Sunday, February 19, 2006

Gee - it's great to be back fighting the Islamic Jihad

one keystroke at a time again. And I do mean one keystroke at a time.

Keeping it real brief because of that thing called real life. In my case, getting the Lord manse ready to put on the market, dealing with my best friend's life-threatening illness, ongoing familial dysfunction, and taking a dumbass fall that has left me walking around like a gimp and rendered my mouse arm largely inoperable.

Eek a mouse! Did someone say Tom and Jerry? It just gets stranger and stranger in Motoon land, folks.

But enough Mickey Mousing around. Like I said I'm keeping it real brief because of this thing called real life. So let's play connect the dots and look at some links you might not have seen.

Things to watch that will mean we are bombing Iran from The Strategy Page.

Reasons why the bombing of the holy shrine in Samarra was the start of the Iranian Offensive from the American Spectator Blog courtesy of Regime Change Iran. (Will someone please 'splain to me why blowing up an Islamic holy site is okay? There have to be Korans in there and WE know how offended these folks get about their Koran being messed up. What about when they get blown up by fellow Muslims? Is there anything in the hadith about that?

Don't forget today's the deadline for Jill Carroll. I pray for her.

we'll attack Israel is interesting and totally expected. It looks like he is taking a page from the Nazi propaganda playbook.

William F Buckley throws in the towel on Iraq. Sort of. He never was really in this thing according to the Corner. Even Bill Kristol is getting discouraged.

Good thing we have Charles and Ernie over at LGF to cheer them up.

76 ErnieG 2/25/2006 07:32PM PST
To the folks who were asking what this is about, this is an old LGF joke, that started when someone remarked about the Palestinian custom of holding up portraits in demonstrations. Someone else suggested velvet Elvises, and the result was this.

Then followed this, this, this, this, and this.

And thanks to Kilgore Trout, here's the Velvet Prophet Panties Be Upon Him. I seem to remember Elvis liked his "wimmen" to wear white cotton drawers. Now there's a factoid that will get you brought up on sexual harassment charges if you spout it at work!

Cheers - Dinah

Friday, February 10, 2006


Off to the Midwest for a few days and if you are regular reader here you know that there is no information superhighway down on the farm. Until then I leave you with a few links and look forward to seeing you all on my return. Cheers - Dinah.

Yesterday, we talked about Ashoura. Today I found this very good observation over at The Will To Exist that highlights the nexus between the 'loudmouth failure monkeys back home' and Ashoura. (Hat tip Mudville Gazette)

To say that I don’t understand Ashura would be an understatement. Flagellating myself has never been an attractive idea, and I certainly wouldn’t want to lacerate my own head with a knife. But hey, that’s a choice for free people to make, and Iraqis are working on becoming a free people, at least relative to what they lived under during the reign of madman and mass murderer Saddam “Insane” Hussein. Progress is progress.

Iraq yesterday proved it is making progress. It proved that all the whiners, naysayers and doom and gloom prophets are just unnecessary baggage that should be dumped in the landfill of people and ideas forgotten by history.

I don't know how I missed Lighten Up Fellow Muslims when it originally ran in the WSJ but I'm glad I found it today in the Melbourne Age because it puts the pedal to the hypocrisy metal on the Muslim response to the Cartoon Caper.
When Muslims put the prophet on a pedestal, we're engaging in idolatry of our own. The point of monotheism is to worship one God, not one of God's emissaries. Which is why humility requires people of faith to mock themselves - and each other - every once in a while.

Since we are dancing with the hypocrisy stars, waltz on over to Clarity And Resolve for the handsome Patrick al Kafir's take on Vladimir Putin's latest Moscow two step on the subject of Terror. It's a beaut. (While there you should also check out his post on Ayaan Ali Hirsi's latest remarks.)

Anyone who has ever savored Danish baby back ribs while cursing Europe's slow and steady slouch toward Dhimmitude will appreciate this from NeanderNews: Danish schools will no longer exclusively serve halal meats in their school lunch program.

