I Took This Shift Because Of Her --- Politics - Justice - And Wrestling With The Angel
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Who Knows What
Is All About?"
... the perpetually depressed Charlie Brown bellowed in the 1966 cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Linus, in response, recited the following:
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
(LUKE 2:8-14 )
And, that's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Friday, December 23, 2005
From Azarmehr, via the Drunken Blogger:
British Iranians staged a silent picket outside the Lib Dem HQ, in Cowley Street, Millbank. The picket was in protest at remarks made by Lib Dem Baroness, Emma Nicholson, in the European Parliament, who referred to the Islamic Republic as "an advanced form of democracy in the region".
The protesters, mostly professional, took time off work and braved the cold London weather, and stood outside the Lib Dem HQ, handing out leaflets - see below - to passers by and Lib Dem members who were visiting the party HQ.
After about one hour, a Lib Dem official first protested to the police that the protesters are using a residential property to display their posters, but the police reassured the official that the owner has given her consent after speaking to the protesters.
Soon after, the Lib Dem chief executive, Lord Chris Rennard, stepped out of the HQ to speak to the demonstrators. The demonstrators explained that Baroness Nicholson's constant support for the Islamic Republic is providing the mullahs with a lot of undue credit and propaganda.
Lord Rennard was told any comparison of the Islamic Republic with other countries in the region is an absurd comparison. The Iranian people have struggled for the last 100 years for freedom of speech and an accountable government. The analogy would be to tell a Chinese dissident that the Chinese government is not as bad as North Korea or the Pol Pot regime!
"No comparison with other countries in the region is relevant" Lord Rennard was told.
Lord Rennard was also reminded about another Lib Dem peer who had said "Human Rights in Iran should not be compared with Western Human Rights standards but with that of the region.
"There should be no classifcation of Human Rights", the demonstrators told Lord Rennard. "Human Rights is universal and it should not be classified by race or region".
Lord Rennard agreed and then asked what the protesters' demands were.
"We need a clear statement from the Lib Dem party on what their policy towards the Islamic Republic is. Do they support Emma Nicholson or do they distance themselves from her? If we do not have a satisfactory answer we will continue to campaign amongst British Iranians not to vote for Lib Dems and will stage hunger strikes outside the Party HQ" The demonstrators told Lord Rennard.
Lord Rennard promised to contact Sir Menzies Campbell, the Lib Dem Shadow Foreign Secretary and try to get a clarification on the party's policy on the Islamic Republic.
The protesters then thanked Lord Rennard and said they will await the reply by Sir Menzies Campbell. Lord Rennard however refused to give a statement to the journalists covering the event.
Man, oh man, Libs the world over can't tell the difference between good and evil. What's up?
Look at what they do to women in Iran.
Yes, that's right, they are burying her, so she can not escape when they begin stoning her to death.
That's the official policy of the government that Emma Nicholson called "an advanced form of Democracy in the region."
Elder of Ziyon (a very fine blog, from whom I stole the title of this post) questions whether Iranian President Ahmadinejad is attempting to make Iran as an Islamic superpower:
It is not easy to understand the motivations behind Iran's Ahmadenijad (see "Towards a psychoanalysis of Iran" and "Media analyzes Ahmadinejad - and gets it wrong"). It is tempting to denounce Ahmadenijad as a madman, or to come up with explanations that are incomplete. The real explanation is surprisingly simple:
Ahmadenijad is positioning Iran to become a world superpower, and to a great extent he has already succeeded.
What makes a superpower?
Part of it is military might, to be sure, but a more important component is the ability to lead. Ahmadenijad's rhetoric is not aimed at his people; rather he is stepping into the vacuum that the Islamic world has had for decades - trying to become a leader in the war against Islam's enemies.
There is a strong religious component to this desire, as I have mentioned before and as this article spells out very well, but it appears that Iran's president is aiming not only to make Iran the religious center of Islam, but the political center as well.
How does one assert political leadership of the Muslim world?
Take the one issue that all Muslims agree on (the destruction of Israel) and outdo all of the others.
Take on the undisputed existing world leader, showing bravery where everyone else is frightened.
Create the most powerful military in the Islamic world, one that now threatens the West.
Strengthen industry and scientific R&D to become technologically independent of the enemy:
Improve economic and political ties with more neutral countries. (A significant percentage of the Iranian news agency's stories are about economic initiatives with Europe, Asia and Africa - Iran hardly feels isolated even after its verbal provocations.)
Attack the enemy militarily (Hezbollah, Iraq)
(It is worth emphasizing that while the Arab world has become anti-intellectual and anti-science, the Iranians are anything but. In many ways their path to superpower status is similar to the US' path - military, economic and technological might. )
Looking at the world map with this perspective, Iran's "bloc" already includes essentially the entire Arab world, much of Africa, Pakistan, North Korea and probably Indonesia. Russia and China are pretty much neutral, although some former Soviet republics are solidly in the Islamic camp. India may not be Islamic but it has more Muslims than any Muslim country. And as European countries becomes more Islamic and remain dependent on Islamic oil, it is not entirely clear that they are solidly in the US camp in this battle - a significant part of their population is very sympathetic to an anti-Western viewpoint.
Iran is not only aiming at increasing its power, but in isolating the US as well.
Nuclear capabilities, along with missile technology, will cement Iran's leadership status as the world's second superpower.
Isolating the United States? Is that possible?
