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Saturday, November 25, 2006

They Can Run but They Can’t Hide

There’s nothing like the power of information. No matter how much the Islamic civilization tries to hide from the 21st century, it’s like emptying the ocean with a spoon.

Google Earth Spurs Bahraini Equality Drive

Since Bahrain’s government blocked the Google Earth website earlier this year for its intrusion into private homes and royal palaces, Googling their island kingdom has become a national pastime for many Bahrainis. The site allows internet users to view satellite images of the world in varying degrees of detail. When Google updated its images of Bahrain to higher definition, cyber-activists seized on the view it gave of estates and private islands belonging to the ruling al-Khalifa family to highlight the inequity of land distribution in the tiny Gulf kingdom. A senior government official told the Financial Times that Google Earth had allowed the public to pry into private homes and ogle people’s motor yachts and swimming pools. But he acknowledged that the government’s three-day attempt to block the site had proved counterproductive. It gave instant publicity to Google Earth and contributed to growing sophistication among Bahrainis in circumventing web censorship. It also provided more ammunition to democracy activists ahead of parliamentary elections this Saturday, the second since King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa began introducing limited political reforms in 2001.
And of course, it’s us bloggers again.

Mahmood al-Yousif, a businessman whose political chat and blog site Mahmood’s Den is among Bahrain’s most popular, says that in the tense run-up to the polls, few Bahrainis have not surfed over the contours of their kingdom, comparing vast royal palaces, marinas and golf courses with crowded Shia villages nearby, where unemployment is rife and services meager. For those with insufficient bandwidth to access Google Earth, a PDF file with dozens of downloaded images of royal estates has been circulated anonymously by e-mail. Mr Yousif, among others, initially encouraged web users to post images on photo-sharing websites. “Some of the palaces take up more space than three or four villages nearby and block access to the sea for fishermen. People knew this already. But they never saw it. All they saw were the surrounding walls,” said Mr Yousif, who is seen in Bahrain as the grandfather of its blogging community. He and other activists believe creative use of the internet – connectivity in Bahrain is among the highest in the Arab world – is forcing the country to confront awkward realities and will speed the march towards a more egalitarian society.

You got that right.

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A Little History Lesson From The LA Times

There are three very important things to note in the LA Times front page article on the Pope's visit to Turkey.

1) The first thing is something I knew, but which the Christian Church seems blissfully unaware of. That is that Christianity is dying in Turkey which is often billed the most moderate of Muslim countries. Think about it, my fellow Christians, if Christianity is dying in Turkey, it will die everywhere that Muslims gain control. This is why Christians must join the fight to save Western Civilization.

2) The second thing to note is that Turkey does not recognize the Catholic Church. This goes to further make clear that even the most moderate of Muslim countries does not tolerate Christianity.

3) And finally, the third thing is something I think all the Infidels hear will be interested to know. That is, during the time of the fall of the Ottoman Empire the Greeks deported 1,000,000 Turks from the land of Greece:


... before and during World War I, Western powers collaborated with Christian and other minorities to bring down the Ottomans. In the carnage that followed, as many as 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered, a similar number of ethnic Greeks expelled and 1 million Turks deported from Greece.


Well, what do you know? You learn something new everyday.
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Muslim Man Kicked Out Of Mosque For Writing Article Criticizing Al Qaeda

Hat tip to Atlas Shrugs.

Yes, you read that correctly. He criticized Al Qaeda, so he got kicked out of his Mosque.

And, this is no small Mosque. This is the Islamic Center of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Go here to see the video. And, if anyone knows how to download video to YouTube, will you please do so with this video, so we can put it up here?

Are there any Muslim organizations, media outlets, academic institutions, or governments, of any appreciable size, anywhere in the world?


The poor man said the letter was anti-Al Qaeda. He said he was disturbed by terrorists killing in the name of Islam. He called al quaeda leaders cowards for using young Muslims to carry out attacks.

So they threw him out of the mosque and he has been threatened by fellow Muslims at the mosque.

The only way he can come back to worship is if he must apologizes and "takes his article back."
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Winds of War: Britain Should Learn from Orwell

From The Gathering Storm

Hat tip to Cranmer.

“Mr Paul Goodman MP, in a speech in the House of Commons last week, has articulated perfectly the threat posed by Islam to the peace and safety of this Realm. His constituency is High Wycombe (11% Muslim) which was the focus of the plot to simultaneously bomb a number of transatlantic flights in a terrorist spectacular that would have equalled the bombing of the World Trade Centre. He referred to this plot, the Dhiren Barot conviction, the Abu Hamza affair, the bombings of 7th July, and the attempted shoe-bomb atrocity by Richard Reid, to remind the House that UK security is under threat.”

I suggest to the House that that missing something is the ideology of Islamism. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (David Maclean) said, Islamism is not Islam. Islam is a religion-a great religion at that and one, it seems to me, as various, as complex, as multi-faceted and as capable of supporting a great civilisation as Christianity. Islamism, however, is an ideology forged largely in the past 100 years, and that word ‘ideology’ should help to convey to the House a flavour that is as much modern as mediaeval.

See my post “Did the Islamic Reformation Already Happen?”

Like communism and like fascism, those other modern ideologies, Islamism divides not on the basis of class or of race, but on the basis of religion. To this politician, it has three significant features. First, it separates the inhabitants of the dar-al-Islam - the house of Islam - and the dar-al-Harb - the house of war - and, according to Islamist ideology, those two houses are necessarily in conflict. Secondly, it proclaims to Muslims that their political loyalty lies not with the country that they live in, but with the Umma - that is, the worldwide community of Muslims. Thirdly, it aims to bring the dar-al-Islam under sharia law. I am not an expert on Islam, but I have learned enough about it since I was first elected to this place in 2001 to recognise that its view, and our inherited view of the difference between the sacred and secular, diverge. In our inherited view, the sacred and the secular are separate. The Christian tradition from which our inherited view springs has always acknowledged a distinction between what is God’s and what is Caesar’s. In Islam, that distinction is harder to perceive.

He ends his speech with this. More references to the 1930s and the Gathering Storm. (Unabashed plug)

George Orwell once wrote of the ‘deep, deep sleep of England, from which I sometimes fear that we shall never wake till we are jerked out of it by the roar of bombs.’ On 7/7, we heard the roar of bombs in London. I sometimes worry that the deep, deep sleep that Orwell described in the 1930s is still here in relation to Islamism in sections of the Government, parts of the political and media establishment, the House and the country. This is one of the most urgent problems facing us, and if we are in that deep, deep sleep, it is time for all of us to wake up.
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Can We Build Good Minds Able to Meet The Big Challenges?

Howard Gardner is a prolific author, Psychologist, and Harvard Professor. Gardner is perhaps best known for his tendency to multiply intelligences beyond what most experts feel is necessary. (apologies to Occam) Gardner's latest work, Five Minds for the Future, might at first seem to be following in the footsteps of his previous Multiple Intelligences work. Here is the distinction:

The five minds—disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful, and ethical—differ from multiple intelligence in working in a more synergistic fashion as opposed to separate categories of intelligences.
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If you look at the graphic above, you will see that Gardner is actually describing the way "one good mind" would function at its integrated best. Gardner seems to have hit on some valuable principles of mind formation here.

The mind must be DISCIPLINED in three senses. The person must be able to think in terms of the major scholarly disciplines (history, mathematics, science, and the arts); he/she must have at least one area of expertise; he/she must have those habits of continued application so that learning can continue throughout life.

Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann argues that in the 21st century, the most important mind will be the SYNTHESIZING MIND. Individuals are subjected to huge amounts of information. We must be able to decide what is important; how best to organize it for ourselves; how best to communicate it to others. Almost everything that can be automated will be.

The last frontier for the mind is that of CREATING New Ideas.... thinking outside of the box. Such thinking presupposes a certain discipline and considerable synthesizing ability but it cannot be constrained by what has been thought or done before.

