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Feeding the hate

Sunday, 9:53 pm

By Kate





The following tortured piece arrived in my email this afternoon. It came from an individual who we might charitably call conservative, although I believe she has gone well over the edge into right wing lunacy. But she is sincere. She is sincerely afraid of many things. And Muslims currently top the list. When you are sincerely afraid, you most certainly need a villain. And since the Russians and Communists don’t fit the bill anymore, it falls to those 1.5 or more billion Muslims to step up because 9 of those 1.5 or more billion did something really, really bad.

If you go go through this email line by line to pick out the logical fallacies, misinformation, blatant bigotry based on nothing but bigotry, there’s not much left. And while it might not alarm a whole lot of delicately shaded Americans to read garbage like this, I am sure that living as an average, law-abiding Muslim-American is absolutely terrifying these days. This sort of trash is feeding a growing hatred with misinformation and sheer nastiness disguised as scholarship. This sort of stuff is going to end up being deadly for someone (or many someones) who never harmed a soul.

Muslim Americans are the folks who have greater cause for fear and I think it is intolerable and unforgivable that our politicians, clergy, and media aren’t making a huge and loud stink about the rampant bigotry that has become politically correct in this country. As we might have observed recently, more than a few are buying into it as a political or ratings expediency. The few lone voices of reason are being drowned out.


Islam Explained in Layman’s Terms
(Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book:  Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.)

Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult.  In its fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life.

Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components.  The religious component is a beard for all of the other components.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.

When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here’s how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens.  This is the case in:

United States—Muslim 0.6%
Australia—Muslim 1.5%
Canada—Muslim 1.9%
China—Muslim 1.8%
Italy—Muslim 1.5%
Norway—Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.  This is happening in:

Denmark—Muslim 2%
Germany—Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom—Muslim 2.7%
Spain—Muslim 4%
Thailand—Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.  For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims.  They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves—along with threats for failure to comply.  This is occurring in:

France—Muslim 8%
Sweden—Muslim 5%
Switzerland—Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands—Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad & Tobago—Muslim 5.8%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions.  In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings.  Any non-Muslim action offends Islam and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.  Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections in:

Guyana—Muslim 10%
India—Muslim 13.4%
Israel—Muslim 16%
Kenya—Muslim 10%
Russia—Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia—Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

Bosnia—Muslim 40%
Chad—Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon—Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic
cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania—Muslim 70%
Malaysia—Muslim 60.4%
Qatar—Muslim 77..5%
Sudan—Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:

Bangladesh—Muslim 83%
Egypt—Muslim 90%
Gaza—Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia—Muslim 86.1%
Iran—Muslim 98%
Iraq—Muslim 97%
Jordan—Muslim 92%
Morocco—Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan—Muslim 97%
Palestine—Muslim 99%
Syria—Muslim 90%
Tajikistan—Muslim 90%
Turkey—Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates—Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’—the Islamic House of Peace.  Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madra sses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

Afghanistan—Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia—Muslim 100%
Somalia—Muslim 100%
Yemen—Muslim 100%

Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

“Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel.”—Leon Uris, ‘TheHaj’

It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law.  The national police do not even enter these ghettos.  There are no national courts, nor schools, nor non-Muslim religious facilities.  In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large.  The children attend madrasses.  They learn only the Koran.  To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death.  Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate.

Today’s 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population.  But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and all other believers.  Muslims will exceed 50% of the world’s population by the end of this century. (Ponder this for a moment)

Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book:  Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, today we are letting the fox guard the hen-house.  The wolves will be herding the sheep!

Obama appoints two devout Muslims to Homeland Security posts.  Doesn’t this make you feel safer already?

Obama and Janet Napolitano appoint Arif Alikhan, ‘a devout Muslim’, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in Kareem Shora, ‘a devout Muslim’ who was born in Damascus, Syria, as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

*NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant...?  Just wondering.

Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Doesn’t this make you feel safer already??

Was it not “Devout Muslim men” who flew planes into U.S. buildings 9 years ago?

Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood?

Please forward this important information to any who cares about the future of our country

50% by the end of the century is a frightening statistic!



The new 'perfect' wedding gift....

