The Importance of Names

Don Surber has a link to a family tale in Alarming News which serves to remind us why we’re so fortunate. This blogger is Russian-American. In a post from July 20th entitled “Sometimes I can’t believe it when I look up in the mirror,” she explains the origin of her name:

All Russian female names end in “A”. My grandmother was Sarra, her sister Raya. My other grandma was Antonina. My mom is Nina. Her sister is Gyala. So, when people meet me and learn I was born in the Soviet Union they ask “so what is your Russian name?” When I tell them that Karol is my name, in Russian, in English, in whatever language they choose, they are confused.

I tell them the story: My father got permission to leave Russia when my mother was pregnant with me. His mother and aunt were already in America and he had to go, it was the only hope for us all to leave.

Leaving the Soviet Union was unlike leaving most places. You were stripped of your citizenship and told you can never return. You were an enemy, even your friends might shun you. I think that was fine with my father, he was American before he ever set foot here. He was a freedom-loving Capitalist who loved rock&roll, wanted to see the world, practice medicine and raise his family. He wanted me to have an American name, so that when I reached this great country, no one would think of me as different. I would be American, by virtue of my name, almost immediately. He sent my mother a list of American names and she chose Karol. A Russian person may pronounce is Kyeh-ral. Of course, they couldn’t know that spelling it with a “K” would mark me as different, but in a good way, I think. It lets me never forget where I was born, that while I’m American, and so blessed to be here, I could’ve just as easily ended up spending my life in the place my father refers to as “prison” with a name like Masha, Inna, Katya or some variation thereof. It reminds me that I am lucky.

Today is 29 years that I’m in America.

May Karol-with-the-American-name continue to prosper.

Note: Click on her link and scroll down to see her childhood picture as a brand new citizen.

Hat tip: the indefatigable Larwyn

[The story ends happily ever after right here]

Vatican: “Attempts to Islamise the west cannot be denied”

Given the Muslim outrage the last time the Pontiff said something substantive about the history of Islam and the West, it has fallen to his secretary to make public observations about what is going on:

Pope Benedict XVI’s private secretary warned of the Islamisation of Europe and stressed the need for the continent’s Christian roots not to be ignored.

“Attempts to Islamise the west cannot be denied,” Monsignor Georg Gaenswein was quoted as saying in the weekly Sueddeutsche Magazin to be published Friday.

“The danger for the identity of Europe that is connected with it should not be ignored out of a wrongly understood respectfulness,” the magazine quoted him as saying.

As if to underline his point about this decline in the West Venice, along with a little help from its friends in Paris and New York, is celebrating its long relationship with Islam:

Venice and IslamFor a thousand years Venice had a unique trading relationship with the great Muslim dynasties who shared their magnificent art and culture in a way that still defines the city today.

From the sumptuous silks, ceramics, carpets and gemstones sold by oriental traders to the Moorish architecture reflected in its elegant palaces and famous Basilica San Marco, the city has incorporated Islamic influences like few other cities in Italy.

Now Venice is celebrating its centuries-old relationship with the Islamic world in a vast exhibition which opens on 28 July.


The show is the result of collaboration between the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musei Civici Veneziani.


“Venice was pushed by the Vatican to join the crusades, but always had a pragmatic approach,” Carboni (the curator) said. “The doges were always trying to mediate between the church and its Islamic neighbors.”

Capable of understanding and appreciating its achievements in the world of science and philosophy, the city also showed itself capable of establishing relations with the great Muslim dynasties of the Ayyubids, the Mamelukes and the Ottomans.


Carboni said the exhibition was particularly timely since there is so much misunderstanding in the world between east and west.

“If we can show that Venice had a relationship with the Middle East that was also positive, it’s a good message.”

Italy is fading into the Dhimmi dust. But you have to admit that at least Venice makes a beautiful corpse.

Hat tip: His Grace, Cranmer

[Sic Transit Gloria Mundi]

I Am Not a Jew-Hater

VisionTVWord has finally percolated up to the management of VisionTV. They have belatedly discovered that Canadians in general, and their viewers in particular, do not approve of exhortations to jihad, nor anti-Semitism, nor calls for the Jews to be exterminated.

You can’t blame VisionTV for taking so long. After all, given today’s climate — especially in the progressive bastions of the media and the academy — the urge to exterminate the Jews is no big deal.

Not only that, the network’s mission statement says that it “celebrates diversity and promotes understanding among people of different faiths and cultures.” It doesn’t say anything about not killing Jews. So what’s the beef?

But VisionTV has decided to accede to the inexplicable and eccentric whims of its audience, and has taken “Doctor” Israr Ahmad off the air. For his part, Ahmad insists that he is not an anti-Semite, despite his assertions that the Jews brought the Holocaust upon themselves.

