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Michelle Malkin: Alec Baldwin's new best friend
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2003 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 10/22/2003 12:09:34 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

Alec "the Bloviator" Baldwin has a new bosom buddy: Beltway Republican strategist Grover Norquist.

The Bush-bashing actor-turned-activist and the Muslim vote-courting political organizer joined together at a Washington, D.C.-area conference last weekend to perpetuate bald lies about the Patriot Act and to oppose the "repressive" War on Terror (repressing terrorist suspects apparently being a bad thing).

Baldwin and Norquist's panel, titled "Strange Bedfellows," was sponsored by the ultraliberal group People For the American Way. When PFAW head and panel participant Ralph Neas ranted about the lack of judicial and congressional oversight of the Justice Department's terror investigations, the audience applauded passionately. According to National Review Online reporter Byron York, Baldwin (the "moderator") then turned to Norquist for comment.

"Ditto," Norquist replied. Never mind the flat-out falsity of Neas' claim. The smarmy Baldwin looked at his panelists and proudly remarked: "Can't you feel the love?"

Blech. Wasn't he supposed to have left our country by now? If Alec Baldwin ever does make good on his election-year promise, he should buy an extra Louis Vuitton suitcase and pack up Grover Norquist as a carry-on companion for the one-way trip to Tora Bora. Or Riyadh. Or Paris. Wherever.

Norquist's kissy-kissy partnership with a washed-up Hollywood Clintonite is the least of his unseemly alliances.

Consider: The conference they attended last weekend was hosted by the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, which was co-founded in 1997 by Sami Al-Arian – the former University of South Florida professor charged earlier this year as a fund raiser and organizer for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group. The money Al-Arian allegedly raised went to terrorist operations overseas that killed at least two Americans. In 2001, Al-Arian's NCPPF gave Norquist an award for his work to abolish the use of secret intelligence evidence in terrorism cases. Al-Arian was the keynote speaker. Insight investigative reporter Ken Timmerman says Norquist told the magazine he remains "proud" of the award.

Among other major participants and sponsors of the NCPPF conference was the American Muslim Council. In January, the group accused President Bush of "calling on God to kill innocent Iraqi children." The next day, the group instructed mosque directors to block FBI counterterrorism efforts. Late last month, AMC founder Abdurahman Alamoudi was charged with illegally accepting money from Libya for his efforts to persuade the United States to lift sanctions against that nation. He also allegedly attempted to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars to Syria, which federal officials say was intended for delivery to Damascus-based terrorist groups.

Alamoudi's arrest is part of a larger Justice Department investigation of terrorism funding focused on Saudi-backed Islamic foundations and businesses based in Herndon, Va. (Alamoudi is also responsible for founding the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council to "certify Muslim chaplains hired by the military," including Capt. James "Youssef" Yee – recently charged with taking classified information home from Guantanamo Bay.) A so-called "moderate," Alamoudi is on record praising the terrorist group Hezbollah and proclaiming: "We are all followers of Hamas."

Norquist's lobbying firm is registered as a lobbyist for Alamoudi. Alamoudi provided seed money for Norquist's Islamic Institute, which shares space with Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform group. The institute is run by Alamoudi deputy and former AMC government relations director Khaled Saffuri. Saffuri and Norquist have worked closely with Bush senior adviser Karl Rove to give radical Muslim activists access to the White House. No doubt because of their efforts, Alamoudi was invited to a White House prayer service after the Sept. 11 attacks.

If any Democrat activist had such shady connections, conservatives would be on him like white on rice. Instead, Norquist has gotten away with smearing his critics – most notably, former Reagan official Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, one of the most decent and patriotic Republicans I've had the honor of meeting – as hatemongers.

"The conservative movement cannot be associated with racism or bigotry," Norquist lectured in a letter attacking Gaffney earlier this year. No, Mr. Norquist. The conservative movement cannot afford to be associated with race-card-playing apologists who refuse to cut their lucrative ties to terrorist sympathizers.

The Republican Party doesn't need this Achilles' heel. Take him away, Alec Baldwin, please.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Quote of the Day by Qwinn

1 posted on 10/22/2003 12:09:34 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Ya know, I started thinking there was something just SLIGHTLY wrong with Norquist ever since I saw that he was on that "conspiracy" show on Sci-Fi with Janine Garafolo and Al Franken...

Yeah. He's on the -major- RINO list in my book now.

