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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tarantino's Anti-Semitic Inglorious Basterds

Joy o' Joy. This post should anger some of you!!! Enjoy, but know that some plot twists get given away herein.

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Inglorious Basterds, has been hailed for helping to improve the image of Jews. Instead of being victims, they are for once, the spin is, portrayed as tough. This is the hype. An argument can be made, however, that this film could be seen as an extended anti-Semitic allegory.

The Jews in the Inglorious Basterds are not tough. Brad Pitt has a macho attitude he charmingly spreads throughout the film. But he is not portrayed as a Jewish character. In fact, his nickname is ‘Aldo the Apache.’ He recruits Jews to kill NAZIs. But he himself is not one. The other big killer got broken out of prison. His being Jewish is never established.

The Jewish soldiers are overwhelmingly silent. When being interrogated by the German Colonel Landa, in one of the final scenes, the Jewish character who is captured with Raine sheepishly repeats Raine’s answer rather than formulate and assert his own. Landa then mocks the Jew by letting him know that his nickname among the Germans is ‘The Little Man.’ Sitting next to the defiant, macho, southern Raine and across from the NAZI that captured them, this Jewish character’s masculinity is belittled.

In another scene we are to meet the feared ‘The Bear Jew.’ He is the Jew that the NAZI’s most fear because he beats them to death with a club. We hear his hear his club hitting the walls in a dark tunnel as he slowly comes out to kill an SS officer. When finally emerges, rather than a club he has a baseball bat. After killing the German, he parades around yelling about baseball and hitting one out of the park. He is just a stereotype of an innocent Jewish kid from Brooklyn. The feared Jew is deflated.

The only real Jewish NAZI killer is Shoshana Dreyfus. If one were looking for a vindication of Jewish masculinity, it is interesting to note that the main tough guy is a Jewish woman. The Jewish men who simultaneously kill with her are stock comic figures oafishly pretending to be Italians. Shoshana is the only consistently tough Jewish killer. Showing the Jewish woman as powerful hardly boosts the image of assertive Jewish men.

But Tarantino’s heaviest dose of anti-Semitism comes in the film’s climax. Soshana kills the NAZI high command by burning them to death in the movie theater she owns. While they burn, her face appears on a screen saying, “This is the face of Jewish vengeance.” Since Shoshana made the film, it is projected on the face of the screen, and the screen speaks for her, anti-Semites could interpret this line to mean, “film is the face of Jewish vengeance.” These anti-Semites could easily understand this as an allegory for Jewish control of the media.

For this film to be a parable about Jews and America, the Germans would need to be seen as stand-ins for Americans. The NAZIs in this film make several nasty racist slurs against black people. Since Germans of that time and place had little contact with black people, you would typically attribute such racist anti-black remarks to Americans. Subconsciously, putting American attitudes in NAZI mouths could convince the audience that the NAZIs are stand-ins for white America.

Shoshana angrily and resentfully rejects the love advances of a German (read white) soldier for being a part of the State. Her only real love interest is with her black employee, Marcel. This is offensive to the NAZI power structure and would have, at the time, challenged America’s mores too. Their love appears wholly noble. But Tarantino’s work inviting so much theoretical interpretation causes us to ask, “What is the symbolism?” “What drove Tarantino to make the love interest and co-conspirator black?” Was this, again, an attempt to compare America and NAZI Germany? Unfortunately, the Jewish – Black alliance against the power structure could lend credence to anti-Semetic interpretations.

Shoshana’s passion with Marcel finally erupts in the projection booth just as the couple is about to destroy the racist hierarchy. Thus their transgressive love is nearly projected. In fact, when her vengeance is enacted, they stand on opposite sides of that screen and communicate with each other via a bell. Shoshana stops the NAZI film entitled ‘Nation’s Pride” and projects her vengeful film in its place. Simultaneously Marcel, behind the screen, starts the fire by igniting a large pile of film. Thus anti-Semites could easily see the film as an allegory of Jews destroying the Nation via Jewish the use of white guilt, control of the media, and advocacy of multiculturalism.

My reading of this film may see symbols where none were intended. It is probably not significant that the film that plays while the NAZI hierarchy burns is black and white. But Tarantino is nothing if not a self-reflective auteur. The film’s focus on Goebbels’ use of film to bolster the nation inevitably raises questions about film’s ability to destroy the nation. In a film that has been billed as a Jewish empowerment film, some anti-Semites will notice that the vast majority of the Jewish vengeance happens in a cinema. As one famously obsessed with film theory, Tarantino should have anticipated this potential anti-Semitic interpretation.

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Palin: No Healthcare Reform Without TORT Reform

From Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

Sarah Palin issued a strong call for tort reform from her Facebook platform this morning, calling on Congress and the American people to fix what’s specifically wrong in the US health-care system rather than break everything that works. Palin winningly refers to the deluge of frivolous legal actions against her as an example of a tort system run amuck, and ironically uses a Bill Clinton stock phrase, “I feel your pain.” She also has documented her argument rather thoroughly:

President Obama’s health care “reform” plan has met with significant criticism across the country. Many Americans want change and reform in our current health care system. We recognize that while we have the greatest medical care in the world, there are major problems that we must face, especially in terms of reining in costs and allowing care to be affordable for all. However, as we have seen, current plans being pushed by the Democratic leadership represent change that may not be what we had in mind — change which poses serious ethical concerns over the government having control over our families’ health care decisions. In addition, the current plans greatly increase costs of health care, while doing lip service toward controlling costs.

