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Lets Face It: The Passengers on MH370 Are Dead

I am amazed at how CNN and other moronic “news” companies try to paint a potentially rosy picture for the fate of the passengers on MH370. Lets face it; they have been missing for 2 weeks. They are, unfortunately, dead. There are only two alternatives. In one case, the airplane was hijacked, probably by Muslims, and crashed for some reason. In the other case, there was a mechanical or other problem, such as fire, that caused a crash.

While it might be tempting to think that the airplane was commandeered and flown to an unknown landing strip, that scenario is almost impossible to believe at this point. While it is possible that it evaded the military radar of various countries in the area, which is probably not too hard to do, if it did land, why have we not heard the demands or seen what the ultimate purpose for the plane was? Since the hijackers would know that there would be a huge search underway for them, they would want to take their next step very quickly. Also, it would be exceptionally difficult to hide anything as large as a 777 for an extended period of time. Yes, there were over 600 airports large enough to support the operation of such a large plane within the fuel range of the plane, but most of them are large, busy commercial airports where hiding the operation of such a plane would be impossible. Of the remaining, few, airports that are not busy commercial hubs, it would be very hard to hide such a large aircraft from air, ground, and satellite searches. And, as for the 239 passengers, I doubt if the hijackers would be providing catering for such a large group for such a long time. If they were not killed in the air, perhaps from lack of oxygen, if the aircraft was really taken to 45000 feet and depressurized, they would have been killed as soon as the aircraft arrived at its destination. (If the aircraft was taken to 45000 feet and depressurized, depending on how long it spent at that altitude to be sure the passengers were dead, the crew might have had to have pressurization suits to avoid getting the bends themselves. Maybe it was taken over and the crew thought that they could just provide themselves with oxygen and not supply oxygen to the passengers, in which case the passengers would be dead in a while. But, they might not have realized that even though they had oxygen, the low pressure at 45000 could have caused them to get the bends if they stayed at that altitude too long and did not properly re-pressurize their environment. Maybe that reported dive to low altitude from 45000 feet was an attempt by the crew to avoid getting the bends, but perhaps it did not work.)

Anyway, while it is still remotely possible that the aircraft was diverted to some secret location to reappear to commit some act of terrorism, that is highly unlikely. It is far more likely, after 2 weeks, that something terrible happened to the plane and crew and it crashed; probably in the Indian Ocean. In either case, it must be assumed that the passengers are now dead. It would simply be too risky and prohibitively expensive to keep them alive for so long if the aircraft was successfully diverted. (What if one of them had a satellite phone? Even the act of that phone linking to the network would pinpoint the location of the plane.)

My guess is that something overtook the crew and a terrible accident happened. It’s time for CNN to find something else to talk about. No wonder the ratings for CNN are so abysmal.

New Video Sums Up Obama’s and Kerry’s “Understanding” of the Middle East and Israel

You’ve got to love this video. It sums up, totally, the complete lack of understanding that the United States’ administration (both Obama and Bush) have of the situation in the Middle East and with Islam in general. With clueless clowns like Obama, Kerry, Rice, Clinton and others “running” things, it is no wonder we are in such a mess in the Middle East. It is this total lack of understanding that gave us such costly and moronic policies as supporting the terrorist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and why we wasted trillions (with a t) of dollars and thousands of lives trying to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Sorry, but democracy and Islam are mutually exclusive. I wish our rulers would learn that lesson, once and for all, and leave the Muslims to kill each other and let Israel take care of itself the way it needs to before they are wiped off the face of the earth by our new “friend”, Iran.

Lets face it, the only reason we are dealing with Iran is because we finally realize that they have nukes and will use them if we push them. We have war gamed going to war with them and found that we would loose most of the 5th fleet if we did. We should have taken them out 12 or 13 years ago, when we had the chance, especially given the fact that they were intimately involved in 911, facilitating the attack plans before 911 and sheltering both bin Laden and Zawahiri after 911 according to several open source accounts by people who know what is going on in the area such as Yossef Bodanski, among others. (In fact, while he was the first to report the sheltering of bin Laden and Zawahiri, a fact that was widely ridiculed by the administration and the lame-stream media, that fact was later confirmed by the US government.)

Recognizing the End of the Chinese Economic Miracle

By George Friedman

Major shifts underway in the Chinese economy that Stratfor has forecast and discussed for years have now drawn the attention of the mainstream media. Many have asked when China would find itself in an economic crisis, to which we have answered that China has been there for awhile — something not widely recognized outside China, and particularly not in the United States. A crisis can exist before it is recognized. The admission that a crisis exists is a critical moment, because this is when most others start to change their behavior in reaction to the crisis. The question we had been asking was when the Chinese economic crisis would finally become an accepted fact, thus changing the global dynamic.

Last week, the crisis was announced with a flourish. First, The New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-recipient Paul Krugman penned a piece titled “Hitting China’s Wall.” He wrote, “The signs are now unmistakable: China is in big trouble. We’re not talking about some minor setback along the way, but something more fundamental. The country’s whole way of doing business, the economic system that has driven three decades of incredible growth, has reached its limits. You could say that the Chinese model is about to hit its Great Wall, and the only question now is just how bad the crash will be.”

Later in the week, Ben Levisohn authored a column in Barron’s called “Smoke Signals from China.” He wrote, “In the classic disaster flick ‘The Towering Inferno’ partygoers ignored a fire in a storage room because they assumed it has been contained. Are investors making the same mistake with China?” He goes on to answer his question, saying, “Unlike three months ago, when investors were placing big bets that China’s policymakers would pump cash into the economy to spur growth, the markets seem to have accepted the fact that sluggish growth for the world’s second largest economy is its new normal.”

Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs — where in November 2001 Jim O’Neil coined the term BRICs and forecast that China might surpass the United States economically by 2028 — cut its forecast of Chinese growth to 7.4 percent.

The New York Times, Barron’s and Goldman Sachs are all both a seismograph of the conventional wisdom and the creators of the conventional wisdom. Therefore, when all three announce within a few weeks that China’s economic condition ranges from disappointing to verging on a crash, it transforms the way people think of China. Now the conversation is moving from forecasts of how quickly China will overtake the United States to considerations of what the consequences of a Chinese crash would be.

Doubting China

Suddenly finding Stratfor amid the conventional wisdom regarding China does feel odd, I must admit. Having first noted the underlying contradictions in China’s economic growth years ago, when most viewed China as the miracle Japan wasn’t, and having been scorned for not understanding the shift in global power underway, it is gratifying to now have a lot of company. Over the past couple of years, the ranks of the China doubters had grown. But the past few months have seen a sea change. We have gone from China the omnipotent, the belief that there was nothing the Chinese couldn’t work out, to the realization that China no longer works.

It has not been working for some time. One of the things masking China’s weakening has been Chinese statistics, which Krugman referred to as “even more fictional than most.” China is a vast country in territory and population. Gathering information on how it is doing would be a daunting task, even were China inclined to do so. Instead, China understands that in the West, there is an assumption that government statistics bear at least a limited relationship to truth. Beijing accordingly uses its numbers to shape perceptions inside and outside China of how it is doing. The Chinese release their annual gross domestic product numbers in the third week of January (and only revise them the following year). They can’t possibly know how they did that fast, and they don’t. But they do know what they want the world to believe about their growth, and the world has believed them — hence, the fantastic tales of economic growth.

China in fact has had an extraordinary period of growth. The last 30 years have been remarkable, marred only by the fact that the Chinese started at such a low point due to the policies of the Maoist period. Growth at first was relatively easy; it was hard for China to do worse. But make no mistake: China surged. Still, basing economic performance on consumption, Krugman notes that China is barely larger economically than Japan. Given the compounding effects of China’s guesses at GDP, we would guess it remains behind Japan, but how can you tell? We can say without a doubt that China’s economy has grown dramatically in the past 30 years but that it is no longer growing nearly as quickly as it once did.

China’s growth surge was built on a very unglamorous fact: Chinese wages were far below Western wages, and therefore the Chinese were able to produce a certain class of products at lower cost than possible in the West. The Chinese built businesses around this, and Western companies built factories in China to take advantage of the differential. Since Chinese workers were unable to purchase many of the products they produced given their wages, China built its growth on exports.

For this to continue, China had to maintain its wage differential indefinitely. But China had another essential policy: Beijing was terrified of unemployment and the social consequences that flow from it. This was a rational fear, but one that contradicted China’s main strength, its wage advantage. Because the Chinese feared unemployment, Chinese policy, manifested in bank lending policies, stressed preventing unemployment by keeping businesses going even when they were inefficient. China also used bank lending to build massive infrastructure and commercial and residential property. Over time, this policy created huge inefficiencies in the Chinese economy. Without recessions, inefficiencies develop. Growing the economy is possible, but not growing profitability. Eventually, the economy will be dragged down by its inefficiency.

Inflation vs. Unemployment

As businesses become inefficient, production costs rise. And that leads to inflation. As money is lent to keep inefficient businesses going, inflation increases even more markedly. The increase in inefficiency is compounded by the growth of the money supply prompted by aggressive lending to keep the economy going. As this persisted over many years, the inefficiencies built into the Chinese economy have become staggering.

The second thing to bear in mind is the overwhelming poverty of China, where 900 million people have an annual per capita income around the same level as Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia or Mongolia ($3,000-$3,500 a year), while around 500 million of those have an annual per capita income around the same level as India, Nicaragua, Ghana, Uzbekistan or Nigeria ($1,500-$1,700). China’s overall per capita GDP is around the same level as the Dominican Republic, Serbia, Thailand or Jamaica. Stimulating an economy where more than a billion people live in deep poverty is impossible. Economic stimulus makes sense when products can be sold to the public. But the vast majority of Chinese cannot afford the products produced in China, and therefore, stimulus will not increase consumption of those products. As important, stimulating demand so that inefficient factories can sell products is not only inflationary, it is suicidal. The task is to increase consumption, not to subsidize inefficiency.

The Chinese are thus in a trap. If they continue aggressive lending to failing businesses, they get inflation. That increases costs and makes the Chinese less competitive in exports, which are also falling due to the recession in Europe and weakness in the United States. Allowing businesses to fail brings unemployment, a massive social and political problem. The Chinese have zigzagged from cracking down on lending by regulating informal lending and raising interbank rates to loosening restrictions on lending by removing the floor on the benchmark lending rate and by increasing lending to small- and medium-sized businesses. Both policies are problematic.

The Chinese have maintained a strategy of depending on exports without taking into account the operation of the business cycle in the West, which means that periodic and substantial contractions of demand will occur. China’s industrial plant is geared to Western demand. When Western demand contracted, the result was the mess you see now.

The Chinese economy could perhaps be growing at 7.4 percent, but I doubt the number is anywhere near that. Some estimates place growth at closer to 5 percent. Regardless of growth, the ability to maintain profit margins is rarely considered. Producing and selling at or even below cost will boost GDP numbers but undermines the financial system. This happened to Japan in the early 1990s. And it is happening in China now.

The Chinese can prevent the kind of crash that struck East Asia in 1997. Their currency isn’t convertible, so there can’t be a run on it. They continue to have a command economy; they are still communist, after all. But they cannot avoid the consequences of their economic reality, and the longer they put off the day of reckoning, the harder it will become to recover from it. They have already postponed the reckoning far longer than they should have. They would postpone it further if they could by continuing to support failing businesses with loans. They can do that for a very long time — provided they are prepared to emulate the Soviet model’s demise. The Chinese don’t want that, but what they do want is a miraculous resolution to their problem. There are no solutions that don’t involve agony, so they put off the day of reckoning and slowly decline.

China’s Transformation

The Chinese are not going to completely collapse economically any more than the Japanese or South Koreans did. What will happen is that China will behave differently than before. With no choices that don’t frighten them, the Chinese will focus on containing the social and political fallout, both by trying to target benefits to politically sensitive groups and by using their excellent security apparatus to suppress and deter unrest. The Chinese economic performance will degrade, but crisis will be avoided and political interests protected. Since much of China never benefited from the boom, there is a massive force that has felt marginalized and victimized by coastal elites. That is not a bad foundation for the Communist Party to rely on.