Qwinn
2 posted on 10/22/2003 12:17:41 AM PDT by Qwinn
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To: Qwinn
I think Norquist has a personal axe to grind with the Attorney General, at least according to Frank Gaffney. The only thing he's succeeding in doing is losing more subscribers to Human Events.

-Regards, T.
4 posted on 10/22/2003 12:43:23 AM PDT by T Lady (.Freed From the Dimocratic Shackles since 1992)
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To: Callimachus
Malkin herself has, numerous times, explained her view on "why conservatives shouldnt join with liberals in opposing the patriot act." In fact, I do believe she's been pretty prolific about it.

This particular editorial is clearly a hit piece against Norquist (which seems well deserved). I think that given how thoroughly she's given her views on the Patriot Act question in the past, she can't fairly be called "evasive" just for not going through it all again here.

Qwinn

5 posted on 10/22/2003 12:51:09 AM PDT by Qwinn
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To: Callimachus
Grover Norquist. Turns out to be working for the enemy, does he?

Always before, I had thought him to be operating in the interest of reduction of government intrusion in our lives. Taken to its logical conclusion, this could also mean resisting the Patriot Act. The reason for the Patriot Act being made part of the law in the first place, was to assure the tracking and weeding out of subversive elements that had taken advantage of the basic good nature of Americans and the relative leniency of our legal system. The Patriot Act is destined to be repealed, or expire, when the danger of subversion returns to acceptable (very low) probability.

The possibility exists that the powers in the Patriot Act may still be available in the event that a truly ruthless and merciless individual should succeed to the office of the Presidency. Considering the rather extreme difficulty of removing from office a venal or seriously corrupt official, this could bode great ill for country and Constitution. But we are already under threat of having what Constitutional protections we have eroded away, with or without the Patriot Act.

Consider the Patriot Act as TNT, a potent tool for removing obstacles to justice, or an equally potent weapon to destroy the structure of the national consensus.
6 posted on 10/22/2003 1:00:09 AM PDT by alloysteel
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To: Sabertooth
ping
7 posted on 10/22/2003 1:12:06 AM PDT by sarcasm (Tancredo 2004)
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To: alloysteel
Consider the Patriot Act as TNT, a potent tool for removing obstacles to justice, or an equally potent weapon to destroy the structure of the national consensus.

Consider Norquist's fetish for islamofascists to be even more dangerous than the Patriot Act. When people with the kind of prestige and access to the White House (i.e., Rove) that he has defend islamofascists, it makes it that much harder for us to stop them from insinuating themselves into the government and influencing our policymaking.

Until 9/11, I always thought of him as a self-impressed, self-aggrandizing gasbag. But since he had Bush surrounded by Hamas- and Hezbollah-loving islamofascists shortly after 9/11 -- to talk about Islam being a "Religion of Peace" -- I think he's a lot more dangerous than that.

8 posted on 10/22/2003 4:54:04 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Ever notice that when Howeird Dean talks his upper lip never moves?)
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To: sarcasm; Victoria Delsoul; Pokey78; JohnHuang2; MeeknMing; rdb3; mhking; BOBTHENAILER; ...

    

Michelle
Malkin
Growl!



Post here to the thread if you'd like to be on the Michelle Malkin list.

9 posted on 10/22/2003 6:02:34 AM PDT by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: Sabertooth
Dude, you need to add Mantecore, Roy's white tiger, to your menagerie.
10 posted on 10/22/2003 6:41:33 AM PDT by presidio9 (Countdown to 27 World Championships...)
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11 posted on 10/22/2003 6:42:42 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the heads up!
12 posted on 10/22/2003 7:49:49 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Sabertooth
And here's some more
Norquist and Keene Join Baldwin and Neas
NRO | 10/20/03 | Byron York
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1005591/posts

As for this being a "hit piece" on Grover...well he deservse it. And I hope he enjoys his blood money.


13 posted on 10/22/2003 8:15:42 AM PDT by Valin (A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject)
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To: JohnHuang2
I've always thought Norquist was a bit odd, but I never would have imagined him nuzzling up to Arab militants. Very peculiar. Is he an anti-Semite?
14 posted on 10/22/2003 8:28:50 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: JohnHuang2
I want to marry Michelle Malkin, but I think she's taken.
15 posted on 10/22/2003 8:29:41 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: JohnHuang2; SJackson; yonif; rdb3; Simcha7; American in Israel; spectacularbid2003; Binyamin; ...
Leftists undermining American security ping!

