Things that make you think “WTF??”

May 23, 2010

You would think the Muslim world would want to forget this ever happened, since it was such an embarrassment the first time.

You would be wrong. At least, in some parts…

Saudi scholar’s fatwa wades into controversy

A Saudi scholar has waded into controversy after he said that women could give their milk to men to establish a degree of maternal relations and get around a strict religious ban on mixing between unrelated men and women.

According to Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Al Abaican, a consultant at Saudi Arabia’s royal court, a man who often entered a house and came in contact with the womenfolk there should be made symbolically related to the women by drinking milk from one of the women.

Under the fatwa, the act would preclude any sexual relations between the man and the donor woman and her relatives.

However, Al Abaican said that the donor woman should not breastfeed the man directly.

“The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman,” Al Abaican said. “He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam’s rules about mixing,” he said, quoted by Kuwaiti and Saudi media on Saturday.

In the first instance, a scholar at the premier university in the Sunni sphere said it would be okay for unrelated men and women to work together, as long as the woman suckled the man, first. Oddly, many people objected to the cleric’s ruling. So, Mr. Abaican helpfully came up with a compromise: no need to suck on your best friend’s sister’s breast to make it okay to visit his house, she can just give you a glass of warm milk….

And yet some close-minded bigots still object. Amazing.

As Marisol at Jihad Watch points out, Mr. Abaican is just following Islamic precedent, as laid down by Muhammad himself:

‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Salim, the freed slave of Abu Hadhaifa, lived with him and his family in their house. She (i. e. the daughter of Suhail came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and said: Salim has attained (purbety) [sic] as men attain, and he understands what they understand, and he enters our house freely, I, however, perceive that something (rankles) in the heart of Abu Hudhaifa, whereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to her: Suckle him and you would become unlawful for him, and (the rankling) which Abu Hudhaifa feels in his heart will disappear. She returned and said: So I suckled him, and what (was there) in the heart of Abu Hudhaifa disappeared. (Sahih Muslim 3425)

And, since Muhammad is a perfect example of conduct to be emulated for all time, well, who can argue?

Drink up!


China’s growing amphibious force

May 22, 2010

Here’s an article that should prove worrisome to anyone concerned with China’s role in international affairs. The growth and modernization of the Chinese PLA’s amphibious forces seems to indicate ambitions beyond a possible invasion and conquest of Taiwan, to a projection of Chinese military power into Southeast Asia and beyond:

There has been significant soul-searching over the past year in the U.S. Defense Department about the viability of the Marine Corps’ amphibious assault mission, tied to the controversy over the troubled General Dynamics Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program. No such doubts about amphibious operations exist in China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Since the early 1990s, the PLA has developed and deployed two generations of amphibious armored assault vehicles, and more recently developed a range of specialized amphibious assault and support systems. While this effort is largely focused on preparing for a possible invasion of Taiwan, it will also help the PLA undertake long-distance amphibious assault operations as the PLA Navy (PLAN) builds a number of large amphibious transport ships later this decade.

The remainder details recent Chinese developments in weapons and transportation systems, which, given the growth of the PLA Navy and its increasingly long-distance missions, point to an almost inevitable challenge to US naval dominance in the western Pacific and even the Indian Ocean. American planners have to bear these future possible challenges in mind while dealing with the current (and likely to last for decades) challenge from jihadist Islam. It’s by no means certain that China and the US will come into violent conflict, but we need be honest and admit that China is a strategic competitor, not a friend. With Chinese hyper-nationalism on the rise and the US Navy shrinking thanks to the need to feed President Obama’s domestic programs, it’s not inconceivable that Beijing could could consider using intimidation or even force to achieve its objectives, just as Japan used the humiliation of Russia to claim its place among the powers of the Earth. Rather than reducing our navy, we should be enlarging it both to project our own confidence and to send a message to the Chinese leadership. Not to give them pause, but to tell them “Don’t even think about it.”

Given the administration’s ideological preference for American meekness, however, I don’t have much hope for change until at least 2013.

