Signs, Portents…and Squirrels: Our Times: At Once, Dire and Inane

portentsAs I write the date is 27 February, 2015.

If one needed any proof that the United States, and a good deal of the rest of the world has simply abandoned any pretense of being serious, the top stories of today and a few days prior are convincing proof.

JohnLast night, the story broke that “Jihadi” John, the masked killer of at least five in Iraq and or Syria had been identified. Along with this came a presser by CAGE, a “human rights” organization in the UK, which attempted to blame the nation’s security services for “radicalizing” Mohammed Emwazi, who

Cage

Cage directer Asim Qureshi in a diptych with the “beautiful young man” who went on to practice halal butchery on humans. Qureshi’s zabiba(prayer bump) should be a dead giveaway that he’s just another of the lying Islamic shills to whom Westerners give so much credence. The Qureshi were the tribe of the “Prophet” Muhammad, and half the swinging dicks in Muhammad land claim to be descended from them.  Liars all.

turned out to be a degreed computer programmer raised in comfortable circumstances. A week before, the Obama administration had re-floated the idea that “violent extremists” are fueled by poverty and exclusion, a moronic, Marxist inspired, and easily debunked trope that has been around since Dubya.

 

Since I was a child, I've loved antiquity.  However, I remember many of my classmates hating those museum field trips.  This, though, is a bit much

Since I was a child, I’ve loved antiquity. However, I remember many of my classmates hating those museum field trips. This, though, is a bit much

ISIS took a break from releasing snuff films to putting out a video of the lads having a blast smashing statues from Ancient Assyria.

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Nothing to do with Islam, of course. Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger Avijit Roy’s wife, Rafida Ahmed Banna, who survived, but lost a finger.

In Dhaka, a Bangladeshi atheist blogger, who also held American citizenship, was hacked to death on the street, with his wife also attacked but surviving. While the White house had nothing to say, a reporter did manage to coax a statement out of Jen Psaki, who was careful to note that at this point the attackers’ motive is unknown.

U.S. State Department spokesbimbo, Jen Psaki.  While lacking empirical evidence, I'd say she's a genuine ginger, and I bet those hooters are real as well, unlike anything that comes out of her mouth.

U.S. State Department spokes-bimbo, Jen Psaki. While lacking empirical evidence, I’d say she’s a genuine ginger, and I bet those hooters are real as well, unlike anything that comes out of her mouth.

The United States government, with zombie FDR nodding approval, decided to regulate the internet under a statute written in 1933. All data packets are equal. Down the road, some will be more equal than others. On the BBC, of all places, a commenter shook his head and said the US government has decided it wants the internet or free. Someone on state owned British media gets economics better than Mr. Obama.

In the same category of unaccountable Federal agencies we have the BATF talking about banning ammunition for the AR-15, a big scary looking rifle that anti-gun legislators have been unable to touch. It’s basically a .22, well .223.

A gang of Uzbeks from Brooklyn are

indicted on terrorism charges. What would Adam Yauch say?

In the United States Congress, the Republican majority, in its strongest position since the 1920s decides that funding DHS, the security super agency that has yet to catch a terrorist, is more important than keeping its promise to the electorate to fight and defund the President’s unilateral amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The president and functionaries of the regime, I’m sorry, government, natter on about “Climate Change,” (Nee Global Warming; isn’t it nice to see her all grown up?) as a foot of snow falls in Alabama. Winter Storm

In other times, people looked to the heavens for signs and portents of evil days to come.

My necromancer didn’t return my texts.

 

We have the United Sates, guarantor of the peace for some seven decades, in a constitutional crisis, a centuries old civilization conflict bathing vast areas in blood, the ancient nations of Europe suborned by Islamic fifth columns, and much more than I need go into here.

What is to come?

I have no idea, the best minds of our time are trying to determine the color of THE DRESS.

What color is this dress? Beats me.  It's  an internet thing.

What color is this dress? Beats me. It’s an internet thing.

