Archive for November, 2007

A Patty Loveless Marriage

It’s comforting to know that the Palestinians wouldn’t let a little thing like a peace conference interfere with their plans:

Just a day after Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the Annapolis peace conference pledged to negotiate a peace treaty by the end of 2008, Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority continues to paint a picture for its people of a world without Israel.

The description of all of the state of Israel as “Palestine” is not coincidental, and is part of a formal, systematic educational approach throughout the Palestinian Authority. This uniform message of a world without Israel is repeated in school books, children’s programs, crossword puzzles, video clips, formal symbols, school and street names, etc. The picture painted for the Palestinian population, both verbally and visually, is of a world without Israel.

The fact that this campaign continues before the ink on the Annapolis agreement is even dry appears to contradict the central promise of the Palestinians at the Annapolis conference: that Israel has a right to exist.

It’s a very old story: the Pals say one thing to their naive English-speaking masters, and another to their Arabic-speaking peons. We’ve seen it too often to be surprised anymore.

Blame it on their lying, cheating, cold dead beating, two timing,
Double dealing, mean, mistreating, loving hearts.

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Guy Claiming To Have Bomb Strapped To Chest In Clinton Headquarters.

Here’s the article at CNN.com

“A young woman with a 6-month or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, ‘You need to call 911. A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape,’ ” the Web site reported.

And here’s my comment: Huh.

- Aggie

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Rebuttal

Osama is like E.F. Hutton: when he talks, people listen.

But they may not always agree:

Karzai said bin Laden “has no right to make any comments about Afghanistan” and gave Muslims all over the world a “bad name.”

To be fair, he’s not alone in that. But, pray, speak on.

Afghan people are some of the most religious people in the world and they know that Osama bin Laden’s actions are not legitimate and are un-Islamic.”

“Osama bin Laden is the main reason that terrorism befell Afghanistan after the end of the Cold War, and caused the deaths of thousands of innocent Afghans.”

All of which make him the Mark Steyn of the jihadi set. Go figure.

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NAACPalestine

While Condi was sittin’ in her rockin’ chair, chewin’ terbacky, and swillin’ moonshine with her Palestinian brethren (“I know what it is like to hear that you cannot go on a road or through a checkpoint because you are a Palestinian. I understand the feeling of humiliation and powerlessness.”)—her soul mates back in the ‘hood were doing, not talking:

IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT

During the past week, Palestinians fired over 70 mortar shells and over 25 Qassam rockets at Israeli communities in the Western Negev and at IDF forces operating in Gaza. Of these, approximately 35 mortar shells and 20 Qassam rockets landed in Israel.

As always, Caroline Glick tells the sordid tale exceedingly well.

This week the Bush Administration legitimized Arab anti-Semitism. In an effort to please the Saudis and their Arab brothers, the Bush administration agreed to physically separate the Jews from the Arabs at the Annapolis conference in a manner that aligns with the apartheid policies of the Arab world which prohibit Israelis from setting foot on Arab soil.

Evident everywhere, the discrimination against Israel received its starkest expression at the main assembly of the Annapolis conference on Tuesday. There, in accordance with Saudi demands, the Americans prohibited Israeli representatives from entering the hall through the same door as the Arabs.

At the meeting of foreign ministers on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called her Arab counterparts to task for their discriminatory treatment. “Why doesn’t anyone want to shake my hand? Why doesn’t anyone want to be seen speaking to me?” she asked pointedly.

I really don’t care if you like Israel, Jews, bagels, or Larry David—I really don’t. But if you don’t see that Israel’s existential struggle is our struggle, a struggle against barbarity and a culture of death, then you may be stupid enough to be fortunate enough not to have to live with the consequences of your feeble-mindedness.

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Another Potted Plant in the Jewish Lobby

Aunt Agatha and I were talking just the other day about how anti-Semitism is unique, I believe, among paranoias, irrational hatreds, conspiracy theories, what have you, in that its libels and slanders recur unchanged, regardless of time and place. If all the blood of all the babies the Jews have been accused of siphoning off for their matzohs had actually been spilled, mankind would have died out long ago.

Here’s another “gold-en” oldie (get it?)—only the place is different.

Six days before President Nicolas Sarkozy’s state visit in Algiers, the Algerian veterans’ minister has kicked up a storm with remarks about France’s “Jewish lobby” being behind his election.

He also linked this to Sarkozy’s roots — the president’s maternal grandfather was Jewish. He declared: “Did you know that Israel released a postage stamp with Sarkozy’s effigy in the midst of the French electoral campaign?.”

