Chimpsy’s Real American – Featuring David Cholesterol
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Who says Islam is a totalitarian doctrine? Well, Geert Wilders does, of course. As the editors point out in Monday’s superb National Review Online editorial, the Dutch parliamentarian has even had the temerity to compare Islam with Nazism. Strong stuff indeed, and for speaking it, Wilders has earned the disdain not just of the usual Muslim Brotherhood satellite organizations but even of many on the political right.
Though they support free-speech rights, and thus grudgingly concede that Wilders should be permitted to say such things, they want you to understand they find his sentiments deplorable. Taking the politically correct view, they assure you that Islam is not a problem at all – it’s just those bad extremists and Islamists who have, as the Bush-era refrain went, “hijacked one of the world’s great religions.”
Emblematic is the estimable Charles Krauthammer, who has described Wilders’s views as “extreme, radical, and wrong.” Dr. K.’s complaint, expressed on Fox News back in March (and published on the Corner), was that Wilders conflates “Islam and Islamism.” The latter, Krauthammer insists, is “an ideology of a small minority which holds that the essence of Islam is jihad, conquest, forcing people into accepting a certain very narrow interpretation [of Islam].”
As I take a backseat to no one in my admiration of Dr. K., I wonder what he’d make of Bernard Lewis’s take on this subject. Professor Lewis is the distinguished scholar widely and aptly admired, including by Wilders’s detractors, as the West’s preeminent authority on Islam. At Pajamas Media, Andrew Bostom has unearthed a 1954 International Affairs essay in which Professor Lewis quite matter-of-factly compared Islam with Communism. The essay, in fact, was called, “Communism and Islam.”
In it, Lewis considered “the very nature of Islamic society, tradition, and thought,” and concluded that its principal defining characteristic is the “authoritarianism, perhaps we may even say the totalitarianism, of the Islamic political tradition.” Expanding on this, he wrote:
There are no parliaments or representative assemblies of any kind, no councils or communes, no chambers of nobility or estates, no municipalities in the history of Islam; nothing but the sovereign power, to which the subject owed complete and unwavering obedience as a religious duty imposed by the Holy Law… For the last thousand years, the political thinking of Islam has been dominated by such maxims as “tyranny is better than anarchy,” and “whose power is established, obedience to him is incumbent.”
But what about the conceit that undergirds current American foreign policy, the notion that Islam and Western democracy are perfectly compatible? Lewis dismissed the idea as so much elite wishful thinking:
Many attempts have been made to show that Islam and democracy are identical – attempts usually based on a misunderstanding of Islam or democracy or both. This sort of argument expresses a need of the uprooted Muslim intellectual who is no longer satisfied with or capable of understanding traditional Islamic values, and who tries to justify, or rather, restate, his inherited faith in terms of the fashionable ideology of the day. It is an example of the romantic and apologetic presentation of Islam that is a recognized phase in the reaction of Muslim thought to the impact of the West.
Clearly, the ensuing half-century has found Western intellectuals – regardless of political bent – joining romantic forces with their uprooted Muslim counterparts. Thus the accusation by Dr. Krauthammer, to take a prominent but by no means singular example, that Wilders fails to perceive the distinction – I’d call it a hoped-for distinction – between Islam and Islamism. Yet this accusation itself conflates Islam with Muslims, as well as Islamists with violent jihadists. This confusion leads Krauthammer to surmise both (a) that only a small minority of Muslims believe jihad is “the essence of Islam,” and (b) that because most Muslims in the West are not terrorists, it should be “obvious” that they are not Islamists.
This is wrong on several levels. First, as Robert Spencer explains, “Jihad… is a key element of the Islamic faith according to every single Islamic authority on the planet.” To deny that it is the “essence of Islam” – which is how the prophet Mohammed regarded it – is to deny a basic fact. And though, as Spencer acknowledges, jihad is subject to varying interpretations, Lewis is clear on the preponderant construction. As he has recounted several times, most recently in The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years, “The overwhelming majority of early authorities… citing relevant passages in the Qur’an and in the tradition, discuss jihad in military terms.” This jibes, to quote Ibn Warraq, with “the celebrated Dictionary of Islam,” which describes jihad as an “incumbent religious duty,” and defines it as “a religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad.”
