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Posted by Godefroi on November 7, 2012

Ok you jackasses in the LSM….you got what you wanted, Nobama’s been reelected.  Can we now finally dispense with the tongue-bathing?

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Odds and Ends

Posted by Godefroi on September 22, 2010

There’s nothing like a little exercise in statistics to brighten one’s morning…

Probability(1) of building a chain of 150 amino acids in which all linkages are peptide linkages:  »1 in 1045

Probability(2) of randomly attaining only L-amino acids in a peptide chain 150 amino acids long: »1 in 1045

Probability(3) of getting a specific required amino acid at a specific required site: »1 in 20

Probability(4) of getting any particular protein 150 amino acids long: »1 in 10195

Probability(5) of randomly producing a functional protein 150 amino acids long:  »1 in 1074

Probability(6) that a random 150-amino-acid compound would be a functional protein: »1 in 10164

“If we assume that a minimally complex cell needs at least 250 proteins of, on average, 150 amino acids and that the probability of producing just one such protein is 1 in 10164  as calculated above, then the probability of producing all the necessary proteins needed to service a minimally complex cell is (1 in 10164) multiplied by itelf 250 times, or 1 in 1041,000.”

 — Stephen C. Meyer, PhD “Signature in the Cell” © 2009, pg 214

In light of the above, did life spontaneously generate from non-living “stuff” in the proverbial primordial soup?

Probably……..

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Bulletin of Christian Persecution

Posted by Godefroi on September 17, 2010

Nod: Bill Warner

August 26-September 14, 2010
August 26, 2010
Pakistan
Christians affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan face “systematic discrimination” in the distribution of aid. Update HERE. (hat tip to JihadWatch)

August 28, 2010
Pakistan (Hat tip to InfidelsAreCool)
Suspected Islamic militants have killed three American Christian aid workers who were helping victims of Pakistan’s worst floods in recent memory.

August 31, 2010
Iraq
The Christian minority in Iraq has little faith in the peace-keeping abilities of the police force when the U.S. armed forces leave.

September 1, 2010
Pakistan
Muslims resumed building on a Christian cemetery desecrating more graves in spite of a local government order to halt construction.

September 6, 2010
Israel
Jerusalem’s Garden Tomb is in endangered by a Muslim construction project.

September 12, 2010
Indonesia
Assailants stabbed a Christian worshipper in the stomach and pounded a minister in the head with a wooden plank as they headed to morning prayers Sunday outside Indonesia’s capital. Update HERE.

September 13, 2010
Kashmir
Indian police shot dead 13 people in Kashmir on Monday as stone-throwing rioters defied curfews and torched a Christian schoolin a surge of anger stoked by the desecration of the Koran.

Punjab, India
Muslims in India reportedly attacked a church late Sunday night after they heard reports that a Quran had been burned in Michigan, according to Indian media outlets.

September 13, 2010
Italy (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
Italy will present a resolution to the United Nations that protects the rights of Pakistan’s religious minorities, Italian foreign ministerFranco Frattini said in Rome on Monday. He made the announcement following a meeting with Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister of minority rights, who is a Catholic.

September 14, 2010
Iran (Hat tip to JihadWatch)
14, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered a fiery address on Monday accusing the United States government of orchestrating desecrations of the Koran by right-wing American Christian groups last weekend.

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Publisher: Bill Warner; Edited by Asma Marwan

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Remembering….

Posted by Godefroi on September 11, 2010

Walking through the company break room…it was time for a smoke.  A quick glance up at the TV in the corner.  Building on fire…what?  The World Trade Center?

Sitting down at one of the near tables, curious…thinking I should turn the sound up.  A few minutes later, a jet hurtling into one of the higher floors…massive explosion.  My God, what’s happening?  Hitting the volume button.  What?  That was the SECOND plane?  Are we under attack?

Sweet Jesus…50,000 people work there?  Please Lord, No.

Weeping.  Finally noticing there are others in the room now.  Going back to my desk…weeping more…praying.  Please Lord, No.

Did He hear my (our) prayers?

………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

I’m certain He did.  As catastrophic as it was, it could have been much, much worse.  And yet…it was still TOO MUCH.