He added: “Why did Bernard Kouchner (the current Foreign Minister), a personality from the Left, decide to join the government? Not for personal beliefs. It was the result of a movement which is reflecting the advice of the real architects of Sarkozy’s rise to power, the Jewish lobby which has the monopoly over industry in France.”

Now, you might think that line of thinking represents the mainstream in Algeria, and you’d probably be right. But the Algerian president did come upside the minister’s head, and told him to shut up.

Anyhow, I can think of one Jewish vote Sarkozy and his cabal did not get.

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What if They Held a Lecture…

…and only 27 people came?

On 25 November 2007, the Women’s Unit at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights [snigger] in coordination with several women’s organizations launched a series of lectures throughout the Gaza Strip. The lectures aim to increase awareness about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2007), issues of violence against women, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993), and legal mechanism of protecting female victims of violence.

The first lecture was held in the Female University Graduates Association in Gaza City. Twenty-seven members of the association attended the lecture.

Senegalese sidewalk “Rolex” vendors in New York get a bigger crowd!

Can we stipulate that most women oppose violence against themselves (I wouldn’t presume to speak for all), and that your target audience should be—maybe, I don’t know,just a suggestion—the guys?

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Lawsuits for Dummies

Mark Steyn and Macleans are being taken before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for, I don’t know, defiling Islam, peeing on a Koran, whatever.

And Five Feet of Fury has the best response to a subpoena I’ve ever heard of:

I’ll ask again: why should Macleans and Mark Steyn even show up for the hearings next year?

If I was Mark Steyn, I would respond to this bullshit by faxing the HRC a picture of my butt.

If the worst happened, then I’d pull a Rush Limbaugh and auction the original photo on eBay to pay the fine. I know lots of chicks who’d bid on that. (And some guys…)

If he’ll sign it, I’ll bid. I have everything else he flogs on his site—books, shirt, mug, mousepad.

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Real American Hero

Maybe everybody’s seen this already, but I hadn’t until a friend sent me the video.

It suppose it might be better if this Great American didn’t look so much like the Aryan Brotherhood white supremacists I saw on a National Geographic documentary the other night. But let’s judge actions, not looks.

I must have been sleeping. Allahpundit and everyone else had this weeks and weeks ago.

But he’s still reaping benefits:

Veterans who served on the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier presented Jim Brossard with a certificate and flag for cutting down a U.S. flag that was flying beneath a Mexican flag at a Reno bar.

“To fly the American flag underneath the Mexican flag, it just defies everything,” said Wayne Erven, West Coast representative of the U.S.S. Intrepid Association Inc. “Our flag goes on top. That’s the honor we give our flag.”

“To go and pull that down, you’ve got more guts than brains maybe,” Erven told Brossard.

Brossard said that he has no regrets.

“If I hadn’t done that, then I’m afraid it wouldn’t have gotten done,” he said. “I was ready and fully willing to accept any consequences, legally or any other, that might have come in my direction.”

Broussard said he received hundreds of phone calls from people around the country who thanked him.

And at least one from someone who didn’t.

Bob Fulkerson, state director for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said Brossard does not deserve to be rewarded for stealing property.

“I think what they’re doing is rewarding criminal behavior, and they’re rewarding violent behavior,” Fulkerson said. “To me, that goes against our Constitution. That goes against the values of our country.”

I know, isn’t it grand?

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They’re Unhappy In Khartoum [UPDATED]

A more talented writer than I could turn that into a melody. Maybe some of you can help with this. Meanwhile, I’m talking about Mohammed-Bear and the teacher that got off lightly – only a couple weeks in prison and deportation back to her native Britain.

The Angry Muslim Street© wants her executed:

KHARTOUM, Sudan (CNN) — Hundreds of protesters brandishing swords and sticks gathered outside Khartoum’s presidential palace Friday to vent their anger against a British teacher jailed for allowing children to name a teddy bear “Mohammed.”

About 600 Islamic demonstrators piled out of mosques, chanting: “By soul, by blood, I will fight for the Prophet Mohammed.” Some of the protesters demanded the teacher’s execution, according to The Associated Press.

The agency reports that some chanted: “No tolerance: Execution,” and “Kill her, kill her by firing squad.”

I suppose that Condi Rice could find a way to put them all in a room together, perhaps in Annapolis, and then she could explain that in her childhood, she too had had a Teddy Bear… and then she could feel the pain on both sides and we’d all live happily ever after. My eyes are filling with soft tears as I type this. I have to stop.