Mohammed had a thing against dogs. I love 'em and I also loved this from Politics of a Patriot: Semper Fido (hat tip: Mudville Gazette)
"Fluffy is a blonde 6lb. female Maltese currently assigned to the 7th Marine Division K9 unit serving in the Iraq Anbar province. Recently she assisted the Marines in the capture of 21 insurgents. Fluffy's handler, CPL Brian Sunland said, "Congress thought they were going to screw us again with their 'kinder/gentler' war bullsh*t when they sent us Fluffy. They forget that Marines have a history of making men out of boys and we used that same training regimen on Fluffy."


Thursday, February 09, 2006

File this one under You-couldn't-make-this-stuff-up-if-you-tried.

Dr Rusty Shackleford over at the Jawa Report weighs in with this report: Muslims Demand Prophet Mohammed Sex Doll Ban

"Image right from the Ann Summers adult store of the 'Mustafa' inflatable 'shag' doll. Muslims are upset because the Prophet Muhammed (swt) is often given the title al-Mustafa--or, the chosen one.

Apparently there is a large demand for Arabic looking sex dolls with seven inches of love in London at so-called 'hen parties'--the female equivalent of 'stag parties' or bachelor parties. For her part, the proprieter says she was unaware that Mustafa was a name given to the Prophet Muhammed (swt), and only seems to have used the name to make here mustached sex doll seem more Arabic. She claims she will happily change the name."

Just so she doesn't make the mistake of changing it to Mohammed...

I've got the lemons and the salt - you bring the matches and the Danish flag!

Check out "Taquiyya: Anatomy of The Comic Jihad" here. It rocks.

Courtesy of JYB Films and Junkyard Blog.

You make the call -

Which of these pics represent a religion of peace?

This one today representing the commemoration of Gomateshwara by the Jainists of India:

From the Hindustan Times:

Amidst the chanting of hymns and rendering of devotional songs in praise of Bahubali, also known as lord Gomateshwara, hundreds of nude Jain pontiffs and nuns clad in white saris gathered around the imposing statue to perform worship.

About 300,000 people had climbed the 618 stone steps of the picturesque Vindhyagiri hill till late afternoon to participate in the function, organisers told IANS on phone from Shravanabelagola, about 150 km from here.

Slogans like "Bhagwan Bahubali ki jai" rent the air, transforming the entire region with a religious fervour.

After the ritual bathing lasting about two hours, the statue was propitiated with sandalwwod paste, turmeric powder and rice flakes, and decorated with gold and silver coins as well as precious stones amidst showering of flowers.

Or this one yesterday representing the commemoration of Ashoura by a sect of Shiite Muslims?:

From the Houston Chronicle:
In Karbala, about 20,000 men wearing white shrouds and waving swords above their heads began marching around 2 a.m. between the gold-domed Imam Hussein shrine and another dedicated to his brother, Abbas, less than a mile away.

Following dawn prayers, about 8,000 people, dressed in black as a sign of mourning and including children as young as 8, marched between the two shrines to the deep beat of bass drums.

Some slapped chains across their backs until their clothes were soaked with blood, while others beat their heads with the flat side of long swords and knives until blood ran freely in a ritual of grief that was banned under ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.

Some sliced their foreheads with the edge of a sword in a practice known as "al-Tatbeer" — meaning "sword" in Arabic — and beat themselves while chanting "Haider, Haider," a name by which Hussein's father, Ali, is known.

"Although it is a sad day, I am very happy because I took part in these head-beating processions," said 10-year-old Haider Abbas Salim, (ed. note: 10 yrs old!) whose face was covered in blood. "Imam Hussein's martyrdom teaches us manhood and that we shouldn't fear anything."

Hmm. Flower petals and sandalwood or knives and swords? You tell me.

Every Girl's Crazy For A Sharped Tongued Imam

Amir Taheri has more on the trumping up of the Mohammed cartoons here.

