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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Paris: Jewish Man Viciously Attacked For Being Jewish - Stabbed Repeatedly

From Atlas Shrugs:

PARIS — France’s interior ministry says masked thieves who attacked a young man east of Paris to steal his car repeatedly stabbed him after noticing he was wearing a Jewish symbol.

Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has condemned the “revolting attack” in the suburban town of Fontenay-sous-Bois and says authorities are working to find the perpetrators.

The ministry said in a statement Friday that the attackers shouted anti-Semitic threats at the man as they stabbed him four times with a knife in the Thursday evening attack. It did not provide details on the man’s condition.

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Anti-Semitism: The New Normal

From Ezra Levant:

I don't get it. Glenmore Landing is private property; with a word RioCan, the landlord, could demand that the pro-Hamas and pro-Hezbollah goons, who now gather there weekly, leave. That's what mall security does when teens loiter on skateboards. How about foreign anti-Semitic provocateurs flying terrorist flags?

Here's two photos from today. (Thanks to DS.)


I know for a fact that several merchants in the mall are appalled -- not just by their lost business, but by the offensive display of anti-Semitism permitted by their landlord. I just don't get it. The bigots said they'll be back -- I'm sure they will. And I'm sure there will be more anti-Semitic graffiti in the neighbourhood. Today's graffiti was just a block away from the Jewish Centre, and a block and a half from the synagogue.

I bet there will be a swastika spray-painted on the synagogue within a month.

That's what James Q. Wilson calls the "broken windows theory". The anti-Semites at the hate march -- most of them just off the plane from countries where freedom of assembly doesn't exist, and if you dared to protest outside a government office, you'd be tortured -- are testing what they can get away with. What's acceptable in Calgary? What's acceptable to Calgary's Jews? To Calgary's Gentiles? To the RioCan landlords? To the Prime Minister himself?

You can already see an escalation.

At their first hate march, the Hezbollah flag was only unfurled near the end, as a specific taunt to a Jewish rabbi.

The police did nothing, though Hezbollah is listed in the Criminal Code as an illegal terrorist organization.

The bigots are learning. I bet the terrorist sympathizer who showed the flag last time was pretty nervous about it. But now he knows that's the new normal. And so, at this rally, the Hezbollah flag was flown for almost the entire event. Here are some pictures from today:


I imagine that, the first time the S.A. stormtroopers marched in Germany 80 years ago, they were the ones who were afraid -- afraid of public excoriation, afraid of vigilantism in response, afraid of police. But once they realized they could get away with it, once they gathered momentum, once the community indicated that it would do nothing to enforce their behavioural standards, it was the community that became afraid.

Some statistics: there were about 150 Hamas supporters this time, and very few women and children. Almost all men now. There were about 20 counter-demonstrators, some with modest placards -- and a small Israeli flag.

Again -- as last time -- the police told the pro-Israel counter-protesters that they risked being arrested for "inciting public disorder" if their tiny Jewish flag caused a conflagration. Did you get that? If the peaceful display of a Star of David "incited" the Hamas supporters to act violently, it would be the Israel supporters who would be charged. I wonder how much longer -- months? years? -- until police are telling people that wearing "provocative" Christian crosses is cause for arrest, too.

Imagine if Calgary's cops spoke that way to battered women: "Ma'am, if you don't cook him his dinner the way he likes it, you're provoking him. He'll hit you again. And we'll have to charge you with inciting him to hit you."

Unlike the Hamas supporters, the pro-Israel supporters actually live in the neighbourhood, and are customers of the mall. The Hamas hate marchers came in from across town -- their purpose was to terrify Jews, just like their terrorist role models in Arabia.

Say, these anti-Semites are awfully clever. They were smart enough not to be white skinheads. Because they're Muslims immigrants, they're allowed to do what 150 white skinheads in a Jewish neighbourhood wouldn't be allowed to do. They're allowed to taunt and spit at Jews, and hurl shoes at Israel supporters, have placards with swastikas, and trespass with impunity. And they get their own tax-paid bodyguards -- Calgary Police Service cops threatening any of their political foes with arrest.

Try doing any of that if you're a white neo-Nazi with a shaved head.

Nazis and Palestinians united.JPG(I do acknowledge, though, that a few white supremacists have managed to inject themselves into Calgary's anti-Semitic protests, such as the one downtown. The Palestinians are delighted to have them. Above is a picture.)

When I was a young student I remember the national panic when a nobody named Terry Long had a white supremacist barbecue on his private ranch, way out in the country. He even burned a cross.

The human rights commission had a full-blown inquiry into the matter, and authorities hounded Long out of the province. The Canadian Jewish Congress? They're still dining out on their war stories from that brave, brave fight.

Imagine if Terry Long had brought his cross-burning to the Jewish part of Calgary -- with 150 skinheads. Imagine if he did that weekly -- made it the "new normal".

It's unthinkable. I'd say it would be more likely that he'd die in a hail of SWAT team bullets if he tried.

But Calgary's new anti-Semites are much more clever.

They come with names like "Soharwardy" and "Hage", not Long. They speak with Arabic and Urdu accents, not American accents. They wear kaffiyeh scarves, not white Klan hoods. But they are the same damned thing: Jew haters who support violence.

Oh, this isn't a call for a Terry Long-style human rights commission inquiry, or even a criminal "hate speech" charge. They're useless in every way, except as job-creation for second-rate lawyers and bureaucrats, and the new breed of police officer: the multicultural "outreach officer" whose job is no longer to enforce Canadian norms, but to bend them to accommodate Gazan norms. No, any "hate speech" charges would surely fail, as Ahenakew's failed. And they miss the point.

These hate marches call for political and economic marginalization; for a reassertion of ordinary Canadians' civic responsibilities; for a restatement of Canadian values, like Jason Kenney did the other day; and, frankly, for a re-calibration of Canada's immigration policies: more law-abiding peaceful Canadians, less terrorist sympathizers. And I can't think of a value or interest that would be offended by the deportation of non-citizens who fly terrorist flags in Canada (other than the liberal value of civilizational suicide).

