Sunday, February 26, 2006

Monitoring Iraq on Al-Jazeera

I've spent most of my day yesterday glued to Al-Jazeera as they continually monitored the hour-by hour developments in Iraq following the attack on the Golden Mosque.

Unfortunately I don't get the channel on my normal digital cable, so I had to get to an Egyptian Cafe to watch their coverage. Which was frustrating a bit because a) The Place was packed b) You had close to 50 people shouting at the T.V. and some of the Iraqi guys that were there were frantically trying to get a hold of their relatives after each breaking news of fresh attacks. Which made it very hard to concentrate. and c) I couldn't live blog the whole thing.

Anyway here are the highlights of the coverage (From what I can renember):

-Both Shia and Sunni leaders and head lawmakers are doing everything they can to calm the situation down. They even got together for a joint televised appeal asking all the Iraqi people to help end the cycle of violence. Kurdish groups have also asked for unity and cooperation of all parties.

-There's been allot of conflicting reports of attacks. For example, in the mourning they were detailing how a mosque was torched in Baghdad, then they retract it 2 hours later saying its in another city and finally an hour after that they acknowledge that the original and modified reports were not true.

This was escalating tensions very fast, so eventually the government had to release the correct data as to what and what has not been attacked and destroyed in hope of calming people down.

Omar from ITM has the details.


-During a call-in session some callers were blaming the attack on the Golden Mosque on the Mossad and the CIA. *Sigh*

-All the people ordinary people that they spoke to affirmed that they did not want a civil war and hoped the situation would calm. (Like I predicted)

-That's not to say everything is fine, far from it. There will still eventually be terror exchanges by the extremists of both Shia and Sunni factions. Factions which were never controllable in the first place since the fall of Saddam. However, an all-out Civil war for the moment seems improbable.

-Curfew was extended in some cities, which many people and experts agreed was the right thing to do.

Will all these efforts take hold and prevent further escalation? I don't know, this will all depend on the efforts of all parties involved, but we can at least (for now) breath a little sigh of relief that no civil war would break out. But there will be some more bloodshed. That's unavoidable when it comes to situations like this unfortunately. And remember, when it comes to matters of religion in the Middle East, nothing's set in stone.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Senator Kenny made me proud, and Senator Boxer pissed me off.

I'd never thought I'd be complimenting a Liberal Canadian politician over American lawmakers when it comes to the issue of anti-terrorism measures, but I guess there's a first time for everything.

Sen. Colin Kenny, a Liberal Party member and chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defense, basicaly repeats what I stated a few days on the matter of the Ports Deal which is turning the U.S. political scene upside down at the moment.


And get this!!! He praises Bush!


"I don't think we have a better and more staunch ally in the war on terrorism than the UAE, and I think that's why we're seeing President Bush draw a line in the sand," said Kenny.


And finishes off with a good dose of common sense:

Kenny said Americans should be more concerned about criminal involvement in longshoremen unions in North America and what he termed the "very low standards" of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, which must be followed at all sea ports.


Which is more than what I can say for the for certain Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California):

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, told CBS' "Face the Nation": "It is ridiculous to say you're taking secret steps to make sure that it's OK for a nation that had ties to 9/11, (to) take over part of our port operations in many of our largest ports. This has to stop."


A nation that had ties to 9/11?! Because two of the 9/11 hijackers were UAE citizens automatically renders the whole nation as a significant player to the disaster?

Using this hag's logic, the United States has "ties" to every single criminal activity done by its citizens in Foreign countries.

What.a.bitch.

Be warned the U.S. lawmakers are not doing themselves any favors here, if this is enough to piss a guy like me off, I can't imagine how it will play among the naïve folks back in the Middle East. Turning whatever allies you have left in the Middle East as enemies is a big price to pay for score some cheap political gain in an election year.

Friday, February 24, 2006

“To hell with the Afghans”- Latest Poll

According to latest poll (which asks whether or not Canadians support sending troops to Afghanistan to stabilize the country), the vast majority of respondents said no.
This is weird considering this mission has broadside support from the international community and while not entrenched in legislation, received the nod from the United Nations. So it doesn’t have the “unilateral” characteristics of military intervention which Canadians usually frown upon.

