Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Mumbai Massacre

For three days in late November, 2008, Muslims terrorists murdered Indians in Bombay with near impunity, the Indian forces incompetent and seemingly unmotivated enough to bring this outrage to a full stop. Ten well-trained Islamic commandos attacked the people of one of India's largest cities, and in fact, one of the world's largest cities, ten men, and they killed hundreds, taking time to torture some of them. Ten killers in a city of many millions. Ten men. Ten Muslims. Ten commandos. It illustrates the old saw," Show me one thousand men who are not afraid to die, and I will show you one hundred men who will rule the world."

There was no attempted take-over to the Indian government in the attack on Bombay. In many ways it had nothing to do with killing people either. The attack wasn't even to prove in the objective world that Islam can kill at will. This attack was more than anything else a show of Indian humiliation. It showed the world, particularly the Muslim world, and specifically the Muslims of Pakistan, that the Indian people, the Hindu people, are powerless to stop a grand attack on Hindus by fewer than a dozen Muslims. The exercise proved to the Muslim world, to Pakistani Muslims, that Hindu Indians are contemptible beings who can be killed without fear of retribution. It might not be the final lesson to be learned from this incident. That we shall see in the course of time.

When people claim that not all Muslims are terrorists, (even though nearly all terrorism is Islam-motivated today,) what, if anything, does it mean? Does it mean that most Muslims are not involved in or complicit in jihad? Or does it mean that bin Laden is correct by implication about Muslims when he states that to vote for American politicians is to negate ones neutrality? Does it mean that by contributing to the tax-base of a military nation that supplies a nation's military ventures that one is complicit in military actions that nation commits? And if so? If passive support of a cause is still support, is one supportive? And what of it? Here's what bin Laden has to contribute:
(3) You may then dispute that all the above does not justify aggression against civilians, for crimes they did not commit and offenses in which they did not partake:

(a) This argument contradicts your continuous repetition that America is the land of freedom, and its leaders in this world. Therefore, the American people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free will; a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies. Thus the American people have chosen, consented to, and affirmed their support for the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, the occupation and usurpation of their land, and its continuous killing, torture, punishment and expulsion of the Palestinians. The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want.

(b) The American people are the ones who pay the taxes which fund the planes that bomb us .... So the American people are the ones who fund the attacks against us, and they are the ones who oversee the expenditure of these monies in the way they wish, through their elected candidates.

(c) Also the American army is part of the American people. It is this very same people who are shamelessly helping the Jews fight against us.

(d) The American people are the ones who employ both their men and their women in the American Forces which attack us.

(e) This is why the American people cannot be not innocent of all the crimes committed by the Americans and Jews against us.

Osama bin Laden, "Letter to America: Why we are fighting you."
Why are Muslims world-wide fighting the world-at-large? Could it be that they are motivated to fight? Motivated by the poligion of Islam? What would make that strange?
The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah, "and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together," and "fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah." [Qu'ran, 9:36]

Osama bin Laden, "Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders," World Islamic Front Statement. 23 February 1998.

According to orthodox Islam as set out by Mohammed in the Qu'ran, by ibn Ishaq in the Sira, and Bukhari, et al, in the ahadith, and according to the tradition of the four mahadab of accepted Sunni scholars for over 1,000 years, jihad is essential for the right practice of Islam. Against whom? Against all. For the Hindu, then, it's a question of complicity. It's also a matter of passivity. Even trained professionals are useless in combat if they have no motivation. Muslims are motivated. Hindus? In the first of the following pieces we see ineptitude on the part of Indian paramilitary officials. Are they so excluded from the system of which they are ostensible parts that they do not have even the minimal concerns of average citizens? Are the state's armed forces so alienated from the state as employees that they have no interest even in the security of their own lives? If so, in what way are they responsible for anything beyond feeding themselves? Bin Laden and his fellow jihadis kill them regardless.
While searching through a mound of about 150 bags, which police believed were left by the dozens of victims in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station, an officer found a suspicious-looking bag and called the bomb squad, said Assistant Commissioner of Police Bapu Domre. Inside were two 8.8-pound (4-kilogram) bombs, which were taken away and safely detonated, he said.

After the attacks [i.e. four days later], police found unexploded bombs at several of the sites, including two luxury hotels and a Jewish center.

It was not immediately clear why the bags at the station were not examined earlier. The station, which serves hundreds of thousands of commuters, was declared safe and reopened hours after the attack.

The discovery has added to increasing accusations that India's security forces missed warnings and bungled its response to the Nov. 26-29 attacks.

Indian navy chief Sureesh Mehta has called the response to the attacks "a systemic failure." The country's top law enforcement official has resigned amid criticism that the 10 gunmen appeared better coordinated and better armed than police in Mumbai
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hz0C0SXcxgP0NxzlqGA_EI57FBkQD94RM9E80
I raise this in light of the Hindu nationalist entities such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS.) If the Hindu populace is so alienated by political acts from the natural state, do the people have any legitimate reason to retain a loyalty to the Brahmin class of elitist rulers. Obviously, if this is really the case, few other than the Brahmins would care. Of those few?

According to bin Laden and what he cites as canonical Islamic fiqh, as legitimate Islamic jurisprudence, unassailable according to majority traditional Islam throughout Islamic history, all kuffar, and especially polytheists, mushrikin, such as Hindus, are culpable in the crime of kufr. It is imperative, fard ayn, upon the practicing orthodox Muslim to either kill or convert the polytheist. If it is imperative for Muslims, what imperative do Hindus face when they don't have the motivation to defend themselves from death at the hands of Muslims? If the Brahmins of the Indian elite have so demoralized and emasculated the Hindu people, and if they are still culpable for supporting the non-Islamic state, as bin Laden claims, then what are they to do? Must they simply wander around listless and passive till they are converted or killed?
Mumbai photographer: I wish I'd had a gun, not a camera. Armed police would not fire back

Jerome Taylor talks to the photographer whose picture went around the world

Saturday, 29 November 2008

It is the photograph that has dominated the world's front pages, casting an astonishing light on the fresh-faced killers who brought terror to the heart of India's most vibrant city. Now it can be revealed how the astonishing picture came to be taken by a newspaper photographer who hid inside a train carriage as gunfire erupted all around him.

Sebastian D'Souza, a picture editor at the Mumbai Mirror, whose offices are just opposite the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji station, heard the gunfire erupt and ran towards the terminus. "I ran into the first carriage of one of the trains on the platform to try and get a shot but couldn't get a good angle, so I moved to the second carriage and waited for the gunmen to walk by," he said. "They were shooting from waist height and fired at anything that moved. I briefly had time to take a couple of frames using a telephoto lens. I think they saw me taking photographs but they didn't seem to care."

The gunmen were terrifyingly professional, making sure at least one of them was able to fire their rifle while the other reloaded. By the time he managed to capture the killer on camera, Mr D'Souza had already seen two gunmen calmly stroll across the station concourse shooting both civilians and policemen, many of whom, he said, were armed but did not fire back. "I first saw the gunmen outside the station," Mr D'Souza said. "With their rucksacks and Western clothes they looked like backpackers, not terrorists, but they were very heavily armed and clearly knew how to use their rifles.

"Towards the station entrance, there are a number of bookshops and one of the bookstore owners was trying to close his shop," he recalled. "The gunmen opened fire and the shopkeeper fell down."

But what angered Mr D'Souza almost as much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply refused to shoot back. "There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything," he said. "At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, 'Shoot them, they're sitting ducks!' but they just didn't shoot back."

As the gunmen fired at policemen taking cover across the street, Mr D'Souza realised a train was pulling into the station unaware of the horror within. "I couldn't believe it. We rushed to the platform and told everyone to head towards the back of the station. Those who were older and couldn't run, we told them to stay put."

The militants returned inside the station and headed towards a rear exit towards Chowpatty Beach. Mr D'Souza added: "I told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them? I only wish I had a gun rather than a camera."
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article14086308.ece

Most people do what most people do. Most people do so passively. We see in the Bombay incident that even the police are passive. We see too that ten motivated and highly trained men can effectively massacre hundreds of people in a major world city with near impunity for three days when they are pitted against hundreds or thousands of ill-trained and unmotivated opponents.
Jeff Brown emails:

Having a lot of people in a group carrying would increase the odds of having an armed person who is willing to engage the terrorists. This would not only provide resistance but also spur others, i.e., frozen police officers, to engage. In an emergency, the first person to engage is the catalyst to move the crowd from onlookers frozen by indecision to action, either to provide assistance or in situation such as Mumbai, to confront.

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http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/28582/
When we mention the RSS we hear the usual tiresome canard, "They're all fascists." A pointless and silly complaint. The Hindu nationalist parties are the few activist resistance movements on the sub-continent that comprise non-Muslims. They are, in proportion to the population, a small membership. How many activists can we expect from a Hindu nationalist movement in conflict with the genocidal movement of Islam?

Finally, below, I reprise an old piece that is still relevant today.

We mostly scoff at "arm-chair warriors," sloughing them off as day-dreamers and fools. We read of the brave exploits they would perform if only they could. I'd like to look briefly at those who are out of the arm-chair and in the position to act, who are required to act.
Knowing where bin Laden is will not do us any good at all unless we have men and women who will take it upon themselves to rid us of that beast. And who will those men and women be? Not you or I, I'm sorry to say. Those who will act will be the few of the few. Aside from my anecdotal experiences which back up the following, I'll rely here on the published work of Joanna Bourke, An Intimate History of Killing. London: Granta, 1999. (For further information on this topic one may go to Google: "Killology.")
Most soldiers do not kill their enemies. They don't generally even fire their weapons.

"...no matter how thorough the training, it still failed to enable most combatants to fight. During the First World War, it was commonly believed that only 10 per cent of soldiers could be called brave and many military commentators deplored the 'live and let live' principle. [Bourke: p.73.]

During the Second World War,... no more than 15 per cent of men had actually fired at enemy positions or personnel...it would have been possible for 80 per cent of the men to have fired and nearly all men were (at some stage) within firing distance of the enemy. To be counted as a 'firer,' a man would only have had to fire his weapon or lob a grenade 'roughly in the direction of the enemy' once or twice." [Bourke: p.75.]
For all the writing back and forth here about how we are or are not violent and fascistic and hate-filled, when the crunch comes, few if any of us would act any differently in the face of our enemies than did soldiers in WW1, WW2, and the war in Viet Nam, as covered in the book above.

What does this say about us as anti-jihadists? I'll venture that of the 15 per cent of us who think of ourselves as badass guys only 15 per cent of those would ever pull the trigger on bin Laden. And ask yourselves just how many rounds would actually hit the man? We leave these things to professionals for good reason: most of us couldn't shoot a man face-to-face even if he were shooting at us.

"Marshall found that there were some men who identified targets yet did not shoot, and there were other men who were under attack yet did not attempt to use the weapons to retaliate or in self protection. Furthermore, passive troops were not 'green' troops." [Bourke: p. 76.]

The most remarkable thing about the IDF wasn't their professionalism, which most Western soldiers possess to the nth degree, it was their ability to remain Human in the midst of war, to kill the enemy without devolving into animalistic hatred even in the smoke and shock of battle. The enemy, on the other hand, were indistinguishable from maniacs, crazed and screaming, one going so far as to rush head-long into a burning building in search of a phantom. I'm sorry to admit that I'm the only one who laughed.

All the violent words that splash down these columns are so much nothing. There might be a will to triumph over our enemies, but it's passive. That's not a condemnation of our readers. We do not want to be soldiers in the field. If we were, chances are we would not fire our weapons at men who are much like us. That's nothing to be ashamed of.

"The passive 75 per cent of men would generally remain passive. But...even those soldiers who did not fire were crucial to the battle: their presence was essential for morale. Active combatants were too busy fighting to notice what their comrades were (or were not) doing. In fact, it was the presence of passive soldiers which enabled active soldiers to continue fighting. They contributed their weight to the mass of the attack, even if they contributed little to its velocity." [Bourke: p.87.]

What is the serious objection to killing an individual in a crowd, HAMAS co-founder Yassin, for example? The message is clear and precise. One man is responsible for his actions, and that man is dead. Our opponents would set off a car bomb, killing at random, and call it good. Allah is responsible for that action, and the group understands the irrationality of it in its own terms. Our experience in Jugoslavia is contrary: we fired laser-guided missiles from the aether. The average Serb has to this day no idea why that happened. Jets were long past the target before they were seen, and then the fires were raging long since. That speck brought death! There was no sense of who did that or why, because one cannot hate a speck, only an idea one might associate with that speck. And since there is no way to fight a speck, it isn't a defeat no matter how badly one is beaten, for no speck is viable as an enemy. It has no meaning whatsoever. The science of war loses wars because there is no art to war by machines, and there is therefore no enemy to lose to.

If we are to win any war against any enemy, we must have men on the ground, face to face with our enemies so they can see us and fight us man to man till one man is still standing. We will not win any war until the enemy is in the dust begging not for mercy but crying out: "I am you!" When that defeated man sees my face and knows I'm the better man, then he will not be defeated but he will be my ally. When I beat a man who beats a woman, I must beat him till he beats men who beat women. He will do that when he is me and mine. I cannot make him one of mine from inside a tank. I can do that by beating him man-to-man so he knows who I am and what I do. Killing a murderer doesn't make me a murderer, it makes his survivors moral.

Who among us will take up arms and fight man to man against bin Laden? Who will run the man down and kill him face to face? Who will stand with bin Laden's head in hand and say to his former followers: "Now you work for me!"

