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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, March 01, 2008

What It Means To Be A "Moderate Muslim"


A huge survey of the world's Muslims released Tuesday challenges Western notions that equate Islam with radicalism and violence.


About 93 percent of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are moderates and only seven percent are politically radical, according to the poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews.

But how does this poll agree with this one from last year where majorities in four Muslim countries wanted to apply sharia in their nations.

Here are the numbers:

  • Morocco: 76%
  • Egypt: 74%
  • Pakistan: 79%
  • Indonesia: 53%

These four nations have a combined population of 500 million.

Let's look at a key paragraph from the AFP story:

"Muslims want self-determination, but not an American-imposed and -defined democracy. They don't want secularism or theocracy. What the majority wants is democracy with religious values," said Esposito.

Ah, so a Muslim who doesn't support secularism but wishes to apply sharia (or large parts of it) is still a moderate!

How comforting.

Also see this post from last year.

As one can see, terrorism is a small part of the problem. The major issue is the fusion of religion and politics in Islam. The global Muslim community (the umma) does wish for a grand theocracy.

That's certainly not comforting. Most Muslims won't openly support Al Qaeda or its derivatives but then what about sharia? Sharia is made up of retrograde, superstitious and barbaric laws. It, by its very nature, requires force and coercion.

Just take a brief look at the heart of Sunni and Shia Islam.

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Associated (With Terrorists) Press Shuts Down Snapped Shot

Brian from Snapped Shot runs a blog where he highlights the propaganda and hijinks that AP is up to on an almost daily basis.

Now, Snappped Shot is having to shut down, because AP is giving Brian crap about using their images. In my opinion, this is no simple intellectual property dispute. Let's face it, people all over the world use AP's images, but no one else gets hassled. So, why are they hassling Brian? Because he makes clear that AP is up to no good. That they appear to be running interference for terrorists. That they seem to be actively engaged in the propaganda of terrorists.

Fuck AP. Read this:

We have been informed that the Associated Press takes issue with our use of their images on this website, and until I'm able to resolve this matter with them amicably, I'm going to have to take the site offline.

Please feel free to e-mail me if you know more about this kinda thing. I'm posting a copy of the AP's letter below, for full disclosure.

BackgroundSnapped Shot is a site that deals with the criticism of photojournalism. The industry is inaccurate in its reporting, it falls for terrorist propaganda too easily, and in general, the photos that you see presented as "news" on a daily basis are nothing more than fluff. This site has, from the beginning, intended to correct that by presenting specific instances of bias or inaccuracy along with commentary as to why said photographs are inaccurate. I have never drawn a profit from this website, and have never received compensation for any of the "copyrighted" works that are owned by the AP. Furthermore, I have always been careful to give full credit to the wire photographers who have taken the pictures, and have even interacted cordially with a handful of them.

What The?

So why is the AP seeking action against me? I am not making any money off of their work. I am not a mainstream "news" site ala Yahoo, Google, or Breitbart. So what's the deal? Is the Associated Press uncomfortable with the content of this website? Have I struck a nerve too close to home? No idea, but if you're a lawyer that deals in intellectual property, I'm ready to become your new best friend...

As an aside, I'm somewhat befuddled on this point, and hope that some of you can help clarify this for me. How in the world can one provide analysis, commentary, and criticism on news photographs, if they are forbidden from actually showing said photograph? Did the Associated Press crack down on people who clipped newspapers out and shared them with their co-workers? Did they crack down on the thousands of fax-lists that powered New York through the 80's? And is this even relevant? I'd love to hear what you think.

I hope to continue with this blog, even though it's pretty clear that the form of it will change. I just need to make sure that everything's squared away with the current situation first. Please do stay tuned--I'll be posting updates here as I have them.

I guess he'll have to do stick drawings.

Look at that, Pastorius. Why is the missile going up the
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Meanwhile The Jihad Against Israel Continues - Media Spins

46 rockets have been launched into Israel since Friday night.

Imagine if armed gangs of Mexicans started shouting "Death to the Americans. Americans are the sons of apes and pigs", and then proceeded to start launching rockets and suicide bombers into San Diego.

Imagine if they did things like this for years on end, while their government continued to assert they could do nothing about it. Imagine, if then the Mexican people elected a government which stated clearly that they not only would do nothing about the rockets, but that they would lob even more rockets.

Imagine if they then proceeded to do so, while the first government continued to say they could do nothing about it.

Imagine if that government then said, "We can't do anything about it, but we abhor it, even though we are friends with them.

What would you think America ought to do in such a situation?

22 residents of Sderot and Ashkelon were transported to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for treatment Saturday after being injured by the rocket salvo on the two southern cities.

One Ashkelon resident was moderately injured, six were lightly injured and ten suffered from shock. Five resident of Sderot were treated for shock.

At least 46 rockets were launched at
Israel since Friday night, some landing in open areas in Sderot and the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.

Saturday afternoon saw four Qassam rockets were fired from northern Gaza towards the western Negev; two landed in a Sderot neighborhood, causing a local gas leak. Four people suffered shock.

Two Qassam rockets were later fired at Ashkelon. Magen David Adom emergency services reported of one man suffering shrapnel injuries.

Three people were lightly injured Saturday morning by shrapnel in a Grad rocket attack on the city of Ashkelon. Three rockets were fired at the city, causing lightly injuries and property damage. Several people suffered from shock.

The last barrage was fired at around 2:30 pm, with two rockets landing in open areas in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. An hour and a half earlier, three rockets hit open areas in the western Negev. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The Color Red alert system was activated in Ashkelon shortly after 5 am. Shortly afterwards, three rockets landed in the area – two within a neighborhood and a third one in an open area.

Three of the city's residents, two of them children, were injured by shrapnel. They were evacuated in light condition to Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Center.

Valentina Spivak, the two children's grandmother, arrived at the Barzilai Medical Center. She told Ynet that her grandchildren were injured in the head.

"We slept in the same apartment, the children sleeping in my room. I live with my daughter and grandchildren, and only I heard the Color Red, but I thought it wouldn't land near our house. I don't care what happens to me, but I am worried about my grandchildren and daughter," she said.

Imagine if that was your life.

Atlas Shrugs points out that, while these atrocities are being committed against the Israelis, the media is running headlines like this:

Israeli air barrage kills children playing football

Watch this piece of blood libel from Al Jazeera and tell me if you see anything strange about the report. I'll say what I think in the comments section, if anyone wants to hear it. I want to hear what you think:

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Spain: Islamic Radicals have planned to give some conferences for Imams' indoctrination

Justice and Spirituality (JyS), a radical movement which has spread throughout Spain and which wants the removal from power of the Moroccan King Mohammed VI and to substitute it by the Islamist State of Morocco, is going to celebrate next March 4th a course to train imams. And they want to do it without notice, using the Islamic Federation of the Murcia's Region, an organization they control.