So what’s the problem? Are Canadians Isolationists all of a sudden? Is it because the mission is too dangerous? Is it Anti-Americanism veering its ugly head again? Why are Canadians against this mission all of a sudden?

Let’s step back and take a broader look at Canadians’ positions on matter of military intervention. What was the position of the Canadian public when it came to sending troops to Haiti? Mainly positive. In fact the Canadian Liberal-Left took the role as Hawks on the matter. What about the possibility of military intervention in Darfur, Which ex-Liberal MP David Kilgour turned this to be his “cause celebre” at the end of his political career?

So I disagree withJarrett (who btw, I consider to be my political twin, I agree with him on EVERY single point from Economics to Military matters) that this isn’t a step towards “Isolationism” per se, but rather a knee-jerk reaction based on irrational Anti-Bush philosophy. Like everything, hatred for Bush clouds every single thing for many people. They’d be willing to sell their soul to the devil if it meant a political setback for the President.

I don’t think I can summarize it any better than The Amazing Wonderdog on the kick-ass new (Canadian) military blog: The Torch.

For those opposed to our presence in Afghanistan, the question is quite simple. Which is more important: to stabilize the country and benefit the human beings who reside there, or to frustrate American interests? And if frustrating American interests is more important than human beings, what kind of a humanitarian are you?

No need to Panic. (Yet)

Since the attack on the Golden Mosque, there's been good reason for many of us start panicking over a feared scenario of a Civil War emerging from all this.

However, I'm cautiously optimistic that it won't get that far. For sure this will create some short-term havoc and the long-term implications are yet to be determined, but judging from some testimonies from some Iraqi bloggers, there's reason to remain calm for now:

Omar at ITM:

Baghdad looks more alive today but in a very cautious way, traffic in the streets is heavier than it was yesterday but still way below normal.
There's some kind of shopping frenzy because people are trying to be prepared if the worst happens; people are stock-piling small reserves of food, cigarettes, bottled water…etc especially after they heard some of the roads to/from Baghdad are closed and vehicles were turned away.

The Sunni political leaders were invited to a meeting with the UIA suggested by president Talabani but they refused to join the meeting saying the government has to condemn attacks on their mosques as well before they consider ending the boycott.
Talabani responded positively to their demand and gave a short statement to the press half an hour ago and condemned all attacks on worshipping places of all kinds.

The situation is still very tense but the good thing is that the Sunni have not returned the attacks and I hope the Shia have satisfied their vengeance by now because I don't want to even think of what can happen if this situation lasts longer than this.


Which is always a promising sign, considering retaliatory attacks tend to happen within hours in situations like this. Further more, 24 Steps to liberty details some promising signs of cooperation efforts among Shiites and Sunnis to help diffuse the crisis.

Another factor to keep in mind is that the Iraqi people can't stomach another conflict. they've been through 3 major wars for the past 25 years, which devastated their country entirely, which could be a very important incentive to act through this matter rationally.

But then again, when it comes to religion in the Middle East, these type of things are never predictable. So who knows what will happen.

More selective outrage by the Muslim World


I'd just like to add on to something from Sandmonkey's post on the latest cultural "controversy" in the Mid-East.

The long and short of it is that a Muslim Pop Diva: "Deeyah" (pictured above) released a new Music video which outlined the struggle for women's rights throughout the Middle East (with a cameo appearance by our very own Irshad Manji), it was denounced for its raunchy (and "anti-Muslim") jest. Needless to say she's facing death threats, boycott, fatwas etc...you know how it works.

Now before I go on, let's remember the lesson from the Danish Cartoons brouhaha in where we learned that common sense, decency and objectivity is not exactly the strongpoint of that part of the world.
But most important of all: The Hypocrisy of their logic knows no bounds.

Well this case its no different.

Some Westerners might be shocked (or pleasantly surprised) to know that some Arabic and Middle Eastern music videos have no shortage of raunchy material and sex appeal. Its an ongoing phenomenon since the 80's. In fact some music videos by some Arab divas might even be considered too extreme for MTV or MuchMusic. (If your really that intrigued by this, register for free at this website and see some of the videos for yourself). Yet, they nowhere near create the same kind of reaction.

