September 10, 2010

I overblogged yesterday. 14 posts.

Surely, you haven't read them all. I'm not going to weigh them down just yet with a lot of new material on top. I'd rather call attention to the 2 posts about the small-time Florida pastor who captured the attention of the entire world — with the help of a lot of foolish journalists and the President of the United States.

So, if you're looking for something to read on the Althouse, let me suggest "What's so terrible about book burning?" and the post that concludes:
Obama propounds the stereotype of irrational Muslims who resort to acts of violence when they don't like what people are saying.

Ironically, Rev. Jones wanted to burn the Koran because it seemed to him that it "incites radical, violent behavior among Muslims." And Obama wanted Jones to refrain from burning the Koran because it would incite radical, violent behavior among Muslims.
And here's a picture in the NYT showing a bunch of men posing in the embarrassing stereotype that the President isn't ashamed to use.

92 comments:

El Pollo Real said...

propounds

Verb du jour. It reminds me of Ezra.

MadisonMan said...

a picture in the NYT

Today the Times is asking me to register. I decline.

El Pollo Real said...

Today the Times is asking me to register. I decline.

You get that far in? I only read what Althouse cuts and pastes.

Paddy O said...

"Burned up over the burning of the Koran? Blame the media".

MadisonMan said...

Clearing cookies fixed the problem.

The Press hath decreed the narrative. Small-town Pastor that we have plucked out of obscurity will incite violence on other side of Earth. Accordingly, The Press must show a picture of unemployed men rioting in front of smoke.

Mission Accomplished!

Wesley M. said...

If, weeks and months ago, even a fraction of the effort spent by President Obama, Secretary Gates, and so many others to convince Rev. Jones not to burn the Koran had been spent trying to convince Imam Rauf and the Park51 developers to move their site a bit farter away from Ground Zero, we would all be in a much better place right now.

Michael said...

The picture in the times is a stock picture of angry Muslims shaking their fists in the universal angry-Muslim_gesture. They appear to need baths as well as tranquilizers.

What if the whole Western world went into conniptions because the rowdy Muslims need a bath? What if we were offended by that picture, which I surely am?

I must say that these Muslim people are very very needy.

shoutingthomas said...

Embarrassing stereotypes become embarrassing stereotypes because they are so often true.

We have a tendency to notice this.

Of course, that's what makes us into bigots. Right?

Note to myself: Must not notice truth of embarrassing stereotypes.

c3 said...

MSNBC was going to have live coverage of the book burning (when it was going to happen.)

I would suggest that in the same vein of important live coverage with pictures they send over some of their best people (i.e. Keith Olbermann) for live coverage of these burnings.

I mean a picture says a thousand words.

Lincolntf said...

Burning Korans = bad, and I oppose(d) Jones' little bonfire.

Now that that's out of the way, let's look at the reactions to the proposal from everyone from the President to the AP to the Dept of Defense to Interpol.
Standard issue Christophobia from each and every one of them. People are beginning to notice.

LarsPorsena said...

For the best pics just Google 'Rage Boy'. Tops 'Times' lame pic

Richard Dolan said...

Overblogged only makes sense in contrast to underblogged, and suggests that there is a virtuous state of just-right-blogged.

So how do you tell if you are in the happy state of Just-Right-Blogginess, rather than the depths of despond from Over/Under-Blogginess? An eager audience needs to know.

Life is a mystery, almost a vortex sucking you down, and never more confoundingly so than at times like this.

Lem said...

I red the the Ground Zero Mosque people are playing hard ball with a Trump offer to buy them out.

Ala is great isnt he?

sol said...

The "Arab street" depends on Community Organizers" (that's the best translation from Arabic available) whose job is to round up people when ever someone orders a demonstration. Notice there are 3 community organizers closest to the camera. Everyone else is laughing or looking bored.

El Pollo Real said...

And here I thought Althouse was the Überblogger.