Dr. Ahmad the Philo-Semite has also said that the Jews are:

  • Parasites
  • Vengeful
  • Malicious
  • Diabolical
  • Conspirators
  • Inferior to Muslims
  • Being punished by Allah
  • Facing extermination at the hands of Allah
  • Controlling the United States through the banking system

But he’s not a Jew-hater. He’s just stating plain, simple, self-evident facts.

Here’s the story from today’s National Post:

I’m not an anti-Semite, TV preacher insists
Repeats Holocaust Belief

A fundamentalist Pakistani preacher, taken off the air by VisionTV this week in response to complaints, defended his beliefs about Jews yesterday but denied he was a hatemonger.

Asked to respond to VisionTV’s decision to ban him from the multi-faith religious channel, Israr Ahmad “strongly refuted the impression that he hated the Jews or he held anti-Semitic views.”

But the written statement, issued by his personal secretary in Lahore, went on to explain Mr. Ahmad’s belief that the Holocaust was “Divine punishment” and that Jews would one day be “exterminated.”

The Canadian channel is to begin airing an apology today for repeatedly broadcasting lectures by Mr. Ahmad, whose writings are filled with derogatory comments about Jews.

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While VisionTV did not broadcast Mr. Ahmad’s theories of a worldwide Jewish conspiracy, it has been airing his Koranic readings for several years, including a recent episode in which he said Muslims were required to either fight jihad on the battlefield or finance it.


In his books, he compares Jews to “parasites,” calls them “revengeful,” “malicious,” and “diabolical,” and says they have a “deeply ingrained tendency to conspire.” A sample of his writings: — “It is gratifying to learn that we Muslims enjoy two-fold superiority over the Jews.” — “It is apparent to any careful observer that the Jews have continued to suffer the floggings of Divine punishment in the present century — the Holocaust during the Second World War being a case in point.” — “Moreover, as mentioned before, the conflict between the Jews and Muslims is going to result, ultimately, in the total extermination of the former, according to the Divine law of ‘annihilation of the worse.’ “ — “The ‘Supreme Power’ of our time — the United States of America — is practically in the tight grip of a small Jewish minority, who is able to exert an immense amount of control over its international policies.” — “More importantly, the global financial system is virtually in the hands of Jewish bankers, who, through the institution of usury, have become powerful enough to command the obedience of entire governments.”

He also has unkind words for what he calls the “prejudice and intolerance” of Hindus. And he dismisses Christianity, saying “there is hardly any thing in this religion that can be described as ‘Christian.’“

Previous posts on “Doctor” Ahmad:

Jihad TV in Canada
Jihad TV in Canada, Part 2

Hat tip: RES.

The Prophet as an Obedient Retriever

The Swedish artist Lars Vilks is apparently unwilling to heed warnings issued by the Religion of Peace, and continues to turn out blasphemous drawings of the prophet. Now there is a Modoggie #4.

According to one of my Swedish contacts:

Modoggie #4Vilks has gotten written complaints from Muslims.

His answer: he makes another doggie.

The caption:

En skojig teckning av profeten som rondellhund som apporterar ett bombbälte.

“A funny drawing of the prophet as a rondell dog having retrieved a suicide bomb belt.”

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Previous posts on Lars Vilks and the Modoggies:

The Swedes Narrowly Avert Their Own Motoon Crisis
Modoggie #2

The Counterjihad Calendar: March

Stop the Sharia Clock!

The Counterjihad Calendar has flipped over to March, which features Germany.When I think of German architecture, either the Brandenburg Gate or Mad Ludwig’s castle in Bavaria come to mind. And let’s face it, the Brandenburg Gate makes for better propaganda than Mad Ludwig.

So I chose the Brandenburg Gate as the iconic monument for Germany (click for a larger image).

Genug ist genug!!

Here’s the list of German Counterjihad websites that I have collected so far (thanks, LN):
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I need more input from readers in each country to help me create lists of URLs for that country. The goal is to fill up each sidebar with Counterjihad sites.

Once again, the twelve countries I will be using for the 2008 calendar are:

  • France
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • India
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • The U.S.A.
  • Greece
  • Britain
  • Australia
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain

For each country involved, I invite readers to post suggested counterjihad links in the comments, or send them via email. I particularly need links for the Netherlands, Britain, Greece, India, and Italy.

Next up (for April): India. I’m using English for India, since a) I don’t know the Hindi for “enough!” and b) I’m not sure that Hindi is the appropriate common language to use for India.


It’s Not Your Town Anymore

Well, we knew Hazelton, PA wouldn’t get away with it for long.