This is not a foreign policy issue. This isn't about our views on the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. It's not about what we think, in the abstract, about the Middle East. It's a concrete question about the kind of cities we want and the kind of conduct we will tolerate right here in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. It's not even about Jews. It's about whether our civic leaders can remain silent as our streets are filled with hate and thinly-veiled threats of violence and terrorism.

A few weeks ago, the Prime Minister and Calgary's Mayor joined in the annual Hanukah candle-lighting ceremony at Calgary's City Hall. That's great -- a great symbol. Thanks. But I'd rather the PM and the Mayor skip the candle-lighting, and do something important, like denounce the low-level menace that has emerged across Canada, and that threatens to flare into a European level of continuous intifada.

The solution won't come from losers like the Canadian Jewish Congress who are trying to see how their one tool -- book-burning -- can apply to street hate marches. The solution can only come from ordinary citizens saying "that's not acceptable in Canadian streets"; from police enforcing Canadian law, not sharia law; from property owners like RioCan showing some self-respect, and respect for their tenants and customers; from the media realizing that hate on Canadian streets is not an acceptable "byproduct" of a foreign dispute far away; from union members taking their unions back from crazies like Sid Ryan; and from politicians marshaling whatever moral authority their offices have to denounce these new Nazis. 
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Netherlands: "Moderate" Muslim pol calls for Muslims-only district of Amsterdam

If this is moderate, then please apply a tourniquet to Western Civilization. 

Marcouch: Working toward the next phase

Here we see the next phase of the stealth jihad: first Muslims push for special accommodation of Islamic law, even when it is at variance with the law of the country they are in. Then there often follow demands that non-Muslims also conform to Islamic sensibilities -- cf. the attempt to compel a British supermarket demanding it stop carrying alcohol. Then comes, here, a demand for a separate Muslim enclave -- and of course, such enclaves already exist all over Europe.

"Marcouch wil 'moslim stadsdeel' Amsterdam," from De Telegraaf, January 12, translated as "'Moderate' Muslim Ahmed Marcouch Wants Muslims Only District Of Amsterdam" at Militant Islam Monitor, January 12 (thanks to Muslims Against Sharia):

Marcouch will 'Muslim district ' Amsterdam

Politician Ahmed Marcouch has plans to set up a 'city in itself' outside the ring of Amsterdam. In that district a 'flourishing Muslim community' should develop.

The Amsterdam district council chairman wrote that in an internal letter to other district council chairmen in Amsterdam-West. The PvdA - lawmaker took advantage of an ongoing discussion to shrink some districts in Amsterdam, reports De Pers.

In place of a district Marcouch wants to see a "super -district', a city unto itself: New West. 'There a flourishing Muslim community can develop with sufficient social capital.The Muslim minority is a plus point. There is a clear difference between west inside the ring and the west outside the ring' writes Marcouch.


Not everyone is happy with the plan of Marcouch." If he means to say that he wants to strengthen the Muslim community, or that he wants to create a specific Muslim district in Amsterdam I would find that very unfortunate. In a secular society the law makers may not be led by their belief" finds VVD House member and intergration spokesman Paul de Krom.

His PvdA colleague Jeroen Dijsselbloem says he doesn't understand what Marcouch means.'Muslim communities form themselves around mosques not around the borders of a city'

Clyde Moerlie, an old PvdA member is indignant over the letter. 'A very remarkable statement. But it passes well within his thinking. I dont see much in that one sideded walhalla that Marcouch wants to put in place. Maybe a district where female civil servants don't have to shake hands with Islamic lessons in the public schools. We thought that we at the PvdA were members of a secular party, but Marcouch sees it above all as his obligation as a good Muslim to spread Islam'.

Questions in the House

PVV leader Geert Wilders has announced that he will ask questions in the House over this issue.


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How Many Terms Will Barack Obama Serve?

From this posting at Weasel Zippers:
H. J. Res. 5: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

Text Here
The bill was introduced on January 6, which is Epiphany.

Wikipedia on Epiphany:
Epiphany (Greek for "to manifest" or "to show"), is a Christian feast day which celebrates the revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus Christ.

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Islam: What The West Needs To Know — DESPERATELY

Some of you may differ with me, but I think this is the most informative video on what non-Muslims should know about Islam. Below is the entire video, broken up into ten parts. None of you reading this really need to watch it, but I thought it would be good to have this post to share with others. I have three people in mind I wanted to share this video with, so I made this for that purpose, and I figured some of you might be able to use it too.
Islam: WTWNTK Part 1

Islam: WTWNTK Part 2

Islam: WTWNTK Part 3

Islam: WTWNTK Part 4

Islam: WTWNTK Part 5

Islam: WTWNTK Part 6

Islam: WTWNTK Part 7

Islam: WTWNTK Part 8

Islam: WTWNTK Part 9

Islam: WTWNTK Part 10

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Discretion or Cowardice?

January 16, 2009

BBC Silent about being Terrorized in Gaza: Discretion or Cowardice?

Israeli media reports that Hamas took over the first floor of the building that the BBC offices in Gaza last night and fired rockets from there, trapping the journalists above. Despite the fact that their reporters have now escaped the building, the BBC has so far not said anything about this.

When I was interviewed on the BBC last week, I commented on the pervasive intimidation of the MSM in Gaza, which is one of the reasons that there were none there when the hostilities broke out. I pointed out that the last journalist resident in Gaza, Alan Johnston, now the editor in chief, only survived because he was so openly pro-Palestinian, and even he got kidnapped and brutalized.

“I’ll cut that out to spare you a law suit, my interviewer said. You’re impugning the integrity of a journalist, and without his credibility he can’t practice his profession.” I was at once struck by the combination of concern for reputation and shamelessness involved in such a “favor” to me.

