Saturday, April 05, 2008

YouGov poll

Gulf Times reported A YouGov poll commissioned by the Doha Debates has concluded that nearly one-third of all Arabs believe that Saudi Arabia is at greater risk from religious extremism than any other country in the world.
That is because everyone there is a Muslim, and most are Wahhabi Muslims.
The poll adds weight to the vote at a session of the Doha Debates held on March 3 in Doha, where the motion “This house believes that Muslims are failing to combat extremism”, was carried by more than 70% of the audience.
The other 30% were extremists feeling they should have more freedom to expand extremism.
In the YouGov survey, nearly half of all Arabs in the Gulf, Levant and North Africa said they have met someone who holds extreme religious views.
And what did they do to change their minds?
Asked under what conditions violence is permissible, more than 60% cited Western interference in a Muslim country,
And the other 40% favor Muslim interference in a Western Country.
while 55% said offensive words or behavior was a trigger.
They never heard "sticks and stones can break your bones, words can never hurt you."
More than half the respondents also believed that poor religious leadership is to blame for today’s extremism – although seven out of 10 said the size of the problem had been exaggerated.
Eight out of 10 believed it provides an excuse for the West to interfere in Muslim countries.
Then if you don't like the interference, stop the extremism, and remove the excuse.
In the poll, conducted between March 18 and 23, views of 940 people across the Arab world were surveyed.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Islam's Not For Me

There was a lot of yelling about Fitna, and it appears the cartoon movie that was supposed to follow, will never be made, but I thought this movie at least had a catchy tune.

Hat tip Stable Hand


Wednesday, April 02, 2008


Hot Air reported Ted Turner said Not doing it will be catastrophic. We’ll be eight degrees hottest in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow.

Not even in Northern states?
Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals.
I see Ted plans to be one of the cannibals.
Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable. The droughts will be so bad there’ll be no more corn grown.
No more corn grown? Oh, my gosh, how will we waste our food making ethanol to make cannibals like Ted happy.
Not doing it is suicide. Just like dropping bombs on each other, nuclear weapons is suicide. We’ve got to stop doing the suicidal two things, which are hanging on to our nuclear weapons and after that we’ve got to stabilize the population. When I was born-

CHARLIE ROSE: So what’s wrong with the population?

TURNER: We’re too many people. That’s why we have global warming. We have global warming because too many people are using too much stuff.
Finally the real cause of global warming. It is not the greenhouse gas, it is too many people are using too much stuff. But why does he oppose wars. They would get rid of people and then they would not use too much stuff.
If there were less people, they’d be using less stuff.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Voluntary Tax System

Jan Helfeld interviews Senator Harry Reid about government coercion. Reid maintains that taxation is voluntary despite all evidence to the contrary.

Hat tip Free Liberal


Communist Party USA endorsing the Democrats

Communist Party USA endorsing the Democrats. See CPUSA


Monday, March 31, 2008

Fitna reaction

Reuters reported About 50 members of a hardline Indonesian Muslim group held a rowdy protest outside the Dutch embassy on Monday, calling for the death of a Dutch lawmaker behind a film accusing the Koran of inciting violence.
Protestors calling for violence? Who exactly is inciting violence, a short movie, or the protestors?
Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration Freedom Party in the Netherlands, launched his short video on the Internet last week, drawing condemnation from Muslim nations.... "I call on Muslims around the world, if you run into the maker of the film, kill him," said one of the speakers at the rally, Awit Mashuri.
A representative of the "Religion of Peace".
"Geert Wilders is a Christian terrorist,"
How many people has he killed? How many bombs has he set off? How many planes has he flown into buildings?
declared a placard held up by a protester. "Kill Geert Wilders," read another.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Keep talking Obama, you will kill your candidacy eventually reported Opponents of Obama's plan are expected to jump on a quote from his Q and A session in Johnstown, Pa., yesterday. Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown reports that it followed “Obama's earlier comments that he does not favor abstinence-only education but, rather, comprehensive sexual education that includes information on abstinence and birth control.” “Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old," Obama said. "I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
A baby is not punishment It is a gift from God. Do you and your wife consider your two daughters punishment? I know your wife does not like to spend money sending them to camp or on music lessons, but beside that
I don't want them punished with an STD at age 16,
Abstinence will protect them. Other methods will not.
so it doesn't make sense to not give them information."
Keep talking Obama, you will kill your candidacy eventually
Anti-abortion leaders will be encouraged to make the “punished with a baby” part famous.

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Social Security

Think Progress lies On ABC’s This Week today, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) falsely claimed that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) “is not for the private accounts to take the place of social security.” “He’s for what Bill Clinton used to call Social Security plus,” said Lieberman.... As Stephanopoulos noted, McCain has abandoned his initial Social Security plan, which called for “supplementing the current Social Security system with personal accounts,” in order to embrace President Bush’s failed effort to replace the system with private accounts.

