Archive for January, 2005

More on the Armanious Murders

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Jihad Watch has excellent coverage of the investigation into the murders of the Armanious family in New Jersey. This was a family of Coptic Christians who immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt, and were murdered, likely by Islamic radicals, after the father, Hossam Armanious, made a controversial statement about Islam in a chatroom.

Among the more interesting revelations are:

Shortly after the murders, members of the Egyptian consulate went to visit the family to encourage them to keep quiet. And many family members have obeyed, saying nothing to reporters or anyone else.

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Though the family wants to reserve judgment until the results of the case are released, they did say that the way the four family members were bound and gagged and the way their throats were slit with holes carved is similar to executions that are shown on al-Jazeera.

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A reporter who is closely following this case said that this delay was because the police and prosecutor want this case to go away. They want things to cool down. That’s why they set the autopsy date as March 14, two months after the murders.

It is still possible that this wasn’t a Muslim hate crime. The problem is that investigators have not taken the necessary steps to ensure a fair review of the evidence. There are too many holes here, too many inconsistencies in the official story. Too many obvious tasks have not been done: an Armanious family friend with whom I spoke, who gave me names and motives of possible perpetrators, is still waiting for a call from investigators.

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This background information may illuminate why this investigation has been so curiously lacking:

There are a number of clergy in the Coptic community who are in bed with the Egyptian government. Some even act as agents for the Mubarak regime. Coptic clergy who wont cooperate are often exiled into the Egyptian desert, where they live a very difficult life.

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A number of Muslims have infiltrated the Coptic community, pretending to be Christians in order to gather information. Jersey City has a large number of Copts. Some of this infiltration has taken place there; some of the Coptic clergy there are also compromised. However, most Copts trust their clergy wholeheartedly, making it easy for the moles to operate.

Read the whole thing. It is very disturbing.

It looks like this story is destined to become yet another blog driven story, as the mainstream media have yet to give it any significant coverage. One would think that the murder of a Christian family, probably by Muslim fanatics for criticizing Islam, in the United States would be a major new story. Yet, it isn’t. Could it be because it contradicts what the media has been so persistent in trying to convince us: That radical Islam is no threat to us?

On Kilby and Moonshine…

Monday, January 31st, 2005

State Sen. Tommy Kilby, who warned against Howard Dean as chair of the DNC, has garnered some criticism from Steve Scarborough, who wants the Democratic party to move further leftward:

Our local state senator says he’s a Democrat. He campaigned as pro gun, anti government, pro life, anti gay, and pro war. He ran a little to the right of the Republican. This last week he came out publicly urging the Democratic National Party not to choose Howard Dean as chairman because it would alienate Southern Democrats.

“It would prompt many Southern Democrats to abandon the party,” is what he said. Where the heck else can I go, you idiot? You are already agianst danged near everything I hold dear, Senator, and you think Howard Dean is the one alienating Democrats?

I realize my state senator is probably unemployable in the private sector and needs this job, but why in the heck does he want to come out against the only Democarat with national stature who says, “We need the South!”

While you’re at Steve’s blog, be sure to read his moonshine memories. He may be a liberal Democrat, but in my book, he’s okay!

Armanious Update

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Libertarian Girl has an update which seems to indicate that the Armanious family, a Coptic Christian family from New Jersey that appear to have been murdered by radical Muslims.

Armanious Update

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Libertarian Girl has an update which seems to indicate that the Armanious family, a Coptic Christian family from New Jersey that appear to have been murdered by radical Muslims.

Students Ignorant of First Amendment

Monday, January 31st, 2005

American high school students are ignorant of the First Amendment, feeling free speech is no big deal, according to a new survey from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

Yet, when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes “too far” in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories.

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When asked whether people should be allowed to express unpopular views, 97 percent of teachers and 99 percent of school principals said yes. Only 83 percent of students did.

Obviously, this is quite a disturbing trend in our youth, and one that must be reversed if we are to preserve our liberties. Our schools must do a better job educating children on the need for freedom of speech (in addition to other liberties).

Gore, Baker to Speak at UT

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and former Vice President Al Gore will speak at a symposium on clean air at UT on March 9, Georgiana Vines reports. Should make for an interesting discussion. I wonder who Gore will blame for our dirty air?

Iraqi Elections

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

Today is the big day in Iraq.

Charmin Ultra Commercials

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

Just Julie on those Charmin Ultra Commercials with the bears:

I just can’t stand this anymore! Those naked bears of t.v. wiping themselves ~~back and forth~~ in their private area is just disgusting! I mean, maybe I’m a prude when it comes to cartoon bears, but I DON’T WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH!!! I mean, what, are the Charmin Ultra police gonna come crashing into my bathroom some night to judge if I’m using too little or too much toliet paper? That damn song! “What you thought was enough might be too much”??? Come on! It’s none of your goddamn business you creepy little toliet paper monitor! And the joy those bears are having, shaking their naked butts on the t.v.,AND the fact that it’s supposed to be a dad bear and his daughter bear. MY Dad never checked to see if I was using the right amount of toliet paper! That is just wrong! On so many levels, but mostly that damn song makes me want to KILLKILLKILL!!

Amen.

Southern Dems React to Dean

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

Former State Sen. Bill Owen, who ran unsuccessfully against Tim Burchett in 2002, is polling Tennessee Democrats on Howard Dean, the former presidential candidate and Vermont governor now in the running for the chairmanship of the national party, Georgiana Vines points out.

As it stands now, most state Executive Committee members are undecided, but Dean leads among those who have made their decision. State Democratic Chairman Randy Button is among the undecideds. Button, a Harriman native, has been asked by State Sen. Tommy Kilby (D-Wartburg) to vote against Dean.

I personally would be surprised to see Howard Dean carry a majority of Tennessee’s votes. However, if it does happen, it will almost assure him his chairmanship.

Kilby Opposes Dean

Friday, January 28th, 2005

State Senator Tommy Kilby (D-Wartburg) is urging Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Randy Button to oppose the candidacy of Howard Dean for chair of the Democratic National Committee:

“It is my greatest fear that should he be elected, many Democratic elected officials will abandon the party,” Kilby said. “We, as a party, must get back to mainstream America.

“We must open our party and allow people who are pro-life, pro-gun and pro-traditional marriage to have an active role in developing our platform and message,” he said. “The election of Howard Dean as chairman will be disastrous to any future election successes. We must change course or cease to be a national party and most likely a party at all.”

Wise words from a guy I don’t particularly care for. We shall see if the national Democratic party has learned anything. Here’s hoping they haven’t.