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These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 14, 2010.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Paul and Rachel Chandler released by Somali pirates after 388 days

Good news for the family from The Telegraph, although payment of a ransome will only encourage more kidnappings.

Paul and Rachel Chandler, the retired Kent couple kidnapped from their yacht by Somali pirates more than a year ago, have been released unharmed. They are now under the protection of local government officials close to Somalia's border with Ethiopia, and are expected to fly to safety in Kenya later on Sunday.

It is understood that a ransom was paid. The Foreign Office could not confirm that, and officials said that they were "investigating" the reports. A spokesman for the Chandlers' family could not immediately be reached.

Sources in the Somali town of Adado, 220 miles northwest of Mogadishu, said that Mr and Mrs Chandler were "safe and well" and would be offered food and a shower at the home of the town's governor, Mohamed Aden Tiiceey.

It is unclear why discussions were successful at this point, although it is understood that a fresh ransom was offered early last week. The British government has a strict policy of not paying kidnappers, and it is thought that the money was raised from family and friends.

Mr and Mrs Chandler were being held 160 miles north of Adado, and were driven through the night to arrive in the town for the official handover at dawn on Sunday. They are expected to be flown to Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, for a brief meeting with the country's president, Sheikh Sharif, before continuing on to Nairobi.

Posted on 11/14/2010 2:31 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 14 November 2010
A Musical Non-Interlude: The Last Sunday (Mieczyslaw Fogg)

Listen here.

Posted on 11/14/2010 5:32 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Gregory The Hesychastic Saint
When I was a lot younger I attended University with a generation of people the bulk of whom I can only describe as credulous, ill-educated louts undeserving of any tertiary education. It must be said, however, that their superb abilities to believe in the most arrant nonsense gave those of us who did not fall for superstitious stupidities and conspiracy theories a great many hearty belly laughs at their expense.
 
Those idiots had three main tenets of belief - that anything British was a Bad Thing; that Christianity was worthless and always had been for it contained no real spirituality; and that there was no such thing as British culture (and if there happened to be then it must be destroyed at once). Regrettably those infinitely stupid and gullible people grew up and grew into positions of power and have effectively wrecked the UK. Their 'English Cringe' as it's called has led them to take the most insane decisions about the future of Britain and to encourage our equally empty-headed MPs to pass the most lunatic legislation ever seen at any time anywhere on Earth. Almost all of them have swallowed wholesale the deeply flawed philosophies, the myths and the downright lies of the Left and they are incapable of making rational judgements, or, indeed, of talking or writing sense.
 
If you want evidence of just how far gone the UK is into utter madness then consider the following:
 
·        the British Government owns and controls about 52% of the economy of the UK
·        at the height of the cold war the governments of Eastern Europe struggled to own and control more than 21% of their economies
·        there is ample evidence (including the infamous 'there is no money left' note) that the previous government of the UK deliberately attempted to bankrupt Britain before leaving office
·        the people who made up the previous government of the UK are not in prison nor have they even been charged with 'misbehaviour whilst holding public office' nor do they expect to be so charged.
 
There are charges to be answered not just about where did all the money go but also charges relating to sovereignty, charges relating to immigration and charges relating to co-operation with a known enemy i.e. Islamic organisations and countries. In any sane country most of today's opposition front bench in the House of Commons would be in prison awaiting trial on a multiplicity of charges. If we had a constitution similar to that of the U.S.A. there would be no trouble about ensuring that those MPs got their just desserts but in Britain today there is little that can be done to hold them to account and even less that can be done to make them obey the laws of the land or obey the sovereign wishes of the people.
 
Moving on - one of the beliefs of the people today (fully influenced by the people I was at University with) is that Christianity is worthless and therefore a significant number of the vacuous ordinary people have turned to Eastern religions in search of Spirituality. There is nothing wrong with that for in most of them some degree of Spirituality and philosophy is present and mostly it is in tune with modern Western thought. However, what really gets my goat about all this is the 'discovery' of such spiritual tools as meditation in these Eastern religions and then being told by those naive and easily fooled people that the West has nothing like it. What rot!
 
This Sunday is the Feast Day of Saint Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) Archbishop of Thessalonika. Before becoming Archbishop he had spent some time as a prisoner of Muslim pirates before being ransomed and he spent his life watching the perfidious Turks nibble away at his world. However, it's not his encounters with the infidel Muslims that make St. Gregory important but rather his successful defence of Hesychasm at the Council of Blachernae in 1351.
 
Hesychasm is the Christian equivalent of meditation excepting that it is deeper and more powerful and meaningful than the mere tricks and mental fopperies of eastern styles of meditation. Anyway, the Council held in Constantinople (held in either the Imperial Palace of Blachernae or the Great Church of St. Mary of Balchernae) upheld the correctness of Gregory's teachings on Hesychasm and the practice is that which we use today to sense the nearness of God and to be at one with Him as nearly as possible, to see the uncreated light of God as the Apostles Peter, James and John did on Mount Tabor at the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus. We use certain spiritual disciplines and contemplative prayer and also repetitive prayer to calm the mind. The most common prayers that we integrate into our practices of mental ascesis are:
 
  • the Eastern Orthodox Jesus Prayer - Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner
  • or the ancient prayer of the Egyptian Fathers - O God, make speed to save me: O Lord, make haste to help me.
 
The term 'Hesychasm' itself means 'to keep stillness' and the practice has deep roots in Western culture and goes all the way back to our earliest recorded history. It flowers now as a difficult route to awareness because of its Christian dimensions clarified by St Gregory at Blachernae.
 
And this is just one more example of the way our enemies are trying to cut us off from our past and our culture - by persuading our people that some charlatan practice that can only be found in the far east is worth more than the spiritual depth of the practices of their native faith. So raise a glass to St. Gregory Palamas today for we have him to thank that we did not lose this profound practice which has given so much comfort to so many and brought many of us almost unbelievably nearer to God than we ever dreamt to be possible.
Posted on 11/14/2010 5:44 AM by John M. Joyce
Sunday, 14 November 2010
They also serve

I have just got back from my own church where the Remembrance Service was conducted, as it is every year, with dignity.

After the unpleasant events of Thursday I do not know what was more moving; the emotion of elderly men whose memories had been stired, or the hand made tributes left by the Brownies and Rainbows. Little girls showing respect with lolly sticks, coloured paper and care. Two small boys carrying the Sunday school wreath between them.

They are our future. They are the reason we do what we do.

Posted on 11/14/2010 7:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Bakri Mohammad Arrested

The bigger they come, the harder they fall. From Sky News.

Lebanese police have arrested radical Islamic preacher Omar Bakri Mohammad just days after he boasted he would "not spend one day" of a life sentence behind bars. A security official said intelligence agents seized the cleric near his home in the northern city of Tripoli. A Lebanese military court had previously ruled the 50-year-old should be jailed over terrorism offences.

Sky's home affairs correspondent Mark White said Mohammad was stopped by security forces that had been following a vehicle he was travelling in. White said: "Omar Bakri Mohammad was pulled from the car at gunpoint."

It was not immediately clear why authorities had not arrested the cleric earlier. He appears often on Lebanese TV stations as a guest on political talk shows and does not live in hiding.

Posted on 11/14/2010 8:06 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Hugh Trevor Not-so-clever Roper

In a logical world, John Profumo would be known for the forty years he spent as a charity worker at the refuge centre, Toynbee Hall. But the world is not logical, as the Welshman in the joke knows only too well:

An Englishman goes into a Welsh pub, and while he's waiting at the bar gets talking to one of the locals.

The Welshman says, "Here in Wales, right, we call each other nicknames by what we do, see? Now, you look out of that window... Do you see that bridge over by there?"

"Yes," The Englishman replies.

"Well I built that," Says the Welshman, "But do they call me Dai The Bridge Builder? No they don't. Now... you see next to the bridge there's a church?"

"I can see it," Says the Englishman.

"Well I did the roof on that church, right, but do they call me Dai The Roofer? No they don't. Now if you'll just come over by here to the window, see, and look over there you can see that field. Now in that field there's a helicopter. I fly the air ambulance round here, right, for when people do get stuck on the mountain. But do they call me Dai The Pilot? No they don't. But you shag ONE sheep..."

A coarser version of this joke is available in the decent obscurity of a hyperlink.