That is not what Bush proposed. Bush wanted
As we fix Social Security, we must make it a better deal for our younger workers by allowing them to put part of their payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts.
  • Personal accounts would be entirely voluntary.
  • The money would go into a conservative mix of bond and stock funds that would have the opportunity to earn a higher rate of return than anything the current system could provide.
  • A young person who earns an average of $35,000 a year over his or her career would have nearly a quarter million dollars saved in his or her own account upon retirement.
  • That savings would provide a nest egg to supplement that worker’s traditional Social Security check, or to pass on to his or her children.
  • Best of all, it would replace the empty promises of the current system with real assets of ownership.
“I believe that private savings accounts are a part of” Social Security reform “along the lines that President Bush proposed,” McCain told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month.


Dutch fear of riots drops, fear of Islam increases

Islam in Europe reported TV show EenVandaag ran a survey of opinions about Wilders' film and Islam. 44% agree with Wilders that "Islam is out to destroy Western civilization."
The other 56% were seen smoking funny cigarettes.
88% of Wilders' supporters think so.
What are the other 12% smoking
At the beginning of March 52% of the Dutch feared riots in the Netherlands and 62% expected attacks on Dutch embassies and companies abroad. Now just 20% expect riots at home and 30% expect riots abroad.
But are they going to limit further immigration, and are they going make sure that the ones there adapt to Dutch customs.
90% thought the film exceeded their expectations. 82% says that 'a lot of fuss was made about nothing'. 70% think the film is not insulting to Muslims.
It is not. It is only insulting to those that think violence is the answer to everything.
About three quarters of those surveyed who had seen Fitna said their image of Islam did not change. 23% think of it more negatively. Three quarters of Wilders' followed had seen the movie in its entirety and the rest want to see it. 93% of supporters thought the film was good to very good. The study was conducted among 10,000 member of the EenVandaag opinion panel.

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Telegraph reported Former Gore aides now believe he could emerge as a compromise candidate acceptable to both camps at the party's convention in Denver during the last week of August. Two former Gore campaign officials have told The Sunday Telegraph that a scenario first mapped out by members of Mr Gore's inner circle last May now has a sporting chance of coming true.
Tose officials probably also believe in Global Warming and the Easter Bunny.
... If neither Mr Obama nor Mrs Clinton has the 2,025 delegates needed to win the nomination, and if both appear unable to beat Mr McCain, under one scenario a group of about 100 party elders - the "super-delegates" - could sit out the first ballot in Denver, preventing either candidate winning outright,
That should make for some interesting TV coverage.
and then offer Mr Gore the nomination for the good of the party. Tim Mahoney, a Democrat congressman from Florida, said last week: "If it goes into the convention, don't be surprised if someone different is at the top of the ticket." This suggests the party would accept a Gore-Clinton or a Gore-Obama pairing.
Blacks are going to be upset if the super delegates take the nomination away from Obama, and give it to a White Woman, just think what they will say if they give it to a White Man. And Hillary's people are so eager for a woman to win, why are they going to prefer a white man to a black man?
Following a brief flurry of speculation that he might jump into the race last year, Mr Gore claimed he had "fallen out of love" with politics,
That is because he can make more money selling carbon credits t gullible people.
but he has pointedly refused to rule out another tilt at the White House and said that the only job in public life that interests him is the presidency.

Jules Crittenden blogged I think my favorite part … aside from the whole thing, that is … is the idea that replacing the Hero of Tuzla and the change-hoping bigot buddy with an exaggerating doomsayer somehow gets this train back on the rails.

Michael van der Galien blogged “I invented the Internet and I won the Nobel Peace Prize (which I also may have invented); elect me president!” Yeah, that’ll work.

Gaius blogged So, the two candidates would cheerfully surrender to a man who has not lifted a finger during the entire campaign for either of them or for the Democratic party itself. Did Gore withhold his endorsement hoping for the nomination? Quite possibly. If I were a backer of either of the two candidates, I would be furious if a bunch of party insiders threw my choice under the bus for such a cold, calculating and selfish man. Gore has enough baggage - and enough history of America-bashing remarks in the years since he lost the 2000 election to make his candidacy very iffy at best - especially with only a couple of months to do it in.

I can't see either Obama or Clinton agreeing to be the second banana on the ticket, either. So a Gore candidacy would likely be seen as even more of a smoke-filled room deal. I think the Democrats have actually found a scenario that makes it even worse for them than it already is, bless them.

Gateway Pundit blogged It looks like Al Gore has already saved the planet from warming as evidenced by the record snow and low temperatures this past year and scientific data proving the planet is cooling. Halleluiah.

Mark R. Levin blogged what about all the excitement over the possibility of the first woman or first black president? That goes down the tubes with the nomination of Gore. It seems to me that a Gore nomination creates serious problems for the Democrat Party. So, I would encourage the Democrats to do it.

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