Saturday, February 06, 2010
From Atlas Shrugs:
Once again, you have Muslim leaders (ie imams, scholars, chaplains) who preach and actively promote jihad. The New York Post updated the story of the Muslim chaplain who smuggled box-cutter blades into jail (perhaps in preparation of the 911 trials.)
It seems this pious religious chaplain is a convicted murderer. The reporters, yet again, bring up a Rabbi who made a party in prison. WTF? First off, what does that have to do with this story. Secondly, is Vlau and Mangan morally equivocating between murder and mitzvah? This is really sick.
It minimizes the terror of the crime of 911 type box cutters being brought into a radicalized environment and it is blatantly anti-Jewish. Clearly, these dhimmi journalists are following the Muslim Brotherhood directive made by the Society Of Professional Journalists.Muslim chaplain 'smuggled' box-cutter blades into jail
By REUVEN BLAU and DAN MANGAN
A city Department of Correction Muslim chaplain who served 14 years in prison for murder and robbery was arrested today for carrying three utility blades and a pair of scissors into a lower Manhattan jail, authorities said.
The chaplain, Zulqarnain Abdu-Shahid, had the utility blades and scissors in his duffel bag when he arrived at the Manhattan Detention Complex in the morning, according to the city Department of Investigation.
You do not need wealth to live at a subsistence level!
Like today's environmentalists, who place every bug and weed above humans, the Nazis were ardent conservationists. They passed a host of laws to protect "nature and nature's animals," especially "endangered" plants and animals.
An estimated 16,000 people who were found guilty of high treason, mostly by
opposing the Nazis regime, were guillotined by the Nazis between 1938 and 1945.
Perhaps first he should talk to Meena.
FREEDOM FIGHTERS OR TERRORISTS - YOU DECIDE
From a remarkable BBC Interview:
BOMBS AND BEATINGS: LIFE AMONGST THE TALIBAN
5 February 2010
In Pakistan an account of life with the Taliban has emerged from a 13-year-old girl called Meena, who says her own family tried to turn her into a suicide bomber.
My brother used to tell me that the place for a woman is either at home or in the grave. I was always restricted to home.
He said: "If you leave the house I'll cut off your head and put it on your chest."
My brother had been to the local school and beaten the girls and the teachers.
Taliban commanders used to come to our house. There was an underground bunker beside the house, with electricity.
It was concrete and very strong. Cars would drive on top but no-one would realize what was underneath. In that hideout they used to train suicide bombers.
Most were children of my age or younger than me. They were used for these activities because they were too young to know any better.
Going to 'Paradise'
I used to see these children getting on a vehicle to go for their missions. They used loud Islamic CDs to motivate them.
And I would think, "My God, more Muslims are going to be buried". Then the news would come that more Muslims were wiped out.
My brother used to prepare bombs and my sister-in-law did too. He told me that he would teach me this. I told him no. I would not even look at what they were doing.
My father and brother told me to carry out a suicide attack. They were pressuring me to do this.
They told me: "If you do it you will go to paradise long before us." I replied: "Why don't you tell me I will go to hell long before you?"
Every day they used to tell me this. Every day. I was very young when they started telling me this. I said to them: "What about all the people I will kill? They are all Muslims."
They started beating me when I refused. They beat me non-stop. They made my life hell. I never had a single moment of happiness. They did everything other than kill me.
They said: "The bomb will be connected with a button, or something like the remote control of a TV. We will give you this kind of remote, and you will go to the place.
"We will also give you a mobile, and we will ring that phone, and press the remote, and you will be blown up with this bomb."
They told me they would use such a large amount of explosives that no-one would even know if it was a man or a woman.
They told me that I had to do it.
There was a kind of medicine they used to give to the bombers that made them go around smiling, in a trance.
They said they would give me that medicine, and then I would go running to die - with a smile. I was so scared I decided to prepare my own tea, and my own food.
I was afraid they would mix that medicine with my food.
They attached a bomb to my sister Nahida. They tied rectangular pieces to both her arms, and a black strip was wrapped around both her legs.
Then they connected the whole thing. She told my brother the bomb was heavy and she could not walk.
He said she would be comfortable once she was sitting down in the car.
They gave her medicine. But she was crying very loud for my mother. She kept going to her and hugging her. When my sister looked down at the bomb, she shivered.
Then my brother and my father started beating my mother, and they were shouting: "Why you are distracting the girl from her mission?"
I heard my sister saying: "Where is Meena? I want to see her." But I didn't have the strength. My heart couldn't take it.
My mother fainted when they put her in the car. My brother said my sister's attack was in Afghanistan.
I always think about my sister. She was healthy and a very nice girl. She was younger than me, but she was wiser. My mother used to tell me that I was an idiot, but she was very wise.