I haven’t forgotten.  I will not forget.  I will make certain my children never forget, even the one(s) who were not here yet at the time.  They will all know that the brightest star in Christendom – faded as she is – was attacked with ruthless cowardice by fundamentalist adherents to the “religion” most antithetical to the Truth.

And they will never submit.  I will never submit.

لن استسلم

And we will always honor those lost, and those who served to save and recover.

God Bless.

H/T to Doc Zero for the image.

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Flight 93 Blogburst: Nuclear crescents?

Posted by Godefroi on April 16, 2010

Haven’t posted one of these for some time…though, in my defense, Alec hasn’t posted very many lately either!

Anyway, getting to the point:

Nuclear Summit logo is an Islamic-shaped crescent

Obama, Hu, et al with NSS10 logo, Ron Sachs photo
World leader, known for reminding the Islamic world that his middle name is Hussein, hosts nuclear summit, presided over by large Islamic-shaped crescent. (Photo by Ron Sachs. Post via Error Theory.)

It is hard to believe that the State Department could do this by accident:

NSS10-MAS-IranianSpaceAgency

An Islamic crescent is a very distinct and completely unnatural geometric shape, combining a circular outer arc with a non-concentric circular inner arc. The unnaturalness is an Islamic religious requirement. A lunar crescent has an elliptical inner arc. Using such a natural shape as a religious symbol would risk idolatry (the worship of any actual thing besides God). Thus Muslims use as their symbol the explicitly unnatural circle-in-circle crescent shape.

Sometimes the inner circle sits entirely inside the outer circle. This arrangement is typically used to symbolize Islamic world domination, as seen in the MAS logo. More often the inner circle extends beyond the outer circle, as seen on the last Ottoman flags:

Turkish flag
Turkish flag. Crescent covers an unnatural 2/3rds of a circle of arc, give or take (in contrast to a lunar crescent, which always covers half a circle of arc).

Obama’s circle-in-circle NSS logo uses a thin crescent to combine the world encompassing aspect of the MAS logo with the more familiar Ottoman crescent, covering less than a full circle of arc.

Obama has ordered his underlings not to notice Islamic connections

Given that the unnatural circle-in-circle crescent is the only widely recognized graphic symbol of Islam, it must have been recognized as such by at least a significant percentage of the State Department personnel who saw it prior to the summit. Why didn’t anyone object, forcefully and publicly if necessary?

It would seem to be the Fort Hood phenomenon, where witnesses to Nidal Hasan’s murderous ideology were afraid that making an issue of it would be career suicide, thereby enabling Hasan’s mass murder of American soldiers. Obama has now made the career suicide threat official, ordering all members of the executive branch to be as oblivious to Islam as possible. The more disturbing the Islamic connection, the more it is to be avoided, to the point where Muslim terrorists, whose reading of orthodox Islamic interpretation compels them to slaughter infidels, are no longer to be called “Muslim terrorists” or “Islamic extremists.” Everyone is just supposed to ignore their Islamic motivation.

Hydrogen atoms and Swastikas

Defenders of Obama’s nuclear crescent (trolls in the comments at Gateway) think that so long as the Islamic-shaped crescent can be interpreted in some non-Islamic way, there is nothing wrong with using an Islamic shaped crescent to represent American hospitality:

Oh please, folks, get a grip. It’s modeled after a hydrogen atom, you know, as in hydrogen bombs?

This issue (the existence an alternative interpretation for an Islamic shaped crescent) came up when the Missile Defense Agency’s crescent shaped website logo became a news story in February.

Missile Defense Agency logo, from website, blowup

MDA website logo, uses the world-encompassing symbolism of a full circle-in-circle crescent favored by several Islamic terror groups:

Circle-in-circle jihadist crescents
Left: Islamic Palestine Block insignia. Center: Hamas insignia. Right: PLFP insignia (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine).

MDA spokesman Rich Lehner insists that the MDA’s use of the world-encompassing circle-in-circle crescent shape “symbolizes the worldwide protection of our homeland and deployed forces.” But can we really redefine the meaning of an easily recognizable symbol shape that our terror war enemies claim as their own?

