Saturday, August 09, 2008

Muslim Family Vows Suicide if Rapists of Daughter Are Not Punished

Honor killing. We've all heard of it by now. We know that it is practiced mostly by Muslims and other backward societies in which a family's reputation is more important than the life of a family member. We all know by now it is almost exclusively girls and women who are the victims of the barbaric tradition. The cause of the family dishonor is often as trivial as overcooking a meal, as stupid as having fallen in love with the wrong person, or as insane as being a rape victim.

Honor killings happen the world over now, not only in countries dominated by Islam, but anywhere Muslims make their home. Many examples and links could be provided as "here and here", but I won't. Any search engine is overflowing with stories of honor killings. Despite the tragic story of each death, they are all the same story. Men and boys rape. Women and girls die. It's all very primitive.

Irshad Manji, the Muslim women's rights activist explains that the real crime is in tarnishing the honor of the family, clan, and tribe.
"Honor is the ... tradition that requires a woman to sacrifice her individuality to maintain the reputation of the men in her family. This, in effect, turns women into communal property. Their lives don’t belong to them. Their lives belong to a wider group of people — their clans, tribes, even nations.

[W]hen a Muslim woman is accused of dishonoring — of shaming or breaking moral codes — the punishment against her can be mammoth. Again, that’s because her life doesn’t belong to her, but to a bigger body. So that in “smearing” her personal reputation by being the victim of rape, she winds up tarnishing the reputation of many more people — with the penalty having to be large enough to compensate them all."
It is usually the father or husband who decides the family's honor has been impugned and must be cleansed with the blood of his daughter or wife. It is the boys and men who usually carry out the murder, but the women of the family have also participated.

To be honest here, the barbarous tradition exerts a great deal of pressure on the men and boys to carry out the killing. So much so, that it is possible that many of the killers do so very reluctantly, aware and absolutely frightened of the danger remaining for the entire family if the killing is not carried out, honor restored, and their world set right.

Another factor is Sharia law which requires that a ruling "for a rape to be validated, victims must have four witnesses to the crime. If not, the victims can be charged with fornication or adultery." The four witnesses must be men and usually the only male witnesses are the rapists themselves. Sharia also says that the testimony of two women equals that of one man. So, in the case of rape, eight women need to risk death to save one life.

All this makes a recent story from Afghanistan all the more incredible. As told by CNN's Atia Abawi:
The young Afghan girl sits in the center of the room, weeping. Using her hand and her blue scarf to hide her face, she recounts how she was brutally raped by five gunmen.

The 12-year-old girl's family members say they'll take their own lives unless justice is served.

"We will all commit suicide; this is not living," cries the mother of the girl, whose gang-rape occurred in Northern Afghanistan.

The girl's adolescent voice pleads for help from Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan.

The girl's elderly and immobilized father trembles and can only raise a quivering hand as he sobs. He is rendered helpless in a country where a man's dignity and honor is protecting his family.

Her little brother sits in the back, far too young to understand the situation but still traumatized by the devastated cries around him. He wipes away his tears.

The children's mother sobs. "We've been violated. We can't live our lives. We can't sit. We can't sleep at night," she says.
They have since met with Karzai, according to an aide who said the president wept with the family and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. Karzai has fired the police chief from the city where the attack occurred, the aide said.

The family lives in a government-provided safe house in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Just last week, a 3-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped by unidentified men, a government official confirms. The toddler was later released and, the official says, is recovering.
Sayed Nurallah says his 14-year-old daughter was [a rape victim.] Nurallah says that coming forward with his daughter's story makes him a target, which he firmly accepts. He says that seeking justice for his daughter is a matter of integrity.

"She wakes up in the middle of the night screaming," Nurallah says of his daughter. "Her arms, legs, her body -- she is always tense and frightened."

Nurallah also pleads for justice. "I have one question for Mr. Karzai: If this was your little girl, what would you do?"

His firm tone changes to one of grief. He breaks into quiet sobs.

"I just want justice for my child," he says.
The men of these families are truly men. They will not kill their daughters because of some inane tribal code set down by primitive perverts so long ago no one remembers why. These fathers stand before their god, al'Lah, and say "NO! I will not kill my child and let the criminals go free to rape other little girls."

These men are the seed of a new justice in a primitive society. They are abandoning a system that very much favors them all for the love that a father has for his children. Their lives would have been so much easier had they just gone along with the program and butchered their daughters. But instead, these fathers, these men have chosen to risk everything to see justice done for the littlest victims. In doing so, they may supplant honor with integrity, and transform an entire religion.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Edwards Admits Getting Caught

John Edwards and Rielle Hunter: A Timeline
Edwards' Affair Through the Years

Aug. 8, 2008 —

Nov. 3, 2004: John Edwards' wife, Elizabeth Edwards, is diagnosed with breast cancer. Her cancer later went into remission.

2006: Sen. John Edwards meets Rielle Hunter, a self-described filmmaker, at a bar in New York City.