So, it is scheduled that in these conferences take part several leaders of this Moroccan Islamist movement. Among others, Mohamed El Abbadi, number 2 of the Direction's Council and president of the Council of Uprightness from Justice and Spirituality. In 2006 he was detained in Morocco and condemned to a year in prison for violating the precint the authorities have instaled to his home, where he was meeting Islamist leaders of the opposition to the Moroccan King. He has several judicial processes against him in his country. El Abbadi has recommended as President of the Islamic Federation of the Murcia's region his own son-in-law, Said Mendi, an imam who lives in Cartagena, who was sent important quantities of money from the Moroccan country.
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Winds of War: Jihadis Using Foreign Phone Networks

If the lapse in the extension by Pelosi of the Protect America Act that was passed last August to allow U.S. intelligence agencies to monitor foreigner-to-foreigner communications without a warrant, we have this to worry about.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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Turning Back The Tide

The Danish King Canute may have failed in his attempt to turn back the tide circa 1000 a.d. but the plucky modernday Danes are the only Europeans making an effort to turn back the poisoned tide of Islam.

In a defiance of Muslim attacks against free speech they republished the notorious cartoons a week ago after Kurt Westergaard was the subject of a foiled Muslim murder plot. As a consequence morons Muslims demonstrated all over again worldwide.

This last crisis was not instigated by the Muslims. It was instigated by the Danes saying we are going to do what we have always done, print what we like, and you can go to hell if you don’t like it.

The Danish politicians are uniting in their stand against Muslim demands. This from Gates of Vienna:

Helle Thorning-Schmidt demands united EU front against Islamic pressure

The chairman of the Social Democrats encourages the Danish government to raise the problems with Islamic pressure on a European Union level.

In several European countries there are cases where freedom of expression is challenged by offended Muslims. This is completely unreasonable, says Social Democrat chairman Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who requests the government to raise the problem with the European Union. “Within the last week we’ve heard of problems in Belgium, Netherlands and now Germany, where extremists demand that things be closed or removed.

It is utterly unreasonable that we are repeatedly threatened when we use our freedom of expression. This has to stop,” states Thorning-Schmidt.Then there's the issue of deporting Islamic terrorists and preachers of hate.

Only this week in the European Court of Human Rights has ruled hate preachers such as Abu Qatada should stay in the UK.

Britain could be stuck with more than a dozen international terror suspects after a devastating ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

Judges said the right of a fanatic to be protected from torture in his homeland was "absolute".

Compare the meek acceptance of Britain to the spirited defiance of a Danish member of the ruling coalition on this issue:

If the European human-rights convention prevents Denmark from expelling Tunisian terror suspects, Denmark must reconsider whether we should continue to endorse them. Thus says Venstre’s foreign affairs spokesman Søren Pind.

Several experts in human rights believe that a current ruling from the European Human Rights Court means that it will be difficult for Denmark to deport the two Tunisians who are under suspicion for wanting to kill the Mohammed cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, since Tunisia uses torture against prisoners.

However, that is an insult against Denmark, says Søren Pind, who calls for a rebellion against the conventions. “It makes our affiliation of the European Human Rights Convention a parody. It enforces us an obligation to protect people who want to kill us,” writes Søren Pind on his blog.

If the judicial interpretations are correct, then the consequence, according to Søren Pind, could be a Danish showdown against the convention.

As Baron Bodissey from Gates of Vienna rightly says:I try to write about other things besides Denmark. I really do. But then more good news keeps coming from the Danes, and I can’t just ignore it, can I?

It seems that the whole of the Western World is asleep. “Don’t bother us — it’s a nice pleasant flower-strewn meadow, this multicultural dream we’re having. Don’t wake us up.”

But for some reason Denmark, alone among Western nations, has decided to wake up. Holger Danske has one eye open, and the other one will be popping open soon enough.

Talking about eyes I think Denmark is well worth keeping an eye on, what with the sparsly reported riots, and this latest stand. Thanks to Gates of Vienna for writing about Denmark, no need to apologise because very few blogs see fit to mention the Danes and as for the MSM, well it's zilch. It's almost as if they are afraid that the Danish stance is a contagion and they don't want it to spread.


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An unfair advantage?

As if politics in America weren’t mean and nasty enough. We have now “progressed” into a new realm.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we now introduce the race, gender and Islamaphobia cards.

As far as I know, we still live in a democratic country. According to the “rules”, we are not only allowed to elect our president, but question the candidate.

But, there are some new rules this year. Or rather, new advantages to be used when it is to the benefit of the candidate.

Don’t like the question? Just pull out one of your “get one free” cards.

We are facing a situation in this election, that is untested. One of the candidates is black, with some obvious connections to Islam and the other is a woman.

The “gender” trial has been faced and moved on rather quietly. In our country, being accused of sexism is a lesser sin. Almost expected, a given.

The other trial, is a whole other story. Except for white supremists, who could give a damn, being accused of racism, feels like a death sentence. And being accused of being an Islamaphobe, could get you killed.

Obama just so happens to hold the 2 best cards in the hand. He is also the most questionable (in my opinion) of the candidates. Or rather, the one who has the most to answer to.

Where does that leave us in regards to our right to a “Free and Fair Election”?

I for one, will continue to question this man and stand my ground.

We live in a democracy. And so long as we have the rights, we need to stand up for them.

If we don’t, we will lose them.

Unfair and unjust PC has no place in politics.

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Islamoidiots Threaten Prince Harry

Excuse me while I laugh at their idiocy:

Prince Harry has been warned that serving in Afghanistan made him a prime target for terrorists.

Muslim extremists say the young royal is a "legitimate target" after ten weeks secretly fighting the Taliban.

Two Al Qaeda-affiliated websites are calling on jihadists to "slaughter" the third in line to the throne.

There will now be an urgent review of his security and the prince may have to curb his fondness for nightclubs. Many UK Muslims have praised his sense of duty, however, even while condemning the war.

Harry is due back in Britain on an RAF flight this morning. He will be met by Prince William then head for Highgrove and a reunion with his father Prince Charles.

After news of his presence in Afghanistan leaked out, senior defence chiefs quickly agreed that allowing him to stay would increase the risk to his fellow soldiers.

Taliban insurgents were already vowing to step up attacks on British forces.

The prince was said to be bitterly disappointed that his posting to Helmand had to be cut short after a U.S. website broke an international media agreement not to reveal it.

Security sources said the terrorist threats against Harry were being taken seriously.

The prince is guarded, even while he is on Army duties, by a team of officers from the Metropolitan Police's elite SO14 Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department.

