By John Ruberry

This year could end up being the most tumultuous year since 1968. During that year there was of course a heated presidential election, the Democrats nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who represented the status quo, one that was not especially popular. The Republicans chose a former vice president, Richard Nixon, whose critics decried as someone who presented a dark vision of America. Sound familiar?Chicago Police SUV

Missing of course in 2016 is a third-party presidential candidate who can win electoral votes; in 1968 avowed segregationist and renegade Democrat George Wallace fed on racial discord–and there is plenty of that this year, most of it brought on by leftist groups such as Black Lives Matter, which seems very keen on protesting the rare shootings of African-American criminal suspects but is largely on silent on the daily carnage in cities such as Chicago, where so far this weekend over thirty people, most of them black, have been shot. In most of these shootings it’s very likely that other blacks pulled the trigger.

What is largely forgotten about the 1968 election is that it was the first presidential contest since Reconstruction in which a southern blacks voted in large numbers.

We’ve progressed far.

The penultimate year of the turbulent 1960s also brought us the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, North Korea’s seizure of the USS Pueblo, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King–the anger from the latter caused dozens of deadly riots in American cities–the May Insurrection in France, and the turmoil of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

I’m sure I overlooked something.

This year has seen several deadly Islamist terrorist attacks, including last month’s Orlando night club shooting and the Nice, France truck killings, two assassination tragedies–one in Dallas and the other in Louisiana–where multiple police officers were killed, “Brexit,” Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the attempted coup in Turkey, and of course the frenzied US presidential campaign.

Remember: We still have five more months in 2016.

On the positive end, the Apollo 8 mission brought the moon within reach at the end of 1968.

Let’s hope 2016 ends with good news.

Oh, it was also in late 1968 when Star Trek’s “Plato’s Stepchildren” episode aired. Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura delivered American television’s first kiss between a black and a white, and this embrace was not an innocent peck on the cheek.

As Mitch Albom wrote in Tuesdays With Morrie, “Love wins. Always.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. And yes, he was alive in 1968.

WWII: Germans surrender to Russians outside Moscow

by baldilocks

Daniel Greenfield again documents the terms of Europe’s willing surrender to the Dar al-Islam.

The UN Commission of Experts identified 1,600 actual cases of rape in the Bosnian War that took place in the former Yugoslavia over a period of years. In Germany, 2,000 Muslim migrants sexually assaulted 1,200 women in a single night in cities across Germany.

The former was considered one of the worst war crimes of the decade. Its perpetrators were bombed and then faced war crimes trials. The perpetrators of the latter received a slap on the wrist.

In Cologne, Hassan and Hussein were handed suspended sentences. Hassan, who had demanded that a man hand over two women to him by bellowing, “Give me the girls, give me the girls – or you’re dead” was tried as a juvenile offender and was sentenced to community service and an integration course.

(…)

Selin Goren, a spokeswoman for a left-wing refugee group, admitted to lying that the men who sexually assaulted her were German instead of Arabs because the act of the rape had a “political dimension”. Instead of thinking of the men who had assaulted her, she thought of a pro-refugee rally in which she had called for fighting “against racism and sexism”.

And predictably the former took a back seat to the latter.

When the police officer asked her if refugees had been responsible, she retorted that they had spoken German while resenting the officer for being so racist as to assume, correctly, that Muslim migrants were to blame.

A friend had told her that she acted like a battered wife protecting her abusive husband.

It’s an accurate description of not just her, but of the entire left which has turned its own values inside out in order to protect Muslim rapists from a theocratic culture not fundamentally different than ISIS which believes that women are fair game during their gleeful invasion of Europe.

My opinion: European in general and Germany specifically isn’t done paying the spiritual price for the perpetrating/allowing the massacres of the 20th century. And I’m not only referring to the Jews–Russians, Poles—both Jew and Gentile—Romani…and the list goes on. Europe’s spiritual problems are and have always been about leadership.

