May 10, 2006
Egyptian Bloggers Under Attack
Here in the United States, the rights we take for granted are but a distant dream to our counterparts in a large part of the world. The idiots who abuse their freedom of speech rights, for example, using them to attack and otherwise demean the selfsame system of government that allows us these freedoms, have absolutely no clue as to what it would be like for them if our form of government were not one whose Constitution guarantees us these rights.
In Egypt, for example, whose government attempted to demonstrate not long ago how democratic they are, human rights oriented bloggers and activists are being snatched up Gestapo style and tossed into the hoosegow without so much as due process, held for a 15 day investigation period that can be extended without a whole lot of pomp and circumstance and, if the powers-that-be decide to do so, be indefinitely extended so as to become what may be a permanent disappearance.
We're not talking about criminals being arrested for murder, larceny or battery, simply non-violent dissenters, yet they do not have a fraction of the same rights as the murderers, larcens or batterers whose wrists liberal doctrine has forced us to slap here in America.
Right now, as we speak, an Egyptian blogger and others who fight for the same human rights we conservatives do here in the United States are in serious danger from their own government.
We all need to address this together, in many ways it's like running across the street to stop a rape or a mugging.
To get down to brass tacks, let's go visit my blog brother and friend Kender and get this sorted out.
Posted by Seth at 02:02 AM |
July 16, 2005
After all the concerts raising money for African aid and the G8 summits gaining governments' pledges to send money to African countries, the fact remains that most of them are dictatorships run by corrupt, despotic pricks ala Robert Mugabe, a typically fucked-up African dictator, who do not represent the people, just themselves.
These are the folks who will receive the bucks we send, and these are the people who will keep the money for their own use(can anybody say, Numbered Account?).
African countries are so badly mismanaged by self-motivated, self styled monarchs who have no problem with letting their people starve as long as they live in luxury, and these leaders control dissent through imprisonment, torture and execution.
In my opinion, sending all this money to African countries at this time is no different from flushing it down the nearest commode and, since some of it comes out of my taxes, I feel completely justified in taking umbrage with it. These African countries need to be repaired from within before they are ready to be helped from without.
Pamela of Atlas Shrugs has a post that tells it like it is.
June 13, 2005
Ridiculouser And Ridiculouser
"Guantanamogate" has reaaallllly gotten out of hand.
We get a Newsweek story based on misinformation and quickly retracted as such, then Amnesty International, admitting that they don't know what's happening at Camp Delta, the Gitmo detention facility, but going ahead and calling it a gulag anyway, so,
Based on no factual evidence whatsoever(to Bush hating liberals that's plenty of proof), the left has begun to crow with their usual glee beneath their patented false veneer of concern and hurl accusations of torture and inhumanity, creating yet another wave of anti-Bush hysteria, demands pouring in from liberal politicians and pundits that the detention center be shut down. What a bunch of reactionary obstructionist buffoons!
Let's read how Oliver North weighs in on the subject.
Here's Amnesty's "gulag:" Upon arrival, detainees are issued a blanket, a sheet, two orange "jump suits," flip flops, a foam sleeping pad, two bath towels, a washcloth, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, a prayer rug, and a Koran. They are allowed two 15-minute showers per week; They get recreation time and three culturally sensitive meals per day. Schedules are respectful of Islamic traditions, prayer calls are broadcast five times a day and arrows painted on the floors point to Mecca. Their regular quarters include a flushing toilet, running water, and an off-the-floor bed. Detainees who ask for them are provided with soccer balls, playing cards, chessboards and paperback books. All of this, courtesy of the American taxpayers the detainees have sworn to kill.
Now compare that to a Soviet gulag as described by gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn. If you haven't yet read his (1962) novel, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovitch, I highly recommend adding it to your reading list.
Another of Solzhenitsyn's books on the subject (in nonfiction mode) is The Gulag Archipelago. A link to a preview at Amazon.com that includes the opening segment follows in the next post.
Posted by Seth at 06:45 AM |
June 04, 2005
Muslim "Civil Rights" vs. Homeland Security
I'm sure finding a lot of stuff to comment about from the "all the left that fits to print" newspaper these days. In todays New York Times there's an article by Andrea Elliott entitled You Can't Talk to an F.B.I. Agent that Way, or Can You?
Dressed in a navy suit and red tie, his hair parted neatly on the side, Special Agent Charles E. Frahm sat with practiced calm as Muslims rose, one after another, to hurl raw complaints at him. Mr. Frahm, who heads the counterterrorism division of the F.B.I. in New York, was at a banquet hall in the Midwood section of Brooklyn on Thursday night to listen, he had told hundreds of residents gathered there.
And they responded. They were tired of being held for hours at airports when their names resembled those of suspected terrorists, they said. They were tired of seeing Muslims arrested on immigration charges. They were tired of having their mosques watched, their businesses scrutinized.
....Since Mr. Frahm took over New York's counterterrorism division in July 2004, he has impressed some skeptical Muslim leaders with his eagerness to make public appearances. "I think it helps the community to air their feelings," he said during a break on Thursday night. ""This provides folks a forum for pent-up frustration. The emotion is real."
...."I hear you, and I will continue to hear you," he said. "I can also say we make no apologies for actions we must take to protect Americans."
And that last quote sums things up pretty well. ".... we make no apologies for actions we must take to protect Americans."
What do these people expect? The overwhelming majority of today's terrorists look just like them, have names like theirs and to go further, several mosques and places of business have been caught out as places for storing weapons and explosives, harboring wanted terrorists, indoctrinating and training terrorists and also in the case of the mosques, many are places where "holy men" preach hate against Jews and Christians with the intention of inciting lethal violence against innocent people in the name of Islam.
So we're supposed to assume that all of these people are clean until something blows up and a lot of people are killed or maimed? Is that it?
I have a much better idea: Stop whining, and police your own damn community! Your inaction sends out a message of approval to these murderous fanatics, and coupled with the adulation they receive from Arab media and millions of fellow Muslims this accellerates terrorism. If a Muslim community, here or elsewhere does not openly oppose terrorists and actively help local and federal law enforcement in taking them down(that includes fingering relatives who are involved in terrorism) then as far as I'm concerned that community is proterror and undeserving of U.S. citizenship or even a green card.
Terrorism travels with Islam; Wherever the Religion of Peace goes, so does violence. It's your baggage, Muslims, so you need to deal with it. Until you do, don't bitch about your "rights." My right to live is more important to me than your right not to be inconvenienced.
So, in the article....
Posted by Seth at 09:59 PM |