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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Infidel Babe(s) Of The Week

Bipasha Basu and Amisha Patel.

Yes, this week, my friends, we've got a two-for-one Hindu special for ya.

You know how the Islamofascists hate the Hindus. You know how they stole the Taj Majal and claim they built it. You know how part of India is now Pakistan.

Of course, they would like to do the same with the lovely Indian women, but I think the whole friggin' world of Infidel men would go to war to insure that we can continue to see babes like these do those writhing dances, with the jewelry, and the henna hand-painting, and the Saris, and the ...

Damn, I'm getting worked up.

Anyway, Namaste my nasty little Infidelettes!
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University of California Irvine's Hatefest Update

I don't usually repost stuff from LittleGreenFootballs on the assumption that everyone's who is interested has already seen it. However, the Hatefest at UCI is so egregious I feel the need to post on it even though I don't have anything new to contribute.

Charles posts an eyewitness account of this event by a UCI student:

For two hours, Malik Ali spouted paranoid nonsense about a Jewish Zionist plot to destroy Sudan, etc., etc., matching a plot by George Bush to hold off economic collapse by spreading civil wars in the muslim world.

Hatred and a confident, arrogant desire to kill and subjugate the kufar gleamed from every eye. Every few minutes, as the guest made an impressive statement, e.g. “ a cheerleader would shout ”TAKBEEEEEER“ — to which the crowd would reply, screaming from the gut, in unison, ”ALLAHU AKHBAR!“

At that moment, I became convinced that a shooting war is coming, here in America. The MSU is an enemy army, allowed into our house by current immigration law, and by admissions policies that favor foreigners over Americans.

Of course, this event would have been a wonderful opportunity to round-up all the nutters and deport them. However, just as President Bush has no interest in defending the borders, he is also not interested in the festering Fifth-Column housed by an institution only slightly less hostile to American than the Jihadis: academia.

Hyperbole on my part? Check out this video and ask yourself why our government (and academia) believes that America doesn't have enough domestic hate mongers such as David Duke and therefore, we must import more.

Crossposted at The Dougout.
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Today is Armed Forces Day

From Peace Like a River

Today (Saturday May 20) is Armed Forces Day. It is fitting that on a day the first permanent Iraqi government since the end of Hussein's regime is forming, [Christine's note: Pastorius has posted regarding it's formation] we pause and remember the freedom we have. We are free because over the history of this country family, friends, loved ones and neighbors have served, and died, on our behalf.

C.S. Scott of Security Watchtower says it well:

We are blessed to live in a land of unprecedented peace and prosperity, where our dreams and aspirations can be fulfilled. Our armed forces provide us the tranquility and freedom, which this republic has enjoyed. The ability to live in a free and democratic country that gives man the capacity to control his own destiny free from oppression and terror. The armed forces of this nation are engaged in the monumental task of fighting terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations where the forces of evil hide, ridding the world of the scourge of international terror.

Unfortunately the rights of man are not enjoyed by all mankind, many across the globe face terror and oppression, denied the basic tenets of liberty. So long as freedom is threatened, we can't take our freedom for granted. Freedom cannot survive without protection. In protecting freedom of all mankind, we honor the men and women of our armed forces serving all across the globe in the preservation of that basic right.

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A perfect measure of the difference in values

Knowing american guards would never do nothing and let some execrable murderer, or murder conspiracist die by his own hand, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, staged a fake suicide to attempt to murder the guards entering in order to save a murderer's wasted life.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Guantanamo prisoners lured U.S. guards into a cell with a staged suicide attempt, then attacked them with light fixtures, fan blades and other improvised weapons while guards fired rubber balls and used a grenade launcher to subdue them, U.S. officials said on Friday. The officials called Thursday's clash the most intense outbreak of violence at the jail for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since it opened in January 2002.

Six prisoners were treated for "minor injuries" and none of the U.S. guards was seriously hurt after the fight pitting 10 inmates against 10 U.S. guards, the officials said. The fight ended only after guards blasted detainees five times with a 12 gauge shotgun shooting rubber balls and used a grenade launcher that shot a blunt rubber object, officials said.

Can you imagine?

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Germans Turning On Islam

A new poll shows the German people's disatisfaction with Islam is becoming stronger and stronger:

Experts fear new conflicts after a study published this week showed most Germans doubt the Western and Islamic worlds can peacefully coexist. Mistrust of the 3 million Muslims living in Germany appears to be growing.

In spite of official attempts to promote dialog among religions, distrust of Islam continues to grow, with 60 percent of Germans expecting tension between traditional German society and immigrants from Muslim countries, according to an Allensbach study commissioned by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

“Germans are increasingly of the opinion that a lasting, peaceful coexistence with the Islamic world will not be possible,” the researchers said in the survey, released Wednesday.

Some 56 percent of Germans said they believed a “clash of cultures” already exists, partly a result of recent incidents that received a large amount of media attention, according to the survey’s authors Elisabeth Noelle and Thomas Petersen.

The case of a Berlin “honor killing,” a quarrel over two Bonn students who wore burkas to school and discussions concerning increasing schoolyard violence among immigrant children have all made headlines in the German press recently.

“In view of the diffuse feeling of being under threat, and the suspected intolerance of Islam, the readiness of Germans to show tolerance to the Muslim faith is sinking,” Noelle and Petersen wrote.

Asked if they though Christianity and Islamic could co-exist peacefully, 61 per cent of those surveyed said they believed there would always be “major conflicts” between both faiths.

Some 91 per cent said they associated Islam with oppression of women, up from 85 per cent in 2004.

The statement that Islam was dominated by fanaticism was shared by 83 per cent, compared to 75 per cent two years ago, the poll showed.

A total of 71 per cent said Islam was intolerant, up from 66 per cent in 2004.

Asked if there should be a ban on the building of mosques in Germany as long as the building of churches in some Islamic states is forbidden, 56 per cent agreed, said the poll.

There is even considerable backing for ending Germany’s constitutional right of freedom of religion with regard to Islam, the poll showed.

Asked if strict limits should be imposed on the practice of Islam in Germany to protect the country, 40 per cent said they would support such moves.

Ok, so I have been warning for about a year now that if our good friends, the moderate Muslims of the world, do not begin taking concrete steps to destroy the Jihadi ideology within their ranks, then hatred for Islam would rise, and the loving moderate Muslims amongst us would begin to feel the heat, which had previously been directed only at Islamofascism.

This poll confirms what I have been saying. Of course, Germany is always on the avant garde of ethnic and religious conflation and the hatred which comes from such conflation. The German people, historically have a talent for grouping people and ostracizing them, and sometimes even killing those with whom they do not feel compfortable.

The moderate Muslims of our world would do well to take the results of this poll under strict advisement.

Message to moderate Muslims: Your days are numbered in the West, if you don't fix the problems in your house.

Let me also say that the governments, the politicians of the West would also be wise to understand that the results of this poll say something about their future viability. If our governments do not cut out the PC crap, and do it very soon, whole governments, and their charters/constitutions, etc., will fall ...

and that will not be a pretty sight.