A 'Lucky Goat'
My brother was involved in the Khyber Bazaar bombing (in the frontier city of Peshawar in October 2009, in which more than 50 people were killed). It was discussed in the house.
When someone was sent somewhere they would talk about the target.
They would say: "We are sending this group there."
After the bombings they would celebrate. They would garland each other with flowers as people do when they come back from the Haj.
When (former Pakistani Prime Minister) Benazir Bhutto died my brother started calling everybody. They started firing, and saying "Benazir has died, Benazir has died". Everybody started firing - they celebrated until it was very late.
My brother visited a friend's house after many years and was given a goat and a motorbike which he brought home.
They used to get animals as gifts because there were so many Taliban to be fed. He asked me to take care of the goat but she ran out of the gate. I went after her.
Our house was on a ridge. There was a stream down below. She went down to the stream and I followed her. A plane came making a lot of noise, and vibrations. (This was an attack by a helicopter gunship.)
When I looked back up to my place all I could see was a lot of smoke rising. My house was turned into rubble.
I didn't have a clue about how many of my family members were dead or alive. Since that place was full of arms and explosives I could hear big bangs.
Then I started walking and by the evening prayers I had reached a local town.
People say I have a strong heart. I've had to be strong. What can I do? God won't even let me die.
If my brother gets hold of me, I will poison him and myself.
The Taliban slaughter other people's children. They turn women into widows. They should be made to suffer too.
I want these Taliban to be burned alive.
There is no independent confirmation of her account but police say they believe she is telling the truth, and her information could be valuable.
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A common theme of the liberals in our country and repeated by the Left in the other developed countries, is that the war in Afghanistan - like the war in Iraq - is an "unnecessary war".
If for no other reason, we are there to free the oppressed from the kind of savagery Meena described above.
There is a segment of the liberal Left who would decry our actions, who claim that it is the West who has driven the Taliban to become who they are.
These people call themselves 'Progressives'.
Has Iran Already Produced a Nuclear Warhead?
... startling report from Europe today referenced by Michael Ledeen:
“Iran has developed a nuclear warhead, according to an article in the German newspaper “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”. A foreigner alleged to have helped Iran towards developing nuclear weapons is from the former Soviet Union…The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has already mentioned the employment of a foreigner in the nuclear programme.
Leno? Letterman? O'Brien? Pssh.
Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his party's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread line,
I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.
He has anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.
I am glad I am American,
I am glad that I am free.
But I wish I was a dog .....
And Obama was a tree.
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Global Warming Is Dead, Long Live Global Warming
However, don't tell that to the Obama-appointed Democrats on the Security and Exchange Commission:
A politically divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Wednesday to make clear when companies must provide information to investors about the business risks associated with climate change.
The commission, in a 3 to 2 vote, decided to require that companies disclose in their public filings the impact of climate change on their businesses -- from new regulations or legislation they may face domestically or abroad to potential changes in economic trends or physical risks to a company.
Chairman Mary L. Schapiro and the two Democrats on the commission supported the new requirements, while the two Republicans vehemently opposed them.
"I can only conclude that the purpose of this release is to place the imprimatur of the commission on the agenda of the social and environmental policy lobby, an agenda that falls outside of our expertise and beyond our fundamental mission of investor protection," Republican commissioner Kathleen L. Casey said.
As per usual, when the Obama Administration can't get the people's backing on an idea, they simply enact legislation by fiat.
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How to identify a childish, ignorant columnist: Jacob Weisberg at Slate
Down With the People
Blame the childish, ignorant American public--not politicians--for our political and economic crisis.
In trying to explain why our political paralysis seems to have gotten so much worse over the past year, analysts have rounded up a plausible collection of reasons including: President Obama's tactical missteps, the obstinacy of congressional Republicans, rising partisanship in Washington, the blustering idiocracy of the cable-news stations, and the Senate filibuster, which has devolved into a super-majority threshold for any important legislation. These are all large factors, to be sure, but that list neglects what may be the biggest culprit in our current predicament: the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large.
Anybody who says you can't have it both ways clearly hasn't been spending much time reading opinion polls lately. One year ago, 59 percent of the American public liked the stimulus plan, according to Gallup. A few months later, with the economy still deeply mired in recession, a majority of the same size said Obama was spending too much money on it. There's nothing wrong with changing your mind, of course, but opinion polls over the last year reflect something altogether more troubling: a country that simultaneously demands and rejects action on unemployment, deficits, health care, climate change, and a whole host of other major problems. Sixty percent of Americans want stricter regulations of financial institutions. But nearly the same proportion says we're suffering from too much regulation on business. That kind of illogic--or, if you prefer, susceptibility to rhetorical manipulation--is what locks the status quo in place.