Academics, even Welsh ones, are above crude name calling, which is why Hugh-Huge-Mistake Trevor-Not-so-Clever Rope-Enough-to-Hang-Himself is best known for his biography of William Laud, the Archbishop of Canterbury beheaded for treason during the English Civil War. From the New Criterion:

Trevor Roper had the capacity and willingness to write for the world beyond the academic cloister. He was a perpetual presence in mainstream organs such as the New Statesman and The Sunday Times. He commanded huge fees and was in constant demand as a lecturer and media personality across Europe and America. Through it all he maintained a radiant social life. He spent weekends with Isaiah Berlin, vacationed in Tuscany at the villa of Bernard Berenson, and dined with Vladimir Nabokov. Poulenc and Shostakovich once played a private recital in his drawing-room. Trevor-Roper became the paradigm for the mid-twentieth- century celebrity intellectual.

But fame is a constant effort. When Hitler's diaries were "discovered," Trevor-Roper found the occasion irresistible. Handsomely paid, flown to Zurich on short notice, he was urged by his paymaster, Rupert Murdoch, to make a quick judgment of the material. Trevor-Roper validated the diaries hastily, based on several false assurances. He then returned to England. Some days later, with his endorsement of the Hitler diaries now public, The Times decided to publish their sensational scoop. Trevor-Roper attended an opera as the presses of the newspaper rolled. In the darkness of Covent Garden, alone with his thoughts for the first time in weeks, horrible doubts crept in. But it was too late. Two days day later, facing a throng of world press, Trevor-Roper wilted. His hesitant volte face was itself front page news. The eventual confirmation that the diaries had been forged filled Trevor-Roper's many enemies with a malevolent glow that has never quite faded.

Oops.

Posted on 11/14/2010 9:24 AM by Mary 'Two Sheds' Jackson
Sunday, 14 November 2010
When Carlos Bledsoe Became Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

Memphian drifted to dark side of Islamic extremism, plotted one-man jihad vs. homeland

By Kristina Goetz

November 14, 2010

What I had in mind didn't go as planned but Allah willing He will reward me for my intentions.

He planned for weeks, buying guns secondhand to avoid the FBI.

Then, to test whether the feds were watching, he bought a .22-caliber rifle over the counter at Walmart. He stockpiled ammo and practiced target shooting at empty construction sites.

By his own account, he was preparing for jihad.

From a black Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, a Memphis native, watched two soldiers in fatigues smoking outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock. He aimed an assault rifle out the window and fired.

Muhammad sped away, hoping to flee 150 miles to Memphis where he would switch cars. But a wrong turn in a construction zone led him to police.

He stepped out of the SUV wearing a green ammo belt around his waist.

"It's a war going on against Muslims, and that is why I did it," an officer heard him say. "You see how I gave up with no problem."

Much of this account emerges from police reports and an 18-page mental-health evaluation contained in court files. But Muhammad tells a far broader, detailed story in seven handwritten letters to The Commercial Appeal. Taken together, those letters are not just an admission of guilt but a profession of failure for having not caused more death and destruction.

The letters, written in pencil between May and October, provide a rare glimpse into the thoughts of a self-described jihadist, according to one national security expert. Muhammad describes in his own words how he took his declaration of faith in a Memphis mosque; his motives for moving to Yemen and his attempt to travel to Somalia for weapons training; how and why he planned multiple attacks in the U.S, including ones in Nashville and Florence, Ky., that didn't go as intended; and how he allegedly executed the Little Rock assault.

In his own words:

It's a war out against Islam and Muslims and I'm on the side of the Muslims point blank ... The U.S. has to pay for the rape, murder, bloodshed, blasphemy it has done and still doing to the Muslims and Islam. So consider this a small retaliation the best is to come Allah willing. This is not the first attack and won't be the last.

Muhammad is yet to convince U.S. authorities he's anything other than the murderer of Pvt. William A. Long of Conway, Ark. He's being held on state charges, awaiting a February trial.

But one senior consultant to the U.S. government on global terrorism believes Muhammad's self-described attack in June 2009 and others like it -- lone gunmen with no formal al-Qaida training or direction -- illustrate the new nature of an old enemy.

Al-Qaida has shifted from a far away, tough-to-join group to a social network that almost anyone, anywhere can join. Even a middle-class, Baptist kid from Memphis, born Carlos Bledsoe, who played youth basketball and worked at Chuck E. Cheese's.

"It's a massive red flag for me about the way al-Qaida has changed its perspective in saying, 'We don't need impressive attacks. We need you guys to go pick up a gun and kill somebody,' " said Jarret Brachman, author of "Global Jihadism."

"Like they understand this is the trend and that they're trying to get back out in front of it. And then they can claim credit for all the next Bledsoes."

* * *

Carlos Leon Bledsoe was born July 9, 1985, to Linda and Melvin Bledsoe. He wouldn't change his name to Muhammad until years later.

"Regarding my pre-Islamic past ... I don't like to talk about it," he wrote to the newspaper. "... I was known as Bledsoe in the neighborhood and did things most teenagers do."

A mental-health evaluation performed at the Arkansas State Hospital provides a glimpse. (He was deemed competent to stand trial.)

Muhammad told the psychiatrist he first used alcohol at about age 15 or 16 and drank "maybe 2 or 3 times a year." He smoked "a joint or two every month" starting at age 14.

That changed when he went to college, he said. He drank alcohol until he was intoxicated roughly four nights a week and smoked an average of an ounce of marijuana a week or "two blunts a day."

Muhammad also said he had experience using weapons that could cause serious harm beginning in middle school. He described using guns and knives in fights during his school years. He had been suspended several times for fighting. He added: "I was a gang member."

A 2003 police report shows he was charged, months before his 18th birthday, with unlawful possession of a weapon -- chrome-plated brass knuckles.

After a driver failed to yield at a stop sign and hit Muhammad's car, she told police he jumped out, put on the brass knuckles, hit the rear passenger window and yelled: "Bitch I'm gonna kill you ... Get out. ... I'm going to kill you when I get your address."

The police report also indicates Muhammad was affiliated with the M.O.B. gang.

Muhammad admitted running to the woman's car, yelling and swearing at her, but denied to police he hit the car or threatened the driver. He forfeited the weapon, and the case was handled nonjudicially by juvenile authorities.

After graduating from Craigmont High, Muhammad left Memphis for Nashville to enroll at Tennessee State University, where he attended for three semesters.

In February 2004, Knoxville police pulled over a blue Mazda for an equipment violation and found several weapons, including a loaded SKS assault rifle and two shotguns. Muhammad, a passenger in the back seat, told police he owned the guns and had planned to sell the shotguns. He also had marijuana and a switchblade, according to the report.

"I was actually facing 14 yrs back then," Muhammad wrote. "And that kind of spooked me so to speak.

"So I was offered a plea deal and it included probation for a year but, a condition was I wasn't to get into any trouble not even a ticket or I was to come and serve the 14 yrs."

Knoxville court records show only one charge of possessing a prohibited weapon, a silver switchblade, which was dismissed in June 2004.

The incident profoundly affected Muhammad. He changed his lifestyle, his friends and began to study religion.

He evaluated Christianity and realized he didn't believe in the faith of his youth. The doctrine of the trinity was incomprehensible to him.

So he turned to Judaism because he was attracted to monotheism. He visited a couple of orthodox synagogues and was given pamphlets but was turned away and stared at because he was black, he said.

"But that religion seem(ed) to me like too much of racial pride and not for other people," he wrote. "It seem(ed) to be all about 'the Jews' or 'children of Israel.'"

That's when Muhammad turned to Islam.

During a visit to a Nashville mosque, he watched the synchronized movements of 50 to 75 people as they bowed and prostrated themselves in prayer. He was amazed.

"So I attempted to join and after realizing I didn't know what I was doing, somebody (asked) when did you become Muslim? I said I'm not just interested in it? And when I said that the whole place lit up. I mean brothers shouted 'Allahu Akbar'!! (Allah is the greatest) and embraced me like I was a long (lost) brother."

A man from the mosque explained the religion's fundamentals -- belief in one God, angels, the revealed scriptures, the prophets, predestination and the day of judgment. He also gave Muhammad a copy of the Quran.

