From the video: Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996.
From: Fox News
From: The Watcher’s Council
The Council has rendered its judgment and the results of the Watcher’s Council contest this week are history. We had a very tight competition this week as you can see below, a testimony to how especially good all the entries were.
Our winner this week, The Razor, took a look at an interesting problem in East Asia’s most prosperous societies that it shares with Russia and much of Western Europe – a low birth rate among the native population. Some of these Asian societies have a built in animus towards migrants settling there, and the Razor came up with a fascinating look at Japanese culture to tell us why he feels Japan Will Not Be Saved Through Immigration:
…the Tokugawa Shogunate cut off all ties to the outside world. They cut loose the Japanese outposts in East and South Asia, forcing hundreds of thousands of Japanese there to fend for themselves. They banned contact with foreigners, making it punishable by death. Any foreigner found on Japanese soil (the Portuguese outpost of Nagasaki notably excluded) was immediately executed. And any Japanese that left Japan could never return. This policy was known as “Sakoku” – isolated country. That situation lasted until 1853 when the American Commodore Perry shelled Yokohama and made the Japanese accept foreign ships at their ports. I think Perry had to shell it a couple of times before the Japanese got it through their top-knotted skulls that he was serious.
Skipping to the modern era, sakoku thinking lives on in Japan today. The Japanese aren’t comfortable with foreigners at all. There is simply no place in their culture for them. It’s difficult for us to relate to this because our nation was built by immigrants, and our national identity for better or worse has been forged in the melting pot. Not so with the Japanese. For 90% of their history they have lived isolated amongst themselves. Some Japanese try to change things, but change is impossible; I learned that the hard way in Japan. Japan beat the liberal right out of me.
Japan will never accept foreigners. It will most likely automate (Japan leads the world in robotics) and eventually fade away. Don’t get me wrong, I love the crazy racist bastards – they are unimaginably interesting to watch – but I don’t think their future is bright. It’s a shame, because they gave us anime, addicting video games, and excellent electronics – not to mention Yukio Mishima, Akira Kurosawa and Zen.
In the Non-Council category we had a tie between:
Barry Rubin’s SCOOP: Explaining How The “Palestine Papers” Story Is A Fabrication That Teaches Us The Truth – a total fisking of the wikileaks-style journalistic joke pulled off by the Guardian and al-Jazeera and Sultan Knish’s Anglophobia or Islamophobia – What’s the Real Problem? – an examination of Islamism’s death grip on Britain.
In accordance with our by-laws, I put on my Watcher’s hat and broke the tie. While both pieces were excellent, Sultan Knish’s hit a little harder and closer to the bone to me personally, so the honors this week go to Anglophobia or Islamophobia – What’s the Real Problem?
Here are this week’s full results:
- First place with 2 2/3 votes! – The Razor – Japan Will Not Be Saved Through Immigration
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – BookwormRoom – Comparing apples and oranges — federal projects old and new
- Third place *t* with 2 votes – Joshuapundit – Handling the Dragon Better – A Few Words On The China Visit
- Third place *t* with 2 votes – Right Truth – If you don’t want your daughters Westernized…
- Fourth place with 1 2/3 votes – Simply Jews – Hamlet – A Lebanese Version
- Fifth place with 2/3 vote – The Glittering Eye – Theodore Vail’s America
- Sixth place with 1/3 vote – VA Right – America: A Nation of Losers, but We All Get a Trophy
- Sixth place with 1/3 vote – Rhymes With Right – About That Cohen Speech
- First place with 3 votes! – Sultan Knish – Anglophobia or Islamophobia – What’s the Real Problem? submitted by Right Truth
- Second place with 2 votes – Rubin Reports – SCOOP: Explaining How The “Palestine Papers” Story Is A Fabrication That Teaches Us The Truth submitted by Simply Jews
- Third place with 1 2/3 votes – New Zeal – Obama’s Radical ‘Go To’ Man Moves To The DNC submitted by The Noisy Room
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Muth’s Truth’s – CPAC Committing Hari Kari by Allowing Conservative Menace In? submitted by Rhymes With Right
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Zombie/Pajamas Media – Human Rights Imperialism: Leftist Satire or Moral Collapse? submitted by Bookworm Room
- Fifth place with 1 vote – Mark Steyn – Dependence Day submitted by Joshuapundit
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Pirate’s Cove – Snap! Obama Plans To Reboot On Economic Advice submitted by Snapped Shot
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Discriminations – Obama And The Left’s Single-Issue Libertarianism submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Iowahawk – CSI: Tucson submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Michelle Malkin – The Philadelphia Horror: How Mass Murder Gets A Pass submitted by The Razor
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Danger Room – U.S. Navy Chief Isn’t Sweating China’s Sea Power submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
See you next week!
