November 23, 2011
Bored with the Penn State scandal because it didn’t implicate any prominent Republicans, the mainstream media have suddenly become obsessed with Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” They are monomaniacally fixated on luring Republicans into raising taxes.
If Democrats could balance the budget tomorrow and quadruple government spending, they’d refuse the deal unless they could also make Republicans break their tax pledge. That is their single-minded goal.
But the media are trying to turn it around and say that it’s Republicans who are crazy for refusing to consider raising taxes no matter how much they get in spending cuts. (more…)
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The more things change the more they stay the same.
I think that comes from the French expression “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”.
Anyhoo, I do believe that on this date in 1529 Holy Roman Emperor Charles V gave the Muslim Turks their comeuppance at the gates of Vienna and turned the tide of Islime-ic expansion into Europe.
Where is Chuckie Numerocinco when we need him?
Remember it was the Turks, not the Moors, not the Persians, not the Arabs, who were the Muslim threat of the day back then.
And if the Taffy di tutti taffy in charge of Turkey today had his way, revenge would be exacted.
So, in celebration, raise a glass of Sherry (Jerez) or Calvados in recognition of Ferdinand’s and Isabella’s grandson’s accomplishment.
Hey Turks, and I know you read this, you’ve been served.
Also read: Gates of Vienna: The Other 9/11
Muslim groups that refused to cheer
By M. ZUHDI JASSER
The just assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki was a defining moment for American Muslims. We should have been leading the cheers — but instead many of our self-appointed “spokesmen” squandered their bandwidth.
This one is personal. As one of us, Awlaki’s extreme form of Islamism swayed many Muslims to hate America and the West. Worse — in flagrant defiance of the central tenets of our Islam — he taught many Muslims to diminish the value of human life.
Yet where most Americans saw a traitor who turned on his nation in order to fight our sons and daughters on the battlefield, too many American Islamic groups were steeped in denial.
The Dar al-Hijra mosque in northern Virginia, Awlaki’s last stomping ground before leaving the US, issued statements defending his pre-2002 interfaith work and insinuating that it was torture in Yemeni prisons that radicalized Awlaki. And while the Council on American-Islamic Relations “repudiated Awlaki’s incitement to violence,” it also “urged inquiry into the constitutional issues raised by the assassination.”
What does it matter that Awlaki was once a US citizen? Neither by our Constitution nor by Islam am I ashamed to rejoice in his death. (more…)
We can’t hide the fact: America and Pakistan are at war over Afghanistan.
The Pakistanis want a big voice in the government in Kabul. The United States backs Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who’s determined to prevent that.
Initially, this was a proxy war. The Pakistanis recruited, armed and deployed Afghans who wished to fight America. In the last year or so, however, we’ve seen more direct Pakistani involvement both in command and control and as an actual presence in anti-American operations, such as the recent attacks on the US embassy and other targets in Kabul.
The US side of the war initially was limited to drone attacks against suspected Afghan and Arab terrorist hideouts in Pakistani-administered tribal areas. But that changed when a US special-ops team went into Pakistan proper to kill Osama bin Laden.
Reports also say that the US military is preparing for “search and snatch” operations in Pakistani Baluchistan, where the Taliban has its headquarters. (more…)
Posted in Arabs, Israel, Lawrence of Bessarabia, Nazis, tagged Arab, Czechoslovakia, German Nazis, Germany, Israel, Munich Agreement, Neville Chamberlain, Sudeten Germans on October 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” doesn’t address the issue of those who do remember the past having to repeat it due to nimrods who live in a state of denial or just deny the past because it fits with their revisionist ideology.
Let’s look at some history that invites contemporary comparisons.
In 1918 Germany lost a war of aggression that resulted in some of its land being lost. This meant that a number of Germans were no longer living in Germany but in Poland, Baltic states, and most critically, Czechoslovakia where German speaking subjects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had also lived.
One of the pretenses Hitler used to revitalize German nationalism and expansionist policy was that ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia, especially the Sudetenland, were being persecuted and murdered by an occupying power on land that rightfully belonged to Germany.
Crying crocodile tears he managed to get England and France to return the Sudetenland to Germany, without the Czechs even being involved in the process.
This event resulted in Neville Chamberlain’s infamous claim of “peace for our time”.
We all know how well that worked out.
Six months later Germany occupied the remainder of Czechoslovakia and six months after that Hitler invaded Poland kicking off World War Two.
After World War Two, and Germany’s defeat, Czechslovakia kicked the ethnic Germans out of the country.
In 1948 the Arabs lost a war of aggression to Israel, resulting in a loss of land and a number of Arabs now living under Israeli rule.
This repeated itself in 1967 resulting in more Arabs living under Israeli rule.