The key is understanding that if China cannot solve its problems without unacceptable political consequences, it will try to stretch out the decline. Japan had a lost decade only in the minds of Western investors, who implicitly value aggregate GDP growth over other measures of success such as per capita GDP growth or full employment. China could very well face an extended period of intense inwardness and low economic performance. The past 30 years is a tough act to follow.

The obvious economic impact on the rest of the world will fall on the producers of industrial commodities such as iron ore. The extravagant expectations for Chinese growth will not be met, and therefore expectations for commodity prices won’t be met. Since the Chinese economic failure has been underway for quite awhile, the degradation in prices has already happened. Australia in particular has been badly hit by the Chinese situation, just as it was by the Japanese situation a generation ago.

The Chinese are, of course, keeping a great deal of money in U.S. government instruments and other markets. Contrary to fears, that money will not be withdrawn. The Chinese problem isn’t a lack of capital, and repatriating that money would simply increase inflation. Had the Chinese been able to put that money to good use, it would have never been invested in the United States in the first place. The outflow of money from China was a symptom of the disease: Lacking the structure to invest in China, the government and private funds went overseas. In so doing, Beijing sought to limit destabilization in China, while private Chinese funds looked for a haven against the storm that was already blowing.

Rather than the feared repatriation of funds, the United States will continue to be the target of major Chinese cash inflows. In a world where Europe is still reeling, only the United States is both secure and large enough to contain Chinese appetites for safety. Just as Japanese investment in the 1990s represented capital flight rather than a healthy investment appetite, so the behavior we have seen from Chinese investors in recent years is capital flight: money searching for secure havens regardless of return. This money has underpinned American markets; it is not going away, and in fact more is on the way.

The major shift in the international order will be the decline of China’s role in the region. China’s ability to project military power in Asia has been substantially overestimated. Its geography limits its ability to project power in Eurasia, an endeavor that would require logistics far beyond China’s capacity. Its naval capacity is still limited compared with the United States. The idea that it will compensate for internal economic problems by genuine (as opposed to rhetorical) military action is therefore unlikely. China has a genuine internal security problem that will suck the military, which remains a domestic security force, into actions of little value. In our view, the most important shift will be the re-emergence of Japan as the dominant economic and political power in East Asia in a slow process neither will really want.

China will continue to be a major power, and it will continue to matter a great deal economically. Being troubled is not the same as ceasing to exist. China will always exist. It will, however, no longer be the low-wage, high-growth center of the world. Like Japan before it, it will play a different role.

In the global system, there are always low-wage, high-growth countries because the advanced industrial powers’ consumers want to absorb goods at low wages. Becoming a supplier of those goods is a major opportunity for, and disruptor to, those countries. No one country can replace China, but China will be replaced. The next step in this process is identifying China’s successors.

Recognizing the End of the Chinese Economic Miracle is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

Flight 214 Crash Happened Despite Fact That Runway 28L Threshold Moved Further From Sea Wall Recently

As a pilot, I can well imagine how Asiana Flight 214 hit the sea wall rather than landing on the runway. Approaches over water are always dangerous, especially in visual conditions, because of how difficult it is to tell how high above the water you are. This is especially true when the water is extremely calm with no waves or other disturbances on the surface. Pictures from various news media clearly showed that the water was extremely calm when the crash happened.

Add to that the fact that the threshold of the actual runway was only displaced from the sea wall by about 640 feet. This means that under the conditions of a normal approach, which has a glide slope of about 3 degrees, the aircraft would only clear the sea wall by about 36 feet. This may sound like a lot, but it is not much when you are dealing with an aircraft as large as a 777. Add to this the fact that the water level appears to be about 12 to 20 feet below the level of the runway. This means that the aircraft, while on that normal 3 degree approach path, would need to be about 50 to 60 feet above the water. If the pilots got a bit lower than that, it is easy to see how they could have hit the sea wall on approach. In fact, I am surprised that this has not happened more often.

It is interesting to note that the runway threshold was moved about 300 feet further from the sea wall at some time in the last year. This can be ascertained by noting the appearance of the approach to runway 28L shown below. This was taken from Google Earth. The image was time stamped August 23, 2012. In this image, the runway threshold was only about 375 feet from the sea wall. In this case, a 3 degree approach slope would bring an aircraft over the sea wall edge at an altitude of only about 18 feet! Again, I am surprised that there have not been similar accidents on this runway in the past.

When you look at the next image, which includes the image of the crashed 777, you can clearly see that the runway threshold has been moved an additional 300 feet from the sea wall. Since the Google Earth image was time stamped August 2012, it is obvious that the threshold was moved within the last 11 months. You can also clearly see how the runway has been repainted to accommodate the threshold movement.

We know that the ILS (instrument landing system) was not in service at the time of the crash. Thus, the pilots would not have had a working glideslope. They would still have had the VASI (visual approach slope indicator) which is a ground-based directional light system that appears green to the pilot if the pilot is above the appropriate glide slope and red if the aircraft is below the glide slope. Thus, this would clearly have been telling the pilots that they were low. But, a VASI is more visible in darker conditions and this crash occurred in bright daylight, so the VASI may not have been as visible as it might otherwise have been. However, these were highly experienced pilots and they surely had working radar altimeters and other instruments that should have told them that they were too low. (Actually, so far I have only seen information on the captain. He reportedly had over 9000 hours. The co-pilot may have had far fewer hours. And, given the fact that the weather was so good, it is entirely possible that the co-pilot was actually flying the plane at the time of the accident so as to gain experience.)

Obviously, we won’t know what went wrong until the NTSB has had a chance to listen to the cockpit voice recorder and review the flight data. But, this certainly looks like a tragic case of pilot error. Also, the airport planners may want to think about moving the threshold even further from the sea wall, especially since this is one of the longest runways in the country, anyway, at a bit more than 11000 feet. I wonder why it took so long to move the threshold.

Is it just me, or does Edward Snowden remind you of “It’s nice to mole you” in Goldmember?

I’m sorry. My mind works in strange ways. Every time I see a picture of Edward Snowden, I can’t help but think of Austin Power (Mike Meyers) in Goldmember when he meets “the mole” and fixates on his mole and says “It’s great to mole you.”

Picture of Edward Snowden. A coincidence? OK, back to my cage.

I’m Offended by Islam, too!

Pat Condell gets it right about Islam. I’m offended by Islam, too.

Redlines and the Problems of Intervention in Syria

By George Friedman

The civil war in Syria, one of the few lasting legacies of the Arab Spring, has been under way for more than two years. There has been substantial outside intervention in the war. The Iranians in particular, and the Russians to a lesser extent, have supported the Alawites under Bashar al Assad. The Saudis and some of the Gulf States have supported the Sunni insurgents in various ways. The Americans, Europeans and Israelis, however, have for the most part avoided involvement.

Last week the possibility of intervention increased. The Americans and Europeans have had no appetite for intervention after their experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. At the same time, they have not wanted to be in a position where intervention was simply ruled out. Therefore, they identified a redline that, if crossed, would force them to reconsider intervention: the use of chemical weapons.

There were two reasons for this particular boundary. The first was that the United States and European states have a systemic aversion to the possession and usage of weapons of mass destruction in other countries. They see this ultimately as a threat to them, particularly if such weapons are in the hands of non-state users. But there was a more particular reason in Syria. No one thought that al Assad was reckless enough to use chemical weapons because they felt that his entire strategy depended on avoiding U.S. and European intervention, and that therefore he would never cross the redline. This was comforting to the Americans and Europeans because it allowed them to appear decisive while avoiding the risk of having to do anything.

However, in recent weeks, first the United Kingdom and France and then Israel and the United States asserted that the al Assad regime had used chemical weapons. No one could point to an incidence of massive deaths in Syria, and the evidence of usage was vague enough that no one was required to act immediately.

In Iraq, it turned out there was not a nuclear program or the clandestine chemical and biological weapons programs that intelligence had indicated. Had there been, the U.S. invasion might have had more international support, but it is doubtful it would have had a better outcome. The United States would have still forced the Sunnis into a desperate position, the Iranians would have still supported Shiite militias and the Kurds would have still tried to use the chaos to build an autonomous Kurdish region. The conflict would have still been fought and its final outcome would not have looked very different from how it does now.

What the United States learned in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya is that it is relatively easy for a conventional force to destroy a government. It is much harder  – if not impossible — to use the same force to impose a new type of government. The government that follows might be in some moral sense better than what preceded it — it is difficult to imagine a more vile regime than Saddam Hussein’s — but the regime that replaces it will first be called chaos, followed by another regime that survives to the extent that it holds the United States at arm’s length. Therefore, redline or not, few want to get involved in another intervention pivoting on weapons of mass destruction.

Interventionist Arguments and Illusions

However, there are those who want to intervene for moral reasons. In Syria, there is the same moral issue that there was in Iraq. The existing regime is corrupt and vicious. It should not be forgotten that the al Assad regime conducted a massacre in the city of Hama in 1982 in which tens of thousands of Sunnis were killed for opposing the regime. The regime carried out constant violations of human rights and endless brutality. There was nothing new in this, and the world was able to act fairly indifferent to the events, since it was still possible to create media blackouts in those days. Syria’s patron, the Soviet Union, protected it, and challenging the Syrian regime would be a challenge to the Soviet Union. It was a fight that few wanted to wage because the risks were seen as too high.

The situation is different today. Syria’s major patron is Iran, which had (until its reversal in Syria) been moving toward a reshaping of the balance of power in the region. Thus, from the point of view of the American right, an intervention is morally required to confront evil regimes. There are those on the left who also want intervention. In the 1980s, the primary concern of the left was the threat of nuclear war, and they saw any intervention as destabilizing a precarious balance. That concern is gone, and advocacy for military intervention to protect human rights is a significant if not universal theme on the left.

The difference between right-wing and left-wing interventionists is the illusions they harbor. In spite of experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, right-wing interventionists continue to believe that the United States and Europe have the power not only to depose regimes but also to pacify the affected countries and create Western-style democracies. The left believes that there is such a thing as a neutral intervention — one in which the United States and Europe intervene to end a particular evil, and with that evil gone, the country will now freely select a Western-style constitutional democracy. Where the right-wing interventionists cannot absorb the lessons of Afghanistan and Iraq, the left-wing interventionists cannot absorb the lessons of Libya.

Everyone loved the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. What was not to like? The Evil Empire was collapsing for the right; respect for human rights was universally embraced for the left. But Eastern Europe was occupied by Josef Stalin in 1945 following domination and occupation by Adolf Hitler. Eastern Europeans had never truly embraced either, and for the most part loathed both. The collapse freed them to be what they by nature were. What was lurking under the surface had always been there, suppressed but still the native political culture and aspiration.

That is not what was under the surface in Afghanistan or Iraq. These countries were not Europe and did not want to be. One of the reasons that Hussein was despised was that he was secular — that he violated fundamental norms of Islam both in his personal life and in the way he governed the country. There were many who benefited from his regime and supported him, but if you lopped off the regime, what was left was a Muslim country wanting to return to its political culture, much as Eastern Europe returned to its.

In Syria, there are two main factions fighting. The al Assad regime is Alawite, a heterodox offshoot of Shi’ism. But its more important characteristic is that it is a secular regime, not guided by either liberal democracy or Islam but with withering roots in secular Arab Socialism. Lop it off and what is left is not another secular movement, this time liberal and democratic, but the underlying Muslim forces that had been suppressed but never eradicated. A New York Times article this week pointed out that there are no organized secular forces in areas held by the Sunni insurgents. The religious forces are in control. In Syria, secularism belonged to the Baath Party and the Alawites, and it was brutal. But get rid of it, and you do not get liberal democracy.

This is what many observers missed in the Arab Spring. They thought that under the surface of the oppressive Hosni Mubarak regime, which was secular and brutal, was a secular liberal democratic force. Such a force was present in Egypt, more than in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, but still did not represent the clear alternative to Mubarak. The alternative — not as clearly as elsewhere, but still the alternative — was the Muslim Brotherhood, and no secular alternative was viable without the Egyptian army.

