Welcome to the Hotel Gitmo

Just in case you believe “Convert or Die” is too strong and inflammatory, check this out at Richard Miniter’s blog (a quote from Mukhlas, the commander of the islamofascist cell that carried out the Bali bombings):

“You who still have a shred of faith in your hearts, have you forgotten that to kill infidels and the enemies of Islam is a deed that has a reward above no other… Aren’t you aware that the model for us all, the Prophet Mohammed and the four rightful caliphs, undertook to murder infidels as one of their primary activities, and that the Prophet waged jihad operations 77 times in the first 10 years as head of the Muslim community in Medina?”

And we are the ones who need to moderate our language when referring to people of Islam? In Gitmo, there are world_trade_center_second_jet_impact.jpg” Some 20 current detainees have direct personal knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and nearly everyone of the current 440 say they would honored to attack America again”, according to Miniter, who reports on a trip he took to Gitmo, in a NY Post article. Other than the fact that they are detained by fences with barbed wire, these murdering islamofascist thugs are essentially staying at a hotel for terrorists!

…Detainees are entitled to a full eight hours sleep and can’t be woken up for interrogations… Food is strictly halal and averages 4,200 calories per day. (The guards eat the same chow as the detainees, unless they venture to one of the on-base fast-food joints.) Most prisoners have gained weight…They enjoy three meals and five prayers per day, without interruption. They are entitled to a minimum of two hours of outdoor recreation per day…

Oh, and those interrogations that prisoners can’t be awakened for? Don’t worry, they won’t disturb the poor prisoners too much:

Interrogations are not video or audio taped, perhaps to preserve detainee privacy…

If you are concerned that interrogations will interfere with the prisoners prayers, don’t be:

interrogations are limited to four hours, usually running two – and (of course) are interrupted for prayers. One interrogator actually bakes cookies for detainees, while another serves them Subway or McDonald’s sandwiches. Both are available on base. (Filet o’ Fish is an al Qaeda favorite.)

And don’t worry about the prisoner’s ability to communicate with their fellow murdering islamofascist thugs:

…a multi-cell al Qaeda network has developed in the camp…Detainees use the envelopes sent to them by their attorneys to pass messages. (Some 1,000 lawyers represent 440 prisoners, all on a pro bono basis…

flagand-salutingsoldier.jpgHeavily involved in the “lawyering up” of the Hotel Gitmo prisoners is a group called the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), whose president is Michael Ratner:

Ratner has been heavily involved in opposing Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse and the Iraq War. In January, 2006, he served as an expert witness at a ‘tribunal‘ staged by the Bush Crimes Commission at Columbia University. He owns a baseball cap with the words “Guantanamo Bay Bar Association,” emblazoned on it; if such an association actually existed, according to the Washington Post, Ratner would be its dean.

We are also proteting their self-esteem:

The military isn’t allowed to call them “prisoners.” !!! (my exclamations)

Unbelievable, but absolutely true. But according to Senator (just not yet elected) President John McCain, we are being too harsh on the prisoners and must ease their life of pain. Gimme a break! The backstabbing Colin Powell is right there offering his condolences to the prisoner’s treatment. Whatever it takes to undermine George Bush, nevermind that they are step by step handing the country over to the islamofascists, just as the Neville Chamberlain led appeasers pre-WWII did.

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Update to Convert or Die and Found in my Inbox: Found at Wikipedia, an article on the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni. I’m going to get this stuff on separate reference pages soon, just in case it “disappears” on us.

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Published in: on September 18, 2006 at 1:22 pm  Comments (6)  

Convert or Die

Here we go again. The Pope quotes the words of a 14th century Byzantine ruler to his “interlocutor”. When Manuel II composed the Dialogue (which Pope Benedict excerpted), the Byzantine ruler was little more than a glorified dhimmi vassal of the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid, forced to accompany the latter on a campaign through Anatolia. Earlier, Bayezid had compelled the Byzantines under Manuel II to submit to additional humiliations and impositions—heavier tribute, which was already onerous—as well as the establishment of a special quarter in Constantinople devoted to Turkish merchants, and the admission of an Ottoman kadi to arbitrate the affairs of these Muslims. So he was answering a question of a theologian of a religion that had conquered and enslaved his world. A religion that, from it’s earliest beginnings has advocated the conversion of non-muslims by the sword, i.e. convert or die.

