Saturday, August 27, 2005



Ophelia

by Domenico Tojetti


"There is a willow grows ascant the brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.
Therewith fantastic garlands did she make
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples. . . ."


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A Meeting Of The, Uh, Minds


Earlier today I posted about my disdain for NPR. Well, another one of my pet peeves on the radio dial is KPFK, a seditionist radio station featuring 24-hour a day vagina monologues and lunatic political commentary, mostly both at the same time. Here, Little Green Footballs brings us the news that they are hosting a networing symposium of the far-left and the Islamofascists:


On Monday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Middle East historian Mark LeVine presents his new book Why They Don’t Hate Us: Unveiling the Axis of Evil and engages in conversation with CODEPINK cofounder Jodie Evans, who has made several trips to Iraq, along with Baghdad-born Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a progressive voice for Muslim Americans based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

The evening is moderated by political scientist Suzi Weissman, host of KPFK’s “Beneath the Surface” Monday edition, and is cosponsored by CODEPINK and MPAC.


Charles has the dish on Salam Al-Marayati:


Salam Al-Marayati is notorious for telling radio station KCRW, within hours of the September 11 mass murder: “If we’re going to look at suspects we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”

Quite a “progressive voice,” eh?

CAMERA has a long list of similar statements by Al-Marayati, supporting extremist movements and terrorist groups, vilifying Israel, and condemning US anti-terrorism measures.
And Daniel Pipes also has a piece about this character:
Needed: Muslims against Terror [and Not Salam Al-Marayati].

Yet mainstream media continues to portray him as a moderate Muslim civil rights advocate—and they never bring up these statements at all.

Freedom Is Light
Tyranny is Dark


From the Astute Blogger:


The contrast between tyranny and freedom is not abstract. It is not cultural. It is REAL. R-E-A-L. Want to see it. Look at these satellite photos. they compare North Korea at night to South Korea at night.

North Korea is dark. South Korea is lit up.

WHY!?

Freedom.

South Korea is free, so it is LIT UP. Same people - north and south. The south had poorer resources in 1952 - and was poorer in GDP, too. But now it is richer. One of the richest ecomnonies in the world. WHY!? Freedom. The south of Korea is FREE. Freedom creates prosperity.

The difference betweem Vietnam today and what South Vietnam MIGHT have been - if the Lefties in the Democrat Party hadn't pulled the plug - is just as stark. If the Left hadn't pulled the plug on the South Vietnamese government in 1975, then the South of Vietnam would be as rich and as free as the South Korea. We might be driving SOUTH VIETNAMESE cars instead of South Korean cars!

Why do I bring this up!? Well, because many on the Left question whether we can IMPOSE freedom on any people or culture. As if some people or some type of people are "READY" for freedom and others are not.

Well, we did "impose" freeedom on the South Koreans, and IT WORKED. Just as it worked on the Japanese and the Germans. And in all those cases it required that we keep 50,000 troops in the theater FOR DECADES to accomplish it, and THAT wasn't questioned (just like our continued troop presence in Bosnia is never questioned). It was accepted that it was worth it. We had troops in German and Japan for 50 years.


Yes, and it was worth it in, oh, so many ways. Germany and Japan have both become Democracy's, trading partners, producers of brilliant innovations, and bulwarks against onrushing tyranny. It was worth it beyond our wildest imagination.

Wasn't it?

Go ahead, admit it. It will be good for you to get it out in the open.

Oh, and by the way, the Astute Blogger is one of the best bloggers on the internet. Everyone should read him everyday.

Latino Rights Groups In League With Islamofascists?


From Jihad Watch:


This comes from the California separatist group La Voz de Aztlan, which is clearly happy about the news. Given the source, it is likely that this report does not contain even an ounce of credibility; however, it is significant enough as a threat and attempt to intimidate the foes of Islamic terror into silence. And if Congressman Tancredo or anyone who has spoken honestly about the roots and causes of Islamic terror does indeed get shot in the coming months, I hope authorities will be soon thereafter speaking with Ernesto Cienfuegos of La Voz de Aztlan, who filed this report:

"Highly trained Islamic snipers on their way to the USA."

A particular worrisome development for USA based warmongers is a CIA intelligence report that says that a superbly trained Islamic sniper squad is on its way to the USA. According to the report, the Al-Ikhwan Al-Moslemoon (Muslim Brotherhood) is preparing to send a highly trained sniper squad to the USA that will target, at first, the lower and middle level leadership of the Islamophobic organizations that cater to the Zionists. This, we presume, includes the lackeys of the Zionists on radio and television.

A few weeks ago, these puppets of Israel added insult to injury when they went on a vile tirade in support of the "toilet flushers" of the Holy Koran at Guantanamo. Many of these radio talk jockeys are not Jews but they act as mouthpieces for their employers who are. One of these virulent pundits for the Zionists said over the airwaves, "US soldiers at Guantanamo should have used the pages of the Koran to wipe their asses!"

La Voz de Aztlan received an e-mail from one of our subscribers in Saudi Arabia concerning the CIA report. Ali bin Ahmed bin Saleh Al-Fulani wrote that the Islamic sniper squad should include Congressman Tom Tancredo of the Colorado 6th Congressional District as one of its first targets.

Tancredo recently made a public statement proposing that the USA "nuke" Mecca. "Nuke" means blasting a city with a nuclear bomb as was done to Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Mecca is Islam's holiest cities where millions of Muslims make a yearly religious pilgrimage. Ali added, "Instead of nuking the entire 6th congressional district and killing hundreds of thousands innocent civilians, a sniper should "nuke' Tancredo's ass with one 7.62mm Kalashnikov bullet hardened with depleted uranium!"...



Who is La Voz de Aztlan? Glad you asked. Here's some info:


La Voz de Aztlán ("The Voice of Aztlán") is the webzine of the Nation of Aztlán, a secessionist organization headquartered in Whittier, California, United States. Its stated goal is the formation of Aztlán as a country containing both modern Mexico and the entirety of the U.S. states of Texas, New Mexico, California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and parts of Oklahoma.

La Voz de Aztlán is rumored to have ties with the controversial Chicano group MEChA.


Every college campus I have ever been to has a Mecha club for the Hispanic students. These Mecha clubs are openly advertised with well-printed posters in classrooms and on message boards across campus.

Mecha stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán. Here's some info about Mecha:


MEChA is an organization dedicated to the promotion of Chicano history, education, and political action. In Spanish, the word mecha means fuse.

Early MEChA rhetoric was highly steeped in the politics of racial identity, with frequent reference to such terms as "la Raza de Bronze" (the Bronze Race). Although the significance of "la Raza" is still prominent within MEChA ideology, in 1999 the group adopted a document entitled The Philosophy of MEChA, which affirmed the more moderate view that "all people are potential Chicanas and Chicanos", and that "Chicano identity is not a nationality but a philosophy".[5] According to MEChA, no one is born "Chicano". MEChistas (or members of MEChA) consider themselves neither Americans nor Mexicans in terms of ethnicity, but descendants (either genetically or spiritually) of the indigenous pre-Columbian nations—hence, the Chicano Student's Movement of Aztlán.