In 2006, the City Council and the mayor passed a city ordinance to stop damage being caused by the massive influx of illegal immigrants. The flood of poverty-stricken non-citizens with no stake in the town was destroying Hazelton’s infrastructure. So the town fathers and mothers moved to build a legal dike against the intruders, who brought crime, heavy hospital costs, and a general disregard for the notion of law and order. They have done the same in towns up and down the state of California, causing native citizens to simply abandon ship and move to other states.

With the new laws in place, Hazelton immediately saw a change for the better:

Business owners who employed illegal immigrants or property owners who rented apartments (or homes) to illegal immigrants would be hit with a stiff fine. All city business was to be conducted in English…and only in English.


[The mayor said] “It’s been incredible. We have literally seen people loading up mattresses and furniture and leaving the city en masse,” he said. “That was our goal, to have a city of legal immigrants who are all paying taxes. It’s already been effective.”

Imagine that. Wanting a city of residents who paid their way for the services provided. A generation ago, this story would not have made sense. Our parents and grandparents would have been scratching their heads in puzzlement: “what, you have people who want services but don’t pay taxes? We call them deadbeats.”
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So inevitably, the legal suits against the city started. This kind of action is a good way to intimidate, to extort, and to browbeat into submission any community which dares to stand up for its own survival. Better people should just give up their lives and property and move on, leaving the territory to the outlaws to trash and plunder.

Now the higher court in Allentown has ruled:

A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton’s tough anti-immigration law, ruling unconstitutional a measure that has been copied around the country.

The city’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. Another measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.

U.S. District Judge James Munley voided the law Thursday based on testimony from a nine-day trial held in March.

The city will almost certainly appeal.

Yes, and the citizens of Hazelton will be forced to shell out even more in legal fees in a valiant effort to keep their town an American city instead of a lawless barrio.

Hazleton’s Republican mayor pushed for the strict laws last summer after two illegal immigrants were charged in a fatal shooting. Mayor Lou Barletta argued that illegal immigrants brought drugs, crime and gangs to the city of more than 30,000, overwhelming police and schools.

Immigrant groups sued, saying the laws usurp the federal government’s exclusive power to regulate immigration, deprive residents of their constitutional rights to equal protection, and violate state and federal housing law.

But we all know the federal government’s (?deliberate) inability to “regulate” immigration. And what constitutional rights do people who have come to this country illegally, who are not citizens, who do not pay taxes…what rights are in what statute protecting them from the normal consequences of being scoff-laws? The responsibilities which correspond with these “rights” are not even on the table for discussion.

Remember the town of Herouxville in Quebec? They dared to set standards. They required that new citizens assimilate to them, rather than vice versa. They wanted their customs and way of life respected by newcomers. Communities do not develop haphazardly. They grow organically, and the better they are, the more sense of place and identity they possess. All of which provides space for “the heart at home.” Without that, we become rootless and diminished:

The citizens in the Town of Herouxville, Quebec for over a century have enjoyed a quality of life in peaceful beautiful rural pastoral settings, with clean crisp air, country roads, farmers markets, country stores, community events, music, dances, festivals and celebrations, complete with old homesteads and ranches, rolling hills, bow hunting and fly fisherman’s paradise with unspoiled crystal clear lakes and streams, reminiscent of memorable times past in what some describe as a Andy Griffith Mayberry County style existence, a naturalist’s and artist’s dream. Hokey as it may sound, it is true in most respects of most rural Canadian and American small towns everywhere, a safe and peaceful community with minimal crime, hard working, church going people, who are quick to smile and laugh as well as help one in need. As a Town we are a close knit neighbourly community who cherish our longstanding values, morals and traditions which have maintained us in a way of life envied by many crime ridden, traffic congested cities where most citizens live side by side with others for years and yet never congregate, support or get to know their neighbours and get involved in their communities.

Granted our Town Charter drafted with the assistance of our townsfolk has been portrayed by some as racist. The Citizens of Herouxville are extremely upset by this comment as it is contrary to our Christian values and would like to emphatically state nothing could be further from the truth. As Quebecois Canadians we are only stating to the world informing them of our way of life is vitally important to us, much like the way of life amongst other cultures is important to them. For us to change our ways and tradition to accommodate others who wish to live here is like asking our country’s respected founding First Nation’s Culture to incorporate Dutch traditions and wear wooden shoes and erect Windmills in their community.

No doubt the pomo intellectuals unfortunate enough to ever have been born there fled Herouxville as soon as they were able to get the bus fare. Those who stay want to be there. And they want others to come and enjoy what they have worked so hard to build.

Since when did it become illegal and immoral to demand limits and accountability of those who wish to become citizens?

California has been trashed by those who have no investment in its welfare and future. It sounds like the same process is beginning in Pennsylvania, with the help of liberal advocates who want to re-live the do-good moral superiority of the 1960’s, while they leave tragedy in their wake.