The Difficulties of an Intervention

There are tremendous military challenges to dealing with Syria. Immaculate interventions will not work. A surgical strike on chemical facilities is a nice idea, but the intelligence on locations is never perfect, Syria has an air defense system that cannot be destroyed without substantial civilian casualties, and blowing up buildings containing chemical weapons could release the chemicals before they burn. Sending troops deep into Syria would not be a matter of making a few trips by helicopter. The country is an armed camp, and destroying or seizing stockpiles of chemical weapons is complicated and requires manpower. To destroy the stockpiles, you must first secure ports, airports and roads to get to them, and then you have to defend the roads, of which there are many.

Eradicating chemical weapons from Syria — assuming that they are all in al Assad’s territory — would require occupying that territory, and the precise outlines of that territory change from day to day. It is also likely, given the dynamism of a civil war, that some chemical weapons would fall into the hands of the Sunni insurgents. There are no airstrikes or surgical raids by special operations troops that would solve the problem. Like Iraq, the United States would have to occupy the country.

If al Assad and the leadership are removed, his followers — a substantial minority — will continue to resist, much as the Sunnis did in Iraq. They have gained much from the al Assad regime and, in their minds, they face disaster if the Sunnis win. The Sunnis have much brutality to repay. On the Sunni side, there may be a secular liberal democratic group, but if so it is poorly organized and control is in the hands of Islamists and other more radical Islamists, some with ties to al Qaeda. The civil war will continue unless the United States intervenes on behalf of the Islamists, uses its power to crush the Alawites and hands power to the Islamists. A variant of this happened in Iraq when the United States sought to crush the Sunnis but did not want to give power to the Shia. The result was that everyone turned on the Americans.

That will be the result of a neutral intervention or an intervention designed to create a constitutional democracy. Those who intervene will find themselves trapped between the reality of Syria and the assorted fantasies that occasionally drive U.S. and European foreign policy. No great harm will come in any strategic sense. The United States and Europe have huge populations and enormous wealth. They can, in that sense, afford such interventions. But the United States cannot afford continual defeats as a result of intervening in countries of marginal national interest, where it sets for itself irrational political goals for the war. In some sense, power has to do with perception, and not learning from mistakes undermines power.

Many things are beyond the military power of the United States. Creating constitutional democracies by invasion is one of those things. There will be those who say intervention is to stop the bloodshed, not to impose Western values. Others will say intervention that does not impose Western values is pointless. Both miss the point. You cannot stop a civil war by adding another faction to the war unless that faction brings overwhelming power to bear. The United States has a great deal of power, but not overwhelming power, and overwhelming power’s use means overwhelming casualties. And you cannot transform the political culture of a country from the outside unless you are prepared to devastate it as was done with Germany and Japan.

The United States, with its European allies, does not have the force needed to end Syria’s bloodshed. If it tried, it would merely be held responsible for the bloodshed without achieving any strategic goal. There are places to go to war, but they should be few and of supreme importance. The bloodshed in Syria is not more important to the United States than it is to the Syrians.

Redlines and the Problems of Intervention in Syria is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

Republicans’ Rediculous Religiosity Lost Them The Election

By now we all know that Obama beat Romney in the presidential election. And, Republicans are asking themselves why. Well, the reasons are simple, with the most glaring problem being the insane religiosity of the Republican platform. This is America, so anyone is free to believe any stupid thing they want to believe–as long as they don’t force that insane belief on other citizens. Republicans don’t seem to realize that issues about birth control and abortion are none of their business. Those issues are between a woman and her doctor. Period. It gets even worse when you have idiots like Judge Andrew Napolitano stating that it should be illegal for a woman to get an abortion even in the case of incest or rape!  (In fact, I stated in an article in August how such beliefs could cost the Republicans the election, and I was correct.) And, lets not forget other prominent Republicans making comments to the effect that “real rapes” can’t result in pregnancy!  No wonder women (and men) have abandoned the Republican party in droves! With these misogynistic policies, they remind me of the Taliban and al Qaeda.

I don’t know the exact number of women (and men) that have abandoned the Republican party because of its extreme religiosity, but it is a very considerable number. Personally, I switched to the Libertarian party partially because their official platform states that abortion and birth control are between a woman and her doctor, but also because they are the only party that has the only economic platform that has any hope of ever getting this country back on its feet: no personal income tax, reduced corporate income taxes, and slashing the size of the government by at least 50%. (Personally, I don’t think 50% is enough of a cut, since that would only take us back to around 2000 levels, and nobody can state with a straight face that the government was not big enough in 2000. I say we need to go back to 1950s or 1960s levels, which would probably be a cut of more like 80% to 90%.)

While the Republican party outwardly states that it wants to improve the lives of poor people, and bring them out of poverty, their policies on birth control and abortion are one of the main causes of poverty, since children are expensive and if you are essentially forced to have more children than you can afford by government policy, you may be forced into poverty. And, there are few things that are more predictive of both poverty and a lack of proper education than an unwed teenage mom, many of whom are from staunchly Republican (and/or Catholic) backgrounds where both birth control and abortion are forbidden.

This is the 21st century. We know that religion is based on myths, lies, legends, and fears of death that date back many thousands of years. We need to wake up and realize that there is almost certainly no god and stop acting as if some magic, all-knowing, all-seeing bearded being must be appeased for some “sin” that happened thousands of years ago. And, by the way, there is noting in the Bible about birth control or abortion. And, if there is a god, she is the biggest abortionist in the world because of all of the miscarriages that she causes.

Pat Condell Gets It Right About Why We Don’t, And Never Will, Respect Islam

A word to rioting Muslims. (I know, that is redundant.)

Well said, Pat, I could not agree with you more.

We Need To Add A New Phrase, “Going Muslim”, To The Lexicon

It is becoming obvious that we must add the term “going Muslim” to the lexicon, just like “going postal” was added a couple of decades ago. It is also time that our government, the liberals, and the media admit that Islam is inherently violent, and thus steps must be taken to limit it. Unlike Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or whatever other mainstream religion you want to mention, Islam is not just a religion. It is an ideology. It is a way of life. It is a legal system. It is wrong, and it is evil.

Every time someone points out that Mohammad (if he ever actually existed) was an insane, epileptic, barbarian, misogynist, megalomaniac, pedophile, or refers to his sock-puppet Allah in any way that they find offensive, they “go Muslim”, which is to say that they riot, burn, destroy, pillage, and kill! We all remember when they rioted over a few cartoons. How juvenile! How barbaric! But, the problem is that our government, while mildly chastising the rampaging Muslims, has been severely criticizing the people who drew the pictures, burned a Koran, or made a really bad movie! (If you have not seen it, it is like a really bad high school production.) When people do stupid things, or have an ideology that is every bit as dangerous, fascist, and totalitarian as Nazism, we need to criticize it and strive to limit the spread of that ideology. One way to do that is through satire and humor. If we act like we respect the ideology or Mohammad, that is no different from when Nevil Chamberlain appeased Hitler; and we all know how that ended.

As Sam Harris correctly pointed out in an article in the Huffington Post titled “Loosing Our Spines to Save Our Necks” in response to the violence related to “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day”:

There is an uncanny irony here that many have noticed. The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you. Of course, the truth is often more nuanced, but this is about as nuanced as it ever gets: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we peaceful Muslims cannot be held responsible for what our less peaceful brothers and sisters do. When they burn your embassies or kidnap and slaughter your journalists, know that we will hold you primarily responsible and will spend the bulk of our energies criticizing you for “racism” and “Islamophobia.”

It is time we started treating the Islamic ideology as the hateful, destructive, misogynist, totalitarian ideology that it is, and stop calling it a religion. Yes, it has a religious element, and I guess that was Hitler’s mistake. If he had quit the Catholic church (which never condemned him or Nazism, by the way) and created his own religion that was integral to Nazism, perhaps we’d all be speaking German now.

It’s Time To Simply Cut Off The Spoiled Muslim Brats

Today, (9/11, of all days), the spoiled Muslim brats in Egypt stormed our embassy in Cairo and tore down our flag and burned it. They then went further and demanded that WE apologize to them about supposedly insulting their insane, epileptic, barbarian, misogynist, megalomaniac, pedophile hero Mohammad and his sock puppet Allah! I say enough is enough! We should never, ever apologize to them for anything, and we should insist that they leave the 7th century behind and move into the 21st century. If they refuse to do this, then we should absolutely cut off ALL financial and other aid to their country. That goes especially for military aid.

Since the Islamists took over in Egypt (and Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, and soon, Syria), they have become Islamist Sharia states, just like I predicted would happen, not democracies. Democracy and Islam are mutually exclusive. Since the fall of Mubarak, we have seen Christians in those nations  severely persecuted and killed and their churches destroyed. We have seen how the 1979 peace treaty has been broken by the fact that Egypt has poured troops and war machines into the Sinai peninsula, and given control of that area over to al Qaeda and other similar organizations. We have even heard proposals that the great pyramids be destroyed, just as the Buddhist temples were destroyed by the Taliban a few years ago.

Egypt, like most Muslim nations that don’t have oil, is an economic basket case. They have virtually no industry and no way to support themselves except through handouts (basically jizzya) from the civilized world and tourism. Of course, now that they are embracing Sharia and re-establishing the Caliphate (which I also predicted a long time ago), no non-Muslim person in their right mind from the civilized world will want to go to Egypt on vacation. Thus, without aid from the civilized world, the nation will perish. Hopefully, Islam will perish along with it. The Islamists have an expression: “Islam is the solution”. Actually, as they will finally find out if we refuse to give in to their temper tantrums and cut off all aid, “Islam is the problem”.

Judge Napolitano’s Lunacy, “Rape Never Justifies Abortion” Shows Why Republicans May Loose Election

First, a disclaimer. I am not a Democrat. I never was and I never will be. I used to be a Republican, but the Party’s insane stand on abortion, its takeover by the religious right, its refusal to slash the size of government and to even discuss eliminating income taxes,  have driven me to the Libertarian Party. Sure, the Republicans talk about reducing the size of government, but it exploded under George W. Bush, and while they talk about keeping the immoral income taxes “lower” than the Democrats, they never discuss completely eliminating it. Slashing the size of government and eliminating the income tax are the only two things that the government can do, at this point,  to put this country (maybe) back onto a route to recovery. Otherwise, it is doomed.

That being said, Judge Napolitano recently wrote an article in the Washington Times titled “NAPOLITANO: Akin absurdity aside, rape never justifies abortion”. In it, he correctly stated that Akin has a “clearly erroneous understanding of the human female anatomy.” He went on:

In a now infamous statement, in which he used the bizarre and unheard-of phrase “legitimate rape,” the congressman gave the impression that some rapes of women are not mentally or seriously resisted. This is an antediluvian and misogynistic myth for which there is no basis in fact and which has been soundly and justly condemned.

Mr. Akinalso stated that the female anatomy can resist unwanted impregnation. This, too, is absurd, offensive and incorrect.

So far, so good. Napolitano got it correct with these statements. But then, he goes into the usual misogynistic and paternal type of statements that have been driving women and men like me away from the Republican Party for decades. In fact, I personally believe that the real core belief of today’s Republican Party is that women must be forced to have children that they don’t want and maybe can’t afford, and that we need to establish some sort of Christian theocracy. All that talk about less government and lower taxes is just that; talk. The idea that a woman who was raped, or the victim of incest, has to carry that unwanted child to birth is not only absurd and cruel, but it is what might be expected in a paternal society. After all, the father does not have to carry the child for 9 months, go through the pains of birth, and then figure out how the baby is going to be cared for. It is not the father’s life that may be destroyed by having to give up a promising career or drop out of school to raise the child. It is not the father’s life that is put at risk by the act of childbirth. (Sure, Napolitano admits that abortion is ok if a woman’s life is at risk, but sometimes it is the birth, itself, that results in the death of the mother. Furthermore, there is often no way to accurately predict that a particular childbirth will result in the death of the mother, and abortion at that time would be a full-term abortion, or what the Republicans revel in calling a “partial birth abortion”).