Air Force training scheduled on Outer Banks for Tuesday and Wednesday (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
GM food needed to avert global crisis, says Government adviser (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
DeMint interrupts Tea Party Caucus for Pledge of Allegiance (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
At White House, Axelrod Outlines Obama’s Post-SOTU Strategy (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
Market Manipulation, Why Gold and Silver Have Declined (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
First lady: Army health initiative may be a model (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)
Filibuster lives: Senate rejects changes in rules (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)
Sleeper Cells in the USA (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
EPA To Regulate Milk Spills (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
Obama’s Message to America: The Era of Big Government is Back, Now Help Me Pay For It (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
CBS’ Chip Reid Asks Why The President Isn’t At The Podium Talking About Egypt (Hat Tip: Brian B.) Very good question…
Yes Virginia, The Chinese CAN Dump The Dollar (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
The End of the Dollar (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
States make it illegal to video tape police (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
No Kidding: Spam Text Message Blows Up Suicide Bomber (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
America Needs Community, Not Collectivism (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
The Troubling Doubling of Money Supply (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
Dem, GOP suggest at hearing that Obama is failing to lead in budget crisis (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
Will Gold, Silver and Oil Prices Soar on Social Unrest in the Middle East? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
Barack Obama’s Lying Liars (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)
The Rest of the World and Obama (Hat Tip: Curtis Frantz)
Mock city rises at Marine base for urban training. It has 1,560 buildings!
By: Ashraf Ramelah
Voice of the Copts
EGYPT has gone silent.
There is an incredible threat posed by regime thugs. People could wake up to a massacre. Voice of the Copts urges free world leaders and citizens to take immediate action to stop a planned massacre by Mubarak’s regime.
The Egyptian government has cut off internet and short messaging services in efforts to isolate the people that make us believe a plan of massive violence in enormous proportions will take place during today’s protests, on Friday, January 28.
Voice of the Copts is asking your help in condemning such cowardly action of the Egyptian regime.
We are demanding the immediate restoration of any communication service cut off by Mubarak’s regime. Furthermore, we request that all western political leaders closely monitor the Egyptian situation and make all needed efforts to avoid regime aggression against those who are asking to live freely after thirty years of a Nazi system.
Any political leader whom ignores supporting Egyptian citizens in their demand of freedom, liberty and dignity will be complicit in crimes against humanity.
Failing to condemn the actions of the government and to pressure them to return internet and phone service is not a matter of supporting U.S national security, but is a matter of being a potential accomplice to crimes against humanity.
Egyptian News Updates:
BIDEN: Mubarek’s no dictator, shouldn’t step down – Biden should really just learn to shut up…
Latest Updates on Protests in Egypt (Hat Tip: Brian B.)
Unspoken Concern Over Egyptian Uprising: Control Of Suez Canal And Price Of Gas (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)
From: Ron The Cop
If you can read this whole story without laughing, then there’s no hope for you. I was crying by the end. This is an actual account as relayed to paramedics at a chili cook-off in New Mexico.
Note: Please take time to read this slowly. If you pay attention to the first two judges, the reaction of the third judge is even better.
For those of you who have lived in New Mexico, you know how true this is. They actually have a Chili Cook-off about the time Halloween comes around. It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Santa Fe Plaza. Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chile taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL.
Frank: “Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off… The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table, asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native New Mexicans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy; and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge #3.”