Now the question is, Why are the fundamentalists up-in arms over Deeyah's content, while giving weak denunciations for other Arab and Muslim Divas?

Answer: There is no political content in the videos of the other artists. Deeyah on the other hand brings up their injustice front and center.

But another question arises from all this, and I'll quote a line from Deeyah's video:

If you that religious and not with trendy clothes, then what you doin even watchin videos?"


Why are THEY watching these videos? I mean Videos like this only appear on specialized music channels where this type of content come on every other minute.

Well...I'll just let you use your imagination for that one.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Port Deal Madness

Regular readers to my blog are well aware that I've never shied away from criticizing the irrational and retarded reaction from my people on matters of terrorism and religious fundamentalism. I've always spoken out against the insanities of my community and always will. However, I cannot for the life in me understand all the fear that's being circulated regarding the latest ports deal which several U.S. naval ports were sold to a UAE-based company.

For one thing, any security fears that are being raised is, in my opinion, irrational. Security detail and procedure will be overseen by the U.S coast guard and international authorities. And just like their predecessors, this company will have the incentive to keep those ports safe. Should a security breach occur, that company's reputation would be tainted and would never again receive any future contracts anywhere. Surely that's some motivation to properly assure the security of those ports.

Second, should any legislative action occur to block this deal might have some dangerous repercussions. The Business community in the Middle East is one of the strongest allies the western nations have in combating terrorism and fundamentalism. If you go through any "chamber of commerce" in any city in the Middle East you would find many promising details: They're overwhelmingly secular, they have pushed their governments into singing on to the WTO, restricting state control of the private enterprise, they view the fundamentalists as enemies to their business interests so usually they're very happy to see terror-supporting regimes brought to justice. Should any legislative action occur to block this deal, it would risk alienating a very important ally in the future of status-quo change in the Middle East.

Thirdly, the UAE (the host nation of the enterprise that are about to control those ports) is by far one of the most pro-western governments throughout the entire Middle East. They're main commercial city Dubai, is run entirely through Foreign Direct Investment and Western Tourism. They both have the political and commercial interest to maintain good relations with the West. So fears of reprisal is not an issue with this country. Unlike Saudi Arabia, the royal family of the UAE has demonstrated a strong stance against fundamentalism and has been open to inner political reforms.

Anyone worried about this deal should just take a chill-pill and think this rationally. Any action taken to block this would result in more tension between both regions, and would risk alienating a useful community in the Middle East.

Update: Arab Bloggers weigh in:

SandMonkey: On Ports
Beirut Spring: American Racism

Update II: Nadz, as usual nails it:.

Look, here's my take on the whole thing - despite the natural instinct that this is scary, there is no reason to deny a company a contract just because they come from an Arab country. The UAE has had a pretty good record on the War on Terror, and companies will operate from a financial perspective, not an ideological one. We ourselves have done a pretty shitty job looking after our ports - bringing in an outside company is probably a good thing.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A National Disgrace: Canada's Hockey Team.

I can't believe I left work early to watch a tragedy unfold! Good God this hurts!!

So what went wrong? Ummm, I have a few places to start:

1. Allowing washed up, overrated, sub-par and underachieving geezers like Draper, Doan and Pronger instead of picking some new blood with Actual Talent like Spezza, Crosby, Strahl and Phaneuf.

2.The Coaching Staff: Quinn, Hitchcock and Martin, three blowhards, old school style coaching (slow play). Two of whom are having abysmal seasons, while the other is struggling to stay over 500. And Gretzky thought THEY would lead us to gold?

3. The old-style play of dump and chase is OVER! Somebody get this into their thick little skulls, nowadays you have to WORK the puck into the zone and attack the net. Not shoot and hope for a rebound...you bunch of morons!!!

4. Can someone explain to me why a bum like Bertuzzi was on this team?

5. Gretzky and Kevin Lowe should get the **** out!!! This isn't a team where you give spots to old buddies and guys who helped you out in the past, you stack a the team like this with players that are hot TODAY!!!



God dammit! I need to get drunk.

Monday, February 20, 2006

"Post-Vacation Blues" and other observations.

