Saturday, March 11, 2006

Against the school rules: Being Patriotic

By Michelle Malkin

Reader Maria L. C. sends an update on a case I blogged about last year--the schoolgirl who was sent home for wearing red, white, and blue jewelry she handcrafted as a tribute to her relatives in the military. The student, Raven Furbert, is suing the school district and the case has advanced:

A 13-year-old Mont Pleasant Middle School student who sued Schenectady school officials for the right to wear a red, white and blue necklace can move her case forward.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn ruled Tuesday that constitutional issues in the case should be further explored and addressed later, perhaps at trial.

The student, Raven Furbert, filed the civil rights violation claim in U.S. District Court in February 2005, after school officials banned her from wearing a necklace she made to honor soldiers serving overseas, such as her uncle and three other relatives.

School officials had asked for the case to be dismissed, saying the neck wear violated rules on potential gang-related items.

Stay tuned.

Patriotism is gang related?
If it is...I am a gang member.


Via AP:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav leader, who was branded "the butcher of the Balkans" and was on trial for war crimes after orchestrating a decade of bloodshed during the breakup of his country, was found dead Saturday in his prison cell. He was 64.

Milosevic, who suffered chronic heart ailments and high blood pressure, apparently died of natural causes and was found in his bed, the U.N. tribunal said, without giving an exact time of death.

He had been examined by doctors following his frequent complaints of fatigue or ill health that delayed his trial, but the tribunal could not immediately say when he last underwent a medical checkup. All detainees at the center in Scheveningen are checked by a guard every half hour.

The tribunal said Milosevic's family had been informed of his death, which came nearly five years after he was arrested, then extradited to
The Hague.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Who do we appreciate!

ABP - Thanks for sharing.

The Dread Pundit Bluto: Maybe You Can Join the Pirate Fleet

Maybe You Can Join the Pirate Fleet

*Non-pirate talk version below

Matey, d'ye burn to carry the light of reason to the benighted libby masses at their own internet ports o' call? Have ye held yer fire and sheathed yer cutlass, knowin' that ye'd be swarmed by mindless moonbats chanting the Bushitlerburton mantra? Ye bin waitin' fer a better day.

Yarr, yer day is here.

Just sign on to The Pirate Fleet and ye be guaranteed t'have stout mates at yer back.

The The Pirate Fleet will give ye yer targets and a crew o' fellow buccaneers to guard yer flanks whilst ye board the fat galleons o' the Leftie merchant fleet. All set up by email sose the lefties won't see yer comin'.

Go here ter read The Pirate's Code and sign up.

* The Pirate Fleet will be a fun way to post on liberal sites, knowing that you have a few friends along to back you up. If you've ever posted a comment at a hard left site, you know that the regulars there like to swarm you and change the subject, curse, and throw insults. After you join the Fleet you'll be offered the chance to go on planned "raids", organized via email, with a group of like-minded fellow "pirates".

Bloggers can sign on to support the Fleet by joining The Pirate Armada and displaying the icon and blogroll. You're also encouraged to organize your own raids, as long as everyone follows The Pirate's Code.

Professor Censored For Exhibiting Mohammad Cartoons

From Ace of Spades:

It is the unalterable mission of the academy to challenge age-old dogmas, except for the age-old dogmas of fundamentalist Islam, which are invioable.

The professor in question put the cartoons behind a curtain to prevent offense from those who might probably would were just itching to be offended. But that wasn't enough.

At the height of the international controversy surrounding the Mohammed cartoons, adjunct professor of geography Karen Murdock was concerned that most students at Century had not even seen the cartoons and would therefore be unable to evaluate them intelligently. On February 7, she posted the drawings, related newspaper articles, and blank comment sheets on a bulletin board near her office where various faculty members post items of interest. The cartoons were repeatedly and anonymously torn down, and she replaced them each time. Finally, she says, her academic division head, David Lyons, removed the cartoons himself, and Vice President of Student Services Mike Bruner asked that she not repost them. Vice President of Academic Affairs John O’Brien then called a meeting with Murdock...

Murdock has expressed great frustration with the situation. “We are a college. We are supposed to be a forum for the free exchange of ideas,” she said. “If we can’t talk about this controversy at a college, where are we supposed to talk about it?” She continued, “We are supposed to be able not merely to deal with controversy but actually to welcome it!”...

Civics lesson

let that be a civics lesson...

While Cuba played the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, a spectator in the stands raised a sign saying: “Down with Fidel,” sparking an international incident that escalated Friday with the velocity of a major league fastball.