Well, we are just a few elections away from having no significant allies in the War on Terror. Take out Tony Blair, John Howard, and Silvio Berlusconi, and we are isolated when it comes to our geopolitical goals. Russia and China are selling Iran the technology for their nuclear facilities, as well as the missile systems to launch them. Meanwhile, France and Germany are trying to lay low in hopes the Mullahs won't get angry with them.
There is only one solution to this problem. The Iranian government must be done away with.
In Favor Of
To Bear Arms
Let's see if the Left tries to turn this into another scandal:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials have secretly monitored radiation levels at Muslim sites, including mosques and private homes, since September 11, 2001 as part of a top secret program searching for nuclear bombs, U.S. News and World Report said on Friday.
The news magazine said in its online edition that the far-reaching program covered more than a hundred sites in the Washington, D.C., area and at least five other cities.
"In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program," the magazine said.
The report comes a week after revelations that the Bush administration had authorized eavesdropping on people in the United States. U.S. President George W. Bush has defended that covert program and vowed to continue the practice, saying it was vital to protect the country.
Senior U.S. officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, have repeatedly said Islamic militants appeared intent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction for an attack against the United States.
Mueller said in February he was "very concerned with the growing body of sensitive reporting that continues to show al Qaeda's clear intention to obtain and ultimately use some form of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-energy explosives material in its attacks against America."
An FBI spokesman declined to confirm or deny the U.S. News and World Report article and said, "We can't talk about a classified program."
"The FBI's overriding priority is to prevent, disrupt and defeat terrorist operations in the U.S.
All investigations and operations conducted by the FBI are intelligence driven and predicated on specific information about potential criminal acts or terrorist threats, and are conducted in strict conformance with federal law," he added.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said the report, coupled with news of the domestic eavesdropping, "could lead to the perception that we are no longer a nation ruled by law, but instead one in which fear trumps constitutional rights."
(Pastorius note: Of course, if CAIR gets it's way, we will be a nation ruled by Sharia, which is much, much worse than anything supposedly going on in the U.S.")
"All Americans should be concerned about the apparent trend toward a two-tiered system of justice, with full rights for most citizens, and another diminished set of rights for Muslims," it said in a statement.
At its peak, the effort involved three vehicles in the Washington area monitoring 120 sites a day, nearly all of them Muslim targets such as prominent mosques and office buildings selected by the FBI, it said.
The program has also operated in at least five other cities -- namely Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York, and Seattle -- when threat levels there have risen, it said.
One source quoted by the magazine said the targets were almost all U.S. citizens.
Vice President Dick Cheney was among those briefed on the monitoring program, the publication said.
The United States Government has no right to monitor whether it's citizens are carrying concealed nuclear weapons. It is a violation of the 2nd Amendment.
The only way there gonna take away my nukes is to pry them out of my cold, dead hands.
Drag Feet On
Of Iran For
Senator Lugar - All American Jew-hater?
Atlas Shrugs has a great post up this morning about how Senate Democrats watered down a condemnation of the state of Iran for Almadinejad's statements denying the Holocaust:
More surprising is that Senator Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee had not cosponsored either resolution.
We learned that a majority staffer objected to condemning the entire government of and the call for a referendum with international observers.
He reportedly said that we should be condemning President Ahmadinejad (vs. the entire government) and that Iran just had elections and they chose the current leader."
That is a stunning statement coming from a presumably educated man. Iran's Mullahs pick the candidates for each election, and then if, during the course of the campaign the candidates say anything the Mullahs do not like, they fix the election at the ballot box. Read Atlas' post for details.
The fact is, everyone in politics ought to know this. I'm just a dumb musician, and I know it. How is it that Senator Lugar doesn't know what a dumb musician knows?
But now, I'm going to tell you something else Senator Lugar, apparently, doesn't know. Iran's Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki declared just a week ago that Holocaust denial is the official policy of the Iranian government:
Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Friday that remarks made earlier this week by the country's president that the Nazi mass murder of Jews during World War II was a "myth" was the official Iranian government's position on the issue.
"The words of [president] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Holocaust and on Israel are not personal opinions, nor isolated statements but they express the view of the [Iranian] government," Mottaki said. Ahmadinejad made the Holocaust remarks on Wednesday while it was in October he said Israel should be "wiped off the map."
"The Palestinians or Islamic nations can not be forced to pay for the injustices the Europeans believe they committed against the Jews," the minister said speaking at Tehran airport after a visit to Pakistan.
"The Europeans have to understand that the current Iranian government doesn't have any intention to play the role of someone who listens without having the right to reply," he said adding that if Europe wants to have relations with Iran "it has to learn to listen to our opinions and take them into account."
Somehow, I doubt that Senator Lugar is truly ignorant of these facts. It's his job to know what's going on in the world. I have a job, and this isn't it, and yet, I find the time to learn these things.
Atlas suggests the possibility that Ahmadinejad's statements have opened the door for all the anti-Semites to come blazing out of the closet with no shame.
Yes, maybe Senator Lugar simply hates Jews. Maybe that's it. There is little in the way of any alternate rational explanation, is there?
Thursday, December 22, 2005
God Of Wonders
... Beyond (and within) our galaxy
You are Holy, Holy
The Universe declares Your Majesty
Lord of Heaven and Earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of Heaven and Earth
And, she's a model. I mean, what can you say:
She's not the model niece Osama bin Laden's looking for - but she is modelling.
This is how Wafah Dufour, the al Qaeda leader's niece, will appear in the January 2006 issue of GQ magazine.
Dufour, who took her mother's maiden name after the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001, is an aspiring musician struggling to make a name for herself.
She says she has never met Osama bin Laden.
"Everyone relates me to that man, and I have nothing to do with him," she said in the article.
