I Took This Shift Because Of Her --- Politics - Justice - And Wrestling With The Angel
Saturday, April 29, 2006
More Unrest Among
I can't read the language, but here's a link to a report on a mini-Intifada which occurred last night in Denmark.
Here's a report we received from an anonymous commenter (he also provided the link):
last night a police team (2 policemans, I think) had to go and check a person (muslim) in a muslim majority neiberhood of Odense. Because they cant check the documents there (and they suspected that can be some fake ID), they ask 2 muslims to come at the police station to can check the documents and the identity of them.
Then everything got in flames.
those 2 muslims was 2 imams coming in Denmark from France. And the rest of muslims (from the neiberhood) start beign agressive and declare war when the policems want to take them at the police station for checking of documents. Then, many other policemans came there to protect the law !!!
More "youths", I'm guessing.
I kind of like this idea, even though I would be put into a pretty crappy position, if it actually happened:
There was a little troll over at http://americasnewcrusaders.blogspot.com who suggested we divide into 2 nations, Red States and Blue States.
Maybe the blue northern states could join their socialist friends in eastern Canada, and the blue states on the west coast could join their buddies in Mexico. Afterall, the Califonia Senate voted to join the "May Day" celebrations with their Mexican, muslim, and communist friends this Monday.
Who knows maybe Western Canada would like to make up the difference and join the US, thus linking us with Alaska.
The thing that I think is so asinine about the whole idea of Reconquista, which MECHA, La Raza, and other Latino rights groups preach, is that, if they were able to take back the American Southwest,
THEY WOULD SIMPLY TURN IT INTO MEXICO,
which is exactly what they are trying to escape from.
The reason they want to come here is not because of the land, but because our political system allows them to make a decent living, whereas they are not able to in Mexico.
Let's all say it together; Mexico Sucks! It has always sucked, and it probably always will suck, unless the United States does the only reasonable thing, which would be to annex it.
Then, instead of millions of illegal immigrants turning parts of the American Southwest into something as miserable as Mexico, we could turn all of Mexico into something as great as the United States.
How do you like that idea?
Fell Out Of
A Palm Tree
"I conked me head."
Unfortunately, he's hurt and in the hospital, or else this would be even funnier than it already is:
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards suffered a mild concussion while vacationing in Fiji and was flown to a New Zealand hospital for treatment, a band spokeswoman said Saturday.
Media reports said Richards fell out of a palm tree and remained hospitalized in Auckland.
Richards, 62, suffered a mild concussion while on holiday in Fiji earlier this week and was flown to New Zealand, band spokeswoman Fran Curtis said in a statement.
"Following treatment locally and as a precautionary measure, he flew to a hospital accompanied by his wife, Patti, for observation," Curtis said.
By the way, how would a doctor determine whether Keith Richards was suffering the ill effects of a concussion?
Friday, April 28, 2006
I know it's going to sound strange to say this, but, Roger Ebert is one of my favorite writers. So, when I wanted to read about United 93, I turned to him. Here's an excerpt of his review:
It is not too soon for "United 93," because it is not a film that knows any time has passed since 9/11. The entire story, every detail, is told in the present tense. We know what they know when they know it, and nothing else. Nothing about Al Qaeda, nothing about Osama bin Laden, nothing about Afghanistan or Iraq, only events as they unfold. This is a masterful and heartbreaking film, and it does honor to the memory of the victims.
The director, Paul Greengrass, makes a deliberate effort to stay away from recognizable actors, and there is no attempt to portray the passengers or terrorists as people with histories. In most movies about doomed voyages, we meet a few key characters we'll be following: The newlyweds, the granny, the businessman, the man with a secret. Here there's none of that. What we know about the passengers on United 93 is exactly what we would know if we had been on the plane and sitting across from them: nothing, except for a few details of personal appearance.
There has been much discussion of the movie's trailer, and no wonder. It pieces together moments from "United 93" to make it seem more conventional, more like a thriller. Dialogue that seems absolutely realistic in context sounds, in the trailer, like sound bites and punch lines. To watch the trailer is to sense the movie that Greengrass did not make. To watch "United 93" is to be confronted with the grim chaotic reality of that autumn day in 2001. The movie is deeply disturbing, and some people may have to leave the theater. But it would have been much more disturbing if Greengrass had made it in a conventional way.
