Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Who’s better qualified to talk to Congress about the risks of terrorism posed by a nuclear-armed Iran?
Or to put it another way:
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Lawyers are required to take Continuing Legal Education. I’m thinking of giving a class on the subject of “Making Minnesota Muslim-Friendly.”
The auditorium would be broken into sections marked by signs: in front, Men; behind them, Women; back row, Menstruating Women; and one small area of standing room right by the door, GLBT.
In the aisle entering the room would be a table with a cardboard box of scarves and another filled with rocks.
As everyone enters the auditorium, I’d tell them “This seminar involves inter-active role playing. Please take a rock from the box. Women should also cover their heads with a scarf.”
To start the lecture, I’d ask people to move to their assigned sections. Nobody would move to the Menstruating Women section, of course, it’d be too humiliating. And probably no GLBT. So I’ll ask for volunteers “just for role-playing purposes” and if I get none, I’ll assign some.
Next, all good Muslims must understand that homosexuality is not only a sin, but a crime. That’s what the rocks are for. Everyone pick up your rocks, turn toward the GLBT section and prepare to throw. Except you Menstruating Women, you’re unclean, you don’t participate, you can sit back down.
I anticipate some vocal objections will arise. Those of you objecting, you’re out of line. God has laws, given to us by his Prophet. I have applied the laws to this classroom, you’re breaking the law. That makes you a heretic. If you don’t fall back into line, you’ll have to join the other sinful criminals in the stoning area to be put to death for your crimes against God.
Not True Islam? Tell me, what is True Islam? Islam isn’t like Catholic, where one guy decides what we all believe. Islam is like Protestant, where every group decides what it believes, all beginning from the same sacred text but spinning off into groups as diverse as Wisconsin Synod Lutheran, Old Order Amish, Shakers, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Methodists and the Salvation Army. There is no more “True Islam” than there is “True Christian” and attempting to discredit my flavor only proves how evil you are, and justifies my religious obligation to kill you lest you corrupt others with your wicked words.
If you don’t want to stone gays, fine, you can come up here in front with me. We’re going on a field trip after class, swing by my house for some guns and off to Temple Beth Israel to kill the Jews. You can help with that.
At that point, I can announce the end of role-playing. Take off your scarves, drop your rocks, sit where you like, take a deep breath and let it out slowly. That was just role-playing. This is still Minnesota.
But remember this: what you experienced for a few minutes in play life, millions of people live in real life under Sharia rule as it’s actually practiced around the world, and not even the strictest form, as I didn’t insist on women wearing shapeless clothing and hiding their faces so they wouldn’t distract the men by their lustful ways, or having a male relative accompany them. In predominantly Muslim countries, women are subservient to men. Gays are killed. Freedom of speech does not exist. Freedom of worship does not exist. And we’re not even going to discuss female genital mutilation, honor killings or gang-rape as punishment for adultery.
There is a massive conflict between Islam and Minnesota that multiculturalism and respect for diversity simply cannot bridge. Either we become like them – which it should now be apparent you would hate – or we drop the pretense of diversity and insist they become like us.
So . . . how much should I charge for the class?
Are you kidding? They’re lawyers. $250 an hour plus expenses.
The rumor spread yesterday that Jordan’s King Abdallah, enraged by the grisly, medieval murder of Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, is personally leading, or even flying, combat missions.
It’s apparently not true, causing at least part of the US media to spring into action against an enemy they hate vastly more than ISIS. And I can’t imagine many air forces that’d be too keen on having a 53 year old fighter pilot (even if he were rated on combat aircraft, which according to several Arabic newspapers, he’s not; he’s an infantryman who is rated in civilian aircraft and unspecified helicopters), to say nothing of their chief executive flying directly into harm’s way. .
On the other hand, after six years of a President who can’t be inveigled to condemn extremist Muslim terrorism today without comparing it to Catholic terror from 700 years ago, who equivocates between all sides in every issue (unless it’s Democrat vs. Republican, naturally), who is like hot air in that he equalizes himself across all available intellectual and moral space, I can see why the idea of a leader who leads, who makes moral judgments and personally drops 2000 pound GPS-guided judgment on the guilty, is so seductive.