We need to address a REAL bipartisan reform proposition that will have REAL impacts on costs and quality of patient care.

As Governor of Alaska, I learned a little bit about being a target for frivolous suits and complaints (Please, do I really need to footnote that?). I went my whole life without needing a lawyer on speed-dial, but all that changes when you become a target for opportunists and people with no scruples. Our nation’s health care providers have been the targets of similar opportunists for years, and they too have found themselves subjected to false, frivolous, and baseless claims. To quote a former president, “I feel your pain.”

So what can we do? First, we cannot have health care reform without tort reform. The two are intertwined. For example, one supposed justification for socialized medicine is the high cost of health care. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently noted, “If Mr. Obama is serious about lowering costs, he’ll need to reform the economic structures in medicine—especially programs like Medicare.” [1] Two examples of these “economic structures” are high malpractice insurance premiums foisted on physicians (and ultimately passed on to consumers as “high health care costs”) and the billions wasted on defensive medicine.

Defensive medicine comprises as much as 10% of the total cost of American health care. One study puts the average annual cost of defensive medicine as high as $2,000 for a family of four.  Estimates range between $100-$178 billion per year of defensive medicine costs.

To give a comparison, Obama has proposed to save $177 billion by killing off Medicare Advantage, a highly successful public-private partnership that expands coverage and simplifies billing for both patients and providers in the Medicare system.  Tort reform would eliminate the need for those cuts, and probably would also alleviate the wait times currently experienced as defensive medicine vanishes and more resources are available.  Doctors could focus on health rather than liability.

Why hasn’t Congress addressed tort reform?  For one thing, many of the Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill are attorneys themselves.  Even more, the trial lawyers give a lot of money to Democrats, who currently control both chambers of Congress.  We’re unlikely to see tort reform in the health-care industry, and especially not across-the-board tort reform, which would take a big burden off the American economy (except, of course, in the ambulance-chasing industry).

But it’s a good issue to raise, especially since this administration and Congress says that we can’t do reform incrementally but must do it comprehensively.  It can’t be comprehensive while leaving tort reform off the table.

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And what do Obama's progressive slobbering media hounds think of the founding fathers?

I told you they'd be dieing to tell us...

Don Lemon from CNN listening and letting pass without challenge comments from TIM WISE, on people in town halls who revere the Constitution...

LEMON: And here's the thing, and what I think many people don't get is that just because you're on the side of the camera that I'm on doesn't mean that you're always going to be objective....

Tim, I've got to run here, but just real quickly. I was at a town hall yesterday and I really had to take some people to task. They're very nice people, but they're using those buzzwords that I don't think people realize all the time like "real Americans" or "Give Me Back My America" was one of the songs, or "Take Back America." It's like where has -- I don't -- what do you mean by that?

WISE: Well, when you stand up and you wax nostalgic and say things like I want the country that the founders envisioned, when the country the founders envisioned was a formal system of white supremacy, excuse me if I found it a little hard to think that race is not perhaps playing a pretty big role.

LEMON: Tough talk from Tim Wise. Tim, we appreciate it. Thank you, sir.

We need more from these people to make clear what it is they really want and stand for.

If you want the Constitutional republic.... YOU MUST BE A RACIST since the Founding Brothers were.

Anyone who has read well the founders on slavery understands what they envisioned, and understands they KNEW what they were setting a match to even if they could not bear to destroy the revolution before it was born.

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Modernity Vs. The Medieval

From the Stogmeister:

As Muslims continue to immigrate to Europe in large numbers, the cultural divide becomes increasingly obvious.

Where do you stand, in favor of modernity or the medieval? Personal freedom and self-expression or the suffocation of a rigid, backward and anal ideology?

Note the expression on the burqua bearing women. Is it one of envy, outrage or frustration?
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Not only that, the public health czar will use it to watch who is eating all those baby back ribs

Strategic UAV called first to be modeled on civilian aircraft

The Dominator-2, or Oz unmanned aerial vehicle has completed initial test flights and is the first UAV based on a certified civilian aircraft.

The platform, termed a strategic UAV, was meant to compete with other medium-altitude, long-endurance platforms, particularly the Heron of Israel Aerospace Industries.

"The Dominator-2 delivers technological superiority as well as operational and strategic abilities that are unprecedented in the global UAV market," Aeronautics Defense chief executive officer Avi Leumi said. "Development of the Dominator-2 provides Aeronautics with a strong foothold in international markets, and we believe that in the coming years Aeronautics will sell dozens of systems around the world."

In July 2009, Isarel's Aeronautics completed initial flights of the Dominator, based on the manned DA-42 aircraft manufactured by Austria's Diamond Aircraft. Executives said the flights tested a range of sub-assemblies and demonstrated an operational ceiling of 30,000 feet.

dominator2UAV.jpgExecutives said Dominator-2, with an endurance of 28 hours and which contains a 400 kilogram payload, has become the world's first UAV based on a manned aircraft with full civilian certification. They said this would pave the way for Dominator to enter the growing civilian UAV market. (?????????)

"There is tremendous potential for civilian use of UAVs, and in fact, just as UAVs are gradually replacing manned aircraft in carrying out numerous and diverse operations, we expect to see UAVs engaged in a variety of applications in the civilian market in the future," Leumi said on July 28.

