Myths of the Middle East
Oct. 11, 2000: WND Editor Joseph Farah wrote a column entitled “Myths of the Middle East,” which had an immeasurable impact worldwide for its clear, concise explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
If there is man-made solution to the violence in Israel, it needs to begin with truth, wrote Farah. Pretending will only lead to more chaos.
So, what’s the truth?
The truth is that Palestine is no more real than Never-Never Land. “Palestine” has never existed — before or since — as an autonomous entity. There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There are no Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem. None. The Quran never mentions the city.
Meanwhile, Jews have a 5,000-year-old birthright backed by overwhelming historical and archaeological evidence.
Oct. 12, 2003: We can’t make up this stuff.
For $15, curious couples, who supplied their own ropes, received “hands on” instruction in the finer points of safe “knotty” sex from UVIC Pride, a group dedicated to “representing queer, trans and intersex people and allies on campus.”
“You will be learning the way of the rope and rope safety skills. Come prepared to participate!!” read the UVIC website.
For those successfully learning the ropes, “Bondage 102” was offered.
Sermon fight in U.S. city
Oct. 13, 2014: WND broke the story when the city of Houston, Texas issued subpoenas for copies of pastors’ sermons and other communications with their congregations regarding homosexual rights.
The pastors later called for an investigation of city hall’s actions in the dispute, which also included negating an apparently valid petition effort against the ordinance.
WND also reported a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote to Mayor Annise Parker, urging her to back down from her demand for copies of pastors “speeches.”
Talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh also weighed in on the controversy, lambasting the city’s lesbian mayor for her sermon grab.
Guaranteed: Miers to withdraw
Oct. 13, 2005: WND Editor Joseph Farah spared no detail in explaining why Bush nominee Harriet Miers would soon be looking for the nearest exit – anywhere – to avoid tough questioning by the Senate.
Why? Because, even though Democrats in the Senate seemed more pleased with the choice of Miers than did Republicans, the questions that must be asked of the nominee for Sandra Day O’Connor’s Supreme Court seat would have bee among the most embarrassing ever raised about her boss, President Bush.
Most of the attention on the nomination thus far had focused on her lack of experience, her track record, her opinions on abortion, etc.
But the silver bullet that would do in the nominee was her cozy relationship with Bush – one that likely placed her in a position of covering up scandals in the Texas Lottery to keep secret the preferential treatment the president received as a young man to enter the Texas Air National Guard.
Farah was right. Two weeks later Miers withdrew her name.
WND founders to receive ‘New Media’ award
Oct. 14, 1999: As early as 1999, WND’s leading role in the New Media revolution was attracting attention.
Eight years ago today, Judicial Watch announced Editor Joseph Farah and Associate Editor Elizabeth Farah, founders of WorldNetDaily, would be honored for excellence in New Media journalism at the legal watchdog’s upcoming national conference.
The Farahs were joined by others whose names are well known today: Matt Drudge, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes of the Fox News Network and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Commenting specifically about the Farahs’ award, Klayman said, “We’re giving Joseph and Elizabeth Farah an award because they are not only extremely fine journalists, but they are visionaries – having created the successful WorldNetDaily Internet news service. They are also people of the highest integrity,” Klayman added.
If you want to learn who won the revolution, read Joseph Farah’s “Stop the Presses! The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution.”
Pat Boone joins WND team
Boone has been a top-selling recording artist, the star of his own hit TV series, a movie star, a Broadway headliner and a best-selling author in a career that has spanned half a century. During the classic rock ‘n’ roll era of the 1950s, he sold more records than any artist except Elvis Presley.
Pat’s debut column took on the ACLU, titled, “Keep the Boy Scouts from ACLU’s grasp!”–
Syrian flight students arrive after 9-11
Oct. 16, 2001: One month after the 9-11 terror attacks, 14 Syrian men entered the U.S. through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on student visas to attend flight schools at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, WND learned and reported exclusively.
The State Department lists Syria as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The Syrian men, whose M-1 visas expire April 2002, flew in from London aboard two British Airways flights the day before the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its post-attack ban on novice pilots flying private planes solo in airspace around major metropolitan areas.