Later, at Masjid As-Salam in Memphis, Muhammad recited the Shahada in Arabic: There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

"They are not Mujahideen or militants or preach jihad," Muhammad wrote about the Memphis mosque. "But that's where I became Muslim."

So to make a long story short I believed in it wholeheartedly and decided to become a Muslim in a local Memphis masjid. I took my declaration or testimony of faith and bore witness to the truth. The year was 2004 and I was 19 years old.

* * *

A senior member of Masjid As-Salam and the Muslim Society of Memphis board, Mohammed Moinuddin, facilitated a meeting between mosque members and the FBI after the shooting at the agency's request. Muhammad spent very little time at the mosque, he said, but the few who remembered him described him as calm, not belligerent or hostile.

Moinuddin said he encourages people to speak up if they know about potential threats so law enforcement officials can be informed.

"Islam, our religion of faith, does not believe in killing people and stuff like that," he said. "It's a very peaceful religion. The very meaning of the word Islam means peace. And therefore it's kind of ironic that people are sometimes distorting the image of Islam."

* * *

By 2007, Carlos Bledsoe had become deeply observant and legally changed his name.

"So step by step I became a religiously devout Muslim, Mujahid -- meaning one who participates in jihad," Muhammad wrote. "I was a jihadist before I traveled to Yemen. I've loved jihad every since I became Muslim."

Family members became concerned that Muhammad was too focused on religion but thought he was simply trying to find his way. They never heard him talk about extremist ideas or doing anyone harm.

But on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Muhammad traveled to Yemen because he wanted to further understand Islam. People were hospitable, the cost of living low.

"People treated me with so much respect, like those brothers I first met," he said.

Muhammad wrote that he knew people who could show him around and help him get started but didn't say who they were or how he met them.

He declined to answer certain questions about other Muslims for "security reasons." He also said in one letter that he was "asked many times to carry out a martyrdom operation in America" but "didn't have proper training in regards to explosives."

He did not elaborate.

Muhammad spent his days studying and then taught English after the Asr, or third prayer of the five daily prayers. He felt uncomfortable teaching "the language of the enemy" and considered it only a source of income. He learned Arabic by interacting with native speakers.

Muhammad met an elementary school teacher to whom he taught English and eventually married. He told the state psychiatrist he sold his car in America to help pay for the dowry.

When Muhammad had been married about two months, he was arrested at a roadside checkpoint. He carried a fake Somali passport and lacked the proper government permissions to travel.

He also had videos and literature about the daily operations "by our Muslim soldiers in different parts of the world," literature from people such as Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American Islamic cleric who uses the Internet to spread al-Qaida's message, and explosive manuals that included tips such as how to make gun silencers, he said.

Muhammad's plan had been to travel to Somalia for training in how to make bombs, particularly car bombs.

Instead, he was imprisoned in Yemen's Political Security Organization.

(H)ad I got this training my story would of ended a lot differently than it's going to end now. My drive-by would of been a drive-in with no one escaping the aftermath!!

* * *

Muhammad had been in prison a few weeks when people from the U.S. Embassy came to interview him, he told the state psychiatrist, because he had "literature, contact, cell, videos, and people's numbers on my phone that were wanted in Saudi Arabia."

Muhammad described meeting fellow Muslims during his detention, some of whom were tortured in interrogation rooms. They were beaten with sticks and poles so badly they could hardly walk, he said. Some were sexually abused, and others were threatened with sodomy. He was "maybe insulted in interrogation a few times but not tortured as they were," he wrote.

"They didn't do anything to me mainly out of fear of America," he wrote. "But America didn't give a damn about me while I was there but they didn't know that. They were confused they didn't know whether if I was a 'spy' or a 'jihadist' so they were scared.

"(B)ut the FBI knew exactly who I was. They had been tracking me the whole time. Every since I left back on (the) 9/11 anniversary. They just watched and waited. But the FBI aren't as smart as people think. I proved that and other brothers are also proving it."

Muhammad felt empathy for four imprisoned Cameroonians -- two Muslims and two non-Muslims -- whom he said were held without trial or proof of a crime for nearly 12 years. He smuggled a letter they wrote along with their names and fingerprints out of the prison and sent it to human-rights groups, he said.

"In this prison there were no phone calls, no letters whatsoever," he wrote. "So these brothers along with some others haven't contacted their families in years. My wife didn't know where I was for weeks until I used the phone of an interpreter from the Embassy."

Muhammad later told the state psychiatrist he first began planning to carry out jihad against America while he was in prison.

In January 2009, he was deported back to the United States.

I came back to America on a mission. And the feds knew I had been to places in Yemen where "foreigners" are not supposed to go. The feds knew I had the Somali I.D. and why I had it. The reason was to go to Somalia!! To join my Mujahideen brothers and get training, because I had none. So my original plan was foiled once I was arrested in Yemen. ... I had to revise another plan and I did with the help of the Mujahideen ... Al Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula.

* * *

Muhammad was interviewed by an FBI agent when he returned to the United States, he said. One law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Muhammad had been under investigation by an FBI-led terrorism task force since his return.

In regards to the CIA & FBI yea they followed me, yea they tapped my phone, read my emails, interrogated me not once, not twice but three times before my jihadi attack on the crusader recruiting center but what good did it do? I outsmarted them and they know it. That's why they don't want to pick these charges up and are leaving me in state court to be hung. ...

I know the real reason why they're so (quiet). And it's because they dropped the ball with me and not just me. Nidal (Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army major charged in the Fort Hood shootings), Umar Farouk (the Nigerian charged for trying to detonate plastic explosives on a Northwest Airlines flight), Faisal (Shahzad, the Pakistani-American sentenced to life in prison for his failed attempt to bomb Times Square) and others who evaded their agents and devices and paid-informants posing as Muslims.

They can't catch us all.

Per bureau policy, an FBI spokeswoman in Little Rock declined to say whether a federal investigation is pending and would not comment on the court case.

For several months after his return from Yemen, Muhammad stayed with his parents in Memphis before he moved to Little Rock to work for his father. That's when he began to research and develop a plan, he told the state psychiatrist. He provided more detail in his letters.

Muhammad bought several guns and stockpiled ammunition over a period of weeks because he was "on a budget." He didn't use a credit card to buy supplies because "Muslims don't believe in interest."

When he bought the rifle at Walmart and wasn't questioned, he recalled walking to the parking lot with the new gun, thinking: "It's on," meaning he was not under surveillance. "The FBI had not put a hold or checked."

Plan A, as he called it in one letter, was to assassinate "3 Zionist rabbis in Memphis, Little Rock and Nashville. Then target recruitment centers from the South to the nation's capital. And other Zionist organizations in the northeast. That was the plan, which mostly failed."

Muhammad said he began his jihad in Little Rock and reported to the state psychiatrist that he "did something" there but did not elaborate.

Next he drove through Memphis to Nashville. He had prepared a carton of Molotov cocktails, lit one and threw it at what he believed to be the home of an orthodox rabbi. But it bounced off the glass.

He drove to his next target, an Army recruiting center in Florence, Ky. He had researched recruiting centers before he left Little Rock and chose one in Florence because "it was near an interstate and bordered Ohio. Easy to get away." But the office was closed.

"It was supposed to be my first," he told the psychiatrist.

Muhammad was frustrated at his failed attempts. He had saved money for the guns, ammunition and gas for the trip, which he said cost "near $4 a gallon" at the time.

He went home to plan.

We believe in an eye for eye not turn the other cheek. ...We are all brothers under the same banner fighting for the same cause. ... (T)he war has no boundaries as you can see. ... Unless the U.S. government pulls fully out of Iraq and Afghanistan and stop(s) helping Israel in (its) massacre of Muslims, blood will flow in the U.S.A. like tap water.

* * *

On the morning of June 1, 2009, Muhammad drove down Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock. His Plan B, he said, was a "random and unplanned attack" for which he chose the recruiting center.

"I went around the corner so they (couldn't) see me," he said of the soldiers standing outside smoking. "I did not want them to see me coming. I had the SKS with me and put it out the window. I rolled by and started shooting."

He made his intent clear: "I was trying to kill them."

Pvt. William A. Long, 23, of Conway, Ark., lay on the sidewalk in a pool of blood.

Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, Ark., crawled inside.

