iOTW is thrilled to be given the opportunity to talk with Ann Barnhardt, the firebrand who takes on Lindsey Graham’s dhimmitude and the entire state of radical Islam in this youtube video that hit the intratubes Sunday. Part 2 (where she reads passages from the Koran before burning that page) can be seen here.
iOTW – Not much time passed between Graham’s statement on the Sunday morning show and the upload of your video. Did you just spring up off the couch and pretty much create this video unscripted?
Ann - I got home from Mass at about 1:30 Sunday afternoon. Sunday was Laetare Sunday, which marks the midway point of Lent. The priest at the parish I attend said repeatedly in his homily that it was a day to relax and enjoy oneself. So I decided to have a fancy sit-down meal. I went to a good Italian place and between my caprese salad and cheese ravioli with a side of meatballs (natch) I pulled out my iPhone for a little light reading. I saw Graham on HotAir.com and knew instantly what I had to do. After lunch, I grabbed the bacon, the glass fire bowl, a fire extinguisher (safety first), and two paperback copies of the Koran for easy burning. I wrote the “Part 1” script in about 45 minutes, took another 30 minutes to choose my passages to “bacon bookmark”, and recorded the clip in one take – but did have to pause when the fire alarm went off. Hate when that happens.
iOTW – Your communication skills are pretty impressive, do you have a background that would have prepared you for this, or are you just a natural?
Ann – I have always been a good public speaker and writer. I do apply my talent by teaching seminars for cattlemen as part of one of my businesses, and have a DVD version of my seminar as well. I deliver one of the best five-hour economics lectures on the planet. Not that that is saying much, I know.
iOTW - Have you been a political activist in the past and were there particular issues, apart from Islam, that you focused on?
Ann – I am not a political activist. I am the owner of three small businesses who looked around two and a half years ago and said, “Oh, HELL no.” Politicians make me ill. I can never and will never be a politician. For the last two to three years I have been focusing heavily on explaining and exposing Marxism, Islam and the fraud that is Obama. But that is triple-redundant, isn’t it?
iOTW - What is your take on what is known as the Ground Zero Mosque?
Ann – They can build a mosque at Ground Zero when we can build a Catholic Cathedral Basilica over the top of the Kaaba in Mecca. You know what? Check that. They still couldn’t build a mosque at Ground Zero, because Ground Zero is the sacred burial space of 3000 people that THEY MURDERED. No mosque at Ground Zero E.V.E.R.
iOTW – Islam uses the constitution to their advantage. How do we do battle with Islam without trampling the constitution?
Ann – Declare war against the Caliphate, just like we did against the Third Reich. Same bloody thing. And I’m not kidding.
iOTW- What do you think of General Petraeus and his assertion that inciting Islam puts our soldiers in harm’s way?
Ann – I have an offer for General Petraeus. I’ll GIVE him one of my balls. Then I’d still have two, and he would have one. He is a politicking coward who cares only about his pension and cashing in on his rank after he retires. The suicidal, defeatist Rules of Engagement he oversees are the unequivocal proof of that. He should resign in disgrace – yesterday, and then present himself to each and every family of our war dead and BEG their forgiveness for failing in his duty as their son or daughter’s commanding officer.
iOTW – Have you received any threats?
Ann – Not yet. But I don’t think the videos have reached outside of the Patriot Class yet. I expect that to start later this week.
iOTW – Have you heard from Lindsey Graham’s office?
Ann – No. They haven’t come out of the men’s room yet.
iOTW - You’re getting marriage proposals on iOTW. Do these guys have any hope?
Ann – Yes, but not with me. But that is no loss for them. I am a buzzsaw crossed with a blowtorch. Do you really want to wake up next to THAT every morning? I’m best at a distance. A considerable distance.
iOTW - In your video you pretty much dare Muslims to come and get you. Are you being a martyr, or do you pretty much have confidence that you can handle yourself?
Ann – Were the guys who volunteered to fight in all previous wars “martyrs”? Did the boys who enlisted in ’41 have a death wish? No. There just comes a point where any person of integrity knows that they have to fight. I love G.K. Chesterton’s quote, “A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” I love my country and my fellow man enough to be willing to lay down my life to defend them against evil. And, yeah. I can damn sure handle not only myself, but also an assault rifle, a big ass tactical shotgun, a sniper rifle, and a nine for those “intimate” encounters.
iOTW - What is your take on draw Muhammed day? Is this inciting, or is it testing whether Sharia is compliant with current American law or not?
Ann – Dude. I just did “Draw Mohammed Day” on bootlegged Mexican racehorse steroids. Hopefully this FORCES the Sharia issue in this country. And no, Sharia is not only non-compliant with U.S. law, it is diametrically opposed to it and antithetical to EVERYTHING good this nation stands for.
iOTW - Can we coexist?
Ann – Absolutely not. Questions?
iOTW - How devout are you in your faith?
Ann – Hmmm. How does one answer that without falling into massive false pride? I am a convert to Catholicism after years of study and logical, reasoned thought – which is NOT a sin, by the way, no matter what that nun with the six dollar crewcut told you. Beyond that, it only took me a year to find the pre-Vatican II Tridentine Latin Mass. If I had to guess where this bizarre strength and total lack of fear is coming from, I would have to guess that it is from my assisting (such as it is) at the sublime, holy Tridentine Mass. Internally and in my relationship with Christ I am admittedly a near-total disaster. I reckon He looks at me and just shakes His head. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.
iOTW – What inconsistencies do you see with the left’s treatment of Islam and their treatment of Judeo/Christian faiths?
Ann – Hmmm. Let’s see. The left wants to surrender unconditionally to Islam, while doing everything it can to utterly destroy the Judeo/Christian milieu. I think that just about sums it up.
iOTW – Would you be interested in being iOTW’s correspondant on Islam? We can pay you in bacon.
Ann - That is extremely kind, but I have three businesses to run. Remember, I’m just Joe the Plumber except with cattle. And I would actually need to be paid in silver coinage.
iOTW – What are your favorite blogs?
Ann - Lucianne, HotAir, American Thinker, Productive Class Revolt, The Conservative Treehouse, Brushfires of Freedom, RealCatholicTV (on YouTube), WDTPRS, and iOTW (except the dirty password-protected bits).
iOTW – What’s next for you?
Ann- Evening datapunch chores and a load of laundry. Beyond that is God’s will, and let it be done to me according to His Word. I only hope I don’t let Him down.
iOTW – Thank you, Ann. This has been a complete pleasure. We need millions more like you.
Ann Barnhardt owns and operates Barnhardt Capital Management Company.