Within two days, Paul Sperry’s exclusive story had been picked up by Fox News Channel, United Press International and the Dallas Morning News, all without any credit to WND.
Ahoy! Ted Kennedy tries water rescue
Oct. 17, 2005: U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been dogged by criticism since a 1969 car accident in which his passenger drowned, tried to come to the aid of six men trapped by high tide on a jetty off Hyannisport, Mass., though he eventually left the rescue to Hyannis firefighters.
The Massachusetts Democrat was walking his two Portuguese waterdogs on the beach when he spotted the men cut off from the shore by rising waters.
Hyannis Fire Capt. Craig Farrenkopf said Kennedy and a friend tried to retrieve the men in a 13-foot Whaler before they were forced back by rough waters.
Shortly after the attempt, a crew from the fire department was able to pick up the men in their 20s in three trips and bring them back to shore.
WND gets death threats, advertisers targeted
Oct. 18, 2001: In response to its reporting on Islamic terrorism, WND became the target of death threats, lawsuit threats, and an ongoing campaign of intimidation against its advertisers and business partners.
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, WorldNetDaily.com and its monthly print magazine, Whistleblower, featured in-depth coverage of the militant Islamic threat to America, including the presence within the United States of radical Muslim individuals and organizations with ties to known terror groups.
Some choice comments received by the news site included:
“Maybe we could grind up your filthy, pathetic body and feed it to the pigs before we send them to the Muslims.”
“You should watch your back from now on. Maybe these ‘Islamic fundamentalists’ could come after you and your family.”
“Since you are a swine, we will cut you open and drain you of blood, and then the U.S. military can use that if they wish.”
“I’m surprised that such an anti-Muslim lives. Now you know what needs to be done to anti-Muslims. They deserve to die.”
“No Muslim would mind to kill a bastard like you.”
Pledge to Mexican flag captured on video
Oct.19, 2006: A radio station in Houston posted on its website two video clips of a Texas elementary school “diversity” assembly where a volunteer led students in saying a pledge of allegiance to the Mexican flag.
One parent of a third-grader told the station he was at the event and students were indeed saying the pledge.
“I was telling them you don’t have to stand for the pledge of allegiance to the Mexican flag.”–
“That’s treason … you’re not supposed to say the pledge of allegiance to any flag other than the American and Texas flags,” the father said. “It broke my heart to see the kids doing that.”–
McCain sings Streisand on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Oct. 20, 2002: Sen. John McCain couldn’t carry a tune if it had a handle.
And that was part of his comedy shtick as the Arizona Republican butchered a number of Barbra Streisand songs and slammed her politics as he hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”–
In a spoof commercial hawking an album called “McCain Sings Streisand,” the senator portrayed himself as a man who “has served his country in the military, the Congress, and the Senate,” said the announcer. “Now he serves America with song.”––
That’s when McCain jumped into a brutal rendition of Streisand’s “Evergreen”:–
“Love, soft as an easy chair; love, fresh as the morning air,” struggled McCain as his monotone voice fought to find to find the right pitch and key.
“I’ve been in politics for over 20 years, and for over 20 years, I’ve had Barbra Streisand trying to do my job,” said McCain during the spot. “So I decided to try my hand at her job.”–
Schools ban Halloween to not offend witches
“Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion, and so we want to be respectful of that,” said Puyallup School District spokeswoman Karen Hansen.
Students brought home a letter to their parents stating there’d be no observance of Halloween in the entire school district.
Hansen explained the district supertintendent made the decision for three primary reasons. Along with the concern about hurting Wiccans, the parties are regarded as a waste of valuable classroom time, and some families can’t afford costumes.
“We really want to make sure we’re using all of our time in the best interest of our students,” she said.
4th-graders ‘celebrate’ the dead
Oct. 22, 2002: Fourth-graders at McNear Elementary in Petaluma, Calif. celebrated the dead in a week-long classroom ritual designed to simulate the Mexican holiday “El Dia de los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead.
