30 September 2007
This reads like some bad "B" movie script. I can' t believe how many times these dweebs use the word "dude."
They must have watched The BIg Lebowski one too many times.
28 September 2007
I've long been disappointed in my fellow Illinoisans - they put Dick Durbin and Barack Obama in office after all. So what does that tell you about their collective IQ.
I'm also embarrassed by the LibTards who are taking up space in this state and voting, no less.
This is just another "pre-emptive dhimmitude" (as LGF puts it) and it speaks to how low we'll go out of political correctness.
Just for yucks I'd love to see some municipality go out of their way to celebrate a Christian holiday, in effect putting the Muslims on the defensive and forcing them to acknowledge that this is STILL a Christian nation and we have nothing to be ashamed of for that.
Fat chance. The Left has really sucked the life out of our society by dividing the family and deconstructing the churches.
Hey Thanks ACLU!
He claims that he overheard a fellow officer utter the word "faggot" in the precinct locker room. Gasp!
He also says that people drew pictures of him in sexual positions and taped them on the wall in the locker room. Double Gasp!
It sounds like this guy is just thin-skinned. Police officers "bust the balls" of their colleagues all the time. Seriously. This guy wasn't dragged into a bathroom stall and gang-raped, for chrissakes! So someone uttered the "faggot" word in his presence. If you come out and claim the lifestyle, you better be prepared for the backlash. If a copper is having multiple extramarital affairs and someone calls him a "male whore" he's not going to sue the city.
If he'd established a good rapport with his team by being a good guy and a good officer, then I'm sure they would have extended him the courtesy of being respectful of his lifestyle choices. It sounds like he was a whiney goof who was liked on the watch.
Of course the Open Borders wankers are decrying this enforcement raid as a throwback to Nazism. "We don't approve of the Gestapo methods ICE is using," said Gilbert Cortez, a Latino leader who urged Hispanic workers to stay home from work in protest Friday.
Good job, agents! It is so nice when a plan comes together.
27 September 2007
I came across this story today on Breitbart News about new cameras that the city is developing. I guess it is going to be tied into the new Fusion Center down at HQ that will, allegedly, tie all of our systems together (thus the name).
Ask your everyday street cop about these cameras and you'll likely get a snort of disgust. People act like these boxes are going to deter crime. Well, they don't. They simply push the criminals off the street and they go to the next street. The folks on the new street get upset that now their block has gang-members hanging out, someone gets shot and, the clammer for a new camera on THAT block begins. All these cameras are doing is pushing the bad elements around like chess pieces.
As the article says, there is no study to show that these cameras reduce crime. And they are expensive. An alderman told me that each one runs approximately $60,000 to install and run. The new "tweeks" that the article talks about will add about $10,000 to that original cost. Is it worth it? In my opinion, no. The city should take all the money it's spending on cameras and hire more police officers.
The article states that cameras "never get bored or tired" and I assume that is a slam on the officers who monitor the hundreds of PODs throughout the city. Well you can have as many cameras as you want but if a crime occurs within the vicinity, you're going to need a couple cops to go arrest the bad guy, investigate the suspicious package or stop the car circling the block.
Another issue that people don't factor in is that - in acquiring that shiny new white box and flashing blue light on their corner - it will scare away potential real estate buyers from their area. If Rex and Muffy Quartermaine decide to come and look at a house for sale and there is a POD on the corner, what message does that send? It sends the message that there is crime in the area. The city doesn't put the cameras up just for yucks.
If you want my two cents on crime reduction, start a phone tree with your neighbors. When one person calls 911, that person will call 3 others and those 3 others will all call one additional person and then 911. When 911 gets "multiple tickets" on an incident, it tends to get a higher priority and calls for service drives where we send our man power.
But the desire for the cameras really comes down to citizens who don't want to call the police out of fear of retaliation. They just want the camera there so that IT will make the 911 call for them.
There is no charge - just show up with a new toy and you can shoot the 48 round Combat Challenge match. For each new toy you bring, you get to shoot again!
The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Harvey Police Dept. range in beautiful Harvey, Illinois.
Call John Krupa for more information. His telephone is 708.207.2594 - he has email too.
I can't think of a better excuse to get some "trigger time" than this!
26 September 2007
If the Feds have nothing better to do than to put a case on a CPD officer, then things at the FBI are sadder than I'd heard.
All the SOS guys are innocent! Remember you heard it here first...
