Saturday, October 21, 2006


Washington D.C.
Taking
Greater
Interest In
Bible Prophecy


From Joel Rosenberg:


Rolling Stone's latest issue describes me as a "loony" who is secretly urging President Bush to bring about Armageddon. It's a theme the Washington Post pursued earlier this year, along with a number of left-wing bloggers. But any suggestion that I have some secret back channel into the Oval Office or have had any kind of influence on the President on this topic is simply not true.

Yes, I've briefly met the President a number of times over the years, and yes, I have signed copies of several of my novels for the President that were given to him by friends of mine. But no, I don't know him personally, I've never had a conversation with him about Bible prophecy, and I doubt he has had any time to read my books.

As I said on CNN Headline News last night, I have no evidence that President Bush is even interested in end times prophecies, much less guided by them. If he were, I suspect he would be far less chummy with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is forming a dangerous military alliance at the moment with Iran.

That said, I can report that as anxiety in Washington grows about the future of U.S. involvement in the Arab and Muslim world there seems to be a corresponding growing interest in, and curiosity about, the relationship between events in the Middle East and Bible prophecy.

Over the past 18 months, for example, I have found myself unexpectedly invited to speak about such things with staffers at the White House, with Members of Congress (of both parties) on Capitol Hill, with several dozen Congressional chiefs of staff, and with an array of officials from the CIA, State, Defense, and Homeland Security.

A number of Arab and Israeli officials -- including a senior advisor to the Prime Minister of Iraq -- have also met with me and expressed curiosity about what the Bible says about the future of their countries. Do all of the officials I meet with agree with these prophecies or my analysis of them? Certainly not. But with everything happening in our world today, they are intrigued, particularly by the idea that the Bible foretells the rise of a military alliance between Russia and Iran in the "last days."


Go read the rest.

In case you aren't aware of who Joel Rosenberg is, here's a little biographical information.

Friday, October 20, 2006


Fractals


Hat tip to
Eyes All Around.


In France
They Kiss
On Main Street


In France, the rioting never really stops. Here are the numbers since January 2006, which was about a month or so after the riots were said to have been over. (Thanks to my friend Blueslord the Anti-Jihad Pundit for translating this post from No Pasaran):


Since January 2006:
Burned Cars: 31614
Burned public goods: 4397.
Burned trash cans:20080.
Collective violence against security, health services and firemen: 4214
Projectile launcher (like grenades or something...): 6113
Real estate occupations (houses and apartments): 228
Urban furniture damaged (that would be stuff like park benches and bus shelters): 5959.


Diane Sawyer
Effusive About
Potemkin Village


Oh yes, Ms. Sawyer, look what we have here, Happy Children (hat tip to USS Neverdock):


On Thursday's World News on ABC, Diane Sawyer checked in from North Korea, but she proved little more than a conveyor belt for the repressive communist regime's propaganda. Talking to a North Korean Army General, she relayed how “he said to us, 'make it clear to everyone in the United States, if there is another nuclear test, the person responsible is George Bush,' because he said, 'the Bush administration is backing North Korea into a corner with its pressures and its sanctions.'" Sawyer helpfully added that “the General said to us, he does want peace. And he also said, again, reiterated, North Korea will not be the first to use a nuclear weapon.” How reassuring.

In a second segment, Sawyer was taken to a school which she favorably described as “a world away from the unruly individualism of any American school." She gushed: “Ask them about their country, and they can't say enough." A teenage girl declared, in English: “We are the happiest children in the world.” Sawyer ended her piece with video of her and the class singing "Do-Re-Mi" from the Sound of Music. Far from being embarrassed by Sawyer's obsequious approach, anchor Charles Gibson proposed: "A fascinating glimpse of North Korea."


Damn it, she must be a ditz. What a disgrace.

Kim Jong Il, the leader of North Korea rounds up his political enemies and kills them in gas chambers. He is starving his own citizens, there are estimates that the deaths may have run into the millions. I know this and Diane Sawyer doesn't?

Here is an article about the North Korean atrocities, if you want to learn:

The Gas Chamber Horror of North Korea from the Guardian.


