These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 5, 2009.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
I had hopes of Boris Johnson, but he has disappointed me this week.
From The East London Advertiser and The Telegraph
THE London Mayor used a visit to the East London Mosque today to call for greater understanding among communities. Boris Johnson also refused to call for a ban on segregated events and criticised Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick for walking out of a Muslim wedding because he could not sit with his wife.
Mr Johnson arrived on bicycle from City Hall to the mosque on Whitechapel Road. After visiting the prayer hall a press conference was held at the next door Muslim centre, the same venue as where the wedding took place.
. . . he said Muslims in the capital were 'challenging traditional stereotypes' to show they wanted to be part of the mainstream.
Mr Johnson's visit coincided with the holy period of Ramadan in which participating Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.
Muslims are challenging the traditional stereotypes and showing that they are, and want to be, a part of the mainstream community," he said.
'That's why I urge people, particularly during Ramadan, to find out more about Islam, increase your understanding and learning, even fast for a day with your Muslim neighbour and break your fast at the local mosque. I would be very surprised if you didn't find that you share more in common than you thought.
'Muslims are at the heart of every aspect of society. Their contribution is something that all Londoners benefit from. Muslim police officers, doctors, scientists and teachers are an essential part of the fabric of London.
'Islamic finance is contributing to the economy by changing the way Londoners invest, save, borrow and spend. There are valuable lessons that people of all backgrounds can learn from Islam such as the importance of community spirit, family ties, compassion and helping those less fortunate, all of which lie at the heart of the teachings of Ramadan.'
A few years ago a certain bishop suggested the same thing. Ramadan was about to start a week or two after Halloween that year. We had already been given a lecture by a particular curate on the dangers of Halloween.
I was not impressed and said so.
"I have had the folklore that is the remnant of the religion of my ancestors, they way they tried to make sense of the world in the years before Christ and until the message of Christ was brought to us, traduced. Then I am expected to join in with the customs of a religion that has persecuted Christians for 1400 years and is still activley doing so, not just abroad but in this country. No way. The Bishop has his priorities all wrong".
I don't think this got back to the Bishop ( I won't name him, he is retired now and is a good man in many other ways) for which I am sorry, in a way.
Boris is right about one thing. It wouldn't hurt everyone to learn more about Islam, jihad, dawa, dhimmitude, etc.
Posted on 09/05/2009 3:03 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Troops patrol China city after protests kill 5
URUMQI, China from Associated Press
Thousands of troops, backed by tanks and metal barricades, patrolled the western city of Urumqi on Saturday after five people died in protests over a series of bizarre needle attacks that China's police chief has blamed on Muslim separatists.
Paramilitary police manned checkpoints on streets around government and Communist Party headquarters, where security forces fired tear gas Friday to disperse angry crowds of Han Chinese, the country's majority ethnic group, who say the government isn't doing enough to protect them from extremists among the native Uighur population.
Entrances to the city's Muslim quarter remained blocked by thousands of troops backed by heavy metal barricades and tanks. Traffic was barred from much of the downtown area in the city of 2.5 million, and many shops were closed.
There were no updated figures for the number of needle attacks, but unconfirmed reports of new incidents continued to spread through agitated crowds. Angry Han rushed to the southern edge of the city's central square after people said two Uighur men had attacked an 11-year-old boy. Riot police quickly cleared the area.
Following days of rumors, the needle attacks were finally officially reported on Wednesday. Urumqi Deputy Mayor Zhang Hong said Friday that 21 suspects have been detained, with four people indicted. He said all were Uighurs, while most victims were Han.
Local police said hospitals in Urumqi were treating 531 people who believed they were attacked, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Of those, 106 showed obvious signs of needle attacks, it said.
Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu said Friday the same Muslim separatists that Beijing blames for the July 5 ethnic rioting also orchestrated the syringe attacks. The government has offered no evidence to back up either claim.
Details of the deaths were few, although Zhang said Friday that all occurred on Thursday, the first day of the street protests, and resulted from "small-scale clashes." He said two of those killed were "innocent," while investigations into the other three deaths were continuing.
