Saturday, November 04, 2006


Santiago
And The Moors
Are At It Again


From my good friend Blueslord, at Toasted Bread:


There is a very important legend in Spanish Medieval History related to Santiago Matamoros (Santiago Kill-the-Moors). In the battle of Clavijo, it is said to have appeared and have helped the Christian Castillians against the Muslims to achieve victory. Since then, a lot of Spanish Catholic churches have contained portraits or sculptures of the Saint riding a horse and with a sword in his right hand, in a not very multicultural way. Santiago is also the Spanish Patron.

So the Islamist threats have ended calling for the dissapearance of these traditional Spanish figures. Last one has been the portrait in the Chruch at Ortexa (found at Al otro lado de la Galaxia).

The neighbours at Ortexa are totally opposed to a possible displacement of the image that the Church of San Jaime has in its altar, a Santiago Apostle, as asked by a alleged Muslim citizen in a letter sent to the Major, Vicente Llinares Sellés.

In that letter, signed by Hasán Alí ben Zayyán ben Ibrahim and received by the Major’s office last Monday, the portrait is considered as “offensive to Islam” because the Saint is on horseback and over a Muslim. “That image is not favouring the dialogue between us, the believers of the sacred religion preeched by Mohammed and you, the believers of Jesus, who is also considered by us as a great profet, the second after Mohammed” the letter says.

That is why he asks for the image “to be put away from the altar and changed for other more respectful”. If that’s not accomplished, the sender says “we will think it is a direct attack to Islam similar to the irreverent cartoons that the anti-Muslim Infidels made of our Saint Profet. Just reflect over all this“, it continues.

But the Major does not fear these menaces, and has diminish the importance of it, considering that it is not very serious. The Socialist Vicente Llinares considers that is a consequence of the polemic that surrounds the Moors and Christians’ holidays, whose elimination has been demanded by some Muslim representative.

“I do not see anything offensive in the image of Santiago Apostle, an sculpture that has been here, between us, all our lives. If it would be my own decision I would never take it off. A lot of other villages have similar images“, he says. “In fact, the Church of the near-by village of Relleu, has the same image. But the decision depends of the Bishop, as the Major says. Yesterday he did not make any statement on the issue.

But the menaces and demands of Hasán Alí ben Zayyán ben Ibrahim have provoked a deep bad feeling in the neighbours if this little village of the Marina Baixa. “This image has been in this church all our lives, When we were born, it was there. We do not like that someone coming from abroad tells us what to do. We would not like it to be taken away“, they say.

With only 800 inhabitants and a great number of foreign people, Ortexa is a very quiet village where “people from here with foreign one, and there is no racism nor xenophobia. We all respect and love our Catholic Priest, Juan, who comes from Ruanda. This is a good proof of what we say”, they continue.


A little over a month back there was a story out of Spain that Spaniards were putting a stop to the traditional celebration of the Reconquista (the expulsion of the Muslims from Spain in 1492) in which villages across Spain would burn Mohammed in effigy.

Clearly, many Spaniards are willing to forget their history and let the Moors take over again. Where is the spirit of Santiago?


Or, We
Could Spend
A Romantic
Weekend In
The South Of France



I'm gonna outright steal a post from my friend Pamela, at Atlas Shrugs. I don't think she'll mind, because I know that, like me, she only wants to make sure the word gets out on stuff like this:


A reader of mine has family in France. He previously wrote of his worry concerning his niece in Marseille and I posted about it in the comments section on the VIOLENCE IN FRANCE thread here (emphasis mine);

Pamela,
I follow the situation in France with personal interest and I thank you for covering it. I have a niece who lives in Marseille who has been beaten and robbed by "youths" twice, the last time when she was 7 months pregnant with twins. The French media couldn't care less about the daily stories of horror. The "youths" were yelling "Juif" at her and her mother, who they also attacked. All you have to do is "look" Jewish. My family there are of Corsican descent and are Catholic. Of course the gangs have weapons that the law abiding citizens are forbidden to possess.The upshot is my niece can no longer venture out without adult male escort because lone women are targets throughout Marseille. She insists she will never leave. The Marseille French are some damn stubborn m*****f*****s. My blood boils.

