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calendar   Sunday - April 29, 2012

nice rack but no votes say college uptights. college just ain’t fun anymore.

This is an update to a story posted about a month ago, or slightly less.  Thought it was all over and forgot about it. Well apparently some have not forgotten.

This is in ref. to a young college girl with a sense of humor.  I guess the post of Librarian of the Oxford Union is an elected one and she ran for the position.
Her tongue in cheek slogan was “Vote for me, I have a great rack.” Well. Even some men it’s been reported, were offended.  Orf wiv er ed.

OK, maybe she was out of line. They say she was, I think they need to chill out but it isn’t me umble self that gets to make those momentice decisions.
So as I said at the top, her slogan was not forgot. Nope.  An open and shut case of, Forget about it. You forget about it, I’ll forget about it, we’ll both forget about it,
but I’ll remember and don’t you forget it.


Model disciplined in Oxford University sexism row

A former model involved in a sexism row at Oxford University is hauled before a disciplinary committee.
By Richard Eden

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When Madeline Grant made a light-hearted reference to her breasts in her application to be the Librarian of the Oxford Union, she hoped that it would prick the pomposity of those undergraduates who took themselves too seriously.

The 19-year-old former model has, however, now discovered just how seriously the officials at the Union, whose past presidents include Sir Edward Heath and Boris Johnson, take the sexism row.

Mandrake can disclose that the English student at St Hilda’s College is to be hauled before a disciplinary committee on Wednesday, charged with bringing the Union into disrepute.

“It’s ridiculous,” says Grant, the daughter of the former BBC sports presenter Sally Jones. “At great expense, they are paying for former Union officials to come to Oxford and sit on the committee which will decide my fate.”

In February, the alumna of King Edward VI High School for Girls posted election material for the position which contained a reference to her breasts. “I don’t hack, I just have a great rack,” she wrote.

This prompted a much-talked-about row among her fellow Union members. The comments, which were contained in a “draft manifesto” that was posted on an official Union noticeboard as part of her election material, were condemned as “deeply offensive”.

She tells me: “I’m wondering if I should leave the Union. The main speakers they have lined up are Geri Halliwell and Nelly Furtado, so I wouldn’t miss much.” Ouch.

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EVERYTHING just HAS to have an ISM.
So where’s the ‘sexism’ here?  Oh right.  Some woman’s group is also offended saying she defamed their fair sex.
The men are offended cos they’re probably the type who want racks but can’t have em without surgery, and the feminazis ??????? I guess they’re just offended because they think they should be. Actually, there really aren’t all that many who are bothered. But in these times it does not take a lot. Even one will do.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/29/2012 at 04:01 PM   
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The claustrophobia of diversity.

I am amazed and impressed by this site I found on the recommendation of someone.  ENGLAND CALLING A blog site run by Robert Henderson, who I had not heard of till today. But this site and all the links will I am certain keep me pretty busy.

It is I guess a repeat but better said, of things I’ve been ranting about since coming here.  LyndonB has also brought up the subject(s) herein.

With regard to the video.  I watched it without the music, if it can be called music.  Don’t like having my ears assaulted and it loses nothing minus what I call sound effects and many refer to as music.  Be all that as it may, it’s the message that counts no matter the background noise.
Yes, it is from one perspective. But I honestly believe it’s the one correct perspective.
This country is really in serious trouble as I view things.  It will only be a matter of time before the left has its way and triumphs, destroying forever a culture and tradition that has survived bombs and plagues and home grown terror attacks during “the troubles” which btw, seem to be alive still with the discovery the other day of a 600 pound bomb. 

What I have posted below is a very much altered editorial. By that I mean, it’s long but interesting and I had to crop a bit. I suppose I could have done even more but this give you one heck of an idea what this island faces.  Sadly and depressingly, I don’t hold out much hope for a future I won’t be around to see anyway.  I personally know a few people, not at all bad folks by any means, but to hear them talk about diversity and the benefits of multi-culture and keep in mind, they honestly believe that idiocy.  You can see why I think they’re doomed. These folks vote, and so will all those ‘diverse’ and multi cultured immigrants who listen to the lure of the left who pamper them and pay homage to their various imported cultures which in time will supplant the native one.

A Nation in search of a State

This week witnessed the death of Ray Honeyford, the former Bradford Headmaster who had the integrity to speak the truth about the ruinous consequences of multiculturalism, and paid for this with his career. Honeyford, like Enoch Powell, was an outspoken and prescient man of principle who paid a heavy price for speaking the truth. Vilified, scapegoated and threatened with death, this good man was to be proven right, despite the professional naysayers within the race relations and ‘diversity’ industry. Alas, Honeyford has not been the only individual to have had their career destroyed for the sake of protecting the multiculturalist diversity dogma, although other cases have usually received less publicity or none at all.

In the same week that Honeyford died, we witnessed Neil O’Brien of Policy Exchange writing a piece in The Telegraph and appearing on Radio 4 talking about the “challenges” of “integration” now that English first language speakers are in a minority in London schools. This in itself is bad enough, but it is also something of a jolt to learn that 16.8% of all state primary schoolchildren in 2011 had “English as an additional language”. This prompted O’Brien to pose the following questions:
“But will children with English as a second language grow up to feel British, to get jobs and to feel included?

I think that is the bigger challenge, and the statistics above make me think it is a likely to be a rapidly growing one.”

what we English in particular feel increasingly uneasy with and alarmed about is the mass scale of the immigrant influx and the demographic fecundity of the immigrant population. This theme has very much been in the air this week, with Alasdair Palmer of The Telegraph penning a piece entitled ‘Multiculturalism has left Britain with a toxic legacy’. This conclusion is one that is difficult to disagree with. However, when it comes to the question of “integration”, it strikes me that mainstream commentators are rather missing the point.