Western powers have continued to buy into the myth that Arabs under Israeli rule are being systematically eliminated and that Israel must yield to Arab demands, just like the Czechs were forced to make to the German Nazis.
Just like the Germans Nazis, the Arab Nazis (and they are both cut from the same cloth) will never be satisfied with appeasement until ther is no one left to do the appeasing.
What makes the Germans any less deserving than the Arabs?
Why is there no UN agency overseeing German refugees generation after generation ad infinitum?
Why isn’t Germany still trying to repatriate ethnic Germans back to Czechslovakia while they hold for view the keys to the houses they once lived in?
Why is the world unconcerned for their plight?
Simple answer- There are no Jews involved.
Celebrate the anniversary of the Munich Agreement by standing up for the little guy.
It’s not the “Palestinian” Arabs who are no different than the Sudeten Germans.
It’s Israel facing the full onslaught of Arab and Muslim hatred, intransigence and intolerance, just as the Czechs were left to pay the price to placate the Germans.
All the Arabs have to do to have peace and another Arab country for the Palarabs is to teach their children that the Jews have a right to their own country and to live in peace.
If there is a Czech resaurant in your neighborhood, patronize it, if not buy a bottle of Czech beer and remember the price to be paid to make Nazis happy.
And if you hear some Arab whining about the evil Joos, tell them to shut the fuck up.
A solid strategic asset for US
Arthur Herman lays out how the relationship is not one sided with Israel suckling at the teat of American largess. The U.S. gets plenty of payback.
The coming US veto of a UN Security Council measure on Palestinian statehood this week raises the question, once again, of why the United States needs to stick its neck out to help Israel. Many forget that America’s pro-Israel policy advances vital practical and strategic goals.
The United States has always looked to Israel as a monument of democracy and stability in a region where’s there’s been little of either; uncertainties in the wake of the Arab Spring only add to that value.
Even the fiercest critics of our pro-Israel policy concede that we get invaluable intelligence from its matchless espionage service, the Mossad. Israelis know more about fighting terrorism than anyone else and have top human-intelligence sources in every country in the Middle East — something our CIA only dreams about. Since 9/11, the Israelis have not only helped us detect and run down networks like al Qaeda but also kept us intimately informed of the spreading nuclear-arms race in the Muslim world.
But what many Americans don’t appreciate is how the 150,000 active-duty and half-million reservists of the Israeli military have been our frontline of defense in conflicts in the past — and will be the tripwire for threats in the future. (more…)
NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER FORGET
Posted in Lawrence of Bessarabia, tagged Council on American-Islamic Relations, Headscarf, Islam, Islam in the United States, Muslim, New York, New York City, United States on September 3, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
After a donnybrook between Park police and Muslim patrons at a suburban New York amusement park over safety regulations and head scarves, one Muslim woman takes an insanely rational perspective on it. I would have let them keep the scarves on and risk strangulation.
Lessons from Rye Playland
By QANTA A. AHMED
Tangling with the Muslim headscarf is no child’s play, as this week’s unpleasantness at Rye Playland proved all too well. There are lessons here both for Muslims and non-Muslims.
Muslims in America are free to express their religious identity, and today often choose to do so by adopting the hijab (a headscarf that covers only the hair and exposes the face) as a badge of devotion. Ignorance in many camps has helped this become intensely polarizing.
Though headscarves have come to symbolize Muslim identity in the post-9/11 world, the Koran does not in fact specify a particular garment for veiling. Yet, in an era of rising Islamic neo-orthodoxy, such inconvenient scriptural anomalies are often overlooked by Muslims ourselves.
On the other hand, many mistake headscarves for a symbol of female oppression; in fact, they are a tool of liberation for many Muslim women — allowing them to move freely in the public space.
While many Muslim women are compelled to wear the hijab in Muslim-majority nations (by legislation in Saudi Arabia; by community pressure in parts of Northwestern Pakistan and Afghanistan), Muslim women in America are empowered to do as they choose.
The unfortunate episode at Rye Playland highlights the intensely knotted feelings these newly iconic swathes of fabric elicit. Park operators, concerned about insecure scarves becoming entangled in ride equipment, restricted access to veiled women. Their concern, they explained, extended to all headgear — baseball caps and kippas are equally prohibited.
I must tell you, both the hijab and the niqab (a face veil) can be quite limiting. Wearing a veil (as the law required) in Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca, I found it certainly can impair peripheral vision. I was at risk whenever crossing a road — and, like other less experienced veil-wearers, I found that floor-length veils often left me tripping on escalators and stairs. (more…)
Channeling my inner Larry King or Andy Rooney I will share some thoughts and observations.
Maybe I’ve been in the boondocks too long but a trip to New York City convinced me the place is a freak show of fashion victims and Glamour Magazine Don’ts.