February 9, 2006 -- 'A BLESSING from God": So have Iran's leaders, starting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, described the controversy over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed.
A closer look at the row, however, shows that the whole rigmarole was launched by Sunni-Salafi groups in Europe and Asia, with Ahmadinejad and his Syrian vassal, President Bashar al-Assad, belatedly playing catch-up. God had nothing to do with it.

This commentary from Jamil Momand in the LA Times is interesting as well. I hope expressing this opinion in public doesn't mean fatwa time for him - Islam being such a religion of peace and tolerance and all.What Would Mohammed Do?

ON FRIDAY, I sat on the carpet listening to the sermon at an L.A. mosque. The topic was expected and familiar: a denunciation of the publication of the offensive cartoons that have had the Muslim world up in arms. I directed my eyes to the carpet so no one could see the disgusted look on my face. "Not again," I thought. "Don't we Muslims ever get tired of complaining?"

And in other interesting news: 51 Deportees from US arrive in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: Fifty-one Pakistanis deported from the United States for violating various laws reached Islamabad by a chartered flight on Wednesday. The US embassy spokesman in Pakistan told Daily Times that the deportees were involved in several cases including fraud, forgery, burglary, drug smuggling, murder, illegal immigration, sexual assault, rape and possession of illegal weapons.

This in particular, tickled me:
Naveed Ahmed, one of the deportees, told his family that US law enforcers had put him behind bars on charges of having a “long beard”. He said the deportees were handcuffed in the plane during the 19-hour flight.

Guess he never ran into these guys while he was here:

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Comic Relief

I sure could use some, couldn't you?

Let's round out the picture before we call it a day on this - shall we?

From Rantings of a Sandmonkey:

Freedom For Egyptians reminded me why the cartoons looked so familiar to me: they were actually printed in the Egyptian Newspaper Al Fagr back in October 2005. I repeat, October 2005, during Ramadan, for all the egyptian muslim population to see, and not a single squeak of outrage was present. Al Fagr isn't a small newspaper either: it has respectable circulation in Egypt, since it's helmed by known Journalist Adel Hamoudah...

You can see a scanned copy of the actual Al Fagr front page there as well - check it out.

And in keeping with the Pay No Attention To the Man Behind the Turban theme, Sandmonkey adds this:
Now while the arab islamic population was going crazy over the outrage created by their government's media over these cartoons, their governments was benifitting from its people's distraction. The Saudi royal Family used it to distract its people from the outrage over the Hajj stampede. The Jordanian government used it to distract its people from their new minimum wage law demanded by their labor unions. The Syrian Government used it to create secterian division in Lebanon and change the focus on the Harriri murder. And, finally, the Egyptian government is using it to distract us while it passes through the new Judiciary reforms and Social Security Bill- which will cut over $300 million dollars in benefits to some of Egypt's poorest families. But, see, the people were not paying attention, because they were too busy defending the prophet by sending out millions of e-mails and SMS-messages, boycotting cheese and Lego and burning Butter and the danish Flag.

The BBC finally cops to the fact that the Danish Imams took liberties with the Jylands-Posten cartoons, although you have to scroll WAY down in the article to find it.
Twelve cartoons were originally published by Jyllands-Posten. None showed the Prophet with the face of a pig. Yet such a portrayal has circulated in the Middle East (The BBC was caught out and for a time showed film of this in Gaza without realizing it was not one of the 12).

This picture, a fuzzy grey photocopy, can now be traced back (suspicion having been confirmed by an admission) to a delegation of Danish Muslim leaders who went to the Middle East in November to publicise the cartoons. The visit was organised by Abu Laban, a leading Muslim figure in Denmark.

According to the Danish paper Ekstra Bladet, the delegation took along a pamphlet showing the 12 drawings. But the delegation also showed a number of other pictures, including the "pig" one. The delegation claimed they were the sort of insults that Muslims in Denmark had to endure. These also got into circulation.

The NY Press decides not to show the cartoons and staffmembers walk the plank.

A college professor in Dubai gets the ax (oops I mean fired - bad choice of words)for showing the cartoons.

Unfunny. Four killed in Afghanistan due to funnies

Pieces of Hate: This from Reuters:
A Taliban commander was reported on Wednesday as offering a bounty of 100 kg of gold to anyone who killed one of the cartoonists who drew the controversial pictures.

