October 2005

In Sunday’s NYT, Maureen Dowd wonders why men don’t want to marry her. She blames feminism, men, her mother…anyone and everyone but Maureen Dowd.

She quotes a lot of feminists in her article, but for some reason she neglects to mention Phyllis Chesler, pioneering author of Women and Madness. There are probably many reasons for this omission. One reason may be – Chesler is proof that all feminists are not whiny navel-gazers.

Chesler describes the other reasons here…

To describe his attitude towards my 16 yr. old daughter re: boyfriends, my husband’s favorite quote comes from “Clueless” – “Anything happens to my daughter, I got a .45 and a shovel, I doubt anybody would miss you.”

He’d like * Bruce Cameron’s 10 rules..

[Link thanks to Sluggo]

* and he might also like Teenager Driving Contract – link to Bruce Cameron’s page and the Teenager Driving Contract thanks to Chug

Here are photos by Amir Normandi, who says:

There is no justification for the oppression of human beings by other human beings, let alone under the name of god.

Human wisdom and passion has excelled to a level to create laws in protection of our environment and its inhabitants. It is unconscionable to accept the extreme gender inequality, which in many areas reaches the extent of gender apartheid, to be tolerated as traditional norms of life.

As my sisters and their daughters demanded in their courageous gathering outside the Tehran University’s main gate on March 08, 2005; women’s rights IS human rights, women’s freedom is equality for everyone.

This multi media presentation is dedicated to the women of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Jordan, Egypt, and is a tribute to Iranian/Canadian photographer Zahra ZIBA Kazemi and Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh who lost their lives in defense of human rights.

Amir Normandi,

Harper College in Illinois has expressed their pro-apartheid views by silencing Ms. Amir’s voice. They took down her exhibit at the request of Muslim students:

An art exhibit that included photographs of nude Muslim women wearing only a head covering was taken down Thursday afternoon just hours after opening for public viewing at Harper College in Palatine.

Muslim students at the college protested to officials about the pieces on display in Building C. Several students say the pieces — some showing young Muslim men with machine guns — were downright offensive.

“I think they should rip this down,” student Matt George said.

Another student, Hussein Ali, says a number of Muslim students at Harper now are thinking about leaving. “The Muslim students are thinking about boycotting Harper because of this,” said Ali, 23, of Schaumburg.

Why are colleges willing to show anti-Christian and anti-Capitalist art while crumpling into a jellylike mass when confronted by mild Muslim protest?

Do we really have to ask?

..but that won’t make it go away. I hated these political games when Clinton was president and I hate them now. How much money are we going to waste on this? Plenty. What we gain from it? Well, other than making ourselves look incompetent and foolish on the world stage, we’ll gain absolutely nothing.

Politics as team sports blows.

Maybe it’s memories of the Mr. Stay Puft scene, or maybe it’s the general lunacy around the world, but for whatever reason, the smell of something sweet in the air has New Yorkers worried.

Hoboken has the same burnt coffee/fresh sewer smell it always has. No problems here.

..and Mecca malls?

Marcus at Harry’s place says:

Why do Islamist terrorists want to steer aeroplanes packed with frightened passengers into office blocks and murder Jews wherever they are found?

[Guardian columnist Dylan Evans] has decided he knows:

..If this really was the end of history, it would be an awful anticlimax. Look at the way we live now, in the west. We grow up in increasingly fragmented communities, hardly speaking to the people next door, and drive to work in our self-contained cars. We work in standardised offices and stop at the supermarket on our way home to buy production-line food which we eat without relish. There is no great misery, no hunger, and no war. But nor is there great passion or joy. Despite our historically unprecedented wealth, more people than ever before suffer from depression…

…It is this complacency, this lack of idealism, that is in part responsible for the repugnance with which Muslim extremists view western society.

Norm Geras has some fun with Evans’ piece:

What can you do here but fall about and cackle helplessly? I just love ‘self-contained cars’. Better would be cars which you can fall out of so as to fall into other people’s. Then there’s ‘we eat without relish’ (hey, you could pick some up at that supermarket) and ‘nor is there great passion or joy’. Well, speak for yourself, why don’t you?

