These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 23, 2010.
Friday, 23 July 2010
How Is Boumediene's Prediction Panning Out?
Dijon : Remise de médailles de la Famille française à des musulmanes
Créée en 1920 par décret, modifié le 28 octobre 1982, la médaille de la Famille française est « une distinction honorifique décernée aux personnes qui élèvent ou ont élevé dignement de nombreux enfants, afin de rendre hommage à leurs mérites et de leur témoigner la reconnaissance de la Nation ».
Samedi après-midi, Françoise Tenenbaum, adjointe déléguée à la Solidarité et à la Santé, a procédé à la remise des médailles de la Famille française, salle de Flore.
C'est donc une façon de récompenser ces mères méritantes qui, par leur dévouement et leur abnégation, ont su assumer leur rôle, même si ces mères, quant à elles, pensent qu'il n'y a là aucun mérite.
L'instruction des demandes est réalisée par l'UDAF qui diligente les enquêtes. Les médailles sont attribuées par décision du préfet, l'avis du sénateur-maire ayant été préalablement requis.
C'est ainsi que vingt et une mères, devant toutes les familles réunies, ont reçu leur médaille. Huit médailles d'argent (six ou sept enfants) : Fatiha Benhalima, Fouzia Amezane, Fatima Boularess, Aïcha Hadj-Abderrahmane, Mama Lefdou, Fatima Loubbi, Rosaria Rutigliano, Aïcha Tasry.
Muslim students 'banned from London bus for wearing a veil’
A burka ban would meet with almost universal approval if the comments here are any guide. From the London Evening Standard
An investigation has been launched after two students said they were banned from boarding a London bus because one was wearing a Muslim veil that covered her face.
The 22-year-old women said they were told by the driver they were a “threat” and were ordered from the Number 7 after trying to get on at Bloomsbury.
One of the students, Yasmin, was wearing a hijab and her face was uncovered. Her friend Atoofa was wearing a niqab, which covers the face.
Yasmin said the pair had mistakenly boarded the bus before it was ready to depart. She told the BBC: “About 10 minutes later ... the passengers started getting on."When I went forward to show my ticket he said, Get off the bus. I am not going to take you on the bus because you two are a threat.' I realised it wasn't due to me getting on the bus, this may be a racist attack.”
The students, from Slough, asked the driver for his name. When he refused, Yasmin began to film him on a mobile phone. She said he covered his face with a magazine. “I said, It's OK for you to cover your face on my recording but it's not OK for my friend to cover her face out of choice?'” said Yasmin. “There was no point arguing with him, we got off and by then my anger turned into emotion. I stood there and my gut reaction was to cry.”
The students, who asked for their full names not to be revealed, made a formal complaint to Metroline, which operated the Paddington-bound service for Transport for London.
At time of posting there are 49 comments - a couple want the story confirmed independently, only a handful think the driver was wrong.
* It's akin to outdoor advertising 'look at me, I have no intention of intergrating or accepting western vaules'. If the rule applies that any persons face covered by a crash helmet, balaklava, must remove it in a bank or on public transport, then it applies to these woman as well.
* How could it have been a racist attack when he couldn't even see who was under the veil, male or female? And besides being a Muslim is a religious preference, not a race of people. So, let's stop this bs.
* I wholeheartedly support the idea that in the interests of security no-one should be allowed on public transport if they choose to hide their face from public view and from the cameras that monitor passengers. This is not a racist incident but common sense on the part of the bus driver. It makes me angry that people make this a racist/political issue when it has nothing to do with either. Furthermore, I would similarly expect a muslim bus driver to deny access to anyone who refused to disclose their face to the CCTV system before being allowed on board.
* Those who come into the UK and are not prepared to observe English customs and live as a UK citizen shouldn't be here.
Interesting these two women wouldn't give their names? Maybe I am just being cynical but could this have been a put up job??
* Good on the bus driver, it was only 5 years ago our buses were blown to pieces by Islamic terrorists, and as I recall, didn't one escape through Heathrow wearing this garb?
* 100% agree with the bus driver. Hopefully the company and union will support him.
* The Muslim Council of Britain said it was “deeply concerned”. A spokesman said: “Such incidents are sadly becoming more common.” Of course they are concerned. As a Political Pressure Group their role is to push Islam into our society in every way possible. The veil, burka, niqab, hijab and all the outward manifestations are an attempt to Islamicise this country and undermine everything non-Islamic. For once the bus driver had the right idea. Hopefully the company and union will support him.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago's new government announced Thursday it will name a commission to look into a bloody 1990 coup attempt by a radical Islamic group in the twin-island Caribbean nation. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, whose five-party coalition won a 29-12 advantage in May parliamentary elections, said the fact-finding panel will help the country close a painful chapter of its history.
