BaghdadStrong? MogadishuStrong?

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Here’s today’s column.

Tucked in there is this notion: Bad as Boston was, there are places in the world that would trade weeks with Boston in the beat of a heart.

We live incredible lives here. We usually think it’s a bad day if the cable goes down.

We know startlingly little. Already, it has been necessary to straighten people out about Chechen and Czechs.

It’s probably time to learn more about Chechens.

(And when you do, you’ll wonder a little about Putin’s rapid offer of help. )

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82 thoughts on “BaghdadStrong? MogadishuStrong?

  1. Richard

    It was the “Corky Sherwood and Jim Dial Hour” on cable news this week. You know the episode where Corky and Jim had to pronounce all those former Russian Republic names and do some unscripted dialogue on the history behind the breaking news.

    And in lighter news it was revealed Janet Pekinpaugh still thinks of Denise D’Asenzo as the younger prettier blonde sitting in her anchor seat.

  2. Reader

    Colin, I can’t wrap my hands around your decision to include Hiroshima and not Pearl Harbor in your list of humankind’s worst in the 20th Century. The former would not have happened without the latter.

  3. Jim

    Kudos for mentioning Pakistan and children killed by our drones. BTW – isn’t it against international law to bomb another sovereign country? But hey, when did we ever worry about the rule of law?

  4. Jac

    Good column. I am noticing the terrorists, the criminals, the leaders involved, and even the people mentioned in your column, are all men.

      1. Jac

        I am also noticing that Richard chooses to blame someone else rather than hold a criminal accountable for his actions.

        I am not saying men are bad. Most are wonderful people and that includes the author of this column. But, in order to address & reduce violence, we need to understand it and acknowledge where it is in an honest way.

  5. peter brush

    To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name. [Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, 1885]

      1. peter brush

        Sounds ok, but in practice it has been less than.
        Estimated number of victims
        In the introduction, editor Stéphane Courtois states that “…Communist regimes… turned mass crime into a full-blown system of government”[3]. He claims that a death toll totals 94 million[4]. The breakdown of the number of deaths given by Courtois is as follows:
        65 million in the People’s Republic of China
        20 million in the Soviet Union
        2 million in Cambodia
        2 million in North Korea
        1.7 million in Africa
        1.5 million in Afghanistan
        1 million in the Communist states of Eastern Europe
        1 million in Vietnam
        150,000 in Latin America (mainly Cuba)
        10,000 deaths “resulting from actions of the international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power.”[4]
        Courtois claims that Communist regimes are responsible for a greater number of deaths than any other political ideal or movement, including Nazism. The statistics of victims includes executions, famine, deaths resulting from deportations, physical confinement, or through forced labor.

          1. peter brush

            Marxist–Leninist atheism (Russian: ???????????-????????? ??????) is a part of the wider Marxist-Leninist philosophy (the type of Marxist philosophy found in the Soviet Union), which rejects religion[1][2] and advocates a materialist understanding of nature.[3] Marxism-Leninism holds that religion is the opium of the people – in a negative sense – and it therefore promotes the abolition of religion and the acceptance of atheism.[4][5] Marxist-Leninist atheism has its roots in the philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Karl Marx, and V.I. Lenin.[6]

  6. peter brush

    Then two bombs exploded.
    What? By themselves? With no disoriented, disaffected, alienated, but seemingly nice guys doing the exploding?
    There’s not much left of “we the people,” fact remains we have enemies. It’s not racist or phobic to acknowledge it.
    David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s
    This is the face of our enemy and the sooner the delusional liberals among us wake up to this fact, the safer all of us will be.

  7. Jac

    I am also noticing that Richard chooses to blame someone else rather than hold a criminal accountable for his actions.

    I am not saying men are bad. Most are wonderful people and that includes the author of this column. But, in order to address & reduce violence, we need to understand it and acknowledge where it is in an honest way.

    1. peter brush

      in order to address & reduce violence
      The grand jury did not name any of the clinics, hospitals or doctors who made referrals to Gosnell, except for a Delaware clinic where he also worked part-time. Its narrative suggests, however, that “legitimate” abortionists routinely availed themselves of Gosnell’s services to help their patients evade legal and ethical limits on late-term abortion. This may be a fruitful subject for legislative investigation, either in Harrisburg or Washington.