May 13, 2005
I ask whether we should support Hindu nationalism in its struggle against Islamic imperialism and genocide against the Hindu people. It seems clear that the state forces of India are not capable by nature or training to defend the nation from jihad. Perhaps the Hindu people themselves will find the motivation required to save their own lives rather than waiting for the state to do so. Is that worth supporting? Or will the Indian people continue to suffer the humiliations of Muslim assaults until India, cowed, is reconquered by the Mughals?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Big Boom Bombay

I often can't tell the difference between David Duke of Stormfront and his evil twin, the former mayor of London, Red Ken Livingstone. Here I face the same problem looking at the works and wonders of "anti-war" Leftist, Justin Raimondo and a gaggle of Muslims. You tell me.

Justin Raimondo, "The Meaning of Mumbai: South Asia, the new arena." Behind the Headlines. 3, Dec. 2008

The Mumbai massacre comes at a time when the U.S. is about to switch battlefields in its avowedly "generational" war on terrorism, from the Middle East to South Asia. As we move our forces eastward into Afghanistan and, inevitably, Pakistan, the events in Mumbai light up the geopolitical landscape like lightning at midnight, prefiguring a new and even bigger quagmire than the one we're supposedly leaving behind in Iraq. Forget the differences between Sunnis and Shi'ites. That's so yesterday. What we're dealing with now, in the Pakistani-Indian rivalry, is a true war of civilizations, pitting Muslims against Hindus.

India's 9/11: that's what they're calling it, and the pattern fits in certain ways, particularly when it comes to forewarnings.... In the case of Mumbai, however, the warnings were quite specific: the Indians were apparently informed that an attack from water-based terrorists on Mumbai hotels – including the Taj Hotel, where much of the action took place – was imminent. The most telling detail is no doubt the fact that the Indian police simply ran for cover, although what this tells us is hard to believe. Can it really be true that so specific a warning could have been ignored?

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The effect of the Mumbai massacre on Indian politics is another likely analogy to 9/11, which gave the neocons power and catapulted the worst warmongers to the very top of the national security bureaucracy. In the case of India, where voters will soon go to the polls, we are apt to see an electoral victory for the most militantly nationalistic and chauvinistic political movement in the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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The pressure to cement an Indo-American alliance has been growing for quite some time and is slated to accelerate. India's special relationship with Israel, for one thing, is second only to our own. For another, President-elect Obama's promise to escalate the war in Afghanistan and even spread it into Pakistan is congruent with the plans of India's War Party, which is waiting in the wings to take the reins and confront Islamabad.

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As bad as George W. Bush was, he never messed up that badly. One can almost hear the collective sigh of relief now that we are approaching the day when an easily-manipulated ignoramus is no longer in charge of American foreign policy. What may be even more dangerous, however, is a very smart president who thinks he and his advisers know more than they actually do.

The strategic shift in the balance of U.S. military forces in the region, away from Iraq and eastward to Afghanistan and Pakistan, seems almost to have been conceived in order to confirm the complaints of the anti-American forces in the region that the U.S. and its allies have launched a crusade to eliminate Islam from the map. From this perspective the pattern is clear enough: having exhausted their efforts in Iraq, now the West strikes from a different direction, in alliance with India. At the geographic center of it all, you'll note, sits Iran, which can look forward to being surrounded on both sides.

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=13848

We get this bit of brilliance from the Muslim site Sahilonline: Reflection of the Truth: "Terror attack planned by RSS and allies?"

The dastardly Mumbai terror attack of November 26 & 27, has claimed the lives of over 125 people and injured scores more. This terror attack in our analysis has been planned & orchestrated by the Sangh Pariwar and its allies within the security apparatus to counter the investigation of the ATS led by Hemant Karkare, so as to nullify and divert attention from the true face of BJP-RSS Parivar's involvement in fermenting terror attacks in the country.

The basic aim was to totally subvert every attempt by the ATS (Anti-Terror Squad) that was undoubtedly uncovering the nefarious terrorist cells within the various branches of the Sangh Pariwar as well as their RSS abettors & sympathizers within the army, IB, RAW and the entire security apparatus. The Mumbai terror attacks will thus draw away attention, as well as serve to justify the terrorist activities of the Sadhvi Pragnya's and the Purohit's and further lend to their glorification. ...

http://www.sahilonline.org/english/news.php?catID=voice&nid=4133


Amaresh Misra, "Mumbai Terror Attack: Further Evidence Of The Anglo-American-Mossad-RSS Nexus," Countercurrents.org. 03 Dec. 2008

Now who has the last laugh? That is the question; I only have pity for those who cannot see reality and who were so glib to buy into what the media and political troubleshooters were saying about the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Consider this:

As a BBC report notes, at least some of the Mumbai attackers were not Indian and certainly not Muslim.Pappu Mishra, a cafe proprietor at the gothic Victorian Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, described "two sprightly young men dressed in black" with AK47s who were "foreign looking, fair skinned."Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe. "They did not look Indian, they looked foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed," Amir told the BBC.

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This afore-mentioned report appeared on the BBC, a news agency which pro-west, Muslim-haters and all NRIs love to see. NOW I ASK THESE PEOPLE: why are you adopting double standards? Now a BBC report is incovenient because it militates against your idea of what happened in Mumbai?

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According to Andrew G. Marshall, the ISI "has long been referred to as Pakistan's 'secret government' or 'shadow state.' It's long-standing ties and reliance upon American and British intelligence have not let up, therefore actions taken by the ISI should be viewed in the context of being a Central Asian outpost of Anglo-American covert intelligence operations."The presence of "foreign looking, fair skinned" commandos who calmly gunned down dozens of people after drinking a few beers indicates that the Mumbai attacks were likely the work of the Anglo-American covert intelligence operatives, not indigenous Indian Muslims or for that matter Arab al-Qaeda terrorists. The attacks prepare the ground for the break-up of Pakistan and the furtherance of destabilizing terrorism in the Middle East and Asia. The Mumbai attacks had little to do with India or the relationship between Muslim Pakistanis and Hindu Indians."Pakistan's position as a strategic focal point cannot be underestimated. It borders India, Afghanistan, China and Iran," concludes Marshall. "Destabilizing and ultimately breaking Pakistan up into several countries or regions will naturally spread chaos and destabilization into neighboring countries. This is also true of Iraq on the other side of Iran, as the Anglo-American have undertaken, primarily through Iraq, a strategy of balkanizing the entire Middle East in a new imperial project." (See Marshall's Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project.)

Now I ask specifically: WHO HAS EGG ON THE FACE? MY DETRACTORS OR ME?

Andrew Marshall is a respected author; he is clearly saying here that terrorists looked like Anglo-American covert operatives and that the entire Mumbai operation was an attempt by Anglo-American forces to destabilize India and push it further into the Israel-US orbit.

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One Police officer who encountered the gunmen as they entered the Jewish Center (Nariman House) said the attackers were white. "I went into the building late last night" he said. "I got a shock because they were white. I was expecting them to look like us. They fired three shots. I fired 10 back".

The Nariman House affair brings the Mossad angle to the fore. Two of the `hostages' killed in the Narimam House were identified as Rabbi Gabreil Holtzberg and his wife Rivka. They ran the center as spokespersons of the Chabad Lubavitch movement.

Now the Chabad movement is one of the many sects within Israel and Judaism. But of late it has come under the Zionist influence. Now what is Zionism? A brief digression would suffice: Zionism is the political ideology of racist Jews, just like Hindutva is the political ideology of a section of `race conscious' Hindus. Just as a majority of Sanatani Hindus have opposed Hindutva, a majority of Jews oppose Zionism and its fascist-anti-religious tone.

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http://www.countercurrents.org/misra031208.htm

I calls 'em Left dhimmi fascists when they do as Raimondo do. To my own eye, they're all the same, except some are invested for better reasons than others. At least Muslims are Muslims. Being a dhimmi is something that the good sense of eludes me.Maybe there's a thrill in being a boy-bitch for a psycho that I just don't see. Justin, please don't tell. I have only so much patience.

Friday, November 07, 2008

U is for Sue Grafton Fans

Hello, Sue Grafton fans.

I've just registered to leave my name and presence at Sue Grafton's blog. I love this lady's writing, and I wanted to say hello to her and her fans just because I can. Imagine how it would have been had Dostoyevsky been able to do this wonderful thing, contacting Tolsoy, their fans chiming in with stories of war and peace and crime and punishment and family and friends, if not in that or perhaps any other order at all. We, blessed as we are, can write to Sue Grafton. What a neat thing.

I'm nearing the finale of T is for Trespass, Mrs. Grafton's latest novel. I usually spend my Internet time working on things far removed from mystery/detective novels; and one reason I do the work on the former is that we might all have the pleasure and good fortune to read, for example, Mrs. Grafton's work in the future, a future without jihad and what I am pleased to refer to as Left dhimmi fascism. Freedom-- to read, to speak, to think, to write novels-- these are acts of infinite worth, and some of us, at least, must struggle to ensure that such is open to all who so choose to engage.

Why do I read Sue Grafton novels? Let's face it, I'm not a suburban girl or a Sensitive New Age Guy, (snag.) I read her novels because she speaks to a world of moral clarity that I enjoy. Yes, I know Kinsey Milhone is a bit... how do I put it? She's not always exactly on the legal up-and-up. We're not looking at Kantian morals here. No, rather we see in Grafton's novels a character in Milhone who is not black and white, though I would argue morally exemplary. It is the refusal to shirk the ambiguity of justice that appeals to me: Milhone on occasion goes on with the determination of a Greek tragic hero to the final page of the final scene, knowing the difficulties that must arise from her acts. It might be better to look the other way in some cases, to forget what one knows, and let something small go by that in fact needs a cathartic end. The moral of the story is that sometimes the moral hurts.

Mrs Grafton puts it well, sometimes painfully, often beautifully. I continue to read. From "A" to "T" to You. And beyond.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day '08

Dies iræ, dies illa, dies tribulationis et angustiæ, dies calamitatis et miseriæ, dies tenebrarum et caliginis, dies nebulæ et turbinis, dies tubæ et clangoris super civitates munitas et super angulos excelsos.
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That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness; A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

Zephaniah 1:15-16

This is the time for us to gather together to face a future that will destroy our nation if we fail to act rightly. This is not the America many of us know, this Obamanation. This is an evil travesty of America coming. We must face it as it is and make America what we can amid the coming ruin. And what a great thing we will do, our rebuilding of our nation. We will be proud.

Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired....

Zephaniah 2:1

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tom

I would watch out of the corner of my eye for Tom's truck to pull in to the parking spot, a smile just waiting to happen when he came round. He had a crew of low-life types who hung round him, doing him minor chores and making small deals with him, dependent on him for their little doings and food and drug money and the small things of life. It's a complete mystery to me why Tom liked the people he dealt with. He took care of them to some extent, and to an extent beyond what others did. He was, to many street people, a life-line. Now that line is broken; he is no longer coming round for coffee. Tom is dead. On Saturday Tom died of a heart-attack. I'm heart-broken. I liked the man very much.

Thomas Moore. The man wasn't a saint by any means, but he was a good friend. I'm still looking out for him from the corner of my eye, hoping he's going to pull in any minute now....

"Hi, Tom."

Damn. It hurts.

Time, time, time, see what's become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

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Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground....

Paul Simon, "Hazy Shade of Winter."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Plato: Biggest Scammer in History

Neil Postman rightly refers to Plato as the world's first systematic fascist. Making mention of that usually raises the ire of those who don't have any idea of Plato's philosophies. Most people seem to highly regard the name "Plato," though they can't really say why. They defend him with no knowledge of what Plato was about. Some, such as that utter fool, I.F. Stone, confuse Plato with Socrates, and not only don't know there is the one and there is the other, but argue that Socrates is Plato. Stupidity knows no bounds, especially among our intelligentsia. Some thinkers, real thinkers, as opposed to the Conformity Hippies who rule the Academy these days as well, real thinkers such as Ernest Gellner, know Plato very well. Gellner, writing after Karl Popper, who wrote on Plato, The Open Society and its Enemies, puts Plato on the table for a nifty dissection, briefly thus:

"The profound paradox of Platonism proper is that it preached a return to, or a fortification of, the closed communally organized society: but it did so by means which themselves illustrated, highlighted, and sprang from that liberation from traditional ritualism and communalism. Plato represented dogmatism pursued by liberal means, an authoritarianism with a rational face." Ernest Gellner, Plough, Sword and Book. London: Collins Harvill: 1998; pp. 84-85.

Taken in, that's what too many of our intellectuals have been are to this day and beyond. We'll see one of them below. And a shameful example of a typical intellectual conformist he is. There is no excuse for an expert in the field to be so wrong on the facts as is the writer below. But if he were merely a fool, and a sloppy one at that, who would care? No, dear reader, it's far worse than that. The writer below is a danger to human freedom and to free people everywhere. We must confront him and those like him, stop them by making known the realities of history and literature from the texts as they are, not as one thinks they must be or should be, or should be thought so by the "average" man.

Kimon Valaskakis, "Media-enhanced 'dumb democracy' is the fastest road to totalitarianism." Globe and Mail; October 13, 2008.

Winston Churchill once argued that democracy is the worst political system except for all the others. While there is no viable alternative to democracy, contemporary flaws in the system - what I call "dumb democracy" - threaten to weaken it and produce counterproductive results. These flaws have become, alas, increasingly prevalent in both the Canadian and U.S. elections. Voters are making momentous decisions on the basis of the most trivial criteria.

