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Seattle bus ad controversy escalates (WA)
American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2010 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 12/22/2010 2:05:06 PM PST by jazusamo

Seattle's Metro bus agency, a public entity, set off a controversy by accepting anti-Israel advertising to run on the sides of its busses. The ads were sponsored by a group calling itself the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, run by a veteran anti-Israel protestor Ed Mast, also known as an activist in the terrorist-linked  International Solidarity Movement (ISM).



Because Seattle has a history of antisemitic violence by jihadists (local media called the murderous gunman who invaded the Jewish Federation in Seattle 5 years ago "mentally ill," but he was unmistakably a jihadist), the bus ads set off a wave of fear and controversy, lest similar violence be provoked. The transit agency was besieged by telephone calls and emails protesting the acceptance of the potentially provocative advertising.

But now the incomparable Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs (and an AT contirbutor), as is her wont, has responded with action that puts the ball squarely in the other court: sponsoring counter-advertising to run on the busses.





All of a sudden, Metro is reviewing its advertising policy. While the public agency was fine with the anti-Israel ads, the anti-Hamas terror ads apparently are cause for worry.

We salute Ms. Geller heartily. Stay tuned as the Metro grapples with the issue. Can you imagine someone like her running the RNC?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; US: Washington; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antiisraelads; geller; israel; metrotransit; pamelageller; seattle; seattlemetrobus; waronterror; washington
Good for Pamela Geller.
1 posted on 12/22/2010 2:05:07 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: sionnsar

Ping!


2 posted on 12/22/2010 2:08:28 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Good work Pamela. Quick thinking.


3 posted on 12/22/2010 2:08:35 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum; All

God’s Blessing upon Pamela Geller


4 posted on 12/22/2010 2:12:01 PM PST by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: Fred; Chattering Class of 58; SeattleBruce; tarator; 21twelve; Feasor13; matt1234; Bosun; ...
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5 posted on 12/22/2010 2:13:50 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: jazusamo

Freepers, Tea Partiers and other concerned citizens need to remember this as an effective tactic to stop the left. Throw their own radical ideals in their face and make them defend it. Excellent counter-Commie work by this group.


6 posted on 12/22/2010 2:14:29 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: jazusamo
While the public agency was fine with the anti-Israel ads, the anti-Hamas terror ads apparently are cause for worry.

That's because Jews respond to anti-semitic ads with their own anti-jihad ads, but jihadis can be expected to respond to the anti-jihad ads by killing people.

7 posted on 12/22/2010 2:17:55 PM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: jazusamo

Just over a year ago we (Seattle) had full side bus ads supporting a national atheist convention.


8 posted on 12/22/2010 2:39:12 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: jazusamo

Some American cities should be visited only in airplanes while occupying the bombadier seat.


9 posted on 12/22/2010 5:01:32 PM PST by sergeantdave
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LOL! There’s something to be said for that.


10 posted on 12/22/2010 5:04:43 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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11 posted on 12/22/2010 6:02:30 PM PST by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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Good for Pamela Geller.

Very astute move on her part, offering pro-Israel and anti-jihadist advertising to counteract the enemy's ads. The transit agency will probably issue a directive banning both of them, but that's a much better result than the Israel-bashing propaganda ads being allowed alone.

12 posted on 12/22/2010 6:03:13 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Lazlo in PA

Freepers, Tea Partiers and other concerned citizens need to remember this as an effective tactic to stop the left. Throw their own radical ideals in their face and make them defend it. Excellent counter-Commie work by this group.

Reagan used it. Maybe we should take a page out of his book and do something.


13 posted on 12/22/2010 6:20:36 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: justiceseeker93
Very astute move on her part, offering pro-Israel and anti-jihadist advertising to counteract the enemy's ads. The transit agency will probably issue a directive banning both of them, but that's a much better result than the Israel-bashing propaganda ads being allowed alone.

My hunch is that they'll get sued, and rightly so, if they ban both. Government agencies, like a public transit system, can't discriminate against speech based on its content. Unless they broadly ban all kinds of political ads (including campaign ads), my guess is that they can't just ban pro or anti Israel ads.

14 posted on 12/22/2010 6:48:24 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew (.)
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The ads were sponsored by a group calling itself the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, run by a veteran anti-Israel protestor Ed Mast, also known as an activist in the terrorist-linked International Solidarity Movement... Because Seattle has a history of antisemitic violence by jihadists... the bus ads set off a wave of fear and controversy, lest similar violence be provoked. The transit agency was besieged by telephone calls and emails protesting the acceptance of the potentially provocative advertising. But now the incomparable Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs... has responded with action that puts the ball squarely in the other court: sponsoring counter-advertising to run on the busses. All of a sudden, Metro is reviewing its advertising policy. While the public agency was fine with the anti-Israel ads, the anti-Hamas terror ads apparently are cause for worry.
Bravo, Pamela Geller. Thanks jazusamo for the topic.


15 posted on 12/22/2010 7:37:03 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: jazusamo; All; Jim Robinson

Just an historical side-note: Tom Lifson was an early Freeper, and I met him during the March for Justice in Octorber, 1998 with many other Freepers. He is also related to General Washington, and gave one of the introductory speeches at the reenactment of Washington’s funeral on its 200th anniversary in December, 1999.


16 posted on 12/22/2010 7:45:56 PM PST by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: justiceseeker93

They’ll drop TROP ad campaign. Very good!


17 posted on 12/22/2010 7:55:23 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: jazusamo

>> All of a sudden, Metro is reviewing its advertising policy.

Because it is not the Jews that blow up buses.


18 posted on 12/22/2010 7:58:37 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: justiceseeker93

a genius move.


19 posted on 12/22/2010 8:00:56 PM PST by PRePublic
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To: Pharmboy

Thank you for the background on Tom Lifson, you made my day. I like posting his pieces because they’re always right on and I’m glad to hear he was a Freeper.


20 posted on 12/22/2010 8:22:05 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Pharmboy

thanks for the info


21 posted on 12/22/2010 11:56:12 PM PST by samtheman
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To: jazusamo

Good for Pam! Watch: this will be another case of free speech for me but not for thee. These anti-Semitic a-holes should be forced to take responsibility for acts of violence committed against Jews.


22 posted on 12/23/2010 6:33:32 AM PST by juliej
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To: jazusamo

Strike then counter-strike by Pamela Geller


23 posted on 12/23/2010 8:26:46 AM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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To: justiceseeker93

But as long as it was one-sided, they were fine with it.


24 posted on 12/23/2010 12:10:18 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: jazusamo

You rock Pamela.


25 posted on 12/23/2010 11:49:22 PM PST by MarMema
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To: jazusamo; sionnsar

Oh and if those ads do run on the buses, who is going to assist me in making signs from these and join me in standing at Seattle bus stops with them? I am not kidding.


26 posted on 12/23/2010 11:50:54 PM PST by MarMema
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To: jazusamo

Over at AT it is posted that they are not going to run the ads after all. Life is good.


27 posted on 12/23/2010 11:54:19 PM PST by MarMema
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