Gary from Saint Paul emails:
Has anyone in the Twin Cites media asked him if he’s going to Netanyahu’ s speech?
I’d be interested in finding out.
Side-bet: I’ll bet if he skips it, the Twin Cities media will bury that fact, if they report it at all.
Some of my fringe-libertarian, as well as “progressive”, friends are fond of chanting “Anti-Zionism isn’t Antisemitism”.
That’s a little like saying “I endorse the policies that involved the destruction of Native American culture, the near-extinction of their people and the carving of their conquerors’ chiefs’ faces into their holiest piece of real estate – but I sure *admired* the Lakota”.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
New York Times now says regime change is bad?
US interventionism in WW II made things worse for a short time, especially in Germany. So we shouldn’t have sought to change Hitler’s regime? Washington and Jefferson were right all along about entangling alliances in European affairs? Is that what we’re saying?
Wouldn’t really bother me that much.
The European Union is about to collapse because Germany won’t subsidize Greece and the Russians can’t pay their bills because the Saudis are winning the oil price war while a bunch of vicious Middle East tyrants may be replaced with different vicious Middle East tyrants. Nothing I can do about any of it and for damned sure, Obama won’t. Boehner and McConnell don’t seem to have a clue between them, so I don’t count on the Republican Establishment for anything, either.
The “radical shift in American foreign policy” sought by the Times requires a courageous leader: Winston Churchill, fighting on the sands and beaches; Harry Truman, ending the war by dropping the bomb; Ronald Reagan, growing our military so fast the Russians collapsed their economy trying to keep up; Margaret Thatcher sending England’s baby flat-tops halfway around the world to kick Argentine ass over some tiny islands nobody really wanted but damn it, they’re ours.
No such American leader in sight.
Oh, I think there are. In 2016. If we deserve them.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Revenge. Don’t hear many World Leaders talking about that nowadays. Refreshing.
The article asks if Abe has some plan to enhance or create an ability for Japan to actually make good on the threat of revenge. Hmmm: does the phrase “ninja assassin” ring any bells?
That would be a great video. Ninjas beheading some terrorists as they are huddling in their caves. I’d pay money to see that.
Wow it sounds like fun, there’s a complication; if there’s a country in the world that has done more than Germany to mothball it’s warrior past, it’s Japan.
Greece appears to be on the brink of electing a far-left government which is promising its voters and end to the “austerity” that the incumbent center-right (by Greek standards; it’d still be to the left of the DFL) government imposed after the Greek economy, driven by decades of suffocating goverment spending that drove the government into crippling debt, crashed.
Greece currently has nearly 30% unemployment; it’s nearly 50% among younger people. And it was rescued from “worse” only by a massive bailout from the parts of Europe that work – mainly center-right Germany.
And now, their response seems to be to tell the Germans “screw you, give us more money”.
Here’s the piece from NPR’s “Marketplace”:
Listen to the Greek government “economic advisor”, Janos Milios (at around 4:42 on the audio):
Europe is a continent of democracy. When the people of one country decide to change course, change policy, this is something that has to be respected by all parties”.
Respected? If they’re paying their own bills and not surviving by pilfering the the wallets of the responsible countries, maybe.
This pretty much embodied the old criticism of democracy; “it can only survive until 51% of the people discover they can live off the other 49%”.
But the worst, most noxious quote is yet to come. Among the left’s most bilious conceits is that society is a “family” – with, naturally, government serving as a gender-neutral parent to keep all the unruly kids in line.
That was the line taken by Dimitrius Papadimitriotis, an Athens psychiatrist (at around 3:30):
We believe it has to be shared among our European partners. Being part of the “European Family” means taking care of each other, being there for each other. And this is what “family” is all about.