"Beginning with areas which seem naturally close to defense, such as policing and security, and through fields such as agriculture, infrastructures, transportation and even environmental protection."

Dominator-2, with a maximum takeoff weight of 2,000 kilograms, joins two other companies -- IAI and the U.S. firm General Atomics -- that manufacture medium-altitude, long-endurance UAVs. Aeronautics said its latest platform, which could communicate with a ground station 300 kilometers away, could conduct high-quality intelligence that would attract the interest of NATO members.

"The UAV is now expected to continue its series of advanced flights to integrate additional systems and sensors that will enable it to perform complex intelligence missions," Aeronautics said.

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Mr. Obama, Bibi Netanyahu on line 1 for you ...something about I.F.F.

Iran nukes to be controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

WASHINGTON -- Iran's elite military force will be assigned control over any nuclear weapons arsenal, a report projected.

A report to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates asserted that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or Pasdaran, would be granted responsibility over Teheran's nuclear arsenal. The report, drafted by the Rand Corp., said IRGC has already assumed the lead role in Iran's ballistic missile program.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps AP

"Were Iran to develop and field nuclear weapons, oversight of their storage, training, and deployment infrastructure would likely fall to the IRGC," the report said.

Titled "The Rise of Pasdaran," the report outlined IRGC's position in Iran's security hierarchy. The report said IRGC, with 120,000 members, deploys an army, navy and air force as well as rapid-reaction forces designed to quell unrest.

IRGC has established a range of fronts to import components for Iran's nuclear and missile programs. The report said IRGC operates companies responsible for both military and dual-use production and acquisition.

"The IRGC has primacy over Iranian unconventional warfare options," the report said. "It maintains tight control over the development and deployment of Iran's ballistic missiles, and it wields an external terrorism capability through its elite Qods Force."

The report said IRGC coordinates with Iran's conventional military. |The corps has come under an integrated command at the General Staff level with Iran's conventional armed forces.

At the same time, IRGC continues to compete with the Interior Ministry and Intelligence Ministry. The Intelligence Ministry, currently undergoing a reshuffle, has been commanding a force of 30,000 responsible for foreign and domestic intelligence.

The Interior Ministry operates Iran's paramilitary LEF, said to contain 120,000 personnel. LEF, said to have improved over the last decade, focuses on border protection, homeland security and battles corruption.

IRGC, however, remains dominant in Iran's security constellation. The report cited the Basij militia, with up to 12 million members. Basij has sought to portray itself as the equivalent of Lebanon's Hizbullah and focuses on crushing dissent and promoting rural reconstruction.

"Today, the IRGC and Basij conduct regular paramilitary training throughout Iran for both active and potential members, drawn from a broad spectrum of Iranian society -- ranging from the rural classes and provincial tribes to students and factory workers," the report said. "About 600,000 of the three million active members of the Basij are part of armed paramilitary units that regularly take part in this military training, which includes military exercises and drills."

IRGC has drafted a guerrilla warfare strategy for Basij in case of any invasion of Iran. The strategy envisions that Basij would attack the rear lines of any advancing enemy and make occupation untenable.

"Much of this strategy hinges on indoctrinating Basij and partisan units with superior morale or 'strategic patience,' which the IRGC leadership sees as the ultimate center of gravity on the battlefield," the report said.

"The lessons of the 2006 Lebanon war appear to have shaped this thinking: The IRGC often paints the Basij as roughly analogous to the Lebanese Hizbullah in their ability to mobilize popular sympathy and wage a sophisticated guerrilla campaign against a better-equipped adversary."

That makes one big assumption

That there will be a conquering army on your ground.

I don't think that's how this one works out.

This ends with Persia back in the time of Astyages looking for help from the UN

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Bank Customers Paying Jizya/Zakat At Lloyd's of Londno

As I understand it, according to Sharia Finance rules, a Muslim pays 2% Zakat (which is basically the equivalent of a Christian tithe - it's money that goes to Islamic "charity"), while an Infidel can pay up to 20% Zakat charge. 

In other words, non-Muslim customers here are paying higher charges, but the questions here is 

1) are these added charges going Islamic charity, in which case they would be classified as Zakat,


2) are the added charges merely penalties for being non-Muslim, in which case, they would be classified as Jizya, which is a second-class citizens tax leveled on non-Muslims in Muslim states.

Many Lloyds TSB customers are being hit with charges of up to £200 a month if they go into the red - while Muslims who use the bank are only being charged £15.

The part-nationalised bank has been accused of religious discrimination over the disparity between overdraft charges on its standard current account and its Islamic account.

(Pastorius comment: Yeah, where's the separation of Church and State - and I know there is none in England, which is officially an Anglican State - however, clearly it is becoming a Muslim state)

The Islamic account was set up by the high street bank to attract Muslim customers by allowing them to keep faithful to their religion. 

Sharia law does not permit the payment of interest so the 'typical' Islamic account at Lloyds TSB has been set up without an overdraft facility. 

No interest is charged on Islamic accounts, while customers with a normal account are hit with charges of up to £200

Other rules: No interest is charged on Islamic accounts, while customers with a normal account are hit with charges of up to £200

If a Muslim customer who has insufficient funds in the account tries to make a payment, it is blocked and a 'return item fee' is charged.

However, on some Islamic accounts such a payment is authorised and an 'unplanned overdraft fee' of £15 is then levied.

