Here come the Jihad Watch readers
Greetings, zombies! Terry Glavin writes so elegantly and compellingly, it is seems almost a shame to disagree with him. Unfortunately, expressing something beautifully does not make it so.
“Middle East myths drop like dominos,” by Terry Glavin in the National Post, February 28 (thanks to Gilles):
[...] Along with the now lifeless Edward Said there are also the undead. Consider Robert Spencer, whose biography reads a little like Edward Said’s, in its way. Like Said was, Spencer is a scholar, a widely published author, and an American of Middle Eastern Christian extraction with legions of fans. Like Said, Spencer is widely regarded in his circles, as was Edward Said in his own, as an authority on the imaginary frontiers that cleave the world between “west” and “east.” The Czar Gaddafi insists that the Libyan protests are the result of Al Qaida putting hallucinogens in everybody’s Nescafe. Not to be outdone:
They may be pro-democracy insofar as they want the will of the people to be heard, but given their worldview, their frame of reference, and their core assumptions about the world, if that popular will is heard, it will likely result in huge victories for the Muslim Brotherhood and similar pro-Sharia groups.
- Robert Spencer, on Libya’s revolutionary democrats, 2011.
In light of everything we are witnessing from Casablanca to Isfahan, the miserable and allegedly “progressive” viewpoint taken by Edward Said’s followers is matched by and coupled with Spencer’s lurid “conservative” cynicism in a symbiotic death grip, each parasitic upon the other, both offering nothing but the ravings of demented Americans. Everything is being swept away – it is 1989, it is 1917, it is 1848, as you like. As it is with Edward Said’s followers, Spencer’s fan base now betrays itself as an assortment of specimens from the Upper Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era. They are yesterday’s men. They are zombies.
It is not just to the price of oil that the rebellions are proving so terribly inconvenient. All the evidence, from Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Egypt and Iran, shows that democracy, freedom, work, wages and a “normal” life are exactly what the people are demanding. The people are not clamouring for the immolation of the Jews anymore than they are hollering for the appointment of Norman Finkelstein as the defence minister.
They aren’t? Really? Demonstrators interviewed in Egypt during the uprising against Mubarak said that they hated him because “he is supporting Israel. Israel is our enemy…If people are free in Egypt…they gonna destroy Israel.” Video here. Also, attackers in Tahrir Square shouted “Jew! Jew!” during their brutal sexual assault of “60 Minutes” reporter Lara Logan. These open-minded secular democratic protesters also drew Stars of David on photos of Mubarak, thereby demonstrating their considered rejection of Islamic antisemitism.
In Egypt, the April 6 Movement that started it all is root and branch a movement of trade unionists, secularists, and young intellectuals, all committed democrats. The Muslim Brotherhood was completely marginalized by it. The Ikhwan failed utterly in its attempts to hijack the uprising and now the aging Brethren sit in their solitary chairs with the rest of the Egyptian establishment, studying ways to mollify the revolt.
And yet Sheikh Qaradawi, godfather of the “marginalized” Brotherhood, recently made a triumphant appearance in Tahrir Square to a massive crowd, while secular liberal Wael Ghonim was barred from the stage. So which group is really marginalized?
In Libya, the February 17 movement has been consistent in its intentions for a secular democracy. The Libyans who have been pleading for our help have heard only cynical incoherence and self-gratifying expressions of outrage, but even so, even the Libyan imams have pleaded for the February 17 demands and continue to assert their faithfulness to the same secular cause.
In Tunisia last week, 15,000 demonstrators gathered to condemn the Islamists who mobbed a synagogue and murdered a Polish Catholic priest in an obscene attempt to hijack the Tunisian uprising. The pro-democracy banners in Tunis read: “Nous sommes tous Musalmans, nous sommes tous Chretiens, nous sommes tous Juifs.” On it goes like this, in Morocco, across Iran, and in little Bahrain….
And yet also in Tunisia, demonstrators swarmed outside a synagogue, chanting a genocidal Islamic battle cry, and jihadists recently murdered a Catholic priest. Evidently not quite tous are Chretiens or Juifs.
Look, I would love to be proven wrong here, and Terry Glavin proved correct. I’d love to see genuine secular democracy blossom all over the Middle East. But Glavin cannot, unfortunately, point to any organized secular democratic movements of any significance in any of the countries in question, while in all of them, Islamic supremacist pro-Sharia groups are sizable, organized, and energetic.
I can’t see how this will end well, but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised, and retire back to my undead coffin in peace.