Whenever we plan our vacations to escape the day-to-day stress and chaos of our daily lives, there is always one thing which we tend to overlook...eventually we return!! Let me tell ya, coming back from a kick-ass vacation which was everything I could hope for (apart from the weather, which was unseasonably cool and damp) to sub zero temperature and the depressing mid-winter Montreal atmosphere is one hell of a way to slip into depression.

Speedweeks in Daytona was awesome! Great races, great parties, the festivities were fun and one hell of an atmosphere. There is no words that I can use that will do this trip justice. A-Mazing! If there are any NASCAR fans who read this blog, this is something you have to experience at least once in your life. Consider it a sacred pilgrimage that you must fulfill as a fan to truly taste the awesome NASCAR experience. The only downside of all this is the challenge I have to put myself through tomorrow mourning: How the hell am I going to find the willpower to drag myself out of bed and get to work in the following days after experience all that?

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A few things that popped out while I was away:

The prisoner photos:

Some photos were released detailing more torture abuse against Saddam's forces at the hands of coalition troops. Now my first instinct like any sane person, was to condemn and protest these brutal actions. However, I'm facing some kind of moral dilemma on all this. Namely: These guys who are being abused, were the same guys who were carrying out the executions and torture under Saddam's orders.

In a way, I disapprove of the method, but I have no sympathy for the Iraqi soldiers being abused.

To put it in another context: imagine you walk out of your home to find a man tied to the back of a car and is being dragged around town. Now at first glance, you would be horrified and angry that anyone would commit such cruelty to another human being. However, upon getting more information, you learn that the man being dragged around was guilty of a doing the same thing to say...an innocent 6 year old girl a few days ago, and this was his punishment. What would your reaction be?

So I really don't know what my opinion on this matter is.

Undisputable points on the Mohammed Cartoons:


I see that Ezra Levant has decided to publish the cartoons in the upcoming Western Standard issue. And is already facing the howls of outrage from the usual groups, let's get things in perspective here.

1. If your the kind who defended other publications of mocking Christianity, Judaism or any other organized religion, your in no position to condemn a publication that ridicules Islam. Your either for freedom of the press, satire and free speech or you believe that some control to those rights should be in order. Its that simple.

2. To use the excuse that this would spur a violent reaction and therefore should be stopped is also a dumb condemnation of the Western Standard. What your implying is that all I or any other group that decides some content in the media is insulting towards our beliefs have to do to bring about some control of the press is to protest like a bunch of deranged monkeys, burning, killing and pillaging anything in sight and you would come to our aid and demand that the content should never have been published. In other words, your allowing the intimidation of free speech to take hold.

3. Why hasn't anyone asked themselves why don't western Muslims become equally as vigilant when cartoons in the Muslim world publish cartoons that are anti-Semitic and bigoted in nature? Why are angered by ridicule done against them, while silent against their own kind who ridicule others?

4. If Middle Eastern dictators are able to crush large protests against their rule, why couldn't they use that force to prevent the torching of Foreign Embassies that were under their security obligation? Simply re-enforces the nation that some Middle Eastern countries helped fuel the incidents.

Comic Relief

Special thanks to Brad Fletcher from Texas who sent me this excellent cartoon:

Friday, February 10, 2006

Off to Daytona!



Of all the weeks I could have taken as vacation time, I don't think I have picked a better one. No more Emerson, no more Danish cartoons, no more Muslim hypocrisy, no more headaches and anger. No politics, just beer, friends, parties and horsepower! What more can a man ask for?

I fly down to Daytona in a few hours with my buddies to attend the Daytona 500 festivities. (Yes, my secret shame: I love NASCAR) We managed to get a package deal to the Budweiser Shootout, The Gatorade Duel, the Hershey 300 and finally the Daytona 500. Blogging will be non-existent until I return on the 20th. (And thank god for that!)


On another note, if anyone can tell me how I can catch Team Canada games for the Olympic Games in the U.S. (what channels? what radio station?) it will be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Look who's talking!

What I'm about to describe reflects EVERYTHING that's wrong with the Muslim Community in Canada and worldwide. Key word to keep in mind here: Hypocrisy.