Oh yeah? Not so fast there, mis amigos racistas. Why don't we look at a Mecha website:


In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal "gringo" invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlán from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.

We are free and sovereign to determine those tasks which are justly called for by our house, our land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlán belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent.


Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose time has come and who struggles against the foreigner "gabacho" who exploits our riches and destroys our culture. With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlán.


Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada.



That means, "For our race, everything. For their race, nothing.

Nope, doesn't sound racist to me.

Do you see? It is no wonder that when you go to La Voz de Aztlan website, it is filled with pro-Palestinian and anti-Semitic propaganda. The movimientos of both organizations are the same. They are very big movements.

However, unfortunately for us, their intestines never seem to empty of the feces of hatred.

We are in big, big trouble if we don't face este problema, mi amigos Americanos.

The Latest By Al Qaeda Iraq
Sounds Like It Was
Written By An American
If You Ask Me


I just have to throw something out there. I don't much care about this latest screed from Al Qaeda in Iraq, but I've got to note, it doesn't sound like it's written by a Middle Eastern Muslim:


(CNN) -- Laying out its ideology in a broad manifesto, the group al Qaeda in Iraq -- which has been behind many of the worst attacks, beheadings and kidnappings in Iraq -- says the insurgency is in better shape than the United States acknowledges and vows to continue the insurgency and "destroy the American empire."

"Every now and then, the schoolboys of the Pentagon and the adolescents of the Black House keep blasting our ears with talks of pure arrogance and conviction saying, 'We will not leave Iraq until we accomplish our mission.' This desperate catchphrase that they keep repeating is used to make the public believe that the mujahedeens are in bad shape, as if they are begging the Americans, saying, 'Please Americans, leave Iraq,' " the group says in an e-book, an extensive document on the Internet.

"We vow by the name of God that we are determined to destroy the American empire," it says.


That writing has a distinctly America cadence, if you ask me. And the phrase "by the name of God" sounds American as well. Muslims don't usually use the word God. They use Allah, of course.

I wonder if the Al Qaeda website could have been scammed into publishing this, or if it was hacked.

Or, maybe Al Qaeda had an American Muslim write this, thinking it might strike home with us even more, if it was written in language we are used to.

NPR
National Palestinian Radio


One of the little charms of my marriage is that my wife listens to NPR. I really don't understand why. My wife is more conservative than I am. But, I come home from work, and she's listening to NPR. I go to my car in the morning after she has borrowed it (rather than driving her kid-mobile) and the radio is tuned to NPR. God help me.

She has learned to not listen to it around me, because she knows that the broadcasts will be punctuated with shouts of "Lies. Lies. That not true," emanating from my direction. And she knows that she will be subjected to history lessons explaining exactly why and how NPR is wrong.

Truth is, I despised NPR for years before I became a conservative. I hate their measured pretentiousness. I hate the way they play soothing classical music between tales of genocide and rape. I hate the aura of sophistication and intelligence they create with the facade of quiet voices and baroque music. I hate the way that facade levels out all the horrors they discuss on their news programs, giving the impression that they represent an oasis of civility in a world of chaos, removing them from any complicity, as if they were the pantheon of intellectual gods, suspended in the ether, and hovering above us all, dispensing wisdom and short bursts of "alternative" electronic music.

F NPR. F them and the tax money they rode in on.

Check this one out, though. NPR has squated down and produced a new acrid abomination which goes beyond almost any in their history.

I invite you to meet a woman named Mariam Sobh. Barely a woman, really. Just a year or two out of the University of Illinois' journalism program, where she was caught manufacturing hateful quotes and putting them in the mouth of Ariel Sharon in order to bolster her pro-Palestinian agenda. Yes, that's right, writing crude propaganda in the guise of journalism:



...Mariam Sobh introduced her Dec 11 piece with the following statement, purportedly uttered by Ariel Sharon, in order “to show a clearer picture of the Israeli leadership:”

“I don’t know something called International Principles. I vow that I’ll burn every Palestinian child (that) will be born in this area. The Palestinian woman and child is more dangerous than the man, because the Palestinian child’s existence infers that generations will go on, but the man causes limited danger. I vow that if I was just an Israeli civilian and I met a Palestinian I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him. With one hit I’ve killed 750 Palestinians (in Rafah in1956). I wanted to encourage my soldiers by raping Arabic girls as the Palestinian woman is a slave for Jews, and we do whatever we want to her and nobody tells us what we shall do but we tell others what they shall do,” Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview with General Ouze Merham in 1956.

This shocking quote, a staple on Arab propaganda Web sites, is an internet hoax for which the journalism student, not surprisingly, provided no source. There is no record of any “General Ouze Merham” or any truth to the claim that Sharon made the quoted comments. The paper’s decision to run such an inflammatory statement with no attribution is indefensible.

The Sharon quote was not the only fabrication. Sobh alleged that former Israeli Chief of Staff, Raphael Eytan was quoted in the April 14, 1983 New York Times as saying: “We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel ... Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.” However, a Nexis search of all Times coverage reveals that no one, not Eytan or anyone else, was ever quoted by the paper making the purported statement...


Yes, she was caught red-handed. The world of journalism knew about this. It was in the news. Maraim Sobh was pinned to the matte like an insect by her own libel.

So, what am I so pissed off about this morning? Well, because NPR hired this distortionist to work at their affiliate WILL station. This women is a known member of the radical Islamic front-group, the Muslim Student Association, and she is a Jew-hating propaganda artist. And NPR hires her, using our tax money.

I can just hear the Brandenburg Concertos fading into Ms. Sobhs' news report:

"Word comes today that Ariel Sharon has convened a council of Zionist Elders to determine how best to take control of the world's assets and power. "This council," Mr. Sharon was quoted as saying, "will resort to any means necessary, because as everyone knows the Jews are entitled to take whatever they want from the gentiles, because the gentiles are not really human beings in the eyes of G-d. They are animals."

Yes, apparently such will be deemed worthy news on NPR in the near-future.

What? Am I libeling NPR?

F them.

Friday, August 26, 2005


Image provided by the National Gallery of Art of Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto's work, Christ at the Sea of Galilee. By turning an electron microscope on bits of paint from some of the works by Tintoretto and other Venetian artists, Barbara Berrie, senior conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art, discovered the artists had mixed tiny bits of glass with their pigments, which enhanced the glint of the colors. This painting showed the use of glass in a yellow pigment that was among several used in representing the water by Jacopo Robusti _ better known from his father's calling as Tintoretto, 'the little dyer.' (AP Photo/National Gallery of Art)
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Glass Gave Venetian Paintings Their Glow


From Associated Press:


WASHINGTON - How did paintings by Tintoretto and other Venetian Renaissance artists get their special glow? Using an electron microscope, Barbara Berrie, senior conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art, discovered one of their secrets: tiny bits of glass the artists mixed with their pigments.