Members of the squad went with him to Afghanistan, although they stayed on an army base, leaving Harry alone in the field.

Concerns about Harry's safety were deepened when firebrand preacher Anjem Choudhary, of the extremist Al Muhajiroun group, accused him of endorsing an "illegal war".

He said: "I think it is inevitable that anyone who engages in these activities is going to draw attention to themselves. He will be seen as part of the enemy and so he is a target.

"For Harry to participate has absolutely no justification. For people to say he is being brave and doing his job is simply wrong.

"Many wiser and braver men have decided not to participate and have objected and demonstrated against these wars. They should be the ones declared as heroes."

Hate preacher Omar Bakri, now in Lebanon, said: "Harry should condemn the fact that British forces are in a strange land fighting strange people who speak a different language."

Catherine Heseltine of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee warned that many might find Harry's "glorification" of war offensive. She said: "It is not the way to talk about a war where so many Muslims have lost their lives - men, women and children, innocent civilians. It is not an adventure, it is not exciting."

Dumbfuck Islamonazi, Omar Bakri
How do you like that? The taqiyya-masters at MPAC now have a woman with an English name serving as their spokesperson.

I am so fooled.
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WMD In Las Vegas - UPDATED - Probably Not Related To Islamic Terrorism

UPDATE: Police also found an "anarchist type textbook" in the same room where the ricin was discovered. The book was tabbed at a spot with information about ricin.

If the man was using, for instance, The Anarchist's Cookbook, then it is highly unlikely that he is an Islamic terrorist. In fact, it is even possible he could be some white guy angry at the government's dhimmification.

But the question would be, why is he in Vegas?

I like how the latest AP article refers to the Extended Stay America as a hotel for "transients." I would imagine the people who run ESA are not happy to hear that description. I've always known ESA to be a place for businessmen who have to move their center of doing business for an "extended" period of time.

The fact that AP is calling ESA a hotel for transients does give me pause. It's as if they are trying to tell us, "Nothing to see here. Just a crazy "transient". Move along, please."

Anyway ...

Ricin found in a hotel room in Vegas.

Don't worry, though. It was just a "man" cooking up the WMD's. Apparently, it was not a Muslim.

As CNN tells it via LGF:

(CNN) — A man who stayed in a Las Vegas hotel room where ricin was found is in critical condition at a hospital, where he has been since February 14, said Kathy Suey, deputy chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Suey said the man called for medical help on February 14, saying he was suffering from respiratory distress, and was transported to the hospital.

A friend or relative of his who came to remove his belongings from the room found the ricin on Thursday, she said.

Tests confirm the substance found in the room was ricin, police said, but it remains a mystery how it got there.

I was driving around Central California today listening to the radio. I rented a beautiful sports car. I had the top down. It was an awesome experience.

And then, I heard about this on the radio. The news on the radio (in Bakersfield I believe) said Castor beans were found, in addition to the Ricin. Ricin is made from Castor beans.

Being that beans were found and the relative "found" the Ricin, it is safe to say the "man" was making the Ricin. It is highly improbable hotel staff would have accidently left beans behind when they cleaned the room prior to the "man" moving in.

So, it is clear the media, or the police, or both, are lying to us. Trying to keep us safe by lying.

Wouldn't want to create any irrational "Islamophobia" I presume, though, I am sure it is unfair of me to say that.
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Friday, February 29, 2008

Peddling intolerance and Islamic fascism under the guise of human rights

The annual report of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives is now on their website.

The principle objectives of the Commission are :-

(a) to protect, preserve and promote human rights in the Maldives in accordance with Islamic Shari’ah and the Constitution of the Maldives;

The report is in the local language and I have done some translations below. But before that - I did some googling and here are some of the parties funding Sharia Law in Maldives.

10 August 2006 -
Maldives: Human rights reforms must allow freedom of religion, UN expert says - UN News Centre

But soon after ..

In an agreement signed between UNDP and Norway recently, Norway committed financial assistance to help the Commission in support of capacity building and creating awareness among the public on human rights issues. Canada has also pledged its assistance to strengthen the capacity building efforts of the Commission already underway and the assistance will contribute towards building an all-inclusive culture of respect for human rights in the country. - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Maldives.

UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO will under the current project, will contribute to the mission of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives- “to lead the promotion and protection of human rights under the Constitution of the Maldives, Islamic Shariah and regional and international Human Rights Convention ratified by the Maldives” and support the implementation of the HRCM’s Strategic Action Plan of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives.- UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO Support to the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

There are probably more donors to Sharia Law - I saw on the website that the British Council is involved and the Commonwealth should not be far behind...

Now to examine the report of
the Human Rights Commission of Maldives...

Under the guise of human rights it is peddling intolerance and Islamic fascism. The annual report of this organization is a fine work of Islamic double-speak.

To begin with, I cannot fathom why a human rights report should start off as an Islamic sermon. And for most the report it just continues as a sermon.

"In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate". Praise and thanks be to Allah (Glorious and Exalted is he) who has sanctified human beings. I pray to Allah that he may bestow his peace and blessings upon Mohamed ( PBUH), The Exalted and Consecrated Above All in Both Worlds, who revealed the importance of protecting the sanctity of humans and who the beautiful example of establishing justice and equality among humans. And I include his family and companions in this prayer.”

Further reading of the report reveals that the organization is not about human rights but dedicated to aiding, abetting and enforcing bias and bigotry. Even the principle objectives of the Commission are incompatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report stresses and emphasizes that Maldives is a 100% Islamic nation and completely ignores the existence of non-Muslims Maldivians and their rights. Of particular importance is the refusal by the Human Rights Commission of Maldives to address the amendment made last year by the Constitutional Assembly (the Special Majlis) to revoke the citizenship of all non-Muslim Maldivians. This amended constitution is expected to come into force this year. In response, this blogger derisively wrote - “However to our relief the human rights commission of Maldives have not yet condemned the infidels for insulting Islam and Muslims by leaving Islam or have said anything supportive of beheading them.”

The sermon goes on …“In truth, the highest pinnacle of Human Right is respect for each other. If this can be maintained under the beautiful principles of Islam, protecting all other rights will become a very easy thing.” Thus we are to conclude that Islam is the remedy for human rights abuses.

The Commissioner Mr Saleem is also either lying or misinformed when he states that “the basic freedoms and rights which are also included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are perfectly included in the second chapter of the new draft constitution.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifically allows freedom of religion, including changing one's religion and the
new Maldives constitution clearly prohibits it.

Of particular concern is the following paragraph:-

"Fragmentation of the political ethos and political conflicts are problems which would be solved with increasing public awareness. Political differences are issues that could be solved by dialog. On the other hand, religious divisions and differences of opinion in matters of ideology are very dangerous.