Today he wrote me again with this most distrubing email. Most disturbing.

Pamela, this is just another heads-up about what's going on in the south of France. I wrote to you a while back about my niece in Marseille. "Incidental evidence," as some apoligetic schmuck on the comment board termed it, after you posted my letter there. What follows here is the lastest "incident" to my isolated family in that huge city. Go figure the statistical odds that such "incidents" keep happening to one family. Yes, that's sarcasm. My niece had just this day taken off for a short vacation with her two women friends to Venice. They took the train from Marseille to Nice, and were about to leave there for Venice. Kevin is her oldest son (he's 12) ... My niece's English is very French, but I'm sure you'll get it ...

The translation from French was a bit awkward so I tweaked just a bit (grammatical);

This morning I am not well in my heart: Kevin is in a hospital because he beat 2 Arabic hooligans only to defend oneself because these hooligans wanted to steal his personal stereo. But Kevin is very tall and he practices judo so can defend himself very well, his father wasn't with him but in a shop not far but when he left the shop he made a rush to defend his son ( if someone touch his son....... He's a very calm man but he loves loves very much his children.)

Me, I was on the train when I had a call to my house to say that I would be very well to speak with my children..... And my mother have explained it to me.... ( when I set off , I phone for my childrens every days ) when I am arrive in Nice : I have take a taxi for to come back towards my son ( here is the mother that I am ) I was sad to leave my friends but I AM A MOTHER AND IN MY HEART MY CHILDRENS ARE THE MOST ( OR MORE ?) IMPORTANT. My friends have understood very very well because they are mothers too..... I was worried about Kevin ( Laure took me in her arms before that I take the taxi because she would want a smile on my lips but it was impossible for me : only my son was important at this present moment ).

I am arrive in Marseille 3 hours later and I am go immediatly in the hospital to see my son. I had so much harm in my heart. When I saw Kevin: I have seen in his eyes he was happy for me to be near of him. I stayed with him all the night, my mother arrived this morning because I had again my suitcase with me !!!! Now I have take a shower, change of my clothes and I go in the police station for to lodge a complaint against this two hooligan and ARABIC !!! ( a lot of pople have called the Police and I have a lots of witness who have accepted to testify against thes2 Arabics !! If I have a gun at this present moment: my hate: I shoot without jur ( or demand or warning ?) sorry Bill but it's MY SON !! But in France it's interdict : if you have a gun in the street : you can be under arrest and to go in prison !! If you have a authorization for a gun : you must leave it in your house ONLY !!!.

Kevin returned home today and I must be with him. He is my heart Bill !! but all the mothers are the same !!! You understand better now the word "heart" in French ??? Without explanation......


This is what the French are living with. This is anti-civilization. It's tribal It's savage.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Reluctant Bride


Ralph Towner - Guitar


Thursday, November 02, 2006

"I Have No Choice
But To Advocate
That My Party
Be Kept From
Getting Its Hands
On the Reins
Of National Power"


As a former Democrat, I really relate to this article from the Science Fiction writer, Orson Scott Card:


There is only one issue in this election that will matter five or ten years from now, and that's the War on Terror. And the success of the War on Terror now teeters on the fulcrum of this election.

If control of the House passes into Democratic hands, there are enough withdraw-on-a-timetable Democrats in positions of prominence that it will not only seem to be a victory for our enemies, it will be one.

Unfortunately, the opposite is not the case -- if the Republican Party remains in control of both houses of Congress there is no guarantee that the outcome of the present war will be favorable for us or anyone else.

But at least there will be a chance.

I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations.

But there are no values that matter to me that will not be gravely endangered if we lose this war. And since the Democratic Party seems hellbent on losing it -- and in the most damaging possible way -- I have no choice but to advocate that my party be kept from getting its hands on the reins of national power, until it proves itself once again to be capable of recognizing our core national interests instead of its own temporary partisan advantages.

To all intents and purposes, when the Democratic Party jettisoned Joseph Lieberman over the issue of his support of this war, they kicked me out as well. The party of Harry Truman and Daniel Patrick Moynihan -- the party I joined back in the 1970s -- is dead. Of suicide.


