Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Infrequently Asked Questions

I am occasionally asked about the blog so I thought I could answer some general questions and pre-empt future questions ('cause you know how I like to go pre-emptive).

Who Are You?
A mild-manner corporate drone by day. A crime-fight super-hero by ... No, sorry, interupted by a childhood fantasy again. I'm also a mild-mannered corporate drone by night.

Why blog?
Well, I've failed at almost every other written format available: poetry, novel, screenplay. Blogging is a way to broadcast my screeds without subjecting them on unwitting co-workers, friends, family, not to mention the long-suffering, ever-so-patient Wife Wraith.

Are you part of any Vast Conspiracies?
Oh yes. Rant Wraith is fully funded by the Trilateral Commission, the Bavarian Illuminati, secret remnants of the Knights Templar and 12 super-Jews living on a hidden island near Madagascar. No, of course not. So far Rant Wraith has raise a total of $2.50 selling bumper stickers. Despite what the idiots at CBS think, bloggers are not taking orders or money from Any Vast Conspiracies.

Why "Rant Wraith"?
"Rant" because I'm prone to launch into long tirades about just how fast the world is going to shit (answer: approaching mach 3). "Wraith" because I am faceless specter haunting the internet? No,I thought it sounded cool and I loved the Lord of the Rings.

Why not use your real name?
I have been a smart-ass all my life. I have been known to offend people to the point of violence since I was a child. I was the kid who knew just what to say to the biggest, slowest guy in school to make him lunge across the classroom at me. I was accosted more than a few times growing up, even into graduate school. What can I say, I have a gift. I'd prefer not to be stabbed in the neck by some nutjob out to avenge one of my late-night insults. The Wife Wraith would be very angry if I got blood all over my Christmas sweater.

Looking over your archives I have to ask: Is Rant Wraith a blood-thirsty, warmongering, neo-con, crypto-fascist?
That depends on what the meaning of 'is' is?

Can I steal some of this crap and call it my own?
It's all copyrighted, punk. I'll have so many Lawyer Wraiths swarming all over you there'll be nothing left but bones and gristle. But you can use anything you want for free as long as you attribute it, with a link preferably.

You are an unsung genius, a paragon of brilliance and virtue, a lone prophet in the wilderness. How can I follow you and base my life on your teachings? Well, thanks for noticing. Just read the blog. Tell your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about it. If you're that excited buy a RantWear t-shirt or something. I'm not starting a cult or anything, yet. (If you're an 18-24 year old female cheerleader, gymnast, track star or ballerina, send me an email and we'll discuss other ways you can contribute to Rant Wraith. But don't tell the Wife Wraith. We have a collection of very sharp knives and she knows where I sleep.)

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

New Flashpoints, Old Struggles

Are Thailand and Malaysia going the way of India and Pakistan? Is the Thai-Malaysian border the newest Islamist flashpoint? Thailand has a growing Islamist movement in the south, near the Malaysian border. After numerous bombing and riots the Thai airforce dropped origami cranes with messages of peace on Muslim villages earlier this month.

Now the Thai deputy Interior Minister says the Thais have photos that "Thai Muslim militants are being trained in jungle camps in northern Malaysia."

Time for a quiz. Muslim terrorists have attacked and alienated counties representing how many different religions? Let's count. (percentages from the CIA World Factbook) Spain - Madrid train attacked 03/11/04: 94% Roman Catholic. India - parliment attacked in December 2001, among others: 81% Hindu. Israel (I won't list the wars and attacks): 80% Jewish. Thailand: 95% Buddhist. The United States of America - 9/11: 52% Protestant, 24% Roman Catholic. Russia - Moscow theater siege, December 2002; Belsan school attack earlier this year, among others: 50-70% Russian Orthodox. So the answer, infidels, is either 4 (Christianity of all types, Hinduism, Judaism, and Buddhism) or 6 (counting Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox individually). Thanks for playing. Time for the Bonus Round, where the scores can really change.

Could this be just a coincidence? Why aren't the Buddhist and the Hinus bombing each other? There are hundreds of millions of each. They are mostly poor, very poor, and live in densely populated areas awash in weapons? Protestants and Catholics may occasionally kill each other in Ireland but that is a local dispute. When was the last time you heard of Protestant/Catholic violence outside of Ireland or the UK? Muslims travel from around the world to blow up Jews in Israel (from the UK even) but I have yet to read about an Orthodox 'militant' traveling to kill Jews (and it's not like the Orthodox have a history of philo-Semitism.)