(Oowweeee, Michelle Malkin's purty!)


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16 posted on 10/22/2003 9:28:07 AM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
So, is Grover a Muslim, or is that an obvious conclusion?
17 posted on 10/22/2003 9:35:49 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative ("We happy because when we switch on the TV you never see Saddam Hussein. That's a big happy.")
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To: JohnHuang2
Michelle Malkin: Alec Baldwin's new best friend

Sheeeesh . . . it's time to remove Michelle's feeding tube. Anyone who considers Alec Baldwin a best friend must surely be brain dead !!!

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18 posted on 10/22/2003 9:44:10 AM PDT by GeekDejure
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To: GeekDejure
Grover Norquist has really lost it. I don't see how he can advance the conservative movement. This is as bad as finding him in bed together with Bill Clinton.
19 posted on 10/22/2003 9:46:28 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Sabertooth
Saffuri and Norquist have worked closely with Bush senior adviser Karl Rove to give radical Muslim activists access to the White House.

"radical Muslim activists" = A legally safe way of saying "terrorists"?

20 posted on 10/22/2003 10:09:37 AM PDT by mrustow (no tag)
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To: JohnHuang2
This really makes me sick, how much influence does Grover have?
21 posted on 10/22/2003 10:24:16 AM PDT by Delphinium
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To: MeeknMing
ROFLMAO!
23 posted on 10/22/2003 11:40:14 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: TADSLOS
:O)

24 posted on 10/22/2003 12:01:33 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: Delphinium
This really makes me sick, how much influence does Grover have?

Grover seems to think he has a lot of influence...

At the CPAC last year, he declared that illegal immigration was a non-issue...

25 posted on 10/22/2003 7:14:36 PM PDT by LibertyThug (Dagny Taggart's Alter Ego)
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To: LibertyThug
Grover seems to think he has a lot of influence...

I know the type, we had TOO many of them at our last state GOP convention.
26 posted on 10/22/2003 9:58:08 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: Steve_Seattle
I've always thought Norquist was a bit odd, but I never would have imagined him nuzzling up to Arab militants. Very peculiar. Is he an anti-Semite?

I've never heard say anything that directly led me to believe he was an anti-Semite, although he is beginning to come across as anti-Israel to me (and some equate those two). He's now in bed with the Arabs, but Karl Rove is a good friend of his, maybe he believes this will help Bush with the Arab vote? I don't know. I do know that ol' Grover is a RINO.
27 posted on 10/23/2003 6:25:43 PM PDT by Akira (Blessed are the cheesemakers.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
don't be ridiculous -- he helped create the Republican Jewish Coalition, Toward Tradition and severed on teh staff of the first ever Jewish chairman of the College Republicans way back in the day...
28 posted on 10/28/2003 7:44:49 AM PST by Frankie Fiveangels
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To: Steve_Seattle
don't be ridiculous -- he helped create the Republican Jewish Coalition, Toward Tradition and severed on teh staff of the first ever Jewish chairman of the College Republicans way back in the day...
29 posted on 10/28/2003 7:44:49 AM PST by Frankie Fiveangels
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To: Steve_Seattle
don't be ridiculous -- he helped create the Republican Jewish Coalition, Toward Tradition and severed on teh staff of the first ever Jewish chairman of the College Republicans way back in the day...
30 posted on 10/28/2003 7:44:49 AM PST by Frankie Fiveangels
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To: Steve_Seattle
don't be ridiculous -- he helped create the Republican Jewish Coalition, Toward Tradition and severed on teh staff of the first ever Jewish chairman of the College Republicans way back in the day...
31 posted on 10/28/2003 7:44:49 AM PST by Frankie Fiveangels
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To: JohnHuang2
its said really that the child of immigrants could be so hateful and xenophobic -- isn't she from the Philippines? they have a lot of so-called muslim terrorists in the Philippines? How do we know she is not covering for them but point a public finger of blame in another direction to distract from the REAL terrorists ... has anybody checked MALKIN out?
32 posted on 10/28/2003 7:47:00 AM PST by Frankie Fiveangels
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To: Frankie Fiveangels
has anybody checked MALKIN out?

I have!

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33 posted on 10/28/2003 7:52:16 AM PST by Flyer (You get more with a smile, a kind word and a gun than with a smile and a kind word)
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