The signs of the dangers associated with this are now visible in our Maldivian community. We are now even experiencing the resulting damage. This is something which this Commission has previously expressed concern for. Finding the reasons for these religious divisions in our tiny community and taking the necessary steps regarding this, in a responsible manner is of the utmost importance.

When the number of people whose thinking and beliefs that contradict the beautiful Islamic principles are increasing, it is very important that the concerned government authorities bring out to the citizens the authentic information about religion (Islam) in a responsible manner. We would like to point out that, to save the society from religious divisions it is very important that the role played by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs be broadened.”

There already exists a 'Protection of Religious Unity of Maldivians Act' under which a person can be prosecuted and imprisoned for anything considered un- Islamic. Wearing a crucifix, owning literature of religions other than Islam, having a statue or portraits of the Buddha or Hindu deities, expressing any views either by speech or in writing which contradicts the Islamic view (as determined by the Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs) and a whole host of activities are deemed un-Islamic and can result in prosecution and incarceration.
Given that the Constitution already states that all laws should be in accordance with Islam and the Supreme Council determines what
is Islam , what else does the Human Rights Commission of Maldives want when they say "the role played by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs be broadened.”?

A hierarchy of mullahs to rule the nation as in Iran? A religious police force as in Saudi Arabia?

Now thats something the Hollywood celebrities and European glitterati will not want to think about as they lounge on the beach of a Maldives resort with a cocktail.

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Walid Shoebat Strikes A Nerve

From this source:
Air Force grants equal time to critics of alleged ex-terrorists

February 28, 2008

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force Academy has invited three speakers to give their vision of Islam after remarks made by three self-described former terrorists that some in the audience believed were condemnations of all Muslims.

Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, former U.S. ambassador to Niger Joe Wilson and Islamic expert Reza Aslan, a research associate at the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy, will speak to cadets April 9 at a forum on terrorism.

Academy officials invited the three amid criticism of the appearances of Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani at a Feb. 6 forum on the topic, “Dismantling Terrorism.”

Although academy spokesman Johnny Whitaker said this was not in response to the criticism, he acknowledged that it occurred only after the complaints were made.

Academy officials insisted that Shoebat, Saleem and Anani, who claim to have abandoned terrorism after converting to Christianity, are genuine.

Maj. Brett Ashworth, academy spokesman, said the three had been checked out by Air Force intelligence. Ashcroft disputed reports that the three had pushed a Christian agenda during the February forum and had insisted in advance they would not be proselytizing on behalf of Christianity.


An Air Force task force also concluded there was no religious discrimination at the academy but noted some cadets and staff were insensitive. In February 2006, the Air Force adopted new guidelines cautioning top officers about promoting their religious views.

Shoebat has published an online autobiography describing his journey from membership in the Palestine Liberation Organization to Israeli sympathizer. Saleem says he also is a former member of the PLO, and Zak Anani describes himself as a former member of several Lebanese terrorist groups. The three appear together regularly.

The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations criticized the speakers, saying one of them, Shoebat, has said that “Islam is the devil.”


The only member of the three self-described former terrorists who could be reached this week defended his credibility. He said he could “not really” speak for the other two.

“I am who I am,” said Shoebat.

Asked if he gave up terrorism after converting to Christianity, Shoebat said, “Absolutely.”

His publicist, Keith Davies, said Shoebat never killed anyone but had once tried unsuccessfully tried to lynch an Israeli soldier. Davies said Shoebat tossed a bomb at an Israeli bank that injured no one, and that Shoebat was jailed by the Israelis but released because he is a U.S. citizen.

Davies also said Shoebat has been in hiding because of what he called threats from Arabs.
HERE is Mr. Shoebat's rebuttal to those challenging his "credentials." His web site is HERE.

On March 14, 2008, Mr. Shoebat is the scheduled guest for The Gathering Storm Radio Show, which WC and I cohost. We will, of course, be addressing for a few minutes the recent "challenge" to Mr. Shoebat's identity and allow him on-air time to state his position on that matter and, for most of the hour, on material from his book Why We Want to Kill You: The Jihadist Mindset and How to Defeat It. An outstanding book, in my view, and recommended reading for all infidels here at IBA.

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Winds of War: How Some Dealt With Terrorism in History

Saw the movie ‘Vantage Point’ this weekend. One line struck me about our current fight with terrorism. One of the terrorists said just before he died. “You can’t stop us. This fight will never end.”

Over at FaithFreedom.org, a member wrote a long post about how history dealt with terrorism.

… every day the police inform us about the arrests of “peaceful Muslims” and about the plots uncovered in Italy, Spain, France, Holland, USA, Russia…

Yet, the Muslims, supported by the gang of “liberal” politicians and journalists, look at us innocently like the famous husband caught in bed with another woman and ask the same question: Who are you going to believe? Us, or your lying eyes?

And what is absolutely puzzling; there is quite a lot of people who quite seriously try to convince us that we can stop this rain of mortal attacks by being “kind” and “tolerant”, and who with clever faces repeat like parrots the senseless commonplaces like “violence gives rise to more violence”, or “two wrongs don´t make a right”, or “you cannot defeat violence with more violence”.

Is that true? History says otherwise.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.

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What on earth is it going to take? Why are ALL LEADERS SILENT?

Oil Briefly Tops $103 a Barrel for 1st Time As US Dollar Weakness Draws Investors
Oil prices briefly surpassed $103 a barrel for the first time Friday as persistent weakness in the U.S. dollar and the prospect of lower interest rates attracted fresh money to the oil market.gasline.gif

Light, sweet crude for April delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped to a new trading record of $103.05 a barrel in electronic trading before slipping back to $102.07 a barrel, down 52 cents, by midday in Europe.

Obama? Hello? What's your FOUR YEAR PLAN for total energy independence? How much are you planning on investing in fusion electrical generation? Coal to liquid fuel research? Oh, that's right you are too busy arguing with Hillary over being certain every American has health insurance provided ultimately by the govt, something which is IMPOSSIBLE to afford.

Attributed to de Tocqueville :
A democracy cannot exist
as a permanent form of government.
It can only exist until the voters discover
that they can vote themselves largesse
from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes
for the candidates promising the most benefits
from the public treasury
with the result that a democracy
always collapses over loose fiscal policy

How much time have you spent explaining to the american people why this should be our top priority, Obama? Why haven't you? Mr. McCain? Give in on that one? What's the matter Exxon-Mobil talking to you and Barack too much?