But here’s the BBC, used as human shields by Hamas, and they won’t let the public know.

Hat tip Winds Of Jihad

Nows Here something the BBC did not want the public to know

BBC,s best kept secrect

A few months ago I was surfing for info about famous british muslims and I stumbled across this

MP, boxing champion, BBC correspondent among Muslim award winners

British ministers and political leaders extolled Muslim achievements in the UK at the annual ceremony for the latest The Muslim News Awards for Excellence in London on Tuesday.

Among the winners were Sadiq Khan MP, Minister in the Government Whip's Office, Amir Khan, the IBF inter-continental and Commonwealth Lightweight Boxing Champion and BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, who was detained in Gaza for nearly four months last year.

“These awards celebrate the achievements of British Muslims in all walks of life. They identify Muslim achievers and highlight the wonderful contribution that British Muslims make,” Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

“Equally importantly, they challenge the stereotypes and negative
portrayal of Muslims in many parts of the media. They provide us with role models we can all be proud of,” the Prime Minister said in a video message to the annual ceremony in London on Tuesday night.


Johnston is regarded by the BBC as a respected, experienced journalist, and due to his local knowledge, he was someone other journalists would turn to for information when in Gaza. Prior to being kidnapped however, Johnston was not well known to the general public.

What was not known to the general public was that he just happened to be a muslim.

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The Intifada is globalized as the Gaza War becomes a world war

A friend of mine just sent me this article. It amazes me how little the author knows about Islam. He asks, "One wonders: Why January 10? Was the aggression somehow coordinated among the various far-left and Islamic groups which organized the protests in each city — an attempt to “Globalize the Intifada“? Or did the simultaneous outbreak of violence and anger in several places occur naturally? We may never know."

Well, first of all, there is nothing special about January 10th. The violence has erupted around the world before and after January 10th. Did a simultaneous outbreak of violence occur naturally? Uh, yes. It is basic Islam. When any Muslim is attacked anywhere in the world, regardless of how much provocation the Muslims gave the attacker prior to the attack, it is a Muslim's duty to support and defend the Muslims, regardless of who is in the right. Islam is always in the right.

The author also says, "the fighting now happens not just in Gaza, but wherever in the world Hamas supporters come face to face with anyone they deem an opponent (whether those be Israel supporters or police officers)."

This is just clumsy, ignorant language for "Muslims and non-Muslims," as anyone reading the IBA know full well. In other words, "Hamas supporters" are Muslims. And "anyone they deem an opponent" is "non-Muslims." None of this is confusing when you know even the most basic information about Islamic teachings.

Here are the events that occurred on January 10th:
¤ In London, protesters physically attacked police officers with unrestrained abandon and no fear of arrest;
¤ In Copenhagen, Hamas supporters screamed in public that they want to kill all Jews;
¤ In Calgary, neo-Nazis marched alongside leftists and Muslim extremists, in a grand coalition of anti-Semites;
¤ In Los Angeles, a car full of Israel-supporters barely escaped serious harm when an enraged mob tried to attack them;
¤ In Duisberg (Germany), police broke into a private home and tore down a flag displaying a Star of David, to appease stone-throwing protesters;
¤ In Belfast, an Israel-owned mall kiosk was surrounded and menacingly harassed...

Maybe I'm being overly harsh to the author of the blog. He is on the right side of the fight, and he has quite a few videos of rallies on that page.

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The following post is extracts from
France's Homegrown Gangstas
By Olivier Guitta
Weekly Standard | Wednesday, September 28, 2005

During the mid-1990s, rap entered the mainstream of French popular culture. Since then, some of the most successful groups in French pop music have been rap bands made up mostly of French citizens of Arab or African descent. Among the most popular is NTM (which stands for Nique ta mère, "F--your mother"), a Sony Records group. NTM is famous for lyrics which attack France and especially the police. During a concert in 1995, NTM sang: "I f--the police, I sodomize and pee on the law! Our enemies are the men in blue" (French cops wear blue uniforms). This outburst earned NTM members a three-month prison sentence, later commuted to a fine (though NTM member Joey Starr has been in and out of prison for 15 years for drugs, assault, weapons charges, domestic-abuse, and for spitting on police).

By contrast, the popular rap band Sniper was recently handed a victory in a legal action brought against them in 2004 by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy over incitement to violence and hatred in their song "La France." They sing: "We're all hot for a mission to exterminate the government and the fascists. . . . France is a bitch and we've been betrayed. . . . We f--France, we don't care about the Republic and freedom of speech. We should change the laws so we can see Arabs and Blacks in power in the Elysée Palace. Things have to explode."

The kingpin of rapping French Francophobes is Mr. R. In his latest single--entitled "FranSSe," from the March 2005 album "PolitiKment IncorreKt"--he likens France to the Third Reich, singing: "France is a bitch, don't forget to f--her to exhaustion. You have to treat her like a whore, man! . . . France is one of the bitches who gave birth to you. . . . I am not at home and I don't give a damn, and besides the state can go f--itself. . . . I pee on Napoleon and General De Gaulle. . . . My niggers and my Arabs, our playground is the street with the most guns. . . . F--ing cops, sons of whores. . . . France is a lousy mother who abandoned her sons on the sidewalk. . . . My Muslim brothers are hated like my Jewish brothers were during the Reich"--at which point Mr. R's video shows footage of Hitler and of Nazi concentration camps.

The video borders on pornography. It shows violent acts supposedly committed by the French Army. France is represented by two naked white women called "Gauloises" (a reference to the ancient inhabitants of France) who perform lewd acts with the French flag while a group of blacks make an obscene gesture. As a disclaimer Mr. R says, "When I speak of France, I don't mean the French people but their leaders. They've been exploiting us for a long time, from slavery to colonization, and they're still jerking us around." Tellingly, in the last words of the song, "France" is replaced by "Europe": "Europe is a bitch, don't forget to f--her to exhaustion. You have to treat her like a whore, man!"--which suggests that the rapper's grievances extend past France to include much of the West.

