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Largely Self-Selected Idiots

Redneck's Revenge:

Muslims For A Safe America conducted a survey at the Islamic Society of North America’s 43rd Annual Convention in Chicago from September 1, 2006 to September 4, 2006.

307 Muslims who are American citizens participated in the survey at the Muslims For A Safe America booth at ISNA.

Read the response to question #5.

I wonder what the numbers would be like if Muslims in Canada answered this one:

10. The Canadian government says it stopped a plot by Canadian Muslims in June 2006 to attack targets in Canada. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
YES 61
NO 202

Link via this comment at IBA.

Sly Firefox

The Fire Ant Gazette just installed Firefox 2.0. So, after reading that I checked for updates in Firefox (Help > Check for Updates...) and I get "No Updates Found"!

Though, if I visit this site, I can download Firefox 2.0. This is quite odd. Shouldn't this major release show up as an update...especially when one manually checks for it from the Firefox browser?

By the way, I'm running version

Just installed the sleek update. Is nice!

I changed a small setting: The tab closure button now only shows up on the active tab which makes for a cleaner look.

Sexual Schizophrenia

This article in Spiegel showcases the repression and frustration in the Islamic world. Muslims are often torn between following Islam and human nature.

For many in the Arab world, discretion is the only option when it comes to experiencing lust and passion. There are secret spots everywhere, and they are often the only place to go for those forced to live with the contradictions of the modern Islamic world. In countries whose governments are increasingly touting strict morals and chastity, prohibitions have been unsuccessful at suppressing everyday sexuality. Religious censors are desperately trying to put a stop to what they view as declining morals in their countries, but there is little they can do to stop satellite TV, the Internet and text messaging.


Muslim novelist "Nedjma" ("Star"), the author of "The Almond," a successful erotic novel, describes Moroccan society as divided and bigoted. Despite progressive family and marriage laws, she says, the country is still controlled by patriarchal traditions in which men continue to sleep around and treat women as subordinates.

The article reaches the wrong conclusion on this point:

[...] conservative theologians emphasize the compatibility of pleasure and faith -- but only after marriage. They can even evoke the Prophet Mohammed, who said: "In this world, I loved women, pleasant scents and prayer."

This presents an odd contradiction to the puritanical present, which represents a fundamental departure from Islam's more open-minded past and has instead made way for a humorless and rigorous Islamism.

Muhammed had multiple wives and numerous sex-slaves. There is nothing open-minded about that nor does any "conservative" theologian disagree with such a hideous example.

Link via The 3rd World View.

Burned Alive

Western Resistance:

We wrote of the horrendous ordeal suffered by Kriss Donald (pictured), a 15-year old schoolboy. He was killed by Muslims, stated a witness in his trial, because he was white. If he had been black or oriental, he would not have been selected for murder, the witness claimed. There have been new and disturbing revelations from the trial.

Gynecologists See Trouble

The Tocqueville Connection:

The agency in charge of Paris-region hospitals on Saturday confirmed that the husband of a Muslim woman examined by a male gynecologist had physically attacked the doctor, but refused to confirm allegations that the assault was motivated by religious extremism.

Must be the French troops in Iraq.

The statement by the CNGOF professional association mentioned a similar incident that occurred in a Paris-region hospital in 2003.

In both attacks, gynecologists were "physically attacked and injured by the husbands of patients on the grounds that as male doctors they should not examine their wives," the statement said.

Does that mean that only male engineers can examine their wives?

Link via Tim Blair.

Screwed on Two Levels

Wretchard on the French Intifada:

Some may deride Chirac or de Villepin as appeasers. However the probable truth is that no one has yet figured out how to stop a vigorous ideology in its tracks. The West's own experience with Nazism and Communism shows that both accommodation and confrontation can fuel, rather than retard their growth. There is no magic formula; and perhaps there is no formula. Ideologies often resemble epidemics which must run their course, which neither medicine nor quarantine; nor fire nor water can much reduce.

NahnCee in the comments there:

A year ago, French politicians promised "change" and "help". As best I can see, nothing has been done along these lines simply because France is not in a position to even help its white native-born citizens as it swirls into bankruptcy.

But I haven't seen one single step towards MAKING these "youths" responsible for their actions, towards making it painful for them to continue doing what they have been doing. Just on a normal criminal level, never mind Islam and becoming jihadists.

In The Anal Light of Islam


From the very beginning of Islam, Muslims have been asking experts on Islamic law questions on how to implement it in certain cases. Indeed, a large number of aHādīth (أحاديث, sayings of Muhammad and other senior members of the early Muslim community) came about when someone approached another (usually Muhammad) with a certain situation and asked what one should do. The response is remembered and used as a template for further rulings on similar issues.

