This Keeps Popping Up
This time there's a new twist.
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." * Martin Luther King Jr. // * "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." * George Orwell // Want to contact the Stubble Jumping Redneck? Shoot her an email @ email@example.com
"Israel should withdraw from “almost all” the land it conquered more than 40 years ago and hand back east Jerusalem to the Palestinians and the Golan Heights to Syria, according to Ehud Olmert, outgoing prime minister."An unpopular prime minister making a promise he won't have to keep as he faces the end of his term as PM. Sure.
"The impact of these attacks were devastating – France, England, and Spain each lost thousands of ships, and long stretches of the Spanish and Italian coasts were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants. At its peak, the destruction and depopulation of some areas probably exceeded what European slavers would later inflict on the African interior."h/t Gates of Vienna
"Barcelona’s main annual festival, the Festes de La Mercè, kicks into high gear on September 24, the day of the city’s patron saint, the Virgen de la Merced. Because the holiday falls on a Wednesday this year, the celebrations will be spread out over more than one week. In all, some 600 cultural events have been scheduled from September 19 to September 28. But not a single one of them will make any explicit reference to the religious origin of the event."[---]
"Fast-forward some eight centuries to September 2008. Multiculturalism has (temporarily) replaced Islam as the dominant religion in Spain. And multiculturalism’s core doctrine of political correctness says it is now forbidden to honor the memory of faithful Roman Catholics who languished under Muslim captivity.It seems Iberia changes hands every seven hundred years or so. Political correctness has given back what Ferdinand and Isabella had retaken in 1492 and this time without a fight!! Read the whole thing. Zapatero is a cad, if there ever was one.
"Instead, the Islamic community of Barcelona has been officially invited to hold its very own festivities as part of the La Mercè festival for the first time ever. Nits de Ramadà (Nights of Ramadan) aims to allow Muslims to party with friends and family during the evening hours when Muslims stop fasting for Ramadan. Nits de Ramadà is open to non-Muslims, provided they dress properly, do not have more than four wives, and do not smuggle alcoholic beverages into the fairgrounds."
"Large numbers of Sunnis boycotted the last provincial elections and have a limited voice in the Shiite-dominated government. Since then, many Sunnis have put down their arms and given support to U.S. and Iraqi forces, but are frustrated by a lack of a strong voice in government."[---]
"The elections to choose councils in 14 provinces will likely shift the political balance in Iraq and have the potential to lessen simmering mistrust between the Sunnis and Shiites.
"The Sunnis refused to participate in the last elections," said Salim al-Jibouri, a Sunni lawmaker. "The coming elections will change the Iraqi political map."
"The Sunnis want the elections," Marine Maj. Gen. Martin Post, deputy commander of U.S. forces in a largely Sunni portion of western Iraq, said in an interview this week. He said voter registration in Anbar province is high in anticipation of getting a larger voice in government.
"Lawmakers emerged from Wednesday's session pleased that they could break the deadlock. "We shook hands and everyone was grinning," said Fouad Masoun, a Kurdish lawmaker."
“The U.N. has coddled brutal dictators, anti-Semites, state sponsors of terrorism, and nuclear proliferators – while excluding democratic countries from membership and turning a blind eye to humanitarian tragedies and gross violations of human rights around the globe,” Tancredo said. “The U.N.’s continued presence in the United States is an embarrassment to our nation, and the time has come for this ineffective organization to pack its bags and hit the road.”Read the whole thing.
"typo alert:To which I responded (my words in italics, with quotes of Saskboy's words in regular print):
“I told him that I didn’t know him personally, but that I was familiar with her writing.”
Fox News is tabloid journalism at its worst. When paid journalists want to write mean things about someone they should be required to talk to that person to try and get a comment. Otherwise they should admit they are just a simple blogger with a salary."
Note to Saskboy @ 2:29 PM.Let me further explain to Saskboy how private sector networks actually function and the role played by advertisers in those networks.
"When paid journalists want to write mean things about someone they should be required to talk to that person to try and get a comment." So Mallick talked to Palin, did she?
You should sharpen your debating skills a bit there, my darlin'. And while you're at it be prepared to explain why Mallick refused to come on to Van Susteren's program to defend her position."