The Democratic Party lost me in 2004 when they nominated John Kerry to run for President. John Kerry is a joke of a human being. He does not stand seriously for anything. And, the Democratic Party, ever since, has fought against Bush rather than fighting by advocating any specific policies.


There is more. Go read it, for it is good.


"Moderate" Muslims
Close Ranks
Around Aussie Imam
Who Said Women
Invite Rape
And Should Be Jailed
For Being Raped


I have been repeating the following sentence, incessantly, over the past few months:

There is no Muslim political organization, academic institution, media outlet, or government, of any appreciable size, anywhere in the world, which is moderate.

As I always say, I hope that someone can prove me wrong, because the implications of the above sentence are frightening and disgusting to ponder.

Read on now, as a columnist in Australia's largest daily newspaper recounts how what he thought was the community of "moderate" Muslims is now closing ranks around the Aussie Imam who has proclaimed that women who are raped should be jailed for life.

I really recommend reading this article in total. Don't just skim it. If you give it your time, and understand its implications, it will be among the most important things you will ever read in your life. Hyperbole? No, not at all. And, I will explain why at the end of this post:


Excuses over. The disgraced mufti of Australia set Muslims a test last month and they failed.
That test couldn't have been easier: make Sheik Taj el-Din al-Hilaly pay for preaching that unveiled women invited rape.


Prove that Muslims can't be led by a man who says raped women must be "jailed for life". Prove we have nothing to fear from your faith.

Simple? Yet yesterday 34 Muslim groups signed a petition backing this bigot, while others plan a big rally for Sydney tomorrow, denouncing not Hilaly but the non-Muslims who criticise him.

The results are in: Islam here -- as represented by many of its leaders -- is now a threat. What's more: our culture of self-hate makes us too weak to properly resist.


I know saying such things is hard on the many moderate Muslims I keep insisting are out there. I am sorry for that, but where in God's name are those people? How much longer must we wait for them to speak?

For more than 20 years they said nothing as their most prominent imam, in their biggest mosque, damned Jews as perverts, called suicide bombers heroes, praised terror groups, vilified non-Muslims and hailed the September 11 terror attacks on the United States as "God's work against oppressors".

They said nothing as he gave the run of his mosque to a pro-bin Laden youth group and hired one of its translators as his spokesman. For years they let this man, their mufti, represent Islam in this country, whose language he never really bothered to learn in nearly 30 years of living here.

But I never lost hope, and so for a few days last week thought . . . at last!

At last we heard Hilaly being damned by Muslims, too -- by women's groups, a Melbourne University academic and even the Islamic Council of Victoria, which had foolishly helped to make this Egyptian the mufti so no government would dare deport him. At last Muslims were disowning this man. He was disinvited from a Brisbane festival. There was talk of stripping him of his title.

The Lebanese Muslim Association, which runs the Lakemba mosque, even debated sacking him as imam, before banning him from preaching for three months. No, this wasn't much, but many in the media grabbed it hungrily. We badly want to find Muslims who'll renounce the values of the hate-preachers, to show that it's not us against Islam.

Mind you, we shouldn't have had to be so pathetically grateful. What sane person could want a woman jailed for being raped?

But we should have known already this was a bigger problem than just Hilaly. Last year Lebanese Sheik Faiz Mohammed also gave a speech in Sydney, which said raped women had themselves to blame. And which of the 500 men who heard Hilaly say the same at his sermon complained? Only when it was reported in the English-speaking press did some concede Hilaly had gone too far.

Yet even then supporters sent him vanloads of flowers, and when he returned to his mosque last Friday he was greeted "like a rock star", said one paper, by an adoring crowd of 5000.

And that criticism of him? It faded away. Now the Lebanese Muslim Association isn't so ashamed of him, after all: "We did accept his apology and we want to move on."

The Muslim Women's Association, which first admitted to being "shocked" by Hilaly's sermon, now said he was "very good to all Muslim women".

Said founding president Aziz El Saddik: "Those who say bad things about him, they have very bad manners."