At the root of this kind of self-contradiction is our historical, nationally characterological ambivalence about government. We want Washington and the states to fix all of our problems now. At the same time, we want government to shrink, spend less, and reduce our taxes. We dislike government in the abstract: According to CNN, 67 percent of people favor balancing the budget even when the country is in a recession or a war, which is madness. But we love government in the particular: Even larger majorities oppose the kind of spending cuts that would reduce projected deficits, let alone eliminate them. Nearly half the public wants to cancel the Obama stimulus, and a strong majority doesn't want another round of it. But 80-plus percent of people want to extend unemployment benefits and to spend more money on roads and bridges. There's another term for that stuff: more stimulus spending.The usual way to describe such inconsistent demands from voters is to say that the public is an angry, populist, tea-partying mood.
Pelosi Can't Quite Get Wit' Da' PC
I love the part where she says, "Whatever the name was in those days ..."
I'll try to help out here.
The name back then, since Pelosi isn't clear about it, was "Niggers". Good thing she couldn't remember it.
The Infidel World May Have Come Up With A Solution To The Threat Of An EMP Attack
The battery's dead: Scientists invent wafer-thin plastic that can store electricity
Rebuttal and debunking of the Scott Horton/Harper's claim of Murder
Here now is a rebuttal from an equally serious source, Rowan Scarborough who works with Bill Gertz.
Harper's Is Wrong on Gitmo SuicidesPosted 01/29/2010 ET
Harper's Magazine has topped all previous left-wing conspiracy stories on the Guantanamo prison by weaving a preposterous tale of murder and torture in what it presents is one of the most extensive cover-up in military history.
To believe Harper's -- and activist lawyer Scott Horton, the article's author -- you have to accept that three terrorist detainees did not hang themselves on the night of June 9, 2006, as the military said, but were killed by their captors.
The coverup, Harper's charges, involved the guards in Camp Delta cell block Alpha, the prison's commanding officer, the admiral who ran the Gitmo task force, the Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and forensic pathologists for the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
The trouble for Harper's is that when its wild speculation is compared with facts, the Jan. 18 story collapses. The overwhelming evidence, to both the Bush and Obama administrations, is that the three committed suicide in a coordinated jihadi pact ordered by the terrorists' leadership inside the prison. They left suicide notes in their pockets depicting themselves as martyrs. The NCIS found other writings to that effect.
The Obama-run Pentagon and NCIS issued this statement:
"An article in Harper's Magazine on-line claiming that the suicides were actually homicides, and the NCIS knowingly participated in a coverup of those killings, is nonsense. NCIS categorically and unequivocally rejects these accusations. The Harper's article incorporates a great deal of supposition, intended to fill in where details are unknown to the author. It contains numerous factual errors."
(Donaueschingen) A dentist in Germany, on finding out the name of her next patient was Cihad (the Turkish version of Jihad), refused to see him stating that she considered his name a declaration of war on non-Muslims and sent him away.Watcher writes:
Well, unhappy at how they were treated by people they obviously hate, the family have stated they may press charges over discrimination over the alleged incident which happened on Tuesday.
While I agree that the dentist is wrong, I wonder if the family is seeking compensation in the form of free treatment in order to keep their mouths shut? Nothing wrong with that, but naming your child after a holy war while living amongst the people you class as the enemy surely demands a few questions to be asked about the family and why they live in the West.
Infidel Story Of The Day:
UK: Top British Academic Says Muslims Would Be More Tolerant of Others If They Started Drinking Wine...
From Weasel Zippers:
(Daily Star)- A TOP British academic reckons Muslims would be more tolerant if they started drinking wine.Professor Roger Scruton controversially claims a glass or two would help them to be “gentle with others”. He insisted: “Muslims must learn again to drink and should be piously applying themselves to the task.” Dr Scruton even said “lunatic” preachers such as hook-handed Abu Hamza, 51, Anjem Choudary, 42, and Omar Bakri, 52, had got Islam wrong. Most Muslims shun alcohol because a passage in The Koran brands it “Satan’s handiwork”. But the professor, 65, said great Muslim scholars of history were “winos”. He told wine magazine Decanter: “It is one of the tragedies of our time that those great winos should have ceased to be the leading authorities on how the Holy Book is interpreted."
Friday, February 05, 2010
From Atlas Shrugs:
The Muslims are in now in control. When you have a school meeting to discuss bullying with parents and ban the fathers because Muslim women's husbands believe that women should not take part in something if other men are present, thenthe West is gone with nary a whimper. Who is bullying? The Muslim students. What sway or authority does a subjugated Muslim mother have over her son? I mean, really. She is a slave. Only the father has influence, and it stands to reason that based on Islamic teachings, he invariably approves of such bullying. It's what they do.
