Saturday, December 30, 2006

Barbara Boxer
X Dhimmi?

Last night, news came that Barbara Boxer rescinded an award to an Islamic activist because of his connections to CAIR.

Charles at Little Green Footballs brought out his "Flying Pig", and the usual seething and whining has already begun emanating from the dark corridors of the CAIR lair.

Frequent Atlas Shrugs commenter X Dhimmi has decided it is time that all of us Infidels write to Boxer and thank her. I agree.

Here is X Dhimmi's letter:

112 HART

Dear Senator Boxer:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I am so heartened and pleased by your decision to rescind the "certificate of achievement" award issued by your office to Basim Elkarra because of his affiliation with CAIR. This makes an important, cautionary statement about CAIR which has been far too lacking among our national leaders.

To someone like me who follows closely the activities of CAIR and judges the organization as dangerous to America's freedoms, your courageous action is a breath of fresh air. You can be assured millions of Americans have been waiting for a national leader to speak up for America against this group which supports agendas inimical to American values and freedoms.

I have sent copies of this letter to the White House and my senators and representatives asking them to support you through the inevitable accusations of Islamophobia (indeed, the charge has already been leveled according to the Newsweek article) and attacks which I am certain you will endure. Remain strong and resolute, Senator! We truly need leaders with your integrity who refuse to succumb to the pressure from groups who wish to see America fail.

Again, thank you.

Email form for contacting Senator Boxer.

It would seem that Barbara Boxer is now, officially, an Ex-Dhimmi.

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Breath Of The Beast

By Yaacov Ben Moshe:

We always get a warning that is clear and unequivocal when evil is stalking us. It is up to us to notice. Warnings are all too easy to dismiss. It is a grave responsibility to pay heed to real warnings. It seems so much easier to convince yourself that the warning is not for you, or that the danger is remote and small.When Hitler, for example, wrote Mein Kampf, in 1925. He left no doubt as to his intentions. The world dismissed the book as the ravings of a mad man. When he got his opportunity to reach power ten years later, much of the world was surprised that he actually did what he said he would. If they had believed him in the first place and acted on that knowledge with resolution and intelligence millions of lives could have been saved.

The good news is that all you have to do is pay attention, believe what you see and hear and have the strength not to deny it. Evil will almost always inform you of its presence and intentions. I was given a very personal warning twenty-five years ago by a particularly profound form of evil. That evil presence has grown and prospered in the world since then. It has grown and become powerful and menacing and yet, even today, in spite of incontrovertible evidence of its existence many people find it altogether too easy to deny.

Back in the early eighties my young family and I lived next door to an Iranian family. They were nice, friendly people. Hamid (not his real name) was a physician who was just starting out in his own practice. His wife, Haideh was also Iranian born. She was a mathematician. She taught at a local college. We moved in to brand new houses just months apart and shared the rigors of nurturing lawns where there had been only bulldozer tracks. We cooperated in the planting of trees and shrubs to define the empty expanses between our new homes. We borrowed tools from each other. Hamid and I played tennis often and even discussed the possibility of building a tennis court in the flat spot where our lots met.

Our children played together and his son, Amir and my daughter Amy became very close friends. The two of them were barely more than toddlers when they first met but were soon talking about getting married the way little ones sometimes do when they find a close companion of the opposite sex.

The next summer, they went back to Iran to visit with their families. We were afraid for our friends. We knew the country was in turmoil. They were gone for several weeks. For much of the time my Amy’s days were occupied with day camp but she still missed her friend. They finally returned a week before school. The two seemed to pick up right where they had left off.

It was a sunny Sunday morning and Amy went out right after breakfast and met Amir in his backyard. We watched as they began to play and turned away to read the Sunday paper. We were surprised when Amy came back inside a short while later. She walked by us with her head down and started up the stairs to her room. We had expected to have to call her in for lunch so it was odd that she came back so early. I called after her and asked her what was wrong. She told me how little 5-year-old Amir had matter-of-factly informed my innocent 5-year-old daughter that because she is a Jew it is his duty to kill her.

Go read the whole thing.

It's Open Season

Please, watch this video. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 Euros. Watch this video.

A Little Tribute On The Day Of His Death

And, for anyone who has trouble understanding why he needs to die, read this, and know that there are always people who will try to spring a dictator from prison, and install him back in power.