The size of the immigrant population is now such that it is not possible to integrate it effectively. Whereas immigration pre-1948 was on a relatively small scale and those who arrived largely assimilated and blended into the indigenous population, what has occurred since has not so much been mass immigration, but mass colonisation. London is now effectively a non-English city, and I no longer regard it as our capital in any meaningful sense, for it has become another land (this transformation was examined in the earlier article Celebrities note the Death of London). Given this fact, why should we wish to “integrate” with incomers who by dint of their numbers threaten not only to displace us, but also to replace us? The task is not so much “integration” as “preservation” of our native peoples and their rights.

Before closing, I shall return to Ray Honeyford and an article penned by Leo Mckinstry for the Daily Mail. In this, it is clear that Mckinstry disapproves of today’s race legislation, and its attendant repressive professional apparatus that justifies its existence through creating an “atmosphere of synthetic outrage”. Mckinstry writes:
“When Honeyford wrote his article, he was branded a heretic. His words had to be suppressed, his influence crushed. But that did not stop him being right.”

“In the name of promoting tolerance, race-fixated zealots exercise the most extreme intolerance, suppressing free debate and indulging in witch-hunts against anyone who dissents from their creed of multi-cultural diversity.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/29/2012 at 10:02 AM   
Filed Under: • CULTURE IN DECLINEDaily LifeUK •  
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evil makes its own rules and calls it ‘honor’

Here but not really up to much last few days.

Came across this a week ago, should have posted earlier but better late then .....

This is an obit that appeared in the Telegraph.
If one picture is worth a thousand words to describe the demented low life that caused this, then I shouldn’t even have to post the obit itself.

I can’t recall where I saw this quote but it sure applies here and I believe throughout the islamic world. And not just there either. But this sort of thing is endemic to them. 

EVIL DOES NOT OBEY THE RULE OF LAW.  EVIL MAKES ITS OWN RULES.

FAKHRA YOUNUS

Fakhra Younus, who has committed suicide aged 33, gave a face to the thousands of Pakistani women who are disfigured as a result of acid attacks, typically carried out by husbands who accuse their wives of dishonouring them; her attacker has not been brought to justice.

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That photo may look pretty bad but there’s worse that wasn’t included in the on line version.  For the sub human life forms that think there is ‘honor’ in this kind of thing, it’s just business as usual.

Hers wasn’t a nice story to begin with.  It should never have happened and in a more civilized culture, it wouldn’t.

Born to a heroin-addicted mother on Napier Road in Karachi’s red-light district, probably in 1978, Fakhra Younus was 18 and working as a “dancing girl” (a euphemism for a prostitute) when she met Bilil Khar, a former Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab and son of a former Punjab governor, Ghulam Mustafa Khar. The Khar family owns vast swathes of farmland in the province and is a major political force in Pakistan. A cousin of Bilal’s is Pakistan’s current Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar. When he met Fakhra, Bilal Khar had already been married and divorced three times and was married at the time to a fourth wife with whom he had two children, facts of which Fakhra was unaware.

The two married after six months, but, by her account, from the very start her husband subjected her to a sustained campaign of sexual, physical and verbal abuse that lasted three years before she eventually escaped and moved back to live with her mother. But her peace did not last long.

On the afternoon of May 14 2000 she was disturbed by an intruder. She later said she had been asleep in her drawing room when she heard a man’s voice telling her: “Fakhra ... Fakhra wake up!” “I jerked as he held me by my hair and opened my mouth. Because I resisted he couldn’t get me to swallow. But then he threw something on me. At first I thought it was a joke. I did not understand what had happened to me. Then he left, so I ran after him. My house was on the second floor and by the time I got to the first floor, I realised I could not see.”

Feeling her clothes melting to her body, she collapsed on the floor, screaming. By the time the acid had done its work the hair had been burned off her head; her lips had fused together; her left ear was obliterated; she had been blinded in one eye; and her breasts had melted to the bone. She could breathe only with extreme difficulty. When her four-year-old son, Nauman, first visited her in a crowded public hospital, where she remained for the next three months, he ran away crying.

Fakhra’s family sought to prosecute Khar for attempted murder and the case came to court in 2003. Although four witnesses testified to seeing him enter Fakhra’s home on the day of the attack, all later retracted their statements. They had complained of receiving death threats, but the judge in the case took no notice and in December 2003 he dismissed the charges. Khar continued to protest his innocence, claiming the perpetrator was a pimp with whom his wife had been having an affair.

After her release from hospital Fakhra Younus found that she had become a liability to her family, for whom she had once been a source of income. She and her son were subsequently taken in by Tehmina Durrani, a stepmother of Bilal’s and a women’s rights activist who had chronicled “the Khars’ way of treating women” in her book My Feudal Lord, in which she described the abuse meted out to her by her ex-husband, Ghulam Mustafa Khar.

In 2001, after some difficulty (the government, concerned about Pakistan’s image abroad, dragged its heels over issuing a passport), Tehmina Durrani helped Fakhra to move to Rome where, over the next 11 years, she underwent 39 major operations. By the 38th operation, in 2011, she could move her mouth and one eye, and her face, though still badly disfigured, had regained some of its shape. By this time she had learned Italian and co-written a memoir, Il Volto Cancellato (“The Erased Face”), which brought in some income to add to a monthly disability allowance from the Italian government.

But the operations exacted a heavy psychological toll, and she was said to be depressed by the impossibility of returning to Pakistan, where friends were worried that her life would be in danger.