The leaders of the West need to understand that uor world is changing dramatically.
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Another Reason For The Checkpoints

A few days ago security officers manning the Allenby Bridge between Israel and Jordan apprehended a Palestinian woman carrying a memory card with Hizbullah information stored on it.

The woman planned to transfer the chip, which held information on how to assemble weapons, to her son in the Samaria area. The chip was confiscated and the woman was taken in for questioning.

Security establishment officials said the incident is part of an extensive effort by terror groups to relay information into the West Bank.

In October 2005 three Qassam rocket makers, members of the Popular Resistance Committees, were apprehended as they were making their way from Gaza top Jenin to pass on knowledge on the establishment of a rocket-manufacturing operation in the West Bank. The cell members were carrying a “disk on key” with instructional material from Hizbullah on how to prepare explosives and bombs.

On Friday Hamas' spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu Zuhri, was caught in the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza with a large quantity of money he attempted to smuggle into Gaza.

According to one report, Abu Zuhri, who is one of the senior leaders of Hamas in Gaza, had Euro 640,000 on his person. Another report claimed he held a larger sum of Euro 900,000 Euro.

The money was discovered by European monitors on the border and confiscated by Palestinian security officials. The cash was hidden in a special belt worn by Abu Zuhri, and while trying to cross the border, the belt fell, and the money was uncovered by the monitors.
Now before some of you say "why didn't they use the net", here are a few reasons:

1)The site could easily be taken down.
2)The providers of the info may not have wanted to be associated with it by hosting it on their homepage.
3)Downloading the data might have brought suspicion on the user, possibly from organisations that moniter traffic for certain key words.
4)The data could be sent from mobile to mobile, just as easily as via the standard methods using a computer.

And I'm sure there may be plenty of other reasons. The Important thing is, this shows that the checkpoints do work and help dilute the terror threat and in this case the spread of terror related material.
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"Social Crisis" in the Capital of Eurabia

"There is a social crisis here, like in other European countries," said [Christian Desert, a spokesman for the Brussels-based Movement Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia], "and if the politicians can't find political solutions, some try to find the solution with foreigners by saying they're the problem."

It never occurs to Mr. Anti-Racism that Belgium's "social crisis" could, well, maybe, just perhaps, be caused by flooding a small Catholic country with non-European, non-Christian foreigners. Philippe Van Der Sande, a Vlaams Belang spokesman, responds.

"People are fed up with crime in our cities and radical Islamists who don't accept integration and won't assimilate and accept our Western democratic society, and so those are things we want to change with our policies," he said. "Do we have a multicultural Europe or one that is based on Jewish-Christian values?"

It's almost sad he's still asking that. From Suburban Middle America the answer is so clear.
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Pakistan hampers U.S. hunt for Bin Laden in border region with Afghanistan / Suicides in Russki Nuke city?

From Gertz - SUB REQ Excerpted

Pakistan’s government is limiting U.S. military and intelligence forces from pursuing Al Qaida terrorists on Pakistani territory, according to U.S. officials.

The restrictions have curbed operations aimed at locating and capturing Osama Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al Zawahiri. The Al Qaida leaders have been able to avoid capture ever since U.S. forces ousted the Taliban regime from Afghanistan in October 2001Instead of conducting unilateral operations in the largely ungoverned border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the special operations troops and CIA paramilitary officers have been forced to supply intelligence to Pakistan troops and security forces.

The limitations mean that U.S. expertise cannot be brought to bear on the key mission of capturing or killing top Al Qaida leaders. U.S. air strikes have been allowed, but they are less effective because U.S. personnel are not on the ground to follow up.

Current operating procedures require the U.S. to give Pakistani forces information about suspected Al Qaida operatives that flee from Afghanistan to Pakistan. However, in many cases the Pakistani troops are inexperienced and untrained and are no match for the terrorists.

Note that during the anti soviet war in the 1980's the US aid went overwhelmingly through 2 sources, Shaikh Amhad MAssoud, and the ISI of Pakistan, which was in a effect a black box, especially with Hamid Gul running it

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Iran denies religious dress code law, but it's IN the legislature UP for passage

From the Jerusalem Post

Iranian officials on Saturday denied a report published by the Canadian National Post on the previous day, claiming that a new dress-code law was passed in Iran this past week, which mandates the government to make sure that religious minorities - Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians - will have to adopt distinct color schemes to make them identifiable in public.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...it's in their legislature up for passage!

Whether approved as law or not, the proposal demanded that Jews will have to wear a yellow band on their exterior in public, while Christians will be required to don red ones.

The new law was drafted during the presidency of Muhammad Khatami in 2004, but was blocked. That blockage, however, has been removed under pressure from current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In addition to the requirements on non-Muslims, the Iranian government has also envisioned that all Muslim Iranians wear "standard Islamic garments" designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions.

The purpose for the law was to prevent Muslims from becoming najis "unclean" by accidentally shaking the hands of non-Muslims in public.

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AHA Reprieved

Verdonk has backed down- no matter what the outcome of her "investigation" in Ayaan Hirsi Ali's background, she will be awarded her Dutch nationality.

Here's the icing on the cake-

Coincidentally, Verdonk was heavily scrutinized today in a ministers-meeting. Balkenende specifically mentioned the harm Verdonk did to the image of the Netherlands (of the Netherlands not being tolerant, etc.).
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Islam Gone Wild

While the Jihadists' Return Worries Europe, European societies thrash about in the last throes of civilization (as we know it). From the Iris blog

Today's news from Germany buries the fact that the gang rapists of a 13 year-old were likely Arab Muslim immigrants:

I told you immigrant is the euphemism for Muslim. Remember this as you read news account so events surrounding Muslim violence.

Shock in Berlin as Suspected Rapists Freed

Nowhere is the news reported that this is part of a gang rape epidemic sweeping areas with high Arab Muslim immigration.

As is the case with young Arab Muslims throughout the West, teenage girls are generally forbidden to go out, leaving separatist gangs of predatory Arab Muslim males with highly misogynist attitudes. Harassment of females has therefore exploded throughout the West, most shockingly demonstrated in the recent phenomenon of gang rape for sport. Listed below is the evidence.

While these cases are primarily not related to the core group of committed Islamists within Arab Muslim immigrant populations, there is some "trickle-down" of attitudes so it is also worth noting the rape aspects of Jihad ideology as well: The Rape Jihad.

Shock in Berlin as Suspected Rapists Freed

The youths, aged 13 to 15, allegedly attacked their victim as she walked home from school in the Charlottenburg district which is generally seen as safe area with low crime rates.

While allegedly gang-raping the girl, the youths are reported to have filmed the sexual attack with a mobile phone camera. Media reports say the four later boasted about the rape to other school children and sent copies of the video to friends.

Police who detained the four earlier this week have so far not found any film footage of the alleged rape. There is suspicion the video pictures may have been erased and mobile phones of the suspects are being analysed by experts in a bid to retrieve any pictures

Adding to the potential explosiveness of the alleged rape is the fact that the four suspects are all the children of immigrant families, while the victim is German. The normally well-informed Bild tabloid said the suspects were two German-Turks, a German Russian and a German-Angolan.

