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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Lebanese troops fire on IAF jets – are we heading towards another war?

 

Officials: Lebanese troops fired on IAF jets – Israel News, Ynetnews

I bet the MSM will remain quiet over the fact that Lebanese troops, (probably ones not loyal to the government but to Nasrallah) fired upon Israeli aircraft doing routine reconnaissance. This might be a situation that needs to be watched more carefully because it could signal another “war”, and yes Syria and her master Iran want that war to take place.

Pulling the strings of the Dhimmicrats

I have to admit that Dr. Sanity never ceases to amaze when it comes to some of the really great articles that she finds, and this one is no exception. Now I am not an American, but that does not mean that I am not interested in the race to become the next President of the USA. Personally, I think that neither Hillary Clinton nor Barak Obama are worthy candidates. Where Hilary is concerned, well I see her as a scheming hard hearted female dog. As far as Barak Obama is concerned, he has been shooting off at the mouth too much. The Democrats need stronger contenders, people who can be trusted to have more concern about the American people than their own selfish pursuits for power, Hilary Clinton style (stepping off soap box to continue with the purpose of this post):

If any of my readers are familiar with the movie Chicago, then you will remember the scene where the lawyer does a quick step two step as he pulls the strings and manipulates the press gallery. It is a really great scene because the reporters are well and truly manipulated by the smoke and mirrors that are being flashed before them as they accept hook, line and sinker the tale that is being fed to them, as to why Roxie shot her lover. It is with this imagery in mind that I have given Dr. Sanity’s article my own title since I think that it is quite fitting to point out how the Dhimmicrats are being manipulated by the Islamist propagandists:

DUMMYCRATS, DHIMMICRATS, DEMOCRATS

One of the definitions of the word dummy is “a large puppet usually having movable features (as mouth and arms) manipulated by a ventriloquist”. Of course, it also is a word that means “a stupid person”.
Per Robert Spencer, Dhimmitude is the status that Islamic law (i.e., Sharia) mandates for non-Muslims, primarily Jews and Christians. Dhimmis, “protected” or “guilty” people, are free to practice their religion in a Sharia regime, but are made subject to a number of humiliating regulations designed to enforce the Qur’an’s command that they “feel themselves subdued” (Sura 9:29). This denial of equality of rights and dignity remains part of the Sharia, and, as such, are part of the legal superstructure that global jihadists are laboring through violence to restore everywhere in the Islamic world, and wish ultimately to impose on the entire human race

Both sets of definitions apply to today’s Democratic leadership when it comes to their foreign policy positions regarding the war on terror.

Here is an extremely interesting bit of writing by Tariq Alhomayed, the editor of Asharq Alawsat, an international Arabic daily newspaper, who catalogs Iran’s many efforts to destablize the region and accumulate power to itself. In “Washington and Tehran: Negotiating Over What?”, Alhomayed says:

US Democratic candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have expressed their intention to engage in “unconditional negotiations” with Iran, should either of them attain the presidency. The question is: Negotiate over what?
Are the conflicts in the Middle East a result of a crisis in Washington-Tehran relations; or rather, does it revolve around Iran’s expansion ambitions and its interference in the internal affairs of Arab states for over 20 years?
Is the Washington-Tehran crisis a result of the absence of dialogue, or is it by reason of Iran’s aspirations to destabilize the region?

The list he makes is rather impressive. Iran has

  • Occupied the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) islands in the Arabian Gulf
  • tearing Beirut in half, while seeking to restore Syrian occupation over it, under Iranian guardianship
  • Tehran occupies the heart of Iraq and its peripheries and is undertaking unbelievable actions through its men operating within the regime.
  • the financial backbone of Hamas and now speaks on behalf of the Palestinian cause
  • fueling public opinion in Iran and steering it towards hostility with the US. Today, it is this same Arab Street card that the Iranians exploit to recruit suicide bombers and sympathizers.
  • interferes in all the Arab world’s elections by pumping huge sums of money with the purpose of imposing a different reality than the existing one; the most prominent example of which is the Bahraini elections.
  • embraces some of Al Qaeda’s leadership and
  • is disrupting relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • is instigating and managing sectarian conflicts in the Arab world, which results in giving conflicts in the region a religious cover. This, in turn, has caused the region to drown in a sea of spilled blood
  • seeks to acquire nuclear weapons, while preparing to wholly devour Iraq with the aid of one of its tools: Syria.

