Archive for June, 2010

Jordan is Palestine

June 29, 10

The British Mandate for Palestine… Indeed.

If we’re going to abolish Israel, half the modern Middle East nations have got to go too.

Excerpts from Melanie Phillips – Jordan is Palestine:

‘Jordan is Palestine,’ said Wilders, who heads the third-largest party in Holland. ‘Changing its name to Palestine will end the conflict in the Middle East and provide the Palestinians with an alternate homeland…There has been an independent Palestinian state since 1946, and it is the kingdom of Jordan.’ Wilders also called on the Dutch government to refer to Jordan as Palestine and move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Anyone familiar with the history knows it is correct. Immediately after World War One, Palestine consisted of what is now Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The great powers dividing up the region decided that Britain should be given a mandate to administer Palestine and restore within it the historic Jewish national home. Within a couple of years, however, Winston Churchill, for reasons of realpolitik, gave away three quarters of Palestine to the Hashemite dynasty to found (Trans)Jordan (leaving all the rest to be settled by the Jews; but that’s another story).

Jordanians, for decades, were avid proponents of the ‘Jordan is Palestine’ position. They used that position as justification for the annexation of the West Bank, arguing that Palestine was one single, indivisible unit, and that Jordan was the legitimate governing body of Palestine…

‘We are the government of Palestine, the army of Palestine and the refugees of Palestine.’ Prime Minister of Jordan, Hazza’ al-Majali, 23 August 1959

‘Palestine and Transjordan are one.’ King Abdullah, Arab League meeting in Cairo, 12 April 1948

‘Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is one people and one land, with one history and one and the same fate.’ Prince Hassan, brother of King Hussein, addressing the Jordanian National Assembly, 2 February 1970

‘Jordan is not just another Arab state with regard to Palestine, but rather, Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan in terms of territory, national identity, sufferings, hopes and aspirations.’ Jordanian Minister of Agriculture, 24 September 1980

‘The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.’ King Hussein 1981

Indeed, until 1970 the Palestine Liberation Organisation conducted terrorist operations against Jordan on the grounds that it was Palestine and the Hashemite minority was ruling the Palestinian majority. It was only after Jordan killed thousands of Palestinians in ‘Black September’ (and who in the west ever cared about that??) that Israel suddenly became the sole historic homeland’ of the Palestinians and Jordan was airbrushed out of the picture — and the fabrication of ‘Palestinianism’ became the accepted truth.

But as ‘Palestinian’ politician Zouhair Moussein told the Dutch newspaper Trouw in 1977 (hat tip: Israel Matzav):

The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.

For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.

Combined 816 mentions by name and synonym Zion. And zero times by name in the Quran.

See also amazing archaeological finds confirming the Bible’s historical claims at this site.

Middle East: Everyone Against Everyone, and Everyone Against Israel

June 29, 10

On a tip from wits0.

Middle East players are all vying for influence, which is achieved by showing off who can pick a fight with Israel best (not actually start a fight mind you, as they all know how that turns out). Their rivalries are thinly covered by mutually shared hatred of the Jews.

Excerpted from Weekly Standard – The Return of the Ottomans:

The Ottomans were hated here and throughout the Arabic-speaking Middle East, not only by the regional minorities (Christians, Jews, Shia, etc.) but also by their Sunni Arab coreligionists. All felt the heavy yoke of the Sublime Porte.

In the last few weeks, however, half a millennium’s worth of history has been conveniently forgotten, perhaps even forgiven, as Turkey has emerged as a regional power and the guarantor of Arab interests—against Israel, to be sure, but more importantly against Iran.

It’s not yet clear whether Ankara really means to restore the Arabs to their pride of place by handing over a Hamas scrubbed of Iranian influence, or, as is more likely, the Turks simply want to use the Palestinian cause to enhance its own regional credentials, as Tehran has been doing for the last three decades. But the Turkish gambit has induced a lot of willful self-delusion in the Arab states—and amnesia.

Long before Arab nationalism identified Israel and the United States (and before that the European powers) as the enemy, it was the Ottomans who were called to account for everything that was wrong in the Arabic-speaking regions. The Ottomans certainly encouraged Middle East sectarianism: playing up confessional differences, empowering some sects while weakening others, and balancing minorities against each other. Arab nationalism was inspired by Turkish nationalism, but it was a doctrine that asserted Arab independence from the Ottomans. There were no longer Sunni, Shia, Druze, Alawi, etc., only Arabs, unified as one against the outsiders, the colonizers.