The CIC released a pathetic press release regarding Stephen Harper's cabinet positions. Key Quotes:

With yesterday's new federal Conservative cabinet appointments, the Canadian Islamic Congress fears that police-state politics which began under the former Liberal regime will soon emerge in an accelerated and enlarged form.



I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Just for the sake reasoning, let's assume that the Conservatives have a secret plan to turn Canada into a police state. (I know! I know! but let's just try to get into their mindset). Let's assume the worst: The Conservatives will accelerate the police state.

But one tricky question arises in all this. Why does the CIC urge caution to one "police state" threat, while urging people to embrace another?

A few days after the Canadian federal election, you probably remember the Canadian Islamic Congress' "warning" to Harper to respect the democratic decision in the Palestinian territories after he hinted that he won't recognize the results over there until Hamas renounces terrorism.

Let's have a look into what Hamas' domestic policy has in place for the Palestinian people:

1. The implementation of Sharia Law.
2. A "Supervised" policy to monitor the press in order to edit out "un-Islamic" theory.
3. Requiring all Women to be veiled.
4. Imposing a Dihmi Tax on Palestinian Christians and Druze.
5. The banning of certain leisure's such as Music, Dancing, Art, Movies, etc...


In other words a mechanism to control every aspect of Palestinian society into their own image. The suppression of individual freedom in the name of "Islamic Values". Does this sound like a Police State to you? I sure as hell do think so.

So why, in the name of everything that's holly, do they encourage people to embrace this "Police State" (A Hamas dominated Palestine) while warning us to be vigilant to another (Supposedly under a Conservative-Led Canada)?

Right there you see the moral bankruptcy many Muslims in the world suffer from nowadays.
-Go into a panic mode against Harper, but embrace Hamas.
-Throw a murderous fit when a cartoonist draws an unflattering picture of the Prophet Mohammed, but laugh at a cartoon depicting Jews as Nazi murderers.
-Demand economic sanctions against western countries, but hyperventilate when others demand one against a Muslim country.

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You know what? I laid out the facts. Draw your own conclusions. I'm way too pissed to conclude this post with a worn-out cliché that's been repeated by almost every sane person who is monitoring current world events.

On a final note to my fellow Muslims:

QUIT BEING RETARDED!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Was Assad behind the Embassy torchings?

There were rumors floating around in the Mid East that the embassy torchings in Beirut and Damascus of several European Embassies. Initially it started with the accusation by Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party. Now I ignored this at first because Jumblatt, while he was an idealist, was also known to be a loose cannon at times. However, some details are emerging which may compliment his theory of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad engineering the chaos.

Al Hayat reported that among those who were arrested in the Beirut riots, the breakdown was as follows:

76 Syrians arrested
35 Palestinians arrested
About a dozen Lebanese arrested.


Olivier Roy, a respected French specialist on Middle Eastern Affairs, reached a similar conclusion:
"It is evident that these demonstrations are entirely manipulated by the authorities. It's revenge for the European pressure on the Syrian presence in Lebanon."


(h/t Accorss the Bay)

Finally there’s one last thing to consider. Lee Smith in the Weekly Standard makes an excellent point which I completetly overlooked when the riots occurred.
“Syria is an authoritarian state where nothing happens on the street unless the regime permits it to happen.”


Exactly! Syria’s iron grip hold on the Public is truly remarkable. There’s not a street corner where the mukhabarat (secret police) is not present. There’s barely any phone line that’s not tapped. Nothing gets published in the newspapers that doesn’t go through review by the authorities. Dissidents of the regime have a tendance to dissapear. I’ve personally heard stories of people being arrested in cofee shops 2 minutes after mentioning some criticism of the Syrian leadership. Protests against government policies get crused before they even begin. And we’re led to believe that the Syrian authorities could’nt have done anything to control those proetsts? Bullshit! Either the Syrian authorities allowed this to happen, or they played akey role in them. Either way, we see Bashar Al Assad has already began to panic about his grip to power.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Not cool Stephen.

So I watched the last bit of the swearing in ceremony during my lunch hour, and I can honestly say it was a HUGE disappointment. Harper made three unbelievably dumb moves already:

1. Accepting the David Emerson defection. Geez Stephen! I mean couldn't you have waited at least one year after you were sworn in? This right after the election is a terrible message to send to the voters, basically what you stated with this is that you didn't mean dick when you said you wanted democratic renewal.

