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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, December 22, 2012

NYT Makes Excuses For Islamic Killer Of Jewish Children In Toulouse: “Rejection And Discrimination” In France Sent Him Over Edge

In the spring, shortly after her son’s murder, Latifa Ibn Ziaten took a taxi to Les Izards, a hard-up immigrant neighborhood here, hoping to understand. She approached a group of young men to ask, “Do you know Mohammed Merah?” 
Mr. Merah, a 23-year-old French-Algerian who claimed to have ties to Al Qaeda, had killed Ms. Ibn Ziaten’s son Imad, a sergeant in the French Army, with a gunshot to the head. Before dying in a police raid in March, Mr. Merah admitted that killing and those of two other soldiers, a rabbi and three Jewish children. He spent much of his short life in Les Izards. 
“Mohammed Merah, you know, he’s a hero, he’s a martyr of Islam,” the men said, Ms. Ibn Ziaten recalled. “You haven’t seen what it’s like to live here?” they continued, gesturing toward their neighborhood of beige housing projects and gravelly concrete. “At least he showed the French what power is.” [...] 
Other residents of this depressed place say the same, though most do not celebrate Mr. Merah’s crimes. He committed the unconscionable, they say, but he was one of them, shaped by the same forces of rejection and discrimination that they say they know and resent. They understand, to a degree, and they will not denounce him. 
To much of France, Mr. Merah was a terrorist, a determined killer who reviled this country, who set out for Afghanistan and Pakistan for training in jihad. In Les Izards he was, and remains, simply Mohammed. The gap between those images, both true but neither complete, seems only to have deepened the sense of alienation in the neighborhood.
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The Sword Wielder At The School

Creeping Sharia asks:
Why wasn’t this story big news this week following Sandy Hook? Why no outrcries to ban swords (a popular Islamic icon along with AK-47′s)? Why such a muted reaction from the Islamic school and the sharia-pushers?

Could it be because the perpetrator isn’t an ideal target for CAIR nor big brother media? Could the perp herself be Muslim?

According to the News 6 video she was driving a vehicle registered to the Dept. of Defense at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Odd to say the least.
Video of a local news report:

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Narcissist In Chief

You can't make this stuff up:
President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself. In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word "my" 21 times, "me" 12 times, and "I" 30 times....
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Disgusting. To say the least.

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New Study Finds Democrats Fully to Blame for Subprime Mortgage Crisis that Caused 2008 Financial Disaster

The media can't fool us forever. The truth is coming out.

In his early activist days, Barack Obama the community organizer sued banks to ease lending practices.

State Sen. Barack Obama and Fr. Michael Pfleger led a protest against the payday loan industry demanding the State of Illinois to regulate loan businesses in January 2000. During his time as a community organizer Barack Obama led several protests against banks to make loans to high risk individuals. (NBC 5 Week of January 3, 2000)
Here’s something that won’t get any play in the liberal media…
A new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research found that Democrats are to blame for the subprime mortgage crisis.
Investor’s Business Daily reported:
Democrats and the media insist the Community Reinvestment Act, the anti-redlining law beefed up by President Clinton, had nothing to do with the subprime mortgage crisis and recession.
But a new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research finds,“Yes, it did. We find that adherence to that act led to riskier lending by banks.”
Click on the title to read the whole thing.
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Marvin the Mayan



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This is an extraordinary piece of music.

Symphony for Electric Guitars by Glenn Branca

Symphony n.3 "Gloria", Music for the first 127 intervals of the harmonic series, for thirteen musicians (1983)

Glenn Branca (guitar); Dan Witz, Craig Bromberg, Margaret De Wys, Arleen Schloss, Amanda Linn, Lee Ranaldo, Michael Gira, Axel Gros, Thurston Moore, Barbara Ess (guitar); Stephen Wischerth (drums)

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Robben Ford
Paris Concert


01 Prison Of Love | 02 Just Like It Is | 03 Nothing To Nobody | 04 Start It Up | 05 Moonchild Blues | 06 Help The Poor | 07 Chevrolet | 08 Tired Of Talkin' | 09 Indianola Blues | 10 Deaf, Dumb & Blind | 11 Lovin' Cup | 12 You Got Me Knockin'

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Guns Don't Kill People, Video Games and Movies Do?

The NRA created quite a problem for themselves and everyone else today.

Read about it at Ace of Spades.

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Spain Grants Citizenship To Descendants of Jews Expelled In 1492, Muslims Pissed

(Gatestone Institute) The Spanish government has announced that it will grant automatic citizenship to Jews of Sephardic descent, whose ancestors were expelled from Spain in 1492.