The first three kinds of minds are cognitive. The last two relate to the world of other individuals, and are thus more social and affective.

The RESPECTFUL MIND goes beyond mere tolerance. Respectful persons welcome human diversity, seek to understand and work with others, and cultivate an atmosphere of openness and reciprocity.

The ETHICAL MIND builds upon respect but entails a more abstract attitude. Ethical individuals ponder their roles as workers and citizens. They carry out good work... work that is excellent, ethical and personally meaningful. They consider their roles as citizens of their community, their region, and the globe and act in constructive, non egocentric ways.
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Gardner heads up Harvard's Project Zero educational research group. Certainly if the abysmal failure of government education in North America is to be salvaged, new ideas and approaches will be vital. It appears that government education has failed in developing every single one of the five minds that Gardner highlights. Instead, schools develop the resentment mind, the entitlement mind, the addicted mind, the dependent mind, the lazy mind, indiscriminate mind, and the credulous mind. There is certainly a lot of work to be done, and one hopes that Gardner and his group will lend a hand.

Gardner's 11/10/06 (11 October) 5 Minds lecture on audio and transcript (scroll halfway down)
Five Minds Power Point Slides

Hat tip The Mouse Trap blog.

Cross posted on Al Fin blog.
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More on Tariq Ramadan

Excerpt from my latest posting, a follow-up to this one:

...From this source, quoting Tariq Ramadan:

"Only Islam can achieve the synthesis between Christianity and humanism, and fill the spiritual void that afflicts the West" ("Islam, le face à face des civilisations," Tawhid, 2001).

And again: "The Koran confirms, completes, and corrects the messages that preceded it" ("Les messages musulmans d´occident"). Some Christian personalities whose charitable works cannot be misconstrued - Mother Teresa, Sister Emanuelle, Abbé Pierre, Fr. Helder Camara - are exceptions who show only that all good people are implicitly Muslims, because true humanism is founded in Koranic revelation. Thus, both directly and through this humanism, the "Muslim City" can be founded upon the earth. "Today the Muslims who live in the West must unite themselves to the revolution of the antiestablishment groups from the moment when the neoliberal capitalist system becomes, for Islam, a theater of war..." ("Pouvoirs," 2003, n. 164).

Tariq Ramadan is the Islamic expert to whom Time Magazine turns and presents to its readers as the European voice of reformist Islam?

Read the entire posting at Always On Watch.
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PASDARAN- Iran's Revolutionary Guard emerges as a formidable military power


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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Maj. Gen. Yahya Safavi has become one of the most important men in Iran, responsible for the nation's increasingly powerful military arsenal. Safavi has developed a force of up to 10 million soldiers that is separate from Iran's regular military and responsible only to the ruling mullahs.

Over the past three years, the IRGC has been given the best of Iran's weapons and platforms. The force has developed and maintained control over Iran’s entire strategic arsenal and was responsible for securing the nation's nuclear program.

"The IRGC began as a buffer against a military coup," a Western intelligence source said. "Today, it is far superior in strength to the regular military and can conduct the bulk of the fighting against any enemy, including the United States."

This has made Safavi one of the most powerful men in Iran. Under his tutelage, the IRGC, backed by the paramilitary Basij, has become a formidable fighting machine, capable of conducting sustained missile and rocket attacks throughout the entire Gulf and against the U.S. military presence in Iraq


Time to have something wonderful prepared for these sons of bitches

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These are all separate issues, right? Bad guy roundup..Iran, Syria, and

Iran, Syria synchronizing air defense, signals intelligence to counter any U.S. attack

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LONDON — Iran and Syria have begun an effort to ensure military interoperability.

Western intelligence sources said the effort is meant to ensure that the two militaries could coordinate attacks, share information and launch joint ground and missile operations. The effort began in 2005 and was formalized in a defense cooperation accord signed last November.

"The effort is being financed by Iran and is meant to ensure that a U.S. attack on Iran would be countered by attacks on the U.S. military presence in Iraq from both east and west," a source said.

Iran and Syria operate medium-range Scud-class ballistic missiles, with weapons jointly produced.

The two countries have also consolidated their signals intelligence network. The source said Iran has provided technology and financing to establish two SIGINT stations in Syria.

One station is in the Jazirah region in northern Syria near the Turkish border. The other is in the Golan Heights near Israel.

The source said two additional stations were planned with all four to be completed in 2007. Iranian and Syrian personnel will staff the stations.

The two countries also plan to cooperate in air defense. Under two agreements signed over the past year, Damascus and Teheran pledged to make their air defense batteries interoperable, allowing for either country to help the other during an emergency.

Over the past year, Iran has ordered the TOR-M1 short-range air defense system from Russia. Syria has purchased the SA-18 Igla-S system.

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Future Member States Watch


TWO Christian men from Turkey went on trial yesterday for allegedly insulting "Turkishness" and inciting religious hatred against Islam.

The trial opened days before a visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict, during which the pontiff is expected to discuss improved religious rights for the country's tiny Christian minority, who complain of discrimination.

Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, are accused of making the insults and of inciting hate while allegedly trying to convert other Turks to Christianity.

The men were charged under Turkey's notorious Article 301, which has been used to bring charges against dozens of intellectuals, including the Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk.

The law has been widely condemned for severely limiting free expression and European Union officials have demanded that Turkey change the law as part of its bid to join the EU.

Prosecutors accuse the two of telling possible converts that Islam was "a primitive and fabricated" religion and that Turks would remain "barbarians" as long they remained Muslims.

The pair, who deny the charges, could face up to nine years in jail if convicted.
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Come to think of it, if insulting Islam can get you thrown in Jail or at least put on trial, then Turkey really would fit right in with the rest of the EU Dhimmis.
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Aren't critics grand?

David Ignatius in Real Clear Politics and the WaPo tells us :

We Can't Save the Mideast

OK so? His Rx?
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1) The sickness must end.
2) Syria has an opportunity to leave behind its drab Cold War trench coat and become a modern, prosperous Mediterranean nation; Hezbollah, the militia that represents Lebanon's dispossessed Shiite population, has a chance to lead its followers into political power and prosperity.
3) The Middle East needs the rule of law
4) Now the United Nations must find a way to make the rule of law real

The idea that America is going to save the Arab world from itself is seductive, but it's wrong.
The hard work of building a new Middle East will be done by the Arabs, or it won't happen.

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Why Is Tampa's Station "Fox13" Marching for CAIR?



The above is just one example of local Tampa Bay Area Channel 13, now the local Fox affiliate, showing extreme bias against anyone willing to attack Islamic beliefs, in this case Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite. This is the piece of MSM trash that will be analyzed bit by bit tonight. This outrageous bit of local journalism also shows the limitless extremes that the station will go to, particularly reporter Craig Patrick, to smear people like Ms. Brown-Waite, even using the absurd tactic of inserting clips of a KKK rally and a historical Nazi clip into the piece. Patrick also seems to, along with his colleagues, Anchors John Wilson and Kathy Fountain, need little prompting to praise and feature CAIR-Florida's Ahmed Bedier. These individuals and the news team at Fox 13 are obviously either suffering from an overdose of political correctness, or are getting something out of their obvious brown-nosing to the local Muslim community. There is simply no reason for a news station anywhere to give airtime to some of the absurd claims that Mr. Bedier has tried to champion, and which he has conveniently uploaded to YouTube for the world to see. Most would ignore some of these issues, and certainly wouldn't feature Mr. Bedier in so many interviews. Yet other local affiliates also feature Bedier, such as Channels 8 and 9, Channel 9 even featuring Bedier for their segment "On the Soapbox". However, of Bedier's 78 uploaded videos on YouTube, (no joke) 13 are from appearances on Fox 13, most with the same on-air "talent" appearing, usually not to do any hardball type of interview, but rather to offer segways for his manipulative statements.