We have fallen down the rabbit hole. What is, is not, and what is not, is. A false story of muslim bibles being flushed down toilets results in riots and death. A series of cartoons, that initially went by unnoticed, but were fanned into incandescence, again result in riots and death, and threats against the Danish publisher. And now the Pope. This requires more background than I posses, but I have some good reading to help try to explain what is essentially a temper tantrum by a LOT (about a billion) of people. While ridiculous, it is also dangerous. They are acting like the Mafia writ large. Say anything, especially the truth, that they don’t like and you will be subject to their ire. As already discussed previously, we know that the goal is our subjugation, and this is just one more step in the process. Read and pass on to all that will listen and learn:

First, the most important piece of this puzzle: Faith, Reason, and the University, the speech by Pope Benedict XVI that had two or three sentences taken out of context and used by the islamofascist puppetmasters to further their own ends.

From The American Thinker: The Pope, Jihad, and “Dialogue”, September 17th, 2006, by Andrew Bostom. Bostom is the writer that opened my eyes to what radical islam is really all about, and the historical context that is so important to today’s world in a series of articles from Frontpage mag: here, here, here (where it is explained the connections of modern day islamofascism and 20th century nazism), and here. Bostom has written a number of articles explaining the historical context behind what is currently happening, as in Muhammad’s Willing Executioners: “Notwithstanding that he may never have encountered an actual Jew, the 17th century Indian Sufi jurist Sirhindi (d. 1621) expressed an (archetypal) sentiment, whose ultimate origins can be traced to the sacralized behaviors of the Muslim prophet Muhammad himself. Sirhindi wrote: Whenever a Jew is killed, it is for the benefit of Islam.” Sadly, this ugly belief retains widespread legitimacy amongst contemporary Muslims.

All Things Beautiful has a take on this, The apoplectic reaction of the Muslim world, which is barely in first gear of course, couldn’t be a better testament to the continuing verity of the Byzantine Emperor’s observations; no matter whether 1,500 years ago, 700 years ago or at the present day. Lost is the Pope’s powerful call for an urgently needed dialogue between the religions of peace and Islam, and also sends me to Captain’s Quarters, who points out, in An Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI,

If Islam is ever to peacefully co-exist with other faiths in the manner that Christendom finally learned how to do, then it has to start abiding questions and criticisms without resorting to violence. Islam has to learn to persuade and to attract people through reason, not through forced conversions and coexistence through violent supremacy. Muslim leaders around the world still believe that our faith can only exist at their sufferance, and any question of their doctrinal beliefs has to be met with violence or demands for apologies, not with rhetoric, facts, and reason.

In another post, The Pope’s Real Threat, he explains what the islamofascists and even everyday muslims fail to see:

All this has shown is that Muslims missed the point of the speech, and in fact have endeavored to fulfill Benedict’s warnings rather than prove him wrong. If one reads the speech at Regensburg, the entire speech, one understands that the entire point was to reject violence in pursuing religion in any form, be it Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or Bahai. The focal point of the speech was not the recounting of the debate between Manuel II and the unnamed Persian, but rather the rejection of reason and of God that violence brings…

…This is really the crux of the argument, which is that argument, debate, and rhetoric are absolutely essential in forming any kind of philosophy, including religious doctrine…requires the ability to challenge and to criticize without fear of retribution, a difficulty that most faiths struggle to overcome. Islam, on the other hand, doesn’t bother to try…Islam practices a form of supremacy that insists on unquestioned obedience or at least silence of all criticism, especially from outsiders, and creates a violent reaction against it when it occurs.

And, in an article in Frontpagemag, Khatami Comes to National Cathedral, this from the “moderate” successor to the Ayatollah Khomeini, Mohammad Khatami: world_trade_center_second_jet_impact.jpgWithout any sense of irony, by him or the cathedral’s Episcopalian masters, Khatami will talk about how the three “Abrahamic faiths” can build peace in the world.

That would be by converting to islam, the “religion of peace”, if you are muslim.

Liberal Christian clerics like Canon Peterson and Dean Lloyd would be roasted on a spit and flayed until crispy brown if they lived under the reign of the Iranian mullahs, few of whom have much time for “dialogue” and “open discussion.” Indeed, Christian clerics have been murdered in Iran, and Christians there, along with other religious minorities, stick to the shadows, lest they gain the unwanted attention of Iran’s religious police. But the National Cathedral has rarely if ever expressed interest in the plight of Christians living under Islamic regimes, in Iran or elsewhere, even though there are even fellow Anglicans struggling to survive under President Khatami’s friends and successors.

NEVER Forget!

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Published in: on September 18, 2006 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Tribute to Jean Marie Collin

jean-marie-collin.jpgHow do you write a tribute to a person you’ve never met? I signed up to do a tribute on 9/11 to one of the fallen in the World Trade Center. I randomly received Jean Marie Collin. As the name popped up, so did her picture. I cannot describe the feeling I got when I saw that face looking back at me and knowing that this was once a person that had a “normal” life, carrying on day by day like all of us do, and was suddenly gone. I can only imagine the hole in the hearts of her mother and father and those who loved her.

