I Took This Shift Because Of Her --- Politics - Justice - And Wrestling With The Angel
Saturday, May 12, 2007
It is my opinion that many Muslims and organizations, media outlets, and academic institutions which represent the Islamic community are not peaceful, though they almost always insist they are. Instead, they are very skilled at adopting the rhethoric of "peace and justice" which has been developed by the Western left.
Here's an example of a Muslim for whom the adoption of such rhetoric didn't go so well in a time of need. In fact, he was on trial on terrorism charges:
When he began testifying at his own trial this week, a Florida doctor accused of pledging to support al-Qaida hoped to convince a jury that the FBI had it all wrong: He was a man of peace.
If that was the plan, then Rafiq Abdus Sabir had a disastrous day on the witness stand Friday.
Under cross examination, the Columbia University-trained physician was forced to acknowledge a history of family violence, a fascination with weapons and a belief that good Muslims should engage in armed jihad, or holy war.
U.S. Attorney Victor Hou asked Sabir about an audio tape, found at his house, in which a religious lecturer said God would “destroy the disbelievers.”
“That’s God’s word. I have to believe in it,” Sabir said.
They also discussed passages from religious books. One said Jews should be expelled from the Arabian peninsula. Another said Muslims are obligated to obey an imam who declares war against nonbelievers. Hou asked Sabir whether he agreed with both passages, and he said yes but added that Muslims are only required to follow such instructions from a legitimate religious authority.
Hou pressed him further: “You believe that you must participate in armed jihad, if you get a chance to?”
“Yes,” Sabir answered, but said only in a legitimate conflict.
Everyone take note, because this is the same thing that CAIR (the Council of American-Islamic Relations) does. It is the same thing Hamas, Fatah, Hizbollah, and the Muslim Council of Britain do as well.
Indeed, it is the same thing all Muslim governments do. Oh yes, and all Muslim media outlets, political organizations, and academic institutions of any appreciable size.
Like Sabir said, when asked if he believed God would destroy the unbelievers:
"That's what God said."
God said it, Muslims, in general, believe it, and that settles it.
A Leftist Critique Of Islamic Extremism
Ali Eteraz - a Muslim apologist/reformist who used to be a cohort of mine over at the Infidel Bloggers Alliance, until my fellow Infidels chased him away with their persistent belligerence - has written an interesting piece over at the leftie blog, The Huffington Post.
In this article Eteraz states his admiration for Noam Chomsky and his "theory of dissent", which as far as I can tell consists of nothing more than laying the blame for all the problems of the world squarely on the United States government. But, my disagreements with Chomsky are neither here nor there.
Instead, the reason I call your attention to this article from Eteraz is because, in it, he is calling for the left to expand their notion of dissent to include the criticism of extremist Islam. Check it out (hat tip to Pamela at Atlas Shrugs):
I am writing to say that the theory of dissent which has so long served
Professor Chomsky, and allowed him to cast such a shadow upon the world, though
still necessary, is no longer sufficient.
It is not true what his
critics say. He does not dissent too much. Rather, if Professor Chomsky will
accept a rejoinder from a meager youth: he does not dissent enough.
cannot deign to list his contributions because their importance can be assumed
by simply asserting that they exist.
Yet, the fact is that today,
globalization, which Chomsky always said was the handmaiden of neo-liberalism,
and a construction of powerful Western governments, has an equally sordid evil
twin, and this is the globalized monstrosity of extremely extreme extremist
Islam. By the way, when I talk about extremists, I am not referring to
terrorists alone. Would it were that this globalized undercurrent of violence
was merely political!
today a form of globalized lifestyle and cultural extremism galvanized and
organized and idealized by millions. This extremism, where it is not suffocating
art, scholarship, freedom and love, it is murdering, killing, and beating to
death. It must be identified and spoken out against with the same gusto reserved
for neo-imperialism and corporatism. Dissent against all three is not
inconsistent as they each mutually feed one another and leave vast numbers of
human beings without a voice, without life.