"By looking beyond the limits of their usual practice and transforming materials from other trades to their painting, the great artists of the Renaissance created a palette that gave them an immediate and lasting reputation as brilliant colorists," Berrie said.

It was long thought that Venetian painters, glassmakers and ceramic designers each had their own ways of concocting paints and dyes, probably getting the ingredients through apothecaries, as in most of Europe.

But Louisa Matthew, head of the Visual Arts Departments at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., found evidence that Venice developed a special market for dyes and pigments a century before other European areas did.

She was poring through the Venetian archives for information on how local artists did business. Among the dusty wills and tax records, she came upon an inventory of 102 items drawn up after the death of shop owner Domenico de Gardignano. He is identified in Italian as "dai colori" — "among the men in the color business."

"There are certain pigments that contain glass mentioned in the 1534 inventory, but by no means all," Matthew said. "Because (customers) were all buying colorants in the same place, we hypothesize that they traded ideas and ingredients including materials not on the shelf."

People from many different trades bought supplies at de Gardignano's shop and were likely to have shared both ideas and materials, Matthew surmised.

That possibility led to Berrie's examination of paint samples under an electronic microscope. She discovered rounded bits of powdered glass, only thousandths of an inch thick, in two paintings by Lorenzo Lotto — one in a red gown worn by St. Catherine, another in an orange-red coat worn by Joseph in a Nativity scene.

Glass was also discovered in a yellow pigment used in a Tintoretto painting of Jesus at the Sea of Galilee.

"They're also teaching me a lesson: to try to go beyond the bounds of what I know and what I think is right," Berrie said. "It's a good trick for an old artist to teach a new scientist something."


Yes, you really do have to admire that idea, don't you? So simple, and yet so brilliant.

Suspected Terrorist Act
Directed At Female Comedian


Yesterday I posted the story of the Pakistani born Norwegian comedienne, Shabana Rehman who angered a local Imam by grabbing him and literally picking him up off the ground. Well, it seems she has gotten herself into more trouble than she bargained for.

Thanks to Baron at Gates of Vienna for letting me know about this, from Fjordman:


Unidentified assailants on Wednesday fired shots at an Oslo restaurant owned by the family of a Pakistani-born female comediene who has achieved prominence for lampooning conservative Islam. Shabana Rehman, the 28-year-old comediene whose sister owns the restaurant, described the incident as “an appalling act of terror” and said it would not deter her from continuing her work.

The shots, fired at around 4:00 am, struck the windows of the restaurant of Fahrina Rehman, the sister of Shabana Rehman. A police spokesman said the establishment was closed, and nobody was hurt.

Rehman has made a career of joking about the cultural divide between Norway’s people and its Muslim community. She notably made headlines in the popular press last week by dropping her pants and baring her buttocks at a film festival in Haugesund, in southwest Norway.

“I want to show that in Norway, you can do such things without being lynched or arrested,” she said. “I get really angry when I see cultural conflicts, suicide bombers, all these kinds of threats. You can’t do a stunt like this in Karachi or Kabul.”

Rehman then went on to kiss vigorously Norway’s female Culture Minister Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, seeking to make a point about a debate raging in the country’s Pakistani community over a film scene showing a young Pakistani girl kissing a Norwegian boy.

Oslo police said it was too soon to make a link between the shots at the restaurant and the comedian’s film festival antics, but Rehman herself clearly saw one. “I’m going to continue doing my job despite what has happened,” she told Norway’s NTB news agency.

Police said she was being protected, although they did not give details.

The young woman, who was one when her parents moved to Norway with their seven children in 1977, has often courted controversy since 1999 when she went from writing jokes for a comedian friend to doing her own show.

She typically begins her act wearing a burqa, which she then strips away to reveal a tight, red cocktail dress.


Shabana has balls no burqa could hold. Like I said yesterday, she is the Hirsi Ali of comedy.

Where is the Fatwa against Osama?


From Memri.org:


In an article in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyasa, Dr. Shaker Al-Nabulsi, a Jordanian intellectual who resides in the U.S., asks why Islamic religious scholars haven't issued a fatwa against bin Laden. [1] The following are excerpts:

Terrorism in the Arab World Has Been Encouraged by Islamic Legal Scholars

"The First International Islamic Conference, [that convened] in Amman, Jordan in July 2005, was attended by a large group of Islamic legal scholars and clerics… The conference published a series of routine recommendations whose content has already been put forward at many other such events. The recommendations condemned the blind violence in the name of Islam [that exists] in a number of countries, and called for dialogue and coexistence among the followers of [Islam's] four schools of law and the various Islamic sects. Ultimately, these recommendations are insufficient. They do not point to the wound and do not heal the patient, because this conference lacks the power to implement the recommendations…

"Many of the clerics and the legal scholars who attended the First International Islamic Conference in Amman had themselves published fatwas that incited to murdering civilians, women, children, and the elderly, under the umbrella of 'religious Jihad.' Perhaps the reason for the intensification of terrorism in the Arab world, in the form to which we are witness today, was first and foremost the encouragement it received from Islamic legal scholars, under a mantle of religion that is in most cases false, hijacked, and defective.

If the legal scholars – who have encouraged terrorism by means of these vocal religious fatwas – were acting properly, they would be issuing a fatwa calling to kill bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al-Zarqawi, and all Al-Qaeda leaders everywhere.


Go read the rest.

New York Times Fabricates Condoleeza Rice Quote


Last week the New York Times published a "quote" from Condoleeza Rice which has angered many who want good things for Israel. Condoleeza was quoted as saying of the Disengagement, "It can not be Gaza only."

I never posted on that story, because it did not fit with the Condoleeza Rice we have come to know. While I do post some outlandish stuff here from time to time, I generally only do so when I am hearing the same information from multiple sources, or when the information fits in with a pattern of information I have been receiving.

Anway, I'm glad I didn't post on the Condi story. Because IT WASN'T TRUE. The New York Times fabricated the quote.

Well, imagine that.

From Jewish Pundit via Little Green Footballs:


Last week, The New York Times published a story on their exclusive interview with Condoleezza Rice.

The first two paragraphs portrayed a Secretary of State focused, in the midst of a traumatic Israeli withdrawal, on signaling Israel that another one was next:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday offered sympathy for the Israeli settlers who are being removed from their homes in Gaza but also made it clear that she expected Israel and the Palestinians to take further steps in short order toward the creation of a Palestinian state."Everyone empathizes with what the Israelis are facing," Ms. Rice said in an interview. But she added, "It cannot be Gaza only."

Since the Roadmap calls for the dismantlement of Palestinian terrorist capabilities and infrastructure in Phase I -- and does not require Israel to remove a single settlement (other than certain “outposts”) during that phase -- Rice’s comments seemed gratuitously insulting. One would have thought she would emphasize the need for the Palestinians -- after a unilateral Israeli withdrawal that went far beyond their initial Roadmap requirements -- to comply with their own Roadmap obligations.