      According to the grand jury, Gosnell’s method of “abortion” in these late-term cases was infanticide, plain and simple. He or an untrained staffer would induce labor, deliver the baby alive, and then perform the procedure they called by the chilling euphemism “snipping”—slashing the infant to death with scissors to the neck and spine. “Over the years, there were hundreds of ‘snippings,’ ” the grand jury found. But bodies had been disposed of and files destroyed, so the evidence was sufficient to prosecute in only seven cases.

      1. Todd Zaino

        peter, I wonder why the Kermit Gosnell story isn’t on the front pages…after all “if it bleeds…it leads!” Funny how reporting this story for the Left just doesn’t suit their agenda.

        I suppose if Gosnell were doing all of these horrible things to dogs, well then by George…the Left would have that front and center! After all we have to make sure that the innocent dogs are all protected!
        Priorities, while over 3000 babies will be aborted today, the Leftists are still crying foul over guns…makes you wonder if anyone on the left is truly paying attention.

        1. Todd Zaino

          peter, more shocking news…are you sitting down?

          The Bros. Tsarnaev didn’t have legal gun permits. Funny how bad simply just ignore, or blow off laws…isn’t it? Too bad there weren’t more stringent feel-good liberal gun laws on the books…so they could be ignored as well.

    2. Richard

      The abrotion doctor Jac. You sweet little brutes you! Conducting a genocide under the guise of the “War on Women”. So nice. So polite. So well mannered. So educated! You lovely litte butcher babes! Didn’t the Beatles do a cover celebrating American womenhood?

  8. equality 7-2521

    There was a race of yellow people and a race of blue people back whenever and each thought their own good was better than the others. They created a line of evil between them until the Romeo & Juliet thing happened and found out when they combined their goods, green happened which was better than either blue or yellow by themselves.
    Today many in power think only in terms of black & white, no grays. There are only good guys and bad guys only set situations which require known solutions. The blacks fear to create new colors with the whites out of fear of the unknown yet each side has creationists who have dabbled on the canvas to produce wonderful grays.
    There are also creationists who have made sport of the dividing lines for personel gain and found it most profitable to accent the differences using fear and thus intensify the evils. Whether it be cultural strife or video games the inherent problem is greed and fear to share. Nationalistic greed, corporate greed or selfpreservation greed when unchecked it keeps those who can affect change religated to museums.
    Good column.
    I know of someone who’s goal has been to create a memorial to all civilian death and trajedy caused by the consequences of war, as many sources show that civilian loss can be much greater than military yet each American town green seems to have monuments to soldiers and not to others who have been murdered by the follies of soldiers and their leaders.
    I have created a modest garden in my yard to commemorate the many deaths that have happened to my lineage during the 20th century and perhaps communities could band together, such as Bristal, Vt. had done to create a Peace Garden which would rival any other monument.
    But I am only a dreamer, a creater trying to create as many harmonious colors as the spectrum will allow thus keeping the primaries at bay.

  9. peter brush

    So: communists are atheists — but atheists are not necessarily communists.
    True. But, militant atheism responsible for tens of millions of 20th century deaths.

    I cite the Pope not so much because I am worried about atheism. I’m not a religious person. But,not all religions are equal, and within Islam the West has large number of enemies. The Bahai faith, apparently (I’m looking at wikipedia) has as one of its tenets “the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God.” Maybe. But not all religions are equally philosophically valid or equally hostile to the U.S. Another tenet is simply false: “all humans have been created equal, and that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance.”
    If I might paraphrase the Pope for my purposes; multiple cultures result, in the long run, in no culture. Tolerance ok, but it should not imply suicide.

  10. equality 7-2521

    We create our own relevance here. Everyone knows about the Titanic but how many average folk know about the MV Wilhem Gustloff? I think we cherry pick those disasters which we want to wrap our minds around unless they happen in our own backyard but we’d be better able to handle ours if we had more awareness of others.
    We created our problems in Iran & Iraq by supporting the wrong dictators and even in Israel/occupied Palestine, we tend to turn a blind eye to events such as Deir Yassien, Al-Lied, Nasir Al-Dien etc. and only pay attention when the victims react and only have sympathy for the bully/provocators. Our lapses in memory have created many of the problems we have today.
    There is so much more going on out there. The Congo, Somalia and who knows where else, but I wish I did.
    I guess we learn from our human mistakes only when we want to or it comes back to bite us in the ass. Thinking globally should not just be ecological or commerce but rather taking in the entire spectrum of mankind and respecting each as such without trying to make them us. For we certainly are a sorry bunch as evidenced by our need to be the world’s second best killing machine in world history (the Mongols were #1.)