Mark Steyn, as usual, hits the nail on the head by calling Leonard Bernstein's music "spikey...and tragic."
And the one contemporaneously cool term they deployed - "Cool" - was transformed by Bernstein and his lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, into something with a rare kind of Broadway cool all its own:
Bernstein's score nods towards some of the rhythms of the day - the mambos and cha-chas - but it never sounds like Fifties pop tunes, just unmistakably Bernstein: spikey, finger-snappy, urban ...and tragic.
West Side Story was a regurgitation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with the Sharks and Jets taking over the role of the Montegues and the Capulets. But the movie is timeless and always a good time. As a police officer the part with "Officer Krumpke" is classic. As the cop mouths off to the "delinquents" - the gang members roll off a litany of rationalizations to excuse their horrific behavior.
More here at wikipedia.
We all now know that decrying homosexuality as a lifestyle is as taboo as denying that the Holocaust occurred (which I'm not saying). The Pink hand of the Gay Mafia (H/T: Mike Savage) has an excellent public relations department. If you didn't know any better and just got your information from movies and the mainstream press, you'd think that gays were being routinely dragged into alleys and beaten within an inch of their lives. The Gay PR campaign has been very successful in suppressing any criticism of their "movement".
I personally think it is a shallow and lonely lifestyle - and most of my gay friends would agree with me. In fact, they're the ones who tell me routinely that if they had a choice they wouldn't even BE homosexual.
And I'm not even criticizing the use of Christian symbols in this ad - what I object to is that if these COWARDS wanted to be so avant garde and proud of their fellow deviants, then why don't they use ISLAM to taunt, insult and demean. We all know why they don't - because the organizers would be found laying in the street with a knife sticking out of his chest. Even though Islam is the LEAST tolerant of all major religions and, its own Koran sanctions the murder of homosexuals, The Gay Lobby won't confront it because it doesn't have the courage to take a stand.
From the newstory :
|Organizers of San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair -- sponsored by Miller Brewing Co. -- have portrayed Christ and his disciples as half-naked homosexual sadomasochists in the event's promotional advertisement, and the conservative group Concerned Women for America is complaining about the hypocrisy of it.|
"The bread and wine representing Christ's broken body and lifegiving blood are replaced with sadomasochistic sex toys in this twisted version of Da Vinci's The Last Supper," CWA said on its Web site.
"'Gay' activists disingenuously call Christians 'haters' and 'homophobes' for honoring the Bible, but then lash out in this hateful manner toward the very people they accuse," said said Matt Barber, CWA's policy director for cultural issues.
So the Gay Mafia gets to use Christian symbols in their ad because they know they may get a couple complaint letters but none of their leadership will be subject to murder, death threats or fatwas.
Miller beer (which sucks anyway) should get a call or email from you complaining about their sponsorship of this "event". I haven't touch a Miller product in 10 years anyway because it always gives me a headache.
So when the Gay Lobby decides to actually do something courageous - then I'll support them.
25 September 2007
The budget opened my eyes because I'm one of those people who, for years - nay decades - has heard that the only thing that could redeem our low test scores, the campus violence and student malaise is more money.
Even as recently as July of this year, our own beloved Barack Hussein Obama - the man whose lips move but nothing of substance comes out - said, "Our playgrounds have become battlegrounds. Our streets have become cemeteries. Our schools have become places to mourn the ones we've lost," Obama told a standing-room-only congregation at Vernon Park Church of God on Chicago's Far South Side.
Of course, BHO is a gun grabber. He called for "better enforcement of existing gun laws, tighter background checks on gun buyers and for making an expired assault weapon ban permanent."
"A couple weeks ago, cops found an AK-47 near a West Side school," he said. "That type of weapon belongs on a battlefield, not on the streets of Chicago."
Gee Barack - how unoriginal. I thought we already had a gun ban in the city of Chicago? He went on to call for "more money" for our schools; he wants the government to give more funds to cover after-school programs to "keep kids off the streets."
The people of Illinois, and even those of the heartland, are waking up to what an empty, no talent suit Barack Obama is. The biggest problem is that WE have to put up with him.
Enough about BHO. Back to schools -
The budget shows that Steinmetz was allocated almost $17 million dollars to cover teacher salaries and operating overhead. With over 600 elementary and high schools in Chicago, that adds up to quite an expense. Did you know that 50% of your property taxes go towards funding the public schools? That comes out to $10,200,000,000 per year.