. . . World Uyghur Congress, a German-based exile group, said Han Chinese attacked more than 10 Uighurs during the protests and tried to storm the Nanmen mosque on Friday but were stopped by authorities.
China has blamed the July rioting on exiled Muslim activist Rebiya Kadeer, but she has denied the charge.
Posted on 09/05/2009 3:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 5 September 2009
The Van Jones Controversy: More Red than Green
The fact that his name appears on the 9-11Truth petition is the least of the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Van Jones' problems. Evidently, that petition is notoriously for its unethical handling of signatories. Even Rachel Ehrenfeld's name is on there. Jake Tapper writes:
In 2005 Jones told the East Bay Express that the acquittal of Rodney King's assailants in 1992 in that infamous police brutality case changed him significantly. "I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist."
Jones and other young activists in 1994 formed a group called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, rooted in Marxism and Leninsm. Two years later, Jones launched the Ella Baker Center, an Oakland, Calif., based "strategy and action center" which states that it tries to "promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration.
More recently, in February during a discussion on energy at Berkeley, Calif., (and prior to his joining the Obama administration) Jones referred to Republicans using an epithet for a proctological orifice, which he called "a technical, political science term."
Asked why Republicans asserted more control of the Senate when they had a smaller majority before 2006, Jones said "the answer to that is, they're a--holes." He added that President Obama is not an a--hole, but, "I will say this. I can be an a--hole, and some of us who are not Barack Hussein Obama are going to have to start getting a little bit uppity."
"I apologize for the offensive words I chose to use during that speech," Jones said in a different written statement to Politico on Wednesday. "They do not reflect the views of this administration, which has made every effort to work in a bipartisan fashion, and they do not reflect the experience I have had since I joined the administration."
But wait, there's more:
Van Jones seems to think all “white boys” want to do is shoot up schools. The video.
Van Jones seems to think President Bush lynched dissenters. The video.
Van Jones seems to think Republicans are [expletives]. The video.
Van Jones seems to think Bush used coke. (It was Obama, dude). The video.
Van Jones is considered mainstream by the left. The video.
The wheels of the bus go round and round...ain't YouTube grand?
Posted on 09/05/2009 7:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 5 September 2009
The Alabamian in Somalia
Here we have a graphic illustration of a boy born to an American Baptist mother and a Muslim father, raised in the heartland of America, who seemed to be fully integrated, and yet who reverted to Islam and then joined the jihad in Somalia. This is something people like Zuhdi Jasser who claims to be raising his children as devout Muslims even while he fights Islamic jihad ideology must one day honestly face. Jihad in all its forms is an integral part of Islam. Fox News:
He was born Omar Hammami in May 1984, and he grew up outside Mobile, Ala., in the city of Daphne.
Despite inching toward a population of 25,000 in recent years, Daphne still maintains "the ambience of a small town where the people are friendly and caring, and newcomers soon become good friends," according to the city's Web site. The city has streets with names like "Whispering Pines Road."
In fact, U.S. News & World Report calls it one of the "Best Places" in the country. And among Daphne's top assets, according to the city's Web site, are its "reputable schools."
Hammami attended Daphne High School. He was raised Baptist like his mother, but his father is Muslim, and "some time in high school" Hammami converted to Islam, a woman who went to high school with Hammami told FOX News.
The woman, Shellie Brooks, said she is not sure what led Hammami to convert. But the father of a student who went to school with Hammami said Hammami would tell others "he was not fulfilled by his Baptist experience."
Brooks said Hammami would take time out from classes throughout the day to pray.
"It was kind of odd just because it had never been done before," Brooks said. "There weren't many Muslims that went to Daphne High School. He basically just went outside, and you'd see him kneeling and praying as Muslims do."
She said, "Everybody was really accepting of it."
After converting, he frequented the Islamic Society of Mobile, one of the most popular mosques in the Mobile area. A call to the mosque was not returned.