  11. Todd Zaino

    I saw this on this morning…too good not to share:

    Gilligan’s Poem

    By Jim Treacher
    Islam is my faith, Caucasian’s my race. I left some skidmarks on my big brother’s face.

  12. Todd Zaino

    Liberal utopia blown up by a two naughty Muslim brothers. All of the leftist good intentions, and pretty speeches do little to protect Americans from animals like the Tsarnaeu brothers.
    Lefties still smarting from the Senate shooting down (pun totally intended) gun legislation now have the Boston bombers to deal with…boo-hoo. The Bros. Tsarnaeu had bombs and guns. Would it surprise a single adult in the room to discover that Gilligan and Speedbump Tsarnaeu neither had legal permits to carry in the Bay State? Go ask MIT PO Sean Collier’s family how great liberal, BS, gun laws worked out for Sean. Better yet go ask Boston Transit PO, Richard Donohue how the “toughest gun laws in the United States” worked out for him.
    Leftwing apologists should stop trying to run their PC BS past us. Liberal panaceas simply don’t work. We can all hold hands around the campfire, sing kumbaya all we want…but people who want to do harm to innocent Americans will still find a way. I’d bet my last dollar there is some confused leftist drafting up something about putting a ban on pressure cookers.

    Liberals are so nice, I feel all warm and fuzzy…seriously, it’s time to grow up everybody. If Bill Maher is starting question some of this…isn’t all truly lost?

    1. equality 7-2521

      We need a cure, not BS fear mongering like yours. Perhaps we are not as innocent as you think. We have supported bullies and perhaps we are getting bitten on the hand that fed them.

    2. Cynical Susan

      A question: do you think all of your anti-liberal nastiness is going to change the hearts and minds of anyone? Another question: do you think that your Super-Scorn hurts?

  13. Don Pesci

    About Putin: The United States has been in the habit the last few decades of renting out its armed services to the UN, at no charge of course. As soon as troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan, the Chechen/Taliban problem once again becomes a thorn in the side of Moscow, at which point we should resist renting our military to Putin. One hopes that President Barack Obama, who seems to have some difficulty distinguishing friends from enemies, will be able, now that lameduckery has freed him to do precisely as he wishes in both foreign and domestic policy, to resist Putin blandishments.

    1. Richard

      Destabilization is US Military policy in the region. The nice part about that policy is there are no friends or enemies. Just combatants who need arms and encouragement. The US lacked an exit plan in 1992 and lacks one now. The military is content to test drones and surveillance tech all day long under field conditions. The US will play Opium kingmaker among the feifdoms and continue to keep oil lines from being built to China. Policy won’t change. There are cracks everwhere in Pakistan, Afhganistan, the Russian Islamic territories. Egypt, Syria and Libya? What a wonderful set up for another troop committment on the horizon.

      Daddy, why did they call it the 100 Years war?

  14. peter brush

    seems to have some difficulty distinguishing friends from enemies
    It is a problem. Not unique to him, as see some comments above, but particularly hazardous in a commander in chief. It may be that he doesn’t share hatred of our country with his friends Wright and Ayers, but his deepest allegiance is to something greater than our little constitutional republic; something extra-national.
    Accordingly, unless there is some sort of social justice agenda to be promoted, as he envisioned there having been in Egypt and Libya, there is little chance that he’ll use the military at all. He’s certainly willing, though, to lend Putin a hand if it merely involves our military retreat, as with missile defense in Poland.
    In fact, I believe he regrets that the Boston bomber can’t be kept with a low profile like Major Hasan, that the Boston victims can’t be hidden like he’s managed, so far, to hide the survivors of the Muslim attack on our guys in Benghazi. The gratuitous Mirandizing of the creep serves Obama’s purpose, but the atrocity was just too gross, the victims normal American civilians here in the “homeland.”
    The media will do their best to filter and conceal, but the deliberate stupidity of our immigration policy, a policy not aimed at the national interest but at celebration of diversity, will be revealed. The intelligence failure of our Homeland Security and Justice Departments, perhaps also related to Obama’s open society prejudice, will be exposed.
    Unfortunately, again see comments above, it won’t matter enough to enough putative Americans.

    1. equality 7-2521

      I feel all bigots should voluntarily return to the nations of their forebears so we no longer have targets here.

