A Hindu Man Explains..
All you worshipers of Gandhi, where are you on the question of Islamism now?
"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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
"Frank A. Verrastro, director of the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he thought the announcement of the Chinese deal would open the door to the announcement of some of the other oil deals that Iraq has been negotiating recently.Iraq is a sovereign country, folks. Too bad your mindless prater won't be validated.
The announcement of a Chinese deal first, rather than a deal with a major Western petroleum company like Shell or Chevron, would send a positive signal, Mr. Verrastro said.
“Iraq is going to deal with China, as well as the U.S., as well as the U.K.,” he said. “It shows that Iraq is going to reach beyond a select group of companies.”
"Bighead had a different recollection from previous witnesses of when the interview between Parker and Ahenakew occurred. Bighead said the interview took place about 10 minutes after her father finished speaking at the conference; Parker had previously testified that he waited about an hour, until two other speakers finished, before approaching Ahenakew. FSIN Chief Lawrence Joseph, meanwhile, has said Parker approached Ahenakew immediately after Ahenakew spoke.You see, if he and the movement he spawned hadn't been such confrontational, lying, loudmouth bigots things could have turned out a whole lot better for a whole lot of First Nations people who are still at the bottom of the heap, thanks to their services as platforms being necessary for the Indian Industry to step on. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Indian movement needs a Dr. Martin Luther King whose vision can inspire everyone to overcome this festering problem.
Under cross-examination, Bains played the conference videotape in which Parker can be seen walking past the podium after the morning's speakers had finished and the lunch break was announced."
"The White House held a meeting of top intelligence and counter-terrorism officials, and pledged to help the Indian government."[---]
"The attacks have come amidst elections in several Indian states and exposes the governing coalition to the charge that it has failed to combat terror..."
"The Indian navy says its forces have boarded a cargo vessel they believe to be linked to the attacks, the Associated Press news agency reports. Navy spokesman Capt Manohar Nambiar says the MV Alpha had recently come to Mumbai from Karachi, Pakistan.""Gordon Brown condemns Mumbai Terror attacks and promised that Britain will offer "all necessary help" to the Indian government." (More leader statements at the link.)
"Brooke Anderson, the national security spokeswoman for the president-elect, Barack Obama, said: "These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism.What sort of "change we can believe in" is on his menu, I wonder. But I digress.
"The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks. We stand with the people of India."
"Also reported was the arrest of Hossein Derakshan, a Canadian Iranian who pioneered blogging in Iran and was called the "blogfather" there. Derakshan was a backer of the theocracy in Iran, but believed it should reach out to Israel. He visited the Jewish state in 2006 and wrote about it on his blog.More here
Derakshan returned to his native Iran from his adoptive Canada last month and various media reported his arrest this week. A Web site reported that Derakshan confessed to spying for Israel."
"They told the truth when all around them their press colleagues were inadvertently (or, in one case, deliberately) misleading the public."This is an excellent example of media's complicity, of their willingness to be influenced by political ideology or to be sycophants rather than news gatherers and truth tellers, and most distressingly, to suppress the voices that do report the truth.
"As the world now knows (although it took more than half a century and the opening of Soviet archives to confirm), approximately 10 million people were deliberately starved to death by the collectivization policies pursued by Joseph Stalin."[---]
"The Moscow press corps was then led by Walter Duranty of The New York Times. For two decades, Duranty had been the most influential foreign correspondent in Russia. His dispatches were regarded as authoritative; indeed, Duranty had helped to shape U. S. foreign policy. His biographer has demonstrated that Duranty's reporting was a critical factor in FDR's 1933 decision to grant official recognition to the Soviet Union. When the Pulitzer Prize committee conferred its prize on Duranty (in 1932, at the height of the famine), they cited his "scholarship, profundity, impartiality, sound judgment and exceptional clarity."Why does this have a familiar ring to it? Well worth the read.
Duranty, an unattractive, oversexed little man with a wooden leg, falsified facts, spread lies and half-truths, invented occurrences that never happened and turned a blind eye to Stalin's man-made famine."
"These results are good fodder for Fox in defending its claims of being "Fair and Balanced" -- it's also interesting to note that more people in the poll described themselves as Democrats than Republicans -- but the majority of Americans seem to also have little faith in the media at all."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."Don't you wish the Democrats still had this sort of commitment to principles?
