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Friday, November 30, 2007

Stupid Muslim Jokes


Ronbo has a great thread going over at his site. Muslim jokes galore:


Q: What do you ask a man who's just converted to Islam?

A: Have you started beating your wife?


Q How many Muslims does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: None, they prefer to sit in the dark and blame it on the Jews.


Q: How do you get a Muslim woman pregnant?

A: Dress her up as a goat.


Q: Did you hear the one about the Muslim who won a Nobel Prize in Mathematics?

A:Neither did I.


Q How can you recognise a well-balanced Muslim?

A He's got chips on both shoulders.


Q: What's the difference between Dar al-Islam and a pot of bio-yogurt?

A: The yogurt has a living culture.


Guy goes into sex shop and asks for an inflatable doll. Assistant asks him whether he wants a Christian one or a Muslim one. Customer asks what's the difference. Assistant explains that you need a pump for the Christian doll, but the Muslim one blows itself up.



That's good stuff.

Here, I'll try my hand at a stupid Muslim joke.

Q: What do you call a Muslim with no arms and no legs on his first night at the bath house?

A: Hakinan Yer Jizya.
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AP: Riots Point To A Racially Divided France


Do the French riots point to a racially divided France, or a culturally divided France?




VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France (AP) - French officials point to a host of causes—poverty, unemployment, the influence of criminal gangs—for riots that erupted this week.

But there's one taboo issue that officially colorblind France has been unable to confront: race.

The violence, like riots that spread nationwide for three weeks in exposed how parts of France have divided along color lines, with blacks and Arabs trapped in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods—like Villiers-le-Bel, in the northern suburbs of Paris, where gangs attacked police and burned cars and buildings this week.

The rioters are a tiny minority but sullen anger is palpable in Villiers-le-Bel. Black youths complain that police stop and search them because of their color. They speak of exclusion, of not getting a fair shake, of being treated like foreigners in their own country.

Few residents condone the violence and many condemn it—but no one seems surprised that it broke out.

"Everyone is equal. That is what is written. But behind that is something else," said Hassan Ben M'Barek, spokesman for Suburbs Respect, a group that lobbies for those who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

In some such areas of the Paris region, "there are no white French people left in the streets. You can drive around for two or three hours and all you will see are North Africans and blacks. And these are neighborhoods with enormous problems," he added.

"Those who have the means to leave the projects are white, and they leave. There's no more ethnic diversity."

It was impossible not to see the violence in Villiers-le-Bel in black and white terms.


Of course, we know the rioters are Muslims.

So, is it the fact that they are black and Arab? Or, is it that they are Muslims?

Or, is it that the government doesn't provide enough in the way of benefits?
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WHY DO YOU COME HERE WHEN YOU KNOW IT MAKES THINGS HARD FOR ME?


And, why do you hang around?

Fulham Reactionary has a post up about British singer Morrissey lamenting the fact that Britain isn't Britain anymore:


Singer Morrissey has sparked controversy by claiming British identity has disappeared because the country has been "flooded" by foreigners. The 48-year-old former Smiths star, whose parents were Irish immigrants, suggested that immigration was one of the reasons he would not move back to Britain.

Morrissey, who has spent most of the last decade living in LA and Rome, told NME magazine that countries like Germany still had their own identity and complained of not hearing "British accents" on the streets.

Asked whether he would move back to Britain, he said: "Britain's a terribly negative place. And it hammers people down and it pulls you back and it prevents you.

"Also, with the issue of immigration, it's very difficult because although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.

"So the price is enormous. If you travel to Germany, it's still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. But travel to England and you have no idea where you are.

He added: "It matters because the British identity is very attractive. I grew up into it, and I find it quaint and very amusing. But England is a memory now."

He agreed that immigration was enriching the British identity but added "you have to say goodbye to the Britain you once knew".




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Feminist author rewrites novel after death threats from Muslim extremists


A feminist author in India has been forced to alter her work because of threats from Muslims:


A feminist author is to rewrite her autobiography after she was forced to flee from Muslim extremists who placed a bounty on her head.

Taslima Nasreen, 45, a former doctor, said today that she hoped that the move would appease fundamentalist groups and end a controversy that forced her to leave Calcutta last week.

Ms Nasreen had claimed that the religious references in Dwikhandito, which means Divided, are sourced from “universally accepted” books on Islamic history.

Today she relented under pressure and said that “controversial lines” relating to Islam from the autobiographical novel would be removed.

“The book was written in 2002, based on my memories of Bangladesh in the 1980s, during which time secularism was removed from the Bangladesh constitution. I wrote the book in support of the people who defended secular values. I had no intention to hurt anybody’s sentiment,” she said today from a secret location.

“I have done what I have never done in my life. I have compromised even in a secular India.” She added that she hoped she would now be able to “live peacefully” in India.

Prashant Mukherjee, her publisher in Calcutta, refused to divulge the exact text or the nature of the sentences that were deemed particularly offensive by Islamic clerics, but said two paragraphs would be deleted.

Mr Mukherjee said that the Muslim-born author, who was whisked to a safe house near Delhi by federal security officers, had instructed him not to reveal the content for fear of stoking communal tensions further.

“I can tell you that we thought it to be historical and true and that it would not give rise to any controversy,” he said. “It’s nothing extraordinarily poisonous against Islam but these people are hypersensitive.”

The publisher is not releasing any more copies of the unedited book, which has sold more than 30,000 copies in the original language since it was published in 2003. It has also been translated into Hindi.

Ms Nasreen was hounded out of Calcutta after widespread violence during a strike by a collection of minority groups demanding the cancellation of her visa. She had been living in the city since 2004 after returning from Europe.

The Indian Government has pointed out that the author is a guest in the country, which is home to 140 million Muslims, and should behave like one. However, it has promised to host her at least until her visa expires in March.

Ms Nasreen, who describes herself as a “secular humanist”, fled her homeland of Bangladesh in 1994. Her other works, including the 1994 novel Lajja (Shame), have provoked extremists to call for her execution for blasphemy.

Some of the Muslim clerics, who issued a fatwa against her and put a 100,000 rupee (£1,200) bounty on her head, said that if she had expressed regret at what she had written by withdrawing the offensive sections, then the “matter should be closed”.


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Storm Track Infiltration: Saudi Academy Still Teaching Radical Islam

Yesterday I wrote a post about how Saudi Arabia was forced into bed with radical Islam. Here’s what we see today as the fallout of that marriage made in hell.

