These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 13, 2009.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Suicide bomber disappointed as martyrdom film goes straight to DVD
Having just emerged from my hiatus, as referenced here, I am catching up with the news, if only to see who has impacted whom. It seems Muslim rage has found another root cause. Few crumbs of comfort from Newsbiscuit:
An aspirant Islamic extremist was thought to have become increasingly disillusioned with his career prospects after he recently discovered that the message of suicidal martyrdom he had recorded to explain his planned terrorist atrocity has only been granted a limited DVD release.
‘It’s very upsetting when you’ve put your heart, soul and life expectancy into a project to discover that others don’t value your artistry as highly as you do,’ said Hussein al Tanwar, who was reacting against the Western oppression that denied him a place at RADA. ‘But I mustn’t be discouraged. I know am destined for 72 virgins in Jannah. Even if only 8 of them have seen my film.’
[S]ources within the splinter cell with whom Al Tanwar affiliated himself say that the quality of the production was never likely to attract a mainstream audience. ‘There’s a formula to successful martyrdom messages: menacing figure delivering an apocalyptic treatise in front of a black Islamic flag. Simple,’ said a source who will be careful not to get too close to the bomber.
‘But Tanwar’s script was a turkey for a start. The secret is in the metaphors – ‘Rivers of Blood’ or ‘Firestorms of Wrath’ will put the fear of Allah up your average infidel. But who’s going to worry about ‘Puddles of Malcontent’ or ‘Fondues of Fury’? And at the end of the day, he was only planning to blow up the Walthamstow Lidl. Honestly, who really gives a shiny jihadist shite?’
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Amil Imani, A Secular Iranian, On Islam As Fear And Fire
Islam is Fire September 12, 2009
The Islamic fire, fueled by immense oil income, is raging in certain regions of the world, smoldering in others, and is ready to ignite in yet other parts of the world. It is imperative for the free people of the world to abandon all illusions about Islam and put out its fire, once and for all. Multiculturalism, live and-let live, is a delusion of kind-hearted naïve people. Islam, as fractured as it is, is a non-compromising mono-culture; a cruel culture of a primitive people handed down by Muhammad some 1400 years ago.
It is true that most religions are intended to attenuate human fears. They are based on natural fears, many of which are irrational...but natural nonetheless. For example, many pagan religious practices were focused on the seasonal cycles related to the harvest. Why? Because if the harvest was poor, their entire civilization could perish, or be weakened to the point where a neighboring tribe would kill them off. While they misunderstood the scientific basis for weather, they created natural (yet irrational) religious beliefs about weather and harvest. In this sense, religions were psychologically useful and inevitable in addressing natural conditions.
But some religions establish for themselves fears of things which do not exist...which the religion itself invented in order to create and perpetuate fear, and then artificially addressed it in order to establish a political regime. The political nature of Islam transcends personal spiritualism and becomes a cult of oppression. This is fraud. This is evil. This is Islam.
Islam essentially invents the idea that Christians, Jews, and pagans are abominations and offensive to Allah, and that their very existence represents an attack upon the self-defined Islamic right to reign over the world. Allah thus enlists Muslim believers to eradicate by force those who offend him and by disbelieving, prevent his rule. True Muslim believers therefore become the enforcers, hit men and mercenaries for their god, in order to establish a global Caliphate for their parasitic clergy. Their targets are artificially constructed adversaries. Believers are instructed to fear the “great Satan.” and are told that if they do not live up to Allah’s calls to Jihad, they are themselves offensive to Allah and to their families. It’s a “you’re either for me or against me” strategy.
Contrast this with say, Christian fears. Christians too fear offending God, because they believe that God will judge their lives when their bodies die. So their fears are reduced by atoning in personal alignment with the teachings of the Bible.
So, as a political religion, Islam creates artificial fear of alien groups, and then eliminates the fear through war and coercion. Islam pleases Allah with brutality and Jihad. Islam seeks to instill a political regime to enforce its provisions. When such a political doctrine declares that “resistance is futile”, it is referring to corporeal enforcement by people.