"There are 400 other people related to him, but they are all in Saudi Arabia, so nobody's going to get tarred with it.
"I'm the only one here."
One of the foundational ideas of the West is that the individual is supreme. We are endowed by our Creator with rights, and inherent dignity as human beings. As such, we are not defined by our ancestry, or the land we hail from, but instead, we are known by what we do with our lives.
Well, Wafah here is a model. That's fine. She may be a good person, or she may not. But, clearly, she has unchained herself of the shackles of Sharia. And, that, I believe, is a brave step.
Good for her, on that count.
I Am Legion,
2... (they) met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
- Mark 5: 2-13
So it is with anti-Semitism. The spirit took up residence in Germany, and when it was confronted by America in World War II, it begged leave, and fled into a herd of swine, and is now poised to throw itself into the sea and drown.
Think on this story, as you read the following from Neo-neocon:
... the sad--and very ironic--fact is that it's no longer necessary to have Hitler's reach to be able to threaten a great number of Jews, due to the establishment of the state of Israel and the relative ease of acquiring nuclear weapons these days. Iran, of course, is very well-positioned geographically and militarily to represent a credible threat--if not now, then very soon.
Hitler had to go to great lengths to gather the Jews from their respective countries in Europe to murder them, but he was more than willing to make the effort. Today, however, thanks in great part to that effort of his, the Jews are more or less gone from Europe. They are also more or less gone from the Arab world, and from some of those non-Arab Moslem countries (such as, for example, Iran) in which they previously had a significant presence.
The upshot of it all is that the Jewish population of the Old World is now largely concentrated within the tiny confines of Israel, and if Iran gains atomic weapons it would be far easier to exterminate those Jews than it was for Hitler, although the consequences could be even graver for the world, since Israel itself has a nuclear capacity.
Many theories have been advanced over the years for the strange and enduring phenomenon known as anti-Semitism, but the one constant is that it is relatively constant, cropping up over and over in varied guises and locations, waxing and waning rhythmically, but always reliably present.
So the words of Iran's President no longer surprise me with their resemblance to Hitlerian rantings. And it's no surprise, either, that one of Ahmadinejad's themes is Holocaust denial, although one would think it could just as easily be Holocaust approval.
Holocaust denial, always reprehensible, is somehow more understandable in Europeans than in someone such as Ahmadinejad. After all, Europe bears more of the guilt for the Holocaust; therefore it stand to reason that Europeans would have more motivation to want to wash their hands of any association with the Holocaust by declaring it a fabrication of those wily and nefarious Jews.
But Holocaust denial has spread to Arab countries, and of course to Iran. The reasons are not completely clear, but it seems to go with the territory of anti-Semitism itself. After all, if one desires to hate Jews and to blame them for all manner of evil, and at the same time one imagines there's a need to be sympathetic to victims (and to elevate the Palestinians as victims extraordinaire), then the Jews have to be discredited as victims. They must have no sympathy whatsoever in order to become the villains of the piece. And to do that one must deny that the Holocaust ever occurred--so that their re-victimhood may be safely contemplated, and with a clear conscience.
It's a sad and not-too-well-known fact that the development of virulent anti-Semitism in the Arab world, a 20th century phenomenon (which Iran now seems to have "caught"), was in fact a direct result of Nazi influence in the Middle East during the 30s (see this book by Bernard Lewis on the subject).
Nazi propaganda is probably the underlying source of this sort of thing--both in the Arab world and, by a sort of contagious spread, in Iran.
The Allies who liberated the camps made some documentary films of the horrors they found there, because they felt the need to prove what had happened. Some of these films were shown at the Nuremberg trial and some were shown in movie theaters of the time:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower anticipated that future generations might find it hard to believe the horror that they found when Nazi Germany was liberated by the Allies. He ordered that both the Ohrdruf camp and the Buchenwald camp be preserved for several weeks in the state in which they were found and German civilians in nearby towns were forced to visit the camps to view the piles of rotting bodies.
American soldiers, newspaper reporters and Congressmen were also called in as witnesses to the Nazi atrocities. But it was the British who had the biggest impact on the public conscience when they released their newsreel film of Bergen-Belsen to movie theaters around the world in the last days of the war.
Eishenhower was indeed prescient when he anticipated that future generations might find it hard to believe the horror of the Holocaust. He did what he could to document it. But the need to deny seems to be stronger for many people than the evidence (when I was Googling to find information about the films of the camps, for example, a plethora of Holocaust denial sites came up).
Some deny, I suppose, because they don't want to believe such horrors are possible. But many deniers have a different purpose for their denial, and it's a Hitlerian one, I'm afraid: to demonize the Jews once again, and to try to pick up where he left off in their annihilation.
They deny because they are compelled to do so by indwelling spirit of almost absolute hatred of the Jews. Why the Jews? Why God's chosen people, of all the people on Earth? Ponder that question.
Or Is It
Today is rip on the Left day, here at CUANAS:
A hurricane exposes the poverty of America's inner cities, and the champions of big government make political hay out of it. Riots lay bare the underclass in Paris's suburbs, and the French are astounded that such a thing could exist in their country
Bill Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards, and others seized on the New Orleans issue to blame the Bush administration for causing or exacerbating that city's poverty. This took an amazing amount of chutzpah, considering that New Orleans and Louisiana are longtime strongholds of their own political party.
In fact, Democrats have long controlled almost all of America's inner cities. The Brookings Institution recently ranked the 50 largest cities in the United States according to their concentrations of poverty. A quick check reveals that the 10 cities with the highest concentrations of poverty have Democratic mayors, with the exception of New York City (whose Republican mayor is something of an anomaly in a Democratic-dominated city).