"It is important for us to have this inquiry, for us to find out what exactly went wrong, so that we can take steps to avoid this ever happening again," Persad-Bissessar told reporters. Persad-Bissessar said her government has already started to consider commissioners and determine exactly how the panel will function. Her administration also intends to auction off properties owned by the Islamic group so they can repay the state for damage during the coup attempt two decades ago.
In 1990, members of Jamaat al Muslimeen stormed Parliament and took the prime minister and his Cabinet hostage in a rebellion that killed 24 people — the only Islamic revolt in the Western Hemisphere.
The group's charismatic leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, a former police officer who converted to Islam, blamed the government for widespread poverty that followed the collapse of world oil prices.On Thursday, Abu Bakr said he was wary of Persad-Bissessar's intentions. "It is an attempt to wipe us out," Abu Bakr said.
And from the Trinidad Express. Eleven properties owned by Abu Bakr and Aki Bua are scheduled to be put up for sale by way of a public auction at City Hall, Knox Street, Port of Spain, at 10 a.m. on August 17. The auction is expected to take place in an effort for the State to recover a $32 million debt which resulted from the destruction of Police Headquarters on St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, during the 1990 attempted coup.
Of the 114 insurrectionists involved in the 1990 attempted coup, only properties owned by the two leaders of the organisation have been targeted for the auction block. Bakr said this was an "act to destroy the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen". Bakr said the auction was "unlawful and illegal" and the planned move is a state of desperation by the new government.
Bakr said he approached Anand Ramlogan before he became Attorney General and he, too, agreed the matter was illegal. Bakr said he was surprised to hear Ramlogan change his position now. He said he was leaving the entire situation in God's hands and "honestly believed" the properties will not be sold.
Anger after armed cops raid Nation of Islam Mosque in Brixton
I didn't realise we had a Nation of Islam mosque in London, and neither did the Metropolitan Police by the sound of it. Which as it wasn't being used as we expect a House of God to be isn't surprising. From The London Daily News
There is anger on the streets of Brixton today after armed police raided a Nation of Islam mosque. Yesterday around 11.15am armed officers forced their way into the organisation’s UK headquarters on intelligence that the building was being used as a cannabis factory, according to the religious group.
A rally protesting the raid is being held outside Brixton police station tonight. The NOI also say police claimed that they were unaware that the Hinton road building was a mosque.
Lee Jasper, a former Senior Director of Policing for London condemned the police operation, calling it a "disaster for community relations" "This policing operation is an outrageous attack on the NOI and smacks of either gross incompetence or a return to a policing style that politically targets black organisations reminiscent of the 1980’s."
Lee Jasper is a crony of Ken Livingstone. He had to resign as Ken's 'race advisor' after being caught giving £100,000 of public money to the organisation of a woman he had carnal designs upon.
Now Sue Them, And Claw Back What They've Already Received
From the L.A. Times:
3 Bell leaders to quit in pay scandal
Officials to resign in controversy over city salaries that are among the highest in the United States.
By Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times Staff
July 23, 2010
Bell's top administrators, whose hefty salaries have stirred public outrage and calls for investigations, agreed to resign Thursday night during a closed-door City Hall meeting.
City Manager Robert Rizzo, Police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia will not receive severance packages. Rizzo will step down at the end of August and Spaccia will leave at the end of September. Adams will also leave at the end of August, after completing an evaluation of the Police Department.
The decision was announced at midnight to a crowd of angry Bell residents who anxiously had been waiting since the City Council began its meeting at 4:30 p.m. None of the administrators attended the session.
The crowd erupted in applause after the announcement but immediately yelled out questions about what would happen to the council members. Four of the five are paid close to $100,000 annually. When their questions were not answered, they shouted, "Recall!"
"Definitely letting go of these three top officials is the first step we need to fix the city," said Cristina Garcia, a member of BASTA, or the Bell Assn. to Stop the Abuse.
Throughout the evening, several residents complained that the council was taking too long, while others clapped in unison to urge the members to come out.
"This is outrageous," said Marcelino Ceja, who has lived in the city for 17 years. "They have to hurry up. I've got kids to feed."