On the day of the Times story, a commenter at LibertyPost.org posted this comment: “This just doesn't sound right, or like Dr Rice. . . . She doesn't screw up like this.”

Indeed, it didn’t . . . she doesn’t . . .and in fact the Times made the quote up.

The transcript of the interview was posted by the State Department this week. It shows that the purported quote -- made the centerpiece of the Times story -- was constructed by the Times from two separate, unrelated comments by Rice -- one taken out of context, the other not even accurately quoted.

The first part was lifted from Rice’s response to the Times’ question about how she could “assure that [Gaza] is not the last step for a good while?”

I know, in having talked to [Sharon and his government] and watched how hard and I think everybody empathizes with what every Israeli has to be feeling and with people uprooting from homes that they have been in for a generation and the difficulty and the pain that that causes. And so I watched Prime Minister Sharon's address to the nation and it was really remarkable statesmanship.

* * *

And it's very easy to kind of move on to the next thing, but if you stop and reflect and pause, it also helps you to see that because -- and, you know, and we all hope that it continues to go relatively smoothly -- that because of this experience you would hope that confidence and trust between the Palestinians and the Israelis is also grown up because they had to have practically daily contact and meetings at every level of government in order to be able to pull this off. And if they indeed do, I think you will have created conditions and a level of trust that is unparalleled between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

* * *

So I don't think you're going to see just something stop. I do think you'll have some momentum coming out of this.

The Times then asked other questions, including “And so what should Israel do right now, after Gaza?” [can you discern a certain theme to the Times’ questions?] and then [continuing with the same theme] “Do you think you’ll go back there in the fall to keep the momentum going?”:

Let’s see, you know, what’s required. . . . But by no means do I think that this is the end.

The other thing is, just to close off this question, the question has been put repeatedly to the Israelis and to us that it cannot be Gaza only and everybody says no, it cannot be Gaza only.
There is, after all, even a link to the West Bank and the four settlements that are going to be dismantled in the West Bank. Everybody, I believe, understands that what we're trying to do is to create momentum toward reenergizing the roadmap and through that momentum toward the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state.

It was not Rice dictating to Israel that it “cannot be Gaza only.” She was stating what others had been “repeatedly” telling Israel and the United States, and responding that there were four settlements in the West Bank being dismantled, with a Roadmap for the future.

Given the requirement in that Roadmap that the Palestinians dismantle terrorist capabilities and infrastructure in Phase I, it is strange that the Times did not see fit to quote extensively from the following portion of the interview -- and indeed why they did not highlight it in the lead paragraphs of their story:

SECRETARY RICE: . . . [Y]ou cannot simply let a terrorist organization sit forever, that you cannot -- that there is an obligation in the roadmap to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism, not just coexist with it. . . . And so that is one of the most important next elements. I know that the Palestinians have been concerned and so are the Israelis, to have calm in this period of time. It has been a good thing that thus far the Palestinian factions have more or less respected that calm, but that isn't a substitute for the dismantling of the terrorist organizations, because as Abu Mazen himself has said, you can only have one authority and one gun.

QUESTION: Right.

SECRETARY RICE: So the answer to the question, what comes next, is that one of the obligations in the roadmap is that the Palestinian Authority should have unified security forces that are all under the authority of the Palestinian Authority and its leadership, its elected leadership. There will be elections in January. But the Palestinian Authority is going to have to deal with the infrastructure of terrorism, that's one of its obligations.

QUESTION: So the -- is it still then the U.S. position that disarmament, dismantling are the next steps for Israel in the expected steps on the right --


SECRETARY RICE: No, I'm not talking about a sequencing here because the roadmap is assiduously not sequencing one step after another. It gives, in parallel, certain obligations to both sides. And the obligation of the Palestinians has to do with the dismantling of terrorist infrastructure and organizations and they're going to have to do it.


I guess the word "fabricate" isn't quite accurate in describing what the NYT did to Condi. They, instead, seem to have Pre-fabricated the quote. You know, as in, built a pre-fabricated house of component parts, and then drove it to the site, and erected it for all to see.

It seems as if the New York Times is hell-bent on making sure the public isn't aware that the Palestinians are OBLIGATED to dismantle the terrorist organizations. Why would the New York Times not want the public to know that? Why would the New York Times instead decide to twist Condi's words beyond all recognition?

The implication the New York Times headline gave was that Condoleeza Rice had decided to sidestep United States policy in the Road Map to Peace, and instead insist that Israel give endless concessions to the Palestinians with nothing in return. Why would the New York Times give that impression unless that's what they would like to see happen? And why would they want that to happen? Why would they want Israel to just continue to give one plot of land after another to the Palestinians, without any hope for peace?

Pagan Animals


You might want to read the article below first. The idea here is to see pagan culture as an expression of our animalistic natures. From Catherine Seipp in National Review:


I went to see the King Tut exhibit, currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until Nov. 15, then traveling to museums in Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, and Philadelphia through 2007. ... there’s always some object that stops you cold at these things, and for me it was the staff whose crook was a human figure bent gracefully backward, like an acrobat or gymnast.

Except, on closer examination, it wasn’t. The figure was actually a Nubian captive, bent backward and upside down, to illustrate that the Nubians were slaves of Egypt. And just in case anyone needed reminding who were the masters and who were the slaves in this society, King Tut (so the display card informed us) was in the habit of wearing sandals with pictures of Nubians (and Libyans and “Asiatics”) on the soles. So that every time he took a step, he further ground Egypt’s conquered peoples into the dirt.

I always feel faintly queasy looking at art from ancient pagan civilizations, because the tacit theme of unquestioned entitlement is so pervasive. The message of these artifacts, basically, is: Of course we rich and powerful have the right to make the poor and weak work endlessly on statues and sarcophagi that will display our wonderfulness for all eternity. And of course we have a right to enslave those people we manage to enslave. (Why American blacks sometimes want to claim kinship with the Ancient Egyptians, by the way, whose ancestors so brutally oppressed their ancestors, is beyond me.)

Since the Egyptians were a death cult, much attention was given to statues that would benefit the deceased from even small annoyances in the afterlife. I see echoes of this pagan attitude now in the Islamofascists, with their concern about the 72 virgins each “martyr” gets in Paradise. And the way they march around carrying pictures of their heroes on placards seems strangely idolatrous, considering the lip service they pay to strict “There is no God but God” monotheism.

Another striking thing about the King Tut exhibit is it puts all those thou-shalt-not warnings of the Old Testament, which often seem so grim and wet-blankety, in context. You can’t covet, or worship false idols, or glorify dead bodies, or rape an attractive woman you happen upon even if you’re the king — because if you do, you’ll be just like the Egyptians. And you know how they are.

I got the same feeling watching Rome, HBO’s engrossing new series that brings all those copulating figures from ancient museum urns to lurid, full-frontal life. ... a naked Polly Walker (as Caesar’s scheming niece Atia) fornicating with horse traders or dousing herself with bull’s blood in a hideous ritual of animal sacrifice ...