Happy Halloween


A mock-up of a plane crash is displayed as part of a Halloween display in the garden of a home in Los Angeles October 20, 2006. Los Angeles police visited the scene after thinking the crash was real. The homeowner is an aircraft mechanic in training and the parts are from a real Gulfstream jet. REUTERS

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Global appeal.. Perhaps you will help


I found this appeal over in the comments section at LGF. I'm not clear on who it is from, but they are requesting spiritual solidarity from the people of the world in response to the abuse they suffer under Islamic rule:


on saturday, light fest of south asians (diwali) is comming up. south asians,a tag under which wahabis usually hide in global news....

i want your help in burn a candle next to a poster highlighting islamic cruelity.... can we do this ? can we burn a new candle to connect islamic cruelity & light fest. many peoples will think how diwali is connected to Islamic cult.. here is the answer... http://www.sikh-hist...

SIKHS, hindus, jains, budhist everyone is victim of cruel muslims and now christians are falling under this sword... will history repeat itself... well it is repeating.....

shikh womens are belived to be strongest... here is what they have to face under islamic rule.. http://www.sikh-hist...

Hindu's accepted 700 yrs back a system called sati (dead man's widow immolates herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.) to get rid of ultimate respect islam gives them... that is of a sex slave. they decided to die, instead of getting raped..... http://news.bbc.co.u...

and now christian girls are doing this... http://www.asianews....

can we learn from each other... can we build this bridge... can we really can burn a candle on this day to tribute the history, so it does not repeat....?


A Map
Of
The
World's
Religions


Click on the map to enlarge.





Even when larger, though, it is still hard to see Israel, isn't it?

What does that say about Islam's worldwide hissyfit, which, of course, they often blame on Israel treatement of the Palestinians.

How Did The Ancients Build Stonehenge?


This guy will show you. Watch as this grandpa moves 16,000 pound blocks around with no help from anyone.


A Warning To America


Pamela, of Atlas Shrugs, has a very important video interview of Paul Belien, editor of the Brussels Journal. It is just a bit longer than 15 minutes. Belien discusses his theory that for Europe to survive the current demographic onslaught of Islam, it must rediscover the virtue of self-reliance, which has been destroyed by the Welfare State.

Check it out. I recommend it highly.

A Holocaust By Other Means


The movement for Palestinian nationalism is just another way to have a go at a Holocaust of Jewish people. If you don't believe it, then check out this post from Carl at Israel Matzav:


There has always been something flawed in the 'Palestinian' narrative. To put the end of the story first, the flaw is that the entire 'Palestinian' narrative has been invented by the Arab-Islamist world, with the complicity of most of the West, in order to maintain the hope of one day destroying the Jewish state and either replacing it with an Arab state or incorporating Israel into Syria and/or Jordan. The reason for this is to avenge the Arab-Islamist 'honor' and pride that were lost in the 1948 War of Independence (which they call the Naqba - tragedy), and because the Arab world will not tolerate one small, democratic country of Jews infidels in their midst.

The truth is that there are no 'Palestinian people' and that there is no such country or territory as 'Palestine.' The 'Palestinians' are a fiction that was created by the Arabs to oppose Zionism.

In order to maintain the fiction that there is a 'Palestinian' people who exist to lay claim to the land of Israel, it is necessary to keep Arabs who claim to have roots in 'Palestine' - and their progeny - imprisoned in refugee camps. Nearly sixty years after the War of Independence ended, the 'refugees' continue to multiply, languishing in 'camps' maintained by a corrupt United Nations-sponsored bureaucracy, that costs nearly half a billion dollars per year (aside from other international aid given to the 'Palestinians').

What I'm about to present to you is not the first smoking gun that will prove to you that everything I said above is true. It's at least the second. The first smoking gun I know of was a statement made to a Dutch newspaper in March 1977 by Zuhair Mohsen, then a leader of one of the PLO factions. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw, Mr. Mohsen explained the origin of the 'Palestinians.'

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.

For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.Now, I have a second smoking gun for you. Elder of Ziyon reports that

Hamas is very upset that Canada is planning to accept 46 Palestinian Arab refugees who were stuck in Iraq. They hate the idea that Palestinian Arabs might settle any place that their lives would be better, because that lowers the pressure-cooker environment that Hamas is fostering to aim PalArab anger against Israel.

Apparently, Abbas is equally upset at a nation actually wanting to help individual Palestinian Arabs who were suffering in Iraq. He thinks it is better to keep them in camps in Jordan or Lebanon where they would have no real rights.

