Federal EmployeesFollow this link for a hearty chuckle. You can also go here. Same thing.
This year also saw many Palestinian-Americans denied entry by Israel to the occupied territories to visit families, or attend weddings and/or funerals. And then there's the ugly concrete wall, built far into Palestinian territory under the guise of security, ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Laypeople who've seen it nickname it the Apartheid Wall.The only truthful statement in the article is that, yes, it is an ugly concrete wall. If this idiot wants to get a discussion started, lets begin with: If the Palestinians ended their perpetual state of war against Israel, the barrier would come down tomorrow.
Nobody expects instant miracles to come from Carter's book, but hopefully, it will spark the sort of robust discussions that even Israeli society and media already engage in -- discussions that many are fearful to raise in our own country for fear of being labeled "anti-Semitic."
This is a message from the Uppity Unburka'd Gun-Toting Grandmas of the Free World to Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, so-called President of Iran and teller of poisonous, slithering lies:That's only the beginning. Read the whole thing. I have nothing to add to what she says, but I agree wholeheartedly. I'm guessing some Americans would be shocked and disgraced at her politically incorrect and non-multicultural stance. They're deluded. CAIR, of course would condemn her as "Islamophobic", which for me, is all the more reason to support her. Rock on Mom!
You loser. Your pansy excuse for a religion requires you to offer us a chance to submit and convert before you try to kill and enslave us. Offer noted for the record. Tragically for you, we have guns and bad attitudes. Our sons and grandsons have bigger guns and worse attitudes. Our military has the biggest guns and the worst attitudes this earth has ever seen.
I've got news, Mahmoud my boy. We're pretty committed to this democracy thing we've got going here. And none of us is all that excited about giving up our job, education, voting rights, intimate body parts or ability to feel the sun on more than just our eyebrows.
We don't fancy our daughters and granddaughters as breeding stock for you and your genetically subnormal followers, either. The girls are uppity too and expect to choose for themselves who the daddies of their babies will be. "Smelly violent hate-crazed camel molester" doesn't seem to be a strong favorite, sorry to have to disillusion you about that.
There may be lessons for the United States in Ethiopia’s success. Abdiweli Ali, an assistant professor at Niagara University who is in contact with transitional government military commanders on the ground, says that Ethiopia has less concern than the U.S. about civilian casualties. There is no reliable estimate of civilian deaths, but the number is believed to be in the hundreds. “We’re fighting wars with one hand tied behind our backs,” Professor Ali says. “In Iraq we’re trying to be nice, thinking we’ll give candy to people on the streets and they’ll love us. But people will understand later on if you just win now and provide them with security.”The press and other progressives want humane, moral wars where neither Israel or the United States are allowed to kill their enemies. They are only allowed to be killed so that this same press can gleefully keep a running death count to demonstrate the "immorality of war," or the latest argument against a military solution.
A second lesson relates to the media. The Ethiopian government is generally less sensitive to media criticism than the U.S. government—and is likely to encounter far less criticism in the first place, since the press traditionally gives short shrift to coverage of Africa.
With a very limited vocabulary, it is impossible to make, or at least to express, important distinctions and to examine any question with conceptual care. My patients often had no words to describe what they were feeling, except in the crudest possible way, with expostulations, exclamations, and physical displays of emotion. Often, by guesswork and my experience of other patients, I could put things into words for them, words that they grasped at eagerly. Everything was on the tip of their tongue, rarely or never reaching the stage of expression out loud. They struggled even to describe in a consecutive and logical fashion what had happened to them, at least without a great deal of prompting. Complex narrative and most abstractions were closed to them.For years, as an elementary school teacher, I've been trying to convince parents, administrators and students of the importance of simple things like teaching proper grammar, correct spelling and puctuation as adjuncts to reading. It's called being able to communicate. Mr. Dalrymple has explained it much better than I can, but you can bet copies of this article will end up on a few administrator's desks, and I may send it home to parents too.