The Saudi Academy opened in 1984. It’s K-12 school with campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia, that is owned by the Saudi embassy and accused of promoting Islamic extremism.

Most recently, the religious freedom commission--an independent federal agency created by Congress--issued its report, saying it was rebuffed in its efforts to obtain textbooks to verify claims they had been reformed.

The commission recommended that the academy be shut down until it could review the textbooks to ensure they do not promote intolerance.

Since the commission's report, the academy has given copies of its books to the Saudi embassy, which then provided them to the State Department. The commission is waiting to get the books from the State Department.

On Nov. 15, a dozen U.S. senators, including Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., wrote a letter to the State Department urging it to act on the commission's recommendations. And on Tuesday, Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced legislation to write the commission's recommendations regarding the academy into law.


Meanwhile, the Saudi Academy has stated that they have ‘cleaned up’ their textbooks. But that is not the case.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Absolute Evil

Raymond Ibrahim compares two totalitarian ideologies from across the ages. It's quite a telling presentation.

Here the topic is democracy:

MK: “And that is why this type of democracy has become the instrument of that race which in its inner goals must shun the light of day, now and in all ages of the future. Only the Jew can praise an institution [democracy] which is as dirty and false as he himself,” (p. 91).

AQR: “You [Americans] elect the wicked from among you, the greatest liars and most depraved, and you are enslaved to the wealthiest and most influential [among you], especially the Jews — who direct you through the lie of ‘democracy,’” (p. 210).

Here we see direct opposition to peace.

MK: “In exactly the same way, our German pacifist will accept in silence the bloodiest rape of our nation at the hands of the most vicious military powers if a change in this state of affairs can be achieved only by resistance — that is, force — for this would be contrary to the spirit of his peace society” (p. 112).

AQR: “But what does amaze us from some who claim to adhere to Islam is that when the infidels attack and ridicule their religion, openly advertising it as a “Crusade” against Islam, we suddenly find them responding by saying that they do not crave war but instead they desire coexistence, universal peace, and justice… Does this not count as a defeat? Is it not a perversion of the Islam of Muhammad?” (p. 23-24)

The conclusion -- the very last sentence -- is something I can't disagree with.

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Just in case: Report - China targeting all 'enemy space vehicles' including GPS satellites


As America views the world, every strategic challenge limits our ability to confront both militarily and politically the ascendant form of Islam today.

China’s anti-satellite and space warfare program includes plans to destroy or incapacitate 'every enemy space vehicle' that passes over China.plan-test.jpg

The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, released last week, listed among Beijing's goals that of ensuring that Chinese space weapons are “conducted covertly so China can maintain a positive international image.”

China has called for a ban on space weapons at the United Nations.


The report said that China also is developing civilian technology that can be applied to military space programs and is acquiring the “ability to destroy or temporarily incapacitate every enemy space vehicle when it is located above China,” the report said.

The Chinese also plan to attack U.S. global positioning system (GPS) satellites through various means, including anti-satellite weapons, high-energy weapons, high-energy weather monitoring rockets and ground attacks on earth-based stations.


One section of the report, based on public and classified briefings, concluded there was a need for more information about Chinese activities and intentions.

Research from nearly 100 Chinese sources identified 30 proposals and recommendations by Chinese military leaders “regarding the development of space and counter-space weapons and programs.”

The military is also developing stealth satellites and a space program that will “provide key support for Chinese combat forces.”

“Some of these proposals appear to have been implemented already, as evidenced by January’s kinetic anti-satellite test and earlier laser incidents involving American satellites,” the report said.


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Holocaust Survivors Protest "The Annapolis Peace Show"

From Democracy Broadcasting:


Don't try to make Israel your Czechoslovakia, President Bush and Secy Rice.

Holocaust survivor, Mr. Paul Schnek, protests Bush Administration pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert whose capitulation to reward Jihadist terror with Israeli surrender of land and communities for the establishment of a hostile, Muslim, Palestinian state alongside Israel imperils the West against the Jihad.

Filmed at contra- Annapolis Conference protest outside Israeli Embassy in NYC, organized by Eva Costabel and Buddy Macy.

Mrs. Costabel warns against those, like Arabs and James Baker, who use Jews as scapegoats to manipulate power.

Survivor, Mrs. Costabel, warns Christians not to trust those (like the Nazis and Islamists) that scapegoat the Jewish people (civilization's canary in the coalmine) to implement tyranny. The Nazi's used anti-Judaism to rise to power, which enabled them to kill more than 50 million Christians.

She warns Westerners that Islamists resent Israel as the only modern democracy in the Middle East (which runs against the grain of the Muslim socio-political system of theocracy) which Saudis preach must dominate anywhere Muslims live - including throughout the West.











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Gibbons condemned over teddy bear named Muhammad

To 15 days in prison and then to be deported. She says she will appeal the sentence. In the link there is a recolection of today's deeds.

We will see what happens next.

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Did You Miss This Story?

From the Telegraph:

“Slovakian Police believe they may have thwarted a radioactive terror attack after seizing uranium of a high enough quality to build a ‘dirty bomb’. … Initial analysis of the radioactive material, discovered near the border with Hungary, indicated that it was composed of 98.6 percent uranium-235. Uranium is considered weapons-grade if it contains at least 85 percent uranium-235. The material appears to have originated in one of the former Soviet Republics, according to the Slovak police?”

You missed that story? The MSM didn’t inform you? Nothing to worry about, just go back to sleep! There now, close you eyes like the rest of our establishment. It never happened. Just keep saying "it never happened."

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Pope Invites "Senior Muslims" To Vatican Meeting


The Pope wants to meet with Muslims who sent him a letter calling for better dialogue between religions. From Breitbart:


The pope praised the "positive spirit" behind the October 11 message signed by 138 top Muslims from around the world and sent to Christian leaders, said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the letter sent in Pope Benedict's name.

The pope wanted to meet a representative group of the signatories at the Vatican, he added in the letter sent to Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, head of the Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman.

"The Pope has asked me to convey his gratitude to Your Royal Highness and to all who signed the letter," Bertone wrote.

"He also wishes to express his deep appreciation for this gesture, for the positive spirit which inspired the text and for the call for a common commitment to promoting peace in the world.

"Without ignoring or downplaying our differences as Christians and Muslims, we can and therefore should look to what unites us, namely, belief in the one God, the provident Creator and universal Judge who at the end of time will deal with each person according to his or her actions. We are all called to commit ourselves totally to him and to obey his sacred will."