Spencer echoes Lewis when he elaborates that “all the mainstream sects and schools of Islamic jurisprudence teach as a matter of faith that Islam is intrinsically political and that Muslims must wage war against unbelievers and subjugate them under the rule of Islamic law.” The fact that most Muslims do not engage in violent jihad, whether out of practicality, indifference, or what have you, does not change what Islamic doctrine says. Nor does it mean these Muslims are “rejecting” that mandate. They are ignoring it.
Moreover, as I’ve noted on several occasions, the point of jihad is to spread sharia, the Islamic legal system whose installation is the necessary precondition to creating an Islamic society. That need not be done by violent means. In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s most influential Islamist organization, maintains that America and Europe will be “conquered” not by violence but by dawa – the proselytism of Islam by non-violent (or, more accurate, pre-violent) means, such as infiltration of our institutions. Spencer calls this phenomenon “stealth jihad.”
One of the greatest sources of confusion and deception is the difference between leftists, progressives, socialists, communists and fascists. I thought about this as I caught a glimpse of the Oct. 2 “One Nation” march on Washington.
The participants proudly marched with banners, signs and placards reading “Socialists,” “Ohio U Democratic Socialists,” “International Socialists Organization,” “Socialist Party USA,” “Build A Socialist Alternative” and other signs expressing support for socialism and communism.
In all of life’s tribulations, there is nothing so aggravating as being condescended to by an idiot. In last week’s CNN debate in the Delaware Senate race between the astonishingly well-spoken Christine O’Donnell and the unfortunate-looking Chris Coons, O’Donnell had to put up with it from Coons for 90 minutes.
O’Donnell wiped the floor with Coons, moderators Wolf Blitzer and Nancy Karibjanian, and the idiotic University of Delaware students asking questions – all of whom were against her.
“I thought unions were great – until at Chrysler, the union steward started screaming at me. Working at an unhurried pace, I’d exceeded ‘production’ for that job.”
That comment, left on my blog by a viewer who watched my Fox Business Network show about unions, matches my experience. No one ordered me to slow down, but union rules and union culture at ABC and CBS slowed the work. Sometimes a camera crew took five minutes just to get out of the car.
There was a reason that employers in the middle of the 19th century had signs that said, No Irish need apply – and why employers in the middle of the 20th century no longer had such signs. It was not that employers had changed. The Irish had changed.
The Catholic Church for years worked to bring about such changes among the Irish immigrants and their offspring, just as various religious and secular organizations among the Jews, among blacks, and among other groups worked to bring about changes within their respective groups.
We are in the era of Democratic Extreme Girls – Big Nanny handmaidens who demand control of your children, your health care, your energy use, your pocketbook and your news. And that’s just for starters. If you think President Obama will move to the center after the midterms, think again.
Liberal bloggers are buzzing about the possibility that environmental czar Carol Browner could be appointed White House chief of staff next year.
Assume the polls are correct and Republicans win control of the House, and perhaps even the Senate, in next month’s elections. What lessons will the White House learn? Will Barack Obama interpret the vote as a repudiation of much of his agenda, or will he conclude that he made a few tactical errors but was still right on the big issues?
Bet on the latter. All indications coming out of the White House suggest that if Democrats suffer major losses, the president and his top aides will resolutely refuse to reconsider the policies – national health care, stimulus, runaway spending – that led to their defeat.
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Workers opposed to a higher retirement age blocked access to airports in Paris and around the country on Wednesday as hooded youths smashed store windows amid clouds of tear gas outside the capital.
Riot police in black body armor forced striking workers away from blocked fuel depots in western France, restoring gasoline to areas where pumps were dry after weeks of protests over the government proposal raising the age from 60 to 62.
Riot officers in the Paris suburb of Nanterre and the southeastern city of Lyon sprayed tear gas but appeared unable to stop the violence.
After months of largely peaceful disruptions, many protests erupted into violence this week over the government’s push to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed that his conservative party would pass the reform in a Senate vote expected Thursday.
Many workers feel the change would be a first step in eroding France’s social benefits – which include long vacations, contracts that make it hard for employers to lay off workers and a state-subsidized health care system – in favor of “American-style capitalism.”
Sarkozy said Wednesday that he would “carry the retirement reform through to the end.” And despite France’s tolerance for a long tradition of strikes and protest, official patience appeared to be waning after weeks of snarled traffic, cancelled flights and dwindling gasoline supplies and, now, rising urban violence.
Protesters blocked the main road leading to one of two terminals at Orly Airport on Wednesday, then moved to block the road to the other terminal, the ADP Paris airport authority said.
At Charles de Gaulle airport north of Paris, the nation’s biggest, protesters sang the French national anthem before pushing through a police barricade.