In their dealings with authority, they were at a huge disadvantage—a disaster, since so many of them depended upon various public bureaucracies for so many of their needs, from their housing and health care to their income and the education of their children. I would find myself dealing on their behalf with those bureaucracies, which were often simultaneously bullying and incompetent; and what officialdom had claimed for months or even years to be impossible suddenly, on my intervention, became possible within a week. Of course, it was not my mastery of language alone that produced this result; rather, my mastery of language signaled my capacity to make serious trouble for the bureaucrats if they did not do as I asked. I do not think it is a coincidence that the offices of all those bureaucracies were increasingly installing security barriers against the physical attacks on the staff by enraged but inarticulate dependents.
All this, it seems to me, directly contradicts our era’s ruling orthodoxy about language. According to that orthodoxy, every child, save the severely brain-damaged and those with very rare genetic defects, learns his or her native language with perfect facility, adequate to his needs. He does so because the faculty of language is part of human nature, inscribed in man’s physical being, as it were, and almost independent of environment. To be sure, today’s language theorists concede that if a child grows up completely isolated from other human beings until the age of about six, he will never learn language adequately; but this very fact, they argue, implies that the capacity for language is “hardwired” in the human brain, to be activated only at a certain stage in each individual’s development, which in turn proves that language is an inherent biological characteristic of mankind rather than a merely cultural artifact. Moreover, language itself is always rule-governed; and the rules that govern it are universally the same, when stripped of certain minor incidentals and contingencies that superficially appear important but in reality are not.
It follows that no language or dialect is superior to any other and that modes of verbal communication cannot be ranked according to complexity, expressiveness, or any other virtue. Thus, attempts to foist alleged grammatical “correctness” on native speakers of an “incorrect” dialect are nothing but the unacknowledged and oppressive exercise of social control—the means by which the elites deprive whole social classes and peoples of self-esteem and keep them in permanent subordination. If they are convinced that they can’t speak their own language properly, how can they possibly feel other than unworthy, humiliated, and disenfranchised? Hence the refusal to teach formal grammar is both in accord with a correct understanding of the nature of language and is politically generous, inasmuch as it confers equal status on all forms of speech and therefore upon all speakers.
"No other community is being challenged more right now than the Muslim community," Khalilah Sabra, 39, of Raleigh, N.C., said Friday. "If this is a melting pot, why are we not allowed in the pot?"My, how sad.
What ever happened to Naveed Avzal Haq?and
He was the Pakistani-American gunman who burst into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building in late July, shooting six women, one fatally, as he declared that he was a "Muslim-American" who was "angry at Israel." This week, citing Haq's history of mental illness, King County prosecutor Norm Maleng announced he woudn't seek the death penalty--despite calling the shooting "one of the most serious crimes that has ever occurred in this city." Readers at leading Northwest blog Sound Politics react:
Makes you wonder what kind of heinous crime will get the death penalty in this state from now on. Seems it's all but eliminated here. Posted by: Palouse on December 20, 2006 11:02 AM
So the lesson to the Jihadist or wanna-be jihadist is prior to performing a terrorist act make sure you have received mental health care within the past few years or more recently if possible and then after you get caught claim insanity get life in prison and while in prison "get better" and have your lawyer work with the states DOC and to get you out under "DOC Supervison" for "good behavior". Rinse and repeat and there you go you no longer have to worry about being a martyr. Posted by: TrueSoldier on December 20, 2006 11:45 AM
What ever happened to Omeed Aziz Popal and his victims?So the message here, as always, is that Muslims, no matter how vicious they are to non-Muslims are always the victim. They cannot be punished. That would be anti-Islamic, racist, Islamophobic, an insult to Islam, etc.
He was the San Francisco SUV hit-and-run rampager, accused of killing one person and injuring 18 in August. Earlier this month, he pleaded not guilty.
A reader sent this stomach-turning development in which Popal's parents are blaming one of the victims for her debilitating injuries:
The family of a man accused of deliberately running down pedestrians with his SUV don't think they should have to pay for one of the victim's medical bills.
Susan Rajic remains a quadriplegic three months after she was hit while walking in San Francisco. Omeed Popal is in jail charged with hitting Rajic and 17 other people in the City. He's also accused of murdering a pedestrian in the East Bay the same day.