The commander, Mullah Dadullah, also offered 5 kg of gold to anyone who killed a Danish, Norwegian or German soldier in Afghanistan, the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press reported.
And in other outrage news:

Koran found in Pakistani Sewer; Riots Ensue.

American Citizen in Cahoots with Zarqawi.

The NY Times deigns to delve into the Mecca confab (Mohammedpalooza)that orchestrated the Arab Street outrage. At last.

Pay no attention to the man behind the Turban...

Well, well, well. While the western world's attention has been diverted by the comic conflagration raging on the Arab street, the Iranians have been getting busy with the Russians. This from Middle East News Line: Iran acquires Russian fighters

MOSCOW [MENL] -- Iran has quietly acquired three fighter-jets from Russia.

Russian industry sources said Teheran has procured three Su-25UBT twin-seat attack aircraft from Moscow. The sources said the contract was concluded in 2005 and deliveries would take place in 2006.

The deal marked the first Iranian purchase of the Su-25. In 2001, Iran negotiated with Georgia for surplus MiG-25s, but the two countries failed to reach agreement.

The sources said the Su-25UBT marked the most advanced model of the attack aircraft. They said the fighters received new electronic warfare and jamming systems.
Iranians being arrested in Iraq? But, but, but...the Iranians aren't actively trying to undermine our efforts in Iraq are they? Are they? This from Regime Change Iran:
Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzzi.
Ali-Asqar Khaji, Special representative of the Islamic regimes foreign ministry to Iraq expressed great anxiety regarding continued arrests and incarcerations of the regimes minions in Iraq and demanded that Iraqi authorities to be very mindful of such matters.

The regime-run news agency, FARS quoted a spokesman for regimes Ministry of Foreign Affairs High Office of Intelligence and Press in saying: "Saad Al-Hayani, the deputy to the foreign minister of Iraq who has traveled to Kermanshah in order to establish an Iraqi consulate as well as to promote and encourage relations between our two countries, will meet our special representative, Ali-Asqar Khaji for discussions on the matter."
The rhetoric out of Iran continues to escalate. Is anyone listening? Or is everyone paying attention to the Islamocomic comedy? IRCG spokesman says that Angela Merkel thinks she is Hitler! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. And then he blames it all on the Jooooos of course. (You had to know that was coming.) From Iran Focus:
Tehran, Iran, Feb. 08 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees herself as former German dictator Adolf Hitler.

The IRGC’s spokesman, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, told the Persian-language website Hemaseh, “The way Europe is dealing with the case of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program shows the weaknesses and uselessness of countries such as Britain, France, and Germany. This weakness is in particular clearly noticeable in speeches by newcomers such as the German Chancellor”.

“Merkel in her childish dreams imagines herself as Hitler and therefore thinks that now that she is leaning against the Chancellorship’s chair she can give orders to the world and free countries”, Jazayeri said.

“From individuals who have a Zionist background nothing less is expected”, the IRGC spokesman added.
Oh and while we are at it, the same spokesman says that the West is using Mohammedpalooza to keep people from realizing that the Holocaust never happened. What are these people drinking over there? Also from Iran Focus:
Tehran, Iran, Feb. 08 – The Holocaust was nothing more than a “big lie”, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have said, backing up statements by hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who described the great massacre in which more than six million mostly Jewish people were killed as a “myth”.

The spokesman for the IRGC, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, told the state-owned Persian-language website Hemaseh that recent cartoons in the European press depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammad negatively were published to create havoc to cover up such “lies”.

“These sorts of actions show [the West’s] weakness when up against Islam”, Jazayeri said, commenting on the cartoons which have sparked a wave of deadly protests across much of the world.

“With such uproar, they are trying to create an atmosphere where the words ‘right’ and ‘reality’ disappear, and considerable issues such as the Zionists’ and West’s big lie about the Holocaust are forgotten”, he said.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Study of Revenge gets Googled

Well, it's finally come to this.