Americans, both parties have failed to do their duty, and since 1973, when it became obvious what the real cost was going to be, have done almost no real thing to give this nation independence from religious, socialist, and vanilla dictatorial loons, who sit above dead dinosaurs and plants? The presidents have failed to design realistic plans, and congresses have failed to authorize any plans that might have helped, INCLUDING EXPLORATION, and drilling, the simplest of answers. Now the needs are dire, and the problems inching towards economic desperation as a real, and viewable possible outcome.

Why is that?


Dollar Sinks Ahead of Income Reports
Friday February 29, 6:37 am ET

Currency Investors Brush of Fed Statements; Dollar Hits Another Record Low Friday BERLIN (AP) -- The dollar struck another record low Friday in Europe as comments from the U.S. Federal reserve chief appeared to instill little confidence.

Uncertainty over the U.S. economy continued to drag on the dollar a day after Fed chief Ben Bernanke said the American economy was not "anywhere near" the dangerous situation of the 1970s.

The lack of confidence the amoral judgment of capital has pronounced upon america right now goes right back to a lack of forthright acceptance of the age we are in , and it's compulsory solutions. This is a fault of leaders, and of people,and the world sees it clearly americans. No soft power kumbaya, or old school old boy method have yet sufficed to change the dynamic or the challenges of THIS age.

Gold price hits record 976.32 dollars per ounce in London


The price of gold rose to a record high point of 976.32 dollars per ounce in morning trading here on Friday as the dollar struck fresh historic lows against the euro, traders said.

The previous record high price for an ounce of gold was 964.99 dollars, reached on Wednesday.

A weak US currency boosts demand for dollar-denominated raw materials such as gold because it makes them cheaper for buyers using stronger currencies. However the increased demand eventually leads to higher prices.

Demand for gold tends to rise at a time of uncertainty about political or economic conditions, and when inflationary pressures appear to be building up.

Just what kind of lesson will it take for Americans to come to grips with the challenges we face? What will it take for us to push forward people who challenge us with difficulties and not attempt to buy us with impossible promises?

We have to produce more than software. We have to generate more than debt. We have to invest in more than stocks. We have to look further than the next quarter's report. We have to arm ourselves with more than Raptors

What's it gonna take to wake us up?

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Islamic Law In Britain?

The following is an article that appeared in The Week magazine:

Great Britain: Should we adopt Islamic law?

Is the Church of England surrendering to Islam? said Matthew d’Ancona in the London Daily Telegraph. In an already infamous speech last week, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said that the introduction of parts of Islamic sharia law in Britain “seems unavoidable,” since there are so many devout Muslims here who refuse to recognize British law. Bowing to that inevitability, he said, would “help to maintain social cohesion.” Williams, the leader of the Anglican Church, was professing to be tolerant of another religion, but in reality he was simply knuckling under to extremists. He actually mocked the idea that there should be “one law and only one law for everybody,” as if that were some quaint notion, not the very underpinning of Western thought. “Equality before the law is, in practice, the most meaningful form of equality that we have. Please, sir: Can we have the Enlightenment back?”

“There’s being tolerant and there’s being an ass,” said Anila Baig in the London Sun. We all know what sharia means: “stoning, amputations, lashings, and executions.” Britain left such abominations behind centuries ago. Are we to be dragged back to the Middle Ages to please our new “so-called citizens” from Pakistan and Bangladesh? “Why should those who already feel they are not part of society be pandered to? Why give them the green light to go their separate way?”

Many British Muslims shudder with horror at the thought, said Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in the London Independent. Muslim women such as myself are thrilled that we don’t live in Saudi Arabia or Iran, and we are already alarmed at the Islamification of Britain. “Ten years ago, the only fully shrouded Muslim women around were from the Arab fiefdoms,” but nowadays “all of Europe has these girls and women rendering themselves invisible in public spaces.” Moreover, we have been struggling to get so-called honor killings acknowledged as the scourge that they are and punished accordingly. If British Muslims were allowed to take their grievances to separate sharia courts, it would be impossible for women to get justice.

Archbishop Williams’ words have been twisted and misconstrued, said Deborah Orr, also in the Independent. He specifically stipulated that any Islamic court ruling could not go against British law. He merely proposed allowing an Islamic council to adjudicate trivial cases involving, for example, uncontested divorces. Such a concession will let the imams feel that they have a say in British life. “Far from pandering to extremists, he is thinking about how to beat them at their own game.”

Ah, so Williams wants us to adopt only the mild, inoffensive bits of sharia? asked the Plymouth Western Morning News in an editorial. That won’t wash. Islamic law is supposedly the direct word of God, which does not submit to editing. You cannot, in other words, “dine à la carte on sharia.” To suggest “that there is some jolly Anglican version of it is dangerous nonsense.” Williams was once considered one of the smartest bishops ever to head the Anglican Church. “Unhappily, he may also prove to be one of the worst.”

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Islam's Spread in America

With a hat-tip to Sounder, who left this link to "The Rise of Islam in America" in a comment at Foehammer's Anvil:

Excerpt from the text at the above link:
There are between 6 and 7 million Muslims in America today. In other words, Muslims outnumber some Christian denominations and are equal to the number of Jews. Research done in the year 2000 by prominent American universities and Islamic foundations show that the number of Muslims is increasing rapidly and that Islam is growing stronger day by day.

The above graphic representation shows the rising numbers of mosques in America.
The main theme of this research, known as the Mosque Study Project, is the establishment of mosques in America. The reason for this is that mosques occupy a very special place in any statistical compilations done with regard to the American Muslim community. Mosques in America are both houses of worship and gathering places for talking with one another and launching cultural activities to make Islam more widely known. Every mosque establishes a relationship with the press to introduce Islam to a wider audience, speaks with local politicians, visits schools and churches, engages in interfaith dialogue and carries on other such activities. Thus, research done on these mosques is one of the most useful tools for gathering accurate and enlightening information on this community's state.

According to this research, America now has about 1,209 mosques, most of which were constructed very recently. Thirty percent of these mosques were built in the 1990s, and 32% were built in the 1980s. Other statistics show that in 1994, the total number of mosques in America was 962; in 2000, there was a 25% increase in this number.

These data show a natural parallel with the growing number of Muslims. For example, according to determinations made in 1994, the number of Muslims attending mosque services was 500,000; in 2000, this figure had increased to 2 million-an approximately 300% increase. A significant part of this number is composed of people who converted to Islam. The same research shows that about 30% of those worshippers are converts. According to these data, about 20,000 Americans accept Islam every year....
Much more at this link, including access to additional pages.

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Don't Worry. Jihad Will Fade Away

According to this commentary in the February 28, 2008 edition of the Washington Post, we don't have much to worry about. Rather, the problem with jihad is pretty much in our paranoid minds:

Politicians who talk about the terrorism threat -- and it's already clear that this will be a polarizing issue in the 2008 campaign -- should be required to read a new book by a former CIA officer named Marc Sageman. It stands what you think you know about terrorism on its head and helps you see the topic in a different light.