That begs the question: What are we getting for our money? The answer is not much.
A study by the Consortium for School Research found that 35% of CPS students who went to college earned their bachelor's degree within six years, which is below the national average of 64%. The October issue of Chicago Magazine has their annual review of high schools.
The interesting part of Chicago Magazine's survey is that it shows that even in the worst performing schools, teacher salaries and money spent per student were just as high as in those schools whose kids were very well performing.
As an example let's look at two schools: North Side College Prep (NSCP), versus Steinmetz.
* NSCP's Attendance rate is 96.4%, Steinmetz is 83.4%
* Average teacher salary at both schools was the same; $63,509 per teacher and money spent per student of $5,858
* Low income students at NSCP make up 31.1%, at Steinmetz it's 83%
* Black and Latino students, combined, make up 28.2% at NSCP, at Steinmetz they make up 84%.
* Average ACT score: NSCP is 27.8 - at Steinmetz it is 16.5
* The ratio of money spent per student and ACT score (ACT vs. $) at NSCP is +8.73, at Steinmetz it is -2.56
I know from personal experience that when the number of black and latino students go up, the level of crime and gang violence also increases. Steinmetz has a big problem with gang members within the school ranks and it contributes to an atmosphere of violence and intimidation. It is just not conducive to learning.
Also, many students at Steinmetz come from single-parent homes and we know from research that kids from those types of families are more likely to drop out, and to turn to drugs and violence.
Other well performing schools in Chicago include (ACT vs. $) Whitney Young (+7.13), Lane Tech (+2.83), Lincoln Park (+2.43), Jones College Prep (+4.53) and Payton College Prep (+7.63)
The majority of schools are abysmal when compared to the above. Some of the worst are Young Women's Leadership Charter (-3.26), Tilden (-4.16), School of the Arts (-4.06), Marshall (-4.96), Englewood Tech (-5.16) and Austin Community (-5.16).
You can see that it is absolutely NOT about throwing more money at the schools. If anything they should reallocate resources and do a better job of cutting expenses, than turning to the county with their collective hands out demanding more, more, more.
24 September 2007
|As far as I can tell the world is still rotating on its axis. The sun is still in the sky. There are still 6 million dead Jews as a result of Hitlers Holocaust although the refugee from the Lollipop Guild tried to wipe that little historical detail from memory and the record by pleading for more research as if digging deeper into the historical record (help yourself, no one is stopping you) will erase the meticulously kept records at Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, Dachau, and other death camps that carefully listed the numbers of Jews who were shoved into showers, gassed, and then cremated in gigantic ovens.|
And Columbia is still a school that features the most nauseating double standards in Christendom when it comes to free speech, denying many speakers the opportunity to address students whose ideological bent is deemed too what? They cant use the excuse that conservative speakers are spouting hate anymore. They just hosted the worlds most celebrated anti-Semite.
Despite President Bollingers spot on indictment of the little shits nation and rulers, I found it depressing when American citizens actually cheered what this man had to say cheered when he answered Bollinger with an harangue about academic freedom when the ruling clique of Iran dismisses and jails teachers for looking sideways at the government.
The Board of Regents at Columbia should be ashamed of themselves. Those "pie throwers" who target Conservatives were noticeably absent from this proceeding. It speaks volumes that they'd censor Conservative Christians but let this facist puke talk. Iran has a terrible Human Rights record - they execute Gays, "adulterous" women and Christians, those are the facts and they are indisputable.
Forget the fact that he didn't really "say" anything in his press conference - he sounded alot like ColdType.
Jihad Watch and Daniel Pipes are reporting that Ahmadinajad was one of 1979 US Hostage crisis terrorists. The story is here.. Hostages say that they remember him as one of the gun-toting, America-hating Islamonazis from back then.
As usual a liberal institution embraces one of our enemies.
I wonder if the TSA had been a tall blond norwegian woman and she was shown patting down an Imam or Muslim cleric, if CAIR would have had a press conference to protest such "indignities to the Muslim people" - no doubt followed by a $500 million dollar lawsuit.
The nun probably took it all in stride and, I'm sure even said,"Thank you" to the Muslim as she slipped her shoes back on and made her way to her flight.
Just another double standard. In our media, Christians are maligned, Muslims are forgiven.