Crimso said...

Just don't burn a Koran inside the Sistine Chapel. Then everybody's happy and we can all have a group hug.

Skipper50 said...

Does anybody in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other "riotous" lands work or attend to other duties? They seem to do little more than attend riots and demonstrations, or is that just the NYT's slant?

SteveR said...

Its a useful story because it says so much, the way people react to little things defines them. The way some will exxagerate the importance of little things for some political advantage, belittles them.

Of course, in this case, there is nothing new revealed, but rather confirmed.

michaele said...

The overreaction of uneducated Muslim who are pushed to such displays by their manipulative leadership, ironically, makes me feel more stubborn about what my rights are. I would never think to go out of my way to support a Koran burning but, jeez, why do those Muslims have to get their panties in such a wad...esp. when it hasn't even happened yet. Yet, there I go...hedging with the "esp. when it hasn't even happened yet". We have got to stop having different rules for Muslim sensibilities.

Maguro said...

I can't believe that Islamic Rage Boy couldn't make it to the protest covered by the NYT. His Islamic fervor must be waning. Or maybe he got a girlfriend.

campy said...

No, I haven't read all 14 posts.

And don't call me Shirley.

VW: anterser the thing before the rser.

Paddy O said...
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Quayle said...

Here is my a political activist street theater play titled "The New York Times."

"See how bad America is!"

"See how bad America's guns and religion people are!"

"We - they - make people upset."

"The upset people burn stuff and look very angry."

"Now that we've dealt with that issue, why don't we all go to La Pain Quotidien for lunch."

HT said...

Maybe the little things are all people have in some countries like Pakistan? It's the only outlet that governments allow. And yeah, we need to be less sensitive to Muslim sensitivities, but I guess when generals think lives are at stake, one does hesitate.

Overblogging - it's good to know our limitations (only Eastwood quote that is really meaningful to me). I only wish commenters could know theirs too.

Paddy O said...

No one would have heard of this guy, and certainly the people in Afghanistan would not have, unless all kinds of media attention came his way. The media wants the panic. They want the riots. They want the chaos. They stir it up, then write touching articles about people's responses. The media is evil, I think. Not all people in the media, but in general the commodification of news means the more people who die, the higher the ratings.

So, they look for ways to stir every side up, and those of us who get stirred play nicely into their scheming. Both sides do it. They just choose different issues to rile up both the supposedly "sophisticated" and the supposedly "uncivilized".

The media, in this day and age, are really the worst people in the world. Not because they do the worst things, but because they knowingly and passionate instigate the worst in people, around the world, stirring the chaos. The media dances around the fires of hell, laughing gleefully and clapping when every building burns and every woman is stoned and every man blows himself and innocent children up.

You know who wants this kind of chaos? The media is the devil in our midst, and we're all too distracted by our partisan topics to really focus our ire against the ones who salivate at the possibility of death and destruction.

madawaskan said...

michaele-

I know...

Makes me want to say-

Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

Hoosier Daddy said...

What's funny as hell is the liberals and lefties will say this is what happens when you demonstrate a lack of respect for their religion.

On the other hand, hold a massive rally at the DC Mall where people are peaceful, pray to God and dress up as 18th century colonials and those are racists and a threat to the Republic.

This is why I have such a hard time understanding the liberal mind. I mean maybe its like trying to understand Zardoz, you need to be really stoned or something.

deborah said...

Lincolntf:
"Now that that's out of the way, let's look at the reactions to the proposal from everyone from the President to the AP to the Dept of Defense to Interpol.
Standard issue Christophobia from each and every one of them. People are beginning to notice."

I see it the other way. It's highlighting the issue that people, in general are frightened of a violent reaction from the radical element of Islam.

Look at the way Britain has become Muslimized; Koran on top shelf at libraries, non-co-ed gym classes, a lot of Sharia legal courts. How many of these were assented to based on fear of violence?

madawaskan said...