By contrast, the few Republican big-city mayors hail mainly from cities with the least concentration of poverty.
So why is there so much unemployment in America's inner cities and in France's suburbs? It is largely because onerous government regulations dissuade employers from offering jobs to low-skilled people.
Probably the biggest barrier to job creation for the low-skilled is the minimum wage. This problem is most pronounced in France, where the national minimum wage is about $9 per hour. It is a no-brainer why unemployment among rioting Muslim youths is so high: French employers do not consider their skills valuable enough to justify paying them $9 per hour. Not helping the situation are the country's rigid labor laws, which make businesses even more reluctant to hire.
So the solutions advocated by the champions of big government produce a pull/push effect: the poor get pulled into certain areas, and employers get pushed out. Poverty deepens.
Unless that cycle is broken, expect a continuation of poverty in America's inner cities, and additional manifestations of discontent among France's underclass.
American Muslims do not riot. Why? There are two big reasons,
1) They generally are not unhappy in America, because they have opportunity
2) They don't have sufficient numbers to riot effectively
What am I saying?
I'm saying the riots in France are partially the result of the fact that Muslims exist almost entirely outside of French society because of the lack of opportunity provided by the French political system,
I am saying that Muslims usually exist almost entirely outside of any Western society they live in, by their own choice.
In other words, I don't think America's political system will make us immune from Muslim rioting. I simply think our system will put off rioting.
And, it is likely that any Muslim rioting that does occur here in America may be squelched by the integrated Muslims themselves.
To Spy On
Into The U.S.?
As per usual, the Astute Blogger lays it out clearly:
For years, the Dem/Left has been deriding the Iraq War as an "unnecessary diversion" or "blunder" while CLAIMING that they were GUNG-HO on the GWOT and would have preferred if Bush had kept this nation's focus on the war against al Qaeda and in Afghanistan.
But, their current attacks against Bush's aggressive use of NSA capabilties to intercept suspected al Qaeda communications into and out of the USA PROVES that they are LYING ON THIS COUNT, TOO.
If the Dem/Left is not willing to use the NSA to intercept foriegn intelligence on international calls into the USA, and insists that this intel gathering for miltary use MUST be subordinated to a FISA judge's court order (as if the president was not fit to order it on his own - as CinC) then they are not fit to assume responsibility for defending the USA or Free World.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Two explosions rocked a Mosque in Cincinnati:
Two explosions caused minor exterior damage at a mosque complex about two hours after evening prayers, and federal agents joined the investigation. No injuries were reported and police hadn't found any witnesses to the Tuesday night explosions at the Islamic Association of Cincinnati mosque. ...
One explosion damaged an overhead glass panel in a front entryway at the mosque, and the other damaged a door on a porch at an adjacent house. ...
The mosque is about a mile from the University of Cincinnati campus and near several churches and Hebrew Union College.
I hate it when this happens at my church.
Maybe, if I curl up and play dead, those mean old Muslims will leave me alone.
The Council of Europe officially criticizes Denmark for publishing cartoons of Mohammed:
The Council of Europe (CoE), an organisation of 46 European countries, has criticised the Danish government for invoking the “freedom of the press” in its refusal to take action against “insulting” cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The CoE Committee of Ministers discussed the case during a meeting in Strassburg last week.
In a statement the Committee said that “a seam of intolerance within Danish society is noted […] in certain media” – a reference to the Danish cartoon case. (...)
The CoE added that it is also concerned that “[Danish] legislation, such as the reform of the Aliens Act, and policy, such as the Government’s policy towards integration, may contribute to a climate of hostility towards different ethnic and religious groups.”(...)
The case escalated into a major diplomatic crisis, even though, apart from the Danish press, it has been hardly been reported upon in the international mainstream media.
There were violent protest demonstrations and strikes against the cartoons in the Indian state of Kashmir and in Pakistan, after which Denmark warned its citizens not to travel to Pakistan. Egypt cut off its talks on human rights with Denmark while the Egyptian Grand-Imam Muhammad Said Tantawy condemned the Danish government. Tantawy is the religious leader of Egypt, appointed by the Egyptian president, and chancellor of the prestigious al-Azhar University, one of the Sunni Muslims’ most important centers of learning.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised his Danish colleague during bilateral talks last month (and other consequences).
(...)Instead of supporting their government, 22 prominent Danish former career diplomats criticised Prime Minister Rasmussen this week. (...)Their criticism, however, did not impress Rasmussen.
The letter by the former ambassadors was “very misguided and sad,” the Prime Minister’s spokesman Troels Lund Poulsen said yesterday. “They are willing to compromise freedom of expression by taking a moral stand."
(...)Meanwhile, Carsten Juste, Jyllands-Posten’s editor, has welcomed efforts to end the cartoon controversy. Moderate Muslim groups in Denmark proposed to stop demanding apologies from JP and organise a “celebration” to show the moderate side of Islam. Juste welcomed the idea. “I consider it a chance at reconciliation,” he said.
“While it’s important to protect freedom of speech, there is also a need among Danes to gain more knowledge of Islam and Mohammed.”
Sounds like Carsten Juste is about to cave in. Who would want to live under a hail of death threats:
Death threats have forced daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten to hire security guards to protect its employees. Journalists and editors alike have received threats by email and the telephone. Editor Juste said the cartoons had been a journalistic project to find out how many cartoonists refrained from drawing the prophet out of fear.
