Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Fond Look at Ellis Island [Video]

To my wife’s family and to my own, Ellis Island is a place of birth into a new nation for us. It is a symbol of birth into a new nation, of the adoption of a new language. Some of my family were what we today would call economic refugees, seeking opportunities in America that were all to scarce at home. One of my uncles came here at the age of 12. His first job was retrieving body parts of miners killed in explosions, a task for which a still small twelve year old was deemed physically suited. He built a nice life for himself and his family with a bowling alley and a truck. When I stood next to it as a little boy, the tires were taller than I was.

Ellis Island remains a symbol of many nations sending their sons and daughters to the US, People of every conceivable ethnic group came through Ellis Island. Contrary to popular misconception,

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Pakistan and Israel, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Jews

Pakistan and Israel, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Jews
July 12, 2012

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Qaid e Azam

The year 1947 was a tumultuous one. In that year, British India became independent, splitting into India, a state in which Hinduism was culturally dominant, and Pakistan, which was founded as a state for Muslims.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, reverently referred to by Pakistanis as Qaid e Azam (The Great Leader), believed, as did many Muslims in British India, that Muslims in India would be dominated and oppressed in a country in which they would be a minority. The establishment of Pakistan on August 14, 1947 was accompanied by bloody and turbulent cross migrations of Muslims from India to Pakistan, and Hindus from Pakistan to India. The foundation of two modern states caused mass displacement, with an estimated 14 million people uprooted and sent to places in “their” new country that were entirely foreign to them. The death toll of this bloody chapter in Indo Pakistani history is a subject of much contention, with a consensus figure of 500,000 dead commonly used.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the first leader of Pakistan, had a vision for Pakistan of it being a lountry in which Muslims would be numerically and culturally dominant. Despite this, he promoted a vision of Pakistan in which all faith communities in Pakistan would enjoy complete civic equality. In his famous speech of August 11, 1947, Jinnah stated as follows.

Obama Takes Classic Leftist Position on Business Success [Video Link]

A classic Marxist teaching about business is that workers are the source of all wealth. According to Marxist logic, a business ownewr is simply taking what a worker produces and appropriating the surplus calue of the product. Is this what President Obama was getting at when he opined as follows?

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

There may well be a grain of truth to what Obama says. A manufacturer can not be a success without workers, from designers to salesmen and technicians.

The flip side....

Jews,Jewish Soldiers And Emperor Franz Josef (Video)

Franz Josef II was Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, King of Croatia, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Galicia and Lodomeria and Grand Duke of Cracow from 1848 until the time of his death in 1916. During his rule, Emperor Franz Josef II of blessed memory transcended the fractious politics of European nationalism through his strength and through the influence of the Austro Hungarian monarchy. My Croatian grandfather, although he lived in America from 1907 until his death more than 40 years later, used to reverently maintain portraits of Franz Josef and Franklin Roosevelt. He was devoted to the US even though he never formally took citizenship in the US.

My Hungarian Jewish grandgather on the other side.....

Village Councils In India Bring Taliban Style Islam to Villages

India’s population of 160 million Muslims is the third largest Muslim population in the world. In a nation of approximately 1.2 billion people, this comes out to about 12% of the total Indian population. Thhere is a wide range of religiousity among India’s Muslims. If the panchayat ( Muslim religious council) of Asara villaget in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh , which is around 24 miles away from India’s capital has its way, India’s Muslims will be very strict, whether they like it or not. The panchayat system allows a group of five village elders agreed upon by local consensus to settle localk disputes. In practice, it is in some cases a form of local despotism.

The London Daily Mail reports that religious authorities want some old time (sixth century) religion, according to which any woman under 40 will be banned from going out shopping, and girsl will be banned from speaking on the street on their cell phones. In addition,

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Karl Marx, Godfather of Modern Genocide [Video]

We are accustomed to thinking of the Marxist left, whatever its hidden motives might be as defenders of oppressed minority groups. In reality, it was Karl Marx who openly advocated the extermination of “racial trash”, such as Serbs, Basques and Bretons, who he believed to be incapable of being inculcated with Marxist ideals.

As can be seen from the folowing article in the New York Times, there was a time that Nazis viewed communists as simply being another faction of what was essentially the same ideology. From 1939 to 19 41, when the German-Soviet Boundary and Friendship Treaty of September 28, 1939 was in effect, Germany was portrayed in what was then the Soviet Union in a positive light. The New York Times mentions this ideological affinity that prevailed during the infancy of Hitler’s National Socialism.

Non Muslim Baby’s Rapist Goes Free in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [Disturbing Video]

When a state defines itself as theocratic, as being established according to the dictates of a book it deems holy, it places upon itself a heavy responsibility as a representative of a faith. Pakistan is a state that defines itself as Islamic. How do religious minorities fare in Pakistan compared to America and Canada?

Today in the US and Canada, if a Muslim and a Christian are debating their respective faiths, they are on equal footing. They can each give their efforts to convert each other their best shot. In Pakistan, if a Christian answers the Muslim, or even says that he does not recognise the sanctity of the Koran, he can be thrown in jail.

Non Muslims are physically attacked, kidnapped, raped and even murdered for the sake of conversion to Islam.

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Are Nigeria's Igbo Lost Jews? [Video]

There are quite a few ethnic grups around the world that have a tradition of being descended from Jews. The Japanese royal family is reputed to be descended from Jews, as was the Ethiopian royal family. With the bible distributed in many of the world’s languages, it is quite possible that people who have endured hardship in their history might find aspects of the biblical narrative that resonate with them.

Palestinian Authority Prefers Dirty Drinking Water To Help From Israel

One of the most pervasive hardships of life in Gaza is the difficulty of finding pure tap water. An estimated 90 to 95% of tap water in Gaza is polluted, presenting obvious health hazards to its inhabitants.In an attempt to address this situation, UNICEF set out to build a desalination plant in Gaza. Although a clause in the bidding procedure gave priority to local bidders who could be identified as Palestinian Arabs, there was no one in Gaza or the West Bank who was qualified to build such a facility.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Proud Thugs Tape Baltimore Beating

The article concerning this attack is on Globe Tribune.Info