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THE RED GREEN JIHAD IN SCOTLAND

My article on Dhimmism from Scotland's SNP party is up at Front Page Magazine

Today,  the Scottish National Party is pro-independence and pro-EU, an echo of the time when it was pro-independence and pro-Third Reich. Now it’s Pro-Islamic as well. The likes of Osama Saeed and Hamza Yousaf are the SNP’s new defenders of Scottish values. Osama Saeed, who was a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, a supporter of Yemeni Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, was also a Scottish National Party candidate and an adviser to Prime Minister Salmond.

Osama Saeed, named one of Scotland’s Top 100 thinkers and opinion formers, wrote an article for The Guardian championing the return of the Caliphate. “A restored caliphate,” Osama explained, “is entirely compatible with democratically accountable institutions.” It would be just like the EU, except its leader would be called a Caliph, its law would be Sharia and if the US and Britain are really sincere about helping Muslims, they should support the restoration of the Caliphate.

In an astoundingly short time, the Scottish National Party has gone from collaborating with Nazis, to collaborating with Islamists. Its talk of Scottish values has become a farce. SNP candidate Humza Yousaf took his oath of allegiance in the Scottish Parliament in Urdu. Jahangir Hanif became known as the Kalashnikov Councilor over a video of him firing an AK-47 in an armed camp in Pakistan.

Read more at Front Page Magazine

BEHIND THE WEINERGATE

The real story of Weinergate is the tale of conservative bloggers who kept the story alive until enough Democrats decided that they could use it to take an upstart down. The reason that CNN and so many other major media outlets decided to push the story, instead of continuing to dismiss it, is not because conservative bloggers made them do it, but because of the ambition of some Democrats.

Weiner is more than just another congressman and MSNBC favorite. He's the likely successor to Bloomberg. Or he was until this came along. He already has a war chest of almost 5 million. Which meant the job was his for the asking.

Now I enjoy the fall of a Democratic pol as much as the next guy, but this isn't a victory for Republicans. Lee's scandal helped give the Democrats a district. But does anyone think Weiner will be replaced by a Republican?

It's not impossible. Weiner's 9th district is mostly white working class. McCain picked up 44 percent of the vote there. Which means he might have actually won the white working class vote in that district. Turner put up a decent fight in the last election and picked up 40 percent of the vote against Weiner in a district where elections are usually a formality.

But the state Republican party couldn't care less. And neither could the national party. Without that the odds of NY-9 going red are very low. Which makes this a pointless exercise but for the schadenfreude. It makes it worse than that too.

Weiner was another slimy Democrat. But he's not nearly as bad as the mayoral candidates the Democratic party has put up in previous elections. Throwing Weiner out, would mean that whichever Bronx Borough president runs and gets backed by Al Sharpton will win. That's even ruling out a real nightmare like radical leftist John Liu. And that means he likely death of New York City. It puts the city back on the road to turning into Atlanta or Detroit. The road we hopped off when Dinkins lost to Giuliani. A crime ridden hellhole with no economy so deep in debt that there's no way out.

Weinergate may have a ripple effect that goes well beyond what is happening now. The state of New York City in 2014 may revolve around it.

Predicting all that is tricky. Weiner dropping out may mean that we need to say hello to Mayor Adolfo Carrion, head of Obama's White House Office of Urban Affairs, who's not averse to some kickbacks. It may however means that police commish Kelly runs on the Republican ticket and beats whichever Bronx Borough president decides to take a breather from ruining one borough to ruining the whole city. Or it may just mean saying hello to Mayor Scott Stringer or Mayor Christine Quinn, the city's first lesbian mayor.

None of the possibilities including Weiner are appetizing. But then we've had a three term mayor that everyone despises, just because he's somewhat competent. Because the alternative is the Sharpton candidate.

So the future mayor of New York City will either be a man with all the impulse control of Bill Clinton, a lesbian or the president of the city's own version of Detroit.

Don't you wish you were a New Yorker?

GOOD NEWS FOR WEINER

At least no one thinks he's gay anymore.

MUSLIMS UNVEIL SOLUTION TO POLITICAL SEX SCANDALS

Iranian immigrant Shamci Rafani wrote a letter to a California newspaper explaining the Muslim approach to solving sex scandals.

Yes, in many countries, the public will stone that woman to death.

Believe me, that might be the right answer to the behavior of these kind of loose women, who want to blame it all on men...To my judgment, these women who freely sleep with married men must be severely punished and put to death.

If the lawmakers do something about it, you will find less stories like Arnold's.

Shamci Rafani

You know when liberals tell us about cultural enrichment, this must be what they mean. But stoning everyone to death doesn't work too well in Iran, which has its own political sex scandals. Even if they involve Mullahs and women in chadors.