Not to mention a national government bent on destroying the foundations of federalism.

These are not good times.

France to give nuclear technology to Libya?

The Fjordman Report

The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
For a complete Fjordman blogography, see The Fjordman Files. There is also a multi-index listing here.

Is French President Nicolas Sarkozy a passionate Eurabian? Leading the EU to surrender for Libya, he now proposes exporting French nuclear technology to Libya, after the Libyans have themselves admitted that they recently had a nuclear weapons program. Libyan Leader Gaddafi has announced that one day the Islam will disseminate its power over the European countries. According to him, the riots in the suburbs of Paris in 2005 were “only the beginning of the armed struggle of the Muslims against discrimination in Europe. Probably one day Europe will be subordinated to Islam.” But the French president wants to give him nuclear technology. Nice move, Mr. Sarkozy:

French president travels to Libya

French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised to boost relations with long-isolated Libya as he met with the oil-rich country’s leader Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday as a reward for releasing six Bulgarian medical workers.


France and Libya “affirm their desire to give new momentum to bilateral relations, and to build a strategic partnership between the two countries,” the leaders said in a joint statement.

The countries agreed to boost cooperation on areas including fighting terrorism, research, education, the economy and migration…

One agreement touched on defense cooperation, and in another memo, leaders pledged to work together on “peaceful applications for nuclear energy,” the statement said.

Sarkozy’s proposal for Mediterranean bloc makes waves

Sarkozy has said that he wants the countries ringing the Mediterranean — Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco — to form a council and hold regular summit meetings under a rotating presidency.

He wants to anchor regional cooperation in the fields of energy, security, counter-terrorism and immigration on a trade agreement, and create a Mediterranean Investment Bank, modeled on the European Investment Bank, that would help develop the economies on the eastern and southern edge of the region. He has offered French expertise on nuclear energy in return for access to North Africa’s gas reserves.

“The time has come to build together a Mediterranean Union that will be the bridge between Europe and Africa,” Sarkozy said in his victory speech Sunday.

Sarkozy tests the mediterranean Union in the Maghreb
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The president is leaving for the Maghreb today with the goal of defending one of his main diplomatic projects, the Mediterranean Union. He believes “the future of Europe and France is decided also, and perhaps first of all, in the Mediterranean”…

Brussels embraces Libya after medics’ release

“We are entering a new era of the relations between Libya and the EU,” said EU foreign affairs and external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.


Ms Ferrero-Waldner said she had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan authorities, which mapped out ways of upgrading EU-Libyan ties saying relations will eventually go “into some sort of specific… agreement.”

With the new relationship, Libya can look forward to better access to the EU market for Libyan goods, funding for restoration of potential tourist sites, better visa facilitation for Libyans, scholarships for students and help to deal with the illegal immigration going through Libya towards Europe.


Libya is the only country in the region that is not a member of the bloc’s 11-year old Euro-Mediterranean — which covers all other countries around the sea – or in the EU’s ‘European Neighbourhood Policy’ under which states on the bloc’s southern and eastern borders receive financial aid for political and economic reform.

Relations between Brussels and Tripoli improved slowly after Libya abandoned a plan for nuclear weapons and in 2003 handed over two nationals accused for the 1988 bombing of an American Airlines plane over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Modoggie #2

On Monday I wrote about Lars Vilks, whose drawings of Mohammed as a dog caused a hasty censorship at an art exhibition in Sweden.

Here’s another drawing — also of Mohammed as a Rondellhund — that was removed from public display:

Mohammed as a Rondellhund

All of the offensive and blasphemous drawings are now posted at the artist’s website.

The third one in the series contains elements that might be controversial even to non-Muslims, so I am not displaying it here, but it is posted at Mr. Vilks’ site if you want to see it. My linking to him does not imply any endorsement or approval of his subject matter and opinions.

One of my Swedish contacts wrote to me last night concerning the Modoggie affair:

The Swedish media are competing for coverage of this incident in almost total silence.

The problem for the Swedes here is that Vilks is a renowned artist — not a simple cartoonist.

Ah, those simple Danish cartoonists! So easy to disregard.

My Swedish is not good enough for me to decipher what Lars Vilks has to say about all this. Those of you who can read Swedish are advised to go over to his site and keep scrolling.

[Nothing follows]

A Vote for Asmaa

Yesterday I reported on a young woman named Asmaa Abdol-Hamid, who is a candidate for the Danish Parliament. She stated in an interview that she considered Danish soldiers to be legitimate targets for insurgents in Iraq who are “resisting occupation”.