“They’re crossing the line. This is a religious ritual,” one outraged parent told WorldNetDaily. “They can teach about it, but they’re not supposed to be celebrating.” The Christian parent who does not wish to be named plans to keep her daughter out of school all week to avoid the event.
“I have the right to send my daughter to school to learn math, reading and writing without having a religious ritual shoved down her throat,” she said.
WND gets tough with Chuck Norris
Titled, “On Chuck Norris ‘mania’ sweeping the Net,” the American icon discussed the so-called “facts” that have put him into the category of cultural legend.
Some of his favorites included:
“When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”–
“Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.”–
“Outer space exists because it’s afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.”–
Kodak fires man over anti-‘gay’ stance
“Please do not send this type of information to me anymore, as I find it disgusting and offensive,” said Rolf Szabo.
Kodak responded with its own memo, stating, “Rolf’s comments are hurtful to our employees, friends and family members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. This behavior is not aligned with the Kodak Values and, therefore, is not acceptable.”
A spokesman for Kodak told WND: “Every possible definition of diversity is embraced by Kodak. This is a company that does not take these matters lightly.”–
Communist museum removes Kerry photo
Oct. 25, 2004: Vietnamese communist officials repaid a 23-year-old debt to John Kerry for his anti-war activities when they removed a controversial picture of the 2004 presidential candidate from a war museum in Ho Chi Minh City that had been featured in “Unfit for Command,” the best-seller challenging the senator’s version of his military service and his antiwar activities.
An angry Vietnam vet who learned of the picture from “Unfit” traveled from Hawaii to Vietnam to see the evidence for himself. At the museum, he was told by the director the picture had been ordered removed a month before.
“The communists don’t want to do anything that would be detrimental to him being elected,”Unfit” co-author Jerome Corsi told WND. “If he wants foreign leaders to support him, he can certainly count on Vietnam’s communist regime.”
Clinton linked to ‘international trafficking in women’
Oct. 26, 1999: Before mysterious Chnese dishwashers and Norman Hsu made large donations to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, husband Bill was taking money from kingpins of international prostitution operations located in Asia.
Much of the hundreds of thousands of dollars donated by Arkansas restaurant owner Charlie Trie to Bill Clinton and the Democrat party came directly following visits to the White House by others linked to–Asian organized crime syndicates, including Macau millionaire Ng Lapseng, whose main business was his Fortuna hotel and hostess service of brothels. Ng was invited to visit the White House living quarters by the Clintons.
The brochure advertising Ng’s Fortuna hotel boasts, “attractive and attentive hostesses from China, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Burma together with erotic girls from Europe and Russia offer you an exciting and unforgettable evening with friends or business associates.”
Clinton’s link to trafficking of women even caused one National Organization for Women chapter to endorse Republicans in 1992
Al-Qaida planned U.S. forest fires
Oct. 27, 2003: As wildfires were destroying Southern California homes four years ago – as they are now – WND revealed a June 25, 2003, FBI memo to United States law enforcement agencies detailing a senior al-Qaida detainee’s claim to have developed a plan to start midsummer forest fires in the U.S.
The memo said an unidentified detainee revealed he hoped to create several large, catastrophic wildfires at once.
“The detainee believed that significant damage to the U.S. economy would result and once it was realized that the fires were terrorist acts, U.S. citizens would put pressure on the U.S. government to change its policies,” the memo said.
U.S. voting-machine shocker: Does Hugo Chavez own ’em?
Oct. 28, 2006: Just 10 days before Americans voted in last year’s midterm congressional elections that could result in a historic shift of power, the federal government was investigating whether anti-American Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez controlled the company that operates electronic voting machines in 17 states.
Many questions had already been raised about the reliability of the new machines, which leave no paper trails for the purposes of recounts. But federal officials were investigating whether Smartmatic, owner of Sequoia Voting Systems, was secretly controlled by the Castroite revolutionary leader of Venezuela who denounced President Bush as Satan in a 2006 United Nations address.
A–Smartmatic spokesman admitted the company is 97 percent owned by the four Venezuelan founders – two of them dual citizens. The remainder of the company is owned “by employees of Smartmatic (past and present) and family and acquaintances of the founders.”