The rise of Sarah Palin has been fuelled by her engaging smile and her appeal as a "hockey mom." Despite the constant mocking by the U.S. media deploring her lack of preparedness for high office, she appeals to the average voter, or "Joe Six-Pack American," as she calls him. In the U.S., average voters seem to want an average vice-president or even president to represent them. University professors are looked down on when aspiring for high political office, while celebrities, actors, sports stars and even former professional wrestlers get the nod.

Although this anti-intellectual bias is less predominant in Canada, both American and Canadian voters are very vulnerable to mediatic factors such as body language, winking at the audience, ability to tell jokes and being folksy and cute. This media-enhanced trivialization started in the first television debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and it's been said that JFK won the televised debate because of Mr. Nixon's sweaty face while Mr. Nixon won the radio debate because of his arguments. Today, the spin doctors and image makers try to appeal to the lowest common denominator. We are very far from Plato's philosopher king.

Some may argue that voting on trivial grounds is the prerogative of "the people," but this argument does not withstand analysis.

"The people" are made up of human beings. To err is human and, if one person can make a mistake, so can millions. There is no safety in numbers. The assumption that a majority of 50 plus 1 is always right and 50 minus 1 is always wrong is quite obviously absurd. The ancient Athenians and the fathers of modern democracy warned against populism's dangers.

"The people" change their minds all the time, as polls demonstrate. The Americans who elected and re-elected George W. Bush obviously regret their choice, since he is at 25 per cent in the approval ratings. Even John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, has distanced himself from Mr. Bush as much as possible. If a voter's opinion is exclusively decided on the basis of spin doctors' sound bites, huge blunders may be committed by the electorate - which will have to live with its mistake for four long years.

The outcome of the U.S. election affects the whole world, not just in economic terms but in issues of life and death. How many people have died around the world because of Mr. Bush's decisions? The privilege of empire must carry with it a greater sense of responsibility. The U.S. voter from the Midwest or Deep South must realize his or her decision has global implications and act accordingly.

So what can we conclude? Governance is much too serious a challenge in an interdependent world to be left to superficial criteria. Would you entrust your future to a person who doesn't answer your questions but just winks at you? Would you fly with an untrained pilot just because he reminds you of yourself ? Would you undergo an operation by an unqualified surgeon because he is charismatic?

A condition of intelligent democracy is intelligent and well-informed voters. It is the task of the media to inform the voters, but it also the task of the voters to take elections more seriously. Voting is a right, but it is also a privilege that must be used wisely because, when all is said and done, "dumb democracy" is the fastest road to totalitarianism.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081013.CODEMOS13//TPStory/Comment

This man lies to you, dear reader. What he would have you believe is his smiling and concerned pose of Velvet Fascism. If you haven't read Plato, if you've missed Popper, if you aren't aware of the story the writer above doesn't tell you, let's take another brief look at Ernest Gellner for the time being.

Platonism is the supreme expression of agro-literate man, of a society endowed with a large and steady food-supply, capable of sustaining a minority elite endowed with the capacity to codify, formalize, and preserve its ethos and cognitive capital. It is stable and aspires to stability; and it is liable to consider radical change pathological. It recognizes and endorses the joint roles of the transcendent and of coercion in securing stability for society. The community is divided into the wise, the aggressive, and the hard-working. (Gellner: p. 118.) And that is it. The Philosopher Kings, the Thugs, and the slaves. Plato offers nothing else-- forever. Any change would be pathological. Platonists, as above, are not our friends: they are the enemies of the people.

The writer above is a fascist, pure and simple. He expresses the latest Platonist variant of Ur-fascism. "Voters are making momentous decisions on the basis of the most trivial criteria." Voters.

For example, and an anti-American one at that: "The rise of Sarah Palin has been fueled by her engaging smile and her appeal as a 'hockey mom'." If you don't get it thus far, how's this? "[S]he appeals to the average voter, or 'Joe Six-Pack American'."

But no; you, dear reader, are not supposed to be insulted by the writer's reference to you as "average" or "Joe Six-Pack." As this pimp tries to stoke your vanities, you are meant to see yourself as one just like the philosopher king above. You are superiour to the fools who like Sarah Palin. The fact that such is a pimp's bit of chicanery is seemingly lost on the good writer above. So, like a pimp, on he goes: "In the U.S., average voters seem to want an average vice-president or even president to represent them."

Average people? According to Plato there are no average people, so the good writer is using a euphemism, one meaning "slaves". The slaves want a slave as political representative. How shocking!

"University professors are looked down on when aspiring for high political office, while celebrities, actors, sports stars and even former professional wrestlers get the nod."

No, not Ion! Not an actor! Let us only allow ourselves to be ruled by university professors like the doctor above, Philosopher Kings, those who are smarter and better than the "average" man.

"Although this anti-intellectual bias is less predominant in Canada, both American and Canadian voters are very vulnerable to mediatic factors such as body language, winking at the audience, ability to tell jokes and being folksy and cute."

Canadians aren't generally as stupid as Americans. Thank you, dear writer. Aren't we clever after all? We might even be able to understand conversation, if not a coherent argument; but the rest, the slave masses, they have to rely on the non-verbal, the mediatic. This man is so far removed from common people that he assumes we'll be taken in by pimp talk.

Here he rues away his day: "We are very far from Plato's philosopher king."

No, sir. If only it were so. We are, in fact, in the presence of the typical Left dhimmi fascist would-be Phiospher King. There's no further need to critique this man's pseudo-argument.

"So what can we conclude? Governance is much too serious a challenge in an interdependent world to be left to superficial criteria."

No, I would conclude that governance is much too serious a challenge to leve to Gnostic fools like the one above, and that we must confront fascists like the fool above and defeat him in every venue, in every arena, in every agora. Monstrous evil such as that written by the fool above has no place in a democracy other than in the spittoon of common bar-room. Garbage sophistry posing as intellectual superiority. Don't stand for this. It's filthy and disgusting. To the trash-can of history with foolishness like Platonism. Down with the Philosopher Kings! Off with their shit-filled heads. Long live the Demos! Long live Sarah Palins! Long live Democracy. Long live the Average Person!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The biggest con-job in American history

Barka Osama is the biggest con-job in American history. Osama isn't very interesting or different from others of his ilk, they being chock-a-block around any train station, cheap hustlers and pimps and pick-pockets, Osama Barka not different but in scale from the spotty guy at the library recently who hoped to sell us canceled mail-order hockey tickets. Osarka is a scam on a grand scale, and perhaps that's why it's working for him: no one could seriously believe that a cheap hustler would actually try a scam this brazen. And when this whole game comes up dirty and people are left holding their hands to their heads, howling, they won't blame Obarka: they'll blame themselves for being so gullible; and then they'll blame people like me for not warning them strongly enough. Obama is a scam. Walk right into this and get hurt, then. But you're going to get hurt really badly, and that'll take down a lot of other people, many of whom don't deserve your bullshit. Too bad for them. Everyone's going to suffer because of this.

Ali Sin writes publicly what I've been writing privately for the past six months. He's more courageous in public than I.

Cultic Mentality

From the desk of The Brussels Journal on Sat, 2008-10-18 08:25

A quote from the Iranian ex-Muslim Ali Sina, author of the book Understanding Muhammad, at the Faith Freedom website, 22 September 2008

It is surreal to see the level of hysteria in [Barack Obama's] admirers. This phenomenon is unprecedented in American politics. Women scream and swoon during his speeches. They yell and shout to Obama, "I love you." Never did George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt. Martin Luther King Jr. or Ronald Reagan arouse so much raw emotion. Despite their achievements, none of them was raised to the rank of Messiah. The Illinois senator has no history of service to the country. He has done nothing outstanding except giving promises of change and hyping his audience with hope. It's only his words, not his achievements that is causing this much uproar. When cheering for someone turns into adulation, something is wrong. Excessive adulation is indicative of a personality cult. The cult of personality is often created when the general population is discontent. A charismatic leader can seize the opportunity and project himself as an agent of change and a revolutionary leader.

If Obama turns out to be the disaster I predict, he will cause widespread resentment among the whites. The blacks are unlikely to give up their support of their man. Cultic mentality is pernicious and unrelenting. They will dig their heads deeper in the sand and blame Obama's detractors of racism. This will cause a backlash among the whites. The white supremacists will take advantage of the discontent and they will receive widespread support. I predict that in less than four years, racial tensions will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960s. Obama will set the clock back decades.

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It's likely to late for us now. It seems a foregone conclusion that people will elect Osama Barka as our president. If you blow it by voting for this scum-bag, don't blow it further by taking it out later on the innocent. You'll have done enough damage already.
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An up-date:

It turns out that Ali Sina and I aren't the only ones who see Obama as a slimy con-man: here's a severely edited version from American Thinker.


Paul Shlichta, "The Mendacity of Hope." 19 Oct. 2008.

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I am deeply indebted to Barack Obama for reminding me that hope is often used as bait in scams.

I have been writing an anatomy of hoodwinks and deceptions, dissecting them into their three essential components -- exploitation of a human weakness, a carrot and/or stick, and a method of concealment.

The weakness can be a vice, such as greed or laziness, but is just as often a virtue such as compassion, which is the basis of most charity scams....

Hope is often a good thing; indeed it is one of the theological virtues. But it can also be the basis for cruel and vicious con games, played by the unscrupulous upon the desperate.

Gambling casinos feed on hope. The worst gamblers are the ones who can least afford it, the ones who are hopelessly in debt. There's not enough in their paycheck to cover the back rent, they're going to be evicted anyway, so why not take a chance? There's nothing left to lose.

Cancer patients know false hope all too well. There is a stage in nearly all terminal cases when the patient tries herbal remedies or some Asian brew that someone in a tabloid claims is the latest miracle cure. And we understand his feelings; there's no hope anywhere else so why not give it a try? At least it will stave off facing the grim reality for another month or so.

Thus, many of the false hopes that con men exploit rise phoenix-like out of ashes of despair. When there is no reasonable hope left, we grasp at straws. But in the absence of desperation, when people are reasonably content with or resigned to their lot, the con man must create false hope, as the serpent did by suggesting to Eve the ridiculous ambition of her becoming like God.

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In other words, they must be made ready to grasp at the straws of irrational hope.

A useful tool for inciting discontent is the creation of a villain, upon whom to blame the victim's real or imagined woes -- "whitey" or "the system" or whatever bogeyman is convenient to use. This can be done by simple repetition. As the ancient saying goes, "if a fool says the same thing every day for a year, we will come to believe it."

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Finally, lest anyone argue that Obama's inducements of hope might be sincere, let us note that Obama's campaign has all of the basic components of a classic scam:

  • Exploitation of weakness: As we have seen, he creates false hope by breeding discontent and then offering the desperate hope of overcoming it by submitting to his leadership.
  • Carrot and stick: The carrots are pretty exotic -- lower taxes, universal health care, world peace and unity, the seas will fall, etc. And the stick is that if you don't vote for him, you're racist.
  • Concealment: The three principal forms of concealment are hiding, misdirecting, and lying. Obama makes liberal use of all three. As Ed Lasky has shown, Obama has concealed much of his past; the data and documents are mysteriously "lost" or unavailable. When that doesn't work, embarrassing questions are dodged or met with counteraccusations -- the issue is not relevant, the accusation is racist, etc. And, when that fails, Obama resorts to outright lies.
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In summary, the complex machinery of the Obama campaign is essentially an elaborately orchestrated scam and Obama is nothing but a con man. This should come as no surprise since he is an accredited graduate of one of the world's best schools in political chicanery, the Daley machine in Chicago.

This does not contradict previous assessments, in the American Thinker and elsewhere, that Obama is an advanced narcissist. I suspect that most con men are sociopaths or narcissists, the former because they feel no guilt and the latter because they feel entitled to take advantage of others.

But what of the future? Obama has spouted out so many mutually contradictory statements and lied so many times that we can only guess at his real intentions. If God does not save us from our foolishness, and Obama is elected president, then I prophesy that he will turn out to be a master of the con man's art of bait and switch.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/the_mendacity_of_hope.html


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Election Night of the Living Dead

"I don't get how people can not vote for Obama. He's so inspiring. Every time I see him I think of the Foo Fighters song, "There goes my hero". That's pretty much because Obama is my hero.

I think he will make this world a better place. I'm pretty sure he will end world hunger and probably AIDS too. I just know he can do all this cause when I hear him speak I get excited on the inside."

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081014094746AAd2S8M

I quoted the genius above recently for the sake of the shock value; but I didn't realize then, which I certainly do now, that the shock's on me. Unlike the thrill of the Night of the Living Dead, I'm not enjoying this zombie take-over of the land. In fact, this horror-show is really scaring me. I don't mind being scared, as a rule. I live a pretty rough life, and part of the reason I do so is because it's so scary. But that's my personal life. The nation, that's a different story. That's something far more interesting and important than my own petty doing, no matter how important my petty doings might be to me. Unfortunately, many, maybe more than half of Americans, don't see that their petty doings are no more important to the nation than mine. They seem to think they actually matter to everyone. Sorry, but no one is that important. Nope. Not me, not even you, and especially not that fucking weasel Obama. The beauty of knowing ones one relative unimportance is in the knowing that none are much different, and that we must all go our own ways as well as we can without recourse to demagogues and demiurges to make us feel like we're something bigger than we are. A nation of ordinary folks doing their own thing is what makes the nation so great. That's America. What we see below is from one of Dante's middling circles of Hell. Which one? Maybe the one for self-satisfied gluttons and sloths and card-cheats. Here's our America. Look out, here come the zombies!