Needless to say, the average Dane is not happy about Asmaa. As we all know, there is a vigorous Counterjihad in Denmark, with no shortage of enterprising photoshoppers ready to create iconic images. Here’s one from the Danish blog Islamofascisme:

A Vote for Asmaa

The caption reads, “A vote for Asmaa is a vote for Al Qaeda.” On the lower right is the logo and name of her political party, Enhedslisten. Go over to Islamofascisme for a much larger version.

Last night I received an email from one of my Danish contacts:
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There is a huge understandable anger against her — the problem is, she is a moral traitor and fifth columnist, in a moral sense.

In court she probably couldn’t be convicted. But there’ll be lots of chances in the near future.

She militant, young and ignorant. Yesterday she spoke out for polygamy, although today she denies it. She is a constitutional liar — but one shouldn’t pull the trigger, before we have a sure hit. As is the case with the fatwa imams. Their time will come.

I know — between us — that Dansk Folkeparti [the Danish People’s Party] wants her in the Folketing [the Parliament]. No wonder.

As an earlier commenter said, “You just have to wait. They’ll do something stupid; they always do. They can’t help themselves.”

Blame the Perfidious French

The elections in Turkey this week took many people by surprise. The AK Party won, which was expected. But it carried the vote with an unexpectedly large margin.

Should we be worried? Barry Rubin says yes and no…

Answer A: In political terms, the Justice and Development (AK) party which won 47 percent of the votes in Turkey’s July 22 elections and will have almost two-thirds of the parliament seats is a pragmatic, conservative, business-oriented moderate party despite its roots as an Islamic-oriented one.

Answer B: In societal terms, the Justice and Development (AK) party is probably transforming Turkey from a secular into a more Islamic society, with a big effect on the status of women, the situation of minorities, and Turkey’s foreign policy.

If the Democrats in our country have their way and the war in Iraq is aborted quickly, Turkey will be front and center in the daily news. Leaving aside Iran’s plans for the moment, you can expect a quick invasion of northern Iraq by the Turkish army and a repression of the Kurds. Given the legendary Peshmerga fighters, it will be a bloody, bitter, and prolonged conflict. Given the outlaw nature of the Kurdish PKK, deemed a terrorist organization, and its clandestine profile in Turkey, northern Iraq and in the Kurdish section of Iran, expect the worst: a lot of civilian deaths and what Turkey will see as valid incursions by their army into the Kurdish areas. Attempting to negotiate anything will be futile, though one can expect the perfidious French to make such noises.
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At American Thinker James Lewis’ “Turkey Betrayed Again” might be more appropriately titled “France’s Envy and Hatred Continues to Cause World-Wide Problems.”

Looking at the results of the election, Mr. Lewis is rightly worried about the growing fundamentalist Islamism in Turkey. It has been a political fact since Turkey’s inception as a nation-state after World War I. Ataturk was genius enough to hold the Islamists at bay – e.g., he forbid the fez, had the Koran published in Turkish, developed a Turkish alphabet, severely curtailed the traditional garb for Muslim women, etc. It was he who dragged Turkey closer to the western world, but as much as Turkey and the world needs such a man, we will not see his like again.

Mr. Rubin says that the Islamic conservative base of the AK party remains to be seen:

The party got rid of some of its hardliners and brought in a lot of non-Islamic conservatives and technocrats. It has gone slowly and carefully on making any changes regarding secularism while the economy has improved under its rule (though this probably would have happened any way). Among a lot of intellectuals, it has now become fashionable to embrace the party, ridiculing fears about its intentions.

For America, though, Turkey has caused serious problems and cannot be considered trustworthy. Its relationship with France and hopes for admission into the EU led it to renege on its promise to allow the US to invade Iraq from the north, as was originally planned.

Meanwhile, as Mr. Lewis points out, France continued its cynical con game. Not only did the US get shafted by France (via Turkey’s refusal to let us have a base there), but Turkey was left holding the short end of the stick:

Modernists are feeling desperate. They have gambled and lost at least three important battles: First, they placed their hopes on the United States and the Atlantic alliance. That strengthened their domestic position until 9/11/01. Then they placed their hopes on the European Union. When the United States knocked out Saddam Hussein in 2003, the Turks voted to block the US Fourth Army Corps from invading Iraq from the North. They were egged on by Jacques Chirac and his Euro-imperialist ally Dominique de Villepin (now facing their day in court over corruption and forgery charges).

Chirac and Villepin ambushed Colin Powell at the United Nations, whipped up an anti-American hate campaign in Europe, and helped to block America’s move to attack Saddam from the north. As a result, Saddam’s Baath Party was given enough time to organize a resistance, and to tie down American troops in the war we see today. Without French sabotage, the Iraq war might have been over by now. It didn’t help that the French gave EU passports to Saddam’s fleeing generals, who promptly disappeared somewhere in Europe to carry on sabotage of American efforts.