"Analysis has indicated that the original circle of bluestones was transported to the site from the Preseli hills, 150 miles away in South Wales - an extraordinary feat."[---]
"The pair (archaeologists) have found evidence suggesting Stonehenge was a centre of healing. They have compared the monument to a "Neolithic Lourdes", to which sick people travelled from far away, hoping to be healed by the stones' powers.
An "abnormal number" of remains found in tombs nearby display signs of serious disease, they say, while teeth found in graves prove that about half the bodies there were "not native" to the local area."
"Villagers Storm School to Save 300 Children From Suicide Bombers
"sound troubles, Sept. 14Hell, this guy is advocating splitting the political left in the country even further than it is already. That's a good thing. He's also advocating endorsement by the splintered group of all the fringe causes known to man (and women) and that's a good thing. And to top it all off, he's insinuating that the Canadian electorate is currently incapable of critical thought. What more could you ask for. It might even make those poor folks up in Gerry Ritz's riding better able to excuse his stupid and callous behavior and vote Conservative.
The NDP's use of a non-unionized technical road crew at the CNE is a glaring example of its low regard for the priorities and needs of the labour movement and its working-class constituency. This party has indeed strayed from its roots in the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, which sought to achieve a fundamental restructuring of Canada's economic, social and political features, so as to transform it into a good and just society.
The labour movement needs to seriously re-examine its relationship with the NDP. It is time for labour to explore the formation of a new party with progressive women, racial justice, environmental, peace, youth, global justice, trans and queer, and student social movement organizations.
Now more than ever we need a party that will not be uneasy with its association or defence of the rights of the majority of us who sell our labour with little control over how it is used and compensated.
Now more than ever we need a party that will be a champion of participatory political and economic democracy.
Now more than ever, we need a political party that will promote the development of political literacy within the electorate. This development would help the citizens in critically reading the word, as well as the economic, social and political world around us.
Ajamu Nangwaya, 3rd Vice-President, CUPE Ontario"
"Its not an election unless Jack accuses you of murder."Jack, of course, is Taliban Jack.
"I can’t help but chuckle as I write this: Alusi is a bad-ass, and these folks, especially the Islamists, don’t realize that they are falling into his trap. The Minister of State for National Security, Abdel-Karim al-‘Anizi, made the mistake of calling Alusi an Israeli agent today, only to get Alusi to retort that al-‘Anizi is an Iranian spy..."[---]
"The so-called Iraq ‘analysts’ and ‘experts’ will have a hard time explaining when this is all over why such antics work to Alusi’s favor."[---]
"I spoke to Alusi earlier today, and this is what he had to say: “America doesn’t have the confidence to deter Iran from building a nuclear weapon. The Americans are even preventing Israel from saving itself. Iraqis and Israelis are the two nations that will suffer the most from a radical Iranian leadership that can threaten us with nuclear weapons. Thus, Iraq and Israel must find a strategy to counter this threat. Time is running out.”"He then goes into great detail about Alusi's rhetoric to and about his fellow Iraqi parliamentatians, whom he, of course, accuses of incompetence and of being in bed with Iran. But the real kicker is what Kazimi finds in the comments section of a Saudi television network's website about Alusi.
"One would think that it would be cram full of Arab nationalists...denouncing Mithal as a Zionist spy; on the contrary, the response is predominately supportive. The catch line is that Alusi was punished for speaking out against Iran, not for visiting Israel."Damn that Bush doctrine!!
"Last year Lehman Brothers released a long and highly publicized report about climate change in which they preached about decarbonization, trying to make their investors keep getting high profits from the Kyoto carbon trade scheme and the support of huge public subventions. All that, of course, with the applause of the usual choir of politicians, the entire media and the Greens.
A year ago they couldn’t predict their bankruptcy but were predicting the climate 100 years ahead."
"...an aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lauded the U.S. military chief's efforts to help bring violence down to levels not seen since early 2004. "We appreciate what you've done, General," the aide recalls saying, "but there's another American General who would be warmly and immediately embraced by all Iraqis, one who would help us even more."Yes. Now is the time to invest in Iraq's future. Infrastructure and trade straight ahead!!
"Who is it?" General Petraeus reportedly asked. "Tell me so I can send him."
"General Electric," the al-Maliki aide replied."
"Under the act, the sharia courts are classified as arbitration tribunals. The rulings of arbitration tribunals are binding in law, provided that both parties in the dispute agree to give it the power to rule on their case."[---]
"There are concerns that women who agree to go to tribunal courts are getting worse deals because Islamic law favours men."Ya' think??