A World of Fatwas by Arun Shourie demonstrates how, frankly, ridiculous this situation can become. People ask all sorts of questions, some of which are outright weird and even perverted.

Very true.

Akhbar-e-Jehan is a weekly Urdu magazine from Pakistan. I used to read it in Saudi Arabia. A particular section of that publication was always a cause of disbelief and amusment for me. It was called Ketab oo sunnat ke roshni may--In the Light of the Book and Sunnah.

There, tons of questions, sent in by readers, were answered by an Islamic religious scholar.

I just looked at their most recent issue--Oct. 23-Oct. 29, 2006. There is one Q&A about water. My translation of almost all of it follows:

"Question: What are the rules on drinking water? What was the way of our lovely Prophet (SWAT) in this matter?

Answer: The Prophet used to breath three times upon drinking water. He didn't approve of drinking water in one breath.

He also disapproved of drinking water while standing. Furthermore, he said that if someone absentmindedly drank water while standing then he or she should vomit it all back."

The more "true" a Muslim gets, the more insane he becomes.

In an amazing coincidence, the very next question is about wearing clothes that end below the ankle. (A big no-no.) The question after that refers to adorning attire that happens to

"Question: Can males wear clothing that is red in color?

Answer: Abdullah bin Umar'd narrates that once a person wearing red clothes passed by the Prophet (SWAT) and said "Yo!," and the Prophet (SWAT) didn't offer a reply."

There you go Muslim men! It's all cool if you marry a six-year-old girl when you're fifty. But don't you E-V-E-R wear a red T-shirt.

Because that would be just wrong.

Ignorance is the Root

Umar Lee:

This is a delicate subject and I do not wish to hurt anyone’s feelings with this. However, because I have seen this situation play itself out so many times in the Muslim community, and it deeply saddens me, I think that it must be addressed.

Later on:

We are told that Islam is a magic cure-all for everything and that once you enter the deen it is all good and that any cultural and racial differences that people have become irrelevant. The fact that this is nonsense doesn’t seep in to people until after they have been Muslim for some time and seen all of the hypocrisy and nationalism in the community.

It's tough to sum up the post--just read it.

Hatred For the Other


When reading through Islamist propoganda for their internal use, one thing becomes clear: the Islamists are not anti-Zionists or anti-Israel, they are anti-Jews. In all of the Islamist books I have been reading in Urdu, not once has Zionism been mentioned. Israel has been mentioned a few times, but the bulk of remarks against Jews have been explicitly against Jews (Urdu: singular: یہودی, yahūdī; plural: یہودیاں, yahūdiyāN).


In the Islamist mindset, the infidels have their place: at the feet of Muslims and under Muslim rulers. For infidels to rule over Muslims or exercise any influence over Muslims is seen as rebellion against God and a perversion of how things ought to be.

What a truly noxious mindset; ironic that Islam itself condemns the Islamist to a morally and materially poor state. Instead of understanding (or not denying) this folly, the Islamist wishes to convert or kill the superior infidel.

This is precisely why the West has little choice but to fight.

Moderate Egypt

A Muslim sheikh jailed in Egypt for 18 months has declared from his prison cell that he is under arrest for “insulting Islam” by becoming a Christian.

Egypt’s secret police transferred Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein el-Akkad, 57, to the Wadi el-Natroun Prison last month. He was told he would remain there indefinitely unless he agreed to work as a government informer against other converts to Christianity.

According to the prisoner’s Cairo attorney, Athanasius William, his client remains incarcerated in this desert prison “only because he has chosen a different belief, to be a Christian.”

The Sandmonkey:

The guy got arrested for converting to christinaity and have been rotting in prison for the past 18 months for it. I don't think I need to tell you how much of a violation to his rights this is, but then again, this is Egypt, and we really have no rights to speak of.

100% Vagina


Many Britons have praised Straw for bringing up a delicate issue in a reasonable way. But Fareena Alam, editor of Q-News, a Muslim magazine, said she believed that Straw's comments were a cynical attempt to boost his own political fortunes and that his calls for debate were "complete rubbish, irritating and patronizing." She said the controversy had driven more Muslim women to start wearing the niqab in "rebellion."

That has to be the lamest rebellion in history.

Alam said the situation has stifled serious and nuanced debate about the issue, as Muslims who believe that their religion is under attack from outsiders instinctively side with Muslim women who wear veils. She said she recently talked to two traditional Islamic scholars who said the full-face veil was "out of place in the West" and a "barrier to integration."