Personal religions acknowledge natural fears, and then use light, wisdom, and the capacity for human nobility to eliminate them through a positive, spiritual exercise. Other religions encourage voluntary, personal spiritual alignment. The only “coercion” in a religion based on personal spiritualism is the conveyance of the natural idea of a soul and judgment. If you believe in these things, you change and atone, perhaps out of fear. If you do not, you accuse the evangelizer of being fraudulent...but a fraud is a demonstrable deception not an opinion, and the one who disbelieves in a personal religion cannot prove his point of view, so fraud is not in play as a driver of personal spiritualism. When a personal religion declares that “resistance is futile”, it is referring to spiritual enforcement by God.
This is the difference between day and night, between good and evil. Islam believes in the rule of Islam, Caliphate to the Sunnis and Imamate to the Shi’as. Hence, to Muslims, all other forms of government represent the handiwork of the Satan and the infidels. Therefore, one and all non-Islamic systems of government must be purified by the Islamic fire.
Islam is and has always been political, in the form of Imamate, Caliphate or by proxy where Islam, through religious divines, controlled the state. Saudi Arabia, for instance, does not even have a constitution. The Quran is the constitution. The country has a king. Yet, the king is the supreme enforcer of the laws dictated by Islam.
Islam is so radical that even the term “radical” does not adequately depict its true character. The founder of Islam, Muhammad, behaved in extreme ways whenever he could. Early on, in Mecca, among his tribe of Quraish, he was ridiculed as a crazed Poet. Ordinary residents of Mecca scorned him in their habitual way of treating the mentally deranged. What did Muhammad do? He personified meekness itself. He put up with extreme indignities, did not fight back and suffered abuses.
Time was on Muhammad’s side. Before long, he attracted followers, some of whom were men of power and influence, such as Umar, Uthman and Abu Bakr. Then the pendulum swung. The long-suffering meek became the tyrannical avenger. He ordered all the idols in the idolatry of Mecca destroyed, except the one called Allah. Yet, he selected the same name for a non-corporeal deity who commissioned him as his messenger. Then Allah’s messenger, Muhammad, set out to systematically exterminate people he perceived as his tormentors and enemies—Jews of Medina, among others.
The Quran is full of black and white, right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable verses. Men who didn’t convert to Islam were labeled infidels and slaughtered; their women and children were taken along with all their belongings as booty. It was either Islam’s way or the highway. This radicalism is very much in action today.
In another Islamic country, Iran, where the mullahs rule, the constitution is squarely based on the Quran. Many laws are strictly drawn from the Sharia. The mosque is the state and no other competing political ideology is permitted. But marrying religion with government is stoking fire with explosives. In free democracies, governments are accountable to the people and serve at the people’s pleasure. In Islamic theocracy, governments are accountable only to Allah and the people must serve at the pleasure of the government. And one can see the result of Islamic total or partial rule in fifty-four or so countries which rank among the highest nations of the world on every index of misery.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Iran threw off its oppressive theocratic rule and established a government “of the people”, with room for all beliefs? Iran could be a powerful nation and a peaceful one, an example for the rest of the developing world of how to thrive without Islamic politics. However, the road to freedom is perilous. Nothing as worthwhile as freedom can be purchased easily. But the cause is worth it.
While I desire freedom in Iran, I am a committed anti-Islamist and anti-communist in general. I believe communism as an expression of materialist naturalist philosophy is atheistic, representing a desire by man to dominate both nature and man. To me, it is Satan’s “denial” play...that there is no God. But Satan and his minions work in multiple theaters simultaneously. Islam is Satan’s chief “deception” play. Rather than deny God exists, it asserts that God does in fact exist, but that God does not desire men worship out of love or free will, but through rote, fear, and guilt, and through the sins of pride, envy, and chauvinism.
It is a mentality of enslavement that drives Islam...“submission” in which man subdues other men in order to establish a kingdom of oppression and hatred on earth. Atheism, materialism and Islam appear as contradictions with respect to each other, but when you peel away the veneer of their pretense, you see that their aims are the same. Fascism is fascism.
We live in a society which worships “experts” and specialists. However, our distorted society of “experts” has continually failed us. Almost nothing they have told us has turned out to be true. Thus, I am a revisionist in that I believe much of what we believe is true is utterly false. I also believe in good and evil, a notion sadly obsolete in our nihilistic time. I don’t think Satan is any more a metaphor than is God.