We had to go to war, because the only sure way to ensure our national security is to drain the swamp of terrorism: to finally begin the process of wrenching the Arab world from a culture of backwardness, oppression and hatred toward the West.[---]
Too many forget that there was massive support for the war in 2003: from left to right, Democrats and Republicans; and if many of our European allies did not support going to war in early 2003, their intelligence services were supporting the views of our own multi-agency analyses: that Saddam had WMDs, a belief Saddam almost undoubtedly nurtured in order to overawe his Iranian neighbors.[--]
WMDs were the primary reason we went to war. Others include Saddam's genocidal campaign against the Kurds and his infringement of the no-fly zone, which violated the armistice that had halted the fighting in 1991 and gave the Powers opposing him the legal right under international law to resume hostilities.[---]
The reality is that Saddam would have had to have been removed at some point, and the decrepit state he held together by terror was bound to blow apart. Better sooner than later to get a head start on taking on a country at the heart of the Arab world and Arab mythology that had been fomenting terrorism, oppressing its people and otherwise helping to sustain a collective Arab culture that is a petri dish for terrorism.
A Canada-sponsored United Nations resolution denouncing the human rights situation in Iran could deprive that country of chances for “fair” ties with the Islamic Republic, a source from Iran’s Foreign Ministry told the official IRNA news agency in an interview today.[---]
“Canada’s hostile action toward the Islamic Republic of Iran is deserving of an appropriate response,” the source added."Oh. We're so offended.
What bothers me about the position she opposes is the implicit - and often explicit - argument that liberalism/ rationalism/scientific thought is inherently oppressive and imperialist. The practical consequence of this is not only polarization, but also the message given to native people (especially students) that engaging in fields based on rationalist/scientific method is selling out to the oppressor (sorry, “the Other”). They’re not considered “real Indians” if they accept this mindset. And, if they do, they risk “assimilating” their people into mainstream society, which is also racist.Right on!!
So the real cost of this postcolonial claptrap is the intellectual stagnation of generations of aboriginal students.
Iraq's Cabinet overwhelmingly approved a security pact with the United States on Sunday, ending prolonged negotiations to allow American forces to remain for three more years in the country they first occupied in 2003.[---]
"It's the best possible, available option," said government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh. He was referring to the conflict between Iraq's desire for full sovereignty and control over security and its need for American support and cooperation to achieve that goal.
Al-Dabbagh described the pact — intended to supplant the U.N. mandate expiring Dec. 31 — as an "agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. troops," and Washington welcomed the Cabinet's approval.
Honestly, I thought it would go right down to the wire as nearly every other significant event has since the handover of sovereignty to Iraq by Paul Bremer on June 28, 2004.
"I'm optimistic that this agreement will be passed through the Council of Representatives (parliament)," spokesman al-Dabbagh told Associated Press Television News. But he added: "You cannot guarantee 100 percent approval of anything."
Barring unforeseen developments, the document should receive the support of the 85 lawmakers of the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, the 54 Kurdish lawmakers and most of the 44 lawmakers in the Iraqi Accordance Front, the largest Sunni Arab bloc.
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who commands the loyalty of 30 lawmakers, urged parliament in a statement Sunday to reject the agreement "without the least hesitation." The statement was read by a top al-Sadr aide on Iraq's al-Sharqiya Television.
...the Iraqi government could cancel the agreement if its own forces became capable of controlling security earlier.Well, duh!! That's been Bush's position for a very long time.
"That matches the vision of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. The Iraqi side would not mind withdrawal when the readiness of its forces is achieved."
The Iraqi government is grown increasingly confident of its own ability to keep order. Violence has dramatically reduced in the country over the past year and Iraqi forces now have command in 13 of Iraq's 18 provinces. October's death toll was the lowest since the invasion.The Iraqi parliament now has to approve it. Expect raucous debate and posturing.
"The Iraqi people want these elections. The forthcoming elections are rightly viewed as an opportunity to establish a more inclusive sectarian balance and shape a new political landscape and are the most significant political event in the forthcoming months,..."Go, Iraq!!!!
The 2007 and 2008 hurricane seasons had the least tropical activity in the Northern Hemisphere in 30 years, according to Ryan Maue, co-author of a report on Global Tropical Cyclone Activity.
"Even though North Atlantic hurricane activity was expectedly above normal, the Western and Eastern Pacific basins have produced considerably fewer than normal typhoons and hurricanes," he said.