"They are not saying anything different from Jack Straw," said Alam, who does not wear a niqab. "But it has to come from the right place. What Jack Straw said really rubbed people the wrong way. They are saying, 'I'm going to wear this because you don't want me to.' "

Yes, these Muslims have the mentality of a 5-year-old. The fact that a kaafir was correct in pointing out a retrograde Islamic practice is besides the point. You see, his intentions were malicious. (Little known fact: Muslims have psychic abilities.)

By the way, see this page if you don't get the title.

Pump Up The Acid


Ariana Huffington has decided to prop up Ned Lamont's flagging campaign for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat by writing his concession speech for him in advance.  Astute move.

In crafting her fictitious speech conceding Lamont's upcoming loss to exiled Democrat Joe Lieberman, Huffington attempts to identify why Lamont is going down to defeat, presumably thereby to innoculate her nut-root cohort of other present and future candidates against similar stupidity.

The weirdest part of the concession speech is when "Lamont" says that he was too civil during the campaign!

Useful Infidels

Steven E. Moore:

What happens when you don't use enough cluster points in a survey? You get crazy results when compared to a known quantity, or a survey with more cluster points. There was a perfect example of this two years ago. The UNDP's survey, in April and May 2004, estimated between 18,000 and 29,000 Iraqi civilian deaths due to the war. This survey was conducted four months prior to another, earlier study by the Johns Hopkins team, which used 33 cluster points and estimated between 69,000 and 155,000 civilian deaths--four to five times as high as the UNDP survey, which used 66 times the cluster points.

These "researchers" sacrificed their integrity to score a political point. Sadly, buffoons will forever use the bogus numbers to spit at America.

Link via Tim Blair.

America Strong

Tim Blair via Muslihoon:

Since so few US media outlets were inclined to celebrate this non-grim milestone, the job was outsourced to a little Australian blog. Following is a small sample of Americans, from which you may reasonably extrapolate a figure of 300 million. Or 957 trillion, if you work for Lancet ...

I got teary eyes after viewing image #42.

The Islamist ISI, Again

"The Urbane Murderer":

The HBO documentary “The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl”, that premièred this Tueday is the story of two people: very similar to each other in terms of having had a privileged upbringing, having being high achievers in school and having achieved success in their respective professions at a very early age.

Later on:

The documentary also treads unfamiliar ground for Western audiences since it very clearly articulates the fact that Omar Sheikh was trained in Pakistan to perform kidnappings in Kashmir, that when he was released in Kandahar, there were ISI agents on the ground along with the Taliban coordinating the whole operation ,that after Daniel Pearl’s capture, when the Pakistani police were “looking” for Omar Sheikh, he had already been “taken in” by the ISI. [Omar Sheikh basically gave himself to the police–the entire thing coordinated by the ISI] and that one of the most plausible reason Pearl was murdered was because he had come “too close” to revealing the ISI nexus with 9/11.

The ISI certainly was very chummy with the Taliban. (I've read that bodies of ISI officers were found at the Afghani site that was bombed by the US in 1998.) Whether that relationship still exists today is an open question. Though, I would bet that there is a connection at some level.

So Bad That It's Good

Gus Van Horn:

Adrian Hester, commenting on this post, drew my attention to this annual event, "which calls for writing a bad first sentence from an imaginary novel".

This one cracked me up:

As the fading light of a dying day filtered through the window blinds, Roger stood over his victim with a smoking .45, surprised at the serenity that filled him after pumping six slugs into the bloodless tyrant that mocked him day after day, and then he shuffled out of the office with one last look back at the shattered computer terminal lying there like a silicon armadillo left to rot on the information superhighway.
--Larry Brill, Austin, Texas (1994 Winner)

Saying It Like It Is

This is what I wrote on September 28:

The Prophet Muhammed is the embodiment of all that is wrong with Islam. Unfortunately, the Muslims consider him to be an infallible human. Nothing he said or did could be wrong.

Imagine if someone were to pick a person who lived, let's say, 100-200 years ago. Now suppose he was called absolutely perfect by X number of people. Would that fact alter the morality of the dead guy?

It shouldn't.

Think of the prevalent outlook between 1806 and 1906. Racialist views are the norm; slavery is accepted in most of the world; non-whites and women are treated as inferior in the West and on and on.

We would simply laugh at anyone who claimed that a person who lived in that time held the most clear moral view for all of humanity till the end of time.

Yet, Muslims think that Muhammed who lived 1400 years ago is the guy to forever emulate.