The bank says this is a management fee, not a payment of interest, so does not contradict Sharia law.

Meanwhile, customers with standard current accounts who go into the red by at least £100 without authorisation are hit with an 'unplanned overdraft fee' of £20 a day for a maximum of ten days. This could mean a customer has to pay £200 in one month.

The Islamic account is available to all customers at Lloyds TSB. In theory, anyone who does not need a permanent overdraft facility could switch to this account to avoid being hit by interest charges for going into the red.

The disparity between the two accounts emerged after the bank sent its customers a booklet this month explaining its charges.

Graham Milne, a customer and chartered accountant from Norham, Northumberland, said difference in fees was tantamount to 'religious discrimination'.

He added: 'This means that all the non-Islamic account holders are subsidising those with such an account. It strikes me as something which is bordering on illegal.

'One cannot help feeling the organisation is bending over backwards to help Muslims to the detriment of everybody else.

'The man in the street would say this is a form of theft. Whether you call it a management fee or an interest fee, it makes no odds because they mean the same thing.'

In the past few years, millions of customers at all the major high street banks have demanded the return of money which has been taken from their account in various forms of bank charges.

Many got their money, or the majority of it, back. A test case - designed to rule if such charges are illegal - is going through the House of Lords. 

Until it is resolved, the subject continues to remain hotly contested. 

A Lloyds TSB spokesman said: 'The Islamic current account is for customers who cannot receive credit or debit interest due to their religious beliefs.

'All of our Islamic accounts comply with Islamic law and are available to anyone regardless of background or faith.

'These accounts are structured differently to our traditional accounts and are designed to help prevent a customer slipping into the red. A comparison with the overdraft charging structure on other accounts is meaningless.'

Earlier this month, it emerged that losses at Lloyds had escalated to £13.4billion - largely due to the reckless lending of Halifax Bank of Scotland, which it bought for £9.6billion in January.

The disastrous merger led to a £17billion taxpayer bail-out. The newly-formed Lloyds Banking Group is 43 per cent owned by the taxpayer.

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Selective Justice

Remember my post, The problem with priorities?, in which I compared photos taken of the left during President Bush's time in office, to photos taken at the Tea Parties? I spoke about how the media glossed over the vile and filth of the left yet, the tame signs thrown up at the Tea Parties, garnered screams of rightwing extremism.

Zomblog has taken this many steps further.

Here is a teaser:

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On The Way To Victory

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Um. . . Hmm. . .

Ok. It's a film by Tarantino. And although I have not seen a great many of his movies maybe I should have kept that in mind.

Or maybe, having seen both Defiance and Valkyrie in the very recent past, I should have altered my expectations.

This is no drama. This is no comedy. This is no action movie. This is, to me anyway, farce.

The Nazis are not portrayed as "a pack of pompous trash -- thoroughly trivial bad guys." They are portrayed as complete buffoons. Goebbel's crying tears of joy in a theater next to Hitler because he has been complimented by the Fuehrer? C'mon. A compassionate (well, sorta) SS Major?

If anyone out there remembers the movie Walker with Ed Harris from 20 or so years ago, that's what this is, moved from Nicaraugua to Paris.

It's no spaghetti Western but does use spaghetti Western music.

And if you're looking for rivers of blood and steaming piles of gore, it's largely not there. There is some killing of Nazis in graphic fashion but not what you would expect from the trailers. And there are LONG conversations in French or German, subtitled. Ok. I admit it. I started nodding off a bit during these and didn't miss anything.

While the Nazis may well have been "pompous trash" they were by no means buffoons. Portraying them as such diminishes the horror they perpetrated. And it diminishes how their victims suffered.

Some may not think that important but consider at tonight's show (10:15) there was a large representation of young people. They don't get enough proper history in school now. This only reinforces the idea that the Nazis are ancient history, maybe it wasn't as bad as we've been told. Maybe warnings about future holocausts are overblown.

And, in fact, a number of comments I heard from the younger generation were disappointment in the film.

If this were intended allegory (and I'm not saying Tarantino meant it that way) as to our current situation with the Jihad then we'd be in trouble, because it would paint the Jihadis as ignorant, incompetant buffoons.

And you all know better than that.


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RIFQA BARY: From the Courtroom

Bumped & Sticky

Don't know if this is credible but here it is:

Rifqa walked in after her parents sat down with their attorney Craig McCarthy at one table.

She is seated at another, but facing her mother, who is wearing a scarf and wiping her eyes with a tissue.

Rifqa wants to make a statement before the hearing begins.

The attorneys are huddling before the judge for a decision on whether he will allow that.

UPDATE: Judge Dawson has decided to let her speak, saying it his policy to let anyone speak in open court.

This case is about jurisdiction, whether she can stay in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families, or whether she has to be turned over to Ohio authorities.

A representative from DCF has told the court that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has agreed to investigate the matter, because DCF fears she is in danger.

An attorney for Rifqa's parents said Ohio has investigated this matter and if there's any question about her safety, then Ohio is the place for that to be determined.

"There is no basis," the attorney said, for her to stay in Florida since her life is in Ohio.

McCarthy said it would "enormous prejudice" to try this matter in Florida.

A legal representative for Rifqa says since Ohio has no prior legal proceeding in this case, then Florida can claim jurisdiction.

Staying in Florida, her legal team argues, would keep her safe.

