Thursday, November 30, 2006

More Americans killed by illegal aliens than by terrorists

WorldNetDaily, Illegal aliens murder 12 Americans daily:
Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That's 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001.

Total U.S. troop deaths in Iraq as of last week were reported at 2,863. Total U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the five years of the Afghan campaign are currently at 289, according to the Department of Defense.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

UN Troops Rape Children

More horrors from the world's favorite multicultural group (Photo right: UN peacekeepers torture a Somali child over a fire) - BBC, UN troops face child abuse claims:
Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.

Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money.

A senior official with the organisation has accepted the claims are credible.

The UN has faced several scandals involving its troops in recent years, including a DR Congo paedophile ring and prostitute trafficking in Kosovo.

The assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations acknowledges that sexual abuse is widespread.

"We've had a problem probably since the inception of peacekeeping - problems of this kind of exploitation of vulnerable populations," Jane Holl Lute told the BBC.
As the article stated, sexual abuse is widespread in the UN. This isn't the first rape scandal UN troops have been involved in. In fact, atrocities such as this are committed at the hands of UN troops more frequently than they are at the hands of US or Israeli troops.

This is what happens when your soldiers consist of recruits from Islamic nations in Africa where rape is widespread and culturally accepted.

Velazquez crucifixion

Diego Velázquez painted the crucifixion (Right, Cristo Crucificado), but modern-day Thomas Velázquez took it further by crucifying himself. BBC, Paraguay man crucified in public:
Protesters in Paraguay have staged a public crucifixion calling for a jailed former army general to be set free.

Tomas Velazquez, a supporter of General Lino Oviedo, popular among Paraguay's indigenous people, was tied and nailed to a cross outside the Supreme Court.

Mr Velazquez called on the court to review Gen Oviedo's 10-year jail sentence for plotting a 1996 coup.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Gay marriage recognized in Israel

The Israeli High Court stated that homosexual marriages will be recognized in the State of Israel. The only catch - you must get married outside of Israel first. YNet, Gays married abroad to be registered as married:
High Court judges rule that homosexual couples married abroad will be registered as married couples in population registry. Six judges vote in favor of decision, only one opposes

Precedent: For the first time in Israel , homosexual couples will be registered as married in the population registry, High Court judges ruled Tuesday morning after accepting a petition filed by gay couples married abroad.

The petition was approved by six judges. Only Justice Elyakim Rubinstein opposed.
As a heterosexual, gay marriage is not an issue of high priority for me. I stress homosexual issues because they highlight Israel's commitment to basic human rights in contrast to Israel's Islamic neighbors. Ironically, liberals who claim they support gay rights consistently take the side of Islamic oppressors of homosexuals over the tolerant Jewish State.

This proves gay rights are a gimmick issue for the left; the left is not really serious about homosexual marriage or equality. The left is serious, however, about its one-sided hatred of Israel and support for Islamic fascism. Remember, the Nazi party was a left-wing, liberal movement too - the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

Hezbollah training Iraqi terrorists

If you thought Hezbollah was only an Israeli problem, think again. NY Times, Hezbollah Said to Help Shiite Army in Iraq:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 — A senior American intelligence official said Monday that the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah had been training members of the Mahdi Army, the Iraqi Shiite militia led by Moktada al-Sadr.

The official said that 1,000 to 2,000 fighters from the Mahdi Army and other Shiite militias had been trained by Hezbollah in Lebanon. A small number of Hezbollah operatives have also visited Iraq to help with training, the official said.

Iran has facilitated the link between Hezbollah and the Shiite militias in Iraq, the official said. Syrian officials have also cooperated, though there is debate about whether it has the blessing of the senior leaders in Syria.

The intelligence official spoke on condition of anonymity under rules set by his agency, and discussed Iran’s role in response to questions from a reporter.

WHO: Circumcision to reduce AIDS rate

YNet, Israel teaches WHO about circumcision:
Research reveals circumcision reduces chances of being infected with HIV. World Health Organization seeks to hold mass circumcision in Africa, where virus is spreading; meanwhile, representatives arrive in Israel to learn about process

Circumcision against AIDS: A new program being developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) is attempting to suggest ways and principles for holding a mass circumcision in HIV-infected countries, particularly African countries.

Research has found that the removal of the foreskin, an act which is carried out during the circumcision ceremony, reduces the chances of being infected or infecting people with the HIV virus.

The issue was discussed in Jerusalem at the beginning of the week, in a meeting between WHO representatives, 20 Israeli physicians and Jewish and Muslim circumcisers.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Olmert, the Palestinian PM of Israel

Just hours before the Palestinians broke a ceasefire by launching rockets into Israeli civilian areas, Olmert pledged to release large amounts of Palestinian prisoners - even those serving serious sentences - in exchange for kidnapped Israeli Gilad Shalit. In addition, Olmert offered to give up tracts of Israeli land for what he called "real peace." Reuters, Olmert says ready to free Palestinian prisoners:

SDE BOKER, Israel (Reuters) - Israel is prepared to release many jailed Palestinians, including long-serving prisoners, in return for a soldier militants seized in June, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday.

In a major policy speech, Olmert said he was reaching out to the Palestinians for peace -- offering a series of humanitarian and economic incentives if violence against Israel ceased.

Within hours of Olmert's address, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired rockets into the Israeli border town of Sderot, despite a ceasefire declared on Sunday. There were no reports of casualties...

In his speech, Olmert repeated that he was willing to dismantle many of the settlements Israel has built in the West Bank, which it captured in the 1967 Middle East war, to get "real peace".

If you're thinking that Olmert isn't working for the interests of the Jewish State, but rather for the interests of Palestinian terrorists, you're right on target. Israeli MKs noticed this as well.

Yuval Steinitz said that Olmert ended, "Israel's tradition of fighting terror decisively." Zehava Gal-On asserted, "Olmert's statements are great, but his actions have failed." Zvi Hendel stated Olmert was "not ashamed to promise the enemy the expulsion of all settlers and creation of a terror state." Read more at YNet here.

Meanwhile, MK Uriel Ariel said Olmert "
is once against handing out gifts to terror organizations that are growing stronger." Right-winger Baruch Marzel simply called Olmert "a traitor and an idiot," then accused him of leading Israel into an "abyss."

Olmert continues to make serious mistakes in regards to the Palestinian problem. It isn't simply the right or the left accusing him of such. It's a unified cry from all points on the political spectrum. At this point the only ones who favor Olmert are his enemies, because they are able to exploit his weakness and incompetence.

'Revolutionary' Iranian Aircraft

Like Germany under the National Socialists (Nazis) and fascist Italy under Mussolini, Iran loves to throw around the term revolutionary when describing its political groups (see Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps). However, Iranian aircraft are anything but revolutionary. BBC, Military plane crashes in Tehran:
An Iranian military plane has crashed while taking off from an airport in Tehran, killing elite troops.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that 36 people on board the Russian-built Antonov-74 had been killed - 30 soldiers and six crew.

Two soldiers survived and were being treated in hospital, it added.

The commander of the Revolutionary Guards suggested to a local news agency that there may have been foul play, but he gave no further details.
Good riddens! Apparently this type of thing isn't uncommon in Iran. In January, Revolutionary Guard commander Ahmed Kazemi was killed in a similar plane wreck. RTE News stated:
Air safety experts say Iran has a poor record, with a string of crashes in the past few decades - many involving Russian-made aircraft.

The last civilian plane disaster was in September and in January a military plane crashed, killing 11 people.
A United Arab Emirates publication called the Khaleej Times gave a chronology of similar crashes in Iran.