Government – least of all extranational associations of governments – is not a “family”.
And if it were, then it’d be time to take the snotty spendthrift teenager to the garage and have a word with her about nagging mom and dad to pay off her credit card debts.
If I were a German taxpayer, I’d be demanding my government cut the Greeks off completely.
To: Ron Paul, Personality Cult Leader
From: Mitch Berg, Uppity Peasant
Re: Your Take On Foreign Policy
What, precisely, is it that the Lithuanians did for which they are are worried about suffering “blow-back”, anyway?
That is all.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Why wasn’t President Obama in the photo of world leaders at the massive Paris march protesting the Charlie Hebdo killings?
Maybe he was at the REAL march and missed the fake photo staged at a completely different place?
No, he wasn’t, but I can’t blame him. I wouldn’t have blown off a golf game to fly over for a lame photo op, either.
It’s all Potemkin Villages with these people, nothing is ever what it seems.
Potemkin it’s not just a battleship anymore.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails
Shouldn’t be a problem. Remember all the Japanese-Americans appointed to War Committees after Pearl Harbor?
At the very least, it’ll save ISIS the bother of hacking into CentCom to find out what the US knows.
To be fair, there were all sorts of German-Americans intimately involved in wartime policy during both world wars.
Congressman Ellison’s problem is not that he’s Muslim; there are plenty of American Muslims who are just as American as the next guy.
It’s the fact that his relationship with chair were sponsoring organizations is “nuanced”: while he doesn’t come out of directly say he supports Hamas, preferring to claim to “support the Palestinian people”; he leaves it to the less informed to figure out on their own that “the Palestinian people” are led by Hamas, which killed off most of the competition, and allows little to no dissent.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
When someone says “Not All Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims,” Liberals respond “What about Oklahoma City bombing?”
The Oklahoma City bombing occurred in 1995 – twenty years ago. Since that time, Wikipedia lists nearly 100 terror attacks by Muslims.
The blast in Oklahoma City killed or injured about 800 people. Muslim terrorists killed and injured more than that in following 5 years alone.
McVeigh and Nichols were Lone Wolves, unaffiliated with any larger movement seeking to change American policy. Tim McVeigh was executed and Terry Nichols is serving 161 consecutive life sentences in federal prison. They pose no future risk.
Muslims, on the other hand, commit fresh atrocities with disturbing frequency. They are expressly following a long-range plan to convert America into a Muslim nation under sharia law. Their on-going risk is palpable.
“All Muslims are terrorists” is exaggeration for conversational effect . . . but not much
i’m going to disagree with Joe, but only in the last paragraph. It is a big exaggeration.
The worlds two largest Muslim states – India and Indonesia – have very little in the way of secular terror. Or at least not in the sense that you see it in the Middle East. Oh, yes, Hindus and Muslims go added hammer and tongs in India – but that’s less a religious than ethnic dispute. As, indeed, are most “religious wars”.
And while we in the Twin Cities have seen some concerning signs among some Somali immigrants, the vast majority of Muslim immigrants to the United States came here for the same reasons many of our forefathers did; to scape the internal, debilitating, petty squabbling in our ancestral homelands.
…when Barack Obama was going to “restore respect for this nation” abroad?
Either does he. The US was absent, in body and spirit, from a rally that even had Mahmoud Abbas and Benyamin Netanyahu walking together.
He really, really is a terrible president.
…when Jerry Falwell brought his squad of goons to the office of Hustler magazine, and killed everyone on the staff when they defamed him?
In the days leading up to this week’s ghastly attacks in Paris – which are, justifiably but inevitably, inescapable in the media – there was an event that, in the great scheme of things, might have been more important.
But you’d never know from the American media.
We’ll get back to that.