Islam is theocracy, the rule of the clerics. The authoritarianism runs from the top to the bottom in a strict hierarchy with Allah at the top, to his Prophet, to the Caliphs or the Imams, to the lesser men of cloth along the chain of command. No one is allowed to contest or dispute the word and actions of the authorities. Islam and democracy, therefore, are inherently irreconcilable. In some Islamic circles Muslims speak of Islamic Democracy—an oxymoron.
Jihadists are the army of Allah. The use of violence as an instrument of policy has been and continues to be central to Islam. Muslims war under the firmly-believed and widely-cherished set of ideas that are rabidly militaristic. No matter which side is killed, Islam is the victor, “You kill them, you go to paradise; you get killed, you go to paradise,” are two examples of exhortation to jihadism and war.
To cut to the chase, we need to eliminate some disinformation and myths about the “war on terror”:
1) We are not fighting terrorism. We are engaging in an ideological battle between freedom, conservatism, democracy, individual rights, capitalism, “Christian” ethics and Islamofascism, communism-socialism, theocracy, and tyranny. There are also internationalist, dictatorial, globalist forces that seek to use the conflict to create an international government and a unification of all religions by the destruction of nationalism, patriotism, individual rights and sectarianism.
2) It is not “fanatical”, “radical”, or “extreme” Islam that we are fighting, but normal, orthodox, canonical, typical, accepted, traditional Islam, straight from the mouth of the Muhammad. Islam is violent in direct proportion to its mission and scripture. The so-called fanatics are only upholding the truth of their principles. There are those who do not openly engage in terrorism or warfare, but are in support of it, or are working in other ways to spread Islam by force or fraud.
3) Islam is evil, by any accepted definition of that word, and must be seen as such by all rational non-Islamists. There is no such thing as “peace” in Islam except the peace that comes after a successful war against infidels.
4) Islam can work by brute force and by the lengths to which the believers will go to perpetuate it. Its theology and practices make it inherently evil and dangerous to all of mankind. It has already spread and infected the world like a cancer. How do you nuke it out of existence? You can’t...in fact, they will nuke us first, and I guarantee it. When this happens, all hell will break loose, and most freedoms will be up in smoke. Ask yourself how the Palestinian problem can ever get resolved. There are only two ways; either they are gone for good or converted from Islam. Otherwise, the war will never end. The Israeli-Palestinian war is not about the land, it never has been. It is about the eradication of the Jews; right to the last one of them because Muhammad had prescribed it and is eternal.
We must begin to declare Islam evil, not from a sectarian perspective, but from a universal, humanist one. Every encroachment of Islam as a religion must be rejected, harassed and discouraged by all people everywhere. Any leftist attempts to give aid and comfort to this religion of hate must be denounced and frustrated at every turn. Otherwise, get used to your radioactive suit and your fallout shelter, a standard of living—and a level of freedom of 1/10th what of you have today.
Warning to free men and women: remain a spectator at your own peril. It is imperative that you take a stand and do your part at denouncing the fraud of Islam and do all you can to prevent the Islamic fire from devouring our civilized democratic system.
If you are stimulated by new ideas and if you can think for yourself rather than simply accept what Harrow Central Mosque dishes out, I think you will find this letter of interest. But first, let me pose you a question: Is Harrow Central Mosque actually concerned about any of us or does it just want to crush the remaining vestiges of democracy throughout the world? After reading this letter, you'll definitely find it's the latter. While the concept of broad-based peace and social justice coalitions remains desirable, Harrow Central Mosque's ebullitions will have consequences—very serious consequences. We ought to begin doing something about that. We ought to bring Harrow Central Mosque to justice. We ought to spread the word that if it turns out that there's undoubtedly no way to prevent it from turning racketeers loose against us good citizens then I guess it'll be time to throw my cards on the table and call it quits. I'll just have to give up trying to maintain social tranquillity and accept the fact that when I say that its pranks are conscienceless, I mean it. I don't mean that they remind me of something conscienceless or that they have one or two conscienceless characteristics. I mean that they are conscienceless. In fact, the most conscienceless thing about them is the way that they prevent people from seeing that I like to face facts. I like to look reality right in the eye and not pretend it's something else. And the reality of our present situation is this: Were he alive today, Hideki Tojo would be Harrow Central Mosque's most trustworthy ally. I can see Tojo joining forces with Harrow Central Mosque to help it destroy the heart and fabric of our nation. In closing, I consider this letter to be required reading for everyone who still cares that Harrow Central Mosque's little world is far from reality. Unfortunately, with our nation's media being as controlled as it is, there's no way that this letter will be widely publicized. Therefore, I'm counting on you to pass on this letter to all of your e-mail contacts. Thank you.