He does not exploit, he draws no conclusions, he points no fingers, he avoids "human interest" and "personal dramas" and just simply watches. The movie's point of view reminds me of the angels in "Wings of Desire." They see what people do and they are saddened, but they cannot intervene.
Now, that sounds like exactly the movie I would have wanted them to make.
Read the rest.
Give A Damn"
Everyone will have this today, but some things must be noted for posterity:
Iran's president said on Friday his country would pay no attention to international calls to halt its nuclear work, hours before the United Nations atomic watchdog reports on whether Tehran has met UN Security Council demands.
"Those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their right, should know that we do not give a damn to such resolutions," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally in northwest Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is widely expected to tell the council and the agency's board on Friday that Iran has not stopped enriching uranium or fully answered IAEA queries as the UN body asked a month ago.
"Enemies think that by ... threatening us, launching psychological warfare or ... imposing embargos can dissuade our nation to obtain nuclear technology," Ahmadinejad said in Zanjan province.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
A tourist gives a kiss to a cow sculpture called 'Louisanais' by Italian artist Max Squillace displayed on the Opera square in Paris, April 26, 2006. The exhibit of 101 cows called the 'Cow Parade' REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Wasn't there something about this in the Bible somewhere?
As You Do Unto
The Least Of These
You Have Done Unto Me
I hope my friend TVD, over at The Reform Club, won't mind that I post most of his fine article:
It's all about Iraq, of course, the defining issue of the Bush43 presidency. I must wonder if our ally France had got our back, instead of protecting its Oil-for-Food arrangement, or if Russia and China weren't amoral, Hobbesian brutocracies, that freeing 25-odd million Muslims from the boot of a murderous dictator in the heart of the Muslim world and offering them the chance of freedom might have been seen as morally admirable.
But that's neo-con fantasy*, so let's leave that for the moment.
The War, of course, is over, and was within one month. The US and UK are on a humanitarian mission now. No one, not nobody, expected that the one of the world's oldest civilizations would so quickly descend into savagery and indiscriminate fratricide. Neither that al-Qaeda would so remorselessly kill more of their own co-religionists than Americans.
Still, even if Bush is blamed for the carnage, he has killed fewer innocent Iraqis than Saddam Hussein, fewer innocent Iraqis than al-Qaeda, and fewer innocent Iraqis than the Clinton Administration did with their bloodless but no less deadly sanctions. This should be, but isn't, common knowledge. There's the rub.
It's acknowledged by all that the Bush administration is abyssmal at communication with the American people and thereby the world. There are perhaps tens of thousands of murderers yet in Iraq. But there are a quarter million more who risk life and limb to join the police force, and millions more who risked being butchered to vote, each in his or her small way defying the murderers.
It would be cowardly to abandon them to the tyrants.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
World War IV
The English writer, Melanie Phillips, brings us up to speed on the merging of the Left, the racist "right", and the Islamofascism:
There’s been much discussion of the unholy alliance that’s been formed between the left and radical Islamism. Rather less attention has been paid to the fact that this is in fact a three-way alliance – between the left, radical Islamism and neo-Nazism.
The foaming hysteria that the left expresses towards the racist totalitarians whom they call the ‘far right’ is the rage of Caliban looking in the mirror. If one looks at the outpourings of certain individuals on the left, radical Islamists and neo-Nazis or white supremacists, one is struck by similar preoccupations, demonology and even whole phrases, particularly around the issues of Israel and the Jews towards which all three display a visceral hatred.
Ms. Phillips points us to a recent letter to the London Telegraph, written by Lord Tebbit, suggesting that the party platform of the neo-Nazi BNP looks distinctly leftist these days:
I have carefully re-read the BNP manifesto of 2005 and am unable to find evidence of Right-wing tendencies. On the other hand, there is plenty of anti-capitalism, opposition to free trade, commitments to ‘use all non-destructive means to reduce income inequality'’, to institute worker ownership, to favour workers' co-operatives, to return parts of the railways to state ownership, to nationalise the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and to withdraw from Nato.
That sounds pretty Left-wing to me.
Certainly the BNP poses as a patriotic party opposed to multiculturalism, and it has racist overtones, but there is no lack of patriotic Left-wing regimes; opposition to multiculturalism is now mainstream and racialism was not unknown even in the Soviet Union. So what is ‘extreme Right-wing’ about the BNP?
