Archive for January, 2009

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§287 Time to vote soon

January 28, 2009

You know what’s funny about Israeli politics? Ten years ago there was elections, the two candidates were Bibbi and Barak, and everybody knew that Bibbi doesn’t stand a chance, and that Barak would definitally win. Now it’s exactly the opposite. Ok, sure, now there’s a Livni inbetween too who catches the leftish right votes and the rightish left votes, but it’s more than just the left vote split between Barak and Livni. They could create (and they are now) in a coalition, so they could still outnumber Bibbi together. Fact is, the voters have changed their minds. They do that all the time. The studies show this too. We always react to what we see, and the Israeli public will according to all studies choose Netanyahu this time. Why? Because we’re sick of empty promises. Because we remember how Barak dissapointed us in Camp David 2000. Because we don’t want negotiations under fire. Because we are sick of unilateral withdrawals that only brings the front closer to us.

So I went to Bibbi Netanyahu’s site to see his views. I’m getting tired of Bibbi and Livni throwing dirt on one another, I want to hear where they stand. So on Bibbi’s site, http://en.netanyahu.org.il/Themes-of/security/ I read:

No more unilateral withdrawals

The 4000 rockets fired at the Galilee and Northern Israel during the Second Lebanon War, and the 4000 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza have proven to many people in Israel that the warnings issued by the Likud and its leader against unilateral withdrawals were not empty. Today, after the Disengagement, Hizbullah holds new and more dangerous weapons than it ever possessed. While there is a cease-fire in Gaza, Hamas continues to bring in tremendous quantities of munitions in preparation for the next round of terror. In the final analysis, these withdrawals and the Disengagement have turned an already complicated situation into one that is even more complex and perilous.

There cannot be any unilateral withdrawals in the future. Any area that the IDF evacuates will be taken over at once by the Hamas, and every withdrawal will broadcast a message of weakness and surrender.

The Likud is prepared to make concessions in exchange for peace, such as Menachem Begin did in the peace treaty with Egyptian President Anwar Saadat – concessions in exchange for a true and reliable peace agreement. Only through such arrangements which protect Israel’s security can we promote peace with our neighbors.

A Peace that Can Succeed

The current peace negotiations, initiated at Annapolis, with their focus on reaching a final status agreement immediately, are misguided. I do not believe that the Palestinians are prepared today to make the type of historic compromise that would end the conflict. There is no evidence that the Palestinians will accept even the minimal demands that any responsible Israeli leader will make. The Palestinians rejected an offer of sweeping concessions eight years ago, and there is no evidence that their positions on any of the core issues have become more moderate. If anything, faced with a weak Israeli government, their positions have only hardened.

Israel should be focusing its efforts instead on helping Abu Mazen and Fayad improve the day-to-day lives of Palestinians. In particular, we should be trying to help them rapidly develop their economy. While this will not resolve the conflict, it can create an environment in which negotiations would have a better chance of succeeding. A Likud-led government will immediately focus on a serious and sustained effort to fundamentally change the situation on the ground.

Where we draw the lines in any peace agreement

When the times comes for a final-settlement negotiation, the Likud will draw the line in a clear-cut way:

The Likud and its leader will insist that the responsibility for the security of the citizens of the State of Israel remains firmly in the hands of the State and that Israel’s right to defend its borders will be secured, a right that is grounded in UN Resolutions 242 and 338.

Responsibility for Palestinian Refugees – belongs with the Arab Countries

A Likud-headed government will not allow thousands, certainly not millions, of Palestinian refugees to enter Israel. Israel will not take any moral responsibility for those refugees, since their very plight today is the result of the fatal decisions made by the Arab world: the decision to declare war on Israel instead of accepting the right of Jews to have a country of their own, and the decision maintained ever since 1967 to deny those Palestinian refugees the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and continue their lives in Arab countries.

Jerusalem undivided and under Israeli rule

The government headed by the Likud will keep Jerusalem the unified capital of Israel under Israeli sovereignty. For 2000 years Jews from all over the world have yearned to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their historical capital. Jerusalem is the very heart of Jewish culture and we will continue to preserve it as such, while allowing freedom of religion and access to all religions in their holy places in the city.

The worst action that can be taken for peace is dividing Jerusalem. Such a step would create a permanent site of friction that is likely to ignite the entire region. Only an undivided Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty can preserve regional peace.