Mr. Lewis notes that Turkey thought its betrayal of the US would be the leverage it needed into the EU, but the latter, now brimming with angry Islamists, is wary of what these election returns mean. Besides, the long shadow of the Ottoman Empire still lies over Eastern Europe. They aren’t likely to accede to Turkey’s partnership, no matter what party is in power.

Turkey will be a major player if we pull out precipitously from Iraq. Don’t underestimate the damage it will do in the north.

Unfree Dominion

Canada muzzledWe have often noted in this space that Canada is ahead of the United States (and even parts of Europe) with its “hate speech” laws. Eventually we will catch up with our northern neighbor — Democrats in Congress are working on that right now — but for the time being, Canada leads the way in the illiberal suppression of free speech.

The latest instance of this progressive trend concerns the Free Dominion forum. A reader sent in a tip about this post (I couldn’t find a permalink; go to the main page and scroll down to look for it). It seems that the Powers That Be (Canadian Chapter) have discovered that Free Dominion has been posting doubleplus ungood thoughts, and must now be “investigated”:

Mark Fournier
Free Dominion
July 18, 2007

Human Rights attack on Free Dominion

We have been waiting for six and a half years and the day has finally arrived, somebody is going to try to silence Free Dominion using the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Moments ago we found this in Free Dominion’s mailbox:

July 16, 2007
File 2006057
Ms. Connie Wilkins
c/o Free Dominion
2033 Unity Rd.
Kingston, ON
K0H 1M0

Dear Ms. Wilkins:

I am the investigator designated under Part III of the Canadian Human Rights Act to investigate the complaint of Ms. [name omitted at this time] against Free Dominion. As the investigator, it is my responsibility to gather the evidence in relation to the complainant’s allegations and, once the investigation is complete, to report on my findings to the Members of the Commission.

The report will include a recommendation for the disposition of the complaint. I can recommend that a conciliator be appointed, if the evidence supports the allegations in the complaint, or that the complaint be dismissed, if the allegations are not supported by the evidence. I can also recommend to the Commission that a settlement be approved if the parties reach an agreement during the course of the investigation.

I am currently awaiting your full response to the allegations which is due on 18 July 2007.

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I would like to draw your attention to section 48 of the Canadian Human Rights Act which allows the parties to settle a complaint in the course of investigation. I would be pleased to discuss the possibility of a settlement with you or your representative at any time.

You can reach me at the address and telephone number indicated at the bottom of the first page of this letter. My direct line is 999-999-9999 and my email address is Please note that there are security and confidentiality risks in sending information by email.

Yours Sincerely,

Officer’s Name

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This looks real. It appears to be written on official Canadian Human Rights Commission letterhead stationary.

Other than the last name of the complainant, this doesn’t tell us much. It doesn’t say what the complaint is about or anything else. Notice also that Connie was supposed to have responded to it by July 18, 2007, which is today. It was a fluke that we even checked the mailbox before we came home.

Somebody has likely decided that because they can’t defeat some argument presented by someone at Free Dominion they will instead try to silence the whole site. It isn’t going to work.

We will be keeping everybody posted on each development as it occurs. If this persecution actually proceeds it will not be under the cover of darkness, we will keep a very bright light shining every step of the way.

I promise.

Hat tip: STN.

Danish Soldiers Are Legitimate Targets

Islam is a political ideology with the trappings of a religion, and adherents who are zealous in their practice of Islam are engaging in political activism, often of the most radical and violent form.

For that reason we right-wing extremists regard vigorously practicing Muslims as a potential fifth column in their adopted countries in the West. As a result we are considered “racists” and “Islamophobes”.

But there is no secret about the lack of loyalty among Muslims in the West. Sedition is routinely recorded in opinion polls, proclaimed from the pulpit, broadcast over the airwaves, posted on the internet, and distributed in newspapers. One has to be willingly blind, stupid, or dead in order to ignore it.

Then from time to time outrageous traitors emerge who are too obvious to ignore. Take, for example, the case of Asmaa Abdol-Hamid, a candidate for the Danish Parliament. Zonka has kindly translated this article from Monday’s B.T.:

Asmaa: Fair to attack Danish soldiers in Iraq

Danish soldiers in Iraq are everyday being attacked with rockets and mortars. The violence by Iraqi insurgents is increasing, with dead and wounded as the result. But that is all right, according to Enhedslisten’s controversial candidate for parliament, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid.

In the latest issue of Socialistisk Arbejderavis [Socialist Workers’ Newspaper — translator] she encourages the support of the Iraqis in their fight against Danish and other foreign forces.

Yesterday B.T. caught the charismatic parliamentary candidate for Enhedslisten by phone.

Asmaa Abdol-HamidWhat kind of fight is it that you want to support for the Iraqis?