According to the BBC, the Revolutionary Guard commander said foul play was involved the latest crash. How much do you want to bet he blames the crash on "the Jews?" You got it, when those dastardly Jews aren't busy inventing HIV or harvesting Palestinian organs, they're tampering with Iranian airplanes.

The crash had nothing to do with the fact that it was an inferior Russian airplane. It must be the Jews!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Palestinians break ceasefire

The ceasefire Palestinians practically begged for was broken within hours by Palestinian rocket fire. Reuters, Gaza truce violated after rocket attacks:

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militants fired several rockets at Israel from Gaza on Sunday just hours after a ceasefire aimed at ending five months of bloodshed in the impoverished coastal strip took effect.

The truce, which has raised the possibility of moribund Middle East peacemaking being revived, is designed to end rocket attacks and halt a crushing Israeli army offensive in Gaza.

Islamic Jihad took responsibility for three of the rockets and Hamas took responsibility for the remaining two, proving that you can never trust a terrorist hudna.

UPDATE: Reuters changed the name of its story to Gaza truce violated by Palestinian rocket attacks.

UPDATE: Despite Hamas breaking the hudna that it requested and despite the fact that Israel was winning (like usual) in its Gaza operations, Israeli PM Olmert decided to forge ahead with the ceasefire anyway.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A small step for Pakistan

BBC, Pakistan senate backs rape bill:
The upper house of Pakistan's parliament has backed a bill amending an Islamic law on rape and adultery.

Until now rape cases have been dealt with in Sharia courts. Victims had to have four male witnesses to the crime - or else face prosecution for adultery.

The new law, which must be approved by Pakistani leader Gen Pervez Musharraf, allows civil courts to try rape cases.

The senate rejected objections to the bill put forward by Islamist MPs who boycotted last week's lower house vote.

Khurshid Ahmed, a leader of an opposition coalition of religious parties, described the bill as "an attempt to promote an alien culture and secularism in Pakistan", according to the Associated Press news agency.

The new law allows for DNA and other scientific evidence to be used in prosecuting rape cases.

It also drops the death penalty for people having sex outside marriage.

A woman is raped every two hours and gang-raped every eight hours in Pakistan, according to the country's independent Human Rights Commission.

Friday, November 24, 2006

RAWA: Afghanistan worse for women after US invasion

RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, is a female rights group. Their site describes RAWA as, "The oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women's rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan."

According to RAWA, the reality of life for Afghan women under Islam is not as positive as the Western media portrays it. In fact, they assert that conditions for women have worsened after the US removed the Taliban. YNet, Afghanistan Behind the burqas:
Activist with Afghani organization for women’s rights RAWA tells Ynet women’s situation in Afghanistan even worse than before American invasion: Rape, kidnapping, murder go unpunished. ‘Without western interference, 9/11 could happen again,’ warns Sahar Saab

“I know what they tell you in the West about the situation here,” Sahar Saab sighs despairingly. Saab, an activist with the women’s movement RAWA which operates almost underground in Afghanistan, adds, “They tell you women’s circumstances have improved greatly, but in reality there is no improvement. In the capital, Kabul, and in a few more cities, women even work in government offices, but their numbers are very few, and many dangers still ambush women in the cities. And in the suburbs? For their own safety, women continue to wear burqas. Almost daily, we hear of kidnappings, rape, murder, suicide and disappearance in areas still ruled by the Taliban or the Northern Alliance, and we know there are many more incidents not reported.”
Now the knee-jerk liberal response might be, "See, we made it worse! We must get out of the Middle East right now!" However, this isn't what RAWA advocates. RAWA supports Western action in Afghanistan, knowing that the presence of Western troops is the only hope the country has. Take that, moonbats.

Terrorist photo of the day

This is an AFP photo of British terrorist Michael Stone. In the picture he's being subdued by security guards after attempting to attack Stormont, the governmental seat of Northern Ireland, with a handgun and a bag full of pipe bombs. Read more here.

Red-eye is easily fixed in photographs, but it appears they left it alone in this one. My guess is because it makes him look even more psychotic. The red nail polish on the thumbnail of the security guard gives the photo an overall Silence of the Lambs feel.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Saudi gang rape victim gets lashes

Just one example, but this happens throughout the Islamic world on a daily basis. Washington Times, Gang-rape case roils Saudi legal system:
AL-AWWAMIYA, Saudi Arabia -- When the teenager went to the police a few months ago to report she was gang-raped by seven men, she never imagined the judge would punish her -- and that she would be sentenced to more lashes than one of the suspects received.
It's sad to say, but she got off light. In Iran and Pakistan, rape victims are routinely executed. Under Islamic law being raped makes you an adulteress, a crime for which the sentence is death.

The justice of the Religion of PeaceTM

Richards' Jewish Rant?

When I first heard about Michael Ricahrds' racist rant I was appalled. I thought to myself that Richards should know better because he is Jewish. Jews and African Americans have always had close social and political relationships. During times when both Jews and African Americans were discriminated against by WASPs in the United States, they aided one another. Jews assisted African Americans all throughout the civil rights movement. African American leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. denounced anti-Semitism and were avid supporters of Israel and Zionism.

Some African American groups have forgotten this, such as the Nation of Islam, with its vile anti-Semitism and support of terrorism. And as it turns out, although Michael Richards' played a Jew on TV, he may not be one in real life. stated that Richards isn't Jewish, but Catholic.

You might read this and think, "Hey, he could be Jewish and Catholic." In fact, he cannot. A Jewish person who believes in Jesus, or converts to any religion, renounces their Jewish heritage. In short, you can't believe in Jesus and be a Jew. Sure there are many people who claim to be Jewish believers in Jesus, but none are actually Jews. This is Jewish law.

On top of Michael Richards' Laugh Factory lynching, new allegations of anti-Semitism surfaced. TMZ reported that Carol Oschin and J.P. Fillet were witnesses to a similar rant where Richards attacked a Jewish audience member with, "You fucking Jew. You people are the cause of Jesus dying."

To confuse the situation further, Richards' new publisher Howard Rubenstein (is he Jewish?) stated that Michael Richards is in fact Jewish; the anti-Semitic rant was, according to Rubenstein, part of Richards' act:
"He is Jewish and he said, 'I'm absolutely not anti-Semitic,' " Rubenstein said. "He acknowledged that he said those things. He said that he was role-playing and playing a character. He said, 'There is no way I'm anti-Jewish.' "
So is he Jewish? Is he Catholic? The fact that he is an active Mason came up too. But does it really matter? There have been many Jewish anti-Semites, such as Dan Burros and Noam Chomsky. Racism and anti-Semitism are unacceptable for Catholics and Freemasons as well. No matter what religious or ethnic group the man belongs to, it's clear he needs help.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sex with animals in Islam

Who hasn't heard the pejorative term "goat fuckers" used to describe Muslims? While crass insults like this aren't helpful, there is some truth behind them. Bestiality is common in the Islamic world. The following video is of a Muslim man in Afghanistan. Yes, he's having sex with a cow.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Muslims sacrifice animals to Allah

Indonesian Muslims throw animals into the boiling mud of an oil well blowout. The goal - to please Allah and fix the well. Looks like a small goat or dog in the picture above. (Hat Tip: LGF)

Somali death squads fought with Lebanon

Somali Islamists fought alongside Hezbollah, according to a UN report. YNet, Report: 700 Somali volunteers fought alongside Hizbullah:
Over 700 Somali fighters joined Hizbullah in its war against Israel this past summer, a United Nations report revealed. According to the report, quoted by the New York Times, Hizbullah provided the Islamist Somali militias with training and weapons, through Iran and Syria, in exchange for their assistance.

The report also said that Iran sought to trade arms for uranium from Somalia to further its nuclear ambitions, though it does not say whether Iran succeeded, the Times reported.