Gay people should be allowed to marry. Gay men should marry gay women. There, I’ve said it.
When people complain about stomach issues, most of the time they really mean shitting issues, either not enough or too much.
And speaking of shit…
Islam is undoubtedly a religion of peace. However, Muslims define peace as a state attainable only when every one in the whole world is a fucking Muslim.
Posted in Book Review, Lawrence of Bessarabia, LoB, tagged Adolf Hitler, Berlin, Erik Larson, Germany, Nazism, United States, United States Department of State, William Dodd on July 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
I know that ’tis the season for mindless beach reads but this week I read something that more than tangentially touches one of my obsessions.
No, it’s not the Kennedy assassination or bigfoot, it’s Nazis.
The book is Erik Larson’s best seller, In The Garden of Beasts
Subtitled, Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin it chronicles William Dodd, the American ambassador to Germany appointed in 1933, and his family.
In addition to the behind the scenes intrigue of diplomacy and his daughter’s promiscuity, what I found enlightening was how early on Hitler evidenced his true nature to the world at large and except for Dodd, the state of denial with which it was met.
Revealing the entrenched anti-Semites and old money elitists in the State Department along with the price to be paid for appeasement, the story provides many parallels and parables for what the free world must deal with in this day and age.
Posted in Lawrence of Bessarabia, tagged antisemitism, Hate, Ilan Halimi, Jews, Race-Ethnic-Religious Relations, United States, Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, Yale University on July 8, 2011 | 2 Comments »
by Adam Brodsky
Yale just announced a new program for studying anti-Semitism, just weeks after it shut an earlier version that called attention to manifestations of Muslim Jew-hatred. The program will let Yale claim that it considers the subject important.
Alas, the replacement might only make a bad situation worse. And it won’t be just Jews who pay the price. (more…)
Title says it all.
God Bless America
Agree or go fuck yourself
I was watching Don Imus and his guest Matt Taibi on FOX Business this morning.
In the course of their bashing Michele Bachmann they both decided that all anyone needs to meet with their approval is a sense of humor and a love of dogs.
Gee, how swell of them to keep the bar so low.
Remember, historians have told us that psychopath mass murderer Adolf Hitler simply adored dogs and would never do anything that would harm a dog. Isn’t that special?
I don’t know about his sense of humor but, according to Franz Liebkind he was one hell of a dancer.
Don and Matt haven’t quite earned a shut the fuck up award but do merit a ‘think before you speak, dumb ass’.
Once upon a time in the east, mid-east that is, in the aftermath of the break up of the Ottoman Empire, a small nation was established.
Some might say that it was an artificial country even though it was designed to be the home state of an ancient non-Muslim people.
This little country was considered by many to a beacon or pied-a-tierre of western civilization on the shores of the eastern Mediterranean.
But Muslim Arabs had other plans.
Slowly, over many years, through, pressure, forced accommodation, Palestinian infiltration, murder, terror and other mayhem, Muslims made life practically unbearable for the non-Muslims for whom this nation was meant to be a haven.
Eventually it came to pass that the country was no longer recognizable as what it was meant to be and became just another brutal, repressive Islamist rogue state.
This is not a dire prediction of what will happen to Israel if it keeps making concessions to Arabs and others who wish it no good fortune,God forbid, even though it might sound like it.
This is not a prediction because it relates to events that have already happened.
This is not a prediction but rather a lesson.
This is not about what can happen to Israel but rather what has already happened to Lebanon.
Since the time of Jesus, Christians have lived in the area of Mount Lebanon. It was meant to be a Christian country just as Israel was meant to be a Jewish state.
Yet as you read this, the country of Lebanon is about to be dismantled and over run as were Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia seventy years ago.
This haven for Christians is being turned into a prison and graveyard for them, as it’s transformed into an aggressive Iranian satellite poised to kill within it’s own borders and without.
And the world is silent.
The silence of the American government and this administration is especially deafening.
I guess there is no reason to defend the persecuted if a finger can’t be pointed at the Jews.
But there will be time enough for that once the Christians are out of the way and Israel is forced to defend itself.
Remember what happened in 2006.
I had some down time today and someone in the office had a copy of the New York Times.
There was a back page hatchet job on Sarah Palin, the author of which is a name that I didn’t bother to remember.
For those of you in a vacuum, Sarah Palin was cited as the inspiration and motivating impetus behind the murderous rampage of a psychopath in Arizona.
She released a video response, which in the course of defending herself lambasted left of center entities for fomenting uncalled-for calumnies.
The Times, in it’s never-ending treachery, publishes an article with a byline accusing Palin of stoking hatred and Antisemitism because in her defense she referred to her debasement as a blood libel.
I would say the pot is calling the kettle black, but it would be a disservice.