On March 17 Fakhra Younus climbed to the sixth-floor balcony of her apartment building in Rome and jumped. In a suicide note she gave her reason as “the silence of law on the atrocities and insensitivity of Pakistani rulers”.

News of her death arrived in Pakistan as the country was celebrating its first Oscar — awarded to the Karachi film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for Saving Face, a documentary focusing on victims of acid attacks. As Fakhra’s coffin arrived for burial, protesters were demanding that the case against Bilal Khar be reopened.

But Khar continued to deny that he bore any responsibility for his wife’s death: “My hands are clean,” he told interviewers. Fakhra Younus is survived by her son, who is in the care of an Italian family.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/29/2012 at 07:14 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - April 28, 2012

Fun With Anagrams

Anagrams: rearrange the letters to come up with new words and phrases. Add whatever punctuation you need.


PRESBYTERIAN:
When you rearrange the letters:
BEST IN PRAYER


ASTRONOMER:
When you rearrange the letters:
MOON STARER


DESPERATION:
When you rearrange the letters:
A ROPE ENDS IT


THE EYES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THEY SEE


GEORGE BUSH:
When you rearrange the letters:
HE BUGS GORE


THE MORSE CODE:
When you rearrange the letters:
HERE COME DOTS


DORMITORY:
When you rearrange the letters:
DIRTY ROOM


SLOT MACHINES:
When you rearrange the letters:
CASH LOST IN ME


ANIMOSITY:
When you rearrange the letters:
IS NO AMITY


ELECTION RESULTS:
When you rearrange the letters:
LIES - LET’S RECOUNT


SNOOZE ALARMS:
When you rearrange the letters:
ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S


A DECIMAL POINT:
When you rearrange the letters:
I’M A DOT IN PLACE


THE EARTHQUAKES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THAT QUEER SHAKE


ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE


MOTHER-IN-LAW:
When you rearrange the letters:
WOMAN HITLER


AMERICAN PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
When you rearrange the letters:
STUMBLING CLUSTERFUCK OF A MISERABLE FAILURE


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2012 at 06:52 PM   
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More Jus Than OJ

Marco Rubio: Natural Born Citizen




Oh Lord, here we go again. It seems that some folks think that Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio might be on the short list for Mitt Romney’s choice of Vice Presidental candidate. So naturally the LLL (Lunatic Loser Left) is trying to disqualify the guy, crowing that he isn’t eligible because he isn’t a Natural Born Citizen. Golly, didn’t we go through this crap TWICE with John McCain? And hasn’t the LLL and the MSM spent more than 3 years now lambasting those sicko Birthers on the Right for trying to make the same case against Obama, even when their claim may be far more valid? That’s why I dug up the “LLL” term, one that we used to use way back in the day when McAmnesty was running the first time around.

Ok, I live under a rock apparently. I was completely unaware that such a movement to discredit Marc Rubio existed. But GOP author, historian, and public speaker Michael Zak wasn’t, and he emailed me a link to his latest essay over at Human Events where he says Rubio is Natural Born, and urges the Republican party to get past such allegations and get behind this probable VP candidate. Unfortunately he uses the “Chester A. Arthur was president, so it’s Ok for Rubio too” approach, which any child can immediately see as the standard Mom pitch of “If all your friends jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge ...”. I’m not sure the debate over Arthur’s Natural Born-ness is over yet, and he was president over 125 years ago.

I have to disagree in part with Mr. Zak. We’ve exchanged several emails on the subject. Nice and cordial, as is our wont. No reason to be act like deranged Democrats. And reading his responses has caused me to look a bunch of things up, and to reform my opinion. That’s what healthy debate should be, right?

Marco Rubio’s parents came from Cuba. They did not become American Citizens until a few years after he was born. Marco was born in Miami. So, is he thus a Natural Born citizen, or even a citizen at all? That question does relate to the whole Birther thing, but more importantly it relates to the bigger Anchor Baby thing.

Zak feels that the language of the 14th Amendment grants instant citizenship to Marco on his birth. This is what lawyers call the Jus Soli viewpoint; being On The Soil is all that is necessary. [ as opposed to jus sanguinis, citizenship from the parents ] Being rather a Strict Constructionist myself, I countered that the 14th clearly does not say that at all, what with the “subject to jurisdiction” clause. I backed up that view with excerpts from the Congressional Record, which contain the explanation of the Senator who wrote the citizenship clause to the 14th Amendment when it was first being debated (lower half of center column) wherein he specifically says that this does not apply to foreigners who just happen to be here.

I could have linked to several Ann Coulter essays where she says pretty much the same thing:

The very author of the citizenship clause, Sen. Jacob Howard of Michigan, expressly said: “This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers.”

Zak’s response was that it didn’t matter so much what the Senator meant, the opinions of everyone else mattered more. This left me a bit non-plussed, sitting there with my head tilted to one side the way your dog looks at you when he can’t figure out what on earth you’re doing, making sounds like Scooby-Doo. This is the scene from Rodney Dangerfield’s movie Back to School where the professor flunks him for his paper on Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House, which he had hired Kurt Vonnegut to write, and tells him “whoever wrote this paper doesn’t know the first thing about Vonnegut.” Harrooo?

So I took a different approach. Rubio’s parents came from Cuba, and he was born here in 1971. I had heard his parents only became citizens 4 years after he was born. Cuba, 1971: it was natural to assume his folks were refugees.

Back in 1885 the Supreme Court reached a decision in the United States v. Wong Kim Ark case, which effectively (and rather retroactively) granted citizenship at birth to that person based on the 14th Amendment AND his parent’s status of Permanent Resident, their current employment, and their having a permanent place to live (domicile). Ah ha.