The letter said the pope "was particularly impressed by the attention given in the letter to the twofold commandment to love God and one's neighbour."

It recalled Pope Benedict's statement in August 2005 soon after he took office that "we must not yield to the negative pressures in our midst, but must affirm the values of mutual respect, solidarity and peace.

"The life of every human being is sacred, both for Christians and for Muslims. There is plenty of scope for us to act together in the service of fundamental moral values."

"Such common ground allows us to base dialogue on effective respect for the dignity of every human person, on objective knowledge of the religion of the other, on the sharing of religious experience and, finally, on common commitment to promoting mutual respect and acceptance among the younger generation," the letter went on.

"The Pope is confident that, once this is achieved, it will be possible to cooperate in a productive way in the areas of culture and society, and for the promotion of justice and peace in society and throughout the world."

Bertone said that with a view to encouraging the "praiseworthy initiative" from the Muslim leaders, "His Holiness would be most willing to receive Your Royal Highness and a restricted group of signatories of the open letter, chosen by you.

"At the same time, a working meeting could be organized between your delegation and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, with the cooperation of some specialized Pontifical Institutes (such as the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Pontifical Gregorian University)."

The precise details of these meetings could be decided later, should this proposal prove acceptable, the letter said.


Hey, the CVF is meeting with the Vlaams Belang who say they are no longer a party peopled by racists. George Bush is meeting with Palestinians who say they want peace. The Pope is meeting with Muslims who say they want dialogue.

Everyone is meeting everyone else.

Things are really looking up.

Excuse me now, I'm gonna go meet with my shrink.

You can read the letter from the Muslims who, apparently, want peace by clicking here.
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Storm Track Infiltration: Saudi Arabia – Riding the Back of the Radical Islamic Tiger


There was a young lady from Niger,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
After the ride
She was inside,
And the smile was on the face of the tiger.

In an interview posted at BrothersJudd.com, Wall Street Journal reporter Yaroslav Trofimov spoke of his new book, The Siege of Mecca. In it, he reveals how the Saudi Monarchy was forced into bed with the Wahabbists in order to preserve their rule.

According to Trofimov, the defining moment was the Mecca uprising of 1979. This uprising included on organization of radicals from all over the world - Saudis, Egyptians, Pakistanis, even American converts to Islam and this organization served as a model to Al Qaeda in the future.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

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Quick call Walt and Smearsheimer or is it Smears and Waltheimer, add France to the list

France's Foreign Ministry expressed surprise on Wednesday over an Algerian government minister's remarks about a "Jewish lobby" being behind French President Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

The flap came as Sarkozy was preparing to visit Algeria next week.

Muhammad Cherif Abbas, Algeria's minister for veterans, was quoted Monday in the daily El Khabar as saying that Sarkozy had been brought to power by a "Jewish lobby that has a monopoly on French industry."

Abbas also mentioned Sarkozy's "roots," an apparent reference to the French president's maternal grandfather, who was Jewish.

French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Pascale Andreani responded Wednesday: "We are surprised about these remarks that appeared in the press, which do not correspond to the climate of confidence and cooperation in which we are preparing the president's state visit."

Galactically stupid morons hoping for actual progess in the middle east, please take note

She remained upbeat about the visit, however, saying it would show that relations "have progressed in many sectors."

The December 3-5 visit will be Sarkozy's second to Algeria, the former jewel in France's colonial crown, since his election in May.

On Wednesday, Abbas told the Algerian state news agency APS that he "never had the intention... of attacking the image of a foreign head of state." He did not deny making the comments.

In the original interview, Abbas also demanded that France repent for its past actions in Algeria.

Relations between the two countries have been strained in recent years, particularly since France's parliament passed a law in 2005 noting the "positive" effects of colonialism. The language was later removed, but a long-awaited friendship treaty between the two countries remains stalled.

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This Week on The Gathering Storm Radio Show

Listen to the nearly famous Gathering Storm Radio Show, that AlwaysOnWatch and I co-host. The show broadcasts live every Friday for one hour at NOON, Pacific Time.

Friday, November 30: This week's guest at the bottom of the hour is Cinnamon Stillwell of Cinnamon Stillwell.com, the Cinnamon Stillwell Blog and Daniel Pipes's Campus Watch: Monitoring Middle East Studies on Campus. Read the mission statement of Campus Watch HERE.

From Campus Watch:

CAMPUS WATCH, a project of the Middle East Forum, reviews and critiques Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them. The project mainly addresses five problems: analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students....

Ms. Stillwell is the Northern California representative for Campus Watch and has written articles for the American Thinker, Family Security Matters, Frontpage Magazine, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, the Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, the Conservative Voice, and many others.

You do not want to miss this show!

The call-in number is (646) 915-9870.

Callers welcome!

If you are unable to listen live to the radio show, you can listen to recordings of the radio broadcasts later by CLICKING HERE.

The call-in number again is (646) 915-9870. Converse with my co-host and me, chat with our guests or if you must, just air your spleen!
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The WaPo Glosses Over A Story

Today the Washington Post finally mentioned the lashings in an article in the print edition--on page 18. Before today, however, the story was not properly being covered.



Graphic from this essay by Mustang of Social Sense

The November 28, 2007 Washington Post story of Gillian Gibbons, the British schoolteacher arrested in Sudan for allegations of blasphemy over her young students' naming a teddy bear Muhammad, omitted the possibility of her receiving 40 lashes if she is convicted. To date, this particular story in the Washington Post is the only such coverage in the print edition, although these items from news services have appeared on the Washington Post's web site.

The article in the November 28, 2007 print edition of the Washington Post also omitted the following snippet from Reuters:
KHARTOUM, Sudan - A British primary school teacher has been arrested in Sudan, accused of insulting Islam's Prophet by letting her class of 7-year-olds name a teddy bear Muhammad, her school said on Monday.

Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons told Reuters they feared for her safety after receiving reports that young men had already started gathering outside the Khartoum police station where the Liverpool woman was being held.

Teachers at Unity High School in central Khartoum said Gibbons, 54, made an innocent mistake and simply let her pupils choose their favorite name for the toy as part of a school project.

Police arrested Gibbons on Sunday at her home inside the school premises, said Unity director Robert Boulos, after a number of parents made a complaint to Sudan's Ministry of Education.

Boulos said she had since been charged with "blasphemy," an offense he said was punishable with up to three months in prison and a fine.