The measure has been welcomed by Jewish groups, who say the move is long overdue and that it rights a historic wrong.

But Muslim groups are now clamoring for reciprocity, and are demanding that the Spanish government grant instant citizenship to millions of descendants of Muslims who were also expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages.

The so-called Right of Return for Sephardic Jews (Sepharad means Spain in Hebrew) was announced in Madrid on November 22 by the Spanish Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, and the Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo.

Under existing Spanish law, Sephardic Jews already benefit from a preferential naturalization procedure that allows them to claim Spanish citizenship after having lived in Spain for only two years, a privilege that is also available to citizens of Spain's former colonies in Latin America and elsewhere.

The change means that Sephardic Jews -- wherever they live in the diaspora -- will have to present an accreditation from the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities (FCJE), a Jewish umbrella group, confirming their ancestry to claim a Spanish passport.

Spain's offer applies only to those who identify themselves as Jewish. It does not apply to Sephardic Anousim (anousim in Hebrew means "coerced"), the descendants of Jews who were compelled by the Spanish Inquisition to convert to Roman Catholicism (they are sometimes also called crypto-Jews or Marranos). Secular anousim must seek religious training from the FCJE and undergo formal conversion to Judaism before they can obtain Spanish citizenship.

The Spanish government has not said how many Jews it expects will apply for citizenship (a total of 698 Sephardic Jews obtained Spanish citizenship during the period 2006-2010). There are an estimated three million Sephardic Jews around the world today. Most live in Israel, the United States, Belgium, Greece, France and Turkey, but there are also sizeable communities in Latin America, especially in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela.

No more than 45,000 Jews currently live in Spain -- out of a total Spanish population of 47 million -- which is only a fraction of the number of Jews who lived in the country before 1492, when Jews were forced to convert to Roman Catholicism or go into exile.

The Edict of Expulsion, issued on March 31, 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain (Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon), and also known as theAlhambra Decree, ordered Jews to leave the Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, and their territories and possessions, by July 31 of that same year.

Up to 800,000 Jews are believed to have left Spain as a result of the decree. Another 50,000 chose to avoid expulsion by converting to Roman Catholicism.

Spain first began granting citizenship to Sephardic Jews -- on an individual basis, not en masse -- in 1988, when the government of Felipe González modified the Spanish Civil Code. The concessions were halted in 2009 by the Socialist government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, but the procedure has now been revived and amended by the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy.

Reacting to the Rajoy government's pledge to expedite the naturalization process for Sephardic Jews, Isaac Querub, the president of the FCJE, declared that November 22, 2012 would "pass into history as a day of clear blue sky and intense luminosity."


Meanwhile, Muslims are now demanding that the Spanish government grant automatic citizenship to millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain in the seventeenth century.

Much of the Iberian Peninsula was occupied by Muslim conquerors known as the Moors from 711 until 1492, when the Moorish Kingdom of Granada surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella. But the final Muslim expulsion from Granada, known in Arabic as Al-Andalus, did not take place until over a century later, beginning in 1609, when King Philip III decreed the Expulsion of the Moriscos.

The Moriscos were the descendants of the Muslim population that converted to Roman Catholicism under threat of exile from Ferdinand and Isabella in 1502. From 1609 through 1614, the Spanish government systematically forced an estimated 350,000 Moriscos to leave Spain for Muslim North Africa.

Today there are an estimated 5 million descendants of the Moriscos living in Morocco alone; there are millions more living in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Tunisia and Turkey.

In a December 3 essay published by the Morocco-based newspaper Correo Diplomático, the Moroccan journalist Ahmed Bensalh Es-salhi wrote that the "decision to grant Spanish citizenship to the grandchildren of the Hebrews in Spain in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, while ignoring the Moriscos, the grandsons of the Muslims, is without doubt, flagrant segregation and unquestionable discrimination, as both communities suffered equally in Spain at that time. The decision could also be considered by the international community to be an historic act of absolute immorality and injustice…This decision is absolutely disgraceful and dishonorable."

Bensalh then went on to threaten Spain: "Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some and not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision could cost? Has Spain considered that it could jeopardize the massive investments that Muslims have made on its territory? Does Spain have alternatives to the foreign investment from Muslims if they ever decide to move that capital to other destinations due to the discrimination against Muslims?"

