Daily Archives: September 3, 2010

Imams order beheading of Geert Wilders

I wrote about the assassination of Theo Van Gogh over a year ago. Theo (the great grand nephew of Vincent) was murdered on the streets in Amsterdam, in plain site. I have a soft spot for Theo because I love the treasures his great great uncle left us. His uncle, also named Theo was a resistance fighter during WWII and was executed by the Third Reich. His father, Johan was a member of the Dutch secret service.

Theo was arrogant and basically not a real polite guy. In fact, he was kind of a jerk but that does not by any means, excuse his murder. He was a hard drinker and smoked furiously.

Theo produced and directed a very enlightening film – Submission – about the treatment of Muslim women. I posted that on this blog, last year, too. But it bears being repeated. This is part 1:

While he was cycling to work one morning in November of 2004, he was murdered by a radical Muslim and had a 5 page note left stabbed into his chest.

Now Muslim clerics are calling for the murder – once again – of Geert Wilders. Yesterday, I posted a speech he gave in NYC 2 years ago. Geert is a member of the Dutch parliament and is currently on trial for “hate speech” and inciting violence by producing the film that I posted in another blog below. He is being accused of using the words of the Koran and images of terror attacks by Muslims, which the Dutch claim as inciting violence. Amazing, isn’t it?

Wilders told Reuters it was “really terrible news” [that he was being targeted by the Muslim cleric] and that he was taking it seriously.

“I will ask for clarification from the Dutch minister of interior/justice why the secret service and anti-terrorism unit NCTb have not informed me before and what the consequences will be for me,” he said in an email.

Wilders was also charged because of outspoken remarks in the media, such as an opinion piece in a Dutch daily in which he compared Islam to fascism and the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.”

Of late he has been in the news for plans to speak out against a planned mosque in New York City on September 11, the ninth anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

But his views have also made him extremely popular with a segment of the country uneasy about the Netherlands’ commitment to multiculturalism.

I believe that there are peace loving, moderate Muslims but they are not speaking out about this or any other thing the Islamic fanatics are doing, have done or saying they will do. I’m a true believer that if there were more Muslims who would stand up and disavow this kind of violence and hatred, it would move their cause in a great way with the American people..

But I’m afraid the next murder will be that of Geert Wilders.

Quote of the day – from those morons at Time

What economists know very well, but most of the rest of us do not is that the unemployment rate never hits 0%. Well duh! What a stupid statement! Of course it will never hit 0%. It never even gets close. It never even gets close? Read on: In fact, even in good times, the unemployment rate has been creeping up over time. During the 1960s, the unemployment rate was below 4% for nearly four years, going as low as 3.5%. During the amazing late-1990s-early-2000s economic boom, though, never got as low as that. The unemployment rate touched 4%, dipping below that only briefly for just a few months. I think that 3.5 or 4% or even 5% is pretty damned close to what we’d all like to see. Close enough for me, compared to almost 10% now, although many believe that number is much higher. In 2008, (still during the Bush administration) the rate dropped to around 4.5% and that was the best it got. The best it got??? How many Americans would like to see an unemployment rate like that right now? In fact, for most of the time during the housing market and credit boom that was the late 2000s, the unemployment rate stood at 5%-7%. Even this is better than what we are seeing now. Good Lord! How stupid do these people at Time think we are?

Read more: http://curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.com/2010/09/03/unemployment-rises-hurray/#ixzz0yUOIzuGz

Vanity Fair article rips into Palin

If you’ve not read this article, then don’t waste your time doing so. I’ve read it and it’s simply the worst excuse for journalism – oh wait, we’ve already seen some of the worst excuses. In short then, it’s nothing more than a hatchet job. It is character assassination to the highest degree.

I kept looking for named sources to back up their statements and found only one – only one in the entire article.

With few exceptions—mostly Palin antagonists in journalism and politics whose beefs with her have long been out in the open—virtually no one who knows Palin well is willing to talk about her on the record, whether because they are loyal and want to protect her (a small and shrinking number), or because they expect her prominence to grow and intend to keep their options open, or because they fear she will exact revenge, as she has been known to do. It is an astonishing phenomenon. Colleagues and acquaintances by the hundreds went on the record to reveal what they knew, for good or ill, about prospective national candidates as diverse as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Al Gore, and Barack Obama. When it comes to Palin, people button their lips and slink away.

You know, I beg to differ with the “journalists” on this story, but no one has come forward “to reveal what they knew, for good or ill” about Obama. There has never been a presidential candidate whose past has been so closeted, whose life has been so non-existent as Barack Obama.

There are anecdotal stories of bellhops and waitresses who claimed that Palin and her entourage stiffed them. Who are these guys? There is only one person from Wasilla (Colleen Cottle) who went on the record, by name to slam Sarah. All other statements were from unnamed Wasilla citizens who supposedly feared retribution from the Palins. One Palin hometown bartender told the reporter when he was inquiring about the Palins, “Good luck – I like my job.”

Again, unnamed “friends” tell stories of the Palins throwing canned goods at each other in fits of rage until the refrigerator looked like it had been shot up, swearing at each other and not sharing the same bed. Supposedly Todd said he had “no idea how Sarah ever got pregnant.”

There are Wasilla “residents” who say that Sarah has never hunted or fished. That she jumped out of the car one day to have her picture taken with a dead deer or moose. When Greta Van Susteren showed up at the Palins, Todd reportedly, called all over town for moose meat so that Sarah could make her Fox guest moose chili.

All of this is unsubstantiated allegations by unnamed sources.

Does anyone seriously believe this happened:

Visitors to her house witnessed her in core meltdown. To one of her children, she cried, “We weren’t good enough for America. We’ll never be good enough for America.”

The one thing in the whole article that I could identify with and might believe there is some truth to is the following passage:

Sometimes when she went out in public, people were unkind. Once, while shopping at Target, a man saw Palin and hollered, “Oh my God! It’s Tina Fey! I love Tina Fey!” When other shoppers started laughing, the governor parked her cart, walked out of the store, and drove away.

No one in the public arena, in this nation has ever been roasted, toasted and trashed like Sarah Palin. Until Sarah Palin, I never believed that Americans could be so unkind or so cruel. The attacks on this woman and her family have been heartless and brutal, regardless of whether you like her or not.

No one deserves the abuse she has endured and it makes everyone who has done her so unkindly, a much lesser person.