just read that in Kurdistan a Yezidi girl was stoned
to death with bricks to her head because she loved a Sunni boy;
meanwhile security forces watched and people made videos on cell phones. I just
read that Egyptian hardliners hold parties where the works of jurists like Abu
el Fadl - who writes about the Search
for Beauty in Islam - are burnt. I just read that the Taliban "Book of
Rules" contains exhortations to kill school-teachers, which is
usually accomplished by disemboweling. I just talked to a police officer from a
Muslim country who recalled to me instances of boys raped upon stacks of Qurans
by heads of religious institutions. I spoke with small business owners in a
Muslim country who are regularly extorted by their religious leaders. I just read that
Hezbollah is now operating in South America (quite distant from Lebanon, no?),
recruiting and drug-running like common thugs, and we
have known this since 2002. I just read of "ninjabis" in Pakistan -
veiled women who with sticks and rage beat brothel
owners, music store owners and video store clerks. I just read of Iranian
police officers who kick and beat women for daring to wear
earrings. I just read that in some places (Saudi Arabia) women are being beaten
so they will wear the veil; in other places women are being beaten (Mogadishu)
so they will not wear the
Read the whole thing.
Interesting stuff from M. Simon over at the Astute Bloggers. It seems the science indicates that we are headed, almost inevitably, for a period of global cooling:
Reliapundit left a comment at my blog about this story which I think covers my theory of why we are seeing a big push for global warming taxes. [Emphasis added]
the political schmucks running agw crowd are NOT dumb.
they KNOW we are near the end of this warming cycle, and that's EXACTLY
why they are pushing so dang FURIOUSLY HARD to get agw taxes and regulations in
place ASAP ASAP ASAP - because in a few years it will be cooling --- they want
to hamper capitalism/free markets / industrialization/globalization --- it's
always been the left's long term goal - and they KNOW that it's NOW OR NEVER!
And now the rest of the story. NASA says the solar conveyor has slowed. The solar conveyor speed predicts the sunspot level two cycles in advance, about 20 years:
"Normally, the conveyor belt moves about 1 meter per second—walking pace," says Hathaway. "That's how it has been since the late 19th century." In recent years, however, the belt has decelerated to 0.75 m/s in the north and 0.35 m/s in the south. "We've never seen speeds so low."According to theory and observation, the speed of the belt foretells the intensity of sunspot activity ~20 years in the future. A slow belt means lower solar activity; a fast belt means stronger activity. The reasons for this are explained in the Science@NASA story Solar Storm Warning."The slowdown we see now means that Solar Cycle 25, peaking around the year 2022, could be one of the weakest in centuries," says Hathaway.
What does all this have to do with the climate on earth? Let us look at the climate when sunspot levels were low:
...the Sporer, Maunder, and Dalton minima coincide with the colder periods
of the Little Ice Age, which lasted from about 1450 to 1820. More recently it
was discovered that the sunspot number during 1861-1989 shows a remarkable
parallelism with the simultaneous variation in northern hemisphere mean
temperatures (2). There is an even better correlation with the length of the
solar cycle, between years of the highest numbers of sunspots. For example, the
temperature anomaly was - 0.4 K in 1890 when the cycle was 11.7 years, but +
0.25 K in 1989 when the cycle was 9.8 years. Some critics of the theory of
man-induced global warming have seized on this discovery to criticize the
greenhouse gas theory.
Gee, do you think?
Friday, May 11, 2007
I ripped this post off, title and all, from Little Green Footballs:
Anti-war activist Martin Gilbertson thought he’d found people of like minds, when he started working in the Muslim community of Beeston. He produced anti-western propaganda videos, and helped to secure websites and encrypted emails for Muslims at the Iqra Bookshop—and for 7/7 bombers Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer.
His multicultural anti-war fantasy had become a jihad nightmare, and he tried to alert the police—but he never heard back from them until after the London bombings.
Why is it that, so often, the cartoon stories are among the biggest when it comes to Muslims? Banning Piglet, the Danish Mohammed Cartoons, and now the Palestinian Mickey Mouse who calls for death to the Jews, and for Islam to take over the world.
Yesterday, the Palestinian government announced little Jihad Mickey would no longer be on television. Within hours, we learned that that was not at all the case.
Wow, they almost pulled a fast one on us, huh?