Now, lest you think that this is an isolated incident or that Elder of Ziyon has misinterpreted it, he presents the following translation of an Arabic editorial from 'Falasteen' (for those who go to the page, note the map that's front and center) which despite the poor auto-translation makes the argument quite clear and gives us our second smoking gun:

"It is better for Palestinian Arabs to be languishing in "refugee" camps with sewage running through the streets than to live in the West where they may lose their interest in destroying Israel."


Go read the rest.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"That Was My Skull"


A scene from Fast Times At Ridgemont High, starring Sean Penn, because it's Dumb Day here at CUANAS.


I Would Like To Buy A Hamburger


A scene from the movie The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin, because it's Dumb Day at CUANAS


Stimpy Being Stimpy


Because it's Dumb Day here at CUANAS.



Wynn
Accidentally
Damages Picasso



Boy, today is just chock full of great stupid stories. Check this out:


Pablo Picasso's "dream" painting has turned into a $139 million nightmare for Steve Wynn.
In an accident witnessed by a group that included Barbara Walters and screenwriters Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi, Wynn accidentally poked a hole in Picasso's 74-year-old painting, "Le Reve," French for "The Dream."

A day earlier, Wynn had finalized a record $139 million deal for the painting of Picasso's mistress, Wynn told The New Yorker magazine

The accident occurred as a gesturing Wynn, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that affects peripheral vision, struck the painting with his right elbow, leaving a hole the size of a silver dollar in the left forearm of Marie-Theresa Walter, Picasso's 21-year-old mistress.

"Oh shit, look what I've done," Wynn said, according to Ephron, who gave her account in a blog published on Monday.


That sounds like something that would only happen in a Leslie Nielsen movie.


Bono? A Hypocrite?


Leave me alone. Can you not see I am smoking?

Well, he doesn't seem to want to pay his fair share of Irish taxes. You know, the taxes that go towards helping out Third World countries with their debt:


Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Bono, the rock star and campaigner against Third World debt, is asking the Irish government to contribute more to Africa. At the same time, he's reducing tax payments that could help fund that aid.

After Ireland said it would scrap a break that lets musicians and artists avoid paying taxes on royalties, Bono and his U2 bandmates earlier this year moved their music publishing company to the Netherlands. The Dublin group, which Forbes estimates earned $110 million in 2005, will pay about 5 percent tax on their royalties, less than half the Irish rate.

``Among the wealthiest people I suppose it's the norm,'' Jill Cassidy, 23, said on South King Street near a plaque marking the site of Dublin's Dandelion market, where U2 played some of its earliest concerts. ``In U2's position, it does come across as quite hypocritical.''

The tax move has tainted the image of Bono, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and U2 at home. Now promoting a new DVD, book and album, the band is fighting back. Lead guitarist David Evans, known as The Edge, earlier this month defended the publishing company's move as a sensible decision for a group that makes 90 percent of its money outside Ireland.

``Our business is a very complex business,'' Evans said Oct. 2 on Dublin radio station Newstalk, breaking the band's silence after weeks of public criticism. ``Of course we're trying to be tax-efficient. Who doesn't want to be tax-efficient?''

America's Top 10 Dumbest Congressmen


A non-Partisan review. Click here to read it.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers


Anytime she goes away ...


Summertime In England - Van Morrison


Can you meet me in the summertime in England, down by Avalon?



Leftists
For A Second
Holocaust


(Click on photo to enlarge) A quote from Gandhi displayed next to a photo of Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

An eye-opening article from writer Paul Bogdanor:


It would be difficult to imagine a clearer expression of genocidal hatred than the ideology of today’s jihadist armies. What is even harder to accept is that these bloodthirsty killers, with their graphic incitement to the massacre of millions of Jews, are admired and defended by legions of intellectuals, journalists, agitators and demonstrators on the anti-Zionist left.

All sane observers understand that the official program of Hamas, if implemented, would result in an epoch-making bloodbath. One broadcast by Hamas activists announced: “My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews.”

But in the organs of the Israel-hating left, we read that the Hamas election victory is “the best news from the Middle East for a long time” (The Guardian). We read that it is time “to reinforce Hamas resistance [to Zionist ideology]” and its “ethical cry to the world” (CounterPunch).