Indeed, where are the Orthodox, Hindu and Buddhist terrorists? I thought poverty and lack of opportunity were the 'root causes' of terrorism? Many more than a billion people would indentify themselves as belonging to one of these religions, more than all the Muslims in the world, yet I cannot find any evidence of a global movement of Orthodox, Buddhist or Hindu terrorists. Maybe I'm missing it. Sure, Hindus riot and attack local Muslims in India. But riots are endemic to human society. The question is, do Hindus organize themselves and seek out foreign Muslims to kill? Do they assassinate right-wing Muslim leaders in New York City as when an Egyptian shot Jewish extremist Meir Kahane in 1990? Do second-generation Hindus stab and shoot Muslims walking through the streets of European cities? Do Buddhist preach that non-Buddhists are the sons of monkeys and pigs? That only Buddhist clerics should rule the government? That they have the right to kill anyone who insults the Buddha? No, of course not. Look, you and I know the answer. Everyone paying attention knows the answer to these silly questions. But don't look to the New York Times, or Nightline or Newsweek for answers. They are too busy downgrading the Christian 'component' of Christmas (umm, like, 100%) and insulting the 'fanatics' in the red states who are so ignorant that they dare to sing Christmas carols in public.

The answer, if you are still with me, is that Islam is a martial religion, founded by a military leader. The so-called remarkable spread of Islam in the 7th century was based on military conquest, on basically the Arab imperialism in Egypt and southwestern Asia. Unlike Christ who died a pacifist criminal or Buddha who essentially resigned from worldly concerns, Muhammed was the political/military head of a theocracy. He lead troops into battle. Unlike Christ or Buddha he personally killed people and ordered others to kill people. Like any religion, Islam has sacrilized the actions of its founder, including the military actions (in al-Qaeda's case, especially the miliary actions.) Islam has not been 'hijacked'. We are facing a global movement that has revitalized the Muslim martial tradition, but that tradition was present at Islam's beginning and has been active more or less ever since. That is why moderate Muslims have such a difficult time denouncing violence in theory. They may disavow any particular attack but categorically denouncing violence against non-combatants is not easy because other Muslims can site numerous passages advocating and praising violence against unbelievers.

War is part (a small part perhaps) of Islam. This is not a short-term thing. We will have to manage confrontations with this worldwide movement for a long time. Don't let it get you down. An intermittent conflict with Islam has been part of Western life for a thousand years. Our ancestors dealt with it. We can too.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Mayor of Berlin Doesn't Know When WWII Started

It's a common observation that Americans don't know much about history. I say that sometimes and I'm American. Well take heart Americans, here's the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, answering questions on TV.

'Turning to Wowereit, he [the host] asked, "In what year did Germany invade Poland, spawning the Second World War, and in what year did that war end?"

Wowereit blushed. Then he rubbed his chin. He looked skyward. "That was, er, ah, hmm, let me see, now," he stammered. As the viewers nationwide gawped in disbelief, Wowereit shrugged and was about to give up when a voice from the audience shouted: "It was 1939 to 1945, you dolt."

"Oh yes, it started in nineteen thirty-, er, what?" Again the voice from the audience roared out: "Thirty-nine!" "Oh, yes, it started in 1939 and ended in 1945," the visibly embarrassed politician said."

First, this is hilarious. The mayor of freaking Berlin no less. Notice that he didn't even get the decade. Wowereit just, er, stammered. Second, is the schadenfreude, thick, tasty schadenfreude. It's a good way to start your day. Low in calories and goes well with coffee. Third, what does this say about German education? I bet even George W Bush, whom our Teutonic allies scorn as an idiot, knows when World War II started.

Next time the host should ask a German politician, 'when did Muslim Turks invade German speaking peoples and lay siege to their cities?' Careful, it's a trick question.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Photo of the Week: Little Mermaid, Big Burka

A loyal Rant Wraith reader, who really should get a blog, sent this story from Denmark. Protesting possible Turkish admission to the EU, someone covered the nubile, half-naked statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid with a burka.

"Denmark's national symbol, the Little Mermaid sculpture perched on a rock at a Copenhagen pier, was draped in a burka and a sash reading "Turkey in the EU?" overnight, Copenhagen media reported." Check out the priceless photo. I might make this my wallpaper.

