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Friday, March 17, 2006

Well, I'm Up

        I just dropped in because Betsy Newmark of the fabulous Betsy's Page can't find her blog.  And when the rest of us try, we get an "access not authorized page."  Viking Pundit, Stolen Thunder, and Polipundit are all having this problem too.

        Look like I got out at the right time (see previous post, or use the link).

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

And That's ALL Folk's

        Now that Blogger is working again, I'm leaving, for good.

        As I said here, with Google cooperating with Chinese tyranny, I'm gone.  Being lazy, it took me a while, but now I'm out of here.

        The NEW blog with the NEW title is here.  Same old opinionated blathering, soon to have RSS and Atom Feed when I can figure them out.

        To all blogger employees, I say: 'Nothing personal, just principle.'  Sincerely, it was nice while it lasted.

        I'd like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to "Towering Barbarian" for the suggestion that led to my new title, and to Pamela Geller Oshry of Atlas Shrugs for suggesting the new hosting site.

        My last substantive Blogger post is here.  But I'm not here, anymore.

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Back to the Grind

        I've been busy the last two days, sending an e-mail to every member of Congress (or trying to; some, the delivery failed, a few I couldn't defeat their protections against being bothered by citizens). The subject was the idiot decision to fund the Palestinian Authority, which I execrated here.

And currently (12:08 CST, 3/1/06), Blogger appears to be down. Oh well, I'm writing this in Notepad TM***, and will post it later.

Catching up on the web, Powerline has a fine post on a UN "human rights" conference. Glenn sums it up nicely:
WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, and The U.N. cares about human rights.

        Glenn also has an item immediately under that one, about a manifesto against Islamofascism that's worth reading.  Significantly, the writers reject multi-culturalism, and by name.

        Blogger update: Now its up, at 12:31, sort of, with new colors on the html composition pane.  Almost makes me regret I'm leaving them because Google owns them.

        No, it's not up, the attempt to post fails.  But I cleverly saved the text first.

        3:32 AM: Trying again.  Failed.  4:03, trying again.  No, "This server is currently experiencing a problem. An engineer has been notified and will investigate.

Status code: 1-500-11"

        And now it's 5:07, I'll try again . . .

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Today's Religious War News

        Today's news mostly revolves around the will to dhimmitude.

        As Mark Steyn says in the Chicago Sun-Times:
        Something very remarkable is happening around the globe and, if you want the short version, a Muslim demonstrator in Toronto the other day put it very well:

        "We won't stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law."

        Stated that baldly it sounds ridiculous.  But, simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law: Pakistan adopted Islamic law in 1977, Iran in 1979, Sudan in 1984.  Four decades ago, Nigeria lived under English common law; now, half of it's in the grip of sharia, and the other half's feeling the squeeze, as the death toll from the cartoon jihad indicates.  But just as telling is how swiftly the developed world has internalized an essentially Islamic perspective.  In their pitiful coverage of the low-level intifada that's been going on in France for five years, the European press has been barely any less loopy than the Middle Eastern media.

        The I'd-like-to-teach-the-world-to-sing-in-perfect-harmonee crowd have always spoken favorably of one-worldism.  From the op-ed pages of Jutland newspapers to les banlieues of Paris, the Pan-Islamists are getting on with it.

        (HT: Dr. Sanity)

        You should read all of Steyn's column.  The only thing I can add to what he said is that the one-world crowd always expected that they would be in charge of the global dictatorship.  But still, they'd rather see a Muslim-run global dictatorship than no global dictatorship at all.

        There's a little resistance going on (story also archived here):
        Plans by a Republican student group at UC Irvine to showcase the controversial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that led to violent protests around the world are drawing condemnation from Muslim groups and university officials.

        The caricatures will be part of a panel discussion sponsored by the campus College Republicans scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in UCI's Crystal Cove Auditorium.

        "We are firm believers in the 1st Amendment," said Kristin Lucero, a 21-year-old UCI senior and president of the campus College Republicans.  "The public has the right to discuss as well as view the cartoons."

        Lucero said the cartoons depicting Muhammad, first published by a Danish newspaper, would be displayed along with what she called anti-Semitic and anti-Western cartoons that have been published in Muslim nations.  Depictions of Muhammad are prohibited under Islamic law.

        [Muslim studen Marya] Bangee has asked the College Republicans to hold the event without showing the drawings.  She said Muslim students fear the cartoons will incite violence locally.