I don’t think many people approve of late-term, or full-term, abortions. I certainly don’t. At some point, you are dealing with a human being; that is, a sentient, fully formed, thinking, reasoning being that can survive outside of the womb without extreme medical intervention. And I don’t think that women should use abortion as their primary means of birth control. But to say that a woman who has been raped, or the victim of incest, cannot use a morning-after pill or get an abortion when she finds that she is pregnant after missing her first period, is barbaric. It is as insane as the (again Republican) ban on stem cell research using a few cells in a petrie dish that would be thrown out otherwise. In fact, since men cannot get pregnant, I would say that abortion is none of their business; period. It is up to a woman, or a woman and her doctor. And, if you want to bring religion into the matter (which is the only “rational” way that you can argue against early-term abortion), then God is the biggest abortionist of all time, since a miscarriage is, basically, an abortion. And yet, I don’t see Republicans shaking their fists at the sky and screaming “DAMN YOU GOD” when every miscarriage occurs, any more than I see Tim Tebow shouting “DAMN YOU GOD” every time one of his plays go bad. I guess God is beyond reproach; only his good deeds get recognized. (I’m sure that many individuals, women and what Akin might call their “wanted” partners, DO damn God when a miscarriage occurs, and I fully understand that, but I am talking about the Republican Party here, not individuals who want a child.)

Many Republicans even oppose federally funded birth control for women! Talk about paternalism and misogyny! I’m not sure what their stand is on federally funded Viagra, but that would be an interesting thing to look up if I had the time. Of course, I can see them being against both federally funded birth control for women and Viagra if they were for smaller government and more personal responsibility, thus eliminating most federal health care (and other) funding. But that is not the issue that they harp on. In fact, the Republicans don’t even limit their concern to federally funded programs. Their objection to insurance paying for birth control often extends to private health insurance plans where they have no business poking their heads. In fact, if Republicans really wanted to reduce the cost of health care, they should be anxious to pay for birth control, since birth control, when properly used, usually results in no pregnancy. Pregnancy, and especially the raising of the child after birth, is monumentally more expensive than birth control.

To add to the lunacy of his article, Napolitano then goes on to posit that the reason our economy is so bad is because of abortion! He gets it right when he blames Roosevelt and LBJ for the welfare state that is crushing this country. (And he should have added Woodrow Wilson who forced the personal income tax and the Federal Reserve on us.) But, to say that we would be better off with many more people is absurd. Especially since many of the people that would be born if abortion was not available would be born to poor, often single, poorly educated people who can barely afford to get by themselves, let alone properly raise a child, or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or more children. We constantly hear how illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans (which they are). What do you think would happen with many of these babies born to mothers who did not want them and could not afford them? True, they would not be illegal, but they would still be taking jobs from a job market that is rapidly shrinking due to outsourcing, bad economic policies, the devastating decline in the quality of America’s educational system, and high taxes.  If having lots of poor, unwanted, uneducated people could make a country rich and prosperous, many African nations would have thriving economies that would be the envy of the world.

 

Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, And Others Could Not Be Nominated President Today

It is a total disgrace that true patriots and many of the founders of our country like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin,  Abraham Lincoln and others could not even be nominated to the office of President, today, much less elected. But, it is true. Many of the stupid, historically illiterate people in America will be astonished by this statement, and many will be in complete denial. But, it is a simple fact. These great patriots and founders of our nation could probably not even be elected dog catcher in some places in America today. Why? Because they were atheists, agnostics, or, at best, deists! How outrageous is it that the very founders of the United States, or, in the case of Lincoln, people who have been  held up to almost super-human status, are people who could not hold high political office in today’s United States! It is no wonder that the nation is failing and loosing its greatness. If you believe in a talking snake, what nonsense won’t you believe in? Socialism? Sure, it’s never worked before, but why not? Fascism? Sure, why not? Theocracy? Sure, why not! And, lets not forget that the two most revered people in the Mormon religion, Joseph Smith, the founder, and Brigham Young, its second president, turned their domains into theocracies. Joseph Smith turned Nauvoo, Illinois, into a theocracy and Brigham Young turned Utah into a theocracy. Both of them had warrants for their arrest for treason signed against them by two different Presidents! President Tyler charged Joseph Smith with treason in 1843. Brigham Young was simultaneously the second prophet and president of the Mormon church and governor of the Utah territory. He was charged with treason in 1857 for his refusal to follow the rule of the United States as governor of Utah and for his responsibility for the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which was the “worst  incident of organized mass murder of unarmed civilians in the nation’s history  until the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing“. (In it, 120 children, women, and unarmed civilian men were massacred by the Mormons under the direct orders of Brigham Young.) Although President Buchanan eventually pardoned him (to maintain peace and to get re-elected), the next governor of the Utah territory, Alfred Cummings, said that Young was “one of the damnedest rascals that ever went unhung” (sic).

As for the “One nation under God” motto, it is important to note that this was not put on all paper currency until 1957, as the following photograph of the back side of a recent $1 bill shows when compared to the back side of a 1928 $1 bill.

 

Do you notice a difference? “In God We Trust” is nowhere to be found on the 1928 dollar bill.

The “one nation under God” phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance was not put into the pledge until 1954 during the height of the Red Scare.

As for those uninformed morons that keep stating “The United States is a Christian nation”, they need to look at some of our past history. For example, the Treaty of Tripoli, which was UNANIMOUSLY ratified by the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1807, states:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

It is interesting that this treaty was with Muslims who were causing us much grief, even then, with their pirating activities in the Mediterranean. We know that Islam is wrong. It was founded by Mohammad, who we know was an insane, epileptic, barbarian, misogynist, megalomaniac, pedophile. In this religion, Allah is considered to be “God”, while he was really nothing more than Mohammad’s sock puppet. We know this because whenever things got “uncomfortable for Mohammad”, like when Mohammad wanted to screw his adopted son-in-law’s wife, his sock-puppet, Allah, conveniently gave him a verse that would allow him to marry her. How convenient!

Many people say that religion is not important, but I say that it is. The religious beliefs of a President can, and do, affect the lives of many millions of people. If you don’t think so, just look at how the lunatic beliefs of George Bush has effectively sentenced millions, and probably hundreds of millions, of people to an untimely death by his moronic, scientifically illiterate policy of declaring embryonic stem cells in a petrie  dish human beings with his ban on federally funded stem cell research. Never mind the fact that these cells would be thrown out, otherwise. He considered them  “humans”; thus experimentation in the field of stem cell research that would use them was essentially banned in the United States. This stupid and misguided policy terminated most stem cell research in the United States. That ban sentenced millions of people to an untimely death because the ban would post-pone new life saving medical breakthroughs. Furthermore, a whole generation of American scientists was forced to either give up their dream of going into stem cell research unless they wanted to learn Korean, or some other language, and re-locate to places where stem cell research was allowed.

I know, technically stem cell research was not banned; it was “only” federal funding for stem cell research that was banned. But, because of the nature of research centers and university laboratories, it is virtually impossible to segregate funds in such a way that the ban on government funding of stem cell research could be upheld without stopping all stem cell research. Thus, the ban effectively ended embryonic stem cell research in America.

Think about it. The religious idiocy of George Bush will probably result in more deaths than the policies of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedong combined!

We know that the political system in the United States is broken. Basically, the country is run by wealthy individuals and multinational corporations. Policy is not made by scientifically literate people with the best interest of the citizens of the United States, but rather by political hacks who are not, generally, well educated in the sciences and who are totally beholden to their financial benefactors. They vote in whatever way the lobbyists convince them will prolong their stay in Washington. We are stuck with “professional politicians” rather than the “citizen politicians” that the Founders envisioned. (This does not apply to all Senators and representatives, but it does, unfortunately, apply to a significant fraction of them. And, those who are independent are usually replaced fairly quickly by those who will do the bidding of their masters.) I don’t know that their religious credulity and the lack of critical thinking skills that such credulity necessitates leads to people in high political office doing the bidding of lobbyists and other people and companies with strong financial backing  rather than figuring out what is best for the people and doing that, but I can’t help but think that their credulity certainly taints their decisions.  In fact, one of the best demonstrations of the lunacy of some of the ruling elite in America is shown in the following interview between Bill Maher and Senator Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas. The “money shot” is in the last few seconds, so, if you’re in a hurry, skip to 3:34 and watch the rest of the video. It is priceless!

In the video, Senator Pryor also states that “Faith has a way of softening people”. He meant this as meaning that it had a way of making people passive and submissive, and, of course, this is true of Christianity. (It is certainly not true of Islam, where the degree of faith generally correlates with the degree to which one is willing to be violent to protect, defend, and promote the faith.) In one of his few correct statements, Karl Marx stated that religion was the “opiate of the people”. And, faith has created a totally credulous citizenry. Perhaps the reason so many Americans (and high government officials)  are so willing to swallow the Global Warming propaganda is because they believe whatever they are told and are not capable of thinking on their own or of critically examining the evidence. (Search my website and you will find plenty of examples of the fraud of “Global Warming”.)

While 84 percent of the American population is religious, only 7 percent of the members of the National Academy of Sciences are religious. This is telling, and should be a wake-up call to the world. We need more science and education in our lives and in our schools and less belief in hocus-pokus. In the 21st century, we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that religion is bunk. There is, and was, no virgin birth. Nobody ever arose from the dead. There was no “Garden of Eden”. There was probably never a historical Jesus. Most of what is in the Bible is myths, lies, and legends, built upon Greek, Egyptian, Indian, and Chinese mythological characters like Hercules, Osiris, Ghengis Khan, Odysseus, Chrishna, and Mithra, We have a lot of major problems in the world today and we are not going to be able to address, much less solve, those problems if we continue to believe in myths, lies, and legends. As long as people continue to look for solutions in ancient works of fiction written by men (and I mean men) that were totally ignorant of the way the universe works and how life evolved, we will never be able to advance to a better world. Maybe we do need an IQ test for high political office rather than a test of religiosity!

 

 

Egyptian Parlimentarian Proposes Legalizing Necrophelia

I have said for over a year that the “Arab Spring” was a total disaster in the making. I said that we would not see liberal, pluralistic democracies arise in Muslim countries, but rather backward, barbaric Islamic theocracies like we see in Iran and Saudi Arabia. In fact, hell holes like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan will look like paradises (especially for non-Muslims) once the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda are finished turning Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Tunisia into a new Caliphate ruled by Sharia law. Already, you are seeing Christians being killed and attacked with wanton abandon by Muslims in these countries (especially Egypt), and it is almost certain that the new “government” in Egypt will break their peace treaty with Israel. Christian churches are being burned almost every day. It is only a matter of time before there will be virtually no Christians or Jews in any of these countries, just as is the case with most countries where the Muslims have been allowed to do what their Koran tells them to do.

I have said that Islam is a totalitarian system based on the sayings of an insane, epileptic, barbarian, misogynist, megalomaniac, pedophile and his sock puppet Allah. But, now we apparently need to add the sobriquet necrophiliac to Muhammad.

A week or so ago news came out of Egypt that a parliamentarian wanted to make sex with one’s dead wife legal for up to 30 minutes after her death! While this shocked the West (and even some Muslims), it should not have, as pointed out by Raymond Ibrahim in his recent article “Islamic ‘Death-Sex’ in Context:

Aside from provoking shock, disgust, and denial, last week’s news of Egyptian parliamentarians trying to pass a “farewell intercourse” law legalizing sex with one’s wife up to six hours after she dies has yet to be fully appreciated.

To start, consider the ultimate source of this practice: it’s neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor the Salafis; rather, as with most of Islam’s perversities—from adult breastfeeding to pedophilia marriage—Islamic necrophilia is traced to the fount of Islam, its prophet Muhammad, as found in a hadith (or tradition) that exists in no less than six of Islam’s classical reference texts (including Kanz al-’Umal by Mutaqi al-Hindi and Al-Hujja fi Biyan al-Mahujja, an authoritative text on Sunni Doctrine, by Abu Qassim al-Asbahani).