Maue's results dovetail with other research suggesting hurricanes are variable and unconnected to global warming predictions, said Stan Goldenberg, a hurricane researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon read the declaration near the end of the two-day meeting which was initiated by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and brought 14 world leaders to New York including President Bush, the heads of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Israel's president.This is interesting, but excuse me for being skeptical. After all, Saudi Arabia supplies textbooks to Mosque run schools around the world, which teach that Jews and Christians are "apes and pigs". If it is genuine, it is in large part because of George Bush's courageous and farsighted vision concerning democratizing the Middle East and the brutality shown to the entire world by those within Islam who reject democracy. Compare his words, delivered at the same conference to the textbooks' message:
"King Abdullah's initiative has come at a time when the need for dialogue among religions, cultures and civilizations has never been greater," Ban told a news conference. "The challenge now is to go beyond the powerful, positive words we have heard."
"We believe God calls us to live in peace — and to oppose all those who use His name to justify violence and murder."[---]
"People who are free to express their opinions can challenge the ideologies of hate," he said. "They can defend their religious beliefs and speak out against those seeking to twist them to evil ends. They can prevent their children from falling under the sway of extremists by giving them a more hopeful alternative."Since it was said at the United Nations, and convened at the behest of the birthplace of Salafi extremism, I'm more inclined to suspect it was just so much hot air, as is just about everything else in that organization and as the article shows, everyone knows how to mimic the age old platitudes of the United Nations founding principles, especially those, such as the House of Saud, who have no history or intention of ever living up to them. However, there is one small sliver of hope. I would like to believe Eboo Patel's take on this one:
"Sometimes the external articulation of a message sets of(sic) a string of internal changes.He could be right, and if he is, I'm betting that was part of the strategy. After all, given the times, with our shrinking planet, criss-crossed as it is with global communications technology, if the Saudi King can use the exalted United Nations to proclaim his supposed "tolerance" of other faiths, he has surely released the genie from the bottle and there is no putting it back. Remember what Condi Rice said about the meaning of diplomacy.
Consider America during World War II, fighting across Europe to free the Jews while its own swimming pools and water fountains were segregated. Americans were too smart to stomach their government's hypocrisy for long. The American external message of freedom during World War II played a crucial role in catalyzing our internal Civil Rights Movement.
Maybe King Abdullah, by articulating the central Muslim value of religious pluralism on the world stage, will find the citizens of his Kingdom demanding that he implement it at home."
“Diplomacy is not a synonym for talking. True diplomacy means structuring a set of incentives and disincentives to produce change in behavior.”And just maybe, it has something to do with isolating Iran, the worst bastion of religious intolerance on the planet.
"Any blow struck against the enemy counted as a coup, but the most prestigious acts included touching an enemy warrior, with the hand or with a coup stick, then escaping unharmed. Counting coup could also involve stealing from the enemy. Risk of injury or death was required to count coup."From the second:
"Risk of injury or death was involved, should the other warrior respond violently."So Miss Native Studies expert-paid-with-my-tax-dollars-to-indoctrinate-my-niece, how could counting coup be such a great source of prestige, without taking into account the great "risk" involved in pulling it off? In that respect, it was no different than any other form of warfare. Without the invariably very great risk of death and injury that is inherent in any war at any time in any culture, counting coup would count for nothing. Got it?
"It's more than twice as old as the Pyramids, or even the written word. When it was built, saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths still roamed, and the Ice Age had just ended."[---]
"...no evidence of permanent settlement has been found at the site, although there are remains of butchered animals and edible plants.[---]
Schmidt and his colleagues say no evidence of permanent settlement has been found at the site, although there are remains of butchered animals and edible plants.
However, all of the bones are from wild animals, and all the vegetation from wild plants."
"Wild grain ancestral to modern wheat grows nearby..."It dates from 11,500 years ago, before humans had begun to grow domesticated grains and animals, and is the oldest human built holy place to yet be discovered.
"It's pay week for the patrolmen who helped flush al Qaeda militants out of their Baghdad neighborhoods. Only this time, it is the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government that is paying the mainly Sunni fighters, rather than the U.S. military.
Putting the fighters, many of whom were once insurgents, on the payroll of a government they once fought is seen as a major test of reconciliation as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw.
The Iraqi army began paying them at dozens of stations opened this week throughout Baghdad.
The U.S. military says the fighters number 100,000, about half of them in Baghdad province. The government took charge of the Baghdad fighters last month and plans to take on those in other parts of the country in coming months."
