Eyad Ismoil-Captured in Amman, extradited to US, convicted of role in 1993 WTC bombing, sent to ADX Florence

Khalfan Khamis Mohamed-Captured in Cape Town, convicted of 1998 Embassy bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mahmud Abouhalima-Captured in Egypt, convicted of 1993 WTC bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali-Convicted of 1998 Embassy bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mohammed Odeh-Captured in Karachi, convicted of 1998 Embassy bombings, sent to ADX Florence

Mohammed A. Salameh-Convicted of involvement in 1993 WTC bombing, sent to ADX Florence

Mohammed Ali Hassan Al-Moayad-Captured in Germany, convicted of federal crimes related to funding Hamas, sent to ADX Florence


The system works, so take some pride in it. Prosecute them as the common criminals they are, deny them martyrdom, lock them up in a Supermax facility and deny them recognition as anyone extraordinary.
Yep. The fact of the matter is, if the Constitution really means anything, then it also has to apply to the very worst people. The simple fact is this: the unspeakable crime was committed on American soil, therefore American jurisprudence must respond to it. American legal thought is always behind the times, as all legal thought everywhere is. When people first invented legal procedures, their world didn't even really contain guns. They imagined war in terms of hand-to-hand combat. Once guns came along, the law had to catch up. The problem is, unhappily, there are some people who will always invent more and more unimaginable ways to destroy other people.

Diversity of opinion plus empathetic listening could really be our strength. If only we would stop and deeply listen to our fellow humans, who, like us, love their children, love their families, and struggle to get by. If only we could do that much.
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Old 04-04-2016, 01:52 PM
 
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It cannot be said often enough that the chief of staff of the United States Army, Gen. George Casey, responded to a massacre of 13 Americans in which the suspect is a Muslim by saying: "Our diversity ... is a strength."

As long as the general has brought it up: Never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a problem. Look at Ireland with its Protestant and Catholic populations, Canada with its French and English populations, Israel with its Jewish and Palestinian populations.

etc etc etc

Let us not forget, that in our military any rank above, I think, Major, is a lot more a politician than a real service person.
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:14 PM
 
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Imagine if everyone in the world was exactly the same as Ann Coulter. She does.
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:19 PM
 
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Frankly, I think the tired cliches "jumped the shark" both need to be retired post haste.
Yeah, most people have never seen Happy Days.
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