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“Draw Mohammed,” Part 2: The Occasion

“I think there needs to be a change to the law where people do not disrespect especially high people,” Texas Imam Mobasher Ahmed said.

So there you have it — I am not saying it, a Texas imam is. This is the the objective and what I fight against. The media has already submitted to sharia restrictions on free speech and viciously enforced the ban against violators (like myself).

I am not a Muslim. I will not adhere to sharia (Islamic law) and its restrictions on free speech (and freedom).

The reporter for this story sounds surprised that we have supporters and that they own up to it. It’s like Bill O’Reilly on his show tonight. O’Reilly refused to release results from his AFDI Muhammad cartoon poll. He said it was “slammed” in OUR favor, so there for “untrustworthy”.

Thus Pamela Geller, slightly edited for typos, in her Description under a 3-minute news clip.

Pamela Geller is considered a heroine by some and the Devil Incarnate by others. Her cause*: To defend America and the West generally against the encroachment of political Islam as it is today: To fight against Shari’ah as part of the American (and the UK’s, and by extension the West’s) legal system. Her chosen battle field in this fight is the defense of freedom of speech in general.

Of course a part of any defense against political Islam is the fight against Islamic violence. The defense of freedom of speech requires among other things that such violence must not be allowed to cow Americans or anyone else into submission to the Ummah or any part of it. Miss Geller’s thought is that one must face force and resist it, or be complicit in one’s own condition of dhimmitude or slavery.

So, Mohammed thunders: “You can’t draw me!” And Mr. Fawstin replies, “That is why I draw you.” Mohammed is wrong: One certainly can draw him, if one will only exercise his right to draw Mohammed by making the drawing.

We say to Mohammed: You have no power over me.

This series of postings presents material pertaining to the Free Speech Conference organized by Pamela Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative (dreadful name — better, “American Initiative for the Defense of Freedom). It was held in Garland, Tex., this past May 2-3.

The event included a “Draw Mohammed” competition, which was won by Bosch Fawstin, whose cartoon is shown in Part 1. Mr. Fawstin grew up as a Muslim in a Muslim family, but he found the misogyny and other factors of his Muslim childhood impossible to accept, and in the end became a former Muslim, an apostate. (I think he’s now an atheist, but probably you cats know more about that than I do.)

As well as the competition, there were at least four speeches given at the event, by Miss Geller, Geert Wilders, Mr. Fawstin, and Robert Spencer, along with a short closing by Miss Geller. I believe that is the order in which they were given, but I can’t prove it. Nor do I know what other seminars or workshops or whatever were a part of the meeting.

However, the meeting ended sometime in the evening (I gather, from news video) of Sunday, May 3. As the crowd of more than 300 people were leaving the venue, two Muslim terrorists opened fire on them. As it happened the Garland police were there and killed the two.

Because of an unnamed officer’s quick thinking, quick draw-and-fire, and accurate aim, none of the attendees was hurt.

*Miss Geller also has fought to defend the physical victims of Islam, such as the many young girls subjected to or under threat of Shari’ah murder, and also the hundreds of thousands of Christians and Jews being slaughtered around the world for the crime of not being Muslim. But that is a topic for another time.

[Edit: Two typos fixed, and one sentence reworded for clarity.]

“Draw Mohammed,” Part 1

I ask assembled Felines to consider the inflammatory and incendiary* incitement to violence shown in this award-winning cartoon by Bosch Fawstin:

Fawstin,B.Winning Cartoon in "Draw Mohammed" contest, ADFI, Garland, Texas, 5:2-3:2015.Lifson, American Thinker, 5:4:15.194522_5_

Now have a look at this piece of high art**, which won a competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), by Andres Serrano:

Piss Christ, by Andres Serrano.Won contest sponsored NEA.[BOX].194521_5_

Lastly, enjoy this one, which I received in an e-mail with no source.