What color is it?

Ask the llamas.

A Mexican guy driving by uses a lariat to lasso a llama.  All these words are Spanish. What the hell, I like Mexicans, and I'll sure take them over Muslims.

A Mexican guy driving by uses a lariat to lasso a llama. All these words are Spanish. What the hell, I like Mexicans, and I’ll sure take them over Muslims.

Halal Snake Oil: The Marketing of Islam in America

Do you ever get the idea that somebody, somewhere, thinks it’s important for you to like Islam?  We have a President, coincidentally of course whose middle name is Hussein, who misses no opportunity to greet and praise Muslims, as in his recent Eid ul Adha address( Unfamiliar with this holiday?  Look it up!), after earlier this year entirely neglecting Easter, and linking the Passover story to the upheavals in the Arab Middle East.  This tender concern is not restricted to the White House.

Although there is some dispute, the consensus in  Islam seems to be that snakes are haram(unfit and forbidden for human consumption; similar, as is much else in Islam, to the Jewish kosher).  This doesn’t apply to snake oil, of which our media is hawking substantial quantities on behalf of the Religion of Peace, and is quite halal ( allowed for consumption).

Noteworthy is TLC’s “All American Muslim,” reality series, which features five Muslim families in the  Detroit metro area.One wonders, why not “All American Catholic, Buddhist, or Jew”r?  Clearly, someone has a problem.  Perhaps it’s the rest of us, or so one would gather the Washington Post believes.

"Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, many Muslims in this country struggle to reconcile their American identity with their faith amid skepticism from non-Muslims. In dozens of video interviews conducted by Washington Post journalists across the country, Americans of all religious backgrounds candidly talk about the roots of suspicion, misunderstandings about Islam and confronting their own fears."

There is embedded in this caption enough arrant nonsense to spark a lengthy essay, if not a book, on the Orwellian semiotic, “Islamophobia.”  The implication is that, after ten years, we really ought to move on.

9/11 was not an isolated event a decade past, but rather a spectacular uptick in the continuum of jihadi violence that began before that October morning in New York, and continues.  .

The page shown here is the portal to an extensive  and no doubt expensive multimedia presentation on Muslims in America.  Someone at the Post thinks we should learn, well, something other than unease at the spread of a supremacist ideology in this country. .  Again, one wonders why so much ink is necessary for a minority far smaller than say, Italian Americans.

What, exactly it is in their faith  that many Muslims find the need to reconcile  with being American, is not stated anywhere in the site that I could find, but hey, a struggle for reconciliation has to be a good thing, right?  While suspicion, misunderstanding and fear are bad.

“Misunderstandings?”  The Fort Hood  shooter made himself perfectly clear in 31 in November, 2009. His first slide is of the Koran, which contains such jewels as “Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. – 2:191″  In what manner the major was persecuted to an extent to justify slaughter is unclear, and he wasn’t driven out of Fort Hood, but rather,promoted after his presentation.  He draws his pay to this day.

“We love death more than you love life.”

Fear? The country has been fortunate that so many plots have uncovered before they happen,  but just clearing airport security, or reading such stories as “TSA reminds officials to be aware of mass transit security issues this holiday season” cause unease among the more timorous, while those concerned with the wider issues wonder how much of our freedom we will surrender rather than see our government address the truth abount a large number of adhents of a mnority relgion, who find their inspiration in unambivalent scriptural exhortations. The reflexive left will squawk about abortion bombers, McVeigh and Breivik (non-Christians both) in a search for moral equivalence prompted by both desperation and schadenfreude, but Americans reading in their local papers or viewing the nightly news on their hometown affiliates will, when they see headers such as “Texas Man Convicted Of Terror Charges,” connect the dots.

As long as these probes and assualts continue, and as long as American Muslims insist on seeing themselves as victims of prejudice, rather than engage in introspection as to why so many of their brethren “stray, ”  they will remain under rightful suspicion,.

Dear Leader Is All About The Children

AP pic(Photographer not named) in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram centers on the President.