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From The Sunday Express
VAST sums are being funnelled into foreign mosques and madrassas via a group of British Muslim TV stations that have links to a convicted fraudster.
They are airing all-night appeals from TV studios in east London each night during Ramadan which ends next week.
Much of the money is being raised by charities that have often only just registered in the UK. As such, they have little traceable financial history and security sources are concerned how donations could be spent.
This year, the head of the Stockport-based Green Crescent charity was arrested in Bangladesh after arms were found at an Islamic school it had allegedly funded.
Ofcom is investigating because charities should not be charged but airtime costs up to £15,000 and viewers are unaware their donations cover the costs.
The TV licences are held at the east London offices of Mohammed Ferdhaus, 36, who served four months for insurance fraud.
"Until he is forgotten, Mailer should be remembered not only in a fool’s cap and bells but also in a scoundrel’s midnight black. For in an age crawling with intellectual folly, he was one of the reigning dunces, even his best works were shot through with adolescent fatuities, while the worst of his words and deeds were stupid and vicious without bottom. One is torn between wishing that his memory would disappear immediately and wanting his remains to hang at the crossroads as a lasting reminder to others."
While investigating laptops at Staples -- this may take me a while, it's a big purchase -- I ran across this:
"The 15.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1,366 by 768 and a 16:9 aspect ratio, which means you can watch high-definition (720p) movies in their native format."
I don't want to know that the "native resolution" of this particular HP, with its 16 inch screen, is 1,366 x 768. I want to know if the native hue of resolution in this HP computer with its 16 inch screen, and its Instant Rebate of $50.00 on top of other discounts, is likely to be sicklied o'er, after a while, with the pale cast, in pixels, of my thought.
I want to know now. $449.95 isn't hay, you know. And repairs to laptops can run into money.
With reference to “Yale & Danish Cartoons” (“Notes & Comments,” September 2009), I believe that some expression of solidarity on the part of other Yale Press authors like myself is essential. It was just too outrageous that the Yale and Yale University Press administrations cut the images from Jytte Klausen's book The Cartoons that Shook the World—a book about images and a dispassionate, useful book that could be objectionable only to radical Islam.
For my own part, I have already banned the Press from bidding on further books of mine. This is, first of all, a self-protective move. I don't think there's any coffee good enough that I'd enjoy being told over it that my finished, fully edited manuscript is going to be neutered because of a report I'm not allowed to see without swearing secrecy. Since I write about politics and religion, such a scene is a likely danger for me. But I would urge all authors who are even considering a relationship with the Press to stay away from this non-publisher. A doctor who prostitutes a patient, selling her body, shouldn't be called a doctor anymore but a pimp. Yale Press, after breaking a crucial relationship of trust with an author's mind and work, should be called a lickspittle of fanatics and forfeit any respect or consideration from other authors.
Perhaps those of us already under contract with the Press should follow its own example to show the full implications of its decision. My translation of the Aeneid, which has been out for over a year, is doing well, but shouldn't this alarm me? This epic poem is arrogantly pro-Western, advocating the Roman conquest of the world in the interest of peace and justice and denigrating Middle Eastern cultures. Shouldn't I, in the “prudential” interest of “preventing violence,” stop promoting this book that could offend Muslims? Shouldn't I form my own confidential team of advisers and demand the removal of the inflammatory passages? And what about my book in progress, a translation of a Roman novel (The Golden Ass of Apuleius) that includes a scene of sexual congress with a donkey? How could I in good conscience do the work I contracted to and hand Yale Press an unexpurgated manuscript?
I went into London today to see what was happening regarding the expected counter protests to the annual Al Quds Day parade.