Muslims voted Democrat

Washington Times, Democrats' wins hinged on Muslims:
Muslim voters, an electoral ally of President Bush as recently as 2000, played a key role in turning over control of the Senate to Democrats, a study shows.

"Although the-get-out-the-vote campaign was nonpartisan, there is no doubt that our strategy to support a large Muslim voter turnout in areas with potentially close election races was a correct one," said Mahdi Bray, director of the Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation. "We looked at the states with close races and matched them up with states that had a large concentration of Muslims."

MAS also targeted races in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In the U.S. Senate race in Virginia, more than 50,000 self-identified Muslim voters went to the polls, MAS said. A commanding majority of them, 92 percent, or 47,092, voted for the Democratic challenger, James H. Webb Jr. Mr. Webb won his race against Sen. George Allen, the Republican incumbent, by 9,326 votes.

"If Muslims had decided to put their weight behind Allen, Republicans would have had at least a tie in the Senate," said Mukit Hossain of MAS, which conducted the survey.

Muslim turnout of registered voters was exceptionally high in Virginia, at 86 percent, MAS reported. About 13 percent, or 7,822, of them were first-time voters.

Afghan women burn themselves to escape

The plight of women in Afghanistan under Islamic law is so great, even after the fall of the Taliban, that women increasingly commit suicide to escape Islamic oppression. They even set themselves on fire. BBC, Afghan women seek death by fire:
Increasing numbers of Afghan women are committing suicide by setting fire to themselves to escape difficult lives, according to NGOs based in the country.

They say women forced into marriage or suffering chronic abuse are killing themselves out of desperation.

Although estimates are difficult to calculate, one group says cases of self-immolation in the capital have doubled since last year.

Kofi attacks climate, ignores Sudan

Kofi Annan plans to take on African climate change at a Nairobi summit. Climate change, of course, refers to warming of the African continent. It's unlikely he will address the political climate, such an increase in Islamism or the ongoing genocide in Sudan and Chad. It's unlikely because Kofi hasn't paid serious attention to the political climate at all.

If the climate improves, that's wonderful. However, it likely won't. And while Kofi is playing in Nairobi, millions will become the victims of genocide at the hands of Islamic death squads in Darfur. Kofi won't go down in history as a man who helped the environment, but will be remembered as a man who ignored mass murder. Just like Boutros Boutros-Ghali went down in history as the UN Secretary General who ignored the Rawandan genocide, Kofi Annan will go down in history as the UN Secretary General who ignored the Darfur genocide.

BBC gets new competition

The BBC has more competition with the English language version of al-Jazeera making it debut today. How many pro-Muslim, terror-endorsing networks do we really need? The Times, Slick, but depressing: a first view of English al-Jazeera:
Ten years after it began broadcasting, al-Jazeera launched its first English-language news channel at noon today. Michael Binyon of The Times tuned in to watch the channel's explosive start, which he says, could attract a loyal following around the world

It made its name with dramatic pictures of conflict and exclusive scoops: the war against the Taleban, Bin Laden’s tapes, the bombings and US-led attack on Baghdad, the war in Lebanon, the rising anger in the Middle East. Al-Jazeera quickly became the voice of the Arab street, a must-watch station for Arabs and for newsmen around the world — assuming they could follow the Arabic.

Today everyone can watch. After much hype, slick publicity and a long delay, al-Jazeera’s English-language world service was lauched from its headquarters in Qatar. It began with a bang, focusing, naturally, on what had made its name: hard-hitting news from the world’s trouble spots...

...There was little to quarrel with politically — though David Chater, the commentator did talk about “so-called terror organisations” which might raise an eyebrow in Jerusalem or Washington.

For balance we then went straight to Jerusalem, and Jackie Rowland — yet another ex-BBC frontline reporter wooed over to the new channel — to hear how Israeli public opinion reacted to shelling from Gaza. She was, like the mood there, blunt and uncompromising: Israeli military doctrine was to attack whenever people felt threatened.
Moving from the BBC to al-Jazeera must be a smooth transition.

Muslim countries aid Somali warlords

A UN report stated that ten countries, mostly Islamic, are illegally supplying weapons to Somali warlords. BBC, Powers 'stoking Somali conflict':
What is most striking about this report is the detailed links between countries such as Iran, Syria and Lebanon and the Islamic Courts Union.

For example, the authors say 720 Somali fighters went to Lebanon to help Hezbollah fight Israel in July.

Syria is said to have sent an aircraft full of guns to the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Iran is reported to have sent three shipments of arms to Somalia between July and September.

And one paragraph in the report says two Iranians were in Somalia looking into getting uranium in exchange for supplying arms.

The Vatican addresses veils

The crusading Catholic regime has made another blasphemous remark toward the religion of peace. This time a Vatican representative requested that Muslims follow the law. Those infidels! Jihad on following the law! BBC, Vatican enters Muslim veil debate:
Cardinal Renato Martino said immigrants must respect the traditions, culture and religion of the nations they go to.

They ought to abide by local laws banning the wearing of certain types of Muslim veils, he added.

"It seems elementary to me and it is quite right that the authorities demand it," said Cardinal Martino, who heads the Vatican department dealing with migration issues.
The good Cardinal obviously didn't get the memo. He should know by now that Muslims don't follow laws; they believe they are above all secular and non-Muslim laws. The only law Muslims respect is Sharia, which includes wearing veils and subjecting non-Muslims to dhimmitude. And respecting other cultures, traditions, and religions? You can forget about that right now.

Plutonium, bombmaking material found in Iran

Peaceful nuclear power? The argument is getting harder to make when evidence of Iran's plan to build a nuclear weapon continues to surface. Reuters, U.N. sleuths find plutonium at Iran atom site: IAEA:

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors have found traces of plutonium, of possible use in atom bombs, at an Iranian nuclear waste site as Tehran pursues a nuclear program despite the risk of sanctions, an IAEA report said on Tuesday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency report, obtained by Reuters, also said the U.N. watchdog still could not confirm Iran's nuclear intentions were entirely peaceful given its continued stonewalling of IAEA inquiries dating to 2003.

IAEA inspectors detected bits of plutonium in samples of particles of highly enriched uranium (HEU) taken earlier from containers at the Karaj atomic waste facility near Tehran. In larger amounts, plutonium and HEU can detonate atom bombs.

What's really scary is that idiotarians actually believe Iran is only seeking a power source.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Pakistan initiates Taliban rule

Pakistan, a country touted by Bush as an ally against terrorism, passed a bill that sanctions a secret police modeled after the Taliban or the Police of Vice and Virtue. BBC, 'Taleban Law' passed in Pakistan:
Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has passed a bill setting up a Taleban-style department under a cleric to enforce Islamic morality.

It gives the new department the power to use the police and media for the promotion of Islamic values.

The NWFP is governed by an alliance of religious parties, the MMA, that is sympathetic to the Taleban.

It has already introduced measures such as the banning of music on public transport.
This is "moderate Islam" at work.

Homosexual insults in Jerusalem

[The Otter wasn't the only one to realize that the homosexual pride parade in Jerusalem was a hateful act toward religious Jews and other groups. David Fisher at YNet drew the same conclusion.]

YNet, Next year in Tel Aviv:

Homo-lesbian community has failed test of tolerance

David Fisher
Published: 11.12.06, 19:16

The debate over whether to hold the pride parade in Jerusalem put the conflict between the Orthodox and secular communities back in the limelight after years in which it seemed that it had subsided and lost its relevance.

As an ordinary citizen who followed this cultural war via the media, I feel that this time the homo-lesbian community went too far and in so doing lost support among the public in light of the community's insistence to hold the parade in Jerusalem of all places.

