Archive for August, 2006

A Study in Contrasts; or, The Mewling of Ibrahim Hooper

August 11, 2006

Adding to the ever-growing list of the atrocities perpetrated on — and potential atrocities aimed at — us “infidels,” as we are referred to by an unknown number of adherents to the so-called “Religion of Peace,” we now have this (emphasis mine — ed.):

British police said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot, possibly just days away, to blow up U.S.-bound jetliners over the Atlantic and kill thousands. Chilling accounts leaked by investigators described a plan on the scale of 9/11 that would use common electronic devices to detonate liquid explosives concealed in sports drink bottles to bring down as many as 10 planes in a nearly simultaneous strike.
…British authorities arrested 24 people based partly on intelligence from Pakistan, where authorities detained up to three others several days earlier. More arrests were expected, the official said. The suspects were believed to be mainly British Muslims, at least some of Pakistani ancestry.

And via Mike Hendrix at Cold Fury comes this Washington Post profile of Little Green Footballs writer Charles Johnson, with this rather telling bit from Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for Islamist front group the Council on American-Islamic Relations:

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights organization often vilified on Johnson’s blog, calls Little Green Footballs “a vicious, anti-Muslim hate site . . . that has unfortunately become popular.”

The irony, Hooper says, is that if the same kind of “hatred” that appears on LGF appeared on Muslim sites, it soon would be used by LGF’s fans to justify their worldview.

Like many politically themed blogs, Little Green Footballs doesn’t always traffic in subtlety and nuance. Dissenting points of view often are dismissed as “idiotarian” or “LLL” (for “loony liberal left”), and Islam is mockingly referred to as “RoP,” meaning “religion of peace.”

Hooper says the Reuters incident is unfortunate in itself, but says such sites as Little Green Footballs use such lapses “as a club against the entire mainstream media. Their line is basically that if one freelance photographer alters a photo, then everything Israel does must be justified. Or if one of the sentences that Dan Rather once uttered wasn’t correct, then the media is corrupt and Dan Rather’s whole career is rotten to the core.”

Wow. So much idiocy packed into so few column-inches that I hardly know where to begin!
Hatred? So far as I have seen, after reading LGF for about a year, the only hatred posted on Johnson’s site comes from the news articles and video clips he posts, about the the activities of the Islamists from all corners of the world, even the good ole U.S. of A. Don’t take my word for it. Go see for yourself. Little Green Footballs is, as Bill Whittle says, “a filter (and of course it’s a filter -– that’s why it is useful) that looks at Islamist thinking and behavior daily and shows what Islamists are saying and doing in their own words…He (Charles Johnson) is attacked personally in an attempt to discredit him and his website because the fact remains that almost everything he links to are articles by Islamists, about Radical Islam -– and what they say in their own words is so totally compelling, damning, and downright blood curdling that anyone not seeing the danger brewing does not deserve to be part of this argument.”
And, once again, not just their words damn them, but their actions also damn them. Hooper can say what he likes, but, once again, as long as the adherents to his “Religion of Peace” keep blowing stuff up and otherwise terrorizing and killing those who don’t worship their god, well, the explosions, gunfire, and the cries of the wounded and the dying, and those of the people they leave behind are what’s going to be speaking the loudest about the true desires and intents of the adherents to this “Religion of Peace.”
And don’t you just love how Hooper spouts that tripe about one freelance photographer distorting a photo? It’s as if everything else Johnson posts on LGF — the Islamists’ own words, mind you! — doesn’t even matter to him — well, of course it doesn’t matter to him or his band of terror apologists, but for Hooper to practically come right out and say it is…it just leaves me speechless.
As for Dan Rather, well, just where in the hell has Hooper been since 1981? People have been saying for YEARS now that Rather was a barely-veiled shill for the left. It was only his blatant confirmation of that bias with the fake Texas Air National Guard documents that led to his downfall. Methinks Hooper doth looketh a bit too hard for a reason to whineth. And Big Media, no matter the extent of its integrity, sure as hell isn’t any kind of unbiased observer; in addition to the TANG document story, witness the New York Times’ obsessive coverage of the so-called “scandal” of the men-only membership of the Augusta National Golf Club, the Associated Press’ hit piece on Ronnie Barrett’s .50-caliber rifle, and the list goes on and on for as far as the eye can see.
Good grief. Some days it’s just too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel…

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More Thoughts on "Gun Stupidity"

August 8, 2006

I’ve been thinking more, about the newspaper column discussed at length here

I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that the kid died, the fact that his parents (or whoever his guardians were) most likely didn’t teach him any kind of respect for guns and the power contained in them, or the fact that some big-city candy-assed newspaper columnist is using this tragedy as a platform on which to push yet more restrictions on the freedoms of Americans, with enough straw men to fill every barn across the fruited plain a hundred times. This kid’s death could have been prevented, but not by taking my guns away, or anyone else’s, for that matter. They still don’t know whether the kid died by his own hand or by someone else’s, as far as I know, but if indeed it was an accident, as it sometimes is, then this kid’s blood is on the hands of whoever raised him, as they obviously didn’t teach him about guns, or about it being wrong to go digging through other people’s drawers. As cold and callous as that might sound, I remember when I was 14. I minded my own business because I was always afraid of being discovered, legitimate fear or not, because I knew what would happen if my meddling was revealed — I’d have gotten my tail end beat. And I was not too much of a gunnie back then, but I’d handled them before and certainly had respect for what they could do, enough that even if I saw one, I wouldn’t touch it unless a trusted adult was around. I hate that the kid died, I really do…but I hate it more that guns and gun ownership have gotten such a social stigma in some places in this country that kids aren’t even taught about them by their parents, let alone the schools. It’s not the fault of the Founding Fathers, the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Gun Owners of America, (or, for that matter, the gun owners of America) or any other pro-gun people or organizations that this kid is dead. It’s the fault of groups like The Organizations Formerly Known as Handgun Control (yes, Sarah and Jim Brady, my finger’s pointin’ at YOU!) and The National Coalition to Ban Handguns (hi, Michael Beard and Casey Anderson!) and the Violence Policy Center (take a bow, Josh Sugarmann and Tom Diaz!), and people like John Grogan who only look at the bad things that are done with guns and do their level best to minimize the good and nurture that aforementioned social stigma, no matter how many lies, distortions, manipulations of the facts, and intellectually and logically bankrupt emotion-driven arguments they have to use to do it. Damn them. Damn them all.