I offer this not as a conclusive statement, but simply as an opportunity for Channel 13 to prove me wrong, and for CAIR to publicly state that they have made no contributions to media outlets in this country. This information can be obtained with an investigation, which I hope this all comes to, but for now I think the evidence as shown in the video above proves either bias based on the views of the staff of Fox 13, which is appalling as the report clearly smears a member of Congress in a rather dangerous way, or that there must be something going on under the table. I do not think that CAIR is above such a move, though I have no evidence in this case. Who knows, perhaps the news team and Bedier are just great golfing friends. There is something amiss here though, and if you cannot see it then you are either blind, deaf and dumb, or a subscriber to CAIR's newsletter.

First, this clip, point by point.....

Read it all at WWCMD?
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Friday, November 24, 2006

Women Love Gender Apartheid

Shariffa Carlo unleashes the Muslim woman. Hear her whimper!

This excerpt beautifully showcases the blindness of some Muslim women and the low value that is accorded to work by Arabs:

During the Gulf War, a Western reporter interviewed a Saudi woman. The reporter, trying to make her feel inferior, asked her, "Doesn't it bother you that you are not able to go and get a job as a waitress, if you wanted to?" This woman, may Allah bless her, answered, "Are you joking? I am a woman with maids and servants, why would I want to lower myself to such a task."

Never mind the fact that the maids are likely Muslim as well! But since they're from the third world, they don't matter.

Note the interesting choice of words:

Think about it, the job of waitress is a glorified servant. No woman actually aspires to it, most are forced to do it because there is nothing better for them. And, many of these waitresses are nothing more than cheap entertainment for men. When questioned about not being able to drive, Saudi women point out that having a driver is a luxury that most Westerners aspire to, why is it a humiliation only for Muslim women? In the same vein, the Western woman hopes for the ability to be a stay-at-home mother. It is a status symbol, yet they try to make us feel inferior for making that choice the most common and preferred one.

[Emphasis mine.]

A waitress is not forced to do her job if she doesn't have a better option in the short-run. By that logic anyone who aspires for a higher-paying job is being forced to perform his/her current labor.

A woman can be a waitress because she is earning money for college or maybe just because she likes her work. She can gain some valuable experience and later on search for a different job in an almost infinite labor market in the West.

However, those options simply do not exist for women in Saudi Arabia. In all my time there, I saw cabbies, bus drivers, gas station attendants, peons, sale clerks, grocery store managers, waiters, chefs, visa officers, cops, and the religious police. Guess how many of them were women?

Zero.

How can Arab women make a choice between work and motherhood in a culture that offers them no jobs and that, in addition, has a retrograde and noxious view of labour?

Thanks to Wonder Woman for the link.

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The Hills Are Alive.....


I felt like captioning this one finally; CAIR's Parvez Ahmed, Omar Ahmad and Dougie "Ibrahim" Hooper in stunning new roles. OK, the pic is old, but I used one of my only Photoshop talents today and added some type to it, and it was about time.
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Little Green Footballs - We Are Not Worthy

As per usual, Little Green Footballs has had many important stories the past few days. Too many to blatantly ripoff - er, I mean honor with links from IBA - so I'll just have to do a quick roundup.

In France, an undercover policeman got involved in a deadly scrap in which a mob of 100 anti-Semiti soccer fans were beating four fans of team Israel. The police man ended up shooting and killing one on the mob:


“A plain clothes officer from the transport police, Antoine Granomort, told Monsieur Hazout to stand behind him and then tried to keep the crowd away using his tear-gas canister.
Police prep for problems at Marseille v PSG ”The crowd hurled insults — dirty Jew, dirty n_____ — and monkey cries and raised Nazi salutes. Some shouted ‘Le Pen for president’,“ he said.
According to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy: ”One of the attackers hit him on the head and another kicked him in the groin, and he fell to the ground. He got out his gun after stating he was a policeman — though in what exact circumstances I do not know.“
”(The officer) fired in legitimate self-defense in order to protect his physical person. He had come to the aid of a man in accordance with our rules of engagement, and he had no choice but to shoot," said Patrice Ribeiro of the Synergie police union.



Charles comments: "Europeans often look down their noses at the “violence and racism” of the United States, but if there’s an equivalent for this appallingly antisemitic, racist French behavior in the US, I haven’t seen it"


In other news, the UN Human Rights Commissioner says that Israel is worse than Hamas and Hizbollah, even though they purposefully hide and fire in crowds of civilians.

You gotta read her finely braided moral "logic."


Investors Business Daily on the airport Imam case:


Then there’s the case of Muhammed al-Qudhaieen and Hamdan al-Shalawi, two Arizona college students removed from an America West flight after twice trying to open the cockpit. The FBI suspected it was a dry run for the 9/11 hijackings, according to the 9/11 Commission Report. One of the students had traveled to Afghanistan. Another became a material witness in the 9/11 investigation.

. DefendEven so, the pair filed racial-profiling suits against America West, now part of US Airways. Defending them was none other than the leader of the six imams kicked off the US Airways flight this week.

Turns out the students attended the Tucson, Ariz., mosque of Sheikh Omar Shahin, a Jordan native. Shahin has been the protesters’ public face, even returning to the US Airways ticket counter at the Minneapolis airport to scold agents before the cameras.

In an Arizona Republic interview after 9/11, he acknowledged once supporting Osama bin Laden through his mosque in Tucson. FBI investigators believe bin Laden set up a base in Tucson.


Hani Hanjour, who piloted the plane that hit the Pentagon, attended the Tucson mosque along with bin Laden’s onetime personal secretary, according to the 9/11 Commission Report. Bin Laden’s ex-logistics chief was president of the mosque before Shahin took over.

“These people don’t continue to come back to Arizona because they like the sunshine or they like the state,” said FBI agent Kenneth Williams. “Something was established there, and it’s been there for a long time.” And Shahin appears to be in the middle of it.


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No-Go Zones In France

From Daniel Pipes:


They go by the euphemistic term Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, with the even more antiseptic acronym ZUS, and there are 751 of them as of last count. They are convienently listed on one long webpage, complete with street demarcations and map delineations.

What are they? Those places in France that the French state does not control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassone to twelve in the heavily Muslim town of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them.

Comment: A more precise name for these zones would be Dar al-Islam, the place where Muslims rule.
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You know either THEY are stupid or they think YOU are stupid when....

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The democratic party is STILL screwed.....find here the Huffington Post's comments on Alan Dershowitz's review of the inestimable Jimmy Carter's latest book, whose publication was held until AFTER the election, in clear fear that every jewish person would pull the entire lever for republicans.

The five pages of mostly invective commenting demonstrate clearly WHERE the democratic party is heading.

Nowhere is there the slightest realization that opposition to Israel's existence continues EN MASSE because of the Quran, and that no peace is possible.

Amazing ignorance



For some odd reason, they don't seem to have cared for my comment enough to publish it.

Imagine that !

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The Thud Heard Round the World

That thud, that "thumpin" you heard was the sound of Bush's balls hitting the ground after the 11/7 election. The world heard it too. And saw its ill effect immediately. RUMSFELD! And while Bush's long time supporters continue to hold our individual collective breath waiting for him to pick them up off the ground, our enemies around the world are wasting no time rolling over the Bush Doctrine. The reverberations from the election of a pacifist Congress are coming fast and furious.

VDH HERE: For five long years many of us have praised this administration’s constancy and idealism, in removing the Taliban and Saddam, and then staying on to do the hard, the easily caricatured work of democratization. The liberal hawks have long bailed. The paleos have turned venomous in their criticism. Many of the neo-cons have sought escape by blaming the flawed occupation for ruining their supposedly perfect three-week take-down of Saddam. But there are millions of us still out there who, Jacksonian in spirit, close ranks and will support our troops wherever they are. But we simply cannot ask Americans to die in Anbar province while talking to the Iranians and Syrians who are doing their best through surrogates in killing them.