His sermon on rape was for Muslims only. Not our business.

But we can't afford to believe that any more. They weren't Muslim women, after all, who were raped by a Lebanese gang in Sydney, which called them "sluts" and "Aussie pigs". It wasn't a Muslim teenager who was pack-raped in Sydney by Pakistani brothers, whose father told the court: "What do (the victims) expect to happen to them? Girls from Pakistan don't go out at night."

When Hilaly preaches excuses for such rapes, that concerns us all. Very much.

But it is true that not all those defending Hilaly like what he said. The people behind tomorrow's rally say, rather, that our criticism of him has degenerated into just Muslim-bashing.

Yesterday's statement by 34 Muslim groups -- most representing Islamic colleges and students, or the Muslims of tomorrow -- says the same, even as it confirms something far more scary.

"We believe that the public scrutiny of this matter should have ended with the sheik's apology," it says.

"We believe that the Muslim community should be allowed to deal with the ramifications of the incident without interference from people who only wish to promote hostility and incite hatred towards our community. Finally, we consider this matter to be closed."

Closed? In fact, Hilaly has not retracted a word of what he said. If this matter is "closed" then he has won.

But what is most frightening is not that he's won, but how. Both this statement and the rally show he's won because even educated Muslims, born right here, think it's better to defend a Muslim bigot than to have him criticised by infidels.

It's the code of the tribe: the worst of us is better than the best of you. It's a closed community speaking -- a paranoid one that sees itself at war even with people whose only worry is that their preacher excuses rapists.

And menace is in the air. What other congregation at prayer needs to be reminded -- as Hilaly reminded those at his mosque last week -- not to punch people on the way out? Which other rally for a religious leader needs to be warned -- as the NSW Police Minister warned this week -- that police would not tolerate any violence?

I'm not surprised one of Hilaly's former advisers, Jamal Rifi, warns that if he hangs on as Lakemba's imam he may trigger "racial tensions, much bigger than what we had over the Cronulla riots".

But what are we doing to help Muslims to break from him and leave this cultural ghetto, this encampment, before things get truly ugly? Not enough. For a start, we make too many excuses for the Hilalys, as if they were mere children, or Australia the real villain.

How can a culture so sick of itself resist the kind of challenge that Hilaly and his angry supporters represent? How can it inspire young Muslims to side not with him but with us?
I don't know, when we teach the young we are a country of child-stealing, land-raping, Muslim-murdering, Yank-licking, gas-belching vandals. Until that changes, expect the traffic to flow more into Hilaly's ghetto than out of it.


Just consider the radical mother of two of the Australian Muslims arrested in Yemen last week on terrorism charges, and accused of ties to al-Qaida -- a so-called former "hippy chick" from Mudgee, who found in Islam what she couldn't in the society that raised her.

As I said: Muslims have failed. But so have we all. We now have urgent work to do, if we want to save ourselves from far more strife than we dare yet imagine or say.


The reason this article is so important is because the author so clearly explains why we can not live with Muslims who believe such things.

So, what is the answer then? What do we do? Do we help them to change?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Nightime
In
France


No Pasaran is reporting there is a news blackout with regards to the ongoing "youth" riots in France:


The news blackout on French MSM is just about 100% now. Nevertheless, here is the urban guerilla activity for the evening/night of 31 October:

Clichy-sous-Bois: 2 faux-journalists from France2 attacked and injured (payback for their phoney al-Durah shit)
Tourcoing: middle school torched
Wittenheim: Bus attacked
Trappes: Bus attacked
Buc: Bus attacked
Poissy: Bus attacked
Guyancourt: Bus attacked (Molotov cocktail)
Mantes-la-Jolie: general rioting
Elancourt: general rioting

10 Shot At San Francisco Halloween Party


Check out this story:


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gunfire broke out between two groups at a massive Halloween street party in the city's Castro district, wounding at least 10 people, including innocent bystanders, police said Wednesday.

The shooting began around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday as authorities were dispersing thousands of revelers under a curfew aimed at controlling the traditionally raucous party.

