Friday, July 15, 2005

Self-Hating Jews Control the Media

Anti-Semites and other brainwashed Middle Easterners believe the Jews control the media. If that's true, then I guess it's the self-hating Jews who are doing the controlling:

Terrorist at journalists' party
“Top terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi made'guest appearance' in video prepared by Reuters staff as 'going away' gift for colleague, Ynetnews has learned …”
Read the whole thing. (Hat tip to Charles at LGF)

Also, the New York Times ran an article yesterday that mentioned the latest suicide bombing in Israel, which killed four civilians, all female. Two of the victims were teenagers; best friends since childhood. They were inseparable in life, as they were in death. Their families held a joint funeral. The editors at the NYT’s thought it more appropriate, however, to publish a photo of the mother of the suicide bomber, looking sad and holding a picture of the monster she birthed.

And while we are on the topic of media bias against Israel, allow me to quote the always witty Charles Johnson of LGF:

"Airstrike Kills Hamas Terrorists

Israeli Airstrike on Hamas Van Kills Four, and the Associated Press wants us to think this is 'the most serious blow to a 5-month old truce.'

Never mind that suicide bombing in Netanya earlier this week, and never mind the fact that this group of killers was riding in a van full of homemade rockets.

'GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Israeli military launched an airstrike Friday on a van carrying Hamas militants and a cache of homemade rockets in a Gaza City street, killing four people in what may be the most serious blow to a 5-month-old truce.

The strike destroyed the van, scattering shards of metal and body parts hundreds of yards away. The van was filled with homemade rockets, Palestinian security officials said.'

UPDATE at 7/15/05 7:46:55 am:
The Guardian’s Jonathan Steele says, '
Ostracising Hamas will not help in the search for peace.' (Hat tip: Pooh.)

I agree, ostracizing Hamas isn’t the right approach. Hitting them with missiles is much more effective."

I second that!

Yes to profiling!

We should never forget that the vast majority of Muslims are NOT terrorists. That said, most terrorists these days are Muslims.

Douglas MacKinnon makes a good point in today’s Washington Times:

“Estimates are that there are as many as 6 million Muslim Americans living in the United States. Should one percent of that number sympathize with al Qaeda or other terrorists, then you are talking about 60,000 individuals. Let's give a very reasonable benefit of the doubt and say that 99.9 percent of all Muslim Americans are disgusted by the heinous crimes being committed by these terrorists. With that almost absolute number, there still could be 6,000 Muslims, already in our nation who support the obscene. Six thousand. There were only 19 hijackers.”

Three years ago nearly my entire family—aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma—flew to California to celebrate a recent wedding. It was my first time flying after 9/11 and I was curious to witness the new security precautions. I had heard they were randomly checking passengers, but I was shocked to witness just how random these checks were. Out of myself, my brother, father, and uncles, the security personnel pulled aside my 85 YEAR-OLD GRANDMA!!! (Luckily they checked her, though, because she had 3Ibs of Semtex hidden in her Depends®. Apparently she was on a suicide mission for the SCLF (Senior Citizens Liberation Front), which is considered to be the secret military wing of the AARP, who put her up to the mission.)

But seriously folks, I realize profiling isn’t a nice thing, and I feel sort of bad shilling for it because I have friends who will certainly get profiled, if they haven't been already. In fact, a friend of mine from Turkey is on his way to America as I type (he’ll actually be staying at my place for a couple of weeks while he gets things in order). He’s the nicest, most gentle person you’ll ever meet and the last person to harm anybody. Yet, if airport security see him in line and proceed to spot-check the 80-something old lady behind him, well, something is very wrong.

Political Correctness is inspired by all the right intentions—but the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Muslims are mistaken if they direct their anger at America or other countries that are instituting security profiling. It’s not like we woke up one day and said, “Hey, let’s bother Middle Eastern-looking people at the airports for no good reason.” Our society is being forced to do this because of the actions of the terrorists. If Muslim Americans are angry about profiling, let them direct their anger where it belongs: at the terrorists.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Tragedy of Africa

Thomas Sowell provides some interesting reasons why Africa is still mired in poverty, despite receiving tens of billions of dollars in aid and investment since the 1960’s.

The Tragedy of Africa

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Jews: War and a Sickness

"It was widely noted, most passionately by the Iraqi blogger Hammorabi, that when Tony Blair reminded the House of Commons that many countries had been scourged by the terrorists in recent years, he omitted Iraq from the list. His speechwriters had Iraq in a different part of their database; Iraqis weren't victims of terrorism in the same way as Brits, Americans, Kenyans, and Indonesians. One's instinct is to let it go as an oversight, but there was another country missing from the list, and this case was somewhat less widely noted: Israel. And at this point, one is forced to do some thinking. What do these two countries have in common, that they should both be ignored in the British government's response to the London attacks?"

