Monthly Archives: May 2010

Seriously, Israel?

AP story here.

JERUSALEM – Israeli commandos on Monday stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens

Twice in this story there’s a claim by the Israelis that the civilians on the ship used weapons seized from Israeli commandos. I’m trying to figure out how the civilians seized weapons from soldiers who hadn’t attacked them yet. I’m really trying to figure out how the civilians seized weapons from Israeli commandos at all.

Does this make sense to anyone? A little help here?

An Al-Jazeera reporter on one of the Turkish ships said the Israelis fired at the vessel before boarding it. The Israelis, who had declared they would not let the ships reach Gaza, said they only opened fire after being attacked by activists with sticks, knives and live fire from weapons seized from the Israeli commandos.

The Israeli military said troops only opened fire after encountering unexpected resistance from the activists. Activists attacked troops with knives and iron rods, and opened fire with two pistols seized from the forces.

Response so far:

The tough Israeli response drew condemnations from Turkey, France and the U.N.’s Mideast envoy, while Greece suspended a military exercise with Israel and postponed a visit by Israel’s air force chief.

About 10,000 Turks also marched from Israel’s Consulate in Istanbul toward the city’s main square, shouting slogans denouncing Israel. The protesters earlier Monday tried storm the Consulate building but were blocked by police.

The Israeli ambassadors in Sweden, Spain, Denmark and Greece were summoned for meetings, and the French foreign minister called for an investigation.

In neighboring Jordan, hundreds demonstrated in the capital Amman to protest the Israeli action and demand that their government breaks diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

The United Nations expressed “shock” and condemned the killings. “We are in contact with the Israeli authorities to express our deep concern and to seek a full explanation,” said a statement from the highest-ranking U.N. official in the region, Robert Serry.

Presumably the US response will be, “Israel has a right to defend its territory.” What do you think?

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UPDATE: the AP story at the link now is not the same story I linked to this morning. Additional information has been added and quotes have been removed. Sorry about that; I have no control over altering the news.
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UPDATE: Swedish novelist Henning Mankell was on board one of the ships and is reported to be fine.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is publishing some editorials highly critical of the raid. I wish we would publish such things here in the US. A couple of titles:

Seven Idiots in the Cabinet

and Gaza Flotilla Drives Israel into a Sea of Stupidity.

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Freedom Flotilla Approaches Israel

I recommend reading Freedom Flotilla: “Israel is Threatening to Attack Us” over at Mantiq al-Tayr all about it. From there:

1. The quote in the title headline is from the video below featuring Huwaida Arraf, an American-born Christian woman of Palestinian heritage married to a Jew, Adam Shapiro, the head of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Rachel Corrie was with the ISM when she was murdered. Ms. Arraf is talking about the Freedom Flotilla, a group of ships heading to Gaza to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza’s shore. In addition, the Flotilla is not just carrying “humanitarian aid” – you know, shitty food that Jews occupying Palestine wouldn’t eat themselves, they are carrying construction materials so that Gaza can rebuild itself after the terrorist murderous Israeli invasion of Gaza about a year and a half ago. Said invasion being a series of war crimes against the Palestinian people that was bravely supported by both houses of the Congress of the United States of America, a fact which all decent Americans are utterly ashamed of.

Here are a couple of other articles on the general topic. This one’s from Veterans Today and this one’s from Counterpunch.

And here’s a spanking new AP article about the flotilla. Posted one hour ago.

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Cat Pictures Before a Long Weekend

Been a while. I got a new, better camera and here are some pictures of the kittehs.

beautiful lovely tortie tortoiseshell

calico cat tricolor chilllin chillaxin patio water wrought iron wood

I’ll probably post this weekend. I’ll be around.

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Is White Terrorist a Contradiction in Terms?

General J C Christian at Jesus’s General explains CNN’s coverage of terrorism versus white, Christian terrorism highspiritedness here.

You didn’t report that, yesterday. Indeed, you and CNN haven’t reported on Joos or his cohorts at any time. And that’s why it struck me that you have a keen eye for spotting who qualifies as a terrorist and who doesn’t. Khalid Ouazzani, who’s swarthy and Muslim, is a terrorist. Pastor Joos, who’s blonde, white, and Christian, isn’t.

What Gen. Christian was referring to:

A firearms and explosives expert suspected of involvement with two white supremacist brothers in the sending of a bomb to the office of a municipal diversity officer was sentenced to 6½ years in prison in Missouri on Tuesday.