This kind of thing works in North Korea, but I’m not expecting the Obama adulation picture books to be followed up by a mass distribution of Obama badges

Well, at least He doesn’t need a teleprompter for this one,

One can only imagine the uproar had President Bush stopped by a classroom to read from a book about – himself.

“But , nyah, nyah there aren’t any picture books( Well, here’s one.  It has words, too) about President Bush coz he’s not cool and he’s a Republican, and Republicans are mean and mean people suck, and mean people hate kids, but children are the future.

And Bush is dumb.  He can’t read!”

It’s interesting to note that the images in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Dallas morning Post focus tightly on the president, but does not show his audience.


This one from AP photographer Susan Rush in the Dallas Morning News also shows the President's book "Of Thee I Sing."

The President was reading from “Bo, America’s Commander In Leash,”  the first family’s Portuguese water dog.  So where’s the pooch?  In two out of three pics, we just get the CINC thrice.  It’s not about the children.

School Sucks: ( this picis by AFP photog Saul Loeb ( hmm, Israeli agent? Seriously, I like Agence France Presse.)

And then there’s this one featured on weasel zippers( decidedly not friendly to the Preisdent) showing a larger scene, in which we also see both Obama books, but what I really like here is the bored little girl looking back at the camera.

Hey kid, school really sucks.  Yup, just another old guy telling you what to think,  You can look forward to as much as another twenty years of this.

And when you do get out finally, you may not know much more than when you started:

In another education related development, schools are pleading to be left off from the test goals set in “No child Left Behind.”

“Duncan has warned that 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled failures next year if No Child Left Behind is not changed. Education experts have questioned that estimate, but state officials report a growing number of schools facing sanctions under the law.”

They “might be labeled failures,”  because they are.

School sucks, and American schools really suck.  In terms of global performance, it may not be “no child left behind,” other than the the kids of Beltway types( and Presidents) going to private schools, as well as many of the teachers’ kids in schools systems like Chicago.  And I’m nor really sure about them.

No, it’s not about the children.  It never is.

Krauts Will Be Krauts

The Germans are considering spying on their domestic islamophobes, Der Spiegel reports.  Well the krauts have plenty of experience in keeping the lid on subversives concerned with individual liberty and who oppose oppressive supremacist ideologies.

The old Nazis are pretty much gone, but here are plenty of Stasi geezers left to show them the ropes.  The folks over at islammonline view this as a positive developmentt and provide a handy guide to Islamophobia that should quite helpful to the security services.

Ms Zeller -Hirzel survived the Nazis, and saw the end of communism, only witness the rise of a new totalitariansim.

From the film, "The White Rose."

They can start by going after whack jobs like Suzanne Zeller – Hirzel, a survivor of the White Rose resistance group, six of whose young members were decapitated in 1943 after the Gestapo rolled them up  She  sees similarities bewteen Islam and Nazism:

Zeller – Hirzel: The fanaticism, the absolute claim of possessing the only truth and the spiritual simplicity are very similar between Islam and the Nazism.

Ein reich, ein volk, ein fuehrer

Becomes:

Ein Gott, ein religion, ein ummah

Meanwhile, it’s good to see the FBI still has its eye on the ball, sntching up those “Massachuseettss men” before they can do any harm:

(CNN) — A 26-year-old Massachusetts man with a physics degree was arrested and charged Wednesday with plotting an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with a remote-controlled model aircraft, authorities said.

Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen from Ashland, Massachusetts, planned to use model aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives, authorities said.

(BTW:  WordPress spell check doesn’t think “islamophobia” is a word.  That’s because it isn’t.)

Big Mullah Is Watching YOU

Politicans Search for the Electorate’s G-spot

On Monday,  I was startled when  I did my morning headline glance at MSNBC to see the President’s speech to the CBC headlined “Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’ “with the elided “g”’s clearly signaled.  Remembering criticisms of Bush for forced folksiness, and recalling that the intensity  of Clinton’s Arkansas speech rose and fell, I wondered it this were another sign of Obama‘s slide in the estimation of the MSM.  I didn’t watch the accompanyin’ video as Youtube  was not cooperating.

