Archive for April, 2008

Your “Five Feet of Fury” Post for the Year

For the subject, for the topicality, for the importance—for its f**king brilliant language:

Never mind the “sheep-shagging” and “mosquito breeding”; that is all just SO December 2007. Now what REALLY offends these students (and, their rep insisted on numerous occasions, the entire Muslim community in Canada) was Steyn’s use of the word “fiercely” — as in a “fiercely bearded” imam.

“We’re here because of a goddam ADJECTIVE now?” I “asked” RightGirl, beside me.

My outburst caught the attention of one of the female law students on the dias, and we engaged in a evil eye staring match for the next 15 minutes. Heh. Made ‘er blink.

And of course, we had to hear about four different times about Ken Whyte’s “disgraceful” bankruptcy comment, which they are totally and utterly obsessed with.

See, this is why there hasn’t been a Muslim Reformation:

there must not be an Arabic equivalent of “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

When the lawyer recognized me during question time, it was — I am so not kidding you — just after he “answered” another question by reiterating his outrage at Whyte’s defiance.

“What do you make of such a thing? I ask you?!” the lawyer asked rhetorically, with faux outrage.

I raised my hand, and he nodded at me.

“Well, what I make of it is that there still may be hope for the right to private property in Canada.” (Titters from the peanut gallery.)

“In any event,” I continued, “can you explain why the man whose name actually appears on all three of these human rights complaints against Maclean’s, that is, Mohammad Elmasry, isn’t here today? Could it be because you’d like to distance yourselves from him, since he was captured on video declaring that all Israeli civilians were legitimate targets for Muslim terrorists?”

Their lawyer is so stupid, this was his actual answer:

“Why didn’t you ask me about the other students who aren’t here today because they had to write exams?

I refrained from replying “They can write??” and said instead,

“Because I don’t give a damn about them, I asked you about Elmasry.”

“Will you let me answer, madam?”

“Why didn’t you just answer when I asked you the first time?”

“That incident was investigated four years ago and was settled. I am representing Mohammed Elmasry here. Why don’t you call him on the phone if you want to talk to him so badly!”

Yes, he really did say that. A grown frickin’ man. What next? “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha”??

Even after seeing Midnight Express, I still traveled to Turkey. But I’m not sure I’d be up for a long weekend in Montreal after reading this.

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With a Peace Offer Like This…

Who needs war?

Senior Hamas official Muhammad Al-Zahhar warned that if Israel rejects the tahdia (“calm”) proposal, it will pay a very high price.

He added, “Israel has 200 nuclear warheads, and the Palestinians have 200,000 heads of people who want to give their lives and blow themselves up inside Israel.”

Or Israel can save them the trouble and use those 200 warheads to blow up those 200,000 “heads of people” right there in Gaza. More than enough.

Every story like this that I read just makes me want to pull Jimmy Carter’s rope a little bit higher.

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Get That S**t Out of Here

Well, at least one place won’t host the notorious Durban II Conference:

Durban.

Durban will not be hosting a 2009 world racism conference, widely regarded as the sequel to a 2001 conference, the foreign affairs department said today.

The Daily News reported today that the conference was planned for a European city in April or May.

Hillel Neuer, the United Nations (UN) Watch’s executive director, told the Daily News that the organisation welcomed the apparent turnaround, saying that the group was “alarmed” the conference, dubbed Durban 2, would be hosted in South Africa again.

“The expected adoption of a controlled UN headquarters as the venue, be it Geneva, Paris, or Vienna, is something we fought for, as one of many necessary steps to prevent a repeat of the ugly street scenes of Durban in 2001,” Neuer was quoted as saying.

At the last conference in 2001, emotions ran high when US and Israeli delegates walked out of the conference, charging that the gathering had an “anti-Israel bias”.

In April, Agence France Presse reported that Israel said it would boycott the conference if it focused excessively on the Jewish state to the exclusion of human rights violations elsewhere in the world.

Only in this [bleeped]-up world could it be considered good news that “Geneva, Paris, or Vienna”, not Africa, would host an anti-Semitic hate-fest.

What, Nuremburg was booked?

[Hat tip to reader Joe in South Africa.]

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Remembering to Never Forget

Aunt Agatha came across this testimony and remembrance, and asked me to post it.

Would you argue with Aggie?