Not Much To Say To This…

August 5, 2006

We’ve fisked these people over and over, for what seems like time immemorial, and they keep coming back with their utter emotion-driven stupidity

I know I will hear from the gun nuts and firepower freaks, and they will scream the same old bellicose rant. I’m tired of hearing it.

Well, okay, pansy. No bellicose rant here. Two words, that’s all I am gonna say. But first, something else. As I said on the thread at THR, it is indeed ‘time to unload on gun stupidity’…

It is time for people to stop assigning malevolent motives to inanimate, morally neutral objects as if they were some sort of talisman.
It is time for people to start holding people accountable for their misdeeds as opposed to holding those aforementioned inanimate objects responsible.
It is time for people to pull their kids out of the insidious muck of gun ignorance manufactured by the media and anti-gunners everywhere.
It is time for our kids to be educated on all the good things that have come about at the barrels of guns wielded by decent and moral men and women throughout history. And likewise, it is time for our kids to be educated on the bad things that have come about when those same decent moral men and women were denied the right to arms.

As for the two words…Molon Labe, Johnny. Come and get them.

Observations on the Seattle Shooting and the "Religion of Peace"

August 1, 2006

Via Kevin Baker at The Smallest Minority, we see that Dr. Rusty Shackelford, the writer of The Jawa Report, has decided to arm himself in the wake of events at the Jewish Federation in Seattle, in which a Pakistani man with two semi-automatic pistols killed one and wounded five after taking a 13-year-old girl hostage — at gunpoint — at the start of his rampage. A bit of irony in Dr. Shackelford’s remarks on his site here:

The reason for the gun? The death threats. Hundreds of them. All for criticizing the ROP over the years.

The ROP the good doctor mentions stands for — what else? — Religion of Peace. How ironic it is, indeed, that so many adherents of this “religion of peace” are so willing to kill pregnant women, small children and otherwise innocent civilians (by suicide bombings and using said civilians as shields). I am reminded of the sardonic observation that different people have made recently, something to the effect that “Islam is a Religion of Peace, and they’ll kill to prove it!” Far be it from me to say that all Muslims have such burning hate in their hearts for those who don’t follow their religion that they’ll do things like this, but I think it’s safe to say that Islam has more or less been taken over by these extremists, and it’s probably going to take nothing less than a full-scale intra-religious war, a literal war within Islam with guns and bombs and all that good stuff, to cleanse it of these insidious elements. Of course, there are those who would in effect argue that if something like this were to happen, there would be no Islam left (emphasis mine — ed.):

I don’t like Islam. I have read the Koran, and I have studied for enough years to know that I do not like Islam. I view “good” Muslims (and I do so loathe that term, but find it useful in this case) as Muslims who do not practice Islam the way that it was meant to be practiced by the person who invented Islam. I wish there were more of them, and that they were more outspoken. I wish so because I want their freedom from tyranny just as much as my freedom from it as well. But Islam, as defined in the Koran, as practiced and invented by Mohammed – the historical figure of Mohammed – I do not like. I view him as a Hitler, and I view the Koran in the same light as I view Mein Kampf.

Take that for whatever you think it might be worth — I personally haven’t studied Islam or the Koran enough to make an informed comment — but the events of the last five years, and even further back than that (bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the 241 Marines killed at the Beirut barracks in 1983, just to name a few), at least as far as I can see, do very little to dispel the perception that Islam is not nearly as much of a “Religion of Peace” as certain dangerously politically correct pundits, commentators, university professors, politicians, etc. would like us all to believe it is. The ghosts of 3,000-plus of our countrymen and 2,000-plus brave men and women in uniform fighting this monster in Iraq would certainly beg to differ. I hate to make what sounds like such a sweeping judgment, but the sounds of guns and bombs going off from Bali to Seattle to New York to Madrid to London to Baghdad are, literally and figuratively, much louder than the whispers that “Islam is a Religion of Peace.”
And Kim du Toit asks a most pertinent question:

As for the people who are still “thinking” about buying themselves gun, I have only one more question to ask: How many more random massacres like this will it take to get you to buy a gun? Do you think this kind of incident is just going to magically disappear in the future?

It’s a scary thing to contemplate indeed, but it’s extremely difficult to argue that we’re not suffering from the ancient Chinese curse of living in interesting times. The Muslims may not be bringing the jihad on here in the good ole U.S.A. as fast as they are in Europe, but if we don’t remember our roots as an armed citizenry, and the value our Founding Fathers saw in an armed citizenry, it’s only a matter of time until we suffer the same fate as our neighbors across the pond. Which reminds me, I need to go buy a few boxes of ammo and get my tail to the range, soooon….