Wednesday, June 18, 2008
"A Pretoria family spent more than five hours watching in horror as police removed what was thought to be the body parts of their four-year-old daughter from the walls of a hair salon where they were entombed."
Muti killings on the rise in KZN
"These incidents have captured the nation's attention, raising the question of how prevalent are instances involving the theft of human body parts, often from people who are still alive.The "Occult Unit?" Wow.
Experts say they have seen a noticeable increase in such incidents in KwaZulu-Natal and across the country.
Former head of the Occult Unit of the SAPS in Pretoria Kobus Jonker said there has been a marked increase in the number of muti killings taking place around the country."
'Magic medicine' murders bedevil South Africa
"When police arrested six people outside a squatter camp in Bloemfontein, they were horrified to find that a bag the six had with them contained the head, heart, hands, feet, genitals and liver of a man in his twenties."
Healers licensed in South Africa
"some witchdoctors have been known to recommend the use of human body parts to make magic charms to bring luck or success.
And some are blamed for helping spread Aids by advising patients that it can be cured by having sex with a virgins. This has led to a spate of child-rapes in South Africa, some of babies just a few months old. "
Medicine murder involves the murder of someone in order to excise body parts for incorporation as ingredients into medicine. It is not human sacrifice in a religious sense. Its practice in the format described below appears in the main to be limited to countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Muti is a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa . . .
"Occasions of murder and mutilation associated with some traditional cultural practices, in Southern Africa are also termed Muti killings. Muti killings, more correctly known as medicine murder are not human sacrifice in a religious sense, but rather involve the murder of someone in order to excise body parts for incorporation as ingredients into medicine and concoctions used in witchcraft."
Somebody call Al Sharpton!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
"The situation is bad; the population in the affected areas have adopted the theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ as the able-bodied take advantage of their physical strength to deprive others of access to food," he added.I guess they should count themselves lucky. Some Ugandans have become a food source for the local "rebels."
What exactly are they rebelling against? Civilization?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Translation from Humanities Dept. gibberish: An Idea with the cooties.
From Wikipedia, as usual the emphasis is mine:
and an amusing list of links from that page related to a "Tribalism Mentality" (it looks as if an academic did the first 3, a multiculturalist did 4-9, and a conservative "racist" made the last 4).
Tribalism has a very adaptive effect in human evolution. Humans are social animals, and ill-equipped to live on their own. Tribalism and ethnocentrism help to keep individuals committed to the group, even when personal relations may fray. This keeps individuals from wandering off.
Thus, ethnocentric individuals would have a higher survival rate -- or at least, with their higher commitment to the group, more opportunities to breed. A more significant vector may be that groups with a strong sense of unity and identity can benefit from kin selection behavior such as common property and shared resources. The tendency of members to unite against an outside tribe and the ability to act violently and prejudicially against that outside tribe likely boosted the chances of survival in genocidal conflicts. Logically, a distinct divide between one's own group and other groups fosters the ability of the individual to interact with members of those groups in a manner that is equally distinct: one being altruistic (in the case of a group of unrelated members) or kin-selective (in the case of a group of more or less related members), the other being violent.While it may be tempting to believe that racial conflict, ethnic cleansing, and genocide are the result of increased social pressures from relatively recent societal paradigms such as nations and empires, our understanding of early human history suggests otherwise. Acts of genocide are described in the Judeo-Christian Old Testament (Deut7:2), which is one of the earliest historical works, and clearly involving a state-level society.
…to address the one who says, “Well, don’t hold me responsible (gesticulating) for what my ancestors did. But you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did and unless you are ready to give up the benefits (voice rising), throw away your 401 fund, throw away your trust fund, throw away all the money you put into the company you WALKED INTO BECAUSE YO’ DADDY AND YO’ GRANDDADDY AND YO’ GREATGRANDDADDY–(screaming at the top of his lungs)–UNLESS YOU’RE WILLING TO GIVE UP THE BENEFITS, THEN YOU MUST BE REPSONSIBLE FOR WHAT WAS DONE IN YOUR GENERATION ‘CUZ YOU ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF THIS INSURANCE POLICY!
In the spirit of accepting responsibility for the actions of one's ancestors and "generation," I would like Obama, a member of the Luo Tribe, to accept responsibility for the actions of Joesph Kony, a fellow Luo.
Here's a pleasant tale about Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. This part might sound familiar:
They kept on beating us and they denied food or water from us. We complained saying we were hungry and thirsty. They stopped raping the women that were in our group and acted as though they were going to let us eat and drink. The ladies were forced to boil water in a big tin.
Shortly after this they announced that we would eat the government soldier - supposedly, me.
What is it about central Africa that makes people want to eat each other? I just might have to read this book and try my hand at figuring it out.