Robert Joos Jr., an antigovernment zealot and pastor of a church of “apocalyptic Christians,” was convicted in January of being a felon in possession of firearms and a felon in possession of explosives. He had a prior conviction for unlawful use of a weapon.

Joos, 56, was indicted last year along with twin brothers Dennis and Daniel Mahon, following a lengthy investigation into the delivery of a mail bomb to the office of Scottsdale, Ariz., diversity officer Don Logan in 2004. Logan, who is black, needed extensive surgery for injuries to his hands and arms. His secretary suffered injuries to her face and eyes. The Mahons* are awaiting trial.

and this:

Joos remained at large until June 29, 1994, when two troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol — Sgt. Steve Dorsey and the late Cpl. Bobbie Harper — arrested Joos after a scuffle. A search of Joos’ van revealed a loaded .32 caliber, five-shot revolver, which was in an opaque plastic bag between the van’s seats.

In September 1994, Harper was shot sniper style through a window of his home while he was preparing a dish of ice cream. Harper, who was recovering from a liver transplant, did not die in the attack, but never returned to work. Harper died in 1996 after a heart operation. A Joos associate, Timothy Coombs, was suspected in the shooting. Coombs remains at large.

*I have a quote from Dennis Mahon on my fanaticism page.

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The Opthalmologist Politician

He’s the second son of a politician father. He’s an opthalmologist. He’s Bashar al-Asad, not Rand Paul. I was trying to draw more parallels, but information is sparse out there. For example, Bashar al-Asad is known for having a hot wife, and I can’t find a picture of Rand Paul’s wife. Why do Muslims Christians keep their wives under wraps?!

Also, Bashar al-Asad speaks three languages. Rand Paul, just the one. Bashar al-Asad was instrumental in introducing the internet to Syria. Rand Paul is an endless internet comedy machine.

TSA screeners and Arizona policemen should note al-Asad’s stereotypical swarthy foreigner looks. He’s as dark as a, well, a sheet. His eyes are, uh, blue. And he’s a diminutive, uh, six foot two. Hmm. May have to rethink.

The internet is a wondrous thing. I was looking around for good photos to illustrate this post, and supplemental information about Rand Paul and Bashar al-Asad, when I found pages dedicated to outing al-Asad as the Antichrist. Furreal.

The first week of March 2009, I started checking on the internet for videos that support the “Truth About Islam” paper I had been writing. I’ve discovered what I believe is at least 51% chance to be “The Beast=The Antichrist of Revelation.” He is Bashar Al-Assad the President/ Dictator of Syria. Please Google “al-wahash Syria” and see what you come up with!

The first part of March 2009 when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Israel, the Obama administration said that they wanted to re-establish diplomatic relations with Syria and have Syria sign a peace treaty with Israel. Thus, I think there is a 51% chance that Syria will sign a 7 year treaty with Israel by 2012 (the year Obama runs for re-election) which means Jesus Christ may set foot back on earth at least by 2019. Syria is the main sponsor of both Hamas and Hezbollah. Both terrorist groups have their headquarters in Damascus, Syria. Isaiah 17:1 says . . . the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins.

When and if I determine that my educated guess is wrong I will post it. Until that time comes all my studying about “Islamic Truth” and the end of times points to Bashar Al Assad, President/Dictator of Syria! Email this to all your Christian friends.

Oh internet, when it comes to cuckoo yip-yap, you never run out.

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UPDATE: Asked around a bit and found out that Patrick Seale, a journalist who specializes in the Middle East, wrote a biography of Hafiz al-Asad. On the first page of the biography, available at Amazon.com, it says:

Around the turn of the century, an itinerant Turkish wrestler came one day to a village in the mountains of north-west Syria and, in a voice which rang around the hamlet, offered to take on all comers. A powerfully built man already in his forties stepped forward, seized the wrestler by the middle, and threw him to the ground. ‘Wahhish!‘ , the villagers cried admiringly. ‘He’s a wild man!’ Their champion’s name was Sulayman. From then on he was known as Sulayman al-Wahhish, and Wahhish remained the family name until the 1920s. This was Hafiz al-Asad’s grandfather.

The first time I read that I thought the Turkish wrestler was the grandfather, but now I’m pretty sure that the villager was the grandfather. At any rate, if the origins of this name are true, it makes the apocalyptic theories of unhinged Christians look a little more ridiculous than they already did.

The reason I care is that the apocalyptic Christian argument that Bashar al-Asad is the antichrist partially rests on the claim that his family’s name was originally al-Wahash, ‘the Beast.’ So this anecdote that opens Seale’s book pulverizes that line of thinking. Well, I guess it wouldn’t for some people.