Apparently, Oliver Kamm has also noted this trend with regards to the "Trotskyite/Islamist" Respect Party, founded by George Galloway.
There is a common thread in the politics of the totalitarian Left and the far Right, which is to make people’s wishes secondary to pseudo-scientific abstractions such as race and historical forces. The far Left and far Right increasingly talk the same language: division, nativism and even deference to religious fanaticism. The BNP’s cult of violence was once expressed in support for the Islamic Republics of Iran and Libya. It matters that political debate lacks a language for this phenomenon.
Phillips notes that both the BNP and the Respect Party are anti-Jewish, and founded on totalitarian ideologies. The BNP, for instance, for a period of time in recent history was a supporter of Iran and Libya. Now, apparently, they are rampantly anti-Islamist, but how long will that last, considering their dislike of Jews has proven to be stronger historically?
The most interesting things Phillips notes is the recent conversion of noted neo-Nazi, David Myatt, to Islam. Myatt, who now goes by the name of Abdul Aziz ibn Myatt, had been "jailed for leading a gang of skinheads in a fight against Muslims, (but) now supports the setting up of a Muslim superstate and the killing of any Muslim who breaks his oath of loyalty to Islam."
Phillips points to an article containing an interview with Myatt, wherein he discusses his recent conversion:
I spent several decades of my life fighting for what I regarded as my people, my race and my nation, and endured two terms of imprisonment arising out of my political activities.’ But his belief is now that: ‘The pure authentic Islam of the revival, which recognises practical jihad (holy war) as a duty, is the only force that is capable of fighting and destroying the dishonour, the arrogance, the materialism of the West
. . . For the West, nothing is sacred, except perhaps Zionists, Zionism, the hoax of the so-called Holocaust, and the idols which the West and its lackeys worship, or pretend to worship, such as democracy. They want, and demand, that we abandon the purity of authentic Islam and either bow down before them and their idols, or accept the tame, secularised, so-called Islam which they and their apostate lackeys have created.
This may well be a long war, of decades or more — and we Muslims have to plan accordingly. We must affirm practical jihad — to take part in the fight to free our lands from the kuffar (unbelievers). Jihad is our duty.
In my opinion, the reason these three, seemingly, disparate political movements are merging is because they are similar at base. All three are founded on
2) a worhip of power, and
3) an abhorrence of the idea that all people are created equal, to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
To be sure, there is a sense in which all three of these founding principles are manifestations of the same central force. That is, they spring from a very deepseated inferiority complex, which gives rise to extreme oscillations between megalomania, and self-loathing.
This is why the Left believes it is their natural right to dictate the redistribution of wealth, and yet, they are willing to abase themselves at the altar of multiculturalism. This is also why we see the phenomenon of Muslims chanting Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greater) one minute, and then worrying about the humiliation of their god the next. And, likewise, this explains why neo-Nazis think Jews are inferior, and yet firmly believe they are wily enough to control the entire flow of geopolitical events.
Maybe, this coalescence of the three forces of evil is a natural occurence whose time has come. I believe so. I believe we are seeing the sides line up for a final battle.
The other day, Fjordman wrote a prescient essay, posted over at Gates of Vienna, in which he speculated that this new World War which we feel bubbling up from beneath us, is to be something else entirely from the previous global conflagrations we have seen:
I fear this is a world war. Maybe future historians will dub it the Multicultural World War. Just as WW1 was caused by Imperialism, WW2 by Fascism and the Cold War by Communism, this one will be caused by Multiculturalism. The term “the Multicultural World War” has been coined by Fjordman. I find this to be more accurate than “The Islamic World War” because what will cause this world war is Western cultural weakness, through Multiculturalism and Muslim immigration, rather than Islamic strength. As poster DP111 says, this world war may very well be in the form of a global civil war, where you get a succession of civil wars instead of countries invading other countries.
I see it as a kind of worldwide feeding frenzy with various factions of mankind jumping over each themselves to destroy each other. Eventually, I do not believe the center of the alliances will hold. Eventually, I believe we will see the phenomenon of our enemy killing himself. But, the question is, will this happen before, or after, our beautiful Western Civilization has been layed to waste?
Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, who was voted in by a frightened, and pacifistic, Spanish electorate in the wake of the 7/7 bombings, has made it his latest, and most urgent, cause to insure that apes are granted the same rights as humans.
Little Green Footballs brought us this post, and this comments thread, yesterday afternoon:
The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for “the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings.” The PSOE’s justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.
The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests “the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species.”
According to the Project, “Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species’s closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals.”
In this case, the comments thread is as important as the post:
#13 DockScience 4/25/2006 05:35PM PDT
Actually you have this backwards, socialists downgrade humans to status of apes.
#24 kateca 4/25/2006 05:47PM PDT
Can they run for office?
#26 varmint 4/25/2006 05:47PM PDT
they need to be given a seat, with full voting rights, at the U.N. i want to see a gorilla in a poo flinging fight with the french ambassador.
the only good i can see in a muslim take over of europe is that the imams would have this guy locked in a nuthouse wher he belongs.
#44 jpsfudimo 4/25/2006 05:49PM PDT
#72 Lizard by the Bay 4/25/2006 05:57PM PDT
More evidence that the left is truly (and has always been) anti-human. They have now reduced being human to just being one more monkey, for all legal purposes.
If I were in Spain, I'd fling my own shit at Zapatero while howling.
#83 Pastorius 4/25/2006 05:59PM PDT
I guess this means that now apes can go on the dole.
#84 St. Pancake 4/25/2006 05:59PM PDT
Here's a joke: Once there was a monkey who figured out his gencodes. It made him proud, until he heard that he shared 98% of the same gencodes as a human being. The simian was so shocked he needed years of therapy before he could design a tool without trembling.
#91 Sol Roth 4/25/2006 06:00PM PDT
I wait with baited breath for the first interspecies marriage. I project a high probability it will consist of an ELF freakazoid who travels to Seville.
Priest: Do you, Bruce, take this orangutan to be your lawfully wedded husband?
Bruce: I do.
Priest: Do you, KoKo, take Bruce to be your lawfully wedded human?
Priest: I now pronounce you Human and Beast and the whole world has gone batshit.
Priest: You may now fling feces at the, er, your beloved spouse.
#98 Ringo the Gringo 4/25/2006 06:01PM PDT
Does this mean that apes can now vote in Spain?
#190 Jim C. 4/25/2006 07:55PM PDT
I am against unnecessary cruelty to animals. But here's a big fear of mine: the result of treating animals like people, including stuff like this, PETA, and the general animal so-called "rights" movement, will be that people will be increasingly treated like animals. And I fear this is deliberate.
I distinctly remember being in Sunday School when I was five years old, and our teacher told us a story from the Bible about people worshipping rocks. I thought that was so strange that I didn't believe the story. How could people come to a place where they would worship a rock?
Now that we are older, of course, we see that there is, seemingly, no limit to the foolishness of mankind.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Hallelujah. Finally, Muslims en masse are coming out against terrorism. I had begun to lose hope and think I would never ... Huh?
Oh wait, they're condemning it because it was mostly Muslims who ended up getting killed and maimed this time:
CAIRO, Egypt - The Arab world reacted in horror and outrage Tuesday at the bombings of an Egyptian resort — and a rift opened between hardline al-Qaida sympathizers and other radical Muslim groups who say the latest attacks have gone too far.
Three bombs ripped through a promenade in Egypt's Dahab resort at dusk Monday, killing at least 24 — most of them Egyptians on a holiday marking the first day of spring.
Ok, well, I guess it's business as usual.
With The Heads
Of Dead Iraqis
They hate us. They really hate us:
Josh has no fear. What should one be afraid of when one has stormed 75 houses in Ramadi and Falludscha and has seen how his comrades play soccer with severed heads of dead Iraqis? What should one still be afraid of, then, someone should tell him. No one can say that to him – not to him.
Read the rest.
Oh, by the way, I hear Germans play soccer with specially cut-out holes in the back of their shorts, for easy access when they are sitting on the bench.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Iraq Documents Reveal
Aluminum Tubes For
Yeah, I know the MSM would have us all believe this is just a lie of the Bush Administration, but newly translated documents show that Bush was telling the truth. I wonder why the press isn't reporting this huge story?
A Force Field
Schwarzeneggar has come out against a wall along the border to keep illegal immigrants out:
LOS ANGELES - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday said that building a 700-mile wall along the Mexican border to deter illegal immigration would amount to "going back to the Stone Ages," and instead urged the use of high-tech gear and more patrols to secure the nation's southern boundary.