The Cuban Refugee Act of 1966 gave permanent resident status to all Cuban exiles. [ except later for Elián González ] So if his folks had escaped the Bearded One, then Wong Kim Ark ought to apply, right? Well yes, but then again, no. Rubio’s parents were not exiles in the normal sense. Even though Marco has spoken about the plight of the Cubanos in Florida, and shown solidarity with their movement, it turns out that - to his own surprise! - he isn’t really one of them. His parents came over here in 1956, before Castro came to power. So while he grew up with them, he wasn’t legally part of that group, even though he thought he was. But his parents were legal residents, permanent ones. Heck, his grandfather, an emigre, used to go back and forth between Cuba and Florida all the time, and only got in trouble for it once. Things were a bit different in those days! So the refugee angle doesn’t work.

But the permanent resident angle does. I’m pretty sure. Someone with better knowledge of the world of the Green Card please correct me, but I’m fairly sure that the child of permanent legal residents becomes an American citizen at birth. By pure jus soli and by only a small stretching of jus sanguinis, because of the domicile aspect of Wong Kim Ark. And that makes Marc Rubio a properly Natural Born citizen. And Michael Zak has arrived at the right conclusion by almost the right path. Good enough for me, and I hope he accepts my Wong refinement as right. [ ooh, I just missed that oh so tempting little landmine!! grin ]

On the other hand, if I am wrong about the children born here of legal residents, then Marco Rubio should be passed by for the VP slot. Find someone else. We had enough of this mess with the fallacy of the John McCain situation, twice. And - justified or not, and I lean to the justified side - the Birther situation with Obama has been 100 times as divisive. I’d really like to get past that with our next crop of leaders. What would really help would be a clear statement from the Supremes on just who is and who ain’t Natural Born. The 14th Amendment has already suffered more than any other Amendment, being nearly gutted by Slaughter House Cases amongst others. While I would dearly love to see it revert - at least in this citizenship clause aspect - to it’s original intent, I’d be happy with a clear interpretation of any kind at this point from them there black robes. And failing that, I’d want to see the people running for the nation’s highest offices to be 3rd, 4th, or greater generation Americans, just so we don’t have to fall down in this puddle every 4 years. I think we can all agree on that one. Wet shoes are such a bother. [ ooh, I sidestepped another one!! ]


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2012 at 04:03 PM   
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Let’s Just Call Them Rubios And Be Done With It

another immigrant story, h/t to Rich K, via Ace


Asian Tiger Shrimp: New Natural Born American Species?



Giant cannibal shrimp invasion growing!!!!



[insert Tiger Mom joke here, or mention how these critters are just being used as political prawns]


An invasion of giant cannibal shrimp into America’s coastal waters appears to be getting worse. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday that sightings of the massive Asian tiger shrimp, which can eat their smaller cousins, were 10 times higher in 2011 than in 2010.

“And they are probably even more prevalent than reports suggest, because the more fisherman and other locals become accustomed to seeing them, the less likely they are to report them,” said Pam Fuller, a USGS biologist.

The shrimp, which can grow to 13 inches long, are native to Asian and Australian waters and have been reported in coastal waters from North Carolina to Texas.

They can be consumed by humans.

“They’re supposed to be very good. But they can get very large, sorta like lobsters,” Fuller said.

While they may make good eatin’ for people, it’s the eating the giant shrimp do themselves that worries scientists.

“Are they competing with or preying on native shrimp,” Fuller asked. “It’s also very disease-prone.”

To try to get those answers, government scientists are launching a special research project on the creatures.

Perhaps some lout should shout “They’re here, no fear, get used to it!”?

The shrimp were “accidentally” released (how often have we heard that canard?) off the South Carolina coast in 1998. Somehow 2,000 of them got loose then and only 300 were recaptured. Since then they’ve been showing up all the way down to Florida and around the coast to Texas. So it’s pretty unlikely that the same little herd is doing all that moving and getting caught once in a while like gypsy caravans. They’re breeding. Like mad. Worse than rats. Or gypsies.

Scientists don’t know if there is a breeding population in U.S. waters. Tiger shrimp females can lay 50,000 to a million eggs, which hatch within 24 hours.  Or the shrimp may be carried here by currents or in ballast tanks of marine vessels.

The latest study will look at the DNA of collected specimens

Yup, that’s breeding alright. I’m just grateful that they’re only giant cannibal shrimp, not giant zombie shrimp. So let’s apply Wong Kim Ark in a natural resource manner, claim them as our own, and start the barbies going. At over a foot long, two or three of these ought to make a pretty decent meal.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2012 at 03:46 PM   
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Bang Zoom!

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thanks to Rich K


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2012 at 03:43 PM   
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calendar   Friday - April 27, 2012

Friday Fizz

I’m halfway through that advance copy of Jonah Goldberg’s The Tyranny of Cliches. Wow, what a great read. A fair part of it is a bit over my head because I neither have the Liberal Arts degree from a Jesuit college that he seems to, nor have I been reading National Review for the past 25 years. So when he delves into detail about Liberal roots, citing behaviors based on the tenets of philosophers like Hegel and Rousseau, dropping in untranslated “famous” Latin phrases, or casually mentioning what Buckley wrote about so-and-so in 1958 because he seems to assume we already knew ... I’m a bit lost, and come away feeling a little patronized. But those parts are in the minority, and the book does force you to think, and it’s one you absolutely will want to talk about. I think this is a book you will pass along to your Red State friends, and it’s certainly one you’ll want to read at least twice.