Between Two Hungry Dobermen: It’s said that the most dangerous thing to be in the world is a moderate Arab. For the past eighty years, the first line of tactics among the extremes in Muslim thought – which are a minority among the Islamic community, but which surely do command a disproportionate share of Muslim and Occidental mindshare, pro and con – was to obliterate the “moderates”; those who sought accomodation with the West, those who spoke for reform among the dictatorships and oligarchs and petty monarchs and warlords that had divvied up most of the Muslim world, and especially those who sought to bury the hatchet with the Jews someplace other than in the Jews’ heads.
Going back to the thirties, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem – an ally of Hitler, and the first “Palestinian” extremist – didn’t much bother with attacking Jews; most of his energies went into purging Arabs who sought ethnic cleansing with insufficient ardor.
So successful has it been among Palestinians in particular that Al-Fatah, Yassir Arafat’s old group, a group tied to a river of Jewish blood in the seventies and eighties, is considered a “moderate” Palestinian group.
But it’s not just Palestinians. In 1981, after stepping far out of the ideological box to meet with Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin (himself, not to mince words, a former terrorist) and design a peace with Israel that still stands almost four decades later, Egyptian dictator Anwar El-Sadat was murdered by extreme Islamist elements in his own Army.
Speaking moderation in the Islamic world is extraordinary – and, outside a few enclaves, the US and to a lesser extent India and a diminishing extent Western Europe, extraordinarily dangerous.
Talk Like An Egyptian: And so Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi’s speech on New Years Day (which coincided with Mohammed’s birthday this year) is more than a little notable. Not “revolutionary” as some have suggested; he’s not a Muslim Calvin or Luther or Knox.
Still, in a community that is rightfully petrified by eighty years of brutal suppression of moderate opinion, it’s energizing to hear:
“I say and repeat, again, that we are in need of a religious revolution. You imams are responsible before Allah. The entire world is waiting on you. The entire world is waiting for your word … because the Islamic world is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost. And it is being lost by our own hands,” el-Sisi said.
“We need a revolution of the self, a revolution of consciousness and ethics to rebuild the Egyptian person — a person that our country will need in the near future,” the President said…“It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Islamic world to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible that this thinking — and I am not saying the religion — I am saying this thinking,” el-Sisi said.
He continued: “This is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world! Does this mean that 1.6 billion people (Muslims) should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants — that is 7 billion — so that they themselves may live? Impossible!”
As many in the West ask the hitherto-rhetorical question “when will a moderate Muslim speak out against the madness”, here’s a short answer.
Or it might be. Naturally, the extremists behind the carnage in Paris ignored Al-Sisi, although they were hardly the audience he was addressing.
Al-Sisi – a former general, at the head of a large, relatively sophisticated and reliable military (although so was Sadat), may be one of few Muslim leaders who could get away with such an affront. And Islam is hardly monolithic; the rift between Shia and Sunni is just one of many that ensure that there can be no one spokesperson for all, or even most, of Islam.
The speech was no “95 Theses” – but then, that event didn’t resolve its contemporaneous conflict, either – but it’s as close as we’ve seen from the Muslim world in a long, long time.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails to urge us to “pretend”:
Pretend for a minute that President Obama doesn’t believe the United States ought to be a superpower, that it ought to be equal with other nations (not a big stretch – that belief motivated the Atom Spies to give nuclear secrets to the Russians and no doubt is shared by billions of people worldwide, today). How would he go about bringing America down to second or even third-world levels following the model of, say, Argentina?
- Alienate traditional allies. Check.
- Weaken military power, numbers and morale. Check.
- Nationalize major industry. Check.
- Weaken domestic energy independence, increase foreign dependence. Check.
- Widen wealth gap. Check.
- Reduce earners, increase idlers. Check.
- Use government employees to intimidate political opponents. Check.
- Crush middle class with regulations and taxes. In progress.
- Debase the currency by printing money. In progress.
- Debase the citizenry by flinging open borders. In progress.
So what’s next on the agenda? What will it take to bring the USA down to the economic, military, social and political level of, say, Spain?
About the only thing he hasn’t done is enlist Visigoths and Vandals into the military as auxiliaries.
There are some things in this world you can just plain count on.