A spokesman from the British Embassy in Khartoum said it was still unclear whether Gibbons had been formerly charged. "We are following it up with the authorities and trying to meet her in person," he said.

Boulos said he had decided to close down the school until January for fear of reprisals in Sudan's predominantly Muslim capital. "This is a very sensitive issue."...
Apparently, Ms. Gibbons didn't understand the implications of the cartoonifada.

The Washington Post article did, however, contain the following insightful information:
..."We don't have any teddy bears over here, so in Sudan, for us, it is a fierce and dangerous animal," Khalid al-Mubarak, a spokesman for the Sudanese Embassy in London, told the BBC.

[...]

In Liverpool, the city's Anglican bishop and top Muslim leader issued a joint statement calling on Sudanese authorities to show mercy.

"We, as Christian and Muslim leaders in the city of Liverpool, appeal to the Sudanese government to show compassion in the name of God the most merciful and release Gillian Gibbons," said the statement from the Right Rev. James Jones and Akbar Ali, chairman of Liverpool Mosque.

The Danish cartoon controversy that began in late 2005 led to violent protests around the globe by Muslims outraged over the perceived insult to Islam. The Sudanese case has not led to similar protests.

"I don't consider it to be blasphemous," said Humera Khan, a member of al-Nisa, a Muslim women's organization in London.

In an interview, Khan said that in addition to the issue of reverence for Muhammad, Muslims generally do not give human names to objects or animals. "Our relationship with inanimate objects and animals is not as sentimental as in the West," she said.

Khan said Gibbons "should have been more aware" of the cultural sensitivities in the country where she was living. But, she said, the Sudanese "government shouldn't have been so stupid, either."...
"Stupid" is the word for insulting Islam by the naming of a teddy bear, all right.

Can you imagine Christians reacting is such a manner if a teddy bear were named "Jesus"? As a Christian, I might not like the possibility of disrespect of my Savior, but I surely wouldn't even consider punishment. In fact, I don't think that I'd even take offense.

Why are some Muslims so easily offended? Superstition? Reliance upon legalism? Something else?

And why did the the one "featured" story in the Washington Post omit the most outrageous part of what could happen to Gillian Gibbons?

Note: Mustang's satirical essay is HERE. Some of the comments are quite interesting.

This morning, I found the following on the topic. Excerpt:
...The West is being conditioned by such incidents; it joins the response to the Danish cartoons, the threats to the Pope after his Regensburg lecture, and the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the protests against his knighthood. Europe and the UK in particular adopt a de facto standard of self-censorship which elevates Mohammed and Allah to a plane which Jesus and Jehovah long since ceased to occupy. And the more violently the Islamists react to each offence, the more richly they are rewarded by the appeasing politicians, bishops, cardinals and popes.

[...]

So let the campaign begin here that not only bears, but sloths, gannets, sheep, camels, lemmings, rats, skunks and pigs can all be called Mohammed, for the name is not sacred, and has been debased a million times by thousands of Islamists like Mohammed Atta who manifest abundantly the worst characteristics and attributes of many such creatures.
The West is being conditioned right into voluntary dhimmitude.

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Sudan: Islamic Fanatics Demand Death For "Teddy Bear" Teacher


The madness of crowds? No wait, this is just your average, ordinary, everyday madness of Islam in action, isn't it? I mean, does it surprise you that Muslims in some country want a woman dead for allowing her students (who were Muslim themselves) to name a Teddy Bear Mohammed?


It it does surprise you, you haven't been paying much attention.


Well, now that you are, let me tell you, this kind of idiotic behavior of a people who also insist that Piglet is dangerous, that cartoons are provoking them into rioting across the world, that a woman who is gang-raped ought to be whipped publicly because she committed adultery in the act of being raped.


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Believers in the Gulf


That is, believers in a threat from Iran, apparently
Four stories from GERTZ:
  1. Saudis assembling 35,000-member oil security force
  2. Gulf leader appeals for a resolution to Iran crisis
  3. Fearing Iran, Saudis buy more jet fighters
  4. Kuwait plans response to Iran missile strike resulting from U.S. attack

Saudis assembling 35,000-member oil security force

ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia's new rapid reaction force has installed radars, sensors and night-vision systems to prevent attacks by Al Qaida and Iranian-aligned Shi'ite insurgents.

Saudis are not saying whether the Nov. 18 at Aramco's Hawiyah gas liquids recovery plant (above) which killed at least 28 people was the result of an Al Qaida attack.
"Have you heard of any attacks lately?" Saudi Deputy Oil Minister Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Salman asked in mid-November. "We believe we have taken every measure necessary to protect facilities and pre-empt any attempt. We take a great deal of pride in being a secure and reliable producer."

That would be nice, but I have a low degree of confidence

Officials said the Interior Ministry has been organizing a 35,000-member force with a separate budget to protect energy facilities.

In February 2006, Saudi forces repulsed an Al Qaida strike on the world's largest oil processing plant at Abqaiq. Officials said the new rapid reaction force has recruited nearly 10,000 troops. They said the force would reach its full strength by 2011.

Until then, what, nothing to worry about? What's the plan Stan?

The security force was meant to protect the state-owned Saudi Aramco, which produces crude oil and natural gas. On Nov. 18, fire swept through Aramco's Hawiyah gas liquids recovery plant and at least 28 people were killed in one of the worst incidents that involved the kingdom's energy sector.

"Twenty-eight have lost their lives and 12 are still missing," Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al Naimi said.

Aramco has sought to bolster output at Hawiyah to 310,000 barrels of ethane and natural gas liquids products by 2008. Neither Aramco nor Saudi officials disclosed whether the facility might have been attacked by Al Qaida.

"Necessary operational adjustments have been made to the gas system to normalise operations to ensure continuity of fuel supply," Aramco said.

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ABU DHABI — The Gulf states have appealed for a resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis, warning that an arms race could set back the region.

Gulf Cooperation Council secretary-general Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah said any plan to block an Iranian confrontation with the United States required what he termed a bold and unconventional vision.

"We believe that there is still a good opportunity for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis, but we require a bold vision outside of conventional parameters," Al Attiyah said on Nov. 19.

What planet are they on?

Al Attiyah said an arms race in the Gulf would hurt the six GCC member states.

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30% of Florida's immigrants are illegal. SECURE BORDERS is NOT a racist idea


WASHINGTON - About 30 percent of the nearly 3.5 million immigrants living in Florida are in the country illegally, the Center for Immigration Studies said in a report released today.