But the real question is what do you do when the other woman is Twitter? How do we stone Twitter to death? I don't know. But I bet the Ayatollahs are working on digital stoning technology even as we speak.

MAYBE HE CAN STILL GO TO AFGHANISTAN

In the 'there's absolutely nothing he won't say' file, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich explained that he really wanted that Senate seat for himself so he could go to Afghanistan and hunt down Bin Laden.

Defense attorney Aaron Goldstein asked if he'd ever talked to a deputy governor about appointing himself to the Senate, then traveling to Afghanistan to get bin Laden.

Blagojevich said, "Yes."

I say we take the man at his word. Bin Laden is dead, but there's still plenty of Taliban left in Kandahar. In times past, joining the army was an alternative to prison. It still occasionally is under the table. Put Blago through some basic training, teach him to shoot and send him over there.

After everything Blagojevich has done to avoid jail-- can anyone say that the man isn't a fighter? If you want a man who doesn't give up, who will do absolutely anything, well he's your man.

The only problem is that within 3 weeks of getting there, Blagojevich would have a beard and a turban and be calling himself Mullah Blago.

DO YOU MISS MUBARAK NOW

The Egyptian military now admits to conducting virginity tests on female protesters. Their explanation comes straight from the Blagojevich school of logical thinking.

“The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the general said. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”

The general said the virginity checks were done so that the women wouldn’t later claim they had been raped by Egyptian authorities.

“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” the general said. “None of them were (virgins).”

In Egypt's Muslim culture, you can't rape an unmarried woman who is not a virgin.

mubarak_egypt_protest_chuches_miss_me_yetRape is not really a crime under Islam. The crime is either 'sexual immorality' or a 'property crime'. As Zina, sexual immorality applies both to the rapist and his victim. If the victim is unwilling then Allah 'forgives' her for participating in sexual immorality. But if there is reason to suspect her of 'immoral conduct', then she is no longer 'forgiven'.

That is why rape victims are so often punished in Muslim countries. Unless the woman can prove her innocence, then she's guilty of sexual immorality.

As a property crime, rape is a crime not against the woman but her husband. If the women are unmarried, then it's a crime against her father. But that only applies if there is a 'depreciation' in value. If she was never a virgin, then there is no 'depreciation'. 

So most of the comments on the story miss the point. This wasn't done to humiliate the protesters. It was done to humiliate their families. 21st century meet the 7th century.

From one woman's testimony

"The guards called us bastards, prostitutes, they cursed our families."

"They made us sign a document saying we were virgins. About 10 of them did not sign it. One of them lied."

'What do you think of the Egyptian general who said the tests showed all the women detained were not virgins?'

"I am willing to do the test again so you can see the result."

This is tribal stuff. It's typical of the kind of culture where family honor depends on the chastity of the daughters.

WAR ON CHEWING TOBACCO CONTINUES

Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts of the national pastime.

More than two dozen members of the coalition group Faith United Against Tobacco wrote May 30 to Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, focusing on the hazards of smokeless tobacco.

“What players do on their own time is their business, but what they do when they are in uniform and on camera is all of ours, especially considering what’s at stake,” wrote the leaders

Come on 'leaders' why wuss out now? How can we possibly let them do what they want on their own time? They're famous people. When photos are taken of them at any time, it influences young boys to chew tobacco and leads to sprees of mass murder. For that matter when photos are taken of anybody with tobacco. Evensmoking bears.

Why should anyone ever be allowed to do anything that is disapproved of by anyone?

Faith United Against Tobacco includes the American Muslim Foundation, which appears to have been founded by Alamoudi with Gaddafi's money. But luckily no one's paying attention to unimportant stuff like that, which just distracts us from the war on chewing tobacco.

GET YOUR DAMN SOCIALISM OUT OF MY SOCIALISM

Some Republicans are attacking new rules that require colleges that receive federal aid to give degrees that are useful for something. They would have a point if transactions between students and colleges were being regulated. But why in the world is there opposition to imposing some kind of reality test on the government should be funding useless degrees.

This isn't a defense of the free market, it comes down to reforming government aid. How exactly is that socialism.

The first draft of the rule would have prohibited for-profit programs from accepting students getting government aid money if fewer than 35 percent of former students had begun to repay their loans within three years.

A for-profit program will be considered to lead to gainful employment if the estimated loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 30 percent of discretionary income; or if the estimated loan payment of an average graduate does not exceed 12 percent of total earnings.

How exactly is this a bad thing? Why should Federal aid money be going to colleges that don't lead to gainful employment. If we're going to provide educational aid-- then we should be doing it to create jobs.