Do You Have Any Idea How Offensive That Is?.Cartoon, Steve eml, 5:23:15, 11;16 a.m.Source Unknown

There is somewhere also a most delightful and accurate (in its implication) cartoon of David Horowitz***, depicting Mr. Horowitz much as the hook-nosed scumbag in the previous drawing, only with, as I recall, a garbage-can’s lid on his head for a hat. Or maybe in his hand for a shield? Can’t remember for sure, and can’t find it again. But one thing is sure: When I said it’s “most delightful and accurate,” I lied. Pure sarcasm. Frankly it P’d me O. As does the mockery of Christ above.

But not enough to go kill people about it, except maybe metaphorically. I suspect that most Christians and Jews and even atheists share the attitude. Of course, the more benighted Muslims at least find that the proper treatment for drawing Mohammed at all is death.

More on this and on the jihadi attack for which the first cartoon served as an excuse (but it wasn’t really the cartoon) in upcoming postings, until I run out of steam.

*Redundancy for emphasis.

**’”Piss Christ,” a photograph of a crucifix in a jar of urine,’ to quote Thomas Lifson, who wonders if it is “enough to justify mass murder.”

***This is the red-diaper baby and former New-Leftist, the author of so many anti-Communist/-Marxist/-socialist/-Leftist works, including the marvelous Radical Son, who is also a champion of free speech and academic freedom (the real kind, not the Progressive version), and the founder of Front Page Magazine.

I don’t know what’s going on with WP. First, the comments were allowed before they weren’t allowed, and now they are allowed again, unless it turns out that they’re not.

Second, originally YrsTrly was the editrix responsible for this yelp of anger, but WP then decided it’s by somebody called “admin” (no caps). Who knows who will finally be elected the reporter. *sneer*

Ness, a.k.a. Mrs. RAB, sings “Blue Melody”

RAB tried to upload this in a comment in the Music discussion, but no joy. Thanks to his graciousness in sending it to me awhile back, here it is. Thank you, Nessa. :>)

What media bias?

Sky News’ RSS feed, today:


For RAB and Ness and all music-loving felines

Persons may wish to send their Best Friends out to play. The Luce, for instance, shows zero interest in the Arts in general, and certainly not in music.

I hope that Cats will forgive me for not presenting the actual videos. It pleases me to surprise the audience. :>)

Also, check out who the musicians (in both pieces) are!

First, for RAB and Ness, the one being in favor of Summertime, and the other of singing about it:

Second, I would advise all you cool cats to gather round with his or her Honey, and if you are short one for the moment, bring a good friend. A VERY good friend. :>))

(By the way, the second one is Variations on the Adagio movement from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. NOT the whole concerto.)

I hope you enjoy.

Kim Jong-un looking at things…

Yup, the most bizarrely coiffed mqn to have ever trod this goodly earth has been to a terrapin farm – as you do.

Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Taedonggang Terrapin Farm
Pyongyang, May 19 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, gave field guidance to the Taedonggang Terrapin Farm.
The Taedonggang Terrapin Farm is a big base for breeding terrapin built on the personal initiative of leader Kim Jong Il who exerted efforts to provide the people with tasty and nutritious terrapin widely known as precious tonic from olden times.

What the hell does the stumpy little git now about aquaculture? Just read the whole thing. It is beyond parody.

Cartoon of the Week.


Matt cartoon, May 20

And for fuck’s sake fellow Kitty Counters, put up some bloody posts!

I’ve got those Fleetwood Mac Chicken Shack John Mayall can’t fail Blues…

It’s my birthday today. No, don’t make a fuss, I don’t. Who needs to celebrate one more year closer to the Great Check Out Till in the Sky? What I usually do is indulge in a bout of meditative introspection. Survey my past and reflect on my future. Run the film of internal memories and milestones in my head and ponder the vagaries of fate.

My earliest and most seminal moment was accidentally seeing the Beatles live when I was 11. It blew me away, from then on I was obsessed with music… all types mind, my tastes are nothing if not eclectic. By 15 I was in the front row for Hendrix, so close I could have touched him. I  felt the heat from the flames when he torched his Strat. The next year I was shaking the hand of this guy after his gig at Sofia Gardens in Cardiff. I didn’t wash my hand for a week in the forlorn hope that some of his magic had rubbed off on me. No such luck I’m afraid. Oh some folks think I’m a decent player, but with my critics hat on and a steady stare at my heart, I know I am not fit to shine BB Kings shoes. We lost one of the all time greats today my friends.And I really do mean that. Without him all those bands in the header would never have been heard of. His playing was truly lyrical, majestic, miraculous. Everybody wanted to play with him, but you had to be the finest of the fine to even keep up. But don’t be sad. He was 89 and still playing. Go listen to his music, there is loads of it, with every superstar playing a supporting role to his truly outstanding talent. Later I will tune up my box and pour a large single Malt and play a little music in memory of a man who really was a King.

