March 2008

If “Islam” is the problem, then why are terrorists and
Islamist extremists more powerful in Britain then they
are in Egypt or Morocco?

For decades the Egyptian government complained about
the fact that Britain gave refuge and welfare checks
to extremists who would have been arrested in Egypt. Unfortunately for the Brits, they didn’t read the fine print in their Covenant of Security.

Turkey is 99% Muslim, but laws demanding a distinct
separation between mosque and state have been enforced
by the Turks for almost a century. If a Turkish imam
had declared (as the Archbishop of Canterbury did)
that Sharia law should be followed in his country, the
reaction from the press and from the Turkish army
would have been much more extreme.

The Kurds in northern Iraq are not just Muslims,
they’re conservative Muslims, yet they’re pro-Israel
and very pro-USA.

European/British politicians and bankers have gotten
rich by making deals with the worst terror supporters
in the Middle East. The citizens of these countries
are paying the price. The Muslim brotherhood maintains
offshore accounts for al Qaeda and Hamas. Some of
their bankers were trained at the London School of

If you want to find the source of terrorism worldwide,
don’t open the Koran. Go to
Dubai, go to one of Prince Bandar’s many mansions, visit the Saudi and Iranian oilfields. While you’re in Iran, talk to the scientists from Russia’s Ministry of Atomic Energy. Back in Britain, go
to Harrods.

UPDATE: Also note the Saudi government’s efforts to get the UN to enforce Sharia Law

..but they’re rechecking their calculations just to be sure.

Maybe we should conduct these experiments offsite, like on a space station…?

..reducing our ‘carbon footprint’…

New Zealand and Fiji kicked off the event this year. In Christchurch, New Zealand, more than 100 businesses and thousands of homes were plunged into darkness, computers and televisions were switched off and dinners delayed for the hour from 8 to 9 p.m. Suva, Fiji, in the same time zone, also turned off its lights.

Auckland’s Langham Hotel switched from electric lights to candles as it joined the effort to reduce the use of electricity, which when generated creates greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

Turning off the lights to preserve the earth (to paraphrase a common “anti-war” poster) is like fucking to preserve virginity. The state of the world isn’t going to improve if we live in darkness, wrap ourselves in banana leaves and eat only the fruit that drops from trees. We need to improve the technologies that we use – make our lives more efficient, not less.

Figuring out how to do that requires brainpower, civilization, technology and, yes, electricity.

Classical Values: Fighting gay antiburger bigots!


Geert Wilder’s film doesn’t show us anything we haven’t seen or read before. It doesn’t provide enough information to show proof that the Quran is directly responsible for the terrorist acts that are graphically depicted. It concentrates mostly on the religious leaders who have supported terrorism while ignoring the political systems and the laws that also support it. The hysteria about growing Muslim populations is also misleading – it also ignores the fact that many countries with large Muslim populations do a better job of fighting the extremists in their midsts than the Netherlands does.

If “Fitna” is a criticism of Western obsequiousness in response to Islamist aggression, I’d have to say that South Park did a better job.


UPDATE: LiveLeak, which is based in the UK, removed the movie after receiving “very serious threats”. But, thanks to the link provided by Solomonia, this online copy was found.

While the film is of interest mostly due to its newsworthiness and the related free speech issues, this is also a sign that we do need to find a way to deal effectively with these predictable Imam-ordered hits and death threats. When these hits are carried out, and when death threats hamper our ability to distribute information, it’s proof that Western governments are failing to protect their citizens. If current laws don’t give us a way of dealing with or prosecuting people for issuing murder contracts on local citizens, the laws need to be revised.

The current method of coping with these death threats (running and hiding, or refusing to publish all information about a news story because of a fear of reprisals) has proven to be both ineffective and stupid.

The INS has denied a Navy-Marine Corps Achievement award-winner’s application for citizenship. Of this stunning bureaucratic error, Michael Totten writes:

Karen DeYoung published a story in the Washington Post that ought to embarrass anyone making decisions about who deserves permanent residence in the U.S.

Saman Kareem Ahmad is an Iraqi Kurd who worked as a translator with the Marines in Iraq’s Anbar Province. He was one of the few selected translators who was granted asylum in the U.S. because he and his family were singled out for destruction by insurgents for “collaboration.” He wants to return to Iraq as an American citizen and a Marine, and has already been awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter and General David Petraeus wrote notes for his file and recommended he be given a Green Card, but the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) declined his application and called him a “terrorist.”

The INS says Ahmad “conducted full-scale armed attacks and helped incite rebellions against Hussein’s regime, most notably during the Iran-Iraq war, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom” while a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

The KDP is one of two mainstream Kurdish political parties in Iraq.