Bin Laden Wishes You a Merry Christmas

OBL has released another full length spoken-word album that's sweeping the globe. I'm waiting for the trace remix. The guy needs some new material. This week's number was more of the same 'struggle against the unbelievers' stuff. Dude, we know. We get it. You don't like the unbelievers. (Some clever garage band kids should call their band, "Infidel Unbelievers" just to cash in on the internet search spillover.)

Here are some lyrics from Old Bastard Laden's 70-minute screed. I'm getting the impression that he doesn't dig the Saudi royal family.

"While the struggle in Saudi Arabia appears to be internal, it is part of the struggle between believers and non-believers."

"The sins the regime committed are great ... it practised injustices against the people, violating their rights, humiliating their pride"

He has some ideas about reform in the Kingdom. "The only way to reform is the toppling of the regime through armed struggle." As if that was subtle, he addresses the royal family directly. "When nations move to demand their rights, security forces cannot stop them. And you should never forget the fate of the Shah of Iran, who fell despite the strength and experience of his security forces. The people have awoken from their stupor, they realize the degree of corruption and tyranny which you use to rob them of their rights. Muslims in the country of the two holy mosques insist on regaining their rights at any cost."

It's not all negative though. Sith Lord Bin Laden has a woody for the terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate in Jeddah. "God bless our brothers who stormed the American Consulate in Jiddah. Those who were killed of our brothers, we ask God to accept them as martyrs."

Is this the trigger for the attack we have been warned about all week? OBL's chief henchmen, his Number 1, Zawahiri released a video on Nov 29. The Jeddah attack occured one week later. Before that Dr. Z released a tape on Oct 1. A hotel in the Egyptian Sinai was blown up on Oct 7.

On the other hand The Beard put out a tape on Nov 2 that was not followed by an anything, although some attacks were averted that may have been scheduled to follow the tape. If the Zawahiri one-week rule holds that puts us on Dec 23. Merry Christmas, unbeliever.

Comments Working Again

My comments feature hasn't been functioning for the past week or so. Why didn't somebody tell me? I resolved it so you can leave your comments, complaints, or threats by using the link under each post. And, unlike some blogs, Rant Wraith accepts anonymous comments. Go crazy kids.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Calling All Aging Nirvana Fans

Hey, Gramps, after you take your Crestor with a glass of prune juice, read The New Republic's generally good review of "With the Lights Out".

The Nirvana boxed set is "either a Nirvana fan's answered prayer or corporate rock necrophilia. Geffen has assumed that music fans would want to plunk down their $60 for Cobain's demos, outtakes, inchoate song fragments, and other ephemera, complete with a DVD featuring jagged hand-held footage of the band rehearsing, playing, and goofing off. Geffen is right." That's good to know. I think the Wraith Wife is getting me this for Christmas.

I'm a Nirvana fan. I even made some note for a book about their lyrics the year before he shot himself. But I blame Cobain for two tragedies. First I blame him for killing himself. I realize that he felt trapped by fame and the competing pressures of being "authentic" and a cog in a corporate machine. Hey, too fucking bad. Get in line asshole. I feel the same thing but without the millions of dollars and the groupies (blog-star groupies are a phenomenon of the future). He could have easily vanished abroad with his family and played Garbo for 40 years. I don't have the funds for that. He chose the easy way out and abandoned his child, Frances Bean. Next I blame Cobain for inflicting Courtney Love on America. She is his revenge, a monster coughed up by his wounded psyche stalking America, a combination of "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" and a bad episode of "The Twilight Zone". In this regard he went out in classic rock-star fashion and left his horrible wife to linger on for decades after him, a constant reminder that the wrong spouse died.

Back to the music. The set traces Nirvana's and Cobain's path from unwashed, dropout cover band to the incarnation of early 90s grunge rock celebrities. Cobain saw what was happening and where it was leading. His haunted personality revolted in a sad moment of self-destruction. "On With the Lights Out, you hear Nirvana as neither mainstream entertainment nor campus avatar; rather, you get to eavesdrop on Cobain unloading his emotional wreckage for himself." While it may not be the feel good gift of the season, it somehow seems appropriate for the sold-out, washed-up, broken-down, Nirvana fans, now embracing the compromises and uncertainties of a middle aged life that Cobain never lived to see.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

More Terror Attack Warnings - Merry Christmas

First, there was this warning from a British firm last Friday, focusing on shipping. "Al Qaida is set to stage a waterborne September 11-style attack in the next 12 months," warns "Aegis Defence Services, the British firm ... that holds a 293 million dollar US government contract to provide "security services" in Iraq."