Paddy O-

Well there is the beginning of this comment from Richard Dolan on the other thread:

Richard Dolan said...
Ironside makes an interesting point -- it's a mistake to keep thinking of this incident in domestic terms. There's a description of the timeline of the "Quran burning" story at RCP. In short, the story first got wide coverage starting with al-Arabiya in August (picking up on a release by CAIR), and from there spread to the "Sunni Vatican" center in Cairo and elsewhere. Ironside says that it also got wide play in Pakistan and Indonesia in August.


Anyways- cripes Obama is giving a press conference in the East Room and he's blaming Republicans for holding up all kinds of things.

It's as if he and the media have forgotten how Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid got their jobs...

Original Mike said...

Sol said: "Notice there are 3 community organizers closest to the camera. Everyone else is laughing or looking bored."

Good observation. Surely the cameraman and the NYT knew this too, yet they publish this story. They really are enablers to violence.

PatCA said...

Who says the Afghans are still in the 7th century? Their cooperation and manipulation of 21st-century media is quite astute.

lemondog said...

So how did the proposed Koran burning by a small town Florida pastor become news?

Did he contact the media?

Whose agenda does it serve for such wide-spread publicity?

Not to get too conspiratorial, but was the pending event brought to media attention by gov officials in order to provide grandstanding opportunities(e.g.,Hillary, Obama blah, blahing about religious freedoms in the US) and/or to avert attention from other issues?

Or was it just a slow news day with media tired of same old 'flagging economy' stories?

Hoosier Daddy said...

Anyways- cripes Obama is giving a press conference in the East Room and he's blaming Republicans for holding up all kinds of things.

You have to wonder at what point as an Obama suppoeter you have to just do a facepalm and go get drunk for the next two years.

I mean if he's whining now with his majorities, he's screwed if the GOP takes the House. He may as well just stay on the golf course.

garage mahal said...

Anyways- cripes Obama is giving a press conference in the East Room and he's blaming Republicans for holding up all kinds of things.

The nerve!

madawaskan said...

Hoosier-

You have to wonder at what point as an Obama suppoeter you have to just do a facepalm and go get drunk for the next two years.

I think garage just answered your question...gawd!

******

garage-

Who is the Speaker of the House?

[hint: it's not Denny Hastert]

How did they get there?

[hint #2-Republicans didn't vote for her]

Question #3 what is Harry Reid's job description?

Don't burn your madras garage...

Lincolntf said...

Listening to poor widdle Obama (whose Party owns both branches of Congress) blaming his failures on the people who tried to stop him from implementing the idiotic ideas that led to them, is precious.

Crybaby-in-Chief is no way to go down in history, Barry.

k*thy said...

Nowadays, the press values itself as entertainment rather than its journalism and swindlers, showmen and opportunists have moved in to make easy marks of them by giving them what they need. Now, everybody wins! Money feeds the attention-getters . Attention-getters make the ratings. It’s a nice, closed system .

Lem said...

In The Day after Tomorrow there is a scene in the New York Library where survivors burn books to keep from freezing to death.

It seems to me like radical Muslims would not allow an exception, not even for that.

One would infer that maybe the word is not in their harts but just remain locked, if you will, in the pages of a book.

Or something..

Dust Bunny Queen said...
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Dust Bunny Queen said...

How about we wrap the Koran in the
American flag and set them both on fire?

Would that then be ok with the liberals, or would it make their heads explode?

Hoosier Daddy said...

How about we wrap the Koran in the American flag and set them both on fire?

Would that then be ok with the liberals, or would it make their head's explode?


Well my coffee just exploded out of my mouth after reading that. Too funny!

Or add in a Bible along with a photograph of Reagan and we might be able to create a black hole.

madawaskan said...

garage channeling Thomas Friedman:


Damn it Obama would have things so much easier if he could just do things like they do in China-One Party Rule!

btw-Democrats 253 members

Republicans 178

That's near 60% of the House and supposedly Obama still can't get things done.

exhelodrvr1 said...