Based on “the latest data collected by the Census Bureau,” the report said that the state has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations. It said that 29 percent of the state’s foreign-born population - slightly more than 1 million people - are illegal immigrants.

The influx of immigrants into Florida reflects the national trend, the report showed. The nation’s immigrant population - legal and illegal - reached a record 37.9 million in 2007.

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Anyone want to guess how many are Hizballah, IRGC, or salafi freaks, ready to do 'god's' work among us satanists?
And what will business and the administration now and for past democratic ones say?
We needed the workers?

Iranian military commander: The Basij forces are still seeking martyrdom, and now this spirit is prevailing throughout the IRGC... If necessary, we will take advantage of [this willingness] for self-sacrifice... The IRGC and the Basij forces have begun to collaborate closely, and the fruits of these plans will be visible [to all] when the enemies become so stupid as to start posing an actual threat to Iran.


Terrorists target Army base — in Arizona


November 26, 2007

By Sara A. Carter - Fort Huachuca, the nation's largest intelligence-training center, changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels, were planning an attack on the facility.

tunnel_070105badguys-tunnel.jpgFort officials changed security measures after sources warned that possibly 60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were to be smuggled into the U.S. through underground tunnels with high-powered weapons to attack the Arizona Army base, according to multiple confidential law enforcement documents obtained by The Washington Times.

"A portion of the operatives were in the United States, with the remainder not yet in the United States," according to one of the documents, an FBI advisory that was distributed to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA, Customs and Border Protection and the Justice Department, among several other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. "The Afghanis and Iraqis shaved their beards so as not to appear to be Middle Easterners."

According to the FBI advisory, each Middle Easterner paid Mexican drug lords $20,000 "or the equivalent in weapons" for the cartel's assistance in smuggling them and their weapons through tunnels along the border into the U.S. The weapons would be sent through tunnels that supposedly ended in Arizona and New Mexico, but the Islamist terrorists would be smuggled through Laredo, Texas, and reclaim the weapons later.

A number of the Afghans and Iraqis are already in a safe house in Texas, the FBI advisory said.

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Palestinian Scholars take time out for Torture

While at the University of Florida, there is much concern over the supposedly fanciful, and free speech-abusing, claim that Radical Islam Wants You Dead, life in Palestine shows the true complexity of things. Maybe it is actually the Radical Marxists who want you dead:
Classes at Birzeit University, in the West Bank, were suspended on Tuesday after escalating violence between Palestinian political groups on the campus.

Tension has been rising between supporters of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement and the radical Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine over a West Bank security crackdown in which militants in the Popular Front, known as the PFLP, have been arrested by Fatah-dominated security forces.

The university’s administration decided to suspend classes and evacuate students from the campus after a Fatah-affiliated student was assaulted in his dormitory room, apparently by four men from the PFLP. The student, Ahmad Jarrar, was treated at a hospital for severe injuries suffered as he was apparently being tortured.

The assailants used charcoal to burn Mr. Jarrar’s face. They also hammered nails into his feet, according to eyewitnesses. Fatah gunmen then arrived at the campus and threatened to kill PFLP supporters.
It seems like student politics are taken much more seriously over there. A sign of too much free speech?

All kidding aside, here is yet another nightmare example of the kind of people whom all good opinion makers in the West want the Israelis to trust as "peace partners". Tonight there was a story on the CBC (Canadian national) television news showing some Palestinian reaction to George Bush and Condi Rice's Annapolis Peace Show. The thing was, these "Palestinians" were rather sane and intelligent-looking residents of East Jerusalem who are all of a sudden scared that a peace agreement, conceding East Jerusalem to a new Palestinian state, will mean they lose all the benefits of life in Israeli society, such as well-funded schools and hospitals, not to mention relative freedom and security. The "Palestinian" couple being interviewed couldn't quite bring themselves to say they were against East Jerusalem becoming part of "Palestine", but they were suddenly planning to relocate to another part of the city.

Isn't it nice how reality gets an occasional day in the news?

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Dutch lawmaker planning film criticizing the Quran

Geert WildersTHE HAGUE, Netherlands: A Dutch conservative lawmaker said Wednesday he is making a film to highlight what he describes as "fascist" passages in the Quran, his latest high profile criticism of Islam.

The interior and justice ministers said they were concerned, but believed they had no authority to prevent the lawmaker, Geert Wilders, from screening his film.

Wilders plans to depict parts of the Quran he says are used as inspiration "by bad people to do bad things."

Less than 10 minutes long, the film is expected to air in late January. It will show "the intolerant and fascist character of the Quran," said Wilders, whose anti-Islam campaign helped his Freedom Party win nine seats in parliament in last year's election.

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Iraq Surge Progress Report

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Deviation Shall Not Be Tolerated

Not Muslim Anymore:

Many Muslims say that people who leave Islam shouldn't be killed, but many say they should. This Islam Q and A (Question and Answer) site explains the "good" reasons why.

Oh good!

We also say that the death penalty exists in the modern laws of man to protect the system from disorder in some situation and to protect society against certain crimes which may cause its disintegration, such as drugs etc. If execution can serve as a deterrent to protect man-made systems, then it is more appropriate that the true religion of Allaah, which Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it  [cf. Fussilat 41:42], and which is all goodness, happiness and tranquility in this world and in the Hereafter should punish those who commit acts of aggression against it and seek to extinguish its light and defame its image, and who fabricate lies against it to justify their apostasy and deviation.

Not Muslim Anymore replies:

So all apostates lie about the religion? How does leaving Islam and stating what you think about it relate to the death penalty in modern laws? That is for murderers, not people who want to change their religion!

This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read!

Islamic "logic" tends to get that reaction.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

UK: Sharia Law By 2040?







With the latest population forecast by the Office for National Statistics it seems we could get sharia law in the next 30 - 40 years. The talk is of immigration and birthrate being the main reason for this. Well I cannot see the white indigenous population reverting to large families of 5 - 6 children but that’s what Asians are producing now. None of the reports mention any of that, they don’t want to frighten us.


Official UN statistics said that the Muslim population of Europe doubled between 1997 and 2005. There is no indication that those statistics will be any different in the future. If we apply that to the UK, take the current Muslim population of an estimated 3m and double it every 10 years then by 2042 we will have a Muslim population 0f 48 million.