Now a few days later, I see that it has kicked up an excremental weather front, but not the one I would have predicted,

From the
WSJ  
Sept 27, 2011

“Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’,” President Obama lectured the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. According to the White House transcript, the president said: “Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.” Dylan Stableford of Yahoo! News reports that the case of the missing g’s is now prompting charges of racism:

On MSNBC, the African-American author Karen Hunter complained the news service transcribed Obama’s speech without cleaning it up as other outlets did–specifically including the “dropped g’s.” . . .

    Hunter called the AP’s version “inherently racist,” sparring with New Republic contributing editor and noted linguistics expert John McWhorter, who argued the g-less version “is actually the correct one,” noting that the president’s victory in the 2008 election was due, in part, to how effortlessly “he can switch into that [black] dialect.”

It does seem, in the eyes of his supporters, that our first post racial president is all about race.  For me, the issue in this instance is in the last sentence.

“…how effortlessly “he can switch into that [black] dialect.”

Are politicians really unaware of the internet and Youtube? Do they still think they can get away with addressing one audience one way, and another quite differently?

Is it worth considering that the racism here might be the president’s, in that he felt Blacks must be addressed in “their “ dialect to get the message, or that they are so self obsessed that they will not consider a message, even from an ally, if not couched in group approved language?

Herman Cain speaks with a heavy black intonation – “g”’s intact, as far as I can see, to wildly appreciative, mostly white audiences.  I’m no linguist, but his speech sounds more ”black” to me than the President’s mildly African American inflection.

Mr. Cain understands that it is best to be one’s self.  This elocutionary metamorphism on the part of the President might lead one to wonder if Obama indeed knows how exactly he is, or  feels the need to present different selves to different electoral segments.

If the latter, he has, and has had plenty of company on both sides of the aisle, but is unwise.  Despite, or perhaps as a result of a media saturated culture, authenticity will prevail over calculated and hastily erected and and just as quickly disassembled multiple persona.

Rick Perry to the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans: no “g’s”
His Presidential run announcement in South Carolina: no “g”s

Presidential debate     Some “g’s” present.  Perry would appear to be genuine “g-dropper,” struggling to maintain standard pronunciation when he thinks it is appropriate. He should be consistent, and himself.

I didn’t bother to check up on Romney.  It’s impossible to imagine him as a “g” dropper.

Those who live in a region, or come from a class or linguistic group that pronounce “ing”  as “in”,  should a politician suddenly start dropping “g’ just to address you, might think about drop kicking him or her out of the race.

We will be listening.

Church Bombing in Java’s Heartland

Batik workers at Danar Hadi batik museum, Solo. The television is not part of some oppressive surveillance apparatus, but for the entertainment of the workers.

"Rumahku," My House, a refurbished 1930s Dutch era house, now a guesthouse and restaurant.

Slamet Riyadi, Solo's main street. The city moves at a slower pace than larger cities nearby. The quiet heart of old Java.

Here's the guy. Pretty tastless of me to put it up, right? Well, tastelessnespales in the face of moral cowardice. The daily outrages, 10 dead here, 30 there, these are real people, as is this man, as much a victim of a vicious and death worshipping ideology as the people he attacked. Churches burned, mosques bombed( by other Muslims, with Shia and Ahmadiiah, as well as the occasional moderate Sunni cleric taking the hit from the more pious). Buddhist monks, and children, beheaded in Thailand, cross border shoppers bombed there too, beer drinkers executed in Nigeria, and on and on…all real people. So have a look at it once in awhile to remember who these people are, and what happened to them. Tastelessness is nothing in the face of this holocaust. I like Solo. This pisses me off, so I put the pic up. Deal with it.