Where does the Times get the balls for this move?
Like her or hate her, there is no denying that Sarah Palin is a quintessential Philo-Semite.
How many staff writers at the Times have an Israeli flag in their office or wear an American/Israeli flag lapel pin, as Palin does?
The Times denies her the right to use the term blood libel in describing her slanderous victimization, but where is the outrage when Jew haters and Arabs bandy about the terms holocaust and genocide in comparing Jews to Nazis in attempt to negate the rights of Jews in Israel?
I can’t wait for this rag to go out of business.
However, until then, we here a TMQ2 extend a cordial invitation to the New York Times to kindly, SHUT THE FUCK UP.
by Benny Avni
Lebanon is in crisis after a dramatic split-screen episode unfolded simultaneously in Washington and Beirut yesterday — and yes, there will be blood.
At the White House, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri received the blessing and promise of support from the leader of the free world, President Obama. Meanwhile, in the Lebanese capital, Hariri’s ruling coalition government unraveled as 11 Hezbollah-affiliated members quit — because Hariri refuses to reject the international court investigating the 2005 assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri.
This drama epitomizes the uphill struggle we face in the region, while exposing the Arab and Muslim world’s deepest fault lines. Hariri cut short his week-long US trip to head home. Intense diplomacy led by Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who’s traveling in the region) and other international mediators may yet save the day — at least for a while.
Yes, Hezbollah’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, can order his troops to march on Beirut. He easily captured the capital in 2008, creating a political crisis that led to the creation of the coalition that just unraveled. (more…)
Posted in Lawrence of Bessarabia, TSA, tagged Barry Rubin, Cold War, Fort Hood, Middle East, September 11 attacks, Transportation Security Administration, United States, Warfare and Conflict on November 28, 2010 | 2 Comments »
Barry Rubin espouses other TSA deficiencies better than I could:
Security checks at American airports have become the most controversial topic in the United States. This debate is so full of mistaken assumptions and misleading ideas that it is hard to know where to start in analyzing it.
Basically, it can be described as follows: Let’s intensively search fifteen million at random–worse, using silly profiling guidelines–in hope of finding one or two terrorists who, if they exist at all, are almost certainly using an innovative tactic that will get by our procedures.
Let’s consider the terrorist threat within the United States. The opening point must be that the threat of terrorism on airplanes within the United States is very low in frequency. That doesn’t mean a successful attack might not be horrendous, but that the number of attacks the terrorists can mount is going to be small.
Ask yourself this question: How many terrorists will try this year to get on board internal U.S. plane flights? (more…)
Posted in Ann Coulter, Lawrence of Bessarabia, tagged Chris Coons, Christine O'Donnell, Christopher A. Coons, Democratic Party (United States), Dennis Kucinich, Harry Reid, United States, Wolf Blitzer on October 22, 2010 | 3 Comments »
In all of life’s tribulations, there is nothing so aggravating as being condescended to by an idiot. In last week’s CNN debate in the Senate race between the astonishingly well-spoken Christine O’Donnell and the unfortunate-looking Chris Coons, O’Donnell had to put up with it from Coons for 90 minutes.
O’Donnell wiped the floor with Coons, moderators Wolf Blitzer and Nancy Karibjanian, and the idiotic University of Delaware students asking questions — all of whom were against her.
(With the nation on the verge of another great depression — the brunt of which, to my delight, will fall most heavily on college students — guess what the dunderheads asked? GUESS! That’s right: They asked about abortion “in the case of rape or incest,” “don’t ask, don’t tell,” doing something about “our carbon footprint,” and the kook-minister who was going to burn Korans, because ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE, I TELL YOU!) (more…)
Posted in Lawrence of Bessarabia, Nancy Pelosi, Petraeus, tagged Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Biden, David Petraeus, Harry Reid, Iraq, Lawrence of Bessarabia, Nancy Pelosi, Petraeus, Taliban, United Arab Emirates, United States, War in Afghanistan (2001–present) on September 16, 2010 | 25 Comments »
by Amir Taheri | New York Post
The defeat industry is back at work again, with the usual suspects acting as a chorus calling for an American retreat in the face of Islamist terror.
Five years ago, the same cast of characters was calling for retreat from Iraq, abandoning that country to al Qaeda and its allies. The argument, according to Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, was that America, having already lost the war, had better acknowledge defeat and run away.
Those who wanted to appear more sophisticated, like then-Sen. Joe Biden, recommended that the United States carve up Iraq into three or five mini-states and then withdraw. (more…)
Amazon is previewing a yet to be released in the U.S. book by Giulio Meotti.
Originally published in Italy, the English version is coming out in October but can be seen in its near entirety at Amazon.
The subject matter should be obvious and should be required reading at every high school and college in the world.