I realy liked this. Now, Livni’s site says almost exactly the same, the same red lines (So she basically wants to present herself as “just like Netanyahu but better because I haven’t made any decisions that made people mad… yet”), but with two large exceptions:
-Nothing said against further unilateral withdrawals
-Nothing about “focusing its efforts instead on helping Abu Mazen and Fayad improve the day-to-day lives of Palestinians”

I don’t trust Barak. 1999 he stood on the walls of Jerusalem during his campaign, declaring it our eternal capital, and in summer 2000 he negotiated about the division of Jerusalem with Arafat in Camp David (luckily, Arafat was stupid enough to go for the “all or nothing” principle – so he naturally ended up with nothing).

Basically, what Bibbi says is true – we are ready for negotiations and for compromises whenever they are. If they keep insisting on “all or nothing”, we cannot negotiate. We will have no choice but keep the situation as it is, and invest in improving the lifes of the Palestinians, hoping to one day achieve willingness to talk. Until then, it’s a waste of time.

And believe me, if my settlement was about to be torned down as part of a serious and effective negotiated peace plan, built in step-by-step measures to be taken by each side, and I had seen that the palestinians had fulfilled all their commitments according to that – I would be happy to leave Maale Adumim, even though I don’t believe in a two-state solution, and even though I believe this is part of our homeland – I would leave. I would give peace a chance. If I had only seen that they are ready to give peace a chance. If, however, my government would try to evacuate me as part of an unilateral withdrawal, I would fight that decision with all my might.

The economy is another issue. I totally disagree with Netanyahu’s capitalistic trickle down policy. But there are more important things at stake here.

If I could only vote for a security-right and socially-left candidate.

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§286 Why don’t you hate me? I’m dissapointed

January 27, 2009

It’s not that I was expecting them to burn dolls of me in Damascus or something… but at least a few hateful comments? With so many hateful people in the world not even one got outraged by my last post? And here I thought my last post was provoking. Darn. Maybe protecting free speech is not that provoking… but then I should have gotten positive comments. Or at least seen some clicks on the petition.

Please readers, comment! Please reconfirm my existance! Define me! Define me!

Maybe I don’t need others to define me. Maybe I need to be myself and not care about what others say. Yes that’s it. Or at least make them think that I don’t care what they say, and hide behind a wall of self confidence. I’ll be looking down at people from that wall. “Hey, I’m self confident. You ca’n’t get me up here”.

I’m just really worried that people will think I’m building up that wall just because it’s popular to be self confident, see through the wall and expose the vulnerable me. And if I really was self confident I wouldn’t care. But since I do care I suppose that the entire wall is fake.

Ok, let’s leave the psychology behind, and concentrate on the happy and funny things in life instead:

 

 

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§285 Freedom of speech

January 25, 2009

Geert Wilders is being prosecuted in Holland. I guess the next step will be to ban all churches from declaring that Jesus is the only way.

Death to Holland for letting people say that we are violent people. Kill all who call us violent

"Death to Holland for letting people say that we are violent people. Kill all who call us violent"

Below I publish Geert Wilders speech at Four Seasons in NY, September 25th 2008. At the bottom I am adding his movie Fitna (warning: disturbing images) and a few charicatures mocking Islam. I do this davka*. I probably wouldn’t do this if it wasn’t for the multitude of muslims wishing to deprive me, Europe and America of the freedom of speech. The freedom of speech is the most precious thing we have. It doesn’t matter if you agree with his below speech or not. If you believe in freedom, sign the petition to the Dutch government against the prosecution of Geert Wilders. Wilders has embraced his right of free speech and the minute we give in to those who wish to deprive us of that right, we might as well give up our heritage, our future, our freedom. Our right to critisize our governments, our right to write whatever we want on our blogs, our right to make fun of anything, our right to be ourselves. It’s all at stake here. It’s time to speak up for the freedom of speech. If my own people had burned dolls of Bush for allowing KKK members and Neo-Nazis to speak out in the US, I’d do the same.

If Geert Wilders is prosecuted for this, there are a number of others who should be prosecuted as well:
George Carlin for mocking Christianity.
Magnus Betner for standing in a church saying that Jesus was gay.
Glen Benton for spreading satanism and hatred.
Bill Hicks for mocking creation believing Christians.
Any member of NSM for spreading nazism and hatred.
-All bloggers for daring to write down their own thoughts that are not government sponsored.