Every 5-6 years, the Bears will need to go through a demoralizing re-building era.
Mark Dayton will shunt responsibility for everything – including things that are legitimately his job – off on others.
And when the world needs a short, sharp lesson on how big-state “progressivism” doesn’t and can’t ever work, the Greeks will come along and provide it.
I, for one, and for the record, have suspected all along that the “North Korea hacked Sony” story has been dog-wagging BS from the beginning.
And while I’d prefer to be backed up by a better source than the Mail, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I was right.
Think about it – why would North Korea want to screw with Sony (The Interview notwithstanding)? They have the same goal…
When gun grabbers compare crime rates between the US and Europe, if you ever noticed that they focus entirely on lethal shootings?
There’s a reason for that:
“There are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the UK, making it the most violent place in Europe. Austria is second, with a rate of 1,677 per 100,000 people, followed by Sweden, Belgium, Finland and Holland. By comparison America has an estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000.” The Guardian
So hey, Europe, how ’bout you shut the f*** up about gun control?
The left’s duplicity about the real comparison in crime rates between the US and Europe is verging on Berg’s law territory.
In addition to gundecking the premiere of The Interview, my sources at the FBI tell me the North Koreans have demanded the following:
10. Also remove “Knocked Up” from circulation.
9. Bring back Life In Rehab
8. Digitally insert Kim Jong Un into all of Rogan’s parts in Freaks and Geeks.
7. Digitally insert Kim Jong Un at the head of the conquering Humans in Return of the King.
6. Green-light Kim Jong Un’s screenplay for “Indiana Jones and the Kimchi Hangover”.
5. A talk show on “Twin Cities News Talk”.
4. Digitally substitute Kim Jong Un for Jeff Daniels in The Big Lebowski
3. Go back and rewrite/reshoot/re-release Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. And get them right this time.
2. More nude scenes involving Jennifer Lawrence.
1. No South Park parody of the entire hacking/cancelling The Interview fiasco.
What’s the difference between Switzerland and Minnesota?
And it wasn’t even close: 62 percent, mostly German, voted to tube the proposal to socialize Switzerland’s healthcare system.
Hey, speaking of Minnesota – does any of this sound familiar?
“Our health system is among the top performers in the world. Competition between health insurers and freedom of choice for clients play a major role in this,” it added.
Going public would have been a major shift for a country whose health system is often hailed abroad as a paragon of efficiency, but is a growing source of frustration at home because of soaring costs…
And how are the costs soaring?
…”Over the past 20 years in Switzerland, health costs have grown 80 percent and insurance premiums 125 percent,” ophthalmologist Michel Matter told AFP.
That’s bad. Nothing like the US healthcare system, between the past ten years and Obamacare, but it’s certainly a problem.
Still – what do the Swiss know that we – and by “we” I mean “a plurality of our Democrat neighbors” – don’t?
The President is discussing sending 3,000 US military personnel to the heart of the Ebola outbreak, in west Africa.
The proposal has brought out the crazy…on the right. To be fair, it’s only comment-section trolls, for the most part, but the claims – “Obamawantsto introduce Ebola to the US” – take me back to the glory days of Bush Derangement Syndrome; again, to be fair, it’s comment-section chum on the right, and MSNBC commentators on the left, but it’s still depressing.
Am I dismayed that Obama is sending troops to Africa when he isn’t securing the border? Sure. With that out of the way? Not all troops do the same job; Obama’s Africa mission would, according to the reports I’ve read, be engineers and civil affairs types to build lots of Ebola treatment centers fast, and people to get the logistics, which are non-functional in large swathes of these godforsaken countries, working to the point that clinics have supplies again. So that we can tamp down this epidemic before it kills a third of Africa, and leaves us with an epidemic that we really can’t keep from entering the US?
And whether you agree with Obama’s priorities or not, I ask you – what organization in the US can handle building things and moving supplies into hellholes, while keeping themselves safe from a biohazard?