The spiritual price(s) for bad leadership: delusion and the desire for death, brought on by godlessness. Of course, godless leaders were the catalysts for the massacres in the first place.

Observing from across the water bids these questions. How many Americans are similarly deluded? And what of our leaders?

Related:

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Enjoy your reward, Fr. Jacques Hamel.

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Hornblower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbending he stiffened to attention. He could recognize that type of man at once—the servant of a tyrant, and in close personal association with him, modeling his conduct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fancied should be the correct behaviour of a tyrant, far out-Heroding Herod.

C.S. Forester Flying Colors 1938

I mentioned this morning that it’s hard to comment on news stories on April 1st because you can’t tell what’s real an what’s not.

Hot Air apparently had the same problem.

I owe the MRC an apology for doubting them.

What is the story that the MRC reported that Hot Air couldn’t believe from the MRC? This:

The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.

Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.

It’s even worse than it sounds:

You know what the worst part is? Hollande didn’t say “Islamic terrorism,” which is the supposedly objectionable term. He said “Islamist terrorism.” “Islamist” was, I thought, a term that came into use precisely because it gave the speaker an efficient way to distinguish between “moderate Muslims” and the more jihad-minded. “Islamic” describes all things Muslim; “Islamist” describes a supremacist view in which Islam is the highest authority of the state. Many critics of Islam would dispute that there’s a meaningful distinction between those two, but Obama and Hollande certainly wouldn’t. ISIS may not be Islamic to Obama but it’s certainly Islamist. Point being, Hollande chose his words carefully here according to the White House transcript so as not to conflate the average Muslim with the jihadis he’s discussing — and the White House still censored him.

This is not just a function of Obama, it’s a function of the functionaries under him:

it is the work of those people on a lower level that contribute the most real world damage to Americans.

When President Obama is replaced in November it will be good for the country but just as good if not better will the symbolic cleaning of the Augean stables that the sweeping his radical cronies from DC will be.

As Glenn Reynolds Ed Driscoll put it:

BARACK OBAMA MORPHED INTO BASIL FAWLTY SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED

I disagree, Barack Obama has been a joke since day 1 and frankly if I was Basil Fawlty I’d be insulted by the comparison.

Update: That was Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, not Glenn Reynolds

Update 2: Jim Treacher hits the ultimate Irony:

This is not okay. This is underhanded and cowardly. It’s positively Orwellian. Good lord, our government has lost its way so completely that I’m being forced to defend the President of France.

That’s pretty bad.

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Red Oak MosqueBy John Ruberry

France has entered a new and unhappy phase–the land of liberté, égalité, fraternité is now in its terror age.

Seven days into 2015, twelve people were murdered by radical Muslims inside the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that regularly poked fun at Muhammad, including publishing naked cartoons of him.

On Friday–known as Jumu’ah, the day of prayer, for Muslims, a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital killed over 120 people, the Islamic State caliphate immediately claimed responsibility for the barbarism.

France has always been an uncomfortable fit for its roughly five million Muslims, the first wave of which settled there after the end of its war in Algeria in 1962. Its strict secularism flies in the face one of Islam’s central beliefs–that the faith is not only a religion but a way of life, and that includes the legal code. Sure, some Muslims in France support the secularism of the Fifth Republic, but younger Muslims less so.

Of the Friday attacks, ISIS promises, “This is just the beginning.” And even if just twenty percent of French Muslims support the Islamic State, that’s one million radicals ready to tear down the nation.

Of course many French people remain in denial. While I was driving to work yesterday morning, I switched on NPR, where I listened in disbelief as a French political scientist, Nicole Bacharan, said of the Muslim immigrants living among her in Paris, “they are as French as we are.”

Has Bacharan bothered to ask Muslims–both the native born and the immigrants living in France–if they agree with her?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Caecilius: Modern art. Out of the way, that’s it. Oh, Rombus, I’m a little bit peckish. Get me some ants in honey, there’s a good lad. Ooo, maybe a dormouse? What do you think?
Metella: You call it modern art, I call it a blooming great waste of space.

Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii 2008

Let’s say it bluntly, most modern art is junk and the people who choose to buy it are suckers. A great example of it is the sculpture The Queen’s Vagina:

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That’s this monstrosity is considered art is bad, that it has been placed on the incredible grounds of Versailles (which are a work of art in themselves) is an offense against aesthetics and caused some fuss at the time of its installation. That people have decided to physically attack it however is an offence against property rights.

The “sclupture” was defaced (I use the word “defaced” loosely, since it’s hard to “deface” a piece of junk) by graffiti once but was cleaned, now it is has been hit for a 2nd time:

Phrases such as “Queen sacrificed, twice insulted” and “the second rape of the nation by deviant Jewish activism” covered the sculpture by the British-Indian artist.

However in the ultimate irony Mr. Kapoor has managed to use this event to transform his piece from the joke that it is to something more.

the 61-year-old British-Indian artist told the daily Le Figaro he would not restore the work as he did the first time, and instead would keep the “abominable words” as part of the sculpture.

“I had already questioned the wisdom of cleaning it after the first vandalism. This time, I am convinced that nothing should be removed from these slurs, from these words which belong to anti-Semitism that we’d rather forget,” Kapoor said.

“From now on, in the name of our universal principles, these abominable words will become part of my work, they will overlay it and stigmatize it.”

Congratulations Mr. Kapoor, you’ve managed by this gesture to transform a piece of junk into a statement about both freedom of expression and against anti-Semitism.

I still have no respect for you as an artist, but I have tremendous respect for you as a man.

Well done!

A year ago we saw this story from paris

I’m in Paris.

I had seen these videos where you shout “Death to the Jews” in the streets of Paris. But the truth is that with a video, we not went well even when that reality.

So when I came completely by chance, Republic Square in the middle of the afternoon, and I saw this pro-Palestinian rally, I first paid attention to me … But I wanted to see from close.

I do not have enough peace of mind to write as it should. It’s too hot.

But there:

– Death to the Jews
– Ashkenazi Death to!

– Hitler was right
– We’ll burn you
– white Sales!
– Hamas Resistance!
– Jihad! Jihad! Jihad!
– Palestine must finish the job (note: started by Hitler)

Where are the police?

…And in the streets, scooters reversed. Police remains speechless. Jews who lock themselves in synagogues.

Here is a glimpse of some video:

At the time Elder of Ziyon said

The attack on the synagogue has been denounced by politicians in France, but the real problem of huge numbers of Muslims who have no desire to act in a lawful manner, and who can be easily whipped up into a pogrom, does not seem to be a high priority for the French police.

Seven months later we saw this:

A gunman who would later say he was acting on behalf of the Islamic State walked into her neighborhood’s kosher market and opened fire, launching a siege that would leave four hostages dead — all of them Jewish.

two month later Jeffrey Goldberg in a Piece at the Atlantic wrote asking if it was time for Jews to leave Europe wrote:

 

France’s 475,000 Jews represent less than 1 percent of the country’s population. Yet last year, according to the French Interior Ministry, 51 percent of all racist attacks targeted Jews. The statistics in other countries, including Great Britain, are similarly dismal. In 2014, Jews in Europe were murdered, raped, beaten, stalked, chased, harassed, spat on, and insulted for being Jewish. Sale Juif—“dirty Jew”—rang in the streets, as did “Death to the Jews,” and “Jews to the gas.”

 

as for 2015?

The number of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in France during the first quarter of 2015 increased by 84 percent over the corresponding period last year, a watchdog group said.

The SPCJ security service (Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive) of France’s Jewish communities released the figures Monday in a quarterly report that counted 508 anti-Semitic acts recorded between January and May.

