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Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Drinking Game

(With a hat tip to Bob Mack)

The Barack Hussein Obama 2011 State of the Union Drinking Game!

Just one of the rules of the game:
Whenever the president defends ObamaCare, everybody drinks two shots of beer. If he mentions Congress voting to repeal it, everyone drinks a whole beer and throws hot dogs at the television. The first person to hit Nancy Pelosi in the head is exempt from having to drink two shots of bourbon.
See the rest of the rules at HERE.

Who wants to play?

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The Ghadir Iranian Domestic Sub? Iran paying North Korea for development of midget submarines

In Nov 2007 Villagers with Torches published this.

Now through Bill Gertz’s publication set we find this:

Western intelligence sources said Iran and North Korea have exchanged technology and expertise on the development and assembly of so-called midget submarines. They said Iran has provided financing for North Korean development as well as tested several prototypes since 2008.

“The arrangement is simple: Iran pays for North Korean development and gets the first platforms off the production line,” an intelligence source said.

Daedong-B midget submarine.

The sources said Iran has been testing North Korean-developed midget submarines with attack capabilities. They said Pyongyang has produced the Daedong-B, which measures 17 meters and designed to contain torpedos.

Daedong-B, with a width of four meters and height of two 2.2 meters, was tested in North Korea in 2010. The sources said North Korea invited Iranian Navy and defense officials for briefings on the submarine trials.

“As has been amply demonstrated by the navies of North Korea and Iran, these small vessels make good platforms for ambushes even at submerged depths of 150 feet, enough room for the midget submersible to maneuver,” the U.S. consultant, Forecast International, said.

“These submarines cannot travel too far on their own, and depend on support vessels to extend their range. However, in their shallow water element where sonar returns are cluttered, they can prove quiet and deadly. Their capabilities include the ability to lay mines or insert commandos on beaches.”

On Dec. 7, the South Korean daily JoongAng quoted intelligence sources as saying that Western satellites have tracked North Korean trials of Daedong-B. The newspaper said Daedong-B has already been armed with torpedo launch tubes that measure four meters.

“Intense military exercises with the midget submarines were conducted by North Korea in July, and recently while South Korean and U.S. troops were holding joint exercises,” a South Korean intelligence official said.

Iran was said to have already procured North Korea’s Yono-class mini-submarine. The sources said the Iranian Defense Ministry renamed the platform when introduced into service in 2010.

The sources said Yono and Daedong-B could play a major role in any Iranian Navy attack on merchant ships and Western naval vessels in the Gulf.

They said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, adopting Pyongyang’s strategy against South Korea, was developing attack operations that could not be traced to Teheran.

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One small reason for hope: Immelt’s claim -“we have returned many GE appliance manufacturing jobs to the States” - IT’S TRUE !

In his WaPo Op-Ed new Obama economic jobs and recovery leader, GE’s Jeffrey Immelt claimed we have returned many GE appliance manufacturing jobs to the States by collaborating with our unions and making our operations more efficient.”

This sounded hard to believe so with a little research here is what I found..

MAY 2008

Good-bye to GE Appliances

Posted by: Diane Brady on May 14, 2008

Ask many Americans what they associate with General Electric and they’ll give you two words: light bulbs and ovens. Ask investors what they would like to see GE dropkick from its family and you’ll often hear the same words.

Now a piece in The Wall Street Journal says GE is about to put its appliances business on the auction block. While GE won’t comment on the report, offloading the unit makes a lot of sense. It could bring up to $8 billion into GE’s coffers and get rid of a business that no longer fits GE’s mission. GE may decide to spin off the business or get into a partnership, too.

Pundits will likely attribute the timing of this move to GE’s startling earnings miss last quarter. On April 12, GE announced a 6% drop in first-quarter earnings, related to the credit crunch, and CEO Jeff Immelt cut the company’s profit outlook for the year. The stock plunged 13%, amid a spate of analyst downgrades. The stock price issue has dogged Immelt, who took over for Jack Welch in September 2001 with the stock trading around $40 a share; it’s now hovering above $32.

Immelt has to do something to show he’s steering the $173 billion company in a better direction. And the $7 billion appliances business has been a sore point with Immelt for some time.

2009:

A new lease on life for GE’s Appliance Park

GE Consumer & Industrial confirmed earlier media reports that it will manufacture energy efficient hybrid electric water heaters in Louisville, KY, at its Appliance Park manufacturing campus. The new production line will create about 400 jobs.

OCT 2010

Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) — General Electric Co. plans to spend $432 million and add 500 U.S. jobs to design and make energy- efficient refrigerators, returning positions to a division up for sale as recently as 2008.

Factories and design centers in Bloomington, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Decatur, Alabama; and Selmer, Tennessee, will open during the next four years, Fairfield, Connecticut- based GE said. Designs will incorporate Energy Star standards in effect in 2014 and target the U.S.

GE has invested more than $1 billion in its appliance unit, creating more than 1,300 jobs since 2009. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt said in a September speech that he planned to bring appliance jobs back from China and Mexico, because U.S. workers were making higher-quality products for less. Employees and unions agreed to cut expenses, including reducing starting wages for production employees.

“This is a big commitment on the part of GE to transform the business and put us in a much different place,” Jim Campbell, head of the appliances and lighting division, said today in an interview with reporters.

The company decided to invest at a time when the industry is suffering so that GE will be ready with new products when business picks up, Campbell said. The industry expects to sell about 38 million units in the U.S. this year, down from about 50 million in 2006 during the housing boom, he said.

Dec 2010

After Cutting Losses, GE Refocuses On Manufacturing

by TBEREZOWSKY on DECEMBER 13, 2010

The New York Times published a profile of Jeffrey Immelt, GE’s CEO, last Sunday titled “G.E. Goes With What It Knows: Making Stuff,” lauding his singular efforts to bring the company back from focusing on its financial divisions, instead putting the emphasis on – gasp! – actually making and building things.

Yep, you know that when one of the “bluest of blue-chip” companies has to get out the media megaphone to announce its “come to Jesus” moment – realizing that manufacturing, the cornerstone of the past that the company was built on is now the wave of the future – something is changing in the air.

Indeed, Steve Lohr, the Times’ veteran business reporter, invokes the term (as well as the feeling of) “change” in the profile almost as many times as there are numbers of GE products – “drive change,” “drive growth and change,” “efforts to push large-scale change” – but, alas, as the saying goes: the more things change, the more they stay the same. The issue here isn’t change at all. A return to manufacturing simply seems imminent, so going back to an old classic shouldn’t feel any different at all.

But, after a decade or more of so many companies getting on the financial services bandwagon, it seemed natural for builders and makers like those at GE to get caught up in the financial world.

“The big buildup of GE Capital occurred during the tenure of Mr. Immelt’s famous predecessor, Jack Welch,” Lohr writes. “But while Mr. Immelt, who took over in 2001, spun off the unit’s insurance business, he also bulked up on commercial real estate and other loans. In 2004, G.E. even bought a subprime lender in California, WMC Mortgage, which it shed in 2007 for a $1 billion loss.”

We’ve long known that many companies in the metals sphere realize building things is the key to future economic stability – look no further than Nucor, whose progressive and extremely effective corporate culture needs no significant overhaul.

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Don't Let The Door Hit You In The Ass

Good Fucking Riddance

Yahoo:

Keith Olbermann gives abrupt goodbye to MSNBC show
By DAVID BAUDER, AP

NEW YORK – Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's most successful and controversial personality for his outspoken liberal prime-time program, gave an abrupt goodbye to viewers and said Friday was his last show.

It was not immediately known if he quit or was fired. Olbermann did not address the question, and MSNBC said only that they and Olbermann had ended their contract. He signed a four-year contract two years ago.

"MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors," the network said in a statement.

A spokesman said Phil Griffin, MSNBC's president, would not comment on Olbermann's exit. Spokesman Jeremy Gaines would say only that the acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast, which received regulatory approval this week, had nothing to do with the decision.

Olbermann was suspended without pay from the network for two days in November for donating to three Democratic candidates, which violated NBC News' policy on political donations. Olbermann complained that he was being punished for mistakenly violating an inconsistently applied rule that he had known nothing about.

The host apologized to fans — but not to the network.

MSNBC essentially molded the network in Olbermann's image. His program is MSNBC's top-rated, gaining in viewers after his evolution from a humorous look at the day's headline into a combatively political show in the latter days of the Bush administration. MSNBC decided that point-of-view programming was the way to go, and hired Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell — both occasional subs for Olbermann — to fill out its prime-time lineup.

