Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
He must be using evil in the pejorative sense, not in the "Axis of Evil" sense, right?
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Cus this is still all about a cartoon published in a DANISH newspaper, and not about the persecution of Christians by Muslims, right Washington Post?
I am beginning to think 8 years in office is too long for any President.
Friday, February 17, 2006
So there's an article today on the front page of the Washington Post about glaciers near the Arctic and Greenland are melting twice as fast as they use to, which will probably (logically) signal faster rise in ocean levels. Fine.
Here's a quote: "The scientists said they do not yet understand the precise mechanism causing glaciers to flow and melt more rapidly, but they said the changes in Greenland were unambiguous -- and accelerating: In 1996, the amount of water produced by melting ice in Greenland was about 90 times the amount consumed by Los Angeles in a year."
OK, even scientists say that they don't know WHY the glaciers are melting faster, but there is indisputable evidence that they are. I totally agree. In fact, we don't know why the Earth is getting warmer, but it unquestionably is.
And yet, the Washington Post simply cannot write this article without blaming humans, and specifically the United States, for the increased melting of glaciers, when the scientists earlier in the article said they don't know why the glaciers are melting more rapidly:
"Most climate scientists believe a major cause for Earth's warming climate is increased emissions of greenhouse gases as a result of burning fossil fuels, largely in the United States and other wealthy, industrialized nations such as those of western Europe but increasingly in rapidly developing nations such as China and India as well. Carbon dioxide and several other gases trap the sun's heat and raise atmospheric temperature."
How can the old media elite wonder why their subscriptions and readership continue to plummet when they cannot write a simple scientific article without their editorial page adding their own two cents? Thank God there are people in this country who don't see Americans (or President Bush by default) at fault for every negative that happens in the world.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Right Bode, that's why you posed for the cover of Newsweek, Rolling Stone & Time.
I'm sorry Dick, but that's the biggest bunch of BS I've heard in a while.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
If the rioting across the Muslim World is the result of a DANISH cartoon, and of EUROPEAN decisions to reprint it again and again. Then why are Muslims now attacking AMERICAN interests such as KFCs and McDonalds? THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE, the actions of Muslims around the world are NOT about a cartoon anymore than the rioting in France months back was about Algerian immigrant unemployment.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
"It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a piece of propaganda. Batman kicks al-Qaeda's ass."
Quote of the Day
"What are we becoming? The civilization of melted butter?" --Italy's Reform Minister Roberto Calderoli
And you thought cartoon outrage was ridiculous...how about ice cream & Nike outrage?
That's right...courtesey of Dhimmi Watch, the UK's Sun reported in September of 2005 about ice creams being withdrawn from Burger King — because a design on the lid looks like the word Allah.
The fast food chain had dozens of complaints about the coloured symbol - meant to be a spinning whirl - on its range of BK Cones. Now I've heard it all, sacrilegious ice cream. Bloody brilliant.
On June 22, 1989, a newspaper closely linked to the political opposition printed a story stating that a sandal produced by Footwear had the word Allah as part of the design on the insole and that this was an insult to all Muslims. The story went on to link Footwear with Salman Rushdie and an international Jewish conspiracy against Muslims. The situation deteriorated rapidly and soon involved the threat of student demonstrations and criminal charges against John Carlson, the Managing Director, and three other Footwear managers.
Does all this Muhammad insecurity leave anyone else wondering if Muslim's really believe in the Prophet as much as they say?
Oh well, Allahu Akbar!!!
Friday, February 10, 2006
VDH at his best, yet again:
"Like the appeasement of the 1930s, we are in the great age now of ethical retrenchment. So much has been lost even since 1960; then the very idea that a Dutch cartoonist whose work had offended radical Muslims would be in hiding for fear of his life would have been dismissed as fanciful.
Insidiously, the censorship only accelerates. It is dressed up in multicultural gobbledygook about hurtfulness and insensitivity, when the real issue is whether we in the West are going to be blown up or beheaded if we dare come out and support the right of an artist or newspaper to be occasionally crass.