One that sticks in the mind is a bored legion of soldiers waiting while one of them finishes up having sex with a girl by the side of the road. Is it a rape or just a venal exchange? You can’t really tell, because the girl seems less traumatized than annoyed. But again, it reminds you that maybe all those thou-shalt-nots in the Bible were reactionary for a reason.


I have known women who like men to bleed on them during sex. I have friends who go to "Fetish Balls," parties where they seek out ways to degrade themselves. I know people who go to clubs, where they meet a guy or gal and then go out to the parking lot to "get each other off." Many girls, who are very concerned about the quality of clothing they put on their bodies, don't seem to give a second thought to what they put in their mouths.

I know it sounds like I am condemning these people. I do not want to be harsh. I understand what it's like to be horny and I understand that some people are troubled. I even understand why people might want to degrade themselves. I understand that for many people, a sex life is a theater where they can act out the hidden dimensions of themselves.

But, how far are we willing to allow ourselves to go? All the way to becoming animals once again?

The problem with being an animal is, even domesticated animals lose control of themselves, and give in to their herd instinct. Next thing you know, a whole society thinks it's ok slice the throats of a million of their countrymen (Rwanda), or put six million people in ovens (Germany), or go on a rampage through the streets of Nanking, China, killing every man, woman, and child, and lopping the breasts off women's bodies for added insult.

God's Law might not always be the funnest thing going, but it sure is a great alternative to what we become without it.

Zooropa
London Zoo Unveils Live Human Exhibit


From Agence French Presse:


LONDON (AFP) - London Zoo unveiled a new exhibition -- eight humans prowling around wearing little more than fig leaves to cover their modesty.

The "Human Zoo" is intended to show the basic nature of human beings as they frolick throughout the August bank holiday weekend.

"We have set up this exhibit to highlight the spread of man as a plague species and to communicate the importance of man's place in the planet's ecosystem," London Zoo said.

The scantily-clad volunteers will be treated as animals and kept amused at the central London zoo with games and music.


Why not? That's what most of us do with our lives anyway, right?

Something is starting to dawn on me. This exhibit, of course, expresses a philosophical opinion; humans are animals. We are not made in the Image of God. We are not set above animals. No, we are just the same.

And, of course, in addition to that, this exhibit levels the added insult that, not only are we animals, but we are a particularly destructive class of animals; "a plague species."

Bad, bad animals.

So, here's what I'm realizing. The Left's agenda is animalistic.

They want us to have all the birth-control pills, condoms, and RU-486 that we can get our hands on, so we can screw the night away like a bunch of animals. They want us to eat nuts and berries. They believe we can't be expected to take care of ourselves, so they want to set up elaborate social services. And, of course, when we are no longer easy to have around the house, they want to put us to sleep.

You see what I mean?

Thursday, August 25, 2005



Ophelia

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Peaceful State Watch


Well, let's take a look at what's going on in the Peaceful State of Palestine today, shall we? According to Associated Press, Mahmoud Abbas, peacekeeper that he is, is urging "militants" to refrain from terrorist attacks. Well, that's what the AP headline says, anyway. What does the article say?:


Abbas Urges Militants to Hold Their Fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday denounced a deadly Israeli arrest raid that killed five Palestinians, calling it an intentional provocation aimed at undermining a six-month cease-fire, but he urged militant groups to hold their fire.

Militants vowed to renew attacks on Israel, a move that would undercut the good will that resulted from an Israeli pullout from 25 Jewish settlements in Gaza and part of the West Bank.

Following Tuesday's completion of the most important stage of the pullout — evacuating settlers — violence flared in three places. A rocket fired from Lebanon exploded in an Israeli village just across the border Thursday, causing some damage but no casualties.

Late Wednesday, Israeli forces raided the Tulkarem refugee camp in the West Bank, killing five Palestinians, at least three of them armed. A few hours before that, a Palestinian stabbed two young Jewish men in the Old City of Jerusalem, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

Abbas blamed Israel for inciting the sudden escalation with its deadly raid in Tulkarem. "This murder intentionally aims at renewing the vicious cycle of violence," he said.


So, let's see, a rocket is fired into Israel. Two Jews are stabbed and one is dead, but Abbas blames the defensive action taken by Israel in retaliation for the "escalation" of violence. And the media writes it. Well, at least, they made the timeline clear.

But, I must admit, I am still wondering why this article is called "Abbas Urges Militants to Hold Their Fire." Well, I would imagine, we'll find out. Let's go on:


Raanan Gissin, an aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, responded that the Palestinians have failed to control militants. "We have transferred authority over this city of Tulkarem and the surrounding villages to the Palestinian Authority, and over a period of about three months, no action has been taken," Gissin said.


Yes, that's true. The Palestinians now have control over their state. They can do what they choose to do with it.


In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the department was still trying to get a clear picture of what happened in Tulkarem but stressed, "Israel has a right to defend itself."

Since Abbas and Sharon declared a cease-fire in February, the number of violent incidents plunged. However, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad have carried out attacks, claiming they were responding to Israeli violations.

Islamic Jihad sent a suicide bomber into Tel Aviv in February and another into Netanya in July. Five Israelis were killed in each attack. The cell's leadership was traced to the Tulkarem area, and Israel has been hunting its members, claiming that even under the truce, it has the right to take defensive measures.

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said the arrest raid targeted those fugitives. "This was an operation against a 'ticking bomb,'" he told Israel TV. "They were planning a suicide bombing attack in Israel."

Palestinians said the Israelis opened fire first, and Mofaz did not deny that. "Weapons were drawn on the soldiers and gunfire resulted," he said.

According to Palestinian witnesses, young Palestinians were sitting outdoors, snacking on sunflower seeds and chatting with a well-known militant leader, when undercover Israeli troops jumped out of a Mercedes. Witnesses said soldiers ordered everyone to stand up and shined a red laser at the group before opening fire.

"A car came, and armed men got out and shot toward us. I was hit in the shoulder," said Samer Murai, 15. He said a gunfight followed, and several of his friends were wounded.

About 4,000 people attended a funeral for the five. Gunmen fired in the air, and many residents accused Israel of destroying the calm that prevailed during the Gaza pullout.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades vowed revenge.

"The Zionists should prepare ... bags to collect the remains of their soldiers and settlers because we are going to hit in the depths of the entity," said Abu Abdullah, an Islamic Jihad commander in the Gaza Strip.

Hours later, militants fired two homemade rockets from Gaza into southern Israel, the army said, the first such attack since Israel began its pullout from Gaza on August 15. There were no injuries or damage.

A local militant group said the rocket fire was retaliation for the Tulkarem raid, Israel Radio reported. After sunset, hundreds of Islamic Jihad militants marched in Gaza City and Khan Younis, pledging revenge.

At midday Thursday, a rocket fired from Lebanon exploded in Margaliot, an Israeli farming village on the border. The rocket damaged a chicken coop, but no one was hurt.

Army Radio reported it was the first time such a rocket has been fired at an Israeli community since Israel ended its 18-year occupation of south Lebanon in 2000. Israeli security officials have been warning that militant groups in Lebanon might try to heat up the border area during Israel's pullout from Gaza and part of the West Bank.