His exit was so sudden that MSNBC didn't have time to change its ads; a "Lean Forward" promotion for the network featuring Olbermann aired within a half-hour of his final goodbye.

Olbermann, before leaving the show with a final signature toss of his script toward the camera, thanked his audience for sticking with him. As was often his habit on Friday nights, he read a James Thurber short story, this one titled "Scottie Who Knew Too Much" and published in 1940.
The story's final line: "It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all of the answers."

He thanked a series of people, including the late Tim Russert, but pointedly not Griffin or NBC News President Steve Capus.

"There were many occasions, particularly in the last 2 1/2 years, where all that surrounded the show — but never the show itself — was just too much for me," said Olbermann, whose father died recently. "But your support and loyalty and, if I may use the word, insistence, ultimately require that I keep going. My gratitude to you is boundless."

He said he was grateful to the network that he was given time to sign off, noting that when he left ESPN in the 1990s, he was given 30 seconds — cut in half at the last minute to get in tennis results.

But Olbermann was known for a mercurial personality behind the scenes and he was almost fired last year for the political donations. He quit a prime-time show on MSNBC in the late 1990s, complaining that management was making him report too much on President Bill Clinton's impeachment scandal.

He was particularly critical of Fox News Channel and his direct competitor, Bill O'Reilly, frequently naming him his "Worst Person in the World" in a segment popular with his fans. Bosses at NBC had discussed trying to keep the tone of the vitriol down.

Olbermann came in to work after the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, airing a special comment in which he promised to tone down inflammatory rhetoric and challenged others to do the same.

MSNBC announced that O'Donnell, who had frequently filled in for Olbermann before starting his own 10 p.m. show, will take over Olbermann's time slot starting Monday. "The Ed Show," with Ed Schultz, will move to 10 p.m. Cenk Uygur of the Web show "The Young Turks" will fill Schultz's vacated 6 p.m. time slot.

It's unclear what Olbermann's plans are now.

He could give a boost to struggling CNN's prime-time lineup, but Olbermann would mean CNN would make an abrupt shift in its nonpartisan policy. It was not immediately known how quickly Olbermann could switch to another job if he wanted to; such contract buyouts typically include noncompete clauses.

David Brock, founder and CEO of the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America, said Olbermann "led the charge" against "conservative misinformation in prime time."

"Keith is an innovator and extremely talented broadcaster who showed there was a market for progressive views on cable news," Brock said. "I'm sure we'll be hearing more of him soon, and I eagerly await hearing of his next move."

The mood was different at Newsbusters, a website operated by the conservative Media Research Center: "You guys at Newsbusters should really break out the champagne and party," wrote one reader about Olbermann.
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Mediaite says it was pretty much because he was a complete dick. I'm mean ass. I mean arrogant obnoxious prick. I mean impossible to work with. Oh hell, you know what I mean.

sources inside the network say it came down to the more mundane world of office politics–Olbermann was a difficult employee, who clashed with bosses, colleagues and underlings alike

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The Muslim world--an abject failure

For more than 40 years, a group of nations calling itself the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has attempted to further the interests of the Muslim world. How is the OIC doing in their mission? Let's take a quick look at some handy facts and statistics:


OIC members represent 22 per cent of the world population, have 2 per cent of the world`s GDP, 1.3 per cent of the world trade and only 1.5 per cent of the investments. Twenty five per cent of OIC population does not have access to medical facilities or safe drinking water.

Half of the population lives below the poverty line classified as the most poor. No Muslim country is in the top list of the Human Development Index or in any other global economic indicators.

This depressing picture of the Islamic countries is not limited to the economic and social spheres, in the realm of education and technology the facts are equally disappointing.

The OIC member countries possess 70 per cent of the world`s energy resources and 40 per cent of available raw material but their GDP is only 5 per cent of the world GDP. Muslim countries miserably lag behind in education and technology.

They produce only 500 PhDs each year as compared to 3,000 in India and 5,000 in the United Kingdom. None of their educational or research institutions or centres of excellence find place in the top 100 in the world.

Even countries like the various sheikdoms of the Gulf and Brunei, their coffers consistently chalk-full of cash, with money literally flowing out of the ground, have shown that they are consistently unable to fully provide for the welfare of their comparatively tiny populations. Does anyone still honestly think that the OIC can do anything meaningful to provide for the welfare of Muslims?  Another 40 years, or 400 years for that matter, would make no difference.

The only reasonable conclusion is that the self serving utterances of a 7th century warlord are a poor basis for improving the lot of humanity. No OIC summit or proclamation otherwise can obfuscate this truth.

crossposted at Pedestrian Infidel


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Israeli Olympic chiefs ready to help Palestinians, says committee
 
From Alexander Munch:

Representatives of Israel's Olympic committee are ready to help Palestinian athletes train for the London 2012 Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

The offer came during a "constructive and cooperative" first meeting of Israeli and Palestinian Olympic officials in the Swiss city of Lausanne hosted by IOC President Jacques Rogge, the Olympic body said in a statement.
The meeting at IOC headquarters was a first attempt to broker an agreement over obstacles Palestinian athletes and players say they face, hampering training and travel to compete in sports events.

"In the short run, priority will be given to assisting Palestinian athletes to move towards their dream of taking part in the Olympic Games in London next year," it added.

A second meeting will be held in two months time.

The Olympic chief's visit came two months after the head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee (POC) vowed "open war" against Israel, as the dispute escalated when Palestinian footballers were blocked at the Jordanian border.
"open war"  -  PLO Munich Massacre of 11 Israeli Athletes  ( 1972 )
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Obama adviser Mogahed says West must show respect for Islam to ease Muslim anger toward U.S.

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From Jihad Watch:

In their Gallup survey published under the hubristic title Who Speaks for Islam? What A Billion Muslims Really Think, Obama adviser Dalia Mogahed and Saudi-funded dhimmi pseudo-academic John Esposito cooked their data to increase the number of Muslim "moderates," counting as "moderate" Muslims who wanted Sharia rule, hated America, supported jihad-martyrdom suicide bombing, and opposed equality of rights for women.  

Mogahed also defended Sharia on a British TV show hosted by the jihadist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, saying it amounted to "gender justice."

"Obama adviser says politics roused Muslim anger towards US," by Habib Toumi for Gulf News, January 18 (thanks to Twostellas):
Manama: Politics, not religious differences, have roused Muslim anger towards the US, said Dalia Mogahed, US President Barack Obama's Adviser on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the White House Office. 
"We discovered that those who viewed the root cause of Muslim-West tensions to be political were more likely to see the conflict as avoidable. Those who viewed it as religious were more likely to see it as unavoidable," she said.
"However, we also found that religiosity in the Muslim community works to the advantage of engagement," Dalia, who is also Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center (ADGC) for Muslim Studies, said in a lecture on "Measuring the State of Muslim-West Relations," held in Kuwait by the Advocate for Westerners-Arab Relations (Aware) Centre on Monday evening.
Thus in Mogahed's world, if you see the cause of the tensions between the West and the Islamic world as religious, then you will more likely see that conflict as inevitable, but that will work to "the advantage of engagement." So apparently she thinks it is a good thing for people to see the conflict as caused by religion, although she actually thinks it is caused by politics.