Rick Moran, "Meet the people who are going to put Obama in office." American Thinker. 15 Oct. 2008

This is really incredible. It stunned Ben Smith over at Politico where I got these quotes. It floored a GOP consultant who conducted the focus group where the people were quoted.

And it is perhaps the single most depressing thing I've read this entire campaign season:

The GOP consultant emailed Smith about a focus group he just finished conducting. Evidently, he showed a hard hitting ad on Ayers to the group and this was the email he sent:

Reagan Dems and Independents. Call them blue-collar plus. Slightly more Target than Walmart.

Yes, the spot worked. Yes, they believed the charges against Obama. Yes, they actually think he's too liberal, consorts with bad people and WON'T BE A GOOD PRESIDENT...but they STILL don't give a f***. They said right out, "He won't do anything better than McCain" but they're STILL voting for Obama.

The two most unreal moments of my professional life of watching focus groups:

54 year-old white male, voted Kerry '04, Bush '00, Dole '96, hunter, NASCAR fan...hard for Obama said: "I'm gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He's gonna be a bad president. But I won't ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President."

The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. "Well, I don't know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I'm sick of paying for health insurance at work and that's why I'm supporting Barack."

I felt like I was taking crazy pills. I sat on the other side of the glass and realized...this really is the Apocalypse. The Seventh Seal is broken and its time for eight years of pure, delicious crazy....
For the first time, I really feel scared about the future. These people are like the Germans in the election of 1933. They know what's coming but they don't care. Back then, all they cared about was that Hitler was going to give them a job and keep their lunch pails full. And stick it to the Jews. And restore Germany's "rightful place" in the world. They knew full well that Hitler would destroy the independent unions, crack down on dissent, and turn Germany from a very free country into a fascist dictatorship.

Part of this is McCain's fault. He bought into that populist crap about greedy Wall Street. Well, so as ye sow, so shall ye reap. And we're about to reap the whirlwind.

In this kind of atmosphere any kind of a government is possible. And I don't know if Obama can resist the kind of raw power these nincompoops are willing to give him. Who could?

You need a license to own a dog but any fool can vote.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/10/meet_the_people_who_are_going.html

I'm keen of Godwin's Law, i.e. that to call an opponent a Nazi is to lose the argument. I'm not calling Osama Barka supporters Nazis. I refer to them instead a Death Hippies, Conformity Hippies, Povertarians, Irrationalists, Communitarians, and nutters. Many of the intelligentsia in support of Osama are Left dhimmi fascists. Few are going to be Nazis. But many of the above are going to feel emotionally right at home living the nightmare that was Nazi Germany.

First they'll come for Truepeers, then they'll come for Charles-- by which point I hope to be long gone outta here, maybe in some mountain hide-away in the jungles of Paraguay, formerly but seemingly not for much longer, "The Last Place on Earth for the Worst people in the World."
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What about Sarah Palin? She spoke to Rush Limbaugh [transcript]. Of him I know nothing. Of Sarah Palin I know this:

"So, you know, I’m going out there and I’m just simply speaking. So be it that I’m a simple talker, but I’m just going out there and letting people know the differences and how absolutely paramount it is that voters are paying attention and that voters are understanding candidates’ records, their associations, their plans for the future; instead of being kind of wrapped up into all this rhetoric of Obama’s and buying into it and not holding him accountable for the things that he’s done, the things that he’s said, his associates, and where he wants to take America."

[Post Notes: Graphic from George Romero, Night of the Living Dead. Paraguay quotation from Rolling Stone Magazine. And I fixed up the genius's punctuation so I could read his comment properly.]

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What rough beast....

Obama as president of the United States of America.

How can you resist Obama?

I don't get how people can not vote for Obama. He's so inspiring. Every time I see him I think of the foo fighters song, "There goes my hero". That's pretty much because Obama is my hero.

I think he will make this world a better place. I'm pretty sure he will end world hunger and probably AIDS too. I just know he can do all this cause when I hear him speak I get excited on the inside.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081014094746AAd2S8M

My question is "How can we resist Obama?

Obama is likely to be elected to the highest office in our nation. We will have lost our nation's heart and soul should that happen. We will have elected a Communist after centuries of struggle for freedom. In one election we will have thrown out all our victories in pursuit of freedom, all the victories of Humanity's long struggle for personal privacy, all our best gains in the struggle to make Man's life a continuous act of personal liberty. In Obama we see the coming of the end of freedom for Mankind. In Obama we see the return of the King, the return of the feudal lord. Man, returned to his state as farm animal. When I hear him speak I want to throw up.

When I see the nation under the sway of a spell of lunacy, I want to stand up and fight back.

There's more. If, by some miracle, Obama is not elected, by hook or by crook, as our president, how can we resist this fascist movement? Obama is not going away, not even in death. He is a power of the people gone mad, and we must resist. What is to be done?

The American people have in large part gone insane, and to lose their hero by any means will drive them to further frenzies. He is theirs till he is exposed as the complete evil phantom his truly is. Even then they will not believe in his fallibility. He might in time be seen as a failure and a sham; but that alone will not discredit this beast. It is America that is failing, falling into madness; and to see Obama fail will only shift the idea of failure to those who can be accused as the cause of his failures: Those who resist Obama. The madness will continue long after Obama is gone. The madness is in the minds of those who are Irrationalist. Obama is a semaphore flapping in the breeze, decipherable to those who wish meaning onto his banner. It is fascism. This is the power of the mad crowd. If Obama fails, for whatever reason, the madness of the demonic crowd will further fan its madness. Ladies and Gentlemen, these are fascist times. Our people are insane.

If Obama is not elected to the presidency in America, the masses will rise to fury. We will face an open civil war at home and war broad. The dog wants meat, and he will go crazy if it's withheld from him after such a build-up as we have seen. The mad dog will not be sated, though, by mere election of Obama. But were he to lose this election, then we will see war in our cities, on our streets, perhaps in our very homes. Our people are insane. What is to be done?

If Obama is not elected, we at home face hatred, violence, and war at home. I prefer it.

I fear at this time that Obama will be elected.
How can free people resist the Obamanation? I fear he will be the president of the Untied States of America. This rough beast, win or lose, will destroy our nation as it is. We must look ahead now to see what is to be done should he come to pass and rule over us all. How will we resist?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Two Cools for Sisters Sarahs.

There's Sarah, and there's Sarah. Both are straightforward and upfront. Here's a bit about Sarah Maple, artist.

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Work of art I would like to make

People often think I am trying to be offensive with my Islamic based art which is absolutely wrong as I am Muslim myself. The work is about the distorted view many Muslims have of their own faith and culture and what makes a 'good' Muslim: especially in a western society. Many Muslim or Asian people have said things to me like 'Yeah, but you're not a proper Muslim are you?' Why? Because I have white skin and don't listen to RnB? I did try – I bought the 'Boys to Men Legacy' CD once but it made me feel ill. In my work I question if you can be a 'good' Muslim in the West; especially if you are from two backgrounds like I. Islam is indeed a way of life. But what do you do when you have two completely opposite parents, to whom are you loyal? This relates to the current political climate with Islamic extremists. Many of these kids who become terrorists are born and bred in the west. They have grown up confused and torn between the cultural attitudes of Islam and the western environment in which they have been raised. This battle between East and West has sky rocketed over the past ten years. I dread to think of how much worse the world could be in 25 years time. If I was to be picked for Four Sensations I would make a work on cultural identity in relation to Islam.

Sarah Maple Link.

British artist Sarah Maple's sleek self-portraits juxtapose confessional audacity with comic, pop-culture quips. They also explicitly confront religious identity. Born in 1985, Maple grew up in Sussex, England. As a child, she drew her own portrait again and again, beginning a trend toward identity-probing that would drive her career as an artist. Raised by a British father and a Kenya-born mother, she and her siblings were brought up as Muslims. She says, "When I was growing up, I always wanted to be more Islamic. And then, when I grew up, I felt like I wasn't very Islamic at all because of my Western influences."

Maple studied fine art at Kensington University. Upon graduation in 2007, she won the 4 New Sensations prize—an award created by Channel 4 and The Saatchi Gallery, bestowed to the "most imaginativeand talented artists graduating in the U.K." The award targets recent graduates who don't yet have gallery representation. Art world hot shots—including Antony Gormley and Tim Marlow— choose four finalists from a short-list of 20 artists. The finalists were each given £1,000 to create new work, which would then be judged by Internet voters.

Maple created a series of campaign posters—slick images that called to mind a cross between Ron Paul's current "Revolution" banners and John F. Kennedy's "Leadership for the '60s" campaigns. Each poster captured a different cultural identity that made coercive but lighthearted pulls for her art prize candidacy: "Vote for Me or You're Racist," "Vote for Me or You're Sexist," "Vote for Me or You're Islamaphobic," and "Vote for Me or You're an IslamaphobaSexistRacialist." She won the popular vote—and the £3,000 prize money—which jumpstarted her art career. Since winning the Saatchi prize, her work has been shown at Scream Gallery and exhibited in London's Tube, with Art Below's project to turn railway "ad space into art space."

More at: Maple Image Tree Link.

Sarahs are doing well these days. To see Sarah Maple's work at the links you might have to set your computer to unfiltered images. Google, hosting me as they do so generously, are determined to protect you from evil influences like art. Thanks Google.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sarah Palin,The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, and Us

I love the high voltage of low life men and women. I don't love hanging out in swamps and jungles and forests and deserts and slums and wasteland. True, that's usually what I do anyway, but it's a matter of travel in dark places rather than a liking for hardship and dirt that takes me in deep below the surface of Modernity's past lives. War zones, where the smoke clears and the blood and body bits stick, where the making of nations is undone in fountains of fire and choking blasts and cascades of stone and glass, frankly, it's where my heart is. Not for the suffering and the loss and the horror of the hurt: war draws for the sake of love of Man. War is fought for the Good, and those who fight and make war do so as the means to the Good. I shrug. It's in the act that one finds the meaning. That's the nature of things, right or wrong. And because of that, I prize highly the very virtue of mediocrity. It's not for me, mediocrity, but I'm just one guy, and not important to nations and peoples. My likings take me where I like. It's personal. I begin and end there. I like the hard life. Ain't no metro-sexual guy.


The term originated in an article by Mark Simpson ("Here come the mirror men") published on November 15, 1994, in The Independent.

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"The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis – because that's where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference. Particular professions, such as modeling, waiting tables, media, pop music and, nowadays, sport, seem to attract them but, truth be told, like male vanity products and herpes, they're pretty much everywhere.

"For some time now, old-fashioned (re)productive, repressed, unmoisturized heterosexuality has been given the pink slip by consumer capitalism. The stoic, self-denying, modest straight male didn't shop enough (his role was to earn money for his wife to spend), and so he had to be replaced by a new kind of man, one less certain of his identity and much more interested in his image – that's to say, one who was much more interested in being looked at (because that's the only way you can be certain you actually exist). A man, in other words, who is an advertiser's walking wet dream."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosexual

I long for the things I wish I could have, and all the moreso because I know I will never in this life or any other have such. I see people with the things of life I want to have, and I could weep, were I that kind of man. I see mediocrity, and I want it by the bucketful, by the wheelbarrow full and brimming, mediocrity spread across every picket fence, green on every lawn, momma sitting on the porch mediocrity, and kids screaming and fighting over plastic stuff in the yard, work in the morning at the office, and bills to pay and pay and pay. Mediocrity by the suburb. Want it.

I don't have it in me to be a conformist like your average metro-sexual. I couldn't even fake it if I tried hard. Some things are too hard for me. I know I fail. I know I will never be one of the crowd. Happily, I'm not so lonely. Fact is, when I'm on the road I meet lots of people like myself. Reckless, some of them are, and daring. Moisturizing comes to using a needle held over the fire with pliers, the needle to burn out parasites in the skin. Using a needle to sew up a wound. Using a needle to deter a combatant. Make-up for the likes of us? Drinking after a fight till the pain stops and everything is funny. Normalcy? Saying good-bye, and moving on.

Most Leftists are conformists, though they think themselves cutting-edge rebels. No, those people are a joke, conformists to every passing cliche and foolish fashion their friends follow. To confront the unknown naked of mind, unarmed and defenseless beyond ones own ability to live and struggle for life, that leaves the man as man alone with himself to be himself.

I love Sarah Palin. She is the epitome of Modernity's middle-class mediocrity. Most Leftists are just like her. She lives the conservative variant of the conformist middle-class life that Leftists live. Osama Barka, Sarah Palin, the goofy poofter, all of them conformists. Middle-class. Mediocre. I prefer the Palin variation. Yeah, I love Sarah Palin.

When I look at what I'm not and what I would be if I could be, I'd long to live in Sarah Palin's world. Middle world of ordinary folks. That blessed mediocrity of normal. Not gonna happen. Got some wars to be at, us.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Heroes and the End of History

This year as people vote in a few months on the future of our nation, many who will vote for the first time in their lives will have been eleven years old on 9/11. Today-- not then-- is what what is of importance. For many an 18 year old, today is the End of History. All that has gone before them is thought wrong and stupid, for the new person as adult can see today and see it is right. For many, 9/11 was long ago, in a time of childhood, of helplessness and ignorance. Today, they know. And they, like so many older adults, know the greatness of now.

It is 200 years ago that an old school teacher wrote of Napoleon, a truly great, if evil, man. And he wrote too of the people of the time:

True greatness, resting on itself, finds no pleasure in monuments erected by contemporaries, or in being called "The Great." or in the shrieking applause and praises of the mob; rather, it rejects those things with fitting contempt, and awaits first the verdict on itself from its own indwelling judge, and then the public verdict from the judgment of posterity.