Sageman has a résumé that would suit a postmodern John le Carré. He was a case officer running spies in Pakistan and then became a forensic psychiatrist. What distinguishes his new book, "Leaderless Jihad," is that it peels away the emotional, reflexive responses to terrorism that have grown up since Sept. 11, 2001, and looks instead at scientific data Sageman has collected on more than 500 Islamic terrorists -- to understand who they are, why they attack and how to stop them.

The heart of Sageman's message is that we have been scaring ourselves into exaggerating the terrorism threat...


The first wave of al-Qaeda leaders, who joined Osama bin Laden in the 1980s, is down to a few dozen people on the run in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. The second wave of terrorists, who trained in al-Qaeda's camps in Afghanistan during the 1990s, has also been devastated, with about 100 hiding out on the Pakistani frontier. These people are genuinely dangerous, says Sageman, and they must be captured or killed. But they do not pose an existential threat to America, much less a "clash of civilizations."

It's the third wave of terrorism that is growing, but what is it? By Sageman's account, it's a leaderless hodgepodge of thousands of what he calls "terrorist wannabes." Unlike the first two waves, whose members were well educated and intensely religious, the new jihadists are a weird species of the Internet culture. Outraged by video images of Americans killing Muslims in Iraq, they gather in password-protected chat rooms and dare each other to take action. Like young people across time and religious boundaries, they are bored and looking for thrills....
So all we need to worry about is a bunch of Evel Knievels? Puhleeze!

David Ignatius, the author of the commentary and quite obviously not a supporter of John McCain, manages not to agree with the body of his own essay, which is mostly a rundown of Sageman's arguments:
I don't agree with all of Sageman's arguments, especially about the consequences of a quick drawdown in Iraq, but I think he is raising the questions the country needs to ponder this election year. If Sageman's data are right, we are not facing what President Bush called "the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century and the calling of our generation," but something that is more limited and manageable -- if we make good decisions.
And just what might be the definition of "good decisions" and adequate managment? Appeasement? Not publishing Mo-toons? Burying the memory of Theo Van Gogh's murder? Ignoring the threats on Geert Wilders's life?

Maybe Mr. Sageman and Mr. Ignatius would do well to read IBA. They just might get a better grip on reality.

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Present at the Coronation of King Obama?

Why is Obama smiling? Perhaps if this wonderful, charismatic speaker, this man who has risen so quickly that he is still basically a State Senator in mental outlook truly understood what he was getting into, he would show a bit more concern.
Obama tried speaking about substance when he mentioned the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he displayed an astounding ignorance of the military instrument. He said that an anonymous U.S. Army captain told him that his infantry platoon was split and sent to different areas of operations; that they were lacking vehicles; and that they had insufficient ammunition to fight.

Although problems do occur in combat situations to be sure, none of what Obama related makes any sense ...

Politicians rely heavily, on almost every subject, on advisors to get them educated and keep them current. And nobody really expects Obama or Clinton or even McCain, who was a Navy aviator, to know anything about ground combat. But one does expect the candidate to employ advisors who know what they are talking about and to prevent their candidate from embarrassment.

While Obama has attracted money, notoriety and delegates, he has yet to attract military advisers who know what they are doing. ___Source
Who is Obama truly depending on, as advisors? Is he depending on the "poster-boy" economic and policy advisors put forward by his campaign, or is he performing as required for the "campaign show", while intending to fall back on his most pivotal and most trusted advisors once the deal is done? I suspect that Michelle Obama will play a very strong role in any Obama administration. A very alienated Michelle, with a strong sense of entitlement and victimisation--a dangerous combination indeed.

"Dreams of My Father", the 1995 Obama autobiography contains many clues. There may just be enough time between now and November to learn enough about the hidden core of this man who would be king.

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This Week on The Gathering Storm Radio Show

Listen to the nearly famous Gathering Storm Radio Show, that AlwaysOnWatch and I co-host. The show broadcasts live every Friday for one hour at NOON, Pacific Time.

Friday, February 29: Our guest at the bottome of the first half hour of the show is John Bootie. John Bootie is a candidate for President of the United States. You can read brief synopses of his positions on various issues HERE.

At the top of the second hour, Dave Gaubatz and David Yerulshalmi of Mapping Shari'a In America will discuss their stunning investigative findings, recently published in World Net Daily.

Call-in number is (646) 915-9870.

Callers welcome!

If you are unable to listen live to the radio show, you can listen to recordings of the radio broadcasts later by CLICKING HERE.

The call-in number again is (646) 915-9870. Converse with my co-host and me, chat with our guests or if you must, just air your spleen!

March 7: Janet Levy and GM Roper
March 14: Walid Shoebat and Mark Alexander
March 21:
Elisabeth of Austria
March 28: Robert Spencer
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Islamist Policy To Create Disunity & Violence

We are all pissed off (English expression) with Muslims increasingly demanding special treatment in our lands.

  • The female health workers in the NHS refusing to uncover their forearms for scrubbing up.

  • Insistence on wearing the veil in public places

  • Demands for sharia law

  • Special provision for prayer rooms for Muslims in public places

  • Refusal of taxi drivers to carry guide dogs

  • Shop workers refusing to handle alcohol

  • Social Housing built especially for Muslims so the toilets DO NOT face Mecca

  • The instant ability to take offence whilst offending the rest of us with their insults and death threats to all Jews and infidels

And then there's a call for American Muslims to stir up racial tension between African-Americans and whites in the U.S. by spreading inflammatory materials on the Internet.

It is part of a plan put together by the Muslim Brotherhood for the Islamic takeover of the West. And because the Quran has laid out the plan in no uncertain way then it must be obeyed. The idea is to infiltrate all sections of society - which they have done - and constantly piss us off in the hope of provoking a violent backlash:from this site:

What does Islam teach as far as violence is concerned? Looking at the Qur'an, we see quite a lot taught about this subject. Muslim apologists will often point to Surah 2:190-193 as proof that Islam teaches only defensive warfare, but eschews offense.

"Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they first fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them.

Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression."

These verses, it is said, admonish Muslims only to fight against those who oppress or persecute Muslims, and only until the offenders have stopped oppressing Muslims.

However, there is a catch to all this. The Qur'an also teaches for Muslims to enter into exile in lands where Islam is not the dominant force, and to stir up trouble, so that this persecution will come as the natives in those lands protect the integrity of their sovereignty.

"Those who believed, and adopted exile, and fought for the Faith, with their property and their persons, in the cause of Allah, as well as those who gave them asylum and aid,- these are all friends and protectors, one of another.

