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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wow, a possible leftist acknowledges Muslim hatemongering

In this article on the leftist Death and Taxes website, the writer DJ Pangburn writes about an athiest convention in Australia, and recognizes what was wrong with Islamic opposition to it, though he also makes questionable comments about "Abrahamic tradition":
From April 13 to 15, Melbourne, Australia held “A Celebration of Reason” at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, where scientists, writers and speakers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Eugenie Scott, A. C. Grayling and Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke. On a more somber but touching note, there was a tribute to Christopher Hitchens, who passed away in 2011 from cancer. Hitchens, one of the 20th century’s great writers and orators and, indeed, free thinkers, was the rock star amongst atheists and his presence must have been sorely missed.

At any rate, such was the cultural import of “A Celebration of Reason” that a group of Muslim protesters—freely expressing their hatred and intolerance of anything that challenges their religion—stood outside holding signs that read “Atheism is the Cancer / Islam is the Answer” and “Christopher Hitchens Final Destination: Hell Fire.” In response to the former, well, there have been a variety of “answers” throughout written history and beyond, and it’s only been in the last 3,000 years that the Abrahamic tradition made an art out of a religious delusion and arrogance that thrives on ignorance, and which took root when intellectual power was reserved for kings and clergy and not the masses. An age of superstition, not of reason and science.

Of course, the faithful such as those Muslim protesters are free to believe what they like, but no atheist is going to wish eternal plagues upon their souls—that’s just a load of nonsense. The worst the Muslim protesters got was a counter-protest staged by two gay men and sealed with a kiss. Sublime.
Now I may not condone atheism and homosexuality, but the organizers are to be commended if they took a rational route here, as compared to the Muslim protestors' offensive pickets and declarations. And this Pangburn certainly comes off better than that other degrading contributor to that site, Andrew Belonsky, the Islam apologist who even recently attacked the acceptance of the Ten Commadments as "thoughtless" (he's been mostly absent lately, though there's no telling if he's off that site for good. He ought to be though). However, if he's trying to insult old religious generations in Judaism even if there's legitimate criticism to be made, I can't say I'm happy about that.

At least he does do a lot better than some other potential leftists in addressing a case of hatemongering. Who knew that followers of the Religion of Rape in Australia actually "cared"? it shows that whereever even an atheist lives in the world, one can't underestimate how Muslims might think of these movements.
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Daniel Pipes uncovers The 99's true nature

Prof. Daniel Pipes has written about the Kuwaiti-produced comic book "The 99", and provided some more clues to how it's really a propaganda product:
...a closer look reveals the Islamic nature of the comic book. The title, 99, refers to Islam's concept that God has 99 names, each of which appears in the Koran and embodies some attribute of His character: the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Kind, the Most Holy, and the All-Peaceful, but also the Avenger, the Afflicter, and the Causer of Death. [...]

The superheroes are all Muslims (i.e., not Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or Buddhist), some of whom come from Western countries like the United States and Portugal. In contrast, villains are primarily non-Muslims.

[Naif] Al-Mutawa describes contradictory goals for The 99. Sometimes, he insists "I'm not looking to convert anyone." In this mode, he hopes "Jewish kids think that The 99 characters are Jewish, and Christian kids think they're Christian, and Muslim kids think they're Muslim, and Hindu kids think they're Hindu."

At other times he says he devised the series on concluding that "the Arab world needed better role models." He aspired to develop "a new cast of superheroes for the children of the Islamic world" and hoped his work "may well help save a generation" of Muslims. He even thinks his cartoon characters can "salvage Islam's reputation." Indeed, discussion about The 99 stresses its Islamic component. The New York Times notes that its superheroes are "aimed specifically at young Muslim readers and focusing on Muslim virtues." The Times (London) described the series' mission as instilling "old-fashioned Islamic values in Christian, Jewish and atheist children."

Likewise, Barack Obama praised the comic books for having "captured the imagination of so many young people with superheroes who embody the teachings and tolerance of Islam." An Islamic investment bank whose products "fully comply with Shari'ah principles" invested US$15.9 million in Teshkeel and complimented it for "highlighting Islam's rich culture and heritage."

In short, The 99, available in both Arabic and English, contains overtly Islamic content and explicitly promotes Islam. Granted, its Islam has modern aspects, but among non-Muslims the series engages in surreptitious da'wa [Islamic missionary-style work].
Well well. Just another reason why it's a good thing if The Hub network won't be broadcasting that cartoon series based on it. This was what DC Comics was willing to do a since disastrous collaboration on? A really shameful head-shaker. Thanks goodness that "teamup" was the flop it ended up as, and in the end, DC themselves pretty much dumped it out there with little or no fanfare, maybe because they understood it could draw critical fire if they went ahead and promoted it en masse. I'm very glad an expert like Pipes could provide some insight on a subject like this.
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Upcoming Town Hall on Terror, Los Angeles, May 1st, 2012

On behalf on FrontPage Magazine's managing editor Jamie Glazov, let me cordially extend this invitation to all members of the counter-jihad community, so-called 'Islamophobes', and lovers of freedom and liberty to the 'Town Hall on Terror'. Don't miss this important event!