Federal police statistics released on Monday show non-German youths under the age of 21 were twice as likely to be crime suspects last year than German nationals of the same age.

Officers in charge of the case are convinced the four youths carried out the gang rape and DNA tests are being carried out on sperm traces found on the victim.

Given the brutality of the attack, there has been anger over a decision by Berlin justice officials to order the youths be set free. The 13-year-old suspect is too young to be kept in detention under German law, but the other three could be held.

Berlin justice Senator Karin Schubert insists, however, that even youths suspected of violent crimes can only be kept locked up if there is danger they will flee justice.

Racial Gangrape: Another Diversity Disaster

...in more cosmopolitan centers like Paris and Australia, the game is blossoming. It consists in the ritual gang rape of white women by non-white immigrants....The ritual is known as a “tournante,” meaning “Take your turn,” and it consists of a black male becoming “friendly with” (seducing) a white female, preferably a teenager. Once they’ve become chums, the male lures the girl to a location where his buddies in the gang “take their turns” with her. In the case on trial in Paris, it was no fewer than 14 buddies. Unlike many victims of such fun, this young lady lodged a complaint with the police. As a result, she was gangraped a second time—this time, allegedly, by the 11 who went on trial in April....

The incident is not isolated. Police investigations of similar rapes were underway in three other French cities, and one French magistrate says the game has been going on since at least the 1980s. “Their technique was to pick up a young girl—a white girl—and once she had become the girlfriend of one of the members, he would allow his mates to make use of her”

France Takes on Plague of Sexual ‘Rite’ (scroll down to see)

Kidnap Accomplice of Ilan Halimi Was Herself a Victim of "Tournante"


The Australian Sun-Herald reports that police data show that some 70 racially motivated rapes of young white girls, one as young as 13, by Middle Eastern immigrants have taken place in the last two years. “Fifteen youths and men have so far been charged with more than 300 offenses relating to matters since mid-2000 alone. They are all of Middle Eastern extraction. None of those involved is presently before the courts....those in Australia don’t seem to be part of a gang initiation, but they are nonetheless clearly racially driven. “Before being brutalized,” the Australian paper reports, “other victims have reportedly been questioned about their Australian heritage or forced to endure taunts about their attackers’ prowess.” But, like the rapes in France, those in Australia follow a similar pattern in which one non-white male becomes intimate with a white girl, whom he then delivers to his friends for sexual violation, beating and humiliation.

See also: Racial Gang-Rape: The Sequel

Muslim Rape Epidemic in Sweden and Norway

...doubling of the number of reported rapes by ambush in 2004, following what was already a decade of steadily increasing numbers of sexual crimes

the number of reported rapes against children is on the rise. The figures have nearly doubled in the last ten years: 467 rapes against children under the age of 15 were reported in 2004 compared with 258 in 1995. Legal proceedings continue this week in a case involving a 13 year old girl from Motala who was said to have been subjected to a group rape by four men. (Note: These four men were Kurdish Muslims, who raped the girl for hours and even took photos of doing so).

and Fjordman wrote of the epidemic of rape here;

Swedish girls Malin and Amanda were on their way to a party on New Year's Eve Sweden_rape_1 when they were assaulted, raped and beaten half to death by four Somali immigrants. Sweden's largest newspaper has presented the perpetrators as "two men from Sweden, one from Finland and one from Somalia", a testimony as to how bad the informal censorship is in stories related to immigration in Sweden. Similar incidents are reported with shocking frequency, to the point where some observers fear that law and order is completely breaking down in the country. The number of rape charges in Swedenhas tripled in just above twenty years. Rape cases involving children under the age of 15 are six - 6 - times as common today as they were a generation ago. Most other kinds of violent crime Instability is spreading to most urban and suburban areas.


Rape charges in the capital are spiraling upwards, 40 percent higher from 1999 to 2000 and up 13 percent so far this year. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen of Oslo's Vice, Robbery and Violent crime division says the statistics are surprising - the rising number of rape cases and the link to ethnic background are both clear trends....While 65 percent of those charged with rape are classed as coming from a non-western background, this segment makes up only 14.3 percent of Oslo's population. Norwegian women were the victims in 80 percent of the cases, with 20 percent being women of foreign background.


Alarmed at last week's police statistics, which revealed that in 68% of all rapes committed this year the perpetrator was from an ethnic minority, leading Muslim organisations have now formed an alliance to fight the ever-growing problem of young second and third-generation immigrants involved in rape cases against young Danish girls.

See also: Copenhagen Mufti Declares Women who Refuse to Wear Headscarves are "Asking for Rape"
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Racist Barbarians Operate Seattle Schools

Nicholas at Rule of Reason has a post about the Seattle Public School's definition of racism. It is the sort of thing one can expect from self-loathers with graduate degrees in "education." This document yet again demonstrates why "education" schools and colleges at American universities are rightfully viewed as the intellectual slums of those institutions. The definition for "racism" is an interesting bit of projection by those who are only concerned about the relative power levels of collectives:

The systematic subordination of members of targeted racial groups who have relatively little social power in the United States (Blacks, Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asians), by the members of the agent racial group who have relatively more social power (Whites). The subordination is supported by the actions of individuals, cultural norms and values, and the institutional structures and practices of society.

And just in case the militant collectivism of the above statement isn't clear enough, there is this definition of something called "cultural racism," no kidding:

Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as "other," different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of these norms include defining white skin tones as nude or flesh colored, having a future time orientation, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology, defining one form of English as standard, and identifying only Whites as great writers or composers.

As it has been pointed out many times, such cretins as those responsible for the above statement are unable to discern the difference between culture and race. The truth or validity of individualism is not their concern, just as ideas as such are not their business.

In reality, racism is just one form of collectivism. The only alternative to endless tribal warfare is the recognition of the morality of individualism with its political corollary of individual rights.

One could ask the Seattle School Board (rhetorically, since they are impervious to reason): Why is racism morally wrong? If the individual is just the non-entity cipher of the group, then why privilege one form of collectivism over others? All are equally bad.

Morality implies the freedom to choose one's values and associations. Collectivism denies the individual has the power to make these choices. If people insist they do, they'll be accused of suffering from "false consciousness." As Ayn Rand noted in her essay "Racism" in The Virtue of Selfishness:

Historically, racism has always risen or fallen with the rise or fall of collectivism. Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to "society," to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests. The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force -- and statism has always been the poltical corollary of collectivism.

When men began to be indoctrinated once more with the notion that the individual possesses no rights, that supremacy, moral authority and unlimited power belong to the group, and that a man has no significance outside his group -- the inevitable consequence was that men began to gravitate toward some group or another, in self-protection, in bewilderment and in subconscious terror. The simplest collective to join, the easiest one to identify -- particularly for people of limited intelligence -- the least demanding form of "belonging" and of "togetherness" is: race.

It is thus that the theoreticians of collectivism, the "humanitarian" advocates of a "benevolent" absolute state, have led to the rebirth and the new, virulent growth of racism in the 20th century.

This is the poison being taught to school children in Seattle, with no-doubt the approval of their "liberal" parents. Rand wrote her essay on racism in 1963. In many ways things have improved since then while, intellecually many have returned to the Dark Ages.