As for Daphne High School, it looks like the all-American high school straight out of the TV show "Friday Night Lights" — complete with the picturesque football field and massive flood lights. Before classes each morning, a small group of students gathers in front of the school to hold hands in Christian prayer. A short time later, a different group carries out an American flag, lifts it to the top of a pole, and stands hands-over-hearts as the "Pledge of Allegiance" is recited over a loudspeaker.
The school's principal, Don Blanchard, remembers Hammami as a good student who didn't get into too much trouble.
"Omar, he was just one of us, he was a good kid," Blanchard said.
Brooks described Hammami as a "very intellectual guy."
"He was in honors classes, and any gifted classes he was in," she said. "He was really well liked. He had a tons of friends, and of course things changed a bit when he converted because his beliefs changed."
According to school yearbooks, Hammami didn't participate in any organized school activities. But his last school photo in 2001 shows a smiling, skinny boy with short hair — almost unrecognizable as Abu Mansour al-Amriki except for the unmistakable nose and ears. That same year, at age 17, he left high school a year early and enrolled at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
Shortly after he started classes at the University of South Alabama, Al Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks. A week later, the school newspaper The Vanguard ran a story about the impact the attacks might have on Muslim communities. It quoted the new president of the school's Muslim Student Association: Omar Hammami.
"Everyone was really shocked," Hammami told The Vanguard at the time. "Even now it's difficult to believe a Muslim could have done this."
Hammami told The Vanguard he was worried there could be misguided acts of retribution against Muslims.
"The only way to diffuse this is to get the word out," said Hammami, who would later drop out of college and travel to several countries before landing in Somalia. "With ignorance comes fear and with fear comes violence."
Violence is what Hammami, as al-Amriki, now says is necessary in Somalia — even as he remembers the life he left behind in Alabama.
"The only reason we're staying here away from our families, away from the cities, away from, you know, ice, candy bars, all these other things is because we are waiting to meet with the enemy," he said in the April video posted online.
Blanchard expressed surprise that the person he once knew could now be in Somalia.
"I guess you never know what's going to happen the next day, or what somebody, what influences they may have or come across that leads them on a path other than what it appeared that they might be on," Blanchard said.
Al-Amriki's most recent message came out in July, a month after President Barack Obama promised "a new beginning" with the Muslim world during a speech in Cairo.
"Despite the fact that you have been ... forced [by Muslim fighters] to at least pretend to extend your hand in peace to the Muslims, we cannot and shall not extend our hands," al-Amriki said in an audiotape. "Rather, we shall extend to you our swords, until you leave our lands."
The United States and other countries have recently been assisting Somalia's government in its battle against al-Shabaab. Somalia has had no stable government since 1991, when dictator Siad Barre was ousted from power. A newer secular government [secular??] has had trouble keeping Muslim militants at bay, and in 2006 fighting with al-Shabaab intensified after Western-backed Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia. U.S. officials say if al-Shabaab prevails, Somalia could turn into a haven for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
The FBI, in particular, has been keeping a close eye on al-Shabaab's moves. In addition to Hammami's case, for much of the past year the FBI has been looking into how dozens of young men from the Minneapolis area and elsewhere were recruited to train and possibly fight alongside al-Shabaab in Somalia.
In October 2008, 27-year-old college student Shirwa Ahmed of Minneapolis became "the first known American suicide bomber" when he blew himself up in Somalia, killing dozens, according to the FBI. Since then at least four more men from Minneapolis have been killed in Somalia, according to their families.
A grand jury in Minneapolis has been investigating the case for several months, and three men have already pleaded guilty to terror-related charges, including providing material support to terrorists. The indictments said the men traveled to Somalia "so that they could fight jihad" there.
Posted on 09/05/2009 8:23 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Why We Fight, Or, A Musical Interlude (Madeline Kahn)
Now, if you are having guests over, show them this song on your biggest possible screen.
Now ask them to write down all the reasons that everything about this song, and its performance -- its music, its lyrics, its singer, its audience, its sense of humor, its everything -- are entirely the product of a higher civiliization, one that could not for one minute exist under Islam, intolerable Islam.
