Friday, December 30, 2011

A Post For It Is Thursday

Taking a break from eating the various kinds of candy hidden throughout the house to ponder on events more recent.

The North Koreans certainly know how to put on a state funeral (take that, Jack Layton mourners!). And now, it's business as usual, or at least until there is a power struggle or an exodus of starving people:

North Korea said Friday that rival South Korea and other nations should not expect any change from the country's new leadership.

A day after North Korea ended official mourning for Kim Jong Il and declared his son Kim Jong Un supreme leader, the North's powerful National Defence Commission sent a tough message to leaders in Seoul and Washington.

"We declare solemnly and confidently that the foolish politicians around the world, including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us," the commission said in a statement.

North Korea's power brokers on Thursday publicly declared Kim Jong Un the country's supreme leader for the first time at a massive public memorial for his father. The ceremony cemented the family's hold on power for another generation.

I find it adorable that North Korea thinks South Korea is the puppet state, not itself.

I bet that Keystone Pipeline is looking really good right about now.

An attack on a Muslim convert in Uganda always inspires the most interesting opinions. And by interesting, I mean reactionary, stupid and bafflingly defeatist.

First, the article:

Islamic extremists threw acid on a church leader on Christmas Eve shortly after a seven-day revival at his church, leaving him with severe burns that have blinded one eye and threaten sight in the other....

Umar Mulinde, 37, a sheikh (Islamic teacher) before his conversion to Christianity, was attacked on Saturday night (Dec. 24) outside his Gospel Life Church International building in Namasuba, about 10 kilometers (six miles) outside of Kampala.

CDN reported that from his hospital bed in Kampala, the bishop told Compass that he was on his way back to the site for a party with the entire congregation and hundreds of new converts to Christianity when a man who claimed to be a Christian approached him.

“I heard him say in a loud voice, ‘Pastor, pastor,’ and as I made a turn and looked at him, he poured the liquid onto my face as others poured more liquid on my back and then fled away shouting, ‘Allahu akbar [God is greater],’” Mulinde said, still visibly traumatized two days after the assault.

Mulinde’s face, neck and arms bore deep black scars from the acid, and his lips were swollen, CDN said.

A doctor told Compass that acid burns cover about 30 percent of his face and has cost him sight in one eye.

“We are doing all we can to save his other remaining eye and to contain the acid from spreading to other parts of the body,” the doctor said.

Mulinde said Muslim extremists opposed to his conversion from Islam and his outspoken opposition of sharia (Islamic law) courts in Uganda attacked him.

CDN also stated that on Oct. 15, area Muslim leaders declared a fatwa against him demanding his death. Mulinde is known for debates locally and internationally in which he often challenges Muslims regarding their religion.

And now the reaction:

You call taunting people "courage?" This is definitely a case of bringing it on himself.

I'm going to say why this kind of thinking is not only stupid but dangerous.

Leftism and liberalism are forms of mental illness. Devoid of logic, any impulse, written, spoken or acted out, is perfectly acceptable in liberalism. Hatred is one of its hallmarks. Does the quote above sound like something a perfectly rational, thinking, feeling human being would utter?

Instructing to one who is a child, hurting people because they make you mad is wrong. This is what you say to a child of five who can't get that kicking a classmate who wouldn't share his crayons is a beastly thing to do. That one must explain this to one who appears to be an adult just puts the cultural and natural evolution of the human species to shame.

Secondly, I didn't realise that speaking against sharia law, especially when a death sentence is hanging over one's head, qualified as "taunting". I always assumed that adults of good breeding and education were permitted to speak their minds particularly when something as barbaric, misogynist and bigoted as sharia was on the line. But one must remember that according to liberalism/leftism, "taunting" can mean being active, vocal or simply existing. As a liberal, when something bothers you and you know not why, it must be extremely unfair and steps must be taken to ensure one never has to endure the indignity of defending a position that makes no sense whatsoever.

Now we get to an uglier aspect of this horrid reactionary bit of drivel: the excuse and approval of violence to silence the so-called offending party. A well-adjusted human being can accept, if not necessarily agree with, differences of opinion and culture. How well-adjusted is it to say:

This is definitely a case of bringing it on himself.

Just like the girl in the mini-skirt, right?

Except not.

Rational people don't explode into fury every time something annoys or angers them and they certainly wouldn't accept the jump from slight to violence. I'm having a hard time reconciling maiming someone with acid over slights real or imagined, which is the default position for Islamofascists' cause de jour. Any time you're angry, just lash out. Surely the comment-writer can see how this supposedly acceptable impulse could backfire.

But, then again, liberalism/leftism was never about rationalism or even basic humanity.

And now - Good God! A S'Mores Quesadilla?! It's true!

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