I remember how pissed I was when Belinda defected from the party during her days, so for the first time in 13 years, let me just tell any Grit who is reading this today: I understand your frustration and in no way do I approve of this.

2. Michael Fortier as Public Works minister? Patronage? Unelected Senate?

YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO END ALL THAT

3. Gordon O'Connor as Defense Minster? After the Federal Accountability Act would forbid lobbyists from entering politics until a 5 year cooling period?
What a disgusting sell out of values.

Dumb Dumb Dumb! My god! I can't even begin to describe how disappointed I am with all this. I think for the sake of my blood pressure I won't pay attention to politics from now until I leave for vacation on Friday.

Update: Thanks goes out to Japnaam Singh who cleared up the O’Connor mess:
The Accountability act is actually the opposite.

It is designed to prevent public servants, bureaucrats and politicians from leaving government service in order to lobby the government (as a registered lobbyist) for a few years after their service in government.

O'Connor had left a private post in order to join the government.

It isn't the same thing and there's nothing (as far as I can see) that's wrong with it.

Looks like he’s in the clear. Still a little too close for comfort in my opinion, but that’s life.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

The death of Libertarianism within the Republican party?

Like many political junkies I watched the State of the Union Address last Monday, in where President Bush. One of the many subjects he raised, this one I loved:

Every year of my presidency, we've reduced the growth of non-security discretionary spending, and last year you passed bills that cut this spending. This year my budget will cut it again, and reduce or eliminate more than 140 programs that are performing poorly or not fulfilling essential priorities. By passing these reforms, we will save the American taxpayer another $14 billion next year, and stay on track to cut the deficit in half by 2009.


Unfortunately the Republicans are still spending on many pork-barrel programs. Worse, many of those programs are places which the government has NO BUSINESS being in, like this one:

Congress approved a $750 million, five-year plan aimed at building healthier marriages Wednesday as part of its deficit reduction bill.

The measure now goes to President Bush. It includes $100 million a year for marriage-related programs and $50 million a year for fatherhood programs. This is the first time Congress has earmarked money for marriage programs, says Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution's Center on Children and Families.


I really thought this was a joke! The words "Deficit reduction" and 150 million dollars in new spending a year for a social program in one bill one hell of an oxymoron.

The government of Quebec is a clear cut example of how the more the government spends money to "strengthen" families, the worse the situation gets. I have to be honest, I have no idea how any self-proclaimed "Fiscal Conservative Libertarian" in the U.S. can vote Republican with a straight face in the upcoming mid-terms this fall.

(H/T Andrew Sullivan)

Even a broken clock is right twice a day

I had a good laugh when I read this:


Outspoken Respect MP George Galloway has finally been allowed into Egypt after being detained and spending the night in a cell.

The Bethnal Green and Bow MP had been detained "on grounds of national security" on arrival at Cairo airport.

He was stopped and detained all night in a cell with several others, a spokesman for his party said.


...

The MP has now contacted his supporters and he accused Egypt of being "undemocratic police state", his spokesman said.


Of course the main irony here is that he was in Egypt for a mock trial accusing Blair and Bush of "War Crimes and Human Rights abuses". Just to give you an equivalent, it would be like me heading over to Saudi Arabia to protest that Paul Martin and the Liberal Party are against "the democratic process".

There's also this bit:

He added: "Mubarak of course enjoys very warm relations with George Bush and Tony Blair.


Well gee-wiz George, how come I don't hear you denouncing your government for that?! You know if actually spent more time blasting the west's warm relations with Middle Eastern tyrants instead of playing a pussy on t.v. people might actually take you seriously.

No turning back now.

God dammit! Its the issue that won't go away! The issue has really spread like wildfire and is exposing the many poisonous mindset that well grounded within the Muslim World.





Out of all that's been said on the matter, I think Mark Steyn said it best on the Hugh Hewitt show:

And at some point, Muslims living in Western Europe have to decide whether or not they're prepared to be offended, because that's what it involves in a free society. Every day of the week, you, I'm sure...every morning, I wake up to hate mail on the e-mail, and I shrug it off. And I'm sure you do, too. And that's what Muslims have to learn to do in the Western world, if they're going to be citizens of the Western world.