I think the Jews in France need to arm themselves or leave. I’d suggest coming here, at least you can defend yourselves legally, but

We saw it in the manifestation of UCLA and it was one kid. But it was worse in Stanford. When the Jewish girl in Stanford, who wants to be a rabbi, cleansed her Facebook and removed her (expressions of) support of Israel, in the United States, that’s scary to me. That’s like Jews taking off their kippa in the streets of Paris, and here it’s in the US. I have a feeling that Jewish kids, and I’m (also) looking at it in high school, feel intimidated.

If you are a Jew and are not free to be openly Jewish for fear of your safety you’re not free.

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MosqueBy John Ruberry

Five days ago free expression was attacked in Paris when Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said, who were trained by Al Qaeda in Yemen, screamed “Allahu Akbar” (God is great!) while killing 12 people with AK-47s, most of them journalists employed by satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. The terrorists were killed by French police two days later.

Muslim apologists quickly filled the airwaves, explaining that such atrocities are not compatible with Islam and that murderers such as the Kouachi brothers are outliers of the faith–bad apples.

Maybe.

I generally don’t agree with HBO’s Bill Maher, a strident atheist, but when he said last week about Islam, “When there are that many bad apples, there’s something wrong with the orchard,” I have to admit he’s on to something.

Radical Muslims were of course behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States, as well as the 3/11 Mardid and 7/7 London bombings. The jihadists who have seized much of Iraq and Syria–while murdering thousands of Christians and Yazidis–have announced the founding of a new Caliphate. The Fort Hood murderer considered himself a Soldier of Allah. And while western journalists were devoting the lion’s share of its coverage to the Charlie Hebdo killings last week, another Islamist group, Boko Haram, murdered all of the residents–2,000 people–in the Nigerian village of Baga. These are the same criminals who kidnapped 200 teenage Nigeria girls who were the subject of Michelle Obama’s #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign. It didn’t work–the teens are still missing.

Islam–you have a problem. Yes, there are many Muslims that I know who like most people, just want to live their lives and be left alone.  But my guess is that the radicals oppose them too.

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who did his nation and the world a huge service by ousting the Muslim Brotherhood from power, is calling for a “religious revolution” within Islam. In a New Year’s Day speech, Sisi said, “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live?”

If the rest of the world’s inhabitants don’t accept Islam, what Sisi said of the radicals very well may be true.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

French satire weekly Charlie Hebdo has been attacked by Muslims again, this time killing twelve people, including two policemen, and wounding twenty more.

This is what we know so far:

  • Three gunmen wearing face masks and carrying repetition guns came out of cars and walked into the office of Charlie Hebdo, which was holding its weekly meeting.
  • This was a well-planned, premeditated attack.
  • Paris police have confirmed at least one of the men was carrying a rocket launcher.
  • Eyewitness say the attackers yelled “Allahu Akbar” as they fired. One said in French “the prophet has been avenged.” Additionally,

There are reports in the French press that one of the attackers told an eyewitness to “tell the media that we are from Al-Qaida in the Yemen”.

Jean Cabut, or “Cabu”, a veteran of several French newspapers and reportedly the highest paid cartoonist in the world.

According to a journalist at the scene, at least one of the police officers killed had been assigned to protect Mr Charbonnier personally. In 2013 he was included on a “most wanted” list published by Inspire, al-Qaeda’s terrorist propaganda magazine.

  • Charlie Hebdo’s editor-in-chief Gerard Biard was in London when the attack took place.
  • One of the policemen, apparently unarmed, was executed on the sidewalk.
  • The gunmen are still at large. France is at its
    highest level of alert.

You can watch the France24 livefeed here.

Later today,

A car explosion has been reported in front of a synagogue in Sarcelles, a heavily Jewish populated city near Paris where two where two gunmen attacked the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo just hours earlier on Wednesday, French media outlet Metronews reported.

The car was parked in front of a synagogue, and reportedly exploded at about 2.30 p.m. local time.

The synagogue had been firebombed last July. Other attacks had been taking place through France since late December.

What this means:
This is an attack on civil society, be it in France or anywhere in the world. Every civilized country should condemn it.