Today, we get the following view from a Danish blogger:

We laugh because we are expected to show reverence for Mohammed. A reverence we simply cannot honour. Newly globalized Muslims insist on dragging a historical person 1400 years forward in time, demanding in a voice of thunder that the rest of the world respect and honour him. We are given only one option: Mohammed is the best and wisest man in history. He is right in everything he says. Nobody has the right to criticize him.

Even mild and meek personalities like Jesus or Gandhi would appear ridiculous if an ignorant posteriority exalted them to tyrants. How ridiculous does not a conqueror from the 7th century look, when he is set up as an infallible leader of the entire modern world? A leader who morally, intellectually and theologically can not compare favourably, simply because the world has evolved since his time.

It is the Muslims who make Mohammed look ridiculous.

Ridiculousness can be described by a simple formula: A relative historic concept that claims to be absolute is ridiculous.


The Price of Truth

I mentioned Salah Choudhury earlier today. Now comes this news via LFG:

A Muslim journalist facing charges of sedition for advocating ties with Israel was recently attacked and beaten by a crowd in Bangladesh that allegedly included leading officials of the country's ruling party, The Jerusalem Post has learned.


The mob beat Choudhury, leaving him with a fractured ankle, and looted cash that was kept in the company safe. Choudhury was briefly hospitalized.

According to a statement appearing on the Web site of the Weekly Blitz, the attackers were led by Helal Khan, international affairs secretary of Jasas, and included Babul Ahmed, Jasas's secretary-general. Jasas is the cultural wing of the ruling Bangladeshi National Party (BNP).


In a photo taken shortly after the incident that was obtained exclusively by the Post, Choudhury can be seen hunched over a table wearing a torn shirt while a Bangladeshi policeman dressed in blue chats with two BNP officials. Both officials took part in the attack.

No arrests were made, and police refused to allow Choudhury to file charges against his attackers.

More, emphasis mine:

As the Post first reported last month, Bangladesh is moving forward with plans to try Choudhury on charges of blasphemy, sedition, treason and espionage in connection with his articles critical of Islamic extremism and favorable to Israel.

After several delays, his trial is due to start in Dhaka on Thursday. If convicted, Choudhury faces the death penalty.

Bounded Compassion

Tambi Dude asks:

During Ramadaan muslims are encouraged to feed the poor. Is that limited to only poor muslims or are non-muslims also included in this noble cause?

In Islamic nations, this question rarely arises since the overwhelming majority of people in such countries are Muslim. Still, "Is charity limited to non-Muslims?" Here is the simple answer from FatwaIslam:

Charity to a non-Muslim in need is allowed, and the giver of this charity is rewarded. However, a Muslim cannot give his Zakat to a non-Muslim unless it is hoped that by receiving help, the non-Muslim might decide to accept Islaam or at least to refrain from harming Muslims (when he has a reputation for harming Muslims).

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. (Belief in Allah and Muhammed, saying prayers, fasting during Ramadan, and offering Haj are the other four.) Zakat usually amounts to 2.5% of one's wealth. This charity as you can see should not be given to non-Muslims unless the bribe the money might convince them to embrace Islam.

More illuminating commentary on this subject at Dhimmi Watch, Faith Freedom International, and The View From The Nest.

The issue is more than just charity--it comes down to compassion and kindness. I provide two examples on this matter.

Case 1: This incident occurred a few years ago when I traveled from Saudi Arabia to Canada. I had a stop in Germany where I waited for almost 12 hours. It was the start of the academic year and I was to have a room in a dormitory. I came to my university after almost 32 hours of total travel time.

I wasn't assigned a room. It was around 2:30 a.m. I had no choice but to take a cab to the nearest motel. There, I signed in with a Pakistani guy. I asked him about the check-out time.

"Noon," was his reply. I asked him if I could stay for a few more hours. He then told me that 2 p.m. would be alright.

I woke up at 10:30 a.m. I couldn't go back to sleep--it was like 6:30 p.m. for me. I was physically tired but my mind was sharp. I took a shower and decided to rest. Around noon, I got a knock on the door.

"You have to leave by 12! Come to the front desk."

What the?

I packed my stuff and went to see the guy. He was a different fellow from the night before. I told him that when I signed in, I was allowed a small extension. He looked at me for a second.

"Oh, you're a Pakistani! Okay, no problem, you can stay."

I said, "No thanks."

I signed out, took a cab back and fortunately got a room in a dorm.

The kindness of that hotel manager was limited to Pakistanis or, more generally, Muslims. A white infidel in my place wouldn't have received the same brownie points.

Some might look at this situation and not find anything wrong. I see a problem: To these Muslims, courtesy is only to be offered to the Ummah.