The Hans Wehr dictionary’s full entry on the noun/adjective وحش reads as follows:

waste, deserted, lonely, dreary, desolate; wild, untamed (animal);–(pl. وحوش and وحشان ) wild animal; wild beast; game; monster; beast (fig., also term of abuse)| الوحوش الضارية the predatory animals, the beasts of prey

Which is just one more illustration of how people who only know one language (average Americans) leap to wrong assumptions when confronted with words and terms from another language.

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UPDATE: Rand Paul isn’t an opthalmologist in the strictest sense of the word. He is not accredited with the American Board of Ophthalmology, but rather by a small board of his own creation, which is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties – the governing group for two dozen medical specialty boards. Huff Post story here.

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For Fun–YouTube Video

How is it that I’ve never seen this guy’s videos before?! Amazing what’s on the internet.

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Terrorist Makes a Bomb that Works

Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress asks why the media has paid so little attention to this recent terror attack in Florida, where the bomb actually worked.

(May 12) — FBI officials in Jacksonville, Fla., say they have found the remnants of a pipe bomb used in a possible hate crime at a mosque during evening prayers.

Along with local police, the FBI launched an investigation after an explosion shook the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida at 9:35 p.m. Monday, when approximately 60 people were inside praying. No one was injured.

Newspaper story here.
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UPDATE: Crooks and Liars investigated and found that none of the major news outlets saw fit to cover the story.

I did a quick Google news search. I found lots of local stories. But look what happens when I try major news sites:

FOX News: Nothing
CNN: Nothing
MSNBC: Nothing
CBS News: Nothing.

Why is that?

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Cool Fun News Stories

Gawker is turning out to be a good source of news relevant to this blog. These two stories are a case in point. I may be back with more later.

Miss USA’s Sexy Stripper Scandal Begins Less Than a Day after Crowning–about the first Arab-American Miss USA.

Unlike the patently insane accusation that Rima is “Miss Hezbollah” (the lady is many things, but radical Islam-approved is definitely not one of them), though, the stripper thing only bolsters Rima’s claim to the throne, because it means she’s exactly the same as every other red-blooded American beauty queen who just wants to get by on looks and sex appeal alone.

How I love Gawker.

and

Saudi Woman Beats Up Virtue Cop–a personal fantasy of mine.

When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.

But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping.

According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman then allegedly laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.

He was probably an old man, and I still think he probably needed that beating very badly and had for years.

Read the article, it’s good.

Typing on a netbook gets increasingly less fun as time goes on. I hope to be back to polish up this post later today or before too long.

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Muslim Times Square Hero

What Zaid Jilani said over here at Think Progress.

Media Ignore The Fact That Man Who Alerted Police To Failed Times Square Bombing Is A Muslim Immigrant

The chief suspect in the case of the failed Times Square car bombing is Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, who has confessed to the plot. Much of the media has latched onto Shahzad’s Muslim faith and his Pakistani identity, making inflammatory remarks and suggestions about Muslims and Pakistanis:

– CNN contributor and Redstate.com blogger Erick Erickson complained that the words “muslim” and “Islam” are “not mentioned” enough in stories about Shahzad. He wrote, “It really is pathetic that you’re more likely to see the words “racist” and “Republican” together in the newspaper these days than “terrorism” and “Islam.” [5/4/2010]

– Hate radio host Neal Boortz tweeted, “OMG! The Times Square Bomber is a Muslim! Shocker! Who would have believed it?” [5/4/2010]

– The cover of today’s Washington Post-published Express features a black-and-white photo of Shahzad with the sensationalist headline “MADE IN PAKISTAN” [5/5/2010

Yet one fact being ignored in the American media’s sensationalist narrative about the failed bombing is that the man who was responsible for police finding the bomb was Muslim. The UK’s Times Online reports that Aliou Niasse, a Senagalese Muslim immigrant who works as a photograph vendor on Times Square, was the first to bring the smoking car to the police’s attention:

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New Shirt Design

Who’s this happy fellow? It’s the lamb of affirmation, the cute embodiment of لام التوكيد. What´s that? Why, that’s the letter ل that can occur at the beginning of a verb in Arabic to connote positive emphasis. That would be lam or laam al-tawkid.
Here’s a nice, minimalist t-shirt featuring the lamb of affirmation.

Here’s a link to visit the store where it is for sale:

Lamb of Affirmation Tshirts from Zazzle.com.

Of course, at Zazzle you can get the design on any product you want, and you customize it, too! Go wild.

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