      1. peter brush

        all bigots should voluntarily return
        I appreciate your frustration. There are some who believe that just because we are a
        “free country” that we have to have immigration from all over the universe because diversity, as such, is our strength. Personally, I’d be satisfied if we were to exclude anti-American immigrants, but I’d not try to send all Muslims back from whence they came. Our native born anti-Americans are particularly disgusting, but what can we do? They are “citizens.”
        Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (2:190-192)

          1. peter brush

            That is one interpretation of that which cannot be translated.
            Another iteration of that which the bull shat.

          2. peter brush

            That is one interpretation of that which cannot be translated.
            Gosnell’s defense lawyer Jack McMahon argued that Williams “only saw one arm, one movement, one spasm.” “This wasn’t a baby moving!” he said, when arguing that all counts against his client should be dropped.

            McMahon argued that all first-degree murder charges should be dismissed, saying that one movement or breath is not enough to prove the babies were born alive.

            “If we are going in this room to say a baby is born alive because it moves one time without any other movement, that is ludicrous,” McMahon said.

          3. equality 7-2521

            So peter, that is obviously a newer interpretation because you don’t name the sura but it basically states that anyone who attacks the God of the Old Testament should retaliate, preferably non-violently but if deadly force is used against God, it is OK to return that deadly force.
            Nothing new here, basically the Semetic eye for an eye principal.
            I don’t believe in the old testament God but I certainly respect the belief and wouldn’t attack those that do as you are doing. I tend towards Christianity and encourage tolerance yet why don’t you work to break this cycle which you and an assortment of right wing nuts and bigots feast upon. You are only proving that the problem resides within you yet so dosen’t the cure.

  15. Joe Lorusso

    Unfortunately, obama and his crowd do not understand the world either. Dumb and destructive president; time to face that reality.

    1. Todd Zaino


      The Obama crowd is just like the Carter crowd…they will never, ever, admit to voting for a complete failure. At least the Carter fans only have to defend four horrible years…the Barry and Moochelle crowd will have to try to defend eight years…FORE!

  16. No time to pontificate

    Don’t these commenters have professions with responsibilities that preclude them from e-bickering all day? Todd zaino, I believe you have said that you teach in Farmington. Does your time spent commenting here during the day comport with your duties to the boe and to your students? Admittedly none of my business but I do wonder.

    1. peter brush

      I do wonder
      It is wonderful.
      Doesn’t the host get enhanced remuneration with unprecluded bickering? It’s an investment, a stimulus of the Central Connecticut Gross Domestic Product.
      How do you have time to read this stuff?

      1. peter brush

        I do wonder
        And, may you and your family be benefited to the limit of the law with Obamacare.

        1. Todd Zaino


          It’s certainly going to be eye-opening for all of the Obama supporters here on Jan 1, 2014 when they get do the old Nancy Pelosi and “actually read what’s in ObamaCare.”

          I can see it now…

          Hey wait a minute, I didn’t know it was going to cost me more!

          What do you mean I can’t keep my doctor?

          If I’d have known that ObamaCare was going to be like this…perhaps in an adult moment I wouldn’t have voted for him back in November of 2012!

  17. No time to pontificate

    I read the blog at night after work. You? Ii don’t understand your Obama reference. That is not, however, a request for you to explain.

  18. peter brush

    right wing nuts and bigots
    No attack here from me on any religion. But, if you’re searching for bigotry I’d say the Koran and the Mosaic Law are good places to look. One might say that bigotry was a commandment. Perhaps the problem is that you use words without knowing what they mean.
    Bigotry is the state of mind of a bigot: someone who, as a result of their (sic) prejudices, treats other people with hatred, contempt, and intolerance on the basis of a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, language, socioeconomic status, or other status.

    22: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
    23: Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
    24: Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
    25: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
    26: Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
    27: (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
    28: That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
    29: For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
    30: Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

    1. equality 7-2521

      Yes they also follow strict dietary rules and circumcise their young without their permission, ritualisticly at that!! Same old, same old customs of the old testament cultures.
      I keep being reminded of those folk in the ’50’s, 60’s & 70’s and before who talked about good negros and bad negros. No matter they all agreed that their teeth were whiter and they always ate fried chicken with watermelon and boy could they dance because, well you know, they were born like that. If they were black they were prone to burn down buildings and smoked reefers because some were born that way, not because they were exploited by whites and treated as third class citizens and not treated as humans.
      Sometimes when you ignore a problem or not be equitable, the pressure rises and something blows, often at the wrong time.
      So I guess there are also good Muslims and bad Muslims and they should behave as long as we don’t thow a pork chop at them. Of course we aren’t bigoted because we can differentiate between the two.

