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What is "right-wing" about standing up for the freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and legal equality of all people? That *is* inherently right-wing! Take that, leftie scumbags...
How's the economy at NYT? Any chance they'll go down soon?
And while we are at it, restore Sophia from the great desecration. It is is long overdue. Yes. Not as in 'Please', as in 'YES!'
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2010 on Return Hagia Sophia to the Church at Atlas Shrugs
In addition to the excellent book The Mosque Exposed, the organizers could well use the compact Proposed Charter for Muslim Understanding (also by Sam Solomon), and request the people behind the mosque project to sign it. That was done in Warsaw last week, with the usual reaction: No, we do not sign anything like that, unless it's a government requirement. Having a concrete request is useful, and if anyone signed it, we could call off the demonstration and celebrate that finally, after decades of searching and asking, guessing and failing, genuine moderate Muslims have been found. So far, nobody signed :)
Same old evil, indeed: It's all about coercing individual citizens into giving up their life and property "For the Greater Good".
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2010 on All the same evil at Atlas Shrugs
FOX News claimed copyright and had the video removed. That's a first. They never do that. That fits snugly with the Breitbart news of News Corp moving to Abu Dhabi. It's Lawfare. While Murdoch may enjoy Arab money for a while, I think he will eventually regret this.
I think he's doing a phenomenal job but he is not elaborating enough on some crucial aspects about Islam which could turn public opinion to his favor. Point taken, but he probably could use some practical assistance to that end. Wilders is living a life that most people would consider insane, and he's making the best of what he has. The best way to help him improve would be to go through the aspects you have in mind, make an analysis of them, and propose simple, correct improvements to how he expresses himself on them. We all have limited time. Where there's scope for improvement, please use.
he [Wilders] simply doesn't go far enough in explaining exactly why Islam is a threat to civilization. Others do that. Wilders is running a political party that also has to deal with stuff like the European Union. For depth on the subject, read some Spencer or the like.
Despite the editing goof above, the message should be clear enough: Geert Wilders is one of the rare European polticians who openly dare to advocate 'less government'. He fought the EU Constitution Treaty and contributed significantly to its defeat in the Dutch referendum. The System, however, took revenge by window-dressing the Constitution Treaty, renaming it 'Lisbon', and passing it in the Dutch parliament without referendum. Similar situation here in Denmark, though we never got as far as to hold our own referendum. It was stolen from us due to fear that we (which is quite likely) would have the same opinion of it as the Dutch. More on the sorry tale of the Lisbon treaty at I'm not at all surprised that the System lets him down. But I'm suprised that Beck does.
Is Wilders a small government advocate? Small government. Which is a contributing cause to the whole bloated European political system trying somehow to get rid of this problem in their System.
Actually, the whole "Ban the Books" thing in the Netherlands was introduced by the Social Democrats just a few years ago. Obviously, they thought too little attention was being paid to the fundamental book of national socialism, and set out to find a way to set the matter straight. That sortof created a trap for Wilders, who rightly pointed out that Mein Kampf is no worse than the quran. But banning books is not workable. Ridiculing them for their contents, however, is.
Glenn Beck, of all people??? I mean, this guy knows a bit about fascism. I recall seeing him running something based on Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism". If Glenn would take the time to even peek into the political thinking of Wilders & PVV, he would offer Wilders an unconditional public apology. Christ, it's hard to find friends one can rely on...
I am rooting for the army. So would I, if it wasn't for the fact that the army is not really Good, it's just the lesser evil. The army has heavy constitutional protection against criticism, on such pertinent issues as the Kurdish situation and the occupation of Cyprus. The situation in Cyprus is the clearer of those: Turkey invaded the island in 1974, conquered the best (northern) part of it, and still stays there. Most of the original Turkish Cypriots have fled the occupation (which they can easily do - for instance to Britain), and have been replaced by settlers from Anatolia, in stark contrast with international law about occupied territories. There is a very simple solution to the occupation and related problems: The Turks should go home! Stupid EU/UN enforced 'solutions', botched referendums and the 'International diplomacy' are of no value in a situation where the occupiers should just apologize and leave.
