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Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
I saw on the news this evening a leader in the Muslim community of Denmark being interviewed about the conflict between the Muslim world and Denmark. As everyone knows by now, the Muslim community is a tad upset that a Danish newspaper has published cartoons that Muslims found offensive. In the interview this representative said the Muslim community is demanding the Danes change their society to accommodate Muslim beliefs and values. DEMANDING. He said, 'We demand this country change their values.' That's actually what he said, with a straight face and as though that were a perfectly reasonable thing to say. This conflict has been going since September 2005 because of some cartoons published in Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper. When the Muslim community demanded the paper not publish the cartoons, the paper stood for freedom of speech and instead of apologizing for printing the cartoons, they printed a series of the cartoon. The cartoonist has been threatened, beaten as have journalists and editors of the newspaper. They have maintained they have the right to print the cartoons. In the beginning, the newspaper was under some pressure from the EU, UN and former President Bill Clinton who made statements that the newspaper was being insensitive to Islam and feared a new holocaust that would victimize Muslims. Meanwhile, the Muslim outrage has spread. They are demanding sanctions against Denmark. They are demanding a boycott of all Danish goods. They are demanding.... They are demanding.... They are burning and stomping on Danish flags ..... They are making bomb threats .... They are beating the employees of the newspaper ..... They have given Denmark 48 hours to apologize or else ..... They are rioting in the streets .... They are swearing vengeance and murderous riots ..... They are threatening to mobilize millions of Muslims worldwide .... Some other European papers have printed the cartoons on their front pages in support of Denmark and freedom of speech and a refusal to be dictated to by Islamic dogma. Only the French retracted their support under pressure from the Muslims. We wouldn't expect more from the French. It was extraordinary for them to make the protest to begin with. The fact they caved less than 24 hours later might be a record even for them. I guess they are still remembering their inability to control the riots in France a few months ago and the fact 20% of their population is Muslim. Now that some of the other European countries are lining up in support, it will be interesting to see if the European Union, the United Nations and Bill Clinton continue to pressure Denmark to appease. Or will they also decide that freedom of speech should be supported. None of them seemed to have a problem with depicting Jesus in a sculpture of cow dung. That was a work of art and anyone who was put off by it was declared to be a religious fanatic. No one burned the museum; no one beat up or threatened to kill the 'artist'. It was just disgusting, but the guy had the right to be disgusting and people had the right to not go see his exhibit. A young Muslim in Brussels has published a poster depicting the Virgin Mary with her breasts exposed. While some Catholics have protested his work, his life has not been threatened. In fact, he's receiving government subsidies for his work. Apparently, the Muslim community does not feel the same way about freedom of speech or tolerance as Western cultures. There's a storm coming.
More in-depth information this can be found at the The Brussels Journal Updates in the Brussels Journal are here. Scotsman.com News has a series of articles on this. Check out The Face of Muhammed: The Moment of Truth
Banned Cartoons and “Feelings” Excerpt: I have not posted about the banned Editorial Cartoons. But, they are all over the News and the “Net”. There are people much more qulified than I and are much more eloquent in passing the word.Let me just say that when there was an uproar... Weblog: Echo9er Tracked: 02.03.06 - 9:13 am
A Cacophony of Cartoons, Crazies and Crises Excerpt: If the Muslims did not use their religion as an excuse to kill, terrorize, burn, and destroy, there would be no material for such cartoons . . . From all I see, read or hear, Islam is, in reality, a religion of fear, hatred, violence and injustice. Weblog: The Median Sib Tracked: 02.03.06 - 7:31 pm
Sing it, Sting! Excerpt: In Europe and America, there's a growing feeling of hysteria. Conditioned to respond to every threat, In the terrorist speeches on the internet. Zarqawi says "We will behead you." I don't subscribe to this point of view. It would be... Weblog: Classical Values Tracked: 02.04.06 - 5:20 am
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Other blogs on the Jihad against the Danes: Little Green Footballs The Jawa Report Don Surber Dr. Sanity Freedom Folks In the Bullpen Theodore's World The Median Sib The Uncooperative Blogger Infidel Bloggers Alliance My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Classical Values ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Open Posts Jo's Cafe Right Wing Nation Free Constitution
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Previous posts on this subject: From One Soldiers Mother to Another Barbara Bush didn't raise George Right! Cindy Sheehan and Me ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For more posts on Cindy Shenanigans: hat tip: 4 the Little Guy GOP and College Sister Toldjah Mark in Mexico Code Red: Women for the Troops Crazy Politico's Rantings Stop the ACLU ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Open Posts: Mudville Gazette Cao's Blog Right Wing Nation Jo's Cafe Third World Country The Real Ugly American Stuck on Stupid
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
"He's a coward. He's supposed to be this macho guy. He'll take on Osama bin Laden, but he won't take me on."
"The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Little Political Heckling: Helen Thomas, Michael Moore, Michael Jackson Excerpt: I've got to share a couple of hilarious posts I've read tonight. I guess they wouldn't be too funny to liberal democrats, but as an independent conservative, I thought they were amusing. Weblog: The Median Sib Tracked: 01.31.06 - 8:04 pm
"I think you rise to the occasion in a crisis," she once said. "I think the Lord gives you strength when you need it. God was using us - and now he's using me, too."
Always a lady. Always true to her beliefs. A brave and honorable woman. Rest in Peace.
photo above was taken while Mrs. King was attending Stanford University.
Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. became the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, confirmed with the most partisan victory in modern history after a fierce battle over the future direction of the high court. The Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito _ a former federal appellate judge, U.S. attorney, and conservative lawyer for the Reagan administration from New Jersey _ as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been a moderate swing vote on the court.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Please go by and welcome Laura from The Wide Awake Cafe to the Blue Star Blogroll She says that her husband is retired military. She has brothers in the military. And her son is currently serving. She has a beautiful grandson. Check out her post about Jim Carroll's Boston Globe article. Welcome Laura!