Bensalh's article is the latest salvo in an escalating battle being waged by Muslim historians and academics who are demanding that Spain treat Moriscos the same way it treats Sephardic Jews.

Jamal Bin Ammar al-Ahmar, an "Andalus-Algerian" university professor at the Ferhat Abbas University in Sétif in northeastern Algeria, has been engaged in a four-year campaign to persuade Spanish King Juan Carlos to identify and condemn those who expelled the Muslims from Al-Andalus in the fifteenth century. Al-Ahmar is also demanding that millions of Moriscos expelled from Spain be allowed to return there.

In a letter addressed to Juan Carlos, Al-Ahmar calls for a "full legal and historical investigation of the war crimes that were perpetrated on the Muslim population of Andalusia by the French, English, European and papal crusaders, whose victims were our poor miserable people, after the collapse of Islamic rule in Andalusia."

The letter speaks of "the injustice inflicted on the Muslim population of Andalusia who are still suffering in the diaspora in exile since 1492."

Al-Ahmar wants the Spanish monarch to apologize "on behalf of his ancestors" and to assume "responsibility for the consequences" that this would entail. He says it is necessary "to identify criminals, to convict retroactively, while at the same time to identify and compensate victims for their calamities and restore their titles." This process would culminate with "a decree that allows immigrants to return to their homes in Andalusia, and grant them full citizenship rights and restoration of all their properties."
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Egypt: 50,000 Islamists March Through Christian Area Chanting Egypt Will Be “Islamic, Islamic, Despite The Christians,” Bearded Men On Horseback With Swords Lead Procession

ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) –  A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians’ worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives.
Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.
They made sure to go through mainly Christian districts of the city, where residents, fearing attacks, shuttered down their stores and stayed in their homes, witnesses said.
The day of the voting itself on Saturday, Christian voting was minimal — as low as seven percent in some areas, according to church officials. Some of those who did try to head to polling stations in some villages were pelted by stones, forcing them to turn back without casting ballots, Christian activists and residents told The Associated Press this week.
The activists now see what happened in Assuit as a barometer for what Christians’ status will be under a constitution that enshrines a greater role for Shariah, or Islamic law, in government and daily life. Even under the secular regime of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s Christians complained of discrimination and government failure to protect them and their rights. They fear it will be worse with the Islamists who have dominated Egypt’s political landscape since Mubarak’s ouster in February 2011.
“When all issues become religious and all the talk is about championing Islam and its prophet, then, as a Christian, I am excluded from societal participation,” said Shady Magdy Tobia, a Christian activist in Assiut. “If this does not change, things will only get worse for Christians.”
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Bring It On: U.S. Worried Bin Laden Movie “Zero Dark Thirty” Could Provoke Muslim Outrage

Could the release of “Zero Dark Thirty” provoke violent protests against the U.S. in response to the film’s searing depictions of “enhanced interrogation” — the coercive, super-secret and bitterly debated methods used by the CIA against al Qaeda terrorism suspects? 
Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed docudrama about the pursuit of Osama bin Laden opened Wednesday at five theaters in New York and Los Angeles. 
The film, an early Oscar favorite, graphically depicts coercive CIA interrogation techniques, including the waterboarding, domination and psychosexual humiliation of a detainee, who is, variously, collared and leashed like a dog, stuffed into a cramped “confinement box” and stripped naked for questioning in the presence of a female investigator. 
Although the portrayal of such treatment given to a prisoner, regardless of his religion, may be deemed offensive by viewers of any faith, the film steers clear of depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad or showing the Koran being desecrated — two acts considered blasphemous by many Muslims. 
Muslims have expressed outrage in response to the anti-Islam video “Innocence of Muslims,” the unintentional burning of Korans and a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper. 
Although “Zero Dark Thirty” doesn’t enter into any of that territory and nothing suggests a similar chain of events will follow the film’s release, a senior defense official said U.S. forces are always on alert. 
“I doubt extremist murderers are going to garner much sympathy in the West or in the Muslim world, but we’ll keep an eye on things,” the official said.
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Not Even Beginning To Be Offended

Naked women protest religion, Egypt’s Morsi and Ikhwan

From Vlad Tepes Blog:

Story over at Snaphanen.Dk
Additional story at Gulf News:

The cold truth?

Bible in the bush
And, for all of you who are offended by the nudity; today was supposed to be the end of the world, and it's not. So, LIGHTEN UP!
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Everyone Still Out There?