- Aggie

PS: BTL here. Michelle has more yummy bear reactions:

“Imprisoning this lady does not satisfy the thirst of Muslims in Sudan. But we welcome imprisonment and expulsion,” the cleric, Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri, a well-known hard-liner, told worshippers.

Now, obviously, bloodthirstiness is a trait I admire and respect—but so few besides I consider it complimentary. Welcome, brothers.

Last thought: imagine the trouble this woman would be in if it were she who thought of naming the bear Mohammed, and not her Muslim students.

As I asked yesterday, where were the Sudanese when Mohammed Atta defiled the name of the Prophet (pbbt). Or, as Mark Steyn once famously observed:

The leader of the 9/11 plotters? Mohammed Atta. The British Muslim who self-detonated in a Tel Aviv bar? Asif Mohammed Hanif. The gunman who shot up the El Al counter at LAX? Heshamed Mohamed Hedayet. The former U.S. Army sergeant who masterminded the slaughter at the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania? Ali Mohamed. The murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh? Mohammed Bouyeri. The notorious Sydney gang rapist? Mohammed Skaf. The Washington sniper? John Allen Muhammed. If I were a Muslim, I would be deeply offended that the prophet’s name is the preferred appellation of so many killers and suicide bombers on every corner of the earth.

What’s the word to describe the Sudanese? Pre-primitive? Sub-primitive?

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More Great News From The Bush Administration

I am starting to envision myself taking a break from voting in this cycle. I am sick and tired of reading stories like this.

Predicting potentially grave security consequences for Israel, defense officials responded pessimistically Thursday to news that former NATO commander and retired US general James Jones had been tapped by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the new special envoy to coordinate security between Israel and the Palestinians.

A senior defense official involved in talks with the Palestinians said that Jones was likely to invest most of his efforts in pressuring Israel to concede to the Palestinians and taking risks on issues of security.

Or this:

But officials warned Thursday that Jones’s appointment could actually be detrimental for Israel since the general, whom they said is known for having a cold attitude towards Israel,

would put pressure on the IDF to prematurely compromise on security issues at a time that the Palestinian security forces are not yet prepared to crack down on terror

- as they are expected to under the Road Map.

I have a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

- Aggie

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Target-Rich Opportunity

Whether this is a difficulty or a lucky chance depends on your point of view.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has taken command of Iranian naval operations in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military has revealed.

That means U.S. naval forces are operating in the same waters as an organization the United States considers a major supporter of terrorist activity.

The move is of concern to the U.S. Navy, which has long viewed the IRGC’s forces as more antagonistic than Iran’s regular navy.

Excuse me, admiral? I’m no military strategist, but doesn’t this just make them easier to kill in number? I’m all for patience and keeping one’s temper—but if they’re asking for it as often as they do as loudly as they do, isn’t it bad form to deny them?

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Still Shaking My Head

Can I add something small to what Blood had to say about Condi and her absurd equation between the way she grew up in the deep south and the way Palestinians are living today?

Let’s review one sentence from her touching remarks:

But, she added, as a black child in the South, being told she could not use certain water fountains or eat in certain restaurants, she also understood the feelings and emotions of the Palestinians.

Here’s the rub. Condi said this to a group of Arabs and Jews, leaders of their people, in a room in Annapolis, Maryland. The Arabs had made it quite clear, publicly and loudly, that they refused to even touch, to even shake hands, with the Jews in the room – the Israeli negotiators. They wouldn’t touch Jewish people in a peaceful way. Does she think that somehow Jews can drink out of their fountains if they can’t even shake their hands? Does she understand that almost all of the Arab Middle East is Judenrein? Why? Because they were expelled and murdered. 850,000 Jews fled Arab countries in the 1940′s and 1950′s in response to official policy on the parts of various governments to kick them out. And most of them found a home in Israel.

My question to Condi is this: Condi, do you understand my feelings and emotions? [a bit redundant, but I'm keeping with her style here] Condi, do you get how insulting it is to Jewish people who are confronted with people who refuse to even shake hands with them, and have you sit there and compare those same Jews to Southern racists? It is insulting to the Israelis, but it is also insulting to me and to any other Jewish person who stops and thinks about it. I am deeply, deeply offended by this comment and sadly, I have a long memory.

When you lose the Presidential election, remember this: You didn’t deserve to win.

- Aggie

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