And so now the axis strikes back. Robert over at TIA Daily writes;

Here is the first big reverberation from the 2006 election: sensing American weakness, Syria is moving to brutally reconquer Lebanon.

Hours after Gemayel was murdered, his killers issued a communiqu calling themselves the "Fighters for the Unity and Liberty of Greater Syria." They said that they killed Gemayel because he was "one of those who unceasingly spouted their venom against Syria and against [Hizbullah], shamelessly and without any trepidation." Gemayel, they threatened, would be the first of many victims. As they put it, "Sooner or later we will pay the rest of the agents their due..."

Clearly the killing of anti-Syria pro Democracy leader Gemayel was the act of an emboldened Syria;

Killing seen as bid by Damascus, Tehran to hit U.S. role in Mideast

The brazen assassination yesterday of Christian Cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel has pushed Lebanon's fragile democracy, heralded by the United States as a model for the region, to the brink of collapse.
Coming amid moves by Syria and Iran to improve relations with Iraq, the killing also was seen by analysts as part of a coordinated attempt to push the United States out of the Middle East.

But really, what is Syria but a puppet, Iran's organ grinder's monkey and Iran is certainly feeling emboldened.

IRAN: WORLD SHOWING SIGNS OF 'AHMADINEJADISATION' SAYS PRESIDENT

"Many of the world's countries are waiting for our signal to follow our example of good governance," Ahmadinejad said in a recent speech, apparently also a reference to "Ahmadinejadisation".

The president's conviction of the importance of his international stature seems to have grown through forays such as letters he wrote to US President George W. Bush and Gernam Chancellor ANgeal Merkel.

The Iranian president has repeatedly described himself as the "saviour of the world" and the "spokesman of the disenfranchised". At a dinner gathering to mark the breaking of the day-time fast during the recent Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he told those with him that he has a direct lineof communication with God, or Allah.

Iranian self-confidence may thwart U.S. talks

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Reveling in President George W. Bush's electoral thumping, his woes in Iraq and his difficulty in pushing through U.N. sanctions against Tehran, Iran feels it has a strong hand to enter any talks with "the Great Satan".

But Iran's self-confidence could be the biggest hurdle to productive dialogue because Tehran will set conditions on security and its nuclear program that Washington will not stomach, analysts say.

Bottom line, America was sold a bill of goods for years. America was lead to believe things were going poorly, badly in fact, in almost everything. The brilliant, busting, burgeoning economy (4.4% jobless rate!) was derided, Iraq was depicted as "another Vietnam" (not according to our troops), and the fact that we have not had another Islamic attack since 9/11 is astonishing. The MSM and the left continually insist there is no enemy, refuse to speak of the global jihad and calls anyone that does speak of Islamofascsim "racist" or "fearmonger". But all you have to do is go to the airport to board a plane with your one 3-1-1 plastic bag and stand on security lines to get to the security line and you know this is some serious imaginary enemy.

I spent the better part of my day traveling and I can tell you its fookin torture.

Robert Tracinski in TIA Daily writes;

The Fantasy World of the Realists

The old foreign-policy "realists" have tried to claim the 2006 election as a mandate for their policies, the centerpiece of which is to negotiate with Iran and Syria over the terms of our surrender in Iraq.

But there is also an attempt to push back against the realists and deny them a victory. For its part, the Bush administration has tried to work itself out of the trap of being pressured to follow the exact recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton commission—which is expect to present the realist conventional wisdom—by promoting an internal Pentagon report that will come out at the same time.

Meanwhile, the pro-war intellectuals on the right are going to work on the project of discrediting the realists. Christopher Hitchens weighs in on this, and the article below is another example, though from a more conventional, center-left "idealist" outlook, which seeks to save "humanitarian interventions" as a foreign policy goal.

But the good news is that the main line of attack being taken against the "realists" is that they are unrealistic, basing their policy recommendations on diplomatic fantasies, while flying in the face of the facts and ignoring the actual results of their past policies.

"Unrealistic," George Packer, The New Yorker, November 20

Bush need not be told, he is still our elected President. He must pick up the dropped ball and follow through. He must push through the UN (the collective negation of humanity) appointment of John Bolton (I assure you the world is watching that as well.) Oh and while we're at it, sign this petition.
If you think Iraq was going badly before, you ain't seen nothing yet. Al-Qaeda Blamed for Attacks on Shias that Kill 150 in Baghdad.
Stand tall, stop apologizing, stop appeasing and do the right thing. I am sure I was not the only American that winced during this exchange this past May;

Question: which missteps and mistakes of your own you most regret?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Sounds like kind of a familiar refrain here -- saying "bring it on," kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner -- you know, "wanted dead or alive," that kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted, and so I learned from that.

Me? I loved that kind of talk. It's the only thing the enemy understands and respects.

Contuinued at ATLAS SHRUGS here

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Chapter 3 of among the jewish progressives..and it's good news, and better hopes for the west

So at the synagogue reading group, THIS was the latest book selection.
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Now, I went out of my way to learn nothing about the author.

I wondered why and who chose this book.

I wondered if we would have a touchy feely pc discussion.

So let's have a quick, Epa review of the book first.

I REALLY feel bad for Mr. Azlan. He is an american. He is of iranian descent. He is not one of the bad guys. He probably would fare badly in most mosques, not in this nation, and maybe IN this nation as well. He wants badly for Islam to be an Episcopalian more oatmeal and granola peace be unto you gentleness. He is a blatant apologist and admits it. He thinks there is a reformation going on and says not to worry because all this hubbub will end with a kinder gentler Islam, and one of the reasons is....GET READY.....the greater Jihad is internal struggle and these other guys are wrong.

Imagine my sensation seeing that hunk of stuff on the sidewalk.

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The Lighting Of The Beacons

Infidel Bloggers Alliance has writers and readers from all over the world. When governments attempt a blackout on certain news (as France is doing with regards to the ongoing riots/low-level civil war being waged by Muslims), IBA is here to make sure that the news still gets out.

We are small still, but in the future, as the need becomes greater, we will be here when people need us.

Until then, we are bearing witness to the oncoming Jihad. We are getting the message out. The world is changing. War is upon us. We must get ready to fight.

Watch this video and see the blogosphere at work (metaphorically speaking):


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Happy Birthday To Us!


Today is our first birthday. Yes, that's right, we started this blog one year ago. It was an inauspicious beginning. Just J, Jonz, and I, and two or three readers.

Now, we have 30-something contributors from around the world, and over 35,000 visits and 50,000 page views per month.

Thanks everybody. Have a piece of cake, a glass of wine, grab a chair, and let's watch the kids run around in the backyard.

I look forward to another year of impaling Jihadi idiocy of the spikes of truth.
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Storm Track Infiltration: CyberJihad – the Spread of Virtual Mosques

From The Gathering Storm

Appearing on last week’s Laura Ingraham’s radio program, the author of “Now They Call Me Infidel” Nonie Darwish said:

The ultimate goal of radical Islam is to take over the US. Ms. Darwish, a Muslim, said that hundreds of Islamic mosques are being quickly built throughout the US, which currently have no attendees. Darwish said that the mosques are radical Wahabee in nature and “preach hate”. When she questioned why the mosques were being built “at such great speed”, Darwish advised that she was told: “We’re here to Islamize America.”

Though the non-Muslim world has not fully understood the role of mosques in the Islamist plans to dominate the world, they have, in addition, become adept at using the Internet as ‘virtual mosques’ for indoctrination, recruitment, propaganda and communications.