[T]hose who hymn its praises contradict themselves, and by using words they make their words a lie. If they believed that the object of their pretended veneration was really great, they would humbly admit that he was exalted above their acclamations and laudations, and they would honor him my reverent silence. By making it their business to praise him they show that in fact they take him to be pretty and base, and so vain that their hymns of praise to him can give him pleasure, and that they hope thereby to divert some evil from themselves, or to procure themselves some benefit.

That cry of enthusiasm: "What a sublime genius! What profound wisdom! What a comprehensive plan!" -- what after all does it mean when we look at it properly? It means that the genius is so great that we too can fully understand it, the the wisdom so profound that we too can see through it, the plan so comprehensive that we, too, are able to imitate it completely. Hence it means that he who is praised has about the same measure of greatness as he who praises; and yet not quite, for the latter , of course, understands the former fully and is superior to him; hence, he stands above him and, if he only exerted himself thoroughly, could no doubt achieve something even greater. He must have a very good opinion of himself who believes that he can pay court acceptably in this way; and the one who is praised must have a very low opinion of himself if he finds pleasure in such tributes.

J.G. Fichte, Addresses to the German People. 1808; Rpt. London: Open Court Publishing; 1922; Trans. F.R. Jones. pp. 246-47.

True greatness is in true humility, I sometimes think. Heroism isn't celebrity, though the one is often despised while the other is promoted in its stead, an utter confusion of the mind. The office worker and the public figure.

"The cult of celebrity is important here. Most celebrities are pretty mediocre, perhaps with one talent. What is important is the combination of glamour and banality. In the cult of celebrity, ordinary people worship themselves. Unfortunately, the glamorous nature of life conferred by celebrity renders ordinary but perfectly honorable and indeed essential occupations a wound to the ego." Theodor Dalrymple, "Symposium: The Closing of the American Psyche." Frontpage Magazine. 01 Sept. 2008.

Heroism is often for the mediocre. It's for the quiet and the plain.

"[The sailor] took out his razor and laid it edge upward on the deck. The razor was not long on the deck when out came a rat, rubbed its mouth along the edge of the razor and kissed it, Then it ran back to where it had come from. Other rats followed, one by one; each of them rubbed its mouth along the edge along the edge of the razor, kissing it, and then ran away again. After a few score of them had done that, there finally came out a rat, screaming loudly. She went up to the razor and rubbed her neck along its edge, until she fell dead beside it.
The captain of the ship had been watching what was going on from the first rat to the last, which had cut its throat on the razor. He... called the sailor to him... and ordered him to leave the ship.
'You could have done that trick to any man on board,' said he, 'as easily as you did it to the rat.' "

Sean O'Sullivan, Folktales of Ireland, 223. Quoted from Barbara Hodgson, The Rat. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre; 1997, p. 44.

Those who are celebrated and extolled make me nervous. I've been around a while. I've seen the rise and I've seen the fall of many. I prefer the company of the ones rather than The One.

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.

But it cannot survive treason from within.

An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly.

But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he seeks to infect the foundation so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared."

Marcus Tullius Cicero,

This year, this 9/11, I will walk in the sunlight, alive and free. That is thanks to ordinary men and women who live and fight and work and die for the collective freedom of individuals everywhere. Those people, mostly unknown to me, make my life possible. And yours.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Isaac "Purple" Hayes is dead.

Perhaps best known as the leader of the Purple Gang, a group from Detroit, the Purple Gang itself was notorious as a mob of bootleggers, so many of them imprisoned that when Elvis went to prison he found that the whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang.

Jimi Hendrix, Seattle-born guitarist, was much taken with Hayes, going so far as to write the song that has immortalized them both: "Purple Hayes," the lyrics of which include this famous line of comradely love: "Excuse me while I kiss this guy."

Hayes is reported to have turned purple at the mention of it, hence the nick-name.

So long, Purple, we miss you.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mister Big Science


Those who know me well say I'm a Big Science guy. Some people even refer to me as "Mister Big Science." Well, I might not go quite that far. That math stuff kind of confuses me a bit, but otherwise I'm right up there. I'm not so much down with recently passed-on Solzhenitsyn. I'm really keen though on Richard Feynman. Fire? I can dig it. And the electricity devils are totally cool to me. The little snowmen homunculae who make ice in my fridge are some of my best friends. Slavic mysticism? Like, nope. But Science? It's big. I like it! Read this article below and you'll like it too. Trust me.

"Cargo Cult Science", by Richard Feynman

(Adapted from a Caltech commencement address given in 1974; HTML'ed from the book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!")

During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of crazy ideas, such as that a piece of rhinoceros horn would increase potency. Then a method was discovered for separating the ideas -- which was to try one to see if it worked, and if it didn't work, to eliminate it. This method became organized, of course, into science. And it developed very well, so that we are now in the scientific age. It is such a scientific age, in fact, that we have difficulty in understanding how witch doctors could ever have existed, when nothing that they proposed ever really worked -- or very little of it did.

But even today I meet lots of people who sooner or later get me into a conversation about UFO's, or astrology, or some form of mysticism, expanded consciousness, new types of awareness, ESP, and so forth. And I've concluded that it's not a scientific world.

Most people believe so many wonderful things that I decided to investigate why they did. And what has been referred to as my curiosity for investigation has landed me in a difficulty where I found so much junk that I'm overwhelmed. First I started out by investigating various ideas of mysticism and mystic experiences. I went into isolation tanks and got many hours of hallucinations, so I know something about that. Then I went to Esalen, which is a hotbed of this kind of thought (it's a wonderful place; you should go visit there). Then I became overwhelmed. I didn't realize how MUCH there was.

At Esalen there are some large baths fed by hot springs situated on a ledge about thirty feet above the ocean. One of my most pleasurable experiences has been to sit in one of those baths and watch the waves crashing onto the rocky slope below, to gaze into the clear blue sky above, and to study a beautiful nude as she quietly appears and settles into the bath with me.

One time I sat down in a bath where there was a beautiful girl sitting with a guy who didn't seem to know her. Right away I began thinking, "Gee! How am I gonna get started talking to this beautiful nude woman?"

I'm trying to figure out what to say, when the guy says to her, "I'm, uh, studying massage. Could I practice on you?"

"Sure", she says. They get out of the bath and she lies down on a massage table nearby.

I think to myself, "What a nifty line! I can never think of anything like that!" He starts to rub her big toe. "I think I feel it", he says. "I feel a kind of dent -- is that the pituitary?"

I blurt out, "You're a helluva long way from the pituitary, man!"

They looked at me, horrified -- I had blown my cover -- and said, "It's reflexology!"

I quickly closed my eyes and appeared to be meditating.

That's just an example of the kind of things that overwhelm me.

[Great speech.]

The following piece is more Big Science. I'm a little more familiar with this kind of biological chemistry that the other. It's still big, though.

Laurie Anderson, "O Superman."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VIqA3i2zQw

O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad
O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad

Hi. I'm not home right now
But if you want to leave a message
Just start talking at the sound of the tone

Hello? This is your Mother
Are you there? Are you coming home?
Hello? Is anybody home?

Well, you don't know me, but I know you.
And I've got a message to give to you.
Here come the planes.
So you better get ready.
Ready to go.
You can come as you are, but pay as you go
Pay as you go

And I said:
OK. Who is this really?
And the voice said:
This is the hand, the hand that takes
This is the hand, the hand that takes
This is the hand, the hand that takes

Here come the planes
They're American planes
Made in America
Smoking or non-smoking?

And the voice said:
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night shall
stay these couriers from the swift completion
of their appointed rounds
'Cause when love is gone, there's always justice
And when justice is gone, there's always force
And when force is gone, there's always Mom

Hi Mom!
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms
In your automatic arms
Your electronic arms
In your arms
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms
Your petrochemical arms
Your military arms

In your electronic arms
http://www.teenagewildlife.com/Songs/O/OS.html

It takes a lot of courage to be not-a-hero. It takes courage to act honestly when convenience and career dictate quietude. It takes courage to do the job right and finish it regardless of the pressures to rush and pretend and smile and forget. It takes courage to just continue alone and do the right thing in a cold lab under the glare of scowls. Not all oppression is jackboots and rubber truncheons. Yes, Solzhenitsyn bravely faced torture over the years. Feynman asks for something different, and it too is bravery. It's the unremarkable and even forgettable bravery of ordinariness. Step by Cartesian step one faces the mob in white sheets daily. One resists the daily compromises of little corruptions, the things only you and the other guy would notice and no one will say a thing. Yeah, I know stuff, baby. It's why they call me...

Mister Big Science.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Utterly Baffling Hammer Attack on Nine in Vancouver, Canada.

"We're not sure what the motivation was."
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." But if it keeps exploding in your face, then you might be wise to think a cigar could be an exploding cigar. Not that I know anything. Hey, if a Muslim guy bangs nine passers by on the noggins, could be he's mentally ill. Probably is. Lots of crazy people do crazy things for no other reason than that they're crazy. I'm almost baffled myself.

[I slipped in a few comments to The Vancouver Sun piece below.]
Sudden Jihad Syndrome:
That reaction has four key elements:
1. Denial that the attack is motivated by Islam;
2. Strong hint that the attacker is insane;
3. Assurance that the attacker(s) acted alone, and that there is no al-Qaeda link;
4. Prominent publicity to the Muslim "community's" expressions of shock & horror.
http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/?p=344
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UPDATE: Suspect named in Vancouver hammer attacks

Chad Skelton, Vancouver Sun. August 04, 2008
VANCOUVER - A 31-year-old man with a history of mental illness has been charged with aggravated assault after nine people on Davie Street were struck in the head with a hammer Sunday night, the same day as the city's gay pride parade.
[Islam in Europe reports that: Two gay people were attacked this week in Stockholm, while walking in the park and kissing. The attack, which took place while the EuroPride festival was in town, was widely discussed on the news. This was not the only hate crime during the EuroPride festival (see here and here)]
Vancouver Sun cont.: Khalid Alzghoul was charged Monday with 17 offences, including nine counts of assault with a weapon. He was remanded in custody and will likely make another appearance in court today.
[Khālid: Muslim: Arabic name: "Eternal". Associated with Khālid ibn-al-Walīd (d. 642) Muslim military leader who brought about the defeat of the Byzantine Empire and its expulsion from Syria. The Prophet Muhammad called him Sayf-ullah, "Sword of Allah."']
Vancouver Sun cont.: Vancouver police spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness said the incident began around 10:20 p.m. when a man left the Tutti convenience store on Davie without paying for his items.
After leaving the store, the man headed to the Majestic Restaurant and Lounge on Davie, where he struck a man in the head with a ball-peen hammer, knocking him unconscious.
He then hit a doorman and three patrons with the hammer, before hitting one more person as he left the restaurant.
Police allege the man then went to Characters Restaurant, just down the street, where he hit two other women in the head.
A man who was with the two women chased the suspect and tackled him to the ground.
He was then also struck in the head with the hammer, said McGuinness.
Davie is in the heart of Vancouver's gay community.
[Islam in Europe continues: Tonight's incident wasn't just a hate crime against homosexuals but also a hate crime against Swedes. It's an excellent example of the hate and unprovoked violence against both Swedes and homosexuals to which immigration from outside Europe is equivalent.

Naturally none of the major newspapers or news sources revealed that it was about three Arabs who committed the act against two Swedes, nor how these Arabs humiliated the two men and their nationality, even a long time after one of them lay stabbed on the ground. This despite the fact that these newspapers were quite well informed of all these details.

During the knife assault the Arabs said to the victims among other things that 'all Swedes are gay', whereas they stabbed one of them with a knife, completely unprovoked.]
Vancouver Sun cont.: McGuinness said police are investigating whether the attack was a hate crime.
"We're not sure what the motivation was," she said. "It's so random and so violent and so bizarre."
Islam in Europe cont: In precisely this way the truth about today's hate and brutal violence against Swedes is continuously hushed up by the media. The truth is that cases such as these are on-going and happen constantly in today 'multicultural' society, and the truth is also that this hate against homosexuals and the women's oppression that the media at the same time screams about and condemns, to an extremely large majority consists of direct imports from countries outside Europe.

And the media not only withholds the truth, but at the same time they try as often as they can to insinuate that it's 'Nazis', 'skinheads' or the like who are responsible for this type of crime, while the proportion of those are really negligibly low, almost nonexistent, compared with the immigrant crime of this type (and most other types, for that matter).
Vancouver Sun cont.: She said witnesses reported the attacker was ranting following his attacks, but didn't know if he said anything anti-gay.
Bruce Bawer writes:
The reason for the rise in gay bashings in Europe is clear – and it's the same reason for the rise in rape. As the number of Muslims in Europe grows, and as the proportion of those Muslims who were born and bred in Europe also grows, many Muslim men are more inclined to see Europe as a part of the umma (or Muslim world), to believe that they have the right and duty to enforce sharia law in the cities where they live, and to recognize that any aggression on their part will likely go unpunished. Such men need not be actively religious in order to feel that they have carte blanche to assault openly gay men and non-submissive women, whose freedom to live their lives as they wish is among the most conspicuous symbols of the West's defiance of holy law.
Multiculturalists can't face all this. So it is that even when there are brutal gay-bashings, few journalists write about them; of those who do, few mention that the perpetrators are Muslims; and those who do mention it take the line that these perpetrators are lashing out in desperate response to their own oppression.]
Vancouver Sun cont.: "He was ranting about a lot of things and what exactly he was saying I have yet to confirm with investigators," she said.
Police arrested Alzghoul at the scene and seized an imitation firearm, two knives and a hammer.
In addition to nine counts of assault with a weapon, Alzghoul has been charged with three counts of assault causing bodily harm, one count of uttering threats, one count of using an imitation firearm and one count of theft under $5,000.
Of the nine victims, six were treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the attacks. Two remained in hospital overnight for observation of more serious head injuries. None of the injuries is considered life threatening.
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=e562ac56-9310-4469-a57a-bcfe20f18c54
Well, the attacker was mentally ill, Right?