        That is the primary concern of university officials as well, said Sally Peterson, UCI's dean of students.

        Five things worth noting in that story: first, the University officials are eager to surrender; second, the labeling of the Danish Muhammad cartoons as controversial, while the Jew hating and West hating cartoons are qualified "what she called;" third, the false statement that it's against Islamic law to depict Muhammad — we're weeks into the story, and a crucial detail like this is still wrong in a major metropolitan newspaper, the Los Angeles Dog Trainer.  Fourth, the lameness of liberals and Democrats, who are letting the campus Republicans be the ones who stand up for freedom of expression.

        Fifth, and most important, the crap about being afraid the cartoons will incite violenceBY WHOM?  This is a threat by Muslim students that they will break the law if you displease them, and in any sane society legal steps would immediately be taken to them.  But as noted, the University officials want to surrender.

        The Washington Post has a story about four British cartoonists.  All of them are cowards who wouldn't dare offend Muslims, but only one has the moral courage to admit that his motivation is fear of what the ragheads would do to him.

        The World Council of Churches is also eager for dhimmitude and dictatorship.  But that's nothing new for them.

        In Germany, a man who printed "Koran" on rolls of toilet tissue and offered them for sale has been convicted of insulting a religion, namely Islam.  I have no quarrel with this, if the law is also used against those who insult any other religion.  Somehow, though, I doubt it is being enforced evenhandedly.

        And in a story so disgusting, it makes me consider voting Democratic, I find the U.S. will apparently continue funding the Jew hating Palestinians.  Predictably, the Palis responded to this by threatening us.  And who can blame them?  Anyone still stupid enough to attempt to appease Muslims deserves to have the Muslims spit on him.

        I'll be writing the Republican leadership in Congress, and my Congresscritters, saying that this must be stopped, and that I will vote against anyone letting this go through.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Reality is NOT Important!

        The International News Safety Institute says that journalists shouldn't carry guns in Iraq, just because journalists get murdered there:
        "A journalist with a gun says 'some people in the situation I'm covering are my enemies and I am prepared to kill them if necessary'. That is not the position of a neutral civilian."

        Yes, much better to die than to seem non-neutral.

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"Show Courage!"

        So The New York Times advises "moderate Muslims" to show courage.  They must stand up to the "radical Islamists" who are using the situation to intimidate political enemies.

        This from "the newspaper of record" that refused to reprint them.

        HT: Little Green Footballs, and stunned disbelief from Michelle Malkin, Captain Ed, Judith Klinghoffer, and All Things Beautiful.

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MSM Dishonest

        It's not just American anymore.

        HT: Betsy Newmark.

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

If You're Not a Fellow Minnesotan . . .

        . . . you may be unaware of the ad surpression efforts being made by our local Democrats.  But they're worth knowing about, regardless of where you live.

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I Don't Know Whether to Be Encouraged or Discouraged

        Iraq remains tense, but the violence doesn't seem too bad, yet.  And A Free Iraqi thinks the worst is endurable, perhaps beneficial in the long run.

        God's mercy on Iraq, I pray.

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Shreds of Courage

        The Washington Post shows a few shreds of courage by publishing this op-ed on the MSM's cowardly refusal to publish the Muhammad Cartoons.

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Unconscious MSM Bias

        I always find it interesting to watch the ways the MSM reveals its hidden assumptions without intending to.  There's an excellent example up from the New York Times (here; also here when the Times free link goes bad).
        The Times reports:

French Officials Now Say Killing of Jew Was in Part a Hate Crime

By ARIANE BERNARD and CRAIG S. SMITH
Published: February 23, 2006

        PARIS, Feb. 22 — French authorities say a young Jewish man who was tortured and killed here this month was singled out because of his religion, supporting claims by French Jews that his killing was in part a hate crime. . . .

        France has struggled to strike a balance between suppressing anti-Semitism within the country's large Muslim community and addressing rising anti-Islamic sentiments in the broader population.  The government was widely criticized several years ago for responding sluggishly to an outbreak of anti-Semitic incidents.

        Now tell me, why should "anti-semitism," or, as it's known in honest language, Jew hatred, have anything to do with Muslims?  Why would suppressing Jew hatred, among Muslims or anyone else, cause "anti-Islamic sentiments in the broader population" to rise?  The Times doesn't say.  The Times doesn't care to admit the fact that almost all Muslims hate Jews, that this Jew hatred is systematically stirred up by Muslim religious and political leaders, that the Muslim leaders do this as a way of diverting the Muslim masses from their own dictatorship, and that Western civilization is engaged in a war with Islam.  The Times, after all, hates Western civilization too, and wants to see it destroyed.