Nightmare on Threadneedle street…

Cop a load of this my fellow Kitty Counters…

I have known in my water that the “Powers that be” have been itching to put this into practice for ages. Well they think they can control the weather with micro management don’t they? So why not Macro and Micro Economics, which after all, really is a man made science, albeit a dismal one. And boy is the future dismal if this marxist fuckwit gets his wish.

A proposed new law in Denmark could be the first step towards an economic revolution that sees physical currencies and normal bank accounts abolished and gives governments futuristic new tools to fight the cycle of “boom and bust”.

The Danish proposal sounds innocuous enough on the surface – it would simply allow shops to refuse payments in cash and insist that customers use contactless debit cards or some other means of electronic payment.

No they don’t sound innocuous at all, they stink of socio/fascist Totalitarianism

But the move could be a key moment in the advent of “cashless societies”. And once all money exists only in bank accounts – monitored, or even directly controlled by the government – the authorities will be able to encourage us to spend more when the economy slows, or spend less when it is overheating.

What this means is that your hard earned money is no longer your own, the Government can confiscate chunks of it at their leisure and whim. What of aspiration and striving for a better future? What of individual choice? What will be the point of trying to get ahead if the “Ahead” you had in mind is going to be confiscated?

It will get worse than that though. All your purchases will be computerised, and if you stray from the 5 fruits a day, no more than 24 units of alcohol a week, 6 cheeseburgers? (are you insane??) Smoker??? then you will find that the bansturbators in power will refuse  your purchase, and there will be nothing you can do about it. Then you  truly will be a drone.

This is one of the most evil articles I have read for a long time, and make no mistake, they are serious about this. Go read the article… the blandishments try to ameliorate the deadening impact of what is being proposed with positives like…

Apart from the control over the economy, there would be many other advantages of a cashless society. Such a system is much cheaper to run than one based on banknotes and coins. Forgery is impossible, as are robberies.

Electronic money is an inclusive and convenient system, giving poor and rural sectors of an economy – where cash machines and bank branches may be few and far between and not all people have accounts – a tool for easy participation in the economy.

But there is one hope… Even if they get their way, human ingenuity will find a way round it. But why the fuck should we have to?

Everybody duck!

This just in from Eric Worrall at WUWT:

Gigantic asteroid near miss coming this Thursday

You can go read the story (short, for WUWT) and peruse the comments, of course, but I did think that it would be unconscionably remiss of me not to show you all this important magazine cover presented by commenter Bubba Cow:

The Onion.Asteroid Near-Miss Expected 3:14:15.WUWT, 3:11:14

What would Nick Clegg drive…

… Well there is an old joke. “Who knows? But The Apostles were all in One Accord. I guess that would be a push and you might have to place the reeking corpses of St Vincent of Rope and Beaker of Alexander in the boot (Honda make an Accord Estate?) so it could be done.

I am not saying I am delighted with the election because iDave is a parrot-faced wazzack but Hell’s Teeth! Look at the alternatives? That assorted collection of…

Well, Nat of the Greens was utterly incompetent and I am against Greenism anyway. Why they didn’t go with their sole MP Caroline Lucas is beyond me. Utterly.

The SNP are a matter of almost supernatural whatever to me. I am English. But I shall volunteer to be on the relief trucks. And fight the gingers off with a point’d stick as they clamour for the porridge.

Nige of Farrage – looks like a fifties bookie.

Er… Dunno…

Oh, Dread Milliband EdStone. Give me strength! Got a kicking in the Balls. Good.

So, not great but could have been worse.

The Socialist Revolt that America Forgot

Now this, on relatively recent American History.