And in the background of this gobbledegook is the fact that in the Islamic world, the distinction between politics and religion is purely artificial.
She based her statement on findings and recommendations of a research conducted by ADGC. The focus of her lecture was on attitudes by Muslims and Westerners toward interactions between their societies, highlighting new dimensions of the Muslim-West relationship.
"The theme of this lecture was highlighted by President Obama in his inaugural address and later in his famous speech in Cairo in early June 2009. His Cairo speech was received by a standing ovation, as optimism and hope filled up the room. As where have we gone from there, this is the question now," Egyptian-born Dalia said, quoted by Kuwait News Agency (Kuna).
Middle East and North Africa (Mena) peoples placed the highest importance on Muslim-West relations, and have shown the greatest degree of change in attitudes since Obama took office, she said, basing her statement on findings and recommendations of a research by ADGC.
"However, in 2010, Obama's approval rating decreased in several countries in this region.
Building on our finding that showing respect for Islam was an important component of improving Muslim-West relations, we found that this meant not only Westerners refraining from desecrating religious symbols, but also demonstrating fairness in Western government policies," she said.
Note that once again it is entirely the responsibility of the West to mend fences with Muslims. There is no hint of any possibility that Muslims might need to adjust their behavior in any way. In Obama and Mogahed's world, it's all our fault, at all times, in all particular situations.
Compared with residents in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, Dalia said those living in the Mena region place the highest level of importance on Muslim-West relations. 
"In 2009, 61 per cent of Mena residents - compared with 52 per cent of those living in Asia and 49 per cent of those in sub-Saharan Africa - said the quality of the interaction between the Muslim and Western worlds is important to them. In addition, Mena residents are the most likely to believe majority Muslim communities are committed to improving interactions with Western societies."
However, Dalia, citing research findings, said "when asked whether the West is committed to improving relations with the majority Muslim societies, minorities of residents in these three regions believe the West is committed."
It is taken for granted that majority Muslim societies are committed to improving relations with the West, despite zero evidence to substantiate that.
Between 2008 and 2009, approval of US leadership remained flat in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but it increased from 12 to 32 per cent in Mena, Dalia said. 
In answer to who is looking for improved relations, she said that across countries, individuals are classified as either "Ready" or "Not Ready" for Muslim-West engagement.
"Overall, Ready individuals perceive their own side (either Western or majority Muslim society) as committed to greater contact with the other. They are positive about greater interaction and believe conflict is avoidable. Not Ready individuals are doubtful of their communities' commitment and respect for the other side. They also reject greater interaction and view a Muslim-West conflict as inevitable."
As a key finding, Dalia said the most meaningful action to display respect for Islam revolves around religious symbols, as 72 per cent of Muslims say abstaining from desecrating Islam's holy book and religious symbols would be very meaningful to them....
In other words, curtail the freedom of speech and adopt Sharia restrictions regarding speech about Islam, and we'll be making progress.
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Human Rights Imperialism: leftist satire or moral collapse?


From Zombie at PJM:

The Guardian recently published a wicked satire of moral relativism, a Swiftian send-up entitled “End human rights imperialism now” with the classic sub-heading “Groups such as Human Rights Watch have lost their way by imposing western, ‘universal’ standards on developing countries.” 

Brilliant! Hahahahaha! I didn’t know the Guardian had branched out into humor.

But about five minutes after my laughter subsided, a horrible suspicion dawned on me: Could it be that the author was serious?

A quick re-read confirmed my fears. This was no joke. This was the modern left finally taking its last inevitable step into the abyss of moral oblivion.

A few quick quotes from this astonishing manifesto will introduce you to a disturbing new way of looking at the world ...
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T-Bone Walker & BB King
Sweet Sixteen

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TUNISIA IS FOLLOWING THE PATH OF IRAN: ISLAMISTS TAKING OVER
From the Astute Bloggers:
Tunisia's underground Islamic movement has emerged at the forefront of nationwide protests against its leadership and appears set to emerge as the strongest political force in elections.

... Tunisia's strong record of promoting women's rights and liberal stance on social issues such as the sale of alcohol is vulnerable as its political system is torn apart by the popular uprising.

Sana Bel Mkaddem, a Tunis resident, said she was fearful her rights would be eroded after elections. "We need to know what the parties represent. Most Tunisians are open-minded and view religion as a private issue but because of the past of this country, I'm worried that we could see the Islamisation that we've seen in other countries."
 Go read the whole thing. 

Also read this:
IS THE KINGDOM OF JORDAN THE NEXT TUNISIA?
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For WC, AoW and The Gathering Storm Show

Billie Holiday
One More For The Road



It's a little past three
There's no one in the place but Wc AoW and me
So set 'em up Pasto
I got a Jihad story
I think you should know
I'm drinkin' my friends
Until the end of this week's episode
So give me one for my Infidels
and one for the Gathering Storm Show

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Proofread, Please!

As a teacher of composition, I am always urging my students to proofread their work.

The White House could learn a lesson in that regard (hat tip to Cube):


Big Journalism comments:
Considering this Administration strutted into the White House behaving as though they were the most competent team of Internet geeks who would use digital media and social networking like never before, a simple thing like this really calls into question the oversight and attention to detail one should expect from our first Internet-President.
I concur because I'm particularly unforgiving when it comes to proofing copy.

And don't even get me started on Obama's many lapses in enunciation when he delivers speeches! **sigh**

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Even Celebrity Status Doesn't Break Through The Whitewash Of Islam

Not even when the victim of an Islamic-honor attack is Harry Potter's classmate.

From Jihad Watch, citing the Telegraph:
The brother of a Harry Potter star has been jailed for six months for a ''prolonged and nasty'' attack in which she was beaten and branded a ''slag'' for dating a non-Muslim.

Afshan Azad, 21, who played Padma Patil, a classmate of the teenage wizard, in the blockbuster Hollywood films based on JK Rowling's children's books, feared for her life during the three-hour ordeal, Manchester Crown Court heard.

She was punched, dragged around by her hair and strangled by her brother Ashraf Azad, 28, who threatened to kill her after he caught her talking on the phone to her Hindu boyfriend on May 21 last year, the court was told.

During the row at the family home in Longsight, Manchester, which also involved her mother and father, she was branded a ''slag'' and a ''prostitute'' and told: ''Marry a Muslim or you die!''...
Afshan Azad, the victim of the attack, pleaded for leniency for her brother - in a clear case of attempted murder.

Read the entire story HERE in the Telegraph.

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French FM attacked for country's support of Gilad Shalit

Michele Alliot-Marie was harrassed by a mob in Gaza:
French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie was attacked by a mob in Gaza on Friday morning. Her attackers were enraged over statements she had allegedly made the day before supporting human rights for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Alliot-Marie was mobbed as she entered Gaza, with a crowd surrounding her car, pounding on its windows, and throwing shoes at the vehicle. One person jumped on the car. Two children were pushed in front of the first car in Alliot-Marie's convoy, forcing the convoy to a stop while the attack continued.

One sign at the rally had a picture of Alliot-Marie with a red cross over her face. Others called on the foreign minister to leave Gaza.

Hamas police eventually stopped the furious protest and allowed the convoy to continue. Hamas leaders expressed sympathy with the rioters, saying Alliot-Marie's comments regarding Shalit reflected a “total bias toward Israel.”

Alliot-Marie was not hurt in the attack.
More from the Jerusalem Post:
Protesters were waiting for Alliot-Marie as she crossed from Israel into Gaza through the Erez Crossing, lying on the road and jumping on her vehicle. Hamas police eventually dispersed those protesters, but more gathered outside a United Nations office in Gaza City that was her first stop in the Palestinian territory, and later followed her to a nearby hospital, pelting her motorcade with eggs. AP Television footage showed Alliot-Marie narrowly dodging a shoe thrown by a protester as she climbed into a jeep under heavy guard.
Is the French government going to let Hamas off the hook and continue its existence after this? Sadly, it looks very possible.
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The Left Fears Sarah Palin Like No Other GOP Candidate

If Palin were, as some on the right tell us, a "joke" of a candidate, it hardly explains the desperation with which the professional propagandists -- ranging from John Podesta's Center for American Progress to Markos Moulitsas -- attack her.

On 2 September 2008, I reported on an information warfare operation launched against the McCain-Palin campaign. Just hours after John McCain had selected Sarah Palin as his VP candidate, proxies for candidate Obama launched a massive astroturfing operation.

The same lengthy message -- reportedly authored by a feminist in Alaska -- was posted in hundreds of discussion boards across the Internet in a matter of hours. This type of operation, of course, would have required a significant amount of work -- prepping messages and creating pre-positioned sock-puppet accounts.

Later that same month, The Jawa Report noted that several federal election laws appeared to have been broken in a series of similar incidents and implicated David Axelrod (who else?) in the morass. Dan Riehl offered a powerful executive summary of the research.

Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine the source of smears directed toward Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Those smears included false allegations that she belonged to a secessionist political party and that she has radical anti-American views.

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

Go read the whole thing at Doug Ross' Journal.
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North Mississippi Allstars
Moonshine



Stompin' My Foot

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Anna Fermanova - Russian Spy Chick - Almost Nude Nude

Sexy Spy Anna Fermanova Rivals Topless Anna Chapman: NSFW PicturesAnna Chapman is gone to work on her topless tango. And while we await to ses her in Nuts or Zoo, all eyes are on Anna Fermanova, a Russian hotness accused of trying to smuggle weapons parts onto a plane...


You know, she can smuggle my part anytime.





Anna Fermanova Latvian-born Anna Fermanova, 24, a beautician, cosmetologist and English teacher based in Texas. Photo: © ENTERPRISE NEWS AND PICTURES


Really, she's got a cool name and all, but who cares about Anna Fermanova?