(H/T T.L.M.E.P)

We've really reached a dangerous point. And unfortunately, its a point of no return as everybody involved in this whole brouhaha has already apologized and yet the morons are not backing down. But what the western world should do right now is STAND FIRM. To back off right now is the equivalent of appeasement to the hardliners who are behind all this. Basically, it sends a message that their intimidation, calls for violence and unacceptable behavior can yield results to their favor. Which in turn sets a dangerous precedent, what if they decide to this to any media that writes a pro-Israel article? What if they decide to do react the same way to a study that challenges the theory of Islam? What if they decide to do the same thing to MTV (yes, its diffused in the Middle East) because of its content?

If the western world keeps backing down whenever some maniacs like this decide to ruffle the feathers, then we're putting the concept of free press in danger worldwide.

Because I can guarantee you that should the press and countries involved chicken out on this, then the mad mullahs will simply use it to their advantage and rally their jackass followers towards another target in the future. This is the bitter medicine the Muslim world must taste in order for it to live in the real world.

Sidenote: Head on over to PomoChristian for some much needed comic relief on the whole matter. Cause God knows we need it!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Possible shadow Liberal cabinet?

Chris Vanoostveen has some suggestions for Bill Graham on who to name for his shadow cabinet appointments.

*SHOCKER*: some rational thinking in the Middle East.

Well well well, it appears that not everyone in the Muslim World has fallen for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rhetoric (as they did with Saddam and Arafat during their reigns of power). ABC news has picked up some interesting opinions from people on the streets in Jordan and Egypt:

Many Arabs interviewed by The Associated Press said Ahmadinejad's rhetoric and defiance remind them of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, and worry they will result in violence and turmoil for the Middle East.

They say the Iranian leader's comments against Israel are meaningless, especially without a common Arab stand on the issue. They find his insistence on developing a nuclear program worrisome because he may use the technology against them. And many say Ahmadinejad's focus should be redirected toward Iran's foundering economy.


(emphasis mine)

Put this in safety box somewhere people! This might be one of the rarest moments where some shred of common sense is sweeping my ancestral region. And there's more!


"The Iranian president is beating his head against the wall. He is as foolish as Saddam," said Hussein Kadhim Thijeel, a teacher from the Iraqi city of Karbala. "He will make his people go through the same suffering that Saddam brought to the Iraqi people."

Mohammed Ahmed, a 30-year-old Jordanian electrician, agreed: "Ahmadinejad is speaking irresponsible and nonsensical words. He is repeating the Iraqi president's mistakes."


I just want to remind our constipated pessimists out there that this attitude would never have been brought out had it not been for Saddam's fall. Right there we see that the Iraq war has brought some change of psychology in the Arab world.

(Hat Tip: WND)

Man...Canadians are electing Conservatives, Arabs are thinking logically, what's next? The Venezuelan people launching a coup on Chavez? *knock on wood*

A study finds the "progressive" daycare program is bad for children.

Last month during the election campaign, we discovered that the Quebec Daycare program (which the Liberal party and the NDP wanted to emulate nationally) was
Costly, benefited the wrong people and was easily politicized by the public sector unions.

But there was one VERY important detail which we overlooked and simply didn't study. That is: the effect of daycare centers on families. The C.D. Howe Institute released a study that laid out many disturbing findings among the kids who went into the Daycare program in Quebec.

Key Points:

  • increased use of childcare was associated with a decrease in their well-being relative to other children.
  • reported fighting and other measures of aggressive behavior of the children in daycare increased substantially compared to the kids who were not in the program.
  • Anxiety for children in daycare was 3 times higher than those who were not.

Equally disturbing was the findings among the behavior of their parents:

  • mothers of the children in daycare were more depressed, as indicated by the significant rise in their depression scores relative to the average.
  • A deterioration of the quality of their relationships with their partners was almost 4 times as likely.