Al Quds is the name some Arabs give Jerusalem. The Ayatollah Khomeni of Iran declared 30 odd years ago that the last Friday in Ramadan was to be Al Quds day, when Muslims theworld over are to express their hatred of Israel and their love for the Palestinian Arabs. The ones they keep in camps rather than integrate them into their own respective countries.
This year the English Defence League said they intended to mount a counter demonstration, concerned at the promotion and possible involvement in previous years of Hizbollah and/or Hamas.
In previous years the demonstration ended with a rally in Trafalgar Square. This year they were only allowed to gather for speeches in Waterloo Place a small square just off Pall Mall. The organisers expressed outrage and blame the authorities for capitulating to the counter demonstrators. The Mayor of London’s office say this is not so and the decision was made far in advance of notice of any counter-demonstration. The reason given is that the Al Quds Day demonstration lack the Public Liability Insurance for Trafalgar Square and the Greater London Authority will no longer underwrite this requirement for them.
The march was to assemble at Marble Arch, proceed down Park Lane (where they would pass the 7th July memorial, into Piccadilly, round Piccadilly Circus into Haymarket and then Waterloo Place.
The EDL announced that they would be meeting at Piccadilly Circus.
When I arrived an organisation against the regime in Iran was setting up around the steps and the stature of Eros. The police had set crush barriers around but there was still public access in and out. I went for a walk about and when I came back the police had confined the members of the English Defence League on the steps of the Criterion Theatre. (Now showing a revival of the 39 Steps) They were then escorted into the same enclosure around the Iranian group and the two groups began to mingle chatting and arranging their posters. They shook hands and pictures were taken together.
Some of the EDL had brought their sons and a little Iranian girl in emerald green face paint and matching ribbons on her pigtails gave me a flyer.
‘We are gathering in protest and prayers in support of the Iranian people. . . a peaceful protest to show the beauty of the Iranian people versus the brutality of the despotic regime . . free all citizens . . . students, journalists, people of other faiths who have been unjustly imprisoned”.
On the other side were pictures of the death of Neda Soltaini and other victims including the murdered Taraneh Mousavi.
The portrait picture of Neda Soltani was prominent on the railings. They waved green flags and a banner which read “United Nations start taking action Iran wants democracy”, above a picture of a dove.
For some reason the police then escorted the members of the EDL away, and brought them back about an hour later. In the meantime I followed the sound of sirens, shouting and running reporters. This was the Stop the BNP demonstration being contained by the police at the bottom of Regent Street. The placards said “Stop the fascist BNP” but the chant sounded to me like “Stop the f***king BNP”. And, “Auschwitz, Auschwitz, never again”. The police moved them on into Haymarket and further down Waterloo Place. I didn’t see them again.
I returned to Piccadilly Circus and found a good viewpoint immediately opposite the two groups around Eros (Correct name the Shaftsbury memorial)
An England flag was produced and later a Union Jack. There were chants of the national football team chant, England, England. That was all I heard them shout above the drums and whistles of the Al Quds. The press report here that they also called to the Al Quds demonstrators "March for England" and "English and we're proud of it".
As the demonstration came up Piccadilly they arranged themselves that the EDL were at the front along the crush barrier with the Iranians behind them raised up on the steps around Eros. As the demonstration moved round the circus they moved so that the Iranians were facing me to my right and the EDL to my left.
The traffic was stopped, the route picked out in white tape and the police lined up. The officers near me were unfailingly good humoured to every tourist who asked “What’s going on?”
The first banner had a quotation from Malcolm X, as did several of the placards. There were green and yellow flags, Palestinian flags and, as you can see from the photographs placards saying “We are all Hizbollah” “We are all Hamas” and “Boycott Israel”. Young girls in jilbabs gave out flyers explaining that we must not buy medjool dates and jaffa oranges because they bankroll the suffering of little Zainab.
s As the demonstrators came past the Iranian Democrats they all turned and shouted at them, waving their flags and posters, pointing, shaking their fists.
Later I note that a Guardian video caught cries of "No Sharia", "Muslim bombers off our streets", specifically bombers you note, not all Muslims, and an Israeli flag.
After the demonstration had passed, the Iranians melted away. I went for a cup of tea and got back in time to see the EDL behaving in a very orderly manner being escorted by the police up Shaftsbury Avenue probably towards Tottenham Court Road station.