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Terrorism Works: No Freedom of Religion or Speech in the UK


In the US when you burn a Quran we beg you not to. In the UK they arrest you.

Forget the wisdom of burning Qurans. Free speech is about speech you don't like, not speech that you like. There are no laws against calling baby polar bears cute.

If it's your Quran you can do with it as you wish. It's a book. Nothing more.

For the state to arrest someone for burning a book is as bad as the state encouraging the book to be burned in the first place.

This is like a bizarro Nazi Germany.
Go read the whole thing.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Islamic (Sharia law) Gains Ground in Precedent Setting Lawsuit


From Atlas Shrugs:
Shariah Law gains foothold in US: Federal judge upholds government funding of Islam; Thomas More Law Center files appeal
ANN ARBOR, MI - Last week, Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff, a federal district court judge in Michigan, dismissed a constitutional challenge to the U.S. Government‘s bailout of AIG, which used over a hundred million dollars in federal tax money to support Islamic religious indoctrination through the funding and promotion of Sharia-compliant financing (SCF). SCF is financing that follows the dictates of Islamic law.

The challenge was brought by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of TMLC, commented: "Judge Zatkoff‘s ruling allows for oil-rich Muslim countries to plant the flag of Islam on American soil. His ruling ignored the uncontested opinions of several Sharia experts and AIG‘s own website, which trumpeted Sharia-compliant financing as promoting the law of the Prophet Mohammed and as an ethical product, ‘and a new way of life.‘ 
His ruling ignored AIG‘s use of a foreign Islamic advisory board to control investing in accordance with Islamic law.

Continued Thompson: "This astonishing decision allows the federal government as well as AIG and other Wall Street bankers to explicitly promote Sharia law-- the 1200-year-old body of Islamic canon law based on the Koran, which demands the destruction of Western Civilization and the United States. This is the same law championed by Osama bin Laden and the Taliban; it is the same law that prompted the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks; and it is the same law that is responsible for the murder of thousands of Christians throughout the world. The Law Center will do everything it can to stop Sharia law from rearing its ugly head in America.
Click on the title to read the whole story at Atlas Shrugs.
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Australian Islamic Preacher: PM go and 'let the Muslims take over'

Where in the world do Muslims live where they are not agitating against the government.

But Pastorius, you may object, this Preacher is just one man.

Oh contraire, if he did not represent the will of the Muslim people at large, we would hear an organized Muslim resistance against this sedition.

But, we never do, do we?

From the Australian:
ISLAMIC preacher Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon points heavenwards to emphasise his message for the governments of Australia -- there is no God but Allah and only his laws should be obeyed. 
 
"My attack is on the Prime Minister of Australia," he said yesterday. "I hate the parliament in Canberra. I want to go straight for the jugular vein and advise the parliament that they have no right to legislate. They should immediately step down and let the Muslims take over."

An Australian-born convert to Islam, Siddiq-Conlon is the self-anointed leader of a group called Sharia4Australia, which is pushing for the introduction of sharia courts as a first step towards achieving Islamic law.

"One day Australia will live under sharia; it's inevitable," he said. "If they (Australians) don't accept it, that's not our problem. We hope, and our objective is to have a peaceful transition, but when you look at history that has never been the case. There's always been a fight. It is inevitable that one day there will be a struggle for Islam in Australia."

A masters graduate in architecture from the University of Technology Sydney, Siddiq-Conlon formed Sharia4Australia last year. He said he had three objectives. The first is to persuade Muslims they must hate "taghoot", the worship of any God other than Allah, which includes democracy.

"They must hate it, speak out against it. And, if that doesn't work, take action against it."

His other objectives are to advise elected governments they have no authority to rule, and to educate non-Muslims on the benefits of sharia, including punishments such as stoning adulterers and severing the hands of thieves.

"If chopping off the hands is the punishment given by the sharia court then we say glad tidings, because chopping off the hands -- when you understand what is sharia -- is a mercy to that person.

"Why is it a mercy getting your hands chopped off? Because it can be expiation for your sins. It is better to get punished in this life than to go underground into the grave or into the hellfire for eternity."

Siddiq-Conlon will join a debate tonight at the Parramatta Town Hall in Sydney on the merits of sharia versus democracy. The event was organised by self-styled debate promoter Zaky Mallah, who was acquitted of terrorism charges in 2005 but pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a commonwealth officer after his passport was cancelled.

The pro-democracy case will be argued by an Australian army veteran, self-described "concerned Aussie" and senior member of the pro-gun Firearms Forum, Jack Zedee. "The issue with Mr Conlon and Sharia4Australia is they are preaching hatred. His views horrify me," Mr Zedee told The Australian.
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BUSINESS TO OBAMA: CUT THE CORPORATE TAX RATE!
From the Astute Bloggers:

REUTERS:

The top executive of Procter & Gamble will take corporate America's case for a lower tax rate to U.S. lawmakers on Thursday, and also call for an end to taxation of foreign-earned profits.
Multinational companies say the top 35 percent corporate tax rate hamstrings them competitively against foreign-based rivals, most of whom are subject to far lower rates.
The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee hearing, the first in a series expected in Congress this year on simplifying the U.S. tax code, gives them a chance to press their case.
"If we are handicapped by an uncompetitive corporate tax system, we will slow the growth of the U.S. economy to the benefit of our competitors," Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Robert McDonald will tell the tax-writing lawmakers, according to prepared remarks for the panel.
McDonald is speaking on behalf of the Business Roundtable, a lobbying group composed of big corporations. The Chamber of Commerce has also submitted testimony calling for similar tax changes.
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McCONNELL: HOUSE GOP 'KEPT THEIR PROMISE,' SAYS SENATE 'WILL SOON FOLLOW SUIT'





There Are Now 27 States Challenging ObamaCare. “More than half the state governments have taken legal action against it. More of the public disapproves of the law than approves of it. And a majority in one chamber of Congress has voted to repeal it.”
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Seymour Hersh Has Lost His Mind - Defines World According To Bizarre Conspiracy Theories

 Fucking nut.
From Foreign Policy Magazine:


DOHA, Qatar—David Remnick, call your office.

In a speech billed as a discussion of the Bush and Obama eras, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday expressing his disappointment with President Barack Obama and his dissatisfaction with the direction of U.S. foreign policy.

"Just when we needed an angry black man," he began, his arm perched jauntily on the podium, "we didn't get one."

It quickly went downhill from there.

Hersh, whose exposés of gross abuses by members of the U.S. military in Vietnam and Iraq have earned him worldwide fame and high journalistic honors, said he was writing a book on what he called the "Cheney-Bush years" and saw little difference between that period and the Obama administration.

He said that he was keeping a "checklist" of aggressive U.S. policies that remained in place, including torture and "rendition" of terrorist suspects to allied countries, which he alleged was ongoing.

He also charged that U.S. foreign policy had been hijacked by a cabal of neoconservative "crusaders" in the former vice president's office and now in the special operations community.

"What I'm really talking about is how eight or nine neoconservative, radicals if you will, overthrew the American government. Took it over," he said of his forthcoming book. "It's not only that the neocons took it over but how easily they did it -- how Congress disappeared, how the press became part of it, how the public acquiesced."

Hersh then brought up the widespread looting that took place in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. "In the Cheney shop, the attitude was, ‘What's this? What are they all worried about, the politicians and the press, they're all worried about some looting? ... Don't they get it? We're gonna change mosques into cathedrals. And when we get all the oil, nobody's gonna give a damn.'" 

"That's the attitude," he continued. "We're gonna change mosques into cathedrals. That's an attitude that pervades, I'm here to say, a large percentage of the Joint Special Operations Command." 

He then alleged that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who headed JSOC before briefly becoming the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and his successor, Vice Adm. William McRaven, as well as many within JSOC, "are all members of, or at least supporters of, Knights of Malta." 

Hersh may have been referring to the Sovereign Order of Malta, a Roman Catholic organization commited to "defence of the Faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering," according to its website.


"Many of them are members of Opus Dei," Hersh continued. "They do see what they're doing -- and this is not an atypical attitude among some military -- it's a crusade, literally. They see themselves as the protectors of the Christians. They're protecting them from the Muslims [as in] the 13th century. And this is their function." 

