For me, this guy’s rant is pointless for a few reasons:
He’s wrong. Hundred’s of Imams in Canada and Europe (i do not know about the US, but the assumption is easily made that the same would be true there as well) have been quite verbal in their “outrage” at the acts of radical Muslims, and have offered their respective governments all of their help.
He’s ignorant. He has no idea what is occurring in the Muslim community. He does not know that many Imams stand in front of the mosques and preach a message of peace to their adherants. This is a white guy, expecting that for some reason Muslims will express their outrage to other white guys, when they are expressing it to Muslims - the people who need to hear and heed their messages. Also i wonder if he actually knows any Muslims. I’ve dated, worked with, and been close friends with many Muslims, and these are all very peaceful, very respectful, very caring and compassionate people. More so than the majority of Christians that i have dealt with. Given a choice between these people that i’ve known and cared about, and a society of rightwing Christians, i would prefer the company of my Muslim friends.
He’s stupid. Well - he’s smart if he just wants to light the phones up for idiots and Muslims to call in, but if he actually gives a shit about the situation, he’d be much more constructive. All his radio program is doing is fomenting hate between people. I gotta’ admit - if his radio station got blown up with him in it, i really would not be surprised. In fact, it would surprise me that he made it home alive after that. I guess intelligent/peaceful Muslims do not listen to his station that often.
He’s kind of rude. The caller told him that he had tried to call into a talk-radio show other times, and they guy basically said “no you didn’t”. With people like this dominating the airwaves, how and why would any self-respecting Muslim even bother to call in to express their sadness/anger at the actions of the fanatical Muslims.
Again - this guy might be a Muslim-loving genius who is just looking for ratings and a cult-of-personality and the kind of hero-worship that ignorant rednecks tend to shower on these kinds of people. If so - well done, but very seflish.
Charges that an Illinois State Police sergeant illegally possessed a machine
gun were dismissed Wednesday by a federal judge, who ruled that the law was
“unconstitutionally vague” as applied to him.
In federal court in East St. Louis, U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon
dropped the charges against Sgt. James V. Vest of O’Fallon, Ill., who was lead
rifle instructor for the department’s District 11 in the Metro East area.
Herndon’s 26-page order says the confusion is over the federal law’s exception
for police officers, and whether Vest could reasonably be expected to know
whether he was breaking the law.
Vest was one of four people, including two other Illinois state troopers,
separately accused in January of illegally possessing machine guns. Such fully
automatic weapons are banned by federal law except for certain uses, such as by
the military and police agencies, or by people with a special license, which
the four did not have.
A machine gun fires multiple rounds with one squeeze of the trigger.
How Herndon’s ruling would affect the other cases was unclear Wednesday, partly
because the charges against them are not identical.
Two other defendants, State Police Special Agent John Yard of Collinsville and
Dr. Harold Griffiths of Spaulding, Ill., have similar constitutional claims
pending before U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan in East St. Louis.
The remaining defendant, Senior Master Trooper Greg Mugge of Jerseyville,
pleaded guilty July 25 of possession of an unregistered machine gun. His
lawyer, John Delaney Jr., said Wednesday that he was studying the Vest case
ruling. “Who knows what will happen?” he said.
Clyde Kuehn, one of Vest’s lawyers, said Wednesday “was a very relieving and
happy day” for his client. Vest remains on administrative leave.
The four were charged after investigations by the federal Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was not clear at the outset what triggered
the probe. None of the four was accused of using the weapons in any crimes.
U.S. Attorney Randy Massey, whose office brought the charges, declined
Wednesday to discuss Herndon’s ruling. Massey’s office had opposed Vest’s
motion to dismiss.
“We are evaluating the order and are looking into our options,” he said.
The charges carry a maximum prison term of 10 years and a fine of up to
$250,000, although federal guidelines call for less when defendants have no
Gun used in classes
The case against Vest concerned an M-4 machine gun, essentially a short-barrel
form of the standard M-16 military weapon, that he bought in 1998 and used in
his state police training classes. The charges allege that he lacked authority
from the state to buy or possess the weapon.
Vest argued that he bought and used it under the “law enforcement exception” in
the federal law. Some police agencies have machine guns in their arsenals,
particularly for their tactical teams.
Herndon noted that the prosecution never claimed that Vest ever used the M-4
for anything but official purposes. The judge said the government argued that a
law enforcement agency, not a single police officer, has the authority to
permit possession of a machine gun.
But Herndon wrote that the federal law granting that authority was too vague in
this instance to support the charges against Vest.
“How would a police officer/lead rifle instructor such as Vest ever know
whether his possession of a machine gun or other prohibited weapon was legal,
as there is no guidance under the (statute) as to what constitutes proper
authority,” the judge wrote. “It does not appear that this statute was designed
to criminalize police officers even if they may be guilty of mere technical
Given that Vest apparently used it only for law enforcement purposes, Herndon
said, charging him “seems to go against the purpose” of the federal law.
A spokesman for the Illinois State Police headquarters in Springfield had no
comment on the ruling and said he could not discuss personnel matters regarding
In February, 10 Metro East police chiefs, two county sheriffs and two state
senators publicly urged leniency for the accused officers.
You’re a cop, so you’re not expected to understand the law?
But if you’re not a cop you are expected to understand the law?
Lovely to think that if it were me in that mans’ position, I’d become the Emporer of my own little 8X8 cell for the rest of my life.
Or playing videogames like “Crash and Burn,” or “Doom,” or running around in our birthday suits on the field during an NFL game.
But hey, at least you girls weren’t subject to the draft back in the day when women mostly stayed at home.
Although I can see how a womans’ life would become very much repetitive and BORING just sitting around at home, which is why the boardgame industry was booming in those days (I’ve been un-employed for about 2 months now and it’s driving me insane, one would think it’d be easier to get ajob in the big city).