Jesus’ name ruled ‘unconstitutional’
Oct. 28, 2011: A board of county commissioners in North Carolina asked the Supreme Court for help: Its members didn’t believe they should have to forbid volunteers from mentioning the name of Jesus in prayers offered before their meetings.
But the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State stood by their victory in a U.S. circuit court decision that states even “a solitary reference to Jesus Christ” in invocations before the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ meetings could do “violence to the pluralistic and inclusive values that are a defining feature of American public life.”
Furthermore, wrote Judge James Harvie Wilkinson III in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals majority opinion, legislative invocations offered in Jesus’ name are inherently “sectarian” and thus should be censored lest they make some attendees feel “uncomfortable, unwelcome and unwilling to participate in … public affairs.”
Oct. 29, 2005: On the heels of USA Today’s doctored photograph of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a WND inquiry into an altered photo of a gun-toting Ward Churchill prompted a Seattle-area college to remove the image from its website.
Shoreline Community College had electronically erased an AK-47 rifle from the image of the controversial University of Colorado professor.
But shortly after WND interviewed school officials about the doctored photo, Churchill’s image was completely removed from the page promoting his appearance.
“I think we’re going to take the photograph off,” Scott Saunders, director of student programs at Shoreline, told WND when asked about the display of Churchill, newly disarmed in both weapon and right limb.
‘Naked’ PETA tigerlady: Halloween too sexy
Jabeen Akhtar of Raleigh, N.C., an employee of the U.S. EPA, took part in an anti-circus protest in Charlotte, N.C., where she painted tiger stripes on her skin and sat in a cage on a public street, wearing only “panties and pasties.”–
But despite the flaunting of her body for ogling passers-by, Akhtar told other people they should avoid sexy costumes for Halloween.
“They will be pretty hard to miss, because they will be everywhere – in thigh-high boots and mini-dresses, with toy accoutrements such as handcuffs, stethoscopes and whips. And lots of cleavage. The most popular creature for a woman to dress up as on Halloween this year: the tramp,” she said.
‘We R Stuck Hear N Irak’
The remark was interpreted by many veterans – including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. – as a slam at military service, suggesting it’s a last refuge for the lazy and uneducated.
Christmas stamp called ‘offensive’
Nov. 1, 2005: A holy war of sorts broke out in Britain over a Christmas stamp which some said was offensive to members of the Hindu faith, purportedly showing Hindus worshiping Jesus Christ.
The stamp featured a man and woman with Hindu markings adoring the baby Jesus, and was one of six mother-and-child stamps making their debut.
“Would the worldwide Christian community feel comfortable if the government of India issued a Diwali stamp with a Christian priest offering worship to baby Krishna?” asked Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain.
The stamp designer, Anglican priest Irene Von Treskow, chose the picture for Royal Mail, saying it was so interesting to see a Mughal painting with a Christian subject, adding the image is not offensive.
“How can it be?” she asked. “It is 17th century art.”
TSA ‘gate rape’
Nov. 1, 2010: The Department of Homeland Security instructed the Transportation Security Administration to employ the use of new invasive airport pat-down procedures and nude-imaging scanners at airports.
Men, women and children endured public humiliation and invasive groping by TSA personnel as part of the cost of flying, reported WND.
“What is happening around the country is a national embarrassment,” said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, at the time. “I personally canceled family travel plans this week as a result of widespread reports of groping, voyeurism and humiliation techniques. The American people will not be treated like cattle. The policies of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano must be reversed, and they must be reversed before Thanksgiving. Those forced to travel under these conditions can help stop it by making the rest of America aware of the abuse.”
WND provided readers with a way to help put a stop to airport humiliation through invasive “pat-downs” and “virtual strip searches.
Thousands signed a petition demanding action against the intrusive airport screening procedures implemented by Janet Napolitano and sent a letter to Congress, President Obama and others telling them exactly what they thought about the issue.