If you believe these people have a right to say what they say, then you need to sign this petition too. This is not about whether you agree with Wilders or not. This is about your right to practice free speech. Dutch government has started to consider to give up on this human right. This is when we all need to stand up and say no. And in the name of free speech, publish exactly what they want us not to publish. Write exactly what they don’t want us to write. When they’re trying to take away the very foundation of our freedom – we need to do exactly what they don’t want us to do.

Here is his speech. Below that is the movie. Below that a few charicatures mocking fundamentalist muslims, and mocking islam. Why? Davka*. That’s why.

*Davka, or dafke – “Particularly, just for spite, in spite of the expected”

 

Dear friends,

Thank you very much for inviting me. Great to be at the Four Seasons. I come from a country that has one season only: a rainy season that starts January 1st and ends December 31st. When we have three sunny days in a row, the government declares a national emergency. So Four Seasons, that’s new to me.

It’s great to be in New York. When I see the skyscrapers and office buildings, I think of what Ayn Rand said: “The sky over New York and the will of man made visible.” Of course. Without the Dutch you would have been nowhere, still figuring out how to buy this island from the Indians. But we are glad we did it for you. And, frankly, you did a far better job than we possibly could have done.

I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.

My short lecture consists of 4 parts.

First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. Thirdly, if you are still here, I will talk a little bit about the movie you just saw. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.

The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome’s ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.

But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see – and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration. All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighbourhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corner. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighbourhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, city by city.

There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.

“Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”.

Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighbourhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities. In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims. Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear “whore, whore”. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin. In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can in many cases no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity. In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighbourhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan. Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.

A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favour of a worldwide caliphate. A Dutch study reported that half of Dutch Muslims admit they “understand” the 9/11 attacks.

Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And this is how we give them respect. Our elites are willing to give in. To give up. In my own country we have gone from calls by one cabinet member to turn Muslim holidays into official state holidays, to statements by another cabinet member, that Islam is part of Dutch culture, to an affirmation by the Christian-Democratic attorney general that he is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey.

Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behaviour, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. Some prefer to see these as isolated incidents, but I call it a Muslim intifada. I call the perpetrators “settlers”. Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies, they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.

Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighbourhoods, their cities, their countries.

Politicians shy away from taking a stand against this creeping sharia. They believe in the equality of all cultures. Moreover, on a mundane level, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

Our many problems with Islam cannot be explained by poverty, repression or the European colonial past, as the Left claims. Nor does it have anything to do with Palestinians or American troops in Iraq. The problem is Islam itself.

Allow me to give you a brief Islam 101. The first thing you need to know about Islam is the importance of the book of the Quran. The Quran is Allah’s personal word, revealed by an angel to Mohammed, the prophet. This is where the trouble starts. Every word in the Quran is Allah’s word and therefore not open to discussion or interpretation. It is valid for every Muslim and for all times. Therefore, there is no such a thing as moderate Islam. Sure, there are a lot of moderate Muslims. But a moderate Islam is non-existent.

The Quran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism. The Quran calls for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, to terrorize non-Muslims and to fulfil their duty to wage war: violent jihad. Jihad is a duty for every Muslim, Islam is to rule the world – by the sword. The Quran is clearly anti-Semitic, describing Jews as monkeys and pigs.

The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. He advised on matters of slavery, but never advised to liberate slaves. Islam has no other morality than the advancement of Islam. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad. There is no gray area or other side.

Quran as Allah’s own word and Mohammed as the perfect man are the two most important facets of Islam. Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means ‘submission’. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

This is what you need to know about Islam, in order to understand what is going on in Europe. For millions of Muslims the Quran and the live of Mohammed are not 14 centuries old, but are an everyday reality, an ideal, that guide every aspect of their lives. Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam “the most retrograde force in the world”, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.

Which brings me to my movie, Fitna.

I am a lawmaker, and not a movie maker. But I felt I had the moral duty to educate about Islam. The duty to make clear that the Quran stands at the heart of what some people call terrorism but is in reality jihad. I wanted to show that the problems of Islam are at the core of Islam, and do not belong to its fringes.