KRON 4 obtained a copy of the Popal family's response to Rajic's lawsuit asking for medical bills. The defendants blame Rajic saying she was "careless and negligent." The response also says it was "within her power to act with due diligence to prevent her injuries."
"It is heartless," Rajic's attorney Debra Bogaards told KRON 4's Will Tran. "It is unfair. It is unjust. It is unbelievable."
My reader writes:
Susan is still paralyzed from the neck down, and has only recently regained the ability to breathe on her own without a ventilator. Her reward for being a "careless and negligent" victim, and failing to "act with due diligence" to prevent Mr. Popal from running over her in his parent's SUV (along with 17 other individuals, allegedly), is the loss of her livelihood, not to mention mounting medical bills covering her treatment and rehabilitation.
Once Susan has completed her rehabilitation, Joseph would like to transfer her to his home in Georgia, so he can care for her and provide for her ongoing medical care. Unfortunately, Susan has no health insurance, and Joseph does not have the means to cover the costs for her relocation and ongoing treatment.
There is a website to help Susan and her family at www.SupportSusan.com.
Africa must stop blaming its colonial past for its problems and instead point the finger at the continent's leaders, the prime minister of the west African archipelago of Cape Verde said.Yes, the continent of Africa was horribly taken advantage of by both Christian and Muslim colonists and imperialists. The Christians have left. The Muslims still oppress. But it is time to stop being a victim.
Colonialism and its legacy of slavery played "an important role in the deterioration of the situation in Africa" but "Africans have had Africa in their hands for half a century," Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Maria das Neves said in an interview with the Portuguese news agency Lusa.
"You can't continue to justify the current situation of the continent with colonialism, slavery and unfair trading terms," he said.
"Responsibility for the current state of affairs in the African continent lies firstly in the hands of African leaders who must assume their responsibility to develop a clear strategy for Africa's future that takes advantage of all of its human capabilities and natural resources," he added.
Of all the nations of Africa, only Ethiopia and Liberia escaped the shackles of colonialism.
Ghana in 1957 became the first African nation to obtain independence when it broke free from British control. Dozens of other former African colonies followed its example over the coming years.
Many analysts argue that corruption and despotic regimes in many African nations have their roots in the colonial era when colonial governments had absolute power.
Cape Verde, an arid archipelago in the Atlantic about 500 kilometres (300 miles) off the coast of Africa, is seen by many international donors as a model state since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
While the country has a high unemployment rate, it is seen as politically stable with an emerging prosperity. The
International Monetary Fund estimates it will post economic growth of 5.5 percent in 2006.
civil war is not in our vocabulary.As we've seen from other pronouncements he's made, the truth is not on his side. The only time he is telling the truth is when he talks about killing Jews.
Last night, CBS News' "60 Minutes" did a story on the soon-to-be-opened (in June) Holocaust archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany. The archives store 50 million pages of records kept by the Nazis on the fate of the millions of Holocaust victims--6 million Jewish and 5 million non-Jewish murdered innocents and countless others who survived.
I watched the segment and have a few comments.
First, there's the issue that the archives are housed and operated by the International Committee for the Red Cross. That's something of a perversion, an abomination. This is the same Red Cross that gave the AOK for everything the Nazis were doing to these people. The same Red Cross that didn't just idly stand by for the Holocaust, but was a full accessory to it--covering it up and helping it go on.
This is the same Red Cross that now gives money to Hezbollah, but won't allow the Mogen David Adom (the Red Star of David) to belong to the Red Cross, while it allows the Islamic Red Crescent to join. Instead, the Jews had to have a red "crystal." This is the same Red Cross that allows its ambulances to serve as transports for Islamic terrorists, homicide belts, and assorted other methods of cold-blooded murder by the "Religion of Peace."
In an explosive telephone argument that led to her firing, publisher Judith Regan allegedly complained of a "Jewish cabal" against her in the book industry and stated that Jews "should know about ganging up, finding common enemies and telling the big lie."Jews are around 0.2% of the population. That means 2 out of a thousand people, or 1 out of 500 are Jewish. That by itself is probably no big deal to the Judeophobes. The big deal is that so many Jews are successful in so many high-profile areas. That bothers a lot of people. Their only answer to the reason that Jews become successful is that we must be, in some way, cheating.