No, it isn't that both start with "I." It is much more insidious, as Michael Ledeen so eloquently demonstrates. Read the rest of the article here. This also brings to mind a related shameful episode, documented by Honest Reporting:


"In the wake of the [London] attacks, The UK Sun published a roundup of Islamic terrorism 'across the world over the last decade'― complete with map. Guess which Mideast country that has absorbed hundreds of Islamist attacks during this period does not appear in the Sun's account? It seems that editors at The Sun don't consider the nearly 1000 Israeli civilian victims of Islamic terror worthy of mention as any one of the 'worst atrocities' for the past 12 years."

Michael Moore's Minutemen In Action

There are no words ...

How can so many Arabs and Muslims continue to support the Iraqi "resistance?" Perhaps they are not getting the full scoop? Big Pharoah has more to say about this in his Terrorists mix candy with blood posting. Read it.

My Favorite Beer

For years my favorite beer has been Sprecher Pub Brown Ale. Here's the description of it from Sprecher’s web site:

Pub Ale:
Seven varieties of malted barley are combined to give this English-style ale its complex flavor and deep, brown color. A select British yeast culture adds a subtle fruitiness and a blend of choice hops gives this non-bitter ale a soft finish.

Caramel, Chocolate, Munich, Pale, VictoryHops: Fuggle, Northern Brewer

Beer Facts:
Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%Degrees Plato (Initial Gravity): 12PWeeks Aged: 4Bitterness Units: 17 IBUYear First Brewed: 1997Recommended Serving Temperature: 55°

I’m tempted to crack one open right now, but it’s only 12:42pm and I still have yet to workout.

Office Door Politics

I recently finished my first year of graduate school. It had been some time since I had traversed the halls of academia. But in traversing those halls—particularly the halls housing offices of various professors, lecturers and teaching assistants—I noticed that a fair number of those doors were festooned with political cartoons, articles, and slogans.

I think politicizing one’s office door is completely inappropriate, at least at a university.

My view on this has nothing to do with the politics of the “posters." Rather, I am more concerned that the“posting” instructors seem to have forgotten what their primary function is: to educate, help, and nurture their students—not indulge publicly (and thus professionally) in personal political crusades. They would also do well to remember that some of their students might not share their political views. Finally, they would do well to remember that maybe, just maybe, some of the overtly political statements plastered on their office doors might intimidate some of their students, which is the last thing that should happen in a university environment.

In the humanities departments we deal with current events, politics and other subjective topics. For argument’s sake, let’s say Professor Schmo is an ultra conservative professor (I know, a conservative professor in the humanities sounds like an oxymoron, but let’s just pretend …), and that the stuff hanging on his office door makes it abundantly clear where he stands. Let’s also imagine that Professor Schmo has tasked his students to write a paper analyzing the pros and cons of the recent war in Iraq.

Next, imagine a young freshman, 18 years old, holds views that are critical of that war. This freshman wants to consult with Professor Schmo about her paper, but upon knocking on Schmo’s office door, the young nervous freshman is bombarded with Professor Schmo’s strident views, views that are completely at odds with her own.

She finds herself intimidated before she’s even opened her mouth. She worries that she might be ridiculed because of her views. She begins to question her ability to develop sophisticated opinions on important, complex issues. After all, the sage professor—who seems to know so much about everything, who is far more educated than she is—obviously disagrees with her, so maybe she is wrong and he is right? Or, perhaps she worries that the professor may quietly dislike her as a person: she’s liberal and pro-choice; his office door literature makes it clear that he thinks abortion is murder; does he view his pro-choice student as a supporter of baby-murder? She wonders about this. Worse, she wonders if she could be penalized grade-wise because of her dissenting views. Professor Schmo might be professional to a T when it comes to dispassionately grading a student on the merit of their work—and nothing else—but if the student doesn’t know this, and if their mind is filled with all sorts of worries owing to an instructor’s office door literature, then a terrible wrong has been committed.

Unless a student is a raving racist or completely out of touch conspiracy theorist, they should never have to worry or feel intimidated about approaching an instructor. Yes, students should be challenged, their minds opened to new ideas, but they should not feel coerced in the process. Plastering an office door with strident political messages is subtly coercive, or maybe not so suble. Either way, it has no place in academia.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Drive to Israel

It finally arrived; the book that I have coveted for oh-so long—Ali Salem’s A Drive to Israel. Unfortunately, dear reader, I’m in the middle of Fluke, a book by Christopher Moore. Nevertheless, I’ve found the first few pages of Salem’s book to be so captivating I think I’ll have to alternate between the two.