The Arab states that had been most directly oppressed by the Sublime Porte—and so those most divided along sectarian lines—were determined to illuminate the evils of Ottoman occupation.

Erdogan’s invitation to Hezbollah’s secretary general to visit Ankara certainly reinforces the fear that what we’re watching is the formation of a united resistance front, with Turkey signing on to the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Hamas alliance. But this may well turn out, eventually anyway, to be a revival of the historic rivalry between the Turks and the Persians.

Syria is about the only player whose actions can be gamed with any accuracy. The country right now considers itself Hamas’s interlocutor, which is precisely the role that Erdogan auditioned for with the cruise of the Mavi Marmara. Should Europe, or at some point the United States, accept Turkish mediation, it will knock Syria down a peg, which will then feel obligated to assert itself. Perhaps the best way to understand Syria’s recent shipment of Scuds to Hezbollah is as a reminder to everyone that attention must be paid to Damascus as well as Tehran, that when it comes to Hezbollah, Assad also has a vote in war or peace with Israel. Turkish-Iranian competition will entail accelerated Syrian activity on two of Israel’s borders.

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, Iran’s neighbors across the water, see the recent events in starker terms. Ankara’s shot across Tehran’s bow is a good thing, period.

Turkey is Sunni, Iran is Shia, and despite the Ottoman Empire’s long history of oppressing their imperial subjects, the Arabs prefer anything to the prospect of Persian hegemony. If it means casting their lot with the progeny of those who enslaved them for centuries—well there is great comfort in custom.

If in a sense the Middle East is returning to its historical divisions—an Ottoman (Turkish) and Safavid (Iranian) rivalry where Israel stands in for the Western powers—especially with Washington’s diminishing profile in the region—it is worth lamenting how the Arabs wasted their moment of independence. What started with the birth of the Arab state system moved quickly to wars between those states and within them, and then the empty rhetoric of Nasser, despotism, mass murder, and a unifying hatred of Israel, all culminating in the suicidal obscurantism of groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, whom the Arab masses, characteristically, regard as heroes.

George W. Bush Broke Obama’s Promises

June 29, 10

On a tip from wits0, excerpt from Sodahead:

It’s all George Bush’s fault.

George Bush, who doesn’t have a vote in congress and who no longer occupies the White House, is to blame for it all.

He broke Obama’s promise to put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them.

He broke Obama’s promise to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.

He broke Obama’s promise to end earmarks.

He broke Obama’s promise to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.

He broke Obama’s promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo in the first year.

He broke Obama’s promise to make peace with direct, no precondition talks with America’s most hate-filled enemies during his first year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation.

He broke Obama’s promise to end the hiring of former lobbyists into high White House jobs.

He broke Obama’s promise to end no-compete contracts with the government.

He broke Obama’s promise to disclose the names of all attendees at closed White House meetings.

He broke Obama’s promise for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters.

He broke Obama’s promise to have chosen a home church to attend Sunday services with his family by Easter of last year.

Yes. it’s all George Bush’s fault. President Obama is nothing more than a puppet in the never-ending. failed Bush administration.

8 Indons Held for Robbing/Hurting

June 22, 10

Good! Now only a few hundred more to go!

From The Star 22 Jun 2010:

Eight held over robberies

JOHOR BARU: Police have crippled a gang of armed robbers responsible for a series of robberies.

Eight Indonesians illegals, including two women — all aged between 17 and 36 — were arrested since Friday.

The group was involved in at least 16 cases in Ledang, Muar, Segamat, Batu Pahat and also in Malacca.

Police seized an array of items — both stolen and used in the robberies.

The gang commited the robberies at night and usually harm their victims.

In an unrelated matter, police arrested two Indonesian men involved in 10 house break-ins on Sunday.

The two, in their 30s, were arrested at a house in Kampung Melayu in Batu Pa­­hat at around 3pm.

11111 Unread Mails

June 22, 10

Follow up to 10001 Unread Mails:

Just because.

Perry Marshall – 7 Biology Myths an Electrical Engineer Would Never Tolerate

June 21, 10

An excellently written, quite clear piece – 7 Biology Myths an Electrical Engineer Would Never Tolerate by Perry Marshall, introduced to me by my dad.

His basic thrust on the topic overall is that macroevolution is true, however the traditional Darwinistic idea of it being random and unguided is a fallacy. You could say that he holds to a fusion of evolution and Intelligent Design, which gels with my own Sin Theory of Evolution.