2.)
Guards stopped a Muslim from carrying out a knife attack on Christians at a church in Egypt on Tuesday.... Police said he was mentally ill.
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3.)
The Muslim convert held after a nailbomb restaurant attack had been under surveillance by the security services, it was claimed last night. Counter-terrorist officers suspected mentally-ill Nicky Reilly had forged links with known Islamic extremists at an internet cafe near his home.
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4.)
Infuriated because his younger sister was going to clubs, wearing immodest clothing and planning to leave her family for a new life in New York City, Waheed Allah Mohammad stabbed her outside their Henrietta home, prosecutors allege.... The case is the second in four years in Monroe County in which an immigrant from South Asia is alleged to have killed or tried to kill a family member over the perceived loss of family honor.... Mental illness became a defense in the first case involving an honor attack in Monroe County....
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5.)
A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a man who stormed into a Jewish center two years ago and shot six women, killing one, as he ranted against Israel and the Iraq war.
Jurors had indicated in questions posed to the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked and struggling to determine whether Naveed Haq, 32, was not guilty by reason of insanity, as he claimed.
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An Army sergeant who wanted to stop U.S. troops from killing his fellow Muslims was convicted by a military jury yesterday of murdering two colleagues and wounding 14 other soldiers in a chaotic grenade and rifle attack two days after the United States invaded Iraq.... A defense lawyer argued that Akbar was mentally ill.
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Egyptian Interior Ministry officials said today that the man who shot and killed two American engineers and a French jurist here Tuesday night was mentally ill and that they had no evidence linking him to any Muslim militant groups.
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6.)
[Zorkot was] arrested Sept. 8 after witnesses observed him dressed in dark clothing and wearing black face paint, carrying a loaded AK-47 in a Dearborn park. A competency examination for a third-year medical student Houssein Zorkot, 26, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec.14 at 9 a.m.
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7.)
Taheri-azar will stay at Raleigh's Central Prison for safekeeping, DeVine said, after court officials determined he was unstable and a danger to himself and others. Court documents said Taheri-azar told a UNC-CH police detective that "people all over the world are being killed in war and now it is the people in the United States['] turn to be killed." Police say he also told them he intended to kill people when he drove into The Pit, a campus gathering spot.
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8.)

As many as 14 people were injured this afternoon by a motorist who drove around San Francisco deliberately running them down before being arrested by police, who believe the same driver struck and killed a man earlier today in Fremont.... "It was like 'Death Race 2000,' " firefighter Danny Bright said at California and Fillmore streets as an ambulance stood nearby. "Guys were walking down the sidewalk, and the guy just came up and ran them over. The guy went crazy." Within a half-hour, San Francisco police had cornered and arrested 29-year-old Omeed Aziz Popal....
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9.)
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - A Kuwaiti-born math teacher wielding butcher knives and vodka bottles he intended to ignite as explosives was trying to commit suicide, not an act of terrorism, when he attacked military policemen at Homestead Air Reserve Base, FBI officials said.... Ahmad's mother said the first-year teacher at Miami Central High School is mentally ill....
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10.)
In February 1997, Palestinian English teacher Ali Abu Kamal went to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building, pulled out a gun, and opened fire, killing one person and wounding six others before killing himself. Even though he carried letters ranting about the US and Israel, the media heavily promoted the story that he was despondent and suicidal after a financial loss.
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11.)
Ali R. Warrayat hadn't slept in days, planning this moment down to the last detail. Now, his face was void of any expression. A store employee jumped out of the car's path. To drown out the man's yells, Warrayat reached over to his car radio and blasted Arabic music before crashing through the front doors.

The scene was only the beginning of a violent rampage through the Chandler store on Dec. 18. For the 24-year-old Arizona State University student, the motives behind the attack were personal. In police statements, Warrayat referred to his religion often.
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Still 11.)
This one is sane:
On the afternoon of August 9, in Calgary, Alberta, as the sidewalks were full of people waiting to catch buses home, a man Anis Omar (moved to Canada from Lebanon 3 years ago) "accidentally" ran over 6 to 7 people on a sidewalk. One victim ended up in hospital with serious injuries. He claimed car troubles but when the police could find nothing wrong with his car, they charged him with careless driving....
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12.)
Charles J. Bishop, who took the plane on an unauthorized flight across Tampa Bay, died at the scene of Saturday's crash into the 42-story Bank of America Plaza building. He apparently made no attempt to avoid the structure, witnesses said.
"I would characterize it as a suicide," said Tampa Police Chief Bennie Holder.
"We have heard, in talking with some people, that he often mentioned being of Arab descent and we're following up on that," Holder said.
The note, which was found in the wreckage of the plane, "clearly stated that he had acted alone, without any help from anyone else," Holder said. "He did, however, make statements expressing his sympathy for Osama bin Laden and the events which occurred September 11, 2001." Several of the pilots involved in those attacks trained at Florida flight schools. ... Bishop had few friends, Holder said. "He was very much a loner. From his actions, we can assume he was a troubled young man."
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13.)
Los Angeles International Airport where the El Al airlines ticket counter was targeted in a shooting attack. There was early confusion as to the identity of the perpetrator but it did not take long before it was announced that the suspect was Egyptian-born Hesham Mohamed Ali Hadayet. He left two people dead and five injured before being fatally shot by a security guard.
The response by Arab-American interest groups to the Los Angeles attack has been one of condemnation. The Washington DC-based Muslim Public Affairs Council swiftly issued a statement noting that they were "saddened and shocked upon hearing reports of the shooting", adding that the shooting was initiated by someone "who is unknown to the community and who reportedly has a troubled background."
Federal, law enforcement and city officials said it appeared the shooting was an isolated incident, with nothing to suggest otherwise.
"There is no indication of any terrorism connection in this matter right now, but again we also can't discount that until we know more," McLaughlin told reporters.
Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn added: "It appears this was an isolated incident." A Bush administration source concurred with that statement, adding that nothing suggested it was anything other than a criminal act.
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14.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A local cab driver allegedly tried to run over two customers after a fight over religion became heated.The incident happened early Sunday morning on the Vanderbilt campus and left one man hospitalized and a cab driver arrested, said policeTwo students visiting from Ohio were coming from a bar downtown when they got into an argument with their driver over religion, said police. After they paid the driver he allegedly ran them down in a parking lot.Ibrihim Ahmned, of United Cab, was arrested and charged with assault, attempted homicide and theft. One of the passengers, Andrew Nelson, managed to outrun the cab but Jeremy Invus was taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries, said police.
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15.)
Iftekhar Murtaza, a 22-year-old American Muslim man living in Southern California was arrested in Phoenix Airport for bludgeoning, stabbing, strangling, and burning Leela, Karishma, and Jayprakash Dhanak. These three victims were the mother, sister, and father of his girlfriend, Shayona Dhanak.... The only mention of the word "Muslim" was when it was used to make an implication as to the motivations behind the bigotry the Dhanaks were exhibiting when they told their daughter to stop seeing Iftekhar Murtaza.
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16.)
The suicide bombing incident that happened at the University of Oklahoma in Norman on October 1, 2005 has led to a great deal of speculation as to the motives and intent of Joel Henry Hinrichs III, the person who died in the blast.... Law enforcement sources indicate that Hinrich had a roommate of Pakistani descent who may also have been an OU student. Hinrich's apartment in the Park View Apartments complex on campus was very close to the Islamic Society of Norman, OK and witnesses now report seeing him visit the center on more than one occasion. According to Oklahoma City's KWTV-News 9, Zacharias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker on 9/11, used to attend the same mosque.
Authorities later searched Hinrich's apartment where they found what's being described as a "huge cache" of TATP explosives, bomb-making manuals, and a "significant amount" of Jihad literature both in his home and on his computer. ...

No sooner had the dust settled when officials tried to play the bombing off as the act of yet another crazed "lone gunman" type. Oklahoma University (OU) President David Boren, no doubt trying to protect the university's reputation, eagerly opined on Hinrich's supposed history of mental instability. "We know that he has had what I would call emotional difficulties in the past," he said. "There is certainly no evidence at this point which points to any other kind of motivation other than his personal problems."

The mainstream media wasn't exactly forthcoming either. Those seeking information immediately following the bombing were hard pressed to find it as there appeared to be a virtual media blackout. None of the cable news networks, including Fox News, referred to the incident and the major wire services, newspapers and websites skipped it entirely. Once again it was left up to bloggers like Mark Tapscott, Michelle Malkin, Wizbang, Gateway Pundit, The Jawa Report and Zombie (photojournalist for Little Green Footballs), as well as the "Freepers" of FreeRepublic.com, to pull together first hand accounts and links to the miniscule amount of news coverage available at the time.

Not only was the story essentially buried when it first broke, but the major media outlets have still not seen fit to address it. But thanks to the investigative efforts of Oklahoma photojournalist Lan Lamphere (whose blog features a firsthand account and video), World Net Daily and the Northeast Intelligence Network (cited above), the evidence points to the likelihood that the incident was indeed a botched terrorist attack.

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17.)
26 Oct 1964 Gamil Rodrigue Gharbi born to Algerian Liess Gharbi and former nun Monique Lepine.
1966 Sister, Nadia, born.
1972 Monique Lepine granted custody of their two children.
c. 1977 At age 13, Gamil changes his name to Marc Lepine.
6 Dec 1989 Mark Lepine kills 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal, and injures 15 others. It is the worst mass murder in Canadian history. On him is a suicide letter explaining his actions as being specific revenge against 19 "feminists who have ruined my life... I have decided to put an end to those viragos."
1999 The Toronto Star reports that Lepine's original name was Gharbi, a fact which had somehow escaped the attention of the Canadian public to this point.

Suicide. Must have been mentally ill. "Lepine's last words, "Oh shit", before putting the gun below his face and firing."
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18.)
Michael Ford: This Muslim convert, walked into work at a Safeway warehouse in Denver and opened fire on his coworkers, killing one and injuring five. Relatives explained that he was being teased at work because he's a Muslim and he could not take it anymore.
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19.)

DENVER -- An investigation is under way to determine why a Safeway warehouse employee walked into work and opened fire on his coworkers Sunday afternoon, killing one person and injuring five, including a Denver police officer. ... Ford's uncle and older brother told 7NEWS that Ford is a quiet, unassuming, responsible man who was born and raised in Denver. They don't know where he got the weapon or the anger to execute the deadly shooting."I never would have expected Michael ... that this would happen to Michael," said Ford's uncle, Roy Ford. "He was a good kid, never got in trouble, never gang-related that I know, and I've known him since birth. He was always a good kid that you would love to talk to and to meet."
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20.)

Mohammed Ali Alayed, 23, pleaded guilty to the Aug. 6 attack on Ariel Sellouk, also 23, who almost was decapitated with a knife, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Houston police said they could not find evidence the slaying was tied to race or religion.
However, they said no clear motive has been established, and Alayed went to a local mosque after the slaying
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21.)
Baltimore County - A Baltimore County man accused of shooting to death a moviegoer at an Owings Mills theater this summer is proceeding with an insanity plea, and is set to have a court-ordered brain scan next week.
Mujtaba Jabbar, 24, is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in connection with the June shooting at the Loews Valley Center 9, in which he allegedly stood up in the middle of "X-Men: The Last Stand" and opened fire on the audience, according to court records....

"This is not a whodunit — this is a why it was done," said defense attorney Warren Brown. "When you proceed by way of not criminally responsible, you're in effect saying, 'okay, I did it, but there were extenuating circumstances.' "
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22.)
Patrick Gott: From Pensacola, FL, entered the New Orleans airport terminal with a shotgun and his Koran -- he killed one and wounded another....

Man declared insane in N.O. airport killing

Man declared insane in N.O. airport killing Mental state leads to acquittal; he's sent to psychiatric hospital Friday, May 20, 2005 By Drew Broach East Jefferson Bureau
Patrick Gott, the former carpenter and Marine who fatally shot a San Diego woman three years ago in the ticket lobby of Louis Armstrong International Airport, has been judged not guilty by reason of insanity and sent back to a mental hospital.
Gott, a student of Islam whose actions briefly evoked fears of terrorism eight months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, will remain in state custody at the Feliciana Forensic Facility at Jackson. Doctors will evaluate him regularly, and should they ever declare him sane and no longer a danger to himself and others, the law allows a judge to release him. But that's not likely to happen, Assistant District Attorney Gevin Grisbaum said Thursday.
"He is irrestorably incompetent," Grisbaum said. "Will he ever get out? No."
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23.)
Rashid Baz: This Muslim from Lebanon, opened fire on a van containing members of the Lubavitch Hassids in Brooklyn. One was killed.
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24.)
Police Tuesday identified the gunman accused in Monday night's Trolley Square shooting as Sulejman Talovic, an 18-year-old Bosnian refugee who lived in Salt Lake City.
[Talovic's family and a "shocked" Bosnian-Muslim community were unsurprisingly quick to reject any possibility of the jihadist connection. "We are Muslims, but we are not terrorists," the killer's aunt, Ajka Omerovic, told the media.]
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said Talovic drove his car to the mall, parked in the west parking terrace and encountered two people who he shot before entering the mall.
There, he encountered a female who also was shot right away, then went into a gift shop where there were five people, all of whom the young man shot. Moving through the mall, the gunman tried to shoot others, Burbank said. The chief said he could not say now how many shots were involved in the entire episode.