I first browsed through a Charlie Hebdo years ago, mistakenly thinking it would be a French Mad Magazine. It was not. While it is a humor magazine, frequently [WARNING: the link is definitely not suitable for work] it’s in-your-face pornographic and thrives on blasphemy. I heard one of the reporters mistakenly describe CH as “a conservative magazine.”

That said, the Charlie Hebdo staff have been steadfast on their commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and continued their work unflinchingly after a firebombing on the night of November 2, 2011.

As Charb declared, “I prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.”

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

OK picture this problem, you are an ultra liberal, practically socialist mayor of one of the largest cities in the world who has followed a mayor so rich that nobody on your side wanted to make demands of him for fear of chasing away his custom or charity once he was out of office.

You have to please your base to the city starts to change, you go after the carriage drivers for the environmentalists (or maybe for a developer) the Squeegee men come back and you stop and frisk and crime starts to increase. Sensing the bad old times are back people who can afford it start to leave.

Well what do you do if you can’t keep people with money in your city? You get new people who are in a spot even worse:

Wealthy French Jews Are Fleeing Anti-Semitism and Bringing Their Money

A “fixer” named Marlen Kruzhkov has helped dozens of rich guys move their families — and over $1 billion — to NYC

And compared to France, even NY is business friendly

For this Jewish population, there are two main options when it comes to moving: the United States or Israel. While Israel feels more familiar to many of those seeking to migrate – it’s nearby and many already have Israeli passports — Mr. Kruzhkov notes that their businesses are often the key to determining a location.

“Israel is a small place, business opportunities are less, there is much more red tape.

The US is easier; it’s a great place to do business, less red tape.” Nonetheless, it is anti-Semitism, not business opportunities, that is driving the Jewish population out of France. “It’s no question, the driving force is the anti-Semitism, but the reason they are choosing the US is due to sound business reasons.”

Who thought that rampant french antisemitism would pay off for the ultra liberal mayor of NY?

The problem is will the supply of wealthy Jews fleeing for their lives to NY be sufficient to offset effects of a full DeBlasio term?

My name is Dr Leonard Hofstadter and I could never please my parents so I need to get all my self-esteem from strangers like you. (pointing at Sheldon) But he’s worse!

The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 2008

One of the things that I’m asked an awful lot by people is: “How could the country have re-elected Barack Obama after the last four years.” One of the answers I invariably give is this:

“It took Pharaoh 10 plagues to let Moses people go, perhaps it will take 8 years of Obama for the public to figure it out.”

With gas prices on the rise daily and things continuing to tank you wonder just how much longer will it take for people and business to finally say “Enough!”

I told Michael Graham that the president has no incentive to try to change or improve after all he won election as things were but I suspect there is another plan in mind. The Obama/Hofstadter gambit illustrated by this story stories like this out of France.

Let’s set the stage, Goodyear owns a pair of Tire factories they want to dump in the city of Amines (remembered for the less than successful Treaty of Amines a tiny bit of peace between England & France during the Napoleonic Wars” 1200 jobs are on the line and the only bidder was a self made US Tire & Wheel tycoon named Morrie Taylor. But when Mr. Taylor commented on the lack of productivity it resulted in the following exchange :

“This is the French way.” Mr. Taylor told us over the phone that he responded, “Sitting in a cafe is also the French way, and that’s what you’ll be doing soon” if this plant closes.

Mr. Taylor also said that the union bosses told him, “You have to do what we tell you, or we won’t let you buy it [the factory.]”

“So I told them, you guys go bag it,”

Now when the American with the money walked away this was a problem for the French Socialist government, the unions are their backers and the loss of union jobs means the loss of pay for voters. The French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg tried to intervene offering to broker a fair deal. Taylor’s response was classic

“Sir,” he wrote, “your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”

This is Barack Obama’s card, the same one evidenced by Leonard’s speech in the episode, The US economy might be in shambles, our debt might be overwhelming and our unions might be choking cities like Detroit, but France and Europe is SO MUCH WORSE.