“I support the Iraqi people’s movement against the occupation forces. As everybody else they have the right to live in a land where they decide for themselves.”

B.T. wrote Sunday that the Iraqi rebels are being paid 1,000 kr [approx. $180] every time they attack the Danish and British base in Basra.

Do you object to the Iraqis who are waging an armed fight against the Danish forces?

“I am not against an armed fight. It is a resistance fight, and thus it is completely fair,” says Asmaa Abdol-Hamid to B.T.

Asmaa’s statements are causing scandal and puzzlement at Christiansborg [location of Folketinget, the Danish parliament].

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“She is a confused young lady. She has said so much and contradicted herself so many times that one gets dizzy,” states Naser Khader, New Alliance.

“She’s got it completely wrong. It is the Iraqi government, which is legitimate and approved by the U.N., so it is that government one has to support,” says Naser Khader.

And the conservative Allan Niebuhr, who is chairman of the Parliament’s Defense Committee, is scandalized.

“It’s complete insanity. One can have many political opinions, but what she is saying openly calls for direct battle against Danish soldiers. It is very offensive,” he says to B.T.

In Enhedslisten there is support for Asmaa’s statements. Another member of parliament, Frank Aaen, supports the idea that the fight against Danish and other soldiers is legitimate.

“We are saddened every time a human dies in war, Danish, Iraqi or American. But resistance against an occupation force is completely legitimate — and we have been against the war from the start, and believe that the occupational forces should be called home.

“But we are at the same time against all forms of terror. In that I am convinced that Asmaa agrees, and thus there is nothing in which she is quoted for that points in any other direction,” says Frank Aaen to B.T.

Zonka adds a couple of comments:

  • This interview is from the Multicultural newspaper B.T., which is far nicer to the views of Asmaa than others, and is trying to do damage control. Other newspapers are far less sympathetic.
  • Asmaa has been reported to the police for violating section 100 (§100) in the criminal penalty code, which covers High Treason (Crimes against King and Country) as well as agitation for assault against the country. The report has been made by Rasmus Jarlov, a Conservative member of Parliament. (Jyllands-Posten)

Zonka has also translated an editorial on the topic of Asmaa from today’s Jyllands-Posten:

Editorial: The True Face

If there were even the slightest hope that Enhedslisten’s parliament candidate Asmaa Abdol-Hamid would listen, then one could patiently explain why her comparison between WWII and the Danish presence in Iraq is wrong.

One could tell her that the German troops weren’t invited to occupy Denmark by the Danish government. Even though one could criticize the cooperation policy, one cannot claim that the government invited Nazi Germany, not even to stay.

One could explain to her that neither the Danish or the other Western soldiers in Iraq are there as occupation troops, but on the contrary because the Iraqi government wants them there to help maintain the stability and security of the country.

However, there is no need to make the attempt, because Abdol-Hamid wouldn’t listen, and her agenda is different; she is not interested in historical facts.

When you think about it her statements about killing Danish soldiers are not really surprising, because it is the logical extension of her previous statements, which as a whole document that her sympathies lies somewhere other than with the Danish democracy.

What can surprise is what Enhedslisten wants with such a candidate. This party is to begin with an unusual mix of representatives of alternative points of view, but is strange that they choose a candidate who is a downright opponent of some of Enhedslisten’s core values, such as equality between the sexes.

The explanation seems to be the simple psychological mechanism, that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Members of Enhedslisten don’t like USA or the current Danish government. Neither does Abdol-Hamid. Thus she must be one of the good guys, and if she can secure votes from rabid Islamic groups, it is done in the service of a good cause.

So primitive seems to be the chain of reasoning.

The rest of us can rejoice that the candidate expresses her disgusting points of views so clearly that they serve as a grim warning.

Hat tip: Kepiblanc.

Those Irritating Foreigners

This morning Kepiblanc sent me the translation below, which made me despair — what point was there for me to continue my attempt at learning the infuriating Danish language?

But Kepiblanc told me not to fear, that as an American I have the status of an honorary Northern European. Nothing is said about Ireland, however, so Dymphna is holding her own reaction in abeyance until the results of further research emerge.

Kepiblanc sent along a commentary, but first the article from Politiken:

Foreign accents irritate Danes

Big differences in the way we regard people who can’t express themselves in impeccable Danish

The University of Copenhagen asked 232 Danes to evaluate the personalities of 16 persons, exclusively based on their pronunciation of a TV commercial. Furthermore, the test persons were asked to guess the country of origin of those accents. The 16 persons came from 8 different countries — a male and a female from each country.

Northern Europeans considered most ambitious

Holger DanskeThe study shows that we get very irritated by people who speak with accents believed to stem from the Middle East and less irritated by someone with an accent believed to stem from Germanic-speaking countries, such as England, Germany and the Nordic countries.