Combing through the searches of her name gave a picture of a successful woman who cared about her work and the people around her. Over and over, the tributes read like this:

“I did not know Jean, but I remember her warm, big smiles” – Pfizer employee.

“We will never forget her, her beautiful smile, and her warm laughter.” – a niece.

“I have a picture of Jean in my office (at Pfizer), which reminds me of her beautiful eyes and wonderfully contagious smile.” – Pfizer employee.

“She always had a smile on her face when you saw her. I will always remember her with those beautiful blue eyes.” – Pfizer employee.

“I keep coming across Jean’s emails which always remind me of the pleasure of working with Jean and her humour.” – Pfizer employee, U.K.

Jean did not work at the World Trade Center. She worked uptown, had traveled the U.S. and the world, and was only there for a presentation to an insurance group. She was there by coincidence. There is an entry on Legacy.com from a woman in California- she evidently did not know Jean, but received a name band with Jean’s name on it as a remembrance to the fallen. The woman who gave it to her did not know that Jean was a risk manager. She says, “coincidentally, I am a risk manager too. I want her family to know that not one day goes by when I do not wear her name on my wrist with pride. I tell this story and the “coincidence” surrounding it to all I meet.”

I was out walking my golden retriever tonight, watching her galumping around so happy and full of life, trying to figure out how I was going to write this and do justice to Jean and her family. And I thought it was a coincidence that she should be given to a 55+ wheezer, former smoker who just kicked the habit one year ago. I still get to go out and feel the wind in my face, see the sunsets, enjoy the sensation of the rain or snow. Dog and I get to go out almost every day, and I try to run and usually am fighting to breathe after less than a quarter mile and then walk again. Yet, by coincidence, here I am writing a tribute to a woman who, in her 20’s, decided that,in addition to the demands of her work and education, she would take up running and compete in a marathon. She ended up completing three NY City Marathon’s!

The demands on Jean were of her choosing, evidently, as she stayed with Pfizer for 23 years. According to a biography of her at Voices of September 11th, “at age 19, Jean began working as a secretary at Pfizer, Inc. headquarters in New York City…After a few years, she became familiar with Pfizer’s business and various management disciplines and Jean felt that she had the capability to handle more responsibility and challenging assignments. So, she made a major commitment to advance her education and to gain business skills…Jean’s true measure as a unique and determined individual was demonstrated as she undertook and completed an eleven year educational journey that saw her progress from an introductory business program, to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and finally to a Master Degree of Business Administration in Strategic Management. Throughout these many years, with full-time work responsibilities, family, social and recreational activities, Jean displayed the patience, vigor and persistence to do what was needed to develop professional skills and to advance her business career…At Pfizer, the rewards for Jean’s hard work and development into a motivated business person became evident through a series of promotions whereby Jean progressed from secretary to cash management work, to financial analysis, to risk management and eventually to the position of Risk Manager. In this latter position, Jean was responsible for Pfizer’s property insurance at its many facilities around the world. The position required Jean to travel extensively. She became well known throughout Pfizer’s operations as well as with insurance carriers and related companies who transacted business with Jean and Pfizer. Her pleasant demeanor and kindness to others were hallmarks of her business dealings.

Kindness and caring were evidently an integral part of her personality. Again, the tributes on various sites tell the story of a woman that people felt glad to know:

“Jeannie, I think about you every day. You took me in as your roommate when I had no place to live. And you were my dearest friend for…11 years…” – a friend.

“Jeannie was not only my Aunt, but a second mother and confidant to me and my brother.” – a niece.

“My memories of Jean was of a very loving and caring person.” – Pfizer employee.

I will let the person who wrote her bio finish:

With a life so full and a place in her heart for everyone, Jean deserved a long and fulfilling life. Unfortunately, on 9/11/01 Jean was making a presentation to an insurance group at the World Trade Center and was tragically taken from us in the disaster of that day. There is no way to fathom why; Jean worked uptown and was only there for the presentation. In 2001, Jean had traveled around the world. One could not imagine that a short trip downtown would place her in harm’s way.
Jean’s passing has left a void in many lives-and one that may never be filled. We treasure her spirit and seek assurance that it will live on. At a memorial service, Jean’s friend Don suggested that family and friends dwell on the positive and remember three important dimensions of her life: a wonderful and friendly person, a remarkably accomplished woman, and an especially pretty girl.

I don’t know why, but I kept thinking of an old hymn that apparently has unknown as the author. Rest in peace, Jean. The thoughts and prayers of many people are with you.

 

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Precious Jesus, hear my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Precious Jesus, hear my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

When my feeble life is o'er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o'er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Precious Jesus, hear my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

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