Two people were detained for questioning, but no one had been arrested early Wednesday, police Capt. Al Casciato said. He said two groups of people had gotten into an altercation before the shooting began.

One victim was listed in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.

The once-spontaneous and unsanctioned party was taken over by the city four years ago after police recorded five stabbings and a number of assaults in a 2002 crowd of 500,000 people and confiscated a chain saw.

Officials and members of the district's large gay community said the party had started attracting gay bashers along with the usual colorfully costumed characters.


Ok now, you're gonna have to go with me a bit on this one. Trust me. Don't jump to any conclusions, please. Hear me out.

It is highly possible that these shootings were perpetrated by people who hate gays. Now, there are complex reasons for why people hate gays, so this is not an easy issue to deal with. Among the major reasons people hate gays are,

1) Instinctual - I really believe we all have within us an animalistic rejection of homsosexuality. I think this comes from a herd-protecting instinct. I believe there are two reasons for this instinct. One is homosexuality does not reproduce and the herd wants to reproduce, as it should. The second is that homosexual men are often, not always, effeminate in their demeanor. The herd does not want weakness in its midst. That is natural.

2) Homophobia - some people are afraid of gay people because they have a fear that they may possibly be gay, or be perceived as gay, themselves. Therefore, being around gay people makes them uncompfortable, and if a gay person hits on them, they take it as an insult. If you think about it, that reaction does not make any sense. Question for the guys: If a big fat ugly woman hits on you, do you get mad at her, or do you just politely tell her you are not interested? Why would the reaction not be the same if a gay man were to hit on you?

3) Ideological - There are people in our society who foment dislike, and sometimes outright hatred of gay people on ideological grounds. I used to go to a church where the Pastor would, approximately once a month, insert angry criticism of the "homosexual lobby" into sermons that seemed to have nothing to do with the subject. Most ideological criticism of gay people in America does come from religious people, and is expressed as being a matter of religious principles.

There is, certainly, some basis for concern that there is a homosexual lobby which is attempting to have its agenda inserted into the curriculum of public schools. However, I do not recall ever hearing the Pastor to whom I referred ever make a distinction between normal monogamous, everyday gay people, and the radicals who might try to effect massive and unwanted change in the structure of our society.

I think all Christians should ask themselves if those of their fellow Christians whom they hear criticizing gay people, the "homosexual lobby", or any of the other attributes of gay culture, ever turn around and defend the gay person's right to be gay. Do you ever hear these critics of homosexuality stand up and say, "Of course, there are many gay people who live normal lives, and I have no problem with those gay people?" Do your fellow Christians have any gay friends? Would they be willing to have a gay person as a friend? Will they befriend non-Christians at all?

These are important questions to ask ourselves. Especially if we are going to criticize Islam for being an intolerant religion.

Let me be very clear, I am not making a case for the idea that Christian criticism of homosexuality is anywhere in the same ballpark as Muslim hatred of gays. Islam orders that homosexuals be stoned to death. There is no predominantly Christian society on the face of the Earth that has such laws.

But what I am trying to say is that sometimes Christian criticism of homosexuality does veer into the realm of inciting hatred of gay people. When there is no balance, no acknowlegement of the fact that there are many good and decent gay people leading normal lives, when there is no acknowledgement of their rights to be who and what they are, or choose to be, then there is no love intended, no matter how many times the mantra, "Hate the sin, love the sinner," is repeated.

And, what is the absence of love? Apathy? Dislike? Hate?

Why am I going into all this? What does this have to do with the story above? Do I think the people who opened fire at the gay street party in San Francisco were church-going Christians? I have no idea, AND I seriously doubt it. At this point, we do not even know if the shots were fired because of hatred of gays.

However, I believe we need to remember that we Christians are supposed to be the salt of the Earth. That means we are supposed to be the preservers of the Earth. Part of what we do is contribute ideas to society which are intended to help society. But, the truth is, we also on occasion contribute ideas which hurt society. Our ideas do have real world consequences. We don't just sit around in church talking about how many angels dance on the head of a pin.