According to confirmed Islamist and ZOG conspiracist Shamim Siddiqi, Evans got it all wrong. Says Siddiqi:

I have a vision in America, Muslims owning property all over, Muslim businesses, factories, halal meat, supermarkets, all these buildings owned by Muslims. Can you see the vision, can you see the Newark International Airport and a John Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia having Muslim fleets of planes, Muslim pilots. Can you see our trucks rolling down the highways, Muslim names. Can you imagine walking down the streets of Teaneck, [New Jersey]: three Muslim high schools, five Muslim junior-high schools, fifteen public schools. Can you see the vision, can you see young women walking down the street of Newark, New Jersey, with long flowing hijab and long dresses. Can you see the vision of an area of no crime, controlled by the Muslims?

or, in other words,

We bow to Mecca five times a day in increasingly fragmented communities, hardly speaking to the people next door, and drive to work in our self-contained cars. We work in standardised offices and stop at the halal butcher on our way home to buy food which we eat without relish. There is no great misery, no hunger, and no war. But nor is there great passion or joy.

The Islamists’ dream is the Guardian columnist’s hell, with extra repression added to please Allah – and no relish.

[cross-posted at Dean's World]

Featuring links to works by non-moonbat artists:

Aurelio Garcia

Taking moonbat-free art to the edge..

[link thanks to No-Pasaran

..and he’s still Totally Whacked.

Dave R. covers the the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s (OIC) efforts to downplay terrorism and encourage an Islamist government in the South of Thailand – and the lack of Muslim voices protesting the OIC’s efforts.

..one that works in strange and mysterious ways

ColorQuiz.com Mary took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

“Takes easily and quickly to anything which provide…”

Click here to read the rest of the results.

Link thanks to Dave J.

The anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion has been in the news lately. The Protocols is one of the most pernicious hoaxes around. According to rotten.com, which explores all that is rotten in the universe:

The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion serves a crucial role in the personal growth of any heartfelt anti-semite. The book is a long diatribe, exposing the nefarious tactics and goals of a clandestine multinational Jewish cabal that secretly rules the world (in partnership with the Freemasons). It’s a must-read for any self-respecting opponent of Zionism.

..Its function is to provide a plausible excuse for a bigot to trade in his existing Jewphobia for overt racism. Most screwballs only tackle this monster after they’ve already plodded their way through The Turner Diaries and a few dozen photocopied hate tracts. For this reason, it doesn’t matter that The Protocols was and is a pathetic hoax. Once a nutjob decides to believe the book is genuine, nothing you can say will ever change his mind. He wants to believe.

The Protocols is the subject of a new must see movie by director Marc Levin, featured in this weeks New York Times article, Fighting Words on the Street.

The appearance of the Protocols at the official Iranian pavilion at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (in violation of German law) was noticed by German Author Matthias Küntzel and reported by blogger Zombie.

The virulent anti-Semitism of the Protocols also appeared in my email box a few days ago, one of the many mailings I’ve recieved since singing up with an Arabic/English translation site. It read:

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent. The Merciful


This morning [October 19, 2005] our beloved Br. Atasi recited Surah Bani Israel [also called Al-Isra] in Fajr prayers. When he reached to Verse # 4: “We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Scripture [Al-Kitab]: Ye verily will create corruption on the earth twice, and ye will become great tyrants”. It immediately occurred to my mind, “why two times only?” What about the “Jewish Conspiracies for the last two hundred years? What about the demolition of Ottoman Empire or Khilfah? What about the “creation” of the State of Israel? What about “The Protocol of Elders” and their dream of controlling the world? I could not reconcile for a while that why Allah (SWT) has mentioned transgression committed by Jews on earth only for two times and why He ignored their “conspiracies” and mischief that they are constantly committing for the last two thousand years after their Second overthrown from Palestine in 78 AD at the hands of Romans? I, then, realized that Allah (SWT) gives only correct statement and whatever is in the Qur’an is nothing but truth. It is our lack of understanding and imperfect vision about the development of world events and the “obscured period” that are beyond the sight of our mortal eyes and limited knowledge…

..At the first place, the Jewish people enjoyed enormous protection in every Muslim State from Baghdad to Cordoba. They were the finance ministers and exchequers of accounts of the Caliphs of time at many places. Under Ottoman Caliphate entire finances were controlled and governed by them, resulting only in enormous debt. So they were happy but torpedoed the Caliphate and ruined its economy. This was their “reward” in return for Muslim’s hospitality.