But there is no correlation between Islam and violence.

madawaskan said...

DBQ-

I vote-

heads explode.

Hoosier Daddy said...

In The Day after Tomorrow there is a scene in the New York Library where survivors burn books to keep from freezing to death.

Well the one atheist dude wouldn't let them burn the Gutenburg Bible.

But this is a great scene.

Jeremy: Friedrich Nietzsche? We cannot burn Friedrich Nietzsche! He was the most important thinker of the 19th century!
Elsa: Oh, please! Nietzsche was a chauvinist pig who was in love with his sister.
Jeremy: He was not a chauvinist pig!
Elsa: But he was in love with his sister.
Brian: Uh, excuse me, you guys? Yeah. There's a whole section on tax law down here that we can burn.

Hoosier Daddy said...

That's near 60% of the House and supposedly Obama still can't get things done.

But Dubya was the idiot.

shoutingthomas said...

That's near 60% of the House and supposedly Obama still can't get things done.

There's only one solution!

We must make Obama President for Life!

Give him the power to rule by decree!

That way, we would achieve Utopia and get rid of the bigots in one swipe!

Doug Wright said...

You ain't no Instapundit and for that RSS readers everywhere thank you; afterall there are only 25-hours in a day!

Cheers.

Original Mike said...

"I mean maybe its like trying to understand Zardoz, you need to be really stoned or something."

It didn't help, Hoosier.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Another good book burning scene from that movie.

Elsa: What have you got there?
Jeremy: A Gutenberg Bible. It was in the rare books room.
Elsa: You think God's gonna save you?
Jeremy: No, I don't believe in God.
Elsa: You're holding onto that bible pretty tight.
Jeremy: I'm protecting it. [Glares at Sam] This Bible is the first book ever printed. It represents the dawn of the Age of Reason. As far as I'm concerned, the written word is mankind's greatest achievement. You can laugh. But if Western civilization is finished, I'm gonna save at least one little piece of it.


Now there is something that should send lefties in a mouth frothing frenzy. An atheist who cherishes a bible because it represents what he believes is the dawn of Western Civilization. Hmmm...Western Civ and a bible two things that lefties tend to despise.

Hoosier Daddy said...

It didn't help, Hoosier.

Well shit.

/stomps off.

Montagne Montaigne said...

Obama still can't get things done

Except for health care reform, financial regulation reform, withdrawal from Iraq and surge in Afghanistan, saving the american auto industry, appointing two supreme court justices, massive investments in education, student loan reform, credit card reform, ...

David said...

Those burning tires are not draped around someone's neck.

That, I suppose, is progress.

Trooper York said...

PaddyO said.....
"The media is evil, I think."

"The media, in this day and age, are really the worst people in the world."

"The media is the devil in our midst, and we're all too distracted by our partisan topics to really focus our ire against the ones who salivate at the possibility of death and destruction."

Three of the most cogent and intelligent points ever made on this blog. Bravo!

I salute you.

The only solace we have that unlike the Dukes of Hazzard Koran, the media will surely burn in hell for all eternity.

The only thing worst than a journalist is a lawyer.

madawaskan said...

Oh for the love of Mike Montagne you missed the whole mountain for the molehill.

You are actually mocking Obama because it is he-who just spent what felt like an hour blaming Republicans for not allowing him to do what he wants.

Original Mike said...

Except for health care "reform", financial regulation "reform", withdrawal from Iraq and surge in Afghanistan, "saving" the american auto industry, appointing two supreme court justices, massive "investments" in education, student loan "reform", credit card "reform", ...

Fixed your post, Monty.

Calypso Facto said...

"Koran burning cancelled. Bible burning, flag burning, decapitations on internet, women stoning, bombings, terrorism proceed as scheduled." Ol_Roy

Trooper York said...