"They have little insignias, these coins they pass among each other, which are crusader coins," he continued. "They have insignia that reflect the whole notion that this is a culture war. … Right now, there’s a tremendous, tremendous amount of anti-Muslim feeling in the military community.”" 
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The Blaze:

Muslim Woman’s Cousin Allegedly Warns: ‘Wear the Hijab or I’ll Kill You’
Posted on January 20, 2011 at 5:23am
by Meredith Jessup

A 21-year-old British Muslim is accusing her cousin of threatening her life after she decided to stop wearing a hijab, the traditional Muslim headscarf, the Daily Mail reports.

In court testimony on Tuesday, Alya Al-Safar claimed her cousin, Mohamed Al-Hakim, screamed that she brought “shame” to her family whom he branded as “bitches and whores” because of her decision.

After considering taking the step for more than two years, Al-Safar says her cousin’s mother “wasn’t happy” that she had decided to stop covering her hair, prompting Al-Hakim to phone her with the threat.

“Listen Alya, I am warning you if by the 19th of June you are not wearing the hijab back, I am warning you I will kill you and harm you. I am giving you ten days. You brought shame to your family, you should not have done that,” Al-Hakim is accused of saying.

According to Al-Safar, her cousin instructed her to play the phone message for her family on June 9 of last year.

“Listen to me carefully, it has (sic) been three days and I did not sleep,” Al-Safar told the jury Tuesday. “I have (sic) decided not to go out of the house for two weeks.”

Al-Hakim denies threatening his cousin.

“I didn’t know if he was joking, if he was just mad, or if it was true and he would do it,” Al-Safar testified. “He started shouting, ‘Listen to me, you had better do what I said. I have seen you on the Edgware Road [a busy street in central London] and if I see you again I will kill you.’”

Al-Safar also testified that her cousin allegedly threatened her father and that her family warned her not to leave the house, fearing her cousin would hurt her.

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Yahoo:

Man held in Koran burning inquiry

A man has been arrested after a Koran was allegedly burned during an anti-Islamic rant, police have said. Skip related content

He was reported to have stood on a street in Carlisle city centre on Wednesday making pronouncements against the Muslim religion in front of a large crowd.

The man is then alleged to have set fire to the Koran he was holding before discarding it on the floor and hurrying away. Officers arrived at the scene a short time later and are now investigating.

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary confirmed that a 32-year-old man has been arrested.

He added: "Just after midday on Wednesday, police received reports that a Koran was being burned by a man in Carlisle city centre. Police have seized the remains of the book and a 32-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of using racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour. The man remains in police custody where he is helping officers with their inquiries."

The incident came as controversial American preacher Pastor Terry Jones said he was disappointed to be barred from the United Kingdom, calling his exclusion from the country "unfair".

The preacher sparked outrage when he announced plans by his Florida-based church to burn copies of the Koran to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.

Pastor Jones had accepted an invitation to speak to a group called England Is Ours next month.

Speaking after the Home Office announced it would not allow him to enter the UK, he insisted he was not against Muslims or Islam, only the "radical element of Islam".

A Home Office spokesman said: "The Government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded Pastor Terry Jones from the UK. Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right, and we are not willing to allow entry to those whose presence is not conducive to the public good."

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National Post:

Heritage Minister orders Library and Archives Canada to show controversial film
Sarah Boesveld, National Post · Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

The Harper government sent a diplomatic note to Iran Wednesday, as Heritage Minister James Moore lashed out at Tehran for its part in a campaign that cancelled the screening of a movie critical of the Iranian regime at Library and Archives Canada.

On Wednesday morning, the Minister instructed Library and Archives Canada to show Iranium, a documentary critiquing Iran’s nuclear program, after it cowed to numerous threats of protest and an official request from the Iranian embassy in Canada to not present the film Tuesday night, as scheduled.

In its diplomatic note to Tehran, the government said Canada is a free country and that freedom of expression is a core value that won’t be compromised.

“This movie will be shown, the agreement will be kept and this movie Iranium will be shown at Library and Archives Canada. We will not be moving it to a different facility, we’re not bending to any pressure,” said Mr. Moore on the CBC’s Power and Politics.

“People need to be kept safe, but we don’t back down to people who try to censor people by threats of violence.”

Mr. Moore also called on Canadian authorities to investigate threats made against the Library. He said the potential need for an increased security presence “will be taken into account” when the screening is rescheduled in February.

In a statement to the media, the Library said it had no choice but to close the Wellington Street building around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“The decision to reschedule will allow [the Library] to take the necessary security measures for the upcoming viewing over the next few weeks,” the statement read.

Fred Litwin, president of the Free Thinking Film Society, said he was relieved to hear the Library will play host.

“Still, the bigger question to me is what really happened this week? What were those threats, what was said?”

Mr. Litwin originally called Mr. Moore to help him fight the Library’s initial cancellation of the movie on Monday. Mr. Moore ordered the Library to show the movie, and then took to Twitter after the second cancellation and blamed the Iranian government for trying to “dictate” which films will be shown or not shown in Canada.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney also weighed in on the cancellation, calling it “outrageous.”

“I hope that folks from across the political spectrum will help the Free Thinking Film Society to overcome intimidation & screen the film,” he tweeted Tuesday evening.

Library and Archives Canada has encountered trouble with the Iranian government before, according to iPolitics.ca.

Iranian writer Ali Dehbashi, who was known for his discordant relationship with the Iranian government, was to appear at the 2003 Ottawa International Writers Festival, but disappeared just before his appearance. The story from Iran’s embassy in Ottawa was that the Canadian embassy in Tehran refused to give Mr. Dehbashi a visa, iPolitics.ca writes. The Canadian government said that wasn’t true.

The hour-long documentary by California filmmaker Raphael Shore takes aim at Iran’s policies, including its pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas, eventually warning viewers that Iran could pose a nuclear threat to the world. The United Nations Security Council has already made four resolutions against Iran on their nuclear arms program, said Professor Houchang Hassan-Yari, who teaches at the Royal Military College of Canada.

“They are extremely sensitive to this issue,” he said. “It’s much more than just a movie for them, especially if it’s the first and only movie on the subject.”

Calls to the Iranian embassy in Ottawa were not returned Wednesday.

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Fox News:

Hezbollah Staged a Mock Takeover of Beirut
January 19, 2011 - 10:23 AM
by: Dana Karni

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported that Hezbollah activists performed a drill on Monday attempting to take over the Lebanese capitol of Beirut. According to the report, the activists practiced "a real, unarmed drill meant to test their readiness to takeover Beirut and its surroundings, including airports and harbors."

There have been reports of groups of men - dressed in trademark Hezbollah black- gathering on Beirut streets on Tuesday raising tensions that later quietly dispersed. It seems that the group focused their drill on 12 strategic locations among them some UN institutions.

The drill happening soon after Special Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare submitted the indictment to the international court in The Hague after completing his investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The first draft indictments remain sealed but they are expected to implicate Syria and members of Hezbollah in the 2005 killing. Hezbollah has sought to discredit the Tribunal's findings calling it an "American and Israeli tool". After Prime Minister Saad Hariri and son of the slain leader refused to disavow the tribunal investigating his father's death, 11 Hezbollah Ministers and its political allies resigned from the unity coalition forcing the toppling the government.

The militant group has said in the past it would not allow the authorities to arrest or indict any of its members and is now threatening to take over Lebanon by force.

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Front Page Mag:

Iran Blunted
Posted by Ryan Mauro

The former director of Mossad, Meir Dagan, had good news upon leaving his post: Israel believes that Iran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest. A combination of bold covert operations, sanctions and other actions have now made it a real possibility that the nuclear program will crumble or the regime will fall before it can threaten the world with nuclear weapons.

Covert operations have done the most to undermine Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the biggest being the Stuxnet cyber assault that will be recorded as a defining moment in military history. The extremely advanced virus damaged both avenues towards building nuclear weapons, uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing. The steam turbine at the Bushehr nuclear reactor has been disabled and the site’s opening has been delayed. The rotations of the centrifuges at Natanz were quickly sped up and slowed down to damage them and the virus was able to hide these speed changes from the monitoring computers.

The creators of Stuxnet obtained the specifications of the centrifuges’ converters from the two companies that produced them, one of which was such a tightly-guarded secret that even the International Atomic Energy Agency did not even know about its existence. Only 4,000 of the 9,000 centrifuges have been used at once because of technical difficulties and the need to replace damaged units. The ones that did not break were only producing about half of the enriched uranium they should.