The goal of “reinforcing Hamas resistance” is quite widely shared in the anti-Zionist camp. Left-wing American activists in the International Solidarity Movement openly admit to collaborating with Hamas and Islamic Jihad. In the Israeli communist journal News From Within, Jennifer Loewenstein, who is currently ensconced in Oxford University, urges that “Hamas, its allies and solidarity activists abroad genuinely attempt to make a difference.” Editor Michel Warschawski anticipates that the Hamas regime will bring about “Palestinian unity in fighting the Occupation… It may provide new hopes and new confidence.”


Go read the whole thing. It's worth it.

And, if you have a hard time believing that the Left really means it when they support organizations like Hamas in their fight against Israel, here's an example where it is clear they are really willing to lay it on the line:


French May Fire On Israeli Overflights

After injecting themselves into the Lebanon crisis and making all kinds of promises they didn’t intend to keep, France and the United Nations have made it explicitly clear that they will not use force to disarm Hizballah, or to prevent weapons from being smuggled in from Syria.

But Israeli Air Force overflights, to keep watch over the terrorists? Now there’s something the French are willing to fight against: Peretz: French UNIFIL say will fire at IAF overflights. (Hat tip: Shiplord Kirel.)

Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon have warned that they might have to open fire if Israel Air Force warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Peretz said that nevertheless, Israel would continue to patrol the skies over Lebanon as long as United Nations resolution 1701 remained unfilfilled, adding that such operations were critical for the country’s security, especially as the abducted IDF soldiers remain in Hezbollah custody and the transfer of arms continue.

Over the past few days, Peretz said, Israel had gathered clear evidence that Syria was transfering arms and ammunition to Lebanon, meaning that the embargo imposed by UN Resolution 1701 was not being completely enforced.


UN Human
Rights Council
Has Only
Discussed
One Issue
This Whole Year


The year is almost over, and so far the Council on Human Rights has only discussed, drumroll please, are you ready, just one issue, can you guess what it is?

Ahh, screw the drumroll:


For all its faults, the previous U.N. commission occasionally discussed and condemned the regimes most responsible for human rights crimes, such as those in Belarus and Burma. China used to feel compelled to burnish its record before the annual meeting. The new council, in contrast, has so far taken action on only one country, which has dominated the debate at both of its regular meetings and been the sole subject of two extraordinary sessions: Israel.

Western human rights groups sought to focus the council’s attention on Darfur, where genocide is occurring, and on Uzbekistan, where a dictator refuses to allow the investigation of a massacre by his security forces. Their efforts have been in vain.

Instead, the council has treated itself to report after report on the alleged crimes of the Jewish state; in all, there were six official “rapporteurs” on that subject in the latest session alone. One, Jean Ziegler, is supposed to report on “the right to food.” But he, too, delivered a diatribe on Israeli “crimes” in Lebanon.

This ludicrous diplomatic lynch mob has been directed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which accounts for 17 governments on the 47-member council and counts on the support of like-minded dictatorships such as Cuba and China.

Council rules allow an extraordinary session to be called at the behest of just one-third of the membership, making it easy for the Islamic association to orchestrate anti-Israel spectacles. Several Muslim governments that boast of a new commitment to democracy and human rights — including Jordan and Morocco — have readily joined in this willful sabotage of those values.

BBC Suing
To Suppress
Critical Report
On Middle East
Coverage


Even as they claim to be unbiased reporters of the news, the BBC doesn't want you to know what they're up to. Hmmm.

The BBC is using British taxpayer money to try to keep a report on their disgustingly biased Mideast coverage secret (from the London Telegraph):


The BBC has spent thousands of pounds of licence payers’ money trying to block the release of a report which is believed to be highly critical of its Middle East coverage.

The corporation is mounting a landmark High Court action to prevent the release of The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act, despite the fact that BBC reporters often use the Act to pursue their journalism.

The action will increase suspicions that the report, which is believed to run to 20,000 words, includes evidence of anti-Israeli bias in news programming.

The court case will have far reaching implications for the future working of the Act and the BBC. If the corporation loses, it will have to release thousands of pages of other documents that have been held back.