An exiled Islamic cleric is still preaching support for terrorism within Britain by using pseudonyms over the Internet. The radical Syrian-born preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed broadcasts online most evenings, one of which praised the four Islamist suicide bombers who killed 52 commuters on London's transport network July 7, 2005, according to the broadcaster. "How can you condemn those great men - it's not something so bad, something so good. Something so good to be involved in," Mohammed allegedly said, referring to the four men……… The Internet chatroom was infiltrated by a group called Vigil, made up of former secret service officers, hackers, and amateur detectives.
At one point, a member of Vigil, also using a pseudonym, asked Mohammed if Dublin's airport should be a target for terrorists, because American troops transit there on the way to Iraq. Mohammed replied: "Hit the target and hit it very hard, that issue should be understood. Your situation there is quite difficult therefore the answer lies in your question." When contacted by Britain's domestic Press Association, Mohammed said that he had not been made aware of the BBC's allegations, and dismissed them as "ludicrous" and "a fabrication." "I do not advocate for any people to carry out any action against anybody," he said.

NOTE: Muslim Taqiyya at work.

And now they’re use of the Internet is expanding.

Some changes are occurring in the approach used by websites supporting terrorism: they are becoming far more modern in design and they are dealing with topics studied to reach a younger and skilled public of potential sympathizers and recruits. According to the annual report by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center released in June 2006, large amount of money have been invested into the creation of an extensive Internet infrastructure, including 20 websites in 8 different languages (Arabic, English, French, Russian, Persian, Malay, Urdu and Indonesian). As Bouchaib Slim, a researcher with the terrorism department at Singapore's Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies declared in his intervention at the Digital Terrorism conference in Singapore on Tuesday, some websites have recently started publishing comedy clips and Top10 video lists of the most devastating terror attacks, the Associated Press reported . Using this juvenile approach, even the worst action looses its connotation and it can be presented as an entertaining element, not so different from a videogame, acquiring this way an extremely high impact on Islamic teens and young guys that are more and more attracted by the values that such web sites bring about.

Now combine this with the recent revelation that Google admits that it hosts al Qaeda web sites and we can see how wide spread these virtual mosques are becoming.

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Fascist Fashion And Hitler's Home


In 1938, Homes and Gardens Magazine ran a spread called Hitler's Moutain Home. We learned that there was "no pretension" to Hitler's "chalet", and that it had lovely views, in a mountain setting. Herr Hitler's life was portrayed as one of luxurious glamour in a pastoral setting.

This past month Marie Claire fashion magazine ran a spread glamorizing the Burqa/Niqab, the fascist fashion of the Islamic world which enshrouds women in a black deathwrap from head to toe,

rendering them faceless

a total eclipse of their humanity.

Marie Claire portrays this as sexy. Marie Claire apparently has a morbid fascination with the Sado-Masochistic.

The burqa is the chains of modern slavery. The burqa is a portable concentration camp for women.

In Islam, women are slaves, and their slavery is enforced through threat of violence. Koran Sura 4, verse 34:

"And (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them."

A woman who continuously disobeys her husband may be labelled un-Islamic, or an apostate. The penalty for apostasy is death by stoning. This why we have the phenomenon of "honor killings" in which a women, or girl, is murdered for having brought "dishonor" on her family, through disobedience.

The burqa is enforced through threat of physical violence, and Marie Claire believes this is sexy and glamorous.

Clearly, many women who call themselves feminists are nothing but fascists willing to exploit the masses of women for fun and profit. Marie Claire is simply feeding women through the meat grinder of the glamour process. And, women are buying it.

Ladies, your burqas are waiting for you.
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Time Magazine's Dhimmitude

The day before Thanksgiving, the November 27, 2006 edition of Time Magazine arrived in my mailbox. Not wanting to spoil my appetite for the big feast, I decided to wait after Thanksgiving dinner to read this particular issue. But early on Thursday morning, as I was cruising the blogs over my first cup of coffee, I read this blog article by Pim's Ghost. She was all riled up....

Being the trust-but-verify type, I turned immediately to pages 42-43. Sure enough! Pim's Ghost had exactly reproduced what Time passes off as "Christianity and Islam: A History of Interaction." Something else jumped out at me from Pim's Ghost's essay — the author of one of the commentaries which Time included in this edition....

READ IT ALL AT ALWAYS ON WATCH.
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Yes, Our Efforts Do Count

A small pause from the feeling of gloom that contemplating this war causes:

Mark Steyn silences the left (WorldNetDaily, November 18, 2006)

Passages that caught my eye:

Steyn's book soared immediately to the Canadian best-seller list and was running No. 3 on Amazon – though the country's ultra-liberal biggest book retailer drastically under-stocked it, for reasons it found difficult to explain.

What intrigued me, however, was how the liberal media would respond to it. Typically, up to this date anyway, the Toronto Star and most of the old Southam chain have ignored it. The Globe and Mail, however, faced up to the challenge. The reviewer they chose was William Christian, a much-published professor of political science from Guelph, Ontario. He writes a very strange review. It consists of two elements – a ferocious denunciation of Steyn's book – "possibly the most crass and vulgar book about the West's relationship with the Islamic world I have ever encountered" – and a recitation without comment of some of the alarming demographic and theological facts that Steyn presents.

Now this is mystifying. Look at the awful things this man is writing, says the reviewer. How crass! How vulgar! But you want to take Dr. Christian by both shoulders and demand: "Yes, but are they true? And, if they are not true, why don't you say so? And if they are true, what do you suggest we do about them?"


And if you think blogging and publishing books are different, then I should point out that in our time the appearance of web writings on print can take a short time. Blog essays, such as those of Fjordman, can be collected and published in print as a book.
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

A Different Christmas Poem

Someone just e-mailed me this poem that also certainly qualifies as a Thanksgiving Day poem:

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. "What are you doing?" I asked without fear, "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts. To the window that danced with a warm fire's light, Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right, I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night." "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December," Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam', And now it is my turn and so, here I am. I've not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile."

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue...an American flag. "I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

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A Eurabian Roundup

Guest Editorial by Edward Cline:

Scientology convert and couch-stomping actor Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes in a 15th century castle in Italy in front of celebrity crowd of 150 guests and the rest of the world. Going by the media coverage of the event and the bizarre adulation of the thousands of obsessed bystanders gathered outside the castle, you could have sworn Zeus and Hera were reaffirming their marriage vows on Mount Olympus in an epochal event that would resound through the ages.

In the meantime, Europe dithered.

Thomas Sowell, in a recent Capitalism Magazine column, “Where is the West?” (November 17) observed that the sixty years of European peace was “due to American nuclear weapons, which was all that could deter the Soviet Union’s armies from marching right across Europe to the Atlantic Ocean.” He also noted that:

“Two generations of being insulated from the reality of the international jungle, of not having to defend their own survival because they have been living under the protection of the American nuclear umbrella, have allowed too many Europeans to grow soft and indulge themselves in illusions about brutal realities and dangers.”

Sowell was remarking on European protests against Saddam Hussein’s death sentence and the alleged torture of Islamic prisoners of war held by Americans. One wonders how contemporary “soft and squeamish” Frenchmen view the execution of Pierre Laval, who as premier headed the collaborating Vichy government during the Nazi occupation and was tried and executed in 1945 as a traitor, or the public humiliation of French women who had fraternized with German officers while Laval was sending their countrymen off to work as slaves in German war plants. Perhaps they would claim Laval deserved a light sentence and a chance at rehabilitation.

Europe has had a double run of luck since the collapse of the Soviet Union. First, it did not need to over-worry about the Soviet threat. The U.S. and its military sidekick, NATO, were sure to protect it. Then the “evil empire” collapsed of its own postponed contradictions, together with an inability to keep pace with American military armaments, and that peril vanished virtually overnight.

No European nation, however, has had to set aside as much tax revenue for military purposes, in proportion to its gross national product, as has the U.S. Thanks to the American outlay, most European nations could afford to earmark their own tax revenues to establish profligate welfare states, which Democrats and other statists here in the U.S. envy and itch to emulate. Point this out to a European politician or an American Democrat, and he will say that it’s irrelevant. Welfare states, they would insist with self-righteous indignation, are a matter of social and economic justice, and have nothing to do with external enemies, imaginary or otherwise.

Welfare states, however, tend to go to war, chiefly out of the necessity to compensate for the wealth consumed in sustaining non-productive bureaucracies and growing populations of entitled dependents. Germany did it three times in the span of seventy years, beginning with the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.