The Isfahan uranium conversion site appears to have been targeted by other operations. It was reported in 2005 that the plant’s equipment failed to remove impurities in the uranium. Should the uranium be inserted into centrifuges to begin being enriched to a level required for a nuclear bomb, these impurities would damage the units. Much of Iran’s nuclear equipment was purchased on the black market, fostering suspicion that Western intelligence services had sold the faulty equipment.

After all, the CIA and Mossad has been working since at least 1998 to sabotage the nuclear program through providing them technology designed to damage the centrifuges, such as through selling them rigged vacuum pumps. In 2006, an “accident” caused the destruction of 50 centrifuges, which the Iranians admitted had been caused by “manipulated” equipment. That same year, the regime arrested and later executed one of its citizens for causing “irreversible” damage by providing such technology on behalf of the Mossad. Another accident happened in 2009, after which the regime sacked the head of its Atomic Energy Organization.

Other covert operations also stalled the program. In January 2006, a scientist working at the Isfahan site named Dr. Ardeshir Hassanpour “suffocated by fumes from a faulty gas fire.” This is widely thought to have been an assassination. Other scientists have also defected or been killed, though there is debate whether some of them were targeted by the regime for their ties to the opposition. The defections of high-level personnel, the exposure of hidden sites by opposition groups, a shortage of raw uranium and a halt in some of the program’s activities for an unknown period of time in 2003 after the invasion of Iraq have also gone a long way in stopping Iran.

Current problems faced by the regime will make it much more difficult for the regime to sustain its nuclear program in the future. International sanctions on Iran are exasperating its critical gasoline shortage and have forced the regime to cut its budget for Hezbollah by 40 percent. If the regime is hard-pressed to finance one of its most important proxies, then it can be assumed it is also having problems funding its nuclear program.

These economic problems are quickly getting worse. Every day, domestic need for Iran’s oil increases. One study projected that Iran would have to end all of its oil exports by 2015 at the current rate, effectively bankrupting the regime. President Ahmadinejad’s cutting of fuel subsidies has reduced consumption by 20 percent, but it has also brought the country to a standstill and brought him another crisis to manage. As this internal dissent grows, it will stretch the resources of the government, especially the Revolutionary Guards, making the program harder to pursue.

There are various political conflicts ahead by 2015 that can further inhibit Iran’s nuclear ambitions by destabilizing the regime. Ayatollah Khamenei’s life will soon end, and it is highly doubtful that the competing factions will all agree to honor his son as his successor, setting off vicious in-fighting. There will be elections for the Majiles and the presidency, both of which will dramatically heighten political tension. And of course, an even greater percentage of the population will be of young age and demanding sweeping change in a more liberal Western direction.

This does not mean Iran won’t develop nuclear weapons, but it does mean it will come at a much greater cost and at a much later time than the regime had hoped. It is still possible that there are hidden nuclear sites or North Korea will help the Iranian regime make up for lost time, but these stresses on the nuke program will maximize chances that it will be foiled.

The media has speculated for years whether the West would attack Iran’s nuclear program. Now we know the answer: They already have. And as a result, the world won’t have to handle a nuclear-armed Iran until at least 2015.

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Pajamas Media:

In Norway, an Awakening to the Islamist Danger
Islamists have made no secret of their desire to impose sharia law on the country.
January 19, 2011 - by Hege Storhaug

In terms of values, 2010 was a red-letter year for Norway. Our innocence was destroyed. From one end of the country to the other, and in no uncertain terms, Islamists proclaimed their sinister message. Henceforth, only those in deep denial will insist that our freedom is not endangered. And only true innocents will fail to grasp that we are headed for a raging conflict about values.

It all started at the same spot where Quisling and his followers held rallies in the 1930s. Around 3,000 people filled University Square in Oslo on February 12, 2010, many of them dressed just like Muhammed himself – a long coat, baggy, ankle-high pants, and a head covering, plus full beard. In the gravest of tones, they articulated their contempt for the society that has given them so many benefits. The threat of a new September 11 on Norwegian soil, issued by Mohyeldeen Mohammed (who had studied sharia in Medina), marked the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.

It continued with the growing influence of Islam Net at Oslo University College. Over the course of only two years, the group has managed to acquire over 1,200 paying members and is now the largest Muslim student organization in the country. The only positive thing that can be said about Islam Net is that it doesn’t hide its objective: a society living under the Koran and sharia. One of these students’ ideological heroes is Zakir Naik, who preaches hate and terror and is considered so extreme that he is not permitted to enter either Britain or Canada.

In 2010, Islamism also manifested itself in the Paris of the North. With Saudi sponsorship to the tune of 20 million kroner, a Muslim congregation called Alnor planned to build a gigantic mosque in Tromsø. The Tromsø newspaper Nordlys (Northern Lights) shone an intense spotlight on the project and uncovered the fact that one of Alnor’s front men, who is the husband of Alnor’s leader, convert Sandra Maryam Moe, had taken part in terrorist training with the radical organization Jemaah Islamiah, which is considered to be responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings.

In collaboration with Islam Net, Alnor also arranged a nationwide “revival tour” last summer. The revivalists took their message as far north as the North Cape.

And as if all this weren’t enough, Norwegian state television, NRK, revealed that the despots in Teheran are sending imams to Norway to prepare Norwegian Muslims to commit terrorist acts on Norwegian soil.

But it isn’t terror that is the greatest threat to our society. The terrorists are few in number. The Islamists aren’t. On the contrary, they’re a large and growing group who seek nothing less than to transform our society’s values. The organized Islamists are winning ground especially among younger people. Three studies are worth mentioning here. Among 15-year-old German Muslims, 40 percent believe that Islam is more important than democracy, while 37 percent want sharia law to apply to European Muslims.

In Britain, 28 percent of all Muslims want the British Isles to be ruled by sharia. Here’s the really serious part: while “only” 17 percent of those over 55 want sharia, no fewer than 37 percent of British Muslims aged 16–24 embrace it. And now for the scariest statistic of all, which brings us back to Islam Net at Oslo University College: 40 percent of Muslim university students in Britain are “strong or relatively strong” in their support for a sharia-run Britain. One in three believes it is legitimate to kill in the name of Islam.

For all this, however, Norway’s political leaders remain stuck in the assumption that education and employment lead to integration. The truth is the opposite: it’s mostly among the well-educated that you can find radical views. Yes, education is all well and good, but it’s no guarantor of integration — a somber fact to have to admit. Well educated Muslims are often very aware of their distinct Muslim identity, and work actively to further separate their fellow Muslims from mainstream society and its values.

I believe that this decade will be decisive for Norway’s future — and for that of Europe generally. The question is: will we manage to stand up to the open Islamization and force it into retreat, or will the Islamization of Europe continue?

If we manage to defeat Islamism, we will need, above all, political leaders who understand the forces that have put down deep roots in our society, who openly acknowledge what is going on, and who take action to stop it. We must lead with an assimilation policy that leaves no doubt as to which of our values are non-negotiable: sexual equality, equality of all individuals regardless of ethnic, religious, social, tribal, clan, or caste background, religious freedom (including the right to renounce a religion), and the freedom that is the very foundation of our free society, namely freedom of expression. Everyone, including members of offbeat Christian sects, should be expected to assimilate into these values.

A great many Persians who fled from despotism under Ayatollah Khomeini are role models in this regard. They fled tyranny and were assimilated into our society’s values when they came here. They have become full-fledged members of mainstream Norwegian culture and full participants in our society, even as they remain highly conscious of their Persian identity and usually celebrate Persian New Year.

Our government is steered by multiculturalism, an ideology that is now rejected by major European politicians such as Angela Merkel. This ideology has failed and has created conditions favorable to Islamization. What is it that holds a nation together? What is it that made possible the nation established in our Constitution at Eidsvoll in 1814? Our leaders seem to have forgotten the answer to these questions; namely, that modern Norway was established by a single people with a common culture rooted in Christianity, a people who were able to unite around a shared set of beliefs.

A community based in mutual trust — on belonging. This is what we’re losing.The greater the number of Muslims who turn their back on Norway, the more intense the division and mistrust that will arise between groups.

Aftenposten’s Ingunn Økland recently asked a timely question: how many faceless women will have to appear in public before the politicians set them free? Why is it that a precautionary principle governs our environmental policy but not our policy relating to integration and democratic values?

We need politicians who show genuine love and reverence for Norway’s core values, and who act upon that love and reverence by instituting the following measures:

  • Identify the ideological foundations of Muslim religious communities. Those that are also political should be treated politically and should thus not receive government support. (In Norway, religious institutions are funded by the state.) Today, Norwegian taxpayers are financing institutions that are working intensely to liquidate democracy and replace it with sharia. Macabre, but undeniably true.