Maybe an attack is not likely to succeed. But keep reading, infidel. "Simply capturing a ship on the key Red Sea route between Europe and Asia could cause a world trade crisis. And an attempt can be expected following the recent appointment of maritime terror specialist Saud Hamund Al-Utaibi as head of al Qaida in Saudi Arabia." Al-Utaibi is thought to be involved in the bombing on the USS Cole.

Then comes this long piece from DEBKAfile. Granted DEBKA has a mixed record but on the whole I think their info is better than not. "At the beginning of December, Washington warned Jerusalem and Cairo of a planned major al Qaeda attack in one of their cities – possibly even with chemical weapons." Then this detail which ties into the article above. "In addition, the Americans and the British warned Israel and Egypt to beware of large-scale maritime strikes in the Mediterranean, Gulf of Aqaba, the Red Sea or the Suez Canal." Obviously some people are very concerned about the Suez. DEBKA has been warning about Al-Qaeda in the Sinai for several months. DEBKA thinks that the attack in Jeddah earlier this month was a success from Al-Qaeda's perspective.

Add this to the German newspaper warning from earlier in the week. There seems to be a lot of activity out there. There will be an attack somewhere soon. But, sadly, that's like predicting it will rain somewhere soon. The questions is which somewhere and how soon.

Dante's Inferno, Canto XXVIII - Mohammed and Ali in the Eighth Circle of Hell

I'm going to make a t-shirt out of this one of these days. Muhammed and Ali are in the Eighth Circle, in Malebolge, or Evil Pouch, Nine, the one reserved for "Schismatics." Here's the passage with notes.

I saw one
Rent from the chin to where one breaketh wind.
[split open from chin to ass]

Between his legs were hanging down his entrails;
His heart was visible, and the dismal sack
That maketh excrement of what is eaten.
[The Prophet bowels are dangling from his open abdomen]

While I was all absorbed in seeing him,
He looked at me, and opened with his hands
His bosom, saying: "See now how I rend me;

How mutilated, see, is Mahomet; [Muhammed as spelled in Dante's time]
In front of me doth Ali weeping go,
Cleft in the face from forelock unto chin;

[Ali was Muhammed's nephew and the fourth Islamic caliph. The Shia, or the Party of Ali, trace the beginning of their tradition to his assassination. Ali's son, Hussein the most reverved Shia figure, was killed in Karbala in what is now Iraq.]

And all the others whom thou here beholdest,
Disseminators of scandal and of schism
While living were, and therefore are cleft thus.

Basically, Muhammed is disemboweled. Ali's face is sliced open from his forehead to his chin (notice that Ali does not speak). When the Schematics' wounds heal the demons, the Malebranche, slice them open again with sharp swords. Colorful, eh?

Is this hate-speech? Clearly Dante considers Muhammed and Ali to be evil and that their teachings lead to damnation. They are, after all, near the very bottom of Hell.

British Muslims Want Theocracy-Lite

People think I'm exaggerating about Britian and Theocracy-Lite ('same great taste, slightly less oppression'). Well, my infidel friends, I'm not. Here's a piece in the Telegraph from Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, supporting the proposal. Choice quotes:

'Witness the Persian couplet: Ba khuda deewana basho, Ba Muhammad hoshyar (Take liberty with God if you wish, but be careful with Mohammed).' Meaning unbelievers can't dis the Big Mo.

'Is freedom of expression without bounds? Muslims are not alone in saying "No" and calling for safeguards against vilification of dearly cherished beliefs. Earlier this year, the BBC accepted complaints from Catholics and withdrew its cartoon series Popetown. Why does society not show the same courtesy and sensitivity towards Muslims?'

Isn't that a cute rhetorical slight of hand? It's a gem really. He compares complaints about the BBC broadcasting a publically funded offensive cartoon to a law forbiding any private citizen from criticising religion in such a way that it could be interpreted as intending to "incite hatred." The BBC was not legally barred from airing the cartoon nor are Muslims forbidden from complaining about percieved insults (as you can tell). Sacranie wants the Brits to extend a "courtesy" to Muslims by prosecuting people who dare to insult Muhammed or Allah or Islam. So works by Dante* (Inferno 28, 22-33), Tasso, Verdi (just to name a few Italians), and countless other giants of Western civilization would be considered hate speech. Welcome to dhimmitude, infidel.