France will not be outdone. Successive French governments, together with its press and intellectuals, have for decades nurtured a simmering animosity towards Britain for being too recalcitrant about surrendering its sovereignty, independence and identity to an amorphous but tyrannical European Union. But Britain and France are at present like oil and water. Compare just the nominally Lockean legal system of Britain with France’s semi-Napoleonic system – or Britain’s with the byzantine European Union legal system, and one can begin to understand why Britain has been dragging its feet.

“Ségolène Royal, the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, wants Britain to choose between being a ‘vassal’ of the United States, and embracing a French-led drive for European integration, her adviser on Europe has revealed,” reported the Daily Telegraph on November 20th (“Ségolène urges Britain to choose between Europe and America”)

Gilles Savary, a French Member of the European Parliament and Royal’s foreign affairs adviser, told the Daily Telegraph:

“Great Britain is absolutely indispensable to the European Union. It is a great nation, a global power. But the question the English have to answer is – do the English consider the English Channel to be wider than the Atlantic? We on the continent have the right to deplore the fact that Great Britain appears to consider the Channel is wider.”

Rephrased: We have a right to envy Britain. Dices of roast beef are indispensable to our Continental bouillabaisse, for flavor and consistency.

And the Atlantic between Britain and the U.S. is narrower? So be it. In short, Britain must decide whether to remain a rhetorical “vassal” of the United States, or an actual vanquished “vassal” of European Union bureaucracy.

Such talk seems calculated to offend Britain and guarantee its alienation. If Britain has any pride, it should continue to regard the Channel as wider than the Atlantic, and refuse to accept the role of whipping boy for the U.S. France wants to eat Britain and have it, too. So does the European Union. Like any gang of bullies, the Continentals view Britain as a reproach and a nemesis that must be persuaded to join, or be conquered, or at least be humbled through political and economic ostracism. They cannot tolerate a stand-alone.

A Britain absorbed into the undifferentiated mass of the European Union would also destroy the “special relationship” between Britain and the U.S. Britain certainly has problems – among other things, a Muslim population that wants to be separate but equal, a bureaucracy that rides roughshod in a demonstrably anti-Lockean manner over a variety of rights and liberties, a Scotland that wants to end its 300-year union with England – but it remains the most un-European of European nations.

In reporting the details of Royal’s EU policies, Savary said that “Britain would be asked to sign up to the new treaty, but if it rejected calls for increased protectionism, an EU foreign minister, convergence on tax rates and moves to create a European army, then France and her allies [tentatively, Germany, Italy and Spain] would agree to a treaty among themselves.”

The “new” treaty Savary spoke of would replace the EU constitution that was shot down by French and Dutch voters last summer. But, one must wonder: Protectionism – against whom? A convergence of tax rates – with what nation paying the most, because it is, among European nations, the freest and most prosperous? Is Royal’s goal to guarantee the egalitarian impoverishment of all?

A European army? To defend what political entity against what enemy? And generaled by a bureaucracy, modeled, perhaps, on the Pentagon, which is no longer concerned with winning wars, but instead “hearts and minds”?

Meanwhile, from across the expanse of Eurabia, the long arm of President Vladimir Putin’s SMERSH-like Federal Security Bureau has struck in London as well as in Moscow. Alexander Litvinenko, a former colonel of the Russian secret service and an outspoken critic of Putin, was poisoned with thallium in a restaurant while meeting an unknown female journalist who claimed to have evidence concerning the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who was gunned down in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building in October. The evidence, if authentic, probably pointed to Putin’s FSB. If bogus, it was an element of an elaborate plot to exact revenge on Litvinenko, regarded as a traitor in Russia.

Complicating the assassination attempt on Litvinenko is that he is now a British citizen. Politkovskaya was the thirteenth Russian journalist to be assassinated. Her editor, Yuri Shchekochkhin, was poisoned with dioxin in 2003. In 2004 Viktor Yushchenko, a presidential candidate in the Ukraine, was poisoned with dioxin, as well. He survived the attempt on his life, won the election, but remains disfigured. It would be interesting to know how many individuals have been poisoned, shot, garroted, jailed, and kidnapped and never heard from again by Putin’s agents since he rose to power.

Vladimir Putin is an incarnation of an Ian Fleming villain. His face is an icy mask of ascetic evil. In addition to directing the murderous projects of the Siloviki, his SMERSH-like faction in the Kremlin (staffed largely with former KGB colleagues) he could just as well be the head of SPECTRE, or the “Special Executive for counter-intelligence, terrorism, revenge and extortion.” Putin has practiced all those arts in his bid to consolidate power and to restore Russia as a major player in global politics, using oil as both a bargaining chip and a tool of extortion. Rivals in tyranny, such as the Muslim separatist movement in Chechnya, and free press and capitalists in Russia itself, have been crushed and scattered as efficiently by his brutality as was any opposition to the Czars in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In footage of Bush’s recent visit to Russia (on his way to Hanoi) Putin, purportedly an “ally” in the “war on terror,” welcomed the president with a pat on the back. It was the gesture that condescends to welcome a useful idiot.

In the Mideast, assassination is also a popular tool of repression, though less subtle than poison. Just this week, Pierre Gemayel, a Christian, member of the Lebanese cabinet, and critic of Syria’s (and by implication, Hezbollah’s) influence in Lebanon’s affairs, was shot and killed outside of Beirut by three gunmen who used, appropriately, silencers.

And in the Gaza, the life of Mohammed Baroud, a leading Palestinian terrorist, was spared extinction by an Israeli airstrike when hundreds of Palestinians formed a “human shield” inside, in front of and atop his home. The Israelis, who have adopted the “humane” policy of warning “militants” that they are about to strike in order to avoid civilian casualties, in this instance telephoned Baroud with a ten-minute warning. Israel cancelled the airstrike. The Palestinians cheered. Baroud will live on to oversee continued rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. (Daily Telegraph, November 20).

In a militarily absurd explanation for the cancellation, a spokesman for the Israeli military said, “We don’t want to hurt uninvolved civilians. The terrorists are using uninvolved civilians as human shields.”

Uninvolved? Hundreds of Palestinian cretins rush to protect a killer, and they are considered “uninvolved”? Every one of them deserved to die in that airstrike. They are as much Israel’s enemies as the gangsters of Hamas. Who do you think will swarm over the carcass of Israel in orgies of murder, rape and looting if Israel ever succumbs to Ahmadinejad’s nuclear blackmail?

If Israel wishes to survive, it must abandon the U.S. warfighting policy of treating enemy populations as “innocent” and blameless, and treat “human shields” as weapons to be eliminated as ruthlessly as are tanks, rockets and gunmen.

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Grandma got blown up by her bomb belt

Grandma got blown up by her bomb belt
While her grandkids stayed at home and played
She tried to get much closer to the soldiers
But they threw her a tiny stun grenade

She woke up today in Jebaliya
Took her farewell picture with her gun

To liberals she's just another victim
And exactly as militant as a nun

Grandma got blown up by her bomb belt
As she tried to commit genocide
She really hoped she'd be more successful
But happily, only Grandma has died

64 years old was fatal Fatma
Daughter Fatheya somehow 52
Do the math and you'll get some answers
But easier for her to blame the Jews

Grandma got blown up by her bomb belt
As she tried to kill a dozen Jews
You might think that she became a martyr
But now all of the PalArabs lose

Of course Hamas is very proud of Grandma
They said this meant to be a surprise
The IDF will now make all Pal lives worse
but the liberal media will always sympathize.

Grandma got blown up by her bomb belt
Muslims think this way to heaven leads
But Grandma didn't think quite through her bargain
As she gets screwed by all last year's Shaheeds
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Keep John Bolton at the UN

As many of you know, since the Dhimmicrats have control of both Houses there is little hope that John Bolton will be confirmed as our ambassador to the UN. He’s our UN Sheriff and refuses to appease the vast anti-American contingent in the UN. He deserves to be kept as our US ambassador.