He has done what I’ve purposely avoided, which is to climb inside the Leftist mind and find out what makes it tick, back to Napoleon, Darwin, Spencer, and Marx etc. For myself, if the wind is right I can tell if the field ahead has horse apples in it, and I’ll just detour around. Goldberg jumps into the manure piles headfirst, identifies every grain of hay, grass, and oats, and jumps to the conclusion that the horse was piebald. And you read it, sit back and think a little, and realize he’s right. But a few little bridges, an extra paragraph or two between the analysiseses and the take-aways couldn’t hurt. Most of the rest of us aren’t so deep into the liberal dynamic to make those leaps with confidence. His whole intellectual and historical approach to decipher the statist ideology is enlightening, more so because he’s performing it on a group that these days claims to have neither history nor ideology. Obvious non-truth; they are bound lockstep to an unflinching ideology only slightly more flexible than Islam, one that hides behind stolen meanings, cliches that turn out to be logical fallacies, and various corruptions of history. At this point in the book it feels like the author is gentle enough not to believe that they are putting up a false front but actually believe the cliches, myths and ideology-free pragmatic ideology themselves. Ann Coulter, with her books Godless and Slander behind her, would not be hesitating to make the claim that the left knowingly does this all as a power grab because they have the temerity and arrogance to truly believe the rest of us can’t see through their BS, because they have the worldview of very small dishonest children. I’ll read to the end and see if he reaches that same conclusion, which is a bit ancillary to the theme of the book itself.

It’s also a fun read. I like his style. If you could get Ann Coulter to put down her shtick for a few minutes, slow down a little, dilute the venom in her inkwell 75%, and stop reaching for the rimshot every paragraph, she’d write just like Jonah Goldberg. He skewers the Left too, but in a softer and quieter way. Is it a Must Have for your Conservative library? Not sure yet, but it’s certainly a good one to add to your Wish List.

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We got creamed in bowling leagues. Both of them. By ringers. Sand baggers. I’m not upset; that’s just how it goes. Both my teams bowled our best, but we were outscored. That’s how this game is played. So I want to become good enough so that I can suck. In other words, I want to be able to roll at a level consistently below my ability, and be able to just win with that, and save the real stuff for the finals when it’s needed. Come on; the guy we played against on Cheap League was grinning the whole time, him and his “220” average, while he threw 9 strikes in a row for a 257 in the first game, then started the second game with an open only to strike his way through the remainder for another game of exactly 257, at which point he goofed off and gave us a “sympathy lay” to let us win the third game. But not the wood; even though we were up more than 120 pins halfway through the 10th frame and needed only 67 to take it. No, he and he fellow co-anchor pulled out 6 in a row EACH to finish up, which gave us the win by just 54, so no wood. Greed League was even worse, because there was no doubt we’d been bagged there. F’s team took us by 100+ each game and we all bowled well over average ... yet somehow we were giving the other guys handicap points, just like the baggers in Cheap League. It’s a pretty slick trick, and it’s how you win. And I want to be that good.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2012 at 05:37 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 26, 2012

Thursday Notes

What does your favorite wine say about you? I have no idea, but I’m wondering. We were talking with Bill from bowling league last week, and he’s telling us how he loves barolo wine. Barolo is an Italian wine from the Piedmont in northwest Italy, an area just east of France and south of Switzerland. The Nebbiolo grape used to make this wine is fussy and potent. When the weather cooperates, barolo is fantastic wine ... for your children to drink. Generally it is extremely sharp stuff, and needs at least a decade to even begin to become drinkable. The good ones are mighty expensive, yet after 20 years of cellaring they’re still a crapshoot.

We tried a bottle, a 2006 vintage from Monchiero. $40, which is mighty spendy for us, but my wife got a 10% discount. It’s also dirt cheap for a decent barolo. After a mere 6 years, the wine was an explosion of leather and spice, with a touch of minerality in the background. Far and away the fullest bodied Italian wine I’ve ever had, it easily cleared the palette from the marinated hanger steaks we had with it. While 2006 was a good year for the region, 2004 was even better, and the good ones will cost you triple what we paid, if you can even find them.

“Mascarello’s 2004 Barolo Monprivato is an explosive wine with an almost Pinot-like expression of purity in its fruit. This round, sweet Barolo is extremely primary at this stage, with tons of dense fruit that almost cover the wine’s tannins completely. Subtle overtones of roses and tar develop in the glass, rounding out this majestic wine. Monprivato is one of the world’s very finest values in collectible, age-worthy wine, and the 2004 is another classic in the making. I was blown away by this wine’s sheer balance and harmony, both of which are remarkable considering the wine’s age. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.” - 96 Pts Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate

So maybe Bill is a big risk taker with way too much money to throw around. It is a helluva wine though, one to eat with your most intensely flavored meats. If I can find another bottle we’ll try it with some garlic and rosemary roast lamb.

My thought is that you if you like powerful and spicy wines you can get the carmenere grape from Chile, usually for under $15, $40 for the really top drawer stuff. And then drink them.

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Woo hoo, the advantages of being a notable blogger. I just got an advance copy of the new Jonah Goldberg book, The Tyranny of Cliches. Fight the meme Jonah says. The bumper sticker sound byte sloganeering of the Far Left throws around all these overworked terms, but many of them have deeper, evil underpinnings, often filled with lies. Terms like Social Justice and Diversity. I’ll write up a review when I’ve read it, but this looks like it will be a nice addition to your Conservative library, if only to serve as a reminder that the first step in debating with Democrats is to call bullshit on everything they say, even their choice of words. Kick the ass of their pet phrases and their robotically parroted talking points will go up in smoke; since those are as close to reasoned thought as they can come, they’ll be reduced to infantile ad hominem and tantrums. This is going to be a fun read.