(via reader Lance)


So, who’s being dishonest?

May 22, 2010

A few months ago, Congressman Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee for the (now open) Senate seat in Pennsylvania, stated quite clearly that the Obama administration offered him a federal job if he would quit his primary challenge to (soon to be former) Senator Arlen Spector.

If true, that’s a federal crime.

California Congressman Darrell Issa (R) has been pursuing this, but hasn’t had much luck getting past the administration’s stonewalling and deflections. Now he’s put together a video compiling, on the one hand, Sestak’s assertions that the offer was made and, on the other, White House Press Secretary’s Robert Gibb’s repeated evasions:

Either one of them is lying, or the other is covering up the truth to protect his boss from scandal.

Which is it?

(via Gabriel Malor)

UPDATE: The sections of the federal code that may have been broken with the initial offer.

UPDATE II: This is getting circular. A link in the previous update leads here.


Friday evening funnies

May 21, 2010

The latest NewsBusted, with Jodi Miller:


I’m starting to really like Jan Brewer

May 21, 2010

The Arizona governor cleverly uses the deadliest weapon in politics, mockery, to make fools out of the, well, fools who have criticized the state’s new illegal immigration bill without reading it:

I might have to donate to her reelection bid, if she keeps this up. Rolling on the floor

(via Ace)


Klavan on the Culture: “Imagine there’s no border”

May 21, 2010

Andrew Klavan and his imaginary friend imagine what it would be like if there were no borders:

Just imagine!  Day dreaming


It’s draw Muhammad day!

May 20, 2010

My favorite new holiday of the year!

For background and a reason why.

And, since I can’t draw worth a tinker’s cuss, enjoy instead the most famous of the Dread Muhammad Cartoons of Blasphemy:

While he (or she?) largely oversimplifies the intellectual history of the West, I totally agree with Zombie in the sentiment.

Oh, and Muhammad’s favorite wife was six when they married, nine when he consummated that marriage. Let’s see, that makes him a… Hmm, gotta think about this… Oh, yeah! That makes Muhammad a pedophile!

Do I finally get a fatwa?

LINKS: More at Gateway Pundit, Fausta, Mark Steyn, Bookworm Room, The HayrideIowahawk, Jihad Watch, and Red State.


So, let me get this straight

May 20, 2010

We’re supposed to elect San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris as California’s next Attorney General? But we’re not to pay attention to her lousy courtroom record?

The records show that while Harris’ overall conviction rate has reached new highs over the past several years, that success is based almost entirely on plea deals negotiated before defendants accused of serious crimes proceed to trial. (Such pleas form the bulk of any D.A.’s convictions.) By contrast, felony convictions for cases that actually go to trial and reach a jury verdict — a comparatively small group that nevertheless includes some of a district attorney’s most violent and emotionally charged cases — have declined significantly over the past two years.

In 2009, San Francisco prosecutors won a lower percentage of their felony jury trials than their counterparts at district attorneys’ offices covering the 10 largest cities in California, according to data on case outcomes compiled by officials at the San Francisco Superior Court as well as by other county courts and prosecutors. (Officials in Sacramento, the state’s seventh-largest city, did not provide data.) Harris’ at-trial felony conviction rate that year was 76 percent, down 12 points from the previous year.

Okay, so she’s better at plea bargains than winning in court. Maybe she’s a great manager who will lead the Attorney General’s office to better days?

Um… no.

A well-known private defense attorney whose “unimpeachable judgment and independence” will assist District Attorney Kamala Harris with a brewing scandal and has contributed thousands of dollars, and public support, to Harris’ political aspirations.

On Friday, Harris announced that John Keker, the founding partner of a San Francisco law firm who rose to prominence as the chief prosecutor of Oliver North, would be assisting the District Attorney’s Office free of charge after prosecutors failed to follow basic legal protocols, putting convictions of hundreds of criminals at risk.