Muhammad drove away but made a wrong turn because of construction and left the tailgate down, a mistake he believes made him easier to identify.

Going to jail was not part of the plan, but, "I got myself caught," he said.

In interview room 4 at the downtown detective division, Muhammad told investigators about his time in Yemen and his deportation.

He also explained that when he returned to America, he had hatred for the U.S. and was angry at what he saw as news outlets such as CNN filtering its reporting. He accused military personnel of target shooting the Quran and urinating on it.

Muhammad said he'd have killed more soldiers had more been in the parking lot.

Muhammad also told police there were at least six Molotov cocktails in a milk crate in the bed of his truck -- green and clear bottles filled with gasoline and oil and duct taped.

"And compared to what I had planned originally it was like a grain of sand," Muhammad wrote about the attack. "One crusader dead, one wounded, 15 terrorized, big deal. Nidal Malik (Hasan, the accused Fort Hood shooter) is the real Islamic warrior, and my plan A was on that scale."

Days after his arrest, Muhammad called The Associated Press to say he wasn't guilty of murder because "murder is when a person kills another person without justified reason."

I'm just one Muhammad There are millions of Muhammads out there. And I hope and pray the next one be more deadlier than Muhammad Atta!! (peace be upon him) commander of the blessed raids in NY and D.C. on 9/11.

* * *

In one letter, Muhammad explained what jihad means to him:

"In Islam there's a call to duty -- jihad -- and it's of different types but the one I'm mentioning is a defensive struggle or fight with weapons against those who attack, kill, maim the Muslims. And this is a part of Islam."

John Kaltner, an associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College who teaches courses on Islam, the Bible and Arabic, said Muhammad has a distorted view of Islam and how to live life as a Muslim, including the concept of jihad.

"It's one Arabic word that all non-Muslims know, but ironically they don't really know the meaning of it or at least the full meaning of it," Kaltner said.

"It comes from an Arabic root that can mean to put forth great effort. ... When we look at these terms it's very clear they speak about two different types of putting forth effort, of striving."

One, he said, is of defending the faith when Islam and Muslims come under attack. That is considered a lesser jihad, he said. The greater jihad is the effort a Muslim puts forth to avoid sin and temptation and stay on the straight path.

"So this is a type of striving and effort, a type of jihad that is very different," he said. "It's directed inward. It's not directed outward. And the enemy, so to speak, isn't coming from outside, but it comes from one's own person."

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino, said Muhammad's previous contact with law enforcement suggests he might have been at risk for violence no matter what movement or ideology he joined.

"It's much easier to blame an out-group and to justify your own personal anger and mistakes by scapegoating and bastardization of scripture than it is to really take the bull by the horns and say, 'What is it about me that I have to improve?' " Levin said.

He added: "This is an example where it really is the fanatic and not the faith. The faith plays an important role in the sense that if you have an extremist with a disposition towards aggressive violence, it's not good for them to find a belief system that they can use to find refuge and legitimacy in.

"With that being said, it's not the faith. It's their contortion of it. In other words, this is not something that people have to worry about from well-adjusted, learned scholars in Islam."

* * *

In January, Muhammad wrote a letter to the presiding judge in which he asserted his sanity, claimed affiliation with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and said he wanted to plead guilty. He wrote another in October, reaffirming his desire to plead guilty to additional charges he received while in jail and said if there were more delays he would dismiss his attorneys and exercise his right to represent himself.

Some have questioned whether he had any contact with an al-Qaida organization.

Far as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula I won't say much but yes, I'm affiliated with them. And it's more of a Islamic Revivalist Revolutionary Movement than an organization. Same with other Al-Qaeda fronts. Our goal is to rid the Islamic world of idols and idolaters, paganism and pagans, infidelity and infidels, hypocrisy and hypocrites, apostasy and apostates, democracy and democrats and relaunch the Islamic caliphate ... and to establish Islamic law (Shari'ah) -- Allah's law on earth and anyone who strives for this is affiliated with the movement.

So yes I'm Al Qaeda and proud to be.

A person's level of connection to a terrorist organization often determines how lethal his or her attack will be, said Brachman, the senior global terrorism consultant. The higher the connection, the greater ability a person has to kill.

Muhammad's alleged operation in Little Rock doesn't seem typical of someone who had much connection to an official al-Qaida organization, but his Plan A does, Brachman said.

"It fits seamlessly with al-Qaida's modus operandi, if you will, of either simultaneous or sequential attacks against multiple targets in different geographic areas," he said.

But there are signs al-Qaida's strategy is changing. Earlier this year, he said, Adam Gadahn, an American who joined al-Qaida in the late 1990s, released a video highlighting three attacks he said Muslims around the world should emulate.

One was Nidal Malik Hasan, the accused Fort Hood shooter. The second was the stabbing and shooting of a Dutch filmmaker named Theo van Gogh. And the third was a 1993 attack against CIA employees by Mir Aimal Kasi, who stood outside CIA headquarters and shot at cars.

None were al-Qaida-orchestrated attacks, Brachman said.

The fall issue of an English language online magazine published by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula called Inspire provides more evidence of a strategic shift.

One article encourages Americans to "fight jihad on U.S. soil" and not to "attempt to travel overseas to join the (mujahideen) in an overt manner."

It touts the advantages of random shootings and cites Muhammad as an example:

"The firearm option: Nidal Hasan and Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad. It's the least suspicious if you already own a firearm. For this choose the best location. A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, D.C. at lunch hour for example might end up knocking out a few government employees.

"Targeting such employees is paramount, and the location would also give the operation additional media attention."

* * *

Muhammad now spends 23 hours a day alone in a cell in the Pulaski County Detention Center. He speaks to no one and can't see out the windows. His only book, he said, is the Interpretation of the Noble Quran.

He is scheduled to face a jury in February on charges of capital murder and attempted capital murder among others.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

I knew this would end with the enemies of Allah killing me. But the good thing is -- Martyrs don't die! Allah says, "Don't think of those who are killed for the sake of Allah as dead. Rather they are alive with their Lord and they have their provision!" (Qur'an 3:169) And that's what I believe. The jihad lives on. May Allah accept my jihadi operations and grant me what he promises all of the ... (martyrs) Ameen.

From the experts

Retired Brig. Gen. Russ Howard, who was founding director of the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point, said homegrown terrorists are his biggest concern.

He sees al-Qaida's tactical shift as a way to differentiate between "al-Qaida writ large" and what's fermenting on a local level in the United States.

"Al-Qaida has not launched an al-Qaida attack on the United States since 9/11 because of ego," he said. "They can't do one to the same magnitude as 9/11. And to do anything less would be to admit defeat or admit that they weren't as powerful. ... So they're giving the impression that they're operating here through local terrorist organizations or local terrorists. ... They're getting the exposure. They're getting the publicity.

"In essence they're saying, 'We don't have to attack the United States because Americans are fulfilling our goals and objectives for us.'"

Howard, who served in the U.S. Army for 37 years, has a background in special forces and has been involved in the counter-terrorism effort since 1984, said al-Qaida is flexible and willing to experiment with new tactics to further its cause.

"I'm not as concerned about Baptists turning into Muslims and then becoming combatants in the United States as I am about second- or third-generation kids who, from websites, get this feeling of humiliation and feel that they have to do something because of their culture or because of their religion," he said.

"And so they're buying into this al-Qaida extremist message."

Author Jarret Brachman doesn't think Americans will see another terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11 anytime soon because counter-terrorism measures have increased such that a massive attack would be difficult to execute. But he does anticipate lone terrorists who identify with the movement to keep getting through America's defenses.

"We're going to continue to see these armies of one popping off their attacks," he said. "But that, to me, is a whole lot better than a repeat of the London train bombings or Madrid or 9/11."

John Horgan, director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University, said it has become extremely difficult in the years since 9/11 to launch high-level, synchronized, coordinated attacks because of both increased counter-terrorism measures and al-Qaida's shortage of high-caliber recruits.

"They have started to shift their own internal profiles of whom they would like to see go out and engage in militant activity," he said.

Al-Qaida has been rethinking its strategy in terms of what it's willing to brand and openly encourage.

"Key to maintaining uncertainty in the U.S. population is making (people) believe al-Qaida is capable of anything anytime anywhere. So encouraging what might appear to be ... small-level attacks, can have a profound psychological effect."