Crossposted at The Dougout

Update, 5/20: Amritas has more on this.
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A post from our good friend Reliapundit the Astute Blogger:



Social Democrat Ola Johansson referred to the book Social Justice in Islam by the Islamic ideologue Sayyid Qutb as proof that the social democratic ideology could find common ground with Islamic ideas.

As the Swedish paper Expressen has exposed, Sayyid Qutb was not only a social thinker; he was also inspired by the German Nazi movement. He was an important figure in the Egyptian Islamic movement in the 50's and remains an inspiration for Muslim Extremists.

Sayyid Qutb calls for an all out war against the western civilization; he hates liberal democracy, views capitalism as a sick idea and is an extreme anti-Semite. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that Qutbs writings were translated to Dutch by Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh.

There is little sign that the unholy alliance between the Swedish Social Democrats and radical Muslims is ending. After the last election in 2002, Sweden’s Muslim Association sent a letter to the re-elected Social Democratic Prime Minister Göran Persson, congratulating him on his victory and hoping that Persson would work for implementing some of the demands of the Association in the future. It will be interesting to see if this emerging alliance will become part of daily political life in Sweden.





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Friday, May 19, 2006

Pro Hamas Demo in London

There’s a demonstration scheduled to take place at noon tomorrow at The Embankment - march to Trafalgar Square. It’s organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The demonstrators are lobbying for the full recognition of Hamas by the international community and the lifting of all financial embargos.

Supported by UNISON, RMT, CWU, NATFHE, NUJ, NUM, PCS, Just Peace (UK), Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Muslim Association of Britain, Stop the War, Association of Palestinian Communities.

On a more humorous note, below are pictures taken at a pro-freedom of expression rally in London…Enjoy!

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AHA Update

It seems that the US State Department is doing the right thing in regards to Ayaan Hirsi Ali-

A Somali-born lawmaker who may lose her Dutch citizenship because she lied on her asylum application is welcome to move to the United States, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said on Thursday.

"I am not going to comment on specific security matters but obviously she needs to be taken care of," Zoellick said.

Looks like Verdonk's spitefulness has sabotaged her own career and failed to harm Hirsi Ali in any way. Isn't it great when things work out well?

Cross posted at Cryptic Subterranean.
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Melanie Phillips: "Disintegration Not Integration"

Made my way into town to meet and listen to Melanie Phillips, author of the most compelling book on Islamic fundamentalism, violence and intimidation in the West,Melanie_phillips_011_1 Londonistan.

It was a small elegant lunch given by the Middle East Forum. I was secretly pleased to be meeting a great intellect and truth teller, a woman I greatly admire, in the most magnificent edifice in all New York - The majestic Chrysler Building. Mmmmm.........pure, brilliant, style.

When I worked at the Daily News, another glorious monument to man's aesthetic, I would walk that block to admire Chrysler's beauty, never tiring of it. And still, it rises seductively, gorgeously, singularly into that competitive Manhattan sky, and you have to pause and bask in its unabashed exquisiteness. I love that building.

It is a beautiful day in Manhattan and there is a wistfulness in my joy. Always the same sadness. These beautiful days are eerily reminscent of September 11th, and I never shake that feeling. Never.

The terrorist attacks in July 2005 exposed the UK's role as the European epicenter in the promoting, recruiting, and financing of terrorism - and explains why those in the know have given London the moniker "Londonistan."

Melanie_phillips_013 In her book Londonistan , Melanie Phillips exposes the scandalous appeasement of radical Islam by the British government, media, and the Church of England, and demonstrates how their actions have paved the way for radical Islam to set up shop in the UK’s capital city. She further explains how the dangers of "Londonistan" apply not just to Britain, but also to the United States.

A prominent British journalist and author of six books, Melanie Phillips has written extensively on British politics and culture. Educated at Oxford, her writings have appeared in such venues as the Guardian, the Observer and the Sunday Times, and she is the recipient of the Orwell Prize for journalism. She currently writes a weekly column for London’s Daily Mail.

I was fortunate enough to ride up that wonderful art deco elevator with the erudite Deputy Consul-General for the British Consulate and so we chatted, dined and debated the impending ramifications of Radical Islam gone wild. Jon does not appear to be quite as worried as yours truly. Sweet, but denying. I am sure we will continue to debate.

The Heritage Foundation hosted Melanie Phillips on the 10th of May and there is a video and live stream if you want more of Melanie (which you do do.)

The suicide bombings carried out in London in 2005 by British Muslims revealed an enormous fifth column of Islamist terrorists and sympathizers. Under the noses of British intelligence, London had become the European hub for the promotion,Melanie_phillips_014 recruitment and financing of Islamic terror and extremism – so much so that exasperated European security agencies mockingly dubbed Britain “Londonistan.”

Melanie Phillips posits that the advance of the global jihad is being facilitated by a wholesale collapse of western values and national identity within Europe and in which Britain is taking the lead. Paralyzed by minority rights and the terror of Islamist violence, Phillips argues that the British establishment is even now failing to confront the religious fanaticism in its midst and is choosing instead to appease it. Meanwhile, the post-modernist onslaught upon the concept of truth itself has produced such confusion that, instead of standing up to the ideas that threaten democracy, many in Britain now subscribe to the false narrative of those who are laying siege to their society. This disorientation of the once-implacable British bulldog has major lessons and warnings for America as well.

Daniel Pipes hosted and wasted no time introducing Phillips to speak. Phillips is tall, lithe, beautiful. She was angles and edges, no fleshiness.She started right off in the political context. Here are some of her notable remarks (although all of it was notable):

Tony Blair: "He has said he will stand down before the next election. The question for the United States and for others also is whether the succeeding Prime Minister Melanie_phillips_017 will be as staunch a friend to America as he [Blair] has been and as staunch in the alliance in the defense of the West. I am suggesting to that is the very important question that is now troubling me.

Clearly the special relatonship between Britain and America is very much in Britain's interests. From the point of view America being its great protector, but it's also important to what we mean to America -- the kind of moral, psychological support that Britian gives along with everything else.

I am suggesting to you that there are now very powerful trends in Britain that are making that alliance increasingly problematic.

People in America will think that because Blair is such a staunch supporter of America that Britian is very much on her side. I am afraid this is absolutely not the case.

I am saying Britian is actually a weak link in the alliance because of a cultural enfeeblement that has taken place.

This should be of particular concern to us here in the States.

Britian is more important [to America than Europe] because of its central role in the alliance

So what has happened that is causing me such concern

[...] There has been over the past 20 to 30 years an evisceration of British National identity and values which has created a cultural and moral vaccum being exploited by Radical Islamism which has come to fill that vacuum.

It gets worse

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"Britian has lost belief, really, in itself as a nation and furthermore in the idea of the nation itself. The nation itself is seen as the cause of all ills in the world fromMelanie_phillips_015 prejudice, discrimination to war. Legitimacy resides instead in super national institutions, values and laws. So institutions such as the United Nations, the European Union, the International Criminal Court and values such as the doctrine of International human rights and minority rights are considered to be more legitimate because they are not rooted in the particular. The particular is discriminatory by defintion. The particular is rooted in a majority culture. The majority culture is by nature exclusivist and therefore discriminatory. They're essentially racist."