The Jewish seminary student killed in the Jerusalem stabbing attack was buried Thursday. He was identified as Shmuel Matt, 21, a British citizen. A second student, Sammy Weissbard, 20, from New York, was wounded.


Well, that's the whole article. I didn't edit or expurgate it. I didn't see anything in that article about Abbas urging militants to hold their fire. I wouldn't be surprised if he did say it, after all, he has said it before. Not that it caused militants to hold their fire or anything, but he has said it.

But, gosh, I really wouldn't know what to think, if he had said it. Because, just the other day, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei sat down with the leaders of various Palestinian groups and cleared way for terror ops against Israel:


TEL AVIV – Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei and members of various Palestinian terror groups this week decided at a meeting "resistance" against Israel would continue and would be coordinated at the national level until the Jewish state evacuates "all territories," WND has learned.

Earlier this week, it was reported Qurei held a private conference in Damascus with leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. According to media reports, the parties reached an agreement under which the PA would not attempt to disarm the terror groups in spite of recent U.S. and Israeli calls for the groups to be dismantled after the Gaza evacuation.

But security sources close to the meeting told WND agreements reached at the conference went one step further – it was concluded the Palestinians would continue to use "resistance" against Israel until the Jewish state leaves "all occupied territories" – code for the destruction of Israel. The resistance, the sources said, is to be coordinated between the Palestinian groups and based on the foundations of Palestinian unity.


So, you can see why Israel wanted to get out of Gaza. You know, because, like, the Palestinians seem to want to kill them.

But, now that they are out of Gaza, are the Palestinians happy? Hell no. They are angry:


Palestinians fear Gaza health crisis after Israeli pullout.

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Palestinian medical experts fear a looming health crisis after Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip unless patients are guaranteed access to life-saving treatment beyond the territory.

While Israel regards its departure from Gaza as signalling the end of its 38-year occupation, the Palestinians argue that Israel will remain an occupying power as long as it retains control of its borders and is thus still obliged to meet the health needs of the local population.

“I fear a worsening of the health situation after the withdrawal from Gaza as a result of the Israeli cordon,” said Dr Majdi Ashur, president of the Palestinian relief committees.

“Israel is refusing to recognise its obligations as a continuing occupation power by meeting basic health needs of the population and we do not foresee a resumption of proper freedom of movement in the short term,” he told AFP.



You see, they have been used to being able to access the superior health care services provided by Israel. Now, they will have to rely on the healthcare services of the Peaceful State of Palestine. I guess I'd be angry too.

But, that's not all they are angry about. No, no, no. They are also pissed because they can't seem to figure out what they are going to do for work now that the Jews won't be employing them anymore:


Gaza father wonders when work will come

Al-Maghazi Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip -- Outside the concrete walls that surround Badran Jamil Ahmed Abumansi's home, historic changes are taking place.


Jewish settlers have been uprooted from their homes in the Gaza Strip -- the first time since 1982, when Israel gave control of the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt, that Israel has dismantled settlements and surrendered the land where they sat. Palestinian leaders are outlining plans to build homes and factories on the land.

Yet in Abumansi's home, the only thing happening is that the sun is setting on another day without work. He sits under a tree behind his home in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, children swarming around him, simply waiting. He wonders how he will be able to support the family that depends on him, an extended family that numbers about 45 souls.

"I wouldn't exclude any kind of job," he says. "Just give it to me. "The children are in school, and there are a lot of expenses. I am waiting to know what will happen after disengagement. I hope the situation gets better and I can go to work."

So far, it has gotten worse.

That's because Abumansi, 38, like hundreds of thousands among the 1.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza, has been dependent economically on the state of Israel.

In 1991, during the first Palestinian intifada -- the uprising began in Gaza in 1987 -- one-third of employed Palestinians worked in Israel, according to the World Bank. By 2003, during the second intifada, that figure had dropped to just 9 percent.

For 20 years, Abumansi, was one of the fortunate ones.

In 1985, when the Tel Aviv chocolate factory where he worked with his father and brothers went out of business, Abumansi quickly found a job doing anything that needed doing at a Tel Aviv restaurant where he used to have lunch.

Since then, he has struggled to maintain his precarious economic hold, adapting his schedule to accommodate the ever-growing security restrictions imposed on Palestinian workers by Israeli authorities, who say the measures are required to stop Gaza-based terrorists from entering Israel.

Abumansi's life had a routine. At about 9 o'clock every evening, he would head for Erez crossing, the primary portal for Gaza workers heading to Israel. He liked to be the first in line heading through the checkpoint -- to be further back in line, he feared, could make him miss the window when the checkpoint is open to employees or could make him late for work.

He would sleep at the checkpoint, lying on a piece of cardboard on the concrete blocks that line the long echoing passageway leading to Israel. Long before dawn, he would pass through the checkpoint, catching a bus to arrive at his job by about 3:30 a.m.


At the end of his workday, around noon, he would reverse the process, arriving at home around 5 p.m. And a few hours after that, he would start the process all over again.

It didn't leave much room for a life. His wife, Maha, worried about the toll it took on his family -- their six children -- and on his health.

Earlier this summer, Abumansi's luck ran out.


On June 19, a 21-year-old Palestinian woman was caught at the Erez crossing wearing explosives under her clothing. Investigators said she planned to detonate herself inside a Beersheba hospital. Israeli officials closed the crossing immediately -- and it has remained closed ever since.

A lot of people are responsible for his dilemma, Abumansi said. There is the Palestinian Authority, which he feels has done too little to help the people of Gaza. The closest they came so to helping him directly, he said, was when they gave out 100-shekel notes to voters on election day.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has promised large-scale development in the wake of Israel's disengagement and has said he looks forward to the day when no Palestinian will work outside of Palestinian land. Abumansi snorts at the idea of an economic divorce from the Jewish state.

"Give me a job, and I will talk like them," he said, sarcasm in his voice.



So, you see, Abumansi wants a job in Israel in the worst way. But, that doesn't stop him from threatening them:

"If Israel opens its doors for the workers, no suicide bombers will come through, but if it keeps it closed, then operations will happen," he said.

Abumansi's face was a mask of frustration.



Yeah, well, so is mine.



This Chick Is Seriously Funny
Female Comedian Lifts Mullah Off The Ground

Norwegian-Pakistani humorist Shabana Rehman pulled a stunt during a public debate with Mullah Krekar, the controversial former leader of the militant group Ansar al-Islam. She picked him up and lifted him off the ground, an act he called a "gruesome humiliation."

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Uh, Well, Maybe Not
Female Comedian Lifts Mullah


From the Norwegian daily, Aftenposten (hat tip Fjordman):


Norwegian-Pakistani humorist Shabana Rehman pulled a stunt during a public debate with Mullah Krekar, the controversial former leader of the militant group Ansar al-Islam that left the religious man fuming and threatening a lawsuit. Rehman, a popular stand-up comic who specializes in material based on culture collision, picked the mullah up off the ground, an act he called a gruesome humiliation.