The emergency meeting followed several days of negotiations between the officials and attorneys for the city to reach deals.The crowd began shouting when Councilman Lorenzo Velez's request to open the meeting to the public was overruled by the city attorney, who said the city would be at legal risk if it discussed personnel matters in public.
Emotions ran so high that the council chamber was briefly cleared. Several residents taunted council members, including yelling "rude, rude" when Mayor Oscar Hernandez's cellphone rang. Several urged the entire council to resign.
The Times revealed last week that the city's top officials have lucrative contracts that pay them some of the highest municipal wages in the country. Rizzo is paid $787,637 a year; Adams makes $457,000 and Spaccia makes $376,288.
Velez, who makes only $8,076, has expressed shock at the amount his fellow council members are paid. Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo said Velez makes less than the others because he was appointed, not elected. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is looking at the salaries of council members to see whether they violate state law.
On Thursday, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said he had ordered an investigation into the high salaries, calling the compensation packages "almost beyond belief." He said that the administrators' pay "morally borders on a gift of public funds" and that his office would "exhaust every possibility under California law' to determine if Bell's leaders acted illegally.
In an interview with The Times earlier this month, Rizzo and Hernandez defended Rizzo's pay, saying the city had been on the brink of bankruptcy when Rizzo came aboard and quickly turned the city's finances around. Rizzo lives in Huntington Beach and owns a sprawling horse ranch in Auburn, Wash., that is valued at more than $1 million, according to property records.
Rizzo was arrested in March on suspicion of drunk driving when he crashed into a neighbor's mailbox and then pulled into a nearby alley, police said.
His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.28% — more than three times the legal limit, police said.
He is enrolled in an alcohol-abuse class, court records show.
The radical, and so far ineffectual but significantly costly, programs and policies of the current resident of the White House suggest that a new "Nullification Crisis" will soon be upon us -- not on account of sectional or partisan motives, and this time for the entire nation.
This new Nullification "Crisis" will be measured by how much damage now being caused can be reversed. Our first true Nullification Crisis occurred in 1832 over tariffs and was resolved by political compromises and threats of force against South Carolina by then-President Andrew Jackson.
The 1832 controversy culminated in South Carolina's "Ordnance of Nullification," which nullified specific federal tariffs in that state. Over time, this crisis would set the stage for secession and the American Civil War. It should not be surprising to later analysts that South Carolina was the first state to secede.
It is significant that the state around which Nullification swirled in 1832 was also the first state to declare its independence from the Federal Union in 1860. The rejection of federal authority by South Carolina in 1832 was the dangerous precedent for later comprehensive nullification, which was the 1860 "Ordnance of Secession."
The coming nullification "crisis" will be very different. It will be a national rejection of societal self-destruction. This coming "crisis" will be no crisis at all, but rather a restatement of our national identity and a re-appreciation of our foundational concepts as laid out in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
"Post-historical" is a popular concept on the American political left. It is the belief that history can be "reset" and that we can escape from historical precedent and context. The fall of Soviet Communism in 1989 validated this concept for many so-called "intellectuals," who have yet to repudiate it. They will eventually have no option -- because it is not true.
The next presidential election should be about nothing short of nullification: review, re-assessment, and repeal (when necessary) of almost every foreign policy and domestic initiative of the current administration. The opposition candidate should propose during the upcoming campaign, and follow through during his/her term(s) in office, that all laws passed during this administration be reviewed for constitutionality and practical/fiscal feasibility and overturned/nullified/repealed through a rapid repeal process via Congress.
This reversal would also involve foreign policy initiatives including the negative posture toward our traditional allies, specifically Israel, and our new genuflection toward Islamic states, their ideology, and their self-aggrandizing purposes.
Our two current costly wars must be rapidly reexamined by the new leadership in light of the constitutions of both Iraq and Afghanistan, which proclaim that both are Islamic states under Islamic law. Islamic law is fundamentally and diametrically opposed to our concepts of freedom, justice, and tolerance. If and when we declare "victory" in either or both wars, what can success look like when both states are founded upon Islamic Sharia? "Victory" would then be failure; this inverted situation should be entirely unacceptable and a terrible scandal for every American.
Imam Feisal Rauf, the central figure in the coterie planning a huge mosque just off Ground Zero, is a full-throated champion of the very same Muslim theologians and jurists identified in a landmark NYPD report as central to promoting the Islamic religious bigotry that fuels modern jihad terrorism.
This fact alone should compel Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg to withdraw their support for the proposed mosque.