“It is like we are on another planet,” said Canadian traveler Olivier Lejour, waiting to take off from Charles de Gaulle. While he said it was “fun” to watch, he said the protests disrupted his efforts to work in Paris.
The CGT Transport union says protests also shut down the Clermont-Ferrand airport in the south and disrupted airports in Nice and Nantes.
With nearly a third of France’s gas stations dry, authorities stepped in without incident overnight to force open three fuel depots blocked by striking workers for days, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said.
At one site in the western town of Donges, police formed a corridor along the road leading to the depot to allow trucks to pass in and out. Video footage showed officers peacefully herding striking workers away from one depot.
Hortefeux warned that the blockades threatened emergency services and could have grave consequences for the entire French economy and public health and safety.
“The right to strike does not give anyone the right to prevent people from working or the right to block things, or the right to prevent travel,” Hortefeux said.
A Pennsylvania Democratic House candidate on Tuesday admitted to helping a third party candidate get on the ballot in the hopes he would siphon votes away from his Republican opponent.
Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), said he knew that volunteers from his campaign helped Tea Party candidate Jim Schneller.
Nearly half a million public sector workers in Britain are to lose their jobs as the government plans to reduce more than 80 billion pounds in public spending in the next four years.
Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, unwittingly disclosed the full scale of the expected redundancies when he was photographed Monday reading confidential briefing papers, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The media is too busy hyperventilating about every word ever uttered by Delaware GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell to do any real investigative reporting on the Democrat candidate Chris Coons.
So I decided to do a little digging myself. (August 2007) WILMINGTON, Del. – A third lawsuit alleges that New Castle County Executive Chris Coons retaliated against county employees because of their political views.
With a recent Federal Election Commission decision, Obama’s government has ruled in favor of the SEIU’s illegal kickback scheme and decided that such law breaking it is A’OK as far as he is concerned.
Ostensibly, FEC law states that unions cannot require member locals to pay a specific amount of money into a union’s political action committee fund. PAC contributions by the locals are supposed to be voluntary.
Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) got himself into deep water when he took a principled stand to defend life earlier this year – then buckled to his pro-abortion leadership to vote in favor of Obamacare.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, is being threatened with possible jail time for informing voters that Driehaus voted in favor of taxpayer-funded abortion with his vote for Obamacare.
Swedish police say they have arrested 23 people in a nationwide raid against a child pornography ring, including 20 women.
Police spokesman Sven-Ake Petters called the raid “unique” and said he has never come across so many female suspects in a child pornography investigation before. Arrests were made at 12 different locations across Sweden on Wednesday and include women aged between 38 and 60.
Republican Congressman Mark Kirk now leads Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois’ race for the former U.S. Senate seat of President Barack Obama, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.
Although this is one of the key races that could enable Republicans to take control of the Senate, a no less important, but symbolic, element of the race is that Obama could see his own seat fall into GOP hands.
A former student at the Farmington State Teacher’s College in Maine now has a postcard that was sent to her in the fall of 1946. The postcard, a thank you note, was sent to Ruth Webber at Purington Hall by “Gert and Charlie.”
It was mailed from Winthrop. The postcard showed up recently in the mailroom at the University of Maine at Farmington. It had a 1 cent stamp on it.
A Leicester woman turned a photo of her mother in law into the world’s largest toast mosaic – using a staggering 9,852 slices of bread. Laura Hadland, 27, roped in 40 friends to help her make the massive mosaic out of 600 loaves of bread.
They used nine toasters to brown the bread to varying degrees before arranging it to make the 32ft 8ins by 42ft 3ins picture of her mother in law’s face.
Authorities have arrested a man who they believe robbed the same South Bend bank branch four times since late August.
Federal prosecutors allege that 42-year-old William Easley robbed the 1st Source Bank on Aug. 23, Sept. 10, Oct. 5 and Wednesday, taking about $14,000 in all. The South Bend Tribune reported Easley surrendered at the St. Joseph County Jail early Saturday.
Marian Wegiel, 63, was jailed Monday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a horse, claiming that he was just trying to “comfort her.”
Officers were called to a home on Partridge Lane around 6:15 p.m. on a report that a man was inappropriately touching a horse who appeared to be in pain. The horse farm’s owner said Wegiel had been touching the animal in it’s genital region.
Yankee Phil provides us with video footage of GOP Senate candidate Pat Toomey sharing his Little Red Hen story with an audience of Pennsylvania voters.