Here's the video, for those of you who haven't seen it yet:
The other days, Glenn Beck was set to report on the Jihad Mickey story on his CNN show. But, CNN decided to participate in a coverup.
If you don't believe that is a coverup, then check out what Pamela has to say:
In this CNN clip video, they challenge the Memri translation of what is said, based upon CNN "translators".
The context doesn't fit the CNN "translation". Mickey Hamouse asks the girl on the phone : "what do we want to do?"...and her answer is "annihilate the Jews"...which fits the context of the question.
"Mickey" asks "What do we want to do (to liberate Al Aqsa)
Girl on camera says: ahna bidna... we want to)
and the girl on the phone (off camera) answers: harad al yahood (annihilate the Jews)
I got this translation from an Arabic speaking Israeli.And as I said, CNN's translation doesn't fit the context of the question asked of the girl on the phone.
Per CNN (who does not dispute the question "Mickey" asks);
"Mickey" : What do we want to do...?Girl on phone: "Jews are killing us" ( CNN "translation")
That makes no sense.
She's absolutely right.
Today, we find the Agence French Press (which is one of the three largest news distribution outlets in the world) is attempting to spin the Jihad Mickey story. Check this out:
Defiant Hamas TV airs resistance Mickey again.
AFP makes sure to emphasize that the evil mouse told children not to cheat on their exams. See? They’re just like us!
There isn’t a single word in this article about the Islamic supremacist messages that are a huge part of this show. They’re teaching children that Islam is going to take over the whole world, and the mainstream media are covering it up.
A Hamas-run television station defied Israel and the Palestinian
government on Friday by continuing to air a controversial children’s puppet show
with a Mickey Mouse lookalike preaching resistance.
Israel and Jewish groups have slammed the Al-Aqsa programme over
calls made by the copycat mouse named Farfur and by a little girl for resistance
against Israel and the United States, and for its overtly Islamist
Complete with Islamic songs and calls for cities in Israel to
return to Palestine, Friday’s episode apparently sought to prepare children for
their end-of-year examinations — with Farfur being told that cheating is
Asked why by an Al-Aqsa television reporter, he looked left and
right to see what his friends were writing and answered: “Because the Jews
destroyed my home and I left my books and notes under the rubble.”
“I’m calling on all children to read more and more to prepare for
exams because the Jews don’t want us to learn,” Farfur then said after being
told he had failed the test.
On Thursday, the chairman of the board of Al-Aqsa television, Fathi
Hamad, refused to bow to pressure to cull the “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” programme or
to doctor its content.
“This campaign of criticism is part of a plan orchestrated by the
West and the occupying power to attack Islam on the one hand and the Palestinian cause on the other,” he said.
We must ask ourselves, why is our media so intent on ignoring the facts of this case?
Warns Iran: Sea Lanes Must Remain Open
The Bush Administration is drawing lines in the sand. Let's hope they follow up on their threats:
US Vice President Dick Cheney warned Friday from the hangar deck of a
US aircraft carrier in the Gulf that the United States will not let Iran get nuclear weapons.
"We'll stand with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear
weapons and dominating this region," he told thousands of sailors on the
nuclear-powered USS John C. Stennis as it cruised roughly 240 kilometres (150
miles) from Iran.
Cheney, who spoke as five warplanes stood arrayed behind him, said
the US naval presence in the region sent "clear messages to friends and
His comments came as he visited the United Arab Emirates on a Middle East tour to ask
Arab allies to step up their efforts to help war-torn Iraq and to curb Iran's
growing regional influence.
He spoke ahead of the arrival of Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday in the first
visit by an Iranian head of state to the close US Gulf ally since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran.
US President George W. Bush in January ordered a second US aircraft
carrier group to the Gulf and announced the deployment of a Patriot missile
defense battalion to the region to protect allies against potential strikes.
Here's the article in which sea lanes are mentioned:
ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney issued a
warning to Iran while aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf on Friday,
saying the United States would join allies to keep Iran from getting nuclear
weapons "and dominating the region."
With two U.S. carrier groups now in the region, the vice president
declared, "We're sending clear messages to friends and adversaries alike. We'll
keep the sea lanes open."