Posted on 11/14/2010 11:19 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Six impossible things before breakfast?

To a devout Muslim, that's a doddle. A devout Muslim can believe as many impossible things as Allah wills, for Allah S.W.T. knows best. Thus a remarkable number of devout Muslims believe both that the Holocaust didn't happen, and that it was merely a good start. An alarming number of Muslims believe that Mohammed was a perfect man and that he "married" a nine-year-old child. The contradiction is only apparent to the evil infidel.

Columbia University professor and Muslim Lila Abu-Lughod surpasses your average Muslim in her ability to believe what is logically impossible, for she believes that honour killings:

(a) Don't happen

AND/OR

(b) Happen, but aren't honour killings

AND/OR

(c) If they happen, and they are honour killings, which they don't and they aren't, but if they do and they are, they are .... wait for it ... the fault of the West, because the West intervenes too much, trying to impose its own honour-killing-free values on a society that honour kills.

Confused? That's because you're an evil colonialist infidel. Thanks to Phyllis Chesler for drawing my attention to this week's Dozy Bint:

On October 25, 2010, at the American University of Beirut, Abu-Lughod admonished feminists who ostensibly sensationalize honor killings, a position which, in her opinion, represents "simplistic, civilizational thinking." She "warned that an obsessive focus on the so-called honor crime may have negative repercussions" and that "people should be wary of classifying certain acts as a distinctive form of violence against women." (Her remarks are summarized in a press release published by the university. According to the university, the article on which the speech is based will be published early next year in Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.)

Abu-Lughod opposed the "concept of clear-cut divisions between cultures, which she viewed as a form of imprisoning rural and immigrant communities," and suggested that focusing on "honor crimes" allowed "scholars and activists to ignore important contexts for violence against women: social tensions; political conflicts; forms of racial, class, and ethnic discrimination; religious movements; government policing and surveillance; and military intervention."

Abu-Lughod has form. She embraces the idea of the veil as "portable seclusion", which liberates women to move around freely. And we are not to question a culture and religion in which men may beat or rape women who dare to move around freely without this "portable seclusion":

[W]e need to ask some hard questions about what we actually mean when we use words like "agency" and "choice" when talking about human beings, always social beings always living in particular societies with culturally variable meanings of personhood.

"Agency", "choice" - all so hideously white.

Posted on 11/14/2010 9:54 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Israel National News Reveals Staggering ADL Delusion in Supporting Extremist Mosques in America
Abe Foxman ADL
Today's Arutz Sheva Israel National News has a follow up report, "Mosque Opposition Moves from Ground Zero to Tennessee"  to the AP story that we posted on regarding the wrap up of the Murfreesboro Chancery Court Hearing in Tennessee. We draw your particular attention to the INN reporter's reference to the ADL Civil Rights director's alleged comments in the Los Angeles Times that reflects a staggering and persistent delusion by the ADL about annihilationist Islamic anti-Semitism. 
After lamely criticizing the Ground Zero Mosque project in New York, the ADL formed another ecumenical group, the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques (ICOM) to defend Mosque project elsewhere in America. The ICOM-ADL filed an amicus curiae brief in the Murfreesboro Chancery Court proceedings. The ICM-ADL brief paralled one the US Department of Justice filed in support of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro expansion plan project, the subject of the Murfreesboro Chancery Court Hearing. A hearing brought by community plaintiffs contesting approvals by the Rutherford County Planning Commission and County Commissioners. The ADL in its amicus curiae brief lauded itself as having been in the forefront of pushing for enactment of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) of 2000 passed by the US Congress. RLUIPA is now being used ironically to exempt Mosques from local zoning approvals across the US. The ADL contended that under RLUIPA the ICM had every right to build its 52,000 square foot complex in Rutherford County. The USDOJ amicus curiae brief contested plaintiffs arguments about Islam not being a religion, but a political doctrine in possible violation of the US Constitution. The USDOJ argued that Islam is a religion covered by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
 
Note the bizarre comment of the ADL Civil Rights representative as regards the revelations by The Investigatgive Project on Terrorism and others, including ElizabethCoker, about what was found on a member of the ICM board's MySpace page regarding support for Hamas, a foreign terrorist group designated by the State Department.
 
Deborah Lauter, director of civil rights for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which sponsors a newly-formed Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, is one of those who maintain that Rowash's political preference is irrelevant.

Lauter allegedly told the Los Angeles Times that if all the members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro were public cheerleaders for Hamas, it would still be illegal to discriminate against them because the First Amendment protects freedom of worship. 

The ADL is totally feckless about the threat of Sharia in America from expansion of Mosques here largely backed by Muslim Brotherhood groups and financed through the Saudi funded North American Islamic Trust.  The ADL has been deluded by its focus on teaching tolerance and diversity in America while derogating Christian Zionists, defenders of Israel and the Jewish people's biblical and legal rights to the  holy land.   Back in 2005 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut where I then resided, I confronted Foxman about his prating about the Christianization threat to America.  In an Iconoclast post earlier this year, I noted the exchange:
 
 We have had our own direct experience in confronting Foxman on the same issues almost five years ago when he made an appearance at Fairfield University in Connecticut.  Here is what we wrote in an Israpundit blog post in December, 2005: 
. . . I chose to address  a comment that Foxman  made early in his talk about the threat  from "Christianization of America." 
I suggested  that his talk was a diversion from the real threat: Radical Islam, not only abroad, but here in America. I cited the study released and published in the Jerusalem Post by Yehudit Barsky of the American Jewish Committee citing that 80% of American Mosques were "radicalized."
 [. . . ] I asked. "What was he going to do about this?"
What Foxman said was, "that's a speech and talk for another time.  I think it's in one of the chapters" of my book Never Again."
Foxman doesn't get it and with the exception of several in the audience who do get it, most were totally oblivious.

Oblivious because Abe Foxman and the ADL do not understand the context of those anti-Semitism incidents that the ADL reports and publishes. That many of the incidents of anti-Semitism on college campuses are actions by supporters of Radical Islam. Foxman, as my friend Judy Block said who attended this "lecture" by the ADL national director, doesn't understand the context of what changes have occurred in the U.S. that gave rise to the Christian Evangelical movement. He doesn't understand that many former allies in the liberal Protestant denominations have provided venues for some of the worst religious anti-Semites and enemies of the State of Israel.
 
The ADL's staggering delusion of what lies behind the eruption of Mega-Mosques nearly rivals that of the infamous Judenrate Jewish councils in Nazi-occupied Europe who sacrificed their own coreligionists during the Holocaust that ultimately killed six million Jewish men, women and children. The irony is that Foxman is himself a Holocaust survivor and should understand the close parallels between Nazi annihilationist doctrine and that of normative Islam. Pity!
Posted on 11/14/2010 9:56 AM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Fat studies mushrooming

And there's not mushroom for rogue skinnies. Eva Binder, with thanks to David Thompson:

Jacqueline Johnson knows what it's like to be shunned because of her weight. In the early 2000s fat activism was edging into existence, and Johnson, a weight studies scholar, was deemed too skinny to take part. "I tried to join a fat activist group, and I was rejected because I was not of size," she remembers... Today it's a different story. Johnson, who teaches a course on weight and society at George Washington University, is currently a professor with 25 students of all heights and widths. Her Fat Studies class is one of a handful popping up on campuses across the country, teaching students to think about body size critically, politically, and regularly. But despite such courses' popularity among students, critics worry that such classes emphasize bleeding-heart politics over intellectual rigour.

Outside every Fat Studies class, there's a bunch of thin people trying to get in. Why don't they pair up, filch a fat student's clothers and go one in each trouser leg, thereby gaining bonus victim points for having two heads.

Posted on 11/14/2010 10:49 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 14 November 2010
What a difference a letter makes (cont)

When Abu-Lughod, child of scorn, deploys bits and pieces of an academic vocabulary of dismissal drawb from a recent, and short-lived, and debased, and now demode academic tradition in the Western, non-Islamic world, she becomes what she always was, a comical, or comico-sinister, Caliban. (Hugh in the comments to this post.)

And from Caliban to Taliban is but a small step.

Posted on 11/14/2010 11:02 AM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 14 November 2010
We do not respect the poppy, we do not respect British war dead . . .