Breaking News:
Jews Back
Al Qaeda

Roger Simon tells about his taxi ride in Seattle:

Yesterday afternoon, after wrapping up our vacation, Sheryl, Madeleine and I started back to our hotel to pick up our bags and head home to LA. We were with our friend and my Pajamas colleague Gerard. He proposed we take a cab; he would drop us by the hotel before continuing to his home.

We found one quickly. It was driven by an African guy. We had to instruct him about the location of our hotel; it was new. In the course of this I asked him where he was from. Kenya, he said. But then quickly added he was Somali. Many Somalians live in Kenya.

Ah, Somalia. Immediately the three adults in the car perked up. We acknowledged we knew there was big trouble in that country, the attack from Ethiopia on the ICU, etc. To our surprise, our driver immediately launched into a vitriolic attack on Al Qaeda. They were evil violent men, hijacking Islam across the globe. He had details of their infiltration of Somalia from a phone call he had made the previous night, how they were using Saudi money, etc. Thousands of people were being murdered by these Wahhabis for no reason. He was obviously following the situation closely. Al Qaeda was a danger to all mankind, he said.

It was a refreshing to hear this view from a Moslem taxi driver in Seattle. He was obviously pleased that we recognized the travails of his people too. So he continued with his explication of what was behind this terrible situation - how the Moslem religion could have been taken over by these violent forces. Someone was behind the rise of this Saudi Wahhabism . The answer, he said, was Israel. It was all an Israeli plot. They were behind the Wahhabis.

Suddenly our hearts sank. How could a man who seemed so reasonable, so knowledgeable, say something so obviously crazy?

Learn how. Go read the rest.

It's The Islam, Stupid

Iranian blogger Amil Imani explains the relationship between Islam and terrorism:

The terror and death inflicted on humanity is not the work of radical Islam, neither the political Islam, nor the militant Islam. It is Islam, period. Get it? And the perpetrators are not fringe elements confined to brainwashed Saudis, loony Taliban, or a know nothing Pakistanis who have hijacked Islam and are now in the business of mass murder.

The latest project of the practitioners of the “religion of peace” aimed to blowing planeloads of innocent civilians to smithereens in midair over the Atlantic -- ought to finally drive the point home: it is Islam, dummy. Get it?How could people calling themselves sincere God-fearing religionists bring themselves to even think of acts of such barbarity, yet plan them methodically and cold-bloodedly proceed to execute them?

The answer is Islam. The life manual of Islam, the Quran, is a document of exclusion, hatred and violence that shapes the Muslims’ thinking and behaving. This stone-age document is optimally suited for people of stunted development. People who prefer to follow than to think for themselves, to hate than to love, and to seek death rather than to celebrate life.

Sadly, Muslims themselves are the ones who are most victimized by Islam. They have inherited this viral psychological disease of hate and violence; they live by it, and transmit it to their children as well as to receptive others. A puzzle to non-Muslims: why any intelligent and reasonably sane person would live his life by the dogma of Islam? It is particularly disconcerting when this Muslim lives in a secular non-Islamic society. The befuddlement becomes mind-boggling when seemingly educated women in free societies voluntarily submit to the yoke of Islamic misogyny.

There are a number of possible explanations to the enigma of believing in Islam and even propagating it with zeal and violence. Some possible explanations are treated here.

For one, Islam is stamped on the impressionable mind of the child from birth. The parents and immediate members of the family are the ones who make the very first impressions on the tabula rasa of the young mind. These early impressions are the grid-work for further formation of the person’s mind and belief system. It is by far easier, as life goes on, to incorporate “items” that readily fit into the grid-work, than to modify it or dismantle it altogether and begin anew. It is in recognition of the importance of early training and education that people such as Saint Augustine and Freud considered the first few years of life as critical for molding the person. “Teaching the very young is like itching in the stone,” says an Eastern proverb.

Another reason is the herd mentality—stay with the group, be one of them, and don't strike out on your own. This strong disposition to belong is reinforced by privileges that the group bestows; social pressure, as well as the fear of castigation by the wielders of power. There is security and power in numbers—in any numbers.

Islam is also appealing for giving purpose and order to the person’s life—both the life on earth as well as an immortal life after death. Islam is omnipresent and omniscient father figure who draws the boundaries, points out the path, dictates the terms, holds the carrots and the sticks. It absolves the person, for most parts, from the often demanding tasks of dealing with difficult questions and choosing what to do with oneself—a highly attractive trade off for many. Accept Islam as your guide, follow its path and you will never have to suffer the agony of not knowing and having to make decisions by yourself; you will be guided along the path of eternal happiness and salvation. Just follow the unerring guide given to mankind by the seal of the prophet, Muhammad. An elaborate package of mostly illogical and bizarre prescriptions and proscriptions comes with the Islamic offer, covering every imaginable aspect of life.