Saddam’s female assassin squads
Nov. 2, 2000: In an amazing and previously unreported story filed from Copenhagen, Denmark, WND international correspondent Anthony LoBaido revealed that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had sent hordes of female assassins to Denmark as well as other European destinations to wipe out Kurdish refugees and defectors fleeing Iraq, and even had installed spies on the Danish Refugee Council, according to the Danish Red Cross.
The assassins infiltrated Iraqi opposition circles to kill and maim leading Kurdish and Iraqi opposition leaders by means ranging from poisonings to car crashes. Graduates of a two-month training course held outside Baghdad, these “Mata Hari” hit squads were code-named Operation Falcon. According to British intelligence, they were staffed by belly dancers, actresses and artists who claim to be seeking asylum.
“The regime is using women because they would raise less suspicion,” said Dr. Ayad Allawi, secretary general of the London-based Iraqi National Accord and a former ally of Saddam. “In our culture, we don’t expect women to spy or kill. This is the most substantial operation we have seen for years.”
Palestinian kids raised for war
Nov. 3, 2000: A year before the Western world woke up to the reality of suicide bombers with the 9/11 attacks on America, WND exposed the training of Palestinian children in the ways of jihad, with Palestinian television featuring macabre “Sesame Street”-type TV shows teaching toddlers to sing jihad songs about murdering Jews.
In one song on the “Children’s Club,” very young children are shown singing songs about wanting to become “suicide warriors” and to take up “a machine gun” to direct “violence, anger, anger, anger” against Israelis.
During the show, which features children aged 4-10, one young boy sings, “When I wander into Jerusalem, I will become a suicide bomber.” Afterward, other children stand to call for “Jihad! Holy war to the end against the Zionist enemy.”
“It’s very scary – it’s a state-run educational system that teaches its children to be martyrs,” said Meyrav Wurmser, Ph.D., an expert in Middle East politics. “Children are taught to idealize death, to view it as a positive. In many cases, they are told that death is not death at all, but rather the beginning of a new life.”
Military missing absentee ballots
Nov. 4, 2000: One of the defining issues – and perhaps the most strongly felt – in the 2000 presidential election was first brought to light by WorldNetDaily.
Three days before the Nov. 7 election, Jon Dougherty reported that many members of the United States military were unable to vote for their next commander in chief. The issue was one that could affect the election’s outcome.
“The military has a much higher participation [of overall voters] in the voting process” than does the general voting public, a Defense Department spokesman told WND. In the 1996 election, he said 64 percent of service members participated; 40 percent of those were absentee ballots.
After the election, Dougherty continued to probe allegations from service personnel and their families that they either never received asked-for absentee ballots, or got them too late to vote.
The Plame Game
Nov. 5, 2005: Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s attorney demanded Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely retract a statement he made to WND that the man at the center of the CIA leak case “outed” his own wife as a CIA employee in conversations more than a year before her identity was revealed in a syndicated column.
A demand letter was sent by Christopher Wolf to both Vallely and WND.
It disputed Vallely’s claim that Wilson mentioned Valerie Plame’s status with the CIA in conversations in 2002 in the Fox News Channel’s “green room” in Washington as they waited to appear as analysts.
“As you know, that assertion and the claim that Ambassador Wilson revealed to you or to anyone that his wife worked for the CIA is patently false, and subjects you and anyone publishing your statements to legal liability,” stated the letter.
It continued: “We are writing to demand that you immediately retract the assertion attributed to you and to insist that you stop making the false allegation. In addition, we request that you identify all persons or entitites (sic) to whom you made any claim that Ambassador Wilson revealed his wife’s employment at the CIA to you.”–
Voter fraud, again!
Nov. 6, 2000: In his column, “Voter fraud, again!,” WND Editor Joseph Farah revealed that election mailers sent out by the California Democratic Party and signed by President Bill Clinton, urging newly registered Hispanic voters to vote for Democrats, was apparently intended for a target group that included non-registered non-citizens.
Furthermore, as detailed in Farah’s column and subsequent news stories by reporter Julie Foster, the mailers contained an unofficial “voter identification card” – the “Clinton card” – which the president urged recipients to take to the polls.
It’s believed that with California’s lax election laws (which prohibit poll workers from checking voters’ ID), non-registered non-citizens presenting such a card at a California polling place could have voted in the Nov. 7 election.
