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Posted by Shiva on February 22, 2009

Jack Daniel,s Jihad

Febuary 23 2009

A strict teetotaller went berserk after downing a bottle of bourbon to take away his grief at his mother’s illness.A friend advised Muslim non-drinker Dolshad Mohammed that alcohol would ease his mental pain, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Mohammed, 25, proceeded to drink almost a whole bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey, prosecutor Dave MacKay said.

He then went on a drunken spree of window-smashing at his lodgings in Park View Road, Manningham, Bradford.

Police, who had to force their way into Mohammed’s bedroom to arrest him, found him jumping up and down on the bed, the court heard.

He seized a knife but dropped it when a police dog was used to restrain him.

Mohammed, who did £600 damage, apologised to police officers, saying he had “drunk too much vodka”.

His barrister, Anastasis Tasou, told Judge Peter Benson it was Jack Daniels whiskey.

Mohammed downed almost a full bottle after learning his mother was gravely ill.

Mr Tasou said Mohammed, a strict Muslim who had never touched alcohol before, was advised that liquor would take away his pain.

“He drank almost a whole bottle and it obviously had a dramatic effect,” Mr Tasou said.

Mohammed, who needed a Kurdish interpreter in court, “behaved in a wholly bizarre and uncharacteristic way,” Judge Benson said.

Mohammed, who pleaded guilty to affray and criminal damage in June last year, hung his head in the dock.

Judge Benson said it was obvious he was thoroughly ashamed.

He trusted he had not touched alcohol since.

Mohammed was sentenced to a community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work and six months’ probation service supervision.

I am not Joking

Now to the more sober but no less insane reality of Islam

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Little Green Footballs: ‘Honour Killings None Of Our Business’

Posted by DJM on February 22, 2009

Charles is really exposing his true colours in this post. He is now attacking Pam Geller and Robert Spencer for daring to show a little compassion and common decency to a Muslim girl murdered by her father and brother. Charles’ response, in his own words:


Like others who are clueless about the religion of peace, Charles ignorantly insists the intent of Pam and Robert is for selfish gain. It is not.

In Islam, a woman who supposedly shames her family not only has her life taken, but also her memory. Every attempt is made to erase her existence, thus, the shame. That includes an unmarked grave.

What Pam and Robert have attempted is to sustain Aqsa Parvez’s memory with a simple headstone that reads, “Beloved, Remembered, Free.” It isn’t political, it isn’t anti-Islam, and it doesn’t serve to personally benefit either Pam or Robert.

It is just a reminder that Aqsa Parvez’s life did matter, even if her family, by virtue of their inhumane and cold ideology, doesn’t agree. It is also a gesture to remind ourselves that we will not devalue any life, and that we fight to defend all innocent life.

Yet, according to Charles, a young girl abused and murdered, both in life and in death, is none of our business. That we are “disgusting” for caring. It is only the prerogative of the family that committed this horrendous crime that matters. Ironically, that very same mentality – the mentality that certain individuals, usually women, are the sole property of male family members – is what fuels human rights abuses throughout the world.

Charles, what is truly vile is your cavalier attitude towards this murdered young girl. You want to assist her family in erasing her memory. In some ways, that makes you culpable in the ‘honour killing’ of Aqsa Parvez. That is absolutely disgusting.

(cross-posted at LGF2)

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Myopic American Jewish Culture

Posted by Glezele Vayne on February 22, 2009


I am so sorry to report, American Jewish culture is in trouble, and some of it is being imported to Israel. Not much, thanks be, since it is mostly the faithful among us that are willing to risk it all to be, well…faithful and return home.

Around 80% of Jews in America (the non-orthodox component) consider their participation in Judaism to consist of proudly, even defiantly, eating lox & bagels on Sundays while their neighbors attend church, and watching Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year, while referring to it, quoting it and learning the dances depicted, or at least dutifully sending their kids to classes to learn those dances. And maybe even do a Fiddler on the Roof play, if they’re really ambitious.

In Fiddler on the Roof, Norman Jewison brought a touch of old Eastern Europe Jewish culture to us. Sholom Aleichem did so in his books, on which this movie is based. Not having actually lived through those times myself, I am unsure of the accuracy of this charming semi-tragic portrayal, but hey that’s showbiz. Really though, I enjoy Fiddler on the Roof and lox & bagels as much as the next Jew. Charming and delicious respectively. But, I don’t consider participation in these activities as equal to a Shabbos afternoon listening to a dvar Torah by a Talmid chocham.

And therein lies the problem. Most of American Jewry, while very proud of their heritage, know little to nothing about what it really means. They only know the stereotypes imposed on them by their enemies, and what popular culture tells them about Yiddishkeit. This then morphs into a Jewish community with little or no truly Jewish values, which thinks…that the values they do hold are indeed Jewish. No. They are non-Jewish values held by Jews. Misguided, unrealistic, painfully ignorant Jews. Then, these tragically disenfranchised Jews try and impose those non-Jewish values on the rest of us who’ve been taking our heritage very seriously all along.

More to the point, semi-Yiddishkeit movies and really yummy nosh are not the sum and substance of the Jewish worldview, nor will they assure our survival as a people.

I was inspired to kvetch about this sad state of affairs after some tag surfing. I ran across a post by Deb Reich at DesertPeace. In her post, where she is clearly longing for the messianic era, she has embedded the video below. Read the rest of this entry »

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