The office has come under scrutiny because, by law, prosecutors are required to provide any information that could be used to disqualify the testimony of an expert witness, such as criminal history or internal disciplinary actions. But the Police Department has never provided information about its own employees to prosecutors, and the prosecutors failed to ask for the basic information, jeopardizing convictions.

But the issue recently came to light in the fallout of the police drug-testing lab shutdown amid allegations that lab technician Deborah Madden took cocaine from evidence samples. Madden had a criminal past that was never divulged to defense attorneys. The scandal has already led to more than 600 drug cases being tossed.

So, Kamala Harris is lousy in court and can’t manage a large department. Tell me again why California voters should elect her in November?  I dont know

For the record, the coveted* Public Secrets endorsement for Attorney General goes to John Eastman, running for the Republican nomination.

*(Yeah, right.)

UPDATE: A San Francisco judge rips into Harris for her mismanagement.


What could go wrong? US to bolster “moderate” Hizbullah

May 19, 2010

From the same geniuses who brought you the reset button, the crusade to kill Honduran democracy, and the profuse groveling toward China over our human rights’ abuses, get ready for the latest and greatest: the Obama administration plans to bring stability to the Middle East by -how else?- strengthening moderate elements in the genocide-minded Hizbullah:

The Obama administration is looking for ways to build up “moderate elements” within the Lebanese Hezbollah guerilla movement and to diminish the influence of hard-liners, a top White House official said on Tuesday.

“Hezbollah is a very interesting organization,” [John] Brennan told a Washington conference, citing its evolution from “purely a terrorist organization” to a militia to an organization that now has members within the parliament and the cabinet.

“There is certainly the elements of Hezbollah that are truly a concern to us what they’re doing. And what we need to do is to find ways to diminish their influence within the organization and to try to build up the more moderate elements,” Brennan said.

He did not spell out how Washington hoped to promote “moderate elements” given that the organization is branded a “foreign terrorist organization” by the United States.

Gee, I can just see all that CIA money being funneled to prop up these “moderates,” who will be struggling to suppress their guffaws as they pass the dough along to their non-moderate brethren, who will then turn around and buy more missiles from Iran with which to kill Jews.

Genius!

This is like the British and the French trying to find “moderate Nazis” in the late 1930s. How’d that work out?

Clue for Mr. Brennan: Hizbullah is dedicated to genocide against the Jews for religious reasons. There are no moderates. They are playing us for suckers and you and your boss are falling for it.

We’re lead either by naive children or blundering morons and, regardless, it looks to end badly.

(via Andy McCarthy)

LINKS: More from Hot Air and Michael Ledeen.


Pakistan: With friends like these

May 19, 2010

Pursuing leads in the failed attempt by Muslim terrorist Faisal Shahzad to set off a car-bomb in Times Square, the Pakistani military has arrested one its own army officers for involvement in the plot:

Just one day after Faisal Shahzad’s first appearance in a US court, a big development is coming out of Pakistan, where the failed Times Square attack originated. A major in the Pakistani army has been arrested by investigators for ties to the failed terror plot in New York. From the LA Times:

  • The major’s involvement with suspect Faisal Shahzad, who was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, remains unclear. Law enforcement sources said the major had met Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, in Islamabad, the capital, and was in cellphone contact with him.
  • The major’s arrest marks the first time someone in Pakistan’s military establishment has been directly linked to the case. The sources would not say when the alleged meeting and phone calls between Shahzad and the major took place, or what was discussed. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation.

Bear in mind two things: we give the Pakistanis billions in aid money, while their military and intelligence services are riddled with jihadist sympathizers.

Something’s wrong with that picture; I’m not sure what…  Doh


Barone: Top 5 lessons from yesterday’s elections

May 19, 2010

Several primary and special elections were held yesterday, and almost all of them were looked at as potential omens for the November midterms. At the Washington Examiner, Michael Barone looks at these races and offers five lessons. Here’s one, be sure to click through to read the rest:

Three. The unambiguous 53%-44% victory of Democrat Mark Critz over Republican Tim Burns in the Pennsylvania 12 special election should be a caution to Republicans.