Today on my way to work I passed large groups of Muslim men talking out in front of the mosques on Atlantic Avenue. Today must be some kind of religious event of some sort as they were all dressed in their go to mosque clothes.

I wonder if anyone knows what it was?

madawaskan said...

We are making fun of Obama for blaming Republicans who might have the smallest minority in recent times-for hindering the Obama Correction of the Economy.

Happens to be really funny because the Obama Administration just spent months trying to sell the-

Recovery Summer.

We all know that flopped at the box office.

Indigo Red said...

Don't blame the incompatant press. Al-Qaeda was pushing the quran burning story on their chat rooms a month ago. The press only caught up a few days ago. Muslims don't need the press to tell them when to riot and why. As I said in the original QB post, it doesn't matter if the quran is burned or not. The thought of qurans being burned is all it takes.
I've writen the same on many blogs in the last few days and no one has agreed or disagreed. Experts on Submission are now saying the exactly what I've been saying - burning qurans doesn't matter, Muslims are going to riot, just as the NYT photo shows. No burned qurans, riots anyway. It's what barbarian muslims do.

madawaskan said...

Trooper-

End of Ramadan.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Except for health care reform, financial regulation reform, withdrawal from Iraq and surge in Afghanistan, saving the american auto industry, appointing two supreme court justices, massive investments in education, student loan reform, credit card reform, ...

Well maybe you should call up Obama and remind him cause he's the one crying like a kid who spilled his milk that he can't get anything done.

AJ Lynch said...

I just heard Rush say this Rev. Terry Jones was in Rush's high school graduating class. Too funny!

PZ said...

Instead of burning a Koran, why not read it?

traditionalguy said...

The Korean lady who cuts my hair told me this morning that on her trip to Vancouver last week to see her daughter that the Muslims had 1000+ coming into Vancouver for group prayer/chants. Being a Jew or a Christian is becoming more dangerous in Canada every year. In Canada the gutsy Pastor from Florida would simply be arrested and charged with a hate crime, ordered to pay a high fine to the victims of his free speech, and ordered to never speak again. The Saudi guys are pushing in the UN for a World Law against offending any Muslim by speaking against their miserable allah cult.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Actually Monty that Iraq withdrawal needs correcting as that was done in accordance with the SOFA with Iraq which of course was done under Bush.

But yeah, the rest of those 'reforms' did go through. I guess November will tell the tale how that all works out for him and your side.

Greg Hlatky said...

Except for health care reform, financial regulation reform, withdrawal from Iraq and surge in Afghanistan, saving the american auto industry, appointing two supreme court justices, massive investments in education, student loan reform, credit card reform, ...

I think this falls under the Hammerstein-Equord class "industrious and stupid."

exhelodrvr1 said...

The majority of definitions of, uses of, and alternate words for "reform" have a context of "improve."

I'm just sayin' ...

Franklin said...

Surely if Pastor Terry simply declared himself a performance artist he could get the NEA to fund his stunt.

Or would he have to put Muhammad in a jar of his urine to qualify?

In either case I'm sure the Left, as principled as they are, would be falling all over themselves to support him and declare anyone that considers the Artist Formerly Known as Pastor Terry's transgressive and provocative (the good kind or provacative!) pieces offensive to an inbred, WalMart-shopping, Pharisee from flyover country that wouldn't understand postmodernism if it smeared elephant dung all over their Mickey Mouse t-shirt and matching fanny pack.

AST said...

We have to countenance the Middle Finger Mosque because not doing so will "incite radical, violent behavior among Muslims." But we have to stifle people like Terry Jones because his stupid acts will "incite radical, violent behavior among Muslims," and threaten harm to our troops.

I'm not sure what options we have left. Why don't we just withdraw from all dealings with these radical, violent people and send the ones here back where they came from. Think how much we could save in blood and treasure by just disengaging from the world of radical, violent madmen.