The book is described thusly:

“In April 1994, the popular Egyptian playwright and humorist Ali Salem filled up his old Soviet-built car, loaded the trunk with copies of his books, and set out to visit Israel. On his return, he wrote a travelogue that became a best seller in Egypt. Ali Salem’s A Drive to Israel, translated by Robert Silverman, is an engaging account of Israel through Egyptian eyes and a challenge to the Egyptian establishment’s policy toward Israel.”

I’m sure there are lot’s of Arabs who are curious about Israel, as Salem was. I know there are a lot of Jews and Israelis that are curious about the Arab countries. When you live in tiny Israel you can’t help but to be curious about what lies beyond the ever present borders. So many times I’ve been in the north of Israel and gazed into Lebanon or Syria and wondered what it would be like to be able to keep driving to Beirut or Damascus. Realistically it would probably be a horrendous experience because Lebanon and Syria are still officially in a state of war with Israel. Nevertheless, one can’t be in Israel and not imagine what lies across the borders.

I wish more Arabs and Muslims were like Ali Salem ... and Big Pharaoh and Egyptian Sandmonkey (see links).

Cat pic

This is my first attempt at uploading an image and it appears to have worked like magic. Wow. Anyway, I advertised this blog as having something to do with cats, so here's a picture of Henry chillin' in a plant.

Myopic Asylum Laws

By now it should be obvious to everyone that Europe is crawling with tens of thousands of hardcore, radical Islamists. What might not be obvious to most, however, is that in many cases European governments, especially the British, have willfully given these ticking time bombs (pun intended) ASYLUM!

The majority of immigrants to Europe from the Middle East and Islamic world are law-abiding, good people. Although in some cases, as has been documented, there have been second-generation Muslim immigrants who have become radicalized in Europe, owing to a host of reasons: inability to assimilate, identity crises, just plain ‘ol being religious fanatics, et cetera. It’s not entirely fair to blame European governments for these types of homegrown Islamists (although they do deserve some blame). But there is another breed of European Islamist that Europe bares sole responsibility for: Islamist asylum seekers.

There are people living freely in Britain who arrived on her shores after fleeing places like Saudi Arabia. They fled Saudi Arabia not because of oppressive Islamic law, but because the Islamic law wasn’t oppressive enough for their tastes. In the recent past, but less so since 9/11, there have been cases of Bin-Laden-minded Saudis that ran afoul of the authorities, found themselves hanging by their feet in prison with electrodes on their testicles, later fled to Europe, and then were given—you guessed it—political asylum! There are Islamist organizations that legally exist in Britain but are outlawed in some Islamic countries for being too conservative, or radical, or whatever.

To really understand the insanity of European asylum laws, imagine, if you will, that we are back in 1938 Europe. Within Nazi Germany there is a group of uber-Nazis, further to the right than even Hitler himself. These guys don’t want to take over Europe piecemeal, or to engineer faux “justifications” for their expansionist designs—they just want to attack, attack, attack. Not satisfied with Hitler’s pace, they publicly criticize the fuhrer and attempt to assassinate a couple of high-ranking Nazi officials. Hitler sends the Gestapo after them and they are forced to flee Nazi Germany.

One would think these uber-Nazis are screwed, but they have no fear because they know they can live safely in Great Britain, thanks to her retarded asylum laws. Maybe a few end up in Paris or Antwerp, too. There, they are free to work on their nefarious designs and even agitate against and intimidate the local Jews. (Let's face it, the local governments don’t care much about their Jewish citizens, and besides, the uber-Nazis' actions are understandable because they're upset about Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Oh wait, Israel didn’t exist then … well, choose your anti-Semitic canard/excuse, there a lot them.)

And so the uber-Nazis live safely for some time, but after a few months they decide that the greater goal is to takeover Europe for ze Fazerland. Conveniently ensconced in their cozy government-subsidized flats, the uber-Nazis help lay the ground work the coming Nazi invasion.

Perhaps the above analogy isn’t perfect, but it illustrates the point—and the point is that lax European asylum law is not just shortsighted and myopic, but damn near suicidal. European, and especially British citizens, should be up-in-arms.

Monday, July 11, 2005

First posting

Welcome world, or for the time being family and friends, to my blog.

As I write this first posting I can’t get over the feeling that I’m wasting my time. After all, there are millions of blogs in existence, so why should anybody notice my lone voice in the vastness of cyberspace? I suppose having large numbers of hits is not my main goal, although having a popular blog would be nice. The truth is, writing is cathartic. It feels good to take some of the thoughts that swirl about my brain and transfer them onto paper (screen).

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