This can't be a Hate Crime - they're just "boys" who are "fighting". Never mind that the cowardly punks who are ganging up on one white kid are doing it because he's new to the neighborhood.
Of course this beating won't be called a Hate Crime because the offenders are black and the victim is white. There will be no commentary by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan because they implicitly presume that the kid "deserved it".
I guess we can't blame them - they had to endure 400 years of slavery, institutionalized racism and separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
Tell that to the 13 year old kid who was beaten and terrorized by a gang of thugs. I'm surprised that there hasn't been a demonstration by the Professional Race Baiters claiming that the offenders were "provoked" into attacking the kid because of some cultural "slight" that he committed - like wearing FUBU gear or Timberland Shoes.
20 September 2007
Go check it out here.
How right he is. Bin Laden is a sick nobody who sits in a cave and stumbles out every 8 months to mumble a few words. OBL seriously underestimated American tenacity, courage and power.
We are the Stronger Horse.
Just like a typical Democrat, he thinks throwing money at things is always a good strategy. Take financial aid. Everyone with minimal intelligence knows that college tuition is going through the roof. Tuition hikes have outpaced inflation significantly every year since WWII.
What would give colleges the incentive to maintain or even reduce their tuitions? Lower enrollment possibly but by opening up the government coffers to prospective students, it puts more dollars into the public domain and the colleges know that they don't have to reign in their rates.
Of course, unthinking, knee-jerk morons like Durbin just want the photo-Op of them walking around some campus so it looks like he's actually doing something constructive.
The Dream Act (SA 2237) gives a multitude of benefits to illegal aliens and their off-spring. Some of the highlights of this disasterous legislation include:
* In-state tuition for illegals and their children (note that military veterans and their families have NO such benefit!)
* Grant amnesty to Agricultural Workers (will be voted on at end of September)
* According to Numbers USA, the Dream Act amendment allows an illegal alien to remain in the U.S. on a track headed for citizenship, provided:
1. the illegal alien can demonstrate continuous presence in the U.S. for five years and was not yet 16 years old upon initial
2. the illegal alien is of "good moral character" and is not inadmissible on criminal grounds or because the illegal alien is a
national security risk; an
3. the illegal alien has been admitted to an institution of higher education, has attained a high school diploma, or has obtained
a GED in the U.S.
Critics charge the Dream Act is a free pass to millions of illegal aliens, especially given the rampant documentation and identity theft fraud accompanying illegal immigration for decades.
Our beloved loser senator from Illinois is trying to wrestle away benefits from legal citizens and give illegals perks and give-aways in a manner that only a true Democrat could do.
His latest "initiative" is The Dream Act needs to be defeated. We won't allow another veiled Amnesty attempt to get by us.
Here's a nice run down on the Bill - I suggest you read it.
Email Durbin's office here.
Email Obama's office here.
19 September 2007
As is wont of any cultural fad, the last one seems to be the hardest to go.
As evidenced in this story by the BBC, it is now "bad" to have large families.
US researchers looked at 21,000 couples living in Utah between 1860 and 1985, who bore a total of 174,000 children.
Dr Dustin Penn and Dr Ken SmithIn other species, the high physical costs of bearing and raising offspring explain why having as many offspring as possible is not ideal - even though it might appear to be the most successful way of continuing the species' existence.
Just like every other 'crisis' that we've faced - famine, population, oil shortages, pollution - we've found a way to overcome it. Usually it is due to technological advances.
The same is true of our longevity. This study is absolute rubbish because it looks at the lifespans of people going back to 1860. Up until 1940 people had significantly lower lifespans. With the development of vaccines - specifically against measles, mumps, syphilis, polio and influenza - people began to live much longer.
For these "researchers" to equate having large families as "unhealthful" for the parents is all part of the divide & conquer strategy of the Collective Left. They want to supplant the family unit with big government and enforced socialism. This study feeds into the idea that having kids now adays is a bad idea. It's part of the Left's death cult. The part of our society that says "if it feels good, do it" - no matter the risk.
My question is : Why doesn't someone tell the Muslims this? They're having extremely large families. No one is laying guilt trips on them for having multiple wives and dozens of children. As part of our alleged "enlightenment" in Western Civilzation we've adopted a suicidal agenda: small or no families. We are effectively doing the work of the jihadis - consciously keeping our numbers down out of some warped sense of cultural malaise.
Mark Steyn wrote eloquently about this in America Alone. I highly recommend his tome. It's a wake up call as to where we're at in the fight for Western Civ.