If the ideas we are contributing are adding to the already magnified reasons that many people hate gays, then we have done Christ a disservice.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Preach It, Marvin


Marvin Gaye sings the Star Spangled Banner.

Damn!




Bela Lugosi's Dead


A video by the great old goth band, Bauhaus. Well actually, it's not a video. It's a clip from the movie, The Hunger, starring Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie.


Russia Loves Them Peaceful Iranian Nukes


George Bush named Iran as a member of the Axis of Evil. Iran has confirmed their malevolence by calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.

And, now Russia has clearly chosen sides in the war, indicating they believe Iran's nukes are peaceful nukes:


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it believed Iran's nuclear program was peaceful, and a political dialogue, not sanctions, must be used in talks with Tehran. "We do not have information that would suggest that Iran is carrying out a non-peaceful (nuclear) program," Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov told a news conference in Moscow.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation on Monday that talks over Iran's nuclear dispute were being hindered because the European side did not have enough authority.

"The most important problem in continuing Iran and Europe's negotiations (over the nuclear issue) is the European side's lack of enough authority (to take decisions)," an Iranian television report quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Putin.

In a statement on Monday, the Kremlin said Putin had told the Iranian leader that Moscow favored further talks. European states have prepared a draft sanctions resolution but Russia has voiced misgivings. "Sanctions should not be adopted for their own sake," Ivanov said.


Russia believes it can play Iran against the United States. That will work. If we do not take care of the Iranian threat, it will weaken our position in the world. However, just as appeasers hope the crocodile will not eat them, so it is true for Russia. Iran will come back to bite them in the ass, you can be sure of it.

Isn't it interesting that Russia is playing their hand in the exact same way as they did in the leadup to WWII? Remember what happened to them then? Ahmadinejad will turn on Russia just like Hitler did.

British Scientists Grow Human Liver In Lab


And, they did it starting with stem cells which are the initial cells in an embryo when sperm and egg are joined. Stem cells also exist in umbilical fluid. This is an awesome, awesome achievement:


British scientists have grown the world's first artificial liver from stem cells in a breakthrough that will one day provide entire organs for transplant. The technique that created the 'mini-liver', currently the size of a one pence piece, will be developed to create a full-size functioning liver.

Described as a 'Eureka moment' by the Newcastle University researchers, the tissue was created from blood taken from babies' umbilical cords just a few minutes after birth. As it stands, the mini organ can be used to test new drugs, preventing disasters such as the recent 'Elephant Man' drug trial. Using lab-grown liver tissue would also reduce the number of animal experiments.

Within five years, pieces of artificial tissue could be used to repair livers damaged by injury, disease, alcohol abuse and paracetamol overdose. And then, in just 15 years' time, entire liver transplants could take place using organs grown in a lab.

The development provides fresh hope for the hundreds of Britons in dire need of a new liver each year. There are currently 336 patients waiting for a liver transplant - the type of operation performed on George Best. However, in 2004, 72 people died waiting for a suitable donor.

The liver tissue is created from stem cells - blank cells capable of developing into different types of tissue - found in blood from the umbilical cord. Working in collaboration with experts from the US, the Newcastle scientists succeeded in separating out the stem cells from blood removed from the umbilical cord minutes after birth.

They are then placed in a 'bioreactor' - a piece of electrical equipment developed by NASA to mimic the effects of weightlessness. Inside this, the freedom from the force of gravity allows them to multiply more quickly than usual. Then, various hormones and chemicals are added to coax the stem cells into turning into liver tissue.


God gave us the materials, and we are learning how to use them.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Bella Luna


A great song combined with some pretty interesting Japanese Anime:


Sunday, October 29, 2006

An Act Of Faith
The Kingdom Of God
Is Not

A Matter Of Talk
But Of Power



And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."



Collide


One of my favorite songs from the past year. Howie Day sings Collide:



Fashion Nazis


Un-friggin'-believable!

From Pamela, at Atlas Shrugs:



Behind the seams Spring/summer for Hitler

But if the Voyage designers Rocky Mazzilli and his mother, Louise, are to be believed, the swastika is the new black.