By that logic, one could say that the swastika represents a helicopter rotor in motion, making a great logo for our Apache squadrons, but no such interpretation can obviate the established meaning of the symbol shape, and like the swastika, the full circle-in-circle crescent has its own established meaning (a meaning not so different from the swastika). It represents Islamic domination of the planet. For Lehner to protest that this isn’t what the full circle-in-circle crescent means to him is as ludicrous and irrelevant as saying that he sees the swastika as a spinning propeller.

Ditto for the “hydrogen atom” explanation for the NSS logo. Having an alternative explanation does not change the fact that it is an Islamic shaped crescent, which every Muslim in the world will immediately recognize as an Islamic shaped crescent when they see it hoisted above Obama’s summit meeting. An alternative interpretation cannot obviate the established interpretation, and the established interpretation for this very familiar symbol shape is highly inappropriate for a world meeting hosted by the United States.

UPDATE: Apparently Jon Stewart called the White House, which gave the obvious “hydrogen atom” account, refering to the following atomic diagram:

Jon Stewart with NNS logo

Stewart was responding to a Fox and Friends episode that arrayed the NSS logo with some Islamic flags. Fox in turn was reporting on a New York Post column by Michael Goodwin that noted the similarity to an Islamic flag. Here is the Fox video:

END UPDATE

Not that it matters, but the NSS logo fails as hydrogen atom

Most obviously, why the gap in the electron’s orbit? The only purpose of this gap would seem to be to turn the crescent into the familiar Islamic-shaped crescent.

Less obviously, notice that the fattening of the crescent at the lower left indicates visually that the electron is coming closer to the observer at that point. That would only be the case if the orbit were being observed somewhat edge-on, but that would make the orbit appear to the observer as an ellipse, not the circle seen in the NSS logo.

By the same token, since the orbit is seen as circular rather than elliptical, that means it is being observed from above (from one of the poles of the axis of rotation), which means the electron is not moving closer to and further from the observer, hence no crescent-like fattening of the arc would be observed.

The only purpose for the unnatural fattening of the circle on one side would again seem to be to create the familiar Islamic shaped crescent.

Frank Gaffney was pre-mature in walking back his concerns about the MDA crescent

Kudo’s to Frank Gaffney for forcing our Democrat dominated media to address the crescent shaped MDA logo two months ago. In addition to noting the Islamic shape, Gaffney also noted the likeness to Obama’s permanent campaign logo:

MDA and Obama Logos

When he discovered that the MDA logo predated the Obama administration, Frank began a walk-back, which he extended to the crescent shape:

It has also been observed that – rather than embracing the symbolic crescent and star, they could be interpreted as the targets of the intercepting swoosh in the MDA’s latest logo. If so, the 2009 design would presumably be offensive to Islamists, rather than evidence of submission to them.

No, the crescent cannot be interpreted as the target of the intercepting missile, because the target of the intercepting missile is explicit. It is shooting down another missile. The missile shot in the logo can be interpreted as defending the crescent, but it cannot be interpreted as attacking the crescent because the crescent is not a missile.

Ignorant coincidence, or stealth jihad?

The unanswered question is whether the Islamic-looking logos are the product of ignorant coincidence or Islamic supremacism. There are stealth jihadists who work in the field of Islamic symbolism, like the Los Angeles architect who designed the giant Mecca-oriented crescent that is now being built atop the Flight 93 crash site. A crescent that Muslims face into to face Mecca is called a mihrab, and is the central feature around which every mosque is built. (Some mihrabs are pointed arch shaped, but the archetypical mihrab is crescent shaped.) The planned memorial will be the world’s largest mosque.

Like Gaffney (sorry Frank, but you really wimped out on this one), the defenders of the crescent mosque are willing to embrace untenable excuses for their Islamic symbol shape. Asked how he could abide the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent, Patrick White, Vice President of Families of Flight 93, argued that the almost-exact Mecca-orientation cannot be intended as a tribute to Islam because the in-exactness of it (within 2° of Mecca) would be “disrespectful” to Islam.

After the cartoon jihad, Gaffney and White might be excused for thinking that Muslims will take offense at just about anything, but the fact is, orthodox Islam cares very little about how exactly anyone faces Mecca for prayer. For most of Islam’s 1400 year history, far flung Muslims had no accurate way to determine the direction to Mecca. Thus it developed as a matter of religious principle that what matters is intent to face Mecca (and God).