"Siddiqi said that in a recent inheritance dispute handled by the court in Nuneaton, the estate of a Midlands man was divided between three daughters and two sons.
The judges on the panel gave the sons twice as much as the daughters, in accordance with sharia. Had the family gone to a normal British court, the daughters would have got equal amounts."
In the six cases of domestic violence, Siddiqi said the judges ordered the husbands to take anger management classes and mentoring from community elders. There was no further punishment.Who in their right mind would believe Muslim women are fully capable of making independent decisions in their own interests in a cultural milieu that considers them to be inferior and wholly subservient to men!! Nuff said!!
In each case, the women subsequently withdrew the complaints they had lodged with the police and the police stopped their investigations.
""Experience" is often just a fancy word for the mistakes that we belatedly realized we were making, only after the realities of the world made us pay a painful price for being wrong."That journey, by the way, took me well into my 30s. And as he says in the article, many people never do arrive into genuine adulthood.
"The storm, which was classified as a strong Category 2 with winds that reached 110 miles per hour in the last few hours, is now being classified as a Category 1 with winds of 90 m.p.h."
"The Taliban say they know that an election campaign is underway in Canada and that's why they have stepped up attacks against Canadians in Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yussef said Tuesday the insurgent movement wants Canada's next prime minister to pull Canadian troops out of Afghanistan.
"Yes, I know that the election is being held in Canada. That is why our attacks on Canadians are increased," Yussef said through a translator.
"One of the Canadian soldiers, who has won a medal as well, was killed in our recent attacks.""
"Liberal Leader Stephane Dion responded: "We will not be intimidated by the Taliban."And wonder of wonders, even Taliban Jack calls them out:
"NDP Leader Jack Layton said: "The suggestion that there's going to be violence meted out against Canadian soldiers to try and influence the election here is reprehensible."Looks like the Greens are the only allies the Taliban have left. Good luck with that, Mr. Yussef.
"We'll decide our own policies right here in Canada with regard to the war in Afghanistan," he said."
"Although MSNBC nearly doubled its total audience compared with the 2004 conventions, its competitive position did not improve, as it remained in last place among the broadcast and cable news networks."...
"When the vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin lamented media bias during her speech, attendees of the Republican convention loudly chanted “NBC.”"Anyway, so long. Obviously I won't miss you. I only found out about it via a blog that I frequent - Girl on the Right.
"In interviews, 10 current and former staff members said that long-simmering tensions between MSNBC and NBC reached a boiling point during the conventions. “MSNBC is behaving like a heroin addict,” one senior staff member observed. “They’re living from fix to fix and swearing they’ll go into rehab the next week.”"
"There is no way the Socialists are a “fart in the wind”. You’re a outdoor kind of guy, how long does a fart in the wind hang around? I’d say the Socialists are more like a lingering fart that continues to foul the air."For some reason Taliban Jack and his crew rated a mentioned in this discussion. /sarc
"In an interview with al Jazeera last year, he showered her with praise, declaring: “I support my darling black African woman.” The Libyan leader, who began his ideological life as a militant pan-Arabist, has matured into an enthusiastic African nationalist, aligning his country’s future with the continent.So the great-great-great(?) granddaughter of slaves meets the great-great-great(?) grandson of slavers and they hit it off. Damn, I love international politicking. Whatever is in it for Gadaffi, the West sure snared them a charming one, even if he is a weasel.
He continued: “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. Leezza, Leezza, Leezza . . . I love her very much. I admire her, and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”"
"Imagine my embarrassment, then, when it turned out this week that the flagship newscast on the biggest, deep-pocketeddest, old-fashionedest Canadian media outlet of them all — the taxpayer-funded CBC — got suckered into reporting a story that the blogosphere chewed up, debunked, and spit out two days earlier."Up to its usual standards, CBC's man in Washington was propagating left wing rumors about Sarah Palin's baby actually being her daughter's child and the supposed cover up the family had orchestrated to make it look like it was Palin's herself.
"Except for a few British outlets, no mainstream media reported on the rumor — even before it had been debunked. The Daily Kos itself shut up about the subject from Monday onwards.[---]
But then, on Tuesday night — two full days after the rumor was killed — CBC’s The National went live with it."
"All total nonsense, of course. Total taxpayer-funded nonsense."(Emphasis mine.)