The indigenous white population will continue to decline with a birthrate of less than 1.4 children. I have no doubt that by then we will have handed over our country through the electoral process to the Muslims. There is no will from those that have the power to do anything about it. About 46% of Muslims favour sharia law. The Islamist tail wags the Muslim dog and then the Muslim dog morphs gradually and quietly into the British bulldog. Oh, where did the British bulldog go? Where are you now when we need you like never before?

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Did you hear what CAIR had to say about the teacher getting 40 lashes?


Neither did I.
Thundering silence.
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The Islamic World: The Children Should Be Punished ...

... for naming the Teddy Bear Mohammed. Or, at least that's what Abdullah al-Zawawi says over at the BBC:



Speaking as a father I do not feel this was a well thought out plan by the teacher. However, I feel that she has done nothing wrong. The children themselves should be punished for having chosen the name of our great Prophet for a lowly bear. The teacher was misguided, whereas the children were malicious. They must be brought to answer for their blasphemy.

Abdullah Al-Zawawi, Sudan



I believe that, technincally, according to Islamic scriptures, Abdullah is right.





"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.


The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceasedto be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world."


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The Cover Of This Week's Issue Of The Economist Says It All


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Storm Track Intimidation: Don't Bow to the 'Muslim Street'

James Kirchick wrote in a recent issue of the Los Angeles Times and interesting piece about the current Darfur genocide. His argument about ignoring the so called Muslim Street rings true for everything that must be done today to confront the Islamist agenda for world domination.

You know, the whining from the left, the appeasers, apologists and the emasculated sheep who are more concerned with what is politically correct than morally right.. They are always concerned about what the world thinks about our decisions to defend ourselves and win our wars – Hot, Warm, or Cold. From Hiroshima to Vietnam to Serbia to Kuwait to Afghanistan and Iraq, the same group of sheep whines continuously.

Though most of the article is about actions that should be taken by the US ins spite of the reaction from the Muslim Street, there are lessons to be learned in what he says for other morally right actions our country is, and should be, taken.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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Just exactly perfect


MEMRI:
Iran's Response to Western Warnings: 'First Strike,' 'Preemptive Attack,' Long-Range Ballistic Missiles, 'Asymmetric [Guerilla] Warfare'
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As the Iranian nuclear crisis escalates, Iranian officials have stepped up their threats against the West. Although regime spokesmen have stressed that Iran's security doctrine is defensive,(1) the threats issued by senior Iranian leaders and officials indicate that Iran's actual strategy for responding to a Western attack is taking on increasingly offensive and deterrent characteristics.

While in February 2003, then-defense minister Ali Shamkhani stated, "Iran has a deterrent defensive doctrine, which means that it will in no way take an offensive measure... Iran's objectives are of a defensive nature,"(2) - the new strategy is gradually revealed in both deeds and statements by regime spokesmen.(3)

The offensive elements of this doctrine include a "first strike" and "preemptive attack"; the development of long-range ballistic missiles (the Qadr and the Ashura(4)) with ranges of up to 2,000 km; and the development of an "asymmetrical [guerilla] warfare" tactic – that is, suicide bombings in the Persian Gulf, whether to close off the Strait of Hormuz or to hit targets in the Gulf countries.

A September 24, 2007 article published in Sobh-e Sadeq, the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei among Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), discussed economic and security threats issued by the West, particularly the U.S. The article stressed that following the West's escalation of threats, Iran had upgraded its military strategy to incorporate a doctrine of offense, including "first strike" and "preemptive attack" capabilities.

the principle of surprising the enemy is one of the best-known,
most accepted, and most logical tactics
that a country can adopt when facing imminent threats ...

Perfect. Keep the heat on. They sound very nervous. They should be
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Third Night Of Rioting In Paris


The "youths" continue to riot. You gotta wonder if these riots are planned at a higher level. Obviously, they were "provoked", but they are, apparently, being directed by adults.


A report from Le Monde newspaper described boys as young as 13 taking orders from their elders to torch buildings and forming battle ranks against the police, vowing to "do in" a "pig" -- a police officer.


And, where are the adults getting their orders from?

This time the riots are even worse than in 2005.

From Little Green Footballs:


VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France - Youths rampaged for a third night in the tough suburbs north of Paris and violence spread to a southern city late Tuesday as police struggled to contain rioters who have burned cars and buildings and — in an ominous turn — shot at officers.

A senior police union official warned that “urban guerrillas” had joined the unrest, saying the violence was worse than during three weeks of rioting that raged around French cities in 2005, when firearms were rarely used.

Bands of young people set more cars on fire in and around Villiers-le-Bel, the Paris suburb where the latest trouble first erupted, and 22 youths were taken into custody, the regional government said. In the southern city of Toulouse, 20 cars were set ablaze, and fires at two libraries were quickly brought under control, police said.


The International Herald Tribune has some analysis:

The rituals and acts of rage have an eerie sameness to them: roving gangs of angry youths clashing with the riot police in France's edgy suburbs, the government appealing for calm, local officials and residents complaining that their problems are ignored.

Two years after an orgy of violence in which rioters in more than 300 suburbs and towns torched cars, trashed businesses and ambushed the riot police and firefighters, Villiers-le-Bel and several nearby suburbs of Paris similarly have erupted in violence and destruction.

In one sense, the unrest seems to be more menacing than during the early days of the three weeks of rioting in 2005. Then, the youth seemed disorganized, their destruction largely caused by rock-throwing and arson and aimed at the closest and easiest targets, like cars. This time, hunting shotguns, as well as gasoline bombs and rocks, have been turned on the police.

"From what our colleagues on the scene tell us, this is a situation that is a lot worse than what we saw in 2005," Patrice Ribeiro, a police officer and senior union official, told RTL radio Tuesday. He added, "A line was crossed last night, that is to say, they used weapons, they used weapons and fired on the police. This is a real guerrilla war."

Ribeiro warned that the police, who have struggled to avoid excessive force, would not be fired upon indefinitely without responding.

More than 80 police officers already have been wounded the clashes, several of them seriously, Ribeiro said later by telephone. Thirty of them were hit with pellets from shotguns, and one of the wounded was hit with a type of bullet used to kill large game, he added. It is legal to own a shotgun in France - as long as the owner has a license - and
police circles were swirling with rumors that the bands of youth were procuring more shotguns.

It is impossible to predict whether the violence will continue and spread to the much larger cluster of Parisian suburbs around the town of Seine-Saint-Denis, the area where violence was concentrated in 2005, or to the rest of the country.



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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We Will Always Have Paris



Or will we?

