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Monday, March 20, 2006

Alphabet Monday

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"V" is for Vendetta

# a child molesting bishop
# a totalitarian government with Fred Phelps policies against gays
# that government having a stylized Christian cross as its symbol
# references to America's war
# images that mimic Abu Ghraib
# the Koran is banned
# Poster equating coalition of the willing as Nazis is banned

Hollywood sure knows how to make 'em!

"I" is for Islamofascism

Man Faces Death Penalty For Abandoning Islam

In Afghanistan. Wonderful.

A MAN detained by police for converting from Islam to Christianity could face the death penalty if he refused to become a Muslim again, an Afghani judge said today.

Islamic sharia law proposes the death sentence for Muslims who abandon the religion. Afghanistan's new constitution says "no law can be contrary to the sacred religion of Islam".

Gee, and Afghanistan is so much more peaceful than, say, Iran? Wow.

"J" is for Jew-hatred

Muslim Imam: Dry Out Sex Organs Of Jews
March 20, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern


The bird-flu virus found in Israel last week was sent by Allah to punish the Jews for being “the worst of humanity” and is the beginning of the outbreak of other diseases meant to destroy the Jewish state within the next twenty years, a Gaza preacher said at mosque services this weekend.

In a related note:

"K" is for Ku Klux Klan

Now it seems former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke is weighing in, yes that David Duke

A paper recently co-authored by the academic dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government about the allegedly far-reaching influence of an “Israel lobby” is winning praise from white supremacist David Duke.

The Palestine Liberation Organization mission to Washington is distributing the paper, which also is being hailed by a senior member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization.

Speaking of guys wearing hoods...

"F" is for Fizzle

Yaaawn. My friend Bryan Preston and I went to the moonbat fizzle in Washington, D.C. earlier today. Journalists and camera crews made up one-fifth of the crowd of about 100. (No sign of Susan Sarandon.) I interviewed several protesters, including, yes, Cindy Sheehan--who seemed to have no problem making the long walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon despite the recent "injuries" over which she's apparently suing New York City officials. I asked her about this controversy. Our conversation was interesting.

Bryan is putting together a mini-movie of our little adventure, which we'll have up soon over at Junkyard Blog.

My favorite encounter was with a man (one of several) who dressed up in an orange Gitmo jumpsuit. He and his play friends marched a few miles with their hands behind their backs and heads covered with hoods. I talked to him while he devoured a fat sandwich after his grueling journey, which he said helped him feel pain and solidarity with the Gitmo detainees. "I really can identify," he said between bites.

Hoods of a feather?

"Z" is for Zombie reporting from the Left Coast.


On March 18, 2006, activist groups around the world held protests to mark the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. San Francisco was no exception: the communist anti-war group ANSWER planned to stage a large rally and march through the city, in opposition to the war and other American policies.

The problem is, other groups also planned additional anti-war and anti-authoritarian events in San Francisco (and nearby) on March 18. And all the events were conflicting with each other. Something obviously had gone terribly awry in the progressive community. In the weeks leading up to the big day, the different factions began bickering with each other.

The most glaring scheduling snafu involved the Anarchist Bookfair, which was being held on the other side of San Francisco from the ANSWER march, but on the same day at the exact same time. Seeing as the anarchist event and the anti-war event both drew on the same pool of potential attendees, accusations began to fly that each event was going to hurt attendance at the rival event.

Gosh, why can't we all just get along?

"W" is for Wiretap

The President's Constitutional Authority To Do Warrantless Wiretaps By Betsy Newmark

Byron York explains in terms that we laymen can understand why Bush was on firm legal ground with his warrantless surveillance program. Read his background and discussion of In re: Sealed Case from 2002 and you'll see why Bush's legal advisers believe that he is on quite firm basis for the NSA surveillance program.

And then the Court of Review did one more thing, something that has repercussions in today's surveillance controversy. Not only could the FISA Court not tell the president how do to his work, the Court of Review said, but the president also had the "inherent authority" under the Constitution to conduct needed surveillance without obtaining any warrant — from the FISA Court or anyone else. Referring to an earlier case, known as Truong, which dealt with surveillance before FISA was passed, the Court of Review wrote: "The Truong court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue, held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information. . . . We take for granted that the President does have that authority and, assuming that is so, FISA could not encroach on the President's constitutional power."