D.T. over at The Study of Revenge has been slapped with a content warning by the Google content nazis. I hope this drives his traffic up a thousandfold. Do me a favor and stop by and give him a pat on the back and some encouragement. His art deserves to be seen by all.

DT posted this in reply to this recent post about the Silent Majority. I repeat it here to honor his work.

Whether we attribute it to genuine muddle-headedness or to a genuine desire to protect the population, I think it’s safe to say that our leaders are lying to us vis-à-vis Islam and Muslims at large. We’ve been fed many nostrums since September 11; the foremost being that a tiny minority of extremists have hijacked Islam’s good image and that Islam is a religion of peace. Neither of these assertions hold up to any sort of empirical, whether contemporaneous or historical, analysis. I’m beginning to wonder if the “moderate” Muslim isn’t a myth as well. To examine so-called “moderate” Muslim advocacy groups here in the U.S. alone is to reveal indictments against their employees for terrorism, the receipt of funding from known terrorists charities, organizations like CAIR, for example, were founded by (Hamas) terrorists; not too mention all of the blithe remarks made by these, our friends, that they wouldn’t mind seeing the U.S. become an Islamic country, and so forth. This is the face of moderate Muslim America. Free Muslims Against Terror held a rally in D.C. (last year?) and 50 people showed up. Contrast that with the Muslim hordes who take to the streets threatening violence every time someone makes up a story about a Koran getting pooped on—so much for that tiny minority. Whereas you and I may not strap Kevlar vests on and fire mortars on the streets of Fallujah, we nonetheless support our country’s fight; likewise, simply because more Muslims aren’t strapping bombs to their chests doesn’t mean that they don’t sympathize with the likes of Bin Laden and the gang. Silence is oftentimes complicity and the onus isn't on us to prove otherwise
Silence is complicity. So is squelching free speech. As bloggers we risk running the same fate as DT - where will it stop?

And THIS little piggy went wee-wee-wee all the way home.

This makes me squeal.
Have you seen this OFFENSIVE cartoon yet?

You tell me - does it look like this by any chance?

What a coinky-dink? Right?

Wrong. The first OFFENSIVE cartoon was one of the ones peddled by the Danish Imams when they went on the road with their Mohammedpalooza tour.

The SECOND picture is from a pig squealing contest held over in France.

"... a photo of Jacques Barrot, a pig squealing contestant at the French Pig-Squealing Championships in Trie-sur-Baise’s annual festival. NeanderNews discovered this photo, taken by Bob Edme of AP, posted on an August 15, 2005 AP story seen here on MSNBC’s website."

Get the whole story over at NeanderNews

Sooey! Fake but accurate!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Mohammed, meet Boudreau

According to Mohammed:
“Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture.”

Not only is Boudreau here, (pictured here in his jaunty Santa cap for Christmas) there are a ton of pictures here and ANGELS also abound.

You lie, bud.

See You In The Funny Papers

Things seem to be happening fast when it comes to the Islamic Cartoon caper, don't they?

Sure makes me want to get my Sarah Conner freak on.

While I do that, I thought I'd take a trip around the horn and provide some links that you might not normally run across in the course of your busy day. (one of these days when my real life slows down I'll have time to update the blog links!)

From our friends over at The American Thinker we have two excellent pieces that address the timing and nature of the Cartoon Crisis. This is just a sample. You should read the whole darn site if you have time:

The Cartoon Crisis and the Moderate Muslims

Fear Factor, Shakedown and Diversionary Tactics

The Abject Cowardice of the Mainstream Media

If you haven't been over to Moron Abroad: An American in Denmark yet - you better. Excellent work and lots of up-to-date info on the situation on the ground. (hat tip Expat Yank)

Another big favorite of mine is that handsome kafir, Patrick, over at Clarity and Resolve He always has choice tidbits and a crackerjack wit that will leave you spewing your coffee all over your keyboard. He really is your one-stop shop for all the latest on the menace that faces our world today.

Pedestrian Infidel also teeters on the cutting edge of Islam's war on our civilization and is worth a view.