In the matter of being a good Muslim, nothing is left to chance that one needs to figure out for himself.

“I think, therefore I am” said Rene Descartes in substantiating his claim to being a conscious being. “I don't think, I faith; therefore I am an automaton,” says the Muslim in absolving himself of the need for independent thinking.

Even the minutest detail of the Muslim’s life is rigidly structured. He is to perform the obligatory prayer, for instance, five times a day at the exact appointed times. He must drop everything and go through the prescribed gesticulation and recitation of the verses while facing Mecca. Before saying his prayer, however, he must perform ablution. The Ablution, using water, must be carried out in a precise manner and sequence. In the absence of water, the faithful can substitute soil for water and go through the practice of “purifying” himself by running soil over his hands, arms, face and feet. After completion of ablution, as prescribed, he may proceed to say his prayer unless he commits flatulence. In that case, he must re-perform the ablution all over again.

Being a good Muslim, particularly a good male Muslim, is indeed a full time job. Male Muslims are obligated to go for Hajj—women don't have to do so. Islam is a man’s religion, through and through. Women are to please men erotically, to attend to them like chattel, and birth them boys.

Going on Hajj and accumulating merit points for admission to Allah’s paradise is reserved for men. Women may also go to Hajj, if they are lucky enough to afford the journey or allowed by their owners, men, to do so. For women, there are no promises that by going on Hajj and paying tribute to the house of Allah they endear themselves to him.

“Women are calamities, but no home should be without one,” is an old Islamic characterization of women.

Hence, a woman is a necessity and not much more. In short, Islam treats its believers as children irrespective of age. An extensive cadre of mullahs and imams, who themselves are thoroughly indoctrinated, minister to the children. These professional leeches—the mullahs and imams—systematically program the mind of their charges through liberal use of fear, threats of hell, and occasional promises of eternal life of bliss in Allah’s paradise if they be obedient good children.

A Muslim is born Muslim, yet he acts as if he independently and through his own labor has discovered the great find; he clings to it as his cherished security blanket; and, would part with his life, rather than giving it up. It is, therefore, understandable what a recent poll has found.

Fully 81% of British Muslims consider themselves Muslims first and British second.

The 81% know full well that there is absolutely no chance of being harassed, much less persecuted, in Britain for professing their highest loyalty to Islam. So, they come out and admit it. The other 19% are even more Muslim.

They are practicing what the Quran teaches—dissimulation. Muslims are taught to lie. They lie when they have to and they lie when they don't have to, just to stay in practice.

The bottom-line is that the non-Islamic world has a huge problem on its hands—the ever-encroaching Islam. For as long as there are mosques, madrasehs, and Islamic centers; as long as a vast cadres of well-paid, highly indoctrinated and strategically placed mullahs and imams; and, as long as there are people who prefer to be treated as children, Islam will flourish anywhere and will pose an existential threat to unbelievers. All the excuses, grievances and reasons given for savagery of the jihadists and Islamofascists are side issues.

It is Islam, dummy. It is Islam itself. Get it?

Palestinians Use Children As Human Shields

The Coming

This is from Alamgir Hussain, in the American Thinker:

Understanding the basic precepts of the Islamic faith is a precondition to grasp the devout Muslim congressman's stand on taking oath by the Quran. Islam only cares for the truth. Allah, the creator of the universe, undertook the final mission of prophetic succession to deliver the divine message in the perfect form through the last Prophet Muhammad (seal of Prophethood) as the Quran says:

"Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of God and the Seal of the prophets..." [Quran 33:40]

In the Islamic belief, the Quran which contains Allah's final messages in unaltered form, is thus, the divine book of complete truth and knowledge of the universe and Islam is the perfect religious guidance chosen by Allah for all mankind:

This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. [Quran 5:3]

When the creator of the universe has chosen Islam as the only perfect religion for the mankind, all other religions, existing before or to appear later, are either false or incomplete and God disapproves them all. Islam has the perfect prescription for every dealing in human life, such as how humans will sit while eating, take bath, do sex, dress up, deal in trades and collect taxes; what they will eat or drink as well as what he must not do. The state will enforce the dos and don'ts of the absolute commander of the universe to run the society in conformity to His wishes.

