For those who are new to this web site I have a weekly column that I write for several other sites, The Minority Report, Zilla of the Resistance, The Necropolitan Sentinel, Conservatively Speaking and the North American Conservative Bloggers United called Under the Fedora. The latest is now up, a peek:

One of the characteristics of Arab democracy, Islamic or no , has been danger to the Christian community.   Christians have been fleeing for their lives in droves.  This has produced an interesting side effect in Israel, Christian Arabs openly and proudly joining the Israeli defense forces:

Khaloul said that until now, many in the community had been too afraid to speak out, but that was going to change. Many are now even referring to themselves openly as “Israeli Christians.”

Ali, an organizer for the forum, noted that local Arabs see what is happening across the Middle East and realize that Israel is the only place in the region where Christians can feel safe and belong. “That’s why more and more of us are realizing that there is no other country here that is worth fighting for,” he added.

Arab Christians have resisted siding with Israel for three generations.  It really speaks to the current crop of Islamists that they could produce such a result.

You can find the whole thing here and check it out on all those sites each week.

Capt. Darling: So you see, Blackadder, Field Marshal Haig is most anxious to eliminate all these German spies.

Gen Melchett: Filthy Hun weasels fighting their dirty underhand war!

Capt Darling: And, fortunately, one of *our* spies–

Gen Melchett: Splendid fellows, brave heroes, risking life and limb for Blighty!

Black Adder Goes Forth, General Hospital 1989

You know I’ve heard the left telling for years that we should be happy to pay our fair share of taxes, how it’s patriotic to do so and those who balk at such taxes are just greedy.

Apparently this rule doesn’t apply when it comes to pot:

marijuana advocates fear excessive taxes could destroy the whole idea around voter-approved Amendment 64 and keep recreational pot users in the black market.

“If it is too much tax too quickly, it will kill the transition to the legal market,” said Michael Elliott, director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group.

What? the voter approved amendment was all about tax free pot? I don’t remember anyone arguing for tax free pot, but beside the fact I’m sure many on the left hearing this are Shocked SHOCKED to discover that excessive taxes will hold back a market and Ed mentions another point that never hit me.

Of course, people can’t usually grow their own tobacco. That’s not true of marijuana, which as reader David K pointed out in an e-mail to me, is called “weed” for a very good reason. Now that marijuana has been legalized, David thinks there will be little appetite to bust people for growing their own supply — but if it’s being done to avoid paying taxes, I’m not so sure. Ask the citizen distillers in the South how they handled the “revenuers” back in the day.

Meanwhile we have been told how vital government regulation is to protect citizens from exploitation and danger, to be sure products and services are save for the public, when we’ve objected suggesting this handcuff’s business and costs jobs we’ve been told that we are putting profits over people.

But strangely enough our friends on the left have discovered rules and regulations that might actually hurt a business:

Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest provider of abortions, says the proposed stricter standards for clinics could cause all but six of the 42 abortion facilities in Texas to shut down. Bill author Republican Jodie Laubenberg said no facility would be forced to close.

How about that, regulations hurt businesses and the insistence of supporters of the bill that these rules will force clinics to be safer are not relevant.


Why am I not surprised by this story:

Police searched the Northern Virginia home of libertarian activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody, according to a news release posted on Kokesh’s Web site.

Kokesh you might remember, is the activist who had planned and then cancelled the open carry March for DC in protest of the gun laws. While the big march was cancelled he shot the following video:

That video resulted in a search warrant and his arrest

Kokesh, a former Marine, was being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, charged with possession of schedule I and II drugs while in possession of a firearm, said Lt. Steve Elbert, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.

I find the charge interesting, not a charge for the drugs themselves, suggesting his possession of them did not violate the law nor a charge on the gun but on the combination.

Whatever you think of Adam Kokesh and frankly I don’t think much of him this was a classic act of non-violent civil disobedience, openly done in specific defiance of a law he objects to.

Perhaps if he had openly violated the law on Meet the Press like David Gregory the police would have acted differently

I submit and suggest that the drug/gun combo charge was levied in order to be able to claim a difference between the two cases.

A function of civil disobedience is to provoke a reaction and/or arrested so in that respect I don’t think Kokesh has any business complaining but there are few things less healthy for a republic than laws enforced selectively.

Update: Apparently even when you try to obey gun laws things don’t work out.   Jeremy Preston must have foolishly believed he was as good as David Gregory too.

Update 2: If you are wondering why I don’t care much for Kokesh Stacy McCain explains it.

GRUGGER: Well, I’m prepared to forget that little incident.
MEGLOS: Oh, I hope not.
BROTADAC: We’ll remember.

Doctor Who Meglos 1980

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48

One of the things that get tends to get me into arguments with my fellow anti-Islamists is my differentiating “Islamists” from Islam.  Their argument is that Islamists are not doing Islam wrong, they are doing it right.

So when I see things like this from last week from the Iman in Tennessee:

And Qadhi says: “The life and property of a mushrik [one who worships others besides Allah] holds no value in the state of jihad….which means if they don’t say la illaha illa Allah, their lives and property are halal” — that is, permitted to be taken by the Muslims.

Qadhi is an imam in Memphis. He is also Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute. He is a hafiz — that is, he has memorized the entire Qur’an. He has an M.A. in the Islamic Creed and a B.A. in Islamic Sciences from Islamic University of Medina, as well as a master’s and a doctorate in Islamic Studies from Yale.

How is it, then, that he misunderstands jihad so spectacularly that he sounds like a greasy Islamophobe?

I’ve attributed it to people like Qadhi being an Islamist, although Robert Spencer’s question certainly deserves an answer.

However there was something I saw in the coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood’s violence that really struck me.

Here is the base story:

Inhabitants of the Nile island of Manial reported seeing dozens of bearded Islamists armed with machineguns, machetes and sticks on Friday night before the deadly clashes broke out.

Snipers were spotted on rooftops, and medics told AFP they treated some residents of the normally quiet middle-class neighborhood for bullet wounds with a downward trajectory.

Buildings were pockmarked with bullet holes. Rocks carpeted the floor and charred tyres showed the ferocity of the violence.

What had prompted this, why a Muslim Brotherhood TV speech:

Residents say the attack began just minutes after the Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, gave a fiery speech to Mursi supporters camped out in Cairo’s Nasr City, which was broadcast live on television.

Sounds like Islamists to me, this certainly seems to support my way of thinking, at least until the following line:

“The attack came minutes after Badie’s speech. They treated us like infidels. They were chanting ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest) as they were shooting us,” said Ahmed Fattouh.


Those sentences say two things both important:

To the “Moderate” Muslim it says that to the Islamist, you are no different from any other infidel if you stand, even unarmed, against them.

To the rest of us, it tells us where we stand. That exclamation: “They treated us like infidels.” sounds a lot like: “How dare they attack us? It’s not like we were infidels or something that would be different.”

Christians are required to remember that like any other person a Muslims are children of God and their lives and souls are of no less value than any other person.

We are not obliged to forget that the reverse is not true.

I don’t know if that line will be pulled from the story (I saved a screen shot) but it will take more than that to make me forget it.