Friday, 7:47 am

By Cyn




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Just read an article about Divorce Insurance.  Darn, why didn’t I think of that!  The insurance is designed to provide financial assistance
in the form of cash to cover the costs of a divorce, such as legal proceedings or setting up a new apartment or house. It is sold in “units of protection.” Each unit costs $15.99 per month and provides $1,250 in coverage. So, if you bought 10 units, your initial coverage would be $12,500.  The company apparently adds a certain amount per year as long as the policy is in effect--out of the goodness of their hearts??

If you get divorced you have to send the company proof of your divorce and I suppose once your proof is accepted, you receive a sum of money back.  There are safeguards in place to be sure people do not purchase the insurance while they are contemplating or in the process of getting a divorce (DUH) and a waiting period once you purchase the policy, but I read that if you pay an additional amount, you can cut the waiting period back a few months.

A long time ago, I used to refer to myself as “cynical cyn,” but I do not think I was ever so cynical that I would have considered divorce insurance was a good thing.  There are people I know--some fairly new at the marriage thing and some who have been in for the long haul that probably could benefit from it, but..............  I suppose in the long run it is not much different from life insurance--you are either betting on living or now, betting on whether your marriage will last or not.

So, we all missed the boat on starting up a company like this.......maybe we can get in on the gift certificate business.  Perfect wedding gift--divorce insurance!!

Anyone have any thoughts??



Oh come on...

Thursday, 12:04 pm

By Kate





Ethical much? I suppose it’s a fine line since I lifted an Edward Gorey image and created the darned thing to use as an avatar on Goodreads and Kindle Boards and as a much larger screen saver on my Kindle, but geez, at least I don’t have the brass to try profiting from stolen property squared. I want a commission. Well, okay, maybe not.


Does This Happen Often?

Wednesday, 1:20 pm

By Kate





I happen to own the first book—it’s in my To Be Read pile. The second book was recommended because I have just finished reading a young adult book. I likely would not have known about it otherwise. The cover is distinctive and whenever I see it, it means Mavala Skikongo to me. Pretty strange to see it sporting another book title. Assuming that this isn’t a copyright issue that somehow fell through the cracks, how often are covers duplicated for different books, authors, and publishing houses? I don’t recall having run across it before. It doesn’t seem like good policy....

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

Publisher: Back Bay Books

Date: 16 May 2007

ISBN: 978-0316066334

Amazon store link:

Chanda’s Wars

Publisher: HarperTeen

Date: 11 March 2008

ISBN: 978-0060872625

Amazon Store link:



Friday, 2:25 pm

By Cyn




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Truthfully, I would rather stay on the THE GAUNTLET discussion but I do have a question or two...........

Kindles--I think you, Kate, love to read even more than I do and of course, read things that are far better for your mind!!  I know you have a kindle so my question to you and to your loyal followers it a worthwhile investment?  Should I not feel guilty about using that instead of purchasing books?  Is it easy to use?  How expensive are e-books (keep in mind, I read popular fiction). 

When we went to Hawaii I took (as I do on every vacation) a stack of books for the beach, for the plane, for sitting in airports, etc.  Lots of books, lots of extra weight.  The good news is that I left everything I read there for my friends to read and they will, in turn, take them to their local library book sale. Bad news is I bought a stack more for the return trip. I noticed more and more people with Kindles and have really been considering it.  I also saw that the price has really dropped.

SO, after you post on Kate’s Gauntlet post, tell me your thoughts...........good and bad.  Any suggestions, comments, criticisms will be appreciated.  If I decide I want one, then it goes to the top of my Christmas or birthday list as both my sons like ‘lists’ and never know what to get me!!



The Gauntlet has been thrown down

Saturday, 10:37 am

By Kate




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Oh.My.God. A neighbor across the street just installed two Tea Party candidates’ signs in her front lawn. Where I can’t miss them whenever I walk out my front door. I knew there was something off about her. I hate those signs. I hate them with a rich, deep, and abiding passion. If I wasn’t the person I am, I would rip them out of the ground some dark foggy night. But, I’m fair minded. Kind of. I believe, however, the answer to this is two signs for Democrats in my front yard. The Democratiest Democrats that I can find.