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 Mickey-Mouse Character on Hamas TV Teaches Children about Islamic Rule of World9 comments
picture10 May 2007 @ 03:20
Host Saraa, a young girl: Sanabel, what will you do for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque? How will you sacrifice your soul for the sake of Al-Aqsa? What will you do?

Sanabel, young girl on phone: I will shoot.

Farfour, a Mickey Mouse character in a tuxedo: Sanabel, what should we do if we want to liberate...

Sanable: We want to fight.

Farfour: We got that. What else?

Saraa: We want to...  More >

 "Coals of Fire–From The Altar Of The Unknown Good" by Mary Everest Boole0 comments
category picture9 May 2007 @ 16:38
"Study those who misunderstand you; learn from those who despise you; and help, whenever you honestly can, those who are trying to hinder you. So you shall be known as children of our Father, the Universal Light."

 'Where The Nazi 'Big Lie' Endures0 comments
category picture1 May 2007 @ 20:51
[For some of today's anti-Zionists who might be willing to question their pet notion that Palestinian Jews (Israelis) are among the world's most terrible oppressors. Where do you think your ideas come from? Daniel Pipes will tell you. --B.I.K.]

From www.danielpipes.org | Original article available at: www.danielpipes.org/article/4472
Where the Nazi "Big Lie" Endures

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
May 1, 2007

[Title and text modified from NY Sun version]

"If today's Arab anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish propaganda strongly resembles that of the Third Reich, there is a good reason." So writes Joel Fishman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in "The Big Lie and the Media War against Israel," an insightful piece of historical research.

Fishman begins by noting the topsy-turvy situation whereby Israel is perceived as a dangerous predator as it defends its citizens against terrorism, conventional warfare, and weapons of mass destruction. A 2003 survey, for instance, found Europeans seeing Israel as "the greatest threat" to world peace. How did this insane inversion of reality – the Middle East's only fully free and democratic country seen as the leading global menace – come to be?  More >

 "Slain Israeli Professor Saved Others in Va. Tech Massacre"4 comments
picture17 Apr 2007 @ 17:00
Slain Israeli Professor Saved Others in Va. Tech Massacre
by Gil Ronen from Israel National News Service

"As Israel observed Holocaust Day, thousands of miles away, A Rumanian-born Holocaust survivor gave his life in another senseless murder - and apparently in an act of heroism."  More >

 Women's Rights at the UN: Israel as the Only Violator—NOT!1 comment
category picture6 Apr 2007 @ 16:32
[ Demonization , Double Standards, Deligitimization of Israel = Antisemitism. Tolerance for this makes the UN a sick, sorry joke. --B.I.K.]

"Women's Rights at the UN: Israel as the Only Violator
by Anne Bayefsky

"Last Friday, March 9, 2007 the UN wrapped up its annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Guess where they found a violation of women's rights? Among the hundreds of thousands of women who are dead, dying, mutilated, displaced or raped in Sudan? Among the million female migrant workers cowering in the basements of Saudi Arabian villas from the taskmasters who stole their passports the minute they got off the plane? Among the women stoned and hanged for "adultery" in Iran? The millions of women forcibly aborted in China? The thousands murdered or forced to commit suicide for the crime of "dishonoring" their fathers and brothers across the Arab and Muslim world?  More >

 Rest In Peace, Robert Anton Wilson.5 comments
picture11 Jan 2007 @ 22:21
My friend, Bob Wilson, who sometimes referred to himself as Doc (for " Damned Old Crank") died early this morning, according to accounts I have found on the internet, that seem quite reliable. (He had written about the consequences for him of previous news reports of his death in his book Cosmic Trigger III --one of my favorite works by him.) He apparently went the way he wanted to go, at home surrounded by friends and family.

A wonderful writer. A damned and damn great writer. Not appreciated by the mainstream media in the way that he deserved.  More >

 Snapple Factoid - "A Jellyfish..."1 comment
picture28 Dec 2006 @ 20:54
"A Jellyfish is 95% water."
(found inside the cap of a Rasberry Snapple)  More >

 "Truth is the daughter..."0 comments
picture20 Dec 2006 @ 23:48
"In order that we may have some guarantee of arriving at the same opinion about an idea, the minimal requirement is that we should have had different opinions about it in the first place. If two men want to agree they really have to contradict one another first. Truth is the daughter of discussion, not of sympathy."

—— Gaston Bachelard, The Philosophy of No (1940), p. 114.
[Translation 1968 by G. C. Waterston]  More >

 ´Ceasefire´ in Gaza: Terrorists Fire Five Kassams0 comments
picture26 Nov 2006 @ 18:42
The Israeli-Palestinian Authority ceasefire came into effect at 6 AM, and Palestinian terrorists have fired no fewer than five Kassam rockets since then.