"Like going back to the stone ages", huh? God, I wish I wouldn't have voted for this guy.
What a jerk.
The people of California have spoken. We do not want illegal immigrants here. We voted yes on the draconian Proposition 187, and our totalitarian court system threw the entire thing out saying it was unconstitutional.
To this date, no major Californian politician will acknowledge the will of the people.
We are being taxed without being represented.
It's The Jews
As everyone knows, three bombs went off in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula this morning, killing and maiming scores of people. Now, just hours later, Egyptian "analysts" are blaming the bombings in Egypt on the the Israeli Intelligence organization, the Mossad:
Retired General Salah al-Din Salim, an Egyptian researcher at the Strategic Studies Institute in Cairo, said that it could not be ruled out that the Israeli Mossad was involved in the terror attack in Dahab.
“The Mossad’s ability to penetrate the Bedouins in Sinai is known,” Salim said in an interview with al-Jazeera.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Photo by Joe Citzen,
from his new site Caught Up.
Click photo to enlarge.
Only One Enemy.
They Are Jews"
This from the new head of the Palestinian paramilitary force destined to become the official army of the Peaceful State of Palestine:
Jamal Abu Samhadana, the wanted leader of the armed Popular Resistance Committees whose appointment to a senior Palestinian Authority police post sparked a bitter feud between Hamas and Fatah, told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that his only enemy is the Jews, and that the paramilitary force he was nominated to create was to become the "nucleus of the future Palestinian army."...
According to Abu Samhadana, "We have only one enemy. They are Jews. We have no other enemy.
You Just Gotta
Love Your Enemies
Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden is calling for volunteers to fight the Infidel.
"Why is that news," you ask?
Because what he's pissed off about this time is that we Infidels are going to go stop a genocide of Muslims in the Sudan:
Osama bin Laden issued ominous new threats in an audiotape broadcast Sunday, purportedly saying the West was at war with Islam and calling on his followers to go to Sudan to fight a proposed U.N. force.
In his first new message in three months, bin Laden said the West's decision to cut off funds to the Palestinians because their Hamas leaders refuse to recognize Israel proved that the United States and Europe were conducting "a Zionist crusader war on Islam."
"The blockade which the West is imposing on the government of Hamas proves that there is a Zionist crusader war on Islam," said the speaker on the tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network.
"I say that this war is the joint responsibility of the people and the governments. While the war continues, the people renew their allegiance to their rulers and politicians and continue to send their sons to our countries to fight us."
The authenticity of the tape could not immediately be verified.
Bin Laden also addressed the conflict in Sudan, where he was based before being expelled under threats from the United States. He then moved to Afghanistan and is believed to be hiding out in the rugged mountains on the Pakistani side of their common border.
A three-year conflict between Darfur's rebels and the Arab-dominated central government has caused about 180,000 deaths _ most from disease and hunger _ and displaced 2 million people.
The United Nations has described the conflict as the world's gravest humanitarian crisis. The United States has described it as genocide.
Negotiators are trying to broker a peace deal between warring factions by an April 30 deadline. Members of the African Union have agreed in principle to hand over peacekeeping duties to the United Nations beginning Sept. 30.
"I call on mujahedeen and their supporters, especially in Sudan and the Arab peninsula, to prepare for long war again the crusader plunderers in Western Sudan. Our goal is not defending the Khartoum government but to defend Islam, its land and its people," bin Laden purportedly said.
By the way, the Western press never spells out what is really going on in the Sudan, probably because it isn't politically correct. So, let me spell it out for you.
For over twenty years there has been a genocide going on in the Sudan, perpetrated by the Arab Islamic government against the black African citizens.
First they killed the black Christians and practitioners of Animism.
Then, when they ran out of Christians and Animists to kill, the Arab Muslims started in on the Sufi Muslims. See, cause Sufis are not Shiite, or Sunni. They are other, so they must be killed, or should I say sacrificed to Moloch.
Because that's just the way it is with Islam in the world today.
So, here you have Osama Bin Laden calling on Muslims to intercede against the Infidel, so that the Arab Islamic government of Sudan can continue killing Muslims.
You gotta love it when you enemy tells the truth, huh?