The image of the man holding the sign behind home plate was beamed live Thursday night to millions of TV viewers including those in Cuba. The top Cuban official at the game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan rushed to confront the man.

Puerto Rican police quickly intervened and took the Cuban official Angel Iglesias, vice president of Cuba’s National Institute of Sports to a nearby police station, where they lectured him about free speech.

We explained to him that here the constitutional right to free expression exists and that it is not a crime,” police Col. Adalberto Mercado was quoted as saying in El Nuevo Dia, a San Juan daily.

Shamelessly copied from SondraK.



The bloodthirsty Cartoon Jihadists want to execute an Arab newspaper editor in Yemen. Via BBC:

Yemeni lawyers have called for a newspaper editor to be sentenced to death for showing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, his paper says.

Muhammad al-Asadi was arrested after his publication, the Yemen Observer, showed the Danish cartoons in February.

He denies the charges of offending Islam, under which he is being tried.

The English-language newspaper has had its licence to publish suspended, although its staff have continued to produce material online.

Lawyers leading a civil case against publishers of the cartoons - in addition to the public case - cited precedents from Muslim history when the prophet was insulted by a woman and then praised her killer.

Prosecutors have reportedly requested that the Yemen Observer be closed permanently and have its property and assets confiscated.

What makes the case against al-Asadi all the more insane is how and why the Yemen Observer published the cartoons: the paper published thumbnail copies of some of the cartoons in its Feb. 4 edition, but covered them with a thick black cross to show its disapproval. In two accompanying articles, the paper condemned the cartoons and provided negative reactions from Muslims worldwide . Despite the context, the Cartoon Jihadists want al-Asadi dead because the thumbnail of one of the cartoons--o nly 1.5cm [0.6 of an inch] by 2cm [0.8 of an inch], he notes--appeared on the front page.

This Week in Education

That wraps-up this week in Education.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

War on Islam (Terror)

The Global War on Terror should be properly titled

Global War on Militant Muslims  (GWoMM)

The dominant Islamic Leaders are not civilized.
They are breasts, they act like pigs. (Hamas, Iran, Al Queda)
They want to rule the world.
They want to impose "Taliban Law" on the globe.

When will the Western world wake-up.
Will it be soon, when less bloodshed will be required.
or will it be later, when extreme bloodshed will be required.

The West must drop the Muslim serving 'political correctness'. This censorship of speech, only serves to aid terrorists. The refusal to label acts of terror (LAX on July 4th, 2002, Oklahoma Univ. fall 2005, UNC - Mar 2006), does not protect us.

This war will continue to be bloody (Over 40,000 killed by Muslims since 9/11/01)

But the bloodshed has been one-sided.

Iran needs to be smacked down, and smacked down hard. (B-52's, B-1's, B-2's, Tomahawks, etc)
Appeasement does not work, it never has.

Muslim Rape Epidemic

A Muslim rape epidemic is sweeping Europe-- and over many other nations host to immigrants from the Islamic world. The direct connection between the rapes and Islam is irrefutable, as Muslims are significantly overrepresented among convicted rapists and rape suspects. The Muslim perpetrators themselves boast that their crime is justified since their victims were, among other things, not properly veiled.

Muslim Gang Rapes and the Aussie Riots
By Sharon Lapkin | December 15, 2005
In Australia this week amidst anger over an Islamic man’s rape conviction and the bashing of two Aussie life savers, working-class locals erupted in a rampage of anger and brawling in some of the worst racial riots in decades. But there is more to the story than is being repeated in the American mainstream media....

Four days after he set foot in Australia, the rape spree began. And during his sexual assault trial in a New South Wales courtroom, the Pakistani man began to berate one of his tearful 14-year-old victims because she had the temerity to shake her head at his testimony.

But she had every reason to express her disgust. After taking an oath on the Qur’an, the man – known only as MSK – told the court he had committed four attacks on girls as young as 13 because they had no right to say “no.” They were not covering their face or wearing a headscarf, and therefore, the rapist proclaimed: “I’m not doing anything wrong.”

MSK is already serving a 22-year jail term for leading his three younger brothers in a gang rape of two other young Sydney girls in 2002. In his own defence, he argued that his cultural background, was responsible for his crimes.


In the case of prevailing orthodox Islam we are faced with a deep division between the sexes. With Allah's unlimited ruling license the males are entitled to be the masters of the females. The Koranic order says that the man has to "go to the woman" whenever he likes, to "enjoy her however he likes", and to discipline her in case she develops her own ideas like sexual self-determination.