Mickey Kaus summarizes the role of the modern senate:
That’s how the Senate works, no? It excels in providing opportunities for lawmakers to engineer stalemates that kill legislation a majority wants killed while diffusing responsibility for doing so
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
That way, when the oil supply (vs. demand) starts to really get short, it'll force china and/or whoever else into fighting an offensive war against us (USA to China:"Oh, by the way, those pesky state governments decided you don't really own all those power plants and skyscrapers. And who'd a thunk the supreme court would rule that (deeds-owned-by/contracts-with) Chinese entities were unconstitutional and therefore void? So sorry!", instead of a bunch of proxy wars in places mostly a lot closer and friendlier to china. I would call it "Leveraging Possession." As in leveraging the fact that possession is 9/10 of the law.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Here's a teaser:
As usual, ordinary Americans understand the largely negative effect of immigration better than the media elite. Most of the problems incurred with chaotic illegal immigration would continue and worsen if Washington were to vastly increase legal immigration, even if illegal entry were completely ended. Some of the worst criminals and public health risks might be kept out….or maybe not. Given the backlog, inefficiency and corruption that exist now in processing legal immigrants, the bureaucratic overload alone should be seen as prohibitive.
More importantly, how many and which immigrants are accepted should not be determined by the would-be immigrants themselves—a common assumption among open-borders liberals. Nor should it be decided by the business owners, for whom workers can never be too cheap or too exploitable.
The decision of who and how many belongs in the hands of the American people.
Monday, June 9, 2008
More gruesome than the most horrific ideas Steven King or Dean Koontz.
Approximately half an hour later, in the middle of the bush at Muvuta Bangi, armed men in army fatigues appear. They are about 18 in number. Only one speaks to the women in their native tongue, Swahili; the others remain silent. He who speaks tells the women to take off all their clothes, after which the armed men examine with attention each of the women?s genitals. What are they looking for? Their war fetish: long vaginal lips. Zainabo is the only one who meets this criterion. Her life is spared; the others are ruthlessly massacred. Zainabo is alive, but is mutilated, the men cut off her prized vaginal lips. As if that were not enough suffering, she is then raped by the so-called spokesman of the group. The others follow his lead. Zainabo, in excruciated pain, believes she will die there in the fields. Instead, she faints.
When she regains consciousness, she sees her attackers sharing the piece of flesh they cut from her loins. They cut into her right foot, her left forearm, and underneath her right breast, in order to extract her blood. Five among her attackers, no doubt the leaders of the group, shallow a mixture of her blood and water, along with pieces of her flesh. After this ritual, they take her and her three children farther into the brush, some 2 kilometers away. Zainabo is totally lost. They arrive somewhere that seems to serve as a sort of kitchen, where she sees human bones. A ?cook? is skewing pieces of a human body over an open flame. Meanwhile, more cooks are heating up oil and water.
The men in uniform seize Zainabo?s two girls, 10-year-old Alima and 8 year-old Mulassi, and submerge them, one after the other, in the barrels. They mix them with a large iron rod used as a spoon and pierce their stomachs in order to ensure a proper ?cooking?. They eat one of the bodies with foufou (a Congolese specialty, dough made of manioc) and they save the other body for later in the night.
The ?spokesman? explains to Zainabo that the ritual is to continue with her body, by cutting into her stomach and placing a piece of wood wrapped in white paper. Zainabo?s baby, he promises, will be spared. Zainabo muster the courage to ask of him one favour: that her body and the remains of her baby be left on the main road, so that someone of good faith may find them and give them a proper burial. The man simply proceeds to cut her stomach open. She faints.
But it's mostly the old people, right? I mean, the billions of dollars the government has spent to help the Aborigines has resulted in a younger generation more equipped to live in western society, right?
MORE than 90 per cent of people in Arnhem Land do not understand basic legal concepts, with many Aborigines under the impression that white society is "lawless", a report has found.
Ninety-seven per cent of Yolngu people born after 1967 fell into the lowest category of understanding.
And then there's this gem:
This has resulted in wrongful imprisonment and "massive confusion", with some communities still unaware that rape is considered illegal, says Richard Trudgen, CEO of the Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS).Now, maybe I'm just a wild redstate American, with an opinion about crime shaped by a culture that loves Dirty Harry, "clings" to god and guns (and the silly notion of right and wrong), and considers rape only less than murder in severity. But, as far as rapists are concerned (real rapists, not the falsely accused), there is no such thing as wrongful imprisonment. To be crass, should a man decide to rape a woman I care about, he will be punished, hopefully by the criminal justice system, but either way, he will be punished. Whether or not he "knows" that rape is illegal is besides the point.
If anything, those who don't understand (to use the word "know" kind of implies that it's a bit of trivia, like the law making it illegal to mispronounce "Arkansas" in Arkansas) that rape is wrong (I don't care what the law is) are more dangerous. See, I, and I would like to hope most Americans, understand that rape is wrong. I don't care what the law is, if the supreme court suddenly decided that rape was OK, it wouldn't change my understanding of it. It wouldn't change how I would react if I saw a woman being raped. I'd argue that if you don't just understand, that rape is wrong, REALLY wrong, then you're not fit to exist in a free society.