In the post-Osama bin Laden and suicide-belt world of our own, we shudder at these fanatical riots, convincing ourselves that perhaps the Salman Rushdies, Theo Van Goghs, and Danish cartoonists of the world had it coming. All the while, we think to ourselves about the fact that we do not threaten to kill Muslims when they promulgate daily streams of hate and racism in sermons and papers, and much less would we go about promising death to the creator of "Piss Christ" or the Da Vinci Code. How ironic that we now find politically-correct Westerners — those who formerly claimed they would defend to the last the right of an Andres Serrano or Dan Brown to offend Christians — turning on the far milder artists who rile Muslims.
The radical Islamists are our generation's book burners who search for secular Galileos and Newtons. They are the new Nazi censors who sniff out anything favorable to the Jews. These fundamentalists are akin to the Soviet commissars who once decreed all art must serve political struggle — or else."
The radical Islamists are our generation's book burners who search for secular Galileos and Newtons. They are the new Nazi censors who sniff out anything favorable to the Jews. These fundamentalists are akin to the Soviet commissars who once decreed all art must serve political struggle — or else.
If we give in to these 8th-century clerics, shortly we will be living in an 8th century ourselves, where we may say, hear, and do nothing that might offend a fundamentalist Muslim — and, to assuage our treachery to freedom and liberalism, we'll always be equipped with the new rationale of multiculturalism and cultural equivalence which so poorly cloaks our abject fear.
There are three final considerations. First, millions of brave reformers in the Muslim world are trying each day to create a tolerant culture and a consensual society. What those in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt want from us is not appeasement that emboldens the radicals in their midst, but patient, careful, and firm explanations that freedom is precious and worth the struggle — even though its use can sometimes bother us. Surely the lesson from Eastern Europe applies: the oppressed there did not appreciate the realpolitik and appeasement of many in the West, but most often preferred a stalwart Reagan to an equivocating Carter.
Second, we, not the Islamists, are secure; our dependency on oil has masked a greater reality: that the Muslim Middle East, as in the days of the Ottomans, is parasitic on the West for advancements of all sorts, from heart surgery to computers. Most of the hatred expressed over the cartoons was beamed on television, through the Internet, or communicated over cell phones that would not exist in Pakistan, Syria, or Iran without imported technology.
The Islamists are also sad bullies, who hunt out causes for offense in the most obscure places, but would recoil at the first sign of Western defiance. Turkey may say little to the Islamists now, but they would say lots if the European Union decided to pass on its inclusion into the union. Local imams sound fiery, but if the West is too debauched a place for any pure Muslim to endure, why then do they not lead, Moses-like, an exodus of the devout away from the rising flood of decadence, and back to the paradise of a purer Syria or Algeria?
Third, the bogus notion of multiculturalism has blinded us to a simple truth: we in the West can live according to our own values and should not allow those radicals who embrace or condone polygamy, gender apartheid, religious intolerance, political autocracy, homosexual persecution, honor killings, female circumcision, and a host of other unmentionables to threaten our citizens within our own countries.
The deluded here might believe that the divide is a moral one, between a supposedly decadent secular West and a pious Middle East, rather than an existential one that is fueled by envy, jealousy, self-pity, and victimization. But to believe the cartoons represent the genuine anguish of an aggrieved puritanical society tainted by Western decadence, one would have to ignore that Turkey is the global nexus for the sex-slave market, that Afghanistan is the world's opium farm, that the Saudi Royals have redefined casino junketeering, and that the repository of Hitlerian imagery is in the West Bank and Iran.
The entire controversy over the cartoons is ludicrous, but often in history the trivial and ludicrous can wake a people up before the significant and tragic follow."
I mean, the French I can understand. They're anti-semitic bastards who are threatening to use nuclear weapons if attacked by terrorists. But what the f@*$ is Putin doing? It's like Beslan never happened. What would Putin say if Olmert invited Chechnyan terrorists to Jerusalem? Seriously Putin, stop acting like the back-stabbing commie spy that you are.
And fricking Bibi, always trying to capitalize politically. He's equally as clueless.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Hey douche, you weren't the mayor in 2002.