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Get It More
Than We Do
The French voted to fight rather than surrender. Americans voted, whether they understood it or not, to surrender.
As sad as it is to say, the French are at this point showing more balls than us.
Ann Coulter lays it out:
With Nicolas Sarkozy's decisive victory as the new president of France, the French have produced their first pro-American ruler since Louis XVI.
In celebration of France's spectacular return to Western civilization, I bought a Herve Leger dress on Monday, and we're having croissants for breakfast every day this week. This delicate French pastry, by the way, is in the shape of a crescent to commemorate the Crusaders' victory over Islam. Aren't the French just peachy?
"Sarkozy the American," as he is known in France, called Muslim rioters "scum." Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
He explained his position on Muslim immigrants in France, saying: "Nobody has to, I repeat, live in France. But when you live in France, you respect its rules. That is to say that you are not a polygamist. ... One doesn't practice female genital mutilation on one's daughters, one doesn't slit the throat of the sheep, and one respects the republican rules."
Sarko never issued an apology or entered rehab. To the contrary, he said: "I called some individuals that I refuse to call 'youth' by the name they deserve. ... I never felt that by saying 'scum' I was being vulgar, hypocritical or insincere."
Is there a single American politician who would speak so clearly without then apologizing to Howard Dean?
It looks like the Democrats are going to have to drop their talking point about Bush irritating the rest of the world. Evidently not as much as Muslim terrorists irritate the rest of the world. The politicians who hate Bush keep being dumped by their own voters. At the Democratic presidential debate a few weeks ago, B. Hussein Obama carped that Bush had "alienate(d) the world community" and vowed that he would build "the sort of alliances and trust around the world that has been so lacking over the last six years."
Democrats are terrific at building alliances. Remember how Jimmy Carter won the love of the world by ditching our ally the Shah of Iran, allowing him be replaced by a string of crazy ayatollahs? Since then, we haven't heard a peep from that area of the world.
The smartest woman in the world sniped that she would "create alliances instead of alienation."
Yes, it was spellbinding how her husband charmed North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung and his sociopathic son Kim Jong Il by showering them with visits from Jimmy Carter and gifts from love-machine Madeleine Albright. And that was that: No more trouble from North Korea!
As I understand it, the center of the supposedly America-hating world is France. But now it turns out even the French don't hate America as much as liberals do.
Au contraire! (We can say that again!) Our Georgie is the most popular American with the French since Jerry Lewis.
All over the civilized world, voters are turning terrorist-coddling liberals out of office and voting for politicians friendly toward Bush, the world's sworn enemy of Islamic fascism.
Those foreign leaders so admired by Democrats for hating George Bush and loving Saddam Hussein are being replaced by rulers who pledge their friendship to the United States.
Retrospectively, B. Hussein Obama's answer about our most important ally being "the European Union" may eventually become true, thanks to Bush's ceaseless ally-making.
In Germany, pro-American Angela Merkel crushed the mincing anti-American chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in 2005.
Last year, conservatives swept Canada, making Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper the prime minister. I haven't loved Canadians this much since the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is both the longest-serving Australian prime minister and -- by his own account -- the most conservative. As The New York Times rooted for his defeat in 2004, claiming Australians were furious with him for his support of the Iraq war, he won a historic third term.
Along with Howard, Bush's staunchest ally in the war on terrorism has been Britain's Labor Party leader Tony Blair. He's about to leave office -- only to be replaced by a leader from the even more pro-American Conservative Party.
Only Spain remains a nation of women. As long as Spain exists, it will not outlive the shame of its gutless capitulation to terrorist bombings in 2004. It is worse than Sweden's neutrality toward Hitler.
But France! Until this week, France seemed a less likely place to find someone who supports America than a meeting of Democrats.
Apparently, even the French prefer Western civilization to clitorectomy-performing, car-burning savages.
The Democratic Party is now officially the only organization on Earth that does not take the threat of Islamic fascism seriously. Between the Democrats and the media, America has gone from its usual position as the world's last hope to radical Islam's last hope.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Palestinian is sick through and through. They teach their children, from a very young age, to hate and kill Jews. Watch this video.
You often hear people say America is a danger to the world, or that we are descending into fascism.
