Monthly Archives: April 2009

Jon Stewart Shout Out

Jon Stewart expresses appreciation for Arabic linguists on April 28th’s the Daily Show. At least that’s how I interpret it.

At 2:45 in part 3 of his interview with Cliff May, the full version of which appears on thedailyshow.com.

“…and we’re going to get better at getting information by learning Arabic…”

Arabic linguists, the civilized alternative to torture.

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Accidental Great Cat Photo

Somehow I managed to end up with a really great picture of my younger cat.

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Terrorist Teamwork

Recently I blogged about convicted terrorist Terry Nichols’s lawsuit to get more nutritious food in prison. To remind you, Nichols conspired with Timothy McVeigh to blow up 168 Americans.

Now Nichols’s lawsuit has the support Eric Rudolph, a Christianist terrorist responsible for a series of bombings that killed two and injured 150.

“Medical studies clearly show that eating several servings of insoluble fibers daily is essential in maintaining good health,” Rudolph wrote in a “declaration” filed this week in U.S. District Court in Denver.

And nightclubs catering to lesbians should be blown up, apparently.

Rudolph said “practically all” of the prison’s food “contains almost no insoluble fiber. . . The longterm effects . . . is severe hemorrhoids.”

Luckily for these two, as United States citizens, they have access to legal recourse, just like all other US citizens *cough* Jose Padilla /*cough*

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Those People are Brought Up On Hate

Their terrible holy book teaches them to hate everyone else.

Take this guy, who’s only 21 years old but already helped kill a woman, no doubt either an honor killing or just a reflection of the misogynist culture he was reared in.

A state judge today found an alleged Ku Klux Klan member incompetent to stand trial for obstruction of justice in connection with the killing of a Oklahoma woman who tried to back out of a Klan initiation ceremony in a remote part of St. Tammany Parish.

He is the son of Raymond “Chuck” Foster, the alleged imperial wizard of a Bogalusa Klan group who is facing second-degree murder in the shooting death of Cynthia Lynch in a remote area of St. Tammany Parish on Nov. 9, after she reportedly had told him that she wanted to go home.

And in this story, authorities were able to arrest seven members of an extremist group through what seems like a pretty damn smart move. The police rightly figured that the racists’ wives/girlfriends would try to time it so they would go into labor on the hallowed birthday of their prophet, and swept local maternity wards at that time of year to find these haters. Really.

A sweep of skinhead lairs throughout the Inland Empire on Monday twice took sheriff’s deputies to maternity wards where pregnant women were trying to bear babies on Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

Seven members of the Inland Empire Skinheads, including the leader, were arrested during the two-county sweep that took a team of 20 deputies to Hesperia, Perris and Winchester.

The white racist street gang has been responsible for murders in the High Desert, drug trafficking, home invasion robberies and countless assaults, officials said.

Yay, white racists are being taken as a serious threat.

“The most disheartening and alarming thing is that their only purpose is racial violence,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops.

The local skinheads have national affiliates and one man – Williams – is on the National Terrorist Watch list.

I’ll be damned. The National Terrorist Watch list has a white guy on it.

One official said Monday’s arrests will likely “dismantle” the Inland Empire skinhead clan. Yet, both pregnant members brought their children into the world on Hitler’s birthday.

No word on what they named the little tykes.

And in the category Things White People Can Get Away With, there’s this story:

Chain saws. Meat cleavers. Guns. Snakes. Despite endless warnings, fliers still try to take banned items through security checkpoints in South Florida airports.

“Unfortunately, people fail to focus on what they pack,”said Sari Koshetz, the agency’s spokeswoman. “It’s obviously still a serious phenomenon.”

In many cases, passengers try to “artfully conceal” items, she said.

The TSA intercepted more than 6.5 million items nationwide last year, meaning, on average, 21 of every 100 passengers tried to carry a prohibited item past security.

That included 902 guns, of which 18 were intercepted in Fort Lauderdale Is your Fort Lauderdale restaurant clean? – Click Here., 13 in Miami and one in West Palm Beach. If passengers fail to declare a firearm, they will be questioned and possibly arrested.

I spoke too soon. The people caught sneaking firearms are actually arrested.

More commonly, security officers intercept sharp objects. For instance, they found 13,731 knives in Miami, 10,831 knives in Fort Lauderdale and 4,134 knives in West Palm Beach.

That’s not to mention razors, baseball bats and walking canes that convert to swords. In all, 19,623 prohibited items were intercepted in Fort Lauderdale, 19,067 in Miami and 13,133 in West Palm Beach last year.

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Aw, Man

Somehow it’s worse when what you dread turns out to be true.

The Bush administration tortured prisoners so they’d cough up the Saddam-9/11 connection Bush and cronies wanted so desperately (which never existed).

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a former Army psychiatrist.

Such information would’ve provided a foundation for one of former President George W. Bush’s main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003. In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network and Saddam’s regime.

A former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that the interrogators find evidence of al Qaida-Iraq collaboration.

“There were two reasons why these interrogations were so persistent, and why extreme methods were used,” the former senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity.

“The main one is that everyone was worried about some kind of follow-up attack (after 9/11). But for most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida and Iraq that (former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed) Chalabi and others had told them were there.”

“Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people were told repeatedly, by CIA . . . and by others, that there wasn’t any reliable intelligence that pointed to operational ties between bin Laden and Saddam, and that no such ties were likely because the two were fundamentally enemies, not allies.”

Senior administration officials, however, “blew that off and kept insisting that we’d overlooked something, that the interrogators weren’t pushing hard enough, that there had to be something more we could do to get that information,” he said.