Now there’s a petition to keep him on the job. Go here and sign it and keep a sane voice for America in the UN.

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Lebanon Falling

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Iraq does not exist. Neither did Yugoslavia

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Three suicide car bombers and two mortar attacks shook Baghdad's Sadr City Shiite slum Thursday afternoon, killing at least 144 people and wounding 236 others, many of them seriously, police said.

The bombs and mortar shells struck at 15 minute intervals beginning about 3 p.m., with the first suicide bombing striking a vegetable market.

Angry residents and armed militiamen flooded the streets hurling curses at Sunni Muslims. Police said the death toll was expected to rise significantly.

Heavy clashes broke out Thursday afternoon between gunmen and guards at the Shiite-controlled Health Ministry building in north Baghdad, security officials said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Up to six car bombs killed 133 people in a Shi'ite militia stronghold in Baghdad on Thursday, in one of most devastating such attacks since the U.S. invasion.

A further 201 people were wounded, police said, and the Health Minister said the toll could rise. "Many of the dead have been reduced to scattered body parts and are not counted yet," Ali al-Shemari told Reuters.

The blasts, which were followed by a mortar barrage aimed at a nearby Sunni enclave, came at Six parked vehicles each packed with as much as half a metric ton of explosives, as well as mortars landing in the area, devastated streets and a crowded market in the sprawling Sadr City slum in east Baghdad, Major General Jihad al-Jabori of the Interior Ministry told Iraqiya state television.the same time as gunmen mounted a bold daylight raid on the Shi'ite-run Health Ministry.


WTF? Send the americans to Kurdistan. These guys have BLOWN their opportunity for something better, not achieved on an OCEAN OF BLOOD

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Colorado's attorney general makes a fool of himself

John Suthers, attorney general for Colorado, went to Saudi Arabia recently to assure the dictatorship there that Homaidan al-Turki, the Saudi student convicted for raping and enslaving his Indonesian maid, was being treated fairly (via Dhimmi Watch). Now that was uncalled for, since what al-Turki did was a crime, and no matter what "laws" they come up with in the House of Saud, that does not make it legal there either. It is unacceptable at any place, any time, and Saudi Arabia's dictatorship should be made to understand that. Alas, Suthers did not do that. Also appalling is that the Feds back Suthers on this.

Debbie Schlussel talks about this shameful display of dhimmitude in one of her latest op-eds, and one of her correspondents follows up with some more interesting observations.
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The Downfall Of A Beauty Queen


Normally, we Infidels would be oogling this beauty, but unfortunately, she is more like a horrendous car crash that you just can't help but look at:


Last September Halima Chehaïma, the 18-year old daughter of a Moroccan father and a Flemish mother, was elected Miss Brussels. Until next week Ms Chehaïma was also the absolute favorite of the bookmakers for the election of Miss Belgium next month. She was thought to be an excellent candidate to symbolize the multicultural paradise that Belgium has become. However, a girl’s dream was shattered.

Halima Chehaïma was a controversial candidate. Last October she stood for the Marxist-Leninist Labour Party in the local elections in Molenbeek, the predominantly Muslim Brussels borough where she lives. The party is so marginal that she did not get elected, but her declaration that Israel must be wiped off the map raised the eyebrows of the organizers of the Miss Belgium pageant.

What really seems to have ruined her chances, however, is her connection with Bilal Ould Haj, a Belgian criminal of Moroccan origin. Ould Haj, who has been convicted three times so far for armed robberies, is soon to stand trial for torturing the 84-year old Maria Reyntjes. When he broke into the latter’s home in November 2003 and found only 500 euros (650 dollars) he flew into a rage, broke the old lady’s legs with a hammer and set her hair on fire.

At the time he was Chehaïma’s sweetheart, though she claims they were just friends. Last July Ould Haj was able to escape from jail (easy in Belgium: he said he was someone else and was allowed to walk out). Meanwhile, however, Halima Chehaïma had fallen in love with an Albanian criminal. When Ould Haj encountered the Albanian last week the two men started quarrelling, whereupon the latter knifed the former twice in the neck.

Ould Haj survived the assault, was taken to hospital and arrested. The police are currently investigating whether Miss Brussels had been visiting Ould Haj in his Brussels hide-out and whether she helped to keep him out of their hands.
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Winds of War: The ‘Objectiveness’ of the Media

From The Gathering Storm

In times of war, the media can either contribute to victory as in World War II or to defeat as in Vietnam. Today’s Main Stream Media has evolved from being supportive of the country in a national conflict to being ‘objective’.

In June of 2005, CNN did a piece on Ted Turner as he looked back 25 years on his news reporting organization. Turner said he had envisioned CNN filling the role on television that The New York Times (my emphasis) fills in newspapers, and implied that CNN once did so, but may have slipped.

"In 20 short years, by all the surveys, we became the world's most respected news source. The New York Times had been there for 100 years. We did it in 20," Turner said.

And there turns the tale.

CNN, like most other MSM sources see themselves as not a member of the nation they inhabit but a global organization without the need to support any one nation’s agenda. But this attempt at standing above the world stage and ‘objectivity’ is really a smoke screen for the political agenda that they promote. Like Turner’s hero, the New York Times, CNN is a left leaning organization that sees no problem with airing propaganda videos from an enemy our country. The insurgent videos that show American soldiers being killed by snipers is just news to CNN and they claim no political agenda byshowing it.

But when it comes to reporting news that would encourage victory in Iraq, CNN is poorly lacking. In fact, any attempt by other news source like FOX at trying a balanced approach is seen as blatant right wing propaganda.

Google is another case of a company seeing themselves as a global organization with little or no ties to the country they live in. The censorship on YouTube of anti-jihad videos and the recent e-mail from Blogger, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Google is another example of ‘objectivity’ that lacks any responsibility. It seems they don't think it's a big deal that they are providing free hosting to al Qaeda.

If CNN and Google existed during WWII, such behavior would not be tolerated. Imagine Wolf Blitzer interviewing Hitler to understand ‘his side of the story’.

WOLF: So, Heir Fuhrer, you feel attacking France was necessary?

HITLER: Yes. We were given a raw deal at Versailles.

WOLF: Good point.

Or….

WOLF: So let me understand this PM Tojo. You had to attack Pearl Harbor?

TOJO: It was an issue of national survival. Your country cut us off from our oil supplies and resources we need for our war effort.

WOLF: Good point.

American news companies that have an international and not a national responsibility is a dangerous thing for a country at war. But of course, the liberal agenda of the MSM does not believe we’re at war but a police action – meaning we have a criminal justice problem with a small band of terrorists. Or as Nancy Pelosi said, “Iraq is not a war. It’s a situation.”

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It is the nature of it, you know, or WWWTS DO?

"War is cruelty and you cannot refine it"

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What will be the consequence of this:

BBC: The Israelis have called off a planned air attack on a house in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians formed a human shield.


Mohammedweil Baroud said he was warned by Israeli forces to leave his home. He instead ran to a mosque and summoned neighbours to help defend the house.

Mr Baroud is a commander in the Popular Resistance Committees militant group.

The Israeli army often orders people out of homes ahead of attacks, saying it aims to avoid casualties.

A Hamas commander at the scene said people had gathered to show that the demolition strategy of the Israelis could be defeated.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed to Reuters news agency that the raid had been called off because of the Palestinian action.
"The attack plan was cancelled because of the people there," he said. "We differentiate between innocent people and terrorists."


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June 6, 1862 (2 years before the "march"), to his wife Ellen:
"The very object of war is to produce results by death and slaughter, but the moment a battle occurs the newspapers make the leader responsible for the death and misery, whether of victory or defeat. If this be pushed much further officers of modesty and virtue will keep away, will draw back in to obscurity and leave our army to be led by fools or rash men."