Judge Dawson said he has had no contact with Ohio courts, so he doesn't know if Ohio wants jurisdiction in this case.

"Rifqa wants to be here," said one of her lawyers.

He told the court the teen's safety would be compromised back in Ohio, referring to some 'terrorist activity' in the region where she lived. He did not elaborate.

UPDATE: Rifqa is sitting with her attorneys, reading a book that she brought in. She glances at the judge and her legal team, but not her parents.

Judge Dawson says "at first blush" it appears his court has jurisdiction in this custody matter, since no Ohio court has taken up the matter.

Attorneys for the parents are citing a ruling that Judge Dawson could request an Ohio court to initiate a hearing, but Dawson said he didn't feel that was the case, although he appears willing to make contact.

update: A hearing is set for September 3rd at 2:30 p.m.

A dependency petition will be argued at that time.

The judge is still ordering a mediation effort to avoid trial.

update: Rafqa is making her statement to the court. "I've been a christian for 4 years of my life. I love my parents but I am in fear of my life because of the past abuse. I assure your honor Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I am a Christian, a believer."

Her mother cried, "I need my daughter back."

He father said "I love my daughter, I have no problem in her practicing another religion."

She is free to come and practice what she likes in my home," he said.

Rifqa will spend some time with her younger brothers, but does not want to meet with her parents at this time.

The court will allow it.

update: Rifqa is staying in a foster home. Her foster parents are not willing to allow supervised visitation of Rifqa's family or friends right now. The judge is recommending DCF take charge of the issue and hold these meetings in an outside location where it can be videotaped.

Judge Dawson asked if Rifqa is a legal immigrant. She was born in Sri Lanka. Her attorneys say they are trying to determine that and need the parents' cooperation.

Her father, Mohammed, said she arrived in the U.S. on a visa. Since she has turned 17, her legal status is in question.

Rifqa will be home schooled in her foster home. She attended high school back in Ohio where she was a cheerleader.

The hearing ended at 4:07 PM


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Friday, August 21, 2009


Highway Song

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Beautiful Jewish Models

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AC/DC-You Shook Me All Night Long

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World's first Muslim superheroes, the 99, are headed for British television screens

The world's first Muslim cartoon superheroes have taken the Arab world by storm, and now they are headed for British television screens.

Jabbar the powerful: World's first Muslim superheroes, the 99, are headed for British television screens
Jabbar, is one of The 99, the world's first Muslim cartoon superheroes

Named the 99, as each possesses one of Allah's 99 attributes, the characters include a burka-clad woman named Batina the Hidden and a Saudi Arabian Hulk-type man named Jabbar the Powerful.

They have proved a hit from Morocco to Indonesia and were recently named as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the world by Forbes magazine.

Now they are being brought to British television by Endemol, the production company behind Big Brother, with a mission to instill Islamic values in children across all faiths.

Until now, the superhero market has been dominated by the likes of Batman, Spiderman and Superman who have typically limited their crime-fighting abilities to America and the Western world.

They were created by Dr Naif al-Mutawa, a clinical psychologist from Kuwait, who felt Muslim children needed a new set of heroes to look up to, to counter jihadist role models.

“It hit me that the stories I was hearing were from men who grew up believing that their leader, Saddam, was a hero, a role model — only to one day be tortured by him,” he told The Times. “I decided the Arab world needed better role models.”

However, despite being called the 99, there will never be a full cast of 99 superheroes since it is forbidden to depict all Allah's attributes

Dr al-Mutawa hopes the cartoons will have a universal appeal.

He said: “It is based on attributes such as generosity and mercy. These are not things that Islam has a monopoly over.”

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BHO's Ramadan Message

HERE at the White House web site.

The following video is embedded in the above post at the White House web site:

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The After Party Radio Show

Listen, if you like Guy Humor and dissing Obama, you'll really enjoy this show.

The topics we discuss include:

Dengler has 'woman' issues at home. 

"Dear Dengler" Dear Abby for the 21st Century) helps a man with liver problems continue drinking...Butt Shots people! 

And so it begins, the Democrats are losing ground to Conservatives. Henry Waxman can eat a dick! 

Did a Right-Wing-Racist put up the 'Socialist' Obama-Joker billboards, Dengler and The Fu2rman get to the bottom of it. 

Can a car-jacker be a pussified man? Oh yeah, he sure can. You're not gonna believe this story.

Finally, The Fu2rman's 'one that got away', The Wicked Pixie calls in, because The Fu2rman offends her. Can he make it up to her?
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Disturbing. Just Disturbing.

Obama's Happy Ramadan message


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al-Megrahi gets Heroes Welcome. Victims Families Get Shit On. Scotland The Brave Indeed. . .

just like we said would happen

had they applied the death penalty, of course, we'd never have come to this foul moment


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Jon Voight: Is BHO Trying To Create A Civil War?

From this article in the Washington Times:
...Mr. Voight -- a warrior himself in many ways -- has been cogitating about the state of America, meanwhile.

"There's a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?" Mr. Voight tells Inside the Beltway.

"We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true. If we permit Mr. Obama to take over all our industries, if we permit him to raise our taxes to support unconstitutional causes, then we will be in default. This great America will become a paralyzed nation."

"Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods. And if you don't know what that method is, I implore you to get the book 'Rules for Radicals,' by Saul Alinsky . Mr. Obama is very well trained in these methods," he continues, citing a television campaign critical of the Republican Party and contentious town-hall meetings about health care reform.