Until Salt Lake police arrived, it was "basically a shoot-out between the Ogden individual and this individual," Burbank said.
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[H.T.: http://theopinionator.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/07/muslim-attacks.html
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25.)
The 1990 murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane by the Islamist El Sayyid A. Nosair was initially ascribed by the police to "a prescription drug for or consistent with depression."
· The 1999 crash of EgyptAir 990, killing 217 – by a co-pilot not supposed to be near the aircraft's controls at that time who eleven times repeated "I rely on God" as he wrenched the plane down – went conspicuously unexplained by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
· The 2002 purposeful crash of a small plane into a Tampa high-rise by bin Laden-sympathizer Charles Bishara Bishop went unexplained; the family chimed in by blaming the acne drug Accutane.
· The 2003 murder and near-decapitation in Houston of an Israeli by a former Saudi friend who had newly become an Islamist found the police unable to discern "any evidence" that the crime had anything to do with religion.
Nor is this a problem unique to American authorities. Other examples include:
· The 1993 attack on foreign guests dining at the Semiramis Hotel in Cairo, killing five, accompanied by the Islamist cry "Allahu Akbar," inspired the Egyptian government to dismiss the killer as insane.
· The 2000 attack on a bus of visibly Jewish schoolchildren near Paris by a hammer-wielding North African yelling "You're not in Tel-Aviv!" prompted police to describe the assault resulting from a traffic incident.
· The 2003 fire that gutted the Merkaz HaTorah Jewish secondary school in a Paris suburb, requiring 100 firefighters to douse the flames, was described by the French minister of interior as being merely of "criminal origin."
· The 2004 murder of a Hasidic Jew with no criminal record as he walked an Antwerp street near a predominantly Muslim area left the Belgian authorities stumped: "There are no signs that racism was involved."
I [Daniel Pipes] have cited thirteen cases here and provide information on further incidents on my weblog. Why this repeated unease acknowledging Islamist terrorism by the authorities, why the shameful denial?
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26.)
"New York: Muslim man pleads guilty to trying to kill his sister because she was a "bad Muslim girl" -- but it wasn't an honor killing attempt."

An Afghan refugee admitted today that he stabbed and seriously wounded his sister during an argument that began when she tried to leave her family. Waheed Allah Mohammad, 22, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault....

Mohammad's lawyer, Assistant Public Defender John Bradley, said his client snapped as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder brought about by his harrowing life in Afghanistan.....

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024624.php

I cobbled this together from the Internet. Links should lead to original copy. If there are any problems, why, I'll attack ten innocent by-standers in the name of W'allah!

Another up-date. Who would have believed it if I'd said it's possible? Not I. But for truly: this is not a case of sudden jihad syndrome, and barely fits here, this being the sad tale of a woebegone man who was stressed.

27.)
An upstate TV exec [Muzzammil Hassan] who set up a channel [Bridges TV] promoting Muslims as peace-loving people was stressed about his failing business in the days before he allegedly chopped off his estranged wife's head, a friend of the couple said today.

[....]

"He was worried about the station's future," said Dr. Khalid Qazi, a friend of the couple and president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, who last spoke to the Hassans a week ago...

"Domestic violence is despicable, and Islam condones it in no way whatever," he said.

"Murders are being committed in the US every day by people of all faiths."

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YWVlZDFkN2RmOGE1YWMzMmY5YjBiZThkYTIxN2Q5ZDU=

"I am totally stunned. They were really more than married — they encouraged each other in everything." Probably she didn't encourage him in this.
Moderate Beheading Update: "Orchard Park businessman charged in beheading of wife," by Fred O. Williams and Gene Warner for the Buffalo News, February 14 (thanks to Nicolei):
Friends expressed shock on Friday that the founder of a Muslim TV channel — which he launched in order to counter violent images of Muslims — has been arrested in his wife's brutal slaying.
Detectives have charged Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder after his wife was found beheaded Thursday at the offices of the cable channel, Bridges TV, in the Village of Orchard Park.
The victim was identified as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37.
[....]
Aasiya Hassan had filed for divorce and obtained an order of protection on Feb. 6, barring her husband from their home in Orchard Park, police said.
"There had been problems before — there had been prior incidents of physical abuse," said Corey Hogan, whose law firm, Hogan Willig, represented Aasiya Hassan in the divorce proceeding....
It would be a mistake to link an act of domestic violence to the couple's religion, he added.
"There is no place for domestic violence in our religion — none," Qazi said. "Islam would 100 percent condemn it."
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024838.php

That settles it for me. It's not about Islam. He must have been CRAZY.

Don't you just hate it when you behead your wife? I know I'm terrible with the housework, never knowing which cleaning product to use to wipe up the mess and get rid of the stains.

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You guessed it, folks: it's time for another up-date of S.J.S. where those wacky Muslims go cuckoo for no obvious reason. Cause they're MENTALLY ILL. Not their fault. Lovely people when you get to know them....

This is not a test by a Muslim of U.S. military resolve to shoot down hi-jacked aeroplanes. It is a case of-- mental illness.

28.)
"Officials allege that [Adam Dylan] Leon, who also goes by the name of Yavuz Berke [a native of Turkey who became a Canadian citizen last year, according to FBI spokesman Richard Kolko,] stole a Cessna 172 from a Thunder Bay, Ont., airport on Monday and flew across three U.S. states in a reported suicide attempt."
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A Canadian man who allegedly stole a plane and flew it to the United States in hopes that he would be shot down by F-16 fighter pilots was ordered Friday to undergo a psychiatric examination.
A magistrate judge granted the defence's request for Leon to be examined by medical experts to determine if he will be fit to stand trial.
His psychiatric evaluation will be completed "as soon as possible"....
[He made his way to a convenience store where a clerk noticed him and called police. He was found drinking Gatorade, seemingly relieved that his ordeal was over.]
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Health/Psychiatric+exam+ordered+Canadian+pilot/1485119/story.html

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One might have the impression that all the jihadis attacking the West are insane. Such is surely not so. Some are, in fact, really great guys!

29.)

According to former Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Green, Kifah Jayyousi is “a great guy, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.” While Green was superintendent, Jayyousi oversaw the Detroit school district’s capital improvement program, which had a $1.5 billion budget.
Jayyousi is now charged, according to the Detroit Free Press, with “conspiring to kidnap, maim and murder by providing money, recruits and equipment for Islamic struggles in Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya from 1993 to 2001.” He could get life in prison.

Christopher Paul, a martial arts instructor at a mosque in Columbus, Ohio, is also a terrific guy. Ahmad Al-Akhras, vice chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter in Columbus, said: “From the things I know, he is a loving husband and he has a wife and parents in town. They are a good family together.”

Yet now Paul, a Muslim, has been charged, according to Associated Press, with “providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide support to terrorists and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.” He is accused of training with Al-Qaeda in the early 1990s, training people for violent jihad attacks on targets in Europe and the United States, and more.
But another one of Paul’s friends, Hisham Jenhawi, was skeptical: “I don’t think it’s even close to his personality to act upon something like that. He’s a very kind person. You would meet him on the street and he would want to hug you with the heart that he has.” One of his neighbors, Mike James, added: “He seemed like a nice guy, always waving…”

This kind of thing is nothing new. A friend remembered Gokhan Elaltuntas, a Muslim who carried out a suicide bombing on a synagogue in Istanbul in 2003: “We went partridge hunting together. I still cannot believe how such a quiet person could have been involved in an incident like this.” A friend of Naveed Haq, the jihadist killer who murdered one and wounded five at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in July 2006, described him as “pretty much just a normal guy….He was the kind of guy when you talked to him he was always laughing.”

According to a Southern California friend of Raed Albanna, who killed 132 people in a suicide attack outside a medical clinic in Iraq in 2005, “He was into partying. We hit some pretty wild clubs in Hollywood.” Frank Lindh, the father of John Walker Lindh, a.k.a. Suleyman Al-Faris, the convert to Islam from Marin County who joined the Taliban and was captured in Afghanistan fighting against American troops, has said: “In simple terms, this is the story of a decent and honorable young man embarked on a spiritual quest.”
[....]
One clue to this phenomenon may come from jazz musician Tarek Shah, who recently pled guilty to providing martial arts and hand-to-hand combat with weapons training to Al-Qaeda operatives. In 2004 Shah told a man he thought was a fellow jihadist but who turned out to be an undercover agent, “I could be joking and smiling and then cutting their throats in the next second.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/ARticles/Read.aspx?GUID=54F93E87-716D-430F-8AB4-4FBE9AF8C1E3

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Maybe delusional isn't mentally ill. maybe attacking ones children isn't an act of jihad. Maybe sort of.

30.)

'Deluded' French Muslim charged with starving children. 15 Apr 2009
A delusional French father has been charged with starving and beating his eight children in the belief that it would make them good Muslims.

[....]

Police were alerted after a neighbour spotted one of the children, a boy of 13 who weighed just 70lbs, foraging in bins for food in the Mediterranean town of Banyuls-sur-Mer. [P]olice found seven other children, aged seven to 17, in a state of hunger and neglect, including two girls, aged 13 and 15, who each weighed just 22kg.
The father, ... Moroccan origin, and his wife, an east European Muslim convert, told police they sought to raise their family in strict obedience to Islam, which they said included going without food.

[....]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/5160534/Deluded-French-Muslim-charged-with-starving-children.html

I'm getting delusional reading this stuff. I'm thinking the media and the government are lying to me about this issue. That can't be right. Would they lie?
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I fear that my head is going to explode. Another random attack by a mentally ill Muslim on an infidel. When will these infidels stop the provocation?

31.)

This story assures us that Wael Kalash is mentally ill, but that would be more convincing if it weren't the constant refrain every time a Muslim engages in random violence in the U.S. Remember Omeed Popal? Ismail Yassin Mohamed? Naveed Haq? All Muslims, all violent against unbelievers, and all insane. And maybe they really were. Maybe Wael Kalash is also -- but his characteristically Muslim beard, his yelling "F*** YOU AMERICAN SL*T" at college girls, and his fleeing to a nearby mosque all suggest that perhaps his rage, and his violence, were particularly Islamic in character.

Police say the 20-year-old student was walking down Stinchcomb Drive near Buckeye Village at 12:55 p.m. when she was stabbed by 34-year-old Wael W. Kalash. Witnesses said Kalash had been walking up and down the street exhibiting "bizarre" behavior before the stabbing occurred.
"There's no connection between the victim and him other than she was at the wrong place at the wrong time, it was a completely random act," said Det. Jay Fulton of the Columbus Division of Police homicide unit.
[....]
Neighbors of Kalash said he has a history of "strange behavior," and Fulton said he may be mentally ill.
"He didn't make a lot of sense when we tried to talk to him," Fulton said. "He exhibited a lot of signs of some mental instability or some mental issues."...
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026463.php

June 5, 09.

OK, that was June of 09. This is from June of 09.

32.)
Of course Payen has "psychological issues." Virtually every Muslim who ever plots violence against unbelievers is, according to Western courts and analysts, insaaaaaane.
Would it be possible for a perfectly sane Muslim to believe in Islam's teachings regarding warfare against unbelievers, and act accordingly? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?
Bronx Synagogue Jihad Update: "Prosecutors: Videos Detail NY Terror Plot," from AP, June 5 (thanks to Block Ness):
The handcuffed suspects, James Cromitie, Laguerre Payen, David Williams and Onta Williams, sat in the jury box and did not speak Friday....
Payen's lawyer, Marilyn Reader, said she wants to have her client evaluated to see if he's fit to stand trial.
''He clearly has psychological issues,'' she said....
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026484.php
Now that we see two incidents in the same month, within days of each other, both stories claiming that jihad is a form of mental illness, we can rest assured that this will come to an end. I mean, I might be stupid, but I'm not really crazy. I can figure it out eventually. The authorities are over-playing this all jihad attacks are manifestations of mental illness. Sometimes, jihad is just a jihad.

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Oh, it's still June and there's yet another kooky-loony jihadi gone crazy! It must be a coincidence:

33.)

"Man admits to carjacking, firebombing, robberies," from the New Haven Register, June 16 (thanks to Islam In Action):
NEW HAVEN — A man who allegedly confessed to a downtown carjacking, a Yale University fire bombing, two New York City robberies and other crimes that police can’t yet confirm he committed, was placed on a mental health watch by a Superior Court judge Monday.
[....]
Thompson was charged over the weekend with the June 6 carjacking at Church and Chapel streets and is under investigation for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail over the fence at the Yale power plant at 18 Tower Parkway June 7. He told Detective Wayne Bullock that Allah instructed him how to “melt down” the plant, according to documents filed in court Monday....
Assistant Chief Peter Reichard said detective were still trying to verify Thompson’s claims that he started robbing banks and stores in 2004. He told detectives he did it to show “the system” that he wasn’t insane....
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026624.php

Ha. Allah instructed me to cook an omelet, and I nearly burnt down the kitchen. The super thought I was crazy; but then he said, "Well, Dag's probably a Muslim, so it must be OK." Yeah, like I get a break on the rent for that.
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Here it is, November 2009. You'll be amazed to find there are more stories of insane jihadis since I last posted this kind of stuff. It'll take a while to get them up, so stay tuned.
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34.)