The Quran is not only the book of guidance, it is also the book of complete knowledge of the universe. So, the reformist Muslims and their non-Islamic agents have discovered all the formula of modern science, democracy, secularism, human rights and technology in the Quran in recent years. However, the human innovations of the non-Islamic world are naturally fault-prone and are not perfect. Islam only can have these innovations in the perfect form as they come down directly from the knower of all truth. Thus, we have Islamic science, Islamic economy, Islamic banking, Islamic democracy, Islamic human rights, Islamic sex and Islamic technology (Islamic cell phone, TV and fighter jets etc.) in the Islamic world.

Hence Prophet Muhammad, the earthly editor of the Quran, is increasingly being seen as the greatest ever scientist and intellectual in the Islamic world, apart from his being the greatest-ever propeht and man. This upsurge in 'everything Islamic' has much to do with assertions of the Quran like in verses 33:40 and 5:3 cited above. It also goes back to the very inception of Islam. Since Islam is the complete treasure-trove of truth and knowledge, early Muslim conquerors undertook the principle of destroying non-Islamic books or documents they came across.

Ali, Islam's fourth caliph and Prophet Muhammad's dearest companion, cousin and son-in-law, had said that extra-Islamic documents or books that contain information absent in the Quran are false and misleading, while others that contained knowledge already in the Quran are unneccesary and hence, they must be destroyed. On this ground, the 3 rd Caliph Othman order the destruction of the massive library of Alexandria (built by Alexander, ~332 BC) after the Muslims' conquest of Egypt in 641.

Islam also recognizes the period before Islam as the age of Jihiliya (age of ignorance) and a principle of destroying the knowledge, wisdom and customs of period, because of their false or ignoramous nature, were followed during the rule of the first four pious caliphs (till 661), who were the Prophet's companions and trusted friends. After the initial assaults, however, much of pre-Islamic knowledge and intelletaul properties survived during the 90-year rule of the fiercely anti-Muhamamd, anti-Quran godless Omayyads and later the Abbassids.

Interestingly, the Abbasids were more Persian than Arab and yet somewhat pious, who preferred the nominally Islamic Mutazili theology over the orthodox Quranic or Muhammedan Islam. They were in great pursuit of learning and were astonished by vast treasures of knowledge and philosophy that existed before the coming of Muhammad.

To conform to a core Islamic principle of discarding anything from the Jahiliya age, they collected many of original Greek manuscripts from around the kingdom and overseas, translated them into Arabic and destroyed the original transcripts to create an impression that those materials came from the days of Islam. Hence, many of the original Greek manuscripts do not exists and survived only in the Arabic from which Europeans later translated. The translations were mostly done by the Christian, Zoroastrain (Persian) and Jewish sages employed by the Muslim rulers.

Here lies the mysteries of how the Islamic world flourished during the Islamic golden age (8-13 th century) despite Islam being such an anti-intellectual, obscurantist and iconoclastic religion. In the 12th century, however, the Quran-based orthodox Islam, revived by great Islamic theologians like Imam Ghazzali (d. 1111 AD), pushed the exercise of philosophy, science and free thought into the back-burner, resulting in the decline of scientific and intellectual progress in the Islamic kingdoms. For example, the proverbial Islamic ruler Saladin of the crusade, a zealous orthodox Sunni, disposed of the famous library of Cairo, consisting of nearly one million books, scrolls and manuscripts after he defeated the Fatimids in 1171 AD. Some were sold, others burned or the rest were left for rotting. [Walker, 284-288].

Go read the whole thing.

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Olmert Is


From Cox and Forkum

Help Me

One of my favorite pop tunes, performed by the wondrous K.D. Lang (once again, thanks to Olivia).

How Do Arab Countries Deal With Muslim Refugees?

(Thanks again to Olivia)

You hear how Israelis deal with the Palestinian "refugees" in Gaza and the West Bank (how can they be refugees, when they have their own government?), now let's take a look at how Arab governments deal with Muslim refugees:

GENEVA: Seventeen people died and 140 would-be migrants were missing at sea Thursday after Yemeni police opened fire on a group of boats attempting to smuggle 515 people from Somalia to Yemen, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)said.