From the Daily Star Sunday

THE ringleader of Muslims who burned a poppy vowed to carry on insulting Britain's war dead. . . last night in a fresh tirade, the hardliner (Shameless Asad Ullah) warned of more police clashes in coming months.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star Sunday, Asad Ullah raged: "We are not going to stop these protests. We do not respect the Poppy, we do not respect the British war dead and we do not respect the police.  The British soldiers are the real murderers here.  It is time they withdrew from Iraq and Afghanistan if they want to avoid future attacks. We showed the police what we are made of. They attacked us but we fought back. We have no fear."

Asad Ullah also warned the British troops' ongoing presence in Iraq and Afghanistan only serves to further enrage Islamist opinion in the UK. He said that angry Muslims such as student Roshonara Choudhry, jailed for attempting to murder MP Stephen Timms, would be encouraged to react with violence against the Government's foreign policy.

He added: "Stop doing what you are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan or people will start acting on their impulses. The Muslim community will stand together. As with the example of Roshonara Choudhry, she had no affiliation with any other organisation but she saw the oppression of Muslims and decided to take the matter into her own hands. Every Muslim has a duty to do what they can do. We will be following the media and see what else we can do."

Abu Yahya, one of a handful of radicals involved in protests outside the Old Bailey following Choudhry's trial, added: "How much blood needs to be spilled before we have another 7/7? . . .We will continue to launch more protests. We have Muslims coming from all over the country to join us, from Cardiff, from Luton and from up north."

Posted on 11/14/2010 10:50 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 14 November 2010
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: Love Is Strange (from "Lipstick On Your Collar")

Watch, and listen, here.

Posted on 11/14/2010 11:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Otherwise Effective, As In "How Did You Like The Play Otherwise, Mrs. Lincoln"?

From AP: 

Israeli official: Hamas rockets can reach Tel Aviv

By DAN PERRY
AP
TEL AVIV, Israel -A senior Israeli intelligence official says Hamas has rockets with a range of 80 kilometers (50 miles), putting the coastal metropolis of Tel Aviv within range of its launchers.
The official blames Egypt, saying it is not doing enough to stem smuggling through a network of tunnels along the relatively short border between its Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip. The official said most of the tunnels were concentrated in an area no longer than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).

"Egypt can stop all this smuggling of weapons within 24 hours if they want to do it," the official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity under Israeli security regulations.
The official said, however, that intelligence cooperation with Egypt was otherwise effective.
Posted on 11/14/2010 11:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
But Enough About Stuxnet

From PC WORLD

Man loses $20 million after taking laptop for repair

Repair shop couple invented elaborate hoax

November 11, 2010,  Techworld

A New York couple have been charged with defrauding a wealthy musician to the tune of $20 million (£12.3 million) after he innocently visited their computer servicing company to have a virus removed from his laptop.

The hard-to-believe story started in 2004 when moneyed pianist Roger Davidson asked Mount Kisco computer store owners Vickram Bedi, 36, and his Icelandic girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir, 39, to rid his computer of a virus.

On learning of Davidson's wealth, the pair are alleged to have concocted an elaborate social engineering scam that defrauded him of somewhere between the $6 million the police have been able to confirm with an upper figure of as much as $20 million.

Exactly how they executed the fraud reads like something out of an implausible movie plot.

According to police, the pair were able to convince Davidson that the virus was in fact a symptom of a much larger plot in which he was being menaced by government intelligence agencies, foreign nationals and even priests associated with Catholic organisation, Opus Dei.

So convinced was the victim he is said to have agreed to pay the pair $160,000 per month for 24-hour protection against the fictitious threats, payments which continued until recently.

As book readers will recall, Opus Dei were central to the fanciful plot of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, later made into a high-profile film.

"The suspects were isolating the victim and were basically trying to control every dollar that he had," said Police Chief Anthony Marraccini. "They did it very systematically and infiltrated every aspect of his life. It was almost a brainwashing technique."

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore concurred.

"These two defendants preyed upon, duped and exploited the fears of this victim with cold calculation and callousness. The systematic method with which they continued the larceny over a period of more than six years is nothing short of heartless," she said.

If convicted, the couple could spend between 8 and 25 years in prison.

Unlikely frauds of this kind are not unheard of. Two years ago, a reverend in Oregon was warned to stop transferring money to Nigerian 419 scammers after giving them $400,000 in compulsively gullible acts.

Posted on 11/14/2010 11:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Who Says Muslims Don't Embrace Modernity?

From Abul Bayt News Agency

Quran Competitions Judgment Software Assessed

A session was held in the holy city of Qom this week in which the Quran Competitions Judgment Software was assessed

Quran Competitions Judgment Software Assessed(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A session was held in the holy city of Qom this week in which the Quran Competitions Judgment Software was assessed.

The session was attended by Quran scholars Shariar Parhizgar, Ali Akbar Hanifi, Ali Akbar Heshmati, Hojat-ol-Islam Mohammad Reza Sharifi and Hossein Assadi.

The software has been produced by the Al-Mustafa International University's scholars to facilitate judgments in Quranic contests.

It is the first in its kind in the Islamic world, where dozens of Quranic competitions are held at national and international levels annually.

The software is expected to be received well both in the country and elsewhere. Its pilot version will be used at the Quran and Hadith Olympiad of Al-Mustafa International University later this month.

Posted on 11/14/2010 12:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
"Mutatis Mutandis" Given New Meaning When Madoff's Mutandine Change Hands

Read here.

Posted on 11/14/2010 11:58 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Swier: Embracing Sharia by Congress and Florida's State House

Dr. Rich Swier of Red County has an interesting, but disturbing column about infiltration of extremist Muslim Imams and the Muslim Brotherhood in both Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and  in Florida's State capitol, Talahassee.  His column was triggered by a recent FoxNews report based on an article by investigator Patrick Poole who revealed that Islamic terrorist supporters attended Congressional Muslim Staff Association prayers sessions on Capitol Hill.  He has the following quote from  NER Senior editor, Jerry Gordon:

According to Jerry Gordon, President of World Encounter Institute and Sr. Editor for New English Review:

"Whether it be the Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee or Capitol Hill in Washington, Muslim Brotherhood infiltration has been emboldened by feckless politicians like outgoing Florida Charlie Crist and US Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid. Politicians employing Muslim staffers who use US taxpayer funded facilities to make common cause with terrorist supporting Imams and Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR and the Muslim American Society Freedom have to be put on notice that this amounts to supporting sedition and the overthrow of our American Constitution.

Anytime I read of Ibrahim Hooper chief spokesperson for CAIR squirming when queried about attending Jummah prayers with the Capitol Hill 'gang' of the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association(CMSA) and terror supporting Imams it is a 'red letter day'. With the GOP in control of the US House of Representatives and Florida's US Senator Marco Rubio in the 112th Congress perhaps investigative Hearings will be launched to expose and stop this patent infiltration of our government by Muslim Brotherhood extremists."

Swier writes

Embracing Sharia by Congress and Florida's State House By Dr. Richard Swier

An investigative report by Fox News has found The Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA) informally established in 1998 and formally recognized at the behest of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI) in 2008 is suspected of hosting Sharia compliant (terrorist) clerics. Sharia is the military/political ideology that requires the overthrow of any opposing political system which does not embrace Islam. Islam literally translated means "submission" and Sharia literally translated means "the path". So Sharia is the path to submission.

According to Fox News the following Muslims who fully embrace Sharia have held Jummah prayer services under Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama:

- Anwar al-Awlaki, the notorious Al Qaeda cleric believed to be hiding in Yemen and the lone American on the U.S. government's capture or kill list, who conducted a prayer service on Capitol Hill shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  

- Randall "Ismail" Royer, a former communications associate for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who confessed in 2004 to receiving jihadist training in Pakistan. He is serving a 20-year prison term.

- Anwar Hajjaj, former president of Taibah International Aid Association, which was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. and U.N. in 2004.

- Esam Omeish, the former president of the Muslim American Society, who was forced to resign from the Virginia Commission on Immigration in 2007 after calling for "the jihad way," among other remarks.

- Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, who was forced to step down from a national terrorism committee post in 1999 for pro-terrorist comments.

- Nihad Awad, CAIR executive director, who attended a Hamas meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 that was wiretapped by the FBI.