In recent years, the homo-lesbian community has achieved a great deal, achievements that could only have been imagined in the past. Does anyone still remember that homosexuality was deemed a criminal offense until the middle of the 80s? Since then, with the help of liberal elected legislators and opinion leaders, homosexuality has become a legitimate sexual orientation and the law that previously banned it now prohibits discrimination against same sex couples. Today, coming out of the closet is often deemed a promotional act. Politicians who in the past ignored the community are now seeking its company in the aim of securing their votes for the next elections.

In light of the community's success, the question of whether the parade was really necessary has often been asked, including by members of the community itself. Beyond the party atmosphere that breaks up the routine once a year, it doesn't convey any real message. And if this is the case, why does the community insist on celebrating its sexual orientations in Jerusalem of all places, a city with cultural characteristics very different to those prevalent in Tel Aviv.

Going one step too far

Even though they spoke of tolerance, the homo-lesbian community did not understand that they themselves were being intolerant not only towards Jerusalem residents, but also towards cultural traditions. They didn't understand that their conduct was not only offensive to the residents of Mea Shearim but also to the Christian and Muslim residents who view Jerusalem as a holy city in which sexual permissiveness should be prevented. Every city has its unique cultural traits; in Tel Aviv for example, a mass parade by born again Jews wouldn't have been looked upon favorably. Jerusalem is not a suitable place to hold a parade of a sexual nature.

When looking objectively at the status quo in Jerusalem, it is evident that those who demonstrated tolerance were in fact the residents of Mea Shearim. They have never paraded in the streets of Tel Aviv in protest of the pride parade being held there, and they took no measures to shut down the Open House and gay clubs operating in Jerusalem.

However, this year's pride parade was going one step too far, interpreted by the religious community as legitimizing something that is not at all crucial. Their willingness to accept the compromise proposed by the police shows that contrary to popular thought, agreements can be reached with them and that they are not blind to the goings on outside of Mea Shearim in the heart of the secular society.

The protest by the homo-lesbian community would have been understood had it asked to protest against a law that bans holding a parade or if a representative from a religious political party would have taken up the post at the Ministry of Education and Culture and proceeded to ban films of a homosexual nature.

A regime that prohibits the freedom of expression of same sex couples should be protested, but a people's protest coming from the various groups living in the city should be adhered to.

Had I been a member of the gay community, I would let the next pride parade be held in Tel Aviv.

David Fisher is the director of the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and TV

[Related: When gays attack]

Islamic death squads ride again

Darfur militias in deadly attacks:
About 30 people have been killed in Sudan's Darfur region, when pro-government militias raided a village, peacekeepers say.

Armed men on horses and camels rode into the village of Sirba, near the Chad border, killing those they found, say UN and African Union officials.
Related: Arab Muslims ethnically cleanse Chad, Darfur Muslims murder babies, Sudan supports Islamic death squads.

Al-Qaeda planning nuclear attacks

Reuters, Al Qaeda seeking nuclear kit for attacks: UK official:

LONDON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda is trying to acquire the technology that would enable it to use a nuclear device to attack Western targets including Britain, a senior British official said on Monday.

"We know the aspiration is there. We know attempts to gather materials are there, we know that attempts to gather technology are there," the senior Foreign Office official told reporters.

The comments at a briefing came days after the head of Britain's domestic spy agency said Muslim extremists were plotting at least 30 major terrorist attacks in Britain which could involve chemical and nuclear devices.

The Foreign Office official, asked whether there was any doubt that Al Qaeda wants to gather nuclear material for use against Western targets, said: "No doubt at all."

Sunday, November 12, 2006

'Borat' accurate depiction of Kazakhs

ABC News, 'Borat' Backlash Brings Anger, Lawsuits:
"If I saw him, I'd kill him straight away," one Kazakh man told ABC News. "We like hunting."
The "we're a peaceful religion and we'll kill anyone who disagrees" mentality at work.

Clearly this type of behavior doesn't battle the stereotype Borat portrays, but instead reinforces it.

Germany to charge US over Abu Ghraib

TIME, Exclusive: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse:
Just days after his resignation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called "20th hijacker" and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings. As TIME first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a "special interrogation plan," personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S. says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other controversial interrogation techniques.

Full article: here.

Intolerant homosexual cries intolerance

He's famous, too. Sir Elton: Ban organised religion:
Sir Elton John has said he would like to see all organised religion banned and accused it of trying to "turn hatred towards gay people".

Organised religion lacked compassion and turned people into "hateful lemmings", he told the Observer.
The Otter supports gay rights and tolerance of homosexuals. The Otter also supports tolerance of people who hold peaceful religious beliefs. A homosexual calling for a ban on religion due to intolerance is pure hypocrisy - it's an act of intolerance itself.

South Park recently lampooned this type of militant atheism by depicting Cartman unfrozen in a futuristic world with little creativity and constant war between atheist groups. Also, there were futuristic talking otters. No kidding. Watch it here.

It's ironic that Elton John's argument - religion teaches intolerance and should be banned - is found in communist political theories. Communist governments have oppressed homosexuals as badly as religious theocracies.

Israeli general resigns

BBC, Israel general quits over Lebanon:
An Israeli general who commanded forces in the war against Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas has resigned.

Brig Gen Gal Hirsch was in charge of the unit whose soldiers were ambushed by Hezbollah men on 12 July, the incident that ignited the conflict.

Three soldiers were killed in the border attack, and another two were captured. They remain in captivity.

Gen Hirsch is the second high-profile military figure to lose his job over the 34-day Lebanon war.

Udi Adam, who headed the army's Northern Command, resigned in September, a month after the war ended in a UN-brokered ceasefire.

His departure was triggered by Hezbollah's firing of thousands of rockets into Israel during the war.

Last week, Doron Almog, a retired general who headed an army investigation into the 12 July incident, informed Gen Hirsch that he would recommend his dismissal.

According to Israel Radio, Gen Almog's report criticises Gen Hirsch's unit for not properly preparing its soldiers for the eventuality of a Hezbollah attack aiming to kidnap troops.
So it's a Rumsfeld-style resignation. Hirsch quit only due to pressure over a poor job.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Vietnam charges US citizens with terrorism

Three US citizens were charged with terrorism in Vietnam. They'll likely undergo a mock trial and be imprisoned. What heinous crime did our brothers commit? Did they suicide bomb a bus? Plan to blow up a building? Did they poison water supplies or incite violence against ethnic groups?

No - all they did was broadcast anti-communist radio transmissions. BBC, US citizens on trial in Vietnam:
Three US citizens and four Vietnamese have gone on trial in Vietnam charged with terrorism.

The seven are accused of attempting to set up illegal transmitters to make anti-communist radio broadcasts inside the country.

The case may complicate ties with the US ahead of President George W Bush's visit to Vietnam next week and a Congressional vote on trade relations.

The trial in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to last no more than a day.

New Islamic Congressman linked with radical groups

Minnesota's new Congressman Keith Ellison has ties to the radical, racist, and and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam according to Corruption Chronicles. Corruption Chronicles, Congress gets Muslim:

The first Muslim elected to the United States Congress is a Democrat from Minneapolis with ties to an Islamic group that supports terrorism and a radical cult whose leader says God will destroy the entire white race and establish a paradise nation ruled by blacks.

Minnesota’s new Representative in the House, Keith Ellison, was endorsed and partly financed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a massive U.S.-based organization that avidly defends Osama bin Laden and other militant Islamic terrorists and considers U.S. action against terrorists anti-Islamic. In fact, the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing bin Laden as “the sworn enemy” because it was “offensive to Muslims.”