The only rational critique of this is that it doesn't go far enough and fails to regulate state schools. That's a fair critique. But it's not a challenge to the regulations themselves. I don't want to see for profit schools decline, but defending scam schools which exist off federal money is not exactly Going Galt. No legitimate for profit school should have a problem meeting those standards. Schools which promise students that they'll be master chefs earning six figures within 3 years. Good riddance.

The real critique here should be to demand these standards then be applied to non-profit schools if they want to receive Federal Aid. Instead Republicans are missing an opportunity by mounting an attack on regulation of Federal aid. A position that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

SHEIKH CLAIMS ISLAM POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL

Not Islam the religion, Islam the terrorist. Okay not Islam the terrorist religion, Issa Ibrahim Islam, the Muslim truck driver who commemorated Nakba Day by going on a rampage with his truck

A sheikh familiar with an Arab truck driver who went on a recent rampage in Tel Aviv says the man, Issa Ibrahim Islam, was "possessed by the devil" at the time of the incident.

So does this mean that Muslims now consider 'the devil' a martyr and a hero of the Arab Nation? If Islam was possessed by the devil while trying to kill Jews, then the devil should get the credit. 

The sheikh claims he treated Islam, who he said was in a difficult mental state before the incident took place.

A lot of people have tried to treat Islam's difficult mental state. With no results.

The truck driver prayed at his mosque frequently, the sheikh said.

That there's the root of the problem.

The sheikh, who was interrogated by police Wednesday, said that Islam was "possessed by the devil," which prompted him to press the gas pedal of his heavy truck.

About time somebody admitted the truth about Islam.

On the recent "Nakba Day," Islam went on a rampage with his truck in southern Tel Aviv, killing one person and wounding 17. The sheikh, who was interrogated by police Wednesday, said that Islam was "possessed by the devil," which prompted him to press the gas pedal of his heavy truck.

Question. Were the other Muslim drivers who have done the same thing also possessed by the devil? And why does the devil choose to possess Muslims on Nakba Day? Maybe the entire Muslim terrorist venture is all done by a very busy multitasking devil.

The sheikh said he treated Islam using alternative methods in the days before the incident. The treatment included rubbing oil on the suspect's stomach while reciting Koran verses.

This sounds more like some sort of Islamic orgy. But paging Samuel Huntington. Have you considered rubbing oil on Islam's stomach while reciting Koran verses, maybe that will settle down the rumblings of the clash of civilizations.

WHY ARE PEOPLE ANGRY AT ISLAM?

You know who the real victim is in Islam's truck frenzy? Islam. 

The attorney of Issa Ibrahim Islam, the 22-year-old Arab truck driver who killed one person and wounded 18 in a suspected terror attack in Tel Aviv on "Nakba Day," filed a complaint with the police after receiving letters containing threats and curse words against him and his client.

Just think of it. Curse words! Hasn't he suffered enough.

In one of the threat letters Attorney Badir Mufid presented to the police, the sender included pictures of Osama bin Laden, Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well as a picture of the suspect himself, with swastikas drawn on their foreheads.

I don't think that qualifies as a threat. More like an accurate description.

The letter contained racist slurs, calling the driver "a pig son of a pig", "Palestinazi," and other debasing statements.

On behalf of the Jewish people, I deeply condemn this. And I want to completely disassociate myself from such an attitude.

Just because Islam killed a man in the name of Islam, does not give anyone the right to call him a pig. Pigs are useful animals who consume more waste than they produce. A pig would never go on a killing spree and then blame the devil. It just wouldn't.

The lawyer presented the letter to Islam's family, and after a consultation they decided to file a complaint at the police. "We still don’t know who is behind these malicious acts," he said,

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it's something who doesn't like murderers. Or the devil.

ISLAM WAS PROBABLY TIRED

"He was probably tired," a relative told Ynet.

Being possessed by the devil will do that to you. Also trying to kill people. 

"My son doesn't kill Jews," his mother insisted. "I can't wait to talk to him already, hear what happened and how he's feeling. I'm asking the Israeli government to support him

Yes he killed only one Jew. Singular. The others were wounded.

"Our son isn't a terrorist. Everything that's being said and all of the allegations have no basis," a relative told Ynet.

Apart from the thing where he ran over cars and people. No basis beyond that. And even if it happened he was possessed by the devil at the time.

Unfortunately many of the Israeli racists on the scene insist on believing the worst of Islam.

"He had murder in his eyes," claimed the driver of a bus hit by the truck. 

Other witnesses said the truck driver got out of the truck and tried to assault a woman with a traffic light that had collapsed.

But I'm sure he only did that because he was very tired.

In a saner system, Islam would be routed through the justice system to reunite with the devil back in hell.

FOXMAN STANDS UP FOR ISLAM

The other Islam. The one that's like Nazism. But not according to the ADL.

