Archive | August, 2006

U.S. Muslim Leaders Finally Realizing Threat from Within?

Posted on 31 August 2006 by Ed Z

American Muslim leaders are starting to realize the threat that comes from
within the Muslim community.

"This sentiment of
denial, that sort of came as a fever to the Muslim community after
9-11, is fading away," said Muqtedar Khan, a political
scientist at the University of Delaware and author of
"American Muslims." "They realize that there are
Muslims who use terrorism, and the community is beginning to stand
up to this."

It’s about time, though I’m skeptical.  However, it is
encouraging to read statements like this:

"Here in Central
Florida, talking to most people, they are literally upset by the
actions of Muslims — or so-called Muslims — overseas in Europe
and the Middle East, because they say, `We wish they would come
and see how we’re doing here,’" Musri said. "We know who
the real enemy is — someone who might come from the outside and
try to infiltrate us. Everybody is on the lookout."

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060831/ap_on_re_us/muslims_threat_within_2

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Hummer Says You are Inferior…Now Buy One

Posted on 29 August 2006 by Ed Z

Ladies, are you feeling inadequate? Your
kid was cut off at the slide?
Go out and spend $32,800 on a Hummer H3, for
it will surely solve all your problems. Get your girl on.

Oh and gentlemen, embarrassed
about buying vegetables and tofu
instead of red meat? For 32,800 you can
restore the balance (of your manhood that is).

It is a fact, the original tagline was "restore your manhood", but
Hummer revised it due to complaints, though the commercial still airs.

I am neither a woman, nor a vegetarian. In fact, I’m probably the guy buying
all the red meat in the tofu commercial. That doesn’t matter, because the
commercial still doesn’t appeal to me.

There is an increasing trend of brazen belittling the consumer. Commercials
have always had the stench of marketing through condescension, but I’ve never
seen it so flagrant.

Adholes,
a blog about the advertisement industry, highlights how the Tofu commercial is
insulting to vegetarians. Marc Lefton writes:

As a vegetarian and someone who hangs out
with one, this commercial could not stereotype or insult us any more. Plus,
what’s the idea – that because we do something constructive we need to balance
ourselves out and do something destructive?

Source: http://adholes.com/postings/1992ac59cc88c56d9dc6ea0769265020

Mr. Lefton and I probably couldn’t be further apart on the spectrum. I have
no problem with SUV’s, drive what you want to drive, but we both share a disdain
for the ad.

So, Hummer, who exactly was your target audience?

As commercials continue to insult us, I just can’t imagine how the people
making the decisions feel comfortable with their products.

 

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Fox Crew Freed

Posted on 27 August 2006 by Ed Z

Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were freed
today
.  This is terrific news as I, and most, feared they were going to
me murdered.

Michelle Malkin
has al of information on how the release developed.

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005815.htm

 

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Nagin: Ground Zero a Hole in the Ground

Posted on 25 August 2006 by Ed Z

New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, in defense of his inability to clean his flood
ravaged city in a timely manner decided to use Ground Zero in New York as a
comparison, calling it a "hole in the ground".

On a tour of the decimated
Ninth Ward, Nagin tells Pitts the city has removed most of the
debris from public property and it’s mainly private land that’s
still affected – areas that can’t be cleaned without the owners’
permission. But when Pitts points to flood-damaged cars in the
street and a house washed partially into the street, the mayor
shoots back. "That’s alright. You guys in New York can’t get
a hole in the ground fixed and it’s five years later. So let’s be
fair."

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/24/60minutes/main1933092.shtml

As a New Yorker, who witnessed the attack on our country, I’m disturbed that
this man doesn’t have the decency to respect those who were killed on September
11. To say it needs to be "fixed" leads me to believe he thinks it was
broken, not destroyed in an attack by jihadists whose goal was to kill as many
people as possible.

Perhaps Nagin doesn’t consider the human loss at Ground Zero, and that may be
why he left his people in New Orleans stranded while he hid in a hotel.

The fine people at Hot
Air
have some choice comments for Mayor Nagin.

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What’s That in Your Bag? Umm…

Posted on 24 August 2006 by Ed Z

You’re at the airport, getting ready to go through a security checkpoint and
when the guards find an object in your baggage that resembles a grenade, but in
actuality is your penis pump, you say it is a bomb because you don’t want your
mother, who is traveling with you, to know you own one.

I’m not making this up.

Cook County prosecutors say
a 29-year-old man traveling with his mother desperately didn’t
want her to know he’d packed a sexual aid for their trip to
Turkey. So he told security it was a bomb, officials said.

Madin Azad Amin, 29, of
Skokie, was stopped Aug. 16 after guards found an object in his
baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said.

When officers asked him to
identify it, Amin said it was a bomb, said Cook County Assistant
State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto.

He later told officials he’d
lied about the item because his mother was nearby and he didn’t
want her to hear that it was part of a penis pump, Scaduto said.

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/08/24/D8JMSCT01.html

Where to begin? I mean, this is wrong on so many levels. Of all the things to
say, of all the lies, bomb is the best you can come up with!