"The U.S. is on track to complete its shift out of all Iraqi cities by June 2009. That is one of the milestones in a political-military campaign plan devised in 2007 by Gen. David Petraeus, when he was the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and his political partner in Baghdad, Ambassador Ryan Crocker. The goal also is in a preliminary security pact with the Iraqi government on the future U.S. military presence."[---]
"Brig. Gen. Martin Post, deputy commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq, where the Sunni insurgency has sharply abated — if not almost disappeared — since 2007, said Monday his outfit is shutting down the U.S. base at Fallujah. The U.S. headquarters elements there are moving to al-Asad air base, a large but remote facility in the vast desert halfway between Fallujah and the Syrian border.The War is Over and We Won
'There's been a big effort to move all the Marine forces out of the cities," Post said in a videoconference with reporters at the Pentagon. "And so as you go throughout, from Fallujah all the way up the Euphrates River Valley, up to al-Qaim — where we used to have Marines actually living in the cities — we've pulled them all out.'"
"Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. "There's nothing going on. I'm with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I'm with haven't fired their weapons on this tour and they've been here eight months. And the place we're at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there's nothing going on. I've been walking my feet off and haven't seen anything. I've been asking Iraqis, 'do you think the violence will kick up again,' but even the Iraqi journalists are sounding optimistic now and they're usually dour." There's a little bit of violence here and there, but nothing that's a threat to the general situation. Plus, not only the Iraqi Army, but even the National Police are well thought of by the populace. Training from U.S. troops has paid off, he says, in building a rapport."Just what is it that Barack Obama has vowed to do? RTWT
"Iraq's interior minister has criticized the country's politicians for not approving an agreement that would allow U.S. troops to operate in Iraq after the end of the year, and called their continued presence crucial.It's hard to know which way the wind will blow. Obama has his work cut out for him.
"The security agreement is important for Iraq to ban and stop foreign influence and interference," minister Jawad al-Bolani said in an interview Wednesday. "The Iraqi people need this security agreement."
Bolani, one of the few top Shiite leaders to speak publicly in favor of the deal, said Iraqi politicians should declare their stances on it.
"They should be outspoken," he said. "You have to have a clear vision" that can be articulated."
The Conservative Party of Canada is holding their Policy Convention this weekend and resolution P-203 has been put forward for consideration. The resolution reads as follows:
Modify HRC Jurisdiction
PROPOSED BY VICTORIA AND KELOWNA - LAKE COUNTRY
iii) The Conservative Party supports legislation to remove authority
from the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal to regulate,
receive, investigate or adjudicate complaints related to Section 13 of
the Canadian Human Rights Act.
I, as an individual, this blog and numerous other bloggers are in support of Resolution P-203 and we put forward the following statement of support (Updated 11/11/08):
RESOLUTION P-203: DECLARATION of SUPPORT
We strongly support those members of the Conservative Party of Canada who seek to repeal Sections 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Sections 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human Rights Act are a direct attack on the freedom of expression guaranteed to us under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The provisions of these sections allow the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to prosecute anyone alleged to have said or written something “likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt” whether there is a living, breathing victim or not.
Vague concepts such as speech or writing “liable to cause hatred or contempt” are the basis of expensive state-funded prosecution of individuals. The statute provides no objective legal test for “hate” or any objective means of determining what constitutes “contempt”. As a result, the CHRC is used by various groups and individuals, as a risk-free taxpayer funded method to silence their critics and those they disagree with. CHRC investigators have testified that that “freedom of speech is an American concept” and therefore not valid in Canada. Such statements are contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but are standard operating procedure at the CHRC.
Commissioners of the Canadians Human Rights Tribunal, who are not judges and are often not even lawyers, have held that “truth” is not a defence against prosecution under Section 13. Intent or fair comment are also not defenses. In fact, there is not a single listed defence under Section 13! Because of the lack of any defenses, the Tribunal has a 100% conviction rate since 1978. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal routinely ignores the principles of fundamental justice, such as the rules of evidence, and these kangaroo courts, even allow hearsay evidence. The CHRA provides for each Tribunal to make up the rules as they go.
Every journalist, writer, Internet webmaster, publisher and private citizen in Canada can be the subject of a Human Rights complaint for expressing an opinion or telling the truth. Given the ambiguity of Section 13, it is virtually impossible for any individual to determine if they might be in violation of Section 13. Arbitrary censorship and punishment are wrong, and cannot be justified in a free society.