- Johari Abdul Malik, Dar al-Hijrah imam, who made statements in support of convicted and suspected terrorists who attended his mosque.

- Tariq Ramadan, a Muslim scholar banned from the U.S. for six years beginning in 2004 for his alleged ties and donations to terror groups. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lifted Ramadan's ban in January.  

Abdulaziz Othman Al-Twaijri, the head of a division of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, considered a foreign agent by the U.S.

In Florida we have Imam Muhammad Musri who adheres to Sharia and has been embraced by Governor Charlie Crist. Governor Crist appointed Musri to two key committees. According to investigative journalist Patrick Poole:

"A key Muslim ally of Florida Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist, Imam Muhammad Musri, hosted a fundraiser in Orlando for the terrorist group Hamas in June 2009, and a camera crew from ACT for America infiltrated the event held at Masjid Al-Rahman, Musri's mosque, to record the proceedings. Imam Musri, head of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, serves on Crist's Faith-Based and Community Advisory Council and was appointed by Crist to his 2010 Sunshine Census Committee."

Patrick reports:

"Galloway and Bray raised $55,000 at Musri's fundraiser. During the event, [Mahdi] Bray [of the Muslim American Society-Freedom] promised that the cash and materials collected from the Orlando event would be sent straight to Gaza:

Well we've got the equipment. We're going to send it Insha'Allah. We're going to go with your movement Viva Palestina... We'll ship it here from Florida to New York, and from New York to Egypt, and from Egypt we will put it into Gaza."

What is happening in our highest levels of government is troubling at best and extremely dangerous at worst. According to the seminal report "Sharia: The Threat to America" the Muslim Brotherhood's Sayyid Qutb made the object of his seminal jihadist monograph Milestones the concept of "progressive revelation", which is a self-radicalization process. According to Sayyid Qutb:

"Had the person of the Prophet - peace be on him - been absolutely essential for the establishment and fruition of this message, God would not have made Islam a universal message, ordained it as the religion for the whole of mankind, given it the status of the last divine Message for humanity, and made it to be a guide for all the inhabitants of this planet in all their affairs until the end of time." - Milestones, Chapter 1 - THE UNIQUE QUR'ANIC GENERATION [My emphasis]

According to Jerry Gordon, President of World Encounter Institute and Sr. Editor for New English Review:

"Whether it be the Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee or Capitol Hill in Washington, Muslim Brotherhood infiltration has been emboldened by feckless politicians like outgoing Florida Charlie Crist and US Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid. Politicians employing Muslim staffers who use US taxpayer funded facilities to make common cause with terrorist supporting Imams and Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR and the Muslim American Society Freedom have to be put on notice that this amounts to supporting sedition and the overthrow of our American Constitution.

Anytime I read of Ibrahim Hooper chief spokesperson for CAIR squirming when queried about attending Jummah prayers with the Capitol Hill 'gang' of the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association(CMSA) and terror supporting Imams it is a 'red letter day'. With the GOP in control of the US House of Representatives and Florida's US Senator Marco Rubio in the 112th Congress perhaps investigative Hearings will be launched to expose and stop this patent infiltration of our government by Muslim Brotherhood extremists."

I believe the more Sharia compliant an individual or organization the more radicalized he, she or it becomes.

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Posted on 11/14/2010 12:23 PM by Jerry Gordon with Rich Swier
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Eheu, Fougasse, Or, Old Poster Endowed With New Meaning

The dangers of driving while on a cell phone become more evident every day and legislation is being passed by individual states in the absence of a Federal ban. For the kind of testimony, often by relatives of those who died in cell-phone-prompted crashes, that rightly prompts such legislation, see an example  here

For another warning -- one that appears from the poster to be about someone speaking on a phone while driving -- though that could not possibly have been the case -- see here.

Posted on 11/14/2010 12:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
A Musical Interlude: Lovable And Sweet (Annette Hanshaw)

Listen here.

Posted on 11/14/2010 12:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Gandhi - overrated

James Dellingpole in The Spectator:

In India last week I found myself thinking about Mohandas Gandhi and his famous quote when asked what he thought about western civilisation. 'I think it would be a good idea,' he replied.

When I first heard that story - probably about the time of the Richard Attenborough biopic majoring on British colonial oppressiveness like the Amritsar massacre - I don't doubt I reacted in the way I had been culturally programmed to do. 'Well, that certainly put us arrogant, colonial Westerners in our place,' my carefully indoctrinated brain almost certainly went.

And it's not as though I went through a phase in my life where I imagined the British empire to have been a bad thing. It's just that in our formative years (Gandhi came out in 1982, when I was 17) there are certain narratives we are taught about the world so confidently and with such unanimity that they achieve the status of unquestionable verities. One concerned the indisputably Mother-Teresa-like saintliness and Mandela-like wisdom of Mahatma Skinny-Nappy-Pants.

[...]

So, in matters African you had to pretend that Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela and even - for many years, believe it or not, but it's true, I remember the idiocy well - Robert Mugabe were right up there with Cecil Rhodes, Burton, Speke, Livingstone et al. And where India was concerned, you of course had to persuade yourself that Gandhi and the Nehru dynasty were entirely worthy successors to Clive and Wellesley and all those selfless, incorruptible administrators who laid the foundations of the subcontinent's still-splendid railway system and legal system.

But let's revisit that famous Gandhi quote in the cold light of rationality and historical evidence and see how it stands up, shall we? OK, so what Gandhi is saying is: 'Rhetoric, parliamentary democracy, Shakespeare, the light bulb, particle physics, neo-classical architecture, logic, the Linnaean system, opera, sole meunière, fencing, croquet, perspective and J.S. Bach - they're all really shite.' Gee Gandhi. Thanks for that insight, worthy of the great Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Perhaps even Ali G.

All right, I know he was making a 'joke'-cum-political point but can you imagine the fuss if it had been the other way round? Suppose, say, Lord Curzon had quipped, 'My dear, with the exception of kedgeree, jodhpurs and the pleasures of tiger-shooting, I'm simply at a loss as to what Johnny Sepoy has contributed to our fair universe.'

A lot more than Mohammed, but joke or no joke, we need no lectures on civilisation from the country of sati, untouchables and dreadful toilets. Another thing, Johnny Foreigner doesn't do self-deprecation, so if we put ourselves down he takes it at face value and gets uppity. Best to talk his language and let him know his place.

As for Skinny Nappy-Pants, as Dolly Parton nearly said, it took a lot of money to look that hungry.

Posted on 11/14/2010 12:49 PM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Iraqi Christians, Abandoned By The Pusillanimous American Government
Print Edition
For Iraqi Christians, US surge didn't bring peace, security
By MICHAEL GRUBB / THE MEDIA LINE
14/11/2010


The cathedral attack was only unusual in that it occurred in Baghdad, instead of Christian centers in the north.
The deadly attack on a church in the heart of Baghdad two weeks ago shocked the world and drew widespread condemnation, but in fact Iraq's Christians never shared in the peace and security that followed the US surge operation in 2007, according to some analysts.

The raid on Baghdad's Syrian Catholic Cathedral garnered attention because of the extent of the violence - 53 people killed and 67 wounded - and because it occurred in the capital where the world's media are based. But while targeted violence against Christians has been less common in the capital, elsewhere in Iraq Christians have remained under unremitting assault by the Muslim majority even as the surge ostensibly brought quiet.

"There is a widespread perception in the West that violence in Iraq has gone down and that there is a stable situation there, and with the new government and all," Mark Lattimer, director of the Minority Rights Group, told The Media Line. "But the situation for minorities is at least as dangerous as it was in 2006 and 2007."

All across the Middle East, the original womb of the Christian faith before its center moved to Europe, Christians are leaving for safer and more prosperous places. Growing Muslim extremism and economies that can't provide enough jobs and business opportunities have made the region less hospitable.

Although there are no official figures, Iraq's Christians are widely believed to have numbered about 1.3 million when the U.S. overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003, or no more than 5% of the population. The population had plunged to between 300,000 to 500,000 before the attack on the Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Deliverance, or Sayidat Al-Najat, October 31st. They are believed to have emigrated to the West or become regional refugees.

Gunmen identifying themselves as members of the Islamic State of Iraq, a militant organization linked with al-Qaida, broke through the cathedral's security wall, took 100 worshipers hostage and shot the priest. Most of the victims died hours later when the attackers detonated suicide vests as security forces raided the building.