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JJ from over at Summer Patriot / Winter Soldier writes that his semi-wildcat “JJ’s .280 Brit” cartridge is testing just fine. He built himself a rifle out of spare parts and had it set up on the cheap, and away he went. He was able to push a 7mm 140gr bullet to 2550fps with ease, safely getting more than 2600fps with one loading, giving him exactly the muzzle energy and velocity he wanted. More testing to come, and I’m certain that he’ll post on it when he gets back from his trip. Next will come the process of optimizing a load that gives him 2500fps, and fitting that new cartridge of his into an AR platform. I think it will work just fine. Being an AR shooter himself, and a fan of the 6.8 SPC, he’s been neck deep in the debate about a new cartridge for the old poodle shooter assault rifle for years (M-16) and figured that if it wasn’t for politics, the British had the right idea back in 1950. So he brought their old cartridge back to life, with just one or two minor modernizations. And so far it looks like them Limeys had it spot on, and all at fairly low pressures which are great for barrel longevity.

I helped a little on his project, using my tools to draw the pictures and figure out what powder loads would work and so forth. From what he wrote, it looks like my software was only off by 25fps, which is pretty awesome for a relatively inexpensive ballistics tool.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/26/2012 at 03:44 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 25, 2012

Bamboo: is it straw or sticks?

Strange news from last week:

Pigs die as houses are blown down

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Hundreds of pigs died when a strong wind blew all their houses down at Dongxiang county, in south China’s Jiangxi province.

The region has seen a massive increase in the last 10 years in the number of pig farms which is now a staple of the local economy.

But although locals are famous for their pig breeding skills their building skills are not so renowned – and officials now estimate that the strong winds that the region recently experienced had flattened 30 farms, killing hundreds of pigs in the process.

Officials are now planning checks on all new pig farms and existing ones to make sure the building regulations are up to standard.

Farmer Zeng Huobao, 48, whose pig farm collapsed killing all 200 pigs said the collapse had ruined him and he’s planning to sue the builders who put up property in the first place.

He said: “I had one of the best droves of pigs - now I have nothing.”



In mostly unrelated news over in the UK, bacon prices are about to jump 20%, for the same reason that the price of eggs is way up: new PETA-esque “cage free” livestock regulations are dramatically raising the cost of raising the animals.

Bacon prices could soar by 20% after new EU pig welfare reforms banning stalls set to come into force

Britain’s breakfast lovers are facing a hefty hike in the cost of their favourite fry-up as the price of bacon could increase by 20 per cent next year.

A new report has revealed that the cost of the much-loved meat could dramatically increase when new EU pig welfare rules come into force.

The British Pig Executive (Bpex) has warned that pig meat supplies could plummet by between 5 per cent and 10 per cent at the start of 2013.

It says a ban on sow stalls could lead to pork producers who are unable or unwilling to comply with the new rules leaving the industry.

And the bacon hike warning comes as the price of eggs has soared for Britain’s shoppers in the wake of the EU-wide ban on battery cages introduced in January.

Bpex deputy chief executive Mick Sloyan warned that as the EU produced around 20 million tonnes of pig meat each year, even a 5 per cent drop could have ‘very sizeable effects’ .

‘We are forecasting wholesale price rises of at least 10 per cent year-on-year which could rise to 20 per cent if production is reduced aggressively’ he told trade magazine The Grocer.

If pig meat production drops and prices rise, bacon would be affected first, he said.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2012 at 08:04 PM   
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Arizona Looking Good With SCOTUS

The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it might uphold a key element of Arizona’s immigration law, as justices across the board suggested the state has a serious problem on its hands and should have some level of sovereignty to address illegal immigration.

The justices appeared to ready to allow a provision requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the U.S. illegally.

The justices strongly suggested Wednesday they are not buying the Obama administration’s argument that the state exceeded its authority, with Chief Justice John Roberts at one point saying he doesn’t think the federal government even wants to know how many illegal immigrants are in the country.

You can see it’s not selling very well,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Obama administration Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

Oh wouldn’t it be nice. This one plus Obamacare. However, with Kagan recused, it will have to be 5-3 to have the lower court’s suspension of this law overturned.

Reports from inside the courtroom say several justices expressed support for Arizona’s effort to crack down on illegal immigration. They include Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often casts the deciding vote in such decisions .

Supporters of the law say tough local action is urgently needed in the border state, charging that the federal government has not done enough to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. Critics say the law encourages racial profiling.

It’s not profiling if the cops do it to everyone. And if all the states make being a citizen - with proof - part of getting a driver’s license or a photo voter ID in their state, then any adult citizen the AZ police are likely to deal with will have sufficient ID with them at all times. Scan either one, and it should come back with the matching picture. Ok, I’m not a fan of the giant centralized databases the police can access, but they are here and they aren’t going away any time soon. So use them wisely, and this would be a wise use. And just think how much extra fine money they’d make catching all those folks with fake IDs.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2012 at 05:28 PM   
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not against legit criticism but these anti american wack jobs bug me and they LIE!

She’s a lying anti-anything American gold digging slag.
And Peter McKay who wrote this, is no friend of the USA either.

I might not have posted this except for an on line story re. drone attack taking out another bit of vermin over the wkend. GOOD!  So screw em both. He and Khan. Left wing bleeding heart hand wringers.

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Just imagine if America was hit by drones

Heiress Jemima Khan says she was sitting with an ‘attentive, unassuming 16-year-old boy’ called Tariq Aziz at a protest meeting in Islamabad over the use of U.S. drones. Like others, he was given a free digital camera to record the damage they caused in his home area of Waziristan.