Sista Toldjah resists the urge to go medieval on some sorry-assed beeotch who gave pot to her 2-year-old daughter.
Ugly, whiny, short-bus-riding, Maine RINO Olympia Snowe gets exposed for the parasitic organism that she is in our good friend Carol’s Closet.
Uncle Jimbo over at Black Five serves up a little zombie pork for everyone to choke on. Yes folks, John Murtha may be dead, but his legacy lives on.
The fine patriots over at Atlas Shrugs explain in detail why Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison is almost as dangerous to America as Barack Obama is.
The grouchy, old cripple over at Grouchy Old Cripple has posted an adult-oriented blonde joke that’s sure to bring a smile to your face… unless you’re blonde.
Some fake Tea Partiers think that a new pro-incumbency campaign finance bill currently worming its way through Congress is a peachy idea, and the Left Coast Rebel is justifiably disgusted by this state of affairs.
Drew over at Ace Of Spades HQ has dug up some illuminating information concerning spoiled RINO Lisa Murkowski’s newly announced write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Doug Ross discusses an effort by “detestable Stalinist hacks” Henry Waxman and Anthony Weiner to “pick off talk radio’s advertisers, one-by-one.”
A reader of the Four Right Wing Wackos blog submits video footage of somebody blowing up a Quran. Apparently, burning one just wasn’t satisfying enough for them.
The Neo-Neocon asks the magic question “So, what about Christine O’Donnell and masturbation, anyway?” Then she answers it.
American Glob shares a video with us of Joy Behar – the kind, thoughtful and stunningly attractive host of The View – as she debates conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg over who’s really to blame for America’s problems. You’ll love the part where she brings up how Bush stole the 2000 election.
Adrienne over at Adrienne’s Corner is asking that we all take a momnet to pray for some blogger chums of hers who are currently suffering from some terrible diseases. Consider it done, my dear.
And today’s ‘You-Don’t-See-Headlines-Like-That-Every-Day’ award goes to The Other McCain for the following: Democrat Halvorson’s Nazi-Smear Aide Is Lesbian Who Brags About ‘Gigantic Boobs’. Tell me, who could resist reading a story like that?
Yes, the ‘Do It For Bieber’ political campaign continues on its relentless surge toward ultimate victory in the November mid-term elections, and Hack Wilson is right there with an important video presentation to inform and delight you.
An Obama OFA (Organizing For America) staffer is caught on tape holding a poster of Glenn Beck with a Hitler mustache, during some psycho-leftist gathering in Chicago. The fine bloggers at I Own The World have posted the video for your viewing pleasure.
Apparently the Saber Point blog has been designated the ‘Dumbest Website Ever’ by a bunch of atheists at something called The Skeptics’ Dictionary, and Saber Point’s owner Stogie could not be more proud.
Normally I would never consider posting a link to a video of two squirrels fighting, but since the footage has been posted on the otherwise insanely interesting Socialist Squirrel blog, I’ve decided to make an exception just this once.
Say, did you know that Great Britain has its very own Ukulele Orchestra? Neither did I before I happened upon a video of it over at Maggie’s Farm.
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House Republicans are collecting photos from citizens showing how the Obama administration is using nearly $200 million in taxpayer money to plaster every possible highway with signs touting how stimulus cash is “Putting America to Work” with infrastructure projects.
Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, published a new video today inviting citizen watchdogs to send in photos of the green “Projects Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” popping up around the country.
Entitled “Signs of a Failed Stimulus: Be a Citizen Watchdog,” the video seeks the investigative help of Americans “fed up with both President Obama’s failed ‘stimulus’ programs and the taxpayer-funded propaganda signs used to promote this $862 billion boondoggle which has not fulfilled its job-creation promises.”
In a statement released by his Washington office, Issa put out the challenge: “Seen a sign? Take a picture and send it with the address and location to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Issa’s office released an interactive map that allows readers to click on geographical locations around the country to view photographs citizens have taken of the nearly ubiquitous green American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signs the Obama administration has been posting to advertise the “jobs created or saved” the White House likes to tout have resulted from deficit-spending stimulus projects.
Issa’s charge is not just that the stimulus spending has failed to create jobs, but the additional spending on stimulus roadsigns amounts to nothing more than a “propaganda” effort by the White House to convince Americans the stimulus has been successful, despite evidence to the contrary.