        1. equality 7-2521

          The closer you get to the truth, the more stupid the insults. Perhaps you feel cheated because I didn’t donate a portion of my brain to you so you would have some.

      1. peter brush

        Perhaps the problem is that you use words without knowing what they mean.
        Nope. I guess the real problem is that you think judgement and discrimination are wrong, immoral in themselves. It doesn’t appear likely that you’ve thought it through, come up with a rationale for this open society position. I don’t think it correct even within the context of individual action, but it certainly doesn’t apply to national sovereignty. Can’t have a country without exclusion. And, if anti-bigotry were the guiding principal wouldn’t we want to exclude bigoted religious groups? Or do we let everyone in, give them citizenship, let them govern us? Prove how tolerant we are by submitting to Sharia Law?
        Sharia law in the Netherlands
        In 2006 Minister of Justice Piet Hein Donner provoked a widespread public outcry when he suggested the Netherlands might accept Sharia law in a constitutional manner. “It is a sure certainty for me: if two thirds of all Netherlanders tomorrow would want to introduce Sharia, then this possibility must exist. Could you block this legally? It would also be a scandal to say ‘this isn’t allowed! The majority counts. That is the essence of democracy.”

        1. Alfred E. Newman


          Save your energy with a creep like E-7. liberals profess to being all-loving and caring…BS! Sharia discriminates against women, homosexuals, et al. I guess that’s OK-just like when libs don’t give a crap about abortion, but the second there’s any gun violence they are the first one there. Hypocrisy in the finest form!

          1. Cynical Susan

            “Save your energy with a creep like E-7…..”

            Classy as always, AEN. Or _______.

  19. Slap Maxwell

    Interesting how most of the media is failing to report this story. Also funny how we are hearing what a “lovely boy” Dzhokhar was growing up…well if you take out the whole bombing thing…he’d be up liberal sainthood I am sure. It also has been reported that the Tsarnaev’s brother’s mother was arrested for shoplifting. Nice to NOT see that being reporting, we wouldn’t want to jump to any conclusions, would we?

  20. Average Joe

    Are there any libtards here willing to defend flaming liberal Amanda Palmer’s poem for Dzhokhar?


    you don’t know how it felt to be in the womb but it must have been at least a little warmer than this.

    you don’t know how intimately they’re recording your every move on closed-circuit cameras until you see your face reflected back at you through through the pulp.

    you don’t know how to stop picking at your fingers.

    you don’t know how little you’ve been paying attention until you look down at your legs again.

    you don’t know how many times you can say you’re coming until they just stop believing you.

    you don’t know how orgasmic the act of taking in a lungful of oxygen is until they hold your head under the water.

    you don’t know how many vietnamese soft rolls to order.

    you don’t know how convinced your parents were that having children would be, absolutely, without question, the correct thing to do.

    you don’t know how precious your iphone battery time was until you’re hiding in the bottom of the boat.

    you don’t know how to get away from your fucking parents.

    you don’t know how it’s possible to feel total compassion in one moment and total disconnection in the next moment.

    you don’t know how things could change so incredibly fast.

    you don’t know how to make something, but the instructions are on the internet.

    you don’t know how to make sense of this massive parade.

    you don’t know how to believe anyone anymore.

    you don’t know how to tell the girl in the chair next to you that you’ve been peeking at her dissertation draft and there’s a grammatical typo in the actual file name.

    you don’t know how to explain yourself.

    you don’t want two percent but it’s all they have.

    you don’t know how claustrophobic your house is until you can’t leave it.

    you don’t know why you let that guy go without shooting him dead and stuffing him in some bushes between cambridge and watertown.

    you don’t know where your friends went.

    you don’t know how to dance but you give it a shot anyway.

    you don’t know how your life managed to move twenty six miles forward and twenty eight miles back.

    you don’t know how to pay your debts.

    you don’t know how to separate from this partnership to escape and finally breathe.

    you don’t know how come people run their goddamn knees into the ground anyway.

    you don’t know how to measure the value of the twenty dollar bill clutched in your hurting hand.

    you don’t know how you walked into this trap so obliviously.

    you don’t know how to adjust the rearview mirror.

    you don’t know how to mourn your dead brother.

    you don’t know how to drive this car.

    you don’t know the way to new york.

    you don’t know the way to new york.

    you don’t know the way to new york.

    you don’t know the way to new york.