  • Alhomayed concludes with a blistering denunciation of the Democratic leadership in the U.S. who is sending the wrong–in fact, the worst possible, message to Tehran:

    The strange thing is that at a time when international efforts are being made to establish an international coalition against Iran’s pursuit for nuclear weapons, the Democrats are waving the carrot before Tehran. As such, Iran will surely interpret the message as an invitation to consolidate position on the ground and in the region until the Democrats reach power, after which it can negotiate with Washington from a position of power.

    The Dummycrats Dhimmicrats Democrats are sending a strong message of appeasement that only encourages the brutal forces that stand against human freedom and wish to enslave mankind. These barbarians intend to herd humanity back to the “idyllic” days of the middle ages and toward another holocaust and world war to achieve their apocalyptic vision.

  • The Democratic Party of FDR and JFK would have understood this reality; but the party of Pelosi, Reid, Clinton, Obama et al, are oblivious.

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  • Dummies or Dhimmis? Or both? You decide.
    That is why they cannot and should not gain the White House in 2008.
  • Study finds that too much cannabis can worsen pain

    Too much cannabis ‘worsens pain’

    Cannabis

     

    Smoking large amounts of cannabis for therapeutic reasons may increase rather than reduce pain, a US study suggests.

    The pain-relieving qualities of cannabis have long been hailed, and several countries have made it available for medicinal purposes.

    But quantity is key, according to the study in the journal Anesthesiology.

    University of California researchers found moderate use had the greatest impact on pain in 15 volunteers, while large doses actually made pain worse.

    The team recruited 15 healthy volunteers, in whom pain was induced by injecting capsaicin – the “hot” chemical found in chili peppers – under their skin.

    They were then given cannabis to smoke. The strength of the dose was determined by the tetrahydrocannabinol content, which is the main active chemical in cannabis.

    Some of the volunteers were given a placebo.

    High, but in pain

    Five minutes after smoking the drug, none of the doses had any effect on the pain felt.

    But 45 minutes later, those who had smoked the moderate dose said their pain was much better, while those who consumed high doses said it had got worse.

    They did, however, feel “higher” than counterparts who had taken moderate doses.

    Dr Mark Wallace, the lead researcher, said the findings could have implications for the way medicinal cannabis was offered, both in pure and drug form.

    Some experts are concerned that results on healthy volunteers could not be translated into how cannabis works in the bodies of those with cancer or multiple sclerosis, for whom the drug is increasingly seen as a potential form of pain relief.

    Dr Laura Bell, of the MS Society, said: “Many people with MS report benefits to symptoms such as pain from taking cannabis, however studies to date on the effects of cannabis on pain are small and difficult to draw firm conclusions from.

    “We would be interested to see the results from larger scale studies focused on people with MS.”

    Why is the MSM allowing Hezbollah Anti-Semitic Propaganda?

    with thanks to Gateway Pundit
    Anti-Semitic Hezbollah Propaganda or News? You Be the Judge

    Gateway Pundit: Anti-Semitic Hezbollah Propaganda or News? You Be the Judge
    Some crackpots believe that Iranian President Ahmadinejad did not call for wiping Israel off the map but that it was just some mistake in translation.

    An Iranian holds a “wipe off Israel” poster during an anti-Israel rally on Friday Oct. 28, 2005 in Tehran. (AP)
    Author Barry Rubin examines the anti-Semitic propaganda in the Western media that is disguised as news today in his article at GLORIA Center:
    He identifies bias on university campuses where for example the former president of Harvard was uninvited by the University of California because of his political views. He also points to the group of former terrorists who want to speak about their experiences being excluded or barred from more than one American University Campus. To this I would add the pressure that was being exerted to prevent a former Dutch politician and Somali refugee from speaking in Australia.
    The same kind of biases are occurring in the mainstream media, especially the print media:

    So should what seem to be lies and those who seem to be crackpots (at least on the particular points they are making) be given space? Should newspapers give their readers a sense that the Iranian president did not call for destroying Israel but that it was just some mistake in translation? (Despite the fact that the official Iranian translation of his words was ?wiping Israel off the map??) Should Hamas be given space for op-eds crafted by public relations operatives claiming moderation? Should easily demonstrable lies be published about Israel committing various massacres and other blood libels?