Two of four boats carrying mainly Somalis and Ethiopians capsized in the Gulf of Aden late on Wednesday after Yemeni authorities spotted the vessels approaching the coastline.

Survivors said Yemeni forces opened fired as two boats offloaded passengers. Yemeni officials said the smugglers returned fire.

Now, of course, when the Israeli Defense Force accidentally kills a Palestinian civilian, while attempting to quash the terrorists who rule the streets of the Palestinian territories, the world's media goes into an uproar. But, I guarantee you, you will not hear of this incident in the mainstream media. Nope. You won't hear a word.

It would have been a tree falling in the forest if you didn't read CUANAS.

Why do you think that is?

Global Terror Incident Map

Thanks to Olivia for sending this on to me. Click here and you can get the latest updates on Islamic Terrorism around the world. (I will also add a link on the Blogroll.)

It will shock you.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Peace And Safety"

A friend of mine who has an interest in Bible prophecy sent this story along to me. For months now, she has been telling me that eventually we would see the Pope, aligned with the EU, negotiate a "peace" agreement which would ensure Israel's safety. I know that many experts in Bible prophecy have been predicting exactly that for some time.

Now, we see this:

VATICAN CITY - Iran's foreign minister met with Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday and gave the pontiff a message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Vatican and news reports said.

Manouchehr Mottaki and Benedict met briefly after the pope's general audience at the Vatican's Paul VI hall, the Vatican said. It released no details of the talks.

Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA, said Mottaki brought a message from Ahmadinejad. The Italian agency ANSA and RAI public TV said the letter did not touch on political issues, but religious ones.

The meeting comes weeks after the Vatican indirectly criticized a conference of Holocaust deniers that was held this month in Iran, a Shiite Muslim country. Issuing a statement it said was in connection with the conference, the Holy See said the Holocaust "was a great tragedy before which we cannot remain indifferent" and which must serve as a warning to people's consciences.

Benedict also met earlier this month with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who urged Christians to protest Holocaust denials. Ahmadinejad has frequently called for the destruction of Israel and questioned whether the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews took place.

During Wednesday's general audience, which drew several thousand faithful, Benedict reiterated his call for world peace.

"An ardent appeal for peace on earth, one that can translate in a concrete commitment to build (peace) with our lives: this is the task that Christmas entrusts us with," he told the pilgrims.
On Christmas Day, the pope had called for an end of violence in the Middle East and around the world.

While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
--- I Thessalonians 5:3

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Gerald Ford

From AP:

LOS ANGELES - Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon's scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only president in America's history never elected to nationwide office, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age," Mrs. Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband's office in Rancho Mirage. "His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."

How might our situation be different today had we elected President Ford to a second term, insteading of voting in Jimmy Carter, who allowed the Iranian Revolution, the Hostage Crisis, "Stagflation", and the Soviet takeover of Afghanistan?

The Level Of The People Accusing Israel

This appeared on Syrian TV. Yes, that's right, according to the Syrians, the Israeli Defense Forces would terrorize Santa.

A Christmas
The "Anti-War"

Yesterday, the death toll in the Iraq war rose above the death toll which America suffered on 9/11. What better statistic could have greeted the "anti-war" crowd on the Xmas holiday?

BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 36 Iraqis died Tuesday in bombings, officials said, including a coordinated strike that killed 25 in western Baghdad. Separately, the deaths of six U.S. soldiers pushed the American toll beyond the number of victims in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

So, you think I'm being harsh? You think, perhaps, that I am insinuating that the "anti-war" crowd is not sincere? That they are actually happy to have the number of dead American Armed Forces in Iraq rise above the level of Americans dead on 9/11?

Yes, you are right. I am, in fact, being that harsh.

Ask yourself this question: Would the American media have reported the day the death toll in WWII rose above the death toll in Pearl Harbor?

The "anti-war" crowd is a complete sham. They don't hate war. They hate George Bush, Republicans, and American power. Those who are truly Pacifists are illegitimate human beings who, apparently, would have allowed blacks to continue on being enslaved in the American South, would have allowed Jews to be totally wiped off the face of the Earth, would have allowed the Japanese to continue their raping and pillaging of China and the known world during the 1940's.

Pacifism is a sham, the "anti-War" crowd is a sham, and the American mainstream media is anti-American.

I am here to write the truth. The truth is the good that exists in our world comes, mostly, from the hegemony of Western Civilization. Our power which allows us to keep sea lanes open, and trade flowing, and communications networking, allows for the growth of economies around the world, the innovation of new technologies and medical treatments, the extension of lifespans, the farming of fruits, vegetables, and even roses, in the desert.