French police are deploying 1000 riot police to the suburb where the "youths" are rioting:


VILLIERS LE BEL, France (AFP) - The French authorities deployed 1,000 police to a northern Paris suburb Tuesday to prevent a third night of youth riots amid signs that the violence could be spreading.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon visited the restive suburb of Villiers le Bel, where the death of two teenagers Sunday touched off two nights of violence that have left at least 120 police injured.

Nine people were detained in Villiers ahead of Fillon's visit, police told AFP, and at least one shop was on fire later in the evening.

Earlier, a court jailed eight youths over the clashes with police Sunday and Monday. Four were handed prison sentences ranging from three to 10 months, while four others were detained pending judgement.

There was also Tuesday signs that the violence had spread outside the Paris region when about a dozen cars were set on fire in the southern city of Toulouse.

For two nights running, young men have hurled petrol bombs and bricks at police, torching cars and buildings in Villiers le Bel, where two youths were killed in a motorbike collision with a police car.

Faced with the worst eruption of urban violence since the riots of 2005, Fillon vowed a beefed-up security presence Tuesday evening and to "do everything" to stop the violence from spreading across the Paris area.

"Those who shoot at policemen, those who beat a police officer almost to death are criminals and must be treated as such," he told parliament earlier. "We will do everything tonight to ensure maximum security."

Returning from a state visit to China, President Nicolas Sarkozy was to chair a special meeting on the unrest Wednesday morning, after receiving the families of the victims at the Elysee palace.

The clashes left five buildings damaged by fire in Villiers le Bel, including a tax office, a supermarket, a library and a nursery school, as well as 63 cars. Two dozen people have been detained to date.

A report from Le Monde newspaper described boys as young as 13 taking orders from their elders to torch buildings and forming battle ranks against the police, vowing to "do in" a "pig" -- a police officer.


Does that sound like "criminal" activity, or is this something else entirely? The beginning of a Civil War, perhaps?

If so, then, will we always have Paris? Does Paris even exist outside of the areas of tourist romance anymore?
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Annapolis: Bush Calls For An End To Israeli Terrorism


George Bush's moral compass is broken, and now he's wandering around in the wilderness along with the rest of the world's leaders (from Atlas Shrugs):


Bush has lost his mind and his moral compass. This statement is an outrage. A lie and a blood libel. Israel has never committed any acts of terrorism. What a tool of Islamic jihad. Based on that, Bush is a terrorist, anyone that defends himself, his family, his country is a terrorist.This is a sad sad day.

"We express our determination to bring an end to bloodshed, suffering and decades of conflict between our peoples; to usher in a new era of peace, based on freedom, security, justice, dignity, respect and mutual recognition; to propagate a culture of peace and nonviolence; to confront terrorism and incitement, whether committed by Palestinians or Israelis," the statement said here.


Meanwhile, Abbas has called for Jerusalem to be handed over to the Palestinians.
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UK: Reality TV Show Portrays Brits Living Under Sharia

Believe it or not, the producers were trying to show Brits that Islam is not that bad:


North show gets to grips with Islam Nov 25 2007

by Sarah Robertson, Sunday Sun

IT is known more for its cream teas than calls to prayer, but the spa town of Harrogate is the setting of a new reality show in which people are persuaded to live under Islamic conditions. Will the programme aid religious cohesion or create division?

A CONTROVERSIAL reality TV show to be broadcast next month aims to challenge preconceptions about Muslims.

But the programme, which sees non-Muslims living under strict Sharia law for three weeks, could also reinforce some people’s intolerance towards Islam.

One participant accused Imams featured in the three-part series of being prejudiced towards her and said she experienced “animosity” from them.

Another, however, was surprised by the “confrontational” and “aggressive attitude” British people had towards her as a result of her temporary conversion to a Muslim way of life

Film maker Narinder Minhas chose the affluent market town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire for his bold experiment . . . a place that is home to just 311 Muslims in a population of 60,000.

His guinea pigs include a mixed race couple, a gay hairdresser, an atheist taxi driver and a glamour model . . . all of whom are called upon to give up unmarried sex, alcohol and pork, pray regularly and dress modestly for three weeks.

Minhas, the man behind reality shows Priest Idol and Indian Finishing School, wanted to make the documentary after tiring of too many “po-faced” programmes about Islam.

He said: “I wanted to make a series that had some humour in it. I’m tired of seeing guys with beards who are a bit scary. I wanted to explore how white people come to grips with a religion they’ve kind of heard of. I wanted to portray those people as human beings who go through a range of emotions.”

However, one of the show’s participants, Carla Newbury-Jones, had mixed feelings about it . . . and found little to laugh about.

The property entrepreneur’s partner, Muslim Ashley Ashiq, proposed to her during filming.

But Carla, 34, said she found the Imams’ strong disapproval of their relationship very disturbing. She believes they were prejudiced towards her because she is Christian and white.

She revealed: “It was a really uncomfortable experience and I was so glad when it was over.

“I felt they looked down at me because I was white and not a Muslim. We have a beautiful relationship and refuse to let other people’s biased attitudes get in the way.

“Ashley is so open minded. He is a great example of someone who is a Muslim and British. We both have strong faith in God and pray together, which is why it is sad there was this animosity.”


People in the Western world sure are stupid. How many times do we have to be told that Sharia doesn't allow for the gay hairdresser, for the Muslim to marry a Christian, or for the "glamour model" to be dressed in skimpy clothing?

How many fucking times before we understand and make our decision?

Do we want to live under such rules, or not?
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'BunnyRanch' Brothel Owner, Prostitutes Endorse Ron Paul

Ron Paul enjoys the widest spectrum of supporters - from neo-Nazis to brothel owners and prostitutes.

You just can't make this stuff up even if you tried.

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University of Florida Officially Condemns Showing Of Movie "Obssession"


As far as I can tell this is a real email which was sent to all University of Florida students by the V.P. of Student Affairs:


Here is the text of an email that was sent to every student at the
University of Florida by the vice president for student affairs. Note,
please, the hyphenated name.

November 26, 2007

To: All University Students
From: Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin
Vice President for Student Affairs

Re: Official Response to a recent advertisement for the movie "Obsession"

Throughout our country, we have witnessed a rise in offensive behavior
and actions taken against others, which has created greater
divisiveness and misunderstandings among the various ethnic groups
residing in our communities. One of these events occurred on our
campus recently with the promotion of an event.

Advertisements for the movie "Obsession" sponsored by several student
organizations appeared during the past several weeks on campus
bulletin boards and they illustrate the importance of balancing
freedom of speech with responsibility.