Kaffir Kanuck weighs in on this here.
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Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. His pitch:
In his NRO Impromptus column this morning, Jay Nordlinger asserts:
You know what’s wrong with targets on maps — targets of the kind Sarah Palin used, and the Democratic congressional committee has used? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Not one thing. Neither is there anything wrong with talking about “campaigns,” “battleground states,” “bombshells,” and the like. You know the expression “Give it a shot”? Nothing wrong with it, not one thing.
The idea that targets on a map — indicating congressional districts ripe for the taking, or ripe for challenge — would instigate a person to commit mass murder (rather than, say, make a campaign contribution) is lunacy. Sheer lunacy.
This has been a mad couple of weeks . . .
But is the madness concluded? Not by a long shot, if I may say so.
If you haven’t already found reason enough to condemn Julian Assange, Farhad Manjoo offers up another:
Here’s a fellow who’s been using computers since at least the mid-1980s, a guy whose globetrotting tech-wizardry has come to symbolize all that’s revolutionary about the digital age. Yet when he sits down to type, Julian Assange reverts to an antiquated habit that would not have been out of place in the secretarial pools of the 1950s: He uses two spaces after every period. Which—for the record—is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong
Typographers, that’s who. The people who study and design the typewritten word decided long ago that we should use one space, not two, between sentences. That convention was not arrived at casually. James Felici, author of the The Complete Manual of Typography, points out that the early history of type is one of inconsistent spacing. Hundreds of years ago some typesetters would end sentences with a double space, others would use a single space, and a few renegades would use three or four spaces. Inconsistency reigned in all facets of written communication; there were few conventions regarding spelling, punctuation, character design, and ways to add emphasis to type. But as typesetting became more widespread, its practitioners began to adopt best practices. Felici writes that typesetters in Europe began to settle on a single space around the early 20th century. America followed soon after.
Every modern typographer agrees on the one-space rule. It’s one of the canonical rules of the profession, in the same way that waiters know that the salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork and fashion designers know to put men’s shirt buttons on the right and women’s on the left. Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period. (The Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, used widely in the social sciences, allows for two spaces in draft manuscripts but recommends one space in published work.) Most ordinary people would know the one-space rule, too, if it weren’t for a quirk of history. In the middle of the last century, a now-outmoded technology—the manual typewriter—invaded the American workplace. To accommodate that machine’s [monospaced-type] shortcomings, everyone began to type wrong. And even though we no longer use typewriters, we all still type like we do. (Also see the persistence of the dreaded Caps Lock key.) … Because we’ve all switched to modern fonts, adding two spaces after a period no longer enhances readability, typographers say. It diminishes it.
Unfortunately, Manjoo finds no evidence to prove it. In the end he bases his argument on admittedly arbitrary aesthetics. So, like the comma before “and” in a string, we can argue on forever. Take it away, commenters!
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**Written by Doug Powers
John Kerry’s list of significant epochs in world history:
-Know Nothing (Late 2010-?)
Thurston Heinz III’s swift boat has sprung a leak in the deep end again. Strange — just a couple of years ago the country was brilliant, progressive and in a period of mass awakening, and less that 24 months later that same nation is ignorant and blind to the facts.
Could it be that some of the hypnotized hopeful who believed harmonic convergence would be free and that clean air, world peace, free gas and kickass careers had finally arrived in the form of catch-phrases and campaign slogans eventually awakened to the fact that they were duped? Nah, it’s much easier just to blame talk radio for dumbing down America:
With his party braced for defeats in the midterm elections, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce that a Republican machine — fueled by talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck — has undermined progress and misled the public into believing Democrats created the country’s current economic problems.
“It’s absurd. We’ve lost our minds,” said a clearly exasperated Kerry. “We’re in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don’t weigh in. It’s all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.”
The “enthusiasm gap” talk among Democrats means the left thinks the problem isn’t as much that Republicans are going to outnumber Democrats at the polls next week, but that many Democrats who showed up two years ago are going to sit this one out. It’s doubtful that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are the ones who have convinced these particular left-leaning voters to stay home. Kerry is as adept at avoiding reality as he is at avoiding Massachusetts luxury taxes.
Kerry’s comments about the “Big Dig” are as priceless as the Big Dig itself. To paraphrase Thurston, the Big Dig “cost way too much and was poorly managed, and as a result other cities will want to replicate it.” Kerry must be on the payroll to get Tea Parties targeted to local governments.