As to those who believed but came not into exile, ye owe no duty of protection to them until they come into exile; but if they seek your aid in religion, it is your duty to help them, except against a people with whom ye have a treaty of mutual alliance. And remember Allah seeth all that ye do.

The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, protect each other, there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief." (Surah 8:72-73)

In this passage, “adopted exile” is translated from the root form hjr, which has as its primary meaning the ideas of containment or confinement, and can carry the connotation of being quarantined or compartmentalised.

The idea garnered from this verse seems to be as follows: adopt exile in a foreign land, voluntarily confining yourself in a non-Muslim society. Eschew assimilating into the culture and way of life of the host country, and instead agitate for Islam. When opposition arises, join together and give aid and fight for Allah against the unbelievers, since voilà, persecution has arisen!

Hence, what is touted as a defensive doctrine is in reality carried out in an offensive manner.

So there you have it. The plan is working.

(cross posted with CommonSense)


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Winds of War: The Informed American Voter

So here we are. On the cusp of one of the most important elections this country has seen in a long time. We are at war with a virulent ideology that seeks to kill you, me our families and friends and fellow Americans and we need now, more than ever, an informed and educated populous.
Unfortunately, in that regard, it doesn’t look good. Try not to gag on your coffee.

Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.
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There was no such thing as Al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq

Obama's campaign of change.

What is it about that line, which denies the realities of the larger objective state of the world?

No Iraq, no problems? Less problems? Obama is missing something. There is some element of his makeup which is a vacuum when it comes to the way the world works. Khameini, Ahmadinejad, Putin, Jintao, the AL Saud, the Al Sabah, are not impressed by "Change we can believe in", I promise you. They are salivating at the underlying meaning inside Barack Obama of his proposal for the USA-Muslim nation kumbaya meeting.

I don't think it can be argued right now that while this war, like any, is not perfectly run, WE ARE WINNING IT.

So, meanwhile from the Congressional Quarterly.....
Senate Democrats Plan Long-Term Strategy for Guiding Iraq Debate

Senate Democrats, outmaneuvered this week on the Iraq debate, are pressing on with plans for a legislative offensive over the next two months to alter the course of the war.

Actively behind the measure, Feingold, Durbin, Levin.

Last July, an amendment by Levin and Reed to require redeployment from Iraq to begin within 120 days drew 52 votes, eight short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.

Alter the winning course. Alter the winning course?

Except for being against anything republican, and despising Bush, why would Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi seek to change the course of a war being won?

This war in Iraq we are winning remains unpopular because the democratic party right now, and the media, have decided it must be.

Need I remind the readers that the worst lead people on this planet, the Palestinians, have suffered manifestly for that. Lead into permanent rejection, religious war, victimology and permanent poverty, they have paid a heavy price.

Today the democrat party at the national level has decided it is better for the democratic party to ensure defeat in Iraq, for votes, and they enforce that uniform adherence with the example of Joe Lieberman. Who can speak out if in the privacy of the cool side of the pillow one of them wonders what they are doing?

What ARE they doing?
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The Vatican and Al-Azhar university agree

Al-Azhar "university"
"Both sides vehemently denounce the reprinting of the offensive cartoon and the attack on Islam and its prophet," officials from both religious bodies said in a statement seen by IslamOnline.net.

Concluding a two-day meeting of their joint interfaith committee in Cairo, the two sides also denounced any insult to any religion.

Seventeen Danish newspapers reprinted on Wednesday, February 13, a drawing of a man described as Prophet Muhammad with a ticking bomb in his turban.

The move came following the arrest of two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin for allegedly plotting to kill the cartoonist who had drew the caricature in 2005.

"We call for the respect of faiths, religious holy books and religious symbols," read the statement.

The two sides urged Muslim and Christian religious leaders, intellectuals and educators to instill such respect in society.

"Freedom of expression should not become a pretext to insult religions and defaming religious sanctities."
Read the whole article here.

The Vatican's position makes no sense to me. It is leading to a complete Dhimmi and roll-over attitude similar to the Head of the Church of England: - The Most Reverend Dhimmi Supreme Arcishop Himself - even though he now tries to retract his earlier statements on his recommendation to introduce Sharia in the UK.

From the blog of Flemming Rose, one of the editors of Jyllandsposten:

Yesterday the Vatican joined the al-Azhar university in Cairo in condemning the republication of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard’s depiction of Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, but the Catholic state and the supreme institution of Islam in the Sunni world didn’t say a word about the foiled plot to kill Westergaard, who has been in hiding since November last year.

And by the way: al-Azhar is a university practicing institutional apartheid. The institution is banned for Jews and Copts, not only the department of theology, but also medicine, economics and agriculture. And speaking about offending religious sensibilities: al-Azhar has shown no willingness to abandon the part of the sharia providing Muslims with the obligation to insult non-Muslims’ religious feelings, while at the same time insisting that non-Muslims offending Muslims’ religious sensibilities should be punished.

I call the Vatican a bunch of Dhimmies. Now is the time to fight back - or do you want Sudanese conditions all over the world?
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How many Nation of Islam members will work in an Obama White House?

I found this very informative article today. Like many here, I want answers! We must not stop asking the hard questions, even if we piss people off. This is OUR country too!

Responding to criticism by Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, Barack Obama declared his strong opposition to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan:

I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan.

Obama also went on to condemn his Church's award to Farrakhan and his minister's tight relationship with him.

But a former Obama insider says that Obama's sudden aversion to NOI and Farrakhan is belied by the fact that
Obama employed and continues to employ several Farrakhan acolytes in high positions on his Illinois and U.S. Senate campaign and office staffs. I have verified that this person--who agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity--held a key position in the Obama campaign. The insider was so close to Senator Obama that they frequently personally discussed and exchanged direct e-mail messages on campaign and policy matters. This person is not connected with the Clintons and is not a disgruntled employee.

The insider says he frequently objected to Mr. Obama's placement of Cynthia K. Miller, a member of the Nation of Islam, as the Treasurer of his U.S. Senate campaign. When I contacted Miller, now a Chicago real estate agent, to verify whether she was a member of the Nation of Islam and whether she shared Louis Farrakhan's bigoted views about Jews, she responded, "None of your business! Where are you going with this?" She said her resignation as Obama's treasurer had nothing to do with her Nation of Islam ties. Then, she hung up.

The Obama insider says he also objected to Obama's involvement with Jennifer Mason, whom he says is also a member of the Nation of Islam. Mason is Obama's Director of Constituent Services in his U.S. Senate office and is also in charge of selecting Obama's Senate interns. She did not respond to repeated calls for comment.

But it's not just that he employed these individuals in positions of power in his office, it's that when the former associate raised objections, he says Mr. Obama's position was that he saw nothing wrong with the Nation of Islam and didn't think it was a problem. If true--and the fact that Ms. Mason still holds her prominent Obama Senate staff position bears that out--Obama's condemnation of Farrakhan, this month, is phony.