      1. Alfred E. Newman

        I love your loose interpretation of the word “poem” Cynical Susan. To be honest with you CS, when I read that girlfriend claimed that she wrote this “poem” in nine minutes I thought, geez, what a waste of eight minutes!

        Frankly CS, I find what the left calls art most of the time be complete bullshit.

        1. Cynical Susan

          “I love your loose interpretation of the word “poem” Cynical Susan….”

          I have no idea what you mean, “Alfred E. Newman.” You or someone else very like you posted “A Poem….,” I didn’t.

    1. Richard

      There was some hope for that poem if she worked it for a month.

      Libtards (sic) into Amanda would rather bid on Kickstarter for the privilege of shaving her armpits and legs and then framing the droppings. The world’s a weirder place than Neil Garmain ever envisioned.

  21. Alfred E. Newman

    Another Poem for Dzhokar

    Let anyone in oh what the heck
    Ignore the warnings of Glenn Beck
    Muslim’s version of Forest Gump
    Dude made his brother into a speedbump
    Glad you enjoyed spending your welfare check

    1. Bill

      Nice try Todd but I recognize that unmetered and disjointed bull crap that you call rhymes any day.


      1. Cynical Susan

        Oh Bill, it CAN’T be Todd, you know how opposed he is to not using one’s own full and legal name!

  22. Too busy to Pontificate

    Wow. I’m astounded and completely disappointed by the off-topic nonsense. I’m heading up out of this sludge toward the host’s newer topics. Perhaps people were having multiple respective bad days. Respect and dignity are good things, my friends.

    1. peter brush

      astounded and completely disappointed
      What’s stopping you from adding some on-topic nonsense?
      With all due respect and dignity: may Janet Napolitano have your love pork chop in a Louisiana lip lock, and may J. Corzine invest your retirement $, my friend.

  23. Todd Zaino

    Brilliant peter brush! May I add to list? How about:

    May Bill Clinton chaperone your daughter’s first weekend at college, may the Obama fairy tale start to unravel right before our very eyes, and may the liberal media be exposed as a bunch of anti-Americans that most adults see them to be.

    I roared at your Napolitano lip lock…but I am sorry peter…there ain’t enough lipstick in the world to pretty up Janet, Hillary, and Moochelle…even if Stevie Wonder is trying to judge that beauty contest.

  24. equality 7-2521

    Since 1967 I’ve noticed an effort to demean and degrade the Islamic culture although it is no worse than most other’s and they contributed greatly to civilization. I decided to use my own funds to visit that part of the world and in preperation, spent two years at the Seminary & colleges to prepare myself. I traveled among them, on foot, thumbing rides, 3rd class train cars, etc, lived with them and spoke their language only to find nothing of the prejudices folk back home tried to prepare me for. The only concerns I found were in regard to the US’s lop sided policies over there. They loved us but were hurt by our disregard for them.
    I learned a lot about history and culture but realized that I had no affinity to these Semetic cultures and although I’ve learned to respect them as humans have never had any desire to return or praise their way of life.
    There is much I don’t like over there and as an American, am happy to be here but I think our narrow minded focus has created more problems than solved.
    Once again I see an effort to denigrate this population through prejudice, perhaps for political gain and any evil which can even remotely be blamed on them is magnified while other evils are set aside.
    But we must first take a good long look within ourselves and truly understand that ALL men are created equal and should be given the consideration and patience to work around their cultures to effect meaningful change and do so in humility for their is no master culture as that little Austrian found out.
    We can effect change but not through prejudice, only after we make an effort to understand the roots of our problems.
    Any responses to this will only tell me what kind of world you want America to live in.

  25. William Sullivan

    On Friday’s Real Time program on HBO, Bill Maher hosted an interview with Brian Levin, the director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism. It became clear within thirty seconds that Levin was not attending the religious parity party he had expected.

    One can understand why Levin might harbor such expectations. Maher has a pretty apparent disdain for religious adherents of all stripes. But in that first thirty seconds, Maher spoke, with a pointedly singular focus, of the hypocrisy we witness in such fanatical terrorists as the Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston Marathon last week. “If you read what the older brother wrote on his, uh, on the internet,” Maher began, “it says his worldview: Islam. Personal priorities: career and money. And we see a lot of this; I mean, the 9/11 hijackers went to strip clubs the night before they got on the plane.”