For the first time, secrets of the Nazi Holocaust that have been hidden away for more than 60 years are finally being made available to the public. We’re not talking about a missing filing cabinet - we’re talking about thousands of filing cabinets, holding 50 million pages. It's Hitler’s secret archive.On a smaller scale, Eugene's Blog ran a brilliant piece called, How My grandad invented the Holocaust.
The Nazis were famous for record keeping but what 60 Minutes found ran from the bizarre to the horrifying. This Holocaust history was discovered by the Allies in dozens of concentration camps, as Germany fell in the spring of 1945.
As correspondent Scott Pelley reports, the documents were taken to a town in the middle of Germany, called Bad Arolsen, where they were sorted, filed and locked way, never to be seen by the public until now.
I have no cousins. I have no second cousins. I have no third cousins on my father’s side. I have no fourth cousins on my father’s side. How long is the list of natural numbers? If you get to the end of the list, which is not a mathematical possibility, I don’t have those cousins on my father’s side. I have never been to a large gathering of my family – there is not much of it to gather. My father’s father was lucky – he played the trumpet far away from home that year. My father’s father begot my father. My father begot me. That is it on that side. It is a fact.The problem is that it doesn't matter how well The Holocaust was documented, how many papers, books, photos, movies, stories, or witnesses to the horror there are. It wouldn't matter if every death in every Nazi massacre and concentration camp were on DVD for your viewing pleasure. The Holocaust deniers would still debate the veracity of the Holocaust.
Now, the President of Iran and a group of assorted nut-jobs that the Associated (with Terrorists) Press has dignified by referring to as “scholars” are holding a “Holocaust Conference.” They would have me believe that my family never was. My grandfather, apparently, made up his story about having a family of 16, or whatever that number was, and then not having it. Part of a grandiose conspiracy spanning the continents and dozens of languages, deep inside the Soviet Union, which a mouse could not have entered unnoticed, not knowing a word of Hebrew or English or whatever other language my people had conspired to dupe the world about their suffering in, my grandfather joined the millions of those who invented their loss.
"Anti-Semitism," wrote Stephen Eric Bronner, author of the engaging book A Rumor About The Jews, "is the stupid answer to a serious question: How does history operate behind our backs?" For a wide range of ideological extremists, anti-Semitism is still the stupid answer for why what goes wrong with the world does go wrong. It is a philosophical world view and interpretation of history that creates conspiracies as a way of explaining the unfolding of historical events; it is a pessimistic and frantic outlook, characterized in 1964 by historian Richard Hofstadter as "the paranoid style" of politics, which shifts responsibility from the self to sinister, omnipotent others—typically and historically the Jews.Ayaan Hirsi Ali offers this assessment.
Long the thought product of cranks and fringe groups, Hofstadter’s paranoid style of politics has lately entered the mainstream of what would be considered serious, and respectable academic enterprise. Witness, for instance, the recent article, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by Harvard Professor Stephen Walt and University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer which first appeared, not surprisingly, in the London Review of Books, and then was posted in a longer version as a working paper at Harvard’s Kennedy School, where Mr. Walt is also the Academic Dean.
Western leaders today who say they are shocked by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's conference this week denying the Holocaust need to wake up to that reality. For the majority of Muslims in the world, the Holocaust is not a major historical event that they deny. We simply do not know it ever happened because we were never informed of it.As a Jew, I have to keep repeating the truth. It's not a pleasant truth. It's not pretty or sexy. It does not remove any of my personal responsibility for the way I run my life or raise my children. It does not make me any better or worse as a person than anybody else on this earth. But it is the truth and it must be continuously repeated in the face of all of the Jew-hating liars who believe that their lives will have meaning only if they continue to scapegoat the Jews.
