Thursday, June 2, 2011

Friday June 3rd: Vincent Bugliosi, Franklin Lamb on TJ Radio

Truth Jihad Radio Fri. 6/3/11, 1-3 pm Central, American Freedom Radio (archived here.) Call-in number: (402) 237-2525 or post your questions to my Facebook page.

First hour: Celebrated prosecutor and bestselling author Vincent Bugliosi makes his debut on Truth Jihad Radio! Bugliosi is the author of fourteen books, several of them blockbusters, including Helter Skelter, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, and now his latest bestseller Divinity of Doubt: The God Question, which makes a case for agnosticism:

“When I hear theists and atheists pontificating on how they know God does or does not exist, I can only smile at the irrationality, and yes, vanity of the notion,” writes Bugliosi, who – in court or in the pages of his books – has taken on the likes of Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and George W. Bush. “Since the depth of a belief should be in proportion to the evidence, no sensible person should be dogmatic about whether there is or is not a God.”

I wonder whether he thinks the first shahada -- "There is no god but God" -- is dogmatic?

Second hour: Live from Beirut, Lebanon: International lawyer Franklin Lamb, author of the new article "Is the Arab Spring spreading to US Congressional staffs?" While allegedly American congress-critters endanger whatever flaccid spines they possess by bending over in postures of grotesque supplication to kiss the the filthy nether-regions of 9/11 mass-murder suspect Netanyahu...their staff members are in revolt!

Along with the staffers' revolt, Franklin Lamb will discuss plans for Naksa Day protests scheduled for this Sunday, June 5th: "Refugees are preparing for a second display of mass civil disobedience on June 5th as part of commemorations of 'Naksa Day'. Palestinian refugees plan to once again gather at Israel’s borders between Syria and Lebanon in a repeat of actions taken on Nakba Day of this year." That is, Palestinian ethnic cleansing victims will attempt to peacefully walk back to claim the land that is rightfully theirs. Will the Zionists murder dozens of them in cold blood, as the did during the recent Nakba Day protests?

Franklin Lamb will also discuss reports of huge numbers of Israelis suddenly applying for European passports, including 100,000 for Germany alone. Has Israeli's "delegitimization" (Netanyahu) brought things to a rats-and-sinking-ships situation? Will the next "Jewish state" be in Germany--which is of course where it should be, if its raison d'ĂȘtre is holocaust compensation?

Franklin Lamb is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel's Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon and is doing research in Lebanon for his next book. He was unavailable for our scheduled interview Wednesday due to a power outage, as he explained in today's email:

Hello Kevin,

I am not sure if you learned what happended yesterday in Dahiyeh just after Hassan Nasrallah's speech but our area had an additional blackout. Normally we loose power, internet etc. for 10 hours every day but yesterday enemies of Hezbollah ( so hez beleives!) pulled another one of their 'pranks' during his speech to cut off people from watching.

We just now got power back but my phone line is still not working.

I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused to you and your staff and if you want to reschedule just tell me the time and day.

Again, my apologies for yesterday and best wishes,

Franklin

9 comments:

  1. http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2011/06/berlin-wall.html

    I continue to be sad, shocked but also inspired by what I see and hear in my working tour in Germany. I remain cautiously optimistic because lessons of history, as sad as they are, provide an unmistakable map for the future.
    Hitler (and Zionists) who aimed to leave Europe with no Jews have failed. Here in Germany is the fastest growing Jewish population on earth and more than half of them come from Israel (the supposed haven of Jews). Many of the activists for human rights here are ex-Israeli or ex-Zionist Jews.
    Gideon Levy explains in Haaretz this week how and why Israelis are getting foreign passports at unprecedented rates.

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  2. here is the original URL: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/fear-is-driving-israelis-to-obtain-foreign-passports-1.365454


    Fear is driving Israelis to obtain foreign passports: More and more Israelis apply for a foreign passport, not for easier travel but because something has gone terribly wrong here.

    By Gideon Levy

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  3. Once again, something went wrong with the phone line to Beirut. Maybe Allah doesn't want me to interview Franklin? Or is it the Mossad?

    Fortunately, once again there were some good callers during the second hour...

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  4. Peace Kevin,

    I like your work, but why do you keep saying "Allah" instead of "God"? If you are speaking in English I think it is better to translate all words. One reason why Islam is so inaccessible to the West is because Muslims (including many converts) feel the need to Arabicize what is supposed to be a Universal faith. Everyone understands the meaning of "God".

    peace.

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  5. Thank you for this response. I actually tend to agree with you on this issue. As you know, there is a difference of opinion about whether Miuslims should use "Allah" or "God" in various contexts in English. The argument in favor of using "Allah" is that the word "God" comes with a lot of bad baggage: It evokes images of the Jewish tribal idol out of which the One God of monotheism emerged; the European tribal idols that were replaced by the One God of monotheism; the three-in-one god of the Trinity; Jesus's dad i.e. the bearded old guy on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel; and so on. In short, the English word "God" is contaminated by false ideas about God. Additionally, most Muslim-majority languages borrow "Allah" as their word for God, precisely in order to unload the false ideas embedded in earlier words.

    The counter-argument is that when people say "Allah" in English, some listeners get the false impression that this is a completely different God than the God of the Jewish and Christian tradition. In fact, it is the same God, except that certain inaccurate ideas about Him/Her/It are left behind.

    Since Jews and Christians differ among themselves about the nature of God--what certain Christians call "the godhead" is very close to the Muslim idea of God--I think English-speaking Muslims should also use the word "God" and then explain their own ideas about what the word really refers to.

    I actually use "God" and "Allah" interchangeably. By using "Allah" I underline my own Islamic identity in front of my mostly non-Muslim audience, sometimes with a dash of self-effacing humor. This also has the effect of acknowledging that the arguments for using "Allah" rather than "God" are not entirely unconvincing.

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  6. Absolutely a great discussion with Bugliosi. Incredible dialogue. Great show Kevin.
    True intellectual exploration. Good stuff man.
    Chris in Tokyo

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  7. Thanks, Chris!

    A few weeks ago, I never would have imagined having such a good discussion of religion/agnosticism with Bugliosi. I was surprised to hear the topic of his new book, and even more surprised that it was so stimulating.

    Live and learn.

    Kevin

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  8. By the way, Franklin Lamb once again was prevented from appearing on the second hour of the show due to technical difficulties. We'll try again Monday and find out whether "third time's the charm" insha'allah.

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  9. Just listened to your interview with Bugliosi. Very interesting! The conversation brought to mind Protocol #4: "...It is indispensable for us to undermine all faith, to tear out of the mind of the goyim the very principle of God-head and the spirit and to put in its place arithmetical calculations and material needs."

    So, you believe the solution to the Palestinian crisis is to relocate the Jews to Germany? Before you do that, you had better take it upon yourself to verify that the alleged crimes committed by the Germans actually did occur. This project, of course, has proven to be quite difficult for the mainstream historian class or "court" historiography.

    Are you aware of this inconvenient fact:

    "By remarkable coincidence, some twenty-five years earlier the American Jewish community had been warning of a "holocaust" of six million Jews in Europe. In an address published in 1919 in a leading Jewish American paper, the American Hebrew of New York City, under the headline "The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!," the former governor of New York state, Martin Glynn, spoke repeatedly of "six million" European Jews who were "dying" and "being whirled toward the grave" in a "threatened holocaust of human life."
    http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v20/v20n5p25_Weber.html

    Best wishes,

    JB

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