Like all public bodies, the BBC is obliged to release information about itself under the Act. However, along with Channel 4, Britain’s other public service broadcaster, it is allowed to hold back material that deals with the production of its art, entertainment and journalism.

The High Court action is the latest stage of a lengthy and expensive battle by Steven Sugar, a lawyer, to get access to the document, which was compiled by Malcolm Balen, a senior editorial adviser, in 2004.

Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, who is responsible for the workings of the Act, agreed with the BBC that the document, which examines hundreds of hours of its radio and television broadcasts, could be held back. However, Mr Sugar appealed and, after a two-day hearing at which the BBC was represented by two barristers, the Information Tribunal found in his favour.

Mr Sugar said: “This is a serious report about a serious issue and has been compiled with public money. I lodged the request because I was concerned that the BBC’s reporting of the second intifada was seriously unbalanced against Israel, but I think there are other issues at stake now in the light of the BBC’s reaction.”

The BBC’s coverage of the Middle East has been frequently condemned for a perceived anti-Israeli bias.

In 2004, for example, Barbara Plett, a Middle East correspondent, was criticised for revealing in an episode of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent that she had been moved to tears by the plight of the dying Yasser Arafat. MPs said it proved that the corporation was incapable of presenting a balanced account of issues in the Middle East.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


British Airways
Suspends
Christian Women
W/O Pay For
Wearing A Cross


Yes, and they did so even though their Muslim and Sikh employees are allowed to wear veils:


A committed Christian said today she planned to take legal action against her employers British Airways after the airline ruled that displaying her crucifix breached uniform rules.

Heathrow check-in worker Nadia Eweida was sent home after refusing to remove the crucifix which breached BA's dress code.

Her treatment by BA - which styles itself as the "world's favourite airline" - brought condemnation both from Christian groups and members of other faiths last night.

BA's chief executive Willie Walsh has upheld the action against Miss Eweida for failing to comply with "uniform regulations" despite himself coming under fire recently for failing to wear a tie.

Miss Eweida, who has an unblemished record during seven years at BA, is suing her employer for religious discrimination after being suspended from work without pay for two weeks.

The airline's uniform code states that staff must not wear visible jewellery or other 'adornments' while on duty without permission from management.

It makes exceptions for Muslim and Sikh minorities by allowing them to wear hijabs and turbans.

Under rules drawn up by BA's 'diversity team' and 'uniform committee', Sikh employees can even wear the traditional iron bangle - even though this would usually be classed as jewellery - while Muslim workers are also allowed prayer breaks during work time.

But Miss Eweida, 55, from Twickenham, insisted her cross, which is smaller than a ten pence piece, was not jewellery but an expression of her deep Christian faith.

She questioned why she was being forced to hide her religion when BA's Muslim and Sikh workers could express theirs.

Miss Eweida said last night: "I will not hide my belief in the Lord Jesus. British Airways permits Muslims to wear a headscarf, Sikhs to wear a turban and other faiths religious apparel.

"Only Christians are forbidden to express their faith. I am a loyal and conscientious employee of British Airways, but I stand up for the rights of all citizens."

Her case comes at a time of intense debate over the rights of individuals to express their belief - following Jack Straw's call for Muslim women to remove their veils.

Earlier this month it emerged BBC governors had agonised over whether newsreader Fiona Bruce should wear a small cross on a chain around her neck while on air in case it might cause offence by suggesting a religious affiliation.

Miss Eweida, a Coptic Christian whose father is Egyptian and mother English, was ordered to remove her cross or hide it beneath a company cravat by a duty manager at Heathrow's Terminal 4 last month.

Miss Eweida said: "BA refuses to recognise the wearing of a cross as a manifestation of the Christian faith, but rather defines it as a piece of decorative jewellery.

The airline has come under fire in the past for its adherence to political correctness.

A decade ago it attempted to ditch its traditional Union Flag tailfin in favour of an ethnic design - which provoked the anger of Baroness Thatcher.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of the Christian charity the Barnabas Fund, said: "Discrimination against Christians is commonplace in Muslim-majority contexts, such as Egypt where Nadia's family roots are. "Now we see the same thing increasingly happening within the UK.


In Muslim countries Christians and Jews are given what is known as "Dhimmi" status. They pay special taxes (for protection) and limited rights in a court of law. Apparently, Britain has adopted such Dhimmi status for Christians already.