So where did Patrick White get the idea that orientation on Mecca must be exact? From a Muslim scholar commissioned by the Park Service to answer just this question. His name is Nasser Rabbat, and he told the Park Service a flat out lie. Why? Rabbat is presumably a stealth jihadist, though he could have also been doing a personal favor for ex-classmate Paul Murdoch, the Los Angeles architect who designed the Crescent of Embrace.

This is why these possibly coincidental Islamic symbol shapes need to be properly investigated: because where there is smoke, there is sometimes fire.

Gaffney was also premature in dismissing the Obama-like character of the MDA logo

Just because the Obama-like logo was not a product of the Obama administration does not mean it was not the work of a freelance Obamaton, or even an Obama-connected logo designer.

Obama started using his logo in early 2007, when it made a huge splash in the logo-design community. The contract for the MDA logo was not let until September 2007 and the logo itself did not appear until October 2008. Thus the MDA logo was designed while Obama’s logo was all the rage, and given Obama’s connections in the advertising industry, his people could even have exercised some direct influence over the MDA logo.

The strong Obama likeness makes it almost certain that the MDA logo was created by an Obama partisan as a tribute to Obama. From that strong prior, the likelihood that the Islamic-shaped crescent was also intentional goes up dramatically. Our president does not emphasize the “Hussein” in “Barack Hussein Obama” for nothing.

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FAN-TAS-TIC!

Posted by Godefroi on March 23, 2010

The Hill is breaking the news that we all knew was coming anyway.

Liberal caucus leader will introduce new public option bill

A leader of the House liberals’ caucus said Monday she’ll introduce new legislation to revive the public option.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said she plans to unveil legislation to add the government-run option to the national healthcare exchange established by legislation President Barack Obama is to sign tomorrow.

All they have to do now is back-door it into an omnibus appropriations bill (like was done with the ThoughtCrime bill), and the fat lady will have hit her high note.  Show’s over, nothing left to do but weep for America.

Nod: Hot Air

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Fatuous Headline of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on September 9, 2009

Why Michelle Obama’s hair matters“, on Yahoo.

Can it get any more sycophantic?

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OK…

Posted by Godefroi on June 26, 2009

so I was wrong.

More Disgusting than Forced Confessions 

Word from Iran is that the authorities have forced Neda’s father to appear on state television and say that the protestors, and not the regime, killed her.

It doesn’t get a whole lot worse than this.

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Never

Posted by Godefroi on June 26, 2009

…have I been quite so disgusted.

Eight Republican Defectors Pass Economy Destroying Bill

FIRE ALL THE INCUMBENTS!

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And Here It Comes

Posted by Godefroi on June 24, 2009

Apparently the Ahmadinejad/Khamenei regime is now following up their threat from earlier – that the protesters would be responsible if there were bloodshed – by making sure that bloodshed occurs.

We’ve been waiting, horrified, for Tehran’s Tianenmen Square.   Today is the day.

May the mullahs, the IRGC, the basiji, and all those Hizbullah thugs be damned to hell, with Khamenei and The Monkey leading the way.

Hopefully they’ll choke on pork hot dogs.

 

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Flight 93 Blogburst: Same Old Tricks from AP

Posted by Godefroi on June 17, 2009

False AP report: Obama did NOT say that Iran must respect voters’ choiceObama’s comments were mushy, yes, but at least he said the most important thing, according to AP:

He said it’s up to Iran to determine its own leaders but that the country must respect voters’ choice.

Why then have reputable people continued to pass harsh judgment? And why would AP paraphrase what would have been Obama’s key statement?

Turns out Obama said no such thing. What he actually said is that the VOICES of the Iranian people should be heard and respected, not their votes:

And particularly to the youth of Iran, I want them to know that we in the United States do not want to make any decisions for the Iranians, but we do believe that the Iranian people and their voices should be heard and respected.