'Stirring up hatred against people simply because of their religious beliefs or lack of them ought to be regarded as a social evil.' Wow, it's sad that I have to put this so bluntly - People have the right to hate. 'However, we can make a critical distinction between the substance and form of free speech.' What the hell is he talking about? Maybe as an American I don't appreciate the subtleties of British law but here, across the pond, free speech is just that, free. Except for credible threats at specific individuals you can say whatever the hell you want. There is no "form" vs "substance" distinction. Sacranie advocates 'criminalising offences directed specifically at' Muslims. I think he means that anything that is offensive to Muslims should be a crime.

Part of me hope that they do pass this law. Then I want to see Sacranie's face when a dozen clerics are brought up on charges every time their sermons claim that "infidels burn in hell-fire", or "Non-Muslims arew vile and unclean", or "do not mingle with the filth pork-eating Christians". If this isn't hate speech, I don't know what is.

* Dante put both Muhammed and Ali in the Eighth Circle of Hell. See here for the details.

It's a Silly Place

Good news. Monty Python hits Broadway in February. Get your tickets now. I told 'em we already got one.

Texas Muslims Throw Tribute to Khomeini

LGF links to the Metroplex Organization of Muslims in North Texas, based in Irving TX, (phone number 817 714-7786) who held "A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary" Ayatollah Khomeini. The URL is Imam_Seminar, "Imam" being the highest designation for a religious figure in Shia Islam, something very close to "Messiah" in Christianity. (The site may go down. I'll post a picture soon).

There were 7 speakers at the seminar, including one from the prominent Islamic "civil rights" organization and Islamist front group CAIR. I hope all seven of these men are under close government surveillance. If you need reminding what a noxious monster Khomeini was, see the quotes on my sidebar or go to this site or this other site.

On the up side, they served snacks.

France Bans Hate TV

On at least the hate channel brought to you by Hizbollah, Al-Manar. Think about that for a moment. Hizbollah, the Iranian-supported Shiite militia in Lebanon that exploded our Marines, kidnapped Americans, and fires rockets into Israel years after they left Lebanese land, has a fucking TV channel that broadcasts to Europe. Why haven't we blown that fucker up? Why aren't the programming directors rotting at the bottom of the sea wearing cement boots? Why haven't the 'newscasters' awakened to find their throats cut? Some war on terror this is.

'"The sum of programming by Al-Manar, including televised games and commercials, is a vehicle for hatred,'' the court cited the complaint as saying.'

Indonesian Killer Urges Credit Card Fraud

An Indonesian jihadist thug convicted of the infamous Bali blast that killed 202 people wrote an autobiography providing details on how other jihadists can commit credit card fraud to fund their evil plans. Of course the autobiography is available online. Sort of Mein Kampf for Islamist hackers. And I love the ironic title, Me Against the Terrorist!. The exclamation point gives it holy war street cred.

'Internet crime experts said Samudra's book seems unprecedented as a tool for recruiting radical Muslims into a campaign of online fraud and building networks of fundraisers.

'"The worry is that an army of people doing cybercrime could raise a great deal of money for other activities that terrorists are carrying out," said Alan Paller, research director of the Sans Institute, a U.S. Internet-security training company.'

Remind me again why he isn't dead?

Monday, December 13, 2004

France Shows Balls, Asks Turkey to Admit Genocide Against Christian Armenians

Check out the big nads on France. France wants Turkey to acknowledge the World War One massacre of Armenians during negotiations on its membership of the European Union, Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Monday.

Good freaking luck pal. The Turks will, let's say, show some reluctance to admit to the massacre of 1.5 million Christian Armenians. Sure, the Turks will say, a few Armenians died from "civil stife" but that was a long time ago, in World War One. It was regrettable. (But the Crusades, that's a contemporary topic.) And don't even think of mentioning reparations or letting the Armenian descendents of the displaced back to their homes. As for the Palestinians "refugees", their "right of return" must be addressed as part of any "peace agreement."

See how this works, France?