Here are the scorecard notes from the event:
CHILI #1 – MIKE’S MANIAC MONSTER CHILI
Judge #1 — A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge #2 — Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
Judge #3 (Frank) — Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that’s the worst one. These New Mexicans are crazy.
CHILI #2 – EL RANCHO’S AFTERBURNER CHILI
Judge #1 — Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
Judge #2 — Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge #3 — Keep this out of the reach of children. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.
CHILI #3 – ALFREDO’S FAMOUS BURN DOWN THE BARN CHILI
Judge #1 — Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick.
Judge #2 — A bit salty, good use of peppers.
Judge #3 — Call the EPA. I’ve located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I’m getting sh*t-faced from all of the beer.
CHILI #4 – BUBBA’S BLACK MAGIC
Judge #1 — Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge #2 — Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.
Judge #3 — I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. This 300 lb. Woman is starting to look HOT…. Just like this nuclear waste I’m eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?
CHILI #5 – LISA’S LEGAL LIP REMOVER
Judge #1 — Meaty, strong chili. Jalapeno peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge #2 — Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the jalapeno peppers make a strong statement.
Judge #3 — My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I’m burning my lips off… It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.
CHILI #6 – VARGA’S VERY VEGETARIAN VARIETY
Judge #1 — Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge #2 — The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, garlic. Superb.
Judge #3 — My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I crapped on myself when I farted and I’m worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally. Can’t feel my lips anymore. I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone.
CHILI #7 – SUSAN’S SCREAMING SENSATION CHILI
Judge #1 — A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers…
Judge #2 — Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about Judge #3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.
Judge #3 — You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin and I wouldn’t feel a thing. I’ve lost sight in one eye and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they’ll know what killed me… I’ve decided to stop breathing. It’s too painful. Screw it; I’m not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I’ll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.
CHILI #8 – BIG TOM’S TOENAIL CURLING CHILI
Judge #1 — The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold, but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge #2 — This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he’s going to make it. Poor fella, wonder how he’d have reacted to really hot chili?
Judge #3 — No report.
By: Trevor Loudon
Nuclear Treason Part 2 here.
Council for a Livable World is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit advocacy organization “dedicated to reducing the danger of nuclear weapons and increasing national security.”
In reality, C.L.W. is a leftist pro-disarmament lobby group, which has bought itself huge influence on Capitol Hill.
C.L.W. was founded in 1962 by Leo Szilard, a Hungarian born Nuclear scientist and key initiator of the Manhattan Project. Szilard was a life-long communist sympathizer and an alleged agent of the Soviet Union.
C.L.W.’s former long-serving president, CEO and current Chairman Emeritus Jerome Grossman, is a committed leftist and at least, an associate of the U.S.’s largest Marxist organization, Democratic Socialists of America.
Several other leaders of this organization have connections to other Szilard creations, including the far left sister organizations Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Federation of American Scientists, as well as Democratic Socialists of America and the far left Washington based “think tank,” Institute for Policy Studies – once described as the “perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted were they to openly originate from the KGB.”
Former C.L.W. Board members include:
- Ruth Adams: 1980s Board member (died 2005) – An arms-control activist and a former longtime editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In 1962, Adams served on the Advisory Board of the Hyde Park Community Peace Center alongside Communist front activists Timuel Black, Robert Havighurst, Sidney Lens and Quentin Young. Comrades Black and Young would both go on to join Democratic Socialists of America and to befriend and mentor a young Chicago lawyer named Barack Obama. Adams would serve on The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in the 1980s with Quentin Young’s wife, the late Ruth Young, and also with future Obama “Science Czar,” John Holdren. Adams was also a chair of the Institute for Policy Studies and a supporter of a Communist Party USA front (with Timuel Black and Quentin Young), the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.
- Bernard Feld: 1980s Board member – A member of Richard Nixon’s famed “enemies list,” editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a member of the Soviet friendly, pro-disarmament American Committee on East-West Accord.
- Jerome Frank: 1980s Board member – An affiliate of the Institute for Policy Studies and a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Federation of American Scientists.