'We live in a democracy,' he said. 'That's why we can use all the journalistic methods we want to. Satire is accepted in this country, and you can make caricatures. Religion shouldn't set any barriers on that sort of expression.'
Or, maybe not, huh?
Iran and Syria reach a nuclear agreement:
Report: Syria agrees to hide Iran nukes
LONDON -Syria has signed a pledge to store Iranian nuclear weapons and missiles.
The London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that Iran and Syria signed a strategic accord meant to protect either country from international pressure regarding their weapons programs. The magazine, citing diplomatic sources, said Syria agreed to store Iranian materials and weapons should Teheran come under United Nations sanctions.
Iran also pledged to grant haven to any Syrian intelligence officer indicted by the UN or Lebanon. Five Syrian officers have been questioned by the UN regarding the Hariri assassination, Middle East Newsline reported.
"The sensitive chapter in the accord includes Syria's commitment to allow Iran to safely store weapons, sensitive equipment or even hazardous materials on Syrian soil should Iran need such help in a time of crisis," Jane's said.
The accord also obligated Syria to continue to supply the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah with weapons, ammunition and communications. Iran has been the leading weapons supplier to Hizbullah, with about 15,000 missiles and rockets along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
The accord, negotiations of which began in 2004, was signed on Nov. 14 and meant to prepare for economic sanctions imposed on either Iran or Syria. Under the accord, Jane's said, Iran would relay financial aid to Syria in an effort to ease Western sanctions in wake of the UN determination that Damascus was responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
These guys are determined to enact their evil plan. Who will thwart them?
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Variety seems to like the idea.
The two idiots in the photo here look like they'd be perfect for a part in the production.
Jacques: "Oh Thank heavens, for ze little boys"
Hugo: "They grow up in the most delightful way."
THE Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents.
Moscow archives show that in the mid-1920s Russia's top animal breeding scientist, Ilya Ivanov, was ordered to turn his skills from horse and animal work to the quest for a super-warrior.
According to Moscow newspapers, Stalin told the scientist: "I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat."
In 1926 the Politburo in Moscow passed the request to the Academy of Science with the order to build a "living war machine". The order came at a time when the Soviet Union was embarked on a crusade to turn the world upside down, with social engineering seen as a partner to industrialisation: new cities, architecture, and a new egalitarian society (Pastorius note: What the ...?) were being created.
The Soviet authorities were struggling to rebuild the Red Army after bruising wars.
And there was intense pressure to find a new labour force, particularly one that would not complain, with Russia about to embark on its first Five-Year Plan for fast-track industrialisation.
Mr Ivanov was highly regarded. He had established his reputation under the Tsar when in 1901 he established the world's first centre for the artificial insemination of racehorses.
Mr Ivanov's ideas were music to the ears of Soviet planners and in 1926 he was dispatched to West Africa with $200,000 to conduct his first experiment in impregnating chimpanzees.
Meanwhile, a centre for the experiments was set up in Georgia - Stalin's birthplace - for the apes to be raised.
Mr Ivanov's experiments, unsurprisingly from what we now know, were a total failure. He returned to the Soviet Union, only to see experiments in Georgia to use monkey sperm in human volunteers similarly fail.
In a way, Stalin and Ivanov were simply ahead of their time. In the future, we will have such warriors, but they will be far more amazing than what these two envisioned.
The reason I posted this, though, is because it just goes to show how insane Stalin truly was, and I think everyone needs to know. Every new shred of evidence pertaining to his insanity needs to be brought out into the open.
Many on the Left supported this man, just like they support the policies of complete lunatics (George Soros, Michael Moore, Yasser Arafat) today.
Election results came in ten days ahead of schedule in Iraq, and there is something very, very wrong. From Pajamas Media:
The election commission last night announced shocking preliminary results of the elections in 11 Iraqi provinces. The results “after counting 89% of the votes in Baghdad showed that the UIA [United Iraqi Alliance, the main religious Shiite coalition -- ed.] won 1,403,901 votes, the Accord Front [also referred to as Iraqi Consensus Front; main religious Sunni Arab group -- ed.] won 451,782 while Allawi’s list [Iraqi List, secular -- ed.] won 327,174”, said a spokesman of the election commission.
These results when final will grant the UIA many more seats that what was expected, something that obviously upset the Accord Front. Four leaders from the Front are holding a press conference right now in Baghdad and they strongly rejected the announced results. Tariq al-Hashimi and Adnan al-Dulaimi, the two leaders of the Front are asking the election commission to “reconsider these results or redo the election in Baghdad…
The election commission already changed its opinion about the results they announced yesterday.
Ferid Ayar, another senior official in the commission appeared in a press conference less than an hour ago and “corrected” the vote-count of the UIA by cutting away 100,000 votes from it. Now the UIA has nearly 1,303,000 instead of 1,403,000! This is still not final result, said Ayar.
Reading the results in some detail on al-Sabah this morning, some of the numbers caught my attention; I’m talking here about the number of votes achieved by local small lists or individual candidates in the Southern provinces.
The numbers I read were simply ridiculous and here are a few examples from Maysan:
-Lawyer Abdulwahid al-Lami is from the Lami tribe, the biggest in a province that runs by tribal relations. This candidate won 5 votes, yes 5 votes!
This means this man didn’t even the votes of his own family…it doesn’t make sense. It is as if the man paid 1 million dinar for each vote since the registration fee for candidacy is 5 million dinars. Heh.
-Sheikh Raheem al-Sa’idi was also running from Maysan and he’s a local sheikh of a big tribe that has many thousands of members in the south. This sheikh won 17 votes only!