So go out, right now and knock up your wife or girlfriends. Tell them, if they protest, that denying you a baby means that the terrorists are winning!
16 September 2007
|The suit claims Tobias asked Palka, "What the fuck are you thinking? You didn't read the Firearm Manual?" Palka says he responded that he had read it, but not recently.|
Tobias then asked Palka about his nationality, the suit claims. When Palka told him he was Polish, Tobias allegedly said, "You look terrible. We don't need people like you. Get the hell out of my
I'm sure we're only getting half the story here. The department is in desperate need for bodies and to kick one out over some range dispute seems like a large part of the story has been omitted. Dora, an awarding-winning competitive shooter and range instructor, is a sincere sweetheart and bends over backwards to help her students. For her to have a dispute with a recruit reflects poorly on the recruit - not on her.
On the other hand, the staff at the academy knows that it can only criticize white male recruits - all others are "hands off". When I went through I remember plenty of people that couldn't keep up on the long distance runs. They'd routinely disappear and then magically "reappear" a few minutes after the main group got back. If any of those dog-asses had been white they would have been written up and shown the proverbial door.
So good for this kid for speaking up and taking a stand. At least the department will have to face up to the fact that "equality" is not all equal when it comes to training standards. I'd love to know how many recruits over the last 10 years have been pushed through their training cycles because they had a phone call or out of political correctness. I personally know a few that should never have made it through their probationary period.
Welcome to the Big City.
12 September 2007
Her website is down; I'd imagine much like her IQ. And I'm trying to get a copy of her resume that is going around various email circuits. When I get it, I'll post it. It's priceless!
The Pole-ease Academy is the online pole dancing studio run by Chicago Police Sergeant Stacey Smith. She's been getting publicity since the Chicago Tribune ran a story about women who are getting cosmetic procedurues to improve their appearances. Miss Smith, the story says, is learning "pole dancing". She was interviewed and photographed for the piece.
|It's great. But is it realistic? Many women seem willing to try. Stacey Smith, a Chicago police officer, is one of them. Smith loves her pole-dancing classes at Weissman's Chicago Heights studio.|
"It's a blast. I dress like a man every day. I wear men's clothes, and I work with mostly men. Then I come home, and I'm mommy to four. And I'm a master's student in public safety administration. So, I don't have a whole lot of time to be feminine. This kind of helps to get your sensuality back, not to mention physical fitness," she says.
I've never worked with Miss Smith but plenty of officers have and are none too impressed with her abilities on the police department. Second City Cop has had quite a few anonymous posters comment on their views of her qualifications as a sergeant of police.
I have to say that since I don't know Miss Smith, I can't comment on what kind of sergeant she is. Nor can I comment on how she is as a person. Having said that let me put my opinion out there about how this type of woman reflects negatively on the Chicago Police department.
There is no doubt that it is a difficult road for a female to be a police officer. Women don't have the size nor strength that a man has. Many of us are asked to go into difficult and dangerous situations and to protect the lives of citizens and, those of our brother and sister officers in the field. Many male officers don't want to work with a female because they feel that it is a safety issue. If the fights on, you better be certain that your partner is up to the task and can assist you properly. You're putting your life in his or her hands.
More problematic, women on the department are assumed, by some male members, to fall into one of two categories: slut or lesbian. I know that doesn't apply to ALL male officers but it is an undercurrent in the department. So women face challenges on the job that make it difficult to negotiate. I've found that female officers simply want to be given a chance to show that they can do it just as well as men and many of them do. Many of them are excellent police officers.
However, when people like Sgt. Smith go public with salacious tidbits about her personal life; getting cosmetic surgery and exotic pole dancing - it just feeds into the stereotype that female police officers are only on this job to use their sexuality to get promoted, or stay on a cushy inside spot or do nothing but act like some white trash hillbilly.
It's just my opinion but I think that Sgt. Smith's public conduct is a poor reflection on this department and she should be chided, nay disciplined, for having made a mockery of the badge. Why make it harder on your fellow female officers when they already have it hard enough?
10 September 2007
Take a moment today and remember that day.
Remember that a few twisted maniacs with a longing for death and some Koran verses memorized were able to murder almost 3,000 of our citizens. Remember Todd Beamer and those brave people on Flight 93 who fought back and saved untold numbers of victims.
O all you host of heaven! O earth! what else?