But the insider says there is more to it than that. Obama's Illinois State Senate district consisted of prime Nation of Islam territory, including Hyde Park, home to Farrakhan's mansion. It is not possible, Illinois politicos say, to win that district without the blessing of the NOI leader. NOI members, including consultant Shakir Muhammad, held important roles in the Obama state senate campaign.

How many Nation of Islam members will work in an Obama White House?

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Obama: Muslim Call To Prayer "One Of The Prettiest Sounds On Earth"

This story will remain at the top for awhile.

Yes, he said that!

Right after he recited a Muslim prayer.

Is America soon to have a Muslim President?

From Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times:

Mr. Obama would bring to the White House an important experience that most other candidates lack: he has actually lived abroad. He spent four years as a child in Indonesia and attended schools in the Indonesian language, which he still speaks.

“I was a little Jakarta street kid,” he said in a wide-ranging interview in his office (excerpts are on my blog, www.nytimes.com/ontheground). He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school, but a president is less likely to stereotype Muslims as fanatics — and more likely to be aware of their nationalism — if he once studied the Koran with them.

Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

Moreover, Mr. Obama’s own grandfather in Kenya was a Muslim. Mr. Obama never met his grandfather and says he isn’t sure if his grandfather’s two wives were simultaneous or consecutive, or even if he was Sunni or Shiite.

You see that Nicholas Kristof seems to think this is great. Obama brings experience that other candidates don't have.

Yeah, he sure does.

And, what was the prayer Obama recited? Death by a Thousand Papercuts says this is it:

"Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that Muhammad is his prophet... "

Well, if he wasn't a Muslim before, he is now. Or, I should say, Muslims would consider him a Muslim, for having said that prayer.

That's the way it works. And, by the way, I'm sure Obama knows that to be true.

One has to wonder if this might be some of the most momentous and horrendous news ever reported on the American scene.

God help us.


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London’s Mega Mosque: Al Markaz, London

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Is He The One? Suffer The Children To Come Unto Him

Oh, for Christ's sake:

. . I have a pint sized Obamaphile — or should that be Obama-bhakta (bhakta in Sanskrit means devotee) in deference to her Indian roots? — in the household. These days, he is included in J’s morning prayers, which is an honor normally reserved for things and people closest to her heart. She has been following his fortunes in the primaries for a while now and has managed to suck me into it as well.

Obamaphilia is quite contagious as it turns out. Thanks to my daughter, I keep an eye on CNN for the latest on Obama because J’s need for information on him is insatiable. . . .

I asked her a few days ago if the timing of the debate coincided with the weekend of her play date which one she would pick. “The debate of course,” she replied. “Why?” I asked incredulously. “Because it is so interesting. Play dates are all the same,” she explained like it should have been self-evident to me.

And it is not only debates she likes. She has had me dig up old Obama speeches from YouTube. The man just has to talk and J is all mesmerized. She sits transfixed and watches him like she were in a hypnotic trance. . . .


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German Interior Minister: EU Press Should Publish Mohammed Cartoons

"All European newspapers should print the [Mohammed] caricatures with the explanation, 'We also think they're pathetic, but the use of press freedom is no reason to resort to violence," Schaeuble told the weekly edition of Die Zeit.

The minister added that he "respected" the decision of 17 Danish newspapers earlier this month to reprint a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed with a turban that resembled a bomb with a lit fuse. The re-publication came a day after Danish authorities uncovered and foiled a plot to murder the cartoonist whose drawing first appeared in 2005.

Schaeuble's statement coincided with protests in Sudan over the reprinting. In a demonstration organized by numerous Islamist movements, some 10,000 people marched through Khartoum on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The protestors demanded that diplomatic ties with Denmark be severed and expressed support for a boycott on Danish products declared by the Sudanese government on Monday.

"Bin Laden strike again" and "Jews, Jews, the army of Mohammed is coming back," shouted the marchers.

Since the cartoon was reprinted two weeks ago, similar protests have been held in Iran and Egypt.

What the hell do the Jews have to do with the MoToons, for God's sake?

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Either Obama lives in a magical fairy land where enemies will never, never crop up set to killl us,


Obama is trying to kill us.

You decide. From Atlas Shrugs:







There's more:

I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems...

...I will not weaponize space...

...I will slow development of future combat systems...

...and I will institute a "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure the quadrennial defense review is not used to justify unnecessary spending...

...I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons...

...and to seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons...

...I will seek a global ban on the development of fissile material...

...and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert...

...and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals...


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The Terrible Pig Wars Of The 21st Century

Oh d-d-dear, why do they hate me so?
Yeah, I know, you thought when we reached the 21st century that, if we had not already ascended "beyond war", well, we'd be fighting wars in space, with particle beams, and lasers, and all sorts of Star Wars stuff.
But instead, we are fighting the barbarians of the 7th century and they're using their retarded people to blow us up.

Now, an even more pathetic and degrading episode of our war has begun. The Terrible Pig Wars are sure to be a series of battles stretching through much of the 21st century, wherein hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Muslims freak out, riot, and piss themselves over the public display of pigs.

Meanwhile, I predict it will all end like this;

We'll treat the Islamonutheads like the pigs they are, and we'll treat their women, well, you know how we treat our women.

(Thanks to Najistani)

"I just couldn't believe it, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry," Mrs Nancy Bennett, the owner of the 17 miniature pigs, told the Sun tabloid newspaper.

The porcelain figures were held at the local police station, while Mrs Bennett was threatened with prosecution if she replaces the collection. Her house is located in the same street as the city's main mosque, meaning that Muslim worshippers often passed by her front window where the pig figurines were on display. "

A historic statue of a wild boar is unlikely to return to Derby's Arboretum, because it could offend Muslims living nearby.

The Florentine Boar stood in the Derby park from 1840 to 1942, when it was beheaded by flying masonry during an air raid.

Derby City Council had hoped to replace the statue with an identical replica when plans for a massive overhaul of the park were first considered a decade ago. But following reservations raised by some people in Normanton about a new boar statue, the authority decided to consult with local community leaders.

At a meeting of the council's minority ethnic communities advisory committee it was recommended that the boar be replaced with something else because of the strength of feeling among nearby residents as pigs are perceived as offensive creatures by many Muslims.

Derwent Ward councillor Suman Gupta said, "If the statue of the boar is put back at the Arboretum I have been told that it will not be there the next day, or at least it won't be in the same condition the next day at least. We should not have the boar because it is offensive to some of the groups in the immediate area."

Talkin' about the pig ...
Pig is in the mud
Pig's in Zen

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