    Two references to notorious acts of Islamic terrorism were enough for Levin. He interjected by saying that “it’s not like people who are Muslims who do wacky things have a monopoly on it. We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian, who say they’re out for God and end up doing not-so-nice things.”

    Before he could even finish this rather boilerplate attempt to draw religious equivalency between the “not-so-nice things” religious people do and acts of murder and terror sanctified by Islamic groups, Maher had written him off, replying, “You know what, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s liberal b——- right there.”

    Levin, seemingly blindsided, appealed to the fact that Maher’s pointing out hypocrisy in all religion is how he makes his living, but Maher refused to relent.

    There’s only one faith that kills you, or wants to kill you, if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet. There’s only one faith that kills you, or wants to kill you, if you renounce the faith. An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing. Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam. So I’m just saying, let’s keep it real.

    This is the moment where Levin’s agenda was exposed, and anti-jihadists like Pamela Geller were thoroughly vindicated, even if not explicitly. “Well,” Levin dawdled, “I guess I have a girl for you, Pam Geller, you could maybe meet,” in an attempt to be funny. Maher, confusedly turning to the audience, replied, “Uh, I don’t know what that means.”

    “Well, she’s an Islamophobe,” Levin said. There it is. To those in the in the audience who were paying attention, it became pretty apparent that when presented with these uncomfortable facts by someone who cannot readily be denounced as a hateful Islamophobe, the Islamic apologist can do nothing more than reach into his Islamophobia rolodex for an example to get his point across. And in this case, that example is a figure who is possibly obscure to Maher, and entirely abstract to the conversation.

    If Maher could have readily recalled exactly who Pamela Geller is and reference her work, he would likely have explained to Levin that juxtaposing Islamists who would bless the murder of apostates with Pamela Geller, who has never advocated that her readers commit murder, is a silly, slanderous thing to do. But though Maher didn’t specifically discuss Geller here, he did vindicate her in terms of the anti-jihad message she works to disseminate. And here’s why.

    Much of what leaves Bill Maher’s mouth after this point encapsulates Geller’s message in such a way that it will be understood by an audience that might otherwise write it off if a figure like Geller had said it. To the progressive audience members who know who Geller is, or maybe have watched the many propaganda charades disguised as documentaries against her, Geller has the letter I branded on her — so her words would likely be immediately dismissed as hate.

    So Maher gets to say what Geller does and would say, without having Levin immediately dismiss the truth as Islamophobia, which follows:

    I am not an Islamophobe, that’s wrong. I am a truth lover. [Approving applause] All religions are not alike. As many people have pointed out, The Book of Mormon, did you see the show? [Levin says no, as he’s unable to get tickets.] Okay. Can you imagine if they did The Book of Islam? [Pause.] Could they do that? There is only one religion that threatens violence and carries it out for things like that. Could they do The Book of Islam on Broadway?

    Levin replied with an unconvincing “Possibly so,” looking to quickly change the subject. But before he could, Maher sardonically demanded, “Tell me what color the sky is in your world.”

    Visibly flustered, Levin continued, grasping the only arrow left in his quiver. He suggested that there are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world, and yes, a lot of them are extremists “who would slit your throats,” but “there are also folks that are fine, upstanding people.” So he’s worried that this national audience might be being exposed to “hatred” of Muslims.

    Unmoved, Maher simply said, “No, you’re wrong about that. And you’re wrong about your facts. Obviously, most Muslim people are not terrorists. But ask most Muslim people in the world — if you insult the prophet, do you have what’s coming to you? It’s more than just a fringe element.”

    There it is. Truth, wrapped with a bow for the leftists who might otherwise reject it, which advances the national dialogue in a positive direction.

    There is more to a message than its content — delivery is essential. The problem with the debate regarding Islam is that the channels for dialogue, which should be open and honest, are closed and selectively directed by social engineers, like Brian Levin, who value political correctness over truth. Generally speaking, the right does not believe these social engineers at all, and the left far too blindly accepts their nonsense.

    This is the reason for the profundity I found in the interview with Ruslav Tsarni, the Tsarnaev brothers’ Muslim uncle who, convincingly, I believe, denounced armed jihad and expressed a genuine devotion to American values. Americans are free to view Tsarni’s testimony as taqiyya (a religiously sanctified lie to advance Islam, as many Comments on the article apparently believe), but the point is, the message that there are Muslims who abhor Islamic violence and value freedom is much better-received by such an example than being told what to believe by a leftist opinion-maker.