‘God hit me’ through WND report
Nov. 7, 2006: A second worker upset over Wal-Mart’s newly-contrived “gay” agenda quit the retail chain to take a stand for Christianity, and cited a report from WND about another woman who also decided she’d had enough.
Karin Laginess, of Auberndale, Fla., told WND it was as if “God hit me” when she saw the earlier WND report about Janet Baird.
Baird, of Ohio, heard the shocking new plans that WND had reported directly from the mega-corporation’s international headquarters: that the company is, in fact, contributing to the financial and moral agenda of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
“It broke my heart to see them choose to side themselves with what I call such an immoral organization. I just sat and cried,” said Laginess.
Jack Abramoff book turns D.C. upside down
Nov. 7, 2011: Jack Abramoff’s autobiographical bombshell “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist” wasn’t even at the bookstores yet, but it caused a firestorm on Capitol Hill and among Washington’s powerful lobbying community.
Most Washington power players thought Abramoff was gone and buried in a federal prison, and didn’t even realize he was released – let alone that he was penning what is clearly the most devastating attack on special interest power in decades. Days before its Nov. 7 official release, scores of lobbying shops scoured the town to obtain one of the few copies in circulation to prepare their spin and damage control.
From the reaction on Capitol Hill, Abramoff is the new public enemy No. 1. He not only outs powerful senators and congressmen, and reveals previously unknown inside information, but he sets forth a reform plan which would rock the fraternal inside-the-Beltway culture.
‘Miracles happen – I’m a miracle’
Nov. 8, 2003: WND broke the story of a young woman in need of a double lung transplant saying she had been betrayed by Duke University Medical Center after doctors had her move near the college to prepare her for a transplant, only to tell her “out of the blue” she wouldn’t be getting new organs and she should go back home.
Two months later, WND also broke the story that the woman was finally breathing on her own with a new set of lungs courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Don’t always believe what people tell you,” Lauren Averitt said from her hospital bed where she was recuperating from surgery. “[Duke] told me to go home and die, and instead I’m a few miles down the road with new lungs.
“It’s a miracle – I’m a miracle.”
Airports at mercy of Muslims
Nov. 9, 2001: The private company that contracted for security services at Dulles and Newark International Airport in New Jersey, where Islamic terrorists hijacked two of the four jumbo jets on Sept. 11, 2001, was under fire for hiring foreigners as screeners, but the same firm had been pressured by the federal government two-and-a-half years before to rehire Arab non-citizens after they filed a religion-bias complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Airport security experts said the EEOC settlement – which also mandated Muslim-sensitivity training for all Argenbright Security Inc. employees – went a long way toward explaining why 87 percent of the checkpoint screeners at Dulles were not U.S. citizens. All seven Muslim complainants worked as Dulles screeners at the time.
“If I were Argenbright and being investigated, I’d tell them, ‘You want to sue us? Go talk to the damn EEOC. They’re the ones who forced these people on us,'” said Steve Elson, a former Federal Aviation Administration airport-security inspector.
Wal-Mart faces boycott for ‘banning’ Christmas
Nov. 10, 2005: When a Wal-Mart customer complained to the retailer that the store was replacing its “Merry Christmas” greeting with “Happy Holidays,” she received a response from customer service that prompted calls by the Catholic League for a nationwide boycott.
“Walmart is a world wide organization and must remain conscious of this,” the Wal-Mart representative replied. “The majority of the world still has different practices other than ‘christmas’ which is an ancient tradition that has its roots in Siberian shamanism. The colors associated with ‘christmas’ red and white are actually a representation of of the aminita mascera mushroom. Santa is also borrowed from the Caucuses, mistletoe from the Celts, yule log from the Goths, the time from the Visigoth and the tree from the worship of Baal. It is a wide wide world.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue pointed out that when using the company’s online search engine, if the word “Hanukkah” is entered, 200 items for sale are returned. The term “Kwanzaa” yields 77. But when “Christmas” is entered, the message returned says: “We’ve brought you to our ‘Holiday’ page based on your search.”
