Offense Level Lowered

Be certain you’ve swallowed your coffee before reading this link explaining why the Muslim Offense level has been lowered from Orange to Yellow.

It seems the Saudi’s have re-run the Danish non-apology and said that now that the Danes have really apologized, we can all go back to work.

THE Danish government is currently on the mission to mend the damage created by the publication of 12 blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a Danish newspaper.
The printing of the cartoons and the initial lack of response by the Danish government when Muslim leaders stated their concern sparked anger and outrage among Muslims around the world, resulting in 23 deaths in violent protest and the burning of embassies.

The Danish newspaper that published the cartoons offered its apology twice to the Muslim world. The latest one was published last Sunday as an advertisement in Arabic newspapers.

Read the whole thing – the world is a funny, funny place.

Enemies

This was funny for about a second but now I’m ticked. Who the he** do these people (United for Peace and Justice) think they are?

The Administration is Criminal and if they will not step down, we must storm in, show them how many of us do not accept a criminal government. How can we stand by and watch them kill our brothers, sisters, journalists and friends for their dollars?

These groups are on the steering committe, just to keep in mind. I don’t think lefties are unpatriotic, I think these people are! And what’s more they are the enemy if they think they have a right to set aside my vote and topple this government!

* CODEPINK
* The Communist Party (no surprise there!)
* National Hip Hop Political Caucus
* Iraq Veterans Against The War
* September 11th Families For Peaceful Tomorrows
* Teen Peace Project
* Not In Our Name
* Military Families Speak Out
* US Campaign To End The Israeli Occupation
* National Network On Cuba (again, no surprise)
* DC Anti-War Network

Losers.

Prisons

The Enviromental Republican titles today’s post “Laws that do the opposite” in regards to health care laws to force Walmart to provide levels of insurance.
His title brings to mind this NYTimes story about a prison in Afghanistan, Bagram, that 1) was never meant to be a prison, but more of a short term holding facility and 2) has, shall we say, less comfortable conditions than Guantanamo because 1) it was never meant to be a prison and 2) well, it’s not in US territory.
Because of things like UN calls to shut Guantanamo down and UN reports on “torture” in Guantanamo, now, the administration has decided not to send more detainees to Guantanamo. Since no one has any better ideas…….they stay at the holding center!

Other military and administration officials said the growing detainee population at Bagram, which rose from about 100 prisoners at the start of 2004 to as many as 600 at times last year, according to military figures, was in part a result of a Bush administration decision to shut off the flow of detainees into Guantánamo after the Supreme Court ruled that those prisoners had some basic due-process rights.

I’m certain that’s not what the UN intended……unintended consequences guys, or, “laws that do the opposite”.

Chavez

Interesting. Reason why the left should worry about Chavez. Reason number 4.

CHAVEZ WANTS TO BECOME A WORLD BANK. Few causes have impassioned the left more in the last few decades than the foreign debt of underdeveloped nations, which is attributed to a conspiracy on the part of big banks and their government backers. Chávez is fast becoming a creditor to many Latin American nations by buying their sovereign bonds (which are issued only after he offers to buy them.). He has become an IMF and a World Bank onto himself. Argentina and Ecuador combined owe him a bit less than $2 billion so far.

Read the whole thing. I was at a party once of the basic Boulder County liberals and there was a woman there from Venezuela. Just for fun, someone brought up Mr. Chavez to get her take on him and his persecution from the US. She thinks he’s a loon too! It was one of those priceless moments.

Iraq News

Iraq the Model has news today. The permalink isn’t working, so I am taking the liberty of copying the whole post from Omar.

Curfew extended in Baghdad and thre other provinces.
The defense minister in a press conference currently on Iraqi TV gave statistics to correct what he described as “exaggerated media reports” about civilian casualties and attacks on mosques since the attack on the Samarra shrine:

Mosques attacked/shot at without damage: 21 not 51
Moderately damaged: 6 not 23
Mosques destroyed totally: 1 not 3
Mosques occupied by militias: 1 not 2 (evacuated later).
Civilians killed: 119 not 183

It was also announced that day-time curfew in Baghdad and three other provinces (Salahiddin, Diyala and Babil) will continue for another two days.