So...unless your a divorce lawyer, a psychological therapist or a salesmen of anti-depressant drugs, you know this will not benefit any of us in the long run.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Quick Notes

I promised myself I wouldn't blog anymore about the Danish cartoons and the retarded reaction this has sparked in the Middle East as it just keeps the storey going. But I just want to thank all the Danes who e-mailed me (4 e-mails woo-hoo!) with their kind words of support after yesterday's post urging people to Buy Danish. So on that note I just want to say: Tak

Again, Buy Danish.


Buchanan Flip-Flop


Pat Buchanan, the ex-presidential candidate and famed America-Firster, has managed to flip flop on the issue of the Foreign Aid. Now I like Pat (I don't agree with his views on trade or foreign policy, but he's an interesting read nonetheless). But this is very disappointing. I don't know how you could go from this:

Foreign aid "can only be spent in countries committed, I repeat, committed, to the road to free-market reform," declared McConnell. But, according to the excellent Index of Economic Freedom -- just released by the Heritage Foundation -- neither Israel nor Egypt really qualifies. Economically, both nations are ranked in the Index as, "Mostly Not Free."


to this:

In defense of foreign aid
– for Hamas


So much for Buchanan the Isolationist.

The last refuge for the Arab Totalitarian dickhead

Notice a trend here? In 1990 when Saddam Hussein was about to have his ass handed to him by NATO, he tried to unite all Arab nationalists by bringing up the suffering of the Palestinian people. After the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden also invoked the Palestinian struggle as one of his determination for "justice".

Now...with Syria feeling the heat from the international community regarding the death of Harriri are invoking a familiar tune, can you guess what it is?

Stand up for Free Speech, Buy Danish

The whole Danish cartoons controversy has really gotten out of hand. With all the so-called outrage from Middle Eastern governments and Muslims worldwide, your almost tempted to laugh at their logic and stupidity. Especially considering that political cartoons should be the least of their worries nowadays. If their is any good that can come out of this is that Europe and the International community doesn't seem to be bending over as usual to the demands of the Mid East tyrants. Maybe this backlash will result in some soul-searching from the Muslim world, but I'm not holding my breath.

I don't want to sound like a broken record on the matter, so for my last post on the subject all I'm going to do is join forces with a growing list of Mid-East bloggers who are urging their readers to buy Danish products to counter the sorry ass boycott many nations in the Arab world have taken against Danish products.

So far here are the businesses that I know of:

Danish Porcelain

The Danish Foodshop


LEGO

Danish Deli

If there's anymore Danish companies that sell online internationally, please let me know, I'll add it to the list, or you can visit this site which has continuous updates regarding the matter.

I brought some Lego online and sent it to my Nephew in Jordan. Again I strongly encourage you to do whatever you can to make this boycott turn into a backlash and stand up for Free Speech and hopefully some rational thinking in the Middle East.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Theodore Sucks!

I'm sorry, but I have to get this off my chest.

For the 3rd game in 4 matches, Jose Theodore was pulled from the net midway through the game.

I watched, with utter amazement the Carolina Hurricanes pound my beloved Habs 8-2!!! Even more depressing is the 5 GOALS he gave up on 10 SHOTS!!! This man has got to be the most pathetic excuse of a overpaid, over estimated, prima donna goaltender to ever play in Montreal Canadians history!!!

What's even worse is that with a contract at 5 million dollars a year and the statistics of backup goaltender in pee-wee hockey, NO ONE WILL TAKE THIS PRICK!!!

The Sports Media in Montreal, the ones who gave him a free ride for the past 3 years only on the basis of him being francophone, has even turned on him. Considering the pathetic performance of this idiot (as well as the rest of the team) and the bleak outcome we face, I'm done watching the NHL for the remainder of the season. Yes you heard me correctly:

I, a loyal fan of the Montreal Canadians for 16 years hereby pronounce that I will never watch another NHL game for the remaining 2005-06 season, unless this prick is out of town.

I have the SuperBowl to look forward to this Sunday, after that their is the Olympics, followed by NASCAR which kicks off in a few weeks. (Should help smooth the transition from now until the next season), so I can still satisfy my sports fix.

Again, Memo to Gainy: GET THIS PIECE OF CRAP OUT OF MONTREAL.

/end of angry drunken rant.