The West has transformed the world. We have beaten back the squalor that was the Middle Ages, the age of barbarism. The world we live in now is only possible because brave men drew swords and guns, and dropped bombs on the barbarians of the world. And, the truth is, often, during the last 1,300 years, the barbarians that those brave men were fighting were Muslims. And, the reason this is is because the Muslim religion, the Koran itself, tells its adherents that they are to spread Islam by the sword.

Unfortunately, we live in an age when we must must, once again, beat back the Islamic barbarians. But, I am starting to wonder if, in order to do so, we must first beat back the fake Pacifists among us.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Great Moments In The History Of Pacifism

The Archbishop of Canterbury seems to have completely lost all ability to make any moral distinctions whatsoever:

“As soon as we try to sort out which we give the advantage to we shall be deciding to some extent who we’re against; and that will undoubtedly create another round of poverty and anger and bitterness...

”Both deserve the best. And the best we can give them in such circumstances is at least the assurance of friendship.

“Go and see, go and listen; let them know, Israelis and Palestinians alike, that they will be heard and not forgotten,” he told the congregation at Canterbury Cathedral in southeast England.

And, not only are we not to make an effort to decide who is in the right on any particular issue, but also, we are not to defend ourselves if we happen to be attacked, because it is "deeply wrong in the human heart."

“Every wall we build to defend ourselves and keep out what may destroy us is also a wall that keeps us in and that will change us in ways we did not choose or want.

“Every human solution to fears and threats generates a new set of fears and threats.”

Williams said whether it was Israel’s controversial security barrier in the West Bank, Britain’s planned renewal of its Trident missile nuclear deterrent system or tactics to protect oneself against harm, defences were destructive.

“Defences do something terrible to us as well as to our real and imagined enemies,” he said.
Williams’s sermon comes after a visit to the West Bank town of Bethlehem — a place of pilgrimage for Christians because of its significance as the birthplace of Jesus — to see at firsthand the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

During the trip, he described the Israeli-built security barrier that surrounds the town as symbolising what was “deeply wrong in the human heart”.

Such ideological pacifism is dangerous. These kinds of Pacifists are radicals who would rather watch the decent die, and organized civilization crumble, than to see anyone offer up even the least in military resistance.

If it is true that all that needs to happen for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing, then it is also true that the more ideological Pacifists we have in the world, the more evil will triumph.

James Brown -
Dead At 73

Very sad. I wake up, here, early Christmas morning to this news:

James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73.

Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital on Sunday and died around 1:45 a.m. Monday, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music. Longtime friend Charles Bobbit was by his side, he said.

Copsidas said the cause of death was uncertain. "We really don't know at this point what he died of," he said.

Pete Allman, a radio personality in Las Vegas who had been friends with Brown for 15 years, credited Brown with jump-starting his career and motivating him personally and professionally.
"He was a very positive person. There was no question he was the hardest working man in show business," Allman said. "I remember Mr. Brown as someone who always motivated me, got me reading the Bible."

Along with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and a handful of others, Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years. At least one generation idolized him, and sometimes openly copied him. His rapid- footed dancing inspired Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson among others. Songs such as David Bowie's "Fame," Prince's "Kiss," George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" and Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song" were clearly based on Brown's rhythms and vocal style.

If Brown's claim to the invention of soul can be challenged by fans of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, then his rights to the genres of rap, disco and funk are beyond question. He was to rhythm and dance music what Dylan was to lyrics: the unchallenged popular innovator.

Yep, and believe me, as a drummer, I can tell you that James Brown's tunes wrote the book on modern drumming. Every drummer (maybe exaggerating only a little bit) says his major influences are Clyde Stubblefield (James' drummer) and John Bonham (from Led Zeppelin). Put those two styles together and you've got modern rock drumming. Take the Bonham out and you've got Hip Hop and much of modern Jazz. He redefined music across the spectrum.

Really, James was the Elvis of Soul music. James was an unparalleled original (forgive me the adjective attatched to the definitive). He was the Sex Machine who stayed on the scene, and still will.