A usual sheikh is married to at least 3 wives and has dozens of children, brothers and cousins and this one won 17 votes only!
The reason why such numbers are totally ridiculous is because for any party or candidate to register, the commission asks them to bring 500 signatures from supporters!
It is clear that many parties and candidates were marginalized and betrayed by the election commission. What the commission announced in the above update is just a futile attempt to relieve the growing tension in Iraq.
You know the old saying about the horse and the water, and the decision to drink.
The United States can not allow this to happen. Our $250 billion, gallons of blood, and tested will are insulted by this farce. This is why we have to impose our will in Iraq, the way we did in German, and Japan after WWII.
Their society needs to be completely rebuilt. We need to change their culture, their religion, and their laws.
That's what we did to Germany and Japan. Why the hell are we not doing the same in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Monday, December 19, 2005
Below you will find an article from the Australian magazine Quadrant. Quadrant looks to be the Australian version of National Review, or maybe somewhat like a conservative version of the New Yorker. They review books, publish poetry, and do conservative political commentary, as well as commenting on cultural events.
I go into this, because this article about the rise of Middle Eastern crime gangs in Australia is so stunning in it's claims that, at first, I was wondering if I was reading some sort of white supremacist propaganda.
No, apparently not. This article was written by former police Detective, Tim Priest and appeared in the February 2004 edition of the magazine. In other words, this was well before the current rioting in Australia broke out. Check it out:
Two uniformed officers stopped a motor vehicle containing three well known male offenders of Middle Eastern origin, on credible information via the police radio that indicated that the occupants of the vehicle had been involved in a series of break-and-enters. What occurred during the next few hours can only be described as frightening.
When searching the vehicle and finding stolen property from the break-and-enter, the police were physically threatened by the three occupants of the car, including references to tracking down where the officers lived, killing them and “fucking your girlfriends”. The two officers were intimidated to the point of retreating to their police car and calling for urgent assistance.
When police back-up arrived, the three occupants called their associates via their mobile phones, which incidentally is the Middle Eastern radio network used to communicate amongst gangs. Within minutes as many as twenty associates arrived as well as another forty or so from the street where they had been stopped. As further police cars arrived, the Middle Eastern males became even more aggressive, throwing punches at police, pushing police over onto the ground, threatening them with violence and damaging police vehicles.
When the duty officer arrived, he immediately ordered all police back into their vehicles and they retreated from the scene. The stolen property was not recovered. No offender was arrested for assaulting police or damaging police vehicles.
But the humiliation did not end there. The group of Middle Eastern males then drove to the police station, where they intimidated the station staff, damaged property and virtually held a suburban police station hostage. The police were powerless. The duty officer ordered police not to confront the offenders but to call for back-up from nearby stations. Eventually the offenders left of their own volition. No action was taken against them.
In the minds of the local population, the police were cowards and the message was, Lebs rule the streets.
Later in the article, Mr. Priest analyzes the current situation in France and says he sees similar trends in Australia:
MANY OF YOU would have heard of the horrific problems in France with the outbreak of unprecedented crimes amongst an estimated five million Muslim immigrants. Middle Eastern males now make up 45,000 of the 90,000 inmates in French prisons. There are no-go areas in Paris for police and citizens alike. The rule of law has broken down so badly that when police went to one of these areas recently to round up three Islamic terrorists, they went in armoured vehicles, with heavy weaponry and over 1000 armed officers, just to arrest a few suspects.
Why did it need such numbers? Because the threat of terrorist reprisal was minimal compared to the anticipated revolt by thousands of Middle Eastern and North African residents who have no respect for the rule of law in France and consider intrusions by police and authority a declaration of war.
The problems in Paris in Muslim communities are being replicated here in Sydney at an alarming rate. Paris has seen an explosion of rapes committed by Middle Eastern males on French women in the past fifteen years.
The rapes are almost identical to those in Sydney. They are not only committed for sexual gratification but also with deep racial undertones along with threats of violence and retribution. What is more alarming is the identical reaction by some sections of the media and criminologists in France of downplaying the significance of race as an issue and even ganging up on those people who try to draw attention to the widening gulf between Middle Eastern youth and the rest of French society.
That is what we are seeing here. The usual suspects come out of their institutions and libraries to downplay and even cover up the growing problem of Middle Eastern crime. Why? My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that these same social engineers have attempted to redefine our society. They have experimented with all manner of institutions, from prisons to mental institutions and recently to policing.
A person named Chuko left a comment on my Tookie post denouncing the death penalty.
Here is my response to him:
I am a believer in the death penalty. The idea that my tax dollars go towards feeding murderers makes me sick to my stomach. I wouldn't feed a murderer myself, so why would I want my money to do it without my permission?
Would you invite a murderer into your home and feed him?
And, just in case you don't know, the literal translation of the Hebrew in the 10 Commandments is, "Thou shalt not murder," not thou shalt not kill. There is a difference between killing and murdering. It is ok to kill a person who is intent on doing evil. For instance, it would have been wise for people in the German government to have killed Hitler. It would be wise for somone to put a bullet through Ahmadinejad's brain today.
If there was a man raping and beating your daughter, it would be wise for you to kill him before he killed her.
The problem is, many people don't take murder personally enough, because it's not their daughter who has been murdered. If you put yourself in the place of the loved ones of the person murdered then you would understand.
It's not about vengeance, it's about justice.
We can not justly, as a society, feed murders.