According to this hadith, Muhammad took off his shirt and placed it on a dead woman and “lay with her” in her grave. The gravediggers proceeded to hurl dirt atop the corpse and the prophet, exclaiming, “O Prophet, we see you doing a thing you never did with anyone else,” to which Muhammad responded: “I have dressed her in my shirt so that she may be dressed in heavenly robes, and I have laid with her in her grave so that the pressures of the grave [also known as Islam's "torments of the grave"] may be alleviated from her.”

What was Muhammad saying and doing? Perhaps his magical shirt would transport the dead woman to heaven, and his blessed body would protect her from the “pressures of the grave”? A more cynical—a more human—reading is that he stripped his shirt as a natural step before copulating; that he precisely, if not sardonically, meant the act of sex would “alleviate” the pressures of death from the corpse; and that the observers covered them with dirt for privacy and/or for shame.
This interpretation is given much more weight when one considers that the secondary meaning for the word I translated above as “lay with” is “intercourse,” further demonstrating that the proposed Egyptian law is, in fact, based on this hadith: after all, the Arabic root-word used for “intercourse” in the phrase “farewell intercourse” is derived from the same root-word that Muhammad used to explain what he did with the dead woman (d-j-’). As if this was not enough, necrophilia finds more validation in Islam’s legal texts. For example, according to al-Sharwani’s Hawashi, “there is no punishment for having intercourse with a dead woman” and “it is not necessary to rewash the dead after penetration.”

Islam is truly a sick perversion and the West needs to wake up to the fact that it intends to take over the world. If we continue to ignore the elephant in the room and continue to insist on stupid (and obviously untrue) platitudes like “Islam is a religion of peace” and refuse to stand up to the gradual imposition (or even recognition of the validity) of Sharia law, we are doomed. We tend to think “it can’t happen here”, but all we have to do is look at Europe, which is rapidly being Islamized, with Eurabia and Londonistan being increasingly appropriate names for some places there that used be cradles of democracy, prosperity, and free speech. The situation is really no different from the way in which socialism gradually got a strong hold in Europe;because of that, much of Europe is now bankrupt. This is especially true in countries where socialism got the strongest hold, such as Greece, Portugal, France, Spain, and Italy. Don’t think it can’t all happen here, from Islamization to socialism. Both are increasingly destroying our freedom and economy.

Excellent Presentation Shows How Cosmic Rays (NOT CO2) Is Primary Driver Of Global Temperature

I have written several times that cosmic rays, not CO2, are a primary driver of global temperature. (Here, here, and here.) While this, of course, is ignored by the main stream media and the global warmingistas, it is becoming more and more clear that the primary driver of temperature on the earth is the sun. Imagine that!? Some would ask why the media would ignore an important story like this. It is because the media is generally somewhat left of Carl Marx and likes nothing better than taxes, so that their socialist politicians can have more money to redistribute, thus buying votes. Many “scientists” still cling to the failed theory that CO2 is causing irreversible climate change, in spite of the fact that their theories produce data that simply is not validated by measurements, including the simple fact that while CO2 has continued to increase, there has been no warming in the last 15 years, because their jobs depend on CO2 caused climate change. After all, if the sun is in charge of temperature, there is no “problem” to “solve”. In fact, temperatures are going down, sea levels are lowering slightly, and global sea ice is becoming more wide-spread, especially in the southern hemisphere.
This short video of a presentation by Dr. Henrik Svensmark of the Center for Sun-Climate Research shows more evidence of how solar activity modulates the amount of cosmic rays that reach the earth, which in turn modulates the amount of cloud cover, which, of course, modulates the temperature of the earth. This video even shows the very direct and short term changes in cloud cover caused by coronal mass ejections from the sun.

The 2012 Voting Dilema

The all-important election of 2012 is upon us. But, who can rational, realistic, scientific people vote for? The Republican party has a whole bunch of “delusional” (as Jesse Ventura described them) people who believe in an imaginary friend who told them to run for office, or vote for this or that, or whatever. The Democrats have a bunch of candidates that are Communists, Socialists, or Marxists, who, like Obama, have their hearts set on destroying America and the entirety of Western civilization. They would do whatever it takes to destroy America, as the policies of Barack Obama have verified.

There is a real dilemma facing sane, rational Americans who do not want delusional people who have imaginary friends with their finger on the nuclear button being President. We know that the thug-in-chief who rules Iran believes in the 12th Imam, the Mahdi. He believes that when Iran finally brings about Armageddon, the Mahdi, who, they claim,  has been hiding at the bottom of a well in Qom for over 1100 years, will come out of that well to lead Shia Muslims to take over the world and to bring about a paradise where the whole population of the world will be Shia  Muslims living in peace and harmony. He really believes this ridiculous nonsense. In fact, every time there is a major government decision, he, or one of his personal assistants, takes a letter that explains the situation to the well in Qom and drops it into the well so that the Mahdi can be kept informed. You may think this is crazy (unless you are a 12ther Shia Muslim) but how is this any different from another man believing that God talked to him, or her, and told them to do whatever? (Charles Manson said similar things, as did many people who murdered their children.) How is this any different from a grown person believing that a virgin gave birth or that a person arose from the dead after 3 days? How is this any different from a grown adult believing in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny? (Especially since the whole half-man-half-god, virgin or strange birth at Christmas and resurrection from death at Easter, was an essential part of ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Indian mythology, encompassing such “gods” as Hercules, Osiris, Krishna, Mithras, Odysseus, and others? For a great overview on the mythology that Christianity is based upon, read “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors”).

The idea that someone who believes such incredibly stupid, idiotic and childish myths, lies, and legends could have his finger on the nuclear button is terrifying. Already we have had two religiously moronic Presidents by the name of George Bush (I and II). One said that an atheist should not be allowed to be a citizen of the United States and two put into law the stem cell research ban. This idiocy will eventually mean that not only will George Bush II be responsible for more deaths than Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedong combined, but he will also be responsible for the loss of an entire generation of stem cell researchers, since any American who might have wanted to go into that field had to either give up their dream and do something else or they had to learn a new language and move to South Korea or some other country with a more scientifically literate leadership. As for George Bush I, he would not have allowed people like Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and others to have participated in government, let alone the founding of this nation, since they were all atheists by their own admission or by any reasonable standard. In fact, many of the very founders of this country beyond those mentioned above were, in fact, atheists, contrary to what the morons who keep talking about a “Christian nation” would have you believe. In fact, the Senate unanimously ratified the 1797 Treat of Tripoli that explicitly stated that the United States is not  a Christian nation.  “As the government of the United States of America is NOT IN ANY SENSE FOUNDED ON THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, …as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen…”

While Romney may not be a Christian in the mind of the Religious Right, he belongs to the Mormon religion. This is a religion that was clearly invented by a man much like Mohammad – a corrupt, conniving, womanizing, lier-and it has been thoroughly debunked by modern science. How anyone who belongs to it can be given any credibility is hard to believe. But then very few Americans actually know what is in the Book of Mormon. (Or, as Mark Twain, another well known atheist quipped, “If you took out all the ‘and it came to passes,’ they could call it the Pamphlet of Mormon.”) And this brings to mind another ludicrous “religion”; Scientology. The only real difference between the nonsense in the Book of Mormon and the beliefs of the Scientologists is that L. Ron Hubbard, who invented Scientology, was very forthcoming when he said, about inventing a religion: “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.” (1) The differences between Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, and Scientology consist in the fact that while there almost certainly never was a Jesus Christ (and certainly not a person who was half-God, half-man, who arose from the dead), there almost certainly was the insane, epileptic, barbarian, misogynist, megalomaniac, pedophile named Mohammad who invented Islam and the conniving, con-man, womanizer named Joseph Smith who invented the Mormon religion, and the author L. Ron Hubbard who invented Scientology to improve his personal wealth.

Gingrich may be the smartest person in the room, but his religiosity is obnoxious and abhorrent. In a recent debate he kept harping on how an illegal alien should be accepted into the country if he belonged to a church! And, this from a guy whose personal life is so far from that of the teachings of the Bible that he served divorce papers on his first wife while she was dying in the hospital and cheated on his second wife with the woman who would become his third wife. I guess he converted to Catholicism because he figured if it was good enough for pedophile priests and mafia gangsters, who only had to say a few “Hail Mary’s” or whatever to be forgiven for whatever horrendous crimes they had committed, it was good enough for him.

I used to like Ron Paul because he gets it as far as the Fed is concerned and the general corruption of politicians by big business and lobbyists and he was the Libertarian candidate for a couple of elections. But, the Libertarians believe that abortion is between a woman and her doctor and it is not the business of government. In recent debates, I have heard him state that he believed that states, at least, could outlaw abortion. While he used to say that you could not codify abortion to be illegal, his new stand is obviously a change, and I hope that the Libertarian party does not consider him to be their candidate after he gets washed out from the Republican candidacy. Beyond this problem, while I agree that the United States should terminate its endless policy of interfering in the business of other countries and mind our own business, he clearly does not understand the problems posed by Islam. They don’t hate us because we are buying their oil, or have troops on their lands; they hate us because we are not Muslims. Period. Unless we come to worship Mohammad and his sock puppet Allah, they will hate us and do all that they can to destroy us.

Other problems abound. Romney forced all citizens in Massachusetts to purchase health insurance. This is clearly illegal. But, Obamacare is clearly based on Romneycare. Also, many of the candidates are in favor of “cap and tax”, a policy that would further bankrupt an already bankrupt Western world for a total non-problem called man-made “Global Warming.” This has been proven time and again to be nothing but a fraud and an attempt by the global elite, through the United Nations, to tax developed nations into third world status while doing nothing but enriching the global elite, the banksters and certain individuals.

So, the problem remains. Who can a sane and rational person vote for in 2012?

(1) ^ Sam Moskowitz affidavit, 14 April 1993 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_controversies

 

Talking About Extremist and Moderate Muslims Is Like Talking About Extremist and Moderate Nazis

OK folks, lets get over it! There is, as a famous Islamist said, no “moderate Islam. Islam is Islam”. I can hear the liberal morons screaming now: Islamophobe!!! Nobody in the main stream ever said that! You are quoting someone like Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri! Wrong! I am quoting the Islamist Prime Minister of a supposed NATO ally, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Ergogan! In fact, he went so far as to explain that the term “moderate Islam”, often used in the West, is “ugly”. About “moderate” Islam, he said: “These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

So, there you have it from a Muslim head of state, and, unfortunately, a person who heads a nation that we stupidly allowed into NATO. Just think about it. Turkey is a nation that has been armed by the West with the latest weapons (like Pakistan), and it is a nation that will soon be going nuclear and yet it prefers to side with barbaric states like Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan rather than the United States and Western Europe!

And, talking about 7th century Hell holes, lets talk about Pakistan. They are now blocking the supply routes for our troops in Afghanistan. And, to make matters worse, we allowed them to get nuclear weapons, just as we allowed North Korea and Iran to get nuclear weapons. It is time to simply read them the riot act and to explain that we can do whatever we want in their country to defend our country because we have given them billions and billions of dollars and billions and billions of dollars worth of military equipment such as modern F-16 aircraft, etc. If they don’t want to accept our right to do what we want in their country to defend ourselves against Islam, then they have to accept the alternative, which we should impose on all nations. If you don’t clean up your act and join the 21st century, you will receive no more money, no more aid, and no more military equipment from us. Furthermore,  you will pay a devastation price if anyone from your country attacks our country.

If there is a major Muslim attack in the United States, within 12 hours the suspected country, or countries, whose people originated the attacks, or the countries who did, or probably did, aid the attackers, will be reduced to a radioactive glass parking lot. End of story. No discussion, no mercy. If a person from your country attacks the United States, your country and your people will simply cease to exist. So, you had better clean up your act! We’re tired of trying to do it for you and getting nothing but treachery, deceit, and obstructions related to everything we try to do, not to mention pissing away billions of dollars on your country which we can no longer afford to do.

If we had done this, as we proposed doing after 911, Pakistan and Afghanistan would already be gone, as would Iran (which has been the biggest danger to us since 1979). While that would only have eliminated a few hundred million Muslims, it would have dampened their insane expansionary and destructive spirits and much of the problem would now be gone.