This paradigm expresses itself not only in highly standardized family patterns but also in an equally conformistic education system. All contents, in school and university of almost every Islamic country, are ultimately restricted and tied to Islamic purposes, thereby avoiding abstract thinking categories that could relativate and jeopardize the dogma's absolute uniqueness. By the same token, however, and this is the core of "modern" Islam's tragedy, the male controllers are confined to physical methods of "sublimation" whenever problems arise. Aside from the usual bombing "protest" against Western "arrogance" and "unbelieving morals", the current rape wave is the vital expression of an ongoing jihad against women who under Western influence may drift slowly out of the grip of male Muslim hands.

The war character of this behaviour may become clearer from its archaic punishment perspective that has come out of use generally but survived in Islam until present times. During the Algerian independence war the freedom fighters used to publicly sodomize French officers in order to achieve the enemy's maximum degradation. The same applies to the woman as a possible internal enemy containing even a double danger: her alleged disobedience is a bio-political security risk for the Islamic entirety and her independent "devilish" sexuality represents a religious blasphemy, contaminating male purity. Both have to be dealt with accordingly: beating, raping, torturing, stoning, and killing.

These immoral attacks against women must stop. Women are not property. Muslim males must adjust to this more human way of thinking.
These abuses must not be tolerated!

Yale smackdown

And here is a letter Yale grad Debbie Bookstaber (Yale '00 BA/MA) sent to Yale president Richard Levin that hits the nail on the head (hat tip: John Fund):

Dear Mr. Levin,

My name is Debbie Bookstaber (Yale `00 BA/MA). I've volunteered as an ASC Interviewer every year since graduation.

Over the years, I've seen so many qualified students denied admission to Yale. While I was saddened to see these heartbroken students rejected, I understood that Yale just didn't have enough spots for all the amazing valedictorians with excellent SATs, impressive extracurriculars and an admirable history of community service.

You can imagine my shock when I read in the Wall Street Journal that Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. He has a "fourth-grade education and a high-school equivalency degree," but Yale was impressed that he "pulled down a 3.33 grade-point average" in a special students program. Judging from all the students I've seen rejected by Yale, a perfect 4.0 average isn't impressive enough to guarantee admission or even a wait-list spot, yet Yale was convinced that a 3.33 (a B+) was an adequate demonstration of academic talent? Since when has a B+ been considered impressive according to Yale's admissions standards?

My husband (David Bookstaber, Yale `99 and Captain, USAF) went to Yale on a ROTC scholarship. As an ROTC cadet, he had to commute over an hour to UCONN because Yale would not allow ROTC on campus. This was reportedly due to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy the military uses to exclude homosexuals from serving openly. Even efforts to allow the military to recruit on campus in order to comply with the Solomon Amendment were met by fevered protests by many Yale students/professors as being inconsistent with Yale's standards of tolerance.

The last time I checked, the US military doesn't kill anyone for being a homosexual. Nor would any soldier-on-soldier hate crime ever be tolerated. On the other hand, the Taliban advocated murdering any homosexual and anyone else they felt violated their version of Islam. So ROTC isn't acceptable because it offends Yale's standards, but a Taliban leader who condones the Taliban's policy of brutally killing homosexuals and stoning women for not wearing a burka should be recruited lest Harvard win his matriculation?

Apparently when you combine a sub-par 4th grade education, a B+ college average in a special program, and a job history as a spokesperson for a regime that hates America, destroys priceless Buddhas, oppresses women, stones homosexuals, and enforces brutal sharia law in violation of UN Human Rights agreements, you have the magic formula for admission to Yale. Next time I get a phone call from a high school senior in tears over Yale's rejection, I'll tell them to visit a local museum and blow up some sacred Buddhas, stone a homosexual or threaten to beat his/her mother to death if she refuses to wear a burka.

Thank you very much for helping me understand Yale Admissions.

Yours sincerely,
Debbie Bookstaber (Yale `00)

UNC 'terror'

Shannon Blosser at NRO:

Mohammad Reza Taheri-azar tried to kill students in Chapel Hill last week in the service of a wicked ideology. In the process, he has exposed not only the continuing danger of domestic terrorism but also the inability of some leaders and communities to recognize that danger and take it seriously.