French intellectuals, journalists, and music critics have taken all this in stride. Fnac, the largest French chain of music stores, selected "PolitiKment IncorreKt" as its top featured album. Fnac's fawning review of the CD says: "And what if the subversive spirit of rock had made its way into French rap? . . . Monsieur R: a revelation." On July 16 2005, Mr. R was among the lead performers at the prestigious Francofolies music festival in La Rochelle.

Francois Grosdidier, a member of parliament from President Chirac's party, called on the minister of Justice to ban the broadcast of the video and take up legal action against Mr. R for "incitement to racism and hatred." The press reacted with outrage--against Grosdidier. The left-wing daily Libération denounced this harassment of rappers as futile. Mr. R, responding to the charge of anti-French racism, stuck to his guns: He's only talking about French leaders, he said, not the French people. As he told the newsmagazine Le Point, "I am not anti-French. I am a Belgian citizen."

Another outspoken defender of Mr. R is Olivier Besancenot, head of the Communist Revolutionary League and a rising star of the French left. In 2002 at the age of 29, Besancenot ran in the first round of the presidential election and came in eighth out of 16 candidates, with over 4 percent of the votes. He actually performs--raps--on Mr. R's latest album. He told Libération that criticism of the video amounted to an "infringement of the freedom of expression."

Mr. R are viewed as role models by many young French males of Arab and African descent who live in France's depressed ethnic suburbs. In such an environment, the anti-white riots which erupted March 2005 in Paris should have come as no surprise.

Monsieur R - FranSSe

The article finishes with this

With luck this new phenomenon might turn out to be a fad which peters out, the way anti-police, anti-white gangsta rap did in America after the early '90s. But in the meantime it will be interesting to see if the French will enforce their laws against racism and anti-Semitism--the toughest in Europe--against this homegrown anti-Western hatred.


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Lady Padma is a New York-based Indian supermodel, actress and award-winning cookbook author. Starting with season two, she has been the host of the reality television program Top Chef. Her first name literally means "lotus" in Sanskrit; Lakshmi is the name of the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Her sophomore cookbook Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet was released in October 2007. Her first cookbook Easy Exotic was awarded Best First Book at the 1999 World Cookbook Awards at Versailles.

She was host of the Food Network series, Padma's Passport, which is part of the larger series Melting Pot. She has also been a guest host on parts of the British culinary tourism show Planet Food. She hosted the segments on India and Spain. Other notable television roles include a guest appearance as an imperious princess in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

She was host of Domenica In, Italy's top-rated television show. She also starred in Glitter with Mariah Carey and in Boom with Amitabh Bachchan.

In 2006 she starred in ABC's The Ten Commandments with Dougray Scott, Naveen Andrews, and Omar Sharif. She played Sean Bean's nemesis in the iTV film Sharpe's Challenge. She was in a car accident when she was fourteen, which left a distinctive scar on her right arm.

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Mark Steyn: The 'oldest hatred' lives, from Gaza to Florida

Steyn, as usual, goes right to the heart of the matter:
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Syndicated columnist

Jew-hating pathologies ultimately harm the Jew-hater, too

The 'Oldest Hatred' Lives, from Gaza to Florida

In Toronto, anti-Israel demonstrators yell "You are the brothers of pigs!," and a protester complains to his interviewer that "Hitler didn't do a good job."

In Fort Lauderdale, Palestinian supporters sneer at Jews, "You need a big oven, that's what you need!"

In Amsterdam, the crowd shouts, "Hamas, Hamas! Jews to the gas!"

In Paris, the state-owned TV network France-2 broadcasts film of dozens of dead Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid on New Year's Day. The channel subsequently admits that, in fact, the footage is not from Jan. 1, 2009, but from 2005, and, while the corpses are certainly Palestinian, they were killed when a truck loaded with Hamas explosives detonated prematurely while leaving the Jabaliya refugee camp in another of those unfortunate work-related accidents to which Gaza is sadly prone. Conceding that the Palestinians supposedly killed by Israel were, alas, killed by Hamas, France-2 says the footage was broadcast "accidentally." (read it all)
Related Items:

1. Denmark pro-jihad rally: "We want to kill all the Jews"Denmark pro-jihad demonstration features Muslims chanting "Down down Israel, down down USA, down down democracy, down down Denmark"; a Muslim making the Nazi salute (at :41); a Muslim saying, "We want to kill all the Jews, all they Jews should be slain, they have no right to exist!" (cont'd here)

2. Rally in LA: "Nuke Israel"..."Long Live Hitler- Put Jews In the Ovens"

-(While the demonstrators are chanting "Children are not shields"-- apparently
Hamas would disagree. See: Human Shields in Gaza: Hamas wired the
UNWRA school building for detonation!)

3. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: "Go Back to the Ovens"

4. Gateway Pundit has more coverage of these & other demonstrations.

5. Robert Spencer: Calling for Genocide In Your Neighborhood

6. Zombietime: Still photos of the January 10. 2009 Gaza war protest & anti-Israel rally in San Francisco.

7. Canada- Neo-Nazis join "anti-Israel" protest: United Under the Swastika

8. Pro-Hamas is Pro-Peace? The violence of Hamas-supporting protestors worldwide-- lots more videos and still photos.

(Cross-posted on A Deeper Look)

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Italian Parliamentarians Rally For Israel

The other day, we had a discussion on one of the comments threads about which country might deserve an award for being the greatest Dar al-Harb. The three that were suggested were Australia, Italy, and Denmark.

This story functions as another vote for Italy.

Around 100 Italian Parliament members rallied in Rome at the Piazza Montecitorio for Israel.