Wednesday night and Thursday are Holocaust Remembrance Day here in Israel. The biggest problem we face regarding the Holocaust today is Holocaust denial. With the survivors dying out year by year, more and more Holocaust deniers are being confronted with less and less human evidence. One of the things that has been done to combat Holocaust denial is the creation of videotaped testimony by survivors, which will outlive them. During the course of Wednesday and Thursday, I am going to embed some of that testimony on this blog so that you can all get an idea of what it looks like and so that you can all learn something. The testimony is accompanied by original pictures and films from the Holocaust period. The first such testimony I am posting is that of Mordechai Eldar.

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Obama’s Other Pastor

I’ll skip the evidence (it’s all there at the link), but Daniel Pipes asks, I think, an appropriate question:

As Barack Obama’s candidacy comes under increasing scrutiny, his account of his religious upbringing deserves careful attention for what it tells us about the candidate’s integrity.

Obama asserted in December, “I’ve always been a Christian,” and he has adamantly denied ever having been a Muslim. “The only connection I’ve had to Islam is that my grandfather on my father’s side came from that country [Kenya]. But I’ve never practiced Islam.” In February, he claimed: “I have never been a Muslim. … other than my name and the fact that I lived in a populous Muslim country for 4 years when I was a child [Indonesia, 1967-71] I have very little connection to the Islamic religion.”

“Always” and “never” leave little room for equivocation. But many biographical facts, culled mainly from the American press, suggest that, when growing up, the Democratic candidate for president both saw himself and was seen as a Muslim.

Obama’s having been born and raised a Muslim and having left the faith to become a Christian make him neither more nor less qualified to become president of the United States. But if he was born and raised a Muslim and is now hiding that fact, this points to a major deceit, a fundamental misrepresentation about himself that has profound implications about his character and his suitability as president.

Okay, so maybe America isn’t ready for both a black man and a (former) Muslim—in one and the same person.

So we’ll take a liar and a prevaricator instead?

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The Truce That Lays the Golden Eggs

When Hamass declares a ceasefire, it pays to hire a good translator.

English:

A dozen small Palestinian factions agreed in principle to a cease-fire with Israel on Wednesday, said two Palestinian officials involved in the negotiations in Cairo, confirming the previous day’s report in the Jerusalem Post. However, the officials expressed reservations about the details of the Egyptian-brokered deal.

Twelve groups, including Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, endorsed the idea of a cease-fire after a series of meetings with Egypt’s intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman. Egypt has been working to broker a cease-fire agreement that includes a six-month truce between Israel and the Gaza Strip, an exchange of prisoners and the opening of Gaza’s border crossing.

Arabic:

Following is an interview with Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on April 25, 2008:

“People should not assume that in the management of this conflict, we are moving from a phase of resistance and battles to a phase of calm. No. According to our concept of the management of this conflict, the tahdiah is a tactical means. It is a step within the resistance and is not detached from it.

“It is only natural for any resistance movement, which cares about the interests of its people, to bear in mind the general Palestinian condition. At times, it generates an escalation, and at times, it withdraws a little. It is a process of ebb and flow, going up and down. This is how you run a battle. Hamas is renowned for this.

“In 2003, we began a tahdiah, and later renewed the operations. The same thing happened following 2005. Hamas conducted resistance from within the government, as well as when it was not in the government. This is a method of conflict management.

“Hamass is renowned for this.” Terrorists can’t help boasting about their aspirations and accomplishments. You don’t need me or Aunt Agatha to interpret for you.

Though Jimmy Carter could stand to listen and learn from us.

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UN, as in Gone and ForgottUN

The United Nations yet again lives up to its lofty aims:

Zimbabwe’s opposition has failed in its bid to have the United Nations Security Council appoint a special envoy to address the country’s deteriorating political and humanitarian crisis.

A month after nationwide elections, the results of the presidential contest have not been released, while an initial recount of the parliamentary results last weekend confirmed the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party’s victory.

There has been widespread violence and accusations from the opposition that President Robert Mugabe and his supporters have orchestrated a plan to remain in control of government and weed out opposition supporters by general intimidation.

Tendai Biti, secretary-general of the MDC, told CNN that the Security Council must take action.

“If the U.N. fails Zimbabwe, then the U.N. is failing itself, failing the spirit of the founding fathers.” he said.

Uh-huh, well, there are a lot of people you could ask about that—but most of them are dead.

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Dear Karl

Yesterday, Karl Rove offered advice to Barack Obama, which the Illinois senator lost no time in following. Hence the tire tread marks on Reverend Wright’s double-breasted suit.

Today, the E-e-evil One looks at the case of John McCain:

As we ate near the Days’ home in Florida recently, I heard things about Sen. McCain that were deeply moving and politically troubling. Moving because they told me things about him the American people need to know. And troubling because it is clear that Mr. McCain is one of the most private individuals to run for president in history.