Solo, or its formal name Surakarta, the seat of an ancient sultanate, is a  center of  highly refined Javanese culture epitomized in its batik, court ceremonies, dance and gamelan music.

Less visited than its better known neighbor, Jogjakarta, it is quiet place with good accommodation, excellent shopping without the touts and traffic of Jogya, accessible by domestic air lines, with Silkair coming in from Singapore. Tourism will not be enhanced by the latest outrage in “moderate“ Indonesia, a  poor omen for  success in the country’s drive to  improve arrivals numbers, 7.2 million in 2010, compared to 12.6 for tiny neighbor Singapore.

Solo is also the birth place of Abu Bakar Basyir, radical Islamist and convicted, although lightly sentenced, terrorist mastermind.  In Solo, the cultural civil war between syncretistic Hindu-Islamic Javanese culture and Wahabiism  rages just below the surface.  The historic tendency of the Javanese toward syncretism and openness to different spiritual beliefs also resulted in a large Christan population,  Now there are jihadis to attack them.

Egypt’s and Tunisia’s tourist industries have been ruined, and will most likely never rebound as they become shariah dominated Islamic republics. This could be Indonesia’s fate as well.  Jihad is bad for business,

From  Reuters, via MSNBC
“A suspected suicide bomber attacked a church on Indonesia’s Java island on Sunday, killing himself and injuring 17 people, police said.”

The ubiquity of cell phones here, and lax policing procedures means that a pic of the dead bomber is already viral.  He looks like an offal stand in a wet market,  No “suspected” about it.

The story goes on: “Religious tensions still bubble near the surface in the officially secular nation.”  “Bubble” is a rather weak verb in this context.

“Officially secular”…yes, but not in a sense that nations like the US or France might recognize.  The country has a Ministry of Religion, which, given the demography concerns itself mostly with Islamic affairs, but does allocate some funding to other beliefs.  Domestic airliners, along with the emergency instructions and barf bag, have prayer cards for the major religions in the seat pockets, just the thing for white knuckle fliers,

In Indonesia, religion trumps everything , and one religion trumps all others.

And… “Religious conflicts flared up between Muslims and Christians in Maluku and Sulawesi, in the eastern part of the sprawling archipelago, following the overthrow of former President Suharto in 1998.”

This is a case where “religious conflict,” rather than being the value neutral and history shunning whitewash it usually is, may be an appropriate term, at least in terms of the inception of the conflicts, which were actually large scale regional civil wars.  Both sudden explosions, over perceived slights that quickly spread and dragged on for years.  However, in both areas was only the Muslim side that brought in arms and fighters from outside, with the indifference, if not outright collusion of the security forces,   To my knowledge, no clear journalistic account, in any language, has been written for either conflict.  At the time, local media withdrew and foreigners were banned.  Despite widespread lawlessness, and the deaths of thousands, only three people ever prosecuted, Christians Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva, and Marinus Riwu, all executed in 2001.  No one, Christian or Muslim was ever charged in the Maluku war.

Instead, academics, religious leaders and government actors spoke of “horizontal conflict,” convened conferences and hammered out intercommunal agreements.  This is the Indonesian way, where confrontation is avoided, and consensus, regardless of justice, is valued above everything else. That is, until tempers rise too far.  “Amuck” after all is a Malay word(for non- Indonesian readers, the  Indonesian language is based on the Riau-Johore dialect of
Malay.)  This, as much as political indebtedness to Islamic parties, may be at the heart of President Yudhyonos’s passivity in the face of rising Islamist agitation and violence.

In its story, the Jakarta Globe quotes police sources as saying the attack may be linked to recent violence in Ambon.

Note that once again, a “clash“ is Muslims attacking Christians, just as this is usually described wherever it may be, Egypt, Nigeria, or Indonesia, among others,

Since the end of the wars in Maluku and Sulawesi almost ten years ago, I would challenge anyone to find an instance of a Christian initiated “clash” in Indonesia; If nothing else, those “conflicts” taught the minority that they are not going to win, even in areas where they have numerical equality, or even superiority.