And shall I couple hell? O, fie! Hold, hold, my heart;
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee!
Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe. Remember thee!
Yea, from the table of my memory
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
That youth and observation copied there;
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter: yes, by heaven!
~Hamlet, Act I scene V
Wright goes back to the 1920's and the foundation of the Muslim Brotherhood to trace the origins of today's modern Jihadi in an effort to understand why we're in the position that we're in with the Islamofacists.
The book revokes a number of myths that surround Al-qaeda, bin Laden and the Afghan campaign against the soviets.
OBL's initial impulse in joining the mujahideen in Afghanistan was primarily because he was a devout anti-communist. The mujahideen commanders in Afghanistan saw OBL and his Al-queda as sayeed ("hicks" in arabic). They were untrained, inadequately armed and were only interested in dying for martyrdom. They were largely viewed by the fighters as a pain in the ass. Jamal Khalifa, bin Laden's college friend, even went to visit OBL in Afghanistan and implored him to come back to Saudi Arabia and quit the pipe-dream of creating an All-Arab peninsula. Khalifa could see that bin Laden and his "troops" were about to be wiped out by a soviet encampment that was only kilometers away. The squalid conditions and impoverished surroundings were not conducive to training anything. Bin Laden refused to be budged and Khalifa and he never spoke again.
Bin Laden is not as tall as you've heard: he's about 5'11" to 6'00" tall. He's not the 6 foot, 6 inch giant that he's commonly portrayed to be.
He doesn't have kidney disease and he isn't a billionaire. When he left Sudan in the early 1990's he only had about 50,000 dollars in the bank.
Many of the people that OBL interacted with didn't like his personal idiosynchrises. He has a highpitched, nasal voice. When he laughs he titters and holds his hand up to his face like a girl. And he's generally regarded as an incompetent military commander with little or no leadership qualities. He has often deferred leadership roles to other, more able, people.
Many of the stories of battle in Afghanistan are utter hyperbole. Bin Laden and his troops were about to engage a small soviet force when Bin Laden had the idea that he should climb a tree to get a better visual on the enemy positions. The soviet group was only 70 meters away. They saw him in the tree and opened fire. He was nearly killed by incoming 7.62mm rounds. An RPG exploded and knocked him out of the leafless tree. Mortar rounds came in hot and heavy from the soviets. OBL, in typical fashion, declared that he was so calm that he "fell asleep" during the engagement. What probably happened was that he fainted. OBL does suffer from low blood sugar and is often light-headed. He carries a bag of salt with him and dips into it frequently to keep his sugar from falling too low.
On April 17th, 1987 OBL showed his incompetence and almost got his entire crew killed. They spent months planning a big attack on an Afghan government outpost near Khost. Right before the attack was to begin, they found that someone had forgotten to get wires to connect the rockets, there was no ammunition at any of the positions, and there was no food for the men.
The enemy forces overran OBL's position and his men had to destroy The Lion's Den (Al-qaeda's group of tunnels which they used to store their supplies and equipment). It was a stunning defeat for Osama bin Laden.
So anyone who disagreed with their [Dr. Fadl & Dr. Ahmed - takfiri leaders] joyless understanding of Islam were deemed apostates and their lives were forfeit. The mujahideen leaders were apostates eventhough they'd come to help liberate Afghanistan.
They regarded the entire population of Afghanistan as infidels because they were Salafists. The new takfiris believed that they were entitled to kill practically anyone and everyone who stood in their way; indeed they saw it as their divine duty.
One important point that Lawrence Wright brings up in the book is the Muslim concept of tak-fir (excommunication, in arabic). It is what the jihadis use to justify murdering other Muslims. The Koran explicitly states that Muslims shall not kill anyone, except as punishment for murder. The murderer of one innocent, it states, is as if "he had murdered all of mankind." The killing of Muslims is an even greater offense. So how can they justify murdering other Muslims? They use Sayyid Qtub's "logic" to justify it. Qtub stated that any leader who did not institute Sharia law in his country, by deduction, must be an apostate. According to Mohammed's writings, there are only 3 ways in which a Muslim can kill another Muslim: Marital infidelity,
as punishment for murder or for turning away from Islam. That was what the Muslim Brotherhood had used to murder Anwar Sadat, the former president of Egypt. He was the first victim of the twisted logic of tak-fir.