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Opposition to mosque planned in Melbourne

There is another mosque building project - not unlike what was intended for Ground Zero in NYC - being planned in Australia, and opposition to it has come up:
ANGER at plans for a mosque and evangelical church to be built side-by-side in Melbourne's east has spilled over amid claims Islam ''directly contravenes our freedom values''.

It was standing room only at the City of Casey chambers in Narre Warren on Tuesday night at one of the last meetings before the council debates a proposal to build a mosque and community centre on a vacant industrial lot in Green Street, Doveton.

The mosque would be next to the church and headquarters of Catch the Fire Ministries, run by controversial anti-Islam Pastor Danny Nalliah who was acquitted of a racial vilification charge brought by the Islamic Council of Victoria in 2006. The church has already been approved by council and construction is expected to begin within weeks.

Residents at the meeting cited traffic concerns, noise pollution, and fears the mosque would be used to preach hate speech.
And they've got every right to be concerned. How strange that it's being built right next to the church of a man who's opposed to the Religion of Peace. Is this some attempt to set the stage for clashes? One could assume that.
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IRS Warns Fiscal Cliff Plunge Could Delay Up To 100 Million Tax Filings


With fiscal cliff negotiations slowing to a near-halt, the IRS is warning that absent a deal, up to two-thirds of U.S. taxpayers will have to wait next year to file their returns.In a letter to the top House and Senate tax writers from both parties, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said that between 80 million and 100 million taxpayers won’t be able to file on time. That’s up from a November estimate, in which he told lawmakers that around 60 million taxpayers might have trouble filing.Most taxpayers wouldn’t be able to file their returns until at least the end of March, Miller said.Miller said the IRS has programmed its computers to assume that Congress will agree to a last-minute patch, as it has in previous years. But if a deal doesn’t come together, Miller said that millions of Americans will have to wait for the IRS to alter its programs.
“If an AMT patch is not enacted by the end of this year, the IRS would need to make significant programming changes to conform our systems to reflect the expiration of the patch,” Miller wrote.
Many lawmakers have suggested that they could address the AMT in early January if Washington falls off the fiscal cliff. But Miller said that even that scenario creates problems.
“If Congress were to enact a new AMT patch, the time and substantial expense necessary for the IRS to reprogram its systems to reflect expiration of the patch would ultimately be wasted,” he wrote.


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Gods and Monsters

This woman is such a genius: Lana Del Rey

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Pawn Shop Blues

Lana Del Rey

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Obama's Post-Racial America

There is a different sort of racialist derangement spreading in the country — and it is getting ugly.

Here is actor Jamie Foxx joking recently about his new movie role: “I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?” Reverse white and black in the relevant ways and even a comedian would hear national outrage. Instead, his hip Saturday Night Live audience even gave Foxx applause.

Race-obsessed comedian Chris Rock tweeted on the Fourth of July, “Happy white peoples [sic] independence day . . . ”

Actor Samuel L. Jackson, in a recent interview, sounded about as unapologetically reactionary as you can get: “I voted for Barack because he was black. . . . I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years.”

No one in Hollywood used to be more admired than Morgan Freeman, who once lectured interviewers on the need to transcend race. Not now, in the new age of racial regression. Freeman has accused Obama critics and the Tea Party of being racists. He went on to editorialize on Obama’s racial bloodlines: “Barack had a mama, and she was white . . . very white, American, Kansas, middle of America . . . America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet.”

Freeman’s racial-purity obsessions were echoed on the CNN website, where an ad for the network’s recent special report on race included a crude quote from three teen poets: “Black enough to be a n. White enough to be a good one.”

In the 21st century, are we returning to the racial labyrinth of the 19th-century Old Confederacy, when we measured our supposed racial DNA to the nth degree? Apparently, yes. ESPN sports commentator Rob Parker blasted Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III last week for admirably stating that he did not wish to be defined by his race rather than by his character: “He’s black, he does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause.” Parker added: “He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the kind of guy you really want to hang out with.” (ESPN suspended Parker for his remarks.)

Unfortunately, the new racialist derangement is not confined to sports and entertainment. The Reverend Joseph Lowery — who gave the benediction at President Obama’s first inauguration — sounded as venomous as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright in a speech that Lowery delivered to a black congregation shortly before this year’s election: “I don’t know what kind of a n***** wouldn’t vote with a black man running.” Lowery reportedly preceded that rant by stating that when he was younger, he believed that all whites were going to hell, but now he merely believes that most of them are. And in his 2009 inauguration prayer, Lowery ended with his hopes for a future day when “white will embrace what is right.”