I don't know. IMO, there's nothing like reading about the Islamic fundamentalists threatening your way of life to make a girl thirsty. Head on over to Stephen Green at Vodkapundit and drink your fill. Scroll down to "Our Friends the Saudis" and "The Offensive Offensive" Skol!

And just in case you think the West is picking on all those poor, widdle muswims check out this article in the Jerusalem Post: Iranian Paper runs Holocaust Contest. I expect Jews all over the world will begin rampaging any minute now. Won't they?

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Muslim Respect and Tolerance

Well it's been a busy week for Dinah. Not only have I recently been accused of tarring all Muslims with the radical brush, I have also been accused of 'lieing (sic)at Muslims'.

It would seem that the Virgin Mary cartoon (drawn by Muslim Chokri Ben Chikha, a young Tunisian author, actor and singer) in this post has raised some objection from one of my newest Muslim friends. My new friend claims that Muslims honor and respect all religions and prophets and that I need to be educated.

Now, Dinah doesn't claim to be a Muslim scholar but Dinah CAN read. Let's hope my new Muslim friend can too because I have a few things for him to peruse.

There's this from the Religion of Peace in the Philippines (Hat tip to Patrick, over at Clarity and Resolve)

PATIKUL, Sulu -- (UPDATE) Six people, including an infant, were killed when unidentified gunmen shot at houses of three families on the Philippines' insurgency-wracked southern island of Jolo, a military spokesman said.
Jennifer Fontanilla, who said she survived the 1 a.m. attack Friday by hiding under her bed, told government-run Radyo ng Bayan that before the shooting, the armed men roused them from sleep and demanded to know if they were Christians or Muslims.

At least one of the dead is believed to be a Muslim woman married to a Christian, she said. Others included an 8-month-old boy, she said, adding the attack left six dead, including her father.

Yeah, there's some ROP honor and respect there, all right. This also from Clarity and Resolve by way of Reuters:
KRONG PENANG, Thailand, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Suspected Muslim militants killed a Buddhist teacher and wounded four others in two separate shootings in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Friday, police said.

The 41-year-old victim was shot dead by a gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle as he returned home from his school in the southern province of Songkhla, which abuts Malaysia, police said.

"The teacher did not travel in a police motorcade because he had asked to leave the school early," a local police officer told Reuters by telephone.

Shortly afterwards, gunmen attacked a car carrying one Muslim and three Buddhist teachers heading home in the neighbouring province of Yala, police said. All four were taken to hospital for treatment.

More than 1,100 people have died in almost daily gun and bomb attacks in Muslim-majority southern Thailand since a revival in January 2004 of a violent ethnic Malay separatist campaign.

There's this from Palestine:
For years, media outlets have largely refused to report one of the most troubling aspects of the Mideast conflict ― Muslim intimidation and violence against Christians in Palestinian-controlled areas. The latest shocking episode again made its way to very few news consumers: Late Saturday night (Sept. 3), hundreds of armed Palestinian Muslims crying 'Allahu Akbar' descended on the West Bank Christian city of Taibe. For the next few hours, the mob terrorized the community, setting sixteen homes and multiple businesses on fire, looting valuables from both, and destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Said one eyewitness: 'It was like a war, they arrived in groups, and many of them were holding clubs.'

The mob's 'provocation'? A Muslim woman from their neighboring village had had a relationship with a Christian man from Taibe. The woman was poisoned to death by her own family in an 'honor killing', and soon after, the pogrom against Taibe commenced.

There's this from Indonesia (Hat tip Jihad Watch):
POSO, Indonesia — Masked, black-clad and brandishing machetes, the attackers sprang from behind a screen of tall grass and pounced on the four Christian girls as they walked to school. Within seconds, three of the teenagers were beheaded — fresh victims of violence that has turned this Indonesian island into yet another front in the terrorist wars.
"All I could do was pray to Jesus for his help," said 16-year-old Noviana Malewa, who fled with a gaping head wound. "I was streaming with blood." A thick scar runs from the back of her neck to just under her right eye.