"The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don't want a government-run health care plan forced upon them," Mr. Voight says. "So I ask again. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?"
Could national elections be suspended if America's unrest is deemed a terrorist threat?

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The ALBA People

This Venezuelan, opposition created video is a pun on the Village People, performed by actors imitating the following ALBA-Legion of Doom members:

Raul Castro-Cuba
Mel Zelaya-Honduras
Rafael Correa-Ecuador
Daniel Ortega-Nicaragua
Evo Morales-Bolivia

Basically, the theme is that as Venezuela is going they way of Cuba internally, Hugo Chavez continues to send funds, aid and assistance to his lackeys & servants in the region, in order to carry out his particular brand of 21st Century socialism......(wait doesn't this sound eerily familiar? )

To learn more about the Legion of Doom's leadership, nation states, fellow travelers and hand maidens, go here and here.

As an aside, and please indulge since it's Friday, these two, female Venezuelan back-up singers gives you a a pretty good indication of why the current Miss Universe is Venezuelan & why that nation has won 5 titles!!!

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Dhimmitude at Yale, Muhammad Pictures

This wooden sculpture in the Church of Our Dear Lady in Dendermonde, Belgium depicts Mohammed on the ground, clutching the Koran, being trampled on by angels. It represents the triumph of Christianity over Islam and it was carved in the 17th century by Mattheus van Beveren. (Source-Faces of Muhammad)
This medieval drawing of Mohammed showing his entrails to Dante and Virgil is from one of the earliest surviving illustrated manuscripts of Dante's Inferno, dating from the 3rd quarter of the 14th century. (Source-Faces of Muhammad)

Hat Tip: Jawa Report
Hat Tip: Ghost of a Flea

More Muhammad photos can be found here.

Original story regarding Yale's capitulation here.

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Hot Apple Pie
(just picking up on Epa's theme. . .)

Hot Apple Pie - Hillbillies
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Afghan Elections

Front Page Mag

Of Blood and Bravery
By: Stephen Brown
FrontPageMagazine.com Friday, August 21, 2009

In a landmark election, millions of voters braved Taliban threats and scattered rocket attacks on Thursday to turn up at polling stations across Afghanistan and cast their ballots for a new president and for provincial officials.

This momentous event is only the second democratic election in Afghanistan’s troubled history, but it differs greatly from the previous one in October 2004. Seventy percent of eligible voters participated in the 2004 national election, Afghanistan’s first, but it was really more a referendum on the country’s first post-Taliban president, Hamid Karzai. He was the only real candidate.

The 2009 election, by contrast, is a much more competitive affair. Karzai, the frontrunner as he seeks another five-year term, is facing real opposition in the form of his former foreign minister, Abdullah Abdullah, and also from former World Bank official and finance minister, Ashraf Ghani. Observers speculated before the election that it was doubtful whether Karzai would receive the 51 percent of the vote needed to prevent a second round of voting, in which Abdullah is expected to be the opponent.

Full election results will not be known until mid-September. Even so, the election already has revealed the dramatic progress that Afghanistan has made in recent years, as well as the challenges that face the country as it makes its halting march from the dark ages of Taliban rule.

Islamist opposition to the election was more pronounced than in 2004, but foreign troops were also better prepared to handle the violence. While the Taliban never seriously disrupted the vote, although there were 73 terrorist attacks in 15 provinces on Thursday. The biggest election-day attack occurred in northern Afghanistan, where German and Afghan forces reportedly killed 21 extremists in a failed Taliban assault. These soldiers were among the more than 300,000 Afghan and NATO personnel deployed to safeguard the election. By all accounts, they did their job well.

Afghan soldiers also played an important security role – an indication that local forces are gradually stepping up. In Kabul, Afghan security forces killed three Taliban fighters after a two-hour gun battle. To show their support and appreciation, Kabul residents cheered their soldiers loudly after the firefight. American forces also were full of praise for their Afghan counterparts. Commenting on the spate of foiled attacks, U.S. military spokeswoman Elizabeth Matthias said, “We didn’t see anything widespread or spectacular. The Afghan security forces operated quite competently.”

Despite the sporadic Taliban violence, yesterday’s voting was a testament to the broad national enthusiasm for democracy. Death threats and other forms of intimidation could not keep voters from the polls. Election workers and monitors estimate that about 50 percent of Afghanistan’s approximately 15 million registered voters turned out to cast their ballots. Even in southern Afghanistan, a Taliban stronghold, residents lined up to vote in towns like Garmser – the site of recent combat between U.S Marines and Taliban fighters where 1,683 men voted.

Still, the Taliban managed to make its destructive impact felt. Taliban thugs succeeded in intimidating many voters into staying home, which helps account for the lower voter turnout than in 2004. This was particularly true in southern Afghanistan, the Taliban heartland, where polling stations in some places were reported to be almost empty. The commander of Canadian forces in Kandahar province, Brig. Gen. John Vance, summarized the problem: “Your normal family won’t go out to vote if they suspect they might get shot.”

Behind the intimidation was a calculated political strategy: The Taliban wanted to deter people from voting in southern Afghanistan more than in any other area of the country because Hamid Karzai’s Pashtun voting base is located there. The Taliban favor Karzai’s opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, a non-Pashtun from northern Afghanistan, to win the election, so they can play the ethnic card in their war with the central government. Karzai and most Taliban fighters are Pashtuns, who, as Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group, comprise 40 percent of the population.