Another Globe story quotes Christian and Muslim clerics as warning against a plot to stir up “conflict.“

Here in microcosm, is Indonesia’s quandary, and the world’s, in confronting Islamist extremism.  A refusal to look at the core texts of Islam, not the various islams practiced in different forms across continents, but the texts whose exact words motivate terrorists and jihadi fighters, results in logical fallacies, x-factor searches for conspiracies, leading to abject  failure in defending the societies attacked.s

Just as is standard procedure in the Us and Europe, when a “lone wolf” jihadi is caught, or acts,, we are told that he or she is not part of a network, as if that is reassuring, and police and press speculate as to motive.

Motive?  I posit Islam.

“When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them.”

Surah 9:5 Al Saif(the Sword)

Gimme Rewrite! Newsspeak = Newspeak

From Reuters Fri Aug 26  2011  9:47 GMT:  “SOMALI MILITANTS BEHEAD BOYS IN MOGADISHU ATTACKS”

From Merriam-Webster Free Online Dictionary:

definition of MILITANT

1
: engaged in warfare or combat : fighting
2
: aggressively active (as in a cause) : combative <militant conservationists> <a militant attititude
The story gives an account of one boy who was kidnapped, and turned up the next day beheaded in the local livestock  market and goes on to report a spate of such killings recently.  Snatching and decapitating unarmed teens is certainly not combat, but I suppose you could characterize lopping off heads as being “aggressively active.”

Examples of MILITANT

  1. an angry and militant speech
  2. political radicals with a militant unwillingness to compromise on any issue

Well, sure, beheading does indicate a certain intransigence.

Definition of ATTACK

1
: the act of attacking with physical force or unfriendly words : assault
2
: a belligerent or antagonistic action
3
a : a fit of sickness; especially : an active episode of a chronic or recurrent disease b : a period of being strongly affected by something (as a desire or mood)

Well, okay, head-taking certainly would fall under the legal category of assault, and whoever did this most certainly got up in the morning feeling more than a little belligerent.

Then lost his head, so to speak.

And even definitions 3a and b work,since these guys definitely have a strong desire  to sever skulls, and do it repeatedly,

Now, this really isn’t funny: neither the actions themselves, which bad as they are, can be expected from the quarter whence they come.  What is worse is this kind of reporting which day after day reduces horrors to the mundane, and eventually banal, and sanitizes evil as savagery is called militancy in a cause.  It as if Holocaust histories were written without those grainy photos of heaped corpses, and instead used MSexcel generated graphs.

Here’s how they might have done it i the old days when there were no journalism schools, and reporters wore fedoras, smoked cigars and yelled “gimme rewrite” just before deadline.

“Islamic terror leaves headless kids across war torn Mogadishu.”

A more uptown approach might have been something on the order of:

“As Al Shabab Islamists emulate the barbarism  their prophet founder, Muhammed, first demonstrated against the Jews of Khaybar in the Seventh Century, the headless corpse of Qadar Omar Siyad, 19, was found among trash and offal in the city’s cattle market.  He was the latest victim in a string of brutal murders of young boys over the last few weeks.”

Note the parenthetical historical context, of the sort most reports on such actions in the Islamic world never contain.  This would refer later to a wrap up paragraph showing that beheading is inherent in Islamic texts and actions, across regions and history.

Not bad as a lead in, if I do say so myself. “Trash and offal” set the scene economically,  in a sensory manner.  You can smell the filth and see the flies, and this boy’s body given no more consideration than the waste of the slaughter house.

The story writes itself from there.  I learned this stuff in high school.  What they appear to learn in journo school these days is a a kind of etiolated prose that fills column inches, but sucks away meaning, so that “news providers” have become a self reinforcing constellation of ministries of truth, a gulag archipelago for language from which truth rarely escapes, with nary a Winston Smith or Solzhenitsyn among the workers  feeding the memory hole.

Gimme rewrite.