Armaros adds, The real story of course is buried between the lines. What is this bullying problem and how is it so bad that new rules needed to be applied in order to be able to bring in Muslim parents to PTA.
I don't really condemn the principal for doing what he did. He had no choice. He doesn't choose his students and has seen bullying get out of control. For this he needs to communicate with parents. That is his job. Alternatively he would have been required to speak the truth and tell it how it is. For that he would have lost his job, probably ended up in court and perhaps even ended up dead at the hands of the faithful.
So this is Sharia creep at its best. Our kids will beat your kids. We will not discipline them as they are performing Hijra and Jihad and if you want to speak to us, you need to convert your school to a mosque with segregated PTA, Halal food and other demands. Otherwise your kids will be beaten in school.
I wonder if this was the same Danish school district which advised Jewish parents to remove their kids for their safety.
Bullying of girls by Muslimas has been documented in Germany a few weeks ago, the excuse is that these infidel little whores wear no veil and are flaunting their blond hair.
Once Wilders is convicted, kids in European schools will be submitted to Sharia. No principal, teacher or educator will risk a career and the Muslims know this. They will impose upon kids a fear and respect of Islam as kids understand simple rules. The strong survive, the weak perish. So this will aid proslytization.
Only France has realized this and banned veils in schools. They saw what it can do to kids. More will wear it and more will join the strong "in crowd."
From Tea and Politics:
The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has reacted furiously to the trailer of an online movie spoofing a murder attempt on Mr Wilders.
The trailer is available on the website of publicly-funded radio station FunX, which targets a young urban audience. Freedom Party MP Martin Bosma has said his party will ask Media Minister Ronald Plasterk whether “an over-subsidised multi-culti radio station” should be receiving government money if it is putting out “suggestive” movies. A government spokesperson explained to reporters that there is no preventive censorship in the Netherlands. Only after a broadcaster commits an offence can legal action be taken, according to the spokesperson.
The Freedom Party points out that Mr Wilders is living under constant heavy police protection following a number of credible death threats. “It is disgusting to turn that into entertainment.”
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Feb 5th 2010 | WASHINGTON, DC
More evidence that America is experiencing a jobless recovery
A WEEK ago, Americans were told that their economy had expanded for a second consecutive quarter, and rapidly at that: output grew at an annual rate of 5.7%. This week, they are reminded that a return to growth has yet to benefit the jobless. The economy lost 20,000 jobs in January, a decline driven by the loss of 75,000 jobs in the construction sector. Economists had forecast an increase in employment of around 15,000. The unemployment rate, based on household rather than establishment data, showed a slight improvement, dropping from 10% to 9.7%, but nearly 15m Americans remain unemployed. As Larry Summers put it in Davos last week, the American economy is experiencing "a statistical recovery and a human recession".
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The Soviets couldn't hold it. Britain couldn't hold it.
We have the most powerful and well trained army history has ever seen. And we're losing our hold as well.
But to blame that on battlefield commanders is ludicrous. The War in Afghanistan has been misfought from very early on from the top down. Much of that is to be blamed on the risk averse politically correct society we have allowed ourselves to become.
Befriend the locals. Careful where you bomb. No collateral damage. Treat them nice and they may give us the info we need.
Patton would be ashamed.
Now understand, I have no problem with reprimanding or cashiering battlefield commanders for failures when responsibility can clearly be shown. It took Lincoln four years until he found one that could fight and wasn't afraid to do what needed to be done to win.
But in Afghanistan no clear goals have ever really been established beyond Get Bin Laden.
So how can you hope tactics will win a war when the strategy has been fucked from the start?
And then compound that by taking your eye off the ball. We went into Iraq and Afghanistan became The Other War, In Other News.
And that gets laid squarely on Mr. Bush and Mr Obama. And, of course, the MSM who pounded it into our heads nightly.
How do you reckon that made the troop and his officers on the ground feel? Undersupplied, seemingly backwatered.
So before Obama and his crones start passing the buck, perhaps he should take a good hard look in the mirror at where the blame should really fall.
I understand he likes to look in the mirror often.
Washington Post h/t Christian Soldier:
U.S. commanders in Afghanistan face tougher discipline for battlefield failures
By Greg Jaffe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 5, 2010
The U.S. military has reprimanded an unusually large number of commanders for battlefield failures in Afghanistan in recent weeks, reflecting a new push by the top brass to hold commanders responsible for major incidents in which troops are killed or wounded, said senior military officials.
The military does not release figures on disciplinary actions taken against field commanders. But officials familiar with recent investigations said letters of reprimand or other disciplinary action have been recommended for officers involved in three ambushes in which U.S. troops battled Taliban forces in remote villages in 2008 and 2009. Such administrative actions can scuttle chances for promotion and end a career if they are made part of an officer's permanent personnel file.
