DANIEL GREENFIELD: THE WEEK THAT WAS PART 2
IF ONLY THERE WAS SOME WAY WE COULD HAVE THE ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM OF SAUDI ARABIA…
“America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our Madrassas, in our schools where innovation is encouraged. Where the foundation is the Koran,” Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana)
It’s a pity that thus far America has not managed to tap into the educational innovation and ingenuity that has made Muslim countries into world leaders in technology and beating women.
If only we had a system of education based on the ravings of a 7th century warlord, then we could truly tap into the best that 7th Century Arabia had to offer the world. Like believing in Djinns and drinking camel urine as a curative.
Oddly, despite the backwardness of our educational system, Saudi and Pakistani students seem to flock here for a higher education. Maybe they feel sorry for us. Or maybe we just have a lot of tall buildings for them to study while taking flight lessons. Who knows.
…SO LONG AS HE DOESN’T GET THROWN UNDER IT
“New Bedford man wins bus ride with President Obama”
With all the prizes and contests where the prize is spending time with O, when are we going to get, “Win Obama’s Job”?
PRISONERS OF VIRTUE
Feudalism is back.
Half the country expects you to work from planting to harvest, at which point they will take their share. If there is not enough from the peasantry this year, the feudal Lords and their retainers will borrow it from future years. You get what is left over. They also expect that you will work the entire year, so the place will not fall apart. Unlike the Medieval days, you are not required to practice for war after the harvest is in. The Lords have plenty of retainers who will do what they’re told.
You are enslaved by your own virtue. They have you convinced there is no way out of this place, without betrayal of your own virtue.
This is a very important point. Combining a First World economy in a country of hundreds of millions with a police state is tricky at best. Building a social consensus on guilt and virtue, and the virtue of guilt, is much more effective. It’s religion without the religion. It’s the faith of social justice that has been embedded in the country for over a century and a half. The long march of progress.
The ideas are rarely expressed as openly as the Harris column above, but they are the same ideas.
We have an eternal moral debt to repay for our prosperity. If we wish to be good people, we must go on paying the debt, rather than walk away from a social justice dependent population that’s underwater.
I BET HE BELIEVES IT NOW…
A Norwegian jihadist thought to have received Al-Qaeda training in Yemen was previously a left-wing radical who refused to believe that Osama Bin Laden’s network carried out the September 11th terrorist attacks
THE SIX STEPS OF AN ISLAMIC COURTSHIP
Step 1. “He told me that he had started liking me and that I should convert to Islam and marry him.”
Step 2. “He started criticizing Christians for not observing the purdah [covering of women] and of following our ‘own brand of religion,’”
Step 3. “He was acting like a mad man. He started cursing my family and even tried to set the house on fire.”
Step 4. “Adnan raped me while his friend filmed the entire incident. They ruined my life completely.”
Step 5. “At first he demanded that I convert to Islam, and only then would he consider forgiving me for refusing his proposal,”
Step 6. “He turned up at my home and showed the film to my parents. He then told my shocked family that they had no other option but to hand me over to him … he told them that he ‘owned’ me now.”
AMERICA’S FIRST ONE DROP OF BLOOD PRESIDENT
”First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him … they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America,” Freeman said. “There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America’s first black president hasn’t arisen yet. He’s not America’s first black president — he’s America’s first mixed-race president.”So maybe next time we can do a DNA test to make sure that the man we vote for has absolutely no white blood cells in him and is as racially pure as Morgan Freeman wants him to be.
SYRIAN REFUGEES ARE THE NEW PALESTINIAN REFUGEES
Um Hazifa, another refugee from Homs, lives in Baddawi, a Palestinian refugee camp north of Tripoli. She said 20 family members who have also fled the conflict sleep in the apartment, crowding the floor with thin mattresses. “Here in Baddawi, the houses are cheapest,” she said.
Give her another month and she’ll be collecting UNRWA money and brandishing giant keys from her “true home” in a village in Israel. No wonder the number of “Palestinian refugees” keeps growing.
ONE LEFT-WING CORRUPTOCRAT HELPS OUT ANOTHER
The Mexican people are more stunned than excited by Enrique Peña Nieto’s apparent victory in Sunday’s presidential election. No one has taken to the streets to celebrate the return of the old Party of the Institutional Revolution (PRI). To the contrary, thousands of youth congregated at the Revolution Monument in downtown Mexico City to protest against the “imposition” of Peña Nieto through media manipulation, vote-buying, and ballot-tampering. Meanwhile, waves of people who sold their vote to the PRI on Sunday in exchange for gift cards flooded local supermarkets on Monday to cash in on their payments.
Peña Nieto is heading down the same road. Instead of waiting for the official results, he has already started to put together his “transition team” and presents himself in the U.S. media as “president-elect”. This is false self-representation; according to Mexico’s highly sophisticated electoral laws, only the electoral tribunal can name a candidate president-elect after a full review of the legality of the election. And preliminary reports suggest that thousands of irregularities have tainted the results.
But President Obama has agreed to play Peña Nieto’s game. On Monday, Obama called the Mexican candidate to congratulate him prematurely for his “victory.”
….Why wouldn’t Obama support another corrupt leftist thug? And Nieto’s tactics, including a preemptive transition, look a lot like Obama’s tactics. Anyone remember Obama’s pre-presidential seal?
SO MANY SPOKESPEOPLE AND NOTHING TO SAY
For the first time this campaign cycle, President Obama is being accompanied by two spokespeople – one for the presidency and one for the campaign.
White House press secretary Jay Carney and new traveling campaign press secretary Jen Psaki tag-teamed the gaggle with reporters on Air Force One on Thursday. Carney took questions on the administration’s filing of a trade complaint against China (not politically motivated, he says) and Psaki interjected slights against Mitt Romney (who opposed a similar complaint in 2009, she says).