The ads, which promoted a showing of the movie on Nov. 13 and a panel
discussion afterward, entitled "Radical Islam Wants You Dead,"
offended many Muslim students on campus. Regardless of its original
intent, the language reinforced a negative stereotype, created
unnecessary divisiveness and contributed to a generalization that only
furthers the misunderstanding of the religion of Islam.

We cannot speak of rights without also addressing the responsibility
associated with our actions or statements, including understanding the
potential consequences. One of our roles as a learning institution is
to teach our students to express themselves freely, and also in a fair
and conscientious manner. In an academic setting, differences of
opinions are strongly encouraged, yet such opinions must be based on
accurate information when describing other members of the community.

Unfortunately, in the case of the "Obsession" ads, that did not
happen. I believe the groups that posted them owe the campus, and
particularly campus members of the Islamic faith, an apology and a
clarification.

At the University of Florida we have embraced a set of values, one of
which is diversity. Diversity is not just about having representation
from various cultures on campus, it also is having each member
contribute to an inclusive and safe environment and collectively
enhancing our understanding and appreciation of the richness brought
by such differences. The University of Florida is committed to being
an institution of excellence, where all members are valued and feel
safe on our campus. Our role as an institution is to create
opportunities for students to learn in an open and accepting
environment; one that emphasizes respect for all. Let's remember that
part of our mission is to prepare each other to be effective members
of a global community. With that in mind, I encourage each member of
our campus community as a start to learn more about the religion of
Islam and some of its tenets of peace, hard work, charity and compassion.

There is little room for divisiveness in our world if we are to find
peace and understanding among us. We all can win if we focus on
greater inclusion and understanding as well as the delicate balance
between our rights and responsibilities.



As per usual, diversity means including even those who would destroy diversity.

Let us be clear, the movie Obssession highlights "radical Islam." Radical Islam is characterized by its desire to see Sharia law implemented in countries around the world.

Sharia law calls for the stoning to death of all apostates, adulterers, and homosexuals.

Sharia law is opposite to the Western tradition of Freedom of speech, conscience, and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Sharia law is the constitution of the state of Saudi Arabia. As such it is the governmental idea of another state, just as the ideas of communism were the governing ideas of the Soviet Union.

Advocating for the implementation of Sharia law within the Western world is sedition.

There is no room for such law in the Western world.
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What Islam is Doing to Austria Right Now

This is a dispatch from Austria to inform readers about the current status of Islam in Austria. I will first give you some historical background, which I believe will shock most of you. It shocked the speakers and delegates at the recent Counterjihad Conference in Brussels. Austria is the only European country that affords members of the Islamic faith these rights and privileges. Austria is also the only European country that has set aside a prayer room (i.e. mosque) in a barracks of the Austrian Army. Austria is bending backwards to accommodate Muslims. But read for yourselves:

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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CitiGroup Sells Out To United Arab Emirates


No iceberg can sink this ship, right?


Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, will receive a $7.5 billion cash infusion from Abu Dhabi to replenish capital after record mortgage losses wiped out almost half its market value.

Citigroup rose 2.6 percent in New York trading today following acting Chief Executive Officer Win Bischoff's statement late yesterday that funds from the state-owned Abu Dhabi Investment Authority will help ``strengthen our capital base.''

Abu Dhabi will buy securities that convert to stock and yield 11 percent a year, almost double the interest Citigroup offers bond investors, underscoring the New York-based company's need for cash. Fourth-quarter profit will be reduced by as much as $7 billion because of losses from subprime mortgages, which led to the departure of CEO Charles O. ``Chuck'' Prince III and a 46 percent slump in its stock this year.

``Clearly, Citi has a problem with capital adequacy after the subprime crisis,'' said Giyas Gokkent, head of research at National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Abu Dhabi's biggest bank by market value. ``ADIA has seen an opportunity to get cheaply into a blue-chip stock.''

With the purchase of a 4.9 percent stake, Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and its capital, would rank as Citigroup's largest shareholder ahead of Los Angeles-based Capital Group Cos. and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, data compiled by Bloomberg show.


Of course, the fact that they are buying in tells us the UAE has confidence in CitiGroup's future. Additionally, it tells us they have confidence in the future of American markets.

On the other hand, now Saudi Arabia and UAE are two of the three largest holders in CitiGroup and one has to wonder what agenda they will assert on the Board of Directors.
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Ah, To Be Young And Alive In Paris - Paris Riots 2007, Night 2




From GalliaWatch:


Sixty-four policemen were injured, five seriously (by a high caliber bullet), 63 vehicles were torched and 5 buildings destroyed.

These are the official figures from this night of rioting that affected the communes of Villiers-le-Bel, Sarcelles, Garges-lès-Gonesse, Cergy, Ermont and Goussainville. (Note: these communes are in Val-d'Oise, north of Paris.) Essonne (south of Paris) was also afflicted: a bus and a truck destroyed. What they don't talk about is the deterioration and destruction of municipal property... and everything that will have to be repaired with taxpayers' money....

But, should we continue to speak of riots when 64 policemen are disabled in one night alone?

Should we continue to speak of riots when weapons are taken out and used against representatives of the State and 160 riot police are forced to back off from armed and organized gangs?

One Salon Beige reader weighs in:

Unfortunately it will take a few deaths of policemen for our cowardly government to react and to grant them the means to reestablish order. And even then it won't be enough. What is a policeman's life worth today, compared to that of a "young person"? This is only the foreshadowing of the civil war that is coming. The gangrene in the ghettoes will be there for a long time. France pay dearly for decades of cowardice and incompetence.



And, an interesting quote from commenter Karmic Inquisitor at Little Green Footballs:


... the French are VERY nationalistic and expect the "etranger" (foreigner) to adapt to the French way in every detail. This is one reason why antisemitism has fertile ground there - many view Jews as intrinsically not French. French chauvinism is so entrenched that they have a common way of saying "that is not normal" by saying "c'est pas Catholique" (that's not Catholic).
In other words, the French are in no way multiculturalists.


Contrast that with the English, who have this bizzare post-colonial guilt that drives it to adopt cultural suicide policies. The English are so deeply committed to multiculturalism that they have incidents like channel 4 news producers being investigated by the police for reporting on Islamists who say they want to destroy and subjugate the UK.

The rub is that neither approach is working - a significant portion of Muslims in both countries despise the government that made them citizens.
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