Ellison, who converted to Islam as a 19-year-old college student, also has strong ties to the Nation of Islam, the black cult led by renowned anti-Christian and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. The group’s doctrine states that black people created white people in a genetic experiment 6,000 years ago and that “Judgment Day” means that the Gods will destroy the entire white race (devils) and establish a paradise nation ruled forever by blacks.

As if this weren’t enough to question the choice of Minnesota voters, as a state legislator Ellison supported and defended a convicted cop-killer and leader of a violent gang. Ellison used thug-like language to attack law enforcement officials as racists saying “we don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.”. Ellison also supports and demands freedom for another convicted cop-killer named Assata Shakur, who lives in Cuba and remains on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Perhaps having Ellison in the House, represents a victory for violent criminals worldwide. Little Green Footballs says they’ll be celebrating in Gaza tomorrow.

Related: LGF, CAIR's Congressman

Argentina calls for arrest of Rafsanjani

Jerusalem Post, Iran ex-president sought for '94 Argentina bombing:
A federal judge in Argentina said Thursday he was seeking the "international capture" of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight others in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed 85 people.

A special prosecutor sought the order, alleging that the worst terrorist attack ever on Argentine soil was orchestrated by leaders of the Iranian government and entrusted to the Lebanon-based Hizbullah.

Speaking with The Associated Press and a group of local journalists at his offices in the Argentine capital, Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral added that he was seeking the help of Interpol in his effort.

Although he did not specify whether he had already issued arrest warrants, he said he also was issuing an "international exhortation" to Iran to comply with his request, adding he had received "serious" evidence warranting detentions of the nine.
Thank you Argentina. Baruch Hashem and may you catch him!

Related: BBC, Argentina seeks Rafsanjani arrest

Arab Muslims ethnically cleanse Chad

An estimated 200 Chadians were ethnically cleansed this week by Islamic Janjaweed death squads. BBC, Chad ethnic attacks 'killed 200':
More than 200 people were killed in a spate of attacks in eastern Chad earlier this week, aid workers say.

They say five villages were attacked in a three-day assault by 200 men on horseback, armed with machine-guns, which began last Saturday...

...The attackers were from local Arab groups, while the villages attacked were non-Arab - mainly Dadjo and Moro.

The aggressors reportedly shouted: "You slaves. We have arrived and now we are attacking you."

Hamas to attack America, links with al-Qaeda

MSNBC, Hamas calls on Muslims to attack U.S. targets:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Signaling a change in tactics, Hamas' military wing on Wednesday called on Muslims around the world to attack American targets after a deadly Israeli tank strike in the Gaza Strip.

"America is offering political, financial and logistic cover for the Zionist occupation crimes, and it is responsible for the Beit Hanoun massacre. Therefore, the people and the nation all over the globe are required to teach the American enemy tough lessons," Hamas said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

While critical of the U.S., Hamas has always focused its violent campaign of suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israeli targets.

Wednesday's threat signaled that the group is identifying with global Islamic extremist movements, such as al-Qaida.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The new Muslim congressman

Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, has become the first Islamic Congressman in the United States.

According to CNN, Ellison stated:
"I opposed the war before it began. I was against this war once it started and I am the only candidate calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops."
CNN also stated:

His religious message is one of inclusiveness.

Regarding his Muslim faith, he said, "people draw strength and moral courage from a variety of religious traditions."

"Mine have come from both Catholicism and Islam. I was raised Catholic and later became a Muslim while attending Wayne State University. I am inspired by the Quran's message of an encompassing divine love, and a deep faith guides my life every day."

Ellison's position on the Israeli-Palestinian issue is supportive of the two-state solution and the road map to peace process. He has been critical of the Hamas movement.

"Peace is necessary for both Israeli and Palestinian people, and I wholeheartedly support peace movements in Israel and throughout the region," he said in a statement on his Web site.

He was endorsed by the Twin Cities newspaper, the American Jewish World, which said, "In Ellison, we have a moderate Muslim who extends his hand in friendship to the Jewish community and supports the security of the State of Israel."

Ellison is pro-choice and pro-labor, and supports "universal single payer health care" -- long popular stances among liberals.

If all of this is true, it would be great (except for the immediate withdrawal from Iraq). However, The Otter is skeptical. Pro-choice is contrary to what Islam teaches, as is support for Israel and the United States. Either he is being politically correct and hiding his true Islamic sentiment, or he has revised Islam to the point where it doesn't even resemble Islam anymore.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Haggard guilty of sexual conduct

Ted Haggard, who admitted buying the illegal drug methamphetamine from gay prostitute Mike Jones, but denied a homosexual relationship, was found guilty of sexually immoral conduct by the Overseer Board of Haggard's massive New Life Church and forced to resign. CBS, Evangelical Rev. Quits Amid Drugs, Gay Sex Scandal:
The Rev. Ted Haggard agreed to resign Saturday from his New Life Church after its independent investigative board recommended removal, saying he was guilty "of sexually immoral conduct."

"We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard," a statement from the church said. "Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct."
The icing on the cake is that police are also investigating the claims to see if criminal charges can be brought against Haggard.

Evangelical homophobes are in many ways like Islamic homophobes. They condemn homosexuality in public while practicing homosexuality in private. The homophobia stems from an unnatural view of human sexuality based on twisted and incorrect religion.

UPDATE: Haggard finally confesses.

Denver Post, Haggard apologizes to congregation:

In a letter of apology read to the congregation of New Life Church Sunday morning, Ted Haggard confessed to sexually immorality and described himself as "a deceiver and a liar" who struggled with urgings most of his life.

Haggard said he had sought help often, but was unable eradicate to these urgings from his life.

Army Times calls for Rummy's resignation

CNN, Army Times to call for Rumsfeld's resignation:

(CNN) -- An editorial to be published Monday in independent publications that serve the four main branches of the U.S. military will call for President Bush to replace Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

"Basically, the editorial says, it's clear now, from some of the public statements that military leaders are making, that he's lost the support and respect of the military leadership," said Robert Hodierne, senior managing editor for the publications' parent company Army Times Publications.

"That they're starting to go public with that now, with their disagreements, added up with all of the other missteps we believe he's made, that it's time for him to be replaced," Hodierne.

Army Times Publications publishes the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and the Marine Corps Times.

It is the second time the publications have called for Rumsfeld to resign.

Bush has no intention to listen to the military about Rumsfeld. Just another example of how the impotency and ineptitude of the Bush administration is ineffective in a very important conflict. If Bush had combat experience and didn't escape real service by joining the National Guard he wouldn't ignore the pleas of the military. Truly disgraceful.

The Bush administration needs to head the pleas of the military; replace Rumsfeld with a competent Secretary of Defense, fund the troops properly, ensure they have necessary equipment, and reinforce positions in Iraq with more men on the ground.

US Jews, reconsider support for left

[Reprinted from YNET, US Jews, reconsider support for left. Essential reading for liberal Jews and non-Jews.]

Rabbi Levi Brackman
Published: 11/03/06

US Jews, reconsider support for left

Jews must be constantly on guard to oppose anti-Semitism wherever is rears its ugly head, even in places where we least expect to see it.

In an attempt to explain why most Jewish Americans are liberal and vote Democrat, a friend of mine sent me Philip Roth’s award-winning book entitled The Plot Against America (2004).

The Plot Against America is an alternative history novel, in which, at the presidential election of 1940, Democratic presidential incumbent Franklin Delano Roosevelt is defeated by isolationist and mildly anti-Semitic right-wing Republican candidate Charles Lindbergh.

The novel follows the Roth family during the right-wing Lindbergh presidency, under which anti-Semitism becomes more accepted in American life and Jewish–American families like the Roths are persecuted. If indeed this book is representative of Jewish–American fears about the Republican Party in 2006, I am rather perplexed.