The investigations are a departure for the U.S. military, which until recently has been reluctant to second-guess commanders whose decisions might have played a role in the deaths of soldiers in enemy action. Disciplinary action has been more common in cases in which U.S. troops have injured or killed civilians.
In response to the recent reprimands, some military officials have argued that casualties are inevitable in war and that a culture of excessive investigations could make officers risk-averse.
"This is a war where the other side is trying, too," said one Army officer who commanded troops in Afghanistan and requested anonymity in order to speak freely.
As many as five battlefield commanders have received letters of reprimand in the past month or have been the subject of an investigation by a general who recommended disciplinary action. A sixth commander received a less-severe formal letter of admonishment. None of the investigations or letters of reprimand has been released publicly.
The reprimands come amid growing political pressure from lawmakers who have pushed the military to assign greater accountability for incidents in which large numbers of U.S. troops are killed or wounded. The Pentagon's top leaders -- Adm. Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs chairman, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates -- also have been quicker to dismiss senior officers, fostering a change in the overall culture. In 2009 they relieved the top commander in Afghanistan for his stewardship of the war. "The issue of holding people accountable is something Admiral Mullen watches very, very carefully," said a senior military official.
The military's invigorated focus on accountability also seems driven by commanders' experience in war zones. Many of today's senior commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan are on their second or third combat tours and are more willing to judge their field subordinates. Meanwhile, the military is showing a greater willingness to study and learn from its mistakes, senior military officials said.
The change is particularly evident in the Army's response to ambushes on U.S. troops in the villages of Wanat and Kamdesh, both in eastern Afghanistan.
In the Wanat ambush, which left nine soldiers dead in 2008, a colonel from the local unit investigated the attack. He concluded that the troops fought bravely and committed no serious errors, despite reports from soldiers that they were left short of basic supplies, such as water and construction material, to build defenses.
Retired Col. David Brostrom, the father of the deceased platoon leader at Wanat, pressed the Pentagon for more than a year to launch a new probe into the attack, and also enlisted the support of several lawmakers, including Sen. James Webb (D-Va.). Last fall, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, named a three-star Marine Corps general to launch a new investigation of the battle, which was completed last week. Petraeus was the commander in Iraq when the initial probe was conducted.
The second Wanat probe recommends that the company, battalion and brigade commanders who oversaw the battle face possible disciplinary action, said military officials. U.S. Central Command planned to release the findings of the new investigation last week but changed course after Mullen asked senior Army officials to review the 4,000-page probe to determine whether disciplinary action is needed against the chain of command.
"He wanted to slow things down and give the Army, as an institution, a chance to review the investigation in case there were any accountability issues. He felt very strongly about it," said Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman for Mullen.
The handling of the Wanat ambush appears to have set a precedent for how such investigations are conducted. In the attack last fall in Kamdesh, in which eight U.S. soldiers were killed, senior Army officials quickly dispatched a three-star general from outside Afghanistan to investigate the battle. This was done at the request of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, officials said.
On Wednesday, the families of the soldiers killed at Kamdesh received a call from an Army casualty assistance officer. The officer read from a prepared script informing them that the investigation was completed and that members of Congress would be briefed on its findings as early as Thursday.
The script praised the bravery of the troops at the Kamdesh outpost, which was briefly overrun by the enemy. It also suggested that commanders should have focused more attention on improving the base's defenses and on analyzing intelligence reports that the enemy was planning a large-scale assault.
The final investigation recommended that the squadron commander overseeing the outpost receive a letter of reprimand. The brigade commander was given a less-severe letter of admonishment, said military officials.
Both the squadron and brigade commanders overseeing the Kamdesh outpost had been pressing to close it for months after they determined that it made no sense to keep troops in the area. But plans to close the outpost were regularly delayed because of pressure from Afghan officials, who did not want to cede territory to the Taliban, and because of other missions deemed a higher priority.
Some family members of the deceased soldiers in the Kamdesh ambush said the officers who postponed shuttering the base, know as Combat Outpost Keating, should also be held accountable. "Combat Outpost Keating was predisposed to fail and it did," said John Petro, grandfather of Spec. Stephan Mace, who was killed at Kamdesh.
In the third incident that has resulted in a reprimand, four Marines were killed near the eastern Afghanistan village of Ganjgal when they were ambushed on their way to a meeting with local villagers. Senior Marine officials alleged that the Army battalion in the area was slow to provide artillery support to ward off the attack. After an investigation, the battalion executive officer, who was the senior officer on duty at the time, received a letter of reprimand, Army officials said.
Pat Condell: The Crooked Judges Of Amsterdam
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Germany: Minaret Debate Turns Nasty
But, you know, Spiegel believes it's ok to live in la-la land, so we'll just let them.