The Western world must wake up to the existential threat Islam represents. They declared war on us in the 8th Century when they started their expansionist, supremacist agenda to take over the Middle East and most of Europe. Now they admittedly want to take over the world. It is time that we finally finished the Crusades that their barbaric actions necessitated about 1000 years ago and wipe them out. It is them or us. They tell us that all the time. We need to listen to what they say and take it seriously and do something about it to defend ourselves.

It really is them or us, and it must be Western Civilization that survives.

Arab Spring Should Be Renamed Arab Fall Because It Will Probably Lead To Muslim Nuclear Winter

I wrote a long time ago that the whole “Arab Spring” thing would end badly. While the main stream media was covering the riots and demonstrations with excitement and glee, it was clear to anyone who actually understood Islam and what was happening that what we were seeing was not something that the West should be cheering about. I wrote about how it was clear that Abdel Jalil, the self-proclaimed new leader of Libya, was clearly an Islamist. We now know that many of the people who are heading up the new government in Libya are past (and probably still) members of al Qaeda. We know that tens of thousands of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles have been appropriated by al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Libya and are on their way to an airport near you. We now know that the new “constitutions” in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia will enshrine Sharia, just like I predicted, thus making those countries no more friendly to the West and things like human rights and woman’s  rights than Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and, once we are gone, Iraq.

How could this have been allowed to happen in plain sight and under the noses of Western democracies? If I, a private citizen with very limited resources and no access to classified documents, memos, e-mails, or embassy documents, and no access to the power brokers of the world, could so clearly see what was going to happen months ahead of time, how come the people in power could not see what was going to happen and do something about it? I don’t know the answer, for sure, but I suspect it is political correctness and the inability of anyone in government, whether those at top or their minions in the CIA, FBI, and other agencies to speak out on the evils of Islam. After all, if an extensive report on the murder spree of Nidal Hasan could not even be allowed to mention Islam once, and Islam was clearly the cause of his murder spree, our government has been reduced to the three little monkeys: see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil. And Islam is evil.

But, now the damage has been done. And, while allowing these nations to become Islamic theocracies, like Iran, we have done nothing about the 800 pound gorilla in the room; Iran. Iran was behind much, if not all, of the problems related to Palestine and Israel through its control of terrorist groups like Hezbollah. There is strong evidence that 911 was planned in Iran. (1) Iran was clearly in on the deal as it assisted in the transit of many of the terrorists. Also, the same sources who told us that 911 was largely planned in Iran also told us that Iran already has nuclear weapons, and has had them for quite a long time. Additionally, they told us that one of the reasons we had such a hard time finding bin Laden and al-Zawahiri was because they were sometimes being sheltered and hosted in Iran after 911. That bit of information was initially officially scoffed at by US authorities, but now they admit that this information was true. How much of the other information was true? Judging by the fact that we have not done a thing about the biggest terrorist sponsor in the world, and the country at the heart of most of the problems in the Middle East and, especially, Iraq, our government must have known that Iran had nuclear weapons and that is why we were afraid to attack them. (Of course, that fear of attacking nuclear armed thugocracies like Iran and North Korea does nothing but justify and prove their rhetoric that they need nuclear weapons for their own safety against attack.) But, we are going to have to go to war with them, sooner or later. If we don’t start it, they will, on their terms and timetable. The sooner it happens, the fewer nuclear weapons Iran will have to use and, ultimately, the less deadly and destructive the eventual outcome will be.

And, the very fact that we allowed most of the Middle East to go Islamist (including Turkey) means that Israel will probably be forced to use nuclear weapons because that is probably the only way that they could win a war and defend themselves if the entire Middle East, including Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iran attack them at the same time, which is looking more and more likely every day. If they are threatened with extinction, which is Iran’s  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s wet dream, or even if they are threatened with substantial destruction, I would fully support their right–their necessity–of going nuclear. At some point, if enough forces are aligned against them because of the insanity of Islam, they must do what they must to survive.

So, how many nuclear weapons does Iran already have? My best estimate, for the last few years, has been 6 to 20. I came to this conclusion based on various information gleaned from various sources. Yossef Bodansky in his excellent book The High Cost of Peace   stated on page 77  that Iran bought two 40 kiloton nuclear warheads for their SCUD missiles in 1991. In 2005 it was reported in the Financial Times that China and Iran purchased 18 KH-55 nuclear tipped cruise missiles from Ukraine, with 12 going to Iran and 6 going to China. This was confirmed by Svyatoslav Piskun, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general. Although some people claimed that the warheads were not shipped with the missiles, what good is a missile without a warhead? Furthermore, later in 2005, Porter Goss,the director of the CIA at the time, told Turkish officials that Iran already had nuclear weapons, apparently referring to the 12 KH-55′s that they had purchased.  By the way, this warhead is a 200 kiloton warhead; not the little, bably warheads that we presume Iran and North Korea are producing, which are similar to the warheads that we used against Japan to end World War II. (10 to 20 kiloton warheads.)

Lt Col. Tony Shaffer, as part of “Able Danger” uncovered the 911 plot in early 2001. But, he was not listened to, and the inconvenient truth of Able Danger was covered up by the government. But, he also stated that Iran had two workable nuclear warheads according to an article in the Washington Times. That article also reports that Matthew Nasuti, during s State Department briefing in 2008, that it was “common knowledge” that Iran had nuclear weapons acquired from former Soviet republics. Other reports state that Iran purchased four 152 mm nuclear mortar shells.

Iran opened its heavy water nuclear reactor in the middle of 2006. This reactor, all by itself, can produce enough plutonium for 2 to 3 nuclear weapons per year. 2 to 3 per year times 5 years is 10 to 15 nuclear weapons, ignoring any that were bought, stolen, or produced from their highly enriched uranium centrifuge cascades. This is a fact that is very seldom reported. Combine this fact with the fact that North Korea’s nuclear program is based, primarily, on Plutonium based weapons, rather than highly enriched Uranium weapons, and the fact that Iran’s nuclear program is intimately entwined with North Korea’s nuclear program, and you see how their often forgotten heavy water research reactor, alone, could have produced over a dozen nuclear weapons.

Finally, you have the simple fact that Iran has been working on a nuclear weapon since the early 1980′s. Yes, they are Muslims, but they are also Persians, unlike most Muslims. Thus, they tend to be more intelligent and better educated. In fact, much of what I have read indicates that the vast majority of Iranians, unlike the vast majority of Arabs, do not want to be bound by Sharia law, and they often embrace the secularism of the West. We missed a huge opportunity in 2009 when the Iranian people rose up to protest the forged election victory of Madman Ahmadimwit, my preferred name for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. If we had stepped in and given massive support to the protesters, perhaps Iran would now be a productive member of the world community, instead of being an international pariah, slated for annihilation when they finally unleash their nuclear arsenal.

I would not go so far as to say that the United States is a paper tiger. But, the United States is extremely vulnerable. It is vulnerable because of its dependence on electricity. And, all of our enemies, from China to Russia to North Korea to Iran understand that vulnerability. As I pointed our in an earlier article, all that an enemy has to do to completely destroy the United States is to destroy its power grid. This could be done through an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack, or a cyber attack that destroyed the power grid. Both techniques are totally feasible. We saw in the last few weeks how a hacker took over control of the water system in Illinois. That hacker could have shut down water to that area if he wanted to. In the same way, hackers could take control of the power grid and destroy transformers that are both essential to the grid and for which we have no replacements due to the stupidity of our “leaders”. The simple fact that our “leaders” have not made provisions to stock a supply of the essential transformers that could prevent a natural (ie solar storm) or unnatural (ie EMP attack) from taking out our power grid for 12 to 24 months (or more) is a crime. The citizens of the United States need to demand an explanation! Why, when the cost is only a few hundred millions of dollars, do we not stock the necessary transformers to replace essential transformers that could be taken out by mother nature or terrorists?

It is sad to see what has happened to the United States. Our enemies are now well equipped to destroy us through a cyber or EMP attack. While we might know who attaked us, I doubt if we would be willing to retaliate. And, even if we did retaliate, the country that we retaliated against would not be harmed, much, since they don’t rely on electricity as much as we do. While we could certainly kill most of their citizens, we would be condemned in the United Nations for “over reacting!”, as if killing everyone associated with a government that wiped out your civilization would be an over-reaction.

It is a crime that we did not take out Iran years ago. This is a crime that lays at Jimmy Carter’s feet, just like the crime of loosing the Viet Nam war lays at the feet of traitors such as Henry Kissenger (who knowingly started the war on the false premise of an attack by North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin incident.) One can only hope that someone takes out the nuclear facilities of both North Korea and Iran before it is too late.

1) “Countdown To Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown With Iran” by Kenneth  Timmerman pp 9-10

Climategate 2.0 – Waiting for the Next Boot to Drop

Like many scientists who are convinced that the whole anthropogenic global warming subject is nothing more than a political scam designed to transfer wealth from citizens of the world to governments and selected corporate entities and private individuals, I was overjoyed to see the original Climategate e-mail releases. They clearly showed that the whole thing was nothing more than a contrived invention of the United Nations and various private and corporate interests that conspired to convince the people of the world that living, working, moving about, and producing in the modern age was going to bring about cataclysmic changes to the earth’s ecosystem, thus leading to massive death, disease, migration, and destruction unless trillions of dollars were spent to “save the world”. And, they almost succeeded, largely due to their co-conspirators (knowing or unknowing) in the main stream media and the corporate and political elite, and the total lack of scientific literacy in the vast majority of the world’s population, even in the supposedly educated Western world.

I have written many times about how global warming, later re-branded climate change when the warming stopped in 1998, was a fraud and a scam. (See the bibliography at the end of this article.) The actual measurements simply did not fit the predictions of the computer models. And, the whole scam was based on the computer models and the reported warming since the 1800′s. But, since the mid 1800′s, we have been coming out of the “Little Ice Age“, so warming should have been expected. Furthermore, it has been warmer in the past. Nobody, today, would give Greenland its name. But, 1000 or so years ago, it was green. And this is not speculation; there are plenty of archeological sites, as well as ice-core and other proxy data, to support the fact that Greenland was much warmer, even in the geologically recent past, let alone what it might have been tens of thousands, millions, or billions of years ago. One of the most often cited explanations for climate change (by skeptics) is the influence of the sun. Of course, the global warmingistas say that is impossible. The sun, they claim, has nothing to do with climate change. (That claim, alone, should start one wondering about their “science”.) I reported in early 2010 how an experiment at CERN was designed to shed light on the theory that the sun, by varying its output slightly and thus modulating the amount of cosmic rays that reached the earth, could explain much of climate change. The global warmingistas did everything they could to stop the funding for the project, but they failed, and the preliminary results were announced a few months ago. The results supported the theory, as reported in Nature Magazine. (More on the online supplement to the Nature article.)

The theory, in its simplest form, was that clouds are formed by nucleation of water droplets on small chemical particles that are formed when cosmic rays strike the earth’s atmosphere. The more cosmic rays, the more water droplet nuclei you have and thus the more clouds you get. The more clouds you get, the more sunlight is reflected back into space and the less sunlight reaches the earth. Both of these processes tend to cool the earth. (Just think about how much cooler you are when a cloud passes overhead and cools your skin. This same effect works on the whole earth.) Although actual levels of solar radiation do not vary greatly from year to year, decade to decade, or century to century (which is the reason the warmists state that the sun could not be the cause of climate change), these small differences in solar radiation do make enough change in the electromagnetic field surrounding the earth that the cosmic rays reaching the atmosphere are changed. And these changes are thought to increase or decrease clouds, thus modulating the temperature of the earth. Much more needs to be done on this theory, but, as I showed in an earlier article, there is tremendous correlation between cosmic rays and temperature, while there is no correlation between temperature and CO2, other than the fact that CO2 goes up after temperature goes up, and it goes down after temperature goes down. (Contrary to the central point of Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” farce.)