The bizarre incident took place during a debate about Krekar's new book, a largely autobiographical work that tries to put his life and beliefs into perspective and give an alternative look at a man constantly embroiled in accusations of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism.

Rehman, who was born in Karachi but raised in Norway since infancy, is controversial in her own right, constantly creating a stir with comedy material touching on immigration, integration, Muslim conflicts and traditions, feminism and sexual repression.

Rehman tends not to discuss her personal relationship to Islam, calling herself a "spiritual seeker" rather than religious.

On Tuesday night as the debate was winding to a close, Rehman came on stage and said she wanted to carry out a "satiric test" to find out if Mullah Krekar was as strongly fundamentalist as some of his critics believe. When he approached her, she grabbed him and lifted him up in the air.

Krekar, who said that Rehman picked him up by reaching under his buttocks, became furious, grabbed the microphone and began speaking in Norwegian for the first time that evening.

"I do not have the right to carry her like that, she has no right to carry or touch me. She displays contempt for me. I cannot accept this," Krekar said, and promised to lodge a complaint via his lawyer. He demanded that all photographs of the incident be destroyed.

Rehman, who insists she lifted him by gripping him around the legs ("the only way for a woman 163 centimeters (5'4") to pick up a man that high"), told newspaper VG she also wanted to show that if she could lift him, he could hardly be a danger to national security.

The woman gathered in the audience laughed at the stunt but panel member Lar Gule, secretary general of Norway's Humanist Ethic League protested.

"The audience does not understand what an insult Krekar has been exposed to. This is very, very serious for Krekar, and Rehman especially should understand this," Gule said.

Rehman said she wanted to see if Krekar was as tolerant and relaxed as he claims to be, and admitted that she found his reaction confusing.

Rehman said that his willingness to appear in a public debate and bring female family members along showed liberal views. Krekar's furious reaction hinted at fundamentalism but his desire to seek legal action rather than a fatwa was the behavior of a civilized person in Norway.


This chick is seriously funny. She is the Hirsi Ali of comedy.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005



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A Blast From CUANAS Past
A Restatement of Why America Is The City On A Hill


From CUANAS, July 31, 2004:


Stop Writing Your Suicide Note And Fight


Anti-Chomsky has a post today about a new book by Howard Zinn. I've read a bit of Zinn in my day, and, at the time, I was reading in a spirit of general agreement with his views. This post got me to thinking, I should pop on over to Amazon and read some reviews of Zinn's major work, A People's History Of The United States (1492 to the Present).

A review by one Paul Rodriguez contains this quote:... the account is fascinating.


From the beginning, you're wretching at the accounts told of Columbus' barbarism, and soon begin to see the propaganda the American school system has taught us as just that. With that said, I think it would be wise to view this in its context. It is not the be-all-end-all account of American history. It should be balanced with other perspectives. To come away believing America an evil empire I think would be to lose sight of the reality of our history: namely that despite the corruption and evil, the principles written down in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights have lived up to their true promise and continually get closer to their ideal.

An informed electorate is essential to a functioning democracy, and the facts presented here go a long way towards helping Americans confront their dark past and learn from it, rather than trying to sugar-coat it to prop us up as an honorable Christian nation with a right to arrogance. The truth is nothing to fear.

Still, I recommend trying a conservative viewpoint after this, like Paul Johnson's "A History of the American People". That way you'll come away with both sides of the story, rather than an overly slanted perspective.

As in all things, don't ever fear a dissenting opinion. Fundamentalism from the right _and_ left is dangerous. Keep an open mind and weigh both side's arguments for yourself before you join a bandwagon.


To me, that is what is lacking in all the criticism of America and Israel. I write this blog as a counterbalance to what I see as one-sided criticism. This blog is a pushing back. It's not that I am unable to see other perspectives, rather I believe the other perspectives are far too dominant in the media.

Previous to 9/11, I was the kind of person who would scoff at the notion that there was much positive to say about America. I would go to bookstores and read Chomsky and Howard Zinn and I would argue for their points with friends.

The Tuskeegee Incident (where military Drs. injected black men with syphillis to "research" it's effects) were magnified in my mind. I believed that if we knew of one Tuskeegee there were 1000 of which we didn't know.

To this day, I believe that the issue of race is one of America's biggest failings. A friend of mine, who is black, told me a story of how when he was in college (this would be about 15 years ago) another friend of his (who also was black) was caught by the police having sex with his white girlfriend in a car on the campus of their University. (This University was located in California, within 25 miles of Los Angeles.) The police arrested took the man and his girlfriend into custody.

Rather than have to admit to her parents that she was screwing a black man on a regular basis, the girl decided to cry rape.

The man was convicted and went to jail.

Imagine that.

Incidents like those have made me very angry with America.

But,

On 9/11 I sat watching TV, or listening to the radio, most of the day, thinking to myself, these people want to destroy America. They want to take America away from us.

My wife is an immigrant (from a third world country) and her comment was, "They want to take America away from the world." Her perspective is that America is a place of hope for all those in third world countries. To her and her whole family, America is the shining city on the hill of which Reagan spoke. Without America and Europe, she says, people from countries such as her native land would not have hope.

To my wife, it is not just the prospect of being able to leave, for some in her family have returned. It is the also the example of education, achievement and possibilty that we model.

Now, of course, for the most part, we take these things for granted.

On 9/11, when the towers fell, I ceased taking America for granted.

I remember watching the towers burning on TV with my 2 year old daughter at my side demanding to watch a Disney video, and I started to cry, thinking to myself, "I brought her into this world. What have I done?" And immediately, something stopped me saying, "You didn't bring her into this world to watch Disney videos. You didn't bring her into this world to be a child. You brought her into this world to grow into an adult and, hopefully, to become a good and great human being."

I stopped crying and realized that I, we all, needed to suck it up and do the best we can for America.

I considered signing up for the military, but being in my 40's, I am too old to start a military career. So, I thought, what can I do? I can write. And so I did. It took awhile to get started, but I have written and I have defended what I believe to be the best in Western civilization because I believe it would be a tragedy for the whole human race to lose these things.

So, the next question would then be, "Why anti-Semitism?"

The answer to that is that, while my realization of what I could do was almost instantaneous, because of the typical personal concerns (making a living, taking care of the kids) my motivation did not instantaneously push me to follow through. It did, however, push me to read. And read I did. I quickly became tired of the mainstream media and it's Terrorist apologetics. So, I learned to navigate the internet and pull information from sources around the world.

What I found shocked me even more than 9/11.

I found that we live, and have lived for several years now, in a world, where it is once more ok to say murderous things about the Jews. Not about Israel, but about the Jews. Cornelio Summaruge, the head of the International Red Cross, a European man, refused to have Israel participate in serving his organization saying, "If I were to have the Star Of David I might as well have the schwastika."

That is targeted at the Jews, not at Israeli behavior.