It seems that Harry’s “Gestapo look” [???], otherwise known as the biggest fancy dress disaster since the invention of French maids, may have been the inspiration for their new collection, Year 0. And the reaction from the public was also perfectly in tune with the Prince: the designers were unceremoniously ejected from a Soho nightclub for upsetting revellers with their swastika-print garments this weekend.

“My interpretation of the swastika is of anarchy, rebellion and nonconformism. Isn’t that what London’s clubs believe in, too?” asks Rocky. Source: here.


Israelis
Put
Nuclear Bunkers
In Their
Gardens


In April of 2003, I formed an organization called the Christians United Against the New Anti-Semitism (CUANAS). Our purpose, initially, was to inform Pastors of the rising tide of anti-Semitism in our post-9/11 world. The first plan of action was to meet with Pastors and inform them events which depicted the new Jew-hatred.

Our words fell on something akin to deaf ears. Yes, we were told, they could see that there is a problem with anti-Semitism. However, it is tangled up in the politics of the Middle East, and, as Pastors of churches, they did not feel it was their place to speak out on political issues.

Ah, right.

So, three years later, I must say, I hope my words are burning in their brains, because now we have a Hitlerian madman running a nation (Iran) which is about to complete the process of creating its first nuclear weapon, and, at the same time, he is threatening to "wipe Israel off the map."

That would be 5 1/2 million Jews dead. Sounds a bit like the first Holocaust, doesn't it? And yet, the Christian church refuses to speak out on the issue.

If Ahmadinejad accomplishes what he promises to do, the track record of the Christian church will be even worse than it was with regard to the first Holocaust. Congratulations, my fellow Christians. You really are sheep, aren't you?

Meanwhile, the Jews of Israel are taking the words of the Iranian President seriously, as they must. They are building elaborate nuclear bunkers in their backyards (From the London Times):


Israelis put nuclear bunkers in gardensUzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv
AMID mounting fears that Iran is planning to obliterate their country, wealthy Israelis are shelling out on underground nuclear shelters in the gardens of their luxury homes.


Firms specialising in the manufacture of such shelters are booming. Ahim Torati is a company producing parts for atomic shelters. “We supply components for decontaminated air, fortified doors and walls,” said Menahem Torati, its owner. “If in a regular shelter the door should withstand a five-ton blast, the door of an atomic shelter should absorb 250-270 tons.”

Seeking to allay public fears, the government insists that the population has little to fear. “We are aware of all these panicky people building atomic shelters. They’re wasting their money,” said a security source. “Israel will not allow Iran to build an atomic bomb, and even if it did, the Iranians know very well that we’ll bomb them back to the Stone Age before they’ve launched a single missile.”

However, the government is quietly updating its preparations for a possible nuclear strike. Ephraim Sneh, the deputy defence minister, confirmed that a £300m nuclear shelter is being constructed in the Jerusalem hills for the Israeli war cabinet. “This will be a command and control centre that will be able to run the state of Israel during a war, even after a nuclear strike,” he said.


Paris -
City
Of Lights


We can tell from the news that things are looking up for France in their Battle Of The "Youths" (From Atlas Shrugs):


The new buzzword in France "relative calm" - translation rioting, mayhem, WaPo is reporting 25 arrested , FOX 47, I am hearing scores .......... here is the sanitized version.

SIX POLICE HURT IN VIOLENCE ACROSS FRANCE

Six police officers suffered minor injuries and 25 people were arrested in scattered violence across France on the first anniversary of the start of nationwide riots, the Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Police had deployed 4,000 reinforcements across the country Friday night to brace for a replay of violence in mostly poor, immigrant suburbs.

Marauding youths torched two public buses and police and firefighters were targeted in some towns, but overall, the Interior Ministry said in a statement that the night was "relatively calm."

Six officers were slightly injured, the statement said, without elaborating on where or how. Of the 25 arrests, 21 were in the Paris suburbs, where the greatest violence had been expected.

Scores of police, wielding shields and backed by a helicopter blaring its lights, swept into a tough housing project in Montfermeil, a neighboring town to Clichy-sous-Bois, and several youths responded by throwing stones.