Please support Resolution P-203, and preserve Canadians’ Charter right to freedom of expression.
"There is a letter my father sent home from Holland dated October 13th, 1944 in which he says:To my two little sweethearts, may you always enjoy and cherish the freedoms so many of us take for granted and as you grow older may you also pause on this special day and be grateful.
"We are right in there pitching to beat hell and having quite an exciting time. We always manage to find a house or barn to sleep in, if we can get one with a basement, so much the better. As I write there are jerry shells whizzing around and landing quite close. About five minutes ago, just as I was finishing writing to Punch [his brother] one of the few remaining doors was knocked off our house by shrapnel. Before we came in the old man and old lady (between 70 and 80 years old) were both killed in the house, they chose not to evacuate and that was the result. All of the houses are smashed up and most of the civies have evacuated, quite a few dead jerries lying around.Of course, my dad was putting on a brave face. He sustained shrapnel in his leg during one of those battles and, according to my mother, after the war for a long time, he would have nightmares in his sleep. For many years afterward he and my mother exchanged letters with a Dutch couple with whom he had stayed during the war. To this day, the Dutch have a special place in their history for the brave Canucks who slugged it out beating back Hitler in those terrible times."
We are on high ground overlooking the front and have a grandstand view of the battle up ahead. We have a wonderful artillery barrage and swell support from the Typhoons and Spits of the R.A.F. and R.C.A.F. They sure make a grand sight with their rockets, bombs and cannon. No air opposition and very little flak."
"The new myth is understandable as a product of Indian activism and white guilt feelings. However, the factual basis for the novel concoction seems to have been non-existent in the late 1960s - or, for that matter, at any other time in the twentieth century."He lists numerous secondary sources, in English and German, that any academic worth his salt, would have to have consulted if he were to write on the subject, sources which exhaustively document the primary sources that speak to the custom of scalping. And he also cites some of those primary sources from the earliest European accounts of contacts with Indians, one being Jacques Cartier, famous to Canadian history, who, on his second voyage up the St. Lawrence River in 1535, was shown "the skins of five men's heads, stretched on hoops, like parchment". They were, apparently, the scalps of Micmac (who still live on the East coast of Canada and the upper American seaboard in Maine), who were "continually at war" with the Iroquois.
"If the whites had taught the Indians to scalp one another for money, there is little reason to believe that they were also cozened into making it easier for their enemies by growing partible and portable locks. Something far deeper in Native culture and history must account for the practice."But actual historical accounts from European witnesses are only part of what Axtell calls a "wall of evidence to the contrary". Even more damning to the Indian Industry's rhetoric is the linguistic and archaeological evidence. Words describing the noun "scalp" were known in several European languages in the seventeenth century and earlier, but turn the word into a verb, describing an action, which is what scalping is, and it was necessary to use a variety of words close in meaning: to carve, engrave, scrape, scratch, skin, flay, excoriate. On the other hand, to quote Axtell:
"...the Indian languages of the East contain many specialized expressions referring to the scalp, to scalping, and the victim of scalping....implying considerable antiquity for scalping."He further elaborates on the significance of this fact from a linguistic science perspective, but to make a long story short, the rich and varied abundance of words in the Indian languages implies the practice of scalping originated in North America. And finally, the archeaological evidence consists of the discovery of human skulls dating to pre-Columbian times, with the characteristic scars on the bone that could only have been produced by a scalping.
"This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past." Aristotle
"God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed." Saint Augustine
"One and God make a majority." Frederick Douglass
"At any rate, I am convinced that He [God] does not play dice." Albert Einstein
"God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us." Gandhi
"Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays." Soren Kierkegaard
"I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land." Martin Luther King Jr.
"I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being, who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail. Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be every where for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell."
"Women was God's second mistake." Friedrich Nietzsch
"I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability."Oscar Wilde
"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." Voltaire
"To believe in God is impossible. Not to believe in Him is absurd." Voltaire
"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." Alice Walker
"I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God - I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least." Walt Whitman
"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." Frank Lloyd WrightCheck out this one, too.
"The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic. "There are some things we simply cannot know, such as whether or not there is a God, a Creator of all things; things that include the process of evolution, the vast universe and the notion of time without beginning or end. To declare oneself an agnostic is to admit there are some things you cannot know so you remain open to further enlightenment. To declare oneself an atheist is a cocksure statement which, at its essence, is the very definition of bombastic arrogance.