When it comes to choosing a president, the American people want to know more about a candidate than policy positions. They want to know about character, the values ingrained in his heart. For Mr. McCain, that means they will want to know more about him personally than he has been willing to reveal.

Uh-oh. Are we about to find out that John McCain taught Roger Clemens and that freaky Austrian guy everything they knew?

Hardly.

Mr. Day relayed to me one of the stories Americans should hear. It involves what happened to him after escaping from a North Vietnamese prison during the war. When he was recaptured, a Vietnamese captor broke his arm and said, “I told you I would make you a cripple.”

The break was designed to shatter Mr. Day’s will. He had survived in prison on the hope that one day he would return to the United States and be able to fly again. To kill that hope, the Vietnamese left part of a bone sticking out of his arm, and put him in a misshapen cast. This was done so that the arm would heal at “a goofy angle,” as Mr. Day explained. Had it done so, he never would have flown again.

But it didn’t heal that way because of John McCain. Risking severe punishment, Messrs. McCain and Day collected pieces of bamboo in the prison courtyard to use as a splint. Mr. McCain put Mr. Day on the floor of their cell and, using his foot, jerked the broken bone into place. Then, using strips from the bandage on his own wounded leg and the bamboo, he put Mr. Day’s splint in place.

Another story I heard over dinner with the Days involved Mr. McCain serving as one of the three chaplains for his fellow prisoners. At one point, after being shuttled among different prisons, Mr. Day had found himself as the most senior officer at the Hanoi Hilton. So he tapped Mr. McCain to help administer religious services to the other prisoners.

Today, Mr. Day, a very active 83, still vividly recalls Mr. McCain’s sermons. “He remembered the Episcopal liturgy,” Mr. Day says, “and sounded like a bona fide preacher.” One of Mr. McCain’s first sermons took as its text Luke 20:25 and Matthew 22:21, “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” Mr. McCain said he and his fellow prisoners shouldn’t ask God to free them, but to help them become the best people they could be while serving as POWs. It was Caesar who put them in prison and Caesar who would get them out. Their task was to act with honor.

Another McCain story, somewhat better known, is about the Vietnamese practice of torturing him by tying his head between his ankles with his arms behind him, and then leaving him for hours. The torture so badly busted up his shoulders that to this day Mr. McCain can’t raise his arms over his head.

One night, a Vietnamese guard loosened his bonds, returning at the end of his watch to tighten them again so no one would notice. Shortly after, on Christmas Day, the same guard stood beside Mr. McCain in the prison yard and drew a cross in the sand before erasing it. Mr. McCain later said that when he returned to Vietnam for the first time after the war, the only person he really wanted to meet was that guard.

Mr. Day recalls with pride Mr. McCain stubbornly refusing to accept special treatment or curry favor to be released early, even when gravely ill. Mr. McCain knew the Vietnamese wanted the propaganda victory of the son and grandson of Navy admirals accepting special treatment. “He wasn’t corruptible then,” Mr. Day says, “and he’s not corruptible today.”

I’ll admit to tearing up when reading these stories. Maybe these experiences will make him a good president, maybe they won’t.

I can only say that if all such a man asks from me is my vote so that he may lead this country, how can I not oblige him?

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Who Said This?

“The Jews have made money on us in the music business and we are the entertainers, and they are economically enslaving us.”

Who said it, can you guess? We can try to figure it out together. I don’t think it was a German – Hitler or Himmler or one of them, because they didn’t do “the music business” so much. Nix that.

Let’s see… who does entertainment? Hmmm. Ask Jeremiah Wright about groups that don’t have much rhythm. Probably none of those.

So, who could it be? Try the Reverend Eric Lee, president-CEO of the L.A. branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation. His bio can be found here. And how about the context? Surely there was an understandable context for this sort of visceral hatred to come out of the mouth of the good reverend. Yes. There was.

Earlier this month, at a Los Angeles event for the national African-American fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, the keynote speaker launched into an anti-Semitic tirade – directed at the fraternity’s guest of honor. The shocking episode shows just how far we’ve strayed from the original vision of the civil rights movement – and how far we have yet to travel to realize that vision.

The guest of honor, Daphna Ziman, an Israeli-American woman, had just received the Tom Bradley Award for generous philanthropy and public service. But instead of praise, the Rev. Eric Lee berated her. “The Jews,” he claimed, “have made money on us in the music business and we are the entertainers, and they are economically enslaving us.” (Mr. Lee would later apologize to Ms. Ziman.)