Zarqawi Plans Attack Bigger than 9/11 - German Paper

From Expatica: The daily Tagesspiegel in Berlin quotes a follower of al-Zarkawi as saying the Jordanian radical, who is believed to be behind many of the kidnappings and attacks in Iraq, had told him there would be "a really big event" soon.

According to the follower, named as Fathala F., al-Zarkawi had told him the attack would be bigger than the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

This is in addition to an earlier report from WorldNetDaily: Anti-terror experts say highly motivated jihadists around the world are making plans for terrorist attacks during the Christmas season...

I'm unfazed. I'm still flying cross-country for Christmas. With the Wraith Wife and Wraith Dog.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Is Britain Becoming 'Theocracy-Lite'?

Yesterday I mentioned the British Home Secretary David Blunkett's proposal to outlaw "inciting religious hatred". The law is much more sweeping than I may have let on. It would basically outlaw all criticism of religion in the UK. Here are three excellent articles that explain it. One article even became an example of why this is such a horrible idea.

First, on Saturday Charles Moore wrote this for the Telegraph.

Was the prophet Mohammed a paedophile? The question is sometimes asked because one of his wives, Aisha, was a child when he married her. As Barnaby Rogerson gingerly puts it in his highly sympathetic recent biography (The Prophet Muhammad, Little, Brown): "…the age disparity was considerable: she was only nine while Muhammad was 53". ...

To me, it seems anachronistic to describe Mohammed as a child-molester. The marriage rules of his age and society were much more tribal and dynastic than our own, and women were treated more as property and less as autonomous beings. ... I raise the question, though, because it seems to me that people are perfectly entitled - rude and mistaken though they may be - to say that Mohammed was a paedophile, but if David Blunkett gets his way, they may not be able to.

To me that seems a reasonable, even unremarkable article. I read it yesterday and didn't think anything of it. Flash forward to today's Independent: Moore's paedophile 'slur' angers Muslims.

Charles Moore, former editor of The Daily Telegraph, provoked a storm of criticism from British Muslims yesterday for an article in which he championed the right to call the Prophet Mohamed a paedophile.

Responding with a mixture of astonishment and fury, Muslims yesterday described the remarks as inflammatory and deliberately provocative. Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, the main voice of British Islam, said he was astonished that "a journalist and former editor with such wide experience could stoop so low".

Re-read the first passage. He didn't call Muhammed a paedophile or child rapist. He even wrote that such accusations were "rude and mistaken" but the Muslims are pissed off anyway. Notice it is not even the criticism of Muhammed that angers them (the author was defending Mo' against the kiddie rapist beef) but the mere mention of anything that presents Islam in an unfavorable light. And the most sensative Muslim gets to determine what is unfavorable. More or less the Muslims in Britain are saying, "Praise Islam, flatter Allah, respect Muhammed or shut the hell up, infidel!"

Just how far would this Pythonesque law go. This article in the Times spells it out using quotes from famous works.

First, the law. The “publication, distribution or display” of “written material”, says Mr Blunkett, is to be an offence if, “having regard to all the circumstances, the material is likely to be heard or seen by any person in whom it is likely to stir up religious hatred.”

As we never tire of reminding ourselves, you can get away with verbal aggression towards Christianity which would be considered unacceptable if directed towards Islam. It follows that the less tolerant any religious group is of criticism or mockery, the greater the protection the proposed new law will offer them. But these may be the very faiths or sects which ought to be confronted ...

What the Home Secretary is proposing is theocracy-lite (I should copyright that term). First, the government outlaws "inciting religious hatred." Later there will be more legalisms to determine which heresies incite religious hatred, which blasphemies should be outlawed, which deviations are criminal. In the end, religious consideration direct secular law.

At the very core of many faiths lies a kind of hatred of and a tremendous insult to non-believers. How else can you characterise the teaching that unbelievers are eternally damned? The very word “infidel” is hateful.

But don't count on those who spew 'infidel' at every turn to be prosecuted. For all the efforts to appear even-handed, this law is intended to "protect" Islam from those arrogant Brits who dare to insult it. This is the first step toward dhimmitude. Know your place, limey-kufr. Know your place, dhimmi.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

'An Attack is Inevitable? We're Outta Here.'

A round-up of the Slow Motion Disaster that is Europe.

First the good news. "Terror attacks on London on the scale of the Madrid bombings have been thwarted by Britain's security forces, Metropolitan Police chief Sir John Stevens has claimed."