    Likewise, hearing a leftist opponent of religion denounce the notion of religious parity while speaking the truth about Islam’s role as a uniquely malignant contributor to global terrorism is much better-received by leftists when heard from Bill Maher than from Pamela Geller, who, in my opinion, has been wrongfully ostracized from the discussion among leftists.

    So, thanks to Bill Maher, the anti-jihadists’ message may have found a new audience. And truth, when allowed to permeate any dialogue, is never a bad thing.

    If Maher is lost, could others from the low-information crowd be far behind?

      1. peter brush

        Gee, “William Sullivan,” you should have given the link to your American “Thinker” piece
        True. But, what about the piece, Cynical. I thought it was pretty good. It is heartening to see one like Maher willing to open his eyes a bit.
        I meant to post this yesterday, but somehow mis-, mal-, or non-posted. Forgive me if I repeat myself.
        This piece, below, by one Wiker is a very plausible explanation of how it is that open-society liberals, like Maher, tend to be uncritical of Islam. Has to do with liberalism’s having come out of, and having defined itself against, Christianity. Liberal secularists display their open-mindedness by sympathizing with Islam, even if it’s manifestly less reasonable than the Catholic Church, because it is anti- or, at least, non-Christianity.
        It looks like another gorgeous Spring day here in the Valley. I trust that Gerard Manley Hopkins is not yet considered unduly bigoted, etc.

        Nothing is so beautiful as spring–
        When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
        Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
        Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
        The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
        The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
        The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
        With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
        What is all this juice and all this joy?
        A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
        In Eden garden.–Have, get, before it cloy,
        Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
        Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
        Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

  26. Mr. Smith & Wesson

    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.

    Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”

    Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”

    Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”

    By the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. Lt. Brian Purvis said, “This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time.”

    Dozens of other shoppers, who too could have become victims, are also thankful for the gun carrying man. And many, like Danylle Julian, are still in shock from the experience. “Scary actually. Really scary. Five minutes before I walk out to my car. It could have been me.”

    Police say right now they have no idea what caused the suspect to go on the dangerous rampage. (We will update as soon as we learn new information.)

    So far, police have not released the names of the suspect, the victims or the man who pulled the gun.

    Kinda makes all you anti-gun folks look even more foolish than you normally look…doesn’t it?

    1. Brian C. Duffy

      George Jones? Ah, yes. The hard drinkin’, gun totin’, multi marryin’ country singer. In other words: the Family Values Republican’s Family Values Republican.

      1. peter brush

        Well, I don’t think George was that political. Not much politics in his music.

        Although, he certainly wouldn’t have held himself out as a paragon of virtue, he wouldn’t have denied that there is such a thing as virtue or that people ought to be judged, not condemned, for their actions.

        So, I fell asleep before it ended, but I see that Kevin Harvick won last night at Richmond. Thought it was a pretty good rendition of the national anthem by a Saint Gertrude High School Honors Ensemble. I reserve judgement on the advisability of mixing patriotic celebrations with sporting events, but sometimes, as at Boston Garden after the bombing.
        When NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the national anthem during the 1995-1996 season, he was suspended by the league. An American Muslim, Abdul-Rauf said that he saw the flag as a symbol of oppression and that standing for the anthem conflicted with his religious beliefs.

        1. Brian C. Duffy

          You’re right…not much politics, or anything else, in his music.

          Buddy Rich was once asked by a nurse in the hospital if he was allergic to anything. He replied, “Country Music”.

          That’s my beef with country music…not much originality or instrumental talent.

          Quick, name a famous Country drummer, alive or dead….

          Answer: Irlene Mandrel

          1. peter brush

            WHAT IS the meaning of “to have a beef with someone”?

            (S. Ekambaram, Bangalore)

            This slang expression means to have a problem or a conflict with someone. Here are a few examples.

            *I can assure you that I really don’t have a beef with Vasu.

            *Like most young brides, Savithri has beef against her mother-in-law.

            When someone beefs about something, they constantly keep complaining about it.

            *Mala keeps beefing about the quality of food in the canteen.

            *Naveen, I don’t want to hear any more beef from you.

            S. UPENDRAN

          2. Richard

            If you get away from the pop side of country there’s some really nice stuff in bluegrass and some of the session men do get to stretch out. Nashville’s a factory. It’s like admiring the musicianship of 60s Motown records and then listening to Stax soul or Booker T and never going back.

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