You Brits aren’t the only ones who play the Election Game, y’know. Ours comes up in about 18 months, and at Salon some unrepentant underminer of liberty named Eric Lee has seen fit to write “A Lesson for Bernie Sanders” on the topic.

For those who are going, “Bernie Sanders — Who He?”: He is the avowedly Socialist Senator from Vermont who has decided to run for the Presidency next year.

So why should Zanzibarians, or even Americans for that matter, care about Bernie Sanders’ political ambitions? No particular reason, except that we all have a liberty interest in seeing that such ambitions die like a beached flounder, but with less fuss.

(Although Sanders has annoyed many by refusing to get with the gun-control program. In fact Slate throws its toys out of the pram over his non-compliance with the Democratic-Progressive required stance on the issue.

(Additionally, many find Sanders far more honest than Shrill, not terribly difficult of course.)

I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this one, but the history is interesting.

Mr. Lee’s “Lesson” describes Michael Harrington’s insinuation of socialism into the ideology and agenda of the Democratic Party, with its successful shoving of the Party leftward, and the result (as Mr. Lee believes, anyhow) of Mr. Harrington’s being persuaded not to run for the Presidency himself in 1980.

For a fuller account, see Dr. Ron Radosh’s book Divided They Fell.

The column commences:

The socialist revolt that America forgot: A history lesson for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a singular figure in modern U.S. politics, the lone self-identified socialist to serve in Congress, at a time when mainstream American attitudes, if not actively violent towards socialism as they have been in the past, remain nonetheless fundamentally suspicious. As such, his plans to run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries represent something of an anomaly. What bears mentioning about Sanders’ run, however, is that it is not the first time a prominent socialist has considered a bid for the Democratic nomination. To understand the significance of Sanders’ candidacy, it’s worth flashing back to the summer of 1978, as liberal Democrats were growing increasingly disillusioned with Jimmy Carter’s presidency.


Political Tribalism

Path through a dark wood

“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

The road to religious enlightenment, whether travelled by the biblical Saul of Tarsus or Siddhartha Gautama is often described as the blinding light of revelation, but by comparison, the path of objective truth is more akin to a lonesome rider carrying a lamp through a dark forest.

Any victories that we have are fleeting and our opponents are the deceitful, supported by the ignorant, so why do we continue? Surely those who fight an unwinnable war which never ends are fools?


Seminal Crimes.

From South Africa we have this.

I must admit the Daily Fail’s reportage seems dodgy. They drove 500km to milk the poor man?!

So, I googled and this is not a unique incident. Indeed not even unique to the RSA. It happens in the USA as well.

I have nothing to say about the general erection today but suffice to say the only person I voted for (and we had General, County and Parish erections) was an Indy who runs my local bar and a very nice bar it is so I thought why not? Local business owner doing well by doing good. What’s not to like? And until Frankie took the place over from the previous dodgy scoundrels in charge it has gone from being a den of iniquity* to a nice gaff with good food and good service.

*The last landlord didn’t sell any beer but drove a Porsche 911 GT4. Somebody had kicked the door off the shit-house with terrific effect. And I use the term “shit-house” because I can’t honestly call it toilets. Something untoward was afoot. I dunno if they were in the illegal semen trade but whatever they were up to was iffy.

Time for “None of the Above”

None of the AboveGiven today’s general election in the UK, now seems as good a time as any to jump on a particular hobby horse of mine which is increasing democratic representation and allowing the disaffected amongst the electorate to show their contempt for politicians in a meaningful way, something they will resist to their dying breath.

The whole point of the “None of the Above” option is to provide an alternative to those who feel disconnected from the political parties and their local representatives.

In the event of the election being won for “None of the Above” the usual approach (in the few countries that allow it), is to either elect the highest place candidate (essentially ignoring the overwhelming vote), rerun the election with the same candidates or rerun the election with different candidates. Very few elections take full account of the electorate in the event of a “None of the Above” result in any meaningful sense.

I personally think the best way that the result of “None of the Above” winning an election is for the seat to remain empty until the next election. This would have the effect of allowing the rejected candidates to feel the fullest measure of voter contempt.

However, the politicians would never allow it – the bastards.

Hat tip to Rob Fisher over at Samizdata

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