One of the world's leading experts on overcoming religious barriers flew from Israel to Michigan on Thursday to help ease tensions between local Muslims and Jews.Of course,
"You have such a remarkable opportunity here in Detroit, because people from so many different cultures live here, to transform clashes into opportunities for enrichment," Rabbi David Rosen, expert on interfaith relations for the American Jewish Committee, said Thursday night.
Victor Begg, chair of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, said local Muslim leaders are fed up with non-Muslims' demands that that they continually condemn terrorism, as if they are responsible for all such crimes.And,
"It is exhausting and depressing to be responsible for everyone in the world who uses our faith for evil," Begg said.
In the Jewish community, Begg said, "there is little condemnation heard when there is a death of innocent Palestinians, but Muslims here are expected to condemn any instance of someone being killed by anyone who claims to be a Muslim anywhere in the world."
Najah Bazzy, a nurse and member of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, told the largely Jewish audience, "You have a huge responsibility to extend your hands, too."But on the Jewish side,
Rabbi Daniel Nevins, senior rabbi at Adat Shalom, responded. "This summer was so hard," he said, "but I didn't feel, as a rabbi in Farmington Hills, that I could dictate the policies to the Israeli government," so he said little in reaction to events in the war.And,
"But I was saddened by deaths on both sides," he said.
Nevins thanked his Muslim guests and said, "We come from different perspectives. Our hearts hurt over different issues and yet we have to hear from one another."So Jews are still expected to reach out to Muslims as Muslims continue to try to get the world to blame the Jews for all of its evils. Muslims are never repsonsible for the evils they commit. We are still supposed to equate Muslims targeting civilians for cold blooded murder with Israeli self defense that accidently kills Muslims because Islamic terrorist groups continue to use thier own women and children as human shields. Just shut up already.
Nevins and Rosen said that the point of this renewed dialogue was to listen, not debate.
Nevins said, "We have to try very, very hard not to allow ourselves to become warped reflections of hatred. And, I think tonight's dialogue is a part of that."
Israel held firm Thursday to its policy of not admitting it possesses nuclear weapons, in the face of an acknowledgment from the incoming U.S. Defense Secretary that Israel has the bomb.So here is Robert Gates, no principles, no idea of what Iran stands for, no chance of standing up for his country. Gate's first order of business even before he gets confirmed is to side with our enemies. Iran is excused in their genocidal quest. They need nukes since so many of their neighbors have them. Oh, and they have to protect themselves from the United States. So how do any of our senators think this twit will be an advocate for the United States? Oh, I know, they don't care. They are short on principles too. It's more important that the previously mentioned thugs and murderers in the U.N. like us (or at least pretend to like us, as they never actually will like us, but they will respect us if we demonstrate that we have the will to fight back - strongly) - as they continue to shaft us. And it's even more important to stick it to George Bush, no matter how badly it hurts the United States.
In his confirmation hearing before the Senate, Robert Gates explained
Iran's motivation to acquire nuclear weapons.
"They are surrounded by powers with nuclear weapons — Pakistan to their east, the Russians to the north, the Israelis to the west and us in the Persian Gulf," he told the Senate committee.
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Fitness USA, a gym chain, is investigating an alleged civil rights violation involving a local Muslim woman who says her afternoon prayer was interrupted by a fellow patron, and that her complaint to management about the situation was rejected.My first thought was, shut up! You already have a divider in the Lincoln Park Fitness USA after complaints about Muslim women having to be viewed by men as they excercised without wearing burkhas. So take your "humiliation" and your "shame" someplace where somebody cares. You can read the article for more Islamic whining.
"The manager told me, 'You have to respect her (the patron), but she does not have to respect your God,' " said Wardeh Sultan of Dearborn. "I've had my membership for seven or eight years, and I've never had a problem with praying there.
"I told that manager, 'I can't believe you said that' " Sultan said. "Honestly, I feel humiliated and I feel ashamed, right now, to go back to Fitness USA."