Levin recalled Cheney’s assertions that a senior Iraqi intelligence officer had met Mohammad Atta, the leader of the 9/11 hijackers, in the Czech Republic capital of Prague just months before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The FBI and CIA found that no such meeting occurred.

At least it makes sense. Since torture doesn’t elicit real information, but what the interrogators want to hear, naturally the Bush administration tortured these guys so that they’d say that Saddam was behing the 9/11 attacks. It’s good that we have the real rationale, rather than any “ticking time bomb” scenario dreamed up by an aficionado of 24.

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Another Outrage

If it wasn’t enough that President Barack Obama shook hands with Hugo Chavez, that he bowed when he shook hands with King Abdullah, now look who he’s shaking hands with and bowing too. And by the way, smiling!

"Es un placer conocerte" "Woof"

It’s Mexico’s presidential pet, whose name I am unable to find easily using Google. Whatever his or her name is, it looks like a golden retriever. What, no xoloitzcuintli for the Mexican first family?

(For those of you not up to speed, this is a sarcastic response to some special people out there who are still clutching their pearls about Obama’s diplomacy.)

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Ambiguities in Written Language

Ever since my cats have been old enough to appreciate catnip, I’ve wished I had something of my own that would make me feel the way catnip makes them feel. They seem so happy and joyful with catnip.

I think I may have found it, but it’s not a substance. It’s the web application BrokenPictureTelephone. It’s similar to the children’s game Telephone, but it alternates between pictures and text. It begins with text and ends with text, and I haven’t figured out yet how long it goes on in between. I’ve seen some with only five total posts and others with about thirty.

Here’s an example of ambiguity in written text. Technically, it’s not that the text was ambiguous, but that it was interpreted wrong nevertheless.

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This description elicited this drawing:

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When I first saw the drawing, I thought, “So why’d he leave out the rabbi’s red headband?” But when I read the comments later, I saw that the artist interpreted it as “red-head band,” which clearly appears in the drawing.

It makes more sense to call it graphic than verbal. That covers everything.

This game has had me splitting my sides with laughter. I dreamed about it last night.

I intended to add more pictures, but WordPress’s “add image” feature seems to have decided to conk out on me.

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Cat Photo

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Watto; a Poll

Was Watto meant to be an insulting stereotype of an Arab, a Jew, or just Semitic in general?

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The Season of Self-Flagellation

I just amused myself with a little Google search to find what some Americans have to say about some Shi’a Muslims flagellating themselves during the Ashura holiday, or as the funniest site calls it, “another bloodthirsty Muslim holiday.”

Below are some pictures. They have blood in them, so if you don’t like blood, don’t look. As a buffer, I’ll include some quotes I found during my search:

And we wonder why these people are so violent.

WHat the heck is wrong with these ppl??

What a wonderful religion.

It wouldn’t be so bad if they just stuck to mutilating themselves.

Somebody help them out and use a 20Lb mace across their heads.

The freggin` animals whipping themsleves, yet liberals scream bloody murder if we put uderwear on their heads.

Anything that involves blood, death, beheadings, gore (not Al, I mean the shocking death scenes. Well Al too, but that`s another story) you can bet the muzzies are into it.

Is self-flagellation somehow superior to other-flagellation? I mean, could they earn the same karmic return on their effort if WE beat them with broomhandles or barbed wire? I would be glad to volunteer to take a cat-o’-nine-tails to a whole mosqueful of these losers.

Dear G-d. What a hideous culture.

They’re Muslims, following the “religion of peace” brainwashed from birth, there’s no hope for them. That’s why mosks ans Madrassa’s must be destroyed and new muslims born be given a normal education.

I know this is suppose to be some “holy” holiday, but it looks more like VANITY to me.
A bunch of folks in white clothes (which emphanizes the bloodiness) trying to outwhip each other-“oooh look at me, covered in blood, im so much more holy than you”

Why stop at self flagellation, fellas.
Mass suicide is a much better way of proving your devotion to your beloved allah.

You’re probably wise to my tricks by now. These pictures here aren’t Muslims flagellating themselves, they’re Christians flagellating themselves in celebration of Jesus. Which makes this the funniest quote of all:

And there is a US postage stamp about this “festival”!!!!!!!!!!!
The ideology of death and destruction in the news again!

hahahaha. I searched at the post office’s site and couldn’t find any Ashura, Easter, or Passover stamps, but I did find lots of Christmas stamps.

I will admit that of the pictures I saw, there looked to be a little more blood flowing in the Ashura pictures. And children were participating.

Most Christians don’t flagellate themselves, and neither do most Muslims.

Personally, I haven’t seen The Passion of the Christ, but I understand the flagellation scene is drawn out and extremely explicit. Nevertheless, it was very popular with its target audience of Muslims Christians who enjoy the gore.

Roger Ebert said:

The movie is 126 minutes long, and I would guess that at least 100 of those minutes, maybe more, are concerned specifically and graphically with the details of the torture and death of Jesus. This is the most violent film I have ever seen.

A.O. Scott, in The New York Times, said, The Passion of the Christ is so relentlessly focused on the savagery of Jesus’ final hours that this film seems to arise less from love than from wrath, and to succeed more in assaulting the spirit than in uplifting it.”[64]

It is the highest grossing non-English language film and the most successful R-rated film in the United States.[2]

And I once wanted to see it, to see people speaking Aramaic.

If you should be interested, here’s a link to a video of this year’s crucifixions in the Philippines, on YouTube.

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