More from the press conference:

In the same press conference, the interior minister said “we are not going to show tolerance towards those who cause violence anymore, those who felt like doing something have done what they done but we will accept no more of this” obviously referring to those who let their anger push them to violence.

The defense minister added that they are working in the government on activating the counter-terrorism laws which includes “arresting anyone who’s found guilty of provoking violence”.
And added “We have put the armored units of the Iraqi army on high alert and these units (one division+) will be deployed to the streets one we see a real need for that”.

Posted by Omar @ 15:43

Life in Saudi Arabia

for a woman is hard to imagine.
After a women get’s questioned for being in a cassette shop and then questions the problem, the Religious policman clues her in:

She’s being a bit faux-naive, to make her point. It’s quite simple, it’s all about aisle width. The “cassette shops” (although we do actually have CD’s as well!) in the shopping mall have nice wide aisles, like the ones in the supermarket picture above. Men and women can pass without coming too close to each other. But the little “Mom and Pop” cassette shops, the ones with a sub-continent manager/cashier, and an absentee Saudi owner, are much more cramped. With aisles of one metre or less, you have to squeeze past other shoppers. So it’s a no-no for women, even Western women, they usually have signs saying “Men only”, and I’m surprised our reporter claims not to be aware of the issue.

Friday

Whatever happened to cat blogging?

Powerline has words from on the ground near the Golden Mosque. I know today is a telling day, but I’ll go out on a limb and predict no civil war in Iraq over this. They want democracy too badly. They’ve fought very hard for it and I don’t think they’ll be willing to let it go to hell.
On a side note we’ve been blamed for this (along with Israel). We should probably admit this would never have happened without our involvement in Iraq. True. Now lets move on. Iraqis’ thought it all was worth it before the mosque was bombed – too late to turn back now. (not at all sure how it’s Israel’s fault)
Iraq the Model has a local scene too.

Captain Ed has the scoop on the Phillipines.

The Officer’s Club reminds us to be thankful for a lot of behind the scenes people in history. And
also has fun with lessons learned by watching TV/Movies. Women need not bother, we usually get killed. If not, then tortured and rescued later. lol

Ragged Thots has not been convinced to “trust” the administration on the ports deal. While I’ve turned, he’s got good points. Some reflecting what I said yesterday. (I like it when people agree with me!)

And finally an interesting perspective on Europe, Christianity, and culture from the Brusselsjournal.

Civil War in Iraq

Is kind of supported by Ali of Iraq.

I’m not being pessimistic here nor have I gave up, on the contrary I’m still optimistic and I don’t see a limited civil war as that bad, as what would it mean? Destruction and killing on the identity? Sorry to say that that’s already happening but none of the real killers is showing his face. So let them do it and say it frankly and that, I believe, will relieve a lot of the tension. I always thought that a civil war was needed to clear this tension and I had this thought more than 15 years ago when I stopped being a Sunni and that gave me access to what both sides really think of each other and it was scary…

Scary. This guy, Ali, is the other Iraq the Model brother who went out on his own. One of the reasons he thinks civil war would be ok is because we’re there to keep things from getting out of control. Grrrrrrrrrr.
Unbelievable.

…. while if they don’t (listen to Sistani) then they may take Iraq into a civil war which is not that unlikely now to happen given the strong Iranian interference and support for those radical components among She’at. But is that really that disastrous? Maybe, but I tend to think it won’t be for many reasons. 1st such civil war will never be a full scale one with the American troops still in Iraq, so all that can happen is merely increasing the assassinations carried out by both radical Sunnis and She’at towards each other which may serve to expose those parties further more to everyone.

Ok – he’s got a point. Expose the terrorists so they are easier to deal with. But he wants all of this out there to soothe old religious tensions. Get a shrink!