The ‘Cuda speaks, one in a series

November 12, 2008

This time it’s with Wolf Blitzer of the Obama News Network CNN. Part one deals with her willingness to help the incoming administration, while in part two, she does not back down from her concerns over Obama’s associations, including with former yet proud terrorist William Ayers. Good for her. I amazes me that it didn’t matter to more people. And Mary Katherine’s right: Palin defends herself much better than John McCain defended himself — or her.

Note: I tried to embed the videos, but CNN’s code plays havoc with Typepad and Live Writer. To see the interviews (I think they’re worth it), see this post by Mary Katherine Ham.


The lady was right

November 12, 2008

The environmental Left had a hissy fit when Sarah Palin ordered the hunting of wolves from helicopter to protect the dying caribou herds of the Alaska peninsula, which were threatened with extinction.

Turns out the Governor knew what she was talking about:

Slaughtering wolves on the Alaska Peninsula appears to have had the desired effect — more caribou got a chance to live, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

As ugly and as politically incorrect as the wolf killing might seem to some, they said, the helicopter gunning that took place earlier this year saved caribou, especially young caribou, from being eaten alive.

Fall surveys of the Southern Alaska Peninsula caribou herd completed in October found an average of 39 calves per 100 cows. That’s a dramatic improvement from fall counts of only 1 calf per 100 cows in 2006 and 2007.

The success of past wolf-control programs, and of some of those still under way elsewhere in the state, has varied significantly, depending on what predators were involved. In some cases, bears, eagles and climate have proved to have more influence on calf survival than wolves.

In this case, however, even some groups staunchly opposed to Alaska wolf-control efforts are conceding the removal of 28 wolves appears to have played a major role in caribou calf survival.

The shortsighted arrogance of so-called "environmentalist" and "animal rights" groups never fails to amaze me. As much as they might desire it, it’s impossible to return to a pre-Human state of nature that’s perfectly balanced — if such a balance ever existed. The fact is that Alaskans depend on caribou for a major source of their meat, and the uncontrolled growth of the wolf pack threatened that. Far from being cruel, this was an example of responsible wildlife management: not only did it restore the caribou herd, but it prevented starvation among the wolves due to a failure of the caribou herd, or their turning to other prey, such as humans, out of desperation.

Life isn’t a Disney movie, and sometimes the greatest threat to animals comes from those who think they’re saving them.

(hat tip: Ed Morrissey)


Religion of misogyny watch

November 12, 2008

Three incidents to illustrate the life of women under Islam:

In Afghanistan, two girls were seriously injured by battery acid thrown at them by brave, brave Taliban jihadis. Their crime? They were trying to get an education.

"We were on the way to school when two men on motorbikes stopped next to us. One of them threw acid on my sister’s face. I tried to help her and then they threw acid on me too," said Latefa, a 16-year-old student.

"We were shouting and people came to see what was going on, then the two men escaped," she said.
Latefa, who did not give her family name, was hurt and Shamsia, her 18-year-old sister, remains in a serious condition with acid burns across her face.

Girls were banned from attending schools under the Taliban government, which ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

Women were also not allowed to leave the house without a male family member escorting them.

(via The Jawa Report)

Meanwhile, in Somalia, a thirteen year old girl was stoned to death for the crime of fornication — after she had been the victim of a rape:

This was a death foretold. A Toyota pickup with a loudspeaker began an early-morning tour of the ruined neighbourhoods of Kismayo, a port in southern Somalia, announcing that there would be a killing. By 4pm a crowd of 1,000 people had gathered at the football stadium. A hole had been dug in the ground, and half an hour later a truck loaded with rocks arrived.

A group of fighters from the Al-Shabab militia who control the city appeared, firing warning shots into the air to disperse a crush of people trying to reach the stones.

A young girl was dragged into the stadium. She knew what was going to happen next, and witnesses saw her struggling and screaming.

"What do you want from me?" she asked. Then she shouted "I’m not going, I’m not going. Don’t kill me."

But four men forced her into the hole and buried her up to her neck. Fifty men then set about stoning her to death. After 10 minutes she was dug up and two nurses checked to see if she was alive. She was. So they put her back in the ground and the stoning recommenced.

Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow’s crime was to be raped and then report it. After being attacked by three men her family went to the Al-Shabab Islamist militia to report the crime. She was detained and accused of adultery. No effort was made to identify or arrest the rapists.

(via Verum Serum)

Finally, in Iraq, the jihadis of al Qaeda, the Knights of Allah, made a "martyr" of a 13-year old girl by turning her into a suicide bomber:

A 13-year-old girl became Iraq’s latest suicide bomber today, killing four people at a security checkpoint in the town of Baquba.

On a day of renewed violence, at least 31 people were killed in a double bombing at a Baghdad market, the deadliest attack to rock the Iraqi capital in months. The attackers first detonated a car bomb in the Sunni district of Adhamiyah, hitting a minibus carrying girls to school. As a crowd gathered to help the girls, a suicide bomber ran in and blew himself up.

The Interior Ministry said that 31 people were killed and 71 wounded in the deadliest to hit Baghdad since June 17 when 51 people were killed in a car bombing in the Al-Hurriya district.

In the Baquba attack, the girl blew herself up at a checkpoint manned by members of the Sunni Muslim ‘Awakening’ councils, which have led the fight against al-Qaeda in Iraq. Four men, including a leading Sunni militiaman, were killed and 15 civilians wounded.

Witnesses said that the Baghdad attack took place at about 8am (0500 GMT) on a street lined with restaurants and coffee shops popular with Iraqi security forces, as a bus carrying young girls to school drove past.

Typical of al Qaeda, they’ve often struck when they knew other children were nearby.

Some would argue that this doesn’t represent Islam and women’s place in it. On the contrary, I think these are merely the most brutal examples of women’s life under Islamic law, what happens to them when they don’t submit. Muslim men who treat women as inferiors, as property, to be brutalized if need be, find their justification in the Qur’an, in the hadiths, and in sharia law. To understand this better, read Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s two books, The Caged Virgin and Infidel, and click on this link to see all articles dealing with women on this site. Follow this to learn about the phenomenon of honor-killing.

UPDATE: And here’s another, this time involving violence by a Muslim man toward a non-Muslim woman who didn’t know her place.