Wow, no wonder the Democrats scurried away in reverse so fast. They were W for Wrong! But the next item holds out hope...

"B" is for Backwards

Progressive researchers and politicians alike are encouraged by last month's discovery of a genetic mutation that reverses human evolution to its starting point. Those affected by the Backward Evolution Syndrome (BES) walk on all fours and speak a primitive language. The mutation that has afflicted a family in Turkey has stripped them of the genes that let humans walk upright, returning them to the pre-human state of quadrupedalism, or four-limbed walking. Many scientists hope that BES will reveal the secrets of human origins. But researchers at the Karl Marx Treatment Center see it as an exciting opportunity to correct human evolution, which has gone terribly wrong.

"G" is for Goodbye for now!


oriolebird38 said...


What does that spell!?

Oh dammit, I was hoping it would spell out something cool. Like one of those acrostics. Who doesn't love an acrostic? So for next Monday (assuming this will be a weekly occurrence), lets aim for an acrostic, mmmmkay?


radar said...

I don't know for sure, but I think he is in the Tiger's bullpen this year!

Anonymous said...

Just dropped in for a second - should read the other comments, but:
that Turkish family - let's just say there are issues. To go on about backwards human evolution is nonsensical. At best we might learn a bit more about the genetics behind one or two important human traits by seeing how things can go wrong, a bit like the FOXP2 gene, identified when scientists started looking at one specific family in which numerous members shared a set of disabilities, including problems speaking. Finding out about FOXP2 (or FoxP2 - dunno which usageis correct) has given us a clue or two about the evolution of human language, but really just that - a clue to be followed, and joined to other clues.
(Fascinatingly, similar versions of this gene have been found in other vetebrates, and to be involved in such things as the "ultrasonic vocalizations" baby mice make when separated from their mother, and song learning in birds.

Wiretapping: The Bill of Rights Defense Committe have a page of "myths about warrantless wiretapping." I hope you will read and consider it, as it addresses many of the points brought up in this and earlier posts.

Anyway, if you don't - or do, and find their responses wanting - think of this way. Imagine it's 2009. Would you want President Hillary Clinton (or the nightmare bogeyman Dem of your choice) to have inherent authority under the Constitution to conduct surveillance without obtaining any warrant? Even more broadly, would you want such a president inheriting a presidency where the open-ended war on terrorism can be used to 'constitutionally' justify all sorts of executive overstepping?

This has all happened before. Are you familiar with the findings of the Church Committee (aka the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities)?. Go look at Books II and III. Ever remember hearing anything about the FBI spying on MLK? That wasn't a vendetta (or at least, it wasn't just a vendetta) - it was policy. Because of the Communists, you see. That's why large amounts of taxpayer money was wasted on what was at best nuisance activities - altering campus signs announcing SDS meetings, snapping surveillance pics of that great threat to national security, Peter, Paul and Mary - and at worst led to the destruction of lives.

It's not that the risk isn't real - I'm from New York, believe me, I know - it's that there are two risks, at least, and balancing between them is both very difficult and vital. This shouldn't be a partisan issue (and for many conservatives it isn't). It's about what this country is for.

-Dan S.

oriolebird38 said...

"Now pitching for the Tigers, number 35: Vijc Fzwbg"

If I were to say that isn't eastern European, I'd be lying.

Would you pronounce that Vic Fa-zew-beg? Sounds reasonable.

We did have a Vic last year. Journeyman lefty Vic Darensborough. Wasn't all that bad.

creeper said...

I think it's hilarious that the Anarchists couldn't plan their protest right. That's right out of The Far Side.

creeper said...

I'd like to be able to think that Radar knew that that last post he linked to was satire, but I'm not so sure...

radar said...

Yes, I knew the last site is satire...I like that site, and scrappleface and the Onion for that matter...