I could hear amplified shouting and went to see what was happening at the Waterloo Place rally. I was in time to hear Yvonne Ridley.
“We all passed Piccadilly” she screamed. “We saw and heard the racists, and the fascists, and the BNP”
No you didn’t.
Miss Ridley, I know you read this site.
You were wrong. A barefaced lie.
I was there at Piccadilly. I saw no fascism. I heard no racism.
I saw men and women from England and Iran standing shoulder to shoulder protesting against the oppression of the Islamic regime in Iran and determined that no such oppression, no submission, no sharia, will reign in my homeland.
I wasn’t wasting any more of my time listening to a fool.
I went home.
Anything worn under the kilt? Och, nae. All in perfect working order the noo, except frae a few wee marketing strategies. From The Telegraph, sae Alan be thankit:
Harris Tweed Hebrides said it had to “de-Scottishify” the product after receiving feedback that sales could suffer.
The company, whose chairman, Brian Wilson, a former government minister, believes it was a mistake to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, has removed references to Scotland and Scottish imagery from its promotional material.
Instead, the firm plans to use a neutral image of a model in a tweed frock coat reclining on a couch.
Mark Hogarth, the company's creative director, said it had decided to focus on the brand's island heritage rather than its Scottish credentials ahead of the launch of its fashion collection in New York next month.
He said that he was forced to rethink the marketing campaign because of the anti-Scottish backlash that followed the release of Megrahi, 57, who is terminally ill, last month.
“We are not going to promote ourselves as a Scottish company as we would previously have done,” said Mr Hogarth.
“From everyone we spoke to in the US, the feeling came back that a serious mistake had been made in releasing Megrahi.
“It really wasn't seen as a British decision in the media there, but a Scottish one. While in Scotland and in the UK as a whole there may be a sense of ambivalence about Megrahi's guilt, in the US they are very much as one.
“We have been getting a lot of feedback and we have had to de-Scottishify the image of the brand. If he had not been released we would not have altered anything.
“We had hoped to increase the proportion of our US sales to double digits within a year and then see double digit growth in the year after that, but that could be seriously affected. We are quite worried.”
So you should be. You've been bought and sold for liquid gold, such a parcel of rogues in a nation:
A Tea-bagger Rally in Washington, DC that Unified America
Yesterday, a monster rally by so-called Tea-baggers virtually covered the Mall from the Capitol back lawn past the Washington Memorial. And yet, only FoxNews and CNN covered it, the rest of the electronic media didn’t. I noticed on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning that it was given scant recognition by host David Gregory, with a five second display of posters. Note this exchange between Gregory and Erin Burnett of CNBC:
MR. GREGORY: And he is not the only one [referring to South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson (R)]. Look at the streets of Washington, D.C., yesterday, a huge crowd of protesters protesting the president's healthcare plan other government policies. They see this as the expansion of government under President Obama.
Also, people carrying signs, Erin Burnett, saying "You lie." I mean, there is some...
MS. ERIN BURNETT: Uh-huh.
MR. GREGORY: ...grassroots organization and rallying behind not only Congressman Wilson, but this opposition as well. The Republicans are still united on this front.
Our colleagues at Refugee Resettlement Watch (RRW), Ann Corcoran and Judy W like tens of thousands of others boarded a bus in Hagerstown, Maryland and headed for the Tea-bagger rally in Washington, DC. Yesterday, Corcoran recounted their experiences yesterday. Corcoran like a lot of Americans had made a transformation from her liberal origins in the 1960’s to a more demonstrable conservative one, today. In an RRW blog post Corcoran noted that two years ago when she went to a counter protest against A.N.S.W.ER, less than 5,000 anti-war protesters versus 15,000 counter-protesters showed up and the media, including many foreign journalists were covering the event. Corcoran and Judy W have family reasons for their involvement. Corcoran’s son is a Captain in the Maryland National Guard who served a tour in Iraq and Judy’s husband was imprisoned in Hanoi Hilton along with Sen. John McCain. As a NAM era Army intelligence officer that resonated with me.