At some point, though, it would seem that we have to quit running from these mobs and make a stand. I don't advocate burning Korans, since it's childish and feckless, but I don't think we should keep being intimidated by fears of riots in Muslim countries. That's just appeasement. Maybe they need to start worrying about offending us.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Except for health care reform, financial regulation reform, withdrawal from Iraq and surge in Afghanistan, saving the american auto industry, appointing two supreme court justices, massive investments in education, student loan reform, credit card reform, ...



Obama is like the housewife who spends all day making a liver souffle and then whines and pouts when her family who never asked for a liver souffle and refuses to eat that slop.

Worse.....Obama is pissed and vindictive because we don't want to eat the liver souffle so he is going to damned well make sure we eat it and force it on us every night for dinner until we all die of either starvation or toxic poisoning from the moldy souffle.

c3 said...

Our President's next option

Anglelyne said...

DBQ: Obama is like the housewife who spends all day making a liver souffle and then whines and pouts when her family who never asked for a liver souffle and refuses to eat that slop.

Honest Abe. Silent Cal. Give 'em hell Harry. Tricky Dick. Slick Willie. The Liver Souffle.

The Liver Souffle. That works on so many levels, DBQ. Think about it.

exhelodrvr1 said...

If it looks like crap, and it tastes like crap, and it smells like crap ...

Palladian said...

The fire's over here...

Cedarford said...

PZ said...
Instead of burning a Koran, why not read it?
======================
Good idea!
My suggestion is you wait until you have to work in Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan - because you won't be allowed to read any other religious material.
And DON'T go out pressing your spare bibles on the locals, encouraging them to read it. THat is risky, not just in the abovesaid countries, but also Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Indonesia these days.

exhelodrvr1 said...

PZ,
"Instead of burning a Koran, why not read it?"

I think showing a video of the pastor doing that is a very good idea; combined with footage in the background of recent examples of the passages which are being read being put into action.

Doug Wright said...

@Palladian: An a beautiful fire it is!

Cheers.

virgil xenophon said...

Greg Hlatky@11:55

LOL. My father's 1942 "Officers Guide" issued in OCS approvingly quotes the good German General's typology.

virgil xenophon said...

PS to Hlatky:

Of course in today's PC "all must have trophies"/ "every man and/or woman a valedictorian!" armed services that quote/typology would never see the light of day..

Peter said...

Y'all must pardon me but I believe that a crowd chanting Death To america should be answered by death from America. Until we rebuild the Napalm refinery a pattern of cluster bombs will do.

How about we kill those mofos until the only thing they say is God! Please stop! Over the long run it will cut down on total casualties. We need to elect people who value US lives over the feeeelings of a bunch of eigth Century woman beaters.

Fen said...

So how did the proposed Koran burning by a small town Florida pastor become news?

I hate the MSM. But I think that once Petraeus and State Dept weighed in on this, it became newsworthy.

Instead of burning a Koran, why not read it?

Why? I'm tired of the MSM spinning the book-burning as bigoted ignorance and fear of the Koran. Its not the content of the Koran thats in the dock, its the sensibility of "moderate" muslims:

1) if they desecrate the 9-11 site with a Trophy Mosque, we will respond in kind by desecrating the Koran.

2) if the Muslim world riots and devolves into violence over this, how "moderate" can they really be?

K T Cat said...

The problem with all of this is sample size relative to the general population. Yes, you saw the Moslems shaking their fists in rage. Yes, the pastor is a nut. So what? In any population of, say, 10,000, I can find plenty of crazies and if I film them, but don't film the ordinary people, I can make it seem like their whole community is quite mad.

I'd suggest that these images are being chosen to denigrate religion. I go to a fairly large Catholic church in San Diego. In the last couple of weeks we had one speaker from Rachel's Hope, a place where women who have underone an abortion can get counseling and consoling and a speaker who was a recent college graduate on her way to work with the poor in Equador. We've never had anyone yelling or shaking fists.

