Why we’re angry

October 15, 2010

Jim Geraghty posted this great ad from Colorado Republican candidate for US Senate Ken Buck. Have a look:

He nails it: they ignored us. You can talk about policy and politics all you want, but, in the end, the unholy beating the Democrats will likely take in November is the result of their arrogance, of their patronizing condescension, of their disdain for their constituents. This anger is why people are willing to walk through fire to vote in this election, and it will be the Democrats’ just desserts for acting like oligarchs, instead of representatives.

They ignored us, but, come the night of November 2nd, they won’t be able to ignore it as the voters deliver their message with an electoral 2×4.

You betcha.


In Islam, marital rape isn’t rape-rape

October 15, 2010

A few weeks ago, I presented a video clip featuring a distinguished Egyptian cleric who told a rapt interviewer that Allah had created the punishment of beating a wife for refusing her husband sex and that this was a way of honoring her.

But this left open the question, what to do if she won’t help her husband get his freak on, even after a good beating?

Simple! He can just force her to have sex, since, according to the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, forcing your wife to have sex against her will really isn’t rape:

In the name of Allah, all praise is for Allah, and may peace and blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family. To proceed:

For a wife to abandon the bed of her husband without excuse is haram [forbidden]. It is one of the major sins and the angels curse her until the morning as we have been informed by the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). She is considered nashiz (rebellious) under these circumstances. As for the issue of forcing a wife to have sex, if she refuses, this would not be called rape, even though it goes against natural instincts and destroys love and mercy, and there is a great sin upon the wife who refuses; and Allah Almighty is more exalted and more knowledgeable.

Notice that? Even though the husband is committing an act that “destroys love and mercy,” it isn’t rape and the sin is hers. Again, Islam makes the woman the one responsible for the sexual behavior of the man.

Be sure to read the whole thing, because Dr. Bostom opens with a discussion of a similar organization in the UK that also argues there is no rape within a marriage. I can understand their logic, since these sharia law experts define rape as “adultery by force,” making the marital state a prerequisite condition and meaning rape can only occur outside of marriage.

But understanding is not the same as approving. It is, in fact, utterly barbaric and disgusting, again turning the woman in a marriage into little more than the man’s property and justifying, or at least excusing, unspeakable atrocities against her.

And they call this civilized?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Detroit: the railroad to nowhere

October 15, 2010

When your city’s population has shrunk by half since 1950, thousands of buildings are unoccupied, Hollywood uses it for “urban apocalypse” shots, and it’s earned the title of “Murder Capital of the USA,” what does it need?

No, not a Marine Expeditionary Force, silly! It needs a $500 million light rail project!

That goes nowhere.

Reason.TV has the story:

Yeesh.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)