The article is written by Martin Luther King’s lawyer and adviser about the conversations they had had regarding black-Jewish relations. Dr. King was anything but an anti-Semite and worked very hard to educate his people about the wrongs of anti-Semitism. He seems to have failed.

Martin would have been repelled by Mr. Lee’s remarks. I was his lawyer and one of his closest advisers, and I can say with absolute certainty that Martin abhorred anti-Semitism in all its forms, including anti-Zionism. “There isn’t anyone in this country more likely to understand our struggle than Jews,” Martin told me. “Whatever progress we’ve made so far as a people, their support has been essential.”

Martin was disheartened that so many blacks could be swayed by Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam and other black separatists, rejecting his message of nonviolence, and grumbling about “Jew landlords” and “Jew interlopers” – even “Jew slave traders.” The resentment and anger displayed toward people who offered so much support for civil rights was then nascent. But it has only festered and grown over four decades. Today, black-Jewish relations have arguably grown worse, not better.

To paraphrase Barack Obama: Can we get any lower than this? Yes We Can.

It is somehow not big news to have the guest of honor, a woman who apparently gave to help the urban poor, trashed at a ceremony of the national African-American fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. That is the tip of the iceberg. The religious leadership of these young people has apparently taught them to disdain Jews. Their mentors are comfortable publicly humiliating Jews who try to aid the inner-city urban community, even as they hand them awards for helping. This guy, Reverend Lee, is not uneducated. He’s just a bigoted jerk.

Yes, we can sink lower, and we probably will.

- Aggie

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It’s an Epidemic!

Yesterday we reported on Bahrain’s banning of Haifa Wahbi because her full lips, round hips, bursting breasts—where was I?—would lead to the dissolution of Bahraini youth, or some such reason.

But the virus of intolerance has spread:

MPs and Islamists in Algeria said that they will do everything they can to prevent Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi from entering their country, and to cancel her scheduled appearance in the capital Algiers, as MPs are doing in Bahrain and in other Arab countries.

They claimed that bringing in licentious female artists at the expense of “Algerians’ dwindling resources caused the starvation and impoverishment of the Algerians.”

Are you kidding? How else will you take their minds off their starvation and impoverishment?

After being banned in Bahrain and Algeria, we suppose Ms. Wahbi can at least still look forward to performances in Somalia and Eritrea.

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A** Kiss of Evil

You know I’m generally a fan, right Mr. President? Taking it to the terrorists, Supreme Court justices (eventual Supreme Court justices), fiscal restraint—well, two out of three ain’t bad.

But how do you not look like the 98-pound weakling here, shouting empty threats at the schoolyard bully after he’s taken your lunch money? Again.

President Bush said details released last week of an attack on a Syrian facility were intended to “make clear to North Korea that we know more about you than you think.”

The White House has accused North Korea of helping Syria build a nuclear facility, and analysts said the pictures and videos the White House released were similar to those of a typical North Korea reactor.

Kim Jong Il has played the Bush Administration like he played the Clinton Administration—spanking both like Desi Arnaz with a set of conga drums. Only Clinton had the excuse of inexperience and inherent Democratic naivete. Bush has no such excuses. He’s the one who included North Korea in the Axis of Evil.

What made him think they would behave any differently?

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Guess Who’s Not Defending the Prophet Jeremiah?

While the lapdogs of the press were purring (metaphor deliberately mixed), one person looked upon the shameless race-baiting of the Potty Pastor with something more like revulsion:

Sen. Barack Obama said he is “outraged” by comments his former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made Monday at the National Press Club and “saddened by the spectacle.”

“I have been a member of Trinity Church since 1992. I have known Rev. Wright for almost 20 years,” he said at a news conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “The person I saw yesterday is not the person I met 20 years ago.”

Obama said he is outraged by Wright’s remarks that seemed to suggest the U.S. government might be responsible for the spread of AIDS in the black community, and his equation of some American wartime efforts with terrorism.

“What particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing,” said Obama, who added that Wright had shown “little regard for me” and seemed more concerned with “taking center stage.”

Since when did Karl Rove start working for the Obama campaign?

But the longtime Republican political strategist offers Obama six suggestions for how he can reignite his presidential campaign, starting with shaking up his stump speech, which he says sounds “old and out of touch.”

Rove also suggests Obama sharpen his repudiation of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s controversial sermons, pledge to name specific Republicans to his administration, and spend more time back in the Senate to burnish his chops as legislator.

In other news, Rush Limbaugh was named as Obama’s running mate(?).

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