'Ceasefire'  More >

 The Chief Obstacle0 comments
category picture12 Nov 2006 @ 22:35
The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race, ...  More >

 "Rockets, Shells, and Threats" 1 comment
picture10 Nov 2006 @ 23:48
Elliot Chodoff of MidEast ON TARGET writes:
"No sovereign state in the world would sit by quietly as rockets rained down on its cities, violating its sovereignty and endangering its citizens. Only Israel is condemned for it."  More >

 "In Iraq, Stay the Course - but Change It" by Daniel Pipes0 comments
category picture25 Oct 2006 @ 19:40
Daniel Pipes makes sense, once again.

From www.danielpipes.org | Original article available at: In Iraq, Stay the Course - but Change It

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
October 24, 2006

As coalition policy reaches a crisis, may I resurrect an idea I have been flogging since April 2003? It offers a way out of the current debate over staying the course (as President George W. Bush has long advocated) or withdrawing troops on a short timetable (as his critics demand).

My solution splits the difference, "Stay the course – but change the course." I suggest pulling coalition forces out of the inhabited areas of Iraq and redeploying them to the desert.

This way, the troops remain indefinitely in Iraq, but remote from the urban carnage. It permits the American-led troops to carry out essential tasks (protecting borders, keeping the oil and gas flowing, ensuring that no Saddam-like monster takes power) while ending their non-essential work (maintaining street-level order, guarding their own barracks).  More >

 Evolving Brains1 comment
picture13 Oct 2006 @ 21:20
From my friend John Allman's excellent book Evolving Brains

"...the price of being able to see the world accurately is the susceptibility to illusions."  More >

 Calculus Meditation1 comment
picture20 Sep 2006 @ 17:21
"Find things or ideas in your world that you usually view as complete and fixed and think about them dynamically. That is, view their current state as the result of a growing or changing process."
---Professor Michael Starbird  More >

 The Arab & Iranian Reaction to 9/11 - 5 Years Later 0 comments
picture11 Sep 2006 @ 17:07
“When the twin towers collapsed… My lungs filled with air and I breathed in relief, as I had never breathed before."
'Ali 'Uqleh 'Ursan,
Syrian Arab Writers Association chairman
Al-Usbu' Al-Adabi (Damascus)
September 15, 2001  More >

 "Terrorist Theater Tricks"1 comment
category picture31 Aug 2006 @ 18:48
Here is an interesting article by Carolyn Glick of The Jerusalem Post.

The source article can be found here: "Terrorist Theater Tricks"

Column One: Terrorist theater tricks
Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 28, 2006

What are we seeing when we watch events from the Middle East on our
television screens? Is it news or is it terrorist theater?  More >

 Amnesty For Hezbollah War Crimes0 comments
picture24 Aug 2006 @ 18:14
At Mere Rhetoric, Omri Ceren writes about Amnesty International's condemnation of Israel ("war crimes") for its bombing of Hezbollah installations in Lebanon:

"In a world where demonizing Israel was anything less than a badge of Leftist authenticity, groups like Amnesty International might be a little more circumspect in becoming pathetic and predictable caricatures of themselves."  More >

 Do It Yourself Jackson-Pollocking0 comments
picture20 Aug 2006 @ 04:07
My friend Milton Dawes has sent me the following link:

As he wrote: "If you have nothing else to do. Or like to doodle. Or...
Just click and start moving your mouse. Each time you click, it changes
colors on your palette."

Here you see my latest unpalletteable messterpiece!  More >

 Existence of G-d2 comments
picture18 Aug 2006 @ 19:25
Someone once asked mathematician Cassius Keyser "Do you believe in the existence of God?"

Keyser replied:  More >

 "Pan-Islamism Challenges Idea of Nation State "2 comments
category picture14 Aug 2006 @ 18:20
Mark Steyn states some uncomfortable truths.

"When they hold hands and sing "We Are The World," they mean it. And we're being very complacent if we think they only take over the husks of "failed states" like Afghanistan, Somalia and Lebanon. They are very good at using the principal features of the modern multicultural democracy — legalisms, victimology — to their own advantage."

Reality Check  More >

 Medieval Book of Psalms Unearthed8 comments
picture4 Aug 2006 @ 22:56
First millennium manuscript, stuck open to Psalm 83, found in Irish mud. All the other pages were stuck shut.


Check the story at CNN.com Medieval Book of Psalms Unearthed

Update: Apparently, the book was actually stuck open on Psalm 84, numbered 83 in the Latin version. Some people feel relieved  More >

 Hezbolla-Coming Soon To Your Hometown0 comments
picture4 Aug 2006 @ 16:59
Part of the Islamo-Fascist death cult, the ultimate in idol worship, which glorifies their god with child sacrifice.

I wish it was only a metaphor!  More >

 More on Hezbolla War Crimes0 comments
category picture4 Aug 2006 @ 16:08
As policy, Hezbolla deliberately targets civilian's and furthermore hides among the civilian population of Lebanon and uses Lebanese civilians as human shields.

This directly contravenes the laws of war as spelled out in the Geneva Conventions.  More >

 Hezbolla's War Crimes0 comments
picture4 Aug 2006 @ 15:58
Hezbollah is attacking Israeli civilians while hiding within Lebanese civilian communities.