Left, right, left…
Traditionally the terms right and left, used in the political sense, referred to different political philosophies in which the left defended the interests of the working class and the right defended and looked out for the interests of the wealthy and the aristocrats. According to this definition, Judaism is very much a left-wing religion.

However, most agree that this characterization no longer adequately defines the modern-day difference between right and left. The fact is that many who claim to have a right-wing ideology will champion the cause of the minorities and many self-proclaimed left-wingers will trample upon them.

In fact, the German Nazis considered themselves socialists and the Soviets held extreme left-wing ideologies but this did not stop the Nazis from killing Jews, gays and gypsies or the Soviets from killing and enslaving their working classes.

During the Holocaust, left-wing President Roosevelt himself could have done more to help the plight of European Jews but for political considerations decided not to.

For example, after the passengers of the "St. Louis" – which set sail from Germany in May 1939 carrying over 900 Jewish passengers fleeing Nazi Germany – had been refused entry into Cuba, President Roosevelt ignored a cable from the passengers asking for refuge in America and later refused to use his executive power to grant them visas. As a direct result of this, most of the Jews on board were sent back to Europe, where many were eventually killed by the Nazis.

To be sure, Roosevelt was not an anti-Semite and just because a politician does not stand up to protect Jews, it does not mean that she or he hates them. Nonetheless, in saying “never again” with regard to the Holocaust, we must be alert to the ever-changing guises of anti-Semitism and recognize that it does not consistently come from any one particular side of the political aisle.

Look left
In this vein, the British Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks once made the following important observation: “Anti-Semitism,” he said, “is a virus, and like a virus it mutates, and because it mutates, it gets past our immune systems, which are still on the look-out for last year's virus.”

He observed that in the 19th century the religious anti-Judaism of the Middle Ages became racial anti-Semitism and now that the world has become immunised against that strain of anti-Semitism, it has mutated again into anti-Zionism and defines all Jews as Zionists.

It seems that many American Jews are still trying to fight the old strain of anti-Semitism that manifests itself in an extreme right-wing ideology of patriotism and nationalism. Although this is undoubtedly still a threat, while our attention was directed elsewhere, a virulent strain developed, which manifested itself in extreme anti-Zionism – an alarmingly high rate of which is found on the left of the political divide.

The evidence for this is aplenty. Just read left-wing blogs (,, etc.) or witness how left-leaning radio stations and media cover stories related to Israel, not to mention the overt anti-Israeli sentiment and covert anti-Jewish feeling that exist in the liberal academic world.

With the potential of a nuclear-armed Iran, the threat to Israel and its six million Jews is real. It is therefore more important than ever for American Jews not to support a party whose base seems to have become both anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic.

Ultimately we Jews must be constantly on our guard to oppose anti-Semitism wherever is rears its ugly head, and be prepared and open to recognize it even in places where we least expect to see it.

Brits support terror, hate America

According to polls, Brits believe George W. Bush is the second most dangerous man in the world. Only seven percent support the war on terrorism. YNET, Britons: Bush almost as dangerous as Bin Laden:

President Bush's image was dealt another blow this weekend as a poll conducted in Britain found that the American president is the second most dangerous man in the world.

British respondents who were asked who in their opinion is the man that most endangers world peace placed Bush as the second most dangerous man, only second to al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

An international poll published in the Guardian found that Bush is perceived to be more dangerous than dictators like North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Leading pastor resigns over gay sex scandal

Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and senior pastor at the massive New Life Church, resigned from his post when he was outed by male prostitute Mike Jones. Haggard denied that he was a homosexual. Reuters, Evangelical leader resigns over sex scandal:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The president of the U.S. National Association of Evangelicals, who has had regular talks with the White House and vocally opposes gay marriage, resigned on Thursday after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a male escort.

Ted Haggard, who denied the accusation, also temporarily stepped down as senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, the church said in a statement.

"I've never had a gay relationship with anyone," Haggard said in an interview with Denver television station KUSA on Wednesday night. "I'm steady with my wife. I'm faithful to my wife."

The New Life Church statement quoted Haggard as saying he could "not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations."

"I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity. I hope to be able to discuss this matter in more detail at a later date," the church statement quoted Haggard as saying.

Mike Jones, who said he was a male escort, told KUSA on Wednesday he had had a three-year sexual "business relationship" with Haggard.
Resignations over sex scandals almost always imply guilt. A person who didn't bang a male prostitute for three years wouldn't drop their entire career. These types of resignations are an attempt to draw media attention away from the scandal and cut losses. "Cut and run" so to speak. Mike Jones, the male prostitute who made the allegations, also stated he had physical evidence of Haggard's homosexual trysts which include "pretty damning" voicemails. The world will have to wait for further confirmation, if it exists, of Haggard's alleged homosexual affairs. Right now, however, Haggard is acting like a guilty man.

Ted Haggard has a long history of homophobia, including lobbying for discriminatory legislation against homosexuals. What's ironic is that homophobes like Haggard are often closet homosexuals. The reason they become homophobic is due to clinical self-hatred. All one has to do is look at the homosexual sex scandals in the Republican Party or the Christian clergy to confirm this.

UPDATE: Reuters, Evangelical America hit by gay sex scandal:

Haggard, who has publicly denied the accusation, also temporarily stepped down as senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

But the acting senior pastor at New Life Church, Ross Parsley, told Colorado Springs-based KKTV late on Thursday that Haggard had admitted to some of the allegations.

"There has been some admission of indiscretion, not admission to all of the material that has been discussed, but there is an admission of some guilt," Parsley said.

Hamas takes mosque, uses human shields

On Friday an estimated 60 gunmen from the terrorist group Hamas barricaded themselves in a Gaza mosque. Israeli forces shot tear gas inside and tore down a wall to make the terrorists surrender, but Hamas had another trick up its sleeve - human shields.

Hamas broadcasted a plea for help on the radio that asked women to stand between the gunmen and the IDF. In response, hundreds of Palestinian women surrounded the mosque. Meanwhile, Hamas members disguised themselves as women to mix with the crowd. Shots were fired at Israeli troops from within the mob and the IDF responded, killing two. According to Hamas, all fugitive terrorists escaped. BBC, Gaza women killed in mosque siege:
Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said: "Unfortunately, maybe one woman was killed - I don't know if it's by IDF or not. But our purpose is definitely not to hit the innocent ones."

"We saw crowds of women. Behind the women hid some of the militants. Some of them were even dressed up as women: we have footage," she said.

"Unfortunately because the militants shot at our forces, sometimes we had to respond."

At least two men disguised in women's clothes were seen being embraced by jubilant bystanders as the women rushed away from the mosque, the Associated Press reported.

Hezbollah admits Iranian funding

Iran has previously denied funding Hezbollah or helping the terrorist group in any material way, stating that it only gives the group moral support. Despite this, the intelligence community has long known that Hezbollah does in fact receive weapons, training, and money from Iran to carry out terrorist attacks on Israel.

A leading Hezbollah official, Kassam Allaik, recently admitted that Iran is supplying Hezbollah with funds to carry out operations. BBC, Iran 'sending funds to Hezbollah':
A senior Hezbollah official has told the BBC that Iran is providing the group with money to help fund its reconstruction activities in Lebanon.

Kassam Allaik said Iran also had its own groups in Lebanon, rebuilding bridges, roads and mosques.

Lebanon's Finance Minister, Jihad Azour, also acknowledged that Iranian money is going directly to Hezbollah.

Darfur Muslims murder babies

The continued genocide of blacks in Darfur at the hands of Islamic Janjaweed raiders claimed the lives of 63 victims during the last week, at least 27 of whom were under 12 years of age, according to African forces.