Muslim militants are blamed for the October killings, the most gruesome yet in a campaign of terror against Christians on the island of Sulawesi.

Meanwhile back in the Philippines: (courtesy of Strategy Page)
January 19, 2006: Abu Sayyaf, and their allies from the Indonesian based Jemaah Islamiyah, continue to find Moslems in the south willing to shelter and support them. Violence against Christians is popular with many Filipino Moslems because of decades of Christians migrating into the Moslem south. The Christians are often economically more successful, and this creates jealousy that is exploited by the Islamic radicals.

The Muslim tradition of honoring and respecting other people's religion extends to the African Continent as well. This from All Africa News:
"Roughly 20,000 residents and up to 35,000 IDPs from Mershing have arrived in [the nearby town of] Menawashi," said Dawn Blalock, spokeswoman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan, on Wednesday.

The first attack occurred on 24 January, when Arab militia attacked Mershing - approximately 80 km north of the state capital, Nyala. They looted the central market as well as the houses and shelters of town residents and IDPs.

This from an 80 year old woman seeking refuge in Chad:
Ask Kaltouma Yaya Ato why three years into the Darfur conflict, she has only just decided to seek refuge in Chad, and the 80-year old says not a word. She simply rolls up the folds of her skirt to reveal traces of the Janjawid.

Her left leg has swollen to twice its normal size - the result of a beating the Arab militiamen inflicted on the frail old woman using wooden clubs. Her crime? To be out looking for firewood at the wrong time. Her punishment? One month later, she cannot even stand, let alone walk.

Ato is one of some 1,000 refugees from Sudan's Darfur region to have turned up at the Gaga camp in eastern Chad since the beginning of the year, citing fresh Janjawid attacks.

"They show no pity to anyone," she whispered.

And then there's this from Front Page Magazine:
In Australia, Norway, Sweden and other Western nations, there is a distinct race-based crime in motion being ignored by the diversity police: Islamic men are raping Western women for ethnic reasons. We know this because the rapists have openly declared their sectarian motivations.

When a number of teenage Australian girls were subjected to hours of sexual degradation during a spate of gang rapes in Sydney that occurred between 1998 and 2002, the perpetrators of these assaults framed their rationale in ethnic terms. The young victims were informed that they were “sluts” and “Aussie pigs” while they were being hunted down and abused.

In Australia's New South Wales Supreme Court in December 2005, a visiting Pakistani rapist testified that his victims had no right to say no, because they were not wearing a headscarf.

And earlier this year Australians were outraged when Lebanese Sheik Faiz Mohammed gave a lecture in Sydney where he informed his audience that rape victims had no one to blame but themselves. Women, he said, who wore skimpy clothing, invited men to rape them.

A few months earlier, in Copenhagen, Islamic mufti and scholar, Shahid Mehdi created uproar when – like his peer in Australia – he stated that women who did not wear a headscarf were asking to be raped.

And with haunting synchronicity in 2004, the London Telegraph reported that visiting Egyptian scholar Sheik Yusaf al-Qaradawi claimed female rape victims should be punished if they were dressed immodestly when they were raped. He added, “For her to be absolved from guilt, a raped woman must have shown good conduct.”

In Norway and Sweden, journalist Fjordman warns of a rape epidemic. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen stated that the steady increase of rape-cases and the link to ethnicity are clear, unmistakable trends. Two out of three persecutions for rape in Oslo are immigrants with a non-Western background and 80 percent of the victims are Norwegian women.

In Sweden, according to translator for Jihad Watch, Ali Dashti, “Gang rapes, usually involving Muslim immigrant males and native Swedish girls, have become commonplace.” A few weeks ago she said, “Five Kurds brutally raped a 13-year-old Swedish girl.”

In France, Samira Bellil broke her silence – after enduring years of repeated gang rapes in one of the Muslim populated public housing projects – and wrote a book, In the hell of the tournantes, that shocked France. Describing how gang rape is rampant in the banlieues, she explained to Time that, “any neighborhood girl who smokes, uses makeup or wears attractive clothes is a whore.”