From the la-la land dwellers:
I can't figure out why German people would be worried about Turkish invasions, unless maybe it has something to do with history. Let's look. Oh yes, here it is:
"Willkommen," reads the stencilled print on the wall along the riverside boardwalk in the small town of Völklingen. Not content to just welcome its German guests, however, the message is translated into a number of languages. "Bienvenue ... bienvenidos ... velkommen," it reads. And "hosgeldiniz," a nod to the city's substantial Turkish population.
Elsewhere in the city -- particularly in the quarter known as Wehrden -- Muslim immigrants may not feel quite as welcome. A small mosque on the banks of the Saar River there has applied for a permit to build a small minaret on its roof -- triggering a wave of at-times vehement protest reminiscent of the fuss surrounding theto ban minarets in the country.
"I am against the Islamification of our fatherland!" reads a message, posted by "Tommy" on the Web site of the local paper Saarbrücker Zeitung. "Islam is the greatest threat facing humanity," he adds.
In a town meeting held on the subject in late January, a number of locals came out against the minaret plan. According to Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung, several expressed fears that Germany was being "infiltrated" by "the Turks."
The plan foresees a minaret stretching a mere eight meters (26 feet) above the roof. The head of the Turkish-Muslim community planning the minaret, Adnan Atakli, has assured locals that there are no plans to broadcast calls to prayer from the minaret and that he merely sees it as an "ornament."
Doesn't Shy Away from Far-Right Rhetoric
And not everyone has come out against the plans. Many have pointed out that such an adornment would only improve the not-terribly-attractive quarter where the mosque is located. Furthermore, almost 10 percent of the Völklingen population is made up of immigrants, many of them Muslims. Some say it only makes sense that they be allowed to build a small minaret.
Still, politesse has hardly characterized the debate in Völklingen. Indeed, the back and forth is reminiscent of the campaign in Cologne in 2008 to block the construction of a mosque there. The campaign was led by a group called Pro-Cologne, a group that doesn't shy away from far-right rhetoric. Similar debates have taken place in numerous European countries as the right wing seeks to tap into widespread skepticism toward Islam.
The Swiss referendum, which saw 57.5 percent of voters come out against the minaret ban, clearly showed just how anchored anti-Muslim sentiment may be in Europe. Indeed, a group called Pro-NRW (short for the German state North Rhine-Westphalia) now plans to cooperate with right-wing political parties in numerous European countries to organize a European Union-wide minaret referendum.
Islam's 'Quest for Power'
The debate in Völklingen is once again showing how quickly right-wing rhetoric can cross over into the mainstream when it comes to debates on Islam in Europe. Local right-wing extremists -- two of whom are in the Völklingen city council -- have argued that minarets are "symbols of Turkish dominance." They point to a speech given by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in February 2008 in Cologne. In it, he said that "mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, the domes our helmets and the believers are our soldiers."
The Völklingen mosque belongs to the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), which has close ties to Turkey. "We are being quietly infiltrated by the Turks!" said one participant at the late January town meeting, according to Die Tageszeitung.
The local news paper, however, has used the exact same rhetoric on its editorial pages. "This minaret should not be built," the Saarbrücker Zeitung wrote in late January. "It symbolizes Islam's quest for power and is nothing less than a provocation. In the course of the Muslim conquests, minarets were first used as watch towers and only subsequently as religious symbols. Following the violent seizure of new territories, minarets were built as manifestations of Muslim rule."
Minaret opponents are now looking into the possibility of holding a referendum on the issue in Völklingen. Yet another one.
The Siege of Vienna in 1529 was the first attempt by the Ottoman Empire, led by Suleiman the Magnificent, to capture the city of Vienna, Austria. The siege signalled the pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire's power, the maximum extent of Ottoman expansion in central Europe (see Ottoman wars in Europe), and was the result of a long-lasting rivalry with Europe. Thereafter, 150 years of bitter military tension and reciprocal attacks ensued, culminating in the Battle of Vienna in 1683, which marked the start of the Great Turkish War by European powers to remove the Ottoman presence.
The Ottoman failure to capture Vienna in 1529 turned the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe, which had previously claimed Southeastern Hungary as a vassal state in the wake of the Battle of Mohács. According to Toynbee, "The failure of the first [siege of Vienna] brought to a standstill the tide of Ottoman conquest which had been flooding up the Danube Valley for a century past."
There is speculation by some historians that Suleiman's main objective in 1529 was in actuality to reassert Ottoman control over Hungary, the western part of which still held out as an independent monarchy known as Royal Hungary. The decision to attack Vienna after such a long interval in Suleiman's European campaign is viewed as an opportunistic manoeuvre after his decisive victory in Hungary. Other scholars theorize that the suppression of Hungary simply marked the prologue to a later, premeditated invasion of Europe.
