Quote of the day

May 22, 2009

Charles Krauthammer on Obama in Bush’s clothing:

The genius of democracy is that the rotation of power forces the opposition to come to its senses when it takes over. When the new guys, brought to power by popular will, then adopt the policies of the old guys, a national consensus is forged and a new legitimacy established.

That’s happening before our eyes. The Bush policies in the war on terror won’t have to await vindication by historians. Obama is doing it day by day. His denials mean nothing. Look at his deeds.


Presidential PR gaffe of the year?

May 22, 2009

No, it’s not quite terrorizing Manhattan for a photo-op, but it’s right up there in the tone-deaf department:

Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers? Kids locked out of White House; officials say they were too late

Thursday was supposed to be the highlight of the year for more than 100 kindergarteners from Stafford County, Va. They got up early and took a chartered bus to the White House for a school field trip. But when they arrived, all the 5-year-olds got was a lesson in disappointment.

The buses from Conway Elementary arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a little later than planned, and they were locked out.

"We were going to the White House, but we couldn’t get in so I felt sad," 5-year-old Cameron Stine said.

Parents say they were just 10 minutes late for their scheduled tour. School officials say White House staff said they needed to get ready for the president’s event with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, so they couldn’t come in.

Okay, I realize the White House operates on a tight schedule, but shouldn’t the staffer in charge of this have realized what a massive amount of egg on the face this would mean for his boss? I mean, doesn’t "Mean president makes little kids cry" just jump out at you? Hello? Are you saying to the world that the President of the United States is such a callow man-child that he’d tell little kids to shove it so he could hang with the jocks?

The reasonable solution was also the simplest: invite the kids in so they can meet the Steelers and the President, making their day and letting Obama bask in yet more media glory. See how easy that was?

I swear, for a guy who ran such a slick campaign and who (so we’ve been told – again and again) has superior judgment, Obama and his team have the public-relations savvy of a rock.


Religion of Tolerance watch

May 22, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, when swine flu was all the rage, an Egyptian government official and Islamic scholar issued a fatwa (religious ruling) that all pigs in Egypt should be killed because …wait for it… they’re descended from Jews!

Sheikh ‘Othman: The Jews that Allah Turned into Swine Were the Forefathers of Today’s Pigs

According to the website, Sheikh ‘Othman states in his fatwa that all pigs are descended from the Jews whom Allah transformed into apes, swine and worshippers of Satan, and must therefore be slaughtered. He bases this on Koran 5:60: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, [as judged] by the treatment it received from Allah? Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped Satan – these are [many times] worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!"

The report states: "’Othman argues that this verse [refers] to the people of Moses, and that [Muslim commentators] Ibn Kathir, Al-Tabari and Al-Qassimi bring proof of this in their books. He [also] points out that there are two schools of thought on this among the Koranic commentators: One opinion states that the Jews whom Allah turned into swine remained that way and died without multiplying, while the other says that they did multiply and that their descendants are still alive today.

"In support [of the latter opinion], the sheikh quotes hadiths in which the Prophet describes one of the signs that will herald the arrival of Judgment Day: The Jews will turn into pigs and will then be swallowed up by the earth."

The report quotes ‘Othman as saying: "I personally tend to believe that the pigs living today are descended from those Jews, and that is why Allah forbade us to eat them, saying, ‘Forbidden unto you [for food] are carrion and blood and swineflesh [Koran 5:3].’ In addition, one of the things that Jesus will do when he returns to earth on Judgment Day is kill all the pigs, and that is proof that they are descended from Jews. All the pigs on earth will be destroyed by Jesus on Judgment Day."

Yes, that’s right. Jesus is going to come back and kill all the Jew-pigs. Even South Park can’t satirize this — these clowns make mockeries of themselves.

Now, to be fair, the article cites Sheikh ‘Ali Abu Al-Hassan, head of the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, as saying those Jews turned into pigs and apes did not breed, so the current Jews cannot be descended from them. (Al-Azhar is one of the top Islamic universities and the center of Sunni thought.) Very tolerant of him, but it puts him at odds with his boss, Sheikh Tantawi, the head of Al-Azhar, who calls Jews

"…the enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs."

Read the whole document (also via the invaluable MEMRI) to get an idea of just how widespread in Islam is the belief that Jews are descended from animals — in other words, not really human.

This is what reveals the "peace process" between Israel and the Arabs to be a farce: with such dehumanization and raw Jew-hatred hardwired into Islam, how can one expect expect to reach anything resembling a genuine and just peace? And purging this anti-Semitism would require renouncing portions of the Qur’an itself, which is, in Islam, supposedly the literal word of Allah. So, how does one abjure Allah’s words about the Jews, and the learned opinions of all the major schools of Islamic law, and yet remain a good Muslim? How do you make peace with someone whose beloved religion tells him he has to hate you, fight you, kill you, and pray for your destruction?

Quite a quandary.

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