A spate of violence targeting Christian homes and shops ensued over the next week, leaving 6 dead and 33 wounded. But Ali Al-Saffar, a London-based Iraqi journalist who writes for the Economist Intelligence Unit, said the attacks didn't represent a specific new campaign against Christians.

"It can be regarded as normal Iraqi violence. It's been done before in the past, and it's not entirely new," he told The Media Line.

Across Iraq, sectarian violence has been on the upswing in the last few months as U.S. troops withdraw and militants test the ability of Iraqi security forces to maintain order and calm. Since July, a newly re-energized al-Qaida has staged attacks on Iraq's central bank, army headquarters and serial bombing attacks in Shiite neighborhoods.

Iraqi Christians, in fact, were safer during the years of Saddam Hussein's rule. The government would never have tolerated inter-communal violence, and Christians, most notably Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minster Tariq Aziz, were among the country's most powerful leaders.

The US invasion liberated Iraqis from an oppressive police state, but it also let loose deadly religious and ethnic rivalries. Only one Christian serves in parliament today and none serve in the cabinet. The growing violence prompted America to increase its troop strength and quell much of the death and mayhem - but not for Christians.

The surge did lead to a decline in civilian deaths in Iraq, but most of the success was confined to Baghdad. However, in cities like Mosul and Kirkuk in the north, where the majority of Christian and other minorities are concentrated, the situation deteriorated, Lattimer of the London-based Minority Rights Group aid.

"The security situation since and during the surge is quite different than it has been portrayed in the Western media. In fact, it got worse," said Lattimer.

Violence against Christians jumped in the run up to the provincial elections in 2009, apparently in response to a bill that would set aside a larger number of seats in parliament for Christians. Attacks on Christians followed in Mosul, leaving 40 dead and displacing 12,000 of the city's Christian residents.

Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Athanasios Dawood told his congregation in Britain on November 7th that Iraqi Christians should leave their homeland.

"I say clearly and now -- the Christian people should leave their beloved land of our ancestors and escape the premeditated ethnic cleansing. This is better than having them killed one by one," he said.

But Al-Saffar said he didn't expect to see any further large-scale emigration because the situation hasn't gotten appreciably worse. "What will happen is that some will choose to migrate, but at the same time many will stay," he said.

At a recent convening at the Vatican of Middle East bishops to discuss the plight of Christians in the region, the delegation praised Christians in places such as Iraq who had stayed "in times of adversity, suffering and anguish" and encouraged those who felt compelled to leave their country to one day return to their homeland.

Al-Saffar added that for many, there is a fear that Iraq, once considered a melting pot of cultures in the Middle East, will lose a central aspect of that legacy. "There is a fear that they will loose the Christians, just like they lost the Jewish community," he said.

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And what has happened to the Mandaeans, and the ancient Mandean libraries? Did the Americans rescue them, preserve them, whisk them out of the country so that they would not be destroyed? 

And what has happened to the Yazidis, who suffered 450 dead in the single largest attack by Muslim terrorists (who knows if they were Sunnis or Shi'a, and who cares?) in Iraq, an attack that was quickly forgotten by the world press and by governments everywhere? 

Posted on 11/14/2010 1:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
The Level Of Our Higher Learning: Mr. Big, Or Lee Bollinger Of Columbia

In an article by Geraldine Fabrikant on rich people and "philanthropy" in higher education, the tireless careerist -- even in his earliest administrative capacity, as Provost at Dartmouth, he did not hide the fact hat he had his sights set on becoming a university president, preferably president of Harvard   -- Lee Bollinger is quoted on the subject of fund-raising for universities.

Here is how he, Lee Bollinger, unforgettably puts it: .

"At Columbia, which is completing a $4 billion campaign that started six years ago, Lee Bollinger, the president, said, "Big ideas attract big gifts, because people of big wealth respond to opportunities for major institutional advancement and big opportunities for growth."

Big. Big. Big. Big.  He's President of Columbia. He's President, at the same time - How Can This Be? And How Much Does He Pocket? -- of the Federal Reserve of New York. What's next in the Worlds-To-Conquer Department? Head of some blue-ribbon special commission on This or on That? Head of the Gates Foundation? Head of the Clinton World Initiative? 

He's a type, and this human type -- Jeffrey Sachs of the World Institute is another -- is far too much with us. Such people have to be cut off at the pass early on, have to be recognized and thwarted,  have to be kept from rising high. They get in the way, while scrambling for power and wealth, of others, the quieter ones who do not scramble, and do not endlessly self-promote, and do not always have their eye on the main chance, because they are, those insufficiently-careerist-to-the-point-of-craziness people,  trying to keep their eye on something else. 

More on the entrepreneurial Lee Bollinger here.

Posted on 11/14/2010 4:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
A Musical Interlude: Crazy Me (Carole Landis)

Listen here.

Posted on 11/14/2010 4:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Saudi Arabia Is Sitting On A Trillion Dollars -- Why Are The Americans Paying For Yemen?

From Al-Watan, Nov. 11, 2010

Saudi Minister: Yemen's Security Is Our Security

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abd Al-Aziz has said that his country will not permit harm to the security of pilgrims, and will deal firmly and powerfully with any threat, whether from Al-Qaeda or from other elements.

He added that Saudi Arabia was concerned about the security situation in Yemen just as it was concerned about its own security, and that there is close security cooperation between the two countries.

He added that Saudi Arabia would not hesitate to help Yemen uproot Al-Qaeda.

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Yemen is right on the southern border of Saudi Arabia, a border impossible to fully seal. The impoverished population of Yemen is greater than that of Saudi Arabia. Yemen is a permanent threat to Saudi stabiilty and, especially, a threat to the rule of the Al Saud. Saudi Arabia receives hundreds of billions of dollars every year without a single Saudi having to lift a finger. Saudi Arabia right now is sitting on a surplus of one trillion dollars.

The United States, per contra, is not really under any threat from Yemen that is greater than that posed by Muslims anywhere and everywhere. If Yemen collapses the threat is to Saudi Arabia, to the main paymasters of the world-wide Jihad. It is Saudi money that everywhere pays for mosques and madras that have been and are being built all over the West, at such a furious pace, save in those places where -- as in Norway, amazingly -- a stand has been taken demanding reciprocity, that is the building of churches being allowed in Saudi Arabia, otherwise Saudi money will not be allowed to pay for mosques.

And the money spent by the American government comes not from oil revenues, but from taxpayers who, unlike the Saudis, have to work for their money.

The American government does not have a trillion-dollar surplus. The American government owes more than eleven trillion dollars.

But it is the American government that has, over the past decade, spent more than two trillion dollars in Iraq, and is now spending close to one trillion dollars in Afghanistan. It is the American government that has given Pakistan, over the past half-century, more than fifty billion dollars in aid. It is the American government that has given Pakistan, since 2001 alone, more than thirty billion dollars in economic and military aid, and debt relief.

It is the American government that has given Egypt more than $75 billion in aid, apparently feeling it was not enough to pressure Begin into surrendering the entire Sinai, complete with infrastructure and oilfields worth many billions.

It is the American governnment that has given Jordan  -- Eastern Palestine -- billions of dollars.

It is the American government that has given those Arab shock troops who were carefuly renamed as "the Palestinians" several billion dollars, to supplement the billons supplied even more eagerly, and viciously, by member states of the E.U..

Why should not all of the Muslimstates that forgot to be born with the silver spoon of oil and gas reserves in their mouths be fed, instead, by Saudi Arabia - perhaps with the U.A.E., Kuwait, Qatar, and other Arab oil states being then pressured by Saudi Arabia to do their share? 

Why is any further wealth -- beyond the more than fourteen trillon dollars that have gone to the Muslim oil-producing states since 1973 alone for oil and gas discovered, brought to the surface, distributed entirely by the advanced West (the locals could not, even now, do it themselves unaided) -- being transferred by the tightiing-its-belt Western world -- to Muslims, when there are fabulously-rich states, with tiny populations, receiving hundreds of billions of dollars in oil revenues, for which no one has to do a thing and -- believe me -- no one, save for the army of foreign wage-slaves, does. .

Posted on 11/14/2010 1:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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