This tak-fir was even extended, for example, to anyone who registered to vote! The logic being that if someone participated in a Democracy, they were implicitly saying that the government was more important than God - which is heresy.
Therefore, anyone who voted was an apostate and was deemed to have turned from Islam - and could be murdered.
So on this September 11th, 2007 - Please remember to do something to support our troops. Fly the flag, send a card, make a phone call. We're in this fight and we need to follow through and eliminate the threats that we have at home and abroad.
God bless America, God bless her Warriors and may death come soon to Osama bin Laden and his to his sick, twisted ideology.
07 September 2007
05 September 2007
The following letter was sent to the restaurant's manager.
A friend and I dined at your establishment last night. After first going to the bar area and each enjoying a flight of wine and 2 separate appetizers (cost approximately $50.00) we were shown to our seats and ordered a bottle of your excellent Sauvignon Blanc. We then ordered our meal, which was also excellent. As we were eating, a couple was seated next to us. They ordered miller lite beers and the man's cell phone began to ring. Loudly. VERRY loudly. So loudly that it really startled me. It startled me almost as much as his loud conversation which began "HEY NIGGA! WHAT THE FUCK YOU UP TO? YEAH, WE FUCKIN' KICKIN IT...." After continuing in this vein for a minute or so he hung up. His cell phone then rang again. He did not make any attempt to lower the volume. When his phone rang the 3rd time I turned to him and said "That's really loud." He said "So fucking move!" I got up and discreetly told a waitress that this man was disrupting our meal and could someone possibly ask him to lower the volume of his phone and curb his language. She said she'd get a manager.
I went back to my seat and tried to continue my meal. This was very uncomfortable because now the guy next to us was continuously pushing the button to make his phone ring. Other patrons were beginning to look over. A manager came and kneeled down next to our table and another one next to the couple's table. Our manager said he understood we'd like to change tables. I replied that no, we were in the middle of our wine and meals and that the other couple had just sat down. I suggested they either gather up their lite beers and move to another table, or that someone simply ask him to turn his phone down and stop swearing. At this point the man jumps up and yells "YOU FUCKIN' WITH THE WRONG NIGGA, BITCH!" Your manager's response was to tell us he'd be back in a few minutes with a solution that would be agreeable to us both. Then he ran away. He never came back, leaving my friend and I (2 small, professional white women) with this large black man cursing at us and taunting us. We should have just walked out, but we tried to finish our bottle of wine. When it became clear that no solution was forthcoming, we asked for our check and left. We received no discount, no free appetizer or drink at all. I paid the bill in full (over $100.00) left a 20% tip for the waitress, but told her we were NEVER going to come back again and neither were any of our family or friends.
As we left, another manager ran after us and said he was sorry, but there wasn't really anything he could do. He said he can't ask people to lower the volume on their cell phones. I told him that even Dunkin' Donuts has cell phone policies and he certainly could take action to protect his clientele from unruly customers. He said no he couldn't. Quite frankly I believe he was afraid to say anything to the man because he's black. It was much easier to avoid a confrontation and let the white ladies leave. Well, if that's the kind of clientele you would prefer, that's the kind you'll get.
I am a married, white, 40+ year old woman. I am an upper manager in a company which employees 20,000 people. My husband and I dine out often. We spend LOTS of money at restaurants. The girlfriend I was dining with is a 30 year old single, professional white woman. She also works with me. Between the two of us we thought nothing of dropping over $150.00 for a meal at your establishment. Had this incident been handled properly we would have undoubtedly returned and had even planned on purchasing a case of wine. I now never planon spending a cent at your establishment again. We were halfway out the door when your manager gave us each a little coupon (1 to be used per meal only!) for a free entree and glass of wine (tax included!) Woo Hoo! I will not use this coupon and may, in fact, give it to the next homeless person I see under a viaduct by the expressway begging for food. Racism cuts both ways, and I plan on telling everyone I know (including on-line reviews) how badly we were treated at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant. (name withheld)
What's so maddening about this is that if the person on the cell phone had been a white man wearing dockers and a polo shirt, the restaurant staff wouldn't have hesitated on asking him to leave - if his actions were similar to the above mentioned black man's. Out of intimidation or a misguided sense of political correctness, the offender wasn't reseated in another area nor asked to leave the premises.
I suggest you, your family and friends avoid this particular restaurant. There are plenty of other places to dine in Orland without having rude, discourteous and offensive people sitting right next to you.