Janjaweed militias attack villages and civilians, not military targets. They are proxies of the Sudanese government used to ethnically cleanse the area of non-Muslims, non-Arabs, and black Africans. BBC, Darfur militias 'kill children':
Militias backing Sudan's government have killed at least 63 people in attacks in Darfur in the past week, African peacekeepers say.

At least 27 of the victims are thought to be children under the age of 12.

The attacks were carried on camps for the displaced in the rebel stronghold of Jebel Moon, in West Darfur.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Fat cops bounce Police Chief

Former Florida Police Chief Paul Goward was forced out of his position after asking fat cops to lose weight and get back in shape. FOX News, Florida Police Chief Ousted After 'Jelly Bellies' Memo Telling Cops to Get Fit:
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Police Chief Paul Goward was tired of looking around his department and seeing blubber hanging over the belts of some of his officers. So he sent out a memo exhorting the "jelly bellies" to shape up.

In the end, the department lost 190 pounds — all of them belonging to Goward. He was forced out as chief because some of his officers took offense at the memo.

The Oct. 11 memo bruised feelings on the 80-member force, drew at least one anonymous letter of complaint from officers about the chief's management style and made his department the butt of jokes about fat cops and doughnuts.

"If they got their feelings hurt to the extent of 'Do something about it,' then I did what I was intending to do," said an unapologetic Goward, a trim 6-footer who was forced to resign his $92,000-a-year post last week.

Some of the chief's defenders said his ouster was a big overreaction.

"He offered tremendously good advice, yet he was sacked," wrote Thomas Roe Oldt, a columnist for The Ledger of Lakeland.

In his memo, titled "Are You a Jelly Belly," the chief never singled anyone out, and apart from the title, didn't call anyone names.

Instead, he provided a list of 10 reasons police officers should be in shape. He said overweight police poorly represent the profession, poop out when chasing suspects and might have to resort to "a higher level of force" if a criminal got the upper hand in a fight. He said out-of-shape cops are a liability to the city and their families.

"Take a good look at yourself," he wrote. "If you are unfit, do yourself and everyone else a favor. See a professional about a proper diet and a fitness training program, quit smoking, limit alcohol intake and start thinking self-pride, confidence and respectability. And stop making excuses for delaying what you know you should have been doing years ago. We didn't hire you unfit and we don't want you working unfit. Don't mean to offend, this is just straight talk. I owe it to you."

Winter Haven cops must pass physical examinations to be hired but are not regularly tested for fitness thereafter.

Goward, 60, said he is not a fitness freak, was not "asking for a department full of Arnold Schwarzeneggers here" and did not order his officers to stay away from fast-food restaurants or doughnut shops. In fact, the 36-year police veteran, who has also worked in Kansas and South Carolina, said Winter Haven's force is no less fit than the others he has served on.

David Greene, manager of the central Florida city of 30,000, said through a spokeswoman that he was too busy for an interview, but told the local newspapers the anonymous complaint letters made it clear the police department had a morale problem because of Goward's abrasive management style during his 2 1/2 years there.

"Emotions within the police department and the relationship with the police chief became raw," he told The Ledger.

Winter Haven officers contacted by The Associated Press said they were told not to talk to reporters about Goward's departure.

One of the anonymous complaint letters described the force as "upset to say the least" about the chief and called the "Jelly Belly" memo "the icing on the cake."

"This letter shows the type of harassment and hostile work environment we have. The chief of police is constantly 'bad talking' us in every way possible and we have had enough of his arrogance," the letter read.
Baruch haShem, I don't live in that community. I could never respect a department full of fat cops who couldn't take constructive criticism. Instead of dealing with the problem - the fact that they are overweight - they removed the one person in the department honest enough to call them out. Truly disgusting. Now instead of tax dollars paying the salary of an active, healthy police force they are being used to condone diseased living.

Blame it on Borat

FOX News, Dharma and... Borat? A 'Victim' Complains:
Sacha Baron Cohen’s "Borat" may be the funniest movie made in a long, long time. But one person is definitely not laughing: TV news producer Dharma Arthur.

Arthur, 50, is claiming that Cohen’s antics during the shooting of his crazy movie cost her her job — and maybe worse.

Audiences who’ve seen the movie have noted an episode where Borat visits a live noon news show on WAPT in Jackson, Miss. While on the air, Cohen, posing as the Kazakh news correspondent, wreaks havoc with anchor Brad McMullan and weather guy Ken Johnson.

He makes sexual and scatological references, kisses Brad and stands up during the interview so that he’s out of frame. Once red-faced McMullan cuts the segment short, Borat then wanders into and disrupts Johnson’s live weather report.

Arthur, the producer who unwittingly booked Borat onto the show, is now living in Panama City, Fla., with her father. She recently wrote to Newsweek calling herself one of Cohen’s many “victims.”

“Because of him, my boss lost faith in my abilities and second-guessed everything I did thereafter,” she writes in Newsweek’s most recent issue. “I spiraled into depression, and before I could recover, I was released from my contract early. It took me three months to find another job, and now I'm thousands of dollars in debt and struggling to keep my house out of foreclosure.”

Calls to WAPT and an e-mail to McMullan, who’s still with the station, were not returned, but a person who answered the phone verified that Arthur once worked there. In Florida, Arthur’s father answered her phone and said that someone would get back to me.

“How upsetting that a man who leaves so much harm in his path is lauded as a comedic genius.” Arthur concludes in her letter. “Think of all the other people who've probably been fired because of his antics.”

So far, however, there have been no other reports of people losing their jobs over Borat. And some of Cohen’s “victims” have even turned into semi-celebrities.
Further developments: Borat also broke her arm, killed ten thousand puppies, invented HIV, poisoned all the wells in Europe, caused the tsunami, and was responsible for 9/11.

When gays attack

Homosexuals vandalized a Tel Aviv synagogue in response to protest over an upcoming Jerusalem gay pride parade. BBC, 'Gay attack' on Israel synagogue:
A Tel Aviv synagogue has been attacked and daubed with graffiti, apparently in response to religious Jewish attempts to ban a gay pride march in Jerusalem.

Ultra-orthodox Jews have opposed the march, scheduled for next week.

Windows in the synagogue were smashed and the walls were painted with the slogan: "If we can't march in Jerusalem you won't walk in Tel Aviv".

On Wednesday evening ultra-orthodox protesters clashed with police in a district of Jerusalem.
The Otter supports equality for people who choose to live a homosexual lifestyle, but this is too much. A gay pride parade in Jerusalem is blatantly insensitive and demonstrates how the homosexual community in Israel has no respect for the feelings of others. It would be like having a straight pride parade in San Francisco or a white pride parade in New Orleans. Only insensitive groups who are being deliberately provocative would do this. The Ku Klux Klan does this.

In Israel homosexuals have more rights than they do in the United States and most European countries. Homosexual couples have the same liberties as married couples and are recognized with common-law marriages. They can be openly gay in the military. Gay couples can adopt children. It's illegal to discriminate against homosexuals in the workforce. Foreign partners of homosexual Israelis can attain residency in Israel. Gay couples are officially recognized as families, and thus afforded the same financial rights as straight married couples. So why are homosexuals in Israel having gay pride parades?

Clearly it isn't an attempt to gain equal rights; they already have equal rights. Gay pride parades are in no way similar to the civil rights marches in the United States. Gays in Israel do it to force people to endorse their homosexuality. They don't even want people to just accept them; they want people to endorse them. This is why they consistently pick the most provocative places to hold gay pride parades, such as Jerusalem. It's an attempt to desensitize anti-gay sentiment.