But now, Climategate 2.0 has been released. Obviously timed to derail the Durban conference, which was doomed to failure before it started, this new e-mail release goes way beyond the tasty morsels revealed in Climategate 1.0. Personally, I never expected Climategate 2.0. I thought the initial release was all there was. And, I suspect the various guilty parties hoped that it was the end of the story. But, apparently, it was just the shot across the bow. The new e-mails show further collusion and scientific misbehavior (at best) or scientific fraud (more likely). They put to bed the argument that the released e-mails were just “taken out of context”, or misinterpreted, as in “hide the decline”, or “using a trick”. But, what is even more tantalizing, to me, and probably terrifying to the guilty parties, is the fact that there are many, many more e-mails involved in the release than can currently be read. The FOIA 2001 file that was released contains not only thousands of full-text e-mails beyond what was released in Climategate 1.0, but many thousands of additional e-mails that can only be opened with the proper decryption pass phrase.  As described in an excellent post by thepointman, it looks like “Climategate 2 is a bomb with a dead man’s hand detonator attached to it and it may very well be cluster munition as well.” That is, if anyone tries to kill, discredit, or imprison the leaker, all he or she has to do is have the necessary pass phrase released and all of the Climategate e-mails will become public, including those that almost certainly go to the highest levels of government, politics and industry. It is not unlike the file that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released with an unknown pass phrase that he would release if harm came to him. That tactic kept harm from coming to him, so far. I suspect it will keep the leaker in the Climategate case safe, too. And, since Climategate involves the conspiracy to extort trillions of dollars from the people of the world, and the continuation of the fraud is necessary to support hundreds of billions of dollars in worthless “research” by corporations and universities, and WikiLeaks only involved the release of mostly embarrassing government screw-ups and intrigue, which all but the most naive people expect, I suspect the stakes are much higher for the leaker of the Climategate e-mails than they are for Julian Assange. It will be interesting  to see what happens next. I suspect many “climate scientists” will be deservedly added to the unemployment rolls.

Bibliography:

Those Who Say Temps and CO2 Have Never Been Higher Have Some ‘Splainin To Do

American Physical Society Fellow Resigns Over APS Refusal To Look Into The Science Of Global Warming

Where Are Global Warmingistas & Main Stream Media On Reporting That Cosmic Rays May Control Earth’s Temperature?

Al Gore Follows Disgraceful Lead of Clive Hamilton And Tells Children They Know More Than Their Parents

Time Magazine Shows Its Lunacy Again

Disgraced Head of Climategate Scandalized CRU Essentially Admits Man-made Global Warming Not Real

Fantastic New Resource: 500 Peer Reviewed Articles That Support Skepticism of “Man-Made” Global Warming

2 Part Article In National Post Gives Excellent Layman’s Explanation Of Climategate

Important New Article On Greenland Climate In Journal of Climate

A Simple Primer On Anthropogenic Global Warming Skepticism

Not Only Is AGW Fraud, But Global Warming Itself Might Be A Lie

Russia Today: Debate On Climate Change

More Damning Climategate Revelations: Apparently CRU Selectively Used Russian Temperature Data

Global Governance Is Real Goal Of Global Warmingistas: Don’t Expect Free Speech Or A Free Press In Their Utopia

Global Warmingistas Now Resort To Armed Guards To “Hide The Decline””

The Climate Science Isn’t Settled

Why Total Scientific Transparency Is Vital In Climate Studies

Global Warmingistas Hit Another Low With Letter To Children “About Your Father”

Third World Nation Representatives Get Their Panties In A Knot In Copenhagen

Global Warmingistas Now Dis NY Times Reporter Who Had Been One Of Their Best Mouthpieces

Climategate Professor To Global Warming Skeptic “Shut Up…..Asshole”

Why Climategate Is So Important

I Hate To Say “I Told You So”….Never Mind

“Hide The Decline” Animated Audio About Climategate

Two Incredibly Stupid Commercials Brought To You By The Global Warmingistas

All You Really Need To Know About “Global Warming”

More Global Warmingista Fraud: Gore’s New Book Cover

The Skeptics Handbook II: Global Bullies want your money

Some “Inconvenient Truths” About “Man-made Global Warming”

More Evidence That Global Warming Belief Is A Religion

What Do Global Warmingistas Do When They Realize People Are Starting To See Through Their Fraud? Loose The Data!

Government Running Full Speed Ahead Into Expensive Policies Based On Politics, Not Science

More Evidence That Global Warming Is Political, Not Scientific

 

 

 

Raped Woman Jailed for Adultery and Forced to Marry Rapist

Remind me again. Why have we wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of lives in hell holes like Afghanistan and Iraq? I realize that Sadam Hussein had to go. He was a terrorist and supported terrorism. Indications are that he was behind the Oklahoma City Bombing and there were clearly al Qaeda training camps in Iraq. (To learn about the connection between Sadam Hussein and the Oklahoma City Bombing, read The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing. It provides extensive legal documentation that shows, beyond a reasonable doubt, the Iraqi connection to the bombing, even going so far as to name the third terrorist. McVeigh and Nichols were just useful idiots.) We took his government out in a matter of weeks, and captured him in a matter of months. Mission accomplished. To stay in Iraq after that was pure folly. To think that a Muslim nation could be brought into the 21st century with a secular democracy was nothing short of stunningly insane. Now that we are leaving, it will become, essentially, a territory of Iran. (Unless we do something about the real problem in the Muslim world, which is Iran.) To be in Afghanistan and Pakistan for any reason other than killing the Taliban is insane, too, and we can never kill them all, so being there is stupid, especially after we accomplished our mission, which was to kill bin Laden.

But, of course, we think that by giving them billions of dollars and trying to build their infrastructure and improve education we can somehow bring these 7th century hell holes into the 21st century. WRONG! They are Muslims and worship an insane, epileptic, barbarian, misogynist, megalomaniac, pedophile named Mohammed and his sock puppet Allah. The only law they will ever respect or obey is Sharia. And Sharia is barbaric. And, to prove just how barbaric and misogynistic Sharia is, a recent story by CNN explains the all-to-typical plight of a Muslim rape victim. In this particular case, the rape victim was in Afghanistan, but such situations happen everywhere that Sharia rules the land.

Kabul (CNN) — The ordeal of Gulnaz did not simply begin and end with the physical attack of her rape. The rape began a years-long nightmare of further pain, culminating in an awful choice she must now make.

Even two years later, Gulnaz remembers the smell and state of her rapist’s clothes when he came into the house when her mother left for a brief visit to the hospital.

“He had filthy clothes on as he does metal and construction work. When my mother went out, he came into my house and he closed doors and windows. I started screaming, but he shut me up by putting his hands on my mouth,” she said.

The rapist was her cousin’s husband.

After the attack, she hid what happened as long as she could. But soon she began vomiting in the mornings and showing signs of pregnancy. It was her attacker’s child.

In Afghanistan, this brought her not sympathy, but prosecution. Aged just 19, she was found guilty by the courts of sex outside of marriage — adultery — and sentenced to twelve years in jail.

Yes, you read that correctly. The rape victim was accused of adultery and sentenced to 12 years in jail. (She was lucky she was not stoned to death, since that is often the penalty for adultery in Muslim countries.) Now, you ask, how could a rape victim be accused of adultery? Well, that is simple. She got pregnant. To get pregnant, she obviously had sex. If she had sex and is not married, she obviously committed adultery. Case closed. Start gathering the stones. That is the way Sharia works.

But, what about the rape? She knew who raped her and eventually reported the crime. How could she be accused of adultery? The answer, under Sharia, is simple, again. Under Sharia, in order to prove rape, a victim must produce 4 male witnesses to the rape. If she can’t produce 4 male witnesses, then reporting a rape is nothing more than confessing to adultery. Case closed. Start gathering the stones. That is the way Sharia works.

But, the situation gets even worse for Gulnaz, the rape victim. If she wants to get out of jail early, and restore her honor (and that of her family), all she has to do is marry the rapist! Yes, you read that correctly. And, that is ok under Sharia, because the rapist only has one wife, and is allowed to have four, so they can be married. And, it is important that she do something to restore her honor (and marrying the rapist is the only option for her) because otherwise the male members of her family would generally be expected to kill her upon her release from prison because she defiled the family’s honor by being raped. Again, from the CNN article:

The only way around the dishonor of rape, or adultery in the eyes of Afghans, is to marry her attacker. This will, in the eyes of some, give her child a family and restore her honor.

Incredibly, this is something that Gulnaz is willing to do.

“I was asked if I wanted to start a new life by getting released, by marrying this man”, she told CNN in an exclusive interview. “My answer was that one man dishonored me, and I want to stay with that man.”

Tending to her daughter in the jail’s cold, she added: “My daughter is a little innocent child. Who knew I would have a child in this way. A lot of people told me that after your daughter’s born give it to someone else, but my aunt told me to keep her as proof of my innocence.”

Gulnaz’s choice is stark. Women in her situation are often killed for the shame their ordeal has brought the community. She is at risk, some say, from her attacker’s family.

We found Gulnaz’s convicted rapist in a jail across town. While he denied raping her, he agreed that she would likely be killed if she gets out of jail. But he insists that it will be her family, not his, that will kill her, “out of shame.”

Whether threatened by his family or hers, for now, jail may be the safest place for her.

Shockingly, Gulnaz’s case is common in Afghanistan.

CNN asked a spokesman for the prosecutor to comment on the case. The reply was that there were hundreds such cases and the office would need time to look into it.

At least in this case, the rapist was jailed, although the article does not state that he was jailed for this rape. Rape is a serious crime under Sharia, but virtually impossible to prove because of the requirement to bring forth 4 male witnesses.

The specific Koranic reference that requires 4 male witnesses to prove rape is 2:223: (Shakir) “Why did they not bring four witnesses of it? But as they have not brought witnesses they are liars before Allah.” The history behind this verse is very interesting, and serves as an excellent example of how Allah served as Mohammad’s sock puppet.

The story behind the verse is that Aisha, Mohammad’s favorite bride, who he married when she was 6 and consummated the marriage with when she was 9, was accused of infidelity by 3 men. (“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death.” — Bukhari 7.62.88) Mohammad did not want to believe that she had been unfaithful. Of course, Mohammad had many wives; more in fact than the 4 allowed to all other Muslims, because his sock puppet Allah gave him special dispensation in Koran 33:50. Yusuf Ali translation:

“O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee; and daughters of thy paternal uncles and aunts, and daughters of thy maternal uncles and aunts, who migrated (from Makka) with thee; and any believing woman who dedicates her soul to the Prophet if the Prophet wishes to wed her;- this only for thee, and not for the Believers (at large); We know what We have appointed for them as to their wives and the captives whom their right hands possess;- in order that there should be no difficulty for thee. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

But, while Muslim men can have 4 wives, and all of the concubines that they want, Muslim women must be strictly faithful. The story is described in the Hadith (Traditions of the Prophet), Bukhari (5.59:462):

Narrated ‘Aisha:

Whenever Allah’s Apostle intended to go on a journey, he used to draw lots amongst his wives, and Allah’s Apostle used to take with him the one on whom lot fell. He drew lots amongst us during one of the Ghazwat which he fought. The lot fell on me and so I proceeded with Allah’s Apostle after Allah’s order of veiling (the women) had been revealed. I was carried (on the back of a camel) in my howdah and carried down while still in it (when we came to a halt). So we went on till Allah’s Apostle had finished from that Ghazwa of his and returned.

When we approached the city of Medina he announced at night that it was time for departure. So when they announced the news of departure, I got up and went away from the army camps, and after finishing from the call of nature, I came back to my riding animal. I touched my chest to find that my necklace which was made of Zifar beads (i.e. Yemenite beads partly black and partly white) was missing. So I returned to look for my necklace and my search for it detained me. (In the meanwhile) the people who used to carry me on my camel, came and took my howdah and put it on the back of my camel on which I used to ride, as they considered that I was in it. In those days women were light in weight for they did not get fat, and flesh did not cover their bodies in abundance as they used to eat only a little food. Those people therefore, disregarded the lightness of the howdah while lifting and carrying it; and at that time I was still a young girl. They made the camel rise and all of them left (along with it). I found my necklace after the army had gone.