  • Reject special demands — they’re always indulged at the cost of freedom, especially the freedom of the most vulnerable.

  • Let all grade-school girls’ hair flow freely. The Islamists will go berserk.

  • Get rid of the “mobile prisons” — that is to say, the burka and niqab.

  • Halt all integration support to religious and ethnic groups and channel the money instead into shared social activities — especially those designed for children.

  • Stop engaging mosques in well-meant “dialogue.” Muslims are, above all, human beings, not religious objects.

Greco-Roman civilization, wrote the historian Arnold J. Toynbee, “died not by murder, but by suicide.”If we want to prevent the demise of Western civilization, we need leaders who will steer us away from the path to self-destruction and toward a future of equality and liberty for all.

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This Week On The Gathering Storm: Midnight Rider!

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

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

Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is Midnight Rider.

Listen to the January 21, 2011 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

UPCOMING SHOWS
January 28: Allan Goldstein
February 4: Guest to be announced
February 11: IQ al Rassooli
February 18: Midnight Rider
February 25: IQ al Rassooli
March 4: Raheel Raza

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The Hard Hand of War is not Counterinsurgency, but it may be the right strategy. Tarok Kolache, lumps of mud

From Wired:

Paula Broadwell, a West Point graduate and Petraeus biographer, described the destruction of Tarok Kolache in a guest post for Tom Ricks’ Foreign Policy blog. Or, at least, she described its aftermath: Nothing remains of Tarok Kolache after Lt. Col. David Flynn, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 1-320th, made a fateful decision in October.

His men had come under relentless assault from homemade bombs emanating from the village, where a Taliban “intimidation campaign [chased] the villagers out” to create a staging ground for attacking the task force. With multiple U.S. amputations the result of the Taliban hold over Tarok Kolache, Flynn’s men were “terrified to go back into the pomegranate orchards to continue clearing [the area]; it seemed like certain death.”

After two failed attempts at clearing the village resulted in U.S and Afghan casualties, Flynn’s response was to take the village out. He ordered a mine-clearing line charge, using rocket-propelled explosives to create a path into the center of Tarok Kolache.

And that was for starters, Broadwell writes. Airstrikes from A-10s and B-1s combined with powerful ground-launched rockets on Oct. 6 to batter the village with “49,200 lbs. of ordnance” — which she writes, resulted in “NO CIVCAS,” meaning no civilians dead.

It seems difficult to understand how Broadwell or the 1-320th can be so confident they didn’t accidentally kill civilians after subjecting Tarok Kolache to nearly 25 tons worth of bombs and rockets. The rockets alone have a blast radius of about 50 meters [164 feet], so the potential for hitting bystanders is high with every strike.

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Sherman’s tactics were brutal. But they worked.

Why did he consider it necessary to inflict hardship on civilians as well as enemy soldiers?

Early in the war, Union commanders, including Sherman, had required Union soldiers to respect the property, lives and even the freedom of Southern civilians in areas occupied by the Union forces. But this worked out badly for the Union army. Armed Southern “civilians” frequently murdered Union soldiers who traveled in small groups or who became separated from their units. Confederate guerrillas sabotaged Union communications behind Union lines.

Commenting on this situation, Sherman wrote,

“We are not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people, and we must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.”

The Union forces needed

“to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us…

“We cannot change the hearts and minds of those people of the South, but we can make war so terrible … [and] make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it.”

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Black Muslims and Islam - Muhammad was a Black Slave Owner and Trader

From Jawa:



Abd - The word, "abd" means both "black person" and "slave" in Arabic.

Related:
35,000 Still in Slavery in Sudan

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The Spinning Tops of Paul Krugman

Commentary by Edward Cline:

Spin. An interesting word. It has a variety of definitions in as many realms of human activity, such as in finance, music, and even computer science. In politics, it means exaggeration, fabrication and falsehood. Its political role in “civil discourse” means that truths, facts, theories, or accusations can be “spun” out of whole cloth from a single thread, or out of context, or “twisted” beyond recognition, twirled to tweak into existence a perceived fact to reflect positively or negatively on someone or some thing.

In advertising, spin means creating an entertaining or appealing image around a product. For example, the old Wilkinson Sword razor blade TV ads used to end with two swords coming together with a metallic clash. Benson & Hedges used to promote its cigarettes with a series of TV and print ads that showed how smokers were inconvenienced by the longer Benson & Hedges cigarette. (Wilkinson Sword is no longer in business as an independent company, and cigarette ads are now banned from TV.) Chivas Regal had a print ad of a man sidling up to an attractive woman at a bar. And Capital One’s barbarians, to my knowledge, are still asking viewers what is in their wallets. I liked all these ads. They are examples of benign spin, not of brainwashing by “hidden persuaders.”

For four days, the nation was bedazzled (or browbeaten) by the spin that because Sarah Palin (and her alleged coven of radio and television witches and warlocks) believes in gun ownership, because she is outspoken in her views of government and of those in it, because she uttered some gun-related verbs (e.g., “reload”), because she employed the visual device of putting certain Democratic voting districts under her “crosshairs,” and because she is more or less associated with “rowdy” town hall Tea Partiers, she was in part, if not wholly, responsible for the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six people during a political event in Tucson on January 8th. She was a contributor to the “climate of hate” and the vitriolic “polarization” of political debate. Or so everyone was to believe, because Democrats and leftists usually regard most Americans as chuckle-headed morons ready to be taken in by a campaign of dissimulating bombast.

That is also called “spin.” It is the malevolent kind. It leaves one who is acquainted with elemental logic in a state of bafflement, with one’s head spinning, as well, by the arbitrary, selective clustering. There are word salads, and there are concept salads. There is nothing logical to see in them. But concept salads are more revealing than any Rorschach test of what one “sees” in blots of spilled ink.

But for a moment let us assume that, in its root etymological meaning in relation to political rhetoric, spin was initially inspired by the illusion created by tops. Stationary, a top’s decorations and markings are clearly visible and distinguishable. But as a top spins, its colors and markings blur into horizontal streaks and bands. And for as long as a top is spinning, those streaks and bands are distinguishable. They seem real. When the top comes to rest, however, the truth is visible again. The bands and streaks are illusory.

Much vigorous spin was applied also to President Barack Obama’s Tucson “memorial” speech of January 12th. He did not so much memorialize and remember the victims of the shooting in that city, as promote himself, his statist agenda, and his tenuous popularity. Liberal columnists and pundits are still spinning the speech, calling it dignified and appropriate and the mark of a great president. It is now being disclosed that the whole affair was a super spin, complete with an Organizing for America slogan emblazoned on T-shirts and with applause prompters. These revelations will not matter to the spinners.

Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate, alleged economist, and consummate spinner at The New York Times, is always busy spinning his top and pointing to the bands and streaks on it to advocate one statist scheme or another, claiming they are the real thing and that it is a shame that gravity and inertia keep affecting the top’s spin and bringing it to a rest. I say alleged because, when his disconnected fiscal and financial ramblings are pitted against the thinking and deliberations of Adam Smith, Frédéric Bastiat, or Ludwig von Mises, or even against the economic observations of thinkers such as Margaret Thatcher, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell, he is more to be consigned to the class of Jared Loughner’s mental aberrations than he is to the realm of sane and credible economic theory.

Then why examine anything he has to say, if his ramblings defy rationality? Because even before his elevation to the Lords of the Nobel Prize, he was an “authority” on not so much economics, as on the collectivist morality behind statist economics. His allies in collectivism and statism take their cues from him. We have a duty, he claims, to rob productive or rich Peter to pay unproductive, needy, or unthrifty Paul, never mind the consequences, which assure the mutual, egalitarian impoverishment of all. But to Krugman, that would only be “fair.”

The Gray Lady, perennial champion of “need,” is “standing by her man” and allowing him to go on about “civility,” even though his pugnacious and accusatory assertions in “Climate of Hate” have been rebutted by the facts behind Jared Loughner’s eminently non-politically motivated criminal actions. Facts will not stand in the way of Krugman. The facts, he asserts – indeed, a moral imperative – are to be found in his bands and streaks. Those, however, are the markings on a top designed by a student of Jackson Pollok.

But in his first relatively lucid commentary on matters, “A Tale of Two Moralities,” Krugman adumbrates the “moral divide” between his vision of America and that of his freedom-oriented adversaries, and states that this conflict exists and must be resolved. Of course, he comes down on the side of statism, and feels compelled to sneer at “the other side.”