Iranian Supreme Ruler, Ayatollah Rajsanjani has declared that Iran would win a nuclear with Israel. Interesting that he is contemplating a war with weapons he, supposedly, doesn't have, and doesn't intend to have. From Atlas Shrugs:
Supreme Iranian ruler Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said last Friday that the Muslim world would win a nuclear exchange with Israel, aggravating fears Tehran's quest for atomic weapons indeed has one purpose: the annihilation of what it calls the Zionist “cancer.”
“[The] application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel - but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world,” Hashemi-Rafsanjani was quoted as saying by the government-controlled Iran Press Service.
The spiritual leader, who wields ultimate power in Iran, made the comments during a prayer service in Tehran. It was the first time an Islamic leader of such prominence openly suggested a nuclear attack against the Jewish state, media analysts told the IPS.
Speaking to Fox News a day earlier, US President George W. Bush said his administration also views Iran as a true existential threat to the Jewish state.
“I'm concerned about a theocracy that has got little transparency, a country whose president has declared the destruction of Israel as part of their foreign policy, and a country that will not listen to the demands of the free world to get rid of its ambitions to have a nuclear weapon,”
Bush told his interviewer.“I called it part of the 'axis of evil' for a reason,” the president added.
However, the most serious punitive diplomatic measure being discussed is Iran's exclusion from the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament scheduled to take place in Germany next summer.
I'm sure that scares the Iranians. No Soccer. No Peace.
Maybe, after they've launched their nukes, the Euros will blame themselves for having denied Iran the right to play soccer in the Olympics. Maybe they could even write a UN resolution condemning themselves.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
A Love Supreme
I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee, O Lord.
It all has to do with it.
Thank You God.Peace.
There is none other.
It is so beautiful.
Thank You God.
God is all.
Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.
In you all things are possible.
Thank you God.
We know. God made us so.
Keep your eye on God.
God is. He always was. He always will be.
No matter what... it is God.
He is gracious and merciful.
It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, throughts,fears and emotions--time--all related...all made from one... all made in one.
Blessed be his name.
Thought waves--heat waves--all vibrations--all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way... it is so lovely... it is gracious.
It is merciful--Thank you God.
One thought can produce millions of vibrations
and they all go back to God... everything does.
Thank you God.
Have no fear... believe... Thank you God.
The universe has many wonders. God is all.
His way... it is so wonderful.
all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful... Thank you God.
Glory to God...
God is so alive.
May I be acceptable in Thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.
The fact that we do exist is acknowledgementof Thee, O Lord.
Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears...He always has...He always will.
Seek him everyday.
In all ways seek God everyday.
Let us sing all songs to God.To whom all praise is due... praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they allgo back to God.
With all we share God.
It is all with God.
It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord.
Blessed is He.
We were all from one thing... the will of God...
Thank you God.--
I have seen ungodly--none can be greater--none can compare
Thank you God.
He will remake... He always has and Healways will.
blessed be His name--
Thank you God.
God breathes through us so completely...so gently we hardly feel it...
yet,it is our everything.
Thank you God.
ELATION--ELEGANCE--EXALTATION--All from God.
Thank you God.
-John Coltrane (December, 1964)
The European Union is threatening to withdraw aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas wins in the January elections:
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Sunday warned that the EU could halt financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas wins January's Palestinian elections and fails to renounce violence.
"All the political parties have the right to be part of the elections, but there is a certain code of conduct that has to be accepted by everybody," Solana told reporters during a visit to Tel Aviv. "It's very difficult that parties who do not condemn violence...can be partners for the future."
According to Solana, an administration including a party which failed to clearly reject violence and recognize Israel's right to exist could not continue to receive EU funding.
"It would be very difficult for the help and the money that goes to the Palestinian Authority to continue to flow," he said, according to news agencies. "The taxpayers in the European Union, members of the parliament of the European Union, will not be in a position to sustain that type of political activity."
Excuse me, while I pick my jaw up off the floor.
With all the things that have happened over the past few years, 9/11, Beslan, 3/11, the London bombings, the Bali bombings, seemingly countless suicide attacks in Israel, the Paris Riots, the Birmingham Riots, the Danish Riots, the bombings in the Phillipines, Israeli airliners shot at with surface-to-air missiles, etc., etc., etc., it is very tempting to hate Muslims.
The past few days have been particularly rough on those of us who love and support the Jews and the Jewish state, what with Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, and calling the Holocaust a myth. Considering that the man is about to aquire nuclear weapons, we must conclude he plans to destroy Israel. And considering the fact that he is receiving no real opposition in the Arab world (only people criticizing his comments for being ill-advised) then, once again, it would seem we have reason to descend into the dark land of hatred.
The other day, commenter Sissyblue said, "I have to remember that these people really are victims of a vicious ideology, and not hate the people."
I'm glad she said that, because if do allow ourselves to simply fall into hatred of Muslims, then we are forgetting the ideals for which we are fighting this war, and for which we have fought wars since the inception of this country, namely, to end the enslavement of human beings.
A few days back I had some particularly scathing comments for Robert Spencer. I have learned that, for some reason, I have an almost infinite capacity to read of Islamofascistic atrocities, and somehow not let it effect my mood. But, give me one American compromising the ideals, or dignity of America, or of Western Civilization, and my blood boils.
I know Robert Spencer is a reasonable man. I love Robert Spencer. I think he is brilliant, and I agree with most of what he says. But, Robert Spencer does not seem to believe our war will be a success, because he doesn't believe Democracy can be established in a Muslim country.
This is in direct contradiction to the stated intention of his website, which is to inform the public of the doings of the Jihad, so that we can confront Muslims, get everything out in the open and encourage them to effect needed changes within their religious theology.