In fact, many if not most Muslims in Europe and in America immigrated to find a better life for themselves and to freely practice their faith.

Muslims left behind Muslim countries to be able to freely practice their own faith? Are they not allowed to practice it in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia? Did this make sense to Foxman when he wrote it or is he using some kind of generic 'tolerance' template.

Second, the notion that Islam is something that needs to be opposed in the same manner as people resisted Adolf Hitler and the Nazis is outrageous and offensive.  

Nazism was a racist and genocidal political movement unlike any other in history, responsible for the massacre of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust.  One simply cannot and should not lump Muslims into the same category as Hitler.

Who is it outrageous and offensive to, Nazis or Muslims? 

One can and should. Muslims have killed millions of people. Islam is also a movement unlike any other in history. And it has been killing Jews for over a thousand years.

So in response to your question about why is it bigoted for people to "oppose Muslims," to me the answer is clear:  It is bigoted when one assumes the worst about an entire faith based on the beliefs of a few

That would be true if only a few Muslims believed that the Koran gives them the right to kill infidels, that infidels are inferior to them or that the women of the enemy can be raped at will. That is very clearly not the case.

If only we can conduct a jihadist invasion at least once a year or if possible twice or three times, then many people on earth would become Muslims. And if anyone prevents our dawa or stands in our way, then we must kill them or take as hostage and confiscate their wealth, women and children. Such battles will fill the pockets of the Mujahid who can return home with 3 or 4 slaves, 3 or 4 women and 3 or 4 children. This can be a profitable business if you multiply each head by 300 or 400 dirham. This can be like financial shelter whereby a jihadist, in time of financial need, can always sell one of these heads (meaning slavery)

This quote doesn't come from the 7th century. They come from a popular Egyptian sheikh today. This is not some crazy minority that thinks this way. This is what Islam is. A financial investment in terror. But like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller's Day Off... Foxman drones on with his cant of tolerance.

it is bigoted to paint all Muslims... with the broadest of brushes when in fact you are talking about a many-faceted and culturally diverse belief system;

Islam treats 'diversity' in its belief system as a crime and persecutes and kills those responsible. Sunnis and Shiites have yet to stop killing each other. Witness the persecution of the Ahmadis in Pakistan. Islam does not like diversity. It wants absolute conformity. 

As I commented on Edward Cline's rule of reason article,

One point I would make is the essentially changeless nature of the Islamic universe. Islam denies that the world changes or that people change, and tries to prove it with absolute conformity. The problem is that even their own history shows that Islam has changed, and they respond to that with reaction, with Salafist purification, attempts to properly go back to some perfect time before change to undo a changing world.

But then Abe wraps up his thesis.

it is bigoted to suggest that the Islamic faith has nefarious and sinister plans to take over majority Christian nations when this is false at its core.

Indeed. It's not like history repeats itself.

THE DEVIL WITHIN

Should Islam be worried? The truck driving one, not the religion one. Not too much. The Israeli judicial system, much like the English judicial system is very understanding of crimes committed by people named Islam.

Take the brutal murder of Arik Karp for standing up to the Arab Muslims harassing his family at the beach. And the very 'understanding' sentences they received.

But the everyday reality is much worse. Read the following translated article from the Honenu civil rights organization. And keep in mind that it takes place well within Obama's favorite 1967 borders.

In the UK, you can go to jail for burning a Koran, but if like Lorraine Mbulawa, you don gloves, a mask and black clothes, and repeatedly stab your mother, you can walk away claiming to have been possessed by evil spirits. And an English Judge will set you free.

Passing sentence on Monday, Mr Justice Keith said he accepted the defendant had strong beliefs in witchcraft and thought she was possessed by the spirit of her dead grandmother at the time of the attack in May 2009.

He praised Mbulawa as ‘unusually confident and assured, also not unintelligent with a degree of charm and poise’

No doubt. Homicidal con artists often are. Lorraine is probably not a Muslim. But she is the beneficiary of a society gone mad. A society whose ruling class has tossed aside anything resembling rational values.

Objective reality no longer exists. If you assert something loudly enough and consistently enough, you may find a sympathetic audience. It worked for the Muslim terrorist gangs who rebranded themselves as Palestinians. It worked for a woman who donned a disguise and when her attack fell apart, blamed evil spirits. And how can you argue with that? The multicultural reality demands that we accept the beliefs of others as equally valid, no matter how irrational or demented.

There's a lesson here. Instead of Weiner blaming hackers, he should have blamed the devil.

From NY to Jerusalem , Daniel Greenfield Covers the Stories Behind the News. Daniel Greenfield is a blogger, author and columnists covering international affairs, the rising threat of terrorism and the growing problems of socialism. His daily blog can be viewed at Sultan Knish.

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