Lesson: anti-Obama sentiment will not automatically be transformed into votes for Republican candidates. Critz carried by solid margins the district’s portions of Fayette and Greene Counties, steel-and-coal areas ancestrally Democratic areas that voted (narrowly) for John McCain in November 2008. Ditto Cambria County, Critz’s home base and that of the late 36-year incumbent John Murtha for whom Critz was a staffer, which gave Obama a very narrow margin.

Critz was helped by his conservative stands on health care, guns and cap-and-trade, he was helped by the refusal of 2008 Republican nominee and primary contender Bill Russell’s refusal to endorse Burns, and he was helped by the fact that there was a serious statewide contest in the Democratic primary but not in the Republican primary. But in November 2008 a lot of registered Democrats here voted Republican. In May 2010 a smaller proportion of registered Democrats did so. It’s true that Republicans don’t need Pennsylvania 12 for a House majority; it’s about number 60 on their list and they need 40 seats. But Republican strategists shouldn’t believe their election night spin. This was a loss.

Personally, the fact that PA-12 kept reelecting a disgusting corruptionist such as Murtha and then elected his toady to take his place tells me there’s something deeply wrong in that district, whatever the weaknesses of Mr. Burns. If they were to consider secession, I might not object.

Barone’s right, however, that this was a loss. However, I think several things mitigate it a bit: aside from the intensity among Democrats generated by the Specter-Sestak primary (and thank you, Joe, for sending Benedict Arlen home) and the fact that Critz “ran to the Right” in a culturally conservative region, the Democrats have a 2-1 ratio in registration. That Critz won by only 9 points (large, but not 2-1 in the vote tally) shows some inroads were made into Democratic territory. So, a loss, but not without hope for November.


He was an industrious little jihadi…

May 18, 2010

Via Threat Matrix, we read about would-be Times Square car-bomber Faisal Shahzad’s follow up plans, should the bomb have gone off:

Times Square Bomb Suspect Had Multiple Targets, Source Says

Alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad had multiple targets in the New York area, and was planning to wreak havoc in four other locations if his first, botched attack had been successful, a source told MyFoxNY.com

Shahzad, who authorities say left a car bomb in Times Square on May 1, had also hatched plots against other high-profile targets in and around New York City: Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, the World Financial Center — just across from Ground Zero — and the Connecticut-based defense contractor Sikorsky.

A source told MyFoxNY that Shahzad picked out the exact date and time to maximize the effect of the bomb by watching streaming videos online from Times Square. Shahzad determined that the landmark attraction is busiest on Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m., and planned an alternate date for Saturday, May 8.

At least he was thorough.

Yeesh…


Quote of the day, insane moral equivalence edition

May 18, 2010

Via Power Line:

To compare in any way the lawful and democratic act of the government of the state of Arizona with the arbitrary abuses of the unelected Chinese Communist Party is inappropriate and offensive.

Background.


Bipartisanship

May 17, 2010

America is a divided land. There’s just not much we agree on these days, but, at last, something has come along on which we can all agree…

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is a lying sack of day-old dog poop.


Video: Tom McClintock endorses Chuck DeVore

May 17, 2010

California congressman Tom McClintock, a powerful figure on the Right in this state, has cut a video carrying his endorsement of Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in his race for the Republican nomination for the US Senate. While lacking Governor Palin’s cachet, one hopes that McClintock’s blessing, coming from someone who knows California politics very well, will carry a lot of weight with Republican voters:

Tom McClintock represents one of my great political regrets of recent years, having cast my vote in the 2003 gubernatorial recall election instead for Arnold Schwarzenegger.  There are few do-overs in politics, but this time I plan to make up for it by voting conviction over star-power.