Matt Lauer equates Founders with terrorists
Nov. 11, 2004: In an interview with second lady Lynne Cheney, the “Today Show’s” Matt Lauer equated the Islamic radicals in Fallujah terrorizing Iraq with George Washington’s Revolutionary War army.
When the vice president’s wife rebuffed Lauer for equating Washington’s troops with the radical Muslim terrorists then clarified his line of questioning, he came back: “I’m just saying, but the insurgents believe they’re fighting for a cause as well. They don’t believe any less than we believe.”
“Well, but Matt, you’re being awfully relativistic here, “Cheney answered. “I mean, the insurgents are killing Iraqis by the hundreds, Iraqis by the thousands. It’s not as though this is a matter between just ‘on the one hand on the other hand.’ We are on the side of freedom. I think that idea is so powerful and does give us wind at our back.”
Scott Peterson guilty of killing Laci
Nov. 12, 2004: In a case thrust to the national stage by cable news channels, a jury in Redwood City, Calif., found Scott Peterson guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife and second-degree murder for death of his unborn child.
A pregnant Laci Peterson, 27, disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2002 from her Modesto home. Her body and the body of her unborn son, named Conner, washed ashore four months later in San Francisco Bay, in the area where her husband said he was fishing.
Prosecutor Rick Distaso told the jury Scott Peterson could not stand the thought of being trapped in a “dull, boring, married life with kids.”–
“He wants to live the rich, successful, freewheeling bachelor life,” Distaso said. “He can’t do that when he’s paying child support, alimony and everything else. He didn’t want to be tied to this kid the rest of his life. He didn’t want to be tied to Laci for the rest of his life. So he killed her.”–
Iran leader a ’79 U.S. hostage taker?
Nov. 13, 2006: The Russian publication Kommersant published a newly located photograph of a U.S. hostage-taker in Iran circa 1979 bearing a striking resemblance to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian leader steadfastly denied he was involved in the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the holding of 52 Americans for 444 days despite assertions to the contrary of some of those hostages and former Iranian President Abholhassan Bani-Sadr, who says he was a ringleader and the liaison with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Charges by the ex-hostages were made shortly after Ahmadinejad came to power June 24, 2005. But from the beginning, the White House and State Department made it clear they would rather not know the truth about Ahmadinejad because it would place the U.S. in a position of refusing to permit a head of government into the country to attend U.N. meetings.
Google: Veterans Day ‘too solemn’ for logo
Nov. 14, 2006: In response to e-mail generated by a WND story noting Google didn’t mark Veterans Day for an eighth straight year, the search engine giant created a form letter explaining the non-commemoration of the holiday was deliberate and out of reverence.
“Thank you for your note,” read the form response. “We understand your concern and interest in seeing a Veteran’s (sic) Day Google logo. If we were to commemorate this holiday, we’d want to express reverence; however, as Google’s special logos tend to be lighthearted in nature, this would be a particularly challenging design. We wouldn’t want to create a graphic that could be interpreted as disrespectful in any way.”
Perhaps WND’s coverage of the issue finally made a difference, because in November 2007, WND broke the story that Google finally issued a special logo on Veterans Day, nine years after the company was founded.
WND moves into top 1,000 sites
Nov. 15, 2002: Five years ago today, WND was ranked the 991st largest website in the world, according to Alexa, a Web monitoring firm.
The fast-growing newssite had move up 526 places over the previous six months.
“There are only a handful of U.S.-based newssites substantially larger than WorldNetDaily,” explains Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer. “They include CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, ABC News, Fox News – all major corporate conglomerates. Only the DrudgeReport of those news-oriented enterprises designed explicitly for the Internet – is larger than WorldNetDaily.”
ABC apologizes for raunchy football opener
Nov. 16, 2004: ABC-TV was forced to apologize for a raunchy intro segment to a “Monday Night Football” broadcast.
The feature, meant to spoof the ABC’s hit show “Desperate Housewives,” shows Philadelphia Eagles’ Terrell Owens in an empty locker room with Nicollette Sheridan, who stars in the show, wearing only a towel.