I do not consider that to be genuine compassion.

Case 2: I knew one Muslim in my dormitory some years ago who stood out because he rarely mingled with anyone. He was an international student in his first year. Come to think of it, I don't even know his country of origin.

Anyway, he once, surprisingly, started a chat with a bunch of South Asians. He likely didn't realize that not all of them were Muslims.

"I don't like to talk with non-Muslims," he uttered. How sweet.

(One of the guys in the group was an Indian infidel. He relayed the information to me later.)

The precious Muslim wasn't finished. He talked about how an earlier incident in Canada had baffled him.

You see, he was going to the cafeteria to get some food and upon arriving at the entrance he saw a most unusual scene. A white girl was holding the door open for him.

He just couldn't comprehend, "Why!?"

This tiny bit said a lot about that Muslim. He would never even think of being nice to a kafir, yet there was an infidel girl, who likely had zero interest in him, keeping the door open for him.

It is shocking and confusing to see infidels being nice when one has been taught that they all want to oppress and harm the Muslims.

Most Muslims don't follow the Golden Rule. They won't offer their charity money to non-Muslims but they'll gladly gobble up infidel money. Just look at the Muslims in the West who accept welfare--money that comes from taxing a lot of haraam products / activities. Such Muslims have no scruples about taking all of that cash. However, when it comes time to give something back to an infidel: "No! Islam says it's not allowed."

Even worse, simple courtesy and respect is bounded by race and/or religion.

It's surreal to see Muslims in the West who childishly whine about "Islamophobia" and "racism" since their own rules and guidelines unambiguously hand out second-class treatments to the "other".

A Spectacular Victory

Cricinfo on Pakistan:

To win without their two frontline pace bowlers and their captain, against a super-confident Sri Lanka team that was fully acclimatised to the conditions, was a magnificent performance. Just how much momentum it has given them it remains to be seen, but every other team in the tournament knows that a buoyant and unified Pakistan side is a very dangerous beast.

Quite right--cornered tigers and all that.

Another thing that most teams would love is the depth in batting. Pakistan had lost six wickets in the match, yet they still had two batsmen (allrounders) at the crease who scored the winning runs.

Most teams struggle to find a single allrounder. Those that have two are considered lucky. Pakistan has three(!) allrounders, all of whom are ranked in the top ten in ODIs. This will be the key for future success.

"A deeply stirring spectacle" by Osman Samiuddin.

Redefining Meltdown


Pakistan cricket, already besieged by multiple controversies, has received another body blow with Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, their leading new-ball bowlers, testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid Nandrolone during an internal dope test carried out by the Pakistan Cricket Board. They have been recalled to Pakistan and will miss the Champions Trophy.

October 2006 for Pakistani cricket:

  • Younis Khan publically refuses to captain Pakistan.
  • The captaincy is given to Mohammad Yousuf; Abdul Razzaq is made vice captain of the team.
  • The head of the Pakistan Cricket Board resigns.
  • The assistant coach--Mushtaq Ahmed--is fired.
  • Mohammad Yousuf is made vice captain.
  • Who is the captain now? Younis Khan!
  • The best bowlers of Pakistan test positive for a banned substance just six months before the world cup.

The month is only half over.


Significantly perhaps, both players have recently come back from injuries which kept them out of cricket for extended periods. Before he appeared in the ODI series in England recently, Shoaib had been out of the game since February with knee and ankle injuries. Asif too missed much of the Test series against England with an elbow injury.

Warning: Volcanic Muslim Inside

Umar Lee encounters an angry Muslim--uh-oh:

My first reaction was that maybe the Post ran a hit piece on them, or on me, but when he handed me the paper to look I saw that this brother was seething with anger over the page two article about the controversy over the new Apple store in Manhattan which has a design that some Muslims feel look like the Kabbah. In previous days Muslim bloggers have written on the manufactured outrage around this incident and I tended to think they were right and that is why I was so surprised to see this reaction from a guy who has been in America for twenty years. This brother was pissed. He is no young hothead either, he is a middle-aged man with children and a very nice and friendly guy; but this issue has infuriated him.

A Muslim who has lived in the West for two decades is pissed because a structure in NYC is made in shape of a... cube!?

The dude needs to get a life.

In Defense of Men

Kesher Talk:

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm one of those ladies who actually appreciates the manly virtues, not to mention the incredible damage it does to a society to try and suppress them. Walter Newell's excellent book, "What Is a Man? 3000 Years of Wisdom on the Art of Manly Virtue" expands on this thesis and should be required reading in our colleges, particularly for the likes of Professor Jensen.

Read what the wimp wrote.