Three days later, she says, he was blown to pieces by a drone strike, one of more than 3,000 such fatalities caused by remote-controlled aircraft targeted by ground-based operatives in Nevada.

Ms Khan has a special interest: she was married to the Pakistani politician Imran Khan, with whom she has two children, one of them only a year younger than Tariq. She says there are now moves to bring legal action over drones against the U.S. ambassador in Pakistan.

If, as she says, the U.S. is killing hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people in Pakistan using drone attacks, and 97 per cent of Pakistanis are against this form of warfare, couldn’t more be done internationally to investigate this carnage?

Elsewhere in the world, the killing of innocent people by governments, or regimes, attracts the attention of the International Court at The Hague. Why doesn’t this happen with drone attacks, or the several U.S. outrages against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Because, it seems, there’s one law for the U.S., and another for everyone else.

As the philosopher-turned-politician Michael Ignatieff writes in the current New York Review Of Books: ‘From Nuremberg onwards, no country has invested more in the development of international jurisdiction for atrocity crimes and no country has worked harder to make sure that the law it seeks for others does not apply to itself.’

peter.mckay@dailymail.co.uk

So up yours McKay and Kahn.
And three cheers for the USA and our drones. Wish one would land near one or both of them.

CIA drone strike kills top Al-Qaeda operative who was trained by Osama Bin Laden - as FBI director pledges to help stop Islamist insurgency

· Mohammed Al-Umda, trained by Bin Laden, was killed in weekend strike
· FBI chief vows to help crush insurgency and spoke with Yemen’s president
· Yemen President Hadi says he’s committed to working with U.S.
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER and REUTERS REPORTER

A top member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in an air strike over the weekend, the Yemeni Embassy confirmed Tuesday.
U.S. officials say the strike was conducted by the CIA and killed Mohammed Al-Umda on Sunday.
The drone targeted the prominent Al-Qaeda leader while he was riding in his SUV.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/25/2012 at 01:35 PM   
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RCOB: Sucker Punch

Long past time to repeal the Patriot Act and disband Homeland Security. Especially now that the “war” is over, at least according the White House. So why are the jackbooted scum at TSA expanding their role? Welcome to the police state. Say goodbye to even the smallest remaining concept of Liberty.



The War On Terror Is Over!

In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration is grappling with how to handle Islamists, radical adherents to Islam. Particularly, the issue has come to the fore in regards to Egypt, which, as Reuel Marc Gerecht notes, “is now certain” to elect “an Islamist” as its leaders the next time the Egyptian people go to the polls.

But some in the Obama administration are now seeing things differently.

“The war on terror is over,” a senior official in the State Department official tells the National Journal. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

So assisting the creation of the Caliphate, which could be seen as the ultimate act of dhimmi submission, was the key to victory this whole time? Who knew? We could have avoided 2 wars and numberless secret support missions with just a couple dozen bullets. Take out all the oppressive dictators and let the pizzlamic rabble set up their “Sharia Democracies” and they’ll be happy. And with gains like that coming in all across the world in so short a time, they’ll be happy and content and never try to push their agenda on any other nation, right? Awesome. Glad that’s sorted out. Too bad it took 11 years and 5500 military lives to figure out. And tens of trillions of dollars, but WTF, it’s only China’s money anyway. At 15% interest.

But if it’s over, and all the big bad threat is gone, then why is the TSA becoming the New Gestapo? Why not just reset the worldview clock to 1999 so we can party down with our new “legitimate Islam” buddies? Surely you can’t be trying to tell me that a handful of kooks in the mountains of Idaho are the new national threat? Really?

TSA goon squads at the bus station: police state, here we come

Paul Joseph Watson writes for Prison Planet that Big Sis has started a program with the TSA and police officers to search and interrogate passengers on Houston buses. This practice isn’t new. As we’ve written several times at TSA News, this program of warrantless searches on buses, trains, boats, and highways, is part of VIPR, and has been going on all over the country. Houston is just the latest stop. Watson writes:

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, at a Friday press conference. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston(METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, “ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent, and address latent criminal activity or behavior.”

“While local law enforcement agencies focus on overall safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise,” states the press release.

TSA expands beyond airport screening

The TSA has its hands all over the country’s transportation systems, from trains to buses to subways to ferries to trucks. Its VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program has been in operation since 2005.

VIPR teams periodically descend on transportation hubs to conduct “random” searches, as they did in Tennessee; in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky; in Des Moines, Iowa; in Tampa, Florida; in Sacramento, California; and perhaps most notoriously, in Savannah, Georgia, where train passengers were separated from their luggage and body-searched after they got off the train.
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VIPR teams also operate in the New York City subway and in other cities, where, according to the TSA, they “surge into a transit agency.”

They can also show up at “special events,” such as football games. TSA head John Pistole recently testified before Congress that the TSA “conducted more than 8,000 VIPR operations in the past 12 months, including more than 3,700 operations in mass-transit and passenger-railroad venues.”

And where the goons aren’t, their drones already are, or soon will be. With or without junior versions of Hellfire missiles aboard; you’ll never know one way or the other.

Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.

Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

And if the drones aren’t flying, the security cameras are. They’re everywhere, and getting denser by the hour. Every store you shop in, every ATM machine, every parking lot, many urban and suburban streets. Hell, we’ve got 2 of them down here at the intersection. Oh, that’s just to run the stop lights. Uh huh. Sure it is. And every cop car in the state - in the country? - has a Wifi PC on the front seat connected to the national databases, and the up-armored patrolman with the fully automatic weapons in the trunk can run your picture or your plates whenever the F he wants to. And they do. Not to mention the Easy Pass transponder or your car’s built in OnStar, both of which report your whereabouts to the government. As does your cellphone, which the FBI can turn on remotely and listen in to everything it can pick up. That is, until they finish building their massive new data mining storage facility to hold a copy of every email and telephone conversation across the country. Across the world. And probably all your bank accounts and spending habits too. But don’t worry, it’s for your own good. As long as you’re a good citizen. Right, Winston Smith? Nothing to fear at all. It’s not that you have nothing to hide. It’s that you have nothing that you CAN hide. But good citizens don’t, so why worry?