It's like saying to a black man, "If I were to have you over to my house, I might as well invite a nigger."

In Arab state-sponsored media, it is common for columnists and heads of state to call for the death of the Jews. Read here to see what I mean.

I came to believe that the Jews are the proverbial canary in the coalmine of Western Civilization. They are the first to be threatened and the first to start dying.

Look at the rhetoric of Bin Laden and theIslamists. Who do they hate first and foremost? It is not America. It is the Jews. We are second.

This is why I started CUANAS. Initially, it was to establish a voice in the Christian community that would say along with the Jews, "Never again."

But, ever more so, as time passes, along with saying "Never again," I am also saying "Not even once," for America.



Ophelia


"And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,
That sucked the honey of his music vows,
Now see that noble and most sovereign reason,
Like sweet bells jangled out of tune and harsh,
That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstacy. O, woe is me
T'have seen what I have seen, see what I see."

- from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

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Christians United Against Christians
Who Can't See The Difference
Between Good and Evil


The mainstream Christian magazine Christian Century proves that they understand little of the world, nor do they understand much of the Word of God, or His people, and that they can't hear it when someone tells them they want them dead:


Among the messages of sympathy that poured into London following the July 7 bombings were condolences from the governments of Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iran, Turkey—all nations with majority Muslim populations—and at least two Muslim nongovernmental groups: Hamas and Hezbollah.

But as Middle East scholar Juan Cole pointed out on his Web site "Informed Comment," only ArabicNews.com and a few Chinese sites mentioned this list. The Western media gave little attention to this strong Muslim expression of solidarity.

Why this omission? Support from Muslim nations did not fit the dominant narrative in the U.S., which insists that "the reason we are attacked is that they hate us and our way of life, and we are not going to let that deter us from fighting terror." This narrative is not based on reality.

The narrative also insists on a connection between Islam and terrorism, even though suicide bombing is anathema to Islam.


Ok, so condolences from Hamas and Hezbollah are deemed worthy expressions of caring by Christian Century. Hamas' Charter calls for death to the Jews. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel. They are almost certainly behind the bombings of Christian neighborhoods in Lebanon.

Are these the signs of organizations whose condolences should be taken into consideration? Would Christian Century accept a sympathy card from Hitler?

It doesn't seem like I belong to the same religion as these people. If they call themselves Christians, it feels shameful to me identify myself by the same name.

Let us look at some of the words of the Hamas Charter just so we can see who Christian Century is willing to get into bed with:


Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."

"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."

"After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."

Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious.

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."



That last part is a verse from the Muslim Holy Scriptures called the Hadith.

Those are lovely, beautiful spiritual sentiments, aren't they? Is it any wonder Christian Century would consider them worthy?

According to the Bible, Christian Century will be cursed for this. I would suggest the editors of Christian Century delve into politics a little less, and crack open their Bibles a bit more. They have missed the Truth.

But, even if they don't understand the Bible, they still ought to be able to understand the difference between a terrorist organization and one of the world's greatest and most productive Democracies.

How long, Oh Lord?

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know
About Beating Your Wife
But, Were Afraid To Ask


From Arab News, via Fjordman:


I find it unacceptable when some people twist the meaning of a particular verse in the Holy Qur’an — especially the one which permits a husband to beat his disobedient wife. Those who do the twisting must understand that the permission is only given under certain circumstances and that the beating is intended as a remedy for specific situations.

It is unfortunate that some well-known and respected Muslim scholars have either willingly or unwillingly joined a campaign seeking to distort the meaning of that particular verse. The beating which is only prescribed in the case of disobedient wives is intended to serve as a remedy in an unusual situation.

If the husband feels the wife is behaving in a disobedient and rebellious manner, he is required to rectify her attitude — first by kind words, then gentle persuasion and reasoning. Beating as a last resort must never be understood to entail using a stick or any other instrument that would cause pain or injury.

A rebellious woman who is not moved by kind works, persuasion and admonition is a woman of no feeling and must therefore be punished by beating. Psychiatrists tell us of people, including women, for whom a cure lies in beating.

The controversy over the beating of disloyal and rebellious women is part of the campaign against Islam. If beating disobedient wives was advocated by Western scientists, it would have been widely supported by the same people who criticize Islam and special centers would have been set up all over the world to train husbands on how to beat their wives.

To understand this particular verse in the Koran, read this article:Beat your wives or “separate from them”?


When my wife is disobedient I find that it is helpful to grab her by the hair, drag her into the bedroom and eff the the hell out of her. When I am done, she usually gives me anything I want.

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London-Based Muslim Owned Radio Station
Broadcasts Calls For Attacks on British Troops


From Little Green Footballs:


The Government is facing demands to close down a London-based radio station broadcasting calls for attacks on British troops in Iraq.

Al-Tajdeed Radio, which is run by a prominent Saudi dissident, has close links with a website carrying films of terrorist bombings and beheadings. It also carries songs calling on Muslims to join the holy war against coalition forces.

The radio broadcasts in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The man behind the station is Dr Muhammad al-Massari.

He has lived in London since first seeking asylum there in 1994. He has frequently declared that British troops in Iraq are legitimate targets.

Patrick Mercer, shadow minister for homeland security, said the Government should close down the station and look at deporting Dr al-Massari.


Gee, do you think?

The "Refuge Camps"
In the Peaceful Land of Palestine


A little info about the history of the Peaceful State of Palestine, from Atlas Shrugs:


“Despite the money, despite the aid, despite the technology, despite the paid-for experts to teach it [many Third World countries have failed]. Why? An alternate recipe: theft, embezzlement, corruption, waste, incompetence but, above all, chaos.”

“When I landed in England again [recently], the papers were full of Ariel Sharon pulling the last Israeli settlements out of the Gaza Strip and, I though, that is another example. I saw Gaza on my first visit to Israel in 1968. It was created in the same year as the UN created Israel: 1948.

It was supposed to be a temporary camp for Palestinians displaced by the new Israeli state. Its inhabitants were supposed to be able to return to the new plots of land inside Israel or accept a living space in the lands of their surrounding Arab ‘brothers.’ (This was 19 years before the Israeli conquests of 1967). Alas, the ‘brothers’ did precious little. Gaza had better propaganda value as a festering sore of human misery to be waved before the world.

It soon became a sewage-smelling slum. But aid did pour in; billions of it, enough to make that tiny plot a mini Garden of Eden, a prosperous, healthy, thriving enclave beside the blue Mediterranean south of Ashkelon. Fifty years later, it was still a sewage-smelling slum, wreathed in chaos. What happened to all the money? Well, the Palestinian leadership embezzled half of it; the rest went on guns, bullets and explosives.”


How is it that the efforts of not only the Palestinian people, but of the entire world, as represented by the United Nations, and all the money, and all the media's help, and everything have all gone to nothing? How is it that the Palestinian state never improves? Why are they still living in "refuge camps?" How could that possibly be?

I mean, even if you came home one day to find your entire house buried in horse manure, you would find a way to fix it over the course of the next 57 years, wouldn't you?