Saturday, May 26, 2007

Just A Tiny Minority
Just A Tiny Minority
Just A Tiny Minority ...

The other day a Pew Poll came out which told us that 24% of young American Muslims believe that suicide bombings are ok, and that nearly 40% of all American Muslims believe that Islam can not coexist with modern culture.

That is frightening, right?

Not to our friends at the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Watch this video and see how CAIR spins the results of the Pew Poll.

If you don't believe what they say, they will make you write "It's just a tiny minority of extremists" on the chalkboard 1000 times.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Warns Israel:
Don't Attack Lebanon

From Breitbart:

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's hard-line president warned Israel
on Thursday that other nations in the region would "uproot" the
Jewish state if it attacked Lebanon in the summer.

"If you think that by bombing and assassinating Palestinian leaders
you are preparing ground for new attacks on Lebanon in the summer, I am telling
you that you are seriously wrong," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a rally in
the city of Isfahan.

"If this year you repeat the same mistake of the last year, the
ocean of nations of the region will get angry and will uproot the
Zionist regime."

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

It's Only
A Tiny Minority
Of People
Who Want
To Live
In The
Dark Ages

Check this out:

Overall, Muslim Americans have a generally positive view of the larger society. Most say their communities are excellent or good places to live.

A large majority of Muslim Americans believe that hard work pays off in this society. Fully 71% agree that most people who want to get ahead in the U.S. can make it if they are willing to work hard.

The survey shows that although many Muslims are relative newcomers to the U.S., they are highly assimilated into American society. On balance, they believe that Muslims coming to the U.S. should try and adopt American customs, rather than trying to remain distinct from the larger society. And by nearly two-to-one (63%-32%) Muslim Americans do not see a conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society.

Muslim Americans reject Islamic extremism by larger margins than do Muslim minorities in Western European countries. However, there is somewhat more acceptance of Islamic extremism in some segments of the U.S. Muslim public than others. Fewer native-born African American Muslims than others completely condemn al Qaeda. In addition, younger Muslims in the U.S. are much more likely than older Muslim Americans to say that suicide bombing in the defense of Islam can be at least sometimes justified. Nonetheless, absolute levels of support for Islamic extremism among Muslim Americans are quite low, especially when compared with Muslims around the world.

A majority of Muslim Americans (53%) say it has become more difficult to be a Muslim in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Most also believe that the government “singles out” Muslims for increased surveillance and monitoring.

Relatively few Muslim Americans believe the U.S.-led war on terror is a sincere effort to reduce terrorism, and many doubt that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
Just 40% of Muslim Americans say groups of Arabs carried out those attacks.

Media Spins/Spikes Disturbing Finding
That Quarter of American
Muslim Young Men Support Terrorism

From Ace of Spades:

I'd say that's the headline datum in the poll, wouldn't you?

Your very professional newsmedia knows better, however. They use their j-school expertise to find the truly important stuff in the poll.

Let's check the headlines, eh?

Poll: Most Muslims seek to adopt American lifestyle

Wow! "Most!" Awesome!

Personally, I'm a little bit more worried about the 26% of young Muslim males who want to kill me, but it's good to know that "most Muslims" seek to adopt the "American lifestyle." (Which may or may not involve killing Americans.)
Representative quote:

"This is a very positive story for the vast majority of Muslims," says Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center. "They're highly assimilated, and the largest proportion of their friends are not Muslims."


The survey "clearly shows that the American Muslim community is well integrated in our society," says Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C. "The overwhelming majority of American Muslims reject terrorism and religious extremism."

"Overwhelming majority." 26%-69% on the terrorism justified vs. never justified question amoung young Muslim American males.

Again, I was more hoping for something like a "unanimity."

I ask of Mr. Hooper: Would he feel relieved if I told him right now 69% of young non-Muslim males opposed, but 26% supported, killing you and fellow Muslims due to our anger at their foreign policy?

I don't think so. I think he'd call that "hatred" and "backlash."

Monday, May 21, 2007

Angelina Jolie
Film About
The Slaying
Daniel Pearl:
Of The
Highest Order

Any opportunity to post a picture of Angelina Jolie is great, but this time, it actually has relevance to the subject of this blog:

"A Mighty Heart," Angelina Jolie's film about the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, had its first screening Monday morning at the Cannes Film Festival.
Simply put, the Michael Winterbottom film is an exceptional piece of work, deeply affecting and filmmaking of the highest order.

In purely Hollywood terms, the film is a certain Oscar nominee. Everyone involved in "A Mighty Heart" — from Winterbottom to Jolie as Pearl's widow, Mariane, to Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl — can be proud of a job very well done.

Based on the book by Mariane Pearl, the film follows the pregnant Mariane as she searches for her husband following his disappearance in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002. At the time, Daniel Pearl was writing a story about shoe bomber Richard Reid.

Winterbottom's cinema verité-style only adds to the immediacy of the Pearl tragedy. This director has done a remarkable job.

And it’s not just Jolie and Futterman who shine. The entire supporting cast including Irfan Khan, who has already had a hit this year with "The Namesake," and the always reliable Will Patton as a CIA agent, makes the back-stories of the film eminently watchable, too.
But ultimately it’s Winterbottom’s achievement with screenwriter John Orloff (“Band of Brothers”) in making “Mighty Heart” an ensemble piece.

Jolie, who’s probably the hottest celebrity right now and covered by every tabloid in the world, could easily have become outsized in a story with many elements. Instead, she is quite tempered here, and becomes a team player whether she likes it or not.

It’s easy to forget what a fine actress she can be. But her understanding of Mariane Pearl is unusually touching. For most of the movie, Mariane seems a little cool, distant and brittle as she absorbs the news that her husband has been kidnapped.

Jolie, however, finally shows the human side of this strong woman when she learns that her husband is actually dead. She lets loose with shrieks of anguish that are all too real. They are almost like animal cries, and I guarantee you, audiences will be pulling out the Kleenex at this moment.

Winterbottom also punctuates the film with lots of jump-cutting, nonlinear plotting and flashback, all of which help add to the tension. He and Orloff flesh out Daniel Pearl, too, a hard task since he could have vanished after the kidnapping. But working with Futterman they create a very real man who met a tragic and untimely death.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Fell On Black Days

Chris Cornell

God Of Wonders