Now, from the day the plan for my movie was made public, it caused quite a stir, in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. First, there was a political storm, with government leaders, across the continent in sheer panic. The Netherlands was put under a heightened terror alert, because of possible attacks or a revolt by our Muslim population. The Dutch branch of the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir declared that the Netherlands was due for an attack. Internationally, there was a series of incidents. The Taliban threatened to organize additional attacks against Dutch troops in Afghanistan, and a website linked to Al Qaeda published the message that I ought to be killed, while various muftis in the Middle East stated that I would be responsible for all the bloodshed after the screening of the movie. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the Dutch flag was burned on several occasions. Dolls representing me were also burned. The Indonesian President announced that I will never be admitted into Indonesia again, while the UN Secretary General and the European Union issued cowardly statements in the same vein as those made by the Dutch Government. I could go on and on. It was an absolute disgrace, a sell-out.

A plethora of legal troubles also followed, and have not ended yet. Currently the state of Jordan is litigating against me. Only last week there were renewed security agency reports about a heightened terror alert for the Netherlands because of Fitna.

Now, I would like to say a few things about Israel. Because, very soon, we will get together in its capitol. The best way for a politician in Europe to loose votes is to say something positive about Israel. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I, however, will continue to speak up for Israel. I see defending Israel as a matter of principle. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.

Samuel Huntington writes it so aptly: “Islam has bloody borders”. Israel is located precisely on that border. This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam’s territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West. It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. Therefore, it is not that the West has a stake in Israel. It is Israel.

It is very difficult to be an optimist in the face of the growing Islamization of Europe. All the tides are against us. On all fronts we are losing. Demographically the momentum is with Islam. Muslim immigration is even a source of pride within ruling liberal parties. Academia, the arts, the media, trade unions, the churches, the business world, the entire political establishment have all converted to the suicidal theory of multiculturalism. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’. The entire establishment has sided with our enemy. Leftists, liberals and Christian-Democrats are now all in bed with Islam.

This is the most painful thing to see: the betrayal by our elites. At this moment in Europe’s history, our elites are supposed to lead us. To stand up for centuries of civilization. To defend our heritage. To honour our eternal Judeo-Christian values that made Europe what it is today. But there are very few signs of hope to be seen at the governmental level. Sarkozy, Merkel, Brown, Berlusconi; in private, they probably know how grave the situation is. But when the little red light goes on, they stare into the camera and tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, and we should all try to get along nicely and sing Kumbaya. They willingly participate in, what President Reagan so aptly called: “the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.”

If there is hope in Europe, it comes from the people, not from the elites. Change can only come from a grass-roots level. It has to come from the citizens themselves. Yet these patriots will have to take on the entire political, legal and media establishment.

Over the past years there have been some small, but encouraging, signs of a rebirth of the original European spirit. Maybe the elites turn their backs on freedom, the public does not. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat to our national identity. I don’t think the public opinion in Holland is very different from other European countries.

Patriotic parties that oppose jihad are growing, against all odds. My own party debuted two years ago, with five percent of the vote. Now it stands at ten percent in the polls. The same is true of all smililary-minded parties in Europe. They are fighting the liberal establishment, and are gaining footholds on the political arena, one voter at the time.

Now, for the first time, these patriotic parties will come together and exchange experiences. It may be the start of something big. Something that might change the map of Europe for decades to come. It might also be Europe’s last chance.

This December a conference will take place in Jerusalem. Thanks to Professor Aryeh Eldad, a member of Knesset, we will be able to watch Fitna in the Knesset building and discuss the jihad. We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together, and that Israel is part of our common heritage. Those attending will be a select audience. No racist organizations will be allowed. And we will only admit parties that are solidly democratic.

This conference will be the start of an Alliance of European patriots. This Alliance will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization. For this Alliance I seek your support.

This endeavor may be crucial to America and to the West. America may hold fast to the dream that, thanks tot its location, it is safe from jihad and shaira. But seven years ago to the day, there was still smoke rising from ground zero, following the attacks that forever shattered that dream. Yet there is a danger even greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.

Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe’s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.

This is not the first time our civilization is under threat. We have seen dangers before. We have been betrayed by our elites before. They have sided with our enemies before. And yet, then, freedom prevailed.

