WTF Open Thread

2008. The year of WTF.

People behaving out of character. A realignment on the political Right. The attempt to marginalize Christians. Weird, strange, unpredictable stuff. I can’t think of a better way to describe it than “WTF.”

First up, articles from NRO, Times Online, and JihadWatch.

Writing at NRO, Mark Steyn takes issue with those who would try to use the “nazi” label against the anti-jihad alliance. Roger Boyles continues the theme at the Times, And, writing at JihadWatch, Spencer takes on WSJ.

Mark Steyn says, “Silence = Acceptance”

We are told that the “vast majority” of the 1.6-1.8 billion Muslims (in Deepak Chopra’s estimate) are “moderate.” Maybe so, but they’re also quiet. And, as the AIDs activists used to say, “Silence=Acceptance.” It equals acceptance of the things done in the name of their faith. Rabbi Holtzberg was not murdered because of a territorial dispute over Kashmir or because of Bush’s foreign policy. He was murdered in the name of Islam — “Allahu Akbar.”

Roger Boyles reports from Berlin, “Mosques are a land grab, not a place of worship.”

So says Ralph Giordano, 85, Holocaust survivor. His protests against the grand mosque in Cologne brought a flood of supportive mail.

“…Mr. Giordano, we are afraid as you are of this creeping Islamification but we can’t say anything in public because we will end up being branded as neo-Nazis.”

The novelist and essayist pauses for effect. “Well, that’s something that cannot be pinned on me!”

Mr Giordano finds himself in the company of far-right activists. “Of course, you have to distance yourself clearly from these people – obviously their racist, neo-Nazis arguments are quite different from mine – but I am not going to be muzzled just because people are fighting on the same issue with false arguments and a false ideology.”

Also counterpunching against the PC “right” at JihadWatch,

Over the weekend, Robert Spencer called out Wall St. Journal drone James Taranto on his cynicism about the intentions of the man who is most adamant about preserving Western civilization, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.

Specifically, as Spencer points out, Taranto finds Wilders’ views on Islam “problematic” and isn’t sure whether or not Geert Wilders is simply an “anti-Islamic provocateur.” To which Spencer replies, “It is a pity that Taranto would characterize speaking accurately about how Muslims use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and Islamic supremacism as being an ‘anti-Islamic provocateur.’”

More WTF on the domestic front, as the Mother of all Bailouts continues….

The Ohio Agriculture Department conducts a SWAT Team raid on a food co-op known as the Mana Storehouse. The charge? Running a retail establishment without a license. No kidding. Selling unlicensed food is now an offense worthy of a SWAT Team raid. Read more here.

At Euromoney, Helen Avery reports that the settlement system for the US Government bond market has broken down.

And,at the Market Oracle, Martin Weiss says, “America’s Second Great Depression has started.”

Right now, our country’s finances have deteriorated too far to balance the federal budget anytime soon. But it’s not too late to avoid some major financial blunders that could seriously weaken our country for the rest of the century. Even in the worst-case scenario, it is certainly not too late for you to protect your savings, boost your income and grow your wealth.

How long could the depression last? How much further can home prices fall? How far down will the stock market go? Will it be as bad as the 1930s? At this juncture, you can count on your fingers the number of serious analysts who believe that’s even a remote possibility. And yet, stranger things have already happened, including the largest bank and insurance company collapses of all time.

And, on a lighter note, Sparty claims that Chris Petersen will be named head coach at Mississippi State, right after today’s SEC Championship game, even though Petersen and everyone else denies it. I hope Sparty’s right.

Also, South Panola’s 89 game win streak is snapped by Meridian in the 5A Championship game. Yes Virgina, Meridian’s All-State QB Tyler Russell is headed to Mississippi State! C’mon Chris Petersen.

Finally, GN Magazine has “Surprising Truths” you may not know about the Nativity story.

Just Words?

The previous post about the iman calling the Dutch schoolchildren “dogs” stirred my curiosity. With Geert Wilders making headlines with his movie Fitna, the murder of Theo van Gogh, and the books and speeches by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Netherlands does indeed seem to be the center of the struggle for the future of Europe.

Occupying a territory only slightly larger than the state of Massachussets, The Netherlands has 453 mosques according to the Social and Cultural-planning agency of the Dutch government. Nearly all have multiple foreign Imams.

Recently, a report by the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) named six radical mosques, all which are now under surveillance. All six preach the Salafist strain of Islam and all six receive funding from Saudi Arabia. They are:

El Tawheed Mosque in Amsterdam; Sjeikh Al Islam Ibn Taymia in Den Haag; Al Fourkaan mosque in Eindhoven; Al Mouahidine mosque in Helmond; Society of Islamic youth in Breda; Islamic Society for Education and Knowledge Transfer in Tilburg.

After three imans were expelled in 2005 for preaching sedition at the Al Fourkann mosque, a mosque spokesman said,
“If an imam preaches incitement, I am against that. Maybe that has happened sometimes in this mosque, but I don’t know about it because I was not present.”

His statement sounds eerily familiar to Barack H. Obama’s response to statements made by former Nation of Islam, and later Trinity UCC pastor Jeremiah Wright …
“I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue….The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity…”

Just words?

Here are some more words, courtesy of Mrs. Hartsfield. “Your freedom of speech ends somewhere between the edge of my fist and the tip of your nose.”

sources:
Dutch Report
Huffington Post
Ironic Surrealism II (united against extremism)

Fitna, the movie


Kudos to LiveLeak for releasing Fitna, and for their strong, principled stand for Freedom of Speech
Update:  LiveLeak pulled the video, due to death threats from some of the more peaceful RoPers.

But, since we hosted the video independent of the Liveleak servers, it’s still up and running here at NG.  Plus, I downloaded a copy to my video player, so if anybody wants a copy, let me know.

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