The lower voter turnout does not, however, mean the failure of the U.S.-led NATO mission in Afghanistan. One bright spot is that many Afghan women showed up to vote, a sign that they want to see the advances that have been made in gender equality in recent years to continue. Despite the deal that Karzai made with the Shi’ite Hazaras of central Afghanistan, where he is politically weak, which would allow men to starve their wives of food and money if they refuse them sex, women have made substantial headway since the end of the Taliban’s rule eight years ago.

Political progress is most noticeable among the country’s youth. Two-thirds of Afghanistan’s 33 million people are under 30. Through newfound educational opportunities and the aid of the internet, they are aware of the modern world and want to become a part of it. They do not want the old Afghan political reality of warlords, religious dictatorships or strongmen and the corruption and stagnation they represent, but rather a country of “peace, jobs and reconstruction.” In short, they want “change.” As Bakht Muhammad, 24, told the New York Times after he had voted in Kandahar: “I want change. I want security. I want to live my life in my own country.”

It is precisely because such hopes have been invested in Afghanistan’s democracy that its transparency is critical. As expected, there were accusations of fraud and vote-rigging throughout yesterday’s election. How widespread this electoral fraud was is not yet clear, but if it turns out to be extensive, and if it remains unaddressed, it will constitute a heavy blow to the country’s political progress.

Democracy, moreover, is only one step in the country’s evolution from Taliban misrule. The central government must also do its part to win the support of the electorate. If it fails to deliver the jobs and programs that the country desperately needs, it will undermine support for Afghanistan’s fledging democratic system and bolster the Taliban’s reactionary cause. Ultimately, Government inefficiency, incompetence and corruption, could prove more fatal to Afghanistan’s democratic experiment than the Taliban insurgency.

Nevertheless, democracy is taking root in Afghanistan. Politicians have had to go to the voters, make speeches, and listen to their complaints. Ten million Afghans tuned in on television and radio to a live, two-hour debate between Ghani and Abdullah last July (Karzai would not appear). Overall, it was an exciting, new experience for many Afghans.

Afghanistan is a country in transition from a pre-modern society to a modern state. New ideas need time to take hold. And though the results of yesterday’s vote will not be known for some time, the fact that it took place at all suggests that the democratic idea has found purchase in Afghanistan’s war-torn soil.

Stephen Brown is a contributing editor at Frontpagemag.com. He has a graduate degree in Russian and Eastern European history. Email him at alsolzh@hotmail.com.


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Obama Sinking Like a Stone, Dems Hands Him More Rocks

especially if they force Obamacare without GOP input


Zogby: Obama Hits Record Low in Poll

Thursday, August 20, 2009 7:07 PM

By: David A. Patten

President Barack Obama's popularity has plummeted to a record low, with just 45 percent of voters now approving of his performance, according to the latest Zogby International poll.

Asked whether they approve or disapprove of the president's job performance, just 45.3 percent of likely voters say they approve. That compares with 50.5 percent who disapprove of the job Obama is doing.

The results are a strong indication that contentious national debate over healthcare reform has taken a major toll on the president's popularity.

Those numbers also indicate that Obama clearly is in serious political trouble, Fox News analyst and best-selling author Dick Morris tells Newsmax.

"As soon as Obama dropped below 52 percent . . . he was leaking real voters who had backed him in November," Morris tells Newsmax. "Now that he is down to 45 percent among likely voters . . . he is in deep political trouble."

Of greatest concern to Obama may well be his decline among all-important independent voters. Just 37.5 percent of self-identified independents say they approve of how Obama is handling the presidency. That compares with 59.2 percent of independents who disapprove.

"There is nothing counterintuitive in any of these numbers," pollster John Zogby of Zogby International tells Newsmax. "The president is clearly taken a slide — most especially with independent voters, who play such an important role in any legislation or policy support.

"Interestingly, the president had been making some inroads with groups like investors, and frequent Walmart shoppers . . . both typically conservative," Zogby says. "However, he has slipped considerably with them in this poll."

Zogby adds: "The healthcare plan appears to be consolidating conservative opposition and scaring independent voters."

Pundits pay especially close attention to trends involving swing voters.

Continued evidence of declining popularity there will ratchet up the pressure on congressional blue dogs and other conservative Democrats to go their own way on controversial proposals such as public-option healthcare and energy cap-and-trade, knowing they can't rely on presidential coattails to prop them up with voters.

As expected, Obama continues to score well with Democrats, who give him an 83.9 percent approval rating. But among GOP voters, Obama has flat-lined at a 5.7 percent approval rating — a problem in itself for a president who promised to bring a new, bipartisan spirit to Washington politics.

Obama's decline has been startling. Various polls had his approval rating at well over 60 percent at the 100-day mark of his presidency.

By mid-June, his approval number had dipped to 51 percent. In July, it dropped further to 48 percent of likely voters.

Experts say the failure of the $787 billion stimulus to deliver on Obama's promise of massive jobs creation, the ongoing economic woes, and the increasingly bitter fight over Democrats' determination to push the government-subsidized, public-option healthcare reforms are among the reasons for Obama's rapid descent.

"Clearly, the healthcare reform package is dragging him down," Morris tells Newsmax, "and will drag every Democrat down unless they realize that they cannot afford to alienate the elderly of America by cutting Medicare and rationing medical care."