Much of Britain's rot is the grave consequence of unregulated immigration. Turning a blind eye to the jihadis flooding that country in the 1990's was a great blow to the proverbial head. Once Britain lost control of its borders, it could not maintain security. Why were they so hospitable? Partly it was Britain's excessive deference to freedom of speech and the pragmatic (some would say cynical) point of view that in Britain, today's dissident is tomorrow's Prime Minister.

"Immigrants are coming into a culture which no longer cares to integrate them because to integrate minorities into a culture you've go to believe there is a culture for them to be integrated into. Instead Britain believes the majority culture -- the definition of it -- is illegitimate. Therefore it's a multicultural country, for there is no culture for them to be integrated into."

"Instead of doing integration, Britain now does disintegration in every sense."

Phillips dissection of Britain's cultural collapse is clinical, surgical, scary. I found the most devastating examination to be the following;

"The deconstruction of TRUTH. Postmodernism, if you like, in which the whole idea of objectivity is regarded a an unsophisticated and ignorant construction. And that therefore all that is relative. And if you go down that road, and you open the way to lies taking the place of truth, and you open the way to, through the minority rights situation, a moral inversion."

That is truth to power, read that again. (Toohey lives). This madness taking place.

[...] truth and lies - in which because minorities can do no wrong even when they are committing mass murder through suicide bombings, because they are essentially victims of the majority. It is the majority's fault.

"The inherent disintegration of the culture of the country has meshed in a disatrous way with the deformation of thought at the heart of Islamic radicalism."

The governing class response? Appeasement.

If you ride a tiger, you must expect to get eaten and Britain is in the process of being eaten."

Essentially what England needs is a "counter counter revolution."

And while Phillip's blames Britain's church for the appeasement, she sees hope in the rise of the evangelical, Black evangelical churches, as a counterweight;

" I believe the churches that are most robust are Evangelical churches, which are very largely Black churches, and in a way that's the strength almost the potential salavation here, that the rise of evangelicalism in Britian, which is at the moment at a fairly low level, but it's increasing."


If you can't listen to it all, tune in at the end and listen to the Q&A.

The good news? This woman with such a clear idea of the present danger is "insanely optimistic" and doesn't wish to go off the cultural cliff. The problem of course is Britain hasn't realized yet (!) how dangerously close to the cliff Britain is.

After she spoke, Phillips graciously chatted with us and signed copies of her brilliant new book Londonistan. The crowd was smart, wary, concerned. And for those who attended that are Atlas readers, I say................keep reading!

UPDATE: More thoughts, on worldwide terror, Phillips cited Dershowitz

Controlling the world through this sort of blackmail. It preys on weakness, and it preys on weakness which doesn't confront lies, and it doesn't show that it's prepared to when attacked, are not prepared to defend themselves.

Until the West starts to undo this appeasement culture that it's been in, then that is going to continue. I am very taken bythe argument put forward by Alan Dershowitz in his book I've forgotten the title, his book about terrorism in which he made a devastating point that right from the very beginning of the hijacking epidemic by Palestinians back in the early sixties, late fifties even, the very first plane that was hijacked. The reaction of the world set the tenor for what was going to come and sealed the world's fate. The reaction of the world was not, this act is completely unsupportable and these people therefore are pariahs.It was 'oh my goodness, we must address the root causes of this.'

UPDATE: Additional thoughts before I give the kids dinner. Phillips was reluctant to discuss Iran and issues she was not completed immersed in (Britain is her expertise) but she was struck by what Ayann Hirsi Ali said last week while she was still a Dutch politician;

Parpahrasing Hirsi Ali, Phillips said, the West, the free world is making a mistake if it thinks the choice in Iran is between peace and war, the choice is between war with Ahmadinejad who does not have a nuclear weapon and war with Ahmadinejad who does have a nuclear weapon. I think that's a very realistic way of putting it.

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It's actually almost boring -'real' Islam is ugly ..or what is it?

star.jpg It's not with a 'you must be kidding', or a 'my god they ARE crazy', but with the barely noticed attention of slightly (as yet) boiled frogs we turn our gaze to the incredible racist quranically devout morons from the crab nebula currently in control of a major state. Yes, we have gotten calluses from hearing this stuff, and bored. Bored with the, 'it's just rhetoric' attitude of the moral cowards who can't bear to face what it may take to WIN. Bored with the wiping off the map, and the holcoaust denial. Bored with the racism and religous arrogance. Bored with imperial foolishness. Bored with the indredible and sickening leadership of more than a generation of bloody minded killers. Bored with their insistence on the right to nuclear genocidal.

How can we be so UNSHOCKED and do so little?

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."

Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."

The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.

"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," said Rabbi Hier. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."

If this comes to pass we ALL owe it to ourselves and these sufferers to wear, yellow stars, and red and black stripes.

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Jihadis Leave Iraq - Return To Europe To "Wage Holy War"

From Atlas Shrugs:

The return of Europe's jihadists from Iraq is giving the Continent's intelligence services nightmares. Last October, Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr warned that intercepted correspondence between Abu Musab Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and other figures in the movement had revealed a decision to send large numbers of Islamist volunteers back to their countries of origin to wage holy war.

Baltazar Garzon, a Spanish judge who has led inquiries into al-Qaeda in Spain, said last week that large numbers of veterans of the Iraqi jihad were returning to Europe. "Infrastructures are being put in place to accommodate them," he added.

Claude Moniquet, director of the Brussels-based European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center, estimates that there are "several hundred" former fighters from Iraq in Western Europe and says they are "potentially very dangerous."

Go read the rest at Atlas Shrugs.
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Pope Benedict And The Jews: A Warning To All Christians

I recognize that Infidel Bloggers Alliance is a blog made up of Christians, Jews, atheists, and even, at one point a believing Muslim. So, I try to refrain from bringning up my own personal religious beliefs. However, today I have to do so.

If you think I am full of it, please tell me. That's fine. I still want to hear from you.

However, I feel the need today to call out my fellow Christians, and IBA is the biggest pipeline I have to do so. So, here goes.

A blast from CUANAS past. This is a post I did on Benedict, shortly after he was made Pope:

Much has been said in the past 24 about the New Pope and his relationship to the Jews. The media is making a big deal out of the fact that he was a member of the Hitler Youth. The truth is, all German children were enrolled in the Hitler Youth. The Popes father was an ACTIVE ANTI-NAZI, which caused him to have to pack up and move on several occasions.

The Popes whole family was anti-Nazi. The media is bringing up this Hitler Youth stuff because the media does not like the fact that the Pope is a Christian. They would rather that he be a mushy New Age hypocrite like themselves.

Too bad for the media. The Pope, Mr. Ratzinger, is actually one of the best Christian friends the Jews have ever had. I am surprised to find how much his ideas dovetail with my very own. Here is an excerpt from a very long paper, entitled The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures In The Christian Bible, much of it written by The Pope, Cardinal Ratzinger himself:

Personally, Paul continued to be proud of his Jewish origin (Rm 11:1). Referring to the time preceding his conversion, he says: “I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors” (Ga 1:14). Having become an apostle of Christ, he says of his adversaries: “Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I” (2 Co 11:22). Still, he can relativise all these advantages by saying: “These I have come to regard as loss because of Christ” (Ph 3:7).