An excerpt, which is actuall the conclusion:

BOLD HYPOTHESIS: When Biologists accept what Electrical Engineers know about information, a whole bunch of problems in biology will be solved:

1. The random mutation theory will be discarded. It will be replaced with Transposition, Natural Genetic Engineering, Horizontal Gene Transfer and Genome Doubling. Suddenly evolution will make sense because it is understood as an engineered process not random accident.

2. We’ll discover that what was originally thought to be junk DNA is actually the heart of the most sophisticated database format ever devised.

3a. Evolution will not be taken for granted but deeply appreciated as an utterly ingenious mechanism, pre-programmed into living things. As software engineers replicate the evolutionary algorithm in computer programs, we’ll achieve huge breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence.

3b: Evolution is orchestrated at a very high level within the organism. It is controlled by a mechanism that is currently poorly understood. This mechanism is beautifully efficient, elegant, fractal, and follows a very exact mathematical protocol. Bioninformatics will become the most rigorous discipline in engineering. The ‘code’ of this protocol will be cracked because of the Human Genome Project and the public availability of DNA sequences. This discovery will lay the foundation of an entire new branch of Computer Science in the 21st century.

4. The “Physics and Chemistry” paradigm of biology will be replaced with a “Bioinformatics” paradigm. Evolution and the origin of life theories will make much more successful predictions.

5. Neo-Darwinism will be discarded because biologists will recognize that biological evolution is just like Genetic Algorithms: It employs pre-programmed goals and educated guesses, not random chance.

6. Rather than assuming designs in biology are “pathetic” or “stupid” we’ll discover deeper reasons for why organisms are the way they are. And greater insights into the subtlety of living things.

7. Everything in biology makes sense once you understand that every single one of the 5 million trillion trillion cells on earth is purposeful and intentional and the original cells were designed to evolve and adapt.

JB Thief Who Used Car to Ram Shop Gates Open

June 18, 10

He must use some of the spare parts to repair his attack vehicles.

From The Star 18 June 2010:

Thief rams through gates with stolen cars to get loot

JOHOR BARU: A thief here used his car to ram through the front gates of several shops in order to break into the premises.

The 26-year-old man is believed to have struck at nine car spare parts shops in the city over the past one month.

Acting on a tip-off, police finally tracked him down and arrested him in front of a shop in Taman Mawar at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Roslan Zainuddin said police found two cars parked by the roadside in Taman Nusa Damai and discovered items that were reported stolen from the shops, including eight new car tyres, nine bottles of engine oil, a car battery and a cheque book.

“The front gates of all the shops involved were rammed open. We believe the man used the vehicles to ram the main gates before escaping with his loot,” he said, adding that the cars – a Nissan Sunny and a Honda Civic – were reported stolen in Taman Pelangi and Pasir Gudang.

The man has been remanded until June 23 to facilitate investigations, said Supt Roslan.

In another case, he said police apprehended a chef and an unemployed man, aged 23 and 26 years, after a raid at their home in Taman Mawar on June 14 turned up 39 ATM cards.

“We are investigating if they stole the cards, some of which have been reported missing.

“We found RM1,550 and the ATM cards in a drawer,” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 29(1) of the Minor Offences Laws, which carries a maximum RM1,000 fine, one year in jail or both.

Supt Roslan said police had also raided 582 premises suspected of having slot machines, adding that 44 caretakers and 22 gamblers were arrested between January and June.

“We also seized 689 slot machines worth an estimated RM1.2mil,” he said.

Team Fortress 2: Mac Update Comic

June 12, 10

iMinigun…

Click the comic snippet above to view the full comic.

The Obama Touch vs The Palin Touch

June 11, 10

The Obama Touch vs The Palin Touch

A summary of the results of their endorsements created by R Martin (click for full sizes):

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Ann Coulter can attest to the above.

Even the liberal NYT notices – scoring her 24-5.

A less serious addition to the list of reasons why Palin is better than Obama.

As George Will puts it:

He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown; Brown is now a senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who’s now governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who’s now governor. He campaigned for the health-care plan extensively, it became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats, they were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics; Chicago was the first city eliminated.

So who still thinks that Palin is not popular among true Conservatives?

Halolz: Street Fighter – Are You Ken?

June 10, 10

Hahaha! Cute one from Halolz:

Halolz Street Fighter Are You Ken

Click image for full comic at full size.

See also another pair of puns at Street Fighter – How Do You Do Ken?


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