The persons behind those voices perceived by the Danes to be North Europeans were evaluated as independent, ambitious, effective, interesting, reliable, intelligent, polite and pleasant.

People from the Middle East were perceived as incompetent

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Exactly the opposite about those voices that the Danes believed to stem from a Middle Eastern country, such as Turkey. In those cases the person behind the voice was ascribed terms such as uncertain, indifferent, incompetent, boring, unreliable, stupid, disgusting and irritating.

In spite of all 16 persons having a university degree and mastering Danish on a very high level the conclusion was unambiguous among the 232 Danes.

Significant differences

According to the Danish language researcher Marta Kirilova, who designed the study, this is not about minor variations, but a significant difference in the evaluation of the people behind the accents.

“The study shows very clearly that it really does matter what country the accent stems from. There are pronounced hierarchies and — broadly speaking — Danes regard North Europeans as competent, whereas people from the Middle East are stupid and incompetent. — as evaluated solely by their accents,” says Marta Kirilova to Politiken.

And now Kepiblanc’s commentary:

During the last 20 years — or more — all our MSM and the entire politically correct establishment have spared no effort to convince us about the blessings of the new multi-culti society. They have preached, flattered, threatened, scolded, raved, and ranted about racism, bigotry and prejudices and created an entire “do-good-industry” in order to get to us embrace every imaginable alien immigrant — especially the Muslims.

And now: all this in vain.

The study proves scientifically what everyone already knows: The left-leaning politicians and their lackeys in the MSM live in a galaxy far, far away, completely dissociated from the average John Doe — or here in Denmark, Jens Jensen and Kirsten Hansen. They’ve dreamed up a virtual universe of illusions while living in their whites-only suburbs north of Copenhagen. Never have they dared to set foot in the culturally-enriched habitats to the west and south of the city.

Meanwhile, ordinary Danes have to deal with our “new Danes” on a daily and more practical basis. Especially on the streets at night, in our schools, prisons and warehouses.

So it seems reality trumps illusions. Big time.

Well, maybe in Denmark But in most other parts of the West, illusion is in the ascendant.

Big time.

Americans Routinely Fly a Double Bind

Thanks to our imperial legislators, the latest (ahem) “routine” warning from the Transportation Security Administration to federal air marshals puts those who must travel by air in a nice quandary:

Airport security officers around the nation have been alerted by federal officials to look out for terrorists practicing to carry explosive components onto aircraft, based on four curious seizures at airports since last September.


The seizures at airports in San Diego, Milwaukee, Houston and Baltimore included “wires, switches, pipes or tubes, cell phone components and dense clay-like substances,” including block cheese, the bulletin said. “The unusual nature and increase in number of these improvised items raise concern.”

Security officers were urged to keep an eye out for “ordinary items that look like improvised explosive device components.”

This routine bulletin was leaked to the press and the bureaucracy has responded energetically, asserting just how ho-hum boringly routine this routine message is:

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke described the TSA advisory as the latest copy of a routine informational bulletin.

A statement posted late Tuesday by the TSA on its Web site confirms that “a routine TSA intelligence bulletin relating to suspicious incidents at U.S. airports” had leaked out to news organizations.

The bulletin says a joint FBI-Homeland Security Department assessment found that terrorists have conducted probes, dry runs and dress rehearsals in advance of previous attacks.

Well, duh…

“There is no credible, specific threat here,” TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said Tuesday. “Don’t panic. We do these things all the time.”

So the ummm…trained professionals of TSA are alerted to be on the lookout for suspicious activity or items, but you’re not. And so what if the nervous, swarthy fellow in a turban sitting next to you is playing with his cell phone and mumbling his prayers rapidly in what appears to be Arabic? Doesn’t count unless a trained professional is there to interpret the situation for you.

Meanwhile, these very same professionals failed bomb detection testing recently:

Imagine an explosion strong enough to blow a car’s trunk apart, caused by a bomb inside a passenger plane. Government sources tell NBC News that federal investigators recently were able to carry materials needed to make a similar homemade bomb through security screening at 21 airports.

In all 21 airports tested, no machine, no swab, no screener anywhere stopped the bomb materials from getting through. Even when investigators deliberately triggered extra screening of bags, no one discovered the materials.

Fly safeAs I’ve said repeatedly, I’m a non-flyer. Not because I’m afraid of flying; planes are simply cramped buses with wings. But as the sheer stupidity and incompetence of our air security has become inescapably clear, there is only one choice besides driving. The only plane I’d be willing to step on would have to have painted on it, in big letters somewhere: EL AL. They seem to be the sole air carrier that takes terrorism seriously. I wonder why that is?

[Ends here. Just a routine notice.]