I do think that his lack of faith in our fellow human beings betrays his lack of agreement with the fundamental tenet of Western Civilization, which is that we are created in the Image of God, and, as such, we are created to be free and creative beings. Freedom is our right as humans, and we long for it in our hearts.
That is Western Civilization. That is what we are fighting for. That is what we have to place our faith in.
That tenet trumps all ideology, whether it be Islam, Nazi, American slavery, or good ole King George.
You know, that tenet was why Ronald Reagan knew we would beat Communism. Ronald Reagan knew that the desire for freedom beats in the breast of all men, so he knew that given the knowledge of freedom, and the choice to create it, the people of the Soviet Union would choose Democracy over Communism.
We must stick to our ideals here.
YARGB had a great post today, it was entitled Bush's Plan, and here is the body of the post. You guys all know this one, but, check it out, as it pertains to our current plight, and as it has pertained to the thread of the American project:
" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. "
Sounds like a good plan. It certainly beats the hell out of hating people, and doubting ourselves and the rest of humanity.
From Atlas Shrugs:
Charles Johnson changed the course of human events. His influential blog was the spark for thousands of us to get involved, harness our considerable energy, politically activate, and start blogs. I owe Atlas Shrugs to Charles. And Bush is still in the White House and Charles had a hand in that too. Not just because of the fraud Dan Rather and the LLL media tried to perpetrate on the American people just weeks before the election, but for calling out the media, dhimmis, idiotarians for their mendacity - everyday.
I just want to say, yes, I agree with Atlas. She goes on to say Charles history will be written. Yes, it will. As Hugh Hewitt says, The rise of the Blogosphere is the Information Reformation. It is the great Democratization of news and opinion. No longer do we have to go to the priests of the media for our news. Now, we can report, dissect, and give our own opinions. And, they are heard.
Historians will take note of this phenomenon, because it is only going to get bigger and bigger. Therefore, they will write about the early bloggers, and about the evolution of the blogosphere. Charles, Roger, Glenn, and very likely Atlas herself, will be remembered.
Yes, Little Green Footballs was the first blog I read. Shortly after, I learned about Roger Simon, and The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, and BlackFive, and many others. And soon, I started my own blog, because that's what blogs do. They breed more blogs.
Dag and I were discussing the idea, yesterday, that the rise of the Blogosphere can also be compared to the invention of the printing press. In the same way as that invention gave average people access to information that, previously, only scribes and aristocrats had, now the blogosphere has made it so that not only can everyone read, but now everyone can publish.
And I, and many others may not have ever started if it weren't for Charles and the great community he has started up over at LGF.
Let's hope it is minor:
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a mild stroke Sunday, but his condition quickly improved and his doctor said he was expected to be hospitalized for a few days. Sharon aides said he still was in control of the government.
Sharon never lost consciousness and his condition quickly improved, said Yuval Weiss, deputy director of Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital. The premier was expected to be released after undergoing tests, he said.
"Initial checks showed he had a light stroke and during checks his condition improved. He was always conscious and didn't need any surgical intervention," Weiss said.
Sharon is human, so I do feel bad for him and his family, but at this time in history, he is so much more than just a man. He is the best hope we have, other than George Bush, that someone will take out the Iranian nuclear facilities.
Let's pray that he will be ok.
A report on the violence in Sydney, Australia from Democracy Frontline:
There are so many police out at local beaches that people are keeping away. When I drive around the suburb I often see a police car here and there.
There was one assault at Maroubra beach last night at midnight- and how the police did not catch the attackers I don’t know - but there is only a passing reference to it in the link below which makes me think that it might have been MEA guys.
Well what a great time everyone is having. Sydneysiders crowd the beaches in summer but now we have surreal scenes like the one (to the side). And a Christmas Carols concert which was meant to be held at Coogee, near Maroubra, was cancelled due to the sense of threat.
In fact quite a lot of Chrismas carols concerts have been cancelled especially in the Muslim areas of Sydney.
But ‘Peace rallies’ and universal brotherhood PC style are the theme of the moment and they will come out with war fuzzy statement quicker than rabbits breed.
Well I am all for peace but forgive me for thinking that there was something sinister in the words of the Muslim fellow who said to a terrified Maroubra resident running away last Sunday ‘This place belongs to us now”.
In case you missed it, the reason Australians are canceling Christmas carols concerts is because of this:
Shots Fired at Christmas Carolers. World Yawns.
"Sydney's Catholic Archbishop George Pell said bullets were fired at a school staging Christmas carols in Sydney's west on Monday night."A school staging Christmas carols! Where is the outrage?
Yesterday police gathered to protect a mosque that was not attacked. What does that tell you about the police priorities? (And you can bet if shots were fired at a mosque it would be headline news around the world, complete with riots in Pakistan.)
Of course, the reporter doesn't have the slightest idea who could have fired the shots. The notorious 'white supremacists'? Neo-cons? Crypto-Zionist agitators?Meanwhile the potential for violence increases. "
Police also said they found 30 Molotov cocktails and crates of rocks stockpiled on rooftops, as hundreds of local surfers gathered at Maroubra Beach." Tick tock.
While most of the lazy media rewrites the same 'Australia-as-racist-society' stories, at least one guy gets it.
"There is so much more to this than racism. And we're fooling ourselves if we pretend otherwise. ... Recognising human nature means that multiculturalism, though a fine sentiment, can only work if we unite behind a core set of values."
Yes, the violence goes on in Australia. I forgot about it the last few days, because I have been so upset about Ahmadinejad.