Wasn’t Obama’s election supposed to mark a new post-racial era? What happened?
For nearly a half-century, cultural relativism in the universities taught that racist speech was bigotry only if it came from those — mostly whites — with power. Supposedly oppressed minorities could not themselves be real racists. But even if that bankrupt theory was once considered gospel, it is no longer convincing — given that offenders such as Foxx, Rock, and Lowery (who was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama) are among the more affluent and acclaimed Americans.

The Obama administration must shoulder some of the blame. Attorney General Eric Holder, our nation’s top prosecutor, has referred to African-Americans as “my people” and called Americans “a nation of cowards” for not focusing on race relations on his terms.

The president himself urged Latinos to “punish our enemies.” He weighed in unnecessarily during the Henry Louis Gates and Trayvon Martin affairs in ways that only added to the racial tensions. Vice President Joe Biden warned black voters at a campaign stop that Republicans were “going to put y’all back in chains.”

Obama, during the campaign, brilliantly — and cynically — targeted particular hyphenated voting groups on the basis of their race and ethnicity — on the assumption that such voters could be loosely united by opposition to a purported uncaring and shrinking conservative establishment. After the election, the Obama campaign asked its supporters to complete a survey that included a checklist with racial identifications — with “white” omitted.

There is a growing danger in this latest round of racial tribalism. Stirring up the pot for short-term political gain in a multiracial society is abjectly insane. If the new racialism grows unchecked, it will eventually lead to cycles of backlash and counter-backlash — and some day to something like the Balkans or Rwanda.

People are just people. But they can turn into veritable monsters when — as a great American once warned — they look to the color of our skin rather than the content of our character.

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British converts to Islam come in growing numbers

The Gatestone Institute informs that conversions to the Religion of Peace take place in Britain on a frequent basis:
Although immigration is the biggest factor in the rise of Islam in Britain, it is also true that hundreds of Britons are converting to Islam every month.

According to a recent survey conducted by an inter-faith group called Faith Matters, the number of British converts to Islam recently passed the 100,000 mark, and there are as many as 5,000 new conversions nationwide each year. Previous estimates had placed the total number of Muslim converts in Britain at between 14,000 and 25,000.

The survey revealed that nearly two thirds of the converts were women, more than 70% were white and the average age at conversion was just 27.

The survey, conducted by Kevin Brice from Swansea University in Wales, asked converts for their views on the negative aspects of British culture. They identified "alcohol and drunkenness," a "lack of morality and sexual permissiveness" and "unrestrained consumerism."

More than one in four acknowledged there was a "natural conflict" between being a devout Muslim and living in Britain. Nine out of ten women converts said their change of religion had led to them dressing more conservatively. More than half started wearing a head scarf and 5% had worn the burka.

Separately, government authorities recently revealed that an increasing number of inmates at British prisons are converting to Islam. For example, one-third of the inmates at one of Britain's most notorious youth jails are Muslims and the religion is attracting a large number of converts.

Prison insiders say most non-Muslims are locked up during Friday prayers because so many guards are needed to monitor the lunchtime service. As a consequence, many disillusioned youngsters are becoming attracted to Islam by the prospect of getting better food and superior treatment at the prison.

Most conversions to Islam are being triggered by a combination of increasing proselytizing activity by Muslims as well as by a growing disaffection with Christianity.

Some observers say the decline of traditional Christian churches in Britain, a trend that is being accompanied by the demise of Judeo-Christian moral codes in British society, is creating a spiritual vacuum that Islam is beginning to fill.

In any event, all indications are that a growing number of Britons who grew up in nominally Christian households are converting to Islam. This partially explains why the number of Muslims is increasing while the number of Christians is declining.

This trend can be expected to continue.
Tragically, realizing the bizarre mindset that holds fast in Britain, that's why their point is very valid. That the indoctrination of women to join a religion that subjugates the fairer sex has been so effective is scary.

It's also worth reading this piece on how freedom of press in the UK is increasingly under threat of extinction.
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They may not have looked like Islamists per se, but they were still quite abominable

From France, here's the story of a Muslim mother - not one who wore a hijab, but still quite a disgusting color of character - who named her son "Jihad" and sent him to school with a t-shirt saying "I am a bomb" on it:
THE mother and uncle of a three-year-old boy named Jihad appeared in a French court for sending him to school in a top bearing the words "I am a bomb".

The long-sleeved T-shirt also had the words "Jihad, born on September 11" emblazoned on the back when he turned up at his nursery school in the southern town of Sorgues near Avignon on September 25.