We'll miss you, James.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Wafa Sultan In Readers Digest

The Call
Wafa Sultan and her husband, David, were jolted awake by the sound of a ringing telephone. It was just before dawn on a summer morning in 2005, and Wafa couldn't help feeling nervous as she hurried to take the call. Two of their three children had moved to a nearby suburb of Los Angeles to attend college. Were they okay? A voice on the line identified himself as working for Al Jazeera television, the Arabic-language network based in Qatar which, in ten years, had become the most influential news channel in the Middle East.

The producer explained that based on some pieces she had written on Islam and terrorism for his obscure Arabic-language website, a friend of Wafa's had suggested her as a guest on one of the network's programs. Wafa was stunned. She was not a professional writer, much less a scholar on the Middle East.

Though she had grown up in Syria, she had called California home for 16 years, and her days were now completely devoted to her family. Then again, she did have strong opinions about Islamic extremism, and she was utterly unafraid to express them. So if Al Jazeera wanted to talk to a wife and mother in Los Angeles about this important subject, sure, why not? Wafa accepted. What no one could have guessed was that she was about to become a controversial new voice in the Islamic world -- and for many moderate Muslims, a model of courage.

If you don't know who Wafa Sultan is, she is a Physician from Syria and she is, to my mind, among the bravest Arab voices speaking out against Islamofascism. Check out this video.

Wafa and her family fled Syria to get away from the Islamofascists. The Reader's Digest article discusses their move to America:

Wafa had never been out of Syria before, spoke little English and had two small children in tow: a four-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son. Moreover, she lacked the credentials to practice medicine in the United States, and within a month found herself pregnant with her third child.

To make it through their first few years in Los Angeles, she and her husband worked a variety of service jobs, including trading shifts as cashiers at a Texaco station. Still, being out of Syria made them "so happy," Wafa says. She took part in the social life of the local Muslim community, yet insisted that her children "live the American life." They were taught English from the start, and while they can understand Arabic, the younger two don't speak it to this day.

But the culture Wafa left behind was never far from her mind. She started writing opinion pieces on women, Islam and radicalism for the local Arabic press. Wafa was careful not to be openly critical of religion, instead questioning an interpretation of Islam that seemed to breed terrorists and wife-beaters. Even so, some thought Wafa had gone too far. After one editorial came out, she received a phone call from a man who warned that "even in America, there are limits." The person on the line claimed to be from a prominent Islamic organization. Intimidation of this sort made Wafa nervous and her editors more timid.

Then came September 11. Watching the World Trade Center towers fall on her television screen, Wafa felt enraged and emboldened. "I don't care anymore. I will write what I want," she told David. Too few people were speaking the truth about radical Islam and she, for one, would stop holding back.

The Al Jazeera interview blindsided her, but she came prepared intellectually, as you can see from the above video. Reader's Digest records her shock at being asked to debate a man in such an openly misogynistic culture:

Sultan had no idea that someone else would be on the show to challenge her views. Raised in the Muslim culture, she certainly never expected to be placed in direct opposition to a man. Given the floor first, Sultan became impassioned as she spoke. "Religion in our countries is the sole source of education," she argued. "It is the sole source from which terrorists drink." Ahmad bin Mohammed changed the subject to President Bush. "Our guest asked how a youth blows himself up. Wasn't it better for her to ask how a President kills innocent people in Iraq?"

Sultan woke up to the reality of her first appearance on live television: This wasn't just a conversation, but an all-out debate. She drew in a breath and opened her mouth, and the words burst forth like water through a sprung levy.

Yes, she did, and her world hasn't been the same since:

The program, Sultan later found out, was watched by millions in the Middle East. When the taping ended, she left immediately with her husband for the drive back home. "You were great!" he said, beaming. Neither had any idea how drastically their lives would now change.

Sultan's cell phone was ringing from the time she and David left the station. Soon, death threats were clogging her answering machine. Her name began appearing in Arab newspapers and, ominously, on radical websites. "I was leading a quiet, peaceful life," she recalls, "and suddenly it was totally different."

It was Wafa Sultan's second appearance on Al Jazeera, last February, that brought her worldwide notoriety. This time, she debated Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli, an Egyptian cleric, and once again gave no quarter. "The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions or a clash of civilizations," she declared. "It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another that belongs to the 21st century." To Al-Khouli, she added, "You can believe in stones, brother, as long as you don't throw them at me."

At one point, Al-Khouli proclaimed that Sultan was blaspheming against Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. After the interview aired, Syrian clerics denounced Sultan as an infidel. The death threats mounted.