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We want YOU to join the discussion. "Town Hall on Terror" is the first in a series of Town Hall meetings sponsored by Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, to allow your voice to be heard.

In its own words, the Muslim Brotherhood is engaged in a "grand Jihad" with the intention of "eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within." Like it or not, we are in a showdown with evil. But what exactly is the nature of the threat we face and how can we best confront it?

Your host is Jamie Glazov, editor of Frontpagemag.com and author of United in Hate and Showdown with Evil.

The four panelists who will kick off the discussion are:

Nonie Darwish, author of the new book The Devil We Don't Know
Mark Tapson, Shillman Journalism Fellow at David Horowitz Freedom Center
Bosch Fawstin, creator of the superhero Pigman, the jihadist's worst nightmare
Dwight Schultz, Hollywood actor and expert on Hollywood and media bias

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

6:30 p.m. Sign in
7p.m. Start of program

Sherman Oaks Woman's Club
4808 Kester Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

For purposes of meaningful discussion, there will be limited seating, so RSVP NOW!
It's your turn to come and be heard!

 $20 per person – cash or check at the door
Register by email at RSVP@cjhsla.org
For more information call 818-704-0523

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Breakthrough announced in ageing genes study

Four “Father Time” genes that help determine how fast we age have been uncovered by scientists. The ageing genes are switched on or off by environmental and lifestyle factors such as diet, and may be programmed from an early age. Knowing how the genes are altered could pave the way to new generations of anti-ageing drugs, researchers believe. Scientists already knew that “epigenetic” changes – chemical alterations to DNA made by external factors in the environment – are important to ageing.

The new research goes some way towards solving the riddle of how and when these effects occur.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

BREAKING: Bank of America Reportedly Drops Gun Company for Political Reasons

From PJM:
Bailout recipient Bank of America has severed relations with an American company because of a reported bias against their industry. McMillan Group International released an extraordinary statement on Facebook regarding the incident:

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, McMillan Group International have been collectively banking with Bank of America for 12 years. Today Mr. Ray Fox, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Business Banking, Global Commercial Banking came to my office. He scheduled the meeting as an “account analysis” meeting in order to evaluate the two lines of credit we have with them. He spent five minutes talking about how McMillan has changed in the last five years and have become more of a firearms manufacturer than a supplier of accessories.

At this point I interrupted him and asked “Can I possible save you some time so that you don’t waste your breath? What you are going to tell me is that because we are in the firearms manufacturing business you no longer what my business.”

“That is correct” he says.

I replied “That is okay, we will move our accounts as soon as possible. We can find a Second Amendment friendly bank that will be glad to have our business. You won’t mind if I tell the NRA, SCI and everyone one I know that BofA is not firearms industry friendly?”

“You have to do what you must” he said.

“So you are telling me this is a politically motivated decision, is that right?”

Mr Fox confirmed that it was. At which point I told him that the meeting was over and there was nothing let for him to say.

McMillan is now refusing to accept Bank of America cards from customers for payment.
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Leonard Cohen
A Thousand Kisses Deep

I'm Your Man

In My Secret Life

Everybody Knows

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"White Hispanic"

If you ever wondered what a "White Hispanic" is, George Zimmerman is, apparently, Exhibit A.

 Interestingly enough, a "White Hispanic" bleeds red blood, just like the rest of us.

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Obama Showing Signs Of Desperation?

First, a brief apology for my recent absence from IBA.

The mother of one of my students lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, April 14. In my forty years of teaching, I've never lost a parent of one of my students to death. What has made this experience particularly difficult for me is that (1) I've been mentoring this student for nearly three years, (2) this student lost her father to a brain aneurysm followed by a staph infection six years ago, (3) and I counted the lady who just passed as a friend on several different levels.


Now, on to the point of this post.

This essay by Victor Davis Hanson caught my eye today. Brief excerpt from the concluding paragraphs of "The Obama Administration Looks To Be Close To A Breakdown":
The effect of all these unnecessary missteps was to make the Obama administration appear inept — at precisely the time Republicans were unifying around Romney and ending their long, suicidal primary fights. Some polls even showed Romney suddenly ahead in the presidential race.

So why is the president rashly picking these stupid fights? Apparently his team wishes to divert attention from generally bleak economic news....