Oh Federtrash. We love you.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Imam Hook gets 7 Years
The jury found the one-eyed, hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri guilty of 11 of 15 charges against him, including soliciting murder, stirring racial hatred, possessing a terrorist document and possessing threatening or abusive recordings.
He called the Sept. 11 attacks a Jewish plot and the invasion of Iraq a war on Islam.
When detectives raided the Finsbury Park Mosque in January 2003, they found chemical warfare protection suits, blank-firing pistols, a stun gun, gas masks, handcuffs and knives that police believe may have been used for terrorist "training camps" in Britain.
Al-Masri has been charged in the United States on an 11-count indictment with trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon, conspiring to take hostages in Yemen and facilitating terror training in Afghanistan.
Under British law, the domestic charges took precedence over the extradition case, although he could now be sent to the United States to stand trial there.
Oh Mother Russia.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Muslim protests in Britain are exceptionally virulent although no British newspaper ran the Muhammad cartoons. Is Europe finally noticing a pattern here?
Tehran papers announce international contest for cartoons on the Nazi Holocaust. Winners will be awarded gold coins.
Ahh yeah baby, get ready for the "Religion of Peace's" Ashurah 2006!!!
Muslims all over the world mourn the slaying of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Mohammed during the first ten days of the Islamic month of Moharram. Imam Hussein was killed by his political rivals along with 72 companions in Iraq some 1,300 years ago.
Simply brilliant work from the Counterterrorism Blog...
Cheers to Internet Hagana for bringing us the next generation of bin Ladens and Zarqawis:
Let's do a "religion of peace" weekend update, shall we?
Abhorrent Muslim behavior is a welcome wake-up call for Europe
Europe's New Dissidents: Middle Eastern repression comes to the Continent
We are all Danes now
Why chocolate and ice-cream should be taken off the Middle East menu
Give Hamas Nothing for Free
A European Awakening Against Islamic Fascism?
Don't say it...you'll be a racist.
Friday, February 03, 2006
The Danish cartoons aren't offensive. These are offensive.
Notre Dame ties to Vatican strengthened
Western-Islamic Gulf Widens Over Cartoons
More than any military conflict of the recent era, the mutual outrage in Europe and the Muslim world over cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad amounts to that much-ballyhooed phenomenon, a clash of civilizations. And the disconnect is far bigger than differences over the sacred and profane.
The violent reactions to satire originally published in Danish newspapers last September and reprinted in other European publications this week continued to escalate. Protesters in Pakistan chanted "death to France" and "death to Denmark," while Palestinian gunmen briefly kidnapped a German citizen and militants took over the European Union headquarters in Gaza, if only for 45 minutes. Islamic hardliners barged into a building housing the Danish Embassy and burned the Danish flag following the Indonesian government's condemnation of the drawing -- which echoed similar denunciations from nearly all Arab capitals and Iran, which also summoned the Austrian ambassador, whose country holds the EU presidency. The trouble began when the daily Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons lampooning intolerance among Muslims and links to terrorism. They include one depicting Muhammad with a bomb in place of a turban on his head, the New York Times notes, and another showing him on a cloud in heaven telling an approaching line of smoking suicide bombers, "Stop, stop, we ran out of virgins!"
France Soir reprinted some of them this week, and after its managing editor was fired, the rest of the French press published some of the images as well. The magazine Nouvel Observateur put them all on its Web site, and the daily Liberation printed two today, withholding what it considered the most inflammatory and explaining that its internal debate wasn't over hostile Islamism but "the freedom to think and publish." In what the Beirut Daily Star calls a bold move, the Arabic-language Jordanian tabloid Al-Shihan defiantly published three of the cartoons. But the weekly's publishing company decided to pull the tabloid from newsstands and "open an investigation to identify those responsible for this abominable and reprehensible behavior," it said.