Important Footage from the IDF, given to StandWithUs  More >

 Lebanon: Myths and Facts (The Video)0 comments
category picture3 Aug 2006 @ 20:46
Those who believe that Israel is one of the most ruthless, evil and aggressive nations on earth, not only blame the victims of Arab-Islamo-Fascism...they also give moral support to Arab-Islamo-Fascists whose stated aim is to wipe out Israel and kill as many Jews there (and everywhere else) as possible. (The dead Muslims there and elsewhere will be considered shahids, martyrs.) Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, New Agers, Atheists, Agnostics, Muslims with different points of view, and other "non-believers" are next after the Jews on the short list of the Islamo-Fascists to either Subjugate (Jews and Christians), Convert or Kill (the rest).

This video Lebanon
presents the facts of the present chapter in the long battle of survival of the Jews of Israel and the small number of Israeli Arabs, Bedouins, Druse, Christians, etc., who help them.

 Support An Israeli Soldier7 comments
picture1 Aug 2006 @ 16:42
Click below to send a personal message of support and a chocolate bar to an Israeli soldier for free (courtesy of Elite and the Heritage Affinity Services credit card). Please forward this to your friends and family.

Support an Israeli Soldier  More >

 Lebanon: Myths and Facts (Part II)0 comments
category picture31 Jul 2006 @ 17:59
Lebanon: Myths and Facts
by Shraga Simmons and Pesach Benson

Myth: Israel deliberately attacked a United Nations post, killing four UN personnel.

Fact: That UN post, in the words of the Canadian peacekeeper who was killed there, was being used by Hezbollah as cover. As retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie, interviewed on CBC radio, explained:

"We received emails from [the Canadian peacekeeper who was killed at the UN post] a few days ago, and he was describing the fact that he was taking fire within, in one case, three meters of his position for tactical necessity, not being targeted. Now that's veiled speech in the military. What he was telling us was Hezbollah soldiers were all over his position and the IDF were targeting them. And that's a favorite trick by people who don't have representation in the UN. They use the UN as shields knowing that they can't be punished for it."
Furthermore, Hezbollah has attacked UNIFIL observers repeatedly this week. From the UN's own press releases:
In the last 24 hours... Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of four UN positions at Marwahin, Alma Ash Shab, Brashit, and At Tiri. (27 July 2006)

One unarmed UN military observer, a member of the Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), was seriously wounded by small arms fire in the patrol base in the Marun Al Ras area yesterday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, the fire originated from the Hezbollah side during an exchange with the IDF. He was evacuated by the UN to the Israeli side, from where he was taken by an IDF ambulance helicopter to a hospital in Haifa. He was operated on, and his condition is now reported as stable. (24 July 2006)

Note that the UN observer was injured badly enough to be evacuated to an Israeli hospital -- where they saved his life. Kofi Annan's reaction? Not a word of condemnation against Hezbollah, and not a word of gratitude for Israel's rescue of the UN observer.

This is part of an article Lebanon Myths and Facts

 Lebanon: Myths and Facts (Part I)0 comments
category picture31 Jul 2006 @ 03:11
Lebanon: Myths and Facts
by Shraga Simmons and Pesach Benson

Myth: Israel is attacking and killing hundreds of Lebanese civilians.

Fact: The death of any innocent civilian is tragic and Israel regrets the loss of life.

Why are civilians dying? Because Hezbollah is hiding among civilians, using villages, mosques and even private homes to store and manufacture weapons caches that include 12,000 missiles.

This creates a conundrum for the Israeli military, where Hezbollah wins either way: If the IDF shies away from attacking because of the proximity of civilians, Hezbollah's terror infrastructure remains in place. And if the IDF attacks, no matter how carefully, there will be collateral damage -- triggering condemnation in the media, and emboldening Hezbollah to operate from civilian areas.

Even the UN's humanitarian chief, Jan Egeland, said: "Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending... among women and children. I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this."

Ynet News reports that Hezbollah is trying to maximize Lebanese civilian deaths, presumably for its own propaganda purposes: Roadblocks have been set up outside some villages to prevent residents from leaving.

Meanwhile, in order to minimize civilian casualties, Israel has dropped warning leaflets in Lebanon, advising residents to protect their own safety by "avoiding all places frequented by Hizbullah."

When was the last time that Arab terrorists alerted Israeli civilians of an impending strike?

So let's be clear who bears responsibility for the deaths of Lebanese civilians. As Alan Dershowitz writes:

A bank robber who takes a teller hostage and fires at police from behind his human shield is guilty of murder if they, in an effort to stop the robber from shooting, accidentally kill the hostage. The same should be true of terrorists who use civilians as shields from behind whom they fire their rockets.

This is part of an article Lebanon Myths and Facts

 "The dangerous fantasy of peaceful Arab intent" 0 comments
picture21 Jul 2006 @ 03:14
In the Seattle Times, Edward Alexander has asked:

"Can anything positive emerge from the current carnage?"  More >

 Here's to the 'Neighborhood Bully'!0 comments
picture13 Jul 2006 @ 01:42
by Bob Dylan - 1983

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.
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