Aug. 2, 2006: "Plane Truth," the first of a series of Web documentaries, or "Webisodes," chronicling Edwards' course on the campaign trail -- produced by newly hired Hunter and commissioned by Edwards' political action committee -- is taped.

Aug. 4, 2006: The second Webisode, "Golden Rule," is taped.

Late September to early October 2006: "Plight of Uganda" episode taped in Kitgum, Uganda.

Nov. 14, 2006: The fourth Webisode, "The Plug," is taped in New York City and airs on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

Dec. 28, 2006: Edwards announces that he will run for president in 2008.

Early 2007: The Webisodes are removed from Edwards' Web site.

March 22, 2007: Elizabeth Edwards announces during a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C., that her cancer has returned and while it is treatable, it is not curable.

July 31, 2007: Elizabeth and John Edwards celebrate their 30th anniversary at their local Wendy's.

Oct. 10, 2007: The National Enquirer reports that Edwards had an affair with a former campaign staffer. The publication doesn't mention Hunter by name or its source of the information.

Oct. 11, 2007: Edwards denies having an affair to reporters in Summerton, S.C. "The story is false," said Edwards, according to The Associated Press. "It's completely untrue, ridiculous. ... I've been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years and as anybody who's been around us knows, she's an extraordinary human being, warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and as good a person as I have ever known."

Dec. 19, 2007: The National Enquirer publishes a photograph of Hunter that shows her pregnant.

Feb. 27, 2008: Hunter's daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, is born in Santa Barbara, Calif. The name of the child's father is left off the birth certificate.

July 21, 2008: The National Enquirer reports that Edwards visited Hunter at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel.

Aug. 8, 2008: Edwards admits to ABC News that he had an extramarital affair, but says he is not the father of Hunter's baby. He adds that he told his family about his relationship with Hunter in 2006 and made a point of telling ABC News' Bob Woodruff that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter.
Sex scandals of the past. Notice how many more Democrats than Republicans.

Cartoon: Michael Ramirez, IBD

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

24 Seconds of Truth

I know, I know. That's old and we've all seen it. But, hey, it's funny, still is true, and we need to be reminded of the truth from time to time.

Besides, this is my first video and I wanted a classic.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Ventura Highway to Hell

Ventura has a hotspot. Who knew? "It's a thermal anomaly," said Ron Oatman, spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

The heat is rising from deep inside the Earth and for awhile no one could even guess what the 812 degree F surface temps meant or even what caused the hotspot. Now geologists think they know.

Allen King, a retired geologist with the U.S. Forest Service who went to the site Friday, said the smoking ground is "a normal occurrence" that does not appear to be the result of human activity.

The hot spot is in an area considered to be an active landslide that has shifted for more than 60 years. Several hundred feet below its cracked surface lie pockets of gas, tar and oil.

King said he suspects cracks along the landslide's slope allow oxygen to enter into the earth and hydrocarbon material to "seep out" of the fine-grain shale. The combination can create underground combustion, he said.

King said the depth at which hydrocarbon material can be found "varies tremendously" and that he does not know at what depth the combustion in the oil field is occurring. The 812-degree temperature was measured Friday about a foot below the surface, he said. No other temperature checks have been made since, according to Oatman.

During Friday's visit to the hot spot, smoke rose through five cracks in the ground. From a distance, it looked like "a small, smoldering camp fire," Oatman said. The smoke comes and goes, he said, and fire officials expect it will last until the next heavy rainfall, when water and mud plug the fissures.
Or maybe it's SATAN!

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

France Participated in Genocide Charges Rwanda

For almost 100 days in 1994, Rwandans of the Tutsi and Hutu tribes killed one another in the most horrific and personal manner. The organized killings of 500,000 - 1,000,000 people by machete, AK-47, burning was carried out primarily by two Hutu militias the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi. During that time, French soldiers have been accused of rape and murder by a Rwandan commission.

There was an existing civil war by the time of the genocide that had been fought hot and cold for several years. There had been a peace settlement that appeared to be genuine and refugees began returning to Rwanda. This caused more strain than the new treaty and the two tribes could bear and violence flared again. During the civil war, the governing Hutu were supported by French speaking Africa and some said directly by France. The Tutsis were supported by Uganda.

With the return of civil war, and support by the French for the Hutu factions and French membership on the UN Security Council, the violence was too much for the United Nations to handle. And that was on top of their normal incompetence and dithering. Despite the delaying actions of the French in the UN and the total blindness of the Clinton administration, the invading Tutsi rebel forces, Rwandan Patriotic Front, routed the Hutu army and militias.

Now, after having prosecuted their own, Rwanda is going after the French instigators, supporter, and participants.

France took part in 1994 genocide: Rwandan report

KIGALI (AFP) — France played an active role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, a report unveiled Tuesday by the Rwandan government said, naming French political and military officials it says should be prosecuted.

The damning report accused a raft of top French politicians of involvement in the massacres, threatening to further mar relations between the two countries, which severed diplomatic ties in November 2006.

"French forces directly assassinated Tutsis and Hutus accused of hiding Tutsis... French forces committed several rapes on Tutsi survivors," said a justice ministry statement released after the report was presented in Kigali.