Well that will be true as there is a Texas and a bunch of Republican Governors to offer other alternatives anyways.

One final note. Check out the comments in the original French paper, (you will need to translate them) While the MSM & European papers are going the full Captain Renault the readers in France seem impressed by the truth told to their faces.

Maybe there’s hope for them yet!

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over in France:

Three young Jewish students were attacked by a gang of twelve Muslims in Lyons, France, yesterday on Shabbat. These Muslims were clearly inspired by the devout Muslim and mass murderer Muhammad Merah (as were these Muslims), who gunned down Jewish toddlers and parents in cold blood at a Jewish day school in Toulouse

…and actual bravery in Saudi Arabia

Have you seen this video, from MEMRI.org, of a Saudi woman standing up to the “religious police” in a mall? A treat.

They order her to leave. She says, “I’m not getting out. What are you gonna do about it? I’m not getting out. I’m standing right here. I’m standing right here. For your information, I’m filming it all. Here, smile for the camera.”

The cheek. Unbelievable. She also says, “For your information, the video is on its way to Twitter and Facebook as we speak.” The social media can be overrated. They can be underrated too.

She says, “You are not the boss of me, and you can’t tell me not to wear nail polish. Lipstick on my mouth?! Come look at my mouth. Shame on you! And he pretends to be God-fearing . . .”

And the irony: Kimberlin’s allies often attack their foes as “Islamophobic”.

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method—by making him a kind of Childe Harold or Werther submerged in self-pity for imaginary distresses—you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters XIII

One of the biggest problems that our friends on the left tend to run into is the disturbing habit of reality to intrude on their message. While this has been a real issue on the domestic front the biggest exclamation points have been in the world of Islamists.

In France the brutal murder of Jewish Children and a Rabbi which got short shift here has apparently made a difference in France and their reactions:

Item: France looks at Radicalism in prisons

President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered a study on the evolving threat in prisons after last month’s killings, and the justice minister called for greater intelligence gathering in prisons and more Muslim prison chaplains.

This is a good first step, but it appears they are slightly unclear on the concept:

Justice Minister Michel Mercier recently announced he wants a full-time security official devoted to intelligence gathering in each large prison and closer working ties between the prison administration and intelligence agencies. He also wants an increase in the number of Muslim chaplains in French prisons.

“A new phenomenon has appeared, the self-radicalization of some prisoners,” Mercier said. “Mohamed Merah read the Quran alone and it is his own interpretation that led him to radicalization.”

Sarkozy has called self-radicalization “the worst thing for democracies,” apparently referring to the difficulty in detecting this solitary transformation without trampling on civil liberties.

The idea of “Self radicalization” only works if you ignore the pronouncements of radical Imans all over the middle east and within Europe. An increase in chaplains will only be positive if those chaplains are well screened for radical teachings. Of course some would argue that this is inherent to Islam itself, but still this is a positive step, you can’t address a problem properly if you don’t even acknowledge there is a problem to begin with.

Item: Canada finally orders Accused Terrorist extradited to France:

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has ordered Ottawa professor Hassan Diab to be extradited to France to face terror-bombing charges.

“Mr. Diab was committed for extradition on June 6th, 2011 by the Superior Court of Justice,” Justice Department spokesman Christian Girouard wrote in an email. “On April 4th, 2012, the minister of Justice ordered his surrender to France.

It only took four years after the request for this order to take place. I’ll wager the murders in France had a lot to do with this. This is one of the times where the strong French influence in Canada has likely made a difference.

But more significantly Canada is notorious for tolerating Islamic radicalism, that this case is moving at all is significant.