Counting the teleprompter that’s three.
JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK OF SYRIA
U.S. must arm Syria rebels despite Islamists: opposition
Islamists are among the most effective fighters against the Syrian leadership, some opposition figures said, and Washington needs to know that while these rebels are conservative Muslims they are a far cry from Afghan-style jihadi militants.
…well that’s good. We just close our eyes and think of Syria, not Afghanistan. Except…
An al-Qaida-inspired group claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks across Syria
Well they are effective. What else do we need to know?
…WELL THAT FIXES IT
The parents of a Muslim university student convicted of a religiously motivated attack on young Jews said: “Our son is no racist.”
Mohammad Khalifa, 19, was fined for hurling eggs and yelling “Oi, Jews” and “f***ing Jews” at passers-by while driving his father’s BMW through Golders Green with three friends.
But his father, a paediatrician, today claimed the victims had misheard and the students had shouted “Oi, you.”
…it’s nice that in the midst of Islamophobic Britain, where Muslims are routinely persecuted, Mo’s father can still manage to own a BMW.
I DON’T KNOW WHY IT’S SO HARD TO BELIEVE…
“Muslims are well-integrated in Britain – but no one seems to believe it” – (The Guardian)
“London 2012 Olympics: Muslim converts held over ‘Games plot’” (The Telegraph)
URI L’TZEDEK, TAV HAYOSHER AND BDS
Left-wing fake Orthodox group Uri L’Tzedek is talking up its Tav HaYosher union certification. Meanwhile Elisheva Goldberg, its Rosh Beit Medrash is promoting BDS, boycotts of Israel, at Peter Beinart’s blog.
How many restaurants who display the Tav HaYosher seal are comfortable with a group, one of whose leading members promotes boycotts of Israel?
Next time you see a Tav HaYosher certificate in a restaurant, you might want to ask the owner that./
THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT AND ISLAM
The Saudi Sports Minister and Head of the Olympic Committee Prince Nawaf Al-Faisal outlining the conditions for female participation in any international athletics event, including the Olympics.
“The female athlete’s male guardian must give his permission and accompany her to any competitions,” Prince Nawaf told the paper. Women also have to “wear appropriate Islamic dress” (which likely includes a headscarf and loose-fitting garments) and “there must be no mixing with men during any game”.
To ensure no one is tempted to stray, the woman and her male guardian must both sign a pledge vowing to abide by these conditions before she would be allowed to compete.
They can just become slaves.
He argued that, when it comes to marriage, “we Muslims have overly complicated things,” so that men are often forced to be single throughout their prime, finally getting married between the ages of 30-40 (when they might be expected to have a sufficient income to open a household). Similarly, many Egyptian women do not want to wear the hijab in public.
The solution, according to Awn, is to reinstitute sex-slavery—allowing men to marry and copulate much earlier in life, and women who want to dress freely to do so, as technically they are sex-slaves and mandated to go about loosely attired, anyway.
Orwell had nothing on Mohammed. Just when you think you hit bottom, there’s actually a much worse bottom under it. And one under that.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT CONSTITUTIONS…
I’ve seen two modified founding documents. The Soviet Constitution modified to application in the United States and Walter Russell Mead has rewritten the Declaration of Independence, but the most important thing about constitutions is that they either matter or they don’t.
The Soviet Constitutions were so much toilet paper. Fancy toilet paper, but toilet paper nevertheless. Laws only matter if the authorities are bound by them. Constitutions only matter if they act as a source of power outside the current power structure. There are a number of ways to insure this, from respect for tradition to an active citizenry that uses it as a legal weapon against the authorities.
The more absolute and centralized a system is, the less such things matter. We can have a Constitution that promises infinite free candy or the equality of height or any ridiculous thing in the world. They’re just words, like the noises that come out of Obama’s mouth. They mean nothing.
If law is just what the elites want done at a given time, whether it’s a unilateral DREAM Act or gay marriage or free candy backed by a candy mandate and candy tax, then a constitution is just a piece of paper.
ROMNEY IS RICH, RICH, RICH OFFSHORER
“Mystery Bermuda-based company and other undisclosed Romney assets hint at larger wealth.”
Speaking of offshore, anyone care to question why the Obama campaign is fundraising in Europe? I wonder how it’s ensuring contributions are all from domestic sources?
…speaking of… Romney is at a Chicago fundraiser while George Clooney is headlining a fundraiser for Obama in Geneva.
MA BARKER’S GANG
The states are the pot proposing to call gang-leader Kate “Ma” Barker black. One could view the conundrum from this perspective: The federal government is Ma Barker, obese, sly, and accustomed to having fancy and expensive things got through her sons’ criminal activities; the states are her dependent, obedient, fiscally-challenged offspring. This criminal association creates an image it will be hard for the states to shake, or reconcile with their “principled” opposition to Obamacare, or even deny. You can bet that the federals will remind them of this and their friends in the mainstream will make a lot of noise about it.
The leftist mainstream media have served the federal government for decades now in a triple role: press agent, shill, and graffiti artist. You can count on the MSM to contribute their own confusion, ignorance, and collectivist biases to the fight the conservative governors and legislatures are spoiling for.
Forgotten, however, in all the chatter, lawsuits, and braggadocio over which governments claim prerogative supremacy over clashing legislation – the federal or the states – is the supremacy of the individual who owns his own life and the necessary and proper primacy of his liberty. Denied the recognition that he owns his own life, and seeing the primacy of his liberty negotiated away or simply erased from law, man becomes a part-time or full-time indentured serf.
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