Sheridan provocatively asked Owens to skip the game for her. After she dropped her towel, he agreed to be late for the contest and hugged her.
“We have heard from many of our viewers about last night’s MNF opening segment and we agree that the placement was inappropriate,” ABC said in a statement. “We apologize.”
The great betrayal of Laos’ Hmong tribesmen
Nov. 17, 1999: WND broke the international story of the betrayal of Laos’ Hmong tribesmen, recruited as CIA Special Forces soldiers to fight side-by-side with Americans during the Vietnam war.
Until WND’s roving international correspondent Anthony C. LoBaido spent a year traveling throughout Thailand and Laos, at considerable personal risk, documenting the plight of the Hmong, no other news organization worldwide has been willing or able to document this important story.
“In this age of global media, who wonders at how this final liquidation can be taking place? It is a symbol of the agenda of the United Nations, Clinton administration and U.S. State Department – hatred of Christians and anti-Communists,” charged Dr. Michael Korpi, an award-winning filmmaker interviewed by LoBaido.
Linda Ronstadt laments ‘new bunch of Hitlers’
Nov. 18, 2004: Singer Linda Ronstadt, who made headlines during the 2004 presidential campaign by expressing solidarity with filmmaker Michael Moore, kicked it up a notch and compared current U.S. political trends with events in Nazi Germany.
“People don’t realize that by voting Republican, they voted against themselves,” Ronstadt told USA Today regarding the race for the White House.
On the issue of the ongoing battle in Iraq, Ronstadt added, “I worry that some people are entertained by the idea of this war. They don’t know anything about the Iraqis, but they’re angry and frustrated in their own lives. It’s like Germany, before Hitler took over. The economy was bad and people felt kicked around. They looked for a scapegoat. Now we’ve got a new bunch of Hitlers.”
America not an actual place?
“People have to understand what we’re talking about here. The president of the United States is an internationalist,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. “He is going to do what he can to create a place where the idea of America is just that – it’s an idea. It’s not an actual place defined by borders. I mean this is where this guy is really going.”
Tancredo lashed out at the White House’s lack of action in securing U.S. borders, and said efforts to merge the U.S. with both Mexico and Canada is not a fantasy.
“I know this is dramatic – or maybe somebody would say overly dramatic – but I’m telling you, that everything I see leads me to believe that this whole idea of the North American Union, it’s not something that just is written about by right-wing fringe kooks. It is something in the head of the president of the United States, the president of Mexico, I think the prime minister of Canada buys into it.”–
WTC collapse due to environmentalism?
Nov. 20, 2001: The collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center shortly after being struck by airliners occurred because New York City banned the use of asbestos as a fire retardant during the buildings’ construction, one industry expert has alleged.
“The Trade Tower design – the one referred to as able to resist the crash of a Boeing 707 – specified the use of asbestos insulation on the supporting columns,” said chemistry professor Art Robinson.
“This was used on all columns up to the 64th floors. Then, however, in 1971 when the Trade Center Towers were still under construction, New York City banned this use of asbestos,” Robinson, who is also a founder of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, said.
“Asbestos was an early victim of junk science and enviro-fear propaganda,” Robinson said. Environmental activists “were joined by opportunistic lawyers and businessmen who reaped large profits from the anti-asbestos program. There was not a shred of evidence that insulating buildings with asbestos was harmful to human health,” he added.
Condo commandos and the election mess
Nov. 21, 2000: WND news editor Diana Lynne’s exclusive story, entitled “‘Condo commandos’ caused ballot snafu,” revealed how Palm Beach County’s “condo commandos” – leaders at condominium complexes for those 55 and older – and other Gore operatives created the perceived need for a recount by giving the wrong instructions to loyal voters about how to cast their ballots in the Nov. 7 election.
The bad information, in turn, created confusion that ultimately contributed to more than 19,000 ballots being thrown out.
“I don’t even know if I voted correctly,” said 75-year-old condo commando Sam Oser. “You’re dealing with older folks who come in on crutches and in wheelchairs. They’re used to voting a certain way all these years and it was switched.”–