Again the NYT undermines security

Elite Troops Get Expanded Role on Intelligence
The military is placing teams of Special Operations troops in American embassies to gather intelligence on terrorists.
Thanks New York Times for undermining the security of the United States. I guess the Times wants more terrorists attacks.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Omar Khayam, 13th century philosopher

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child. Teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a leader. Follow him.

Wafa Sultan Quotes

"The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete."
"The Jews have come from the tragedy [of the Holocaust], and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror; with their work, not with their crying and yelling. Humanity owes most of the discoveries and science of the 19th and 20th centuries to Jewish scientists. Fifteen million people, scattered throughout the world, united and won their rights through work and knowledge. We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people.

The Muslims turned three Buddha statues into rubble. We have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy.

Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people, and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them."
Emphasis mine
Wafa Sultan: "I am not a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew. I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others' right to believe in it."

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli: "Are you a heretic?"

Wafa Sultan: "You can say whatever you like. I am a secular human being who does not believe in the supernatural..."

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli: "If you are a heretic, there is no point in rebuking you, since you have blasphemed against Islam, the Prophet, and the Koran..."

Wafa Sultan: "These are personal matters that do not concern you."

JRR Tolkien Quotes

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

I wish life was not so short, he thought. languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.

It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.

CS Lewis Quotes

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.

The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

We are what we believe we are.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

Why Blog

Why Blog?

Why do I blog?
Simple, so I can express myself.

Does it matter whether anybody reads my blog? Not really.

I put comments on moderation because some folks did look at this blog, when I first posted the Danish cartoons. A comment was deleted, because the language used was too foul. I agreed with the gist of the comment but could not sanction the language.

I have been threatened, indirectly, because of posting the Danish cartoons.
If you don’t like what I say, don’t come back.

To blog well, takes time and effort.
Each post is a short essay.
Each post is an important moment of free speech.

My blog is an international publication.
It could be read the world over.
It could be ignored the world over.
It could start riots.
It could be ignored the world over.
It could start an international debate.
It could be ignored the world over.

Blogs are the finest form of speech, yet invented. (Thanks be to Al Gore for inventing the Internet.)

Sir Winston Churchill in 1899


"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedans law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled,the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."

Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

Double Standard

From Opinion Journal's Best of the Web

Special Treatment
Here's a curious Associated Press dispatch from Corvallis, Ore., last week:

A student's column in the Oregon State University campus newspaper has prompted protests by Muslim students, who say it is offensive to their faith.

The piece headlined "The Islamic Double Standard" was written by OSU microbiology student Nathanael Blake and published in the Daily Barometer on Feb. 8.

The column accused Muslims of expecting special treatment after a Danish newspaper published cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. Riots over the cartoons amounted to "savagery," Blake said. "Bluntly put, we expect Muslims to behave barbarously," his column said. . . .

At the Daily Barometer, editors said e-mail and phone calls poured in. Senior editors have met with the Muslim Student Association.

"The pain that it caused . . . did not subside with time," said DD Bixby, the Barometer's editor-in-chief. "It kind of just festered."

She said editors have been checking copy with Muslim students, and on Tuesday deleted one paragraph from a piece scheduled to be published the next day.

So let's see if we have this straight: Muslims are upset over being accused of "expecting special treatment," and they respond by agitating for the newspaper to allow them to censor material they find offensive. What's wrong with this picture?

"Terrorism: Violence directed at noncombatants for an ideology."

Daily Tar Heel: "'Terrorism: Violence directed at noncombatants for an ideology.'"

Must try to kill, because the school's newspaper printed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

UNC follow-up

Here come the apologists... "focus on the violence done TO the Muslim,  not the violence done BY the Muslim"
Read the story of the gathering Monday at the Pitt, in the Daily Tar Heel

Monday, March 06, 2006

Quote from our first Republican President

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

US Supreme Court

"First Amendment's protection extends beyond the right to speak. We have recognized a First Amendment right to associate for the purpose of speaking, which we have termed a "right of expressive association." ... The reason we have extended First Amendment protection in this way is clear: "The right to speak is often exercised most effectively by combining one's voice with the voices of others."

The Right of peaceful assembly for redress of grievances shall not be abridged.

What they want.

Proper Respect for Midshipmen.

from KT McFarland
“Nine months ago, my daughter Fiona, a student at the United States Naval Academy, "

Hey, your daughter is a Midshipmen, USN...Not just a student at Canoe U.

If you want to be a US Senator, learn how to properly refer to US Military Personel. Even lower lifeforms such as Midshipmen, deserve respect.

G e n e r a t i o n W h y ?

Appeasement does not work.