Posted on 09/05/2009 10:18 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 September 2009
More trouble in Birmingham.
This is Birmingham -- England's second city, not Birmingham, Alabama. Do not be fooled by AFP showing the wrong map.
I was away at the time the last clashes occurred, when the English Defence League's Stop Islamisation protest was attacked by UAF and their cronies. These photos are not quite so graphic.
A planned demonstration in Birmingham against Islamic fundamentalism, by The English Defence League, resulted in angry clashes with anti-fascist campaigners.
Gangs of men and youths hurled bottles at one another and pelted riot police with bricks as trouble erupted in the New Street area of the city, close to the main train station.
A police helicopter was deployed to monitor the protest, and a heavy police presence was visible across the city. Police were well-prepared for the outburst, after a similar demonstration last month turned violent.
Publishing details of the protest plans on its website, the English Defence League had urged supporters to avoid being drawn into violent clashes.It said: "We are not a fascist organisation, and urge anyone who knows of anybody who is intent on causing trouble on the day to contact us."
The caption to this picture above, from Sky News is "Youths pelt police with bricks after clashes in Birmingham"
These youths don't fit the demographic of the English defence League. Note the young non shaver in the middle in the grey zip jacket. I don't know what he had in his hand but at the time the picture below, from the Daily Mail was taken he seems to have found himself a handy table of the type used outside cafes these days for smokers. I expect he was taking it home for his Mum; just the thing for her to put an aspidaster on.
The Daily Mail describes this photograph as "Anti-fascist protestors clash against riot police in Birmingham's city centre today"
And the caption to this photograph below is "The Anti-fascist campaigners were demonstrating against members of the English Defence League"
The EDL showed their faces openly and so far as the pictures show carried nothing more threatening than an Israeli flag, English flags and a banner saying "Islamic Extremists out. Make Britain safe".
The EDL were bused out of central Birmingham and allowed to protest in a secluded underpass, according to the BBC.
There were 20 arrests for public order offences but I have no information as to who it was arrested.
All demonstrations are banned in Luton for 3 months. An event to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is planned at Harrow Mosque on Friday.
Posted on 09/05/2009 3:52 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Please Don't Forget Yemen -- And For God's Sake, What Did You Expect?
Yemen truce collapse within hours
Violent clashes have broken out between Shia rebels and government forces in northern Yemen, with both sides accusing the other of breaking a truce.
A Yemeni military source claims there were many casualties, although there is no independent confirmation.
The truce had been agreed to allow aid agencies to help tens of thousands of people known to have fled their homes.
The rebels allege government persecution, while Yemeni officials say rebels want to take over the country.
Hmoud Abbad, Yemen's minister of youth affairs, speaking to al-Arabiya Television, blamed the rebels for breaking the truce.
"Those insurgents and terrorists cannot commit to any deal," Mr Abbad reportedly said.
He added that the government and armed forces had a "responsibility to put an end to those terrorists... and destroy this insurgency."
His claim was dismissed by the rebels, who accused the government forces of fighting.
Their spokesman, Mohammed Abdel-Salam, said the government was "making up excuses to keep the conflict going," Associated Press reported.
The Shia rebellion against the Sunni government began in 2004.
In the past three weeks about 35,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Saada province, according to United Nations's estimates.
Earlier this week Yemeni authorities rejected an offer of a truce from one rebel group, the Houthis, which it accuses of trying to spread a form of Shia fundamentalism.
In response the rebels originally promised to continue fighting, but as of Friday it seemed a truce had been agreed.
One rebel spokesman had told journalists the truce would be adhered to for the sake of civilians fleeing their homes.
In reality, the truce collapsed a few hours after coming into force.
A senior security commission spokesman told reporters the rebels had broken the ceasefire in the Malaheez and Hafr Sufyan regions.
More than 25,000 displaced people have been registered by the International Committee for the Red Cross and the Yemen Red Crescent Society since a new government offensive - Operation Scorched Earth - began in August.
"The dire humanitarian situation is hitting women and children especially hard," said Daniel Gagnon of the Red Cross speaking from Yemen.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is working with the Yemeni Red Crescent Society in Saada, said the humanitarian situation was steadily deteriorating.