A friend passed this on--
Fiamma Nirenstein, a journalist and some-time resident of Jerusalem, is a new Member
of the Italian Parliament who is outspoken on Israel's behalf. She writes below that there is increasing understanding of what Israel is facing in its current war. 
Dear friends, 

We didn't expect what you see now in the picture. This is the square of the Italian Parliament in Rome, Piazza Montecitorio: you can see the Palace on top of the square, and in front a lot of Israeli flags. That was yesterday night from 6,30 to 9,30 pm. What you cannot see here, is the extraordinary number and variety of members of the Parliament, about 100 from all political sides, that took the stage during our marathon: for about three hours we have been speaking about the role of Israel, its right to self defense, its moral height, its fight in name of all of us, of our civilization and values, against the wild hate of the Islamic jihad represented by hamas. It seems to me that for the first time in the too long history of the arab Israeli conflict, apart from a minority of crazy leftists and fascists that took the street on anti-Semitic slogans, we have obtained a huge consensus about one critical point: this is not an episode of a local conflict, there is nothing in it that reminds the land for peace theme that has characterized the Palestinian issue. This is an episode of the attack agains the western world, and Iran has a lot to do with it. 
The change of attitude is great: the dictatorial religious nature of Hamas and the democratic, civilized nature of Israel are seen face to face for what they are at least by the European elite at large, dead and wounded notwithstanding, and there rises an identification with Israel against a regime that uses human shields and promises slaughters of Jews in its charter.

What happens today, at least in Italy, is the defeat and fall of the leftist ideologies: ideology has been the fig leaf that has allowed to justify all the most violent crimes and most disgusting verbal attacks. If Arafat launched the terrorist Intifada, if he promoted the martyrdom of children in public speeches, the ideologists were ready to justify him with the issues of occupation, the Palestinian misery and loss of any hope. Not the same with Hamas. History, in Italy, has brought to a profound crisis the ideology of revolution and the justification of any cruel attack against a pretended unjust imperialist order. That time is in good part over, nobody will see Hamas as the resolution of the problem and not as the problem itself. I also think that the word "peace" has lost that healing meaning that it had until yesterday. The new non-ideological point of view sees that there is no peace when one of the contenders doesn't want it, and that even if the world in the short run asks for a truce, in the long run requests a defeat of Hamas. 

Well, yesterday night many people, Ministers and Members of Parliament, composed a very new, interesting puzzle of opinions. I think that when you are not overwhelmed by exotic thirdworldism, the images of children educated as hate machines, the speeches of jihad leaders, from Ahmadinejad to Nasrallah, to Hanje, that deny the holocaust and promise death to Jewish and Christians too, have on us a result of great disgust. Westerners, thanks God, can still be disgusted by an uncivilized level of political speech. 

But most of all, in the Parliament square, many of the Parliament Members said: "I love Israel". You can't imagine how many. 
Fiamma Nirenstein
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From Judith at George Mason University's History News Network:

It may no longer be surprising to read references to Ayn Rand in the Anglo-American press, but to find an article about the much dismissed author in the primary leftist French foreign policy outlet is rather astounding. It means that as far as the left is concerned, Rand can no longer be ignored. Indeed, as far as the left is concerned this is the perfect time to confront her. After all, doesn't the recent market collapse demonstrate that her belief in Capitalism is plain wrong? Moreover, don't Madoff and company illustrate that her trust in the morality of businessmen is similarly fallacious? Even her protege, Alan Greenspan, admitted as much.

The article begins with an anecdote from the latter's autobiography:

Alan Greenspan recounts in his memoir The Age of Turbulence (1) how “mind-boggling” he found it to be approached after an International Monetary Fund meeting in 2004 by Andrei Illarionov, Vladimir Putin’s economic adviser, with the question: “Next time you are in Moscow, would you be willing to meet with me and some of my friends to discuss Ayn Rand?”

Perhaps, it is this incident that led François Flahault to include her in his book Le crépuscule de Prométhée : Contribution à une histoire de la démesure humaine from which this article is extracted. English speakers can be dismissed but when their ideas are taken up by Putin and company, they must be confronted. It should not be forgotten that Ayn Rand was Russian, that Russians are most familiar with the reality of post revolutionary Russia Ayn first experienced then described in "We the Living" (in which she does deal with familial relations Flahault argues she avoids) and that their shared experience forms the basis of her virulent rejection of any state interference in economic affairs.

Flahault ignores "We the Living" focusing, instead, on the better known The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). He writes: "Like Nietzsche, Rand thought it is great men who justify humanity’s existence. The artist is the master of his work; his refusal to conform to society’s demands gives society its greatest benefit."

Actually, Rand does not argue that great men justify Humanity's existence. She does not feel any need to justify humanity's existence any more than there is a need to justify any other kind of existence. She does argue that the artist is the sole owner of his work but so is every other person. She does not believe that one human being has a right to appropriate the fruit of the labor of another human being regardless of the use the appropriator (she aptly calls looter) intends to make of it. In other words, she objects to the taking of private property in the name of the greater good, be the property intellectual or material. She accurately predicted, what Communist regimes eventually proved, that general poverty, not prosperity is the outcome of the confiscation of private property. Hence, her opposition to the income tax.

She does argue that the fruits of creative/inventive individuals working for self expression often end up benefiting a large number of people. But benefiting people is not their primary motivation merely a side effect. Hence, people need not feel beholden to them. Each person according to their ability. Of course, it is only a truth universally known that the ability of some is far greater than that of others. Flahaul quotes Rand hero, Howard Roark:

The creator served nothing and no one. He had lived for himself. And only by living for himself was he able to achieve the things which are the glory of mankind. Such is the nature of achievement. … The work of the creator has eliminated one form of disease after another, in man’s body and spirit, and brought more relief from suffering than any altruist could ever conceive. … The man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves. … The creator’s concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite’s concern is the conquest of men. The creator lives for his work. He needs no other men. His primary goal is within himself. The parasite lives second-hand. He needs others.

Flahaul sees the advocacy of such proud individualism as naive because it does not take into account the realities of power:

Ayn Rand defends an ethic which is remarkable for its absence of any obligation towards others, only towards oneself. As if by magic, this spirits away multiple forms of interdependence, power relations, and abuses of power, and the violence and injustices which poison human existence and against which in real life the appeal to reason is ineffective.

But is it really? The Financial channels were all a buzz with news that Steve Jobs is once again leaving Apple. Last time he did the company went down hill. They are those who argue that this time is going to be different. This time Apple will do just as well without him. Investors know better. He is a typical Ayn Rand hero, a man who works for his own sake. Does that mean he does not benefit others?

Moreover, as Nicholas Kristof dares to point out people who work in development know that those much maligned sweat shop owners provide the poorest of the poor with the greatest opportunity for a better life. The same cannot be said about foreign aid or international agencies such as the IMF, the World Bank or UNRWA. Those merely coddle dictators and enable terrorists ( U.N. Agency That Runs School Hit in Gaza Employed Hamas and Islamic Jihad Members ). After all, they are the best producers of the commodity altruists seek most, misery. You wish to see the results of the toil of greedy sweatshop factory owners? Go to China where hundreds of millions have been lifted from poverty. You wish to see the result of the toil of NGOs and International institutions? Go to Gaza where over 80% of the people depend on foreign aid.

Why? Because, as Ayn Rand understood, to do good they need to be needed. The greater the misery, the more important they are. One of the most touching scenes in Atlas Shrugged is the one in which a social worker realizes the parasitic logic of her relationship with her clients. For clear sighted honest observers the post Rwanda holocaust refugee crisis provided a similar moment of truth:

From the point of view of aid workers trying to cope with the needs of refugees, the journalists were in many ways a nuisance. They added to the chaos of clogged roads. They inflated the cost of hiring a car or an interpreter. Nurses resuscitating children with cholera found themselves tripping over tripods and cameramen looking for a better angle.

But aid agency press officers – ever mindful of the hot competition for funds back home – pursued journalists, proffering not only updates and interviews, but free transport and accommodation in return for covering their agency's programme. The aid agencies needed the journalists, and the journalists needed the aid agencies.

I can almost hear Rand say: told you so. Rand rejects the notion that individuals have obligations towards others. Yet, her characters are inherently generous. How come? They act out of compassion and empathy instead of guilt. Nor are they power hungry. Rand's heroes are man like Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein or Bill Gates, not Genghis Han, Napoleon or Lenin. She is well aware of abuses of power but, she argues, creative individualists are not the ones guilty of it. Power hungry looters who have nothing to contribute and therefore seek to control those who have are. In other words, her enemy is not the worker but the dictator. Therefore, as Flahaul quotes Rand, she is in favor of overthrowing them before they succeed in extinguishing freedom eveywhere:

The role of a free country such as the US is thus to make sure that things go in the right direction: that of an alliance between democracy and radical capitalism. “Any free nation had the right to invade Nazi Germany and, today, has the right to invade Soviet Russia, Cuba or any other slave pen” (6). “The invasion of an enslaved country,” Rand maintains “is morally justified only when and if the conquerors establish a free social system” (7).

Yes, Rand would have agreed with Ruth Wisse that George W. Bush was superior to Bill Clinton because Bush Destroyed a Dictator. Clinton Installed One. She would have agreed that Israel is acting morally in fighting Hamas in Gaza, Sri Lanka in fighting the Tamil Tigers in Jaffna and Colombia in fighting FARC. She would merely wish them to do so more consistently and energetically.

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Great Moments In The History Of Moderate Islam

Turkey is often held up as the example of the success of moderation in Islam. And, Mr. Erdogan, as it's leader, is said to be a veritable visionary of Islamic tolerance.

Turkish PM Erdogan: Bar Israel from UN over Gaza offensive

He also proclaims that the world's media is controlled by Jews.

Turkey's prime minister on Friday said Israel should be barred from the United Nations while it ignores the body's calls to stop fighting in Gaza. 

"How is such a country, which does not implement resolutions of the UN 
Security Council, allowed to enter through the gates of the UN (headquarters)?" Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. 

Erdogan accused Israel of attacking civilians under the pretext of targeting the Islamic militant group of Hamas. 

Erdogan has previously defended his outspoken criticism of Israel's Gaza offensive, saying it did not mean he was anti-Semitic. However, the Turkish prime minister also remarked that the "Jewish-backed media" was falsely suggesting that Hamas uses civilians as human shields in the Gaza Strip. 

One would be tempted to question whether there are any moderate Muslims at all.
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Short of killing palestinians ourselves, WTF kind of idea is this?

I think he Israelis are completely capable of gong their own way on this on, and the palestinians will be singularly unimpressed by our efforts

Israel said Friday it was close to winding up its offensive against Hamas, and diplomats in Washington said the U.S. will provide assurances on ending weapons smuggling into Gaza as part of a cease-fire.

However, Hamas' Syrian-based political chief Khaled Mashaal rejected Israeli conditions for a cease-fire and demanded an immediate opening of the besieged territory's borders.

"I hope we are entering the end game and that our goal of sustained and durable quiet in the south is about to be attained," Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said.

He said it was possible that Cabinet ministers would make a decision on a cease-fire as early as this weekend. But he said Israel was first waiting to receive reports from envoys who traveled Friday to Cairo and Washington to discuss terms of a truce.

It's apparent to me that Israel is going to do their thing and leave. No truce, no negotiations, no nothing, but leave a big sign...


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Lawrence Auster Posts David Duke Article at National Communication Association?


If this is the real Lawrence Auster, this goes a long way towards destroying the credibility of those who claim that Ethnic Nationalist advocates are not outright racists.