Item: Salon walking “murder” accusation back

After spending serious time accusing Pam Geller and Robert Spencer of inciting murder it appears Salon magazine is finding itself walking back

Indeed, in the days after her death several revelations called the hate-crime allegation into question. On April 4, an affidavit for a search warrant about the murder was “accidentally released,” according to the New York Times. The San Diego Union-Tribune, which first received the document, claimed it shows a “family in turmoil and cast doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.” Alawadi was said to be planning on leaving her husband, based on blank divorce papers found in her vehicle. Last November, police investigating reports of two people possibly having sex in a car found Fatima with a 21-year-old man. After her mother was called to pick her up, Fatima allegedly jumped out of the moving car at 35 mph. While being treated at a hospital for her injuries the court records state, “Police were informed by paramedics and hospital staff that Fatima Alhimidi said she was being forced to marry her cousin and did not want to do so she jumped out of the vehicle.”

Remember the writer is a co-founder of Occupy Wall Street Journal. Gupta still attacks both Geller and Spencer in the piece but is put in the uncomfortable position to note the holes in the “hate crime” story.

This is in Sharp contrast to what the same magazine was saying just a week before:

“What we do know,” wrote Mónica Novoa confidently on March 30, “is that Alawadi 17-year-old daughter Fatima, found a note next to her slain mother’s body that read, ‘This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.’ Those words and the animosity and bigotry experienced by Muslim communities of diverse racial backgrounds is rooted in years of ignorant stereotypes.”

We now know that we didn’t really know any such thing.

In fact not only do they now know they didn’t really know any such thing, but some are suddenly they always thought this:

This revelation Friday morning, along with the release of information that made it look much more likely that Alawadi was a victim of honor killing than of murderous “Islamophobia,” stopped a few of the more circumspect among the Islamic supremacists: the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted a claim that it had always had doubts about the “hate crime” claim.

Of course there are those who are too invested in the old narrative:

Islamic supremacist writer Reza Aslan, however, who had initially blamed Pamela Geller and me for the murder, reacted with scornful indifference to the news disproving his claims, and continued to promote Hoodie and Hijab rallies.

The has been the worst of all possible worlds for Islamic apologists. Most of the time Pam and Robert are standing alone looking for justice for victims of Honor Killings who are slaughtered without fanfare. The Islamist left attempt to use the killing of Shaima Alawadi to attack Geller and Spencer has instead made her the face of Honor killings to their readers who had heretofore not has the subject before them.

Item: The Irish times are a changin

Filmmaker Nicky Larkin went to Israel and the west bank to make a film about the conflict between Israel and “Palestine”. Nicky arrived in Israel with a particular point of view but reality pushed him in the face, hard:

But the more I felt the martyrs watching me, the more confused I became. After all, the Palestinian mantra was one of “non-violent resistance”. It was their motto, repeated over and over like responses at a Catholic mass.

Yet when I interviewed Hind Khoury, a former Palestinian government member, she sat forward angrily in her chair as she refused to condemn the actions of the suicide bombers. She was all aggression.

This aggression continued in Hebron, where I witnessed swastikas on a wall. As I set up my camera, an Israeli soldier shouted down from his rooftop position. A few months previously I might have ignored him as my political enemy. But now I stopped to talk. He only talked about Taybeh, the local Palestinian beer.

and then came stories like this:

He talked slowly about his time in Gaza. He spoke about 20 Arab teenagers filled with ecstasy tablets and sent running towards the base he’d patrolled. Each strapped with a bomb and carrying a hand-held detonator.

The pills in their bloodstream meant they felt no pain. Only a headshot would take them down.

and when he came back with his film Forty Shades of Grey his peers didn’t like what they saw:

My peers expected me to come back with an attack on Israel. No grey areas were acceptable.

And when Larkin’s story came out, the vitriol came with it:

The fall-out has been quite spectacular. I’ve been called everything from a Protestant to an agent of Mossad. Letters to the editor have been flying in since, like rockets from the Strip. But, unlike the rockets from Gaza, not all the letters have been sent with spleen.

and like conservatives in Hollywood his support comes in hushed tones for fear of the “tolerant” left.