His mother and uncle are charged with condoning a crime over the alleged reference to the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. The uncle bought the top and the mother dressed her son in it when she sent him to school that day. [...]

The mother was astonished at the reaction to her son's top and at the proportions the affair had taken on, they added.
No, she wasn't. She's just pretending a la taqqiya. What she did was stark contempt for the victims in the WTC, and I think she and the uncle know perfectly well just how abominably they're raising the son. If I were a relative of one of the victims or part of the movements representing the families of the victims, I'd want to go there and give that monsterette a piece of my mind. She owes an apology to many Americans for how she's acting.
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Graphic novelists from Kansas take side of Algerian Islamists

The Kansas City Star's written about a graphic novelist named Conger Beasley and artist Geo Sipp, who're working on a graphic novel called Wolves in the City about the French war in Algerian, and unfortunately, they're taking the side of the Religion of Peace here. The problem begins with the byline, which says:
An artist and a writer from KC depict Algeria’s struggle for freedom from France. It will sound very familiar.
You can see where it's all going from there. As told in the following:
Algeria celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence from France this year, and a local project has been part of the festivities.

Five years ago, artist Geo Sipp and writer Conger Beasley Jr., both of Kansas City, had a meeting of the minds.

Independently, each had been looking into the history of the French-Algerian War, notorious for the widespread use of torture.

In the course of their readings, both came to see parallels between what happened at Abu Ghraib during the U.S. war in Iraq and what happened in Algeria half a century ago, when the French military used techniques such as waterboarding to elicit information from members of the Algerian resistance.

There were horrific acts on both sides.

“The French-Algerian war was the first modern war,” Sipp said in an interview at his home studio in the Roanoke/Valentine neighborhood. “There were suicide bombers, women fighters (see accompanying story), terrorism, street-to-street and house-to-house combat. Torture was implemented with no apology.”
They're trying to compare it to Iraq's "struggle for freedom" from the US. I know there were female suicide bombers in Iraq, but I'm not sure if beyond that, you could say that there were women fighters. And though they acknowledge that the Algerian side is guilty (or do they?) they're not exactly condemning of it.
Their “Wolves in the City” tells the story of Buster Higby, an American who serves in the French Foreign Legion during the French-Algerian War. Fleeing a murder rap in small-town Missouri, he enlists in the French military and is sent to Algeria. There, Buster, who has taken the name Bertrand, becomes part of a special squad charged with interrogating Algerian insurgents.

Bertrand becomes a highly effective torturer. He also falls in love, and his professional and personal involvements entwine in a dramatic denouement.
Making the star a fugitive from the law only makes this sound more tasteless. But look at that, just like the MSM's Iraq coverage, they won't call the criminals "terrorists", but rather, substitute a different name.
Sipp was moved to do the project after reading French-Algerian journalist Henri Alleg’s 1958 book, “La Question,” in which the author described being tortured by French soldiers seeking information about the FLN, or National Liberation Front resistance. Offering a vivid window onto the methods and tactics of torture employed by the French military, the book was banned by the French government.

“That was a book that led me to believe this is a very contemporary story,” Sipp said. “That was the real spark that made me think, ‘I’m interested in spending a good chunk of my life doing this.’ ”

“The FLN wanted to create a free Algeria,” Sipp said. “They were considered terrorists by the French military. It’s very similar to today. We see the same amorphous struggles in conflicts ranging from the Balkans to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the Palestinian territories.”
I don't know the whole story behind Alleg's book, but when you see that dummy imply that he sides with the lie of a "palestinian people", you know something is gravely wrong here.
In their research for “Wolves in the City,” Sipp and Beasley also read Alistair Horne’s “A Savage War of Peace,” a definitive history of the Algerian war, first published in 1977.

In his preface to the 2006 edition of “War,” Horne drew a series of parallels between the Algerian war and the U.S. involvement in Iraq, including Iraq’s adoption of some of the same tactics used by the Algerian resistance and the U.S. government’s use of torture.
The clue that these 2 authors see nothing wrong with Saddam's dictatorship or his own use of torture and oppression of dissidents.

Curiously enough, they do acknowledge that Algeria's male-dominated society never really thanked the women who took part in the attacks on French military:
Asad Faulwell’s “Mujahidat #11,” on view in the museum’s ongoing “Oppenheimer Collection@20” exhibition, enshrines these women fighters within a colorful, patterned abstraction influenced by Islamic art and Moroccan textiles. The work is part of the young L.A. artist’s series of paintings devoted to the women of Algiers, many of whom were imprisoned and tortured by the French and rejected by their Algerian countrymen when the war ended in 1962.