So why are these guys getting all the pub?

chr1 said...

The more I think about Obama's failure to recognize his own contradiction here, and what that could mean for our politics and society (extending relativism without acknowledging the real dangers of Islam and our own freedoms here) the more upset I get.

This is a precious freedom we have (and it will be abused by the unwise), and it needs a defense, and it need not capitulate to the violent (even the poorest, angriest most brainwashed kid in the wreck of say, A Yemeni economy)....

for the sake of diplomacy!

Ah, what this current round of idealists would rend asunder

Vader said...

"The media is evil, I think."

"The media, in this day and age, are really the worst people in the world."

"The media is the devil in our midst, and we're all too distracted by our partisan topics to really focus our ire against the ones who salivate at the possibility of death and destruction."

The media is just a symptom. They would not be pushing this stuff if their customers weren't eager for it. Do not blame an institution for a civilizational failure.

Synova said...

"Do not blame an institution for a civilizational failure."

When an institution prides itself on being a gatekeeper, on speaking Truth to Power, and has a near messianic institutional mythos of moral righteousness... yes, it can be blamed for a civilizational failure.

There is, after all, a huge market demand for drugs. We do not excuse the people who sell them because the real guilt belongs to the consumer. And at least with *drugs* there sometimes is someone holding a gun to the head of the distributor.

No so with the media, with "journalists", with Oprah or anyone else.

No one forced the editor of Newsweek to print a story based on hearsay and lies and no one forced the rioters to kill anyone.

The pen is mightier than the sword!

But somehow expecting, oh, any discretion at all in how it is wielded is an undue burden? A gun is a powerful thing, too, and we don't excuse someone who just fires one all over the place and then claims not to be responsible for what gets hit.

Except no one would be stupid enough to claim that, like freedom of the press, the freedom to bear arms includes not being responsible for anything that gets broken.

Milwaukee said...

Are we really self-censoring because we don't want to offend the Mohammedans? They want to say we shouldn't blame the destruction of the Twin Towers on Muslims because it was only a small radical group responsible, and the rest of us are peaceful, loving kinds of people. Then when a small, radical bizarre religious group in America does something perverse, they are all ready to bring death to America and all Americans. Really? And look at the outrage in the Muslim world. They are really worked up over this.

I disagree with burning the Koran because, in general, I disagree with provoking others for no good reason. However, they are provoking us, repeatedly. The Ground Zero Mosque is to be built at an address damaged by debris from one of the planes used in the attack. It too is part of the battle site. (We lost that battle.) We do not need to stand by and tolerate those who would destroy us. Have none of you ever been attacked by a bully? Bully's use threatening language first, gauging the victims response, and then escalate the violence. Part of the Greater Islam Plan is to infiltrate our society, first apply Sharia to each other, and then to us.

The Constitution of the United States, which our President refuses to uphold, is not a suicide pact. The Democrats have removed impeachment as an option by their refusal to impeach Clinton.

jim said...

The Foghat-faced pastor with the yen to throw a Qu'ran BBQ?

The man's a grifter, one who was scamming many people in Germany out of a fortune in free labor & money before this stunt.

He's not doing this despite death-threats - he's doing it TO GET death-threats. This is exactly the kind of situation a con-artist will use to justify hitting the road & evading their latest big batch of freshly-milked victims when the heat comes down on them.

F15C said...

K T Cat: "Yes, you saw the Moslems shaking their fists in rage. Yes, the pastor is a nut. So what? In any population of, say, 10,000, I can find plenty of crazies and if I film them, but don't film the ordinary people, I can make it seem like their whole community is quite mad.

I'd suggest that these images are being chosen to denigrate religion."

A poll by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland in 2007 covered four Muslim countries — Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia — that are closely allied with the U.S. The populations of these nations are, on average, slightly more liberal politically than the mean of that of other Muslim populations.