Then I came to their camping place to find no call maker of them, nor one who would respond to the call. So I intended to go to the place where I used to stay, thinking that they would miss me and come back to me (in my search). While I was sitting in my resting place, I was overwhelmed by sleep and slept. Safwan bin Al-Muattal As-Sulami Adh-Dhakwani was behind the army. When he reached my place in the morning, he saw the figure of a sleeping person and he recognized me on seeing me as he had seen me before the order of compulsory veiling (was prescribed). So I woke up when he recited Istirja’ (i.e. “Inna lillahi wa inna llaihi raji’un”) as soon as he recognized me. I veiled my face with my head cover at once, and by Allah, we did not speak a single word, and I did not hear him saying any word besides his Istirja’. He dismounted from his camel and made it kneel down, putting his leg on its front legs and then I got up and rode on it. Then he set out leading the camel that was carrying me till we overtook the army in the extreme heat of midday while they were at a halt (taking a rest). (Because of the event) some people brought destruction upon themselves and the one who spread the Ifk (i.e. slander) more, was ‘Abdullah bin Ubai Ibn Salul.”

(Urwa said, “The people propagated the slander and talked about it in his (i.e. ‘Abdullah’s) presence and he confirmed it and listened to it and asked about it to let it prevail.” Urwa also added, “None was mentioned as members of the slanderous group besides (‘Abdullah) except Hassan bin Thabit and Mistah bin Uthatha and Hamna bint Jahsh along with others about whom I have no knowledge, but they were a group as Allah said. It is said that the one who carried most of the slander was ‘Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul.” Urwa added, “‘Aisha disliked to have Hassan abused in her presence and she used to say, ‘It was he who said: My father and his (i.e. my father’s) father and my honor are all for the protection of Muhammad’s honor from you.”).

‘Aisha added, “After we returned to Medina, I became ill for a month. The people were propagating the forged statements of the slanderers while I was unaware of anything of all that, but I felt that in my present ailment, I was not receiving the same kindness from Allah’s Apostle as I used to receive when I got sick. (But now) Allah’s Apostle would only come, greet me and say,’ How is that (lady)?’ and leave. That roused my doubts, but I did not discover the evil (i.e. slander) till I went out after my convalescence, I went out with Um Mistah to Al-Manasi’ where we used to answer the call of nature and we used not to go out (to answer the call of nature) except at night, and that was before we had latrines near our houses. And this habit of our concerning evacuating the bowels, was similar to the habits of the old ‘Arabs living in the deserts, for it would be troublesome for us to take latrines near our houses. So I and Um Mistah who was the daughter of Abu Ruhm bin Al-Muttalib bin Abd Manaf, whose mother was the daughter of Sakhr bin ‘Amir and the aunt of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq and whose son was Mistah bin Uthatha bin ‘Abbas bin Al-Muttalib, went out. I and Um Mistah returned to my house after we finished answering the call of nature. Um Mistah stumbled by getting her foot entangled in her covering sheet and on that she said, ‘Let Mistah be ruined!’ I said, ‘What a hard word you have said. Do you abuse a man who took part in the battle of Badr?’ On that she said, ‘O you Hantah! Didn’t you hear what he (i.e. Mistah) said? ‘I said, ‘What did he say?’

Then she told me the slander of the people of Ifk. So my ailment was aggravated, and when I reached my home, Allah’s Apostle came to me, and after greeting me, said, ‘How is that (lady)?’ I said, ‘Will you allow me to go to my parents?’ as I wanted to be sure about the news through them. Allah’s Apostle allowed me (and I went to my parents) and asked my mother, ‘O mother! What are the people talking about?’ She said, ‘O my daughter! Don’t worry, for scarcely is there a charming woman who is loved by her husband and whose husband has other wives besides herself that they (i.e. women) would find faults with her.’ I said, ‘Subhan-Allah! (I testify the uniqueness of Allah). Are the people really talking in this way?’ I kept on weeping that night till dawn I could neither stop weeping nor sleep then in the morning again, I kept on weeping. When the Divine Inspiration was delayed.

Allah’s Apostle called ‘Ali bin Abi Talib and Usama bin Zaid to ask and consult them about divorcing me. Usama bin Zaid said what he knew of my innocence, and the respect he preserved in himself for me. Usama said, ‘(O Allah’s Apostle!) She is your wife and we do not know anything except good about her.’ ‘Ali bin Abi Talib said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Allah does not put you in difficulty and there are plenty of women other than she, yet, ask the maid-servant who will tell you the truth.’ On that Allah’s Apostle called Barira (i.e. the maid-servant) and said, ‘O Barira! Did you ever see anything which aroused your suspicion?’ Barira said to him, ‘By Him Who has sent you with the Truth. I have never seen anything in her (i.e. Aisha) which I would conceal, except that she is a young girl who sleeps leaving the dough of her family exposed so that the domestic goats come and eat it.’

So, on that day, Allah’s Apostle got up on the pulpit and complained about ‘Abdullah bin Ubai (bin Salul) before his companions, saying, ‘O you Muslims! Who will relieve me from that man who has hurt me with his evil statement about my family? By Allah, I know nothing except good about my family and they have blamed a man about whom I know nothing except good and he used never to enter my home except with me.’ Sad bin Mu’adh the brother of Banu ‘Abd Al-Ashhal got up and said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! I will relieve you from him; if he is from the tribe of Al-Aus, then I will chop his head off, and if he is from our brothers, i.e. Al-Khazraj, then order us, and we will fulfill your order.’ On that, a man from Al-Khazraj got up. Um Hassan, his cousin, was from his branch tribe, and he was Sad bin Ubada, chief of Al-Khazraj. Before this incident, he was a pious man, but his love for his tribe goaded him into saying to Sad (bin Mu’adh). ‘By Allah, you have told a lie; you shall not and cannot kill him. If he belonged to your people, you would not wish him to be killed.’

On that, Usaid bin Hudair who was the cousin of Sad (bin Mu’adh) got up and said to Sad bin ‘Ubada, ‘By Allah! You are a liar! We will surely kill him, and you are a hypocrite arguing on the behalf of hypocrites.’ On this, the two tribes of Al-Aus and Al Khazraj got so much excited that they were about to fight while Allah’s Apostle was standing on the pulpit. Allah’s Apostle kept on quietening them till they became silent and so did he. All that day I kept on weeping with my tears never ceasing, and I could never sleep.

In the morning my parents were with me and I wept for two nights and a day with my tears never ceasing and I could never sleep till I thought that my liver would burst from weeping. So, while my parents were sitting with me and I was weeping, an Ansari woman asked me to grant her admittance. I allowed her to come in, and when she came in, she sat down and started weeping with me. While we were in this state, Allah’s Apostle came, greeted us and sat down. He had never sat with me since that day of the slander. A month had elapsed and no Divine Inspiration came to him about my case. Allah’s Apostle then recited Tashah-hud and then said, ‘Amma Badu, O ‘Aisha! I have been informed so-and-so about you; if you are innocent, then soon Allah will reveal your innocence, and if you have committed a sin, then repent to Allah and ask Him for forgiveness for when a slave confesses his sins and asks Allah for forgiveness, Allah accepts his repentance.’

When Allah’s Apostle finished his speech, my tears ceased flowing completely that I no longer felt a single drop of tear flowing. I said to my father, ‘Reply to Allah’s Apostle on my behalf concerning what he has said.’ My father said, ‘By Allah, I do not know what to say to Allah’s Apostle .’ Then I said to my mother, ‘Reply to Allah’s Apostle on my behalf concerning what he has said.’ She said, ‘By Allah, I do not know what to say to Allah’s Apostle.’ In spite of the fact that I was a young girl and had a little knowledge of Quran, I said, ‘By Allah, no doubt I know that you heard this (slanderous) speech so that it has been planted in your hearts (i.e. minds) and you have taken it as a truth. Now if I tell you that I am innocent, you will not believe me, and if confess to you about it, and Allah knows that I am innocent, you will surely believe me. By Allah, I find no similitude for me and you except that of Joseph’s father when he said, ‘(For me) patience in the most fitting against that which you assert; it is Allah (Alone) Whose Help can be sought.’ Then I turned to the other side and lay on my bed; and Allah knew then that I was innocent and hoped that Allah would reveal my innocence. But, by Allah, I never thought that Allah would reveal about my case, Divine Inspiration, that would be recited (forever) as I considered myself too unworthy to be talked of by Allah with something of my concern, but I hoped that Allah’s Apostle might have a dream in which Allah would prove my innocence. But, by Allah, before Allah’s Apostle left his seat and before any of the household left, the Divine inspiration came to Allah’s Apostle.

So there overtook him the same hard condition which used to overtake him, (when he used to be inspired Divinely). The sweat was dropping from his body like pearls though it was a wintry day and that was because of the weighty statement which was being revealed to him. When that state of Allah’s Apostle was over, he got up smiling, and the first word he said was, ‘O ‘Aisha! Allah has declared your innocence!’ Then my Mother said to me, ‘Get up and go to him (i.e. Allah’s Apostle). I replied, ‘By Allah, I will not go to him, and I praise none but Allah. So Allah revealed the ten Verses:– “Verily! They who spread the slander Are a gang, among you………….” (24.11-20)

Allah revealed those Quranic Verses to declare my innocence. Abu Bakr As-Siddiq who used to disburse money for Mistah bin Uthatha because of his relationship to him and his poverty, said, ‘By Allah, I will never give to Mistah bin Uthatha anything after what he has said about Aisha.’ Then Allah revealed:–

“And let not those among you who are good and wealthy swear not to give (any sort of help) to their kinsmen, those in need, and those who have left their homes for Allah’s cause, let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.” (24.22)

Abu Bakr As-Siddiq said, ‘Yes, by Allah, I would like that Allah forgive me.’ and went on giving Mistah the money he used to give him before. He also added, ‘By Allah, I will never deprive him of it at all.’

Aisha further said:.” Allah’s Apostle also asked Zainab bint Jahsh (i.e. his wife) about my case. He said to Zainab, ‘What do you know and what did you see?” She replied, “O Allah’s Apostle! I refrain from claiming falsely that I have heard or seen anything. By Allah, I know nothing except good (about ‘Aisha).’ From amongst the wives of the Prophet Zainab was my peer (in beauty and in the love she received from the Prophet) but Allah saved her from that evil because of her piety. Her sister Hamna, started struggling on her behalf and she was destroyed along with those who were destroyed. The man who was blamed said, ‘Subhan-Allah! By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, I have never uncovered the cover (i.e. veil) of any female.’ Later on the man was martyred in Allah’s Cause.”

It should also be noted that Mohammad’s pedophilia is an approved and common practice in Muslim countries. (1)

That is the attitude of the Islamic world. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that more than half the girls in Afghanistan and Bangladesh are married before they reach the age of eighteen. In early 2002, researchers in refugee camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan found half the girls married by age thirteen. In an Afghani refugee camp, more than two out of three second-grade girls were either married or engaged, and virtually all the girls who were beyond second grade were already married. One ten-year-old was engaged to a man of sixty. In early 2005 a Saudi man in his sixties drew international attention for marrying fifty-eight times; his most recent bride was a fourteen-year-old he married in the spring of 2004.

The Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, and Iranian leader until his death, married a 10 year old girl when he was 28.  He considered it a “divine blessing” to marry a prepubescent girl, and he advised the faithful: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.”  (2)

It is time to abandon all countries that enshrine Sharia. It is time to cut off their financing. It is time to cut off visas. It is time to restrict trade and travel with them. Eventually, if they are strangled, economically, they may seek to join the 21st century, or at least the 19th century. Until then, we should have nothing to do with them. If other countries want to trade with them, let them deal with the problems. We don’t need anything they produce, including their oil. We can, and do, get most of our oil from other sources, and if we used a little common sense and tapped our abundant oil resources, and started making more use of our huge reserves of coal and natural gas, we would be just fine. Let them live in their 7th century nirvana by themselves.

 

(1) “Religion of Peace? Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t” by Robert Spencer, P. 188

(2) http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/03/tarek-fatah-call-your-office-muslim-leaders-in-yemen-say-those-who-support-ban-on-child-marriage-are.html