“They (Algerian men) were taking women who they had no intention of empowering after the war, getting them to fight on the front lines and then (the resistance) turning their backs on them as soon as the war was over,” Faulwell told the Middle Eastern art journal, Muraqqua, in 2010.

As writer Yasmine Mohseni observed, “These women planted bombs and fired guns, yet, even today, people see them as victims.

“It is this dichotomy of viewing the Arab woman as a victim that makes the subject matter so compelling,” she said.

One positive outgrowth of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and the conflict between the West and Islam has been an increased interest in Islamic culture and history by American artists such as Sipp and Faulwell, who is of Iranian descent.

A growing number of exhibits are featuring artists from Islamic cultures and Middle Eastern countries. The recent “On Watch” exhibit at Block Artspace, for instance, introduced the local art audience to the work of Iraqi-born Jananne Al-Ani and Palestinian Taysir Batniji.
Alas, those women were victims of an Islamofascist mindset that would not thank them no matter how well they served, and the irony is that in a way, France was also guilty for failing to instill civilized cultural beliefs in Algerian society. And even they don't receive any thanks from Sipp and Beasley!

And there we have another example of graphic novels being noticed for all the wrong reasons.
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Green Lantern #15: how predictable

The 15th issue of the series has come out, still focusing on Geoff Johns' adherent to Islam named Simon Baz, and as this review on Blog of Oa tells, the identity of the culprit who rigged the van was rather expected:
...Baz makes his way to the address his sister Sira provided to him last issue, the address of the owner of the explosive filled van that Baz stole. The occupant, Edward Wale, greets Baz at the door, recognizing him as the "terrorist" and threatening to call the police before being convinced to allow Baz to come in and talk. Agents Valdez and Fed continue their pursuit of Baz but Fed still follows his hunch that Simon is innocent so the two men split up to try differing methods of tracking the Green Lantern down.

Things at the Wale residence don't go as planned and we learn that Wale himself rigged the van and parked it under the bridge in an attempt to blow it up for reasons as yet unknown other than taking out a train. Baz's ring prevents him from being shot but that ends up being the last act of a ring desperately in need of a charge and before long the scene turns into a chase scene as Wale hunts a perplexed Green Lantern.

[...] Wale gets the drop on Baz but Fed arrives in the nick of time to prevent the man from killing Simon Baz and emerging as a hero triumphant over the man who tried to blow up the city. Their confrontation is interrupted by the arriving Third Army who had been tracking Baz's ring signature. While Wale doesn't survive the encounter, both Baz and Fed manage to escape after blowing up the home, only to be met by B'Dg, who was sent to Earth to find Hal. [...]

We all knew that Simon Baz's story is one that is very personal for Geoff Johns, and of course Baz is not going to be a terrorist, but I honestly was looking for something perhaps a little more original with how it turned out. While we may never know Wale's backstory his form of domestic terrorism seems to be aimed at advancing a white supremacist or xenophobic agenda. Having the hero falsely judged based on some sort of bias only to have the villain revealed as one of "us" has been overused and I really hope that Johns doesn't overreach the bounds of competent story telling and fall into the abyss of the cliche. Or as I like to call it, pulling a Terry Berg.
Ah yes, that older story by Judd Winick, where he shoved his leftist positions down the readers' throats with overbaked leftist blather about gay agendas. And even when it wasn't stuff like that, the book was still pretty bad: at one point, he came up with a son for Abin Sur, the dying alien who gave Hal Jordan his power ring and lantern, who was named Amon Sur, and made him a villain, thus insulting a key part of Hal's origins. And also during Winick's run, there was a peculiar discrepancy in the character design for Kyle Rayner's mother Maura: the first time she appeared in issue 88 of volume 3, she looked early to mid 50s, but when she turned up a second time during Winick's run in issue 153, she looked more like early 40s, with lighter-colored hair. Clearly, the editors by that time didn't place much value on the book.

But turning back to the current subject in focus, knowing where Johns was taking his cues from, I realized we couldn't expect him to take any negative position on the Religion of Peace, and so, we get a cliched story where the culprit turns out to be a non-Muslim white criminal who'd planned an act of terrorism for reasons that'll probably never be fully explored. But that's why subtlety and stealth make such cunning tools.