The Zogby International interactive poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

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There are some things right about america, like apple pie

So I am reading an article in Esquire by Thomas Barnett about Afghanistan which is a pretty good read, and there somewhere on the page is a link to WOMEN WE LOVE.

Esquire is, if nothing else an exemplar of fine things, and taste - at least to half the species anyway so I felt compelled to enlighten myself and raise my taste levels.

And found there ... Mary Louise Parker of Showtime's Weeds, posing, well, boys, if you don't tell me that's something you imagined on the way home and then laughed at yourself, you are full of haram baloney.

This might be one of the sexiest, most alluring pictures I have ever seen.

Domestic bliss.

Mary Lousie Parker ...it doesn't exist, but we can dream. Have a piece.


I feel like grunting

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FOX News Conducing Poll on Rifqa Bary's Case

FOX News has a poll up at their website http://www.foxnews.com/ asking what the Florida court should do in the case of Rifqa Bary. There is also a place to comment. So far the poll is overwhelmingly in favor of keeping Rifqa in Florida. Please go add your voice and help save Rifqa.

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This is where you get the warning about how likely a double dip recession is

According to the people who have to get the payments, as opposed to those who benefit from making things sound better, 13+% are behind on their mortgages and the reason is lack of employment.

Choose your poison.

Financial Times:

Mounting joblessness fuels US housing crisis

By Saskia Scholtes in New York

Published: August 20 2009 17:59 | Last updated: August 20 2009 17:59

More than one in every eight homeowners with a mortgage was behind on home loan payments or in some stage of foreclosure at the end of the second quarter, as mounting unemployment aggravated the housing crisis, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Thursday.

The percentage of loans that were in foreclosure or at least one payment past due rose to 13.16 per cent, the highest increase since the MBA began keeping records in 1972 and a jump of more than a percentage point since the first quarter. Jay Brinkmann, chief economist at the MBA, said signs were growing that mortgage performance is being affected more by unemployment than by the structure of risky home loans, indicating a new stage in the foreclosure crisis that may not be easily addressed by government loan modification programmes.

So if there is no rise in employment quickly, and there will be no further TARPs...what does that predict?

And what is the reason for the lack of employment?

We're all trying to sell insurance to each other, setting up special education programs, and engaged in social services (all necessary in a functioning society like ours, but besides the point, those are all derivative employments).

We're not engaged in the production of things for a profit. That includes intellectual property which needs no or very few line workers.

In Goa they are making Lipitor for a resultant 40% (or less) of the retail price of actual Lipitor here. They are making Plavix for half. In Maylasia Kia was producing cars for what labor cost?

The American worker won't work for those kind of wages, you say? Fine. Then our leaders instead of offering free medical insurance, should be (and should have been) spending that same kind of money on nuclear fusion research. Battery research. Photovoltaic Research. Microwave transmission. Teaching engineering. Enlarging schools and research institutes.

And the housing and mortgage issue which caused all this?

Remember JUST the first $787 billion TARP?

We have 330,000,000 Americans. We have about, 90 million families. $8,800 per family.

A check right to each family instead of who? We don't even know. The govt REFUSES to say. Think the families would have then have avoided being current? Or late on other payments? The money would have immediately gone right (back) into the banks with mortgage problems, as the TARP fund were supposed to. And citizens MIGHT have been willing to buy a few things and keep the wheels turning, the rest would have gone into savings (i.e. THE BANKS ..making them liquid ..and the proof? Americans have QUINTUPLED their savings rate). And nobody would gripe about corporate socialism. Clearly that didn't satisfy the leaders, Democratic OR Republican.

But that still doesn't solve the underlying problem. One which can no longer be solved by rising real estate equity values (based on ....what?) ... the USA no longer makes enough things for a profit to employ all the people who want to be employed ...rather we look to organize, administer, and hire people for reeducating line workers who have to do something else. What is that something else?

Data entry jobs for 'free' publicly paid medical insurance?

Probably denials, you say?

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Theological Question of the Day



The other day, my six year old daughter asked me a great question. She said, "Dad, if God is the King of Heaven, then who is the Queen?"

I will tell you my answer in the comments section, but I want to hear your opinions, whether you be Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, Atheist, or whatever. If you want to weigh in, that would be great.

Here's a song to contemplate the question by:

A Song For You

I've been so many places in my life and time, 
I've sung a lot of songs, I've made some bad rhymes, 
I've acted out my life in stages, 
with ten thousand people watching, 
but we're alone now, 
and I'm singing this song for you.

I know your image of me is what I hope to be, 
I treated you unkindly, but darling can't you see, 
there's no one more important to me, 
baby can't you please see through me,
cause we're alone now 
and I'm singing this song for you.

You taught me precious secrets 
of the truth withholding nothing, 
you came out in front when I was hiding, 
but now I'm so much better, 
and if my words don't come together, 
listen to the melody, 
cause my love is in there hiding.

I love you in a place where there's no space or time, 
I love you for my life, 
you are a friend of mine, 
and when my life is over, 
remember when we were together, 
we were alone 
and I was singing this song for you.

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Ramadan: The Month of Jihad

Via this posting at Creeping Sharia, a reminder that Ramadan in the month in which Allah gives victory to his followers:

Creeping Sharia has additional information HERE.

Ramadan 2009 begins at sunset on August 20 or August 21, depending on "sightability."

Has BHO reached out yet for this Ramadan?

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