If homosexuals were truly interested in gay rights, not gay social endorsement, they would protest the routine executions of homosexuals in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Lebanon. However, like most liberals they aren't interested in universal rights. They are interested in their own selfish, personal agendas. That's why they choose to march in front of the Western Wall dressed in lingerie and bondage attire (yes, they have done this) rather than stage rallies on the Egyptian, Jordanian, and Lebanese borders to denounce discrimination against homosexuals in Muslim countries.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hate speech?

Pim's Ghost from What Would Charles Martel Do? posted a video over at YouTube discussing the new 'hate speech' flagging feature. Great video. You can watch it here - Happy Uncensored Halloween.

What really caught my eye in the video was how Ahmed Bedier, the Communications Director of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), responded to a post on What Would Charles Martel Do? View the original post and comments here.

Here's one comment from Ahmed Bedier:
"I'm sorry that I can not say the same thing for you and your weak alliance. All of you are using some anonymous screen names and are ashamed to publicly share those views. I doubt that anyone of significance will ever actually pay any attention to you.

How many of you are quoted in mainstream media?? That's what I thought."
Bedier said he doubts if anyone of significance would ever pay attention to her, or 'all of you', which I guess means the collective anti-jihad blogosphere. Yet here we have Ahmed Bedier doing exactly that - paying enough attention to Pim's blog to post multiple comments. Does that mean that Bedier isn't "[someone] of significance?"

Having read through the original post I didn't find any personal insults from Pim's Ghost. Though in Ahmed Bedier's comments I found infantile ad hominem attacks - "you and your weak alliance." It reminded me of the way Muslims always try to project an image of strength even though all Muslim countries are designated Third World. Or how these same Muslim countries attempt to assert victory, even when they get beaten, such as in every conflict with Israel.

What really sparked my interest is when Bedier said, "How many of you are quoted in mainstream media?? That's what I thought." I recall Little Green Footballs (Feetballs?) being quoted in the MSM a few times, both in regards to the Red Cross ambulance hoax and Reuters' forged photographs. Of course Michelle Malkin is routinely quoted in the MSM; I see her in the MSM more frequently than CAIR.

Then again, maybe we should look at just why people wind up in the MSM. When LGF covered the Reuters' photograph scandal it was productive. It exposed corruption within the MSM. Clearly this was a positive thing. Contrast this to CAIR; every time CAIR is in the MSM it's due to negative publicity. If I started a jihadist organization and disguised it as a human rights group I bet I could get in the MSM too. Likewise, if dozens of the members of my hypothetical group were arrested and convicted for terrorism-related charges, like CAIR members have been, we might get MSM attention as well.

Here is another comment Ahmed Bedier made:
Hate bloggers: understand this, you will never be as credible as CAIR. No one cares about your hateful views. You are very shady folks with questionable backgrounds and motives. Continue to live your fantasy on the Internet.
Ironic how a Muslim would use the term 'hate bloggers', or 'hate anything'. Islam is a religion and political system that teaches and endorses hate. Bedier did it with the ad hominems and saying "no one cares" when in fact Bedier himself cared enough to comment.

And what did Bedier mean by "as credible a CAIR?" This assumes that CAIR is credible to begin with. Bedier is living under the mistaken impression that there is a consensus of credibility surrounding his organization. Nothing could be further from the truth. CAIR is a questionable group at best, a terrorist sponsor at worst.

When the average person on the Internet isn't familiar with something they go to Google and Wikipedia. Those are the two most popular sources for basic information on the net. Typing in the search term and looking at the Wikipedia entry or the first page of Google's listings is a good way to check the general consensus. It's not good for in-depth research, but it is good for what's called common knowledge. And what type of information do we find for CAIR?

Wikipedia, CAIR(Terrorism):
Ghassan Elashi was a founder of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, and was a member of the founding board of directors of the Texas branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Elashi was arrested in December 2002 for conspiracy, money laundering, and dealing in the property of a designated terrorist. He was convicted on all charges in April 2005.

CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association for Palestine, identified by two former FBI counterterrorism chiefs as a “front group” for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Several CAIR leaders have been convicted on terrorism-related charges.
So is CAIR credible? The novice who is completely unfamiliar with CAIR would find out the answer is no. Upon checking Wikipedia they would learn CAIR is linked to terrorist groups and many of it's top figures have been convicted for funding terrorism. More from Wikipedia, CAIR (Criticism):

CAIR has received recognition and praise from high-ranking official of both the Democrat and Republican parties. On the other hand, the organization has also received great criticism, from a number of both governmental and non-governmental sources, for actions it has taken and people and organizations it has been involved with.

The greatest source of criticism has involved CAIR's ties to terrorism and terrorist groups. As of 2006, at least four CAIR officials have been charged with terrorism-related offenses. CAIR has also been accused by the FBI of raising money for terrorist groups through fraudulent means. Officials of CAIR have been reported advocating for the establishment of an Islamic theocracy to replace the current United States government, and praising controversial groups such as Hamas.

CAIR has also been accused of doctoring photographs and reporting fraudulent statistics about the Muslim population of the United States in support of its own private agenda. Finally, another source of criticism is that CAIR attempts to suppress criticism of Islamic terrorism and intolerance through accusations of racism and anti-Muslim bias.

Among books donated to libraries in CAIR's "library project" were a version of the Quran that was subsequently found to contain numerous anti-Jewish commentaries and was banned by the LA school system and Paul Findley's 'Silent No More', which included complementary views of convicted terrorist Abdulrahman Alamoudi and former neo-Nazi William Baker.

This is all in the main entry for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A quick review of Wikipedia reveals that CAIR promotes hate, anti-Semitism, and terrorism. CAIR lacks so much credibility that Wikipedia even hosts a second article devoted entirely to criticism of CAIR. It's listed here.

For our next experiment let's Google the term 'CAIR'. The first site listed is the official CAIR website. The second site is Anti-Cair. The third listing is unrelated. The fourth listing is an article critical of CAIR's links to terrorism by Daniel Pipes. The fifth listing is unrelated. The sixth listing is the Wikipedia article listed above. The seventh listing is an article in the Middle East Quarterly critical of CAIR titled, "Islamists Fooling the Establishment." The eighth and ninth listings are unrelated. The tenth listing is the CAIR California website.

So is CAIR credible? Out of the first ten listings on Google for 'CAIR' the only two that were pro-CAIR were official CAIR websites. Three of them were critical of CAIR. The novice who knows nothing about CAIR would discover it to be a controversial organization, not a credible one. Based on the common knowledge provided in a simple Google search, of course.

Ahmed Bedier needs to take heed of what people are saying. A review of key internet sources reveals that there is a general concensus about CAIR, but it isn't a positive one. The consensus says CAIR isn't credible. It says CAIR is a militant Islamist organization trying to wrap itself in the American flag. It asserts CAIR has a long criminal history with links to terrorism.

Muslims busted for steroid use

Two Pakistani cricket players were banned when they failed a drug test. It's only interesting because Muslims pay lip service to clean living, while Muslim countries are leading the world in the drug trade and drug usage is rampant in Islamic life. BBC Sport, Pakistan pair hit by doping bans:
Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have been banned from all international and domestic cricket for failing a drugs test.

Shoaib, 31, will serve a two-year ban and Asif, 23, will be unable to play for 12 months after testing positive for nandrolone, a banned steroid.

The pair waived their right to have tests on their B samples carried out.

"After a thorough inquiry we feel they failed to prove their innocence," said tribunal chairman Shahid Hamid.

"The process of doping was investigated carefully. We made sure the tests were conducted properly, samples reached the laboratory in Malaysia safely and there was no error in testing in the laboratory.

"Both the players were satisfied and accepted the tests and gave their point of view but after a thorough inquiry and bound by the Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) we reached the decision."

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