It has stressed that it needs unconditional access to civilians in order to help them.
UN humanitarian officials have launched a $23.5m (£14.3m) appeal.
The latest clashes follow five years of intermittent fighting between the government and the rebels.
The rebels say a corrupt Yemeni government, backed by the West and Saudi Arabia, is using security concerns as a pretext for persecuting their community and trying to suppress their version of Shia Islam, known as Zaydism.
Story from BBC NEWS:
Posted on 09/05/2009 6:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Notice how the Saudi female columnist, though deploring the killings of the two sisters by their brother, cannot allow herself to believe the truth about the killings. And that truth is that the kililngs are prompted by Islam itself, and what it inculcates about the role of women, as well as the general violence and aggression that suffuses countries, societies, families suffused with Islam. Instead of facing up to this, the columnist says that this kind of killing, sanctioned in Islamic societies for reasons having to do with Islam (and not least, with the fact that Muslim fathers (and, by extension, Muslim male relatives) are not to be punished for punishing related Muslim women in order to expunge the insult to family "honor"). Instead, at the very end of her piece, she crazily veers into a claim that such killings represent not adherence to Islam, its texts, tenets, attitudes, atmospherics, but rather a return to the time of pre-Islamic ignorance, the Jahiliya.
She just can't face the truth about Islam. She has to find a way to defend it. .It would be too painful for her otherwise.
Here's the article:
Saudi Columnist Attacks Custom of Honor Killing in Saudi Society
Recently, in Saudi Arabia, two sisters were murdered by their brother after they were picked up by the Saudi religious police on suspicion of hanging around with boys.  The incident inflamed the Saudi press, particularly because the brother killed them immediately after their father arrived to collect them from the police station. In her column in the Saudi daily Al-Watan, liberal Saudi columnist Maliha Al-Shahhab wrote that Saudi society was backsliding, and that honor killing was just like the custom of burying girls alive that prevailed during the Jahiliyya  - which, she said, was one of the customs that Islam came to eradicate.
Following is a translation of her column, which was titled "[The Custom] of Burying Girls Alive is Still With Us": 
"Early last month, a catastrophe shocked [our] society. The publication of the news in the papers caused a deluge [of reactions] from writers. As for me, I was not just shocked; I simply could not comprehend it, and it took me some time to understand what had taken place.
"Two girls in the dawn of their youth, aged 15 and 16... [and] not yet emerged from the cocoon of innocence, were suspected [of hanging around with boys] and were apprehended [by the religious police]. The officials who arrested them were from this society, and knew better than anyone how a family reacts to being informed of such an incident involving one of its daughters, and also what a girl would be exposed to on the part of her family and society after being arrested. But these [officials] had no pity for the girls, [despite] the air of girlhood wafting from them, and they phoned their father."
"I imagine [the two girls] Rim and Nouf waiting for their father, their young hearts full of joy at being rescued, despite the fear that filled them... Once their father had picked them up... they hadn't taken their first step... [before] they were welcomed by shots of death, burying them alive. What were their souls praying for at that moment? A brother murdered his two sisters!
"Who planted in a young boy the notion of purging the [family] honor? Who programmed him to be a ticking bomb set to detonate at a specific time - without equipping him with the tools of insight that would give him some self-control? Who is responsible for this crime, for this senseless [act of] burying [them] alive, for the contempt for the lives and fate of others?
"These painful questions must be answered, in order to stop this frightening backsliding of a society that thinks itself part of human civilization... It would be proper for us to prepare ourselves to take part in the development of humanity by [contributing] all the values of which we boast to the nations.
"We thought that we belonged [to human civilization] - but suddenly we discovered that not only are we outside it, but that... we are going backwards, to the Jahiliyya, and adopting its concepts - concepts that Islam came to ban."
 'Okaz (Saudi Arabia), August 7, 2009.
 The pre-Islamic era, or era of ignorance, in the Arabian Peninsula.
Posted on 09/05/2009 8:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald