OK, I need to go investigate why my parents’ A/C isn’t working.
Quickly, then, this excerpt from the SciAm article on Curry, linked below:
Some disinterested commentators agree. One is S. Alexander Haslam, an expert in organizational psychology at the University of Exeter in England. The climate community, he says, is engaging in classic black sheep syndrome: members of a group may be annoyed by public criticism from outsiders, but they reserve their greatest anger for insiders who side with outsiders. By treating Curry as a pariah, Haslam says, scientists are only enhancing her reputation as some kind of renegade who speaks truth to power. Even if she is substantially wrong, it is not in the interests of climate scientists to treat Curry as merely an annoyance or a distraction. “I think her criticisms are damaging,” Haslam says. “But in a way, that’s a consequence of failing to acknowledge that all science has these political dynamics.”
So, on 15 Nov 2007, a seven man flight crew shows up from Abu Dhabi to make the initial flight tests on Etihad Airways’ brand spanking new Airbus A340-600, the largest passenger aircraft in the world. This particular specimen was equipped way beyond first class, with large, padded computer workstations instead of seats, and double beds for the sleepy, and was so new it had not a single hour of air time.
Problem is, the crew neglected to read the manual or to account for the fact that the plane was empty, and defeated several of the very sophisticated safety systems.
Result? They ran the plane into a concrete blast barrier, demolishing the barrier and destroying the $200 million aircraft.
“The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown, due to the news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere.”
[Actually, there were five crew members injured severely enough to require hospitalization. No one was killed. Hm. Maybe Allah really was looking out for them.]
Scuse me? This was a national security issue or something?
“Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Muslim Arabs.”
Oh. Well. National security it is.
“That’s why Allah gave them camels.”
Photos at the link, but the whole article is posted as a single image, including the text, and I don’t want to bother taking it apart.
Also see the Snopes write up on this incident, which disputes that there was a news blackout to protect Arab or Muslim sensibilities. Although Snopes is generally reliable, they do have a reputation for a politically correct bias. Still, I must conceded I cannot confirm that there was a blackout, although playing it down would be consistent with French attitudes at the time.
Join us! If you are also horrified by the recent outrageous fear mongering of the right wing against American Muslims then here is a way to push back. I am not a Muslim but I plan to wear the hijab on 9/11 as a gesture to American Muslims that they are full citizens of this country and deserve the same rights as the rest of us. Concerned men might wear skull caps in solidarity with us women.
No, ma’am, I am not “horrified by the recent outrageous fear mongering of the right wing against American Muslims”, I am horrified — and disgusted and profoundly angered — by Islamic hatred and violence, and by well-meaning idiots like you who do everything in your power to encourage it.
I’d rather wear one of these:
Samuel Adams spoke to this in his own time:
Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say “what should be the reward of such sacrifices?” Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!
But this woman and her fellows blind themselves to the mangled bodies of our country men, and see only the offended privilege of our enemies.
Sam’s wish that such as these “go from us in peace” is to no avail. They will not go; they demand that only their voices be heard, that all should wear their chains, that all should lick the hands that beat them. They call for the peace of submission, not victory.
Please, please, let us revive the crime of treason, and recognize dhimmis as traitors.
If only the fantasy were true: If only there actually were a dominant, pro-American, moderate Islam, an ideology so dedicated to human rights, so sternly set against savagery, that acts of terrorism were, by definition, “un-Islamic activity.” Imagine an Islam that, far from a liability, proved an asset (indeed, an indispensable asset) in combating the threat against us. Imagine that we could accurately call the threat mere “extremism” — no “Islamic” (or even “Islamist”) modifier being necessary because the “extremists” truly were a tiny, aberrant band, fraudulently “hijacking” a great religion.
Read the whole thing, but here’s the conclusion:
One thing never intrudes on our make-believe world: the real 9/11. Before it was Ground Zero, the World Trade Center was a real place, where flesh-and-blood Americans were slaughtered — some of them leaping over 70 stories to their grisly demise because it seemed more merciful than immolation in the fires that raged within. We try not to think about that much anymore, except for a fleeting moment or two every September 11. We just imagine it can never happen again. After all, we’ve got Islam in our corner.
So, here we go. Our p-Resident supports a very shady Muslim deal to build a victory mosque on a site damaged by the 9/11 attack by devout Muslims, but tells a Florida preacher he cannot burn his own personal copy of the Koran.
There’s a “candle-light vigil”, a march on the eve of 9/11, of Islamists, leftists, and other anti-American, anti-liberty kooks, and that’s OK, perfectly acceptable exercise of First Amendment rights to free speech and free religion. But anti-jihadist, pro-America, pro-liberty Pamela Hall cannot exercise her right to be part of a Free Press by taking pictures of the event; the police “”didn’t want problems.”
The fact is, it is the left that menaces. Pamela has been harassed and physically accosted (once in Times Square with a NY Post photographer who was also attacked by these hyenas), and the police let it happen. She has footage of more than one instance. That is the real reason for removing her. They can’t or won’t protect her right to take pictures. You can bet no lefty photog would ever be told to stop taking pictures at our rallies.
The left and the supremacists are always given special treatment. They are handled like mental patients. We, on the other hand, are held to a much higher code standard. The authorities know we will listen, no push back. We behave. The mental patients are capable of anything………… still, it’s wrong. Equal rights under the law.
Our enemies can have all the freedom they want, but we must not exercise our own, least we offend them. We ourselves must not even allow ourselves the luxury of offense. That would be unpeaceful.
This, on the anniversary of the most horrific foreign attack on American soil.
Joe Hicks over at Pajamas Media highlights an interview with Hirsi Ali, who “fled a traditional Muslim life in Somalia, a life that included being the victim of female genital mutilation as a child, and eventually made her way to the Netherlands where she rejected Islam and literally underwent an intellectual awakening. She now lives in America.” Ali is under a death threat fatwa for her work with slain filmmaker Theo Van Gogh on Submission, which exposes Islam’s vile misogyny.
It’s also important to know that Hirsi Ali lives under the constant watch of security guards, since her life continues to be threatened by Islamic extremists.
This was the woman who walked onto Tavis Smiley’s PBS show to promote her new book. Nomad calls on key institutions of the West — universities, feminists, and Christian churches — to wage a war of ideas against Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.
However, Smiley was in no mood to hear Hirsi Ali’s arguments that placed Islam in a bad light. He wanted to assert the old leftist claim that Islam is always and everywhere “a religion of peace.”
Look at this jaw-dropping exchange between Smiley and Hirsi Ali:
Smiley: But Christians do that every single day in this country. …
Ali: Do they blow people up every single day?
Smiley: Yes, Christians. Every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine — I mean I could do this all day long. There’s so many more examples of Christians — and I happen to be a Christian — that’s back to this notion of you idealizing Christianity to my read. There’s so many more examples, Ayaan, of Christians who do that than you could ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country where you live and work.
Beyond the irritating liberal arrogance is the complete ignorance of the facts involved here.
Let’s ignore momentarily the dozens of terror plots — all designed and organized by Muslim-Americans — that have been uncovered and thwarted by this nation’s security forces. I will instead direct Smiley’s attention to these attacks against Americans:
1993: The World Trade Center bombing in New York killed 6 people.
1996: The Khobar Towers bombing killed 20 and wounded 372.
1998: The bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania left 224 dead and 4,000 injured.
2001: On 9/11, 19 hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 perished.
2009: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 at Texas’ Fort Hood.
2010: Faisal Shahzad attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square.
Uh, where’s a similar listing of Christian-inspired acts of violence, Mr. Smiley? The sweeping ignorance, or political blindness, of Smiley’s claim that “Christians do that (commit acts of terror) every single day in this country” is nothing short of astounding.
Unlike Islam, Christian scripture does not guarantee paradise to those who kill in the name of their faith. But the Koran does offer the fruits of paradise to “those who kill for Allah.” Suicide bombers have been lured to their deaths with this promise and the offer that they will be free from the fires of hell if they kill an infidel and, in the process, die.
That last, right there, is the key that makes Islam so toxic. Even turn-the-other-cheek, meek-inheriting-the-earth Christianity can be perverted to excuse violence in its name, but Mohammed actively encouraged it, and led Muslim armies against the infidels in his own time.
Nevertheless, let me for a moment be the devil’s advocate.
First, if you want the list of Christian terrorist acts here in America, look up abortion clinic bombings and murders. However, note that these acts are committed not to force the Christian faith on others, but because the anti-abortionists believe that a wholesale murder of innocents is taking place. I happen not to agree with that, although it’s a close call, but if I did, I hope that I too would be doing everything in my power to stop it. Not to terrorize, mind, but to directly disrupt a human slaughterhouse. I hope I’d do the same against guard barracks in Nazi concentration camps or Soviet gulags or, um, Save The Earth re-education camps, should they ever come to pass.
Outside of America, look at Northern Ireland. However, while that conflict has a religious cast to it, the underlying conflict is one for political independence. It’s ugly as hell, and the actions involved are totally unjustified, but it’s not a war of religious expansion.
I’ll also note that both clinic bombings and the Irish fight have died down considerably in recent years. The practitioners have either fallen to attrition, or realized they were not getting the kind of sympathy they hoped for.
Second, although I don’t have a list to hand, I think there have been many nut jobs who do commit horrible crimes in the name of Christianity. Thing is, they are nut jobs, acting in direct contravention of the scriptures they cite, and they do not remotely have the support of mainstream Christian clerics.