Posted yesterday at the moderated listserv of the National Communication Association, one of the two top organizations for scholars in the field of Communication: an antisemitic diatribe by David Duke. And unless someone is using his name, this disgusting article was posted by “racialist” writer Lawrence Auster—who has viciously attacked me for my opposition to European fascists.

Liberal academics, white supremacists, and “anti-jihadists.” One big happy family.

UPDATE - Auster denies the story:

... someone using my name has posted a David Duke article at something called Information Technology Services Listserv. Charles "Celtic Cross" Johnson inevitably picked it up and gleefully writes:

Posted yesterday at the moderated listserv of the National Communication Association, one of the two top organizations for scholars in the field of Communication: an antisemitic diatribe by David Duke. And unless someone is using his name, this disgusting article was posted by "racialist" writer Lawrence Auster--who has viciously attacked me for my opposition to European fascists.

Liberal academics, white supremacists, and "anti-jihadists." One big happy family.

[URL of Johnson post is below.]

Sorry to disappoint Johnson, but I had nothing to do with the Duke article. The same party who has sent out tens of thousands of anti-Semitic e-mails making them look as though they came from me and my e-mail address, thus rendering my regular AT&T mailbox unusable, has now gone onto another stage of the campaign.

That being said, for what it's worth, here is some information I found on Auster:

Interesting Auster link:

As I type, I'm glancing at some grotesque thing on ABC, about the Grinch and Christmas, in which humans interact in brotherhood with a variety of monstrous looking other species, and a little girl has a tender relationship with an unsettlingly hideous but sensitive and kind-hearted being called the Grinch ... How many whites will militate against vitally necessary immigration restrictions in the decades to come, how many young white females will be raped and murdered by nonwhites in the decades to come, because of the message of trusting and loving racial aliens that programs like this implant in them?

[Link: www.amnation.com...]

Here's another:

White Nationalist Lawrence Auster, a New York City freelance writer, has written what Jared Taylor of American Renaissance has described as, “the best book now available on America's immigration policy. The Path to National Suicide is an articulate, undeceived, and utterly compelling appraisal of a national policy that is quietly, relentlessly changing the very character of our nation.” Mr. Auster stated at an American Renaissance Conference, “Either blacks accept the above facts; accept a society where white Western standards of law, behavior and intellectual life are dominant and where advancement will be open for blacks only on an individual, not a collective basis; accept their status as an ethnic minority and be grateful to be living in a white society where they have goods and opportunities undreamed of in a black society; or else, if blacks are not willing to accept these things, then to avoid race warfare there must be peaceful separation between the races.”

[Link: www.stormfront.org...]

The quote from Storm Front could very well, also be a hoax, but the quote in which Auster compares immigrants to "a variety of monstrous looking other species" is his own writing on his own blog.

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Calling for Genocide In Your Neighborhood

From Robert Spencer:

The mainstream media has taken little notice, but at rallies in America and Europe this week protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza, protesters have more than once declared how happy they would be if the Jews were simply wiped out once and for all.

Los Angeles: Muslim demonstrators in front of the Israeli Consulate chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” -- a vision that can only be realized by the total destruction of Israel. They waved the flag of the jihad terrorist group Hizballah. To cheers from other demonstrators, some shouted, “Long live Hitler! Put Jews in ovens! Jews are fossil fuel!”

Fort Lauderdale: Leftist and Muslim demonstrators chanted, “Nuke, nuke Israel!” One yelled: “Go back to the ovens! You need a big oven, that’s what you need!”

Toronto: A Muslim protester complained that “Hitler didn’t do a good job.” Another shouted at pro-Israel counter-demonstrators: “Jewish child, you’re gonna f****n die. Hamas is coming for you." Pro-jihad demonstrators berated and threatened those who came out to show support for Israel, saying: “I want the war to continue because I want Hizballah to wipe the state of terrorism [i.e., Israel] off the planet....You’re being wiped off the planet. That’s a promise.” Yet another Muslim demonstrator said of Jews, “You are the brothers of pigs!” -- recalling the Qur’an’s depiction of Jews who disobeyed Allah as being transformed into apes and pigs.

London: Muslim protesters, repeatedly shouting “Allahu akbar,” threw traffic cones and sticks at the police and taunted them, calling them cowards, swine and “kuffar” (unbelievers). 

Copenhagen: Muslim demonstrators chanted, “Down, down Israel, down, down USA, down, down democracy, down, down Denmark.” One Muslim in the crowd ostentatiously made the Nazi salute. Another shouted, “We want to kill all the Jews, all the Jews should be slain, they have no right to exist!” The crowd repeatedly chanted, “Khaybar, Khaybar, ya Yahoud, jaish Muhammad sawfa yaoud” -- that is, “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.” That chant is a reference to a celebrated incident in the life of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, when he massacred a town full of Jewish farmers. Muhammad led a Muslim force against the Khaybar oasis, which was inhabited by Jews -- many of whom he had previously exiled from Medina. 

The Muslims also chanted “Hitler! Heil Hitler! Hitler! Hitler! Hitler!” Demonstrators shouted “We must just kill all those Jews, man! Then we'd be rid of them, man!,” “Death to Israel,” and “Kill the Jews.” 

Amsterdam: While Dutch parliamentarian Harry van Bommel of the Socialist Party and other Leftist useful idiots marched in a demonstration calling for an intifada against Israel, the crowd behind them chanted “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.”

While not everyone at these rallies expressed genocidal sentiments, it is noteworthy that there is no record of anyone who said these things being rebuked by his fellow demonstrators -- or by the authorities in the various countries where these demonstrations took place. 

Have American and European authorities rushed to condemn such declarations, and called upon Muslim advocacy groups and leaders to act energetically against the rampant Jew-hatred in Muslim communities in Western countries? 

Not exactly. 