The 500-page report alleged that France was aware of preparations for the genocide, contributed to planning the massacres and actively took part in the killing.

It named former French prime minister Edouard Balladur, former foreign minister Alain Juppe and then-president Francois Mitterrand, who died in 1996, among 13 French politicians accused of playing a role in the massacres.

Dominique de Villepin, who was then Juppe's top aide and later became prime minister, was also among those listed in the Rwandan report.

The report names 20 military officials as being responsible.

France refused to comment directly on the report's findings, saying the inquiry had lacked legitimacy or impartiality.

A Defence Ministry spokesman instead referred reporters to the government's position as set out in a statement from February 2007.

That original statement declared that the Rwandan inquiry had no "independence or impartiality" because its stated remit was to "gather evidence of the involvement of the French state" in the Rwandan genocide.

The inquiry, it stated, had "no legitimacy nor competence" to conduct interviews on French soil because it had broken off diplomatic relations with France in November 2006.

France has acknowledged making "mistakes" in Rwanda but denies any responsibility for the killing spree.

The 1994 genocide in the central African nation left around 800,000 people -- mainly minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus -- dead, according to the United Nations.

"The overwhelming nature of France's support to the Rwandan policy of massacres... shows the complicity of French political and military officials in the preparation and execution of the genocide," the statement said.

Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama presented the report to the press in Kigali, more than two years after a special commission tasked with probing France's role in the genocide began its work.

The statement said the military and humanitarian Operation Turquoise carried out by the French in Rwanda between June and August 1994 abetted the killings perpetrated by the extremist Interahamwe Hutu militia.

The French military "did not challenge the infrastructure of genocide, notably the checkpoints manned by the Interahamwes.

"They clearly requested that the Interahamwes continue to man those checkpoints and kill Tutsis attempting to flee," the statement added.

"Considering the seriousness of the alleged crimes, the Rwandan government has urged the relevant authorities to bring the accused French politicians and military officials to justice," the statement said.

Karugarama hinted that Rwanda could launch a legal challenge against some of the officials named in the report.

The release of the report comes against a backdrop of tense relations between France and Rwanda.

Kigali severed diplomatic ties with France after French investigating magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere accused Kagame and his entourage of involvement in the death of the then president, Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu.

Habyarimana's plane was shot down above Kigali airport on April 6, 1994, sparking the genocide.

In July, Kagame had threatened to indict French nationals over the genocide if European courts did not withdraw arrest warrants issued against Rwandan officials.
The charges should not surprise anyone. France has been involved mass killings and genocides more than a few times. Most of France were willing participants in the Holocaust during WWII. The French-Algerian War saw many mass killings by French military personnel. Even in France itself, French authorities ere not reticent to the use of extreme violence. On Oct. 17, 1961, some 200 Algerians were killed in the streets of Paris with bodies dumped in the Seine.

The French envoy to Algeria said last April that the time had come for France to fess up to it's own "horrific massacres" during its colonial rule. It wasn't much, but it's start.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Rat Bastard or American Hero: Disabled Fireman Finished 8th in Body Building Championship

Albert Arroyo collected his full $68,000 tax free annual salary after filing for a disability pension last April. While working as a Boston Fire Department fire inspector, Arroyo hurt his back. Dr. John Mahoney determined that because of his back injury, Arroyo was "totally and permanently" disabled.

Fifteen days after filing for permanent disability, on May 3, Arroyo placed eighth in the WNBF Pro American Body Building Championship.

DAMN! All I have is arthrogryposis multiplex congenita - a cheap-ass birth defect. If only I had a sore back then I could collect my tax free money, too. Oh wait! I do have a sore back, and sore feet, and sore hips, and sore everything else. Most days it hurts to walk, never mind posing in my underwear in public. According to the government, I'm not crippled enough to be crippled, handicapped, disabled, or even challenged. I am gainfully employed. Damn me!

Maybe if I was an unscrupulous, unethical, scum sucking lying pig I could collect my tax free money. But, alack and alas, I have those damned morals and ethics.

I had best finish this and go to bed because I have to go to work in the morning to earn my daily bread that pays my bills, buys gas for my car, puts a roof over my head, food in my belly. And sometimes I can donate a bit of my hard earned money to help people less fortunate than myself, like those who don't have legs, or arms, or morals and scruples.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dead Al-Zawahiri Among the Undead

The Annual al-Zawahiri Death Report was released this past week.

An online report says U.S. government sources are trying to confirm that an airstrike in northwestern Pakistan has killed al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

According to the subscription report at Stratfor, the airstrike was on July 28, and sources were reporting that an announcement from the U.S. government is expected soon.

The report said the attack was carried out by a U.S. Predator attack plane.
The Annual al-Zawahiri Death Report Denial was also released this past week.

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman denied on Saturday a U.S. media report that al Qaeda number two, Ayman al Zawahri, might have been killed or wounded in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's border region last Monday.

"Zawahri has been killed by them several times. But once again this claim is wrong. This is baseless," Maulvi Omar told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

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