WTF Open Thread


2008. The year of WTF.

People behaving out of character. A realignment on the political Right. The attempt to marginalize Christians. Weird, strange, unpredictable stuff. I can’t think of a better way to describe it than “WTF.”

First up, articles from NRO, Times Online, and JihadWatch.

Writing at NRO, Mark Steyn takes issue with those who would try to use the “nazi” label against the anti-jihad alliance. Roger Boyles continues the theme at the Times, And, writing at JihadWatch, Spencer takes on WSJ.

Mark Steyn says, “Silence = Acceptance”

We are told that the “vast majority” of the 1.6-1.8 billion Muslims (in Deepak Chopra’s estimate) are “moderate.” Maybe so, but they’re also quiet. And, as the AIDs activists used to say, “Silence=Acceptance.” It equals acceptance of the things done in the name of their faith. Rabbi Holtzberg was not murdered because of a territorial dispute over Kashmir or because of Bush’s foreign policy. He was murdered in the name of Islam — “Allahu Akbar.”

Roger Boyles reports from Berlin, “Mosques are a land grab, not a place of worship.”

So says Ralph Giordano, 85, Holocaust survivor. His protests against the grand mosque in Cologne brought a flood of supportive mail.

“…Mr. Giordano, we are afraid as you are of this creeping Islamification but we can’t say anything in public because we will end up being branded as neo-Nazis.”

The novelist and essayist pauses for effect. “Well, that’s something that cannot be pinned on me!”

Mr Giordano finds himself in the company of far-right activists. “Of course, you have to distance yourself clearly from these people – obviously their racist, neo-Nazis arguments are quite different from mine – but I am not going to be muzzled just because people are fighting on the same issue with false arguments and a false ideology.”

Also counterpunching against the PC “right” at JihadWatch,

Over the weekend, Robert Spencer called out Wall St. Journal drone James Taranto on his cynicism about the intentions of the man who is most adamant about preserving Western civilization, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.

Specifically, as Spencer points out, Taranto finds Wilders’ views on Islam “problematic” and isn’t sure whether or not Geert Wilders is simply an “anti-Islamic provocateur.” To which Spencer replies, “It is a pity that Taranto would characterize speaking accurately about how Muslims use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and Islamic supremacism as being an ‘anti-Islamic provocateur.’”

More WTF on the domestic front, as the Mother of all Bailouts continues….

The Ohio Agriculture Department conducts a SWAT Team raid on a food co-op known as the Mana Storehouse. The charge? Running a retail establishment without a license. No kidding. Selling unlicensed food is now an offense worthy of a SWAT Team raid. Read more here.

At Euromoney, Helen Avery reports that the settlement system for the US Government bond market has broken down.

And,at the Market Oracle, Martin Weiss says, “America’s Second Great Depression has started.”

Right now, our country’s finances have deteriorated too far to balance the federal budget anytime soon. But it’s not too late to avoid some major financial blunders that could seriously weaken our country for the rest of the century. Even in the worst-case scenario, it is certainly not too late for you to protect your savings, boost your income and grow your wealth.

How long could the depression last? How much further can home prices fall? How far down will the stock market go? Will it be as bad as the 1930s? At this juncture, you can count on your fingers the number of serious analysts who believe that’s even a remote possibility. And yet, stranger things have already happened, including the largest bank and insurance company collapses of all time.

And, on a lighter note, Sparty claims that Chris Petersen will be named head coach at Mississippi State, right after today’s SEC Championship game, even though Petersen and everyone else denies it. I hope Sparty’s right.

Also, South Panola’s 89 game win streak is snapped by Meridian in the 5A Championship game. Yes Virgina, Meridian’s All-State QB Tyler Russell is headed to Mississippi State! C’mon Chris Petersen.

Finally, GN Magazine has “Surprising Truths” you may not know about the Nativity story.

14 Responses

  1. Coach Petersen is a fine coach.
    I don’t care for all these super-secret double-back leaks. Call me when he signs a contract.
    That will be news! The SEC schedule would become even more lethal.

  2. SP’s win streak is stopped at 89
    Meridian 26-20 link

  3. Florida 31, Alabama 20.

  4. Yeah, Swampie.
    I thought the Tide was gonna pull this one out in the third quarter.

    Next up, OU and Mizzou.
    GO SOONERS!

    Dang, nuke!
    Sounds like one exciting champeenship game.
    We won’t be crowning state champs here for a couple more weeks.
    Each division, from 5A to 1A, have two brackets each, and each bracket from each division, has 64 teams in it, for a single elimination tournament.
    It takes six games to crown a champ, once the playoffs begin.
    My beloved Mavs, got eliminated in the first round.
    /dangit

  5. I thought so too, n2l! I was gettin’ all worried. The SEC championship is a big thang here.

  6. The Ohio Agricultural Department has its own SWAT team?

    That’s going to come in handy if jihadists ever engage in massive dairy barn mayhem wherein they take European and American cows hostage and start blowing up milking parlors.

  7. I hope the Florida Department of Agriculture has its own SWAT team. I’d hate for my sheep to be involved in a hostage situation.

  8. Are you going to have to pay the fart tax for them sheeps?

  9. Nah. I told the Department of Agriculture that I sold all of them (sheep). I’m tired of the paperwork.

    That’s probably a felony.

  10. Haven’t you heard that the government wants to take care of us so that we don’t have to worry about anything (diapers,food,paperwork,security,water and our freedom) except for vaseline.

    Sooners.

  11. yeah, they have our best interests at heart. Heh.

  12. Geert Wilders’ fame Fox News interview:

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