Kerry also blamed Republicans for the country’s woes, pointing out, for example, that the $ 700 billion TARP bailout was requested by President Bush. This “blame Republicans” point might have been a little more effective if Kerry himself hadn’t voted yes on passing TARP. But since this is the period of “know nothingism,” I imagine he’s counting on us not knowing that.
**Written by Doug Powers
David Leonhardt has an excellent column on how the real problem of the deficit boils down to Medicare and suggests a solution:
In the new issue of the journal Health Affairs, two doctors, both former Medicare officials, have laid out a plan to do so. It would give expensive new treatments three years to prove that they worked better than cheaper treatments, or their reimbursement rates would be cut to that of the cheaper treatments.
I understand that the idea will strike some people as — gasp — rationing. More modest ideas were shouted down during the debate over health reform. But I’d urge anyone who does not like the doctors’ plan to think a bit about how Medicare should be changed. The status quo isn’t really an option.
The article in question is from Stephen Pearson and Peter Bach and the article is here.
The proposal strikes me as a strong one. Still, to me the really striking thing about the market for health care delivery is the absence of innovations that are aimed primarily at cost-saving. In other sectors of the economy we frequently have firms built around the idea of slightly reduced quality in exchange for dramatically reduced cost. In health care, not so much. That makes it difficult for costs to do anything other than explode.
Via the Blaze. Isn’t this the same Benjamin Jealous who spent a week in July appearing on any chat show that would have him in order to lament the destructive impact of incendiary rhetoric by some tea partiers? And now he’s playing with … Kristallnacht analogies? Like him, I have Jewish friends (not all of [...]
Throughout today’s show, Rush Limbaugh discussed
the “Buckley Rule,” the principle that conservatives should vote for the most conservative electable candidate, and
suggested it should be replaced with the “Limbaugh Rule.” Limbaugh described his rule this way: “In an election year when
voters are fed up with liberalism and socialism, when voters are clearly
frightened of where the hell the country is headed, vote for the most
in the primary, period.” Limbaugh used the term while discussing the Delaware
Republican primary for
Senate between Rep. Mike Castle
(R-DE) and tea party-endorsed Christine O’Donnell. Limbaugh
continued to refer to Castle as a “RINO” and to criticize the congressman for cooperating
Limbaugh continued to criticize the Washington political establishment
throughout the episode.
Limbaugh said that critics have
never criticized O’Donnell on the basis of policy, saying that criticisms were
solely on the basis of her tax trouble and a lawsuit against her former
employer, a conservative non-profit organization based in
Limbaugh speculated that the
harassment inquiry into the New York Jets was prompted not by reporter Ines
Sainz, but by another female reporter. Limbaugh noted that the media has yet to
report how physically attractive said reporter is. Limbaugh also said that Sainz
knows how to attract attention, and was using her physical attractiveness as an
asset to gain access “for her job,” which he pronounced “yob.”
Here are some highlights from
Bryan Fischer, the “Director of Issues Analysis” for the American Family Association, wrote a blog post yesterday on the AFA’s site arguing that the United States should have “no more mosques, period.”
“This is for one simple reason,” he writes. “Each Islamic mosque is dedicated to the overthrow of the American government.”
Fischer, who is scheduled to speak at the Value Voters Summit in September alongside Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mitch McConnell, and a host of other Republican politicians, writes that every mosque “is a potential jihadist recruitment and training center, and determined to implement the ‘Grand Jihad.’” He adds that “because of this subversive ideology, Muslims cannot claim religious freedom protections under the First Amendment. They are currently using First Amendment freedoms to make plans to destroy the First Amendment altogether.”
If a mosque was willing to publicly renounce the Koran and its 109 verses that call for the death of infidels, renounce Allah and his messenger Mohammed, publicly condemn Osama bin Laden, Hamas, and Abdelbaset al Megrahi (the Lockerbie bomber), maybe then they could be allowed to build their buildings. But then they wouldn’t be Muslims at that point, now would they?
“Permits should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the United States of America, let alone the monstrosity planned for Ground Zero,” Fischer says.
The AFA, a non-profit that has a strong presence in the social conservative community, describes its purpose as follows:
The American Family Association represents and stands for traditional family values and exists to motivate and equip citizens to reform our culture to reflect Biblical truth on which it was founded.
And Fischer has a lurid history of writing some pretty inflammatory stuff on AFA blog, such as that the U.S. should impose “legal sanctions for homosexual behavior.”
And, as former TPMer Zachary Roth reported in May, Fischer said in a radio broadcast that Hitler used gay soldiers because they “basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after.”