    What has been occurring is that the boundaries have eroded, and where the media used to not give space to Arab propaganda, the publishers are now allowing the publication of inciteful, false anti-Semitic screeds.
    However, what can one believe when the print media (via AP of course) allow the following article by Sam Ghattas to be published:
    All of this is leading up to Sam F. Ghattas, AP, ?Hezbollah Blames Israel for Killings,? October 5, 2007.
    Hizballah?s leader blames Israel for the series of assassinations of anti-Syria, anti-Hizballah politicians. “`The hand that is killing is Israel’s,? Nasrallah told thousands of supporters who occasionally interrupted his speech with roars of approval.? No information is given in the article that would lead a reader to believe that these are pitiful lies. (They are pitiful because Hizballah waited so long to make them. In the old days they would have been blaming Israel within hours of the killings and all Arab media would have been duty-bound to repeat them.)
    So is this news?
    And by the way the article concludes:
    ?The gathering by several thousand Hezbollah supporters was organized by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah to mark `Al-Quds Day,? or Jerusalem Day, in support of Palestinian rights and emphasizing the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims.? So that?s what the demonstration was about? I thought it was about equating Israel with Satan, preaching hatred of the United States, and demanding that Israel be wiped from the pages of history. Perhaps my conclusions were all a mistake in translation and it was a human rights demonstration. Or, again, this is what readers might think. There is more on this anti-Semitic Hezbollah propaganda at the GLORIA Center.

    More information on the riots in Amsterdam

     

    With thanks to Gateway Pundit:

     

    AMSTERDAM ? The man, who was shot by a police officer at the police station of the Amsterdam district Slotervaart and died shortly afterwards on Sunday, was in contact with members of the Hofstad terrorist organisation in 2005. It was Bilal Bajaka, a man of Moroccan descent living in Amsterdam. Chief public prosecutor Leo de Wit said this at a press conference on Monday.
    The police and the General Intelligence and Security Service, AIVD had had consultations about Bilal B?s contacts with the Hofstad group, according to De Wit. “Several members of the Hofstad group were detained on 14 October 2005, two years ago yesterday. Bilal was heard as a witness and was scrutinised by the police. In October 2005, the public prosecutor discussed the possibility to ‘disturb’ Bilal B. but eventually it was decided that there was no reason for this at that moment.”
    Bilal B. had been appearing in the police data bank since 1998. In that year he was involved in a serious violent offence. He attacked and wounded a person with a screwdriver. During the following years he has been involved in property offences. He belonged to the so-called hard core youths of Slotervaart and ended up in a prison cell on various occasions. From October 2003 he was serving a 15-month-prison sentence for a property offence. In the spring of 2007 it appeared that he had psychological problems.
    Police chief Bernard Welten said at the press conference that the medical operations on the two injured police officers had been successful. The female police sergeant who had fired the shot, was stabbed in the chest and twice in the back. A pulmonary artery was hit and her lung was perforated. The bleeding was stopped and the perforation sealed. “Hence the operation can be said to be successful,” Welten said. “Her condition is satisfactory.”
    Her male colleague was stabbed five times and had several cuts in his face and shoulders. An artery in his head was hit and was stitched. The stabbing of his throat was deep and the wind pipe was hit. “This colleague too is doing well given the circumstances,” Welten said..
    B. appeared at the police station at around noon on Sunday and almost immediately jumped across the reception desk. He began stabbing away at the police officer on duty who was behind the desk. He stabbed her in the chest. She jumped up and tried to escape but the man ran after her and stabbed her twice again. A male colleague who rushed to help her was stabbed in the throat and shoulder, whereupon the female police officer got her gun and fired at the man. He succumbed to his wounds shortly afterwards.

    Charles Johnson has more on the rioting that followed the brutal attack.
    Klein Verzet is reporting more from Amsterdam.

    Outside the police station things were hot. (Telegraaf)
    Klein Verzet links Bilal to Theo van Gogh’s killer:

    Local burgomaster Ahmed Marcouch said he sympathized with the jihadists family because they had to wait for nearly two years before their son could be treated for his ‘psychological’ problems. And newspaper Telegraaf now reports that while Bilal was in jail in 2003, Mohammed Bouyeri came and visited him. Mohammed Bouyeri was the jihadist who was in 2004 on a suicide mission slaughtering Theo van Gogh (although to his regret he did not got shot dead by the police).

    Later, a news crew was attacked by youths while filming the trashed and torched cars from the rioting.
    And, then of course, there is this:

    It seems that Bilal has shouted in Arabic when he attacked the police officers. This could very well be something like “Allah Akbar”, but that’s something the Dutch authorities don’t want the public to know.

    More thoughts from Dr. Sanity

    I have more than 30 articles from the Dr. Sanity blog that I have earmarked for further reading. The reason that I like her blog is that she has a way of writing her thoughts in a very clear and sobering fashion.  In this article, Dr. Sanity visits again the reason why we cannot afford to dismiss the threat the is posed by extremist regimes such as that found in Iran and why we should not allow the cry of Islamophobe deter us from telling the truth and getting the message out there.