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Security A Concern Ahead of LNG Shipments From Yemen
Yemeni LNG in Boston Harbor a worry to someFrom the Chronicle:
Not so for Boston.
So combine the expected arrival of LNG from a new Yemeni natural gas project at the terminal this month with the unsuccessful Christmas Day airline bombing based out of Yemen, and you get some worried Bostonians.
But the U.S. Coast Guard has particular security measures in place for the Yemeni shipments, according to WBZ TV:
Coast Guard Capt. John Healey said Monday the shipments, set to begin at the end of the month, have been under review for nearly a year.
Healey, captain of the port, declined to give details of the security measures but said he will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to allow each ship to continue to an offloading area in densely populated Everett, Mass.
It's the first time that shipments from the LNG plant located at Balhaf, on the eastern coast of Yemen, will be delivered to Boston. The first shipment to the United States from the plant operated by French energy giant GDF Suez arrived near Sabine, Texas, over the weekend, Healey said.
While Yemen's ports meet international security standards, American authorities say additional security is necessary.
That could include additional screening of the crew, extra inspections on the ship and making sure the condition of the ship does not change by the time it gets to the U.S., Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said in an interview with The Associated Press.
About 30 shipments from Yemen to Boston are expected annually during a 20-year contract with the company.
As a native of the Boston area I can attest that up until several years ago most Bostonians were hardly aware there was an LNG terminal in the city. It's located next to what used to be a veteran's hospital that was later turned into high-end condominiums (my family almost bought one of the units).
Once again, we find that we have to pay extra money to protect ourselves from the Jihadis in our midst. Having a thriving Islamic community can get pretty expensive. It must be worth it.
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
has never had the port of its dreams. Its river shipping last year slipped below 700,000 tons, a far cry from the predicted 3 million tons annually that sold Congress on building the St. Anthony lock and dam.
But that’s not stopping the city from making plans to spend several million dollars on beefing up riverfront security over the next five years, with federal help. Friday the City Council endorsed spending nearly $1.4 million of that sum.
Although federal port funds are paying the tab, city emergency chief said the benefits will go beyond preventing terrorist attacks on shipping.
From where might this threat come? The Somali community, where else!
Although Minneapolis lacks enough shipping to crack the most recent list of the nation’s top 150 ports compiled by the , Forte sees a threat.
“We have to consider ourselves a ,” he said Friday. The director of said the city’s biggest vulnerability comes from youths who have gone overseas and been trained in explosives, as a few Somalis have*.
Read the rest at RefugeeResettlementWatch.
Massive increase in anti-semitic attacks in Britanistan
Europe is returning to it's roots. But now, instead of having to do the dirty work, they have the help (their Muslim population) do it for them.
From the BBC:
Yep, that's true. Anti-Semitism is a barometer of the relative sanity of a culture. The more anti-Semitism, the more the culture is slipping into a mentally ill state of chaos.
Attacks on Jews in the UK reached record levels in 2009, according to figures compiled within the community.
The Community Security Trust (CST) said it had recorded 924 incidents over the year, 55% more than the previous high of 598 incidents in 2006.
The organisation, which monitors incidents against Jewish people and organisations, said the rise was linked to last year's Gaza conflict.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown described the figures as "deeply troubling".
In a statement issued through the CST, Gordon Brown said: "The increase in anti-Semitic incidents recorded by CST in the early part of last year is deeply troubling and I want to be unequivocal today.
"I am a proud friend of Israel and welcome a robust debate about how we ensure both a secure Israel and a viable Palestinian state existing side by side.
Graffiti in north-east London, January 2009
"The debate is welcome, but no strength of feeling can ever justify violent extremism or attacks and we will stand firm against all those who would use anti-Israeli feeling as an excuse or disguise for anti-Semitism and attacks on the Jewish community."
One incident included strips of bacon being placed on the door handles of a Leeds synagogue. On another occasion, a 12-year-old girl, the only Jew at her school, was surrounded by other pupils who chanted "death to Jews".
Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove said: "Every one in public life - politicians, media figures, academics and community leaders - has to recognise that this growth in anti-Semitism is a stain on our society.
"History tells us that whenever Jewish individuals feel less safe, society as a whole is becoming less free. We must learn the lessons of the past."
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Breaking: Unemployment at 9.7% – New Counting Method Saved or Created 541,000 Jobs
Today at Gateway Pundit:
US Loses Another 20,000 Jobs But Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.7%
It’s an Obama world. Up is down. Square is round. Trucks are jokes. And, losing 20,000 jobs actually brings down the unemployment rate.