Finally, undoubtedly many Christians do commit ordinary crimes, but not in the name of Christ — the Roman Catholic Mafioso is a classic stereotype. However, the attraction of this stereotype in fiction is precisely the huge disconnect between the professed faith and the daily life.
“Uh, how about the Spanish Inquisition? Galileo, dude!” The Inquisition was indeed brutal, but it was only carried out against other Christians, not as a weapon of evangelism against other faiths. And even the Catholic Church eventually realized that the Inquisition was not only against scripture, but counterproductive in practice, actually turning people away from the faith. It forced Western Civilization to grow the hell up.
The Islamic Jihad is the only longstanding and still very much active, program of violence against non-coreligionists, is strongly rooted in scripture, and is endorsed, advocated, and managed by the highest ranks of the Muslim clergy. It spreads an oppressive creed of utter intolerance towards the highest ideals of classical liberal, and even neo-liberal, political ideology. (Except statism. Neo-liberals love them their statism.)
And it is vastly more promiscuously lethal than the anti-abortionists, or even the Irish Republican Army, ever dreamed of being.
Smiley here is covering for evil on the largest scale. He is not hiding Nazis in his attic, he’s openly shilling for them.
He calls himself a Christian, but in fact is calling for the eradication of the faith he claims to serve.
Awhile back I credited the administration for its (rather half-hearted) support of Israel in the wake of the Hamas terrorist aid flotilla.
I just hate being stupid. Stupid and gullible. What the hell was I thinking?
…[The] administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.
While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president’s.
Every major war we have fought since Vietnam has been a proxy war for Muslims. Whether we were bombing Saddam on behalf of the royals of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, or bombing our former allies in Yugoslavia on behalf of Muslim Albanians, or dying in order to provide electrical generators to downtown Baghdad and ferry schoolteachers into Kabul. We have not fought a single significant war since Vietnam that was not on behalf of, or intended to benefit Muslims. Not a single one. The Ottoman Empire had a name for this. It was Janissary.
It is only common sense to say that people who act like slaves, are slaves.
via the Flea, who observes:
The analogy is far from perfect. If the West provides Jannissary slave warriors for the sheiks then we should expect to take over their figurative-Ottoman Empire presently. Hardly the worst case scenario.
Bülent Yildirim, the main organizer of the Gaza Flotilla, explained at a Hamas rally in Gaza that the operation was no humanitarian effort but part of a global Jihad to overthrow governments and install Islamist dictatorships.He made no secret of that fact, as shown in the MEMRI translation and video.
Keep in mind as you read this that his group originated the project and was the main funder, that his followers controlled the biggest ship, and that they were most of those who attacked the Israeli soldiers. Thus, more than any other individual, Yildirim represents the thinking behind the operation, its direction, and the organization of a militarized group that started the violence in order to achieve the intended result. Notice, too, that he–and thus the organizers of the operation and those who created the violence–are totally indifferent to the loss of life they cause[...]
Their goal is not to succor the people of Gaza but to wipe out Israel and kill the Jews as “rightful” (his words, not mine) successors to Muhammad in continuing this task.
All you people barking at Israel for defending itself, this is what you support: the total eradication, not just of Israel, but of the Jews themselves.
And once those damn filth Jews are out of the way, everyone else in the dar al-Harb, the House of War. That would be you and me, infidel kufir.
Finally, a comment on the Cordoba Islamic center. I can’t find the source, but it suggested that an interfaith center be built on the proposed Islamic center site. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus — all the major world religions would be represented, and have a common ground to work out their common goals philosophies. I’m reminded of the the Orange Catholic Bible Frank Herbert wrote about in Dune. [wipes hopeful teardrop from cheek.] Surely, since understanding and harmony is said to be the aim the Cordoba center, there can be no better way than to house all the religions as equals under one roof, yes?
Oh, wait: Muslims > Jews, Muslims > Christians, Muslims >>>> than Hindus, Buddhists, etc. No, that could never work. All must submit.
Via Ghost of a Flea, a cartoon of the psychopathic cult killer Muhammad and his wife, Aisha. This cartoon was posted around Malmo, Sweden, as a part of a call to halt the growing Islamic influence on Swedish culture. See this article from Islam in Europe. It says the caption on the cartoon reads, “Mohammed with wife, he’s 53, she’s 9. Is this the type of marriage we want to see in Skåne?”
Content warning: Big Mo and Little Aisha are naked in this unappealing and crudely drawn cartoon. If that will offend you for sexual reasons (naked people, including a child), do not click on this link. If, however, it will offend you because you think it is blasphemous, then by all means click the link, see the cartoon, scream in offended fury, and then take a big shit, eat it, recycle, reuse, until until you die.
There is no god, especially not Allah, and Mohammad, may piss be upon him, was no prophet, but a child-molesting mass murderer.
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