The conflict is the latest manifestation of growing tensions between Europe and the Muslim world as the Continent struggles to absorb a fast-expanding Muslim population whose customs and values are often at odds with Europe's secular societies, the Times notes. Islam is Europe's fastest-growing religion and is now the second-largest religion in most European countries. Racial and religious discrimination against Muslims in Europe's weakest economies adds to the strains. Most European commentators concede that the cartoons were in poor taste but argue that conservative Muslims must learn to accept Western standards of free speech and the pluralism that those standards protect. And several accused Muslims of a double standard, noting that media in several Arab countries continue to broadcast or publish references to "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," a notorious early 20th-century anti-Semitic hoax that presented itself as the Jews' master plan to rule the world.
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A Costly Divide
The furor's economic reverberations are growing. Danish dairy company Arla said sales in some Middle East countries had fallen to zero, and Carrefour, the French retailer, said it had removed Danish products from shelves in its Middle East operations, the Financial Times reports. Other Danish companies targeted in a widening boycott include Lego, the toymaker, and Novo Nordisk, the pharmaceuticals company. The uproar comes just as the European Union and the U.S. are taking on two contentious issues in the Middle East -- pushing to punish Iran for its nuclear program, and threatening to withhold funding for the Palestinian Authority after elections brought into power Hamas, The Wall Street Journal notes. The EU prides itself on operating by persuasion, rather than by threatening conflict in the Middle East, but it is currently adopting a tougher line on both of those issues. And the rising tension over the cartoons threatens to complicate its approach, the Journal says.
The biggest benefactors politically are hardliners -- from Indonesia to Iran and Iraq to the Palestinian territories -- who can keep the popular anger over the images smoldering and use it to motivate their core constituencies, whether it be in support of an Iranian right to enrich uranium or a general campaign to oppose the West and the philosophical and economic interests it represents. Defense of the sacred is an age-old tool of politics, and one not limited to Islam or the parts of the world it dominates. As it happens, yesterday was the annual prayer breakfast in Washington, and it featured the first speech by a Muslim head-of-state before the largely evangelical Christian audience. King Abdullah of Jordan called upon Christians, Jews and Muslims to discard the idea of a clash of civilizations, emphasizing instead that terrorists have begun an attack on civilization, the Times reports. "In our generation, the greatest challenge comes from violent extremists who seek to divide and conquer," he said. "Extremism is a political movement, under religious cover. Its adherents want nothing more than to pit us against each other, denying all that we have in common."
Apparently in Europe 3,000 people dying in a terrorist attack doesn't offend them, but you limit their freedom of the press and then you've pissed them off. Welcome aboard Europe, glad to see you're waking up. Faster, please.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Oh How I've Missed Peggy Noonan:
The president's State of the Union Address will be little noted and not long remembered. There was a sense that he was talking at, not to, the country. He asserted more than he persuaded, and he chose to redeclare his beliefs rather than argue for them in any depth. If you believe, as he does, that the No. 1 priority for the American government at this point in history is to lead an international movement for political democracy, and if you believe, as he truly seems to, that political democracy is in and of itself a certain bringer of world-wide peace, than this speech was for you. If not, not. It went through a reported 30 drafts, was touched by many hands, and seemed it. Not precisely a pudding without a theme, but a thin porridge.
It was the first State of the Union Mr. Bush has given in which Congress seemed utterly pre-9/11 in terms of battle lines drawn. Exactly half the chamber repeatedly leapt to its feet to applaud this banality or that. The other half remained resolutely glued to its widely cushioned seats. It seemed a metaphor for the Democratic Party: We don't know where to stand or what to stand for, and in fact we're not good at standing for anything anyway, but at least we know we can't stand Republicans.
There was only one unforgettable moment, and that was in a cutaway shot, of Hillary Clinton, who simply must do something about her face. When the president joked that two people his father loves are turning 60 this year, himself and Bill Clinton--why does he think constant references to that relationship work for him?--it was Mrs. Clinton's job to look mildly amused, or pleasant, or relatively friendly, or nonhostile. Mrs. Clinton has two natural looks, the first being a dull and sated cynicism, the second the bright-eyed throaty chuckler who greets visiting rubes from Utica. The camera caught the first; by the time she realized she was the shot, she apparently didn't feel she could morph into the second. This canniest of politicians still cannot fake benignity.