Well, as with everything involving Islamist troublemakers, there is far more to the story. Here's what I received from the Islamist ADC (American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) in the Detroit area (headed by "former" Islamic terrorist Imad Hamad). You have to read between the lines, but it sounds like Wardeh Sultan, the Palestinian Muslim chick, got in the way in the women's locker room and picked a fight with the women trying to get around her.Fitness USA's first mistake was giving in so easily the first time. Now they've established themselves as dhimmis. So what will the insulted Muslims want next? I'm sure they are already mulling that over as they piss and moan over their poor bruised feelings. It's way past time for us to stop giving any sympathy to members of the most intolerant religion on Earth when they complain of intolerance.
It appears that Sultan objected to other gym members' exercise of free speech. It also appears that the whiny Muslim chick refused to identify herself to gym management and was being so disruptive, she was asked to leave and the police were called. The police arrived and questioned Sultan, and she was forced to leave.
And it looks like from the language used ("claimant") that lawyers are already involved and a lawsuit is already being prepared:
Activists, teachers and union members left Detroit for Washington, D.C., on Sunday to rally against two cases involving segregation in public schools that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear today.That's fine. They certainly have that right. However,
The cases involve parents in Seattle and Louisville, Ky., who say their children didn't get into the public schools of their choice because they are white.
Those making the trek to Washington say they fear that if these parents win their cases, the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., which outlawed segregation in public schools, will be reversed, leading to more segregation and inequality nationwide.
Heather Miller, an organizer with the civil rights group By Any Means Necessary, said five buses of about 250 people -- mostly high school students -- left for Washington on Sunday night.Detroit schools already suffer from a negative reputation, and now 250 students are skipping school, missing days of education that they need, to attend a rally. Some will try to spin this into students learning about politics first hand. That's a crock. Marching and carrying a sign because you didn't get your way in an election is the stuff of third-world mob rule. Better they should be in school learning how the American political process works so that they can properly take part in it. The adults in charge of these students should be ashamed of themselves. They are insuring that these students continue to be marginalized.
In reference to the removal of the six Muslim gentlemen from flight 300 at the Minneapolis -St. Paul airport last light, prior to the planes departure:Of course, there is more. Go and read it for yourself. This is not a case of "Islamophobia" (since that is a nonsense term anyway). This is a case of an airline crew and passengers standing up for themselves. They will, of course, be pilloried by the fellow travelers on the Left.
I was a passenger on that flight, sitting in seat 5-E originally and later temporarily sitting in the front row of first class, while waiting for everyone to disembark the plane for a safety check. Having been on the plane, witnessed what transpired first hand and talked at great length with the first class steward regarding other facts, I am "ENRAGED" at the national AND local news reports I have seen this morning.
The facts reported are incomplete and inaccurate. This event was immediately jumped on by their attorney, who told the American people on CNBC they need to get over 911, stop being paranoid about Muslims and he even threatened a huge law suit against US Airways for the discriminating and humiliating treatment of his clients. I am convinced this entire thing may have been done to intimidate not only US Airways, but all airlines and airports in order to get them to back off on their security efforts. This is only part of the real story.
In defense of US Airways: They did a splendid job of handling the situation. No panic was created we felt protected at all times. They did not make a knee jerk reaction as a result of one passenger passing them as note as reported by the media.
Most importantly, the public needs to be told that there was a series of" many suspicious events", which were observed by the crew and several passengers. The captain made his decision based on all of these events and not just one note.
Their attorney is trying to turn this into a "right to pray in a public place issue" and it is not that at all. He is claiming they were removed from the plane for praying in public. And inferring it is wrong to discriminate against them for this. Claiming that we Americans don't understand their religion and their need to pray everyday at specific times, he stated that WE need to be more tolerant of their religious beliefs. He made a statement trying to draw an analogy of the right to carry a bible or a rosary on a plane. This is nothing more than a smoke screen to make this a human rights issue and intimidate the airline industry. They were already claiming discrimination to Fox TV news when I got home from the airport. Something does not smell right here.
This has all of the earmarks of a preplanned "set up" with their attorney all ready to go. I am sure their attorney has made a point of contacting all of you immediately, even last night, in order to get their slanted side of the story out first. Do not be fooled by this propaganda. You in the media have a moral responsibility to investigate all of the facts, not just statements you are fed by them.