Go read the whole thing. This woman is a hero of Western Civilization, and I am very happy to see that her voice is being heard in such a traditional periodical as Reader's Digest.

Iraqi General
Who Testifies To
Saddam's Possession
Of WMD's
Is A
Born Again Christian

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Thanks to my friend Always On Watch for making me aware of this fact. General Georges Sada who has given us the most detailed account of the workings of Saddam Hussein's inner circle is a man of real faith. Sada has testified repeatedly in the full view of the American public and the media that Hussein packed the WMD's onto trucks and sent them to Syria in the months leading up to the war, and the media has ignored this fact.

God help us in living with the wall of lies which are shielding us from any chance of an encounter with reality in our world. God help us.

Read this review (from Amazon) of the Generals book, and tell me if you think this man is a liar:

Without exaggeration, I must say that this may be the most important book of the year. Why would I make such a strong claim? Read on.... Author Georges Sada was that rare honest Iraqi government insider during Saddam Hussein's reign who was tolerated despite his candor ... in fact, he even gained Saddam's trust, even though he frequently bucked the will of the iron-fisted dictator.

In General Sada's unique position, he was able to observe some of the worst of Saddam's behavior and trickery and confirms in this book not only the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but also the extraordinary lengths that Saddam went to hide these weapons. He blows the cover off of the United Nations officials and their craven and corrupt complicity in Hussein's schemes to hide his own murderous intents while lining their own pockets.

As one reads, one has the sense that General Sada is a loyal Iraqi who loves his nation and his countrymen, who writes out of a sense of grief, anger, and alarm over what Saddam perpetrated. Sada's book is a timely warning against complacency towards the terrorist insurgents who would do all they could to neuter America, enslave the Middle East, and cannibalize Iraq.

For all of those who have naively and ignorantly bleated about the "lack of WMDs" or America's "phony" reasons for going to war, this book is a real shocker ... a much-needed wake-up call ... a painful, but potentially life-saving eye-opener. I hope that Joel Stein, the LA TIMES columnist who confesses to "not supporting our troops" will read a copy of this book immediately.

Again, I cannot adequately convey the sense of urgency I feel about the importance of this book. Read it for yourself and see what I am talking about.

One interesting note: as a Christian, General Sada was in a tiny minority among Saddam's inner circle, surrounded by Iraqi leaders who cynically and callously used Islam as a mask for their own twisted and sadistic ends. Writing as a man of faith, Sada has the unique ability to draw hope and redemption out of difficult and tragic circumstances.

Far from being depressing, this book is ultimately uplifiting and hopeful.

As others have noted, there is growing evidence from many sources to verify General Sada's claims. Of particular note are tapes of more than 3,000 hours of Saddam Hussein meeting with his war cabinet and millions of pages of documents that contain vital information about Saddam's WMD program and plans for transporting the WMDs out of the country in order to dupe the weapons inspectors....

American and world citizens must demand that these tapes and documents be immediately released, translated, and analyzed in their entirety. So many politicians and media "experts" have staked their careers on a lie: "No WMDs existed." It's time for the truth to come out and for the problem to be resolved. The world will not get a second chance. Thanks, General Sada, for having the courage and integrity to write such an important, informative, and ultimately redemptive book.

I am very upset by this revelation. I know it must sound like a weird thing for me to say, but here's why. It really angers me that the media has ignored this guy.

If he were a Muslim man, with a tribal motivation for opposing Saddam, or if he were an atheist, or whatever, then it would make sense to ignore him, but damn it, the guy is, from the testimony of this book, and the people who have read it say, a man of real faith, and the media just ignores that as if it means nothing.

Because, they are, as Ann Coulter says, GODLESS.

They don't understand. They believe that faith is like a little game we play with ourselves. They don't understand that this thing we call faith is a demonstrable thing.

Yesterday, Joel Rosenberg wrote that column about the surge of new born again Christians in the Muslim world. I would bet a large amount of money that I could pick the Christians out of a crowd. I know a Christian when I meet one, because a Christian is a real thing. There is a real element of something (indefinable though it may be). The wind blows and you can't see it, but you know it's there.

But, the media, in lockstep just doesn't acknowledge this.

And, of course, the whole world is balanced on the fact that there are people who fear God present with us, and when it is taken away, as the pre-Millenialists say it will be, the whole world is going to collapse because of it.

Thanks to God that he cleansed us so that the Holy Spirit can live inside of us, and God help the media who can not see the evidence right before their face