In August 2007, the NYPD released "Radicalization in the West -- The Homegrown Threat." This landmark 90-page report looked at the threat that had become apparent since 9/11, analyzing the roots of recent terror plots in the United States, from Lackawanna, NY, to Portland, Ore., to Fort Dix, NJ.
The report noted that Saudi "Wahhabi" scholars feed the jihadist ideology, legitimizing an "extreme intolerance" toward non-Muslims, especially Jews, Christians and Hindus. In particular, the analysts noted that the "journey" of radicalization that produces homegrown jihadis often begins in a Wahhabi mosque.
The term "Wahhabi" refers to the 18th century founder of this austere Islamic tradition, Muhammad bin Abdul al-Wahhab, who claimed inspiration from 14th century jurist Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah.
At least two of Imam Rauf's books, a 2000 treatise on Islamic law and his 2004 "What's Right with Islam," laud the implementation of sharia -- including within America -- and the "rejuvenating" Islamic religious spirit of Ibn Taymiyyah and al-Wahhab.
He also lionizes as two ostensible "modernists" Jamal al-Dinal-Afghani (d. 1897), and his student Muhammad Abduh (d. 1905). In fact, both defended the Wahhabis, praised the salutary influence of Ibn Taymiyyah and promoted the pretense that sha ria -- despite its permanent advocacy of jihad and dehumanizing injunctions on non-Muslims and women -- was somehow compatible with Western concepts of human rights, as in our own Bill of Rights.
In short, Feisal Rauf's public image as a devotee of the "contemplative" Sufi school of Islam cannot change the fact that his writings directed at Muslims are full of praise for the most noxious and dangerous Muslim thinkers.
Indeed, even the classical Sufi master that Rauf extols, the 12th-century jurist Abu Hamed Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali, issued opinions on jihad and the imposition of Islamic law on the vanquished non-Muslim populations that were as bellicose and bigoted as those of Ibn Taymiyyah.
Also relevant is the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow program run by the American Society for Muslim Advancement, an organization founded by Rauf and now run by his wife. Among the future leaders it has recognized are one of the co-authors of a "denunciation" of the NYPD report, a counter-report endorsed by all major Wahhabi-front organizations in America. Another "future leader" of interest to New Yorkers: Debbie Almontaser, the onetime head of the city's Khalil Gibran Academy.
More revealing is the fact that Rauf himself has refused to sign a straightforward pledge to "repudiate the threat from authoritative sharia to the religious freedom and safety of former Muslims," a pledge issued nine months ago by ex-Muslims under threat for their "apostasy." That refusal is a tacit admission that Rauf believes that sharia trumps such fundamental Western principles as freedom of conscience.
Wahhabism -- whether in the form promoted by Saudi money around the globe, or in the more openly nihilist brand embraced by terrorists -- is a totalitarian ideology comparable to Nazism or, closer still, the "state Shintoism" of imperial Japan. We would never have allowed a Shinto shrine at the site of the Pearl Harbor carnage -- especially one to serve as a recruiting station for Tokyo's militarists while World War II was still on.
For the same reasons, we must say no to a Wahhabi mosque at Ground Zero.
Video: Bostom at Chatauqua Institutte on Islamic Antisemitism
Andy Bostom, author of The Legacy of Antisemitism and The Legacy of Jihad, was invited by the Chatauqua Institution in upstate New York to lecture on July 16th to members of the community of summer residents in that venerable lakeside resort. The Chatauqua Institute offers lectures, music, and fresh air. Bostom's contribution to that "fresh air" was a lecture on Islamic Antisemitism. Bostom's apperance at Chatauqua followed an earlier appearance on July 6th by Daisy Kahn, wife of Imam Faisal Abdel Rauf, the co-founder of the American Society for the Advancement of Muslims, and promoter of the 'ground zero' Mosque in lower Manhattan. Bostom's appearance at Chatauqua was possibly intended to provide balance to Khan's taqiyya, made clear by Bostom in a post on indifference to the plight of apostates from Islam.
Here is the Vimeo video of Bostom's Chatauqua lecture, courtesy of the VladTepesblog:
"Can't one have designs on a woman that are a-carnal?" asks Artemis.
Isn't that just carnal by the back door?
My favourite carnal quote is from "Gorgeous" George Galloway:
I travelled to, and spent time in, Greece with lots of people, many of whom were women… some of whom were known carnally to me. Some of whom were known carnally to me. I actually had sexual intercourse with some of the people in Greece.
I love the evasive passive "some of whom were known carnally to me." Knowing me, knowing you, it was all he could do.