Up to 30 cars were torched in Montfermeil, according to another police official.

Paris' transport authority responded to Friday's violence by curtailing bus services in the Seine-Saint-Denis region north of the capital, which is home to thousands of immigrants and their French-born children.

No Pasaran has got more here;

A young woman was seriously burned and 3 other people hurt on Saturday evening in northern Marseille when a bus was attacked by French youths.Just after 9PM, 3 or 4 youths forced open the doors of a bus at a stop in Marseille's 13th district. They threw a Molotov cocktail and fled.4 passengers were injured including a woman who has 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her arms, legs, and face. She has been hospitalized and doctors have not yet made any announcement as to her condition.3 other passengers suffered from smoke inhalation and were hospitalized. The bus was completely destroyed.


And now France's city of model integration, Marseilles, is burning:


MARSEILLE, France - France's interior minister sent riot police to patrol the southern port city of Marseille on Sunday after a group of marauding teenagers torched a bus, gravely burning a young woman.

On Saturday, 46 people were taken into custody, most of them in the communities around Paris, and two police officers were slightly injured. The most serious violence was the brutal bus attack in Marseille.

A group of young people burst onto the bus and tossed in a bottle of flammable liquid before fleeing, police said, citing witnesses' accounts. The resulting fire injured a 26-year-old woman, who suffered second- and third-degree burns on her arms, legs and face and was in a medically induced coma on Sunday.

President Jacques Chirac telephoned the woman's family, ensuring them that France would "do everything to find the assailants and punish them with the greatest severity," his office said.


The "youths" festivities have spread into Belgium. Brussels Journal has more:


These past few days, there have been some «small fires» – small indeed – in the Brussels area, but today the fire brigade was lured into an ambush in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. There were no casualties, but apparently we'll have to see a few dead before it will be possible to reflect seriously on what is really going on in Brussels. The authorities did not want to confirm a connection to the fires in Paris, but did not dare to deny it either.

From the events of today and the past few days it is clear that things are getting out of control in some parts of Brussels. When even the fire brigade becomes the target of these «youngsters», as they are usually called in the Belgian press, the conclusion can only be that it's already five past twelve, not only in Paris, but in Brussels too.

Surely, one can argue that the identity checks by the police are not always completely justified, and sometimes too frequent, but I find it hard to believe that the immigrants could have any reason at all to throw rocks at firemen who are just trying to do their job. If this continues, there will be casualties sooner or later, and then the fire brigade's latent "racism" will of course be blamed for not having gotten some Moroccan family out of its burning house quickly enough, or extinguished the fire in an apartment block, or something else that went terribly wrong.

Sociologists and other professional anti-racists, always keen enough to give us their opinion about what is wrong in the immigrant districts, should explain now what the fire brigade could done to deserve being targeted like it was this afternoon, and why youths are allowed to play with other people's lives.


UPDATE: France is awarding two of the most famous marauding "youths" (the one's who got the ball rolling in last year's rioting) with an official state-sanctioned memorial, you know, like, as if they were heroes or something:


Last year’s French riots were triggered by the deaths of two “youths,” who fled a police ID check, broke into an electrical substation to hide, and were electrocuted when they touched something they shouldn’t have.

Last Friday officials and residents of Clichy-sous-Bois, scene of some of the worst rioting, dedicated a monument to these two disenchanted fleeing criminals: Silent march for dead youths in France’s suburbs.

Relatives and friends of two French teenagers who were electrocuted as they fled from police a year ago have gathered in Clichy-sous-Bois near Paris. A plaque was unveiled in front of their school, and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the power sub-station where the teenagers tried to hide.

The deaths of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore sparked three weeks of violent riots in France’s poor suburbs as the young and unemployed vented their anger over what they saw as lack of opportunity and racial discrimination. The crowd gathered in silent prayer wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Dead for nothing”.

“It’s not by restricting them, or leaving them at home, or stopping them from going out - that’s not a solution,” said Zyed’s father. “The solution is to find them jobs, create training centres.” An inquiry into the teenagers’ deaths could lead to charges of negligence against several police officers.


Ah, to be young in gay ole' Paree.