An emblematic incident took place in Duisburg, Germany, when a pro-Israel couple put an Israeli flag in their apartment window, overlooking a 10,000-strong pro-jihad demonstration on the street below. During the demonstration, German police actually broke into the couple’s apartment to remove the flag, explaining that they did so in order to forestall the apartment being broken into by the demonstrators themselves. When a police officer removed the flag from the window, the mob below applauded, cheered, and shouted “Allahu akbar.”

That same shout has echoed through these rallies all over America and Europe in recent days -- the one that Muhammad Atta advised his fellow hijackers to use frequently, since hearing it, he said, struck terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.

Ugly demonstrations have been an unfortunate but recurring feature of public life in America for decades, but open calls for genocide are something new. If American and European officials don’t react quickly now, the next round of demonstrations by the friends and allies of the global Islamic jihad will only be worse.

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Iran's President Oh-My-Dumb-Jihad: It is "Not Feasible" For Israel To Live

Obama can, of course, talk with the Iranians. Presumably, he'll negotiate. How do you negotiate with someone who wants you dead? Maybe, he can get Ahmadinejad down to agreeing to destoy only half of Israel.

At a news conference, Ahmadinejad said the fighting in Gaza has been "a great lesson for all," saying it shows "the absolute defeat and desperation of this (Israeli) regime."

He says that "even for the supporters of the occupying regime and its leaders, it has become clear that the continuation of the Zionist regime's life in the region is not feasible."

He urged Arab states to pressure Israel's Western backers to stop the fighting and to cut all ties with Israel, and also dismissed allegations Iran is urging Hamas to reject Egyptian truce efforts.

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The Better Angels

OK gang. We've all become real jaded (occupational hazard cannot be helped). We've spent weeks reading and writing about the absolute worst & vile humanity has to offer.

So let's take today and savor for a moment the best of humanity. A pilot who, knowing he can't make the runway, "lands" the plane on the Hudson nose up wheels down (kinda). Every boat on the Hudson there in scant minutes to start picking up what they thought would be horrific injuries and happily found otherwise. Stories from the survivors saying many of their fellows helped maintain calm, made sure it was women and children out on the wings first (egads how chauvanistic can you get). I mean, they look like they're standing in line at Starbucks on those wings. A very cold and soggy Starbucks. No real panic.

So we raise a glass to the passengers and crew of Flight 1549, showing Americans how they ought be behaving. Showing those Better Angels of Our Nature.

And be us cursed if we don't lift a double shot to the hero of that flight, making the landing of his life,

Chesley Sullenberger
Update: Fox just reported Mayor Bloomberg said Sullenberger
to be sure everyone was off before he exited himself.
While the plane was sinking. The man has them made out of cold blue steel.


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The passengers are currently being quarantined ???

Plane crashes in the Hudson River after being downed by a flock of geese. And now the passengers are being quarantined?!?!?!?!?


It's probably nothing. Just a semantics thing. They probably mean the passengers are being given medical aid, stabilized, and debriefed by the authorities ...

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"Put Your Hand Up If You Hate Jews"

You'll notice that when the parent supposedly corrected the pupils, he advised them they should hate the IDF, not Jews. I'm not sure I understand why Muslim parents are being invited into schools suggesting that children hate anything. Ahh, no doubt they'll have a Jewish parent in next week to tell the kiddies why they should hate Muslim armies:
A TOP private school is at the centre of a race row between its Jewish and Muslim pupils.

In the wake of fighting in Gaza which has left nearly 1000 Palestinians dead, Muslim children at Glasgow's Hutchesons' Grammar School were asked if they hated Jews.

The school admitted many put up their hands - only to be told they should hate the Israeli army instead.
(Read it all)

Anonymous comments:

From the article:

Quote: "A school spokesman said yesterday: "The person in question has a long-standing history of taking the morning assembly.

"This is the first time anything like this has happened.

WRONG!!! More like, it's the first time Jewish students attended this muslim's nuanced jihad "morning assembly" - aka - jihad indoctrination session. Asgher Mohammed simply GOT CAUGHT.

Quote: Muslim and Jewish pupils attend separate morning assemblies at the school, where fees are around £9000 a year.

Why would "Muslim and Jewish pupils attend separate morning assemblies" otherwise? IT's THE JIHAD!!!

Quote: "Muslim pupils make up around seven per cent of the school roll. Around six per cent are Jewish.

The school's famous ex-pupils include former lord chancellor Derry Irvine and John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps.

Three months ago, it was ordered to improve access for poorer students or risk losing its status as a charity."

Wonder what percent of the poor students raised their hands.

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These Are The Days of Miracles and Wonders

From the Daily Mail:

Beam me up: Scientists left baffled as mysterious columns of coloured light appear in the night skies

These stunning images show mysterious columns of light streaming into the sky above the town of Sigulda in Latvia at the end of last month.

Taken by designer Aigar Truhins with a standard digital camera, the photographs have prompted excited online discussions among amateur astronomists all over the internet.

'My son exclaimed, 'The aliens are coming!'' Truhins was quoted as saying.

'It certainly looked that way,' he added.

But experts are agreed there may be a more prosaic explanation - ice crystals in the air.

The air above the town was notably cold and filled with suspended ice crystals.

It is believed that the columns were formed by those reflecting light from the bright streetlamps and other lights on the ground - beaming it back downwards again.

Skies all over Europe have been filled with such natural phenomena during the cold snap of recent weeks.

Scientists at the website spaceweather.com said: 'Truhin’s pillars are not the ordinary kind. Even eading experts in atmospheric optics can’t quite figure them out

'These pillars are mysterious. They have unexplained curved tops and even curved arcs coming from their base.

'Arcs in rare displays like these could be from column crystals to give parts of tangent arcs, others could be the enigmatic Moilanan arc or even the recently discovered reflected Parry arc.

'We do not know – so take more photos on cold nights!'

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