In the Western societies of Europe they were hated like anything and forced to live in Ghettoes. They worked more intelligently. Here in the predominant Christian societies, Jewish people adopted a different strategy and ultimately succeeded at all fronts. They introduced secret associations, societies and clubs like “Free Masons” and “Lion Clubs”, spread their branches throughout the Muslim and the non-Muslim world in Asia, Europe and America, enticed the Christians and Muslims both to be their card-holder members , carrying a lot of prestige, favor, benefits and facilities, especially while traveling abroad. The top notch of each society was made its member. [The writer too was offered its membership in EP but I thankfully declined]. Its strength lies in its secrecy, method of enrolment, the oath of allegiance and who is its “Master”?

These associations and Clubs played instrumental in “enslaving” the Christian world and Jews gradually master-minded all the nerves centers of Europe and America…

…The entire universal crisis that we see today around the world, especially in the Muslim world, is the creation of Christian world who “hate” Islam and Muslims as per their old tradition of Crusaders. They are bent upon to subjugate it by coining different false pleas, concocted war slogans, inventing preemptive war-phobia, dirty slogans of “Clash of civilization”, mockery of importing freedom and democracy to Muslim world while supporting the despotic rulers in each country, all in the name of “War on Terrorism”. The leadership both of Church and political Institutions are responsible for this mess and, therefore, must be blamed totally for the insecurity of human race. Jews are somewhere only instrumental when their interest is in jeopardy.

No, this wasn’t a sermon from an Imam in Saudi Arabia – this Protocols-related diatribe comes to us straight from Shamim Siddiqi of Flushing, Queens, New York. According to his website, Dawah* in Americas, he is an American with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He’s also the author of several books which are available at this bookstore:

ICNA Bookstore
166-26, 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

In November 2001, Daniel Pipes wrote about Mr. Siddiqi and the diplomatic, peaceful wing of the Islamist movmement:

..the non-violent way would seem to have a brighter future, and it is in fact the approach adopted by most Islamists. Not only is it legal, but it allows its enthusiasts to adopt a seemingly benign view of the United States, a country they mean to rescue rather than to destroy, and it dictates a strategy of working with Americans rather than against them…

..But what is not open to question is that, whatever the majority of Muslim Americans may believe, most of the organized Muslim community agrees with the Islamist goal—the goal, to say it once again, of building an Islamic state in America. To put it another way, the major Muslim organizations in this country are in the hands of extremists.

One who is not among them is Muhammad Hisham Kabbani of the relatively small Islamic Supreme Council of America. In Kabbani’s reliable estimation, such “extremists” have “taken over 80 percent of the mosques” in the United States. And not just the mosques: schools, youth groups, community centers, political organizations, professional associations, and commercial enterprises also tend to share a militant outlook, hostile to the prevailing order in the United States and advocating its replacement with an Islamic one.

Siddiqi was unhappy with Pipes portrayal and sent this reply:

Mr. Pipes thinks that he and his Jewish community are the sole proprietors of the U.S. and that the rest of country are the “goyim,” with no right to exist on this earth. He forgets that every citizen of the U.S. has equal rights, whether he is a Jew, a Christian, or a Muslim…

…The establishment of the kingdom of God on earth is the only way to correct the situation. In its wake, when the U.S. delivers justice to suffering humanity, terrorism will die its own death.

One interesting anomaly – peaceful hate preachers like Mr. Siddiqi claim that they’re not working closely with Islamist paramilitaries like al Qaeda – yet they often promise, with what we assume is some certainty, that they know what will bring an end to terrorism. They share the exact same goals (a worldwide Caliphate under Shariah law) as the terrorists. How can they be so certain about what will stop the terrorists if they don’t know them well?

Based on what he believes of the anti-Semitic forgery, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Mr. Siddiqi is free to preach a message of hate and conquest that is barely distinguishable from an older message of hate.

According to Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, Siddiqi is one of many.

* Dawah is defined as “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom (hikmah) and beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best.” (Surah An-Nahl 16:125)

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