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And the french okay to fire came on the heels of ...

JPOST:

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During Friday's debate on an anti-Israel UN General Assembly resolution, Gillerman turned to the French delegation and asked, "If France was shelled across the border, what would the French do? Would the French government send flowers to the attackers? Well, by voting for this resolution you will be sending flowers to the terrorists, flowers which tomorrow will be laid on the grave of the next Israeli victim."

LAY ON MACDUFF, or is that Bolton? What the world needed in 1938 was UNDIPLOMATIC TRUESPEAK. The French are too reprehensible to be allies, they have already capitulated anyway.

Undiplomatic? Certainly. Counterproductive? Maybe. Deserved? In spades.

According to Gillerman, France not only supported - in contrast to abstentions by Denmark, Japan and the UK - the lopsided resolution that the US vetoed in the Security Council, but lobbied other European countries to support the similar Arab-backed resolution in the General Assembly.

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JPOST - French troops amid/protecting/ignoring (?) Hizbollah morons will now fire on IAF

Too absurd for words.

French soldiers in Lebanon who feel threatened by aggressive Israeli overflights are permitted to shoot at IAF fighter jets, a high-ranking French military officer told The Jerusalem Post.

Wednesday, several days after meeting with an IDF general in Paris to discuss what he said was a "blatant violation of the cease-fire."

Last weekend, Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan, head of the IDF Planning Directorate, traveled to Paris and met with military officials to explain why the IAF flies over Lebanon despite the UN-brokered cease-fire.

Nehushtan, new to his post and previously deputy commander of the air force, told his French counterparts that Israel was conducting the flights to collect intelligence on Hizbullah positions in southern Lebanon.

According to the French officer, Nehushtan apologized for an incident on October 31 when an IAF fighter carried out a mock bombing run over a French UNIFIL position in southern Lebanon, almost prompting troops to fire anti-aircraft missiles.

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Surprise! It Looks Like We Are Not All the Same Genetically, After All

Recent research published in Nature, Nature Genetics and Genome Research shows that humans can be significantly different from each other, genetically--a fact that has been strenuously denied by social scientists for decades. The new genetic map, a Copy Number Variant (CNV) map, indicates that instead of being 99.9 per cent identical, humans can vary genetically by up to 10%.

One person's DNA code can be as much as 10 percent different from another's, researchers said on Wednesday in a finding that questions the idea that everyone on Earth is 99.9 percent identical genetically.

They said their new version of the human genetic map, or "book of life," fills in many missing pages and chapters to explain how genes are involved in common diseases.

....Instead of showing single variations in human DNA that make people unique, the map looks at differences in duplications and deletions of large DNA segments known as copy number variants or CNVs, which can help explain why some people are susceptible to illnesses such as AIDS and others are not.

"We're a patchwork of DNA sequences, gains and losses," Dr. Charles Lee of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts told a news conference.

Scientists from more than a dozen centers around the world identified about 3,000 genes with variations in the number of copies of specific DNA segments. The changes can affect gene activity, including susceptibility to diseases.

The Human Genome Project mapped the billions of letters that make up the human genetic code. Scientists later refined the map by looking for single variations called SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphisms.

The CNV map gives researchers a different way to look for genes linked to diseases by identifying gains, losses and alterations in the genome.

"We estimate this to be at least 12 percent of the genome, similar in extent to SNPs. This has never been shown before," said Dr. Matthew Hurles of Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Source.

CNV mapping is a different way of looking at the human genome which can more powerfully elicit genetic differences between humans and between humans and other animals. CNV maps may help explain the differences in aptitude and behaviour in different populations, including genetic differences that may explain different degrees of success.

This will place even more stress on western liberal values of egalitarianism, but as long as the primary focus of equality is equality of opportunity and equality before the law, the problems can be worked out. Only when society attempts to guarantee equality of outcomes does egalitarianism become completely unworkable--given the genetic differences in aptitudes and interests between groups of people--even between genders.

Excerpted from a post at Al Fin blog.
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"Time" Magazine Presents Another Stunning Cover Story



OK, I really got on a roll dissecting this TIME Magazine article, and certainly hope that I don't get anymore copies for free. Great cannon fodder, not good for the nerves particularly. But this "history" timeline was too good not to share and rant for a while on:


"The topic is extraordinarily fraught. There are, after all, a billion or so nonviolent Muslims on the globe, the Roman Catholic Church's own record in the religious-mayhem department is hardly pristine, and even the most naive of observers understands that the Vicar of Christ might harbor an institutional prejudice against one of Christianity's main global competitors."

That's right, it is all about that "nonviolent" percentage. Yeah, I keep picturing two bomb laden guys in Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder with only Obi-Wan's Jedi mind trick able to trick anyone into thinking "These are not the terrorists you are looking for, these are PEACEFUL MUSLIMS. We can go about our business". Just think, the media don't even have Jedi powers and they've been able to get people to parrot that garbage for five years while security officers search the underwear of old white ladies from rural Tennessee at airports. Please. And never forget to throw in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, which when discussing events as early as the Crusades, was actually the ancestral Church of all of our forbears if we are of Christian European heritage, whatever our beliefs now. Yes, unless one is adressing certain Orthodox Churches and sects, such as some that the Pope is in fact going to Turkey to visit, then discussing the Roman Catholic Church as just one piece of the larger picture is not accurate. And I seriously doubt that the Vatican or any other Christian lay or professional emissaries regard Islam as merely "one of Christianity's main global competitors".

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The timeline in question is simply pathetic. It is biased, it is poorly worded (to show perhaps the bias?), it skips several centuries, and is careful in its treatment of the beginning of Islam. This bothers me, all of it. The other thing that bothers me is that if you are going to write a "History of Interaction", you should add more than a handful of questionable views of historical fact. Maybe this is why I could not find this in the online version, only the print copy. Therefore, let me reproduce it for you here:

CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM: A HISTORY OF INTERACTION

589-632 Koran revealed to Muhammad; it shares stories with Judeo-Christian texts

711-718 Arabs conquer Spain, which becomes center of commerce and culture

1096-1291 Christian Europe launches the Crusades against Islam

1453 Ottoman Turks take Constantinople, capital of Orthodox Christianity

1492 King Ferdinand drives the Moors from Spain and next expels the Jews

1683 The Ottoman siege of Vienna fails, marking the end of its Islamic expansion

1965 The Vatican issues Nostra Aetate, which calls for interfaith discussion

2001 Pope John Paul II is first Pontiff to visit a mosque, in Damascus, Syria

Sept. 2006 Pope Benedict XVI links Islam to violence, igniting debate and protest

And that's it. That's the history of interaction. Never mind that it is merely belief that the Koran was "revealed" to Muhammad, a distinction usually not afforded to Christians or Jews, but instead given the common journalistic disclaimer "What Jews/Christians believe to be an event in their Faith in which.....". Note the conquest of Spain, simply put, but pleasantly wrapped up by the odd mention of the myth that it became a "center of commerce and culture" that somehow implies peace for the conquered. Then, oh heavens to Betsy, Christian Europe launches those darned Crusades! Why not mention the "interaction" that led to the call for the Crusades in the first place? Wouldn't want to anger guest writer Tariq Ramadan I suppose....
After some time of "European Christians" doing their Crusading against apparently placid Muslims, they somehow take Constantinople. No mention of how Turks come into Islam, nor of any Muslim activities that may have "ignited debate and protest" on the part of any non-Muslims. Skip to La Reqonquista, which was not glorious but involved "driving out", as of so much cattle. And note that the rotten Christian King also "next expels the Jews". Can't let that one slip, unlike the wholesale slaughter of the Jews of Granada in 1066. Am I being nit-picky? Pardon me, TIME. Skip quite a bit again to 1683, never mention the details of the Siege of Vienna, leave readers wondering just how anyone in Europe could have been hostile to the Ottomans while they've had a major city under siege and their failure brings "Islamic expansion to an end".

Please read the rest.
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