Is this in your carry on? And why do you need this on a trip with your
mother?

What’s worse, your mom finding out you have a penis pump or claiming it is a
bomb, getting arrested, having to admit it is a penis pump and now not only does
your mom know but so does everyone else!

Oh man.

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Bin Laden has Approval to Kill 10 Million Americans

Posted on 23 August 2006 by Ed Z

In November 2004, it was reported that Osama bin Laden secured
religious approval
to use nukes against Americans.

Osama bin Laden now has
religious approval to use a nuclear device against Americans, says
the former head of the CIA unit charged with tracking down the
Saudi terrorist. The former agent, Michael Scheuer, speaks to
Steve Kroft in his first television interview without disguise to
be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 14 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT)
on the CBS Television Network.

Source: http://www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/04_Nukes/041112.UBL.approval.html

After almost two years it seems they’ve come up with an
acceptable number of American deaths, that being 10 million.  Jihad Watch
has the details on the Saudi
cleric’s permission
.

I wonder, does bin Laden go around looking for the best
deal?  Surely there is another Islamic cleric willing to go to 15 million
20 million?  How do they come up with this number?  Is there some
Excel spreadsheet that formulates these numbers?

What do you think the reaction would be if the Pope approved 10
million Muslim deaths?  Or even ten.

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Katrina, Harry and Billy Zabka

Posted on 22 August 2006 by Ed Z

I watched Spike Lee’s documentary on hurricane Katrina last night and I have
to say it was painful to watch the horrors my fellow Americans had to endure.
Watching Harry Belafonte praise Hugo Chaves was also difficult.

Yes Harry, let’s get Hugo in to run things. Good pal of Fidel Castro, Moammar
Khadafy and Saddam Hussein.

Not to be outdone, I pick up the August issue of GQ and find that magazine
pimping Lee’s movie, practically salivating over any anti-administration
comments. Add another magazine to the shit list.

The same issue has a piece on the top 12 dickhead characters in a movie
(Billy Zabka as Johnny in The Karate Kid was the winner) and as a sub story,
picked 10 real-life guys who would make "great movie dicks". Guess who
was on that list? President Bush. Is it that hard thinking up material?

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Michael Barone: Our Covert Enemies

Posted on 22 August 2006 by Ed Z

I read Michael Barone’s column in The New York Sun last night and tabbed it
for a post.  This morning I saw that Power
Line
already had, so take a look at their comments and read the article.

Our covert enemies are
harder to identify, for they live in large numbers within our
midst. And in terms of intentions, they are not enemies in the
sense that they consciously wish to destroy our society. On the
contrary, they enjoy our freedoms and often call for their
expansion. But they have also been working, over many years, to
undermine faith in our society and confidence in its goodness.
These covert enemies are those among our elites who have promoted
the ideas labeled as multiculturalism, moral relativism and (the
term is Professor Samuel Huntington’s) transnationalism.

Source: http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MichaelBarone/2006/08/21/our_covert_enemies

 

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Jeffrey Lichtman’s Transformation

Posted on 20 August 2006 by Ed Z

Criminal defense attorney, Jeffrey
Lichtman
, had some insightful commentary on the 77WABC
radio station website. He explains his transformation from a die hard Democrat
to a Republican voting conservative.  Read the full commentary at the link
below.

What I think might be interesting to you
out there, is how I became transformed, really, from a dyed in the wool liberal,
a registered Democrat who has never voted Republican in his entire life for any
candidate in any race, who defends people charged with federal crimes – which
means I basically spend my days fighting the government – how I became
conservative on the issues of foreign policy and the wars in Iraq, and Israel.

Source: http://www.wabcradio.com/Article.asp?id=122761&spid=

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Rocks Over Bananas

Posted on 20 August 2006 by Ed Z

I was told recently, that some television news show had a segment on the
influence of brand names on children, specifically when it comes to food.

It’s bad enough that a friend of mine has two nephews, aged between 8-11, who
refuse to use any ketchup other than the McDonalds packets of ketchup. But now,
apparently in this news piece, kids were given the choice of eating either a
banana or a rock. The rock was adorned with stickers of cartoon characters, and
the banana was just, well a banana. All but one kid picked the rock…to eat!
Now you might think they didn’t know it was a rock, but they were told, ‘you
can’t eat a rock’ and some replied ‘yes I can!’.

I can’t find any resources on the story but I’ll keep looking. I’d be
interested to know the ages of the kids and how many they tested, but any way
you peel it, our kids want to eat rocks.

**UPDATE**

Reader JenW was kind enough to find the background info on the story. 
It was a Dateline piece called Food
Fight
.

So finally, to see just how
far these characters could sway kids, we asked: what would they
rather have for breakfast? A banana or… a rock? We decorated the
rock this character stickers this time.

It seemed pretty clear
companies can count on Scooby-Do when they’ve got some work to
do. An overwhelming majority went straight for the rock.

Source: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14415766/

A big thanks to JenW.

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