Unfortunately, Western women are not the only victims in this epidemic. In Indonesia, in 1998, human rights groups documented the testimony of over 100 Chinese women who were gang raped during the riots that preceded the fall of President Suharto. Many of them were told: “You must be raped, because you are Chinese and non-Muslim.”

Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported that in April 2005, a 9-year-old Pakistani girl was raped, beaten with a cricket bat, hanged upside down from the ceiling, had spoonfuls of chillies poured into her mouth, and repeatedly bashed while handcuffed. Her Muslim neighbours told her they were taking revenge for the American bombing of Iraqi children and informed her they were doing it because she was an “infidel and a Christian.”

The articles cited above were all found in less than fifteen minutes.

I'm still searching for similar articles about members of Christian, Buddhist and Jewish religions honoring and respecting Muslims in this fashion. I haven't had much luck.

Lingerie Bowls and Wardrobe Malfunctions

Just wanted to make sure that when you are enjoying the game this weekend, watching the Lingerie Bowl, (hosted by Refrigerator Perry - remember the Icky shuffle?) eyeballing the cheerleaders and generally enjoying the spectacle that is Super Bowl that you keep in mind that there are those among us that would take this:

and turn it into this:

Talk about your wardrobe malfunctions!

You might want to think about this also:

This from the UK Guardian about India: Muslim Women: Don't Work With Men. Or Shop!

Muslim women should not work with men or go shopping in areas where they could mix with strangers of the opposite sex, according to an edict issued by the influential All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which claims to represent the nation's 140 million Muslims.

No shopping? I don't think so pal.
He said that women were also dressing in western clothes, especially in the country's new shopping malls, and these often were "too revealing". "Men will gaze on them if they visit the market. It is extremely essential to cover their entire body. Better such errands are left to the men in the family," said Mr Nizamuddin.

Don't gaze on me - I might gaze back on you, brazen hussy that I am. Dinah's my name. Flirtings my game. Remember Eve and the fig leaf, baby.

However opinion polls have shown that Indian Muslims, who have benefited less from the country's wealth and development in recent years, have become increasingly preoccupied with material matters rather than spiritual ones.

I guess living in a hut with a dirt floor is losing it's appeal. All I can say is - it's about damn time.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Danish Muslims take page from CBS's playbook

photo credit: Bluto over at the Jawa Report

Were you perhaps wondering why the Mohammed cartoons raised such a hue and cry now? After all, they were published in September, so why now? I thought perhaps the delay was due to a translation difficulty, limited access to media, etc. Silly me. It wasn't that.

No, some Danish Imam decided they'd make a dandy pr campaign and set out to educate and enlighten (read infuriate and inflame) his fellow muslims. One problem: They added cartoons that never appeared in Jylands-Posten, the Danish paper that had the onions to publish the first series.
Here's a snippet:

Last November, Abu Laban, a 60-year-old Palestinian who had served as translator and assistant to top Gamaa Islamiya leader Talaal Fouad Qassimy during the mid-1990s and has been connected by Danish intelligence to other Islamists operating in the country, put together a delegation that traveled to the Middle East to discuss the issue of the cartoons with senior officials and prominent Islamic scholars. The delegation met with Arab League Secretary Amr Moussa, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi, and Sunni Islam’s most influential scholar, Yusuf al Qaradawi. "We want to internationalize this issue so that the Danish government will realize that the cartoons were insulting, not only to Muslims in Denmark, but also to Muslims worldwide," said Abu Laban.

On its face, it would appear as if nothing were wrong. However, the Danish Muslim delegation showed much more than the 12 cartoons published by Jyllands Posten. In the booklet it presented during its tour of the Middle East, the delegation included other cartoons of Mohammed that were highly offensive, including one where the Prophet has a pig face. But these additional pictures were NOT published by the newspaper, but were completely fabricated by the delegation and inserted in the booklet...
Fake but accurate, indeed.
Lorenzo Vidino explains it all to you over at The Counterterrorism Blog.