Now the bad news. "We are still in a grave area of great threat." Sir John said: "The risk of an attack to London has not changed; an attack is still inevitable."

Meanwhile on the Continent, another attack was averted (thanks to LGF). "Justice authorities arrested a Moroccan man last month after receiving a tip-off that Islamic extremists were allegedly planning an attack on the Red Light District in Amsterdam."

I love this part. "Muslim extremists, the paper said, were allegedly furious at the lack of morals in the prostitution zone." Why the hell did these "goat-fuckers" (to use Van Gogh's terms) move to Holland if they are upset at the lack of morals. Stay home in the shit-hole of your birth. No one invited you. Most people like Holland because of the lack of morals.

Another attack was planned against the Dutch Parliment. For the lack of morals, I guess.

The real story from Holland (thanks to Jihad Watch) is that middle-class native Dutch are leaving, emigrating to Canada, New Zealand or Australia. "The new wave of educated migrants are quietly voting with their feet against a multicultural experiment long touted as a model for the world, but increasingly a warning of how good intentions can go wrong."

Holland had a net loss of population of 13,313 for the first half of 2004. The quotes from soon-to-be Dutch expatriots are invaluable.

Ellen Bles, "43, a lawyer and banker who votes for the free-market Liberals" said, "We've become so tolerant that everybody thinks they can fight their own wars here. Van Gogh is killed, and then people throw bombs at mosques and churches. It's escalating because the police and the state aren't doing anything about it. There's a feeling of injustice that if you do things right, if you work hard and pay your taxes, you're punished, and those who don't are rewarded. People can come and live here illegally and get payments. How is that possible?" This isn't an anarchist punk bitching at a university rally. These are dangerous phrases when they come from a middle-aged woman: "the police and the state aren't doing anything about it"; "a feeling of injustice"; "if you work hard and pay your taxes, you're punished." This is how a government is de-legitimized. I hope U.S. politicians are paying attention.

If the educated, tax-paying Dutch middle-class shinks due to emigration, who does that leave behind in Europe's most densely populated country? The less educated, the poor, and of course, the Muslim immigrants who already make up a very near-majority in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The situation is bad in Europe (and I didn't even get to one of the 117 'honor-killings' of young British Muslim women - this one stabbed eleven times by her own father, or the unbelievable proposal in the UK to outlaw "religious hatred", thus putting comics and authors at risk of fines and imprisonment.) And it just gets worse. Discussions about allowing Turkey into the E.U. begin on December 16. The Euro-elites seemed determined to allow Turkey in despite majorities in many countries against the move. "We kicked the Turks out because they don't belong in Europe and now we'll let them back in. Why would we do this?"

Turkey would instantly become the largest and poorest nation in the Union, giving millions of Muslim Turks freedom of movement and residency across the Continent. (I hope they all move to Vienna to celebrate.)

The 'E' would cease to stand for 'European'. Perhaps Eurasian Union would be geographically accurate although at the rate things are going I think Eurabian Union is more appropriate.

Hey, Bush - Control the Freaking Border!

Controlling the border is one of the basic functions of the Nation-State. A government that cannot, or will not, do so loses one of the pillars of sovereignty. Case in point, from the Brownsville Herald, TX:

"Last week’s arrest of a Bangladeshi immigrant trying to illegally enter the country has federal authorities concerned over the vulnerability of the U.S.-Mexico border to infiltration by terrorists."

He was brought over by a gang called Mara Salvatruchas. "The Central American gang has alleged links to al-Qaida. “This is alarming,” said U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Texas."

We have the man-power and the technology to control the border. We lack the political will. This will come back to bite us in the ass. By refusing the simply control the border now we are inviting a backlash later. After an attack is traced to terrorists crossing the border you can count on a angry and betrayed public crying to just close the damn thing all together. After a series of truck-bombs level a few hotels or office buildings in Houston or Dallas people will want the damn border covered in barbed-wire and land mines. And if the Feds won't do it, count of the locals to take matters into their own hands. (See Holland if you need confirmation of how this dynamic works.)

An ounce of fucking prevention prevents a pound of knee-jerk reaction cure.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Help Me Evolve

I have just added the link to my current status in The Truth Laid Bear Blog Ecosystem. I am currently a Crusty Crustacean, having evolved from my prior status as a Wiggly Worm.