These are not times in which to take lessons from appeasement, capitulation, giving away, giving up or giving in. These are not times in which to draw lessons from Mr. Chamberlain. These are times calling us to draw lessons from Mr. Churchill and the words he spoke in 1942:

“Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”.

 

Fitna movie part one:

Fitna movie part two:

Interview with Wilders:

 

A few charicatures:

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§284 The beautiful art of Accountancy

January 22, 2009

Below is a translation to English of an article I wrote for teenagers, trying to push them to study accountancy and killing the myth that it’s a boring job. Here we go.

Bookkeeping and accountancy is one of the coolest thing you can do for a living. It’s so cool you’re not even worthy to have me write about it here. But I write it anyway so you’ll learn what it is to be cool for real.

First of all you’re an accountant. It has a name. It’s beautiful. It’s impressive. I’m an accountant.

Bookkeeping is the work in itself – to write down all the stupid stuff that the company you work for is doing. Accountancy is using the bookkeeping results to create nice reports in the end of the year showing how much you own, how much you owe, how big profit you made, etc. Accountancy is also the science of analysing the work and researching how effective it is.

The coolest thing with it is that you can work for anyone. 
Airlines, goose liver manufacturers, shoe shops, the State, IT-companies, flag pole polishing service companies, travel agencies, churches, barbers, non profit organisations, weapon industry plant, candy taste quality check service companies, insurance companies, theatres… they all need accountants. Just go out on the street. Every shop you see uses the service of an accountant. It must be the coolest and most popular profession ever. Have you ever heard of unemployment in the accountancy business? That there’s no job because people are not interested in having money? Exactly.

If anyone had told me when I was 18 that I would become an accountant I would’ve laughed in his face. It took a long time before I understood exactly how awesome this profession is. Accountancy and bookkeeping has had a label of “boring” for too long. It’s time to snap out of it! Now go to the closest accountant you can find and give him a hug and apologize that you ever thought they were boring. Don’t let him fool you! Under the neat tie and the white collar is a crazy beast that juggles debits and credits in the air just like that, and that accounts so expertly good that every single auditor loose track. When he sits at his computer and write journal entry after journal entry, and fix them up in neat T-accounts in the general ledger where he analyses and summarizes and creates monthly trial balances, he kicks your ASS! Yes, yours, specifically your ass!

Here are the basics. The balance sheet is the basic report that shows in the end of the year exactly what the company looks like. It’s divided in three. The first one is assets. All the stuff that the company owns. From the value of computer and buildings, to the value of the the inventory to the money on the bank. The second part is liabilities. How much you owe others. Loans, unpaid invoices, etc. The last one is Capital and is the actual difference between assets and liabilities. The capital of a company is usually a good indication on how rich it is. A company can own millions of dollars but also have million dollar debts. Then they’re not really that rich. But even if the capital is disgustingly high, you also need to take a look at the type of assets. If a company has a capital of 3.5 million, but 3 million of its assets are buildingsand computers that they can’t do anything with except letting them stand where they stand, then they don’t have that much real money. But they own a lot of crap.

So the accountancy equation is that capital plus liabilities equals assets. In order to write this correctly, you use the “double entry system” (enter dramatic music here) bam-bam-bam. Every thing you do is written in two places. If a company buys a computer then it’s a plus on stuff (“fixed assets”) and a minus on money assets. Liabilities and capital didn’t change, a piece of assets only changed form and became another piece of asset. But if you pay salaries, that’s an expense. So that’s a minus on assets and a minus on capital. If you buy a bunch of furniture but haven’t paid yet, it’s a plus on furniture assets, and a plus on liabilities. When you’ve paid the dept, it’s a minus on liabilities and a minus on money assets. When you get an electricity bill but haven’t paid it, it’s a minus on capital and a plus on liabilities. When you pay the bill it’s a minus on liabilities and a minus on assets. Whatever you do, capital plus liabilities always equal assets.

Isn’t that totally super awesome? Just writing that gave me an orgasm.

Anything that is PLUS on assets or MINUS on liabilities or capital is called DEBIT.

Anything that is MINUS on assets or PLUS on liabilities or capital is called CREDIT.