He begins by virtually beatifying Obama over his Tucson speech.

On Wednesday, President Obama called on Americans to “expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.” Those were beautiful words; they spoke to our desire for reconciliation.
But antithetical opposites cannot be “reconciled.” The “hopes and dreams” of Obama or of his father or of anyone else who advocates “social justice” or socialism or a permanent welfare state cannot be “bound together” with the “hopes and dreams” of those who protest the elimination of their freedoms by the imposition of legal servitude. Slave-masters and the enslaved are not on the same moral page.

For the great divide in our politics isn’t really about pragmatic issues, about which policies work best; it’s about differences in those very moral imaginations Mr. Obama urges us to expand, about divergent beliefs over what constitutes justice.
Here Krugman presents a false dichotomy: the “moral” has little to do with “what works.” It is just our “imaginations” that count. Called by another name, it is wishful thinking. But the moral is the practical, because moral practicality is justice. If the indentured servitude of the productive among us is “moral,” then it is both unjust and impractical, for the beneficiaries of that servitude will reap rewards they refuse to “imagine.” It will be justice when the enslaved or the fettered produce as little as possible, or not at all.

One side of American politics considers the modern welfare state — a private-enterprise economy, but one in which society’s winners are taxed to pay for a social safety net — morally superior to the capitalism red in tooth and claw we had before the New Deal. It’s only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.
This is where Krugman begins to lapse from lucidity. America does not have a capitalist economy, although private enterprise and productive work are the source of whatever wealth it can boast of. (And productive work should not include the paper-shuffling and regulation-minding of government employees, wherever they may be employed.) America has a mixed economy, one of private enterprise governed by controls and regulations. It is beginning to assume the features of fascism, in which the government allows private ownership of production but establishes the goals and means of that ownership. This was the character of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan. The trend in America began long before Roosevelt’s New Deal.
America has never had a fully capitalist economy. But, note that Krugman feels free to characterize capitalism as “red in tooth and claw.” That is his “imagination” at work. And any nation that has established a tax-supported “social safety net” cannot claim to be capitalist.

The other side believes that people have a right to keep what they earn, and that taxing them to support others, no matter how needy, amounts to theft. That’s what lies behind the modern right’s fondness for violent rhetoric: many activists on the right really do see taxes and regulation as tyrannical impositions on their liberty.
Which, in fact, taxes and regulations are, regardless of who “sees” them. The “modern right” does not have a “fondness” for “violent rhetoric.” Advocates of limited government identify wrongs in the calmest rhetoric possible. If the liberals and the Left feel admonished or intimidated by such “harsh” language, there is no semantic alternative available other than gibberish. What one has worked to own or create would not otherwise exist for a government to assess and tax. The forcible taking of it is basically theft – by a criminal, immediately; by a government, over a lifetime, through extortion.

It is the Left that has a fondness for violent rhetoric, from the “kill the pigs” calls of the 1960’s and 1970’s, up to Saul Alinsky’s “target and isolate” advice to leftist radicals, and Obama’s less than genteel suggestion about guns and knives. Right-wingers, libertarians, free-marketers, and Tea Partiers do not have a history of robbing banks, occupying universities, obstructing property with noisy demonstrations, taunting and battling the police, fire-bombing military recruitment offices, destroying private and government property, and advocating the violent overthrow of the government.

There’s no middle ground between these views. One side saw health reform, with its subsidized extension of coverage to the uninsured, as fulfilling a moral imperative: wealthy nations, it believed, have an obligation to provide all their citizens with essential care. The other side saw the same reform as a moral outrage, an assault on the right of Americans to spend their money as they choose.
This is true. There is no “middle ground” between those positions. In Krugman’s “imagination,” wealthy nations automatically have a Kantian moral imperative to provide for the needy, regardless of whether or not they “need” or want medical insurance or anything else deemed “essential.”

Krugman then makes this statement:

Commentators who pine for the days of civility and bipartisanship are, whether they realize it or not, pining for the days when the Republican Party accepted the legitimacy of the welfare state, and was even willing to contemplate expanding it. As many analysts have noted, the Obama health reform — whose passage was met with vandalism and death threats against members of Congress — was modeled on Republican plans from the 1990s.
This is also true. Both Presidents Bush sanctioned the growth of big government and the expansion of the welfare state. They built on what the Democrats had created. Krugman does not dwell on the fact, but this was possible only because of the moral and philosophical bankruptcy of the Republicans. The Republican notion of preserving freedom has been to advocate putting just one handcuff and one fetter on just one wrist and ankle, instead of on both wrists and ankles, as the Democrats propose.

Krugman becomes nasty later on his article. The “other side” is guilty of moral turpitude.

Regular readers know which side of that divide I’m on. In future columns I will no doubt spend a lot of time pointing out the hypocrisy and logical fallacies of the “I earned it and I have the right to keep it” crowd. And I’ll also have a lot to say about how far we really are from being a society of equal opportunity, in which success depends solely on one’s own efforts.
But there is no “hypocrisy” or “logical fallacy” in the idea. Why is wanting to keep what one has earned “hypocritical”? One has earned it, or one has not. “Earning” is not synonymous with theft. He does not answer. Why is it a “logical fallacy”? Krugman offers no evidence to support that assertion, either.

His remark about success depending “solely on one’s own efforts” identifies him as an apostle of John Rawls’ morbidly egalitarian A Theory of Justice (1971), in which “original positions” and “final outcomes” are equalized and weighted in favor of the “least-advantaged.” One’s skills, ambition, ingenuity, perseverance, and values are “unfair” if they net one rewards. If one is, say, less skilled, or less hard-working, or simply a mediocre performer, then one should be boosted to the level of one’s superior. That would be “fair” – to the envious. Envy is now a “moral” virtue. If one has no skills and does not work at all, then one somehow has a right to everything the skilled and ambitious attain, because the latter simply lucked out in the distributive “lottery” of skills, ambition, and so on. Who or what “distributed” the advantages? Neither Rawls nor Krugman provides an answer.

Others adopt the Rawlsian mantra and claim that one’s abilities, skills, vision, and success are somehow bestowed on one by “society,” and that it is one’s moral duty to “give back” to it, voluntarily or by law. Such a perspective discounts the volitional nature of man’s consciousness and demotes it to a passive role. It implies that the content of one’s mind is not one’s own, but the property of any random stranger or group of strangers. One is merely a “steward” of the property of an absentee landlord.

The hidden premise in Rawls’ theory is that, ultimately, it is the professional parasite, the moocher, the career welfare state beneficiary and system gamer, who is the “least-advantaged” and who requires a “safety net.” In Krugman’s “imagination,” one’s success in achieving one’s values is directly responsible for another’s luckless failure. Ergo, the achiever “owes” the non-achiever.

Krugman’s article is one long endorsement of egalitarianism by decree. Its “moral” foundation is the impractical, suicidal code of altruism, and its political expression is collectivism.

Right now, each side in that debate passionately believes that the other side is wrong. And it’s all right for them to say that. What’s not acceptable is the kind of violence and eliminationist rhetoric encouraging violence that has become all too common these past two years.
Again, the “violence” has been perpetrated by the Left, and the “eliminationist” rhetoric has also been a monopoly of the Left, and for much, much longer than a mere two years. No Tea Partier ever told Democrats to shut up, or smeared them with the allegations of racism or bigotry or knuckle-dragging.

We all want reconciliation, but the road to that goal begins with an agreement that our differences will be settled by the rule of law.
No, we do not all want reconciliation. We do not agree that it is possible, practical, or even desirable. Reconciliation means compromise, of “one side” surrendering in part or in whole its principles and values, just to “stay in the game,” while the “other side” – Krugman’s side – not only “stays in the game,” but sets its rules.

And how will differences be settled, and by whose rule of law? Should it be the law founded on the “practicality” of laissez-faire, individual rights, and the preservation of liberty, including the freedom to employ “violent” rhetoric? Or the fiat law of legislators, bureaucrats, czars, and the dispensers of “fairness”?

Yes, there are “two moralities” in conflict. Krugman does not bother to delineate them other than in a crude, superficial manner. The purpose of his article is to blur the distinctions between them by making an appeal for “non-violent” discourse, in which A would be equated with non-A by both “sides” of the conflict. That is the goal of Krugman’s spinning top, to vitiate the epistemology and metaphysics of the sane and the owners of their own lives.

Crossposted at The Dougout
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