    We should remain ever vigilant that Ahmanutjob’s regime is attempting to acquire nuclear weapon capability. We should remain aware that al-Qaeda have been seeking the means to get hold of a weapon that will cause mass destruction to the USA. We cannot dismiss the fact that North Korea and Syria have been working together to produce nuclear weapons. This is a very sad reality of what we are facing in the 21st century.

    I happen to think that Ahmanutjob of Iran is insane. However, it is also clear to me that he has a vision where he sees Iran being instrumental in causing Armageddon, which will then usher in the return of the hidden imam (according to Shiite beliefs). The insanity of this man is matched by the insanity of Hitler. In fact he uses much of the kind of rhetoric that was used by Hitler during the 1930s, and this makes him an extremely dangerous man on the world stage.

    The kind of charisma that Ahmanutjob has amongst some of the world’s powers and populations (not so much in Iran as elsewhere) means that there are millions who are willing to follow his lead and they are willing to follow unto the death, including their participation in an Armageddon type event.

    A more sobering thought for me though, comes from some of the more recent statements and actions of Vladimir Putin, the Russian President. It seems that now that the cold war is “over” that people have forgotten how to be cautious where communist Russians are concerned. Vladimir Putin is an extremely dangerous man and he has been courting the likes of Ahmanutjob and he has been supplying Russian weapons to Syria and to the Hezbollah, as well as to Al-Qaeda and other enemies of the USA. (The book 1984 was indeed very prophetic on the subject of wars and so called peace).  Keep in mind that the Soviet Union has the nuclear technology capability and that Putin is the kind of person who would willingly either sell or give away that technology in order to harm the western world (not just the USA).

    The Australian Election

    The date has been set for the Australian elections. It is going to be interesting to see the outcome of this election race because both sides are making promises that requires a second look. These are promises that will directly affect the hip pocket but what about natural justice?

    This morning this subject was mentioned during the sermon at Mass. Now, I can understand the warning that was given because the tax benefits are sorely tempting to all of us. Considering the benefits that are gained by the Government since the implementation of the GST, I do think that personal income tax should be cut, especially for the mid-range high income earners, as well as those in the lowest income range.  However, are tax cuts our only consideration.

    The point that was raised this morning concerned the lack of mental health facilities. What I want to clarify is whether this is the responsibility of the Federal Government or of the State Governments. Over the past 10 years there has been an appalling waste of money as far as health expenditure is concerned. There is definitely something wrong as far as the distribution of the health dollar is concerned. The hospital system in Australia is in the doldrums. In Victoria for example, the nurses have been on strike for higher pay. All things considered, these are the same nurses who are whining about the workplace agreements, and how they think that they are not well off, yet they care little about the patients who should be in their care through their thoughtless action of striking. Nurses these days are very well paid. Money is wasted in a lot of areas, especially when hospital administrations become top heavy and bloated.

    What has been missing in a lot of hospitals is that sense of responsibility for the welfare of the patient. I am hearing of too many cases where things have gone wrong in the hospital. This has happened within my own family, when my niece Kathryn was having her first son. As a result of poor decision making by hospital staff that little baby did not get the chance to come out of the womb alive. Sadly, my niece’s story is not a one off, and there are a lot of other horror stories to be told, not just in Victoria but in Wagga Wagga, NSW as well as in other  NSW hospitals. There is no excuse for some of these things to happen to pregnant women, and there has been an increase in infant mortality, as well as maternal deaths, and that is inexcusable in the twenty-first century.

    Perhaps the present Federal Government is taking the correct approach on the issue of the incompetence in public hospitals. What I do know, is that the State Governments have not been allocating sufficient dollars to the public hospital system and this in turn is helping to cause the present crisis as far as hospital beds and other matters are concerned.

    Something has to be done about giving better care for those with mental problems. We do not have adequate mental health facilities. What is really shocking though, is the way in which the mentally ill patients have been released into the general public without adequate follow up care. Now there are groups available to help; groups such as GROW and Beyond Blue are better equipped to handle some issues, but the people within those groups are not equipped to handle people who are psychotic or even schizophrenic during meetings. The psychiatrists these days tend to be pill pushers and they are not adequately dealing with the causes of the mental problems. For a long time now there has been a lot of duck shoving because no one wants to take responsibility for those who are mentally ill. I might add here that splashing money at pregnant women who might end up with post-natal depression is not the right way to deal with the problem. It is after the baby has been born, especially on the third day after the birth, when the woman becomes weepy, that action needs to be considered. An education program will not give necessary support to new mothers who are suddenly feeling like they cannot cope .

    There are many issues that need to be considered. We cannot afford to be single issue in our considerations when it comes to these elections. The opposition leader seems ok on the surface but underneath he appears to be lily-livered, but he is the best of a bad bunch of losers.