“This project harnesses the American public’s help in getting answers about why the administration has insisted on wasting potentially $192 million taxpayer dollars on pro-stimulus advertising even as the spending splurge has failed to meet the president’s own sales pitch: that the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8 percent and generate more than 4 million private sector jobs by the end of 2010,” Issa’s statement said.
“Today, unemployment stands at 9.6 percent, 14.9 million Americans cannot find work and more than 2.5 million people have lost their jobs since the stimulus became law.”
WND previously reported that a scathing Oversight Republican Staff Report has charged that the White House has “used the machinery of the Obama Campaign to tout the president’s agenda through inappropriate and sometimes unlawful public relations and propaganda initiatives.”
Under President Obama’s watch, some 3 million jobs have been lost, according to the Heritage Foundation. With 3 million jobs lost since Obama became president and the 3.5 million jobs Obama promised would be created if the stimulus plan were passed, Heritage concludes the Obama jobs deficit for 2010 stands at 7.6 million jobs.
An auspicious opening to Team O’Donnell’s campaign: Already, Democrats are making unforced errors as dumb as the ones Martha Coakley made in Massachusetts.
Reid said Coons would have won even if Rep. Mike Castle (R) had prevailed over O’Donnell. “I’m going to be very honest with you – Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet.” Reid said.
Lenders took back more homes in August than in any month since the start of the U.S. mortgage crisis. In all, banks repossessed 95,364 properties last month, up 3 percent from July and an increase of 25 percent from August 2009.
August makes the ninth month in a row that the pace of homes lost to foreclosure has increased on an annual basis.
Christine O’Donnell started a fund-raising push after winning the GOP nomination on Tuesday. Her goal: $50,000. When I checked Wednesday morning, she already had 210% of that goal.
So, like any smart campaign, O’Donnell and co. raised the ante to $200,000, then $350,000, $500,000, $750,000, and now she’s going for a cool million. As of 11:00 Wednesday night she’d brought in $840,000.
Is the government making plans to confiscate your retirement money? The Obama administration is certainly exploring the idea.
This question no longer seems far-fetched when the group-thinkers in Washington unabashedly promote a doctrine of wealth redistribution and central planning. These Keynesian socialists know they will need vast new sources of revenues to fund their relentless spending binges.
Republican Marco Rubio has opened a clear lead in a Florida Senate race, becoming the latest Tea Party favorite to benefit from voter anger at leftists, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found.
Six weeks before November 2 congressional elections, Rubio leads state Governor Charlie Crist by 40 percent to 26 percent among likely voters, the poll found. Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 21 percent.
California is so broke it is being compared to Greece. But the Orange County Board of Supervisors gave away 4.3 million dollars to an illegal Mexican alien who is also a child molester. Why did the supervisors do it? Answer: “The lawyer made me do it!”
The first chapter in this distasteful story begins with Fernando Ramirez, a 24-year-old illegal alien, being caught molesting a 6-year-old girl in a park.
Police in Montreal, Canada have found seven tons of hashish wrapped in laptop-sized bricks in an abandoned container, the CBC news network said late on Wednesday.
“It’s a big one,” a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman told the network about the drug haul, which one reporter estimated would be enough to intoxicate everybody in Canada.
An Australian man pleaded guilty to charges of attempted bestiality and stealing after trying twice to have sex with his landlord s Great Dane.
Cairns Magistrates Court heard yesterday that Bradley Whitehead was staying with a Endearour Valley couple, who had agreed to help him in exchange for work on their property, when he was caught attempting to mount their dog Missy.
A Long Island man faces impersonation charges after police said a driver he pulled over for a traffic stop turned out to be a legitimate detective.
Detective William Zambito was driving home from work at about 4:30 a.m. when an unmarked car with flashing lights and sirens stopped him. When Zambito told Victor Alfaro-Marquez he was an off-duty officer, the impersonator fled the scene.
A 54-year-old man has been arrested after police say he crashed two cars while intoxicated, then got in his tow truck and tried to move the vehicles.
Tommy Ryser was arrested and booked on three counts of driving under the influence Monday. Ryser crashed his truck into a utility pole Monday night, abandoned it and got in his wife’s Volkswagen but crashed that car into a guardrail.
Police in Louisiana say a woman stripped in the back seat of a cab, demanded the driver take her to Michigan and when he refused, stole his cab.
Covington Police Capt. Jack West said the driver picked up 29-year-old Jennifer Gille at about 1 a.m. Sunday. West says Gille refused to get out when they reached their destination, stripped and demanded the cabbie take her home.