The US lost another 20,000 jobs in January but the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7%. The new counting methods saved or created 541,000 jobs.
The AP reported:
The unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly in January to 9.7 percent from 10
percent while employers shed 20,000 jobs, the government said Friday.
The rate dropped because a survey of households found the number of employed Americans rose by 541,000, the Labor Department said. The job losses are calculated from a separate survey of employers.
The report also included an annual revision to the estimates of total payrolls, which showed there were 930,000 fewer jobs last March than previously estimated. The
department also revised down its estimates for April through October of last year, adding another 433,000 job losses.
The November figure was revised higher, however, to show a gain of 64,000 jobs.
All told, the Great Recession has eliminated 8.4 million jobs, the department said. That’s the most of any recession since World War II as a proportion of total payrolls.
The Great Peasant Revolt of 2010
by Charles Krauthammer
Posted 02/05/2010 ET
"I am not an ideologue," protested President Obama at a gathering with Republican House members last week. Perhaps, but he does have a tenacious commitment to a set of political convictions.
Compare his 2010 State of the Union to his first address to Congress a year earlier. The consistency is remarkable. In 2009, after passing a $787 billion (now $862 billion) stimulus package, the largest spending bill in galactic history, he unveiled a manifesto for fundamentally restructuring the commanding heights of American society -- health care, education and energy.
A year later, after stunning Democratic setbacks in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, Obama gave a stay-the-course State of the Union address (a) pledging not to walk away from health care reform, (b) seeking to turn college education increasingly into a federal entitlement, and (c) asking again for cap-and-trade energy legislation. Plus, of course, another stimulus package, this time renamed a "jobs bill."
This being a democracy, don't the Democrats see that clinging to this agenda will march them over a cliff? Don't they understand Massachusetts?
Well, they understand it through a prism of two cherished axioms: (1) The people are stupid and (2) Republicans are bad. Result? The dim, led by the malicious, vote incorrectly.
Liberal expressions of disdain for the intelligence and emotional maturity of the electorate have been, post-Massachusetts, remarkably unguarded. New York Times columnist Charles Blow chided Obama for not understanding the necessity of speaking "in the plain words of plain folks," because the people are "suspicious of complexity." Counseled Blow: "The next time he gives a speech, someone should tap him on the ankle and say, 'Mr. President, we're down here.'"
A Time magazine blogger was even more blunt about the ankle-dwelling mob, explaining that we are "a nation of dodos" that is "too dumb to thrive."
Obama joined the parade in the State of the Union address when, with supercilious modesty, he chided himself "for not explaining it (health care) more clearly to the American people." The subject, he noted, was "complex." The subject, it might also be noted, was one to which the master of complexity had devoted 29 speeches. Perhaps he did not speak slowly enough.
Then there are the emotional deficiencies of the masses. Nearly every Democratic apologist lamented the people's anger and anxiety, a free-floating agitation that prevented them from appreciating the beneficence of the social agenda the Democrats are so determined to foist upon them.
That brings us to Part 2 of the liberal conceit: Liberals act in the public interest, while conservatives think only of power, elections, self-aggrandizement and self-interest.
It is an old liberal theme that conservative ideas, being red in tooth and claw, cannot possibly emerge from any notion of the public good. A 2002 New York Times obituary for philosopher Robert Nozick explained that the strongly libertarian implications of Nozick's masterwork, "Anarchy, State, and Utopia," "proved comforting to the right, which was grateful for what it embraced as philosophical justification." The right, you see, is grateful when a bright intellectual can graft some philosophical rationalization onto its thoroughly base and self-regarding politics.
This belief in the moral hollowness of conservatism animates the current liberal mantra that Republican opposition to Obama's social democratic agenda -- which couldn't get through even a Democratic Congress and powered major Democratic losses in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts -- is nothing but blind and cynical obstructionism.
By contrast, Democratic opposition to George W. Bush -- from Iraq to Social Security reform – constituted dissent. And dissent, we were told at the time, including by candidate Obama, is "one of the truest expressions of patriotism."
No more. Today, dissent from the governing orthodoxy is nihilistic malice. "They made a decision," explained David Axelrod, "they were going to sit it out and hope that we failed, that the country failed" -- a perfect expression of liberals' conviction that their aspirations are necessarily the country's, that their idea of the public good is the public's, that their failure is therefore the nation's.
Then comes Massachusetts, an election Obama himself helped nationalize, to shatter this most self-congratulatory of illusions.
For liberals, the observation that "the peasants are revolting" is a pun. For conservatives, it is cause for uncharacteristic optimism. No matter how far the ideological pendulum swings in the short term, in the end the bedrock common sense of the American people will prevail.
The ankle-dwelling populace pushes back. It re-centers. It renormalizes. Even in Massachusetts.