Freedom? Liberty? Constitution? Like “limited government” and “sound currency” these are now meaningless terms. “No search without a warrant” & “probable cause” - soon to be Leno’s favorite punchlines.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2012 at 12:25 PM   
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a black flag of the sort often seen in videos from al-Qaida.

Great. Just what we need.  Not just more of the same vermin, but yet another sect of them.  Got this today from German site that I visit from time to time.
Until today, I hadn’t come across the word, ‘Salafists.’ Have you?
Not good news. Not for the Germans and certainly not for anyone else in the west.

Apparently the Germans are at wits end on how to deal with this latest threat to their country and culture.  How times change in 70 or so years. 
The Nazi stiff armed salute can land you in jail and so can denying the Holocaust.
Seems to me that these scum are a much greater threat then whatever deniers are out there giving a dead salute. 

A little bit of 1939 in dealing with their growing and one day majority population would solve this bit of bother.  Nail it while that’s all it is. A bother.  Because it won’t be too long before they are far more then that. 

They are a terminal infection that will spread and infect the whole body if it isn’t ripped out now. We know it won’t happen of course, even though the Germans have finally found and publicly said that their grand experiment with multi-kulture, has failed.  Of course it has failed. There was never a chance in hell of it working in any way except against them. 

The Missionary Zeal of Germany’s Salafists

By Hubert Gude, Souad Mekhennet and Christoph Scheuermann
DER SPIEGEL

Salafists in Germany have attracted increasing attention in recent weeks with their campaign to hand out millions of free Korans. What, though, is their ultimate goal? Some sell Islamism like it is pop-culture and openly call for holy war, even under the watchful eye of the authorities.

Mohamed Mahmoud sits on his bed and tries to keep his cat away from his visitor. He is wearing the Pakistani traditional dress known as shalwar kameez, and light-brown pakol, the hat worn by Pashtuns. “The Prophet Muhammad also had a cat,” says the 26-year-old with a smile, sensing our surprise.
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On the wall behind him is a black flag of the sort often seen in videos from al-Qaida and similar organizations, with the creed of the Muslim faith written on it in Arab letters: There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God. “My goal in life is victory or shahada, the martyr’s death,” says Mahmoud, who has made a name for himself in the global jihadist movement as Abu Usama al-Gharib.

Despite appearances, however, Mahmoud is not a mujahid in the Hindu Kush. Rather, he is sitting in a studio apartment in a small city near Frankfurt. The apartment building is in the center of the town, next to a pharmacy and a Turkish diner. For him, the world outside is the world of the “kuffar,” or infidels.

Mahmoud has a single mission: He wants to convert the infidels to Salafism, the ultra conservative interpretation of the Koran that has triggered a debate in Germany over the limits of religious freedom.

“That’s what I stand for, and that’s what I’ll die for,” says Mahmoud, born in Austria to Egyptian immigrant parents. So far, he feels that society hasn’t understood him and his religious zeal. But most great leaders, he says, only gained true recognition after death.

Mahmoud also sees himself as a leader, an appointee of Allah in the diaspora. He is in enemy country, and religion is his combat zone. In the world that he wants to establish in Western Europe, there would be stonings and floggings. Mahmoud and his radical comrades-in-arms are fighting for a sort of European caliphate governed by the Shariah instead of secular law. To that end, he is building a nationwide network in Germany called “Millatu-Ibrahim,” which supports the actions of Frankfurt imam Ibrahim Abou Nagie, whose helpers are currently handing out free Korans in the downtown pedestrian zones of German cities.
Provocation and Agitation
Men like Abou Nagie, Mahmoud and his friend Denis Cuspert, a former gangsta rapper who is now proselytizing at Mahmoud’s side, represent a challenge to democracy. They use words as weapons, and they take advantage of the leeway afforded by freedom of expression in a society that treats religious freedom as an important value. They stretch the constitutional state to its absolute limit, and sometimes beyond, with their acts of provocation and agitation.

Salafism “doesn’t fit into a free society, like the one we have here in Germany,” says German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, a member of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU). But even Friedrich lacks a strategy for dealing with bearded young men wearing long robes, and holding German passports, who have been distributing the Koran in Germany for several weeks now, just as the Jehovah’s Witnesses once distributed their religious magazine, The Watchtower.

The conflict with agitators like Mahmoud and Abu Nagie is one being waged with administrative sanctions, the law and surveillance. It also, however, represents an attempt to grapple with the question as to what motivates the Salafists and why their message is reaching an astonishingly large number of young people.

To understand the fascination that such an archaic version of Islam can have, and how it is preached today, one has to listen to young men like Mahmoud.
On his computer in his apartment, there is an appeal to break Filiz Gelowicz out of prison. Filiz is the wife of Fritz Gelowicz, one of the terrorists convicted in 2010 of planning to attack US military installations in Germany. She is in prison for having raised money for jihad. “How can I, as a Muslim, sleep in peace or eat when my sisters in prison are suffering?” Mahmoud asks. His eyes well up with tears and he buries his face in his hands. Mahmoud becomes intoxicated with revolutionary pathos. The front line, for him, is where good mujahedin are pitted against bad Christians.

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