“But the troops’ll catch Ebola”. Not if they avoid physical contact with the patients or corpses – and these folks aren’t doctors or nurses.
“But it’s airborne!”
Well, no – it’s not, and it probably won’t be anytime soon.
Partly, it’s evolution: Ebola hasn’t evolved into a respiratory virus…:
Even viruses that are well adapted to attacking the respiratory system often have a hard time getting transmitted through the airways. Consider the experience so far with avian flu, which is easily transmitted through the air in birds but hasn’t yet mutated to become easily spreadable in that fashion among people.
What’s the hold-up? “The difficulty is that those [flu] viruses don’t have the protein attachments that can actually attach to cells in the upper airway. They have to develop attachments to do that,” Schaffner says. So even if a virus were exhaled, it would need to lodge onto something in another person’s cells that are already prepared for it in the upper airway. “Since the virus doesn’t have attachment factors that can work in the upper airway, it’s very rare for it to go human to human, and then it almost always stops and doesn’t get to a third person,” Schaffner notes. Similarly for Ebola, the virus would have to develop attachments that would allow it to easily attach receptors in the upper respiratory pathway — something that neither it (nor any of its viral cousins) has been known to do in the wild.
…because it hasn’t needed to:
And yet Ebola already spreads very easily without such mutations. The delicate lock-and-key protein–virus fit required for the virus to successfully latch onto and replicate in the airway has not developed because there is no evolutionary pressure for it to do so; it simply would not be an efficient option. Epidemiologists can take some comfort in that.
I’d rather see troops latching onto illegal immigrants and building fences along the Rio Grande, too. But if we accept the idea that the military has a business doing humanitarian missions, and that the Ebola epidemic is worth getting on top of once and for all, there are dumber decisions to make…
Conservatives love ripping on the French. In the aftermath of 9/11, when W was building his coalition to go to Afghanistan and then Iraq, the French were famously reticent – which bade many conservatives to start referring to The French as “cheese eating surrender monkeys”, among other things.
(As we’ve noted in the space in the past, this is also a reference – largely mistaken – to World War II. As illiterate as Liberals are about history, let it not be said that some conservatives don’t have their blind spots as well).
Conservatives who criticize the French are blinded to the key fact that the French stance was not a bug – it was a feature.
In 1986, the great military historian Edwin Luttwak wrote the classic, seminal book “The Pentagon and the Art of War”. In the book, Luttwak affixed the blame for five straight American military debacles (Vietnam, the Mayagüez incident, Desert One, Reagan’s Lebanon operation and the successful but sloppy and costly invasion of Grenada) to the fact that America had no strategy – or, rather, an underlying strategy that was entirely based on refighting a worldwide conventional war, like World War II.
In short, America’s defensive posture did not have a clear goal that related to the world we were in in the 1980s, and our military was not built, equipped or trained to accomplish the things it did face.
… as we teeter on the brink of another war, I urge you to pray for our troops, and spare a couple for our first responders as well; I might also suggest avoiding crowded places, loading hollow points, and getting yourself much better informed about what’s going on in the world.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Remember when all President Obama planned to do was cure the sick, end joblessness, slow the rise of the oceans, heal the planet, end war, secure our nation’s borders and restore our nation’s image abroad?
That was nothing.
Now he’s going to “eliminate the the schism between Sunni and Shia that has been fueling so much of the violence in Syria, in Iraq.”
As Powerline asks:“Whoa! We are going to ‘eliminate the schism between Sunni and Shia?’ The schism that goes back to the 7th Century? And we are going to “eliminate the schism” through diplomacy?”
No. Not “we.” President Barack Obama, possibly assisted by Secretary of State John Kerry. After all they have promised to accomplish so far, why would you have any doubt? Nobel Committee, call your office.
In a side note, in re last night’s speech, a friend of mine texted me in re the President saying ISIS – the “Islamic State in Syria” – “wasn’t Muslim” ; apparently their name is…
“Innocent Separatists Impacted by Sophistry”.