I'm normally not a link whore (as opposed to other kinds) but if have a blog and you are an occasional reader you should sign up to the Ecosystem. It's easy and free. Have fun watching yourself and others evolve (or devolve) over time. And more importantly if you join the Ecosystem any links to Rant Wraith will help me evolve. Thanks.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Islam in French Prisons

There are some valuable facts to be found amid all the whining in this NYT article about Islam in French prisons. Here's a gem: 60% of inmates are Muslim but Muslims are only about 10% of the population. The prisoners often proselytize among themselves since there are not nearly enough Muslim clerics authorized to provide "spiritual counseling" to the inmates.

A Day of Reckoning is coming for France. The recent spasm of violence in Holland was a small preview of what lies ahead for France. Remember that le Pen's National Front won 20% of the vote during the 2002 presidential election. Millions of French supported the le Pen then. After a high-profile assassination or bombing more people will side with the Nationalists or parties father to the right. Don't forget that despite France's current reputation as cheese-eating surrender monkeys, then have a history of Rightist militarism. Think of Vichy, the Dreyfus Affair, the various Napoleans. (Not to mention the ongoing anti-Semitic violence.) And unlife Holland, France has millions of Muslims and a history of Islamist violence. At least 12 people were killed during a series of bombing all over Paris in 1995 as part of an Islamist terror campaign. One bomb exploded in a Metro station, a vital institution in the nation's capital.

If or when France follows the Holland model with firebombings at mosques and churches, with attacks and counter-attacks, the results will be far more gruesome, the violence more widespread, and consequenses will be felt around the world.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Thais Drop Origami on Muslim South

Sure, this will work. Why didn't we think of this? Silly us. We should have bombarded Fallujah with Silly String.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Arab Columnists Get Tough About Iraqi Elections

This is what you don't hear much in our MSM. Such as (from MEMRI):

"It is outrageous, and amazing, that the first free and general elections in the history of the Arab nation are to take place in January: in Iraq, under the auspices of American occupation ..."

"What prevents some of the Arab regimes from holding free and genuine elections is their fear of the results, and nothing more – that is, their fear of the will of their peoples."

"Ask the Arab League Why the Media in Occupied Iraq and Palestine Enjoy Freedom Under the Occupation, While the Media in the Other Arab Countries Do Not"

And my personal favorite:

"The Iraqi regime is more legitimate than most [regimes] in the countries of the region.."

Please Fire Kofi.

Finally some good news. "UN officials" are worried that Kofi Annan's job may be at risk. Dear god I hope so. I mean I want to be head of the UN. You can never be fired or punished no matter how incompetent and/or corrupt you are. Annan never met a dictator he didn't like. He presided over a $21.5 Billion Dollar Theft by a Mass Murdering Dictator. He has organized a few meetings while the Islamist Sudanese Dictatorship commit Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing. UN "Peacekeepers" in Congo are charged with Gross Violations of Human Rights: rape, pedophilia and pimping young girls as prostitutes.

The IAEA, a UN organization, is helpless as Iran builds nuclear weapons. The UN doesn't even note that North Korea is using gas chambers to exterminate men, women and children. So what is the UN doing? Well, dear reader, important work. Of the 57 General Assembly Resolutions passed this session 5 addressed "Palestine", 1 Jerusalem and 1 the "Syrian Golan". More than 10% of the resolutions. Not that the other 50 are interesting or valuable. One called for ending the US embargo of Cuba.

But surely the other UN bodies must be doing good work. No they aren't. And don't call me Shirley. Even the union of UN employees (yes these pampered bureaucrats have a union) cast a vote of no-confidence against the senior management.

There's no question in my mind about firing Kofi. Do it yesterday. The only question I have is whether or not he can be tried for complicity in the 1994 Rwandan massacre. In 1998 Annan even tried to cover up his guilt by refusing to let Maj. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, the commander of U.N. forces in Rwanda, testify before a Belgian investigation of the massacre. Of course if Kofi were put on trial it would be huge waste of money and time, just like the UN trial of Milosevic, which began in July 2001 and continues to this day. It has lasted 4 times longer than the Nuremberg Trials at a cost of "many millions of pounds". UN efficiency at work. Thanks Kofi. Take your Nobel Peace Prize and the money your "disappointing" son Kojo got from the Oil-For-Bribes scandal and get the hell out.