        The Times won't admit this, not even to itself, because it's afraid of what will happen when the enemy wins — and with reason.  A lot of the MSM will be the first beheaded if the Muslims ever take us over.  But as they kneel, they'll partially exult at the thoughts of all the others who'll be following them.  Ayn Rand nailed this sentiment in Atlas Shrugged.

        But admit it or not, the Times knows that the Muslims hate the Jews and the West, and are at work to destroy both.  The Times knows that France is in the process of a long surrender to its next set of conquerors, and that French officials will dance back and forth on this issue, periodically pretending to crack down on Muslim violence against Jews, while not actually taking any decisive acts.  Even Nicolas Sarkozy, who's supposed to be a hard-ass on the subject of Muslims, can't bring himself to say that flatly that the people who kidnapped a Jew, held him for ransom, and tortured him to death because he was a Jew are just plain Jew haters.

        If I were in charge of the U.S. government, I'd be trying to make a list of "left wing" and "right wing" Europeans, and making sure that only those on the "right wing" list were approved if they wanted to immigrate here.  We'll be getting a lot of scared Europeans as the scimitar falls.  European leftists, especially French ones, deserves what will happen to them when the Muslims rule there.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Concealed Good News For Republicans

        Update: Dr. Sanity has more news about the Democratic Dilemma.

        Larry Summers, President of Harvard, resigned after five years on the job.

        As this article notes, Summers was hired by the Harvard Board to modernize the institution.  But attempting to do so angered the Leftists, who kept pushing to get rid of him.  They succeeded.

        Summers was Treasury Secretary under Clinton, and was known as tough.  But as Stanley Kurtz points out, he's part of the "moderate" wing of the Democrats, rather than the Leftist wing.  The Leftists despise Summers and all he stands for.  Summers, according to Kurtz and the Times, wants to advise a Democratic Presidential nomination candidate.  Apparently, Summers figured that if he didn't resign, the Left would fight him at Harvard and in the Donkey party.

        As with all appeasement of radicals, this won't work.  The Left will continue to jump on Summers, Harvard will stay left wing, and the Democrats will almost certainly nominate a lefty or someone who appeases the leftists for the Presidency.

        Which means, a likely Republican victory in 2008.

        All articles linked to above are also here.

        Ht: Dr. Sanity.

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Image Problem

        I used up my free monthly quota at Flickr, and when I tried to buy a "Pro" account, they made it so inconvenient that I said "forget you, Flickr," or words similar to that (I think the first one was shorter, but I'm sure it started with 'f').

          So that means I can't post this 'cartoon' of seriously anti-Islamic images on this site, or at my Archives.  But I suggest you go take a look.  You shouldn't have any trouble figuring out which one I mean.

Update: See also the cartoons on this page, this one, this one, this one, and this one.

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Hello, All

        Sorry to have been gone the past few days, but I wasn't feeling very well.  Also, it's mind-numbingly cold, which tends to slow me down.  And I seemed to be coming down with a cold.  And I had things to catch up on, after the weekend of torture.  And my dog ate the internet.

        So, let's look at the West's War With Islam.  The Cartoon Flap Continues, with at least ten killed in Libya, sixteen in Nigeria, and more elsewhere.  The current known deathtoll is 45.  For the moment, the best place I've found to keep up with developments is Yahoo's religion news.

        The Washington Post had an "anatomy" of the controversy that was interesting as much for what it didn't say as what it did.  The thing about the protests is that nothing happened until Danish Muslims got in touch with various Middle Eastern governments.  This, and other things, raises the suspicion that the whole protest was deliberately stirred up by anti-Western, anti-democratic governments.  The Post, in a stunning display of stupidity, put just enough references to this into their story to say that they were aware of it, while absolutely refusing to pursue the issue.  You can read both the story, and my letter to the Post, here.

        To their credit, the Post did publish an op-ed by Flemming Rose of Jyllands-Posten, explaining why he ran the cartoons in the first place.  If you're registered with the Post, you can read it here.  Otherwise, it's here in my archives, along with my letter to Mr. Rose.

        And I finally found a source for the other cartoons the Danish Muslims took with them to the Middle East.  You can find them here.

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