Padding The Bill

August 11, 2009

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Name That Sale

August 11, 2009

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TVNZ:

Somali Islamist group al Shabaab is forcibly removing gold and silver teeth from residents in southern Somalia because it says they contravene strict religious law, locals from a coastal town said on Monday.

Residents in Marka say al Shabaab has been rounding up anyone seen with a silver or gold tooth and taking them to a masked man who then rips them out using basic tools.

“I never thought al Shabaab would see my denture as a sin. They took me to their station and removed my silver tooth,” resident Bashir told Reuters.

“I met several men and women whose dentures were being pulled out by a masked man they called a doctor. The doctor used a pincer or his gloved hand depending on the strength of the tooth,” Bashir said.

“As you smile your silver tooth accuses you. I was at a counter with my friend when three armed al Shabaab ordered me to follow them,” he added. “I am afraid they want to make money from taking all this precious metal.”

Al Shabaab officials declined to comment.

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Rotting Heads

August 11, 2009

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The Guardian:

A 90-year-old German former army officer has been found guilty of ordering the executions of 14 Italian villagers during the second world war, in one of Germany‘s last Nazi war crimes trials.

Josef Scheungraber was sentenced to life in prison for 10 counts of murder and one of attempted murder over the June 1944 killings in Falzano di Cortona, near the Tuscan town of Arezzo.

As a 25-year-old Wehrmacht lieutenant, Scheungraber ordered his soldiers to shoot three Italian men and a 74-year-old woman in the street. He ordered another 11 civilians to be herded into a barn that was blown up as punishment for an attack by Italian partisans which killed two German soldiers, the Munich state court ruled.

In 2006 Scheungraber was convicted of the same crimes by an Italian military court and sentenced in absentia to life in prison, but has served no time.

Scheungraber, who was in command of a company of engineers at the time, denied the charges. He maintains he was not in Falzano di Cortona when the killings happened, but was in charge of overseeing reconstruction of a nearby bridge.

His defence team said in its closing arguments in July that there was no “evidence that shows personal guilt on the part of Mr Scheungraber”.

The prosecution acknowledged that there were no known living witnesses who heard Scheungraber give the order to kill the civilians. But they argued he was seen in pictures at the burial of the two German soldiers whose deaths provoked the act of revenge, and at the end of July a man who used to work with the former infantry commander testified against him.

In the 1970s Scheungraber told the man, identified only as Eugen S, that he couldn’t visit Italy because of what had happened during the war, which had to do with “shooting a dozen men and blowing them into the air”, the man told the court.

The witness did not remember Scheungraber saying he had given the order, although he said the defendant told the story “as if it were his decision”.

The only survivor of the incident, Gino Massetti, who was 15 at the time, was the sole eyewitness to give evidence during the trial. He described being rounded up by German troops and herded into the barn before it was blown up. “I heard a scream, and that was it then,” he said. “They were all dead.”

Massetti told the court that just before the explosion he saw a man he assumed was an officer drive up on a motorcycle and give what appeared to be an order to the others. He could not describe the officer at all and didn’t understand what he had said because it was in German, he said in court.

He said he survived the blast only because he had been partially shielded when a man fell on top of him. The other man initially survived the explosion, but later died as a result of his injuries, Massetti told the court.

Scheungraber has lived for decades as a free man, running a furniture shop before his retirement. He served on the town council in Ottobrunn, outside Munich, attended German veterans’ marches and recently received an award for municipal service.

Islam is obsessed with women’s sexuality

The National Post

Almost as soon as news broke that the murders of three Afghan-Canadian teenage sisters and their father’s first wife in Kingston, were possible “honour killings,” some in the Muslim community reacted in the most predictable fashion: defensiveness and denial.

Instead of voicing outrage at the murders, two Muslim callers to my CFRB radio show in Toronto slammed me for raising the subject, and suggested I had some hidden agenda. “This has nothing to do with Islam,” said one caller, despite the fact no one on the show had, to that point, even mentioned the word “Islam,” let alone accused the religion of sanctioning honour killings.

The callers were not alone. The head of the Canadian branch of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) told the CBC more or less the same thing — that the story was unrelated to Islam, which apparently does not permit honour killings.

They are both right and wrong. It is true that Islam’s holy book, the Koran, does not sanction honour killings. But to deny the fact that many incidents of honour killings are conducted by Muslim fathers, sons and brothers, and that many victims are Muslim women, is to exercise intellectual dishonesty. At worst, it is an attempt to shut off debate.

When Mississauga, Ont., teenager Aqsa Parvez was killed, everyone from Mullahs to so-called Muslim feminists claimed it was not an honour killing — even though there were allegations she had run afoul of her family for socializing with non-Muslim friends and not wearing a hijab. Critics then charged that to refer to the murder in such words was to be an anti-Muslim bigot. Humbug.

As I said, it is true that the Koran does not sanction such murders, but man-made sharia law, which has been falsely imputed divine status, does allow for the killing of women if they indulge in pre-marital or extramarital consensual sex. This is precisely why so many progressive and liberal Muslims have opposed the introduction of sharia law in Canada.

There is no denying that Islam, in its contemporary expression, is obsessed with women’s sexuality, and considers it a fundamental problem. The hijab, the niqab, the burka and polygamy are all manifestations of this phobia.

The mullahs and the mosque leadership may deny their role in ensuring that Muslim women are second-class citizens within the community, but the place they reserve for women in the house of God, the Mosque, reveals their real conviction. Other than one mosque in Toronto, not a single other is willing to let Muslim women sit in the front row. They are sent to the back, or behind curtains, or pushed into basements or balconies, for they are considered not as our mothers or daughters and sisters, but as sexual triggers that may ignite male passions.

Honour killings take place because some Muslims have been convinced by their mullahs that the burden of their family’s honour and their religion is vested in the virginity of their daughters and sisters. Most mullahs acknowledge that according to sharia law, a woman who has consensual sex with a man outside marriage deserves to be lashed in public or stoned to death by an Islamic State or an Islamic court. Don’t these Islamists see how this interpretation can be taken as a license by men to take the law into their own hands?

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Democrat Priorities

August 11, 2009

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The Obama Spin

August 11, 2009

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