I watched the huge mass of Middle Americans at the rally live on FoxNews.com, and I was in awe. Having been to the massive Israel rally on the back lawn of the Capitol in April 2002, I thought yesterday's gathering was huge. I guesstimated in excess of 300,000, plus. This was a measure of the massive outpouring of anger and resentment across the US at a government operating in indifference and arrogance towards its own people. In contrast I watched the paltry crowd that greeted President Obama, Minnesota Senator, former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken and US Department of Health and Human Service Sebelius going to another staged health care rally. Sebelius, we now learn was the chief lobbyist for ATLA, the trial bar association in Kansas. She was a real ‘fox in the chicken coop’ that doubtless got her elected as governor in the Jayhawker state. Then again we heard from Veep Joe Biden, that the Obama Administration would never take on the trial bar group, so you can bet there will be no tort reform of significance in the 1500 plus pages on the monster Health Care Reform legislation HR 3200, now undergoing Frankenstein-like 'surgery' over at the Senate Finance Committee headed by Sen. Max Baucus (D) of Montana with his 'gang of six". What emerges from that 'surgery' will doubtless be a dog’s breakfast and worse, a disaster for most Americans, especially Seniors. The most vulnerable members in the House in the 2010 Mid Term election are those Democrats elected in more than 50 Congressional Districts that McCain won in 2008. Then over in the Senate there are a bunch of Senators up for election that may not make the grade either. The media was so blinded by the rhetoric of “hope and change,” and the delusion of no change in the federal deficit laid out in Obama’s Joint Congressional speech last Wednesday that they passed on reporting what transpired yesterday.
By contrast, one of the signs I saw said it all: "Thank God for FoxNews."
The other note I made to myself mentally was that probably the vast majority of those who did attend are good friends of Israel and anti-Jihadists.
Yesterday's tea bagger gathering gave a demonstrable lift to many concerned Americans. Concerned about how its government is shackling the future generations of this country, my grandchildren among them with a mountain of debt hobbling growth and attempting to transform this country into something we don't want; a no growth Euro style social 'democracy'.
If anything the media, excepting FoxNews and CNN, missed the point about yesterday’s Washington rally by tea-baggers. It showed unity, not divisiveness. Further, the Obama Administration and its allies in the Congress had best take notice. Because if they jam through the health care and other transforming legislation on their agenda using questionable tactics like ‘reconciliation’- an Orwellian term if there ever was one, they may well lose control of Capitol Hill in 2010.
Video of the Sept. 11 protests around the Harrow mosque, presumably taken by a Muslim participant. Thanks to Alan, and Gates of Vienna:
Partial transcript (starting at the 0:50 mark):
My brothers, remain in your ranks. Do not be scared of these filthy kufar. They are pigs! Allah says they are pigs! Allah says they are worse than pigs. Allah says they are worse than cattle. Worse than cattle. Don't be scared of them. Yeah? You don't turn your back to them. [ie. don't run] You are ...[interjection: "F..king kufar!"]...fought way worse than them. Don't be scared of them, do not be scared of the police or the cameras. You are here only to please Allah. You are not here for any other reason. If you are here just for a prank leave our ranks. We only want those who are sincere to Allah. Purify your intention.
Does this sound like a Martin Luther King speaking to non-violent protesters of apartheid, or a general rallying his troops into battle? We're supposed to believe these were the innocent, passive victims of 'fascist' non-Muslim demonstrators, and not the fully intentioned fascist combatants going into battle against the filthy kufar?
* Update: Thanks to Stephena, I have updated the transcript.
Lebanese Ayatollah: Every inch of Israel is Arab-Islamic
What exactly is the point of the Arab-Israeli "Land for Lies" negotiations again? From IRIB in Iran:
Lebanese religious leader Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah issued a religious decree prohibiting any effort to normalize relations with Israel.
In his momentous decree Fadlallah emphasized on Palestine's integrity and said, "The entire land of Palestine within its historical borders is one Arab-Islamic country and no one has right to spare on inch of it. This decree is addressed to all Muslims. "
"It is necessary for all Muslims to enliven the Palestinian cause, and look into it from a religious viewpoint."
He urged all Muslim scholars in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq to take a tough stance against Israel's transgressions.
Each of their puss's is more sour than the previous mug. Not only are they in a contest to see who can glower at the camera with a more sinister stinkeye, but they are also competing to see who can have the strongest anti-Israeli position. Apparently Fadlallah thinks the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia are getting a little too lax in their fanaticism.