This is consistent with the rest of Obama’s remarks. He never said a word about respecting votes. Obama did mention “the democratic process,” but far from saying anything about this process having to meet any standards of integrity, he instead implied strongly that he will accept whatever result the “process” followed by the Mullahs produces:

I want to start off by being very clear that it is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be; that we respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran, which sometimes the United States can be a handy political football…

Democracy means that Iranian sovereignty lies with the Iranian people and that a regime that rigs an election is NOT sovereign. Yet Obama is explicit that he will continue to treat the mullahs as the Iranian sovereign no matter how they judge the election. He even goes so far as to suggest that the only reason he is bothering to comment on the competing claim to sovereignty at all is because it would be unseemly for him not to:

We will continue to pursue a tough, direct dialogue between our two countries, and we’ll see where it takes us. But even as we do so, I think it would be wrong for me to be silent about what we’ve seen on the television over the last few days.

The only operative concerns that he mentions are for: “free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent.” When he talks about the “democratic process” going forward, all he urges is that the process be peaceful and that dissent be allowed. He says nothing about the process being honest:

…there appears to be a sense on the part of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy who now feel betrayed. And I think it’s important that, moving forward, whatever investigations take place are done in a way that is not resulting in bloodshed and is not resulting in people being stifled in expressing their views.

It is no accident that Obama ended with the statement that AP paraphrased so egregiously (equating his call for bloodless suppression with a demand for legitimate elections). This was his theme throughout. He views the honesty of Iran’s democratic process as something to be judged by the mullahs, who he clearly accepts to be the sovereign power, regardless of the merits of competing claims.

AP covers its tracks, just like they did with the Flight 93 memorial

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AP’s fraudulent report about Obama demanding respect for voters’ choice was the primary print report on Obama’s comments. Now that it has already misled millions of people, AP has covered its tracks by filing an update that overwrites the errant statement. This is what AP does when it gets caught putting out misinformation. To avoid issuing a correction, they flush the misleading story down the memory hole by using the same url for a completely different story. (Google only finds AP’s original article still posted at Fox News.)

AP did the same thing last year after it was taken to task for failing to check the most basic facts in a story about the controversy over possible Islamic symbolism in the Flight 93 memorial. Ramesh Santanam reported a number of conflicting factual assertions, like the 44 blocks:

Opponents also claim there is a plan to have 44 glass blocks, for the 40 victims and four hijackers, in the design.

“That’s an absolute, unequivocal fabrication that is being portrayed as fact,” said Edward Felt’s brother, Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93. “It’s misleading and helps drive the conspiracy theory.”

When it was pointed out that Santanam could have found the four extra blocks just by opening up the design drawings and counting, AP quickly filed a completely different story (about fundraising for the memorial), under the same url.

It’s not that there is anything inherently wrong with AP using subject feeds that automatically update with their latest offering. It is that AP is systematically using this system to dodge corrections. This is actually their official policy:

For corrections on live, online stories, we overwrite the previous version. We send separate corrective stories online as warranted.

Except AP virtually never issue corrective stories, for the simple reason that AP has no established correction procedure. They just do the overwrite thing and say “too bad.”

Well this time the overwrite thing is not good enough.

Demand a corrective story about AP’s false paraphrase of Obama’s words

Associated Press obviously understands the importance of Obama saying that Iran must respect voters’ choice or they wouldn’t have bothered to pretend that he said it when he didn’t. They don’t just fail to mention Obama’s glaring omission on this crucial point, but actually tell the public via false paraphrase that he did say what he glaringly omitted. This cannot stand. Faced with our new president’s key statement on a historic crisis, AP reports a photo negative of what Obama actually said.

There may be no established procedure for AP corrections, but anyone can still send a pre-written email to AP CEO Tom Curley, Chairman Burl Osborne, Editor Kathleen Carroll, the reporters who worked on the story (the egregious Jennifer Loven, along with Anne Gearan and Robert Burns), plus a smattering of other AP editors and bureaucrats. Who knows. There may even be a limit to how disingenuous some of these people are willing to be.

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Good Grief!

Posted by Godefroi on June 8, 2009

Has it really been more than TWO MONTHS since my last post?  Y’all must have thought me dead, or something.

I promise to try to do better going forward – no guarantees, mind you.  There are a few of us who are still actually working for a living.  🙂

Anyhoo – without further ado…on we go.

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