Nonetheless, he continues to think and reason like a Jew. His thought is visibly permeated by Jewish ideas. In his writings, as was mentioned above, we find not only continual references to the Old Testament, but many traces of Jewish traditions as well.

Furthermore, Paul often uses rabbinic techniques of exegesis and argumentation (cf. I. D. 3, no. 14). Paul's ties to Judaism are also seen in his moral teaching. In spite of his opposition to the pretentions of those who kept the Law, he himself includes a precept of the Law, Lv 19:18 (“You shall love your neighbour as yourself”) to sum up the whole of the moral life. 332

Summing up the Law in one precept is typically Jewish, as the well-known anecdote about Rabbi Hillel and Rabbi Shammai, Jesus' contemporaries, demonstrates. 333 The resistance mounted by the majority of Jews to the Christian preaching produced in Paul's heart “great sorrow and unceasing anguish” (Rm 9:2), clear evidence of his great affection for them.

He said that he himself was willing to accept on their behalf the greatest and most inconceivable sacrifice, to be branded “accursed”, separated from Christ (9:3). His afflictions and suffering forced him to search for a solution: in three lengthy chapters (Rm 9-11), he goes to the heart of the problem, or rather the mystery, of Israel's place in God's plan, in the light of Christ and of the Scriptures, without giving up until he is able to conclude: “and so all Israel will be saved” (Rm 11:26).

These three chapters in the Letter to the Romans constitute the most profound reflection in the whole of the New Testament on Jews who do not believe in Jesus. Paul expressed there his most mature reflections. The solution he proposed is based on the Scriptures which, in certain places, promised salvation only to a “remnant” of Israel. 334 In this phase of salvation history then, there is only a “remnant” of Israelites who believe in Christ Jesus, but this situation is not definitive.

Paul observes that, from now on, the presence of the “remnant” proves that God has not “rejected his people” (11:1). This people continues to be “holy”, that is, in close relationship with God. It is holy because it comes from a holy root, the ancestors, and because their “first fruits” have been blessed (11:16). Paul does not make it clear whether by “first fruits” he means Israel's ancestors, or the “remnant” sanctified by faith and baptism.

He exploits the agricultural metaphor of the tree when he speaks of branches being cut off and grafted (11:17-24). It is understood that the cut off branches are Israelites who have refused to believe in Christ Jesus and that those grafted on are Gentile Christians.

To these — as we have already noted — Paul preaches humility: “It is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you” (11:18). To the branches that have been cut off, Paul opens up a positive perspective: “God has the power to graft them on again” (11:23); this would be easier than in the case of the Gentiles, since it is “their own olive tree” (11:24).

In the final analysis, God's plan for Israel is entirely positive: “their stumbling means riches for the world”, “how much more will their full inclusion mean?” (11:12). They are assured of a covenant of mercy by God (11:27,31).

I've been called a heretic for saying such things. Well, now I have the Pope to back me up. I absolutely agree with the Pope on this. Always have. My heart tells me this is true, and this is why I call the Jews, My Brothers in the Faith.

I believe the choice of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope could very well be a hinge upon which history will turn. He is exactly the Pope needed to counter the problems our world is facing today.

Todays Commentary:

There is one other very important thing to note which Paul writes, in the passage Benedict quotes here. It is a warning:

... they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.

--- Romans 11: 20-22

Taking into account the post below, about Iran passing a law to force Jews to wear yellow insignias (as they were also forced to do by the Germans, in the days leading up to the Holocaust), it is wise for any believer to understand the curse that is leveled at those of us who would be "arrogant" toward the Jews.

Believe me, to ignore them in their time of peril is even worse than arrogance. The Christian Church, the Body of Christ, stands ready to suffer the consequences if we remain silent.

You have been warned.
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Must-have equipment for every police force

Rocket-propelled grenades are an essential part of every police force. After all, what better way is there to combat crime? You can be sure that a shoplifter will think twice knowing that this is what he is up against when the police patrol the streets with RPGs.

A Palestinian militant of the Islamic group Hamas, carrying a RPG (Rocket propelled grenade) launcher, patrolls a street in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip Wednesday, May 17, 2006. The Palestinian interior minister declared a new Hamas-dominated police force operational on Wednesday, defying President Mahmoud Abbas in a powerful challenge that could stoke more internal bloodshed.

A Palestinian militant from the Hamas movement patrols the street of Gaza city May 17, 2006. The Palestinian interior minister declared a new Hamas-dominated police force operational on Wednesday, defying President Mahmoud Abbas in a powerful challenge that could stoke more internal bloodshed.

Palestinian militants from the Hamas movement patrol the streets of Gaza city May 17, 2006.

Palestinian militants that are part of a new security force of the Hamas-led Palestinian government patrol the street after deploying in the Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip Wednesday May 17, 2006.

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Plot To Down Israeli Commercial Airliner Foiled In Geneva

Once again, authorities have beaten terrorists at their game:

A terrorist plot to blow up an El Al jet at Geneva airport with an RPG missile in December was uncovered by the Swiss and French intelligence agencies, details released for publication on Friday revealed.

The Yedioth Aharonot newspaper reported that a secret agent working undercover amongst an Islamic terror cell in the city discovered the plan after three immigrants of Arabic origin boasted of their attempts to smuggle weapons from Russia with the ultimate goal of shooting down an Israeli plane at the airport.

When the matter was reported to Israeli security, El Al changed the flight paths of all its Geneva-bound planes, landing them at Zurich Airport the following week.

Swiss officials reported than no arrests were made following the discovery since the plan had yet to reach its final operational stages.

And, while this is a victory of sorts, it is also further revelation that the legal systems of Western countries are ill-equipped to deal with the War on Terrorism. The fact that these men could not be taken into custody and subjected to intense interrogation techniques aimed at getting information from them to prevent future attacks, shows that we are not serious.

This will bite us in the ass, eventually, and bigtime.

Can you say "mushroom cloud'?
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Canonical list of reasons idiots give to fund Palestinian Arabs

Humanitarian reasons: (EU)
If the reason is purely humanitarian, then why do Palestinian Arabs deserve millions of dollars more than starving kids in sub-Saharan Africa? It is not like they do not have resources to grow crops or provide medical care - and they received state-of-the-art greenhouses giftwrapped. At what point does the world say that Palestinian Arabs need to show some level of responsibility for themselves rather than being bailed out by the West?

Political influence: (Arab states)
The fear is that if we don't give money to Hamas, Iran will, thus increasing Iran's influence in the conflict. Of course, Hamas has made it clear that it wants money with no preconditions and it will not be influenced easily. And what is the difference between Arab goals for Palestine and Persian goals?

Hamas was elected democratically (loony leftists and Arabs who support Saudi Arabia):
So the people that elected murderers should have no responsibility for electing murderers?

Withholding money is "collective punishment" for the majority of peace-loving Palestinians (loony leftists and Arabs)
This one directly contradicts the one before. And since when is receiving money from the West a human right?