The Poet Versus the Prophet

May 17, 2010

There’s a great essay at Reason by Mark Goldblatt, who’s sick to death of Western society’s cowardice (disguised as “political correctness”) in the face of jihadist, fascist Islam:

I’ve had a couple of weeks now to think about [Allen] Ginsberg cursing out that cabbie, and cursing out Islam and Muhammad. You see, I live in Manhattan, three blocks from Times Square. As near as I can determine, I was walking with a friend about thirty feet from the car bomb on May 1st right around the time it was supposed to detonate. Except for the technical incompetence of a Muslim dirtbag named Faisal Shahzad, I and my friend would likely be dead now. Note the phrase: “Muslim dirtbag.” Neither term by itself accounts for the terrorist act he attempted to perpetrate; both terms, however, are equally complicit in it. It might have been a crapshoot of nature and nurture that wrought a specimen like Shahzad, but it was Islam that inspired him, that gave his fecal stain of a life its depth and its justification. Why is that so difficult to admit?

Read the whole thing. The closing line deserves a standing ovation.

(via The Jawa Report)

UPDATE: And speaking of cowardice, take it away, Attorney General Eric Holder! And then there’s Michael Barone’s analysis.


Agriculture Commissioners are tough in Alabama

May 17, 2010

Is this guy running for commissioner or sheriff?

The Old West imagery is kind of jarring for a Deep South candidate, but, if he wins, I hope no one ever tries filching someone else’s water on his watch.

Or you’ll have to answer to Agriculture Commissioner Dale Peterson. Cowboy

(via Fausta)


Time for Los Angeles to boycott California?

May 17, 2010

I love it. Last week, the LA City Council took a stand in defense of sanctimonious, ignorant racial pandering and, lead by Chief Panderer Ed Reyes, voted to boycott the state of Arizona over its new immigration law – while still buying power and water from the Copper State, of course.

Maybe someone should have told Ed (and the rest of the bozos) that California already has a similar law on the books:

(a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status. (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States. (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity. (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

(Source)

Be sure to read the original article to see just what a fool this “public servant” is.  With Los Angeles possibly facing bankruptcy and with its finances so bad that it’s refusing to pay for sidewalk repair, the council’s most urgent priority is to get hysterical over another state’s law?

Meanwhile, I eagerly await the council’s decision to boycott Laker and Dodger games and wine from Northern California.

(via Hot Air)


An insult and a humiliation

May 16, 2010

You have got to be kidding me. While discussing human rights in China with the Chinese government, the American negotiators denounced Arizona:

The United States and China reported no major breakthroughs Friday after only their second round of talks about human rights since 2002.

The Obama administration wants to push Beijing to treat its citizens better, but it also needs Chinese support on Iranian and North Korean nuclear standoffs, climate change and other difficult issues.

(…)

[Michael] Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.

He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person’s immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

I’m flabbergasted. To hold up the Arizona law as an example of American human rights violations as part of some public breast-beating is ludicrous. For one, Arizona SB 1070 (PDF) mirrors federal law on the subject and merely makes what was already a federal offense a state crime, too. It contains even stricter protections against ethnic profiling than the corresponding federal law. To use it as an example of a “human rights violation” is just plain ignorant and stupid. Has anyone in DC bothered to read the bill?

It’s also a tremendous insult to Arizonans, who are rightly concerned about the problems caused in their state by illegal immigration, and a humiliation of the United States.  China’s record of human rights violations since the Communists took power in 1949 is long and grotesque; to mention in passing just Tibet, Tiananmen Square, and the state-induced famine that killed tens of millions, would barely scratch the surface. And it continues to this day.

What kind of idiots do we have representing us? Putting a law that the vast majority of Americans approve of on the same level as the actions of the butchers of Beijing is nonsensical at best, and to criticize an American state to a foreign government is absolutely unacceptable.

I realize the Obama administration looks down on the country it governs; we’ve known that from before his election. But do they have to slap us in the face to ingratiate themselves with bloody-handed dictators, too?

(via Power Line)


When even Sweden runs away from socialism

May 16, 2010

Here’s an interesting video from Reason.TV, in which Swedish economist Andreas Bergh talks about how Sweden owes its success not to social democracy, but lowered tax rates and deregulation. Of special interest is what he has to say about Sweden’s health care and educational systems. Washington, take note: