April 29, 2006

RABBI GELLMAN, IT IS YOUR IGNORANCE THAT MAKES ME ANGRY


Does Rabbi Marc Gellman get paid for the crap he recently wrote for Newsweek as a "columnist?" He wrote an article entitled Trying To Understand Angry Atheists, yet he didn't quote any "angry" Atheists, and most importantly he made prejudicial blanket statements as to why he "thinks" Atheists are angry. He is completely out to lunch.
Even if he just wanted to interview Atheist Jews, he has plenty to choose from. More than one third of Secular Jews in America and Israel are either Atheist or Agnostic. There is even a Society for Humanistic Judaism , which "embraces a human-centered philosophy that combines the celebration of Jewish culture and identity with an adherence to humanistic values and ideas."

I think many Atheists are frustrated, and this sometimes leads to anger.
Instead of going the interview route, Rabbi Gellman makes statements like "So we disagree about God." No Rabbi, this is not what sets Atheists off. Personally, I find it frustrating that seemingly intelligent individuals believe in the story of Noahs Ark. I only get angry when they try to prove it, or try to push it as learning material in school. Yes, the idea of fairy tales being taught in science classes pisses me off.

Then he goes off on a tangent stating that "I am tempted to believe that behind atheist anger there are oftentimes uncomfortable personal histories. Perhaps their atheism was the result of the tragic death of a loved one, or an angry degrading sermon, or an insensitive eulogy, or an unfeeling castigation of lifestyle choices or perhaps something even worse."

Rabbi, you are a MORON. Where did you pull this crapola from? Atheists often appear angry when we see God and the State holding hands. Why was Howard Stern pulled from mainstream media? Why did Janet Jackson's nipple slip cause major television networks to skulk around like a dog who just did an accident in the living room? Why are their court cases trying to get creation into science classes?

He goes on to say that Atheists are lacking the demand to constantly be good because we "believe nothing." Newsflash Rabbi Idiot, Atheists believe in things that are REAL. Yes, we do believe. And as far as the possibility that we have no Moral guidelines, well whether one wants to say that Morality is objective or subjective, the reality is that the only evidence out there is that the 10 Commandments were written down by man for man. Objective moralists believe there is always a right action, while a subjective moralist believes that an individuals morality is a combination of evolution, societal norms and the individuals sympathy. Either way, we don't need God to be "more moral" than a believer.

He adds "I can humbly ask whether my atheist brothers and sisters really believe that their lives are better, richer and more hopeful..."

I didn't realize this was a competition. Since when does anyone become an Atheist to lead a better?, richer, and more hopeful life? Atheists do not believe in God, because there is NO GODDAM EVIDENCE THAT GOD EVER EXISTED. This isn't a lifestyle choice. It is a realization made by observation of facts and realities and common sense.

And then he starts on about religion giving hope. Who cares? Atheists play the cards dealt to us, by the laws of nature.
I'll deal with what is real and believers can cling on to fairy tales to give them hope.
Just keep your fairy tales in your own homes and your own houses of worship.

And to answer his question "Why do nonbelievers seem to be threatened by the idea of God?."

We are not threatened by a non existent being. We are threatened by Fundamentalists, whether they are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. Those who try poison the state with lies, propaganda, their ideals, and in most cases their denial of scientific evidence.
We are threatened by their actions, which are based on their interpretations of a book of fairy tales.


For other Atheist POV's check Hellbound Alleee, The Secular Outpost,
Deep Thoughts, The No God Blog, Betty Cracker, and especially Unscrewing the Inscrutable

Rabbi Gellman should check these out, maybe he will become more learned, and less ignorant.

April 28, 2006

Time To Embarrass Myself

Number one, you only live once.
Number two, this is my blog.
Number three:



And to Paula Abdul, if you happen to hear this audio, don't bother stalking me. I think you are hot and all, but I'm a married man.

Did someone say encore?

Ahhh, to be 14 years younger with most of my hair.

Since one commenter (Simon) told me to never do this again, I decided to add one more here:

GREAT BLOGS THAT DEAL WITH ISLAMIC TERROR


I don't specialize in this subject, but I have written quite a few pieces on the topic of Radical Islam and Arab intolerance. My most controversial piece was on my attempt to explain Arab insanity and intolerance.

There are plenty of great resources on the net right now that take Radical Islam by the jugular vein. The biggies on this topic are Little Green Footballs and Jihad Watch.
Of course there are many others that aren't as well known and many I don't know about yet. Any hoot, here are the ones I know about, and that post regularly, and that I find very informative:

The Jawa Report doesn't seem to miss too much.
The Infidels Bloggers Alliance is excellent, and just got better with the addition of The Elder of Ziyon as a contributor. Elder specializes in articles about Israel and Jews that may have escaped mainstream media, as does Israpundit.
No Dhimmitude has a Canadian slant on the War on Terror included.
Rantings of a Sandmonkey is a must see site.
Atlas Shrugs takes no prisoners.
The Pub Philosopher gives a good UK slant.
OBL better not meet The Anti-Jihad Pundit in a dark alley.
The Global War on You Know Who has great wit and great posts.
Clarity and Resolve is pretty much to the point as is Bareknucklepolitics.
A wake-up blog for Muslims can be found at The Guilt of Most Arab Muslims.
My Vast Wing Right Conspiracy has to be mentioned here of course. Beth is a cool Fundy.
You say you want cartoons, well then try The Study of Revenge.
A good place to rant about the culture of death is Rantburg.
A couple of friends from the Yahoo board wars against Islam and anti-semites have recently started very informative blogs and are worth checking out: A March of Folly and Eye on the World.

The Far Left would do themselves a great service by checking out these blogs and attempting to get a grasp on REALITY.

April 26, 2006

Bravo Professor Wichman, Bravo


Thank you for putting the ridiculous and hypocritical protests by Muslims in proper perspective. I applaud you, and support your email completely.

Here is the Professor's email to the Moslem Association at Michigan State University via Dhimmi Watch:



Dear Moslem Association: As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest.

I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey!), burnings of Christian chirches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavain girls and women (called "whores" in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.

This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many, many of my colleagues. I counsul you dissatisfied, agressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile "protests."

If you do not like the values of the West -- see the 1st Ammendment -- you are free to leave. I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option. Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.

Cordially, I. S. Wichman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering



Not only do I agree whole heartedly with the content of his un PC stance, but I also find it amusing that Muslims and the babies on the Far Left find the content of his free speech appalling and want him severely reprimanded.

The Prof's first name is Indrek. If he was living in a Muslim state, he would be living up to his name, hopefully that won't be the case in America.


Additional comment: This letter really speaks of the hypocrisy of the Muslims. After 9/11 I often heard the excuse that the reason that there wasn't very many protests against terrorist acts was that the Muslims didn't have enough numbers in the West to generate proper prostests. Obviously, as we know now, that was a lie.

And again, I also bring up the fact that the cartoons were published in Egypt in October, and it didn't generate one protest. So is the image of Mohammed really that offensive, or are the Muslims who protest just a bunch of hypocritical whiners?

April 25, 2006

DANCE MONKEYS, DANCE

MUST SEE VIDEO: DANCE MONKEYS, DANCE.

Ok, my only problem with this really funny video is that they call man monkeys, when I'd prefer being called an ape.

Biographical info on the writer/performer of this video, Ernest Cline, can be found here. His Nerd Porn Auteur is very touching, but I'm too lazy to find out what Auteur means. I'm such a lazy monkey.

One more thing, you can hear me on Freethought Radio as I have submitted a couple of pieces so far. Not sure when they actually air, or how often.

Fundy Intellects Up Close and Personal


Just more proof of how gullible, naive, and just plain stupid the Christian Right in America is.

Reminds me of the Fundies Say the Darndest Things site. Time for some April gems from their site:

"[Replying to 'as for not seeing evolution it takes several million years... incase you missed that memo...']
several million years for a monkey to turn into a man. oh wait thats right. monkeys dont live several million years."

-Queen of the tigers, Gaia

"[On Noah's Ark]

baby animals wouldn't take up as much space.
God may have put them in a deep sleep - hibernation.
He did it to Adam, He can do it again.
We call it local anesthesia."

-buzzardhut, Rapture Ready

"[Emphasis original]

There is no scientific data, which when _interpreted correctly_, conflicts with scripture.
However, when _interpreted correctly_, it does conflict with Evolution.
Please stop making hypocritical arguments. Ever since Darwin, evolutionists have looked at data with an OECism bias.
Both Creation Science and Evolutionary Science _ARE SCIENCE_. However, the science of the Creationist is the best science providing us with accurate dating of the earth."

-Prophetable, Christian Forums

"Of the World's smartest scientists, 2/3 of them believe in God. From that data, we can clearly see that they are much smarter than the remaining 1/3 that reject the idea of God.
It's quite simple."

AnotherAlias, Christian Forums

"[This poster is a creationist]

As far as, evolution 'predicting' anything, thats all it ever has done. Come up with a theory then go looking for evidence to prop it up. Most scientists look at the evidence, then come up with a theory."

Studyin'2Show, Bibleforums.org

"4.6 billion years is but the false conclusion arrived at by those who need the time and have no one to thank by the prince of this world----Lucifer."

LittleNipper, Christian Forums

April 23, 2006

Shirley Phelps Roper, Another Mentally Ill Fundy



Just add her to a long and growing list. A bunch of videos made by her church The Westboro Baptist Church can be found here.

The main website for her church is addressed godhatesfags.com.

The thing is that even though many Fundies aren't as extreme as this wingnut, many have similar views about many of the things she stands for, like her anti-gay stance, and her ideas that every disaster is an act of God.

You have to wonder, if these people become so homophobic because they are fighting their own demons. Just take a look at the founder of the church, Fred Phelps. He looks like he could easily be cast in Brokeback Mountain:


He not only hates gays, but he doesn't seem fond of Jews, Blacks or Catholics either. Here are some quotes from Rotten.com:

"Fag Jew Nazis are worse than ordinary Nazis. They've had more experience. Jews stirred up the Romans to butcher 6 million Christians in the catacombs in the 1st century. The First Holocaust was a Jewish Holocaust against Christians. The latest Holocaust is by Topeka Jews against WBC."

"Anybody babbling about 'multicultural affairs' and 'celebrating diversity' is a propagandist for the militant sodomite agenda...Westboro Baptists will picket this black obfuscator, in religious protest and warning. Being black won't get you to Heaven. But promoting fags will take you to Hell."

"Homosexuals now pervade and control American government at every level and branch. Thus, only those churches that support and promote the militant homosexual agenda enjoy religious freedom. Any church in America that dares to preach what the Bible says about soul-damning, nation-destroying moral filth of the vile homosexual beasts among us, loses all Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and speech rights."

"Fag priests and dyke nuns is the order of the day for Kansas Catholics. They deserve the sick, perverted leadership that now dooms and damns them."

I know I shouldn't judge Fundies on the actions of most of them. Call me biased.

On a sad note, I had to take Bane off my blogroll. I gave it my best shot with him, but he attacked me once too many times. I don't know if it is just plain intolerance, or some sort of psychosis, or a mixture of the two. It could also be that the fact that he is a tad more intelligent than most Fundies and my Atheism was starting to make him have doubts about his flimsy religious beliefs.
I also took the No God Blog off my roll too. The fact that there was little recognition of an obvious anti-semite, and even the majorities overall acceptance of his views, and the other anti-Israel rhetoric on that site made me realize that American Atheists is not for me. Even the blogs administrator David Silverman can't make the obvious distinction. The memebers there don't seem to get reality.
Kiss my ass bad Christain Bane (I spell Christian that way because he constantly spells Atheist: Athiest on purpose), and kiss my ass American Atheists too. I don't even care that American Atheists President Ellen Johnson is pretty hot.

April 22, 2006

Another Picture of Me and Daisy


I look a lot smarter when I have my glasses on. These days I have my glasses on pretty much all the time, except when I'm sleeping or in the shower. I guess I don't look that smart in the shower.

Some border collie humor:

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

Border Collie:
Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Golden Retriever:
The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

Dachshund:
You know I can't reach that dumb stupid lamp!

Rottweiler:
Make me.

Lab:
Oh, me, me!!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I?

Malamute:
Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

Jack Russell Terrier:
I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.

Poodle:
I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

Cocker Spaniel:
Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Doberman Pinscher:
While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

Boxer:
Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark......

Mastiff:
Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.

Chihuahua:
Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Irish Wolfhound:
Can somebody else do it? I've got this hangover.....

Pointer:
I see it, there it is, there it is, right there....

Greyhound:
It isn't moving. Who cares?

Australian Shepherd:
First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle....


Old English Sheep Dog:
Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb?


German Shepard:
Alright, everyone stop where you are! Who busted the light? I SAID, "STOP WHERE YOU ARE!!!"

Hound Dog:
ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

Cat:
You need light? Tell hit to someone who cares. (Thanks Beep Beep for the addition.)

The truth about border collies. (Click the link if you have a border collie or used to have one)

How about a timely cartoon?:


Doggy IQ based on research by Dr. Stanley Coren author of The Intelligence of Dogs

1) Border collie
2) Poodle
3) German shepherd
4) Golden retriever
5) Doberman pinscher
6) Shetland sheepdog 7) Labrador retriever 8) Papillon 9) Rottweiler 10) Australian cattle dog 11) Welsh corgi (Pembroke) 12) Miniature schnauzer 13) English springer spaniel 14) Belgian tervure 15) Schipperke, Belgian sheepdog 16) Collie, keeshond 17) German shorthaired pointer 18) Flat-coated retriever, English cocker spaniel,
standard schnauzer 19) Brittany 20) Cocker spaniel 21) Weimaraner 22) Belgian malinois, Bernese mountain dog 23) Pomeranian 24) Irish water spaniel 25) Vizsla 26) Cardigan welsh corgi 27) Chesapeake bay retriever, puli, Yorkshire terrier 28) Giant schnauzer 29) Airedale terrier, bouvier des flandres 30) Border terrier, briard 31) Welsh springer spaniel 32) Manchester terrier 33) Samoyed 34) Field spaniel, Newfoundland, Australian terrier, American
Staffordshire terrier, Gordon setter, bearded collie 35) Cairn terrier, kerry blue terrier, Irish setter 36) Norwegian elkhound 37) Affenpincher, silky terrier, minature pinscher, English setter,
pharoah hound, clumber spaniel 38) Norwich terrier 39) Dalmatian 40) Soft-coated wheaten terrier, Bedlington terrier, fox terrier
(smooth) 41) Curly-coated retriever, Irish wolfhound 42) Kuvasz, Australian shepherd 43) Saluki, Finnish spitz, pointer 44) Cavalier King Charles spaniel, German wirehaired pointer,
black and tan coonhound, American water spaniel 45) Siberian husky, bichon frise, English toy spaniel 46) Tibetan spaniel, foxhound (English), otterhound, foxhound
(American), greyhound, wirehaired pointing griffon 47) West Highland white terrier, Scottish deerhound 48) Boxer, great dane 49) Dachshund, Staffordshire bull terrier 50) Alaskan malamute 51) Whippet, Chinese shar-pei, fox terrier (wire) 52) Rhodesian ridgeback 53) Ibizan hound, Welsh terrier, Irish terrier 54) Boston terrier, akita 55) Skye terrier 56) Norfolk terrier, Sealyham terrier 57) Pug 58) French bulldog 59) Brussels griffon, Maltese 60) Italian greyhound 61) Chinese crested 62) Dandie Didmont terrier, petit bassett griffon vendeen,
Tibetan terrier, Japanese chin, Lakeland terrier 63) Old English sheepdog 64) Great Pyrenees 65) Scottish Terrier, Saint Bernhard 66) Bull Terrier 67) Chihuahua 68) Lhasa Apso 69) Bullmastiff 70) Shih tzu 71) Basset houn 72) Mastiff, beagle 73) Pekingese 74) Bloodhound 75) Borzoi 76) Chow chow 77) Bulldog 78) Basenji 79) Afghan Hound

I wonder where Fundies would rank on this list. Probably somewhere between boxers and dalmations.

April 21, 2006

April 20, 2006

MOONBATS: WHAT IF



Anti semite Alex on the No God blog(far Left Moonbats) got my wheels in motion because of a comment he made about gays getting a state because of persecution. Why should Jews be a special case? My reply was to the affect that if it got out of hand, and they could successfully lobby for such a state, I would have no problem with it. I also know that the far left support homosexuality completely. I do too. Homosexuality is not a choice, it is a reality.
It also got me thinking that since Alex is a gay man, the fact that he doesn't side with Jews because of persecution is a bit mind boggling. Israel exists because of major league Jew bashing. It began as an escape for Jews to get away from anti-semitism more so than a return to the religious homeland.

Now for the revelation. Listen up Lefties, and try to put your thinking caps on.
Lets change history a tad, shall we. It is Europe 1886 and a gay man by the name of Todd Shmeckledorf started to notice how gay bashing was on a rise, that the public was accepting gay bashing more and more. He realizes that it is only getting worse and decides to start a movement to get gays a homeland away from those who won't leave gays alone or those who will even murder gays and take away their rights.
Most people in the late 1800's believed in God and gays were no different, but years earlier, a gay version of the bible was created which made Jesus appear gay.
Gays would have their own places of worship, where they prayed to the gay Jesus. This of course, fueled the flames against gays even more. Not only were they trying to legally marry, they were also pushing their gayness on society, by holding hands in public, and because they were gay most businesses wouldn't higher them, they had to create their own businesses and they usually hired mostly gays.
Shmeckledorf knew that according to the gay bible that Bethlehem was the birthplace of the gay Jesus. Bethlehem had a small gay community throughout history, but they were constantly persecuted. Palestine was relatively a barren place with 500,000 Arabs and 50,000 Christian gays.
After visiting Russia and seeing the plight of gays there, Shmeckledorf was considering other options like Uganda, but the gays wanted to return to gay Jesus' birthplace.
Gays started to immigrate to the Holy Land in the early 1900's. The Arabs were not too pleased. They would refuse to sell gays land and they would beat up gays constantly.
Fast forward to 1933. Hitler comes into power. He blames all of Germany and Europes woes on gays. Not only were they corrupting society, they also caused an economic crash because of their thriftiness and because they tended to do all their shopping at gay owned businesses, who were sending money to Bethlehem making the German Mark worthless. And the fact that they preached that Jesus was a homosexual was the final straw that broke the camels back. Gays became completely alienated and their rights were taken away. And the British who controlled Palestine, stopped gay immigration to Bethlehem. Boats of gays trying to escape Europe were turned away in Canada and the USA.
WW2 happened. All gays were rounded up and put in death camps (in reality this did happen, 1/10th of the gay population in Germany were in fact put into camps). As Hitler conquered the rest of Europe, every known gay was put into camps.
After the war, the numbers were staggering. 80% of the gays in Europe were murdered. Although Alex would argue it was less than 1 million, it was actually closer to 6 million.
Britain and the UN decided that gays should now get their own state which included the birthplace of the gay Jesus, and a place where any gay in the world could live if they chose to, especially if gay bashing got out of hand anywhere in the world.
A partition plan was set up. One state would be Arab majority and the other would be a gay majority. No Arab would be forced to move or lose land.
The Arabs didn't want to be under gay rule, they wanted to rule 100% of the middle east and they didn't like gays at all regardless. They started a war. They told Arabs to leave for a while so that they could slaughter the gay population and win the war.
Miraculously, the gays won the war. And they knew that the Arabs if let back in, would just attack again. They maintain their policy that any gay from anywhere on this planet can go to Bethrael (the name of the new country), but they also let in others who must wait through the regular immigration process. They just won't let anymore Arabs in because Arabs want to kill them. The Arabs who stayed during the first war have been allowed to stay, but attacks by them are not tolerated.
Over the years, the Arabs attacked Bethrael 5 times and lost every war. They sent over suicide bombers, killing gays who were having lattes in open cafes. They blew up gays in gay discos too.
They were offered a state next to Bethrael on numerous occassions but refused. Their ultimate goal is and always has been to destroy the gay state. Gays just want to be left alone and live in peace, but the Arabs keep sending missiles. And in a recent election, the Arab in the West Bank voted for a party that wants to eliminate the state of Bethrael and drive every gay into the sea.

Now moonbats, lets hear what you have to say.

Discussing Israel With Far Left Atheists Is Like Discussing Evolution With A YEC


I'm just shaking my head more and more these days when it comes to my discussions about Israel with Left to Far Left (politically) Atheists.
They are completely ignorant of the true facts of the situation. They don't know the real history. Yet they have LOUD opinions that Israel is the bully and Israel is to blame for the Palestinians plight.
I have the same feeling in my head and stomach talking to these intellectual droids as I do when I try to convince a YEC that the earth is ancient and evolution is fact.
If you present them with facts, they either ignore them, or try their hardest not to understand it because it doesn't fit their agenda. For example, many Far Left Atheists have a problem with the term Atheist Jew, no matter how much I explain that a Jew is a Jew by religion and/or ethnicity. I even go further stating anti-semites generally don't care if a Jew believes in God or not, he hate the Jewish culture/ethnicity. I always add, "did Hitler care if a Jew believed in God or not before he murdered them?"
And they still don't get it. They still don't understand my stance that anti-semitism or potential anti-semitism anywhere in the world, any time, justifies Israel's existence, because it is now a refuge for Jews to go. Ironically, the Far Left with their ignorance, and lack of facts, and lack of understanding reality, actually justify a need for Israel because if it they were in charge, there wouldn't be a Jew alive and the masses would be Dhimmis.


Here is an excerpt from a great article from 2004 by Richard Baehr:

Why does the Left hate Israel?

I believe there are several reasons:

1. It is an easy way to express one’s hatred for America.

2. Israel is viewed as an outpost of colonialism , and an active practitioner of it.

3. Israel is a western nation, and hence can be judged by the left. Israel is not protected by cultural relativism, as the Arabs are.

4. Leftist Christian churches can escape any lingering guilt about the Holocaust, by turning Israel into a villain. Some leftist churches hate Israel because they think this will help protect their members in the holy land- in other words they feel threatened.

5. Ferocious Muslim hatred of Israel and the Jews reinforces the natural cowardice of many on the left who go along with the Muslims to stay out of their line of fire.

6. Jewish leftists are prominent in the anti-Israel movement. This opens the floodgates for everybody else.

7. Israel is attacked because the secular left is appalled by the influence of religious settlers and their biblical connections to the land of Israel, and by the support for Israel by evangelical Christians, and Christian Zionists.

1. Hatred of America

The most basic reason as suggested already is that those who hate America, also hate those whom America supports, of which Israel is exhibit A. For Al Qaeda, there is the great Satan, America, and the little Satan, Israel. Since 9/11, Al Qaeda has made the focus of its hatred for the great Satan, the great Satan’s support for the little Satan. In Europe there are a much larger number of hardcore leftists than we have in the United States. Score one for America, I think. Two percent of the population vote for the Green Party here, 10% or more do so in European countries. While many think the Greens are primarily an environmental movement, the party platform in every country in which they are a factor, including the US, is replete with harsh attacks on Israel. In many European countries, the Greens are part of a left of center governing coalition, which helps explain why there is so little sympathy for Israel in Europe.

Why do the Greens hate Israel? The Greens hate the western consumer society in which they live, they hate corporations and capitalism, and they hate globalization. America is the great Satan for the Greens – the killer of Kyoto, the maker of genetically modified foods, the exporter of McDonald’s, Disney, Hollywood trash and Starbucks. So the Greens are leftist by definition. And economic leftists have an anti-American world view which tends to make them reflexively pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel. This hatred of America, which spills over into anti-Israel venom, is, as mentioned earlier, also quite common on the college campuses in America.

2. Colonialism

Along with the hatred for America, comes a world view about what America and its Western allies represent. In short, the western capitalist societies are believed to be colonialists. While the European empires disbanded half a century ago in most cases, the left believes that colonialism is still evident in the economic relations of the western countries with the third world- in the exploitation of their economies. Globalization has become the catchphrase to describe how the west gets rich off of the backs of the poor countries and their people. Hence, a critical slogan of the anti-war effort in Iraq was No War for Oil. Why do western nations go to war? To steal the resources of the Third World One might wonder about what resources we were fighting for in Afghanistan, but consistency has never been a requirement for a leftist world view. Israel in the mind of the left is a colonialist creation. The Zionists were given a country to settle where other people already lived. Then the western nations tried to expunge their guilt for the Holocaust (which most leftists will tell you was a bad thing, though hardly unique in the long history of western colonialist genocide) by agreeing to partition Palestine and formally create one Jewish majority state and one Arab majority state.

After 1967, the left’s job became easier in attacking Israel, since Israel became a very juicy target. By absorbing millions of Palestinians in the west bank and Gaza, Israel became an occupier. By creating settlements, Israel showed the left its desire to permanently dominate the Palestinians. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Eastern European satellite nations gained their freedom. So for the left, Israel has become the most glaring example of a western society oppressing indigenous peoples.

Now of course the left never became too agitated over the Soviet Union and their system of satellite nations. After all, the economic philosophy of communism had a lot of appeal for many on the left, even after many decades of proof that neither the Soviet Union, nor China, nor any other communist countries had created economic or political systems that had much to so with any noble visions about workers paradises that leftist philosophers might have gleaned from the writing of Karl Marx. Today’s economic explosion in China has, of course, come through the Communist party’s capitulation to capitalism. But the left did not criticize China’s now permanent occupation and annexation of Tibet, nor the movement of many Chinese into Tibet to create a Chinese majority there, nor the Soviets’ movement of hundreds of thousands of Russians into the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia after World War II, so as to diminish the percentage of the native stock in those countries. Jewish settlers are perhaps 10% of the population of the West Bank. So no-one could seriously suggest that the settlements were an attempt to create a Jewish majority in the area. Instead, stories are circulated about nefarious Israeli plans to move the Palestinian population out of these areas, and make them Arab free, in other words- ethnic cleansing, one of the left’s favorite charges.

The charge that Israel has plans to move the Palestinians out is almost amusing, since it is the reverse that is true: the Palestinians demand and the left wholeheartedly endorses the call for making the west bank Judenrein [all Jewish settlers out], yet also demands that Israel accept the Palestinian right of return, and absorb 4 million displaced Palestinians, 95% of whom are descendants of original refugees, and have never set foot within pre-67 Israel. One might ask how these people are returning to anything that is theirs or that they know, but why complicate things?

3. Moral Relativism

There is another perhaps more important reason why Israel is singled out. Objective observers might look at Israeli society, and while noting all its obvious problems, would also recognize its vigorous free press, its system of justice, its democratic form of government, its willingness to absorb immigrants of different skin color and national origin to create a new society, its great tolerance for diversity, the role of women in society. Such observers might conclude that Israel compares quite favorably to the authoritarian nations surrounding it. But Israel will always be judged by a different standard from its neighbors. The reason for this is that Israel is not only viewed as a western creation, but a western nation, and its neighbors are not.

With the west, anything short of perfection is intolerable, because for the left perfection is the goal. With the third world countries, the left expects nothing (and for the most part gets nothing). When Hutus used machetes to slaughter Tutsis in Rwanda in 1993 – almost a million in four months – the left reserved its criticism for western nations for their inability or unwillingness to intervene. But as regards the ethnic slaughter, the left’s attitude was more or less paternalistic: what do you expect of these natives? I do not remember reading any criticism of the Hutus, or their culture, or their practicing majority rule in such an unsavory way. Of course, had the West militarily intervened, the left would have criticized the countries that sent troops for attacks that killed innocent civilians.

The reason for this hypocrisy I think is the triumph in the academy, and among many in the journalistic profession and the intelligentsia of many western nations, of the noxious notion of moral and especially cultural relativism. This is especially true as regards the left’s attitudes towards the behavior of non-western third world people. This is the triumph of the late Edward Said, the distinguished man of letters, and Professor at Columbia University. Said was a professor, but also the photographed rock thrower on the Israeli Lebanese border (thereby presumably perfecting the body and the mind). Said of course was also the man who fabricated his entire personal history, claiming for half a century to be a dispossessed Palestinian, when in fact he was a member of a wealthy Egyptian family, and neither he nor his family suffered any expulsion from Palestine. But why mess up a good story that combines the personal with a historical narrative that one is fabricating in both cases? Of course Columbia University took no action against Professor Said for either his violent act, or his fraudulent history.

Said wrote a watershed book, Orientalism, arguing that the west could not judge the Eastern world, because it did not understand it, and never could. This is the diversity of separation. We can’t judge what we don’t know, and more importantly can never know. Hence, no universal standard of justice or judgment can ever apply. What may be judged bad or inferior here (say religious intolerance) might be an important feature to hold together a different kind of society, where the role of religion in society is different from ours, and transcends the very notion of nation state.

But Said of course went further. He not only wished to defend the Third World from attacks from the West that many of these third world states were intolerant, bad societies. He attacked the West for its intellectual imperialism, for daring to believe that western philosophy and religion could provide a framework for judging other societies and for our trying to make the rest of the world in our image, which of course we believe is superior: a cultural arrogance. The West he argued, judges the rest of the world inferior for not measuring up. So Western attempts to criticize Arab countries for their intolerance of non-Muslims is a form of colonialism. It is not hard to understand how this kind of argument would have massive appeal among the refugees of the sixties now dominating the faculties of most American colleges and universities. 4. Christian Holocaust Guilt

There is also a religious dimension to the left’s hatred of Israel. Some of this I think represents the attitude prevalent in Christian churches to show sympathy for the perceived underdog: in this case the Palestinians. This support for the underdog is a big part of the leftist ideology – the teenage rock throwers combating the Apache helicopters and tanks of the occupying army. But I think there is something deeper, and less savory to the preference of the Christian left for the Palestinians over Israel. The Jews, in the view of the Christian left, have been waving the bloody sheet of the Holocaust for over 50 years. And the Christian left is tired of hearing about it.

They think that Israel has gotten a free pass for too long, because the Holocaust prevents Israel’s critics from attacking it, for fear of being labeled as anti-Semites with no historical memory. For years, the criticism of Israel in Germany, in particular, has been more muted than in other parts of Europe, for this very reason. But in the last year, even this sensitivity evaporated. This Christian coldness to Israel is a factor in the liberal or high churches in America – the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Quakers, and all the other mainstays of the National Council of Churches, the good friends of Fidel Castro, and the group that pressured the Clinton administration to send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba. Absolution for failure to intervene to prevent the Holocaust, or for complicity in its having occurred, can be wiped away by accusing Israel (the Jewish surrogate) of all kinds of high crimes and by using the same language of the Holocaust: ethnic cleansing, genocide, brutal occupation, starvation, human rights violations, to describe Israeli behavior today.

There is also one other factor for the problem of the Christian churches with Israel, and that is fear. The number of Christians in the holy land has been declining, and at an accelerating rate, since Muslims assumed more control over Lebanon, and the Palestinians assumed control over much of the West Bank after Oslo. The Christian churches in the Palestinian territories and Jerusalem have little to fear from Israel, and much to fear from the Arabs. Just as European governments have become more pro-Palestinian as their Arab population has grown, so Christian churches have become more pro-Palestinian to try to appease the Arabs who control the future of the Christian churches in the Holy Land.

5. Cowardice and Group Think

It is difficult to miss the virtual unanimity within the left on the subject of the Middle East. There is little visible political courage on the left to take contrary views to those held by most others in the movement. The left, much more than the right, seems to need group reinforcement. If there is aggressive anti-Israel sentiment from the chorus on the left, those who are not as passionate about the issue, find it easier to join the chorus, than stand aside. On the campuses, there is another problem: Muslim students are fiercely hostile to Israel. Confronted with this aggressive hostility to Israel, even many Jewish students recede, rather than confront it. So there is no effective counterweight.

It took a physical attack against a small group of Jewish students at San Francisco State University last year, and the action of a single professor who witnessed it and described what happened in a widely circulated email, to finally alert many in the Jewish community to how desperate things were getting for Jewish students at many colleges in the face of this anti-Israel venom. The hard core left on campus, both faculty and students, are happy to make common cause with Muslim students and show their solidarity, particularly since a new issue for the left, since 9/11 concerns protecting the civil rights of Muslims and Arabs in this country. Jewish students are also resented by other minority groups on campus because of their perceived hostility to affirmative action. Minority students have therefore become active enthusiasts of the Palestinian cause on many campuses- a solidarity action in the face of perceived common enemies.

There is a distinction between being pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel. Those who hate Israel prefer to say they are for Palestinian self-determination and freedom. This sounds better than claiming that you hate Israel. Of course, were Israel not to exist in the Middle East, the last thing the Palestinians would have is self-determination, and freedom. Why would the Palestinians have what does not exist in any of the other 21 Arab countries? But the left is happy to demand a free, democratic Palestine- all of it of course, not just the West Bank and Gaza, but Israel too, after a right of return brings 4 million refugees into Israel to create a majority Palestinian state.

Those who support the Palestinians are also reluctant to attack the methods the Palestinians choose to use to win their freedom. So while lip service may be paid to a perfunctory condemnation of certain suicide bombing attacks, there are always root causes- the occupation, and settlements, and discrimination. There can be no conduct by the favored group- in this case the Palestinians, that can be judged bad in its own right, for that might serve to muddy the waters on the moral valence between the two sides of the conflict. In some circles, the violence is even romanticized, just as Che Guevara and Ho Chi Minh were heroes to the left in the 60s.

6. Jews Who Hate Israel

The passion with which the left hates Israel is also related to the fact that the left contains many Jewish haters of Israel. When Noam Chomsky, and Norman Finkelstein are the thought leaders of the movement to deny Israel’s legitimacy, and moral standing, this gives cover to those who hate Israel for perhaps baser motives- raw anti-Semitism for instance. Israel’s universities are full of professors who detest Israel and Zionism, such as Ilan Pappe, and major Israeli newspapers such as Haaretz employ Jewish pro-Palestinian writers such as Gideon Levy and Amira Hess. Many Jewish anti-Zionists in this country get their guidance from Israelis in various left wing groups, such as Jeff Halper, who are actively working to destroy the Jewish state.

For a long time, the left has argued that Jews need only fear the right – the fascists, the Christian crusaders, the neo-Nazi hate groups. Certainly there are lunatics on the right who are a danger not only to Jews but to a free society. But today I think there are many more Jew haters and Israel haters on the left than the right. It is wrong of course to generalize and equate anti-Israel views with anti-Semitism. One can be critical of Israel, and one can certainly be critical of specific Israeli policies, such as settlements, without being a Jew hater. On the issue of settlements, almost half the Israeli population thinks that many of them were a bad idea. But when Israel is singled out, as the left does, and held to account for things for which no other country is judged negatively, then something more is going on. Why is Israel the subject of 40% of all critical UN resolutions? Is Israel responsible for 40% of what is wrong in the world?

I have been to several of the left wing Israel hate fests. They are scary. There is real passion in the air. There is something about Israel that gets the juices going. Anti-Semitism is a part of it. There are a lot of people who are envious of Jews, on the left as well as the right. Patrick Buchanan thinks Jews have hijacked the conservative movement. But on the left, particularly in the academy, and in journalism, I am certain there is professional envy of the many Jewish faces and what better way to get even, and get back for sometimes losing the competitive battle, than by picking on the Jewish state as a surrogate. Leftist Jews sometimes lead the assault against Israel in these venues, thereby giving the attacks, whatever their reason, greater moral authority. Few Jews will stand up for Israel in these environments, because of the great pressure on the left to conform to the group think in the institutions they control.

7. Hatred of Religion

Finally, there is the conflict between the religious beliefs the left associates with the state of Israel, and the secular humanistic values of the left. The anti-Zionists in Israel are foolish enough to believe that a secular democratic bi-national state of Palestine would afford them the same liberties they enjoy today. The leftists in Israel and abroad seek an end to nationality, and other antiquated creations, and the building of mankind. How exactly they would deal with jihadist Islam and aggressive Wahhabism, we don’t know. The left has its own religion- it just doesn’t require going to church. Reading the New York Times over coffee will do, except on high holy days, when you also must read the New York Review of Books, the Nation, and the collected works of Paul Krugman. The left also despises Israel because it associates its policies in the territories with the behavior of religious Jews, the “right wing zealots,” as they prefer to call them. Just as leftists hate the Republican Party in America, because they believe that it is controlled by corporations (bad) and Christian fundamentalists (very bad), the left believes that Israel’s behavior is bad, because it is controlled by people who are “irrational” religious believers.

All this talk by the settlers about the biblical ties to Judea and Samaria, is foreign to the ears of those who believe that everything in this world should be decided through reason, and can be negotiated by lawyers, and international organizations. It is ironic of course, that Israel’s so-called religious zealots will likely be much less a factor in preventing a settlement to the Middle East conflict, than the religious exclusionists on the Arab side who have always detested, and wanted to expunge the presence of a non-Muslim state in their midst. But for the left, strong religious views in a Western country are those to be attacked, not those of third world people. For a Western county should know better than to allow itself to be controlled or influenced by religious people. There is a place for religion (a very private sphere for the few on the left who pay lip service to being a member of a church), and there is reason for everything else. The left basically detests religious people and religions of the west (particularly the Catholic church for its views on abortion), but is neutral about third world religions and believers, for which they are not able or willing to judge, but rather must protect against our cultural biases against them.

The support for Israel by Christian conservatives and evangelicals is also a source of great resentment by the left. While the fringe right may believe that the Jews control the world’s banks, the left fears that Christian conservatives control the Republican Party, which right now controls the Presidency and maintains a small majority in both houses of Congress. If Christian conservatives are on one side of an issue, the left has to be on the other side. The friends of your enemies are also your enemies. It is impossible for the left to accept that there can be any common ground between themselves and religious conservatives. Sadly, there are many Jews who have been unable to welcome the passionate support for Israel that comes from the Christian conservatives, because of their disagreements with them on social issues, which I daresay are much less important issues for Jews than the survival of the state of Israel.

Conclusion

The evidence I believe is clear today that Israel faces far greater threats from the left than the right. The left is reflexively anti-Israel and has established important beachheads in significant American institutions- academia, the media, and the old line Protestant “high” churches, as well as in the very seats of government power in many Western European countries, and their intelligentsia. It is not surprising that Israel seems unable to get a fair shake from college professors, the BBC, Reuters, NPR, or liberal churches. Being anti-Israel has become part of their religion.

I do hope the Lefy intellectuals who read my blog read this and actually try to understand it.

April 19, 2006

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April 18, 2006

ALEXGATOR1: PORTRAIT OF AN ANTI-SEMITIC ATHEIST


Possible picture of the Joooo obsessed assmonkey named Alex.

Ok, I made my Atheist case for Israel. Another blogger, Meme Escape really liked it and linked my post on her blog(she has lived in Israel and her fascinating story is available on her blog). In her comment section she stated: "Take a look at Nogod.com. It’s the friggin’ American Atheists official blog and there’s a thread about the I/P conflict that is little more than Jew/Israeli bashing. It’s sad that atheists – who pride themselves on evidence and critical thinking – bit the bait hook, line and sinker."

This didn't shock me, but I went over to investigate and sure enough, the rhetoric was flying.

But my focus is on one imbecile over there ALEXGATOR1. I had him pegged from his first post as a Jew obsessed twerp.

Here are some of his comments on a story about Israel warning about a new axis of terror:

"Is there any way to stop this from happening?"

"Yeah, the Zionist jews can get the fuck out of Palestine. If I lived under a racist apartheid system where human rights violations of the worst kind were part of my everyday life I might go nuts and start blowing people up too.
I don't approve of what the terrorist did but I can imagine what it must be like to live under these conditions and this level of utter frustration and extreme circumstances can make people resort to extreme tactics.
Alex.
"

Yep, he is a real thinking man's man that Alex is he is.

"What really bothers me is that the American media is si blatantly pro israel and never really shows the palestinian childrens bodies riddled with IDF bullets or the old Palestinian women being evicted from their homes just before the israeli bulldozers raze her home to the ground. The alternative media in the USA and the British media (BBC, Sky News, The Times) take a more neutral israeli stance and report the jewish atrocities towards the arabs which is why Europeans have a more balanced and realistic idea of what the conflict is all about. This has the ADL wringing it's hands about the new wave of "anti-semitism" in Europe which is in fact just a normal response to the crimes of israel.
Alex.
"

Notice how this rhetorical retard capitalizes Palestinian, American, British, and Europeans, but doesn't capitalize Jewish or Israel. Must be have failed English or he just doesn't like Jews.

"The bottom line is that the unrest in the Middle East is all about a faith based country established by a land grab entrenched in the idea of jewish supremacy and specialness. There will never be peace in the Middle East until the Palestinians have their own state but of course the zionist jews and xians will fight this tooth and claw to support their greed and superstitious interests. Religion will be the cause of WWIII and the USA and the UK will be right there to defend poor little victimized israel. I for one don't want to see the world blown up because a small group of people have an arrogant sense of supernatural entitelment to a patch of shitty desert real estate.
Alex.
"

Aww, poor Alex doesn't like the Israelis because of the Joooooooooooooooooooooos.

"Lya,
Yes israel is evil and I have spent a lot of time educating myself about the conflict both in university and on my own so please don't assume that I don't want to learn. If I formed my opinions by being spoon fed what the American press reported then I would hate "them muz-lem terr'ists who blow up the Holy Land". What else but evil could you call a government who treats the Palestinians the way that israel does? Second class citizenship, inability to own property, to marry israeli citizens, to vote, and restriction of movement not to mention the fact that the IDF routinley murders innocent Palestinian children who wander into sensitive areas or raze to the ground the homes and orchards and groves (livelihood) of Palestinians? "Israel" is one of the worst abusers of human rights and the israeli lobby has too much influence over US foreign policy. Why do you think we went to war in Iraq? It had nothing to do with spreading democracy and everything to do with securing oil and israeli security concerns. This is not conspiracy theory it is fact for anyone to see which has recently been given support by Harvard's JFK School of Government (http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/Research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP06-011) Israelis are no better than Nazis.
Alex.
"

Alex, why don't you just say that you hate kikes. I know you want to. Why are you being such a coward.

Atheist Jew "Alex, you are a retard. Plain and simple"

"Can you say "argumentum ad hominem"?

I am just someone who sees through the lies and exaggerations of the zionists, both jew and xian, and doesn't bow down at the altar of holocaust fundamentalism. Jews are not entitled to inflict misery on the Palestinians just becasue jews have suffered historically. Two wrongs does not a right make my friend.
Alex."


Arguing ad hominen? But wait, didn't you just call Israelis Nazis? Or was that your clone. Oh yes, and nice rhetoric. Where did you get your education? David Duke U?

This one is a classic, Alex is asking me how I can be an Atheist Jew, but he is accusing me of using my "Jewish specialness," anti-semites are so friggen retarded:

"How can you be a jew and an atheist at the same time anyway? On your own website you claim that anyone whose mother is jewish or who converts is a jew. Why does the former make one a jew? religious tradition? if so then as an atheist I would think that that would cancel out your jewishness. If my mother was Irish and catholic does that make me a catholic or just Irish even if I'm an atheist? Can I be a muslim-atheist? or a baptist-atheist? its an oxymoron.
I have asked many people the following question but so far no one has been able to tell me why being a jew is both a religion and an ethnicity when it doesn't work this way for anyone else. Just another instance of jewishness specialness? I'm really curious and so far I have not received a secular answer that satisfies me.
"

I called him an anti-semite, and instead of owning up to it, this was his cowardly predictable reply:

"So predictable atheist jew. Throwing around the term anti-semite at anyone who dares criticize israel or israeli policy. Well my kosher friend it doesn't work on me becasue as I told you I do not bow down to the pressure or the proganda of the holocaust industry or holocaust fundamentalism. I don't buy into the story of how the poor jews have been so oppressed and hated throughout history. So what? Join the fucking club. Almost any group of humans has been the target of a holocaust or genocide at one time or another and I refuse to give jewish suffering more importance than anyone elses. Jews are not special. Jews are not chosen. Jews are not above criticism. Jews are the same as everyone else except maybe for an unending sense of god given arrogance.
Take your sense of self importance and child like whining somewhere else where people care or pay attention-like maybe the ADL website
.
Alex."

OK, and one more thing, I did a quick internet search of his ID along with the word Jew and found this gem on a David Irving thread:

"No it wouldn't make it any less horrible but it would expose the historical lies perpetuated by those who wish to maximize israeli support and gain the most sympathy for jews by proposing that six million died instead of the more probable figure of just under a million. Even one dead because of racial hate is wrong but that doesn't make it right to distort history, does it? My point is that historical free inquiry is being suppressed in the name of European hate laws which is just wrong in a supposed free society.
Alex."


Where did the 5 million Jews go oh great historian Alex?

"They all immigrated to israel or North America. I never disputed that six million jews were *missing* from pre WWII Europe but absence doesn't mean dead.
Alex."


What a retarded MAROON. He was probably dumped by a 12 year old Jewish girl when he was 14 and now he dreams about Jews. LMAO, too funny.

Alex, doesn't hate Jews, he just wants Jews wiped off the planet:

Zindlerlist about 9/11(another poster said):"don't forget this whole thing is because of our Israeli-occupied government. if the USA had a government that used reason instead of Zionism or Jew Supremacy as a guide to foreign policy, the 9/11 attacks would not have taken place. it is time for American Atheists to begin speaking out more against judaism, zionists and israel."

"ZindlersList is right on the mark with his comments about the Arab Islamic world's hatred of the West, and the USA and UK in particular, being based on support for the appalling apartheid Zionist policies regarding Palestinians living in "Israel". Zionist Jews and End Time Chrisitians tell the world that Muslims "hate our freedom and way of life" but this is just bullshit for the masses who don't have even a basic grasp of what the entire Palestinian and Jewish conflict is really about: the illeagle occupation of Palestinian lands by foreign Jews which is aided by American money and military might.
Once Israel ceases to exist the world will be a much more peacful place.
"

This was September 11th 2005. He was still capitalizing Israel, Jews and Zionists back then. Maybe he is Zindlerlist too. I wouldn't put it past the proven coward.

But in all seriousness, it is Atheists like this that really bother me. They throw facts out the door just so that they can hate. It just goes to show that there are pathetic Atheists in the world too.

Update: Our Alex is gay (not that there's anything wrong with that):

Comment from: alexgator1 [Member]
PMSwift,
I too am a gay atheist (in the South!) and for too long gay people have been demonized, opressed, beaten, killed, and generally made to be fucking miserable by religious people and like you I make no apologies in attacking their mythology. Yes, I'm angry and I never pass up an oppourtunity to point out the fallacy of religion or argue with religious people about how incredibly ignorant and self delusional they are and I really could care less if this hurts someones feelings. Fuck the religious.
Alex.

Ok, now I have to change my opinion of him. It wasn't a 12 year old Jewish girl who jilted him when he was 14, but a 12 year old Jewish boy. All the pieces are falling together. Talk about one really screwed up dude. Of all the major religions, Jews have been probably the most tolerant towards gays. He is from the South, so his hatred of Jews might have to do with anti-semitic parents. He should probably seek counselling, if he isn't already.

Blogger Commits Heinous Crime

Yahoo profile picture of a child murderer.

Check this out at The Atheist Mama via Pharyngula. There is a link to his blog. Look at it before it is taken down. This sick basturd was apparently off his meds.

'Updated: 10:21 a.m. ET April 17, 2006

PURCELL, Okla. - The man accused of killing a 10-year-old neighbor girl for an elaborate plan to eat human flesh joked about cannibalism on his online diary, discussed the effects of not taking his anti-depression medication and mentioned “dangerously weird” fantasies.

All he wanted in life, Kevin Ray Underwood wrote in his blog, was “to be able to live like a normal person.”

People who knew Underwood described him Sunday as a quiet, “boring” and seemingly trustworthy young man. His mother who lived across town called him a “wonderful boy.”

The 26-year-old grocery store stocker was arrested Friday. Investigators searched his apartment after he aroused their suspicions at a checkpoint, and found a large plastic tub in a bedroom closet. According to a police affidavit, he confessed that he killed Jamie Rose Bolin, telling FBI agents: “Go ahead and arrest me. She is in there. I chopped her up.”

Jamie’s unclothed body was inside the tub, along with a towel used to soak up blood, officials said. Police said that, while there were deep saw marks on the girl’s neck, she had not been dismembered.

Elaborate plan
“Regarding a potential motive,” Purcell Police Chief David Tompkins said Saturday, “this appears to have been part of a plan to kidnap a person, rape them, torture them, kill them, cut off their head, drain the body of blood, rape the corpse, eat the corpse then dispose of the organs and bones.”

Investigators found meat tenderizer and barbecue skewers that he planned to use on the body, McClain County District Attorney Tim Kuykendall said in this small community 40 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Underwood, who is to be formally charged with first-degree murder Monday, lived alone in an apartment downstairs from the one where Jamie lived with her father.

Authorities believe Underwood killed the girl Wednesday, when she disappeared after going to a library, by beating and smothering her.

Underwood’s family was shocked.'

Excerpts from his blog can be found at The Insomnia Report as well.

Here is what a Yahoo search of his Yahoo ID yields.

Here is some insight on his faith:
From: subspecies23@aol.com (SubSpecies23)

"My parents think/thought that I'm a/an Christian.
and most of my friends presume I'm a/an agnostic. Actually I hardly have any
friends, all the friends I do have know I'm a SubGenius. Most of my coworkers
are afraid of me, they seem to think I'm the spawn of Satan.
(Of course I don't really believe in "Bob".
Secretly I'm kind of a/an fill-in-the-blank.)"

This message board makes him appear as normal as anyone.

But in February 2002 he posted this:

From: subspecies23@aol.comsucks (Rev. Underwood)

I got to thinking yesterday, I wonder if people themselves are contributing to
global warming. I mean, you'd think with several billion people on the planet
all that combined body heat would eventually raise the temperature a little,
not much though, but maybe a couple of degrees. My solution to Global Warming?
Kill Everyone. That's my solution for everything though. There are too many
people on this planet, we need more death. Anything that kills people is fine
with me. 2000 something people dead in the WTC? Good. No one I know was
there, so why should I care? We need a few more bombings and natural
disasters.

Here he admits to being a 23 year old virgin. That was 3 years ago.

What a sicko he is, to do what he did. If he is an Atheist, he didn't write much about it from what I've seen.

I'm thankful I didn't make his blogroll.

April 17, 2006

My Case For Israel, As An Atheist


First, let me start off with a quote by the founder of the Zionist Movement: "When I remember thee in days to come, O Jerusalem, it will not be with pleasure. The musty deposits of 2,000 years of inhumanity, intolerance, and uncleanliness lie in the foul-smelling alleys".... The amiable dreamer of Nazareth has only contributed to increasing the hatred.... What superstition and fanaticism on every side!"
-- Theodor Herzl, after a visit to Jerusalem in 1898, from James A. Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief

Herzl was in fact an Atheist. An Atheist is someone who doesn't buy into the existence of God, as there is no proof of a God, or 2 Gods, or 500 Gods. Unfortunately, I find many Atheists out there today try to take it a step further and actually are against any conflicts on this planet that have any relation to a religious group or religious values. And many Far Left Atheists tend to believe that we are all humans deep down, and we should all be treated the same way, regardless of our actions.
This is where I break off from the Atheist Moonbats. They tend to forget why they became Atheists. Atheists are supposed to be the ultimate Realists. If it is real, we believe it
(Thanks to the Church of Reality for the concept). Well guess what?, I believe in Israel because it is real, and so is the justification of her existence.
The Zionist movement goes back to the late 1800's in Europe, where "Herzl concluded that anti-Semitism was a stable and immutable factor in human society, which assimilation did not solve....He saw the future state as a model social state, basing his ideas on the European model of the time, of a modern enlightened society. It would be neutral and peace-seeking, and of a secular nature.... He envisioned a new society that was to rise in the Land of Israel on a cooperative basis utilizing science and technology in the development of the Land." (source:Jewish Virtual Library)
Herzl was in fact desperate for a Jewish state after visiting the Jews of Russia, and actually pushed for at least a temporary state in Uganda. He died in 1904, before any such decision was made, but then again, reality took over. Just because Herzl was Godless, didn't mean that the majority of Jews were Godless, and Israel was in fact the birthplace of Judaism. The region of Palestine made sense as the location of the Jewish homeland.

80% of where Israel is situated today was barren in 1900. No inhabitants and most of it did not have land owners. The population in the late 1800's was quite small too, only around 500,000 Arabs and less than 50,000 Jews, and most of the Arabs were farmers, really unaffected by who was running the show. And 500,000 isn't a lot of people considering the population is more than 6 million in Israel today.

Now lets fast forward to WW2. The Holocaust. Yep, Herzl hit the nail on the head and his worst nightmare scenario was realized. The realization of Israel as a Jewish majority state, which had been lobbied for since the early 1900's was now fast tracked. This is where todays Arab rhetoric really gets me. 70% of the Partitioned state was British controlled. It was UNOWNED. Jews owned 6-8.8% depending on what source you read, and Arabs owned up to 20% (only just over 3% by those Arabs who actually lived there). 20% ownership does not mean it was Arab land.
The UN wasn't giving away anyones OWNED land. The Partition was made so that there would be two states. It strategically made it so that the existing Jewish population would be a majority within Jewish state lines. No Arab had to leave or be displaced. The only thing is that 400,000 Arabs would have to live under Jewish rule instead of British or Turkish rule.

The Arabs started a war immediately. They didn't accept the Partition. They wanted to control 100% of the Middle East. Again, my old friend Reality steps in. When you make bad choices in your life regardless of who told you what, there are consequences beyond your control. The Arabs who left, mostly did so because they were anticipating an Arab victory. They made their choice and lost. Had the Arabs won any war, I wonder how many Jews there would be in Israel today. Not very many, and those living there would be Dhimmis at best.
Of course, these tensions coupled with Israel's success caused around 800,000 Jews to leave Arab countries without compensation in the early 1950's, a fair trade off for the 500,000 Arabs who left Israel. Why didn't the Arab nations take in the Palestinian refugees? Why is it that of the 50 million refugees that were created since WW2, that they only people who are still whining about returning to homes, that are long gone, are the Palestinians? How many Palestinians who were displaced in 1948 are still alive today? If my grandfather made a decision to leave or was even kicked out of a place in the 1940's, I would be laughing at the idea that I would feel the need to return there, especially if he didn't own the property.
If you look at the formation of any country on this planet, none began with the acceptance of 100% of the population. New countries tend to piss off a lot of the inhabitants. Most countries weren't formed as legally as Israel was formed, most borders today reflect the spoils of war and invasion. Look at Arabia, Paliphiles conveniently forget that most of Arabia was conquered by Arabs from around the 7th to 10th Centuries. Arabia is as much stolen land as Israel is.

Israel has been on the defensive since her birth. The Arabs have had numerous chances to end the conflict. And yes, their land offers have gotten smaller every time, rightfully they should. They keep proving that Israel has to defend herself because they just won't stop. And nobody gets do-overs when they lose a war.

Then you have the myth of US Aid. My contention is that US Aid is the only thing that has kept the Palestinians alive. It is all political, it started off as a Cold War biproduct, and now is mostly to do with oil relations with other Arab states. Imagine what the US would do if Mexico sponsored and applauded suicide bombers to come to Texas in an attempt to get "their land" back. Mexico would be a giant parking lot. Israel existed fine without US support that in all reality became a factor in the early 70's.

No country is perfect. The settlements were a mistake. Although I believe them to be a Red Herring. But certain politicians have made such mistakes throughout history. The Reality is that many settlements today are unmovable (too costly economically), as some are medium sized cities. But there were no settlements prior to 1967, and the PLO was formed in 1964. Hamas has stated that it really doesn't matter, as retreat from the settlements would just be phase one of their plan to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Jews leaving Gaza didn't improve Israel-Palestinian relations one bit.

I've been critical when it comes to the Religious Settlers and their Fundamental mentality. However, their numbers are substantially low. Israel has a very large secular population. In fact, only 22% of the Jews in Israel regularly attend Synagogue on Saturday morning, and over 50% never do. Cultural traditions like Seders are practiced by up to 95%. Atheism/Agnoticism is estimated to be around 25%, but as high as 37% depending on the survey.

Atheists must realize that there are people out there who wish to destroy our freedoms. The Christian Fundies can be considered in the mix, however, we can still pay to listen to Howard Stern if we wish, and abortions though frowned upon don't get you thrown in jail (yet). I'm not concerned with Christian Fundies, they can be stabilized, and in the long run, they are a dying culture. As more scientific discoveries come out, future generations will look at these people as kooks. You can't continue to argue against Reality, in even a semi free society.
It is the radical Islamists that are the major threat. Their culture is one of hate and intolerance. Although somewhat improving, the scientific and technology that comes out of Islamic states (run by the radicals more or less) is next to nothing. They want to take over the world. Just look at Gaza. Do you remember any Palestinian saying "oh boy, this is great, we have our home back, now we can grow our own Arab state"? Of course not. They just looked at it as a start towards their ultimate goal of destroying Israel. Then what? They have no plan. The Arab countries know this. They use Israel as a smokescreen to give their oppressed masses a reason to hate the West( a reason to live) and not the rich Princes of Arabia with their palaces and 30 wives.
If a terrorist has a nuke, they will use it. Common sense is out the door with anyone who thinks using suicide bombs against innocent individuals is a good thing.

Voting Hamas was the last straw as far as I'm concerned when it comes to sympathy for the Palestinians. The Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss and opportunity. I don't buy into the rhetoric that they were fed up with Fatah (who incidentally was a major reason Israel pulled out of Gaza). 54% of Palestinians voted for Hamas, and 54% of Palestinians support suicide bombings. Nuff said.

Israel is unfortunately still needed as a refuge against anti-semitism. Just look at what has happened recently in France. At least now, Jews from anywhere in the planet can go to Israel if they feel they are persecuted too much or if they feel persecution is getting worse. If Israel existed prior to the Holocaust, who knows what the end result would be. I doubt the numbers of Jews who would have perished would have been that great. Maybe Hitler would have dealt with Jews slightly differently if Israel existed. Maybe. And lets not forget, that Hitler didn't care if a Jew believed in God or what degree that belief was. He murdered Jews because of their ethnicity. The anti-semites that infest the earth today don't care if Jews believe in God or not either, in probably almost every instance.

One day, whether it is 500 years from now or 2000 years from now, Atheists will be the majority. We are a majority in Denmark and Sweden, pretty much today. The trick is, we have to make to that time. Radical Islam, if left alone, will not let that happen. They must be REFORMED. And they will not reform themselves on their own. That is the REALITY of the situation. Israel is on the right side.

Now let us look at the size of Israel, the country that causes all this commotion:

Israel is 1/649th the size of all the Arab countries put together. They have 1/49th the population of all Arab countries put together.
Their GDP is 1/11th of all the Arab countries put together (must be all that Israeli oil).

If a complete cure to most cancers came out of Israel would you be surprised?
How about if it came from Lebanon or Syria?

April 15, 2006

God Inspired The Bible But Couldn't Get His Story Straight

HAPPY EASTER TO MY FUNDY FRIENDS



Skeptic's Annotated Bible on Who Saw Jesus Rise First:

The two Marys
Matthew 28:1, 9
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.... And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Mary Magdalene
Mark 16:9
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

John 20:11-14
But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping ... and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Cleopas and another
Luke 24:13-31
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus.... And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? ... And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

Cephas
1 Corinthians 15:4-5
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve.


I'm sure that the Fundies have spun this one over and over again to make their Bible literally correct. Too bad they waste their time on this nonsense. They are better off learning about evolution, and I mean learn from real science sources.


Bonus picture: Atheists Last Supper, courtesy of Minister of Rants, another very funny site.

April 14, 2006

JOKE TIME


One day two clergymen, a priest and a rabbi, are playing a round of golf. On the first hole the rabbi hits the ball into a sand trap. "Shit, I missed!" says the rabbi.

The priest says, "You shouldn't use such language, you'll incite the Lord's wrath."

"Yeah whatever," the rabbi replies. After retrieving his ball the rabbi swings again and hits the ball into the woods. "God damnit, I missed!" he exclaims.

The priest says, "Don't say that, for it is a sin to take the Lord's name in vain."

"Right, sure," says the rabbi. After playing through the rabbi takes one more swing and hits the ball into the pond. "Fuck it, I missed!" he says.

All of a sudden the skies darken with stormclouds. A lightning bolt flashes from the heavens and strikes the priest, electrocuting him instantly.

A big booming voice in the sky rings out, "Shit I missed!"


Thanks to Silentknight who posted this joke in the Raving Atheist Forum.

If anyone has a sinister religious themed joke, feel free to post it as a comment to this post.

April 13, 2006

MALE NIPPLES SERVE A PURPOSE


Are male nipples vestigial? Hogwash. In a recent survey, over 2,800,000,000 sperm were observed and interviewed, and the findings are very surprising.
It seems that when the male nipple is touched just prior to, or during intercourse, sperm swim up to 3 times faster in the vagina than the sperm that was ejaculated by men who didn't have their nipples touched. And because of the increased speed, the load from a nipple aroused male was 5 times more likely to impregnate an egg, as more sperm sped past all the dangerous obstacles in the vagina.
Surprisingly, the reason the sperm was faster, was because they were frightened and just wanted to get away from the male who had his nipples touched, in fact they were homophobic about it. 79% of the sperm interviewed stated that they were freaked out. One sperm was quoted as saying, "it scared the hell out of me that this dude was springing into action because his nipples were being rubbed. How gay is that?, I just swam as fast as I could to get away." Another sperm said "I thought for sure I was gonna die a smelly death in some dark hairy butt."

OK, now for some real science. 'During the early stages of human development all humans, both male and female, have the same initial body structure. This includes both sexual organs (although not yet fully developed) and nipples. In the later stages of development specific hormones are added to our bodies that will change the fetus's development to either male or female. Depending on the hormone, the other sexual organ is abandoned, and the dominant one develops fully.

Nipples, on the other hand, are developed prior to the body choosing its sex and are not effected by the new hormones. This means that nipples are not a sex organ, even though they seem like they would be. With that stated, you could ask why do men have arms and legs. But the problem remains that men don't use their nipples.

The real question should be, why do men still have nipples? Why haven't our bodies evolved to the point where men no longer have nipples? Well, evolutionary changes usually only occur to adjust to the environment. As far as breeding is concerned it doesn't matter whether males have nipples or not because women don't seem to look at nipple size as a type of attraction, thus men never evolved to the point where they would be removed.

Most mammals have a few vestigial body parts that haven't been removed yet by evolution. It's nothing to get worked up over, just remember that evolution is a very slow process.'

And continuing along these lines, author of The Puzzle, Louis Berman, has a pretty good theory on how this actually relates to homosexuality: "male homosexuality results from an interaction between inborn and social factors, and that an important inborn factor is low brain masculinization. Why do male brains have to become masculinized at a given stage of embryonic development? Because for the first six weeks of life, all embryos are proto-female. Afterwards, some male brains become more thoroughly masculinized than others. Males whose brains are masculinized to a lesser or minimal extent, are more likely to display gender-discordance, or to drift toward homosexuality as a way of correcting or accommodating to their felt deficit....At that early stage of prenatal life, there is a fork in the road of development. If there are no hormonal changes in the prenatal environment, the embryo developes into a female. If, however, the embryo is destined to become a male, its Y-chromosomes trigger the production of testosterone (the male hormone), which masculinizes the brain and genitalia (internal as well as external) of the embryo. But it takes no female hormone to produce a female infant. (Only at age ten or later does the female body begin to produce the hormones that transform the girl into a woman.)...But, there is some direct evidence, and lots of indirect evidence, that there is a wide range of variation in the degree to which the male brain is masculinized. The Puzzle argues that the low-masculinized brain shades the inner life of the individual with female thoughts, feelings, and wishes. This tendency, it is hypothesized, underlies gender-discordant behavior, fear of homosexuality, and homosexual behavior. "

This kind of stuff really blows the Fundies argument that homosexuality is a choice.
In fact, it makes me wonder if the men who are most opposed to homosexuality are also those whose brains didn't fully get masulinized, and they are fighting their own demons. Can any Fundies relate to this?

April 11, 2006

Future Best Seller?


This is expected to sell more copies than the bible.

65% of high school drop outs are Young Earth Creationists. Not sure how many of them are capable of reading a book though.