Muslims in these countries were asked whether they support the attitudes and actions of those like Osama Bin Laden against America.

How did they (Muslims in these four nations) respond?

26% said they opposed al Qaeda’s attacks and its attitudes.

15% said they supported both the attacks and the attitudes behind them.

23% said they opposed the attacks but tended to share the attitudes.

A rational person would see that 15% of the population of these U.S.-aligned countries supporting al Qaeda’s deeds is disturbing, to say the least.

Moreover, adding together those who support al Qaeda’s attacks and those who oppose the attacks but support its attitudes shows that, by a ratio of 3 to 2, most respondents said they shared al Qaeda’s attitudes toward the U.S."

Those four nations represent a very large swath of the diversity of Islam and 60%, by their own admission, support/share Al Qaeda's attitudes toward the U.S.

These results have meaning and are significant in what they indicate about the Muslim world.

With so many Muslims espousing support for radicals like Bin Laden, non-Muslims are justified in being at least wary of the Islamic world.

Larry said...

This brings to mind the saying, "Public declaration of being offended is a form of aggression."

Indignation becomes a form of aggression.

Far too much of this indignation is posturing, a form of aggression.

I yearn for the good-old-days: "I challenge you to a dual!"


So much of this is posturing:

Threatening to burn a revered book.

Threatening to burn a flag or other item that deserves respect.

Making a big deal about denouncing such activities.

Outdoing the denouncer by burning something down in retaliation - - the tit-for-tat approach.

We now witness so much of this premeditated posturing, in so many different forms, that anyone is justified in getting "offended," in multiple ways, on any given day. So the challenge lies in living life without being distracted; distracted by the innumerable folks who labor so diligently at making a spectacle of themselves.

Yes, these many different groups are, essentially, determined to create spectacles. The word "symbiosis" comes to mind.



An indignant thirty year old can engage in bellicose posturing and gain respect; a comparable indignant three year old would be said to throw a tantrum. That is how the world goes around.

Milwaukee said...

About F15c: The Moors conquered Spain as Muslims. Through a series of crusades, the Christians removed them. In the end, they forced all remaining Muslims to leave. This was an act of generosity: they could have exercised "ethnic cleansing". What the Spaniards found was that many Muslims who claimed to convert to Christianity had not, and when a Muslim army re-appeared, so did their Muslim identity. The whole point of the Inquisition was to verify the strength of the conversion.

When members of a minority group refuse to support the law by identifying group members outside of the law, then there is a problem. We have this when Blacks won't testify against other Blacks. We have this when Muslims shelter Muslims against non-Muslims. Part of the Muslim faith instructs members to be subservient when in the minority. When the time is right, they can demonstrate their true colors. Does this mean all Muslims are terrorists? No. Does it mean that it will take a lot of courage for a Muslim to squeal on another Muslim? Yes. The repercussions are huge. The snitch is ostracized by their old community, yet chances are there isn't a new, welcoming community.

Just saw another shoot 'em up guy film. More than once, the good guys had the drop on the villains, who just seconds earlier were trying to kill said good guys, and the good guys wouldn't shoot the bad guys. Hello, they are trying to kill you! When we are done dealing with Islam, we have China, which is growing as a world power. These cultures are very different from Western Culture. They have a different sense of right and wrong, and what constitutes "fair play". In our culture, "a man's word is his bond". But those other cultures may not play that way. We need to be alert.

Milwaukee said...

I used to teach high school. Once, two of my African-American students had gotten into a fight at the local Burger King after a football game. One had actually tried to run down the other with a car, and then had chased the other while displaying a big knife. The mostly White police had estimated a crowd of about 150 bystanders. After they had questioned about 100 of them to no avail, they decided that "No one had seen anything." Race is an important part of that story, and continues to be an important part of our story. Islam, by the way, is a religion, not a race. So those who oppose Islam are not racist. There are Jews and Christians of Middle-Eastern descent.