I think I'll also take the time to comment on this confrontation between Baz (who's still noticeably wearing an orange outfit like what's seen at Gitmo) and his sister from the 13th issue:
I'm not sure why we're supposed to feel sorry for a guy who steals cars and gives an unconvincing defense for why he'd do it. "Cars no one would miss"? It wouldn't matter if it were an Edsel or a lousy-looking Studebaker; if the cars were owned, and the engines worked well, someone's bound to notice them missing, namely, the owners. And it wasn't a car in this case that Baz stole, it was a large van. As far as I know, panel vans are far from the most coveted vehicles on the black market in America, even for spare parts.

And Baz's sister didn't need the money before he began stealing cars with the job she had in the Michigan state government offices. So after he got arrested, all he did was embarrass her standing at the workplace. Maybe Johns doesn't think so, but he's actually making the character look more like he's got a low-IQ. What's so admirable about that?

I really don't care where the story is going to go from here, not even if it travels into the galaxy. But Johns has once again insulted the intellect in his downhill spiral as a writer.
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This Week On The Gathering Storm: Midnight Rider!

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Peak Peak: The End of Peak Theory?

Back in December of 2009, I predicted "The Next Environmental Crisis That Threatens Life on Earth" would be a trumped up Peak Water.

Yes folks, the environmentalists will try to convince us we are running out of water, just as they have tried to convince us we would run out of oil, and of decent weather.

Environmentalists have never met an Apocalyptic scenario which did not work like Viagra on their shriveled selves.

Indeed, in May of 2011, Environmentalists thought they had found the Holy Grail proof that the world was ending as a result of massive dehydration:
In some agricultural areas of California, the ground level has dropped 30 feet from excessive draining of aquifers. 
The Colorado River no longer empties into the Gulf of California (Mexico) as all of its water has been taken by irrigation. 
Decades from now, when there will be little snow pack in the Northwestern states, some large western rivers will have even less flow, and large U.S. hydroelectric facilities in the West will no longer supply much of their current electric power.
Yemen’s aquifers around some of its cities are nearly gone. 
Saudi Arabia is phasing out its wheat crop as its large aquifer will be nearly exhausted in a decade.
In upper China, the large fossil aquifer (which is not easily recharged) is being drawn down several meters a year. 
Near Beijing, water wells go down a kilometer (0.6 mile) to get water for the city’s inhabitants.
It is even worse in India as many wells have gone dry and in some regions, half of the electricity is being used to pull up water for people and crops.
With news like this, we might as well all put a gun to our heads before Obama bans them, right? (Though, if we used guns primarily for suicide, rather than for protection against the encroaching tyranny of our government, Obama would likely be all for them.)

Thing is, as with any "Peak Theory", it's all crap. We live on a tremendously abundant Earth, and man's mind is infinite in it's creative capacity to find new ways to use the resources provided by this bountiful Earth that God gave us.

Deep beneath Africa, under some of the hottest and driest places on earth, lie vast reservoirs of fresh water. According to geologists, these “aquifers are some 410,000 cubic miles thick and contain 100 times the freshwater that exists on the continent’s surface.” Tapping that water could transform dry and barren land in places like the Sahel into wet and fertile oases.
In fact, with:
Slowing population growth. The restoration of massive swaths of farmland to nature. Increasing world food supplies. Lower food prices for billions of people. Massive water supplies beneath the driest deserts. Abundant oil and gas. The 21st century is looking like it will be a very different kind of place than the greens and Malthusians have warned us about.
Malthusianism is a psychological disposition more than an intellectual conclusion, and we have no doubt that the alarmists among us will find new looming catastrophic shortages to warn us about. But it’s striking nevertheless that centuries of failed predictions haven’t dented the confidence so many people have in what is so clearly a wrong-headed approach to world affairs.

Every new generation falls prey to the Maulthusian scare stories. Young people are particularly vulnerable to these frightening tales whispered around the campfire, because they have yet to have watched as the Malthusian fantasies are proven wrong by the turns of time.

When I was a kid, my supposedly wise elders filled my head with Apocalyptic nightmares of a worldwide Ice Age brought on by man's abuse of the Earth. Because these stories frightened me so much, and because over time it became obvious they were nothing but lies, I have not fallen prey to the pure insanity of the Global Warming myth.

One must wonder what is going to happen to the Environmentalist hegemony as medicine helps us attain longer, healthier lives, wherein we can store up the wisdom of our own generations of personal experience. Who will they fool when there is no one left to fool?

Will Peak Environmentalism become the first Peak Theory fantasy to actually come true?

We can only hope.
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