Like many bureaucracies, the INS needs to engage some brain cells every once in awhile. Hopefully, the publicity will cause them to reconsider. There may be others like Mr. Ahmad who’ve worked with the US in Iraq, and who should be given citizenship.

Can a story published in a newspaper or a blog change the way a government does things? Well, it helped upgrade the Dungeons of Fallujah.

I took the Vote Match quiz (link thanks to Rosemary) and once again, I’m a total moonbat. My best matches were I tied between Edwards and Kucinich (48%). Then came Gravel, then Obama, then Hillary. The only Republican I came close to was another social liberal, Giuliani.

According to the political philosophy test, I’m a liberarian-leaning liberal, edging towards ‘moderate’. Since most front-running American politicians are fairly moderate anyway, I guess this makes sense. But Kucinich?

Link thanks to Bruce, a tall girl’s Dad

Sometimes, one of the toughest mental health challenges we face is simply learning to feel good about ourselves. We can all learn something from Rebecca Thomas, a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh senior who wrote the following essay for her journalism class. — Tara Parker-Pope

By Rebecca Thomas

Everywhere I go people stare at me. At the grocery store children gawk at me wide-eyed, craning their necks and pointing as they tug their mothers’ shirts. When I pass people on the street, I hear them mumble comments about my appearance.

I am not deformed or handicapped, I’m not a circus attraction. I have strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. What makes me different is that I’m 6-foot-4, and I’m a woman. ..

…I was healthy, but incredibly shy as a child and into my teens. I’m from a small town, and I grew up and graduated with the same 50 people. I started playing basketball in third grade every Saturday, but I didn’t have any control over my awkward, gangly body. (I didn’t even score a point in a game until many years later.) I was 5-foot-10 in fourth grade. I had a small group of friends in elementary school, but sometimes the boys picked on me, calling me a bean pole or the Jolly Green Giant. I still remember my embarrassment when they taunted me, and how badly I wanted to be invisible.

In high school I got more involved in sports, but I spent most days in the art room. By this time everyone at my school was used to my height (by ninth grade I was 6-foot-3), but if I went out of town people would gawk and comment about my appearance. They acted like I couldn’t hear them.

“Wow! That girl is tall!”

“Oh my gosh! Look at that girl, she’s so tall.”

I was forced into the spotlight wherever I went.

With high school came more confidence. I had success in school, the arts and sports. I played basketball, but my true passion was track and field. My senior year I was the conference champion in high jump and the 400-meter run. The friendships I gained through my involvement in high school boosted my confidence and helped me develop a sense of humor. Now when a stranger told me I was tall I would smile and nod or, if I was feeling feisty, I would feign shock and thank them profusely for telling me. I had no idea!

That’s a cute response. I wish I’d thought of that.

I’m only 5′ 11″, but most of this rings true. I’ll bet my daughter, who is over 6 ft.+, can empathize. It is difficult, especially when you’re a teenager, to always stand out, whether you want to or not.

But when you do want to grab attention, just dig those old high heels out of the closet.

In her article Barack Obama’s desperate desire to belong *, British writer Janet Daley tries to understand Barak Obama’s loyalty to Preacher Wright. In her opinion, like all Americans, Obama is lonely:

I would guess that Mr Obama, who had a personal genealogy even more dislocated and idiosyncratic than most, wanted to belong. He wanted a community that could enfold him and make him feel that he was part of something that was recognisable and self-affirming….

..and she comes to the conclusion that:

…Americans suffer from the collective insecurity that arises from rootlessness and the wilful abandonment of historical continuity. That longing for roots, and the emotional security that goes with them, divides Americans as surely and inevitably as their constitutional arrangements unite them. That is the perennial contradiction at the heart of national life.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be ethnicity any more. You can find your communal identity through gender, or sexual orientation: you just have to be able to plant your feet on solid ground somewhere and find people to holds hands with, so as not to be swept away in the endless, terrifyingly anonymous void.

What a peculiar misinterpretation. If the reader responses are any indication, I’d guess that most Americans like our rootless, terrifyingly anonymous void. If we didn’t, there wouldn’t be such a market for Westerns, or songs about Route 66 and the open road.

I guess this kind of agoraphobia is the result of living on a little soggy island where people rarely move far from home. When I visit, I often hear Brits express this bizarre idea that Americans regret separating from the ‘mother’ country.

I never have the heart to tell them that we don’t.

* Link thanks to Alan Sullivan

Michael Totten’s latest report from Iraq

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