Has the whole world gone mad?
Russian FM: Closer relations with Muslim countries could solve world`s problems (AP)
Female IDF soldier nabs 2 Palestinian youths with bombs near Nablus (Haaretz)
Turkish PM: Row over Mohammed cartoon shows press freedom needs limits (Reuters)
I know Muslims the world over are still bitching about that frickin cartoon, so here's one to settle the score:
In the most expensive Turkish movie ever made, American soldiers in Iraq crash a wedding and pump a little boy full of lead in front of his mother.
They kill dozens of innocent people with random machine gun fire, shoot the groom in the head, and drag those left alive to Abu Ghraib prison - where a Jewish doctor cuts out their organs, which he sells to rich people in New York, London and Tel Aviv.
Members of Religion of Peace surround EU offices in Gaza, threaten to take hostages because of cartoon drawing of Muhammad
Zahar, Hamas Clarify Stance on Israel's Existence:
Hamas Leader Mahmoud Zahar on Al-Manar TV: "Palestine Means Palestine in its Entirety – From the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River… We Cannot Give Up a Single Inch of it… Why Should We Recognize Condoleezza Rice… or Israel's Right to Exist?"
The following are excerpts from an interview with Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar, which aired on Al-Manar TV on January 25, 2006.
*TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1014.
*TO VIEW MORE HAMAS, CLIPS VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=151.
Mahmoud Al-Zahar: "We will not give up the resistance in the sense of jihad, martyrdom-seeking, sacrifices, arrests, the demolition of homes, and the uprooting of trees, at the same time, nor the shattering of the Israeli enemy's honor in all the confrontations - the war of tunnels and of security against the Israeli enemy, which ultimately led to its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.
Interviewer: "Condoleezza Rice has demanded that Hamas recognize Israel's right to exist. How do you respond?"
Mahmoud Al-Zahar: "Why should we recognize Condoleezza Rice... or Israel's right to exist? In this region we have faced Roman occupation, Persian occupation, Crusader occupation, British occupation - they are all gone. The Israeli enemy does not belong to the region. It does not belong to the region's history, geography, or faith. When you enter the land occupied in 1948, it is like entering an enclave. But when you go to Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, or Egypt, you feel at home. It is your homeland."
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Can you believe this shit?
Ministers from 17 Arab countries urged Denmark to punish the newspaper. It's called FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, FIGURE IT OUT. God forbid the Arab media would ever be responsible for publishing any of the THOUSANDS of anti-Semitic cartoons that appear in Arab newspapers everyday:
The cartoon above, from Arab News (April 10, 2002), shows Ariel Sharon wielding a swastika-shaped axe to chop up Palestinian children. Arab News is a Saudi-based English language daily which is supposedly one of the Arab world’s more moderate papers.
This cartoon is from Al-Watan (Qatar), May 13, 2003. The U.S. and Israel are shown eating from two sides of an apple that represents “the Arab states”
In the above cartoon, from Akhbar Al-Khalij (Bahrain) (June 10, 2002), the anti-Semitic caricature of a Jew on the right says: “Say: ‘I hate the Arabs!’” and American president George W. Bush, made to resemble a parrot, repeats: “I hate the Arabs, I hate the Arabs.”
In this cartoon, from Al-Watan newspaper in Qatar (June 23, 2002), Ariel Sharon is shown watching on the sidelines as an Israeli plane crashes into New York’s World Trade Center. The Arabic words alongside the Twin Towers are “The Peace.” This cartoon restates the widely held myth in the Arab world that Israel and the Jews were responsible for the 9/11 attacks which were in fact carried out by al-Qaeda.
(Source: Tom Gross Media)
Mr. President, we should already be doing this.
THE world's business and political elite who gathered in Davos, Switzer land, for the World Economic Forum this week may have to rethink the gloomy assessment of the situation in Iraq that dominated their last two annual sessions.
The reason is not that Iraq is sending a delegation led by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, although that will help. The latest argument for a reassessment of the situation in post-liberation Iraq comes from the WEF's latest "Voice of the People" poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews conducted in November and December in 60 countries across the globe.