These perfect storms often either destroy presidents or turn them into unpopular lame ducks....
Read the entire essay HERE.

Now, if only those who oppose Obama's re-election don't spout off in an off-putting manner and thereby lose the Independents' votes.

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Rest In Peace

Levon Helm

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Tierney Sutton
Walkin' After Midnight

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Non-violent resistance is all well and good and admirable and preferable. But, historically, it’s not our way, to submit instead of stand our ground, even if it means knocking the other fellow on his ass.. And as the government continues to spiral out of control and lose all touch with ground truths, I see it as less and less likely to be the outcome.

We need to come to terms with the truth that The Revolution has already begun. Barack Hussein Obama started it when he decided The United States of America was no longer good enough and needed to be sacrificed and remade in his own image.

The Revolution has already begun and - as brother turns against brother, friend against friend, along ideological lines - I’m afraid, will end in the civil war Jon Voight warned about.

It’s in our blood. And the blood of our children.

- midnight rider, September 2, 2009

A bit over two and a half years ago -- scant hours before my job was eliminated and I was set adrift -- I posted a warning about where I thought this country was headed.

Since then I have had far too much time available to watch the news. Nothing I have seen in that time has changed my mind about what I see coming. In fact if anything it has accelerated, as so many of you have noted.

And I have come to believe what is coming is now, or very shortly will be, unavoidable.

The lines are too sharply drawn. The rhetoric too loud. The divide too large.

The government has seen fit to leave it that way. They have become paralyzed, largely along partisan lines, into inaction to try to fix anything. Our public servants are more concerned with their private lives and continuation of their careers than with the lives of the people they serve. The people who pay them. We The People.

Meanwhile corruption and cronyism has allowed our President to ram through legislation and decree without consent. Without oversight or investigation when his one of his pals is caught in scandal.

When someone finally has the courage to speak out, he or she can expect to face an angry mob of people who will loudly condemn them. Vilify them. Call them unpatriotic. Anti-American. And if that doesn't stick then they are stupid cunts. Or worse.

Nothing one side does can satisfy the other. Not even to the point of considering negotiation. There is no debate. They proposed it. They are evil. They are wrong. Which leaves us with a Congress that has openly decided nothing can be agreed upon and nothing done during this election year. And so that is exactly what they will do.

While 30 million Americans cannot find a job. Probably because they don't want to work.

And a President who spends his time on vacation and planning his next golf outing while thousands of people are forced from their homes each week.

It seems these people, these public representatives, not only don't care what is happening to the people who put them there. I don't think they even know we are here.

It is that sort of attitude that has given rise to both the Tea Party and OWS. Two very different sides of the same issue. I won't go so far as to call them Patriots and Loyalists. Not yet.

The resentment grows and the angers festers. The despair deepens. To the point where sooner or later good people will finally say Enough! and engage in activities they would not have normally. Not because they see a diminished future for their children, but because they see no future for themselves or their children.

When you have lost everything you have nothing left to lose.

You can call this sedition or treason if you like but I am advocating neither. I am simply saying this is where I see this headed. I would prefer to see it at the ballot box. But I don't think it will wait that long. Not as long as the voices clamoring for change are ignored.

If we do manage to make it to November, but nothing changes as a result, then Americans will rise up as draconian legislation and decree are brought to bear.

237 years ago today another group of Americans had finally had enough. They had endured years of legislation and taxation to help pay for British Wars and adventuring, without having any say in it.

They had tried peaceable means of redress. They had tried somewhat less peaceable means of civil disobedience.

Finally, they were pushed too far. And when their government tried a gun grab at Concord, and attempted to round up the loudest rabble-rousers among them, they defended themselves and their property and their people with force.

When the King decided they did not have the right to protest and speak out. When he decided they did not have the right to maintain the means to defend themselves.

We all know how that worked out.

I have an ancestor, of the same name as mine, who fought in that conflict. He wintered with Washington at Valley Forge. He was one of the spies the General sent into Philadelphia through that winter to get information on what the British were up to.

King George would have considered him a traitor, along with those loud mouthed rabble-rousers Sam Adams and John Hancock.

I see the same thing happening again. I believe it is something we may need to accept, an ugly possibility we need to get our heads around, while at the same time trying to prevent, or it will become self-fulfilling. But it can't be prevented if our leaders do not work toward the same goal.

American Voices should not be silenced nor debate discouraged. The Will of We The People should not be ignored. It only leads to a deepening of the divide, an increase in the anger and volume of the words used, in the hope that they will at least be heard.

Or someday very soon each and every one of us will have to decide whether we take rank with Ben Franklin.

Or his son William.

We may be faced with a new King George. We will decide as time goes by.
-- Pastorius, September 2, 2009

That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. . .

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

-- Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776


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