Technically, she's not being prosecuted yet. She has been reported to the authorities for prosecution to begin, but it is first to be decided if the case is to be taken to court or not. Austrian history doesn't count much in these Multikulti times, unfortunately. The European Union sets out the rules, bureaucrats are Right if they stick to the rules, and the history of the individual nation-states have - in EU context - nothing of relevance to offer. In other words: EU sucks!
Airport body scanners violate Islamic law, Muslims say. Why, they're right! Quran 8:12 When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them. Quran 8:60: And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.) to threaten the enemy of Allâh and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allâh does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allâh shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly. Ibn Ishaq page 326: If you come upon them, deal so forcibly as to terrify those who would follow, that they may be warned. Make a severe example of them by terrorizing Allah's enemies. The Islamic scholars are right. Now, do we have the guts to confront them, or are we already .. terrorized..?
The original article has now been updated with a stack of links for documentation, including the Brussels Journal article Sarasto refers to above. Does not make the article any less damning. Yikes!
From what I've read (here and here), the British let the Mufti slip, as part of the usual foolish foreign policy games (I think the British in particular excel at these). It was considered an appeasement of negative Arab sentiment. Now, the Mufti (again according to the above sources) played a key role in making the Arabs decide for war in 1948 in reaction to the (re-)creation of Israel. By then, it was too late to stop the Mufti, who proceeded (with all his ideological baggage) to agitate against the Jews. Not exactly what we needed right after the Holocaust (Shoah)...
I guess when Government increases their Fear-o-Meter, it's time to watch out for new, shady legislation.
There is no debate as to whether the Mufti knew about the Holocaust. In contrast with the Nazi leaders, who apparently still had a touch of civilized sense left in them, the Mufti actually visited the death camps...
More vital information on this subject: The Nazi Roots of Palestinian Nationalism and Islamic Jihad (booklet) Icon of Evil (book) Further, I was watching a documentary on WWI (not WWII) which detailed the coordination between the Ottoman Empire and Germany before WWI (the Germans trained the Ottoman army), the price of Ottoman entry into the war (5 million Marks in gold), and - most importantly - that the Germans instructed the Ottomans to make a call for Jihad, Holy War, throughout the Arab world that the Ottomans were ruling back then. Effectively, Imperial Germany seeded the idea of violent uprising against the West back then, and continued on during the 1930's to promote the Muslim Brotherhood from obscurity to dominance. My apologies if this upsets any German friends. This is the past, and it's important.
At least Russia publicly declared that they will stick to free markets and not go down the route of nationalizations and socialism that the US is taking. But in other respects Russia is a very messy country...
Sarastro, you'll find the men and women who take up the challenge on this site and similar places. Out there, working. For the current 'Elite' to move over and give space, however, I'm afraid we'll need the full impact of the financial crisis. That won't be pretty.
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2009 on A message for America at Atlas Shrugs
A true, free-market capitalist President would have shut down the Federal Reserve and restricted spending to what he could aquire in taxes and honest loans. Shutting down the Fed would also diminish the financial sector by some 80-90 %, leading in turn to pay cuts similar to the ones we see here. To WS bankers, what happens here is much preferable to what they really deserved. A year ago, I didn't care much about monetary systems (reading Hazzlit & Rothbard in particular), and thought them to be largely healthy. But the bailout package I just couldn't digest, and took up the study of monetary systems and banking. Much to my suprise, I found that the Federal Reserve system is unsound, and that a return to honest money - work, production and saving - is needed. Obviously, Government and Federal Reserve prefer to stick with their tried and true money-printing strategy. It failed in Germany in 1923, so why should it fail now?
Pamela, you may want to make a seperate post of these three videos: Capturing the moral high ground for _private_ healthcare: Bonus feature: The Road to 9/11: How America’s Selfless Policies Unleashed the Jihadists
'Pravda' in Russian means 'Truth'. Thus, the truth of today is: Barack Obama and the Flying Circus is a perfect term to describe current President of the United States and his prominent Cabinet.
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2009 on A message for America at Atlas Shrugs