The PA is owed money due to prior agreements: (loony leftists and Arabs)
Since the current PA government does not recognize any prior agreements, it is a bit hypocritical to insist that other parties continue to abide by theirs. An agreement is two way; a concept that does not seem to have permeated the average Palestinian Arab mind yet.

If money isn't given to Palestinian Arabs, they will start terrorizing each other/Israel/the world: (Hamas spokesman)
This is the standard blackmail/Mafia argument. Just because it is couched in other words does not make it any less of a threat. And history shows that giving in to threats is the best way to ensure that more will be coming.

Besides the fact that they terrorize each other/Israel/the world anyway, whether they get money or not.

We will only fund hospitals [and maybe schools] (Israel and the US):
No one is saying that Arabs should starve or sicken, but shouldn't the primary responsibility for funding Palestinian Arabs come from the Fatah money squirreled away worldwide and from other Arab nations?

Did I miss any?
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Iran Eyes Badges For Jews And Christians


For anyone having problems figuring out whether Ahamdinejad is the new Hitler (for instance, my reason-challenged relatives in Europe), well, here you go:

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."

Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."

The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.

Ok, so Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier, who, at the same time, uses all the methods and rhetoric of Hitler. Still having trouble figuring it out?

UPDATE: Commenter Jordan writes in to say: News update: This actually might not be a true story. There are conflicting reports and the Canadian National Post is trying to sort it out.
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Building Barriers

WASHINGTON — Mexico and four Central American nations condemned the U.S plan to build hundreds of miles of triple-layered fencing on its southern border, saying it would not stop illegal immigration.

In a joint news conference in Mexico City late Thursday, the foreign ministers of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico said that building barriers was not the way to solve problems between neighboring nations.

"The position of Mexico and the other countries is that walls will not make a difference in terms of the solution to the migration problem," said Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved a proposal to build 370 miles of triple-layer fencing along parts of the 2,000-mile border separating the U.S. and Mexico. The Senate also agreed to give many illegal immigrants a shot at U.S. citizenship.
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Fight in the way of Allah

Preferrably with Heroin and Crack and using big business and govt

... by way of Jihad Watch heroin.jpg
It is current news in Bangladesh. Owner of pro-radical vernacular daily Naya Diganta (New Sky), which was established with dubious fund from Saudi source a few years back, is now under massive interrogation in remand for his involvement in trafficking huge quantity of heroin (narcotic) to European and American destinations.

Bangladeshi intelligence agencies arrested Badruddoza Chowdhury Momen, owner of BD Foods, a company exporting ‘spices’ to Western destinations, for trafficking huge amount of heroin which were packed inside the sachets of spices. On interrogation, Badruddoza confessed to the interrogators that he has smuggled out narcotics worth few hundred million dollars to United States and Europe since 2003.

He said, drugs for trafficking to Western destinations were coming from Afghanistan via Pakistan.

“It is a part of our noble responsibility to spoil the Western society with drugs”

Yes, and it's part of our noble duty to turn such states into a keen surface of fine glass?

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Towards Freedomless Speech

Guest Editorial by Edward Cline:

It is not so curious that in the wake of the Danish cartoon conflict, during which the American press and news media revealed their tepid commitment to freedom of speech and the inviolacy of the First Amendment, incidents of assaults on that freedom would not only multiply, but assume odd but no less ominous forms.

In 1996, in “The Ghouls of Grammatical Egalitarianism,” a review for The Social Critic of the American Association of University Press’s Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing, I noted:

“Thought orthodoxy is not synonymous with thought control. There is no Federal Board of Language Usage to which publishers must submit their books and journals to be tested for discriminatory or disparaging language before they can be put on the market for sale to the public. However, while no official agency of control exists, there is a kind of interlocking directorate of semi-public institutions and organizations which accomplishes the same purpose by presenting a united front against freedom of expression and imposing orthodoxy on our culture’s intellectual and literary pacesetters. ‘Say what you please, we’re not censors!….But say it our way, or do not bother to say it.’

“Short of overt government repression, I cannot imagine a more insidious form of thought control than this, which is to thrust independent minds of whatever professional suasion or degree of ability into a purgatory that is not quite freedom and not quite slavery.”

And, in discussing the ramifications of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in my entry on “Censorship” in the 2002 edition of The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (Vol. 70), I observed:

“All the provisions regarding ‘obscenity’ are ostensibly for the sake of protecting children. An early precedent for this particular ruse was the Rubbish and Smut bill (or the Schund und Schmutz law) of May 1927, enacted by the Weimar government in Germany, in which children under the age of 18 were similarly ‘protected’ by controls from plays, literature, art, and especially nightclub performances that might corrupt their moral fiber. The act took the form of a ban of all under 18 years of age from proximity to these ‘evils.’ It also gave the police the unlimited power to enter private residences to enforce the law, and even prohibited young adults from attending art classes that employed nude models. The Rubbish and Smut law was an overture to wholesale Nazi censorship six years later.”

Germany was prepared for Nazi rule in more ways than one -- chiefly by its philosophy -- and the Rubbish and Smut law was passed and enforced in the name of “decency.” In the U.S., such laws are enacted on federal and state levels for the same reason, and also in the name of “fairness,” “balance,” and “sensitivity.” Not to mention that Trojan horse of all regulations, bans, and controls: children.

“Speech codes” have established stultifying purgatories of expression not only on college campuses, but in other venues, as well, such as business and even tourism. In how many numberless places of business would one now risk a sexual harassment lawsuit by paying a colleague a compliment on his or her appearance, and probable dismissal by one’s employer, who would likely be named a co-defendant for not having enforced federal and state “guidelines”?

And what better way to ensure that college students become “responsible” citizens than by creating lists of “protected” and “unprotected” speech, and even linking academic success to the degree to which students adhere to them? Establish in their minds the habit of observing arbitrary parameters of speech and thought, and they won't give the authorities much trouble. They will be too busy “giving back to society” to discover how much liberty that society has surrendered and taken from them.

And, just the other day, browsing through some Colonial Williamsburg teachers’ brochures that offer literature on how to introduce students to the American Revolution, I encountered the term “tradespeople” in lieu of “tradesmen.” What the first term conveys is that the men who made the Revolution possible were androgynous “persons” who wore strange clothing and practiced odd customs. But the employment of sanitized terminology is not the worst offense committed by Colonial Williamsburg. Its acceptance of federal grants disqualifies the foundation from teaching anything about why the Revolution occurred, for with the grants come the requirements of political correctness, which can only influence how it represents history.

To return to thought control. The “control” that enforces “orthodoxy” in speech by individuals is simply fear of retribution, reprisal, or financial and personal ruin. To work, thought or speech control relies exclusively on self-censorship. The instances of operable thought control are as ubiquitous and innocuous in our culture as countless drops of water falling on one’s forehead in a Chinese torture.