That video, that's fascism.
Monday, May 07, 2007
The lyrics to A Day in the Life, by the Beatles:
I read the news today, oh boy
4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
The women in this video (about the Islamic takeover of Blackburn, Lancashire) shrouded in their black burqas, look like black holes left where humans used to be.
Watch this video and understand that this is what happens wherever Islam reigns.
Is this the kind of society you would want to live in?
Sunday, May 06, 2007
From the great blogger, WC at The Gathering Storm:
I was reading the latest issue of Time Magazine. I was taken aback by their recent article entitled “How to Prevent the Next Darfur”.
Whao!! I said to myself. Time Magazine has awakened to the Muslim threat in the Sudan? Do they have a formula for preventing Radical Muslims from killing thousands of non-Muslims in Darfur? Or perhaps they’ve discovered ways to make sure that the humanitarian aid sent to Darfur is not being stolen by the war lords? Or perhaps a way to make Muslims speak out and do something about the killing of women and children and the starvation of tens of thousands of Darfurians? I read the subtitle of the article with baited breath. Would the solution to future Darfurs be finally exposed by the liberal media?
You’re right. Of course not.
The way to prevent the next Darfur is… ready? Drum roll please…"STEP ONE: GET SERIOUS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE!"
That’s right folks. Not the civil war. Not radical Muslims attempting to purify the land of non-Muslims. Not the defeat of the war lords who control the countryside. Global warming is the culprit and the reason for the thousands of deaths in Darfur.
How simple. How intelligent. Why haven’t we thought of that before? After all global warming is responsible for many of our problems. The solution? For liberals who have their new hammer of global warming, every problem looks like a nail.
Go read the whole thing.
If I had a hammer, I had hammer the brains out of their stupid liberal heads over there at Time Magazine. Good thing I don't have a hammer. Good thing all I have is a computer.
In The History
Of Freedom Fighting:
For God's sake:
Palestinian militants opened fire at a sports day at a United Nations-operated elementary school in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing a bodyguard of a local Fatah leader and wounding seven other people, medical officials said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But Muslim extremists had earlier visited the al-Amareya primary school in Rafah, warning authorities not to hold the event, UN and security officials said.
Local residents said the gunmen, whom they described as Muslim extremists, arrived at the school and warned through loudspeakers against letting boys and girls participate in the sports day.
The gunmen said the event “taught children immoral values.”
In the original documents charging Abuelawi, Sumad is quoted in a
meeting with Abuelawi and a government informer as saying that "he wants to buy
as many explosives as possible because, 'we're going to war.'"
INDICTED ON WEAPONS CONSPIRACY St. Louis Today
Eight men have been indicted on charges that they were involved in
two conspiracies to buy and sell fully automatic weapons, a Claymore
anti-personnel mine and other explosives, the U.S. Attorney's office said today.
MORE ARRESTED IN GUN SCHEME
Seven more people have been charged in a case involving the buying,
selling or hiding of automatic weapons, an anti-personnel mine and other
The charges, unsealed in a federal indictment Tuesday, say it was a
crime for profit but do not specify who the ultimate customers would have been.
One of the newly accused men told a Post-Dispatch reporter in an interview three
months ago that it had been part of a plan to sell weapons to local street
The first person implicated in the case, Mousa M. Abuelawi, 22, was
originally arrested Dec. 29 and charged with three counts of illegal possession
or distribution of a machine gun, and conspiracy to violate machine-gun
statutes. He has since moved to Creve Coeur from St. Charles.
The superseding indictment in U.S. District Court in St. Louis
names Abuelawi and seven others on charges including machine-gun violations,
conspiracy, lying to the FBI and other firearms charges.
I found this article about a palestinian in St. Louis who was buying machine guns, Claymore mines and hand grenades.
Mousa M. Abuelawi, 22, of Franjoe Court, was arrested Dec. 29 and charged on
complaints accusing him of three counts of illegal possession or distribution of
a machine gun and conspiracy to violate machine gun statutes.
Yeah, I heard St. Louis was a dangerous city, but mines and hand grenades?
Abuelawi told the informer, “this is not my first time dealing with this
(expletive),” according to the affidavit.