December 7, 2009, another mentally ill Muslim attacks us:

Jacqueline Kane, "Roommates and Neighbors Speak about Al-Zahrani," FOX 40 WICZ TV. Dec. 7, 2009.

Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani has been charged with the second-degree murder of Binghamton University Professor--Richard Antoun.

[....]

But police do not have a motive at this time.

Al-Zahrani's roommates say he was dealing with a lot of problems. He expressed being worried about finishing his dissertation on time. He was also no longer on scholarship and didn't have a job.

[....]

His roommates and neighbors also say his behavior was strange. "He was all the time shouting in Arabic, shouting threats, insulting this country for no reason," said Sakho.

[....]

Al-Zahrani was a Saudi Arabia national and Sakho says he was Muslim. But the D.A. believes the stabbing was not religiously motivated. Sakho says he thinks Al-Zahrani had psychological problems as well.
http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=11700

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March 29 2010:

A Shiite Muslim who threatened to kill a Republican Congressman is-- OH NO!-- crazy! I can't believe it.

35.)

He's "very dangerous, as a Shia Muslim...."

http://en.kendincos.net/video-pldlvr-the-nemesis-of-america-this-shia-muslim-norman-leboon-sr.html

Well, yeah, seeing the video kind of gives that one away.
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Gee, here it is, April 2010, and we have a Muslim who killed his family for some reason. Isn't that strange.

36.)
When Keshia Larry answered the phone early Wednesday morning, she heard her daughter speak these panicked words: "He killed everyone."
Police would later enter the bungalow and find a scene one commander described as "incomprehensible." Four people -- an adult and three children, all related -- were dead. The adult and the oldest child were pregnant. Two other family members were hospitalized, one on life support.
Police had soon apprehended a suspect, a Wisconsin man with a lengthy criminal record who was related to all those killed. Sources involved with the investigation said the man had converted to Islam several years ago while serving time in prison and had a dispute with his wife -- one of the victims -- because she would not adhere to his faith. He told police that he needed to take his family back to Allah and out of this world of sinners, a source said. A police report quoted him as saying, "I wish I had more bullets. I wish I had more bullets."...
Family members said the suspect had been acting strangely.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-04-14/news/ct-met-chicago-multiple-shooting-20100414_1_baby-son-suspect-life-support

We might say this is "utterly baffling." Of course, the man is mentally ill. Nothing to do with Islam.

More on this story, and is it ever twagik! The man who murdered so many of his family members is not only mentally nuts, he's suffering in jail without bail. It just ain't right. Who's crazy here, after all? Maybe it's the justice system, leaving a poor guy like Larry sitting in jail like this.

37.)
The Wisconsin man charged with killing four family members and seriously injuring two other relatives in a hail of bullets as they slept at his sister's Marquette Park home suffers from a "multitude" of mental health illnesses, his attorney said Friday.
James Larry, a 32-year-old Muslim convert who allegedly told authorities he was ordered by "Allah" to carry out the carnage, has been under doctors' care since 2002 and recently received psychiatric treatment in Janesville, Wis., said Julie Koehler, an assistant Cook County public defender.
Koehler said Larry was crying, his head bowed, when prosecutors detailed how he allegedly killed his pregnant wife, Twanda Thompson, 19; son, Jihad, 7 months, pregnant niece Keyshai Fields, 16, and 3-year-old Keleasha Larry, another niece.
"He is suffering greatly," Koehler said, after Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Larry held without bond.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/2168676,CST-NWS-shooting17.article

Everywhere else in the world this sort of activity is known as "Honour killing," but in America, it's not Islamic, it's "mental illness." My head hurts.

Here it is, May 2010 and already we have an utterly baffling episode of mental illness on our hands:

38.)
[New York City mayor] Bloomberg later told CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric that [Faisal Shahzad, a Muslim of Pakistani heritage recently naturalized as a U.S. citizen] the suspect behind the [Times Square car] bombing attempt could be a domestic terrorist angry at the government who acted alone.

"If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything," he said.

http://wcbstv.com/local/car.bomb.suv.2.1670823.html

DING! DING! DING! We have another winner for inclusion in the "Utterly Baffling Hammer Attack on Nine in Vancouver:

39.)

The Times Square car bomber is maybe a mentally deranged person.

What will they think of next? These kooky loonies are sure trying hard to make it all seem normal.

Here it is, early May 2010 and we have an utterly baffling attack on a politician by an insane Muslim. I think I'm seeing a pattern, like an acid flash-back.

http://www.rttnews.com/Content/MarketSensitiveNews.aspx?Id=1306147&SM=1#

40.)
A former minister was stabbed twice in the stomach by a knife-wielding woman.... Stephen Timms was attacked by the 21-year-old, who appeared to be wearing Muslim dress....
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1278459/Stephen-Timms-stabbed.html#ixzz0nwarXD9u

OK, so this is early May. I wonder if we can go till Dec. without another insane Muslim attacking us. Sure.
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Hmmm. It's not quite December yet, more like the earliest days of June, and here is another utterly baffling attack on a non-Muslim by a Muslim with mental problems. Just a fluke, we think. We thank. We thunk.

41.)
ANKARA, Turkey - A Roman Catholic bishop was stabbed to death in southern Turkey on Thursday, a day before he was scheduled to leave for Cyprus to meet with the pope, officials and reports said.
Luigi Padovese, the pope's apostolic vicar in Anatolia, was attacked outside his home in the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun. Dogan news agency video footage of the scene showed the bishop lying dead in front of a building.
Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz, the governor for the province of Hatay, said police immediately caught the suspected killer.
He said the man, identified only as Murat A., was Padovese's driver for the last four and a half years and was mentally unstable.
"The initial investigation shows that the incident is not politically motivated," Lekesiz said. "We have learned that the suspect had psychological problems and was receiving treatment."
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jC7_wK6APDrWMs_yqUAA87s-4CEwD9G3SQ200

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It's June 2010, so it must be time for another utterly baffling jihadi attack on just about anyone, baffling as it is, and due to mental illness. Well, by jolly, here's one now!

42.)

A 5-year-old Ukrainian boy was slaughtered by an alleged religious fanatic as he played in a sandpit with his friends, Pravda reported Tuesday.

The stranger strolled up to little Viktor Shemyakin before pointing to a tree and saying: “Look, there is a bird up there.”

When the youngster glanced upward the maniac plunged a knife into his throat, Pravda said.

The June 18 killing has threatened to ignite tension in the town of Dneprovka, in Ukraine’s Crimea region, after it emerged that the 27-year-old knifeman was a suspected Muslim fanatic, the Russian online newspaper reported....

He allegedly confessed to the crime, telling police that he was ordered to kill the boy by spirits.

The man screamed Allahu Akbar (Arabic for 'God is great') when killing the boy, "said a shocked local. “The kid was slaughtered like a goat."

Other residents of the town said that the man had serious mental health issues.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/06/22/ukrainian-boy-slaughtered-like-goat-religious-fanatic/

Thanks to JihadWatch.
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This is, what? still June? Well, tarnation, here's another loony Muslim who didn't really do it 'cause he's crazy. Well, I never would have guessed. Seems pretty normal Muslim behaviour from here, but then, I'm no expert in nutty-stuff.

43.)

A ZOMBIE-like fanatic with "superhuman" strength fought off NINE cops and a police ROTTWEILER as he chanted the name of Allah, a court was told yesterday. The religious maniac - clad in Islamic garb - shrugged off baton blows and CS gas as he marched down a street with a 12-inch carving knife.
Cops fearing he was on a deadly mission resorted to "potentially lethal force" by ramming him with a police van but STILL he stayed on his feet, a jury heard.
Barefoot Alderrahim El-Harti, 42, finally had to be battered unconscious by frantic officers raining blows on his head.
By then he had plunged his knife into one constable - who was saved by his body armour.
[....]
Following El-Harti's arrest two psychiatrists concluded he was not responsible for his actions due to mental illness....
[....]
His wife bought him an MP3 player which he used to play Koranic readings to try to drown out the voices. He paid increasing visits to his mosque and carried a knife to protect himself because he thought Satan was there.
"The voices increased in volume and he was unable to cope," said psychiatrist Dr John Kent. He said he 'totally lost touch with reality'.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/06/uk-dad-wearing-islamic-garb-and-chanting-allah-fights-off-gas-blow-from-police-van-and-nine-cops-as.html

Now I get it. That explains it all. He's a kooky loony who just happened to be shouting Muslim death threats. This is sort of unique, along with all the other cases above, and I suspect we just won't see this again.
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Just in time for Christmas, here we have one of our favourite jihadi expressions of "Sorry, guys, I temporarily lost my mind and tried to kill all of you." Yuppers, to me and to you it's all utterly baffling why Muslims keep on doing this, that is to say, why they keep on losing their minds. Here, thanks to the tireless efforts of Robert Spencer, is more Muslim Madness:

44.)
A federal judge today sentenced a Jordanian national who tried to blow up a downtown Dallas skyscraper to 24 years in prison, mostly rejecting defense claims that he was mentally ill and unduly influenced by law enforcement agents.
Hosam "Sam" Smadi faced up to 30 years in prison under a plea agreement accepted by U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn. He will be deported to Jordan once he serves his time.
"I can't for the life of me figure out what moved you in this direction," the judge said in delivering the sentence.
OK, is it just me? or is this just utterly baffling in general? Jihadis want to kill us? I'm really baffled. Sometimes I'm even bafaffled, and occasionally I'm bafalaffled. Spencer writes:


Often, such claims reach a willing audience: those who want to believe with all their might that the case at hand has nothing to do with Islam. Fixating on mental illness as a possible cause allows courts and the media to sidestep Islamic texts' open exhortations to despise, attack, and kill unbelievers. And undoubtedly, at least some jihadists realize that their mindset is so incomprehensible to uninitiated Western readers and listeners that it may well be worth a try to offer what might seem like a plausible excuse to them. Indeed, many sympathizers end up doing just that: making excuses for acts of jihad, as also seen in the international cases mentioned below.

For some further Muslims who are crazy about jihad, if not so crazy about the Modern world, see his post here:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/10/failed-dallas-bomber-is-latest-in-a-long-line-mental-illness-claims-by-jihadists-on-trial.html

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Oh boy, here we are in the end of Nov. 2010 and already we have another kooky Muslim on a murder spree, though this one is pretty incompetent.

45.)
A half-dozen friends and neighbors testified that Mohammad Alkaramla, 25, was a peaceful man with many friends in his multiethnic neighborhood until his estranged wife moved to Jordan with their son. The caring man known to friends as "Mo" then became depressed and feared Middle East strife would make life dangerous for his son, they said.
Alkaramla, who was born in Jordan, mailed a letter in late 2008 to the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, threatening to plant a bomb there if Israel didn't withdraw troops from the Gaza Strip within two weeks, said his father, Tawiq Alkaramla. "He knows all people are the same," his father said to U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer. "He went crazy like with stress. ...


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/11/chicago-muslim-gets-two-years-in-prison-for-bomb-threat-to-jewish-school.html

Robert Spencer points out quite rightly, "Of course. The first thing a peaceful, caring man will do when he starts having domestic trouble is mail off a bomb threat to a Jewish school. It could happen to anyone!"

Yes, it happened to me this morning when I burnt my toast. I said, "Dag, ten innocent people must die for this outrage," and by jumbo, I agreed. It's pretty normal to go crazy.

Here it is, all this time since we've seen a kooky loony Muslim butchers his family story. Not to wait any longer, here it is:

46.)

Many times it seems that Muslims are sloughed off as "mentally ill" when they commit heinous crimes, and that's so because no one in the mainstream media seems willing to admit that Muslims kill and go "crazy" because they are Muslims or because they're outright jihadis and the msm doesn't want to admit it, claiming instead they didn't mean it, they're crazy. Well, this lunatic below seems pretty crazy by any standard. But let's ask why this expression of crazy rather than some other. Even crazy people pick and choose the crazy shit they do. Crazy Christians go around shouting about the end of the world. Some kill themselves. Others shoot a local politician. But many times when a Muslim does the sort of thing here, we find it based on Islam, i.e. on honor killing. It could be that if they didn't have the Islam and the crazy, then they might just shoot themselves like any decent lunatic would do, and leave the rest of us alone. Not so in this case.

"Islamic honor killing in Kentucky: Muslim slits throats of his three children, rapes his wife and hits her with a hammer"
Because he suspected her of infidelity. This happened in 2006, but is just coming to trial now for some reason.
Clark said Biyad was angry because he believed his wife was cheating on him and he was asked to pay money to the elders to have a relationship with her.
Biyad allegedly raped his wife and beat her with a hammer before she was able to lock herself in a room.
Biyad said he then went to the rooms of each of his children, cutting their throats, before throwing the knife in a garbage can, according to court documents.
Defense attorney Mike Lemke said in his openings to Shake that they believe Biyad is mentally ill and will offer expert testimony that he is a paranoid schizophrenic.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/04/islamic-honor-killing-in-kentucky-muslim-slits-throats-of-his-three-children-rapes-his-wife-and-hits.html

You're probably wondering if the hammer attack was utterly baffling. Life has its mysteries.

Udate 2011: I moved to Peru and don't read so much any more about lunatic Muslims.

A gentle reminder that my book, An Occasional Walker, is available at the link here:
http://www.amazon.com/Occasional-Walker-D-W/dp/0987761501/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331063095&sr=1-1
And here are some reviews and comments on said book:
http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com/2012/04/dagness-at-noon.html