Now, there’s a “disparaging” analogy! Could it be construed as an ethnic slur, or a cultural slur? A sleazy lawyer could make a case for both and take me to the cleaners. Wait! Now I’m offending lawyers! And cleaners! Well, how about saying that thought control is much like the embrace of an iron maiden? No, that wouldn’t sit well with maidens reading this, either. Not that any girl or woman today wouldn’t feel offended by being called a “maiden.” How about risking being hauled before a Spanish Inquisition for speech heresy? Or for playing Russian Roulette with one’s mouth? Nope. I might offend Hispanics, Catholics, or the Moscow Mafia. And perhaps Italians.

A friend remarked to me, referring to the disgraceful behavior of our government and press during the Danish cartoon “outrage,” that “Mohammed was only the beginning.” Rather, Mohammed is only the capstone of an edifice otherwise known as an Orwellian Ministry of Truth, under construction in our culture for the last half century.

I trust I have made my point. The Mohammedan enforcer of politically correct speech is ready with his scimitar, watching your every movement and listening to your every word, eager to behead unrepentant infidels of the First Amendment. “Slay them wherever you find them.” Or take them to court.

And if we are tempted to speak out of turn -- that is, to endorse or criticize a candidate for political office and consequently violate the time strictures of the Campaign Finance Law and an arbitrary ruling of the Federal Election Commission -- we must not think that law is an abridgement of the First Amendment, but rather as a gag for the “public good.”

In Boulder, Colorado, for example, citizens concerned about the “decency” of their neighbors, coworkers, or strangers may have the chance to snitch anonymously to the authorities if they believe a “hate crime” has been committed.

The Denver Post reports that “the Boulder City Council will take up the matter of allocating public funding for a ‘hate hotline,’ which would giver residents an opportunity to report incidents in which Boulderites use tactless language.”

As though that were not bad enough, try to unravel the illogic of a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union. The Post reports him as saying, “Our concern -- and there are many -- is that there is no confidentiality, no legal confidentiality,” explains Judd Golden, chairman of the Boulder ACLU. “So it’s potentially chilling if people think they are providing this information in confidence and then that information were provided to the government or the government sought access to it. That would chill free speech.”

Here is that gibberish unraveled. Golden is not concerned about the power of the government to punish someone for speaking his mind and asserting his freedom of speech. That it has such power, or is seeking it, is the given he sanctions. He is concerned about the jeopardy in which informants might find themselves if the government knew their identities. It is not the principle of the First Amendment that he is worried can be chilled, splintered, and melted away, but the contextless “freedom of speech” and “privacy” of petit Nazis and would-be gauleiters.

The Boulder Council, flailing about in its own shrunken epistemology, believes it has a duty to protect tattletales from any consequences of their “public spirited” actions. Its resolution would not only condemn “the usual individual or collective acts of racism and bigotry,” writes the Post, but those who attack, disparage, or denigrate “personal beliefs and values.”

Sound familiar? This is Mohammed in the guise of any random soccer mom, public school teacher, community activist, or other endorser of the idea of “hate crimes.”

The criminal code and justice system were once legitimately concerned with determining and punishing criminal actions in order to protect or uphold individual rights. The concept of “hate crimes,” however, extends and sanctions the power of government and our courts to punish thought, as well, that is, for why a crime might have been committed.

It is but a short step from linking an actual crime with “hate” to making it a crime to “hate.” One need not act on that “hate” to be pilloried by a law or society, except to express one’s opinion or position, no matter how rational or irrational it might be. The Boulder Council seems to want to take that step. One can only imagine in how many other American cities that willingness exists in the minds of “stewards of the public good and safety.”

On a fundamental cultural level, it is no coincidence that the introduction and gradual acceptance of the concept of “hate crimes” paralleled the stealthy and de facto imposition of politically correct speech. Politically correct speech, in turn, has established the grounds for punishable “tactless language.”

In May of 1765, Patrick Henry urged the Virginia General Assembly to adopt the “tactless language” of his Resolves over the “politically correct” style of his time to protest the Stamp Act. When other colonial Americans read that language, deemed by the fearful as “disrespectful,” “insensitive,” “disparaging” and “offensive” to the majesty and prerogatives of the British Crown, it moved them to unite for the first time to oppose and resist Parliamentary power. That was the true beginning of the American Revolution.

The growing silence you hear now is a cowed nation exercising its freedomless speech.


Other articles by Edward Cline on censorship:

“Here Comes a Chopper to Chop Off Your Head: Freedom of Expression vs. Censorship in America” Essay: The Journal of Information Ethics (St. Cloud State University, MN/ McFarland & Co., Publishers, Jefferson, NC), Fall 1995

“Patrick Henry: Not Merely an Orator” Essay: The Colonial Williamsburg Journal, Winter 1995

“The Ghouls of Grammatical Egalitarianism” a review of Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing, ed. Marilyn Schwartz and the Task Force on Bias-Free Language, The Social Critic, November/ December 1996

“Censorship” Entry: The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, ed. Allen Kent, Marcel Dekker, New York, Vols. 62 (1998) and 70 (2002)

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Shocking News Of The Day: Ahmadinejad Has Converted To Judaism

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Jihadists' return worries Europe

PARIS (Agence France-Presse) -- They are highly motivated, battle-hardened, mobile -- and therefore, dangerous. And the return of Europe's jihadists from Iraq is giving the Continent's intelligence services nightmares.
As far back as October, Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr warned that intercepted correspondence between Abu Musab Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, and other figures in the movement had revealed a decision to send large numbers of Islamist volunteers back to their countries of origin to wage holy war.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Iran Enlisting The Axis Of Evil In Nuke Battle

Iran is enlisting Syria and the militant Palestinian Hamas group — both also deeply at odds with the United States, Israel and some in western Europe — as allies in the battle over its disputed nuclear program.

The move has prompted Israel's U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman to declare that "a dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority."

Syria and Iran have historically close ties dating back to 1980, when Damascus sided with Iran against Saddam Hussein in the Iran- Iraq war. But ties have become far cozier since hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected last summer.

"Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?" the Iranian president said Wednesday.

Atlas says:

Parpahrasing Hirsi Ali the West, the free world is making a mistake if it thinks the choice in Iran is between peace and war, the choice is between war with Ahmadinejad who does not have a nuclear weapon and war with Ahmadinejad who does have a nuclear weapon.
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Fjordman: Marrying A Muslim Man

Fjormdman's latest deals with Western women who marry Muslim men.

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The Norwegian organization Human Rights Service, dealing with issues related to immigration and women's rights in particular, features an essay online written by a Norwegian woman, for security reasons using the pseudonym "Marie." She tells of how, when the relationship with her Muslim husband ended, he signalled quite clearly that their child was "his property." He also threatened her physically if she disobeyed him, and has threatened repeatedly to kidnap the child and bring it to his Islamic home country.

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''I am here to testify that this radical culture is here, inside this society"

''Arabic-language newsletters filled with hatred against the United States." Books and videos in the mosque's library promoted ''fanatical beliefs that insult other people's religions."

Where? The Cambridge Massachusetts mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston. This is where a fight over hate has been raging for years, amidst lawsuit attempts to crush freedom of speech, and board members there like Yusuf Qaradawi beneift from extremely questionable valuations of the real estate onwhich the new partially built society's buildings are being constructed, and where the construction has halted inthe midst of these claims.

But who is making such a claim.?

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