- Herbert “Pete” Scoville: 1980s Board member – Served as a former CIA Assistant Director of Scientific Intelligence and as Deputy Director for Research and later was Assistant Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Scoville was active with the Institute for Policy Studies in anti-NATO and disarmament projects since the 1960s. In January 1978, Scoville participated in the Washington, D.C. meetings of the World Peace Council Bureau, a well documented Soviet front.
- Kosta Tsipis: 1980s Board member – Former Board member of the heavily communist and socialist infiltrated SANE – “A Citizens’ Organization for a Sane World.” A member of the Board of Directors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
- Paul Warnke: 1980s Board member – A leading Arms Control expert under Democratic administrations in the 1970s and ’80s. A Trustee of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Current C.L.W. National Advisory Board members include:
- Julian Bond: Long time leader of the NAACP and a veteran of the Soviet front World Federation of Democratic Youth Festival in Helsinki, Finland in 1962. Bond is a long time member of Democratic Socialists of America and has been affiliated with several Institute for Policy Studies spin-offs and to the communist front Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights. In November 2006, Bond traveled to Cuba to take a first-hand look at the island’s health system and especially to find out about the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) and its nearly 90 U.S. students.
- Tom Downey: A former far left Democratic member of Congress from New York. While in Congress, Downey was affiliated with and supported by the Long Island Progressive Coalition, a front for Democratic Socialists of America.
- Patricia Schroeder: A former far left Democratic member of Congress from Colorado. Schroeder was an affiliate of the Institute for Policy Studies and a protege of Democratic Socialists of America leader and Democratic Party women’s leader, Mildred Jeffrey.
On Feb. 4, 2010, the Council for a Livable World announced that David Bonior would be succeeding Patricia Schroeder as the next chair of PeacePAC, the organization’s arm dedicated to endorsing pro-disarmament candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. At the time Bonior commented:
“I am honored to be selected as the next chairman of PeacePAC. I look forward to working with the experts on the committee’s Board of Directors to endorse and help elect strong, progressive candidates in the 2010 elections.”
David Bonior, formerly number 2 Democrat in the U.S Congress, had most recently been working as a member of the Obama Economic Transition Team to reunify America’s two rival labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win.
Bonior was also a long-time affiliate of both the Institute for Policy Studies and Democratic Socialists of America. Since leaving Congress, Bonior has become an open member of D.S.A.
In May 2001, Erich Pfuehler from the office of Congressman David Bonior spent seven days in Havana, Cuba, for the purpose of “fact finding.” The trip cost $2,004.43 and was paid for by the leftist Christopher Reynolds Foundation.
In 2002, Bonior and two other far left Democratic Congressmen Jim McDermott and Mike Thompson, traveled to Iraq on a “fact-finding mission.” It was later revealed that Iraqi intelligence had funded the trip through a Michigan-based Muslim group headed by Muthanna Al-Hanooti.
Before he was indicted for allegedly spying for Saddam Hussein, Muthanna Al-Hanooti’s charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government.
Iraqi intelligence agents had reportedly received confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed in March 2008, accuses him of using his work with the Michigan-based Life for Relief and Development, formerly known as the International Relief Association, Inc., to become an Iraqi agent.
According to the indictment, Al-Hanooti drafted a plan to undermine the sanctions for the Iraqis, listing members of Congress who would support the move. He then led tours to Iraq, indirectly funded by the Iraqi government, with congressional leaders including the 2002 Bonior, McDermott, Thompson jaunt.
An intermediary for the Iraqis gave Al-Hanooti $24,000 in September 2002 to cover trip expenses, the indictment alleges. The next month, Al-Hanooti received $10,000 more. The indictment also claims he also was given the right to buy 2 million barrels of oil under Iraq’s Oil for Food program.
FBI agents interviewed Al-Hanooti in 2007. He denied knowingly meeting with any Iraqi intelligence officials and denied being offered the oil contract. That led to three counts in the indictment of providing false statements to federal agents
That is the caliber of the people who lead America’s most influential pro-disarmament Political Action Committee.
By: Trevor Loudon
Some history from the days when the West’s enemies still mostly wore military uniforms.
Thanks to Ken.
Hat Tip: Brian B.