How on earth is a white Australian woman supposed to behave, after reading this article, when encountering young Aborigine men in public?
It seems like there are two options:
1 Act "racist" (cross the street, get a good grip on your pepper spray, avoid eye contact and/or any attempt to engage in communication, etc.)
2 Put yourself in danger of being raped
Even more difficult, how is a white Australian man supposed to react when seeing a young Aborigine man and a woman having a disagreement?
- #100 Bumper Stickers - Stamp And Shout offer the ultimate bumper sticker for white people, it's got a feel-good political message, and implies travelling. Declare your citizenship in Obamanation!
- #99 Grammar - Thankfully for white people, Joe Biden learned early on, the pitfalls of complimenting Obama's skill as an orator. Remember white people, it's "great speaker," not "articulate."
- #98 The Ivy League & #81 Graduate School, - Obama attended graduate school at Harvard, just like his father (I guess he got his degree in Sheep-Herding).
- #83 Bad Memories of High School - In his autobiography, Obama reveals some very bad memories of high school, unfortunately, his peers don't always remember things the same way.
- #70 Difficult Breakups - What breakup was more difficult than Obama, who went from "It's not you, it's me" to the political equivalent of filing a restraining order against what he thought was his soulmate, Rev. Wright.
- #62 Knowing What’s Best for Poor People - Obama takes #62 a little further than your typical white person. He not only claims to know what's best for poor people, he claims to be have been one!
- #56 Lawyers - Obama is a lawyer.
- #12 Non-Profit Organizations - Obama worked at a non-profit as Community Organizer.
- #20 Being an expert on YOUR culture - I bet Appalachians had no idea their bitterness drove them to such horrible acts as attending church.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
The Carter Doctrine was a policy proclaimed by President of the United States rJimmy Carter in his State of the Union Address on 23 January 1980, which stated that the United States would use military force if necessary to defend its national interests in the Persian Gulf region.
Is that why he still makes his pathetic attempts at brokering a peace deal? Guilt? Imagine trying to tell Rush Limbaugh, or Al Franken for that matter, that Jimmy Carter was the original Likudnik.
It was really Zbigniew Brzezinski's* idea, along with having the CIA fund Bin Laden.
*Brzezinski is foreign policy advisor to Obama, so get ready for more of this style of Orwellian "diplomacy."
Autumn Kersey of Planned Parenthood in Boise: Good afternoon, this is Autumn.
Donor: Hello, Autumn, I'm interested in making a donation today.
Donor: What about abortions for the underprivileged minority groups?
Kersey: Oh, absolutely. We have, um, in fact, uh wonderful, fantastic news. We just received a very generous donation to our women in need fund.
Donor: Wonderful. I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group - would that be possible?
Donor: Like the black community for example?
Donor: OK, so the abortionI can give money specifically for a black baby, that would be the purpose.
Kersey: Absolutely. If you wanted to designate that you wanted your gift to be used to help (an) African-American woman in need, then we would certainly make sure that that gift was earmarked specifically for that purpose.
Donor: Great. Because I really face trouble with affirmative action, and I don't want my kids being disadvantaged, you know, against black kids. I just had a baby; I want to put it in his name, you know.
Kersey: Mmhmm, absolutely.
Donor: So that's definitely possible.
Kersey: Oh, always, always.
Donor: So I just wanna - can I put this in the name of my son?
Donor: Yeah, he's trying to get into colleges, and he's going to be applying, you know, he's justwe're just really bighe's really faced troubles with affirmative action.
Donor: And we don't, you know, we just think, you know, the less black kids out there the better.
Kersey: (Laughs) Understandable, understandable. ... Um David, let me, if I may, just get some sort of specific general information so we can set this up the right way. You said you wanted to put it in your son's name, and you would like this designated specifically to assist (an) African-American woman who's looking to terminate a pregnancy.
Donor: Exactly, and yeah, I wanna protect my son, so he can get into college.
Kersey: All right. Excuse my hesitation, um, um, this is the first time I've had a donor call and make this kind of request, so I'm excited, and I wanna make sure I don't leave anything out.
"We cannot forgive you this -- not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.Could someone explain to me why Obermann isn't violating his own rule on what's unforgivable, namely, that one "cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!"
This is unforgivable, because this nation's deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.
Martin Luther King.
And, but for the grace of the universe or the luck of the draw, Reagan, Ford, Truman, Nixon, Andrew Jackson, both Roosevelts, even George Wallace.
The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton, you cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!
And to not appreciate, immediately - to still not appreciate tonight - just what you have done... is to reveal an incomprehension of the America you seek to lead."
Keith: it was kind of cool when you were that-baseball-guy getting angry about bush-cheney and the war, but for cryin' out loud,
LOWER YOUR VOICE ONCE IN A WHILE!
(all emphasis is attributable to me)
Brzezinski: According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?
Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?
Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.