I didn’t expect the support from a largely silent group of people — Irish people. It seems there are true liberals out there; people prepared to listen to both sides of the story. Unfortunately they are surrounded by foaming scarf-wearers, clutching their boycott sheets and Bic biros.

It’s the foam that gives the fear. Nobody wants to be bitten by a rabid dog. Or a Bic biro. So, as a result, the Irish support I’ve received has been largely by private correspondence. Strictly for health reasons. I’m contagious.

Yet more proof courage is the virtue that makes every other possible.

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One can hold back reality for only so long.

Update: added … to the title as a setup for my next post.

Now that the entire attention span of the world is on Japan, the Gaddafi family is taking full advantage to thrust forward.

The chaotic collapse of rebel positions in eastern Libya in the past week is sapping the morale out of the rag-tag rebel troops that had been rapidly driving west just days ago.

The optimism of a few weeks ago that Col. Muammar Qaddafi, who has ruled Libya through the torture and execution of political opponents since 1969, would be swept by a flexing of people power similar to the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia is now a distant memory.

The Arab leagues proposed no-fly zone is apparently not going anywhere and now that the headlines are all thousands of miles away the British and the French moves on Libya are dissipating. Neither will bother to act if the world isn’t watching.

This is analogous to the four state strategy from Yes Minister clip that I posted before. It’s designed to make sure nothing is done. In case you missed it here is the The four stage strategy via Yes Minister:

Dick: “In stage 1 we say ‘Nothing is going to Happen'”

Sir Humphrey: “In stage 2 we say ‘Something may be going to happen but we should do nothing about it'”

Dick: “In stage 3 we say “maybe we should do something about it but there’s nothing we can do.'”

Sir Humphrey: “In stage 4 we say ‘Maybe there was something we could have done, but it’s too late now'”

A variation this is now being played out in Libya we are currently at stage 2.5 and climbing.

Here is the clip again if you’d like.

Update: We are in stage 3 and rising

Update 2: Linked at Questions and Observations and the Green Room.

but some things are the same the world over. Athletes who are full of themselves:

Striker Nicolas Anelka was kicked out of France’s World Cup squad for insulting coach Raymond Domenech and refusing to apologise, the French Football Federation said.

Anelka insulted Domenech in a crude manner at half-time of a 2-0 defeat by Mexico on Thursday in Polokwane.

“The comments made by Nicolas Anelka towards national coach Raymond Domenech are totally unacceptable for the French Football Federation, French football and the values they defend,” the FFF said.

It goes to show that pampered athletes transcend borders and cultures.

Now if he wants to get in real trouble back home he can try to hold a wine and sausage event in Paris.

They banned that event so the organizers moved it to the Champs Elysees they still banned it but apparently there are some French who still have backbones.

One man wore a pair of horns and braided pigtails associated with French comic book hero Asterix, an ancient Gaul whose exploits centre around resisting Roman occupation.

“18 June 1940 France, Republic, Liberty, 18 June 2010 Resistance,” read a large banner, with several participants waving French flags and holding aloft sausages.

Atlas has more details and some info on the symbolism of the date:

The idea to gather at the Arc de Triomphe is described by Identity Block as symbolic, since it was where 2,000 schoolboys defied a Nazi ban on protest and marched against the occupying forces some 70 years ago.

Furthermore, today also marked the 70th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s appeal to the French people to resist the Nazi occupation following his exile to the United Kingdom. In the end, the Washington Post reports that some 300-400 protesters turned up this evening.

When someday the tide of Sharia goes out, (and someday it will go out, even in Europe) this event will be remembered and as in the days after 1945 the numbers of the resistance will suddenly swell.

Although I suspect when the tide does go out, I have a feeling it will be because of millions of muslim women who finally cr:y “Enough!”

But Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina has just managed a Hat Trick against South Korea in the World Cup.

The Score is 4-1. You would never know this was soccer.

Update: If you want to see why Americans aren’t interested in soccer check out the France Mexico game if you can stay awake.