So all  above examples would be written:
Debit – computer 5000 USD
Credit – bank account 5000 USD

Debit – salary expenses 5milj USD
Credit – bank account 5milj USD

Debit – furniture assets 7USD
Credit – furniture debt 7USD

Debit – furniture debt 7USD
Credit – bank account 7USD

Debit – electricity expenses 6000 USD
Credit – unpaid bills 6000 USD

Debit – unpaid bills 6000 USD
Credit – bank account 6000 USD

What you see above is one of the most beautiful things humans have ever created. It’s called journal entries, and they are all written in the journal and later copied to the “General Ledger”. Every row you read above like “bank account” or “furniture assets” etc are an “account” an works pretty much like any bank account. These accounts are written in the General Ledger with all the debits and credits of the year and the final balance which can be a debit balance or a credit balance. Nowadays we usually have all these in computers instead, but the terms are still the same that were used by the cool Italian guys that invented this system back in the 16th century. (A “ledger” is a book that is “lying down”)

If you’re with me this far, there’s something you can shout “HEY” to. The bank account. When I pay money it says Credit! What kinda crap is that? Credit is when I receive money, isn’t it?

That’s when I answer WROOOOONG! Haha! And then I point my finger and laugh at your ignorance and incompetence. When you get credit, others agree to owe you money. When you write credit you are giving credit, that is you owe someone else money. The bank writes from its own point of view. When you receive money they write credit (they gave you credit) because then the bank owes you more money. But you write debit because you have increased the bank’s debt to you. If the bank takes money from you they write debit because they have lowered their debt to you. You write credit because the bank owes you less money. You gave the bank credit.

Too complicated? Then go become something else. We don’t want idiots like you amongst us accountants. We own you.

Except the above mentioned balance sheet, there’s also the need of an Income-Expense report that shows how much money you’ve gained/lost during one year. Companies on the stock market usually need to do this every quarter.

There are 5 different types of accounts. Assets, Liabilities, Capital, Income and Expenses. The report that shows all the income and expense during the year is a summary of all final balances in all expense and income accounts. The final sum is the net profit or net loss. Profit if it’s a credit amount and loss if it’s a debit amount. All these accounts are then nullified in the end of every year, and the net profit/gain are written as change in capital of the year. This means that if you compare the balance sheet of year one with year two, the difference between the capitals should be year two’s total profit/loss. This is not always true though. There are a few times when something is taken or added to the capital directly without going through the I&E report. Mostly noted is the payout to the owners or stock holders and investments received from owners or stock holders. But sometimes also reevaluation of fixed assets or changes in owned stock’s worth can cause this.

If you so far understand everything and if you’re not totally lost,then you’re not an idiot. Congratulations. You’ve understood the basics of the accounting language and could without problems learn to be an accountant if you want. If?? Of course you want! Go find an accounting school today!

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§283 Hizbullah comedians

January 20, 2009

I didn’t know that the Hizbullah people were comedians… this is really funny!

 

View from Hizbullah: Hamas Killed 1,583 Soldiers
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/159557

Reported: 07:45 AM – Jan/20/09

(IsraelNN.com) The pro-Hizbullah web site moqavemat.com reported that the Hamas army killed or wounded 1,583 Israeli soldiers in Gaza the past three weeks. The casualty toll jumped on Monday from 741 the previous day.

The website claimed, “The real information based on hospital records and military reports shows that Israel has lied to the media about the casualties during Gaza offensive. This is because if the Israel public knew they’ve lost and defeated so, there would be riots like never seen before.”

It also claimed that the IDF lost 17 Merkava tanks, one plane and two helicopters to “resistance forces.”

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§282 Co-existence. An idea

January 20, 2009

I was just thinking of something – an idea if you like. I think it could be done as a private initiative, but you would need to somehow fundraise all the millions of dollars it would take.

Wouldn’t it be great to found the first ever “co-existence-settlement” in the West Bank? A town with Palestinians and Israelis living together in co-existence under one municipality, showing Israel and the world that it’s possible? I’d move tomorrow!

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§281 A few one liners

January 19, 2009

Warning – if you are easily offended by jokes about americans, please navigate away from this post as quickly as possible before you read the next line.

“You say that God has blessed America. And that is true if you believe that ignorance is bliss”
Soran Ismail

“92% of all Americans believe in God. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have healthcare”
Magnus Betner

“My inner Casanova is Rainman. My inner rabbit is Bugs Bunny. All men are pigs, but I’m Piglet from Winnie the Pooh”
Vincent E.L.